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4 minutes ago, bramz7 said:

-Try and get someone to fix the broken steering wheel rake adjustment, which means the steering column moves up and down like no tomorrow when parking etc)

The Y10 does that - the locking doobery works to an extent, but not as well as it should, and given that the steering is relatively heavy when parking one does quite often get some unwanted column movement.  It's on my list to look at as well.

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On 5/22/2019 at 9:57 PM, bramz7 said:

There is a considerable list of things the Tempra needs doing to it though, which are below:

-Find and fix PAS leak. I suspect its the rack. Having just taken it for a drive, it feels like all of the fluid has leaked out. The steering isn't actually that bad though.

-Get the cambelt and waterpump done.

-Thorough servicing.

-New wipers, and fix rear wiper.

-Look at possible replacement clutch. It's not buggered or even slipping, but it would probably benefit.

-Find some Fiat mats

-Figure out why the header tank is disgustingly filthy.

-Eventually get the paint sorted out, unlikely to happen tbh.

-Try and get someone to fix the broken steering wheel rake adjustment, which means the steering column moves up and down like no tomorrow when parking etc)

-Get the damn oil pressure sensor sorted so the light goes out

-Attempt to tidy up the bodwork underneath....

It's surprisingly useable for its age and the fact its an old Fiat, but I think running it as a daily would end up killing it. 

 

The rear wiper does need doing, its one of the best features evah! 

The clutch sounds like it wasnt centred properly when it was last changed to me, it'd be worth checking, unfortunately the box has to come out to do it..

The header tank could mean it's gone for a period with no antifreeze, or, could be that someone's put some kind of sealer in to `fix` a leaking rad, (or HGF.. unlikely)

IIRC, the steering adjust n them is just a long bolt with a nylock nut on the end rather than a collet system, so just needs nipping up. 

Defo worth wire brushing the previous repairs to check "quality", then etch prime, paint & waxoyl. Worth doing all the sill to floor joins in the same way too, & cavity waxing the lot.

Once fully serviced, there's no reason it couldn't be a daily, there's loads of Fiat densels`s in Europe happily chugging round with 3-500,000 miles on them on all original running gear!

The only electrical items my needed in 16 years were 2 drivers central locking motors (+ an earthing dizzy pickup wire, but that's not applicable here), so they are quite hardy, despite the perceived complexity & Ay-tai reputation..

Oh, & the headlights will be shite, you can sort them by fitting relays, if you can be arsed.

BTW, if you need/want that OSR door, come get it, or I`ll be using it for repair sections!

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Yikes, not updated this for a while. 

Much fleet happenings commencing from this coming week.

 

Also, a genuinely desperate plea here, does anyone have any storage for my Tempra? I don't want to sell it but need to put it somewhere for a little while. I need it be covered though....

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A swap has occured. 

It's a 1.6 auto, and it's no speed machine but it bloody goes well, far better than I anticipated. 

Xantia gone, and my other half wants to learn how to drive so this will be hopefully ideal for her. Plenty of scars and a broken glove box but it's not half bad. 

 

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On 6/9/2019 at 10:50 PM, bramz7 said:

Also, a genuinely desperate plea here, does anyone have any storage for my Tempra? I don't want to sell it but need to put it somewhere for a little while. I need it be covered though....

If all else fails, the usual offer of my drive is open, of course

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On 5/22/2019 at 10:03 PM, wuvvum said:

The Y10 does that - the locking doobery works to an extent, but not as well as it should, and given that the steering is relatively heavy when parking one does quite often get some unwanted column movement.  It's on my list to look at as well.

I found tightening the hefty nut on the opposite side of the column to the pull down adjustment handle helped.  Then seeing which part of the columns travel has the least movement. As high as it will go was best on mine.  Alternatively a Panda column gets rid of the crappy adjustor but attaching the cowls is tricky as screw holes in different places. 

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Verdict in, she doesn't like it! Apparently it sounds like a bus wanting to fall apart inside....I did say it's old and French. 

 

As far as driving, it feels like a bigger 205 inside but seems more planted. It's almost like a halfway house between the 205 and 405 which I guess was the intention. 

 

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This arrived just now:

One of my holy grails, a 1.4 petrol AX!

Mine and my friends new project. Most certainly a project as it doesn't run currently, but I'm hoping it's nothing too serious. Tyres look ancient. 

It's done 32k and was one owner. It's the most solid AX I have ever owned. 

Let's hope this gets on the road quickly as I can't wait to drive it. 

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44 minutes ago, skattrd said:

14, so should be quite nippy, but damn those plastics look grim.

They've faded quite well. 

 

However the dashboard hasn't cracked, and none of the other interior bits have degraded. It's been in a garage for ages so I hope exposure to the sun doesn't cause it to fall apart!

 

I really hope the running issue isn't anything major. Not many moving pieces I guess. 

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