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Postby Geoff Stainer » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:38 pm

I know exactly how you feel mate. I received a ticket from Newport through the post last year complete with a photo of my car. The offence was "parking on the roadway." It was actually a loop off the main road with marked bays on the left hand side which were all full. As I was only going to buy a newspaper I parked opposite the bays. The road was wide enough not to obstruct anyone wanting to pass or pull out of one of the bays and there were no double yellow lines, evidenced by the photo they sent. I didn't see a sign at the time although I could see one on a post in the photo. The next time I was up that way I made a point of going to Newport to check. There was a small sign which said that vehicles should be in marked bays so I have to hold my hands up by not checking thoroughly enough. What I was bemused by was the fact that the area I had parked in is now adorned with double yellow lines. They definitely were not there when I parked and, as I've said, they do not appear on the councils photograph either. It does gall me though. It is my only "slap" and I've been driving since 1978!
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Postby Zelandeth » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:22 pm

All right...enough about me spitting feathers about parking tickets...back on topic.

So yesterday evening I got a few things done on the Invacar.

I'd tracked down my pipe flaring tool, and ascertained that despite having not used it for probably more than a decade, did remember how to use it. Feels slightly odd to be using it actually on a car rather than on HVAC kit on the farm!

[] New front union to flexi line...

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[] Offside rear centre to axle flexi line (the distribution union at the rear is helpfully buried underneath the rear bulkhead).

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[] Nearside rear...

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[] I'd also managed after far more work than it should have been, to get the access panel out so I could get at the drive system.

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The belt is actually in good condition, though the tension needs adjusting. So I set about giving the adjuster itself a good dose of Plusgas as it's probably not moved in decades.

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However I can't even *see* the three nuts I need to loosen off down on the front of the chaincase. Need to get in here with the degreaser and pressure washer then we can talk. Not going to start undoing things blind as three of them secure the whole unit and allow it to pivot to adjust the belt tension - the other three hold the faceplate on! I'd rather not accidentally undo the wrong ones.

[] Rear Brake Flexi hoses.

It doesn't take a genius to see that the rear flexis will need changing before the car can even hope to think about getting an MOT due to the rust on the ferrules (there are actually chunks missing of one of them). No problem, got a pair of new old stock ones with the car!

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...Oh. Bother. These two pipes should be the same...They obviously aren't!

Best guess is that I've been given a pair of rear pipes for an Invacar Mk 12 as that's the main interest of the gent who sold me this one. No big issue, just a bit irritating. Shouldn't be too hard to source a pair of hoses elsewhere.

[] Battery Clamps.

The battery terminals I'd been using were very much a case of "what I had laying around in the parts box" rather than ideal for the job. Threw a pair of quick release ones on there today to make getting the battery in and out quicker. Will be less of an issue once it's properly re-located to the nearside of the engine compartment (currently missing the battery tray), when the battery will stay put and I'll get an isolator switch fitted. I trust the electrics in this thing about as far as I can throw it however, and I'd rather not burn the house down...so the battery is disconnected whenever I'm not running the engine or actively testing anything electrical.

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I should point out as well that the battery is usually bungeed in place here so it can't go anywhere. It's not ideal, but isn't a massive issue just moving the car around the drive. I should hopefully have the proper battery tray on the way soon so it can be returned to its correct location. There's also now some heat shrink on the positive terminal crimp, so far less opportunities for me to cause fireworks with a carelessly swung spanner.

Despite the slight setback with the brake flexis (which is annoying more than anything because it would have been nice to be fully able to draw a line under "brake pipes" as a subject today), having completed the missing bits of pipe meant that I could actually test the braking system out for the first time. Somewhat astonishingly, first tests seem to suggest that we have three functioning brakes. I'll need to get each wheel up individually to double-check that tomorrow, but certainly seems that way.

This has meant that I can actually do some slightly more meaningful drive system tests...

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I'll shift the Lada over to the other side of the drive tomorrow so I have a bit more room to play with.

Seems happy enough though, even though it's obvious the drive belt needs tightening as it's not hard to make it slip. Obviously I can't be *too* enthusiastic in my testing yet given the lack of seat belt...um...or seat...or floor at the moment. Feels like progress though.
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Re: Today I mostly .....

Postby Geoff Stainer » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:17 pm

Hi Zel.

Any progress to report on the Inva car? It's been a month since your last update. My curiosity is getting the better of me. :)

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Postby Zelandeth » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:10 pm

Geoff Stainer wrote:Hi Zel.

Any progress to report on the Inva car? It's been a month since your last update. My curiosity is getting the better of me. :)

Best wishes.


Yes - though we're at the stage now here I need to wait for a few things to happen before I can really make huge progress.

She's just generally running a lot better, and I do have working brakes. I seem to have an intermittent leak from one wheel cylinder though, and the master cylinder isn't perfect. Not to worried about that though given that all involved parts are readily and pretty cheaply available.

The big news really is with the bodywork. I've managed to sort out a deal with another owner to take on what has been serving as their spares car. This will be sans quite a lot of bits (engine and gearbox for a start, door locks, and most of the interior). The body on that one is rough, but is at least mostly actually *there* unlike mine! It's also missing pretty much exactly the bits as a whole that I've got here on mine - so it should be entirely possible to make one good one out of the two.

Now whether my mechanicals will end up being transplanted into that Invacar or whether it will donate its body to mine will remain to be seen. It sounds like this one may well have an immaculate floor and chassis - in which case it's a no brainer really just to drop my drivetrain in and tidy up the bodywork as necessary. They're both AC versions, which should help in terms of ensuring that everything should just fit. While the Invacar and AC versions of the Model 70 are notionally one and the same - there do seem to be some subtle differences to the chassis design and wiring loom among other things.

Until the "new" one arrives in my driveway though, there's not going to be a massive amount to report. I'll still be ticking off little jobs on stuff that can just be transferred over to whichever car I work on, but I'm not going to go overboard with stuff in case I wind up duplicating effort.

Yesterday's task for example was to pull the exhaust off so I could give it a proper clean up with the carbide mop prior to giving it a skim over with some paint. There's still evidence of the original grey enamel finish on it, so I'll replicate that as best I can - Though it will remain to be seen how long it lasts! Not sure how hot the silencer will run really...it's pretty huge relative to the size of the engine...

Main thing I really need to do is to pull the carb off and give it a proper clean to see if it resolves the "sneezing" habit that this one has. Even though it's massively better than it was, it's not gone yet. Seems to lean out massively briefly when transitioning between the idle and main jets based on what I'm seeing happening. It's fine at idle and it's fine under load - it's just going from idle to picking up load that it struggles. Well...sometimes. Some days it's absolutely fine...hence my theory that there's something floating around in the carb.

I had been planning some work involving getting it onto the ramps so I could give the underside of the engine and the gearbox a really good going over with the pressure washer - though I'm holding off that until I know what I'm doing - as if the engine and box are coming out, it'll be far easier to so that when they're sitting on the ground not attached to the car. No point in making things hard for myself.

One thing I do plan to do in the near future is to get it up on the axle stands and exercise the drive a bit. I can only shunt back and forth in very short runs in the driveway, but this will allow me to get it "up to speed" essentially and confirm that the governor is behaving properly. Should also allow me to exercise the rear brakes a bit and confirm whether they're balanced (or not!).
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Re: Today I mostly .....

Postby Geoff Stainer » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:07 pm

Thanks for the update.

Good luck.
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Postby Zelandeth » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:05 pm

Thanks!

Have to admit it's really surprising me just how much I'm enjoying the work on it. It's surprising how well engineered it is, and how much it's generally co operating far more than I'd expect...

Really wants a good run though!
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Postby Neil Chowney » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:23 am

... still think you're missing a trick by not fitting nitrous........
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Postby Zelandeth » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:34 pm

...having now heard the truly biblical levels of noise that the various bits of this thing make at speed - even when it's firmly affixed to axle stands, I think any attempts to get major performance improvements are...ill advised.

Have tested that the variomatic system and it seems to work as it should. The cones move and the gearing changes accordingly - it also drops into a "fixed ratio overdrive" at roughly 45mph as the manual says it should. I briefly had 65mph on the speedo before I bottled it. The noise levels were honestly alarming, and I didn't want the thing to vibrate itself off the axle stands!

Not much more to happen on this till the other donor car shows up I think beyond getting the main jet out the carb (now I know where it's hiding) to clean it.

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[] Took the Xantia over to my tame local garage and had them stick it on their air con servicing machine. It passed the leak down test just fine (somewhat to their surprise), so was gassed up. Now the climate control is working exactly as it should. Which was nice today...

[] Reminded by the fact that the tax reminder dropped through the post yesterday that I've had the car six months now, she was due an oil and filter change and a general check over. The oil filter isn't the least accessible example I've had to get to, but it's not a million miles off. The main air inlet duct to the throttle body and the idle air control valve (I think) are in the way. Luckily I've got skinny arms so was just able to squeeze in behind that lot, and managed not to drop the oil filter.

Only thing I noted during my walk round was a duff number plate light bulb, easily sorted. Even had one in stock. The other one looked about ready to go the same way, so I swapped them both. I did also spot when waiting for the suspension to settle while checking the LHM level that there was a bit of excess slack in the throttle cable, so nipped that up. Not like this car needs any more go, it's well capable of getting me into quite a lot of trouble as it is... really dinners to get this one to a track day some day to see what it can really do.
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