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CanaryinManc

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  1. Yes I know it's a Somerset failing. It's my car - well 50% - jointly owned with my brother. Have since had block and head skimmed and engine/box now seem OK touch wood. Have old gearbox in garage if you need it for parts- problem was no synchro on 2nd but gears OK. Are you in ACCC?
  2. Austin A40 Somerset earlier this year: Remove worn out gearbox. Fit re-conditioned gearbox First start of engine to test. FTP: Gurgling noises from engine. Remove plugs. Water shooting out of plug holes. Head gasket spectacularly blown. Expletives.
  3. As one who was born and still has family in Norwich, but mostly lived in Manchester, I've had more than my fair share of this journey over the last 40 years. While the roads have improved over the years, the DCs and Motorways don't head in the right direction so even in a fast car don't save much time over the mostly single track A47/A17. I do normally go A1/M62/M60 though to avoid the crawl across A57/A616/A628 Woodhead Pass. Even so this trip has always taken 4.5 to 5 hours - traffic has increased as the roads have improved. So I suspect given his limited speed your recovery driver would have been no quicker using the indirect motorways.
  4. Fine in theory but doesn't work for me on my 308 as, due to my duff ankle, I have to have wheel adjusted very high which blocks the instruments again. Also agree its touchscreen is a pointless gimmick. Takes ages scrolling through screens to adjust temperature by 0.5C. Also have we had massive alloys vulnerable to kerbing with rubber band tyres destroying ride quality yet?
  5. Inconsistent indicator stalk location; just back from a month in Australia driving 3 hire cars (a Commodore, Kia and Hyundai) trying to indicate with the LH wiper stalk because RH indicator stalks; now back in UK spending another month trying to use the RH wiper stalk on our PSA motors because LH indicator stalks.
  6. CanaryinManc

    Shiny 405

    Each to his own. 405 and 406 are equally good looking to me. Also 406 produced for 9 years in France and another 2 in Egypt so hardly a 'short-lived flop'
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    Shiny 405

    I had a 405, immediately followed by a 406. 405 was the better drive but fragile and always something going wrong; 406 slightly less fun but faultless until I burnt it out by parking it on long dry grass, but that wasn't the car's fault.
  8. CanaryinManc

    Shiny 405

    Lovely, but how do you keep those wheel centre caps attached? My 405 lost one every time we took a bend
  9. Any advice gratefully received: Gearbox swap 1953 Austin A40 Somerset. My brother and I have just spent most of 3 days replacing the worn gearbox (no 2nd gear synchro) on our A40 for a reconditioned unit and have ended up with a car that won't go at all. Removing gearbox was straightforward if long winded. Next we removed the clutch cover assembly (but didn't dismantle it as it had minimal wear) and clutch disc (also minimal wear) to access the spigot bush or pilot bearing since the gearbox specialist said (reasonably enough) that he would only warrant the recon gearbox if it was changed. Big surprise was that no spigot bush was present at all - I'm not sure how it has happily run for the last 20 years since the clutch was last changed without one. Anyway we fitted our new spigot bush easily enough after 24 hours in the freezer and then tried to use my universal clutch assembly tool to centre the disk while we bolted the asssembly back on. This was thwarted by the centre hole in the release lever plate being smaller in diameter than the alignment tool so we had to remove this plate which is held on to the pressure plate assembly by 3 retaining springs. then replace it after bolting up the assembly. The springs were very fiddly to replace and we may have not replaced one properly. Replacing gearbox was again straightforward if lengthy, once we realised that the rear mountings had to come off and be refitted after the box was bolted in place and it seemed to engage with the engine easily enough. However, when we tried to reconnect the clutch pedal to the operating lever there was only about an inch of movement even at the limit of its adjustment and we broke the operating rod trying to get more. Moving the operating lever manually resulted in minimal movement and a tinkling noise as presumably one of the retaining springs flew off. Gearbox output shaft turns with engine (on handle - I haven't started it) regardless of gear selected so clutch must be permanently engaged. Car has been pushed back into garage in disgust. Any ideas on where we went wrong before we try again. Does the missing spigot bush have a bearing on this? (sorry).
  10. Yes but the miniature man trapped in nearside middle window must be worth a bit
  11. Agree that's what they should be, and IMHO current 2014 on 308 and X9 (2008 on) C5 with hydro-pneumatic meet these descriptions to a tee. Also agree 406 was indestructible - in marked contrast to 405. Can't see the point of modern Citroens though - seem to be stylised Pugs with rubber mats glued to the doors
  12. Sorry - this doesn't make sense due to typo. First sentence of second para should end '....... the impact completely removed the OSR lght unit'.
  13. Alfasud 1.5 saloon: My brother had a fantastic 1.3 until he wrote it off. This never got close. Boiled in M6 jam due to seized electric fan; galloping rot everywhere; continuous plume of blue smoke necessitating regular topping up so oil leak from filler tube onto inboard disc below made heavy braking interesting. Hence met its end when I had to brake heavily to avoid suicide overtaker coming towards me, lost it and the OSR wing clouted a tree. I was on the A44 from Worcester to Leominster for an evening work meeting and the impact completely removed the NSR light unit. Continued to the meeting without incident but on the way home was stopped by Police on outskirts of Leominster for having no tail lights at all - the NSR lght had gone out in sympathy. Very nice copper suggested I clout it to get it back on . Did it just to humour him and light came back on. Let me go with just a suggestion that I stop in Bromyard on the way back to check I still had my one tail light working.
  14. Alpine sales from 1976 can't have been helped by the fact that Chrysler dealers were simultaneously tasked with selling similar sized older models like the Hillman/Chrysler Minx/Hunter (1966 -1979) and the Hillman/Chrysler Avenger (until 1981). Presumably these were retained mainly for conservative fleet and older buyers.
  15. Don't think they were rubbish at all; just much more rot prone than many similar era cars. My 77 Renault 12 was much much better bodywise. Also note Alpine tester is dressed in Autoshite shades of matching brown
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