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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!
Nivas have not only a soul but also a (too far advanced) sense of humour :D

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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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Postby Zelandeth » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:29 pm

Took some measurements to ascertain what layout changes would be needed on/around our driveway to accommodate a potential future addition to the fleet. A 9' by 50' rectangle should be pretty easy to make happen actually without leaving us without a garden of causing outright war with our neighbours.

Another reason the much maligned tree out front needs to go though!
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Postby hoverfrog » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:13 pm

so I bought replacement doors and boot for the 1600, in resin/fibre whatever-you-call-it in English!
They look really nice, don't weigh a lot, but now I have to make holes in them to fit all the locks, windows, etc... GULP! Better not get it wrong!
Well, a 2nd hand boot goes for 240 over here, and I got the 3 for half that!
That's my winter project sorted - only one more week of strawberries, then Portugal, then NIVA(s)!!!

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Postby Zelandeth » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:26 pm

Today I mostly...spent approximately 23 hours door to door travelling to my in law's house for a holiday in the US...looooooooong day...
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Postby Zelandeth » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:03 pm

Today I mostly...

...had my first day of not being jetlagged to hell and back.

Will soon be saying goodbye to the Skoda. Well...not really. I'll still see it regularly as it's only moving five miles or so, and I'm good friends with the new owner. Will be doing my best to help ease them into the trials and tribulations of owning a car of this type!

...also looking forward to welcoming a new member to my fleet. Another Dante Red Citroen Xantia will be heading for my driveway (yes, this one has laquer peel issues as well), but not a simple 1.9TD in SX trim. This one's a 2.0T Activa.

...Given the complexity of the Activa system (11 spheres!) wouldn't even consider it if I didn't have one of the most knowledgeable guys in the country on these cars virtually on my doorstep.

Will be the first car I've had (on the road anyway) with leather, and the first ever with wood trim inside. Probably the most powerful by a decent margin too...given that I live in the land of roundabouts will be interesting to see how well the Activa system handles them!
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Postby hoverfrog » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:30 pm

...discovered that the gravel in my courtyard is laid on a bed of recycled granite building stones / flagstones. Ho-hum, in spite of the over-sized knife-through-butter Metabo hammer drill I'm having issues making holes for two gate posts!

Re-charged the battery on the 1700 - still won't start. Starting has been temperamental for several years now - turn the key and you either get a click, nothing, or it goes! Alternator is new, starter motor was new about 4 years ago, nyman is new, even the bracket that holds the steering wheel in place is new!

1600 is leaking petrol from the petrol pump diaphragm (that's the last time I get seduced by cheap parts!) - and also from the filler cap when I do a left bend in spite of the rubber seal looking OK. Of course, roundabouts over here are just long left bends! :D

Given up on the resin body parts - the retired Renault mechanic is going to help me cut-weld-fill the existing lacework!

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Postby hoverfrog » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:35 pm

got the 1700 going! Bump-started it down the slope, it's good at that! Tried the starter later and it started, ho-hum.
Slight leak of brake fluid - probably a wheel cylinder, Nivas don't like being left idle :(
Monday we start on the 1600... full bodywork makeover!

After having had to resort to online sites to find my straying dogs I have now made a proper gate... well tested by the labrador but she's still in and the gate is still standing!

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Postby Zelandeth » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:58 am

Yesterday got dragged all the way between Milton Keynes and Livingston in the back of a 2017 VW Caravelle. Goodness it's so much more comfortable than the Golf R Estate last year which honestly was torture after about an hour. Still less comfortable than I reckon it's 20 year old equivalent would have by virtue of it having typically modernly over-stiff suspension and very firm seats. Still...bloody glad to not have had to endure the Golf again.

Today have mostly been busy running around mostly watching the madness and mayhem unfold here, and marvelling at how well the hotel are actually managing being full to capacity. We're at that awkward size now where we're hitting that challenge of how to find a suitable venue for more than a few hundred people, but less than 1500... there's a big void there that's a real challenge to get around.

This evening though I've started trying to figure out what to do about the one problem with my new acquisition (not that I've even got it yet!), and that's the blasted clear coat peel. Long term it will need a full respray - but it'll likely be a couple of years before I can realistically throw a couple of grand at it to have that done. I fully intend to do it - but it will be a while.

So what the heck do I do in the meantime? The "sunburn" as I tend to refer to it will need dealing with or it will drive me mad. Gabriel I was willing to deal with it to some extend as she was a 206K mile workhorse who only owed me £295, so was allowed a few battle scars...the Activa though is a bit more special and is actually worth spending something on. Especially as it's probably one of (if not the) best sorted examples mechanically and hydraulically speaking in the country.

Anyone had any experience with that "Platicote" paint? I've seen some folks successfully use it on wheels and bumpers, but I've zip knowledge of how it behaves on larger panels or how durable it is.

Open to suggestions...
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