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badhuis



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peter scott wrote:
Replaced the battery in the Mondeo today. It was still able to start the car but was the original Ford equipment with a label stating "First Charge April 2004."
Can't really complain at that.

Peter

Yes, quite remarkable. I replaced the original (also 2004) battery from my X-type only last year.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote









Hopefully that will resolve the intermittent appearance of LHM under the car. The other side was done as well, just in case, even though it appeared LHM tight. Not that bad a job, all things considered.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff, so other than the minor drips, the BX is behaving itself?

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Vulgalour



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's behaving itself remarkably well. The only other issue of note is air ingress in the fuel due to ineffective fuel clamps, something that will be resolved once the replacements I ordered arrive so that I can fit the brand new fuel hose. I'm very much in the territory of looking for jobs to do on it now, which is just as well since the MoT is due very soon.
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consul 57



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

replaced both rear leaf springs on the consul with the assistance of my wife.
should corner better now, if we are allowed out soon.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

consul 57 wrote:
replaced both rear leaf springs on the consul with the assistance of my wife.
should corner better now, if we are allowed out soon.


I remember my Dad's Consul went rusty around the spring hangers. It was the death knell for many a Mk11 Ford before they became scarce and collectible.

What condition are your hangers in?
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badhuis



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vulgalour wrote:
I'm very much in the territory of looking for jobs to do on it now, which is just as well since the MoT is due very soon.

When I got my BX years ago the seller commented that the ride at the rear might be a bit too harsh. So true as it seems it did not have springs at all (which is true of course having spheres). So I found out if changing spheres was a DIY job, it was. I did change the rear spheres in about two hours, easily done and the spheres were not very expensive either. It transformed the car!
When I bought the spheres I also bought the main accumulator sphere which I did not replace. I still have it in its original packing. If you want it send me a PM and I will send it to you FOC. Rather see it go to someone with a BX than lying around for years on the shelf.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
consul 57 wrote:
replaced both rear leaf springs on the consul with the assistance of my wife.
should corner better now, if we are allowed out soon.


I remember my Dad's Consul went rusty around the spring hangers. It was the death knell for many a Mk11 Ford before they became scarce and collectible.

What condition are your hangers in?

yes the old rusty underside killed off many 50's cars but mine are solid as a rock, i went over it like sherlock holmes when i went to buy it.
it has had several sprays of protection wax in the 3 years i have owned it as well, sticking the tube in all the knooks and crannies.
it is in far better condition than my old one i had in the 80's that looked ok but soon rusted away as i live by the seaside as well.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have such fond memories of our old Consul that knowing at least some of them have survived is heartwarming. It may sound sentimental but knowing how much my Dad liked his "lowline" makes me feel nostalgic for those happier times.

I may have mentioned it before (I can't remember) but my Dad bought his Green and white Consul from a workmate who had owned it from new and had done very few miles in the preceding years. He also had also never once cleaned it so at first glance the 80 Dad paid seemed about right.!

My younger Brother and I spent an entire week end cleaning the car. There were no dents in the bodywork and under the grime the paint was like new! The chrome was excellent and the green and white leather interior polished up a treat. It looked like a new car.

Dad was so proud.
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consul 57



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ray, sounds like it was a well loved motor.
to some they were just cars to get around in, but to us rockers they are a touch of usa glamour without the huge fuel bills of yank motors!
teds could never have a car in the 50's let alone a newish one, but us teds of the late 70's could and did buy them and use them for going to dances and the like so to us they are not just cars to get about in, i wish i could up load a pic if i knew how.
so when my isa was worthless my wife and i decided to spend it on another one but in better condition than our old one and we have more money and do not need to use it every day either.
when we go for a cruise it is like stepping back in time and people do stop and want to chat as they are of an age that a lot can remember and it brings a smile to their faces.
one thing that did surprise me when we are out in it is how many learnt to drive in one.
once this virus situation is over that is the one thing we want to do is go for a drive.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

consul 57 wrote:
ray, sounds like it was a well loved motor.
to some they were just cars to get around in, but to us rockers they are a touch of usa glamour without the huge fuel bills of yank motors!....

.....one thing that did surprise me when we are out in it is how many learnt to drive in one.

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Although I was not old enough (so long as Mother wasn't in the car) Dad would let me get behind the wheel on a quiet country lane. (I had already learned how to drive in the Morris 8 series E before I could even reach the pedals!)

The Consul was so BIG compared with the Morris - or indeed the lovely FA Victor that preceded it - I remember feeling really grown up. Dad had been impressed with the styling of the big Yank tanks (although not driven one) so it was natural that he would go for a Consul.

I think he felt the 3 litre cars were just that bit too thirsty. .
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norustplease



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I inherited two spare front wings with my 2CV. They both needed work around the splash guards that fit under the bulkhead. and after a couple of days steel bashing and MIG welding, they are solid again.
So in the event of a minor prang, I have replacements that can be fitted quickly to get things rolling again.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a good briveting day today, catching up on odd jobs in the garage, checking big Dodge's tyre pressures, tidying up, giving junior a few more lessons in clutch control in an oldie etc, so not a bad way to avoid going out anywhere.

RJ
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lowdrag



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No real garage work, but I did get 'er indoors transport out and clean it inside and out. Now folks, what is the best alloy wheel cleaner please? They are in an 'orrible state.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put the battery back on the 47 Minx today, she hasnt been started for at least 6 months.

Primed the fuel pump and she fired instantly on the first pull of the starter.
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