Zel's Motoring Adventures...Lada, Citroen, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 21/10 - Wheel Stud Saga Continues...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...
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...
As many of you might have read on the grin thread and my thread about yank headlights on Volvo 740's, I should have acquired myself this one. I've just got a few pics of said Volvo pre rescue as it sits.
For those who don't know, it's an 88 740 estate in 2.3 auto GLE spec (my favourite!) which was owned by my sisters boyfriends grandad. He passed away this year and the cars just been sat unused since mid 2015.
The family are clearing the property and I was told the Volvo and others were going to most likely go for scrap. I said I'd take the Volvo and asked for a price only to be told I could have it!
The Wolseley 1300 apparently is already spoken for so hopefully that will be saved or at least donate some parts. The Volvo should become mine at some point but the caravan and Omega will probably get weighed in.
So here are the few pics I have to go on.
IMG_0331 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
IMG_0332 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
IMG_0329 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
IMG_0333 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
The Volvo looks ok from the little I can see and having run an MOT history check it seems a good one. It's a low miler at 90k and seems to of only done a couple of thousand miles between tests. Most of the fails seem to be for stupid stuff.
So the plan at the moment will be to try to get it running and moving then try to get it back home. At the moment it's a 100 miles or so away.
To be continued...
I thought I'd start a thread on this. I presently love this car but history has proven me fickle and easily distracted, so I expect I'll want to move it on at some point. Doing it this way also ensures no comeback from future owners when they find out I've attached the wheels with silicon sealer, etc.
Lot of flash for a grand, I think you'll agree. I picked it up from the pleasant Mr Xtriple last Tuesday, and have already put a thousand miles on it (including 500 in Norfolk at the weekend, and 200-odd around Gloucester yesterday). As you'd imagine, wafting about in a convertible with a whispering V6 up front is absolutely awful,. I did get a light metallic scraping noise from the NSR wheel for a bit, but the caliper wasn't sticking and it went after a while so meh.
There are a few issues to fix. Most pressing was the passenger door, which wouldn't shut without a heavy slam. I found the door glass was rising too high, and interfering with the A-pillar seal.
There's quite a lot of scope for things to get out of kilter on the windows and hood on these things, but thankfully it's all adjustable. The stops for the window are adjusted by winding down the window, then removing 3 bungs on the underside of the door. This exposes bolts to adjust the position of the front and rear stops, with the middle one adjusting the angle of the glass against the seal. Getting it right is trial and error, it's not quite right but does now shut correctly. There's also a fault with the rear window, a clip that stops it rising too high has broken so it can collide with the front window if you're not careful. Not sorted that yet.
The hood often needs a helping hand to retract it (and to prevent it slamming down on the windscreen frame when closing it). The issue appears to be the tension cables on the front folded section - these are supposed to hold it in a raised position, to allow it to fold up. This doesn't always work so the pump runs but is unable to draw the hood back. The tension on these cables can be adjusted, and it's pretty straightforward job, but it does mean taking the roof down for a couple of hours and I've not been able to trust the weather recently. If there's no adjustment left on the cables it's not too difficult to replace them, but they cost £80 each (and there are 2).
The roof release handle is a bit broken too, this is a common problem. Xtriple's mechanic has made a temporary repair but I may revisit it, there is a DIY fix using a C-clip apparently - else it's £700 for a new roof rail.
Steering wheel is quite worn, and off-centre. I find that very annoying and will get the alignment fixed soon. Dunno what to do about the wheel, upholsterer perhaps? The driver's seat bolster is also coming apart at the edge, again they all do this so finding a good used one is pretty much impossible.
I was unimpressed by the factory audio, despite it having a fancy remote control. Putting in my kit was easy though, standard ISO harness so took about 5 mins!
Unfortunately the speakers are shot, ruining Stuff Like That. The forum bike Jag had the same issue, just age I suppose. I've got speaker adaptors on order so I can fit some decent ones.
This is the car's best feature, this engine is superb. It absolutely makes just the noise you'd expect, a gentle whine yet gives brisk performance and an average of 29mpg. It does leak a little oil though, enough to mark the drive but hasn't required a top up. Will investigate.
Pirate HQ is now well furnished with CLKs. My wife has had this facelift one for a couple of years and I've always admired it, but not the raucous 2.3 supercharged motor. It's slightly slower and slightly better on fuel than the V6 but above 3000rpm it's horrible - it sounds like the CVH from a '80s Escort and ruins the whole experience. Most of them seem to be blighted with that motor though, perhaps the cost difference was large when new. Mrs Pirate now wants the wheels and engine transplanted into hers.
Final problem is the ABS/ASR/BAS light coming on at random. Others have suggested this is the battery getting weak, which is a bit of a worry - I'm leaving it in an airport car park for a week tomorrow.
Strangeangel's Citroënic Shenanigans (featuring the Autoshite BX, Ami Break and some bikes) 17/10 I've arrived in the 21st century. Or something.By strangeangel
I thought I'd start a thread for this as I'll probably end up asking all sorts of questions, given that this is my first 'proper' Citroën.
So... the ground clearance lever won't go all the way to the highest setting (all others work), which is bad 'cos the book says I need it to do that in order to check the LHM level. It feels like something's seized, so I don't want to force it. Any ideas for a plan of attack would be much appreciated.
Next up are the wheels. I now have a set of 205 pepperpots that have just gone off for powder coating & I need to get some tyres for them. The handbook says the car should have 165/70R14s on, the wheels came with 185/65R14 on. Any thoughts about what size I should get please? Cheers.