Laser 1600

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:47 pm

Well the first coat of paint has gone on the OSF wing, a decent colour match but it will need laquer
OSF Wing Pt 3.jpg
The nearside is nearly ready, need to shuffle the car a bit for painting that side.
List of to do's to make it to Brooklands
Paint NSF wing
Fit all front lights
Fit front + rear bumpers
Bleed brakes, maybe fit braided lines
Check fuel lines OK front to rear, look new ish at the carb
Put oil in diff, pretty sure it's dry
Sense check all the rotary bits

I suspect, looking at the diary, the interior will not be in. I suppose it only needs a drivers seat... Worst case I'll have to come in the van :(

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Brooksy » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:11 pm

Coming on nicely. :goodluck:
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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:24 pm

Brooksy wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:11 pm
Coming on nicely. :goodluck:
Not bad for a bodge, all that effort will be ripped off come Winter for a proper repair. I forgot I've got the headlights stripped down too, so something else to get done pre-Brooklands :roll:

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Brooksy » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:52 pm

Cosmicbike wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:24 pm
Brooksy wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:11 pm
Coming on nicely. :goodluck:
Not bad for a bodge, all that effort will be ripped off come Winter for a proper repair. I forgot I've got the headlights stripped down too, so something else to get done pre-Brooklands :roll:
Hoping to make Brooklands, along with another local owner. Quite a trek from Devon though. :drive:
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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:08 pm

Balls.
Car was pushed out of the garage yesterday as it wouldn't start due to flat battery. Despite being on charge all yesterday it still has a flat battery. New one ordered to collect Tuesday.
On the plus side I've jacked up all 4 corners and cleaned up the brake unions ready for the new braided lines to go on, might get around to that before w*rk or Wednesday.
Got lots of painting done too, sadly none on the car, and all around the house...

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:22 pm

With the able assistants (the kids), the as yet nameless Laser now has braided brake hoses. I think the brakes need another coat of bleeding, the OSF seems to have air and air and air, rear is OK likewise NSF.
Repaired tailgate got a coat of primer tonight, a once over with wet and dry next week and a colour coat. It ain't perfect, but it'll do for now.
On the down side, it's running dog rough again, more engine games coming up.....

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:48 pm

ARRRRGH..
Hunting on idle between around 700 - 1800 rpm. Fine at 2000 rpm. Air leak maybe? Had carb off, sealed gasket and back on, no change. Vac advance hose off, no change but forgot to test with it blocked.
Need to check brake vac hose plus the diddy one that's on the carb.

Anybody know the vacuum hose sizes of hand?

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:28 am

Amazing what you find. I had a spare hour this morning, so started the beast. No hunting whatsoever :roll: Until the choke came off, when we got the same behaviour



That hunting is all on it's own. Closing the choke plates by hand, effectively putting the choke back ON, and I got a steady 1600rpm with no hunting.

My first thought was too much air, so a I tweaked the idle jet, but found no difference even turned right in, or 4 full turns out. So I figure that pointed to a blocked jet. Whipped out the idle jet and this is what I found
Inlet Jet Fluff.jpg
If you know how big a .45 Weber idle jet is, there's an idea of the size of that bit of fluff!! A blow through with compressed air, back in and straight up to a 2000rpm steady. Couple of minutes adjusting later and I have a smooth 1000rpm idle with cracking pickup :D :D

Proof and pudding etc, I then went for our longest drive yet, about 4 miles, with a silly grin on my face most of the time. A few rattles as expected (no interior fitted at the moment, just the basics, like a seat..)

Happy bunny, and looking forward to Brooklands now :drive:

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by D366Y » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:33 am

Great stuff, glad to hear you found the problem and things are coming together!

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Major_Tom » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:02 pm

Jasonmarie wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:52 pm
You can’t beat a laser ..... :beer:
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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:34 pm

Crikey that makes me feel old, I remember binge watching Bond films (on VHS) when I was supposed to be in college.

I'm loving the Capri now. Another short run out today since the spare kept going flat so I took it to my friendly local tyre man. Super chap we found on the local trading estate a couple of years back. Replaced the valve FOC and didn't try and sell me new tyres or anything. I can't have something for nothing so it cost me a drink, but at least I now have a usable spare.

My lad came along for the ride, had to go in the back as still no passenger seat fitted. He was intrigued by the little thing that pops out when you press the other end. He'd found the ashtrays :xd:

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Brooksy » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:25 pm

Cosmicbike wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:34 pm
Crikey that makes me feel old, I remember binge watching Bond films (on VHS) when I was supposed to be in college.

I'm loving the Capri now. Another short run out today since the spare kept going flat so I took it to my friendly local tyre man. Super chap we found on the local trading estate a couple of years back. Replaced the valve FOC and didn't try and sell me new tyres or anything. I can't have something for nothing so it cost me a drink, but at least I now have a usable spare.

My lad came along for the ride, had to go in the back as still no passenger seat fitted. He was intrigued by the little thing that pops out when you press the other end. He'd found the ashtrays :xd:
Glad you're enjoying your Capri.

It's great feeling when you find a person/business that's trustworthy and offers to help you out. It also encourages you to return to them in the future and thereby help support these little independent businesses. Often, if it wasn't for them, we'd be stuck.
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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Jasonmarie » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:50 pm

Yes seeing that does make me old they were the better years of mr Bond Mr James Bond. :lol:
Ford Capri 2.0 Laser 1987 Mercury Grey ....... :beer:

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by Cosmicbike » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:42 pm

More money today :lol:

Aside from the NSF tyre which is a reasonably new Dunlop, the tyres are all cracked and 1 was worn smooth on the inside, so I've been looking at tyre options and prices over the last week or so. My local man can get the 185/70/R13 tyres in at similar prices to the internet, but then on one of my many trawls I came across a set of wheels with near new wheels with tyres on, made an offer and collected today. All good, and a set of wheels with tyres for less than a set of tyres would have cost. Slightly lower profile (60's vs 70's), but look OK.
New Wheels.jpg

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Re: Laser 1600

Post by D366Y » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:35 am

:cool: Looks sweet!
I don't think the tyre size will change your life to be honest - just make the speedo slightly inaccurate

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