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