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by Vulgalour
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 87
Views: 4808

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: 2
Views: 190

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 87
Views: 4808

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 252

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 72510

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 4839

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: 87
Views: 4808

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: 1953

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 702

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: 7283

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 957

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: 1029

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 1029

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 72510

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: 878
Views: 375412

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: 878
Views: 375412

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....