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Post by BX Meteor » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:16 pm

Yep it's about 15miles north of Nottingham, about 90 miles north of MK, and about 90 miles east of Wrexham (not sure where in N.Wales Mat is)

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Post by mat_fenwick » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:19 pm

50 odd miles west of Wrexham. I've bought the windscreen now, and will probably just kip over in the car somewhere on the way back, and then go straight to work the next morning. I work part way between home and Wrexham.

Let's hope that
a) it hasn't scratched/chipped
b) the heating elements work
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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:19 pm

It was a lovely day over here today, so dropped the old gearbox this afternoon:

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Making sure I didn't get the two muddled up...

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...and the new one back in before I decided to call it a day for the night.

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Still need to replace the front struts, a driveshaft gaiter, one track rod end, both ball joints and front brake discs. I'll also replace the one of the braided hoses and the oil cooler hose, both of which are the only original hoses in the cooling system. I've also got a spare length of 35sq mm battery cable from when I fitted the winch, so I've made up a new earth lead to replace the original which I'd repaired a couple of years ago.
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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:48 pm

Do you want to fit my new one? Seem Ken isnt going to be mending it anytime soon :wink:
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Post by mat_fenwick » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:16 pm

No problem, if you can give me another 12 hours in a day!
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Post by Vanny » Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:39 am

Are you sure you have enough relays there mat?

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Post by mat_fenwick » Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:22 am

Probably. Most of 'em are yours!
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Post by Tim Leech » Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:35 am

mat_fenwick wrote:No problem, if you can give me another 12 hours in a day!
Lol sounds like my days At the moment, I've arranged to get it done at work instead which will be more convenient but very priceyg! :roll:
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Post by MULLEY » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:21 pm

What was up with the old gearbox Mat?
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
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Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:09 pm

Weak synchromesh on second was the only problem, so shifts had to be very slow to avoid crunching! Even regular oil changes evidently didn't stop it from wearing out :(
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Post by MULLEY » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:57 pm

Double de-clutching FTW :wink: Would have been the ideal opportunity to practice it on that gearbox.
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
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1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014

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Post by mat_fenwick » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:44 am

You're welcome to it if you want! I was having to double declutch if I wanted a quicker change, but still not very quick.

One of tonight's tasks were to change a front ABS sensor.
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You can see how the rust has split the sensor casing; despite that the light was only coming on occasionally. The screw had completely rounded off so I had to weld on a nut to get it undone.
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I also changed the last remaining original braided coolant hose - access wasn't ideal to say the least but it was all surprisingly easy, just a bit fiddly.
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Lastly, one of my spot/fog lamps had cracked so a nice easy job of swapping it with the last of my spare units.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:34 pm

Now booked in for an MOT next Wednesday, better pull my finger out! New brake discs, track rod and ball joint on order (I only have one in stock) and today I did some tyre shopping.

My local place are struggling to get much choice in the 195/60 R14 size, but they did happen to have a set of 4 Michelin Energy E3A tyres in stock, which as they are from 2009 they would let me have for £68 fitted.A quick bit of Googling suggests that's a good price as they seem to be around the £90 plus fitting, but it's still a lot of cash in one go. Hmmmm.
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2006 Renault Kangoo
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1985 Hyundai Stellar V8
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Post by electrokid » Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:13 am

Are you sure you have enough relays there mat?
That looks like the headlamp mod :D
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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:20 pm

Correct! Collected two tyres today, and saw something that made me smile.

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You can't make it out all that well, but there is a sheep in the back of his pickup! Only in Wales.... Still, the benefits of living in a small place is that there's more trust around I think - he didn't charge me for the tyres and just said I should pay when I bring the other two :)

I needed to change the ball joints, and my vice at home was too small so I took the hubs to work - ended up pulling that out of the workbench :oops: So plan C was to take them to a garage, which I did today. We struggled even with the impact gun, and he was shaking his head after a few minutes but eventually it loosened. The other was off in a matter of seconds. No charge for that - wish I'd gone there first!
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1993 1.9 TZD Turbo Estate
2006 Renault Kangoo
1996 3.9 V8 Discovery
1993 VW LT35 campervan
1985 Hyundai Stellar V8
2004 MINI Cooper (hers)