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    Rvc rev counter

    This may or may not be relevant to the problem, but it's not necessary to change to an RVC rev counter when fitting electronic ignition. You simply feed the power to the ignition module directly from the ignition switch rather than from the coil positive (assuming a negative earth car). The...
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    First start after rebuild

    I agree about checking the tappets again after running the engine for a while, tedious job though it is if you discover that the clearances have changed. With mine, after the first 1000 miles all four inlets and one exhaust had closed up by .002in, and another exhaust by .001in. Minimal but...
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    First start after rebuild

    It's worth re-checking the mixture after balancing the carburettors. When unbalanced, one carb will be sucking harder on its jet than the other, so whatever mixture setting you arrived at before balancing might not be quite correct after balancing. With the engine rebuilt and the carbs in good...
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    Best way to refit Series 2 wheel discs/hubcaps?

    Like the leather one (one end of a wire-wheel spinners hammer, the other end being copper) that I have been using, but quieter? I was wondering if there was some sort of magic push, hold and manipulate manoeuvre. The handbook is silent on the subject. Hammer it is, then.
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    Best way to refit Series 2 wheel discs/hubcaps?

    I've placed this in Suspension/Steering because that's what the wheels are attached to… With the two Series 1s I used to own, replacing the wheel discs was easy: just push them on. Too easy, perhaps, which was why they had a reputation for turning in situ and slicing the tyre valve, and for...
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    Oil in steering damper

    That was my method too.
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    Factory antenna

    Or this, which is closer to the original: GenuineLucas 59-087 Chrome ball roof mount aerial, New (old) stock OE part | eBay
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    Front brakes brake harder once every wheel revolution when brakes are warm

    Original discs skimmed and now refitted. Problem has gone away. Now to convince the supplier of the replacement discs that they were faulty.
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    Oil in steering damper

    Now done, finally. All internals cleaned, spring-loaded ball bearings moving freely, fresh gear oil. Big improvement in steering smoothness. Many thanks for everyone's advice.
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    Front brakes brake harder once every wheel revolution when brakes are warm

    All very interesting, thank you. The supplier of my discs said he'd had no complaints about 2000/2200 discs like mine but there were problems with V8 discs a while ago. Could be the same supplier as Robin mentions above? I'm going to investigate the possibility of having my original discs...
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    Front brakes brake harder once every wheel revolution when brakes are warm

    I fitted new front discs and pads to my 2000 TC about 1000 miles ago. When the brakes are still cold the response is smooth and firm. Once the brakes have been used a few times and are warm, the front brakes seem to brake more firmly once every wheel revolution, leading to an annoying surging as...
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    Notchy gearbox 2000 TC

    If I remember correctly, having recently completed an engine rebuild on my car, the gearbox bell-housing bolts need to be fully tightened to the engine backplate and sump before the many sump setscrews are tightened. If the latter are tightened before the gearbox is bolted on, it's possible that...
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    Valve Timing

    Later engines used thick single shims in a range from 390 to 420 thou or thereabouts. So your shims are in the right range.
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    Valve Timing

    Sounds like one or both timing chains were positioned a tooth out, which would have decimated performance. Valves and pistons must have been getting very close. Which valves depends on the direction of that 35mm error.
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    Engine missing

    Try running a substitute lead from the coil negative to the distributor terminal. I'm fairly sure it was the internal weakening/breakage of that lead which caused similar symptoms on two P6s I've owned. Easy to do, so worth a try.
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