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 Post subject: V4 Custardwagon
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:38 pm 
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Having introduced this car in the coffee bar, I've spent the day assessing what needs doing, a bit of polishing, a bit of poking at rust, mug of tea, a bit of tinkering, another mug of tea. You get the picture.

1) Bonnet wouldn't open as a yard and a half of release cable had come out from under the dash. So off with the centre section of the grille, and wrestle the bonnet open. Engine bay very oily but not tooo rusty.
2) Drivers side window winder just went round and round and nothing happened. The window could be opened and closed in a 'hands on' manner. So door card off the find the quadrant and attached bar sitting in the bottom of the door. Now I need another one of these:

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You can see the spigot on the left is toast. If anyone has on of these please PM me.


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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While the door was semi-disassembled I noticed there was no sound deadening material in the door.

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Remembered I had some left over from a previous project about ten years ago. Now where have I put them? Ah! Box in the wardrobe in the spare bedroom...

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Left it out in the sun for a while to make it a bit more flexible and nice 'n' sticky.

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Now when you shut the door it sound a lot more Saab-like, not tinny like it was.


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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Now one of my pet hates is messy wiring

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So ripped a load of wires out, but of crimping and wrap it all up with a cable tie

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The trained observers among you may have noticed the titles of these two pics are transposed.

While searching for the sound deadening material earlier, I found a cool period RAC badge. Hmm. Now where can that go...

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Fixed off to the side so it doesn't interfere with airflow to the radiator too much


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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I have what's left of a rotten door after removing the good top half. The window mechanism is still there so you're welcome to the bits you need.

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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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Found just over half a tin of custard, sorry I mean paint, in the boot

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So time for some prep...
Sanded back the dark grey primer that was on when I got the car, and applied a couple of coats of etch primer

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Applied several coats of high build primer and this bit just needs a flat backs ready for colour coats

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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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Didn't like the crusty rustiness of the wheels, wire brush on drill, then a sand down ready for a coat of the silver smooth hammerite which I bought for the engine bay of the 900

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Not entirely happy with the finish. Might take more time with the prep and spray the other wheels.
Then removed the clips for the rear side trims. The rusty washer parts just disintegrated, and half the springy clips fell into the bottom

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And while looking to recover the springy clips, found half of the missing badge under the rear seat

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...and then rain stopped play


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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Not much progress today.
Had a session with the scotchbrite this afternoon, and got rid of a lot of the dark grey primer from NSF wing.
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Not as bad a I was expecting. Looks like the only welding this panel will need is the usual hole above the indicator/sidelight. Only about 4mm across now, but you can guarantee by the time I've attacked it with the angle grinder it will be MUCH bigger...

There are now 8 varying size spots of oil on the concrete under the car. Discovered all but one of the rocker cover bolts wasn't even finger tight, so gave them a nip up - I'm expecting to need new gaskets, but you can live in hope (and die in Castleton)
Which other seals and gaskets are the usual suspects for making a V4 leaky? - please don't say all of them

Good news - one of the builder boys has promised me an off-cut of ply, so I can make a new parcel shelf
Bad news - poking around underneath and found three small rust holes where the floor meets the sill - Now where did I leave the MIG


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:00 pm 
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All of them can leak... :wink:

Try the pressure switch, front pulley seal, drain plug washer, sump gasket, timing cover gasket...not to mention the gearbox drain plug.

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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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Cheers Fliptop. There is a drop of oil hanging from the sump just below the drain bolt, but as that's the lowest point of the engine it could have come from much higher up. Will see if anything else isn't done up properly and check the drain plugs - one of the pools is so far back it has to be from the gearbox.
Start with the simple and cheap, than work up to the difficult and expensive


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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These arrived in the post this morning
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But they are the ones with a sticky back, not the ones for going in a window. Silly boy ordered the wrong ones :wall:
Then taken the front carpet and the hardboard out
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All solid, the edges have been welded in the past. Water is getting in somewhere so plenty of surface rust. All those little black sticky dots are a chubbin' pain to get off. Will be off to buy some yellow smooth hammerite on Monday


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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These arrived in the post yesterday
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So today's first job was on the E30. Getting the old boot badge off without damaging the paint is a bit of a pig, as it sits in a circular recess where the boot lid is double skinned. Used the spreader out of a tin of P38, as it's plastic, flexible and has a tapered edge. Slowly worked it round the edge until it was far enough out to get a grip with finger ends. It looks tres smart now. Amazing how much difference fresh badges make
Then a quick cuppa and took the Custardwagon for a run round the lanes. The brake excess travel light is on (was when I bought it, so it could have been like that for a long time). The adjusters wouldn't budge, so given them a liberal application of duck oil and leave for a week. Could it be the warning light circuit at fault, as the light is on all the time while the ignition is on?
As the car was parked in a slightly different place I noticed we are down to 4, from 8, oil spots on the yard
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So I've ordered some rocker cover gaskets from a certain popular internet auction site, and a few other service bits. As I'll be taking the rocker covers off, think they are due a fresh coat of paint. Any thoughts on the best type of paint for this please?


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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These arrived in the post yesterday
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So today's first job was on the E30. Getting the old boot badge off without damaging the paint is a bit of a pig, as it sits in a circular recess where the boot lid is double skinned. Used the spreader out of a tin of P38, as it's plastic, flexible and has a tapered edge. Slowly worked it round the edge until it was far enough out to get a grip with finger ends. It looks tres smart now. Amazing how much difference fresh badges make
Then a quick cuppa and took the Custardwagon for a run round the lanes. The brake excess travel light is on (was when I bought it, so it could have been like that for a long time). The adjusters wouldn't budge, so given them a liberal application of duck oil and leave for a week
As the car was parked in a slightly different place I noticed we are down to 4 (from 8) oil spots on the yard
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So I've ordered some rocker cover gaskets from a certain popular internet auction site, and a few other service bits. As I'll be taking the rocker covers off, think they are due a fresh coat of paint. Any thoughts on the best type of paint for this please?


Not sure what happened here - could be finger trouble. Grrrr


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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Had an hour with the wire brush on the drill this afternoon
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Looks solid so far, with the exception of a hole which has been drilled in one of the repair plates and looks like it was once home to a self-tapper. Most strange. Unless the plate was temporarily screwed into place while it was welded. But why not put a blob of weld in after removing the screw


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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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The brake pedal travel warning needs to be rese manually by pushing the switch back..its at the bottom of the steering column above the pedal.

Also, suggest that you invest in a Haynes manual. They're actually quite good for the V4...

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 Post subject: Re: V4 Custardwagon
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Thanks Fliptop. I have the Haynes. It tells us how to adjust the switch, but I can't see any mention of it needing to be reset. Will have a go at this after pop-master


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Well that was a nice simple job, and I didn't have to get some spotty oik with a laptop to come and reset my 'fault code'


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Well, this (not) spotty oik with a laptop told you what to do, so it was almost the same :wink:

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Well, this (not) spotty oik with a laptop told you what to do, so it was almost the same :wink:


almost, but you didn't relieve him of at least £50 to plug it in and say its broke which we already knew :lol:

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Thanks Fliptop & ghost_walker, that made me titter

Well yesterday's main job was more wire brush in drill action
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So there's another hole about the size of my little finger nail to weld up.
Then after tea, found this in the porch
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...for the new parcel shelf. Thanks Spruce Bruce - a large whiskey is waiting for you
And this morning these arrived in the post
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