Jump to content

Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - 1 car down - 27/04/21


Recommended Posts

Drove to work and back in it today.

Can't use the handbrake because the only way to disengage it on the passenger side is to lie down under the car and smack the lever with a rubber mallet. The indicators don't always engage 'cause I think the stalk contacts are jammed up with grinding dust and the exhaust rattles almost unbearably at lower rpms and on the overrun.

I also thought it smelt a bit petrolly of late so I checked the new fuel hoses up front, all good. Noticed it again when I got home and had a look underneath.

a259154b-0966-410c-b3f8-5d831e349be5.thumb.jpg.09a38cafff256b96938f1a1a345ea507.jpg

That'd certainly explain it. Looks like it's leaking out of the filler neck hose. That'll give me something to do before work tomorrow I suppose...

At least managed to park next to a car that wasn't ridiculously vast by comparison. Hard to do these days.

8f542b8d-ba42-41f9-bf62-4393c2e0ac85.thumb.jpg.c97171a40a9f8c0a36836e33400bdbcc.jpg

(The trail of liquid behind the Acclaim is actually water which seems to be leaking out of the rear valance or the boot or something. Another thing to hunt for...)

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

7464b248-bc46-4e33-bcdd-652c624255d1.thumb.jpg.d4352c007ee0808b451475a1379b3869.jpg

d0667b53-60e0-46e2-bed5-34922c4795ea.thumb.jpg.cdf68ff21f76a50063818f31927a7409.jpg

A 1980 Dolly 1300, 60k on the clock, original paint (polished through in places), been laid up for the last 1.5 years. Also not mine. Sad.

A fella on the TDC forum was asking for advice as his car wouldn't start, he's in Glasgow and I have form for fucking about with Triumph OHVs that are reluctant to start so I offered assistance. 

Whipped out a plug and confirmed we had spark, then attached my hand pumped fuel primer thing and dragged some petrol up to the pump. With enough cranking the pump eventually managed to get some fuel up to the carb, the dashpot was empty so I topped it up with 20w50 to stop the piston getting stuck, and she fired up no bother.

The fuel had drained back to the tank/evaporated out of the float bowl and the mechanical pump takes an age to drag fuel up from the tank if it's pumping air. In my experience the battery will usually die before fuel arrives at the carb. Once started she ran a bit lumpy for a bit and wouldn't idle off choke at all. So I booted the throttle a couple of times and once a load of crap had been ejected from the exhaust a nice smooth idle came into being.

The fella who owns it can't actually drive, being partially sighted and having had a stroke, so his wife drives him around in it. Doing 100-200 miles a year around Glasgow I imagine it was pretty clogged up!

Driving the Acclaim in the pissing rain also aided in finding leaks. Rear passenger side is water getting in where the brake line passes through the rear bulkhead, easy to seal. Rear driver's side is now bone dry having previously been a lake, but I'd spotted a twisted door rubber and fixed it so that may well have been the cause of that. There also seems to be a bit coming down the front bulkhead, so that'll be the windscreen seal. Not exactly a surprise as it's rough as buggery.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • captain_70s changed the title to Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Seeing red - 10/03/21
  • 2 weeks later...

4633c9bd-fd5d-4a2a-a619-5ecb4619ad8e.thumb.jpg.3f82b4ead3b5491bab87ebb9bded5482.jpg

A return to daily duties for this thing as the Saab's ignition switch seems to be getting increasingly unreliable and I nearly ended up stuck at Rutherglen Tesco with a flat battery earlier in the week.

Naturally it had to end in tears and I came out to the car at the end of my shift tonight to find the windscreen had cracked. How? No idea. No signs of rust around the screen, not been particularly cold/hot, probably a fucking pothole given the roads around here look like they've been fucking carpet bombed.

13068ce4-ca4e-42f0-989f-053805e0ba5e.thumb.jpg.c772acbeff88073c99be3b36f33da4f1.jpg

So, windscreens are apparently a pig to remove and usually break in the attempt, so second hand ones are mega rare. Pilkington will make one, but it takes 8 weeks and costs over £300. Also the one place that had Acclaim/mk2 Civic windscreen seals in stock, a place in Australia, now doesn't have any left.

tumblr_mdg07nlpkh1rifqsvo1_500.jpg.b6c5203290011d5bdf8cedad5c7e9c9a.jpg

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • captain_70s changed the title to Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Crack would be healthier - 19/03/21

Went back through photos and it's been cracked since it came out the workshop, so it passed it's MOT like that.

The screen is delaminating in all four corners to varying degrees and the stress of the car being jacked up repeatedly on all four corners during welding probably didn't sit too well with it.

Link to post
Share on other sites

The delaminating cloudiness around the crack would suggest it's been there for a little while.

If you do manage to find someone scrapping an Acclaim/Civic2, the best way to approach matters would be to have them cut the seal to get the screen out without any drama, then remove your screen without worrying too much if you break it (more than it is).  That way you then have a good screen and a good seal.  Copious amounts of fairy-up lipsquid, many wooden lolly sticks and some patience will then see it fitted.

Did a CX like that a while back.  Worked perfectly.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

Update.

Acclaim has been back in every-other-day use for several weeks now, it's running passably. There is something still not quite right with it, whether it be an ignition timing issue or some vac hose related rubbish it's still misfiring on one cylinder.

I put the interior back in today, I'd been running around in it with just the front seats installed while tracing water leaks...

First, seats back out.

175719587_333184721746774_5717156687074490132_n.thumb.jpg.edb57d2ab39b393f31a7cd086c1e4121.jpg

Then installed some closed cell foam pads to attempt to reduce road noise as much as possible.

175769130_744903396192274_5313428358966451356_n.thumb.jpg.c9bcc4ea20d4580c7dccc3319c4f01c6.jpg

176098799_316871949775112_4033541844053883137_n.thumb.jpg.ed607eeac636597a4633f37520fe7d47.jpg

Then carpets and plastic trims back in place.

175918075_317741163021129_8714837601718205301_n.thumb.jpg.f81dff57dd9539458e56211518e19517.jpg

Ingenious engineering solutions for releasing the bonnet pull surround.

176540801_155076216442195_561302120800604107_n.thumb.jpg.40f261bd13396b97bbd6d933ea567680.jpg

Seats back in.

176471617_3986803078043279_8989752972994520414_n.thumb.jpg.dc41d88403127215efbaf1cdffd6d59b.jpg

175886728_281261490311353_4470798517796955567_n.thumb.jpg.abb8dad22d0f19db62410005fa3a7c94.jpg

I celebrated the interior being back in by dropping a fog light when refitting.

175655369_207034017565083_1719850017267874678_n.thumb.jpg.2e6db49bbdff52bac2badf2f05ae103d.jpg

Those are £200 odd a pair.

wxTHv_400x498.jpg.584890377c850052486b25a9ecf69730.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • captain_70s changed the title to Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - internal screaming - 20/04/21

Multiple possible, repair/replacement options have been sourced for the fogs. Watch this space.

Took the Saab to work on Friday to keep the battery charged and brakes unstuck. Came out of work and it wouldn't start, again. Spins over fine, not a cough or splutter to be had. I tried fiddling with connectors under the bonnet, wiggling the key, cleaning the ignition barrel with paper towels jammed in with a coffee stirrer, locking, unlocking, moving the immobiliser chip about etc but it wasn't having it.

85f3c780-fa6c-4632-b399-2ed669b4f18d.thumb.jpg.7f9ca78d2b61f2969f8c2043ab3bbf9f.jpg

Battery eventually started dying and nobody had jump leads (mine are in the wrong car), so I abandoned it at work and got the train home.

Thank fuck I have a spare car, thinks I. Then Saturday happened.

177947151_10226938710632958_5441625329247531974_n.thumb.jpg.dea435b2804ab0f7f01c60f0e5b2024f.jpg

Drove into town to collect Girlfriend_70s, stopped at the supermarket and returned to a 100% dead car. Thankfully the Acclaim's level of technology is slightly more my area of expertise and after checking the battery connections were good I discovered the main 55amp fuse had blown. Naturally I bought some of these ages ago, except they were 45amp, and I'd not put them in the car. Not to be deterred I substituted in a hex key, so it's now a 200amp slow blow.

177948668_10226938710952966_7086161729211520133_n.thumb.jpg.89047d2ff90b956435135b8e9372e866.jpg

New fuses in the post. Last time I checked the fuse it did look like it'd been running hot, probably some fucking earthing problem...

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • captain_70s changed the title to Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - external screaming - 25/04/21

I know the 9-3 definitely does but I think the 9-5 also says "Key Not Recognised" if the Key can't be read and the immobiliser is not disabled. 

I'd put money on the crank sensor too. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Its a pain but doable. Don’t however be tempted to omit the pain in the ass heat shield unless you want to do it again next month. Also make sure the old O ring comes off the block and you don’t end up with two which would be a problem. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • captain_70s changed the title to Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - 1 car down - 27/04/21
1 hour ago, vulgalour said:

For a terrifying second there I thought you were suggesting the entire Daimler as the solution and Captain being unable to stop himself from doing something unbelievably heroic*.

That makes perfect sense. There’s still one mint condition lamp on the Acclaim, so Capn has everything required to get that Daimler shipshape again. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, mk2_craig said:

That makes perfect sense. There’s still one mint condition lamp on the Acclaim, so Capn has everything required to get that Daimler shipshape again. 

Buy a foglamp, get a Daimler free! 🤣🤣

Might have been worth it because of the mileage, not so much the horrendous rot. It’s a flintstones special underneath.

B822522A-BCCD-4713-871D-0EB2E64F6392.thumb.jpeg.0219c26633c3dd753f09c77408df1747.jpeg

Link to post
Share on other sites
22 hours ago, greengartside said:

I may have a solution.

 

21 hours ago, GingerNuttz said:

Daimler engine in the green Dolly !!! Get that asthmatic single carb donkey scrapped 😂

T1300 lump, it's only got a design life of 50,000 miles, it'll scrap itself before you know it.

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, captain_70s said:

 

T1300 lump, it's only got a design life of 50,000 miles, it'll scrap itself before you know it.

Well when the big ends rattle and you drive it down south with hee haw oil pressure 50k would be the limit 😂

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Similar Content

    • By phil_lihp
      Morning chaps, long time no see.
      I've not had much in the way of shite to share on this forum of late but I have now gone some way to redeeming myself with this glorious old heap, an eBay purchase which I won last night.  Fortunately the seller seems decent and isn't in any rush for it to leave so there won't be much happening for a  few weeks until collection can be arranged, leaves me plenty of time to clear the decks in preparation.
      The essential stats are that it's a 1977 Princess 1.8, I think it's a base model and a Series 1 given it's not got a 1.7/2.0 O-series engine which I would have preferred.  Not sure how rubbish the B-Series is in this thing but I guess we'll see.  It's got an MOT and has been woken from many years of slumber fairly recently, I think it was on eBay last year prior to the current owner obtaining it but I don't have any details.  I think it's a base model and lacks power steering or indeed any equipment to speak of.  It's apparently very solid and has been undersealed, there's some rot above the bootlid and in the doors and the bonnet looks awful but is mostly surface corrosion I think.  It'll be getting a proper going over once I get my hands on it, a full service and brake refurb is likely the first port of call, plus finding someone local who can pump up the hydragas.
      My sole experience of these is driving Philibusmo's utterly ruined example (OKK if anyone remembers the ex-Vulgalour one) a few years back and I was so impressed at how well it drove considering the state it was in, I've wanted one for years so this is a slightly weird dream come true.
      Feel free to chip in with anecdotes, advice and mockery.  More details will probably surface in a few weeks once it lands.  It has MOT but it's on ancient tyres and has electrical issues (I know, who'd have thought?) meaning the lights and cooling fan don't work.  Given that it's in Kent and I'm in Devon, I am probably going to take the easy way out and Shiply it home.  Plenty of time yet to make some arrangements for that.
      Watch this space.

       

       

    • By dome
      This evening I venture forth into hitherto unknown lands (Kirkintilloch) to collect my latest acquisition.

      Which, naturally, has issues.

      I have purchased my first line of defence.



      Which appears to have antigravity properties

      More will follow this evening...
    • By Zelandeth
      Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction.

      I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement...

      So...we've got:

      1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...).
      1989 Saab 900i Automatic.
      1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition.
      1985 Sinclair C5.
      2009 Peugeot 107 Verve.

      Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time...

      Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing.


      Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months.

       






      Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising...









      Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange.







      Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles.

      Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5...



      Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise.

      Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107.



      Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else."

      I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
    • By Fumbler
      To mark the genesis of my fleet project thread I here present my new car: a 1997 Nissan Micra Shape-


      It really looks that good. There is a reason for this: its previous owner was an old lady who loved the thing so much so she made every effort to keep it in good shape. It originally came from Fleet in the GU postcode which suggests to me it was bought by the present dealer at auction, hence arriving down here in Kent. Before seeing the car I checked its MOT history and its only fails were thanks to broken stoplights, which shows me that it was very well cared for. I suppose an example of this was that on the last MOT, an advisory was a corroded rear silencer. The silencer on the car when I saw it was new. Methinks the lady wanted to keep it as good as possible. It was kept in a garage and so all the bumpers and black trim are very black and the tyres are in very good condition. Spare never used! Also included a free Dettol first aid kit from 1997.
      This car has 15000 genuine miles on the clock. We clocked over 15000 during the test drive! The lady owner really only trundled around her village in it and the MOT shows that it only did some meagre miles between tests. This, of course, came at a price. We saw a cherry red Micra from 2002 at the same dealer. Paint was shoddy and when they washed it the boot had massive sections of bare metal and it wasn't very happy. This car, however, is in fabulous condition and there was no contest between the two cars- it really is that good, inside and out. Immaculate interior, driver's airbag, cassette player... all there and all functioning (apart from cassette thanks to new battery and failed display). This meant that I bought it for £1600, £100 over what was my uppermost limit, but I knew I wouldn't see another like this that was in as good shape for a fair while. It was priced very ambitiously, at £1990, so I'm content in the fact I managed to slash a few hundred off the price. There wasn't that much paperwork though. All the dealership received was the logbook with 3 service stamps from 1998, 1999 and 2000, the radio key pass, a National Trust sticker, and the original paperwork holder. I suspect the old lady died and had her car auctioned, and the massive file of paperwork is now someone's egg carton, along will everything else she owned.

      As always, this car isn't exactly in showroom condition. While the inside is great and the floor is solid, and the underseal is in great shape, the not undersealed parts need a small looking at. Mainly the rear of the driver's side sill. It's really the only bubbling on the car. I suspect a well aimed stonechip managed to fester over the wintery salted roads, making it rust even more. It's around the size of a 5p piece, and will give me the opportunity to spray the insides of the sill with some chain oil to prevent any further corrosion. Behind the fuel tank there are a few rusty joints- places where the spraygun cannot get paint onto- which some Vactan and Dynax should put to rights. Alternator belt looks original because of the cracking and Nissan badges and will need doing soon as well as the front plate. As much as I like the 90's font and original dealer surround, the dishevelled R and general water ingress is a persistant MOT advisory. It could be the MOT station being strict (and most likely is considering there's a Saxo down the road with far worse blackening), however for the sake of peace of mind and all that, I'll get a new one made. The rear has already been replaced indicating this has happened before.
      All in all, I think this is a nice plucky motor. I'll have it by the end of the week; just got to sort out tax, insurance, and it's going to have an MOT. As part of the deal it's getting the MOT and an oil and filter change which will be something ticked off the list. It has some love scratches and chips here and there, but it drives well, is stiff and controllable, and should make out to be a nice summer project!
    • By Peter C
      Woke up this morning, had a little time before I had to leave the house for work, had a quick look at what’s new for sale on Retro Rides and saw an ad for a W124 200E manual, located 15 miles from home. I had no intention of buying a car today but I had to have it! I called the seller and arranged a viewing.
       
      Faults:
       
      2 x rusty front wings (TADTS)
      1 x rusty rear arch
      Needs a polish
      Tracking is out because new track rod end was fitted for MoT
      Engine has oil leak/s
       
      Good points:
       
      It’s a W124 200E!
      5 speed manual transmission
      New clutch
      Brand new MoT
      Superb MoT history
      4 x as new Continental tyres
      Last owner for 15 years, her husband before that for 4 years
      Very tidy MB-Tex interior
      Drives well
      All electrics work
       
      The dealer kindly delivered the car to my house but I managed a pez station shot on route:
       

       
      Plans:
       
      Remove front wings, cut away rust and apply plenty of wob.
      In-situ similar repair for rear arch
      Clean and polish
      Service engine
      Adjust tracking
      Leave patina and enjoy the car as it is
       
      I will update this thread once progress is made.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      Hopefully these two will become good friends.
       

×
×
  • Create New...