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Interceptor 650

Ah - G994PNH - where are you now - There follows a blow by blow account of the long struggle to get this car up together. This was originally written on a Psion 5 on successive evenings down the pub and published using the Serif Webplus service that is now discontinued so is now reproduced as a text file        

A final result was the vanquishing of the graunching and ratchetting caused by the incorrect diff lock operation. This had been due to a slightly low output from the RH front ABS sender which was cured by pushing it in a bit. I only checked that sender intending to to the rest later so it was remarkable that I hit the cause first time.     An epic indeed!

Before the last part of the saga repairs to the airconditioning were started. Thinking that my normal Aircon man would rather not bugger about with old R12 systems I looked around and found a chap called George who is known as AirCool and does a purely mobile service from Yate near Bristol. A visit was arranged, a large leak in the condenser diagnosed and a quote for a pattern condenser, new receiver/dryer/accumulator, hose ends and RS24 refrigerant (a drop-in replacement for R12) was obtained. Not cheap but I decided to go ahead. George is a very competent guy and had the condenser and accumulator fitted, hoses altered (with some very fancy pipe connectors), pressure switches sorted, everything pumped out and the RS24 sucked in in a very reasonable time. And it worked perfectly well except for a slightly early evaporator temperature cutoff due, I suspect, to a buggered thermostat. With that done, the new engine mounting and a new oxygen sensor fitted all was ready for a camping trip to Germany.

The oxygen sensor put up a bit of a fight as it had 17 years worth of corroded in threads on its side. Red heat and a helicoil sorted that one out!

No problems were encountered except for the normal one concerned with paying for the petrol until we had to drive along a long paved road to a campsite in Trier which, together with the enormous, bump stop bashing load of beer and wine, saw off the bearings at the front of the rear suspension "wishbones". Normal Type 44 quattro clonking from the rear suspension resumed!

One of the enhancements perpetrated by a previous owner was the installation of a Momo steering wheel and an adapter boss in place of the genuine wheel. For some reason the perpetrator (or an accomplice) had broken off the indicator cancelling cam from the adapter boss thus explaining the non-self-cancelling. A new pattern boss was obtained (ebay from Japan, no less) and fitted so the trip was also blessed with self cancelling indicators.


Epilogue - Looking back 12 years from 2020 - in 2008 home improvements were being carried out and I needed a lorry.  A 1996 Mercedes W210 2.3 litre petrol was acquired (the rustiest car I’ve owned since a 1965 Vauxhall PB Cresta) and the V8 was put on ebay. A chap called Lukasz bought it and drove off. The last I saw of it was when walking from Sainsbury’s car park on a wet evening - I heard a V8 rumble, looked up and there it was with the driver’s window down with Lukasz at the wheel. The ultimate type 44 indeed. I believe they made one estate car version which I heard resided in the garage of the VW/Audi chief exec of the time. All I’ve got left is the two Matra setting jigs, a boxed scale model and a glossy booklet from Audi about the building of it.

Part Seven