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  1. I was expecting the earlier cars to have been mostly mini but after offering a caliper up found this not to be. Also noted the brake hoses are like this at the front and looking like originals at the back. I think mini at the rear will do and ive got some for another bit of BL tat which should work but just a smidge longer, while complete Ado16 set are avalible on ebay the 50 quid price had me hunting for alternatives via work coming in around half that.
  2. Steady now. Today see the last (for now) of dicking with the exhaust. The mount picks up on two existing bung holes. A simple bit of box section with an exhaust clamp zapped to it. I want to weld the sleeve to the front section of exhaust to loose that clamp as its persistant on leaking. No exhaust paste used on anything yet untill i a few miles proves its working. May try and make the gap between the hydo lines and the exhaust larger too. Time to get a few miles under its belt then. *Turns wheel while cars on lift* Ohh is that a stuck caliper? Guess im going to be visiting minspares again for brakes. Ohh what the fuck is this design all about. The swinging caliper design it seems of which EBC are the only people that make the correct wedge pads at £57 and Bigg Red make a rebuild kit for £60, ouch. For now tho. Slung back together while i wait for all the brake parts to arrive as im bored of this thing being on the lift.
  3. 2 fiat fondle. On the last look over id noted a duff wheel cylinder, the drums are original and pretty well worn now given the cars miles. new drums, shoes and cylinders ordered in, forgot a fitting kit tho. Bosch are actually cheapest for these as they are the OEM manufacturer. The back plates were very crusty so i unbolted the wheel bearing, and the back plates got taken off and hit with the knot wheel. The axle was given a quick go over with the needle scaler and then wire brush before a splash of shultz. Im not a fan of this stuff but it has a place. Having done the KA2 previously in this thread id already experienced the seized union on the brake pipe so just went straight to making two new pipes and cut the old ones off. Id like to have done a neater job but i was getting pushed for time today after doing the doblo and VP this morning. Back plates bolted on and pipe installed. Shoes and adjusters fitted. New drums on and a tweakof the handbrake. All seems okay, ill paint the drums next time ive got the car on the lift. Finished around 10pm and dropped the car back.
  4. Doblo Dobhigh? One of our more recent work fleet purchases. The clutch slave snapped saturday luckily just as it was leaving the shop, I replaced that in the carpark. A noise had been occuring from the belt area, i ordered in 2 belts and a tensioner. Sadly a stretch belt runs the PS pump. Old belt peeled off easily Tensioner off and sure enough the bearing was pretty toasted. Having sold many at work but personally having never fitting a stretch belt i can say fook me that was tight to get on. All back together and no more squeeking.
  5. Its solid enough, lets go with MOT standard. The front subframe bulkhead mount welding is some proper bird shite that i may look at. This could be tied in with rebushing the rack and buzzing up the bulkhead wee hole i poked the othet day however Im not sure on how long ill keep it yet. Thing is the more i spend the more i want out of it use wise.
  6. Little more progress The part i was dreading, getting the pissing down pipe section on on my own with nobody to hold the pipe up and assemble the clamp. After droping the thing or a nut about 40 times i welded the bolts into the clamp. Rather than keep fucking about. Straight on now. I grease the flange as recommended online it can swivel a bit . Welded on a tab to pick up on the engine support. Just g clamped for now untill ive run the car and know its not blowing from the joint. Stub of pipe welding into the flexi, the onto the car and sleeve clamped up. Next time ill weld on some support mounts and ill call that done. Polybush because racecar.
  7. Old shite new trick. A quick google suggests any A series with this down to manifold flange style struggles to seal. And if it does seal after a while it will blow again as there is no flex to exhaust appart from bending it. With new mounts and beefed up stab bar bushes id guess we would probably be okay for longer if i could get it to seal. However the part on the exhaust came in at the wrong angle in my eyes. And was barely sealing one side. Maybe tweaked from the engine moving about alot before. So bollocks im cutting it. Choppy choppy. A snip on the down pipe part and i bolted the flange up as inline as possible. I then cut the first curve off and tweaked that a bit so its pointing in a direction i was happy with. As far as im concerned the exhaust would benifit from being isolated from the engine like a more modern motor so having found just one seller on ebay i ordered the smallest flexi ive ever seen at 32mm ID. Also a sleeve so i can make the single piece exhaust into two, so its not a massive arse to move about when fitting. It would probably be fine as is but some Additional brackets and mounts will be welded on to the front part of the rear section to support the exhaust so the flexi isnt under a downward load Im told the new exhausts fit well but given this so far has cost only 40 quid in parts and the new systems are very pricey, im Hopeful this will be a reliable cure to a common problem, but we will see.
  8. The quick engine mount swap then, firstly what a wanky car this is to work on, Everything just in the way. Were we left off the engine wouldnt line back up and the rad broke. Engine mount being upside didnt help! An Extra hand arrived and we bolted it back in. Rad then, simple ill just get a new one from mini spares. Nope 1300 rads bigger. £200 for a recon, luckily i found one for 28 quid that had been removed from a small tractor with a marina engine fitted. Looks in good shape but untested as of now. Few bits picked up from mini spares as i was passing. Key one being an exhaust clamp as i couldnt get the exhaust too seal now the mounts have moved the engine where it should be (it was blowing before) and a stat gasket. New clamp on , Exhaust still blowing. flange is miles off from going on straight and stat housing stuck. Balls. With the sun out i stripped out the old rad and numerous bits bolted to the engine. the cacked on oil and grime taken off. Parts were cleaned up and some cases a quick and dirty paintjob given. Back to minispares a few days later. New stabilizer bushes (poly for the lower and rubber on the uppeelr), new stat housing and overflow pipe and a few other bits. Wire tidy and the coil got a neat little boot. It didnt need it. I just wanted it!
  9. Sexy steels, Not sure if ive mentioned it before but the scruffy panda of many miles ended up staying with mother rew after it was decided she found it easier to drive than her felicia. The felicia will live on just parked in my workshop maybe one day it will get a tickle but its low on the list. Anyways, after a puncture and chewed up tyre from the tracking being out i picked up another set of part worns from my usual place on ebay and on they went. While the wheels were off the brakes were check after a noise was mentioned. Sure enough a weeping cylinder has made a mess in the drum. New drums, shoes and cylinders go on tomorrow. I popped the other two tyres off and gave the wheels a quick knotwheeling and went from scuffy black to my favourite simoniz steel wheel paint. All rebalanced and chucked back on. New number plate on and we are Looking povo spec snazzy The other side still has the big dent in the door , the bonnet and bumper are showing the miles (133k!) However it seem this shade of silver is different to all the others being broken on ebay. Balls!
  10. Today see a smidge of tinkering, 2 out of three jobs went well. Mates mondeo returned for some new boots, the two year old toyos where at about 2mm all round. This time hes opted to go for some Kumhos, which may be what i go for next so i await his review of them! Again, who doesnt love new tyres? With the Astra past my usual change interval and rapidly approaching 180k some of the finest 10w40 and a new filter went on. I said to my friend id drop the oil and while thats dripping every last drop out ill change the engine mounts on the VP1300, well. . . It had at least 3 hours to drip, because though (still not finished) mounts were just a pain in the arse. And the concerning crusty rad now leaks, bumhats. Tuesday a mate pops over and we will try again to wrestle the engine into place, ill drop the rad out and take it to my radiator guy. Its an expense i could have done without but the rad was very very crusty, as was the engine mounts
  11. This ^ A bumpy track and cap off or loose has worked for me in the past. Or on the journey home keep stopping and burping the system.
  12. Out today dodging the occasional flooded road. Think im approaching maybe 350 ish miles since it was fixed. Its just been a good egg really.
  13. Had @Sigmund Fraud not given a wee list of things done and things needed. I too would have guessed 20w50.
  14. Plas update, covered maybe 100 - 120 miles over the past few days. All seems good enough. Gets a smidge exhausty in the cabin with the windows down. Will have a look for leaks. Went to drive it today so gave it a quick oil check, seems we are now below min ( in fairness i never checked it beforehand ) having been told the car is running 10w40 motorcyle oil i have nowt to top up with, so today the car got a little break.
  15. Agreed the full blue wheels look a bit shite, with the trim rings and caps on they look alot better. The blue is not a colour i would have choosen to buy but its what i had so on it went. I initially fancied painting them a metallic copper orange, but that required expenditure. The autobox is a bit pony, not happy untill warm as the engine oil is probably too thick so its a bit hit and miss at first. Once warmed up it changes smoothly it is very short geared normal driving. Up to 3rd around 25mph. Press on and its okay. Very Revvy at 50 ish. Engine mounts are tired and theres a drone from the exhaust which i ill fix to make things a bit smoother. Overall its a charming little scruff bag.
  16. Im guessing theres a story behind the missing chunk of bumper, busted light and scratched quarter panel?
  17. Bit of a shuffle around the workshop see these to fine automotive marvels parked up next two each other. Vp now pumped up and at correct height according to my new (to me) very handy factory looking manual. Manual came with some extra paperwork from the 80s
  18. Needs more pumping action but we are back up in the air.
  19. Tyres all fitted up now, still awaiting the fluid pump to arrive. So its now time to tackle the displacers. Having spoke to the very plesant lady from hahs ltd yesterday it seems they are happy to do the repair same day. So tuesday im going to jump in the steed and take a jolly to telford. Drop the displacer or maybe two in and go see what i can explore in the area. Why not make a day of it. While its pricey (relative to the value of the car) and im sure there are cheaper alternatives if you do this and that etc etc. A fast and proven repair is my prefered option.
  20. Smurf it. With the 3 tyres being old and one very old heavily cracked. New boots were on the cards anyways. Some 155 80 12s were ordered, hifly super2000s at £116 for 4. The wheels were an almost purple, deep blue and rather scruffy. A quick knotwheel back. Zinc primer and a thick coat of the same coach enamel went on. Ring and cap polished up a an old tyre lobbed on for a test to see how it looked. Its not a shade of blue id choose but like the roof , its a big improvement for no dosh. All five wheels have now been painted and new boots will go on this week. With the wheels off i stuff the tyre inflator on and pumped up the dropped side. As much as it could (100psi ish) and i looked for leaks , i expected/hoped it would be a rusted hardline pipe but sadly its the flexi to the rear displacer. Bugger!
  21. After that cleaned up i dug into the roof. The cracking originates on the factory paint so the damage is very deep. Back to Bare metal then? Err no. That requires the expenditure of more money and thats just not happening. Its getting what ive got and thats it, I had however overlooked one thing. And that was to check the paint was still okay. Sure enough it was an unopened tin. Score! Wasnt the colour of the car tho! Ahh well on it goes, Two coats of coach enamel slapped on with a far too small brush. Flatted back to get some of the dust its awful wobbly and you can still see the cracks i couldnt be arse to dig down too. but it sort lf matches the look of the car, i pressed in on the edges to give a bit of a worn look, a bit improvement for little cost, just time mostly.
  22. The buy Yeah it was me, the very faded and slammed vp1300 came to live in the shed of shite. I wasnt taking any pics as i hadnt planned to post on here. Anyways over crimbo i found myself wondering what to do about the very cracked and damaged roof (sorry no before pics) id seen some paint in the boot of the car so thought id maybe get away with painting the roof and the body might darken a bit with a polish so it would look to out of place. The paint job is awful but has a charm i like. The issue aswell with the flat paint was every liquid that went near it marked it.
  23. Been a while hasnt it? The daily updates thing failed, because i failed. Some of the days i last posted about i was actually off work at the time. I had been given time off after id just broken down mentally one morning driving to work. Everything just seemed to come to the surface and i couldnt hold it down anymore. Id not been right and knew it was coming it was only a matter of time. Moving forward, the workshop visits got less and less. I did a "fuck it why not" buy and that just got parked inside. I worked on a few others cars to help them as while i wasnt enjoying working on cars i do enjoy helping people and that in turn made me feel a bit better. I had some good days and some bad. As we all know things take time and as the past few months have gone by ive got to a much happier place im glad to say, probably feeling the most like myself than i have in many years. I still have things to change but for now, im happy. Exploring local woodlands solo or with a great friend has been a thing im trying to do more of And how does one get to these places? By noble steed, now approaching 178k might i add. Not much to report, a few unwanted potholes has knocked the alignment out and its feels a bit off on the bends. An occasional stumble in the revs shows its head randomly too. A service and tracking to be done in the next few weeks. The christmas break see some mojo appear and i got in the workshop for a few days. Just doing whatever i fancied. I have to remember this is a fun hobby. Not a job so i can pick and choose, and leave when the fun stops.
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