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GT
GT in for its MOT this week
I knew it had a leaky rad and dodgy thermostat it had been running 60 degrees and losing coolant for quite some time . Also knew there was wear in the o/s front upper wishbone so procured those parts and dropped it off to my mechanic.
Failed MOT on rear arb bushes thankfully i had mistakenly bought powerflex rear arb bushes when i had been looking for front ones previously :)
Turns out the poly bushes didnt fit as the GT arb came in 2 different diameters :cry: . Not many motor factors stock the correct rear bushes so chased some down this morning and dropped them off. Car should be sorted later today prior to a trip to cornwall on monday.

944
Finding a few little faults but nothing too major. Wouldnt start one day so ordered a replacement temp sensor and fitted that so its all good also have a replacement DME relay as per advice from forums etc. The heating is still a bit bojangled in that its pumping out hot air all the time but getting to the bottom of that appears to be some vacuum hoses in the engine bay as everything else seems fine.
The interior showed a bit of wear as you would expect after 27 years so I have decided I will replace the gear knob for an original one and replace the steering wheel with a momo prototipo as i have never been a fan of the 4 spoke porsche item . There is a whine coming from the diff / gear box (they all do that?) so i am hoping a change of transmission fluid cures that and also will smooth out gear changes a bit . Once these few issues are sorted I will endeavor to make it go faster

Updated August 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Use Castrol Syntrax or Royal Purple, they work wonders with gearboxes.

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I've not driven the M5 in over 10 days... Think I may get rid of it. :(

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action jack84 said...

Fleet update:
GT
GT in for its MOT this week
I knew it had a leaky rad and dodgy thermostat it had been running 60 degrees and losing coolant for quite some time . Also knew there was wear in the o/s front upper wishbone so procured those parts and dropped it off to my mechanic.
Failed MOT on rear arb bushes thankfully i had mistakenly bought powerflex rear arb bushes when i had been looking for front ones previously :)
Turns out the poly bushes didnt fit as the GT arb came in 2 different diameters :cry: . Not many motor factors stock the correct rear bushes so chased some down this morning and dropped them off. Car should be sorted later today prior to a trip to cornwall on monday.

944
Finding a few little faults but nothing too major. Wouldnt start one day so ordered a replacement temp sensor and fitted that so its all good also have a replacement DME relay as per advice from forums etc. The heating is still a bit bojangled in that its pumping out hot air all the time but getting to the bottom of that appears to be some vacuum hoses in the engine bay as everything else seems fine.
The interior showed a bit of wear as you would expect after 27 years so I have decided I will replace the gear knob for an original one and replace the steering wheel with a momo prototipo as i have never been a fan of the 4 spoke porsche item . There is a whine coming from the diff / gear box (they all do that?) so i am hoping a change of transmission fluid cures that and also will smooth out gear changes a bit . Once these few issues are sorted I will endeavor to make it go faster

Are we supposed to know what the "GT" is or is it a game?

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I'd say look at his profile pic but that's a 944 these days.

Alfa GT.

Local breakfast meet today, took the Golf as it was dry for a change and Al (guy who repaired/painted Bryn's 355) turned up with his immaculate Chevette HS (currently for sale for around £20k I think). Had a good chat about getting the golf in for a little tidy up over the winter and the classic car bubble.

As per usual a few of us meet up in a convenient place before breakfast and it was quite something seeing his car in my mirrors, evenly matched across a couple of different roads and that surprised me as I'm running an engine that's using oil where as his is running spot on (130bhp standard but now tuned to a decent 158bhp). Very 'Life on Mars'!

action jack84 said...

944
The interior showed a bit of wear as you would expect after 27 years so I have decided I will replace the gear knob for an original one and replace the steering wheel with a momo prototipo as i have never been a fan of the 4 spoke porsche item .

I put a Momo Fighter into ours (got it for a bargain on eBay). Huge improvement.

Removing the lozenge horn pad, and then removing the wheel are 2 great opportunities to burst your nose open. :) leave the main wheel nut on a couple of threads before you pull it (hard) so it has something else to impact.

Updated August 30, 2015 at 3:50 PM

The Momo Prototipo is downright gorgeous. I'm happy enough with my CS steering wheel, but if it needed replacing, it'd be with a Prototipo.

Make sure you get a Porsche crest to go with the steering wheel, Jack ;)

I

NicDale said...

Local breakfast meet today, took the Golf as it was dry for a change and Al (guy who repaired/painted Bryn's 355) turned up with his immaculate Chevette HS (currently for sale for around £20k I think). Had a good chat about getting the golf in for a little tidy up over the winter and the classic car bubble.

As per usual a few of us meet up in a convenient place before breakfast and it was quite something seeing his car in my mirrors, evenly matched across a couple of different roads and that surprised me as I'm running an engine that's using oil where as his is running spot on (130bhp standard but now tuned to a decent 158bhp). Very 'Life on Mars'!

That HS looks the biz - they weren't there that common back in the 80s

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Chevette HS/HSR were always very 8), but never had the same appeal to me as the Sunbeam Lotus.

This is identical to the one I had a wild p-ride in as a young teenager - same "summer" wheels too. Epic. 8)

mik said...

Chevette HS/HSR were always very 8), but never had the same appeal to me as the Sunbeam Lotus.

This is identical to the one I had a wild p-ride in as a young teenager - same "summer" wheels too. Epic. 8)


I think I even saw more Lotus Sunbeams when it was the 80s than the HS/HSR Chevettes - partly because my friend Andy was quite into them. He built a 220 brake Works rep when we all had Escorts. The extra 50 bhp to bring it up to proper Works spec would have doubled the engine cost

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Wales Meet
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Dan Webster "Your car actually sounded quite good from up there"

Another one from today.

The HS/HSR and the Lotus Sunbeam are proper hot hatches. Yet more cars I missed the boat on. I got offered a fully restored Sunbeam for £5k back in 1997.

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Meg MOT

Pass : zero advisories. 8)

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MOT done on the Focus on Friday. Passed after having a new track rod end and a brake pipe done. Was starting to feel very flat at low revs before I took it in. Had a service with the air filter and plugs being changed but started misfiring. Changed the coil pack and leads. Still not right. Hooked it up to a OBD reader and said misfire in cylinder 1. Checked the spark plug and it was covered in soot. Now changed it and feels better than it has in ages!

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