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Rusty BL motoring - Operation Dolorescue Write-up! - 14/11/17


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#241 OFFLINE   timolloyd

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:48 PM

Great result, well done. I've had worse MOT fails on modern daily drivers!


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#242 OFFLINE   captain_70s

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:08 PM

For bonus points I also collected this 1977 Sharp music system while I was up there. It's only mostly broken.

 

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#243 OFFLINE   Eddie Honda

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:18 PM

I know that street you live on. Don't know why, but I do. :?


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#244 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:32 PM

I didn't notice any dead nuns or kittens at all.


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#245 OFFLINE   captain_70s

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:42 PM

I know that street you live on. Don't know why, but I do. :?

Probably 'cause it looks like every other late 1800s Glasgow street!

 

I didn't notice any dead nuns or kittens at all.

I omitted the bit of the story where my lethal car smashed through the Cairngorms Home for Crippled Orphan Children Suffering From Depression which is staffed by nuns on their annual "bring a kitten to the Cairngorms Home for Crippled Orphan Children Suffering From Depression" day...


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#246 ONLINE   Lacquer Peel

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:01 PM

At least you stuck to the east Cairngorms and didn't kill any of our nuns and kittens in the west Cairngorms.
Heroic mission. I'm glad the Dolomite doesn't need too much fettling, I do approve of its scruffy appearance.
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#247 OFFLINE   junkyarddog

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:06 PM

Shit old car is actually not so shit after all :mrgreen:

 

Glad it all went well for you.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:11 PM

Probably 'cause it looks like every other late 1800s Glasgow street!

 

No, I know THAT street.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:25 PM

Well done, they all sound like nice easy jobs. Just one point I need to pick you up on. Triumph OHV engines don't have valve stem seals! The top of the valve guide sits a half inch or so proud of the top of the head and that's all there is to stop the oil going down there. My advice is don't worry about it and buy some cheap 20/50.
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#250 OFFLINE   SiC

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:40 PM

Top bombing. Far braver than I am on such things! (But then I am a wimp when I come to cars)

How did it feel driving the car again after such long a gap?
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Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:05 PM

I'd forgotten how lacking in power it was, and how short first gear is! Took a while to get a feel for the steering which is far more direct than the Honda, I had a tendancy to overcorrect for crosswinds etc and waver across the road. The brakes also need a good shove compared to the modern despite the servo, although it slows down rapidly when required. Took a while to get back into the habit of rev matching and double clutching, I crashed the gears a few times!

By the time I hit Perthshire I'd gotten a bit more comfortable and was throwing the car into corners like the good old days. Certainly not lost any charm although after 200 miles I was knackered, takes way more concentration to drive it and the seat does nothing for my back!

Good to be at the wheel of my car though, the Civic is just a car I use out of necessity, the Triumph is MY motor of choice.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:26 PM

New seat cushions next on the order list? ;) I know my drivers one needs doing badly. Little things like that can make the experience less enjoyable for me. Metal bars against the spine doesn't make for a too comfortable ride.

I guess your Dolomite is a 4 speed? I'm still learning on mine to not put it into reverse instead of second!

Good to here it was good fun to drive again. Hopefully it's restruck the spark and refilled the mojo on it.
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My history: 2003 Clio II 1.2 16v (First car), 2003 Honda Civic 3dr 1.7 CTDi (Isuzu lump), 1992 Mazda MX5 1.6, 2005 Mazda RX8 192bhp, 2005 Saab 9-3 1.9TiD 150bhp, 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi, 2004 Renault Scenic 1.6 Auto (Now Kiltox FiL), 2004 Saab 9-5 2.3t (Now Hooli), 2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp
Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:54 AM

Result, glad you got it home ok. 


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#254 OFFLINE   Exiled_Tat_Gatherer

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:37 AM

Excellent outcome fella - not a bad fail list either...... I'd be well proud of that. I can understand the worry of a relativley long journey right out of the blocks - but I've managed it in a fair few old Trumps without issue and now just close my eyes, pray a little and head off.

 

I'll side with you on the seats - IIRC i really didn't like the longer journeys in the sprint...... just couldn't take it. Only thing I couldn't get on with in that car.

 

Looking forward to MoT success and pinsharp* handling* updates!!!!


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#255 OFFLINE   eddyramrod

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 02:34 PM

Cause for celebration, I reckon.  And some better seats.  I remember driving from Southport to Norwich and back in 1981 in my brown 72 Toledo.  These days I'd want a Volvo 740 around me...


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 02:48 PM

I find the seats in the Toledo quite comfy, no bother on the 500 mile baptism of fire when I bought it and drove it home.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 09:40 PM

Its the foam I think, it must have disintegrated over time so you can feel the seat frame against your back, the front passenger and rear seat are much more comfortable.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:24 PM

Ah, memories of doing a 450ish mile move south with the Skoda - which would spontaneously boil whenever I used more than about 1/2 throttle or ventured north of 50mph.  That was a long journey!

 

Shap was climbed at somewhere around 35mph as I recall - and coasted the whole way down the other side with the engine off, waiting for it to cool down again!

 

Also, much want for that music centre... that's a lovely bit of kit.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:40 PM

Might be the rubber diaphragm under the foam. They do deteriorate over time. Plenty of seat choices that can be adapted. Rover 45/400 are a good choice.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 03:33 PM

Or stick a large block of furniture foam under the seat (this is what I have done on my Dolomite).

 

What I have just read is epic in ever detail.  Need more to read now though.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 03:50 PM

Driving up the A93* in a shabby old Toledo... in late November?

 

You are completely insane, and a legend.

 

 

*At least, I think it's the A93. That welcome to Aberdeenshire sign looks very familiar. Is it the one next to Glen Shee ski centre?


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:12 PM

You're all wrong.  What he really needs are scatter cushions salvaged from his gran's living room.  They need to not match anything in the car even slightly and somehow clash with the inevitable blanket protecting the rear seat.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 09:36 PM

Is it the one next to Glen Shee ski centre?

It is indeed, I also took a route that was named on the satnav as "Old Military Road", it was icy, snowy and single track...

Did the whole endevour just in time as my parent's place at Strathdon now looks like this:download_20171120_213331.jpeg

I did have a cushion for the trip but it's a back support issue more than an arse problem, need to acquire a tartan travel blanket though...
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Posted 20 November 2017 - 09:43 PM

I still haven't been on the old military road up Glen Shee...

 

I might be up there at the weekend though. Glad I got the winter tyres fitted the other day!



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Posted Yesterday, 02:17 PM

Total costs thus far.

Recovery £300
Parts £100
Garage labour £400-500

I'll also still need to spend plenty of time sorting the throttle cable, horn, rear drums and exhaust manifold myself in order to scrape an MOT.

Eyes are certainly watering at this point... although once the money is spent I will be left with... a rusty, worthless car that's held together with Isopon and hope...
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Posted Yesterday, 02:38 PM

It will all be worth it in the end!  :mrgreen:


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