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Sale? Yeah, about that.

I'm rather embarassed to say this, but nevertheless I believe I jumped the gun a bit on jettisoning the BX. While my family was on board with getting rid of the car when the suspension went all wonky, my dad had a stab at the height control situation and made it sort of better. Then he booked it into a local specialist. Turns out he likes it. Who'd have known?
It's fair to say that in driving the Micra on the motorway and doing long distance, I began to really miss the space and comfort of the BX. Indeed, when I pulled up at home and saw it in the dark, I thought I should give it another chance. Sort of surprisingly, the car concurred... well, it would if it was a living thing, but it isn't one. What happened is that I made sure everything electrical still worked (which it did), then I had a go at moving the height control lever without the car running. Indeed, it was now stiff but moved throughout the range. Then, *clunk* and it moved easily thoughout all the settings. I started the car - took a bit of cranking to fill up the bowl but it started and ran. It sounds brilliant with the new starter, so at least that was a good replacement. Then, I ran it through every heing setting once pressure was built. This is what it looks like at normal ride height:
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Intermediate (slightly higher) ride height:
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Maximum height:
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I couldn't get it to raise to max height a couple of weeks ago. Something clicked back into position and it's now working 75% correctly.

Even though the rear raises up to the normal ride height, the front stays settled. When I set the lever to the interediate setting, the front raises and the car is at normal ride height. Setting the lever to maximum height makes the front and rear raise up. For the car to actually be drivable, the height lever needs to be set at the intermediate setting, which is what I'll leave it at so the garage can diagnose the fault. This points to a linkage fault as opposed to anything else. It'll be interesting to see what's failed under there. Needless to say, A ground clearance inspection and adjustment, once it's fixed, will be called for, just in case this issue has causes some mechanical borkage to occur.
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This is now what I have to set the car at to get the suspension running again.

The nearside strut has stopped squeaking as well. What hasn't change is the amount of horizontal play in the top mount, so it still definitely needs replacement. I also need to buy a strut vent/return hose from Chevronics, along with a large jubilee clip. Doing this will allow me to bodge the broken one at my leisure, for when the offside one eventually breaks. It'll happen at some point.

I also attempted to change the ignition coil. They said it would fit the BX. Great, but not my BX. The connector pattern is all different!
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Fortunately the correct one should be with me next week.

Languishing in failure, I decided I should re-time and tune the engine some more. After doing so, ignition is now 9 degrees BTDC, and I managed to make the mixture leaner with negligible idle RPM loss. That should help with the engine running and emissions. I've also discovered another oil leak: around the distributor mount. It might just require tightening down or something. Regardless, it ain't oil tight and helps explain why I've lost a touch of oil since changing it.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks- F-F-F-Factoids

I've just remembered I was going to make a report on FOTU 2021, but that's a rather long time ago now and I've not much to add.

What I can add are a few factoids about the K11 Nissan Micra, which I learned when two Nissan Fitters stumbled across my car at the event. Here goes:

Weird Facts About The K11 Normal People Wouldn't Care About, As Told By Guys Who Worked There At The Time

  1. The K11 is fully galvanised apart from two pieces. Perhaps this isn't a fact few know about but I certainly found it interesting- I was sure it wasn't, hence why most have crumbled away to nothing. According to the fitters, the Micra is made out of Durasteel, which, if you type into a search engine, either comes up with a tiny Nissan ad from 1998, shit tons of Star Wars fanpages, or asbestos-filled fire doors and wall panels.
    The two places not galvanised are the front crossmember, which is just ED coated mild steel, and the inner brace for the outer sill. Why did many of these cars get scrapped after 10 years? Simply because the sill drains would clog if too much underseal was applied at the factory and the gap between the brace and the outer sill was so small that they couldn't get any protective coating to stick to it. Apparently, the gap was so small you couldn't get water between the two pieces of steel. So, it was left untreated and free to rot out. If you had a model with a sunroof, you were especially unlucky, as the sunroof drains deposit water behind the rear jacking points. Water would collect and after enough time, they would form their own drain holes and fail the MoT.
  2. The removable panel on the inside of the boot is recycled steel. They recycled scraps from their presses to then make the inside panel on the boot. It's secured around the perimeter with slippy-screwey things.
  3. The binnacle was inspired by a rugby ball. Nobody knows why.
  4. The engine sizes deliberately mimicked the Mini. I'm sure this is probably a well-established fact. Needless to say, Nissan engineers were obsessing over the Mini so much that they engineered their engines to have the same displacement.
  5. The Micra Super S wasn't very sporty. The only changes made were special bumpers and wheels.
  6. Pop-out window models are very easy to break into. One of the fitters told me they were doing PDI work on finished models. Their line manager came out and announced they were going to investigate an issue with pop-out rear windows making cars easy to steal. He walked up to a Micra SLX, punched the latch area of the window and it popped open. From there on, he could fish in a wire coathanger and unlock the doors.
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Pop-out window cars are TWOC bait anyway - someone had broken into my old Accord Aerodeck by levering one of the rear windows open. 
All it takes is one rear seat passenger that opens one and doesn't put the latch all the way back, and they just fall open. If you're really unlucky when that happens, you close a door and the window opens when air escapes, and if you don't notice... 

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks- F-F-F-Fixes

All 3 Jobs done. I did the boot strut in the morning and didn't take any protos because, well, it's a boot strut. Not particularly interesting.

Firstly, the coil:
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Remove old.

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Inspect hole, then coat the new coil and bracket with approved* grease-

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Trust me, it's designed for it!

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Then I lost a nut down the hole. I suspect what PSA wants you to actually do is dismantle the whole bracket and then replace the coil. Fortunately I had the magnetic stick to save the day. It doesn't help they're using 7mm nuts and bolts for this. Oh well... French. Even Lancia thought this was a bad idea. Using the same coil, they installed it vertically meaning you only needed 2 bolts to fasten it down.

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More automotive* grease applied to the threads and the heads of the bolts. Interestingly enough, if you flip the tub lid, it turns into dielectric grease, so that was smothered all over the terminals.

OK, so with that out of the way and the car sounding beautiful, I moved onto flipping the carburettor lids. Yup, more fun to be had. I decided to do this because I was getting fed up with having to shim and pack out the intake to get it to fit on this fine* piece of Chinese workmanship.
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Frankly, I don't know why I'm bothering. I've bought a twin choke manifold now so I can call this done once and for all with a genuine carb that fits and has good parts support. Still, at least it looks clean in there.

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The Chinese workmanship on the choke is just excellent. I imagine they copied the design using loosely-done drawings. The indentations that allow the choke flap to slightly open under acceleration just don't exist.  Not only that, but there is a ton of axial play in the choke lever, as if the bolt they used is too long. I did swap the springs over as the new one was springier. I'm sure it helps.

Swapping floats and needle valves got us to here:
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I present to you the Frankencarb.

It would be all roses and lovely if it went on without problems. Ha lolnope. The Chinese carb mating surface isn't flat at all. There's a high spot in the middle meaning the lid would rock about and not sit flat. What it needs is a thicker gasket on there which I'll fit if I can get one. But instead I did the right thing and just torqued the opposite ends down and started rounding out the screws. She's tight.

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Buttoned up, taken for a test drive and everyone's happy. It starts better when hot which helps.

If anyone has a Solex 32/34, 34/34 or anything like that and wants to sell it, plz let me know thankz.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks- BX visits a garage.

Delivered the BX to Triple 'A' Garage in Brede, which is near Rye but is apparently nearer to Halisham. These people are actual proper Citroen fanatics and the older mechanics working there do hydropneumatic Citroens all the time, but most are now LDS-suspended C5s and 6s. They performed work:
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I has new genuine sphericals.

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The accumulator/regulator sphere isn't genuine but it's a trusted part. I've also noticed how big the exhaust downpipe is. It's sort of calling out for a tubular header.

They haven't fiddled with the height corrector, just unstuck it. The height selection is still flaky and they want it back to get it on the 4 post lift and set the height properly. It'll give them the opportunity to look at stuff and get it fixed. I'm certainly booking it in with them again.

I purchased a new intake plenum and dipstick. I've been meaning to for ages and every time I've bought parts, I've forgotten!

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The new plenum was cleaned up and the crankcase filter was flushed through. I also deleted the emissions pipework that basically mixed a tiny amount of air from the filter box with the small amout of crankcase fumes that is fed straight into the intake manifold. Eventually I'll bypass the system completely and pipe the crankcase vent straight into the filter box, to be dealt with by a replaceable element like on most engines.

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The plenum was the clipped and bolted on. It was a much better fit and the car is certainly less noisy. Result!

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Then I installed the new dipstick. "Oh shit!" I said. It turns out the old dipstick was overreading massively and I was a litre low. A trip to the petrol station enabled me to get a litre of oil and a full tank. Happy in that department.

I then destroyed the old plenum to get out the crankcase filter and the vent connection. This is what it looks like
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It was absolutely clogged. Why PSA didn't make this replaceable, I don't know. Needless to say, I obtained the vent connection as I'll use it for when I re-route the crankcase pipework to the air filter box. It was properly manky.

I can't say how much of a relief it's been to have the suspension work done by a garage that is local and a specialist. They looked it over and said it's mechanically sound, performed the work in just 2 days and for a very good price. The car drives like new, literally. The new accumulator sphere has meant that the regulator is now clicking when it should, the new suspension leg is tight and free of clonks or creaks, and the new spheres have made driving so much more comfortable. It's excellent!

 

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12 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Glad you found someone decent to work on the car.  If they were on the right side of London I'd probably get some work done on mine done by them...

Indeed, they're fantastic. I'll definitely be calling them again for things that need doing.

I'm going to go with their recommendation to send it back in a few weeks' time to get the ride height sorted. I might also ask for a coolant change as what's currently in the radiator is brown. I don't think it's supposed to be brown.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the door,
How can you make me hate you more?
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Of course, by requiring removal of the entire doorcard. Haynes, in their infinite wisdom, decided only to show steps to remove the mirror on the Mk.1 BX, which has a separate mirror trim panel. Suspecting this was too intuitive to carry on using, PSA engineers decided to integrate the whole panel into the doorcard and make it look like it was a separable piece. Oh how I laughed*

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At least the interior of the door is pristine.

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And at least my replacement cleaned up really well and wasn't faded.

 

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The old mirror is slightly buggered. The bottom hinge has sheared off completely allowing the mirror to twist and wobble. The hinge pieces are cast aluminium so being walloped by a tree branch while you're negotiating a narrow road isn't going to be nice.

You can get replacement mirrors for £VERYGOODPRICE but it depends on what car model you search for. BXs are more expensive than Peugeot 309s despite being the same mirror, save for the swappable outer trim panel.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks- BX Hibernates

PICTURE HEAVY- I have a bit to work through.

Firstly:
I had the ride height changed by Triple A. While it was on the lift, I had a look underneath. Here is what I found:
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Not a drop of rust. I'm impressed. Every suspension pipe has a shit ton of grease covering it and, subsequently, they've still got the black paint on them.

I did my part and applied more today-
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Over the winter I'll jack up all 4 corners and undercoat it with super thick oil, like it has had before. I'll cavity wax the chassis rails, sills, subframe and doors as well. I bought cans of the stuff months ago.

Now onto what I went to Triple A for- I wanted to see why the front was sitting lower than the back. We adjusted the heights and prodded the linkages a bit in the hope that it'd fix itself. Nope. It's not fixed. There is still something wrong with the linkages as the suspension height selector sometimes jams and won't go to full height, then sometimes it'll clunk back into poisition and work sort of fine. The car is driveable, which is good, but not correct. Selecting between normal and intermediate height only makes the front go up, but not down again. The rear stays where it is. We verified both height correctors work, so what's the deal? I think the next course of action is to send it up to Chevronics or somebody and get the height selector system refreshed. Something has fallen apart and is stopping the system from working correctly. The front end linkages are worn out and sloppy, but that doesn't explain why the manually selecting the height won't work and the ride is subsequently strange. It definitely isn't how it was.

To distract me from this dilemma, I fitted new plates. This is what I was contending with:
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This is what I've got now
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Lovely stuff. Oh, the Jazz has been replaced by a Honda E. Jazz was sold back to Honda for a profit, despite us buying it 2 years ago.

 

So there we go, it's now tucked up for the winter. I disconnected the tank from the fuel pump, ran the carburettor float bowl out of fuel and then connected up a bottle of Redex. This filled up the float bowl and pumped some down the return line. I dumped the rest down the filler neck. I'll continue working on it closer to Christmas, but the Micra will be commuter machine for the next 4 months. One parting shot-
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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks- Shock Horror Japanese Fail

OK- so back in March I was taking two mates at college to a nearby park in the Micra. As soon as we were on the approach road (and after having to do an emergency stop on a single-track road) the car started smelling of brake material... then stinking of it. It turned out the nearside caliper had hung up and wasn't retracting after I let off the brake pedal. Once I got it back home, I tore the thing apart and greased it up.

It's now November and it's happened again: I was driving home from college (which is in lovely lovely Bridgwater. I hope I never have to go there ever again) and just before the A303, I realised I couldn't go faster than 45MPH. When I pulled over I was greeted with the nearside wheel billowing horrible acrid smoke. Bollocks. I phone home to say I may be back later than expected and I carry on with my journey, being bogged down by the lousy caliper. I made it to Sparkford and noticed it wasn't smelling of brakes anymore. When I got to the M3, the smell had gone completely, despite having to use the brakes to merge and slow down for a mobile crane. I managed to get home brake smell free, somehow. I've ordered a replacement caliper to fix the issue when I have more time at home.

 

In BX news, it's been booked into Chevronics for 3rd December. Here's hoping for no frosty weather. I'll take the train home for a whopping £23.00. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!

I bought this thing
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Because it turns out the Citroen ZX 1.4 had a carburettor if you got an early and base enough model. Here's inside-
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Oh look some ethanol corrosion. I then emptied a can of carb cleaner, making sure every orifice was unblocked and unrestricted.

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That's a nice amount of damage. I found more corrosion in the accelerator pump and power valve, so I replaced both and madesure it was corrosion-free.

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I have also gone ahead and replaced the electrical idle jet with a conventional one, re-piped the anti-flood reservoir (the black cylinder thing on a bracket), deleted a vacuum pulldown device for the secondary barrel (most didn't have them anyway) and capped off the emissions inlet on the carb baseplate. I have also bought the plenum that this carb uses and cleaned that up with oven cleaner and the dishwasher (don't tell my parents!).

 

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2 hours ago, Fumbler said:

Bridgwater

It used to be worse when the Cellophane factory was operating. The smell was awful.  That has now been demolished.

I believe the town is a host to the builders* of Hinkley Point power station.

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1 hour ago, Remspoor said:

It used to be worse when the Cellophane factory was operating. The smell was awful.  That has now been demolished.

I believe the town is a host to the builders* of Hinkley Point power station.

British Cellophane is now the housing complex for the HPC construction workers. Back when Hinkley A was being built back in the 60s, they built a village outside the site so it's kind of an homage to the first power station that was built there.

Despite this Bridgwater, Cannington, Combwich... basically everywhere in Sedgemoor (apart from Stockland, which is rather lovely) is fucking grim.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks- Unhappy Car

In 2 hours of work I went from this:
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To this!
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I didn't take many photos, but here's what I've got.

 

Goodbye
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New manifold and gaskets
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A quick test fit

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Finally installed

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Completed  it m8

A few things were altered during install- firstly the anti-flood vacuum reservoir was removed as I needed a few more vacuum lines which I didn't have. I'm not too fussed about it. The choke is stiff and some WD-40 has helped with that. It could be better though. I've done a rough tune and it sounds lovely. Bled the coolant system and refilled with water. The car flies now. I rather like it.

And now it's taking me to college. Again. Damnit 😆

Yeah the Micra's brake caliper isn't getting any better and is now stuck on permanently. I also just filled it up with petrol 🤦‍♂️

 

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I like this BX very much. I hope you track down the ride height culprit. Excellent work on the carb parts swapping and scavenging. 

What's the 1.4 like, I always imagined it wouldn't be much fun being bASe but then again it was a rip-roarer in a 205 XS. Despite all its complexity I think the BX remains relatively lightweight thanks to plastic bits and bobs. And of course weight-saving monospoke tiller.

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1 hour ago, grogee said:

What's the 1.4 like, I always imagined it wouldn't be much fun being bASe but then again it was a rip-roarer in a 205 XS.

It's fun! Very zippy and geared well for the motorway. Granted, the BX16 was better for long journeys but this is very good for its diminutive displacement.

 

I've been trying to get the white smoke from the back to disappear. It's not OMGHGF as there's no mayo or drop in the water level and this has happened for months, changing the fuel mixture doesn't help either. Could it be valve stem seals perchance?

EDIT the block is wet with oil from the cylinder head, so re-torquing the head bolts wouldn't go amiss.

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1 hour ago, Fumbler said:

It's fun! Very zippy and geared well for the motorway. Granted, the BX16 was better for long journeys but this is very good for its diminutive displacement.

 

I've been trying to get the white smoke from the back to disappear. It's not OMGHGF as there's no mayo or drop in the water level and this has happened for months, changing the fuel mixture doesn't help either. Could it be valve stem seals perchance?

EDIT the block is wet with oil from the cylinder head, so re-torquing the head bolts wouldn't go amiss.

If those valve stem seals are any relation to 1.6/1.9 injection engine then almost certainly they'll have gone hard. Sucks in oil on overrun then burps it out in a big cloud when you put your foot down. Often smoky on startup too

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21 hours ago, Fumbler said:

British Cellophane is now the housing complex for the HPC construction workers. Back when Hinkley A was being built back in the 60s, they built a village outside the site so it's kind of an homage to the first power station that was built there.

Despite this Bridgwater, Cannington, Combwich... basically everywhere in Sedgemoor (apart from Stockland, which is rather lovely) is fucking grim.

I know the area very well It used to be part of my "patch". I loved working in The Levels area. But hated a number of towns that way.

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1 hour ago, Remspoor said:

I know the area very well It used to be part of my "patch". I loved working in The Levels area. But hated a number of towns that way.

Indeed, I'm at the nuclear college just inside Cannington as part of my apprenticeship. The college is fine, everything else is nasty. Luckily for me I've only got 2 more months left.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks- The BX Saves The Day

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As if by magic, the bloody thing has redeemed itself and wafted me to college. It stepped in after the Micra cooked it's nearside front brake and boy it's nice to drive in comfort again. The new carb has given so much power on tap, but it does need a new lid gasket as it's smelling of petrol a bit and is damp.

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On 14/11/2021 at 16:12, grogee said:

I like this BX very much. I hope you track down the ride height culprit. Excellent work on the carb parts swapping and scavenging. 

What's the 1.4 like, I always imagined it wouldn't be much fun being bASe but then again it was a rip-roarer in a 205 XS. Despite all its complexity I think the BX remains relatively lightweight thanks to plastic bits and bobs. And of course weight-saving monospoke tiller.

quoted top speed for an 1.4 BX is 104 mph! so they are in 1.6 territory really

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    • By Zelandeth
      Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction.

      I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement...

      So...we've got:

      1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...).
      1989 Saab 900i Automatic.
      1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition.
      1985 Sinclair C5.
      2009 Peugeot 107 Verve.

      Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time...

      Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing.


      Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months.

       






      Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising...









      Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange.







      Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles.

      Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5...



      Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise.

      Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107.



      Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else."

      I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
    • By dome
      This evening I venture forth into hitherto unknown lands (Kirkintilloch) to collect my latest acquisition.

      Which, naturally, has issues.

      I have purchased my first line of defence.



      Which appears to have antigravity properties

      More will follow this evening...
    • By SiC
      So to recap. After a painfully long time (well a month) I finally bought a MGB GT.
       








       
      I've always fancied one and after seeing one at a local garage (which turned out to be a bit shit) the urge sprang up again. Anyway after a lot of searching I ended up with this. Seems pretty straight and underneath don't appear to not been welded too much. Worst point that I've found in the leaf spring mount. I'm not going to cover all the different things and stuff just yet as its already in the thread, so I shouldn't make this too long!
       
      I've not owned a car this old and never something with a carburettor. So I don't quite know what I'm doing with a lot of this, and will have plenty of questions! Part of the reason why I bought it was so I had something that I could fiddle with and learn on. As the other thread got a bit long, I thought it would be a better idea to split and start here.
    • By BorniteIdentity
      This week, for the first time ever, I felt old. I have sciatica which swaps from one side to the other, arthritis in one hand and what I think is the beginnings of IBS. On top of that it took me 2 weeks to remember a registration number that once would take me 2 seconds, and I forgot my parent's wedding anniversary.

      I'm only 32.

      Shit. No I'm not. I'm 33. I forgot that too. (Genuinely)

      So, it's about time I committed some of my tales to paper. Well, a shonky server... but that's the best you can do in 2016.

      First up, a list of the cars I've owned (as best as I can remember) in chronological order.

      Main Cars
      1985 VW Polo Formel E. C158 TRT. This was given to me even before I passed my test.

      1991 Rover Metro S. J801 TAC. Bought about 3 months after I passed my test as I was convinced the Polo was about to shit its gearbox.

      1987 Volvo 360 GLT. D899 CBJ ___ Managed three months in a Metro before the small car and smaller petrol tank became a bore.



      Ford Mondeo and Honda Civic Coupe by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Ford Mondeo Zetec. V384 DBJ. Still the most I've ever spent on a car. It was 3 years old and cost, from memory, about £8,000. Just think of the Rover R8s you could buy with that now!

      1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI 8v by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI D79 CVV. I very nearly bought a MK1 Golf 1.1 but was persuaded, by my father amusingly, to buy this one from a different friend. From memory I gave about £500 for it, and sold it to some racers later that year for about £300. Amusingly, 16 year later I'd sell the Hartge wheels that came with the car for £530.

      1999 Toyota Avensis CDX by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Toyota Avensis CDX. V781 GDP. By far the best car I've ever had. Bought in 2002 for £5300, it had previously been a company car at British Telecom. I ran it from 62,000 to 174,000 before it became surplus to requirements. A German chap bought it on ebay for about £500 and drove over to collect it. Hero.

      2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec. Y821 EEB. I should have loved this car. I gave £500 for it in 2008 which was stupidly cheap by anybody's standards. It needed 4 tyres (which actually was nice to pick good ones for once) and a coil spring. Sadly, it was just bill after bill after bill. I sold it and promised to never own another Ford. I nearly succeeded.

      1998 Nissan Almera by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1998 Nissan Almera GX Auto. S58 NLO. My late Grandfather's car and, upon reflection, my first proper attempt at bangernomics. I bought it for £500 in 2008 from the estate and ran it for well over a year and 30,000 miles. It was also my first automatic which, whilst a bit dumb, did lock up into overdrive and give a good 36 mpg no matter how it was driven.

      2004 Ford Fiesta 1.25 LX and 2006 Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2004 Ford Fiesta Zetec. AG53 BWL. My wife's car which I ran for a couple of years when I bought her a Focus as a wedding gift.

      2003 Rover 75 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2003 Rover 75 Club SE. AX53 BFA. This is where my career as a serial car buyer really began. Ignoring all of the warning signs I decided to press a K Series into a daily 100 mile commute, which it did with aplomb. This wasn't actually the car I set out to buy, the one I'd agreed to buy OVERHEATED ON THE FORECOURT whilst I was doing the paperwork. Consequently I couldn't leave fast enough and bought a different car later that day.

      2004 Toyota Avensis T30-X by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2004 Toyota Avensis T3-X. KT53 DWZ. Sensible head back on, I decided to get back into something I trusted when my 3rd son was born. This was a lovely car, but not without its problems. The VVTi oil burning issues are well documented and do frequently occur. Ironically, this was less reliable than the Rover it replaced! Despite fearing the worst and 3 months off the road, the new owner has just MOTd it.

      1999 Toyota Avensis SR by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Toyota Avensis SR. V263 GDP. Back into bangernomics territory again. The last MK1 Avensis I had was the best car I'd ever had, so I hoped to replicate it with another T22 Avensis. This one came up for sale in my favourite (and rare) colour with a numberplate sequential to my previous car - so it was meant to be. I still have this now, and tomorrow it will tick around to 185,000 miles having been bought by me at 100,500.

      Side Bitches

      1974 Morris Mini 1000 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1974 Morris Mini 1000. GEL 517N. Well, I always wanted one - and was young, free, single and well off at the time (2003). A memorable trip to buy it when I called my new girlfriend by my ex girlfriend's name 20 miles into a 200 mile weekend away. She's never forgiven or forgotten but we're still friends. Oh - and married.

      1977 Ford Capri II GL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1977 Ford Capri II 1600 GL. SMY 675R. I can't remember why I bought this, other than I thought it'd be amusing. It was bought from Norwich for £350 and was perfectly well behaved for the 8 months that I had it (other than a flasher unit expiring). I remember being shocked just how much the windscreen would ice up inside, and duly sold it in November to a guy who was going to drive it daily! It's still alive and now, apparently, black! (Update - it's now silver!!!)

      1989 Volvo 340 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1989 Volvo 340 DL. G67 AVN. I bought this for £80. Unbelievable. It was utterly bloody perfect. I wanted to do a banger rally which is why the guy gave it to me so cheap. I'm still yet to do that rally, but no longer have the car. I sold it for about £300 to a family who were clearly down on their luck who, I hope, still have the car.

      1996 Toyota Granvia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1996 Toyota Granvia. N775 JEV. My wife and I decided to increase our numbers further and, with our 4th son on the way, larger transport was required. We quickly realised you can either have 4 children and no apparel, or apparel and no children. After trying a very tired Mercedes Viano, the Granvia was found for 1/4 of the price and it's still here 2 years later. I can safely say that we'll never sell it - it really is another member of the family.

      1993 Mercedes 190e by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1993 Mercedes 190e. L795 COJ. I've admired these cars since I was a child. In fact, one of the very few toy cars I still have from my childhood is a Mercedes 190e. Regular readers of "Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder" will know what a PITA this car has been since day 1, but I get the feeling it's a keeper. We'll see!

      1983 Ford Sierra Base 1.6 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1983 Ford Sierra Base. GVG 510Y. Not explicitly my car, but it should be documented here for reference. Oh - and the V5 is in my name. The story is online for all to read as to how five of us acquired what is believed to be the only remaining Ford Sierra Base. Make a brew and read it, it's a fantastic story.

      1982 Ford Sierra L by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1982 Ford Sierra L. LCR 503Y. I accidentally won this on ebay for £520. Upon reflection, I shouldn't have sold it - but short stop of saying I regret it. I could never get truly comfortable driving it and, in fairness, I could scratch my Sierra itch with the base if I wanted. Sold it at a stupid profit of £1250. It is believed to be the oldest remaining Ford Sierra in the UK.

      1979 Volvo 343 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1979 Volvo 343 DL. DBY 466T As you'll see above, I'd had a 360GLT as a younger lad and fancied one of these earlier cars. The variomatic is, frankly, terrible but amusing. This car has just 8000 miles on the clock and inside was absolutely timewarp. Sadly, the huge bill for the Mercedes 190e cylinder head rebuild meant I had to sell this car shortly after acquiring it. Since then I've had a bit of money luck, and now realise I didn't need to sell it after all. Typical.

      I think that's it. My arthritis is playing up even more now. I've left out a few cars that were actually my wife's, but if I find pictures will add them in at a later date. I'll run this as an ongoing thread on cars and what's happening.

      Current SitRep:

      Purple Avensis: Just about to click over 185,000. Minor drama this week when an HT lead split but otherwise utterly fantastic, fantastically boring and boringly reliable.

      Granvia: Just done 1000 miles in a month around Norfolk, 6 up with suitcases. 31mpg achieved on the way up which is good for an old tub with a 3.0 Turbo Diesel on board. ODO displaying 175,000 which is a mix of miles and kilometers. Say 130,000 miles for argument's sake.

      Mercedes: Being a PITA. It's had the top end completely rebuilt after the chain came off. Now needs welding to pass another MOT and the gearbox bearings are on strike. It's about to go into the garage for winter until I can stomach it again. 151,000 miles on the clock.

      Sierra bASe: Still on sabbatical with AngryDicky who only took it bloody camping in cornwall! Legend.
    • By rickvw72
      Hi all, I’m going to try to keep this updated as a diary of work done on my old Fourtrak. 
      I bought this a few years ago but have only recently got going on it properly, with several other projects on the go, times been scarce.
      Ill start with the main job, the rear crossmember. When I bought the truck this tube had snapped on the drivers side. This ruptured the brake pipes, and ruined all the already tired suspension bushes.
      So, out with the crossmember...
      The original is round tube, the new 3mm wall box section, it actually holds the anti tramp bars. 
      Yes the Fourtrak has a 5 linked rear suspension, and an LSD. Because race car!
      I didn’t take many pics at this time, so I’m trying to improve this and maybe a thread will motivate me to document it. 
       



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