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  1. You must have look bleeding hard to find such offal Mr Binery. That Bugatti thing, well, munch my fucking bunch.
  2. ∆∆∆ Car fit for a pig.
  3. Can have freewheel or O/D but not both, freewheel went in late 50's anyway. It enables clutchless gearchanges and is OK in beautiful flat Lincs where I live. It automatically disengages for reverse. As you say, drums are a bit marginal but I like them and this is why. In very heavy rain the discs don't work initially- '70's Jap bikes with stainless rotors did the same thing. It's horrible, but I've never heard this mentioned by other owners, they perhaps don't go out if it's cloudy*** (I tried different pads and shields were correctly in place). Worth watching if only to save shitting yourself on those nice seats. Both my cars had diffs changed for disco 3.54's which the more powerful engines will pull happily in overdrive. The Tdi gave great mpg with this set up (40+) but it badly spoils the smoothness. *** Now I think of it, check the wipers, chances are the rubber mountings are perished, they all go. You can buy expensive fixes, I just bolt them up rigidly as on regular cars. If my life was so hassle free that the noise from the wiper gearboxes was bothersome I'd probably join the Owners Guild. Yes, that's what it's really called.
  4. I think the worst thing about p4s are the wheezy 6 cylinder engines, and after a while I hooked them out of both of mine, as moderner Rover 4 cylinder 2.5's go in easily (one petrol, one diesel) At least the Westlake head boasts a separate inlet manifold and is a bit more efficient, but the late car weighs more with it's extra steel bits. 2.6 was the largest size in P4s, gearbox layshaft not up to the 3 litre. (I've snapped and replaced 2 so am fairly sure about this) The other downside is handling, press on and they corner like a drunken whale. The good bits are that the ride is very acceptable, and they are great to travel a long way in. I missed the 8pm ferry to Spain once, took a crossing to France at 2pm the next day and still reached Bilbao first. The 2.5 tdi kept it a around 120 kph, more on the 4 occasions I got flashed by them hidden speed camera's.... You can't use many other 50s cars like this. £2500 is good for a decent car, no point in bothering with a knacker as you won't paint it for that, let alone weld it up first. Front and rear wings need watching and are not the easiest to sort. Bottom of the b piller goes too along with chassis outriggers. They are much like a Series Landrover in this respect, and are extremely rigid if in good nick. Seats are often shagged, good ones hard to find; Richards Rovers near me is the man for SH parts, Waring and Wadhams both do most new parts including panels at remarkably low prices. I recently bought newly made early type overiders for less than the cost of decent re-chroming. These cars really are as well served as Minors. Cheap radial van tyres work fine (Owners club disagree) crossplies are horrible except that the steering is lighter on them. It is very heavy to park, my Mrs uses it for shopping but doesn't like tight spaces much. Good re-circ. ball steering once under way, nice steering wheel, and amazingly, built in front seat belt mounts even on my '57 P4. Reserve petrol switch. Boot is big but poorly designed, overall its a shiters Rolls Royce. Nearly forgot, disc brakes should stop very well, but the gearchange is fairly poor; make sure it doesn't spoil what is otherwise a very nice car to drive. I've noticed a big variation in 'boxes. Also, I know someone with a 110, I don't think it ever sees 20mpg.
  5. I put a new cambelt on today. According to the Haynes manual this job must be carried out on a fine day and requires 3 spanners. I wonder if they've even opened a Freelander bonnet, I got through about 10 spanners, several sockets and some bits of wood as all my breeze blocks are bust. All the brake hoses are replaced along with some copper ones that had eroded in a way I've never seen before. Last owner must have kept it parked in a midden. Meanwhile I talked I wife into a little alfresco needle-work and she's done a good job repairing the fag-burn in the passenger seat and stitching the drivers perch back together- it appears to have burst under the weight of a gigantic arse. Once she'd got started she sewed a steering wheel cover on as neither of us liked to touch what's underneath- it appears some nasty reaction had taken place between whatever they make steering wheels from and 18 years worth of sweaty hands. I phoned the local Landrover dealer about getting a spare key, just for fun really. They said if I got a one cut and found another plipper they could make it talk to the engine for £148 inc. vat. Cheaper than I thought, but instead I pulled a box with lots of wires sprouting out from behind the fuses and have posted it to a bloke who will do the job for 40 quid including 2 magic fobs.
  6. Two relatives have recently bought nearly new cars. Both took up the dealer's £300 paintwork treatment, which since you can't even see it is probably non-existent anyway. I bet those garages are laughing their bollocks off.
  7. This seems like a good place to put knoblander woes, so here we go. Since buying the sorry thing I'm working through a bunch of faults, some built in by the manufacturer and some the result of neglect. The first issue that presented itself was a clutch pedal needing two feet to push down, and whose bite point was only a gnats cock from the floor. Freeing the partially seized operating lever solved this, and on removing the slave cylinder bracket I saw that the welds were cracked. I repaired them and put the dubious looking plastic cylinder back in place. I was shocked to see that this bracket still flexes slightly when the pedal is depressed, so an inadequate design which I believe was improved on later cars. There are also tales of the cylinders exploding, but this one has done 18 years and still works; keeping the operating lever lubed would have doubtless alleviated a lot of problems. The wiring to the single electric fan has chafed through because the hose clip was place in just the right place for this to occur. The clip looks original and this is a common problem. It's such an avoidable fault I wonder if Landrover actually coveted being one of the most unreliable marques? Fixed in a minute, but never picked up during several main dealers services that the one previous owner doubtless paid through the snout for.
  8. Since I am an enthusiast of going up and down I will share another item from my arsenal of crappy lifting devices. It's a clumsy great cunt of a thing, a Clark 2 ton strongarm. All it does well is go up a long way, and I've perched the lovely 5" high screw jack on top to give an idea what we're talking fully erect. Otherwise it's a complete twat to have around as its always in the way and needs a tractor to manoevre into place. The little jack has 15 cwt cast into it's body, so it's not suitable at all for lifting foreign muck.
  9. Well now you mention it, and we shouldn't forget that pre-war US Austin's were Bantams.
  10. At least the big hens seem ok.
  11. I think it's now safe to say that having followed this advice and sent half the asked for 'fine' the bastards have not taken the matter further.
  12. Trolly jack? Just a lazy mans indulgence, get one of these, only £1.7.6d, and you'll never have a motor drop on your head again.
  13. No visitors today, thank fuck, so spent a while surveying Freelander woes. This was a one careful owner car, except that he wasn't too careful as neither head nor cambelt appear to have been touched during the 18 years since it left the factory. I'm wondering if he was so immersed in waiting for the fabled head gasket failure that he decided to not do any other maintenance at all and just chuck the thing away when it expired. I've never had a K series before, but feel I should shove a new gasket and water pump on while I'm changing the belt. All advice gratefully heeded. One other thing needing attention is this wire. It's as if someone deliberately positioned the hose clip so that it rubbed through the insulation, something mentioned in a 'what-to-look-out-for article I've read. Naturally, the wire has to be the one that goes to the cooling fan.
  14. A bloke I used to work for near me had a G reg one in that colour for about 15 years. Most of them only get sold due to the owner becoming bored or dead.
  15. I like them Volvos a lot, that's the right colour and everything. As I stared up at the rusty underbelly of my newest acquisition yesterday it did cros my mind that I should have looked for one.
  16. Festive indulgence all afternoon, I've been pulling my propshaft. Will have to de-barnacle under here by the look of things.
  17. Thems not snips, thems beets boy.
  18. I'm afraid there may be disappointment ahead as I just can't muster enough enthusiasm to even get into the Vauxhall. It has been a relative's temporary transport and now it's no longer needed it's mine. As it came clattering down the road I knew I could never take to it, so I'll be flogging it ASAP. One disturbing aspect of the Corsa is that a month ago it was still on it's original tyres (2001) and had a new ticket. This has now been rectified so it's good for another 17 years.
  19. I hope you moved house rather than you're out on licence. I would have liked a walk down to the marina, but thought it best to get the thing home before the propshaft fell off.
  20. It's always nice when your new motor attracts some admiring comments. I could have enquired about this, but don't think I've got enough years left in me... (Was parked near the used car lot. Needs 'prepping')
  21. This day I have become the custodian of not one but two new (to me) motors. I knew one was coming and was so disturbed by it's awfulness that last night I found something slightly less horrible to get rid of the nasty taste. Without dwelling further on the 3 cylinder Discomfort, I'll get straight to a motor I collected fresh today from a car lot just over the road from Whitemoor category 'A' gentleman's house of correction. I've had an eye out for one of these for months. My requirements are exacting and finally something with the correct spec came along. You have to be careful with these cars as they have been know to exhibit the odd fault, but I've cleverly protected myself from any nasty surprises buy purchasing one that's already fucked. The salesman was unable to pretend that this Freelander matched the glowing eBay description as I could hear the graunching of knackered propshaft bearings at 50 paces as he drove it across the forecourt and a hefty chunk fell off the sticker price before I'd even had a drive. The interior captures that unmistakable smell of public lavatories, and has enough blank or non functioning switches to delight me. No ABS, air con, electric roof and no hill-decent bollox, neither. Naturally it's a K series.
  22. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2016-LAND-ROVER-SERIES-II-1958-Cuthbertson-Classic/112701590546?_trkparms=aid%3D333202%26algo%3DCOMP.CATCARDS%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180608100040%26meid%3Db7d9cf47bbb849df9876f37a6705d79d%26pid%3D100889%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D113460199490%26itm%3D112701590546&_trksid=p2056116.c100889.m5204 Perfect for nipping elderly relatives down the surgery.
  23. I think this is a common problem and must be why the uptake of LPG remains low. I've seen several poorly converted vehicles that have their load space ruined by a tank plonked inconveniently, are hard to start, and backfire occasionally. I can't speak for modern engines but the vehicles I've converted (Sherpa, Morris Minor, series Landrover, Fergie tractor, and the two above) all ran more smoothly on LPG and never suffered from poor starting. I always start on gas down to freezing temperatures, though this isn't usually the case on injected vehicles. The guide that I read stressed the importance of keeping the ignition system in good order, and making sure the engine is not 'tired' as these factors have a greater impact when running on LPG. One other drawback is that in doing a conversion you introduce a load more electrical components plus hot water feed to the vaporiser and a small filter. These will all need looking after and though I've never had even one solenoid valve fail so far, one day it's bound to happen. Yet another problem is that its hard to avoid a degree of power loss. This isn't so critical when you're talking about several litres of V8, but on a Minor you've not got much to start with. My approach was to have the head skimmed and fit a bigger carb and manifold, so I experienced no loss over the original engine. This sort of thing is very easy and cheap on A and B series engines, possibly not on others. A big step forward would be if this new system of squirting LPG through the existing petrol injectors is a goer. Not only does it do away with the vaporiser and it's water heating bits, it is said to give the same or more power as well as not needing to switch over for starting. I like the sound of it.
  24. I spoke to a bloke filling a C1 with gas a while back. He said he drove all day for his work and made a decent whack out of expenses. Smart.
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