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« Reply #225 on: 05 October, 2010, 11:47:01 AM »

I shall remember that its not original if I ever judge the concours Wink Cheesy
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« Reply #226 on: 02 January, 2011, 12:13:03 AM »

Confidence in Modestine's reliability took another hard knock yesterday when she boiled just before arriving at the VSCC Brooklands' New Year meet and again within a mile or two of leaving for home.

So, investigation begins on Monday to try and find the cause.

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« Reply #227 on: 02 January, 2011, 12:26:11 AM »

On a brighter note, I stopped for fuel a few miles from home on the way to Brooklands and a gentleman approached and asked if it was the V8 Lancia. Turned out to be Dick Crossthwait of Crossthwait and Gardener who rebuilt and much modified a Dilambda some years ago.

I purchased some S1 wheel rims from them at the time and sold them recently to a chap in Belgium who is doing a re-construction of a racing Dilambda.

Dick suggested I call in and see him sometime as he has 1 good second hand and 1 brand new Dilambda cylinder head gasket which could be mine for a donation to the tea kitty. Result!  Smiley

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« Reply #228 on: 04 January, 2011, 08:46:59 AM »

I'm sorry I can't offer any sage advice except my commisserations Robin.  Sad

However, maybe this will sweeten things up a bit, and put a little smile on the dial while making a donation to the tea kitty.

(On the other side it has printed "MULTI MERCANTIL SA 6593 CADENAZZO", and a sketch of a 1901 Fiat 8 HP.)


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« Reply #229 on: 11 January, 2011, 11:26:29 PM »

As I suspected, the over heating was due to failure of the water pump drive. The square end of the pump shaft (pic 1) locates in a square hole in a plate which is bolted to one of the timing chain sprockets and this hole had become rounded instead of being square (pic 2).

My local restorers drilled the hole oversize,  pressed in a piece of steel bar and then spark eroded the square hole. (pic 3)

All is well once more as demonstrated by a trouble free run into central London for the Lambda Winter Lunch on Saturday last.

Robin.


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« Reply #230 on: 12 January, 2011, 01:29:10 AM »

As I suspected, the over heating was due to failure of the water pump drive. The square end of the pump shaft (pic 1) locates in a square hole in a plate which is bolted to one of the timing chain sprockets and this hole had become rounded instead of being square (pic 2).

My local restorers drilled the hole oversize,  pressed in a piece of steel bar and then spark eroded the square hole. (pic 3)

All is well once more as demonstrated by a trouble free run into central London for the Lambda Winter Lunch on Saturday last.

Robin.

Great job, pleased it was nothing more serious for a change Roll Eyes

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« Reply #231 on: 22 March, 2011, 04:02:57 PM »

Fame at last! Modestine made the front cover of ... No, not Hello Magazine ... ... but Classic Motor Monthly incorporating The Autojumbler. It was advertising a report inside on ... ... Old Farts Run! I trust Modestine is suitably insulted!
See photos. Regards, John


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« Reply #232 on: 22 March, 2011, 07:23:04 PM »

"Old Farts Run", my invite obviously got lost in the post.   Grin
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« Reply #233 on: 22 March, 2011, 08:17:43 PM »

Fame at last! Modestine made the front cover of ... No, not Hello Magazine ... ... but Classic Motor Monthly incorporating The Autojumbler. It was advertising a report inside on ... ... Old Farts Run! I trust Modestine is suitably insulted!
See photos. Regards, John

Come on John,
Where's the inside report, do keep us waiting with bated breath!

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« Reply #234 on: 22 March, 2011, 11:47:49 PM »

Insulted? I should say so, especially as SHE WAS NOT THERE!

She was at Brooklands on New Years Day and although she consorts regularly with an 'Old Fart' she is most certainly too much of a lady to refer to him as such.  Kiss

She is taking legal advice as to whether she can bring charges of mis-representation and deformation of character against  Classic Motor Monthly. The cheek of it!  Angry

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« Reply #235 on: 19 April, 2011, 11:17:16 PM »

Steering wheel shake has been an ever present problem in varying degrees with Modestine since 2006 and with a very busy summer ahead I decided to have it investigated by Vibration Free who are just off the M40 at Oxford. And am I glad I did!

Two days after driving the car up to them Steve Smith rang with good and bad news. The good news was that he was pretty sure that he had identified the problem, it being that the front wheels were 8 degrees toe out instead of 3 degrees toe in. This was an identical fault he had diagnosed on Victor Lane's then Dilambda some years ago. The bad news was that there was no adjustment left to correct the fault and worse still that the off side track rod ball and pin was almost fractured through and had been for some time! See photo.  Shocked

He could provide the necessary adjustment by shortening the track rod but could I supply two new track rod ends - not a chance! Committed to using the car for a friends wedding in 10 days time I went into panic mode. This resulted in a phone call to Keith Bowley at Vintage Restorations Ashton Keynes who is rebuilding the ex Ronnie Barker Dilambda. He very kindly lent me his overhauled track rod which Steve collected and used to repair mine.

So, a week after leaving the car with VF I collected it and drove the 120 miles home devoid of steering shake for pretty much the first time since 2006.  Summer here we come!  Smiley

To date I had not got round to investigating fully the Bijur one shot lubrication system which, by depressing a peddle under the instrument panel, delivers a shot of oil to various moving parts in the drive train, suspension and steering. I now know that one of the copper pipes from the oil reservoir feeds to the steering box and thence by a small bore tube on the inside of the drop arm and drag link to the offside track rod joint. A further tube inside the track rod then carries oil to the nearside joint. It appears that the feed to the track rod ends has been ineffective which hasn't helped.

Vibration Free are well worth contacting if you need anything balancing or a vibration diagnosed. http://www.vibrationfree.co.uk/index.html They also made a prop shaft for Modestine a few years ago.

Robin.

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« Reply #236 on: 20 April, 2011, 03:51:27 PM »

Now that could have been really nasty, Ouch!

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« Reply #237 on: 30 June, 2011, 10:46:39 PM »

 OK so 'one swallow doesn't make a summer' but it seems that after several false dawns I may at last have got to the bottom of Modestine's erratic running. Having stripped and cleaned the carburetor  for the umpteenth time  she ran splendidly for the 120 mile return trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed today. Fingers crossed eh?

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« Reply #238 on: 30 June, 2011, 10:56:07 PM »

Yes - fingers crossed for you Robin, along with everything else crossed too!

Enjoy Goodwood and we all look forward to hearing about it afterwards.

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« Reply #239 on: 01 July, 2011, 09:47:27 AM »

I 've engoyed following your thread about Modestine, I think I know her very well at this stage, I'm sure She be at the Agm. Thanks David. Grin
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