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    My (now broken) stag

    Had my stag since January, bought from eBay and it hasn't been an easy ride so far! I live in Totnes in Devon but didn't have a garage to store my new pride and joy so journey #1 was to take from Stafford where I bought it from to Minehead to Mum in Law's who kindly agreed to store the car until I got a garage. Some weeks later and I've successfully acquired a rental garage. Went to collect the stag and it wouldn't start. A search around found that the fuel pump was leaking. Tightening the external nuts cured the problem and she burst into life. All good except the gearbox (auto) started slipping. Undeterred , I started to drive home. About 10 miles later had to call the breakdown guys as the auto box had overheated, lots of smoke slipping, not selecting gears etc.
    sadly the car is now sat in my garage I'm wondering what to do next. Trans fluid level looks OK, gearbox will kind of select gears but now a new and fairly large fuel leak has appeared on the side of one if the carbs. I must admit I was quite disheartened and locked her away again this was a cpl of weeks ago.
    Wondering if anyone can recommend a friendly specialist in Devon preferably fairly local as i recon i'm going to need to get her recovered, who could look my stag over and has capability of gearbox repairs.
    really think the car could be a cracker with a bit of know how and TLC...


    #2
    Sorry to hear of your woes. I live in Devon, but am away on holiday at present. Try contacting Andy Moss at Amrestorations, Plympton. He may be able to help.

    http://www.amrestorations.co.uk/index.php
    Dave
    1974 Mk2, ZF Auto, 3.45 Diff, Datsun Driveshafts. Stag owner/maintainer since 1989.

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      #3
      Thank you for your response and recommendation, I will contact Andy.

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        #4
        Welcome to the world of Stag ownership!! Re the transmission oil, did you check it with the engine running and in drive? The level will be high if not and could run dry when you try to drive. Leaky carb could be a stuck float - a gentle tap might free it.

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          #5
          Hello and welcome
          I live in leicester , and holiday in devon . sadly had a breakdown one year and took my car to Andy , I can only say how happy i was with his workmanship and can thoroughly recommend using him
          John
          There are three types off people in this world , those that can count and those that can't

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            #6
            Thank you for your replies, will try tapping the carb Peter, I feel the gearbox problem is more than a just a fluid level issue but might hopefully be something simple like a blocked breather or similar. Thanks for your recommendation John, I will get in touch with Andy soon.

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              #7
              If the gentle tapping doesn't sort your carb leak, then worth trying the following:
              • With engine running, shut off the power supply to the fuel pump by lifting the knob at the top of the inertia switch - under the bonnet, grey cylindrical device mounted to the bulkhead between the fusebox and wiper motor.
              • Let engine run until out of fuel
              • Reset inertia switch by pressing top down - assuming ignition still on, then the fuel pump will fill the carb float bowls and hopefully clear any dirt, or shift any gum residue, from the float needle valves.
              Jonno

              PS - MODS - I think this thread could be usefully moved to the "normal" section of the forum. There'll be much improved responsiveness from members

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                #8
                Cheers Jonno,appreciate your input. Ian.

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