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PollyMobiles Rebuild

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fitted the nissan note nyloc hub nuts with extra threadlock and they're the perfect length lined up to the split pin hole (y)

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removed the offside lower arm to replace the spherical ball joint

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Paul a couple of questions for you... (and others with similar setups)

When you changed your rear trailing arms to adjustable ones, did you notice an improvement in handling?

What do you adjust on the arms, and how did you 'set them up' ?

Currently do some work on the back of our Micra and pondering fitting them, current set up is standard with uprated bushes but these are all done a lot of work...
 
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Paul a couple of questions for you... (and others with similar setups)

When you changed your rear trailing arms to adjustable ones, did you notice an improvement in handling?

What do you adjust on the arms, and how did you 'set them up' ?

Currently do some work on the back of our Micra and pondering fitting them, current set up is standard with uprated bushes but these are all done a lot of work...

I'm using whiteline adjustable lower trailing arms and panhard which are polybushed.
they don't directly improve the handling compared to stiffening the front end (cos the rear end is soo light and often on 3 wheels)
instead they allow you to realign the rear axle closer to perfect center so it doesn't 'crab'

first step: adjust the panhard till the wheels are equally spaced to the arch lip and axle is centered.
next I adjust both lower arms to shift the whole axle/wheels forward/back to clear the exhaust and make the wheel sit concentrically to the arch.
finally I adjust one of the trailing arms to align the axle till both rear wheels with my laser aligner points equal distance from the front axle meaning the back wheels are pointing straight.

with the back end straight, I can align the front wheels
 
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the old gas burners on my parents takeaway shop wok cooker have rusted away so it's time to make some new ones

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chopped & slotted a few spare stainless pipes on the bandsaw

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attempted to TIG weld em since it's good to practice but ffs TIG is soo cumbersome with all this extra cables/pedals/hoses, it takes sooo long just to weld this short section cos I was really uncomfortable and my lighting was horrible. everything about it was going wrong 🤬

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in comparison I grabbed the MIG and tack tack tack it was all welded up in just a few secs! soo much easier & faster 🙄

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to keep the open end (where air enters) centered to the gas nozzle tip, I simply tacked these 3 rods inside each tube

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installed & tested the new pipes. the flame appeared bright yellow (like a candle, not enough air) and lacked velocity (slots were too restrictive for the larger air intake size)

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so I cut larger 2mm slots with the angle grinder to allow more gas flow

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and now there's a more blue, faster & hotter flame 😎🔥
think I'll need to add an extra tube inside like on the original burner to "premix" the gas before it fires out of all the slots for a fuller flame.

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a local exhaust shop lad needed this flange modelling up in CAD (cos the ebay flanges doesn't feature the original sealing groove)
so he can get loads of em laser cut to make downpipes

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was a quick easy 20min job 😁

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painted the new seat belt brackets and seat frame

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trimmed the original rear speaker covers to fit my new flat speaker shelf

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experimenting with where to put the LED brake strip.

putting it lower down the screen, it's either obstructed by the stickers inside or I'll have to stick it outside at the bottom of the glass which doesn't seam as clean, hidden, secure or durable

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with it inside the top and pointing backwards, it's protected behind the glass, easier to wire and appears brightest but it shines under the spoiler and the spoiler also obstructs the angle below horizon, meaning tall HGV in traffic won't see it

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taped underneath the spoiler pointing down, the light reflects neatly off the glass and is visible from a much higher angle but requires the wiring to go through the un-used rear washer hole which ain't too hard tbh.
I prefer this option.

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time to take a peak inside this spare CG13 I brought 2yrs ago

https://www.micra.org.uk/threads/pollymobiles-rebuild.35251/post-778455

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the top side looks really clean, it's either low mileage or had regular oil changes

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taking the head off, areas of the original headgasket constantly exposed to the coolant jacket is soggy and crumbling as usual

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but look at all this thick solid crystallised coolant build up around the cooling jacket/ports :oops:
it's either from being stored all dried up for yrs (the clumps are wayy too thick & dense for that),
or it's more likely the previous owner once used that terrible radweld crap :rolleyes:
or they haven't changed their coolant often enough.

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removed all the big chucks

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cooling ports in the head look pretty clogged full of coolant gunk or radweld and heavily pitted where it faces the open-deck cooling jacket.
all the valves & chambers appear very good & even so it used to run well.

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picked most of the clumps out the ports but it'll need a good flush and possibly skimming?

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such a clean motor

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scraped the HG residue off the head with a razor till it's flat

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don't like how the corrosion has seeped towards the fire-rings. this head will need skimming before I use it in future

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lightly bolted the engine back together to be stored for another time

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added an LED light to my TIG helmet to help see what I'm doing before welding.

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the cooker burner I recently made had an uneven flame due to the fast jet of gas shooting straight down the large hollow tube and immediately exiting freely out the rear half of the slots,leaving the front half empty

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to replicate the original layout, I machined a few extra pieces to add an internal pipe which allows the gas/air to fully mix within the length of the inner chamber first before flowing along the outer chamber and exit evenly across all the slot nozzles

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joined the inner tube to this washer ring which holds the tube centered and seals the outer chamber

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welded it to the outer tube.
the stepped gap I cut at the bottom is to allow air to enter & mix with gas in the inner chamber

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added the end plate which locates & support the burner on the gas jets

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and now the burner has a much wider flame area

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this standard Numax S075 battery I fitted in july 2019 is already starting to die :(
-often takes at least 3-4 cold cranks to fire it up
-when running, it only gets upto 13.8v
-drops to 12.38v soon after shutting off
-and loses 0.1v per day even when it's unplugged
-topping up the water and trickle charging also made no difference.

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so I got another one at work tday except it's the Premium Numax 075 CXT low-maintanance (calcium which may last longer?)

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hooked it up, reads a full 12.6v to start with.

started her up and wow she instantly fired up after 1 cold crank

running with heater fan off, lights off, stereo off, it now reads exactly 14v so the alternator is working fine.

shutting off after warming the engine up for few minutes, it now sits at a healthy 12.75v (y)

Overnight it's at 12.56v
hope this battery lasts abit longer than 2yrs 🤞
 
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For the past few days I left the old S075 battery on the trickle charger and now it fully charges upto 14.10v and holding a steady 12.60v 🤔

I also tested the electrical system for any parasitic drain and it's at 30mA when parked with a brief 60mA spike once per min probably from the GPS tracker, so there's nothing unusual that could drain the battery.

Maybe the extended battery connections in the engine bay are rusty and need some cleaning.
The battery cells may have also calcified slightly back in summer 2020 lockdown when I was slowly rebuilding the sills & windscreen for weeks and the battery drained below 12v?

Drove the peugeot to work for the past snowy week to keep salty snow away from kassandra but now that it's stopped, I can drive her again with a new battery.

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machined this rear window washer for feeding the new LED brake light wiring through

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The peugeots old rear caliper has been seized for awhile now with a weak handbrake.

Even though I brought a spare caliper weeks ago, this damn brake nut was really stuck and rounded off my brake nut spanner, stopping progress before the snow came.

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So this week before the rain comes, I put a small tack weld on the nut to stop the spanner spinning

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It worked, the nut loosened off the caliper but was still really fused onto the brake line so I simply spun the whole caliper off without damaging the brake line

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Now I can swap all the good bits over to the spare caliper such as the rubber piston boot and bleed screw

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The new caliper handbrake lever works much better

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Fitted and working but the handbrake cable still sticks slightly so it doesn't fully release

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Adding a tension spring to pull it back helps the handbrake release fully now (y)
It's satisfying to have a fully working handbrake that doesn't bind anymore :cool:

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checked the old peugeots caliper as to why it seized.
the piston is perfectly clean and smooth.

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aaand there's the reason.
the rubber dust seal at the back of the caliper has failed,
allowing dirt & water to seep inside the handbrake shaft every time it's actuated
until all the grease dries up,
the shaft rusts and jams up within the brass hole making it difficult to engage/disengage the RH caliper handbrake.
good thing I replaced the whole caliper now.

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time to replace the 7mth oil filter and 2yr fuel filter

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opening up the K&N fuel filter, the bonded element has stayed intact but I noticed some very tiny specs of metal in the residual fluid at the bottom. it's either from how I chopped it open with the tin-snips or it's from the tank/pump/dirty fuel 🤔

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paper seems clear

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opened the oil filter

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and slightly concerned I found 3-4 tiny shiny flakes in the paper upto approx 1mm 🤔 maybe bits of bearing or cams

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catchcan condensing 300ml of water vapour over 500miles probably due to the recent freezing snow

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I've looked back at all my fuel filter records and the concluding verdict seems to be:

AVOID the cheap £3 filters which disintegrates or fall apart inside

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Go for the more expensive £13 quality branded filters which stays intact

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haven't even used the QFF0061 filter yet but I think I'll replace it with a Mann soon
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time to remove the leaking sump over the weekend

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looks like a piece of hard sealant was caught on the pickup mesh?

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the turbo oil sump looks fine inside, just need those rear 3 welds sealed up

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wirebrushed all the old sealant off the engine block

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put new sealant on the spare normal oil pan and fitted. hopefully it'll no longer leak again

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found some damn cracks where the center beam only touchs 1/2 the depth of the cheap crossmember and eventually fractures the 0.8mm tin-foil spot welds apart :rolleyes:

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quickly welded it back together for now to spot any rattling but I'll have to reinforce that section again in future😁

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brough a Mann WK66 filter on ebay for £6 and immediately replaced the QFF0061

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spark plugs a little lean. gonna have to reinstall my wideband gauge someday and see how it's running.

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sump no longer leaks and is bone dry underneath now :)

opened up the un-used QFF0061 filter and I'm soo glad I fitted a higher quality Mann filter cos look at how crap & uneven the binding sealant is, may as well use white chocolate 😅

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recently noticed she kinda 'clunks' once only inbetween hard acceleration & coasting 🤔
checked all the engine mounts, lower arm bushes, center beam and exhaust v-bands are all tight.
doesn't rattle or clunk going over bumps or cornering and steering doesn't pull/veer 1 side so the suspension seems fine.

lifting and checking the wheels, the front RH tie-rod end has a bit of play so guess I'll need to replace both rose-joint rod ends
 
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removed the worn tie-rods

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cut & machined the threaded end

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machined this thick edge off the new rose joint so that both sides of the weld are the same thickness

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used a section of old M12 wheel stud to hold the 2 pieces together

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TIG welding em together was painfully slow.
I still have issues to getting comfortable and not seeing the weld clearly.
the slow pace puts a lot of heat in the steel and being cautious of melting the PTFE joints I had to let it cool down inbetween every inch if weld.
I could've MIG'd it but this seems a lot neater.

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painted & fitted.
the longer threaded section now covers the full length of the tie-rod shaft instead of the last 25mm so it'll be abit stronger too.

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engine was still clunking on/off throttle so I rechecked all the bolts and found this front mount bolt was slightly loose

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tighten it and no longer clunks now.
there's still the odd few squeaks & rattles in the back but that's for another day to fix.

the next major squeaking/clunk to sort out is the sloppy steering rack mount
 
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I spent ages chasing a clonk under acell/breaking... Found it to be the back of the central engine support brace where it mounts to the chassis (kind of under the gear stick). Drove me mad!

Sent from my SM-G991B using Micra Sports Club mobile app

the life of living with a rigid project car, eternally chasing every annoying squeak & rattles 😅

driving along, hears a hidden rattle in the back, I'm like: 🤔

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for the past year the steering rack has been squeaking annoyingly whenever turning at low speed

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discovered the edge of the previous printed bushing has broken off allowing the rack to move & squeak

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it turns out that the vertical beam on the bulkhead which the bushing sits on is actually tapered whereas the previous bushing had a square lip and broke off once it was clamped down.

plus the rack sat soo far away from the bulkhead that the lower edge of the racks aluminium side flange (the bushing sits inbetween the side flanges and the mounting bracket) would sit almost flush to the bulkheads vertical beam, meaning there's a lot of Shearing force across the fragile edge of the 3d printed bushing leading to more cracks.

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so now I've redesigned the bushing to move the rack much closer to the bulkhead whereby the racks aluminium side flanges would overlap more of the bulkheads vertical beam and then added a printed piece to fill up the gap and eliminate any sloppy movement

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printed the 2 pieces

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the fitment was noticeably tighter and now the steering feels very sharp, immediate at high speed and no longer clunks/squeaks at low speed 👍

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recently noticed the belts were squealing slightly and found the auxilary belt tensioner bearing is abit rough & worn out

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this 63012RS bearing I fitted in 2013 has dried up inside & finally worn out.
repacking it with some grease made it quiet again but I've ordered a new bearing to replace it soon.

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carefully stuck an LED brake light strip underneath the rear spoiler with foam tape and fed the wire through the wash jet hole I machined.
getting it centered & aligned straight through a tight gap while peeking at the reflection was painstaking work

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hidden in the shadows when off

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shines off the glass once lit, viewable from a wide angle.
that looks soo much better :cool:

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drove out of town to take a night pic of the new lights with the brakes OFF

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and ON

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rear end lit like the red light district 😇😄

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with the car still running, lights on and brakes on, I went to open the door and OH Crap it's locked! 😨🤬 NOOooo

I forget that whenever the car's left running, doors are closed and the brakes or indicators are used, the alarm will automatically lock the doors as an Anti Hijack feature, which is more annoying than useful 🙄

1st time I've ever locked myself out, dafuq I do now? almost considered smashing my window to get in but decided to call home and ask parents to grab my spare keys and try bring em over to the remote countryside. so here I am waiting forever in the freezing cold to be rescued

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amazed that mom found me out here by herself considering there were loads of confusing roadwork diversions in town, she's never driven out of town by herself and through the dark countryside 😯
finally got back home feeling silly 😅
 
drove out of town to take a night pic of the new lights with the brakes OFF

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and ON

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rear end lit like the red light district 😇😄

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with the car still running, lights on and brakes on, I went to open the door and OH Crap it's locked! 😨🤬 NOOooo

I forget that whenever the car's left running, doors are closed and the brakes or indicators are used, the alarm will automatically lock the doors as an Anti Hijack feature, which is more annoying than useful 🙄

1st time I've ever locked myself out, dafuq I do now? almost considered smashing my window to get in but decided to call home and ask parents to grab my spare keys and try bring em over to the remote countryside. so here I am waiting forever in the freezing cold to be rescued

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amazed that mom found me out here by herself considering there were loads of confusing roadwork diversions in town, she's never driven out of town by herself and through the dark countryside 😯
finally got back home feeling silly 😅
Ah, moms can work wonders to protect their babies (of all ages). They might want to murder you, at the same time.
 
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the old sunstrip I put along the top of the windscreen is wayy too high and doesn't follow the horizon, especially after I trimmed the foam bottom of the bucket seat and made a lower subframe, so throughout winter I was always blinded by the sun going to/from work :oops:😫☀️

to mark the new position, I parked at the beach and stuck bits of tape along the flat sea horizon

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faced against a flat level brick wall to use as a level guide to stick a layer of electrical tape along the windscreen

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layered more tape on top till fill the gap and now it comfortably blocks the blinding sun 😎

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Insuring this car is a friggin joke 🙄

adrian flux emailed me the renewel on 1/3/21 quoting £436 to begin on 19/3/21.
bare in mind I havent updated my mods for the past yr so that price is assuming it's still turboed.

on 15/3/21 I thought I'd phone Adrian to update my spec list including that it's now N/A, no LSD and has a GPS alarm etc in hopes of lowering the premium.
after giving all the info they came back with same £436 quote, dafuq? considering the car's no longer turboed, I'm near 40yr with lots NCB, I was expecting £250-350 🤔

ok, I said I'll get back to em about whether to renew on 19th cos I'm also waiting for a call from Sky for a (hopefully cheaper) quote,
only to be told by Adrian that ohh they've already taken the payment automatically 1wk before policy restarts...WHAT? 😤

FFS. Sky also took forever to get through so I had to settle with Adrian for another fckin yr 😡
Need to set a huge reminder next year that once I get the renewal email I should shop around IMMEDIATELY! 🙄
 
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Time to replace my old simple 1993 preface 5dr door pockets (top) with a 1999 facelift 3dr door pocket I got off Jack Sheen, which features a cup holder

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old pocket was from 20/05/1993

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new one looks like 1999/2000

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fitted some short M5 countersunk screws to the part

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used a sheet of clear acrylic to mark an accurate template for drilling screw holes into both new door cards

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positioned & drilled the screw holes

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the countersunk screws sit flush to the surface

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pocket sits just high enough to clear the mounting screw holes

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fitted

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ooh it just about clears the side of the bucket seat and it's soo handy to finally have a cup holder on my preface 😁

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Insuring this car is a friggin joke 🙄

adrian flux emailed me the renewel on 1/3/21 quoting £436 to begin on 19/3/21.
bare in mind I havent updated my mods for the past yr so that price is assuming it's still turboed.

on 15/3/21 I thought I'd phone Adrian to update my spec list including that it's now N/A, no LSD and has a GPS alarm etc in hopes of lowering the premium.
after giving all the info they came back with same £436 quote, dafuq? considering the car's no longer turboed, I'm near 40yr with lots NCB, I was expecting £250-350 🤔

ok, I said I'll get back to em about whether to renew on 19th cos I'm also waiting for a call from Sky for a (hopefully cheaper) quote,
only to be told by Adrian that ohh they've already taken the payment automatically 1wk before policy restarts...WHAT? 😤

FFS. Sky also took forever to get through so I had to settle with Adrian for another fckin yr 😡
Need to set a huge reminder next year that once I get the renewal email I should shop around IMMEDIATELY! 🙄
 
I've just been quoted €580, that's £480 or so, here in the Emerald Isle for a bog standard 2003 1 Litre K12. Which is 50 bucks more that last year for my 2002 K11. And I probably drove only 500 miles or so in the last year. I'm a bit older than you as well, they say not many companies want to insure older cars here. That's all on top of €200 road tax a year. Drat. I must say though, taking the funds from your account in advance without as much as a by-your-leave is out of order.
 
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I've just been quoted €580, that's £480 or so, here in the Emerald Isle for a bog standard 2003 1 Litre K12. Which is 50 bucks more that last year for my 2002 K11. And I probably drove only 500 miles or so in the last year. I'm a bit older than you as well, they say not many companies want to insure older cars here. That's all on top of €200 road tax a year. Drat. I must say though, taking the funds from your account in advance without as much as a by-your-leave is out of order.
things getting more & more expensive to run 🙄

yeah even though it's written in their small print, it's pretty rude practice to only give a customer 1week to shop around and then take payment way in advance anyway to cover their end irregardless of our choice 😤
 
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The 2006 peugeot 307 is well overdue a new timing belt kit

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alternator belt is all worn & cracked. new one is much meatier

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this belt has covered 40k since it was last changed in 2014

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taking the old belt and tensioner off, was surprised to find that the engine whining was because the tensioner bearing was absolutely worn/gritty/rumbly with lots of friction :oops:

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didn't change this water pump in 2014 cos it was stuck to the block

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with limited access it was really hard to chisel it loose, it even broke a section off.
no point giving up now cos this pump really needs to be replaced one way or another 🙄

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after a fews hours of swearing & a more brutal hammering on the pulley it finally came out 🤬😅

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inside was slightly rusty & needed cleaning

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old pump vs new

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new pump was much easier to fit

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new belt fitted

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tensioner set

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all reassembled with fresh coolant after 6hrs. runs much smoother & quieter now 😎

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pollyp

pollyp

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I'm curious to fit a manual rack or convert a spare PAS rack into a manual rack (weld the rotary valve solid) to see if it eliminates the vague 5-10deg deadzone in the power steering, improve mpg and HP.

found a cheap £30 manual rack but it must be collected in person down Wigan, which will end up costing more in fuel

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alternatively I decided to buy this facelift PAS rack for £30 delivered so that I can strip it apart, weld up the rotary valve torsion shaft solid and cut the piston off the rack shaft to eliminate any possible hydraulic resistance.

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if the steering effort ends up being unbareable during this experiment, I could always just reinstall the PAS rack 😁
 
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pollyp

pollyp

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I've often felt the hex head of the suspension arm front bolt was a bit too short and could end up rounding it off, especially considering I torque em via the bolt head rather than the nut end 😬
so I welded an extra bolt head over it so the socket engages more surface area

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much beefier 😎

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Do you run an anti roll bar on either front or back? I can't see one on the front in your pictures and would usually search a thread but yours is 192 pages now!

Many thanks

Kirkynut
 
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