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  • Registered Users Posts: 65,240 ✭✭✭✭unkel
    Chauffe, Marcel, chauffe!


    a 3 speed auto

    Is it the 2 speed semi auto (the original Hondamatic that you have to manually switch between D and L) or the 3 speed auto? If the latter, your car must have been one of the first!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭Thinkingaboutit


    Justjens wrote: »
    Hate to be the bearer of bad news but your symptoms sound horribly like a blown head gasket, hope I'm wrong, but worth getting it checked out.

    There's no air bubbles, so probably not, but anyhow it will be tested for everything tomorrow. For some reason I put a 4lb radiator cap on instead of a 7lb one. I'm not sure a motor factor's cap would be suitable. They sell an old style cap. The head gasket was replaced not that long ago.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 2,957 Mod ✭✭✭✭macplaxton


    An "old style" cap comes in a few variants, not only for pressure (4/7/10/13/15), but for depth of neck it is intended for.

    Therefore a short reach cap in a long neck doesn't do much.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭Thinkingaboutit


    It'll have to be long. I've ordered from NTG just to be sure.


  • Registered Users Posts: 585 ✭✭✭Justjens


    There's no air bubbles, so probably not, but anyhow it will be tested for everything tomorrow. For some reason I put a 4lb radiator cap on instead of a 7lb one. I'm not sure a motor factor's cap would be suitable. They sell an old style cap. The head gasket was replaced not that long ago.

    Radiator cap is probably your problem, radiator hot at top and cold at bottom while it vomits out water is a sure sign of head gasket problems, and you won't see any bubbles, only coolant on the ground.

    Been there, done that etc........

    You can test coolant for signs of exhaust gasses.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭Thinkingaboutit


    The garage is checking it out today.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,607 ✭✭✭toastedpickles


    Only found this thread now, its a young lad compare to some cars here but none the less, It's only had a few short trips outside the gates around around as its being rebuilt but heres mine

    mkafl4.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,074 ✭✭✭✭Duke O Smiley


    Looks well tp. That car has come a long way since you bought it, fair play.

    Anyway, my newest purchase -

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,358 ✭✭✭kev1.3s


    I like that. Really cool looking cruser.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,607 ✭✭✭toastedpickles


    Looks well tp. That car has come a long way since you bought it, fair play.

    Cheers boss, That's the day after i got it, trying to sort out suspension woes now


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭Thinkingaboutit


    Justjens wrote: »
    Radiator cap is probably your problem, radiator hot at top and cold at bottom while it vomits out water is a sure sign of head gasket problems, and you won't see any bubbles, only coolant on the ground.

    Been there, done that etc........

    You can test coolant for signs of exhaust gasses.

    It appears to be the head gasket. The radiator needed cleaning out, in fact the grime in it was patching holes. It'll be repaired. I ordered gaskets, they are cheap enough to make the overall effort and expense bearable.

    Nice Vauxhall and Saab.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,953 ✭✭✭aujopimur


    The latest addition to my collection.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,953 ✭✭✭aujopimur


    LIGHTNING wrote: »
    That I like! Must be rare over here

    I recon about 60, half of which are on the road, I have 4, all running.


  • Registered Users Posts: 576 ✭✭✭dooroy


    It appears to be the head gasket. The radiator needed cleaning out, in fact the grime in it was patching holes. It'll be repaired. I ordered gaskets, they are cheap enough to make the overall effort and expense bearable.

    I drove a Morris Oxford as my first car for a few years . Same engine etc as the Wolseley and they were a 'tough' engine . I gave mine a 'roasting' one Winter's night when a hose split . Hose replaced , filled up with water and away it went for many more trouble free miles . If that happened to a modern car it would be an expensive repair .

    I do remember that the radiators seemed to have very fine pipes/tubes in them that were easily blocked - especially if any kind of sealer were used to stop a leak . To clean them out properly it was recommended that they be 'rodded' by a radiator specialist . Top and bottom sections removed and pipes cleaned properly .
    So ensure that the rad is properly cleaned - or you could still have problems.
    The cooling fan was also tiny which didn't help .
    Immaculate car :)- would have liked one of them 'back in the day ' but they were much dearer to buy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,074 ✭✭✭✭Duke O Smiley


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭Thinkingaboutit


    That's a nice car Duke O Smiley.

    Dooroy

    A radiator specialist is going to work on the radiator. Likely a new core is needed. When it was cleaned out, it was like a sieve. The garage will fit a new head gasket too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 576 ✭✭✭dooroy


    Likely a new core is needed. When it was cleaned out, it was like a sieve.

    New core would be the way to go. I never had a head gasket fail on one of these engines - but the radiators were known to block up easily .
    Of course back 'in the day' antifreeze was not often used and there was much more internal corrosion resulting in blocked rads .
    And it also happened that when some did decide to use antifreeze they discovered they had a lot of leaks:mad: - antifreeze apparently had a 'seeking' effect :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭tc20


    Went through the test at the 2nd time of asking.
    Failed first time around for corroded brake lines and a hole in the sill which needed repair.
    Stains on the ground in the 2nd pic aren't mine.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,615 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    passed nct first time last weekend

    That your daily?


  • Registered Users Posts: 314 ✭✭Darraghmh91.


    Not sure if you would class it as a classic but anyway here it is

    1991 mk1 ep82 toyota starlet gt turbo fully standard