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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #121
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Life's hard enough without a major new component exploding, what a potentially catastrophic farce. You did well to repair it. Mine came boxed up as a Bosch from CarPartsinMotion off Ebay at about the same. The old one was seized solid but after hitting it with a hammer it still hasn't fallen apart.
You won't free out the old one! Mine was seized solid when I stripped it. Yes it was a complete joke that my 'new' valve let go. I haven't the brakes bled yet so won't celebrate just yet. If it doesn't work I will be incandescent with rage. Apparently the valve is fiat new old stock.
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My load proportioning valve assembly is a proper crusty mess with averagely-renewed brake lines and a repaired spring... changed it a few years ago and it was a swine to bleed, then last MOT I found that the spring had worn through the loop on the subframe so it was just swinging and the valve was doing nothing so no rear brakes !

Then found that because of this the drum brake cylinders hadn't been exercised so they were all seized up and needed replacing....

All brakes seem good now however fingers crossed !
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then last MOT I found that the spring had worn through the loop on the subframe so it was just swinging and the valve was doing nothing so no rear brakes !
It's a pre ABS lash-up I think you have the ABS but there was a period when the load valve still featured with ABS.
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Another small win was replacing the distributor cap securing clips. You may recall some genius who worked on the car before me replaced these with metal wire twisted around to secure the cap. I found clips on Ebay for securing the air filter housing lid on a Mercedes and they worked perfectly, like they were made for the job. I was really struggling to find anything remotely suitable so was delighted with these. When I got the cover off the remains of one rusted clip fell out! Also the cap is now in need of changing as the contacts don't look great. Its these small victories that keep you going.
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I found clips on Ebay.
You've done well with that. It is difficult to size things up on Ebay, I've had a couple of disappointments when things have turned up twice the size. Regarding keeping going it can be difficult from time to time. Do you have an aspirational date for the completion of the main restoration?
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No completion date in mind Jonti either aspirational or otherwise! Not much left to do other than getting the rear valance welded up. I haven't really given that much thought. Otherwise all that's left is to fit two new front hub nuts as I removed the driveshafts to change the inner boots, I need a rear exhaust section, distributor cap and rotor and a temperature sender oh yes and an alternator as it's not charging. Tried one off my old 1.7 diesel but the casings are very slightly different. Realistically would hope to have it on the road at the end of the year or early next year..
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Disappointingly I have a brand new rear exhaust section on the shelf but it's for the pre 92 carb model.. narrower pipe diameter.
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Another small win was replacing the distributor cap securing clips. You may recall some genius who worked on the car before me replaced these with metal wire twisted around to secure the cap. I found clips on Ebay for securing the air filter housing lid on a Mercedes and they worked perfectly, like they were made for the job. I was really struggling to find anything remotely suitable so was delighted with these. When I got the cover off the remains of one rusted clip fell out! Also the cap is now in need of changing as the contacts don't look great. Its these small victories that keep you going.
Do you have the ebay link for those Mercedes clips?
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