Mk1 BX 19RD Estate RHD! A new home

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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:05 pm

I went to a car meet once and some Dutch car fans had made a paint studio using a gazebo! However, I'm not sure the Shed is ready for paint yet, so leave your paintbrushes at home please!

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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:54 pm

Brake caliper has arrived, so I'll have a go at fitting it tomorrow. Anything I should watch out for other than the bleeding technique? (I shall read the manual several times before giving it a go. Sounds like it could be very messy if I get it wrong!).

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Post by citsncycles » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:58 pm

leave your paintbrushes at home please!
I prefer to use a roller anyway :lol:
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Post by Dollywobbler » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:43 am

Sod. My 14mm spanner snapped trying to undo the brake hose! That job's on hold now as I appear not to have another 14mm spanner.

However, the new tailgate struts are fitted. Good grief they're powerful!

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Post by robt » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:52 am

Dollywobbler wrote:
However, the new tailgate struts are fitted. Good grief they're powerful!
Where did you them from Ian, or are they the old ones re-gassed? Mine needs some too as I'm getting bored of using a broom handle all the time.

I'm jealous of your door graphics, keep up the good work!
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Post by Dollywobbler » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:55 am

Got them from a place in Warwick that sells them on Ebay. £24.50 delivered. Not cheap, but the difference is remarkable.

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Post by robt » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:03 pm

Cheers, I've found the seller on ebay so that's one more job sorted.
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Post by Dollywobbler » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:33 am

My dad kindly sent me a new 14mm spanner, as he works at John Taylor Fasteners in Barnstaple. Thanks should also go to Royal Mail for delivering it on time!

That meant I could get the brake hose undone. I ignored the Haynes manual and went for my technique of cracking the hose connection and then unbolting the caliper and unscrewing it from the hose. New caliper went straight on, pads back in and success! Binding issue is banished.

Bleeding seemed to go ok, though there's a very slight delay before full braking pressure is meted out, so I might have another go. I only bled the side I'd worked on.

Also pleased to note that the passenger side front window, the one in the new door, seems to behave itself much more now, though there's still a slight tendency for it to tilt forward when raising. At least you can't see past the window when it's raised now! There was a huge gap on its trailing edge.

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Post by Dollywobbler » Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:45 pm

There's a definite delay to the brake pedal. More bleeding required! Hopefully on Sunday.

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Post by Mike E (uk) » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:46 pm

I have several good pairs of tailgate pistons for saloons if anyone needs a set.

Is the BX going on the French trip then?

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Post by Dollywobbler » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:17 pm

Sadly not Mike. Funds just won't allow it. Planning to get to a few UK shows this year though.

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Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:21 pm

It's good to get some weight in the back from time to time, to get the rear brakes REALLY working.
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That's about quarter of a ton of fence post off-cuts. No problem, though I did have to start the engine part way through the loading as the rear suspension dropped and I clouted my head on the tailgate...

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Post by toddao » Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:18 am

Workhorse! :wink:
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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:57 pm

Phew. The BX has a few more miles under its belt. No problems, other than the usual half-arsed power delivery, half-arsed steering assistance and the half-arsed brake response as I still need to re-bleed the front brakes.

Lots of motorway, but she noisily sat at 70-75mph quite merrily, though oil consumption seemed a bit high.

The one concern is that something is sounding a bit bearing-ish - a sort of heavy whir when the engine is revved. Could be alternator bearings. I hope it is, as otherwise, it must be cambelt/water pump related. It's definitely on that side, but not very loud - I've just got sensitive ears!

Once off the motorway, this car is a real joy, despite its issues. It's really comfortable at 60mph and handles tidily, so you don't have to lose too much precious momentum. Around town, it's horrific due to no first gear synchromesh (it seems very difficult to double-declutch around as well) and knackered engine mounts.

Now have another door to fit (thanks Tim!) and lots of BX spares from spanners (thanks Jon!). Mind you, a lot of the stuff is Mk2 so I might be listing it for sale before long. Also got a full set of workshop manuals from Jon and I'm not sure I actually want them.

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Post by Mickey taker » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:10 am

It would appear the BX door stripe on the MK1 in the origional Sue Donym thread is different to yours Ian

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