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#1 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 06:35 AM

It is horribly early. It is dark outside. I had no idea which T-shirt I'd put on this morning. Thankfully, it is actually one of mine.

 

Stage one of this lengthy caper involves taking the Lexus to The Midlands for a cambelt change. Then, it's on to Sussex tonight, before The Big Reveal tomorrow morning. Oh I think you're going to like this one folks! Easily my most ridiculous caper yet.

 

The subject matter has been standing in a field for years, so there will not be a 'drive home' element to this. Plan is just to move said subject matter to a safe location, though my eventual dream is indeed to drive it back to Wales.

 

Right. I'd better get started! Dudley here we come.


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#2 OFFLINE   garethj

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 06:40 AM

When most people buy a car it involves walking into a dealers, drinking awful coffee from a plastic cup, signing some awful forms from a plastic salesman and getting a bunch of flowers on the passenger's seat.

 

The Autoshite way is utterly superior in every way, except that the car doesn't usually go.  A trifling matter when you consider the upsides.  Good luck!


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 06:43 AM

Please tell me it has two decks and at least 80 seats.
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#4 OFFLINE   Heritage motor centre

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:10 AM

Leyland National FTW?!

Good luck, hope you don't need a dustpan and brush to collect whatever it is!
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:21 AM

Well first stage is I hope the cambelt change goes well and no issues rear their head.
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:25 AM

Yay. If you're near to Worcester pop in :-)

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:06 AM

Good luck !



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:09 AM

Fingers crossed for the cambelt change and kind of hoping you've bought some 1950s diesel locomotive rolling stock for your announcement that you're now editing 'Train Shite Monthly' or something.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 09:29 AM

I predict something that although having fairly big wheels at the front and even bigger wheels at the back, is still 'little' and 'grey' :)


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 09:50 AM

Nah, I reckon he's gone all Cavcraft on us and it'll be a rancid Ford Fiesta that's been languishing in the corner of a stable yard, with an interior that requires use of a hazmat suit.


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:05 AM

What could be retro, Japanese and having sat in a field for 2 years?

'Barn find' kubota?
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:06 AM

Oh, this should be good.  Languishing in a field for years, previous mention of a Transit beavertail, got to be a car...you're not getting your old CX back that's popped up on eBay are you?  



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:20 AM

I can confirm that the purchase does not involve buses, tractors or Scotland.

Cambelt job started. We have the wrong water pump, but at least we've discovered that early on!
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:20 AM

Oh, this should be good.  Languishing in a field for years, previous mention of a Transit beavertail, got to be a car...you're not getting your old CX back that's popped up on eBay are you?  

Wrong direction, that CX is in Scotland and DW is going to Sussex.


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:50 AM

True, plus there's no way it would fit on a beavertail anyway...


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:19 AM

 

The subject matter has been standing in a field for years

 

Could be a cold start video on the horizon.


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:24 AM

Standing in a field for years, eh?

 

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:48 AM

Bedford TK 32T 2 stroke diesel truck?


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:00 PM

We're getting there. We can see most of the timing belt now. So much needs removing!
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:33 PM

Just how many years has it been standing in the field?
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:45 PM

We're getting there. We can see most of the timing belt now. So much needs removing!

 

Weirdly will be driving past in about an hour, so will wave or lend you a Rover 45 for your onward journey if things dont go to plan :)


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:53 PM

I eventually worked out what DW had bought after mithering him on Facebook. 
But I can't tell you what it is that I worked out. 


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:18 PM

I eventually worked out what DW had bought after mithering him on Facebook. 
But I can't tell you what it is that I worked out. 

 

Spoilsport ... :)


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:25 PM

I'm thinking one of Solihull's finest......Land rover..possibly series 1????


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:30 PM

Halfway point reached with the belt. What a faff. Now we can start putting it back together again.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:38 PM

I can't imagine what could both have survived sitting in a Sussexian field for goodness knows how long and have DW excited enough that he won't share what it is until he's collected it.  He doesn't like rust so surely it's not some old Datsun or obscure thing from Mitsubishi or the like.  I'm actually completely out of ideas on this one.  Not helped by the current Wobbler Fleet which consists of a pre-war designed Citroen, a diminutive anachronisitic Malaysian, a boxy Japanese city van and a gigantonormous luxobarge which pretty much covers all bases.

 

I tell a lie, I can image what might get him all frothy:  Citroen Ami.  But you wouldn't want to take one of those on that had been sat in a field forever.



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:40 PM

whatever it is,reserve your place on the roffle now!



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 02:22 PM

I wager whoever said LAND ROVER is on the money?



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 02:28 PM

101 forward control? AKA AUTOSHITE MOBILE OPERATIONS UNIT
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 02:33 PM

Citroen Ami?


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