My Bloody sunroof. Still leaking, so I thought I'd have a 'quick' look at it to see if I could adjust the glass to sit tighter on the seal, so partially dismantled it to have a closer look and now the bastard won't shut. 4 hours later it's stuck open a good couple of inches, just as it started pouring with rain. And I've now got to pay someone to come and fix it too. Horizontal holes in cars are a stupid idea.
Where water collects and seeps through the seal:
Time to take things apart:
Dismantled sunroof, interior:
Dismantled sunroof, exterior:
Beige retro fit internal guttering:
'and now the bastard won't shut':
Just for the heck of it I went for a drive in the rain with the sunroof stuck open, and got some nice moody drizzle photos showing the muddy ghost of sill decals past. You can prob. see on the drivers side wing where I had a go with a toffee wheel to remove the decal adhesive. It took ages, I'd say an hour or two just to do that bit, so I gave up. Toffee wheelz R 4 loozrz.
I bought a car cover. it flaps about in the rain and wind and is no doubt ruining my paintwork:
March is the Ace Cafe 924 Owners Club meet, their first meet of the year, and I've never been to an owners club meet, although as I type this I just remembered that I used to regularly go to Aberdeen Mini Owners Club meets in the early 90's, and even went to a AMOC weekend away camping to Alford motor museum too, so that's rubbish, I definitely have done owners club stuff before. Anyway I wanted to go along to meet some of the folk in real life who have so far been invaluable in their help, advice and encouragement. And to have a monumental fry up.
I waited until I saw the weather on the morning in question before deciding whether to go or not, because of sunroof stuck open. I'd put the replacement hatch seal on which I'd bought because I thought the old one might have been the cause of the leak. The glass hatch popped up a mile or so from home, so I shut it and carried on. Just as I was approaching the M25 it popped up again, so realising the additional pressure from the seal was doing it I decided to pull it off and continue without it, enjoying the stink of exhaust fumes and a rattling glass hatch.
I hoofed it at just below the nation speed limit taking account of local road and traffic conditions around the M25 and down the M40 and then just as I got there and parked up in full owners club vehicular alignment I suffered an embarrassing and fairly significant coolant loss. Oh the shame of it. Pissed myself in front of all these strangers. And because the car was angled up towards the rear it ran forwards and into the car park.
To be fair, most thought it was somewhere between amusing and hilarious, and the number of folk who wanted to help out and find the problem was really impressive. Here's some more pix of the Ace Cafe 924OC Meet:
Nice early 924 with lots of original trim and 70's chrome:
More tasteful pascha action:
Yeah they're galvanised m8 they don't rust:
Mine might have pissed coolant everywhere but yours is made from drinking straws and half a traffic cone:
Want an Autoshite dealership sticker for that m8?
It turned out the coolant had overflowed from the overflow pipe coming from the neck of the coolant bottle. At least I am reassured that the overflow pipe works as expected. The coolant temp gauge isn't working so I couldn't be sure it hadn't overheated but as when GarethJ had it the fan kicks in fine so I didn't reckon than was the problem. I did a bit of looking up and finding out and it was suggested that a new coolant cap of the right pressure might solve the problem. I don't quite understand why but it worked, and the new coolant cap is nice and shiny too, all for under a tenner. I think it's the only shiny thing on my car:
The upwardly thrusting bottom of the range people of 1985 definitely did not like shiny. They liked matt black.
On the way home the passenger side screen trim (matt black) lifted up from the bottom on the M25 so I stopped at A3 junction to push it back on. It had been a bit lose since I've had the car, but it usually just pushed back onto the rubber seal. After about 2 mins it flew off over the roof of the car.
I think if I'd known these are NLA I'd probably have pulled it off and put it inside the car or gaffer taped it down. I have clearly underestimated the role of gaffer tape in owning and running an old car. Note to self, always carry gaffer tape in the car from now on. Gaffer tape bought.
Pretty much everything that has happened or that I have done to this car has made it look worse than before. It looked alright when I got it last Sept from Gareth but now it looks like a shite heap. The removed sill stickers, bare metal from jetwashed flaked respray, jammed sunroof and now departing trim are making it look very tatty and uncared for, which couldn't be further from the truth, because it's getting lots of time and attention, it's just rejecting it. Shame because it's running fine, it just seems to be trim and fittings that are causing problems. Oh well, I hope April is going to be a better* month.
*it is, but I don't find that out until next month tomorrow
See you next month tomorrow...