Mat's BX Blog

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Post by Defender110 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:15 am

Loving that Stellar BTW.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:47 pm

Thanks, I'm really enjoying it too! Not just the noise, but all the memories it brings back from my teens when I first learnt to drive. I actually took it to the XM meet at Cosford, where someone filmed it...



It's quite amusing driving it through a town and making heads turn - you can almost see the disappointment on people's faces when they realise it's not some supercar but just an old Hyundai!

My £1.20 rear lights arrived, so I fitted them today.

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Old versus new - you can see how the reflector has faded.
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Post by mds141 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:56 pm

Would an application of chrome spray paint rejuvenate the old reflectors?
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Post by Defender110 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:14 pm

"1.6 my arse" :lol: How come only one tail pipe? sounds ace.
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:15 am

Chrome spray would do the trick if it was just the reflectors, but the contacts had also deteriorated. TBH chrome spray is probably overkill, as only the fog light is 'chromed', the others are a more matt silver.

I went for one tailpipe deliberately, to keep it looking standard. Really pleased with the sound, it's got the balance perfectly between knowing it's a V8, without being too intrusive.
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Post by Tinkley » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:12 am

The original reflectors will have been vacuum metalised. If you have access to a college with that facility you could maybe get them to redo the metallising, which is much better than chrome spray btw.

There are obviously commercial metallisers but they probably won't do a one/two off except for a silly price compared to replacement. Also the plastic having seen a few years of sunlight (the originals) will be a bit more brittle than a NOS or similar replacement. You really notice the difference with the headlights most.... :wink:

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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:52 am

Tinkley wrote:The original reflectors will have been vacuum metalised.
I'll agree with that for the fog lights, but it certainly looks as if the rest of the reflectors have been just sprayed with silver paint! I've no idea whether you can get that sort of effect with vacuum metallisation, but it's definitely a different finish/process. Obviously as the fog lights need to have a higher luminous intensity than the others.

As it happens my new job is in vacuum coating (although mainly on glass), but I'd better wait a while before attempting any foreigners!
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Post by Tinkley » Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:08 pm

Yup, the rear ones are a more semi matt, but that will be to get a bit more diffusion and spread on the rear cluster bulbs. The headlights are high gloss - and the fogs - but I don't have them on a paltry 1.6!.

So the injection mould tooling is key for the surface finish, and then the later metallisation just adds the chrome effect. Usually aluminium vapourised.

Your not thinking of gold effect ones are you Mat?....... :lol: Christmas is coming......

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Post by electrokid » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:09 am

As it happens my new job is in vacuum coating (although mainly on glass), but I'd better wait a while before attempting any foreigners!
So you've finally made the move :D hope it all goes well for you.
The original reflectors will have been vacuum metalised. If you have access to a college with that facility you could maybe get them to redo the metallising, which is much better than chrome spray btw
I do have a couple of bell jars - and a vacuum pump somewhere. But with my lack of success at finding something as big as the legs for my engine crane.. time I had a tidy up methinks.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:39 pm

It's been a while! :oops: New job (with more travelling time) plus preparing the Stellar for paint has meant less time on the internet...

But I've just done a job on the BX which I've been meaning to do for a while - the brown 7-way connector above the gearbox was causing voltage drop on a few of the contacts:

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So I bought a waterproof connector last year:

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Which is sealed both sides:

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Job done!

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The higher current pins such as starter motor solenoid and reversing lights were suffering the most, and sometimes not working (the starter I'd previously put down to the ignition switch). All seems to be OK now though :-)
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Post by Vanny » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:09 pm

Good to know i'm not the only one putting that job off.

I've had the replacement connectors for 7 years! In fact since I bought the connectors, I've sourced new wiring harness for both sides.

Who knows, I might even get them all fitted if I dont scrap her first!

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Post by Mike E (uk) » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:52 pm

What's the connector type Mat and where's it from?

Should do that mod myself.

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Post by Tinkley » Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:46 am

I take it that this is the connector near the battery tray? I might have a go at mine as I know at least one connection is not working - you can see the broken wire! though I believe it to be the oil level indicator lead. However as I seem to have another rad thermostat gone, maybe it is this part causing a problem or another broken wire.

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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:30 pm

This is one half of the connector:
http://www.simtekuk.co.uk/product.php/2 ... :::1593628

I was after an 8 way one to include the extra wiring I've added for the oil pressure gauge. I guess in time it would be nice to replace all the exposed ones - modern cars seem much improved in this respect with sealed connectors. Yes, it is the one near the battery tray.
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Post by Tinkley » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:30 pm

Time for an update from deepest Wales?