So I've been absent from here for a bit owing to some personal issues. With that dealt with I have now re-found my shite mojo and will be contributing regularly again.
The £150 pug's MOT expired at the start of January and it had been languishing in the lockup. The most obvious issue requiring attention was the non functioning handbrake. Up on stands and a quick gander revealed a snapped handbrake cable. The handbrake cable is in three parts, one from the lever and one to each wheel through a compensating bracket thingymajig.
I bought the two required cables and set to replacing them. Rear lifted and the red fleet support vehicle 405 on hand with tools.
As you can imagine, access was claustrophobic with the rear up on axle stands. I got the old cables out fairly easily. At this point Mr 320T turned up to collect vegetal and lend a hand. It was much needed as routing the cable up through the floor was an absolute bastard with four hands, nevermind two. With the hard bit done, I connected everything up, adjusted the drivers side drum brake and re-assembled.
With it's arse still in the air all seemed fine, handbrake locked both wheels.
A quick check round revealed no other obvious MOT nasties, save for a non functioning indicator. Obviously, when I removed the lens the plastic holding it to the wing disintegrated. A quality* repair with indicator lens repair tape and super glue was implemented. Good as new*.
So it went in for it's test and promptly failed on the handbrake. Home, jacked up again and sure enough, the wheel I hadn't changed the cable for had no resistance at all, not sure if the cable had stretched or something. Either way, I changed the cable in question and with assistance from Brothers Touring, we got everything adjusted up properly.
In for it's retest this morning.... pass!
Now lowering the tone of the work car park;
Quite satisfying, as it was probably destined for the scrappy but seems a fundamentally good car. It rides superbly, much better than the red one in fact. I think the red one may need new dampers. Will now be pressed into service.
The battery seems royally fucked but is only a year and a half old. Got the receipt so going back to halfords to chance my arm.