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Ganz
post 13th May 2020 23:03
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Hey guys its good to be back here again. I hope everyone is safe and sound and important to keep our spirits up. Thanks for the messages of concern I really do appreciate that and what a great community this forum is. Cheers for that.

My lack of attendance has been due to being mad busy at home with this working from home malarkey which seems more work than being at work physically but that's another story..
Not done much on the Bella once the season was wiped off the calendar - but will start to do a few bits and bobs to get me back into things.

I've been distracted with a few other projects too: resurrecting my old Amiga 1200 haha! - but I have been driving around quite a bit naughty.gif

Gentlemen here are a few pics for the forum.

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What's the first thing any respectable petrolhead does at the beginning of a lockdown - detail the car of course - what else? GTFI!!


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Memory lane during lockdown (Opps, maybe I shouldn't say that..). A glorious sunset on a Friday night at my old 'open' garage back in the day(2013 haha)

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Good to be back fellas!

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post 15th May 2020 17:40
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Good to hear from you again, Ganz!

It's great that your still working, even if it is indoors!


Have you still got an old VGA-monitor ro run the Amiga into??!


Hey- I need to ask you something; where abouts are the handbrake-handle mounting bolts, underneath? My handle has wobble, and I know the mountings must be above the exhaust; but do I need to take the exhaust off, to reach them? The manual says the heatshield needs to be 'slackened', only...? But I'm having a bit of trouble orientating the drawing to the car...

I was trying to find your massively detailed Red Devil's Progress thread; and I can't find it anywhere!! I thought there might have been some footage on there...

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post 21st May 2020 00:38
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 15th May 2020 18:40) *
Good to hear from you again, Ganz!

It's great that your still working, even if it is indoors!


Have you still got an old VGA-monitor ro run the Amiga into??!


Hey- I need to ask you something; where abouts are the handbrake-handle mounting bolts, underneath? My handle has wobble, and I know the mountings must be above the exhaust; but do I need to take the exhaust off, to reach them? The manual says the heatshield needs to be 'slackened', only...? But I'm having a bit of trouble orientating the drawing to the car...

I was trying to find your massively detailed Red Devil's Progress thread; and I can't find it anywhere!! I thought there might have been some footage on there...


Yes, I've still got my Samsung 15" GLi crt for the Miggy but it will run on flat screen monitors fine anyway.

When I replaced my handbrake cables I had already taken off the exhaust and sheilding.

I'll find some pics to see if you can do it.

You can still find my massive thread if you search using "red devil".





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post 21st May 2020 00:58
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Dante, I have checked all my archives and it looks like I already had the exhaust off.

Looks like it would be a tight squeeze if you kept the exhaust on to access to those bolts.

Unbolt the exhaust from the front manifold - I always found this easier to do than to detach the rear of the exhaust and you might get enough clearance.

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post 21st May 2020 19:18
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thanks for this, Ganz; that's hugely helpful

I'm trying to reach the (handbrake) handle-fixings, you know? I'm determined it won't get mentioned in the MOT THIS year!


actually- I searched and searched for 'The Red Devils's progress since 2014' thread but the search engine on this forum won't find it.
Plus I went RIGHT back through a load of topic-specific thread lists too; 'engine-only oily bits' and 'the rest of the car', and I can't find it either!

I even tried you user-profile to look up past posts of yours but it doesn't go back that far!

If you can BUMP it back into the current recent-topics, I'd be grateful

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post 21st May 2020 23:00
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post 22nd May 2020 08:04
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QUOTE(Ganz @ 22nd May 2020 00:00) *
Posted something new to the Red thread coolio.gif



Ooh! Nice 'wan', as they say in the West...
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post 23rd May 2020 20:02
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Well Ganz-

I'm mighty glad you did recover your Red Devil's progress thread, as upon going through it again; I discovered the dark side of the moon.

Namely; footage of the front floorwells, where they meet the firewall; but with the subframe removed.

I started a thread on here for footage of that, with no success, and I even joined Facebook a couple of weeks ago (for three days) convinced that someone would have such an image; internationally-

no dice

So; you've got some totally unique footage there; which helps me a great deal, in my ongoing water ingress problem...

cheers

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post 27th May 2020 00:16
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Christ, will that red devil thread never die? wink.gif

That's good mate that you can make use of them - I'd forgotten all about these - I might have some more pics.

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post 27th May 2020 00:56
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Going through my extensive archive I found some more pics that might be useful - also got a couple of other ex owner cars in. Hope this is of useAttached Image
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post 27th May 2020 22:10
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well Ganz-

this is practically pornography, I can tell you

This footage is truly unique and I've downloaded it all and have spent some time studying it in great detail.

Thanks for digging this out- I really appreciate it.

I can see several candidate causes for water ingress into the NS floor well now. The lower engine-bay shot; looking back towards the bulkhead, is particularly significant.
You had a rusty bit on the lower right in that shot; partially obscured by the hanging power steering hose & throttle cable; and that is what I reckon I've got- except mine has gone through.
There are however another couple of potential grommets on the bulkhead there- If I had ANY of those missing...

I've got a belts & fluid change coming up in ten days, and I'm going to take off the under tray in advance, and see if I can get a camera up there on that side.

Also fascinating to see that non-bolt position either side, in the subframe row-of-bolts, is actually a locating-stud which passes through the floor- it interfaces with a foam ring.
Inspection camera footage from my car in December, revealed that spot as the effective 'start' area of the water ingress on my car.

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post 12th June 2020 11:53
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Its defo triple X rated lol!

I'm happy that it was useful. You post is useful for me too as I had some water ingress a while back but after some cleaning it disappeared..

Yes, the non bolt hole is for a plastic plug which locates into an empty bulkhead floor hole. There is also a felt O ring gasket between the sub frame and the bulkhead floor. I would imagine if these are missing you would have water definitely coming in as I remember the hole going all the way through. There is the same on the far side side of the sub frame. I made sure that I kept the felt O ring which looked OK though oily. The bolts that you see on the subframe are the subframe bolts. When I was taking the subframe off I put the bolts back in the holes so I knew which ones went where - eventually I bagged and labelled them all up as I ended up refurbishing the bolts.

By the way all those cruddy brake lines you see I replaced year ago now. BTW the red engine bay shot of the red car wasn't my car. A previous owner on this forum I think. That engine bay was far too messy and rusty for my liking ha ha.

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Hi Ganz, I PM-ed you, but I don't know if it worked. Can you write me back, when you see it?

Thanks. Cheers wink.gif

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There is also a felt O ring gasket between the sub frame and the bulkhead floor. I would imagine if these are missing you would have water definitely coming in as I remember the hole going all the way through.

dynamite; that's what I thought! Thanks for the diagnosis. It's all starting to make sense now.

I had the inspection camera in there yesterday, and could see the Dinitrol cavity sealant (which I filled the internal space above the subframe mounting bolts with in December), has actually come out in the engine bay; in-between the bottom of the bulkhead, and the subframe.

The bolt in this shot is the NS anti-roll bar mount.





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Hi Ganz, I PM-ed you, but I don't know if it worked. Can you write me back, when you see it?

Thanks. Cheers wink.gif


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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 13th June 2020 10:09) *
There is also a felt O ring gasket between the sub frame and the bulkhead floor. I would imagine if these are missing you would have water definitely coming in as I remember the hole going all the way through.

dynamite; that's what I thought! Thanks for the diagnosis. It's all starting to make sense now.

I had the inspection camera in there yesterday, and could see the Dinitrol cavity sealant (which I filled the internal space above the subframe mounting bolts with in December), has actually come out in the engine bay; in-between the bottom of the bulkhead, and the subframe.

The bolt in this shot is the NS anti-roll bar mount.


These felt/sponge gaskets can deteriorate - I imagine if the subframe has ever been off then a less than bothered garage might not noticed the gasket or plug. Has your subframe got the plastic plugs?
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Thanks for that Ganz,

yes; the subframe has been off three times, since I've owned the car; so I imagine it's seen a bit of action in the last twenty years.

That 2nd shot there that you've posted is really interesting as it shows the plastic locating-plug hole to be a recess on the subframe, rather than a convex position for the other three bolts. I'm sure that is a contributory factor to water ingress also.

Yes; my car has the plastic locating-plugs in the subframe; but this spot is specifically is the source of the cavity sealant leak back-outwards; which I think sutainably makes it an ingress point also.

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My plastic plug is the same as yours Dante. I've just had a look and I can see the felt washer in-between the floor and subframe. It's quite large and squashed out. You can see it highlighted by the torch light in the top right. I felt it with my finger and its definitely "foamish" and covered in dinitrol!
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Hey Vroom-

I've been looking at your image for quite a while trying to make sense of it!

This must be the OS, yeah? (where my shot is the NS)


It looks like you've got more than the felt washer in there; there's something else in there also above it; the grey disc?

I wonder if I'm missing something here
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Yeah that's the offside. I think the torch light probably confuses the image. Nothing above it except floor and bulkhead with the sound deadening material. Basically if you want to check for a felt washer you should be able to see and actually feel it or at least I could (I did have the wheel off mind you!).
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