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    All reassembled and back on the car. Will be interesting to see if the superglue holds the rubber boot in place?!!

    I took the opportunity to rep ain't the caliper and hub as they had become a bit patchy with all the messing with it plus brake fluid etc.

    After talk in another thread of rust on the subframe in I took the opportunity to clean out the small box sections and give them a 2 coats of the bilt hamber anti rust wax

    Finally, I also fixed the broken earth wire connection to the bottom of the oil tank.

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    Have been reading your exploits and loving what you are doing

    I learnt a lot in just the first six pages and while my 348 doesn't require any real attention other than cleaning and driving (I have used wax oil) in the sills sections and on the underside I will be keeping an eye on the 30A fuses

    Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading the rest of your thread



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    Thank you! Wasn't sure whether anyone was still reading it lol

    By the way as well as a brand new caliper I've taken the plunge and bought 2 new relats for the air on as the start for working out why the fuse melts

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    There's several of us still reading Jeff. I got a lot of stuff sorted on purchase so didn't see much if it done, nice to have a peek in all the nooks and cranies.

    Besides you have the most interesting ownership experience out of the lot of us - got the car out yesterday in prep for a meet on Sunday, just to check her over. She worked. Put her away again. So dull .......

    I'm just teasing a tad, it's actually great to see lots of bits of the thread showing what can be done at home. If I'm honest I still wouldn't go with the tie wraps (are they holding out?) and you're braver than me using super glue near the brakes (can't think why it won't work but just *seems* wrong....again, time will tell....)

    The only thing I would say to people thinking of buying a 348 is that you obviously bought a car to work on and have fun doing it, I wouldn't say your level of 'snags' is typical. There are any number of 348s out there that don't really have anything wrong with them. But then if you had bought one of them this would be a seriously dull thread. All of us can take a snippet or two from somewhere in here so keep it up

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    Thanks - still got a long way to go yet but when done I hope I will end up with a "fully sorted" car.

    I've just ordered some oven seal glue just in case the superglue doesn't hold. I could do with anyway as my new engine cover insulation doesn't want to stay put in one area so will glue it before it drags the rest of it down.

    And tie wraps are holding very nicely thank you! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by irarref View Post
    And tie wraps are holding very nicely thank you! :-)
    Seem to recall I'll owe you a beer if they make the next MOT or some other wager....

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    Jeff,
    Read every page, and keep coming back for reference.
    whilst I haven't got much to do. You given many of us an insight into what can be done. It's better than a
    Haynes manual
    Jobs looking at tackling myself are a new sports exhaust(have managed to source an x-ost direct) and RH undertray needs some work. I was going to renew ...but I'm liking the challenge of rebuilding it(especially as a replacement is 230 )
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    A 348 is like Marmite, you love it or hate it. Boy do I love it!

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    Thanks Carl - would deffo DIY your undertray :-)

    Anyway, on with the show - new caliper arrived but as per usual one step forward and 2 back - just realised the 2 Goodridge hoses that have female fittings at both ends are not going to fit so been on the phone about replacements. Said it would be 2-3 days so thats the weekend scuppered :-(

    This aint gonna fit! :-(

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    Anyway - took some pics of the brad new ATE caliper complete with Galfer pads and wear sensor for reference. Enjoy! LOL

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    The tuning shop who sold me the Goodridge hoses got back to me to say I was mistaken and the fronts are indeed double female fixings as there is a hard pipe from the caliper before the hose. Wasn't entirely convinced so had a look today.....and he was right! DOH!!!

    Since I'm working on the caliper I turned the wheel at an angle before removing just to make access easier to the back of the caliper etc

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    I pulled out the out the 2 leads to make access to the hose fittings and clip

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    Similar to the back there's a small nut on top and larger one on the top. I've wire brushed it down plus applied plenty of penetrating oil.

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    Here's the offending had pipe! As you can see its seen better days and when I tried to undo the nut it started to round so needs replacing really (as will other side most probably). Went on eurospares website thinking they would be a fiver etc and they are around 75 each!!!! :-(

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    And hers the other end where it joins the flexipipe

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    Chancing my arm a bit here but after checking the compatible vehicles for the part no it said it was the same as the 355 so then looked it up on the 355 chart which gave some other part nos which in the end led to part no 101395 which is only 3.41 instead of 61.03????!!!! Ordered 2 - dont know what Ill get sent - well have to see LOL. Failing that I think Ill get some made


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