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#541 OFFLINE   beko1987

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:18 PM

Should have had a swig of coke to boost you up!

Or start smoking. A fag before donating makes it pump faster, and one when you leave boosts it up so it's probably replaced by the time you've walked home*

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 02:09 AM

We had similar issues many years ago on a Cherry which had suffered a rather spectacular head gasket failure and overheating incident (things melted...).

Eventually we just made a call and replaced every coolant hose as it seemed every other trip something else went pop. Never had a single problem cooling wise again.

The one thing which does spring to mind, especially with the apparent poor heater flow is has the water pump been checked/changed?

I've seen them (especially where the coolant has been neglected) where the impeller blades have seriously rotted away...which could go a long way to explain why things are going wrong.

Also - radiator cap. Is it the right one for the car? They're usually only a few quid too so worth changing.

If it were my car I think I'd just change the remaining hoses and be done with it...there can't be many so a hose set shouldn't cost the earth, and at least you then *know* that it's a failure mode that should be ticked off the list.
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:28 AM

The man ^^^^ he makes sense .

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 07:52 AM

We had similar issues many years ago on a Cherry which had suffered a rather spectacular head gasket failure and overheating incident (things melted...).

Eventually we just made a call and replaced every coolant hose as it seemed every other trip something else went pop. Never had a single problem cooling wise again.

The one thing which does spring to mind, especially with the apparent poor heater flow is has the water pump been checked/changed?

I've seen them (especially where the coolant has been neglected) where the impeller blades have seriously rotted away...which could go a long way to explain why things are going wrong.

Also - radiator cap. Is it the right one for the car? They're usually only a few quid too so worth changing.

If it were my car I think I'd just change the remaining hoses and be done with it...there can't be many so a hose set shouldn't cost the earth, and at least you then *know* that it's a failure mode that should be ticked off the list.

Good shout about about the water pump. Mine sounded as if it was working but the impeller blades were not moving, just the shaft was spinning. That was on a Reliant.



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 07:57 AM

Brand new pump, and the rate water poured out when revved suggests it's working. I think you're right about hoses. Several of them feel soft. I need to get up and blast the coke out and see where we're at. I'm probably going to go to Kent in the Honda to be honest.
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#546 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:08 AM

Well, that would seem to have been successful!

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Heater now works, albeit still a little cooler than the Proton's furnace, and the car survived a 30-mile drive with no problems. Perhaps I'll brave it for this long trip after all.


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:46 AM

Did you decant the cola back into the bottle and give it to the local school as a raffle prize?


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:53 AM

Did you decant the cola back into the bottle and give it to the local school as a raffle prize?

 

Er, no. 


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 12:52 PM

Here is a wee Scottish tune for you :)

 


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 07:15 AM

Latest video, for the fizzy heater fix. Also contains tortured thrust bearing.


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 01:26 PM

Glad it seems to be looking up! I find with most of the old cars I buy that they're at the point of being in need of a good dose of tlc to bring them back round to being reliable again. I think this poor old Bluebird is just like that by the sound of it. A bit of love, some new parts and a good dose of use is just what they need.
I might steal your coke technique and try it on my Volvo as the heater in that isn't as good as it should be either.

I say drive it down to Sussex and see how it goes! I'm in Hampshire if you get stuck at this end but I'm sure it'll be fine.
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Posted 21 September 2017 - 05:57 PM

Sussex has been reached. No problem, bar an engine mounting coming loose. A few seconds to wind it back in.
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Posted Yesterday, 10:09 AM

Gorgeous but cool morning in Sussex. Heater performance definitely warm rather than hot, but that's still better than cold!

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Posted Yesterday, 02:48 PM

Now some pics. On our mammoth journey yesterday, this is the only pic I took. QUALITY

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So, today, I went to a garden centre.

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Then I went to do some 'work.' I only got to drive one of these cars though. 

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The clutch is still howling on anything but the most gentle of pull-offs, though it's ok, as the new clutch kit arrived on the day we left, so I have it in the boot. I'm sure The AA can fit it roadside if needs be yeah?

 

Tomorrow, it's off to Herne Bay to camp out before the Oh So Retro Show on Sunday, where the Bluebird will be part of a spectacular gathering of Datsuns and Nissans.


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