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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Daihatsu Fourtrak - More welding than the Bismarck   
    So, as I’m a sadist I decided to remove the previous repairs, and look for some sound steel to weld to.
    This was a bit like peeling a rusty onion.
    Obviously, being a total rust bucket, the job soon escalated a touch.

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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Daihatsu Fourtrak - More welding than the Bismarck   
    Wanna see what falls out a part worn Fourtrak? 
    Ive eaten and inhaled this stuff. 

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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Daihatsu Fourtrak - More welding than the Bismarck   
    Okay, so as I’m ahead of progress to where this thread is, I can update further.
    Fuel tank - this has weeping seems, and needs a look at. Any shiters experienced with a tank sealer? 
    The next work done was the rear trailing arms, these had bushes replaced with poly, and the spring seats were repaired, before a coat of rust oleum combi colour. 
    All the rust was ground away with various wire wheel grinder wheels, and rust converted with Bilt Hamber Hydrate 80. This stuff is immense.

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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Daihatsu Fourtrak - More welding than the Bismarck   
    To the front of the spring mount you’ll see a hole, to access the crossmember.
    This was next up for repair. Cut out, welded and ground back, then Zinc primed. Inside all the repairs Is some zinc spray too.
    About now was when I started to scrape all the barnacles, manure, rust and loose sealer from the underside. As the underside cleaned up, and more and more holes were sorted and primed, progress was being made.
    Ill trawl my old pics so you can see what this looked like originally, there was a farmyard worth of shite on this, mud sever inches deep at this point.
    Bits removed are this point- rear axle, rear suspension arms and tramp bars, under guards, prop, fuel tank and filler neck Shiz, rear bumpers, literally the worlds most hardcore tow bar, rear bumpers, Entire interior.
    Theres a theme developing. If it’s made of metal, it needs welding. 

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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Daihatsu Fourtrak - More welding than the Bismarck   
    With the crossmember done, it was onto the rear spring mounts.
    Passenger side one had repairs, and the drivers side I pretty much had to fabricate.

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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Daihatsu Fourtrak - More welding than the Bismarck   
    Hi all, I’m going to try to keep this updated as a diary of work done on my old Fourtrak. 
    I bought this a few years ago but have only recently got going on it properly, with several other projects on the go, times been scarce.
    Ill start with the main job, the rear crossmember. When I bought the truck this tube had snapped on the drivers side. This ruptured the brake pipes, and ruined all the already tired suspension bushes.
    So, out with the crossmember...
    The original is round tube, the new 3mm wall box section, it actually holds the anti tramp bars. 
    Yes the Fourtrak has a 5 linked rear suspension, and an LSD. Because race car!
    I didn’t take many pics at this time, so I’m trying to improve this and maybe a thread will motivate me to document it. 

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    colino reacted to rickvw72 in Why don't I listen to myself?   
    I think it’s the recent fashion to have a really strong polarised opinion on anything. It seems that you are not allowed to just like stuff, you have to be a fan boy or a hater.
    Ill summarise my points, I’ve got three (admittedly old) VWs. I keep them as I like them. I don’t support the nazi party, wish I live in a house VAG built, and haven’t named my children Ferdinand or Porsche.
    Someone I know was genuinely surprised I own three Japanese cars too. It was like I was supposed to only like VWs, and only drive VWs for ever more because I’ve got three old ones. 
    Personnally I like decent cars. I don’t massively care who built it, but rate stuff on whether it’s decent in my experience.
    My trade background means I’m happy to offer a terrible review on anything that’s shit from such experience. Think Peugeot 407s, the awful 1.6 HDi / TDCi engine in everything, and stuff like welding a 5 year old transit sill for an MoT gives me a certain viewpoint on some stuffs quality. 
    A rusty wing on a 15 year old golf, which doesn’t exactly look a loved example, ain’t gonna convince me everything VAG built, and will ever build again, is a steaming turd. 
    This polar opinion thing is prevelant with politics especially.
    its seems you have to be in love with Jeremy Corbyn, or be a racist far right capitalist. It seems like you can’t be simply just “not a knob”
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    colino got a reaction from RichardK in That's Mister Gammon to you. 2004 XJ6 3.0 SE - A New Arrival   
    On the ZF gearboxes there is whole lot of nonsense written about how difficult a filter and fluid change is, It isn't and I've done loads armed with no more than a trolley jack, ramps and/or axle stands to get it up and level.  Expensive Flir gun?  Nope, run it through the gears until the pan gets warm, not hot, to the touch. 
    But getting to the point, it will be cold when you change the radiator/condenser and you will want the front up in the air for access anyway.  Autobox wont be under pressure, you'll be armed with specially designed, manufacturers bungs (Clean, lint free rags) and you disconnect, plug them and zip tie them up the way until your ready to refit.
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    colino reacted to Barry Cade in Why don't I listen to myself?   
    I purchased a minty 52 Plate Seat Toledo a few weeks back, as the old giffer was giving up driving. Sold it on to a mates dad who was looking for a bigger car as he had bought a caravan and he's into older stuff. I put it through an MOT and gave it a once over. It was always garage kept, and had a massive folder of receipts from a local well respected garage. I dropped the car off, promised him it was a good car and organised a date to fit a towbar and electrics to it. happy me, happy new owner and a few quid in my pocket.
    HAH, I'd broken my own rules. I vowed a few years back NEVER to have anything to do with "modern" VAG cars. I fitted the towbar, which was no problem, and when doing this the new owner said he was sometimes having trouble opening the boot.. Wiring all broken where the hinge is.. Repaired this and left him happy, with a few quid in my back pocket.
    A week later, I hear the floor in the back is soaking, the windows are running with water and there is a oily smell coming through the heaters. I pay a visit and yes, it's properly wet inside, and there is an oily smell inside. I remove the seats, carpets and reseal ALL the door interior panels, the metal ones that bolt to the door. The water was just running straight in as the shitty foam seals VAG use just turn to dust. I have a look at the breather system and all the rubber hoses are mush. Its a 1.8 20v BTW.
    A few days later I get a call again.. The wipers won't switch off. I go through, do some diagnostics and the wiper motor is toast, park switch... and it's a sealed unit rivitted together so I go to the breakers and get another and fit that.  I don't in any way blame the new owner. I know him well and told him the car was right. I will keep my word. I don't blame the previous owner as he babied this car from new. It's the poor quality of the car and components that is at fault here.
    I know all you VAG fanbois will shoot me down. I'm used to it.. I get the opposite with Rovers as I really rate them and have had many a pub arguement defending them, but I was a die hard VW man at one point.. wouldn't drive anything else. Jetta's, Sciroccos, Mk2 Passats with the 5.. Loved them. Then they went Mk4 Golf and I could not, and still can't believe all the shoddy parts, bad design and just pure stupidity that these cars incorporate. I must have lost 10 years dealing with just the doors on these things... window regulators, motors, door locks,keys  and handles. All A grade SHIT. To top it all, It's not a nice thing to drive, pretty gutless, very low geared and he's getting 23MPG with it, and drives very carefully. 
    Before you all rip me apart.. I'm a mechanic to trade, and have been an MOT tester for near on 25 years. These comments aren't based on one car, like the one you might have had that did 300,000 miles without even an oil change, or your mate that has had loads and they are the best cars ever.. It's based on day in, day out dealing with them and seeing the Golf range in particular going from Mk2 to Mark whatever it is now. 
    Discuss. I'm awaiting the flak.
    In other news, I serviced my Focus yesterday. Its a 2.0 TDCi, mk 3. Have you seen where the flippin oil filter is? FFS.

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    colino reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1350 hours of work - On the road!   
    I'm continuing to progress with various jobs all over the car.  These include the usual niggles you come to expect when trying to get a car back on the road.
    I've checked the electrics.  Everything works except two things...
    Fuel gauge reads much lower than it should, needs investigating, I've checked the sender and it's fine Dashboard illumination is very poor,  possible bulb or rheostat issue
    I've changed the front springs.  This is a pig of a job with the car assembled but I had no choice.  One of the original front springs gave up and went soft after I put the engine in.  

    With that done the car now sits level at the front

    I've fitted a period correct battery.  Painted the caps yellow and applied some stickers.  Sad I know but it does really make a big difference to the engine bay.

    I've retorqued the cylinder heads now its been running and adjusted the valve clearances.  Its now very smooth and quiet.  Also cleaned and salvaged the original airbox.
    I've done some more tuning.  Bit of a fiddle with these carbs as you have 5 screws to mess with.  Its much closer now and I'll continue to mess about with it.

    Done the tracking remembering to do the rear wheels as well.

    Done loads of other small jobs...
    Touch up paintwork under the car Replace temperature sender Fit a crank pulley that doesn't leak Check & top off all fluids Torque rear wheel bearings Check/tighten various bolts relating to suspension and secure all lock tabs Adjust washer jets Fit remainder or exhaust Adjust clutch Tighten and split pin all subframe bolts Still got a few problems with the main one being the brakes.  I'm getting close to solving it, just need some more time.  The rear brakes are drawing in air from somewhere.  I think its from the threads on the blead nipples while bleeding is happening.  After isolating the rear I can confirm the front brakes, master cylinder and proportioning valve are fine so I'll continue working on the rear brakes.  I've changed the wheel cylinders just in case but it's not those.
    Also got those electrical issues to look at and a possible blow in the exhaust.  All standard stuff really, no major issues but the brakes is a bit frustrating due to all the nice paint there is to mess up!
    I'll keep at it, not far away now.  I have sufficient brakes to drive the car and I have around the yard.  Feels nice and smooth with no nasty noises or whines from gearbox or diff.  Only got into third gear and it was dark so no photos unfortunately.  Its like driving a magic carpet so I'm really looking forward to that first long drive.
    When I get the brakes and tyres sorted I'll get out on the road for some local test drives.  
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    colino got a reaction from mitsisigma01 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    In the 80s, following a run of easily fixupable and profitable Fiat's, I made the mistake of picking up a Zastava Yugo at the auction.  I've never, before or since experienced such terrible quality in every single part of a vehicle. 
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    colino got a reaction from egg in eBay tat volume 3.   
    In the 80s, following a run of easily fixupable and profitable Fiat's, I made the mistake of picking up a Zastava Yugo at the auction.  I've never, before or since experienced such terrible quality in every single part of a vehicle. 
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    colino reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. Endless Blue.   
    Done!(ish). Needs some further adjustment to lower on the back..but looks alright I think!

    Quick spin around the estate. Ride doesn't seem any harsher but further testing required to confirm. 
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    colino reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1350 hours of work - On the road!   
    Cheers guys!  Appreciate all the interest and support over the years on this thread.  There were many times where I wondered if I'd ever get this far.  Being able to post here really helped with the motivation and help me stay focused on what I was going to do next.
    I knew it would run once I put the heads on and turned it by hand but it's always a nervous moment.  Until that oil pressure gauge shoots up you can never be 100% sure.
    I've still got lots of bits and pieces left to do but I'm a very happy man.  I'm leaving it on the axle stands for now and will finish up everything underneath before going for a spin around the yard.
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    colino reacted to hairnet in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    set fire to the alarm (after youve binned it )
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    colino reacted to Inspector Morose in Bus Shite   
    My first bus.

    You know when you are young and there comes a time when the cash in your pocket from your job starts burning a hole? Yes, that time before the responsibilities of mortgage payments, rent, food, electricity and gas bills and all of that stuff that grown-ups have to contend with but not you?

    See those pictures? well, that was that sort of moment for me. We had gone to photograph the buses around Nottingham that day and we called into the operator Lamcote Motors, not only an operator but a Ford car dealer too. We knew that there would be something interesting in their yard but didn't know that there would be two Midland Red shortened Fords there. Shortened Fords? Let me tell you the tale.
    In 1977, Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) were conducting their Viable Network Project (VNP) route surveys and a need for smaller buses on certain routes was identified. Following this, the company bought three Ford Transit minibuses for trials in Evesham and Redditch, but these vehicles were soon found to be not up to the job.
    By late 1977, a number of Ford buses (bought by Midland Red in the late '60s and early '70s to replace own built vehicles on lightly trafficked routes in the country areas) were scheduled for disposal and as an experiment, one vehicle was taken to Midland Red’s Central Works and shortened to make a twenty-seven seat midibus. The shortening work involved removing the whole bodywork and shortening the chassis by cutting out sections from the wheelbase and behind the rear axle. To assist weight distribution, the fuel tank and batteries were moved to the rear. The original bodywork was overhauled and shortened by two bays before being refitted.
    This experimental vehicle re-entered service at Redditch depot in December 1977, and was found to be very successful so, over the next two years, Midland Red shortened an additional eleven vehicles for their own use. 
    Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) also offered these conversions to other National Bus Company (NBC) subsidiaries that were looking for small capacity vehicles. However, demand was not very strong and only four vehicles were converted for other operators, two for Western National, one for City of Oxford, and one for Alder Valley.
    The conversions didn't last that long with Midland Red, given the amount of work put into their rebuild; most were withdrawn at the expiry of their certificate of fitness five years later with a scant few lingering on in lesser capacities.
    However, small operators around the country saw the potential in these heavier weight minibuses and a number were bought and turned into useful, if slightly utilitarian, mini-coaches. Lamcote Motors bought at least three of these and reseated them with Plaxton coach seats and they proved to be very useful little vehicles lasting into the 1990s. When we visited their yard, two were still operating; YHA361J and this one YHA359J (one of the two sold to Western National after conversion).
    Parked in an awkward spot with the shadows of other vehicles putting 359 in the dark we knocked on the office door to see if it was possible for it to be moved into the sun for a shot.
    "Shure, you can buy it, if you like too" came the reply from the reclining man at his desk in the office. Inevitably the "how much" question was asked in retort and with a reasonable figure quoted back to me, I shook hands on a deal that I had no intention of making that morning.
    And that was that. I owned a bus. What I was going to do with it, I had no clue but it started me down the slippery slope of bus ownership with others soon joining the 'fleet', all kept under duress at my 'friendly' local bus operator. Soon, the opportunity of saving the earliest WMPTE Bristol VR came up, meaning that 359 had to be sold on to raise funds. An advert in the trade rags caught the eye of a small operator in Great Yarmouth who, as it turned out, had been a uni pal of one Brian Souter. He seemed over the moon at the little green Ford and duly paid the asking price for it, netting me a tidy little profit and enough for my share in the VR. I wasn't that sad as there were a number of these little short Fords knocking around so someone will preserve one, surely? Sadly this was not to be and they all disappeared until there was one, now under the care of Wythal bus museum although it hasn't turned a wheel in anger for many years.
    Hindsight is a wonderful thing and if I had my time again, I'd have stopped at this one (and probably bought a house or two with the money I subsequently spent on keeping them and their smaller cousins around). Historically largely forgotten but these really were the last buses built by Midland Red. Okay, they had a starting point in the withdrawn Fords but they were totally dismantled and rebuilt into a completely new bus, at least initially, specifically for Midland Reds needs and then offered to other operators, just like they used to do before WW2. Yes, they built bodies after this but never again a complete bus making them, in my mind, the end of an era.
    I should have kept it.

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    colino reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1350 hours of work - On the road!   
    Its running!  Pulled some late nights and fitted the gearbox, driveshaft and exhaust ready for the big moment.
    Doesn't matter how many times you do it its always a bit scary.  This one especially being my own car!  Here's a short vid of the first cough then start and some initial tuning.

    First Start.mp4 I'm now working my way through the various jobs left to do including some engine teething issues such as...
    Fuel leak from carb - already fixed it, filter bolt wasn't tight Valve clearances need doing Oil leak from crank pulley due to it being in very poor condition -  I'll swap it for another one Temp sender doesn't work It needs tuning/ setting up but to only have those 4 small issues so far is fantastic.  I've had it much worse in the past on other engines.
    Lots of little jobs left to do but I can relax a bit now, the hard stuff is done.
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    colino reacted to RichardK in That's Mister Gammon to you. 2004 XJ6 3.0 SE - A New Arrival   
    Daylight reveals all:

    But not much because it's cold and I have work to do.
    Bonus: Powered sunblind is working now.

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    colino got a reaction from RichardK in That's Mister Gammon to you. 2004 XJ6 3.0 SE - A New Arrival   
    Cracking car, but my priority on these are the cooling systems.  Loads of people talk about faulty electrics until they find out the sensor was right and they just haven't spotted the tiny leak in the stupid plastic header tank until it becomes a big one.  The Jag heads give it a 10% boost with a more relaxed power band and all that aluminium means you get better mpg than my smaller, heavier s type. 
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    colino reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1350 hours of work - On the road!   
    Continued doing various small jobs all over the place.  The seats now have the plastic side trims fitted.  These are usually broken to some extent but luckily I had some spare ones and made an almost perfect set.
    The engine is now ready to start.  Everything is fitted/connected and I've filled it with coolant and oil.  I've also put some ATF in the power steering and will top that off once its running.  The gearbox is ready to go back in so a few more hours and I should be ready to turn that key.
    The oil is Millers 10w40 which is the recommended grade for these engines.
    Coolant is Comma 50/50 premix - The water here is liquid rock so some premixed stuff will do a much better job than a rad full of limescale. 
    I've used waterless coolant several times in the past and I'm personally not convinced after trying it in several different restored cars/vans.  Everything I've poured it in runs hotter because the waterless coolant is so thick.  From my experience you need extra coolant capacity over standard if you wish to run waterless coolants.

    A square post battery is in the post and that should complete the look inside the engine bay.  I've lots of little jobs and details to fuss over but it only makes sense to do that once its proven it can run and drive.
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    colino reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. Endless Blue.   
    Not done much of late as I was waiting for ball joint splitters to arrive to maintain my sanity.
    Pile of bits creeping up:

    Removed both front dampers and springs. Passengers side damper good. Drivers side damper bad - can push it back with no effort.
    In discovering this joy, in the process i managed to strip the thread of one of my spring compressors when untensioning the drivers side spring.
    Artist impression:

    Felt like bomb disposal loosening the other spring compressor with an angle grinder as the other compressor was now jammed solid (I sat the spring inside the middle of my half full wheelie bin and surrounded it in carpet offcuts to offer some protection to my face when the spring  finally went BOING 😂). No pictures sorry as I was too busy avoiding death. 
    So long story long. I've ordered a set of coilovers to refresh the lot as I'll need to wait for my baws to drop again before I attempt to use another set of spring compressors in the future. Hopefully there is enough slack in the coilovers that I can build without them.
    Suspension bits tidied up. Will start the rear suspension in a few days as I've drowned it in plus gas. 

    Got another incoming addition to the fleet so I really need to get this out the garage.
    Plus I really miss driving the thing! 
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    colino reacted to phil_lihp in Phil's 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - Fixed   
    I found via the owner's group that it is unique but I've found a chap who sells both cylinders and seal kits.  I'm going to try a seal kit first, general consensus is they usually come around OK.  It's only £11 so worth a shot and I'd quite like to have a go at rebuilding it.
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    colino got a reaction from BlankFrank in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Remember to blow through the fuel line and do a little carb clean before you do your first start up!
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    colino reacted to SmokinWaffle in Chad the Transit Minibus - sadly for sale   
    Next step was to get an honest eye on it to see how much work was needed to get it welded up to a roadworthy state.
    Contacted a friend I have known for a little bit from the car/drift world, who owns & runs Byrneout Welding. Good fabricator, honest guy who would do anything to help you if you were in need. Hugely recommended. He's done a few transits as it happens too. Does good work I can trust.
    He gave it a good look over for about an hour, getting everywhere, under carpets, underneath, taking off plastic, poking and prodding.
    He came to the conclusion that - although it does need a good tickle (probably an understatement) - it's the most solid MK5 he's come across / worked on. Floor is solid all the way through - even some original underseal in places and untouched metal which is great news.
    He wrote up a nice report for me which estimated just under 70HRs of work - to which my first reaction was...dread. But - he said this is if he did everything including cleaning it, cutting back, prep, paint, welding ect - and he said if I was willing to put in the graft he would gladly show me how I got get all the rot cut out and prepped and reduce that total quoted time to less than half - and I could even try my hand at some welding - which is all very doable financially - and would be a great learning and bonding experience for me and my other half. After all - this is a self build project - what's better than getting our hands dirty/burnt/covered in rust?! 
    List of things that need doing:
    Drivers side wing (replace) Lower 30% inner arch Front arch, inner and outer Drivers door sill, inner, outer and step area Outer sill wants treating and straightening  Chassis mounts want cleaning up and coating Tow hook blast/paint Passenger rear arch damage and inner rot Sliding door shut - outer sill and 2 small inner spots 2 spots underneath sliding door runner Front door shut - inner and outer sill (the step is saveable hopefully) Front inner wing and arch Left inner wing under the bonnet Replace: Drivers door, most likely passenger door, both rear doors and both front wings All panels I need are readily and fairly cheaply available from various places. 
    So - it's probably going to sit for a few months until the weather starts getting warmer - then it's game on.
    Now I just have to save for a wedding, house and a camper....christ...
    Will this be cheaper than buying a decent base van instead? Maybe.
    Will a modern engine be as reliable as a 2.5 banana diesel? Definitely not.
    Would that be as much fun / as fun of a story to keep me and you fine readers entertained? Hell no!

    Very excited. Thanks again for @jollyfkr2 for offering this up free of charge. You've made us both very excited for the future of hard work we have ahead!
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    colino reacted to Soundwave in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Do it - you know it makes sense! You buy it, find out it's more rotten than you thought, get it fixed, and by the time it's MOT'd you're so fed up with it you put it on a roffle, and I'll buy 3 randoms.  Simples!
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