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"I thought I'd just put the brakes together and drive it"...

Post by Pepe » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:24 pm

Mmmuuhaaahhhaaaa...

yesterday we did exchange the catalytic converter of a MK V Ford Fiesta....Man, that was crap. Things are really easily reachable in a Scimitar compared to this...Found the same issues on my Audi A4 B7 enginebay, all is soooo much tighter.....


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Post by Pepe » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:44 pm

Hey guys....

long time nothing from me... and not a lot to report. We fiddled out the cat issues on the Fiesta. This is REALLY something I don't want to do again that soon.

There are two things though I can report:
1. the Steering coloum has a lot of longitudanal play. I checked all joints if one may be loose but all bolts at in and tight as far as I can see. With the exception of the on IN the damper turret... will check this
2. found one drop of oil under the car (which so far was oil tight :) ). It seems either the oil pan is not sealed well or - if worse - the rear crankshaft seal. And if this would be the case this would really suck.
Those two I did not change as theiy where really looking new when I did the engine... HMM.. Let's see...

otherwise car runs ok.

Question: Are your squab seats also kind of loos so when you have luggage in the back it can move the squabs slightly to the upright position? Or does it bend back enough so that this doesn't occur?

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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:15 pm

Pepe wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:44 pm
Question: Are your squab seats also kind of loos so when you have luggage in the back it can move the squabs slightly to the upright position? Or does it bend back enough so that this doesn't occur?
AFAIK the rear seats were all designed with an "over-centre" action, so that the backrests would "settle" into the correct position, and could only be folded forward by lifting simultaneously?
I believe later seats in late 6as onwards had catches, not so much because they needed them, but because regulations said they had to have them?


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Post by Pepe » Sun May 27, 2018 12:16 pm

Hey guys.

Recently on a nice day i went searchin for Water ingress areas.
And there where plenty unfortunately:

- Rears screen (of course!!). The lower halve is not watertight as suspected. Water flows in inbetween hardened old seal and sealant stuff, down to lowest point of screen, out and then down the rear valance into the trunk.... and not small amounts of it. As I have the seal already I think I need to tackle the rear screen at some point... The pain of splitting the frames and so fortth... Is the inner U channel window-frame seal available new in good fitting quality or just something alike it that creates more trouble than satisfaction?
Then I probably leave it the way it is now and reseal with silicone or window sealant....

- Front quarter windows... totally porous. I expected the car to leak here but it needed to be finished for Wedding :) Tackling this s also a mayor chunk of work. It would involve undoing and disassembling the doors again as otherwise the areas of concern are unreachable. I am thinking of Making the quaterlights unmovable and glue them in with sealant... Vic makes the seals but they are quite expensive (understandable)...

- Doors and weatherstrips:
As doors are somehow wound they do not seal well at the bottom. Good thing is that all water that enters from weatherstrips and U channel and besides it (huge gaps to doorbody/windows chromeframe) runs out of them onto sealing foil, down and out between foil and door under doorcards out through non sealing door seals.... (a PAIN) :hand: :hand:
Needs Adjusting doors and proper sealing idea for U channels of power windows. This could have never been tight in the crass live before with thos gaps...

- Rear quarter lights:
These leak from a not water tight waterdrain channel. Water runs down between this and body and then behind window seal, and out of Seal to interieur at low point of quarterlights...
This involves removing the waterchannels again...
Again: Are rear qurterlighight seals available new in goodquality that really seal? Forgive me but I do not very much like the QRG stuff here... All seals I had from here were not original spec neither good quality for cost and a paint to fit (Front screen).



But there is also other news:
I inspected the Car for TÜV after a very nice long distance ride.
- Oilleaks seem to come from sweating motor gaskets: Both oil pan and head gasket had some oil sweat. This seems to come from the setting phase when seals got hot. the Cork seal I retighten a bit more very slightly, the bolts where very loose.
- Some little bit of oil leaks out of the gearbox rear end.
- grease has been thrown around from driveshaft yokes
All this could have been just wiped and looks good otherwise...

- The steering column top yoke was obviously loose on the steering column. Bolts where al tight but that hasn't been enough... a little more tightening did the job. I was afraid to brake the yoke though...so far all is good and steering now is without play longitudinal.

- Steering grease/ Oil (I had both in the pinion rack), leakes out of joints and presses out the gaitors. Also here a little retightening the bolts hopefully helps as they had been not tight enough maybe. The new paper seals leakes some oil and Grease has been pressed out of gaitors.
There is no breathing hole anywhere in the rack. Is this normal? The rack can't equalize pressure when moved quickly on the lift....

- Squab seats and trunk cover.
I am thinking of adding some locks similar to SE6 to it. The mechnism allows the seats to stand up slightley when trunk junk presses against them when braking... I don't like this.
Too, I'd like to fix the cover with the original buttons. Unfortunately they are lost and not anymore on the rear plastic covers.
Anybody have an idea wherr to get them? These are the knobs on the cover itself I mean:

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- Frontseat-Bride-damage
My bride did damage the front seat when driving home the next day from the location :) The spring did remove and the seat was over-bend.
This was rectified by removing the seat from the car putting is back in original position and put the spring back on the seat. Also I tought my wife not to use brutal force on seats she doesn't understand :)

- Cooling system:
Nicely when topped up a little even the loing run on motorway and through contrylanes recently did not push the temperature gauge a lot above 90°C :) The fan did not come on one time on a 20-25°-ish day :)


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Post by Pepe » Sun May 27, 2018 2:20 pm

I found these buttons are TENAX Style parts... Will see if i find some matchin ones...


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