long time no post - and (one might say: as usual
...) once again I come back "avec des nouvelles défectuosités"...
I already mentioned it in a mail to Chris: I think green Scimitars in France are cursed
Luckily the troubleshooting in my case is straight forward and not a mystery as in Chris' case.
So after I fixed the "problem" with the anti-rattle clip, all was good in the world of la bête
, until one night suddenly all headlights went dead. What about the rear? Honestly, I forgot to check. Actually, we had just left a restaurant, and I wanted to impress a colleague by showing him some of the little luxury gimmicks this car had already in 1975 - like the centre console flood light, and "hey, we also have adjustable brightness!". For reasons unknown I did not even touch the corresponding knob, but turned the odometer's zero adjuster - and that's when the lights went out
As the interior lights and the daytime running lights where still on, the first thought was "fuse blown". And then I realized the high beam worked also, so we decided to drive home in this configuration. After the second time I had to turn off the high beam due to oncoming traffic, we realized the lights where back on! At home I found that indeed one lamp didn't work, but the rest had come back to life magically
So some electric gremlins - no big story. But then the real problem hit me. Since the return of la bête
from the garage I had the feeling that the clutch was behaving strange - in the way that it seemed to open up only on the last millimetres when the pedal is pushed to the floor. Not that the gears did not disengage, just in a very limited range. The only gear that was a bit hesitating was reverse, sometimes there was a little scraping.
Last weekend then I, after not having used the car for two weeks, I really had trouble engaging reverse, but finally got it in. So I reversed out of the garage, up to the street. Here I could feel that even disengaging was challenging. Worse, with the pedal to the metal (clutch!) I could not engage first gear. Fiddling and scraping around I finally got there, so I started rolling down the road. Changing into second - not possible without severe scraping. Okay, one time round the block without gear change and back into the garage...
I remember that one time I found some fluid under the car in the garage - not much, not the usual oil (la bête
leaks a little bit between engine and gearbox), different colour, almost clear, odourless.. but just once and, again, not very much. I have not had the chance to investigate further by now, but my hope is a simple leak somewhere leaving me with not enough (if at all) fluid in the system. So basically we have two cylinders and the hose as suspects... Hopefully tonight I will know