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mercedade last won the day on May 16 2015

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  1. Absolutely brilliant effort, lad. I was getting flashbacks to all kind of jobs attempted over the years where it's felt like I'd been backed into a hopeless corner. Keep it up, can't wait to see the end result.
  2. Great work. It's a brave man who risks the cooling capacity on a KV6 800 though. Please, please get that header tank sorted. Either a Volvo or Audi one will do it - don't bother with a 2nd hand or NOS one. They all go the same way eventually, and the newer ones tend to be the worst (they changed plastic compound through the later revisions).
  3. September 2020 On a drive to Wales during that oh-so-brief window when holidays were allowed, I noticed the car was running cool on the motorway. The stat was no more than a year old, but maybe it was toast? When I got the thermostat housing opened up (always a massive fear, they're thin aluminium and the bolts holding the crown down are always corroded - I was lucky, but it was close. I was lucky I had a spare bolt as the head got ruined taking it off during the head swap), I found a weird thing. That rubber seal (which looks suspiciously like an oil seal from somewhere) was wedged, trapping the stat open. I have no idea how the car operated perfectly for nearly 10 months, and then that oil seal shifted into a position where it stopped the car warming up properly. The seal must have fallen in during the rebuild, but that could have been a total disaster!
  4. June 2020 still Saggy bumpers Every Rover 800 owner at some point will probably have to deal with sagging bumpers, loosely flapping away from the body work. It's caused by the bumper brackets rusting and opening up So it was time to get them off, replace the brackets, and refit: Whilst I was under the front bumper, I also replaced the rear washer pump and blasted the line through with air from my tyre pump And I bought some socks for my eventual return to the office.
  5. June-ish 2020 It was time to sort out the number plates and get some old skool vibes going on. I was struggling at the time to get dealer plates or branded Rover plates (since the demise of DMB), so just wanted the correct font at least Old New
  6. This thread is still a good 12 months out of date, but at least the photos are now updated and should be showing for everyone.
  7. Shitting stereo wiring on 70s/80s cars does my fucking nut in. I remember trying to put something aftermarket in a 1989 XJ40 and basically just cried for a day.
  8. Concern =/= "doubt" I am concerned my friend is struggling with alcohol. I don't doubt his ability to polish off a bottle of JD and still have a job in the morning.
  9. Whilst I had the dash out, I wanted to resolve a long standing irritation. The clutch pedal locating hole for the clutch master cylinder had started to oval out over 145k miles. This gave about an inch of useless travel when pressing the clutch, and a terrible pedal feel. When I pulled the pedal out, I could see that someone had been there before, seemingly with an angle grinder. I ummed and ahhed a bit before stumbling across a Facebook post where someone explained how they'd resleeved the hole on theirs with a brass bush. So off to Trafford Park to have a scout round people who might sell that kind of thing... Lovely! I did have to drill out the existing hole a little, but that pressed in brilliantly with a socket and some grips.
  10. Lots and lots and lots of unbolting later OH SHIT WHAT WAS I THINKING? This bit was actually quite straightforward, and refitting the new one would only end up being a pain because plastic glued together in 1993 wasn't as strong nearly 30 years later. eg - this bastard hold the climate control unit in place (heater sliders on the old dash) I tried some home-bodge plastic welding, using a couple of cable ties for sacrificial material, which worked OK, but only up to a point In then end, screws were involved.
  11. May 2020 I don't like the late 800 dashboard - it's a great big expanse of vinyl and the 23 year old passenger airbag wastes all useable space. I found a guy selling in Leeds selling off his spares, which included an early Mk2 dashboard with a passenger shelf rather than airbag. Prepare to meet thy doom *waves cheerily* hi there!
  12. May 2020 Petrol smell is getting annoying. It's always the filler neck. Got the old filler neck off and it's already been swapped for the stainless steel version made by some guy called Ade. To be honest, it's a bit weird that it smells because this version should never leak again. I couldn't actually find a leak by eye, but figured I wasn't going to get too stuck in. Anyway, I had a decent OEM one in stock, so slapped it with the black Hammerite and fitted. Job jobified
  13. And when that was all done and dusted, I decided to rejig the centre console, installed a touch-screen Android stereo and relocated the cigar lighter by drilling a hole in the side of the centre console with a 28mm wood drill bit
  14. April - May 2020 So, yeah - as you can see a fairly substantial (selection of) water leaks. To be honest, there's not a lot to report and most of the photos of this period are of the underside of the dash/the boot/rear quarter-lights etc. Basically, water was getting in a lot of places, and I eventually stopped it. When everything was dried out (about a month, all told) I attached a shit load of sound-deadening matting and closed cell foam, with a top layer of tough vinyl. Now the car is much, much more quiet inside than it was.
  15. April 2020 - LOCKDOWN Well, fuck it - it's not like I'm driving anywhere is it? But why? VID-20200404-WA0017.mp4 20200404_114014.mp4
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