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Rancho #2 - The Silver one. - A little progress.


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#31 OFFLINE   holbeck

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Posted 02 September 2016 - 09:06 PM

So, today I've had a lovely day I went up to Arkley Hertfordshire to pay for the Rancho I bought unseen last week.

 

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I had a good poke around it and was pleasantly surprised.

 

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Goodies!

 

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Skizzer has got this over me, some work to do here. Initially we couldn't get the bonnet open as the catch was seized, I had a fiddle and got it open but then managed to ping the spring off into outer-space (couldn't find it, hopefully its in the sumpguard). The upshot of this is the bonnet now won't shut!

 

Overall I'm very happy with my purchase.

 

 

BTW, the sellers were a delight. picking me up from the station and entertaining me with lunch of smoked salmon and white wine. All very civilised.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 02 September 2016 - 09:27 PM

Fluid change, fresh fuel and maybe new plugs and leads should see that run again.
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Posted 02 September 2016 - 09:36 PM

I'm told these Simca engines are fairly indestructible so hopefully 83C is right. Mine will run, but still needs all of the above (and leaks prodigiously from the water pump, too).

I haven't been brave enough to close the bonnet on mine properly yet, even for the long trailer journey, because the catch looks every bit as crusty as yours. Front-hinged bonnets for the win.

Your seats are a great deal cleaner than mine, too. Mine seem to have footprints branded on to the vinyl, rather oddly.

Sum-up: reckon I'm ahead on points, just, but you're about to zoom past on the inside. I need to get a wiggle on.
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Posted 08 September 2016 - 02:37 PM

Just had a report that the rancho has made it to Andover, only another 100 and something miles to go.
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Posted 08 September 2016 - 05:32 PM

OMG It's landed.

 

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Posted 08 September 2016 - 05:47 PM

Now you have Rancho...nothing else Matra's.

 

 

 

 

(See what I did there?)


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 06:00 PM

'Nothing really Matras to meeeeeeee..................I hope its not full of rust holes.....(Gong clash) :P


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 06:01 PM

I think a visit to Chez Holbeck is in order...

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Posted 08 September 2016 - 07:03 PM

I think a visit to Chez Holbeck is in order...

 

I'm surprised you didn't come this afternoon.



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Posted 08 September 2016 - 07:23 PM

Just had a very kind offer from a friend to print and bind the service parts list (French version), which is available on line.


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 07:34 PM

Thanks for that pic, it gives us just a taste of that sheer thrill and sense of peak winning upon seeing an actual Matra Rancho rocking up and being unloaded at YOUR HOUSE. Superb.


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 07:36 PM

I'm surprised you didn't come this afternoon.

 

snigger snigger....lol...

 

 

i too had a silver rancho....with the same check interior...and sold it with a factory workshop manual...i wonder...????

 

i used it one morning to drop kids off at school and as i decended from having two wheels on the pavement,the engine decided that it wanted to lie on the road... turns out the previous owner had "done a bit of work" on it...including replacing every bolt with mild steel ones,and bits of screwed rod...managed to hold the engine up with rope and a wooden batten enough to get home...

and i still continued to buy them...4 of the burgers so far...

 

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Posted 08 September 2016 - 09:54 PM

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Posted 08 September 2016 - 10:00 PM

that pic of it landing has to be a calender shot, truly awesome
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Posted 08 September 2016 - 10:47 PM

I'm surprised you didn't come this afternoon.


Some of us have to work. No more than I have to, but still....

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 05:38 AM

Awesome!! Those seats especially so...

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 09:15 AM

Silly question of the day, the battery connectors are the old french type where (I guess) there is some sort of wing nut arrangement on the battery to clamp them down, anyone know what that sort of battery is actually called? (My googling is drawing a blank).

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Also realised I don't have the battery clamp, but hey ho!



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Posted 09 September 2016 - 09:19 AM

They area standard battery with a threaded attachment fitted to the terminal.
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Posted 09 September 2016 - 11:45 AM

I'd be tempted to lop them off and fit proper battery clamps.
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Posted 09 September 2016 - 12:16 PM

I'd be tempted to lop them off and fit proper battery clamps.


That's what everyone else does. Talbot / Peugeot clamps have plastic threads and are crap.
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Posted 09 September 2016 - 02:25 PM

Battery

http://www.caarparts...1980/Parts.aspx

 

45AH 12v

 

Battery Screws

http://www.ebay.co.u...g8AAOSwpzdWsGTd

 

or

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Or a couple of self tappers and washers.

 

HTH


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 10:10 AM

Silly question of the day, the battery connectors are the old french type where (I guess) there is some sort of wing nut arrangement on the battery to clamp them down, anyone know what that sort of battery is actually called? (My googling is drawing a blank).

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Also realised I don't have the battery clamp, but hey ho!

Keep this, it's actually a great design. Simply push it onto the battery terminal, no need for tools, no counterpart on the battery needed.

 

Tagora has the same:

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 03:34 PM

Thanks for that Mr. pshome.



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 03:41 PM

My Solara has the same battery connections, they seem to work alright. I can't fathom out how the battery is secured, I think consulting the HBOL is called for.


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 03:45 PM

Today's shenanigans was to apply rust converter to the remains of the battery tray. This done I turned my attention to the air intake, as I could see some leaves and shit through the balance hole.

 

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Took the pipe off and this was what I found.

 

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Checked the filter and here's a nice mouse penthouse.

 

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Luckily I had a new one in stock.

 

Anyways, I also turned the engine over by pushing the car in second  and it rotates. (something I hadn't actually checked until now).

 

The oil in the sump looks quite clean but god knows how old it is, so I'll change that next.

 

(oh and I managed to drop and smash my digital camera so only poxy phone pics until I can get another one).

 

 

 

 


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 04:19 PM

What rust converter are you using?



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 04:22 PM

What rust converter are you using?

 

The stuff they sell in tool station (own brand). TBH I already had it in stock an it seems to work ok from previous experience.



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 07:42 PM

Jesus that air filter! Sorry to hear about your camera, but it would only have shit itself trying to cope with the grade A porn you would try and photograph with it during this thread anyway...


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 07:49 PM

 

(oh and I managed to drop and smash my digital camera so only poxy phone pics until I can get another one).

 

If it makes more pictures of Ranchos appear on my screen, I've got a Canon digital camera here you can have for postage. 


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 08:01 PM

If it makes more pictures of Ranchos appear on my screen, I've got a Canon digital camera here you can have for postage. 

 

Yes please. I'll send you a PM.






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