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1980 Austin Princess - 11/04 Update


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#2311 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:20 AM

That's actually incredibly likely, Joe.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:45 AM

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#2313 OFFLINE   plasticvandan

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:15 PM

Vulg has discovered the secret to shitemojo and progress.just have one,unless millionaire with endless time and resources,trying to fix and maintain more than one shed is soul destroying and almost impossible.
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#2314 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:03 PM

Today, I smell mostly of exhaust fumes.  That's okay, this time it's a good thing.  My list on the Princess is incredibly short and as of today, it's almost completely cleared.  First up was those pesky hazard warning lights not working properly.  I dismantled both of my old switches after seeing they looked like this.

 

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Not great.  A quick buzz with the Dremel saw them nice and clean again.

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That actually made the hazards not work at all, on either switch... and then they sprang to life randomly working properly.  After a lot of fiddling and inspecting it turns out if you put the the plug into the switch just wrong it won't work.  Also, while it normally does work with the dashboard reinstated, sometimes you have to give the switch a little sideways nudge.  Never mind, they work, that's the important thing here.

 

So, onto the next job which was the carburettor tuning.  This was easy, just needed to turn the idle down a smidge.  Then I noticed the temperature gauge was climbing (yay it works!) and climbing, and climbing.   On the plus side, temperature gauge and ammeter both work.  Annoyingly, the fuel gauge is still playing dead and the bulb I replaced for the speedometer has failed and seemingly took the bulb for the clock with it, these problems could well be related I suppose.  We did test the fuel gauge wiring and got no life from it at all so it's also possible the gauge is duff.

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The fan wasn't coming on and the override switch wasn't working either.  A jiggle of the wires and the fan would only come on with the override switched on.  Culprit were these snap locks, I thought we'd eliminated all of these!

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Mike removed them and replaced them with bullet connectors.  A retest and turns out the fan switch isn't working.  Since I need to do a coolant flush anyway I'll replace the switch at the same time.

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The exhaust blow was up next, once everything had cooled down (probably should have done this first).  Awkward access but not too bad to remove and clean up the clamp before refitting with lashings of exhaust paste.  Exhaust blow seems to now be resolved, time will tell.  It's certainly quieter than the engine now if it is blowing.

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Fuel pump is back to leaking oil from the seal sometimes, but not always.  It's much reduced as a problem since fitting the new gasket but I doubt I'll ever resolve this as it was a problem owners of this engine and pump combo have regaled me with several times now.  Oh well.

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Didn't get as far as trimming the tail pipe down.  Since fixing the blow and replacing the front stay and centre hangers, the exhaust sits more towards the middle of the car and bounces off this fog light at idle.  I'm going to trim the last few inches off the pipe and fit a down-turned chrome trim to tidy it up.

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With all that done, I drove it outside to get some sunshine pictures.  The brakes definitely need bleeding and while they work, I wouldn't want to rely on them in an emergency as they stand.  It'll mostly just be from the car being stood about for a few years.

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It looks friggin ace!  I'm well chuffed.  I'll be more chuffed when I've got the cosmetics properly done and an MoT under my belt, of course.  Here's the list as it currently stands:

 

Project List:

Bleed brakes

Coolant flush and change

Trim exhaust pipe

Replace fan switch

Replace dash bulbs x2

Replace fuel gauge/identify actual fault

Underseal

 

ALL the MoT jobs are done.  The car is effectively now ready to hit the road.  I just want to try and get through that tiny list so it's in the best possible shape it can be.  To celebrate, here's a poor quality video of the car in action.

 


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:34 PM

FUCK. YES.

 

I did shit myself a bit though when I thought you were going to reverse straight through the fence...


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:38 PM

That was the exact moment I realised the brakes need some attention.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:40 PM

YAAAAAAAAAS!
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:06 PM

I bet that has done a hell of a lot for your mojo, a tiny list of jobs to sort, and it's time for MOT


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:33 PM

Like a John shuttleworth promo
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:18 PM

Have we got a video?!

Great news, exciting times.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:42 PM

As has already been said, worry about the cosmetics once you get a fresh ticket on it, with that it will boost your mojo by eleventy billionty twelve percent


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:39 AM

Tuning the carb properly (mixture-wise) and coolant flush next because they can be done at the same time on the ramp, as you need to run the engine up to temp to flush coolant.

 

I can make a start on that tomorrow before you arrive. Yes I will remember to leave the fan running.  ;-)



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:04 PM

It's really weird getting in, turning the key and driving this car now.  Really weird.  It's been broken for that long with me stubbornly lugging it to new addresses it's hard to believe I'm here now.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:48 PM

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Judging by the reflection you're getting a bit too excited about the MOT.  :-D


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 05:09 PM

In readiness for tomorrow's MoT I wanted to just do a few bits and pieces on the car today while I had chance. Mainly, I wanted to make sure it was clean, particularly the glass, and while we're not talking claybars and snow foam, I did at least want it to look like it hadn't really spent the past few years in and out of a working garage getting steadily covered in rubbish. As it turns out, this wasn't so foolish as the glass was much dirtier than it initially looked which wouldn't have done my new wiper blades any favours. I also sprayed some trim spray on the seatbelts so they're not so lazy - I left the furniture polish at home - and T-cutted the whole roof to get some of the really stubborn marks out of the paint. The roof used to be the best panel on the car, paintwise, but it having a cover on it when it was outside a few years ago has put paid to that. I had hoped it was just smudge marks but it's actually wrecked the paint, the only original bit left on the outside of the car. Oh well. I fitted the sunstrip tint as well, it needs some bubbles pushing out but really does help with that annoying high eye level glare you get driving without any shade across the top of the screen. Last thing I did was fit the grille badge, a present from Autosh*te.

This side already looked quite good. It needs more work to be perfect but it's fine when viewed from across a car park. It'll do.
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The other side will need the doors stripping back to bare metal and the front wing replacing/repairing so I didn't do any prep and just blasted some purple on. It doesn't look great, obviously, but again it's good from a distance and looks better than the mismatched paintscheme it was on this side. Also sprayed a bit on the rear wing under the filler cap where there was a petrol incident that stripped the paint off.
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After all that, there wasn't anything more I could do. I did trundle about the yard a bit and the brakes are immensely improved after having bled them so I feel more confident with those. The tune is perhaps a little off, we'll see how she behaves when in use, just doesn't seem quite as she used to.

To wrap things up, I took some snapshots with the Rover, a bit of compare and contrast. I'll report back tomorrow at some point on the MoT.

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 06:22 PM

Good luck Vulg


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 06:35 PM

yes, good luck!


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 07:28 PM

CALENDARISED
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Posted 10 April 2017 - 03:37 PM

De man from de MOT, he say YES!
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Posted 10 April 2017 - 03:54 PM

Good God yaw!


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 04:00 PM

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 04:08 PM

Result, well done, lots of hard graft gone into it. Enjoy.


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 05:20 PM

Congratulations Vulg.


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 06:26 PM

It's true, she's now MoT'd and has 6 months tax on.  Next job is insurance, my current insurer (Tesco) can't insure it because it's too old but I sort of expected that.  I'll do a ring around of the usual suspects tomorrow.  Big thanks to Scaryoldcortina again for his patience, fairness and dilligence, highly recommended tester!

 

Mike and I arrived a little early, we'd allowed time for things to go wrong and nothing really did.  Annoyingly, the exhaust started blowing again and the oil filler cap decided to leak everywhere.  Scary was kind enough to clean up and reseal the cap and spotted a small section of sill rail that needed a tiny bit of weld to secure it.  Thanks to the gas analyser he could also get the emissions where they needed to be and the run home the car was much better. Then it was MoT time and it all went far, FAR better than expected.

 

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Single advisory for an exhaust blow.  I can very much live with that.  I just need to take off the clamp, clean it up and reseal it to fix that.  Not all shiny and happy though, on the way back the filler cap decided to start leaking again and it got bad enough that it was actually quite embarrassing while sat in traffic... the speedo packed in... and a few dashbulbs went out.  It's niggles though and it was really nice to be in the car again even if it was in the passenger seat.  Mike was really happy piloting the car.

 

Look at the state of this now.

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Oh well.  She's home, she's got tax and MoT on and tomorrow should be insured.  Now I get to enjoy using it again.  It's been a long, long wait but absolutely worth it.

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 06:49 PM

result!

 

congrats too after all your hard work!


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:05 PM

YAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSS!

GO VULG:)
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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:11 PM

How's your shitemojo now Vulg? I'd call that a win, and tomorrow you can start the post MOT shakedown


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:16 PM

I've already ordered a new speedo cable and a new headgasket set so I can rebuild the original head and fit that when I fit the electric fuel pump.  That will also do away with the cap and mechanical fuel pump which are the major oil leaks on the engine.  Tomorrow I'll take the clamp to the unit to clean it up and pick up some new dash bulbs which should sort those items out.  Soon as it's insured I'll be going for a drive ANYWHERE because I can :D

 

I'm really, really happy.  I'm also slightly confused because I've grown that used to the struggle it's difficult to believe I've achieved the goal.


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:23 PM

I bet you felt like hugging SOC when he did a Mr Delmonte. It's a mountain climbed, now you can savour the victory, happy wedgemotoring


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:24 PM

Well done, that's a cracking result.


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