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by stevemarl
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Hand clutch
Replies: 14
Views: 276

Re: Hand clutch

What about a lever above the gas pedal, microswitch, and an electric clutch actuator (a la Smart semi). I`m thinking: come off the gas, flick up to disengage clutch, change gear, lever springs back down to re-engage and back on the gas? Just an idea. B.T.W. very best wishes with the leg, hope all go...
by stevemarl
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Interesting.....
Replies: 151
Views: 7689

Re: Interesting.....

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:25 pm
unless something dramatic happens with the economy
What could possibly go wrong??????
by stevemarl
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Q & A
Topic: plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 227

Re: plugs

There are far worse places to be in Manchester, whatever the weather! Oh, I`m well aware of that Paul! TBH, I spent the afternoon /evening in there just going round everything for it`s 6k service: brakes, steering, suspension checks, oil change, plus antifreeze and brake fluid change. Absolutely ha...
by stevemarl
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Q & A
Topic: plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 227

Re: plugs

The little Fiat "FIRE" engines usually have bullit-proof bottom ends but are prone to head and head gasket failure. You need to have this in mind if the other things don't fix the blackening plug. Good little engines though, rev like hell and quite powerful for their size. Yep, coildn`t agree more,...
by stevemarl
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Q & A
Topic: plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 227

Re: plugs

f you ran it up to temperature it might start warming you up! Depends though whether you got warm before you go into a coma `cos of the CO ;) Just been out for a run up the motorway to B&Q, everything seems fine, compression (Mr McTool was right) HAS come down... to 190psi - so I`m really happy wit...
by stevemarl
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Q & A
Topic: plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 227

Re: plugs

Mc Tool wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:18 am
Even letting it idle up to temp is ok
Not if your in a small lock up on a cold, wet Manchester night it`s not!
by stevemarl
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Cars For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 2.8 (apparently) for resto...
Replies: 12
Views: 263

Re: 2.8 (apparently) for resto...

Quite surprisingly he does seem to be a proper business at least, as in having premises
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Fiesta- ... Swl1hdVCWi
by stevemarl
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 227

Re: plugs

It`s a little Fiat sohc transverse thingy, F.I.R.E. as they`re known. I couldn`t check hot due to the absence of wheels etc , as I`m still giving a bit of tlc to its calipers (a proper service)` I`ll put it back together tomorrow and give it a run round then get hot figures. TBH though I`ll be vrery...
by stevemarl
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Parts For Sale/Wanted
Topic: *Wanted*Tailgate wiper motor plastic trim cover
Replies: 16
Views: 954

Re: *Wanted*Tailgate wiper motor plastic trim cover

Yes, they`re really useful, it`s only limited by your imagination. I even have a couple of spanners with magnets on which stick to the inner wing for emergencies (or of course, in my view, their mere existence stops emergencies happening. ;) ;)
by stevemarl
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 227

Re: plugs

Just done a test on 3 & 4 (1,2 & 3 are the same) both are giving 200 psi, and that`s stone cold so that looks OK. Just see how I go on with the new cap. Otherwise it looks like manifold`s cracked.
by stevemarl
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 227

Re: plugs

Just to clarify, the first 3 plugs were spot on the correct beigey colour, the 4th is absolutely black with soot. Very observant Paul - you`re right, when I came to check the gap it was way, WAY wider then spec (all the others had hardly any erosion at all; they were all new and correctly gapped 6k ...
by stevemarl
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 227

plugs

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas why I would havr 3 plugs which are spot on and one, No4, which is totally sooted up? Not capri but same idea, single carb into manifold, 4 equal length inlet branches. Runs perfectly, no visible smoke. (The LH one looks whiter in pic, it`s actually correct pale...
by stevemarl
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 2.8 (apparently) for resto...
Replies: 12
Views: 263

Re: 2.8 (apparently) for resto...

There are a couple of sets of clocks on the floor. That bonnet`s properly rotten, yet there don`t seem to be any cracks in the dash.
by stevemarl
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Factory Original But Not Right?
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: Factory Original But Not Right?

Just out of curiosity, I checked the MOT history, and whilst it passed in Sept with no advisories, the fail in March suggests it`s not the pristine example suggested. If I``d paid £6k, I`d be worried (esp. `Rear Vehicle structure corroded to the extent that the rigidity of the assembly is significan...
by stevemarl
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Parts For Sale/Wanted
Topic: *Wanted*Tailgate wiper motor plastic trim cover
Replies: 16
Views: 954

Re: *Wanted*Tailgate wiper motor plastic trim cover

Paul,
Those magnets are really useful for all sorts of things:
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by stevemarl
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Parts For Sale/Wanted
Topic: BREAKING FOR SPARES
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: BREAKING FOR SPARES

Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:02 pm
just had a super hamburger and feel terrible now after seeing Denis the Donkey
Don`t worry Nick, they don`t actually use Donkey meat in burgers. Your thinking of kebabs.
by stevemarl
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Parts For Sale/Wanted
Topic: BREAKING FOR SPARES
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: BREAKING FOR SPARES

Wasn`t there something in `Notting Hill`, a fruitarian, could only eat fruit that had fallen from the tree due to old age?
Just re-read OP, I thought the `English` or whatever front loading axle had been discontinued by the Mk3, that must be quite rare?
by stevemarl
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Factory Original But Not Right?
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: Factory Original But Not Right?

I worry when they say `no rot` yet both wings have been replaced, and there`s been a whole lot of new paint. Plus the wear around the heater control and on the steering wheel. That`s not 44k.
by stevemarl
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Correct colours
Replies: 27
Views: 729

Re: Correct colours

Ah, I knew there was an 84 shade and an 85 shade, didn`t realise it actually had it`s own code. That could be it then after all. Thanks for the info.
by stevemarl
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Parts For Sale/Wanted
Topic: BREAKING FOR SPARES
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: BREAKING FOR SPARES

Yep, I mean who`s to say they don`t have feelings too???