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  1. You can never have too many project cars, right? Good job, then - this turned up this afternoon! I absolutely love it. It’s battered and bruised but that’s the whole point of a Panda is it not? Used and abused. More to follow 👀
    81 points
  2. Parky

    The grumpy thread

    Not actually a grump but miracle of miracles my VISA arrived about eight hours before I was due to fly. Unbelievable. As a result I now live in New Zealand - I am here now having arrived about two hours ago. Doing two weeks managed isolation in Christchurch, after which I am free to trawl TradeMe and buy some dreadful shite. Heres Cathedral Square, my view for the next fortnight. Nice room, food and drink on tap, can’t complain at all!
    67 points
  3. JJ0063

    My new e-furty

    Some of you may have already seen but I was looking for a something old and French - 106 GTI/306 GTI6 etc as a bit of a weekend toy come investment to make some money on. I therefore bought a 1988 E30 318i, obviously. Always loved BMW’s, my daily is a 5 series touring and this e30 came up relatively local so I thought it was worth a gander. Rocked up to a mid-terrace house in Lowestoft to be met by an 82 year old gent and his son who was helping out with the sale. John, the 82 year old owner had bought the car back in 1994 and garaged it every night, still
    55 points
  4. got a mazda montrose had to go bradford started at 10am on train from barrow then to carnforth on to skipton then to bradford got car home and on m6 started juddering at 50 mph hit 60 it stoped, but the car never been weiled or filled or bodged could easy mint it but i like keep it orignial stacks off paper works lots off parts another abertross around my neck lol.get more pics tommorror a jap retro car 1982 so moved up a decade lol
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  5. RobT

    The new news 24 thread

    Despite not being on here these days, Skizzer keeps doing his thing i.e. purchasing weapons grade. Due to lack of space he's entrusted it to me for a while. Oh I think I'll cope. Fan-effing-tastic.
    53 points
  6. So, having finished welding up the front of the Acclaim last weekend I rolled over to the workshop today with the aim of sorting the rear seatbelt mounting area, ARB mount and possibly starting the rear valance. As the car was jacked up and axle stands applied a conversation occurred. "Eeeeeeeh, this isn't getting an MOT" "How?" "There's a chunk missing out of this chassis leg." "What? How? We mashed the entire lot with hammers last week." "It was there last week, now it's fucking gone." And it was. Our best guess is that our mullering it with hammers disturbe
    48 points
  7. This is a broad church, right? Vans. I like driving with my elbow on the windowsill, being able to see over bridge parapets, being level with the folk at drive throughs, and generally having a nice view of everything. I like bullying owners of immaculate new Audis out of the way. I like having no centre mirror so that they just disappear when they aggressively tailgate me afterwards. I like big wing mirrors and being able to see the rear wheels when parallel parking. I occasionally like being everyone's best friend when they need long planks of wood shifted, but not when they tell me they
    44 points
  8. He's done good! It's even a decent match given the state of the rest of the car and the likelihood it has already been repainted at least once before.
    44 points
  9. Dabbling a bit with cars again now I have free time again, and I'm enjoying it ..as a hobby. Been busy fitting towbar recently as caravans seem to be the new rubiks cube. Bought a wee suzuki swift as a wee runaround/ tool carrier/ parts runner. Its an 06 and has an mot until January. I went to see it, the guy was selling it for his daughter and was a real decent bloke. He'd just forked out for 4 new tyres for it ( cheapest ditchfinders admittedly) and wanted it out his drive as said daughter just dumped it there and bought a mondeo as more space for kiddies. I kicked the tyres and handed over
    41 points
  10. Hi, I haven't posted on here in a couple of years but thought this would be the best place to post this. My grandparents owned this 1998 Mitsubishi Carisma from 2000-2004. I have liked Carismas since then, being properly obsessed with them since 2016. I remembered they had a red one when I was very young (I was born a month after they got the car!) and have wanted to own a Carisma of my own. In early 2018 I found the numberplate of the car on an old receipt and did a check and saw it was still on the road! I then found out where it was MOTed and contacted the garage who passed on my info. I ne
    41 points
  11. Continued doing various small jobs all over the place. The seats now have the plastic side trims fitted. These are usually broken to some extent but luckily I had some spare ones and made an almost perfect set. The engine is now ready to start. Everything is fitted/connected and I've filled it with coolant and oil. I've also put some ATF in the power steering and will top that off once its running. The gearbox is ready to go back in so a few more hours and I should be ready to turn that key. The oil is Millers 10w40 which is the recommended grade for these engines. C
    40 points
  12. On Sunday I did some actual real life work to the Acclaim. One may recall the O/S wing was starting to look quite shit. Indeed I'd had to tape quite a lot of it together after last working on the car: The inner front panel behind the headlights and the splash guard behind the indicator/bumper area was also pretty much finished. So, the front of the car was removed along with both front wings, which are bolt on. Thank fuck. The thin strip of U section steel between the bumper and grille was utterly fucked. The whole front of the car has bee
    40 points
  13. A change of pace this weekend. Saturday: Got the Volvo up in the air to see how bad it needed welding for the pending MOT. Jacked it up under the diff to shove ramps under the wheels, it started getting a bit wobbly so we shoved some axle stands under the jacking points to reposition the jack a bit. Upon lowering the N/S jacking point collapsed into the sill, the O/S made pained noises. Aye, that's a "no" from me. Don't get me wrong, I like the car but I'm not in for another big welding job. A couple of plates is one thing but that's a fair chunk of work -
    40 points
  14. Ten years ago I rescued a Maestro from a pensioner's garage in Huddersfield. The house and garage stood on the junction with a bit of a rat-run road, so we drove past it regularly. It was the only house in the area that remained largely original, which pointed immediately to an older owner. This gave rise to comments of 'I bet there's something old and interesting in that garage' when driving past. Little did we know at the time... A relative of the owner got in touch with the Maestro Club offering the car to a new home; Location Huddersfield. I offered to go take a look as the car was ch
    39 points
  15. I've also got the engine back. The block has been acid dipped and bored out to +1mm. It certainly looks a lot better than it did a few months ago. Gave it a lick of paint. Factory colour for these in 75 was black for just about everything. I'm painting the bits separately so stuff like core plugs and bolts stand out. Looks a little more interesting/professional than a big lump of gloss black. Changed the crank gear to this new one as I have a matched replacement timing wheel to go with it. Crank, bearings and caps installed Replaced the camshaft. The
    37 points
  16. Continued building the engine over the course of the week after work and installed it late Thursday night. Various parts fitted such as the distributor, fuel pump, fan, brackets, manifolds etc. Its all either new old stock or reconditioned with a wire brush and a lick of paint. I've stuck with original spec stuff like the crack prone exhaust manifolds. Keeps it looking the part. The star shaped water outlet is on upside down and was corrected later. I'll be sticking with points and condenser. I have plenty of motorcraft ones in stock and it gives me something to tinker wit
    36 points
  17. Hey Shitters. First post, long time lurking though! I was delighted to find my 1987 Volvo 480ES in a garage since 1998 in 2018 https://www.volvo-480-europe.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=35570
    35 points
  18. So, i always wanted a 3 wheeler as to me they are everything that's wrong with a car and should never have existed - ok so ive opened with a really strong statement there but bare with me. 2 years ago i bought the green whistle as it became known, it never ra n right and always seemed to break without 2 miles of my house. I royally lost the love for it as it clearly hated me so the one day it ran right i promptly sold it, picture of it below. At the same time i bought the green machine, my friend bought an equal terrible blue one. We long dreamed of doing long road trips of misery and really f
    34 points
  19. Carpet I didn't take pictures of the work in progress because the spray glue is like silly string and gets on everything, plus it was a three handed job keeping the carpet held up while trying to align and stretch it. I did the whole offside in one bit of carpet so it was pretty awkward. It's a really satisfying job though. The carpet has a lot of stretch and it's quite easy to get a good finish. The knack is to start from the centre of where you're working and push outwards, stretching it into every contour with the handle of a small screwdriver. I lifted the rub
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  20. It comes with some service history........
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  21. Next step was to get an honest eye on it to see how much work was needed to get it welded up to a roadworthy state. Contacted a friend I have known for a little bit from the car/drift world, who owns & runs Byrneout Welding. Good fabricator, honest guy who would do anything to help you if you were in need. Hugely recommended. He's done a few transits as it happens too. Does good work I can trust. He gave it a good look over for about an hour, getting everywhere, under carpets, underneath, taking off plastic, poking and prodding. He came to the conclusion that - although it d
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  23. Genuine non-staged collection shot:
    33 points
  24. Literally, saved off the scrap pile- with associated grab damage.
    33 points
  25. I've just won a 360bhp AWD Skoda Citigo from Darkside Developments competition! Fucking amazing! https://www.darksidedevelopments.co.uk/citigo-4-motion-2-0-tdi-16v-common-rail/ I can swap it for 2nd prize (300bhp Ibiza) if I'd rather, they say Edit: Holy shit:
    33 points
  26. It’s a “302ci Windsor small block v8” In English a 4.9 v8 that turns petrol into sound (and a bit of power but mainly sound)
    32 points
  27. Now the money shot: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1986-MK1-VAUXHALL-CARLTON-2-0-16-VALVE-140BHP-SLEEPER-TOTALLY-STANDARD-LOOKING/303765520686 Have a read of the bumf for this, it sounds absolutely fantastic.
    32 points
  28. Over a decade ago, in the summer of 2006, when I was significantly younger and less married, I had concluded my illustrious career as a BMW salesman and planned to spend the next six months burning through the cash I had earned. I decided that I wanted a small motorhome in which I could patrol the country at my leisure for the rest of the year. I figured I could justify about six grand and had dreams of glittering wheeled palaces. Pretty soon, I realised that I needed to aspire more towards Holdsworth-converted Talbots and Fiat Ducatos, and — depressingly — even these were tending to head
    31 points
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  30. Front floor pans These admittedly were an oversight of mine. A cursory glance when viewing and all was well. A closer look once home and they looked a bit odd. A prod and a scrape and they were revealed to have been repaired with a road sign pop riveted over a rusty hole, covered with tar, covered then in newspaper, and finally sprinkled with sharp sand to stop it sticking to the underside of the carpet. How thoughtful. I wanted these to be repaired properly, and I had been scratch building this sheet metal bead roller alongside the Falcon
    31 points
  31. The Volvo would have been the same amount of work, it had more underseal on than the acclaim. Fingers crossed the acclaim will be back on its feet by the weekend
    30 points
  32. God why... Rear sill, cut along top, fell off and took the inner with it. Rear floor, with added T piece to brace the jacking point... No T piece on the other side, might be alright? It wasn't. While we were under the car we realised the jacking point had sunk into the cabin a good inch or so as the whole floor buckled. The bitumen sound deadening pad is structural. No matter, sills and floors can be made... Valances are also a thing that tend to be shit on Acclaims... Thankfully @GingerNuttzis An Wizard or some shit
    30 points
  33. 4 days later, I got a delivery that I rushed home from work in my lunch hour to accept - with a helper from work who is also a fan of old chod - what a sight to behold when I arrived: Apart from a very grotty front arch - at first inspection it didn't look too shabby at all! Even underneath was seemingly solid apart from some surface rust. As luck would have it - my friends brother had recently purchased an equally cool ford that was there to help get it jumped: Very nice. Sounds lovely and is luxury inside. Looks well on those wheels too. ANYHOW, the chap
    30 points
  34. My 20 year old T4 has been resting for the last 11 months . I bought it brand new , but couldn't part with it , when i took it off the road last year , at 193 k the original clutch was slipping badly , and cambelt @ 10 years + 100k old.. Several knockers on the door wanting to buy it over the last year ..but glad i kept it now Today it was re mot'd . Taxed, insured and back on the road ! New clutch and cambelt , full exhaust and cat ,calipers and pads all round , brake cables , 4 new tyres , cv gaiters, battery , front shocks ... and it failed on the foglight bulb .. which did
    30 points
  35. Spotted this on the way back from somewhere today - can't be many of these left? One for @Talbot? That MOT history is spotless!
    29 points
  36. Asimo

    Vanshite - stuck in Trafic

    I like the way you have bricked-up the side-door!
    29 points
  37. As alluded to on the News 24 thread, I have managed to find myself another Rover as a daily. I got the call last week, so headed up there yesterday, armed with a jump pack as it had been standing for months. But I needn’t have worried, the seller already had it up and running. I took it for a run, it felt great, so I handed over a small amount of folding and drove away into the sunset in a fine piece of Ronda. So what have I bought? It’s a Rover 620 SI manual in Old Giffer Gold. It’s done 98k and has a reassuringly large amount of service history, old MoTs etc and two service books w
    29 points
  38. Today's seen some useful progress. Fuel tank has been repaired so I refitted the lid with some fresh sealant, sprayed the top in waxoyl and spent a while muttering and getting covered in underseal refitting it to the car. It's since had a coat of waxoyl underneath the tank as well. I've also reinstated the tow bar which the previous owner had removed, it just seems right. In between those jobs I also pulled out the passenger side insulation and mopped out the puddle underneath, dried it out through the day and gave the rusty bits and the welded patch I h
    29 points
  39. The rear glass seals were shot and had let water in and began to rust, so made new C-pillar sections for this. Again, forgot to take a picture of the before state - I'm hopeless!!
    29 points
  40. DVee8

    The new news 24 thread

    With a little time on our hands we popped over to the garage the Daimler is in to check the levels, top the tyres up. I don't think she will be going out much over the next few months. I would like to get some paint work done to her over winter.
    28 points
  41. cobblers

    The new news 24 thread

    This got delivered today. 310bhp. I did one lap of the business park in it. Fucking terrifying. Absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with it.
    28 points
  42. Those charges were never proven and the RSPCA had to drop the case. Dunno why you're even bringing it up.
    28 points
  43. So, any moderators want to move this to the general thread. Collection time!
    27 points
  44. It seems mad to me that this is almost 20 years old. I love it already.
    27 points
  45. No work on the cars this weekend. Have some Photoshops instead... An Acclaim L estate... And in HLS form: And a CD (with optional wood trim)
    27 points
  46. Pez shot. Only spilled a small amount upon the ground. A pair in the wild. Lovely. The the RoffleCav is CHOCK FULL of spares, and extra wheels, but I welcomed @Lacquer Peel to the Cavalier gang by awarding him some extra traditional scottish entertainment for the ride home. And a colour coded pin for adjusting the screen washer jets (no car should be without one. I always stick one in the sun visor for the next owner on my cars) Cheers to @Lacquer Peel for an opportunity
    27 points
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