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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#31 Post by 27matt » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:27 am

Julesmat50 wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:12 pm
The last time I had to replace a CV gaiter, I cheated and used one that is designed to stretch over the CV joint using a cone. I bought a pair, which is just as well as the first one split quite spectacularly (possibly not enough lube or left stretched for too long on the cone). It's a bit of a wrestle, because the driveshaft wriggles around as you are trying to force the gaiter over the cone and you have to cut the gaiter down to fit properly afterwards, but it worked very successfully in the end for me. Not the purest of solutions, but it's keeping the dirt out and the grease in and in the end, that's all you can ask for. :D
I almost did that last time these need doing a few years back, went well until I realised I hadn't bought the stretchy type boots :oops
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#32 Post by 27matt » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:47 pm

Sometimes I do wonder about this whole running cars on a budget thing! I've had a seriously frustrating day and wondering why we just didn't pay a garage to do the work - just seems like a massive waste of money to me though.

Started off with an easy* job today, fix headlamp. Unfortunately, the headlamp itself isn't damaged, but both upper bolts were snapped off flush in the front panel. I planned to drill them out and just fit new bolts with some nuts for now, I'll helicoil it in the summer. It was a sign for the rest of the day, that this just wasn't going to happen, not even quality drill bits were touching it :(

I gave up on this for a bit, and went for the brakes instead! Pulled the handbrake lever about halfway on, N/S rear wheel was locked, O/S still spinning freely. The shoes were quite low, but still serviceable (will replace in the summer) everything was seized solid though so it took some time to get everything apart. Freed up the adjuster and handbrake leaver, cleaned everything up and rebuilt. handbrake now locks both wheels together with less lever travel - much better :D

Next up emissions - removed the cheapo cat, took the angle grinder to the seized bolts on the cat that was on the car until recently and refitted. Easy. Swapped spark plugs for new ones, and replaced plug leads....which weren't quite right. All the websites say they are right for this car, but the plug connecter is slightly too long so they sit proud of the head, and the coil connector is completely wrong. I'll try and get these swapped over in the week.

Next job was the CV boot, shouldn't be too difficult as its was all apart in recent memory. This is now turning into a nightmare! I must have lent my scissor type ball joint splitter to my dad, so used the fork type, split the cover on the brand new track rod end :( to make things worse I didn't actually split the joint. Just to rub salt in, I changed this last week (forgot to check CV boot on this side) and the old one came apart with a tab of a hammer. Eventually got the nut off the lower ball joint, this took about 25 minutes! ARB bolt came out easily, the two bolts for the tie rod did not want to move at all, even with a nice long scaffold bar extension. Will have to revisit this in the morning with a blow torch, I got fed up today and my back hurt.

Its times like these where getting a new car sounds appealing, it'll always be an unknown quantity though.
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#33 Post by ROVER-25X » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:38 pm

Stop moaning and typing replies on here, get it done or me and Dist will come down to point, laugh and slap legs. :tt2
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#34 Post by 27matt » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:37 pm

Ok, a little less moaning, a little more working.

More success today, took the grinder to the captive bits for the headlamps, glued on the broken tab on the other light and reassembled. I took the bumper off to give me extra room for the grinding and even got one of the two fog lamps working as a bonus.

Track rod end eventually popped out of its taper, eventual method was a scissor type splitter tightened right up and then jacked the hub up and down a coupe of times, angle must have just been right at some point.

Didn't need to disconnect the tie rod in the end, was enough room with some wiggling, didn't make splitting throw lower joint any easier, but int he end it seems dot fall off without me touching it when I'd temporarily given up!

Couldn't knock the CV joint off the drive shaft in situ, so ended up pulling it out of the gearbox, worth doing as the other boot was worn and I had a replacement in the garage. Getting the boots on involved much swearing and covering everything in tease, but got there in the end!

Driveshaft back in, just need some replacement rubber covers for ball joints and it can all go back together.
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#35 Post by ROVER-25X » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:58 pm

Excellent work mate, you have done a graft. :clapping
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#36 Post by 27matt » Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:57 pm

Result (at last!)

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Its been miserable weather all week, so didn't get around to finishing things off until this morning....in the rain.

Bought some new bolts and a nut for the underside of the headlamp so they were all secured nicely. Bought another set of HT leads, this time from ECP and these were correct - the first set had a different connector for the coil and the body of the leads seemed too high so push on the plug cover, very odd, bought from an MG specialist too.

Sealed a small leak where the car joins the down pipe - down pipe still knocks on subframe, that's clearly what aftermarket gets you!

I bought new boots for lower ball joint and TRE, got those fitted and hub all bolted back together.

Completing final checklist (an hour before car needs to leave for MOT) and discover I misread the fail sheet :o as well as there being an imbalance on the brakes (which i traced to adjuster seized on O/S) there was also a problem with the N/S. Whipped the drum off, the adjuster was nice and free, but the trailing shoe looked like it had never been used - the rear facing piston was seized solid in the cylinder. After some lubrication and application of the hammer I got it moving enough to give it a fighting chance in the MOT. Cleaned everything up reassembled and off it went.

Only advisory was rear brake only just passing, I'll just replace both wheel cylinders once the weather improves.

Time for a drive :D
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#37 Post by StubbornPatriot » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:09 pm

Congratulations Matt. Happy Rovering.
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#38 Post by 27matt » Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:30 pm

Thanks!

Went for a drive down a few country lanes to a nice pub.

Fog light fell out and I dragged it down the road, oops.
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#39 Post by ROVER-25X » Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:40 pm

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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#40 Post by 27matt » Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:05 pm

Not a lot to report here, not refitted the fog light yet...keep meaning to buy some stainless spire clips and screws for it.

MOT is coming up in March, so need to give the car a once over.

I need to change a rear wheel cylinder, it was sticking, I freed it up, but it could do with new ones. The short solid brake line that goes into the back of the wheel cylinder looks in a pretty bad way and I'm fairly certain its going to dissolve as soon as I touch it - does anyone know what size fittings are on either end of that so I can get a flexi replacement made up?
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#41 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:19 pm

Might be worth a hunt looking for a new old stock item mate.
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#42 Post by 27matt » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:58 pm

Even the original part number seems to just show a coil of brake pipe - I can't believe the dealerships made up their own replacements, but maybe!

I'll keep looking...
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#43 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:30 pm

27matt wrote:
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Even the original part number seems to just show a coil of brake pipe - I can't believe the dealerships made up their own replacements, but maybe!

I'll keep looking...
If you're talking Rimmer Bros, yes they just sell Copper-Nickel pipe now - but it's not an original part. It's all they can offer to make up replacement pipes.

Can't help you on fitting sizes. You have to know what you're doing to make up those pipes so the fittings don't just leak everywhere. Had mine replaced locally by my garage guy. Not bad on price to be honest - he just added it on to the cylinder replacement job. Worth asking around rather than beating yourself up looking for an original part.
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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#44 Post by JOHNDQ » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:19 pm

27matt wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:58 pm
Even the original part number seems to just show a coil of brake pipe - I can't believe the dealerships made up their own replacements, but maybe!

I'll keep looking...
That's what we did at Ford on the Escorts ect the OE brake line were never available to buy. If you get stuck let me know I'm sure I still have the ones of mine as I converted to rear discs, only in Bedford and work close-ish to baldock so you could have them if needed

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Re: Matt's Weekend Repairs - 1998 216 Coupe

#45 Post by 27matt » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:03 am

JOHNDQ wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:19 pm
27matt wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:58 pm
Even the original part number seems to just show a coil of brake pipe - I can't believe the dealerships made up their own replacements, but maybe!

I'll keep looking...
That's what we did at Ford on the Escorts ect the OE brake line were never available to buy. If you get stuck let me know I'm sure I still have the ones of mine as I converted to rear discs, only in Bedford and work close-ish to baldock so you could have them if needed
Thanks, will let you know!
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