Started to notice that the exhaust fumes of my car smell strongly of unburnt petrol. This still occurs when the engine is up to running temp and the choke is not being used. Is this simply because the car does not have a catalytic converter? Are there any other symptoms of a rich mixture? Also, regarding mixture adjustment, the Haynes manual mentions some kind of tamper-proof seal on the carburettor; does anyone have any info on how to deal with that? I believe it is a Weber 2V TLDM carburettor.
Took a couple of attempts, but I now have functioning gauges and the faces are not flaking off! First I ordered a whole new instrument panel from an old XR3i, but it turns out the inner workings were changed completely around '88, so only the speedo was useable. I disassembled that and swapped my original odometer in to keep the mileage.
Luckily, it turns out that the fuel/temp gauge faces are nearly exactly the same for early Mk5 Escorts, so I was able to get one from a breaker's yard, and after some careful trimming it could be fitted.