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11 February 2013

Get Fell In...

... went up the cry, so we did and found ourselves in some old garages in Birmingham.

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To open the doors on some forgotten or neglected treasure never fails to excite. This Jupiter's complete less the engine and seat and is destined to become the competition car. With the body panels lifted away, the chassis, despite a couple of the tyres being a bit flat one end, rolled up the ramps quite easily. The rest of the kit of parts went on the back of the truck and we set off home delighted with our day's work.

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A couple of days later and Learned Counsel had roughly assembled the major components to make it easier to store.

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It reminds me of the discovery last year, albeit in a more complete state, of the other Jowett.

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So he's got plenty to get on with. As indeed have I.

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All the parts for the new friction dampers have been assembled and I just need to braze the bush retainers to the arms before bending to shape and boring for the centre bushes - which I still need to turn up but I've got the material. I've finally put the front hubs to bed - the removal of the steering arm wasn't as onerous as I imagined although it made me wonder how some of these nuts were done up originally as there's almost no room to get a spanner in; you couldn't get near with a socket. The next move is to get a suitable master cylinder, connect it up and see if the brakes work. And talking of brakes, I've started to complete the rear brake circuits. Both systems - the handbrake and service brakes are cable operated to the rear so I'm splicing the cable ends to avoid using cable clamps. It's a bit tricky getting the length right and I'm a little out of practice but once I'd got past the first one, I was off at a canter.

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The handbrake and the service brake cables go around some fairly tight bends so instead of the original 7x7 strand cable, I've used a 7x19 strand cable which is a lot more flexible. The downside is that the strands can more easily separate in the splicing operation but insulating tape is a great help in keeping things together. Here's the handbrake circuit...

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... and the attachment plates employed. I've made new ones of these - bending them so that the holes lined up was a bit of a lark!

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And as soon as I've got a new key for the nearside hub, that'll be the rear hubs put to bed and I can get on with the details of the seating and controls. The steering box is in position but I'm wondering whether or not to get a new sector shaft. There's a few quite serious looking grooves in the actual shaft caused by neglect and, I don't mind losing the brakes so much - I've got 3 systems to play with - but losing the steering?

Best get fell out!

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