The New Tech
I thought it might be useful to include a
page of helpful tech tips.
If anyone would like to contribute anything useful
please let me know
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Have you fitted a nice
new shiny alloy radiator to your Buckler?
Be very aware of 'Stray Voltage'. This electrolysis can
destroy an alloy radiator in a matter of weeks. (Copper
doesn't fare much better) it's easy to check. Take the
radiator cap off (when it's cool, silly, or you'll burn
Set your multimeter to
millivolts (mV). put the + probe into the coolant (not
touching any metal) and the - on to a good earth,
preferably the earth terminal of the battery, not very
practical if the battery is in the boot, as on many
If you get a reading of
50mV or over you may have a problem.
Start up, check, turn on
any accessories, lights, indicators etc one at a time
and check each time. If the reading goes up, this
particular item may have a dodgy earth. Don't forget to
check the brake lights!
Make sure you use a good
quality Antifreeze (Ethylene Glycol is recommended
by many) and use demineralised water. Esp. if you have
any other alloy bits in your engine!...now there seems to be some debate about
modern anti freeze
the red stuff will destroy soldered joints??? the blue stuff should be
ok??something to do with porridge! Rolls Royce recommend Fernox Alphi 11
(central heating antifreeze)
Any one any other tips to
prevent electrolysis damage to alloy body parts?
Talking of corrosion... Prevent crevice
Crevice corrosion is caused by the small leaking of
coolants at the hose and gasket joins. This stuff can
leak into the small crevices left by ill fitting hose
clamps and gaskets and sit there corroding away
unnoticed. Advice here seems to be unanimous. Use a non
hardening gasket goo such as Stag Wellseal or Permatex
Aviation Form-A-Gasket No. 3 Sealant.
I'm not endorsing these, I'm sure you
have your favourite.
Make sure the hose clamps are
Any one have any more corrosion cures to
WARNING. USING THE WRONG OILS CAN
DAMAGE YOUR TRANSMISSION.
For more see Ken Green's update in 'Bucklering'
I suppose I should write some kind of
legal stuff about not being responsible and all that but
I think I've got it covered