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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:03 pm 
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Oy, don't forget the FWD at Prodrive! :bluewave:

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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:09 pm 
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Oy, don't forget the FWD at Prodrive! :bluewave:
Its an honorary Dolly, as is the Carledo itself! And how could I forget the image of the 1300 in my rearview mirror with its doorhandles all scratched up from your exuberant cornering style! MAXIMUM ATTACK! Or don't bother!

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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:34 pm 
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Its been a long time since I updated this thread, or indeed did any work on the car!
Having had the time of my life at Prodrive, I took her to the Retro Rides gathering at Prescott hill climb which brought out a few faults. Firstly the engine got more than a little warm whilst queueing to get in, it soon cooled off and gave no more trouble on the day despite several flat out runs up the hill but I suspect that, in hindsight, i may have done more damage since I am now getting a missfire and loads of smoke when starting from cold, a slight roughness on hot idle and rather too much pressure in the cooling system, accompanied by a small loss of coolant (which, until Prescott, I had not needed to top up in 2 years!) So I suspect the head gasket is on its way out!
Also the new LHD 1850 Dolly brake master cylinder which I bought at Stoneliegh in March is bypassing AND leaking already. I reckon the servo is swallowing all the fluid cos its not going on the floor but it IS disappearing at a rather alarming rate! This may also, in part, account for the missfire and smoke on startup, the miss is on No4 cylinder, the one adjacent to the servo take off pipe.
I have a kit for the master which will go on very soon and an "improved" Courtenaysport cylinder head with a fast road cam to go on over the Christmas "rest" period so, all in all, I'm not TOO worried about these faults on an engine that I dragged out of the back of my garage after 6 or so years standing idle and then thrashed mercilessly for 3 years!
However I think I will need to remove and empty the servo when I recon the master, not a massive job in itself but one I would rather not have to do! Still while the servo is off (and the inlet manifold) will be the perfect opportunity to do another job I have been putting off for years, changing the lower column bush! I've had a Superflex one in the cupboard for over a year now, its time I got my finger out but the Vauxhall conversion has made access a nightmare!

Thats about it for now, a very Merry Christmas to all my readers and here are a couple of shots of me at Prescott, even at that distance you can almost see my grin!

Steve

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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:09 pm 
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I was up at Fitchetts the other day nd bumped into a couple of fellow Shropshire TSSC members who shot this as I was leaving (click on the link)

http://youtu.be/vRIC_1vDzNQ

Its the first time I've tried to upload a YouTube clip so I hope it works!

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'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine EGP 247T (The Dolomega)
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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:06 pm 
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That's the way to treat 'em Steve. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:45 pm 
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AR!
Cars and wimmin mate........ treat 'em rough an service 'em reglar! (Tongue firmly in cheek!)

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'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine EGP 247T (The Dolomega)
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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:09 am 
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Steve, in this picture (which i have nicked off another thread) why do you have different wheels on the front and back?

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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:57 am 
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Was gonna ask myself. I like the extra large minilites


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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:14 pm 
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incidentally the rear ones are the wheels which i have, but in Anthracite :P

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edit: i've forgotten how good it looked :'(

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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:15 pm 
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Therein lies a tale! Actually the minilites are my "race" wheels and have some VERY soft (and nearly slick) Yokos fitted. The "road" wheels are all MGF and now have new Proxes T1Rs. I got the pair of minilites new at last years Stoneliegh show for £50 (rude not to) and have since come across another pair (at the Stoneliegh restoration show - what are the odds?) so I now can choose which set to use depending on weather or whatever.

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'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine EGP 247T (The Dolomega)
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'95 Cavalier 2ltr 16v auto
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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:42 pm 
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Thats a lovely car! Big fan of the dual colour grills, is it alright if I nick that idea sometime in the future? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:05 pm 
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Thats a lovely car! Big fan of the dual colour grills, is it alright if I nick that idea sometime in the future? :D
Be my guest! I dithered over the decision for a couple of days, plain silver is too "stock" all black is too heavy, I think this strikes the right balance!

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'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine EGP 247T (The Dolomega)
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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:44 pm 
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19 months since I last put anything on this thread and the Carledo has been absolutely faultless, passing 2 MOTs without advisories or any remedial work being needed, has done 2 trackdays at Castle Coombe, run the hill at Shelsey Walsh on 2 occaisions and made any number of passes on the drag strips at Long Marston and Santa Pod besides being a near daily driver in between.

But all good things come to an end and last weekend I was forced to address an issue which has been bugging me for a few months, namely the gradual emptying of the clutch master cylinder reservoir.

It is undoubtedly my own fault, when I built the car, way back in 2008-11 I bought its Omega gearbox with its concentric slave cylinder from a scrapyard and, though I fitted a brand new clutch cover and plate, I balked at the expense of a new slave and release bearing. Then I compounded my error by fitting an incorrect flywheel as detailed above and blew the piston out of the slave cylinder the first time I pressed the pedal in anger. But it went back together and looked ok, so I took a chance, which has finally come back to bite me on the bum. I've always had to top up the master about once a year, a half inch or so having gone missing, this I could live with, but recently the weep has become a torrent that needs refilling completely on an every 3 day basis and accompanied by the bit of clutch judder that says fluid on the driven plate.

So last week I bit the bullet and spent £62 on a new slave cyl/bearing combo and last weekend I set about installing it.

Since this has little to with anything actually Dolomite related, feel free to look away now, I'm only really posting this as a faint boast of my design and engineering prowess!

When I originally fitted the motor, I dropped the engine and box in in 1 big lump, but, with an eye to the future, I made a couple of tiny mods to the opening around the tunnel to ease gearbox removal, if/when I needed to. Now I was going to test the theory!

Tunnel, gearshift extension and speedo cable removed

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All but 2 bellhousing bolts removed, front cover plate removed, clutch fluid drained and pipe removed from master cylinder.

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Propshaft removed, engine supported.

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Gearbox crossmember removed

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last 2 bolts out and a swift pull to expose......

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Here the new concentric slave on its way in.

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Replacement being a direct reversal of the above procedure (as Mr Haynes puts it) there is no point in documenting it.

The whole process took me (working alone) only about 4 hours, but I reckon, having done it once, I could comfortably halve that next time!

Normal service has now been resumed and I can get back to the Dolomega when I return from my holidays.

Steve

PS, I DID remove all the crap fom the bellhousing before I refitted the gearbox and with a couple of days use, the judder has disappeared - result!

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'95 Cavalier 2ltr 16v auto
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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:14 am 
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After all those track days and sustained use wasn't it worth doing the driven plate as well?

Says Mr Tightwad who reuses Golf slaves too....:-)

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 Post subject: Re: Carledo's Way
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:34 pm 
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If the job had turned into a time consuming pig, I might have been tempted, I have a cheap Carlton clutch kit on permanent watch on ebay £26 for 3 bits (the bearing I don't use) I may buy one in if I have a spare bit of dosh lying around, "just in case"
But the job turned out so easy that I won't mind doing it again and in any case there are currently no symptoms of wear. Though I am quite hard on clutches, I don't get stupid with them and this one has only done just over 17000 miles, i think it will go a bit further yet!
And yes, i'm a tightwad too! But thinking about it, that old leaky slave cylinder gave me 5 years and 17k and during that time, prices for the slave have actually come DOWN, saving me another £25 or so! I'd call that a win.

Steve

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'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine EGP 247T (The Dolomega)
'91 Cavalier 2ltr 8v auto
'95 Cavalier 2ltr 16v auto
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