Compression missing - 1

Vintage Alvis Maintenance

Where did the compressions go? - 1/2

  • Back in July 2012 the Alvis was caught in a rainstorm going over the South Downs, and of course the hood was down and there’s nowhere to stop on that road.

    I decided to leave the car in the garage while I had a hot bath; several days elapsed before I went back into the garage and I was horrified to see that all the wood had been stained by the water.

    Anyway that’s another problem that was resolved but it took me four weeks to re-polish all 27 pieces of the woodwork and then came the day to take the car out to enjoy my handiwork…

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    I went through the starting procedure - switch on fuel, pull choke out, press starter for two revolutions, switch on mag and enjoy.

    …then I went through the starting procedure again.

    …then I cleaned the plugs and went through the starting procedure again.

    …then I checked the valve timing and the valve clearances (5+ thou) and went through the starting procedure again.

    …then I retimed the magneto and went through the starting procedure again.

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    This website contains my personal Maintenance schedule based on the late Micky Radford's "The Vintage Alvis Manual" and is supplemented by Lubrication charts from the Alvis TJ 12/50 Instruction Book. These notes are not intended as advice or guidance to the reader.