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Postby Tom. » Thu May 11, 2017 9:50 pm

Zel, sounds spot on :)
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Postby Zelandeth » Fri May 12, 2017 11:04 am

Definitely progress! Still little things to do like... actually plumbing in the fuel system properly, fitting an accelerator pedal...routing the loom into the car (I don't think the "Let's balance the ECU on the windscreen wiper" look will catch on), just minor stuff like that!

May need to get some assistance with swapping the lambda sensor as I can't get my wrench into it because the steering box is in the way. Only solution I can see with my tools is to split the downpipe from the manifold...which sounds like a recipe for snapped studs.
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Postby Zelandeth » Fri May 12, 2017 11:11 pm

Random observation of the day: goodness the throttle linkage on the Riva is complicated. It's seriously like an invention from a Loony Toons cartoon...I count six changes in direction that force has to go through between you pressing the pedal to that motion arriving at the throttle butterfly.

Surely they could have just used a cable like they did on the (monopoint injection anyway) Niva...

Currently working out how to work this on my Riva, currently leaning toward modifying (Read: hit it with a big hammer to put a bend where I need it) the Niva pedal rather than try to attach it to the mousetrap like contraption already there.

Biggest headache in using the original setup is that the last pivot was anchored by the carb base nuts - which now aren't there (the TBi unit has totally different fixing points), so there's nothing to attach it to...

We're now tackling the list labelled "Really annoying stuff I wish I had worked out before I put everything back in the engine bay.". Faffing around with the throttle linkage is high on that list.
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Postby hoverfrog » Fri May 12, 2017 11:54 pm

Zelandeth - love your last post!
My problem is usually trying to work out what the broken parts were meant to do, you've obviously already sorted that one out! :)

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Postby hoverfrog » Sun May 14, 2017 7:16 pm

...decided that as there was nothing on TV and it's Sunday eve, that I'd take the 1700 out for a spin (recharge the battery, etc....)
No point having a spare car if it doesn't work, right?
Well it started, got not 100 yards down the lane and it died. Was pushing it to get to the slope when someone appeared behind me - I was blocking the road. I'm sure I could've persuaded him to help push, but the bar-steward decided to start on the next turn of the key!
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Postby Zelandeth » Tue May 16, 2017 6:17 pm

Took the Lada out for the first test run since starting the injection conversion project...

It works!

Initial impressions are that I seem to have a very, very significant amount of additional torque. I also have power delivery that is actually smooth, and I can actually hold the car on a light throttle without it carrying on. Can also report that having done a thorough reverse flushed of the heater that it is now getting as hot as it should do. First time it's been more than lukewarm since I bought the car.

Slightly sticky throttle pedal (at the closed setting) needs resolving and there is still a lot of wiring to be tidied up just due to the Riva engine bay being a different shape to that of the Niva.

Also found a mod that I need to do. Went to refit the cooling fan shroud today and found that one of the supports wants to occupy the same space as the crankshaft position sensor. Easy enough to sort with the grinder though, will just cut a notch in the fan support for the connector.
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Postby Zelandeth » Wed May 24, 2017 12:15 am

Took a bunch of garden waste to the tip using the Saab (it already needs a valet, so less bothered about it getting full of tree), and suddenly lost a cylinder just as I turned into our neighbourhood. As I pulled into the drive the cloud of acrid smelling smoke and steam from my tailpipe caught up with me - and blanked out most of the block.

Yep...the going head gasket has indeed now gone! Guess that will be the next big job then. Will give the fuel system in the Riva a thorough check over tomorrow as it looks like some of the temporary stuff may have to be a bit less so than I'd hoped. All stuff I reckon should be just fine though.
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Postby Zelandeth » Wed May 31, 2017 3:42 pm

Yesterday, moved the fuel pump in the Riva from in the boot to under the car just ahead of the fuel tank. Will need to make a proper bracket for it at some point. This has reduced noise from it though to a perfectly acceptable hum rather than a hiss/whine that had you wanting to claw your ears out after five minutes.

Today changed the brake pads on the Riva after they started making horrible scraping noises yesterday. I knew that job was on the horizon so already had the pads in stock. Nice simple job for a change that took about 20 minutes. Far more material left on the nearside pads than the offside, so I'll keep an eye on the balance. Want to go back in and change the flexi hoses anyway, but will wait for a day I've more spare time on hand.

Nice easy caliper design to do the pads on...but I'll bet it's a pig in those pins are rusted in place!
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