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Had 'CBERT', my new Grandstyle washed, waxed and detailed.  Looked brand new yesterday (had to go to a funeral).

Apparently the birds see it now as excellent target practice.... maybe there's extra points for hitting a green car vs red.

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Over the past week, I was able to use Evilution's eeprom method to retrieve the Grundig radio code! So excited that it actually worked. Got the wifi connection to work with my new SDConnect C4 multiplexer.

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Clever method that Stickman. Well done!

 

I have pulled all six deep race ball bearings from my 450's transmission. Left end bearing on input shaft was bad making an unbearable noise. Also noise from right end bearing on input shaft and both differential bearings. Decided to replace all. Only £26.26 for six new NTN bearings. 

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Photo shot last night. All bearings came off with no sweat. 

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I pulled the SAM down and put some MolySlip Combat on the connectors that control the headlights and fuel pump.  Despite its external relay, the fuel pump circuit has acted up twice in the past 12 months.  The first time it was in Portland during a deluge on the way back from Indio CA and a boot to the SAM got her going.  Two days ago the car turned over an additional half second than usual.  If it does again, power for the external relay will be drawn straight from the battery as it is for my 2 headlight relays.

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Checked tire pressure way too late - LOW! and I have a 2 day warning on service - the car has only been driven 6800 km this past year!

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Pulled the 450 cdi out of summer storage, and got her ready for the wet season (mostly ride the 2 wheeled type moto's all summer), which involved some good input from Mike T and the rest in figuring out why my right low beam was dead!

With just an 8 mile each way commute to work in the winter, it only gets about 3000 miles a year of use.

 

gathering some loose ends to do the "relays upgrade" for low beams and fuel pump, and get 'er back on the road soon.  Leaves me a few more days to ride, with the sun deciding to come back for one more show this week in Portland.

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Finally brought "Bruised" out of it's nice, warm, comfy resting place and headed out to Uncle Glenn's shop for an oil change.  As soon as I hit an 80kph zone, the ABS light and traction control lights came on.  OH DARN .. This is gonna hurt. 

 

After a quick inspection on the hoist, it was determined that a cracked reluctor ring was the cause.  Repairs were done and the oil change performed in just over an hour!  Excellent service as usual from Uncle Glenn.  I shudder to think of the cost and time lost if I had taken it to an MB dealership.

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Snowball is showing a -5 on the dash but I am not worried because the oil and filter were changed in July partway through the one year minimum interval.  It's just that the past year was a slow one from the point of view of km accumulation.  I will change it later today, probably.

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Put the Canada1 in winter storage at Legendary Motorcars in Milton.  First class facility.

Not cheap, but they monitor everything, including battery and tire pressures.

Temp and humidity controlled.  Car cover.  CTec battery tender.  In/out privileges.  Good potential for spring sale??

Looks kinda’ funny to see a Smart car sleeping between a ‘72 Ferrari Daytona and ‘37 Packard Twelve.

Put a battery tender on my ‘05 Passion.  Sitting in my garage for a couple of months.

Started it a few week ago, but battery has since gone dead.

Genius 3500 battery tender brought it back to full charge over last 24 hours.

Will be swapping to snow tires next week, as weather forecast has temps turning much lower.

Washed and vacuumed the Grandstyle.  Had the oil changed last week.

All this is starting to sound like a honey-do list, but I created it myself.

When the tires are swapped, it’ll be a honey-done list.

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I decided not to do anything to Snowball today other than a wash, because the oil and filter only have 3000 km on them.  I will wait a couple of months to do it in all likelihood.

 

On the other hand, I worked on the 404 Coupé front bumper a bit today - cleaning inside the stainless steel - the outside was de-dented and professionally polished - and painting the mild steel mounts that are welded to the inside with Zinga, so now it's ready to mount.   Pininfarina never makes things simple!  That car's only insured for $55K right now, but I should go up to the $89K that Hagerty says she's worth soon, maybe early in 2018, as she starts to come together.

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I've discovered that the 453 floor mats are not as robust as the 450's were.

In the ten and a half years we owned our cdi we went through one set of floormats

and the second set (which I purchased from Mike T.) were still in fine shape when

it was sold. So, I decided to purchase a set of Cocomats which should stand up

to the abuse of my son's steel toed work shoes!!!

I'll attach a photo when they're installed...;)

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Swapped out the old all-season tires on the Grandstyle for 1 year old winters.

Amazing difference in the ‘feel’ of the rolling resistance.... almost like there is none.

Now watch the average daily temperatures start to soar up near 20C.

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1 minute ago, smartnhappy said:

Swapped out the old all-season tires on the Grandstyle for 1 year old winters.

Amazing difference in the ‘feel’ of the rolling resistance.... almost like there is none.

Now watch the average daily temperatures start to soar up near 20C.

 

If they do I’ll know who to thank.

 

Nigel

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It had to happen sooner or later.  I finally had to replace the turbo on my 05 Pulse smart.  ( 193,600km )

 

As always, the ever-competent Uncle Glenn performed the sanity-tasking job with relative ease. 

 

The job was not without issues.  The turbo was original and was encrusted with rust from our salt-laden roads.  This meant that all the tiny nuts and bolts were nasty bits of work to remove.  Some of the bolts holding the turbo in place were slightly recessed and offered no easy solution should they become striped.  Never the less, Glenn persevered and the whole thing was done in one day. 

 

Colour me a happy camper!

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Winter is hitting us now, so the smart stays in the garage.

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13 hours ago, Leadwing said:

It had to happen sooner or later.  I finally had to replace the turbo on my 05 Pulse smart.  ( 193,600km )

 

As always, the ever-competent Uncle Glenn performed the sanity-tasking job with relative ease. 

 

The job was not without issues.  The turbo was original and was encrusted with rust from our salt-laden roads.  This meant that all the tiny nuts and bolts were nasty bits of work to remove.  Some of the bolts holding the turbo in place were slightly recessed and offered no easy solution should they become striped.  Never the less, Glenn persevered and the whole thing was done in one day. 

 

Colour me a happy camper!

 

How much did he charge you for this work?

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Must have been free ;)

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Drove to Nanaimo and back in the sun and cold weather.  For our trouble, we received a nice rock chip on the upper right windshield, and now I will have to get it filled sometime.

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I swapped our winter tires on, and for the first time in 30 years of driving experienced less road noise on dry pavement with winters than with summers.  Perhaps I should stop cheaping-out on summer rubber...  :lol:

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18 hours ago, dguy said:

I swapped our winter tires on, and for the first time in 30 years of driving experienced less road noise on dry pavement with winters than with summers.  Perhaps I should stop cheaping-out on summer rubber...  :lol:

 

Ya', I switched to my winters 2 weeks ago and it was painful. The ride is rough and loud. I already miss the summers, although the winters have already been put to use this year.

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181k km on the 451, Toyo snows went on today.  Took part in some Black Friday shopping.  A 55" TV can be transported in a 451 but I would not recommend doing it in the rain or cold. 

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Put a two day permit on the canada1 coupe for today and Saturday and went driving all over Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Will do an oil change before putting it back into the underground garage for the winter months. Really enjoyed my time in it today. 107,000 ish kms. Will head to Vancouver Saturday.

 

On another note, I have two people in Ontario who have expressed interest in the car. I am not sure where this will lead for sure.

 

Coupe is far left in picture. I previously owned the car on the far right as well.

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Drove the smart to Victoria despite the gimpy alternator, Sandy ordered me some bike upgrade parts for Xmas, then drove home, washed the car and changed the oil and air filter.  IC is still leaking oil of course and the alternator is iffy at best.  I have decided that the dealer will get this job when the time comes - I just don't have the patience for repairing my daily drivers anymore.  Plus I have a major project underway already (404C).  118,8xx km.

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Last weekend I changed the oil, oil filter and air filter.

 

Then today I drive another 100 km.  The alternator is definitely not leaving the battery happy. 

 

I wish this car was easy to work on.  I can change a Peugeot 404 alternator in 5 minutes, and even in my Mercedes B200 it would not take more than 15 minutes.  Anyway a little exercise in the sunny weather is good for the little beastie.

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