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Post by Pommy » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:33 pm

Took me two looks to spot the gear lever, looks interesting... Heater oh! for a heater .... Pommy


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Post by Datsundrew » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:07 pm

You may have noticed the bonnet release.......it's from the ssangyong we broke for bits. My original, like most old cars I've owned was horrid, hard to pull ( even thought I took it out and oiled it) and notchy. The new one, although not great to look at is easy to operate, and it's super smooth, a massive improvement. To be honest, I'm more about the car being practical than original......hence this build thread.I just want reliability and maintenance friendly.
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Post by efi_sprintgte » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:14 pm

Brilliant use of lateral thinking, loving this build.


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Post by Datsundrew » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:34 pm

Thanks! I'm glad people are following it. It's just another slant on doing things. I love old cars, and like to use them daily when I can. Winter Weather normally stops this, and then it's just my Land Rover, I'm hoping the scimitar will change this.



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Post by philhoward » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:36 am

I’m one that subscribes with the “old car but new heart” ethos with mine - other little bits crept into that as well, such as the washer bottle from the donor car.

Hoping I get to see this in the flesh as a previous OM605 owner - there’s something I find very appealing about a 5-pot diesel, especially at full chat!


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Post by Datsundrew » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:49 am

I know what you mean Phil. We've had merc 190's for 10 years, and the most impressive bit of it was the engine, yes....slow, but 100% reliable and would do the motorway flat out forever. When I discovered the ssangyong had the same engine, detuned, turbo in 2.9 form I set about putting one in my Land Rover to run on veg oil, and then one in my mates sprinter. Both are brilliant, It's wasted in the Landy though.....it's like going to work in your best suit! I open the bonnet once a year to service it and mot time :D



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Post by Datsundrew » Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:58 pm

A good session under the bonnet today. I needed to get an air filter sorted out, and I bought a Nissan terrano air filter as it's made of steel and easy to weld bits to if needed. As it happens, I didn't need to and just cut the mounting lugs off and made a plate to hold it. I cut an oval out of the inner wing so the inlet spout slides into the inner wing, then adapted the outlet with a flexi to the turbo and a breather hose inlet from the cam cover. Shame the paint is so awful on the car!
Next bit ( which took hours) was to sort the area by the wiper motor. With a visit from the mother in law looming for Christmas, I decided to apply the same strategy to the car as we have for the house, that is if you can't tidy it up, cover it up or hide it. :D
It's not the prettiest area on the car, and me adding to it with extra wiring, relays and solenoids hasn't helped! So I cut up some aluminium sign board and boxed it in......out of sight, out of mind! A quick Polish of the front end, and the bonnet closed.....I'm done under there.
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Post by Datsundrew » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:39 pm

Last minute jobs to do today......mot tomorrow, and there's nothing like the deadline to bring things into focus! I gave the back a good clearout, and then found a calliper rebuild kit......so that'll be the job I thought I did but didn't. I did the off side as it had seized solid, and then forgotten all about the other one. So with that done, I though I'd turn it around and take it round the block, well that didn't go well. As soon as I accelerated, there was a hideous noise of engine/ exhaust hitting the chassis....it sounded awful, so back into the garage and over the pit.
A look under and it was obvious, the downpipe runs close to the engine block, which is ok but it also virtually touched the plate that runs underneath, so it came off to be modified to give some clearance, all back on and it appears to be ok. I gave it another run round the block and it's much better, so much so that I did notice the diff whirring :D
It does sound exactly like a Mercedes sprinter though. Tomorrow is fuel up time, calibrate the speedo with the sat nav, and then off to the mot station! Fingers crossed.
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Post by scimjim » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:07 am

Good luck :-)


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Post by Datsundrew » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:21 am

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Post by Datsundrew » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:46 pm

It passed!!!! The mot guy was really impressed. It went up on the ramp and he went under, and then promptly walked out again saying 'it's pointless me actually looking at this! ' anyway, he did and I said even though it's all new, I'd appreciate it if he spent the time checking every bolt, union, pipe etc as it's so easy to miss something. He gave me the all clear. All the electrics behaved and the brakes spot on. I'm really chuffed.
So.....weird to drive? It's like a breakfast in bed position, but without the food. It feels unbelievably solid , but quite noisy inside the cabin, especially the tunnel area. It got better after driving a bit, so I got it over the pit and stuck my camera on a probe to have a look ....it's tight in there. With the camera, I could see a lug at the top of the box was up against the tunnel, so a bit of measuring and the cover plate for the old gear stick removed, I got a hole saw and cut a hole above it, as the cutter went through the plug I was cutting jumped up and the lug appeared :D So that was the noise then. Not been out since, but it has made a massive difference parked with the engine running. I'm going to have my tea ant take it out later.



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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:16 pm

Well done! :hurrah: Now it needs some miles on the clock to enjoy the fruits of all that work!


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Post by philhoward » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:18 pm

Well done indeed :D :D :D


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Post by scimjim » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:29 pm

Never any doubt :D


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Post by MikeT » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:35 pm

Excellent - well done ;). It's always good when they pass, but even more so after work on this scale!

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