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Old 12-10-2018, 08:28 PM   #371
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.....nice x reg vtr on eBay for 395. Already on a trailer......
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:27 PM   #372
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Can't you loan the car to the local fire brigade for a few days.....mark.some cut lines, collect a few days later with the roof nearly tucked inside the now roofless shell
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Old 04-11-2018, 12:46 PM   #373
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Nothing major to report recently on the VTS fleet. My attentions have mainly been on being ready for next Sunday when, touch wood, Matt's 309 GTI will be turning up for some welding.

'98 Mercury

This has now had it's month of fun and is back on SORN. Running it for a month before it's winter hibernation gave me a great opportunity to not only top up my enthusiasm for it, but to also understand what the car needs as it's next major jobs. For now due to the leaky roof situation, it's off on holiday to be stored at Matt's while I have the 309.

I did manage to tick off a couple more WW2 RAF bases before it came off the road though!

RAF Coleby Grange

20181017_141609 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

20181017_141657 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

On the old Runway at RAF Metheringham

20181017_143331 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

20181017_143623 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

Then finally RAF Bardney

20181017_151747 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

Donor Car

I'm itching to get this pulled apart and out of the way! Trouble is I need it "moveable" until the 309 turns up. I have managed to get it running though and it was actually quite easy!

Upon turning the car over you could smell it was getting fuel so popped a plug out, turned it over and there was no spark. Ignition fault. After checking with a multimeter, the coilpack itself wasn't receiving a signal. A couple of things that points to really. Faulty wiring, a fried ecu or a dead crank sensor. Seeing as the crank sensor is just one plug and one 10mm bolt I went for that first.

20181014_161727 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

Well that was certainly easy enough!

20181014_161552 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

As soon as the 309 is safely in the garage, i'll start pulling this apart...

'96 Press car

Nothing to really report on this just yet. As previously mentioned, the power steering has never worked since I've had it, so with access being great due to the front end strip, I thought I'd investigate.

20180903_191248 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

First of all, the loom for the power steering was missing. This has a live feed, an earth and a switched live that kicks in when the engine is running.

20180903_190343 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

Connected up a spare loom I had in the stash, checked the fuses, started it up and...nothing.

The switched live comes from this little green plug and after checking it out with the multimeter, I found that there was no power coming through.

20180903_190126 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

It was at this point I noticed that the single green wire exiting the plug...

20180905_191635 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

turned in to a red wire by the time it exited the conduit.

20180905_191647 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

Further investigating turns up the original burnt out green wiring...

20180905_191818 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

Hmmm where's that red wire going...?

20180905_191655 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr


Decided to pop the wing off to trace it and......







20181103_174920 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

20181103_174927 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

20181103_175653 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

20181103_181028 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

20181103_181117 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

Oh look, the original switched feed wire. It's like archaeology this!

20181103_174940 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

This is where the donor car will come in handy fortunately. Each wire is uniquely numbered like so..

20181103_182121 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

So my aim is to repair the loom correctly using the correct wires from the donor car. I've picked some heat shrink up and cut all the damaged stuff out ready to make a start..

20181103_182014 by Daniel Whitworth, on Flickr

It's certainly had a life this car hasn't it?
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:02 PM   #374
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It does certainly appear that way Danny.....

What seems really odd is that someone must have had it apart like you have to replace that wire.....why on earth they just didn't fix it properly in the first place I don't know......
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It does certainly appear that way Danny.....

What seems really odd is that someone must have had it apart like you have to replace that wire.....why on earth they just didn't fix it properly in the first place I don't know......
If it’s been used as a track day car, it could of been a quick fix with limited tools which they then forgot about
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That loom is mental!
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Great update Danny.

Interesting that you mention the WW2 airfields as it has reminded me that I learnt to drive at 16 in my mum's Datsun 120Y on what I assume was the perimeter road of RAF Ramsbury, which latterly found fame as a filming location for Doctor Who.

http://www.doctorwholocations.net/lo...msburyairfield

Sadly (or not) the car didn't last much beyond that and I recall driving it to the scrap yard while still on a provisional license.


As for the wiring, I can see how it happens. A friend came over yesterday in his BMW 330Ci to which he had added angel eyes. Lack of a soldering iron meant he'd wired them using scotchlok connectors and insulation tape. It took all my effort to keep quiet and not chastise him for it!
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There's an old World War 2 airfield just outside Lutterworth Danny, Bittesby. Bruntingthorpe is local too

Bittesby/Bitteswell is now mostly an industrial estate (Magna Park) but there's some bits still there apparently. You could chuck the welding gear in the boot too. You know, just incase you find something locally that might need a bit of welding......you never know, it might lead to discovering the mysterious south Leicestershire biscuit stash.....

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Nice clean vts on eBay. Don’t think you have a white one...
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Not much interesting if no pics of the underside,front arches etc,nowadays all have some rust lurking,never know what to expect so better be safe,just my opinion though.
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