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Sunday, 29 March 2020

XJ Baby Wagoneer Jeep rear sill repair

When you use a car in all weathers, drive muddy tracks and leave it outside for many years, you can expect rust to attack the vehicle. Our Wagoneer has suffered all that, and it has needed a fair share of rust repair already. Now the rear of the sills were crying out for attention. Of course those small holes turned into slightly bigger holes after some prodding.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

MGF leaky Hydragas connection

After replacing the displacers, I found that after a few days the suspension of the car went down a little. That is usually nothing to worry about, but when I found a little puddle of suspension fluid under the rear of the car, I was not happy.   
  Peering through the letterbox shaped aperture called the engine lid, I could see the fluid was dripping from the connection. As there are rubber seals on those pipes, I thought that the seals might have deteriorated. So I depressurized the suspension, and with some contortionist skills checked the seals.
And sure enough: both of the rear seals were leaking and one front seal was weeping a little.
After replacement of the 4 seals, I pumped up the suspension again. Now the suspension stays up and I can enjoy the comfortable Hydragas ride again. 

Saturday, 21 March 2020

MGF Softtop replacement

The idea of driving a Roadster is to drive it without the roof as much as possible, but to make this possible you do want to have a good soft top in case you run into bad weather. The hardtop on our F is very good, but the soft top was tatty and the plastic rear window had torn.   
 Considering the options, I decided it would be best to find a good used top and replace the whole assembly. After a bit of asking around, I found this one from a slightly later car with an improved MK2 top.
  This is how the top came off the car. I had some doubt about this slimy and moldy affair, but the seller told me it would come out "as new" after a good clean with a power washer. 
 So this is what I did. As instructed, I attacked the top with just clean water from the pressure washer. I did clean the inside with a little soap though.
Here we have one very wet but clean top.
While I left the wet top outside to dry, I started to remove my old top. 
First I removed the rear plastic panel behind the seats to reveal the four mounting bolts.
Then unclipped  the five clips under the rear window
After this the whole assembly came off, by removing two bolts on both sides behind the seats
Then I could just lift out the whole thing. 
Refitting is literally the reverse of dismantling. I only needed to swap one of the front clips and fiddle a little with the top, so it would close without hitting the windscreen surround. 
 There it is: a clean soft top with an unbroken rear screen.
I think the MGF is one of the few cars that look just as good with the roof up (or hardtop) as well as down.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Early spring paddle

The river is still fairly high and there is mud everywhere the fields have been flooded. Still it feels like spring is ready to get us out of the winter darkness. 

Sunday, 15 March 2020

MGF Hydragas displacers replaced

 As we found earlier the suspension on the MGF was rather low and the ride was bumpy. I had pumped the car up, but still the ride remained bumpy and uncomfortable. Our conclusion was that at lest a few of the displacers had lost their nitrogen gas. In the past you had to buy new displacers if you could find them, but the good new is that nowadays there are several companies refurbishing the displacers and adding a valve to replace the gas when necessary.  They all do this on an exchange principle.
I got in touch with Youri from as he had already changed the displacers on another MFG nearby and he offers a service to come to your place to do the job. I had considered just ordering the displacers to replace them myself, but I decided this was much easier and faster as he has fixed about fourty MGFs this way, so he changed our displacers in about one and a half hours.   
All Youri needs is your MG and preferably a dry place with a flat floor. Everything else he needs, he carries in his car, so there is no looking for tools or parts. Of course he has his own suspension pump, so after a very short time the F was ready and the suspension up to the specified ride height. 
After the job we found that three of my four displacers were servicable, so they were exchanged and will be refurbished to be fitted to another customer's car. 
 Ride height restored. The first test run proved that the suspension on the F was much improved. This is a job that is probably overdue on most Fs, but ours was transformed.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

FSJ Wagoneer Jeep headlight dipswitch repair

At the last run to cars & coffee my heavy shoes broke the floor mounted dip switch.  
 The switch came apart completely, so I needed a new one. Nothing worth fixing here.
 The broken old switch looked much like a VW item, but searching the internet I found that the early MGB uses a similar switch, but with screw-fit connections.
 Here it is. A three wire setup and even the mounting holes are at the same distance. I removed the lugs from the wires, but left the neck of the lugs in place, so the screws had something more solid than bare wires to attach to.
 Fitting was easy and this switch seems a bit easier to use. Maybe the old one was worn.