Hi guys and gals, sorry about long post, but here goes..... My 75 has sat around for far too long as I never managed to get to the bottom of an intermittent cutting out that occurred only when the engine was warmed up. I decided it was time to get it MOTd and either drive it or sell it. I was also inspired by finding on Craig's Place which I thought could have been relevant to my problems - RHD power lead
So I went out to the garage and set to work. I'm amazed how many wires in the engine bay are not connected to anything! I know a few will be for features I don't have such as foglights, but there are lots of connectors and loose wires that go nowhere. I found a pair of telephone cables down behind the windscreen-wash reservoir. They have four wires each, several of which are attached to a loom of wires that goes absolutely nowhere, having been cut off before I had the car. I am guessing that these relate to the after-market immobiliser and they disappear through the firewall up behind the reservior. Anyway one of the wires does connect up to earth and 3 were connected to the +ve battery terminal, but one was floating having come adrift at some time, so I have connected this to +ve too.
The car starts but runs quite roughly with variable idle. It even stalls eventually too, but a quick dab on the gas will save it. Any pointers?
I can hear a lot more noise than ever before from the rear offside wheel arch - it sounds like a fizzing noise, like a spark earthing at high frequency. I can only think that this is the fuel-pump. Can anyone tell me happens when fuel pumps go bad? What should I look at here?
Otherwise any thoughts on my cutting-out problem? When I got to look at the car the wiring was not like the picture from Craig's Place. Was the problem he mentions corrected in later RHD cars? Mine is 1992.
Also, anyone know the rules on UK MOTs. My car is not presently Taxed, MOTd, or insured. How do I get the car to the MOT station? Can I legally drive it there if I have a booked appointment?
And to pass the MOT, does full beam have to work? Headlights work fine and full beam works too, but the instrument stalk does not hold full beam on unless you keep pulling it back.