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    N19 reacted to Dyslexic Viking in How far did you go in 2021?   
    Do not know but have become little driving the last 2 years due to the shit times we live in.
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    N19 got a reaction from Shite Ron in How far did you go in 2021?   
    Perhaps I'm the only saddo who notes down the mileage covered in the fleet? I thought it'd be interesting to tot up how many miles each car had done this year.
     
     Mondeo: 6436    
    Bluebird: 2711    
    Capri: 3148
    Not bad, about 50% of the Capri's mileage was in one week to Aberdeen and back - the Bluebird had a couple of longer trips, but the Mondeo is the more practical and comfortable long journey car.
     
    Whereas, during 2020...
    Mondeo: 3688    (July onwards)
    Bluebird: 5952    
    Capri: 1542
    The Capri didn't go far, with the travel restrictions preventing any long trips for most of the year. The Bluebird started the year off on primary daily driver duties, which increased during lockdown as I stopped taking the tube to work, then the Mondeo taking over on arrival.
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    N19 reacted to AnnoyingPentium in End of year Tat Accounts.   
    IN:
    Not as exciting as the rest of yous, but I bought my first car, a Skoda Fabia - cause it was low mileage and low priced in comparison.
    Safe to say it's changed a wee bit. I'm still a little in denial that it's shite, but it is, I think?


    OUT:
    Money.
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    N19 reacted to vulgalour in 1980 Austin Princess   
    Words and pictures time on the latest Princess video.  Not bothering for the Griswold Special since that's a tiny video and it won't cost much of your time to give it a watch.
    I have been putting this job off because I hate working on engines and there's every chance that what's wrong is going to be difficult and expensive to put right.  Alternatively, it might be something simple and I could've fixed it ages ago when the weather was nicer.  I chose to drive the Maestro instead of thinking about it too much, but when the Maestro started shedding wheel arches faster than I could weld them back on, I begrudgingly set to on the Princess.  Look how happy I am to be doing this wretched job.

    We begin by consulting The Book.  My manual fell apart years ago and I carefully dismantled it and put it into A4 ringbinder folders so now it's a mostly wipe clean reference.

    The manual helps as a guide for what needs to come off and what doesn't.  Follow it step-by-step and it takes longer to do the job, instead make your own method up.  First thing, pull off the belt cover.  The little conical rubber grommet things I had been told years ago were impossible to find when in fact you can use classic Mini heater cable grommets, which are part number CAM5969.  They're cheap and plentiful, so if you've got a rattly cam cover on your O-series, that's the thing you need to stop it.

    That off, you can then rotate the engine.  Don't do as I do, do as I say here, and remove the spark plugs.  It makes life a lot easier.  However, since I'd lost a good bit of compression in one cylinder it wasn't too difficult.  I haven't got anything I can turn the crankshaft pulley with so I do it on the camshaft which, over the ten years I've owned this car and the many times I've had to do this job, has so far not been an issue.  Your mileage may vary.  What you're aiming to do here is line up the dimple in the camshaft pulley with the hole stamped in the cover bracket.  You also want the pointer to line up with the relevant location on the crankshaft pulley, but I didn't film or photograph that.  Suffice to say, if you've got the book it tells you how to do it.  This sets the engine to the right point to make it safe to pull everything apart.


    Then, remove the carburettor.  You can remove all the bits separately, but don't, you're wasting your time.  Instead undo the four bolts that hold it all to the exhaust manifold because that's easier.  The aluminium heat shield on my car is non-standard, the original fibreboard thing fell apart years ago and I was getting proper heat soak issues, so I fabricated this aluminium one which solved the problem very nicely.  (It's not actually aligned here, but it was when I did the belt).

    If you opt not to remove the dashpot on the carburettor - and I opted not to because I don't want to accidentally bend the needle - then you need to slacken off all four bolts to slide the assembly back on the manifold studs before you can get all of them undone, because the dashpot housing fouls one of the nuts.  This is a common theme on this engine and one thing I hate about working on it.



    The manual would have you disconnect the exhaust from the manifold.  Do not do this.  Instead, unbolt the manifold from the head.  It's a little more work now but you won't have a blowing exhaust that refuses to seal later if you do it this way.  Trust me, I've been there so many times.  Mini and Maxi owners will also know this pain.  I even have upgraded cast brackets on this car instead of the useless pressed metal ones it originally had and they're such a nightmare to get aligned and sealed nicely that I've vowed to only disturb them in emergency situations, and even then only if there's absolutely no other workaround.

    With the manifold unbolted, it offers no obstruction to the head at all.  Reinstalling it is a bit fiddly, you have to thread a bolt through the manifold and the manifold gasket at each end (ideally one at a time) to get things lined up with the head, but once you've done that it's pretty plain sailing.  Do all the bolts up most of the way before fully tightening, this then allows a bit of wiggle room if you need it for alignment, especially useful since some of the bolts have to be done by feel.

    You will now believe you are ready to remove the head.  Drain the coolant and undo the bolts in the proper spiral pattern and set them aside for reassembly.

    Except for the one that fouls on the distributor casing meaning you have to remove the distributor.

    Mark the distributor casing and the cam cover so you've a rough guide for where the timing needs to be set on reassembly, this saves a good bit of time later and the marker pen is easily removed for a nice clean finish afterwards.

    Happily, being aluminium, the head weighs almost nothing and it wasn't even a little bit stuck having been done not very long ago.

    Then be very confused that there's absolutely no obvious sign of failure anywhere.  Even though you've checked the torques a bazillion times, used brand new parts, cleaned things to within an inch of their life, had the head pressure tested and skimmed properly... there's no obvious cause for failure in here.


    In fact, the only thing slightly amiss is that the affected corner of the gasket looks ever so slightly shrunken compared to what it should be.  Whether that's the actual failure, or a symptom of the engine running with the gasket failed, I'll never know.  Suffice to say it's sort of a good thing there's nothing obviously wrong and sort of a bad thing that there's no smoking gun.  Oh well, get it cleaned up and reassembled I guess.


    I did put a metal rule across the surfaces and look for any obvious deviations on head and block surfaces and found none.  I'm aware that's not a perfect solution, nor to engineering tolerances, but it would highlight if there was a bad spot somewhere.  Fact is, it all seemed fine.  The only issue was some powdery corrosion that wiped off without leaving any visible pitting on the affected end of the head surface and similar powdery corrosion on the head gasket.  Not enough to be a concern, and likely due to water leaking past the gasket and getting stuck there since it literally wiped off with a finger.  Next, dig out the spare head gaskets (yes, I keep multiple in stock).  First one I dug out was a NOS item from a supplier I don't normally use.  It had to go in the bin.  I don't even remember who the supplier was of this one and I don't think I can blame them since it looked fine from the visible side in the packet, it had rusted on the carboard side of the packaging which must have got damp at some point.


    My other gasket was a full set from www.angclassiccarparts.co.uk who I've used many times over the years and who have never let me  down.  It also gave me a new manifold gasket to use which would be handy since I damaged the old one when I fumbled it with cold-numbed hands.

    Fit the nice new gasket which did feel substantially better than the one I removed, and torque everything according to the book.

    Refit the spark plugs...

    ...and the manifold and carburettor assembly...

    ... coolant caps, pipes, and any other odds and sods.

    Then give up for the day because the sun is speeding towards the horizon, it's frickin cold, you can't feel your fingers, and you're desperately in need of a cup of tea.  The rest can happen another day (and it did, more on that in the future).  Look how happy I am to have been working on an engine.  Positively delighted about it.

    Ah well, it's done for this update.  Next update we'll get the rest on and see about getting it running.

     
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    N19 reacted to captain_70s in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards, Chips got! :)   
    It seems to mostly just stop. I suspect repeated use will damage both the brakes and transmission*. 
    If it uses Triumph style brake drums then the handbrake could just be jammed on, in which case smacking the levers on the back of the drums where the cables attach with a rubber mallet should disengage them. If it IS just the handbrake seizing on then you might be able to then drive it to a garage to properly strip it down and get it functioning properly. If the brake fluid has never been changed it's probably 75% water by now.
     
    *Actually unsure, because these have a centrifugal clutch or something?
     
    Regards my earlier posts, I'm aware I'm coming across as negative. However the opposition here is a medical condition, not a lack of knowledge or willpower. I've no doubt REV would already be stripped to a bare shell and in the process of being restored to concourse condition if Dez was able to do so, but he can't.
    Some years ago I started the application process to be a train driver, got a reasonable way through the whole thing, which consists of numerous tests and interviews. Then realised I was partially colour blind, not enough to make any real difference day-to-day but it meant trains and planes were out. No chance. So it was back to production line work for me. Sometimes you have to manage your expectations and adjust your goals accordingly. 
    A dead car sat outside your house rapidly becomes a noose around your neck. A reminder of failed endeavours. No, you can't really just sit them around and wait for a sunnier day. Every week a car sits another fitting goes from being tight to needing the blow torch. Unless you have a full blown resto planned anyway sitting a car for any period of time simply means it'll deteriorate faster than you can repair it. Been there, done that.
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    N19 got a reaction from skoda_fan in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    I'm just a guy tinkering in my own lockup, but I agree that the facilities definitely make a huge difference. If you're not in a place where you can work comfortably, the desire to work vanishes. Sufficient dry space for storage of the working/non working fleet members, plus a suitable bay for an in depth job. 
    I won a manual lift in a roffle earlier in the year - really really useful for all kinds of jobs, brakes, underseal etc etc. Challenge I have is using it in a single lockup - makes it a bit of a palarva to get set up.
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    N19 got a reaction from chaseracer in The new news 24 thread   
    I never let an opportunity for a bit of naff tinsel pass me by...

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    N19 reacted to Andyrew in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    I may have said this before but
    If i can offer one suggestion to boost mojo, not from an OMG youtuber perspective because im not one but as someone who has a barn/ workshop but also known for having too many wanky cars/ projects ,  having come from years of not getting shit done to having a fairly productive year. This has been an absolute game changer for me. 

    No more Putting off a job as you are not in the mood to fuck around with all of the axle stand bollocks and rolling about on a cold floor trying to find the jacking point etc etc. Which this time of year can be a real problem for mojo.
    The lift has its dim witted moments and its not a cheap tool but is 100% the best tool ive ever bought just knocking my welder off the top spot.
    Get waving that youtube sensation discount card at one of the suppliers of these type lifts (mine is strongman tools in coventry at 1700 quid) 
     
     
     
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    N19 reacted to dollywobbler in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Indeed so. I will be reducing the fleet in 2022, and will also be shedding a Fox I suspect. But, I'm putting it in for an MOT in Jan, sending it away for improvement works and then want one last hurrah. Roadtrips I miss hugely, and Foxanne has never really had a chance to shine, having been rushed together for Bromley Pageant of Motoring in 2019, then barely used since. Yugo is going and I welcome any interested parties, Oltcit parts car at some point (and I suspect the newer one too, but again, road legality and a roadtrip await), Charade is likely to stay and take one of the back-burner places as we still have plans for it, but another small replacement may come in.
    That leaves me with something approaching core fleet. 2CV, Invacar, Matiz, Fairmont and probably the Camry and GSA. I fall in and out of love with the latter on a regular basis...
    Whether I achieve any of this remains to be seen, but there is actually a plan.
    On the Camry, I've been chatting to a former Toyota tech with plenty of knowledge. He's not entirely convinced it's HGF and has suggested it could be a result of all the gloop in the system from previous 'potion and hope' fixes, though I do wonder why such potions were tried. Plan is to do some compression tests first of all, then discuss what to do next. HGF isn't the end of the world, but we'll try and diagnose it accurately before diving in. You know, exactly the opposite of my Daihatsu strategy...
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    N19 got a reaction from vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
    I never let an opportunity for a bit of naff tinsel pass me by...

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    N19 got a reaction from crad in The new news 24 thread   
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    N19 got a reaction from junkyarddog in The new news 24 thread   
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    N19 got a reaction from Floatylight in The new news 24 thread   
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    N19 got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in The new news 24 thread   
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    N19 got a reaction from Split_Pin in The new news 24 thread   
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    N19 reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Exhaust arrived yesterday  - pretty good going taking just over a week from Poland.  A side by side comparison shows the new item is a better quality product.

    The bends are nicer, and the hangers are actually positioned correctly. 

    The only down side was they had to cut it to get the package size down, but they did supply a joining piece to make up for it!
    It's now in position, but suspended by cable ties until the correct rubbers arrive.

    The fit isn't bad at all considering it's all pattern parts. 

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    N19 got a reaction from Austat in The new news 24 thread   
    Gave the Capri a once over before I took it out, had a nice 20 mile trip around to find the cloth still hanging off the bumper. I did wonder why people seemed to be flashing more than usual...
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    N19 got a reaction from Angrydicky in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I unexpectedly had a bit of free time, so I decided to have a look at the rad mounts. The original rubbers are unobtainum, or at least not without paying ridiculous sums.
    A bit of steel bar later, this is a trial fit.

    I think there needs to be a repositioning of the upper hole. I'll do that, confirm it fits properly, then use that to make up two new ones of the right size methinks. Rubber washers should hopefully dampen any vibration. Total cost, £0 rather than £50.
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    N19 reacted to Fumbler in The new news 24 thread   
    I installed the FrankenAlternator

    Started the car and put the headlights on


     
     
     
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    N19 got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I unexpectedly had a bit of free time, so I decided to have a look at the rad mounts. The original rubbers are unobtainum, or at least not without paying ridiculous sums.
    A bit of steel bar later, this is a trial fit.

    I think there needs to be a repositioning of the upper hole. I'll do that, confirm it fits properly, then use that to make up two new ones of the right size methinks. Rubber washers should hopefully dampen any vibration. Total cost, £0 rather than £50.
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    N19 reacted to LightBulbFun in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards, Chips got! :)   
    at long last with many thanks to @bobdisk who popped round again, we managed to solve REV's throttle cable woes and I made it to the chippy (and back!) finally  
    (and I made a Nissan Micra look massive LOL)


    the issue in the end was because the throttle cable was routed around the pulleys in 2 90 degree angles in an almost Z shape which clearly would not have been helping matters, so I said to bob how about trying to run it under the car like so
    r
    and it looks like that has solved the problem the throttle works lovely now with the existing cable setup (so im still on the broken twist grip which id like to replace) but its much smoother to operate and it no longer jams on
    she drives pretty well! got up to the thrilling heights of 20Mph, and Oh my the visibility in REV is so much better then the modern driving school cars im use to! I can actually look over my shoulder and see whats behind/beside me, rather then just PILLER
    as you can imagine I am very pleased with all of this! (this was my first time driving a car solo on the public highway!) as it hopefully means I can start using REV now! she still has some foibles here and there (and id still like to do a full service/oil change)
    but now I can use her for trips to the shops to support the household etc  
    heres hoping she continues to play ball!
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    N19 got a reaction from Twiggy in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    What idiot washes a car in December outside..... me.
     

    Thought the Bluebird deserved it. Only done 40 odd miles this month.
    That's probably pretty much it in terms of fleet news until after Christmas. What will 2022 bring? I have no desire nor need for any fleet expansion at the moment - I've settled well into each car having a niche. If the ULEZ did come out to the M25, I'd have to buy something compliant, but even if that happens it won't be for another couple of years - I hope.
    I'm still on the lookout for a double garage, if one comes up at the right price. We shall see.
    Thanks to everyone who's read this thread over the year, I am definitely not one of the skilled tinkerers that you see on the forum but I still thoroughly enjoy pissing around with the fleet, wielding sockets and doing jobs that probably could wait. All part of the fun - we say to ourselves!
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    N19 got a reaction from Angrydicky in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    What idiot washes a car in December outside..... me.
     

    Thought the Bluebird deserved it. Only done 40 odd miles this month.
    That's probably pretty much it in terms of fleet news until after Christmas. What will 2022 bring? I have no desire nor need for any fleet expansion at the moment - I've settled well into each car having a niche. If the ULEZ did come out to the M25, I'd have to buy something compliant, but even if that happens it won't be for another couple of years - I hope.
    I'm still on the lookout for a double garage, if one comes up at the right price. We shall see.
    Thanks to everyone who's read this thread over the year, I am definitely not one of the skilled tinkerers that you see on the forum but I still thoroughly enjoy pissing around with the fleet, wielding sockets and doing jobs that probably could wait. All part of the fun - we say to ourselves!
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    N19 got a reaction from Coprolalia in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    What idiot washes a car in December outside..... me.
     

    Thought the Bluebird deserved it. Only done 40 odd miles this month.
    That's probably pretty much it in terms of fleet news until after Christmas. What will 2022 bring? I have no desire nor need for any fleet expansion at the moment - I've settled well into each car having a niche. If the ULEZ did come out to the M25, I'd have to buy something compliant, but even if that happens it won't be for another couple of years - I hope.
    I'm still on the lookout for a double garage, if one comes up at the right price. We shall see.
    Thanks to everyone who's read this thread over the year, I am definitely not one of the skilled tinkerers that you see on the forum but I still thoroughly enjoy pissing around with the fleet, wielding sockets and doing jobs that probably could wait. All part of the fun - we say to ourselves!
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    N19 reacted to High Jetter in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    That's brought back a memory! Late 1980's, I was a private hire driver and bought a brand new Bluebird 2.0 dizzle. Lovely car, same colour as yours. Washed it one cold and wintry day, went indoors for a warm-up and coffee, went to get in the car and slipped on ice from the water I'd used!
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