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Flow-Rider

Burner
Just the sort of thing that you don't want to think about at that time........ did I miss this or do I even need it.....

Glad you got it all back together.
Just think of mechanics with 6 cars on the go at once, and then the part they require is on back order from Japan. We used to rent part of our workshop to auto sparkies, we'd strip motors down to rebuild them and the fuckers would come along and steal the starter bolts after they would lose their own.
 

Mr Crudley

Wheel size expert
Just think of mechanics with 6 cars on the go at once, and then the part they require is on back order from Japan. We used to rent part of our workshop to auto sparkies, we'd strip motors down to rebuild them and the fuckers would come along and steal the starter bolts after they would lose their own.
It would be tough job. There would be a lot to know and too many similar parts from one manufacturer for each model. Coupled with electronic everything to add anther layer on top. They definitely need to be payed more. I have a few friends with a mechanics license and none of them do it anymore.
 

Haakon

Call me Ken, whoreken
Just think of mechanics with 6 cars on the go at once, and then the part they require is on back order from Japan. We used to rent part of our workshop to auto sparkies, we'd strip motors down to rebuild them and the fuckers would come along and steal the starter bolts after they would lose their own.
They're doing it wrong - there are supposed to be bolts left over, not missing ones...
 

Flow-Rider

Burner
It would be tough job. There would be a lot to know and too many similar parts from one manufacturer for each model. Coupled with electronic everything to add anther layer on top. They definitely need to be payed more. I have a few friends with a mechanics license and none of them do it anymore.
Some people that specialise do well out of it but it's usually the people that have industry connections.

They're doing it wrong - there are supposed to be bolts left over, not missing ones...
Intake manifolds are the home for spare bolts :D.
 

Haakon

Call me Ken, whoreken
Intake manifolds are the home for spare bolts :D.
Makes a good noise too... Had a couple of small 8mm nuts that held down the air filter base plate on the top of a dual throat Weber come undone and get ingested - made a massive banging noise!! Pulled over in a hurry and turned it off and it was fine on a restart (it threw the nuts out the exhaust upon restart).

But it crack two of the (wet) liners so it behaved like a blown head gasket. Saved that engine with two liners and pistons from a spare parts engine and the head damage was not too bad. So rings and bearings and hone freshen up job and all was well again.

Put Loctite on the carby nuts....
 

blacksp20

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Makes a good noise too... Had a couple of small 8mm nuts that held down the air filter base plate on the top of a dual throat Weber come undone and get ingested - made a massive banging noise!! Pulled over in a hurry and turned it off and it was fine on a restart (it threw the nuts out the exhaust upon restart).

But it crack two of the (wet) liners so it behaved like a blown head gasket. Saved that engine with two liners and pistons from a spare parts engine and the head damage was not too bad. So rings and bearings and hone freshen up job and all was well again.

Put Loctite on the carby nuts....
Had a similar issue with my Mazda 323 back in the day but it swallowed a screw that held the intake runner butterfly to the shaft. Needed head work and piston/bore. Because of the location, there was no way of knowing they were loosening. Mechanic decided rivets were a better alternative and replaced all the screws.
 

Haakon

Call me Ken, whoreken
New windscreen in the Megane ahead of roadworthy certificate attempt #1. Old school bloke who let me help (and didn't even charge extra for it!).

One oopsie damaging a bit of foam between the dash top and the glass when cutting the botton section of urethane, but not visible. And the price was right and it's only a beater car.
 

Haakon

Call me Ken, whoreken
Got the Reno Scenic all back together and through a roadworthy. Everything working nicely, with the suspect autodox working after I’d done the valve body/new solenoid thing that usually fixes them from going into limp mode.

And on the way back from the roadworthy it started going into limp mode again. Fuck you Murphy…

Guess ignoring the burnt 160,000kms old fluid and the metal bits in the drain pan was a bit optimistic after all!

Sigh. Box is coming out I guess, and I have a spare recently rebuilt one from an earlier model. Can’t put tailgate straight in as it’s a different final drive ratio, so looks like I’m stripping them both and mixing and matching parts. There goes another couple of weekends :(
 

beeb

Dr. Beebenson, PhD HA, ST, Offset (hons)
Got the Reno Scenic all back together and through a roadworthy. Everything working nicely, with the suspect autodox working after I’d done the valve body/new solenoid thing that usually fixes them from going into limp mode.

And on the way back from the roadworthy it started going into limp mode again. Fuck you Murphy…

Guess ignoring the burnt 160,000kms old fluid and the metal bits in the drain pan was a bit optimistic after all!

Sigh. Box is coming out I guess, and I have a spare recently rebuilt one from an earlier model. Can’t put tailgate straight in as it’s a different final drive ratio, so looks like I’m stripping them both and mixing and matching parts. There goes another couple of weekends :(
As I understand it, from here you need to:
  • Carry out a manual transmission conversion.
  • Turbo the engine.
  • Remove the globe/LED from the engine check light.
  • Weld the diff centre.
 
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