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 on: Today at 09:14:57 AM 
Started by simonandjuliet - Last post by davidwheeler
Thank you but no!

 on: Yesterday at 08:03:38 PM 
Started by simonandjuliet - Last post by simonandjuliet
David, thank you for your comments. I deliberated long and hard during the rebuild process about steel rods and decided against for 2 reasons - 1/ I didn't want to increase the reciprocating weight and then have to re-balance everything, as per your experience & 2/ I have a number of original, new and unused conrods that haven't been through the same mechanical "challenges" as most 70 yr old rods.

I also decided not to increase the engine capacity or increase the compression ratio and to stay roughly with the original setup. As with everything, time will tell !

In between wine-sales planning (we are shipping a small quantity of wine to a bonded warehouse in the UK for interested parties - please let me know if you would like to buy a case ....) I have been busy with the top end today

Head has been de-coked, fitted with new valves & springs. One of the inner springs was broken on this head, so I decided to change the lot - I have several sets of new springs if anyone is interested. Head has been painted and is now ready to fit. The old-school spring compressor was good for 7 of 8 valves .... the last one was done with a push type compressor which leaves a bruise on the solar-plexus

The rest of the afternoon was spent dismantling, cleaning and rebuilding the rocker gear.

Aprilia rocker gear can suffer from poor lubrication due to insufficient oil changes and a poor filtration system - compare the 2 cam followers - so I have gone through my spares and chosen the best followers I have and also fitted all new tappets. Some of the followers just need a light stoning but others were way beyond.

I had to remove the end plugs (just like core plugs) of the central shaft to clean it properly, all the lubrication holes were blocked and the rod was filled with a sludge that would have been more at home on the Brent oil fields

The cams suffer equally badly, and this is the best one I have . It has an unusual peg on the back , so presumably was for a rev counter or something ??

A few gratuitous photos to satisfy the detail-loving amongst us !

ps I made a new bracket and fitted the coil in the correct position .......

 on: Yesterday at 07:04:37 PM 
Started by simonandjuliet - Last post by simonandjuliet
Thanks for your replies, I have sent off a sample to get a quote and will keep you informed !

David , can you be tempted to return to a mechanical pump (with electric back up) ?

 on: Yesterday at 06:19:14 PM 
Started by frankxhv773t - Last post by Sliding Pillar
MGH4Y belonged to my first wife in the late eighties, I persuaded her to sell it and buy an Aprilia instead.   Grin

 on: Yesterday at 05:43:15 PM 
Started by simonandjuliet - Last post by stanley sweet
Simon - to please everybody you'll have to have one side Euro spec and the other UK spec. Well, everybody apart from the bloke at the Controle Techique place.

 on: Yesterday at 04:02:13 PM 
Started by frankxhv773t - Last post by Paul Greenway

The one for 18,495 'MGH 4Y' recently passed through auction for 10,620 so there's some mark up on it.

 on: Yesterday at 01:45:46 PM 
Started by Augustacab - Last post by JohnMillham
I am starting the process of replacing the rear oil seals on my Augusta - I have seen the notes in the Newsletters so am happy about the new oil seals - but how do you draw out the half shafts after you have removed the bearing retaining nut and out seal? Is there anything else I need to know?
It just pulls out. You might have to make a puller if it's stuck. Or borrow mine, if I can find it. It's a simple bar with two threaded holes and a bigger hole in the centre which goes on the half shaft, under the nut.
Regards, John

 on: Yesterday at 11:40:08 AM 
Started by simonandjuliet - Last post by Derek Moore
I've always preferred the UK look as I think it balances neatly with the upswept rear.

 on: 18 October, 2017, 09:30:20 PM 
Started by simonandjuliet - Last post by nthomas1
There was quite a debate on Facebook on this topic a little while back, with the Italian community generally thinking that the UK regulations spoiled the design. Personally, I like both the mainland European look and the UK raised headlight look.  I guess I'm biased as the S2 that I'm currently renovating is my third Fulvia with the UK headlamps!

 on: 18 October, 2017, 07:56:02 PM 
Started by colinw - Last post by Paul Greenway

You are probably better off getting a transport company to bring it back home. Depending were you are it can cost less than 500.00

I personally imported a Thesis back in 2012 from Turin & chose to drive it home. Getting temporary plates & documentation for the car was easy, the part giving me most grief was the insurance, despite every which way I went I came to dead end until my employers put it on their International insurance to allow me to drive it home. (There is a big thread in the Thesis section from the time).

In 2015 when I imported my Fulvia Sport from Germany, I arranged with the dealer to sort out a transporter for me. He arranged with a German company to bring it over to Lancashire along with a Maserati Sebring and it cost around 500 for the privilege. The transporter was then collecting a Bugatti Veyron from Bradford and a Diablo from Essex for the return trip to Europe.

Unless you desperately require to drive your pride & joy back to Blighty then I would personally look at alternatives.

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