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    captain_70s reacted to juular in Juular's Scandi Noir. C70/240/205. Weekend project : garden shed engineering   
    Half arsed fleet update.
    Peugeot 205
    The vegan 205 is happily smoking on as my commuting car. I didn't think I'd still have it by now, but damn it's just such a Good Thing in every possible way.

    And sometimes as an impromptu recovery vehicle.

    I'm still finding it less than keen to start when running on a high veg blend, although it runs well when warm.  I've been doing various bits of tinkering to try and narrow this down.
    I started with the fuel lines. I mean ..

    Is that.. garden hose?

    Needless to say the whole lot was ripped out.  I uprated the main feed line to 10mm bore and replaced the return line with the standard 8mm bore. 
    Highly interesting photo of said fuel lines.

    I also took the fuel lifter thing out to clean the strainer. That was a quick job as it doesn't have a strainer.

    Next job was to make a modification to the fuel filter housing heat exchanger.  Here I took the thermostat valve out of the side, cut most of it off, and blocked off the bypass hole. This should ensure that the fuel is heated constantly.

    A slightly filed down penny, sealed in place, is the ideal size to block the hole.

    Lastly, I fitted an electric lift pump, wired into a switched live so that it runs when you turn the key. The idea here is that it should help the veg along putting less strain on the system and so less likely to pull air in anywhere.

    I also treated it to an oil change since I have no idea when it was last done.

    The results are in and... no change. At least not to the cold start grumpiness.  It does certainly run happier now when warm, and any hesitation disappears quicker thanks to the fuel being heated for longer. 
    I feel there's more to be done here.  I eliminated the fuel filter from the equation completely by fitting a generic canister filter in its place, which had no effect on the way it started.
    I'm still going on the assumption that air is getting into the lines when run on thick fuel, but to prove that theory I've got some clear fuel line to fit onto the pump so I can actually see what's going on.
    The 240
    Not huge amounts to say here, it passed its MOT without any intervention from me, although it did get an advisory for underseal / corrosion which is an arse covering by the tester that really wound me up. There's not a single bit of corrosion on the whole underside.
    It enjoyed the snow. In fact a RWD Volvo is right at home in snow, better than anyone would expect.

    It got used whenever the gritters were out in force as frankly it's the only car I trust not to rust to hell.

    The most difficult thing about this car is convincing myself to drive it when I have a 205 runs on chip fat, but it still remains near the top of the list whenever I just want to go a drive.

    It hasn't really flung any shit my way.  The temperature needle was a little bit low in the very cold weather. That'll be the thermostat then.


    There's a good few hours left in that.
    With that replaced I got ALL THE TEMPERATURES.

    Second minor niggle was trying to track down a slight bump/wobble at idle.  It's not bad, certainly nowhere near being a misfire, but I'm a perfectionist arsehole and if something can be fixed I like to at least give it a shot.
    Despite replacing the injector seals last year, some of them seem a bit shagged.

    I stuck a new set on and didn't really notice any change.
    I thought the ignition was worth a look over as well.  Since I put a set of £4 spark plugs in last year I thought I'd splash out and pay the full £12 for an official set.

    Again, no real change.
    I changed the HT leads last year, but the Bosch kit came with the wrong king lead.  As a result I was running a lead which was [undefined] years old and probably could do with replacing.  
    Top: old lead. Bottom: new incompatible lead.

    I set about hacking up some old leads in order to steal the crimp connectors and swap them over.

    Mint bro.

    Again, frustratingly, no change.
    All in though, it's a minor inconvenience and I've not got the inclination to start flinging tonnes of cash at it
    It did a fairly uneventful 800 mile trip down to Cannock via the Peak and Lake Districts at the new year, so as you can infer I'm just being a picky, ungrateful bastard.  It's a phenomenal car and driving it is an absolute pleasure.

    The next minor project on it is to upgrade the wipers, as I find them horrendously slow even though they were all like that sir.  Original wiper motors are basically impossible to find and  in the region of £HFM.
    Doing some in-depth eBay scouring and wiring diagram perusal, I've found that the wiper motor from an S40 is one of the closest available. It uses the same control system and should be a bit less antiquated.

    It won't fit out of the box, but I'll make it fit.
    ENDS.
     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in Would you describe yourself as a Motoring Enthusiast?   
    I'm interested in things for all the wrong reasons, so try to avoid telling folk my interests.
    Invariably other "car people" like cars that are actually good, and your average joe expects you to work out an intermittent problem with their 58 plate Octavia which was last serviced in 2013.
    If I'm pressed I'll say I'm interested in fixing old junk, including cars. Once folk catch on there is no financial incentive behind my actions they tend to realise I'm a lunatic and leave me alone.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Bamboocarman in Would you describe yourself as a Motoring Enthusiast?   
    I'm interested in things for all the wrong reasons, so try to avoid telling folk my interests.
    Invariably other "car people" like cars that are actually good, and your average joe expects you to work out an intermittent problem with their 58 plate Octavia which was last serviced in 2013.
    If I'm pressed I'll say I'm interested in fixing old junk, including cars. Once folk catch on there is no financial incentive behind my actions they tend to realise I'm a lunatic and leave me alone.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Split_Pin in Would you describe yourself as a Motoring Enthusiast?   
    I'm interested in things for all the wrong reasons, so try to avoid telling folk my interests.
    Invariably other "car people" like cars that are actually good, and your average joe expects you to work out an intermittent problem with their 58 plate Octavia which was last serviced in 2013.
    If I'm pressed I'll say I'm interested in fixing old junk, including cars. Once folk catch on there is no financial incentive behind my actions they tend to realise I'm a lunatic and leave me alone.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from FakeConcern in Would you describe yourself as a Motoring Enthusiast?   
    I'm interested in things for all the wrong reasons, so try to avoid telling folk my interests.
    Invariably other "car people" like cars that are actually good, and your average joe expects you to work out an intermittent problem with their 58 plate Octavia which was last serviced in 2013.
    If I'm pressed I'll say I'm interested in fixing old junk, including cars. Once folk catch on there is no financial incentive behind my actions they tend to realise I'm a lunatic and leave me alone.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from mat_the_cat in Would you describe yourself as a Motoring Enthusiast?   
    I'm interested in things for all the wrong reasons, so try to avoid telling folk my interests.
    Invariably other "car people" like cars that are actually good, and your average joe expects you to work out an intermittent problem with their 58 plate Octavia which was last serviced in 2013.
    If I'm pressed I'll say I'm interested in fixing old junk, including cars. Once folk catch on there is no financial incentive behind my actions they tend to realise I'm a lunatic and leave me alone.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from skoda_fan in Would you describe yourself as a Motoring Enthusiast?   
    I'm interested in things for all the wrong reasons, so try to avoid telling folk my interests.
    Invariably other "car people" like cars that are actually good, and your average joe expects you to work out an intermittent problem with their 58 plate Octavia which was last serviced in 2013.
    If I'm pressed I'll say I'm interested in fixing old junk, including cars. Once folk catch on there is no financial incentive behind my actions they tend to realise I'm a lunatic and leave me alone.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from bunglebus in Would you describe yourself as a Motoring Enthusiast?   
    I'm interested in things for all the wrong reasons, so try to avoid telling folk my interests.
    Invariably other "car people" like cars that are actually good, and your average joe expects you to work out an intermittent problem with their 58 plate Octavia which was last serviced in 2013.
    If I'm pressed I'll say I'm interested in fixing old junk, including cars. Once folk catch on there is no financial incentive behind my actions they tend to realise I'm a lunatic and leave me alone.
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    captain_70s reacted to Dyslexic Viking in The new news 24 thread   
    I knew there was a pretty insane engine in some WW2 US tanks and I've been reading up on it and it's very interesting. Chrysler took their reliable and proven flathead 6 also used in Dodge and Plymouth and bolted 5 of them together and so the Chrysler A57 multibank engine was born. 30 cylinders 20.5 liters and 276kw was the result.

     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Dave_Q in Would you describe yourself as a Motoring Enthusiast?   
    I'm interested in things for all the wrong reasons, so try to avoid telling folk my interests.
    Invariably other "car people" like cars that are actually good, and your average joe expects you to work out an intermittent problem with their 58 plate Octavia which was last serviced in 2013.
    If I'm pressed I'll say I'm interested in fixing old junk, including cars. Once folk catch on there is no financial incentive behind my actions they tend to realise I'm a lunatic and leave me alone.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from GrumpyCat in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1481684295690579/
    Sore one.


     
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    captain_70s reacted to 11001010 in eBay tat volume 3.   
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Austat in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from chaseracer in End of year Tat Accounts.   
    No change this year, I must be behaving myself as I get older... Did move house though...
    Acclaim and Volvo sharing daily duties depending on which one is most functional at any given time, although issues are slowly being chipped through. 


    Dolomite serving as garage ornament to be returned to the road for Spring.

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    captain_70s got a reaction from uk_senator in Shite resolutions for 2023…   
    Get all my cars sorted and usable by the summer. Not buy anything else until the current stuff is finished.
    Loads of stuff to do...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Tickman in Shite resolutions for 2023…   
    Get all my cars sorted and usable by the summer. Not buy anything else until the current stuff is finished.
    Loads of stuff to do...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from JMotor in Shite resolutions for 2023…   
    Get all my cars sorted and usable by the summer. Not buy anything else until the current stuff is finished.
    Loads of stuff to do...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Shite Ron in Shite resolutions for 2023…   
    Get all my cars sorted and usable by the summer. Not buy anything else until the current stuff is finished.
    Loads of stuff to do...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Split_Pin in Shite resolutions for 2023…   
    Get all my cars sorted and usable by the summer. Not buy anything else until the current stuff is finished.
    Loads of stuff to do...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Insideimsmiling in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1481684295690579/
    Sore one.


     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Datsuncog in End of year Tat Accounts.   
    No change this year, I must be behaving myself as I get older... Did move house though...
    Acclaim and Volvo sharing daily duties depending on which one is most functional at any given time, although issues are slowly being chipped through. 


    Dolomite serving as garage ornament to be returned to the road for Spring.

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    captain_70s got a reaction from Remspoor in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1481684295690579/
    Sore one.


     
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    captain_70s reacted to Joey spud in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Then it went and snowed which was mildly annoying.

    Boris came with a pair of pattern part A posts that were stamped ''Henric" who I think we're a Minor parts supplier from back in the 80's alas like the drivers side one previously this passenger side one was way out on its hinge mounting holes alignment to fit as a complete panel but I was able to use it bottom couple of inches to tie the A post to the outter sill.



    Now the A post is hopefully still in the right place (won't know until I hang the door again) I could deal with the rot/missing inner arch and inner wing.



    At this time of year when I start late and I am loosing the light i have been known to slip in to "bish,bash,bosh,that'll fecking do mode"so while it's not overly pretty the inner arch has been reinstated.

    Before adding this panel I painted everything I couldn't later get to with lashings of zinc paint.
    I have been using 1.2mm Zintec steel for any homemade repair patches,it's a bit too thick really but is lovely to weld with.
    Finally I just needed to plug weld on the A post/hinge closing panel,I had it all trimmed to size and prepped ready to go when I ran out of gas..

    So that's where Boris and I are currently at until I can collect another cylinder of argoshield light next year.
    Can I just say a big thank you to anyone who has ticked a like box or added a random comment its been a crap year for sure i have lost my Father and Father in Law (not to mention two stinky mutts) it means a lot and helps keep me plodding along.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from MiniMinorMk3 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1481684295690579/
    Sore one.


     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Justwatching in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1481684295690579/
    Sore one.


     
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