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    On removal of the radiator I found the reason for the oil leak. At some time the 2 small oil pipes had been replaced, but they were only pushed onto the fittings. I have put 4 small jubilee clips to secure them better. I also found that the bottom rail of the radiator was corroded and was...
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    I am glad I didn’t try to fit the exhaust system myself. It took 2 hours. The fitter had to fettle the front short pipe by cutting some of it off. He did say that it was usual to have to alter modern exhausts to get them to fit. I had thought my main expenses had been made, but I have noticed...
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    Put a few miles on the clock and went to Cholmondley Castle car show on Sunday. Good day, 100s of cars and good auto jumble. I have bought a full exhaust system and I have decided to let my local fitters do the job. One stud on the Nearside manifold is a bit dodgy so I am prepared for a...
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    New alternator fitted, everything now sorted.
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    So it must be leaking to earth through the alternator
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    I don't know how but it appears the alternator is putting out 12 volts through the terminal which connects the warning light. I have got it 90% right with the help of Tom W. It now operates ok but the warning light is still glowing slightly when the alternator is charging. I have a new...
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    Thanks Tom, the car came with a spare set of gauges, so my set up is a mix of the two. I now know where the ignition light is and I know the bulb is ok, what I meant was that I have never seen it illuminated it doesn't light with power applied to its wire. . I stupidly thought the oil warning...
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    Thank you very much Tom, all you say makes sense and I understand it. I have tried different size bulbs, the first one was an indicator I think 21 watt, with this the engine wouldn't switch off. I substituted it with a smaller 3 watt bulb this still glowed the car charged but the engine turned...
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    something strange is going on inside this alternator, I rigged a bulb between the smallest of the 3 terminals and an ignition source. The light lit as expected I started the engine, it charged straight away and the bulb went to a small glow. But the engine wouldn't turn off until I...
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    Thanks Tom, I am still having problems loading photos. I am of the opinion that the alternator was damaged before I got it. I am also seriously considering getting a new one, doing the wiring as I understand it and mounting a discreet warning light. There is something about this set up I can’t...
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    The can in the cubby is the hazard warning lights. Where or if I have 3aw I am at a loss.
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    well that didn’t work, All I managed to do was blow a fuse. I can get the alternator to charge by using the thin brown live wire to touch the warning light terminal momentarily it charges until the engine is stopped. I have tried a jury rigged warning light but it doesn’t work. If I buy...
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    Thanks for helping me Tom, I'll try and upload photos, but I have had a problem with the files being too big. The can isn't anything to do with the flashers or indicators. I unplugged a wire it didn't affect either. I have had a thought, if the alternator is being activated by a feed to the...
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    There is no make on it Tom, it appears new and is similar to ones available on eBay. I have a 3aw fitted, I think its the round can in the driver's side, can I do away with this and feed the warning light direct. I suspect the 3aw is faulty.
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    I have never seen the ignition warning light, when i had the dash apart I tested all the bulbs, I don't understand the warning light set up on the P6 my other classics just had a wire direct to the warning light. The wire to the small connector on the alternator is dead, is that correct. is...
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    It was disconnected originally, and the alternator didn't charge.
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    When I bought the car the PO said he had fitted a new bigger alternator. I have suspected that the car isn’t charging, this was confirmed on drive it day when it wouldn’t start due to a flat battery. Using search and my multi meter, I checked the system. I found there were 3 connections to...
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    Yes, the ones in the car were unipart, not a name to give me much inspiration.
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    Thanks, I just fitted Champion plugs same as in Haynes manual. Champion plugs seem to have mixed reviews, but I have used them for over 50 years. They were one car part that stayed the same price for years and years.
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    New set of plugs fitted back on 8 cylinders. There were 3 different numbers on the plugs I took out. They varied in ages as well. It looks as though PO changed them piece meal!!
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    Since I have had the car I am sure it doesn’t run on all 8 cylinders, especially when cold. 2 cylinders on the passenger side bank are the culprits. I have done a compression test and they are all right. I have replaced the distributor cap and ht leads, with little improvement. The plugs...
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    Bad day yesterday, whilst waiting for the tyre man, I decided to change the oil. Used my oil filter removal wrench, but new filter was wrong size. I didn’t want to leave the car on the drive whilst I ordered a new filter so I put the old filter back on. Little did I know I had punctured the...
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    Last week whilst I had the rear wheels off I had a good look at the tyres. They have plenty of tread, but the codes on the side suggest one was over 20 years old and the other 37 years. I took the wheels my local tyre depot. I paid £155 for 2 budget tyres. I had to leave the car on axle...
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