`01 Merc C320 - Gone `01 Forester S-Turbo - Sold `89 BMW 320i Convertible - Sold(shoulda kept it ) `88 Toyota MR2 T-Bar - Sold `89 BMW 325i touring - Sold `89 BMW 535i - Let her go too early `85 BMW 320i 2 door - Rust = character `00 Subaru Impreza Turbo wagon - Sold (engine failure) `93 BMW 325i - Sold
OK, that's enough teasing. As most who follow my other threads will know, the Camaro has made way for some further V8 crazyness. Only this time, there is a new MO in town. It must always be road legal and running. Too many projects, not enough fun. Cue, the Chimaera...
Full MOT, tax, and running. Not without niggles, but that is how I managed to get it, frankly. The Civic Type R, the only non retro car I owned and thus only car not listed on these pages, was traded in on the basis of me knowing the TVR's issues and there being no quibbles. Fine by me.
Last weekend was spent almost entirely with the roof off, on back roads, finding out if the aforementioned "niggles" were all that was wrong with it.
Well, yes and no. There is one very obvious niggle that I will discuss first. Namely, I cannot get in it. Thats maybe a touch melodramatic, but the drivers door will not open with the outside button. Probably something really stupid, but its had a knock on effect on a few things. Namely, when opened from the inside, it has a tendancy to not shut again until I manually fiddle with the mechanism to reset it. It needs stripped out and sorting. That's a simple win...
There is a flashing red LED in the dash that simply will not stop flashing. My first online check proved it was not engine related, so that's good, but it is something to do with the alarm. I personally think its more to do with the door, again tying into the alarm and being obviously FUBAR.
The engine is misfiring though. There is a very definite hesitation on part throttle, causing it to jerk on occasion. I'm betting the fact that it has sat for over a year unused, and is in dire need of a service probably has something to do with it.
Other than that, it just needs a tidy. A really thorough going over. I'll be sorting all the faults first, before.... "improvements"
Really nice one! Must be a hoot to drive with the top down and the V8 rumbling. That horribly ugly radio really accentuates the superb dash
I had a car, or I mean a Renault 11, with a door that wouldn't always open from the outside. Then, when opening from the inside, the door wouldn't stay closed unless you pushed the inside handle back into position. In that case, it was just due to dirt in the mechanism, and I moved the counterpart of the lock (on the door opening) a bit, which then cured the problem. So moving the counter part affected the door closing correctly and staying closed...
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Ignition leads? The V8's really a very sensitive little thing, bless, and thrives on new leads.
Agreed, they are in my shopping basket.
OK, so last night I braved the weather and had a tinker on the TVR. First on my list was addressing the drivers door. At present i am resetting the catch every time i get in as the door simply will not shut once opened. This is after being opened from the inside...
Credit to the originator of this following picture. I could barely fit my hand in there, never mind a camera...
The rubber booted cable is the "big knob" release pull. This was finctioning fine. Above it is a rod that reaches up to the button push on the outside of the car. This... was not. The button was not acting on the rod, and the rod when manually actioned from inside did nothing.
I removed it, then drenched the outer button in WD. Found a fairly large amount of alloy oxidation in here. Reattached the rod ... no joy.
Long story short, I eventually sourced a sticky central locking solenoid, which was jamming the lock shut (obviously! Why else would the inside release work but the ourside not? Duh!)one wiggle later, good as new. One working door!
Problem is, now that it works I've just stumbled on my next obvious fault that I hadnt considered... No locks. :/
I do have a fob, and there is a pretty good chance it just needs a battery. I'll ponder this over the next few days.