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    mk2_craig got a reaction from MJK 24 in Late registration madness   
    You could try phoning Kintore 32511 and ask. They’ve probably still got it. 
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    mk2_craig reacted to DavieW in Davie Ws Spotting Thread - Sometimes With Pics   
    Local business' work vehicle. 
     

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    mk2_craig got a reaction from Jenson Velcro in Bini Mandela: DEID   
    We possibly have a smoking gun:

    Matey has soldered in a replacement relay and is currently tackling the job of fixing the two circuit boards back to each other - he managed to get 16 of the 30 connector pins out intact but ended up cutting the other 14. Which then quickly needed replaced in some way (copper wire was deemed to suffice).

    I’ll be over the flipping moon if this works, though I suppose some other fault shouldn’t be ruled out. Need to get a decent OBD dongle/diagnostic app combo to see what fuel pressure etc is like. 
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    mk2_craig got a reaction from Joey spud in Bini Mandela: DEID   
    We possibly have a smoking gun:

    Matey has soldered in a replacement relay and is currently tackling the job of fixing the two circuit boards back to each other - he managed to get 16 of the 30 connector pins out intact but ended up cutting the other 14. Which then quickly needed replaced in some way (copper wire was deemed to suffice).

    I’ll be over the flipping moon if this works, though I suppose some other fault shouldn’t be ruled out. Need to get a decent OBD dongle/diagnostic app combo to see what fuel pressure etc is like. 
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    mk2_craig got a reaction from EyesWeldedShut in Bini Mandela: DEID   
    We possibly have a smoking gun:

    Matey has soldered in a replacement relay and is currently tackling the job of fixing the two circuit boards back to each other - he managed to get 16 of the 30 connector pins out intact but ended up cutting the other 14. Which then quickly needed replaced in some way (copper wire was deemed to suffice).

    I’ll be over the flipping moon if this works, though I suppose some other fault shouldn’t be ruled out. Need to get a decent OBD dongle/diagnostic app combo to see what fuel pressure etc is like. 
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    mk2_craig reacted to Matty in Bini Mandela: DEID   
    Me too. But I suppose if it's bolloxed anyhow it's got to be worth a try 
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    mk2_craig reacted to Rustybullethole in Bini Mandela: DEID   
    Liked for your bravery. This kind of stuff gives me the fear.
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    mk2_craig reacted to fatharris in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***Retest results 24/5***   
    So, after work, I picked the BX up from @twosmoke300, who was clearly a fan of my enthusiasm for labelling items 🤣






    I was also left some helpful* advisories on my invoice 😁

    Anyway, onto the remaining issues. 
    The steering wheel was removed and refitted AGAIN as I still hadn't got it perfectly straight yet. Think I've got it this time!
    And the important one - the coolant line between the thermostat block and the hard-line behind the head was weeping. Phill was kind enough to gift a scrap heating hose manifold set that I could cannibalise a solution from.
    Once I found an appropriate section I could use, I removed the old hose, which was clearly not long for this world:


    And fitted the new section.

    The engine was fired up and ran to temperature, and the system bled. There were some moisture movement visible on the outer face of the top hose, so I've let the engine cool back down and re-secured the jubilee clip a little squarer.
    Hopefully that should be the end of the cooling system SNAFUs!
    Tonight, it's a hot tub evening, and we're cracking open the beers I bought to celebrate the end of the BX project phase.

    Quite literally, cheers 🍻😁
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    mk2_craig got a reaction from Matty in Bini Mandela: DEID   
    We possibly have a smoking gun:

    Matey has soldered in a replacement relay and is currently tackling the job of fixing the two circuit boards back to each other - he managed to get 16 of the 30 connector pins out intact but ended up cutting the other 14. Which then quickly needed replaced in some way (copper wire was deemed to suffice).

    I’ll be over the flipping moon if this works, though I suppose some other fault shouldn’t be ruled out. Need to get a decent OBD dongle/diagnostic app combo to see what fuel pressure etc is like. 
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    mk2_craig got a reaction from Rustybullethole in Bini Mandela: DEID   
    We possibly have a smoking gun:

    Matey has soldered in a replacement relay and is currently tackling the job of fixing the two circuit boards back to each other - he managed to get 16 of the 30 connector pins out intact but ended up cutting the other 14. Which then quickly needed replaced in some way (copper wire was deemed to suffice).

    I’ll be over the flipping moon if this works, though I suppose some other fault shouldn’t be ruled out. Need to get a decent OBD dongle/diagnostic app combo to see what fuel pressure etc is like. 
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    mk2_craig reacted to Sunny Jim in Gran Canaria Auto   
    Land Ahoy!

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    mk2_craig got a reaction from Remspoor in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Snigger. 

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    mk2_craig reacted to Rusty Pelican in More Merc Madness , Newness bonnet soundproofing foam stuff   
    Well its still going well . In fact scary well . I did 323 miles doing mixed driving tother day . Motorway , town etc - I think its called combined in motoring circles. Anyhoo it used 52.29 litres of motion lotion meaning I got 28.08 MPG - Mind blown .
    So to treat its goodness I fitted a new bonnet liner . Loads of pattern part ones available and to confuse the issue theres different ones for different engines . Come the end i got a genuine one , just gave the dealer the reg number and it turned up next day .
    Pig to fit though , used a tin of heat resistant contact adhesive , a few light coats on the foam sound dedening and two on the bonnet . managed to reuse all the top push in clip thingies too . Repainted the black lower part of the bonnet whilst i was doing the job. 







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    mk2_craig got a reaction from warren t claim in Late registration madness   
    You could try phoning Kintore 32511 and ask. They’ve probably still got it. 
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    mk2_craig got a reaction from fatharris in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***Retest results 24/5***   
    Well done! Your hard work has paid off. 
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    mk2_craig got a reaction from Yoss in Late registration madness   
    You could try phoning Kintore 32511 and ask. They’ve probably still got it. 
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    mk2_craig reacted to Stinkwheel in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***Retest results 24/5***   
    Have to say this was always the result of showing a citroen dealership mechanic anything BX, CX, 2CV, GSA shaped in the early to mid 90's and onward.
    They werent interested and considered them too difficult to bother with and they all wanted to just do oil and brakes on AX's and ZX's as they were normal and why did i drive this old shit anyway, why not just buy a new car etc etc
    Whereas the parts department were usually great, they loved selling bits for the more oddball stuff, the guy that used to be at Baldets parts was chuffed when i ordered a whole shopping list of stuff for a dyane in 1994, he made a list for me of what was actually still available 
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    mk2_craig reacted to Stanky in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

    Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.
    Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.
    Then its MOT time next Friday
     
     
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    mk2_craig reacted to Jack D in Mercedes SEL to The Sahara   
    A few years ago I had the idea (inspired in part by a certain Harry Metcalfe) that I would like to drive one of my cars to the Sahara Desert.  It just seems so extraordinary to me that it is possible to drive from oh so ordinary England to a land of camels and dunes. To drive to Africa.  For a long time the thought sat on the back burner, until recently a relative of mine got cancer and I thought it would be a good fundraiser challenge.  I picked at date and started the preparation. 
     
     Which car to bring though?  I will be travelling alone.  I want it to make the trip, reliability and comfort are a concern as is the ability to cover the rough and difficult terrain that I might encounter.  I ruled out the 840Ci immediately, despite it being the only one with both air con and cruise control working.  It has a low nose and I’d have a nightmare sourcing parts if I needed any.   The Range Rover has lovely cold air con and would handle any physical conditions that might arise with ease - but 14mpg and high potential for it to become unhappy ruled that car out.  
     
    Enter the Mercedes.  Lots of space, reliability and comfort.  Loads of ground clearance and rugged rough road ability.  Mid 20s MPG  possible.  Spares probably easier to come by and a lower likelihood of needing them.  No working air con or cruise control, but isn’t this is supposed to be a challenge?  This is the one.  It’s SEL TO THE SAHARA FOR CANCER.  

     


    I’ll add the journey in a series of posts, including some very amateur YouTube  videos (I’ve not made any before so please forgive the first attempt!) so stay tuned if you’d like to see an old shite blue whale make it to the dunes and back.  
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    mk2_craig reacted to rovik88 in F**ked Black Rover 827 SLi - The Mistake Machine   
    Hi there,
    I didn’t read all replies since my last visit, so apologies if it’s already mentioned.
    Did you already check the main relay (officially ‘EFI relay’ in the docs)? A known issue was that the solder was badly done and it develops cold joints that crack, giving erratic behavior. The main relay controls your fuel pump and is interfaced with the ECU. It is not your everyday, simple relay. It is a key element of the entire starting and running states of the car. The Legend got it too. Takes a little searching, but there are good explanations out there. Let me know if you need practical info on this part and I’ll try to find something usable in my archives.
    If spark is weak, you could (after checking/replacing plug leads) take a look at the igniter module. It amplifies the ECU spark output before it goes to the ignition coil (it’s basically a power transistor as the ECU, which gets it’s signal from the ignition pick-up sensor, can’t drive the coil directly). It is in the (attached) wiring diagrams (aka fault finding manual) 
    Edit: Please see attached also schematic of the main relay. There are multiple editions of wiring through the years. If you have VIN earlier than 276672 you must use images 0174 and higher attached. Else use the other schematics. You can find it usually somewhere up in the driver’s and/or passenger’s footwell where more relays are located. Be warned: It can be hard to find.








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    mk2_craig reacted to trigger in My life in cars - Capri & XR3i   
    So Saturday was spent fitting this bastard 

    What a git of a job, every time you pushed the sump into the gearbox end the gasket would push itself off again, after the 4th attempt I managed to fit it without it coming back off and so far it seems to be holding up leak free, whilst the sump was off (managed to push my screwdriver through it so it was definitely rotten) we took the strainer off and gave that a clean, it all looked good though.

    So with that job sorted I ran it down to my trusty MOT station where I got this!

    Yay! 4 months of work has paid off, it drives really nicely too, clutch is a little squeaky and feels like it might be dragging which I need to look into but apart from that I'm very happy!


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    mk2_craig got a reaction from eddyramrod in Twinned car spots   
    Twinned:

    Colour? Yes
    Make and model? Yes
    Consecutive registration numbers? Yes
    Car? No 
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    mk2_craig reacted to Markeh in Shite emergency vehicles   
    I think my briefly-owned Octavia Scout is creeping into shite territory.

    250k on the clock. It was a touch rough in places. Bought for a £500 donation to a local blood bikes group my friend used to volunteer for. Ex Yorkshire Ambulance Service rapid response car. Sold 2 days later for a quick flip to a friend of @SmokinWaffles who I believe still has it, and it's still going! Half wish I'd kept it but it did need a fair bit of work, and for the driving I'd have used it for the DPF would've clogged in no time.
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    mk2_craig reacted to Oi_Oi_Savaloy in 1987 Lotus Excel SE   
    And so............slight update, not Lotus related.  Got offered a job today, verbally (nothing in writing yet as the MD is on holiday)...........but it's such a relief (I'm accepting it, subject to no onerous terms etc etc) that I'm totally done in tbh.  I went out to the Lotus this evening...............but I'm punch drunk so just sat in a plastic chair and stared at the ceiling for 15 mins before packing up and coming back in! 
    Normal serv.........oh, I've already mentioned that and singularly failed to deliver on that promise............er, I'm getting back on it from tomorrow, need my pit now (well, not immediately - son is working til 11.30 tonight so will have to go and get him.  Think they're picking up 800 acres today.)  
    Not sure I'm supposed to be putting this tidbit in the new news thread?  Hey ho, let me know.
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    mk2_craig reacted to Mally in 1987 Ford Sierra Sapphire 1.8L - Number plates - massive FAIL - see page 33   
    Glue caps over the screw holes. Fix plate with double sided tape.
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