Today we had a Bentley Garage Day. It was fun. We did stuff.
Four of us got together on a mates driveway and worked on our Bentley cars.
We helped each other out to fix a few niggling things on our cars.
And lucky for us we had Richard Tracey, the Bentley expert from SpurParts Pty Ltd as the brains trust on the phone to call if we needed help. +61452558112 was on speed dial.
Richard Tracey also supplied the parts and technical help that keeps these cars on the road, thanks Richard.
Here is a quick look at Bentleys.
In attendance was a 1972 Bentley T, 1988 Bentley Turbo R, a 1989 Bentley Turbo R and a 1990 Bentley Turbo R.
First of all it was quite interesting comparing the slight changes to the 1988, 1989 & 1990 Bentley Turbo R cars.
Most people would not be able to tell the differences, but with a few covers and panels off, ECUs, wiring, dash layouts and the like were ever so slightly different. The most different was the 1990 car, as there were more updates between 89 and 90 than 88 and 89.
There were differences between the 88 and 89 cars as one was UK delivered and the other Australian delivered.
After the decent look around of 4 Bentleys in the drive way, it was of course time for a beer and a good chat.
Finally we got around to actually doing something on the cars.
We had a few projects.
1. Fix the drivers side window on the 89 Turbo R. It was ridiculously slow to go up. Like 5 minutes. Something was wrong.
2. The 90 Turbo R headlamps were rubbish and needed changing, and the cruse control did not work.
3. The air conditioning on the 72 T did not blow cold. That's not Australian.
4. The 88 Turbo R was used as the parts donor car to test the 90's cruise control, and we did not get to actually fixing anything on it! Next time.
Let's dive right into fixing the window on the 89 Turbo R.
Luckily one of us knew how to take apart the door. It's quite a step through process, which I'll detail here so other people can learn.
Firstly take the metal cover plates off the window switches and the door handle to expose the screws.
Try not to loose any screws or the finishing washers for them.
Then undo the screws and take the door handle and window winder switches off.
Next up undo the two screws that hole the under part of the arm rest one, then remove the under part of the arm rest.
Be careful of the wire in the arm rest. That's for the light that lights up the place where you hide chocolate bar wrappers.
This exposes the bolts that need to be removed to take the arm rest off. Do it.
It should now look like this.
Then there are a few screws on the inner of the door pocket, as well on the lower front of the door card on the carpet.
Take these screws out, then easy off the outer door card by prizing it off. It is held on with popper things (technical term).
This exposes some more screws for the inner door card. Remove them and it comes off.
Next up this the removed of the black plastic part.
Hands are the special tool to use. Be careful of the wire for the chocolate car wrapper light.
It's really good having so many Bentley drivers in the drive way. Many hands to make sure we don't do a woopsie.
Here is how it looks with the door card removed.
There is also a special place to put the parts. Front seat mate.
What is cool is that number on the door card. Yep, that's my VIN number 26160.
Then now it's time to check out the motor that winds the window up.
Remove the winder motor with the bolts holding it in place. We were careful to leave the chain alone.
Richard Tracey warned us it would be quite gunky in there. He was right.
Then we separated the black motor from the gearbox mechanism to take a look at the condition of the plastic coupling.
I have a fond spot for the Bentley Motor Car marque and often stumble across Bentleys that I find interesting.
My plan is to post pictures and comments of Bentley cars that I observe both on the Interweb, and in real life.
Historically the Bentley has been the sporting man's Rolls-Royce, so when I am not feeling sporting I may post about Rolls-Royce cars.
Fellow RR&B enthusiasts David Irvine and Andy are also helping out posting articles. Thanks guys.
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