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After a few days of CANNOT BE ARSED, I managed to rediscover my mojo for this one. 

 

Yesterday, I fully plumbed in the cooling system, and all initially seemed well. However, it was behaving like the 'stat wasn't opening. Rad stayed cold, until I turned the engine off. Then it got toasty.

 

Whipped the stat out this morning, and it was all fine then. Tested the stat, checked out, refitted it trying extra hard to ensure no airlocks. Had 'help.'

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Seems to be ok. Gauge was high, about three-quarters, but the infra-red thermometer showed no scary readings. Rad was still oddly cool - 30-40 degrees, but nonetheless, it didn't seem like it wanted to overheat, so maybe that'll do.

 

I also plumbed in the fuel tank (temporarily, I need to add an inline filter) and all seems fine there. Sloshed ten litres in, which proved that the fuel gauge isn't accurate either. I also have no indicator warning light and I have an oil pressure gauge, but can't see where that plugs into the engine. I've found a likely looking wotsit in the engine bay.

 

But, it's been good fun to bomb up and down the driveway, enjoying the ridiculous turning circle. 

 

Jobs to do:

Bonnet hinge repair/bodge, then refit nose panel.

Fuel filter

Air filter (found the screws today)

Tidy up wiring (yeah, like that'll ever happen)

Ignition timing

Get all indicators working.

Attach exhaust properly (I think a strap needs to be hooked up)

Check front suspension (feels like something is a little loose).

Maybe actually pull the drums off for a look at the brakes.

Replace windscreen, with new seal

Re-attach door mirrors. Might need riv-nuts or something for that.

 

Blimey. That list seems reasonably short!

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If things worked out in a way to make it viable I'd be more than happy to lend a hand trying to convince the electrons to go where they're told.

 

Not that I imagine sorting the electrics will be too much of a challenge once you have a wiring diagram to hand... it's probably not much more complex a loom than that on TWC.

 

Really is an interesting little car though, looking forward to seeing it out and about... won't be long now at this rate.

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Loose suspension...highly likely to be the tie rod bushes,if you look at the front chassis crossmember,you will see two studs with large washers sticking through either side,there is a bush either side of the chassis that the strut from the lower wishbone goes through.the originals were a weird foam like composite that by now will have crumbled to nothing,new aren't available but a poly bush alrernative is.Every Fox I've had that hadn't been apart needed these changing.

 

Thermostat,I always got air locks with new stats until I drilled a 5mm hole in the flange of the stat,acting like a bleed valve (original stats used to have a hole and pin for this purpose). Gauges are only a rough guide,make sure the heater is plumbed in and on,it provides much needed extra capacity.better to check all hoses are uniformly warm.rad cap-7. Stat- 88 winter,82 summer.Do not run without a stat.

10 years ago now,but national mobile windscreens still had new ones (Fiat 127)

Fuel filter should go near the tank on the chassis,don't put one in the engine bay...

Door mirrors were fitted using plastic inserts and self tappers,can still get these at hellfrauds.

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Jobs to do:

Bonnet hinge repair/bodge, then refit nose panel.

Fuel filter

Air filter (found the screws today)

Tidy up wiring (yeah, like that'll ever happen)

Ignition timing

Get all indicators working.

Attach exhaust properly (I think a strap needs to be hooked up)

Check front suspension (feels like something is a little loose).

Maybe actually pull the drums off for a look at the brakes.

Replace windscreen, with new seal

Re-attach door mirrors. Might need riv-nuts or something for that.

 

Blimey. That list seems reasonably short!

Don’t forget the blower motor needs fitting!

 

It is really starting to take shape now, should be done in a jiffy.

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I've been suffering with severe motivational issues as I get into the jobs I'm struggling to sort out myself. So I removed the windscreen.

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The screen surround is a right mess in paint terms, so I now have a bit of a dilemma. This was meant to be my standard rushed build to just get her back on the road, but paintwork is badly needed. I still have bodywork repairs to do as well (of which I have no experience) and quite a lengthy list of stuff that needs to be fixed before MOT - all little things, but surprisingly annoying little things. Fitting a new choke cable has turned into something of a farce as I have the wrong cable and none of the original Reliant fixings. BODGE.

 

Ah well. I'm on the road for a week from Monday, so a genuine break from it where I can avoid feeling guilty for not moving on with it. Only issue is that Bromley Pageant was meant to be its debut, and that's rapidly approaching...

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18 minutes ago, plasticvandan said:

a Robin cable will fit,just might need shortening,they come with all the fittings.Personally i wouldnt worry about paint,its not going to rust..

Thanks. I really want to paint it, as the green is just hideous. But, it makes sense to paint it before fitting the windscreen really.

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1 hour ago, dollywobbler said:

Thanks. I really want to paint it, as the green is just hideous. But, it makes sense to paint it before fitting the windscreen really.

Work out the colour you're after, spray the surround before putting the screen in and then get the rest sprayed at a later date and blend it in.

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1 hour ago, dollywobbler said:

Thanks. I really want to paint it, as the green is just hideous. But, it makes sense to paint it before fitting the windscreen really.

What colour(s) are you thinking?

If originality is your thing, is the blue on the front panel really the original colour? Would you want to keep it original or do you have something in mind?

That blue on the front panel had me thinking about Ford Rimini Blue (I commented about that particular shade on Egg's Mondeo Mk1 thread) - it seems like it'd really suit it... Or even something completely different like BMW Henna Red...?

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Love this. When I was doing my class 1 hgv training in sutton in ashfield there was a beige one looked like a camper. Id love a quirky vehicle. envious

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Today, I thought I'd better do something with the Fox. So I took its top off.

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Naturally, it then started raining. 

The roof came off because I had made a key decision - sort out the paint! The buzzy sandy thing got a good workout.

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Tomorrow, I hope to set about fixing the one or two fibreglass issues it has, before chucking on some paint. I was going to do the fibreglass stuff this evening, but somehow managed to slice my index finger open on something, which is making doing anything at all an absolute pain in the arse. I have absolutely no idea how I did it, just suddenly noticed that everything I touched seemed to turn red. UGH.

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on the fibre glassing repairs im half expecting you to make a stig/stigs cousin type joke/gag, where you then unpack Zel from a box or something and employ him to do the fibre glass or something :mrgreen:

(or is that just me and my autoshite withdrawal symptoms talking? :) )

I look forward to seeing how the painting goes, i cant say car painting is something Iv looked into with great detail before so it will quite interesting for me at least :)

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That kind of painting where you get small children to put their feet and hands in paint and put them all over pieces of paper... 

 

Or are you going to revive the spirit of your old Dyane and go full camouflage? 

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Before paint, there is fibreglass. What a sodding nightmare. I rate my chances of successfully repairing the bonnet hinge at about 10%. Not helped that access to the underside is horrific (though the headlamp hole, then somewhere you can't see).

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