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#961 OFFLINE   greengartside

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 07:27 AM

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This is being broken at the moment, it’s the guy who has the older Ford breakers at Red Lodge near Newmarket.
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#962 OFFLINE   Angrydicky

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 07:55 AM

Probably worth spending half an hour gunking down the engine and drying it all off before resubmitting. I'd be inclined to put 20w50 in it instead of 10w40, it's a bit thicker and is ideal for older high mileage eighties stuff once they're starting to leak and burn oil.

The rear lights seem like nitpicking, though there was at least one spare light somewhere so it might be worth digging those out and seeing if you can make a matching pair.

The emissions will be that bloody awful autochoke carb. It desperately needs a Cortina style Weber with manual choke now it's no longer functioning properly. Might be able to scrape it through with a new air filter and a bottle of Redex in the tank (and an Italian tuneup) but it's not ideal.

Impressed that my exhaust silencer bodge has lasted another year though.


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 09:11 AM

What Ad said,
The emissions issue was why I ditched the VV on my Transit in the end. Try as I might I couldn’t ever set the original VV up enough that it’d both give acceptable emissions and idle/run sweetly and consistently. It’d work ok at best then the next time you used it the idle would be up and down again or it’d stink over rich again.
In the end I found it easier and better overall to just remove it entirely and buy a new Weber conversion kit. The Pinto kit with the single choke carb isn’t that expensive and they work very very well and are a piece of piss to fit and tune up. It now runs better than it ever has done and the emissions are always good too.
I swapped mine from auto choke (on the VV) to manual choke on the the Weber so I had to alter a couple of the coolant hoses afterwards and fit the new choke cable and handle but it’s easy.
I’ve kept the VV still, just incase, but I’ve got no intentions of refitting now tbh. Realistically all it needs is a good clean and rebuild kit as it’s a very low mileage carb and it’d be fine but I’ve had the same type Weber on my Capri for years and they are really good so for the cost I went with that.

If you do try to adjust your VV some of them do have anti tamper plugs fitted over the adjustment screws which you’d need to remove. Mine did!

Saying that though, if you want my old VV for parts or to replace yours your welcome to it for free...
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Posted 23 June 2018 - 09:19 AM


The plan, as vague as it is, is to do the rocker box gasket (again) get a pair of clusters from a scrappy, do the oil and plugs and hope for the best.
 

 

Check rocker box isn't twisted/distorted through enthusiastic tightening. 


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 09:46 AM

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This is being broken at the moment, it’s the guy who has the older Ford breakers at Red Lodge near Newmarket.


Doesn't look too shabby that. I'm sure there's plenty worse in hedgerows that would be suitable for breaking.

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 10:27 AM

What part of the emissions did it fail on out of interest?

 

ah, ok just checked

 

Exhaust emissions carbon monoxide content excessive 

 

Monoxide is incomplete combustion as I understand it. So aye rich or crap/badly set plugs could be the cause.


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 01:12 PM

Psh, just going a red coated bulb in the lamp for now, externally they look fine. That's gotta be cheaper than replacement clusters? So long as the reflectors are red, it's only up to the lamp to illuminate the correct color for its function.

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#968 ONLINE   BorniteIdentity

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 03:49 PM

Yep, doesn't seem too bad. If money is tight, park it up for a while. It won't get any worse* whilst you get the house sorted! Anywhere it can sit sorn for a while?


In my garage. But it won’t be visible to all at FotU from there!

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 05:30 PM

Whereabouts are you?

Someone in your neck of the woods might be able to suggest an MOT testing station who live more in the real world and understand the rules properly.

Two Wrestlers Garage over in Newport Pagnell do all that lot for me now.

Didn't even charge me for the retest on the Lada last time despite having been off site for well over ten days while I got to the bottom of my emissions issues.
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Posted 23 June 2018 - 06:57 PM

In my garage. But it won’t be visible to all at FotU from there!


Oh I see, that does complicate matters! Best do what Mr Dicky said and gunk the engine bay, twiddle the car so it passes the test then fiddle it back so it doesn't run like shit, bang any legal light cluster on for the test and worry about it properly later!
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Posted 23 June 2018 - 07:14 PM

Pressure wash and autoglym engine gunk the lot and it won’t have chance to drip during the test.
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#972 OFFLINE   Isaac Hunt

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 07:20 PM

No.
In fact, whilst everything is liberally coated in 10w40 - very little of it actually drops.

I’m annoyed not at the tester,


I'd be fekkin annoyed with him, tbh, same the world over, give certain men a badge of power and they become very official.

So you've coated the underside of the car with old engine oil to preserve the structure, and age old method. If it din't drip on the floor whilst in there it ain't a leak, certainly not a serious leak.

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 07:56 PM

I'd be fekkin annoyed with him, tbh, same the world over, give certain men a badge of power and they become very official.

So you've coated the underside of the car with old engine oil to preserve the structure, and age old method. If it din't drip on the floor whilst in there it ain't a leak, certainly not a serious leak.


Meh. I think there’s a great danger that the afternoon’s events end up overblown. The tester did everything he felt he could; not failing the missing headlight bulb included. However, there has clearly been a misunderstanding with regards to the oil leak (of which it is, undeniably, a leak). I think I would be able to argue the toss on that front almost immediately . However. there is also a very apparent difference between the colour of the two brake lights, and the emissions are too high.

I’m forming a plan at the moment, but it involves spending money I simply don’t have - which is frustrating. So for the time being I’ll be doing nothing, and look to get the oil, filters and plugs done when time allows. If I can sneak a pass next month then great, if not I’ll need to save up for a Weber at £200.

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 08:17 PM

My MOT tester told me recently that there has been a really large number of changes put through at the same time.  He said he's no issue with the changes in general, but the number of changes in one go makes it hard to keep up.  He's quite kind to me but always fails stuff like cut out DPFs.

 

Fine old car, good luck sorting it.



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Posted 23 June 2018 - 08:25 PM

I put red Osram LED "bulbs" in mine for similar reasons. 1) picked them because they have a very similar light output on tail versus brake as a 5/21W lamp, double benefit 2) the light they emit is already the correct color.

Made my brake lights go from a sun-faded orangey red to a nice deep crimson red.

Unless retrofit LED bulbs are a fail.. isn't red tape over a lamp still a pass?
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