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#2221 OFFLINE   FOAD

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 08:57 PM

Now with the brakes not dragging it feels much faster.

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 05:41 AM

I spent some time cleaning the rear light clusters and doing some rewiring, now the audi is ready for its mot. 21159fbe1c8b7620f30bf81870c88f6e.jpg

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 10:00 AM

Could have been worse I suppose.. fff9d4a3b65843d047a64c9ca9de4f81.jpg

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 10:36 AM

You need to stop doing handbrake turns up your access road.

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 12:02 PM

I absolutely fucking hate drum brakes, the thought of trying to fit new shoes (if it needs them) is filling me with dread.
I suspect there will be skinned knuckles and a lot of swearing when I have a look at them later.
Any tips on how to make the rear brakes work?

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 02:51 PM

Don't suppose there's anything in the VAG parts bin that can easily swap these to discs?

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 08:02 PM

I absolutely fucking hate drum brakes, the thought of trying to fit new shoes (if it needs them) is filling me with dread.
I suspect there will be skinned knuckles and a lot of swearing when I have a look at them later.
Any tips on how to make the rear brakes work?

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If you check them over and things are moving freely the best way of making a drum brake work better is to have it and the handbrake adjusted properly. This may mean removing a heavy lip if there is one from around the edge of the drum or of course replacing with a new drum if you don't fancy doing that. This especially helps if there's a self adjuster present that doesn't particularly want to do its job properly. You want the minimum of travel before the shoe touches the drum without binding.


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Posted 28 March 2018 - 08:22 PM

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There doesn't appear to be a way of adjusting them but I found that the wheel cylinder wasn't working properly and only pushing one shoe, it's also leaking.

 

26208469687_329c1f74f6_c.jpgRJC_0596 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

More rewiring the light clusters saw the registration light sorted.

 

I think a pair of wheel cylinders and shoes should sort it.

The other thing to fix is to remove the cable tie holding the cv joint gaiter and replace it with the proper clip. I'm hoping for a retest and pass by Friday.


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#2229 ONLINE   Scruffy Bodger

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 08:38 PM

If there's plenty of meat left on the shoes but they are contaminated you can gently heat them with a heat gun to de-contaminate them. The fluid will bubble out and burn off. That's if you really don't fancy changing them of course.Then just change the cylinders?


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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:58 AM

Drum brakes are far better than discs, park your car for months and they still work perfectly, I have had the colt off the road for two years now and they are working a okay, if it where discs they would be knackered for sure,

I would replace the wheel cylinders along with the shoes as they are not expensive,
Back the handbrake cable right off so the arms are seated against the stop on the shoe then adjust brakes untill the drum is a tighter fit, once fitted pump the brakes so the auto adjuster pulls the wedge down a click or two more, finally adjust the handbrake back up a bit if there is to much travel.
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 11:03 AM

Ordered new shoes, cylinders, drums and fitting kit. Picked up everything but the drums yesterday and got to work, after much swearing and skinned knuckles the new shoes were on.
I then discovered the shoes were too small, schoolboy error not checking before I started so back on with the old shoes and new wheel cylinders. c6a8ffde3e6397d3678cd1569f37e339.jpg

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 06:03 PM

No more progress on the audi because it being a Bank Holiday weekend the motor factors won't be able to get the correct shoes and drums until Tuesday.
Instead I had a go at sorting the brakes on the b2500 pickup, I replaced the front calipers, regreased the sliders and bled the brakes.
It has to have been the easiest caliper change I've ever done, 2 bolts and a brake hose Union.
Next job was to weld up the crack in the chassis, I started by cleaning up the metal around the crack then filling it full of weld, after that I plated over it, primed and painted it.
With the brakes free it's totally transformed, feels reasonably fast. 54b803720cc6f23a0efced023e968f7b.jpgf9e7f2cd23268c00398c94cd0f4e3e63.jpg

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 12:38 PM

Found somewhere to play in the Mazda...

 

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39347224760_4d326be440_c.jpgMazda B2500 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 01:02 PM

Neat - same as mine. I missed your post about buying this. Does it have a limited slip rear diff?



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Posted 01 April 2018 - 01:48 PM



Neat - same as mine. I missed your post about buying this. Does it have a limited slip rear diff?

 

I swapped the RWD single cab L200 for it.

 

24768738938_c555bf16d4_c.jpgDSC_0540 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

The L200 drove fine but due to the open diff it was hopeless on wet tarmac and completely useless in snow or mud. I think the Mazda might have an LSD, it drives really well in 2WD mode off road.


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:19 PM

I ended up making one good one out of my Mazda and the Ranger of head gasket fame. I rate them pretty highly in amongst L200s and Navaras etc of the same era.

 

The LSD sure makes a difference. I want to change the rear axle oil in mine but apparently it needs some exotic stuff made from unicorn jizz. I will have to look into it and find an alternative.

 

On the down-side its distressingly squirrely in the wet. It tends to light up the rear wheels and get a slide on while cornering a bit too easy for my liking. Great fun if you are in the mood for some low-speed driftu action, but a pain in the balls when you are just trying to get home in a hurry. I am running all terrain tyres though which wont help wet tarmac grip, but with road tyres on its proper dogshit in the mud....wont go anywhere, LSD and 4x4 or no.



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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:28 PM

I ended up making one good one out of my Mazda and the Ranger of head gasket fame. I rate them pretty highly in amongst L200s and Navaras etc of the same era.

The LSD sure makes a difference. I want to change the rear axle oil in mine but apparently it needs some exotic stuff made from unicorn jizz. I will have to look into it and find an alternative.

On the down-side its distressingly squirrely in the wet. It tends to light up the rear wheels and get a slide on while cornering a bit too easy for my liking. Great fun if you are in the mood for some low-speed driftu action, but a pain in the balls when you are just trying to get home in a hurry. I am running all terrain tyres though which wont help wet tarmac grip, but with road tyres on its proper dogshit in the mud....wont go anywhere, LSD and 4x4 or no.

Our work Ranger was exactly the same in the wet. There's absolutely no way we would compete to get the best drifts on wet roundabouts at all, that would be immature and irresponsible behaviour officer.....

Admittedly it was a pain when you needed to press on

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:03 PM

My old RWD single cab Ranger was great for drifting, I used to play on all of the wet roundabouts in my area. The L200 was terrible and would just spin up one wheel without wanting to slide. It was part of the reason I wanted rid of it.

 

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We all went back out for another play in the mud, it was great fun until I drove into a ditch by accident and dented the front bumper, initially we were worried that I'd hit the radiator but thankfully there was no serious damage and just a small crack in the lower plastic part when I pulled the dent out. Derskine took a video from in the back but we weren't doing anything particularly exciting at the time.

Tomorrow we are going to play in some disused railway tunnels...


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:14 PM

In other news, I found a set of wheels I like for the 230E

 

26269556857_1f1e1e0cdf_c.jpgRJC_0653 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

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They could do with some wider tyres on the rear but I'm pleased with how they look overall.


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:06 PM

Pentas? They look spot on.
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:22 PM

Pentas? They look spot on.

 

Penta reps, they are made by Compomotive and previously fitted to a Granada, I needed 15mm spacers to fit them. They are double staggered in both diameter and width with 6.5x14 on the front and 7.5x15 on the rear. 

A week after buying these a set of genuine Pentas came up for sale for the same kinda money.


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 11:14 PM

Very nice Audi. HTH a bit...

 

Be very careful with adjusting the handbrake. The anchor for the handle to the body is usually not too clever/weak so be considerate. Also make sure you bleed well. Has it got a load/bias thingy on the rear axle? If so be aware of where the axle is to the body when you bleed and make sure its not leaking fluid its about £100 quid to replace. I managed to score one on ebay for £35 so I was happy. If you are keeping it fit new brake flexi's all round or better stainless ones. Improves 'feel' no end.

 

The rear lights look reasonable but are nearly always dim due to earth/connection issue on the light circuit board to car wiring connector try putting solder onto circuit board where the connector goes on. This thickens up the board and makes a better connection to the spring clips in the connector. If I remember I will get a photo of mine to show.

 

For parts you can use this to lookup. Pretty good in helping you to nudge the motor factor in the right direction and find parts across the VAG range.

 

https://audi.7zap.co...p.com/en/rdw/  - Audi 80/90/avant is the section you want to look in

 

BTW the clocks are for a 5 cylinder engine. Has it always had a 4 pot in it? First thing I wondered when I saw it on ebay.

 

Last but not least the raingaurd over the wiper motor and the heater intake be very very gentle they become brittle and break very easily and if badly broken let water into the heater  Were unobtainium until last year. Someone is now making new ones at £105 a pop. 

 

Hope that was useful info and not stuff you already knew. Drop me a line and I will help if I can


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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:12 AM

In other news, I found a set of wheels I like for the 230E

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/821/26269...RJC_0653 by srblythe, on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/893/27267...RJC_0646 by srblythe, on Flickr

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https://farm1.staticflickr.com/813/41139...RJC_0650 by srblythe, on Flickr

They could do with some wider tyres on the rear but I'm pleased with how they look overall.

Looks proper hard that!

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 12:50 PM

Took the truck to some disused railway tunnels.


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27313335318_22c6c3fe9f_c.jpgRJC_0690 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 01:43 PM

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I eventually got around to replacing the tyres on the rallye steels and then tested them out in an abandoned quarry. Much smoother and quieter both on and off the road.


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 06:22 PM

Phwoar. I would love a Pug estate from that era one day.

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 11:40 PM

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41261701842_fea278202e_c.jpgRJC_0748 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

I took the 305 on a 200 mile tour of the lochs from Fife, into Stirlingshire and Perthshire, for a while I'd noticed the car being down on power, it was most noticeable in fourth gear and seemed to struggle to get up to 60mph in fourth. On this trip it seemed to gradually get worse so I popped the bonnet to investigate.

There appeared to be air getting into the fuel system at the filter housing, luckily there's clear fuel lines under the bonnet so it was easy to see the bubbles. No amount of priming the fuel and trying to bleed the air out seemed to work so we nursed it back up the road and took it to the unit.

Luckily I had a box of new filters I got from Wilson x2 either when I bought the 305 or when I bought a couple of 309's from him at different times so found there was a filter there for it.

I swapped the fuel filter and fitted all the new o rings and bled the system.

It has made some amount of difference to the car, it almost feels fast!

Before it felt like it was running out of steam and I'd be changing up gears too early, the air in the system wasn't enough to make it cut out but on heavy acceleration it almost felt like a misfire on a petrol engine.

 

 

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 11:54 PM

Looks well, does that.

Your tailgate is going in exactly the same places as my Automatic - but at least your bumper strips are in one piece.

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 08:01 PM

For some reason the Knobvan had two fuel filters, one of them had the fuel lines attached and the other had the coolant hoses attached so I set about removing them and just fitting the one filter.

 

41282035592_1af1787986_c.jpgRJC_0847 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

New filter with all important bleed screw now in place.

 

39515410820_3c3769c015_c.jpgRJC_0845 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

It seems to drive bit better now but I'll need to get some clear fuel line to make sure there's definitely no air in the system.

 

40610975134_d85cbbb83b_c.jpgRJC_0846 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

I dragged the other 305 out, since there's not much interest in the van I'm going to continue improving it by swapping the decent bits from the spares car onto it.

 

41324840501_40dd6fa094_c.jpgRJC_0849 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

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The struts will be getting swapped over first which will hopefully get rid of the drone from one of the front wheel bearings then I'll be swapping the axle, the axle on the van is free and doesn't squeak but the shocks seem very soft so hopefully the axle from the estate will make it ride a bit better.

I'll probably change the discs, pads, calipers and wheel cylinders at the same time.

 

39515399370_7bba0d8351_c.jpgRJC_0852 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

I'm also planning on cutting a section from the front valance to sort out the van.

 

26724261788_f47c425e30_c.jpgRJC_0413 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

I'm thinking about respraying the van at some point, perhaps forestry commission green.

 

40429635985_856084b905_c.jpgFoadestry Commission by srblythe, on Flickr


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:23 PM

You have a thing for green vehicles FOAD LOL


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