Popabella - Just can't sell it.

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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by texanbrit » Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:47 pm

Here’s the gap, so something is out of whack.
MInd the gap
MInd the gap
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Swapped over the hard pipes.

Need to remove the braided coolant line from in front of it. 10mm nut in the middle and a single torx bolt at each end. Then it’s just fastened with a 10mm bolt on the right and a big nut underneath. That’s maybe a 23mm but the biggest wrench I had was a 22 so used an adjustable wrench.
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Once everything is loose the hard pipes slide out to the right.

The two pipes look pretty much the same, but when installed the other one lined up perfectly.
Fixed
Fixed
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Also found a home for the stray electrical connector. It was obvious with fresh eyes.

Feels like we're getting close to testing now. Started putting new studs in for the maniverter.
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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by MadFiat » Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:31 pm

Gack I hate installing studs in the head. Always makes me nervous that it's going to strip out the aluminum.
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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by texanbrit » Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:26 am

After Madfiat put the idea in my head installing new studs became a laborious and stressful job, but successfully got them installed and torqued. Shiny new bolts but very old maniverter :)
Maniverter
Maniverter
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We engineered a new clip for the clutch slave connection, since the clip is only available with a brand new slave cylinder (thanks FPT). No doubt I'll injure myself on that at some point in the future.
fancy new clip
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Grounds reattached. Battery box installled. Radiator support, radiator and condenser installed.
Front clip assembled mostly
Front clip assembled mostly
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Have a new drier for the condensor but elected not to install it until I'm ready to put freon in (i.e. after the car is running)

Can't remember what this bolt is supposed to do on the MPX brace, so have some homework to go look at my 500 Abarth for clues.
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MPX Brace
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Other than that we're getting super close to trying to fire her back up; and then probably take it apart again to find out what I did wrong.
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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by texanbrit » Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:23 pm

Ah-ha there is supposed to be a brass part to hold the brake cylinder! I was wondering what that was!
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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by sportfan » Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:47 pm

Looking at the picture above , it looks like a crack in the master cylinder. I hope it is just a casting flaw.

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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by texanbrit » Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:51 pm

It does I agree. That’s on the Abarth so worth checking out.
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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by texanbrit » Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:57 pm

Seems okay, just a casting mark and shadows I think.
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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by texanbrit » Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:09 pm

A day of lessons today.

Lesson #1. Close the radiator drain plug before adding coolant.

Lesson #2. Just because the plug fits doesn’t mean it’s the right socket. Was getting a low brake fluid warning because that plug was plugged in to the top of the transmission and not the brake fluid reservoir.

Lesson #3. Trust yourself a bit. The car wouldn’t start. Sounded like the starter tried to engage the first time , but then nothing. I decided that the starter was connected incorrectly and disconnected everything. In hindsight I bet it was tightened properly.

I’ll fight with that tomorrow. Also the doesn’t seem to want to build any pressure. Going to focus on the starter first.
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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by texanbrit » Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:57 pm

The issue was the loose nut, the one on the starter and not the one writing this.



Oil is leaking out of the vacuum pump, and from somewhere on the passenger side.

Other than that we need to figure out bleeding the clutch.
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Re: Popabella - Just can't sell it.

Post by texanbrit » Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:36 pm

Switched out the vacuum pump for the other one, and the leaking stopped. So yay!!!
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