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#1 OFFLINE   KruJoe

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:22 PM

The "Merde"
 
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Barn find*. No MOT. Still interested? Read on...
 
It's a 1989 Mega-early mk2, G-Limited T-bar import. Plenty of toys, 158bhp, unblown.
 
Some background: My first impressions from collection in 2013:
 

[On arrival, we] had a quick poke around The Merde, and were pleased to see that, as I had suspected from the listing, it wasn't nearly so rusty as most cheap MR2s. The sills and arches seem nice and solid, and with a quick glance over, there only seems to be a few minor scabby bits in other areas. Yes, there might be some surprises to come, but it's not a rot-box.
We opened the engine cover and 'frunk', checked the levels, and then had a fiddle with the roof glasses. Once out they were stashed behind the seats and strapped in. It would be rude not to drive away with the roof off - this is my first open-topped motor.

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Started fine (with the sound behind me), no smoke or noises, gearchange is a bit sticky going into first, and the clutch is a bit high, but it's all good really. The seats are a like a big warm hug, the car is all around me as I've never felt before. Taking it easy up the lanes, it's pretty refined and civilised, but sounds great when you floor it. The brakes are spot on, the cornering is flat and predictable. If this thing has PAS, it certainly isn't over-assisted like some Jap stuff.

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Good god, the best £450 I've ever spent! 

 
It was then seen on EddyRR's Lakeland meet:
 
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A brilliant day, that was.

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This is easily the quickest n/a 2.0 I've driven, before or since.

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And dry stored at Castle_Cleland since then, apart from when it was dragged out for Shitefest (Malhamdale)...
 
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The one day it was out of its shed, this happened.
 
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A lucky escape.
 
More details coming...


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:31 PM

Fuck the car WTF happened with the cow ?? I'm crying with laughter here :-D  :-D


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:31 PM

Interested in my 214 Si in px?


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:35 PM

The one day it was out of its shed, this happened. http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r678... http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r678... A lucky escape. More details coming...


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:36 PM

Well I didn't get expect that! How the hell did the cow get up there?
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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:46 PM

Last night, in a moment of weakness, Mrs DW suggested replacing the XM with two cars. Hmmm...


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:51 PM

No part-exes on this one, but buy this and I'll throw in a free Rover R8 spares car! Need space!

 

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The car lived in the lean-to opposite our house, and the shed's roof is almost ground level behind. The cow must have got spooked and jumped the little wall. Rural interwebs FTL, I'm trying to upload a vid of the MR2's first start in three years!


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 07:19 PM

We need the cow story.

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 07:23 PM

dw do it even if you throw weldage at it



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Posted 18 May 2016 - 07:30 PM

1-59 please. And constant updates on the cow.

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 07:31 PM

Used to have a Rev3. One of few cars I regret selling.

Went like stink, sounded brilliant, looked the tits.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 07:31 PM

Where's the beef?


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:12 PM

TELL ME ABOUT THE COW !!!


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:39 PM

Something something something ended up with a pat on the head.
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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:40 PM

Someone tell him his PM Inbox is full.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:48 PM

Lols...........How'd ya crane that great lump of meat off the roof without destroying everything.?


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:59 PM

 
I finally sourced a good battery that'd actually fit in the slot behind the spare this week. I gave it a trickle for a couple hours to be sure, then this happened:
 


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:06 PM

I remember you rushing off after getting a phone call saying a cow was on the roof. I thought you were taking the piss and just didn't want to talk to us until I saw the pictures.

I would've been all over this as I had the right horn for it when I last saw it but sadly I have Imp Jr. now and a 2 seater won't do and Mrs Imp would think I just bought it so that I wouldn't have to take her anywhere.

That is a very VERY good reason to get it but the couple if hours peace every now and then are not worth the lifetime of constant reminders of the time I bought the two seater car for a family of three.
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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:12 PM

OK, OK the cow had a breather on in the roof for a bit, then clambered out and scarpered. Local angry farmer was angry, and blamed me for putting it there(!), what a knobjockey he is.

 

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:20 PM

It crawled out happily enough, struggling a bit against binding brakes (rusty disks or...?) No, I didn't have it parked up with the handbrake on! So they might free up with some use.

 

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The gear-change cables also feel a stiffer than I remember, though Flossy doesn't consider that a problem.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:29 PM

The tyres stayed pumped up well didn't they? That's because I reconditioned the alloys before it was parked up. Assorted brands*, legal tread. The wheels are the original 14" staggered type (wider on the back). Centre caps present.

 

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Face-off with its replacement. I still prefer the look of the MR2, and it'd be a more pactical car to live with. I'm sorry I've replaced it rather than getting back on the road again.

 

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Barn grime hosed off:

 

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:40 PM

Doing that I realised that this was the first time I've ever washed it. (I've not cleaned the MX-5 yet, either  :oops:  ) I know, I'm a bloody scruff.

 

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I don't deserve owt with such an elegant form.

 

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Water weeping in there a bit. The car's dry inside as it has always lived under cover with me.

 

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Much of the paintwork is shit close up, but I think it's still an impressive looking machine from a few paces away.

 

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"Could use some TLC"


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:47 PM

If it doesn't sell at least you could add some leather seats to tempt buyers


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:52 PM

That's bloody tempting, but Mrs CW has told me in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that more than one of the fleet has to go before I can do something as rash as buy this off you. Plus I have no more parking spaces left.

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Edited to show compassion:
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 10:16 AM

Does it moo ve under its own steam? Let me milk this a bit more  :mrgreen:


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 10:52 AM

It does, no bull! :)


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 01:52 PM

Pull the udder one.

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 02:30 PM

I don't get it.

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 02:31 PM

Are you sure it's not a hAy-frame?
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 02:39 PM

£990.69per year

Monthly premium

1 x £198.14

10 x £87.63

Total £1,074.44

 

Man, it really sux having no NCB and getting the licence abroad. Even at 38 yo I still get stupid insurance quotes like this for social and pleasure, third party, fire and theft, and only 3000 miles per year. 







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