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Forum: The Library Café Yesterday, 06:13 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Sorry, I should have been clearer, was meaning just email in general. My address is just this username at gmail.com.



I think it's a Kia Picanto, which is about about as small as they get...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 18 2021, 02:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I've been using ImgBB (https://imgbb.com/) for my image hosting for quite a while now. They have a pretty intuitive (by modern standards!) web interface and provide a bit of code you can just copy...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 15 2021, 05:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not been up to much the last couple of days as have been busy with other (boring) matters.

Thermostat housing gasket and timing chain tensioner outer oil seal have both now been ordered from the...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 13 2021, 07:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Today I spent a good solid six hour stint working on this. The result?

https://i.ibb.co/QJLLzML/IMG-20211013-173537.jpg (https://ibb.co/GdyyBRy)

It almost looks like an engine bay again.
...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 12 2021, 07:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Today has been at times frustrating but overall was productive.

I didn't actually have much work to do in terms of cleaning up the mating surface of the new head. This is what it looked like when...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 11 2021, 06:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yep, 2.3 litre four cylinder, the M102 engine in Mercedes model range. To be honest anything more than four cylinders is a pretty rare sight over here. ...Says the guy with a V12 engined car on the...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 10 2021, 03:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Having left the timing chain guide pins stewing in Plusgas for a few days I went back for another shot today. Armed with a few high tensile bolts and an assortment of spacers I figured this was the...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 8 2021, 05:33 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This afternoon has been frustrating.

On the plus side, Motorserv reckon I should have a head gasket and inlet manifold gasket ready to collect tomorrow. Hopefully they'll have more luck than...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 8 2021, 07:00 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Actually had to go out yesterday on a journey which involved both public transport and walking around a busy city.

This was an interesting experiment for me as it basically was a way of...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 4 2021, 08:05 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

That will be the EGS gearbox Ginny. They do have rather a reputation for being troublesome. It might be worth taking a look over on The French Car Forum (https://frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/) as...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 30 2021, 07:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Well I had really hoped to get quite a bit of work done on the car today...life had other ideas.

Our kitchen has been infested with grain mites.

See the specs of dust on this storage box?
...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 29 2021, 06:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Back at it this afternoon.

Step 1 I decided was to label the handful of wiring connectors which would need to be removed. Have to admit this is one of the reasons I love K-Jet injection...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 28 2021, 08:23 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I just need to stop finding interesting things!

Being realistic though, at least a double garage and properly decent sized driveway (with a sensible layout!) is absolutely essential on the...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 27 2021, 01:13 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

So there was a slight fuel shortfall here that meant a handful of stations ran out.

Cue the government shouting at the top of their lungs "THERE IS NO FUEL SHORTAGE!!! PLEASE DON'T PANIC BUY!"
...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 26 2021, 07:43 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yes, spanner is the usual term over here for what would be called a wrench in the US.

-- -- --

Two entries in one today as I ran out of time and energy halfway through yesterday's one...

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Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2021, 05:48 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well we've found why the BX speedometer doesn't work.

https://i.ibb.co/1RFqGs7/IMG-20210924-144229.jpg (https://ibb.co/kqN8235)

That little bit of plastic should be attached to the end of the...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 175
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

It seems that the overall majority here are totally oblivious...or simply don't care...that just because you've been vaccinated doesn't make you any less capable of spreading it, all it means is that...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2021, 06:17 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Feeling really burned out emotionally and mentally right now.

Everyone around us it feels like has just gone back to life as normal. A week or two back was the first time I'd been out to get the...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 23 2021, 11:48 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Somewhat frustrating day here. Well on the Merc front anyway.

I wanted to have a look at what the journals under the camshaft looked like. More for the sake of my curiousity and because...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 22 2021, 07:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Actually had a few consecutive hours available today so flipped a coin between pulling the alternator on the Jag (which has of course started working again) and delving into the diagnosis of what's...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 21 2021, 09:08 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Now for one of our irregularly scheduled occasional distractions.

While it's very unlikely anyone remembers, a few months ago I was able to get hold of a HP12C calculator. One of the Voyager...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 20 2021, 08:08 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It's always nice to hear folks swapping stories Ginny, you're more than welcome to pass on any details of my antics. Everything I do is a learning experience really. Some of it more so than I'd...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 20 2021, 09:34 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yard sales are something that just doesn't exist over here...which is a shame! Seeing what a lot of people over in the US I know seem to regularly pick up for pocket change is staggering...over here...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 18 2021, 08:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well today has been spent generating this mess.

https://i.ibb.co/FWHQtTb/IMG-20210918-152039.jpg (https://ibb.co/pPhHpFv)

Last couple of trees that need to come down are going to require access...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 17 2021, 05:56 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Dealing with other people's wiring is always an interesting challenge...with that description though it definitely brings to mind my old PC...which was cludged together out of whatever spares and...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 16 2021, 10:26 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This evening's entertainment.

https://i.ibb.co/hY3wWpM/IMG-20210916-184216.jpg (https://ibb.co/Hh53zm2)

https://i.ibb.co/J7qmb0W/IMG-20210916-184220.jpg (https://ibb.co/T81YnpD)

I had hoped...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 16 2021, 05:39 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Frozen up brakes are always an annoying thing to have to sort. Something I've had to deal with once or twice back when I was in Scotland. Not often but on a couple of occasions when we'd had a long...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 15 2021, 07:27 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Figured I'd try to keep up the momentum on the BX progress.

Didn't have much time today so decided to concentrate on a bit more diagnosis on a minor but important item that's currently non...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 14 2021, 11:26 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Some progress at long last on the beige BX.

Made a run over to Chevronics (https://www.chevronics.co.uk/) today to pick up some parts.

https://i.ibb.co/ZzJWxXk/IMG-20210914-142836.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 11 2021, 06:56 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Wow, making a kit airplane, that sounds like quite a story in itself. Can't imagine that would be even vaguely approachable here...the rules and regs for getting a home built car are almost...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 10 2021, 04:43 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Just realised I made mention of the magnetic oil particle trap on the Invacar but have never shown it, and it's worthy of mention as it's quite a clever setup which I've not seen before.

It's...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 9 2021, 07:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

The fact that this has fuel injection but no computers involved really confuses people these days. The idea of a mechanically controlled injection system on a gas engine just doesn't seem to make...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 8 2021, 06:43 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well I've got news and it ain't good.

Figured dropping the oil and putting some heavier weight in there wasn't the worst idea.

The drain pan tells us what we need to know I think. It was...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 7 2021, 09:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Apparently not!

-- -- --

Having a little bit of a moment of concern over the long term prospects for the engine in the S123. I'm pretty certain that the hot oil pressure at idle has dropped...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 6 2021, 09:29 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not been anything going on since the start of last week as entirely predictably my second COVID vaccine dose pretty much clobbered me. I'm just about feeling like a vaguely functional human being...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 3 2021, 07:05 AM
Replies: 175
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

I can definitely vouch for the fact that it's the second dose of the Moderna vaccine that hits hardest. At least it has for me.

First one left me feeling run down and like I wanted to do nothing...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 31 2021, 07:19 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Can you spot the difference?

https://i.ibb.co/JxLjXbs/IMG-20210831-140505.jpg (https://ibb.co/tZfpyNJ)

Well the obvious one is the stainless screws now holding the door handle on (rather than...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 30 2021, 02:42 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

They're out there, we've all been really impressed with every Volvo we've been in (and as a lifelong Saab fan I really feel I should try owning a classic one one day to sample the most obvious...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 29 2021, 07:38 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

I should *finally* be getting my second vaccine shot at the end of this coming week. The NHS system really couldn't have made it harder to get the blasted thing if it had tried. Especially having...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 28 2021, 06:38 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

As far as I'm aware Station wagon and estate are simply different localisations of terminology for the same body type. Albeit one that's virtually extinct due to the explosion of popularity of SUVs...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 26 2021, 08:19 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It's one of those things which in a garage like this is just a necessary evil. This reel is more commercial than domestic so hopefully should last pretty well in a garage like mine where it will...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 25 2021, 04:08 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Managed to grab half an hour this afternoon to get the air hose reel installed in the garage. It was moderately awkward to do simply because it's heavy. Clearly designed more for a commercial...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 23 2021, 07:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Out for a run again today, needed to make a run down to Aylesbury and it was a nice day so TPA came out for it.

https://i.ibb.co/nLBxtPZ/IMG-20210823-141406.jpg (https://ibb.co/pLQY5hG)

While I...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:09 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Saturday 21st August 2021.

Bit more progress today. First job was to reattach the air filter/muffler to the compressor as it fell off a while ago. Have gone for the epoxy putty approach...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:07 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Friday 20th August 2021.

I needed to get TPA out of the garage to allow me to put up a ladder to route the compressed air line along the side of the garage. So this was an excuse to use this...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:05 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Wednesday 18th August 2021.

Progress has continued on the garage. Yesterday I got the shelf up for the compressed air receiver tank which finally moved that from the floor sticking out about 6"...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Sunday 15th August 2021.

Nothing directly car related really done today. Instead it was the turn of the garage...the catalyst for finally getting around to this was knocking this pile of things...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Saturday 14th August 2021.

It turned out to be a really good call getting these fitted last week.

https://i.ibb.co/9bLKKq5/IMG-20210812-162241.jpg (https://ibb.co/x1099MT)

Got caught up...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Wednesday 11th August 2021.

I've had a bit of a dig around today for an exhaust and haven't made huge amounts of progress. I've managed to ascertain that the middle section on the car is an...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:57 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Tuesday 10th August 2021.

I wasn't 100% convinced I'd done a proper job of setting the valve clearances on the first pass (not least because I got interrupted halfway through the job and was dying...
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