Richard Clements 1990 Mk1 827 Vitesse

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Re: Richard Clements 1990 Mk1 827 Vitesse

Post by Richard Clements » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:49 pm

As today's weather was quite nice, I decided to take a closer look at the pipe which run along the front of the car, I started by taking the slam panel off along with the bonnet catch and the headlights with the intention of taking out the rads. I came across a rather rusty screw as you would expect and whilst I was thinking of how I was going to budge it I noticed that there was more light in the part i was interested in.
I ended up removing the air box and battery and tray (which was still solid!! a bit of KU rust and paint and it will be good as new)
I was then able to see the gearbox properly and all the various piping, I could see the pipes from the gearbox to the side of the rad (OIl cooler pipes) were indeed grotty but were still solid and more importantly dry as a bone, the coolant pipe was the same all will need to be treated but are solid and not leaking. I could however see where the leak was coming from and it's no wonder why the solenoids were not working properly, they were covered in oil!!

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The coolant pipe that runs along the crossmember as you can see it's rusty but not leaking, but will be required to be replaced sooner rather than later.

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Various cruddy pipes, but savable.
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The area under the battery tray wasn't too bad a bit of rust treatment and some paint and that will be ok for years to come
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So where is the oil coming from?? it looks to me to be were the box and the engine meet.
1989 827 Si Fastback, Manual, Pulsar Silver Metalic

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Re: Richard Clements 1990 Mk1 827 Vitesse

Post by Richard Clements » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:45 pm

I have been told it's possibly the torque converter having sprung a leak, which having looked at the workshop manual diagram it's possibly the oil seal.

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Re: Richard Clements 1990 Mk1 827 Vitesse

Post by achandler » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:26 pm

Great to read about your new aquisition, especially since I have recently purchased a 1991 827 Vitesse out here in NZ.
I have found it fascinating to compare the two cars, mine has the half-leather Recarro type seats, no puddle lamps and the earlier type trip computer, though it has the "backward" style 5 spoke alloy wheels, the later 4 instrument panel, and the S4 switch on the autogearlever shift surround rather than on the gearlever itself.
Fortunately, living in New Zealand, rust is not a major problem, as the climate in the Nelson area is very kind to cars, but I do have a little around the inside of the sunroof, but that is the only bit I have found so far. Regarding oil leaks I too have a slight leak from somewhere up behind the engine, not bad enough to cause puddles yet, but when I gave it an oil change I found that there was quite a lot around the bottom of the engine, and quite a "fumey" smell when the car is hot, as if oil may be getting onto the exhaust pipe somewhere. I will let you know if I find out where it is coming from, and hopefully you will put it on the forum as well, if you find yours before I find mine, so to speak.
Our biggest problem out here is that the climate is not kind to rubber or some metal colour schemes. The ultra-violet spectrum in the sunshine dries rubber so that it becomes fragile and non-flexible after a few years, and any metallic dark colour paint under a coat of laquer, burns white, and the only cure is to strip it all off and re-paint. It is not a problem on cars built for the NZ market as they must have used a specially formulated paint to counteract this problem, but any car imported from the Northern Hemisphere will suffer badly after a few seasons of NZ sun. Fortunately my Vitesse is coloured solid white so I dont have a problem, in fact it polishes up well. When I looked up the colour code I was amused to see that its official name was just "White".
Will look forward to hearing more about your fleet.
regards

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