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Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - MOT Result... - 16/05/19

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Would be better to take the caliper off and pop the piston and seal out then properly heat it and quench it a couple of times......tap the nipple on the end plenty and then be surprised how easily it comes out with small stillsons.

or it'll break off

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Do not try to drill out the nipple, this always ends badly. Best solution (in the short term) is to get it bled via the banjo bolt. You may need to take the caliper off to make the banjo fitting the highest point of the caliper but it should work out ok. I'm happy to help with Mapp gas or welding a nut onto the remains of the nipple to get it out but it's not 100% guaranteed so the best way to keep you on the road and give you time to track down parts is bleeding through the banjo . Best of luck and give me a shout if I can be of any help.

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I have a blow torch you can have. It's very accurate. PM me your address and I'll post it out to you. You will have to buy a gas bottle though.

https://www.screwfix.com/p/rothenberger-disposable-map-pro-gas-cylinder-400g/25491

Much cheaper at a plumbing merchants. Less than a tenner usually.

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Welding a nut on to the thing may well be a solution... I'm loath to scrap an otherwise fine caliper for the sake of one bastarding bleed nut but I'll have to buy one as a spare "just in case" regardless. Highly irritating. We'll see how the bleed goes tonight and work out a plan from there.

 

I acquired  a MAP blow torch yesterday, Paulplom! Many thanks for the offer though! 

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Cap - it's testing your patience for sure - but you'll get it sorted dude. Keep on keeping on...…….

You're one step further along than I - as almost the entire fleet has decided to shit the bed on the same weekend. I can't face even looking at them if I'm honest. At least you're taking it on full pelt and going at it.

As a side thought - tell me I'm a twat if you like - but if only 8 miles…… how about cycling it in the decent weather to help save some pennies? Would that perhaps help on multiple fronts - health, wellbeing and money saving all covered? Could be an option...…..

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5 hours ago, Exiled_Tat_Gatherer said:

As a side thought - tell me I'm a twat if you like - but if only 8 miles…… how about cycling it in the decent weather to help save some pennies? Would that perhaps help on multiple fronts - health, wellbeing and money saving all covered? Could be an option...…..

One issue is that bicycles worth having are expensive, the other being I'd have to keep it in the flat somewhere. Also due to working shifts it'll mean having to wake up at 4:30am for the early shift and cycling home through questionable areas at midnight for the backshift.

 

In Acclaim news I bled the brakes today. They're maybe better? They certainly stop the car sharpish in a straight line but I feel there is too much free play in the pedal. We shall see come the MOT on Thursday...

I also took the front splash guards off the investigate some wheel arch rust and check for nasties. Structure is good, O/S/F wing is scrap. Largely as expected.

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Found a hole down near the headlights and have cunningly covered it up with an oily rag from above and the splash guards hide it from above. So logically it no longer exists.

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I then instigated some high quality repairs to the front arch and generally waved a rattle can at the worst of the rust blebs

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Fuck it.

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17 minutes ago, SiC said:

Dude, stop picking at scabs!

I didn't this time. Smacking the caliper with a hammer caused bits to fall off of their own accord!

I'm not going to waste good money on filler when new wings are available. I'm also not going to spend good money on wings for a car that is so grotty. For now painted tape is the future...

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15 hours ago, captain_70s said:

One issue is that bicycles worth having are expensive, the other being I'd have to keep it in the flat somewhere. Also due to working shifts it'll mean having to wake up at 4:30am for the early shift and cycling home through questionable areas at midnight for the backshift.

Gotcha fella - I don't think I'd fancy rolling through dodgy areas at the dead of night either……..

14 hours ago, captain_70s said:

I didn't this time. Smacking the caliper with a hammer caused bits to fall off of their own accord!

I'm not going to waste good money on filler when new wings are available. I'm also not going to spend good money on wings for a car that is so grotty. For now painted tape is the future...

We've DEFINITELY all been there fella.

As I said - you're getting a shitload more achieved than I can. Keep on kicking its ass.

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Today was MOT day.

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Lovely. Steering suspension and brakes are all bob on, it'll need some work to the rear of the sills before the next one.

Then swung by DodgyFOADKnight's place for a chat about shit old cars and to nosy at some of the newer additions to the fleet. Also had a wee drive of the Mk2 Polo Saloon. It's a bit rapid.

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As a bonus there was a Mk2 Honda Ballade there belonging to Nisfan. So we had a rare sighting of a Mk1 and Mk2 Ballade.

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13 minutes ago, SiC said:

I guess that was pretty pleasing and relieving to get a clean pass first time. 

I was hoping but not expecting tbh. Although in all fairness the car is really in better condition overall than when it last got MOT'd aside from bits of cosmetic grot. My only real concern was the travel on the brake, but it doesn't actually affect the braking power, it'll still lock the wheels up.

But aye, it is a major relief nonetheless! 

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