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ferny
January 15, 2017, 12:32pm Report to Moderator

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I always kept mine running on reserve with a good fuel filter. I'd rather have all the fuel to use and let the filter deal with the dirt rather than having a "back-up" full of shite.

And I've had the same issue with running out of fuel. Once because I'd forgotten my gauge read backwards and only started to move to full when I was almost empty, once on my driveway the day after a 60 mile trip which started with "I better fill up before I leave, but I can't be arsed" and finally when I was waiting in the queue to get fuel... Well, those are the only Triumph related times...


Acclaim - fully working and on the road
13/60 Herald - mx5 powered and other such fun things, legal enough...
Mk1 2000 - it's still alive, just sleeping
Expert 815d - the slug

If in doubt, do up until you hear the crack and then go another 1/4 turn to ensure tightness.
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WIMPUS
January 15, 2017, 2:14pm Report to Moderator

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I've been reading this thread now and i enjoyed it  

I've been keeping a single thread on this forum for some years now.
Already 155 pages long now  
It's not from all the work i've done on the car, but from when i was doing bodywork until now (driving her daily and nearly 60.000miles later).

Sometimes i post questions in a new thread when it's something special etc.

http://club.triumph.org.uk/cgi-bin/forum10/Blah.pl/Blah.pl?m-1345748567/

Wim


Triumph Spitfire 1500 ( 1978 ) / The Fox  

16/09/2013: First good test drive in 2,5years !
30/09/2013: Back from the garage and on the road !
sept 2014: Now done more then 13.000 miles !
sept 2014: Done 29.000 miles & passed her years inspection again.

Feb 2016: New gearbox and overdrive.
July 2016: Done 45.000 miles.

27Aug 2017: Done 74.500miles !

Enjoying every bit of her, sometimes a 'bit' sideways  
& Also my (only) everyday car !!

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kin74
January 15, 2017, 3:52pm Report to Moderator

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The fuel problem is a classic, thankfully the Vitesse has the reserve which save your life!

Get used to recognize the real empty position of you gauge indicator and - possibly - replace the current bimetallic voltage stabilizer with this one: http://www.moss-europe.co.uk/voltage-stabiliser-negative-earth-bha4602.html
It's a cheap, hidden but big improvement.


Alessandro Maschi

Triumph In Italy

1964 Spitfire 4 (sold)
1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
1969 GT6 Mk2 (running)
1975 Spitfire 1500 (sold)
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Mark Hammond
January 15, 2017, 7:47pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from kin74
The fuel problem is a classic, thankfully the Vitesse has the reserve which save your life!

Get used to recognize the real empty position of you gauge indicator and - possibly - replace the current bimetallic voltage stabilizer with this one: http://www.moss-europe.co.uk/voltage-stabiliser-negative-earth-bha4602.html
It's a cheap, hidden but big improvement.


I wasn't aware that the 1600cc Vitesse 6 had a stabiliser.......

Mark


Herald 1200 Saloon, owned (in the family) from new, Royal Blue/Black trim
[color=purple]MX-5 Z-Sport (Tweaked to 200bhp)2007,
Suzuki Vitara S Auto, Cosmic Black, 2017.
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kin74
January 16, 2017, 7:34am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Mark Hammond


I wasn't aware that the 1600cc Vitesse 6 had a stabiliser.......

Mark

Er... for some reason I though Paula's Vitesse was a 2 litre. It seems I lost a couple of small details of this story, somewhere...


Alessandro Maschi

Triumph In Italy

1964 Spitfire 4 (sold)
1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
1969 GT6 Mk2 (running)
1975 Spitfire 1500 (sold)
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Hogie
January 16, 2017, 9:23am Report to Moderator
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Hi Mark,
            I'm guessing here, but if the 1600 has temp and fuel gauges with the bi-metal/heater design then they would require the voltage stabiliser (I think)!!!

Roger


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TR41962  having surgery at present
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Paula
January 16, 2017, 3:50pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Richard B
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?


Good idea!


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Richard B
January 16, 2017, 3:59pm Report to Moderator

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Returned to "from whence it came"  

JRR Tolkien



Gramatically incorrect, but who am I to argue  


Surrey AO and Triumph Hoover, Location: Guildford - Surrey,
Spitfire 2.5PI - 1967 having surgery, PI Saloon - 1969 RBRR x 3, PI Estate - 1969 (to restore), Stag - 1971 RBRR x 2,
PI Saloon MkII - 1971(stalled project), Sold some cars!  

Daughters own: Herald 1500 1961, Herald 1500 Coupe 1962, Dolomite 1300 1976, Herald 13/60 Estate 1970
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Paula
January 16, 2017, 4:18pm Report to Moderator

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For FRODO!


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Mark Hammond
January 16, 2017, 7:14pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Hogie
Hi Mark,
            I'm guessing here, but if the 1600 has temp and fuel gauges with the bi-metal/heater design then they would require the voltage stabiliser (I think)!!!

Roger


I stand to be corrected (someone will) but I am sure that the 1600 is non stabilised.  If Paula's car is the one from eBay from a few weeks ago then I do believe it's a 1600.

Paula, please confirm?

Mark


Herald 1200 Saloon, owned (in the family) from new, Royal Blue/Black trim
[color=purple]MX-5 Z-Sport (Tweaked to 200bhp)2007,
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Paula
January 16, 2017, 10:03pm Report to Moderator

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Yes. It's a 1600


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Paula
January 16, 2017, 10:17pm Report to Moderator

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As far as i can tell at the moment the problem is with the gauge as the sender meters out correct (about 30 Ohms at full) and the same reading at the meter. I can run the needle up and down ok with my potentiometer, but the the ohms are all wrong. I wrote down the figures but i think i've made a mistake as they don't make sense.
I'm going to re check and post them here. I also didn't check the voltage at the gauge.
I'm thinking of upgrading the Dynamo to an Alternator too. I'm getting dim headlights and very slow indicators at idle and as i'm using this in London i fear for the battery.
I have a basic understanding of pretty much everything (a real danger!) but this really helped:
http://www.mossmotoring.com/generator-to-alternator-conversion/

I'd love to hear of a easy and cheap way without spending £150 on a kit.

After that i'll probably fit a stereo and a heated rear window element........ Big ideas!!!

The funs only just begun!
I drove to work today and i was the happiest person in London!!!!!!!!!


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heraldcoupe
January 16, 2017, 10:44pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Mark Hammond
I stand to be corrected (someone will) but I am sure that the 1600 is non stabilised.  


I've just checked the factory wiring diagram and it confirms that there is no voltage stabiliser,

Cheers,
Bill.


Enthusiast and collector of early Heralds.

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RobPearce
January 16, 2017, 10:46pm Report to Moderator

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The alternator conversion has, I'm sure, been covered somewhere on here more than once. However, the essence is:
- find an alternator. The type that was fitted to Dolomites and later Spitfires is easiest, and they are available at reasonable prices
- find the requisite mounting bracket. Again, the one from a Dolomite or 2000 saloon. It's a cast lump that replaces the folded pressed steel thing on the dynamo
- you will also need a spacer tube and a very long bolt, instead of the hex bar thing on the dynamo
- when you've swapped all that lot over, you need to bypass the regulator box. The big wires (brown and brown/green) just get connected together (so the alternator's big terminals go directly to the battery), and the brown/yellows get connected together (so the warning lamp goes to the alternator's small terminal). Make sure both connections are well insulated, of course.

Somebody on here may even have the bits you need lying around. I don't think I do, though (or rather, the alternator in the box on my shelf has a dodgy regulator, so it wouldn't be any good for you).


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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Paula
January 16, 2017, 10:58pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from ferny
I always kept mine running on reserve with a good fuel filter. I'd rather have all the fuel to use and let the filter deal with the dirt rather than having a "back-up" full of shite.

And I've had the same issue with running out of fuel. Once because I'd forgotten my gauge read backwards and only started to move to full when I was almost empty, once on my driveway the day after a 60 mile trip which started with "I better fill up before I leave, but I can't be arsed" and finally when I was waiting in the queue to get fuel... Well, those are the only Triumph related times...


I think my gauge has a similar problem. reads around half when full and goes up to full when getting lower...........
Must be the gauge i assume? can i calibrate it or get it serviced?


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