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#1 dstarz7

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 04:02 PM

Thought i'd better start some sort of thread to keep track of my project, a VX220 Moonland Turbo. Mostly for myself so that I can look back and think why on earth did I bother. 

 

I purchased the car at the end of January 2018 as a non runner and looking very sorry for itself.

 

Problems noticed first off from visual inspection without taking anything apart. 

 

- Front clam various damage / cracks / bits missing (including both wing mirrors)

- Engine hadn't been started in years.

- Damage to underside of sills & large under tray.

- Windscreen & passenger side glass both been smashed.

- Brakes rusted and grabbing making pushing it on / off trailer 

 

+ Others that i'm sure will manifest & show themselves as I work my way through it all. 

 

Photos of how it looked just after i'd got it back into my storage. 

 

https://imgur.com/a/VTWwYgV

https://imgur.com/a/mk0dmzo

 

Unfortunately at the start of summer 2018 I purchased my first house, so everything fun was put on hold until the house was finished & it didn't need anymore money throwing at it. So it was left with a sheet over in storage, and then fast forward to the start of 2020 and we're ready to crack on. 

 

Dan. 



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 04:10 PM

First up was removal of the seats so that all of the smashed glass could be hoovered up & cleaned out. That passenger side front bolt is such a pain in the rear, i'd forgotten how much it made me swear taking the seats out of my N/A. Anyway, lots of glass hoovered up: https://imgur.com/a/7PUcjOW



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 04:25 PM

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 04:42 PM

nice project :)

 



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 05:18 PM

Hopefully will be a nice outcome! Latest update from this weekend was getting the front clam off - Mostly to check that there's no hidden surprises underneath, which there wasn't, which is a success. However I suspect that the clam had never been removed, so there was a day or two giving the fastening a good soak in plus gas release before removal. The plan is to replace the rad, hoses & towing post whilst i'm here. Any other suggestions whilst i've got this sort of access? https://imgur.com/a/AnhcAKY


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 05:31 PM

Oh gosh that's in a bad way. Well done for taking it on and good luck with the project! chinky chinky



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Posted 03 March 2020 - 07:59 AM

Hopefully will be a nice outcome! Latest update from this weekend was getting the front clam off - Mostly to check that there's no hidden surprises underneath, which there wasn't, which is a success. However I suspect that the clam had never been removed, so there was a day or two giving the fastening a good soak in plus gas release before removal. The plan is to replace the rad, hoses & towing post whilst i'm here. Any other suggestions whilst i've got this sort of access? https://imgur.com/a/AnhcAKY

 

  

   Good idea to do the rad and towing bracket while the clam is off. Make sure the horn works ok? It's a pig to get at with the clam back on.



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Posted 08 September 2021 - 03:48 AM

Any progress with this project?

#9 dstarz7

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Posted 09 June 2022 - 07:58 PM

I'm nearly as slack at updating this thread as I am on actually working on the car. Next to no progress over the last year. I have however been on a spending spree this last couple of weeks and i've got a stack of boxes and supplies, so hopefully this Saturday we'll be running at least! 



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Posted 10 June 2022 - 04:32 AM

Good news and good luck!

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Posted 10 June 2022 - 12:04 PM

Yay! Don't forget to post up some pics.



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Posted 10 June 2022 - 04:50 PM


Does it make a noise yet Dan? 🫡

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Posted 12 June 2022 - 09:39 PM

Solid progress made! A busy Saturday spent working on the car.

Full service. Cambelt, water pump, aux belt, both side engine mounts, front & rear mount inserts, engine oil and filter, fuel filter, gearbox oil, new header tank, new radiator, new coolant & new battery. I think that covers everything so far?

Ready to fire into life, but seems like a lack of power to the dash. Although switching on headlight switch seems to light up the back of the dash, there’s no info on the stack (temp, fuel & mileage) and nothing on the starter button. Suspected poor earth somewhere, so more investigating next weekend? Any further suggestions welcome. Will try and upload some photos!


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