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  1. 1 hour ago, outlaw118 said:

    Is this the campaign "Sporteh sells another car to Outlaw" part 3? 😆

    No room at the inn at this point SOZ M9

    It was more the "Sporteh persuades Chester based Vauxhall bothererthat he'd rather have an SLK than a buggy"

    However, if you feel the need, Bob, you're more than welcome 😁

  2. Done a little bit of tinkering on this today. 

    The sticky ignition key was getting a bit worse, and I was getting a bit concerned it might leave me stranded. After a bit of goofing, I found it yo be a common fault and could be "repaired" by removing the pin that activates the steering lock. Either that or about £100 on a replacement unit.

    So, I did the right thing, and removed the pin. 

    Trims off


    Then it's key in and turned to p1, barrel out. Slacken bracket  push retaining pin and the barrel is off. Obviously a couple of plugs to pull! 



    Someone has obviously been here before, as the surround to the pin wasa bit mashed and somone had scratched their initials on the barrel. 

    into the vice, little cover off, and spring and pin removed. 



    Assembly is reverse of removal. 

    All working nicely now. 


    Link to instruction video in case anyone is interested: 


  3. 2 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

    I suppose this counts, a load of parts are stupidly cheap from ECP for the Xsara Picasso



    Charcoal cabin filter for less than 3 quid


    Lower arm bushes, 79p a piece!! 


    And front lower arms, £8 a piece!


    Well worth checking before ordering from eBay and the likes. 

    It's not even like a Picasso is an oddball car, they're still pretty mainstream so parts must be in decent demand still. 


    I recall earlier in the year doing a petrol pump on a Saab 900. Turned out the complete sender unit was about only about £21 from ECP

    I've noticed a few bits like this in ECP.  Got a set of rear pads for Mrs S's Astra for £3 over the weekend! 

  4. 49 minutes ago, 320touring said:

    Looks like the steering angle sensor is missing - it's part of the traction control setup.


    Does your car have traction control (a button on the dash to switch off?)

    I couldn't see one. 

    To be honest, I'm not as bothered about the airbag as I am about the horn, although I'd rather it was all there.

    On looking again, it may have a phase 1 indicator stalk, as then end has a push button.  However, this doesn't do anything either! 

    I'll have to do a bit more tracing when I'm next off work. 

  5. 46 minutes ago, SiC said:

    Has someone chopped out the wiring to fit an aftermarket non airbag wheel?

    You can code out the airbag in the wheel with a CAN CLIP to make it think there isn't one and so no light is thrown. 

    I couldn't see any chopped wires anywhere. There's a strong chance that all the bags have been coded out, as the seats aren't connected up either.  Either that or the bulb has been taken out of the clocks!

  6. After doing a bit of googling, I wonder if I have quite a big part missing.

    I have this...



    Google shows me this....


    Obviously the airbag and horn wiring are missing, but it's the other part on the front of the column. II this what holds the wiring? I can't see anything that may have ben chopped, so where does it all come from? I feel like it'll only make sense if I see another car with everything "as it should be"

    Anyone with more knowledge than me? 

  7. 59 minutes ago, SiC said:

    Iirc the 182 dash pulls it from the CAN bus from the ABS module. The 172 is a direct signal from the pickup as you've found. 

    That's what I thought. My problem is I have a 182 box in a 172 with 172 clocks. 

  8. A bit more tinkering occurred today. 

    I wasn't really happy with how loud and low this thing was,  so I procured some standard bits from the tame Clio fettler known as Stu. 

    With good weather and a day off, I began. 20220517_101600.thumb.jpg.d62b01c178505f9de97b499092aae3d6.jpg

    First off, I got rid of the nasty big chav cannon. Also replaced my cable tied centre mount with a good second hand one from the large parcel of goodies that had found their way south of the border. 


    From then, it was onto the suspension. Everything was easy  as Stu had told me he'd swapped the suspension onto this car, so there were no seized bolts etc.

    Rear standard spring.....


    Front back to standard



    And now at a decent height  although I think it needs a run out to get those front springs to settle.


    And the lowered springs, in anticipation of selling to recoup a quid or two. 



    Chav cannon and home made straight through centre pipe. Also to be sold...



    Then onto the steering wheel. The car had a standard (non-172) steering wheel. A proper 172 wheel was bought along with the other bits. However, with the wheel off, I discovered some wiring missing for the horn and airbag. I'll investigate this and get the bits as necessary  along with an indicator stalk, as this one doesn't self cancel, which is mildly annoying. Cleaned up the wheel and fitted it for now. 






    That's all for now, but I'm sure more fettling will occur.  I need to sort the horn, get a boot mat, parcel shelf, spare wheel and toolkit, and if there's no way to sort the speedo, I'll have to hard wire some sort of GPS gadget. 

  9. So, the raffle win had to be collected. I'd told Mrs S about it, and she suggested we should all go, and have a night away. 

    So, rooms were booked, and family Sporty embarked on a trip. It was a dull trip, aside from me spilling water in my lap, and arriving to check in, looking like I'd pissed myself. 

    The family workhorse Astra performed well, and gave a frankly magnificent average mpg.....



    We're now having a cheeky jar in Reading  listening g to a pair of wannabee roadmen at the next table talking absolute shit. 



  10. Done a bit more messing today. The small jobs are sometimes the best, like changing the battery in the fob to make the central locking work. Strip of batteries from the pound shop, and we're away!

    However, the speedo issue is a bit more complicated. I found a mystery wire, and twigged that the car had an electronic speedo. So, I gambled on buying a sensor, seeing as I'd found a sensor-shaped hole in the box.  The sensor arrived today, so I thought I'd stick it on the car. Easy. So I thought. 

    Anyway, connected the sensor. Spun it, and the speedo needle shot up. Promising. Now to put it into it's little hole.  Nope. Doesn't fit. 

    After a bit of googling, it appears that the JC5-130 box that this car has, doesn't have a speedo drive.  Apparently, the 182s that this box comes from has the speedo driven from the ear ABS sensor. The general consensus is that you can either have the box modified to accept a speedo drive or can just use a sat nav/app etc. 

    I really wanted to get it back on a speedo, so I'm a bit disappointed. However, I started thinking whether it would be possible to somehow splice a signal from the ABS, and run it to the speedo pickup. I thought maybe our resident electronics expert @cobblersmay have an idea about this. 

    Otherwise, I've had a message back from Stu, @320touring's tame Clio fettler, who I bought the car off. He's got a set of standard springs, standard exhaust and 172 steering wheel. Just waiting back for prices. Hopefully, it won't be a fortune and I can get it a bit more comfortable. 

  11. Had quite a few, so I'll try to summarise here....

    Two Golf GTi s and one Clipper. One GTi was swapped for a 5 Turbo, one sold to an RR member, and the Clipper went to a friend of @Pete-M

    Alfa Spider S3 rescued, MOTd and later sold to a local MP

    Dutton Phaeton. Bought on a whim, never turned a wheel in my ownership and was sold when I realised I'd never get it on the road.

    Mercedes SLK  Raffle win. Enjoyed it briefly, then swapped for a Mini Cooper, for Mrs S.

    MX5.  Another raffle win.  Liked it , but obviously not practical for a family. Sold on here. 

    MGF. Yet another raffle win! Flame me here, but I really didn't like it. Felt like I was sat on, rather than in, it. Again sold on here, and when I last heard, was in the custody of @scaryoldcortina (where is he now?)

    Finally,  Saab 9-3, which I bought  to take the kids through Blackpool illuminations.  Decent thing, which did it's job well. 



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