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Finally back on the road! #1654956
29/12/2021 23:33
29/12/2021 23:33
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France, Charente
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After what seems like an age (actually it is over 5 years!) the coupé has finally had a new gear lever housing fitted.

Sorry tale - the nylon housing cracked, whilst in France which left it stranded out our house before we actually moved there. Once I had a safe, dry and secure place to work on it (our barn), I did manage to get almost everything removed but the housing itself. Not easy when working with the car up on 4 ramps. Then did my back in, couldn't find anyone willing to help, the COVID put everything on ice for a while!

Finally today having found a mechanic, we managed to get it replaced and put everything back together again. Huge relief. It has been run a couple of times each year, just to ensure the oil flows round and the barn is warm, dry and been an ideal storage place, but definitely looking forward to actually getting it on the road again.

It has no rust, apart from minute surface rust underneath, just 45k on the clock, so needs to be used and loved again!

Paul


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Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1654970
30/12/2021 17:28
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Good news.

I don't know what I am more envious of, nice dry barn or Charente !

Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1654971
30/12/2021 18:22
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Barn comes with being in the Charente! :-)


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Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1654987
01/01/2022 16:06
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Now I'm one very happy Coupe owner!

Having put everything back together underneath, the refurbed dash console and handbrake / gear-lever cover, plus radio is also now back in. The battery tray fitted, the rear indicator lights swapped over (for the fog / reversing lights) and wiring extended plus I checked the condition of the spark plugs.

After two years sat idle it was time to see if it would start ok - needn't have worried as key in and first try it turned over and started immediately! Warmed it up and left it to run for a bit, before trying the gear lever and again no problem.

Thought I'd turn the car round in the barn, but forgot just how crap the turning circle is on the coupe - took a number of 'shuffles' to fully turn round as only half of the barn is available at present.

Everything appears to be running and working just perfectly ....... can't last!


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Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1654991
01/01/2022 16:58
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Great start to the year Paul thumb


BumbleBee back:)
Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1654997
02/01/2022 06:10
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Nice one Paul. Good news.


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Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1655011
03/01/2022 19:11
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Having got the Coupe finished and ready for its first trip out after 5 years, thought I'd share some pictures of it in the 'garage'! I don't think that it would have stayed in the best condition without being able to store it here - no humidity in summer and no condensation during winter either.

The only thing I had to look out for were bird-droppings from our resident Redstarts!

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Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1655020
04/01/2022 13:12
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Originally Posted by paulw
Having got the Coupe finished and ready for its first trip out after 5 years, thought I'd share some pictures of it in the 'garage'! I don't think that it would have stayed in the best condition without being able to store it here - no humidity in summer and no condensation during winter either.

The only thing I had to look out for were bird-droppings from our resident Redstarts!

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Very nice, great effort getting the old girl back on the road thumb

Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: Countrycruising] #1655024
04/01/2022 16:24
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Originally Posted by Countrycruising
Originally Posted by paulw
Having got the Coupe finished and ready for its first trip out after 5 years, thought I'd share some pictures of it in the 'garage'! I don't think that it would have stayed in the best condition without being able to store it here - no humidity in summer and no condensation during winter either.

The only thing I had to look out for were bird-droppings from our resident Redstarts!

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Very nice, great effort getting the old girl back on the road thumb


Thanks, but thanks are due to you for providing info on how to tackle the cracked gear lever housing (a few years ago mind)! cool Turned out that quite a few things were not as shown in either the workshop manual (part upside down) or on the car. Also ended up as a two-man job, but it's done.

Another milestone today as it is now insured - bit different here as it's the car that's insured not the driver. I have unlimited mileage, but if I decide to keep it off-road for a month, then a quick call and the premium drops to 20€ pm (about £16), but with full cover still.

I can now drive it, but it will want the equivalent of the MOT asap so it can get registered and new plates. Sadly losing the old 'FCZ'....


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Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1655025
04/01/2022 18:43
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Thanks, but thanks are due to you for providing info on how to tackle the cracked gear lever housing (a few years ago mind)! cool Turned out that quite a few things were not as shown in either the workshop manual (part upside down) or on the car. Also ended up as a two-man job, but it's done.


I remember that little issue, feels like many life times ago box

Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1655027
04/01/2022 18:49
04/01/2022 18:49
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Its been a long-running joke with friends, ribbing me about the car on ramps in the barn going nowhere fast!

COVID didn't help.....


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Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: paulw] #1655045
06/01/2022 10:17
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Yes aren't mates great taking the piss about our projects slow progress, at least you can show and shine this year now wink

Re: Finally back on the road! [Re: Countrycruising] #1655046
06/01/2022 10:44
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Originally Posted by Countrycruising
Yes aren't mates great taking the piss about our projects slow progress


Ha - tell me about it!


BumbleBee back:)

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