Just picked up a new-old stock peco 2" big bore for it - good times. Feckin thing developed a weird fault on the way back - bad times. Would go fine and pull really well, hurlteing down the A3 at 75 (which is fast considering the precarious current exhaust situation and the unbalanced astra wheels on the back) then when you slow down - no power at all. pulled over, cooled down, engine not hot, no pipes fallen off, no electical arcing, it's got new plugs, pionts, leads - but ran like a sack of sheite all the way back. Revs seem to be capped off at about 2000rpm so you have to go through all the gears to get the thing moving. 20mph and a long queue of angry traffic stretching as far as the mind can perceive later, I got it home, angry but relived. Thing is I drove it down to minehead (200 miles) and it didn't skip a beat.
Damn good 'pionts' ................. ha ha.............. No, I hadn't thought of the condenser and it's a good place to start. Cheers guys. leigh - I've got a quad headlight conversion - all the adjusters and a mint grill. score! Now to get the fekn thing running!
Could well be the air filter dude, had this on my mk1 fez. Once i got going it was drawing in too much cold air, pulled over and left to tick over for 5 mins it would sort itself out. I half blanked the filter just for winter use so drawing air from back of engine bay, seemed to help it.
Like not hot at all. When I first pulled over after coming off the A3 I could take off the rad cap. I think I have sourced the problem though to the coil. Fine from cold, but give it too much revs and it dies - sound familiar? Ticks over fine and smooth and it stays that way up untill the 'cut off'. Gonna get one off the bay and stick it on. On a lighter note my new lowering springs from coggers bloke in York apparently turned up yesterday. Now I've just got to wait for the slots to come back from the PCD change and it's off down to Cornwall for a spot of pimping
Hope you get it sorted buddy. I was up with my uncle and he was having a similar problem with his Herald to what you're describing - turned out to be his condensor too. He only discovered this after stripping the twin carbs three times though!!
I'd say you cant wait to do those springs and put the slots on it!
Well, got the new coil in today and that seems to have sorted it ;D I also a cleaned up the engine bay and it's surprisingly solid. No welding needed at all I started 'operation wheel pimp' as well today with the Rostyles. Just need a bit of good weather and some time to spray them properly.
Well, it wasn't the coil!! I found this out the hard way. About 50 miles from home on the way down to Cornwall it started loosing power - I found myself doing 50. Oh dear. It got worse, the misses wanted to stop in the services and as I pulled off the motorway it became apparent that I had a problem. Went for a slash, had a cup of coffee and set off again fine, well I had enough power to get up to speed in the M4 then it capped off again at 50 - put on more juice and it gets worse. It got to the piont where it wasn't just lack of power but kangarooing all over the fooking place and travelling at a grand speed of 40mph - 50 down hills!! Well, I have replaced the coil, plugs, leads, rotor arm so I thought maybe the condensor - but foolishly I left my spare at home. Scratching my head as to what to do, these guys turned up.
Anyway, I asked one of them if they had a spare condenser on them... and he did!! Wicked bunch of guys. Anyway, put it on, no joy, still fooked. Well in my infinate knowledge I thought "the only think I haven't changed is the points, and I just so happen to have a new set with me" - so a changed them. Problem was that the grub screw thread in the dizzy bottom plate that holds the points in place, threaded.
Oh dear. So I had to leave it there and get a lift the rest of the way. Then I had to do something that I never, ever have done in all my years of being on the road - Joined the green flag!
Fookin thing! The misses - given that she isn't the best fan of my car "that can't even go over speed bumps" was far less than impressed. She has subsequently vowed never to embark on a long journey in it again.....ever. ;D ;D
A costly weekend, with parts, fuel, greenflag membership and a bloody expensive train ticket to the back of beyond then a taxi from there to the services.
Well, it's been a while since I've been on this thread, but I have been busy. First off, I have pimped the rostyles - well, two of them anyway. I don't usually like rostyles for some reason (not enough dish) but I'm liking these quite a lot. I've sprayed them red and grey primer. As the car is going to be grey with black scallops with a thin red outline, the red rims will set it off nicely - old school rod style.
Masked off the tyres and sprayed them grey.
Then masked off the inserts ready for red enamel.
6 good coats of plasticote enamel
then remove the mask.
I'll add a pic of them with all the masking off and on the car.
Also, as I was trying to fault find, I decided to just renew everything that I could think of so I stripped the engine down
(more than this but didn't take any photos) I then spent a stupid amount of time cleaning the lump off with petrol and a toothbrush, gave it a wipe of white spirit then gave it a coat of red VHT.
I also polished the alternator, stripped off the camchain cover, polished that, cleaned off any other bits and put if back together. Also, as it's an old rad, I stripped off the paint on the top and polished up the brass (yeah I know you shouldn't do it - but hey)
So, to solve the problem, it's had a new fuel pump, new flexy hoses and jubilee clips, a couple of inline fuel filters (one on front of the pump and one before the carb) cleaned out the carb and put in a new diaphram. Cleaned out the breather hoses, new condenser, plugs, points, leads, coil, made a few new wires inside the dizzy, and a new rotor arm. Took it for a blat down the A217 and it seemed to be loving it (with a bit of curse word around and fine adjustments) and I drove it around all day yesterday with no hickups. Time will tell weather it will make the journey down to Cornwall which I am leaving for in about 20 minuets.
Yes, the time has come to take it down to the west coast for the pimping session which will include new shocks, springs, any welding, waxoil, new lines, brake overhaul, the slotmags and respray. Watch this space!!