View Full Version : bust my bendix,plus hornet special pics added.

John B
10-02-2005, 08:45 PM
or at least... sheared one of the bolts holding the spring. Just shouted the old Jailbar Ford truck a new battery and it finished the thing off. At least its accessible.You can lie down under there with room to spare. I took the whole bendix off without having to remove the starter motor,called in to my mechanic on the off chance,looking for the bolt and lock washer and he's given me a whole replacement starter off a B4!( to cannibalise, it has a broken mount)
This is good.

[ 10-03-2005, 07:14 PM: Message edited by: John B ]

John B
10-03-2005, 12:50 AM
success. she runs. :D I even got the bolt head and lockwasher out of the bellhousing with a magnet onastick. I owe him a bottle don't I.

[ 10-03-2005, 01:52 AM: Message edited by: John B ]

10-03-2005, 01:28 AM
Well done - now how about popping over here and finding my Racors for me. Some lowlife seems to have swiped them - either that, or I've stuck them in some cubbyhole that can't be found after two days of looking - I've even been up to the treehouse for a look.


10-03-2005, 06:04 AM
One thing I always liked about Ford was mounting the solenoid on the firewall rather than the starter like Chevy does. Makes it easier to jump the solenoid when it goes bad.


John B
10-03-2005, 03:57 PM
JD is his poison( For the starter motor).I dropped the truck off this a.m.for the warrant.
We have a mandatory safety check on cars every six months. If its a new car then its a year. So This was to take it in for its 6 month warrant of fitness.
Yessss, I cruised to work in my v8 powered, three speed, 4:11 diff gears truck. Revelling in the unbridled power of the 90 hp sidevalve engine and the rock hard suspension. Rock hard from a damping point of view of course because body roll... yes body roll is a beautiful thing. Like a keel yacht rounding up for a tack, she leans out of the corner as she turns in. Sometimes the inside rear tire scrabbles for traction and then you know you need to back off from the 15mph you're doing ( you devil you). Ahh yes, the sensation of power from the sound of that 24 stud sidevalve is wonderful, unparallelled. That is a good thing because the actual delivery of power is probably enough to drag off Nanna in her her Ford Prefect or her Morry thou ,but thats about it.

anyway , where was I.. yes the mechanics workshop and the cars there. One plastic bumper vette( whassat? 74?) One 67/68 firebird 326 just imported from you guys and one " Hornet special" hand formed aluminium body sports car.It also had Wolsley badges so there's a clue to its heritage.Must be thirties sometime by the looks.It even had some wood on it!

10-03-2005, 05:23 PM
Did it pass?

Hey Chad, I think this truck predates solenoids...one less thing to go wrong. Also a reason to say "She has nipples like a Ford Starter button", of course it could be a cable pull.

Paul Pless
10-03-2005, 05:29 PM
anyway , where was I.. yes the mechanics workshop and the cars there. One plastic bumper vette( whassat? 74?) One 67/68 firebird 326 just imported from you guys and one " Hornet special" hand formed aluminium body sports car.It also had Wolsley badges so there's a clue to its heritage.Must be thirties sometime by the looks.It even had some wood on it! Were you caught out without the camera?

John B
10-03-2005, 05:37 PM
yeah. :( its early 30's,( must be... vertical radiator) little individual windshields( seperated) and the back is nearly boat tail. sort of rounded off in 2 dimensions if you get my drift.I looked at it and thought 'aircraft tradesman made that'
I'd drive down and take a pic but ... oh yeah,I have no car. I could run down going BRRRRRRMMMM I suppose. sort of... air drive.( as in air guitar)

ready this PM Hwyl.

John B
10-03-2005, 06:11 PM
borrowed a car :rolleyes:
plastic bumper vette and plastic bumper MGBV8
the Firebird( I always loved that shape)

John B
10-03-2005, 06:13 PM
The Hornet special http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid189/p03278d48adf7eb54ed36ea9cfc6afcde/f207fd3d.jpg

Paul Pless
10-03-2005, 06:34 PM
Thanks, that Special looks like alot of fun.

Being that I'll never be able to afford a Bugatti Type 33, the next best thing will be some type of special. I passed on a 1935 BMW roadster a couple of years ago -yes I'm still kicking myself for that one.

I took my new Corvette to Talladega on Sunday for the stock car race. I'll post the pictures of it parked between an old Norton Commando and a 2005 Ford GT in the morning. You want to talk about drool, you shoulda seen the grass in front of the three of our vehicles. It was neat not being the absolute center of attention for once That GT sure had it going on.

Paul Pless
10-03-2005, 07:19 PM

Is that your green truck in the background? Do you know if the MGB is a repowered car, with the Rover 3.0 liter v8? That's a pretty popular way to go over here. I sold my MGA to a friend about 10 years ago and he repowered it with a Ford 289.


John B
10-03-2005, 07:36 PM
Yeah thats the truck. wouldn't you know it. the garage is being audited by a land transport safety inspector and they aren't getting through the work. :mad:
Re the MGB.I presumed it was a standard one. Its got the ugly front bumper on it.Didn't they come out like that with the Rover V8 in em in the later models. I remember the MGC(?), nice chrome grille model with a six in it.

You sold an MGA? to a rodder!. shame on you. tongue.gif Surprised they could get a 289 in there. mind you , when we were all reminiscing about agent 86 the other day I was thinking how I'd like that Sunbeam Tiger he drove in the early series......

10-03-2005, 07:44 PM
The engine they put in the MGC (it was from a big Austin, I can't remember the name, bigger than a Cambridge)was heavier than the 3.5 in the MGB V8 I think the "C" had handling problems because of weight distribution. The 3.5 was an early Buick aluminium engine that Buick didn't use much, it was in the Range Rover and Morgan +8. It was considered fairly exotic in those days, If I remember, hobbyists were putting the V8 in the B before British Leyland did.

John B
10-03-2005, 07:45 PM
the truck being useful one year
There was a time in the early/mid 90's when I owned that truck and a 1939 Deluxe Ford coupe.dead stock unrestored, low miles. Black. We needed to move to a bigger house and something had to go. So , sniff, the coupe was worth more and the logic was, if you're going to have a toy vehicle it might as well be a useful one. So the coupe went and the truck stayed.

John B
10-03-2005, 07:48 PM
probably carried just as much in the coupe anyway rassin-frassin dang grizzle mumble...

10-03-2005, 08:21 PM
Hywl, Austin Westminster I think.

John B
10-03-2005, 10:39 PM
I got my w.o.f and my truck. and my bronze casting( new gudgeon).Joy.
John seems to think that the MGB is a stock v8 unit.
He says the Hornet goes really well ( straight 6, multiple su carbs just overhauled) but doesn't stop very well and "he wouldn't drive it on the road". :D