Another Year, Another Project

Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:05 pm

Today was exhaust day. Managed to get a nearly new, standard exhaust off gumtree for £25. It was off a late model 1.8 and in theory it shouldn't have fitted due to the longer cat fitted to those cars. However, it bolted up fine.

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Almost done with this now. Time to drive it.
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:40 am

Having some thoughts about stickers this morning for the car. Just to break up the silver a bit.

Thoughts are some Roundels on the doors and bonnet, like these but slightly smaller.

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With a Eunos or Roadster stripe underneath, like these.

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Any thoughts?
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:25 pm

Got the dashcam hard wired in today, so it comes on with the key and I dont need to touch it.

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Video quality seems decent from a quick test.
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby Angelus » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:13 pm

Looks like it's going well. Can't wait to see it. :D
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:25 pm

So the car's been on the road for a week or so now, and the welded diff was a nightmare to live with. So I went to pick one up yesterday in Tranent which gave the car its first longish run in my possession. Everything seems to be all good, apart from the fact I hit a dead badger on the road which ripped a sensor out the exhaust so the car made an awful racket on the way home.

So today I set about doing the diff and a couple of other wee jobs inbetween. I love working on import cars, only encountered one seized bolt and I managed to get round taking that one out anyway.

Here's how the day started. You can see the dangling sensor on the cat too.

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Removal involves both driveshafts and the propshaft, then 3 long bolts on the central frame and 3 each side holding the diff to the chassis, all came out easy enough with the exception of the final bolt on the prop being rounded which meant I couldn't hold it still while removing. The solution was to tied the prop to the frame and remove that way. Bingo!

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And with that the diff was out!

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After I got it out I had some lunch and did some of the easier jobs I had lined up for the day. Replacing the gear shift gaiter, shifter boots and seat belt stalks which the gent who sold me the diff kindly gifted me after I told him I needed some.

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And then it was time to refit the diff. This went in with not much drama. The only difficulty is that the diff is fairly heavy and awkward and I was on my back trying to bench press it into the car. Got there in the end though.

and done!

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Took it a drive to make sure all was ok and put the car to bed in the garage.

A satisfying wee job which I expected to be much much harder
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby Angelus » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:32 pm

Looks like it's coming along, you could have used the scissor lift if you had wanted. Glad it's all back together though. Any more thought on the graphics?

Great photos and the thread is great to read. :D
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:48 pm

The car's been on the road for almost a month now, really enjoying it but the standard exhaust wasn't cutting it. So I bought myself a second hand Larini catback system, and will possibly stick on a decat next month depending on how loud this is.

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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:31 pm

This evening I've made a start on redoing the doorcards in the car. After 23 years they're looking a bit tired and sorry for themselves.

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Just need to decide which fabric I'm going with now.
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby OlberJ » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:50 pm

RsS them flat with a wee cord pull?
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:25 pm

I thought about it, so I drove around without the arm rest on last week and realised I would miss it. So it's staying.
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:00 pm

Put a new (second hand) roof on the car today. The old one was in a sorry state, and one came up cheap on Facebook, albeit in Newcastle. So i nipped down to get it last week and got it fitted today.

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Gave the car a quick oil change while I was at it too.
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby Angelus » Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:46 pm

Glad it's still going strong, shed motoring winner for 2016? I think. :D
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:49 am

Total outlay so far of less than £1000 including tax and MOT, it's taken us 2000 miles round the continent and is currently doing 50 miles a day commuting (apart from on a Sunday when I bring the Trabi out).

It's doing well.
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby EcurieArgyll » Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:32 pm

Looking good. Superb fun for the money. Proper classic now (although I think the door card fabric might upset the purists :lol: )
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Re: Another Year, Another Project

Postby kieranv » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:01 pm

February update. I've owned this car for a year and 5 weeks now, and it's still doing me proud.

A van crashed into the back of it last month, causing this damage.

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Olie donated a green numberplate panel, which I painted yesterday.
Picking up a bumper when I'm in Leeds for work next month which means the whole back end will be sorted.

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Also bought myself a front splitter, bumper, bonnet and a damage free passenger wing which I'll need to get sprayed at somepoint, but atleast it's not rusty and dented like the last one was. So the whole front end of the car has been replaced too.

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