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Dave Williams
March 18, 2017, 6:14pm Report to Moderator

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Hi All,

First post here. My brother has just inherited a '61 Herald 1200 which our Grandparents owned from new. We collected it last weekend and I'm working on it with him. Neither of us are experienced mechanics or know Heralds so this is our opportunity to learn. The tappets came loose on our drive home last weekend and in adjusting those we've discovered that someone has previously tried to lever the rocker cover off, bent the edge and scored the covers gasket surface in the process. This explains the fresh oil on one side of the engine at the end of our journey. Please see the photos - does anyone know if this is repairable? We understand that forming a seal with the cork gasket can be tricky anyway so would we just be better off buying a replacement cover. We think the bent cover is a replacement alloy one  - seems too light to be steel and it obviously bent easily! Thanks in advance - Dave.




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You could probably reshape it to suit.

I would swap it, but then have spare ones


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Hogie
March 18, 2017, 7:49pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Dave,
          as mentioned that should be fairly easily knocked out.
When you put it back use one of the Silicon RTV gasket goo's with the cork gasket.

Roger


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TR41962  having surgery at present
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Dave Williams
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Thanks for the advice. I've come to the same conclusion since posting too - I'm to try reshaping since there is nothing to loose really. If it still leaks, we'll have to get a new one.

Also thought I should share a few pics by way of introduction ....so here they are below.



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That is one very nice little car......


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Bitumen Boy
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Yes, it does look smart. That looks like an original rocker cover btw, they were never very wonderful but you can probably make it seal as well as most with a little work.
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Bill and Mark will be along soon, but do I spot an original black pear shaped gear knob ?  If so, fit a burgler alarm - they are very scarce. [Tongue in cheek remark - not serious]
If you are newbies you might not know that your car MAY be on an earlier version of the chassis (referred to as Mk 1) than most 1200s out there.  
Looking forward to hearing more.

C.


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Mark Hammond
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That indeed seems to be a very early 1200 (July 1961 registered) so must be among the oldest survivors.  I spy pear shaped black gear knob, white door handle and winder escutcheons and a white tipped speedometer needle, countersunk switches on the facia and a key operated exterior passenger door lock which signify very early 1200.  If this were mine, I'd sympathetically renovate and keep as original and as standard as I could.  It is a very collectable little car.

Mark


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? Front valance a replacement ?

C.


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Mark Hammond
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Quoted from Casper
? Front valance a replacement ?

C.


What makes you think that it is a replacement?  Looks like it might need one though, also the edges of the bonnet where it meeds the "D" plates looks a bit suspect.  

Mark


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