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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from paulplom in Well that's a bit random - somebody stole half my car... eBay nob content   
    Hang on, did no-one else look at this guy's feedback?
     

    Both from 2010. Guy's looking to corner the market in not selling 306 diesels. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from Dave_Q in Well that's a bit random - somebody stole half my car... eBay nob content   
    Hang on, did no-one else look at this guy's feedback?
     

    Both from 2010. Guy's looking to corner the market in not selling 306 diesels. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from egg in Skizzer’s shedlife   
    Aw, man, that thing. What an infuriating car! Every component of the fuel system appeared to work on its own, but together? Not a splutter. We even pestered a Bosch Classic employee at Essen who couldn't point us in the right direction either. Eventually we decided we'd spent enough time being marinaded in petrol and flogged it on eBay, half expecting to see it at the next Stan Woods. A few months later, however, it popped up on the DVLA site as taxed and MOT'd! So I was straight on eBay to ask the buyer to ask how they fixed it, praying he wouldn't say something like "oh yeah, there was no rotor arm in it" . But his response vindicated us - I can't find the message now, but the gist of it was renewal of almost the entire fuel injection system. In short, yes, he should have stuck a carb on it. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from stripped fred in Tragic news, Richard's funeral date 1st April   
    I am so upset by this news. Richard was very active and came to so many meets, and he was always great fun to hang out with. I just can't come to terms with the fact that we won't  be seeing him at future gatherings.   RIP, friend. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to KruJoe in Tragic news, Richard's funeral date 1st April   
    I read the depressing news this morning, and it has really knocked me for six, I've thought of little else all day.
    To echo everyone's tributes, Richard really was a champion bloke, a true gentleman and hugely interesting with it. I first met him back in 2012/13/14, I forget exactly when, but I've very much enjoyed his company at Chumley/Shitefest events over the years. His presence was always a joy, and he was rarely without a smile, even if it was one of bemusement! 
    My albums are a real mess right now, but here's a snapshot of a jolly moment at a recent Chumley meet:




    Good times.
    Reb: It would be really nice for your wider family and your Dad's friends up there to hear how much he meant to his Autoshite friends all over Britain and beyond. The heartfelt messages in this thread are so touching (in the best possible way). 
    Best wishes to you Robin, and everyone who knew him.
    Joe
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from KruJoe in Tragic news, Richard's funeral date 1st April   
    I am so upset by this news. Richard was very active and came to so many meets, and he was always great fun to hang out with. I just can't come to terms with the fact that we won't  be seeing him at future gatherings.   RIP, friend. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from reb in Tragic news, Richard's funeral date 1st April   
    I am so upset by this news. Richard was very active and came to so many meets, and he was always great fun to hang out with. I just can't come to terms with the fact that we won't  be seeing him at future gatherings.   RIP, friend. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from RobT in Tragic news, Richard's funeral date 1st April   
    I am so upset by this news. Richard was very active and came to so many meets, and he was always great fun to hang out with. I just can't come to terms with the fact that we won't  be seeing him at future gatherings.   RIP, friend. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from DodgyBastard in Tragic news, Richard's funeral date 1st April   
    I am so upset by this news. Richard was very active and came to so many meets, and he was always great fun to hang out with. I just can't come to terms with the fact that we won't  be seeing him at future gatherings.   RIP, friend. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to MorrisItalSLX in Ebay shite accessories and giffer trinkets   
    I’m slowly cornering the market in giffer tat with the Corolla.













    And that is just what I have photos of.
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    Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to bunglebus in Ebay shite accessories and giffer trinkets   
    Found this lovely bit of kit in a charity shop today
     
    20200113_135037 by RS, on Flickr
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    Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Amishtat in Ebay shite accessories and giffer trinkets   
    I've just been going through the history folder which accompanied the 164 and found this, printed the same year I was born. 


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    Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Mr_Bo11ox in Rupert_Ballsack's predictable CROMER shitbox tale (feat. amateur ham-fisted diagnostics)   
    Hey gang!!! I've been busy with this thing lately, I've had some successes but im not 100% there with it.... heres the story.
    So, after a lot of umming and ahhing I SPENT MY WAD on a brand new Pierburg manifold, Dayco belt kit, new water pump, new thermostat, and I decided to change the oil while I was on it. Eventually a couple of weekends ago I waded in (between downpours):

    Some flippin job this. The Manifold is buried beneath a million pipes and wires, you have to remove a LOT of shiz to get it out. Start with the airbox!

    I wanted to do the thermostat as well, thats on the gearbox end of the engin so had to strip out a load of shiz at that end:

    You have to remove the diesel pump to get the manifold off. You can do this without removing the belt if you lock the pulley in position, but that sounded flaky and the belt needed changing anyway so in we went:

     
    Stored the critical hight pressure fuel pump and bits of pipe in my clean room area:

    Agfter about 4 hours work I had shifted most of the crap down the back of the engine. Theres the diesel pump, alternator, oil separator, loads of coolant pipes, some sort of vacuum control box, manifold actuator and lods of brackets and wires down the back of here. It took a friggin AGE to get it all out as there is only one order you can dismantle it all due to the sheer amount of clutter packed in. Once it was all shifted I managed to finally get the manifold out. Awful!


    Old and new:

    I was pleased to find the old manifold was really knackered, Not only had the flap operating mechanism fallen apart, but all the spindles on the flaps had worn, so there was play in them all which would defo cause a boost leak (evidenced by the large amount of shit on top of the manifold):


    The condition of the manifold was amazing. Check this out for fouling (no.4 main port):

    The throttle body area was solid with shit as well:

    Whilst I was looking at all this, the heavens opened, and that was it for the rest of the weekend - just a non stop fucking deluge for the next few days.

    I didnt wanna leave it like that for too long as i would surely forget how it all went together. So after studying BBC weather I booked the following Weds off work - I'm hourly paid so thats a days wages lost to this friggin job!!!

    Lovely day as it turned out!!!

    Difficult to tell but the new manifold is on in this pic.

    Here I am fiddling about trying to reattach all the brackets and shit down the back of the engine. Must have been on for a good 2 hours getting the brackets and oil separator back together in the right order!

    Diesel pump going back on:

    New & old thermostats

    New stat installed. The car was assembled with single-use hose clips so I went to Toolstation and bought several bags of different sized clips. Must have fitted 20 new hose clips!!


    New Dayco belt & waterpump

    Bought and fitted this EGR restrictor after finding it was very highly reccomended on various Fiat and Alfa forums:
    Last job was an oil change:


    Funny set up on these, its not a spin-on filter, it lives in a placca 'cup' that screws on the back of the engine. Its got a handy drain point, but that only drains half the oil in the filter. The rest pours out onto the exhaust as you unscrew it, then runs along the exhaust to just south of your drip tray, then goes all over the fucking drive.

    About 50% successful at cleaning that up!!
    With that I was just about back in the game. I'd spent a full 8 hours putting it all back together!!!
    Next day I took it for a spin;

    It does drive a lot better - certainly much less asthmatic, pulls more evenly across the rev range, sounds healthy enough. BUT it didnt take long for the fucking EML to pop back up again, chucking us into limp mode. I found that switching it off and back on again got rid of the limp mode but not the EML.
    Time to crack out the Delphi dagnistic doofer:

    I found that the DPF was throwing up a code and was showing about 93% clogged. I managed to fathom out how to force it to do a regen so did one on the driveway, a slightly alarming process which involved the car sitting there revving away at 3000 rpm for 7 or 8 minutes before slowing itself down and shutting off all by itself. This reduced the cloggage to 70% (still alarmingly high) allowing that fault code to be cleared. Win
    The other fault was 'EGR insufficient flow" so I removed the restrictor again and took it out for another blezz.
    Much better - the DPF fault didnt come back and it seemed pretty good, but agfter a few miles the EML popped up again like a motherfucker. No limp mode this time.

    The fault is this 'EGR Valve check' which seems to be some sort of check of the EGR valve being 'present and correct' rather than operating as commanded. Ive been driving round with the machine plugged in watching whats going on with it.

    So the EGR valve works fine, varying its duty cycle between 4% and 96%, responding as you press the accelerator pedal. But after a while it just stops responding and the EGR valve check goes to 'off' and doesnt come back. Sometimes it flicks up the EML and sometimes it doesnt. When it 'goes down', it puts up fault code P0401 'EGR Valve Check - Present'. You then clear the fault and it'll immediatley start working again for anything from 2 minutes to an hour before it goes down again.
    I did remove the EGR valve, clean it out and opened the solenoid for inspection/cleaning in line with the many guides online. It seemed OK to me, and I put 12v onto the solenoid terminals - seems to be working spot on on the bench. Nothing boroken and all nice and free-moving inside. Its only a dead basic solenoid valve anyway, theres just 2 pins on the valve's integral connector. Also give the connector a good blast with contact cleaner. None of this has fixed the issue though.
    Ive driven it 100 miles to work today and overall it drives well - pulls strongly and fantastic on the dual carriageway in 6th gear. Not seen the EML all day, but the valve has 'gone down' any number of times. I've averaged a slightly disappointing 41mpg so far. DPF cloggage has crept up to 80% but I want to keep watching it and see if I can see it launching a regen. Coolant temp is now spot on unlike before. BUT I can't relax because of this EGR valve bollocks!!!
    I could buy a new EGR valve, but I feel like i should be able to prove the old one is faulty before throwing more money at the flippin car. My £400 'bargain' already owes me the thick end of £900 (far more than its worth I think) A genuine Pierburg one is about £75 minimum, (I'm not gonna risk an eBay £25 hoo flung dung job). Any tips to get to the bottom of this intermittent EGR valve operation? I'm thinking of trying to get that 'FiatECUScan' thing on my tablet and see if that has any more functionality for interrogating the EGR valve. I reckon I'd like to see if the continuity or resistance of it is steady or intermittent as I'm driving along.
    I want to give you some more driving/ownership impressions but I dont feel like its properly fixed yet!!! I shall carry on using it for work this week though so we'll see how we get on.
     
     
     
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    Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Mr_Bo11ox in Rupert_Ballsack's predictable CROMER shitbox tale (feat. amateur ham-fisted diagnostics)   
    Hey gang,
    Not been on here much lately as I am decreasingly inclined to interact with other humans generally, but I though you might like to hear about the latest old heap at Castle_Ballsack, if it was a jolly happy story of great success it would be boring right? RIGHT.
    So a while back I asked on the 'shite for sale' board if anyone had any ideas or leads on a ~£500 diesel clunker that would do me for a couple of years and replace the old Stilo which after 40,000 miles could do with some money spent on it. A few good suggestions came up but I actually already had an idea what I wanted. A Fiat CROMA!!

    Why did I want one of these? Well the main reason is they are surely one of the most shite cars out there of their era (2005-2009 ish). Rare, a bit pointless, hopefully quite comfortable, cheap, and red-hot shite DNA: Its basically a reskinned Vectra C with cheaper switchgear and odd styling. Most have the 1.9 16v diesel engine straight out of a Vectra/Astra/Saab 9-3/Alfa 147/159 and probably several others.
     
    Theres not loads about, so i kept an eye on eBay and facebook and eventually one came up in Nottingham, not too far from me. It looked clean and was up for £550, with a short MOT though. After a week it came down to £450 so I went to have a look. I had a short test drive and it seemed OK, a few clonks from the suspension but the engine seemed alright, only one warning light for a problem with the reversing sensors and it was otherwise very clean and tidy. SO we shook on £400 and I drove it home a couple of days later.

    Took it for an MOT which it failed on rear 'Banana arms' (upper suspension arms) which are common to the Vectra and cheap to buy, plus a number plate light. Also got advisories for a minor leak on the exhaust flexi and an inner track rod balljoint.
    I set on fixing this lot then got sent off to China for a week with work so I lost my re-test slot annoyingly. When i got back i fixed everything including the advisories, and took it for another test which it passed with a clean bill. So then i insured it and started driving it 100 miles/day to work. Lets have a look at it:

    Its quite a tidy old thing, seems to be the original paint all over. Got a few odd scratches and marks but no real rust to speak of.

    The interior is quite pleasant, you sit quite high up with good lumbar support and the gearlever is high up and falls to hand quite well. Its nice and light in there. The cover is missing off the fusebox cos I had had the old Delphi diagnostic doofer plugged in to help sort the problem with the reversing sensors (bought a new one off ebay for about £8). I havent fathomed out how to get an AUX in wire into the factory stereo yet which is annoying as its limiting my podcast throughput.

    The ignition key lives between the seats, which presumably is a bit of Saab 9-3 technology thats inexplicably got carried over. (The keys are not quite the same though). ONe problem I do seem to be battling with is that the key fob seems to lose its synchronisation overnight. You can still get in the car the next morning with the emergency metal key, and when you put the placca key in the ignition it re-syncs and the fob then works for the rest of the day. Very weird (and annoying).

    Something thats really shit is the boot, its obviously an estate car but there is a massive step across the boot floor when you fold the seats down. Lousy for carting wardrobes or whatever.

    Anyway I got it on the road. With the new suspension bits it rides really well, but I was a bit disappointed with how it went. 150bhp ought to push it along quite well but it felt a bit asthmatic, it went OK in 3rd and 4th gear but was defo not as lively as the Stilo which has 30bhp less. I plugged in the diag machine but there were no faults logged with the engine so I just assumed it was bogged down by its excessive weight (1600kg seemingly). Also despite driving like a massive ponce and making good use of the marvellous 6th gear I could not get beyond 40mpg which is a bit shit.
    Over the course of the week I read up on these engines and their seemingly endless problems with clogged up EGR systems and wanky swirl flaps in the inlet manifold. The manifolds seemingly wear out for fun and cost £180 for a replacement, plus its quite a war to fit it. I'd noticed a slight hiss or whistle from the turbo under boost which the Stilo doesnt have, and I expected that would disappear with the new front pipe but you can still hear it a bit. Now I'm a bit wiser I think thats a boost leak round the swirl flap spindles.  Anyway after about 400 miles, during which I was on permanent alert for funny noises and behaviour, you can guess what happened:
     
    Check engine light, and almost zero turbo boost. Uuuurrrggghh. I had kept the insurance and tax on the Stilo so today I was back driving it and the Croma is sat on the drive awaiting investigation.
    My plan is to remove the EGR valve, clean and free it (if its seized which is supposedly quite common), fit a restrictor on the EGR valve which seems to be a very popular mod and clean out the throttle body and MAP sensor. I'll clear the fault and see what that gives. I also pulled off the placca cover off the top of the engine:

    You cant really see it on here but I looked at the mechanism that operates these swirl flaps on the inlet manifold. Predictably it was all disconnected and broken!!! Its all little tiny placca balljoints and crank arms and doesnt look like it would survive a week's commuting, never mind 112,000 miles. So that is gonna need looking at too. Seemingly, official Pierburg manifolds you buy now are a bit better engineered than originals and last a bit longer but theyre still quite a big operation to swap out. I also found out that the cam belt is 40,000 miles/10 yrs old so that needs looking at too really. Thats all looking like £300 worth of parts before I've even started!!!
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pierburg-Saab-9-3-9-5-Fiat-Alfa-Romeo-159-1-9-Inlet-Intake-Manifold-7-00373-12/303226983604?epid=252118112&hash=item4699bc94b4:g:e5gAAOSwSQFdLuxp

    Ah well thats shite livin' innit. You buy a 'new car' and end up lumbering yourself with a shitload of work that now needs doing urgently. I havent fallen in love with this car yet but then again I dont feel its had a proper evaluation because I dont think the engine has been running properly since I've had it. I think this car is going to teach me how to use that Delphi diagnostic computer properly, I can see it getting a serious workout on this POS.
    Anyway I'm off to China again on Sunday so I will do some proper investigation next weekend. Will let you know what I find. Le sigh......
     
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from brownnova in Mrs. Cleon's Clio   
    It says something about Cleon-Fonte's other uneventful collection trips that he doesn't mention this push was into the coned off route of a city wide cycle race, and right into the middle of a lively community discussion where some locals were debating whether an unconscious man slumped against a wall might be a paedophile or not. We retreated to Europe's bleakest sandwich shop, where they made us sandwiches in the dark. 
    The Clio is a delight, though - what a find! They're so rare now, finding a good one with such a great spec is fantastic. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from RobT in Mrs. Cleon's Clio   
    It says something about Cleon-Fonte's other uneventful collection trips that he doesn't mention this push was into the coned off route of a city wide cycle race, and right into the middle of a lively community discussion where some locals were debating whether an unconscious man slumped against a wall might be a paedophile or not. We retreated to Europe's bleakest sandwich shop, where they made us sandwiches in the dark. 
    The Clio is a delight, though - what a find! They're so rare now, finding a good one with such a great spec is fantastic. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from mat_the_cat in Mrs. Cleon's Clio   
    It says something about Cleon-Fonte's other uneventful collection trips that he doesn't mention this push was into the coned off route of a city wide cycle race, and right into the middle of a lively community discussion where some locals were debating whether an unconscious man slumped against a wall might be a paedophile or not. We retreated to Europe's bleakest sandwich shop, where they made us sandwiches in the dark. 
    The Clio is a delight, though - what a find! They're so rare now, finding a good one with such a great spec is fantastic. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from Cleon-Fonte in Mrs. Cleon's Clio   
    It says something about Cleon-Fonte's other uneventful collection trips that he doesn't mention this push was into the coned off route of a city wide cycle race, and right into the middle of a lively community discussion where some locals were debating whether an unconscious man slumped against a wall might be a paedophile or not. We retreated to Europe's bleakest sandwich shop, where they made us sandwiches in the dark. 
    The Clio is a delight, though - what a find! They're so rare now, finding a good one with such a great spec is fantastic. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to Cleon-Fonte in Mrs. Cleon's Clio   
    I thought I'd start a new thread for this as my existing French car thread is getting a bit cluttered and this isn't technically mine anyway. Hopefully this should be a fairly uneventful and rarely updated thread.
    A few months ago Mrs Cleon-Fonte decided to start driving again and with a Renault 4 apparently too scary and a Citroen BX too big, that left a need of a small, economical, hopefully reliable car. Unfortunately finding such a thing these days means spending ages scrolling through pages of bland dredge and poorly written adverts in a desperate attempt to avoid owning something soul destroying. Then, when searching for something else on Autotrader, this Clio 1.4 RT appeared like an oasis in the automotive desert, a viewing was arranged and a deal was done. Two days later we set off on a largely uneventful collection trip around the M60 with @Conrad D. Conelrad, the only highlight of which was the R4's starter solenoid heat seizing on the dealer's forecourt, mandating a push elsewhere to cool down.
     

    Collecting an old Renault with an old Renault is clearly something of a spectacle.
     
    Bought new by its previous gifferette owner, the Clio had only done only 67,000 miles in the intervening 24 years. It came with a full service history which reveals it has wanted for almost nothing (it received a new clutch and a pair of new dampers in 2018, for instance). Indeed, aside for some giffer scrapes and some mild rot around the rear arches (seemingly designed to trap as much salt and dirt as possible) that shouldn't be too difficult to sort, it's immaculate.

    It's actually been quite a weird experience to have something on the fleet that's been maintained properly all its life and has seemingly been worked on only by competent professionals. I've done a few minor things to it and expected the usual battles but instead it's been fine. So far it's had four new tyres, a new camblelt and water pump, new sunroof seal and a thermostat and mechanically this is all it's really needed. Admittedly like most old Renaults the 'sealed for life cooling system' bollocks meant that things were quite sludged up but a good flush or two has since been carried out and the cooling system's contents are at least now liquid, if a bit brown.
     

     
     
    I've come to the conclusion that these higher spec MkI Clios are truly peak car. Compact on the outside but spacious on the inside, with a boot that can accommodate actual luggage (unlike a modern car of this size), easy to drive, extremely well soundproofed to the point you can hear the dashboard clock ticking as you drive around town, capable of cruising along a motorway for hours at illegal speeds, easy to fix and maintain, the list goes on. Being an RT you get plusher front seats than the peasants in their RNs and RLs, which are truly the match of anything Renault was making in the 60s and 70s (did anyone ever better Renault at seat design?) and even come with height adjustment and lumbar support on the driver's seat.  RT spec also gets you all the luxuries you could ever really need: PAS, electric windows and mirrors, column mounted stereo controls, remote central locking, a manual sunroof and front foglights (sadly not yellow, yet).
     

     
    Overall the Clio drives well, with minimal body roll, little understeer and limpet like grip. The driving controls are all fine, the steering is light but provides plenty of feedback, the gearchange is slick and precise although the brakes are a bit sloppy in typical Renault fashion. For the most part it goes about its business in a completely unremarkable, unfussed manner, but get it on the right road and it comes alive and is actually quite fun.
    The one downside is that the ride isn't all that spectacular, the suspension's clearly very soft but lacks the extreme wheel travel of its older counterparts and as a result it does tend to pitch about a bit and can occasionally thump over ridges and potholes. You could never describe it as bad, many cars would be a thousand times better if they rode this well, it's merely not as good as what came before it.
     

     
    The engine is the 1,390cc Energy unit, effectively the same old Cleon block as the R4 but with a belt driven overhead cam and a crossflow hemi head. It churns out 80bhp and 79lb/ft of torque and loves to rev, you can lug it along on the torque but it feels much happier over 3,000rpm and really comes alive 500rpm after that. It's bloody smooth, too, and the soundtrack is distinctly Renaulty. Single point injection and distributorless ignition put it just at the right level of simplicity, no pissing about with the mixture or timing but no profusion of computers either. It's all pretty straightforward to work on, too, albeit the placement of a few things is a bit French.
     

     
     
    Overall, then, a bloody good car. It does most things as well as a modern but manages to carry over just enough old Renaultness to keep it characterful.
    Future plans are to get those rear arches sorted and give the cooling system a bit more attention, otherwise all it really needs is a good rustproofing session in the summer.
     

     
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from HMC in THAT abandoned dealer again Swadlincole   
    Someone call English Heritage, we need a building and its contents listing.
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from brownnova in Skizzer’s shedlife   
    Aw, man, that thing. What an infuriating car! Every component of the fuel system appeared to work on its own, but together? Not a splutter. We even pestered a Bosch Classic employee at Essen who couldn't point us in the right direction either. Eventually we decided we'd spent enough time being marinaded in petrol and flogged it on eBay, half expecting to see it at the next Stan Woods. A few months later, however, it popped up on the DVLA site as taxed and MOT'd! So I was straight on eBay to ask the buyer to ask how they fixed it, praying he wouldn't say something like "oh yeah, there was no rotor arm in it" . But his response vindicated us - I can't find the message now, but the gist of it was renewal of almost the entire fuel injection system. In short, yes, he should have stuck a carb on it. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad reacted to jmsguzzi in The dash at night   
    Fiat Croma 


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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from garethj in Skizzer’s shedlife   
    Aw, man, that thing. What an infuriating car! Every component of the fuel system appeared to work on its own, but together? Not a splutter. We even pestered a Bosch Classic employee at Essen who couldn't point us in the right direction either. Eventually we decided we'd spent enough time being marinaded in petrol and flogged it on eBay, half expecting to see it at the next Stan Woods. A few months later, however, it popped up on the DVLA site as taxed and MOT'd! So I was straight on eBay to ask the buyer to ask how they fixed it, praying he wouldn't say something like "oh yeah, there was no rotor arm in it" . But his response vindicated us - I can't find the message now, but the gist of it was renewal of almost the entire fuel injection system. In short, yes, he should have stuck a carb on it. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from Skizzer in Skizzer’s shedlife   
    Aw, man, that thing. What an infuriating car! Every component of the fuel system appeared to work on its own, but together? Not a splutter. We even pestered a Bosch Classic employee at Essen who couldn't point us in the right direction either. Eventually we decided we'd spent enough time being marinaded in petrol and flogged it on eBay, half expecting to see it at the next Stan Woods. A few months later, however, it popped up on the DVLA site as taxed and MOT'd! So I was straight on eBay to ask the buyer to ask how they fixed it, praying he wouldn't say something like "oh yeah, there was no rotor arm in it" . But his response vindicated us - I can't find the message now, but the gist of it was renewal of almost the entire fuel injection system. In short, yes, he should have stuck a carb on it. 
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    Conrad D. Conelrad got a reaction from wuvvum in Skizzer’s shedlife   
    Aw, man, that thing. What an infuriating car! Every component of the fuel system appeared to work on its own, but together? Not a splutter. We even pestered a Bosch Classic employee at Essen who couldn't point us in the right direction either. Eventually we decided we'd spent enough time being marinaded in petrol and flogged it on eBay, half expecting to see it at the next Stan Woods. A few months later, however, it popped up on the DVLA site as taxed and MOT'd! So I was straight on eBay to ask the buyer to ask how they fixed it, praying he wouldn't say something like "oh yeah, there was no rotor arm in it" . But his response vindicated us - I can't find the message now, but the gist of it was renewal of almost the entire fuel injection system. In short, yes, he should have stuck a carb on it. 
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