You have to expect to gather a whole load of new problems when a car has been off the road for a while. The lcd displays and rev counter are playing up, with the rev counter hardly moving and the lcd screens showing weird characters. I have take everything appart and cant see anything obvious, so will have to do some google-ing to see if I can find any fixes.
This cool as heck Citroen Traction Avant has been stored in the front area where I work by someone who shares the building with us. It has been there for years, but is finally going off to get restored.
A few photos from a frosty morning at the local lake.
I had problems with the fuel pump not working at all so took it out and it was a proper mess. I replaced it with a new one which primed as soon as I turned the key which was awesome and it meant I didn’t have to deal with chasing down electrical gremlins. I just need a fuel level sender for it now . Sadly though it still doesn’t start, turns over but doesn’t even try and fire. The timing marks are all lined up and I’ve got a spark so will have to do some more fiddling about to see what’s up.
As the Corrado has been off the road for a while, it needs new belts, oil and coolant so I thought I may as well replace the water pump and thermostat when I’m at it. It’s a bit of a pain to do as you have to take the alternator and supercharger out to get at it, so takes a while, most of the time trying to find where all the bolts are. Hopefully I fitted it ok as I don’t fancy taking it all apart again if I find a leak.
So I hopefully found out why the coolant hose kept popping. The engine mount bracket had snapped and the bolts had fallen out, causing the engine to be able to move about a lot because it was only supported by the rear mounts.
I managed to find one on a facebook group (VW stopped producing them years ago) and bought a new engine mount to go with it. I dont know where the original mount came from (on the left) but it’s not the correct one for the car.
I’ve been meaning to go to Margam Park for ages and finally got around to going. It’s a managed herd of Deer which includes Fallow, Red and Pere David Deer. They are more used to humans than Deer in woodland, so are easier to photograph as well as being out in the open rather than a shady forest so the light was real nice.
My Corrado has been off the road for a few years, now I’m slowly getting the parts together to get it back on the road. It’s not easy finding some of the parts and when you do, there is a massive retro VW tax on them.