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by Ben Kenobe
Wed May 17, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

I've replaced every hose I can with silicon, the metalwork is stainless, I can't get silicon to fit between the chassis tube and the one at the bottom of the radiator - that one is a pig I tried all sorts on it and then put one of my NOS originals on for now (I plan to get this one made in silicon b...
by Ben Kenobe
Wed May 17, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

No the car's never had one - the air divert flap in the heater box is actually functional, I can get heat into the car although it's nothing like as hot as the pipes would have you think - never thouht I could do an in and out temp with the IR gun, I've pushed water through the heater in both direct...
by Ben Kenobe
Wed May 17, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

It sure does, can't keep hand there for long either. It's all pointing to a gasket or a crack ....
by Ben Kenobe
Wed May 17, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

It doesn't ? I found a few images using big G that claimed to be a CA18 drain, found nothing in the S12 book - near the engine mount left hand side - either way I didn't drain the block.
by Ben Kenobe
Wed May 17, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

The little bleed on the expansion tank I made sure was clear because swampy had this issue, I also made sure not to fill the expansion tank so far that the exit path for air from the top of the radiator wasn't obstructed. I know little of the pump, it's the one the car had when I got it, water circu...
by Ben Kenobe
Sun May 07, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

Already got the relay mod. I intercepted the feed under the bonnet so I have a relay mounted near the fuse box, I can't understand how Reliant thought it a good idea to feed it through the ECU. If you would Steve, price for two sets, dare I say and a spare ? - or is a spare a step too far. Hopes of ...
by Ben Kenobe
Sun May 07, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

Well .... what can I say ... doesn't throw out the water if the bleed cap is left off BUT the bubbles never stop, just ran for an hour and still the bubbles keep coming which is pretty annoying since even I know what that points too. The non starting - fuse box - the contacts in the fuel pump fuse b...
by Ben Kenobe
Sat May 06, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

Checked and clear unfortunately, I'll be having another go at things tomorrow, won't hurt to run it through again I guess.
by Ben Kenobe
Sat May 06, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: The Snotty Swan
Replies: 202
Views: 42346

Re: The Snotty Swan

You're talking British 60's and 70's rust overnight motor cars here, the West Midlands was no cure for the tin worm, and being close to the sea will make it 100 times worse ...
by Ben Kenobe
Sat May 06, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

One can try, fairly sure it's all the way, doesn't 'feel' very nice in that the process of removing doesn't have a very good 'detent' position - i.e. the first notch that you use to prevent pressure taking your hand off - it's there but feels very vague and it's easily missed.
by Ben Kenobe
Sat May 06, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

Very possible the smell of fuel was pretty strong, the day's been a collection of challenges - I'd forgotten how fickle these cars can be, I can't get the headlights to drive now either - it's never one thing is it.
by Ben Kenobe
Sat May 06, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

Sure have. That's how I know water is circulating when the stat opens, I've verified the fan runs but not that the otter switch does it's job - although it was fine when I laid her up, I removed it to get the radiator rebuilt. I've tried back filling through a heater hose, raised the front of the ca...
by Ben Kenobe
Sat May 06, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

If I buy gaskets it's a couple of full head sets (one as a spare) and a 'full' set so I can do a tear down on swampy over the winter. I had an exchange with Ady and he can get some gaskets but referred to the head gasket as unobtanium .. didn't see any on fleabay, I'm due in Atlanta in 2 months or s...
by Ben Kenobe
Sat May 06, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

Re: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

Thanks, I thought they were 13lb, I can't get it to local garage - not ready for MOT yet - still need to refit antiroll bar, set up the headlights and refit the bumper, and based on how it's behaving I wouldn't trust it, I may look for a test kit for sensible money. Steve's correct in that I I didn'...
by Ben Kenobe
Sat May 06, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: SS1/SST/Sabre
Topic: 1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.
Replies: 32
Views: 6189

1.8Ti - Throwing Coolant.

Long story in short form - working away a lot, 'winterised' Sabre and drained coolant - needed hoses replacing any how. Got some time, replaced all hoses with Silicon types, radiator re cored, recommissioned car fluids etc but not enough fuel to bleed cooling system, car started and ran fine. Filled...

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