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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, looking very shiny John. Recently got some wheels refurbished and replaced n/s rear and front lights on my grey S2. Was surrounded by pristine 33s at Duxford SAD. Getting some rear bodywork sorted next week and will need to sort out the bonnet sometime.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, looking very shiny John. Recently got some wheels refurbished and replaced n/s rear and front lights on my grey S2. Was surrounded by pristine 33s at Duxford SAD. Getting some rear bodywork sorted next week and will need to sort out the bonnet sometime.
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RFlower
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wish the Trofeo looked that good! At least it passes its test in February, so good for another 2 years.Very Happy

Being parked outside in the sun all the time is beginning to tell on the paintwork, which is becoming a dark pink, and the bonnet is beginning to blister.

Also, while my wife was driving it, it was involved in an argument with one of our concrete gateposts, scraping the right rear door and wing, and another with a short bollard, which she forgot was very near the left front side after she turned left out of a parking spot.

Fortunately, the Imola is the same colour. Although the floor pan is distorted due to a rather fast slide over a high kerb, which burst all the tyres and broke all the wheels, the body is in perfect condition, so I shall be stealing its bonnet and the doors needed for the Trofeo.

We finally decided that the wife's Sprint has to go as I can't keep up with so many cars at my age.

I hate to admit it, but I think it might not have been started since I had it tested to import it from Spain to France in April 2010, although I might have started it while in the garage, where it's been since then.

Anyway, the battery is OK, as it is permanently trickle charged by one of several Ctec XS 0.8's I have, but although it turned over smartly enough, it didn't start.

A quick check showed a good spark, but no (8 year old) petrol was getting to the carbs. I thought about taking the pump off to check it, but only for a short time after I looked at where it is.

I disconnected the fuel hose from the LH carb, and sucked on it with a large hypodermic syringe (I use them for emptying brake and other reservoirs, etc). After 2 sucks, petrol filled the filter, which is just before the carb., and it started immediately after I reconnected the hose and cranked long enough to fill the float chambers. Result!

The engine sounds as sweet as ever - only 66,000 km on the clock - so it will sadly be up for sale as soon as I have replaced the rusted up rear window winders. I bought it for our 25th wedding anniversary in 1990, so my wife is only the second owner!
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Johnpm1967
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes the car does look shiny from a distance. really needs a proper respray. Maybe when Nick qualifies next year will be the time to do it.

Meanwhile fitted braid brake hoses. They have made a real difference, probably as the old ones where originals.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dreaming of 33s, I must be having a mid-life crisis.

Hope you chaps are all doing well.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya

For me, long 18 months.

Old employer went out of business. Told at 15:50 to be in the training room for 16:00. To be told the company was in administration and we were all redundant effective immediately.

Had another job to go to but would have preferred not to. Didnít like it. Zero trust there. Stated 6 months, and if I stayed any longer I would have landed up on a 3 month notice period. So handed my notice in without anything to go to.

Was waiting for a surgery appointment so didnít really look for a job for a while. But once that was out of the way found another. Started last week.

Not touched the 33 in years. Really should get rid of it as it is just rusting. And way too many other automotive projects.

Driving an MX5 these days

All the best

Katy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a blast over the Pennines last week in my 33. Loved it! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long story from me.
Cam belt snapped on the drivers side 3 weeks before i was about to do a belt change, not the belts fault, I was driving home on a rainy wet night, hit a massive puddle and the car started misfiring, like an ht lead had got wet.
I stopped in a petrol station to see the drivers side belt broken and sitting there. After having the belts looked at, it looked like something had hit the belt and broke it, bent 6 out of 8 valves.
I have never taken the head off the drivers side, what a PITA, it also cracked a valve guide, so I bought some second hand valves, new head gasket off alex and the new baker-light spacers between the throttle bodies and the head, but the engineer couldnt undo one of the allen keys for the throttle body. Gaskets got lost in the post anyway, so they werent needed.
I put it all back together and stripped one of the exhaust studs, it then stopped running, turned out the TPS for my omex ECU wasnt giving a signal. Upon further investigation, the 3 wires had broken on the inside, so i had to un-solder them at the contact point and re-solder.
Then got a coolant leak, got alex to send the plastic t-piece, it got lost in the post, so i found an alternative online.
I now have another coolant leak, not found it yet and the thermostat needs replacing.

Big thanks to Alex for supplying the bits and getting me up and running again
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Touch wood, my 33 is alright...............really haven't been bothered about it much although I bought a ahem 'complete 16v engine' in bits but yet to find the 5 missing exhaust valves, my plan was to build this as an all out screamer but in hindsight I think putting back as a refurbed standard engine will do for swapping out my 8v engine whilst that gets a rebuild. I modded the track rod ends using adjustable Compbrake ball joints for a 164 and coupling them using a stud with M14 corse thread one end and M14 fine thread the other but it has a little too much toe out when fully adjusted in. Other than that and it needs a dam good clean there ain't much to report.
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Johnpm1967
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 33 is off the road at the moment as there is an imbalance on the rear brakes so it failed MOT. Did some fettering but still not right. I have just moved house and so in turmoil. Hope to sort over the winter ready for the Spring when Nick graduates. He wants it up in Newcastle for the occasion.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably a blockage either in the rear compensator or the brake shoe cylinder, that's the reason I switched to disc's as every other year the same mot advisory would come up weak offside braking performance.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is the offside. I am going to look a compensator as all good in the wheel cylinder. May look at discs in future. The rest of braking force is excellent.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John,

They are worth taking apart and cleaning as they are quite hard to get hold of now, did you save one from the shell you stripped?, if not I have a spare.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I have a spare, all I need to do is find it in the boxes after the move. I can't I will send you a message.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently got mine MOT'd without any advisories, so the slight play in a few rear bushes have mended themselves...

Did a bit of work on it in the summer including fitting a spare cat that had been in the loft for 10 YEARS! The one on it was a 2nd hand one I'd fitted in 2004, but it had finally rusted away completely at the cat/silencer exit end despite a few years of bodging with JBweld and jubileee clips.

Been to a few shows in 2018 including Festival Italia at Brands Hatch, and even got to drive the family around the circuit in the 33 at the end.

Hope to be at more events with the 33 in 2019.

Cheers,

John
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a cat back exhaust system in good nick should anyone require a spare/replacement, bought it with the 16v engine in bits last Summer.
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