Wednesday 21 March 2018

End In Sight

Well I think a corner has been turned. I've taken the Fury to work each day since the snow (yes, even in -3C) & so far nothing's gone pop. In fact, since I did some fettling last weekend it's all settled in nicely. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I'd had all sorts of problems with the brakes. They'd got air into the master cylinder when I fitted the new reservoir & I thought the air had scuttled off to the back where the brakes were new & the slave cylinders were dry. There was a further problem in that the brakes on the Fury are fitted 90deg to how they were fitted in the Sierra, so instead of the bleed nipples being at the top, they are at the side, so any air is trapped between the upper piston & the nipple.

The pedal had 50% free travel, so I CAREFULLY took the drums off, CAREFULLY took the springs off, CAREFULLY moved the shoes to one side, CAREFULLY took out the upper pistons then topped up the slave cylinders, replaced all the above & tested the pedal. It was the same.

So I started bleeding the front callipers - this was laborious as NONE of my family were available to push the pedal. Tiny tiny bubbles were coming out, as if I'd filled it with prosecco. But slowly slowly the pedal came up to the top & is now, not perfect, but good enough to drive.

The throttle has been a revelation, originally it was "geared" 1:1 off the throttle, but this resulted in the car being very sensitive & jerky in traffic, meaning I had to slip the clutch & coast at anything below 30. With the non-linear linkage, the first 10% of pedal movement open the butterflies 5%, so bimbling along is now easy & smooth.

Similarly the clutch, in spite of what I've said above about having to use it a lot in traffic, was HEAVY to the point of hurting my foot. The new linkage was much lighter - much MUCH lighter. I took the car round to Sainsburys to fill the tank & found I had to push the pedal right to the bulkhead to change gear - this would not make for speedy changes. On the way back I seemed to have to push it as far as it would go & the gears still clunked - the cable was slipping - Eeek.

I got home OK & set about taking the pedal out & moving the pull rod to the bottom hole in the pedal (meaning I had to cut a little more bulkhead away). Then found the clamp bolt on the cable wasn't tight. Had I not tightened it, or had small movements in the cable loosened it off? I fitted a wire locking lug & fitted two nuts to the clamp, the top one of which is wirelocked back to the lug. The next time I took it out the clutch operated over 50% of the pedal travel & has a little more "heft" to it (which is a good thing) & the cable seems to have stayed put.

The car was still hesitating coming off idle though, I noticed that as the throttle opened, No.4 lagged a little (No. 4 drives the Throttle Position Sensor). I took off the airbox & adjusted the link for No. 4 & it's all much improved. So I'm a happy bunny.

MoT this Friday & assuming it passes I'm ready for this years road trip - except .........

..........while fitting the rear brakes I'd noticed the rear shocks needed replaced, so in a day or two, four shiny new ProTech aluminium shocks will arrive with slightly uprated springs for the back, then there's a geometry check & corner weighting session at Boss Racing & THEN I'm ready for the road trip. 😂😂😂😃

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