Car appreciation... the aesthetics, the engineering, etc

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  • My red defender had an isolator switch fitted because it had some real weird parasitic draw going on. Also if you forgot to isolate it and came back a couple of days later it’d smell of electrical fire 😂 ...

  • Boring car question - my 04 Citroen Berlingo 1.6 petrol cut out on Saturday while i was driving.
    A month ago it did a similar thing (i had stopped the engine then but when i went to restart, it cut out immediately). I coasted to a lovely halt right outside my house, and then the car wouldn't restart a couple of times but then it was fine again. Each time the engine starts up and the revs climb as normal, but then they drop down and the car stalls straight away. There isn't any check engine light or anything.
    So in my head, if it starts (and I can keep it going with my foot on the gas) it can't be fuel or spark. So it must be a vacuum leak or a sensor problem? But with no check engine light? I have a fault reader, would it store old faults that might have rectified themselves ( I'm thinking like a loose connection/ground in a sensor)?

  • I have had a "similar" problem with my E30, suddenly one day the idle dropped down to almost stalling (annoying vibration etc.). Opened the hood and one of the air vacuum hose was disconnected and it is too old to stay in place so ziptied it for now and waiting for a new one from my local garage so might be worth checking vacuum hoses for a leak

  • How old is the fuel filter?

  • dunno, had the car since Xmas, its due a big service soon (its on 72K miles). my first thought was fuel pump (or relay) but then I don't think it would start and stay on with the gas pedal down?

  • i guess this is the best bet. i'll be happier when i can cause the problem rather than it being so intermittent.

  • I'm thinking some crap clogs the filter while fuel is flowing, making a restart difficult, but then after a while the particles drop away allowing fuel to flow again until it flows hard enough to suck it all back into the filter again. Doesn't quite fit your "dies if idled" description though.

  • well it could be, it is due for replacement i think- haynes says every 40000 miles.

  • Could be fuel pump going. Could also be an idle speed stepper motor... Total guess work though. Just sounds like what a lot of older Peugeot's do that share engines with cits...

  • yes dude. amazing first car!

  • sorry late to this , had my 595 for a year now and it is epic .
    Motorways are a chore mainly because you know you could be having more fun elsewhere.
    I regularly do Oxford to Pembrokeshire cross country and it's a fucking hoot.
    Mines a standard 595 with a remap so circa 175bhp and didn't go for the lairy stickers and even asked for the smaller wheels as the big ones "tramline" in my opinion and are a bit crashy.
    Its loud and a bit lacking in subtlety but so much fun and much quicker than people think .
    Space is not an issue either ( but then my other car is an Alfa GTV !)

  • Boring car question - my 04 Citroen Berlingo 1.6 petrol cut out on Saturday while i was driving.

    A month ago it did a similar thing (i had stopped the engine then but when i went to restart, it cut out immediately). I coasted to a lovely halt right outside my house, and then the car wouldn't restart a couple of times but then it was fine again. Each time the engine starts up and the revs climb as normal, but then they drop down and the car stalls straight away. There isn't any check engine light or anything.
    So in my head, if it starts (and I can keep it going with my foot on the gas) it can't be fuel or spark. So it must be a vacuum leak or a sensor problem? But with no check engine light? I have a fault reader, would it store old faults that might have rectified themselves ( I'm thinking like a loose connection/ground in a sensor)?

    Crank position sensor I reckon.

  • maybe i should do a sweepstake

  • Dirty throttle housing or air mass sensor

  • You near london?

    I have have the cit/pug cables and software.

  • http://www3.telus.net/bc_triumph_registr­y/smoke.htm is what was escaping and needing the occasional top up.

    Also all Landies have had people add wiring, then wiring to the wiring, then repairs to the wiring. Hence handy to have an isolator. Durite get my seal of approval. https://www.arc-components.com/0-605-05-­durite-12v-24v-battery-isolator-switch-w­ith-removable-key-150a.html

  • Who knew the Irish public transport system was so, relaxed?

    Anyone who's been to Ireland :(

  • Just watched the latest project binky.

    The first episode was 17 Aug 2013.

    Kinda just want to see it done now. Maybe Tarvish is the exec producer.

  • Discovered it only recently so I was able to binge watch it but really curious to see it finish!! The retropower series on Gordon Murray's Escort is also really really good but different

  • With Binky and all of those other full resto series, I keep having the realisation that they will have to take it all apart again, to paint, before reassembling. Just the thought of that amount of work terrifies me, let alone all of the actual effort they have expended thus far. It's incredible.

  • Thanks for this and other comments. I think I know really it's not quite right, they just look like such a laugh I'm trying to force it into my requirements!

  • I keep thinking about the paint too. But also (and maybe more important) the parts clean up.

    So much of the build is in rough visual condition. They're not overly focused on the aesthetics, but there is no way all of those brackets aren't getting a matching coat of black, or that the various pumps and reservoirs aren't getting washed or blasted, and possibly painted.

    On their current timeframe all of that alone is a years worth of work.

  • Saw a convertible TVR Cerbera this morning. Forgot how good looking they were, it's definitely aged well. You used to see them everywhere.

  • I imagine most have since been wrapped around a tree/lampost

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