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A500KWK

Post by Gasman » Sun May 08, 2016 6:13 pm

So, as you will have read elsewhere, we have a new project at Maurice Garages.
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The President thinks we paid double what it's worth but I disagree (although he's usually proved correct!). I think we paid a fair price to the nice chap we bought it from who was genuinely a little sad to see it go. Anyway it's ours now for good or ill.

There's quite a bit to check over to re-commission bearing in mind it has been off the road for 30 years and it's been stored outside for the last 13 years. It's never had an MoT before!

I've been busy doing other things this week-end but managed to get a bit of time today to do some light polishing. With the exception of the bonnet which as can be seen from the photos is well rusty on the leading edge and the sunshine roof which is exceedingly dull for some reason everything else is amazingly good. There a few little dents here and there most of which Mr Dentman will be able to fix. The front near side wing has been repaired at some time (for a dent, not rust) which could have been done a bit better but overall I'm very pleased with it.
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Ater a bit of elbow grease:
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There is a lot of work to be done on the interior. The headlining is sagging at the rear and there has been a lot of water ingress on the upholstery. First off it needs to be thoroughly dried out.
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Mechanical re-commissioning will start next week-end...
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Sun May 08, 2016 8:07 pm

Hi guys. So glad this is now in the hands with someone who knows what there doing. I generally was sad to see it go, but I look forward to seeing progress on it and will 100% be watching this thread.

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Post by Gasman » Sun May 08, 2016 8:34 pm

So glad this is now in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing.
LOL!
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Sun May 08, 2016 9:00 pm

Should that of been.... Who like to think they know lol ;)

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Post by beiderbecke » Sun May 08, 2016 9:08 pm

:D Thanks, VauxPartsUK, for your kind comments - you were a treat to deal with and we will try to fulfil your dreams for this wedge. I was sorely tempted by the Princess but my head ruled my heart and I decided against it. The next owner could have a nice car for very little effort

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Post by Gasman » Mon May 09, 2016 6:32 pm

I've had a bit of a go at cleaning the passenger front seat although there's still a bit of a stain.
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Also half the rear seat base.
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The photos don't show how much cleaner they are but still a bit more work required....
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Mon May 09, 2016 6:39 pm

That looks loads better, i wish i had pictures of it inside before i cleaned it... it was like a swimming pool in there and cats had been living inside it.

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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Mon May 09, 2016 6:48 pm

It wont allow me to upload pictures i got a couple here from when i got it on the back of recovery truck i can email them over if you want for this thread?
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Post by Gasman » Mon May 09, 2016 8:55 pm

That would be great Adam if you could email them to me and I'll put them on the thread.
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Post by Gasman » Tue May 10, 2016 6:31 pm

A couple more pictures, courtesy of VauxPartsUK from whom we bought the car, from when he picked up the car. It's no wonder it was full of water!
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Post by Gasman » Fri May 13, 2016 3:19 pm

Done a couple of little jobs today. The gas struts have all been replaced so it's good to get rid of the OE mop. Nice new battery in situ:
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I moved on to look under the front near side wheelarch. Lots of spiders webs but not too bad at all for 32 years old and not used for 30. The discs would probably self clean with use but we will take them off and have them reskimmed. I can't quite see at the moment if all the brake pistons are OK so we might loook at that tomorrow. The track rod end rubber looks OK as do the the steering gaiter and CV joint rubbers although I need to have a better look underneath the car at those.
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A bit of wire brushing and general cleaning up and it already looks better:
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Till tomorrow then....
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Re: A500KWK

Post by vinyljunkie » Fri May 13, 2016 5:35 pm

I love it! Looking forward to seeing your work.

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Post by rovamota » Fri May 13, 2016 7:42 pm

Good work. Did you remove the mudflap?
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Post by Gasman » Fri May 13, 2016 8:49 pm

No. Should I have?!
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Post by Gasman » Sat May 14, 2016 4:09 pm

So what have we done on KWaKers today.

Kev set to to change the leaking water pump & thermostat with a prophylactic change of cambelt at the same time.
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He managed to get the thermostat out of the housing without damaging the housing which I understand is quite a common problem on the O series (with which I am not familiar but learning quickly!). The same cannot be said of the thermostat itself...
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Meanwhile, the front bumper was taken off so remedial work can be done to the tatty paintwork on the front apron in due course. Unfortunately the underbumper Unipart fog lights are a bit beyond repair! On the lookout on ebay...
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Last thing today was to check on the front nearside front calliper pistons which all look fine and move very freely in & out. The pads are fine. All the brake pipes on this side are also in great condition so don't need changing. So we're taking off the disc to be skimmed and this quarter should then be fine. The wheels all need to go for refurbing as well although in fairness they are not too bad.

Engine restarted first turn of the key with no bonking of valves on pistons and sounds fine (except for the failed exhaust!) and water pump no longer leaking so good job, Kev.
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We're still looking for a rear three quarter sundym window but hopefully have a source for that.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Sat May 14, 2016 5:24 pm

Good on you guys, it did have water in it from when i got it, it was only after around hour and half ish of running i noticed it leaked a little bit... which then i turnt it off. But sat at mid temps lovely. So good seeing this thread :) Cheers guys top work!

PS the engine bay and boot inside was like the front arch lol...

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Post by Gasman » Mon May 16, 2016 1:57 pm

As it was a fine day I managed to do a bit of work on KWaKers this morning.

First thing was to investigate why the cooling fan was on all the time the ignition was on. On checking the thermostat connection I wondered why there was quite a bit of what looked like copper sulphate around the connections. Then realised that there was a very thin copper wire across the connections. Whether this was put there because the thermostat is duff and the fan wasn't cutting in we will have to test and see. Anyway, changing the thermostat is not a difficult job. At least the fan isn't on all the time now.

I had a good look under the rear near side wheel arch. More spiders & cobwebs and a fair bit of rust on the suspension bits but it's not too bad at all and will clean up quite well, I think. The metal strap holding the handbrake cable to the drop arm had rusted through but the brake pipes themselves seem fine. I couldn't get the drum off so couldn't check the rear cylinder.
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At this point Mr & Mrs Beirderbecke came bearing gifts of 4 alloys with serviceable tyres and more importantly a couple of re-skimmed discs and a 3/4" drive socket/T bar for the wheel hub nut which had been a bit of a struggle on Saturday. Using a decent T bar and all my (sylph-like) weight the nut knew who was boss and loosened easily. I set to to change the near side disc which was quite straight forward as everything had been loosened previously.
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I'm otherwise occupied now until Friday but should be able to change the offside disc then.
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Post by VauxPartsUK » Mon May 16, 2016 4:28 pm

Another great update guys :) Keep up the good work!

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Post by beiderbecke » Mon May 16, 2016 7:50 pm

:D That looks real good. Hope you checked the bolts holding the drive flange to the disc were tight. I didn't torque them when I put it together...

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Post by Gasman » Mon May 16, 2016 8:32 pm

I torqued them to 45 lbs ft.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Thu May 19, 2016 10:13 am

Hi guys, just letting you know that i got a letter from DVLA this morning regarding logbook... all is going well and should be with me within next couple weeks. Will update as and when. Thanks

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Post by Gasman » Thu May 19, 2016 8:45 pm

That's great. We'll look forward to your update in due course.
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Post by Gasman » Fri May 20, 2016 8:58 pm

It was the turn of the offside front wheelarch to be tidied up today.
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All a bit rusty with more spiders but all the brake pistons are working fine and not rusty so that's a bonus. The brake pipes to the callipers and flexies look fine but I need to examine the brake pipe to the rear brakes as that looks a wee bit corroded. Not enough hopefully for an MoT fail but we'll have a look tomorrow underneath whilst we are replacing the exhaust. So everything's had a good wire brushing and cleaning with a newly reskimmed disc. Tha pads are fine although they needed a new fitting kit due to corrosion and after that everything looks tickety boo.
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We're gathering in strength tomorrow to sort the exhaust (hopefully). It would be good if we could get the rear drums off as well to check the cylinders etc
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Post by Gasman » Sat May 21, 2016 4:51 pm

Rovamota, Beiderbecke & I met up today to sort out the exhaust. First job get the car over the pit:
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The downpipes & manifold connections were fine but the pipe into the first silencer was completely knackered. As expected the u bolt connector was well rusted and both the nuts sheared off despite oodles of WD40. The rubber in the exhaust suspending brackets also dropped apart - as they do - so Beiderbecke was sent off to the local motor factors for replacements. When he returned all reassembled without problem so now the neighbours are grateful for a much quieter car.
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10 years apart. The youngest wedge with new exhaust next to the oldest known surviving wedge....
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We then turned our attention to examining the rear brakes.
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On removing the N/S drum everything looked fine. No leaking from the rear cylinders so we tested that they were expanding properly. Unfortunately the pistons were solid. The Ambo brake cylinders are different from the Princess ( Slightly larger bore) but luckily we had some in the store cupboard. Unfortunately we couldn't undo the brake pipe to cylinder so we need a new bit of pipe from the flexie to the cylinder which we'll get on Monday.
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We went to the O/S and again although everything looked OK the pistons were seized; at least the brake pipe came undone this side without problem. We'll reassemble everything when we have the new bit of pipe.
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I know what you're thinking; Rovamota's doing all the work. Well let me tell you it's bloody hard work taking all these bleeding photographs...
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Post by Gasman » Sun May 22, 2016 3:57 pm

I tested the thermostat for the radiator cooling fan today. As expected no circuit with the water boiling = duff! Easy job to change.
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Thought I'd take out the carpets in the load area as they are seriously soiled and covered with algae in places. They are MUCH worse than the photographs imply.
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First time the underfloor tool space has been opened since goodness knows when. No idea what was living in the nest but thankfully they're all dead!
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The worst rust on the car by a long way is a moderate sized hole in the spare wheel well. Considering the way the poor thing has been mistreated and allowed to fill up with water It is surprising there isn't worse damage.
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Hidden around the bolts to remove the rear bumper was not 1, not 2 but 10 self tapping screws which must have been dropped in manufacture
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Post by VauxPartsUK » Sun May 22, 2016 5:42 pm

Another interesting read guys, keep up the good work :)

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Post by rovamota » Fri May 27, 2016 10:09 pm

A bit quiet at the moment due to all our family commitments, but we'll be back soon.
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Post by Gasman » Sat May 28, 2016 7:42 pm

I had a couple of hours free this morning so set to on KwaKers. 3 easy little jobs....

First was the cooling fan thermostat replacement. First snag was the one I had in the store cupboard must have been for an SD1 as it was too big. No problem as Rovamota had also provided a correct unit so that was fitted in 2 minutes without problem. It doesn't appear to leak but haven't run the system pressurised yet.

Next job was to refit the rightangled rubber tube for the ASU (automatic starting unit ie auto choke). Rovamota had bought an item at Beaulieu autojumble but, like my thermostat, that was too big. I ordered one off fleabay for not very much that was the correct internal diameter but a bit too chunky but when cut down to size looked fine.
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However, there was no way I could get both ends of the silicone tube onto their respective pipes. It was one end or the other.
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Nothing for it but take off the carbs so it could go on easily. In retrospect this was serendipitous. On the 6 cylinder I can do this in 10 minutes max. Not on KwaKers. Three (of the four/carb) nuts were easy. The fourth one I couldn't get a spanner on or indeed feel the nut at all. It is very difficult to see. Anyway, the reason I couldn't feel it was because it wasn't there. The other carb was exactly the same. It was the inner lower nut that was missing each side. Anyway, carbs off ASU tube on and carbs back on. I found a couple of replacements for the missing nuts; then I realised why the 2 nuts were missing. It's a pig of a job to get the nuts on the thread in the first place but the worse trouble is there isn't enough room around the nut to get a spanner on to tighten it properly. It's a question of finding the right shaped spanner. I am not quite sure why the carbs have been removed (was that you Adam?!) in the first place but I can understand why they didn't bother with the 4th nut each side! I got fed up with that so that job is only 90% finished. I moved on to replace the rear brakes on one side...
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We've got a new replacement brake pipe so a quick bend of that
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So first job here was to put in the new cylinder and get the retaining clip on the back of it. When I did this on SMG it was easy. Not today. No way could I get the retaining clip on. My genteel neighbours taking their little doggies for walkies may have been a little surprised at the language emanating from Maurice Garages but nothing seemed to help. After 3/4 hour I ran out of time, not to mention patience, and had to abandon. Most unsatisfactory.

I've got some time on Bank Holiday Monday morning so will continue then. It would be good if I could have a bit more expert help than I had today:
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Post by Gasman » Sun May 29, 2016 2:02 pm

What a difference a day makes.

Had a spare 90 minutes this morning so had a go at the errant carburettor nuts with an old cycle spanner. Needed a bit of judicious bending for each side but it did a grand job.
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Only took a very short time so had another go at the rear brake cylinders. Having thought about it over night I decided I needed to make sure the cylinder couldn't move whilst I was trying to put the retaining clip on. So I stuck a screwdriver into the drum making sure it was pressing on the cylinder when I put the drum temporarily on.
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Clip went on first go! One of my aphorisms is: if a job's not going well, go and do something else. It'll be easier when you come back. Worked well here. So put the original linings back in, tightened up the brake pipes and all back together
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I still had time to do the O/S as well which only took another 15 mins
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It left me a bit of time to check the new cooling fan thermostat. That was slightly less good news as the temp went up almost to the red and the fan didn't cut in so I'll have to take that out again and check it in the kitchen but that's for tomorrow
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Post by Gasman » Sun May 29, 2016 6:08 pm

The replacement rear window has arrived (16.30 on a Sunday afternoon). Very impressively wrapped up in its own wooden box by Princess Elizabeth. I am not too sure why it was addressed to Princess Martin.... Thank you very much Miles.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by Gasman » Mon May 30, 2016 3:59 pm

The three of us met for a Bank Holiday tinker.

First job was to change (again) the cooling fan thermostat which we did and tested in situ. The fan cut in as soon as the temp gauge went above normal. Result!

Next job was to flush the old brake fluid through the system and replace with modern Dot4 whilst at the same time obviously bleeding the system. Another job done.

We've bonded in the replacement C/D post window so we're secure from the weather now.
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Next was to start stripping the interior so we can check for rust and do a thorough cleaning job. The headlining was well manky, to use modern parlance, and needed to come out so it can be relined. Rovamota has taken it away so he can do that on his lounge floor...
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With all the water that had been swimming around inside the car I was concerned the bolts for the seats would be well rusted. Some were but good old WD40 overcame the rust. Whilst I dealt with the front Beiderbecke started on the rear which, with all its complicated cantilever mechanism, is a lot more complicated than the Princess!
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A lot of detritus under the rear seat but no structural rust at all amazingly
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Mechanically things are now just about ready for an MoT. We are experiencing a bit of difficulty getting the number plates remade as an exact copy of the originals but shouldn't be long now. Once that's in the bag we can concentrate on the outside cosmetics.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by rovamota » Mon May 30, 2016 5:08 pm

I got the roof panel home and set about fitting the new lining. I bought the material at Beaulieu last weekend.

Just a matter of spraying on the adhesive to both surfaces, waiting 30 seconds then bonding them together. I did it in stages so that the glue wouldn't set before I was ready.
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It's turned out quite well though despite leaving the 'dog ears' to tuck into the pillars, I'd forgot to leave an overlap unbonded to tuck into the door seals but I think we can unpick the overlap as there's enough there. If not I'll just have to do it again...
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Mon May 30, 2016 10:18 pm

Good afternoon chaps... yet again another great update... glad to see all is going well and solid underneath that carpet etc... Im not sure why that temp went up to near red, just sat half way with that bit of wire on the fan side of things... (was like that when i got the car)

Regarding carbs... i noticed one missing on each side too.... could feel the thread there but no nut... easiest way i found to take of/put on.. i just put the easy ones on...then push the carbs back and put the nut on like that and it went quite well. I did have them of on more then one occasion, as i said when you collected, it never run prior to me doing this as they were all blocked right up. same with that pipe inside tank on the fuel pump.

That pipe was also split to, i just put some tape over it for now as couldnt find nothing in my yard to sort it out properly.

Well done and keep up the good work :)

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Re: A500KWK

Post by 100 Club » Mon May 30, 2016 10:31 pm

Gasman wrote:We are experiencing a bit of difficulty getting the number plates remade as an exact copy of the originals but shouldn't be long now. Once that's in the bag we can concentrate on the outside cosmetics.
Have you tried 'DMB Graphics'? http://www.dmb.uk.com They can, I am told, make exact replicas of older style plates from a photograph :)
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Re: A500KWK

Post by Gasman » Tue May 31, 2016 7:55 am

Adam, sorry to blame you for the missing nuts! As for the cooling fan I took out the piece of wire that was shorting out the thermostat making the fan come on all the time the ignition was on. The reason it went up to Hot after that removal was the thermostat was buggered. All OK now though.

Paul, Kev emailed DMB (whose name he had already got from the autoshite forum) at 19.30 last night. He got a reply by 20.00 on a Bank Holiday. Impressive or what! Looks promising they can deliver.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by Tony c » Tue May 31, 2016 12:28 pm

Hi to you all,the Ambassador is really coming along,well done so far,I'm amazed at the condition of the floor considering it's less than water tight state,my Ambassador was outside and unused for several years with only a bush that had grown over the roof and a snail community all over it yet it only needed a 3" plate on the o/s/f lower inner wing,I was convinced it was sprayed and sealed on a Monday by a happy workforce returning to work following positive union negotiations after strike action,it could be that I am cynical after all! ☺.
keep up the good work,best wishes,Tony

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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Tue May 31, 2016 6:47 pm

No its cool mate, you wernt to know, they were a nightmare to clean... of and on 4 times all in all, thats why i put that filter in the fuel line to try and save some of the "toot" going in them again lol

So happy to see this progress on here every weekend i have a quick look to see whats going on :)

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Re: A500KWK

Post by vinyljunkie » Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:36 pm

I love this project! Its even kind of cool to (sort of) see what an Ambassador would look like with a vinyl rear quarter

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Re: A500KWK

Post by Gasman » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:37 pm

I've had 2 sets of grandchildren for half term so no major projects over the past week but I have been able to do some little bits.

On the rear valance there was a lot of overspray gunge that was uneven and unsightly. That has now all been cleared off which was not easy! Exhaust needs a bit of a clean now! Do a job, make a job. The rear bumper could go back on now although the chrome trim is a bit loose so that needs fixing first.
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The remote control door mirror on the driver's side didn't work so thought I'd investigate that. Took off the trim to find no remote mechanism!. At some stage someone's fitted a non-remote control mirror!
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It should look like the one on the right. The glass in my replacement mirror was incredibly distorted so changed the mirrors over and fitted the new mechanism.
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Cleaned up the rest of the door trim. Job done.
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A number of the dashboard warning lights don't work. I need to check the bulbs and the workshop manual tells me to twist them a bit anticlockwise and take then out leaving the dash in situ. What the manual doesn't say is that you can't get your hand behind the dash because they are behind the steering column support. So the dash has to come out. Not too much of a problem except I couldn't release the speedo cable. Eventually succeeded after a bit of cursing.
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Although none of the bulbs were blown some of the connections did need cleaning up. I'm not sure why there is a bit of soldering wire soldered onto the printed circuit board. It omplies someone's had a problem in the past... Anyway I've got the ignition light to work as well as the bulb failure light but not the oil pressure lamp yet. I thought if the oil pressure switch was duff the petrol pump wouldn't work which it does so a bit more sorting to do there. I'll have a look at the relay in case someone has done a bit of bodging like there was on the engine cooling fan.

Only little things but they all need sorting before it can go back on the road.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:57 pm

Well done guys :)

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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:32 pm

Got some more news for you guys, the logbook turnt up today finally for it :)

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Re: A500KWK

Post by Gasman » Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:49 pm

That's brilliant, thank you Adam. I've emailed you my address.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by Tony c » Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:49 pm

Hi,not sure if you have managed to secure trim on bumper yet?,a little tip if you havnt,I tried various methods as I couldn't find replacement clips,eventually I put small self tappers through a pre drilled pilot into the back of the bumper into the lip of the trim,works a treat,simple,cheap and invisible.
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Post by Gasman » Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:31 pm

Thanks for that Tony. On the back bumper there was only one duff bolt and it was an end bolt as well which made it fairly easy. I angle ground out the original rusted nut and fished out the rusty bolt with disintegrated clip. Then, with a bit of dexterity managed to get a small bolt and washer through the hole in the trim and then through the bumper, put on the nut and Bob's your uncle. I'll bear your tip in mind when I come to the front bumper and it's not the end clip.
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Post by Gasman » Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:03 pm

Other little things I've been doing. Wirebrushed and Hammerite'd the bumper strengthening bars and the rear bumper's back on although not tightened up yet.
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Tested the oil pressure switch which is duff so have been trying to remove that. For those who don't know the O series it is stuck behind the pulleys and cam belt. The bottom of the water pump is very close and it's impossible to get a socket on it or any other spanner for that matter. I've loosened it but can't get it out. Rovamota's going to do that tomorrow. If he had changed this when we did the cam belt and water pump replacement it would have been easy but unfortunately we didn't know it was duff then! C'est la vie.
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I've sorted out all the dashboard electrics although haven't got the dashboard back yet. Not sure the fuel gauge is working so will need to take out the tank sender sometime...

Draper Tools have lent us a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to tackle the carpets and very soild seats. Been using that this morning. The pictures don't really show the improvement and there is still a little work to do but the colour of the water gives an indication of what's washed out!
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Tomorrow's jobs: we aim to replace the headlining that Rovamota has retrimmed then we can replace the interior trim. Our exact-copy replacement number plates have been ordered and when we have those, subject to a bit of testing and receiving the V5C, we can put it in for it's first ever MoT.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:15 pm

Happy days, im not sure if you got the logbook yet, sent it your way Thursday morning. Top work guys, love reading the updates :)

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Re: A500KWK

Post by Gasman » Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:09 pm

A frustrating day for us today. We thought we'd re-line the sunroof before putting the main re-lined headlining back in place. Well, that was easier said than done. Bit of a faff to get the old lining off the sunroof:
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Then the trouble began. It was a nightmare to get the sunroof lining back in place. The official Ambassador workshop manual is nothing like as good as the Princess one not least because it's written in gobbledegook... We eventually sussed how we could do it but it took a very long time. Not only that there are a couple of dirty marks we need to clean off as well...
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So, pleased with ourselves and after a sustaining cup of tea & bun, we set to to put the headlining back in place. With a couple of rope ties to hold the lining roughly in place:
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All was going tickety boo until we looked at the sunroof and the hole in the roof lining
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So, like the hole in the roof a rectangular shape. Unfortunately, on the inside of the car the hole is NOT rectangular, requiring extra lining material to be stretched over the gap.
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Why the hole in the lining is not the same shape as the sunroof only BL can answer. Unbelievable. This means we will have to recover the headlining. At least we bought enough material to do it again.

In between times the dashboard is back in place and Rovamota managed to change without too much difficulty the oil pressure switch that I had found impossible. Such is teamwork.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by VauxPartsUK » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:04 pm

A great update, not much achieved... due to stupid headlining... but never the less... more progress :) well done guys :)

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Post by rovamota » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:41 pm

I need a haircut.
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Re: A500KWK

Post by Gasman » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:17 pm

Rovamota came over after work yesterday so we could refit the re-relined headlining. I say we although I did very little except add an occasional extra pair of hands. This time we were much more successful and the new lining is now all in place although there is a little extra trimming to be done around the door seals. Unfortunately, I didn't take a 'before' picture but, as you can see, Rovamota has done a good job!
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