Ground Straps

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John Harley
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Ground Straps

Post by John Harley » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:56 pm


A word to the wary. I have had my 1950 Eight for 13 years and over 23,000 miles. in that time I have replaced both the battery and the voltage regulator 5 or 6 times.

Today, the gray ghost was in my favorite mechanic's garage, being serviced, it was determined that the battery and voltage regulator were both toasted=they are 51 weeks old. During the head scracthing , the Mechanic Known as Speedy took a look.

There was no ground strap from the block to the frame. I thought I saw one one the car about 10 years ago, but there is not one now. I know about this, I once lost 4 computer hard drives in 12 months because the house circuit I was using wasn't grounded

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John Harley

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Re: Ground Straps

Post by Adam » Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:12 am

A useful reminder, John. I suppose the accelerator linkage does not make for the best ground strap !!

I would have expected there to be a ground strap between the starter mounting bolts and the chassis. You may well find the starter is more effective if it has a better earth.

"Do not underestimate the English cousin.....they are not as stupid as they look!" - Signor Altabani in The Italian Job.

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