It sure is. And they sure do. Especially when you fiddle with the lights and make them extra nice.is that Finland, judging by the tree's?
There's something nice about older cars, even the lights have a personality
Your fogs use T10 bulbs? Can I see what they're going into?
Yeah it uses the reflector and yeah cause it's a later facelift march light and I'm using the reverse ,Your fogs use T10 bulbs? Can I see what they're going into?
Assuming it's a reflector housing with a lens, I guess the best option after a regular T10 would be one of those new COB LEDs. Not the cheapest but they're bright, work alright in a reflector usually, and can be red. I don't know if the red ones are as bright as the white ones though.
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So are you using the right reverse light as a fog light? I'd be surprised if those are T10, that would be too small, you sure they aren't T20? My lights are.Yeah it uses the reflector and yeah cause it's a later facelift march light and I'm using the reverse ,
I've tried the 5 bit led dash/side light and they are crap , filiment bulbs go white really quick (it's uses the same fitment as a t10 but bigger bulb forgot the model lol)
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That was an emotional read. It makes you think just how much your life would be different without our little #### boxes. We've all done so much with our cars, both working on them and also doing life things. So many memories because of these pieces of tin, they aren't just cars to us anymore but friends in a way to accompany us through new things in life.Best Photos of Cassie
9th of October, 2014. I bought Cassie, my first ever car.
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Some time in October, 2014. Feels like a lifetime ago. Me and an old friend at college about to hit the gym, him seeing me (a diehard biker at the time) in a car for the first time.
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4th of June, 2015. A friend and I went for a cruise to a nice view, and I chilled out in the boot.
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14th of August 2015. Looking at Cassie from a hotel room in London. Visibly smaller, not even parked up to the wall.
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17th of July, 2016. With fresh new wheels, grille design, taillights and black trim.
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17th of July, 2016. Heavy fog near my home. I drove on the beach.
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30th of September, 2016. I had just got my socket set and jack, so much more stuff was unlocked. Just started university and had moved to a different part of the country.
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31st of October, 2016. Dressing her up for Halloween. First time putting effort into Halloween, not one trick-or-treat-er. Bought red sidelights that didn't arrive in time.
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1st of August, 2017. A cool little modification to make my car stand out in the dark a little.
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1st of March, 2018. Heavy snow for the first time in many years. First time driving in snow. Extremely fun.
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20th of April, 2018. #teamtornadogrey.
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22nd of May, 2018. More squad goals.
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29th of May, 2018. First time swapping an engine over. Cassie, now a 1.4L, looking at her old engine.
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29th of May, 2018. Me, starting the new engine up for the first time after the swap. One of the best moments of my life so far.
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29th of May, 2018. Testing the engine and gearbox before putting the car back together. Not often you get this opportunity.
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20th of June, 2018. New home, new cool viewpoint to look at Cassie.
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10th of August, 2018. My favourite photo of Cassie. This was her in her best, and final form. It was only a month later that I would buy a replacement.
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29th of September, 2018. The final time Cassie had a running engine, before it was shut down. Running oil flushing liquid.
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7th of January, 2019. Simply captioned: "I mustn't forget about Cassie."
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Goodbye, old friend. I'll miss you.
At least wait for me to write the text first!
Lol ,At least wait for me to write the text first!
I just drove home in exceptional heavy rain on the motorway. That pipe isn't sucking air in, it's just guiding it to the filter, water won't be a problem.
It won't be the rocker cover as I just changed that gasket. I mean, that was leaking too, but that was a different leak.
Just wondering how much of a difference has the sound deadening on the doors made?Neat little pic from late at work.
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Here comes the cold, then!
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I figured I'd have a go at fixing the door rattle. It's been driving me insane! With even moderate music volume the bass rattled the door. It was a bit better with the window open a little.
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After lots and lots of prodding and tapping (using Blue Monday as a bass-y test song), I found two rattles. One, which was very minor, was coming from between the window motor and the door panel, at high frequencies. I fixed this by taking the extra foam (used to fill up the deeper parts of the doors) and chopping it a bit, and taping it in place.
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But that wasn't the main problem. It was beginning to get dark, and I eventually found the main bad vibes. It was the speaker itself. The way it was mounted to the door panel. The three screws holding it in place weren't exactly tight, but they wouldn't get tighter. Pulling the speaker away stopped the vibrations.
So I took the rest of the foam, and lined the back of the speaker.
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At first, that seemed to do the trick. But unfortunately it just replaced the vibration with a new kind of noise. So I'll have to look in to that again later. I'd also like to upgrade these speakers.
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I replaced an already-blown number plate bulb.
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I tried to adjust my left headlight. It's been pointing way too high (something that really annoys me to see!) The adjustment motor had gotten stuck on, so I unplugged it. I twisted the manual adjustment screw all the way until the top broke. Even then, it's aimed too high, but it's much better at least.
I'm just going to put on one of my spare sets. There's so much wrong with these headlights.
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Yesterday, my front tyres for winter arrived!
I'm going to be unstoppable in the snow!
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Just waiting on the single rear tyre (I'm reusing an old one).
Today, I dirtied up my car and got a Christmas tree.
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Very little to be honest. I did have some nasty rattles when I first got it, which went away with the foam. Other than that I guess it keeps some warmth in the car.Just wondering how much of a difference has the sound deadening on the doors made?
(My aftermarket speakers also make the doors rattle so much as well and its so annoying.)
Ah yes I know the bit you mean. On the plastic. I'll give that a check next time I'm in there.
Ah right fair enough, cheers for the reply.
Looks amazing mate.No more dampness for me! Not that it's been a problem, but now it shouldn't be anyway. The air has been crazily humid lately so these could help.
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My third tyre arrived. It's pretty weird. It's an all-season tyre, the compound certainly feels like it, but the tread is interesting.
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Of course it's got a combo of straight and angled blocks, but weirdly enough it's also got sipes for snow use. I've never seen that on a generic all-season tyre.
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The sipes aren't cut particularly deep into the material so they'll be worn off in little time. These look like they'd be good in any weather, which is actually a bit lame as I bought these as the cheapest tyre for snow skids, cheapest I could find on the internet.
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I went to my friend's place and we checked to see if the noisy engine was just a chain tensioner problem.
At first, it seemed like it. The tensioner wasn't moving freely, like it was full of crap where the oil flows (perhaps it was that anti-leak additive!).
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So after a decent clean up, we chucked it back in there and fired it up.
But still the sound happened. A really bendy-rod sound.
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So, I headed off to new-engine-land. I kinda hoped I could also fix a few other things like the exhaust, and maybe some new brake pads.
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What a slightly annoyingly familiar sight. And hey, I recognise that other car...
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So, goodbye CGA3. You were great. Across three cars, literal lunar miles, and even with an oil leak for years, and many times running on effectively no oil*, it was still super powerful and great fun. It was also a clean looking engine.
*Now that I've seen inside an engine with no sump, and seen where the dipstick sits, knowing that many times the dipstick read nothing, even after pouring in several litres of oil, I realise that this engine may well have had effectively no oil at all on many occasions. Hmm.
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Here's a cool mod. The gearstick was really floppy and flaccid, and one reason is the gearbox mount.
So I found this nylon mount, which I'm now using! The gear linkeage attaches to this mount so now the stick doesn't flop 5cm when I accelerate. This mount also stiffens the engine in place to a degree too (being a rear mount, that's quite important for accelerating).
There aren't really any unkind vibrations as a result, so win-win so far.
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The ol' 'A3.
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Empty once again.
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So. We needed to pinch this intermediate gear from the timing, for a reason I'll get into soon.
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Most of the new engine quite bare.
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There it is. My friend got the timing set up, which was good as I'm well and truly out of my comfort zone here.
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Stole this shot from his phone. I'll never be clean again after that night. My hands and face are now at least 5mm wider due to surface dirt.
I think I'm reattaching the sump here, and praying that nothing leaks.
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So, the end result.
"Is it a coilpack, or dizzy?"
It's a CG13 engine. We've used the A3 fuel rail, inlet manifold and throttle body. The intermediate cam gear is from the A3 because it has a dowel on it for a cam sensor to operate (so we've used the side panel with the sensor too). The coilpacks are temporarily held in place by some studs. My friend drilled and tapped the cover. The distributor is functionless, other than covering up what would be a hole.
We've used the CG10(C) flywheel and clutch, with a brand new release bearing in the CG10 gearbox. The crank pulley is the much lighter CG10 one to match the lighter flywheel. As before we've used the best condition mounts, belts, and so on from both engines.
It's not finished yet, but it works.
I need a new MAF (and possibly even plug for it). I also really want the CGA3 camshafts, as they have a slightly higher lift apparently. Also they wouldn't be driving the distributor, which is wasted rotational energy. The exhaust is blowing from the block which can be really loud, and is missing the rear section and hanging still. So that needs fixing soon.
The clutch is making a crazy loud noise, so we'll look into that soon too. The sound dies when the clutch is engaged.
My friend is going to weld on some proper coilpack mounting bits onto a fresh cover, then I'll paint it.
We didn't add the carbon canister, but I'd like that back.
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But otherwise, I have a really really healthy engine (despite being a high mileage one). Many internal parts have been changed lately or looked after so well that they all look great.
I've just added fresh oil but I'll change it again with a filter soon as lots of bits went in the engine during the swap.
Not entirely sure, but I may have the only functioning CG13 second facelift right now. It's been done at least once before but that car is long gone.
I learnt also that my smaller belt wasn't slipping due to oil any more. It was just slack. I didn't even know that that belt was tightenable, though it makes sense. The power steering pump pivots just like the alternator. Don't know how it would be with models without PAS.
I've learnt so, so much over the last couple of days.
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