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#31 ONLINE   captain_70s

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:40 PM

My '83 Acclaim has no rear seatbelts. Except for the half of one that I've hidden under the rear seat so it can't get tested...

 

A garage isn't going to weld old French tinfoil up on a car that is essentially financially worthless, not worth the hassle.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:42 PM

I suspect that might not be as bad as the mot fail says. I am pretty sure a 1984 doesn't need rear seat belts and if it did one missing wouldn't be a fail. If they have been too harsh with one item the chances are the rest might not be as bad as they say.

 

Just what I was going to say.  It's all trivial stuff except the two bits of welding, and we can speculate all day as to whether they're the size of a 5p or require a major structural rebuild; some garages just don't like welding.  It hasm't had any failures, or even advisories, for corrosion since 2013, when it appears to have been recommissioned.  It would be interesting to know if they took it to the same garage this time as previous years.


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#33 OFFLINE   Bucketeer

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:44 PM

A garage isn't going to weld old French tinfoil up on a car that is essentially financially worthless, not worth the hassle.


Surely if you wave enough money at them, anywhere will do a welding job. The value of the car is irrelevant (to them).

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:53 PM

Surely if you wave enough money at them, anywhere will do a welding job. The value of the car is irrelevant (to them).

Perhaps if you're willing to pay far over the odds. But welding is a faff, I've found many garages who'll turn down welding/body work. Plenty of money to be made in easier ways.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:56 PM

They'll sometimes find it difficult to quote an accurate price for the job without actually starting it as the rust will always extend further than what you can see.

 

How many people having been quoted, say, £250, will put up with a garage ringing up and saying "Sorry boss, just started chipping away and there is a load more rust. It's gonna be £500+ now. Laterz". The snowflakes of today will be straight on the internet telling anyone who will listen that they have been "ROBBED" and the garage in question are "THIEVES AND LIARS".

 

When I got my Minor me and my Dad trawled around garages for weeks until we found a bloke that was prepared to have a proper look if we left it with him. It ended up costing a lot more than initally thought but we were ok with that, a lot of folk wouldn't be.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:58 PM

As above^^

No garage used to working on modern stuff is going to weld up something that old, as said.  It's not worth the hassle to them and they'll either refuse to do it, saying 'it's too far gone m8' or quote some ridiculous figure.  Why would they bother, when they can charge just as much to do timing belts on Mondeos etc.

It's restoration work.

I've had great success with mobile welders in the past.  These guys know any job they go to will be more extensive than the owner realises and they will have seen it all.  You can increase your odds of a decent job further, by sourcing replacement panels, cleaning the area first etc etc.  It'll most likely be cheaper, too.

Really sounds like the owners of this car have had the frighteners put on them, it may be 50p sized hole... or complete sill replacement, but I reckon it's well savable in the right hands.



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Posted 29 November 2018 - 01:00 PM

The above is all very well but we need a practical solution to getting the car off the road and somewhere to store it for a while. As said I am happy to provide assistance (whatever that may take the form of).


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 01:14 PM

I'm sure it can be saved as plenty of offers of storage and help so far
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 01:50 PM

I'd offer a parking space but I'm at the other end of the country! I'd even get someone I know to have a go at the welding...

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 02:00 PM

I'll chuck a tenner in a pot to go towards Shiply (or similar) if it helps.



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Posted 29 November 2018 - 02:15 PM

Someone MOT* it and I'll give you a few hundred for the plate off it.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 02:48 PM

Someone MOT* it and I'll give you a few hundred for the plate off it.


Completely unnecessary now. As long as it has continuity of tax/sorn you can lift it without MOT.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 03:07 PM

Well, there you go. Funds for someone's storage/ materials bill paid.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 03:12 PM

Our Nova on a D plate didn't have rear belts from the factory, we had to have one fitted for me as a youngster as I was back then. So they shouldn't be a requirement for this I'd think.


My grandparents did the same for me and my cousins in their Nova! Was a D plate too iirc!
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 04:00 PM

Rear seat belts was 1987.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 05:27 PM

GLWTS

 

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 05:59 PM

I can offer storage (about 90 miles away) and can insure it for someone to drive it here (providing over 25). Itt is time to fetch it I am lacking. Also have a car transporter if someone would be happier towing it here.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 06:02 PM

does the owner of that own a goat? If not, he needs one. before it goes.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 06:40 PM

I really wish I could offer this car a good home.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 07:42 PM

3 nuts per wheel is my favourite number of nuts. It just looks so right.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 07:48 PM

FOAD to the beige courtesy phone!!

 

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I'd go and pick it up. Where can I get the owners details?


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:05 PM

Where can I get the owners details?


Six_cylinder had been in touch with the owner.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:24 PM

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I took this photo of it back in 2014, looked good back then.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:26 PM

This looks fucking miserable.

Good luck to all involved.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:45 PM

The guy in the passenger seat looks like how I feel on a mega hangover.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 09:04 PM

This has got to be saved. I've pushed my luck car wise enough recently otherwise I'd have snapped this up. In my experience of my own old Visa droptop and Sambas I would say looking at it from the pics the rot shouldn't be too drastic and just limited to a few localised areas. Rear seat belts weren't fitted as standard so any remains of extra fittings can be just pulled out. Loved my old Visa.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 10:15 PM

If it can be saved and stored until next year I'll book annual leave and come along to help repatriate it?

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 10:19 PM

There's no mention of how much it is.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 10:19 PM

Back in about 1997 I bought a pair of stainless Dyane rear bumpers from a guy who also had a ( then ) drecrepit red visa convertible.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 10:19 PM

There's no mention of how much it is.


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