[Healeys] Paris problems

Oudesluys coudesluijs at chello.nl
Thu May 25 01:24:16 MDT 2017

Master Brake cilinder!
Kees Oudesluijs

Op 24-5-2017 om 23:04 schreef Simon Lachlan:
> Hi,
> I have been to Paris and, touch wood, was able to help my nephew get 
> his BJ8 up and running. In order to arm myself with all the 
> information that I could get hold of I’ve asked you guys quite a few 
> questions and been pretty stingy with the thanks and feedback.
> So:-
>  1. When we picked the car up at the port, it was hard to start –
>     unsurprisingly, I thought – and it didn’t run very well. But it
>     made the 100+ miles to Paris, only really baulking when traffic
>     slowed us down and the revs dropped.
>  2. Subsequent to that, the car ran badly…….erratic firing and then
>     flat battery.
>  3. My nephew suspected the battery and bought a new one. That went
>     flat and the erratic behaviour continued.
>  4. I suspected the generator and inquired of the list regarding symptoms.
>  5. I also got my nephew to run the standard “Does the generator
>     work?” tests. It failed them all.
>  6. About this time, the front carb started to leak……nothing much, but
>     the behaviour and location of the leak pointed me away from the
>     float bowl.
> Some background, maybe some clues. We’ll never know:- there are often 
> a stack of bits that come with an old car. In this case, the stack was 
> pretty big and, amongst other things, was a new Indian RB340 Lucas 
> lookalike Voltage Regulator/Control Box. The car was fitted with 
> another Indian RB340 lookalike which looked brand new. That box was 
> wearing the original Lucas’s lid.
> There were also a number of carb bits…….seals, jets and so forth. Plus 
> a few drum brake rubber parts. Now, hindsight is a lovely thing, but – 
> retrospectively – one wonders.
>  7. I brought a new generator over from the UK plus other parts and
>     tools. Not easy these days what with security at the airports etcetc.
>  8. We fitted the new generator. The car started, “no charge” red
>     light went off and engine ran well for, say, a minute. Then, smoke
>     from insulation on large terminal on generator. I suspected
>     polarity and/or control box.
>  9. However, the attempts at starting seemed to have turned the front
>     carb’s leak into a flood.
> 10. More questions to you guys. I suspected the diaphragm…..the sheer
>     volume and location of the leak pushed me in that direction and
>     you all agreed.
> 11. So, a two carb rebuild kit was ordered from the UK and, quite
>     miraculously, turned up within 18 hours.
> 12. Removed the carbs…..what joy.
> 13. The front diaphragm was dry and split around the centre. The rear
>     wasn’t much better, but it wasn’t leaking yet.
> 14. Curiously, or so I thought, the carbs showed some signs of being
>     rebuilt, but rather inconsistently and not the same parts in both
>     carbs. But why do the little bits and not the big one, the “Usual
>     Culprits”??
> 15. Anyhow, the rebuild worked and the drip/flood stopped.
> 16. Back, finally, to the generator…..not previously having liked the
>     mix of frying generator and spouting petrol.
> 17. We had no luck initially but, after tidying up all the ignition
>     wiring and polarizing the generator we proceeded.
> 18. The generator still worked. It passed the “Motor test”.
> 19. The wiring to the, just in case polarized, Control Box was OK. So…..
> 20. We swapped the control boxes and hey presto…..no red light, no
>     smoke, no erratic running. ie, everything they say about those
>     boxes is true.
> 21. Thereafter, the car’s run well. Starts first time and runs
>     strongly once it’s warmed up.
> And, if you’ve read this far, thank you all very much for your help.
> Regarding not having a manual, I think that, between us, my nephew and 
> I are virtually into double figures. I do the research, read the 
> manuals, make up my mind and then, before I make a catastrophic 
> cock-up, I ask the gurus. Can save a lot of time and, in this case, an 
> airfare or two!
> Now…… now, I think it’s leaking brake fluid somewhere. In the servo 
> somewhere is my guess. But the car’s in Paris; my nephew’s in the 
> South of France and I’m in the UK. So, we’ll have to wait and see. It 
> may be nothing, but I wonder if the car, having sat around idle for 
> ages, may have dried out any number of seals and God knows what. We’ll 
> see…..
> Simon
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