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Today have got to remove the failed front pipe.. Dammned thing has broken in the flexi. The outer mesh is fine it is the inner corrogated bit that has failed and this pipe was new in January.

This is the second one to fail like this .............................. first one was the replacemnt on Blue and now the one on the 75th has failed. Obviously cheaply made and the supplier wants it back to inspect as I made a complaint.. of course I have to pay for everything and will not have an exhaust while ths is being done but that does not seem to bother them one little bit.

Anyone have a suggestion where to get a decent 4 bolt flange front pipe that won't fall apart in a ew thousand miles?
 

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Is no-one else doing anything with their MGF's / TF's?

I walk past it about 20 times a day, then think ooh that's shiny, I really should drive that every now and again - does that count?
 

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Original first thread on this subject reached forum limit of 162 pages and 3239 posts. Because of that we needed to close original thread and open new one for you to be able to continue posting in it. I called original thread with extension - First Part, while I called this one with extension - Second Part.
 

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Today have got to remove the failed front pipe.. Dammned thing has broken in the flexi. The outer mesh is fine it is the inner corrogated bit that has failed and this pipe was new in January.

This is the second one to fail like this .............................. first one was the replacemnt on Blue and now the one on the 75th has failed. Obviously cheaply made and the supplier wants it back to inspect as I made a complaint.. of course I have to pay for everything and will not have an exhaust while ths is being done but that does not seem to bother them one little bit.

Anyone have a suggestion where to get a decent 4 bolt flange front pipe that won't fall apart in a ew thousand miles?
If the rest of the still newish downpipe is in good shape, cut out the fractured flexi section and replace it with one off ebay. They have clamps both ends. Available for about twenty quid posted last time I looked.
 

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Decided to replace my coolant tank with a much nicer, much cleaner one that I sourced from one of my local scrapyards. Easy job, took about 15 minutes to 'turkey baster' out the current tank, disconnect, fit new tank, reconnect and refill. Much better.





 

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I unlocked it, opened the boot and the bonnet, disconnected the trickle charger, started her for the first time in over a month, retrieved the air pump, plugged it in, pumped the nearside front tyre and then reversed all the previous moves.
 

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Wiper motor

Looked at my sad wee F, which hasn't been driven all winter and decided to fix the wiper motor. Started the job in a timely fashion at 8.30pm, outside, in the dark. Hey at least the torch worked.

Found a post somewhere or tother that suggested removing the motor from the wiper arm assembly in-situ was a doddle. It wasn't. Couldn't get the ratcheting spanner onto the spindle nut. But I got there with the help of short handled tools and a mirror.

Motor on the bench waiting for another day. It wines like a very [email protected]^*@ed off cat. Suspect the bearings are to blame. Apparently they're 22mm OD, 8mm ID. Going to pinch one of my daughter's skateboard bearings and give it a whirl. shhh...
 

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Looked at my sad wee F, which hasn't been driven all winter and decided to fix the wiper motor. Started the job in a timely fashion at 8.30pm, outside, in the dark. Hey at least the torch worked.

Found a post somewhere or tother that suggested removing the motor from the wiper arm assembly in-situ was a doddle. It wasn't. Couldn't get the ratcheting spanner onto the spindle nut. But I got there with the help of short handled tools and a mirror.

Motor on the bench waiting for another day. It wines like a very [email protected]^*@ed off cat. Suspect the bearings are to blame. Apparently they're 22mm OD, 8mm ID. Going to pinch one of my daughter's skateboard bearings and give it a whirl. shhh...
Take the main motor housing off. I'd bet it's full of rusty coloured water. With any luck a good drain, dry out, clean up and degrease and you might get it going again.

Oh and don't forget to drill a 3mm drain hope in the bottom corner to stop it all happening again.

Good luck.
 

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This week on my TF:

Replaced a cracked speaker grille, fixed the resistor pack (using the Rezpak kit) and installed a wind deflector.
 

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Technically I've not done anything to my F's or TF's today, however; I have picked up an engine for my one TF and a starter motor for the other one.
 

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If the rest of the still newish downpipe is in good shape, cut out the fractured flexi section and replace it with one off ebay. They have clamps both ends. Available for about twenty quid posted last time I looked.
John why would you do that when the pipe is still under warrenty?

That is like condoning poor quality material being used. As it is only a few months old it is going back!
 

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little bit.

Anyone have a suggestion where to get a decent 4 bolt flange front pipe that won't fall apart in a ew thousand miles?
I had one from RSJ, an ebay seller, on my F for four years without a problem.It was a few years back so their pipes may have changed,but with a 2 year warranty and a good price should be worth a punt.

BM70171 Exhaust Front Down Pipe OE Replacement | eBay
 

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John why would you do that when the pipe is still under warrenty?

That is like condoning poor quality material being used. As it is only a few months old it is going back!
No, I would not do that if still under warranty. The advice is for one not under warranty. I would do/done that for one that isn't. Invariably the rest of the pipe would be sound in my experience, only the flex-joint u/s. It works... well!
 

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I had one from RSJ, an ebay seller, on my F for four years without a problem.It was a few years back so their pipes may have changed,but with a 2 year warranty and a good price should be worth a punt.

BM70171 Exhaust Front Down Pipe OE Replacement | eBay
Thank you for the information. We have been very busy so the pipe is still on the car so today in the damp wil have to remove it and get it sent back then hopefully it will be sorted next week.
 

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Received the second of my replacement 'colour coded'door handles that I've been buying off eBay (it's taken some time to try and find handles that were in a reasobale state) - idea being to change my black bits for colour coded air side scoops (already done), upgrade to motorised leccy mirrors and door handles. I wasn't expecting a courier to deliver on a Sunday....still, set about cleaning both handles up and removing years of crud and tarnishes and scratches from all over. Pretty pleased with how they've come out.

Now just waiting for the mirrors to arrive - one is brand new, the other as good as, or so I was told.......



 

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Took out the snorkel and resealed the base as I still have some wet coming through the front bulkhead somewhere, also made good use of the nice warm September weather and peeled back my carpets and got the underlay soundproofer to dry out.
While under the bonnet, replaced a couple of bolts for stainless, most are done now and finally, took of the battery earth connection and wire brushed up all nice and shiny and rebolted on with stainless steel fastenings, and applied a bit of traditional caramel grease to the terminals. Sometimes its just the little jobs that can make all the difference!


Sundance
 

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Took out the snorkel and resealed the base as I still have some wet coming through the front bulkhead somewhere, also made good use of the nice warm September weather and peeled back my carpets and got the underlay soundproofer to dry out.
While under the bonnet, replaced a couple of bolts for stainless, most are done now and finally, took of the battery earth connection and wire brushed up all nice and shiny and rebolted on with stainless steel fastenings, and applied a bit of traditional caramel grease to the terminals. Sometimes its just the little jobs that can make all the difference!


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In my experience, that final sentence of your post is so very true.

As the song goes... Little things mean a lot...... ;)
 
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