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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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#2312 OFFLINE   KruJoe

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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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#2315 OFFLINE   captain_70s

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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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