Haha ... so true. I can resist anything but temptation..John, John, John, John, John, John, John, you just can't keep it in your trousers can you?! (Your wallet, I mean, obviously!) Still, another one saved, so well done.
How's KX54 coming along?
Haha.. you're norf of da buddr ... so that's like foreigner territory to us Southerners... More seriously, if you're ever in these parts and have time to pop by for a chat and a cuppa, please get in touch. Over the years I have met many MG and Rover enthusiasts and always enjoy sharing experiences about a common interest. I take pictures of the cars of every visitor. Now well over one hundred. My older son also has many young MG and Rover enthusiast friends and he often had visitors, including one from as far away as New Zealand who keeps and MG Midget here for visits. :~Oh how I wish I could share a pint with you sometime to compare notes. Alas being at the other end of the country it will likely never happen, however here's my take on jubilee clips.
The jubilee clips are prone to collapse the unsupported plastic t-piece, because they do not grip evenly and the plastic stub soon ends up egged with heat or even worse collapses with too much pressure applied. You would be better going back to the scrappy and also collecting some of that spring type of clips which give an even clamping force. There are a few spring clips fitted to a KV6 that will fit.
This is the reason folks end up cursing the original plastic t-piece and buy an alloy t-piece instead because during the life of the car the original swaged pips clips loose their tension and start to leak, the clips also cut into the easily cut turbo hoses leading to leaks. some folks cut a little bit off and fit them with a jubilee clip only to find them leaking again. If decent spring clips and a light touch are used you will not have an issue with the plastic t-piece.
Having spent the whole weekend on sons ZS180 doing the timing belts and finding all sorts of leaks. I found the dreaded jubilee clip bodger had been at it on plastic housings too and had collapsed the pipe.
Jubliee clips work well on older cars which are mainly fitted with metal stubs but if you use them on plastic you are asking for a problem if you cant control the tightness of the jubilee clip.
Some plastic stubs have metal inserts where the jubilee clip will work fine such as the intercooler hose on the turbo models. MG Rover in their wisdom unfortunately decided to omit inner metal sleeves from the plastic connection for one reason or another to the detriment of the vehicles life if some heavy handed person sets to the car.
'er indoors? ...Hi John
been reading a lot of your stuff tonight, really good and interesting stuff
and I wonder if you can help me with my problem, I've been doing a CHG on my Rover 25 and now trying to install new valves, got the old ones out easily by the hammer way, I have now bought my second spring compressor to install them but none of them worked, could you recommend one that will suit the job, been of road from before Christmas as poor weather not allowing me much time to work on it, and getting some agro indoors,
Lost count of the times this frustratingly boring autumn and late winter I and all my tools have got a soaking. This frustrating weather literally puts a damper on things not least my enthusiasm for the project work. Lovely bit of sunshine, get all the tools out and work area set up ready, down comes the rain from a big black cloud from nowhere...directly over me... Paranoid ... just a tad... Grrrrrrh!Cripes John - you even have a special board to fit over the k series block!
Hope the weather improves. If it makes you feel any better, I got wet earlier this week fitting a new rear caliper to the zs as the old one was sticking. Had to be done as the car was needed...
Thanks for the Birthday wishes.Happy birthday :gift:
What's the deal with the diesel then? Do you put it in instead of oil, and for how long? And do you run the engine at all?