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Caravan to the Invasion 2008

Discussion in 'Greater Atlanta Chapter' started by Alpine Bob, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Alpine Bob

    Alpine Bob Donation Time

    Just checking to see how many are ready or about to be ready or are working feverlishly to get ready for our caravan to Tipp City Labor Day weekend.
    I'm waiting for a new distributor cap and an accelarator pump for the Weber. Other than that, I'm ready to go. Hotel reservations are in place for Steve and myself, route all planned, GPS ready to go.
    Alpine Bob
  2. sd_pace

    sd_pace Gold Level Sponsor

    tom an I pulled my motor last weekend to fix an oil leak ... but we should have it back together in time to go.... lookin foward to the tripp
  3. SIVAllan

    SIVAllan Donation Time

    Put me in the feverish column :)
  4. Alpine Bob

    Alpine Bob Donation Time

    Allan, Steve, Tom,
    What's the status on your cars? I got mine back today and the accelerator pump was replaced on my Weber. Boy what a difference it makes when it's also adjusted right.
    Bob :)
  5. Green67Alpine

    Green67Alpine Former SAOCA Membership Director Gold Level Sponsor

    I'm so ready to go my car is already there ! Drove up last Sunday, so i could get the gearbox worked on. What a GREAT drive started out very foggy so i stayed on 75 longer than I wanted to, but once the fog broke (Lake City, Tenn) I took 63 over to 27 THAT's the road to use. A really enjoyable drive with no pressure from other vehicles (trucks, SUV's etc) lot of sights to see. Car drove like a dream, not a hint of any problems. Smooth sailing all the way..
    Now, I just need to hitch a ride to Tipp

    Tom j
  6. Alpine Bob

    Alpine Bob Donation Time

    That shouldn't be a problem. If you can get Susan to drive you over to Micky Dees on Windy Hill and I75 you can ride the rest of the way with me or Allan or Steve or whoever else comes. I knew you would like 27. Cool road.
  7. SIVAllan

    SIVAllan Donation Time

    Bob, everyone, I plan to attend whether or not Air-pine attends. I can provide a lift, no problem.

    The Zeniths are still a problem. Not sure what is going on. The theory is that a substitute, used fuel pump that had not been checked flooded them with a rust-appearing substance.

    Car guys broke them down, and now they are back on the car, but are "unresponsive" whatever "unresponsive" means.

    I suppose it is a technical term meaning "still screwed up."

    Am thinking it is time to pay the carb guys a visit and talk to a tech, not just the front manager.

    This coming week will complete two months at the carb shop, which is a little on the slow side seems to me.
  8. sd_pace

    sd_pace Gold Level Sponsor

    I had an opportunity to repair many things and should be ready to reinstall this weekend..... then i am ready to gooo!

    did you hear that tom.... this weekend?:D

    also ..Allen ...I would mind lookin at those carbs for ya... i really curious why they are having so many problems
  9. Green67Alpine

    Green67Alpine Former SAOCA Membership Director Gold Level Sponsor

    Steve, Sat or Sun? Let me know. How'd the steering repair go ?
    Hey, check the for sales... Prefect conversion car for ya !(same color as yours) Leave the one you got orginal :cool:

    Tom j
  10. SIVAllan

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    I'm going to the carby shop in the morning.

    Using my new airplane wrench (thanks Tom) the head will be retorqued without removing the rocker assembly.

    Carby guys claim the head gasket leaks near the center.

    Carby guys also say carbs have a "miss." The "miss" is holding up the effort.

    Any idea what causes a Zenith to "miss .. ??"

    The Zeniths were doing fine until they were flooded with the mystery substance.

    Now they have had professional attention but "miss."

  11. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    Allan, have to confess, that is the first time I have ever heard of a carb having a "miss". I'm beginning to think you'd better be making arrangements to "rent" that Ranger and a tow dolly and bring the Series IV to the Invasion, one way or the other.

    Of course, that means you'd probably have to tow a perfectly running Series IV back to Georgia.

    By the way, remember back about 6 months ago, I said don't pull the head, you'll be lucky to have it back on the road by Labor Day? You thought I was kidding, didn't you?

  12. SIVAllan

    SIVAllan Donation Time


    so true about pulling the head :) I think now I'd drive the car to the Invasion and pull the head there, surrounded by folks who know Sunbeams.

    But there is something positive about visiting the scene so I went to see 'whas happnen' to the 'beam.

    Big surprise, car is ready !! except that the slave cylinder blew out ...

    Tomorrow or next day I will take a replacement slave cylinder and install it; they will help bleed the system, then I will drive it ... home ... ???

    This will be the second NOS slave cylinder, so not sure what is causing them to blow out.

    When I replaced the clutch master cylinder, the old slave blew out, and I put on a NOS. Now it blew out ..

    Regarding the coolant leak, I am told that two leaks were present. One was due to the gasket, but it 'sealed' so good news maybe.

    The other is due to a leak around the brass fitting that connects the head to the heater hoses. It leaks a little but I knew that already.

    So...slave cylinder ahoy and off she goes .. :)

  13. mikephillips

    mikephillips Donation Time

    You might try putting a new seal in the NOS cylinder before you install it. It might be that it's just reached it age limit and is wearing out quickly under use.
  14. SIVAllan

    SIVAllan Donation Time

    Good idea, thanks!

    I'll order a rebuild kit. For now though, as I don't have a kit, the NOS cylinder in "inventory" will have to do. Maybe it's ok enough to get me home .. and onwards to Tipp City .. :)
  15. Green67Alpine

    Green67Alpine Former SAOCA Membership Director Gold Level Sponsor

    Well, Finally some good news for you. I know you've been through the ringer with your car, I'd offer up my rebuild kit 'cept it's in Tipp with my car.. Pick that car up and start test driving it !! You need to get some miles on it before we head north..... ENJOY........

    Tom j
  16. SIVAllan

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    Thanks, the car will be road tested thoroughly after it gets me home.

    Getting me home is the first test :) .

    Since the county where the car is located is north of here, that will be down hill all the way home though, right :) :)

    If nothing else breaks then I'll try and install the gearbox Jan rebuilt. I got an el cheapo transmission jack at Harbor Freight, should be doable for a rookie.

    Gearbox & the soft top, test. That's the plan.

    I'd like to do the dash too, but there is little time.

    At least it's nice and warm these days. Saw 101 on a sign while out walking
    today, but then it clouded up a bit.

  17. Alpine Bob

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    Sounds like AirPine will be flying up to Tipp City with the rest of us on Thursday morning the 28th. We'll see you all at Micky Dees on Windy Hill @ 4:30AM.
  18. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thank God you finally got a heater for your garage!

  19. SIVAllan

    SIVAllan Donation Time

    Haha! so true...almost warm enough to kill mosquitoes .. :)

    Drove the Air-pine home today, er, almost home. Drove 22 miles then blew out the slave cylinder again.

    Rick at SS opined that moving the slave to the "other side" of the bell housing should resolve this issue.

    If I have all the pieces, tomorrow they will go back together, and the cylinder moved.

    Car ran strong. A little hot at 200 degrees, assuming the gauge was correct, in 100 degree heat on the freeway, good oil pressure @ 40 or 45 somewhere in there, amp gauge positive, no terror inducing engine noises, nothing started leaking.

    Tach sprang to life, but mostly the needle fluctuated wildly. At an indicated speed of 70ish it showed 3,000RPM, so probably the speedometer is not right either, unless Air-pine has some funky surprise gears.

    Would be nice to discover that the EAL mechanic had installed some fancy gears :) .

    I did hear some tingle sounds, might be the valve adjustment is not correct.


    I've driven the car a bit, but this was the first "real" drive, and I must say it has been worth the wait.

  20. Green67Alpine

    Green67Alpine Former SAOCA Membership Director Gold Level Sponsor

    Allan, Most likely you'll be hearing lots of "sounds" ...........just need to decide which are normal and which are......well you know!!
    If I get some time on Sunday, and can fill the Blue'beam up with enough fluids
    Maybe I'll shoot over to your place if your going to be around............
    I know you'll be testing if possible..
    Tom j

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