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« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2012, 01:44:30 PM »

This is going to be another nice car when its back on the road, I can tell already.

keep up the good work Mark.
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« Reply #41 on: January 04, 2013, 08:59:26 PM »

Just a brief update, typed with trembling hands - shes running!

Just in from the garage where, with the help of a re-built carb, new throttle linkage ( thanks Geoff) and working out from the backfire that someone( me) had put the distributor back on out of kilter, she went first flick of the key after setting the timing roughly with a bulb. Didnt even spin over really, just like it had been parked, not left for 9 years without a turn of the key.

Sounds good with the exhaust ending somewhere under the back seat too.

Next step is does she move? Gear linkage feels pretty stiff, but then I might be spoilt by 35 years of progress in that department.

Mark
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« Reply #42 on: January 04, 2013, 10:19:43 PM »

Well done Mark, you must be very pleased.  Smiley
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Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car. Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the back of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall and torque is how far you send the wall across the field once youve hit it.
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« Reply #43 on: January 04, 2013, 10:42:21 PM »

Great news, well done.
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« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2013, 09:27:40 PM »

Dear Mark,
Great news. Not long before "Chocolate Lime" hits the roads again.
Keep up the good work.
Chas and Anne. Smiley
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« Reply #45 on: April 19, 2013, 08:33:39 PM »

Car had to be dragged out today, as insurers want some pics. I quick blow over with the airline and a wash and it looks pretty good from a sensible distance.

Apologies for the dirty Volvo and cardboard trash in the garage as backgrounds( remnants from house move stored under car!)

New wheels and tyres still yet to go on too.

Started her too - pulls away in neutral if that makes sense - is that the clutch dragging?

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« Reply #46 on: April 19, 2013, 08:36:34 PM »

Loving that green interior more and more.  It looks even better in natural light.
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Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car. Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the back of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall and torque is how far you send the wall across the field once youve hit it.
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« Reply #47 on: April 19, 2013, 09:13:17 PM »

A few more.

Note brick in lieu of handbrake.


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« Reply #48 on: April 20, 2013, 10:59:38 AM »


Started her too - pulls away in neutral if that makes sense - is that the clutch dragging?

Mark

Yep - but doesn't sound like it's stuck on. Probably just surface rust on the cover and flywheel or the clutch isn't releasing fully. I will probably free up with use.

Got to love the interior  - it's as though they looked at a pack of chocolate limes and decided that's the colour they wanted.
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« Reply #49 on: May 22, 2013, 02:51:21 PM »

Off to have new exhaust fabricated today, so back on the transporter ( Russell at ARH ).

Really  looks 'small' outside the garage- even drove it down the drive and onto the truck. A bit of drag on the clutch to wear off, but ok for 28 stationary years really.

From exhaust she goes direct to the garage to have some real mechanics look her over and do a few jobs that are beyond my equipment or confidence.

Hope that MOT is not too far away now.

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« Reply #50 on: May 25, 2013, 09:20:47 AM »

After much logistical grief over 48 hours, the car now has its new exhaust and has been moved to the garage for final pre-MOT look over and tune-up.

I think MIJ in Walsall did a great job on the exhaust, mating new to old, and creating a look based on photos I provided.

Its pretty quiet too, certainly quieter than I thought it would come out.

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« Reply #51 on: May 25, 2013, 09:41:06 AM »

It looks great. At the risk of repeating myself you've got one of the best Coupes anywhere. Will be great for you to have it on the road.
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« Reply #52 on: May 25, 2013, 12:07:11 PM »

Hi Mark

I am interested in the downpipe to exhaust connection, did they weld a flange onto the downpipe to marry up with the exhaust or was the flange there already?

Looks a whole lot neater solution than the old split pipe solution.

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« Reply #53 on: May 25, 2013, 12:24:00 PM »

Yes, they cut back the twin pipe to sound material and made a sleeve/flange section to receive the system and make it easily removable.


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« Reply #54 on: May 30, 2013, 02:46:03 PM »

Work started in earnest at Squires Automotive( who spanner my aged Volvo S60) Nr Lichfield this morning, after a full recce yesterday- happily nothing too major that needs to be sorted - brakes dragging and the choke seem main issues. Cambelt, tensioner , driveshaft boot and floaty throttle pedal all sorted this morning - amazing what you can achieve when you know what you are doing and have the kit.

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« Reply #55 on: May 30, 2013, 05:30:48 PM »

Nice car! Well done!
Just one comment on the exhaust, wouldn't some sort of strain relief be appropriate in a transverse eingine car?
A flixible pipe or those shereical joints Like this:
http://www.ospreyexhaustcomponents.co.uk/index.php/flex/exhaust-flex-2-5-150mm-length-ilok-type/p_228.html
http://www.ospreyexhaustcomponents.co.uk/index.php/flanges-/-gaskets/spherical-flange-assembly-2-5-/p_231.html
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« Reply #56 on: June 01, 2013, 05:38:28 PM »

I knew things would not run smoothly!

Car has been running and driving fine, but decided to use the trip to the MOT station as the time to empty one of the rear shocks - I suppose all this moving about after decades was too much for her.

Also some issue with the handbrake and the headlamp pattern ( I have the betaboyz lamps) to sort for the MOT tester- so not too bad overall.

So back to Mark W for some shock inserts - I dont reckon the other 3 will be much better.

Mark
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« Reply #57 on: June 03, 2013, 07:35:12 AM »

Same thing happened to me driving my car back from the North East where I bought it. Fine for the long run on the A1. First pothole over the moors near home and the rear nearside shock was history!
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« Reply #58 on: June 11, 2013, 11:15:32 AM »

At last some better news- strut inserts from BBoyz have arrived AND the originals are insert type. Just phoned garage to see if they had arrived to learn that they are not only there but fitted.

Freeing off caliper at the moment to try to improve handbrake and then back for MOT re-test hopefully.

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« Reply #59 on: June 12, 2013, 06:06:26 PM »

MOT passed!!!!

Just had the word so I can get her taxed. I will hopefully collect at the weekend. In the interim the garage will do more tweaks on the sticky throttle/weak mixture and the other sticky handbrake/caliper.

Better be sunny this weekend!

Mark
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