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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Ligier JS6 Diesel
« Last Post by Big Al on June 21, 2016, 09:37:22 AM »
Is this a transfer box / differential unit? Or is it an automatic drive unit remote, but next to / part of the engine?

If it is a transfer box / diff unit they operate by use of a gear for forwards, and a chain for reverse, normally. A chain, even in the best of times, has a bit of slack in it. So for reverse it can move slightly on selection, which might be enough to gain selection of the drive. A gear, on the other hand is much less likely to have play in it. Thus it will not allow a small movement to facilitate the selection, as is the case with reverse. All this being so, it might be as simple as the idling revs being just to high for the unit to be unloaded, and thus able to engage the forward gear.

The same thing can happen with varomatic drive. If there is a transfer box and the drive belt is rotating to fast, it will be throwing the bob weights out and attempting to select drive. That usually results in no ability to select any drive with the engine running. It can create a nasty gear clashing noise.

If the engine is like the Lombardi diesel, it sounds like a very slow tickover adjusted correctly, like a mini digger, or dump truck. So it might be worth knocking the tick-over as slow as it can go. If that is successful, then you may need to re adjust your throttle cable so it has minimal slack, or you might find that top speed is unavailable for the given pedal movement. It is not uncommon to find these cars with the throttle cable acting as the adjuster, rather than the carb/injector stop, and the tick over to be to fast as a result, or because the last person did not know how to adjust the carb/injector for best performance.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Ligier JS6 Diesel
« Last Post by Many on June 21, 2016, 08:20:17 AM »
Hi everybody,

I'm sure there is oil on it, but since you mentioned it, you made this come to my mind: Is the oil too thick? I'm going to change it as soon as I have time to do it.
Yesterday it happened again: I only could engage neutral and reverse... I had to use a 13mm spanner to shake the lever while the engine was idling and the lever jumped to its place again.
I am beginning to get a picture on how and when it happens: I think that if I mess with the gear lever while the engine is not running, then it will be jammed. I dont know if the lever is supposed to be operated while the engine is stopped, but I think that it should not be a problem...
I bought this little fellow only 3 days ago, so we are now beginning to know each other.

Regards and thanks for your replies
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Peel Trident
« Last Post by Stuart Cyphus on June 20, 2016, 11:28:54 PM »
 ...as the Bishop said to the Actress.   ;)
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Peel Trident
« Last Post by Peel replica, Steve Fisk on June 20, 2016, 10:50:11 PM »
yes mate, powder coated
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Peel Trident
« Last Post by 1bubble10 (paul smith) on June 20, 2016, 10:40:48 PM »
very nice - will it be painted or powder coated
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Peel Trident
« Last Post by Michael on June 20, 2016, 10:02:34 PM »
Steerings looking good. I was looking at replicating the original look when I first got mine.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Ligier JS6 Diesel
« Last Post by Peel replica, Steve Fisk on June 20, 2016, 08:29:07 PM »
I don't know anything about these engines but start with the basics and make sure there's oil in it , see if the lever can rotate on its splines to get more leverage when changing from forward to reverse , other than that there's probably wear on something
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Peel Trident
« Last Post by Peel replica, Steve Fisk on June 20, 2016, 08:21:41 PM »
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Peel Trident
« Last Post by Peel replica, Steve Fisk on June 20, 2016, 08:09:46 PM »
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Peel Trident
« Last Post by Peel replica, Steve Fisk on June 20, 2016, 08:08:54 PM »
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