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Dripping 29 November 2009

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24th March 2007

I had booked an MOT for 12:10pm today so at about 11:00am I headed out to the garage to start it up and get the battery charged. I used booster cables to hook up to my 240 to charge the battery for a while before I attempted to start it. I got the engine started on about the third attempt which was when I found that the clutch had seized again. I got the car out of the garage on the starter and let it warm up the engine while I had occasional attempts to unseize the clutch. It took quite a few tries before I finally broke it free and I did not have much time left before the MOT appointment. The MOT went fairly smoothly with just a headlight needing adjusting and an advisory for a seatblet beginning to fray. I did have a bit of a worry when I saw a liquid dripping from the car when it was up on the ramp but I eventually realised it was just the screen wash from the wipers test. So I now have a shiny new MOT certificate, the insurance and tax disc were also renewed last month so it is all road legal again. The pinion seal definitely needs replacing and sooner rather than later as there was quite a pool of oil from where it sat and dripped all winter. This is not an easy job as the torque required to undo the nut on the flange is quite high indeed, so you need a robust way to stop the flange rotating.

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Collapsed seat 23 November 2009

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17th February 2006

We picked up Olaf from the welder yesterday. It had even passed the MOT. I drove it home which was a bit nerve wracking as it was dark and in London and I had never driven an 1800 before. My ability to see out was somewhat impaired by the collapsed seat which didn’t help. I will be renovating the seat supports as a matter of urgency I think. Both the tachometer and the speedometer seemed to be working and reading reasonable values which is good as I thought at least the tachometer was not working previously. Unfortunately the fuel gauge did not register the petrol that I put in and I thought I had checked that out already. In the preparation for the MOT some lights were fixed, the rear brakes were done as the linings had come adrift on one side. Then the spark plugs got fouled just before I picked it up. The mechanic did a quick tune up on the carburettors as they were very rich and fitted new plugs.

Not terminal 21 November 2009

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24th January 2006

Yippee! The rust, while extensive is not terminal. Now all I have to do is wait a couple of weeks and raid the savings account at the end of it. He will also give it a once over to see what else may need doing for the MOT. I must have done something right with the engine as he was impressed with how easily it starts. Ebay is an insidious place, I have been buying various manuals as well as a genuine Girling brake booster. There is a replacement Lockheed one fitted at the moment.

Hella H4s 21 November 2009

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20th January 2006

I only managed to get one of the oil cooler pipe gaskets by this morning so I put that on the end that attaches to the oil cooler itself. I reused one of the old gaskets on the end that attaches to the head where it will be easier to replace with a new one at a later date. Refitting the pipe was not too bad a job but was still a pain. I then parked the car outside the house where it would await collection. Looking at the headlights revealed them to be Hella H4s already which is good news.

Looking good outside my house

Then the man came to pick up Olaf and take him away to be assessed and I hope welded up at least enough for an MOT.

Approaching the loading ramps

Olaf departing into the distance