Posts Tagged ‘service

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!

20
Feb
11

Project E30: Tanks for the Memories

OK, so nothing for a couple of weeks then this?  Yeah, I’m sorry.  Things have been kinda slow, but the one thing I have got done is swapping in a new fuel tank on the E30.  The old one has been leaking since I got it (in fact, if you look at the first pics I posted of it you can see a puddle under it in front of the RH rear wheel!).  I’ve been living with it and only half filling the tank, just waiting for some time off work and better weather.  It’s not a massive job (just exhaust and prop off really), but you know how these things usually go, especially working on 22 year old cars!

My garage camera broke too, so all I have is a few mobile phone pics….I know:  must try harder.

Anyway, (after fighting a few bolts to get it out) here’s the damage on the old tank.

Despite having been waxoiled every year since it rolled out of Germany, the small area above the filler had gone.  I’m pretty sure the seam was losing some too.

I needed to swap over this link pipe…yeah, that was never going to happen, so I ordered a new one from BMW…£32.80!

BMW parts: full of tinsel I will never be able to afford.

New pipe:

New tank with the pump and sender swapped over:

Fitted:

Job done.  It won’t be quite as exciting to drive now, as I don’t have to worry that I might be on fire every time the sump guard hits the deck and showers the tank in sparks.  Still, putting it through the engine is better than pouring it all over the floor, especially at it’s only getting more expensive!

Oh, yeah, did a service and changed some belts and stuff.  ‘Citing.

I’ll try to do something exciting soon…Is it summer yet?

05
Aug
10

Project Roadster: Belt and Braces (well, water pump, not braces really)

Yeah, I’m sorry, this is one of those I’ve serviced my car posts.  The only posts worse than this are “I washed my car and took some pics” posts.  I’m sorry.  But here it is anyway…

After 3 years of ownership I thought it was worth giving the Mazbo a good going over: New cam belt, water pump, fuel filter, oil, oil filter, air filter, coolant and so on…

Despite having done a few, and even one previously on this very car, I still get scared doing cam belts on twincam engines; I’m a push-rod and rockers kinda guy.  Still the Mazda is pretty easy with lots of timing marks on it and not a lot of work required to get to the belt.

I did the pump while I was there too – dedicated I know!

Home-made crank pulley holder.

I did some tarting up too:  Re-painted the cam lid and cleaned the bay up.

Done! It even still works, which is a bonus!

Then all the rain in the world fell out of the sky…

I washed it too, oh wait…