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What Did You Do To Your Smart Today?

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Here's where we are at the moment....

 

 

I wasn't happy at first with rattle can paint job, but after all said and done....turned out not too bad.  Considering no real attempt at dust control or correct prep work was maintained.  It even has a decent shine to it.  Surprising...No runs, sags or imperfections to speak of.  I'm so tempted to sand it down a bit and blast another coat of clear on it.....but......augh!   Murphy's law states I'll mess it up for sure!
Now wait a few days then install new windshield and firmly install rubber around it....no leaking allowed!

Then it'll be re-wiring ready for new fuse panel and stereo, speakers and all relay mods done.

 

It would be so easy to add in a 2" lift into it while in this state.....add spacer for front steering assembly  and suspension etc then simply add spacers to sub-frame and leave suspension alone at the rear....simple.   Hmmmmm....? What to do......???

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1 hour ago, kyo19 said:

Bought the Uproad app  https://www.uproad.com/toll-point/robert-f-kennedy-tribough-bridge-toll-info-rates-cost-prices-and-how-to-pay for my spring trip, there will be quite a lot of toll roads and I don't want to think about it much.

Summer trip planning....love it..!

Are you taking the Smart Car or  something else?  The fuel savings alone should pay for more than all the tolls combined compared to a larger vehicle.  

As for trip planning I use Garmin Earth or at least that is what I used on my 2012 trip across Canada and up the Dawson City. 

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Started her up and let her idle for an hour, have to keep her running until the engine's back in the Peugeot 404C, at which point the smart goes to the rear of the garage and stays there for the foreseeable future.

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7 hours ago, MikeT said:

Started her up and let her idle for an hour, have to keep her running until the engine's back in the Peugeot 404C, at which point the smart goes to the rear of the garage and stays there for the foreseeable future.

you should sell it to me :)

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Ehh no, it's next to worthless now but might be a good future wedding gift (once fixed) for one of our three kids - already gave a car to one of them as a wedding gift), or worth more in 10 years' time.

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Well today I took the beater into town to pick up a curbside purchase for the new Cleaver End top hinge bushings. Time to rebuild them with better than new parts.

Well the reason for this post is, I now have a slightly over boost issue and no real forward motion acceleration being experienced. It can still do highway speeds but takes a much longer time to get there and won't hold it if any slight incline or oncoming wind is present. My normal boost is maxed out around 14.3 psi and now it gets up to 18 or so psi and no real push forward. Also my fuel economy has doubled because of it. Best i was getting was 5.7 KMs per hundred driven where normally I can hover around the 3.5 or less  numbers.

So my initial thought is a stuck waste gate lever or maybe the foot peddle accelerator is fried?  I'm in no shape after yesterday's work re-installing new doors and front clip onto the good car. So repairing the beater for daily driving isn't my top priority today. It may be a rest in bed day but thinking about what this new issue could be...day...lol.

So folks.....what's your best guess on why...?   I'm all ears and am looking for an answer.

 

Thanks.

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I wonder if the map sensor has gone for a crap.  If the boost is too high the engine management will go to limp and we know boost can’t be that high because you have reduced power.  What boost or map readings are you getting at idle?  When we spoke on the phone you mentioned spraying water under the engine compartment yesterday, maybe the sensor or wiring has gotten wet.

 

Just throwing out ideas

 

Nigel

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Normal readings at idle and it idles perfectly.....The only water I sprayed was basically into the vents on top of the back bumper, which is why I was thinking stuck waste gate...?  Mainly from possible surface rusting if at all possible on shaft of waste gate from the small amount of water sent into that direction...?  As I said, no real interest in working on it today....I'm off back to the horizontal life after lunch I think...lol.

But keep the ideas flowing as one just might be the solution when the time comes...?

Thanks.

 

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Well, job done, at least I think it is. Went for a 1000 yard dash just to see boost and all is back to normal...fingers crossed.  I took back bumper off and took a 9/16" open end wrench and worked the waste gate arm. Didn't seem stuck but was easier after a few twists.  Hmmm...?  I didn't have anywhere to go today, maybe tomorrow and I'll see for sure if it's better or not.  But the boost came right up with even the short distance I did go.  Also didn't go over the usual numbers, not like the 18 plus it was running up to.

 

Also forgot to mention Nigel and myself humped the doors back in place and also the front clip the other day. So now I have a navy blue with silver cage....not bad.....????

I did notice also that the wiring was already in place it seems by the number of possible pins in the main wiring harness to simply swap out doors that already have electric mirrors etc in them over swapping out just the guts into your original doors. Far easier to swap the entire door.  I'm sure I'll probably need to tell the SAM it now has electric mirrors.....I'll just add that to the list of STAR checks and balances I may need to do once it's all together.

Next will be the new windshield with stuck on windshield rubber, not just stuffed around the glass.  We were looking at it and if the glass is correctly glued down in the first place there is no way it should leak. The rubber is strictly for cosmetics.  I'm so tempted to add a smear of the black stuff before the dash goes in just for good measure...lol. 

 

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Installed the new modified fuel cooler today and wired it up and tested it, Now I waiting on an  AC line modification and then the front end can go back on. One week at a time.  

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About three weeks ago, I had an "A" service done on the Cab.  As always, the service was done with quality and care, in a timely fashion and yet another satisfied customer leaves the Uncle Glenn shop. :)

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My purpose in life appears to help subsidize Glenn’s post retirement, retirement fund.

Had a full ‘B’ service on the GrandStyle about 3 weeks ago.

Had a full ‘B’ service on the ‘05 a couple of weeks ago, as it was coming out of 18+ month in storage.

Kept the car on a battery tender, started it and drove 50’ish km every 6 months or so.  No trouble.

I’m in the final stages of selling the GrandStyle to a true Smart car lover.

All that’s left is to convince him of the vehicle’s worth.  We’re only a few million $’s apart.😛

I’ll keep everyone posted.

Also…. tune to the Southern Ontario Smart Car forum for some happy news !!

 

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GrandStyle cabriolet # 61 now resides in the caring and loving hands of Glenn.
It will reside in Lambeth, ON and ride herd over all his other vehicles.

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Thanks Bill!  I've maintained #61 since new and am VERY fortunate to be the hew owner!!!!

She was cleaned and hand polished yesterday!

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OK, finally some forward motion on the car in the shop......Nigel came over a week or so ago and we installed the freshly repaired and painted cleaver-end onto the shell.  Thanks buddy. Yesterday I totally rebuilt and repaired the rear tail light housings and painted then. Today's job will be to find the wiring to get the lights wired up to the new restored Cleaver-End . Also to seal it to the shell so there will be zero leaks in the future. Maybe do a final clearance check on the rear hatch hinges before final tightening and locking in position. Then assemble the rear hatch locking mechanism. Install new lift cylinders, shocks to keep hatch open. I also need to spray foam the inner cavities to sound deaden it as it's slightly hollow sounding when you tap on it....? Thinking of all possible issues now before it's finally assembled and I have moved to other areas of the car. It also has a hidden cubby hole and a shelf to install. This should keep me busy for the weekend along with normal yard work......grass is growing like crazy after all the rain!

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