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Old 27-12-2008, 13:39   #1
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DIY hydrolastic pump..

Has anyone had a go at building this and using it?
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Old 27-12-2008, 15:00   #2
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Despite years of meeting German-language Rover and MG fans, can't say I've met Dieter Koennecke before http://www.lame-delegation.de/mgf-net.de/index.htm http://www.mgboard.de/ . So I have not heard whether his ideas work.

Would I be right in thinking the mod is aimed at the MGF so belongs in that section? Maybe you'll get some help there (i.e. dear mods please move this )

Mind you, surely his car's reg isn't HGF?



(no, HEF is Bad Hersfeld near the (former) East German border in the middle of Germany...)

*(and I'm no expert, but is that car with four headlamps actually a TF?)
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Old 27-12-2008, 15:15   #3
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Dieter is an MGF God.

I've known him for a good few years now. Top bloke.
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Old 27-12-2008, 15:46   #4
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.....*(and I'm no expert, but is that car with four headlamps actually a TF?)
correct Pat, your no expert, that is an F, headlights have always been like that matey
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Old 27-12-2008, 15:55   #5
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correct Pat, your no expert, that is an F, headlights have always been like that matey
and I thought the F only had single headlamps in a round surround!

Still, what do I know? If only I knew some people with sportscars...

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Dieter is an MGF God.

I've known him for a good few years now. Top bloke.
So there's the answer.

There wasn't a "Beck's drinking corner" on his website, which might explain it!
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Old 27-12-2008, 17:45   #6
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Has anyone had a go at building this and using it?
I did think about it a while back but decided against it, by the time I had sourced all the bits then spent the time building it, it would just not be worth it for the occassional pump up needed!

Easier just to get the local garage to do it or look out for a second hand one on ebay.
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Old 27-12-2008, 18:16   #7
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I did think about it a while back but decided against it, by the time I had sourced all the bits then spent the time building it, it would just not be worth it for the occassional pump up needed!

Easier just to get the local garage to do it or look out for a second hand one on ebay.
At last - an on topic reply...

Our "F" needs pumping up every 6 months or so (can't find any leaks) and at ~30 a go for paying a garage to do it I was looking at buying a brand new pump (on the basis that after 5 years a brand new one will have paid for itself and if the "F" is sold before then I can sell it to recover any outstanding amount) when I came across the DIY one via Google.

Must admit I think the 40 stated in the instructions is a bit optimistic but I might just have a trip down to the local hydraulic hose and fittings supplier and price up the parts for interest sake.
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Old 27-12-2008, 18:36   #8
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You could always go one further and fit an engine-driven or electrically-driven on-board pump, and piping, giving you (er, crude) right hide adjustment on-the-go
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Old 27-12-2008, 18:37   #9
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I think if you take into consideration that the piece was written going on 7 years ago and the to exchange rate was a whole other story then the guess of 40 is not so far out, even just allowing for the exchange rate change the price would be 60 now. Still, it would be interesting to see if the unit can be made by others and not only Dieter, I say this as Dieter seems to have spanners instead of fingers, he looks, he figures it out, he fixes it, and all in the time we look and wonder if now would be as good a time as any for another cup of tea..... (and it always is, haha)
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Old 27-12-2008, 21:10   #10
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Home Made Hydro Pump

I made a pump following Dieters instuctions, mainly for the convenience of DIY. Here in Australia if you have an MG you get sick of B.S. when you want anything fixed. The local Pirtex hydraulic supplier sourced the "no loss" coupling and made up the hose for me. $ 140.Aust . I can tell you it is the best ! Pumping up is easier ( in effort ) than jacking up. So my advice is go for it. Happy New Year everyone . Love the forum.
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At last - an on topic reply...

Our "F" needs pumping up every 6 months or so (can't find any leaks) and at ~30 a go for paying a garage to do it I was looking at buying a brand new pump (on the basis that after 5 years a brand new one will have paid for itself and if the "F" is sold before then I can sell it to recover any outstanding amount) when I came across the DIY one via Google.

Must admit I think the 40 stated in the instructions is a bit optimistic but I might just have a trip down to the local hydraulic hose and fittings supplier and price up the parts for interest sake.
That does make the cost/time involved more justified
I have seen some of the old British Leyland Hydrolastic pumps go on ebay for around 50 - 60 and there are the new ones made by Liquid Levers (they are only about 10 miles from me!) for 215
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PRESSURE-HYDRO...QQcmdZViewItem
- I guess if you bought a new one and offered a top up for forum members in your area, you could recover some of your costs.
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First up, having met Dieter (and toured a lot of Europe in convoy with him), he is one of the most enthusiastic & knowledgeable MGF'ers around, he's also a top bloke to chat MGs to on a summer day in the middle of the Black Forest!

OT: I've not built Dieter's version, but know of people who have and have not heard anything derogatory. Also, knowing him i'm sure it works, he is very careful about what he puts on his site.

In my case, 5 of the Essex Roadsters (including me) put 50 in a pot a few years back and we bought a Hydragas pump between us. The first time we used it on our cars we pretty much made our money back. I myself use it at least annually, just to keep everything at the right height.

If you know a few other F people and don't fancy your DIY skills, clubbing together is a good way to go as you get the real McCoy for around the same money.
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Maybe a project for this summer!
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