KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:16 pm

The refurbed oil cooler is now re-installed. I've applied POR15 treatment to the worst areas of chassis rail corrosion in the area around the front of the car (all surface rust - no holes :) ), to the undertray and to the bumper. Cleaned headlamp washer bottle and installed SPAL radiator fan. Just been out for a test drive and all seems well, no oil leaks and fan works really well :D

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KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by ian65 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:56 pm

Nice work s(c) the washer bottle came up a treat, what did you clean it with?
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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:17 am

Thanks Ian. Nothing special used to clean the washer bottle, just soapy solution and stiff brush. It did clean up better than I expected, and most of the grime was on the outside, so easily accessible.

Next challenge is the unreliable rear fog light switch. I have taken it apart and am trying to fix the internals, as I can see the issue (what a horrid design!). If the fix is successful, I'll post up what I did in another topic for easy reference. I would like to keep the OEM rocker, rather than replace with a generic switch from eBay, if at all possible.
KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by ian65 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:31 pm

I've got a box full of 1st gen switches including fog light switches Malcolm, let me know if you need one and I'll drop one in the post gratis
1986 Series 3 13B Turbo II
http://rx7fb.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2400
1992 Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI
1975 Honda SL125 Street Scrambler

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:54 pm

ian65 wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:31 pm
I've got a box full of 1st gen switches including fog light switches Malcolm, let me know if you need one and I'll drop one in the post gratis
I did manage to repair the fog light switch and it's working fine again now. It was a fiddly job and though, and not one I'd recommend doing!

It's good to know you've got some spares and many thanks for the offer Ian. On this occasion, hang on to them for those in more dire need (or until my repaired one packs up!)
KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:27 pm

I noticed a small pool of oil on the undertray below the oil cooler connectors a few days ago :(

It seems the top connector and the bypass bolt both had signs of leakage. No discernible drop on the dipstick though, so nothing massive.

I tried nipping up the connector adaptor and bolt into the oil cooler tank, but there were still signs of slight leaks after a run. So, up on jackstands, dropped the oil and the undertray for better access. I changed the ali crush washer on the upper connector and nipped up the bypass bolt. I refilled with fresh oil, ran the engine to get it warm and kept the oil pressure gauge as high as possible for a while to stress the joints. All seemed OK, so I put everything back together and went for a spirited 30 mile run. When I checked again I found the slighest of oil dampness on the top adaptor, but not even a drip had formed and no sign of any oil loss below the joint. I checked the tightness again, but was reluctant to nip the connector up any more as I didn't want to do any damage to the threads/boss. I'll keep an eye on it, but can probably live with it, if it gets no worse.

Thought maybe I should have tried some PTFE tape on the threads? Has anyone tried this, or any other method to get a better seal?
KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by DKWW2000 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:50 pm

PTFE is always good, there is one for heating oil which I have used in the past, do not be tempted to use that "extra little nip" as we all know the feeling when it moves to far as the thread strips :oops:
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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by KYPREO » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:02 am

You can try PTFE tape. Also clean up the mounting face on the fitting boss and under the banjo bolt and sand down smoothly with 400+ grit if there are any pitts or nicks. Then replace the washers with new copper washers if you haven't already. The oil cooler lines are under very high pressure, so leaks will find a way.

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:05 pm

Thanks for the advice guys. I'll keep monitoring and will try PTFE tape when doing the next oil change, assuming the current leak is as minor as it currently looks.

I did check both mating surfaces, which were fine, and a new aluminium washer too, but still have what I think is a very minor, annoying, leak :(
KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by spirit r » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:50 pm

Seems you have overtiden the internal screw and got a capillary crack inside The crack will open with high temparature and the hot and thinner oil was find a way. PTFE tape opens the crack and doesn't solve the problem. Difficult to weld together. I have had the same problem and the PTFE tape make it bigger.
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