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  1. My asthma been flaring up all week so I've not made lots of progress. I'm sure all the cutting, grinding, welding and wire brushing has nothing to do with it....😐. I wear a dust mask for most activities although I don't for welding as my goggles/ welding mask just steam up something awful, especially when wedged underneath a dashboard. I need to figure something out. Anyway, I finished the welding and drowned it in zinc primer, stone chip, hammerite paint and sealant today. Just what I had on the shelf. It will outlast the rest of the car. I didn't burn the interior and only set fire to underseal a couple of times! I used disposable bottles again after trying flux (I was just making and chasing holes) that are done already. False economy, I really need to stop fannying about and get a hobby bottle and regulator with a gauge. I had been soaking the crankshaft pulley bolts in WD-40 since Friday (I know it's shit, but again it was on the shelf). Over lunch I gave them each a good heat up with a blow torch then whizzed them off no bother with the impact. What a relief. I've been shopping so have lots of new bits. Centre exhaust, Cat, 2x rear shocks and various gaskets/ bolts. I've ordered the timing belt kit (including waterpump) , auxillary belt and rocker gasket that should arrive next week. I would like to get it out the garage for next weekend.... hopefully.
  2. Sorry I was being a tit, I meant engine number! Euro Car Farts/AutoDoc list two. 111 and later 146 tooth belts. (Most of their info is duff so I’ll take the cover off an confirm before ordering but assume it’s the one with an auto tensioner as I think the older engines were tensioned by the waterpump).
  3. Did a wee bit more work on the Cav. I separated the holed mid section from the cat, although I needn't have bothered as it's hollow inside. I found what looks like the remains of the cat in the back box . I've ordered a new cat alongside the centre section as I'll need it for MOT. Also ordered the dampers. Will need to figure out the correct timing belt and waterpump kit as there are multiple options depending on engine code. I then cut out the bad metal. I didn't set anything on fire although one disc failed whilst I was doing it and I nearly shit my pants. I then started forming shapes using 1.2mm steel. The big hole will need two bits as the floor was spot welded onto a brace-thingy under the car (you can see it in the hole, it's had better days but it's solid) I'll then start welding. I'm not looking forward to it but needs must 😂.
  4. I'm surprised it didn't fall off when hitting a pot hole! I did a much better job with the Mx-5 sill, so this should be done to a reasonable standard. Least nobody but the man from the ministry will see it!
  5. This evening I jacked it up and put it on stands (which took feckin ages!) Pulled the exhaust as it was blowing on the centre section which I knew about. The weld from the pipe to the silencer is gone and the pipe itself is swiss cheese. New one needed. I started having a good luck underneath to see if there are any nasties. There is a pretty good drip of coolant from the waterpump area, that can be sorted along with the belts. One rear shock is kaput so I'll replace in pairs Fuel hose. I might replace these as they have a wiff about them, they aren't gummy or cracked. I'll keep an eye on them for now. I then had to go poking 😂 .... The rear of both sills have been done previously. They aren't pretty but they seem solid enough as does everything (I can't find any holes) else except the drivers footwell which looked pretty nasty (layers and layers of underseal) and felt a bit soft: The carpet and insulation in the footwell was soaking. I pulled it back and cut out the insulation. The bitumen sound deadening came of in big chunks: I think it looks worse than it is, but it will be a pain in the hoop to weld as I will need to take out the seat and remove more of the carpet so I avoid setting it on fire, plus there are fuel hoses right underneath the area. I've got a couple of welding blankets I can use in the interior and I'll get my dad down to be on firewatch.
  6. Electrics do make me nervous but once the glovebox was out and I got eyes on it, it was straightforward to trace, only one cable needed to be reconnected, several splices for the indicators needed snipped, then pull everything out. Think it took about about an 1 hour going slow to do it. Holiday was great 🙂 I should be there but likely in a MX-5 as I don't think I'll get the exhaust fixed on the Cav before then, but I'll see!
  7. It's been ages since I've updated this . This is a long update so bare with me! The Austin 1100 and Toledo are away to new owners. I had a space on the driveway and money burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to live out my 90s print toner salesman's dream and buy a Cavalier from @cpjitservices: Handily it arrived via transporter last week just as I was leaving for a weeks holiday in Italy. I got my first look at it yesterday. It seems that a previously dormant alarm decided to go full zombie and erect itself from the dead (I think from a weak battery) and wind-up the neighbours whilst I was away. My dad pulled the battery to stop it's reign of terror. I got back on Tuesday and re-attached the battery and was presented with another problem. It wouldn't start! The battery did seem pretty low as it would barely turn over. I put a fresh battery on it and it turned over strong on the starter but didn't catch. The Vauxhall immobiliser seemed ok as the barrel was sensing the transponder. I was getting spark, but no fuel. All the while the alarm was sounding off, although I soon pulled the wire from the siren to stop it! I put 3 gallons into it just incase it was a low fuel issue. I threw some easy start down the intake and it would catch for a split second. So it's gotta be the aftermarket alarm that's cutting fuel. Maybe the weak battery erased it's memory which is why it came back and immobilised it? Hoot knows. A pamphlet in the records showed it was a JR car alarm. It appeared from searching online it should have an immobiliser fob like this to kill it, but @cpjitservices didn't get one from the previous owner. So I gave up and washed it. After work this evening I pulled the glove box out to find the bastard: I found the most obvious cable and jumpered it using a a wire and couple of crocodile clips. Thank fuck for that! I removed it completely and tidied up the wiring. Next up will be to see why the passenger door doesn't work on the central locking. The exhaust has a blow so I'll need to fix. The tyres will want replacing but I might put the Bini steelies I have in the shed on as a temporary measure as it has new tyres on them. I'll MOT it then all being well I'll replace the cambelt/ auxiliary and rocker gasket as it's weeping slightly. I've got a Mx-5 I need to finish undersealing too. Plenty to be getting on with. Sorry for the lack of pictures. I was flustered troubleshooting the alarm and it was pissing it down tonight. Cheers to @cpjitservices, who has been a gent throughout the purchase. He wasn't aware this alarm was still hooked in. It drove on and off the Beavertail no bother. Shit happens and thankfully it was sorted relatively simply!
  8. After driving the Austin 1100 with non-servo breaks it felt like the Toledo had headbutting level's of stopping power! With the alloy rad it was usually just a smidge over half in traffic, but I would cycle the fan on/off to bring it down a bit.. that being said I'm not sure if that's it running cool or not. By cycling it was relatively easy to keep it within that zone if that makes sense? It's using an 82c thermostat.
  9. What an absolute trumpet. At least I'll never bump into him, what with all those EXCITING places he gets to frequent in his "MY".
  10. Going to Italy later in the week for a holiday. I decided I should self-sacrifice to the weather gods first by undersealing the Mx-5. I am very quickly regretting it. I forgot how much of a pita it is. Thankful this thing is super clean underneath which makes it a worthwhile task.
  11. I was looking at them for my wife as she wanted “a Navara with a boot” but got put off as they are £615 to tax post 2006 compared to about £300 for the Navara equivalent as they aren’t a commercial vehicle.
  12. It's a shame to let this go, but I just wasn't using it. It's definitely gone to the right home though! Enjoy it 🙂
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