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by Al_Cam
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Body (exterior)
Topic: Windscreen Wipers and Body Plastic
Replies: 12
Views: 7349

Re: Windscreen Wipers and Body Plastic

One advantage of painting all the plastic bits (any colour) is that you don't have to be so careful when (if) waxing.

Maybe wax/polish would help paint on plastic parts last longer. Or may not make any difference if the paint gives up due to plastic flexing with temperature.

AL.
by Al_Cam
Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: Body (exterior)
Topic: Windscreen Wipers and Body Plastic
Replies: 12
Views: 7349

Re: Windscreen Wipers and Body Plastic

I'd go with all those pieces black. I think these cars need plenty of contrast, particularly in red and white. Paint the bumpers too, except for the flat inserts, like the metallic blue one in the header of this site at the moment. If there's going to be any parts not in the body colour, then you ha...
by Al_Cam
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering, Wheels, Tires
Topic: Koni shocks - I got the wrong ones but can I use them..?
Replies: 14
Views: 5473

Re: Koni shocks - I got the wrong ones but can I use them..?

Mats,

Sounds convincing to me. Nice information as usually most suspensions mods people talk about isn't related to comfort.

Thanks.
by Al_Cam
Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering, Wheels, Tires
Topic: Koni shocks - I got the wrong ones but can I use them..?
Replies: 14
Views: 5473

Re: Koni shocks - I got the wrong ones but can I use them..?

I might be opening a can of worms here, but which do people think are more comfortable for the road?

Car has been lowered (too much) but everything is still standard.
by Al_Cam
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Fuel, Electrical & ignition (stock Bosch)
Topic: Idle Irregularities
Replies: 18
Views: 14452

Re: Idle Irregularities

A couple of other suggestions. Australian models (and Switzerland according to the manual) have an excess vacuum valve on the plenum chamber - 2 hoses to the plenum, one to the air intake tube. I had an idle that would get a little higher (200-300 rpm) when fully warmed up. Seemed to drop or rise at...
by Al_Cam
Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Fuel, Electrical & ignition (stock Bosch)
Topic: 1984 electrical gremlins
Replies: 10
Views: 3830

Re: 1984 electrical gremlins

Chuck, You mentioned a green wire from the ignition switch. That should go to the spark coil resistor & the car won't run without it. If your car is the same as my 1983 (Australian delivered) there are four wires coming out of the ignition switch - three (including the green) go through a 3-way ...
by Al_Cam
Sun May 09, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Engine
Topic: Not producing Vacuum?????
Replies: 10
Views: 3588

Re: Not producing Vacuum?????

Just to add my vote - this topic prompted me to degrease the brake booster vacuum check valve on the weekend. It fixed my occasional "No vacuum assist just after starting" problem. -Which could be quiet startling at the stop sign at the bottom of the hill leaving my house.
by Al_Cam
Tue May 04, 2010 7:32 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: rev counter and spedo bent needles
Replies: 5
Views: 4181

Re: rev counter and spedo bent needles

I made some replacements from some every thin aluminium. Longer than the originals and with pointed tips so they make it easier to read. Bent them in a V shape along their length and glued them to the hubs with the ridge facing the driver so that they reflect the illumination at night from the chamf...
by Al_Cam
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: Braking
Topic: Marathon brake overhaul completed
Replies: 8
Views: 5671

Re: Marathon brake overhaul completed

Kanga, It'll mean bleeding from scratch again, but maybe try pulling the nipples right off and using some Teflon tape on the threads. I had to open the rear nipples nearly a full turn to get a rush of fluid to force out the last few bubbles. If you are using a vacuum bleed, you’ll just be sucking ai...
by Al_Cam
Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering, Wheels, Tires
Topic: Lowering front
Replies: 21
Views: 10463

Re: Lowering front

Mats has a very good point. Once you understand the relationship between the splines at front & rear of the torsion bars (Greg Gordon’s guide is a good one) you can move your front ride height any number of increments of 1.5 mm. It can be damned hard to visualise, but if you mark the torsion bar...
by Al_Cam
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: Braking
Topic: Brake Bleeding
Replies: 15
Views: 13465

Re: Brake Bleeding

I had no luck until I made up a pressure bleeder (retail are way too expensive here in Australia). I put a brass nipple on top of a spare master reservoir cap and a tube to a tyre valve connector. I used a bicycle tyre at 12-15 psi. I found I had to use a bit of wood to keep the brake pedal half dep...
by Al_Cam
Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Cooling system, Heating and Air conditioning
Topic: Help need picture of Heater valve area
Replies: 14
Views: 8390

Re: Help need picture of Heater valve area

Greg,

Try this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=462&view=unread#unread

I find the idea of two taps located in the engine bay attractive , but then you'd have to take care of freezing the heater core if you have working air conditioning.

AL.
by Al_Cam
Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering, Wheels, Tires
Topic: Bielstein shocks
Replies: 9
Views: 3469

Re: Bielstein shocks

Kanga,

With a name like that, are you in Australia?

If so, how much did you pay for the set, if you don't mind me asking?

Only I've got a set of wheezy OEM (SPICA ?) on the back of my car .

AL in Melbourne.
by Al_Cam
Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Fuel, Electrical & ignition (stock Bosch)
Topic: BATTERY KEEPS DRAINING. HELP!
Replies: 22
Views: 6655

Re: BATTERY KEEPS DRAINING. HELP!

Greg, The Positive terminal block is on the firewall next to the Brake booster. It's mounted on the side of the bonnet catch. Two big fat cables leaving from the bottom. One goes to the battery and the other to the starter. 3 or more usually red wires also. But if you are getting a good fast crank a...
by Al_Cam
Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: Fuel, Electrical & ignition (stock Bosch)
Topic: BATTERY KEEPS DRAINING. HELP!
Replies: 22
Views: 6655

Re: BATTERY KEEPS DRAINING. HELP!

Greg, The 13.7v you were getting at idle, was measured that at the battery? Were you getting a good, quick turn over of the starter initially with the new battery? I assume you've cleaned all the battery terminals, positive block in the engine bay and earth connections. I thought I'd covered them al...