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    Carb Removal TC

    They get an enormous amount of vibration and heat cycling over the years it’s no surprise that they take a set eventually. Added to that some garages would try and reuse them.
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    more electrical questions!

    Yep, I found that a lot when I first got my car running. Best favour I did myself was to go through all the connectors and clean them with a small wire brush and some scotchbrite. Followed with a little dielectric grease to ensure they stayed clean. Any dodgy looking insulation or connectors was...
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    Series 1 Seat Belt Hooks

    These were modeled on a 1969 NADA 2000TC (mine). And we’re originally a mid grey. These are printed nylon and dyed to match. I’ve had mine on my car for 7 years now without issues.
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    Series 1 Seat Belt Hooks

    Shameless self promotion alert! I own Additive Restoration. Also, I believe these might be the later Series I style seatbelt clips, but maybe someone with better knowledge might be able to confirm? Seat Belt Hooks for the Rover P6
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    Switches on 1968 2000TC are they supposed to illuminate?

    They have a great feel don’t they? Amazing that they feel as tight now as when they were made 50 odd years ago.
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    Switches on 1968 2000TC are they supposed to illuminate?

    I’m fact that was a design decision. Part of a minimalist design to reduce driver distraction. The idea is that they are different shapes so you could feel them in the dark.
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    more electrical questions!

    I think it’s unlikely your replacing the points would cause the issue. But I’ve had unrelated things happen at the same time before and it’s caused me no end of trouble. Most memorable was after a full engine rebuild when. I started the engine for the first time and it ran beautifully, turned...
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    Ignition timing? Something else?

    Funny you should say that. My friend had the tip fall off a NGK plug in his 500 Abarth last week, damaging the bore pretty badly.
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    Front End Clatter

    Also check the bolts holding the steering idler in place. They like to back out and cause a rattle over bumps.
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    Battery Drain

    one last thought. Is the aftermarket radio wired into the same circuit? I’ve seen some odd taps used in the past.
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    Battery Drain

    You have an AC alt?
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    Battery Drain

    So battery control would be the regulator for the alternator I’m guessing? I think on RHD cars that’s in the glove box right? Maybe try just unplugging that and see if your draw disappears?
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    Battery Drain

    What’s on fuse 1 Stan? I have a sI so don’t know in sII cars. Also, 40mA is a pretty low drain.
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    Battery Drain

    Undo the + lead to the battery. Bridge with the ammeter between the lead and the batt terminal. (Make sure everything is off and the interior lights are off too). Note the draw on the meter. Sub 35 milliamps is ok normally, higher suggests a parasitic draw. Now pull one fuse, check amps again...
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    Ignition timing? Something else?

    I was thinking the last decade, but I think you’re right. The last set I tried was four years ago and that’s when I saw the 25% reject rate. Ones over here in the states seem to be made in S America.
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    Ignition timing? Something else?

    Unfortunately, Champion have rather nose dived in quality in the last few years. It had got to the point that would measure their internal resistance before fitting them. Typically I’d find one in four were way out of spec out of the box.
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    Ignition timing? Something else?

    Glad to hear it’s running well again. Couple of thoughts for you: How well connected were all the HT leads? If they are in place but not pushed home that could’ve been an issue. Another thing is if the old plugs had internal resistors (for radio suppression) the resistor could have been...
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    Ignition timing? Something else?

    Yep, you’ve got it. I think you’re right to assume that something changed that caused the misfire during the work carried out. It could also just be a coincidence (I’ve had that happen in the past and it makes for a huge red herring). Let us know on the spark, I’d say the timing change...
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    Ignition timing? Something else?

    Yes changing the dwell by 1° will change timing by 2°. Timing sounds about right, assuming the advance works ok and resets when revs drop (I’ve had that in the past). I would also pull a lead and check the spark and make sure it’s nice and fat. I would also check plug gaps, they seem to be...
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    What is a reasonable life expectancy for a car battery?

    I'm at 6 years on mine too, Battery appears fine, although my alternator wasn't exactly stressing it with a high charge for the last few months! (Fixed now).
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    Curious loss of charge

    Interesting, I actually prefer the ring terminals as they provide a more reliable joint for the charging circuit. The old spade connector on the AC 11 showed signs of heat from poor connections in the past (even some arc erosion).
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    Curious loss of charge

    That’s really interesting, the other thing was the ign light never came on to warn of no charge. a long running issue was if the car was left for five days or more without being driven the ign light would stay on even when charging for about ten mins.
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    Getting back on the road

    Cross posting from my question on the electrics forum: Beryl had to take the flatbed of shame this week. I lost battery power while on the garden state parkway at 6pm in the dark at 70mph. When I got home I found the battery was charging fine and when started the next day I was getting 14.2v...
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    Curious loss of charge

    Well, I fitted the new A127 today. Smaller pulley as other have mentioned but seems fine. I had to shim the pulley and the pivot for the adjustment strap slightly so the new belt would be aligned with the other pulleys (I have the long nose water pump for ref). Belt was 930mm and is now 900mm in...
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    Question for the brains trust - misfire when not under load.

    Have you checked your spark plug gaps? Sounds like a typical too tight a plug gap sort of thing.
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