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#219767 - 10/20/08 8:50 pm Spider escapes serious injury during valve spring mayhem in the crypt  
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Spider recently gave up squabbling with Mrs Spider for a couple of days in order to concentrate on removing the valves of his Triumph 3TA so the head could be welded by the doughty lads down at Roadstar Cycles. Unfortunately the damned valve springs seem to have had the intention of escaping from captivity at every opportunity. The crypt has seen collets and springs flying in all directions, even with the classy Triumph valve spring compressor borrowed from Graham, which seems to need three hands to manipulate it. In the end it became so hazardous in the crypt that Spider was in danger of doing himself a serious mischief!
So he decided to leave the job to Graham and went back to doing what he knows best. He got out his crayons and drew a cartoon:



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#219768 - 10/20/08 9:14 pm Re: Spider escapes serious injury during valve spring mayhem in the crypt [Re: Grandad]  
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So did the rim fit the headlamp grandad?


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#219830 - 10/21/08 6:59 am Re: Spider escapes serious injury during valve spring mayhem in the crypt [Re: Kev.]  
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Hey Kev

The answer to your question is that it did and it didn't fit!The rim by itself is a very tight fit on the headlamp shell but when the reflector assembly is fitted into the rim we cannot get it to push far enough onto the shell. It's as if the Wipac reflector we got at Kempton is too thick. Although another possibility is that the new spring clips around the edge of the reflector are too thick and foul the shell.They are much heavier duty than the original ones (lost long ago!
So, we've had to put the old rim back on for the present. Strangely, the Wipac reflector works with that!It may be that your rim requires a Lucas reflector assembly. When I see a cheap Lucas reflector I'll try that.


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#220074 - 10/22/08 2:35 pm Re: Spider escapes serious injury during valve spring mayhem in the crypt [Re: Grandad]  
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Grandad,
Your'e right about those valve spring compressors:they can be spindelly and ornery!
Better than three hands i had a friend to help dis-lodge a valve from an early engine.
Dis-lodge indeed, the collet discharged across his forehead and ricocheted to the nether-regions of the shop, and leaving a mark of battle.
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#220421 - 10/24/08 7:18 am Re: Spider escapes serious injury during valve spring mayhem in the crypt [Re: JBMorris]  
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Hey Brimor,
I bet that having struck your mate's forehead, the collet then ricochets to some obscure corner of the workshop and hides itself where you'll never find it - and of course you DON'T have a spare!!


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#220441 - 10/24/08 1:42 pm Re: Spider escapes serious injury during valve spring mayhem in the crypt [Re: Grandad]  
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Grandad -

Double check those reflector clips....the angle at which they seat.....I had to go over mine *three* times before I finally got them to seat correctly and could offer up the rim to the shell....

I didn't realize the crypt was big enough for a valve job! grin

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#220449 - 10/24/08 4:15 pm Re: Spider escapes serious injury during valve spring mayhem in the crypt [Re: JubeePrince]  
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Hi Jubee,

Yes, I think you are right. Its the clips holding the reflector to the rim which are the trouble, but I've tried every way of fitting them and it's still no go. I'm sure it's due to their heavy duty construction compared to the originals.


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