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#80461 OFFLINE   Simonsays

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Posted Today, 02:27 PM

Spent most of yesterday with the MX-5 up on ramps wire brushing the surface rust off everything and then coating almost everything with Dynax UB. All went well and the underside now looks cared for and a nice waxy blackish brown instead of just orange rust. No actual rot was apparent although I initially feared the worst. A horrible job though.
Grumpy because I felt very peculiar whilst clearing up the tools/drive/ramps etc. Really exhausted and wierd thumping sensation in my chest.
My heartbeat was all over the place, fast, then slow with missed beats, talk about scary! Never happened before. It took around three hours to return to normal and was frightening.
Anyway, just out of interest I looked up the H and S data on Dynax UB....... Should have been more careful and worn a mask I guess. Too much exposure to fumes. One side effect being cardiac arrhythmia apparently. Be careful folks!attachicon.gifimage.png

Get yourself to the quacks for a service and MOT. Best not to prevaricate where the old ticker is concerned
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#80462 ONLINE   vulgalour

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Posted Today, 02:53 PM

Princess randomly conked out on me in the middle of a roundabout today.  Just... dead.  Cranked it over to try and get it go and managed to flood it.  Had a good poke around to try and find an issue while it un-flooded, tried to start again with foot to the floor and it shuddered back into life.  Limped it home and popped the distributor cap off after checking for anything loose and found the cap is nice and clean but the rotor arm is quite dark and the points have a sheen of oil on them with very dull faces.

 

So... I guess that means a seal in the distributor is leaking and oil is fouling the spark which is also what's causing the occasional misfire that manifested itself at the recent North Shields meet and so plagued Dollywobbler's attempts to drive it.  I can genuinely find nothing else amiss, once it's cooled down enough I'll pull the plugs and have a look at those but I'm not expecting anything untoward in all honesty.

 

EDIT:  cleaned up the rotor arm and the points and the misfire went away, then slowly started to return so I guess I'm on the lookout for relevant seals for the distributor now.  In before "fit electronic ignition, it'll save you loads of grief".



#80463 OFFLINE   alcyonecorporation

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Posted Today, 03:13 PM

Deeply pissed off with the DVLA, which sent a pre-dated demand for payment by second class post.

For a cock up it caused, then refused to back down about it.

Simple, boys, I don't have it. Not this month. Go and mither someone else. It's something else every fucking week.

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#80464 OFFLINE   oldcars

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Posted Today, 04:04 PM

One of my wife's friends passes away yesterday. Really young as well. Got me thinking life's to short pissing about fixing old crap. New caravan on the way and i can see the 75 being binned too.


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#80465 OFFLINE   iainrcz

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Posted Today, 04:28 PM

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#80466 ONLINE   Supernaut

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Posted Today, 05:13 PM

Whilst having your knuckles sliced to fucking ribbons.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2018082...

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Aye, cheers. Not like I wanted to eat any of that bolognese I've got simmering on the hob right now!







Nah, I grew up on a farm. Will take more than that to put me off my food. Still, what the hell did you do?

#80467 OFFLINE   DodgeRover

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Posted Today, 05:18 PM

Still having motivational problems regarding shite fixage and its slowly eating into the fleet.....Minor has barely turned a wheel since a fuck ton of welding back in June. I have ordered and got the new master cylinder and associated piping but I know the old one will be a cunt to extract. Basically, the bolts are held in by the torsion bars to stop them "falling" out, so replacing what is after all basically a service item should* involve suspension dismantlage. It won't - it will involve a big fuck off pry bar. Will still be a cunt, though.

So, I greased the Cowley yesterday which thankless task was fully rewarded with finding a split in the offside steering rack gaiter wider, blacker and greasier than Janet Pulborough's fanny at Tech college. So that's more steering-related dismantling. Not by me, though, its going in for that - splitting 60 year old ball joints is no longer on my list of day-off pleasures.

I got the Fiesta Ghia back out of the lock-up to use for work until Cowley fixage occurs and remembered that the fucking ABS light hasn't gone out for about 120 miles and the MOT is due next month. Which is now only 12 days away. And I have just waved Mrs Rocker off to her keep fit class only to hear the 190E aux belt fucking whinnying again.

I fired up Auto Trader this morning to have a gander at local shite for sale and that has finally destroyed my will to live. Well, my will to buy another old car anyway. What an unremitting parade of bloated fucking warning-light-ridden Mr & Mrs McDonald-munching dog-faced slopy-fronted resale-silver Halfords hub-capped cup-holding pig shit that was. Where are all the £750 Dolomites, Granadas and Datsuns now?

Even my previous route of buying another bit of old shite instead of fixing the first one now seems to involve £2000. Which would seriously improve any one of the cars I do actually own, I suppose.


ABS warning light not operating is pass and advise if it was to fall out.
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#80468 OFFLINE   PhilA

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Posted Today, 05:22 PM

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Why do people consider that even remotely acceptable to do?

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#80469 OFFLINE   alcyonecorporation

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Posted Today, 05:30 PM

Deeply pissed off with the DVLA, which sent a pre-dated demand for payment by second class post.

For a cock up it caused, then refused to back down about it.

Simple, boys, I don't have it. Not this month. Go and mither someone else. It's something else every fucking week.


Complaint rescinded.
Managed to get through to someone who was able to sort things out; on a payment plan to sort it out.
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#80470 ONLINE   BorniteIdentity

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Posted Today, 05:42 PM

Excuse me for asking if it’s personal, but how do you get on a payment plan with DVLA? Continuing to use a vehicle when a DD has failed?

Genuinely interested, but appreciate it might be something you wish not to discuss. I’d never heard of such a scheme.

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#80471 OFFLINE   Mr_Bo11ox

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Posted Today, 05:45 PM

I just imagined a DVLA payment scheme whereby you send them a cheque for £FUCKRIGHTOFF once a month for 10 years
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Posted Today, 06:26 PM

Turns out BEKO washing machines are made out of metal so sharp you only have to catch your hand on it and you've got claret pouring everywhere. Good job Plenty kitchen paper is absorbent.

Still, it's fixed now. Probably until it happens again!

Aye, cheers. Not like I wanted to eat any of that bolognese I've got simmering on the hob right now!







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