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Zel's Motoring Adventures...Lada, Citroen, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 06/10 - Window Winder Bodge-fest!

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Okay...anyone got a good Lada Riva windscreen?

 

So far I've found one up north - and the seller won't ship it, and come up blank in the mainstream supply side. This is annoying.

 

Invacar I had a bit of a play about with earlier, having shuffled cars around so I could use a bit more of the drive.

 

Even with a drive belt in need of adjustment, the rate that thing can spring off the line is startling. Sadly this was prematurely brought to a halt when it became apparent that my cleaned fuel tank wasn't as clean as I'd hoped, and the fuel filter clogged up. Seemed fine when standing still, but sloshing fuel around in the tank was a bridge too far apparently.

 

I did however get to let the windscreen wiper actually do what it was designed to for the first time in a couple of decades, most likely. This was one of those things which made me disproportionately happy with life in general for a while.

 

Brief though it was, getting to give it a bit of a blat along the drive has *really* rekindled the excitement at hopefully getting to actually drive this thing.

 

Think I might swing by my local tyre fitter this week and see what they can offer me. If it's not massively higher than online I'll always take it as I'd rather support the local business.

 

Reckon that things will come together quite quickly over the next month or two, and with a bit of luck we will see it on the road for the summer. Probably *not* at the Festival of the Unexceptional though - don't want to step on DW's toes there, and let's face it...the Lada will fit the bill just fine anyway, and hopefully I can talk my mate who bought the Skoda into bringing it along. It's hardly Unexceptional...but I'll probably stick my other half in the Xantia and bring it along too. Let's face it...only an enthusiast is really going tonne able to recognise any Activa from any other Xantia...

 

Was really sorry that last time I was there (year before last due to a schedule conflict last year) that I didn't see a single other RWD Skoda nor a single Lada.

 

Had someone ask me elsewhere though whether I'd be taking the Invacar to any shows as soon as it's on the road, hence having had a think about it. While I do fully plan to use it locally once it's roadworthy, it won't be going to any formal events most likely until after DW's showing of TWC at FoU. It's that restoration that introduced me to this car, so I really don't want to tread on toes.

 

Later in the year I'll probably get it to some though, and I even have some designs of doing a longer distance road trip up the country - though that will depend on how it actually drives before I make a decision there. Not Shitefest though, that's still going tonne either the Lada or Activa...keep changing my mind about which one. Should probably be the Lada though going by tradition... simply because I've never visited that venue not in something from the Eastern Bloc.

 

So...should really ignore the Invacar for a bit till things have moved on elsewhere in the plan. Odds on me winding up fiddling with it again tomorrow... probably about 90%, as I can't seem to stop messing with it.

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I know this won't be favourite option - but 2dehands.be - there's always Rivas on there, a lot with spares etc.... - they're never too far from me and if push comes to shove, it could be sourced over here. I'm not in UK very often, but there's always someone driving back n forth - Davenumbers when he picks up the roffle RR ;-) for example.

 

Let me know if you're really stuck.

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I think Mark is planning to bring his Model 70 to FOTU, so I wouldn't worry too much. The more the merrier. And all the more spectacular. With you on the low Skoda and Lada showing though. No Favorits!

Cheers for that. Need to double-check the new location, if it's still pretty local no reason both the Invacar and Lada couldn't come along, just means making two trips. Sadly my other half isn't confident driving the Lada unsupervised. Fair enough, it is pretty busy.

 

The Lada windscreen is more annoying than problematic... I'm sure I'll find one. Just hadn't expected it to be more of an issue than "phone glass cover number for insurance, book it in, pay windscreen excess, done." Only the second car I've ever tried to use that on too!

 

...Granted, the Corsa I had for a while did crack the screen every 3 months like clockwork...

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Cheers for that. Need to double-check the new location, if it's still pretty local no reason both the Invacar and Lada couldn't come along, just means making two trips. Sadly my other half isn't confident driving the Lada unsupervised. Fair enough, it is pretty busy.

 

The Lada windscreen is more annoying than problematic... I'm sure I'll find one. Just hadn't expected it to be more of an issue than "phone glass cover number for insurance, book it in, pay windscreen excess, done." Only the second car I've ever tried to use that on too!

 

...Granted, the Corsa I had for a while did crack the screen every 3 months like clockwork...

 

 

how does the other half feel about driving the invacar then? :)

 

none of this foot peddle rubbish to worry about, just feet up on the dash it will be a doddle LOL

 

(you could also tow the invacar with the Lada... or tow the Lada with the invacar! :mrgreen: )

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Lada currently doesn't have a tow bar, and to be honest isn't the most stable of cars at the best of times! If I was going to use anything as a tow vehicle it would be the Xantia.

 

Had a brief issue with the Invacar running really poorly, but pretty quickly tracked it down to air getting into the fuel system. Source of this was my home made fuel hose size reducer - my guess is that on account of my blowtorch running out of gas, I didn't get enough heat into the joint for the braze to take properly, so it cracked when it cooled down.

 

Dispensed with the reducer entirely, and stuffed a fuel filter in there as it does the same job. Won't hurt having a second one either given the somewhat crusty fuel tank.

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So brief change of focus today as the new aux drive belt for the Activa arrived this morning, so it was time to get that changed as the volume of the squeaking was starting to become somewhat alarming.  Obviously this is doubly important with it being a proper green-blooded Citroen - as if that belt goes you lose not only your charging circuit and power steering, but also your suspension and brakes.  Plus it's not by any means unknown for a snapped belt to wrap itself around the crankshaft pulley and also take out the timing belt out of sheer spite.  That's especially a problem on the XUD engines where a snapped timing belt stands a good chance of writing off the cylinder head too.

In all, despite the complexity of the Activa this was a pretty painless job.  One where none of the Activa gubbins actually get in the way of anything - guess there can't be many of those!

Asways, made far more pleasant by the fact that everything on this car that needs to unbolt just does. That's one aspect of working on the Saab that always ended up being infuriating in short order, was that almost any job whether it be changing a light bulb or suspension arm, started with "let's see which over-tightened and/or seized fasteners we need to argue with today."  The fact that this car has been very well looked after throughout its life really does show.

Wheel arch liner out the tensioner is obvious, and conveniently has a 3/4" hole in so I can just stick the ratchet in it and heave. My favourite old bit of exhaust pipe was roped in as a "torque amplifier" to make life a bit easier.

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Sadly I didn't realise that the tensioner apparently has a hole in it allowing a pin to be inserted to lock it in position to aid in belt changes.  I'll keep that in mind for next time!  On this occasion I improvised.

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Should be noted that I kicked that several times to ensure it wasn't going anywhere, and was of course wearing gloves to reduce the risk of getting fingers pinched if it had slipped off.  Though there wasn't really any massive amount of tension in it until the very last pulley was dealt with anyway.

I was just about to start unthreading the old belt when there was a got almighty clattering noise from above me, as though I'd suddenly driven at high speed into a hail storm and suddenly my eyes were stinging and I couldn't see.  I hadn't the foggiest idea what had just happened.  First thoughts were that something in the engine bay had inexplicably exploded.

Bird's nest had apparently chosen that exact moment to fall out of the tree next to the drive, landing on the windscreen right next to where I was sitting, showering me with a not inconsiderable amount of crap.

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Well there had to be *some* excitement, didn't there?  Having washed my eyes out and brushed the feathers out of my hair, I got back to the task at hand.

Having the old belt off, I discovered that there was actually still some text still left, which allowed me to confirm that 6PK1650 was indeed the correct size.  Can you tell which is the new one and the old one, or do I need to tell you?

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Yep...Definitely due for replacement methinks...

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There are a lot of areas where the base of the grooves is heavily polished, wouldn't be surprised if that's where the squeaking had been coming from.

Both the tensioner and the idler by the alternator have a little bit of left/right play in them and aren't silent when spun - but they're not gritty, and keep going for a good ten seconds after they're given a good spin, so should be fine for a while yet I think. They're also no warmer than anything else in the engine bay after a run.

Reassembly was as they love to say, the reverse of disassembly. Took me a couple of tries to figure out what the exact order that you needed to do things in, and made a mental note that if I do this again to take the plugs out so I could turn the engine over more easily by hand when trying to get it to "snap" over onto the last pulley. Nothing too troublesome though.

The big question though was whether this would have helped...and sure enough, the car is now squeak-free.

The tensioner being far easier to get at I think makes this a lot easier than the same task on the 1.9TD - plus it being a far cleaner engine meant that I didn't wind up black from head to foot like I did when I changed the belt on my first Xantia!

I did note that it looks like there's a bit of oil seepage from the crankshaft pulley oil seal. Nothing dire by any means, just enough that I've cleaned it up and made a mental note to check back on it next time I'm doing work in that vicinity. The car has never left oily drips anywhere, nor has used a drop of oil on the dipstick since I got it - so I'm not going to worry about it.

Car seems incredibly quiet at idle now...

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Have figured out why the various fuel lines I've got for the Lada don't fit.

They *do* fit - but the metal bits didn't come with them...So I'll need to adapt what I've got.  Now I *know* that, not a problem...will get some 10mm flare fittings and look at getting that sorted soon.  I'd foolishly assumed that the pre-shaped rigid "tails" would have come with them.  My mistake.

I've got a circuit pieced together on a breadboard upstairs to operate the check engine light, will need to bring it out to the car at some point shortly to see if it actually works.  It's not doing anything fancy as it's just providing the same functionality as the original from the carb setup - so in this case it will light the check engine light in the following circumstances...

[] Lambda value too high OR too low AND vehicle coolant temperature is over 70C.

[] Vehicle electrical system voltage is LOWER than 12.6V.

So it should behave exactly like the original - comes on with the ignition, but extinguishes the moment the engine starts, and should then stay out unless something is awry.  It'll ignore the lambda value until the car drops into closed loop mode (coolant temperature >60C), I've aimed for slightly above that to avoid nuisance triggering at the changeover point.  Will be interesting to see if it works in practice.

I could just wire it in to the ignition light...but this should actually give me some useful diagnostic information at least, and puts my conscience at ease as it's not an MOT defeat-device...it's an honest workaround for the fact that my ECU has a stuffed CEL output.

Couldn't resist getting the Invacar out for a bit.  Gave it a bit of a run around the drive, and can confirm that the speedo does indeed work.  This "enthusiastic" behaviour and exercising of the brakes however then immediately swilled more gunk out of the bottom of the fuel tank, and I spent some considerable time trying to figure out why I wasn't getting any fuel into the float bowl.

Turned out the little screen filter in the top of the carb was full of rusty gunk.  Now, these are far too big bits of crud to have got through the fuel filters or the screen in the fuel pump...so my guess is that they've been dislodged from the pump itself due to the higher fuel flow rate because I was actually using the throttle under real load for the first time.

Cleaning that out restored normal behaviour again, though if I were going to be using this fuel tank long term I think I'd just pay to have it professionally cleaned - I can't imagine it being that expensive.  As it is, it'll not be getting used long-term, so I'm just going to keep an eye on things.

I also got fed up of tripping over the engine cover stay, which seems to have a talent for managing to get in the way irrespective of where I put it in the garage...so I solved this problem by reattaching it to the car.

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At least it keeps it out of the way.  The air intake duct does make the engine cover annoyingly awkward to work around though, so I can see the cover being removed regularly if I have to spend any real time in the engine bay.

EDIT:  Went out this evening to discover that for the second time in as many days a bird's nest has fallen out of the tree next to our driveway and landed on the poor Xantia.

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The heater now buzzes - that'll be bits of twig in the blower then. Will take that apart to clear them out tomorrow. Thankfully that is at least an easy job on this car.

Have I mentioned that I'm utterly and totally sick of having that tree next to my driveway? 

Between the (immovable) sap it drops on the cars, the endless pine needles that get everywhere, the birds adding to the mess, the fact that it's destroying the driveway itself with the roots, and is also starting to life the footway, I really, really want shot of it!  Sure our neighbours would agree...they can't have seen daylight in a couple of decades!

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On 3/16/2018 at 11:37 AM, Talbot said:

Sounds like you need to get busy with a chainsaw. How big is this tree?

About this big.

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Big enough it's a job for a professional I think.

Moot point though, as the Council say no. I'm keeping every shread of correspondence however, so when they try to send me a bill to sort the footway, carriageway or ducting that the root system will damage I've something to throw back at them.

The hedges are on the list to be cut back to sensible height this spring. The previous owner here had left everything to run wild forever, so that's been a slow task to get back in control of. Hence the pile of garden waste there!

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the Council say no.

Unless there is a tree preservation order on that tree, then it strikes me that there is bugger all the council can do about you cutting it down.

 

That said, it would be a shame for it to go, keeping trees is a good thing. You could possibly prune back some of the worst offending branches though. Would be fairly easy with a scaffold tower or a saw-on-a-stick type arrangement.

 

Edit: Like this:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Japanese-Telescopic-Long-Reach-Saw/dp/B01N8Q0CWC

 

6.5m reach is pretty impressive.

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The issue here is that the legal situation around greenery in this estate is somewhat complicated - a holdover from some of the ordinance put in place when the development was built (it was originally a major new home design expo rather than a normal estate), which basically states that all of the original greenery must "be retained."

 

Just trimming it back isn't going to do much - it's just got too big for where it is, and the roots are already utterly destroying the drive - don't imagine they're doing our next door neighbours any favours either - it being directly southwest of their house too means that they must hardly ever actually see any sunlight.

 

It's too tall, too sprawling and has too big a root system.  It needs to go.

 

We are actually going to be planting several trees over time around this place - but they'll be both A: Managed to keep them to a sensible size, and B: Will be fruit trees that we'll actually get something back from other than bloody pine needles.

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That was the one thought - though someone a few streets over apparently got in to major trouble with the Council having done exactly that...so reckon I'm going to stick with the angle of "keep pestering them until they give in and see sense" - which basically means getting them to send someone out to actually look at it. 

 

Think once I can get hold of an actual engineer who will understand the "if we leave this alone it'll cost us money" line is actually me speaking the truth, they'll co-operate.  Just a matter of trying to find the right person to actually speak to - I worked in local government for nearly eight years, so know how they work.

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Quick evening update.  Snapped a couple of photos on the way out earlier to show what the roots of that tree are doing to the driveway - it's actually kind of hard to see in the photo.  The drive is essentially laid as two halves though, and it's quite obvious that the entire side nearest the tree is appreciably lifting.

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It's resulted in me landing on my face on at least a couple of occasions when getting stuff out of the car in the dark, and worked pretty effectively as a wheel clamp when we had the snow.

With it being such a lovely day though, I was sure as heck not going to go out for a drive unless I had all the windows and the sunroof wide open.  This revealed two things:

Firstly that driving the Activa without a perpetual "squeaksqueaksqueaksqueaksqueaksqueak..." in the background is far more pleasant. 

Secondly: I could hear a light metallic sounding rattle from the offside rear.  First thought was rattly brake pads - however it didn't stop when applying the brakes.

Quick investigation when I got home revealed a simple cause for a change...

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Loose centre cap in the wheel.  Hopefully that shouldn't be too much of a pain to sort.

Speaking of wheels, spotted something on the way into the garage to get to the freezer this evening.

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Looks like I will be needing at least one new wheel cylinder for the Invacar then.  Ah well, at least they're cheap.  Shame as that brake's working too!

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I feel your tree pain, the hedge we removed here (thankfully with no protest, quite the opposite) has absolutely wrecked one corner of the block paved drive and the only way to fix it is to dig out the drive, the roots, and re-lay the lot.  Likewise the silver birches (two are coming down this year, hooray!) are a proper nuisance for sap and bird poop and general detritus, we hate the mess and our neighbours hate the mess and the landlord is happy for us to get choppy with them.

 

Excellent progress on the Invacar, I've enjoyed reading up on that today.

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Just back from holiday, so was determined to get into the garage for five minutes.

 

Invacar started first touch despite sitting for a fortnight. 

 

Have pulled the exhaust off to clean it up and paint to keep the elements off.  Would have been rude not to see what it sounded like without it... basically think of any bike from the 60s with an engine of this sort of size...rather nice actually!

 

Will hit it with the carbide mop tomorrow then give it a good coat of paint.  Looking at it, it appears that it would originally have had a dark grey enamelled finish originally.

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Today I started getting the Saab ready to move on to its new home.  Started shifting the stuff which had wound up stored in it for a start.  Also stuck the battery on to charge - even though it seemed to be fine, figure it's been sitting for several months, it can't hurt it to spend a night on the charger.

Also noted that the oil in it didn't look too clever, obviously having picked up some residual moisture from the initial head gasket failure - I'll stick some fresh stuff in there before it's started up.  Hopefully will drag it out of the corner at the weekend and blast some off the moss and bird crap off it.

As far as the Invacar goes...well...I reattached the cleaned and repainted exhaust.

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Also bent the attachment lugs straight, so it sits properly now rather than applying undue pressure on the downpipes as it was before.

Will see if this supposedly high temperature paint is more resilient than the last lot which just wiped off after it got hot...Failing that I'll just slap some engine enamel on it (which is what appeared to have been used originally).  It'll be totally hidden behind the bodywork eventually anyway, just figure I may as well try to offer it some protection against the elements.

Was nice to see that she immediately started first touch, even without the choke and idled perfectly.  Definitely quieter now there's a bit of exhaust paste on the joints too, I knew from the soot that was visible around the joint that it must have been blowing a bit, but the reduced noise levels confirm it.

Main task for the weekend for the Invacar for the weekend if time permits will be to get it up on the axle stands and give the drive system a bit more of a test in terms of getting it up to a bit higher "road speed" than has been possible shuffling around the driveway.

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Those driveway blocks look to be proper engineering type clay brick. Shame that tree is destroying them.  Trees of that type are a pest.  Anywhere you find them close to houses, the roofs seem to have lots of moss growth on the tiles.

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Okay, tweaking the idle speed up a bit has totally transformed this thing where starting is concerned... It's now just a case of "flick the key, then wait five mins or so while it warms up."

 

Useful given that the choke cable currently sticks - meaning I need to tank it with a pair of pliers to turn it off!

 

Have finally got it up on the axle stands, however it was late enough that I didn't want to make a racket, so drive system meddling will have to wait until tomorrow.

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I also got fed up of tripping over the engine cover stay, which seems to have a talent for managing to get in the way irrespective of where I put it in the garage...so I solved this problem by reattaching it to the car.

 

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At least it keeps it out of the way. The air intake duct does make the engine cover annoyingly awkward to work around though, so I can see the cover being removed regularly if I have to spend any real time in the engine bay.

 

Is there any way of inconspicuously making the cover quick release? That would appear best for access other than routine checks. Perhaps the hinge pins might be made removable?

About this big.

 

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Pfft; I've tackled taller and (much) girthier(is that a word? If not I claim copyright). Let us know when you wish it to tragically 'fall over due to high winds/spindle weevils/needle dropsy/it was tired and needed a lie down'. No doubt professional tree surgeons will want a middling king's ransom to fell it and would insist on doing it in an entirely risk-free* manner.

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The engine cover could quite easily be made quick release - just stick one of those pins you can pull out through the hinges rather than the tapered rod that's meant to be a friction fit. For now it's got a nut and bolt in as I know it will want to come off again.

 

The tree will just have to stay for now. Sadly now the council know we want rid of it, if anything unfortunate were to happen to it, they would point the finger firmly at us. Speaking to neighbours, it seems that in such an instance they can and will pursue the matter to the maximum extents possible by law. One neighbour pulled a far smaller tree down that they were totally unaware was covered by the same archaic legislation (that I still have to actually find in written form anywhere) - it wound up costing them several grand at the end of the day.

 

Shame I can't send them the bill for sorting the drive...when I know they will send me the bill for sorting the footway and road!

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Given you've repeatedly asked to chop the thing down and chopping it down is the only means of preventing damage or arresting existing damage, I'd be tempted to risk a few quid and lob in a pre-emptive Money Claim On Line for the damage to the drive the council is causing; the cost of the damage to the drive incurred as a result of not being allowed to chop it down, plus 10% for your mental anguish at having to deal with windowlicking lackwits. There's protecting the environment from despoilation and there's mindless arsecovering, you've expressly said that you intend to plant other trees in its place.

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Few things done today. Main target though was to see if the variomatic system on the Invacar would work properly...I knew I had drive and that the clutch works fine, but whether the variomatic would vary as intended I had no idea.

Given the drivetrain probably hasn't seen speeds north of walking pace this century, I figured it would make sense to check that the diff and gearbox had oil in. Level and filler plugs are easily accessible, so that was the work of about five minutes.

Second task: investigate the horrible squeaking, scraping noise coming from the offside rear wheel. Turned out to be the return springs were on the wrong side of the shoes, they need to be on the back. This makes refitting them about a million percent more fiddly but still not impossible.

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Next up was to engage drive, and get the revs up to see what happened. Answer was me getting a face full of cobwebs, dust and rust as the variomatic system shrugged off a couple of decades of crud. Also this...

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Speed came up nicely, bit of resonant vibration from the belt at a few points (not unexpected as I know it's a little loose) but nothing untoward. Noticeable change in note from around 45mph upward when the system is meant to drop into a fixed ratio "overdrive" mode according to the manual. Briefly had 65mph shown, but chickened out shortly after that as the noise levels in my not huge garage were reaching biblical levels...and I really didn't want the car vibrating its way off the axle stands.

Seems that I have a working variomatic system... I'll take that as a win. Rear brakes work too, even if they're not perfectly balanced yet.

Feels like progress, even if it's just proving a system I've not actually done anything to is working...

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Had planned to get some poking around this evening, probably aim to get the carb cleaned. Instead was just walking out the door when I got the cry of "the internet's broken."

 

Cue nearly two hours of swearing at my network infrastructure. Not sure what's going on...for some reason it's decided - but only in the case of Windows machines - that anything connected directly to the router's WiFi should route to the network switch...rather than the internet...Android and Linux machines behave normally.

 

Nothing has changed...so best guess is that Sky have issued a firmware upgrade or something that's messed it up. Not that you can get much worse than the piece of garbage SR-102 router Sky give you anyway - hence the external switch, wireless access point etc...

 

Have just unplugged the whole wired side of things for now and will do more battle with it in the morning. So that's the website, printer, NAS offline...in addition to WiFi coverage of about 2/3rds of the house. Not looking forward to plugging that back in as I'm sure I'll get about 3 million emails from the server complaining about the fact that it can't see the router...sadly I can't shut it down because I can't connect to it!

 

Well, I could, but that would mean walking all the way to the other side of the house and either finding a keyboard and monitor or booting the desktop back up...plus last time I switched it off I lost a hard drive. I think I'll just deal with the email deluge...

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Take photos of the drive with the camera just off the ground, the uneveness will look like the foothills of the Andes. It worked for me with the road outside our house which is block paved, getting the council to do something about it as the lorries were shaking the house apart.

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    • By Fat_Pirate
      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.
    • 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.
       
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