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K11 in the UK - “The Nissan Microbe” 1.0 Activ 2 door Manual silly build.


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Hubcaps came out, well…. Gold.

 

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I will go fit them later to see how shit it makes the car look.

 

I also may just have found a set of manky alloys with legal tyres to buy cheaply. 
 

And wet vacuumed the seats, they are much better, though to the untrained eye, they will still look like a CSI crime scene.

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2 hours ago, cortina64 said:

I am along for the journey Rian, always enjoy your builds and the story that goes with it.

Warren

Hey Warren, 

Good to see you here.

You will notice that I am not posting this anywhere else yet.

Just using bits n bobs to feed the other threads.

 

But for now this car does not exist.

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And tonight we have had our paint buffed, inside cleaned, vacuumed, polished plastics, hubcaps returned. 
 

So, can you say Subaru?

 

 

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Tomorrow it is back to the Rezin Rockit build.

 

And hopefully getting it to run. 

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Few small tweaks today.

I actually drilled and tapped another earth……

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After more digging around we found that the fuel pump relay was not working correctly, so John bridged it and it fired right up.

More testing after opening it up showed it could be closed and be made to work. So a brilliant bodge installed, closing the switch permananetly.

I need to get a working MX5 relay like this to replace the fitted one.

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So then 20 litres of fuel into the tank, and a small prayer we turned the key.

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And after all the ups n downs, it fired up, lumpy at first then settled into a idle.

Revving it up reminds me of an Alfa Giulia when I was growing up.

Once over the jubilation, trying to get the heater/blower fan going was a major fail……….

To be revisited another day.

Next job was to bleed the clutch master cylinder.

Lots of murky brown fluid.

Failed to get it sorted as well.

So I took the MC off and inspected it.

Looks like a replacement may be due or recommended.


I am guessing it is an original Ford part though.


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I also worked on or under the Microbe.

 

I broke the second stud in the catalytic converters body, seller broke first one, and managed to extricate the down pipe, which needs a lot of attention as well. 

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13 hours ago, Grizz said:

You will have to explain, I am a bit slow. 

just reminds me of how we all modded our first cars. my experience at least 

usually some tiny shitbox. in my case an AE80 corolla. either painted steelies/hubcaps or some cheap alloys, and a bunch of accesories from the local parts store. good times to be honest. 

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31 minutes ago, BlownCorona said:

just reminds me of how we all modded our first cars. my experience at least 

usually some tiny shitbox. in my case an AE80 corolla. either painted steelies/hubcaps or some cheap alloys, and a bunch of accesories from the local parts store. good times to be honest. 

Gotcha.

 

Aaahhh yes, 1979 Datsun 140Y SDX 

 

A tape player hidden in the glovebox two speakers on the rear shelf in home built boxes so I did not have to cut it and a cherry bomb exhaust to my dads disdain. 
 

The next was a 1982 Ford Cortina pickup truck, that got loads more attention, including a two tone bodyshop respray. 
 

 

Good Times for sure. 

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So after yesterday’s final fiddling and finding the relay needs replacing or repairs, currently bodged to work by closing the switch manually with a stick, we had the engine fire up. 


There are a few more jobs to do, including finding a replacement clutch master cylinder, blower unit fix, upholstering the dash, fitting instruments, switches, inside panels, setting the handbrake to full capacity, dry run testing on the farm, draining all coolant and replacing with anti-freeze based coolant, then possibly final nuts and bolts check, followed by a prayer and MOT. 


START UP VIDEO:


https://youtu.be/26uEIRMZdrk


And yes, I certainly am pleased. 


Thanks to all who had a hand take the time to post comments, advice, and chat. 
 

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I will post this question here and also in @yoeddynz K11 thread in the General section in case someone has some previous experience of fixing without setting it alight.

 

I bought the car knowing the one stud in the catalytic converter had been snapped and that the rear section of the exhaust was missing, PLUS the nuts at that junction had been attacked by an angry badger.

I suspect the flanges etc all all original so not too much finger pointing at this point.

 

So this is what I have right now.

 

Access to the catalyst is nigh on impossible for large hands and small tools.

 

And after 130k miles or 200k km it has possibly all fused together .

 

My thoughts are to grind off what is left of the studs flat n flush, then centre punch and hopefully get a drill in there with a TiN drillbit and drill put, then tap a new thread in, and replace the two bolts.

 

And you cannot go through as the bolts are in the casting of the catalyst body. 
 

I hope that makes sense.

 

Any advice welcome, of course drinking a beer is good advice too. 
 

 

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The other end of the downpipe looks like this where it is meant to have the two flanges meet. 
 

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And my face AFTER I realised what a hole I had dug for myself.

 

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Still, who knows……. It could be easier than the pain I am anticipating. 

Prove me right/wrong.

Thanks. 

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