Update from yesterday and today
Filled the gearbox with oil, 2 liters yesterday and the final 0.5 l today. It hasn't leaked so far but I haven't driven it which will be the big test of my handy work. There is a huge debate about what transmission oil to use, ranging from unobtainable to standard engine oil. Apparently if you get it wrong your gearbox will immediately explode into a million pieces. I decided on this at the end which seemed to get ok reviews, is correct grade and suitable for older yellow metal boxes (and only £23 for 5 litres delivered)
Next up was trying to sort out the locks. There was only one key for the doors which didn't fit the boot or passenger door, so decided to replace all three with a brand new set. Door cards came off in matter of minutes.
the lock and push button is held in with this spring clip which you have to reach into the dark far corner of the door to reach (after disconnecting various plastic cup and ball joints without breaking the 30 year old plastic)
The clip is supposed to pull off by hand but drivers door was stiff, so tried to prise off with a screwdriver and it pinged off into the inside of the door. After 40 minutes scrabbling around trying to find it (you can't see into bottom of door and it was full of glass from a previous broken window) all I had successfully done was also drop my phone a screwdriver and my magnet on a stick inside the door too. To make matters worse the door was not able to close as all the mechanism was disconnected and this happened
after the rain I remembered I had bought a video endoscope in Maplin closing down sale so with that and a work light to illuminate inside the door I managed to confirm that there was in fact only broken glass in the bottom of the door. Hmmm. By process of elimination I realised the only place it could be was the one 10cm area of the door cross brace which had too small a gap for it to fall down. Managed to confirm and flick it up enough to grab it by using the metal tie wrap I couldn't use for the gaitor (see previous post😃). Got it, then dropped it again but this time inside the door so could fish it out with my now retrieved magnet
Done!!! Passenger door and boot were done in 15 minutes ! Easy when you know how.
Final job before the test drive.... Car was missing a few badges on the back
They are missing no more
All that's left is to tighten the hubnut, wheel nuts and then test drive. If it stays oil tight it's about ready for FotU. If it doesn't the Favorit will be pressed into service