The bare wires shouldn't be hanging out of the back of the crimp terminals like that. That's a short-cut to future wiring failure. The crimps should be crimped on both the wire AND the insulator. Otherwise there is excess stress on the wire and it breaks. Keep it up, nearly MOT time!
Today marks the end of my journey with this little car properly because it sold. Perhaps the easiest sale I've had and to someone who really got what this car is. He was quite excited by the whole thing, and who can blame him? It's an exciting car I feel comfortable it's gone to the right person, he gave the impression of understanding the shortcomings on the car and recognising the work already done and didn't feel particularly daunted by it. The right questions were asked about various parts of the car and I just got a generally good vibe. Hopefully, this little car will go on to bigger and better things still with the new owner and I'll be pointing him at the various threads and forums I've used to record the adventures and troubles with it over the past few years.
The overwhelming feeling really is one of relief tinged with a little regret. I can now do things like get a new catalytic converter for the Rover, some nicer tyres, and makes sure there's some funds available to fix anything the Princess might need after the MoT. I feel like I made the right decision and at the moment, I feel like the Renault has gone to the right person.
I don't think he's on here, I suspect he's more of a Facebook sort. hurlabigblock on Twitter, though there's been no Renault updates there (mind you, he's only had it five minutes and he's a very busy bloke).
When the car was collected, the spare doors were left behind by accident because we both completely forgot about them. Also, part of the payment for the Renault was a new fuel pump and sender for the Princess which he could get cheaper thanks to a trade account. Normally, this would be annoying, but the first pump ordered got lost in the post and the replacement only arrived yesterday. That means I can pick up the new pump and deliver the doors at the same time and I might even get to see the Renault again, which I hadn't expected happening! Oh, and this is no cost to me other than time. Sometimes you get the feeling you can trust a person right from the get go so pretty much from the first message sent I felt sure he was going to be the one to buy the car and wouldn't mess me about. Nice stress-free transaction, which is not how selling cars is usually reported.
In small Princess news, the coolant has been flushed, much needed as the system had a lot of orangey silt in it. The carburettor has been tuned and it is running quite nicely now. In protest, the thermo switch for the fan decided to stop working and the new replacement I got also isn't working. There is an over-ride switch fitted by a previous owner that does work so I shan't cook the car, I just need to figure out why the thermo-switches have failed. Since the working over-ride switch piggy-backs the original wiring to the thermo-switch, there's no relay fitted (from factory, at that) and no fuses have blown, it can really only be the thermo-switch at fault. Not MoT vital, just a nuisance as it means the fan needs to pretty much be on all the time rather than only when needed. At least the temperature gauge works.
Two big jobs to do are bleeding the brakes and applying fresh underseal at this point. Everything else is as fixed as it can be. Mike is going away for a few days before the MoT so we've got to get everything done Monday/Tuesday as I won't have help with any jobs until he gets back on the 2nd of April (MoT on the 3rd of April). The brakes and undersealing are going to be quicker and easier with two of us doing it than if I try and do it on my own so we're going to do our best to find the time to make that happen. I'll be honest, I'm not looking forward to the undersealing work at all, it's going to be a horrible, messy job.
Thanks to scaryoldcortina I'm a LOT less anxious about the upcoming MoT. I have issues with anxiety and trust, so MoT time can be pretty stressful for me. The Princess is even scarier because hardly anyone under the age of 40 knows what to do with it, let alone what it even is. I could save myself a bit of money and get any of my cars tested very locally and slightly cheaper than Scary *but* I don't trust them in the same way. A++++ mechanic, will use again.
So much for the MoT on the 3rd of April. Shortage of time rather than money so I don't have the second pair of hands I need for the last few niggles like the brakes and underseal and I'm not comfortable taking it for the MoT with the front brakes as they currently are. A nuisance but hopefully not a major set back. Shan't be able to work on it again until at least the 3rd of April and I really want to make Pride of Longbridge on the 15th of April so I just have to hope I still have enough time to get it finished, booked in and an MoT passed by then.
I'm not particularly hopeful at this stage. Every year I've tried to make PoL the Princess has been broken or otherwise off the road so this year would be no different.
That's a shame. I was looking forward to seeing this on the road. I guess I can wait a little longer.
If... A, I knew where you were and B, I had any time myself I'd offer to come and help.
But since I don't know where you are and I've got no time myself I'm afraid you are on your own. Sorry old chap! Well, you didn't want my help anyway. I'd just spend days polishing your lower double flange sprocket or some other junk you'll never see.
Oh don't worry, James, if you were available for even a few minutes I'd find a job for you to do. I'm never short of jobs that need doing. As it happens, I'm up Middlesbrough way but used to live near your part of the world.