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a.saji
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Re: Rubber bands?
a.saji   3/12/2014 5:31:04 AM
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@RFI-EMI-GUY: Isn't there a protection for this?   

RFI-EMI-GUY
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Re: Rubber bands?
RFI-EMI-GUY   3/11/2014 11:37:12 PM
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Rubber bands have a lot of sulphur. They will cause a ton of corrosion. We use duct tape here in the Florida swamps. Lesson learned, a live .22 cartridge does NOT a good headlamp fuse make.

 

 

RFI-EMI-GUY
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Re: Lucas Electrics
RFI-EMI-GUY   3/10/2014 10:51:04 PM
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Yeah those SU carburettors were weird. I had a 66 MG 1100 Sports Sedan that ran like a top when they both were synched, but the damping pistons I never really understood. I would fill them with oil then it was gone. Fill it again and it was gone. Whats with that?

RFI-EMI-GUY
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Re: Those fuses!
RFI-EMI-GUY   3/10/2014 10:46:03 PM
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Holy cow. I don't think you can blame Sir Lucas for this problem. I had a 1978 VW Scirroco with exactly the same relay configuration by BOSCH. I drove the car mostly on weekends for fun. One day I got barely a block from home and the engine died and would not fire. I was panicking that my recent cam belt change had failed. But wiggling that relay under the dashboard gor the fuel pump whirring again. Back when VW's were well sealed up and could float, those cheap brass electrical contacts and fuses were OK. But when the water cooled VW's came out the electrical wiring was not up to task.

no_hazmats
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Those fuses!
no_hazmats   11/15/2013 12:54:01 PM
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My first 2 cars were used VW's in the 12-year-old range when I owned them.  After several years of driving them, my autonomic nervous system was well trained: Whenever (choose any one) the lights would dim, the wipers stopped, the radio cut out . . .    My left hand would automatically reach out up under the dashboard and gove all the fuses a little spin.  Usually, whatever corroded contact would get whiped clean, and the offending electrical component would run properly again.  

Vintage British cars have long been famous for electrical problems.  Who, in a cold, damp country, would put these kinds of fuses in a fender well????  (A) A British autombile engineer.

Stephen
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Re: Lucas Electrics
Stephen   9/19/2013 4:11:59 PM
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No British IC's...

That's even better that the old practice of putting newspapers under your british car in your garage: itf you see a dry spot you know something is out of oil (including the piston damper in the aptly named "constant depression"carburettors).

And yes, I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt the "Prince of Darkness" is why the Brits drink there beer warm!

Jim_E
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Lotus Esprit S2
Jim_E   9/17/2013 4:22:08 PM
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I won't make any Lucas jokes, but I have to say that I really like the design and lines of the Lotus Esprit S2.  It's a sweet looking car! 

Of course being an American, I'd want to throw an LS1 V8 in the back of the thing, but they are sweet cars.  The Pantera is another one of those really neat cars that I'd also like to have, or at least drive someday.

patb2009
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Lucas Electrics
patb2009   9/12/2013 11:04:15 PM
I lived in the UK, the joke was "Why doesn't the UK have an IC industry?  Because they

haven't figured out how to make them leak oil."

 

It could have been worse, the French in the 70's had a lot of cars catching on fire.

 

 

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Poor Connection
Rob Spiegel   9/12/2013 11:53:44 AM
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PMB, when your philosophy is to make every component do two jobs, you will necessarily cut coners sometimes on getting each task fully covered with a well-designed component.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Those Lucas fuseholders
Rob Spiegel   9/12/2013 11:31:55 AM
Of course Englishmen don't exaggerate, William K. I forgot to take that fact into account. On reconsideration, it must be the Lucas refrigerators.

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