Today I.....

Proghound

Admin Team
The issue is in progress with the Admin team, we are engaged in full and frank dialogue via PM with the affected club member. Meanwhile, mindful of the nature and tone of some of the preceding responses they have been edited to be more suitable for a public forum.
 

thejohn

Member
Today I fitted a new wiper arm and blade (wow how easy is it to change the blade) repaired the glovebox switch and fitted a Glovebox repair blade supplied by Depronman :) and changed the interior lighting to LED's except the vanity lights still got them to do once I get the LED's. checked the rear brake shoes to find them cracked across the both shoes between rivets (is it a common fault) so ordered new shoes and fitting kit, just weighing up if I should change the drums as well. That's all for today as it got dark :(
 

Teresa

Social Secretary
Got Mabel out of storage as taking her for new tyres tomorrow in preparation for her MOT in a couple of weeks.

Getting back in her after a while made me realise that I really miss driving her. Barney is such a bag of spanners compared to Mabel. They are the same age and only about 15,000 miles difference between them, but my girl has aged much better than my boy!.

I shall keep her out for a few weeks I think 😍
 

Teresa

Social Secretary
Tried to get new tyres fitted to Mabel, but because buying tyres is pants, the ones I had ordered hadn't arrived in time 😒
They were very apologetic and will chase up tomorrow. It's a pain as I'm so restricted when I can go
 

damadgeruk

A2OC Donor
Tried to get new tyres fitted to Mabel, but because buying tyres is pants, the ones I had ordered hadn't arrived in time 😒
They were very apologetic and will chase up tomorrow. It's a pain as I'm so restricted when I can go
You really don't seem to have much luck with buying tyres. Hope you get sorted.
 

Jeetesh

Member
Got Mabel out of storage as taking her for new tyres tomorrow in preparation for her MOT in a couple of weeks.

Getting back in her after a while made me realise that I really miss driving her. Barney is such a bag of spanners compared to Mabel. They are the same age and only about 15,000 miles difference between them, but my girl has aged much better than my boy!.

I shall keep her out for a few weeks I think 😍
Having only recently rejoined this forum after a long sabbatical if you don't mind me asking, why is Barney such a bag of spanner’s compared to Mabel?
 

Jeetesh

Member
Today I cleaned my wiper blades with white vinegar.

I cleaned the windscreen and floppy blade thoroughly, I then added added white vinegar to hot water and cleaned the blade again. Now as good as new and streak free.

I’ve been doing this for years and I haven’t had to purchase a wiper blade in...... now 23 years despite keeping cars between 3-5 years on average. Let’s see how long I can make this one last knowing I expect to keep this A2 forever.

A fantastic no cost fix and sticking to that New Years resolution of keeping spend to minimal or nothing (save for a replacement interior motion sensor switch).
😀
 

Teresa

Social Secretary
Having only recently rejoined this forum after a long sabbatical if you don't mind me asking, why is Barney such a bag of spanner’s compared to Mabel?
I think Mabel had been quite looked after by her previous owners. I'm assuming that Barney has been owned by a boy racer at some point, based on the cheap DRLs all over the car (they are on the front, in the boot. In every door pocket etc etc) and the S line badges.
The last person to have him must have used him to transport stuff I think - the seat belt is filthy as are the seats. There was no roller cover in the boot when I got him. So the suspension is fairly clunky.
I have spent a lot on Mabel - she has had a new head gasket, cylinder rebore and intake manifold bits and pieces, but it's all been engine really and everything else is really good condition. Barney has been used and abused, although previous owners have looked after the OSS
 

Jeetesh

Member
I think Mabel had been quite looked after by her previous owners. I'm assuming that Barney has been owned by a boy racer at some point, based on the cheap DRLs all over the car (they are on the front, in the boot. In every door pocket etc etc) and the S line badges.
The last person to have him must have used him to transport stuff I think - the seat belt is filthy as are the seats. There was no roller cover in the boot when I got him. So the suspension is fairly clunky.
I have spent a lot on Mabel - she has had a new head gasket, cylinder rebore and intake manifold bits and pieces, but it's all been engine really and everything else is really good condition. Barney has been used and abused, although previous owners have looked after the OSS
Ah, now I understand, that said bit of Autoglym upholstery cleaner could sort the seats, belts carpets, etc out, Barney’s past could then be washed away.

Mabel sounds like the prize possession, easy to understand why the nicer one gets the attention. Kind of sounds like how I’ve treated past girlfriends, seemingly spent more on the ones I like more.......🤣
 
Last edited:

Teresa

Social Secretary
Ah, now I understand, that said bit of Autoglym upholstery cleaner could sort the seats, belts carpets, etc out, Barney’s past could then be washed away.

Mabel sounds like the prize possession, easy to understand why the nicer one gets the attention. Kind of sounds like how I’ve treated past girlfriends, seemingly spent more on the ones I like more.......🤣
Ha ha. Mabel was my first when I came back to A2s about 4 years ago. She is 1.6 like yours, but blue. But my previous A2 was a Sport and I like the kit on them. I love Dolphin Grey and wanted a 1.4 Sport. One popped up locally to me on Facebook and that was how I ended up with Barney. I've only had him just over 6 months, so will gradually do him up over the next year or so 😊
 

lfield

Member
... am trying to figure out how to remove the thermostat housing from my 1.6. I followed he guide in the workshop manual and removed the three bolts. It says "Remove bolts -arrows- and carefully detach thermostat housing with coolant pipe (rear) from cylinder block and remove" but I can't.
 

PlasticMac

Member
If you can get hold of a can of freezer spray (used for plumbing), could try cooling the plastic, to see if it shrinks a bit, relative to the head. Just an idea. WD-40 might help separate the housing from the head.
Mac.
 

lfield

Member
It is about -1 outside so it should already be quite cold. It seams detached from the block but does not move any further. Will have another go in about 1 hour.
 

BiggDogg

A2OC Donor
The cooling pipe (Death Pipe) has to be pulled out of the water pump. I’ve only done this with the inlet manifold removed but I think if you can wiggle it to release the circular rubber seal at the water pump, it should pull a few cm then if necessary you will be able to remove the C clip which locks the death pipe to the thermostat housing. If I recall correctly there’s 2 electrical connectors, 5 or 6 hoses and the injector loom also clips on somewhere.
Good luck
Matt


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

PlasticMac

Member
It is about -1 outside so it should already be quite cold. It seams detached from the block but does not move any further. Will have another go in about 1 hour.
I was thinking of creating a temperature difference between the plastic and the metal, to break the "bond"
Hope you've got your thermals on!
Mac.
 
Top