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  • Minimax, please excuse the thread hijack.

    Did you buy a pump for the suspension or build your own?
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  • I got it back together again, which was fun. Getting the new 'stat in was easy enough, lining up it's mounting bolt was fiddly but doable.
    getting in the coolant pipe bracket bolt on the passenger end of the engine? Horrible task, just couldn't get it lined up. I was concious of it being a thread cut into aluminium as well and i really didn't want to damage it.
    After two hours of failing to get the bolt started, I gave up, measured up and then drilled a hole in the back wall of the boot, 30mm diameter so I could feed a 12" extension bar through. The bolt went in first time. I accept that it's not ideal to go drilling random holes in your car but I really didn't want to take the manifold off



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  • I’ve got the thermostat housing off. Funny job, only three screws and a couple of hose clamps but it’s fiddly. Small, strong hands would be an advantage, unlike my flipping great spades. Oh well.

    The housing itself had snapped off its inlet at the water pump end



    You can probably figure out which is mine and which is the library picture.

    My local factors couldn’t find one listed (that’s his code for ‘I’m busy’) so I’ve ordered one off eBay, along with a couple of new hose clamps and some OAT. Reassembly next week, then!
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  • Is it me , or is that hose clamp broken below the red arrow in photo 2?


    No, it's the angle of the picture. Although I did just leg it down there to check.
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  • TaffMGF created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    hello all,

    My '96 VVC has passed its MoT again with only minimal issues, and having had a reasonable clean overall bill of health, I was in two minds about doing something with the spheres. My ride isn't all it should be, it's a little bangy and crashy (excuse the technical terms). The ride height is k (i had it pumped up last summer) but some in-depth research leads me to the conclusion that my spheres may have deteriorated to the point that just pumping them up isn't doing anything anymore.

    As ever, there are several very good guides on changing the actual spheres themselves, so that holds no fear for me. My question is:-

    Assuming that i have successfully replaced all four spheres, my car would then be up on stands with an "empty" suspension system. How do I get it pumped up at home? Or even just pumped up enough for the 10 mile trip to my local specialist who has the pump?

    Apologies if this a is a daft question but I can't seem to find the answer for this bit!

    thanks in advance

    Taff
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