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#48121 OFFLINE   cros

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:35 PM

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I had a job for the Morris on Saturday which meant sampling our Capital's roads, and they have deteriorated noticeably in the last few months; potholes you could lose a Reliant in now.
Coming back late on Saturday night the car kept up a noisey 60, but turning into my road there was a bit extra noise and a bit less power.
I've just had a look and the 2 rear cylinders are down on compression. The £7 arsehole-inspection camera revealed nothing too horrible so my diagnosis is that the head gasket blew out between the cylinders.
When I rebuilt the engine I used an old style copper one, so I'll have to replace it and remember to tighten the head down or splash out on a composite gasket.
I'm thinking of selling this car when its fixed. The reason is novel, a couple of owls have moved into a box above where it lives, and they keep shitting over it.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 02:21 PM

The Pioneer DEH-P77MP is a lovely designed piece of kit:

 

https://www.pioneer-car.eu/de/sites/pion...

 

alas they're a mid-2000s unit, scarce and go for good money.

 

 

My personal choice is the Sony CDX-GT24:

 

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/...

 

more subtle than this picture suggests (you can set the display to just a clock), easy to get hold of, and only worth about £20. Sounds absolutely wonderful too.

 

Similar to what is in our 1990 MB 200TE

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 02:22 PM

Very similar! They're really good units, Kenwoods are good too.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 02:46 PM

Just to confirm, there's a trace of fluid on the dipstick (at all of the marked levels, and it looks clear-coloured rather than the Dexron's red) when the gearbox is stone cold. But when the engine and gearbox are warm, the dipstick appears "dry". That suggests to me that it's all going somewhere, but exactly where it's going is a mystery. The fluid tell-tale trace should be staying on the dipstick. And there's still no trace of a pool on the ground. I'm inclined to pour in even more Dexron III, but that means I'll probably overfill the gearbox, which is not good either.


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I ran the thing for about a minute, as recommended, and saw that the fluid was already disappearing. Still think it shouldn't run dry when warmed up. I'll give it another go tomorrow to make sure I'm not going mad.
Reason I'm going a bit paranoid about fluid levels is because I notice that the gearbox slips (and the engine revs go up) at about 2000rpm, rather like a Variomatic that's got loose bands.


Your fluid level is low. Very low. The high revving is because the torque converter is not full, and hence it "slips" badly.

Get some fluid in it. It should be roughly at the mark when hot, after a drive. Go through ALL the selection points (even 2 and 1) three times to completely fill the valve chest with fluid, then select park and check the level with the engine running. If it's low, fill.

With the engine off for some time, you can expect the level to be significantly above the full marker.. like 30-50mm maybe.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:28 PM

I need a set of tyres for the Scimitar, there a 185 R14 and the current ones are all about 15/20 years old and are as hard has nails, have zero grip and the rears have no tread left.

 

Anybody got any ideas I want these but there just tooooo much money really.

 

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https://www.tyrelead...-r14-91h-827992

 

So might have to go for these?? 

 

What's the thoughts??

 

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:38 PM

Nankang should be alright I'd have thought.  Some of the other stuff from the list have quality* names...Achilles and Joyroad for example, bound to be shit!


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:41 PM

Proper poo. Noticed the rust on the inside of the passenger door on the Fiesta is a lot worse than it was before winter.

All the seal stuff has come off now and the metal is just falling apart. Luckily though the door skin is OK. No way I can weld it so it'll just have to be bodged :-(

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:22 PM

The Pioneer DEH-P77MP is a lovely designed piece of kit:

https://www.pioneer-car.eu/de/sites/pion...

alas they're a mid-2000s unit, scarce and go for good money.


My personal choice is the Sony CDX-GT24:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/...

more subtle than this picture suggests (you can set the display to just a clock), easy to get hold of, and only worth about £20. Sounds absolutely wonderful too.

I really really like that pioneer. I like subtle stereos, in my youth I was guilty of fitting all sorts of (literally) dazzling look at me stereos to whatever pile of tosh I was driving but I've seen the light now and much prefer something that looks a tad classier, and factory if possible.

The standard "audio 10" in the w203 sounds tremendously well. I'm not sure if that's down to the unit itself, the speakers or both. I'd hate to replace it with something that ruins the sound quality but I'd like to be able to stream music noise from my phone via the blue teeth....

I'd also like handsfree so that I don't have to keep pulling over to answer calls (ahem) but I've an old parrot kit here I might fit if I could be holed

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:29 PM

Your fluid level is low. Very low. The high revving is because the torque converter is not full, and hence it "slips" badly.Get some fluid in it. It should be roughly at the mark when hot, after a drive. Go through ALL the selection points (even 2 and 1) three times to completely fill the valve chest with fluid, then select park and check the level with the engine running. If it's low, fill.With the engine off for some time, you can expect the level to be significantly above the full marker.. like 30-50mm maybe.


I got home early from work to do the 1-minute dipstick test again, as suggested. It is low. Feckin' low. Is only just hitting the "min cold" notch on the dipstick. Looks like there's going to be a massive investment in more Dexron III this week.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 06:44 PM

Second attempt this evening at re-attaching the rear view mirror to the PTSD, which threw a hissy fit and fell off when I attached a rear view mirror dash cam module to it. 

 

Attempt #1 at the weekend epic fail. Bought the appropriate Loctite kit, drew a nice little outline on the outside of the screen of the original location, cleaned off as much as poss, and set to work putting the kit into action. Smear fishy smelling substance over mirror mount and smooth it out - check; cut out 'activation mesh' so it was the same shape as mount - check; prodded and poked so the glue came through the mesh - check; line up mirror to outline and hold it for a minute - check. Dropped straight off. Now I had a sticky mess on my windscreen and no rear view mirror.

 

Streetshite-d it to Halfrauds to buy a comedy temporary rear view mirror and another Loctite kit - the temp mirror was because I needed to give the PTSD a run in the countryside due to lack of use.

 

Bought some isopropanol yesterday - delivered this morning (eBay as well - not bad). Cleaned off the mount and the windscreen. Difference this time - er, actually unscrewing the mirror from the mount. What A Twat I Am.

 

Anyway, 2 minutes in and the mirror-less mount is still holding steady. Not gonna reattach the business end until tomoz

 

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 06:59 PM

I need a set of tyres for the Scimitar, there a 185 R14 and the current ones are all about 15/20 years old and are as hard has nails, have zero grip and the rears have no tread left.
 
Anybody got any ideas I want these but there just tooooo much money really.
 
https://cdn.tiresleader.com/static/img/t...
https://www.tyrelead...-r14-91h-827992
 
So might have to go for these?? 
 
What's the thoughts??
 
https://cdn.tiresleader.com/static/img/t...
 
https://www.tyrelead...0-r14-91t-40102


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You know what you have to buy......
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:08 PM

Princess Anne opened Hankooks new warehouse:

http://www.etyres.co...3511-13511.html

You know what you have to buy......

Ahahaha this is brilliant. Fit Hankooks by Royal decree

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:24 PM

Got home early from work decided I would remove the rear exhaust backbox from the focus and replace with the sportex one I had previously fitted before the MOT but it seems the centre section would not meet up with the rear box as they were the same diameter tube not perturbed I decided to rummage in the shed finds a piece of pipe roughly the same size chop off the smaller bore and badly welded on a larger sleeve and in the process decided to skin a few of my knuckles with the grinder guards are for wimps

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:52 PM

And THATS why we have H&S regs!

Hope that doesn't hurt too much!

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:59 PM

'guards are for wimps'? 

 

You got lucky.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:22 PM

Grinder guards also stop a million shards of disc sticking in your face if it shatters.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:01 PM

I've always had a 75 since 2011 - infact I'm on my 5th. Most of them have been daily drivers too - but every time I drive this thing... It's in another league. Despite its 108,000 miles it's the tightest & nicest to drive out of all my previous.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:20 PM

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I had a job for the Morris on Saturday which meant sampling our Capital's roads, and they have deteriorated noticeably in the last few months; potholes you could lose a Reliant in now.
Coming back late on Saturday night the car kept up a noisey 60, but turning into my road there was a bit extra noise and a bit less power.
I've just had a look and the 2 rear cylinders are down on compression. The £7 arsehole-inspection camera revealed nothing too horrible so my diagnosis is that the head gasket blew out between the cylinders.
When I rebuilt the engine I used an old style copper one, so I'll have to replace it and remember to tighten the head down or splash out on a composite gasket.
I'm thinking of selling this car when its fixed. The reason is novel, a couple of owls have moved into a box above where it lives, and they keep shitting over it.

 

Did you anneal it before use and retorque it after 500 or so miles?

 

I'd lift the head, check for any reason it blew, anneal the gasket & put it all back again.



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 03:12 AM

Did you anneal it before use and retorque it after 500 or so miles?
 
I'd lift the head, check for any reason it blew, anneal the gasket & put it all back again.


It would be good if I could remember, definitely didn't anneal it before use , it was new though!
In the olden days I would have tightened it down after less than 500 miles, its the double layer copper sort.
The head was skimmed so I don't think there's anything untoward there, waterworks are fine too.
I've rebuilt and run 2 A series in recent years (1275 in a Minor and 1100 in an A35) Both got quality composite gaskets, neither received any further attention and covered lots of miles happily.
An 1100 engine has to work quite a bit harder in this car, its about a ton and not exactly aerodynamic. I had a 5 speed box in the Minor and a 3.9 diff in the A35. The 10 has a 5.3:1 axle, so not a recipe for relaxed cruising, it does have 16" wheels though.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:50 AM

Moved house yesterday. Attempted to use this:
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Which was great, but tiny. So bit the bullet and used this:
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You know what, it wasn't bad at all. Bloody quick and it swallowed everything. And brown!
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:57 AM

Friggin hell. I've just come to the toilet for a break from doing some work on a mess of a pension scheme and I sit down and see that Avis van which is one of the sections of the scheme I'm trying to sort.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:23 AM

Had a visit to a local Car museum today (Motorlife Museum, Wollongong) and had a long wander around. Sorry for lack of photos, too busy drooling on everything!

Next thing I know I'm chatting to one of the volunteers and he asked what cars I liked, BL I replied, Well he said "come have a look at these"

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"You want them?"
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I have no idea how the Maxi stuff got here, they were never sold in Oz!
The Force 7V is quite a rare one as BL Oz went bust before it went into production, but the books had already been printed, and about 100 somehow found their way to the public. Now I finally have one!

Also, I stupidly checked gumtree in the local area for freebies (as I do) and I stumbled upon this

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"No rust, free to a good home"

Next thing I know I'm shoving it in the back seat of my mate's Lexus. Now I have a spare wing, just in case.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:26 AM

Friggin hell. I've just come to the toilet for a break from doing some work on a mess of a pension scheme and I sit down and see that Avis van which is one of the sections of the scheme I'm trying to sort.


I can be traveling in some random location with my wife and she will suddenly state. 'I do their pensions', she works on a Aon investment team.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:41 AM

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:59 AM

I've been on the look out for 626 doors ever since RobT(?) originally got it!


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 09:08 AM

I've been on the look out for 626 doors ever since RobT(?) originally got it!


Gudd gudd m8... Plenty sold in OZ ?? :/

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:10 AM

Not really, but there are still plenty hanging about in fields and yards.

 

Old bangers tend to stay on the road longer here as they don't tend to rust as much.


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:12 AM

It would be good if I could remember, definitely didn't anneal it before use , it was new though!
In the olden days I would have tightened it down after less than 500 miles, its the double layer copper sort.
The head was skimmed so I don't think there's anything untoward there, waterworks are fine too.
I've rebuilt and run 2 A series in recent years (1275 in a Minor and 1100 in an A35) Both got quality composite gaskets, neither received any further attention and covered lots of miles happily.
An 1100 engine has to work quite a bit harder in this car, its about a ton and not exactly aerodynamic. I had a 5 speed box in the Minor and a 3.9 diff in the A35. The 10 has a 5.3:1 axle, so not a recipe for relaxed cruising, it does have 16" wheels though.

 

 

I've always been told to re-anneal them before use even when new. It seems they re-harden slowly on the shelf from what I've been told.

 

Having said that the only place I've used one (about half a dozen times on the same gasket now) is my Triumph Bonnie but that does get used properly when working.


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:33 PM

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"No rust, free to a good home"

Next thing I know I'm shoving it in the back seat of my mate's Lexus. Now I have a spare wing, just in case.

 

 

 

That would look good on the wall in my front room.

I'll have word with the wife.

What do you reckon postage would be :)


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:39 PM

Can you hear the strange noise coming from the works ford galaxy

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