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  1. 3 hours ago, Christine said:

    User Researcher... 28k a year !  Dez does that for nothing / free/ zilch  ,  at the moment?  He'd have access to the dvla computer 24/7 .... :shock:Help!

    Perfect for him…….his stubborn refusal inability to recognise common sense or apply logic would see him head of department in weeks

  2. Might be tight on length…….although the bellhousing to front pulley is ok the quoted overall length (with coils and water fitting) at 26” is a bit much. Presumably these can be moved?

    At top of block height (ie no head) total you’ve got about 22” between bulkhead and front suspension cross tube…….but below this bulkhead slopes off backwards. Looks like the complete Mazda engine height is about same a riley block height. Can’t see width being a problem…….the o/s footwell does go into the engine bay a bit but could easily be trimmed

  3. Got to be the mx5 unit……..I’ve got an RMA and there is not a lot of room in the bay but the Mazda engine would go in a treat and look similar. Original was twin cam…….cams in block and quite tall. Not sure about gearbox as rear axle part torque tube but then the Mazda engine is maybe a little shorter. Being live the rear axle mounting methods is very simple though…..just a matter of welding a couple of spring perches on the axle case

  4. I had mine for about 3 years and in that time had a couple of things crop up. It had an air suspension warning a couple of times so I fitted the upgraded piston ring to the compressor. Fixed the immediate problem.

    Good idea to change the plugs…….the ones on the rh bank often get left as you need to remove the inlet manifold. Easy enough just a pain. If you leave them too long the gaps get so wide it kills the coil pack trying to jump it.

    The battery died…….preceded by various error messages from several systems and culminating in it showing every amber message followed by every red one.

    A speed sensor went on o/s/r……put up abs and transmission fault warnings…… but cheap and easy fix….decent sensor was under £30. 

    A couple of times had epb fault. First couple of times just connections at wiring on rear axle……last one was internal break in wiring over axle which took a bit of finding.

    For quite a while it had a very slight tremor through the steering……..I checked every joint and bush and found nothing. The cause only came to light when I took the rear suspension control valve off to clean and it couldn’t pick itself up afterwards. The cause was a fucked compressor ……it could supply enough air to keep the warning off when all it had to do was maintain a height but couldn’t start from nothing. With hindsight it also caused the tremour on a slightly rough road it would get out of breath. Fair to say the compressor transformed it.

    lovely cars though

  5. On 07/09/2022 at 12:10, SiC said:

    The 2.0TDi used in A4 B7 was a 140bhp PD. Think that power output was the same on many other 2.0TDi PDs of that era.

    Could still be an issue with the CR I guess but I know those engine speed thresholds were definitely a problem with the PDs. But if you're getting white smoke, that suggests unburnt fuel. If the injectors are being inhibited from lack of rpm, I wouldn't expect unburnt fuel smoke. 

    White smoke on a diesel is indicative of too much air surely?

    Black is too much fuel…


  6. 1 hour ago, stuboy said:

    @dollywobbler could you not squeeze highways to contribute to repairs?

    LOL…….I crashed my car on your road so it’s your fault.

    I crashed my car when I fell asleep at the wheel…….I never really thought of the fact it was HA’s fault because that bit of the A1 so boring……I was one my way home from a meeting that had a great buffet lunch and I reckon that was a factor too.

    The more I think about it the whole thing was someone else’s fault

  7. Nice car!
    That rear of of sill is time consuming to do……I think it has a brace inside for the jacking point and usually takes a little bit of the inner sill with it.

    They look like mk4 door strips on it?

  8. RE thrust washers.......aren't they the same as the 1500 ones? Moss do them for the 1500 midget engine up to 30 thou over in increments of 5 thou.

    Mind you oversize ones shouldn't be used to take up wear.....not wanting to teach egg sucking but machine shop should grind the thrust faces as required and go from there.. If you try to take up wear chances are that the wear pattern on the crank will pretty quick take the new ones down.

    if thrust faces are fkd you can get it metal sprayed and machined back to standard

  9. I would very much doubt that is an m12 bolt because unlikely it would accommodate that filter gauze so neatly.......

    on those horns there is a push rod under the points which oscillates as the points make/break.......it tends to stick and just needs taken out and lubricating. I put up with poorly working horns on my rover for over 10 years before having a look!

  10. On 20 July 2020 at 10:53 AM, Asimo said:

    Be very careful using stainless fasteners, give "galling" a good googling. 

    For example, I used stainless nuts when I re-fitted the rear bumper to the van about four years ago. Last year I had to remove the bumper (because I had reversed into my house) and had a real fight because the nuts seized onto the mild steel bumper studs as I was undoing them. The bumper was new when I fitted it, I had used coppaslip on the studs and new stainless nuts. It took ages to get the nuts off and the studs are  quite ruined where the thread has been torn off so no bumper still.

    Copaslip shouldn't be used on stainless apparently......promotes corrosion!

  11. Float chamber level looks ok......but was pic taken after it had stalled? I had trouble with Bornite's mini after we put a go faster float valve in.......it had a nice soft rubber tip so should have been great. I dug the old and very worn one out of the bin and it ran a treat. Plugs say rich but reaction to throttle says lean.

    Therefore condenser! Especially with those point looking bit nasty



  12. 2 hours ago, Christine said:

    Pah trash magazines... We had Street Machine and Hot car and Custom Car  and you got tits in the centre pages.

    My 11th birthday treat was a trip to the Custom Car show with a mate  (Ally Pally iirc) and father Alf and with one of his mates. They left us alone all day.........reckon they went off to pub/hooker.

    Extra birthday pressie was copy of Men Only as a bribe not to mention the disappearance to my mum. Also got access to the workshop tit mag collection.......all classy stuff like Penthouse, Men Only and Club International.

    12th birthday pressie was a Ford Pop dragged out of a scrapyard in Biggleswade..........12 year old me had great ideas to build a custom. Standard ingredients at the time was a viva front end and Jag rear.

    Never got finished and sold it for peanuts when I was 17 to fund purchase of industrial amounts of isopon and duplicolour for my first Mini

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