I added a pre facelift strap to my rear armrest. I had previously had a strap I’d made from infra red leather, but this one matches the armrest better as it has the correct stitching to match the rest of the interior.
As the pre facelift armrests were a different design I had to modify this strap to fit, but think it looks like it was fitted from new.
it must have been a couple of months since i ve done anything. (other than thinking about how to route reverse camera wiring)
took all wheels off for rotation.
also drained gearbox oil (MTX-75).
should one corner be higher than the others for more thorough drainage.
on the bad news front, i'm seeing a bit of coolant leak, not too bad though.
Well not today but a couple of days ago the old girl failed the MOT on ‘Handbrake not effective!!!’ Everything else fine and dandy but hey-Ho bloody rear calliper change time then. as they were rusty/crusty as anything didn’t fancy my chances of ‘freeing’ them up and the handbrake cables looked real bad also ( over 20 years old now though!) So doing some yoo-toob research reveals the biggest problem might be the caliper rubber hose line being siezed onto the rigid metal pipeline on the car body. So plenty of plus-gas the day before and They did come free eventually but had to go really careful not to twist the copper brake line in the Union as it is as soft as a pensioners turd!
So new handbrake cables, new callipers and pads along with flexi hoses later all is good, actually spent longer bleeding the brakes then it took to fit all the new kit!
Had to drop exhaust from the 3 rear rubber hangers to get to handbrake cables balance beam adjuster and thanks to Mondy-Zetecs for the Cable clips ( which don’t come with new cables!)
Well save the leaking sidewall tyre, (illegal repair in tyre shops because of blow outs) , didn't go too well took all day, vulcanizing fluid past its best, over 8yrs old come to think about it, could not get tyre to pop and inflate need to use a garage forecourt air pump.edit- Inflated tyre at Sainsbury no joy still blowing bubbles new tyre time.
I didn't have a choice as none of the aftermarket guys had one in stock.
What's funny is I spotted a couple of used radiator hoses on eBay at 18 quid each. Must be pretty desperate if you have to buy a used one.
Back to Ford, I was quoted 100 quid for expansion tank and 250 for thermostat.