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#1291 ONLINE   loserone

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:47 AM

Why are you putting bits of exhaust on, clearly the failure was the absence of a major leak of exhaust gases?

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#1292 OFFLINE   dome

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:36 PM

Why are you putting bits of exhaust on, clearly the failure was the absence of a major leak of exhaust gases?

 

 

I chopped the exhaust off at the back of the centre box to make it tidier(but still ugly looking)

I can weld back on the section I cut off which went over the axle but angle it down to make a tailpipe of sorts which will be a bit more acceptable, both from an MOT point of view and for tidyness

 

But yes, there is a leak of gases from the front somewhere so I'll need to see how bad that is too. Tester reckoned it was patchable.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 02:00 PM

Yeah, if you just chopped it off that's a fail.
IIRC the exhaust needs to exit at the edge of the vehicle, not under it.

Nice old boat, though. I expected a column shift, not the floor shift.
An acquaintance out in Oregon has a properly shonky earlier one of these in white with a beige interior and column shift. The tailgate doesn't fit properly and whistles in the wind. It's slow too, but sounds brilliant.
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#1294 ONLINE   spartacus

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 03:17 PM

Oh my, that's vile. Surely you must win a prize.
About 20 years ago I worked at a place that did a lot of LPG conversions, the supplier of the kits had a list of vehicles that he didn't recommend converting, the Explorer was at the top. I'm not sure why though. Although I'm sure with your perseverance all will be made well. Does it drive on LPG?
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#1295 OFFLINE   Rod/b

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 04:05 PM

I used to have a 2010 Explorer XLT. It was alright, really. GOOD PURCHASING
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:09 PM

Oh my, that's vile. Surely you must win a prize.
About 20 years ago I worked at a place that did a lot of LPG conversions, the supplier of the kits had a list of vehicles that he didn't recommend converting, the Explorer was at the top. I'm not sure why though. Although I'm sure with your perseverance all will be made well. Does it drive on LPG?


It was converted in 2004 and the old boy was told by his garage it had been done well. It's still there and seems to work, the filter looks fresh too.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:17 PM

Today was the day to get the engine into the MR2

 

Firstly i pulled the gearbox back off the engine to lube the shaft and the clutch pivot, then torqued it all up along with the starter. Meanwhile Fraz who lurks on here and Duncan who doesn't prepped the MR2-bumper and taillights out and RHS rear strut off and hub tied out of the way to aid sliding the engine in.

 

We then got the engine and gearbox onto a trolley and ready to slide in 

 

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Now at this point i should probably mention my highly organised* garage I had arranged things and labelled things as I stripped the two cars down. The original MR2 gearbox mounts had to go onto the Corolla gearbox and as I had clearly labelled 2 mounts as "From Corolla" I knew exactly which mounts to fit which I did a few weeks ago.

 

Fast forward to today and we lifted the back of the car using the crane and slid the engine and box in. We then lowered the car back onto the axle stands and hoisted the engine and box back into place. Except we couldn't for the life of us get things to line up.

 

Yes, I'd fitted 2 of the wrong mounts to the gearbox.

 

We quickly noticed this, and absolutely didn't waste about 3 hours trying to make it fit. The mounts looked the same but were a different size and meant the gearbox was fouling the body.

 

Of course, as soon as we (OK Fraz) figured this out and we swapped them (after removing the "From Corolla" label from them...)it bolted right up.

 

And here it is, in and bolted up.

 

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So much for getting it plumbed in and running today. Still, at least it's in.

 

I also jacked up the Exploder in preparation for it's new discs, pads, drop link and CV boot.

 

Now, if nobody minds, I'm off to have a big old glass of whisky.


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:44 PM

Excellent wirk Brian, Whisky very well earned.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:50 PM

IIRC the exhaust needs to exit at the edge of the vehicle, not under it.

 

I thought that until we got a Mk7 Tranny Van



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:36 PM

There was much swearing and head scratching today due to those mounts...

Oh how we all laughed and joked about it ????

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:40 PM

Did applied whiskey help?

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:55 AM

Did applied whiskey help?

 

I didn't apply enough!


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Posted Yesterday, 09:42 AM

OK, MR2 update first.

 

Well, there's not much to update as I haven't touched the car since we got the engine in-Saturday was the only day I had free and the weather was shit.

 

I did however have a crack at the manifold. 

 

We need to use the Corolla manifold as the old one doesn't fit the new engine. The trouble is as standard it hits off the subframe. There are aftermarket solutions available to fit the standard MR2 exhaust but they sap power, the standard Corolla manifold is very good.

 

The technique I decided to use was to cut slots in the pipes near the manifold flange, then bend the exhaust up and reweld it.

 

Seems like a good idea? Remember I can't weld...

 

I succeeded but it's not pretty. I'll come back to it and grind it down and tidy it up a bit but it fits. Then you might get a picture.

 

I chopped off a section of the Corolla downpipe to check clearance.

 

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And yes, it will be getting fired up like this :)

 

Next up-fit driveshafts and struts then plumb in the engine. But not this weekend sadly as I'm away with work.

 

 


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Posted Yesterday, 09:54 AM

And onto the Explorer.
 
The MOT fail wasn't too bad and boiled down to the following
 
Free off all brakes
New pads and discs all round-rears were a fail and fronts were pretty worn. At 2 tons nearly I'm not going to grudge it a set of brakes
CV boot
Anti roll bar link
Fix the exhaust
Fit some bulbs
 
On Saturday while welding the MR2 exhaust I popped a tailpipe onto the Explorer. Not pretty but in keeping with the general theme of this old heap. Sounds good though :)
 
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I'll likely trim it down a bit more. For irony it's actually an old section of exhaust off the Freelander  :shock:
 
With the rest of the work again time was the issue but I took an hour or so in the evenings and cracked on with the rest of the fails. Anti roll bar link was straightforward and the balljoint for the front suspension came apart surprisingly easy allowing me to get the shaft out to fit a new CV
 
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The driveshaft doesn't split so i elected to use a stretchy CV boot for the first time. 
 
Behold, my cone...
 
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So, I went in prepared. Driveshaft clamped in vice, new CV boot in a bowl of hot water to soften it and plenty of lube applied. I was warned you get one shot at this as if your hands get water or lube on them then you'll not stretch it on.
 
So, off I went. 
 
And, success!
 
Oh no wait. I'd managed to put it on THE WRONG FUCKING WAY ROUND
 
No pictures funnily enough as I was too busy swearing and/or crying.
 
Somehow I managed to wrestle the CV boot back off but nicked it so when I tried to put it back on it split.
 
I did what any sane person would do, gave up and drank some beer. Next morning I dropped it off at my local garage along with some more beer. Some things are best left to the professionals.
 
Wednesday night I could put it all back together and only had the rear discs to do
 
These big lights came in handy
 
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These proved challenging as the disc had seized onto the hub so no amount of hitting would free it. I tried heat to no effect.
 
Only one thing for it. Death Wheel FTW
 
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Gotcha ya fucker.
 
Back together and I dropped it off at the MOT station yesterday and got this result.
 
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:-D  :-D  :-D
 
Now i can get on with making it presentable and usable. Oh and actually drive it!

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#1305 ONLINE   snagglepuss

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Posted Yesterday, 10:41 AM

Good work captain!
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Posted Yesterday, 02:51 PM

Many successful points!!

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