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Old 15th January 2015, 15:05   #16
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A faulty master cylinder was suspected. A trip to Nanapeth proved futile as no one seemed to have a TVS Girling tandem master cylinder & the vacuum servo unit in stock. Promises such as "doh deen ke baad confirm karenge" etc were being made by the sellers.
Had the same problem in my 118NE. Was lucky to find a brand new brake booster and Tandem Master Cylinder (TMC) at Kalpana Motors, Nanapet. Was a little expensive though. Replaced the rear wheel cylinders at the same time. Now the brakes grab like in a new car.
Could you post a picture of your new foglamps?

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Had the same problem in my 118NE. Was lucky to find a brand new brake booster and Tandem Master Cylinder (TMC) at Kalpana Motors, Nanapet. Was a little expensive though. Replaced the rear wheel cylinders at the same time. Now the brakes grab like in a new car.
Could you post a picture of your new foglamps?
Hi ilangop,

The fog lamps on my car are not new. I have merely replaced the wiring and one fused bulb.

Will post photographs tomorrow !
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Old 16th January 2015, 23:23   #18
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Hi ilangop,

Here's a picture of my NE with the fog lamps switched on.

Updates as of 16-Jan -

The sway bar bushes at the front have been replaced. One of the studs had to be replaced because of the jammed nut. Wish I had a nut splitter handy.

Other pics -
  • The Sound Boss head unit.
  • And the damaged bushes ...
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Old 17th January 2015, 01:08   #19
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Congratulations on owning a very good example of a very good car.
Spares are getting quite hard to find these days. The nature of the car scrap trade makes it very unorganized, and spares difficult to locate.
It would be great if these scrapyard owners could list their products on a portal like snapdeal or ebay, and thus make the process of maintaining the vehicle simpler.
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How much did the HU cost? The Delight has a hole inside the glovebox- i.e open the glovebox lid, and there'll be a cavity inside. Now, this cavity has been cut thru. , and a small rectangular looking jagged cut is evident, with cut wires on the other end, signifying that a radio once existed there.

Of course, the radio would've gone before 1984. So- I'm hunting for something to fill up that gap. 31 years on.......

More importantly- How did the Missus accept the car?

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It would be great if these scrapyard owners could list their products on a portal like snapdeal or ebay, and thus make the process of maintaining the vehicle simpler.
You still in IIT BTW? I needed some assistance pertinent to the IIT's, and was wondering if you could assist slightly?

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Old 17th January 2015, 07:59   #21
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FINTAIL, the HU was priced at the princely sum of Rs 744 inclusive of all charges.

Mrs. is yet to accept the car but some compromises were made.
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Old 19th January 2015, 00:00   #22
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Updates as of 18-Jan -

Plenty of progress was made over the weekend.

The handbrake cable was changed. The previous cable had rusted solid owing to disuse and even liberal application of penetrating oil failed.

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The rubber channels holding the rear quarter glasses was allowing ingress of water and had to be changed.

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I always felt that the brakes lacked bite (despite changing the booster and TMC assembly). It was found that that the rear drum brakes were not doing their job. Hence, the wheel cylinder kits were replaced. The brakes feel like new !!

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Valve clearances were set to 0.25 mm under cold condition. The inlet valves were too tight in cylinder 1 & 4.

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The instrument console was repaired. A few dysfunctional LED indicators and the clock now work.

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Re-checked the compression this morning. There is a healthy improvement. Reset the C/B point gap & the ignition timing.

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The plumbing for the AC was checked for leaks and compressor oil was added. This was followed by introduction of approximately 450g of R134a refrigerant. The interiors felt really cool within a few minutes of powering on the AC. The chap was all praise for the Sanden compressor unit though I didn't quite understand why.

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I have found a donor 118 NE destined for the scrapyard which I intend to cannibalize for parts/trim. Discussions with the owner are on.

Here are a few of my tools. This is indeed a Sunday morning really well-spent
Took the car for a longish drive down Solapur Road. The engine is a real gem. It was absolutely soundless and I touched 100 kph on a rather desolate stretch. The car felt capable of doing at least 25-30 kph more.
The ball joints on the tie rod were greased up en-route. Later, the car was cleaned up thoroughly.

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Signing off for now.
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Old 19th January 2015, 15:13   #23
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Updates as of 19-Jan -

The damaged panhard bar on my car was swapped with one from the donor NE.
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The same approach was followed for the left disc rotor after due clean-up and repacking the existing bearings with grease (as opposed to inserting a helicoil)
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A new set of pedal rubbers.
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The water in the radiator and galleries was drained out and coolant was added.

The only thing pending diagnosis is the source of the screeching noise. I suspect the pillow block bearing but might be mistaken. Its intermittent nature makes it all the more difficult to troubleshoot.

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A new set of pedal rubbers.
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Are these pedal rubbers of Maruti 800?
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Are these pedal rubbers of Maruti 800?
Could be, I am not sure.
But fits equally well.
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Old 26th January 2015, 23:33   #26
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Updates as of 24-Jan -

Decided to get the petrol tank & the fuel filter cleaned up. The filter was cleaned up by blowing compressed air in reverse direction.

The tank was removed from the car, the sender unit was removed and the entire unit was cleaned. A leaky float was also replaced during the process.

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Later, the pillow block assembly and one UJ cross was replaced. The pillow block bearing was badly worn. Fitting the new pillow block was really easy. The smaller shaft was held in a vice and the pillow block assembly was slid in using two fingers. The flange meant for holding the UJ cross was slid in (ensuring correct phase) and the locking nut was tightened. The new UJ cross was then fitted.

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A test drive revealed major problems. Significant propeller shaft vibration was observed as soon as the car touched 50 kph.

Updates as of 26-Jan -
The propeller shaft was removed from the car and checked for true-ness at Riaz bhai's workshop at Gadital. Apart from marks left by the vice, nothing untoward was observed.

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Then we noticed that there was considerable space between the bearing cups and the retainer rings. Apparently, the UJ crosses were seated loosely and this seemed to be a likely cause.

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Shim washers were fabricated and inserted between the retainer rings and the bearing cups to ensure a snug fit.

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A quick test drive revealed no vibrations up to speeds of 80 kph. More thorough tests planned for later.
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Updates as of 27-Jan -

Noticed vibrations creeping in after crossing 85 kph. Will check the shims once again, will add a few more if needed.

The screeching noise has disappeared.
I suspect it was caused due to the loose & worn UJ cross.
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Updates as of 09-Feb-15 -

Posting updates which were long due.

(a) All three UJ crosses on the prop shaft have been replaced. The current ones do not have greasing nipples and didn't require shim washers for a tight fit.

Lesson learnt - Using correct parts can save a lot of heart-burn & effort.

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(b) Both engine & gear-box mounts were replaced. Earlier ones had degraded a lot and vibrations were creeping in.

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(c) Front & rear bumpers were straightened and sprayed with matt black paint. In fact, there was zero gap between the front bumper and the car body. As a result, it had scraped and damaged the paint. The co-passenger door at the front was also repaired & sprayed as there were a long gash which ran across the length of the door.

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(d) Both rear tyres & the spare were badly worn. In fact, the car used to slither sideways while negotiating turns on gravel/sandy surfaces at 10 km per hour. The spare wheel rim was also badly corroded & warped at a few places.

I had managed to source a spare wheel rim in reasonably good condition from one of my sources.

Finally managed to procure three new 5.60 x 13 cross-ply tyres (including tubes) from a local JK Tyre dealer and had them fitted.

Shall post pictures later.

To do
  • Attend to a rattling front door over the weekend
  • Pay more attention to my Premier Padmini. The battery needs a recharge owing to a long period of disuse.

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Photos of the tyres.
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The rattle being attended to..
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