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  1. Well, never did get to the Audi's exhaust (imbibed a few drams of Speyside's finest instead!), but did manage to achieve this... Yes, this carbuncle will be used to lift out the 323's engine, and lift in the new one! I don't have access to a proper engine hoist, and anyway, the car is on a rough bit of ground that wouldn't suit one. I had the steel (work were going to throw it away! Galvy angle iron!), and the chain pull may have followed me out of some previous occupation, so t'was all free... my favourite price. After this task, it will all be stored again, it and some other bits are destined to become the framework of my Trabbi-sheltering garage lean-to one day. Also, first commute in the Trabster today... no issues... big fun. Had forgotten how much I like seeing that wee blue roof around the place!
  2. Well, old Rosie did not let me down... MOT passed without advisories! Brakes are rubbing a wee bit, but working well according to the machine, and it was great to take her out for a proper run again. East Germany 1, West Germany nil. Having said that, my new Magnaflow cat has arrived, so I'll slot that in this weekend and try the Audi Coupe again. Cheers all.
  3. Replacement Mazda lump arrived today, very quick despatch! Yeah, need to get the jeep fixed really... Plenty of room though! Looks right, will get a better inspection of it on Saturday. Onwards!
  4. Right, a plan has been formulated, the wee Maz will hit the highway again one way or the other! It's desire to burn oil despite the cylinder head and rings having been done, leads me to believe something must be cracked. Sad times. However, I have sourced an engine using the power of eBay, and it will be delivered to our northern outpost by the end of the week potentially. It's previous home was under the bonnet of a 2000 Mazda Demio, which used the old 1.3 SOHC lump after the 323 had moved on to bigger and better things. This is what I hope anyway, I have done much internet research, it is definitely the same basic lump, but no doubt there will be myriad small differences to get my head around. I don't know for example, if the Demio always used a rotor cap n' dizzy? All the pics I've seen say yes... The inlet/injection manifold looks totally different, I'm just hoping it mounts up the same! Time will tell of course, but hopefully I'll be able to make a good unit out of the two I'll have. In it's favour, it has 62,000 miles on it, was driven by the owner of the breakers yard (who assures me it ran fine๐Ÿคž), and is mine for ยฃ300 delivered. I have to tell you guys about it cos everyone else thinks I'm mad! Old cars eh?
  5. Yes it does! Hasn't been used in anger for years and years though... I'm always desperate to do so, but the power always comes back on too fast! ๐Ÿ˜…
  6. Audi still refusing to play the game... emissions good in three of the four categories, but lambda still out by miles. I have her booked in with MOT man for a new cat on Tuesday, and I'm hoping he'll just pass it after that. This was the view as I pulled up for the test this morning... He was pulling out the beemer after it's test, and the Hillman(?) was in for a front wing rust repair. Rosie, at least is progressing nicely... bumpers on and reverse and fog mounted, means that although scruffy, at least she's complete. Doggo approved... Cheers all.
  7. Hi all, Audi Coupe emissions appear to be greatly improved! No smell of fuel from exhaust! Can it be? Spent my day welding in a centre box/resonator to my stainless straight-through home brew zorst... I had read that too little back pressure can lead to rich running, and it certainly appears that was the case here. The MOT will tell for sure, but I'm pretty confident now (famous last words, but this run of luck has to change soon?!) Pics of install... Do not zoom in on welding, I am on emergency nightshift cover due to COVID absences at work, so finesse was not on the cards today! T'was bought on eBay from MIJ exhausts in the Midlands, great price and delivery again. I'd bought the wrong size pipe diameter (70mm instead of the required 60), but it fettled in ok. Rosie the Trabbi has been scrubbed, she needs some bodywork TLC, but nothing drastic. Just need to spray up the new bumpers, fit 'em, and she can follow the Coupe to the MOT man. Pic showing test paint of bumpers, using that chrome spray that never comes out very 'chromey', perfect methinks... Plan on compression testing the Maz tomorrow, still formulating a plan of attack there. If it does need a new head, I have deduced that the 1.3 Demio uses the same single cam lump, and will maybe be after a spares or repairs one of them... Anyway, onwards!
  8. Oh well... Joy was pretty short lived with the Mazda. With the coolant in I was able to run her longer, and as soon as she started to warm up the smoke was back, big time. Let her run for 10 minutes, but can't really keep doing that as it's filling the street. White, acrid oily smoke, nothing in the coolant now, so believe the head gasket is holding. Can only imagine something's cracked that opens up when warm? I had the pistons in my hands and didn't notice anything, but I suppose there could be something? I definitely put the rings in right way up, and placed the gaps as per the Haynes manual. Towards the end of the run, she started to cough a little, and there is oil on the spark plug insulators. I oiled everything up pretty good on assembly, I'm wondering if that's the wrong thing to do, seemed natural to lube it all as much as possible. Could it just be that and oil out the exhaust from it burning so much before? Will do a compression test when I've got a tester, but not looking good...
  9. I think it's a F430? Which somehow denotes it's 80cc's... It's great fun wringing it's neck through the woods!
  10. Managed to replace the original mullered locating pin for the cam pulley, by drilling and tapping the shaft, and using a cut-down 6mm bolt as a stud. All at 180 degrees from the original position... In pictures... Running spot on, just to put the cooling system back together and watch like a hawk for a wee while! Big relief here at Trabi Towers ๐Ÿ‘
  11. MUCH EXCITE! Hi all, I am taking a lunch break from the cars, on this beautiful Speyside day. I have had the day off work, as all my car parts have come in, and I'd much rather do that than work. Rosie the Trabbi... Running well as previously reported, but front nearside brake was not happy. On (and smoking) or off altogether were the options available. To access the offending cylinder requires hub removal, which is a massive pita without the proper puller. I had slightly loosened the hubnut, and spent some time battering her up and down a local rutted track, trying in vain to crack the hub off a bit, or work the cylinder back into life. No success, but great fun trying! https://youtu.be/THlPkBWjKG4 Anyway, bled the brake thoroughly today and mashed the pedal repeatedly in frustration, and hey presto!!!! Even stoppage capability is once again restored. Mazda 323... Why not start with the money shot...! received_396966095637704.mp4
  12. Have often meant to come down for that one, tend to enjoy the smaller car meets more than the big shows now though. DB's/Foad's is on my list at the moment, looks a great selection/turnout.
  13. Yeah, I have the VCDS for the big Audi mainly, but I did buy a lead to fit the Coupe... Shows nothing untoward, no fault codes and lambda readouts look good ( they're supposed to be around 1 apparently?). We'll get there in the end! Trabbies are of course exempt from emissions testing, so the race is on to see what gets back on the road first!
  14. Coil pack, a mysterious and ominous black box!
  15. Hi Matty, no it's a 1978/79 DT50 M. I had a 1985 model in my youth, and it's very similar, same bike really... Great wee bikes to learn on.
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