wheels etc - Dyfed

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Dyf,
My 92 '80 has 16inch steel wheels.
If appropriate take-up Toby's offer. Don't lose a good 80 for the sake of
the wheels. You are right wanting steels if you go offroad, but if you buy
aftermarket wheels make sure they are like the OEM's at 8mm thick. Quite a
lot of aftermarket are 5-6mm and obviously a waste of time.
My 80 also has drums on the rear and they never give me any problems and I
always seem to stop extremely well going down mountains ! Naturally I
always check them after going through fords but they never play-up. But
they do their share and that is reflected by the fact that I have only ever
put on one set of front pads in 4 years. As its not lifted the
proportioning valve has never been tampered with either, so its set as
factory setting.
I accept that if you are in muddy water 4 days a week that discs all-round
will be better, but do you expect that sort of driving ? (I am in a lot of
water 2 days a week).
As for the spare hoist, it fascinates me as to just how it works ! It has
a ratchet mechanism which clicks on the way up and then again on the way
down. But from an engineering point of view one would expect there to be a
release lever to free the ratchet to let it down. But there is nothing, so
I daub it with grease at regular intervals and it appears to perform ! If
it comes with the car - separately - then a good clean-up will show what is
wrong - maybe a broken ratchet spring. Again, not something to stop you
buying a good sample of an 80.
Best of luck.
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus from Bosnia, now sharing time between Alfold Surrey
and Tring Herts.
 
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Hi all
Sorry for not getting back to report sooner but ive just spend the night in
fleetwood! (haven holidays... Don't ask!)
Anyway
Went to see the cruiser with high hopes and whatnot, had decided that if it
fitted what I wanted in a cruiser, the alloys were the least of my worries!
As with the drum brakes, ive owned drum brakes cars before and im still
alive.
Anyway the bad news
I didn't buy it, for 2 good reasons.. (and a third but I will explain later)
1) our britax freeway chair wouldn't fit in the back, they fitted but if you
did the pull test, it should move, but the chair got loose in the belt! So
no go
2) blue smoke, lots of it! Started it up and expected some smoke to begin
with so I waited... And waited, and 10 mins later still loads of blue smoke!
The third is of safety
The main one was that (and you guys will know this) in the back door behind
the driver, the handle to release the seats to let the third row out should
release the seats yes?
Well
In my case I didn't need the handle, a gentle tug and they moved anyway!
Jehesus!
Also the previous owner had a bend threaded bar in the holes of the backmost
seat behind the driver which was bent like a U to fit the headrest mounts,
this was used to rope in the spare wheel..
The salesman said it was there cos the owner was in his 80's and couldn't
remount the spare under the car....
Hmmm
So even though I was well gutted, my head took charge and we walked away but
the guy was interested in the discovery cos of the offroad kit on it though!
Incidentally not only did it have the difflock switch it also had a "centre
difflock" switch on the dash too.
dyfed
 
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On 5/15/05, Dyfed Bowen <[Email address removed]> wrote:

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Dyfed,
For a car of this age you can expect all sorts of DYI fixes. All
theses problems can be fixed if you have the skills/money. It's a
good reason for the price to be knocked down, but not necessarily a
complete turnout. OTOH, you will have to be extremely lucky to find a
10 year old car for a bargain price and in pristine condition.
If it was smelly, blue smoke the engine could be a problem. It is oil
entering the combustion chamber and burning along with the fuel.
Possible causes include valve seals or cracked piston rings. Another
posibility is a leaky oil seal in the turbo.
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Rgds,
Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80
 
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Many reasons for which the problem could be a simple fix, if such a thing
exists or an expensive one
The last thing I want to do with a new purchase is fix an important part of
the vehicle
Besides there are more about, I just need to be fussy to an extent
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From: [Email address removed] [mailto:[Email address removed]] On
Behalf Of Roman
Sent: 15 May 2005 22:53
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: Re: [ELCO] wheels etc - Dyfed
On 5/15/05, Dyfed Bowen <[Email address removed]> wrote:
blue smoke!
Dyfed,
For a car of this age you can expect all sorts of DYI fixes. All theses
problems can be fixed if you have the skills/money. It's a good reason for
the price to be knocked down, but not necessarily a complete turnout. OTOH,
you will have to be extremely lucky to find a 10 year old car for a bargain
price and in pristine condition.
If it was smelly, blue smoke the engine could be a problem. It is oil
entering the combustion chamber and burning along with the fuel.
Possible causes include valve seals or cracked piston rings. Another
posibility is a leaky oil seal in the turbo.
--
Rgds,
Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80
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