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37 minutes ago, AnnoyingPentium said:

Think ye've got ma Vectra beat! 😂

Comes at a cost mind.

It's a small shitbox. The Vectra will do miles without fuss. 

Can see the Corsa being hard work at distances with the bigger wheels and suspension.

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3 minutes ago, JMotor said:

The Vectra will do miles without fuss. 

Funny man, you are.

First name terms with my local AA patrolman now.

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You know what I mean! 😆 

Still shocked at how well the Corsa works for something I threw together with leftover shite.

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Today's job.

Cambelt replacement.

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Strip down was quite quick. As my aux belt only drives the alternator. No removal of engine mounts or any shite in my road.

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That's a surprising amount of room. It was more than the donor car had without half the hassle too.

This is the second belt I've done on this engine. I only did at a push 5k on this after the first one I fitted. So replacing it could be seen as a waste, except I did this four years ago. Long enough to want to at least have a nose at the belt and pullies.

That's when I noticed the bearings were leaking grease. Maybe not a big issue. But I wanted to play it safe.

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The kit was less than £40 too. Cheap enough to just replace the lot. Water pump was fine, so left it. I replaced it on the last belt job anyway.

Span the engine over a few times, then reset the belt tensioner as per the HBOL. Started and ran with no issues.

Oil change tomorrow and some fannying about with making bumpers and arch trims fit better.

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Friend suggested about heading out for a drive and some photo taking.

Need to put miles on this anyway.

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Car drove mint. Bar the temp gauge would sit at just over mid way. Strange. Should sit bang in the middle. Ach no loss of power or any other issues. 

Stopped the car when I got back. Started up again, misfire when you blip the throttle. Fudge! That'll be an new issue to fix. Fuel pump is noticeably noisy too. So that'll not help either.

Still have time, just hope it's plenty of time before my trip down south to have it fixed.

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Quick drive tonight to get everything warmed up.

Discovered three things.

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Plugs were all the same. Been a tad hot. Wonder if it's running a tad lean?

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That would be a YES! 😄

Fuel pump is NOT happy. That should be reading 3.8 bar running. It was random pump from another Corsa that had been used as an Auto test car and then left sat for years. Amazing it runs and drives at all. 

Front right brake caliper is binding on. So I'll just find the the cheapest reconditioned one on eBay to replace it. 

Overall. I can not be mad at the little car. It works! It bloody works 😁!

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Dug more into this weird fuel pump and running issue.

Swapped pumps for the one from my Spares Corsa. I used the exact same pump set up as the the spares car. Long story short, it's up to the job. No worries there.

Still the same weird noise out of mine. Spares car is silent as before. 

Time to pull the fuel reg apart. It's an EFi bypass one to over come the deadhead system the 1800 uses. Fuel can return to the tank.

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It's not bad for an eBay special. But not fantastic either.

Then I found what spring they fitted in it. Well it nearly fucked the top of the reg off down the workshop!

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That's some spring there! No wonder I couldn't adjust it at all. The screw was doing nothing. Too heavy of a spring and far too long. 

No expert. But I wonder if the pump was surging due to the fact it couldn't bleed off the excess via the return?

Threw the thing in the bin and have another name brand reg coming. 

Felt I needed to do something to justify my time. Went about swapping steering wheels.

Originally fitted this wheel from a Cavalier MK3 CD.

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I liked it. Until I spotted an FB for sale post for another wheel. My lack of restraint caused a purchase to happen.

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Been after one from either a Corsa B Flair or SRi. Not a very common wheel at all as it was only available for a short time until they started fitting airbag wheels to the sporty ones as standard. They kept selling non-airbag equipped cars. But only with the povvy two spoke steering wheel.

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12 hours ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

I can't remember what engine does the Corsa have?

X18XE1 (1.8 twin cam 16v) from a Vectra B. 

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On 27/06/2024 at 13:06, JMotor said:

Friend suggested about heading out for a drive and some photo taking.

Need to put miles on this anyway.

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Look at that sexy high performance machine! Imagine the fun you could have in that. The wee Corsa's not bad either.

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23 minutes ago, grogee said:

Look at that sexy high performance machine! Imagine the fun you could have in that. The wee Corsa's not bad either.

Having been in that LDV, I can confirm it's fantastic (if you're not in a rush). However you do look like an extra from Balamory.

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41 minutes ago, grogee said:

Look at that sexy high performance machine! Imagine the fun you could have in that. The wee Corsa's not bad either.

It's a machine and a half. All the fire breathing performance from the Banana Di!

That LDV is actually quite fun to be in. Reminds me of trips out when I was at school.

 

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13 minutes ago, JMotor said:

It's a machine and a half. All the fire breathing performance from the Banana Di!

That LDV is actually quite fun to be in. Reminds me of trips out with the school.

 

I've definitely got a Sherpa/Pilot/Cub fetish. My ultimate one would have the sought-after* Freight Rover badge on the back. 

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  • JMotor changed the title to My project car thread. Corsa troubleshooting.

Had the new fuel regulator delivered to me.

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An AEM brand one. Night and day difference in the quality. The pressure spring inside was nowhere near the same size as the valve spring they used in the last one.

Both regs use -6 AN fittings (finer machined JIC hydraulic fittings), made the swap over easy without the need to change the fuel lines. Picture shows how the reg is plumbed in for a deadhead system. So this serves as my return to tank too.

I'll need to knock up a bracket for mounting this to the car. Nothing fancy required.  

For testing purposes. I plumbed it up set the pressure to the stock pressure of 3.8 bar. Started it up and it's running at idle quite happy. The racket from the fuel pump has gone. Really glad it's worked to solve a few issues at once. 

Did have one major issue. It's an American brand, so it's all imperial hardware. Had to borrow some imperial Allen keys to set the pressure screw 😆. Have bought a set now.

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Couple of things happened.

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Washed Corsa. 

Tried to free off a sticky R/H brake caliper. Didn't work. I ordered another caliper off the Bay. Took an age to come. 

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Quick swap over and bleed, done. Car rolls freely now there isn't a dragging brake on that corner.

Hopefully there isn't anymore issues or nothing that isn't quickly fixable. 

Gonna tempt driving to work this Saturday. 

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On 10/07/2024 at 10:16, JMotor said:

Couple of things happened.

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Washed Corsa. 

Tried to free off a sticky R/H brake caliper. Didn't work. I ordered another caliper off the Bay. Took an age to come. 

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Quick swap over and bleed, done. Car rolls freely now there isn't a dragging brake on that corner.

Hopefully there isn't anymore issues or nothing that isn't quickly fixable. 

Gonna tempt driving to work this Saturday. 

I have the same hero's tub as an oil drain pan as well 🤣

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On 02/07/2024 at 10:29, JMotor said:

It's a machine and a half. All the fire breathing performance from the Banana Di!

That LDV is actually quite fun to be in. Reminds me of trips out when I was at school.

 

I had a hi top panel van for a while. Mine was a DI with a turbo though as befits a performance orientated motorist 😆. Apart from the whistling you wouldnt have been that aware a chuffer was present in all honesty. Grand old bus though.

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On 10/07/2024 at 10:16, JMotor said:

Gonna tempt driving to work this Saturday. 

It'll be fine. Corsas don't brake down, they just sometimes stop at the side of the road so people in inferior cars can admire them for longer.

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