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THE CAPRI MK1 2000GT - AN EVERYDAY CLASSIC
YEAR OF 1973 BROUGHT US
many things including Dawn with ‘Tie a yellow ribbon round the old
oak tree’ (a song about a man on a bus coming home from prison)
and Richard Branson launching Virgin records with ‘Tubular Bells’;
Mike Oldfield’s music would have been the likely choice of the Capri
"...I NEED TO START
BY REFERRING to the topic that I’ve been asked about most over
the last month. To put it at its most basic, “When is a filter not a filter?”
Now this question is not a sort of “When is a door not a door?” question in that there’s some humorous answer to follow. Okay, I know some would question whether “When it’s ajar” is humorous or not, but it still makes me smile after all these years.
The “When is a filter not a filter?” poser came about after last month’s MYTH OF THE MONTH. I’d been relating how one of my favourite tales about filters is one that I thought would be familiar to many owners of the good old MGB.
I’d related how some owners of this model complained of a water leak inside the car from low down behind the dashboard, and my solution involved my asking the owner to pull the bonnet release cable for me. I would then lean into the engine bay and slip my hand down the gearbox tunnel. The problem would be resolved in around 30 seconds or so. I said I’d wait and see how many of you could come up with the explanation for this seemingly strange action, and I have to say that quite a few of you knew what I’d done. But I was told the same thing by almost everyone I spoke to. They all said I hadn’t been dealing with a filter. Well sorry, but I disagree.
So let’s do two things. Firstly, we’ll deal with the leaking MGB. Picture in your mind’s eye the shape of an MGB. And it doesn’t have to be the MGB Roadster since all of the MGB family including the MGC and all the GT versions including the MGBGTV8 have the feature I’m going to describe. Think your way towards the back end of the bonnet, and just behind there, sat just in front of the windscreen, is a very shiny chrome grille. It’s about twelve inches from side to side and about two inches wide. I know I’ve said it’s very shiny, and generally they are, but this component is, to the best of my knowledge, made from “mazac”. If you want to know more about mazac, go along to the end of this piece and have a look at the Myth of the Month.
Back to the grille, which is in fact a finishing cover piece to a large air inlet. This air inlet admits the air into the car’s heater system, and also into fresh air ventilation systems. If you peer down into the box section underneath the grille, you’ll see the areas where the air can get out of the box. There’s a large circular hole usually covered by a reasonably fine wire mesh; there are two circular tubes; and there’s also another, lower, hole. The first of these is the air inlet to the heater motor; the circular tubes and the lower hole are inlets to the fresh air vents. Right at the bottom of the box section on the left hand side - left hand side that is using the usual convention of left hand side as seen from the point of view of the driver sitting in the car looking forwards – you’ll see a small hole about half an inch in diameter which is the top of a tube which goes straight down. This tube is there to allow any collected water to drain away.
What’s going on here...
So let’s now think about what’s going on here. The grille covers the air intake for the heater and fresh air vents, but the holes in the grille are over an inch square. Obviously water can get through these holes, but they are also large enough to let through small leaves. Let’s go on to consider what happens when it rains. The water falls through the chrome grille, it falls to the bottom of the box section and as it collects at the lowest point it runs away through the small tube at the bottom. Now you might think that this water drainage tube just has an open end at the bottom, but there must have been a concern that an open ended tube, as well as letting water out, would allow the possibility of water finding its way from the bottom of the tube up into the box section. So a one way valve was fitted to the lower end of the tube to prevent this possible upward ingress of water....
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THE SECRET AUTOJUMBLERIT'S BEEN A MONTH OF SOME inactivity for me, plus trying to get those pesky Agents out - almost a waste of time - lazy lot. However, to start, a couple of snippets on two of the June events.
Firstly, Luton Pageant - maybe it was the date clash with Bromley, but my Agent was quite forceful in saying there just didn't seem to be the same numbers of punters around or the same number of vehicles attending - this event traditionally brings out all sorts of machinery, from bike's to trucks, plus a bevy of local talent (Vauxhall Motors talent that is). The Agent had a stall, but it was quiet and he didn't take much dough, he did buy a few things though, so all was not lost.
Secondly, Bromley - apparently there was a new lay-out down there in Kent and (so I am told) - it worked. This meant that the arena was a lot closer to the jumble, which has to be a good thing. I have hung up my boots going to this show, mainly because it was an enthusiasts show - not the family day out it now is. I guess the organisers want as many people through the gate, to boost their takings, but for us - the general public don't buy autojumble.
The other reason for not ever attending again is the horrendous traffic chaos, that is the M25, on a Sunday evening, this is yet the same reason for not attending the Horsham Historic's/Morris Register event at Ardingly at the beginning of July. Another agent went to visit, got there quite early but left before lunch, the jumble was virtually non existent - basically car boot stuff - there was one steam traction engine and a major lacking of classic/vintage vehicles. This was another fine show, but now the 'jumble is in the doldrums and wants a good shake up. It was a great event about 10 years ago - gawd I must be getting old.
So where has Mr Secret been (not Mr Bean's secret!!)? Well I decided to by-pass Newark (6th July) because it has become even more motorcycle orientated - not really my scene, but there again I don't want to upset "The Black Widows" (you must remember the film with Clint Eastwood and that monkey - great film though).
I therefore motored further north to the Doncaster Classic Car Show at the Racecourse and found heaps of classics and vintage lovelies in super duper condition. I was very taken with a 1934 Lagonda 3 Ltr Sports Saloon and the extremely interesting gentleman who owned it - he will be driving it to the VSCC event at Peterborough on Saturday 9th August - this has whetted my appetite to go to this show (come what may). It is the 80th Anniversary of the VSCC and there are events/trials on in the days prior to the Saturday. I did visit the 70th Anniversary, which was at Malvern, and it was quite spectacular - 1920's Bugatti's running around et al...
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