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17 Years of Tin Snail - Ongoing tales.


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#541 OFFLINE   D Spares & Tyres

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 08:53 AM

My pal Joey cuts off a seized adjuster. I wussed out and let a girl do it.
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Is that the same Joey who has the C15 pickup???

Has to be really, can't be too many 2CV botherers fitting that description....

She bought most of my 2CV stock off me

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 09:10 AM

Yes. She's utterly remarkable, and quite disappointed that she had to service my 2CV and stop fabricating some seat mountings for a rally-spec 2CV.


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 04:25 PM

Did I pass Elly  heading West along the A44 near New Radnor on Sunday afternoon about 4pm; she looked in fine fettle in the gloom. We were returning from a day out in Aberystwyth, but I'm sure that you wouldn't have noticed a silver Mazda 6 with three letter three figure registration. It was good to see quite a few cars on the road returning from the Kington Vintage Show, you were not far behind two 1930s Austins, 7 and 16. Were you there or just co-incidence?


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:04 PM

Did I pass Elly  heading West along the A44 near New Radnor on Sunday afternoon about 4pm; she looked in fine fettle in the gloom. We were returning from a day out in Aberystwyth, but I'm sure that you wouldn't have noticed a silver Mazda 6 with three letter three figure registration. It was good to see quite a few cars on the road returning from the Kington Vintage Show, you were not far behind two 1930s Austins, 7 and 16. Wree you there or just co-incidence?

 

Twas I, heading home from Shelsley Walsh.

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I had a Mini Cooper Monte replica behind me at one point and saw loads of classics from that show. In fact, I had to overtake several tractors!


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:52 PM

Is that 2CV spec weight reduction going on?


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:55 PM

Is that 2CV spec weight reduction going on?

 

Yes. Lots of Colin Chapman references were heard.


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 06:00 PM

Yes. Lots of Colin Chapman references were heard.

 

Ha, just noticed that the bonnet is off too. I think Colin Chapman would question the weight reduced vs the new aerodynamic drag.



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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:17 PM

Got the 2CV out for a thrash into town.

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It broke, just as I was hassling a Porsche Boxster.

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That's Mrs DW trying to create a loop on the throttle cable, so I could hook it around the pedal. That plan gave me about quarter throttle, so we didn't get very far.

 

So, I had a root around in the boot, cursing the fact I knew my spare throttle cable was in the garage, when I found a small ratchet strap. Sorted!

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Then had to drive home with a hand throttle, which was an interesting experience. Not quite as interesting as trying to reverse it up the slope into my garage! Most strange.

 

So, a bit annoying that technically we had an FTP, but very glad this didn't happen as we were trying to get to a ferry port, or on the hill in front of a huge crowd at Shelsley Walsh last weekend!


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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:55 PM

*whispers* heater dump tubes - they make more difference than you'd think.

What was the outcome of your niggles over the resto, or were things reckoned to be on in the end? Good to hear of Porsche-hassling, it's always fun bothering anything supposedly fast and German in a tin snail.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 05:34 PM

Yeah, you say that, but it has survived 17 years without them (mind you, it's not had an under-engine tray fitted, which undoubtedly helps the hots escape).

 

It's pencilled in for a little rectification work at some point. Problem is, I haven't had chance to take it back to Bradford since it got back on the road. Hopefully I can manage it before Christmas...


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:51 AM

Videos!

Throttle cable shenanigans.

 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:38 PM

Latest video may see a return to comedy gold from the subtitles...

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:32 PM

Finally got the throttle cable changed today. Most of the delay was because I couldn't bloody find it in my tip of a garage. Being a man, looking with my eyes just wasn't working, so I gave up and went to Sussex for a few days instead. Then, today, I did 'searching in a male style,' which involves stepping back through time to work out where I would have out it. I reckon I emptied it out of the car back in March, ahead of the NEC resto show. Found other stuff associated with that weekend and sure enough, there was the cable.

 

Fitted it, and the throttle seems a lot lighter now, which  I don't fully understand. The sheaf for it wasn't very tight on the old cable anyway. 

 

Test drive hasn't gone ahead, thanks to an entirely flat battery and hideous bloody weather. I have a fancy lightweight li-ion battery to fit, but that's no easy feat as it needs new cables and a new mounting bracket. However, the car will then be at least eleventy times faster.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:06 PM

Another year, another MOT.

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Pass! Advisories for a minor exhaust leak that I'd been meaning to sort out for a while, and a crusty rear brake pipe.

 

JOY.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:12 PM

"MoT exempt in May, innit ?" *



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:55 PM

Er, no...

 

It is, however, staring into the face of a 400-mile weekend, which includes an Autosolo in Blackburn. Should be entertaining! No-one else in my class by the look of it. Shame.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:56 PM

Went for the first fill of the year. So bloody cold here that the fuel cap had frozen up.

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Thankfully, Ivor at the garage clearly has a lot of this, and was out with a kettle of warm water almost before I'd finished swearing.

 

Roads were tricky, so I've had my second skiddy moment in a week - first time was in the Lexus on Friday night. Same issue, different bend. Huge run-off from the fields, frozen solid. Thankfully, the resultant patch of ice is only about 20cm long, so the car has a wobble (at each end) but grip is soon restored as long as you don't panic. 2CV rather less terrifying than the Lexus in such circumstances, mostly due to the weight difference.

 

I'm now reminded of the long list of problems I'd built up with this car last year, that I've utterly failed to do anything about. The wipers don't park, the exhaust is leaking, the heater STINKS (possibly because of leaky exhaust), it still seems to be struggling to hold charge (which makes me wonder if it's charging properly), the driver's door catch needs adjusting, the hatchback conversion needs fitting and the rear wings and bootlid need painting. 

 

I'm rubbish.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:04 PM

I'm now reminded of the long list of problems I'd built up with this car last year, that I've utterly failed to do anything about. The wipers don't park, the exhaust is leaking, the heater STINKS (possibly because of leaky exhaust), it still seems to be struggling to hold charge (which makes me wonder if it's charging properly), the driver's door catch needs adjusting, the hatchback conversion needs fitting and the rear wings and bootlid need painting.


Boot handle seems to be at a jaunty angle, too.

Paint not required unless rusting.

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Your clearly thick....end of.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:07 PM

I always leave the boot handle jaunty. It tells me it's locked (ie the handle can spin freely).

 

That's another job though, as it seems to be hovering between locked and unlocked, so that's nice and secure then.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:40 PM

I do look forward to the footage of you making a right berk of yourself (in a good way) this weekend


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:03 AM

Hatchback conversion? How does that work?


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:13 AM

A frame that ties the bootlid and rear window together, so it pivots above the rear window. Makes them a lot more practical.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:24 AM

It is, however, staring into the face of a 400-mile weekend, which includes an Autosolo in Blackburn. Should be entertaining! No-one else in my class by the look of it. Shame.

 

The Dyane's taxed, insured and MOTd - but it's running so well* you'd still be guaranteed a class win!


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 04:00 PM

So, as reported elsewhere, had many funs.

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Sadly, the 2CV lost idle after the second round of runs, and I'd got a horrible, horrible knocking noise from the front end. Decided to quit.

 

Today, investigated the knock. The idle cured itself after a long run. Turns out the front suspension arm end plate, which holds the front end of the shock absorber, had come loose! One bolt was entirely missing, and the straight had left the remaining two feeling very loose. Therefore, the first bit of wheel lift was spent wobbling this (thankfully very thick) end plate, making the front end feel horribly loose. I think I may have failed to fit a shake-proof washer, which caused the problem, but it's entirely possible I never actually fitted the bolts properly over 5000 miles ago...


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 04:47 PM

Also, new video!

 

Autotest one to follow. Once I've edited it...


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