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#2551 OFFLINE   FOAD

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 02:30 PM

I think fitting anything that doesn't just bolt straight in is above my skill level...


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Posted 13 October 2018 - 02:33 PM

I think fitting anything that doesn't just bolt straight in is above my skill level...


I'm sweating out my exhaust fit :(

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 07:29 PM

I managed to get it up on the ramp, it looks fairly solid underneath. There's a few areas of surface rust in places, one of the inner sills looks to have been welded in the past but looks like it might get away with cleaning up and treating rather than any welding.

 

 

 

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It's been here two days and already people have been asking if its for sale, one guy wanted to swap a mk3 Escort ghia for it and someone else said it was worth £2k as it sits. I'm not really seeing it somehow.

 

We had a go at starting it by hitting the starter with a hammer until it started turning, yesterday it was just clicking so getting it to just turn over was a step in the right direction. It isn't getting a spark at the leads, there's power to the coil and there's a spark at the points, the previous owner said it was the condenser at fault so will need to order one and see what happens.

 

I got a couple of other things done on other cars, I fitted a pair of tyres to the front of the Proton, it no longer wheelspins in the wet and I fitted a starter motor to the mk2 Polo, it now seems to start and run ok. There's still a few bits it will need for an mot but it's not far off.


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Posted 13 October 2018 - 07:45 PM

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 06:24 AM

Fantastic. I borrowed a 120 for a week 'back in the day' when I run out of cars. Brilliantly fun things to drive.
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#2556 OFFLINE   FOAD

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 12:03 PM

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The grey 305 has been losing brake fluid up until the point that brakes barely worked so I had a look at the rear cylinders as I suspected that they were leaking.

 

 

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The inside of the drum was pretty greasy so I fitted a new cylinder on each side and cleaned the shoes and drums with brake cleaner.

 

The gold 305 was also having brake issues but the fluid would disappear over a longer period of time and the brakes sometimes stuck on a little, I checked one cylinder which was completely dry and never got around to checking the other cylinder because I noticed that the rear arches were looking a bit crap and decided to tap them with a hammer...

 

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Both sides are quite frilly but they've looked the same for the last couple of years, I had always disliked the look of them and knew that they would need done at some point. They were full of filler and expanding foam.

I managed to save some offcuts from the inner and outer wheel arches on that red 305 so plan is to weld them in and make the rest myself.

 

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#2557 OFFLINE   Exiled_Tat_Gatherer

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 01:19 PM

Liked - but fuuukking hell - tapped with which hammer? Thors? 


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Posted 19 October 2018 - 02:41 PM

That Estelle looks like a good one. Should clean up well.

While you're under there, get that hose that links the bottom of the fuel tank halves together changed - it's still the original self-destructing green fabric covered stuff.

Oh, also don't knackered the inner CV joints... they've been made of unobtanium since before I got my first Estelle in 2005.

These cars seem to eat distributor condensers, so always keep a spare in the car. My money would that being the reason it's not starting.

When set right and in good health these should start virtually instantly, the last one I had you could almost invariably start it by just touching the key to the start position for a fraction of a second.

I do miss my one. I don't miss the pain getting bits for it was though, or the endless faffing around replacing knackered rubber parts that had perished.
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Posted 19 October 2018 - 04:19 PM

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 05:37 PM

^^ Agreed - above - Starting. Never faltered and made a fantastic 'thra..chaa..fff...froochhh...' upon firing up and thence emitted a kind of 'hi frequency jar of marbles' sound..

Fucking loved mine [jumped straight into the 130LSE from the 998 Imp] ;)

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 05:54 PM

Aye, the starter motor on these doesn't sound like anything else.

Good game is in the supermarket car park, waiting until someone is walking behind the car before starting it and seeing how far you can make them jump...
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Posted 19 October 2018 - 06:48 PM

I've never really seen a 305 rust that bad I always thought they where quite rust resistant really

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 08:59 PM

estelles are ace


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Posted 19 October 2018 - 10:56 PM

Still can't get the skoda to run. Replaced the points, condenser, ht leads, rotor arm, distributor cap. Getting spark and fuel, pops and bangs when tow starting it. Have set the firing order according to the manual and tried numerous variations but still no luck.

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 10:59 PM

Decent compression on all the cylinders?
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Posted 20 October 2018 - 12:23 AM

They can be a sod for fouling plugs when sitting for a while.

Get them all out, hit them with the torch so they're cherry red, then throw them back in and start it as if flooded.

In my experience, it'll go first try.
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Posted 20 October 2018 - 10:16 AM



I've never really seen a 305 rust that bad I always thought they where quite rust resistant really

 

 

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In hindsight I should have just fixed this one.

 

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Instead I used bits from this one to fix 4 other 305's.


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Posted 20 October 2018 - 01:26 PM

Still can't get the skoda to run. Replaced the points, condenser, ht leads, rotor arm, distributor cap. Getting spark and fuel, pops and bangs when tow starting it. Have set the firing order according to the manual and tried numerous variations but still no luck.

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That's definitely a timing/firing order issue. Set the crank to TDC and post up a pic of the distributor with cap off and also of the order the HT leads are fitted

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 07:03 AM

Found your Skoda from a few years back. There's also a photo of it on a trailer three years ago, which I guess is when it went into storage.

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 04:16 PM

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I swapped the carb over from my spare engine which seemed to help it run better. Before it was starting and running for a short time then would suddenly cut out and start running lumpy.

 

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Still got a few bits to do, I need to drop the fuel tank and fit the breather hoses, replace the fuel hoses on the tank, make a manual choke cable etc.


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 04:26 PM

 

 

 

It's been here two days and already people have been asking if its for sale, one guy wanted to swap a mk3 Escort ghia for it and someone else said it was worth £2k as it sits. I'm not really seeing it somehow.

 

 

 

Buy this one

 

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and you'll be on the new series of Flipping Bangers, by the looks of it.

 

Estelles have a following, it seems.


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 04:58 PM

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Derskine came round and gave me a hand trying to start the Skoda, I took the rocker cover off and got it to tdc on cylinder one then put the leads in the correct order. It sounded like it was close to firing but backfired out the carb. Derskine reset the points gap then started to adjust the valve clearances when he discovered that the 5th pushrod wasn't moving at all when turning the engine over.

I removed the rockers and side cover of the engine and discovered that one of the followers was seized, I tried tapping the pushrod which moved the follower down but then when I turned the engine over the pushrod would go up but wouldn't got back down. I had hoped that doing this a few times would free it off but didn't have much luck.

Now I need to work out how to remove the follower. If it's an engine out job then I'm probably going to try and find a 1.3 Favorit engine.


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:23 PM

Odd one that!

Luckily engine out is probably less than an hour's work with the gear you have there.

Two things...Number one, the top bolts on the bell housing as I recall are a total, absolute swine to get to. Two: the engine will try to flip itself upside down the moment it's freed from the car thanks to the way it's balanced.

While it's out, you'd be a fool not to change the clutch release bearing. They are made of cheese and like to fail at the drop of a hat. I've had four engines out of Estelles - every single sodding one to change that five quid bearing.

Biggest headache to sticking the later engine in is the mods needed to the sump and oil pick up as I remember, other than that it should be pretty much plug and play. Exhaust manifold may also be an issue, but I'd be surprised if there's not someone in Eastern Europe these days that doesn't have a kit on the shelf to do the job. These cars do have quite a strong following these days.
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Posted 28 October 2018 - 04:04 PM

The cradle, under the sparking part of the dizzy (the bit driven from the cam but then the bob-advance drives the points plate) is peened/riveted onto the upshaft.

My cradle wobbled loose.... Coasted to a stop AND deffo NoGo! :(

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 05:30 PM

We took the cars into Edinburgh today as background cars for a film which was being shot set in the mid 90's.

 

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It was an early start getting up at 5 this morning but the breakfast was free and we were finished by 2pm.


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Posted 02 November 2018 - 07:35 PM

Breakfast was shite, mind.


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Posted 02 November 2018 - 08:42 PM

Breakfast was shite, mind.

 

It was a bit rubbish but the pay will be pretty good. Let's hope we can get another couple of cars out for the rest of the film.


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Posted 02 November 2018 - 08:47 PM

How did you manage to be part of the props/filming?

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 09:06 PM

How did you manage to be part of the props/filming?

305/ proton look great BTW

 

A few years ago I became friends with someone who works in a prop store in Glasgow, he knew I had an ever changing collection of shite cars and put another guy who sources cars for film and tv in touch with me.

That's about it really, now when he needs a specific kind of car I get a phone call and send him photos of what I currently have on the road, it gets relayed to the production company and he get's back to me with a rough date and location and what he requires. It means I've got to be able to get the cars to him at short notice sometimes which can be a bit of a pain.



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Posted 03 November 2018 - 05:46 PM

I found another Audi 80 going cheap locally so went and bought it this afternoon. It's the silky smooth 5 cylinder model.

 

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It's on 26k miles and in pretty good condition, the owner of it had died recently so the daughter was tasked with selling it. It was sold to me as a non runner but with the help of some easy start, fuel started coming through the lines and into the filters and it started running. I drove it around the yard, it's really quite smooth.

It's had a new pair of wings and a new sill fitted which need painted. I have all of the other bits to put it back together.


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