One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid346

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid2745

Post by Ex_Member » Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:54 pm

Latest activity has been to remove the heater assembly and reverse flush the matrix to get some water flow...very successful. Nice and warm now as it was well blocked.

Discovered the reason the fan wasnt working due to corroded connections and knackered resistor. Only works full speed at the mo. Found the heater pipe to dash eyeball was missing one side...no airflow to the screen vents as a result. Also all the foam had perished so not sealing, now replaced.

New pipe from ebay on its way.



What a swine to refit the control cables to the heater,,,aaargh. removed the control panel in the end, to free the cables...easy then! after all that cursing ;-)



Fitted new door seals but had to cut the door shut and reglass, as it wasnt parallel to the door. All good now.

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Post by Ex_Member » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:40 pm

Fitted a new 2.2 ohm 25w resistor to replace the damaged item, this controls the slow speed of the heater fan. It was getting far too hot and not that significantly slower, so I have just got a 100w 3ohm to try.



Sealed the windscreen and fixed that leak, but I wont fit new rubbers until I repaint it. Latest source of leak is from the inner door panel, rain drips from the window runs down and then into the car by the seat. I will be fitting some plastic sheet into the door to stop it.



Havnt actually done much for several weeks for different reasons so hope to get on with the electric steering shortly

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Post by Simon_Admin » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:07 am

Hi, 25w is too low power dissipation, you need minium 50w and make sure it's bolted to something that will help disspiate the heat, just done a quick calculation and it says that 100w is needed :o Odd ? I have used a 50w in these cases for years and never burned one out !

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid2811

Post by Ex_Member » Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:19 pm

The power steering isn't a bad job to do once you have gathered all the bits n bobs :)

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid2829

Post by Ex_Member » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:20 am

So my project has slowly progressed. I have finished the power steering but had a couple of issues:

The ECU obstructs the clutch so had to move that and lengthen cables.

Setting the '0' position proved a problem until I realised it had an internal thermal cutout after too much spinning.

Used a corsa wheel for now,,,anyone want the 'propellant' cartridge dont know how to dispose of it as I cant use the airbag.



I used the adjustable corsa 3 unit to get a position to suit me, and locked it in place. I have kept all the original cowling and switches off the escort, but lose the steering lock....no biggy really.



A LOT more to do before its decent...need a new diff as mine is shagged.



Would like to go zetec but need to 'manage' my wife if I have to spend anymore money on it ;D I will just use it for now warts and all...not too good an advert for kit cars

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Post by Ex_Member » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:03 am

If there's no steering lock it doesn't want to look too tempting, Steve. So don't over polish those alloys! I'm a great believer in getting things going well first, then worrying about how they look. Function over form.

I used the adjustable column too, which may come in useful. Angie tends to sit closer to the front when driving as she only has little legs.

There are more ways to kill a cat than choking it with butter, (if we're allowed to use that expression any more). I used the p.a.s column complete with steering lock but found that the column to switch fitting had changed since the Corsa B whose wiring I was mating it to. In the end I used Stanley knife surgery and Araldite to marry the later column housing to the early switch. The wiring will still unplug if I ever need to separate them.

Isn't the electric power assist a treat. I reckon that the hydraulic set up on the Potting Shed cost half as much again and gave me two or three times the work. And there's no adjustment in effort, in fact the hydraulics work more efficiently the faster you go, though the steering castor effect does cancel this out to some extent.

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Post by Ex_Member » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:06 pm

Failed the MOT yesterday, but only on the rear number plate lamp...was working? and petrol cap rubber seal missing. Both sorted so expect to get it tomorrow. I am pleased it was minor issues after all the work I have done. A couple of new front tyres and I can start using it...they are on the limit!

Still need a diff 3.54 or 3.9 :)

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Post by Simon_Admin » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:55 pm

3.9 with a 1600, 3.54 is a bit tall, OK with a 2L.



3.9's are a lot easier to come by too.

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Post by Ex_Member » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:49 pm

Thanks for the tip.

Got the MOT so have done some miles now.

The steering is a bit vague and the self centreing is affected. A high ratio rack may be the answer or adustable top mount to give a bit more castor?

Need a decent exhaust now the previous bodge is annoying (some sort of bike silencer out the side.)

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Post by Ex_Member » Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:37 pm

When you say that self-centering is affected do you mean that there is a bias to one side in the power assist Steve? My set up hasn't been on the road at speed yet, but I read up on this when a friend mentioned that it can be a problem with the Corsa pas column.

This page might be of some help if that's the problem.



http://www.migweb.co.uk/forums/other-me ... ation.html

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