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#31 OFFLINE   RobT

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:03 AM

Barums are £39 each on tyreleader if you decide to go for those, or Falken Sinceras for £43.

 

The Vredestein Classics look the part, but not sure they're worth the £200 extra over the Barums.


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:24 AM

Barums are £39 each on tyreleader if you decide to go for those, or Falken Sinceras for £43.
 
The Vredestein Classics look the part, but not sure they're worth the £200 extra over the Barums.


Thats a good price for the Barums. Also its is a very good point about price. The price difference between the Vredestein and Barum is enough to be able to buy new leaf springs and front bushes. I want to do that anyway, but spending less on tyres would allow more to be done quicker. Helpful given we're coming up to the end of summer now.

I suppose the question is, would I notice any difference (real world) between the Barum and Vredestein? Looks and classic tread shape aren't terribly important for me. I don't mind spending more if they are a lot better. It'd annoy me spending out for tyres and then buying some more in 6-12 months time when I find they're not that good.
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 12:10 PM

I'd have thought mid-range Barums should be fine for the miles and usage you'll be doing.  Certainly better than what's on there at the moment!

 

It's easy to get tied in knots over tyre choice.  I'm not massively fussy but will buy based on whether it's a brand I've heard of, wet grip ability, tempered by a reasonable price.

 

Saying all that, I'm still running 15-20 year old NOS tyres on the Metro so I need to pull my finger out and sort it.


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 12:33 PM

Tbh it'll perform far better than it did when new on modern tyres. So if that's the sort of price different I'll do a u turn on my original advice and say Barum

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 12:59 PM

Just messaged my Slovakian mate who is very much a tyre snob too and he runs Barums Bravuris on his car. Hence he gave his recommendation for Barum too.

So just ordered. £156.40 for any 4 tyres is pretty good value to be honest. I've now just got to find a garage prepared to fit them. :?
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 01:06 PM

Barums are good, used them for years.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 03:36 PM

I've now just got to find a garage prepared to fit them. :?

 

Just be thankful that yours doesn't come with those ridiculously outdated wire wheels that show-going owners love to retrofit.


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 04:06 PM

Wire wheels were a deal breaker for me, keeping clean, balancing and spoke repair put me totally off. They also have a centre nut mounting that is part of the axle, so changing to standard 4 nuts/studs is a bigish job. I did see though you can get minilites that take the centre hub nut though.
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 05:59 PM

Now I do like minilites.


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 08:39 PM

Now I do like minilites.

 

HERETIC !

 

There's only two wheel types that MGBs should be allowed to use : Rubery Owen or Dunlop !


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:28 AM

I consider Nostyles to be the best MGB wheels. I consider wires to be the worst, especially if they are fitted to 'rubber bumper' examples.


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:04 AM

 I like wires on old British sports cars, saying that I also like original steels with chrome hub caps.

 

 

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 10:53 AM

Started my to-do list this morning. It's a bit long!

Replace tyres
Replace flat rear springs
Replace rear spring bushes
Replace sagging front springs
Replace front suspension bushes
Paint bottom of front wings (to protect)
Waxoyl/protect the bottom
Clean & Wax topside of car to protect
Replace tailgate rubber seal
Fix slow indicators (probably flasher as hazard work fine)
Fit battery into a battery box
Improve battery earth connection
Check and maybe replace engine earths
Fix left hand wiper hitting the windscreen trim
Replace wiper blades
Fix speed 2 not working on wipers
Put headlight circuits onto relay
Replace transmission and overdrive oil
Replace rear diff oil
Buy new keys/replace door+boot locks to match
Fix seatback foam
Fix dash brightness rheostat
Fix radio control panel/buttons
Increase idle when warmed/no load
Replace fuel pump with solid state/electronic one
Check & Renew rubber fuel lines.
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 11:03 AM

Well bought, great colour and bestest wheels; can I ask what it set you back?
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 11:56 AM

Started my to-do list this morning. It's a bit long!
Replace tyres
Replace flat rear springs
Replace rear spring bushes
Replace sagging front springs
Replace front suspension bushes
Paint bottom of front wings (to protect)
Waxoyl/protect the bottom
Clean & Wax topside of car to protect
Replace tailgate rubber seal
Fix slow indicators (probably flasher as hazard work fine)
Fit battery into a battery box
Improve battery earth connection
Check and maybe replace engine earths
Fix left hand wiper hitting the windscreen trim
Replace wiper blades
Fix speed 2 not working on wipers
Put headlight circuits onto relay
Replace transmission and overdrive oil
Replace rear diff oil
Buy new keys/replace door+boot locks to match
Fix seatback foam
Fix dash brightness rheostat
Fix radio control panel/buttons
Increase idle when warmed/no load
Replace fuel pump with solid state/electronic one
Check & Renew rubber fuel lines.


It's not hard to see the appeal* of ToMM©, a year ago :)

*OK... £700 for dampers - but done and gone!


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 01:06 PM

Well bought, great colour and bestest wheels; can I ask what it set you back?

£3500

Was up for £3750 but managed to wangle a bit off. Probably should have got a bit more off, as end of season but apart from the pressure from here to get something, I knew that it was generally a good one and didn't want to miss out again.

It's not perfect, but then it's a 1/2th the price of a near perfect one. But even that probably is only perfect in the paint and body department, not the often neglected suspension department. The body on this, from what I've managed to see looks in very good nick and patch free. Even the door chrome lines up with the body. I suspect the sills have never been welded.

The paint is reasonable too. Some areas have been touched up and very obviously noticeable from the different colours. Biggest bit is the offside wing around the light area. Not sure if it's had a respray or if original paint. If respray then it would have been a good while back when it was done - better quality (non eco friendly) paint. Might get the different colour touch-up patches done in the future if it proves reliable and doesn't disgrace herself at the next MOT.

I have stuck a bit of bent wire up the sill drain holes and you can drum the inner sill metal. No rust chunks fall out either! Only thing I haven't looked under is the door jam kick plates. Completely forgot to look under before I bought. Hoping they'll be alright! Should be given the rest is pretty straight.

Probably get my local, friendly garage to have a good look over too so I know of anything in advanced that will need attention. Also put my mind at rest that I haven't bought a dud/missed stuff.

Dying to go out in it, but holding off until I've replaced the perished death rings (20-30yr old Pirellis). Also need to sort the Smart out and sell it. It's in the way to being able to easily get it on and off the drive.

In other news, I've asked a local builder for a quote on a car port. Not quite as good as a garage but should keep most of the elements off and my drive is pretty narrow and enclosed between two houses anyway.
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 01:25 PM

Mine probably needed most of the things on your list........

I took the barrels out of the locks and filed them down so 1 key fitted them all.

Sorted!

For the price of a car port you could almost buy another car.

Wouldn't do for us all to be alike.



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Posted 30 July 2017 - 01:25 PM

If your neighbour has the gravel strip/wooden gate/dark wood fence - up to your garage - then a full length carport [spindle legs 'your side' of drive edge] should do very nicely ;)

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 01:42 PM

If your neighbour has the gravel strip/wooden gate/dark wood fence - up to your garage - then a full length carport [spindle legs 'your side' of drive edge] should do very nicely ;)

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This is exactly what I'm thinking. Neighbours fence will act as a handy weather shield too.

Not sure if your saw it in the Stupid questions thread, but what is your ToMM?
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 01:42 PM

That's not a bad list for that price you paid. Mostly just tinkering, not major off-road work.
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 01:45 PM

I was just about to ask that

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 01:48 PM

This is exactly what I'm thinking. Neighbours fence will act as a handy weather shield too.
Not sure if your saw it in the Stupid questions thread, but what is your ToMM?


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 02:33 PM

Nice Toyota, the wheels would be improved by slightly shorter springs.  That said, it's not a munter as it stands.


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 02:43 PM

3500 is a very good price going by your pics. A carport will do wonders for it long term, as well as keeping the rain off it'll stop the sun damaging it too.
Be worth speccing it to have a frame at the front capable of taking a garage door, you'll essentially have a very well ventilated garage then.

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 03:06 PM

Nice Toyota, the wheels would be improved by slightly shorter springs. That said, it's not a munter as it stands.

But that's how it came out of the factory and is better off like that... A BIT LIKE YOUR AUSTIN NEEDING TO BE HARVEST GOLD. ;)
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 03:27 PM

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 07:56 PM

Started my to-do list this morning. It's a bit long!
Replace tyres
Replace flat rear springs
Replace rear spring bushes
Replace sagging front springs
Replace front suspension bushes
Paint bottom of front wings (to protect)
Waxoyl/protect the bottom
Clean & Wax topside of car to protect
Replace tailgate rubber seal
Fix slow indicators (probably flasher as hazard work fine)
Fit battery into a battery box
Improve battery earth connection
Check and maybe replace engine earths
Fix left hand wiper hitting the windscreen trim
Replace wiper blades
Fix speed 2 not working on wipers
Put headlight circuits onto relay
Replace transmission and overdrive oil
Replace rear diff oil
Buy new keys/replace door+boot locks to match
Fix seatback foam
Fix dash brightness rheostat
Fix radio control panel/buttons
Increase idle when warmed/no load
Replace fuel pump with solid state/electronic one
Check & Renew rubber fuel lines.
SELL TO CHEEZEY


I've updated the list.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:02 PM

Do the indicators speed up with revs?

 

My old Midget had indicators that'd stop flashing if the idle was low enough, pick it up to 1k or so & they worked fine.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:03 PM

Yeah. When driving they're fine. Stopped at a roundabout they have a pause too. Hazards work fine in both cases though
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:06 PM

Fixing the idle speed will probably do it.

 

If memory serves the old fashioned flashers had a bi-metallic strip in to control the flash. It heats up in use, bends & turns the lights off, cools down & they come back on - repeat etc At low voltages (ie low idle) they don't get hot enough to bend so the lights never flash. No, I don't know why the hazards are never affected either, mine was the same.


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