Time for an update, as I’ve been beavering away doing some Covid jobs. Am working from home through these times, but work kindly gave us 2 days extra hols on Tues and Weds after bank hols as a thank you for the last couple of months and dealing with the upheaval and that, so I thought I’d spend the time tinkering. I've got a few spare parts that I'd intended to fit before I got rid of it so I thought I'd get on with those jobs.
The plan was to swap the fuel pump over with the one I bought in January but hadn’t fitted yet. What actually happened was that removing the 3 split rubber bobbins that hold the fule pump (that’s a typo but I’m leaving it in as I like it) bracket to the body was such an arse of a job that I only managed to replace those, so the fuel pump will have to wait. The current one works OK, but it has been rumbly from time to time over the last year or two. Once I got the bracket off and removed the left over bits of bobbin, I treated it with rust converter and gave it a spray of satin black paint to keep it nice, fitted the new bobbins and put it all back together.
I bought 8 rubber bobbins in total, because I noticed a while ago that all 5 under the coolant bottle and the airbox/fuel distributor had sheered, so while I was bobbin jobbin’ I did those too. Less bother than the ones under the car but still tricky to get to so I had to move the expansion bottle and disconnect a couple of hoses to get enough room to swing a spanner.
All replaced, looking lovely and everything vibration damped to perfection.
Finally fitted the aerial that I got ages ago, it's a proper OEM Hirschmann one, and not a rubbish £6.95 one off eBay like I fitted last time. This one is black too, not chrome. 924s were fitted with black ones originally apparently. It looks cool, but doesn't make much difference to the ineffectiveness of the radio. I think the radio doesn't work properly, Not a problem as the aux cable works and gives good choon from my iPod.
I haven't taken the battery out since the winter so I removed that to check the battery tray for holes. These are a known 924 weak point, as the windscreen drains through the battery tea into the engine bay, and if the battery tray rusts through it allows water to drip onto the fuses box which is under the dash in the passengers foot well.
There was some surface rust but nothing to worry about. I gave it a wire brushing, treated it to a coat of rust converter to keep the evil brown stuff at bay, gave it a wipe and a clean and later refitted the battery. the black patches are previous rust converter. Looks worse than it is!
So today I dropped off some emergency supplies of dull retired persons breakfast cereal at my parents which gave a good excuse to take it for a run through the country lanes between her and there, and then a hoof back along the M25. I can report that it looks nice and clean and goes very nicely indeed. Wondering if I might end up keeping it...