Post by cruisindoug on Apr 17, 2011 20:02:52 GMT 10
Thanks guys, we were all supposed to be on our best behaviour but I think someone forgot to tell some of those boys in the 'stangs - some got a bit cheeky shoving it up the inside - they obviously don't know about the huge blind spot on a humpy ute running a 4" peep mirror!! ;D ;D
Had a ball though not too often you get to have a play around Lakeside.
Post by cruisindoug on May 17, 2011 6:33:59 GMT 10
After the "fail to proceed" on the way to Millmeran, we've been doing a bit of work on the "phantom" and discovered the main reason it wasn't selecting gears .....
Yep, thats the auto selector cable and its melted the outer sheath. Stilll changed the box (thanks John and Di) as the one in it has obviously been well overheated. Also changed the thermo fan for a SPAL 16" job as well as repositioned the trans cooler and new selector cable. Just leaves changing over the distributor as the old points one seems pretty worn and may not be advancing properly - have a pointless one to put in. So the phantom will hopefully make an appearance at Crows Nest with van in tow!!! Oh great, that means its got to pull up the range again
Cheers Doug and Tracy
By the way, the supposed auto trans specialist in Toowoomba reckoned that someone had cut the kick down cable - it doesn't have one its the modulator type! They also reckoned the selector assembly was loose inside - that problem was the cable above ... and it was visible with the gearbox in the car (but was hard to see). So they wanted $1100 to overhaul the box .... all I can say is beware of "tradesmen" when you are on the road; seems that if you are stuck it is taken as an opportunity to sting you. I have been told that (from the description of what happened and what we found) that it is likely the auto would have kept going after it cooled down with a change of oil and filter! Obviously, changing gears would have been a problem but the $1100 overhaul wouldn't have even included the new selector cable (that cost over $200, so who knows what that would have ended up costing through the Toowoomba mob).
How do you like the change in diff gears Doug ? Should tow better now. Would be more fun at traffic light races .... oops... I don't condone that sought of thing. I would never do that.... oh no not me. He He John
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Post by cruisindoug on Jul 11, 2011 9:49:04 GMT 10
Haven't had much of a chance to drive the ute without the van on John but it seems to have a little more poke off the line!! ;D ;D ;D Its revving a bit harder at 100km/h obviously but not bothering me as I think it actually sits in the efficient range of the cam better.
Did you catch that reference to "with the van on"??
Yes, the ute has made it from point A to point B, towing the van, and back WITHOUT the involvment of a tilt tray or trailer!!!! And I have witnesses ....
Only problem on the trip was the hubcap falling off .... Stopped to look for it on the side of the road, searched for a hundred metres or so up the road ... hmmm should have found it by now, the grass was only short . Go back toward where we came from, still no sign .... Thought, I'd better check the bus stop out but it wouldn't have got in there, would it???
Yep, there it was, chillin', just waitin' for the bus ....
Anyway, its good to finally get a trip under the belt with no dramas!
Onay Doug.. Good to see pesistence paying off. If the 3;55 proves to be a bit low you could sneak up to a 3;36 . I use one in the FB van with 186 and old 3 speed... happy all day everyday with van on at 100KPH/3000RPM ... 14"wheels.
It hangs on a bit better on hills with 13"wheels
Hope everything holds together now on the phantom ... vanning season ( warmer weather ) is fast approaching.
Post by cruisindoug on Aug 1, 2011 17:58:07 GMT 10
Well the trip to Crows Nest was pretty good ......
for the most part!!!
It blew the pump seal in the auto (again!!!) just a km or two short of the van park. Managed to limp it in but it was familiar territory for the trip home.
I think the problem is this ....
Its the pipe on the end of the trans cooler, and its squashed down to about half its diameter. The restriction is probably allowing too much pressure to build up especially with the van on and it gets too much for the pump seal.
Will be taking it down to the trans specialist tomorrow (along with the box) and getting their opinion, but they all ready mentioned that a blockage in the cooler system could be a cause.
It was hidden from easy view by the bracket holding it all on but I am still kicking myself for not noticing it when we were repositioning it!
Still, it is hopefully the end of the sorry saga of the Phantom and its auto problems!!
Post by cruisindoug on Aug 2, 2011 11:50:19 GMT 10
Well seems I may have counted a few chickens .....
Just got back from the auto specialists and while they say that the crush on the cooler wouldn't be helping cooling wise, its not likely to be bad enough to allow enough pressure in the line to blow the pump seal out of it ...
So back to not really having a definitive solution as to why this is happening :x :x
Last Edit: Sept 12, 2011 20:04:00 GMT 10 by cruisindoug
Post by cruisindoug on Aug 2, 2011 17:36:36 GMT 10
Well I might be on to something ( again) this time!
I took the locator down to my friendly auto specialist and he pointed out it has been ground down!
When I checked it for play, I pushed it all the way on to the convertor (as you would) and there wasn't a lot of play there, but when you pull it back a bit to where it would sit with the bit ground off, there is quite a bit of play!
Awaiting word from the "guru" at the workshop for his opinion of if this is the problem....
Well today was test day since we are heading to Evans Head tomorrow, so I figured I'd rather mess about with the ute if its going to break today rather than on our holidays!! Soooo ...
Hooked up the van and headed for the nearest decent hill, that being Maleny, and the ute performed admirably, temp on around 90 degrees indicated most of the way, sneaking up and nudging 100 on the steepest part of the climb. I have put some of that water wetter in this time and I reckon its probably running a little cooler but it seems to me to be recovering when it gets a little hotter going up the hills a bit quicker.
It made it up no probs ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
So onwards and downwards I went, I decided to head out to Kenilworth, for those that don't know the area, this road goes back down the range and twists and turns with a few short sharp hills, stopped and had a bite to eat opposite the excellent cheese factory
After lunch headed back up the range again to Maleny and then Mapletown, which runs along the ridge line and has heaps of up and down, slow hauls up the hill etc. Topped up the tank at Mapletown, and for 137km of up and down dale it used 27.5 litres, that’s around 20 litres per hundred or 15 mpg for you oldies. About twice its normal rate if I am just driving normally - I reckon this must be about right as the Commodore near doubles its consumption too when towing the van. I don't really care how much fuel it uses, I am just keen to have a good handle on the range of the tank - at that rate its around 150 - 200 km since its the standard 45 litre tank, don't think I'll be driving past too many servos aye!!!
So from Mapleton headed back down the range and onto the highway for a good decent run at highway speed - I pushed it along at 100km/h to see what sort of temp it would run at, and it actually runs hotter at around 95 indicated - just goes to show how hard the car has to work to push along through that air. Fuel consumption confirmed just how hard it was working, the last 77 km used 15 litres, thats around 19.5 litres per 100 km, near enough the same as working up and down the hills.
Practically speaking a more realistic cruising speed will be more like 90km/h as the van gets to swaying very easily at 100km/h, just coming into an open area or having a truck overtake gets it to start swaying and feeling uncomfortable, this is much reduced at 90. I might look in to sway bars but realistically, the goat tracks we call highways just dont normally have the conditions to travel safely at 100km/h with the van on anyway, and when it is safe to do it more often than not it will be on a multi lane road anyway so sitting at 90 doesn't hold anyone up.
So, the ute made it back home no probs and is now all packed and ready to go on holidays tomorrow!!
Roads must have been a bit rough as this doesn't normally happen - its only light rubbing though so not too concerned.