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It was absolutely heaving all the way from Rye to Camber on Sunday morning, I felt quite guilty as it must be a real pain in the arse for the locals having the access roads completely blocked by tourists. I know out our way in Seaford the A259 was bad on Sunday because people were dumping their cars on the verge of the clearway so they could walk down to Tidemills, and the bus service to Tidemills was cancelled as some inconsiderate wankers had parked in the bus stop as per usual.

But yes, it does make a nice change to fix something and then actually have it work for a bit!! 😁

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Back to the list of projects, another car that's easy to write about is the SLK320 the my brother and I picked up last year as a joint project - my brother is 6 years younger than me and just started spannering in the last couple of years, so I've duly taken him under my wing and I'm doing all I can to traumatise him with shite cars and the work involved with keeping them running.

Whilst shopping for a gearbox at the merc breaker's run by a friend of a friend for my E430 (and eventually buying an AMG V8 lump as well), my eye was caught by this scruffy old thing. You'll notice the nearside arch is on the piss, this is because the control arm had snapped on the last owner whilst the car was being driven and is why it ended up at the yard.



The monoblocks were what caught me initially, and then the V6 engine drew me in further. I hadn't visited for a car though, so I left it behind and tried not to think of it. But like an inappropriate pass from your partner's friend at a party, whilst you can try your best not to think about it or act on it, an inevitable course of disaster has been set. A few weeks later I stopped in whilst passing and asked if I could have a poke around inside. The engine was knackered and the gearbox was done for, and those with sense probably would have walked away. They had an E320 in for breaking though, and reassuring myself that the monoblocks would offset most of my spend I asked about them sorting me out with a spare engine and gearbox if I took the car. We shook on £600 for the car as it stood, plus the engine and box out of the E Class.

I got the car transported home, and nicked my Mum's pickup to grab the spare motor and gearbox. Random fact, I went with my Mum to view that truck with her, and when we arrived at the viewing it was Micheal Cooper (son of John Cooper) selling it as it was his truck that he used for gardening and didn't need it anymore 😅 I think it still only has about 45k miles on the clock, and my Mum has been running it for a few years now!


We didn't waste much time pulling the old motor out, here she is mid surgery. Not many photos taken I'm afraid, the original plan was to rattle through the work and use the car as it still had MOT...



Then things got a bit mad on the Covid front, and my brother being a manager for a food delivery company suddenly found himself with little time spare. I didn't want to have the fun/pain to myself and him to miss out, so it sat neglected on  my driveway for some time.  We did do some fettling to the engine on the odd occasion, as the E Class has the starter on the wrong side so we had to cut a hole for it to got the correct side, and had the starter flange machined down a bit to provide the right engagement (Inevitable pain in my arse later).  I seem to recall I had to swap the inlet plenum too, and a few other bits. The manifolds were different too, due to the space restrictions in the SLK engine bay, but again they were easy to swap.

On my week off work we spent 3 days fighting the new engine back in. I can't say I'd like to do it again, the engine bay is crazy tight and long and the engine and gearbox combined is probably on the limit for my cheapo chinesium crane at full extension. We got there though with the supervision of a responsible being







It's looking a bit more together in there now. We still need to repair the wing as it was badly damaged when the control arm snapped but a replacement is about £250!! New front arms are on the cards also. We have also swapped on some cheaper alloys for now as we will possibly sell the monoblocks.

One small problem is that I didn't get enough machined off the starter 😅 So I will sadly have to try and get that removed at some point. I feel like this car may get left to sit for a little bit as I'm really not looking forward to that job!!!

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14 minutes ago, wesacosa said:

I was following your Favorit progress on the Facebook forum but didn't put 2 and 2 together and realise you were on here too until I recognised the traffic jam pictures

I tend to post to the various owner’s groups as and when I do bits and pieces, but I find it a pain in the arse to document a project long term on Facebook as it isn’t very easy to go back through the content and find things. The Facebook groups are great for the combined model specific knowledge base though so it’s swings and roundabouts really 😅

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37 minutes ago, High Jetter said:

Wow, a very interesting read. Am not far from you either, will look out for your fleet on the road.

Thanks mate, I’m glad it’s of some interest 👍🏻 I use the Favorit and Insight as daily drivers so I’m fairly easy to spot if I’m out 😅 I only commute from seaford to newhaven though so it’s a very small window of opportunity to spot me 😂

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On 6/8/2021 at 1:08 PM, Rust Collector said:

The story was that he had owned many BX's, using them for his work as a welder. This particular one let him down one winter when the heater matrix let go, and combined with some of the holes opening up in the arches it was put to one side and left to come back to.

Love the fact that a welder had parked it up and given up... because it needed welding.😄

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7 minutes ago, Grumblespeed said:

Love the fact that a welder had parked it up and given up... because it needed welding.😄

It's a worry, isn't it 😆 From what I understood, he worked mostly at harbours welding structures/boats and other things made of very thick metal. I seem to recall he said was paying someone else to weld the BX up when it needed the work as he didn't like welding the thin metal on cars. Having played around both arc and mig welding on thicker metal when knocking together bits and pieces with a mate who does fabricating, I can understand where he is coming from... I don't think there's anything worse than welding decades old sheet metal on scabby old cars 😅

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I guess we should go back to the Zastava now, and the work I was doing on it in January-ish


Like the overgrown child I am, the most important thing now was to get it to run... Apologies to anyone who harbours feelings of sympathy towards starter motors. I did at least jack one wheel up and turn the engine over by hand first.

Oh dear. Well, the fuel is from 1996... Best use old faithful


Well, at least we know the engine works now! Next it's time to strip the carb and clean it out and adjust it.

Spare wheel removed for easier working. Mouse food galore.


A proud achievement... brittle plastic fitting removed without breaking it. I should have bought a lottery ticket.


The carb is a model built under licence from Weber


Spoiler alert - my car doesn't have the right carb fitted. But that's a ball ache for a later post when I'm stood holding the distributor vacuum advance line and wondering where the hell it should go.

Carefully dismantling the float by ramming a screwdriver through the hinge


Gave it a shake and there's no fuel in there which is good.

There's some pretty disgusting fuel in the bowl though, and some nice jelly chunks



So I gave it all a good clean. All the jets were removed and cleaned one by one, plus the emulsifier tube and anything else I could get a screwdriver on


Time to check the diaphragm


Should probably replace it, will do at some time - there's always time to do it right the second time. More jelly hiding behind the diaphragm


Cleaned it all out, briefly lost the spring, found the spring and reassembled.

Adjustments next. The choke was fine (from memory), but this arm wasn't right


It needed a bit of help to get the full range of movement it should have. Luckily I found a carburettor rawl plug.


Don't worry, I cut the tabs down later 😉 I did try straightening the arm (it looks bent) but that didn't really help. I suspect I'll need to revisit this at some point, but for the sake of getting it running short term I'll live with it.

Good enough for me...


Although I did flush the green shit out the coolant passages before refitting.

Hmm... Still not quite right.

This might be why


The banjo union at the brake booster had snapped. I reckon some air might have been getting in through there 😅 Luckily I had a part in stock


I ordered a new length of hose, a non return valve and a new banjo bolt and fitting. This would do for now though.

Much better 😅

At least she idles now and doesn't run away/stall under throttle. We will deal with the noxious fumes later.

Next up, I work on the brakes whilst my lungs recover. More to come when I can be bothered to sift through more photos 😅

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On 04/06/2021 at 21:10, stuboy said:

what happened to that lot?


On 04/06/2021 at 21:14, wesacosa said:

I don't know. the bloke who runs the Yugo Facebook group was looking to find people to take them on but I never heard what happened to them all

There have been a couple of finds on the FB group of late, IIRC chatting to the guy who runs the Facebook group a couple of weeks back the two convertibles one ended up being exported to be restored and the other is being/going to be reatored. The 511 for resto went to Nigel Bickle I think and he’s in the process of sorting it. Apparently there are more back there with this particular Skoda collector too, but they are stuck behind vehicles with no keys… 

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12 hours ago, wesacosa said:

brilliant work. I absolutely love this car

Thanks mate, I'm quite taken with it too after buying it purely on impulse - it says something that I find more motivation to work on this than I do to replace the gearbox on my V8 merc!!

51 minutes ago, brownnova said:

What a fantastic collection, and a fantastic thread! I’ve seen a bit of what you’ve done with the 311 over on the Facebook group (as a fellow Zastava owner… a 45 for me) but glad to see more updates here! 

Thank you, I've fallen behind a bit with the Facebook post mainly because it's such a ball ache to add more pictures and text to it in the comment section. I have quite a soft spot for the 45, I think they're awesome little cars! This thread will probably be where my Zastava progress is recorded now, and then I will probably just post up on the Facebook group once the car is done.

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 For tonight I think we will have a bit more of the work that I did on the Zastava earlier this year...

So when I bought it, the brakes were all in the boot. Rear shoes, springs, refurbed front calipers, carriers, pads, hoses and clips. So I set about figuring out what went where and fitting it.

Whoever mothballed it had cable tied down the rear brake cylinders to help with reassembly. As you can imagine, they did not slide back out afterwards 😅 I didn't have replacements so started putting it together anyway as I'm impatient, but I did splash out £10 for a pair of replacements.

One side done... note the gap between the shoes and the pistons!


And the other side done in the dark for balance


The springs were utter bastards, and as punishment for my impatience I had to tackle them twice. The locking washers on the shoe retaining pins and springs were not fun either, they were a little bit flexible and I had to give them some delicate fettling with a hammer and drift in order to stop them pinging off repeatedly. Got it sorted and the new cylinders on though so all good.


With that we were on to the fronts. The threads on the carriers weren't looking too clever from where they'd been exposed to the atmosphere whilst removed, so they got a bit of love from the thread tap. I don't know why, but I find chasing threads very cathartic 😅


Good as new lol


Carrier, pads and pad retaining clips fitted


A metal wedge is tapped in at the top and bottom of the calliper, then some little sprung clips stop it wiggling out the sides and your brake calliper ejecting. Sounds safe enough for me!


The discs are a tad orange on the friction surface, but I reckon a few runs up and down the track at my parent's and it will come up fine. From what I can tell the discs were new, they have no lip whatsoever and the centres are still painted nicely.


As before, the opposite side was done in the dark just to check I was paying attention the first time around.


The front brake lines were in a pretty shitty state so I set about removing them whilst I was working on the front brakes. When removing them from the master cylinder, it was apparent that leaving the brakes removed whilst the car was stored had probably done more harm than good - it's very crusty in there. You can also see the poor state of the servo banjo union here too, which had just disentegrated.


New parts then I guess. First the new Banjo union, hose and check valve. Yes, I do regret not getting fabric wrapped hose... Yes I probably will replace it just because it doesn't look quite right 😅


More new parts



Oh how naïve I was to think that I'd get away with reusing the rear brake line. That's a story for a later post though.

That's one new line and an old hose fitted... the old hose has since been replaced in a later purge of old brake system components.



Happily, the o/s front line runs under the cabin fan and heater matrix. Out they come then!




That was a right pain in the arse. The cables for the various air flaps had no give in them, and I'm ham fisted at the best of times. Unbelievably, through the power of broken skin and swearing, the parts were removed and I had access to the brake line.


I needn't have gone as far as pulling the fan out to get access, however it wasn't working. My limited diagnostics skills had determined that there was power all the way to the fan on both speed settings, so it was the fan that had a problem. I put it in the bedroom for good measure, as this would ensure that my partner would repeatedly ask when I was going to put it out in the garage where it should be. Eventually I'd cave and fix it this way 😅


New brake line made up, another job which I quite enjoy to be fair.


New line in, and the heater matrix looped out until I sorted the fan.


Bled the brakes, and they were utter wank 😅 New brake hoses ordered all round as I suspected that they may be blocked, in the meantime at least the handbrake now worked and so I could remove the small log that was previously doing brake duty.

Whilst waiting for brake hoses, I started on the fuel system. The main issues were that the fuel lines were knackered, the fuel in the tank was ancient, and the fuel gauge didn't work. That's for the next post though!


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