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by Vulgalour
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Good news and bad news today. Before work I had some time and determined to quickly replace the leaking gaskets on the engine of the Princess. I had two culprits, the first was the blanking plate where a mechanical fuel pump can be fitted, this is really common for leaking. The second was the cambox...
by Vulgalour
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

It's been a while since my last update since there's been nothing of note to report. The valve train on the Princess has quietened down a bit now, almost back to its old self once warm, so that must be bedding in nicely. I've got an oil leak from the cambox end plate and the mechanical fuel pump bla...
by Vulgalour
Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

The Princess is now my modern everyday car again, so it's out and about doing modern everyday car things like parking next to a McLaren at Halfords. https://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/52d1b05644c1.jpg The BX, which had been my modern, wasn't really suited to my driving needs and I was at a po...
by Vulgalour
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1981 2000 HLS Princess 2 - 22/08/2016 Picture Update
Replies: 108
Views: 79215

Re: 1981 2000 HLS Princess 2 - 22/08/2016 Picture Update

I thought it was bought by someone in the club, broken, and the bits that weren't sold straight away added to the club parts stash. Must have muddled the details in my memory.
by Vulgalour
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1981 2000 HLS Princess 2 - 22/08/2016 Picture Update
Replies: 108
Views: 79215

Re: 1981 2000 HLS Princess 2 - 22/08/2016 Picture Update

If it is, it'll be in the club parts stash since that's where the car ended up.
by Vulgalour
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

On my last bit of driving, the slightly sticky throttle sorted itself out. It looks like a bit of use is all that's needed, which is nice. Today, I got the parcel shelf has been sorted out. This is a very simple job. I used some art board I had left over from another project to laminate the original...
by Vulgalour
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

25th July 2020 Now that we're running again, I can turn my attention back to the cosmetic. Just ordered some new vinyl for the parcel shelf since the leather that was salvaged off an old sofa has not fared well, shrinking so much it's deforming the parcel shelf board beneath. https://autoshite.com/...
by Vulgalour
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Nobody's perfect ;)
by Vulgalour
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

First job today, after having had the incorrect seal orientation pointed out on some other fora I use, was to remove, dismantle, and rebuild the slave cylinder. A very easy job, happily, and the seal doesn't appear damaged or deformed in any way so I reckon we'll get away with it. https://img.retro-...
by Vulgalour
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Removed the slave cylinder and found that there was some more of the black gungy deposits inside it. Also found there was some surface rust on the bore and, right at the end where the piston doesn't quite travel to, some minor pitting. I cleaned up the bore the same as I did for the master cylinder ...
by Vulgalour
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Oh hey, on the lay out there the spring should be on the left, not in the middle. Not sure why I laid that out wrong.
by Vulgalour
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Dutch 1800 project
Replies: 14
Views: 1156

Re: Dutch 1800 project

It'd be nice to do it in the respray colour, it's really quite striking, if only you knew what it was.
by Vulgalour
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Today, the circlip pliers that I'd ordered arrived and that meant I could get this clutch master cylinder rebuilt. First obstacle was filling down the points on the circlip pliers so that they actually fit in the holes of the circlip, this probably took longer than the actual rebuild. The master cyl...
by Vulgalour
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Let's do the clutch master cylinder rebuild! First, fight with the crusty bolts holding it to the bulkhead, painfully aware that access is not great and spanners will try super hard to round the corners off nuts. End up literally sitting in the engine bay because it's the only way to get enough forc...
by Vulgalour
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Dutch 1800 project
Replies: 14
Views: 1156

Re: Dutch 1800 project

The colour on the door shuts doesn't look too far from Rover Nightfire Red, which is a metallic red with a lot of gold/orange in it, so it looks like anything from a dark red through to a bright orange, depending on the light and the camera taking the picture. That said, Nightfire is more prone to l...
by Vulgalour
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Today, had to move the Princess so I could move the BX which is now running again, happily. I'd checked the clutch master cylinder before moving and the level was lower than last time. Before, when I needed reverse I could select it and then start the car and I'd be away (have to reverse off the dri...
by Vulgalour
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

New seal kits have arrived and I'm picking up some fluid on Monday. I did check the fluid level again since my last post and it seems to have gone down since last check so it must be going somewhere. Pedal springs back, so I don't think it's the spring at fault and since the slave cylinder was done ...
by Vulgalour
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

We shall see. I've ordered a rebuild kit for master and slave cylinder and they'll arrive when they do. I haven't been able to find a replacement master cylinder yet, I would have preferred to just put a new unit on, so I'm hoping a clean and installation of the new kit will sort out what I've got. ...
by Vulgalour
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

And we're off the road again. Tried to go to get some oil since it was low and I didn't have any in stock and managed to get about half a mile before selecting gears became pretty much impossible. When I had to turn around I had to resort to turning the car off, selecting a gear, and starting it in ...
by Vulgalour
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Victory! https://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/838a48bd6feb.jpg Stuck a tenner of fresh fuel in it, which seemed to help on the way back home. Also inflated the tyres since they were all down at 21psi which is a bit low even for a Princess. It's a bit low on oil since the gear change is just a l...
by Vulgalour
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: Graham
Replies: 8
Views: 1822

Re: Graham

Woolies do a great range of trims suitable for the Princess: https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/category/37/side-seals If you compare what you've got to what they've got listed, there should be a reasonable match. The quality of their products is really nice.
by Vulgalour
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: Dutch newbie
Replies: 6
Views: 852

Re: Dutch newbie

Welcome, and good luck with your projects. When you replace the clutch hose, check the length of the one you buy. There's several different lengths of hose and it's not always listed on the item being sold.
by Vulgalour
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Well, I ordered some more tools for doing the BX job so until those arrive, I switched back to the Princess to see if I could get it to be a little happier. First tool to arrive was the new timing light. This really only confirmed what I already hoped I knew, which is that the timing was where it sh...
by Vulgalour
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

The mojo, it has returned, because today I drove the Princess up and down a nearby private track and did a few emergency stops to wake the brakes up, which seems to have done the trick. Since the BX is immobilised currently and likely to remain so for another week, I wanted to be able to shunt the P...
by Vulgalour
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Got the tools out again today and cut one of the access holes for the outer bolts on the rear spoiler. https://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/4276c2d132fd.jpg Unfortunately, I couldn't cut the other access hole because the hole saw I've got turned out to be unsuitable for the task. I guess it mus...
by Vulgalour
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Today has been a good day. Started by fitting the new cambelt and auxiliary belt and rotating the engine by hand several times to be absolutely certain I wasn't going to have another valve incident. Then set the distributor and hooked up the battery, did lots of checks, and eventually stuck the key ...
by Vulgalour
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Right then, we're nearly there. All the tools and parts I need to get the engine back together have now arrived and I had enough time to do some of the work today. New torque wrench is worth what I paid and not a penny more, it does the job but it's hardly a high quality thing, typical Draper really...
by Vulgalour
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Project KPK
Replies: 162
Views: 20753

Re: Project KPK

It does no harm to replace with new on a safety critical part. That said, Princess brake lines do seem to last really well, even on quite badly stored cars, especially so compared to their contemporaries.
by Vulgalour
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

A frivolity arrived. It felt just the right amount of wrong for the project. I don't know what it's from originally, it seems familiar so I wonder if I saw it on a lucky dip machine or something like that at a fairground from years ago. Pretty sure it's not from a vehicle. If you know, please let me...
by Vulgalour
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Some progress today since the weather was pleasant enough and I had some time spare. First up was to have a rummage in my nicely organised salvaged fixings for some nuts and washers, the spoiler didn't come with any. As luck would have it, I had the perfect nuts and a set of both plain and spring wa...
by Vulgalour
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

It was acceptable in the 80s. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. :lol:
by Vulgalour
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Important arrivals for the Princess today then. The shims I needed arrived from a friend in the States, bizarrely it was cheaper and easier to get the shims I needed sent over from one of his local suppliers than it was to try and get the size I needed in the UK. Fingers very crossed these are corre...
by Vulgalour
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Project KPK
Replies: 162
Views: 20753

Re: Project KPK

Lots of excellent progress here, it's looking absolutely fantastic.
by Vulgalour
Fri May 22, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

General consensus concurs with that too, it seems shaving down shims is something you do when there's no other option for whatever reason, like the size you need being between the sizes available, or just that you can't get hold of a shim... or "it'll do" mentality. A bit more maths, old metal tools...
by Vulgalour
Thu May 21, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Spent some time today trying to get the valve clearances what they should be. The book states Standard Tappet Clearance to be .30mm plus or minus 0.03mm. It also states adjustment is only required if clearances are below .20mm. I was going to do this job in the shade in the garage until I found how ...
by Vulgalour
Wed May 20, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

New valves have all been lapped in, this took less time than I was expecting, got to nice clean even surfaces fairly quickly. This is possibly due to the valves having only just been done before I bent everything, I just expected the new valves to require more work to align. https://img.retro-rides....
by Vulgalour
Wed May 20, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: Hi everyone!
Replies: 15
Views: 1999

Re: Hi everyone!

That's a fantastic looking Ambassador, especially in that colour.
by Vulgalour
Wed May 20, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: TTF 665Y Firewall repair
Replies: 4
Views: 587

Re: TTF 665Y Firewall repair

Interesting to see someone documenting these sorts of repairs, finding water ingress can be a frustrating business! It sounds like you're on track for making this a very nice example by going to so much effort to put it right.
by Vulgalour
Mon May 18, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

I'm delighted with it. I'm hoping it wears well. Today, my new tools arrived so that I could get the Princess head back together, namely a proper camshaft clamping tool and a micrometer. Went for an old fashioned mechanical metric micrometer since it's a tool I use so rarely it seemed a bit wasteful...
by Vulgalour
Wed May 13, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

No really it has, if you go up a couple of posts you can see it sat in the living room clearly dyed, I think that's the same photo that makes the side of the seat look milky :lol:

My camera is so worn out. Poor thing. It's had a hard life.
by Vulgalour
Wed May 13, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

It has, my camera just isn't picking it up.
by Vulgalour
Wed May 13, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

What's wrong with the passenger head rest?
by Vulgalour
Wed May 13, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

The interior is now done*. The front seats went in really easily which was very unusual, normally at least one bolt refuses to line up. I'm very pleased with the end result. Worth noting, I did actually do the piping on the seats where it wasn't dyed as well as I'd've liked by simply standing the se...
by Vulgalour
Tue May 12, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Leyland ST Bump Stops
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

Re: Leyland ST Bump Stops

Mine's always been a bit of a bugger for squatting when putting any decent amount of weight in the back, makes steering lovely and light when parking! Perhaps I should keep an eye out for some performance bump stops to improve matters.
by Vulgalour
Tue May 12, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Had some time and perfect weather to do more dye work. Thought I needed four cans, ended up needing five and a half, so I was right to order six. Top tip: However much dye you think you need, it's more than that. I'm seriously impressed at how well this dye has gone over black, even if it did take u...
by Vulgalour
Sun May 03, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Yep, trick of the light. My poor old phone camera is on its last legs and is really struggling with light balance these days. When I get the seat in the car hopefully it will deal with the light a bit better and you'll see it matches quite well. Feels nice to be making the interior uniform and, of c...
by Vulgalour
Sat May 02, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Weather cleared up today, wind was mostly not there, and I had my latest dye order so it was time to get on with this job before work. I'm doing quite a big colour change with this so I'm using a bit more dye than you might normally just to get a uniform finish. The passenger side door cards (from 1...
by Vulgalour
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 939
Views: 477519

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Today's task is to finish fitting the carpet, the new dye order hasn't arrived yet, and is unlikely to until next week anyway, so I couldn't get any further with that side of things. First thing I did was mark out any extra carpet I needed to trim off with the tailor's chalk and then trimmed it, I o...
by Vulgalour
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 218
Views: 94667

Re: A500KWK

I'm told it's something to do with the quality of the alloy and the original metals used not being the correct, or high quality enough, composition. Over time, some portions of the alloy corrode away leaving tiny little holes all throughout the casting which then becomes porous, after which there's ...
by Vulgalour
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Project KPK
Replies: 162
Views: 20753

Re: Project KPK

Excellent progress here, really can't fault anything, and I'll stick my vote in for brown vinyl (not that it matters at this point). I see you had the same thought I did on the rear parcel shelf speakers, pretty sure BL planned to actually do this, there's the holes and mounting points already cut i...