From time to time I work on an heritage car. These are vehicles that are more than twenty five years old. .
Over the years I have done a number of repairs to the cars plastics but in this case was asked to look for the cause of an oil leak that was covering the bell housing of the gearbox. The leak was not enough to show a loss on the dip stick but caked the area in a black horrible mess. The leak was tracked down to the distributor. After all these years the O ring had gone hard letting some oil pass.
I thought that was easy, just go down the road and buy a new one! NO! NO! No! How wrong could I be. One little old O ring turned into an epic detective case to find someone to supply it. I ended up buying a box of a hundred, making this one ring more valuable than its weight in gold!. So if anybody is looking for one O ring in a metric size I’ll sell you one. I know! but I have got get back some of the cost!.
That is the problem with working on motors from the recent past, they are not old enough for people to start doing batch runs of parts to keep them going. Second hand parts in this type of case are not up to the job
Some more plastic from the MK3 Honda civic showed up the other day. This time it was a shock guard/ soft mount for the rear spring. The shapee of it suggests that it is a weather defector for the mounting bolt too.
The repair its self was not that difficult, There was a slit about twenty-five mm long. Once we had given the plastic a good clean without which the welding process will not bond properly it was ready for us to identify which type of plastic it was. The repair went surprisingly well considering how imbedded the dirt was. Good for another two hundred and fifty thousand miles. We still cannot believe that this car has done that much mileage.
No! not something you use for the BBQ made by Honda.
Honda MK3 grill
It is a small two bar section that fits just above the bumper on a MK3 Honda civic. I know it must
Tack welded back in place
be the only one left in UK still in working order. The civic is twenty-four years old but that did not stop it passing its MOT at the first attempt. Parts for it are becoming very scarce. So if you know where we could get hold of a driver’s side (offside front) head light let us know. We are also on the hunt for other items.
This little grill was in for repair, the two tabs where the screws hold it to the body work had broken off. Not a big job but a job all the same which received our full attention so that it all went back together and hopefully will last another twenty-four years.