When I was at Uni and ran my first car a completely worn out Morris Minor 803cc, I was given a small box of tools, and told in no uncertain terms maintenance is my responsibility. Admittedly you could probably dismantle the whole car in less time than to change an injector nowadays. I knew if I didn't learn, I would be back on the bicycle! Is Dad being too kind I wonder - perhaps a condition of borrowing the car would be at least be having to help fix it?
Did the cambelt this evening. Not having another Cornwall experience.. 2 hours - that's faster than the drive shaft point swap! MrsP pleased - was actually told I could go out for a pint! Large hole found found in front of o/s sill though. Sunday. Maybe.
Ah - it provides entertainment still. Our street is a hill worthy of minor note. Julia's bus, the Fiat Ulysse, required a starter motor fitting, which I did on Sunday morning. Ridiculously tiny motor to start a 2L diesel, but a load of faffing about saw it done. Mercifully, it's on the front of the engine and quite high up, so access wasn't too bad. And, it worked, which was nice.
MrsP and our Alex have complained of petrol smells from the Matiz over the Christmas break, but nothing obvious could be found. Sunday morning, it was parked up hill behind the bus with a full tank, and even I could smell it. Corroded seam on the fuel tank is the problem. I had to explain to the boss and Alex that I wouldn't be welding it up.... So the boys have had to be driven back to university by MrsP in the newly refunctioning bus and the Matiz ain't going anywhere until the tank is replaced.
Yes - where did the time go? 21 years, never mind 4.
Eugenie had a couple of perforations on the top of the tank which I fixed with Granville's PetroPutty. Good stuff. the Matiz tank has gone on the flanges between the top and bottom halves - can't putty that. I have sourced a decent second hand tank and that's on its way here.
Tank has turned up. I've given it a clean and stonechipped the bottom and sides, as well as fitting a new fuel filter. I think Mick and I are going to have a crack at it tomorrow evening. We'll nick the lift in the tyre place over the road for an hour or two.
Mick (The Mustang) and I fitted the "new" tank this evening. Only took an hour and a quarter and 15 minutes of that was draining the fuel out of the old tank. Seeing as the new one looked quite decent, I'd stone chipped the bottom half and scraped off the odd biots of rust on the top and painted over them. Bolted it home, shot the fuel back in and it drips fuel. In exactly the same place as the old one.
I bought a brand new tank all the way from Poland silly cheap. That didn't leak.
So that saw Alex motoring for a whole six months, until a couple of weeks back, when an engine mount collapsed. The AA dropped it off at a "student friendly" garage in Selly Oak, who gave him a very, very silly quote to replace the engine mount and the nearside driveshaft. £700 silly...
Today, it came back to Yeadon via the Shiply delivery service. Shoved it into the garage and set to.
Chris, Top marks for the dedication for keeping the little thing on the road, you must be the pioneer of Matiz restoration. I thought Shiply was a local spelling mistake until I looked it up on Google..........