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    captain_70s got a reaction from Coprolalia in The new news 24 thread   
    Regular use helps, stops the points fuzzing up and plug getting clogged from running on choke all the time.
    Left the Dolly sitting a month or two and it took an hour of fucking about to get it to fire, filling dashpots and sanding points and waiting 20 years for the fuel pump to bring petrol up from the tank. Now it goes on the first turn of the key again. Doesn't help the choke isn't rigged up and is actuated by jamming a screwdriver in the linkage...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    Regular use helps, stops the points fuzzing up and plug getting clogged from running on choke all the time.
    Left the Dolly sitting a month or two and it took an hour of fucking about to get it to fire, filling dashpots and sanding points and waiting 20 years for the fuel pump to bring petrol up from the tank. Now it goes on the first turn of the key again. Doesn't help the choke isn't rigged up and is actuated by jamming a screwdriver in the linkage...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from dome in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    You have a PM!
    I found K-Jet confusing at first but these early style pre ECU style systems, like I have on the 740, are actually pretty straightforward and intuitive once you understand the function of the various components. They did really outlive their design life though, fully electronic wasn't an option in 1974, but it was 15 years later...
    In fairness I don't think anything has been apart/replaced on my system and it's done 190k and sat for over a decade.
  4. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from juular in Juular's Scandi Noir. C70/240/205. Weekend project : garden shed engineering   
    Vactan seems very situation/environment dependant.
    I sanded/brush painted the Dolly's front valance and spots on the sills with it one summer as it was rusty all over. Stuck on and lasted well with no top coat, the ginger didn't bleed back through for over a year despite being left with no top coat outside on an exposed bit of the car. You can see the dark patches in this picture:

    Eventually it came back through, but I reckon with a top coat it'd have been pretty robust. Really has to go on pitted metal to adhere decently.
    I did some bits of the Acclaim one winter and it was rusty again within a week or so, presumably due to lower temps.
    I think @GingerNuttz is a big fan of aciding everything as the best rust removal method.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Spiny Norman in Imagining cars that dont exist using AI...   
    2022 Morris Minor, a Moggy/Beetle/2CV mashup...

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    captain_70s got a reaction from adw1977 in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  7. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  8. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in Juular's Scandi Noir. C70/240/205. Weekend project : garden shed engineering   
    Vactan seems very situation/environment dependant.
    I sanded/brush painted the Dolly's front valance and spots on the sills with it one summer as it was rusty all over. Stuck on and lasted well with no top coat, the ginger didn't bleed back through for over a year despite being left with no top coat outside on an exposed bit of the car. You can see the dark patches in this picture:

    Eventually it came back through, but I reckon with a top coat it'd have been pretty robust. Really has to go on pitted metal to adhere decently.
    I did some bits of the Acclaim one winter and it was rusty again within a week or so, presumably due to lower temps.
    I think @GingerNuttz is a big fan of aciding everything as the best rust removal method.
  9. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from aldo135 in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  10. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    You have a PM!
    I found K-Jet confusing at first but these early style pre ECU style systems, like I have on the 740, are actually pretty straightforward and intuitive once you understand the function of the various components. They did really outlive their design life though, fully electronic wasn't an option in 1974, but it was 15 years later...
    In fairness I don't think anything has been apart/replaced on my system and it's done 190k and sat for over a decade.
  11. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from Tickman in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  12. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from N19 in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  13. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  14. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from juular in Juular's Scandi Noir. C70/240/205. Weekend project : garden shed engineering   
    Great write up, mega handy! 👌
  15. Like
    captain_70s reacted to vulgalour in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Must be the season for it.  Recored rad looks lovely.
  16. Like
    captain_70s reacted to Split_Pin in The grumpy thread   
    Update on the drive being blocked.
    I sent a carefully worded email to the company and I had a missed ring on our doorbell earlier. It was a well dressed guy, mid 50s in a Navara. I couldn't answer it as I was at work but when my wife got home there was a £100 M&S voucher through the door with an apology together with a name and mobile number, presumably from an area manager. 
    I phoned him just there and he seemed a really decent chap. He said that the guys are sometimes cheeky to him and not to go into too much detail but he said he only needs them just now because a completion date needs to be met. They told him that they had only planned to be 5 minutes but ran into problems, however he clearly had taken none of this as an excuse.
    I was really pissed at this since Sunday and was generally in one of my 'Falling Down' moods. So this is a good outcome. 
    My Mrs has a big heart but she goes from 0 - malkie  in 1.5 seconds when someone is being a dick to her so the guys did get the thick end of that on Sunday as well.
  17. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from rainagain in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  18. Like
    captain_70s reacted to juular in Juular's Scandi Noir. C70/240/205. Weekend project : garden shed engineering   
    It's been almost a year since the 240 passed its MOT after being welded back together.  At one point I mooted the idea of doing a post-mortem of sorts on the whole project, to have a look one year on and see what worked and what didn't. Since I'm now at the point of going over the car again for its upcoming MOT, this is as good a time as any to do this.
    I think the main thing you'll probably want to read about is how well it has held up to rusting further, and if any of the expensive chemicals with big promises actually did anything useful to help.
    It's important to mention that I haven't babied the 240 in any way whatsoever. It's been driven in snow, ice, deep water, on beaches, along forest roads, and I've never bothered my arse to wash any of the mud or salt off after use. I absolutely love the 240 as a car, but I've followed Volvo's marketing advice and Drove it Like I Hated It.
    It gets stored outside permanently. I've put around 6000 miles on the car since December last year so I don't reserve it as a weekend classic either.
    I'll break this down into sections, and I may slot in some more photos after I'm finished with the text and have a chance to upload them.
    Rust-proof primers / zinc primers
    Screwfix Galvanising Spray Paint
    First up is this stuff from Screwfix.  If the description is to be believed this is a zinc-rich cold galvanising spray which is also spot-weldable.  This sounds ideal for coating panels before you get back to top coating them properly. The idea is that the zinc is a sacrificial layer which corrodes in a harmless manner before the steel itself can be attacked.
    I used this on the external surfaces of the passenger side A-pillar and sill repairs while I got on with repairing the rest of the car. I also gave most brackets, bolts and nuts a quick blast with this after bathing them in acid to remove the rust.  I also gave the steering rack a quick coat of this to freshen it up a little.

    Unfortunately, it's a bit shit.
    The first sign that it isn't really up to the job is the weight of the tin. If the paint really is zinc-rich, it would be much heavier than it is, plus it would dry a fairly cloudy, matte grey.  In reality this appears to be nothing more than shiny silver spray paint.
    Most of the bits I painted in this began to rust again within a week or so. That's just putting up with atmospheric moisture, never mind abrasion, water and salt spray. In fact, the unprotected inner surfaces of the steel I welded on didn't look any worse than the bits I painted with this.
    Verdict : 1/10.
    Bilt Hamber Electrox Primer - Aerosol
    This is the so-called professional version of the above zinc spray and as such costs over twice as much. However, you can tell right away it's a better product as the tin feels significantly heavier.

    I did some sections of the floor and chassis outriggers using this.  This dries a much more believable matte grey colour (ie: it looks like zinc).  The outriggers were left painted in this while stored inside the damp, leaky car for months without any signs of rusting. It does appear to do what you expect it to.  
    The outriggers were then welded on and overcoated with some underseal. After a year, they look just the same as when I repaired them.
    I've also painted the leisure battery enclosure on my campervan in this, which is quite exposed underneath and comes into contact with all sorts of spray, grit, salt and mud.  That has been on the van a couple of years now and shows very little signs of corrosion except where the coating has been damaged. I have to say I'm quite impressed.
    The major downside to this is the cost. £40 per Litre for the brush on version is eye watering, and I find that coverage is a bit disappointing so you tend to use quite a lot more than you expect. 
    I also find that this flakes / chips very easily so you'd probably want to topcoat it, although it seems to stand up to the claims that it can 'self heal' going by the campervan battery housing.
    Verdict : 6/10
     Zinga cold galvanizing system - brush on.
    Being impressed with the Electrox but not the price and coverage of it, I thought this would solve both problems.  Zinga are careful not to call this a paint or a primer, and are keen to reinforce the image that electricity pylons across Europe are painted in it.

    This was (back in 2020) much cheaper than Electrox - around £45 for a 2.5L tin, although this is sold by weight rather than volume.  This is a good sign as it means you are buying actual zinc by weight rather than fresh air and binders. The tin itself is spectacularly heavy for its size, another good sign.
    I used this to paint the insides of the rear wheel arches, the insides of the sills, and the internally facing sides of repair panels. I also used it as a primer for the outer rear arches and the front windscreen surround (after giving up on another product).
    I've also used this as a primer coat for the inner arch and boot floor repairs I did on the 205, coated with some underseal.

    This stuff works really well. It brushes on nicely and dries quickly. It's easy to topcoat despite Zinga being coy about calling it a primer of any sorts.  I also find it gets into crevices and holes much easier than the Electrox spray, purely because you can coax it into place using a brush.
    There's less wastage as you don't have overspray to deal with, so the tin lasts a surprisingly long time when brushed on carefully.
    After a year of this being on the car, I'm very impressed with it.  I haven't spotted a single sign of rust breaking back out anywhere where it has been used. I have some offcuts of panels that have been lying around my garden exposed to the elements that were coated in zinga before being chopped.  None of those have started to rust either.
    It 'self-heals' very well, and in fact if you take a wire brush to it, you can see how it has bonded with the steel underneath and changed its colour.
    The repairs on the 205 have also stood up to a similar level of driving it hard without giving a shit. Recommended.
    It gets negative points for being an absolute pain in the arse to clean off of brushes as it's not dissolvable in white spirit - you need to get 'Zingasolv' to thin or clean it and it isn't cheap.
    I also find it's a bit fragile. In some places you can scrape it off with a fingernail and minimal effort, which doesn't inspire confidence. It does seem to hold up though which is the main thing.
    Verdict : 8/10
    Rust-Anode Cathodic Protection

    I found this while looking for another tin of Zinga, which seems to have rocketed in price over the years. This is around 25% cheaper than Zinga for the same size, yet the technical data seems very similar.
    I've used this only on the Amazon so far but I'm mentioning it here because it's relevant.  I've not had a full year to test it out, however the Amazon is sitting outside being battered by wind and rain and sleet, with shit door seals and big holes in the engine bay. 
    I've painted the Amazon floor in this and despite it regularly filling with water which lies for days, there is not a single speck of rust to be found, even where the floor was previously a bit rusty!

    I'm convinced this does the same job as Zinga but is a fair bit cheaper. I also find that this covers better and is less prone to flaking and scratching (it feels more paint-like). You can also thin and clean with white spirit which makes life less complicated.
    Verdict : 9/10
    Plastikote Zinc-Rich primer
    I bought this as a stop-gap when I ran out of Zinga and just needed to finish off a couple of bits of welding. The tin isn't very heavy for its size, which suggests to me it's not as Zinc-Rich as it claims to be. 

    I didn't do huge amounts with this, but it does seem to have worked fairly well. The shock absorber top mounts are a notorious rust trap on the 240s and I used it here before covering in underseal.

    So far there's been no rust breaking back out there.
    I have used it in a couple of other locations where the results weren't quite so good. Admittedly the metal had previously been rusty, and as such had been cleaned and treated before this was sprayed over.  Zinga and Rust-Anode managed to keep the rust from breaking back out, but this stuff struggled a bit, showing blebs of ginger in places.
    It would be fine for clean new steel, but not for anywhere you had to de-rust.
    Verdict : 6/10
    Rust converters
    Bilt Hamber Hydrate 80
    I had really high hopes for this as it seems to be highly regarded in restoration circles. The idea with this is that you wire-brush off the worst of the rust, then paint this over it in two coats, one perpendicular to the other. In theory it should form a stable barrier that smothers the rust and prevents oxygen from continuing the corrosive reaction.
    It comes out of the bottle a sort of milky white colour, and then as it reacts with rust and steel goes a very dark blue.  It's quite mesmerising to watch and sort of gives you the impression it's doing 'something'.

    I used this on nearly all of my original suspension parts which were heavily surface-rusted.  I first went over everything with a jetwash, then several rounds of degreaser followed by wire brushing, then more jetwashing, finally finished off with a wipe down with panel wipe.  This is to get rid of any contaminants as most of the suspension parts were covered in grease and oil.
    Some parts of the suspension I ran a finger sander with a 40 grit belt along to get rid of heavier corrosion and provide a nice keyed surface. On top I applied 2 coats of H80 at perpendicular angles. This was done at around 18C as I've heard anecdotally that cold weather can prevent the converter working properly.
    Once this was completely dry it was then topcoated with Bilt Hamber Epoxy Mastic, which is also touted as an amazing product and the ideal thing to topcoat H80 in so that it never rusts again. Allegedly.
    Frankly, this is all complete horse shit. H80 really does fuck all except ruin your day.
    It doesn't seem to be remotely waterproof despite it claiming to be ok to leave it uncoated.  On the bulkhead of the 240 the areas I coated in H80 while I worked elsewhere rinsed off in the space of a few days, leaving huge levels of surface rust to break back out.  It also isn't a very tough  barrier and the slightest knock or bump seems to cause it to fall off in great big lumps, exposing plain old untreated rust underneath.
    Below you can see where I have painted perfectly clean brand new steel in H80. The reason for this is that where clean steel meets rusty steel, you're supposed to paint the whole lot in H80 to keep a uniform coating.

    It seems to have done nothing much except added rust where there wasn't any. The image above is pretty much typical for anywhere I've used H80. You get a week or two of 'hey that looks alright', then it all goes to shit and leaves you worse off.
    The passenger floor is another good example. Here it was used to prime the floor which was half pitted steel, half brand new metal, then topcoated with Bilt Hamber 2 pack epoxy.

    It hasn't done much either on the clean or already rusty steel. It has flaked off in places, taking the top layer with it. In other places it has bubbled up and it looks like a light wire brushing would take most of it off.
    I've been through a whole 1L bottle of this and had to remove and redo pretty much all of it.  No amount of experimenting with this gave me a decent result. I even contacted BH who gave me a list of things to try to improve it, none of which really helped. 
    Verdict : 0/10
    Vactan
    This is essentially the same idea as H80 - an acid based rust converter mixed with an agent that sets over the top for a waterproof / airtight barrier. A lot of people here swear by it, so I thought it was worth a shot.
    Admittedly I've not used huge amounts of this as the H80 experience really put me off these all-in-one rust converter products. However I did touch up a few areas here and there where I noticed rust breaking out due to damage, or me simply missing out a few bits.
    So far the touch-ups I've done here and there have been so-so.  On the LS400 I treated the radiator crossmember before refitting the undertray. 8 months later, it's still holding up, although I can see a few areas where rust has already started to poke back through.
    I treated a couple of areas in the engine bay and boot floor of the 240 with this. In the engine bay it has held up nicely (perhaps the heat helps?), but on the boot floor it has simply cracked and began to flake away exposing rusty steel.
    I've found that this is very dependent on what temperature you apply it at. If you apply sub 15C it has a tendency to form a powdery white substance which just brushes off.  Above that, it does seem to activate in the way that H80 does - it progressively gets darker as it dries.
    I find that it won't stick to non-rusty steel at all, no matter how well cleaned and keyed it is. 
    Use it to tidy up some underbody areas before undersealing? Yes - and it'll probably work quite well.
    Use it on bodywork I wanted to paint and look good in the future? Probably not. 
    Blob it on to prevent a rusty scab becoming a great big hole in 6 months time? Definitely. But expect to have to redo it.
    Verdict : 6/10
    Concentrated Phosphoric Acid
    I came across this by accident as @Lacquer Peel dropped off a bottle of it. It's branded as Bonnyman's Rust-Off, but it's pretty much just concentrated Phosphoric Acid.

    The idea behind this versus the other rust converters is that you let it do its job, working it into the steel with a wire brush, and then you're expected to topcoat it.  The difference is that the acid isn't diluted by the other ingredients, and you can be a bit more confident that it's actually doing its job before you put paint over it. Being able to work and agitate it into the rust seems to be the key here.
    This works really well. As you work it into rust you can clearly see the surface going darker and harder. When it dries, which only takes a few minutes, the rust is very well contained in a hard layer (iron phosphate?) which in theory stops oxygen getting in. If you take something sharp and scrape away at this layer, you can see that it has soaked much deeper into the rust than either of the rust converters above.
    I tested this on a few places on the 240 but didn't really document it with photos, sorry. I wasn't particularly confident it would do anything but I seem to have been wrong.  Even on rust which has broken out on an external surface, I've dabbed some of this on and forgotten about it. Months later despite water being able to run down the panel, the rust stayed a dark blue/brown colour and didn't spread.
    I've used this mostly on the Amazon where the results have been surprising. Here I've used it on a heavily rusted part of the scuttle. This is after being open to the elements for a few weeks without any topcoat, which alone is a decent test given how long the H80 lasted.

    And after about 7 months of being exposed to the elements. Ignore the extra holes, I made them deliberately.

    Yes, some orange has returned, but this is a really unfair and unrealistic test. It has done a surprising job given that it has had water pooling on top of it for months on end and hasn't been topcoated. Plus, I've been dragging the bonnet on and off weekly, scratching both the scuttle and the tops of the inner wings essentially taking chunks of the protective layer off.
    A fairer test is probably on the Toledo, where it was painted on the very rusted chassis leg and left for around 3 months.

    I've got a lot more faith in that than in the H80 or Vactan. I think it's as close as you'll get to killing off rust without cutting it out.
    Verdict : 9/10
    Next up, I'll list the topcoats and underseals I used, but I need to get some before and after photos arranged, as the contrast is really interesting!
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    captain_70s got a reaction from mercedade in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  20. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from Datsuncog in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  21. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from Sunny Jim in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  22. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from MorrisItalSLX in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  23. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from Alusilber in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

  24. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from eddyramrod in My 1973 Cadillac, Huggy Bear   
    Body sold? The last hurrah.
    Also, how fucking much?
  25. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from juular in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

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