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    Jikovron got a reaction from rainagain in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    I went up to the Crich tram village for the IFA Red Oktober car meet and as I have the relevant car to hand it seemed a perfect run out given I had nothing else planned as such.
    So headed up there with a view that the shitty headgasket was already going but it was leaking slowly enough for the gases to evacuate the header tank, initially that's what transpired till near the village, it's a long hill to crich and stopping isnt a safe option on the NSL road which was rather unhelpful.
    Predictably the temp went berserk repleat with steam clouds and tremendously loud pinking despite feathering the throttle right down the gears, anyhow it made the trip and that was something!



    loved all this stuff as it's a proper time travel venue and the enthusiasm for the trams and village scape is clear to see, I left my  disloyal steed outside as the fun factor of cold war motoring had diminished too much by then.

    After a mile since topping up I had to dive off the road and started to very slowly fill up out of a puddle once I had poured water on the alloy block to try and draw heat out of the head rather than quench the iron. Thankfully a gent stopped and had some actual clean water to donate which was very appreciated

    Once I got back I cut down another neighbours tree and it behaved itself for the trip up to the tip.

    in light of the 1200 engine having unresolvable issues I'm pushing to finish the s100 engine so I can use it as a stop gap power unit.
     
    I shot blasted the outside of  liners, cleaned the seats and fire ring faces, glaze busted and fitted them with 0.15mm shims which gives a 0.1-0.14 protrusion.

    All the bits seem to be easily got from germany so it's certainly added to the motivation factor not having to scrape about for the basics.

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    Jikovron got a reaction from wuvvum in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    So a year or so passes by and plenty has gone on for better and worse.
    Proton:  10,000 miles this year!

    The driveshaft seemed to be out of balance so I added some jubilee weights ,,however since balancing the wheels there is some residual minor vibration at 70 odd mph (knackered cv boot noted)

    I made a cheeky towbar of which I should have just bought one than mess about adapting one that looked about right

    Bonnet catch failed at high enough speed to snap one hinge and wrap the bonnet around the passenger A pillar,,all OK except the windscreen which was subsequently replaced

    The engine was feeling abit off so I found the engine light feed and wired it into the dash , but that was revealing nowt!

    I reckoned the fuel pump was struggling to feed the bigger engine, so swapped that for the gti unit however that didn't help either, and similarly the fuel regulator was passing at expected pressure so by then I was abit stumped 

    So checked the cam timing which revealed almost a tooth out, but oddly not a whole tooth.

    So a loose crank bolt allowed the keyway to fret away the key, ended up welding it and filing it back into shape, fixed!

    next up was the rather long ignored cv and rack boot, only took about 20mins or so for a change 

    brake pipes were looking incredibly poor so they got replaced, it involved a whole host of tools, strong language and a 3m length of 5mm bore clear poly pipe.

    I noticed instantly when this blew out all its oil as the car felt skittish when cornering to the right, so I phoned about for new ones but most places claimed their suppliers didn't have them, yet one tried KYB directly who had stock of them, so swapped both sides as the better of the 2 dampers was in poor condition also

    the window wouldn't wind on either side due to the tabs rotting off the glass grab thing so just tacked them back together , makes a big difference being able to open windows without them falling out of the runners

    The next engine,,at some stage anon, plenty to plan to get that in given its a VW engine
    That's a sort of abridged year behind d the wheel of that car, it's basically been a decent all round thing, enjoyable and easy to drive with reasonable reliability all in.
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    Jikovron got a reaction from worldofceri in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    So the Skoda has been a slow burner but again this has been spread over the whole year roughly 

    As can be noted the front end was a total mess, it just fell to bits without any disassembly , a few kicks saw it all fall out.

    And indeed the metal just kept being cut away

    till it was looking completely bollocked 

    the donor floor needed some work after it was blasted 

    The boot floor and rails fitted OK due to coming from a similar year car, the press tools where changed a fair bit as the steel thickness and pressings were continuously updated through the estelle production run particularly the mk1 and super estelles

    surprisingly that was a straight forward task 
    and getting it in wasn't all that bad 

    By this stage the technique was in place,  yes there's no ribs but no shits were given due to cost considerations , flat sheet is cheap!

    I used a copious amount of Zinga zinc coating , bloody expensive given it was 53quid for 750ml 
    All that rammel needs copied/repaired and fitted back in, but need to build up enthusiasm again really

    the questionable 80s bumper was in bits so I thought I'd see if fibre glass was a worthy option

    and it is , if you buy the correct resin for the catalyst, I had to redo the whole deal but got there the 2nd time!
    So that's roughly up to date, 12months condensed down as per the proton
     
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    Jikovron got a reaction from worldofceri in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    So a year or so passes by and plenty has gone on for better and worse.
    Proton:  10,000 miles this year!

    The driveshaft seemed to be out of balance so I added some jubilee weights ,,however since balancing the wheels there is some residual minor vibration at 70 odd mph (knackered cv boot noted)

    I made a cheeky towbar of which I should have just bought one than mess about adapting one that looked about right

    Bonnet catch failed at high enough speed to snap one hinge and wrap the bonnet around the passenger A pillar,,all OK except the windscreen which was subsequently replaced

    The engine was feeling abit off so I found the engine light feed and wired it into the dash , but that was revealing nowt!

    I reckoned the fuel pump was struggling to feed the bigger engine, so swapped that for the gti unit however that didn't help either, and similarly the fuel regulator was passing at expected pressure so by then I was abit stumped 

    So checked the cam timing which revealed almost a tooth out, but oddly not a whole tooth.

    So a loose crank bolt allowed the keyway to fret away the key, ended up welding it and filing it back into shape, fixed!

    next up was the rather long ignored cv and rack boot, only took about 20mins or so for a change 

    brake pipes were looking incredibly poor so they got replaced, it involved a whole host of tools, strong language and a 3m length of 5mm bore clear poly pipe.

    I noticed instantly when this blew out all its oil as the car felt skittish when cornering to the right, so I phoned about for new ones but most places claimed their suppliers didn't have them, yet one tried KYB directly who had stock of them, so swapped both sides as the better of the 2 dampers was in poor condition also

    the window wouldn't wind on either side due to the tabs rotting off the glass grab thing so just tacked them back together , makes a big difference being able to open windows without them falling out of the runners

    The next engine,,at some stage anon, plenty to plan to get that in given its a VW engine
    That's a sort of abridged year behind d the wheel of that car, it's basically been a decent all round thing, enjoyable and easy to drive with reasonable reliability all in.
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    Jikovron got a reaction from JMotor in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    So the Skoda has been a slow burner but again this has been spread over the whole year roughly 

    As can be noted the front end was a total mess, it just fell to bits without any disassembly , a few kicks saw it all fall out.

    And indeed the metal just kept being cut away

    till it was looking completely bollocked 

    the donor floor needed some work after it was blasted 

    The boot floor and rails fitted OK due to coming from a similar year car, the press tools where changed a fair bit as the steel thickness and pressings were continuously updated through the estelle production run particularly the mk1 and super estelles

    surprisingly that was a straight forward task 
    and getting it in wasn't all that bad 

    By this stage the technique was in place,  yes there's no ribs but no shits were given due to cost considerations , flat sheet is cheap!

    I used a copious amount of Zinga zinc coating , bloody expensive given it was 53quid for 750ml 
    All that rammel needs copied/repaired and fitted back in, but need to build up enthusiasm again really

    the questionable 80s bumper was in bits so I thought I'd see if fibre glass was a worthy option

    and it is , if you buy the correct resin for the catalyst, I had to redo the whole deal but got there the 2nd time!
    So that's roughly up to date, 12months condensed down as per the proton
     
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    Jikovron got a reaction from SmokinWaffle in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    So a year or so passes by and plenty has gone on for better and worse.
    Proton:  10,000 miles this year!

    The driveshaft seemed to be out of balance so I added some jubilee weights ,,however since balancing the wheels there is some residual minor vibration at 70 odd mph (knackered cv boot noted)

    I made a cheeky towbar of which I should have just bought one than mess about adapting one that looked about right

    Bonnet catch failed at high enough speed to snap one hinge and wrap the bonnet around the passenger A pillar,,all OK except the windscreen which was subsequently replaced

    The engine was feeling abit off so I found the engine light feed and wired it into the dash , but that was revealing nowt!

    I reckoned the fuel pump was struggling to feed the bigger engine, so swapped that for the gti unit however that didn't help either, and similarly the fuel regulator was passing at expected pressure so by then I was abit stumped 

    So checked the cam timing which revealed almost a tooth out, but oddly not a whole tooth.

    So a loose crank bolt allowed the keyway to fret away the key, ended up welding it and filing it back into shape, fixed!

    next up was the rather long ignored cv and rack boot, only took about 20mins or so for a change 

    brake pipes were looking incredibly poor so they got replaced, it involved a whole host of tools, strong language and a 3m length of 5mm bore clear poly pipe.

    I noticed instantly when this blew out all its oil as the car felt skittish when cornering to the right, so I phoned about for new ones but most places claimed their suppliers didn't have them, yet one tried KYB directly who had stock of them, so swapped both sides as the better of the 2 dampers was in poor condition also

    the window wouldn't wind on either side due to the tabs rotting off the glass grab thing so just tacked them back together , makes a big difference being able to open windows without them falling out of the runners

    The next engine,,at some stage anon, plenty to plan to get that in given its a VW engine
    That's a sort of abridged year behind d the wheel of that car, it's basically been a decent all round thing, enjoyable and easy to drive with reasonable reliability all in.
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    Jikovron got a reaction from BlankFrank in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Yeah there's been a fair bit over the last year but it's all been complicated by health maladies so I didn't really post much, but I'll do a summary shortly !
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    Jikovron got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    So the Skoda has been a slow burner but again this has been spread over the whole year roughly 

    As can be noted the front end was a total mess, it just fell to bits without any disassembly , a few kicks saw it all fall out.

    And indeed the metal just kept being cut away

    till it was looking completely bollocked 

    the donor floor needed some work after it was blasted 

    The boot floor and rails fitted OK due to coming from a similar year car, the press tools where changed a fair bit as the steel thickness and pressings were continuously updated through the estelle production run particularly the mk1 and super estelles

    surprisingly that was a straight forward task 
    and getting it in wasn't all that bad 

    By this stage the technique was in place,  yes there's no ribs but no shits were given due to cost considerations , flat sheet is cheap!

    I used a copious amount of Zinga zinc coating , bloody expensive given it was 53quid for 750ml 
    All that rammel needs copied/repaired and fitted back in, but need to build up enthusiasm again really

    the questionable 80s bumper was in bits so I thought I'd see if fibre glass was a worthy option

    and it is , if you buy the correct resin for the catalyst, I had to redo the whole deal but got there the 2nd time!
    So that's roughly up to date, 12months condensed down as per the proton
     
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    Jikovron got a reaction from JMotor in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    So a year or so passes by and plenty has gone on for better and worse.
    Proton:  10,000 miles this year!

    The driveshaft seemed to be out of balance so I added some jubilee weights ,,however since balancing the wheels there is some residual minor vibration at 70 odd mph (knackered cv boot noted)

    I made a cheeky towbar of which I should have just bought one than mess about adapting one that looked about right

    Bonnet catch failed at high enough speed to snap one hinge and wrap the bonnet around the passenger A pillar,,all OK except the windscreen which was subsequently replaced

    The engine was feeling abit off so I found the engine light feed and wired it into the dash , but that was revealing nowt!

    I reckoned the fuel pump was struggling to feed the bigger engine, so swapped that for the gti unit however that didn't help either, and similarly the fuel regulator was passing at expected pressure so by then I was abit stumped 

    So checked the cam timing which revealed almost a tooth out, but oddly not a whole tooth.

    So a loose crank bolt allowed the keyway to fret away the key, ended up welding it and filing it back into shape, fixed!

    next up was the rather long ignored cv and rack boot, only took about 20mins or so for a change 

    brake pipes were looking incredibly poor so they got replaced, it involved a whole host of tools, strong language and a 3m length of 5mm bore clear poly pipe.

    I noticed instantly when this blew out all its oil as the car felt skittish when cornering to the right, so I phoned about for new ones but most places claimed their suppliers didn't have them, yet one tried KYB directly who had stock of them, so swapped both sides as the better of the 2 dampers was in poor condition also

    the window wouldn't wind on either side due to the tabs rotting off the glass grab thing so just tacked them back together , makes a big difference being able to open windows without them falling out of the runners

    The next engine,,at some stage anon, plenty to plan to get that in given its a VW engine
    That's a sort of abridged year behind d the wheel of that car, it's basically been a decent all round thing, enjoyable and easy to drive with reasonable reliability all in.
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    Jikovron got a reaction from Carl1981 in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    So I filled up the gearbox, bled the coolant on the suzuki last week and it's been great since, which means the gamble paid off there thankfully.
    So as that was fairly successful I thought let's repeat the process again! With a better engine for the skoda.

    I organised the shipping for this within about 3mins over the phone to speedshift, and this turned up the next day from penzance for 63quid, I couldn't manage to get it for that in fuel costs.

    It's a late skoda 120 engine so has all the improvements that pre 83 engines dont have, stiffer block,full flow filtration,and upgraded ancilleries.
    This one has done some mileage by the state of the clutch but hopefully the bottom end is ok.
    I stored it out in the back with a hat on for the rain showers!

    I made a start on it but couldn't crack on properly till I got a jet washer of gumtree.


    A once over with the luminous green elbow grease spray,, jet wash, oven cleaner and a finishing rinse off.
    Next up will be to take the head off, lap the valves and get it built back up to fit into the car! 
    Also dad nipped round with a new waterpump for his 300e and we got on with swapping that over, we did this 10 years ago when we first got the car so it seems to be a per decade job, and a good job too as it's a needlessly shit job to do with how much that requires removing!


    At 270k its valve guides have seen better days, but to me it's got the uncle Buck perennial charm as it smokes and occasionally splutters it's way around. 
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    Jikovron got a reaction from worldofceri in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Yeah there's been a fair bit over the last year but it's all been complicated by health maladies so I didn't really post much, but I'll do a summary shortly !
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    Jikovron got a reaction from Jim Bell in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Yeah there's been a fair bit over the last year but it's all been complicated by health maladies so I didn't really post much, but I'll do a summary shortly !
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    Jikovron got a reaction from rainagain in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    As the buggy is basically unsaleable and worthless I thought I might aswell tinker on with it as and when, the steering was thought to be a massively faff but actually the saxo rack and quadrants etc all play nicely with each other. The quadrant is a brake pedal as it has a nice pivot point.

    the rack mount was welded to the chassis rails to initially position the rack with a view that the drag link follows the average arc of the suspension links.
    Steering column is the saxo up joint, a piece of lawnmower and a m12 bolt with a flange welded on.
    The steering quadrant pivot got a decent beef up as I predict the thing is likely to be getting its face smashed in rather than a quiet bimble although thinking further a bump stop would be helpful as bottoming the dampers would strain the arms a fair bit.
    I knocked up a front bumper as it wants a decent location for some D shackles, basically because why not!
    So as the HDPE 1000litre containers worked out so well previously I picked up 2 inner bottles locally for a tenner, as can be seen when you saw them into a net they are a good 7m² of decent 3mm sheet which cut and shape very easily, I would have used then on a shed roof zero bother! 
    With the front getting resolved I wanted to sort the unfinished rear so back out with the pipe bender and bandsaw to make a bumper and wheel slider rails.

    Next up will be a roll over cage! 
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    Jikovron got a reaction from Sigmund Fraud in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Yeah there's been a fair bit over the last year but it's all been complicated by health maladies so I didn't really post much, but I'll do a summary shortly !
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    Jikovron got a reaction from CaptainBoom in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Yeah there's been a fair bit over the last year but it's all been complicated by health maladies so I didn't really post much, but I'll do a summary shortly !
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    Jikovron got a reaction from juular in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Yeah there's been a fair bit over the last year but it's all been complicated by health maladies so I didn't really post much, but I'll do a summary shortly !
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    Jikovron got a reaction from Tickman in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Yeah there's been a fair bit over the last year but it's all been complicated by health maladies so I didn't really post much, but I'll do a summary shortly !
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    Jikovron got a reaction from Datsuncog in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Yeah there's been a fair bit over the last year but it's all been complicated by health maladies so I didn't really post much, but I'll do a summary shortly !
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    Jikovron got a reaction from juular in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    It's become something more than just a crap old proton, people's reaction to it out and about is very positive unexpectedly.
    I guess mainly as its incredibly unlikely of a car to be invested in including modified, additionally when I took it to a local meet earlier in the week, the very same chap who attempted to MOT the car at kwikfit in 2013 was there too, he was shocked but wholey pleased to see it had survived against the odds and had been through alot of life changes in 8 years! 
    It's a shit old proton,,but to us lot it's our shit old proton! 
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    Jikovron got a reaction from tooSavvy in Swift... eh? Nah!   
    Imagine the carpark look back factor when those placca lights are white sand exotic beach water clear ,,,phwoar!
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    Jikovron got a reaction from rainagain in Retroshite   
    It seems I should have left the smokey but reliable s100 engine in it rather than gamble on a random 130 engine known for being extra fragile hgf wise, fucking things!
    Bleeding these simply entails parking front end down topping up the header tank and opening the bleed valve till runs out and tbh even if you fail to bleed it properly it just puts the heater out of action. 
    All the skoda engines are tricky as the alloy block inevitably stretches up around the hot thermostat end leaving the liners 3 and 4 flush with the block deck, if the issue isn't massively bad it is possible just shim them up over so that the liners are protruding by the right 0.14ish mm amount relative to the deck but stepping up ~ 0.05mm relative to each other towards the rear of the flywheel end.
    Another way to rectify the issue is either deck the block to 95mm above the liner seats or fit a K series which ironically are bang on reliable in these 
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    Jikovron got a reaction from chaseracer in The World. As seen by Ceri.   
    I certainly did! It came with a collapsed torsion bar, wrecked tyres and some rust having sat in a field for 2 decades.
    Shonky ital lives again
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    Jikovron got a reaction from adw1977 in Ambitious towbars   
    It was a 1275 marina powered creation with Viva HC front and rear axles it was very unusual to say the least!
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    Jikovron got a reaction from Scruffy Bodger in Ambitious towbars   
    The flatbed has been very useful 


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    Jikovron got a reaction from chodweaver in Ambitious towbars   
    The flatbed has been very useful 


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