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Question for the faithful (things that pop in your head in the wee hours)

My handbrake handle when knocked off doesn't sit flush to the sill top and has no spring to pull it back toward the sill.

On my Aston (slightly different set up as its a true knock off handle) it is pulled flat to the sill when not in use.

Should the Esprit one do this or at least sit flush as it annoyingly catches your foot when you enter. I think the gator may add to it sitting proud.

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You can fit then with an overlength hex bolt and a 13 mm nut Ian. Far easier than using the unwieldy tool. Getting the old ones out not great fun tho.

The jack nuts, or the rivnuts? I did manage to fit two new jack nuts to the engine bay side panels a few weeks ago, drilled the hole precisely, but still never managed to get them to pull up and lock properly. I finally got a nut and bolt on either side (is that what you're referring to?) but that kind of defeats the object of fitting one via one side of a panel.

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Rivnuts are much more of a pain to seat.

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I assume they are called Jack nut as they collapse like a scissor jack. Can of worms opened??

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No idea why they’re called that!

Rivnuts are a piece of cake to fit if they’re alloy, but the stainless steel ones are a pain, sadly that’s all I had in stock at the time.

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Ive found it mostly amusing myself. Engine out and on trolley single handed in 38 minutes. Not bad for a first time. I recon i could crack 20 now i know what im doing!

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Tick over has been tamed. Big thanks to sailorbob for giving me an afternoon of his valuable time to nail down the offending issue. Turns out it ‘may’ have been self inflicted while trying to chase down other niggles. Either way tickover is now playing ball again so a steady list of jobs can commence with the target to be a return to the road for the full April unwind. Just a quick spin round the block brought a huge smile to my face 👍

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Looks like the many perished hoses, gaskets and elbows that I replaced chasing down the high tickover would have solved it..... had I not also had a fiddle with the idle screw part way through replacing stuff.... I’ll get my coat.

I know Barry, I know. NEVER TOUCH THE SCREW!!!

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Following on from the success of taming the tick over Sunday will involve an annual service. 

Its also time to renew the brake fluid. I do get an intermittent ABS light blink to which i thought i would dedicate a few hours trying to resolve with a full bleed following the Delco Moraine walk through. 

I know the braking system on the S4 is unloved and leaves something to be desired but given the option i would rather keep its originality.

Continual problems down the line may seek me to entertain an ABS delete but not at this stage.

I might even take some pictures...

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Don’t forget the bleed nipple which you need a triple joined midget for

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I can just feel it with my finger ends. Is this the 'outboard' nipple as described and is there a secret to doing it?

 

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The triple jointed midget is the secret.

failing that - get that tree out the way and fiddle some pipe down there and slip over the nipple and simply struggle and swear.

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That one was a right game to get at. Took my knuckles several days to forgive me after that job.

Getting a spanner on it was relatively simple, it was getting the bleed hose in there that I found more of a challenge.

Norfolk Mustard S4s #1 :)

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Ill make sure i have my selection of implements handy. Its going to be a full day with coolant flush also so i best get a few bottles of tonic in 

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New MOT this morning with only an advisory for a rigid brake line which ill swap this week.

Treated the car to a set of nice sticky rubber for the rear. The old tyres still had 6mm of tread but had gone off over time so i though i may as well go for something that wears a bit quicker and still will probably never get near the wear markers before they expire.

 

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The Exige lads seem to like em.

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Had them on my Elise, very good tyres. 

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