Zel's Fleet Blog...Lada, Saab, Citroen, Sinclair & AC Model 70

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog...Lada, Saab, Citroen, Sinclair & AC Model 70

#61 Post by Zelandeth » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:54 am

So went to take the Lada out for a test run having wired up the speed sensor. Got one tick out of the indicators then they died again.

So back to base, and out with the instrument panel again. On the plus side, that involves removing two screws and unfastening the speedo cable. Takes about 45 seconds. Now I'd thoroughly sorted the connector block onto the flasher unit, so was sure that wasn't the issue. However squeezing the unit itself would make the indicators start and stop flashing. Gotcha.

Pulled it out and whipped the cover off. Sure enough, a plethora of dry joints greeted me. Two minutes with the soldering iron and some decent solder sorted that out. Stuffed the unit back in and sure enough correct operation seems to have been restored.

The fact that this part is from as recent as 1993 still surprises me - most flasher units from that era would contain a single integrated circuit and a couple of passives aside from the contactor assembly itself.

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Also seem to no longer be getting a check engine light flagged every time I coast for more than five seconds, and the lack of pops and bangs from the exhaust tells me that the deceleration fuel cut is now working - so we appear to have a valid signal from the sensor. Hopefully no more random error code 24 faults will be stored (think I'd erroneously remembered it as code 43 - I was working on a memory from 2006...) now.

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog...Lada, Saab, Citroen, Sinclair & AC Model 70

#62 Post by Zelandeth » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:46 pm

The first proper clean up of the year has started now. The Festival of the Unexceptional is only in a few weeks, and both the Xantia and Lada will be attending. So I need to get them both scrubbed up beforehand.

There will also be some other big fleet news in the next few days.

In other news, I've just been offered a Merc 209d based camper van. The 2/309d vans are probably my favourite commercial vehicles of any. Aside from many fond memories from my childhood, there's just something "right" about them as a driver to me. I've always fancied one, but have felt I've missed the boat really...then this comes along. We'll priced, roadworthy and in generally very good nick it looks like. ...but I've no room! Argh...

I can start parking cars at my mate's place again can't I?!?

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog...Lada, Saab, Citroen, Sinclair & AC Model 70

#63 Post by Zelandeth » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:54 pm

Quick update.

Invacar hasn't moved in several weeks, having thrown a hissy fit because of ingesting gunk from the bottom of the (now removed) temporary fuel tank.

Took the whole fuel system apart and cleaned it, and did the same with the carb. Every jet out and cleaned, including one hiding in a hard to see corner of the float bowl. Likewise all the passages blown through with carb cleaner while the jets were out. Reassembled... result: it's now running lovely. Better than it has ever since I got it in fact. Probably on account of having previously missed the one jet previously.

Battery was struggling a bit on account of the starting issues when the carb was playing up, so took that back inside and have stuck it on the charger overnight.

The speed sensor error has reappeared on the Lada...why do I get the feeling that's going to be a recurring game...

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog...Lada, Saab, Citroen, Sinclair & AC Model 70

#64 Post by Zelandeth » Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:59 pm

I've been failing spectacularly at keeping this updated lately... there's a big Invacar update that I'll try to get written up shortly.

However the big update is that the Lada is now officially for sale.

Went out yesterday to have a look at the camper mentioned above, and it's in far better shape than I expected, so will be joining the fleet. It ticks many of the same boxes as the Lada for me, yet is also something that everyone in the family should be able to get enjoyment from, whereas the Lada is really just mine and nobody else really gets anything from.

Will look at putting together a proper for sale advert later on.

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog...Lada, Saab, Citroen, Sinclair & AC Model 70

#65 Post by Zelandeth » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:32 pm

The Mercedes is now home.

Had forgotten how nice a thing to drive the old TN vans could be...

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog...Lada, Saab, Citroen, Sinclair & AC Model 70

#66 Post by Zelandeth » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:20 pm

So the second slowest member of my fleet to date is now officially home.

The slowest member being a VW T25 with the 1.6 CT engine, that really was almost dangerously underpowered.

This isn't. She's just a a bit of an old lady who can't be rushed. However 60mph is entirely possible and reasonably easily maintained. 70 is possible on the motorway so long as you have a few miles to get there and don't have a gradient or headwind working against you. She's geared such that 58mph seems to be the sweet spot though.

So apologies if you get stuck behind this.

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Though I've experience with old buses anyhow, so if on a road without ample overtaking opportunities I'll be pulling in to let traffic by regularly, no point in annoying folks.

While a bit slow by today's standards...and noisy..and wallowy... she's a lovely driving old bus. In terms of driving "feel" actually has a lot in common with a mate's old Bedford YNT. ...which I also could never get enough time behind the wheel of!

She's a comfy old thing too, had forgotten what a pleasant place to be the cab of a TN Merc can be.

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Camper bit is nicely thought out too, though needs a bit of finishing off as the previous previous keeper decided to carry out a bunch of upgrade work to the kitchen. And bathroom but never finished it. All the stuff is still there though, just needs wiring, plumbing and screwing back together.

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Seriously, when did you last see a TN that didn't have an intergalactic mileage?

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She's not a complete miracle though and does have some rust in a few of the usual TN grot spots. Several underneath have already been attended to, but there's some in the windscreen scuttle/heater vents that will be "fun" to sort. Guessing it will be a dash and screen out job at the very least.

Given how much I enjoy driving it though, it will probably get done.

Currently on the list...

[] Indicator indicator light on the dash doesn't work. It's not the bulb, and it is connected.
[] Brake light continually flickers. Either the float isn't floating any more, there's a pad wear sensor wire grounded somewhere...or there's a more complex electrical gremlin I need to find. The pads look to have plenty of meat left on them.
[] Heater blower doesn't work.
[] Marker lights above the cab don't work. They need a ladder to access, so may even just be in need of new bulbs.
[] Exhaust rattles. This will be high on the list as it will bug me.
[] Nasty bit of rust in the windscreen scuttle needs sorting.

[] Oven, job, sink, fridge and shower all need reinstalling.
[] Pretty much the entire wiring harness to the rear corner of the van living area has been hacked off somewhere. I've found one end of the tail...but I've yet to track down the far end. As such there's no power to anything.
[] Speaking of power, the wiring harness that attaches to the leisure battery is a mess, and there are two sets of terminals. Why do I get the feeling I'm going to be spending a lot of time with a meter reverse engineering this...Hoping it's just a case of one being for the living van hardware, and the other being connected to the vehicle's charging system. Though why you'd not just use a proper battery manager to handle that I don't know.
[] Needs a really good clean inside and out.
[] The pound shop special wheel trims need to die.

Probably getting power to the living area will be the first step beyond a basic service and a clean. I picked up oil and a filter today, air filter looks brand new (to be fair, she's only done a few hundred miles in the last few years), so leaving that for now. Think I've got gearbox and axle oils already in stock.

I'll need to record a video from in the cab while on the mood for those of you who miss the sound of proper of diesel engines (OM.601 in this) and the sight of how one of these gently sways and bobs along the road in a strangely soothing sort of way.

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog...Lada, Saab, Citroen, Sinclair & AC Model 70

#67 Post by JPB » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:17 am

Zelandeth wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:20 pm
apologies if you get stuck behind this...
Hmm, one of my regularly used cars, the Pajero Mini, has a top speed governed by Kei class rules in its home land to 90KM/H, at which it's running at 5,600rpm. The red line in the 4A-30 engine is north of 8K but as I have no intention of spanking the wee thing beyond the 56mph limit, being "stuck" behind anything is an ideal situation for me on days when the Pajero's compactness trumps the bB's performance, comfort and room to take on the daily duties and I find myself using the tiny 4x4 for its city parking skills.
Since I see no need to kill my ears or that gorgeous little engine by fiddling with the governor, I would be the one diving for that elusive passing place or lay by if I saw the camper coming up in the mirrors, so fret ye not; your 58mph cruising speed wins, not everyone needs to arrive a few seconds earlier, the clever way is to leave earlier and watch as the business drivers' fingertips become whiter as they grip their wheels more tightly as the commute progresses.

That's a lovely van and the shower must have been a fairly scarce option back then, but for me - and my almost fanatical approach to personal cleanliness - that shower is of greater value than an extra 20mph on the top speed or a shorter 0-50 time. As those solid folk over at autoshite would say, the van is full of win, an expression used on that forum to suggest that a vehicle under discussion is pretty much beyond criticism on any significant level and that [the vehicle's] desirability is beyond doubt. I could simply have said that I want one, but as I'm running out of neighbours whose drives, gardens and garages have space to accommodate any more of my random vehicular purchases, the Benz will have to remain a pipe dream for me. :|

Here's wishing you much pleasure from the van. Jealousy is such a nasty thing, so I'm envious. Very, but not jealous. Not much! :oops:
John

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