My '72 P6 V8 is back in use on UK roads and once again wearing its silver on black 'K' plates!

mrtask

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At the weekend the drivers side carb started to piss fuel from the overflow pipe. Tapping the carb with the handle of a screwdriver didn't do any good. The car ran very poorly, presumably on only one carb. After much rumination, I have opted to remove both carbs and send them away for a total refurbishment. I will have to wait at least three weeks before I get them back. They'll be getting cleaned with ultrasound, the steel bits'n'bobs all re-plated, the dashpots polished, the butterflies re-bushed, and all new innards installed. I'll post pics when I get 'em back.
In the meantime I think I will refurbish my flaking valve covers, from which the paint is lifting and cracking away, probably 'cos the guy who painted 'em for me didn't use any primer of any sort. Has anybody on here used VHT wrinkle finish paint? Did it work? Does it look good? Surely red wrinkle finish a la Ferrari is worth a few more horsepowers!?!? Or is that too gaudy? How about black, like on the MGB V8s? I'll take a poll – send in your views!
Can anybody tell me what size are the nuts to hold the carbs to the studs on the intake manifold, and where i can get shiny stainless steel ones?
Typically, my workshop manual and parts handbook are nowhere to be found, without shifting lots of boxes and grubbing through them...
 

mrtask

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Tsssk. Harvey, I am ever so disappointed. It took you six entire minutes to provide the information I needed. Slacker.
No opinion to venture regarding wrinkle finish paint? Taciturn sage. Aloof, and above the fray.
 

harveyp6

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True, "snoozers are losers!"

As for wrinkle finish paint, not sure I'd like it meself, but ISTR MGB dashboards were wrinkle finish and there are paints for that IIRC, whether they would be heat resistant enough is another matter.
 

corazon

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VHT brand aerosols have been high quality whenever I’ve used them. I did a set of V8 valve covers with their smooth satin black. I’ve seen photos of their wrinkle finish and it can look very good in the right setting. I think it’s more hardwearing with the texture too
 

mrtask

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Tell me about fuel lines. I don't have the factory fitment fuel line any more. The plastic line from the electric pump, which is at the back below the tank, runs forward and up into the engine bay. It changes to a flexible fuel hose, which snakes across the top of the intake manifold under the right hand carb elbow, and curls round to the front of the left hand carb. It fits over the cut-off stub of the original line from the fuel filter. I was never happy about this, not least because I don't have a filter before the carbs.
What did the car come with from the factory? A formed metal pipe at the back of the engine bay, running up and over the bulkhead, then forward under the left hand exhaust manifold, to the mechanical pump? Then a flexible hose up to the fuel filter held on a bracket, then a short run to the left hand carb?
Has anybody got nice clear photos of the proper arrangement? Where does the bracket for the fuel filter attach exactly? What is the type of plastic fuel line that links the two carbs called, and where can I get some?
I was thinking about using a new, longer flexible fuel hose, routing it along the front anti roll bar. After drilling an appropriate hole, running the line into the 'tower' on the base unit in which the brake master for a LHD car would be fitted, curving 90 degrees, emerging through the blanking plate and running forwards along the top of the front 'chassis leg', then up and along the engine steady bar to a fuel filter where that is suppose to be fitted. I don't have the mechanical pump any more. Routing it like this would be as far as possible away from engine heat, and be tidier. Thoughts, fellows?
 
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