Update on the club's most troublesome valver

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Update on the club's most troublesome valver

Post by Kitch » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:06 pm

First pics of it's return, taken at the Gosporteer show a couple of weeks ago. Spy th Tiv in the background, next to my g/f's dad's Tiv and the dodgey looking MG next to the BX!

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Even took it seriously enough to put literature in the windows :lol:

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And the moneygrabbers at the back:

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I'm really enjoying having it back, although there is still work to be done on the engine. The slapping valve is getting louder, and there is something loose, somewhere! It rattles it's nuts off at low revs. And apart from the constant hissing, it's running ok :)

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Post by toddao » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:19 pm

Good on you Kitch! Glad you're getting back into it. It's looking good too 8)
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Post by Matt H » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:25 pm

That is one fine looking valver!

I guess it must be nice driving it after it's been off the road for so long... Even if it isn't quite right just yet.

Those yellow fogs, and clear side repeaters are giving me ideas :)

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Post by Kitch » Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:27 pm

Yeah it's always looked alright, although its much worse up close. Most panels are dented, either due to the age or me losing my temper with it! The paint's gone cloudy on the bonnet and faded on the spoiler, but luckily the camera never picks it up.

Fogs aren't original. I bought some yellow glass paint! Was only a couple of quid, but it is wearing off. Proper yellow ones do exsist, but I've yet to grab some. Clear repeaters are everywhere....ebay, tuning mags etc. I used to switch opinions between them and standard, as these have the orange lens inside which looks a bit cheap, but overall I think it works. Your's already looks crackin anyway Matt! Best lookin BX I've seen on a recovery truck :lol:

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Post by Matt H » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:53 am

Well, I still think it looks good... I think having a nice shiny set of Speedlines always sets them off nicely, but the rims do have to be shiny, or else they just look unpleasant.

I'd say that my car really does have a dent in every panel, and the drivers door is shagged (Rusty, dented and rippled), there are scratches all over the place... But none of these were done by me :wink: Okay, maybe I did reverse into my neighbours house once... but lets just say that fitting fibreglass bumpers has made me extra careful manoeuvring!

To be honest, regarding the fogs, that was all I was going to do :lol:

...And one possible solution to the clear side repeaters is to buy some chrome repeater bulbs... Just a thought?

It's not the best I've seen on a recovery truck... This one used to brake down a lot... Usually partway through a trackday, or on one occasion on the way to a trackday :lol:

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Post by Kitch » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:20 pm

The chrome bulbs won't work on the repeaters, as the repeaters themselves have a domed orange lens built in. You could break it out, but don't knwo how successful that would be.

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:51 pm

Is it me or are they two different TYRs?
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Post by Ian_Fearn » Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:54 pm

Kitch, did you ever sort the power steering??
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Post by Tim Leech » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:28 pm

Ian where have you been mate!, that was sorted last month, Im surprised you didnt see Kitchs smile from here!.

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Post by Kitch » Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:44 pm

Phil: I'm assuming you mean are they two different models of TVR, as I'd be worried if you weren't sure of the differences between a silver car with little silver wheels and a number plate, and a grey car with big anthracite wheels, no plate and different badges, lights etc :P

Mine's a Chimaera, a sort of GT version of the Griffith of the early 90's. TVR's best selling car, with around 9000 cars being produced. That and the Griffith were TVR's glory years, with simple Rover V8's (that sound louder than they go) brilliant styling for the era and brutal 0-60 times.
(The bit of styling around the front indicators isn't deliberate....TVR always mould their cars from clay rather than sketch them. The director's (Peter Wheeler) bit a chunk from the front and they left it on the mould!

The grey one's a Tamora, one of the later cars made after the Tuscan where the Director of TVR decided he wanted his own engine in the cars, otherwise it's just a kit car apparently! And again, apparently, a British sportscar should have a straight six, so they developed a Spped Six engine with over 350bhp for the Tuscan...the lairiest TVR made. later, they introduced a softened version called the Tamora, with easier handling and a slight de-tune. It was a bit easier to drive, and as designed to rival Boxsters. But the looks weren't everyone's cup of tea (the back isn't a work of art) and people didn't want to spend everyday german sportscar money on unreliable British fibreglass coffins. So they only made 362 (IIRC). Silly fast though, that particular car has taken a De Tomaso Pantera with ease, a Lambo Countach and a Ferrari 360.


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Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:39 pm

Kitch wrote:Phil: I'm assuming you mean are they two different models of TVR, as I'd be worried if you weren't sure of the differences between a silver car with little silver wheels and a number plate, and a grey car with big anthracite wheels, no plate and different badges, lights etc :P
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Post by Ian_Fearn » Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:46 pm

So what was the problem with it then Kitch???
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Post by Ian_Fearn » Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:46 pm

Roverman wrote:Ian where have you been mate!, that was sorted last month, Im surprised you didnt see Kitchs smile from here!.
I cant keep up with this forum, i need to go out less :D
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Post by Kitch » Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:56 pm

Basically it was a worn pump causing intermittant PAS loss which prompted me to think it had a dirty system and put hydraflush in, which picked up all the crap in the system and blocked the pinion with it, which caused the FDV to fail with the pressure build-up. So when the engine was broken by me, I tried a new pump and FDV not knowing all this, expecting results but of the course the pinion was still stuffed and was stuffing each FDV I bolted in.

So.....I fitted a new ram and pinion along with a new rack. But still no PAS. Why? Because the FDV was still shafted from the previous attempt.

So....fit a new FDV last, having changed everything else in the system and happy days!