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  1. The Nylock nut on the blue wires isn’t helping you - looks like the stud is too short to engage the nylon locking portion. May need a standard nut and blue thread lock if you can’t remove some of the height in the stack
  2. Good news, the car should now be loaded on the ship and making her way towards Galveston. I went with RoRo. I’m planning on flying out around August 10th to pick her up and starting the road trip home. Don’t know how close any of you might be to Galveston/Houston/Austin/Lubbock or other points somewhat near to a diagonal between the gulf coast and central NM, I only know Texas is a big honking state, but I’d love the opportunity to hook up with some friendly faces along the way. Even if the route has to be a bit squiggly - heck, maybe it’s even better if the route is a bit squiggly. Let me know cheers phil
  3. I think the folks at Prospero’s Garage are still around if you need one, they have other flavors as well. https://colorwiringdiagrams.com/
  4. The response may vary slightly based on local dialects; us Yanks might say something like “Yowza, sweet score on a cherry ride!” Whereas the Brits might say “Nicely found.” In any language, that’s a beauty. When i I first read your post but before I saw the pictures, Rob Siegel’s (aka the Hack Mechanic) first book came to mind, specifically the section about weighing options of diving into mechanics vs bodywork vs just driving the darned thing. Upon seeing the photos, to me the decision would be clear - drive, sir, drive!
  5. Check the height of the current dizzy’s o-ring vs a stock distributor - my recollection is as Tom mentioned, it’s slightly higher up the shaft on the IE replacements. I had a similar oil dribble with an IE until I upgraded to the 123. You could swap out to the tii distributor from car #2 as a test - it shouldn’t matter if the curve isn’t perfect, you just need it to run so you can check for leaks.
  6. Yep that’s the one. I would love to find any history on that show, if anyone remembers the car, stories or photos. Know anyone?
  7. Thanks for the tip, I like the sound of their Secure Exchange offering. Will be interesting to see how what looks like their champagne services line up with my beer budget 😉
  8. My recollection is the OE o-ring is D shaped as well. I do remember it took a fair bit of steady downward pressure before it slid into place. Lube it up with a finger full of oil, 360 and in the groove as well, and then press the disty firmly into the housing. You might even have to give the ring a bit of persuasion with a finger poke, but once the ring starts into the housing it slides home fast. Don’t hit it, just smooth steady pressure with a bit of rotation.
  9. Any recommendations on a good company to work with on shipping a car from the UK to the US? Companies to stay away from? Any thoughts on Roll-on-Roll-off vs containerized? I’m thinking port destination of either Houston or east coast (ie near Baltimore) so I can visit family and drive it home. Car is a 93 M5 I scored on BAT (yeah, I know, it’s not a 2002 but I needed one classic with airbags, and driving / working on / owning an S38 has been one of my life goals). Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated! phil
  10. Beautiful survivor. Bookmarking your site for the next time I’m near Nashville!
  11. One big advantage of the 123 is you can build your curve for your motor, with your mods. Start with any reasonable baseline; the stock curve or the one you posted above. Set your engine’s rpm for each point (ie 1500) then add advance. If the engine speeds up, then it could use that advance. Good. Bump the rpms back to 1500 and add advance again. Repeat until the engine speed no longer increases, you’ve reached the limit of benefit from advance at that rpm. Write down your results (you did keep track of how many bumps you gave it, right?) at that point for the graph. Increase your engine speed to the next point on your graph, and do it all over again. You can also use the stopwatch function of the 123 to do the same thing, but it’s nice to get all the heavy lifting done in the shop close to tools, and it’s not so tempting to the local constabulary. When done, build a new curve based on the numbers of degrees advance you added to each point. Id probably bump each point back a bit to allow for changes in fuel, temperature and other whims of the gods. No need to dance on the edge of the knife if you don’t need to. After all, the only knock sensor on this engine is between your ears.
  12. +1 on Porterfield, on my 74 tii they’ve been a great upgrade.
  13. To follow the slight detour... The guys at Bad Obsession are incredible, whenever they release a new episode my wife and I drop everything and make popcorn. Amazing skills. Watching them make a bracket for the power steering reservoir with a stopwatch running in the background was mad crazy. i think the Binky name is a sci-fi reference, Death’s white horse. Appropriate. Back to your regularly scheduled topic...
  14. Big bumpers are better. Squaretails rule.
  15. Congrats on the new puppy and welcome to the asylum! Looks like you’ve got a great summer with your son ahead of you

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