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  1. Small update on the Corsa.

    Dropped the fuel tank, then a repeat of the front end. Scrub the rusty bits, rust treat and primer slapped about. Seams sealed with Tiger seal style goop. 

    Got some bed liner/Raptor in spray tins to coat over it all. 


    Used MIPA stuff. Was cheaper than the UPOL gear. But still a decent brand. Got a fairly good finish out of it. I'm not going for a perfect finish mind. Just good enough to keep everything protected. 


    Learned awfully quickly the tins don't last long. So will get more ordered next week to finish the job. 

    Got a replacement set of fuel pipes that go to the fuel pump. Found the reason for the leak I had. Rubber sections were badly perished. 

    Nexia is getting looked at too. But I might do another post about that. 

  2. Good save. Looks not too bad at all despite being sat outside.

    See it's a had a plate welded in the usual inner arch area, but was the shell fine otherwise?

    Seeing that XE on the floor reminds me of my first MK3 Cavalier. XE swapped and was plenty fun. Sounded good too.


  3. Gonna offer up the Seat Toledo. The whole time line. They appear to be never thought about at all. 

    Mk1 was quite a tidy design from start to finish of production. Subtle tweaks kept it fresh. 


    The MK2 was a good looking car too. Rare for a booted hatchback. Again forgotten about. 


    Then we got the MK3 version. Despite the radical design (imo looked bloody awful) , it was pretty much forgotten about as well.  Hardly see them at all. 


    The latest Mk4 was a bit meh. About the dullest looking of them all. Specially when all I see is straight red ones with wheel trims running about as taxis. Still to see one owned by a normal person. 


  4. No picture update. 

    Got couple of jobs done on the Corsa. It was pretty much a busted flush today. 

    Both batteries I had were dead. A previous bodge on the fuel pump wire needed rebodged as nae power to the pump. 

    But as a final boot tae the baws. Find the feed aff the fuel pump is leaking. Pipe is fucked. Tank out job to replace that pipe. Tidy 🙄

    Here, could be worse. Plus I'll be able to do a better job of Gravitexin the arse end. 

    Joys of projects and the problems it throws up. 

  5. So. 

    Corsa has fuel lines and gear linkage engaging all gears. Will attempt making it run today. 

    Fuel and gearbox oil to do and put a battery on charge. If everything is back as it should be. It'll start no bother. 

    Finally got the correct adapter for bypassing the amp on the Altezza. 


    That converts the Toyota plug to standard ISO connectors. End result is tunes in the car now. 

  6. 38 minutes ago, AnnoyingPentium said:

    A bit annoyed, but accidents happen.

    After meeting you in person. This is what I expected you to say after that. Totally chill despite what happenend

    But wondered at the same time if you had gone "foo radge" due tae it in aw😂

    Still, I'm gutted for ya that happened. It'll be fully sortable though as ya say. Could touch in the lacquer, then wet sand and buff it to help blend it in. Take the eye aff it like?

  7. It's mind boggling at how people treat a machine with working parts. Specially when it costs a lot of money to pay for the thing in the first place. 

    It's the same in the industry I work in. Seen in agriculture side it can be extremes of how stuff is looked after. 

    Some tractors and machinery has gone out with scant regard for the upkeep. Then cry "but isn't that covered by warranty!?" when something shits itself big style. 

    Even though it's been out of warranty for at least a year. With sod all servicing done. Seen quad bikes suffer from this too. Quoted a customer thousands to rebuild an engine (parts and labour) , which if he had it serviced would have still been running. These things are near essential come lambing time. 

    That said. You'll get some people who realise having their means of income shut down at the worse time is a bad thing. So at change the basic wet filters at their bare minimum. 

    That leads me on to a saying that a customer told me once. 

    "Grease is cheaper than metal" 

    It was said in jest. But it's bloody true!🤣 

  8. Now know how to get the amp and radio out of an Altezza/IS200.

    It's easy, after having it apart six times. Got a proper amp bypass adapter.

    Missed the joys of a working radio.....

    Oh! Aye, need to fit an aerial. Make that seven times soon.

  9. 19 hours ago, Clunk said:

    I spoke to the Chap that owns that owns an Applause (Probably that one), he said that he knows of only 3 surviving ones. But far better and more forgotten is its predecessor, the Charmant! I would kill for one.

    Daihatsu Charmant 1300 LC Altair front.jpg

    Most survivors I've seen have been in Ireland (still one or two in the UK).

    Just so happens most of the oily bits  from an AE86 Corolla fit. 


  10. 11 hours ago, Soundwave said:

    Hey, remember when Proton did a rakish*, sporty* coupe? No? Neither does anyone else.



    I do!

    Owned both a Coupe and a Satria GTI. The coupe was the parts donor for the Satria.

    Learned very quickly, they rot like fuck, mine was really badly rusted out. But still a strong following for them. So made my money back from breaking it.

    I'm gonna chuck in another contender. 

    Another Mitsubishi.


    Remember these were every where. Thanks to Border cars pumping them out, but the cars quickly died off. Hardly see any about now.

  11. 12 hours ago, AnnoyingPentium said:

    @JMotor... weren't we talking about these at one point?


    We were. I had one, 1.3 LE (I think).

    After working on it, I started to wonder if KIA just took a Pride and extended it in bits. Aye, it was the cheapest Focus/Astra sized hatch you could buy. But it also felt cheap and slightly nasty. 

    Can't believe I'm gonna say this, but my Nexia feels better made and is better to drive. Despite Daewoo using a design that first came out in 1984!

    Give the Rio it's due though, it did amazing burnouts! 😆

  12. 1 minute ago, RoverFolkUs said:

    The Citroen Xsara Couple Coupe

    If anyone says they've seen one in the last 15 years they're lying. 


    Just look at it, the perfect station for your filthy office-affair romp. Even the advert literature confirms that!

    Some folk reckon the VTS ones were better to drive than a 306 GTI-6. 

    Better suspension geometry at the rear. Quicker steering racks and the five speed gearbox suited the XU10J4RS engine better. Plus the steering lock was miles better than the 306 too...

    Because it didn't have a soddin' lock stopper in the rack to stop the left hand front wheel smacking the gearbox due to the six speeder being a million miles longer! 

    Unfortunately they became cheap throw away parts donors for GTI-6's.

  13. Picked some jobs off on the Corsa. 

    Began with this new tool. You'll see what it's for in this post. 


    Took out the gearbox. As I had used the one I got with a 1.6 8v I had stashed on the 1800 swap. Wanted said 'box back.

    As the gearbag will go back on said 1600 and eventually into the Nova. 


    Que, an eBay purchased gearbox. From a 2000 Tigra A 1.4 with a supposed 45k on it. This is an F17 C374 (Close ratio with a 3.74 final drive). But I had to change the speedo drive as it's an electrical pick up style. Needed a mechanical gear type. So said tool slots into the toothed cap you see on the diff area. 


    Tada! One diff out pick ups swapped. This picture was taken before I realised I had the blessed thing upside down.

    These gearboxes are great as they are very easy to take apart. Providing the casing isn't smashed to shit you can swap gear clusters and diffs without actually taking the thing out. Early ones allowed you to swap clutches without even taking the gearbox out.

    A very service friendly item. Served GM very well. Late 70's to about the 2010's that design lasted for. 

    Had great plans for making a hybrid of clusters and a shorter final drive. However I didn't have the time to be dicking about trying to set the preload on the taper bearings the diff uses. 

    Kept it simple. Marked a point on the diff cap to the casing to help set the bearings back to their original setting. 

    Will bugger about with the gearbox destined for the Nova, as there is play in the diff. I also plan doing a cluster swap on it too for a close ratio set. 


    Last picture is me getting suspension and running gear back on after me and a pal got the replacement 'box in. Hopefully the next update is me cracking on with making the car driveable again....

    Well I like to kid myself sometimes 😆

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