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#1296051 Renault 6 rescue (May 2018 - rusty valves)

Posted by quicksilver on 24 August 2017 - 04:23 PM

This has been in progress for a few weeks but I kept it quiet until it was all done and dusted as I didn't want to jinx it. Everything was going well, we were quite happy tinkering with the Maxi and had no intention of buying another classic, yet alone a project that has been off the road for decades, but then a chance remark about a manky old Zafira that even Cavcraft would turn his nose up at set off a chain of events that resulted in the purchase of a Renault 6.


It all started with model buses. My friend Bob from the Model Bus Federation passed away recently after spending a couple of years in a care home. I arranged with his executor Barry to visit his house in Rugby and acquire some of his models. The aforementioned Zafira languished on the drive covered in green so I asked Barry what he was going to do with it. He said he'd found a buyer but there was another old car in the garage, which he thought was a Renault 19, was L-reg and only fit for scrap. That doesn't sound too promising but what we found instead was pretty amazing.




It wasn't a Renault 19 at all but a 1972 Renault 6, pre-facelift, 845cc, last taxed in 1994 - a genuine garage find and a very rare car as the club know of only two others. Under all the dust the bodywork looked amazingly sound but the engine and brakes were seized so we couldn't get it out for a proper look. Nevertheless we knew it was far too good to scrap and Six-cylinder kindly offered to help with transport so we did a deal with Barry and became the owners of an immobile Renault 6 stuck in a garage 30 miles from home. Oh, and did I mention Bob had brush-painted it in 1970s British Rail loco livery so it was two-tone green with a grey roof, black and yellow tape stripes and yellow front and back ends?




That was just the start of what turned out to be an epic adventure so stay turned for more amazing Renault action...

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#1366493 Stanky's Geep - fire sale

Posted by Stanky on 02 December 2017 - 08:01 PM

So, we've all beeen there, go to the shops for a pint of milk (fourpack) and idly glance at the ads in the window. Invariably advertising mobility scooters, electric reclining chairs and other OAP paraphenalia from the homes of the recently deceased.

yeah yeah yeah, whatever. Learn Chinese, hmmm might be useful. (makes mental note)

Oh ho, but what is this?









*has aneurysm*

Right! grab the phone!

Rang the chap up, perspiring profusely, and asked about whether the Jago he was adveritising was still available.

Oh, yeah thats my dads. hang on.



"Hit there, are you interested in the car?"

*act nonchalant*


*heart beating at 360 bpm*

Me: "Yeah, can you tell me a bit more about it please? What is it based on? What needs doing to it to complete?"

Seller: "Its based on a Mk1 Escort, but its got a 1600 crossflow engine fitted. It ran about 2 years ago but has been sat under a cover since then. I got this far about 12 years ago but then had kids and its just not going to get finished. The missus has given me an ultimatum so it needs to go. Its got a solid chassis (sic) and the bodywork is all glassfibre but the floor, which is made of marine ply is rotten so it'll need a new one making up. Its got no roof and you might want to get a new set of seats as these ones are a bit old but they are from a escort RS Turbo so might be worth a few quid. Everything you need is included though, I just need it gone or I'll be sleeping in it."

Me: "ah ok, are you about this weekend? Where are you?"

Seller: "Yes, will be about tomorrow. And we live on REDACTED"

(This is literally 2 minutes walk from my house, on an estate of bungalows with one way in and out. I;ve seen the po-po once in the 8 years I've lived here)

Me: "Ok great, give me a call when you're free and I'll pop over"

Right, shit. Just semi committed to this (and am nursing a semi over it) so now need to go home and tell the wife. The same one who said absolutely no more cars ever on pain of death.

Off to the shops to get chocolates and flowers!

I got back home and gave her the chocs and flowers and told her she deserved nice things and why don't we go out for dinner soon maybe. She gave me the 'what are you planning' look. I fessed up and told her an unmissable business opportunity had arisen. I showed her a pic of a (amazingly well) finished one. To my utter astonishment the answer was

"Wow, really, free? I really like them! Go get it, you deserve a treat. Plus when its finished we can all go out in it"

I then pinched myself so hard I've got a blood blister on my arm and potentially bone damage

"Can you just say that once more, while I record it please darling?"

"Go on, how bad can it be? You can always scrap it if its fucked"


(yeah, they don't take cars made of rotten wood and plastic but whatever)

I was going to ask who the person in my house was and what they'd done with my actual wife but then thought better of it. This could be the SHITTEST thing I've ever owned. Its RWD. It was made by a man in a shed some while ago and could feasibly be both MOT and Tax exempt, meaning I could cough up a few quid for some insurance and be able to drive this to work on monday. Fucking hell.

Watch this space for inspection, collection and subsequent onset of despair. The collection pictures will be me walking out my house and down the road...


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#999130 Cadillac NOW FOR SALE!

Posted by eddyramrod on 15 May 2016 - 07:38 PM

Being two of the resident American-auto lickers on here, danthecapriman and I have been having some PM chatter about possibly going abroad and bringing one back.  Here's one that we fancied quite strongly until Dan realised his passport had expired...


So you see the sort of thing we like!

Well... then this one appeared in the ebay thread...


Dan and I discussed it at length (when was the last time you had a PM conversation run to 8 pages?) and decided I should bid on it.  We set a ceiling, because neither of us wanted to be involved in a bidding war even though we would be watching when it ended.

And we were outbid.  Fair enough.

Then I got a Second Chance Offer.  Winning bidder turned up, declared it wasn't for him, and scarpered.  The seller liked the car so much he almost didn't send me the Offer, and when it took me a while to reply (consulting with Dan) he almost wanted me to turn it down so he could keep it.  But I didn't.  Consultation showed that we both still thought it was a good buy, so I accepted.  Arrangements had to be made, money drawn, directions printed, etc etc.

So yesterday my friend Roger arrived, a mere three hours later than we had arranged.  Immediately he declared his 2006 Fabia wasn't well and he didn't fancy it all the way to Derby and, crucially, back.  So ok, we went in my Saab.  He liked that, a lot.  Derby is almost 200 miles from Barrow, in case you wanted to know.  You know what my Saab looks like so you don't need pics of that stage of the trip.

So, here we are at the seller's farm.

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Let's take a minute to explore some of his other toys...

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...and believe me, these are only highlights!

So, now let's look at the Cadillac in a bit more detail...

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Don't worry, I do have the bonnet mascot!  Seller removed it at my suggestion, because the car will live outside on the street.  I don't want to lose the ornament!

So, we set off to drive home, after one of the compulsory-element pics...

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Seller directed us to a gas station and a chippy...

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(I might cross-post that one to Cars AndGirls...)  The girl in the white shirt is one of the chippy staff, she just couldn't get enough of the car!  I took a load of pics on her phone of her sitting in it, admiring it from outside... then finally we could have our tea and get back on the road.  We stopped at a couple of services, not least because driving at night with no instrument lighting is pretty stressful!  Especially when you have motorway roadworks for mile after mile, with a 50 limit and cameras.

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So we finally arrived in Barrow at 1.00am, having listened to Ken Bruce covering the Eurovision most of the way up.  Yes, the Cadillac has its original factory AM/FM radio, and it works!

This morning I thought I'd better do something about the lack of door-locking, that the seller pointed out to me.  The car has 4 keys, all slightly different!  One for trunk, one for ignition... er...

A little consultation with Dan brought forth the suggestion that the power-lock actuators might be at fault, and upon dismantling the driver's door, this was indeed the case.

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I disconnected the actuator from the lock and all was well.  One of the "other" keys was found to fit the doors, so now I can lock and unlock them manually.  Good enough.  When I took my dog out, I couldn't resist grabbing this shot...

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And then I decided it needed a clean, so I swept it out, found a carpet offcut for the trunk, and washed the thing.  It does look better.

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Several of my neighbours have come to have a look, and gone away impressed.


What happens now?  Well the immediate plan is just that I should (and will!) drive it, as much as possible given that I don't have anywhere off-road to keep it.  This is at least partly why we went for a mechanically-sound car (which it certainly seems to be) with cosmetic issues.  One worries less about a fresh ding, you know.... To this end I'll be going to work in it tomorrow, and stopping at the Post Office on the way home to get the tax in my name.  This car is the right side of 40 years old, so I get free tax.  Lovely!

What happens in the further-distance remains to be seen.


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#1429999 1992 Dacia Duster Roadster

Posted by GrahamR on 18 February 2018 - 06:29 PM

I recently acquired this sleeping beauty. The first photo shows it "as found" in a heated garage where it's been for the last 25 years - since it was only about one year old in fact!


I'm now looking to get it back on the road and hoping this will be more of a re-commissioning job rather than a restoration as such. The bodywork and underside are in amazing rust free condition.



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#990158 The Last Ambassador. It's Ours!

Posted by rovamota on 01 May 2016 - 04:11 PM

Maybe we're mad, maybe we're sad, but we are delighted to announce that, after much negotiation, www.leylandprincess.co.uk has secured the last of the line Austin Ambassador Vanden Plas, A500 KWK. This car was part of the Heritage Motor Centre collection at Gaydon from 1986 and was on display up until 2003, where it was then sold as part of their auction of some 60 cars in the collection.


Since it was sold it seems it has not been used and was parked on the driveway of the owners house for several years and now still shows the same 11,700 miles on the clock since it was sold at Gaydon.


We know these aren't the most loved of cars but as real enthusiasts we think this car should be saved due to its provenance, novelty value and the fact so few remain. Obviously the car will probably need a fair bit of cash spending on it but we hope to have it looking as good as it did when it was in the museum.


We're collecting it on Friday.


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#1387494 Dicky's tat: My first prewar car

Posted by Angrydicky on 30 December 2017 - 10:59 PM

I've owned loads of older cars, but never anything made before WW2. I've wanted to rectify this for the last few years, but with prices on the up it's taken a while to find the right sort of car.
My criteria was:
Not an Austin Seven or Morris Eight
Four seats and mid-size - I didn't want anything tiny, but didn't want to have to garage a limousine either.
Oily rag/original condition
Good history
Running and driving (not a complete project)
Original reg number
I kept looking, but even those cars in need of full restoration were fetching top, top money. 
Then, in the summer, my friend Andrew offered me his 1935 Standard for a very reasonable price. The car was just what I had in mind, but there were a few things that I was a bit concerned about. For my budget, though, I had to make some sacrifices:
There was no history, and the original reg had been sold years ago. It's now on an Audi (sniff!).
The front seats and headlining have been retrimmed, though at least it retains its original rear seat, which is in need of some repair. It was running, but had broken down with some unspecified fault, possibly distributor related, so was being sold as a non-runner.
Paintwork was tatty, though it was a poor respray in the 1980s instead of genuine patina. And, perhaps most importantly, some parts were missing. Most notably the sunroof, hubcaps, bonnet catches and horns.
Here's some of Andrew's pictures when he found it, and once he'd done a bit of work and got it running and driving:
I agonised about it for a while (as I'd just bought the Vauxhall Royale) but decided to go for it. The other problem was that the car was up in Penrith, Cumbria and I needed to get it to my parents garage in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Fortunately, Andrew's dad Geoff agreed to deliver it on his trailer. 
This was my first view when it arrived outside!
We rolled it off the trailer, removed the tarp and pushed it down to the garage.
Andrew had had some fun and games with the Standard club trying to get the car registered, as there was no paperwork when he got it. After being given some duff information and, having had no luck with the club, he went direct to the DVLA who did a search using the chassis number. It seemed the car did have a number, MSJ 262, which it was given when the original number was sold in the '90s, but plates had never been made up and the logbook had been lost after the then owner died.
First job I did was to make some better number plates for it. Most satisfying!
The 1608cc sidevalve engine had allegedly been rebuilt, and once dad and I got it running, we had no reason to doubt it. It's smooth and sweet, with good compression. It came with some ancient 'Lodge' plugs in a box of spares, which it now, unsurprisingly, runs better on than the modern NGK items it came fitted with. The 'failure to proceed' was indeed a very worn dizzy, now fitted with electronic ignition so it runs happily, but the distributor will be rebuilt in due course, as will the carburettor. The water pump is leaking slightly and needs a new bearing, so I'll send that off to the magicians at E.P. Services in Wolverhampton.
Inside, it's quite tidy but there's more bits missing here including the clock mechanism, some trim panels and the end pieces from the under-dash shelf. The windscreen mechanism operates well.
The rear seat base is original. It has some mouse damage so will have to be carefully repaired.
Five wheels, four with new tyres, and a stainless exhaust. The body has been removed from the chassis, which was cleaned and painted before the body was fitted back on with proper sound deadening etc. All four shock absorbers have been replaced with later type and the pivots modified accordingly - we think the fronts are A30/35 rears and the rears are Morris Minor fronts! 
The next job was to take the window frames, dashboard and wheels to where I work, Past Parts in Bury St Edmunds, where I stripped and cleaned them in my lunch hours. The window frames and dashboard should be painted with wood-effect paint - sadly this is long gone and they had been painted flat brown which I stripped off. I need to find some method of recreating the original finish. 
Three of the wheels have now been powdercoated black. One is worse than the others, which will become the spare.
The missing sunroof was arguably the biggest problem. I tried without success to find one. We decided we'd have to go down the route of building a wooden frame and adding strengthening ribs. Then, we had a stroke of luck. Work were clearing out a load of steel shelves, so I saved a few to use as sheet steel. Anyway, dad saw them and had an idea, he measured them and found that some were exactly the right length to fit the roof aperture. So, some slight modifications later, and we have a roof that opens and closes perfectly. Still needs final finishing, a better handle, headlining and covering with black vinyl on the outside, but for the princely sum of £0, I can't complain.
After that, we removed the front and rear wings and spent some time knocking out dents and filling where necessary. Both door bottoms were fairly rotten and had been filled in the past. These received welded repair sections and the wooden frame below was filled to line it all up. The running boards are custom made aluminium items, which are very strong. All the wooden floor has also been replaced to a high standard.

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#1366836 Estate(s) of the nation - 2017 thread of the year!!!! Cedric...

Posted by Heidel_Kakao on 03 December 2017 - 11:47 AM

I collected this unicorn today :) Yes I am in Finland, yes it's bloody cold and yes it's the coolest car I have ever owned in my 34 years on this planet.
This is the route I will be following over the next week to get back home, next stop Turku where I will have WiFi and can provide more details and pictures so stay tuned for further updates!
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#1042098 Garage find Rancho - the bronze one. Rust update, p15

Posted by Skizzer on 11 August 2016 - 03:37 PM

Sorry for the radio silence, I'm alright, I just fainted slightly BECAUSE RANCHO.


Rust report:
The sills are very frilly but there are some NOS inners and outers in the boot.

The floor pan looks ok. Rear suspension mounts and lower A-pillars, hmm not sure.

The driver's door is rather bubbly, but there's a replacement (in red).

There are holes where the wing mounted spotlights used to be...but there are two spotlights in a box :-) One is yellow, for maximum Frenchness.

No sign of cracking round the upper tailgate hinges.

It runs and drives! Doesn't even sound very tappety, which is crazy for a Simca. My magic booster pack and a squirt of EasyStart were all it took.

The interior is a bit grubby but all there and not torn. Mmmm tartan seats.

It's only done 62k, backed up by MOTs.

And best news of all, it's officially ours.
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#1454402 Dollywobbler's Invacar - Exhaust fail

Posted by dollywobbler on 16 March 2018 - 04:17 PM

Sorry for radio silence. It's been a frantic afternoon. There must still be some crap in the carb, so every now and then, all the power goes, and I can only keep it going on the accelerator pump - ie shutting and opening the throttle repeatedly.


However, after a fair dose of stress, we eventually made it to the OBLIGATORY.



Just think, her first visit to a petrol station in 14 years! The chap behind the counter came out to have a look. 


Best support car ever. We decided to take the very scenic route, rather than the main road.



We arrived at the MOT station at bang on 2pm, just! 



The yard was full of Morris Minors and Protons. Ideal!


An MOT was passed! It did very well on the brake test apparently. Tester did find a missing cotter pin on the handbrake linkage (oops) which he replaced, and an exhaust clamp that I'd forgotten to tighten up (oops) which he tightened up. Otherwise, nae probs!


So, it was off to the Post Office, a few more miles away.



There, the tax class (Historic), body type (Tricycle) and engine size (493cc rather than 9999cc) were update and I was given a receipt as proof of tax. Sorted!


Took the minor roads again, and little TWC was still coughing and spluttering a fair bit. Then she'd pick up, and you'd find yourself flying towards a sharp bend rather alarmingly.


To drive, it's very odd. Very quick off the mark, and trying to brake and steer at the same time is horrendous. You can't rest your arms on the handlebars either, as that applies the brakes, so the long-distance trip is going to be painful. Fastest speed achieved? An indicated 55mph, which was terrifying!


And now tea.



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#1296102 Renault 6 rescue (May 2018 - rusty valves)

Posted by quicksilver on 24 August 2017 - 05:37 PM

And so to the fun bit - collection day! What it lacks in epic distance and multiple modes of transport it makes up for in supernatural influence and strange occurrences. Six-cylinder came and picked us up early in the morning and we set off to collect the trailer. Things started out well but then we had a problem with the trailer's lights which meant a trip back to Six-cylinder's gaff and about an hour spent rewiring the lighting plug. Because of that we were very late setting off, which was annoying at the time but as things turned out I'm sure it was divine intervention by Bob and he delayed us deliberately. The journey was uneventful and the Renault was soon steered out of the garage and loaded up ready to leave Rugby. It had lived there all its life, half of which was spent in Bob's garage, but did go to Bournemouth once and objected to that by blowing itself up as we found a hefty bill for an engine rebuild from a Renault dealer there in 1979.






Towing such a distinctive car soon had passers-by staring and pointing in disbelief, but here's where things get really surreal. We got to the A5 roundabout just 5 miles outside Rugby and a couple in a modern Ford something-or-other started frantically gesticulating and flashing their lights for us to pull over. We wondered what on earth could be wrong - had we given them road rage or was the Renault about to fall off the trailer? The woman came running over exclaiming "I can't believe it, that's our old car!" Turns out they had owned this very car back in the early 80s and sold it to Bob, and they assumed it had gone to the scrappers long ago so they never expected to see it again.


What are the chances of such a thing happening just 15 minutes after the car emerged from its hiding place of 23 years? Had we not been delayed by the trailer, we'd have been gone long before they got there so I'm convinced Bob was guiding events from the next life and made that meeting happen. The chap recognised the roof rack and remembered buying it from Halfords in the late 70s, and we've since had a text from him saying he's found an old photo that confirms it is definitely the same car. Even now I still can't believe that happened as it's just so utterly mind-blowingly improbable.






The rest of the journey passed without incident and the Renault soon arrived at its new home, after turning a few heads taking it through the middle of Towcester at lunchtime. The first job was a thorough clean to see what it really looked like under 23 years of grime, and then it went into the garage alongside the Maxi. I'm not religious but I do believe everything happens for a reason and that's definitely what happened with this car: Bob wanted us to save it and bump into the previous owners and he used his divine powers to make it happen. Huge thanks to Six-cylinder too for being so helpful as we couldn't have done it without him.


Maxi meets its new friend



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#1129605 That vandalised Ambassador...

Posted by rovamota on 27 December 2016 - 07:16 PM

A week and a half ago we went to pick up the vandalised Ambassador that we won on ebay. We decided to bid for it as it just looked so sad and needs to be brought back to glory once again.


It looks structurally very sound but, thanks to the mindless vandalism, there's a bit of work to do. First job will be to get the engine to go. There's a spark and a smell of petrol but sounds as dead as a dodo. Shouldn't be too difficult though, famous last words.


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We then set off for the uneventful journey home, stopping at Strensham services on the M5 for a comfort break.




Once home it was maneuvered into our garage and left as we were all pretty knackered by this time.
A good nights sleep and a few cups of tea later, the next morning we attempted to get the engine started. Once we'd discovered a connector had come adrift from the coil we found we at least had a spark but there there was very little in the way of any life from the fuel side. I went and got a gallon of fuel and we poured it in but still, no sign of any fuel proceeding from the tank to the carburetors despite the fact we could hear the electric pump working. We disconnected the fuel pipe from the carb and poured fuel directly in which, upon the turn of the key brought the engine bursting into life! It sounded okay apart from the blow from the exhaust downpipe clamps, but then white smoke started billowing from the exhaust - but as there was so little fuel getting through the engine didn't run for long enough.
There was still no sign of fuel from the fuel pump even with the engine running so I decided to remove it for further investigation as it can be removed in a matter of minutes. Once out it became clear what the problem was. There's a short piece of hose that runs from the fuel filter to the pump motor but this one had completely fallen to pieces. The only way fuel could leave the tank was if the tank was filled above the outlet pipe. I managed to find a suitable piece of pipe and refitted the pump back in the tank. 
Once all the fuel pipes were reconnected we could then run the engine for longer, so we decided to fill it with water...
Things got a bit worse from that point on. The engine then ran very poorly and the white smoke, or vapour as we'd now established, got worse. We could see water being spat out of the manifold/exhaust join and pressure built up very quickly in the cooling system. It was quite obvious we had a major coolant leak into the cylinders.
Inevitably the cylinder head would have to come off and so, 20 minutes later (it's hilariously easy to remove on these) it was on the bench. It was quite clear the the gasket had failed on No. 3 cylinder allowing coolant to pass between the fire rings and go straight into the bore and the wet piston just made it more conclusive.
This picture shows the head gasket still sat on the block
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We've decided to dismantle the head and have it skimmed after checking it with a straight edge shows warpage around cylinder three.
In the meantime we'll get on and sort the other issues, but we have all of the glass except the bonded rear quarter. The sunroof was ripped out and, consequently, all of the parts that fix it to the frame have broken and are unrepairable but I'm sure that the sunroof is made by Britax and the mechanisms were shared across all other Austin Rover cars of the time so we may be able to source replacement parts to repair it. 

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#822293 Bentley Turbo R total shite! Now, Brooklands 'R' turbo shite....

Posted by xtriple on 11 September 2015 - 12:04 PM

Well, I have finally, after years of prevarication and double guessing myself bought a Bentley! Just had the phone call from Specialist cars to say that my offer was rejected but he'd take £9200. I said £9000 and he accepted!  Bearing in mind it;s getting a service, new engine mount and new disc pads (and the old owner has still got to pay for the DIM and all the other bits) that's all going to make a sizeable dent in 9 grand!


I have not been this excited in bloody decades!








Ain't she pretty!


Now got to tax, insure (eek!) get full AA cover (on reduced cover as the Honda has its own) and a PRIVATE PLATE :)


Do I do a 'collection' thread next week?  Got to sort out a lift up to Exeter as trains from here are useless and a taxi could be... pricey!

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#1350964 Styled in Italy, built in Britain - The story of the blue Ital Van

Posted by trigger on 12 November 2017 - 08:58 PM

What accelerates 0-60 quicker than a Saab 900 GLS and overtakes faster than a Mercedes 200? That's correct, a Morris Ital 1.3 575 Van.


So let me start from the very beginning, back to 1994 in fact, I was 14 and working weekends and school holidays for a local agricultural engineer as his bitch, cutting grass, cleaning equipment, working on farms fixing tractors and driving loads of them, great fun and all for £1 a hour, great times. Sometime around this point his brother who traded in old tractors bought this old Morris Ital Van for £300 at a local farm sale purely to sell the number plate on (i don't know why either). I was tasked with cleaning the van up, sorting all the old plumbers equipment out and throwing away the moldy old sandwiches in it and even getting driven home in it a couple of times late at night, i remember this being great fun at the time.


Meanwhile it was found to be pretty rusty so off it went to a local welders where it sat for 2 years having a plate over the passenger floor and the rear inner tubs plated before coming back to him to sit in his garden another 2 years under a tarp wanting for him to finish the work needed for the mot, it then ended up being driven to a barn around 1999, again late at night and being parked in the corner and forgotten about.


I first saw it again over 2 years ago when i went to the barn to buy the grey Sierra off him.








There she is under all the dust and webs, i did speak about buying it at the time but he was in no rush to sell it and didn't have time to dig it out but fast forwards 2 years and he's been told to that the land the barns on has been sold to developers and everything needs to go, so back i go again to assess it.












Oh dear... that's quite rusty. Obviously those years sat outside didn't help, I offered to help move it, out of interest really so i spent a couple of Sundays down there moving stuff about and getting it running again by fitting a external fuel tank and rebuilding the carb.


I went back again few weeks ago to help move it towards the doors and get some photos to advertise it and it dawned on me that i should really buy it, under all that dust and rust was a genuine 41000 mile van that now starts instantly on the button, yes it will be a big job but nostalgia cut in, those memories of Saturdays cleaning it and late nights sliding around the country lanes as a 14 year old came back, and he offered to deliver it to mine too so we agreed on a price and the deal was done, or i was done, one of the two...

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#1229694 Database: *NEW NEWS: TUESDAY 23/05/2017 PLEASE READ*

Posted by Cavcraft on 23 May 2017 - 02:44 PM

Thanks for bearing with us, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes with the transition in hosting of the forum and we wanted to update you all on whats been going on and what still needs to happen.


We have a new server to run the forum, have taken backups of the current forum and are in the process of restoring the backups to the new server to ensure that it all works as expected. We've bought the IPB licence (software that runs the forum) and are using this to test that all works correctly.


We've set up reliable external cloud storage for automated forum backups which will be scripted to run daily, and as part of the process we will also regularly test restores from these backups to the test forum to ensure it all works as expected in the event of a serious problem.


The next actions are for some testing to be carried out on the new server to ensure that the backup restores correctly, then to cut over to the new server for the 'live' site. Stanky and Slartibartfast have a plan for this which should only require about 15 minutes of downtime and no lost posts, timing of this will be announced once we are ready to make the change and we'll give as much notice as we can. The plan is for nothing to change on the surface as a result of this changeover.


Once the changeover has taken place we'll get a sticky post added to the top of the main forum with a breakdown of running costs and a link to a GoFundMe page for those who wish to contribute. We'll also welcome suggestions for improvements going forward.



Again, peeps, this has been the hard work of Stanky and Slartibartfast, and Mike is still helping us out.

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#1221704 Database: *NEW NEWS: TUESDAY 23/05/2017 PLEASE READ*

Posted by Cavcraft on 11 May 2017 - 08:58 PM

After the recent disruption Stanky and Slatibartfast have kindly offered to take ownership of the hosting of the forum on an ongoing basis. This will require a change of DNS which could cause up to 24 hours downtime while the changes propagate.


We'll update you all before anything changes and appreciate that there has been a lot of disruption recently, but this has to be done as the site is currently sitting on a server which Daveb47 runs and pays for.


Going forward, we'll try to keep the forum stable and move from the current paid-for software to an open-source solution to reduce running costs. This will be discussed in due course once we have got to grips with the current setup.


On the contentious subject of donations, we plan to set up a GoFundMe page for the site where we will disclose the running costs on a monthly basis and set a funding target. We envisage this to be in the region of £100 per month. Members can donate if they so wish, and choose to have a name or handle displayed, or remain anonymous.


Thanks for bearing with us during the transition.




More as it happens! 



*Edit: We have been overwhelmed with offers of help and support from 'shiters and it's been very much appreciated, thank you.

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Posted by Mr_Bo11ox on 09 March 2017 - 10:03 AM

Hows it going gang? I have got a new addition to my fleet of hopeless old shitters and this one is a GAME-CHANGER.


Story goes that I woke up one morning the week before last and had a quick flick through my phone as I am addicted to it (see other bit of forum). Wuvverine had posted an ebay ad for a sherpa van that looked interesting and was cheap as chips. It finished in like 2 hours and I was already full of Sherpa love having recently had a shot in lanky Tim’s sliding door effort. This one looked straight, had the old Freight Rover face on it, and a hatchback rear door so ticked all my ‘Dream Sherpa spec’ boxes apart from having a sliding drivers door and a Perkins prima (Its got a Peugeot XUD). I chucked a bid in of about 260 groat and by the time I had got my computer stoked up at work it was mine for 250!!!!!! YOW!!!!!


It was at a scrapyard in Leicester, about 40 miles from home. I tried to get it Shiplyd but they were all quoting like £120, which seemed just too much. I briefly thought about ‘framing it but then the yard where it was said theyd do it for £80 and in the end I went with that. It got unceremoniously dumped on the drive while I was at work, blocking in Mrs_Nutz’s motor until I could get it started and shifted. Here is what I ended up with:








So its an LDV 200 panel van. Got the 1.9 XUD, power steering and a hatchback. I have to say its much better than I expected and I friggin LOVE IT. Its obviously not free of rust, but what rust it’s got is fairly manageable, I can see one wheelarch is a bit crispy, and theres a bit beside the battery tray that has rotted out the front wing at the bottom, dunno if its an MOT fail but it does need sorting with the welder.



Heres the engine – seems remarkably clean and unmolested. Mileage is 42,000. I have had it started now which took some doing – I have ordered a new set of glowplugs for it. However once started it sounds as sweet as any XUD ever does. Lovely!!!!






Heres Mrs Crab looking on open-mouthed at the sheer beauty that comes with like 35 years of natural evolution of CLASS. She reckoned the rugs in the back seem faintly sinister? To be fair I actually did find a few marbles under them and it would be easy to imagine the van making an appearance in a series of Prime Suspect or whatever. Whats good is, despite not being panelled out inside, it obviously hasn’t been carrying big heavy stuff as there is really not a mark on the side panels from cargo clattering about inside, its amazing really.



This is the crispy wheelarch I mentioned



And this is the grot beside the battery tray.



Get a load of this. LDV security system!!!!!



Still got the fob!!!! Theres no way this has get central locking surely.



Yeah that looks like a quality install, I presume it has started playing up and someone has just chopped through more and more of its wires till it was dead.



LDV-branded radio cassette! Can you believe it?




Interior is a bit grubby, but its all there and not completely ravaged. I reckon it will clean up pretty well




I know that a big LDV killer is rot in the rain gutters. This one is starting to go above the middle of the windscreen but I don’t think its gone through yet, certainly the interior is dry. I will have to do something about this though as that will be a serious problem if it gets much worse.






Morris marina ignition key!!!



This thing just has CLASS oozing out of it, get a load of the clutch master cylinder man. Straight out of an Austin princess or something.


Anyway that’s the van. As I say I did get it started, and it runs lovely. I have no paperwork of any sort for it beyond a receipt from the scrapyard I got it from and I know nowt of its history. It does have ‘Ford & Slater Leicester LDV’ dealer numberplates though. I have moved it up and down the drive and the brakes are a bit sticky but all the steering, clutch etc seem to work as they should. The van has so little traction that it can barely reverse its sorry a$$ up the drive without busting into a big wheelspin, but that might improve when I free off the back brakes a bit more. I am gonna chuck some heater plugs in it this weekend hopefully and then I guess I will try and give the brakes a bit of looking at. I can’t wait to get this on the road and rumble round the lanes in it, I reckon its gonna be class to drive. CHEERZ.


PS. Anyone know if you are supposed to go to town on the front suspension of these with a grease gun every other week?




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#1471582 Stolen

Posted by puddlethumper on 04 April 2018 - 06:52 PM

BREAKING NEWS !      I've found it. 

Reported it at the cop shop and was asked if there was any cctv, to which I replied that there could be.

Was basically told to check it and if "I" thought it was of use, to let them know.

I have, obviously, been labouring under the impression that that was a Police thing. 

Went and found who had access to the cctv and he allowed me to have a look.

11.47pm on Sunday night and there is a shadowy figure on the side of the van away from the cameras.

Some minutes later it's being rolled, coz Ftp, out of the Ind Est and into the street where, still moving slowly,

he turns right, downhill also, and disappears out of view.

Taking my new role as apprentice Plod very seriously I donned my Sherlock hat and looked at the evidence.

No sign of a Transit beavertail, or similar, lurking anywhere, although I only saw the street for a short distance so one could've been further along. Discounted this, my dear Watson. Sounded a bit too planned considering time of night and the time it had been sitting there. Conclusion ? A local scrote looking to rag it around till it crashed or ran out of go juice. 

Then burn it. Fortunately for me, and unfortunately for  local scrote, other scrotes available, it wasn't going to start.

Deducing from this, not really difficult, that there was a fair chance it was further downhill I therefore went, well, downhill.

This area is known as a bit scroteville and there were quite a few downhill streets he could've chosen.

Undeterred I sallied forth on my downhill mission and after several setbacks was rewarded with the site of shite. My shite.

At this point I thought, coz temporary plod, I would send in my report to head office and not disturb the crime scene.

Head office were somewhat unsupportive in that they wouldn't send a S.W.A.T. team, or any other team. In fact they would instead send nobody. The choices I was given were, we can send transport to take it to forensics, but it wouldn't be for a few days and you will have to pay for said transport and you may be able to pick up your chariot in about a week, or, you get it recovered and we sort of forget about it. Decisions decisions. No prizes for which one I went for.

You can't beat a bit of Cuntstabulary can you ?

Damage report. Fucked passenger door lock and the ignition barrel, AND the tube it fits in, ripped out.

Scrote ran off with a toolbox with spanners, sockets, screwdrivers, gaffer tape, coat hangers, bolts , nuts, cable ties, you know, essential stuff to keep old shite on the road. Sigh. It was a good collection and will take time to replace.

That tool box was fuckin heavy. About 25 kilos, so he wouldn't have wanted to carry it far. 

Not a particularly smart scrote because he left a brand new Hilka lithium ion jump pack.

Well, it could have been a lot worse. Now looking for a steering column, barrel and door lock  for a 305. Also a Bosch injection pump, which is nothing to do with the scrote, the little shit.

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#969632 The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!

Posted by BorniteIdentity on 01 April 2016 - 03:12 PM

What. A. Day.  Certainly one I'll never forget.  We left Watford at 10:40 and arrived at exactly Midday.  1 Hour 20 minutes to do 18 miles.  Well done everyone.  As soon as we approached the car, I got 'the feeling'.  Any regular buyer of shite will know 'the feeling': an aggressive state of biliousness paired with the weirdest boner ever.


This was the first moment we got "Eyeball"




There was just time to bid my chauffeur farewell before Skizzer skipped along with that twinkle in his eye that we all know and love.  After we knocked on the wrong door (of a Latvian woman who thought we were amateur bailiffs) we finally made contact with the seller.  He boasted of much interest and many offers, and proceeded to unlock the car.  No central locking? WTF!!  The car started on the first  turn of the key, and after a little encouragement on the throttle it settled down very well.  Once he'd pulled the bonnet cable manually, the engine was revealed and it's in surprisingly good condition.  Then again, it's coated in oil, so that's probably helped immensely.


And that, really, was the full extent of the inspection.  It's sharing oil (I think) from the rocker cover gasket, and depositing some on the road.  Following that solitary remark, we retired to the vendors (seriously impressive) dining room to fulfil the obligations, the deal was done, and we were back on a North London street.  


Skizzer took the wheel first before he returned to public transport, and was very positive about the car.  "A little play in the steering" and "Clutch is a bit high but nothing bad" and that was it.  We were both really excited.


That's a lie.  


See, I had exactly 2 hours to make it to Milton Keynes - and in that time I had to 


A) Not break down

2) Insure it

D) Attend to fluids and fuel.


I bid Skiz farewell and promptly drove off in the wrong direction.  Bollocks.  Heading towards the North Circular, I actually felt a little bit sad.  This car had been a small but (to me) important part of the rich tapestry of London.  Under my stewardship, the Sierra was leaving behind the gritty urban side streets of Clapton for retirement.  I felt a little guilty.  Happy, petrified, but guilty.




With one eye on the time, and one eye on the temperature needle, I missed the first two petrol stations.  The third seemed inviting with it's promise of pez and oil, so in we went.




Aware that I couldn't really drive any further without smiling for the ANPR cameras, I was relieved of £149 by Lancaster Insurance - and was then on my way.


The car is very, very easy to drive.  The driving position is comfortable, the seats are LOVELY and visibility is impeccable.  Whilst I was nervous that it'd FTP at any given moment, I felt really really safe driving it.  Maybe it was the familiarity of a position I studied for years as a child, or maybe I'm just being a soppy old git.  Like my Mercedes 190e, the car is narrow - so threading it through busy suburbs was an absolute breeze.


The North Circular quickly became the M1, and the car just ran like a little sewing machine.  Never a moments bother from anything.  The car is, by modern standards, a little under geared - it seemed happiest at 60mph, so that's where we kept it.  And, to be honest, I'd have kept going long past my exit, as I'm quietly confident it'd just keep on going.


Junctions passed, and as we approached J14 we got our first peep.



Clearly he identified us as fellow winners at life.


Milton Keynes beckoned, and I felt a mixture of both immense relief and satisfaction that the maiden voyage had been completed without a hiccup.



Greg seemed impressed with the car.


As I drove the last mile, I realised why this car (unlike its peers) had survived so long.  It was still absolutely brilliant at performing its primary function: transport.  Yes, it's a curiosity to you and I.  To others it's urban decay and to some it's probably art.  First and foremost, it's still very good at being a motor car.  Whilst my heart smiles now, I also laugh and wince every time I look at it.  


It's shit.


So, to finish, a few thank you's:  Thanks to Skizzer for having the plums when many (including me) did not.  Thanks to JohnK, AngryDicky and Cheggers for also financing the car.  Big thanks to my friend Emma who drove me (she has terminal cancer at 37, but wanted to make me happy) and thanks to you lot.  Here's the honest bit - I'd have run a mile had I turned up there alone.  But with everyone on board it'll be a hoot.


Sorry to sound like a romantic old fart doing his acceptance speech, but we did something good today.  Well bloody done everyone.



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#1372348 Stanky's Geep - fire sale

Posted by Stanky on 09 December 2017 - 07:49 PM

Right, write up time!


At just gone midday on the day of our lord 9th December, 4 shiters did assemble in one place and lo, tea was drunk, biscuits were consumed and the lord did grin.


It was flipping cold, but sunny (to begin with) and off we went. Mercrocker, Danthecapriman, Mitsisigma and I strode out to the car, having loaded it up with all manner of equipment, batteries, pumps, beer and flowers. We drove round the corner and banged on the chap's front door. He answered. This was a good sign.


So, the Solent Shiters were introduced to my Jago Geep. the CPT was removed and comments were muttered about it being a lot better than expected. Next step was to see if it would actually move. We'd packed three towropes just in case, but the combined strength of the Solent shiters go the Geep moving no problem - even with tyres which probably had less air in them than the barometric pressure at the top of Everest. We pushed it down the drive, onto the road and then up onto the pavement so we weren't obstructing traffic (yet)




Next up we had to decide how to proceed from here. We reached the decision by committee (after a secret ballot and some lobbying) to pump up the tyres first. I deployed the foot pump, which Mercrocker did the intelligent thing and hooked up his magic box of jump-pack and 12v compressor to do the other side with substantially less effort. We put the tyres up to about 20psi and then had another look. During this time the 'seller' explained the various merits of the engine bay to DTCM and Mitsisigma.




Then Mitsisigma has a look




Next, we decided as we were all fit* and healthy* types we'd push it up the road to my house. Since it moved relatively easily off the drive how hard could it be?


yeah, umm well it started off well, but by the time we were halfway there, speed had decreased markedly and my legs were telling me this was a stupid bloody idea and why didn't we just tow it. Anyway, other than some miserable old twat in a Honda Jazz tutting as we tucked over and added about 5 nanoseconds to his journey (presumably to pick up the daily mail and moan about how you can't whistle along to modern music or some such tosh) we got back to my house in about 10 minutes. I was amazed how light the steering is, considering the tyres were still down on pressure and they are quite wide tyres.


I moved the Toyota off the drive and we got a run up and bumped it up onto the drive without a problem! Hooray, recovered!


Then we walked back to the seller house to pick up the boxes of assorted spares, hand over the beer and flowers, and pick up the 'spare' engine.




The chap we got it from and his wife seemed very pleased with the beer and flowers (thanks for the tip!) and we loaded the boxes in to the Saab. Next up was the engine. I reversed the Saab up the drive and squeezed out the door. The engine had been tipped over and was discharging what I assume is 12 years and about 1100cc worth of rainwater and rust. eventually it stopped and Mercrocker and DTCM dived in and dragged it nearer the Saab. Heads were scratched and the 'seller' offered to drive the engine back to my house in his rusty corsa B van. This was a realy sight to behold - white and rust 'camo' paintwork with at least one new sill. Billy would have been proud.


Mercrocker and DTCM again proved to be the powerhouse of the Solent Shiters by lumping the flipping heavy 1100cc engine into the back of the van while I placed the box of tat that was about 2/3rds full of rainwater in too. We then jumped back into the Saab in what I'd like to think looked like a cut-price bank job getaway and followed the Corsa van back to my house.


The 'seller' was wowed by our amazing mechanical expertise as Mitsisigma showed him that you can detach the check straps on the rear doors on the van and open them 180 degrees.


He reversed the van up to my garage, giving us minor clag poisoning in the process and we lumped the engine out the van into a milk bottle crate that I have on long-term loan* from the local dairy. I then actually helped by dragging the 'crated engine' into the garage and assisted lifting it onto one of the workbenches  I have. We then unloaded the other bits and the 'seller' chap made good his escape. Hopefully I have saved a marriage as well as gained a car made of rotten wood, plastic and escort bits.


Next up came the exciting bit! Would it turn over? Or even start?




Square cars are literally the future. put all the tools and stuff onto the wings and just get stuck in!


So, the battery looked peaky. I turned the key and nothing happened. OK, lets try the magic jump pack. This elicited an orange light on the dash and a click from the starter motor. Progress.


Next up we tried my freecycled battery. This confirmed the battery was knackered and only fit for the dump. We mole-gripped the freecycle battery in case the fitted battery was borking things. it wasn't. Then Mitsisigma broke out his bad-ass 480CCA battery. We hooked it up to the existing battery  and this gained us a light, a click from the starter and at least 3/4 of a turn of the engine. We tried again. Same story.


Then, it didn't want to go any further.It was clearly turning over, no valves were stuck but there was some kind of issue. Mitsisigma offered to connect 12v from his namesake car to the positive terminal of the starter motor. This was a massive success - it churned over several times - not firing but turning over. This is brilliant!


We undid the spark plugs and I gave them a good clean with a wire brush. Other than being sooty they looked OK considering. We refitted them.


DTCM popped the king lead off and we poked a bit of a chain splitter in the end and put it near to the manifold while Mitsisigma re-attached the starter motor. No sparks were observed. Next we popped the dizzy cap off and checked to see if there was a spark at the points. This was also a big negatory, so we got some fine sandpaper and cleaned the contacts, still no good.


Next we resorted to scienceand deployed the multimeter. This showed there was no voltage across the coil which was fast becoming suspect #1 in the non-starting. To check this, we put 12v across the solenoid and this elicited another churn of the engine but no firing.


I think what we need next is a known-good coil for a 1600cc Ford Crossflow engine to try. This seems to be the current major obstacle for firing. Most other things seem to work - lights, brakes, gearshift are all OK.


At this point were were mostly blue with cold, our fingers weren't working properly and it was starting to get dark so we abandoned play for today. I'm going to look for a coil and we'll try again soon, hopefully when its warmer!


I tucked the Geep up on the drive under a CPT weighted down with car tyres and packed my toys away. DTCM and Mitsisigma headed off into the sunset and I went back inside to warm up.


Overall I'm very pleased - its not far off working I think, though needs some work which will keep me busy. Tomorrow I plan to fit the windscreen wipers (three wipers, ZOMG!) and unbox some of the other spares. the box that filled up with water is mostly ruined but the others seem OK. Just need to work out whats what in them and if its needed.


Thanks for reading, and massive thanks to Mercrocker, Danthecapriman and Mitsisigma for turning out in the freezing cold and getting this home for me. I really appreciate it! Sorry there weren't more pics but we spent a lot of time tinkering, pushing and poking, plus by 3pm my fingers weren't actually capable of fine movements!

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#1211621 Gamma's on another truck

Posted by Skizzer on 24 April 2017 - 07:26 PM


It's a trap - there's two of the buggers.
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