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Skizzer’s Vauxhall 2300S: cool again


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#241 OFFLINE   tooSavvy

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 06:44 PM

A salutory lesson: just because the temp gauge says the engine’s cold, doesn’t mean you aren’t overheating.
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Posted 30 December 2018 - 10:44 PM

I had no end of trouble getting the temp sender to register on mine when I changed the coolant.

Beautiful cars, still miss mine but its nice to keep seeing pics of this one.
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:21 AM

Did you buy the CF in the end?  I noticed it'd been removed from eBay.



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Posted 31 December 2018 - 02:47 AM

Fixage has occurred.

After a final top up with water it’s now running about 90/10 concentration. Well, at least it’s not going to freeze.


Drain some off, back to 50/50 mix. Antifreeze is only effective down to -7c when 'pure'. It works when mixed with h20.
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 03:49 AM

Drain some off, back to 50/50 mix. Antifreeze is only effective down to -7c when 'pure'. It works when mixed with h20.

That and I believe antifreeze isn't as good at cooling compared to water.
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#246 OFFLINE   Skizzer

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 07:28 AM

Drain some off, back to 50/50 mix. Antifreeze is only effective down to -7c when 'pure'. It works when mixed with h20.

  

That and I believe antifreeze isn't as good at cooling compared to water.


Ta. Will do. Just need to figure out where to empty the old stuff out of my bucket safely first.
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#247 OFFLINE   Skizzer

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 07:30 AM

Did you buy the CF in the end? I noticed it'd been removed from eBay.


Not me I’m afraid. I did seriously think about it but I couldn’t make the logistics work due to a lot of pre-Christmas travel and work stuff - plus I really don’t need another project.
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 10:43 AM

Ta. Will do. Just need to figure out where to empty the old stuff out of my bucket safely first.


When I'm down the tip I empty it into the massive used oil container. Bit naughty but better than lobbing it down the drain at home, which I'm sure some people do.
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#249 OFFLINE   Skizzer

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 06:03 PM

Now that this is running a treat, I’ve been happily hooning around in it.

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I imagine an 1800 Victor is a deeply mediocre conveyance, but the 2300 slant four means this car is not only lively but actually quite a lot of fun to chuck around. It’s all about torque. It’s noisy at higher engine speeds, which is why it’s a bit rubbish as a motorway cruiser without overdrive, but around the Gower it’s great. There’s scads of shove for overtaking dawdling tourists and pulling out of bends.

Handling is fine in a giant plastic steering wheel sort of way, while roadholding and grip are really quite good on the Kumho tyres.

I must admit to driving it like a backup Detective Constable in the Sweeney. How much fun would it be to get the SD1 out as well and chase myself round the ungentrified parts of Swansea docks?

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:11 PM

Glad to see this paying you back some pleasure now....


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:19 PM

That car is so cool.


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:02 AM

The condition of that is incredible! Is it in as good a shape as it looks?



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:28 AM

I agree that looks totally joyous. Years ago I inherited an 1800 version and can confirm its mediocrity as a conveyance. It had a certain lazy charm about it though and I liked it. Being a fool I sold it on a whim and it was written off shortly afterwards.


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