Ern, CitroJim's Dad and Mentor

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My mum burnt the clutch out on her Chevette estate by following a heard of cows up a steep hill, guess who had to fix it, I have an idea she actually did it twice! :roll:

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You asked for it :wink: :wink: I will tell you first about my wife Christine's experience with some of the diesel conversions I have done, this was when we were first married and lived in Kent. One of the first was a Perkins 4/99 engine into a woody Oxford estate, don't see them very often now, like a big Morris 1000 Traveller.

I did the conversion OK but the gearbox had no reverse. She worked at a Rootes garage in Sevenoaks at the time, she managed with it most of the time but she couldn't park it where she was able to drive out at the garage, so a couple of the blokes that worked there would push it out for her every day. I did repair it eventually - but where's the fun in that.

Another after we came down here was I think a Farina Oxford estate, these Perkins engines had a banjo fitting on top of the injectors for the leak off pipes, these kept coming loose, must have been the vibration I suppose. So Christine carried a 7//16th spanner in the glove box to use when she smelt hot diesel. Someone ad nicked it one day so she went into a garage in Lyme Regis to borrow one, she was met with incredulity and the mechanic came out and tightened them.

I think it was this car that I had fitted with an SU pump in a compartment under the under the rear floor, every now and again it would stop working and the engine would start to die, she found that if she drove over a manhole cover it would start working again, she became quite adept at this. So if you ever saw her swerving all over the road - you know why. :-D

One final account. I fitted a 4/108 in a Viva, strangely even though it was the smallest car I converted it was the easiest, practically everything was in the right place, I didn't even have to make a new gearbox crossmember, just turned it round the other way and it fitted perfectly. I did however have to modify the gearchange to get it to line up with the hole for the gear-lever, something went wrong with it and you had to use a screwdriver to get it to come out of gear, so she dutifully carried one round with her, I showed her what to do but she was getting quite used to these quirks now.

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^ Gets better and better. You should have a blog!
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I will give you a rest for a bit and put some more on later. 8-[

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myglaren wrote: 08 Feb 2021, 11:47 ^ Gets better and better. You should have a blog!
I agree :)
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My very first trip to Scotland - if your ready.

I had just done my second diesel conversion, not a kit from Perkins this time as I was now married and couldn't afford another £200. :shock: This would have been in the mid '60's. The car was a Morris Oxford 'woody' estate and I had to source the parts myself. I found a 4/99 engine easily enough but there were a number of options available for the ancillaries as they were fitted in to several of different vehicles.

The particular one I wanted was an oil filter as there wasn't room for the existing one, I ordered one from Perkins in Maidstone but there wasn't much chance of it arriving before we departed for Scotland, so I did a (another) bodge. I made up a steel plate to fit over where the filter fitted with enough space for the oil to flow from the inlet to outlet with a suitable home made gasket. You had to change the oil every 2000 miles anyway so having changed it before we left it would need doing again when we returned home.

On the way we stayed with some friends in Ilkeston Derbyshire, as I mentioned we didn't have a lot of money and I don't think there were any tyre laws by then, our friend looked at the 'slicks' on the front of the car and said 'your not going to Scotland on those', took the car away and brought it back with a pair of new tyres, which was very nice. Sadly he died a couple of years ago.

Anyway, the next day we got as far a Durham and I suddenly realised I couldn't see out of the rear window, on investigation I found the whole of the back of the car covered in horrible black engine oil, yes my home made gasket had failed. I found a local garage and related my predicament, the mechanic took me into the workshop and made me a new gasket. :-D I don't think he even charged me for it. Has that happened to you recently?

How different things were then. We completed our trip with no other serious problems.

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Peter.N. wrote: 12 Feb 2021, 14:03
I found a local garage and related my predicament, the mechanic took me into the workshop and made me a new gasket. :-D I don't think he even charged me for it. Has that happened to you recently?

How different things were then. We completed our trip with no other serious problems.

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No I didn't see that, I have now though, there are a few generous people about - but not many.

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Peter, that's a fantastic account of your first Scottish trip :) Loved reading it!

There are still plenty of good and generous people about, they're just not very obvious these days as by their nature they are subject to being taken advantage of by the less so and thus tend to hide that side of their personality to protect themselves after being taken advantage of one too many times...

These days they take a bit of searching and gentle winkling out of their shells...

Sadly, I know this from person experience... These days I initially come across as a hard, uncaring b*****d but it's all a protective front and very necessary in these times...

Happily, my shell is not very thick or deep so it doesn't take a lot to see through to the real me - if I want you to ;)
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Yes that is true Jim but the general attitude seems to be 'me first' especially among the younger people, but not all of them. Certainly a lot different to when I was growing up and you probably.

I will put our second Scottish trip up soon, that was towing a 16' caravan behind a PC Cresta with a 52 bhp Perkins engine - slow going to say the least.

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Great thread Jim, i never understood my love for a fee things for years , steam , very old clocks and so on till my dad passed a few months ago , he was all into trains on & off though his life, he liked the proper old clocks , watches , old engines and so on, then i worked it out it came from him , mums been telling us somethings we never knew about dad, he loved his motorbikes he owned an indian till someone ran him off the road busted his ankle and totalled the bike, mum said he was more upset over the bike than himself ! I was so pleased when this question of why do i like this was answered it came from dad , they may be gone but there always around Jim. Always .
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It's only when we're all grown up and have children of our own I think we really appreciate what we got from our parents Husky, and how they both influenced and shaped our lives without us really being aware of it. Dad was a huge influence on me and taught me 99% of what I know about fixing things, especially mechanical things like cars...

As I age I seem to get more and more like dad every day... I even look like him!

All good memories :D
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