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#451 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:00 PM

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

 

Yes, but the whole time this car has been back together, I've been chasing leaks and over-stressed parts in the cooling system. It just leaves you wondering what's going to fail next.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:10 PM

Another hose you've not caught yet... can you get a set of classic silicone hoses to feature?


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:15 PM

Another hose you've not caught yet... can you get a set of classic silicone hoses to feature?

 

I'm wondering where I'll get a heater matrix. The engine isn't powerful enough either. And I don't like saloons. Clearly, this is the best* car I've ever bought.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:17 PM

I'm meant to be driving it to Bridgnorth and Manchester this weekend, then Kent the weekend after. Confidence shaken...

 

Use Honda.  Sell Bluebird.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:26 PM

Use Honda.  Sell Bluebird.

 

Honda is a bit of a travelling oil leak/burner at the moment. It is good at the long distance stuff though, to be fair.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:45 PM

Is a cheap Pug 106 diesel for £100 in the eBay thread, low mileage too ;)



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:49 PM

Honda is a bit of a travelling oil leak/burner at the moment. It is good at the long distance stuff though, to be fair.

 

Use Honda.  Take oil.  Sell Blu... you know the rest.

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:50 PM

Is a cheap Pug 106 diesel for £100 in the eBay thread, low mileage too ;)

 

If I could find a way to reroute my ankles, I might consider it. 


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:51 PM

I had exactly the same thing on an old Volvo 440. Just an old car with old hoses, don't read too much into it.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:38 AM

Maybe the Maylaise secret service have been sabotaging the bluey to try and keep the Proton updates coming?
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:20 AM

I'm starting to wonder if I'm Roffling the wrong car. Bluebird enthusiasm has been hit hard. There's still so much that needs doing, and I'm not sure I can justify any more expense.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:31 AM

Time for a new Kia on finance? It's the reality of using an older vehicle as a "daily" sadly, most of its parts are nearly 30 years old and it's been neglected by previous owners.
If you're not bonding with it, roffle time?
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:38 AM

I bet Kinkersaab on here would buy your Bluebird. 



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:09 AM

It's the reality of using an older vehicle as a "daily" sadly, most of its parts are nearly 30 years old and it's been neglected by previous owners.
If you're not bonding with it, roffle time?

 

I disagree. I've spent many years driving old clunkers, often with far more than 100,000 miles on them. Every now and then one bites me on the arse (Range Rover springs to mind...) but 30 year old cars can be perfectly reliable. If they've been looked after.

 

I was a fool to buy a car that was so clearly neglected though. I was just to scared it'd go for bangering. More fool me.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:24 AM

I'm wondering where I'll get a heater matrix.

 

I got one made up for the Stellar, as I suspect they are even less common than Bluebird heater matrices...

 

https://www.eastendradiators.co.uk/

 

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Cost was £90, but I needed a flange on the side for the heater tap which bumped the price up somewhat. Maybe you could do a feature on what to do when you can't get original parts any more?


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:11 PM

I'm a bit stuck with this one now. I really, REALLY don't want to spend any more on it, though I guess it isn't worth a vast amount as it stands. Still, I'm starting to think it'd be better to sell for £500-600 and cut my losses. I just don't like it. 

 

I'd reached this conclusion shortly before I nearly smashed it into the back of a lorry, which had parked up for a natter around a blind bend. The brakes are good, but I'm really not convinced by the tyres. I know it'd been pouring down, but it locked a front up rather too easily for my liking. Did get the truck driver's attention at least...


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:15 PM

I hope for a column about your bad (free?) tyres.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:17 PM

Well, to be honest, I'd like to do more testing of them. This means I've already started to look for cars that use 185/70 R14 tyres! They're not dreadful, or I would have hit the truck, but front end grip is definitely not the highest. The Nokian all-weather tyres I have on the Honda are bloody superb, though that's probably not a very fair comparison.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:37 PM

Early 740s use 185/70/14.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:57 PM

Early 740s use 185/70/14.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:06 PM

Yeah, the last volvo dw owned went swimmingly, nothing could possibly be any worse!

 

Swimmingly certainly sums up the floorpan situation nicely...


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:09 PM

What happened to that old 740? I remember it being a bit of a turd! I bet it's not around anymore though.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:44 PM

What happened to that old 740? I remember it being a bit of a turd! I bet it's not around anymore though.

 

ROFFLEd to Pandamonium. Not sure after that.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:35 PM

Use Honda.  Take oil.  Sell Blu... you know the rest.
 
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:23 PM

I had a stunning light green metallic Bluey,1.8 GLX auto, D744 DLA. Lovely green interior, uber comfy velour seats and an adjustable rear seat.

 

It was fantastic right until the point when the autobox shat itself, albeit rather slowly. Went via BCA at Enfield for a massive* amount of money.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:39 AM

To help with the sale of this splendid vehicle, here's a video if it breaking down. Warning - starts loudly with the word CRAP.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:03 AM

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.

 

 

Old  cars are shit, simples. They just are. A foundry is the best place for most of them.

 

If it's popping hoses, time to get a block test done as it could be pressurising and short of drilling a small hole in the stat and leaving the rad cap slightly loose, it will continue to do so. After a 10 minute run, the hoses should be hot but still squeezable - if they're red hot and rigid like a randy stallion's knob*, then it's over pressurised. Head gasket/cracked head. Joy.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:15 AM

Or old hoses.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:16 AM

Oh, and I'd stick some steel seal in it. Unlike K Seal which is largely useless, it really does work. Two examples of cars recently fixed this way:

 

2002 520i, ran on three cylinders and pushing coolant out of the header tank. Pour this stuff down the top hose, reconnect it all, run on fast idle and one by one, the missing cylinders sprang back to life. After 15 mins it was running on six and it still does after 7 months.

 

2003 316i, ran on all four but pushing coolant out and fan cutting in all the time. This stuff worked within 10 minutes and it's fine now. 

 

Not a permanent solution, but its' a 500 quid Nissan not a Veyron. No, it doesn't clog up the heater matrix.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:18 AM

Or old hoses.

 

 

All of them? One by one? Really?

 

Okay then.

 

There are cars out there with hoses that are 40-50 years old and they still work without exploding. There is an underlying reason why this car is popping hoses.


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