January - December 2019
2019 begins with some sporadic running trouble with Blue Bess
which was initially, and erroneously, attributed to air leaks at
the inlet manifold gaskets. Consequently, these were replaced
anew with home-made items, as shown below.
This seems to get the car back in working order and Deep Blue
is therefore put away for some work which will have to
concentrate on the rear lights and the rear windscreen heater.
All were sorted by just cleaning and bending connections and
repairing broken wires.
Just as these problems are sorted, Blue Bess fails again
completely on the A3 (her favorite breakdown spot) which
thankfully was having roadworks, so we were able to pull into a
coned-off area and wait the 1.5 hours for the AA to turn-up. The
AA man became convinced it was the electric fuel pump which I had
fitted some 18 months earlier, but no amount of jiggling the wires
and tapping it with a hammer would restore its functionality, so
the car had to be towed home. The next day I very skeptically
tested the fuel pump and to my amazement I also found that it
certainly did not work. Hence the following day was used to fit a
spare pump which I had, but this too was found not to work, even
when tested by connecting it directly to the battery. Hence
another electric pump was ordered from the internet and was
This new, more powerful pump, which required air-line fittings and
bigger hoses, definitely did work, however it was altogether too
powerful and caused fuel to leak profusely from every nook and
cranny in the carburettor. At this point, a phone call to a 340
expert suggested that since the distributor and the oil pump were
working, the mechanical fuel pump should work too, because it is
driven by the same (intermediate) shaft in the engine. Hence, I
decide to have another go with a mechanical fuel pump and so one
is ordered from the internet and a couple of fresh bits of smaller
fuel hose are purchased to allow it to have really
perfectly-fitting pipes when tried for the first time. The new
fuel pump (the fitting of which was pretty agonising, thanks to
its spring-loading) can be seen below.
Now in March 2019, and to my amazement, the mechanical fuel pump
was found to work perfectly and keep the engine running happily
with no leaks or stalling at all. So now its time to get the MOT
sorted and she was duly booked in for this at the local garage.
However, she failed on 3 tyres (ouch, but this was easy for them
to sort) and nearside welding (double ouch, but not so easy to
solve). The garage asked for a repair panel to be purchased and I
have since managed to get a panel which is about as close to what
they requested as possible, so I am currently waiting for it to
arrive so that the garage can begin the work.
As of early April 2019, the panel has arrived and is awaiting the
garage to cut out the old metal and weld it in place.