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Sigmund Fraud

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  1. It's not an impossible task, but certainly fairly difficult ! Back in 2015, I bought a Polo 6N for £100 on ebay. It was sort-of-driving and had a longish MoT, but required a fair bit of work (and £50 worth of parts) before it could be safely pressed into daily use.
  2. 924s are VAG parts-bin specials. As one would expect, considering their development history. 944s are not, as Porsche re-engineered most parts to make them ever-so-slightly different and quite-a-lot more expensive.
  3. Engine is definitely a Vauxhall 8v, wheel looks like Astra GTE ?
  4. Sorry - didn't realise you were referring to the pad retainers ! The ones in the picture do look like they need replacing
  5. Yeah, that pipe is for the primitive mechanism that switches between the hot and cold air intakes. My BX14 (1990MY) had the exact same engine, complete with the Bosch Mono-Jetronic. IIRC the single injector needs an ultrasonic clean every 30-odd thousand miles, or the running really suffers.
  6. Last time I went, I used their park&ride which was very efficient and (IIRC) not too expensive. It was also GR11 for shite spotting.
  7. We all know that Japanese cars are indestructible* and totally rustproof*
  8. The 206 looks shabbier, has covered 40K miles more, returns less mpg and insurance is more expensive compared to the Polo. Also, I really hate fixing German cars, but I hate fixing French cars even more
  9. There's definitely loads of unaffordable, high-end stuff, but there's still plenty of stuff to appeal to Autoshitters as well.
  10. So... With Mrs F happy with her temporary replacement car, it was time for a bit of shopping : The Valeo kit was £70 from GSF, but the difference in quality compared to its predecessor was obvious. Here it is, being aligned into place : A quick check of the gearbox revealed that the clutch bearing guide (which also holds the input shaft seal in place) had been damaged by the lopsided operation of the clutch : One of my spare 085 boxes donated a good replacement. I also decided to renew the starter bushing, which had began to crumble away. Those are made of sintered copper, and are quite fiddly to replace. I made sure I did things properly, by using VW* special tools : Since the car was in bits in the workshop, I also took the opportunity to renew the front brakes. They still had a bit of life in them, and if this was my car they would have stayed. But Mrs F has a spirited driving style (the Gilles Villeneuve kind of spirited) so fresh tyres and fresh brakes are always a good idea. VAG quality* meant the caliper sliders were very rusty and the cap heads of the sliders rounded off as soon as an Allen key got close to them. So they were replaced. I also finally got round to replacing a snapped disc retaining bolt, that had annoyed me since we bought the car : And here's the end result, before a final wipe over with brake cleaner and covering the hub surface with copper grease :
  11. Doloshite has been awoken from its winter slumber, and will probably be looking for a new owner soon. I've driven it very little over the past year, and it's a shame to keep it as a driveway ornament.
  12. With the Polo undergoing surgery at Fraud Garages, Mrs F desperately needed a new daily car. Luckily, Mr Castro's "Emporium of Fine Motorcars, Motorcycles & Cyclomotors" had this beauty* in stock and was able to supply it at very short notice : Peugeot's most successful car of all time, with nearly 10 million sold worldwide, and still in production ! This particular car was also made in Britain, at the old Rootes Group factory in Ryton. True to its heritage, it ran poorly and the EML was permanently on. Here's why : So I spent a couple of hours replacing the MAP sensor (which also incorporates the IAT sensor)... ...the lambda sensor... ...the thermostat, and a couple of the exhaust mounts that had crumbled away. As expected, this made a big difference to how the car ran, and the EML light has been successfully extinguished in readiness for the next MoT. Despite appearances, it drives far better than its mileage would have you believe, and Mrs F absolutely loves its handling, comfort and refinement compared to the Polo.
  13. Does anyone remember the 1990s film "Groundhog Day" ? A few weeks back, as I was getting ready to leave for work, I received a most distressing phonecall. It was Mrs F, who had left early that morning, as she had to drive towards The Smoke for a meeting. She explained that she was stranded at the side of the road, as her Polo refused to go into gear ! It sounded like a clutch issue, rather than a gearbox issue, so we agreed that she would try to crunch it into 2nd and bring it back to base rather than spend the entire morning waiting for the recovery people. She managed, and a quick test drive by yours truly suggested something was wrong with the clutch mechanism. Polos of that era have a myriad common problems, one of which is the pedal box. Here's a library picture illustrating that problem : The end of the clutch cable pushes against that spot welded bracket on the left. Neither the welds nor the metal itself are particularly strong (allegedly by design, to prevent injuries to the driver's feet in a frontal crash) so the bracket can (and does !) break off. So that was the first bit I checked, and I was surprised to find it had previously been repaired - during the 39K miles the car had before we bought it ! Nothing like a quality* VAG product ! The repair involved some pretty crude welding, which was thankfully holding on fine. So with that potential issue eliminated, I convinced myself that it could just be the clutch cable, rather than an issue that required the gearbox to be removed... So a new clutch cable was sourced from the local GSF and installed. As expected, it made absolutely no difference at all. I admitted defeat and concluded that it was time for the gearbox to come off... AGAIN !!! Now, this blog alone should tell you that I've had a fair bit of practice with 085 boxes. But it still is an unpleasant job if you're on your own and only have a trolley jack to lower the box onto. But after a couple of hours of swearing, the box was off : And I was greeted with this : I was expecting some evidence of major damage, that would have justified the clutch trouble, but found none ! The bearing was intact and not even particularly rough on rotation. The release fork was also intact, and moved smoothly on its pivot. And, as you can see above, with the clutch cover still in place, everything looked absolutely normal. Bloody hell, could it be the box again ? Thankfully, taking the clutch apart revealed the problem. Here's the flywheel face of the clutch plate : And here's the gearbox face : Prior to selling the car, the previous owner had spent £40 on this no-name Chinese kit, which lasted 45K miles of very light (mostly motorway) use. False economy !
  14. My GM900 with the same engine but a manual box and better aerodynamics has never returned more than 34mpg during my visits to the continent. So yeah, they're thirsty beasts !
  15. TUs are interference, I'm afraid, and few survive a broken belt without valve damage. I'd pay a tenner for a new belt, and do a compression test to start with. You may be lucky ! If there is valve damage, they're pretty simple engines to work on, and a DIY head replacement would be OK if you're methodical and have a reasonable toolkit. Parts are plentiful in scrapyards, but they're rather prone to OMGHGF so be careful if you do go down the second hand head route. Also budget £150-200 for parts and consumables.
  16. +1, also the case for all small and medium sized VAG cars built between the mid-90s and mid-00s !
  17. Look like 1980s Mitsubishi L300 to me ?
  18. This delightful automobile is now SOALD... Non-epic collection to follow !
  19. The Daimler V8 oil pressure is meant to be 20psi at (hot) idle and around 40psi when driving. So under 20psi from cold is a bit on the low side - but is the gauge telling the truth ?
  20. I'll let a celebrity car expert* explain : (Click for the youtube link !)
  21. Thanks for dragging this back up from the depths of the forum, Simon ! I'm still alive but, following a change of jobs, I have had very little time to devote to my fleet of shite. My new commute is 40 miles along narrow, poorly surfaced B-roads, which seem to be the Ignis' natural habitat : After 20k miles of... erm... spirited driving, the front tyres were on the wear indicators. Nankangs were the cheapest not-entirely-unknown brand I could find on Tyreleader, and regular readers will recall I had been really impressed with the winter Nankangs I bought for my ScAAB last year. So I went ahead and ordered a pair of Econex 165/70R14s : I've done a couple of thousand miles on them now, and they're pretty good, but not really better than the Runway Enduros they replaced. So it turns out that not all Chinese tyres are rubbish ! The dreaded MoT time arrived in December, and a last-minute check revealed an unexplained drop in the brake fluid level... Whoops ! The following day, the tester presented me with a fail sheet and told me that the nearside rear brake was not doing its job. A new brake cylinder and a set of brake shoes were ordered, and replaced later that week in the freezing cold : This allowed the Ignis to be declared roadworthy for yet another year ! As a reward for its reliability, I treated it to a set of new spark plugs : You may recall that those nickel Denso TTs had replaced a set of iridium NGKs when I bought the car. Denso suggest 18K replacement intervals, but the set above did 21K and the electrode gap was still within specification (1.1mm maximum). For £8 a set, they definitely deserve the Fraud Garages seal of approval ! Thankfully, the ignition coils were also within specification, and a quick diagnostic scan with my new box of tricks revealed no issues : The ScAAB also went for its MoT in December, failing on a torn steering rack gaiter. Here's a library picture of the actual part : The rack (of clear Vauxhall origin) is cunningly hidden behind the airbox, so I had failed to notice the tear, which may have been there for ages. Sometimes it's good to have a pedantic MoT tester ! I was really swamped with work that week, so I got the local garage to replace it for me, a decision that I instantly regretted when I received the bill... At least the job was done properly, and the ScAAB was ready for my continental holiday over Christmas. In other fleet news, the DAF 66 Kombi left the fleet in late August, and is now in the hands of a local enthusiast who also owns an A-body DAF ! I'm really pleased it has found such a good home ! My DAF 66 Saloon is slowly being put back together, and will hopefully be back on the road for the summer. The Doloshite is still alive and kicking, though I've barely used it in the previous months. I'm still not sure what to do with it, it's not practical enough for regular use, and it's far too common to stay in the fleet on the basis of its quirkiness... Talking of quirkiness, the most recent addition to the fleet has it in spades : Now nicknamed "the flying bathtub", as this is basically what it is ! When I bought it, the seller reassured me it was an excellent runner that "just needed the carbs tuned, as it had been sitting". This was, as you would expect, not the whole truth. Sure enough, the carbs were out of tune. But they also had completely different jets, different emulsion tubes and different chokes. And then there was the small issue of one carb being a DRLA36, while the other was a DRLA40. FFS !!! As you would imagine, there was very little I could do with the existing carbs, so a decent pair of DRLA40s was sourced, carefully rebuilt, installed and tuned. Those Dellorto downdraft carbs are very sought after, and fairly complex, so the whole exercise required the investment of far more money and time than I would have wanted... At least the thing now runs smoothly, and the noise when you floor it is truly epic ! The next bit to tackle is this : Spaghetti-Marelli, or what happens when a stereotypical, feckless kitcar builder butchers Alfa electrics into a fibreglass car... This will keep me busy for a while !
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