slimjims viva HC 1800auto

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slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby slimjim » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:23 am

as bought

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The previous owner said that the owner he bought it off stripped the engine out because water had leaked into the engine, and they thought it was the head gasket, but water had leaked from somewhere else, as the gasket was fine, any ideas where that would be from?
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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby slimjim » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:00 pm

Are the different types of headlight inter changeable?

mine are rusty, so I guess they are the cibie type!
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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby Paul Dawson » Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:33 pm

Is that the one that was for sale in Ormskirk?

Re. the water getting into the cylinders - my father-in-laws did that and it turned out to be corrosion in the head due to the fact that he never changed the antifreeze. It might be worth getting the head checked for flatness and pressure checked.
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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby slimjim » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:12 pm

yes it was from ormskirk,

head looks ok, but of course I can't see inside

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the inlet manifold seems mighty corroded, could this be the problem?

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there is a replacement that looks in much better condition, its fitted with what looks like a smaller webber

origonal bolted to the corroded manifold,

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and the replacement manifold and webber,

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is it a good idea to get hardened valve seats fitted, seeing as its already apart?
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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby hbpeter » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:57 pm

Looking at the manifold I would suspect thats where the water is getting in. Be a hairline crack somewhere. IF the engines in bits and the cost isnt too silly might as well fit hardend seats, but really depends on what you are going to use the car for. For weekends and fun, probably not worth it, if your up and down motorways all day, worth it. If the orginal carb is ok, use that, or get rebuild kits for them. The car dosent look too bad.

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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby slimjim » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:55 pm

HBPeter wrote:Looking at the manifold I would suspect thats where the water is getting in. Be a hairline crack somewhere. IF the engines in bits and the cost isnt too silly might as well fit hardend seats, but really depends on what you are going to use the car for. For weekends and fun, probably not worth it, if your up and down motorways all day, worth it. If the orginal carb is ok, use that, or get rebuild kits for them. The car dosent look too bad.

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well I have decided just to build the engine up, if it turns out to be ropey, then it will be getting changed for a more modern engine, if the valve seats recess, then I can get the hardened valve seats fitted later,



ordered 4 axle stands, so thats a start

As soon as my membership is processed, I will start looking for parts!
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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby slimjim » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:19 pm

managed to strip off all the running gear

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and de rusted, painted, stone chipped, wayoyled the underside

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painted the axle and replaced the pipes with kunifer

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re bushed and painted the front crossmember, new shocks

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removed and re painted behined the tank, tank was like new inside, all pipes replaced with new

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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby hbpeter » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:28 pm

Looking very smart. Be quite a rare car, not many 1800 Auto's, in fact come to think of it, not many autos of any model left.

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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby slimjim » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:02 pm

HBPeter wrote:Looking very smart. Be quite a rare car, not many 1800 Auto's, in fact come to think of it, not many autos of any model left.

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sadly it is going to end up a manual, I will be fitting an 2.0 8v cavalier seh engine, though I still have all the auto bits!
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Re: slimjims viva HC 1800auto

Postby Paul Dawson » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:11 pm

That is looking excellent.
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