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83C's Shite-esque Fleet: Stepping Away From Shite....


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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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Posted 28 June 2017 - 01:20 PM

The Astra now has a new bonnet and a rear light lens is winging its way via the South Pole, or whatever diversionary route the courier elects to take this time.

Whilst I was at the scrapyard retrieving the bonnet I saw this:

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A perfectly intact-looking C1. I can only guess major mechanical fault or electrical borkage, but either way it shocked me.

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 04:38 PM

New bonnet:

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Drivers side wing needs pulling in, the slam panel is slightly bent so pushing that back out should drag the wing back into line.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:25 PM

Tomorrow the Astra can goes in for test. Unfortunately the only local place that had a slot available was Kwik Fit.

So, do Kwik Fit still try and fleece people? Let's find out....

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 10:56 AM

Astra tested, Astra failed. Nowhere here wanted to do the welding until the next leap year had passed, so a quick advert on Faceache and it went the next day.

In its place a Peugeot Expert has arrived. More on that later.

Meanwhile I've been trying to sort the audio system on SMS Friedrich der Grosse. Mercedes use a fibre optic system for all the different components to talk to each other. The replacement COMAND head unit works fine, but now the Bose amp and the CD changer aren't firing up. There is power to them but the area around them is wet (common S class problem) so I suspect they've been damaged by the dampness. Not bothered about the CD changer (who uses CDs these days anyway?) but I want the amp working. Secondhand ones seem to be £80-£125 on eBay, so I need to open this one up and see if there's anything obvious that could have failed.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 04:19 PM

Well, it had to happen.

 

I'm taking a step back from the Shite lifestyle. A combination of workload and lack of spare time mean I've had to buy something diesel, estate and vaguely modern. The S-class was hugely comfortable but I don't have the time to sort it out properly, and the Peugeot has FTP'd. I've run cheap motors pretty much since I passed my test, but with changes in lifestyle I need a modern.

 

I don't entirely want to trust just having one car so I'm on the hunt for something cheap and shite like a Mk.4 Fiesta. If anyone knows to one, ideally a 1.3 for maximum simplicity, let me know!


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 05:10 PM

Sure you dont want an audi 80 ?  :-D


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Skoda Octavia 1.9tdi - the boring modern 

Fiat Ducato 2009 l3h2

Honda Crf250X

Suzuki TS50x

Kawasaki Ke175d

Prilla Pigsasshole 650

Saxo 1.5D

Land Rover 90 2.5 petrol

Honda CB250N super wet dream

 

 

 


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 05:30 PM

Knowing the history of it, tell me more! It might grace the works car park once again....


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 06:20 PM

Did you used to own it ?

Skoda Octavia 1.9tdi - the boring modern 

Fiat Ducato 2009 l3h2

Honda Crf250X

Suzuki TS50x

Kawasaki Ke175d

Prilla Pigsasshole 650

Saxo 1.5D

Land Rover 90 2.5 petrol

Honda CB250N super wet dream

 

 

 


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:14 PM

No, but the previous owner is stood right in front of me as I type this!


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:47 PM

You have pm

Skoda Octavia 1.9tdi - the boring modern 

Fiat Ducato 2009 l3h2

Honda Crf250X

Suzuki TS50x

Kawasaki Ke175d

Prilla Pigsasshole 650

Saxo 1.5D

Land Rover 90 2.5 petrol

Honda CB250N super wet dream

 

 

 


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 06:13 PM

The 'almost-modern' has landed, pictured below with its predecessor. It's not a bad steer:

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 06:43 PM

I bet that will be more reliable than an old Pug.


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 07:39 PM

i hate to add mitt but they do make an ansome wagon


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 09:55 PM

I bet it's more reliable than the VAG plastic parked at the side of it too


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