Today has been a good day
flush with the knowledge that this is a mere flesh wound in the grand scheme of things, Monty Python stylee, I embarked on a mission to Leeds to pick up Daughter, do lots of errands, put Billy Cavcraft's new Vauxhall shirt in the post, and grab a double mattress I bought last week (yes, there is a good chance I only bought this RR to cart an Ikea returns mattress from a charity shop, rather than fight with it in my rover 75 touring, such is my shiter logic ).
As far as I can tell, the knocking is quieter, sometimes completely absent from cold, or when the revs are up it seems to disappear as well - the oil, filter and magic potion seems to be helping, or it's just a placebo - either way, she ran well in the heat on the motorway and in the traffic, never missed a beat, no oil warning blips or temp variations, so I am tentatively calling this one a result!!
I have one Vauxhall shirt left, and I thought I would award it to Cort 16, who called the lifter issue and the snake oil, and many, many thanks to everyone else who chipped in, this is the joy of autoshite right there
In the charity shop I found the shirts there are some MASSIVE green skoda work trousers, with a smoll label on them which is barely visible - I did not invest in these, however I may go back if anyone has an interest, should have taken some pics really, but believe me, they were a bit clown like and over sized!
Regarding flogging the bugger, yes, it's still up for grabs, but seeing as it actually is running OK now, I'm not in a mad panic so can take my time with a replacement - hooning around in it has reminded me how much I love the high up driving position, comfy seats, all the toys, big engine, massive load bay, so I think I will go for a Jap import like a Toyota Hiace supercustom, Nissan Elgrand, that kind of thing - same kind of experience, much less spannering to be done as a rule, but I can't rule out a Jaag or similar barge, or anything really, but it would have to be an auto with hopefully working aircon as I have designs on visiting the abroads soon
Price? If she continues to play nicely, then i'd like to get my money back or thereabouts, so £800, with a continuous flow of improvements such as fixing smoll annoying stuff, putting a stereo in, cleaning the fucker properly, that kind of thing - there is a good car underneath the layer of grime and neglect of trim - and of course part exchanges are always to be considered
Here is a couple of pics of her as God intended - stuffed to the gills with furniture