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#121 OFFLINE   phil_lihp

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 01:06 PM

I found a little bit of paperwork with the car, although most of the history, if it ever existed, is gone.  I have the owner's manual, a Direct Line Rescue letter from 2001 and a handwritten receipt from Southern Garages who appear to have sold the car new, from 1991 for a belt, which is probably the one which is still in its packaging in the boot to this day.

 

The V5 came through and confirmed I am the second owner from new, so the previous chap owned it from new in 1991 until earlier this year, quite remarkable.  He covered just over 47,000 miles in that time and appears to have looked after the car well.  I know it was a 'he' because his name and address are on the letter - I googled it and found one result from a deceased estates public notification, sadly he passed away in July this year.  Although I guessed before that this was probably why it was up for sale, it was quite sad to read the public record and see confirmation - for some reason I feel particularly responsible now for making sure this little car is preserved for future owners.  It definitely deserves to be kept going.


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Posted 06 October 2018 - 01:09 PM

It’s probably the flexis dying internally, allowing fluid through under pressure, but not returning subsequently.

Or I’d suggest the servo too, but I don’t think it has one.

Short term, release the bleed nipple on the hot wheel, to allow a little fluid to escape. Then clamp that flexi closed with mole grips, cable tie out of the way.

Go for a drive ( brakes will pull, but not seize on)
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 01:12 PM

Excellent advice, thanks Nigel.  The flexi pipes could well be original so wouldn't hurt to change them - I hadn't thought of that.  There is indeed no servo, one of several reasons why the brakes are quite exciting after driving a modern.  Once funds allow, she'll get a full brake overhaul front and rear, should make it a bit less terrifying to drive!



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Posted 06 October 2018 - 01:14 PM

Replace them all, if ( as I suspect) 1 is dying, they are all terminal.

It’s quite a common problem on cars of this era, often leading owners to spend fortunes on callipers, pads, discs etc.

It’s a cheap fix, and eliminates the cheapest possible.
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 01:15 PM

A quick bit of Googling suggest the dealer is long defunct, there's a number of used car dealers on London Road in Hook but no SEAT dealer any more.



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Posted 06 October 2018 - 01:16 PM

Replace them all, if ( as I suspect) 1 is dying, they are all terminal.

It’s quite a common problem on cars of this era, often leading owners to spend fortunes on callipers, pads, discs etc.

It’s a cheap fix, and eliminates the cheapest possible.

 

Thank you, yes I've been there with my Jag XJ40, same issue with collapsed flexi pipes which looked fine from the outside but were causing some quite terrifyingly wayward braking habits.  They will all get replaced once monies allow.



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Posted 06 October 2018 - 01:22 PM

T’aint dear. Mk1 Panda ones will be the same, and cheap on thiefbay
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 03:39 PM

You can do a full brake rebuild for under a ton, including calipers & master, nothing mechanical is expensive on them, it sounds like it`d be a worthwhile investment on yours now.

Drum-wise, the handbrake levers are a problem, they rust & seize, solid sometimes. You can take them out, attack the mating surfaces with a wire wheel, rotating them as you go, & smear them with copper grease after. Expect to do this every 2-4 years. Shoes make a huge difference to braking effort too, do them when you do the slave cylinders, as, despite yours looking new, the brake fluid will be well soaked in by now. They`re only about a tenner off the bay, as are a pair of slaves, & hoses can be had for about £15-20 a set (check the length of the fronts, they vary). Handbrake turns will then be a piece of cake.

This is one of my Mk2 Uno`s, the same setup, most small Fiats/ pre VW Seats of the last 30 years have been virtually identical:

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 06:14 PM

Thanks, that's very helpful. Brake shoes are high on the list as the current ones are completely soaked in fluid. They'll be changed at the same time as the cylinders.
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Posted 13 October 2018 - 04:04 PM

Today's progress was limited to a wash, polish and a liberal smearing of this on the perforated exhaust:

 

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I guessed at £4 it was worth a shot, the system looks fine otherwise so seems mad to bin the whole pipe and silencer for the sake of a hole smaller than a 5p.  We'll see if it makes a difference - I think it might benefit from being reinforced with some exhaust repair bandage but my local Halfords didn't have any in stock.

 

The other day I also took the sunroof apart and cleaned up the hinges and rubber seal with some WD40.  It looks like an aftermarket job, made by Webasto, I'd be a bit surprised if these came with one as standard.  The screws holding the hinges on were loose when I took them out, it certainly looks like it's sitting flatter now and it's been a week since with quite a lot of rain and so far the interior has remained dry so I'm calling that fixed.  It was a much easier job than it's going to be to remove all the duct tape residue from the roof which is from a previous 'repair'.  Why don't people just fix these things properly in the first place, it would have taken nearly as long to tape it up as it did to sort the actual problem.

 

Last but not least, a very quick wipe over with some Super Resin Polish has restored the paintwork a little, it really needs a proper cut and wax but it certainly looks better (and blue-er) now.  Stanky will also be pleased to note that I oiled the door hinges so the driver's door no longer sounds like a prop from the Addams family.

 

Next job: brakes.  Watch this space.


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Posted 13 October 2018 - 06:27 PM

Stanky will also be pleased to note that I oiled the door hinges so the driver's door no longer sounds like a prop from the Addams family.

 

 

You could have recorded the noise and sold it to Hammer Films as a new 'stock' sound for coffins opening! 

 

Edit to add - I know its cliched, but a beer can with the top and bottom cut off, a good slather of gun gum and two jubilee clips really does make a very effective repair for exhaust pipes. Where is the hole? Is it on straight pipe or a joint?


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Posted 13 October 2018 - 06:45 PM

Unfortunately it's right where the rearmost hanger is welded on so I can't sleeve it, otherwise I would.  I'm hopeful that the gum and a bit of bandaging will at least quieten it down a bit, it sounds like it has no exhaust at all at the moment.

 

Also just noticed that the MOT is up on 2nd November so I'd better pull my finger out and get on with those brakes...






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