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    colino reacted to ruffgeezer in Ruff's Merc Coupe Auto; searching for pastures new...   
    Yes it's true, other than smelling of diesel, the Merc is in fact sorted once again, and I'm pleased to report the auto box has emerged unscathed from it's trip behind the van (that'll be for sale soon too if anyone fancies a slightly down at heel Peugeot Expert Hdi) 
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    colino reacted to ruffgeezer in Ruff's Merc Coupe Auto; searching for pastures new...   
    "So, how did you have a nice evening?" 

     
    Why yes actually... 
    VID_20210112_185900.mp4
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    colino got a reaction from privatewire in Barrheid Fleeto.. Endless Blue.   
    I wonder if you could speed up the Triumph renovation?  At this rate the complete rebuild could stretch out to days.
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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Daihatsu Fourtrak - More welding than the Bismarck   
    Progress achieved:
    Broke out the welder and grinder and got a good four hours in today.
    - repaired n/s/r body mount
    - repaired nearside rear boot floor, and the lower 4 inches of the inner arch. 
     
    I reckon there’s about another 6 hours in the rear arch this side to do. Then it’s the floor, sills and inner sills. Before the same the other side! One step at a time, eh?
    Will update with pictures.
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    colino reacted to ruffgeezer in Ruff's Merc Coupe Auto; searching for pastures new...   
    Not my style, ordered another one from Merc (after an attempt and fitting a new end to the hard pipe failed). 
    Another fifty odd quid in. 
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    colino reacted to ruffgeezer in Ruff's Merc Coupe Auto; searching for pastures new...   
    Luckily not too far from base, so we gave it a tug with my dad's van. 
    I shall have it apart again tomorrow I suppose for an autopsy. 
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    colino got a reaction from Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. Endless Blue.   
    I wonder if you could speed up the Triumph renovation?  At this rate the complete rebuild could stretch out to days.
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    colino got a reaction from juular in Barrheid Fleeto.. Endless Blue.   
    I wonder if you could speed up the Triumph renovation?  At this rate the complete rebuild could stretch out to days.
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    colino got a reaction from Split_Pin in Rover 75 Diesel.   
    Could be a MOT testers tic.  Mine will say some nonsense about panels fitted obscuring view if there's nothing else to write down on a straight pass.
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    colino reacted to ruffgeezer in Ruff's Merc Coupe Auto; searching for pastures new...   
    Whilst outside and freezing my conkers off, I've reattached the door card, replaced the window switches and stuck the speaker grille back on. 
    I also fixed the loose kick trim. 
     
    There's still a decent pile of random screws though... 
     

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    colino reacted to ruffgeezer in Ruff's Merc Coupe Auto; searching for pastures new...   
    Well, in the freezing temperatures of a Lincolnshire morning, I did attempt to re-introduce the pump to the engine. 
    It's quite fiddly to realign the drive plate in the cam, but eventually I managed it. 

    I had to utilise a bojing strap for the plastic lines as the original clips broke. This just keeps them away from the aux drive belt (which probably needs immediate replacement due to having a wd40 like substance on it 🤔) 
    I also replaced this little expensive bastard breather £7 for a lump of plastic. 
     
     

    But does she run? 
     

    VID_20210107_100714.mp4 That'll do for now!
     

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    colino reacted to ruffgeezer in Ruff's Merc Coupe Auto; searching for pastures new...   
    Well today, in preparation for going back to work next week, I thought I'd have a look at this. 
    Somewhat jealous of the attention thoigh, coupled with the fact I'd been looking at petrol turbo models, my V70 decided to have an electrical shit fit, causing the heater vents to smoke and filing the car with acrid plastic burning. 
    I quickly switch the car off and found there to be no actual fire, but when switched back on I had nothing working on the dash except the cig lighter and stereo. Fuck. 
    I got the car home and had a quick google; a decade ago some damned Yankee had the same issue on a similar aged A60, and he'd found as did I, fuse 24 blown. 
    Replaced that and the car behaves perfectly again save for the SRS fault you get when the clocks have died. I don't like that sort of issue. 
    Anyhow we didn't come to the Murcedes thread to talk about Volvos, did we? 
    No.
    So my last post was me lamenting the incontinence of the HP fuel pump. 
    So this afternoon I set to it armed only with a Halfords 170 kit and a few flat screwdrivers. 

    Thankfully the pump was extracted without breaking any of the pipes, and just before it began pissing it down. 
    Leaving a hole like this... 

    And a grufty handful of Bosch pump... 

     
    Firstly find a clean* work space... 
    I bought a pump rebuild kit from http://www.x8r.co.uk/ and followed their video during the rebuild. 
    Under the first cylinder head, it looked properly rough, you know sometimes your doing things and wonder if your car will ever run again? Yeah. 

    I used the Dave21478 method to clean up the heads and a scraper and wet and dry on the body to tidy it all up. 
    Properly. Fucking. Rough. 

    Not too many pictures as by this point I'm covered in diesel and just want the job over with. 
    At locking up time, the bench looked like this;

    The pump is back in one piece, and I just hope that I have got it all together properly. 

     
    Cunt. 
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    colino reacted to Ian_Fearn in The Castle Gresley Rover 820   
    @Motown that’s no bother mate. Was a pleasure to meet you and am pleased I got the chance to throw my limited skills into the ring to get this back on the road.
    Regarding the more serious rot in the passenger side roof line, I was thinking...... If you can get this back on the road with an MOT, once my wife has been vaccinated and Covid is a bit calmer, why don’t you bring it down to Derby for a long day? I’ll show you how I would go about the repair, give you some welding practice and we can work together to get that area sorted. 
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    colino reacted to Motown in The Castle Gresley Rover 820   
    Huge thanks to @Ian_Fearn who came out to weld the holes in the windscreen aperture today.
    Despite the bitterly cold weather and the metalwork being stupidly thin it didn't phase him one bit.  Ian has done an amazing job and given the car a bigger chance of survival. 
    Thank you again kind sir your a truly a legend amongst us!

     

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    colino reacted to Motown in The Castle Gresley Rover 820   
    ***UPDATE***
    I managed to get my hands on a new pump today so i removed the knackered old pump from the car and decided to follow the advice of  @Isaac Hunt  making one functioning pump from the two broken ones i have. The V6 pump which was used for testing before failing is on the left and the original pump from the car is on the right. 

     
    Taking the pump apart was alot simpler than i had imagined after removing the three electrical connections then the pump mechanism i blew air through the pipes to clear any debris.
     

     
    I then added a tiny amount of fuel to the new pump mechanism and tidied up the rest of the pump the best i could before reassembling everything

     
    I was doubtful to whether it would work or not as this was my first attempt at refurbishing a fuel pump however the car is now running again 
    More to come soon. All the best 👍
     
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    colino got a reaction from warch in What Car? Best Company Cars 1991 - Which would you pick?   
    Obviously the 525, just head and shoulders above the competition at the time. 
    The vauxhalls of the era were always a step above the Ford "equivalent".  A 1.3/1.4 vx was a match for a Ford 1.6, the 1.6 vx embarrassed 2 litre Ford's. 
    The BX reminded me of a colleague at the time who had a flat red new one in 1991.  A horrible, slow, ugly thing.  His choice, as he made every three years, was to call up Arnold Clark leasing and ask what the cheapest 5 door lease car he could have. 
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    colino reacted to 124Cab in RR P38   
    I have a 98 BMW 6 cylinder 2.5 manual in Rioja red which I love dearly and intend on keeping a very long time. It's one of the better ones and I specifically chose a life long national trust member poverty spec car with manual cloth seats, manual gearbox, no wood cappings on the doors etc etc. Full history. Yarnolds Land Rover dealer number plates. Been tucked away most of 2020 but will get it out of hibernation when lockdown finally does one for good.
    It's been converted to  coil springs which I see as a must if you want no fuss and drama in your life. It's bit rolly poly in comparison to air ride but more akin to the many RR Classics I've had, which is no bad thing.  Just my opinion!
    Fitted Y2K lights and Hurricanes but have kept the gingercators and 16"s in the garage for a rainy day.
    I average just shy of 30mpg (real)/(34mpg trip computer) on mixed driving, much of which is down to the manual gearbox I'd imagine. R380 Disco/Defender type. Quite agricultural but that's what gives it character.  BMW 6 cyl unit really sings with the manual gearbox as you can hang on to the gears. Fitted with a PSI tuning chip which helps performance quite remarkably but apparently these ruin the already weak autos when fitted. 
    HVAC system is simple enough once you commit to chopping a good part of the inner center console away for ease of access. Same goes for matrix o rings.
    BECM rebuild is a few hundred at various specialists now.  Old school tech, nothing scary.  Quite a few people now specialize in these. Bugger when it goes but easily fixed and plug in. 
    I've turned off my immobiliser and alarm at diagnostics level so have old fashioned keys with no chip/remote locking or drama now. It's now not endlessly checking itself and not not going to sleep when left for a week plus. £11 to cut a replacement no chip key blank as opposed to £250 from LR for a remote flip fob (they won't supply a valet key any longer). I have other forms of security before anyone chimes in 😉
    I can cope with the electrical niggles as I'm not welding the bugger every 6 months! Ask me how I learnt that the hard way...
    My father always ran these when I was young and has two currently, one at 210k and its replacement on 125k. He estimated the 210k car cost him five grand over eight years he ran it for to keep reliable, and on air, which I think wasn't too bad considering how much these things were when new. He swears by them as they are supremely capable for living in the middle of the remote countryside.
    I'd recommend you choose wisely and do it before they start to rise in value, which inevitably they will looking at almost everything else LR related.
    Mine has not yet nor imminently looking to financially ruin my life. Learn how to be handy with a spanner and get the appropriate software and you're already ahead of the game.  
    For perspective I paid £1200 for mine so the overall risk is minimal. Price me up an R plate Defender TDI or perhaps a late N plate sofdash RR? Both absolute bastards in their own ways and hugely expensive to buy, run and maintain. 
    I'd love a V8 but I've not got shares in BP!





     
     
     
     
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    colino got a reaction from The Mighty Quinn in What Car? Best Company Cars 1991 - Which would you pick?   
    Obviously the 525, just head and shoulders above the competition at the time. 
    The vauxhalls of the era were always a step above the Ford "equivalent".  A 1.3/1.4 vx was a match for a Ford 1.6, the 1.6 vx embarrassed 2 litre Ford's. 
    The BX reminded me of a colleague at the time who had a flat red new one in 1991.  A horrible, slow, ugly thing.  His choice, as he made every three years, was to call up Arnold Clark leasing and ask what the cheapest 5 door lease car he could have. 
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    colino reacted to Crispian_J_Hotson in Jaguar S Type X200 - Shock applied...   
    I've bought the car into 2021! Hazzah!
    It's not moved much since it's deployment into commuting service some months back. The odd run here and there perhaps, just to keep the battery alive and interior dry but that was until a couple of days ago when I decided to take it for a shot down the M11 and clear some frozen cobwebs out of those pipes. Wow, the smell of catalyst only usually emitted from paper shop run giffer mobiles was well and truly present at full steam speeds. 
    Having collected my human cargo which formed a third of my allowed childcare bubble, we set back on the old two five, headed for M11 north and destined for a slightly less infected area. It was at this change of main artery that I think I saw, and in my mind's eye, and possibly a reflection from somewhere, an orange warning light appear. I looked at this great British built vehicles 1999  information technology screen (a green dot matrix about 1" by 2") but there was just the range showing 109 odd miles left in the tank... Hmmm.
    The journey continued and up by Harlow, a message did pop up accompanied by its orange warning light friend: Failsafe engine mode. This was a new one and probably quite serious, but it was still moving forward at motorway speeds and no one wants to be stranded at Harlow, I lived there once, you'll come back to your broken car after searching for hot food and half of it is missing, or broken, or both, or it has just completely vanished. I digress.
    A little way further, the message and light go out. You'd be led to thinking that ' it was just a blip', I had just chucked a load of super in it from normal fuel, maybe, just maybe it got a bit upset? As soon as that thinking was over, the message returned! Godamm.... Oh, it's gone again...
    This little show continued for the entire journey and I noted a couple of things:
    1) it only happened at around 2000 rpm sort of.
    B ) I could no longer smell the cats, was that good or bad?
    Obviously smelling cats is bad, any type of cats, exhaust or feline but it wasn't that horrible sulphur egg, make you not want any chicken by-product for a week smell, it was that lovely sweet smelling 'I'm protecting the environment with my fully functional cats that haven't been used a lot' smell. Something wasn't right... Or was it? Who knows?
    At home, the first thought was to correctly diagnose the fault. So i looked for 6cylinders phone number to see if a refund or any compensation was viable. I didn't. What I actually did was ignore it and get drunk, ready to see the new year in. 
    Today, I took half the household out to a muddy field and walked a few miles. On the way there, jag boy wasn't playing nice. The warning message was on and off like an old sex shop neon, and just as distracting.
    It seemed that every time I slightly pressed the power pedal the engine so very slightly changed it's tune and the message would Pop up. Releasing the pedal saw normal service resume. Totally different characteristics from my M11 experience. It would seem that my years working for Citroen had taught me something: there may well be a Gremlin going to work on the electronics.
    I thought backwards... When I initially got in the car to collect my human, I was surprised at how damp it was inside, despite my carefree efforts to keep it dry. I stared at a drip of water on the windscreen in my line of sight for most of the journey, seeing how long it would take the de-mister to see it off (these M11 runs can be quite boring). 
    After our mud plugging session, I got on the googleator. 99Jag stype- damp electrics- failsafe engine...
    You have to put the year in, be specific with it because everyone has forgotten about the X200 and the entire interweb rolls in X202's nowadays. There is a good reason for that though. 
    I got a nice result back on Google. This in fact:
    https://m.gendan.co.uk/article_24.html
    That link just smelled of success. So I went out to the car, unplugged the pedal, blew in the connector a few times and of course, with one blow for luck, reconnected it. Drove down the M11, dropped human off and drove back up the M11 and not once, not once did the message appear. And that is how you do a really long post about taking a plug out and putting it back in. Thanks.
     
    Next up...
    Probably nothing for another 6 months.
     
     
     
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    colino got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in 71 Rover 3500 (P6B)   
    Cameron Green just like my last one, but if its frilly like that, how is it above the suspension at the back/boot floor?   Then you notice the door glass rubbers (replacements are like service items) have made the door bottoms a bit flappy.  Great, useable cars though. 
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    colino reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. Endless Blue.   
    Update  30/12
    Been chuffing freezing so it's been a struggle to get motivated.
    Started putting some chrome back onto the body:

    Got the templates, sewing machine out and vhs rallies on the telly ready to roll.



    Fitted my bodged bit of carpets and underlay (black is most forgiving!) and put the seats back in:

     



     
     
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    colino reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. Endless Blue.   
    Update. Been chipping away at this during the week after work/today:
    Did the wheels:

    Started stripping:


    Started masking/priming:


    Started painting:



    Ran out of upol cans so need to order more to do the doors and any top-ups. Now stevie wonder could see the paint defects from 20 feet away but for 60 quid and only my time spent I'm not complaining. Will invest someone elses considerable time and my money at a later date. 
    Whilst waiting for the extra cans to turn up I'll get started on mocking up templates for making up the carpet/ make a boot floor from plywood. 
     
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    colino reacted to Talbot in Ruff's Merc Coupe Auto; searching for pastures new...   
    The plastic fittings, after >15 years often go brittle.  All the plastic pipes on C250/E300 OM605 and OM606 engines are primed and ready to snap the moment you try to disturb them.  That along with rock-hard O-rings everywhere means it's just easier to change them for new.  When they've lasted 20 years, £100 isn't a lot.
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    colino reacted to Split_Pin in Rover 75 Diesel.   
    The seals around the vents inside the boot were leaking so I tackled those today.




    Getting the Harman Kardon apparatus bolted back in was a total flipping war.
    9.3/10 for a wanky design here.

    All done now.
    MOT is in February so provided they don't order the garages to shut I'll get this done mid January.
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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Why don't I listen to myself?   
    The bathtub curve applies to maintenance too. 

    New car: on warranty, dealer serviced by a teenager (I teach them) Many things missed or not replaced. Warranty issues dealt with parts darts approach pissing off first owner. First owner will never check anything, cos it’s under warranty.
    Mid life: From a about a cars third birthday, it’ll be on finance and it’s owner can’t afford maintenance and the monthly repayment. Suspension and stuff wears, tyres are switched to cheap Chinese rubbish, driven till it stops, owner thinks it’s shit, so won’t spend money. Owners mate drives it once, unimpressed by a never serviced, bald chinese tyred, probably tottally sloppy, loose and pulling to one side she’d,  owners mate takes the piss. Owners mate is now an expert, and tells the world that cars shit, handles like boat. This expert will tell ebveryone for years model such and such is shit. Owners mate (expert) will obviously own  the worlds greatest handling car, regardless of make model Or type.  I remember a pub expert telling me the Golf chassis was crap. His benchmark, a mk5 Escort. 
     
    Old age: where I buy cars. All the past neglect manifests itself as major failures. If something has limited major fails in this era, it’s a good car. Whatever you buy will need tyres, breaks, suspension bushes etc, you’ll be lucky if the wheels are even pointing in the right direction if you dare to track it up. It won’t, under any circumstance have any air con gas in it. Several internet experts, who all have race driver skills and the worlds fastest best handling car, will tell you your cars shit.
    This applies to all cars. Even Rolls Royce, see flying spares website.
    Theres exceptions, but there rare as unicorn teeth. 
     
    The enthusiast: looked after right, either by themselves, or a well known specialist. Every thing is done right, washed, polished and waxed, warmed up down, over maintained. You can’t buy this car sadly, the owner won’t ever sell it.
    the old boy: drives 8 miles a year. Slipping clutch all the way. Drives into every piece of road furniture from cows to bus stops. All at 7mph, which doesn’t destroy the car, but sort of reshapes all corners. If old boy was an enthusiast, he will repair all its damage, with brown emulsion and masking tape. When old boy gives up driving or snuffs it, car is “detailed “ and sold as one Owner minter. Never been off choke, into third gear, or had the rear seats used. Just about ready to go wrong massively, especially if you dare drive it different.
    High mileage hero: my favourite, ridden harder than a Skegness donkey, bounced off the redline, commuted 5000 miles a week at 125mph. Don’t get cold started often though, and you can’t do big miles if it’s always on a recovery truck. Usually serviced, and repaired as needed. It won’t do 125 mph in limp mode, so sales rep demands its fixed immediately dare it go wrong. Dealer actually will fix these, as don’t wanna lose fleet customers.
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