Dave's Mechanical Marvels Blog Page

Rover V8 Powered Ford Prefect First Start

Well it's been an incredibly busy day today, only intended to spend an hour in the workshop but that hour turned in to about 12. My intention was to do one side of the exhaust as some gasket material that I had been waiting for arrived yesterday. Instead I spent the afternoon under Paulo's van, which needed an oil change and the Delta Integrale which needed the newly arrived brake pads fitting. Sunday was dark and dismal so we didn't go out anywhere, a day in the workshop was the only option. The exhaust on the passenger side was tackled first, when done it looked splendid, it all worked out perfectly, nice and simple, one single box from a Jag XJ6, some 48mm pipe, a mandrel bent stainless downpipe, my home made flange to mate it up to the manifold and a gasket I made from the sheet material. For good measure a smear of gun gum was applied to all joints, some proper exhaust clamps hold the silencers to the pipe, some cut down and bent 10mm bolts provided the rear fixing to which a rubber mount gives some movement to the whole shabang.

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Lancia Delta Integrale Group A Brakes and other bits

It's getting close to the Baston car show at Grimsthorpe Castle and the Integrale needs some work done if it is to star in the show. The brakes were feeling very hard and not working too well, the fuel gauge wasn't working and the engine refused to start so we had to push it on the ramp.

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Ford Prefect v8 Hot Rod Progress

The dash is starting to come together, it's mostly held in loosely at the moment as I figure things out. Everything now fits, the heater bix is in place, as is the wiper mechanism. The floor won't get welded any further back until the exhaust is in place, it's much easier to do all the fitting from the top with the floor not fitted.

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Vauxhall Vivaro EGR Valve fix - P2457

This year has been an absolute pain where our vehicles are concerned, first the Mini failed the MoT big time, that took me nearly a week to fix, even with the help of my good mate Russ. Then the Jag blew up, then the starter went on the mini, then the starter went on the van. That left me with 3 useless vehicles on the drive. Anyway, I am writing this about the van just because I could not find this information anywhere on the interweb, I hope it proves useful to somebody.

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Musings of a Motorcycle Mechanic

I haven't posted much recently, it has been very busy and many things have gone wrong around the house and workshop that have stopped me from making much progress on any of my projects. The Prefect hot rod has stalled, partly due to a lack of spare cash and partly because I couldn't work out how to do the exhaust.

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Ultima BMA 100 Part 2

It's funny how the same words in a sentence can have totally different meanings to different people. I had found a supplier on line that said they could make piston rings in any size. I phoned them and had a chat with a guy that seemed to know exactly what I was talking about and said that his company could make new rings to my exact sizes for just 4 pounds fifty each. Naturally I was delighted, so I placed my order and waited a week for them to arrive. Imagine my dismay when the postman brought my two rubber o rings that are about as much use as a chocolate teapot. I think the guy I spoke to had assumed they were for a compressor or something although I'm pretty sure most of them use steel or iron rings. So, they now have to go back at my expense and I have to go elsewhere for the parts I need.

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Jaguar XF 3.0d Project part 9 - The End

Regular readers may remember that at he end of the last exciting episode I had got the injectors checked out, they were all fine. I put them back in the car, charged the battery, which by now had been sat for a while and went for the start. It took ages for the diesel pressure to come back up but eventually it fired and the horrendous rattle came straight back. A few seconds later there was an almighty bang, a cloud of smoke and the engine was locked, it all sounded very terminal.

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Moto Morini Corsaro 125 Race Bike

Knowing my propensity  for buying expensive stuff at auto jumbles I thought it would be a good idea to take my Mrs with me so she could be a stabilising influence. It was working quite well really, we got out the van, started walking towards the entrance and my mates Steve and his son Jack pulled alongside in their car. I couldn't help noticing they had a rather nice looking classic Moto Morini on the trailer. I mean, look, I hadn't even got in to the sodding event yet and my plan to only buy some essential consumables was already in tatters.

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1934 Ultima Lyon BMA 100cc Motorcycle

Having come to the conclusion that auto jumbles are dangerous places for me to be I decided to stay well clear for at least a couple of weeks. This strategy was working beautifully until Dave Street popped round to see if I had a coil for a vintage Honda he was working on. While he was here he told me of a 1934 French creation that he had acquired and had been unable to get running. This was clearly a ploy as everybody knows how I can't resist buying stuff that doesn't work.

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Jaguar XF 3.0d Project part 7 - not yet the end

At the end of part 6 I dealt with the question of whether I would do this again and said that at the time I would. Well since then things have changed somewhat dramatically. Things were working rather well apart from the intermittent reset on the infotainment system coming back, the new cam belt seemed to have made the engine even smoother, it was happy days. Mrs decided that the freezer needed restocking so we set off to go to our usual stockist but sadly didn't make it. About 10 miles in to our journey we both heard a funny noise - not a loud one but loud enough to suggest something was not right.

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