Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends + wife)

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by Xaccers » 30 Mar 2012, 22:05

Whilst doing some pre-MoT checks on Cassy, I replaced her A/S sphere.
So I replaced the sphere, cleaned up the drip and tried to adjust the pipe a bit by unscrewing the nut and then screwing it back in. Set Cassy on high to remove the axle stands but couldn't, she hadn't risen enough at the back and the LHM level indicator didn't drop (I tapped it so it's not stuck), so I set her on low again and slipped a brick under each rear wheel and noticed that the single feed pipe to the height corrector had a drop of LHM where the pipe goes into the nut, and it looked at an unhappy angle.
Unscrewed the pipe nut and adjusted the angle then screwed it back in.
Again up on high, but the rear wasn't lifting enough to remove the stands even on the bricks, so I looked under and LHM was running out the pipe into the A/S sphere so quickly off and nipped it up a bit more.
Back up on high and this time she rose, I packed away the stands and put her on low.
This is where the trouble lies...
The back won't come down.
Dogbone is still in place.
I'll have a better look in the morning.

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by KP » 30 Mar 2012, 23:19

Sometimes the dogbone and associated parts for the hieght correct can from my experience sieze up as they do spend most of their life in one position.

When they are on low i have found you can JUST get an arm under to actuate them enough to get them up, or use a hammer handle to tap it to loosen it off and they usually go with a right TWANG when they do release and the back starts coming up straight away.

Best of luck :) Use a bit of solvent spray to clean it and let that dry and then some some silicone or grease spray should keep it good for a while :)

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by Xaccers » 31 Mar 2012, 11:03

I re-seated that single pipe into the HC, then popped the dog bone off and was able to get the back to move from high to low and back several times, although it is very slow coming down.
With the dog bone off I made sure it's linkage was free which it is and re-attached the dog bone.
Now it's all working.

Next big issue:
Where has my seat's captive nut gone? Or: Whoops! There goes my nut!

The driver's seat rocks and not in a good way. The captive nut by the centre console at the frone has broken free (quite spectacularly, the thin metal around it has shattered) which is a MoT failure.
Quick call to Jim to see if he fancied doing some welding, and I caught him on a sensible day so he said no :D
Thinking back, Jim, didn't you sort of set fire to one of the Activas with a blow torch? :D
Jim suggested the chap he takes his cars to for MoTs as he does repairs. I'd visited them yesterday to see if they'd be able to patch the small hole by the rear door seal but they couldn't fit me in so they'd not be able to fit me in today for the seat.
I gave In n Out a ring as they arranged the welding of a patch on the front edge of the rear wheel arch (the usual place) and got the number of the welder they used.
Turns out it's the same one as Jim's MoT!
So while they can't fit me in today, I'm booked in for first thing Thursday, then I can head over to In n Out and get tested.

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Post by Xaccers » 31 Mar 2012, 21:33

superloopy wrote:
Xac wrote: I gave In n Out a ring as they arranged the welding of a patch on the front edge of the rear wheel arch (the usual place) and got the number of the welder they used.
Xac... how much did that weld cost you from memory, my TD rear arch needs a bit of work, it'll not get through this year :(
£100 if memory serves.
A 2p sized bit had broken off the leading edge, so all they did was weld a square over it, grind down the edges a bit and spray it black.
2 years later and it's got a light coating of rust on it, so my plan was to get it sorted properly later this year.

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Post by CitroJim » 01 Apr 2012, 09:50

Xac wrote: Quick call to Jim to see if he fancied doing some welding, and I caught him on a sensible day so he said no :D
It wasn't that Xac, I don't have the kit :( My Arc welder is far too beefy for that. Even on the 80V tap with small rods at low current it's still far too vicious for that area... That really needs TIG or oxyacetylene to do it properly... One day I'll treat myself to a TIG set but I'd love an oxy kit as well... I like MIG about as much as I like a Poxhall. MIG is the devil incarnate in the welding world. Horrid...
Xac wrote:Thinking back, Jim, didn't you sort of set fire to one of the Activas with a blow torch? :D
Yep, that was me :oops: The day I found out just how well LHM burns :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Xaccers » 01 Apr 2012, 09:56

Apparently Danielle is quite good at mig welding

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Post by CitroJim » 01 Apr 2012, 10:02

Xac wrote:Apparently Danielle is quite good at mig welding
Well, get her a set and have her do the necessary on Cassy then!!!!

You could always say it's a wedding present...

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Post by Xaccers » 01 Apr 2012, 10:20

CitroJim wrote:
Xac wrote:Apparently Danielle is quite good at mig welding
Well, get her a set and have her do the necessary on Cassy then!!!!

You could always say it's a wedding present...

Ooo good thinking!

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Post by Chris570 » 01 Apr 2012, 10:53

Xac wrote:
CitroJim wrote:
Xac wrote:Apparently Danielle is quite good at mig welding
Well, get her a set and have her do the necessary on Cassy then!!!!

You could always say it's a wedding present...

Ooo good thinking!
I'll give you 1l of LHM if you pull that off without getting a slap

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Post by Xaccers » 05 Apr 2012, 09:57

Yeah I think you'd win that bet Chris :D

Just sat waiting for Cassy's seat nut to be welded back on.
Popped into the Café latte in Newport Pagnel for breakfast and was contemplating walking to Jim's before realising it isn't the weekend!
Wish they'd hurry up ajd get to Cassy, I want her MOT over and done with.
Good to see they are busy though.

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Post by Xaccers » 05 Apr 2012, 16:35

She passed the MoT :D
Only two advisories, front pads may be a bit low, and around the rear HC there's oil/sticky substance so it looks like I caught it when I sprayed the linkages with grease.

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Post by CitroJim » 05 Apr 2012, 16:42

Xac wrote:She passed the MoT :D
Only two advisories, front pads may be a bit low, and around the rear HC there's oil/sticky substance so it looks like I caught it when I sprayed the linkages with grease.
Excellent news :-D Been biting my fingernails all day...

Still, saves cutting them :roll:

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Post by Xaccers » 05 Apr 2012, 16:48

I've got none left what with Saturday coming round so quickly!

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Post by CitroJim » 05 Apr 2012, 17:10

Xac wrote:I've got none left what with Saturday coming round so quickly!
Saturday? Something happening then? :lol:

I know it'll be a lot less stress than an MOT....

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Post by Xaccers » 05 Apr 2012, 18:52

Well I was thinking of replacing the brake pads ajd maybe tackling the rust patch. That should keep me busy.