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    PicantoJon reacted to fatharris in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***Non-BX related content 17/4***   
    18th - 22nd
    Shall we get into it?



    Annoyingly, there is a bracket at the front that I use to lift the car a bit before I can get a jack up in the proper place. This bit me on the arse rather spectacularly, as the spot welds in an adjacent area let go, and the bracket folded in half. That'll need some remedial work.
    First thig I did was check the rear of the engine. Didn't like what I saw, those are coolant crystals, so the head gasket has probably deteriorated to the point where it requires replacement.

    Found no shortage of rotty, grotty bits that require attention.
    Some that can get away with a stiff wire brush and reprotection - 

    And some that can't.

    All in all, there are several repairs needed, but a lot of areas will recover nicely with a good wirebrush and reprotect. Also found a perished LHM strut return line, so one is on order.
    Whilst not bothered with cameras etc, the fuel lines were rigged to a jerry can for a test run of the engine, which highlighted several issues, namely thin, fuel-smelling oil (probably a byproduct of short running times with choke, changing the oil may actually help with the engine smoking issue too) and the temperature gauge not reading a temperature, despite the heaters being toasty.
    The top rad hose was stone cold which is pointing at the thermostat being stuck, which would explain the brief forays into overheating when it was on the road.
    The following morning, I whipped off a very old thermostat. In fact, this may even be the original one.

    Popped it in a pan and set it to boil:

    I ended up taking it to 99c and it didn't open so that's an easy win, it was very stiff and notchy to operate so a Gates thermostat has been ordered to replace it.
    The OSF area seemed like a good place to start, so the LHM sphere was removed, the VIN plate rivets drilled out, and the LHM tank removed. This was due a fresh change of LHM so it make sense to clean the tank out properly.

    First repair up - an almost insignificant panel covering a cavity. 




    Annoyed with myself afterwards because I chose to do a straight edge instead of curving it - doesn't make a real difference in the grand scheme of things though.
    Next bit was chopping out a rotten section of arch and adjoining vertical section - you can see the tiny holes peppering through the metalwork!

    To do a curved panel with a lip was a bit of a challenge, but I think I've cracked it:

    This was then bent into shape and the lines re-welded.
    The vertical section had a curved lip and I wanted to see if it could be recreated with my limited tooling.

    Turns out it could!
    Quick test fit to make sure it all goes together okay:

    And I'll look to weld that in tomorrow.
    And that me all caught up! Cheers if you made it this far
    I've got loads of parts coming via the post so hopefully, I'll be making more significant steps forward in short order.
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    PicantoJon reacted to RoverFolkUs in 'FolkUs' Family-Bike Xsara Picasso...   
    As alluded to in the news thread, this passed its MOT with only 1 minor pesky advisory: 

    I knew about this leak so figured it's time to do something about it. I already ordered a switch to have on hand a little while back anyway. 

    I couldn't see any leaks from anywhere else, so having pulled the connector off and found PAS fluid in it, and the o-ring extremely flat, I decided that I wasn't going too far wrong here. 
    Fingers crossed it all stays dry, and if so then it's effectively an advisory free MOT! 
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    PicantoJon reacted to HillmanImp in Mat777's "Lemon Cruiser" Experience   
    Sorry guys. I heard he ate too many baked potatoes, went to barf out the Toyota's door whilst driving, fell out and it ran him over before he could write out part three.
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    PicantoJon reacted to juular in 1964 Volvo 122S - Amazonian rustforest. Electroshite.   
    Crank is toast.

    Plastigauged #1 and it was clearly out of round as the mark was tapered quite strongly.
    Thankfully I have a spare crank.
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    PicantoJon reacted to Rocket88 in New kid in town……   
    Collected this yesterday…. 19k miles from new, in really good condition. Auto, so the flat cap and sandals MG “ aficionados naturally despise it…collected from Great Yarmouth, 3 hour drive back in a monsoon, no leaks, no drama….
    With working head gasket…..😁

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    PicantoJon reacted to AnnoyingPentium in 83C's Shite-esque Fleet: VXR8 - the Saga Continues.   
    Excellent. Me, being the sad bastard I am, can tell you that appears to be a Comfort trim model.
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    PicantoJon reacted to HMC in HMC- Incoming- Old Skool Ford (contains mk2 escort)   
    I cant say I enjoyed the process, but the car has been recovered from a vulnerable position on the main road to a garage about 3/4ths of a mile away.

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    PicantoJon reacted to HMC in HMC- Incoming- Old Skool Ford (contains mk2 escort)   
    Tomorrow the p38 is going to recover the shad to a garage with an A frame. Bascially in my mind im lining up a calender shot already 😂
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    PicantoJon reacted to Tayne in HMC- Incoming- Old Skool Ford (contains mk2 escort)   
    Allow me to show you your future.

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    PicantoJon reacted to grogee in HMC- Incoming- Old Skool Ford (contains mk2 escort)   
    What in SATAN'S HANDBAG has happened there? It looks like the CGI has clipped through the ground. 
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    PicantoJon reacted to juular in 1964 Volvo 122S - Amazonian rustforest. Electroshite.   
    Well I didn't expect this.

    Either something has got into the oil or the effect of #1 disintegrating has fed swarf into the others.
    Going to flush the engine before fitting new shells.
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from Stinkwheel in Collectings   
    Taste and sense? On here?! Have you seen us... 😂
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    PicantoJon reacted to catsinthewelder in Collectings   
    Another Clio for spares?
    Containing a forestry helmet and/or a condom.
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    PicantoJon reacted to Rustybullethole in Collectings   
    Am technically on my merry way. Unfortunately the life of a self employed low cash chod botherer dictates NO DAYS OFF. Have a days graft to do before I head west for this fine steer. I am of course full of joy for the new toy so as far as i'm concerned the journey starts here.

    The time is not half ten on the 26th Jan 3 years before this little carvan was built. I just ain't fettled the clock since the last hard reset when it went all french on me.
    Breakfast- porridge and berrys
    PC - 2, Lentil soup last night plus morning coffee and smokes helped here
    Conveyance - Trusty 1.4 Berlingo, may or may not contain A frame. 
    40 year exemption applicable 
    Comes with PPE
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    PicantoJon reacted to 3VOM in The grumpy thread   
    I'm not bothering with the lottery tonight.

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    PicantoJon reacted to GMcD in The grumpy thread   
    Spent the last hour pulling the washing machine out as it's decided to lose all its water and soak the utility. Even better waters seeped into both the toilet and my study through the wall. My study floor is squelching. 
    Fuck sakes! 

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    PicantoJon got a reaction from mercedade in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from mercedade in Jon's Bodge Log - The Peugeot continues to be ungrateful.   
    Dad update (couldn't think of anywhere else to put it so hey ho...): He's still in the ICU at Blackpool Victoria but is making progress, sitting out of bed and walking around with the physio. Still early days but I'm hopeful. 
    He has asked me to do the timing belt on the Picanto, the bloody cheek! 
    I'm going to have to do it aren't I? 
    HALP! 🙈
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    PicantoJon reacted to Supernaut in Supernaut's Cars - 323i / Megane   
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    PicantoJon reacted to mark165 in 1989 Toyota Corolla   
    Where were we? Ah yes, it was all going swimmingly. Too well in fact.

    After poking around the pile of parts I noticed one that looked very 'engine mounty'. Ah, that'll be the one under the engine I've just put in then. That should be easy but the flywheel cover had been bent back and had a lot of springiness. I got it on there with various clamps and by relifting the engine on one side after a few evenings of trying.

    On that theme i then discovered a missing engine mount at the front. Mounts are available, trying to find the bracket to attach it to a bit harder. I thought i could graft one from my stash of celica parts but no deal. I then took a punt and after scatter gunning breakers got both parts from a 97 model. Bracket OK, mount different fitment. More Autodoc (but fitted in 10 min)

    Starter motor? Not present. Got one from a starlet turbo.

    Clutch slave cylinder. Bled nothing. Took the boot off to find fluid and rust. New one fitted, still no joy. New master now on the way. Courtesy of Ebay and JANPAY20.

    Then the driveshafts. I'd ruined one of the threads trying to get it out the hub, so I just ordered a NOS cv joint for £notalot. Only to find that they weren't intended to be replaceable. After hitting it with various hammers i went via an angle grinder and made a horrible mess, plus with the added drama of a brake cleaner/wire wool bench fire. Then just to rub it in I had to pay six quid each for some retaining clips from Toyota. Pic of the aftermath attached.

    Still, in a fit of optimism, I've just ordered oils and coolant and some gasket material. Plus I bought some wheels.

    However, the carburettor is still sitting on my bench staring at me. I don't understand it, and it probably doesn't understand me either.

    Sent from my SM-A145R using Tapatalk

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    PicantoJon reacted to ruffgeezer in Oh no, not ANOTHER one! 18/02/24 Topless french totty!   
    Busy day today,  to celebrate the success of fixing the roof, the OSF had gone flat.  It was a bit cracked anyway so I had 2 Continental part worns fitted up front.
    Whilst the wheels were off, I serviced rhe front brakes, refitted a missing wing bolt and changed the oil and all the filters.
    The cabin filter hasn't been changed in years...

    The rest of.the filters were newer but I wanted to get the car ready for sale so d8d them anyway. 
    I stripped and replaced the rear pads but both handbrake mechanisms are fucked so two new calipers required.
    @RoverFolkUs wanted to know about the ABS... it seems these do like to tip the sensors over too, sadly in this case it had cracked the sensor body too.

    You cam see where it has caught the abs ring here.

    This morning I also bought a cleaners trolley which has been great for getting shit too and from the garage, a steal at £20.

    I also deployed the chinese sparkle wand to free up the brake pipe unions.

    Close of play for today...

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    PicantoJon got a reaction from Bfg in Hello Pug .. Bye Bye Voyager   
    My 207 SW has that too, especially handy seeing as the boot release has given up... 
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