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Right, Mitsi done.  Oil filter put up a fight this time but just as I was swearing about which monkey tightened this up I realised it was me.  Oops.  Otherwise normal straightforward Pela change.

Must check the Pelas measurements though.  What appeared to be a whisker over three litres in the Pela was only two and a half litres in the Castrol bottle.  As a result I overfilled it a tad but not by much, not enough to worry about.  One done anyway with 173301 kms on the clock.  Be interesting to see if the 10/30 remains in the engine or makes its way past rings or seals.  If it stays where it is it would suggest the motor is in good fettle.  It didn’t seem to use any of the Ultraclean I put in 8000 kilometres ago.  I have a litre of the Nulon and the Ultraclean sitting about for top ups.  Next time I might just buy a litre of the Nulon and use the odds and sods for the change.

Started on the button and runs smoother and quieter.  Maybe a placebo effect but it does feel a little sprightlier.  We will keep an eye on it and get ready to do the Zuke tomorrow.

Next project is to fix the three rear window elements that don’t work- pretty important when it’s minus something outside and I have patients to attend to.  Conductive paint doesn’t seem to be a thing here but I have got some graphite which I can mix with a bit of glue to make my own dark grey conductive potion.  Gotta be more subtle than a silver blob on the window!

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Turns out that mixing graphite powder with acrylic paint works.  These are both things I possess!

If it works as well as I hope it does it means I will be able to write rude messages in my rear screen which I can make magically appear on frosty days.  Or just paint the entire window so it becomes one enormous heated rear window pad but that might kinda restrict rear vision and therefore defeat the object of the exercise....

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Zuke done.  Apart from catastrophic spillage of half a litre of filthy oil on the garage floor it was basically the same as last time.  

Cleaned up with newspaper, scrubbed with acetone, then sprinkled with washing powder and scrubbed it again with a brush to lather it up.  Hosed it out and hopefully once it’s dried it won’t be too noticeable.

Tell you what, kudos to the folk who have to clean up massive scale oil spills.  A pint was enough of a pain in the arse, just where would you start with thousands of barrels spread across a coastline?  Bloody nightmare

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Do androids dream of electric sheep?  This very question was posed by Philip K.Dick, a literary genius who never got taken seriously on account of his name.  I mean Philip, come on.....

I on the other hand dreamed of electric paint.  We started with some graphite powder and some acrylic paint.  As the rear window heater bars are grey in colour I thought I would try to get a near match.  So I made a grey acrylic mix rammed full of graphite powder.  Next up it was time to mask up the heated rear window and slap my patented electric paint on.  A brief dry and off with the masking tape.  And the result?

Disaster.  It didn’t stick!  I think it was too dry so I might have another go but this time try a “reasonable” amount of graphite powder as opposed to the “insane” amount I tried this time.  There could also have been contaminants on the glass, or maybe heated rear window elements just don’t like being painted?  It does work though, I saw a guy on the web make electric paint and acrylic/graphite is the way to go.  

Also nice to relive “Chernobyl” by spilling a bit and trying to convince your wife that she didn’t see graphite on the ground

 

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I don’t need them but a trawl around Repco revealed these

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Note use of the words “This product fits your vehicle”.  At the equivalent of 50p each I wasn’t saying no.  So as I was going to Rangiora I thought I would take $4 in coins and visit the nice man at Repco.  And he was nice.  Nice enough to tell me they only had one in stock but Northlands had three on the shelves and so he is arranging for the other branch to ship them over to Rangiora for Tuesday morning.  

Of course I don’t have a plug spanner anywhere so I will probably have to make him feel better by getting one at the same time.  Or at least a plug socket.

They also have rear wheel cylinders for $5.  Silverline branded so Budget options and I would have done except again I don’t need them and there are two types for my car and i don’t know which I need.  In all honesty for something like that I prefer an actual brake part maker so should I actually need them in future i think I would rather go with TRW or similar.  

Experience so far suggests that Supercheap is like Halfords In that the prices and range are good.  Repco is a little more expensive but the staff there tend to be car people.  I would never expect to have a chat about ATF Brands with a 19 year old girl in Thurrock Halfords

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3 hours ago, Parky said:

Experience so far suggests that Supercheap is like Halfords In that the prices and range are good.  Repco is a little more expensive but the staff there tend to be car people.  I would never expect to have a chat about ATF Brands with a 19 year old girl in Thurrock Halford

I would concur, Repco is definitely more oriented towards people who actually know what they are doing under the bonnet.

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Washed it and applied some strategic polish (I.e couldn’t be arsed to do all of it) And pulled a little of the oil out.  Still over a bit.  Might have another try Friday.

One thing I have noted is the squealy fan belt when cold with ancillaries switched on.  Today I realised this might be because the belt is split in two lengthways and it’s right at the end of its adjustment.  It was obviously on its way out before I bought it and the seller whacked it up as tight as they could and wanted some silicon on it or something.  Seriously I half expected Howard Carter to emerge from behind the crank pulley it’s so crusty.

Easy enough job - Repco list a Dayco part at $48 (!!!!) whereas Supercheap have a no name brand at $14.  Interestingly two different lengths apparently fit mine - 865 or 870mm.  I went with the longer one.  Sometimes buying bits is like choosing which holy grail to drink from.  I half expect a wizened man to emerge from behind the Wheeltrims to say “He chose........poorly”

Should do the power steering belt as well but two options for that are 940mm or 1070mm.  Pretty sure it’s the shorter option but it’s in OK shape and I can change it separately later if it looks shonky.

Also enjoyed the haunted tyre again.  Didn’t mention it but one day I fitted trims and half an hour later had a flat.  Pumped the tyre up and it never happened again.  Today the same tyre was 6psi higher than it was last week.  I wonder if it’s something to do with the old man who owns the deserted amusement arcade???

 

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Anyhoo, this thread is nothing without pics so here is Mitzi Kaput as she sits today.  I have attached a vid too, not because I want to do a walk around but because there was an excellent bird singing and I liked it, that’s all.

Passenger door badly let’s it down.  Some DIY paintless dent removal YouTubing is called for

 

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Saw one of these today in Rangiora, a Mirage Modarc.  It’s like a Japan market Clio Baccara or Mirage Vanden Plas if you will.  Needless to say I want it.  Or at least a second hand Rover 25 grille, some nails, wood effect vinyl wrap and a gallon of BRG tractor paint.

Bizarrely the girl in this looks exactly like my ex and that Cat looks very much like my current cat.  The kid at the end looks like my son.  It’s like 30 seconds of Kanji based Parky Parallel Universe and is in no way related to having finished work at midnight while off my noggin on Prednisone.  What’s the Cat doing in some out of town designer village?  Picking up some cheap Jeans or something?  Normally he shops online.  Why is my son smiling at my ex nicking our cat?  And what is that awful music?

 

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Genuine wheels are unobtanium but Mini R50 wheels are a perfect fit!  Just need to get some minilight lookalike ones of the bay, some 50mm Mitsubishi wheel stickers and a can of silver paint and we can set off on our quest to Modarc.  

“Yeah alright Dad.....no, fine.....no all good......anyway I know you are shit with computers but can you just set up an ebay account, buy these wheels yeah, have them delivered to you, make up a crate, arrange for a shipping agent to collect and sort out all the duties and shit.  Actually you might as well chuck in some discs, pads, oil filters, a passenger door in Iris Blue.....oh and some green tractor paint.  Come on, chop chop, Modarcs to replicate. Yeah see ya, cheers”

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There were activities....

Number One.  I couldn’t resist it.  I like a bargain and when presented by Repco clearing out old stock, the prospect of new brake cylinders for five bucks was irresistible.  I don’t need them of course,  There were also two slightly differing types for my car so rather than run the risk of getting the wrong type I bought both.  

Number Two.  The fan belt was also replaced at last.  All week I have been enduring steadily worsening belt slippage and it was a mere matter of time before it went pop.  Generally straightforward enough apart from the inevitable inaccessible bolt which became much more accessible once the correct tool was found.  Just in time too, bits of it were fraying off and with it split in two it’s days were numbered and short.  A nice new Mitsuboshi one went on.  It was cheap, rubbery, and one piece.  Choice bro.  Sounds much quieter and I look forward to using my heated rear window without waking the whole street.
 

 

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