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#31 OFFLINE   Yoss

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:02 PM

Aha, I've been waiting for this. Well done.

Mine goes rather well for what it is. The lighter hatchback body and a whopping 61hp from the carburettored 136 engine. Percentagewise 61 is quite a lot more than 54. I can only imagine what a 67bhp one is like.

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:15 PM

Most importantly... How is the clock?

 

Oh the clock! how could I forget!

 

dollywobblers reaction to the Tesla branded clock made me grin no end 

 

because Tesla was a major lightbulb manufacture in Czechoslovakia  :mrgreen:

 

they made many interesting lightbulbs, sadly I dont have any examples in my collection but I do hope to get some at some point :)

 

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:22 PM

There is a slight clunk from the front end that I need to investigate. I thought it might be an ARB drop link, but then discovered it doesn't have anti-roll bars! That explains why the doorhandles were in danger. I would like to sort the gauges out as well. Temp overreads, fuel just doesn't update and odo doesn't work.

Possibly lower arm ball joint, replacements bolt on unless you do the whole arm, require the rivets drilling out.

Changed one on a Felicia the other day. I opted for just doing the ball joints as a mate had told me he previously had issues with the lower arm rear bush mount captive nut spinning within the chassis leg/floor on his felicia. So I left well alone.

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:37 PM

This is an ace little car. I had a drive of it a few weeks ago.

 

I hope it isn't pending HGF on this.

 

Cannabis smell. They want to drive round this way, if you can't smell weed from a car then the car belongs to a nun, priest or me. The stench whilst driving locally is pretty bloody bad. Nice of them to flash the blues for a piccie though :)


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:49 PM

HG issues are well, well within DW's ability to sort at home so long as the head is flat.

 

Even I managed to get the head off in less than an hour on this engine.  Probably easier in the Favorit as the engine is more accessible.

 

The only thing that's liable to be a pain would be separating the manifold to downpipe joint depending on what type of joint it is.


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:51 PM

I had a Favorit GLXi hatch some years ago.  Admittedly it was the sporting* 67bhp version, but I found it a thoroughly pleasant thing to drive, and I don't recall the steering being particularly heavy either.



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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:04 AM

I had an enjoyable spell in a Favorit Lxe that I bought as a stopgap car at auction in the early noughties. It didn't endear itself to my ex missus when the alternator packed in returning from her birthday meal one year.... but other than that and a slightly rattly timing chain it was a reliable and fun steer. Personally I did find the steering heavy compared to the 205 I was also using at the time, but it was perfectly livable with.
Regarding the Police incident.. I would check to see if the car has got a previous Police mark on it. 10 years back I bought a vandal damaged 306 from a salvage yard. I repaired the car but was constantly being stopped by the Cops for no real reason especially at dusk or later. I did some digging and low and behold I found out it had a police mark on it from its shady former life. It might just be the case with the Skoda in a distant past ownership.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 06:39 AM

Dodgy drug dealing Skoda lol.


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 07:13 AM

Mine goes rather well for what it is. The lighter hatchback body and a whopping 61hp from the carburettored 136 engine. Percentagewise 61 is quite a lot more than 54. I can only imagine what a 67bhp one is like.

 

The 67 is pretty nippy 0-30mph for sure.

 

I've moaned about the steering too, it's ok really, just doesn't reflect the otherwise 'light' feeling of the car. It's fine in most situations, but parallel parking on a busy road in a small place is a bit of a chore.


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 07:35 AM

Only on Autoshite could you be considering replacing a Rover with a Citroen C5 Estate and come away with a Skoda Felicia...

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 07:57 AM

Steering is fine. It's obviously heavy at parking speeds, but you barely notice the lack of assistance once under way.
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 10:17 AM

Here's another photo of it looking good on steelies.

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I did note that several people refused to be overtaken by a Skoda on the M6. Darkness fell and made life much easier!


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 10:28 AM

Here's another photo of it looking good on steelies.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtevfVuXgAEE...

I did note that several people refused to be overtaken by a Skoda on the M6. Darkness fell and made life much easier!

Yep, I get that regularly with the Lada too.

What really bugs me is when they refuse to be overtaken, yet as soon as I slot back in behind them, they slow right down again...WHY?!?

Looks like that should scrub up a treat.
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 10:36 AM

A mate has a mechanically gr8 but cosmetically grim 1.9SDI Diesel Felatio estate. About a 2002, I think. White, not MOT'd or anything.

 

 

I think £150 would buy it. The engine and box are worth that alone.

 

Re; overheating problems on that Skoda OHV mill; another mate has a 2002 Estate with that engine and the electric fans and fan switches are shite. I bodged* his so the fan comes on with the ignition and it was fine after that. IIRC they have an alloy block but an iron head. Correct?


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 10:47 AM

As most Dyfed-Powys coppers have probably only ever seen a black person on telly, hair profiling is the next best thing to racial profiling.
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 10:50 AM

Nice work, but I still think the previous owner should have paid you more than £700 to take it.


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 11:12 AM

The huuuuge headlights give it a mildly startled look, quite endearing really. 


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 11:16 AM



Re; overheating problems on that Skoda OHV mill; another mate has a 2002 Estate with that engine and the electric fans and fan switches are shite. I bodged* his so the fan comes on with the ignition and it was fine after that. IIRC they have an alloy block but an iron head. Correct?

 

I believe the engines used in everything post Estelle were 135/6 based, so have the alloy head.

 

Probably makes them far easier to manhandle out of the car as the layout of the Estelle engine makes it very determined to tip itself upside down.  A feature I'm so well familiar with courtesy of clutch release bearings made of cheese.


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 12:49 PM

They seemed mostly confused. Like many border guards this summer...

 

It would have been perfect if they'd been in an Octavia VRS estate!


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 01:05 PM

One of the last of the proper Skodai, really like it. 

 

That is very much a car and nothing more which is quite endearing. 


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 01:19 PM

Re; overheating problems on that Skoda OHV mill; another mate has a 2002 Estate with that engine and the electric fans and fan switches are shite. I bodged* his so the fan comes on with the ignition and it was fine after that. IIRC they have an alloy block but an iron head. Correct?


Ally top and bottom.

Regarding the fan switch, they fail alot and come on at 96° iirc.

Mother-rews Felicia overheated in airport traffic due to the fan being seized due to lack of use (short journey car)

So I fitted a ford Granada fan switch that kicks the fan in around 85°, keeping the fan unseized and helping to keep the temp down.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:12 PM

Ah. Just checked the oil and the dipstick was bone dry! A litre of oil has it back up to the top mark. Oops. I should have done a better job of checking the level when I bought it - I just looked, saw some oil and didn't bother doing a wipe and recheck...


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:23 PM

my workmate have a favourite when they were modern? he said that care is needed with the switches as it was possible to poke a digit right through them


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:25 PM

Ah. Just checked the oil and the dipstick was bone dry! A litre of oil has it back up to the top mark. Oops. I should have done a better job of checking the level when I bought it - I just looked, saw some oil and didn't bother doing a wipe and recheck...

 

typical motoring journo- no mechanical sympathy!  :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:43 PM

The engine is indeed all ally and physically tiny as I'm sure DW will confirm soon with a nice picture of the engine bay. Lovely spacious engine bay.

The 1.6 Felicia is an iron block and ally head because VAGshite. Which is why anti roll bars are considered a necessity though as I think you've discovered they would be useful on the Fav too. I think the ARB would go straight on the Fav though you'd have to drill mounting holes. Ideally find a scrap 1.6 Felly and swap over the complete front suspension subframe. It's something I keep thinking about but 1.6 (or diesel because also iron VAGshite) are also pretty rare now.


There is a Favorit at the Skoda museum (I've only seen pictures, I haven't been there yet) with Skoda's own design of all alloy 1.6 OHC with 101bhp. That really would have made a difference in a car that size. But VW wouldn't let them use it presumably because they had a big pile of their own inferior engines that they needed shifting. Shame.
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:48 PM

my workmate have a favourite when they were modern? he said that care is needed with the switches as it was possible to poke a digit right through them



It is also possible to pull the fronts off of the switches and swap them over to confuse anyone else who drives the car.
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:49 PM

This thread is oozing like a boil with WIN! I love the fact that a couple of weekends fettling, some rust proofing and a good hit with the machine polisher will see a huge turnaround. It'll certainly get more "Not seen one of those for a while" conversations going than the Rover ever would.

 

I sold these when they were new, had a loyal following of aging ex Estelle owners who used to get all excited about the Flairline trimmings, they were most put off by the Felicia even though that was not much more than a reskinned Favorit but by god they hated the Fabia!

 

We were retailing nice used ones off the main agent used pitch as late as 2004 and they'd always sell fast


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:52 PM

Both Yoss and I have successfully bought parts from here by the way...

 

https://www.skoda-di...ine-obchod.html

 

They have a lot of Favorit bits

 

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Switches...

 

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:53 PM

I'm not sure a machine polish will suddenly have it looking factory fresh. There is evidence of lacquer peel.

 

Also found out it's had a bump at one point, possibly with a new offside sill fitted. There's some very tardy masking on the rear offside door shut, and the bottom half of both offside doors is actually still bright red.


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:57 PM

Wish i lived in Wales. I have the WANT to machine polish that. Polish pad turning red and car turning shiny  :-D


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