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Forum: The Library Café May 11 2022, 08:03 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Have been doing a bit more of a detailed look at the rotor arm on the Trevi because it seems like there's some incorrect data out there in the catalogues.

Here are the three rotor arms we...
Forum: The Library Café May 4 2022, 04:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Couple of updates together from yesterday when I couldn't access the forum.

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Simple job to start out with for today, oil and filter change.

This really was overdue a change.
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Forum: The Library Café May 2 2022, 07:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yesterday the replacement distributor cap and rotor arm for the Trevi arrived.

Not often I can visually show how worn out a distributor cap is with a couple of photographs...
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Forum: The Library Café Apr 27 2022, 06:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had a bit of a downer of a day today because of the general public being inconsiderate morons, then wasting several hours trying to fix things that an Android update that installed itself last night...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 26 2022, 06:57 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

While I had the painting supplies out I gave the engine cover stay a going over too as it was very conspicuously rusty.

Makes things look a bit tidier.
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Forum: The Library Café Apr 25 2022, 09:36 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

TPA has been out quite a bit over the last week. Have a few photos...well just because I like documenting things.

A bunch of massive oversized nonsense, and one sensible little city car...
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Forum: The Library Café Apr 16 2022, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had the opportunity to get a few things ticked off on the Cavalier today to bring it into a more user friendly state for transportation.

[] Replace the very flat nearside front wheel with the...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 13 2022, 09:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Been a couple very little jobs done to make the Caddy a nicer place to be ticked off during the last few days.

The old floor mats were driving me mad as the driver's side one kept insistently...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 11 2022, 09:48 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Well the fuel supply issues in England continue. That's two of my cars now effectively off the road as they're running on fumes and I've not been able to find anywhere with diesel since the start of...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 9 2022, 09:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I had one even better than this on my last Saab!

I'd done a routine service on it. So oil, oil filter, distributor cap, rotor arm (rotor button I believe is the usual term in the US), checked...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 8 2022, 10:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

As I've mentioned before something which had been bothering me on the Caddy for a while was that something in the vicinity of the aux belt was quite noisy. The belt while only a year old was also...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 6 2022, 01:30 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This arrived in the post this morning.

https://i.ibb.co/YXpNQDf/IMG-20220406-133341.jpg (https://ibb.co/68gywvD)

Given the state of the fasteners I opted to leave it soaking in penetrating oil...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 2 2022, 10:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Finally getting around to addressing one of the things which has been bugging the heck out of me in the Caddy since day one.

https://i.ibb.co/kcwm4MF/IMG-20220401-151210.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 30 2022, 06:55 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

That's not one we ever got officially imported here. There are a few privately imported examples around but it was never actually sold here.

They have always looked well thought out cars to me. ...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 28 2022, 07:12 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Put together a bit of a to do/shopping list for the Cavalier. Very high level really at this point.

[] Sort brakes - unless they're hard to find figuring on just replacing both front calipers as...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 26 2022, 06:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had the opportunity to have a very brief look over the Cavalier today. I'd not seen the car since the end of September if I remember rightly, so wanted to see how kind the winter hadn't been. I...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 25 2022, 09:57 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It's slightly scary how massive a Rolls doesn't look these days compared to modern cars. The hood ornament though is worth a pretty penny - which is why so many project cars don't have them as they...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 24 2022, 08:46 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

A suggestion was made on another forum that the issue I was having with the Caddy could be down to that throttle unit having lost track of its home position so was closing too far, choking off too...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 20 2022, 06:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Time to do a bit more investigation into the EGR system issue we've been having with the Caddy.

A friend came over with a half decent diagnostic tool a while ago and we confirmed that there were...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 19 2022, 10:40 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well there hasn't been much by way of updates since the inspection of the V123, simply because there hasn't been much going on. Between the weather being pretty dismal and my just generally lacking...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 10 2022, 08:19 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It looks like we've come to the end of the road with this V123. Simply because the current owner is looking for around £1500 for it. I don't doubt for a second that on the open market someone will...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 24 2022, 02:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I'm a bit of a petrolhead, I'm always drawn to the unusual, and I'm an absolute sucker for trying to give what should really be a lost cause a second chance.

See exhibit A when she arrived on my...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 24 2022, 07:32 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

These were actually an official model variant made by the factory. Probably worth less on the used market than an equivalent standard car though given they're going to appeal to a smaller market. ...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 21 2022, 12:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

You really couldn't make this up...

You remember that a few weeks ago I sold on my Mercedes S123? Well this letter dropped through our letterbox yesterday. Personal information obviously...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 19 2022, 05:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Oh it'll work one day. Might take me a while, but I'll get there. I've been after one of these since I learned of their existence in around 1998. Was one of the first really older bits of...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 16 2022, 09:53 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Sadly all good things have to come to an end, and that meant that on Monday morning we had to pack up and head home after saying our goodbyes. Hopefully this time "See you all next year!" actually...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 12 2022, 07:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Well that was fun...we were lucky enough to be graced with a concert by Drums & Roses (https://drumsnroses.com/) a couple of hours ago. They were absolutely awesome.
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Forum: The Library Café Feb 12 2022, 01:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Curious myself. I'm expecting mid 40s mpg I think. Though worth noting that that's mpg Imperial - so 4.55 litres to the gallon rather than US gallons which are 3.76 litres.

Driving around...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 10 2022, 06:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Today was roadtrip time!

Loaded up this morning - reckon we had about 85% of the luggage being taken with us, 100% of the bulky items for certain.
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Forum: The Library Café Feb 5 2022, 01:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Okay, that's going to be one of "those" jobs then is it...

Only way to get a spanner (can't be a socket as it's too close to the chassis rail) onto the tensioner to back it off is from underneath,...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 4 2022, 06:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Noticed that there's a slightly noisy pulley in the aux belt area on the Caddy. It's not bad, but with a long drive coming up at the end of next week I'd rather get it changed as a precaution. The...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 1 2022, 07:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Looks like we have found the missing bit of radiator hardware.

Link (https://m.autodoc.co.uk/metalcaucho/8587242)

This definitely looks like it would attach to the radiator - though the space...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 31 2022, 06:34 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Figured it was time that I did something about this.

https://i.ibb.co/K59MttC/IMG-20220130-133143.jpg (https://ibb.co/515NQQq)

I was getting fed up of having to shove it back into place every...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 23 2022, 10:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Glad my ramblings and distractions are of interest. Should have a distraction to add in the next day or two from sorting the AC in my room which decided to pack in a few days back.

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Forum: The Library Café Jan 22 2022, 06:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Been a little while since I had the time to do a proper update so let's have a catch up.

The Caddy passed a nice milestone while we were on the way to an appointment a few days ago. Thankfully I...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 18 2022, 08:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Today's automotive task:

Get rid of this bodgery behind the heater controls in the Caddy.

https://i.ibb.co/GHswtnH/IMG-20220118-122333.jpg (https://ibb.co/FHsv0mH)

This is a close up of the...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 17 2022, 09:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This surging behaviour seriously has me intrigued. Managed to catch it doing it again today and got a better video properly catching it.

https://youtu.be/JT0X3XLBsCw

This clearly shows how...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 16 2022, 09:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Didn't have a huge amount of energy available today as I'm still feeling like death from the booster jab on Friday, nevertheless I was determined to get a few things done.

First up was getting the...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 13 2022, 08:13 PM
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Views: 10,311
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Taking a closer look at that wiring mess reveals the tail is attached to the aftermarket alarm sounder...so that's definitely thoroughly dead then. Good thing I erred on the side of "I don't think...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 11 2022, 09:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This afternoon I decided to have a look at the key to see if I could do anything to tidy it up. I also wanted to get into it to confirm if it had an immobiliser chip in or not so I knew which type...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 10 2022, 01:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Having run out of daylight yesterday today's quick task was oil & filter change.

Set the oil draining, then realised something...the Caddy is modern enough to have one of these strange plastic...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 9 2022, 02:49 PM
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Views: 10,311
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

They're pretty rare here to be honest, often the quality of the conversion means the vehicles don't live all that long anyway, with rust seeing them off after after less than ten years. This one...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2022, 12:11 PM
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Views: 10,311
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

The Golf I believe was marketed as the Rabbit in the US, in the 1980s at least, not sure if that continued later than that. The Jetta was always far more popular in the US where Sedans did better,...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 5 2022, 07:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yes, it's set up so there's a fold out ramp which gives a completely flat run all the way in. The idea of making a false floor to stash some storage under has already occurred to me, we'll see how...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 5 2022, 05:22 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

They're a bit of a squeeze for anyone!

The position is to allow room for a standard wheelchair to sit between them. I may well have a look to see if there's any scope to shift the bases out away...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 4 2022, 08:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

So, what have I found, having had a chance to look over the...car? Van? It's half of one, half of another... we're just going to say "car" for the sake of simplicity.

Overall initial assessment...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 3 2022, 04:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

She is a VW Caddy. So basically a small van based on VW Polo with a box plonked on the back. I think car derived vans like this are far more of a common thing over here than in the US.

Not a...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 3 2022, 02:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Full report tomorrow. Right now I've got a grade 8.2 out of 10 headache that's threatening to turn into a migraine so am going to go hide somewhere cool, dark and horizontal until it subsides.
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Forum: The Library Café Jan 2 2022, 07:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It's always a bit of fun seeing if folks can figure out what the new arrival is.

Still a real shame that things didn't work out with the Mercedes (well, the S123...van is also obviously a...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 2 2022, 05:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

New car collection preparation checklist:

[] Money transferred, check.

[] Insurance, sorted. Bit more expensive than the Merc, but I expected that.

[] Address confirmed for collection.
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