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#421 OFFLINE   BenHar

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 08:30 PM

I need a holiday...


Don't we all?

Concentrate on your deadline and worry about this later.

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#422 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 06:48 PM

Sorry. I may have guaranteed rain this weekend. I polished the Bluebird!

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I wish DMB would answer his bloody emails, because this thing needs dealer plates!


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#423 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:54 PM

Bluebird at Cholondeleyeyeoh.

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Drive home was interesting. On a rather large roundabout, I decided to push on a bit to test my new tyres. The vast power of the 1.6 litre engine quickly took away grip, and I was dealing with fistfulls of understeer. Er, that's not meant to happen!

 

After allowing the tyres to cool down on arriving home, I checked the pressures. They're meant to be 29 front, 26 rear. They were actually 32 one side at the front, 35 the other, with both rears over 30. Bit miffed about that. I'll have to go and test them again at some point.

 

It was very manageable understeer. It didn't go skidding across the road dramatically, just pushed wide and immediately stopped doing it on releasing the pedal somewhat - thankfully without inducing lift-off oversteer. No dabs of oppo needed here. 

 

Also, the cheap wipers blades are SHIT. To the point I swapped the driver's one for an old one I had in the car. Which was slightly torn. This was an improvement.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:13 PM

yay, washout oversteer induced by incorrect tyre pressure!  It's fun when it happens because you don't know when the steering wheel is going to start communicating with the wheels.  Every time I get tyres fitted I have to check the tyre pressures, they're always boosted up to 35psi+ which is stupid.  Princess tyres run at 26 and 28 factory, no tyre fitter believes you, always boost them up to 34psi "because they're van tyres, right?" which... okay.

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

I really think we should 'crowdfund' a set of Bosch wipers for the Bluey :-)
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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:27 PM

I'll probably just buy some myself to be fair...


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:59 PM

There's a set of Bosch 19's on eBay for £11.50 delivered at the mo, which isn't bad.
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:36 AM

There's a set of Bosch 19's on eBay for £11.50 delivered at the mo, which isn't bad.

 

Thanks for that tip. Couldn't find the ones you were on about, but found someone selling singles for £4.64! Certainly a lot cheaper than Halfrauds...

 

The Bosch ones aren't bad in my experience. The Honda has been wearing a pair for a year now, and they're still pretty good.


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#429 OFFLINE   egg

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 04:40 PM

Sounds good, a link would have helped you for the £11.50 ones, so here it is, but can't beat £4.64!

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 05:04 PM

UGH. Just topped the coolant up, and noticed it was pissing the stuff out from the bottom hose. Not very happy about that. Just a loose clip, so I think I was fortunate not to lose much more on the Cholmondeley trip. 

 

Went for a drive on the pressure-adjusted tyres, but it's still not exactly secure. Tried an emergency stop in the damp and got a very loud lock-up! Scared the shit out of myself. My overall feel is that these tyres are just too hard, though they only protested when I really hurled it into bends in a way folk with Bluebirds usually don't. I need some roads that don't have a massive drop at the side of them to experiment further.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:02 PM

I really think we should 'crowdfund' a set of Bosch wipers for the Bluey :-)

what on earth for? you can get good ones for less

 

mr wobbler can take advantage of me my helfrauds trade card when he is back in birminghamshireton if it helps


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:26 PM

I was being a tad tongue in cheek! ;-)

Although I'm sad and daft enough to buy Ford wipers for the little logo (which are probably Bosch anyway).
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:45 AM

bosch wipers were one of the biggest disappointments when use on the spaceship


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:22 PM

We stock Unipart blades at work and I have a pair on my car.

 

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:48 PM

There was a time when I wouldn't touch anything other than a Bosch wiper.

But that time was 1992.

Now they all seem to be shit, so I just buy shit ones and then I'm not going to be disappointed.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:24 PM

I've trialled most to see what to keep in stock and bosch are about the best of the bunch

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:28 PM

More importantly, what I'm fearing at the moment is heater matrix replacement. Assuming I can find a replacement. It's going to be a miserable winter otherwise...

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:55 PM

How much of the dash has to come out?
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:05 PM

A fair bit, and the dash is cracked and knackered and should be replaced while I'm at it.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:01 PM

GAH. This thing has just dumped all of its coolant. Accelerated past a tractor and suddenly there was a LOT of steam. I thought it was out of the back, but it was from the front when I stopped.
Big puddle underneath, seemingly from the rear of the engine. Can't follow the hoses but they all look ok. Seriously hoping it isn't a core plug, which is very possible in an engine that's had clear signs of cooling system neglect.
Now awaiting rescue from Mrs DW.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:11 PM

Oh dear :(



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:12 PM

Bad luck DW, I hope it's not too serious, expect the worst, anything better is a bonus.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:25 PM

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:48 PM

Oh no, had you put the waterless stuff in yet?


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:01 PM

Yes. We just topped it up, but it hurls coolant out when revved. Breakdown callit is then.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:35 PM

Dislike. This is what worries me about my new Mondy, rebuild the entire cooling system and something related but unexpected happens.

Even a core plug is doable though, I mean this doesn't make economic sense already so a few more quid...
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:27 PM

And we're home.

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Turns out the top heater hose had split, right near the block. Phew! AA guy trimmed it, reattached it, refilled the cooling system and I was back on my way in minutes.

 

Of course, the waterless coolant now isn't waterless, but seeing as I'm going to have to change the matrix anyway, that isn't a problem. However, I am now concerned that the matrix may be overstressing the hoses. Is that possible? Or was the hose just weakened by the HGF? I'm meant to be driving it to Bridgnorth and Manchester this weekend, then Kent the weekend after. Confidence shaken...


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:52 PM

I am slightly at my wits' end with this car. I have a cooling system I still don't entirely trust, a thrust bearing that is still honking, a heater that doesn't work and a sunroof which leaks (needs a new panel). Ugh.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:15 PM

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:48 PM

Split hose may simply have been an old house that had split........
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