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Wedge List / Re: TR7/8 Digest V1 #8884
« Last post by Terry Rawlins on May 20, 2018, 12:32:09 PM »
Hi Johnny,

Have you had the car painted?  On our restoration of our TR8 DHC paint got on
the metal latch actually the piece that is on the car that sticks into the
door latch.  It had paint on it and it caused the door to be really hard to
open.  Just for fun maybe you should clean all paint off of these pieces.
Contact me directly and I will send you a picture of what I mean.


Terry Rawlins

Rawlins Motor Works Texas

80 TR8 DHC  TPVDV8AT211764
06 BMW M Roadster
12 BMW M3 E92
18 Porsche Macan GTS

> On 20 May 2018, at 01:00, TR7/8 Digest
> TR7/8 Digest           Sunday, May 20 2018           Volume 01 : Number
> Message subjects in this digest:
> RE:  Air Condition Expansion Valve
>  Sticky door
> RE:  Air Condition Expansion Valve
Wedge List / Sticky door
« Last post by j t on May 19, 2018, 12:22:04 PM »
Ladies and Gents,

 I have two TR8's one DHC and one FHC and so three outside door latches that

work perfectly. It is the 4th outside doors opening device that is has been

and issue for the last decade.   OUCH !  My ladie has a hard time opening the

door. THAT is the issue

 The issue does not seem to be from alignment of the lock but from the handle

itself. If I look at the other handles they all open the door after a slight

pull a shallow angle. The handle in question requires that it be opened to a

"large" angle and just opens the door at the end of the span. I can go measure

the angle but as said three are good and one is not.

 Last night I removed the handle and I have a spare but I van see NO issue??

 IN the past I have replaced the catch on the door and I have seriously lubed

the Internal mechanism All seems to be fine. The rod that goes from the


down the lock is "shaped" to follow the door and it does have some strange

angles but..................

 Please does anyone have an idea.

 In an hour or so I will go have a look and will probably install the spare

handle but I am not sure why they both look and fine with no wear one the

plastic plunger ETC.




John Taylor

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Wedge List / Re: Air Condition Expansion Valve
« Last post by "Gary Klein" on May 19, 2018, 08:45:17 AM »

I overhauled my A/C 3 years ago and experienced the same problem.  I'm still

using R12 as I have a supply of it but when trying to refill the system, I

could not get the system to take more than about 12 oz.  I took it to a

friend in the business and he diagnosed the same problem, probably the

expansion valve as you were told.

I ordered the NAPA valve referenced on the TWOA part cross list page,  I then evacuated the

system and set about to disassemble the dash.  After I had it out, I was

able access the valve's connections and remove the valve while the box was

still in the car.  It took a couple hours and can be a bit fiddley but I was

able to do it.

Good luck,


'80 TR8

Severn, MD

Wedge List / Re: Air Condition Expansion Valve
« Last post by DAVID MASSEY on May 18, 2018, 10:37:55 PM »
I had the same problem but my system was open for years and the valve probably got a bit  of rust causing it to stick.  A new valve resolved the problem.

FWIW here is some technical data:

Expansion valve: NAPA # 207356


Dave Massey
Wedge List / Re: Air Condition Expansion Valve
« Last post by on May 18, 2018, 05:13:32 PM »
It's a very major pain.  Its mounted against the firewall at the back of the

heater box.  You practically have to disassemble the car, get the heater box

out and then you can change it.  They might be able to clean the valve by

flushing the system and recharging it.  I had a heater leak a few years ago

and had the heater box out.  I changed the expansion valve while it was out,

just because it was accessible.

Jim Altman
Wedge List / Air Condition Expansion Valve
« Last post by Ray Van Cott on May 18, 2018, 04:34:50 PM »
My A/C unit isn't putting out cold air like it used to.  I just had it in the

shop for its annual pressure test and refrigerant addition (R134a) and the

technician said that while there are no leaks and the compressor tests fine he

is getting instrument readings that indicate there is a blockage in the system

and we are get little cold air.  The usual culprit in these cases he says is

the Expansion Control valve.

I've dealt with this guy for 5 years and he hasn't taken advantage of me yet

but has anyone else experienced this issue?  If the valve does need replacing

has anyone done it and how difficult is it do the job?

As always appreciate the help.


Ray Van Cott

1980 TR8 DHC

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Wedge List / 215ci V8 Olds Turbo
« Last post by Terry Merrell on May 16, 2018, 09:12:13 PM »



Cool write up on the turbo charged olds 215 V8. My first TR7-V8 conversion

featured the Oldsmobile version of the 215 V8. I thought it was cool it had

the extra head bolts. I image the plan for the turbo charger had something to

do with that design change from the Buick version.

Terry in St. Louis

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Wedge List / Re: strut stud
« Last post by Jack Brooks on May 16, 2018, 10:57:38 AM »

I am with Bill on this.  I've been planning on building a strut brace. Selling as few lots of the books could recoup a significant portion of your investment.

I've been looking at building a high hat not to drop in through the cancer plate, but the stud is far cleaner.

Jack Brooks

Covington, WA
Wedge List / Re: strut stud
« Last post by Bill on May 16, 2018, 08:27:47 AM »
I assume these are a flat headed stud.B  If you wind up with 100 and they

are a tad longer than stock I will buy a few from you. Would like to

reinforce the strut tower & use camber plates.
Wedge List / Re: TR8 heater valve
« Last post by DAVID MASSEY on May 14, 2018, 01:13:23 PM »
Variable flow is not necessary on the non-AC heaters since it has a bypass damper.  The damper varies how much of the air goes through the heater and how much goes around it and the variable mix will vary the discharge temperature.  The valve is only needed when no heat is needed.  But if variable heat is really desired you can fit a heater control valve from the AC version.



Dave Massey
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