Covid-19 Shut down

WEEU and Covid-19
 In line with the Prime Ministers announcement, we will be closing the workshop at 5pm, Wednesday 25 March for a period of no less than 4 weeks.

This will be a difficult time for all of us and we ask that you all stay safe and look out for each other. We are dedicated to looking after our people during this time as best we can and coming back with all our staff and customers.  We appreciate there will then likely be a backlog of WOFs and repairs to get through. We will be working on how best to deal with this over the coming weeks and will work with you all to prioritize the work and keep everybody moving.

Essential Services

There was talk of workshops being on the ‘essential business’ list, however to interpret that document correctly,  mechanics are listed as an ‘essential service’,  with regards to repairs and breakdowns for vehicles which are required for essential services IE, Doctors, nurses, healthcare etc etc. There likely will be other workshops out there bending the rules to suit themselves, which sadly makes a bit of a mockery of the lock-down. As much as we would have liked to have stayed open for our customers, even in a diminished capacity its just not possible or ethical in the current situation.

The lock down is in place for the health and safety of all of us, our families, our staff, and of course customers and suppliers.

Essential Services – Update

This from the ministry of Transport

Maintenance services – all transport modes Workers involved in the provision of essential maintenance and safety services where the services are limited to: • maintaining other essential services and their vehicles (e.g. repairing emergency vehicles, aircraft and ships/boats, and parts replacement for these craft moving essential freight); oressential recovery and/or repair of private vehicles, where needed to keep a private vehicle operating for essential purposes e.g. to get groceries and healthcare.

Wellington European hasn’t taken any inquiry that currently meets the above criteria. If we had the requirement we are very limited to parts supply etc due to the current lock down so in the short term we are opting to follow the Govt guidance and will be staying closed.

British car day

Quick visit to the British and European car day today, prompted me to pull a few photos from a few years ago when I took my Cortina, which is currently locked up in the back corner of the shop needing some attention. Lack of time so the poor cars being neglected.

Ours is the blue one, wish i could claim the lotus!!!

Walnut-Blasting Carbon Clean/ Engine Detox

We are calling this our Stage 3 clean. Stage 1 being Hydrogen Carbon clean machine. Stage 2, Hydrogen Carbon Clean machine and Liquimoly intake cleaner.

Stage 3 Walnut Blasting

Stage 4 = All of the above

What is it? quite literally its a machine that uses compressed air and fine crushed walnut shells to remove carbon build up. In our application, usually intake ports and the back sides of intake valves.

Why do it? Alot of modern engines by design are prone to carbon build up in the intake system, over time as the carbon build up increases the efficiency of the engine reduces, meaning less performance, fuel economy etc.

Why now for WEEU? We deal with a lot of cars that suffer from carbon build up, and a lot of our customers like to keep there cars no only going, but going like they should! We follow a lot of forums and in recent times have seen a lot of discussion on this topic. We also dont know of many local workshops that offer this service so decided now was the time. Its also a good fit with our other Detox Tools and Tuning service we now provide.

Whats involved? There is some time involved and the time taken varies from car to car. We do have to remove the intake manifold to gain access to the intake ports, this can mean on some cars, intake runner flaps also need removing. Each cylinder is done separately as the valves need to be in the closed position so as to not fill the cylinder with walnut shells, all other ports are masked off etc to avoid walnut shells going where they are not wanted.

Audi S5, as we start the intake removal
A bit deeper in, still the intake runners to remove.

DTI used to help with piston location/ valves closed etc. Not required but better safe than sorry. Engine bay taped off with plastic sheet, overkill maybe!! But we dont want walnut shell in everything. Machine uses a large vacuum fitting to pull the majority of the shells out, and a metal wand goes down the center for the actual walnut blasting
Before blasting
After blasting
I love the old saying, ‘the proof is in the pudding’!!
Great feedback from the customer re the end result. We could tell from start up that the car just sounded crisper and more responsive.

Audi A4 Engine Failure 1.8T

Audi A4, broke down just up the street from ‘WEEU’. Customer decided to not proceed with a repair so we took the car off their hands as a project. Its been parked up for some time now. October we finally got it inside to see the extent of the damage, all we know is the engine sounds horrific, and we suspect the timing chain has skipped teeth….
We removed the top cover to expose the top timing cover glued on and missing bolts. This is definitely not the type of work we let out the door. not a great start!!.


Front cover off, we found the chain guide at the very top broken and missing. This has left the chain slack and we can now confirm the timing has jumped. A quick cylinder leak down test confirmed bent valves on the first cylinder tested, so next move is to remove the cylinder head….

So with the head off and at least 8 bent valves we then discover a broken piston. This really is worst case scenario that we had hoped to have avoided, however it is what it is. Now to weigh up, do we rebuild or replace…. Currently pricing a replacement used engine and costing up a rebuild. Watch this space.
A bit of work to get it to here, next move will be to remove the engine…..

Carbon Clean Engine Detox

New Carbon Clean machine is on its way.

We are experiencing more and more cars that are down on power due to a combination of intake and combustion areas being built up with carbon, largely reducing the efficiency and power. We have invested in a ‘OxyHydrogen Carbon Cleaning’ Machine. This machine is run through the intake system to clean the combustion area, which can be done without any major dismantling. To take things to the next level we have also purchased a ‘Walnut Blaster’. Walnut blasting of the intake system does require some dismantling/removal of the intake system to gain excess. However removing these large carbon deposits with allow the engine to breath again. Restoring power and fuel economy = more fun and more bang for your buck at the pump.

The Carbon Cleaning machine wont do the intake manifold and intake valves which generally require more invasive work, We do have a Walnut blasting machine for this service if you are serious about regaining some engine efficiency…


Some of the first cars run through the Carbon Cleaning process. all cars will be different, I felt instant improvement in my Mercedes.)
Carbon Clean machine in action on a VW, while we prep our Mercedes for a stage 1 remap.

How does HYDROGEN clean carbon deposit in the engine?

The Hydrogen Carbon clean unit runs on distilled water and electricity. The hydrogen and oxygen are produced using a mix of distilled water and electrolysis, this is then feed into the engine via the air intake/breather hose or air box.

The increased internal oxygen proportion improves combustion and at the same time the catalytic properties of hydrogen make it possible for the combustion carbon to be gradually broken down to clear the internal carbon deposits.

A strong electric current splits the water molecule (H2O) into its component atoms producing highly charged particles of hydrogen and oxygen, or oxy-hydrogen (HHO). The HHO is passed into the engine and burnt as the engine runs mixing the HHO with the fuel. As it passes through the induction system, combustion chamber, exhaust etc, the hydrogen reacts with the carbon deposits turning the carbon into hydrocarbons, this lifts the carbon deposits from the engine and the resulting gas exits the engine via the exhaust system.

Using no harsh chemicals the treatment returns your engine to a state of cleanliness. You regain power and performance, restore lost MPG and drastically cut emissions.

After treatment, there is no need to change engine oil or any type of filter.

The machine acts to restore the optimum performance of your engine. Using hydrogen technology, carbon deposits are removed from the inner workings of the engine, which naturally build up during the lifetime of the vehicle.

By removing unwanted carbon build up, further engine deterioration and damage can be avoided. This will keep your engine working more effectively and smoothly for longer, creating an enhanced driving experience.

The technology works with all types of vehicle’s – from motorbikes to planes if it has a combustion engine then it can be cleaned. Both petrol and diesel and LPG engines will show improvements irrespective of vehicle age and/or value.

Audi S3 getting a stage one, good idea to help that new tune breath with an engine detox. Hydrogen Carbon Clean running…

Mini

Great little mini in the shop for a very minor repair, but brought back some fond memories of working on, modifying, tinkering, racing and navigating these great little machines.

Red mini getting a new sealed beam headlight, Who knew? Same part as an old series land rover headlight, and cheap!!

I want to Say 2001, I was given the great opportunity to navigate this little car in the Targa NZ Rally. Build up was every Thursday night in a cold dark garage in Morrinsville, working through lists and lists of jobs… All paid off, with a 2nd in class result in our first ever rally!!
Good times.)

WEEU! Its been a huge 12 months, bring on the next…

12 Months down!

Wow what a year we’ve had, year one with the re-brand and its been such an amazing boost for the business.  To all our old customers who have continued to come back and see us, thank you soo much.  To the customers who have been told we are closed, and I know there are a few, we hope you find us again. (many have).  And too all the new customers, welcome to ‘WEEU’. Hopefully we have met your expectations and we get to see you again.

The change has come with a huge increase in inquiry which has led to some changes in the shop.  We had to opportunity to take on some more real estate with in the building which we grabbed,  and immediately knocked down some walls.  We’ve added a hoist, bought another scan tool to add to the arsenal, as well as a couple of battery supports for 2 of the hoists.

As per usual the cars coming through have been varied, from old to new,  family wagons to Lamborghini’s, a bit of everything.

Parts, we’ve continued to grow our contacts in this area, no parts dept on site as with all brands you could end up with a lot of money tied up on shelves, however with our network we’ve surrounded ourselves with I would think that now 85% of our service and repair parts are overnight to us.  In particular our Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover parts delivery time has improved 10 fold, with parts often arriving from Aus overnight…

Warranties, we are still educating people in this area, we are facilitating more and more warranty sales, giving more people peace of mind motoring in their British and European cars.

Our fleet, we are working our  way through the old BMW’s that we had a great run with.. Two of them have been sold and replaced with much newer VW Golfs, a MK5 and MK6.  We also have an Audi A4 in the works which may replace the last BMW…. We want to continue running 3 Courtesy cars as we see the benefits they provide….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above and below show the wall in and the wall out!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, has it been a year for WEEU

Wow I cannot believe it but we are coming up on a year on from re-branding. What a wild ride its been.

We’ve done everything we set out to do 12 months ago, We’ve added a hoist, bought more tools, changed up the loan cars and more…

BUT!!

There’s always more to do, improvements to make, and more cars to service and repair…

Watch out for the 12 month summary blog!! And whats up next…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xmas Hours, Re-opening on the 7th January

Tools Down!!

Epic year for us, Huge thank you as always to our staff, suppliers and customers. Looking forward to 2019, wrapping up our first year as Wellington European.

All the best over the holiday period, drive safe and we will see you soon.

John and the team…

Little Blue updates- Series 2A getting a mechanical makeover. Part2

New to the blog and want to check out part one of Little Blue/ Check it out here—- LittleBlue

I thought I would kick off with Part two after having a wee break from Little Blue, there has been some weekend progress, however some family commitments have take over my weekends for a while….))  (With a little land Rover helper on the way)..

So here is a little of the more recent progress.  Last featured we had a complete stripped down landy, chassis on stands, and I had made a start on the rear axle..

Chassis repairs are well under way, hopefully in the next week or two all the new outriggers will be on and the new cross member as well.

 

 

Below, completed rear axle tidied up, this was a complete mess.  Diff itself was in good order, have renewed everything brake related, shoes, drums, cylinders, hose, pipes etc.  Also wheel bearings ands seals etc, came up nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hows that for a before and after!!

Next up is the front axle, strip down has started.

 

 

 

 

Chassis updates, well the rear top section was a patchwork quilt, and when removing the tub we found only one bolt holding it on.. (oh and gravity).  So its had farm repairs or bush repairs and is in need of some professional help. So in goes some new steel, out comes the straight edges and measuring tapes..  Happy with progress so far.

Tacking in some new steel!!

Below, rtear homemade crossmember has been removed and we ar getting ready to fit the new re-production part..