• New week, Another new van

    Full steam ahead ladies and gents.

    The bad luck with the transport has finally been resolved in the shape of an Astra Van.

    So far so good, and It's good on fuel.

    This week as been quite, An MGF Head gasket is the only one of the week.

    Nex week it's much the same. A couple of jobs booked in.

    A head gasket on an MGF in the Reading area, and then a Cambelt and water pump on a MG ZR.

    I have had a few emails and calls, so I am sure the week will start to book up over the next day or two.

    It's very quite all around at the moment, a few friends at garages have said it's slowed down, and with the run to christmas, priorities change for people, and rightly so.

    Not much really to report.

    I have done local trips this week around Kent, and essex. But all in all. Nothing much to say.

    Weather temp dropping, rain is kind of holding off, well at least where I have been. It's good.

    Reading and hertforshire next week. with a possible trip to Hull, Manchester and Essex on the cards.

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  • Stranger week haha, but all good

    This week has been a little weirder than the last update.

    I had some trouble with my car, which I was using whilst I waited to get a van.

    After all of the drama of that, I started this week with the intention of it being a good one, new van at the end of the week and then plan to sort that out for sign writing and shelving in the back.

    onday I was in Bristol.

    This was for an MGF which had a head gasket failure on the way back from buying it.

    It had put all it's coolant in the oil, and was a nice creamy mess.

    I got to work in a nice workshop for this, and although the sun was out to play, it was nice to be replacing a head gasket in the warm.

    Tuesday I was in Litchfield. West midlands.

    this was for a MGTF, head gasket, water pump and cam belt

    It was overheating after very short runs, and pressurizing.

    I had a look in the expansion ank and see evidence of kseal.The customer had only had the car a couple of weeks, and hadn't got to enjoy it at all.

    I took the cylinder head off to find a few of the water ways on the head were blocked, by some kind of rad weld.

    I found this in all different parts of the cooling system, so I stripped it all down to make sure I got it all out.

    then with a change of pump, belt and new multi layer gasket, fueld by coffee and bacon & egg sandwich, I was able to have the MG back running as it should.

    Wednesday is where the week turned.

    I was on my way to Eseex for a head gasket repalcement on a rover 45.

    On the A2 there was a queue of traffic waiting to get on the M25, so I decided to keep going and get off at the next junction, and head the back roads towards the dartford crossing.

    As this thought was running through my head, a VW Passat pulled out of the parked traffic infront of me at 40 mph in the rain, and wrote my car off.

    Thankfully, no injuries, nothing other than a bit of a pain having to cancel my job, and havin no transport at all.

    I had a van lined up, and I rang the parts company who I was buying it off to see if I could come and collect it that day, they said no problem, and even sent one of their drivers to come and get me. excellent. Not a bad day after all.

    Thursday I wen to the job in Essex that I was suppose to go to. As I had Thursday booked off.

    this was booked in for a head gasket, but it was only a inlet manifold problem.

    Nice old guy who was ready to spend £300 on something his local garage was happy to take £800 off for a £60 job.

    Friday, I was in Salisbury. This was for a MGTF, head gasket, water pump and belt.

    This was another one which had creamy oil. The job went well, with no problems and it was a very clean car.

    The drive home though, this is where the stranger week part comes in.

    The new van over heaed on the drive home. Not being too worried, as I had a van full of tools and coolant, I pulled over at a service station to have a look.

    It seemed to be an airlock, tem guage up and down, rev dependent. so I topped up and went to bleed the system. Broken bleed screw. Perfect!

    I deceided to drive home and hope that will do the job. Heaters on hot, all seemed well.

    As I got closer to home, I put the heaters on cold, to see if all was well.. and almost right away the temp guage was on the rise.

    Got it back, had a look about, did a chemical test and would you believe it, Head gasket failure haha.

    I also found that the rear engine mount was clearly there just for show, as it wasnt holding the engine in place.

    I now am in a odd situation.

    The parts comapny said they will refund the cash, no question. or if I repair it come up with some deal.

    but, I have a job tomorrow in Guilford, which I think I can make the van work for me, to get to and from that head gasket job.

    But tuesday, I am in Summerset, and this is a big big job, with a big drive to match.

    So, I will be mostly thinking of that today.

    Other than that, the week is so far quite, I have jobs for next week booke, and even december I am booking. but this following week is so far just monday and tuesday. Although I am sure it will change,

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  • Odd Week, but still at it.

    This week has come and gone, and with a hicup or two.

    I started the week with a job in Essex, this was a Rover 75 turbo. Which was in need of a new head gasket and a service.

    It had been previously done a few years back, but as I see a lot with multi layer gaskets, it had only water, and no coolant in the system.

    It had rusted the multi laer gasket, and it was a bit of a mess.

    head and block were fine, and the car ran like a dream. no more pressurizing of the system.

    I then had a job in St Albans, This was for an MGTF. head gasket only.

    It went to plan and I come across no problems at all.

    Apart from the drive home. I got a blow out on car.

    I had a spare, but this was not in great shape. infact, below the legal limit.

    I put it on anyway, not one to hang around at the side of the M25, and in fairness, it was probably the quickest ever wheel change in the history of the M25 with my Jack, gun, and my willingness to not get too wet.

    Today I Was due to be in Wales, but again, thing just havent gone my way this week. and a CV joint decided that the day had come to give up.

    So, on the back burner that idea goes.

    Next week however, I will be getting a new van. A Renault Kangoo. So hopefully the drama of the past couple of weeks can be history, and the new work horse and do me proud.

    I have a few places booked for next week also, London, Essex again, and a local one in Kent.

    They are all in for head gaskets, one is a starter motor too. MGF, MGTF and a MG ZR.

    Still managed to only get one day in the rain, been so lucky. but I know it will really come down soon. Mornings are very cold now, and dark.. Yuk

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  • halfway through

    So tomorrow I am in southampton. MGTF which is in need of a head gasket repair and a water pump.

    Bit of change of plans this week, Not out of choice really.

    I was driving along in my car and with no prior warning, a loud bang, loss of brakes and a line of traffic infront.

    I had to think fast, handbrake, 1st gear and the big curb next to me, to avoid any serious accident.

    Thankfully, I hit no cars, and im all well.

    It turns out that my brake disc had snapped in half. the disc looked ok, not worn, no evidence of overheating, it just broke.

    A little damage to the car, track rod end bent, wheel damaged, obviously the disc. lost a brake pad.

    but, all sorted now.

    I went to eastbourne on Tuesday, to look at an MGF which had been confirmed as a head gasket failure by the AA.

    It was actualy a split hose, and the oil was not creamy and the aa man was so convinced it was the head gasket, he didn't need to double check or look.

    I didn't have the pipe, and the customer was happy to buy his own and fit himself, after i showed him how it fitted and the bleeding procedure.

    I then went over to Chichester, to fit a cylinder liner and new gasket to an MGF VVC.

    this was a pretty straight forward job, although a little more involved than the norm

    It went to plan, although it did seem to take a very long time, no real reason either, I didn't struggle or come across any issues, just one of them days, and a very late finish.

    Tomorrow as already said, southampton, and then I am in hawkhurst, little town in Kent, not to far away from me on Friday.

    Saturday I have nothing booked in, again, not out of choice, it just seems to be how it is, people booking around it.

    Next week is booking up already, which is always nice.

    Weather taken a turn for the worse! yuk, thats all I have to say on that.

    Update in a few days, will update how these next few jobs go, and if Saturday does book up.

    No Rover brand or MG ZR ZS Z this week.

    James

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  • Busy week again. Full steam ahead

    The week Started with a trip to Essex, for a Service on an MGF.

    Straight forward with nothing to report here.

    Tuesday I made the trip to Norwich, for an MGTF which was in need of a head gasket. While I was there I changed the water pump and the belt.

    It had creamy oil, which is a common sign of gasket failure with a loss of coolant to go with it.

    Wednesday I was in Kingston, Surrey.

    This was for a Rover 25, in for just a head gasket.

    The job went perfect, everything was where it should have been, expected to be and it was a nice car to work on. I had the job done in no time at all. And was home early afternoon. Very nice mid week job.

    Thursday I was in Essex, near Chelmsford. This was for an MGTF, which was in need of a head gasket.

    The customer bought the car from Norwich way, and the gentleman he got if off had told him he had replaced the head gasket for a multi layer one himself, not that long ago.

    He didn't even get the car home before it started to over heat and cause him issues.

    I got to the car, after another garage had done some checks and confirmed he had exhaust gasses in the cooling system.

    As I stripped it down, I was found 4 head bolts not tight. a sure thing to cause problems.

    A quick check of everything, a clean up and a new multi layer gasket, and it was good as new.

    Friday was a frustrating day. I was due to be in Chichester, but didn't make it. I was on route, but had car issues myself. flat tyre and no spare. Also a flat battery on phone with no charger.

    Eventually I got assistance, in the form of a friend, but a long and wasted day.

    The weekend I was away, I have a few voicmails I need to respond to, to book some cars in for head gasket work.

    This following week I am all over the country, and in another one. Wales.

    Tomorrow Eastbourne, for a head gasket, belt and water pump. Then I am in Wales, Devon, ad east yorkshire. All for MGF or MGTF head gaskets.

    A busy week, and I will be needing my weekend off.

    Weather has been good, one day in Norwich the full water proofs had to make an apperance. but other than that, it's been good.

    Hope all are keeping well.

    James

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