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« Last post by tencate on December 27, 2017, 04:11:43 PM »







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Wedge List / Re: 81 TR7 for Free in Washington DC Area + Hardtop for Sale
« Last post by Steve on December 20, 2017, 03:47:06 PM »

This post never showed up in my email so I can't reply privately.

Please shoot me an email when you get this - I'm in NoVA and am
interested in the TR7.

Wedge List / Re: Engine Bay Painting Over TPA
« Last post by elsberry on December 20, 2017, 10:53:34 AM »
Epoxy primer.
Wedge List / Engine Bay Painting Over TPA
« Last post by "Gary Klein" on December 20, 2017, 10:52:27 AM »

I recall several discussions over the years of members mentioning that they

painted their engine bay, and I recall some stating that they "sealed" the

factory TPA paint before doing so.  Can I get some advice as to what you did

and the "sealant" you guys used?



Severn, MD




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Wedge List / 81 TR7 for Free in Washington DC Area + Hardtop for Sale
« Last post by Art Harman on December 18, 2017, 03:04:07 PM »
Hi all,

After many years of enjoying my FI Wedge, it fell into disrepair, and I would like to offer it for free to anyone.  

I also have a hard top in excellent condition that I will sell. Make me an offer.

The fuel pump quit, and that's what took it off the road and I was just too busy to take care of it at the time.  Replace that and there's little reason the engine won't run.

Beyond that, the tires, brakes, battery and exhaust are bad.

It's got various rust. The trans sometimes pops out of first gear. The clutch was fairly new when it stopped running.

The interior is a moldy mess.

Before it went down, I had replaced all bushings with poly and new Gaz shocks. The shocks thus have few miles on them.

So I invite all to adopt it for parts or to fix and drive. I'd rather not have to junk it.  You'll need to tow it or arrange for transport.

Included is a box of spare parts.

The hardtop is in good shape -- make me an offer!  I wouldn't have a clue how to ship that.

I am in Northern Virginia, near Washington, DC.

I'll be happy to send photos.





Art Harman



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Wedge List / Re: Re: TR7/8 Digest V1 #8785
« Last post by charles frink on December 18, 2017, 10:42:17 AM »
I replaced the starter on my 8 with a hi torque unit from the Wedge Shop and

did not remove or disconnect anything but the starter bolts and associated

wires.  The car has hedders

Wedge List / Re: TR7/8 Digest V1 #8785
« Last post by on December 18, 2017, 10:26:26 AM »
Jim Altman,B  Sorry for being late to the party, but here goes.B  I
took my starter out without moving or removing the exhaust.B  The
exhaust is stock, and the starter is stock, not sure about a gear
reduction starter.B
Here was the trick, I flipped the starter end for end in place, and
thenB you can positionB bump whereB there is room for it and itB falls
out.B  Hope this helps,B  Bob BurtonB B  1981 DHC EFI
On Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:00:01 -0500 (EST), TR7/8 Digest  wrote:

TR7/8 Digest Monday, December 18 2017 Volume 01 : Number 8785

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Wedge List / Re: TR8 Starter Motor
« Last post by "Jim Altman" on December 18, 2017, 08:38:19 AM »
So, thanks again to all for the comments. Assuming:


1)      That I have established good connection from the battery + to the

starter; and,

2)      That I have established that there is a good ground from block to

battery -


Then I should be able to jumper 12 volts from the battery connection to the

white-orange wire connection on the starter motor and the starter ought to

actuate, right?



Jim Altman


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Subject: RE:  TR8 Starter Motor


Thanks all for the comments.  Wiring and battery are fine, power to

everything, i.e. headlights and all are fine. Just put a new ground wire

from battery to body. Volt meter is normal after I bump start the car,

alternator is an almost new Saturn alt. Given the odd sounds it made on last

crank, I have good confidence it's the starter, but will inspect the wiring

more carefully on return to the big city and a tad warmer weather after



The stock starter is long gone and the starter in there is one of the newer

hi-torque, but by newer I mean 7 to 10 years old.



Jim Altman <>
Wedge List / Re: TR8 Starter Motor
« Last post by "Karl Knowles" on December 17, 2017, 03:35:50 PM »
I would also run a jumper cable negative to the engine block to make sure

you have a good ground too.  You could have a bad frame to engine ground

strap.  It's easy to overlook as it's out of sight/out of mind.


Tallahassee, FL
Wedge List / Re: TR8 Starter Motor
« Last post by Creig Houghtaling on December 17, 2017, 12:12:43 PM »

Pipes on the passenger side need to be moved to install a starter.  They don't

necessarily have to be removed.  I think I was able to disconnect at the

exhaust manifold and swing the pipes down enough to replace the starter.

It sounds like your starter is done.  Mine acted like a bad battery for about

a year before it went totally out.  When my battery was freshly charged the

starter would crank moderately well.  When the battery was down only slightly

it would turn over just barely enough to start.  Yours sounds like it went

more quickly.  If you want to verify 100% you don't have any wiring or relay

issues, make sure your big positive cable to your starter is clean and tight.

Then run a positive directly to your starter bypassing your ignition switch.

If you get the same results you need a starter.  (One time I bought a new

starter, and when I went to take the old one off I found the main positive

cable loose at the starter.  Tightened it up and found the starter was OK.)

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