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by FI Spyder
07 Jul 2019 15:50
Forum: TR7
Topic: Starter fault
Replies: 9
Views: 135

Re: Starter fault

Had the problem for years. First changed the starter to Nippon Denso, didn't solve the problem. I sprayed the connector to the relay by the fuse box and that worked for a couple years with me spraying it with electronic contract cleaner every couple of months which became more frequent. Pulled that ...
by FI Spyder
04 Jul 2019 15:12
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: hello!
Replies: 54
Views: 9388

Re: hello!

When I joined my English car club in 2003 with a Spitfire to be restored, there wasn't one wedge in it. In 2005 I mentioned I was thinking of buying a TR7 the answer was "Oh, no, you don't want to do that". That summer, a fellow moved into town and joined with a black TR7 (resprayed). Look...
by FI Spyder
21 Jun 2019 15:07
Forum: TR7
Topic: paint for Tr7 help please
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: paint for Tr7 help please

Thermo Plastic Acrylic was used on the Spider (I have the TPA Paint sticker on the top of the LH strut). I don't know if that was used on all the colours, or on what years. It was dull when applied on and put in a heat tunnel to melt it and obtain the glossy smooth finish. You would not be able to r...
by FI Spyder
25 May 2019 14:40
Forum: TR7
Topic: Guaranteed A1100% Hand Brake Adjustment..Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 3450

Re: Guaranteed A1100% Hand Brake Adjustment..Please!

I always thought that is how they are designed to work.
by FI Spyder
20 May 2019 14:39
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Fuel Tank Filler Tube - RKC3533S
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: Fuel Tank Filler Tube - RKC3533S

Metal Prep is the new name for Metalready.
by FI Spyder
19 May 2019 14:59
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Fuel Tank Filler Tube - RKC3533S
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: Fuel Tank Filler Tube - RKC3533S

I always like to use the original parts when ever possible (to keep the car original, the rarest of all cars). There are a number of ways to get rust off of convoluted parts like filler tube. Soaking in a mixture of molasses and water does it (cheap molasses can be bought at animal feed stores but i...
by FI Spyder
29 Mar 2019 14:31
Forum: TR7
Topic: What have i done !!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: What have i done !!!!

I used a white rubber mallet (also useful to tap paint can lids back on) to tap the back of the wheel to loosen it (nut still on). Came off easy. Mind you that's on a Sacramento car were fasteners are almost new looking so not really representative of most cars.
by FI Spyder
09 Mar 2019 15:00
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Completely Dead
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: Completely Dead

I had an intermittent dead car for years. Sometimes it would start and run properly sometimes it would be dead, some click and go dead. This often happened when I went into town, do my shopping, get in the car and....dead. I found if I went under the hood and wiggled the 12V distribution clamp on th...
by FI Spyder
06 Mar 2019 14:45
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Quality Issues
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Quality Issues

It would be interested to find out but I suspect you would have to interview the people from Bob Tullius's crew that did the work 44 years ago. It wasn't to find out what had to be corrected at the factory, it was to get as many press cars ready for the road as possible in a very limited amount of t...
by FI Spyder
03 Mar 2019 15:05
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: POWER STEERING
Replies: 19
Views: 998

Re: POWER STEERING

I had the worst of all worlds with the Spider for a stock machine, 13" steering wheel of the PS TR8 and manual steering of the TR7. I changed to needle bearing setup up which ready helped but I was comparing a dried friction set up to greased bearings so not a real/fair comparison. When the lea...
by FI Spyder
01 Mar 2019 14:39
Forum: TR7
Topic: One of those days when you think you are winning.....
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: One of those days when you think you are winning.....

Fiddling around in the dash/console moves wires around and they can break (usually at the clips which is the weak point.) When looking why my radio only on one speaker I took the console out twice. My dash lights stopped working. Turned out the 12V line from the dimmer had broke at one of the clips,...
by FI Spyder
20 Feb 2019 14:37
Forum: TR7
Topic: One of those days when you think you are winning.....
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: One of those days when you think you are winning.....

Giving it more thought the cover would have to be handed so reasoning that the switch is upside down and doesn't need protection is one way to eliminate the cost of having an extra part made (ignoring the fact of if it's wet enough there might be capillary action that will wick moisture up from the ...
by FI Spyder
19 Feb 2019 15:17
Forum: TR7
Topic: One of those days when you think you are winning.....
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: One of those days when you think you are winning.....

It hadn't dawned on me that it would be on other side. I'm assuming the wiring/switch would be mirror image. Not sure off hand if the rubber cover is handed.
by FI Spyder
18 Feb 2019 14:49
Forum: TR7
Topic: One of those days when you think you are winning.....
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: One of those days when you think you are winning.....

Once the rubber cover is off you should be able to see the switch and screws. The motor is free to move around a bit so you can gain access to them better. I can't remember exactly what I used but I have a thin long stemmed magnetic Phillips and a stubby Japanese Phillips (is a better fit to Phillip...
by FI Spyder
17 Feb 2019 14:37
Forum: TR7
Topic: One of those days when you think you are winning.....
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: One of those days when you think you are winning.....

If the wipers won't stop, the parking switch is out of adjustment. When my cracked parking tab broke the wipers wouldn't stop. You can make them stop by disconnecting the connecter that is under dash by the steering column but they won't turn on until reconnecting. After I resoldered the tab reinfor...

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