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Yugoslavian Ami.., continuing on from 'now-autoshites-flimsy-bodied Shitroen'


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#511 OFFLINE   Bfg

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:17 PM

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Ghostly, Thank you, duly noted ..although I can't find specific reference to the point of law you suggest.   B&W on the front may work, but I'll get around to sorting that after more pressing tasks.

 

^^ dollywobbler, Thanks  ..no they're spongy and will pump up so needs more bleeding. The handbrake feels like it's working better !  But I think I do have a 44m socket, which I bought by mistake because that's what I'd read the fan's nut was (.. but it wasn't).  so I'll put it on my task list because I really ought to check them anyway .

 

Rain stopped play for the last couple of days . .

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^ I'm not worried about going out in the wet, it's just that with the rain belting down and road spray I wouldn't have been able to assess anything ..so a test drive would have been a waste of time. I wouldn't have been able to differentiate oil leaks from dripping water,  and any roadside adjustments* needed would have been a real pita in the wet. 

 

But I did get to change the tyres for new (now tubeless), and thereafter touch up the wheels' paint and give them a coat of clear lacquer . .

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^ these all-season Maxxis are pretty square and chunky compared with the assortment of tyres previously fitted.

 

And the cutout rear wheel arches made all the difference when refitting them. Instead of having to raise the back end of the car two-foot in the air to get the wheels off - I jacked up under the swinging arm immediately behind the link rod's bracket.  In this position - the body lifted slightly as well as the wheel.  And with the wheel just 1/2" off the ground I can now just about get the wheel and tyre back in.   :-D  

 

However, the clearance wasn't quite enough and these tyres rubbed when the suspension bounced, so . .

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^ the cutout was extended another 1" back.

 

In the meantime, I'd adjusted the clutch cable, and also set the carb a little better for starting and a steady tick over (..just 1/2 turn on the air-screw makes so much difference).  I refitted the dashboard and then also the door / boot lid seals, dropped a mat of 6mm neoprene sheet in the back of the car (not fitted, it's just laid out) and done all sorts of other little finishing up jobs..   

 

So with a break in the weather today - I've been out in the car ..just for a drive . .

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Our little jaunt encompassed small country lanes & tiny villages, fast country lanes and a stretch of the A14 dual-carriageway, as well as maneuvering around town and several car parks.  I'm glad to report - the car feels very much better than it did the other day.  Better low engine speed feel and a clutch that worked, together with 28psi in compliant tyres (the best of the old tyres taken off was a Dunlop., date stamped either 1982 or 1992). 

 

Noise was noticeably less too with the seals in place, although the gearbox of course still sounds as if it's from a non-synchromesh truck.  It presently works fine but it does make some interesting noises. :shock:   That aside there's groaning from the suspension spring canisters, and then the rattly whir of the speedo drive cable ..an altogether 'audio interesting' experience. 

 

For this, really my first time out - I wound her up to 120kmh, which I gather is about 75mph ..and all was fine, stable and very comfortable. Acceleration, compared with modern traffic, was not at all embarrassing. :P

 

The gearbox noise either got quieter with speed or else was mostly lost in wind noise, which itself was really quite acceptable, not least considering I was driving into a pretty strong & gusty head wind and I still have no bottom door seals (along either sill).

 

I stopped in to fill her up, so that I can figure out the fuel consumption ..as the fuel gauge only reads the lower half. .

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^ as an indication of the diminutive width of the Ami  ..on the other pump is a new Nissan Micra.

 

The new tyres gripped & steered very nicely, and the brakes seemed to be getting a little better with use, so they possibly need bedding in for a hundred miles or so.  I'm not a heavy user of brakes, so with it being a lightweight car and new pads / shoes in each corner it'll possibly take even longer before they really bite.   Bleeding I will do very soon though.  No obvious oil leak - yet.,  but does she need a new throttle cable, as I've lubricated this one but still it's notchy when trying to gently / smoothly apply throttle. 

 

So there we go.. dozens of jobs on the list still to do yet - but finally ..she is a usable motor car ..and rather good fun to drive too ..without power 'anything' and finger tip steering.

 

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#512 OFFLINE   Bfg

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 07:31 PM

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"..she is a usable motor car ..and rather good fun to drive too"   At this point you'll all be joining me in a lighthearted celebration that everything 'what could possibly go wrong ?'  has  ..and subsequently has now been sorted out or done again.  Thank you ladies and gentlemen, truly a welcoming thought

 

..but there always seems to be a  'just one more thing'  . . .

 

 

I had not long ago finished writing the above post ..and then got changed for the evening and made myself a nice cup of tea - when I had a nagging feeling, or was it a subconscious thought ?   Either way.,  I went out to the garage to check on the car. 

 

Lo n' behold . .

 

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^ petrol dripping from the tank's rear seam  . .

 

"Hadn't it been checked before being repainted and refitted ?"  I thought to myself ...

 


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^ The larger Ami-super fuel tank (8.8 gallons) looking good (top / rear faces are being seen here).  This tank had a dent in it (reportedly happened in storage) ..which I hope was easily pulled out., and then repainted in what looks to be 2-pack primer.

 

"I didnt pull out dent on bottom of tank as there was welded - repair. I didn't want to stress welds and bolt. In this moment it is not leaking, I tested with nitro thinner.  But I recommend that you find better one later."

 

..Janez's comments (in red)

 

Like a tyre which is only flat on the bottom, this tank is absolutely fine as long as you don't fill it up.

 

 

..the string has broken on my yo yo. :-(


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#513 OFFLINE   beko1987

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 09:19 PM

That's really sad

And that micro looked like a focus at a quick glance!

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 09:55 PM

Good to see it out on the road though. It must be satisfying to drive it around with a purpose.
It's a shame about the tank but at least you've had a chance to do a little snagging.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 08:50 AM

Looks like an excuse to drive and use all that fuel up quickly then worry about it later...

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 03:30 PM

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Thanks Guys..  I can't really express how upsetting this was, hitting me when my energies and self motivation were at a very despondent low, those picked up by a successful and fun first drive ..after so many months of trying to get this car roadworthy (which just goes to show how misleading an MOT can be !) ..to then be knocked down again.  :(

 

The gearbox being f 'ked I could cope with. That's just something which goes with the territory of buying an old car untested, but this ..for me at that moment was just one straw too many.

 

Such a downer did however mean I was so pissed off - I didn't go anywhere near the car yesterday.  Instead I cleaned the house, including down on knees scrubbing the kitchen floor tiles, and then I cut the grass (..more like 3 hours of harvesting, because the grass had grown way above the height of the mower's wheels, during weeks of wet weather). 

 

Anyway, having formulated a plan to fix (temporarily / for a few months) the leaky flange ..this afternoon I went out to the garage to try it.   Firstly though I cleaned up my garage floor.  The petrol leak had dissolved the bottom edge of the bitumastic anti-drum pad I'd stuck to the tank.. hence the black sticky mess.  Fortunately my siphoning the petrol from the tank that evening had prevented more from leaking. :)

 

I turned the car around so I had decent light through the open garage door to work with, as the next operation was to clean up the tank ..to see exactly where the leak was from and how extensive.?   At this point I suspected a spot weld in the tank's flange had cracked or pulled apart. .

 

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Clearly the leak had run forward along the flange ..which would account for there being two patches of drips on the garage floor . .

 

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^ a digital camera fits where my big head can't ..to look over the chassis rear outrigger to the tank's RH side flange running forward, stained with black bitumen. 

 

Trimming back the bitumen anti-drum pad 8-10mm, and cleaning up the flange across the back edge - revealed this . .

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^ no sign of a crack or leak.. :huh:  By chance (..or something) I had previously PU sealed this back edge flange to prevent moisture ingress and corrosion in the crevice. And that PU sealant was still intact.

 

But hang on.. things under a car can be misleading.  I had a thought.. and dropped the car off its jack to check.   Ah ha., now things are looking altogether brighter  :-D.    

 

With the car on the level ..that flange runs down toward the back of the car ..and not forward.  And this ties in with the nagging question - why is the petrol running along the top of the flange rather than running down under it ? 

 

Yes, I'm sure you gathered the GOOD NEWS is that this flange isn't leaking..  And as the dent and weld mentioned by Janez is under the tank - then it is not leaking from those either.  Although I now suspect I know the cause - I refilled the tank to check the fuel filler & breather pipes nor their connections were leaking..   

 

Correct they are not leaking..  And so my dear Dr. Watson - elementary deduction leads us to conclude the guilty party is . .

 

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^ fuel tank pick-up pipe and gauge sender unit being removed

 

"Gauge sender is broken and need to be changed with new..."

 

..Janez's comments (in red)

 

^ That photo is quite telling, insomuch as it shows two troughs, leading forward from the tank sender unit, which would drain any spilling fuel forward / above the tank's front flange, much of which would run all the way to the back (the lowest point of the flange) to drip off there !

 

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^ Now again with a refilled tank, the bitumen of the anti-drum just forward of the sender unit is all but washed away (pointed to by the small screwdriver).  

 

Relieved, but at the same time I'm sorry to yet again report Janez's incompetence in restoration / recommission. This was not in refitting a tank which leaked, but simply that he hadn't resealed or replaced the gasket after he'd removed the sender unit.  So., although when first noticed - this leak really got to me.. it was after all just a little thing ..of his not taking due care & attention to do the job safely. 

 

 

Otherwise, I am delighted  that I'll just have to drain the tank again, to replace or (temporarily at least) to properly re-seal that gasket .. altogether very glad in the knowledge that it is nothing more serious (needing welding, tank sealant, etc, ..or another fuel tank)  And that I hadn't pulled the tank off the car ..before working out what the problem was.   :mrgreen: 

 

Bfg

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 07:44 PM

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^ definitely been leaking.

 

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^ I didn't have a gasket to fit the small size (36mm ID) of the fuel gauge sender unit, but I did have a new larger diameter one from the cap of a motorcycle tank, so I cut that down and glued it. Seen here sitting within a spray-can cap, just to help hold the round shape while the glue sets. 

 

As that was drying I set to resoldering this (Janez's repair) . .

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Now with the new cork gasket appropriately drilled, I confirmed its fit . .

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I checked the sender and gauge now work to the full range before reassembling, with the cork gasket set on silicon gasket goo (gluing the gasket to the sender unit only), using steel washers, a jubilee clip on the fuel pipe, and an o-ring around the outside (..to dissuade the cork from splitting outwards from the screw holes, which are very close to the cork's outside edge). .

 

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^ cleaned up all around - so that I might more easily check to if this new gasket will be successful, or whether I'll need to shop for some ethanol-petrol-proof rubber.

 

Hopefully that's another job re-DONE and dusted.

 

Have a good weekend

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 07:53 PM

Yeah, ok. That's quite shonky. A very common issue though. When I took part in the 2CV 24hr race as pit crew a couple of years ago, we discovered our tank leaked from the sender when the tank was full. We discovered this when we filled the tank for the first time just before scrutineering... it was a very hasty drop and repair! A good chance for the team to bed in working together at least...


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:41 AM

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Sunroof  - Wanted 

 

Anyone got a glass sunroof, in decent nick, they don't want.. cheapish  ..to fit my little Shitroen Ami ?  ..that they can package up and get sent to Suffolk.?

 

The roof is surprisingly flat, as can be seen in the photo below

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^ showing a 24" (605mm) straight edge resting on the roof.  The vertical height, from each end, down to the tin roof is approx 1/2" (13mm).

 

A simple glazed flip up, lift out will be fine.  If poss' I would like one with a sun shade of some kind... and the trim to go inside against the headlining ?

 

Many thanks

 

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:12 PM

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232439284003

I thought I'd find loads but this seems to be the only one on eBay, I don't know if it's any good to you.

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