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Yesterday, as is routine, the '99 Rover 220D was loaded with three blokes and their kit and hurtled 225 miles back to Portsmouth after a weekend home at legal* speeds, and as usual, didn't break a sweat or put a toe out of line.

 

Today, MrsH's '02 Golf 1.4 has thrown a wobbly, typically when I'm away from home for the week. She's limping it to twosmoke's garage for a plugging in now.

Fuck VWs man, pain in the arse. In the two years we've had the Rover, only the alternator has been replaced due to being too efficient and overcharging. We've had the Golf 4 months and already had a coil pack go, plus whatever this turns out to be.

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Phil is a bloody legend for squeezing us in and has definitely secured himself a 24 pack of Jaffa Cakes for this.

LP- Cheers, I'll bear it in mind, in reality assuming this is a minor issue, the only thing we really need is the bolts securing the OSR door card to the door.

I want rid of it to be honest, not a big VW fan.

 

IN THIS PICTURE - AN EMOTIONLESS APPLIANCE.

ALSO, A WASHING MACHINE

 

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Further to my last post ( # 39781) The Almera passed the MOT! 8) So the bulb issue didn't reoccur. Still got the advisories on the 2 track rod end ball joint dust covers and  further ones regarding slightly corroded rear brake pipes and an oil leak.

 

Trip home from the MOT test centre was marred by some cocky chav in a blue mark 2 Yaris not wanting me to merge in front of him (2 lanes into 1) and nearly causing a crash. :mad: When i looked at him through the rear view mirror he proceeded to flip his arms about like a demented seal on ecstasy, fucking cretin.

 

Car badly needs servicing so I'll get them sorted at the same time.

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Bit of an engine leak, but might just be cam cover gasket. Has had head gasket replaced fairly recently.

 

1.3/1.5 proton engine notorious for a leak...

 

Quote from POC-UK

 

For those that are unaware of the jumbucks head gasket leak I will try to explain what little I know.

 

The simple problem with the 4g15 shoc motor is this:

 

At the front drivers side of the cylinder barrel there are two oil galleries going up to the head.

 

At the head there is only one gallery.

 

Problem: 

 

too much oil pressure at this spot creates a potential leak.

 

Solutions:

 

1: When replacing the head gasket, buy a quality one that has a metal ring around these holes.

 

2: When torquing up the stretch bolts, Do it properly and keep checking the bolts periodically as gaskets do have a tendency to "settle". 

 

3: De-grease the engine bay regularly and keep an eye on what and where gunk is coming from. (A can of de-greaser and hose down works for me)

 

4: If you are getting a leak anywhere else around the head gasket REPLACE IT. Chances are its a dud one. Re torquing the head (stretch) bolts with these gaskets will not fix the problem.

 

Reality:

 

1: Stopping the leak is the ultimate goal but minimizing it seem to the only attainable option so far. I am yet to find a brand of gasket that has solved this issue permanently.

 

so there!

 

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Now then, a buddy of mine, from Texas now living just round the corner from me (last 8 years) has just decided he would like to get his truck on the road.

He bought it brand new in 1979 in El Paso, Texas, drove it over here in 2009 when he moved to California, and it has sat in the driveway ever since. The reason.......never got round to registering it in California. Before that can happen it has to pass a smog test, and being a Texas truck most of that emissions control components have been removed or are broken............... and they all need to be on the vehicle and working.

 

Oh the joy.........this should be fun.........NOT.

 

1979 Ford Custom Cab. 400ci Big Block. 

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Well, a quick update from yesterday before we went the bar and had an hour to have a look at what's what.

Sometime around ten years ago the cast iron heads (boat anchors) were removed and chucked in the trash. These were replaced with aluminium performance heads and at the same time the cast manifolds were replaced with 4 into 1 tube headers........well that's all good so far.........and it has oil in it..............jump leads and fresh fuel hooked up, aaaaaand........not even firing.

Next step pour a bit of gas straight down its throat.........aaaaand..........VROOM.........ran like a bag of crap but there's no knocks and no smoke, so it's worth having some money spent on it after all.

A quick vacuum test of components reveals that parts needed are :

 

EGR valve - diaphragm fucked

Smog pump control valve - diaphragm fucked

Backfire arrester valve - Napoleon Fallenapart

Smog pump - fucked

Smog pump drive belt - missing.............on purpose I think

Carb rebuild kit - squirt diaphragm split.......and carb full of shit

 

Interest level quickly rising.

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Your expansion tank has split, Lord Sterling.

Cheers Tayne, will have to have a look when I get back from Türkiya. I thought they usually split quite badly and gave HGF symptoms? It did to a mate of mine a few years ago on his early E46, mind you, him having no interest or sympathies with cars he just kept on driving until a bus driver pointed out that he needed to pull over and stop driving the car. I got it recovered on my RAC card. Shame, it was nice base-spec E46, sadly probably bean cans now.

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Had a 'tail' earlier today  :shock:

 

Came up the slip, onto the A1(M) at the Angel of the North, pulled out into the middle lane to zoom over to Birtley Services and do the loop-etty-loop round and down to Barley Mow, past the LG Factory.

 

Collected a Met Bloo BMW Koop as I shot up the hill.... 5 car length tail all the way to Barley, 70/40/30 zones.

 

Pulled into the petrol station/entrance to Dobbies and the Beemer pulls in behind but stops across the forecourt from me. I open the door and have a chat with S i L (give him a tenner as he is on fumes!!) and 3 mins later Beemer slopes off across the forecourt (no fuelly) and away to Komatsu....

 

Guy looked to be wearing blue serge jacket/uniform - no Hi Vizz.

 

I hope 3 pissed Irishmen & an overloaded pikey Trannie got away down the road while this Plichard tailed me  8)

 

 

Life, eh?

 

 

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Amazingly, I've actually been local today! A couple of jobs across Birmingham, no trains (apart from a local one this morning) no running for busses, no time keeping, just a stroll around local parts, a bus back to the compound to pick up another car (for drop off tomorrow morning up the Tyne area) and went to sort out a few things locally and went and caught up with a couple of mates.

 

This also provided me the opportunity to go and spot and call on a couple of Rover Sterlings I'd seen parked up. First one was a Red '97 Sterling KV6 that I believe was on eBay recently. Called at the house where the car was parked up, no answer. Ok, slightly further down the road was a Regency 827 (N62 ONL), basically an 827 Sterling stretch. I've seen this car before, it was often taken to Rover gatherings sround Birmingham. Sadly it was looking very "Lord Sterling" covered in green algae and a couple of flat tyres. The interior wood had seen better days and it was missing it's car fax, plus the stretched rear doors had paint bubbling off the top where presumably it was originally stretched.

It was originally supplied by "Edwards of Stratford" (which strangely is my most favourite sounding car dealer name)

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Went out for a short drive. Came back in two Malaysian cars. Easiest capers ever!

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I spotted this car in 2014.

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A few people alerted me to it on The Internet, including FOAD and a friend of the seller who lives nearby. When offered it for scrap value, I could hardly say no could I?

 

Has a sticky front caliper, so will probably need that replacing plus pads and discs. Bit of an engine leak, but might just be cam cover gasket. Has had head gasket replaced fairly recently. Temp gauge is still in the red, possibly from that. Even engine off.

 

More later!

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Aerobacks are for winnerz

 

Went out for a short drive. Came back in two Malaysian cars. Easiest capers ever!

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I spotted this car in 2014.

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A few people alerted me to it on The Internet, including FOAD and a friend of the seller who lives nearby. When offered it for scrap value, I could hardly say no could I?

 

Has a sticky front caliper, so will probably need that replacing plus pads and discs. Bit of an engine leak, but might just be cam cover gasket. Has had head gasket replaced fairly recently. Temp gauge is still in the red, possibly from that. Even engine off.

 

More later!

OMGGREGPROTONCONTENT

 

Aerobacks are for Winnerz as i can attest!

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Well picked up the gsi rover today. Drives very well to be fair. Auto box is OK although I think it stays in second a bit long. Front tyres fine rear tyres have a few sidewall cracks. Spare is good so maybe one tyre needed and fit spare . Polished up very nice and a bit of tlc will see it fine. It's had 3 0wners first for five years then one for twenty and last one for a year. It owes me £250.00 because I have insured it for a month. So I will get some photos tomorrow and will do a thread soon but in the meantime anyone fancy it for theveryone 250 it owes me. I will throw in a free saggy headlining.

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Well, a quick update from yesterday before we went the bar and had an hour to have a look at what's what.

Sometime around ten years ago the cast iron heads (boat anchors) were removed and chucked in the trash. These were replaced with aluminium performance heads and at the same time the cast manifolds were replaced with 4 into 1 tube headers........well that's all good so far.........and it has oil in it..............jump leads and fresh fuel hooked up, aaaaaand........not even firing.

Next step pour a bit of gas straight down its throat.........aaaaand..........VROOM.........ran like a bag of crap but there's no knocks and no smoke, so it's worth having some money spent on it after all.

A quick vacuum test of components reveals that parts needed are :

 

EGR valve - diaphragm fucked

Smog pump control valve - diaphragm fucked

Backfire arrester valve - Napoleon Fallenapart

Smog pump - fucked

Smog pump drive belt - missing.............on purpose I think

Carb rebuild kit - squirt diaphragm split.......and carb full of shit

 

Interest level quickly rising.

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For the sake of the planet he should really ship it over to the UK where I could run it as an environmentally friendly daily after chucking LPG on it. I bet he could even get a new Prius from the state or something for such a noble act.

 

More updates please, how often do they have to be emissions tested once it's registered?

 

In certain states in Aus it's not unknown for someone to borrow a set of emissions control shit to do the roadworthy check then return it afterwards.

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2cv into isleworth today for a service and mot. Day started off badly for someone who appears to have jumped off a bridge onto the m3. Did make for a quick journey in to London though as there was very little traffic getting onto the motorway at j3. Got the train back to avoid traffic chaos.

The 2cv needs a wheel bearing- lee asked if I'd heard it. Yes fifteen years ago! It's original on 150,000 miles so I'll forgive it wear and tear. He also pointed out the hole under the near side sill jacking point. It's been that way for five years now so I'm not worried- it's not rusty, just a gap where the jacking point used to be. I'll pick it up later in the week. Now I'm down to one car that doesn't go out in the wet in a weather forecasted wet week. Looks like I'll be getting wet cycling then!

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Cheers Tayne, will have to have a look when I get back from Türkiya. I thought they usually split quite badly and gave HGF symptoms? .

Mine went at th seam and just opened a little when warm. Water loss was very gradual.

First time I topped it up with 500ml of water after the light came on and then it did the same 700 or 800 miles later.

 

The ex-BroSoupOrNowt 323 wagon split the bottle in two and water was pissing out the bottom when poured into the top.

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For the sake of the planet he should really ship it over to the UK where I could run it as an environmentally friendly daily after chucking LPG on it. I bet he could even get a new Prius from the state or something for such a noble act.

 

More updates please, how often do they have to be emissions tested once it's registered?

 

In certain states in Aus it's not unknown for someone to borrow a set of emissions control shit to do the roadworthy check then return it afterwards.

LoL..........Going nowhere I'm told. Every two years for the test, and the cops do set up  roadside check points for this age of vehicle on a regular basis...........so it has to be legit.......................ANYHOOS............

Parts on the shelf at local shop..........and fitted...........Runs good...........In for smog tomorrow.

A couple of pics  before tidy up and filter box go back on......a few things not yet connected up.........we'll figure it out.......Oh yes, this is a effin monster.

 

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Recently had the notion to buy this, as I've always wanted a cla$$ic Saab 900: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Saab-900-2-0i-Manual-New-MOT-Just-serviced-Really-smooth-drive-LOW-MILEAGE-/292150272112?hash=item4405836070:g:mPsAAOSwfRdZFcMI

 

However, common sense took over and so I've decided to spend a similar amount of money over the next few months improving The Volvo, which will no doubt be a better thing to do in the long run. Ergo, as my first step, I have just ordered a set of brand new OEM wheeltrims from a certain German-based Volvo and Saab parts supplier :)

 

What I'd really like is a pair of new bumper covers for the car. Any help to source a pair would be appreciated ^^

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