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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:12 am

It has been a full week now that the Flying Sub has been on duty as a daily driver - sleeping outside at night
and going back and forth accross the city to get to work - I was a bit worried because she had misbehaved a little bit
during the road test with the journalist last month (suddenly getting sluggish, even stalling when reaching stop signs! :evil: )
but the problem disappeared at the end of the shooting session .. and it never happened again :?
I must have done about 150 miles this week, with a long run on Sunday ... and she seems to be improving every day
- at least as far as starting is concerned, now one turn of the key is enough and she would start right away ... albeit
the idle is rather low ~ 600 rpm, even this morning after a thunderstorm had damped the whole area overnight -
I am really starting to enjoy it daily after all those months waiting for its papers :D
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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:18 pm

Good to hear that she's thriving on regular use. That's what I've always found to be the case, and like you, it will normally burst into life first turn of the key. :)


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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:06 pm

After a good 250 miles drive yesterday, I guess the Flying Sub deserved a little bit of attention as a reward for behaving well :mrgreen:
Since I have a few days free ahead, I decided to try cleaning up a little bit her Wolfrace :wink:
Started this morning with a quick & dirty job - only about 1 hour per wheel - yet they look a little bit better...
a couple more hours per wheel with a proper material - I used only soft dry fabric, an old T-shirt actually - and they should be shining again ...
I am not planning to drive to Cheshire anyway :oops: :lol:
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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:25 pm

That looks good, it doesn't seem to have any major corrosion, so should polish up well. Personally, I use a buffing wheel in an electric drill - as the wheels have few hidden nooks and crannies you can get at most parts easily :)


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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:24 pm

They do have a few minor corrosion points, but overall are in pretty good condition ... except that I wonder when POs last took care of them :roll:
I was indeed planning to use a driller and buffing wheels, that would ensure a better job than doing it by hand - not to mention easier -
I just wish I could take off the wheels but will have to do it in place for the time being ... that's another major issue I have to solve
- it's fit with anti-theft bolts ... but I could not find the adapters in the car :roll: :evil: -
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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:24 pm

One of the front fog lights on the Flying Sub has become extremely loose and I need to tighten it up before I loose it - not that it's of any use, it's not connected and merely there for decoration :wink: -
Am I right to think that I simply need to unscrew the rubber part of the bumper in order to access its bottom part from the inside ?
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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by philhoward » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:26 pm

Unscrewing the rubber part will just leave you with the challenge of putting it back again.. It should be stuck on with Sikaflex/TigerSeal but many have additional screws where the glue has failed over the years.

Access might be from underneath or possibly through the rad aperture? Never had a 6a, so not 100% sure.


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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:46 pm

Thanks Phil for the warning ... that drew my attention to the fact that the PO probably did not go into so much trouble to put them on :lol:
After a closer look I realized that the access is pretty easy ... for some reason I had the feeling that the bumper was of the 'closed' type, but in fact it has a U shape and
with an opening in this specific area, so it will be easy to access the bolt from the inside ... provided that I can find a spanner small enough in my father's tool box :lol:
Sorry about the silly question :oops: :wink:
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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:37 pm

Those openings are the fresh air intakes for the heater, so while you're groping up there it's worth having a look at the heater fans. You may find that instead of being fastened down, they are just rattling about, also the mesh covering the fan intake tends to rust and expand and block the intake. Fixing those should improve the heater.


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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:42 pm

I have been using some of my spare time recently to browse/sort and scan most of the documents that came with the Flying Sub
which allowed me to trace part of its history :D

Unfortunately I cannot apply to a V888 since I am based outside the UK :roll: but I managed to identify a few previous owners
and found a document from DVLA which allowed me to assess that I am the 8th owner of the car.
Here are a few names just in case you come accross one of the POs ... you may let them know that the car is still on the road and still doing OK at 145,000 miles :mrgreen:

Chris Johnson & Jonathan Casey (registrar) have received by email a detailed summary of my findings (owners, MOTs, maintenance)
so as to keep their register files up-to-date :lol:

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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:01 pm

Brian Pornicott is a familiar name from the past - I suspect Kev Osborne is the man to contact if you want more details. :)


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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by Oldconn » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:09 pm

Fred, about those wheelnuts: they look like the EVO anti-theft nuts, identical to those which I had on mine. Last year I lost the magic adaptor which enables you to undo them, which is not funny because if you don't have the serial number , then even the makers can not supply a replacement key. Are they the type which have three holes in the end, and a spinning steel collar around them? Very difficult to remove, but it is possible. I bought a set of extractors which will enable you to do the job, I'll bring them with me to Nemours and show you how it is done. :wink: :D
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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:33 pm

Ian,

That would be brilliant if you can bring those extractors next month 8)
Indeed the nuts have three holes if I remember correctly from the last time I took the caps off ... whill check tomorrow and post some pics :wink:
Hope Ican remove those bloody things and replace them with standard ones - not a big fan of anti-theft nuts tbh -
Btw I checked the part lists on GW & QRG ... it looks like the wheel-nuts only come as sets of 16 :?
Any chance to buy just a set of 4 ? unless someone here has some in stock ?

Thanks again Ian ... see you soon in Nemours :wink:
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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:36 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:Brian Pornicott is a familiar name from the past - I suspect Kev Osborne is the man to contact if you want more details. :)
Thanks Roger for the info :D
Will PM Kev (MrGoldtop1960 right ?) to find out what else he could teach me :wink:
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Re: La vie en Flying Sub

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:47 pm

Yep, MrGoldtop1960 is correct :)


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