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Postby Tom. » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:28 am

Bought a set of five UK dealer supplied alloy wheels I spotted on ebay.

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Needed sandblasting and powder coating.

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Should look OK on my 2104.

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Postby Zelandeth » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:08 pm

Very nice! Well spotted.

Photos required once they're fitted.
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Postby Zelandeth » Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:08 pm

Had another episode of the self disassembling and reassembling exhaust on the van.

This time however I was on the open road at the time, and the increase in volume definitely came with an increase in available horsepower, lending credence to my theory that the system is choked up and/or poorly matched to the engine. It is narrower bore than the system on the Riva, which with a 2.3 litre engine breathing (or trying to) through it doesn't seem right.

Still find it amusing that I've been utterly unable to convince the joint in question to come apart when the vehicle is stationary, have to assume things shift a bit when torque gets involved (the rubber mounting blocks the exhaust system sits on are very firm - probably why the bracket on the front box has sheared off and it buzzes like mad at idle.

Stupidly over complicated system anyway...
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Postby Zelandeth » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:07 pm

Yesterday stumbled across a classic car show virtually on my doorstep.

Glad I did as it meant I was able to capture this photo of my van and another that wouldn't have rolled off the production line all that much later.

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That's the first older Autotrail I've seen, fact that it was another T1 Merc of course being a major bonus. It's the really rare colour apparently too. Odd van base too, being a 210 - and automatic. So 2.5 petrol...shudder to think how many miles that doesn't do per gallon!
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Postby Zelandeth » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:58 am

So ...far too long ago... you may recall that having transplanted my only slightly dodgy brake master cylinder from my spares Invacar, I'd attempted to bleed the brakes only to have one of the metal brake lines immediately pop. I'd also had to swap over one wheel cylinder following a bleed nipple snapping off.

Today I finally decided it was time to stop faffing around and sort the brakes. I knew from prior investigation that the unions on the central distributor T joint were already rounded before I got to them. All attempts to coerce the retaining bolt out failed. I'd hoped to get it off the car and see if I could extract the unions off the car. Not going to be a five minute task at least.

So my backup plan was to grab the same T piece off KP...it was equally disinterested in moving. Frustrated at this, I whipped the front out off KP. It's essentially the same thing but with an extra port with the brake light switch screwed into it. Will do to at least find out what bits of the brakes are working and what isn't, I'll introduce the one on the car to the angle grinder some time soon and sort it properly.

I decided to save some time at this point as I figured the main front to rear line was equally likely to need changing (it's quite hard to actually see as it's tucked up close to the floor and buried among a bundle containing the fuel line, wiring loom etc. KP has had a NOS pre-formed one fitted...however it's incredibly stiff and even with the floor pan and half the body missing was an utter pig to fit. So I decided to just use copper as it's so much easier to work with and I've a heap of it in stock.

It's currently just dangling under the car too...patience for carefully routing stuff was insufficient today, especially when it started raining.

I'm just going to clip it along one of the chassis rails I think. Yes it will be slightly less well protected, but in the same breath it will make the line far easier to give a visual inspection. The pipe on KP originally failed in a location that's totally impossible to see unless you have the car on a ramp or jacked up far enough to be fully underneath.

I was rather annoyed that the bleed nipple on the offside rear and front wheel are well stuck (I'm not reefing any harder on them for fear of shearing them off) despite them both having been open recently. Have soaked them in Plusgas again and will try again soon.

However the one wheel I've properly done hose easily, and I've done the front as far as the Flexi hose banjo bolt.

The result of this? I actually have brakes! Well...a brake anyway...but it's a start and is enough to make getting it back into the garage far less terrifying.

I'll hopefully be able to get the remaining pair of wheels properly bled tomorrow and then see which cylinders need changing. Oh, and it's nearly out of fuel again. Seriously considering adapting a 20l Jerry can as a temporary fuel tank (get a new one and braze on stubs for a fuel outlet and vent) as so far nobody has responded to my requests for a quote to make a new one.
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Current fleet: 96 Citroen Xantia Activa, 93 Lada Riva 1.5EFi Estate, 90 Mercedes 208D Autotrail Navajo, 73 &75 AC Model-70s.


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