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83C's Shite-esque Fleet - Out of my way, peasant!


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#181 OFFLINE   83C

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 04:19 PM

I'll try them tomorrow then, cheers for that.

Journeys end:

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Now for the long drag back on the train....
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Posted 11 June 2017 - 05:31 PM

Fleet reduction progress:

I've bought another car. It does mean two will be sold, however.

Kerleckshun Fred incoming on Wednesday.
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Posted 12 June 2017 - 06:38 PM

Astra van progress:

Somebody in the past made an absolute pigs arse of installing a radio:
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Yes, that is sellotape being used to insulate wire ends.

Today I was down the scrapyard (Newbery Metals in Newton Abbot, decent folks and good prices) to get a driver's seat to replace the one that the previous owner's spaniel had gone opencast mining in.

Whilst I was there I chopped the radio plug out of a scrap Astra with a few inches of loom. It took 20 minutes in a station car park to graft the new section on using nothing more than a pair of side cutters, a lighter and some heat shrink. When it's that quick a job to do it neatly, why make such an appalling cack-handed job of it in the first place?

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And radio fitted:

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I also couldn't resist doing an instrument cluster upgrade:

Old dull dials:
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New set:
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There actually was method in the madness, the instrument cluster lens was scratched quite badly on one side so I figured I might as well replace the whole unit.

Seat not fitted yet as I need a big vacuum cleaner for when I do.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 03:52 PM

Today I took a trip to that there London village and came back with this:

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It's a Mercedes S430.
Good points;
• It's not in Taxi Silver
• It's not got a taxi engine

Bad points:
• Grotty bits on lower door edges and front wings
• Radio doesn't work

Otherwise, it's exactly what you'd expect. Comfy, very quiet, fast and surprisingly economical. I averaged 34mpg back from London, with the cruise set to 70 all the way. Quite something when this is what drags it about:

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More than anything I want the radio working. It had the Bose option fitted so it should be good. Trouble is, I can't get it to power up at all. Any ideas?
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 03:57 PM

Is it a COMAND audio unit (double DIN, built in sat nav/CD)? If so, they have a bit of a habit of 'just breaking'. I had the same happen to mine - just stopped working one day - and I ended up sending to a bloke in Croydon who, for a bit over £100, managed to get it sorted. Let me know if you want his details.

 

Edited to say: obviously check power, fuses etc first. But if everything else is fine, it might well be the on/off switch (it was with mine)


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 04:17 PM

Yes, it's the early version of COMAND. Properly optioned up too, 6-CD, Bose, Nokia phone still in the centre console, even Linguatronic.

Can the head units be swapped easily? I may have access to a spare unit for not much money.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 05:03 PM

Yes, it's the early version of COMAND. Properly optioned up too, 6-CD, Bose, Nokia phone still in the centre console, even Linguatronic.
Can the head units be swapped easily? I may have access to a spare unit for not much money.


Depending on the unit, swapping's pretty easy.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 12:08 PM

Busy day today.

Regular readers of this thread may recall the Astra's drivers seat looked like a small land mine had gone off under it.

Replacement now fitted:

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Moquette doesn't match unfortunately but it's much better than what was there.

Also said goodbye to the Xantia:

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I was getting whinged at about its continued presence so unfortunately it had to go.
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