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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:27 pm 
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I have been Laid up with crippling back pain since my last post above, but managed to get down to the unit to satisfy my cravings for the car. It's still in limbo with the clutch out, but I now have the correct clutch etc.
That is far too heavy for me at the moment, so today I replaced the last of the Red silicone vac hoses with nice Black ones.
I also managed to change the headlamp bulbs on my wife's fiesta, with the aid of my trusty wheeled Meccy seat. Very handy, even more so with the back.
I removed the door card inserts from the Wolf to re-cover them in a non-standard material of my own choice. This is not a standard car. I may post a pic when they are fitted.
The boot lock needs fitting, so I removed the sticker covering the aperture only to discover drillings each side of the hole and evidence of disturbance to the paint, I can't imagine the history behind that one. I refitted the sticker and will attend to that when my back improves.

After much fiddling with vac hoses I noticed that all of the inlet manifold grommets are worn, so I have ordered replacements. There is a delay in throttle response that irritates, but I believe it's just a slack cable. I won't adjust the nylon adjuster because it's stiff and they can snap if forced, so I will take up slack by fitting a short sleeve on the cable next to the stop.

That's as exciting as it got today, but I really miss driving this car, in fact I haven't driven since 18th Feb or had a beer (Diazapam & Tramadol).

Moves are underway to buy steels for banding, I can't decide on a finish for them. Black? Silver? Hubcaps? Chrome Nuts?

I will be Back down the unit tomorrow if today's efforts don't cause me to size up in the morning. Fingers crossed.

I need the Wolf back.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:33 pm 
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In limbo.

A few pics from a brief visit today.

Door card inserts will be ready to invite comments tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:18 pm 
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These door card inserts should hopefully raise a few eyebrows and tickle your fancies. They will lift the smart but drab interior and please the special customer.......me.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:20 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:26 pm 
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Julian, Rear parcel shelf would look good in the same :D

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:10 pm 
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Julian, Rear parcel shelf would look good in the same :D

It certainly would :-)

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Beats leopard print hands down!! :D

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:42 pm 
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Beats leopard print hands down!! :D


Noooo Peter that's too "Marlene" ha ha.

And you thought I was joking about the Zebra Print :-)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:00 pm 
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After Brexit and Trump, I no longer believe anyone is joking about anything! Thankfully your zebra print is actually really funky and will suit the (white) car perfectly :D

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:08 pm 
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After Brexit and Trump, I no longer believe anyone is joking about anything! Thankfully your zebra print is actually really funky and will suit the (white) car perfectly :D


Thanks Peter.
I have not fabricated the bracket yet, my back isn't ready for heavy work. Instead I have been chatting up old ladies down the pool and covering hardboard in fake fur. What an exciting life ha ha

Bracket is penned in for Monday.

A full day sat on a hot water bottle watching the rugby tomorrow will do me the world of good hopefully.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:00 pm 
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Limited progress made due to ongoing back pain, but I did manage to change out the coolant thermostat, rotor arm and all 4 vacuum grommets. 3 from inlet manifold and I from the cam cover.

Back to it tomorrow. I can't wait to get this beast back on the road.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:35 pm 
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It actually looks better than I had imagined.

Orders taken ;-)


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Julian, I take it your sticking with the grey door cards, I do not think the blue would look as good with those.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:48 pm 
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Julian, I take it your sticking with the grey door cards, I do not think the blue would look as good with those.

They do Blue zebra too 8-)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:43 pm 
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Slight improvement in my back today, so decided to try out new press on the clutch and press in a new flywheel bearing.

Having the right tools makes hard work Childs play.

The clutch retaining ring was employed and worked like a dream. I have struggled using all sorts of wire, brake pipe & old HT leads in the past, but it's frustrating and simply not worth it in my opinion. That said, I am going to persevere and make some rings using different types of wire as near to the correct tool as I can. Once I get a working copy, I will offer them on here for a nominal fee plus postage.
Unless I buy a bulk order, they are expensive to reproduce by a tool maker.


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No more clutch wrestling for me for a while, it's in.

I forgot to add that once the clutch was in situ, it looked as if the retaining tool was going to be difficult to remove. The reason it wasn't was down to its design, flexibility & the material used to make it.
I will try to replicate it and make some up.


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Nice one Julian, back on the road after the weekend then :D

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:51 pm 
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Nice one Julian, back on the road after the weekend then :D

Sadly not, off to Manchester for the Meatloaf show for the wife's birthday. It will be finished on Monday or Wednesday though 8-) can't wait.

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The jobs for Monday & Tuesday are:
Rustproof engine bay lower half with Dynax C.
Drain & refill coolant.
Fit new water pump.
Refit intercooler and hoses in engine bay.
Replace all rubber drive belts.
Fill small hole under screen & finish.
Fit boot lock & repair adjacent drillings.

It might take Wednesday too |-:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:20 pm 
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Blimey.........blimey! I will explain later.

The car has been laid up for 7 weeks whilst My back was healing. The new clutch was on the bench waiting to be fitted and the car was in bits.

Fast forward to today.

I had a busy day on the car today, fitted new water pump, new drive belts including power steering, refitted bonnet, topped up with fresh coolant and bled.

Following my fettling and replacing leaking grommets and vacuum and intercooler hoses the car now boosts at 1.4 bar and runs like an absolute train! I am still smiling from the drive home.......it's nuts!!!

Not unlike my back, I must remember to look after the gearbox, especially 3rd.

Jobs for tomorrow.
Fit new boot lock (thanks to Purplebug for retaining clip).
Repair small area of corrosion under screen.
Repair (fill) drillings each side of boot lock.
Give it a wash and look forward to the drive south to Norwich (work) on Thursday.

I put the boost in performance down to the go-faster Zebra door cards ha ha.

I was hoping all of the hard work was going to pay off and it didn't disappoint :-)

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