Kieran's BX blog

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Kieran's BX blog

Post by kieran.l » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:46 pm

Got my second BX today :D so decided to start a blog as this car is going to need quite a bit of work. Its a '93 17TZD Turbo. Got it for €350 (about £290). Its been sitting for 7 years with a damaged octopus. Original engine blew its head gasket so the guy replaced it with another 17 but damaged the octopus at the same time. Up to 5 years ago he was still starting it until the battery went flat. He had originally planned to get another and use this one for parts but that didn't happen. So when I saw it for sale (at €500), I kind of impulsively decided to go have a look at it with my dad (being only 2hrs from me and given they're even rarer in this country). The guy was into BXs before and see that it was going to a "good home" and not to someone who hadn't a clue, he accepted €350. (Probably could have got it for less but didn't want to insult the guy). Anyway, the 19RD now has company...

Even though it didn't rise, this recovery truck had no problems
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Looks tatty and haven't been able to look under it yet
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Rear of door sills not too bad
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Same can't be said about the boot floor!
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But hinges OK
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Pram handle has broken off
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There was no start :( We thinks its a dozed starter motor so its been ripped out to be overhauled this week hopefully
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Now for the worst VISIBLE bit. Above windscreen
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Bottom of same pillar
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Hopefully it can be fixed and isn't too far gone...

Also...anyone know what this is?
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Under this plastic sheet
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Mk1 pops out to say hello :)
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Re: Kieran's BX blog

Post by Paul296 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:51 pm

Good luck with the new purchase - that windscreen surround looks a bit scary! :shock:

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Re: Kieran's BX blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:59 pm

The mystery item looks like some kind of alarm (+immobiliser?) If no feed to the starter motor then work checking this out. I have once seen what appeared to be a factor/dealer fit alarm on a BX, as it plugged into existing connections rather than simply spliced in mid wire. Don't think it looked like yours though.
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Re: Kieran's BX blog

Post by Tim Leech » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:10 pm

Love the MK1
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Post by kieran.l » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:55 am

mat_fenwick wrote:The mystery item looks like some kind of alarm (+immobiliser?) If no feed to the starter motor then work checking this out. I have once seen what appeared to be a factor/dealer fit alarm on a BX, as it plugged into existing connections rather than simply spliced in mid wire. Don't think it looked like yours though.
The starter was attempting to turn when the key was turned (with a perfect battery), but it was very weak. It made a bit more of an effort when the jump leads were on. I wonder, if this mystery box was an immobilising the car then there would be nothing at all from the starter?
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Re: Kieran's BX blog

Post by Tim Leech » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:28 pm

It could be a bad connection to the starter/solenoid, which is a common problem and well documented on here.
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Post by Dollywobbler » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:42 pm

Boot floor looks identical to how my TXD looked before Christmas. Bodged up for now. Will need a proper job doing at some point.

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Post by kieran.l » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:07 pm

Tim Leech wrote:It could be a bad connection to the starter/solenoid, which is a common problem and well documented on here.
](*,) Of course, it totally slipped my mind to do a search on here! Leant my lesson now :oops: :lol:

Starter is out now and off for refurb this week so I'll take it from there when its back...
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Post by kieran.l » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:21 pm

Managed to start the BX today. Turns out the earth lead was at fault. Attached another lead and earthed it via the back of the starter. Car is ticking over lovely now. It rose up when LHM was topped up, but the octopus is leaking alright. Could only drive in reverse as an engine mount is off and I couldn't get 1st gear. Hoping to get the car on a lift next week...
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Post by Tim Leech » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:28 pm

Well thats a "start" excuse the pun, i runs and rises, thats the first hurdle!
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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
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