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Memoirs: Granvia Seat is Fucking Fucked Mate. Help!

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#1471 OFFLINE   BorniteIdentity

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 07:34 PM

Only just caught up with the Mini antics, bloody brilliant stuff. I occasionally have a dream where I find one of my parents cars now (usually my mums Peugeot 305 estate I learnt to drive in) but I imagine a half decent Mini has a better chance of survival than most models.

Once on the road, this would be a good one to bring to festival of the unexceptional - on the basis of the story alone the car would probably win the ‘people’s choice’ prize!


Hadn’t thought of that. To be honest I’m terribly humble about stuff and would feel quite uncomfortable winning an award that someone else deserved - but I would like to get it to FotU.

What I desperately need right now is money. Normally I would just spunk it in gay abandon onto the credit card, but with a bit of uncertainty around work right now I don’t want to get too deep too quickly. I’m desperately trying to avoid selling a car because 1. It’d have to be my w201 to make enough money to be worthwhile and 2. I’d probably never be able to get one as good at the price point. I also know that 3, in a few months, things have a habit of looking a lot better and then I’d just me mad af at myself!

I briefly considered a crowdfunding thing but, within seconds, decided it was vulgar and in poor taste. If you can’t afford something, or the repayments on something, then imho you don’t have it.
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Posted 19 February 2019 - 08:46 PM

Fit a Mini seat
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#1473 OFFLINE   GrumpiusMaximus

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 08:50 PM

The Mini isn't going to cost you any money sitting there (provided it doesn't dissolve!) so you can afford to take your time with it.  I know you know this but sometimes stating the obvious is a modus operandi.


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#1474 ONLINE   AnthonyG

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 11:14 PM

Yeah, as long as it’s tucked up nice and dry somewhere it’ll be fine.

With regards to the Granvia, does the seat need to move much? Can you remove all the electric gubbins and just use the runners/bottom frame from a Hiace one or something?

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 07:00 PM

Yo.

Been up the garage to fetch the paedobus. Having seen the seat base out, it’s a strange set up. One motor which spins a propellor that runs horizontally across the seat base, that spins a gear which moves the chair back and forth along what is a pair of very long threaded...errr... bolts effectively. The gear looks fooked.

Fortunately sticking a 12mm socket on the end of the bolt allows you to manually move the seat. I asked them to take it to the rear most position on both sides which, whilst slow, has worked. I now need to disconnect the switch before I accidentally lean on it!

In other news, got a shitty letter from DVLA. Completely forgot that a change of owner means you need to tax or sorn. In the excitement of purchasing the mini I neglected to attend to this. The exciting thing which, fortunately I thought of before doing the sorn process, is the DVLA website has now been updated. Previously it was just ‘car unknown’. Details were also sketchy as to when the car was last properly on the road. Wonder no longer.

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So it managed 15 years on the road before retiring for 20. Fantastic.

I’m thinking of organising a tinkering day at mine where we try and make some proper progress on both the Mini and The Sierra. Happy to put on a BBQ and lager beer if anyone is interested. Will wait until we have evening daylight tho.
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Posted 20 February 2019 - 07:05 PM

The cushioning on HiAce drivers seats has a habit of disintegrating. With the addition of a couple of bits of unistrut, you can fit pretty much any seat from any vehicle. I'll get some pictures up tomorrow if you think it may help.


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 07:17 PM

The cushioning on HiAce drivers seats has a habit of disintegrating. With the addition of a couple of bits of unistrut, you can fit pretty much any seat from any vehicle. I'll get some pictures up tomorrow if you think it may help.


That’d be great, man. Much obliged. Long term we need something with a bit of the old ‘fore and aft’ because I’m 6’1 and my wife... isn’t.

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 07:25 PM

I’m thinking of organising a tinkering day at mine where we try and make some proper progress on both the Mini and The Sierra. Happy to put on a BBQ and lager beer if anyone is interested. Will wait until we have evening daylight tho.

 

Money and having working wheels at the time permitting, I'd be up to lend a hand.


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 07:37 PM

That’d be great, man. Much obliged. Long term we need something with a bit of the old ‘fore and aft’ because I’m 6’1 and my wife... isn’t.


Have you considered obtaining a taller wife?

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 07:38 PM

Have you considered obtaining a taller wife?


I’ve always gone for shorter girls. I think it’s because it makes my willy look bigger.
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Posted 20 February 2019 - 07:57 PM

I’m thinking of organising a tinkering day at mine where we try and make some proper progress on both the Mini and The Sierra. Happy to put on a BBQ and lager beer if anyone is interested. Will wait until we have evening daylight tho.

 

I'd be up for a bit of tinkering, be nice to see the mini getting some love and meeting the Sierra. I'm not averse to a burger either :D


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 08:01 PM

I had to read that last bit twice.


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 11:43 PM

I’m thinking of organising a tinkering day at mine where we try and make some proper progress on both the Mini and The Sierra. Happy to put on a BBQ and lager beer if anyone is interested. Will wait until we have evening daylight tho.


Consider me interested too. I am not great at mechanical stuff but an extra pair of hands might come in handy for something.
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Posted 21 February 2019 - 06:14 AM

I’m thinking of organising a tinkering day at mine where we try and make some proper progress on both the Mini and The Sierra. Happy to put on a BBQ and lager beer if anyone is interested. Will wait until we have evening daylight tho.


Lager? I’m OUT.





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