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  1. One of the “perennial” problems with our early Rollas, is the adjustment of the clutch cable. Perennial “lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring.” Now I hear some of you suggesting, “well just go hydraulic”, but that is usually implemented by those, that have upgraded to a gearbox, that is hydraulically operated. There are posts on this forum, with various adaptions of the clutch pedal to hydraulic, but they are not for the faint hearted, & the fact that the cable pulls, & the hydraulic pushes, to operate the clutch, does not help. So I’ve decided to stay with the clutch cable, & here is how I have sorted it. The first thing I have always found, is that lubricating the clutch inner cable inside the outer sheath, is extremely important. The cable end to end changes the direction of force through 180 degrees. As it turns the big bend in the engine compartment, there is binding of the inner cable on the inside of the outer cable. I have experienced heavy clutch pressure needed in early days, only to find that extra force required, was to overcome the friction within the cable itself. The fix is simple. Remove the clutch cable completely from the car. Hang it up at one end, from the out sheath. Drip some light oil in the top end, & work the inner cable up & down. Keep adding oil, & continue to “jiggle” it up & down, until the oil starts to drip out the bottom end. (once I had to leave it overnight, for the oil to get to the bottom, on a very tight cable) I even saved a cable for someone once that was literally seized, by feeding WD40 down the cable inner, for 24 hours on & off. The real problem with the clutch cable, is that horrible adjustment design, up on the firewall, with a single circlip, clipped into one of a number of grooves in the cable outer. The circlip is very hard, & the alloy grooved section of the cable is relatively soft. On top of that, when you push the clutch in, the cable pulls down slightly, so the circlip area does not stay flat against the buffer area. Well, early into my KE ownership, years ago, I ditched the circlip altogether & just had a small screw hose clamp around the cable. Actually, I think I had two in "series". Then, I came across a brand new circlip, & decided to remove the hose clamp. Well, it worked OK for 6 months, then one night in the city at 2:00 am, after picking up my daughter, after her restaurant shift, at a set of lights, the clutch pedal went to the floor. I pushed the car back, & searched in vain, for the dislodged circlip. In the end, I gave up, took a hose clamp off the crankcase breather oil collector, & fitted it around the clutch cable, & got home, travelling roads with no traffic lights, so I didn’t have to stop & start. Success, although daughter was not impressed. Anyway, I then decided that’s it; I’ll fix this design issue for good. I finally came up with the idea of using 2 x circlips, & filling the space in between them, so they both effectively shared the load. It was pretty simple really. I fitted both circlips, adjacent to each other, then found a large mild steel washer, about the same OD as the circlips. I then reamed out the centre hole of the washer, so it was the same ID, as the OD of the cable. I then cut out one side of the washer, so it became a “U” shaped washer, that could slip down between the two circlips. It was a bit tight at first, so I placed it on the band sander, until it was just the right thickness, that it could be tapped in gently between the circlips. I was intending to put a drop of Araldite on the washer, so it could turn around & fall out, but 2 months later, it is still snug & tight. The other issue with the clutch cable is, that as you push the clutch in, the force on the circlips, is on the bottom edge, as the cable pulls down. It needs a support on the cable, to hold it pretty much horizontal, for the first 300-400 mm, away from the firewall. I’m sure that a KE55 coupe I once had, actually had a bracket that came off the master cylinder, or thereabouts, to support the cable. No such bracket was ever on my olde KE30. So I rigged up a support bar, to experiment with the best place to support the cable. I’ve now found a spot, so will make up a permanent bracket which will attach to a couple of spare mounting points down on the inner firewall, which you can just see in the fourth picture down. Anyway, it all works well, & the clutch even feels better under the foot, as energy is not used moving the outer cable position. The 180 deg curve of the clutch cable outer sheath, is important. I have noticed over the years, that some aftermarket clutch cables for the KE series are 30-50mm shorter than the originals, which creates a tighter curve, & greater drag, on the inner cable. Hope this description, & associated pics, might assist, & inspire some, to solve their clutch adjustment retention issue, as I have done. Cheers Banjo
  2. Well I finally got around to finishing this little project, using a Key Fob & relay board from ebay, that are primarily designed as a "garage door replacement" item, but can find all sorts of other remote control applications. The Fob battery is a 12V A12 model, which will last for years. Just make sure when you order one, that it is either an instantaneous, or momentary model. You don't want a latching model, that keeps the horn on. Some of them can be programmed to be either, instantaneous or latching. Here is one with 2 x Fobs, 2 channel relay board & utility box for AUD 15.00 with free postage. The cheapest way, is by using a single channel/relay model, but I used a 2 channel, 2 relay one, where I paralleled the two (2) off N.O. relay contacts together, as well as the two push buttons on the Fob PCB, to make it super reliable. This is what it finished up looking like, inside the "horn bar" removable section, of the steering wheel. Bit of "blue tack" to keep all the wiring in place, & the Fob PCB is low enough profile, that is sits nicely in the steering wheel horn bar, with a bit of thick double sided tape. There is no wiring at all between the horn buttons & transmitter, to the car wiring, completely eliminating the horn ring contact & the spring loaded pin. The little relay board is simple fitted inside a small plastic utility box, sold by Jaycar / Altronics etc. There is only three wires coming out of the utility box.. Ground which is connected anywhere convenient to the car's frame. A permanent unswitched & fused 12 volt supply. The N.O. contact of the little relay board is connected to the "switched" horn wire, which can be accessed in the loom, on the plug, right at the base of the steering column. Most Rollas don't have a horn relay, & the horn button contacts switch the full horn current. Although the N.O. contact of the little relay board, depicted above, are usually rated for 10A, it might be wise to have that relay switch an automotive 30A relay up close to the horn/s proper, so there is no high current at all flowing through the little relay board & it's printed circuit board tracks, in case you get a short circuit at some time, in the horn circuitry. Works like a charm, & so happy, to have finally got rid of that "troublesome" horn contact ring, altogether. If anyone, is enticed to do similar, & needs some help, then send me a PM, & I'll do a sketch of the simple wiring options, & send it to them. Cheers Banjo
  3. Knew someone would have created what I'm considering. https://www.amazon.com/Wolo-RC-100-Wireless-Univeral-Control/dp/B00LJ19V4U Cheers Banjo
  4. Hi Folks, I've had Rollas for years, & the issue of the horn "not working" is a perennial (enduring or continually recurring) problem. It always turns out to be the same thing. The spring pressured brass pin, finally wearing out, until it loses contact with the brass ring on the back of the steering wheel. I've tried everything over the years, filing the pin down in length, so it's pressure on the plate is minimal. I've always used an electrical lubricant on the ring, (to stop is squeaking), but after a year or so, there is no horn. Well it did it again last week, & this time, I am determined to find a new way to get the earth/ground connection from the steering wheel to the horn relay, so that it won't do it again. Previously, I would just remove the ring, & lift it up a bit, by putting three very small washers behind the ring. Not want to "reinvent the wheel", I'd be interested to hear how anyone else has finally resolved this issue. I'm considering installing a tiny transmitter inside the steering wheel, that sends a wireless signal, to switch the horn relay. That way, the steering wheel horn buttons would not need wiring to the car's electrical system at all. A remote garage door key fob are cheap, & would do the job, & although battery powered, they are only powered when you push the button, & that's not very often. Anyone got any better ideas ? Cheers Banjo
  5. Hi Jamie, Sorry about the late reply, but I've been "off the radio" for a few weeks. Your problem is probably related to that "pesky little guage voltage regulator, I referred to in my links earlier in this thread. Unfortunately, you are going to have to remove the instrument cluster, & measure the volts on the regulator on the back of the cluster. Depending on the model the voltage can be anywhere between 7 - 9 volts. If the voltage is OK, then your problem is, that the resistance wire used to repair your sender, has too high a resistance. If however, the voltage is low, then you need to replace the voltage regulator, which powers both the fuel & water temp guages. If the voltage regulator is damaged or burnt out (very common), you will have to replace it with an adjustable aftermarket one, from the likes of Jaycar, or Altronics. If the voltage is OK, then you will either increase the volts to say 12V, by shorting the regulator out, although, I suspect, that may still not get your fuel guage to read full scale. There is another possibility, that the guage itself is "crook", (high resistance) but this is highly unlikely. Does your water guage also read low ? That info might assist. Cheers Banjo
  6. Hi Jamie, Usually, fuel tank sender units use a Nichrome wire to make these resistance devices. However, as there are lots of different Nichrome wires, & I don't know specifically which one, Toyota used. They come in different thicknesses, & can be enamel coated, or not. You would need one about the same cross sectional area, & O.D. without enamel You would have to find out the "ohms per foot" of the wire Toyota used all those years ago. You could dissemble your sender carefully, & unwind the bobbin. Then take the longest length you can extract, & measure it's resistance over a given length, & work it out. Commonly, the resistance can be as low as say 30-40 ohms per foot. Lots of trouble & mucking around, & no guarantee it will ultimately work. The real problem is, that when they get that old, the pivots & other electrical connections, are also suspect. My best suggestion, is to find a new sender unit, from a later model car, & modify it to fit your fuel tank, using the existing sender unit mounting plate. There are plenty of posts on this forum, about the fuel sender units. Your issue, is a reoccurring problem, when they get this old. Here is just one. https://www.rollaclub.com/board/topic/9780-ke55-fuel-sender-issues/#comments Cheers Banjo.
  7. Hi Jamie, Usually, fuel tank sender units use a Nichrome wire to make these resistance devices. However, as there are lots of different Nichrome wires, & I don't know specifically which one, Toyota used. They come in different thicknesses, & can be enamel coated, or not. You would need one about the same cross sectional area, & O.D. without enamel You would have to find out the "ohms per foot" of the wire Toyota used all those years ago. You could dissemble your sender carefully, & unwind the bobbin. Then take the longest length you can extract, & measure it's resistance over a given length, & work it out. Commonly, the resistance can be as low as say 30-40 ohms per foot. Lots of trouble & mucking around, & no guarantee it will ultimately work. The real problem is, that when they get that old, the pivots & other electrical connections, are also suspect. My best suggestion, is to find a new sender unit, from a later model car, & modify it to fit your fuel tank, using the existing sender unit mounting plate. This is reocurring issue, & there are a lot of posts on this forum about worn out fuel sender units. Here is just one of them. https://www.rollaclub.com/board/topic/9780-ke55-fuel-sender-issues/#comments Cheers Banjo.
  8. Can't quite work out how the exhaust header gets routed to the other side of the engine ? Surely not under the sump ? The bit on top of the carby, looks like something out of the Wizzard of Oz. I thought it was the Tin-Man ? Glaring error there, not being able to add oil, unless the intake "Bunnings System", is completely removed. Would like to see a utube video with sound, of it running ! At first I thought this was a joke, but then I noticed the oil feed to the turbo bearing. Cheers Banjo
  9. Oh I love treasure hunts ! Especially if there are gold nuggets involved. ! watched a doco on TV, on Lightening Ridge recently, where these olde miners just keep digging, hoping to find that illusive opal. You'll love this article on the ABC website today. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-13/vintage-toy-collector-and-australias-post-war-story/11299538 Cheers Banjo
  10. Agree with Pete's sentiments. Was driving along the road the other day, & saw a young guy on his front lawn, with a KE Rolla with the bonnet up, & a mobile engine hoist next to the car, so assumed something like an engine transplant, might be the order of the day, Pulled into his driveway, & introduced myself as Banjo from RollaClub, & asked what was up with his Rolla. (chassis had rust, so engine was coming out to go into another donor Rolla) Asked if he was a Rollaclub member. Yes was the answer. Heard of you, he said, but I don't go on the website very often; stick to Facebook. He was in his early 20s. He was no less enthusiastic that any other Rolla guy I've ever come across. The engine he was about to remove was a 7K EFI with a LiteAce ECU. Really nice guy, just a different generation. This is so true ! Not only will rich history & knowledge be lost, but we won't be able to read it anymore, at the rate we are going. The only people who got it right were the Egyptians. They wrote everything down on clay tablets, with impressions, & today after 2000+ years we can still read it. My evidence: A tenant in my rental house, who services computers for small accountants & solicitors in our area, knew I was into electronics, & asked whether I has a an olde floppy disc drive. We are talking the original the original 4.5" "floppy" disks. I asked, why on earth would need one of those ? One of his solicitors had a client who had died. They opened his safe deposit box at the bank, & there was his last will & instructions, . . . . . . . on a 4.5 inch floppy disk. Luckily, being a hoarder, I did actually have one, & my tenant became a hero to the solicitor. Apparently, he has since discovered this is not an isolated case. Cheers Banjo
  11. Hi Jamie, Unfortunately, the problem you describe is very common. The only way you can fix this problem is to purchase a new indicator "indicator stork" assembly. In the Rollas, as designed and originally built, there are very few relays involved. The electrical current for head lights passes through all the switches. In the case of high beam, the currents drawn are higher, & the associated switch contacts within the "indicator stork" assembly burn out. You can buy replacement indicator storks on ebay, out of Singapore or Thailand, that are relatively cheap, & work well. I remember replacing one in my KE30 several years ago, & it has been reliable. I would however, suggest that you insert a relay or relays for the head lights, so that the "indicator stork" contacts don't burn out again. Here is a link to this subject, from a post I did about 6 years ago, which covers your exact issue, in greater detail. High Beam Headlight Issues Cheers Banjo
  12. Fuel Level Sensor/Sendors are a pain, when they get old & wear through the resistance wire, as yours has. Basically you don't have too many options, as I've never been able to find an aftermarket one, specifically for the KE30/35/55 Rollas. They were never perfectly linear in operation to start with, so if looking for an alternative, then the angle of movement from dead empty to completely full, is the issue. I bought one, cheap off ebay once, that was suitable for a Toyota Supra, but could never get the linearity correct. Maybe, an electronic adaptor could correct this, but I never went that far. Temperature guage & Fuel guage issues, in the same car, can often be the result of a damaged or U/S voltage regulator, as both guages use the same low voltage regulator. In some Rollas it is 7 volt, others 8 volt, & I think I came across one that was 9 volt. There is even one early one, that uses an electro-mechanical regulator. I put in an external 9V regulator years ago, & it solved all my guage problems. Corolla Guage Issues Link Any time, I've ever come across an old Corolla, with the fuel tank still on-board, I've whipped the fuel sender out. Out of about 3-4 attempts, I've only retrieved one, that was any good; which now sits on my shelf, awaiting the day, the one in my KE30 eventually fails. But don't throw away your complete fuel sensor from the tank. If the resistance winding is worn out, but the pivot arrangement is still reliable & works, it may still be useful, by fitting a special Hall Effect IC, & an associated magnet, so that the original guage can be used. The following article describes it. Hall Effect IC used for Fuel Guage Sensor Might have a play one Saturday afternoon, when it's raining ! Cheers Banjo
  13. Hi Jamie, Welcome aboard ! A quick picture posted here would help us identify your issue. Usually there is only one temperature sensor, with an electrical wire attached, which is for the dash temp guage. There are often one or two temp sensors that are not electrically connected, but are actually valves, or switches associated with the Californian emissions controls on the carby. They had rubber hoses connected to them originally. Most Rolla users have either removed these, & plugged the hole. Have a read of Altezzaclub's post in the following thread. Might help. https://www.rollaclub.com/board/topic/54569-4k-carb-setup/ Cheers Banjo
  14. Hi Francisco, Very glad, to hear it was something so simple, & nothing like a head gasket or a breakthrough into the water jackets anywhere. Cheers Banjo
  15. Hi Francisco, I'm finding it hard, to think of anything else related to the radiator change, that could cause all these issues, if the use of the new Pimera radiator cap, does not change or solve anything. As you have advised, this problem has been there, right from the first start, after the engine rebuild, I'm left with no other answer than it is something in the engine. The only way you can completely prove this to yourself, is to fit back the original K series radiator, as you suggested. If it still happens, then it is the engine. I seem to remember a post where you were considering porting the head slightly. Is there any possibility, that you have taken too much out, & you've got a crack or tiny opening, into the water jacket it the head ? Something like that, could certainly cause a problem, similar to what you have described. Cheers Banjo
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