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  1. 61a

    [OT-ish] Poly-V belts

    I use a company in Kent called Ashford Power Transmissions Ltd for odd sized belts for my woodworking machinery. Always a fast service and excellent prices plus an enormous range of sizes for just about ever machine you have ever come across. Well worth a look on their website or giving a call. Another good thing is they don't sting you for delivery .
  2. After looking at what you had to deal with it makes the thought of dealing with my sills a really simple operation, of course unless I find more holes once I start cutting . Good idea using box section rather than the usual repair sections.
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    Is this the end of the road ?

    Its been recycled . £300 for a secondhand gearbox/transfer box with 70,000 miles on it . A few hours help from a friend and its off again. In fact the gear change is better than its ever been in the five years I've owned it. Now I just need to weld up the sills for the MOT !!! :) :) :)
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    Is this the end of the road ?

    Gearbox off yesterday hoping I might find a problem with the clutch. No such luck definitely the gearbox the output shaft has loads of excess movement both side to side and can be pulled forward about 10mm . Still think its worth fixing despite age and a bit of rot on the nearside sill.
  5. Thanks for the pm but I am now considering selling the old girl completely . If I don't get any interest I may well come back to you.

  6. Hello. I have a 2nd hand box with 70000 miles on it, based in Redhill, if you are interested phone 07813676325 and ask for Andy, offers around £300.

  7. 61a

    Is this the end of the road ?

    The transfer box seems to work ok with the warning light coming on as usual and going straight off when disengaged.
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    Is this the end of the road ?

    I think that maybe an option. Off to see a friendly local garage tomorrow ,have known the owner for years, so hopefully will get some idea of what is the likely problem. Hopefully something simple and cheap !!!!!! Always been an optimist.
  9. Following the difficulty I recently had changing gear I changed the gearbox oil and bled the clutch hoping for some improvement. However, the gear changes are still a bit hit and miss and more worryingly now when reversing it feels like the gears are locking up !!! Beginning to wonder whether the repair is going to cost more than the old girl is worth . Bit of a shame because after 5 years its never let me down and with only 167,000 miles on the clock the engine has loads of miles left in it. Jules
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    Clutch/Gearbox Issue

    Meant to add its a 96 300TDI with 167,000 on the clock.
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    Clutch/Gearbox Issue

    After a recent 1000 mile round trip to the Lake District I am having an increasing amount of difficulty changing gear. Second gear has become noticeably noisy , sounds a bit like a bearing to me , and third can be problematic to engage but not consistently so. The other strange thing is that going home last night when I came up to a stop at a T junction it almost felt for a second as if the clutch had not disengaged and the vehicle was still trying to pull forward. The clutch is only about 40,000 miles old but I cannot find whether the fork was replaced or not. I drained the oil this morning and found quite a bit of swarf on the magnet but generally it was in reasonable condition only having been changed about 18,000 miles ago. What is really odd is that the problem is not consistent , most of the time with the exception of the slight whine in second it drives perfectly. Any thoughts ? Jules
  12. Had an very enjoyable day on some local lanes today and actually went down one which has recently reopened after being closed for best part of two years. When I last attempted the lane near Chalvington before the closure, I managed to get totally stuck on my bike taking over 20 minutes for three of us to get it out !!! Now the lane has been totally rebuilt and has some lovely deep ditches to the sides so should hopefully prevent the idiots who seem to love trying to ruin our enjoyment by going off piste . Full marks to East Sussex Highways for their efforts. Jules
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    insurance frustrations

    I do everything through Sure-term now. You actually deal with people who genuinely seem to know what they are talking about and care about customer service. They were even cheaper on the wife's convertible . Highly recommended. I don't even mind paying a bit more if you don't have to deal with the dreaded call centres !!!! Jules
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    Rusty Sills

    Will do. I shall be having a go at it in a couple of weeks, just hope I don't find too much rot when I start cutting out the bits I can see. Jules
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    Rusty Sills

    I agree having had a really good look this morning. The worst of the rust is in the bottom section for about the last 15 inches, thankfully not one large hole. My main concern over the cover type sills was that they were purely cosmetic and whilst they would probably get it nicely through its mot I would have a nagging doubt that all I would have done is paper over the cracks and be storing up more expensive trouble for the future. Thankfully the B pillars are sound so hopefully it should be a simple plating job. Jules
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