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Zel's Motoring Adventures...Lada, Citroen, Sinclair, AC Model 70 - Second (half an) Invacar Has Arrived...


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#361 ONLINE   PhilA

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 12:56 AM

Sounds a little like a VW Beetle flasher unit.
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#362 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 09:41 PM

Gave the Lada its first proper wash of the year. Meaning actually blasting all the moss out of the gutters, window seals, fish the pine needles out of the heater intake etc...

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Poor thing desperately needs a good polish and wax though. Oh, and the new wings fitted.

I've got a new Riva badge for the rear wing to replace the broken one too.

Really need to get an older style grill for it too, not a fan of the body colour ones that were fitted in the 90s.
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Posted 18 June 2018 - 09:40 PM

Trailer has definitely been earning it's keep! Probably had 20 or so trips and a good couple of tonnes of stuff taken to the recycling centre. Why I didn't get one sooner I've no idea.

Visiting a local place tomorrow to get a quote for a stainless exhaust for the Lada, will see what they say. Looking to get a few quotes before committing to anything there, then will pick one based on a combination of the general vibe I get and review data. Price (unless silly) won't actually be a major factor.

In other news, trying very, very hard not to buy a camper van that I really really really really really really want. It's maddening, it's pretty much absolutely the perfect van I'd have been looking for, based on the right vehicle, is bloody local and well priced. But I've no room at the inn and the family would kill me.

It would have to take over "general local runaround" duties from the Activa...and I think I'd have a hard time selling that as a fair trade.

...even if it would probably save me on fuel!

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 09:47 PM

What sort of price wpuld you expect to pay for a stainless exhaust these days? My 404 needs some bits replacing and I'm wondering if it might be worth having the entire system from the manifold back remade in stainless so I never have to worry about it again...

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#365 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 09:59 PM

It varies massively based both on length and complexity.

In the case of the Lada I'm hoping that it will be £400 or less as it's just from the cat back (which is about where the front expansion box would normally be, so a good 1/3rd of the way along the system), and it's a really simple system.

I reckon I'm going to have to specifically ask them *not* to route it tidily...the exhaust on the Riva was a good 6" clear of the floor in several places when it left the factory.

Main reason I'm going for stainless here is that the correct tailpipe for the estate is hard to find now. Saloon one fits just fine, but I know it's wrong and it bugs me! The correct estate one has an S shaped section at the very end (not unlike on the River SD1 - just without the upward twist), whereas the saloon one just comes straight out from the silencer.

This is the correct exhaust for a Riva Estate:

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Whereas this is the rear silencer you usually end up with...

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Even more annoying is that I've ordered a few now, which are correct in the diagram on the website, but they then supplied the wrong one, as the system seems them to be interchangeable.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:55 PM

Decided to drag the Invacar out today. It had been running poorly since is last ingested sludge from the bottom of my (now removed) temporary fuel tank.

So I cleaned out the fuel pump screen, all the lines, and then took all the jets out of the carb for cleaning (not forgetting the one hiding in the oil filler corner of the bottom of the float bowl), and while they were out thoroughly blasting through all the passages with carb cleaner.

Glad to report that with it reassembled it's running lovely. However is lacking brakes again as the fluid has all leaked out the one dodgy wheel cylinder, so my experimenting with the newfound power was limited. I can report that with ancient cross-ply tyres that have long since turned to plastic, half the weight missing and a binding front brake, that wheelspin was indeed possible in reverse. I didn't try forwards as that was A: downhill and B: towards the garage.

It also decided to smoke like a stone cold Deltic for the first few minutes, so I reckon I may in time need to look at the valve stem oil seals. Only seems to be an issue if it's not been run for more than a week or two, so honestly not too bothered. May well clear up once it's getting a bit of regular use anyway.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:17 PM

Ah yes. If I leave mine idling for a few minutes, it produces a lovely cloud of blue when I pull away!


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#368 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 09:13 PM

I've not seen any indication of oily smoke after idling, though we'll see how that goes once it's actually in use. So far it's only been shuffling around the driveway obviously.

In other news...collection mission on tomorrow! Details will follow once things are underway - and as opportunity to post updates happen obviously. I'll largely be driving, so they might be limited until I'm back home.
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Posted Yesterday, 08:44 AM

Step one!

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Posted Yesterday, 10:20 AM

Part 2!

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Posted Yesterday, 10:24 PM

Had to wait until getting back home due to having spent a significant chunk of time in the Land of no Phone Signal.

 

Part 3.  Brief stop to obtain liquid sustainance and sugar.

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Ended up taking the scenic route...and oh...my...lord...was it scenic.

 

Some of the most beautiful scenery I've seen in years... definitely gives Grampian a run for its money.

 

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Couldn't resist snapping the obligatory vehicle in transit shot... potential brochure material for Enterprise!

 

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Half an hour or so later, I arrived at my destination, and after backing down a pretty tight driveway proving to myself A: that I still remembered a few things, B: that a banksman who knows last what they're doing is bloody invaluable and makes it a stressless process and C: that I still bloody hate vehicles with hill hold assistance!  Maybe I *want* to leave it in neutral and just gently roll down the hill FFS!

 

Then the fun really started...

 

This doesn't look at all dodgy does it!

 

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In fairness it was actually a lot less dodgy than it looked.

 

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It's light enough (though still "heavy enough") that this slightly haphazard loading approach worked just fine in the absence of an actual set of ramps.

 

So...how well does an Invacar fit in a Transit?

 

Pretty much perfectly as it turns out!

 

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That bungee you can see is just holding the doors from flapping around by the way, there are ratchet straps holding the car in place on both rear wheels.  That bungee is purely flapping prevention, not actual vehicle securing.

 

 

Getting it out was far easier, especially once we had the idea of slipping a ladder underneath the front, then it was a simple matter of carrying it out till the rear wheels were just at the edge, then moved to the back and lifted it out of the van.  Steel plate was slipped under the (siezed) front wheel and it was just pushed into a corner for the night.

 

Sorry...pitch dark by this point!

 

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Tomorrow first order of business just as when KPL arrived will be to blast every square inch of it with detergent and the pressure washer to start to put together a to do list.

 

Realistically, most likely the running gear from KPL will be going into this one...as the missing or dodgy parts on here are an almost perfect match for what's decent on mine...

 

Watch this space!

 

Big thanks to DW for making this possible of course.

 

After this is all done, we'll have the chassis and shell from mine...I still reckon that could be a cracking base for something crazy...


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Posted Yesterday, 10:35 PM

This doesn't look at all dodgy does it!

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Looks like you're fly tipping it!
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Posted Today, 07:39 AM

Glad you got back safely! Fun to think that TWC and TP will meet again next month. Good luck with the revival!


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Posted Today, 10:03 AM

Here's the photo I was trying to take yesterday evening.

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So...first orders of business: wash, free off front brake so we can move it easily, then see where we are.
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Posted Today, 10:07 AM

You'll find access to the front wheel is made much easier if you chop off the front bodywork.

 

No, wait...


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Posted Today, 10:22 AM

You'll find access to the front wheel is made much easier if you chop off the front bodywork.
 
No, wait...


Funny you should mention that, I'm sure I remember seeing one where someone had done that...sounds a great idea!

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Posted Today, 10:36 AM

... especially with the pass threshold having been reduced to 0.2%CO in May...trying to get it under 0.3% with the carb setup was always hard enough. Last one was 0.297%!

 

I can haz confusion, I'm sure when my Mondy passed its MOT after 20 May, it read on the limit 0.3%...

 

Great work you do on your cars. Fascinating stuff, even though I admit some over my head.


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