Mr Midge

  1. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    On this sad day, Thought I would share this little gem with you. Had to replace a few of the lucas bullets on the Midge. The bullets are made of brass and the decent tool is not cheap. Here's a tool I made a while ago from a 40mm M10 screw.

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  2. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    So there we go. Winter 16/17 project complete. Be back in the autumn with the next phase. Either brakes suspension axle, or bodywork.
     
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    norsa old school painter

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    How soon we forget. I actually got to fire her up yesterday. Well at first I wanted to circulate the oil and fuel so spun her over with no plugs. No fuel. Pressurised the tank and found three poor joints. Simple fix once I had gone to my favourite store to get some 1/4 pipe for the 1/4 ends!! it has a mix of 1/4 and 5/16 spigots. Anyroadup, got the fuel a flowing to the float chambers. Oil light was still on so I decided to fire her up as cranking it probably wasn't going to be fast enough to prime the pump. Fired up and sounded like a pig. Re checked firing order, No1 plug position, rotor arm, tried again, still just about ticking over but not nice. oil light still on. Serious now. Dropped the oil, removed the sump, checked oil pump was driving, put it back together, cleaned and re gapped the plugs, took rocker box off to be sure I had got No1 cylinder at flywheel end. Valves on No1 in rocking position. Good. check cylinder 4 aaaaaaaaah for some unknown reason the push rod had escaped the tappet??? It happens. Undid the adjuster to get it back in and gave it a bit of a gap. Cool. Whilst were at it lets check compression. Perfect. Right, fire her up again. Better but far from correct. swing the dizzy a bit but still no real response..... cup of tea and a head scratch. Then. Dwell angle shot into my thoughts from nowhere. There was a little gap but very little. Re set the gap, fired up on the button and oil light went out immediately. Timing light to 10' BTDC ( no vaccum) ran like a top. Theres a moral there somewhere but for the life of me I cant put me finger on it. :doh:
     
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  4. Maxakarudy

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    Not a criticism, but bullet crimp tool nips the cable in the narrow below the head, not at the back where you crushed it, best way is to solder, let the stripped cable stick out the front a few mm the solder gets drawn in the bullet.
    Good project well done:thumbup:
     
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  5. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Well you live and learn. Seemed to work mind.
     
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    Smashin, well done sir.
     
  7. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Thank you . No G?
     
  8. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    It'll be in the tonic......:scared:
     
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  9. jpmillermatic

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    The moral of the story is that you probably had to do it all anyway....on this end you got ahead of it, as you decided to go at it systematically.....if you had waited for things to happen on the other end...well.....the story might be a little different.

    I have seen the tappet thing happen before...just a little sticky from sitting probably and popped out....very happy you checked it....

    The other moral, sometimes its okay to DWELL on things (sorry, couldnt resist)

    ;)

    JP
     
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  10. archie2000 New Member

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    Nice work, enjoyed the show.
     
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  11. AC220 New Member

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    Looking forward to seeing this winter's progress... :laughing: car is looking cracking! :thumbup:
     
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  12. norsa

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    Well unfortunately my early days of being a musician has come back and grabbed me by chance so am working hard in the studio but I'm going to refinish the rostyles and fit some new tyres (the correct size). I've had the tyres removed and had the rims blasted. I'll etch and high build prime then get you some pics up.
    Nick
     
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  13. norsa

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    Blasted , primed and guided. 20180330_115200.jpg
     
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  14. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Wheel silver and clear.

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  15. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    By the bye. Hands up who likes my wheel turntable
     
  16. jpmillermatic

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    a turntable make a huge difference when painting....well, anything!

    JP
     
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    norsa old school painter

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    norsa old school painter

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  20. MG David Member

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    So the black was hand painted with no masking!
     
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