Since the Corsair spluttered to a halt on the on the driveway back on Christmas Eve, I’ve been tinkering away trying to solve the fault. Testing the fuel pump, checking the points and condenser, rebuilding the carburettor and fiddling with all manner of idle mixture settings, had not made any difference. The Corsair would start, fire on the first turn over then cut out.
Recently, the carburettor had been opened up, double checked and minor adjustments made and it seemed to had done the job when the Corsair was started up and ran for about 2 to 3 mins even when running it from a fuel can before cutting out and then not starting. It seemed that the fuel pump was intermittently working and therefore seen as the problem.
Cue the following week when I ordered and took delivery of a new Huco fuel suction pump from Southern Carburettors. With the new pump fitted I thought to test it by pumping fuel into a jar and remove any air from the system. The pump cut out after a bit of fuel pumped into the jar, but I wondered if the new pump sensed a resistance pressure in the jar that triggered an auto cut off. Anyway, hooked up the fuel line to the carburettor, switched the ignition on for there to be one small click from the fuel pump to pressurise. I started the car, it fired, ran for a couple of seconds and then cut out.
Considering the same occurred on the old pump as well, but that time using a fuel can, I’m certain it is not a fuel blockage in the fuel tank, so now my attention must focus on the fuel pump not getting power after the ignition is switched on.
Could it be the ignition switch? More to follow, I’m sure.
Forever perusing Ebay for those odd elusive items for the Corsair, I came across this petrol tank with the fuel sender for a Corsair way back in November 2017. The seller initially was asking £50 buy it now, so it went on my watch list and then the listing ended without being sold. A week or so later it re-appeared but this time for a £60 buy it now price. Again on my watch list and with a week to go I offered £40 but was countered with a £45 offer that I turned down. Another fortnight leading up to Christmas it came back on again, and then it appeared to have sold a week before its end date.
The fuel issue is still unsolved though I have another idea to try out, but got distracted with a quest to sort the wobbly steering shaft in the steering column. Looking at the manuals, the column was missing a felt bush, backed by Peter from AJ Restorations also saying something about a felt bush being required. So a search around the internet and I saw on the MK1 Cortina site the felt bush, a small rhombus shaped scrap of fabric about 6 x 4 cm (approx 3×2 inches). The problem being, minimum orders were £10 and this part was only £4 and I think my membership had lapsed anyway. So looking around Ebay I saw a very similar felt bush for the MGB steering column, so for about £7.50 including postage, I had placed my order.
A short jaunt out in the Corsair on Christmas Eve ended with the car spluttering the last ½ mile home and cutting out on the driveway. A bit of a tinker a few days later couldn’t get it started and I suspected a condenser problem.
Today, I had a whole afternoon to fiddle with the Corsair, after ordering new points and condenser as a back up/ precaution from a local motor factor (Automotive). Tests showed the fuel pump was working fine and that the condenser appeared to be in good order. So my attention turned to the carburettor which was due a rebuild as I had bought new jets a while ago as John from AJ Restoration had suggested.
OK, been a bit quiet of recent as I’ve not made the time to take another look at the carburettor or even have a bit of a tinker. However, I was prompted to make this post as a thank you to a person from my place of work. Now, I’ve done plenty of favour jobs in the past and never sought anything in return. Recently, I have been doing some software tuition with a colleague down a couple of corridors and I was asked my tipple, obviously as a show of thanks for what guidance I had given… being a non drinker I said not to worry maybe a gallon of fuel for the Corsair. So to my utter surprise and amazement on Thursday I was handed this can of fuel even the high octane (more expensive) stuff in a new can too! Thanks Nigel Cook… I think you may have booked yourself a passenger ride when the weather improves.
Well, pretty much as the title describes. After the fan belt had snapped I knew it wouldn’t be too much of a problem, after all I’d be going to the NEC Classic Car Show in Birmingham (Saturday 12th Nov 2017) and hoped to be able to buy one up there for an inflated show price.
It was a good show, lots to see as I got in there from about 9.30am and didn’t leave until 5pm and no I didn’t find a fan belt to buy but the chaps on Burton Power suggested I phone them and discuss their options. The Ford Corsair Owners Club came up trumps with a cup of tea for a paid up member just at the right time and then I ate a piece of cake from the Enthusiasts of British Built Motor Vehicles Built Before 1985 club stand, and there was lots of talking too. I came away tired but satisfied along with a couple of presents for myself. Continue reading “The Fan Belt Saga”
Sunday (5th Nov) was to be another fine weather day so a trip to Salisbury was planned for the Corsair as I fancied getting a photo of the car with the Cathedral as the back drop. The drive down the A30 was uneventful, just struggling to get the power down smoothly and going up hills with out too much throttle, and I had nobody catch me up until I reached Wilton. Once cruising at 50-55mph the Corsair ran sweetly and was a pleasure to drive.
Once through Wilton I carried on and when I was in Salisbury I turned off the Wilton Road in to Cherry Orchard Lane then on to Churchfields Industrial Estate to take the back route to the City centre getting the full majestic view of the Cathedral as I passed Queen Elisabeth Gardens. There was no where to stop for a photo shoot so I carried on to Crane Bridge Street and New Street. I then took a left into Catherine Street and followed the road left again on to the New Canal. I was glad to have the roof up as I was becoming conscientious of being looked at. I continued my tour of the City centre going past the Poultry Cross and carrying on to the Blue Boar Row and cruising past the Market Place. Eager to get a photo of the car I decided to take the Corsair to the end of St Anne’s Street as I knew I would have a view of the Cathedral from there. Lighting wasn’t good, there had been a small rain shower moments before, but I had my shot.
It was then on to Harnham with the chance I could get another photo by the Old Mill off Middle Street. When I got there, too many people were about and other cars in the way that I abandoned the idea of another photo. Next was my comedy moment, as I drove around to Upper Street my drivers door swung open, and it was typical there was a bemused pedestrian taking it all in as I grappled to get the door closed. Luckily nothing was coming the other way!
Back on the main roads I headed back to Wilton via the Netherhampton Road. When at Wilton House I parked up outside the main gates to the house for another photo opportunity – a rather posh Aston Martin came out as I was about to take the photos, but they didn’t bat an eyelid at the Corsair. Photos in the bag it was onwards home-bound and it was around the this time the fan belt was starting to squeal. Carefully getting the car up the gentle hill out of Wilton the A30 opened up before me and all that was behind me never kept up. Next scheduled stop was at the Fovant hillside WW1 badges for another photo oportunity. The Fan belt squealed in to life upon the restart.
Traffic had caught me and the Corsair up by now and apart from them tailing me on the gradients we seemed to open a gap on the level. It wasn’t until after Ludwell when there were some not so nice noises coming from the car followed by a clank and thud on the underside. Steeering seemed fine as I gave that a wiggle and then I noticed the generator light was on and new I must have thrown a fan belt. Thankfully I wasn’t far from home and got the Corsair safely back.
It’s the Classic Car Show at the NEC, Birmingham this weekend, so I maybe able to pick up a spare there.
A bit more driving the Corsair happened today and what a lovely day it was. First it was family trip to Compton Abbas Airfield, and the Corsair struggled up Spread Eagle hill in second gear with a line of traffic behind, but probably glad that I turned off for the airfield. After my son had his flight experience at the airfield I took a scenic route home via the fantastic B3081 that has far reaching views to Shaftesbury and the Blackmore Vale and then a drive down the legendary Zig Zag Hill. The brakes were fine and the tight turns ok.
After some lunch another jaunt took us out to Clayesmore School where I took the opportunity to take some photos against the back drop of the school’s main house. The car ran well and I’m getting used to the flat spot and driving through it. It also keeps up well with the local traffic, except on the big hills! So after three trips the corsair had done 54 miles. More fuel will be required before the next trip out, just in case.
So, once home I had to deal with the soggy carpet (when it got drenched over night last Friday) in the passenger side rear foot well. As per usual, a seized bolt holding the seat fame to the floor sheared so I needed to drill that out and re-thread to fit another bolt (metric though). It was a very good day.
No maidens here, but took the old Corsair for a run with my son as passenger. First it was a stop at the petrol station to put in a couple of gallons and refill the fuel can – just to be sure. The car was a bit lumpy under load but the extra choke dealt with that.
So a nice 34 mile loop of the locale was covered and felt great to be back behind the wheel. The fuel gauge doesn’t work and the temperature gauge kept moving about however the speedo was fairly accurate when compared to the speed app on the phone. The car cruised quite well at 50mph but didn’t like being under load at lower revs and performed better when the choke was eased out. It was a good drive and allowed the car to dry out some more after getting a soaking from Friday into Saturday.
Went to John’s this morning to pick up the Corsair and in typical style it was lashing with rain when I arrived. John’s hospitality was tip top as usual and came with a cup of tea. With the bill paid it was a briefing on how the Corsair would like to be started and warmed up. John had spent some time the previous day fettling the tune on a few trips to Win Green and back. So all was good and it ran well on the trip home which was very wet and the wipers worked well. A bit lumpy and noisey and lots to deal with but I got the Corsair home.