A whole week has gone by since I last posted here.. It's fairly flown by
It's been a great week all-in-all. Lots of very hard work done, not enough free time but what free time there has been has been thoroughly enjoyed
The cars continue to run well. The cold has shown the glowplugs in the 2.1TD are not quite in their first flush of youth but I have a nice new BERU set all ready to go in. No time today for that though... Too busy on other things..
Kev (red_dwarfers) popped in to see me on Tuesday and a most pleasant evening nattering was enjoyed. Kev had a bit of an ABS issue and popped back in on Thursday for a Lexia session. Thursday was quite an occasion. Not only did Kev meet Xac but also my son and one of my daughters!
My son is off early tomorrow moring for an interview we all hope will lead him to becoming a prison officer. A job, given his massive stature, tough appearance and gentle nature, he would be well suited for. He has to be in Birmingham for 7.30 and I gave his 406 a quick once-over. He'd been loosing a bit of coolant and the engine was occasionally racing and idling erratically. Being a 2.1TD, the latter was worrying. The former problem was just a displaced washer on the expansion cap and easily fixed. The coolant was blowing out of the overflow due to the cap not sealing properly.
The latter problem was the result of a bodge. I noticed a smell of diesel and a very wet engine, especially in the region of No.1 injector. Someone in the past had replaced the leakoff pipes and had not used a correct end blanker. Instead they used just a short length of pipe with a self-tapping screw in the end
Diesel was leaking and air was getting in. I had no pukka end blanker to hand but made up a temporary one from a length of hose very well sealed at the end.
So, whilst ordinary Lucas pumps can have bad leakoff pipes with no effects except smells and leaks, this does not apply to the EPIC pump. They are as critical as a Bosch in this respect.
I also spent a bit of time looking over my old 1.9TD sinking Xantia today. It's on long term loan to a friend and today he brough it around for a check-up as the LHM was a tad low. He looks after it and was concerned the LHM level was just below the lower red ring. I've not seen the car for weeks and was delighted to see it remains in top order
It's a good 'un!
Saturday was an all-round excellent day. I spent the day with Richard (DickieG) and we went to have a look at his Brother-in-Law's 2.1TD Xantia down on the south coast that has developed an unhealthy appetite for crank pulleys. We went right through it and came to the conclusion there is a bit of wear on the crank tail causing the pulley to be a bit more of a sloppy fit than is good for it. We replaced the cambelt as it had suffered a little in the last episode, the belt sprocket on the crank, the woodruff key and the pulley itself. The crank bolt was done up very FT and a paint line put across it to see if it moves. Hopefully it won't but if it does, there is another potential solution to try.
This particular 2.1 had not run for a good few weeks but when we went to fire it up, it started instantly and ran like the sweetest engine you could imagine. Far sweeter than my own 2.1..
I had a very rare treat of being a passenger there and back in Richards HDi Exclusive Estate. He has done a lot of experimentation with spheres on this car with the result that it rides absolutely beautifully. The whole journey down and back was like travelling in a Rolls! I also had a demo of the diesel-fuelled auxillary coolant heater on Richard's HDi. It's hilarious to see a cloud of smoke issuing from under the wheelarch accompanied by the sound of a little jet engine when the unit is working. And work it does! What an excellent accessory and just what the doctor ordered on a frosty morning with a diesel that is so efficient it takes ages to warm the coolant on a cold day.
We rounded off the day with a very quick visit to Malcolm (Citronut) to deliver his new door that had travelled down to me form County Durham by way of Steve (myglaren) as part of the "Parts Relay" system. At Malcolm's I picked up some parts he had for me: a sinking Xantia HP pump, FDV and Accumulator (PR) block. Essentially these are spares for my sinking Xantia (they're not easy to get hold of now) but whist they wait, they are going to be put to good use as the core components of a sphere tester. I've started work on that but need a lump of brass to make up a pressure gauge fitting. Luckily Malcolm salvaged all the pipework between the pump and PR Block so all I need to do is add the gauge and an LHM reservior and it's all ready to go. Unfortunately not too much progress was made as firstly the workshop was too cold for extended working and two cars needed my attention as well as a small job on my 2.1; the turbo hose was slowly working its way off the inlet manifold and was not far off popping off completely
I did give the pump and PR Block a good clean-up and stank the workshop out with white spirit in the process; a smell I hate above every other smell
At least the pump and block now shine!
As it was such a nice afternoon, I did get to take the Activa on a quick joy-ride, sufficuent to get the oil nicely warm and far enough to thoroughly enjoy the Activa experience. I love that car
I have a problem with one of my grandfather clocks. The hour hand is loose and fouls on the second hand at midnight and stops the clock. I'll have to pull the clock apart and see what's gone wrong. The clock is very old and I'll most likely find age had cauget up with something and some delicate work will be called for. Spares are not available and If I need any I'll have to make them from scratch. It's not the first time I've had to do so!