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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:16 pm 
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Two Saturdays ago I had a drive to see exactly where Alty's (Saab specialist) was in Preston. Getting there took well over two hours because of a vehicle fire at the Preston/M65/M6 interchange junction and I arrived after 1pm which is when they should close on a Saturday. Nope, there was still activity going on. Met Steve9000Parts, hi Steve

Arranged for Heinz to be booked in the following week to get the Airbag light reset, rubber thing sorted and MOT'd

<FF one week>

Up early on a Saturday :shock: and bung the charger on for an hour. Brrumm and of to Preston. Hand the keys over, have a mind blank on my own mobile and promise to call back a week later.
Shank's, Train and Omnibus all endured for a couple of hours making my way back home.

On Tuesday, yesterday, Itchy spits a dummy or rather a bucket load of oil through the turbo via the seals. Details Here

No wheels, no get to work.

As luck would have it Heinz was ready yesterday, but with Itchy only blowing smoke rings on the way home from work it didn't matter that I'd given the wrong number.

Tried a hopeful phone call at about 8:20am and it was answered, Yep, ready to pick up which started the reverse of the Trains, Planes and Automobiles of last Saturday. Not for me a bloomin' long walk uphill from the station so I jumped a taxi. Chtty type, just back after 4 years off the taxis. "Err, up there, the A6 is where we need to be going..." Fair do's he switched the meter off at that point. Nice man.

The verdict was that no work was needed for the MOT except clearing the airbag light with Tech II. Seems the £15 Budget MOT Place on Knowsley Industrial Estate was pulling a fast one after all. :roll: Should have known better. Another Nice Man award to Alty's for explaining what Mr MOT had said. They even put the car on the ramp to double check. They will have more business from me for sure.

A couple of advisories, the hand brake needs adjusting or pads doing. The bushes on the front ARB are playful, or have play or something. I happen to have some fresh bushes somewhere.

I was advised it seemed a little reluctant to start (don't forget this was only an MOT) but was ok all in all. Off back to the M6, oops petrol, it was low on the way up. I almost coasted onto the forecourt, That'll explain the starting reluctance perhaps. £50 of Many Rons as a treat and it's been problem free ever since.

Not it is with MOT (and I taxed it online before I set off to Preston) and I've done more miles than expected getting to work (got lost near Preston) I'm quite pleased with it and it's out of the dog-house. The annoyance of it only needing the light reset for the MOT has passed.

Now I'll do some of the de-tarting I'd already started. Carbon fibre went. Some "blue" effect indicator bulbs have *got* to go. Noticed it's SID 1, not as many buttons as a SID 2 I think. Wonder if that means a budget sound setup. The clock wont correct with the RDS, coolist feature in the car!!

As LUCK would have it a fellow UKSer was coming up from Brum to Blackburn today dropping some stuff off. He also has a turbo for Itchy. His 2nd drop of the day was at Rainford, just up the road from work. Snuck out mid-afternoon for the exchange, A 2nd opinion that the previous owner but 1 and an SOC member was more a "show" then "go" when the Under-bonnet rituals had been duly observed.

So Heinz is on the road at last. Huzzah. And all for the cost of an MOT and resetting the airbag light.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:02 pm 
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Goodness, almost a year without updates or molestations from me.

That state changed today when Heinz had a trip to Long Eaton and met the Lord of that shire who did his stuff and made Heinz much more dynamic and zippy. 10/10 to Karl for his manipulations though a possible 1/10 for sartorial elegance this afternoon. :) It's still the original LPT turbo so no awesome numbers but it's just such a better drive.

Then popped across to see 9000tarts and drop off some bits promised a *long* time ago. Didn't need the house number for some reason to do with number 9-5s about the place.

Then a long way home via Matlock, Bakewell, Buxton... The Peak District really. Heinz now pulls strongly lower down and it was fun doing sections in a single gear because of the extra flexibility (that's 3rd and/or 4th - I can get out of 2nd...)

Back home and a fish supper rounded a thoroughly fine day.

I have a little list of things to do though. The shiny, shiny atmospheric dump valve is going and being replaced with a stock item. I will now do the vac-hoses. The Bolt Mod was recommended and will be done.

There's a hose that seeming wasn't updated when the rest of them were and is feeling very iffy. That will be replaced when I get Alty's to service Heinz.

12 months of sterling service I'm pleased to report. I will now get the cosmetic stuff I started to do finished as Heinz is back in favour.
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Drat, failed the MOT. I thought the handbrake was doubtful as it was an advisory last year and the two front indicator bulbs are (were) a Yoof neon blue effect till lit (same as last year). The unexpected thing was the driver side headlamp not giving a proper beam.

Back home I have dumped the "blue" indicators for a couple of silver versions and so that's now fixed.
The handbrake will be done tomorrow during the service, by the garage I hasten to add.

The headlamp was a curious thing. If I prodded the plastic bit that holds the bulbs it would rock. Something certainly amiss. Fortunately I happened to have in the Saab Cave a spare headlamp (or two) and swapped them over (though the briefness of that statement does not reflect the length of time it took to extract the old headlamp - will some lube, if you must know)

With luck by tomorrow evening I should have a serviced and MOT'd Heinz.

Then to swap the dump-valve and vac hoses.

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Surprising how the years flyby now eh..
Good to see it's been trouble free motoring though.. keep it up..

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Oops, forgot the update.

The garage has two garages. the 2nd being quite near my house, which I didn't know. Arranged to drop the car off at 9am and they would do the shuffle between that garage and their MOT place. Called in the cafe in the village for a full-English to fortify me for the 10 minute walk home.

About an hour later the phone went and it's the garage asking about the locking nuts. Doh! Although there were none in the car I have three sets from the rest of the fleet. They called at the house to pick them up. About 4:30pm they rang and said they would pick me up, and they did, and we went back to the MOT station and I paid the bill for the service and picked up the MOT certificate.

The mechanic/owner (John) said that the plugs looked a bit iffy when taken out and that they should really be changed every 4-5k miles and that when the new plugs had been put in the CEL that appeared after visiting Mr Noob had gone. The plugs must have been pushed with the map and the new ones have sorted that issue.

The handbrake now works properly. I gave them some regular wheel nuts with the locking bolt things and they fitted them as well.

John also mentioned that the car had been Waxoyled (sp?) in the past and was very sound underneath and was actually quite a tidy car for its age. The SOC owner must have done that and with the uprated suspension and alloys must have spent a fair bit on the car at some point.

Things to do in the next week (or so).

Engine Stuff
Vac hoses to be replaced. I already have a selection of colours :)
It seems only one of the oil hose things that need to be replaced hasn't been replaced. Karl pointed it out and it feels very dodgy. This assumes my Gorilla hands will fit in the spaces. I hope I don't have to get a whole kit for the one hose.
Swap the atmospheric dump-valve out and bung a proper Saab one back in it's place
The "Bolt Mod"

Other Stuff
Swap the steering wheel for a Sports version with the thumb bumps.
Swap the interior bulbs for LEDs
Apply a Noob sticker discreetly on the back

More Time Consuming No Doubt
Find out why the drivers door has stopped responding the the central locking.
Find out why the driver's side rear door has never responded to the central locking.
I should probably replace the battery in the key at the same time as the car keeps nagging me to do so.

I should have most of that done before the MOT is due...
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Just browsing through the paperwork that came with Heinz, partly as a result of the ARB v. Shocks question I posted the other day and have found an invoice for a set of Eibach springs back in October 2009. It's a 7806-140 "PRO" kit and drops the suspension. It took a while but I've found the paperwork for the replacement shocks that were paid for in January 2010. The are BOGE :?: :?: and as far as I can tell from the part numbers are replacements for the standard shocks. So it's only been lowered and not had the shocks uprated. :(

Even more glad I took the Aero badges off now.

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Good grief, is it really a year since I updated this.

I blew the turbo back in the summer. I'm getting good at destroying GT17s. Running several cars at the same time meant that it could be parked up briefly. Well that stretched into quite a few months till this weekend. I have forewarned Alty's and they are expecting it next week. I have organised my Transporter Man to get Heinz from Here to There.

With the turbo needing doing I am having a sump-drop, replacement TD04*, PCV pipework checked/replaced, service and MOT done. Should be sorted for another 12 months.

Pleasingly when I rang my insurance to see how this turbo swap would affect my insurance they ok'd it FOC. :) I've been paying (ok it was free) for the TD04 for several months and it hasn't got one. :roll:

I may actually have 3 of the fleet on the road with full paperwork by the weekend. :D

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Dang, someone has dampened my chips, and not with vinegar. :(

I rang the garage yesterday morning to see if Heinz had been delivered safely and it had. They'd had a look at the TD04 I sent up with the car and it has a little play in it so they wanted to know if they should fit it or get it checked / serviced. I said to check it. I didn't get chance to ring them again till this morning and the bad news is that there's quit a few places underneath that need some welding work doing. Bummer. This probably makes it uneconomic to repair. I'd have bought a new China TD04 if it was just the turbo that was shot as all the rest of the work I thought was needed was just servicing.

Looks like I will be retiring it.

I wonder if i could get a whole dismantled car into my garage. All parts available...

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It can't be needing that much to get it through an mot surely...
Did they give you a price, is there not someone local that could weld it for you..
Shame to give up on it now..
You always get a little side to side play in the turbo as long as it's not front to back play..

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Malcolm has asked me to go along and have a look before making a decision which I will do, probably Saturday. I had noticed some rust/bubbling on the back wheel arches which was on the ToLookAt List but that'll not affect the MOT.

When I took it for it's 2nd MOT in my care to a local place the bloke there mentioned it had been waxoiled at some point and from that I assumed the underneath was sound for ever. :oops: It never occurred to me that there may be problems in that area.

I think the turbo is usable but they are just pointing out that there is play lest it blows in a few months and I moan about it, which I think is fair enough. Trawling through eBay last night there were some turbos from £130. There's also a place in Preston that does turbo refurbs and someone at my fave MOT place keeps telling me about someone he uses for turbos. So getting a good turbo isn't a problem and it can always be used again.

I haven't completely given up, but bodywork is not an area I am comfortable with. Maybe I should invest in a welder and a Dummy's Guide To... :lol:

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Went up to Alty's this morning with my cousin, who's my voice of reason at times like this, to look at the areas of rust underneath Heinz. Not a pretty sight. My best description is that it seems to be rusting out of drain-holes in the floor-pan. When I peeled some of the under-covering it is slowly spreading as well. To fix if it would require the stripping of all of the seats and carpets to access the metal. There is some visible rust on both rear wheel arches as well. :( Cousin was shaking his head and saying that even he didn't know anyone who'd be interested in doing the welding.

While we were under the car a couple of places where repairs have been done with a "minimal expense" philosophy were pointed out. It was beginning to look like the welding would be the Beginning rather than the End of the fixes to the shell. I don't have those skills or space to learn them.

Add to that a turbo swap, new power-steering pipe work and the work on a couple of engine leaks then the total costs are more that I want to plough into the car.

So that's the end of Heinz. I'll get it back home and start stripping it for spares for the fleet and putting up stuff for sale.

At least it was used for an extra, almost, three years in my ownership.

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