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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Simon Hunt » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:06 pm

Looks amazing, great work! What polish finish did you use to protect it for the winter? It gets cold here in Oslo....

Nice car 8)
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by martinhodge » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:06 am

Stig wrote:
martinhodge wrote:well ur always welcome over fella :bootyshake: lol
Seriously though, I must pop round and show you how different the car looks now.

yes come round when ever . my cars bnot going anywhere lol :(

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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by northener51 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:39 pm

Great effort! Mine is going through an overhaul at the moment too. Got my teeth into it today, found loads of stuck-ish bolts in the rear suspension today. Nothing like a bit of heat from a blow torch :evil:

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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by martinhodge » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:08 pm

yeah u get used to that lol

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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Stig » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:03 am

Simon Hunt wrote:Looks amazing, great work! What polish finish did you use to protect it for the winter? It gets cold here in Oslo....

Nice car 8)

Autoglym clay bar on the panels that weren't sprayed as they were dull in comparison. Then Autoglym polished up. I haven't had time to put the extra gloss on yet!
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Stig » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:10 am

northener51 wrote:Great effort! Mine is going through an overhaul at the moment too. Got my teeth into it today, found loads of stuck-ish bolts in the rear suspension today. Nothing like a bit of heat from a blow torch :evil:
I'm going to tackle the rear suspension next year now, possibly replace all the calipers in the next couple of months. The more work you do, the more you seem to find! Not sure to go for all poly bushed yet or not. I can see the blow torch being well used though!
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Jinxy » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:14 pm

[quote="Stig"].................... The more work you do, the more you seem to find!...............quote]

Never a truer word Stig.

I'm starting to feel a bit like the guys that painted the Forth Bridge where Jinxy's concerned. :lol:
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Stig » Tue May 14, 2013 11:53 am

A quick update...

Timing belt, tensioner bearing, spring replaced
New alternator and aux drive belt.

Finally got round to doing it myself. Only obstacle was the crank pulley nut which was being downright obstinate! Learned some new skills along the way, all good fun!

The car fired up first go and sounded sweet after 6 months in hibernation.

So where to go next?

I'd like to sort out the sloppy gearbox linkage. Are any of the poly bush kits any good for this?
Rear suspension needs looking at and completely overhaul the brakes.

Oh and a note to those who think timing belts last for ever. Mine had done 39k and was replaced in 2006 with a genuine belt. It had started to split!
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Davva » Tue May 14, 2013 6:35 pm

Excellent news,
Stig wrote:The car fired up first go and sounded sweet after 6 months in hibernation.

Coupes seem to do this, read this quite a few times on here.
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Jinxy » Tue May 14, 2013 9:38 pm

Stig wrote:
So where to go next?

I'd like to sort out the sloppy gearbox linkage. Are any of the poly bush kits any good for this?
Need to sort mine out too Stig, just haven't got round to it yet. Have a look at this thread on Rovertech:
http://www.rovertech.net/forum/viewtopi ... 4&t=138628

I'm sure some of the guys must have done this. Any thoughts anyone?
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Stig » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:37 pm

Hello All,

A quick update. Finally sorted out the gear rod linkage courtesy of a kit from Motobuild. A bit expensive for 4 small bushes and a couple of nylock bolts but easy to do in hour with an angle grinder. I also replaced the front and rear bushes for the steady bar with poly bushes at the same time.

I can report back that it takes years off the car. The gear shift feels exactly like it should so very pleased.

I also have had some cosmetic work done this year and will put up some pictures soon.

So the list is now down to.

Fix air conditioning ( I don't know what's wrong with it yet )
Cure the oil leaks
Overhaul the turbo
Replace the front downpipe with an upgraded less restrictive setup.

Any advice / opinions on the above will be gratefully received.
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by James3990 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:41 am

Stig wrote:
1) Fix air conditioning ( I don't know what's wrong with it yet )
2) Cure the oil leaks
3) Overhaul the turbo
4) Replace the front downpipe with an upgraded less restrictive setup

1)Take it to a company and they will pressure test the AC system for leaks. If its not a leak then I would be looking to see if power is getting to the compressor.

2) Where are the leaks?

3) Wilky on RT can refurbish the T25 or T28 for approx £200-250

4) You want a 220/420 cookie downpipe, either wait for a decent second hand one to pop up or you can buy them brand new online.
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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by martinhodge » Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:08 pm

i can get the turbo done for you if needed at a similar cost. from a company i used to work for .

and as above . for the rest .

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Re: N143 FDH - Minor Overhall

Post by Stig » Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:45 pm

Thanks for the tips.

I'm going to bite the bullet and order a cookie pipe new.

Martin, I'll be in touch when I have everything stripped (I still commute to Southampton so will be very handy)

Oil leaks are difficult to pin point. Seems to be coming from the crank pulley area and dripping on to the oil filter. When I did the cam belt last year there was no fouling behind the covers. It's not major, just annoying!

There is no gas in the a/c system. As I recall, it seemed to depressurise very quickly one day. I will try and get a company to put a dye through the system to track the leak. Does this sound like a sensible start?
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Re: N143 FDH - MOT

Post by Stig » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:37 pm

Quick update.

Car passed MOT (no advisories) I changed the CV boots for the second time... (I don't know why they didn't last)
There was a problem with the handbrake first time round, looks like the handbrake mechanism on the calipers were a bit sticky although the pistons themselves were free.. anyway a bit of adjustment and a clean and all ok..

A pass is a pass so now I will be driving the car for the next few weeks until the salt starts!
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