Bargain-bucket MR2

Started by The Arch Bishop, July 15, 2017, 18:13

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mikek

#50
Happens to us all
2zz by Rogue. Se7en cams. BMC CDA. Competion clutches lightened flywheel, Megillian Racing Exhaust. TRD sportivo suspension and ARB\'s. TRD braces. TRD quick shift. TRD dash kit, Matts brace. Getting there but not sure when it will stop!

Essex2Visuvesi

#51
Quote from: "The Arch Bishop"Basically, I'm experiencing project creep. This tends to happen with me.

Oh dear!
Thats how it starts

The Arch Bishop

#52
Ugh. This evening I've reassembled the front brake complete with new pads, sliders and dust covers. All torqued up correctly and crucially, no bits left over. All seems nice and free and the hub turns easily until I put the front wheel on and tighten it then everything binds up and the wheel is difficult to turn. Slacken off the wheel nuts and it's nice and free again!

I can't see anything wrong at all so I'm at a loss! If anyone can shed some light on what I've done wrong, there's virtual beers and pork scratchings in it for them!

smarty72

#53
Assuming they are OEM wheels and nuts then no, I have no idea.

Maybe remove the wheel and just put the nuts back on, not too tight though, so you can maybe see what is 'nipping up'?
current: Astral Black FL

Ex: Forest Green 2003.

The Arch Bishop

#54
Yep, everything is standard. I can only think that I've managed to get the pads in wonky or something. Will strip it back tomorrow and have another go I suppose!

jonbill

#55
I think bolting the wheel on will press the disk back a little, so maybe pads not central in the caliper. Have you tried just driving it round the block to see if that centralises them?

The Arch Bishop

#56
I've tried giving them a good stamp on the pedal to try and square everything up, but it could be that I've got the rear pad wedged in at an angle. Light was fading when I was working on it.

Essex2Visuvesi

#57
What pads are you using?
Some pads may needs a little filing of the "paint" to get them to sit nice in the caliper

The Arch Bishop

#58
They're just basic Mintex pads. I put them in the carriers with the spring-clips still attached to the carrier (it was a very tight fit too). Now wondering whether fitting the spring clips to the pads before inserting the whole lot into the carriers is a better method!

The Arch Bishop

#59
I braved the wind and rain this evening (what a trooper eh?) and took it back off, battered it around a bit and put it all back on. It was still binding, so I did some precision percussion (battered the disc with a rubber mallet) and for reasons unknown, that sorted it. Wheel is nice and free even with the wheel nuts done up. That's that out of the way!

Tomorrow, I'll do the other side front and start tackling the rear brakes along with the dodgy handbrake side.

I have a imaginary clock in my head counting down to the retest....tick tock......

smarty72

#60
Quote from: "The Arch Bishop"I braved the wind and rain this evening (what a trooper eh?) and took it back off, battered it around a bit and put it all back on. It was still binding, so I did some precision percussion (battered the disc with a rubber mallet) and for reasons unknown, that sorted it. Wheel is nice and free even with the wheel nuts done up. That's that out of the way!

Tomorrow, I'll do the other side front and start tackling the rear brakes along with the dodgy handbrake side.

I have a imaginary clock in my head counting down to the retest....tick tock......

Ok, I'm now beginning to wonder whether Clarkson has joined under a pseudonym, as he likes to 'fix' things with a hammer
current: Astral Black FL

Ex: Forest Green 2003.

The Arch Bishop

#61
Good God no! I'm about as far away from Clarkson as you can get and I've never punched someone due to a lack of a steak meal.

I'll also stick my head above the parapet and say that I found The Grand Tour unwatchable. There, I said it. I'm off to build a flame-proof shelter....

smarty72

#62
I know some things can be 'fixed' with a hammer, it's just brakes discs aren't the first things that spring to mind!
current: Astral Black FL

Ex: Forest Green 2003.

1979scotte

#63
Quote from: "The Arch Bishop"Good God no! I'm about as far away from Clarkson as you can get and I've never punched someone due to a lack of a steak meal.

I'll also stick my head above the parapet and say that I found The Grand Tour unwatchable. There, I said it. I'm off to build a flame-proof shelter....

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The Arch Bishop

#64
Quote from: "smarty2072"I know some things can be 'fixed' with a hammer, it's just brakes discs aren't the first things that spring to mind!
Me neither!   s:D :D s:D   Did the trick though! It may be that the disc just wasn't seating properly and that knocked it straight. Whatever, just pleased it's sorted!

Over the years I've done most things on cars, but oddly not much in the way of brakes. Some would say that it's because I don't use them much.

The Arch Bishop

#65
On to the other side! The nearside front brake hadn't had any MOT fails against it, but as I changed the pads on one side and I had new sliders for it, it still needed taking off. As before, it all undid with very little swearing or injury, although it was again clear that this side wasn't in great shape either. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this one had a seized slider pin as well. Once again a lot of hammering to remove! I think I've used a hammer more on this car than all of my others combined...

Fast 'n Furious - Sussex drift-(ing off knackered bits);



Yes, I realise that pun is beyond tenuous!

With that removed and everything cleaned up, once again it was treated to new dust covers, sliders and pads. The old pads had just begun wearing like the other side so in a few months time it would have been binding in the same way.



This time around, everything went back on sweetly as well so that's the fronts all done.

To the rears - I had received a working rear caliper from Dick Sloan for an agreeable price. The downside was that it had been painted bright yellow. Now I like a bright caliper, but don't really like them on my cars, so to avoid this, I cleaned off the painted bits and slapped some Hammerite silver over the top. It's heat-proof so pretty much as good as expensive caliper paint, but also most importantly, I had some already. Two quick coats and it's ready to go!





Eventually, I'll get around to painting all of the calipers properly in the same colour, but this should be less noticeable than banana yellow.

Rain's started, so I'll have to see if I'll get to the rears this afternoon.

The Arch Bishop

#66
Grrr... it looks very much like it's the cable and not the caliper. Once I'd detached the cable, I could move the arm into position with my finger. Meanwhile, pulling on the cable provides no movement at all. Well, it had to be the difficult option didn't it!

K T M Rider

#67
Entertaining / informative thread, plus loads of great pics - loving it!

Years of motorcycle maintenance mean I'm fairly handy on the oily bits - less so on the rusty bits, so might just be blatantly copying you on the hydrate / zinc 182 / gravitex route.

Quote from: "The Arch Bishop"Grrr... it looks very much like it's the cable and not the caliper. Once I'd detached the cable, I could move the arm into position with my finger. Meanwhile, pulling on the cable provides no movement at all. Well, it had to be the difficult option didn't it!

Reminds me of when I replaced the vac pump (for the brake servo) on my Pug 405 diesel, then discovered it was the hose   s:roll: :roll: s:roll:  

Worth a try using one of these to lube the cable I reckon:

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The Arch Bishop

#68
Quote from: "KTM_RIDER"Entertaining / informative thread, plus loads of great pics - loving it!

Years of motorcycle maintenance mean I'm fairly handy on the oily bits - less so on the rusty bits, so might just be blatantly copying you on the hydrate / zinc 182 / gravitex route.

Quote from: "The Arch Bishop"Grrr... it looks very much like it's the cable and not the caliper. Once I'd detached the cable, I could move the arm into position with my finger. Meanwhile, pulling on the cable provides no movement at all. Well, it had to be the difficult option didn't it!

Reminds me of when I replaced the vac pump (for the brake servo) on my Pug 405 diesel, then discovered it was the hose   s:roll: :roll: s:roll:  

Worth a try using one of these to lube the cable I reckon:

 m http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HYDRAULIC-MOT ... S6wxJtyOyA m

Cor I remember those (used to do bikes as well when I was a younger lad)! I've ordered the cable now so I'm just going to go for it and hope for the best! I think I may just miss the retest, but at least the brakes will all be up to spec. I usually have a few false starts to getting cars on the road so this is fairly typical and not worth moping over.

Cheers for the kind words also!   s:D :D s:D

The Arch Bishop

#69
So in readiness of a day off and cable swap tomorrow, this evening I started preparing only to find that the cable wasn't stuck at all, it was the caliper after all. So the new cable that arrived today has been shelved for future use (the one on it has broken slightly which means the rubber boot doesn't cover it properly - it still needs replacement just not yet). This was a time-saving bonus! So off came the old caliper;



And on went the replacement - tested and working properly;



Sliders were greased up and new pads slotted in. It didn't need them as it turns out, but I had a set so changed anyway.

So, my list tomorrow stands at bleeding the brakes and replacing the pads on the other rear corner to match followed by setting the handbrake up properly. After that, I'll see what else I can fit in with the time I have. Possibly a new rear number plate and some general faffing. I'm good at faffing. Then book the retest.... Dum dum duuuuuummmmm!

Essex2Visuvesi

#70
Quote from: "The Arch Bishop"Then book the retest.... Dum dum duuuuuummmmm!


The Arch Bishop

#71
 s:lol: :lol: s:lol:  

Oh it better pass this time by God!!

The Arch Bishop

#72
Rain has definitely stopped play today! Still the morning stayed largely dry so I set to replacing the pads in the other rear caliper - relatively easy - and bleeding the new caliper - ended up a bit of a faff.

Initially, after realising that an Eezi-Bleed doesn't fit the MR2 (doh) and taking a trip off to the local motor factor for a one man bleed kit, it seemed to go smoothly. That was until it had some pressure behind it, at which point it leaked profusely out of the banjo. After a bit of a trawl of the internet, it seemed that it was missing a copper washer. There certainly wasn't one on the one I took off! So a trip back to the local motor factor yielded some copper washers. Popped those on and re-bled and it seems the leak is no more. Brake is still quite spongy though so I'm wondering if the bleed screw is letting in air during the bleed. Still a quick test showed that it seems to stop well enough and the new pads and working calipers are a massive improvement.

Then the rain started, so I reset the handbrake which seems to now be working properly on both wheels and put back the remaining trim bits - basically anything that I could do inside the car.

During my two trips to the parts place, I also picked up a replacement number plate as the old one looked terrible and it was an advisory on the MOT. Makes the backside of the car look much tidier.

Old one - GB on the left knocking the lettering to one side - the little bit of OCD in me didn't like this;



New one - ahhhh much better.... Nice and neat.



Looks like that's it for the day. I've got until Monday evening to get the retest sorted and I want to have another go at bleeding the rear brake. Still plenty to do!

K T M Rider

#73
Nice work getting rid of the EU style plate - Brexit means Brexit   s:wink: :wink: s:wink:  

(only just noticed mine's got 'em too   s:lol: :lol: s:lol:  )
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puma2

#74
what a great way to find a 2 on your drive  s:D :D s:D  
as for your puma loving that i understand and would still have my thunder if i did not need a 5 door car as well as the 2  s:( :( s:(    s:( :( s:(    s:( :( s:(    s:( :( s:(