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Six-cylinder's Motoring Notes - my car History 2013 Part1


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#2911 OFFLINE   D Spares & Tyres

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 07:58 PM

It's usually a broken wire that passes through the A pillar.

Naturally it will only be broken inside so as not to be too obvious
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 08:19 PM

The Ex Hairnet Visa sits in the field and I have been looking for an 1124cc engine for it. I asked the guys on the 104/Samba.LNA FB group if maybe a 13600cc will go in, but there is a lot of mucking around converting it to 5 speed or changing the timing cover to a 4 speed one which are rare so that idea hit the buffers.

 

I have been offered a 954cc engine at a cheap price and the opinion is that it will fit.

 

These at are the sellers words:

 

The engine is complete except for the starter motor. It was running a few years back but I haven't had it running recently. Oil and water were fine with no contamination when I drained the water and checked the oil on the dipstick.

 

The 10E Visa is not my favourite because it lacks pulling power and character, but it would get the car back on the road.

 

The question bearing in mind I will be asking for volunteers to fit it, is it worth the all the effort to fit the 954cc engine that has not been run for several years or should I hold out for a rare and difficult to find 1124cc one, at the risk of the car never making it back on the road? 

 

Better to rebuild the engine it already has, as there isn't anything wrong with it that a set of new liner seals and a fresh head gasket wouldn't put right... a full engine rebuild gasket kit appears to be available:

https://www.ebay.co....=item36279907cb

 

It would be a nice winter project to do in the warm garage at home.



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Posted 09 August 2018 - 08:50 PM

Better to rebuild the engine it already has, as there isn't anything wrong with it that a set of new liner seals and a fresh head gasket wouldn't put right... a full engine rebuild gasket kit appears to be available:

https://www.ebay.co....=item36279907cb

 

It would be a nice winter project to do in the warm garage at home.

 

I think it would be better to pass the car on to someone who can focus on it, we have far too many project and the Visa GT is the one I want to work on. 


At home and running:
2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sport wagon Veloce

 

 

At home and broken:

 

1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Core plug fixed, now No spark), Cadillac Gear selector cable required,

 

 

Away and being fixed:
1990 Mercdes 200TE, 
 2004 Range Rover TD6 (Air suspension fault)

 


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:08 PM

I love the fact that you're having a conversation with each other on AS!
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:15 PM

I love the fact that you're having a conversation with each other on AS!

 

The blame for that lies with the moderators who gave her typing rights!


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2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sport wagon Veloce

 

 

At home and broken:

 

1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Core plug fixed, now No spark), Cadillac Gear selector cable required,

 

 

Away and being fixed:
1990 Mercdes 200TE, 
 2004 Range Rover TD6 (Air suspension fault)

 


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:18 PM

ZX central locking - my Avantage always centrally unlocks but sometimes doesn't centrally lock - it could be the microswitch as locking the rear driver's side door first reactivates it, sometimes just opening and closing the driver's door does it.

"How would ya get a maaa-chine to do that?"


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:26 PM

ZX central locking - my Avantage always centrally unlocks but sometimes doesn't centrally lock - it could be the microswitch as locking the rear driver's side door first reactivates it, sometimes just opening and closing the driver's door does it.

 

Ours became slow and 15 secs after you unlocked the drivers door the others go, but now it is dead.


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2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sport wagon Veloce

 

 

At home and broken:

 

1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Core plug fixed, now No spark), Cadillac Gear selector cable required,

 

 

Away and being fixed:
1990 Mercdes 200TE, 
 2004 Range Rover TD6 (Air suspension fault)

 


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:31 PM

With the suitcase 1100's, I'm pretty sure the 1.1 also came with a 5-speeder in certain variants of 205 (1.1XR 1.1GR), so you would need a 104, Visa, Samba or LNA unit.

 

I always found these engines quite easy to work on despite the lack of room in the engine bay checking valve clearances - I think some spares are getting a bit thin on the ground now but not totally unobtanium. I'd price up rebuilding it if searching for a replacement proves fruitless.

 

I always wanted to know if you could convert a 1360 to 1587cc using TU5 liners & pistons. Probably not is the answer

 

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#2919 OFFLINE   M'coli

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:18 PM

With the TU5 block being iron I suspect that there are no liners to speak of, so I don't think the TU3 thing would be feasible.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:47 PM

Never worked on nor dismantled a TU5. Been a few years since I worked on any PSA engine. Mainly rattly Simca units, suitcases and the occasional carbed TU.

 

I saw an early 205 while delivering some work type stuff to Bosham near Chichester this morning. Looked as rough as dog's arse but it had 'that' whine and ran nicely. Probably not long for this world bodywise so I can always keep an eye out in the local scrappers see if it ends up in one.


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Talbot Sunbeam - Shove-it - Viva HC - Samba - Triumph Dolly - Triumph 2000 - Avenger - Pug 205 with a suitcase engine - AEC Mammoth Major - Hillman Hunter - Allegro - another Simca would be nice as well - Pug 309 with a Poissy engine - Routemaster


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 02:05 PM

As D Spares says, check the loom as it goes into the A post. Also check for earth continuity or lack of or wire a temporary earth to rule it out.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 03:57 PM

ZX Floundering somewhat as I have to book my Auto sparks 3 weeks in advance. My local garage have now photographed the driver's door solenoid and the thinking is before they put it all back together we would change this is I can find one. 

 

Anybody have a drivers central locking solenoid they can sell me for a 1996 ZX Avantage?

 

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2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sport wagon Veloce

 

 

At home and broken:

 

1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Core plug fixed, now No spark), Cadillac Gear selector cable required,

 

 

Away and being fixed:
1990 Mercdes 200TE, 
 2004 Range Rover TD6 (Air suspension fault)

 


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:31 PM

https://m.ebay.co.uk...R-/112629125244
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 09:22 PM

Have you tried hitting it with a hammer? Not a relay issue is it? Take them out one by one and clean them up... Fixed my dodgy door open buzzer
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 09:58 PM

Shoulda bought that ami

No such problems :P
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:12 AM

 

That one has a different electrical plug on it with two spades , there are five spades on the one I have.

 

I have now found one with five spades and while the operating arm has 3 instead of a holes and I ordered one to give it a try. There is also a control unit under the dash, but the guys from the Citroen Car Club think it is just as likely to be a broken wire so If this does not work we will put it back together and book the Auto sparks.


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2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sport wagon Veloce

 

 

At home and broken:

 

1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Core plug fixed, now No spark), Cadillac Gear selector cable required,

 

 

Away and being fixed:
1990 Mercdes 200TE, 
 2004 Range Rover TD6 (Air suspension fault)

 


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:16 AM

Shoulda bought that ami

No such problems :P

 

Mrs6C would enjoy rushing to the station in an Ami with the rush hour traffic,  starting with a right turn onto a busy A road! 


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2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sport wagon Veloce

 

 

At home and broken:

 

1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Core plug fixed, now No spark), Cadillac Gear selector cable required,

 

 

Away and being fixed:
1990 Mercdes 200TE, 
 2004 Range Rover TD6 (Air suspension fault)

 


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:18 AM

Fit the zx engine into the ami, hammer the ami engine into the visa and solve several problems!
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:18 AM

Mrs6C would enjoy rushing to the station in an Ami with the rush hour traffic,  starting with a right turn onto a busy A road! 

It's hair-raising enough with the ZX... the main road at the top of our lane is really busy now, even in the school holidays. It's often only the well-timed HGVs on it, collecting the cars in a neat row behind, that give us the opportunity to pull out and turn right in a clear space of low-ish speed traffic... while keeping an eye out for the idiot who chances to overtake everyone at that point... :-(

 

The Alfa 156 and Volvo T5 are much better at a fast getaway, but only in the dry...


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:45 AM

Mrs6C would enjoy rushing to the station in an Ami with the rush hour traffic,  starting with a right turn onto a busy A road! 

Shirley she should say this :lol:



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Posted 11 August 2018 - 01:37 PM

That drivers door locking solenoid unit is identical to Xsara, 306, 405 and I dare say numerous other PSA shite of the era.

I *must* have one somewhere...
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 02:09 PM

the  zx c/l solenoid strictly speaking isnt cos its a control unit- it has 2 functions

  1. lock/unlock drivers door
  2. send signal to other doors/boot to lock/unlock when using key lock in drivers door

this is why it has the 5 connectors not 2


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 10:11 PM

Cars All Day

 

The E30 has had a misfire for a while and has had a new distributor cap and plugs but it persisted. The Auto sparks tested the HT leads today and says two are open circuit so his meter reads nothing but the sparks are managing to jump the gap sometimes! New leads ordered.

 

The central locking had stopped working on the E30, the auto sparks says there is nothing wrong with his electricity and the problem is around the drivers door lock so the door panel will have to come off sometime.

 

At least the ZX has working central locking again, it turned out to be the control module in the drivers door.

 

I took the Visa 652cc for MOT today, I needed to jump it off the drive, it has been parked up all winter, but after 10 miles I had to stop for fuel. It still had a flat battery at the pump, fortunately a very nice lorry driver gave me a push, he said he had pushed along bigger Dinky toys!

 

It is now having a new battery, service and rear exhaust box before it gets its MOT.

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2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sport wagon Veloce

 

 

At home and broken:

 

1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Core plug fixed, now No spark), Cadillac Gear selector cable required,

 

 

Away and being fixed:
1990 Mercdes 200TE, 
 2004 Range Rover TD6 (Air suspension fault)

 


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 10:25 PM

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 08:01 PM

It is Outrageous!

 

Let me tell you a story, back in 1982 I saw an advert for a project 1966 E-Type for sale in the Thames Valley Trader, I went to see it and bought it. Tonight’s story is about the seller Geoff who had just started running a garage and said if you want some work done on it, come and see me! Within a few weeks I booked a fortnight’s holiday and went into his workshop and he moved my car from his house to his workshop. That was the start of a friendship that has endured all these years.

 

Geoff has always had an E Type of his own, a 1964 3.8 FHC it has been several colours and has had various custom mods over the years. He has been criticized a number of times for vandalizing a beautiful E-Type, but when Noah was building his Ark, Geoff was modifying his E-Type! He bought it in 1973 and by then it was nine years old and only fit for scrap! To my mind he is entitled to have it looking how he likes it as without him it would no longer exist.

 

What a pleasant surprise tonight when he turned up in it unexpectedly.

 

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2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Sport wagon Veloce

 

 

At home and broken:

 

1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Core plug fixed, now No spark), Cadillac Gear selector cable required,

 

 

Away and being fixed:
1990 Mercdes 200TE, 
 2004 Range Rover TD6 (Air suspension fault)

 


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Posted 17 August 2018 - 08:51 PM

Pug headlights excepted, that's a PROPPA 70's KUSTOM, is that!

 

I like.


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Posted 17 August 2018 - 09:00 PM

Why do people have this misguided notion that they can improve one of the most attractive sports cars of all time? FFS that's a mess!

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 09:11 PM

It almost looks like a modified s3 v12 with the large grill and fatter arches. Agreed looks like a car from a circa 1977 custom mag. Half love it and half don’t, very distinctive!
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Posted 17 August 2018 - 09:26 PM

Not 100% sure on the headlights but the rest of it looks pretty good!  The wheels and tyres suit it, fairly sure I've never seen a modified E-Type before and it's not like there aren't plenty of very nice standard ones about, after all.


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Posted 17 August 2018 - 09:30 PM

Mick Jagguar, as he's been known for decades, is indeed a 1970s Kustom Kar, crafted in the days when 9 year-old E-types were unloved, cheap, rusted-out and generally fit only for the scrapyard. Geoff was in the RAF at the time of Mick J's acquisition and ran him as a daily driver for years. Geoff did all the modification work himself, in steel and it still stands up to inspection now. Would anyone do this to an E-type these days? Probably not, unless they are on a US car-themed TV programme, but back then, it saved Mick J's 'life' and he's now a piece of social as well as motoring history.

 

Personally I love the more recent headlight job. It fits the shape so well and is a real 'modern meets classic' bit of styling - with extra chrome! The car runs as sweet as anything and sounds superb, too. Not loud or raucous, just purposeful and tenacious. A bit like Mick J himself, really :-)


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