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Paula
January 14, 2017, 5:37pm Report to Moderator

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Bit of a funny story really.
He balanced the carbs using a vacuum measuring tool thingy and tightened up all the linkages and it was running fantastic.
He went for a longish drive and all good.
I came down to pick it up and was very impressed on how it was running.
So off i went down the road until about half a mile and it cuts out again! I phoned the garage and he came out to get me, (he had actually finished for the day but did it in his own time. (massive thanks to Fallsbrook Motors in Streatham!)

This is where it gets a bit embarrassing.
I'd ran out of petrol.

Luckily i knew about the reserve lever and that was that. I felt a right plonka!
Since then i've driving around stopping and starting and its all lovely.

Very very happy.

Better get that fuel gauge replaced ASAP!




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Hogie
January 14, 2017, 6:25pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Paula,
              no matter how clever one is (I'm a right bright spark) things go embarrassingly wrong at times.

Mistakes happen.

Roger


TR4A 1967 daily(ish) driver
TR41962  having surgery at present
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RobPearce
January 14, 2017, 7:37pm Report to Moderator

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Ah, the old running out of fuel trick   Takes me back to my first Vitesse. The fuel gauge was always off and then stopped working entirely. I got quite good at estimating how many miles I'd get from a tankful. When I investigated the fault, it turned out the float on the sender was full of petrol, and thus not... err... floating. There was a pinhole in it. I didn't have a spare to hand so I emptied it out, plugged it as best I could and made do. Worked quite well for a while...

Glad you've got it all sorted on the carbs front, and no new fuel pump needed.


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Rallyspit
January 14, 2017, 7:45pm Report to Moderator
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Don't forget to change the reserve lever back once you've filled up. Otherwise you will pick up all the crap from the bottom of your tank. Putting the lever back to main sucks the fuel from slightly higher up the tank.
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Paula
January 14, 2017, 8:19pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from RobPearce
Ah, the old running out of fuel trick   Takes me back to my first Vitesse. The fuel gauge was always off and then stopped working entirely. I got quite good at estimating how many miles I'd get from a tankful. When I investigated the fault, it turned out the float on the sender was full of petrol, and thus not... err... floating. There was a pinhole in it. I didn't have a spare to hand so I emptied it out, plugged it as best I could and made do. Worked quite well for a while...

Glad you've got it all sorted on the carbs front, and no new fuel pump needed.


Thanks!
Very happy and i've learnt so much so quickly!
I think the problem is with the gauge. More investigating needed!


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Paula
January 14, 2017, 8:20pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Rallyspit
Don't forget to change the reserve lever back once you've filled up. Otherwise you will pick up all the crap from the bottom of your tank. Putting the lever back to main sucks the fuel from slightly higher up the tank.


I remembered that from my Vespa days!


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Paula
January 14, 2017, 8:22pm Report to Moderator

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What do we do with this thread now?
I've more to do and i'll definitely have more questions.
Should i start a new thread for each problem now?
(I may print this one and keep it)


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yorkshire_spam
January 14, 2017, 8:24pm Report to Moderator

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Your choice! Some of us keep a blog, others a single thread (See WIMPUS' thread in the spitfire/gt6 section!) others just post in the most appropriate section each time we need something.
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Paula
January 14, 2017, 8:34pm Report to Moderator

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Oh i'll keep it going then!
Can we drop the broken down bit?
Tempting fate a bit!


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Dannyb
January 14, 2017, 9:17pm Report to Moderator

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keep the thread going it's interesting seeing how you get on with the car..
I remember when I first got my Vespa back in 1969 I ran out of petrol so lent down and switched the reserve on but it never made any difference, I pushed the scooter 2 miles to a garage and filled her up, but it still never started.
It turned out I'd switch the petrol to off. It wasn't embarrassing because I never told anyone


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RBRR Finisher 2012  2014  2016
My first car in 1970 was a 1965 Spitfire4 with 8 port head stage 2 conversion
Now drive 1980 Spitfire 1500
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Paula
January 14, 2017, 10:23pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Dannyb
keep the thread going it's interesting seeing how you get on with the car..
I remember when I first got my Vespa back in 1969 I ran out of petrol so lent down and switched the reserve on but it never made any difference, I pushed the scooter 2 miles to a garage and filled her up, but it still never started.
It turned out I'd switch the petrol to off. It wasn't embarrassing because I never told anyone


Ha! Brilliant


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January 15, 2017, 9:44am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Paula
Oh i'll keep it going then!
Can we drop the broken down bit?
Tempting fate a bit!


Just tell me what you would like the thread title to be and I will change it.


PLEASE help us to maintain a friendly forum, use Report post button if you see anything you are unhappy with. Thanks.
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Paula
January 15, 2017, 9:57am Report to Moderator

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Just spent 5 mins with a socket on the steering wheel nut to undo it (The steering wheel was put on upside down) the horn was going off like a crazy giant dinosaur bird all the time i was undoing it.
It was only after i got it off i realised you could pull the little plunger out to stop that happening.
Sorry neighbors!


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Hogie
January 15, 2017, 10:57am Report to Moderator
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Hi Paula,
                 keep this thread running.
On another forum I started a thread for my TR4 rebuild. It has had over 1000 replies/posts and nearly 60,000 views.
If you have any funny moments/events (like running out of petrol) post them as it breaks up the boring bits.

All the best

Roger


TR4A 1967 daily(ish) driver
TR41962  having surgery at present
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Richard B
January 15, 2017, 12:29pm Report to Moderator

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I know I moved it here (previously).

But if you intend to keep it going, maybe it should be sent back to the Herald / Vitesse section?


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