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by alviseven
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Engine change phase 2 cat engine to phase 1 differences?
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Engine change phase 2 cat engine to phase 1 differences?

About to put a much lower mileage engine into one of my pair after it came home with a hole in heater hose, little water and after fixing burning oil which indicate to me that the head gasket has gone and the rings are cooked. As the engine has now done 255K and has never been completely leak free f...
by alviseven
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: strange noise on my Portuguese 3 door 1.6 honda engined GTI
Replies: 5
Views: 316

Re: strange noise on my Portuguese 3 door 1.6 honda engined GTI

The honda engines talk to you after several weeks too - the noise does not seem to use battery power particularly. The battery issue we had was fitting a new radio which whilst looked identical was a vauxhall one and uses the other polarity to say memory so was never actually off properly and used t...
by alviseven
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: What have you found in your car
Replies: 8
Views: 1005

Re: What have you found in your car

Dead easy to remove and makes a huge difference to the rot characteristics of the front corner of the sill if you remove this mass of rubbish which seems to build up - both of mine were the same when we first had them - enough to fill a good sized flower pot each size. The only thing we have found i...
by alviseven
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: 94 216 honda has a chuffing noise
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: 94 216 honda has a chuffing noise

is it a regular noise or just on acceleration? I had a cracked exhaust manifold which made a similar chuffing noise but it was at higher revs and working hard or just blipped accelerator at tick over to hear it. Hairline crack only down the centre of the join between the two pipes but it made a blow...
by alviseven
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Upgrades & Modifications
Topic: Doors Plastic Sheeting
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Doors Plastic Sheeting

The sealant is special and took me a while to get but if you search on ebay for "sealant tape car body" you will get a few responses for the right stuff - it is like sticky plasticene which does not dry out except for about 30 years of use like the original will have done. You can chip the old stuff...
by alviseven
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Jump Starting
Replies: 18
Views: 1181

Re: Jump Starting

Whats wrong with one of the these solar powered battery trickle chargers I use both powered AC mains ones and solar ones. You can extend the bell wire charge lead so the unit can be put on the roof of garage and leave the cable inside to hitch to the car. All my cars are battery isolated the moment ...
by alviseven
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Rover 200 and 400 Chat
Topic: Putting £ in
Replies: 18
Views: 1603

Re: Putting £ in

£4487 for 107K since 2005 plus £60 purchase works out at 4p per mile for the one £2048 for £30 since 2012 plus £250 purchase (inflation!) works out at 6.8p per mile for the new scrap one However I dread to think what the time I would have to charge in this as this is only all parts from spares panel...
by alviseven
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Replacing Radiator Core or New one
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: Replacing Radiator Core or New one

I have bought one of the Washington ebay based ones new but when they were a little cheaper - they have shot up over the last year or so. I wanted one that did not have sealed holes on the OS end of the rad as mine were leaking/weeping. But mine was £35 but then it was bought in 2016 - how time flie...
by alviseven
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Door vents - never seem to blow anything
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Door vents - never seem to blow anything

Am I missing something? My R8 saloon 5 door vents (thin slit ones on the opening front doors by wind down window) on both cars seem to never (and never have) blown air. Even on number four fan. Got frustrated with it today and tried every combination of the controls I could and never got a response....
by alviseven
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Upgrades & Modifications
Topic: New suspension for '94 220 gsi Turbo hatch
Replies: 10
Views: 2287

Re: New suspension for '94 220 gsi Turbo hatch

I have a 252K car which has not had any major bush work all round but has now had all four shocks replaced fronts were about 210 and rears about 230 but neither were leaking. However they were not leaking even then but just felt flat. I have had to replace the rear D bushes on the rear anti roll bar...
by alviseven
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Events and Meetings
Topic: R8 Press Launch re-run - Oct 10th 2019
Replies: 101
Views: 7617

Re: R8 Press Launch re-run - Oct 10th 2019

Looks like you had a fantastic day - so sorry that I could not get time off else nothing else would have kept me away.

Cannot think of another event like it and certainly unlikely to ever get such an opportunity again.

(You cannot tell I am too envious I hope.)
by alviseven
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Rover 200 and 400 Chat
Topic: Dailying an R8 or 45
Replies: 23
Views: 2874

Re: Dailying an R8 or 45

we have been daily using both our G reg R8 saloons one since 2005. One has done 252K and other approaching 200K. Do not get any real issues other than servicing and other consumables except for the body work rebuild - even then it is only sills and rear arches and front wings changed which you only ...
by alviseven
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Events and Meetings
Topic: 7th BL Autumn Rally, Milto Keynes - Sunday Sept 29th
Replies: 40
Views: 2684

Re: 7th BL Autumn Rally, Milto Keynes - Sunday Sept 29th

Still coming - washed and waxed the car again today and coming with convoy of Allegro and Triumph 1500
Looking forward to it.
by alviseven
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Events and Meetings
Topic: 7th BL Autumn Rally, Milto Keynes - Sunday Sept 29th
Replies: 40
Views: 2684

Re: 7th BL Autumn Rally, Milto Keynes - Sunday Sept 29th

Probably count me in bringing the newly resprayed one.
by alviseven
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Internal upholstery panels
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Internal upholstery panels

I have done this too. The foam degrades and the material comes loose around the edges. Mine had nylon units holding the panel in which you can easily pop out. I replaced the foam and hoovered the old material thoroughly. Reassembled with fir tree fixers in the holes as the old nylon fixtures were to...