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vulgalour last won the day on December 12 2020

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  1. Picked up some paperweights today, bit of a nostalgia thing really since my late gran and late mum used to sort of collect them. Cleaned them up, arranged them nicely, and then sat down at my desk. Got up, moved the tall one somewhere else.
  2. Maestros are what all the cool kids are buying these days.
  3. How spectacularly miserable a thing that is, fantastic purchase!
  4. After the joy of fitting the first bit of new wiring in the Lanchester came the misery of fitting the second part. Done now so hopefully it will never need to be done again and equally hopefully none of the rest of it is as miserable an experience.
  5. Just installed the very first piece of brand new wiring in the Lanchester. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but a huge step to getting the car back on the road.
  6. I like how the updates have mostly just been "I put a load of stuff in it again, maybe I'll wash it." because that's really what you want from a car.
  7. I will do words and pictures for the previous video and for this one, just not had time to sit down and do it yet. Closed Caption will also happen on this video in the next day or three, just need the time. I need a new tailgate. For now, this solution will do.
  8. Maestro overheated a little bit today. I say a little bit because it threw the overheating light on until I whacked the heaters up full and then it calmed down. Thing is, it was so hot in the car I couldn't even tell the heaters were blasting hot air at me, it just felt the same. Happily, there's now a thunderstorm stomping about the place so here's hoping for a big pile of rain so my brain will start working again.
  9. The tank is probably easier to drop than making an access hatch, in all honesty. We could also clean everything up while it's out, the whole back end of the car is covered in dried mud.
  10. That's not a pin, it's a trick of the light. Just went and double-checked and what you're seeing is probably an oil drop. Once you undo that nut the olive should be free and the whole lot should just slide out into the car, it's one of those "simple do this" jobs that doesn't want to. Might well be when we come back to it, whatever is jamming things has moved out of the way and it all does just slide out like it ought, you know how these jobs go. Today, rather than fiddling with the stator tube wiring, I finally figured out how to remove the interior wiring which does actually run through the headlining. It runs from the passenger semaphore, up into the roof to the interior light, across to the driver's semaphore, back up into the roof again and over the rear driver's door behind the headlining, then down the inside of the C pillar, through a gap between the rear seat and the boot, behind the trim and down to the inner wing in the lower portion of the boot. From there it branches off to the passenger side and out into the outer wing for the rear light, with the wiring running under the boot shelf. On the driver's side ther's a spur that runs off to the rear light, and another down underneath the car heading to the chassis and fuel tank sender. May have to drop the fuel tank to get to the wiring for the sender, annoyingly, since there's not a lot of space under the car and I don't think there's an access hatch for the wiring in the boot. Now got various bits of string hanging out of bits of the interior waiting for the new harness to be installed. Not the best day to choose to do the job, the inside of the roof was hot enough to feel like it might burn me, but I got it done and took as much footage as I could of the process so I can do a decent video explaining the physical route of the wiring. Because I haven't been able to find anything on the physical route the wiring takes, I'm going to make a diagram for that to help others out in the future, just as information provided by other owners has been helping us. If we'd been planning to redo the headlining the wiring would have been a lot easier to do since you'd be able to see more clearly where it goes.
  11. Got some theories presented on the possible problem. The one that seems most likely is that the olive is stuck and that, in turn, is preventing everything coming out like it should. The solution is a bit of hammer time, cleverly applied, so that's a job for some point when it needs to be done. This bit can quite literally be done last if needed since it's a completely different section of the wiring that controls non-essential items (for driveway moving).
  12. Bit of pre-work tinkering and I've come unstuck, unlike the job I'm trying to complete. Should have been a simple one this, just removing the stator tube wiring. Should be a case of undoing the nut that the wiring goes through at the end of steering box, removing the olive behind, and draining the oil. Both the user manual and the online directions don't give any idea of how you drain the oil. There was no obvious drain plug. The olive was fixed very firmly in place and, since it seems to be brass, not something I wanted to apply any amount of force to in case I damaged it. After much deliberation, it was decided the best course of action was to undo the four bolts holding the end plate onto the steering box. This then released the SAE 140 oil messily as it started coming out of the top right bolt hole first and then all around the sealing edge. Allowed to drain, and expected the olive and wiring to now be free and easy to remove, or at least have enough play to slide the end plate down to see/remove any sort of retaining device. No such luck. You can get a few millimetres of play but there's a very obvious something physically stopping much movement in any direction, like there's some sort of retaining grub screw I've missed somewhere. Again, rather than force anything I've left the oil to drain and will reassemble just so we can get the car back in the garage. Without the end plate bolted on the steering wheel can't really do anything and we can't exactly leave the car sat stuck half in half out of the garage overnight. For illustrative purposes, some photographs. If anyone can see what I might have missed here, or know what else I should do, please let me know. It's going to be something obvious, I just can't see it.
  13. Best price! Got some bonus hairy orange rope too. Thought these would make good garden chairs until I got a proper look at them, they're far too nice to leave outdoors.
  14. I don't disagree. This is all an educational exercise. The more Pat and I do, the clearer it is becoming to both of us and we want to understand what was done before us so if we encounter this sort of thing in the future, we'll be slightly better prepared to figure it out. Might seem a little bit strange unpicking non-original work this way, but we're regarding it as an educational opportunity. The more we understand as we put theory into practice, the more we can see how simple a job this is and the more confident we're getting. When it's all done we should be able to look back on it and know just how to pull it all out and chuck the new harness in. Bear with us while we plod along, I know it's probably frustrating reading/viewing for folks that know what they're doing, this is just where we're starting as absolute beginners and trying to learn as much as possible about the way the car was maintained before us. Sort of like how you study paintings to understand an artist's technique, but with bodges instead of brush strokes.
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