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PostPost by: Grizzly » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:12 pm

I got all my steering column bits/seals from Rimmer brothers. https://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Category-- ... rts--m-602

That said the column seal was nothing more than some 2mm rubber sheet with holes in the appropriate places (take five mins to make one up)
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:00 pm

I bought a seal from Sue Miller, (along with a Goodridge braided pipe).

As Grizzy stated above its nothing special, and the holes will likely not line up anyway, so I'll probably end up making one. I've a good bit of nitrile sheet left over from attempting to make a cam box gasket.

pharriso wrote:p.s. I would rotate the distributor & cap 90 degrees so as not to put a strain on the leads...


I doubt it will be possibly as the red/black leads will be too short. The HT's should be OK as they are the posh silicone Magnecor things (?80 !!).

As I said - that's how it came.
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:01 pm

The Triumph column seal was a poor fit so I made one by bonding a suitable grommet into a 2mm strip of nitrile (super glue works well.) The nitrile allows the grommet to line up nicely with the shaft.

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I've also fitted the braided oil pressure hose. That was a bit of a problem as it is much stiffer than the nylon pipe and the screen vent ducting gets in the way.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:21 pm

A very neat seal solution to get good deep fit and flexibility in alignment.
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:23 pm

For some reason the restorers fitted new, expensive insulation everywhere EXCEPT the front footwells??

And it is still possible to see just a slither of light coming from the engine bay, so the posh seal requires a bit of a tweek!

N.B. When replacing the column don't slide the splines too far into the rack U/J or the taper on the back of the steering wheel can touch the column and the horn blows continuously.

It took a lot of wiring checking to discover that! :roll:

At first it looked like whenever the indicator switch was touched the horn sounded.
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