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Been down south and survived.

Gave the Sierra S2 abit of a run out today, to Islington north London, approximately  328 miles there and back and no problems, i think i managed to do it without being spotted by the southern fraternity ,good job really as i did'nt have my passport !

Added by Dave Thomas on April 14, 2013 at 23:44 — 2 Comments

Spring is here,so i've fitted it to the Sierra,

Yes i've fitted the new spring today,managed to get around the seen and unforseen snags of replacing a multileaf spring with a monoleaf , the thing that disappointed me though was that the polybushes that had been fitted to the multileaf springs don't fit the monoleafs, luckily i have enough rubber bushes to get by. So now i need to do the other side as soon as i can.


Added by Dave Thomas on March 25, 2013 at 17:56 — 3 Comments

In need of a brake---------

When i bought a new master cylinder a while back i also obtained a used remote servo and fitted them at the same time, now with the old m/cyl and no servo the brakes had been very poor so it was no suprise that the change i made improved the brakes a lot but not as much as i had hoped, and since then no matter how many times i had bled them theres always been some air in the system.It had got to being the norm that i was bleeding them every month to keep a reasonable pedal so today i decided…


Added by Dave Thomas on September 7, 2012 at 22:42 — 11 Comments

Its been a while but------

After four weeks i went and collected my propshaft from Leeds yesterday, they were supposed to ring me when it was ready but did'nt. Anyway painted it and when dry put it on, now i have to go and refit brother in laws prop that i borrowed back on his Sierra, ill proberbly do that tomorrow, if its not raining .

Added by Dave Thomas on August 23, 2012 at 18:17 — 1 Comment

Shake, Rattle and Roll.

Question time guys, hope you can help, when im brakeing with light to medium presure on pedal, i get some steering wheel shake, if i brake hard it dosent happen,the discs dont look warped and pads are good, the caliper pistons are free and the systems been bled . 2/ Started to get a noise that sounds like a loose heatsheild under Sierra but there are non! it happens under acceleration mainly, but not on overrun. Had rear axle on stands and run it up into top gear but it did'nt do it, there…


Added by Dave Thomas on June 28, 2012 at 0:50 — 1 Comment

Newark, and the sun shone, (briefly) but it didnt rain.

Got back a while ago, a little dissapointed there were no Legerras,but i found a nice black steering wheel that i liked in really good condition and a bargain at £12, been looking for one like it for ages, i held it between my legs for a while but had to move it as it was driveing me nuts! ! !.

Added by Dave Thomas on June 17, 2012 at 19:42 — No Comments

This crap weather.

You know how a light comes on when you open the fridge door, well although i cant find it, im sure theres a switch on my shed door and when i open the bloody thing it starts to rain! Its on a slight delay though because it waits until i have everything out of the shed that i need then it starts, at this rate ill get bugger all done for sunday!

Added by Dave Thomas on June 13, 2012 at 12:36 — 3 Comments

As Victor Meldrue would have said, "I dont bloody believe it"

Yesterday after a run out to collect some 14" wellers, parked up and about to get out of the Sierra, there was a loud metalic bang from somewhere on the car, after a look around i found the o/s front spring had broken!, so ive spent this afternoon changing it, ive no idea what Ib rateing the old spring ive put on is but the car stands level side to side so it will do to get to Newark, after that i think ill order a new pair but 2" shorter because its always had a nose up stance when unladen…


Added by Dave Thomas on June 11, 2012 at 23:21 — 2 Comments

Great weather, time i investigated that long "running water" leak.

Yes its been a while since i first discovered the leak, but until now the weathers been crap in the"garage", anyway i thought all along it was water pump gasket and it was. Whoever had fitted the pump last put the gasket on without any compound of any description, after cleaning up the e/ block and pump faces i made a new gasket and fitted it and the pump useing a little silicone sealer. The biggest problem i had was seperating the viscous fan and the pump, as i wanted to ditch it in favour…


Added by Dave Thomas on May 24, 2012 at 18:40 — 13 Comments

Wheel rim repairs itself?

Went to get front wheels balanced today at a small local garage, last time i went to Kwik-fit in town where the guy said one of the rims was out of"true" and had done his best but i would proberbly still get some steering wheel shake and i did.Today there was no mention of a rim out of "true" and it only cost £3 a wheel. Tried it out up to 75mph,( sorry officer i ment 50) and  not a twitch, so which explanation is it, has the rim repaired itself or, the guy at Sh##e-fit (as i now call it)…


Added by Dave Thomas on May 13, 2012 at 0:19 — 6 Comments

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