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Post by Matt H » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:25 pm

Most of the snappers I know have owned BXs in the past :lol: Great for doing tracking shots due to the soft ride 8)

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Post by Wooscary » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:19 pm

The birds in the trees above where I park have been doing their thing, so a good scrub was required today.

And by the time I'd finished it was dark, so out came the tripod.

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Post by Wooscary » Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:35 pm

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Getting mixed up in a parade today.

Jobs for the next week:

oil and filter
fuel filter (is this a pretty simple task?)
tension HP belt (possible replace? I'm still not sure how the tensioner works)

Exciting.

Mothman

Post by Mothman » Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:03 pm

Nice motor bud and its ideal weather to be working on her as i have with mine today.

Fuel filter easy, just make sure you pack a lot of rags etc around it to prevent any spills of diesel. This can drip onto the clutch causing it to slip. Found out the hard way when i did this the first time myself.

The HP belt needs to be really tight, however it may be beneficial to replace it as even one that looks good can have missing teeth as i found out recently. They are not expensive and worth doing. Not difficult either.

And red is a great colour too.

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Post by MULLEY » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:30 pm

If your fuel filter is in a black cylinder housing that has 4 allen key bolts on top, then i'd recommend doing the following.

Undo the 4 bolts but only undo it enough so that the plastic top can be wiggled to get a little air into it. At the bottom of the cylinder there is a plastic bleed screw which sits at the front of the cylinder, make sure you have a plastic pipe attached (i used some aquarium air tubing). Twist it so that it will allow fuel to flow out. I usually have a glass jar on the floor that the tube goes into so that i can collect the rather expensive diesel as quite a bit will come out.

I place some rags around the top of the filter housing just beneath the lid incase of spillage. If you try to remove the top off, it'll just piss out loads of diesel. What i've found works best is to gently wiggle the top & then push down firmly on the top to get the diesel flowing out of the filter housing, keep doing this until it becomes difficult for anymore to flow out. At that stage it should be straightforward to remove the top without spilling much apart from a few drops. Again the filter inside is probably got some in, so i just pull it up & then place it at an angle in the filter housing with it standing proud of the housing so that any remaining diesel goes back into the housing. Then remove, simples eh :lol:

Not sure if anyone has a better technique :?:
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Post by Wooscary » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:03 pm

Cheers Andy and Mulley for the advice.

That all makes sense to me, it is the type in the black cylindrical housing. Do I have to worry about air in the fuel lines or anything (I seem to remember someone telling me this?). Also, I assume the fuel filter is a disposable one rather than one you clean out, if even such a thing exists?

Might have a go tomorrow, what's the milage rating on fuel filters?

I've got a new HP belt so definitely plan on fitting, just still can't for the life of me figure out how the tensioner works, but everyone claims it's dead simple, so I've probably just been looking at it for too long.

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Post by MULLEY » Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:27 am

I think it only needs changing once a year, but they are only a few quid so what i tend to do is change it when i service the car every 6k & pop a new one in & then clean the old one to re-use unless its very dirty in which case it gets skipped.

No need to worry about air in the fuel lines, when you've put the replacement filter in & you've tightend the top back on the housing, to your left nr the cambelt covers should be a pipe with a bulb on it, keep squeezing that until it becomes firmer to press. This is priming the pump by manually forcing fuel through the filter housing into the pump. If you forget your car will cough badly or wont even start as there'll be hardly any fuel with plenty of air, how do i know this :lol:
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2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
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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 Wooscary » Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:47 pm

Ha ha, excellent. Yes, I'm aware of the bulb primer, after becoming very confused about the car not starting. My girlfriend had been using the car and likes to not put fuel in it, it would appear. Of course it was my fault actually. :D

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Post by Wooscary » Mon May 16, 2011 10:45 am

Just renewed the insurance. I need a lie down now.

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Post by mds141 » Mon May 16, 2011 5:56 pm

How much?
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Post by Wooscary » Mon May 16, 2011 9:23 pm

Too much.

I know why though. Bad post code, claim against me four years ago, only held licence for nearly 5 years. It adds up to "argh!".

Anyway, it passed 290000 miles today, this time next year is the major milestone I guess. Fingers crossed.

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Post by mds141 » Mon May 16, 2011 11:18 pm

Keep it until 2014 and you can get it on classic insurance. £75 fully comp for my 16 valve. Mind you i've been driving for 24 years!
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Post by Wooscary » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:06 pm

Hello

So I'm thinking of tarting the car up a bit, there are a few spots of paint which are delaminating, on the boot lid and a small patch on the roof.

I'm not awful with a spray can, but would anyone advise against me having a go, and any tips?

This bit looks to have had a bit of paint slapped over it.
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This is the flakiest section, how will this sand?
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This bit not too bad, but might as well do it.
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Paint code on N/S wing in engine bay right? And so do I take that to a paint mixing place, or is it off the shelf?

Also:

Any ideas what this little fella is doing, what it's for etc?

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Post by Tim Leech » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:04 pm

With paintwork its the preperation work that has much to do with it.

Its a case of rubbing down the areas to be painted so its lovely and flat, ensure you degrease before paint and use good quality primer and top coat. Ive always found warming the paint cans up a bit first (in a bowl of warm water) helps a bit.

Always mask of the areas properly and do it inside in a dry well ventilated garage.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:25 pm

When it comes to masking near a seal, slip a bit of electrical wire underneath the seal before masking so that you avoid a build up of paint at the edge.
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