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Car DIY Thread.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Suffolk Tony, Dec 19, 2020.

  1. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    What with the cost of getting anything fixed by main dealers these days I really think that, with a bit of engineering flair and common sense, you can still fix most faults yourself.

    I'm feeling pretty chuffed with myself, having just done a pretty neat job on my Porsche 911's front brakes. No more rip-off dealer's prices for me!

  2. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart Avoiding Stress, at Every Opportunity

    Could do with a ten mil socket mate.
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  3. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    A new take on the brakes feeling a little wooden.
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  4. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Renewable resource.
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  5. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I've got bad news though Tony, someone has stolen your 911s brakes and fitted some from a Fiesta. Unventilated single piston floating caliper discs have never AFAIK been a 911 fit.

    it does look like a Fiesta. That part number on the casting looks familiar.
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  6. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Kiln dried I hope, for less fade.
  7. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  8. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    Well, the bloke who flogged it to me assured me it was a re-bodied 911 Turbo S, to make it less conspicuous to the police. I did wonder a bit when the performance seemed marginally less than optimal.
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  9. cubastreet

    cubastreet Espresso Fiend

    It's funny how skinny the wheels are on old cars.
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  10. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Booyakashah, check out my avatar...

  11. hifilover1979

    hifilover1979 Bigger than you...

    I thought they were make belief...
  12. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Booyakashah, check out my avatar...

    I've spent the afternoon working on the XJ, trying to resolve a bit of a problem with excess positive camber. I think I've sorted it.

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  13. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    Congratulations! I did the same job about 25 years ago, also on a 911, and while it was not difficult conceptually, it was filthy, unpleasant, awkward and exhausting. I think I probably ruined shoes and clothes for a value greater than I would have spent having it done. It took hours pumping and bleeding, pumping and bleeding, with puddles of fluid all over the floor. But I expect you were cleaner and more scientific about it. Well done!
  14. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Practice. Practice and more Practice is the only way. If you were a young driver in the 1970s and 1980s it was the only way to keep going. Even did a head gasket on my Imp in the driveway, without taking the engine out as the Haynes book recommended.

    Now I just take the Volvo to a dealer once a year for a quick service and MOT, all delivered with a pleasant smile. I do top up the washer fluid and take it to a car wash from time to time.
  15. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Booyakashah, check out my avatar...

    Ah yes. 'Happy' memories of helping an ex-GF's dad replace the head gasket in an A-series engine in freezing weather. I learned a lot from that; most notably, not to buy anything with an A-series engine in it.
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  16. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Yup. As students, a small group of us removed and replaced a mini engine from the car, by muscle alone. I cant remember why we were doing it - it was not out for long.
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  17. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Replaced clutch and head gasket on an A series engined Marina as a student. What a chore. Hard to believe we used to do stuff like that as the price of ownership.
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  18. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    Ha! that's not that hard part.

    No, the hard part was that buggardly-awkward waterpump bypass hose on the original A (not A+) series - the one where the short 1/2" bore, 1-1/4" long hose had to be brutally compressed to under 3/4" long to get it in place over the two spigots it fitted-between , from a recess deep in the underside of cyl head, to the spigot atop said pump.

    And - at the moment of your triumph -

    - when you'd slipped the damn thing in place with detergent,
    - the cheapo corrugated version was actually no help at all, although marketed as such, was rejected having skittered sideways, then split: replaced by the unwavering right Unipart,
    - without either skewering your fingers, nor the hose, nor long-suffering pal/sister/girlfriend via the various greased flat-blade screwdrivers employed as inclined ramps like an industrial & sharp version of reverse- Ker-plunk

    .. you realise you'd forgotten you had to thread the hoseclamps on before fitting it, and the thing has to be done-over - & thus the A-Series Gods attain their required blood-sacrifice after all.

    Joy, joy....
  19. docstocker

    docstocker pfm Member

    As a student I replaced the rear subframe on my mini.six bolts rusted to buggery took from Thursday am to Monday am to loosen.
    A year or two ago I was going to have a look at something on the Lexus LS400 I owned at the time.
    Couldn’t even find a way to get the plastic engine cover off!
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  20. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    impact-driver, brute-force & ignorance.

    Pick any two out of three, min, these days.

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