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Old 05-08-2017, 12:17 AM
greghughespdx greghughespdx is offline
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Originally Posted by Piper J3 View Post
I had two MG's. With Lucas electrics you need a spare car!
I had a MGB for years. They say you need three (of any older British car). One to drive, one to look at, and one for parts!

(with apologies to our UK friends!)
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Old 05-08-2017, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Piper J3 View Post
I had two MG's. With Lucas electrics you need a spare car!
Lucas is now selling vacuum cleaners. Only Lucas product ever that doesn't "suck"!
Mel Asberry..DAR since last century
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Old 06-13-2017, 03:05 PM
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Yesterday my electric fuel pump did not start when the master switch was turned on. I have my Dynon D-180 set to start up on the EMS screen. One of the first items on my Before Engine Start Checklist is to verify ~ 2psi fuel pressure from the electric pump. Once the engine starts I check for ~ 5psi fuel pressure which then tells me that both the electric and engine-driven pumps are working.

So yesterday I had no pressure indication from the electric pump with 244TT. VAF to the rescue… and first thing to try is to give the electric pump a smart tap to dislodge any debris that may be inhibiting the internal solenoid piston. I taped the top of the pump with the handle of a #2 Phillips-head screwdriver and it fired right up. Looks like it might be a good fix.

I now have 40 hours flight time since I took the fuel tank apart for the strengthening SB and I can only guess that some debris from the scraping/cleaning/reassembly found its way past the finger screen at the discharge fitting on the bottom of the tank.

I made an access hole in the baggage floor access plate so I can tap the pump should the need arise without removing any screws. Carpeting on the floor of the baggage compartment will cover the hole and prevent anything loose from finding its way into the belly of the plane. I cut a piece of aluminum tubing to use as a tool to tap the pump. This will be kept in a small tool box that stays with the plane.
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Old 06-13-2017, 08:02 PM
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Mel, that was one of the funniest posts I've seen on the blog! A guy (fellow MGB owner) once told me that terror is sitting in a space craft on the launch pad and seeing a placard on the instrument panel that says "Electrics by Lucas"!😱
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:15 PM
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Default I gave up on British motorcars....

Originally Posted by sirlegin View Post
Same can be applied to my old TR7
When my brother-in-law's old Triumph Spitfire quit running once, I seemed to recall that the fix was buying a new taillight bulb.

Seems the ground for the ignition circuit was somehow wired through it?

When the bulb burned out, the car quit running!

All this was back in the Miocene Era...Back in the days when there were "Foreign Car Parts" houses and countermen staffing them that knew what they were talking about...He gave us the point out vs making 10 bucks off a couple of broke college kids about to spend our beer money on a new coil...Good luck finding someone like that today!

Upside to ownership: You got in great shape pushing the thing down the road to where it could be worked on...
Rob Schroer
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:57 AM
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Default Standby Fuel Pump

At the risk of stating the obvious, including a standby fuel pump would seem to be a good thing.

Looking into the baggage compartment from behind

Fine fuel filter on top, but primary and standby fuel pumps below.
Ron Gawer

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- BE58, N1975G, stimulating the economy one flight at a time.

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