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« Reply #240 on: 07 July, 2011, 11:42:56 PM »

MOT yesterday and a pass which was celebrated by adjusting the slipping clutch (yes, it can be done on a Dilambda). Fair bit of dismantling but Jonathan's help and the four post lift made light work of it. Cool

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« Reply #241 on: 08 July, 2011, 08:31:49 AM »

Robin, good news another year on the road, you know how to have fun!  Wink  Do you fancy any trips to Surrey later this month, we have 2 events planned 17th at Clandon Park and 24th Painshill Park?

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« Reply #242 on: 08 July, 2011, 10:34:57 PM »

Robin, good news another year on the road, you know how to have fun!  Wink  Do you fancy any trips to Surrey later this month, we have 2 events planned 17th at Clandon Park and 24th Painshill Park?

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Sorry Neil, fully commited for both of those days.

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« Reply #243 on: 14 July, 2011, 11:13:42 PM »

4 lovely ladies  Smiley

Modestine pressed into School Prom service  Cool

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« Reply #244 on: 14 July, 2011, 11:50:19 PM »

Lovely way for any young lady to arrive. Grin

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« Reply #245 on: 17 July, 2011, 03:11:14 PM »

OK, so you're probably all getting a tad bored with this saga but not as much as I am! The attached photos were taken yesterday!!
 
Modestine has developed another irritating tapping noise on tick over and having had the Welsh Wizard, aka Morris Parry, listen to it down the phone we decided that it was prudent to have a look inside just in case something nasty was going on.
 
Not a daunting task as I could do it in my sleep now. The good news is that everything appears to be in fine fettle which is a relief. So, assemble carefully checking valve and ignition timing and see what we have.
 
Could it be piston slap accentuated by slightly too advanced ignition timing? Watch this space!
 
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« Reply #246 on: 29 July, 2011, 05:29:07 AM »

All back together and nothing found to tie in with the tapping noise, although it does now seem to be less evident after a few miles.

 So, ready for the off to the LMC National Rally at Gloucester. 160 miles via Motor Wheel Services at Slough for some new Blockley tyres and Keith Bowley's Ashton Keynes Restoration at Swindon to check  the progress on Steady Barker's Dilambda restoration.

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« Reply #247 on: 29 July, 2011, 02:42:00 PM »

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« Reply #248 on: 11 January, 2012, 11:37:15 PM »

One or two members have kindly inquired as to why there have been no updates to this thread, even wondering if there was a sinister reason. Well, I did think that maybe I was beginning to weary you all with the seemingly unending catalogue of ups and downs Modestine seems hell bent on putting me through. However, the view count of the thread moves ever upwards so I relent and here is a résumé of the past six months.

Prior to the 2011 AGM Weekend I stripped the engine to investigate the knocking noise on tick over but found no obvious cause. The problem still exists and the general consensus is that it is most likely piston slap associated with the two modified pistons I fitted a couple of years ago. One benefit of the strip down was that I took the opportunity to clean out the engine water jacket and was astonished at the amount of debris removed. See picture 1. Shocked

I had also been plagued for a long time with contact breaker point gaps closing and on investigation found them to be totally knackered and shorting out. So, I had the distributor modified to electronic ignition. No bolt on kit was available so the work was carried out by Jolly Engineering of Malvern http://www.classicheads.com. A splendid job with nothing visible externally to give away the modification and greatly improved starting, idling and acceleration. Apologies to the purists. Embarrassed

On to the AGM. The plan was to travel via Motor Wheel Services at Slough and have two new Blockley rear tyres fitted and all the wheels balanced. The Blockleys are slightly smaller than the Michlins and refused to pop out evenly to the rim bead. After three hours of struggle the tyre fitter was satisfied they were OK and I set off. Five miles down the motorway one of them punctured so on with the spare and back to MWS. Three hours later and a new tyre refused to co-operate so they re-fitted the worn Michlins and I set off once more. Too late now to visit Keith Bowley at Ashton Keynes Vintage Restorations to view progress on the Steady Barker Dilambda so on to Cheltenham arriving halfway through the evening meal.

Navigatorless for the Saturday tour (Margaret preferred to be in France with the family! Cry) John Millham offered to come along and a super day we had. Not least because he drove Modestine and was able to give an objective view on how she went. Steering shake, heavy steering, brakes requiring way to much pressure and very high revs in top gear did not endear the old girl to him at all! Not at all like a good Lambda don’t ya know? Huh?

The rest of the weekend passed off very agreeably and I particularly enjoyed dressing up 1930s style as requested for the gala Dinner. Cool Picture 2 courtesy Tony Harrison.

Sunday evening it was off to Portsmouth to catch the overnight ferry to France and revel in 10 days motoring on their superb empty roads. Met a guy at a Vide Grenier (boot fair) who was selling motoring bits who, spotting my Lancia Club badge said that he had a Belna. Arranged to visit later in the week and indeed he has a very nice Belna and was thrilled to get up close and personal with a Dilambda, a model he had never seen in the metal. Photo 3. Sadly I did manage to reverse into a stone wall and damage the nearside rear wing which still awaits repair.

Home again, having left Margaret in France to await the arrival of the other half of the family I had a week running a kids camp and honour a booking for Modestine to strut her stuff as wedding transport. Lovely feeling to have Modestine putting money in my pocket for a change! Cool Incidentally for your interest, Footman James say that I can do up to ten paid for weddings in a year provided I notify them and pay £15.99 each time. I’ve since learnt that this only applies to weddings and funerals and that all other hire would require a private hire licence which is about £120 per year. Even if it’s for a relative or friend and you charge nothing you must not accept anything in kind.

All good stuff until it came time to return to France. I had arranged for MWS to collect the wheels and sort out the tyres and to return via MWS to Keith Bowley the track rod I had borrowed from him earlier in the year. Left my track rod with my local vintage repairers for them to make new joints. A week into my French leave and Keith rings to ask where his track rod is – long story short, the carrier had lost it! Shocked It took a week to convince them that they had picked it up and for them to find it at their Leeds depot instead of Heathrow where it should have gone. All still perfectly labelled and at a huge cost in mobile phone calls.

Big disappointment on my return home to find that there had been absolutely no progress in making the new track rod ends so retrieved them and sent them to Omicron who did a splendid (if costly) job of making new ones in under a month. Fitted in no time, tracked up locally and on the road once more.

Out and about regularly up to the New Year including a super Lambda Lunch at the Phoenix, Hartley Wintney where attendees included Steady Barker who’s reminiscences  were a joy to listen to ably prompted by Jack Romano.

So came to an end 2011, a year in which, by and large, Modestine behaved herself very well and we had a lot of fun. However, the clutch? Watch this space! Roll Eyes


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« Reply #249 on: 12 January, 2012, 12:01:09 AM »

Great Robin,
I'll never get bored with reading about Modestine even if sometimes it's enough to make me weep in sympathy Cry

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« Reply #250 on: 12 January, 2012, 08:32:32 AM »

Keep writing Robin, always an inspiration !!!

I'm not aware of actually having seen a Dilambda, a little upmarket for Essex, but I'm always interested to see what she been doing to you !!

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« Reply #251 on: 22 June, 2012, 09:29:35 PM »

Back in January I alluded to problems with the clutch and this was only finally (I hope!) resolved on the Friday afternoon of the Sliding Pillar Rally.

The clutch had become almost inoperative in December last and stripping it out revealed that a large casting which has the trust race at one end, a large square section spring in the middle and the fingers located in slots at the other end was disintegrating. One finger wasn't doing anything at all. 1st picture. The thrust race carrier was also cracked.

The decision was taken to weld up the damage, machine and install back in the car. On the way home from the Lambda Winter Lunch in January it was obvious that all was not well and subsequent inspection revealed that other parts of the casting were breaking up. So, after discussion with the 'Welsh Wizard' aka Morris Parry it was decided to remake the part from a 4" diameter billet of mild steel. Son, Jonathan, agreed to take on the work which took a long time on his Myford Super Seven lathe which wasn't really big enough for the job. However he persevered and made a super job of it although sadly we didn't get a photo of the finished piece until it was assembled in the pressure plate. Pictures 2, 3 & 4

A week to go to the SPR and we were quite relaxed but having got it all back together in the car we found that the new piece was sticking in the pressure plate resulting in clutch slip. Clutch out once more, made all the more arduous as having recently moved the four post lift hasn't yet been erected. Pulling the thrust race off so that we could clamp the new piece in the lathe to remove the high spots the thrust race carrier cracked again. It's Thursday evening and I'm worn out and reluctantly give up the struggle to get the car to the rally next day. I'm still not certain that there wasn't a smile of relief on Margaret's face that we would have to take the BMW!

However, lying awake early next morning I conclude that as there is a blacksmith in the village who was well able to weld the carrier I should at the very least give it a shot. So, clutch out, stripped down and with the smith as he opens up at 8am. He agrees to help and by 10am I'm back home and fitting everything back together. Test run at 2pm, all seems fine so on the road by 4pm. Big mistake! M25 at that time on a Friday is just plain daft and eventually we give up, leave the motorway and strike off across country arriving at rally HQ at 8.30pm. In retrospect we would have arrived at the same time had we left at 7pm.

Fantastic rally as always and Modestine performed out of her skin until just before Sunday lunch when the ignition packed up altogether.

To be continued!

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« Reply #252 on: 22 June, 2012, 10:01:59 PM »

As an aside to the clutch saga the attached picture shows my ingenious (well, I think it is!) method of compressing the clutch spring to allow the 8 bolts of the distance piece (removal of which allows the clutch to be extracted without removing the gearbox) to be fitted. Those of you who have been following this thread will remember that fitting the bolts the other way round (although easier) resulted in the machine gun rattle that defied detection for so long. The ratchet strap is anchored to the front axle and a coil spring compressor hooked over the fork arm thus allowing controlled compression of the spring.

I really must write up the removal and installation of the clutch sometime as it is fiendishly complicated. Turin 2006 it took two very experienced Lancia mechanics best part of a day to figure it out.

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« Reply #253 on: 22 June, 2012, 10:15:21 PM »

Sorry chaps I'm on a roll so, let's  bring the story so far up to date.

On the Sliding Pillar Rally just before Sunday lunch  the ignition system packed up altogether. Many thanks to Reg Maybury (Rachel nee Wilcock's husband and Roy's son-in-law) )who towed us to the lunch stop assisted by James Parry. I then took a huge amount of stick for converting the distributor to electronic ignition which precluded any hope of repair and resulted in our homeward journey being courtesy of AA Recovery. On the bright side we saved about £60 worth of petrol!

Returned the distributor to the guy who carried out the conversion to find that the module had indeed failed which he replaced under warranty.  I am totally unrepentant for the doing the conversion having enjoyed perfect starting, smooth running and lovely tick over since. However, I will now be carrying a spare module, coil and a set of refurbished points!

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« Reply #254 on: 29 June, 2012, 10:58:09 PM »

 RAC Midsummer Drive-In 2012 RAC Club Woodcote Park Epsom Downs.

I was recently contacted by Elaine Moore wife of the late Prof Peter Moore (known to many of you) who amongst other cars owned a 1929 Ex Maharaja Dilambda. She is having it restored and believe me it will be very impressive when finished. With Elaine's permission I will post on the car.

Elaine invited me as a guest to this event and asked me to display Modestine, which of course I was happy to do. What was a complete shock was that she was chosen as the best pre war car against, I might add. some very strong opposition. It is not just a straight concourse competition relying as much on the history of the car etc which no doubt weighed in Modestine's favour. Coupled undoubtedly with the fact that one of the judges owns a rare Lambda with a racing history! Whatever, she won and I'm exceedingly proud of her.

It was a superb event held in magnificent surroundings and culminated in a first class dinner.

Here's the link;  http://www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk/Motoring/Midsummer-Drive-In

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