Just purchased 1969 S2 coupe. It has not been on the road since
1980!!! 24,000 miles since new. It has just passed roadworthy
inspection and seems to be running very nicely. I have replaced
engine oil, coolant and brake fluid (what a lovely job reaching
rear calliper bleed screws) but inevitably there are plenty of
things to attend to with a car that has been off the road for so
long. A couple that I can’t find in the forum archives are below
and I’d really appreciate any suggestions:
Ignition light is on constantly when engine running. The car has
a new voltage regulator. The battery indicator suggests the battery
is OK and that the alternator is charging. I say this because with
ignition on and headlights on the needle settles just into
the’normal zone’’ and when the engine is running the needle sits in
the normal zone just inside the ‘‘on-charge’’ section (about 14
volts). I thought the ignition lamp in the speedo was designed to
detect if the was a different level of charge either side of the
lamp. What I don’t understand is how can the lamp detect that
current from alternator is less than consumtion but battery
indicator says that the battery is ‘‘on charge’’???
The brakes need a huge shove and pull to the left. I suspect the
servo is not working as when I start the car with foot on brake
pedal it does not go down slightly. I have removed the vacuum hoses
to the servo and there is vacuum at both of them with engine on.
With engine off if I suck on the hose I can hear the valve on the
engine of pedal master cylinder operating. When I got the car the
servo master cylinder resevoir was overflowing. Does all this
indicate that the fault is internal within the servo?
In terms of the brakes pulling to left hand sideside is that likely
to be sticking calliper pistons in the right hand calliper?
Car starts and idles well and pulss smoothly to redline. Shows
30psi oil pressure at idle and 50 under load. I have spent a long
time cleaning wiring connectors and inspecting rubber hoses etc and
considering how long the car has been idle it is in surprisingly
I am in Sydney, Australia.–
Are we there yet?
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