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  • in reply to: Somerset handbrake #1327
    PCT1959
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    Hi piston broke

    I have recently overhauled the brakes on my 1954 Somerset to include new cylinders shoes pipes and hoses and master cylinder.
    If memory serves me right there is no adjustment on the right and left cables from the expanders to the handbrake compensator.
    The adjustment is made on the rod at the bottom of the lever which is actuated by the cable from the pistol grip handbrake.
    I am in the uk Birmingham area.
    Feel free to phone me, it may be clearer for me to to see what you have done because my Somerset is fitted with a 1959 Riley 1500 engine so my brakes may not be standard.
    Feel free to ring. 07426887325
    Regards
    Paul

    in reply to: Devon Trafficator switch on steering wheel hub #1319
    PCT1959
    Participant

    Brian
    I have sent a picture to your email address.

    It appears similar but is a MG Magnette.
    May be of some use.

    Regards Paul Thompson

    in reply to: Electric fuel pump #1281
    PCT1959
    Participant

    I have an SU type pump fitted to my Somerset because i have a 1959 Riley engine in it which does not have provision for a mechanical lift pump.
    Mine is mounted to the NS Bulkhead and appears to be OK.
    If the location was good enough for a Morris Minor i should think its good enough for a Somerset.

    If the pump is pushing the fuel will be under pressure. if it pulls it will be under a negative pressure which means the fuel can vapour lock at a lower temp but as the fuel line under vacumn will be in cold air i don’t think it will be a problem for you.
    The only reason i had an issue is because the Riley 1500 exhaust manifold runs close the metal fuel line which caused it to vapour lock so i had to put a heat shield in place. all ok now

    Regards
    Paul Thompson 07426887325

    in reply to: oil pressure valve #1235
    PCT1959
    Participant

    Hello. Southernscouse

    Sorry for the delay

    This 1500 engine was already installed when I purchased it but I have removed and refitted to carry out a full overhaul of the engine.
    I don’t know much about Devons but I thought they were floor change.
    The rear sandwich plate had to have a few more holes drilled in it,
    You will need a electric fuel pump as the 1500 does not have a mechanical pump facility, you will need to transfer timing marks onto the top of the timing chain cover as the 1500 timing marks are on the bottom which is obscured by the cross member.
    Hope this is of use. Feel free to email me if you want any more info.
    Paulcthompson4@gmail.com

    Regards

    in reply to: engine will not run consistantly #1197
    PCT1959
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    Hi
    This obviously is a fuel related problem, is the carb brand new?
    Either way I would suggest that you need to check the jets are clear.
    The carb will need to be removed and the jets removed and blown through.
    You should also blow through the cavitys and channels within the carb befor refitting the jets. Ther should be four jets to clean
    When yo have it running does it accelerate as you open the throttle?
    If you feel you are not confident to strip and reassemble and it is new it might be worth contacting who you obtained it from.
    Hope this is of some use but it I I bit difficult being here in Birmingham.
    Kind Regards

    Paul Thompson

    in reply to: Somerset indicator switch #1147
    PCT1959
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    Somberx2

    Hi

    I have just looked in one of my books which shows the exploded view of a early Morris Oxford which although not the same is very similar.
    If you reply befor Saturday with email address I can send yo a picture

    Regards

    Paul. Thompson

    in reply to: Somerset indicator switch #1145
    PCT1959
    Participant

    Somberx2

    I have not removed mine but there are two small screws on the sides of the steering wheel boss I would try ro moving the and see if the assembly is released. I would suggest that you isolate the battery as the horn live is supplied to the horn push and is earthed via the switch.

    Hope this is of some use to you

    Regards. Paul Thompson

    in reply to: Austin Somerset Front Wheel Alignment #1141
    PCT1959
    Participant

    Is there any body there?

    in reply to: Austin Somerset Front Wheel Alignment #1139
    PCT1959
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    Tony
    The distance between the two ball joint centres on the centre track rod is about 595mm

    Regards. Paul

    in reply to: Austin Somerset Front Wheel Alignment #1137
    PCT1959
    Participant

    I can measure my track rod which should give you some idea.

    in reply to: Austin Somerset Front Wheel Alignment #1135
    PCT1959
    Participant

    Tony. When you there is one inch difference are you measuring the distance between the front of the front wheels and the rear of the front wheels?
    The only adjustment is carried out by the front track rod which links the steering arm on the o/s to the steering idler on the near side.
    This track rod should have a left hand thread on one end and a right hand thread on the other therefore turning the tube should lengthen or shorten the track rod to enable you to obtain the correct toe in measurement.
    You stated that you tried to adjust the cross tube without success, what do you mean?
    You can give me a ring if you wish.
    I am in the UK. West Midlands

    Regards. Paul. Thompson

    in reply to: oil pressure valve #1117
    PCT1959
    Participant

    Hello

    From what you describe i would suggest that the lack of oil pressure may be more likley due to excesive wear on the crank journals and bearings which unfortunately will require a more costly solution.
    Depending on how often you use the vehicle you could try STP oil additive or a thicker oil but this is not realey a solution.
    As the A stands for Austin and the 40 stands for 40 horse power i would suggest that they are the same engines but i cannot say for certain.
    I believe the club has a few old engines in their barn.
    I had the same issue with mine and had to rebuild the engine although mine is a 1959 Riley 1500 engine.
    Hope this is of some use to you

    Regards
    Paul Thompson

    in reply to: oil pressure valve #1111
    PCT1959
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    Coniston67
    Good afternoon
    If you are talking about the Somerset you are correct there should be a plunger as illustrated in the book although i have come across a ball bearing instead of the plunger on occasions.
    When and How did you notice the lack of oil pressure? was the engine knocking, Is the gauge working?
    It could be that the woodruff key in the pump its self has sheared but a more likley reason could be the Oil delivery pipe broken but you will need to get the sump off to check that.
    Puzzled about the plunger.
    In order to diagnose the fault assuming there is oil in the sump
    If you crank over the engine (remove coil wire to prevent it starting) with the oil pressure spring and plug removed the oil should push the plunger out as the pressure builds up.
    If no oil pressure builds up and flows out then the oil gallery is not being fed with oil. This would suggest that for some reason there is no oil being fed to the gallery and may be a fault of the pipe or pump it self.
    Hope this is of some use to you

    Kind Regards

    Paul Thompson

    in reply to: oil pressure valve #1109
    PCT1959
    Participant

    To what vehicle/engine do you refer?

    in reply to: Tyres foe Somerset #1053
    PCT1959
    Participant

    I have managed to get some Austone 8 ply 175/75 N 16 at £43 each fitted

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