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For those that knew this was coming, apologies for the impersonal post rather than individual contact, but I have a shed load of friends, family, neighbours, etc to contact as well.
Sonya had a hip replacement this afternoon and all went according to plan. Well, almost... Apparently, she has very hard bones (I guess that means they used a few more cutting disks in the Dremel than they expected). Also, she elected for an epidural rather than general anaesthetic but started to feel pain towards the end. They couldn't give her any more because what they'd given her "should have numbed a front-row rugby player". They were a little concerned, as there was no alternative but to continue at that point.
Anyway, all's well, we've talked a couple of times, and she's chatted with the kids. Physio start tomorrow ! Hopefully home by the weekend.
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It’s winter so it must be time to take the car apart!
Since my car’s still on its original radiator I thought this winter I would treat it to a new one. I have chosen to fit Eliseparts’ standard all-alloy one in its place. I am also going to upgrade the front hoses at the same time with their silicon versions.
It’s the first time I have ever removed the front clam but I’m pleased to say it came off without too much trouble. There were the usual one or two corroded fasteners in the sill but the fact the clam holes were slotted at these positions meant it wasn’t really an issue. I have already cut off the heads of the seized bolts, knocked the nut and remainder of the bolt down into the sill and then retrieved them through the hole made accessible by removal of the coin trays. I intend to replace them with aluminium rivnuts.
I didn’t take many photos early on, much of this has been covered before anyway, but I thought I would post up a few showing where I’m up to and the things I’ve found along the way. Like Martin has done previously, I will endeavour to keep editing this first post and add more photos and details as I go. Besides the radiator, other items already addressed, or on the 'to do list' are:- door hinges, battery, clutch master cylinder to reservoir return hose, brake pipe corrosion, fan and heater matrix assembly and tow post.
The Door Hinges
One of the first jobs I looked at with the clam off were the door hinges. The hinge spring plates were a bit rusty so I cleaned them up and gave them a fresh coat of paint. The driver’s door had dropped a little too so I was able to adjust that by loosening the 4 main socket head bolts that hold the hinge to the pillar.
One of the issues hinges suffer from is wear of the aluminium part of the hinge caused by the action of the hinge spring plates. My driver’s side has worn a bit of a groove over time, as you can see in the photo, but I decided to just clean it all up and regrease it for the time being....probably:-
There have been various fixes posted on seloc for this, ranging from milling out the worn section and fitting a new insert, using a roller arrangement on the remaining unworn sections and most recently by bonding a 0.50mm thick stainless sheet over the worn area to reinstate the original profile. If the aluminium isn’t too worn it looks like there may also be the possibility of fitting the plastic ‘protector’ that is used on the S2, something I was never aware even existed:-
The passenger side had virtually no visible wear:-
Although my battery is permanently plugged in to a battery conditioner it died in the middle of all this. I can’t complain though, I think it was probably the original battery, I’ve certainly never changed it in the last 11 years at least. I got what I reckon was a good price on a Bosch S4 with 4 year warranty at £38.99 including delivery from Carparts4less. Something to be wary of with sites such as Carparts4less and Eurocarparts is they have a habit of listing the wrong parts when you search using your car registration. (065 and 075 in this case). For S1 batteries make sure you look specifically for an 063 size. The other crucial thing with an S1 battery is to make sure it has a handle:-
When I connected the battery back up I found the cause of my old one going totally flat. Somehow I had inadvertently switched the sidelights on . In my defence though, this wasn’t immediately obvious at the time due to the front clam and lights not being on the car
Back to the job in hand. Once I had drained the coolant and removed the radiator I could see that it was on borrowed time. There was evidence of leaking around the crimped joints between the core and header tanks:-
The fan has never given me any trouble but I’ll give it a once over whilst it’s removed and I intend to clean up and repaint the existing fan attachment brackets.
The Clutch Master Cylinder to Reservoir Return Hose
Something else I noticed was that clutch master cylinder to reservoir return hose was moist with brake fluid. I forgot to take a photo at the time so this is the piece of hose after I had wiped it dry (the nobbly bit with the rusty clips at either end):-
An easy enough fix I thought, but turns out to be not a particularly cheap one. It seems that off the shelf brake hose isn’t suitable for a couple of reasons, firstly the fittings at either end are of different diameters and secondly and more significantly because off the shelf hose also kinks with such a tight bend radius. An OE part it is then. I’ve recently placed an order with DeRoure….£49.98 with delivery! I'm assuming it's an upgraded version, braided in platinum perhaps. I'll let you know when it arrives.
The hose arrived promptly from DeRoure today, not much to look at although you can see the holes at either end are of different sizes (I can also confirm that no exotic materials were used in the manufacture of this part)
The Brake Pipe
Once the radiator was out of the way I could get a better look at the passenger side front brake pipe. It was showing signs of corrosion, primarily around the clipping points. Also, just out of shot to the left of these two photos, the pipe was hard up against the chassis cross member, with evidence of some fretting having taken place. :-
I was alerted to the corrosion issue by threads I have read previously on Seloc, one in particular was so bad the brakes failed during the car’s MOT test. The corrosion on mine was nothing like as bad but since I was going to be draining the brake fluid to fix the return hose I thought I should address this at the same time. Once removed I managed to measure the length by inserting a piece of electrical wire through the pipe. Exactly 76cm. I’ve not got a brake flaring kit so I ordered a replacement length of Cupro-Nickel pipe, complete with end fittings, from Brakepipes2go for just under £9 delivered. It arrived yesterday:-
All I have to do now is make the new one look like the old one, I've never tried this before so we'll have to see how it goes
The Fan and Heater Matrix Assembly
As you can see from the photos, the fan and heater matrix assembly was looking a bit shabby, plus the outlet duct had come adrift:-
The motor had also recently developed a very slight squeak, noticeable when on the lowest speed setting. I had all this assembly out years ago in order to replace a leaking heater matrix, so I already knew what to expect…....backache! Trying to slide the assembly to where the battery usually sits and then lift it up, whilst simultaneously avoiding the wiring harness and everything else, can be challenging
Once out there are just 2 nyloc nuts to undo to separate the fan assembly from the matrix. The fan is held on the motor spindle by a circlip, with that removed and the 3 rivets drilled out, the motor and housing were free:-
The housing itself is pretty rusty and in need of a good clean up and repaint. Some of this was self-inflicted since I have previously had brake fluid overspill from the reservoir when bleeding the brakes. It is currently sitting in a bucket containing 6 litres of vinegar, which looks to be doing the trick.
The motor looks to be pretty much a sealed unit but a bit of oil on the spindle seems to have freed it up and hopefully removed the squeak.
With everything now out of the way I gave the chassis and crash structure a bit of a clean up:-
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Anyone know what matts these are? I can't find any anywhere! But would love a set for my S2 Rover'd Elise.
These Car Mats! Anyone Know Where From/what Part No?
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