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    N19 got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The new news 24 thread   
    How can swapping a radiator be so difficult?
    Capri:
    Unscrew bottom coolant hose, drain coolant. Unbolt fan shroud. Unscrew top coolant hose. Unbolt 4 fixing bolts, pull radiator up.
     
    Mondeo:
    Spend ages fighting with bloody awful spring clips, eventually drain antifreeze onto hair/clothes, unscrew mounts for electric fan, unclip a load of related and unrelated wiring, try to remove, absolutely won't move, try to move bauden cable under the bonnet which gives a reassuring >SNAP< - oh feck - give up - come home and re-read the Haynes... bloody hell you have to dismantle half the bloody cooling system to even get the electric fan out! Give up and sit in the warm/dry.
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    N19 got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    That makes sense actually! It seems to go to some sort of electronic gubbins.  In which case I can leave it for now as I can live without cruise control in the short term...
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    N19 got a reaction from artdjones in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    Time flies! It's been five years since I bought the Capri today, so that meant a run out was in order.

    Then back to the lockup, as my paranoid self wanted to check the torque on the rear calipers on the Mondeo. Then it started raining. I miss having reasonable undercover workspace. The lifty is very very useful for brake jobs, mind.

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    N19 got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    HBOL says to remove the electric fan and that comes out the top, then unbolt the rad and it comes out the bottom. Tying the a/c condenser to the crossmember and removing a support bracket whilst you're at it.
    I suppose if I drop the bumper (which I could probably do with my eyes closed now) it'd all come out nicely on the bottom with enough clearance. Maybe.
    Any idea on the bowden cable I've probably mullered? Not up on this fuel injection malarkey see... is it some form of auto-choke equivalent? goes from the inlet manifold round to the n/s bulkhead.
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    N19 got a reaction from Shite Ron in The new news 24 thread   
    How can swapping a radiator be so difficult?
    Capri:
    Unscrew bottom coolant hose, drain coolant. Unbolt fan shroud. Unscrew top coolant hose. Unbolt 4 fixing bolts, pull radiator up.
     
    Mondeo:
    Spend ages fighting with bloody awful spring clips, eventually drain antifreeze onto hair/clothes, unscrew mounts for electric fan, unclip a load of related and unrelated wiring, try to remove, absolutely won't move, try to move bauden cable under the bonnet which gives a reassuring >SNAP< - oh feck - give up - come home and re-read the Haynes... bloody hell you have to dismantle half the bloody cooling system to even get the electric fan out! Give up and sit in the warm/dry.
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    N19 reacted to sierraman in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    It’s been an age since I took a radiator out of a Mk2 Mondeo but I’m sure it comes out the bottom with the fan still on the rad. There should be some brackets at the bottom, it sits on rubber bushes, you could move the PAS cooler out of the way but I don’t think it’s necessary. 
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    N19 got a reaction from Yoss in The new news 24 thread   
    How can swapping a radiator be so difficult?
    Capri:
    Unscrew bottom coolant hose, drain coolant. Unbolt fan shroud. Unscrew top coolant hose. Unbolt 4 fixing bolts, pull radiator up.
     
    Mondeo:
    Spend ages fighting with bloody awful spring clips, eventually drain antifreeze onto hair/clothes, unscrew mounts for electric fan, unclip a load of related and unrelated wiring, try to remove, absolutely won't move, try to move bauden cable under the bonnet which gives a reassuring >SNAP< - oh feck - give up - come home and re-read the Haynes... bloody hell you have to dismantle half the bloody cooling system to even get the electric fan out! Give up and sit in the warm/dry.
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    N19 got a reaction from catsinthewelder in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    The terrifying moment :-

    Phew. Emissions ok, handbrake could be better but passed fine. Advisory on corrosion to sills, and some brake hoses which are being done anyway. In the meantime, the air con compressor has been fitted... Just not charged as the garages machine is on the blink. Hopefully will have nice chilled air just in time for winter.
    The rad is starting to collapse from underneath by the looks of it. New ones listed at 45 quid so not too bad and may be worth it.
    5k miles in the year, although in fairness it hasn't done any long long trips in the last MOT year.
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    N19 got a reaction from Twiggy in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    A few scratches tidied up on the Mondeo bodywork yesterday - it's never going to be perfect, with dinks and scratches everywhere, but they now at least blend in and look less awful. In anticipation of winter, I've got some hose on order that's the right size to fit the Bluebird heat shield for the hot-warm-up air intake. 
    Also need to get the Mondeo and Capri MoTs shortly and the garages ramp is still in pieces. Ah.
    Time to enjoy the Capri this month before the strip-out begins in the autumn. 
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    N19 got a reaction from Twiggy in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    On disassembly, it looks like the clutch fork isn't returning properly either. Spring? Whether that would have caused the slave cylinder to go I don't know, but odd that it should happen at home parked up.
    The solution to such a puzzle? Go and drive down some country lanes in the Capri.

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    N19 reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    Finally got the new Speedo drive in the post. Definitely needed replacing based on the wear. I only dropped the new one into the depths of the gearbox three times trying to fit it and the new cable... Lucky I bought a claw tool!

    Two litres of fresh SAE 80 hypoid gear oil. I even went for the good stuff!

    Also fitted a cigarette lighter so I can charge my phone on the long trip. Wiring it straight to the battery is fine right?

    Found a grim hand wipe in the back of the glovebox...
     
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    N19 reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    It's the evening before the off and parts are still arriving! Needless to say this isn't getting fitted tonight but considering its a genuine mg rover part that cost me £17 delivered I'm not going to pass on it. The down pipe does need replacing. My £2.99 patch kit is already blowing after less than 200 miles.
     
    Wish us luck for tomorrow! Lands End to John O Groats here we come!
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    N19 got a reaction from Twiggy in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    The terrifying moment :-

    Phew. Emissions ok, handbrake could be better but passed fine. Advisory on corrosion to sills, and some brake hoses which are being done anyway. In the meantime, the air con compressor has been fitted... Just not charged as the garages machine is on the blink. Hopefully will have nice chilled air just in time for winter.
    The rad is starting to collapse from underneath by the looks of it. New ones listed at 45 quid so not too bad and may be worth it.
    5k miles in the year, although in fairness it hasn't done any long long trips in the last MOT year.
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    N19 got a reaction from adw1977 in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    The terrifying moment :-

    Phew. Emissions ok, handbrake could be better but passed fine. Advisory on corrosion to sills, and some brake hoses which are being done anyway. In the meantime, the air con compressor has been fitted... Just not charged as the garages machine is on the blink. Hopefully will have nice chilled air just in time for winter.
    The rad is starting to collapse from underneath by the looks of it. New ones listed at 45 quid so not too bad and may be worth it.
    5k miles in the year, although in fairness it hasn't done any long long trips in the last MOT year.
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    N19 got a reaction from BlankFrank in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    The terrifying moment :-

    Phew. Emissions ok, handbrake could be better but passed fine. Advisory on corrosion to sills, and some brake hoses which are being done anyway. In the meantime, the air con compressor has been fitted... Just not charged as the garages machine is on the blink. Hopefully will have nice chilled air just in time for winter.
    The rad is starting to collapse from underneath by the looks of it. New ones listed at 45 quid so not too bad and may be worth it.
    5k miles in the year, although in fairness it hasn't done any long long trips in the last MOT year.
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    N19 got a reaction from Steviemillar in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    The terrifying moment :-

    Phew. Emissions ok, handbrake could be better but passed fine. Advisory on corrosion to sills, and some brake hoses which are being done anyway. In the meantime, the air con compressor has been fitted... Just not charged as the garages machine is on the blink. Hopefully will have nice chilled air just in time for winter.
    The rad is starting to collapse from underneath by the looks of it. New ones listed at 45 quid so not too bad and may be worth it.
    5k miles in the year, although in fairness it hasn't done any long long trips in the last MOT year.
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    N19 got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    The terrifying moment :-

    Phew. Emissions ok, handbrake could be better but passed fine. Advisory on corrosion to sills, and some brake hoses which are being done anyway. In the meantime, the air con compressor has been fitted... Just not charged as the garages machine is on the blink. Hopefully will have nice chilled air just in time for winter.
    The rad is starting to collapse from underneath by the looks of it. New ones listed at 45 quid so not too bad and may be worth it.
    5k miles in the year, although in fairness it hasn't done any long long trips in the last MOT year.
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    N19 got a reaction from Liggle in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    The terrifying moment :-

    Phew. Emissions ok, handbrake could be better but passed fine. Advisory on corrosion to sills, and some brake hoses which are being done anyway. In the meantime, the air con compressor has been fitted... Just not charged as the garages machine is on the blink. Hopefully will have nice chilled air just in time for winter.
    The rad is starting to collapse from underneath by the looks of it. New ones listed at 45 quid so not too bad and may be worth it.
    5k miles in the year, although in fairness it hasn't done any long long trips in the last MOT year.
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    N19 reacted to adw1977 in Calendar - September 2022   
    @Tommyboy12 in the Poverty Spec Montego thread.  I particularly like this shot because it shows the 1.3 badge.  On an estate.  Which should not exist.

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    N19 reacted to Split_Pin in Calendar - September 2022   
    A stop to listen to the deafening silence on my trip through Weardale in July.

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    N19 reacted to Bren in Tyre quality   
    I concur. I was told not to skimp on tyres or contraception.
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    N19 got a reaction from adw1977 in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    Time flies! It's been five years since I bought the Capri today, so that meant a run out was in order.

    Then back to the lockup, as my paranoid self wanted to check the torque on the rear calipers on the Mondeo. Then it started raining. I miss having reasonable undercover workspace. The lifty is very very useful for brake jobs, mind.

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    N19 got a reaction from uk_senator in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    Only just seen the picture but an "aaaaah" moment - I take a shortcut down your road sometimes and had noticed the Unos!
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    N19 got a reaction from uk_senator in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    A bit of soldering later, I have one *mostly* working Clarion cassette player. I think the azimuth needs adjusting slightly though. Still, nice to have the original radio back.

    I stripped the other player down and the belt was indeed stretched. New belt put on, need to reassemble and test.
    Next up was fitting the new door channel, the old one having rusted away entirely. I'm becoming an expert at removing Bluebird door trim...

    Hopefully this is the last for a while, so it went back together with all the clips and surrounds this time. Novelty!
    There's still some play in the window, the bottom of the other side channel is also missing, but I don't know what if anything should be here anyway. This is where I regret not stripping even more spares from the yard we visited!
    Centre console courtesy light/sunroof switch cluster has been repaired, it doesn't look beautiful as there's some differently coloured plastic in there, and an amount of superglue, but it is functional and is out of eyesight unless you're looking for it. 
    Next week I need to fit the rear mudflaps, then give everything a wash/tidy/clean prior to FoTU next weekend. 
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    N19 got a reaction from uk_senator in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    A little bit of preparation of the parts picked up yesterday.
    Window channel rubbed down and de rusted.

     
    Mudflaps cleaned up

    And cassette player cleaned, mechanism oiled. Only works on the radio function at the moment. Could be that the issue with it is purely mechanical.

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