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About clarkey1984

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  • Birthday 11/01/1984

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    2002 Volvo V40 T4 Sport.
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    1990 abbey 516 gt.

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  1. ive got GT radial savero's on our single axle abbey, the vans max weight is 1250kg and i got 185/70/r13c 106/104, so probably way over specced but they were of a similar price to 175r13c i had looked at, around 60 pounds each, we use maxmilers on everything at work and they seem to last really well so i went for it, plus who doesn't like a knobbly tread pattern haha
  2. Well that was the simplest repair ever, all it was was a cracked piece of plastic at the handle end of the mechanism, all I did was remove the front 2 screws so that part dropped out of the way, pryed the gap open and administered some 2 part epoxy, a temporary cable tie to squash everything together until the epoxy is dry and added a small screw through both parts to the left of the cracked section just for good measure, it works better than it ever has now.
  3. Yes the cassette open close part rotates freely by hand, it does feel and sound remarkably like toothless cogs jumping hopelessly past eachother as opposed to meshing and giving the desired rotation, now I'm back from the north sea again I'll get things apart at the weekend and have a look, thanks again
  4. It has taken the best part of 2 years, but now the open close mechanism has totally had it, all I get now is a clunk and something clicking and slipping when you try and turn the handle, I'm presuming stripped plastic cogs or some sort of other catastrophic mechanical failure, does anyone know if such a thing as an open close mechanism repair kit exists? Many thanks in advance once again
  5. I always wanted either a MK1/2 escort or a MK3 cortina, a friend bought a MK2 rs2000 custom back when he was about 15, 1997, and he's still got it, I'd wager that's probably worth 10x what it was when he bought it, those cars are unobtainable now though money wise for me so I'd have to settle for a Mk5 if I ever get into a position where I can afford a good one, my dad has tried to explain to me that they were rubbish even when they were new and so would be even worse now, especially compared to modern standards, but i still want one, another mate has a MK1 Granada and currently a MK2 estate, he's had 2 other mk1s, about 3 mk2s and 2 or 3 MK2 limos before that, there's just something about the old fords that I really like.
  6. The old P reg Peugeot 406 I had towed it really nicely and that thing had well baggy suspension, it was on about 270k when I scrapped it, I'm now on my 3rd Volvo V40 and have had similar results with all 3, the first car had bog standard comfort suspension, fitting fully adjustable aftermarket coilovers helped things slightly, the 2nd one, the t4 sport was on oem sports suspension, which has been subsequently changed out for aftermarket but highly regarded as OEM+ stiffer upgrades, with new gas filled Monroe shocks to match, not a lot of difference, and the third car, which is the stop gap car while the t4 waits for me to put the new engine in, that has standard suspension (these had either comfort, standard or sport from factory) and again, not great, I just don't think these like towing something so big, despite it being within limits, part of me wants to get something a bit smaller and just buy a Cortina, but her indoors would probably murder me if I did that, the T5 V70 / v70r does look rather tempting though, once my V40 stage finally passes.
  7. while i cant remember offhand what my vans noseweight is supposed to be (i think 70kg?) with it either loaded to mtplm or relatively lightly loaded, if i put it as 70 measured with a good hitch gauge it tows like a bag of spanners, around 60kg seems to be the sweet spot for mine, although it obviously differs from outfit to outfit, although with a van rated at 1250kg, and a car with a kerb weight of 1280kg, i know mine is never going to be a particularly nice tow, and it pretty much never is, its stable, to a point, 55mph is the max though, if i get to 60 its a wobble box.
  8. Thanks everyone, the above document is probably the most helpful piece of information i have ever been given on a forum ever, we did a 20 or so mile tow today to a car boot sale and back, when we returned home one wheel was cold and one was rather warm to the touch, the side which is warm (so almost certainly binding) has its cable sticking out at least an inch further than the other side does where it fits to the rod, the double end is at a lovely angle, so clearly that side cable is not releasing properly. Thanks again guys :)
  9. Thanks guys, if the spring / cylinder you speak of looks anything like this photo I found on Google then yes it does have one of these, although it slides up and down the brake rod loosely, there's a nut either side of it but there's a massive gap, you can slip it up and down said rod about 4 inches or so, so something is definitely up then.
  10. Hi all, my trailer is built on an early 90s alko chassis, and I was doing some work on it today, namely fitting some robust steel chequer plate over the existing wooden floor, when I noticed that the handbrake does absolutely nothing whatsoever when the trailer is moved backwards, the handbrake was on its uppermost click but wouldn't hold at all. I discovered this when lowering said sheet into it with our 7 ton forklift with its ideal 15 foot long forks for this purpose, when reversing away I couldn't get out from under it because the trailer was coming with me, blocking the wheels with a lump of box section did the trick. Once I'd got the sheet down and removed the block from the wheel I rolled it backwards with ease, either no braking at all or at the most very minimal, it would certainly never ever hold it in an emergency situation, this can't be normal can it? I'd expect a sensible amount of resistance, especially if my trailer was still a ~1000kg caravan that it started life as, surely this can't be correct operation? Many thanks in advance.
  11. With ours being a 1990 van, the shower tray was severely cracked, so after careful removal and application of fibreglass matting held the crack together for all of about 2 days (we didnt use the shower during this time) i removed it and just overboarded that section of the floor so everything was the same height, i then removed the associated pipework and bracketry, blanking pipes off where needed, and did away with the worse than useless hand basin / sink type affair that sat above the toilet too as that was also unnecessary, although i appreciate that nobody would want to be hacking bits out and modding a newer van in this way,
  12. I use it on everything, agreed it is quite aggressive, but as long as you make sure it's absolutely all washed away and get some protection back on surfaces afterwards (I use meguiars wax) I've always been ok.
  13. I did my roof last spring, luckily i had access to a large forklift i could climb up on the back of to reach, and some truck wash, and a steam cleaner/pressure washer, i set it up so the truck wash was being metered in as i washed it, wasn't exactly satisfactory, you can see where i tried that in the first image, so i changed tactics, i spray bottled the roof with neat truck wash, went and had a cup of tea and then came back and jetted it off, came up lovely.
  14. Well, the proposed work has been done, using, in equal measure, wood screws and extreme determination, having wound the front up nice and high on the legs and undoing my previous work on the metal strip, I was able to carefully prize the wall away from the floor and fire some gorilla glue in the gap, then screwed through as described, I then wound it back down and went for a short tow, on roads comprising of some lumps and bumps, and also some traffic calming measures by way of speed humps, backed into the drive, unhitched and the floor has not moved an inch, I'm calling this one a success, for now anyway, many thanks all for your invaluable advice and contributions, thankyou.
  15. Sound advice for sure, it's just such a shame as so much work has gone into this van over those 4 years, I'll not add it up as I'll probably frighten myself, but hundreds of hours of blood sweat and tears, but as they say, such is life i suppose. Using Gordon's picture as an example, all i can attempt is to nut and bolt through vertically using penny washers to pull the floor 'sandwich) back together again, and then screw horizontally to at least try and reattach the front wall, no harm in trying I guess.
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