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I can use it for leverage when I need something automotive I would imagine :-)


So today the Rover left for its new AS owner. He was pleased, I was pleased and it didn't disgrace itself so that is a happy ending.

SMART went in for MOT on Thursday and failed on headlight aim and couple of bulbs. Northern Monkey ripped the front face of the car and got it fixed so we have another year of motoring for missus Puss.

Volvo is just trudging on. I need to fit the abs rings and also change the thermostat but one of the housing bolts is mega tight. Have ordered a t45 1/2 drive to get it undone.

Mx5 needs plugging in and air leak to be tracked down so that will go on my next to do list.

Another steed is arriving Sunday and depending on how poorly it is, it will either be parts car or likely to get fixed.

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2 hours ago, snagglepuss said:

Thanks to Northern Monkey Collection and Delivery services - this new tubot Volvo was added to the snagglepuss collection.

It drives lovely but will need the oil leak/PCv fixing. feb0987351b9fe0e2b469f5f8aa071a0.jpg

Trust you found the amount of forward propulsion it provides adequate?

Lovely noise they make, even when pissing oil.

Edit to add: I'm switching insurance over in morning so I can myself to work in one of the Mazdas assuming you're home safe and it is stored off road, etc.

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Oh yes. Lovely old noise and you go forwards rather quickly.

All home safe an sound. Will do V5 tomorrow morning.

I remember reading about v70s in the Sunday times cat supplement. I always promised myself a turbo one, closest I got was just a couple of NA 2.5s 850s - so this is definitely a box ticked for me.

Plan is to do the PCV and then convince Missus Puss this needs to stay. Then the ex Bucketeer mobile home is probably off to chez Monkey as his new courtesy car.

Unless missus Puss is reading this and then of course we will make one from two and scrap the rest.

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Is the oil leak due to the PCV system being clogged?
It will be linked. I think a seal must have gone/be leaking as it is a fair amount coming out at idle


Will be on the back burner for a while yet as will need to spend £100 ISH on bits

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Slight bit of fleet rearrangement today

Turbo Volvo is off to a new home
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It literally has sat since I got it. Its going to a loving home in a three way swap including a car I don't technically own yet.

It left a little reminder on the way out
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5 hours ago, snagglepuss said:

Its going to a loving home in a three way swap including a car I don't technically own yet.

The only way this could sound more convoluted is if you'd agreed to buy back one of your old broken cars from the other end of the country to add into a multiswap deal with someone who didn't want the car a couple of days ago and is (supposedly) reducing their fleet.

Oh wait.

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The wee Mazda has been running rough so took the opportunity to plug it in to the laptop.

I had purchased a usb to serial adapter and Fatpirate had kindly let me have his Tunerstudio log in

Adapter
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Plugged in
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At this point I couldn't get connected so took advantage of FP diagnostic help.

After checking ports and settings, I tried setting up a new project which worked.

Diagnostics sprang into life
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I think the issue is obvious.
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The O2 reading is well out of range. I am going to try recalibrate the sensor as they need doing every few months with turbo cars according to internet. If not then will probe further. There didn't seem to be any obvious air leaks

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Calibration, sir?
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I think you will find that is supercharger use only... Turbos are much more delicate....


The software sets up the megasquirt so controls everything including fueling, spark, boost etc. I think you can even set launch control !

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NM motahs had spare time this afternoon so I could have a look at the issue with the mx5.

 

It has been running incredibly lean and I couldn't see anything obvious

 

Up in the air

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Reading online, you can recalibrate the wideband sensor which may have been the source of the issue.

 

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Plug out and then Google consulted. Apparently leave it disconnected and then turn car back on. That didn't work. Bit more Google and the AFR sensor is an AEM one which is a superior brand and doesn't ever need calibration.

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So all back together and a more traditional approach.

 

The air filter had been rubbing on air pipe so seamless patch applied

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At this point I got the professional involved and we sprayed brake cleaner to find the leak.

 

Found a vacuum hose that was loose, so that fixed with no real impact.

 

We narrowed it down to inlet manifold. It looks like the gasket has gone as cleaner spray drastically reduced the air leak. It's only £10 for a proper mx5 one so will get it fitted.

 

 

In Billy bonus news I ordered a set of tyres for a car I don't own yet from demon tweeks yesterday with the 20% off. Got this message today.

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And the oil leak on the turbo Volvo was fixed .... Just needed the oil filter tightened!

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Isn’t it nice when you have day where multiple things go right?
Absolutely. Makes up for the other bits.

Saying that I also have this to contend with
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Rounded thermostat housing bolt in the 850. That's going to be a bugger although Northern Monkey reckons he can get it out.

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Saturday night... With no beer and rubbish on TV means car time.

 

Before Mr Monkey offered his massive torch, I had ordered a Renault 5 thermostats on advice of 320touring. It was delivered today, so took the opportunity to see if it would fit.

 

Having a browse online it was suggested to drill a 2mm hole in the stat to allow air to pass through. eb8a4e70693e5b2890ba123bc17dbd74.jpg

 

Top hose off

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Tried it dry and the stat was almost there but not quite.

 

Heat was applied

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Little be of lube and some good thrusting before it popped in

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Pushed down and then refitted

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Topped up the water, tightened the clamps and took it for a spin.

 

Result!

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Heaters are proper furnace like now, very much better. The car starts heating up before the end of the road, where as I could drive all the way to work on motorway and it was still cool.

 

 

I did have a mini moment of panic when I felt the front rad and it was stone cold.... Until I worked out that was the Aircon rad!

 

 

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So the fuel gauge does indeed work  
Thanks for pleasant sale
Very much so.


Last time I grinned this much was collecting the turbo mx5.

Journey home was easy, especially once the car had warmed up a bit. To start with it was a little sluggish and any attempt to make a quick getaway felt a bit pants.

Motorway meant it happily tootled at 70 ish.

By the time I pulled off into Accrington, I could light up the wheels easily and the car felt much more revvy than before.

No signs of a caliper sticking and the fuel went in easily enough once you turned the fuel nozzle to 9 o clock

I love it.

I now have to work out whether a fleet of Micra, mx5 and Smart is workable with 3 big dogs!

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Just now, snagglepuss said:

Very much so.


Last time I grinned this much was collecting the turbo mx5.

Journey home was easy, especially once the car had warmed up a bit. To start with it was a little sluggish and any attempt to make a quick getaway felt a bit pants.

Motorway meant it happily tootled at 70 ish.

By the time I pulled off into Accrington, I could light up the wheels easily and the car felt much more revvy than before.

No signs of a caliper sticking and the fuel went in easily enough once you turned the fuel nozzle to 9 o clock

I love it.

I now have to work out whether a fleet of Micra, mx5 and Smart is workable with 3 big dogs!

Ha! A good blast probably helped unstick it. Really sad to see it go, will have another prefacelift one some day.

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