[TR] Pesky exhaust leak

Wbeech@flash.net wbeech at flash.net
Wed Nov 30 07:00:34 MST 2016

Sounds like you have a fun winter lined up.  

You might consider changing over to DOT-5 brake fluid, no paint problems if you get any spillage/seepage.  

If you smell like exhaust fumes, DON'T DRIVE IT CLOSED UP until to get that fixed.  Interesting method to check, I just get under the car and listen.  

The O/D will be like having a whole new car!

Bill B

Sent from my Altair 8800

On Nov 29, 2016, at 5:57 PM, Dave Connitt <dconnitt at fuse.net> wrote:

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week. I haven’t had a chance to post much to the list but thought I would pass this on.
I have been enjoying my TR4A quite a bit this last driving season but am now faced with about one more decent weekend until the dreaded white stuff starts showing up. At that point, I can start doing some maintenance on a few things I have come across.
One issue is that last year, the plastic cap on my clutch master cylinder split, spilling dot3 brake fluid all over the master cylinder mounting bracket and the top of the firewall where it sits. I have all the paint but just couldn’t bring myself to fix it while the weather was nice.
The second issue is something I just noticed since I have been driving around with the top up. I have an exhaust leak somewhere as I smell like a tailpipe after about 30 minutes of driving with the top up. I have a stainless steel exhaust with a 4 into 1 header terminating into dual exhaust pipes. I have been trying to figure out a way to find the leak with the car on the ground but that is hopeless. I did see something on YouTube though that I am going to try. This guy used his shop vac with the hose plugged into the exhaust instead of the suction end by connecting the hose to his tail pipe, turning on the shop vac and then sprayed soapy water at each joint until he found the leak. I guess I will have to get the car up on jack stands to do it but it should work.
Finally, I bought a combination water temp./oil pressure gauge that fits into the dash to replace my crappy temperature guage with the idea of using the empty hole in the dash to add a oil temperature gauge. I have an aluminum sump which has a bung for a sensor but the hole is just a tiny bit too small to get the sender into the sump so I will have to remove the sump, drill out the hole a bit and re-install it.
If I get all that done this winter it would be awesome.
Oh, and I found a rebuilt A-type overdrive that I will be picking up sometime around February.
Sounds like a busy winter for Dave.

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