Life is never dull, that's for sure
I had a great run down to cider apple country and back in the Activa on Saturday and even the climate control seemed to keep the cabin convivially comfy
A long chat with Richard (DickieG) revealed that early MK1s are not known for their ability to hold their cabin temperature all that steady. It's possible my 2.1TD, being a very late MK1 has the MK2 climate ECU which is a lot better. I have not yet had an opportunity to put the Lexia on both of them to find out. Why you ask, you had all of Sunday..
Well yes, I did but In turth, I did not get up very early on Sunday as I enjoyed a very convivial Saturday eveing with friends that went on rather late
Some time was spent washing both cars and rather a lot more time and a good bit of last evening was spent on the phone to Wayne, one of my nephews who has rather a liking for diesel Pug 205s. he has one as a (very slow) project in his garage but he fancied one he could use and save the huge fuel costs his Skoda Automatic incurs. So he buys a very late N plater for £600 and described in top nick. Certainly £600 should demand that. It's not in fantastically great nick as it turns out but that's by the by for now.
Anyhow, He collected it from Bath and drove it the 15 miles home. No problems. Except he stopped at some lights very near home and so did the engine. It started with a struggle but would not idle. He got it home and apart from one brief fire and one rough idle it's not really run since.
Call Uncle Jim.
I went through all the usual things with him with no positive result. He bled some fuel out and found it red
The car apparantly came from a farmer - draw your own conclusions!
He (and I) thought it was red diesel until Wayne said it smelt "funny".
"Funny in what way Wayne?"
"Well, it smells a bit like petol"
Wayne then confirmed it was petrol and unbeknown to me, he'd been trying in vain to start it with a tankful of petrol (with some diesel) and had flattened two batteries trying with only a few moments of idle and a refusal to rev to show for his trouble. It then abjectly refused to do anything more.
I'm awaiting an update this evening but the last news was there was no fuel at the injectors. Looks like the Lucas pump has objected strongly to being fed petrol and has thrown in the towel. Two batteries worth of cranking in vain trying to pump something with zero lubricity cannot have done a Lucas punmp any good at all and it now looks like it might have seized.
I'll post an update as soon as I have one. I guess soon I'll be off down to Somerset yet again to swap a pump over from his project to this new car..
In other news, work is very busy and relations with my ex-wife have taken a very sudden and very deep down-turn for reasons that defy logic. But then, we are speaking of female logic here and when did logic ever come into it
It'll all work out but that and Wayne's adventures has fair kept me busy....