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lowdrag



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to the car but for the car really. Double wooden garage, walls and roof insulated some years back but finally with 70mm rockwool and aluminium bubble sandwich over we finally got the garage properly finished. I've had a Carcoon for years but sold it planning to buy a Veloce (free-standing instead of a bubble). But now we've finished off the doors and sealed any gaps the garage is holding at 55% which is fine by me. Incidentally, the dehumidifier is broken, and that is the second in three years from the maker, Trotec. They replaced the first under guarantee but the second is apparently down to me - even after one year - because the guarantee dates back to the first purchase. So, crap machines not worth considering. I'll probably buy another (but not the same make!) but for now I am keeping an eye on the humidity level. As of now, quids in. The Veloce is around 600, and the insulation 70.





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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lowdrag wrote:
They replaced the first under guarantee but the second is apparently down to me - even after one year - because the guarantee dates back to the first purchase.


I think that's quite common, isn't it? I've had little things like grinders replaced under guarantee, and never got another receipt to show a new starting date.
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Bitumen Boy



Joined: 26 Jan 2012
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Location: Above the snow line in old Monmouthshire

PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeEdwards wrote:
lowdrag wrote:
They replaced the first under guarantee but the second is apparently down to me - even after one year - because the guarantee dates back to the first purchase.


I think that's quite common, isn't it? I've had little things like grinders replaced under guarantee, and never got another receipt to show a new starting date.


Yes, that's the way it usually works. Best bet is to take a refund rather than replacement if it's offered - that way even if you purchase the same product again it resets the clock.

Now if it was up to me the law would require the guarantee period to be reset every time a replacement under guarantee occurred, and the standard guarantee period would be increased over time as well. I reckon we'd see far fewer substandard, non repairable imports flooding in and we might even start making things here again instead of being dependent on China...
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Continued to fine tune the engine on the Commer. She was still only running on full choke so we stripped and cleaned the jets. With them refitted she now starts and ticks over with no choke.

I am awaiting a downpipe gasket, found by Speedy Spares, so will fit that next weekend and that will stop the air being sucked in and she will sound sweet.

Even now running with the air sucking you can hear she has a nice tickover with no worrying knocks or bangs.
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still trying to sort out the drivers side sill on my project. I've been cutting the old sill off in short sections so I can re-make the bottom of the inner sill and still have some reference points. I got fed up with it this afternoon, so spent a bit of time scraping more filler off the back of the car, where the previous "repairer" has chosen to use a blob of weld every 6" and a lot of filler. The wheelarch repair seems to be held on with this same method.
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Rick
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I said goodbye to the Volvo this week, with so much on the go here and limited undercover space, something had to "give" so preference was given to the earlier toys.

RJ
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got an exhaust downpipe gasket from Speedy Spares so have fitted that this morning along with new brass nuts too. The Commer now runs nicely on tickover but has a little trouble when you start to use the accelerator, just some fine tuning with the timing required now.
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swapped the nearside front hub on the Firenza. It's had a little "shimmy" on the front brakes for years, only noticeable under light braking as you slow from ~20mph to a stop, but someone suggested maybe the discs are causing it. As I had new discs, and new bearings, I cleaned up and built a spare hub, and have been getting around to fitting it since the start of the first lockdown. I'd also made a backing shield as the car didn't have any fitted* so I put that on, bled the brakes, and have made a start on rebuilding the spare hub for the other side.

(* Back in the 80s when you could just buy backing shields from the Vauxhall dealer, I went to our local one and bought two pairs, for something like 1.38 per shield. I paid up front, received two for one side, and then the dealer went bust and I never got the other side. So I couldn't fit them when the car went back together as, back then, I had no idea how to make stuff like that.)
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really on my car, but my Mother's car (Peugeot 107) is ready for an MOT as it was extended during lockdown, but the indicators don't work. Pretty much every single indicator stalk for 12.99 on eBay says it's not compatible with the car, so I removed the stalk this morning and took it to bits. Once I'd stripped it down I saw the contacts were badly corroded, so I cleaned them up with the edge of a knife, stuck it back together and now it all works.

Two bad things:

Searching for the make, model and year on eBay still brings up hundreds of listings for items that don't match either the make, model or year, which is deeply frustrating in the same way that searching for "Viva estate" brings up three pages of new generic seat belts, eight pages of spark plugs, and so on.

And a special mention to the bloke who went to the trouble of making a ten minute Youtube video showing how to take it to bits and examine the contacts to see why his didn't work, and then top off the ten minutes with words to the effect of "that looks really badly corroded, it's not possible to repair it". What's the point of making a video to not fix something?
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alastairq



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my experience, the eBay vehicle matching system is useless.
I have seen parts identified by part number, sometimes fitting my car, sometimes not....according to eBay.
If the vendor is a dealer , it might be worth checking fitment first by email?
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alastairq wrote:
In my experience, the eBay vehicle matching system is useless.
I have seen parts identified by part number, sometimes fitting my car, sometimes not....according to eBay.
If the vendor is a dealer , it might be worth checking fitment first by email?


I think you're absolutely right - I've seen stuff advertised for my TT that the matching system says is for coupe only, not for roadster. But in those cases, it's been stuff like suspension parts, which are identical between the two (as long as they're both quattro, for the things I was looking for, not everything) and the oil sump, which is identical as long as they have the same engine code.

As I managed to clean the contacts up and it all works, I was able to just moan about eBay without having to use it this time.
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BigJohn



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to filter out the rubbish, ie bulbs, mats etc that are not specific, add -fits
like this if searching for Droopsnoop bits;
Droopsnoop -fits
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not so much work on the vehicles this week but clearing the space in the shed to move things about.

Its amazing to find such clutter that you totally forgot about. We did however find some very useful tools that I had lost!
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badhuis



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helped out a friend with his 1959 Minx Drophead. The engine rattled too much for his liking and seemed underpowered. As he had a good spare 1725 engine he decided he would exchange the units. He had hired an engine crane for the weekend and had removed the bonnet.
In his lovely warm garage with inspection pit, we got to it. Removed the starter motor, in and exhaust manifolds with the carburettor as one item, distributor and radiator. The crane was easy to and the long legs fitted well under the car. A trolley jack under the front of the gearbox took the load from that. With the old engine out, the flywheel and clutch was removed and fitted to the other engine. Clutch plate was serviceable, it still has enough "meat" to it.
Fitting the new engine was without problems. The trolley jack was useful for mating the engine to the gearbox without the usual troubles.
It was a pleasant day. Without real problems, everything went smoothly and as planned. The nuts and bolts screwed off easily, even the exhaust manifold and front pipe bolts. The Minx is a nice car to work on, plenty of space under the bonnet. Nothing difficult or hard to reach.
Another easy evening for him to fit back the radiator, hoses, manifolds and distributor. The engine then should run again. Fingers crossed because the new engine was in store for about 20 years. According to the previous owner, a club member we have known for over 35 years, it ran well when he took it out of a rotten 1966 Minx. Always exciting, to see/hear an engine running again after so many years. But these Rootes engines are pretty solid and I am sure it will run without too many problems.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

badhuis wrote:
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According to the previous owner, a club member we have known for over 345 years, it ran well...


He's doing well for his age! Wink

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