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  1. Hi Julian, If you go to your Auto Gearbox thread, you will see a German supplier that Herman suggested - I used them.
  2. Oh yes, one more thing - I pulled out the speedo drive unit. As others have experienced, there was a weeping of trans fluid past the front lip seal into the (new) cable, so new seals are now on order. Many thanks to Herman for the tip on where these parts were available
  3. We are off out soon, with an overnight stop planned - but I had a few minutes to kill, so decided to investigate the brake band adjustment point on the Cav's auto box. This is the cover that protects the adjustment point. As you can see its held in place by 4 x 13 mm bolts. You will also note that it comes out full of trans fluid - you have been warned Fortunately, I expected this so didn't dribble it all down my arm... After draining the fluid, I expected there to be some accumulated 'gunge' in there - but no. So after a quick clean up with the old Blue roll, we now have this ready to go back on in a day or two: Here is what you see with the cover removed, the adjustment point is in the center of course: Time to see if the tool that I had cobbled together fits - it did: Then after consulting Mr Haynes, I realised that none of my torque wrenches went down low enough for the band adjustment screw - Doh! Luckily, there is one at work that will do the job, so no need to buy some more tools - well thinking about it, maybe... To be continued later in the week.
  4. IanMc

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    If you get stuck, I suppose you could improvise by using something like these two items - one inside the other with some PTFE tape of course... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10Pcs-M8-Full-Threaded-Lamp-Nipple-Pass-Through-Pipe-Connector-30mm-Length/362281672798?epid=17009303513&hash=item5459aba05e:g:DuoAAOSw3hFdVIr4 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A2-STAINLESS-STEEL-ALL-THREAD-SLEEVE-ROD-BAR-STUD-ROUND-CONNECTOR-TUBE-LONG-NUTS/111846278490?hash=item1a0a8ec55a:m:mbLe00FLh6nrc_FwQYlqz-Q
  5. It's call being human mate - and we are all guilty of that. It also takes a bigger man to admit to making a mistake as well. As my very first Boss told me: "the person that never make a mistake, never did sod all!" - well close to that with expletives added for effect Great news that she's running well
  6. Little update on this... 1) Many thanks to Julian Best for sending me a copy of an old Invoice for the parts I was trying to source, with (of course) the suppliers name etc on it. 2) The reason that I didn’t use Julian’s details is because yesterday afternoon I found a UK supplier with both parts on the shelf. After having paid early this morning, they are now both on their way to my work address (in case we and Mrs Mc go out for the day), with delivery expected tomorrow. So big thanks go to: Sussex Auto Parts Ltd and in particular, Matt for his excellent service! So if any of you need anything along these lines, try them at www.sussexautos.co.uk or E-mail: parts@sussexautos.co.uk
  7. Thanks Herman, great information!
  8. Does anyone know what size those ‘O’ rings are please? Just thinking that while I am in there and having just replaced the cable, I might as well take a look at the ‘O’ rings at the same time.
  9. Dear All, I am off work now for the rest of the week - yippee! On the basis that I need to chill out and enjoy life for a few days, it is unlikely that very much will be done on the Cav for the next week or so. I certainly wont be doing something every day, like I generally try to. Cheers for now.
  10. When I was a lad, I replaced a rear wheel cylinder on my Uncle's Ford Sierra. When I test drove it the brakes were terrible, despite the bleeding going perfectly. After a while (and comparing to the other side), I noticed that I had connected the feed pipe to the bleed nipple hole and vice versa. Just a thought... Good luck matey.
  11. After consulting Mr Haynes, it transpires that I need a 3/16" Allen/hex socket to adjust the brake band on my auto box. Guess which size of Allen bit I dont have to connect to my torque wrench - yes correct! After trudging around the shops with Mrs Mc this afternoon subtlety looking for said socket (no joy at all - one shop even said "what's an Imperial size" ), I returned home empty handed. Being the impatient soul that I am, I hatched a plan to make one instead. It doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to be able to deliver a massive 3.3 ftlb of torque... After a bit of rummaging I came across an old set of Imperial Allen keys and lopped a bit of the end of the long leg with my angle grinder: Then I found a sacrificial 5 mm socket (3/16" = 4.76 mm, so only a quarter of a mm difference in size) and we had the makings of a solution: A few seconds in the vice an we had a nice fitting hexagon that should easily take that torque: Now all I have to do is actually get on with the job
  12. As the leak was so tiny, I have decided to try the following: - disconnect the heater hoses from the matrix. - join them with a straight connector. - add Barrs leaks (or similar) to the main radiator. - after the leak is fixed (assuming the additive does the job), drain the rad and hoses. - reconnect the heater. Got to be worth a try!
  13. Hi Andy, That’s brilliant mate, sincere thanks for the pointer
  14. The old fluid pan gasket has now been removed and the mating faces cleaned up.
  15. Hi Herman, I hope that you are keeping well? Thanks for the info, as always you have been very helpful
  16. Dear All, Am I right in assuming the 1.9 auto box, would be exactly the same as for the 2.0? - meaning that the filter and gasket would be identical. Thanks in advance.
  17. This morning it was the turn of the automatic gearbox to get some love. Still very happy that the thing actually changes up and down and allows kick downs, it is only fair that it gets some fresh trasns fluid and the brake band adjusted. First things first, lets drain the fluid. The last person in here decided it was a good idea to use some kind of plastic washer on the drain plug - that probably explains the leak and fluid over everything then... A new set of Copper washers is on order - these will also be useful to use on the radiator banjo connections, when that little problem gets sorted. The good news is the fluid was actually a pretty good colour and certainly not a nasty burnt Black colour - encouraging. Also encouraging was the nice clean sump, nothing nasty sitting in there that I could see. We are off out shortly, but I hope to adjust the brake band later, then I will be looking to source a new filter and gasket for this auto box. I have seen a few kits on Ebay, but question: Am I right in assuming the 1.9 auto box, would be exactly the same as for the 2.0? - meaning that the filter and gasket would be identical. A general shot with the pan removed - nice and clean
  18. This evening I refitted the bonnet after it’s fresh coats of paint during the week. I even managed to persuade Mrs Mc to assist with this task - no small achievement I can assure you!
  19. Thanks mate, I will give them a call next week and see what they say.
  20. Hi Graeme, I did actually look at their website earlier - what sort of money are we talking about?
  21. Hi all, As per the title really, anyone have one for sale? Obviously it needs to be leak free/in good general condition. Thanks in advance.
  22. Hi all, This morning I noticed a damp patch on the carpet under the front of the Cav. Upon further investigation, I saw a damp patch at the bottom and the occasional drip from about a third of the way up the core. I have removed the rad to try to get a better look to see if it could be soldered or use Chemical Metal to fix the hole (that so far I can even find...). This wouldn’t be any issue if the car was a manual, as replacement rads are easy to come by and relatively cheap. Remember that my car is an auto though, which has the auto trans cooler connections at the base of the main rad... Lets assume for a moment that I can’t source a replacement rad cheaper than the ones available from Germany at about £240 - any suggestions as to what to do? I wondered about using a rad from a manual car, then trying to connect up a separate oil cooler for the auto trans fluid. Good idea, bad idea, other suggestions? Thanks in advance everyone.
  23. Lol, oh well at least I know how to do all that now...
  24. Very nice Wayne, that really does make a world of difference to the engine bay.
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