Big Thank You to Ian at 124 Works. Kirkham

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  1. trapperjohn

    trapperjohn MB Enthusiast

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    So my new to me 124 300 24V Diesel was booked in at Ian’s today for some preventative maintenance as it is just about to roll over 200K. The fuel pipes and breathers were up for renewal as they were brittle/non opaque and generally in bad order. Plus a possible diff change, as the gear changes had always been "jerky" since I got the car, around 1000 miles and a couple of months ago.
    Well talk about a job growing legs. Under the manifold was a defunct/disconnected pre heater system for the fuel. Someone had been running this darn thing on WVO (Holy carp Batman) So that was taken out. The vacuum system was a cobbled together total mare of various non-standard pipes. Many running nowhere some just not connected to anything.
    Much head scratching and fettling followed with pipes renewed and routed correctly.
    Once that was sorted the gearbox cooling pipes which run through the radiator were checked. Well I should have said "should run through" the radiator. Some wassert had just looped the pipes together and they went no where near the rad. (All hidden by the undertray) So that was sorted and a gearbox oil change was carried out.
    The car now runs like a dream. Gear changes are bob on without a diff change (Ian did detect a slight clunk on some changes but new diff mounting bushes have been ordered to sort that) Kickdown really really works. It worked before but it is now "rocketship" compared to what it was.
    The rear headrests now bob down too when commanded to do so by the dash rocker switch.
    :thumb:Big thanks to Ian and his team. Poetry in motion Ian, poetry in motion.
     
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    One assumes the pipes to the radiator were " shorted" due to a radiator fault sometime in the past [ corroded heat exchange coil in the radiator? ] By coupling them back up be sure that the present heat exchanger is OK [ maybe the present radiator is new?] and you are not inviting trouble again.
     
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    trapperjohn MB Enthusiast

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    I did chop my post down a touch!

    Given the lateness of the day when this was spotted. Ian and his team, at my request, fitted a known good secondhand radiator. A new rad is on order.
     
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    Always a pleasure to work on your car(s) John. Although this one did cause some head scratching. Just happy that you are pleased with the result.
     
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    Ian, I was going to pop into Preston to say hi on Monday as the gf and I drove up to Keswick (lake district) for a few days. I mentioned to come and see you and all I got back was "you and your bloody car!!"... so I carried on up the M6 :(

    No doubt i'll be going back up to the lake district again soon so it'd be good to pop in and visit you.
     
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    I'm guessing she's not an enthusiast then :D
     
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    Hi ,love to hear all is good up north and always pleased to hear of a job well done.Thanks for your time.

    Euge.
     
  8. BillyW124

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    Sounds familiar! infact exact words.

    I fib about my car more than i actually fib on the questions asked like 'where were you after work'? or 'i tried calling you on Saturday night'? etc etc.

    :rolleyes:
     
  9. Ian B Walker

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    You will always be welcome. Kettle is always on but hobnobs could pose a problem :doh:
     
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    John will nipp to the store in his fixed 124, kick it down and get a few packets and will be back in no time no probs!
     
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    Completely out of order, this problem needs to be rectified or you will be hearing from my superiors :devil::devil::D:D
     
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