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bfav75
bfav75
5/23/11 9:51 p.m.

Can someone please help! I just blew a hole in my upper radiator hose of my 1990 sterling 827. And I can't find one anywhere! Any suggestions please?

RexSeven
RexSeven SuperDork
5/23/11 10:04 p.m.

The engine is the same as in the 1990 Acura Legend. Any Honda/Acura shop should be able to source the hose for you.

MrJoshua
MrJoshua SuperDork
5/23/11 10:05 p.m.

Take the hose to your local autoparts store and talk them into letting you roam around the hose section in the back room.

bfav75
bfav75 New Reader
5/23/11 10:09 p.m.

Oh really! I hope so... I tried that with auto zone, but no luck. I will check a dealer first thing in the morning. Thanks. I'll let you know if it turns out good.

JeffHarbert
JeffHarbert Reader
5/23/11 10:35 p.m.

The Cobra replica guys often take two hoses with 90-degree bends and join them together with a properly-sized piece of steel tubing. The end result is a Z-shaped hose. Perhaps you could do something similar if you can't find a correct replacement hose.

mad_machine
mad_machine SuperDork
5/23/11 11:27 p.m.

yes.. it is just a honda under all that englishness

bfav75
bfav75 New Reader
5/23/11 11:48 p.m.

This hose has a piggy-back going to the expansion tank and a temp censor attached to as well. I wish it was just curved hose.

bfav75
bfav75 New Reader
5/23/11 11:56 p.m.

It does drive pretty dang sweet though; when the hose ain't busted. I just bought it and i checked on a bunch of parts just to see what was easy to find. However, I didn't check on the one I thought would be the easiest to get.

jrw1621
jrw1621 SuperDork
5/24/11 5:40 a.m.

What do you mean by, "312 of 350?"

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
5/24/11 6:05 a.m.
RexSeven wrote: The engine is the same as in the 1990 Acura Legend. Any Honda/Acura shop should be able to source the hose for you.

This. Case closed.

RossD
RossD SuperDork
5/24/11 7:19 a.m.
jrw1621 wrote: What do you mean by, "312 of 350?"

I think it's a part of the Borg.

bfav75
bfav75 New Reader
5/24/11 7:58 a.m.

There were 350 1990 Sterling Oxford Editions made and mine is numbered 312

mad_machine
mad_machine SuperDork
5/24/11 8:02 a.m.
RossD wrote:
jrw1621 wrote: What do you mean by, "312 of 350?"

I think it's a part of the Borg.

if he is.. he is rather low on the list.

jstein77
jstein77 Dork
5/24/11 8:03 a.m.

Sterling - a lesson in how to take a perfectly reliable Japanese sedan and make it unreliably British.

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
5/24/11 8:10 a.m.

A perfect example of how rare doesn't necessarily result in desirable.

m4ff3w
m4ff3w SuperDork
5/24/11 8:40 a.m.

I've always wanted an 827SLi.

there is (was) one in the Pick-n-pull here in San Antonio.

JThw8
JThw8 SuperDork
5/24/11 8:50 a.m.

Link to an article with contact info for a man in PA who appearently fixes these things and bought up most of the remaining parts stock in the US.

http://www.aronline.co.uk/index.htm?sterlingfixerf.htm

mad_machine
mad_machine SuperDork
5/24/11 9:10 a.m.

yes.. they got the mixture wrong.. Japanese Luxury with British reliability.

jrw1621
jrw1621 SuperDork
5/24/11 9:27 a.m.
"British build quality and the soul of a Japanese appliance. The Worst of both Worlds."

http://www.justacargeek.com/2010/11/1990-sterling-827sl-oxford-edition.html

Not just an unpopular car but a limited edition of an unpopular car.

integraguy
integraguy Dork
5/24/11 9:34 a.m.

Hmm, the Oxford Edition.....does that mean it's as comfortable as an old shoe?

Sterling trivia:

The Honda Legend was available as a 2 door and a 4 door. Sterling had built prototypes of it's own 2 door that actually looked quite good. Too bad it never made it to market. 312 of 350....is that the number of Sterlings that still move under their own power and/or haven't rusted away on the whole planet?

ditchdigger
ditchdigger HalfDork
5/24/11 9:35 a.m.

New guy shows up and asks for help and everybody bashes his car?

Classy guys......classy. Way to welcome him.

Remember this is GRM where everything from festivas and wartburgs to biturbos and cavaliers are embraced.

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit Dork
5/24/11 9:42 a.m.

I have always thought the hatchback one was way cool, its too bad they never got things going.

jrw1621
jrw1621 SuperDork
5/24/11 9:53 a.m.
jrw1621 wrote:
"British build quality and the soul of a Japanese appliance. The Worst of both Worlds."
http://www.justacargeek.com/2010/11/1990-sterling-827sl-oxford-edition.html Not just an unpopular car but a limited edition of an unpopular car.

I hope my words did not come off as bashing. The reality is that I have found this topic interesting and can proudly say it has pushed me to learn something I did not otherwise know. I also thought Jthwates article was interesting.

JeffHarbert
JeffHarbert Reader
5/24/11 10:36 a.m.

I don't remember the last time I saw a Sterling. Always liked them. Good on the OP for keeping one on the road. There are TONS of same-generation Legends running around my area.

aussiesmg
aussiesmg SuperDork
5/24/11 11:00 a.m.
racinginc215 wrote: All I know about the car is back in 1994-2001 they littered the car auctions I was going to, the highest price I'd ever seen one go for was 300 dollars. mostly went for the starting bid of 65 dollars. I got stupid one morning and bought two of them for 100 bucks each. an 88 and a 90 good thing they had Honda drivelines or I would have lost my ass.

You have a 100 buck Ass

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