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#65311 ONLINE   Tickman

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 01:42 PM

Blondie sounds good, you can keep the rest

Blondie sounded dreadful live on the radio a few months ago...


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 05:38 PM

As there is no "I'm as pissed off as a really pissed off person" thread, I'll have to just be really grumpy.
 
Seven weeks ago I picked up my refurbed back axle. Grin, coz mine is totally fooked. Ordered new springs that should've taken 2 weeks, took 5. Grump. 
 
Round to the spanner man who has 2 mechanics and an Mot bloke. He's a top bloke but unfortunately, for me, very busy. Eg. have to book Mots at LEAST a week in advance and there is always shit loads going on in the repair side.
 
Upshot, " Bring it round Friday late afternoon". Got there and it's " Sorry it will have to be next Friday". Minor grump. Last Friday back round. Left the keys to the sound of "Come round tomorrow late afternoon". Saturday went round and it hadn't moved. "Sorry, didn't have time, it will have to be next week". Oh Ffs!! Major grump.
 
Now I am sure there will be those who will say, get it done somewhere else. In theory, yes, but in practice not so easy. 
Why ? With 305 vans and estates you need a special spring compressor for the rear springs.( bloody French) and he is the only bloke I know who has one, and I've asked everywhere.  
 
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There used to be a Peugeot specialist in Walsall near to the hospital. Ten years ago they were running a 305 van that they had owned for years. If they still exist then they would be worth trying.

Why would I give my valuable time to people I would much rather kick in the eye?


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:10 PM

There used to be a Peugeot specialist in Walsall near to the hospital. Ten years ago they were running a 305 van that they had owned for years. If they still exist then they would be worth trying.

There's a Pug place in Lye as well, I think, which would be O.k. but I'm going for a green lane look with a 2 inch lift all round and the spacers have already been made by my spanner bloke. So, I could maybe get the axle put in, and then take it to my man to do the lift. Which sounds like more folding.  Have to bite the proverbial bullet I suppose.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:09 AM

Shower riser fell off the wall in my flat this morning. Fastener has rusted out and been bodged with adhesive in the past

£750pcm rental property in one of the nicer parts of town and the management agent is just letting it go to ruin (there's other small bits and pieces wrong too through lack of care/maintenance). Sad really.

NB - I know that it's probably been bodged by a previous tenant and/or the landlord doesn't want to spend anything on it but it staggers me that someone would let their £180,000 asset get so rough around the edges for the sake of some light maintenance.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:40 AM

Very cheap beer at B&M earlier. Looked OK got a bottle. 2.7% and if fucking mings :-)

Might as well have bought some pop.

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:43 AM

Very cheap beer at B&M earlier. Looked OK got a bottle. 2.7% and if fucking mings :-)

Might as well have bought some pop.


Always be wary of VERY cheap food and drink at B&M - it's either shite they couldn't sell wherever its come from or out of date!

Have had the odd bargain though - Carling Premier being a highlight because you can hardly get it anywhere
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:28 AM

Always be wary of VERY cheap food and drink at B&M - it's either shite they couldn't sell wherever its come from or out of date!

Have had the odd bargain though - Carling Premier being a highlight because you can hardly get it anywhere

 

Home Bargains can be pretty good, although I'm talking actual beer here as opposed to lager. Recently they had a few Sadler's brews in, most notably Mud CIty Stout @ £1.25/bottle -recommended.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:34 AM

Had one or two close calls with anglers on the Shroppy when riding my bike. Some of them make eye contact then start taking their rod out of the water before blocking the path with it.
One day if it happens again I'm just going to boot all their stuff into the canal, probably closely followed by themselves.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:51 AM

Had one or two close calls with anglers on the Shroppy when riding my bike. Some of them make eye contact then start taking their rod out of the water before blocking the path with it.
One day if it happens again I'm just going to boot all their stuff into the canal, probably closely followed by themselves.

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:44 AM

Shower riser fell off the wall in my flat this morning. Fastener has rusted out and been bodged with adhesive in the past

£750pcm rental property in one of the nicer parts of town and the management agent is just letting it go to ruin (there's other small bits and pieces wrong too through lack of care/maintenance). Sad really.

NB - I know that it's probably been bodged by a previous tenant and/or the landlord doesn't want to spend anything on it but it staggers me that someone would let their £180,000 asset get so rough around the edges for the sake of some light maintenance.


Might be worth getting the landlords details from the land registry and dropping them a line telling them.
Management agents are probably charging them an arm and a leg for maintenance..
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:55 AM

Home Bargains can be pretty good, although I'm talking actual beer here as opposed to lager. Recently they had a few Sadler's brews in, most notably Mud CIty Stout @ £1.25/bottle -recommended.


I'd recommend Feldoschobchen from Asda. £3.08 for four pint tins. 4.5%.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:53 AM

So your car's tyre blows out at speed, it's buggered anyway. What do you do, block the carriageway or drive it to a safe place when there's one nearby? Seems the former is the option for the chuds on our roads. Nice work Scenic driver
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:56 AM

 Scenic

 

It probably FTPd before reaching the side of the road.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:37 PM

Both wishbones, balljoints, droplinks changed on Bora. Develops a more pronounced clonking noise from driver side, which in truth was sort of there prior, but has become far more prevalent now. However there was a scraping noise too, which mechanic said "floating discs, change them". I do as I'm told and buy new ones, fit them today. Scraping noise still there, turns out the plate was rubbing on it. For fuck sake. £40 I could have saved and 2 hours. Plus I've sheared a wheel bolt on the hub, and the clonking noise now most likely is a strut top mount bearing as it can sound so horrendous.

 

I've spent best part of £300 this month purely on suspension alone. I am sick to death of shitty VAG rusty bolts and nuts. Seem to be a weak spot. Seriously considering once I've sorted it to fuck it off. I've lost heart in it now. 


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:48 PM

Can definitely tell the little brats are back at school. Hour and a half to get 12 miles, number of angry twats on the road through the roof.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:54 PM

shitty VAG modern rusty bolts and nuts. Seem to be a weak spot

 

EFA.

 

I think I've whinged about it here before, but Mrs_Duke's vile Fiesta had a similar 'weak spot' - the mechanic actually had smoke pouring out of his windy gun trying to get a strut top nut un-seized; the car was less than 10 years old at the time. Not even a unionised BL factory worker circa 1973 would have considered using such crap fittings.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:57 PM

Aye some modern fixings are terrible, it's worth investing in spare bolts if you do any suspension work, saves taking the bus to VW Hawco for wishbone bolts
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:53 PM

My grandad had a triple heart valve replacement today, and several veins too. My dad was his usual vague self so Amy phoned the hospital (as I was close to tears and amys good at hospital stuff) and he lost alot of blood, was in for longer than they would have liked but is back on intensive care apparently and still sedated, but their not too worried.

Dad told me not to phone granny as she was tired but ive just spent the last 40 minutes on the phone to her and she's fine*. Me and Amy plan to ditch the children tomorrow and go and visit him, since we know where he is. I've got 99p in my account so can lob a tank from asda in and flog the gooner over whenever should the need arise, he's closer to us at Papworth than if he was in Peterborough, so that's a bonus.

Granny doesn't know about the blood loss and complications though, not even sure if dad and my aunt do either, I wont go worrying them yet.

Granny's watching the speedway /and recording it for when he gets out, I wish I wasn't 100 miles away sometimes. I get my 'meh' attitude from my dad I think, don't like to worry or cause a fuss but even I think that's slightly bollocks now

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:57 PM

Best of luck with that Beko, can't be an easy time for you or your family.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:00 PM

Thanks. Tbh he will probably be fine, but he's always been fine, didn't age until he was 65,and has gone downhill suddenly. This is the first experience I have of elderly relatives... I know it's inevitable but it's not nice!

Can't even take him a nice box of Brazil nuts as they probably wouldn't let me in with them. Got a 'cars of 1957' porn mag from chaseracers boot over the weekend, ill take him that.

Amy won't let me drive either... Don't know what she means by that!

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:24 PM

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:36 PM

Got a 'cars of 1957' porn mag from chaseracers boot over the weekend, ill take him that.

 

Oh good!  GWS, Sam's grandad  :)


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:43 PM

Can definitely tell the little brats are back at school. Hour and a half to get 12 miles, number of angry twats on the road through the roof.

I made the mistake of going to pick up the girlfriend from my local train station in the car t'other week, it's only a 10min walk but it was pouring down and I thought I should be a gentleman for once.
Forgot the schools were back, roads were gridlocked with soft roaders full of angry posh west end women picking up their posh sprogs from posh school. Combined with roadworks it took the best part of half an hour to drive less than a mile, never again...
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:44 PM

Fucking off considered...and done.

 

Father Sims has stated he will pay me what I paid for it a few months ago, which in turn means I've gone off diesel. Every issue I've ever had, has been in an old diesel car. Not worth my while. I do circa 8-10k a year. 

 

I've decided to treat myself.

 

Will hopefully collect it soon, just need to sort logistics with this.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:48 PM

Fucking off considered...and done.

Father Sims has stated he will pay me what I paid for it a few months ago, which in turn means I've gone off diesel. Every issue I've ever had, has been in an old diesel car. Not worth my while. I do circa 8-10k a year.

I've decided to treat myself.

Will hopefully collect it soon, just need to sort logistics with this.


Does this mean that you will be keeping the 216? That would probably be a car that is interesting, but still alright to use as everyday transport.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:26 PM

Does this mean that you will be keeping the 216? That would probably be a car that is interesting, but still alright to use as everyday transport.

Looking forward to seeing the upcoming collection anyway. Any clues as to what it is?

 

No still selling as Mrs Sims has her car too which I sometimes borrow for short journeys. I've had the fun with it now. I'd rather focus my energies on one car and make it as good as I possibly can. My budget cannot stretch to two I'm afraid.

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:27 PM

8-10k a year in a 216 might get tiring, they're short geared. Absolute hoot round town but not much cop on the motorway if you like not spending money on petrol.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:01 AM

My grandad had a triple heart valve replacement today, and several veins too. My dad was his usual vague self so Amy phoned the hospital (as I was close to tears and amys good at hospital stuff) and he lost alot of blood, was in for longer than they would have liked but is back on intensive care apparently and still sedated, but their not too worried.

Dad told me not to phone granny as she was tired but ive just spent the last 40 minutes on the phone to her and she's fine*. Me and Amy plan to ditch the children tomorrow and go and visit him, since we know where he is. I've got 99p in my account so can lob a tank from asda in and flog the gooner over whenever should the need arise, he's closer to us at Papworth than if he was in Peterborough, so that's a bonus.

Granny doesn't know about the blood loss and complications though, not even sure if dad and my aunt do either, I wont go worrying them yet.

Granny's watching the speedway /and recording it for when he gets out, I wish I wasn't 100 miles away sometimes. I get my 'meh' attitude from my dad I think, don't like to worry or cause a fuss but even I think that's slightly bollocks now

 

Best of luck Beko - I can sympathise - being over here on 'the mainland' with all of my family in the sunny sunny NE. My folks are both the same - nothing new, no news etc... etc...

Went through 4yrs of gran (throat cancer which wasn't 'news' apparently!), sister suicide and grandad...... and it does make you think of jacking it and rushing back - BUT - you find that it only extends the time you're sitting wringing your hands or pacing and frustrated you can't do a sodding thing as your loved ones are in the hands of the pro's.

I actually found that having to jump in a car, ferry or on a flight and organise those things took my mind off the mess I was about to encounter.... weird but a distraction that I didn't even realise actually helped at the time.

 

Very best wishes to you and the family dude.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:46 AM

Best of luck Beko - I can sympathise - being over here on 'the mainland' with all of my family in the sunny sunny NE. My folks are both the same - nothing new, no news etc... etc...
Went through 4yrs of gran (throat cancer which wasn't 'news' apparently!), sister suicide and grandad...... and it does make you think of jacking it and rushing back - BUT - you find that it only extends the time you're sitting wringing your hands or pacing and frustrated you can't do a sodding thing as your loved ones are in the hands of the pro's.
I actually found that having to jump in a car, ferry or on a flight and organise those things took my mind off the mess I was about to encounter.... weird but a distraction that I didn't even realise actually helped at the time.

Very best wishes to you and the family dude.


Cheers! I'm almost hesitant to rush over and see him. Going to call granny at lunchtime and see how she is, then me and Amy will waft over tonight if he's awake, them Amy mentioned going to see him Sunday. When he's out and home I want to pop up too, if only to mow the lawn, help granny with bits and basically do any hard graft they need to do before winter.

Been head down with work today to take my mind off it, and to build up brownie points for any last minute time off I might need!
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:04 AM

Fingers crossed for your Grandfather beko. I'm sure he will be fine. Good on you for helping out with the garden and stuff too. To many folk don't care now.






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