Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Sunny Jim in The Dutchie - leak found
It's the other way around, the physio appointment left me unable to do any tinkering: rotator cuff injury, left shoulder and I'm left-handed.
Should I be concerned about this? Water dripping from exhaust even after the car is up to temp and been running for 20 minutes? No sign of white smoke or evidence of mayo on the filler cap. Temp gauge hasn't got above 1/2 and the electric fan kicks in and out. The exhaust sounds like it's got a blow and the cat is v. rusty. The car had been stood for several months.
VID_20210621_185317.mp4 I decided not to worry for now and took loads of pictures instead.
Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Sunny Jim in The Dutchie - leak found
I blame @cort16, a week ago he posted a link to a rather shiny red 480 on the Ebay Tat thread. It was a thing of beauty but was rather beyond my budget and was in Scotland. You know when a car's got under your skin and you keep re-visiting the ad then looking at the DVLA online checker to see if a new V5 has been issued? I was doing various man maths calculations but I don't have any children to sell (I've never had them , it's not that I've sold them already) and I need what's left of both of my kidneys. I trawled the classifieds but anything within my budget was beyond my skillset.
I've been sleeping badly recently and in the early hours the other night I found a 480 an hour away from me closer to my theoretical budget. The ad sounded promising, the MOT history not too scary AND it was turquoise!
It's an 'S' so the base model, 1.7 Renault engine, no fancy info screen but had been specced with optional half leather seats. I arranged to go and see it yesterday. I have a thing for two door estates and pop-up headlights but had a firm figure in mind well below the asking price and resolved to walk away if I couldn't get it for what I was willing to pay. The Wayback Machine helped me discover the car had been for sale for 17 weeks at gradually reducing asking prices and some handy buyers guides from Owners Clubs meant I knew what to look out for. Prices are all over the place on these and as we all know what a car is advertised for isn't always what is sells for - they're rare but still rather forgotten. The vendor said he'd bought it from a local garage before lockdown but then it had developed some faults and he'd not had the money to sort them out. When I contacted him on WhatsApp his profile picture was of a car transporter so it seemed likely he was a trader of some sort.
He let me spend a good hour systematically going over the car while I compiled a list of issues in addition to the ones he'd mentioned. I hate negotiating so I was straight with him and said look I could pretend to be Mike Brewer and offer you and insultingly low figure and we can go back and forth but here's where I'm at. I showed him other ads (and how long they'd been up for) and my list of issues with a rough guesstimate of what it would cost to sort them and named what I was willing to pay. "Old art yer 'and," he said. "Hang on," I replied, "You've got a car transporter and as the car isn't currently driveable on the road (the indicators don't work) I want it delivered." He hummed and harred but eventually we shook on it.
So far the to do list is looking like this:
4 new shocks - rears 'slightly corroded', fronts 'lightly misted'
2 new front tyres
Sort exhaust blow and investigate rusty cat
Rear of sills where it meets rear arch is a known weak spot on these, this doesn't look too bad but want to sort it before it gets any worse
Replace damaged daytime running light
Possibly replace faded and cracked rear lights - these are no longer available and rare as rocking horse poop - 'best' price I've found a pair for so far is £260 (HFM!) but they'll need replacing eventually and the longer I leave it the dearer they'll get so I might just hold my breath and take the hit now.
Replace Central Electronics Module (CEM) which (hopefully) is the cause of the indicators not working and the headlights doing this (at least I know the motors work!). I've managed to track one of these down for £80.
VID_20210618_150013_01_01.mp4 These are getting to be rare cars now and although they share a lot of parts with the other 400 series cars the bits that are unique to the 480 are getting harder to find and consequently more expensive. The irony is that over time I'll probably end up spending more than I would have on the shiny red one. I won't have had the satisfaction of doing myself though and isn't that a large part of what our hobby is about? Built not bought. Other than my BX which I bought off here this is the first time I've bought a vehicle without taking it for a test drive. The biggest gamble is that the electrical issues aren't sorted by a new battery and CEM. But hey, what's life without taking a few risks?
I take delivery Monday, can't wait!
Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Enri-3000 in One year of knackered rover ownership
About one year ago I finally decided it would be wise to purchase a fairly poor example of a rover p6 as a first car, here are my findings:
After negotiating a deal on the car from a chap in Edinburgh I decided to drive the car back home to the Leeds area. In hindsight I probably should have held out for a better example, despite it being fairly non-rusty there was quite a bit wrong with the car such as ineffective brakes, rough running and various electrical gremlins.
After getting the car back home I performed the usual servicing jobs and fitted an electronic ignition which seemed to sort out much of the rough running. After putting two and two together with where all the brake fluid was disappearing I got a refurbished servo fitted which made an enormous difference. (I don’t have any photos of this earlier work because I am rubbish and forgot to take any).
After getting the car back up and running after it’s winter hibernation I enjoyed a brown trouser moment when my braking disappeared whilst simultaneously having a front brake start binding. After limping the car back home I found the culprit:
I made some new brake lines and refurbished the front callipers which returned the stopping power to its former glory.
More recently I had a minor win in fixing the bizarre vacuum operated wiper delay unit on the car. There was a small piece of sponge which was meant to push on a bit of rubber and act like a valve. The sponge had just dropped to bits and therefore part of a washing up sponge had to be sacrificed for the greater good.
My most recent job has been tackling the problem of the car running rich. This required removing the carbs and inlet manifold together which took an incredibly long time as a previous owner had used copious amounts of silicone sealer between the head and the inlet manifold. After much hitting with a hammer the two parts finally came free and I was able to get the carburettors serviced. Whilst I was on here I also got the starter motor sent off to be sorted as it wasn’t working particularly well.
This bring me about up to date on the car. My next tasks are painting a few body panels in the hope of making it look half decent, get the gearbox out to tackle the gear linkage bushings, locate and sort an oil leak and maybe even change the big end bearings.
In summary it’s been a lot of fun but I really should have got the v8… I hope this has been interesting to someone, I will post updates of any progress I make going forward.
Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Aston Martin in Panda Alessi: Avril Lagreen
You're probably wondering how I got into this mess? Well, it's...
In the Tangerine Dream thread, @mk2_craig said "there's a green one here in Jersey" I asked him to lob a note on the car with "contact me."
Craig did one better. "Heres the guys address." ?
I sent the guy a letter with photos of mine, a rough explanation of what mine had needed doing... And contact me via phone, email, text or carrier pigeon.
The letter vanished for a few days, as I had sent it tracked. Boxing day 2018, I received an email...
Over the course of 2019, I'd send a quick email. How are you etc?
Having just purchased the 4x4, it would squeeze me financially. But I need a green Alessi. Having a quick look, plane fares are cheap and a ferry back isn't bad.
Unfortunately, the owner didn't buy a new car and he would keep the Alessi. The dream wasn't dead, just delayed. I then spent many pounds on the 4x4, to take the pain away and a crate engine that I didn't need.
Thursday 21st November.
I am not letting a fixable green Alessi die.
Is it financially viable? No. It's a 12 year old Panda with 151k that has never had an MOT and would need parts to fix it and then to bring the car home and register it.
My holidays for the year are used up, Christmas is coming and I have very few spare pennies. I need to find storage in Jersey for a few months, just to give me some breathing time to earn some extra Pasetas and to figure out an action plan.
Speaking to the owner on Friday 22nd of November. After we both said hello, I said "I'm not letting a green Alessi get scrapped" I explained that I needed to find some cheap storage, he said that's fine and you've got a week to find something as the car is on my drive.
He emailed me the next day saying "I might have some cheap storage" and then he emailed later saying "I might have free storage, give me until Sunday to confirm"
OK, this car is somehow mystical as nobody wants this car to die. As on Monday. "You have free storage until Easter."
Here's what it needs as far as I'm aware.
Rear axle, rear springs and shocks.
Couple of tyres
Drivers seat belt
Dashboard vent is cracked
Front towing eye cover
All these things are doable as I've done the Pandarins axle last year. I've posted a picture of ForFiatsSakes alessi that had failed in exactly the same way, mine hadn't completely collapsed. But as you can tell, it's the same issue.
The engine does have high milage, but it's working. If it fails, then used, they're ten a penny.... I also have a brand new crate engine. ?
I also have a complete green interior, that me and @For Fiats Sake took from a black Alessi that was already in the scrapyard.
Flights are cheap from either Manchester, Liverpool or East Midlands. They're not every day, but Liverpool has a Saturday departure and Sunday arrival. Not yet, but it would be nice to fly out for a weekend to see the car and get a parts list.
But for now, it's getting collected on a flatbed and it's going to live on a farm. The plan is to fly out in January to get a parts list and I'll get to see The Pistachio Cream.
@mk2_craig is a superhero.
Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to cobblers in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)
in a plot twist, it was actually terry bollocks that broke the windows in the first place while trying to nick the windscreen
Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to loserone in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)
Not entirely horsebollocks related, but a couple of months ago the snowplough over the hill posted on FB that their snowplough had been vandalised - two windows smashed and the fuel tank punctured.
I pointed @Mr_Bo11ox at the post and he straightaway volunteered some spare glass he had. With a bit of too-ing and fro-ing @task very kindly picked up the glass when he was on his way up for visit chez_L1 the other week, and we took it along.
Despite this being 'baby' bertha, it's a beast. Thanks again to Boll and Task for stepping up to help out a random community service.
Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Schaefft in Schaefft's Bargain Barge Extravaganza - Mercedes MOT success!
Today was the day of the arrival of the Aurora! So whats the verdict?
Cosmetically the car is actually better than expected! Aside from the oddly warped rear window trim and torn driver seat the car actually appears to be in excellent condition for its age. A lot of what I thought would be corrosion and paint damage just turned out to be lichen growing on it after having been parked up for a while. The inner sills in the back which are quite crusty on my other Aurora are in decent shape and overall the interior is nice and clean.
The taillights have been butchered which boggles my mind, you'd expect someone who has owned this car from new to give a shit about integrating a pair if indicators properly. Fortunately even those don't matter too much, I could get a set for 100 quid if I needed them.
Original title when new, bought in Texas in November 1994, making it a pretty early example.
Mechanically however there are a few concerns beyond the suspected headgasket issue. The alternator doesn't seem to charge which isn't a big deal, just very inconvinient as it won't allow me to run the car for long. However whats more concerning is that the transmission slams into drive and reverse pretty harshly. At 80k miles this would be quite unusual as the 4T80-E are quite sturdy transmissions. The fluid levels seems about right so Im wondering if its an electrical issue as system voltage might be too low for the shift solenoids and sensors to do their thing properly. Replacement gearboxes are easy to find as they were used in the STS as well, it might not even matter if the entire drivetrain needs to be swapped due to the headgasket issue though. I ran the engine for a few minutes and it sounded perfectly healthy, nothing unsual happening in the coolant reservoir either (apparently there have been bubbles before) but I expect it needing to come out no matter what.
Next steps I wanna do is recondition the battery if possible (an AC Delco no less, OEM!) and see if proper system voltage fixes the harsh shifting. Once I got a better idea about the condition of the transmission I will take the fuel pump and injectors from the green car and throw them on the purple Aurora, hopefully that is all thats needed to get that car running again. I can then assess the condition of its engine and transmission and figure out if they are fit for use (I got the feeling it'll leak oil like crazy due to standing for years, despite only 100k miles). Then I'll have to make the decision which one will need less work to return to the road.
As you can tell, my ivory Mark VIII is now sandwhiched between my two Auroras. That car hasn't been on the road for 18 months now. Unfortunately its absolutely dumping ATF on the floor right now, Im still hoping that a new tranny pan gasket might solve the issue but Im getting less and less optimistic. At least I was able to diagnose why the aircompressor for the suspension wouldnt run anymore, the relay I installed 2 years ago died again, and its always a bit of a pain to reach in there and get it out again, as you can see below...
Still plenty of work ahead, thats for sure...