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#49171 OFFLINE   Datsuncog

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:27 PM

Shall I take it to the bridge? Roffle it at £4.20 per ticket? Sell at £250.00?

Renault Clio (1997) 1.2, Manual, 5 Door. 78k, Cat C.

 

Thinking of scrapping it, but will put new exhaust and new MOT and tax to get you home if anybody wants it or will roffle.

 

I seem to have killed the thread! Maybe that's a sign? I think it's getting James Brown'd.

 

Pop it on its own thread, with a For Sale tag and a few pics mebbe?

 

Not so many of these Clios knocking about these days, and this one sounds like it's still got a bit of life left in it, after the graft you've put in...

 

Or roffle for much cheaps, as stated? There are plenty of chaps and chapettes here with exceedingly low self-control when the R-word is mentioned.

 

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Including myself.


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#49172 OFFLINE   GrumpiusMaximus

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:54 PM

Roffle it! It’s an actual colour and has bags of charm!
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#49173 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:56 PM

Well... the Princess has stopped singing.  That's good.  What's less good is the Rover's keyfob has stopped talking to the car and the alarm/immobiliser now won't disarm.  OH WELL.



#49174 OFFLINE   wrenchvolt

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:56 PM

Cheers Datsuncog. I was getting the grump on that my Clio was generally unloved by anyone but me. The car looks like hell but will start, run nicely and get you where you want to go. If I didn't need a bigger car I would maintain the living shit out of it untill the day it craps it's self. It just attracts disdain where ever it goes, which I generally relish. It's just a travelling middle finger up the arse of conspicuous consumption.


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#49175 OFFLINE   wrenchvolt

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:58 PM

Thanks Mr. Maximus. I've met you, in the real World! Your not grumpy at all, quite jovial and botany in fact!


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#49176 OFFLINE   wrenchvolt

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:58 PM

Boyant ffs


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#49177 OFFLINE   wrenchvolt

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:58 PM

Buoyant FFFS aahahahaha


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#49178 OFFLINE   Hooli

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:01 PM

Talking of which, to sex ants through them in water.

 

Girl ants sink.

Boy ants float.


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#49179 OFFLINE   GrumpiusMaximus

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:01 PM

Botany! That’s just superb.

I’m a grumpy fucker today, I can assure you.
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#49180 OFFLINE   wrenchvolt

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:06 PM

Lol! An expert in plant life for sure.


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#49181 OFFLINE   wrenchvolt

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:10 PM

Talking of which, to sex ants through them in water.

 

Girl ants sink.

Boy ants float.

 

It must be the scrott sack.


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#49182 OFFLINE   GrumpiusMaximus

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:18 PM

Lol! An expert in plant life for sure.


More like pond scum.
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#49183 OFFLINE   mrbenn

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:21 PM

It's just a travelling middle finger up the arse of conspicuous consumption.

 

Brilliant. Having that if you don't mind!


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#49184 OFFLINE   mrbenn

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:23 PM

I’m a grumpy fucker today, I can assure you.

 

You're not alone. I'm thinking of starting a club.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:35 PM

I passed 2 cars broken down on the hard shoulder on way back from Smoll Kent Meet on Sunday. Both sparkling new Mercs. As miserable prole I was overcome with extreme smugness.


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#49186 OFFLINE   Barry Cade.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:50 PM

A week in as a campsite warden and I'm loving every minute. From laying slabs,to cleaning toilets to parking and connecting up these things..

 

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A massive difference from life before last week, a huge leap in the dark but never looked back yet. Weather has been awesome and at 17:01 in the evening I'm on holiday until 09:00. I leave for work at 08:58. :)


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:55 PM

A week in as a campsite warden and I'm loving every minute. From laying slabs,to cleaning toilets to parking and connecting up these things..

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A massive difference from life before last week, a huge leap in the dark but never looked back yet. Weather has been awesome and at 17:01 in the evening I'm on holiday until 09:00. I leave for work at 08:58. :)


Brilliant! Glad your leap of faith had worked out nicely.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:55 PM

Every year when we stay in a caravan park I always want to work there!

Which site is it? We could all book ourselves in on one specific week next year and have sf19! We may even pre warn you about it...
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:36 PM

As no one has jumped in and bought the Bentley (none of the millions of messages I was expecting :)    ) I 'think' I am going to fix it. I just can't scrap the bastard, it is too good by far to do that. I must admit it was a proper 'downer' and I have been really pissed  off about all this, there are a few other things going on in my life as well which I could REALLY do without at the moment, just all add to the joy....

 

So I need a 'garage buddy'. Anyone local ish that fancies helping for a few days/weeks, repair a Bentley? I really cannot afford to just let the specialists do it - £6K is a lot of dosh which I ain't got (got some, not all) so a friend would be a real help. I can do a most things (eventually) but scrabbling around under the old heap is not going to happen again in this life!

 

It also needs recovering from Exeter back to here and then getting in the garage... which will be fun!


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#49190 ONLINE   Kiltox

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:38 PM

I thought panhard said he would have it? He will have some spare cash as of Saturday :D
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#49191 OFFLINE   richardmorris

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:14 PM

Good luck.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:18 PM

Good luck xtriple . Once you fix it sell the bastard!

Edit. Maybe you could rope in a Mobile mechanic to help you with the heavy lifting
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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 16 May 2018 - 09:54 PM

As no one has jumped in and bought the Bentley (none of the millions of messages I was expecting :)    ) I 'think' I am going to fix it. I just can't scrap the bastard, it is too good by far to do that. I must admit it was a proper 'downer' and I have been really pissed  off about all this, there are a few other things going on in my life as well which I could REALLY do without at the moment, just all add to the joy....

 

So I need a 'garage buddy'. Anyone local ish that fancies helping for a few days/weeks, repair a Bentley? I really cannot afford to just let the specialists do it - £6K is a lot of dosh which I ain't got (got some, not all) so a friend would be a real help. I can do a most things (eventually) but scrabbling around under the old heap is not going to happen again in this life!

 

It also needs recovering from Exeter back to here and then getting in the garage... which will be fun!

 

I wish I was closer, I'd jump at the chance to do that. It's kind of not practical from up here though.



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:47 PM

Possible incoming on Sunday - quite a way away but been having a good convo with the seller and will firm up with them on the phone tomorrow. Possible debut collekshun caper...

 

Seller has been dicked around by the usual idiots making ludicrous lowball offers to tow it away for scrap. Not on my watch. This one is well worth saving. We've had to email due to my daft working hours.

 

ME: I am very interested in buying at the advertised price, but live some distance away (Nottingham) and I wouldn't be able to come to view/buy/drive away until the weekend, most likely Sunday. I'll give (partner) a call tomorrow to discuss. I know it can be very difficult to have to say goodbye to a car you've had for such a long time - they become part of the family don't they ?
 
 
SELLER: The car belongs to my partner who has had it from new   He did only a few miles in it till he met me ten years ago and mileage went up. It’s old but drives lovely. Give him a call in the morning would be happy to talk. Will be sad to see it go but just not being used now at all and we have a newer car

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:14 AM

After working in aviation since being a flight engineer in the RAF in the 1960s, due to a lack of forthcoming work and the determination to seemingly work himself to death in absence of anything else (he doesn't drink, has no friends, all his living family aside me and my mum live down under, and he barely leaves the house any more despite being in extremely good shape and not looking a day older than 55), Old Man has applied for a job as a caravan fitter. Part time with a view to more hours if it's worth it.

 

This could be interesting, he's 70 in August.

 

If they won't take him I've suggested he volunteer his time to the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester, which takes up a section of Queens Road bus depot in Cheetham Hill.
His mum used to work in the cafeteria there and he's from Newton Heath so it's a place fairly close to him.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:51 AM

Also, a box full of ignition components came today (only been waiting 10 days), and the Prelude is now running again. It started mysteriously stalling as soon as I'd turned the key, but taking the dizzy cap off, checking everything and reseating it restored full functionality.

 

(hint: if a car with a Honda D/F series engine is listed as non-running, and stalls when starting, buy it and replace the ignition parts. The coil/rotor arm/distributor cap will be knackered).


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:34 AM

After working in aviation since being a flight engineer in the RAF in the 1960s, due to a lack of forthcoming work and the determination to seemingly work himself to death in absence of anything else (he doesn't drink, has no friends, all his living family aside me and my mum live down under, and he barely leaves the house any more despite being in extremely good shape and not looking a day older than 55), Old Man has applied for a job as a caravan fitter. Part time with a view to more hours if it's worth it.

This could be interesting, he's 70 in August.

If they won't take him I've suggested he volunteer his time to the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester, which takes up a section of Queens Road bus depot in Cheetham Hill.
His mum used to work in the cafeteria there and he's from Newton Heath so it's a place fairly close to him.

Generational thing.

My oul man has worked full time since he was about 14. In all the time I've been alive he took one period of sick and that was because he could literally not leave his bed.

He got an early retirement package when he was mid 50s and lasted about 6 months at home before he cracked and got another job. He's now mid 60s and has no intention of retiring. Fitter than me and looks not a day over 50.

Having a purpose, a reason to get up and out the door keeps age at bay* - my grandmother in law looks after my wife's young cousins, school runs etc and at 80 she's full of energy. She says herself it keeps her going.

*caveat is a shitty job you hate will only add years on to you!

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:34 AM

We have a couple of fitters at work that stayed on, they do between 1-3 days a week - paid accordingly - depending upon their inclination.   I think the pair of 'em would wither away at home all week.   They both say the work keeps them fit enough to play golf five or six times a month (they both do full 18s - none of this 9 hole stuff) as well as paying their green fees.   I have waited all my working life to be able to retire and although it wouldn't be in my current job I can quite easily see me keeping something going. 

 

Another thing is that blokes in their 70s very often watched their old man work, retire and pass away within a short time and I am sure some of them feel that the only way to prevent this is to put off full retirement.   There might be something in that....


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:42 AM

It's true about the generation thing. A chap I'm friends with who lives in duffield is approaching 75 ish. Officially retired 15 years ago after working since 14 in the building trade. Works for himself now and he a s strong as an ox. I've seen him hook a thick paving slabs on his shoulder and carry it up a ladder to cap off a chimney. He has said by his own admission that when he can't work it will kill him off. He has no wife or children,lives in the house he was born in and never moved out. His brother is the only relative he has but he is also the same and they work together. Sadly he has realised his eyesight isn't getting better and he is on about hanging up his van keys. He used to race sidecar outfits through the 70s to 90s. Still has one in the garage but he knows he won't ever race again and modern rules and regs means the outfit won't see the track again.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:45 AM

Shall I take it to the bridge? Roffle it at £4.20 per ticket? Sell at £250.00?
Renault Clio (1997) 1.2, Manual, 5 Door. 78k, Cat C.
 
Thinking of scrapping it, but will put new exhaust and new MOT and tax to get you home if anybody wants it or will roffle.
 
The Good
 
Had the car 5 months and it's been a real champ. Handles and drives surprisingly well and is quite fun to drive. Tyres are OK and front disks have some life left. It always starts on the button and runs smoothly. My initial plan was to bung in fuel, oil and water and scrap when MOT runs out. The car ran well and I liked the drive. I decided to do some work on it so I would be happy to take it further afield on weekends.
 
Jobs Done
 


  • Water Pump

  • Tensioner Pulley

  • Timing Belt

  • Coolant Change

  • Rocker Cover Gasket

  • Throttle Body Clean, New Throttle Body O-ring and Inlet Manifold Gasket

  • Spark Plugs

  • Air Filter

  • Oil and Filter + Sump Plug

  • Fuel Filter

  • New Exhaust (If I MOT it)
 
Drove it 170 Mile round trip to meet up in Maidstone and it didn't miss a beat. Never let me down and the speedo has claimed 98mph on a quiet stretch of the A41!
 
The Bad
 

  • Bonnet sits wonky, might go on straight if fitted correctly, I don't know, never cared too much.

  • Drivers mirror is hanging on by the spring.

  • The clutch works with no judder or slipping, it's just either in or out.

  • Sunroof leaks but not too much.

  • Only front washer wiper works and the pump is activated by a push button (Column switch on the way out).

  • Door and lock mechanisms require lubrication.

  • Interior light/central locking unit needs cleaning with contact cleaner and new fuse to see if it will work.

  • Some wheel arch scabs but nothing underneath.

  • Chronic lacquer peel

  • Many dings and scratches

  • Bit of tappet noise from cold but goes after 30 sec.

  • Power steering has air in system. Does not affect operation at all, just sounds like a small Bee Gee is trapped under the bonnet.

I had the pleasure of meeting this Clio last weekend and can confirm that it definitely has a bit of life left in it. A tweak of the bonnet hinge will see that straighten up ok, and with a bit of polishing and cleaning it should come out as a fairly decent little runabout. Wrench has done all the key stuff, anything left is cosmetic really.
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