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#49201 OFFLINE   They_all_do_that_sir

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:53 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....

Frightening amount of people I've worked with over the years have snuffed it within a year of retiring.

Im sure its just coincidence, but there seems to be something in the idea that your mind can keep your body going for as long as it takes to achieve something, then give up as soon as that achievement is met....

If I ever retire ill have to take on a restoration of epic proportions, and train my mind to believe it HAS to be restored to concours condition

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:06 AM

Cheers Parky! The plan is to take it to the MOT station (I get a free re-test within 10 days) and see what they knock it on. I will cover her ears if they speak to roughly of her condition! If it's minor I will fix and re-test. I will price the wee beastie at the value of scrap (£90) + the cost of parts to get it through the test, and the cost of the MOT it's self. I estimate the car will owe me anywhere between £250.00 and £170.00 or £4.20-£2.90 on a Roffle.

 

All I'm interested in is seeing the car go out in a way I think it deserves, not crushed before it's time but given a bit of respect for the little workhorse that it is. I don't want to be out of pocket though :-D 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:15 AM

One of my grandad's fitted an entire kitchen for himself in his late 70s, so agree its good to continue to have a project of some type.

 

My dad is struggling with that, he walks the dog, and I'm not sure what else!

 

I'll have to work until I'm at least 70 though, no mega pension to rely on, and state pension age is only going one direction...


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:28 AM

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:54 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.


Doesn't the VMCC have a race class for it?

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:02 AM

Cheers Parky! The plan is to take it to the MOT station (I get a free re-test within 10 days) and see what they knock it on. I will cover her ears if they speak to roughly of her condition! If it's minor I will fix and re-test. I will price the wee beastie at the value of scrap (£90) + the cost of parts to get it through the test, and the cost of the MOT it's self. I estimate the car will owe me anywhere between £250.00 and £170.00 or £4.20-£2.90 on a Roffle.
 
All I'm interested in is seeing the car go out in a way I think it deserves, not crushed before it's time but given a bit of respect for the little workhorse that it is. I don't want to be out of pocket though :-D


I couldn’t see anything particularly bothersome from an MOT perspective. It looked pretty solid underneath, obviously I can’t evaluate things like bushes and ball joints or emissions levels but it certainly seems to have a sound structure. These things were pretty resistant to rust, Renaults of that era were all good in that regard.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:06 AM

Obtained a pair of rear door speaker grilles from US eBay for The Volvo to match the front ones, which I took from The Wentworth before I sold it for spares back in 2015. Matching in design, but not in colour, mind:

 

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Painted them using a can of Wilko satin black last night and fitted them this morning. They've turned out a lot better than I dared hope:

 

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I think that my decision to use a decent can of paint instead of the pound shop stuff I normally use made a big difference to the quality of the finish :)


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:09 AM

Frightening amount of people I've worked with over the years have snuffed it within a year of retiring.
Im sure its just coincidence, but there seems to be something in the idea that your mind can keep your body going for as long as it takes to achieve something, then give up as soon as that achievement is met....
If I ever retire ill have to take on a restoration of epic proportions, and train my mind to believe it HAS to be restored to concours condition
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My dad officially retired 7 years ago but is still working as a self employed handyman. He is super fit for his age and could easily beat me up if he so wanted. He couldn’t sit about doing nothing for more than about an hour without getting bored.

When I retire I will definitely take on a project of some sort. Maybe I will teach myself watch repairs or build computers or whatever the thing is in 20 years. Probably fixing brushless motors for electric mopeds or rebuilding service droids or suchlike.

Or just farming on an isolated planet, drinking blue milk, and telling my grandson not to keep going on about joining the Rebel Alliance
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:13 AM

Said goodbye to our Golf yesterday.  Being VAGshite, it's had it's issues, but it still drives very crisply for it's 160k and feels strong enough for a good few more.  I can see why there are still loads of these mk4s knocking around.  Buyer is a colleague of my wife, so hopefully it won't blow up in short order.

 

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You might notice it's got brand new plates.  This is because I've decided to become a number-plate-wanker and have transferred the original reg off it.  It's a Dollywobbler-approved six-digit job which, although it means nothing to me, I figure will make a good cover-plate for post-'01 shite.

 

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to shift the Omega and Saab, which no-one seems particularly interested in.  I've had them on Facebook, Auto Trader and on here.  I'm not going to bother with Ebay as it's just too damn expensive for selling a cheap car, so next step is a roffle...  brb.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:23 AM

Doesn't the VMCC have a race class for it?

I honestly don't know,his eyesight also means perhaps it isn't in his best interests.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:04 PM

A clutch of little ones huddling together for security.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:51 PM

Like a shoal of fish seeking safety from a shark with a bolt cutter
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:16 PM

Out of 4 cars I have here, only one actually can be used. Unfortunately I need to get up at 5:15am for a business trip to a test chamber. So I had to conceed to renting a car. I was supposed to get an insignia but that apparently didn't get back on time. Shame as I was looking forward to driving one.

So instead they tried giving me a Qashqai - which I really didn't want. Instead they gave me a free "upgrade" to this.
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I can't say I'm overly impressed with the insides. Doesn't feel like a premium car - certainly not what I expect from a Mercedes. Ride is comfortable but interior is a bit crappy.

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Has a diesel lump in it attached to an auto box. The box is smooth but the diesel lump is unrefined and clattery. Reminds me of the 1.5 dci Renault units ... which after a quick Google it appears it is. Perfectly explains why it's good on fuel but noisy.

Stop+start is slow at kicking the engine back into life. Infotainment looks like it's been grafted onto the dash. Not particularly fast (actually it's pretty slow by modern standards). Seats are decent enough though and the ride is surprisingly comfortable over bumps. But then I've been driving a TT with 19" wheels and an A4 with s-line suspension, so my ride comfort assesment is probably skewed.

Will see what it's like after a proper drive tomorrow. Got quite a few a and b-roads to cover too.

If I got given one I wouldn't refuse it. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one though. Way better cars in the class.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:18 PM

IT technician at work has an A-Class.  One of the limited ones from the first run of the newer shape (2014 model).  He bought it second-hand after its initial PCP 3 year deal ran out and was sold back to the dealer.

 

It's quite a nice car.  Inside is decent and it's a nice blue.  Goes well.  He's certainly very happy with it.

 

I suspect it being a petrol makes it a more interesting drive.  Probably a higher trim spec, too.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:27 PM

IT technician at work has an A-Class. One of the limited ones from the first run of the newer shape (2014 model). He bought it second-hand after its initial PCP 3 year deal ran out and was sold back to the dealer.

It's quite a nice car. Inside is decent and it's a nice blue. Goes well. He's certainly very happy with it.

I suspect it being a petrol makes it a more interesting drive. Probably a higher trim spec, too.


Probably but I'm not sure what they do differently on the higher trim level. I reckon the Focus interior is on a par with this a-class.

As a place to be sat, I much prefer the A4 and TT. Even my German car loving boss wasn't overly impressed with the insides of this a-class.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:31 PM

Probably but I'm not sure what they do differently on the higher trim level. I reckon the Focus interior is on a par with this a-class.

As a place to be sat, I much prefer the A4 and TT. Even my German car loving boss wasn't overly impressed with the insides of this a-class.

 

Fair.  I haven't got much context on moderns.  Liked my Dad's A4 but that was over 10 years ago.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:37 PM

Got the Mercedes 190 booked into the garage on a Monday; the squeaking coming from the steering suggests I’ve got a failed ball joint on the NSF - no laughing matter with these. Also the brakes drone on moderate to heavy breaking - so it’s just going in so I don’t have to look at it broken or even think about it.

I’m pretty sure I’d like to get a MK3 Escort estate at some stage this year. It’s going to be a tall order as I’m only interested in a 3dr estate. I could be persuaded into a MK4, but the purer shite is the earlier car.

If you could keep your eyes peeled I’d be grateful. They do sell for reasonably sensible money; the problem is they are also advertised for frankly absurd money too.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:51 PM

Probably but I'm not sure what they do differently on the higher trim level. I reckon the Focus interior is on a par with this a-class.

As a place to be sat, I much prefer the A4 and TT. Even my German car loving boss wasn't overly impressed with the insides of this a-class.


An A3 is quite wank too though. Compare like for like....
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:54 PM

Thankfully it looks like our neighbors driving days are over. We all suspected that she has been unfit (read: fucking blind) to drive for quite some time.

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I know it's only a 206, but that looks in good nick for being weighed in?

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:26 PM

An A3 is quite wank too though. Compare like for like....

Agreed, the smaller entry level prestige models seem built to fit neatly into a PCP price point somewhere.

You two can have a mercaudibmw but it'll have shit spec and the neighbour's five year old focus will be quicker and nicer.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:35 PM

Interior of said a-class.
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I can see why reviewers say that it looks like a £40 Android tablet grafted to the dash.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:52 PM

Interior of said a-class.
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I can see why reviewers say that it looks like a £40 Android tablet grafted to the dash.

Probably not far off the truth to be fair, it'll be a cheap tough screen and I wouldnt be surprised if its using some form of android with a mercedes wrapper over the top.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:14 PM

Out of 4 cars I have here, only one actually can be used. Unfortunately I need to get up at 5:15am for a business trip to a test chamber. So I had to conceed to renting a car. I was supposed to get an insignia but that apparently didn't get back on time. Shame as I was looking forward to driving one.

So instead they tried giving me a Qashqai - which I really didn't want. Instead they gave me a free "upgrade" to this.
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I can't say I'm overly impressed with the insides. Doesn't feel like a premium car - certainly not what I expect from a Mercedes. Ride is comfortable but interior is a bit crappy.

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Has a diesel lump in it attached to an auto box. The box is smooth but the diesel lump is unrefined and clattery. Reminds me of the 1.5 dci Renault units ... which after a quick Google it appears it is. Perfectly explains why it's good on fuel but noisy.

Stop+start is slow at kicking the engine back into life. Infotainment looks like it's been grafted onto the dash. Not particularly fast (actually it's pretty slow by modern standards). Seats are decent enough though and the ride is surprisingly comfortable over bumps. But then I've been driving a TT with 19" wheels and an A4 with s-line suspension, so my ride comfort assesment is probably skewed.

Will see what it's like after a proper drive tomorrow. Got quite a few a and b-roads to cover too.

If I got given one I wouldn't refuse it. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one though. Way better cars in the class.

 

the deisel ones of these have renault engines, and renault gearboxes, are built in a renault factory, in hungary.

 

most of the petrol ones are made in finland, only the AMG ones are made in germany.

 

one of the daft draffies at work has one, 350 bhp(or something equally stupid) out of a 2 litre 4 cylinder engine. its the tackiest pile of wank i've seen in a very long time.

 

i wouldn't want one given......


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:29 PM

File under 'biting off more than I can chew'
Also 'the death of optimism'

This is what happens when i read too many of Dave_numbers' accounts of epic saves with sheets of glass and a cuddly toy* - I get all ambitious and after two short evenings of applying plus gas and labelling bolts, I am getting close to ruining an engine. All cos I suspect a little bit of exhaust gas might be getting into the coolant.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:30 PM

I know it's only a 206, but that looks in good nick for being weighed in?

 
It was fucked.

 

If you open this photo up in full size by clicking here you can see that the front wing is bent out of shape and the rear quarter is creased up too, the other rear quarter was the same. Her driving was awful; my mum saw her in town driving with her sidewalls rubbing the kerb, I found her on a NSL road doing no more than 35, I saw her drive through the gates of her drive with the door open.. SMASH. Her driveway effectively makes a crossroads with the main street and a side street opposite and on one occasion she couldn't see that a driver wanting & indicating to turn right was waving her onto her driveway because she was blocking his entrance into the side street. It's as if she was assuming he was going straight despite their indicator and hand waving, there was no way she could see either.

 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:41 PM

I've said it before and Ill say it again, ALL drivers need assessing every 5 or 10 years.  It would stop people becoming complacent and lazy, and get bad drivers off the roads.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:45 PM

I've said it before and Ill say it again, ALL drivers need assessing every 5 or 10 years.  It would stop people becoming complacent and lazy, and get bad drivers off the roads.


Ahh yes, but assessing by who? All fine and dandy but in reality is it not just another 'they should do something about it " thing?
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:58 PM

Being required to take an eye test at regular intervals to maintain your licence would be a good start.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:05 PM

the deisel ones of these have renault engines, and renault gearboxes, are built in a renault factory, in hungary.

most of the petrol ones are made in finland, only the AMG ones are made in germany.

one of the daft draffies at work has one, 350 bhp(or something equally stupid) out of a 2 litre 4 cylinder engine. its the tackiest pile of wank i've seen in a very long time.

i wouldn't want one given......

Is the auto gearboxes Renault? It has a 7 speed unit in it - I think a dual clutch unit (DCT). Certainly feels like a dual clutch unit like a DSG.

Interestingly it does a lot of similar things to my TTs DSG that has 110k more on the clock. Like when coming to a stop, you feel a slight thunk through the pedals. Also it's a bit slow when going drive to reverse. Letting go of the brake and pushing the accelerator doesn't lurch as much as the TT does but it still does it - probably as it has half the horses to do such a thing.

My biggest annoyance with it is the stop+start. I love stop+start but this is useless. When stationary, the engine stops immediately. So if you're parking and reversing in (I almost always do), engine stops, engage reverse and the engine splutters into life again. The worst is coming to a blind roundabout or give way junction. You pull up, unable to completely clearly see, so prepare to stop. Get to the junction, stop, engine stops. You see it's clear and go off again ... except you need to wait a second or two for the clatterbox to spring back into life again.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:29 PM

It was fucked. If you open this photo up in full size by clicking here you can see that the front wing is bent out of shape and the rear quarter is creased up too, the other rear quarter was the same. Her driving was awful; my mum saw her in town driving with her sidewalls rubbing the kerb, I found her on a NSL road doing no more than 35, I saw her drive through the gates of her drive with the door open.. SMASH. Her driveway effectively makes a crossroads with the main street and a side street opposite and on one occasion she couldn't see that a driver wanting & indicating to turn right was waving her onto her driveway because she was blocking his entrance into the side street. It's as if she was assuming he was going straight despite their indicator and hand waving, there was no way she could see either. https://farm1.staticflickr.com/963/41227...DSC_9671 by Matt S, on Flickr


How did she see to take the wheels off?

It always amuses me that e46s vie with the PT Cruiser as the car that's too shit for Autoshite, 

 

 





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