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Under the Bonnet: Summer 1998

Our resident technical guru, Eric Wilhelm, will return to these pages in the fall issue of Moss Motoring, as he is very busy creating some exciting new catalogs for you! To tide you over until Eric’s next pearls of wisdom, we offer part one of a two-part feature by Louis C. Belby… One of the…

Under the Bonnet: Spring 1998

Many of you may be contemplating a serious long-distance journey to one of the many fine events listed in our calendar. Preparations and plans for an extended journey involves as much as anything, plain common sense. So let’s take a look at what you might be doing before you leave on your trip. ENGINE COMPARTMENT…

Under the Bonnet: Summer 1996

Our cars constantly “talk” to us, but we don’t always listen very well. New cars have very soft voices, and even when they are in great pain they prefer to talk through their computers to a diagnostic computer in a shop. Not so with our older British sports cars—they bellow and roar enough when everything…

Under the Bonnet: Fall 1995

VALVE TRAIN BASICS Valve train condition is of vital importance at all times to the correctly running engine. Unfortunately, many of the factors involved are often neglected in “do it yourself” engine rebuilding and in normal maintenance. The simplest and most common valve train operation performed is valve lash (clearance) adjustment. Yet even this common…

Under the Bonnet: Spring 1995

FRONT WHEEL BEARINGS The condition of front wheel bearings is of vital importance to your safety, but is often overlooked. Main concerns are cleanliness, lubrication, and adjustment (where adjustment is possible). Bearings which have suffered a lack of any of these will usually need to be replaced. While reference to a good workshop manual specific…

Under the Bonnet – Fall 1994

This “Under the Bonnet” is a potpourri of short topics suggested by our customers, and selected to be of interest to the novice home mechanic.  IGNITION POINTS You have just finished installing a new set of points, but can’t get the engine to start. Before allowing panic to set in, check the order of assembly…

Under the Bonnet – Control Boxes

Control boxes (“voltage regulators”) for “our” cars arc of two basic types as described below. While there are some variations of design and configuration within each type, the test instructions are applicable for all of the appropriate type. COMPENSATED VOLTAGE CONTROL: (control boxes with removable cover retained by a wire bail, terminals marked A1,A,F,D,E. Al=power…

Under the Bonnet – Lucas Generator Charging Systems

The D.C. charging system must provide a generator output sufficient to mcci the normal vehicle electrical load plus keep the battery charged. The generator is designed such that it must always be under some form of control, both to protect it against overload, and to protect the battery against overcharge. A control box (commonly called…

Back to the Basics – Intro to Zenith-Stromberg Carburetors

Fear of the unknown is probably the greatest stumbling block most people seem to have in dealing with Zenith-Stromberg carburetors – they are much maligned largely because they are not understood. The basic Zenith-Stromberg, as used on Triumphs in the mid-’60s. for example, is actually simpler and more reliable than the SU carburetor it replaced….

Under the Bonnet – Changing Your Oil

Changing oil is probably our least favorite maintenance activity, but is the most important of all for ensuring long engine life. Engine oil serves two major functions: lubrication and cooling. Moving parts rely on a very thin film of oil to prevent frictional wear, and the circulating oil absorbs a good amount of heat from…

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