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by Vulgalour
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 1085

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: 153

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 147
Views: 12007

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 147
Views: 12007

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 991

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: 207

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 545

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 921
Views: 425944

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: 217
Views: 80393

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: 147
Views: 12007

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...
by Vulgalour
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

It's another lovely sunny day here, perfect for fighting interiors... no, no it's not. It's horrible for fighting with interiors, the car is like a greenhouse. OH WELL. First item to install was the inner sill carpet, which is held in place with some trims that screw on over the door seal. Then it w...
by Vulgalour
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 217
Views: 80393

Re: A500KWK

There's three culprits I'm aware of for the leak in this area, the first being deformed sealing ring, the second being a warped plate (usually rectified with a flat surface/block and some wet-and-dry paper), and the third being the carburettor itself going porous. The first seems most likely given h...
by Vulgalour
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Some frivolities have been arriving for the Princess and I had some pre-work free time today and glorious weather, so smooshed the lot together for this update. First job was to trim the heel mat for the new carpet so it was actually square and then round the corners off nicely. I'm planning to sew ...
by Vulgalour
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Another frippery arrived in the post for a job I've been meaning to do since I got the car. I was very fortunate a few years ago to get some series 1 stainless steel windscreen (front and rear) trim inserts, I'd installed the full set on the rear window and it looked pretty good. Bit of a faff to fi...
by Vulgalour
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

First job today is to immediately make the car look much worse by pulling the bonnet off. http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/27c986ea32d1.jpg I had almost two cans of beige paint left which I knew would be enough to get a mostly uniform finish on the bonnet but perhaps not a final finish since...
by Vulgalour
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Princess update time, it's been a while. Weather is scorchio and while I can't go out and get supplies, I do have some in for doing a bit of prettying up on the Princess. Also, even though all the parts aren't yet here to do the head, they are on the way so I decided to remove that too. Head out fir...
by Vulgalour
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

The ones in the photo are Volvo 240. The ones they replace are the ones I'm not sure the origin of, they look a bit like the curved profile ones I've seen on some other Princesses, just not quite the same, look like they'd be more at home on something 1960s Rootes Group. I haven't got a photo of the...
by Vulgalour
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

A tiny micro update today. http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/34dcd939a7a8.jpg http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/cc7edfa6a135.jpg The trim rings I had fitted previously were okay but, being chrome plated steel, well past their first flush of youth. I've also no idea what the trim rings ...
by Vulgalour
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Project KPK
Replies: 147
Views: 12007

Re: Project KPK

I've got a pair, one side has split just like yours, I just can't remember which side. I'll have a rummage in the garage boxes and see if I can find them.
by Vulgalour
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: A Princess for the sporty gent
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: A Princess for the sporty gent

Looks well on those. The colour of the car seems to make them work better than they have on other Princesses that have worn the same wheel.
by Vulgalour
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Today I got the Princess emptied out of the spares that were in it and found my valve spring compressor in a garage box. I've a suspicion I've the wrong head type on the compressor for the Princess head though, I'll find out when I have time to try it out. The Princess does look to be slightly short...
by Vulgalour
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/079a22f9b12c.jpg http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/d49b4ee6d548.jpg Early afternoon today the Princess was collected from my old house where my friend had been kind enough to store it in their garage until I was sorted enough at the new house to get i...
by Vulgalour
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Project KPK
Replies: 147
Views: 12007

Re: Project KPK

That's a smart job you've made of that.
by Vulgalour
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

We're in the new house, hoorah! Of all the house moves I've done over the years, this one went the smoothest and that's even including the hire van picking up a puncture a few miles from home. Princess is still at the old place being looked after by my housemate and I'm almost ready to move it down ...
by Vulgalour
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

It's the long awaited move to Kent, a process which has been far from smooth! Picking up the van tomorrow and then it's a 300 mile trek on Saturday. Really hoping the weather isn't too terrible to us, and the traffic likewise, especially with there being a yellow rain warning and it being so close t...
by Vulgalour
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

I have done the last jobs I can on the Princess before the move now. We actually have the keys and everything for the new house so that's all sorted, moving date is this Saturday, and absolutely everything is in hand (so I've probably forgotten something important). I've put it back on the old wheel...
by Vulgalour
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 921
Views: 425944

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Does anyone reading here know what I should pay for a practically new engine? I've been given some info but it's price on asking, and I've no idea what a new O series should set me back.