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#1 OFFLINE   FOAD

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:46 PM

50 pages of chopping and changing cars, life is too short to stick with only one marque of cars.

 

 

A thread dedicated to my car buying adventures and some of the stuff I get up to in my man cave/garage/workshop..

 

 

Instead of starting a new thread for each car I buy, from now on I'll just post them all here.

Last weekend I bought 2 cars.

 

 

First up is this boxy Italian stunner.

 

17015096150_46b4d27f76_c.jpgDSC_8510 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

I bought it from a scrap yard in Inverkeithing called U Pull It, it cost £300. 

 

17202046001_aa07c84fb2_c.jpgFiat Panda colour by srblythe, on Flickr

 

 

It drove well enough on the trip home from the scrap yard so I put it in for an mot today to see what it needed.

 

17231728416_429054cc9f_c.jpgDSC_8734 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

 

It failed!

 

Welding needed here.

 

16635247034_a6f2c5b3df_c.jpgDSC_8736 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

and here

 

17255941082_bcc634b71f_c.jpgDSC_8735 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

Other stuff it failed on was a headlight bulb, number plate bulb, horn not working, no washer fluid and brake binding on rear drum. All in a couple of hours to put right. I've got 2 weeks to get it done then in for a free retest!


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#2 OFFLINE   FOAD

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:49 PM

Also bought last weekend was this lovely 309 dizzler

 

17071478339_450990a8c6_c.jpgDSC_8688 by srblythe, on Flickr


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:55 PM

17252177371_2a74ddbbab_c.jpgPeugeot 309 gld by srblythe, on Flickr

 

17017271189_d7cd266d84_c.jpgDSC_8486 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

16580210624_b6831c0a82_c.jpgDSC_8594 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

17202071461_a11f826a7d_c.jpgDSC_8618 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

Gr8 4 offroadin'

 

I had a bit of an incident with it after work earlier this week, I came out to a flat tyre on the rear and no spare with the car so drove it home at 20mph with the hazards on. It was not very much fun. I passed some traffic cops but they were too busy pulling someone else to pay much attention.

I needed a new wheel so I bought a set of 106 xsi alloys for £50 but need to find some flat washer wheel bolts so I can fit them.


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:42 PM

Keep going!
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 10:54 PM

Ask wor Will about wheel bolts - you have his number - he sent you some Pug bits recently.



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 10:58 PM


 


It failed!

 

Welding needed here.

 

16635247034_a6f2c5b3df_c.jpgDSC_8736 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

and here

 

17255941082_bcc634b71f_c.jpgDSC_8735 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

Other stuff it failed on was a headlight bulb, number plate bulb, horn not working, no washer fluid and brake binding on rear drum. All in a couple of hours to put right. I've got 2 weeks to get it done then in for a free retest!

 

 

Excellent purchase FOAD. M Reg is the last year of Panda registration. 'Colour' to boot, a popular special edition, I think the blue is the common colour. Came in a green and a red too. M was last due to Fiat UK scared new Cinquecento sales would be affected by RHD Panda continuation. Carried on in Mainland Europe til 2003 though...

 

And. They all do that Sir...

 

I've yet to see a Panda where the boot floor seams aren't fucked. Except my 45CL...don't know how that happened...

 

It's a common thing that. The boot seams were spot welded on a 'hit and miss' basis and then rammed with sealant at the factory...It's an easy enough repair though...

 

I had to do it on my 750 last year but only on one side and only a few inches in two sections...

 

Somebody on Fiatforum had a Panda shell dipped at surface processing somewhere in the Midlands. That section where yours is rotten had sections where there was 2 or 3 mm of daylight after the acid had eaten all the sealant and whatnot...

 

It's got a Carlisle (HH) reg number BTW...


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 06:56 AM

Liking the Panda. It is ridiculous that I've not owned one yet.
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Posted 25 April 2015 - 07:58 AM

I know there's tons of reasons but why send such a nice panda to the scrap?

Anyway top buys, wish I had the money, space and skill to buy everything I wanted

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:10 AM

Please tell me you're keeping the scrapyard paint-pen markings. Proper survivalist shit right there.


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:20 AM

Really like the Panda, looks like a good buy for 300.



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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:27 AM

It didn't actually get scrapped, It was sold to the scrap yard who were able to sell it on, they have a selection of too good to scrap vehicles including this...

 

17176691996_7e313684b2_c.jpgDSC_8508 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

17200968502_01e8432540_c.jpgHonda Concerto by srblythe, on Flickr

 

The only issue with the panda is the welding, everything else can be put down to sitting unused for months.

 

check out the mileage...

 

17055324847_63aac6bb5e_c.jpgDSC_8772 by srblythe, on Flickr


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 10:04 AM

I drove the Panda around 40 miles yesterday (going to and from the mot station, honest!) it performed faultlessly except a bit of understeer on hard cornering and the injector warning light coming on intermittently, I'll see if some fresh fuel, new leads, plugs and an Italian tune up gets rid of the warning light.

While on my travels I stopped in to look at a potential new unit and found this beast!

 

17069942558_03376d2458_c.jpgDSC_8769 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

2.0 16v!

 

17070158340_37ba1d2766_c.jpgDSC_8768 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

17257715235_a2413f63ce_c.jpgDSC_8771 by srblythe, on Flickr

 

 

Still prefer the Panda though...


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 12:18 PM

Is that the plasterboard/carpet mountain?



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Posted 25 April 2015 - 04:07 PM

Is that the plasterboard/carpet mountain?

 

I don't know, it's at Dunshalt.



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Posted 25 April 2015 - 04:22 PM

Big want for the Sedicivalvole, when I was piss poor (still am who am I kidding) after the birth of my son in the late 90's I had a Panda that I bought for 50 quid with a bust cambelt.Non interference engine (didn't know that when i bought it) RESULT!!!! ran it for 2 years then sold it for 300 quid. 

 

Loved it. 


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 04:24 PM

That Panda is worth more than £300, also those roofbars sell for a pretty penny. 

What are the door bottoms like? They look like they haven't been touched.


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 07:35 PM

Concerto looks nice. What are they after for it? And are they biddable on prices?

Tempted to rescue it and rehome at my leisure if it's cheap.
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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:00 PM

Concerto looks nice. What are they after for it? And are they biddable on prices?

Tempted to rescue it and rehome at my leisure if it's cheap.

 

£375 but I think they are open to offers on most stuff. They originally wanted £350 for the Panda but let me have it for £300. They said they won't sell anything for less than 300 so that's the lowest I could take it for.


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:04 PM

Love that Tipo, never seen one that colour before, that and the spoilers really suit it.  Is the 2.0 original or an upgrade from a Coupe?

 

Top work on the Panda, good score for £300.


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:17 PM

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The 309's gone a bit 90's. I made a very poorly executed job of painting the wheels but the tyres need replaced so I'll do a better job in silver. Not too sure on the white...


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:21 PM

Strange to think fiat were knocking out the tipo and the panda at the same time. I must say the tipo styling seems to have aged really well, that rear 3/4 view looks fresh for something that was signed off for production in the mid 80s.

 

I think partly its the chunky light clusters and bold styling. Far nicer than the bravo/ brava successors IMO.

 

Edit- just watching montalbano,i cant help but think he should have chosen a sedicivalvole model too, to help with chasing the sicilian crims.


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:55 PM

Tempted to give the concerto the once over and see if it looks like it might pass an MOT.

www.centralfm.co.uk doing £10 MOT vouchers just now for D&G autocare which is where I took the Astra last week.

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 09:55 PM

Concerto is a manual as well none of this honda/giffer/bader matic nonsense!


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 10:00 PM

Love the Panda, good shout for 300 and good on the breaker for attempting to sell old er and rarer cars back into the wild.

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 10:03 PM

re white wheels, same as I wrote on vulgalor's Xantia post, if you put white wheels on a white car then they have to be an exact match. If one is bright white and the other a bit creamy it just looks wrong.

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 01:12 AM

Strange to think fiat were knocking out the tipo and the panda at the same time. I must say the tipo styling seems to have aged really well, that rear 3/4 view looks fresh for something that was signed off for production in the mid 80s.

 

I think partly its the chunky light clusters and bold styling. Far nicer than the bravo/ brava successors IMO.

 

Edit- just watching montalbano,i cant help but think he should have chosen a sedicivalvole model too, to help with chasing the sicilian crims.

 

I had both around the same time. So of all cars, I find Fiat to be the most entertaining to drive - I went X1/9 and Panda 4x4 to Tipo then Punto Sporting followed (rapidly, rejecting the Punto at the dealer it was so underbraked for the possible performance) by Marea Weekend 1.6SX, the only car I have been caught speeding in and it was an average of 107.4 on the M4. Was actually doing an indicated 125 when I passed the cop car between two trucks and slammed the brakes on, they got their quarter mile - just ;)

If car sales were a meritocracy, the Tipo would be hallowed and everywhere. The Punto Sporting 1.2 I had was one of the quickest cars down the Kelso-Gattonside road*, but I managed to end up with no brakes, just clouds of smoke. 0-60 might have been good but they didn't make everything else match :(

 

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 01:14 AM

White wheels on a white car have to match, but worse, have to be kept spotless. Until I put 16" white Monzas on my white 480ES, I had remained alien to the products of "wax for wheels" and using a toothbrush to clean around the nuts.

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 05:14 AM

Love the Panda and the 309 looks good.

 

Strange how you don't spot the 205 doors until you look hard.


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 08:27 AM

Tempted to give the concerto the once over and see if it looks like it might pass an MOT.
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It's wheelbarrow day today go down and see if you can get it in one. They do say all you can fit in a wheel barrow for 60 quid .
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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 08:31 AM

I don't know, it's at Dunshalt.

 

I was thinking of the place at the entrance to Lathalmond.


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