Ok I’ve been lame before it broke it did work for a bit…
It had an expensive steering linkage, and an expensive handbrake cable and a flipping awkward breather pipe that destroyed my knuckles. It managed a 350mi round trip to Bicester heritage but yep now it’s dead as a dodo. The battery is mostly cranking it over but it doesn’t feel like starting, I’ve tried shouting at it and even given it a rest before trying again but it’s not bothered.
Sweetpea - I actually checked in on your progress before landing here. Your doing better than me! Anyway…
So eventually I had a little look at it (Toby came to see if we could start it to go to a local classics meet) and found the fuel pump wasn’t running.
Turns out the fuse had blown, so yeah ok , but why? We stole the equivalent fuse from the ‘interior fan’ because that’s optional isn’t it? This made the pump run and it didn’t just pop the stolen fuse so that’s a start right?
But it would only fire up for a second or two then die, what’s that all about? I don’t think there’s many people that wouldn’t just keep trying to start it over and over, especially since it catches and starts so easy! So I did. It sounds fine…for a second or two. With some playing I found you could stick some throttle and it would rev up immediately but holding it on the same throttle position it would just drop revs and die after a few seconds.
We gave up and I went as a passenger to the car meet.
**insert going down a fuel pump relay rabbit hole here** ***gosh they are expensive*** ****haha it uses a 555 timer, ahh school memory’s****
Later though I tried it again, just in case it magically fixed it’s self. And you know what it seemed to run a few seconds longer! And starting it over and over it seemed to be a little bit better each time. After a dozen or so starts over 10min it could actually idle. I decided to go for the do or die approach, take it for a razz to hopefully clear its throat. And you know what it by and large succeeded. Still a bit groggy on acceleration but alright.
I stopped to take a picture of my Shonky pride and joy and while it was idling away it started bubbling viciously and steam sprayed from the radiator. Ahh balls, so I went for a little walk up Almscliffe crag while it cooled off. When I got back I decanted about 4ltr or water out of plastic milk bottles I happen to carry around just in case (because Shonky). Drove it home and all was well, until it boiled on the drive. Grrr the fuse we ‘borrowed’ also powered the rad fan, it didn’t say that in the diagram we consulted. Rookie mistake.
Fuse situation rectified it’s been OKish since but I’m none the wiser what caused it all. I’ve done a couple of hundred miles since so hey whatever.
It’s still a little off it’s best but it’s better that when I did the Bicester run so it’ll do.
Oh and it’s grown a speed lightness hole in the spare wheel well which is annoying because it’s mostly not that crusty really. Well just the drivers door hinge, that needs looking at really. Never seen another ‘24 go crusty there!!
So in 8mths not a lot has changed. I think it broke again but it got fixed?!? Anyway Shonky still works, kinda, mostly. Not running the best to be honest, seems groggy unless on throttle. I don’t really like thrashing it but it does like it. In all my years of ownership, even when running nicely, it always wants to go go go not pootle.
That said confidence is low, it’s working, but it feels like it might break soon. Maybe I’ll give it a wash.