In reply to a message from Len Brighton sent Sun 24 Sep 2006:
Rather than a sharp screw driver I took a 1/4’’ chisel to it.
What my father would have said I not sure, what my
grandfather, whose chisel it was origenally, would have said
I hate to think. I suspect I’d have gotten it twice, once
for the obvious reason and then again (harder) for
mistreating a chisel.
I did refrain from using a mallet on the chisel, I just hit
it with my hand, but they was enough to put a cut will into
the ali of the washer.
Both the bango bolts look pretty corroded with pitting on
the shanks and for the smaller one chunks of thread missing.
Burlen only want a couple of quid for them so I’ll probably
replace them prior to sending them off to David for a full
rebuild when the weather turns and play time finishes for
I was down in Melbourne at the beginning of the month, one
of those mad business trips, London to Melbourne for just 1
week, land Sunday leave Friday. The weather as, I’m told,
unseasonably great. I saw a couple of nice looking Mk2s
being driven around in East Donacaster on the Sunday, I was
wundering whether there was anything going on but no one
know. I then went into the city and the Mercedes Club were
putting on a show outside Federation Square, lots of moderns
but a couple of interesting early SLs including a lovely
Gull Wing. Would look good in the garage next to the XK, and
the wife would probably give up her side for that, she’s a
Mercedes kinda girl She certainly doesn’t want to give
up her side for me to add an S-Type to collection
Thanks for the answers
The original message included these comments:
The ally washer on the banjo will come off with a bit of persuasion. They
get distorted and tend to bind on to the shank of the bolt. You can try to
insert a sharp screwdriver under the washer to pry it off. As soon as I
wrote that I had a mental picture of my late father saying to me ‘‘if I ever
see you using a screwdriver like that again I’ll kick your arse’’, sorry dad.
When I pulled my carbs apart the smaller of the 2 bolts was a very rough
hand made version. A previous owner must have broken the original as they
tend to corrode in place. Good luck. Are you still coming down to OZ later
in the year?
Ken XK150 FHC S824252, see her on xkdata
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