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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:18 am 
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On the subject of jacking points, even if they are resolutely solid it is best not to use them. The Dolomite range is ideally jacked on the subframe at the front and the axle at the rear.
If the shell is sound the jacking points are fine.
(You can tell if a shell is sound, simply jack it up on one corner....if it is sound the doors will open/close properly.)

As you said, it is less dangerous if up employ the subframe or axle, but that is true for most cars.





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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:54 am 
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My top tip for a jack pad is to use an ice hockey puck. They are basically thick rubber discs and very cheap and easy to get hold of.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:52 pm 
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Aaargh, not the dreaded bottle jacks?! Still, it's done now and may have done you a favour in exposing the amount of work required...
That is exactly what my good lady said and I totally agree...! I suppose (in a perverse way!) it is indeed a good thing as I'd have never discovered it otherwise.

I think that spreading the weight when using a jack (of any sort I suppose) is ruddy important but I, quite clearly did not think of that :oops: The hockey puck idea is nothing short of genius... :wink:

Anyhow, I can see myself drawing up quite a bit of a rust-list over the next few evenings...!!!

A bit of rust on a near 40 year old motor...?! Never...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:18 pm 
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My top tip for a jack pad is to use an ice hockey puck. They are basically thick rubber discs and very cheap and easy to get hold of.
I used an old bush, think it was rear radius arm ones. Works a treat :)

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(You can tell if a shell is sound, simply jack it up on one corner....if it is sound the doors will open/close properly.)
*gulp* got to admit, my front doors rub a bit when I lift the entire front (that's both sides though..)

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Steve, that sounds like you will need replacement sills, probably outers and much of the inners :(





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Steve, that sounds like you will need replacement sills, probably outers and much of the inners :(
Oh arse.. It all looks so solid too. I know the ends had gone, put a mirror and a torch down the end looked promising, re-enforcers where there (at least as far as i could see..) I'll cut along one of them and make a little window - have a peek inside.

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 Post subject: Aye.....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:19 am 
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Unfortunately the sill structures on our cars rust from the inside out.
The middle diaphragm section forms a water trap where it is joined along its lower edge.
From the outside all can indeed look well. Since the ends are gone you can expect the worst I am afraid :( .




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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:35 am 
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I like the ice hockey puck idea!

Very good!

I had a look on't bay (as those in yorkshire might say)

I found this chap, doctoring pucks to suit car sills

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pinch-Weld-Tr ... 3cda74a099

I thought.....

Hmmmmm I could do that!

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Things are not looking too good with my Toledo at the moment...

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Also, reading an above comment about the states of sill ends fills me with dread too...!!!!!!

What to do :?: :?: :?:

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About a day's diy work then...
Nothing to worry about.

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Not a bad failure list at all. It's just easily replaceable suspension bits, really.


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Having not been on here recently I have just seen all my pictures have vanished...! DRATS...!!!

The Toledo has been sitting idle for the best part of 18 months now and it really does deserve to get back on the road...

I don't know whether that will be with me or with someone else but as the weather is now getting nicer I will drag it out of its hiding-hole and give it a scrub and see where we're at! It really doesn't look good as it is but things do look better when spruced up a tad don't they...?!

I am loathe to part with it but I'm not technically skilled, I'm not flush with cash and I'd hate for it to never turn a wheel again as it's a little, sprightly joy!

I will keep you all posted and maybe, just maybe this will be found in the 'For Sale' section at some juncture...



















It might not be though... :wink:

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I've managed to fix most of the Photobucket links.

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 Post subject: Aye....
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I will keep you all posted and maybe,
:bluewave: Welcome back Ashe!



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