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Lovely beach, Martin.  My wife and I once lived in Tiverton, Rhode Island and would walk a beach similar to yours but with a local, indigenous name as it was in the land of the Wampanoag nation (as is most of southern New England).  Our gaze across the water showed us the island of Aquidneck and the town we were looking across at was Portsmouth.  Small World (or a distinct lack of town naming imagination, over here).
That Portsmouth is a bedroom community for the Newport Naval Base, now the home of the "Undersea War College".  The Portsmouth in New Hampshire is closer in layout to yours, with a working Naval base for surface ships and the base 3 miles up the Pisquataqua river (named by the Abenaki nation).  

I suspect that for next Christmas you might be in the waiting for another tool chest to hold the growing collection. You can never have enough tools, or places to put them.

Hey, @Stan Galat!  I've been heating the shop quite nicely with my Propane-powered, Oil-free turkey fryer!

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It does a great job, but the shop now smells like Memphis Ribs and I get hungry all the time.     Kathy thought I was nuts until she dropped in to check on me and thought it was really comfy and said, "Hey!  It smells GREAT in here!"


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Argh! This damn fan shroud/alternator problem is driving me nuts. I found a local alternator specialist only to receive the usual British quality of service: the square root of bugger all. So back to square one - almost.

I finally found the same shroud as I have on my car - from hunting through hundreds of images on Google I've spotted this from Paruzzi, a site unknown to me until now. (and thanks to Brexit, not one I can easily buy from because most European companies have temporarily stopped trading with UK buyers because of the paperwork involved.)

They also do a different oil filler modification, which I wish I had..


Going back to the fan housing, the biggest issue I can't get my head around is the lack of bolt holes on the fan frame - it should have 6 bolt holes like this, through which the alternator is bolted and the vane is then attached to:

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And I find on the pelicanparts forum a useful pic that shows the bolts holes in the fan housing. This now makes me think that whole 'ridge' that holds the 6 alternator mounting holes has been machined off:


Or mine is something completely different, because there are no machining marks around that top edge.. It's still got a rough cast edge to it.


Ah well, I'll keep looking. At least my aluminium sheet and rubber edging arrived today so I can make a start on fabricating new tinware. :-)


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I have never done this,  but from the picts it does seem like there is something missing I wonder if you took the alternator test fitted it first if a machine shop could fabricate a large ring that could then be welded to your piece that is missing it?  Other than that a doghouse shroud might be a better choice and save you some aggravation. Just saying.

Cool, thanks guys. One less thing to worry about!

Currently scraping off as much oily crud from underneath the engine prior to refitting everything- it’ll save leaving an oil slick the size of Exxon Valdez. Once the car is running again I can then steam clean everything to see if there are any new leaks. I think one major leak was from the left drive flange seal (I’m checking gearbox oil level tomorrow), and I think another is from the dipstick hole - the oil temp sensor dipstick isn’t a tight fit and I think some oil was blowing out of  there. I know I need to replace the pushrod tubes at some point but for now I need to get everything running before I take the car to my mechanic to move the oil cooler rad and sort the tubes.

The weather is finally getting above freezing tomorrow, so I will start to refit everything before cutting out the aluminium tinware. Fingers crossed by next weekend when it gets dry I’ll have the car running, although there are still a lot of ifs and buts to get through first.

So, I've been a bit busy of late but still not quite there in terms of massively visible progress. It will become a lot clearer after tomorrow, because I'm picking up the extended oil filler tube that's been welded for me and after refitting that I can cut the tinware to go around the filler tube.

The aluminium has proved easy to cut and shape for the engine surround, and the two types of rubber leaf seal work well in terms of giving a good seal and being easy to fit.

20210218_175420I've painted the firewall 'tins' with gloss black engine paint. I've still to paint the flat pieces (after I've cut out the oil filler tube 'hole).


So today, I started roughly assembling stuff in order to get the engine bay wiring tidied up and fit the new fuel lines to the carbs.


I've still got some more tidying of the wiring, but I've managed to route the vacuum tube more neatly around the edge of the engine bay (not shown above), rather than just trailing over the shroud.

Meanwhile, my new tap and die set has proved really useful I'm cleaning up threads for the exhaust and inlet manifolds, as well as the wheel studs.

Oh, and I've also wired in the third brake light - I'll post pics of how that looks next week.

And just when I least expected it, late this afternoon my wife brought me the leftover molten chocolate that she'd been covering her shortbread biscuits in. Happy Days!


So, jobs this week include finishing the tinware, reassemble the fan and alternator, hook up the carbs and exhaust and try and get this baby started! There'll be a lot of tweaking needed on the carbs but if I can get it at least fired up by my birthday on Wednesday I'll be a happy bunny. The weather has turned here and it's looking dry and warmish for the first time in well over a month.


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So, another busy day or two trying to get this thing fired up before the weekend so I can see my nephew on his birthday.

I got all the tinware fabricated, heat proofed and sprayed gloss black (engine paint - might as well use the same paint as I used on the shroud).


The paint is not super tough, but it'll do and I can easily touch up any scratches as and when they occur. And they will happen because the engine bay is tight so I have to slightly bend the base tins to get around the twin Dells. However, they then bend back easily and with the rubber seals it's a much better airtight fit than I had when I originally purchased this car.

As you can see, I've got the newly extended oil filler tube fitted:


And the ally oil filler and cap slots nicely in the top, with the breather hose hooked up.





I've got the carbs on and the throttle hooked up ready to fire but.. the damned fuel pump relay went kaput last night. And it's an old 5 pin part that no motor factor keeps in stock, so I've had to do an online order and it'll be delivered on Monday. Unless I can can bypass the relay, I won't be starting and tuning the carbs today, and no nephew visit tomorrow. :-( Such is life. Patience is a virtue they say..

Yesterday was brightened up by me having the Test cricket (England vs India) on the iPad - although England were humiliated, and a homemade gluten free coffee cake (unfortunately I became gluten and lactose intolerant two years ago - a complete ball ache! No raspberry jam doughnuts!!)



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I am Danny, thanks. I may not be as technically experienced as yourself and many others on here who have my huge respect and admiration, but for my level at this point in time, I'm well chuffed.

I even managed to fire it up just now by hooking a spare 12v house alarm battery directly to the fuel pump. Sorted out a little leak from the fuel pressure regulator in the engine bay but then it fired up pretty quickly, thank goodness. It was huffing and popping a bit, but less so once warm. Thank goodness for the Dellorto Superperformance book - without that I'd be lost for basic setup and tuning.

So next steps (before I get the pump relay and get out on the road for a 'proper' test), will be checking for air leaks, setting up a higher idle speed and then balancing the carbs using my newly acquired snail. Also, the accelerator pump rods were horribly set up (slightly open, so always leaking fuel in even at idle), so I've set these up as per instructions but may need to tweak further.

Given I don't know what type of cam it's got (but suspecting it's pretty warm), I think the car will tend to run a bit lumpy unless it's got some decent revs on her. But, like you and Al have said previously - get the idle jetting sorted first and forget about the mains. :-)

Even the 'noisy' exhaust is quieter now I've sealed everything up properly and stopped any leaks. Amazing what simply 'doing things properly' can achieve, without any special extra work.

And thanks as always to all of you who've been following and giving the benefit of your experience - it's really helped reassure me at times when I'm borderline out of my depth.

Dellorto (and similar Webers, too, I believe) all tend to settle down to a more-or-less decent idle, but only after 2 - 5 minutes of warm up.  After ten minutes they get happy and are fine, even in cold WX.  Prior to that, they're grumpy and moody, running rough and coughing when the throttles are opened - that sort of stuff.  It's driveable in a minute or two, just take it easy on the throttle to avoid popping.  Not having choke plates doesn't help much, either.

My car ( 2,110cc - 40mm Dells ) will settle into a slow, grumpy idle (just like yours) about 200 - 300 rpm slower than what I like (and they're set to ) after 30 secs and then increases over the first five minutes to around 800 or so as it warms up.  Thus far, yours sounds great!

We both went lactose intolerant 6 years ago.  Goat and Sheep cheese are our new food friends - Anything you used to eat as dairy cheese can usually be found as a goat or sheep variant and they're very good!  Just watch out for cow milk contamination in some "dairy" goat or sheep cheeses (the label should so state).   Almond, Coconut or Soy milk is everywhere so no problem cooking with that for cream sauces and such, but we also found ourselves reactive to Beef, too, so we do Bison as a red meat source, now.  My wife can fill you in on all sorts of alternatives.

I tried, but could never understand Cricket, even when it was explained (which seemed to make things worse).  I caught on to Hurling, even played it a bit, but not Cricket.  We watch Liverpool FC occasionally, mostly because a friend is part owner/Director (he's also part owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team which, I guess own LFC, too) - At least I can understand what's going on, there and get to yell at the players.

BTW:  If you're missing that great cup of spiked eggnog over the Holidays, try making a Coquito with rum.  You'll never look back and they're good in the Summer, too.   You'll need to make "Dairy free sweetened condensed milk" (Google that) and need a good Coquito recipe, like the one from Alisa Fleming on the web.  There's a raging battle over to egg or not to egg your Coquito.  IMHO, it doesn't matter - they're both great.

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Gordon, trying to understand 5 day Test cricket is like trying to comprehend the tactics in team cycling in Tour de France! It’s an acquired taste but not for everyone.

And as for eggnog, in the UK there’s a bit of a Christmas thing for advocaat which I believe is similar,  but that was more popular in the seventies and eighties - I remember the tv ads growing up, but less so these days. To be honest we consume more mulled wine in the UK now due to the migration of European Christmas markets across the Channel in the noughties.

I’ll definitely try making a Coquito though, although every time I hear about a coconut drink I think of the Muppets..

Getting back to the car, I finally took it off the axle stands today - the first time since the beginning of October. Jeepers it’s so tiny! I’ve got used to the car being 4 feet tall and now it’s back on the ground it feels like a toy. I had to jack it up again at the front to reset the ride height - it was too high.

Although the car is set up with one set of caster shims I may well buy another pair in advance of getting the tracking done, just in case they’re needed - I can bet my local tyres / tracking station won’t have any sitting on a shelf.

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