NINETY WAYS TO ENJOY
Last month I explained how it had suddenly become impossible to switch off the engine on my 1984 Ninety. The only way to stop the transplanted 300Tdi was to deliberately stall it, which was okay in the short term but the repeated shock to the transmission caused by stalling it was unlikely to do it much good in the long term.
I left it in the capable hands of my great mechanic mate, Norfolk Nigel, who traced the problem to a short circuit in the wiring behind the dash. After 33 years and several not particularly careful owners, the wiring was a rats’ nest of modifications that had been carried out over the years, and which included some stray dead-end wires left loose and just waiting to cause another short circuit (and a potential fire) in the future.
Drastic pruning was required. Nigel removed all the electrical cul-de-sacs and got everything running again, bar the hazard warning lights. He didn’t have time to rewire the lot, but will in the next few weeks when I next pay a visit to his workshop. I can live without the hazard warning light for now as I enjoy this very special vehicle.
Replacing the old 12J non-turbo diesel with an exDisco 300Tdi has transformed the Ninety and I have no regrets for losing a bit of its originality in the process.