My Hijet and MOT Brake pipe question

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My Hijet and MOT Brake pipe question

Post by Cromwelluk on Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:52 pm



Thought it was time for a pic even if its not the best quality
Paint looks better in the picture , as its got a few stone chips and rust around the window seals but no major problems and the engine is sound.
In the process of checking and servicing things at the moment so there will be no surprises and will be reliable

Went for a MOT last week and failed
N/S dipped beam not working  ( completed today)
No door handle on O/S door   (out of stock E-bay seller)
Corroded brake front to rear
Not bad I thought at the time

I did check the lights prior  and they looked a bit dim , but thought it was a the reflectors
Found  one of the  H4 lamp connections corroded so changed them both sides and fitted new lamps , but still not right one side seemed OK the other looked like a earth fault after a lot of faffing about  and reading the forum which says there are separate fuses for N & O side headlamps  but no pictures ? Anyway finally  found the 2 10A fused ( yes the big fuse holder at the bottom of the fuse module) and one was blown Doh   but at least I now have the wiring diagram Thanks guys.

O/S Middle Door handle has been broken for a couple of weeks and had had a temp fix before
Not been able of find one   (but have changed the N/S one obtained off E-bay)
I but I had attached a pull cable as a get through the MOT but did not tell the tested , when I went to pick it up I mentioned this and the tester was unaware but would look at this on the retest.

The guy at the MOT centre was not specific just reported what was recorded on the sheet but he said we can do the work bring it back and we will have a look and quote for the works and the pipe is £ 3,50 per foot plus fitting.
Now it gets interesting   Brake pipe corroded  , my thoughts were its not a big job and why not  replace the lot so its all new and safe . Cant be that difficult as they normally run along the box section chassis rail  So ordered a Brake Pipe Kit.
Well had a better look this weekend ,  there's not a simple bend or straight pipe to be seen and they are not that accessible LOL.
The main corrosion seem to be where the pipes from the servo drop below the floor level and connect to the joint / splitter box ,
The access at the back of the Servo is very limited and the dropper pipe is the worst so it needs changing , the pipes an the joint / splitter have seen better days the easy fix is just to remove the worst and put a joint in

You may be able to see from the pic that my drive is on a slope and  having no brakes could be fun

Questions
1, How difficult is it to remove and refit the Serve and master cylinder
2, Dont mind removing the petrol tank but has anybody actually change the complete front to back brake pipes
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Post by andy pyke on Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:09 pm

Nice wheels...and trims: what were they off?
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Post by Logi on Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:22 pm

Take the seats out, don't need handles Smile
The servo/master cyl assy comes out pretty easy, Daihatsu make pretty tough brake lines, get a decent pipe slice. The f/r line is a common issue, I did mine last year(or the year before, dunno) not difficult to do, just time consuming, you'll need it up at least a foot off the ground tho for decent access.
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Post by PFM on Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:57 pm

I got MOT place to drop tank & replace pipes on 2 vans, but did remove tank from another. It's fiddly, several small hoses to undo when you've unbolted and dropped it a bkt. Doable though, trolley jack helps.

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Post by Cromwelluk on Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:47 pm

Arches
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SET-OF-4-CHROMED-CHROME-WHEEL-ARCHES-ARCH-TRIMS-SPATS-UNIVERSAL-FIT-NO-DRILL-/201379889122?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2ee32d3fe2

Did not like them or how they fitted at first but after spending £50 on some fibreglass mini arches that do NOT fit  ended up drilling 3 holes on the top lip of the chrome arch and self tapping them to the body  but its a real simple fix and once they look ok

Wheels 15 inch type 100+ 6.5j 38mm offset milti fit 108 mm PCD fitted with wobble nuts  also fitted 2 spigots on the front 65.1-73mm I was hoping they would squeeze on the hijet hubs but had to file them a little   Not finished yet as Im looking to turn the hubs down and try and re drill the hubs to 108 pcd and fit MX5 studs


Thanks for the feedback on the Servo and brake pipe would be a lot easier with a pit or hoist LOL but still thinking of replacing all the lines


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Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:13 pm

Tester must mark the corroded failure points with yellow crayon.

Just replace what's needs.

Lines behind fuel tank / lspv, and rear axle line is the typical failure.

These are easily accessibly.

Doing forwards of this is a pain in the arse and not required typically.
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Post by Cromwelluk on Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:31 pm

Managed to have a look and drain the tank ready for this weekend , its not going to be a quick and simple job , but it will be worth doing
Ordered some CUPRO NICKEL KUNIFER Brake pipe and one of the cheap flaring tools and had mixed results with the double flares , to be honest the Cheapo flaring tool is crap
So invested in one of these


Wow what a difference easy to use perfect every time , no force required  highly recommended.

Just hoping the weather is decent
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Post by PFM on Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:46 pm

Have fun. Cheap flaring tool sounds like potential injury or death, best avoided.

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