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#481 OFFLINE   danthecapriman

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 02:19 PM

Thanks for the help, Dan. My anxiety to keep the car original has nothing to do with adenoid ridden men at Car Shows, and everything to do with my own personal feelings and interests. There’s a NOS VV on eBay atm for £100 and I am giving it serious consideration.
As I am that 3 door Sierra!


In theory, if you get either your VV or that nos one and look after it and keep it clean it should be perfectly ok.
The VV off my Transit was actually pretty good during driving but it sometimes at idle would be a bit up and down. I like the Weber kits tbh so decided to do that instead of rebuilding the old VV.

If you want it you can have my Transits VV?
It's an 84 with an auto choke, the great think about it is that it's not even covered 20k miles from new so a good clean up should be all it needs.
It's wrapped up in a box at the moment, I keep stuff like that but realistically I'll never reuse it again so if you want it you can have it... up to you.
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:26 PM

Surely a single choke Weber counts as almost original on theses? I can still remember my old boy motor factors having the conversion kits on the shelf - along with manual choke conversion kits for those who were tight and wanted to persevere with the VV

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 05:10 PM

That transit one shouldn't need more than the jets swapping with the ones in the bASe I'd have thought.



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 05:31 PM

That transit one shouldn't need more than the jets swapping with the ones in the bASe I'd have thought.


Most probably. It's a 2.0 that it's off so swapping the jets is most likely needed for a 1.6 or it'll be over fuelling.
It's a decent base carb though.
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 06:01 PM

A cheapo Weber transformed my Mk3 Transit. The VV was promptly chucked in the scrap. Mind you, that's when you could pick up the carbs with all adaptors for £15  :-D 



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:30 PM

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/aDsAAOSw6O...

A mythical 3dr base. The outcome of this is grimly inevitable, and as predictable as a soap opera story line. There doesn't seem to be much appetite on here for group buys - which is a shame. A nice little consortium on this would be great.

Unfortunately, the bASe is running terribly at the moment - and the carb is likely going to need replacing. There's a NOS VV on eBay atm for £100, but I think it's probably a bit shortsighted when not much more buys a Weber. I am loathed to make ANY upgrades to the Sierra, but I would like to keep it forever - which probably involves making more sensible decisions.

Sorry but this looks like an L to me from That picture it has seats with proper headrests not moulded plastic, some L's came with dangly mirrors

I would ask the seller to prove its base provenance by showing you a picture of the log book
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 01:03 AM

There is also evidence of the 'L' badge having once resided on the boot lid.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 04:59 AM

Sorry but this looks like an L to me from That picture it has seats with proper headrests not moulded plastic, some L's came with dangly mirrors

I would ask the seller to prove its base provenance by showing you a picture of the log book

 

Doorcards are definitely base.  It was those that first alerted me to what it was - not the text in the advert.  However, it's only when you see cars like this do you really appreciate the originality of the bASe.  (Austin indicator and Nissan bumper aside...) !!


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 08:06 AM

Where is it for sale?

Edit ive just looked at the other pictures on ebay,

i agree they are base doorcards and it has a 1 piece rear seat back rather than a 60/40 split, I love that it used to have an L badge on the rear
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 08:15 AM

Some L's came with dangly mirrors


They did, but only 5 door ones. L got normal mirrors for the 1984 model year, same time as the 3 door was launched.

That Ebay one is up to £2000 now!

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 09:32 AM

I have seen a couple of 3 door A reg L spec cars wearing dangly mirrors before they were cool, so they must have been Friday afternoon cars or the owners genuinely liked the base mirrors then
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Posted 03 October 2017 - 05:41 PM

Can anyone help?

With the Avensis in a state not fit for the Queen’s highway, I’m going to have to put the w202 on daily duties for the time being. No biggy - after all, this is why I bought it.

When the car went broken and into the garage, two codes were read that didn’t relate to that particular issue. However, I’m suffering with poor fuel economy- and it’s not just the slightly binding rear brake.

First: 020 Idle Speed Control. Unrelated, but what does it mean, Basil?

028 Oxygen Sensor Control. I think the dude then said “System Rich”.

In essence, I’m trying to make it as simple for myself as possible. Also, if it has to go to a garage, avoid paying any more diagnosis etc. Obvs a 1994 car doesn’t have OBDII but anything to help me would be gratefully appreciated.

Guessing a lambda sensor, but maybe there’s another way of setting mixture on these m111 engines?

Thanks in advance

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 06:35 PM

It's all computers init. If it's running rich it's more than likely the o2 sensor, which may explain your shite mpg . Does it have a cat?

I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:33 PM

It's all computers init. If it's running rich it's more than likely the o2 sensor, which may explain your shite mpg . Does it have a cat?


Pretty sure it does as my 1993,190e did - and this is 6 months newer and the successor to the w201.

Sorry to sound thick, but how do you test them with a meter?

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:01 AM

Got the Mercedes back from the nice man in the next village last week.  He replaced a caliper, adjusted the throttle cable and idle, changed a brake pipe, changed the brake fluid and gave it a good once over.  It's now running superbly.  In truth, I probably should have bought that immaculate C220 Derv I mentioned in previous memoirs, but it was up at £1100 and I got this for nearly 1/3.

 

It's now on proper daily duties, buzzing the 100 miles up and down the A1M to get me to work.  I've done 1500 miles since I got it 2 months ago and it's running brilliantly.  

 

Also, I found a picture of it on FLICKR earlier on.  Nowadays it's wearing the gingercators I got for £20 on eBay, but it does look smart eh?

 

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 11:34 AM

It does indeed.Glad it is doing you a good turn, look after it and it will look after you.
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Posted 17 October 2017 - 04:29 PM

Liked for gingercators, too.




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