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A salutory lesson: just because the temp gauge says the engine’s cold, doesn’t mean you aren’t overheating.

Ah, the joy of driving old snotters.

I never get worry lights or wonky needles in ToMM....

 

.... similarly I never worry a bulb has blown or sender konked :)

 

Ah, the joy ..........

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Fixage has occurred.

 

After a final top up with water it’s now running about 90/10 concentration. Well, at least it’s not going to freeze.

Drain some off, back to 50/50 mix. Antifreeze is only effective down to -7c when 'pure'. It works when mixed with h20.

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Drain some off, back to 50/50 mix. Antifreeze is only effective down to -7c when 'pure'. It works when mixed with h20.

That and I believe antifreeze isn't as good at cooling compared to water.

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Drain some off, back to 50/50 mix. Antifreeze is only effective down to -7c when 'pure'. It works when mixed with h20.

  

That and I believe antifreeze isn't as good at cooling compared to water.

Ta. Will do. Just need to figure out where to empty the old stuff out of my bucket safely first.

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Did you buy the CF in the end? I noticed it'd been removed from eBay.

Not me I’m afraid. I did seriously think about it but I couldn’t make the logistics work due to a lot of pre-Christmas travel and work stuff - plus I really don’t need another project.

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Ta. Will do. Just need to figure out where to empty the old stuff out of my bucket safely first.

When I'm down the tip I empty it into the massive used oil container. Bit naughty but better than lobbing it down the drain at home, which I'm sure some people do.

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Now that this is running a treat, I’ve been happily hooning around in it.

 

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I imagine an 1800 Victor is a deeply mediocre conveyance, but the 2300 slant four means this car is not only lively but actually quite a lot of fun to chuck around. It’s all about torque. It’s noisy at higher engine speeds, which is why it’s a bit rubbish as a motorway cruiser without overdrive, but around the Gower it’s great. There’s scads of shove for overtaking dawdling tourists and pulling out of bends.

 

Handling is fine in a giant plastic steering wheel sort of way, while roadholding and grip are really quite good on the Kumho tyres.

 

I must admit to driving it like a backup Detective Constable in the Sweeney. How much fun would it be to get the SD1 out as well and chase myself round the ungentrified parts of Swansea docks?

 

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(This is actually George Bulman from The XYY Man / Strangers / Bulman, but he wasn’t a car chase sort of copper. The uniform with him definitely joined CI5 later in his career though.)

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I agree that looks totally joyous. Years ago I inherited an 1800 version and can confirm its mediocrity as a conveyance. It had a certain lazy charm about it though and I liked it. Being a fool I sold it on a whim and it was written off shortly afterwards.

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