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As admin I have been running a Hunter on and off (mostly off) since 1980. My partner has a Mk3 Sceptre. I do all my own maitenance on the classics and still do most of the maintenance on my “daily” driver (ST220). I have also run one Mk3 sceptre, and a couple of Mk2 sceptres so am up to speed on the running gear of Alpines, Superminx, Singer Vogues etc. I am also a qualified mechanic and provide expert advice to the VHVC. Give us a try (I was always the problem solver in the trade) and I enjoy a challenge. My advice may differ from others but so far my hit rate is 100%.

We have a parts book for the arrow range if you need part numbers and also a workshop manual for the same.

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    • The obvious like front wings, front Panel, and Bonnet. The Mk1 is of course a 1600. I think most (if not all) of the rest of the car is similar to the Mk2.
      Remember the running gear is common with other vehicles for example the 1600cc Sunbeam.
      I have owned a Mk2 perhaps someone who owns (or has owned) a Mk1 can be a little more constructive/accurate

  1. Setting your timing using a vaccum guage.
    All engines are slightly different. The timing figure given by the manufacturer is a “safe” setting that will ensure all engines do not “pink” IMHO changing the setting will give you more power and better MPG. Here is how to do it.
    You will need a vacuum guage similar to the Gunson “low guage” disconnect the pipe from your servo and push the taper of the low guage into the pipe. Start your engine and allow it to reach normal operating temperature.
    Disconnect the vacuum advance pipe from your distributor and block the hole.
    Set the idle speed to 2000rpm
    Advance the ignition timing until you get to the maximum vacuum. This is the ideal ignition timing for 2000rpm but unfortunately the mechanical advance mechanisms are imperfect so…
    Retard the ignition timing by 1/2 an inch of mercury (this should if your distributor is in good shape be enough)
    Lock your distributor in place.
    Return your idle speed to normal.
    Adjust your idle mixture to give a maximum vacuum reading.
    Switch the engine off.
    Remove the vacuum guage and re-connect your servo pipe.
    If you wish you can check your new ignition timing with a strobe light to find the new setting for your engine.

    This was something I was taught at college when I was training to be a mechanic back in the 80s.
    Proper old school.

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