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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.


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.


(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...)

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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.

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  • captain_70s changed the title to Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Seeing red - 10/03/21
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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.


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.



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  • 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.

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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.

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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.


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



Then carpets and plastic trims back in place.


Ingenious engineering solutions for releasing the bonnet pull surround.


Seats back in.



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


Those are £200 odd a pair.


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  • 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.


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.


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.


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...

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  • 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. 

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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. 

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  • 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. 

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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.


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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.

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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 😂


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