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02
May
11

Project E30: Roll on

This car just keeps rolling, seriously, it makes the Roadster look high maintenance.  I put petrol in one end and motorway disappears out of the other.  Amazing.  That was until last Friday when when the exhaust rear box snapped; I was kinda expecting it though as it was a bit rusty when I last poked it at Christmas and replaced the front section.

Now it has a complete new system from the manifold back with an OEM slash-cut tail pipe

Super clean underside…

Despite the stack of paperwork it was about 10k away from needing the cam belt doing, so I thought I’d get in early and make the change

This is the easiest car I have ever worked on…ever.  It has roughly three moving parts.  Swapping out the belt took a couple of hours max!

New belt and tensioners

Good thing I changed it when I did..It looks like, despite having 2 new belts in its life, none of the pulleys and tensioners had ever been changed.  Check out the state of this:

Bullet dodged.

Still, despite all this hard work I’ve left it parked under a cover safe and sound.  I just can’t stop driving the ’68 Herald.  Maybe it’s the weather and all the Bank Holiday but currently there is nowhere I’d rather be than cruising around in it: 9 days on the road and over 600 miles covered!

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