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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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Postby Zelandeth » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:16 pm

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Got the new fuel tank fitted to the Riva. What a faff. Would have been a doddle if the tank breather was situated more easily...however trying to get the filler neck and breather to co-operate at the same time is a major pain.

It's a 2/10 for technical difficulty, but an 8/10 for awkwardness.

Hopefully get the wiring done tomorrow and tidy things up, then have a working car again at the end of it.

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Get it booked in for an MOT shortly, hopefully get it out to some shows soon.
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Postby Zelandeth » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:07 pm

Finally got the rear part of the Lada's fuel system put properly back together. I was 95% of the way there last time, but didn't have time to get to the wiring side of things.

I do appear to have done a pretty good job of burying the Invacar in the last few days with concentration being fixed on the Lada for the most part.

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The Saab will also be moving on to pastures new this week with a bit of luck - so some of the stuff here has been decanted out of the boot of that too. Will be sad to see it go, but at the same time glad to see it having a good shot at getting back on the road rather than just decaying in the corner of my garden.

I only really had one glitch today - and that was the discovery that the gauge sender/pump connector on the fuel pump I've got is different to the one used on the TBi Nivas...it's a 4-pin in-line connector, rather than the square 2+2 one the Niva uses. No biggie, easy enough to figure out what's what with the meter.

...Until the multimeter decided to for reasons unknown, turn itself into a doorstop. This took me a good ten or fifteen minutes of chasing my tail to figure out though, as it was giving me feasible but nonsense readings.

So wound up dragging the old standby downstairs and using that to see what was what.

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Got the wiring sorted out in short order then, and glad to report that everything seems to work just fine. To say the new pump is "a lot quieter" than the original one is an understatement if ever there was one. Car also seems to be running smoother, though whether that's down to the fuel pressure regulator now having fuel delivered to it at a pressure and volume closer to what it was designed for or my having gone around the engine bay and eliminating a couple of possible vacuum leaks, I'll probably never know.

Hopefully get it booked in for an MOT this week. Pretty sure it'll fail on the windscreen - but it will be nice to know if there's anything else I've overlooked. Especially as I don't own an exhaust gas analyser, so don't really have a proper idea of how well or not the injection system is running - especially given the check engine light doesn't work, which is unhelpful.

Really looking forward to getting to drive the old crate again.
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Postby Zelandeth » Thu May 03, 2018 10:36 pm

Sold my Saab.

First time since 2004 I've not had a Classic 900 on the fleet.

On the plus side, it does sound like she's got the best possible shot at being restored with the new owner, so I'm taking some solace in that.
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Postby Zelandeth » Mon May 07, 2018 9:06 pm

Lada is in for an MOT tomorrow. Know I've a missing exhaust hanger and don't have one in stock, so will try to track one down on the way to the test. No Biggie if I can't as if a missing exhaust hanger is all I've got to worry about I'll take it!

Fuel lines all tidied up by the tank, some duct tape applied over the rusty wing tops and checked out all the lights, horn, windscreen washers etc.

Crossed fingers time now!
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Postby Geoff Stainer » Mon May 07, 2018 11:10 pm

Good luck. Hope it goes well.
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Postby Zelandeth » Tue May 08, 2018 11:13 pm

Well, could have been worse.

Aside from an advisory for my cable tie tailpipe hanger (no idea where the original one vanished to), and for some surface rust on the o/s outer will (already planning to paint that along with the wings), we were looking good. Got a compliment on general condition.

However she's running very significantly rich. 4.9% CO. It's stable, so looks to be running closed loop I *think*. The coolant temperature sensor looks to be slightly out of spec, but giving a hotter rather than cooler reading in theory, and I know the table is approximate.

Going to probe the lambda sensor lines at the ECU connector tomorrow as unplugging that I think should cause a very obvious change, and it didn't do much at all. Would be nice to be able to see if there were any stored codes...but can't because no check engine light to read them by...bother.

Really wish I had another ECU I could slot in as a test, given I already know something isn't 100% with this one because there's a dead circuit for the check engine light...at least I'd be able to prove/disprove if there's an issue with it. ...plus I really wish the light worked, it bugs my OCD.
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Postby Zelandeth » Wed May 09, 2018 8:26 pm

Continued to investigate the rich running issue on the Lada.

Yesterday I checked out the coolant and air temperature sensors and confirmed that they were giving sensible values. Today I decided that the next step was to have a look at the lambda sensor signal...

The lambda sensor signal ground (which should be a solid ground, not just a floating notional zero volt line) is sitting at 1.5V with relation to ground...Which is essentially imparting a +1.5V offset to the lambda signal...which should vary between 0.1 and 1V...so is simply erroring out as "out of range" I suspect.

Some further poking around revealed that the input line is sitting equally immovably at 0.7V, irrespective whether there's a sensor connected to it or not. Hmmm...The wiring measures out okay too...so that 0.7V is coming from the ECU. Hmmm...It does appear that we've got a stuffed ECU.

Reckon that I need to get hold of a known good ECU before going too much further here or I'll be chasing my tail I reckon.

Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that I've just tracked down the fault which originally took the donor vehicle for my injection system off the road...
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