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#45451 OFFLINE   Lord Sterling

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:46 PM

...Even as a passenger I get a number arse...

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What 'number' d'ya get? Number 2? 8? Or 3?...

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:06 PM

Early Aldi TT did that to me. Colleague to whom it belonged, apologised profusely. But I still made us take my mr2 from Bristol to Huddersfield on our next outing.

I... was as comfy as you like. He... brought too much luggage.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:45 AM

The C4 failed its MOT on Saturday.  Not too badly though - three bulbs (sidelights are working but too dim, pulled one of the bulbs out and it is pretty black to be fair, and one of the brakelights has blown since I last checked), headlight aim, leaky offside rear shock and fast idle CO emissions slightly over.  Bulbs are easy enough to do on a C4, headlight aim I'll have a bash at but if it's still slightly out the place where I take my cars is happy to tweak it on the ramp, I've ordered a new shock off eBay for less than 17 quid including delivery (and without wanting to tempt fate, it doesn't look like a difficult job to change it) and the tester reckoned the CO emissions could be sorted with an Italian tuneup.  So not too bad overall.  As an added bonus when I dropped the car off there was a Bentley S1 which had been brought in to sort a non-functioning horn.  It was lovely - definitely got my horn functioning.

 

Today I have mostly been swapping batteries around.  I tried a decent 063 battery on the 205 but it would barely turn it over, so I think the battery being knackered is only part of the problem, the other part being the XUD being a twat to crank.  This was backed up when I lobbed the 205's original battery onto the Getz and it started it straight up.  So for now I've shoehorned a bigger battery into the Peugeot - it's too big really, the earth terminal is touching the underside of the bonnet, but it works.

 

I also swapped the Stilo's battery onto the silver Rover.  The Rover has been refusing to start from cold if left overnight, and I know the Stilo's battery is a good 'un as it will start the car even after standing for weeks in the freezing cold.  It's also slightly bigger with a slightly higher CCA rating.  I attempted to keep the Fiat's electrics alive with my little jump pack as I know from experience that old Fiats can be temperamental about losing their batteries - the attempt was a failure, I must have picked a poor earth, but the car started straight back up again anyway - although I now have to reset all the trip computer which is a bit of an annoyance.

 

On the subject of swapping, I changed the Audi's front and rear tyres around - the fronts were rather tired budget ditchfinders with zero wet weather grip (the car would light up the front tyres on the throttle on a damp road, which shouldn't happen in a big automatic saloon with only 90bhp), the rears were slightly older but less worn Goodyears.  So the Goodyears are now on the front - I'll have to wait until it next rains to see if they're any improvement (shouldn't have to wait too long at this time of year).  If not I'll have to fork out for a pair of tyres I suppose.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:04 AM

By the end of the week I hope to be driving the Princess on a daily basis again.   There's not much time to try and double the annual mileage (of 196 miles) before the next MoT so I'm hoping that this clutch problem can be resolved.  I've managed to acquire the clutch master cylinder, clutch slave cylinder, and clutch hose from OKK which should fit since it's the same age and engine and were working when removed very recently.  I've also got the clutch hose arriving by the end of the week that I found on eBay.  All being well, some combination of these parts and what's on the car will get to the bottom of whatever this clutch problem actually is and I'll be able to drive the car.

 

The intention is to have the Rover for the really rotten days and very cold night time runs and use the Princess for literally everything else until I move house at some point this year.  I've had my Princess as my daily before so I see no reason why I can't do it again, and it is a lot of fun to chug about in.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:22 AM

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Safrane caught in OMG snow chaos this morning.

 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:23 AM

2CV sidelight fail sorted. Just a loose bulb connector.

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Having a quick brew and then I'm off to the MOT station!


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#45457 OFFLINE   xtriple

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:26 AM

Just got the renewal for the insurance for the Mazda - £116 fc. That includes £25 admin fee!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:48 AM

Spotted another Cit CX at Hanger Lane on the way to work - LHD Prestige Turbo 2, plated as "D906 ELL"


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#45459 OFFLINE   Bren

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:52 AM

Just watched the remake of Chips.

It simply reinforced why I no longer go to the cinema.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:01 AM

I changed the Audi's front and rear tyres around - the fronts were rather tired budget ditchfinders with zero wet weather grip (the car would light up the front tyres on the throttle on a damp road, which shouldn't happen in a big automatic saloon with only 90bhp), the rears were slightly older but less worn Goodyears.  So the Goodyears are now on the front - I'll have to wait until it next rains to see if they're any improvement.


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"Oh my fucking god the back end now has zero grip and I've nearly stuck it in several ditches."
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:29 AM

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:07 PM

 

On the subject of swapping, I changed the Audi's front and rear tyres around - the fronts were rather tired budget ditchfinders with zero wet weather grip (the car would light up the front tyres on the throttle on a damp road, which shouldn't happen in a big automatic saloon with only 90bhp), the rears were slightly older but less worn Goodyears.  So the Goodyears are now on the front - I'll have to wait until it next rains to see if they're any improvement (shouldn't have to wait too long at this time of year).  If not I'll have to fork out for a pair of tyres I suppose.

 

Just out of interest, what size of tyres is your Audi on?

 

My old 80 (B3 1.8 petrol) was on 175/70 14 and was pretty sure footed on Michelins


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:21 PM

Mrs SiC is currently on the hard shoulder in the Aldi waiting for recovery. Hit debris on the road between Bath and Bristol M4 junction. Thinks it was a bumper or mudflap. Shes fine but at least one tyre flat. No idea if any other damage. Apparently 7 or so other cars on the hard shoulder too. Police did a rolling road block and the Highways agency patrol cars have just given her a blanket.

I'm hoping no more damage than a tyre. However that's still £120 per corner (Goodyear) for something recognisable and probably at least 2 to give a matched axle! Budgets are £65 each but I don't think I can be doing with cheap rubber on it.

Hmpfh. :?

Nasty old gash. The rim looks slightly not as round anymore. Going to take it to a tyre place for them to have a look. I bet it'll end up needing a new rim. FFS :(
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:58 PM

Saw a lovely gold Xantia hatchback on my way home.  Not one I've seen before that I recall.  The local Xantias always start appearing when spring is on the way.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:02 PM

Saw a lovely gold Xantia hatchback on my way home. Not one I've seen before that I recall. The local Xantias always start appearing when spring is on the way.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:13 PM

Nasty old gash.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:16 PM

Nasty old gash. The rim looks slightly not as round anymore.

That looks very close to whether it can be recovered or not. Some places would immediately say no. Some might try to balance it out as long as a tyre seals on it, and other places might put a block of wood on it and attempt to hammer it a bit to make it round again.

As long as it's not cracked, it's worth a shot at hammering it round again.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:39 PM

That looks very close to whether it can be recovered or not. Some places would immediately say no. Some might try to balance it out as long as a tyre seals on it, and other places might put a block of wood on it and attempt to hammer it a bit to make it round again.

As long as it's not cracked, it's worth a shot at hammering it round again.


A tyre place managed to get a tyre on there and it seems to be holding pressure at the moment. They said they've seen much worse.

Bought a cheaper Kuhmo (still £98) as that's all they had in stock for that size and speed rating. Had Kuhmo before and they've been alright - just noisy.

The other side has 4mm of tread still. So once that wears down another 1mm or so, I'll get them both changed together. Providing the wheel holds a pressure and doesn't vibrate.

It's also going in for a service on Wednesday. Looking like it's going to be a rather expensive month for that car.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:20 PM

Patiently waits for the update:

"Oh my fucking god the back end now has zero grip and I've nearly stuck it in several ditches."

Well this morning the roads were a little damp but the Audi decided to go into some sort of limp mode and took half the journey to work to wind up to 50mph, so there were few opportunities to test the grip.  It had miraculously sorted itself by this evening, but then the roads were bone dry.

 

Just out of interest, what size of tyres is your Audi on?

 

My old 80 (B3 1.8 petrol) was on 175/70 14 and was pretty sure footed on Michelins

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:39 PM

Well this morning the roads were a little damp but the Audi decided to go into some sort of limp mode and took half the journey to work to wind up to 50mph, so there were few opportunities to test the grip.  It had miraculously sorted itself by this evening, but then the roads were bone dry.
 

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I’ve just ordered a pair of Goodyear efficient grip performance in that size ( v rated ) at £56 each fitted. Tyresothedrive.co.uk
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:48 PM

Well this morning the roads were a little damp but the Audi decided to go into some sort of limp mode and took half the journey to work to wind up to 50mph, so there were few opportunities to test the grip.  It had miraculously sorted itself by this evening, but then the roads were bone dry.

 

195/65 15, because posh*.

 

Dizzle isn't it? Our VW LT used to do that because the actuator on the turbo would seize. Pulling over and restarting the engine always cured it enough to get going again. A hard trick to pull off without your passengers noticing...


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:05 PM

POW - Street legal Cortina. Well other than it's not insured and I need to take the interior back out to put down the insulation and flush the cooling system etc etc.

Still a mile stone.

I dragged the Maestro out too. Still not sure what I'm going to do with this especially now the Cortina is road worth. I've just not driven it at all so thinking of selingl it and getting something slightly more modern like an mx5 or slk for the summer. I was debating fitting the replacement rear arches before selling but at the rate I work the mot would have expired by the time I've done.

On the other hand if I don't I won't have anything to tinker with,

 

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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:36 PM

Really in a quandry and it's about as much fun as trying to pull your foreskin over your head while whistling 'Dixie'. I am as I may have mentioned eleswhere, skint (that '1' I missed in accounting is really biting me in the bum) and I know 3 cars are 2 to many. But, the sensible one is the KIA... but I don't like it. Next most (im)practical is the Mazda but that needs taxing, insuring and mot/service in the next month. And then there's the BGD. Yes it's practical (well, sort of as in it's a car and does that job) but Christ on a bike it's sodding expensive to run and I hate leaving it outside 'cos fear.  Also, as a daily driver it sort of casts a long shadow (ha ha pun intended!  :)  )

 

So what to do? Sell all? I want to keep the Mazda so that is staying even though it's the least suitable car but that still leaves the other two. The KIA is worthless (unless you like muddy interiors?) and the Bentley has cost so much I will lose even if I get the maximum retail value (£25 - 32K) which I won't!

 

Fed up of the damp garage costing loads, fed up of living in this shithole (both flat and city). Damn this feeling healthier, I was quite happy expecting to peg out at any moment, now I fear I may last another year or two I have to make decisions.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:38 PM

Live in the BGD while touring the Med picking up dollybirds?


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:38 PM

Oh, I booked the Mazda into the local main dealers again for service and MOT, 26th of the month. Courtesy car included and £100 for the service but pricy MOT (£54). I know it goes against the grain somewhat to take cars to the main dealers but Central garages really are (and have been) excellent and cheap!



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:40 PM

Live in the BGD while touring the Med picking up dollybirds?

Strangely, it is a thought... Friends are currently doing somethng similar but in a camper van (huge camper van - 6 wheeler) and I really fancy the change but money....


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:46 AM

'vensis is booked in for an MOT tomorrow. Gave it a look over and the friction material had come away from the backing on the front drivers side. New pads in and all else seems OK. Vito is in next week.. Why do all my motors have MOT's within a week or 2 of each other.. On the upside, Vito now has 5 tyres on it with 8mm... The bonus of changing tyres on caravans due to age.. they get bunged in the skip even if never been on the road... proper commercial rated too, but only get them from big single axle Baileys and Swifts.. 195/70/15c. Most caravan companies fit ditchfinders from new, Bailey fitted Michelin!

 

Flame away, but a tyre doesn't turn into a pumpkin when it reaches 7years old.. especially if kept in the dark and dry..


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:12 AM

That picture has made me want an MG Maestro. 

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:59 AM

POW - Street legal Cortina. Well other than it's not insured and I need to take the interior back out to put down the insulation and flush the cooling system etc etc.

Still a mile stone.

I dragged the Maestro out too. Still not sure what I'm going to do with this especially now the Cortina is road worth. I've just not driven it at all so thinking of selingl it and getting something slightly more modern like an mx5 or slk for the summer. I was debating fitting the replacement rear arches before selling but at the rate I work the mot would have expired by the time I've done.

On the other hand if I don't I won't have anything to tinker with,

 

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Holy Moly.  What a lovely pair (fnar fnar).

 

Genuinely, well done.  Smashing.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:19 AM

I think I want a car that doesn't exist.

I'd like a van big enough to carry a motorcycle with room to spare, but also be able to carry 5 people if required. But in people carrying mode it would need to be comfortable and car like. Thus ruling out transits with extra seats.

Factory vivaro crew cabs are quite nice inside but the solid bulkhead means not enough length for a motorcycle

I detest people carriers. Been there done that and to be honest most of them aren't really big enough to do the motorcycle thing without hassle.

I hate to say vw transporters are probably a good shout and they are sort of socially acceptable most places where real vans just aren't. But thankfully they are stupidly expensive for what they are.

Nothing I've mentioned thus far would qualify as shite either (read interesting or different)

About the only thing I can think of would be a Citroën synergie /pugnot 806

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