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#391 OFFLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 10:30 AM

Go and have serious word with yourself for even subjecting us to those photos.

Good god, that's horrendous. Reminds me of when I was on mx5nutz. Every second car on there was in that sort of state.

 

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 05:47 PM

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Bluebird has gone from 165/65 R14 to 185/70 R14, which is the optional size fitted to alloys. I'm obviously still on steelies, but the diameter of these is pretty much the same as the 165 R14s it should have worn - those would have had an 80 profile. Tyres are from Blockley Tyres, who normally make stuff for vintage Rolls-Royces and Jaguars, but are increasingly creating sizes now more difficult to get hold of. Like tyres with actual chunky profiles, and stuff for 12" wheels. Not cheap, so I look forward to seeing how they turn out. Should certainly be better than the RADAR things it was wearing.

 

It is also on Evans Waterless Coolant now, a free trial due to the day job. There are some very strong views about this stuff (a search on YouTube can be fun), but I'm not saying anything until I've tested it. So far, heater output is even more feeble and the temperature gauge is where it always was, but I've only driven four miles so far. Some big miles ahead of this car in September, so we'll see how it and the tyres perform.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:15 PM

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Bluebird has gone from 165/65 R14 to 185/70 R14, which is the optional size fitted to alloys. I'm obviously still on steelies, but the diameter of these is pretty much the same as the 165 R14s it should have worn - those would have had an 80 profile. Tyres are from Blockley Tyres, who normally make stuff for vintage Rolls-Royces and Jaguars, but are increasingly creating sizes now more difficult to get hold of. Like tyres with actual chunky profiles, and stuff for 12" wheels. Not cheap, so I look forward to seeing how they turn out. Should certainly be better than the RADAR things it was wearing.

It is also on Evans Waterless Coolant now, a free trial due to the day job. There are some very strong views about this stuff (a search on YouTube can be fun), but I'm not saying anything until I've tested it. So far, heater output is even more feeble and the temperature gauge is where it always was, but I've only driven four miles so far. Some big miles ahead of this car in September, so we'll see how it and the tyres perform.

Why the need for the Blockley Tyres? Avon, goodyear etc all make tyres in 185 70 r14 flavour

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:16 PM

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:24 PM

As said on Twitter, put a Rover V8 in the BlueBird and race the V8 Hyundai for maximum win points. 


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:33 PM

Why the need for the Blockley Tyres? Avon, goodyear etc all make tyres in 185 70 r14 flavour

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No need, but they've recently added them to the range, and they've been keen for me to test a set of their tyres. They may have been imagining something more glamorous than a Bluebird, but them's the breaks. I just assumed that high profile tyres had become hard to find based on the fact that the Bluebird was on entirely the wrong tyres. Perhaps the people who looked after it previously were just shit.

 

 

As said on Twitter, put a Rover V8 in the BlueBird and race the V8 Hyundai for maximum win points. 

 

It's a lot easier to make a RWD drive car V8 than try to convert a transverse FWD. Ask Rover.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:36 PM

No need, but they've recently added them to the range, and they've been keen for me to test a set of their tyres. They may have been imagining something more glamorous than a Bluebird, but them's the breaks. I just assumed that high profile tyres had become hard to find based on the fact that the Bluebird was on entirely the wrong tyres. Perhaps the people who looked after it previously were just shit.



It's a lot easier to make a RWD drive car V8 than try to convert a transverse FWD. Ask Rover.

Kinda thought that was the case.

Cheap tyres are everywhere now. Seen a very recent bmw 5 series on ditchfinders the other week. 30k car on OMGDEATHWISH tyres?

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 02:11 PM

Just had to nip out in the Bluebird. Noticed it appeared to be making quite a pinking noise. I've had my suspicions, but driving along with the windows open definitely confirmed it. Dug out the old strobe Mat_the_cat gave me YEARS ago, and while I was struggling to get any sense out of it, I reckon it was a good few degrees out. Knocked it back a bit, but then couldn't get any sense out of the strobe at all. However, the engine seems smoother and definitely isn't pinking any more, so I'll consider that 'probably ok.' 

 

Not sure how I haven't noticed it in the previous 800 miles, but the engine bay is quite well insulated. Plus, until recently, there were clattery tappets and an exhaust leak to mask the noise. So maybe that's how.


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:51 PM

The Bluebird is now running on Evans coolant. Heater output seems slightly poorer than it was before (it really wasn't very good in the first place). I can report nothing else. Operating temperature looks much where it was, no kittens have died. Ongoing.

 

However, I have fears for the clutch. The pedal has always been heavy, and a couple of times, the thrust bearing has squawked its displeasure. The bite isn't the strongest but, with several thousand miles to cover in the next month or so, I don't really want to do the fourth-gear test - ie see if it'll pull away or stall. If it's getting a bit marginal, I don't want to push it.

 

I am wondering how long it'll last though. I don't really want to have to change a clutch after all I've done so far!


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:59 PM

Is there a possibility the problem could lie with the clutch cable?
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:06 PM

Is there a possibility the problem could lie with the clutch cable?

 

Wouldn't account for the thrust bearing noise or very soft clutch bite.


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:12 PM

I guess not, was just hoping there could be a simple and cheap solution for you rather than the faff of having to do a clutch change. I have only ever changed a clutch on RWD stuff as it doesn't look much fun to do on FWD cars but I suppose some cars are easier than others.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 06:36 PM

A partially seized clutch arm pivot can lead to a heavy pedal and slow bite . So could tight cable . Thrust bearing prob showing its displeasure of being under load more than it should be

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:10 PM

It only does it when cold, off my driveway. Which is a hill start.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 02:33 AM

Mine went on (and towed) 15,000 miles with a juddery and slightly slipping clutch.

Generally quite hard to kill, though ymmv
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 08:11 AM

Problem is, I quite fancy using it for some Autotesting. That strikes me as something potentially hard on clutches.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 09:21 AM

Auto testing with an impromptu clutch change in the pit lane sounds like a good article to me! Get it done and written, just take all tools required for a clutch change in the boot!
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

No need. The stock suspension (even with anti roll bars) has so much give there would be no wear on the clutch because you'd spend all your time with either one of the front wheels spinning. No load on the clutch!
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:25 PM

Autotesting would be hard on the clutch but autosolo, one direction only would probably be OK. I'm guessing you knew the difference though?

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:32 PM

Autotesting would be hard on the clutch but autosolo, one direction only would probably be OK. I'm guessing you knew the difference though?

 

No idea.

 

In other news, had a bit of a Sunderland Nissan mini-meet earlier this evening.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 10:00 PM

This is just round the corner from me

 

http://www.wightbay....evious-5549936/


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 10:29 PM

This is just round the corner from me

 

http://www.wightbay....evious-5549936/

 

That's pretty much the spec I wish I'd bought. Bigger engine, auto, hatchback, nicer trim...


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 05:47 PM

The one in Manchester is PCA which tends to be only forwards and even then you don't normally get out of first.
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 05:56 PM

The one in Manchester is PCA which tends to be only forwards and even then you don't normally get out of first.

 

Oh good. I can't be arsed with that 'garage' nonsense.


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 07:49 PM

Don't know how or why I thanked you for considering autotests, but apparently I did. Good work.

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 08:29 AM

One of our customers is using that Evans coolant in his Capri.  Had it in there for over a year now and reported no problems.  Biggest bonus I see is the lack of corrosion inside the engine and rad meaning you can leave the car parked up for months with a full cooling system and not have to worry.

 

I'll probably stick it in my Granada when I start putting it back together.



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Posted 27 August 2017 - 10:24 AM

Watch some british film last night and saw this bluey..

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 06:06 PM

Went out for a drive in the Bluebird today. Traffic was a nightmare.

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Then, I unexpectedly discovered that there was a track day going on at a little-known course not far from me. I headed over. The Bluebird and my pal's BMW 318iS were some of the oldest vehicles there, along with that Volvo 340 - which was turbocharged and very, very quick. I mean, sideways. 

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I got a passenger ride around the incredibly tight course in this. Over 400bhp, RWD only, MASSIVE turbo. Lag, lag, lag, OMG WE'RE GOING TO DIE!

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It was brilliant, though it's hard to comprehend that in 1989, Nissan was able to do BONKERS MENTAL like this, and dreary Bluebirds. Needless to say, I didn't take the Bluebird around. 

 

However, I did have a jolly hoon there and back, marvelling in the substantial grip it now has. I haven't yet found the limits of the new tyres, but I suspect something will break before that happens. Which is why I was a little alarmed when I got a distinct knocking sound as I rounded one, not particularly tight left-hander. I wasn't even going that quickly, because tourist. [Edit - the missing words relate to the fact the tourist was in a Seat, er Leon? Or something.] It was an FR, so I thought it might be quick, but it turns out that's just a 'sporty look' model, so a bit like a Cavalier LX.

 

I did discover that it will stall in fourth, so I guess the clutch will last a bit longer, even if the bearing still does like a groan first thing. It'll probably be my steed of choice for Cholmondeley next weekend, then Sussex the weekend after, then Manchester, then Sussex again - though given I have other vehicles available, this may vary. Still, I want to put some miles on it (under 900 so far). It's very relaxing now the ride is sorted out. I'm actually looking forward to it.


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Posted 27 August 2017 - 08:03 PM

However, I did have a jolly hoon there and back, marvelling in the substantial grip it now has. I haven't yet found the limits of the new tyres, but I suspect something will break before that happens. Which is why I was a little alarmed when I got a distinct knocking sound as I rounded one, not particularly tight left-hander. I wasn't even going that quickly, because tourist. It was an FR, so I thought it might be quick, but it turns out that's just a 'sporty look' model, so a bit like a Cavalier LX.


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Posted 27 August 2017 - 08:27 PM

Is there something missing from this paragraph?

It doesn't make sense to me.

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Yes. It's proof of how f*cked my brain is at the moment. Got a print deadline on Tuesday and I'm utterly exhausted. Have been working for much of the weekend, with more to do tomorrow. I need a holiday...


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