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by Gasman
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Today was my last opportunity to work on KWacKers before my annual boating holiday. I wanted to rectify the stripped threads on the captive nuts which hold the crosstube mounting rubber in place on the N/S. I picked up my new tap & die set from Mr Draper yesterday so set to to re-tap the nuts the ne...
by Gasman
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: First outing for 15months
Replies: 3
Views: 1061

Re: First outing for 15months

Tony, it's great to see your lovely car back doing the rounds. I'm not sure you 'do' Facebook so I've pinched these from the Fb BL Fanatics page where someone spotted you at Cars & Coffee Liverpool. There were some incredibly positive comments; only 2 boring trolls of the order,' my dad had one of t...
by Gasman
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Kev's getting me one from Mr Draper thank you
by Gasman
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Bit of a disaster today. It's all gone back together very nicely but unfortunately on torqueing up (very carefully, as it happens, and whilst it was still only at 20 lbs ft) the Crosstube mounting rubber to body bolts on the N/S both stripped their threads. Worse, it wasn't the bolts but the captive...
by Gasman
Fri May 31, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: La belle princesse
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Les belles princesses photos

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by Gasman
Thu May 30, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: La belle princesse
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: La belle princesse

If you email the photos to me as an attachment I'll post them for you - leylandprincess@aol.com . The software is very temperamental I am afraid.
by Gasman
Thu May 30, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: La belle princesse
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: La belle princesse

Bienvenue.

There's lots of help available here. All you have to do is ask! Mind you, France to Turkey sounds a long way to me!

We'd love any photos you have of tes belles princesses
by Gasman
Tue May 28, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Thanks, Derek. Good luck with the DCR on Thursday and hope it all goes better than last time. I could sing you a song: Two lovely black eyes..... Perhaps not.
by Gasman
Tue May 28, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Back to work today after a nice family week-end. Firstly I spent a LOT of time cleaning up all the bits, nuts, bolts and washers to re-assemble the rear suspension. I'd already cleaned & Hammerited the radius arms, cross tube, backplate and drums. I get a lot of stick for this from people who shall ...
by Gasman
Sat May 25, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Windscreen chrome trim
Replies: 2
Views: 727

Re: Windscreen chrome trim

When we rebuilt Maurice, a basic Morris 1800, we used lengths of (original) mini windscreen trim from a mini specialist - probably minispares - http://www.minispares.com/product/Classic/Body/Windows/Seals/24A1466MS.aspx?030902&ReturnUrl=/shop/classic/Body/Windows.aspx|Back%20to%20shop -. However, I ...
by Gasman
Wed May 22, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Nothing much
Replies: 2
Views: 848

Nothing much

Beiderbecke popped by today with not one but two gifts for me. Number one was a compression joint for the displacer tube on Kwackers that I had to divide and secondly a print of a picture Nick Larkin took at British marques day at Brooklands on Drive it Day that was in CCW. I'm not that keen on SMG ...
by Gasman
Wed May 22, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Finished the front N/S except final tightening (which needs to be when the car is at working height). I got the drop arm back in when I suddenly remembered the front & rear knuckle joints are different. Yes, you've guessed it, on checking I had put the N/S rear one in the front so had to take the dr...
by Gasman
Tue May 21, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Got a compression joint?
Haven't looked yet. I'll have a look tomorrow. There's no urgency as there's plenty to do first.
by Gasman
Tue May 21, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

The front displacers came back today. Ian Kennedy does provide a very efficient service. I used my brother's Christmas present to cut through the metal suspension pipe under the passenger seat where there is plenty of space for a compression joint repair. It's a Dremel flexible drive for little cutt...
by Gasman
Mon May 20, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

OK. What will that do? The left hand spanner is already resting on the plank which is why it's there.
by Gasman
Mon May 20, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Whilst the front displacers are being re-gassed I've been trying to get the N/S rear displacer out. The pivot shaft came out easily but I am completely unable to undo the connection between the flexie pipe from the displacer to the metal hydraulic pipe. I have now just about run out of ideas. My las...
by Gasman
Sat May 18, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Did some work this morning before domestic duties took over although forgot to take any pictures. Started work on the N/S rear. Again all the 6 cross tube mounting fixation bolts were seriously rusted in but patience is a virtue and all out without shearing any. However, when removing the flexie bra...
by Gasman
Fri May 17, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

What do you mean, luck? Sheer skill. Don't know how I do it really.
by Gasman
Fri May 17, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Bit more work today. Two things have so far defeated me although I've still been able to disassemble. I can't get the little clip off that secures the handbrake cable to the back plate. Got round that by taking the back plate off! The other thing is the rebound strap securing pivots. I managed to ge...
by Gasman
Tue May 14, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Bit busy doing other things today but had a couple of hours so started on the dismantling the rear suspension. I was originally just going to take the displacers off for re-gassing. However, to annoy Rovamota who doesn't like concours, I'm going to take the radius arms off, and later the cross tube ...
by Gasman
Mon May 13, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Well, obviously not, Derek...
by Gasman
Mon May 13, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Minilites and Stags
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Minilites and Stags

I love Minilites. I had them on my Sunbeam Imp in 1969 and later on my Lotus Elan. Not sure whether they'd suit the wedge though. Interesting to see! I'm not a fan of Stag wheels on the Princess.


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by Gasman
Mon May 13, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Thankfully I haven't had to resort to the Beiderbecke approach. A blow torch and lots and lots of heat and some heavy bonking sorted it. So the front ones are going off for re-gassing tomorrow whilst I start on dismantling the rear which, as I've said before, I am not looking forward to. IMG_0882_80...
by Gasman
Sun May 12, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Beiderbecke's opinion is my final option if heat doesn't work. That is, chop through the shaft (easy with the angle grinder) and then replace the upper ball joint on reassembly. Mind you, I've still got to split the joint but at least I can get it to someone with a multi-ton hydraulic press...
by Gasman
Sun May 12, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

But first I have to finish. I am having trouble getting the front displacer out on the near side. I am having extraordinary difficulty in splitting the N/S upper ball joint. I normally prefer the scissors type splitter which has never failed me before but tightening up to a force where I was concern...
by Gasman
Sat May 11, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Well I understand that & I'm certainly not into polishing the inside of the exhaust pipe. BTW you can't spell concours… It'll still look good when I've finished, like SMG:


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by Gasman
Fri May 10, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 70415

Re: A500KWK

Even though the ride in KWacKers is fine I've decided it's time to get the displacers re-gassed; after all they are 35 years old. At the same time I can sort out some of the 'rusty suspension parts' that were advisories on last year's MOT, due again at the end of June. Started today on the front O/S...
by Gasman
Sun May 05, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: SMG413M
Replies: 296
Views: 149397

Re: SMG413M

Blimey that's impressive Andy. I should have excluded Wolseley owners! However, you are not completely correct as the dashboard surround is in the correct Moonstone although I agree it looks black (and not just in the photos). The strip above is covered in black vinyl as you say and, although not th...
by Gasman
Sat May 04, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: SMG413M
Replies: 296
Views: 149397

Re: SMG413M

Competition time...

I can spot 10 things, including the choke warning light which I grant you is a bit difficult to spot, that are non-standard to a production Wolseley. Who can name them all?
by Gasman
Fri May 03, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: SMG413M
Replies: 296
Views: 149397

Re: SMG413M

Thanks Derek.

Princess1800s - not sure what pictures you want as the dash board looks exactly like it did before....


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by Gasman
Wed May 01, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Wolseley KLU33P still alive?
Replies: 1
Views: 579

Re: Wolseley KLU33P still alive?

It may still be stashed away somewhere but there are no other signs that it is still around.
by Gasman
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: SMG413M
Replies: 296
Views: 149397

Re: SMG413M

I haven't posted for 6 months about SMG. It's only had little things done to it in the meantime and has been running without any untoward problems. The highlight has been fitting an LED choke warning light into the blank warning light space that later became standard on P2 versions. Back in 1977 I d...
by Gasman
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: power steering leak
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: power steering leak

Ah, that explains it. Couldn't understand how you got a leak from the big nut! Glad you've managed to stem the leak from the low pressure pipe. Let's hope the repair holds.
by Gasman
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: Greetings from Hampshire
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

Re: Greetings from Hampshire

Welcome to the forum from a fellow Hampshire hog. I'm not normally keen on black cars but I think the Princess (& Ambassador come to that) look absolutely stunning in black.
by Gasman
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: power steering leak
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: power steering leak

Ah I see what you mean. The high pressure bit is the union that tightens into that big nut and yours is leaking between the big nut & the reservoir which is presumably reservoir oil at atmospheric pressure. As you say the workshop manual says there is an O ring but my parts catalogue for the Princes...
by Gasman
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: Washer bottle needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: Washer bottle needed

It's on its way via Hermes
by Gasman
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: Washer bottle needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: Washer bottle needed

Thanks Mel. I'll send it off tomorrow.
by Gasman
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: power steering leak
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: power steering leak

I'm not much help, I am afraid, as I was completely unaware there was an 'O' ring in any of the connectors. There are 2 pipes, low pressure return to the pump & high pressure from the pump. Where have you got the leak, at one of the connectors or at the pump?
by Gasman
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: Washer bottle needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: Washer bottle needed

IMG_0667_800.jpg It is 2nd hand but the pump has been checked and the container is fine. If you'd like it, £15 without pump, £20 with, both including P&P via Hermes (cheaper than Parcel Force). Payment via PayPal to leylandprincess@aol.com. If you want to look elsewhere the part number is GWW935 - ...
by Gasman
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: Washer bottle needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: Washer bottle needed

We've got 3 like that. I'll work out price and P&P
by Gasman
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: Washer bottle needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: Washer bottle needed

I'll look tomorrow to see what we've got.
by Gasman
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New Wedge owner here!
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: New Wedge owner here!

Beiderbecke must have been sitting and watching when we replaced the rear brake cylinders on KWacKers as we couldn't get Princess ones to fit. The part number is different on Ambo and Princess.
by Gasman
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New Wedge owner here!
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: New Wedge owner here!

Beiderbecke tells me I am talking baloney about the rear brake shoes being different Princess/Ambassador. On reflection, I am sure he is correct so my apologies for the duff info. I was confusing myself as it is the wheel cylinders that are different - different size bores - not the shoes.
by Gasman
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Wolseley JLJ 879N
Replies: 37
Views: 6913

Re: Wolseley JLJ 879N

When we did Maurice it was, in some areas, worse than JLJ although you win here, I am afraid. We also had the benefit of a very reasonable professional welder who was not fazed by the extent of work necessary. He just kept chipping away and it all came together in the end. Patience is definitely a v...
by Gasman
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New Wedge owner here!
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: New Wedge owner here!

A little article for Hi-line (the newsletter) would be lovely. I'll let Kev pick up on that. I thought I remembered that Rick had replaced the cambelt .
A couple of pictures of DYD at Gaydon July 2016 which I may have posted elsewhere:

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by Gasman
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New Wedge owner here!
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: New Wedge owner here!

Mel, I have removed your email address and phone numbers from your signature for your security. Bots access our site for search engine reasons and they'll pick up on these and you may end up with loads of spam/nuisance calls. Members can contact you via the forum either by email or Personal Message ...
by Gasman
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Wolseley JLJ 879N
Replies: 37
Views: 6913

Re: Wolseley JLJ 879N

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by Gasman
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New Wedge owner here!
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: New Wedge owner here!

Welcome to the forum Mel. Others may not know you are a club member as well. I have updated your account to give you access to the member's forum. WRT your Ambo, has the cambelt been changed as that is most important? I'm pretty sure the owner before the film company did it but obviously I can't be ...
by Gasman
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 875
Views: 350581

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

A shame about your spare gear selector casing. As you say, very odd damage and I can't think of any other explanation other than your supposition about it being forklift damage.

As you so rightly say, with a classic car there's always something to do...
by Gasman
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Beautiful Brooklands Green 2200HLS German restoration
Replies: 6
Views: 1490

Re: Beautiful Brooklands Green 2200HLS German restoration

What is “wrong” with them? Lol. Beiderbecke is being a bit naughty as this is an in-joke. He has a lovely 2200HLS to which he has fitted different, more modern, rear badges which I have been critical of and indeed, you commented on, disagreeing with me, at the time... See elsewhere on this forum: h...