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#631 OFFLINE   PhilA

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 05:31 PM

It is, but it needs finishing.

The roof is also rusty. It's officially the most shite building on the street...
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 05:44 PM

When I decided I didn't like the scabby flakey leatherette cuff around my old Savvy gearstick... I hunted on tinternet for the biggest/wrinkliest CV boot I could find & fitted it around the stick (sort of OLLI style).

Looked quite smart....

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 11:06 PM

So.. leatherette around the CV joint by that logic?
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Posted 19 March 2018 - 07:53 AM

Serious garage envy here! And car envy, it sounded really meaty from this end of the phone. Charlie liked it too (ooo car!)
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Posted 19 March 2018 - 09:07 AM

I’ve used stretchy boots in the past. I was cheap and didn’t buy a cone so instead used the top of a two litre coke bottle strengthened with glass fibre and lots of grease.

I would recommend buying the cone!

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 01:28 PM

Turns out the stretchy boots and cones aren't horribly expensive so I may just go down that route and see how I get in with them.

Front left brake is binding still, not sure if it needs exercising more- it's been slightly sticky since I changed the pads.

Garage is nice. Used to be a boat trailer shed which was then extended by about ten feet in 2000 to fit a coach based RV. It's not completely finished inside as you can see. I think I may see about borrowing or renting a magic carpet and finishing up the roof, closing everything in so I can put an air conditioner in at the back. There's a nice plinth that would suit for that. Plus, it'll serve to keep the wasps out.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 08:28 PM

stretchy cones for boots is a chore BUT it's about a millionty times better than those boots you glue together so well worth the hassle.  Mike and I used the cone and stretchy boots on the Rover and it's given no bother at all since.



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:45 AM

Hmm. Compared to that, the boots that I had previously put on feel like that funny rubbery Swiss cheese.

Stretchy but only to an extent then it just fractures
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 01:02 AM

Bought a neoprene boot today but I'm not sure it'll work. I shall try.

Also made a new light seal for the back. Sits okay, shall see how it fares.

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Gave it a wash and a brief outing for the first time since November.

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Going to try do the boots this week, have vacation time off.

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 10:35 PM

Hahaha. That didn't happen. The car's not moved between then and now.

Occasionally I forget* it's there. Maybe I should park it under the carport to remind me it's there more often.

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 12:06 AM

Problems

Today

Seem

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 12:06 AM

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I finally got off my arse and decided to fix the car. This is my spare nearside driveshaft.

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It had a hole in.

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Pulled the boot off. Inside it was dry as hell and all the grease had turned to the consistency of rubbery yoghurt.

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Presto! An hour of toothbrushes, old paint brushes and petrol later and it's all clean. Greased it to within an inch of its life.

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Cleaned up the other end and forced new grease into the needles.

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Money shot! All back together, unfortunately with zip ties because the stupid metal band things they supply need a special tool, which qualifies for "nope".

New outer one is really stretchy. Hopefully it'll last.

I'm going to try do both sides in one go- gearbox needs drained for the other side (ffs). Need to get a boot for it too.

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 04:11 PM

I have the proper tool but I think you could get away with a pair of blunt pincers the right size.


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 04:32 PM

I tried it and 1) cut my finger open on the tab and 2) couldn't get the tab to bend over without risking punching a ruddy great hole through the new boot.

 

Trying to grab on to a strip of greasy metal never works well

 

 

Thanks for the offer- I'll risk the zipties. The outer end has 2, they are tight and are sitting in the pair of grooves the original style boot had a slot to go in (this is a universal style boot, all the original ones I've had have been new old stock and the rubber has been well past its' sell-by date).

 

 

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 12:35 AM

Okay. Finally got my ass in gear. The day was moderately cool, being overcast so the oven was less so and more a garage.

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Holy moly, I still own a car!

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First order of business was to put on the handbrake and crack off the hub nut.
Next up I decided to twist the ignition key. Damn car only started up as though it had been switched off this morning.

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My jack did not enjoy being pressed back into action, it got a little leaky but did still pump up.

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Shazam! Wheel just fell off (with minimal kicking and swearing).

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Bloody thing. This side was howling on overrun. You can see why. On the upside, nothing on the lower suspension will ever rust.

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Caliper off, disc off. Disc took a gentle* beating with a small* piece of wood to remove.

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Evil things. Nice and heavy duty though. Sykes-Pickavant from way back when.

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Fought with it and got everything off. Managed to split the dratted tripod bearing and got needles all over. Swapped the bearing tripod over and fitted it all up.

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Much more stretchy. Tightened everything back up and flung it back down on the floor.

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Looks much the same as it did when I started. Gotta do the other side next, but that needs the gearbox to be drained. Ugh.


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Posted 17 July 2018 - 12:50 PM

Yay, a GTA update!  Is this the third time you've done CV work on this one now?



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Posted 17 July 2018 - 02:55 PM

Third, maybe fourth.

Crappy rubber in every case being the cause. This new boot is a "universal" one, designed to be stretched by one of those big tools with the metal fingers, over the joint. In principle of it's stretchy enough to tolerate that, it should hopefully have enough flex not to split.

How it'll hold up to high speed I don't know, I guess I'll find out. If anything, it might last more than 500 miles, unlike the last one.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 05:24 PM

The GTA is such a high performance vehicle you definitely need to make sure components are tolerant of withstanding the great speeds it can attain.



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Posted 17 July 2018 - 05:43 PM

I've had her up to 60 myself, but why would you want to be in such a gold-darned hurry?

The only reason I say that is I've jacked a car up before and had it in top gear and brought the revs up.. and I've seen the wobble CV boots can attain due to grease being unevenly distributed inside. It's quite scary to watch.

Personally I think the old boots didn't have enough stretch for full lock, if you see the picture above that's on maximum lock there and it's not got much more to give.
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Posted 17 July 2018 - 09:47 PM

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It moves.


Power steering feels pretty ropey but that should clear a little once the air all bleeds out. Went put air in the tires, drove just fine. Got rained on. Locked the garage up, it can sit in the car port overnight. It even got hosed down. Luxury!

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 06:32 PM

Oh FFS. Eric Clapton came calling as I pulled out and off up the street this morning with a bit of steering lock on.

Right hand CV tripod is knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door.

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 07:34 PM

This car is being a real bastard, you must have more patience than me, I would have got a UK gallon of proper petrol, and some matches by now


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Posted 20 July 2018 - 09:18 PM

This car is being a real bastard, you must have more patience than me, I would have got a UK gallon of proper petrol, and some matches by now


I have had to stop the wife from that a few times.

Merde!


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Posted 20 July 2018 - 09:29 PM

This car is being a real bastard, you must have more patience than me, I would have got a UK gallon of proper petrol, and some matches by now


Phil's perseverance with this car, despite trying to kill itself on numerous occasions over the years, is almost legendary.

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 11:17 PM

I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.
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