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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby R0B » 08 Nov 2010, 18:12

no not the same as phones.you can use the mic whilst driving..
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby silverbullet » 08 Nov 2010, 18:24

So you can legally use it while driving and it's free :D
Better than a mobile all round then (plus the time given between TX to think up witty replies is a fringe benefit)
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby HarryMann » 10 Nov 2010, 00:43

I've got a magmount going spare.


EnglishPaul is missing one since Devon...
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby Aidan » 10 Nov 2010, 08:28

HarryMann wrote:
I've got a magmount going spare.


EnglishPaul is missing one since Devon...


not any more Clive he was presented with a replacement at n wales hence his ability to talk back in convoy
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby HarryMann » 10 Nov 2010, 10:53

hehe, just wondering if Al stumbled upon his spare somewhere along a devon lane :D
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby v-lux » 10 Nov 2010, 14:27

Its not me that stumbles across van detritus along lanes..... :whistle
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby silverbullet » 10 Nov 2010, 18:20

Plating got delivered today :D so at lunchtime I got to the press with a tin of grease to hand:
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The wheel centres I turned Saturday morning from some black Delrin that was lurking in a corner.
They are a tight fit in the spacers and between 6 and 8mm wall thickness, so should be durable enough :ok
Fiting will have to wait till the weekend - unless there's a weather window - now the forecast looks vile :evil:
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby silverbullet » 14 Nov 2010, 17:43

When the rain finally stopped and I had dried out after Remembrance Sunday (one of the few times I'm in uniform - previous life) I got something fitted at last :D
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Bad boy EPCO garage jack - only 2 ton rated but "Made in England" from a time when that meant something, combined with a 2' breaker bar and man-size axle stands left over from Strange Rover days:
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Now we're starting to look the part. The centres got shortened and modified with a stepped shoulder, so the wheel stops them going missing:
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Got the fronts done and then ran out of daylight :( Never mind, I need to get the rears re-balanced as there's a bit of distortion at the wheel centre that I didn't notice before (the old brake drum bolts problem - wheels were s/h) which meant they ended up with around 110grams each...not good.
A bit of tweaking tomorrow should sort that out :wink:
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby syncropaddy » 14 Nov 2010, 23:23

That looks quite good I must say ..... :ok
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby silverbullet » 14 Nov 2010, 23:55

Why thank you :D
For those that want to know, Vito (first series) 5 1/2 x 15", ET60 with 30mm spacers, tyres appear to be only ~25mm bigger diameter than the 185R14C Dunlop road tyres that were on it before. Clearances all good, just hoping they don't eat up too many ponies as I don't have any to give away with the DG :lol:
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby silverbullet » 15 Nov 2010, 14:58

I managed to tweak one of the rears into line by repeatedly bolting up a spare hub and drum c/w bolts and rotating it stud by stud i.e. 2 foot breaker bar brutality and lots of grease on threads and wheel nut seats, putting the same distortion into the wheel centre all round. Balanced up at about 40 and 75 gramme. Great. Matey didn't even charge!
The other one is a horror story. It's buckled to bu66ery so I need another one superpronto for a spare!
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby silverbullet » 15 Nov 2010, 19:11

By the application of a fly press, a scrap Chevy big-block alloy flywheel :shock: and some firm language I have now got said wheel down do 1mm total run-out at the rim and no rocking on the hub face.
I'd call that straight enough for AT's :D
As a side benefit, I now know I can correct steel wheels that have had a "pull" at the centre. Mercs look to be a better bet as they are that bit softer, but are maybe a bit more prone to buckling as a result.
Can't say how I'll get on if you pretzel a Mefro though...
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby syncropaddy » 15 Nov 2010, 19:20

My next door neighbour says that my tool box has too much strong language in it :oops: Strong language is a great addition to any workshop/toolbox I told her as she got dressed :D
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby Aidan » 15 Nov 2010, 20:55

syncropaddy wrote:My next door neighbour says that my tool box has too much strong language in it :oops: Strong language is a great addition to any workshop/toolbox I told her as she got dressed :D


well at least you can say feck on here without it being transmoglified
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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

Postby silverbullet » 16 Nov 2010, 20:11

Aidan wrote:well at least you can say feck

Which is more than I said at the tyre depot at lunchtime today. Again. Only 1mm run-out at the rim along with some minor distortion at the wheel centre still adds up to 140 gramme + 70 gramme out of balance :evil: :evil: :evil:
The problem lies in the way that wheels are mounted on the machine. Matey tried the 5-stud hub fixture too but still no better. In desperation I'll bolt the spacer to the wheel and see if that pulls it into line on the balancing machine. That one is definitely going to have to be the spare...
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