Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 01 Feb 2018, 19:22

CitroJim wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 18:35
Zelandeth wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 17:48
some however seem to have floorpans made specifically shaped to prevent that from being possible!


That's the Ka! The floorpan slopes toward the back and has a PTFE-like sound-deadening pad (which doesn't work) stuck exactly where you need to sit... It's like an icy slope to anything you put there to sit on...


They shared that bit with the Mk I Mondeo then!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Pug_XUD_KeenAmateur » 03 Feb 2018, 14:14

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The thing that confuses some people is that those searches return a list of topics (not strictly posts), and you need to click the icon, not the title, to get to where you expect to be.
Wahey, got it; that's proper handy that is! (a pic, coz for me, pix work far better than words).
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 03 Feb 2018, 18:50

Keen, that's excellent 😊 pleased you now have it sused 😊

It's been a good day today... I really enjoyed my first proper run in weeks at Brockenhurst parkrun in the New Forest since my knee injury. I'm delighted to report all is now good in the knee department 😊

All is good with Sally too 😊 she's running beautifully...

I'm down with Alasdair at the moment and happily we, between us, appear to have sorted the running issues on his AX. Again, like my Saxo the throttle pot was the issue but it needed both a clean and the contact fingers re-tensioning...

I'll leave Alasdair to explain why the fingers loose their tension over time... I fully understood the metallurgy behind it but won't make a good job of explaining it! Alasdair will do far better than me.

Between us, with ELIT and an ohmmeter, we learned a great deal about Bosch MA injection and their funny throttle pots 😊

All in all, an excellent day 😊

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 05 Feb 2018, 07:03

Brilliant day yesterday at the Haynes Motor Museum Breakfast Club :D

Here's a shot of Sally in her very own reserved parking space next to her older and wiser sister 8-)
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I don't know who took this picture so cannot offer credit... I wasn't Alasdair or I as we're both sitting in our cars!

I also went for a 5Km run yesterday morning... The knee is still good :)

Got to look after it as I have a Half Marathon to run in just under two weeks...

EDIT: I now know who took the picture - a mutual friend of ours who drives a lovely early XM...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Mandrake » 05 Feb 2018, 09:54

CitroJim wrote:
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Founder and only member of the Ford Ka Preservation Society...

Nobody's perfect Jim. :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 05 Feb 2018, 10:41

Mandrake wrote:
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CitroJim wrote:
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Founder and only member of the Ford Ka Preservation Society...

Nobody's perfect Jim. :lol:


:lol: And everyone has their foibles... :)

Not least me!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 05 Feb 2018, 10:44

If everything was perfect it would be very boring. I recall reading (in "Star of Gypsies") that for perfection to be appreciated there HAS to be imperfections.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Feb 2018, 12:37

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
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If everything was perfect it would be very boring. I recall reading (in "Star of Gypsies") that for perfection to be appreciated there HAS to be imperfections.


Yes, that's very true James :)

I've decided the Ka is not going to be fixed just yet... I can't justify the cost of having the welding work done by the garage for a car that's essentially just a toy for me...

Instead, I will teach myself to weld in the fullness of time and do what is needed myself...

A question. As I'm unlikely to have the work done and a new MoT before the old one expires (in two weeks), should I SORN it upon MoT expiry to remain legal with the DVLA?

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by RichardW » 07 Feb 2018, 13:45

No need to SORN it because of the (lack of) MOT if you're not going to drive it, but you could do so, as then you will get the tax back, and you don't have to insure it.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Feb 2018, 14:36

Thanks Richard :)

Depending on how long I'm likely to take I will SORN it, take it off cover and save some money...

Just as well as I have other things that need money spent on them...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 07 Feb 2018, 16:27

CitroJim wrote:
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Thanks Richard :)

Depending on how long I'm likely to take I will SORN it, take it off cover and save some money...

Just as well as I have other things that need money spent on them...


Park it "off road" SORN it and cancel tax and insurance. It's not like you're going to claim If it gets nicked or torched is it?

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Pug_XUD_KeenAmateur » 07 Feb 2018, 18:32

CitroJim wrote:
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'welding the Ka'
just a quick mention about welding outside, in particular regarding Screens. Recently, for the first time ever, I noted someone else MIG Welding outside, in this case plating the front of a 20yard Demountable skip, near the top, close to the hook where is....

...and I was surprised by how slight the transmission of the Arc was across about 4 car's length's between me and where the fella was working. There was no Screen, and no need for one, made me think that the screening measures I have been taking are definitely on the side of 'over-cautious'.
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 10 Feb 2018, 18:40

No car work lately. Weather has been rubbish today so it's been a day for fixing vintage stereo amps...

First up, this lovely late 60s Rogers...
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Own work
The problem was traced to a small resistor of a sort that hardly ever fails but it did in this one!

It sounds awesome

The second is a Leak of a similar age that was blowing fuses. A set-up of the output stage bias appears to have sorted it... Now on a long test...
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Neither are mine - I'm fixing them for a friend...

Now I'm on to another amp - a home built kit one from a magazine - and a very swish record deck 🙂

Plenty to keep me busy on a wet day ..

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by myglaren » 10 Feb 2018, 20:43

CitroJim wrote:
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Now I'm on to another amp - a home built kit one from a magazine - and a very swish record deck 🙂

Plenty to keep me busy on a wet day ..


Heathkit?





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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by bobins » 10 Feb 2018, 21:46

Jim - you might appreciate what a mate of mine has been working on. He's slowly bringing a huge old Army radio set back to life (you might even have heard of it :wink: ). He tried to reform the caps in it - they were last reformed in 1964 !! but they all failed, so next best option was to replace them with identical ones to keep it authentic.... but he couldn't get any. When you see the size of them, that's not surprising...
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Big cap
...so next best option was to cut them in half, hollow them out, and put new ones inside with the tails coming out the original tag rivet locations...
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Hollow cap
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Cap tails
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Finished cap
The cuts will be hidden by the clamps that holds the caps in place.

Next job is to check each and every component in this.... and then go on to all the other units in the radio kit #-o
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Some components, yesterday