May 5th, 2018
Cleaning the car for the big day tomorrow.
May 6th, 2018
Stoneleigh. Arranged for breakfast at McDonalds and was happy to see I was not alone. @richyb and @dombanks had both just arrived so we got ourselves some unhealthy food and coffee and just as we finished up, @lewis arrived in his 'regular' car as he had broken his car the night before. Doh! As we set off, about 5 minutes into the journey I noticed that the car would try to stall again whenever I needed to get into 2nd or 1st gear at a roundabout or traffic light. Thinking that maybe my fuel gauge is lying to me I changed route desperately for a petrol station. The first one we came across was in Southam, so filled up but this made no difference. We did manage to make it to the show and once parked up I started to look at what could be the problem. Start the car, blib the throttle and when the revs drop again, blipping it again would make it stall. Think @Northampton Motorsport need to have a look at it, as it's nothing like I've ever read about on the forums.
Picked up a new 2" fuel filler hose and the electronic fan switch from CBS I ordered earlier this week.
May 7th, 2018
Came back from shopping with the family and walked into the garage to be greeted by a puddle underneath the car. Because I had not parked it in the usual place (on the carpet) it was now quite apparent that there is something leaking from the tank. A quick look revealed a 4cm gash in the bottom of the tank from which the petrol escapes. Absolutely no idea how that came about, but now I know, I need to empty it quickly. Not helpful that I brimmed the tank yesterday on the way to Stoneleigh . One of my sons friends popped round and we filled his tank up with my petrol.
May 8th, 2018
Working from home today so I can remove the fuel tank from the car in the afternoon. There was still a surprising amount of fuel left in the tank, which the fuel pump did not manage to pump out. Once removed and emptied, I hosed it down with copious amounts of water and then left it to dry.
May 10th, 2018
Fuel tank dropped off at Precision Welding and it's now fixed again. After work put it back into the car and fitted the new fuel filler hose. Just need to wait till a new fuel pump seal arrives before I can fill it up again. Also temporarily fitted the electronic fan controller so I can reach it from the drivers position and set it up 'on the go'. When it is working satisfactory I can hide it from view as it's not the prettiest of boxes
May 15th, 2018
The seal finally arrived, but unfortunately it doesn't fit. Another £7 wasted . Re-used the cork gasket and struggled a bit to get the arm back on. I feel another winter project coming on... Went for a short shakedown and am surprised that the stalling issue seems to have gone. How?
May 19th, 2018
Trying to avoid the Royal Wedding by following @GaryD1971's example and cutting a little bit away on the steering column bracket that prevents the clutch pedal from providing enough travel. Hopefully this takes care of the crunching in 1st/2nd gear. After a short drive I can report it is better, but not yet resolved. Looks like there is more travel required, which from studying the pedal box can be created, but is a little more involving.
May 23rd, 2018
Took the car to work for National Drive your Westfield to Work Day, and on the way back stopped for petrol. Then the engine stalling issue appeared again, all the way home. Parked up and took a video showing the revs dropping to the point of stalling when blipping the throttle
May 26th, 2018
Had a look at the car again in Easymap 4, but the stalling behaviour was gone again. Had the engine well into running temperatures, but could not get it to misbehave. My theory at the moment is that twice it happened when I had briefly driven it (to Sixfields from home & to petrol station from work), then parked up/filled up with fuel, and then continued driving it. Next time I need to fill up we'll see how that theory holds up.
Last month: £ 7931.96This month: £ 70.99
----------+Total: £ 8002.95