Needs a new fan

The electric fan hasn’t come out of hibernation very happily – it’s been making some strange graunchy noises and generally been rather loud. Probably dried up or knackered bearings or some such, but thankfully the availability of cheap Chinese fans has come on in leaps and bounds since I last looked around eight years ago.…

Have you ever seen the rain…

More rain this morning, but at least most of the garage roof leaks have now been fixed  Was just out there tidying up really, and whilst admiring my recent handiwork had one of those “doh!” moments. Crouching down to look through the grille, I could see the fan, the relay and the thermostatic switch … and…

Ditch the bits we don’t need any more

Yesterday gave me three simple jobs – stop the leak in the top hose, remove the viscous fan and finalise the wiring. Taking off the fan would be quick – I’ve done it before – so I started there  The viscous hub on the fan attaches to the water pump shaft with a large 32mm…

So it works on the bench – what about in the car ?

OK, first up I’ll admit straight off that I spent some time putting a couple of coats of Hammerite on the fan shroud and my new brackets  Having reassembled everything, I then drilled some holes in the bodywork to mount the brackets onto. To reduce vibration and noise, I wanted to put some kind of rubber…

I’ll be happy when the little blue light comes on

It is indeed a 12 volt LED, so hopefully none of that confusing stuff about resistors applies  You lost me on the second sentence, Group4_Mark2  I just chose blue cos’ it looks cold, not for any technical reasons  Had to go and get some more yellow crimp connectors at lunchtime, so got a multi-pack of lots of flavours…

Making the electrons flow round and around

Went out shopping to Maplins armed with a big list and came back with a bagful of goodies  A 30A relay, an in-line fuse holder with 20A fuse, some 30A and 3A wire and a nice little panel-mount blue LED… The thermostatic controller I got from the Staffordshire Vehicle Components stall at the NEC Classic appears to be much the…

There she blows

Right, had some time in the garage this afternoon – football on the radio, tea in a Thermos, the smell of woodsmoke wafting in through the gaps in the roof  First of all I hooked up the fan to the defibrillator to check that the thing actually worked  and gave myself a surprise as it almost…

Got myself a fan

Back in the mists of time in November, a parcel of treasure did arrive from the land of ebay …  Originally Posted by Stu.C  … a radiator fan from an Escort RS Turbo… I forgot to check the address of the chappie that sent it, but I’m guessing this Escort lived in a seaside town and…

And off it comes

Steering rack and both track rod ends now successfully off the car – the jacking-up tip worked a treat  Replacements are being picked up from the nice people at General Traffic tomorrow at a mere twenty quid for the rack and four quid each for the TREs  The other nut on the TCA rose joint isn’t shifting…