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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:52 pm 
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Hi guys,

I posted a while back in the general chat section saying I was on the lookout for a dolly/toledo. As of yesterday evening i now own a 1980 1300 Dolomite, reg KJN784V.

Here are some pics:

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As you can probably make out it needs some bodywork, the rear arches are a bit rusty, the wings are very rusty, some bits around the doors need doing. It's had sills before I owned it and underneath looks OK as far as i can tell.

So far looks like it's pretty much all original minus an electronic ignition module, the battery + alternator, and a head unit with some speakers on the rear shelf (not sure i'll be keeping those.)
The engine seems to be in OK shape but misfires a bit under load, my dad's suspicion is that the single SU carb needs a bit of a clean internally as he had a similar issue with his marinas/minis. I think ideally i'll get another 1300 to build up as well just in the case that this one goes pop as the speedo is saying the car is on just over 93000 miles.

Stuff it needs:
  • carb refurbing/setting up properly
  • wings sorting - i have some fibreglass ones to go on but not sure if i'll use them, would prefer metal.
  • rear arches - need welding on both sides
  • dents - various dents around the body which i will get sorted, look like they haven't taken paint off so may be as simple as getting someone to pull them out?
  • brakes - the pedal goes almost completely to the floor - need to invesigate this ASAP. it has dual circuit(tandem) brakes as it's a later model so may have a leak somewhere, need to have a look. pumping the brake does not do much. the reservoir is pretty much empty however it does seem to stop eventually.
  • interior - seats are torn, need replacement. I quite like the tan interior really so might look for another set.
  • diff - leaks, whines, sounds like it wants to die
  • choke cable - rusty and doesn't return properly.
  • clutch release bearing? - something is a bit noisy when disengaging the clutch. not a huge issue and the clutch seems to work fine.

Other plans:
  • get rid of rear speakers and get the original ones working
  • rev counter clocks? probably not a huge priority
  • polish the chrome
  • paint rocker cover wrinkle red or body colour
  • the steering wheel isn't quite central, not sure if it's off by a few splines or something but tilts to the right. The car has recently had an alignment so I'm not sure whats going on with it but probably just need to adjust the wheel.
  • touch up general dings and dents OR give the whole car a respray in carmine red
  • feu orange air freshener!

Anyway, I am hoping to sort the carb out and brakes as soon as i can so i can get it to some shows, the rest can be done over time. Really hoping to get to the Notcutts car show this year as that's what introduced me properly into dolomites!

if anyone has any spares or any clues to the above problems please let me know - I am located in Oxfordshire. cheers!


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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 3:42 pm 
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I would start by taking the rear brake drums off so that you can check for leaking brake cylinders. Plus give them, the drums a clean out, check the shoes for wear and that the slave cylinders slide in the back plate.
Then visually check the brake pipes throughout the length of the cars for leaks etc.
Then check that the front calipers are not leaking and that the brake cylinders are free to move.
Next look at the brake servo just below the brake cylinder to see if there is any hydraulic fluid running down there if there is any you have a leaking seal. Next top up the brake fluid and bleed the system. (Do not worry about setting the brake failure sensor at this point). If the brake pedal still goes a long way down you have problem within the master cylinder and I would recommend a replacement from the club.


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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 7:43 pm 
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I would start by taking the rear brake drums off so that you can check for leaking brake cylinders. Plus give them, the drums a clean out, check the shoes for wear and that the slave cylinders slide in the back plate.
Then visually check the brake pipes throughout the length of the cars for leaks etc.
Then check that the front calipers are not leaking and that the brake cylinders are free to move.
Next look at the brake servo just below the brake cylinder to see if there is any hydraulic fluid running down there if there is any you have a leaking seal. Next top up the brake fluid and bleed the system. (Do not worry about setting the brake failure sensor at this point). If the brake pedal still goes a long way down you have problem within the master cylinder and I would recommend a replacement from the club.
Thanks very much for the info. I suspect there is a leak or it needs a bleed, topped up the fluid and there’s a massive difference now. Seems to brake almost at the top of the pedal.

Today I have been working on the dolly, have replaced some old hoses such as the heater pipes and fuel hoses. My dad and I took the carb apart, the float chamber was full of grot so cleaned it up with some petrol. Seems to run a lot better now but I think the mixture is slightly off because of the float valve being slightly worn. Off to the Chiltern Hills rally tomorrow so will keep an eye out. Also need an air filter as the last one was wrecked.


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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 9:03 pm 
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Here are some pics from today, took it for a spin to make sure the coolant system was all bled properly, think it's running a bit too cool if anything so maybe the thermostat has had it. runs a whole lot better with the carb cleaned!

here are the old heater hoses:
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and the new ones installed, bit dusty but not cracked.
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they aren't r9 but will do for now. will change them when they crack, running a bit short on funds as in the process of moving house.

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absolutely loving this car, have owned a few odd cars such as a 180sx, a volvo 340 and a toyota soarer, but none of those have put as big a smile on my face as this one. :D

and an interior shot, the parcel shelf is in really good nick, the seats are worn but i don't care too much. don't mind the brake fluid in the passenger footwell, was just bringing it in case of an emergency.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 9:13 pm 
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Great work Jack! You are making quick progress.
Worth checking all hoses etc - some of the new ones you buy don't seem to last long at all -modern rubber.

See you tomorrow at the show!

MC


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 2:14 pm 
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Thanks Matt. Had a great time at the show and was nice to see you and mike.


I have had a look at why the brakes are spongey, turns out I have a leaky wheel cylinder. I’m going to replace both rears I think so have some on order now.


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 8:35 pm 
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here's the dolly at the show yesterday!

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yesterday afternoon/today i've painted the rocker cover in wrinkle red and replaced the choke cable clip next to the carb. it's still sticking slightly but i have a new cable on the way.

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:36 am 
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Welcome to the forum Jack :D You are making good progress with the bits and pieces, i just hope the enjoyment you are having does not wear off, as our cars can get tiring at times :lol: :lol:

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