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    Andrew353w reacted to Marina door handles in Subaru surgery, back under the knife - Fuel filler fun......   
    Next fun issue with the Forester, is that it occasionally leaks fuel when filling up....  Being yelled at on loud speaker at a petrol station was embarrassing! 
    My initial thought was the filler neck as these are known issue, I removed and checked the filler neck, its definitely crusty and on the way out but it didn't appear to be the actual culprit. Still it was heavily corroded so I ordered a new one and also the main hose that runs between the filler and the tank (the tank is brand new see page 1 of this thread!) .  
    The new filler arrived and turned out to be the wrong version, this ended up hacked about and is being trial fitted to my Rover (see my Rover thread for more.... ) , so I ordered a different version and that was just the ticket. At that point in time the filler hose (rubber section, not the neck) still hadn't arrived, it was ordered from Japan so wasn't going to be quick.  Problem is I needed to move the car so I went to just fit the filler neck on its own.
    On faffing uncomfortably under the car for a bit I skillfully snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and pulled the original rubber hose off ! Hmm it should not have just "pulled off" at all as it has a hose clamp on the fuel tank end...

    I think the hose has had it and I suspect the hose clamp cannot be much good either...
    Finally the new hose arrived, so time to crack on and get it fitted. The main issue with this job is access, were the tank connects to the hose is just above the rear subframe and is basically inaccessible. The best way to deal with this is to drop the subframe and which is a bit involved. I did want to use my garage pit but thanks to the constant damp weather I cannot get it empty of water (first world problems I guess), so next option do this on the drive. 
    Jack the  car on the rear diff, support the body of the car on axle stands. Drop the crusty old exhaust out of the way then undo the four main subframe bolts and lower the diff which takes the subframe with it...
    Subframe in place..

    Subframe down...

    Like working through a letter box!

    A properly fiddly job but hopefully that will fix the incontinence! Just need to brave a trip to a petrol station to find out of its all good! 
    Thanks for reading. 
     
     
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    Andrew353w reacted to bigstraight6 in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    About 20 years ago, my youngest Son is now a bit of a unit, the car and blanket are still in my possession👍

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    Andrew353w got a reaction from tooSavvy in LIVE (○\|€[+!0n ♧hr£@d   
    Given where you were, I'd have stopped for a pork pie! 
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    Andrew353w reacted to N19 in N19's fleet - OMGHGF   
    Slow progress. Reattaching the bonnet is supposed to be a 2 man job, and if the car weren't going for paint soon, I'd definitely have got a second pair of hands doing it!

    It's not perfectly aligned by any stretch of the imagination, but as it'll likely have to come off to be sprayed, I'll sort that out further down the line.

    With the engine out the car sits nice and noticeably higher at the front!
    Meanwhile the wiring loom, bauden cables and so on that go under the bonnet have been wrapped up, hopefully to avoid any damage. Always a little wary with 44 year old wiring, I did worry if it'd cause any issues, but I suppose it's worse if it just floats around under there and invariably gets snagged or whatnot when being moved.

     
    Mondeo airlock seems better - did a reasonable bit of driving today and temp gauge sitting reasonably with no wild variation, although the heater was on and off.
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    Andrew353w reacted to N19 in N19's fleet - OMGHGF   
    I've been quiet for quite a bit, a combination of weather, work, and illness.
    The wait for paint drags on, I've been pointed towards somebody who has said he can take the car at the end of Jan. We shall see.
    After a while discussing engine out vs engine in, I decided it should come out so the bay can be painted too. May as well.
    Started by removing the bonnet - a 2 man job, which I managed alone, although I think if it was a finished car with glass in I'd have wanted a second person.

    Oil and coolant drained, rad out and all hoses, fuel line off, vacuum, choke and throttle off, battery out, carburettor off...
    Lots of random photos taken along the way as reference points of linkages etc, hoses marked up with chinograph pencil.

     

    Rest of the fleet - Focus is plodding along quite happily, albeit it is slow on the take-off - whether this is a clutch issue or something I'm not sure, but may need to check and adjust. Mondeo is fine, I did a coolant change and had an air lock I think as we had intermittent heat output and at one point wildly varying temperature gauge - ran the engine parked uphill with the cap off and topped up a bit, seems better now.
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    Andrew353w got a reaction from sdkrc in Lazy spotters thread   
    I saw this lovely little old "X" reg Daihatsu Charade outside a café near Barnet. Blimey, this U.L.E.Z. is bringing out some good classics for every-day use!
     


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    Andrew353w reacted to GeordieInExile in Lazy spotters thread   
    Phwoaaaaaar, that Fuego is mega!
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    A 2 CV being off-load for it's first ever Exhibition, the Paris Salon.
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    Looe in the '50's.
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    That cable snaps  there goes his balls.
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    I can’t see that catching on. 
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    Andrew353w got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Lazy spotters thread   
    I saw this lovely little old "X" reg Daihatsu Charade outside a café near Barnet. Blimey, this U.L.E.Z. is bringing out some good classics for every-day use!
     


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