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#601 OFFLINE   Ghosty

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 04:41 PM

You need to find a 213 to complete the set!


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:22 PM

Sadly the Dolly lacks a labelled coin tray, although there is a space above the radio which I store coins in...

I did lament my lack of SD3 in my FB post!

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:42 AM

That generation of Rovers were astonishingly nice driving little cars, and always felt to me just "right" from behind the wheel.

Quite how I've not wound up with one yet I'm not sure.

We had a TD example at the garage for a while which we struggled to sell, never did figure out why...seemed a lovely little car to me.

Didn't have the wacko exhaust system tow two silencers at opposite sides of the car at the back the earlier 200s had either...I recall those being a swine to fit straight.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:43 AM

You just need this to complete the set.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 11:36 AM

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Absolutely love these photos as its where i sit to have lunch in the van when im in the area.... nice wee peaceful spot. Must remember to look out for your cars next time
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:29 PM

Today I started cutting out the Acclaim's rot. Dreams of a light recommissioning are fading rapidly...

 

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That's the N/S/R wheel arch, by far the worst bit of the car but still mighty scary. Actually getting in there to cut out the rot is a major pain in the arse as well. Now, time for a quick shower and then 9 hours at work...


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:25 PM

Well, things started off fairly promising today as I started stripping back the opposite side of the arch and actually found some solid metal hidden behind the fibreglass that is the arch lip. 

 

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Sadly things took a turn for the worse when that metal turned out to be an old repair and the rest of the car had vanished around it and been replaced with a mixture of filler, fibreglass, tinfoil and sealant...

 

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The entire wheelarch is gone and made of fibreglass, to a considerably worse extent than I thought. The bottom and outside edges of the inner arch are also MIA and the rest is wafer thin. You get patches of good metal surrounded by stuff which is just rusted through entirely.

 

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I also had nosy at the sill near the rear jacking point

 

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At this point I sliced my finger on some rusty metal and started bleeding profusely so I gave up and came back inside.

 

Now, as the old saying goes, when the going gets tough the stupid learn to weld and fix their shite car. However I'm not sure this is within my skills range to repair, I've not even started stripping back the other side (didn't flag up at the MOT) but a cursory glance shows the same situation, potentially worse...

 

I think the moral of the story is that if a good Acclaim usually costs £2000+ don't be surprised when your £850 example turns out to be rotten.

 

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:12 PM

That's not terrifying, annoying on a £850 car, but not the end of the world.  The bigger problem is that it's all funny shapes in awkward places so most of the labour involved is going to be in making up stupid shapes and swearing.



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:14 PM

You sound like a stressed bloke. I’ll be honest, buying a cheap Acclaim as a stopgap whilst working on your other cars was never really going to work. It’s on the same parallel as having Kate Moss as your OH, going away to sea for six weeks, and telling her to behave herself while you’re earning the readies. It ain’t gonna happen.
As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, isn’t it worth digging deep, paying someone to do the work to a basic standard to scrape the Acclaim through an MOT, then sack it off? Surely the Civic, once the brakes are sorted, is likely to be relatively pain-free? It’s a Civic after all.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:16 PM

Surely the Civic, once the brakes are sorted, is likely to be relatively pain-free? It’s a Civic after all.

 

Don't forget you're talking to the only man who can make a Honda behave like classic BL chod.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:52 PM

Is this really worth doing? When cars get that rotten.............it's pretty much fucked really.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:57 PM

 isn’t it worth digging deep, paying someone to do the work to a basic standard to scrape the Acclaim through an MOT, then sack it off? 

 

Trouble is, who now wants to get involved in welding up rotten cars? When my E36 needed some relatively minor* welding it was over 200 quid and it was done in 6 hours by the only bloke I could find who even considered it. That is many hours of major reconstruction to get it to an MOT standard.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:23 PM

There is no money to be made in welding up cars. I was quoted £580 for the work to the Acclaim as a conservative estimate with the warning that the job could escalate rapidly.

I'm just glad I decided to tackle it myself as it has escalated rapidly...

Currently the Acclaim owes me about £1000, it is worth £300 or so. To get it professionally welded to MOT spec would be around £600-900 at a rough guess.

On the flipside I need to learn to MIG weld properly and now have a car that is essentially scrap if not welded...

I've formulated a vague plan of action it's going to Foadwerx on Friday as this is pre-arranged. Once there and on the lift I'll decide the car's fate...

The Civic has plenty of issues. While the rear brakes are the worst the fronts are also binding, the clutch is nearing the end of it's life and I suspect the PAS is dying.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:36 PM

I remember a Polish neighbour speaking about Honda's. Generally very reliable. But that means when things start failing, everything else is at the end of the bathtub failure curve* and will fail not too long after. I reckon there is some truth in that.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:36 PM

The Civic has plenty of issues. While the rear brakes are the worst the fronts are also binding, the clutch is nearing the end of it's life and I suspect the PAS is dying.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:55 PM

The fella next door has a Corolla the same age which is starting to need work. His Dad has a Mk7 Civic like mine which is apparently eating money like you'd not believe!

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:10 PM

nae bother at all,if you had of been down my way,would have only cost £350,i weld all the shite cars no one else touches// :-D :-D :-D :-D


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:05 PM

I daresay Hondas - like everything else - have been cost pared to buggery and they're now getting ropey underneath at 10 years old. 


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:51 PM

I made up the repair panels for my 307 just using a vice and thick walled tubes to hammer them round for curves. So I think you’ll be fine knocking up what you need to get it sorted.

Just remember once you’ve got it all welded you shouldn’t have to do it again for a long time.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:36 PM

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I used one of these to do the repairs on the rather rusty justy. It's a tinsmiths/tinkers anvil, cheap to buy and you could no doubt sell it after for the same price you bought it for.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 05:08 AM

I'd second the comment that this is clearly stressing you out. If you have the Rover for an extended period of time I'd get rid of Honda and Acclaim. Frag, sold cheaply whatever. Your average pro repair to get the Acclaim through the MOT is as you say hard to find, hideously expensive and in reality a bodge. Fixing that kinda rot properly is 100s of hours of work. The Dolly is worth that commitment because its just plain cool.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:32 AM

I've been speaking to FOAD about this and he has mentioned that in the photos it displays an alarming resemblance to this:

 

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Given the are both Japanese designs built in the UK around the same time the thought had crossed my mind already. Regardless he's generously said I can use the facilities and his welding expertise to attempt to fix it myself if I so desire, although he isn't prepared to do it himself as the time/effort required is beyond any reasonable expectation! Needless to say it's no longer going to be a quick turn-around...

 

Nisfan has said I can keep the Rover for as long as I need it, many thanks to him as otherwise I'd be properly up shit creek!


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:35 AM

His Dad has a Mk7 Civic like mine which is apparently eating money like you'd not believe!


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:44 AM

Bridge the Civic and Acclaim, start entering roffles.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:26 AM

You will never learn any of the skills needed to keep old shite going if you simply bridge them when they become rusty and broken.
Think of it as a learning curve.

Best of luck with it and try and enjoy it.
Not easy at time I know.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:39 AM

Bridge the Civic and Acclaim, start entering roffles.

Given the sudden influx of 2 for 1 roffles, you could have 2 better* cars in no time, guaranteed*
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:41 AM

You will never learn any of the skills needed to keep old shite going if you simply bridge them when they become rusty and broken.
Think of it as a learning curve.

Best of luck with it and try and enjoy it.
Not easy at time I know.

 

This man owns many 70s Vauxhalls.

 

He speaks the truth.

 

In your (marvellously retro) shoes I'd be thinking about getting shot of the Civic (definite liability), keep running the Rover as a daily (ain't no car cheaper than a free car, even if only a loaner); and use the free lift time offered by FOAD to hone your welding skillz on the Acclaim as a longer-term project...

 

Though, of course, this situation leaves less time than you might like to work at the Dolly. Hmm.

 

Tough choices, Captain. I really do feel for you here.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:52 AM

The Dolly can wait, especially as repair panels are easily avaliable compared to the Acclaim. Once MOT exemption is here it can enjoy a easy summer of trundling me and the girlfriend to the Botanics and back. Weekend chariots are easy, BL daily drivers doing 60 miles a day are not!

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:22 PM

Don't take this the wrong way right. I admire your serious dedication to the worId of $hite and often wish I had a bit more of your tenacity. But i've got to tell you, I find it borderline unbearable reading this thread. You seem to just lurch from one tragedy to another. Are these cars actually genuinely bringing you any pleasure? You've got practically no money, no workshop, no off-road parking, few tools, and you seem to live under pretty much constant car-related stress and pressure from parents, work, landlords, and whatever else. Despite these pressures you are juggling 3 very ropey triumphs and a tired Civic on which you depend to get to work. Your life looks to me, an outsider, like a constant 24-7 psychological battle against your fleet. I can tell you that the thread is a stressful read, so actually living it must be a nightmare as far as I can see. You bought that Acclaim not long back as a way to drive something interesting but reliable while you made some progress on the Dollys - now you're in for a grand and its as much a project as your Dollys, plus now you have the additional responsibility of needing to store it, sort the welding and still somehow keep mobile.

That civic might be a miserable dull old POS but it seems to have kept going for a few years (during which you have pretty much permanently been unhappy with its brakes). I suggest expending some deliberate time and effort maintaining it as it seems to be your best option for staying mobile which is the no.1 aim right? Its a known quantity at least. Even if it did need a new clutch, £60 for a kit plus a day on FOAD's lift sorting it will be cheaper and more useful to keeping you mobile than starting to dig the rot out of that acclaim. I don't know what's up with the brakes but whatever it is you've got a 90% chance of sorting it for under £100 even if you had to buy a caliper or two.

I think you need to give yourself a break - sack off one or two of these heaps and just concentrate on being mobile and living your life. When you find yourself feeling bored of an evening that's when you know you are ready to get back on the $hite train.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:38 PM

I think Sage Bollox speaketh the truth. Trying to juggle numerous shitboxes when you've got no money is no fun at all. I know. I've been there. Many times. You end up realising that it's just impossible, which is why my 2CV came off the road several years ago. I just couldn't keep up with it at the time. Through people's generosity and changing fortunes myself, I was able to get it back on the road, but back in 2015, I had to make the horrible decision to take her off the road and stash her away, not knowing when she was coming out again. 

 

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