Indeed, good days when we could afford to have them as first cars for peanuts. How I wish I'd bought a Mexico or something when you could pick one up for £800!! My 2 door Cortina was £150 with a knackered wheel bearing! Try even getting one of those nowadays!
So a mini update. We knew there were a few little jobs that needed doing, the main one (we thought) was the fact that the temperature gauge wasn't working. I wasn't too worried about the engine overheating, the guy we bought it off said the gauge had never worked (in fact up until the day we bought the radiator (twin core) fan hadn't even been connected. All the same....
So we took the gauge pod out and set about making one good one from the two we had,
Refitted, we noticed that the oil pressure pipe didn't screw onto the new oil pressure gauge, so back out..... Then in, and then back out when I realised that the electrical connections weren't as good as the old one Finally it was refitted and....
Now the fuel and temp gauges just shoot straight round to the red Well, we had planned to go to Nightmares mini meet, but by the time we'd mucked around it was too late, so we took a blast round to Harwich instead. Well, it was a lovely day after all
Man, that is a good looking car
When we drove back into the garage we noticed a nice oil mark on the new concrete floor So in the car went the other way round. Guess what. There's a new leak there now jolly pain in the backside!
Did you check the temp sender unit before the dash guage? I had the same non functioning temp guage turned out to be the sender,cost about 8 quid from local motor factors (thats for a crossflow mind)
Is that the little metal box that screws into the back of the gauge? If it is we tried the two we had, but yeah, I think that'll be the next thing we check! Home next weekend again so I'll have a look at it then. beautiful day as well
Thanks for the comments guys, No chance of rallying this! That's what the 205's for! I'd love to get it on track, I'm going to need to really work on SWMBO for that
Well good news on the oil leak front! Got back at the weekend and Denise said, there's loads of oil under the car Damn! So got underneath and had a look, and while I was cleaning the oil off I went to wipe the oil filter and it nearly came off in my hand!!! Ah, that'll be where the oil's coming from then! Wheels are off now to get some decent road tyres fitted. Back on it next weekend! Jobs to do, sort fuel and temp gauges (completely ineffective ) and use it!
Cracking car mate, I love the neatness of it I've got a 2.1 mk2 as well, altough it's a '75 RS2000 that needs a bit of work. Same colour as yours I think. I wish mine was in as good a shape as yours though.
And remember, Old Ford's don't leak oil, it just marks it's territory ;D
I've gotta lotta love for MK2's. My last RS2000 was daytona yellow with white minilites, 2.1, quick-rack etc and I sold it before the prices went through the roof. I think it was about £1 200? Oh well.
There's a couple of nice MK2's near me here in Surrey. I've seen them in the rear view mirror! I always fancied one with a twincam conversion.
I love all the cars of this era. Opel, Ford etc. All variations on a theme. It's surprising just how much like a MK2 Escort my BMW actually is. They're similar size & weight too.
Anyway, that's a cracking car you've got there and it's great that your Mrs is as into it as you are. I quite like following my Mrs when she drives the E21. I get to hear it and see how it looks on the road.
BMW 1602 - running 1.9 twin cam on ITB's & DTA management.
Thanks guys, Funkyhunk, yours looks pretty good from here. Yep, all my cars mark their territory! It's like a bloomin zoo
MIBs, Yeah, mad prices nowadays, luckily Mrs B has a good job She hasn't driven this yet, I think she likes here Merc too much. Haven't driven a BM for years, but would love an original M3! Maybe one day, but difficult to justify when this is in the garage
Keefy, thanks mate. I just end up staring at it in the garage some days!!
Anyway, I've been spending money On this lot!
So far I have a set of ZZR 1100 carbs and the fuel pump, a length of hose for connecting manifold to carbs, a Pinto manifold plate and I've just got some ITG filters off the bay. I spoke to Bogg Bros, who were really helpful and offered plenty of advice. I priced up their conversion and it was pretty expensive so I thought I'd give it a crack. I'm in no particular rush so will be fitting it around doing stuff on the van! Next job is to source some pipe to make up the manifold. I do have a length at home but I'll probably talk to a mate who has a tyre and exhaust place for some 42mm ID tube! Any advice greatly appreciated
Oh, the guy I got the carbs off also threw in a set of spare bodies, and I already had a set from another bike, which unfortunately are 36mm chokes not 40mm which the ZZR's are
Thanks mate, yep, I can see six carbs being a bit of a problem Reckon if you kept away from the normal options of CBR / ZZR etc and you may find something for a bit less money! Reckon it would be great with them on though, the noise would be mental