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by Vulgalour
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

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.
by Vulgalour
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

I should add as well, before I removed the end plate I had the car running and didn't touch the timing, because I didn't need to. All I was doing was helicoiling a bolt hole so literally the only thing I did after the car last ran was remove the plate, redo the thread, and replace the plate without ...
by Vulgalour
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Helicoil is standard clockwise, no weird anti-clockwise nonsense there. As for what caused this, I know exactly what caused it and it's almost unbelievable. If you omit the paper gasket from the end plate on the head, the camshaft binds in the plate. That, in turn, causes the cambelt to jump teeth, ...
by Vulgalour
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

The results are in. I've had the head off and already reassembled everything loosely so I don't lose any parts. http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/51244d0e7f01.jpg http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/2c7f9213ccd4.jpg http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/58cc46918813.jpg http://img.ret...
by Vulgalour
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Let us start with the good news, then I shall get on to the not so good news. As requested by Gasman, here follows instructions on how to helicoil or thread repair a stripped thread. First, you need to find out what thread type you need to put back in, you can get little thread measuring comb things...
by Vulgalour
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

I'll do my best, it's not the easiest process to photograph since everything happens in the hole and it's a fairly quick process usually. Like with most things, it's the preparation that's key to getting it right and if you take your time there's not really a lot that can go wrong.
by Vulgalour
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

https://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Good_News_Everyone.jpg The temperature sender arrived and fits! I had to snip a slot into the plastic cover on the spade connector so it could slide onto the weird top-hat fitting on the sender, it's otherwise no bother and now I can fit either...
by Vulgalour
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

We are slowly winning, today the new sump plug washers arrived. I've used copper compression washers since that's what was on the sump plug and while these are marginally larger, I've not had any oil fall out yet. The new washer is a slightly larger inner diameter than the sump plug thread, and a sl...
by Vulgalour
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Wolseley LGU698P
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: Wolseley LGU698P

The 2200 really makes the Six look antiquated even though there's only a couple of years between them.
by Vulgalour
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Parts delivery! We're getting the windows done today so I was glad of the pipes arriving so I had something to do. Stealing a bit of time while workmen are on lunch, then I have to turn the computer off because noise, mess, etc. in the same room as the computer. I digress. With all the lovely new pi...
by Vulgalour
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Just had that confirmed on another thread too. Turns out, the top hat/mushroom fitting on those isn't as confusing as I thought, I was sure I needed the space connector version which is much harder to get. Ordered what I hope is the correct one now, which should be arriving soon. Thank you for the n...
by Vulgalour
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Pm sent, Mr Beiderbecke. Things have been progressing, though it feels very much like two steps forward and one back. For some reason I don't understand, the number plate system used by parts suppliers is bringing this car up as a 2.2, which it isn't, so trying to find the relevant part and part num...
by Vulgalour
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 67895

Re: A500KWK

That is good news! Top tip on the dashpots too.
by Vulgalour
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Maybe 'dogging things up' is a regional expression. Didn't really think anything of it until you pointed it out. I liked the purple bits when the car was purple, it made sense, now it doesn't since the car is red instead and the copper looks quite nice now I've got the masking tape off the starter m...
by Vulgalour
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

With some better light today I could get a better look at the block face and, it turns out, find the point that the head gasket had failed. There was a brown oily-rusty stain on that cylinder with the paler valve, while everything else was in good shape. No idea why it blew here, or how, but it did....
by Vulgalour
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Finally, it is time to replace the blown headgasket and install the new head for I am well and the parts are all here that I need and I have free time! I'm hampered somewhat by the time of year reducing the outdoor working hours to very little, especially with me working nights, and the fact that we...
by Vulgalour
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

If you were handy with bits of metal, you could make the tool, it's not that complicated and there is a diagram for it in the manual. I suspect most people just didn't bother. At first, this design does seem somewhat short sighted, what with the bearings being done the way they are, but it does seem...
by Vulgalour
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

The theme tune to this sodding job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_47KVJV8DU So, let's go back a bit before I contracted [insert melodramatic illness here] after visiting my friend over in Lincolnshire who had volunteered to help out with setting the valve clearances on the head before reinstalli...
by Vulgalour
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

It's been nearly a month since my last Princess update, so how far along are we with this job? Well, clashing schedules haven't much helped on the speedy repair front but everything is now lined up and this weekend I'll be off to my friend's place so we can extra double check the shims are correct b...
by Vulgalour
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: Introduction - Another Newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 4499

Re: Introduction - Another Newbie

Hooray! They look way better than the trims it came to you on. Nice matching Allegro too.
by Vulgalour
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Project KPK
Replies: 27
Views: 1650

Re: Project KPK

That's quite a turnaround! Looks absolutely superb already, should look brand new when you fit all that lovely NOS gear. The side repeaters I'm sure do make a difference in traffic, otherwise you've got nothing on the sides of the car at all to tell people what you're about to do and the ones on the...
by Vulgalour
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: 1:43 Heller Princess - completed kit
Replies: 7
Views: 1615

Re: 1:43 Heller Princess - completed kit

It's just awkward. The size of the kit didn't help very much and installing the glass without getting glue where you don't want it was particularly trying. Fitment wasn't the worst I've ever worked with, and not the best either. Just not an enjoyable kit to build. I've got another in a box and the b...
by Vulgalour
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

I finally picked up the head today. I'd been given so many different conflicting stories about where the pipe had come from that I really didn't believe it was sorted, and while I did get a sincere apology for the owner of the shop losing his rag at me for putting too much pressure on... well. Let's...
by Vulgalour
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Anybody fancy a new Wedge for the 2020s?!
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: Anybody fancy a new Wedge for the 2020s?!

I didn't see it until the side profile and then, there it is! Does anyone else think it looks like it's been made out of really fancy art cardboard?
by Vulgalour
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Wolseley JLJ 879N
Replies: 37
Views: 6137

Re: Wolseley JLJ 879N

Absolutely nothing to be ashamed of there, that's all really good to see. Welds look reasonable, seam sealer doesn't appear excessive or particularly messy and best of all, the rust is gone! Well... some of the rust is gone :lol: It's all good!
by Vulgalour
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

We're still chugging along, we'll get there. Stopped by the machine shop again today since it's two months since I dropped the head off. The other member of staff looks to have recovered so well from his broken limbs you'd think he never broke them, so that's good. I was also told the job had been s...
by Vulgalour
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

The BX is helping a little since it's a nice place to be, though I am missing driving the Princess at the moment. Once the head is done I've got to get the front displacers re-gassed, at least that should be a quick turn around and I've nearly got enough saved up for it now. Then the battle to free ...
by Vulgalour
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Right, well, Princess update then I guess. I got the head tested, cleaned, and skimmed (6 thou removed) so that's now almost ready to go. They couldn't install the coolant pipe I wanted in place of the thermostat housing so I took it to the other local machine shop who said they could, 5 weeks ago. ...
by Vulgalour
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

At least it's an easy engine to sort out when it does go pop. Thankful it's not a complex K-series type job to sort out. ---- A proper picture update on this, since I've made some progress today. It all started when we noticed a pinhole in a heater hose, simple enough to replace it once I'd acquired...
by Vulgalour
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

No good deed goes unpunished. Replaced the heater hose that had started to go spongey and after topping the coolant back up and making sure any air was bled out, went out and did my errands. Nothing untoward while out but I checked the fluids etc. when I got home and found the coolant was very low. ...
by Vulgalour
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Got the two doors I'm repairing almost completely stripped down now. To get the glass out of the rear door you have to remove the quarter light, it's a bit of a faff. On inspecting the frame properly, all of the rot in this rear door seems to be caused by repairs over old rust that has simply rotted...
by Vulgalour
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1979 Princess 2000HL out and about
Replies: 4
Views: 719

Re: 1979 Princess 2000HL out and about

And when are you ever going to find another that looks so nice? Lovely to see it out and about and rubbing shoulders with some other quality tin.
by Vulgalour
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Bleeding the clutch
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: Bleeding the clutch

If you're bleeding on your own and don't have a vacuum type kit you can sometimes bleed it through by stick a hose on the bleed nipple, leaving it open, and sticking the other end of the hose in a jar of suitable fluid. This way, when you press the pedal the air comes out and only fluid can get suck...
by Vulgalour
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Princess has also been getting some attention since I finally had the time and motivation to get on with stripping the paint off the two doors I want to put on the car. The spare orange front door is actually in better shape than the one on the car so I'll repaint it. The front passenger door on the...
by Vulgalour
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Bleeding the clutch
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: Bleeding the clutch

I'll second replacing the clutch hose if you're getting no joy bleeding it through, a fairly straightforward job providing you can get the correct hose since there's several different lengths out there that all look identical until you get them next to the car.
by Vulgalour
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

On a whim I bought some clear indicator lenses and amber bulbs for the front to see if I preferred it to the original amber lenses. I like both, as it happens, I don't really have a preference. The advantage of the clear lenses is that they make the units look less like they're off an MG B and a bit...
by Vulgalour
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Had a surprisingly easy time of swapping the rear door for my (fairly rotten) spare so I can repair the one I took off and finally get it painted to match. This will make the door repair much easier since I don't have to disable the car or work to a tight schedule (or really any schedule) to get it ...
by Vulgalour
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 211
Views: 67895

Re: A500KWK

I have all this to look forward too. I hope it goes somewhere near as smoothly as it has for you and that the end result is even half as smart. Going to have to up my tidying game.
by Vulgalour
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Nightfire is a strong contender, one of the best metallic reds there is, and would compliment the black and orange interior nicely. The black might be a bit much because of the black interior. We shall see. --- Drove the Princess home today, finally. The brake job was just one of those jobs where it...
by Vulgalour
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

I'll find out just how good the brakes are shortly, the Range Rover decided it wanted to cooperate today so the Princess is just waiting for me to collect her. The problem with the respray is that the body is going to need quite a lot of work to get a decent standard and that will push the price up....
by Vulgalour
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

We finally got the brakes sorted today. Another bleed through and we found the rear passenger side drum was a bit recalcitrant until it spat out a blob of some gungy black stuff, presumably that's been floating around in the system for quite some time since I have bled the brakes on this car at leas...
by Vulgalour
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

24th June 2019 Huff. http://img.retro-rides.org/i/v/vulgalour/8e8bddc6e67e.jpg While the Princess has been at the unit waiting for brake parts, someone has been snooping around everything and snapped the door mirror off. Fortunately I can repair it. I had initially thought the weld between the orig...
by Vulgalour
Fri May 24, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Had a bit of a disappointment with the brake calipers. Mike managed to get the pistons out but, in the process, one of the bleed nipples decided to strip its thread when everything was under pressure. Some years ago, we had issues with this bleed nipple not wanting to go back in properly when bleedi...
by Vulgalour
Mon May 20, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Right then, these brakes. Princess started no bother as has become the norm, and we trundled over to the unit. Dismantling everything was actually surprisingly easy, in large part because Mike did that instead of me, but also because things weren't all rusted solid which made a very pleasant change....
by Vulgalour
Mon May 13, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Having the patience to work through the problems has ended up with me having a much better condition car than I did... there's a glass half full statement if ever there was one :lol: A lot of that assumption about old cars being slow comes from the way some classic car owners drive them. I can't rea...
by Vulgalour
Mon May 13, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Minilites and Stags
Replies: 4
Views: 755

Re: Minilites and Stags

There's other wheels you can use too. I keep failing to find them time to get my Lotus wheels refurbished so I can get those back on the car.
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by Vulgalour
Mon May 13, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

The Daily Driver Challenge - Conclusion. I decided to end the DDC at the point that it was clear the BX I acquited at the start of this year would be distracting me from using the Princess every day now that it's fully road legal, and it didn't seem fair continue the experiment if I wasn't using the...
by Vulgalour
Mon May 13, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Right then, the Daily Driver Challenge got derailed somewhat by a BX but that doesn't mean I haven't used the Princess at all. I'll be collating the info and experiences from the experiment today and will have a write up on that a bit later. For now, it's alternator time. Shiter Danthecapriman very ...
by Vulgalour
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Wolseley JLJ 879N
Replies: 37
Views: 6137

Re: Wolseley JLJ 879N

A lot of what's gone there is actually fairly simple shapes for the inner side, it's the outer that's the headache. Considering how common a problem that area its surprising that nobody seems to have ever made a repair panel for it. If you've got spare bits of old front wings, you might be able to r...
by Vulgalour
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 868
Views: 329510

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

End of Week 22 Report. I forgot to do an end of week report for Week 21, so I've rolled the two together. On attempting to rebuild the spare calipers I've got, we learned that 3 of the 4 pistons in each caliper are completely stuck in place. We also learned the old brake pad retaining pieces are rus...