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#1 beardylondon

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:18 PM

I’m taking apart the Rover Cooper to give the top end a refresh, I’m pretty familiar with it, as I have an A+ in the mk1.

However I’m not familiar with exactly what part the below should be, this looks a tad homemade to me!

Thanks in advance!

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Edited by beardylondon, 22 March 2020 - 01:22 PM.


#2 panky

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:22 PM

Can't see any picture if you posted one.



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:22 PM

Sorry had issues, should be there now

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:35 PM

Someone's been to B&Q instead of Mini Spare O_O

Looks like the hoses around the heater vale have been cut back and plumbing inserted, can't see the heater valve either.



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:37 PM

Is the car a 1991?

 

It appears to have the later in pipe floating heater valve.

 

What is the bottom attached to and where does the pipe that skirts around the concertina aluminium heated air take termininate?



#6 unburntfuelinthemorning

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:58 PM

Should be this hose but hey, if it works.



#7 beardylondon

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 02:08 PM

Thanks both, the car is one of the first Mainstream Carb Coopers built in Sept 1990, but not registered until 1991.
Looking at mini spares, it appears to have the correct inline heater valve?

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Edited by beardylondon, 22 March 2020 - 02:58 PM.


#8 panky

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 03:24 PM

Missed that and mines the same :shy:

Mine went in the same place and I remember the multi armed hose being very expensive so it looks like someone being creative and saving money at the same time.

I ended up buying a silicon set from China for about a quarter of the cost of an original - it's been on there over ten years now.


Edited by panky, 22 March 2020 - 03:25 PM.


#9 MatthewsDad

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 04:24 PM

I wouldn't worry too much if it's doing its job? Instead of an inline heater valve I've got a £2 domestic plumbing valve that you turn through 90 degrees either way to control flow to the heater matrix. Works fine.

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 04:51 PM

Given the brittle nature of soldered joints, I'd recommend biting the bullet and buying the proper hose. There's a reason cars have flexible pipes fitted from the Factory.

Might be an idea to check that the DPO hasn't applied the same sort of "clever repair" to the steering, suspension and brakes!



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 05:01 PM

Thanks all, I agree I should replace it with the correct hose, £24 (minus TMF discount) isn’t cheap, but I think worth it.

Everything else on the car is fine, (bar some bits and pieces but I bought it to do work on) the guy I got it from had owned it since 8 months old, and despite this bodge, the car is in remarkable condiditon for its 64k. It didn’t have an MOT when I got it, and after sitting for 5 years, it only needed £10 steering rack gator to get through MOT the last summer.

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 09:19 PM

I would not call that repair a "bodge", granted it may not be as pretty as the correct hose but those soldered pipe connection will not be brittle and the pipe is connected between two other rubber pipes.If it was mine I would leave it.I am the DPO of nightmares,Steve...

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 10:51 PM

Well bodge or not, even tough it worked, it’s not OEM, and I’m keen to get it back to original.




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