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Re: Psychopanda - qu'est-ce que c'est?

Looming in the scuttle...

I was a bit unhappy about the state of the wiring loom in the scuttle area on my car. The original loom tape appears to be made out of rice paper. Whilst it was dry I thought I'd do something about it. Before and after pic:
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Removing the wipers and trim at the base of the windscreen gives good access. I found two of the plastic clips missing (circled in red). I moved one of the middle clips to the outside:
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Exposed loom, disintegrating tape and filthy duck bills. I'd already put some pipe insulation (circled in red) under the loom to stop it chafing where it had been resting unprotected on the metal bracket:
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Cleaned, taped up and ready for reassembly:
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Yuk! But can't beat some self amalgamating tape.


I had better get a closer look at mine as it can't be any better after 13 years.
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Re: Psychopanda - qu'est-ce que c'est?

Well done, it looks really neat. I have been thinking about doing that on both the Panda I've had, but haven't any of them
I'm mostly worried about my injection loom though, as the vires are so thin, and nothing is there to protect them anymore, as the plastic pipe surround has just crumbled to dust. Have you looked at yours yet?
Btw, can't really blame the cat for choosing a lovely place to be
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Last time I cleaned out under the scuttle panel I tidied the loom up a bit, where it comes into the scuttle area from the fuse box was particularly bad so rather than just tape up that wiring I got some 32mm split trunking to cover it so that any water that runs off the scuttle doesn't land on the newly taped loom.
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Well done, it looks really neat. I have been thinking about doing that on both the Panda I've had, but haven't any of them
I'm mostly worried about my injection loom though, as the vires are so thin, and nothing is there to protect them anymore, as the plastic pipe surround has just crumbled to dust. Have you looked at yours yet?
Hi! And thanks! Errr, hadn't really noticed the injection loom, where should I be looking?

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Btw, can't really blame the cat for choosing a lovely place to be
But I can get to blame her for the appalling condition of the driver's seat Poor cat seems to get the blame for a lot of things around here now. Which is why it's useful to have a cat around the place

It does seem to be her favourite spot, she gets in there whenever she can. Sadly I think it's because it's a good hiding place to catch the swallows that are nesting in our garage. Even more sadly she did catch one the other week. Such a beautiful bird. I tried explaining the swallow had flown 3,000miles to get here just to get eaten, but I don't think she was listening. She never never does. Which is how you can tell she's a girl cat.
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Sounds like you need a slippery shelf above the swallow's access hole to keep the cat at bay.
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My BMW motorbike had a plastic trough alongside the frame to carry the wiring around the battery box. All very nice, until I read reports of the wires getting chafed. A careful opening of said trough found a number of wire worn flat against the trunking. One had gone though to the copper. I opened up the whole bundle and treated the lot to a good taping up. Thankfully there were others heading the same way.
My point is the best design ideas don't always work so if your wiring loom looks rough it probably does need some TLC.
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Hi! And thanks! Errr, hadn't really noticed the injection loom, where should I be looking?
Oh, it's on my 100HP. Can't remember any problem on the 1200, so not to worry. And Hi to you too

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But I can get to blame her for the appalling condition of the driver's seat Poor cat seems to get the blame for a lot of things around here now. Which is why it's useful to have a cat around the place

It does seem to be her favourite spot, she gets in there whenever she can. Sadly I think it's because it's a good hiding place to catch the swallows that are nesting in our garage. Even more sadly she did catch one the other week. Such a beautiful bird. I tried explaining the swallow had flown 3,000miles to get here just to get eaten, but I don't think she was listening. She never never does. Which is how you can tell she's a girl cat.
Haha, yeah sometimes you do have to to put up with a lot to keep a cat around, but as you know it has its benefits at the same time as well. Guess you could say the same for girls.
And a cat behaving like a cat, that's just natural, and a girl behaving like a girl...
I'm clueless
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I'm mostly worried about my injection loom though, as the vires are so thin, and nothing is there to protect them anymore, as the plastic pipe surround has just crumbled to dust. Have you looked at yours yet?
Well, I've had a look at the injection loom. A few scruffy bits of tape hanging off, but it all seems securely wrapped up in split trunking so I'll leave it alone.

You can say what you like about the state of the art / state of that (take your pick) battery securing arrangement - it was like that when I got the car. It's only a feeble 40Ah battery too. I had power steering failure once within a week of getting the car, but have taken the precautions of parking with the wheels straight and letting the battery recover before setting off and it hasn't happened again, so again I'll leave it alone for now.
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Re: Psychopanda - qu'est-ce que c'est?

I have the "wrong" battery in my car with a wood spacer. I just painted the wood black. Sorted. The "correct" battery was twice the price for the same capacity.


50AH has worked just fine for a year and I see no reason why it should not go for a very long time. My motorbike with two 600cc cylinders to swing had a 14AH battery which lasted 5 years. Those two big slugs put far more strain on the starter than four 350cc jobbies.
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The rip in my driver's seat was getting worse, and I was worried it would soon reach the point of no return so I felt I really should clean and repair it.

As you can see not only is it filthy, there's a bad rip in the side, and there's a cat on it (no, that's not a big black stain). Before and after pic:
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It's actually a bit too clean now and making the rest of the interior look dirty. Will have to do something about that.

Step 1: Remove cat. Difficulty level: very.
Step 2: Remove seat base. Difficulty level: not. Two bolts and the seat base comes out. This is going to be easy!
Step 3: Remove cover from cushion. Difficulty level: yes. Maybe someone knows the correct method, I prised the black plastic clips out with a screwdriver and some swearing. I damaged all of them, but they didn't break and went back in OK.
Step 4: Trim frayed material, neaten up hole with my best* blanket stitch and bung in the washing machine.
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Step 5: Cut patch and stitch in place. Difficulty level: at this point I thought it's best to get a replacement seat from a breakers instead. Still, this piece of attractive ivory leather will hopefully be harder wearing than the upholstery fabric.
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Does anyone need anything painting blue and white?

After a few hours of watching with what seemed to me a disapproving critical eye, her indoors commented sagely 'looks like a shoe insole'.

Several hours later it was finished and the assessment was upgraded to 'looks like a pie'. So I'm happy with that.
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I'm just wondering whether now I should get 'Pukka' embroidered on it.
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Re: Psychopanda - qu'est-ce que c'est?

Iron-on wunderweb is handy to reinforce the back of the worn fabric. Otherwise wait until the breakers get a passenger seat in the right colour.
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