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Well the Visa is back together.

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Apart from the bonnet catch as I can't find the little nubbin for the end of the cable, but the bonnet is held down by the secondary catch anyway.  The ignition side of things is sorted, bar a more permanent solution for the ignition switch.  The electrics are all working too, and the alternator is charging fine.  Irritatingly though the overfuelling problem persists in rearing its ugly head.  I started it up this morning and had it running on the drive for about five minutes and it was fine.  I drove it up and down the road a few times and it behaved as it should and actually drove quite nicely, although I didn't get above third gear and 30mph.  Pulled into the car park to re-tighten the alternator belt, it started straight back up again, took it down to the end of the road and it conked out.  Lifted the bonnet and sure enough it'd pissed petrol out all over the engine.

So it obviously wasn't a dodgy float or needle valve after all, as I've replaced both of those.  The only thing I can think of is that the electric JCB fuel pump is supplying too much pressure and it's overwhelming the float's ability to close the valve.  I could try reverting to the original mechanical pump but I don't really know what condition that's in after its long slumber in a hedge, or how long it'd last if pressed back into service - I could get a new one but they look an absolute twat to fit, all the heat shielding round the engine has to come off and I know for a fact that if I try that I'm going to be left with dozens of snapped 8mm bolts so that's a non-starter.  I think I might try an in-line fuel pressure regulator to wind the pressure down a bit and see if that helps.  Other than that I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to try next - any bright ideas gratefully received...

Not much else done this weekend as it was too pissing cold in the mornings so I only had a few hours of usable daylight.  I finished cavity waxing the Toyota as far as I could (I haven't done the sills yet as I'd need to take out the rubber bungs and I'm a bit reluctant to do that as they never go back in properly) and tried to investigate the reason for the reversing camera having packed up - I initially thought I'd found the issue when I pulled the gubbins out of the tailgate and found a wire had come out of one of the connectors, but re-connecting it made no difference.  There's power getting to everything - the LEDs round the camera light up when I select reverse, and both the transmitter and the receiver for the camera signal are showing the correct lights.  The stereo knows when I'm reversing as it cuts the sound so it's not that.  Obviously it's one of the bits of hardware that has packed up, but I'm not sure which and I don't really want to start replacing bits so I might not bother - I've managed without a camera for over 10 years and only occasionally bumped things with the towbar.

The problem with the Maxus's camera was more obvious - the wire that sends the signal to the stereo to switch over to camera feed has backed out of the ISO plug.  I've got some spare little connectors somewhere so I'll have to try and dig them out and see if I can get it working again - it's more useful to have a working camera on the LDV than it is on the Toyota.

The only other job I got done was to attempt to waterproof the GPS antenna on the Rover - I squirted some Captain Tolley's round the front and the sides, but at the back there was too much seal missing so I've smeared on some silicone sealant which will hopefully do the job, although it looks a bit crap close up.

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16 hours ago, dozeydustman said:

Stepdaughter wants a new car, despite the Mini having a long MoT the traction control light is on and friendly garage can’t clear it.

Might be for sale on here soon.

Let me know if you want to pop over and hook it up to my Delphi scanner? 

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Having had gearbag probs and ending up with a 4 speed that 3rd is not great in, the garage rang to say that they had a gearbox delivered this morning from UPS. Well dip me in the proverbial. Only a month late. Asking for a change of delivery address did  fuck all as well. UselessPS. Another £150 to get it put in. Heyho.

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4 hours ago, Stanky said:

Let me know if you want to pop over and hook it up to my Delphi scanner? 

We could give that a go, won’t be free unitl mid February though, unless a weekday visit is possible. I also have a few bottle of home brew for you as well. Plum, Sloe and apple & blackberry.

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Right, been having phone mischief again, kot to mention general business.

However, I've this to report now I'm back, 

One, V70 has a rattle in the aux belt, I think. I was going to rest it and use the 740 for daily purposes until I sort out until Mrs' Peugeot 307 went all French and both headlights failed at the same time at 6pm after work, leaving her to drive home on side lights or full beam. Not fun. 

So, she has the V70, rattles and all, I have the 740.

Here's me at a wedding fair I was piping at, with a rather tasty wedding Rolls. Taken by the very friendly Rolls owner.

He was very complimentary of my comparatively tatty 740.

Note: apparently we are upside-down and there's nothing I can do about it. 

 

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21 minutes ago, barefoot said:

How many Rextons are there on here now?

And do I need to get one?

Not enough and YES but ONLY a 290. 

And only if you want to run on veg oil. 

Anyone caught putting pump fuel in a 290 runs the risk of being force fed a half pound of blue aquarium gravel by the 290 owners coven. 

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12 minutes ago, Jim Bell said:

Not enough and YES but ONLY a 290. 

And only if you want to run on veg oil. 

Anyone caught putting pump fuel in a 290 runs the risk of being force fed a half pound of blue aquarium gravel by the 290 owners coven. 

Do I get a pardon as I put the pump diesel I had bought for the 75 into the Rexton?

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26 minutes ago, Cord Fourteener said:

Right, been having phone mischief again, kot to mention general business.

However, I've this to report now I'm back, 

One, V70 has a rattle in the aux belt, I think. I was going to rest it and use the 740 for daily purposes until I sort out until Mrs' Peugeot 307 went all French and both headlights failed at the same time at 6pm after work, leaving her to drive home on side lights or full beam. Not fun. 

So, she has the V70, rattles and all, I have the 740.

Here's me at a wedding fair I was piping at, with a rather tasty wedding Rolls. Taken by the very friendly Rolls owner.

He was very complimentary of my comparatively tatty 740.

Note: apparently we are upside-down and there's nothing I can do about it. 

 

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Impressive weights in yer Kilt there Laddie!!🤣

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38 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

I wonder if the MOT system has been impacted by today's MS outage.  The car was booked for 10am and they're usually very prompt at recording the fail but as yet there's no update showing online. When a car passes they seem to wait until the end of the day to log that so I'm hopeful this could be the reason!

Think the system is all over the place at the moment, I know they couldn't log them off on Monday so had to do them on contingency and print the certificate and update online later that afternoon

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Looks like I'm going to Bridgwater at the weekend to view a car with my mate as he's after a fourth gen Civic, and I've had an eye out for him. It's going to be his first car, he's been driving for a while and wants one as a modern classic, he doesn't need a daily and it's going to live at his folks' place. 

Bridgwater, in Somerset. And it'll probably be a one day affair. 

Did I mention I'm currently in Fife?

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16 minutes ago, Ghosty said:

Looks like I'm going to Bridgwater at the weekend to view a car with my mate as he's after a fourth gen Civic, and I've had an eye out for him. It's going to be his first car, he's been driving for a while and wants one as a modern classic, he doesn't need a daily and it's going to live at his folks' place. 

Bridgwater, in Somerset. And it'll probably be a one day affair. 

Did I mention I'm currently in Fife?

Good luck, that's one hell of a day trip.

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