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  1. Yeah, so this started with one of those slightly cryptic Facebook posts on a local classic car club group: Hmm. Maybe it's actually a 14 if it's really 40 years old? But absolutely none of those have been on my radar locally for at least 20 years. Possibly an 18? Enquiries were made and I tracked down the car: Ah, ok an actual 19 then, with suspected track rod end issues. Despite appearances, actually in regular use up until autumn 2019 when the insurance ran out and it was parked up. Go on then! Started up easy enough, helped by a newish looking battery,
    84 points
  2. Boom!!! One brown Nova! My view as I walked out the front door... So yes, wasn’t too hard to work out that it is indeed a Brown Nova. The story of my username is that my very first car was a Brown Nova (but in SR hatchback flavour) and it was well known (and ridiculed) among my friends at the time. when @cms206 shared one for sale on my facespace I was determined to resist... but my willpower isn’t strong. So brown.... Massive respect to @worldofceri who had it at my door at 7am so I wasn’t late for work, quick look round suggests
    80 points
  3. Car viewed, car collected, I approve, Fowler the Volvo expert approves. Now to drive it home!
    78 points
  4. Last night nanoOptix had tonsilitis (she's 3) so no head removal shenanigans for me. I had to go and find a pharmacy at 10PM etc etc. I've been reading back over @Slowsilver's thread and amusing* myself by noting all the same problems that we're coming up against. I knew there was trouble in store with a couple of the head studs - these are the culprits; the lack of clearance between the rockers means you can't get a socket in, not even a thin wall one. What I needed was Renault special tool 84guétt3-0n10N or something, but I don't have one of those, so I did some thinki
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  5. EXCITING UPDATE TIME/many many Y THOs So here's what they actually looked like when I took the head off. I'd read that the heads can be difficult to remove but this one popped up just on the valve spring pressure. Cylinder #1 has some stuff in it. Cylinder #2 is ruuuuusty (this is the one that had water in). Cylinder #3 is the best one - this is the one that did actually allow the diesel past the rings: Cylinder #4 is actually the worst. I vacuumed the bits out, scraped round the piston tops, and cleaned them out
    52 points
  6. A message was sent to me from an associate, a car has arrived in a Port Glasgow scrapyard and they think it's too nice to break. It's white, it's MOT'd for a couple of months and it is £300. I can get it on classic insurance. I've already agreed to buy it without seeing it. EXCITE.
    50 points
  7. It's a '89 740 GL, 2.0 with a 3-speed auto + overdrive. 180,000ish miles (odo is borked), pretty much full service history with a massive wad of history. Last owner sent it to the auto-dismantlers as he was getting too old to work on it and was displeased with some faults it'd developed which he couldn't fix. He'd taken out all the carpets and lower dash for reasons unknown, the boot was full of spares. At this point I should probably come clean. I bought and collected the car on Weds. I've since cleaned it, reassembled the interior with @davehedgehog31, fixed
    48 points
  8. I love the irony of this thread title, I went to look at the cheap slow one earlier. Took the girls and travelled over in the 405 as I find its best to show you like old cars when looking at other ones which was a good plan as he liked it and recommended a local specialist to me who I didn't know of despite sharing a name. He really should be on here being as he owns 14 Sherpas/LDVs. Its a bit crusty around the edges but seems solid where it counts. The interior is a lot cleaner than I expected and as spacious as I hoped so I should be able to fit seatbelts for the girls. The electrics w
    45 points
  9. Hello, We've got to move AS off the existing host in the next few weeks so going to need an extended period of downtime to get this sorted. Weekend of the September (this month!) 19th and 20th is the date this is all going down. I hope it won't take ages but from midnight on Saturday 19th (the start of saturday, rather than end) anything you were in the middle of posting might get lost. Not entirely sure when it'll be back up but i'll post something here when its safe to start posting again, tenatively hopeful for mid-afternoon saturday but if it all blows up it might slither into su
    43 points
  10. I went back to this tonight armed with a couple of gallons of petrol. My thinking was the reason it was running shit was because it was low on fuel. It had been given a clean so it looked a bit more respectable and refitted the wheel trims. The Mad Max look is cool and all but I didn't want to attract undue attention... Fuelled up and tried to start it and it was fine. So, I risked driving it home. Only half a mile but I was pretty nervous. At first it felt like it was running rough but I soon realized it was the tyres that were no longer round? And she's home.
    43 points
  11. Collected! Home and absolutely knackered. 2 hours to do 50km. This is what it's like living in Bangkok. It's already dark so this will be the only picture for now. The drive home was glorious. I think the previous owner was a fan of Minion though that's why it's painted yellow I dunno.
    42 points
  12. Right, updates! Apologies in advance, my camera has died to death so my good photos are all trapped in a non-functional device until I can fix it... Doloshite Engine - Machine shops aren't keen on making washers, probably because it'd be a faff for fuck all money. We're going to try shims. The way the washers sit with the shims behind they'll be taking no rotational wear and will have no way to escape past the washer unless the washer has already fallen out anyway. We can also shim to keep the crank as central as possible while removing the most crank float possible. If it doesn't w
    42 points
  13. I know I have not posted on here for a long time, but I thought that I would share my new daily wheels... it’s a 2003, 53 (Facelift) S500 L (long wheel base) just ticked over to 180,364 miles (I got it at 179,220 miles) What a car, it is NOT greedy on fuel despite everyone telling me before I got it that it would be, it’s not. 5.0 V8, 306bhp 7 speed Auto. its seriously lovely, riding on the airmatic suspension. barely above idle speed at 80mph & for it’s size, it’s seriously quick when it is needed. Also, the silence inside is amazing, you can bar
    39 points
  14. Today's update began with us getting the car ready to have new tyres fitted. Obviously, everywhere is shut today so the tyres can't be done until tomorrow, and our schedules don't align tomorrow so we opted to take the wheels off the car today and leave the car outside overnight until the new tyres are fitted. Not a perfect solution, especially if it rains, but we have a solution for that too. Then I discovered I only actually have 2 axle stands, not the four I was sure I had, so we improvised at the front with the ramps a neighbour gave us and they work just fine as an impromptu solution.
    39 points
  15. A nice online chat with the supplying dealer this morning: This sort of response warms my heart as it proves there’s still folk in the trade who get enthusiastic about this sort of thing. Renner has always been distributed by this family owned firm since before I was born and my parents bought a brand new R14 from them in 1977, so it’ll be nice to spin down once I’ve fixed the steering and let them have a look at the car (they may be interested in some of the paperwork too).
    39 points
  16. Today has been a pleasant day of sorting through cosmetic items on the car with the other half. The final coat of black paint was put on the water pump and that was assembled to keep all the parts together. Thermostat housing is not bolted down properly yet, waiting on the new thermostat and gasket arriving. The through bolts for the water pump will be painted black before the unit is installed. I was going to paint the fan bolts after they were installed until I realised it would actually be easier to do it before by sticking them in a piece of cardboard to spray paint the
    35 points
  17. Finally back on the road!
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  18. Collecting Saturday..................
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  19. Parky

    The grumpy thread

    As a follow up I contacted the NZ college about my exam failure as the answer they had me marked down as incorrect was actually correct. One email later they admitted their system was wrong and they amended my result to a pass. Phew, at least I don’t have to resubmit and resit.
    33 points
  20. And our winner is . .... the perfect winter transport ?
    33 points
  21. Acclaim It actually used some oil for the first time ever (probably due to my newly frequent 70mph runs to Motherwell) Its also nearly eaten through it's front tyres, the rears still look brand new. Volvo The newest fleet member. Collection detailed here: Now back from holidays it can get some well needed tinkering. Firstly: Roof bar delete: -5 Practicality +5 Fuel Economy +2 Noise and Comfort Overall +2. WINNING. Then I set about checking various service bits. The plugs look pretty fresh. Dizzy cap and r
    33 points
  22. The Rest of Day 5 and Day 6 Last thing on day 5 it went for a MoT. Failed on loose headlight lens so that had to be glued / sealed back together We did start to make plans for a very last minute retest that evening but we thought it would be a bit close and it would probably be wiser to let the sealant cure overnight. Next day (today) Craig picked me up from the house and took me down to Maybole. We snipped the cable ties off and shoved it next door. Then waited 2 hours for it to be seen. A fail wasn't issued the previous day - it had been declared a pass barring the lens - so
    33 points
  23. vulgalour

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    Today we finished one of the front seats, the worst of the two. The end result is not perfect and, as has been stated before, that's actually not a problem with this particular car. We could have invested more time and different materials to attain a more perfect finish, this is instead conservation so the repair is not invisible. After getting all of the splits and tears repaired with the glue and bridging fabric, a small piece of new leather was cut to fit the hole from the cat damage. To try and hide the repair as much as possible, the piece of leather cut was done to follow the shape o
    32 points
  24. Ok. Today started off badly. Tried to remove the fuel filter only for a very rusty fuel line to develop a leak. Fuck. Ignored it for a while and tested continuity on the fuel pump wiring. Positive terminal checked ok but negative was dead. The internet suggests there's no fuse for the fuel pump-this was checked previously. I followed the wire from the fuel pump relay under the bonnet into the cabin, just beside a fuse box. And what did I find in there? Yep, a fuel pump fuse! Blown, of course. A new fuse was fitted and by this time my mate who lives next door had turned up
    32 points
  25. OK I have borrowed Cobblers' massive axle stands which are a much better solution, no more fucking about with it till I have got them in place. I'ts blowing a friggin gale today so thats going to have to wait till later. IN the meantime heres an update: So last time I was putting the interior back together, but I was stymied by a problem - despite welding up the scuttle, it was still getting rain in the drivers side, soaking the carpet. Thats not sustainable so I had to investigate. On these the rainwater goes into the scuttle, from where it is poured into the A-pillar (nice) via a s
    32 points
  26. Well, after several hours lying under the car getting covered in dirt and underseal I had to admit defeat on getting the broken bobbin stubs off the car. I tried every conceivable method of clamping them to stop them rotating with the nuts on top, I tried chiselling them off, I tried drilling them but all I got was a sore neck from contorting myself under the car for 3 hours - it was up on ramps but it was still very cramped. The main sections came off the gear selector easily enough though, so I thought "what would BL do?" and the solution seemed obvious. Perfect.
    32 points
  27. Stuew

    Paging Nigel Bickle...

    I’ve recently joined,, primarily to reply here. I’m Nigel’s eldest, & principally responsible for his care ( not easy 300 miles away) He’s not been well, and went backwards quite quickly during Covid - primarily because his meds were ‘ off’, as his Doc wouldn’t see him.! One of the side effects was a substantive diminution in awareness/ ability,. Previously we could engineer “ good days” but these shrunk, or became non- existent as his drug levels varied. Thankfully that now seems to be changing. His regime is now, again, tailored, and he is back on “ engineered go
    31 points
  28. vulgalour

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    We made a discovery today that made a lot more sense of that single front door lock than our initial assumption. Totally by accident we found out where the other door locks are when I knocked a rear door handle down into the lock position while in the car, and then tried to open the door from outside and couldn't. That means all the doors can be locked only from inside the car, except for the passenger door that can only be locked from outside the car using the key. The theory, we think, is that the driver locks all the doors and then slides across into the passenger seat and out to lock th
    31 points
  29. We got the Lanchester to not only run properly today, but to also drive forwards and backwards under it's own power! The problem was not one we expected at all. @barrett had suggested the blowing exhaust could cause the issue and he was correct! We'd gone through and checked all the other items and everything appeared to be as it should be so the last thing to do was check we had sparks on all four plugs (that's the flashing lights in the video) which we did, and to seal up the blowing exhaust better. Astonishingly, sealing up the blowing exhaust made the biggest difference,
    31 points
  30. Had an interview for a new job yesterday morning, start this morning, promotion and a permanent role- Result! ???
    30 points
  31. Part 3.0 Time now was about ten to seven and light was still good. The temptation to sack off the whole thing and obtain some fast food was strong, but a moment's reflection revealed that we weren't now actually that far off accomplishing the whole thing, so the tools stayed out. Springs seemed to be sitting ok: New dampers were the order of the day. ABS sensor cables and flexi hoses were hooked back up, then we whipped off the clamps in order to bleed the fluid. This was probably the most satisfying element of the whole endeavour - I hate pissing about with braking
    30 points
  32. Migration Update. The site and all its content has now moved and had some minor upgrades along the way. A few things behind the mouldy curtains have changed so if things start to act out let me know. Less minor is the upgrade of the forum software - this is a bit more sudden. Everything should be roughly where it was before but there are a few wrinkles in some corners that will be rectified as we go. If you can't find something you might want to try switching the theme back to default (very bottom of the page, dropdown called 'Theme') and seeing if it reappears - please let me know a
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  33. Just to be clear to anyone questioning about it's authenticity. I will not tolerate that kind of thinking in my thread. As far as I'm concerned it identifies as a T-5R. Even the badge says so.
    29 points
  34. Obviously, with having a frugal, sensible load lugger in the Berlingo, I had to rebel.. A mate offered me this at a price that could not be refused. A 2003 2.0t Saab 9-5 Vector Estate. It has a COVID-19 MOT til Jan 21, and 128k on the clock. It's had all the important things done - sump drop, new clutch. Posh tyres too. There are some issues: Got it with a flat battery - despite 2 days of charging, the resting voltage is 8.4v so it's toast. Ignition switch is an 'acquired technique' to get it started - replacement a likely plan. Bonnet doesn't alw
    29 points
  35. Only one inappropriate livery can be applied to white cars. Although I'm also far too lazy to do any such thing outside of Photoshop. I was graciously donated a pair of tyres that can go on this thing to replace the cracked death rings on the back by @blackboilersuit, which also gave me a good opportunity to drive his newly acquired Toledo! It's pleasant little thing, rusty in all the usual places but with repairs made of metal rather than wob. Will be a fine wee car for pottering in no time at all. On Saturday we were back working on the Dolly... The new +
    29 points
  36. DavidB

    Suzuki SJ410 un-YOLO etc

    I’ve spent the past couple of weeks welding this up and painting it. Only two bolts snapped on the entire car and I’ve swapped every bolt with new Toyota ones. Ive pulled the numerous dents out, but there’s a few I’ve missed as there was no access behind and they add character I reckon. I’ve yet to weld the metal arch attachments on for the plastic arches to clip to, and the roof and the interior is getting painted next. Also bumpers etc. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them or the bull bars. Ive put the new engine together but I think I’ll wait a couple o
    29 points
  37. Right then, what has been going on today ? Quite a big day, the plan was to unite some running gear with the Exocet chassis fortunately, I had a keen helper in the form of mr Paulplom so we did a bit of rearranging in the garage and got ready for a bit of a battle but, without so much as a single sweary word being used, BOOM ! There's your fupping kit car ! ok, maybe not quite so easy but it didn't take long to get it put together. the rear subframe bolted up nice and easy and we stood back to admire our handiwork
    29 points
  38. Today I got to the bottom of why the car didn't respond well to throttle and it was very simple, more on that later. The important update was that I attempted to start the car to move it out of the garage, something it's usually totally unwilling to do for me (but not the other half, who this car likes more) and it fired straight up. Not only that, it responded normally to throttle and I got to trundle around in a little circle and get my first drive of the Lanchester. First impressions were that it's surprisingly intuitive to use the pre-selector gearbox and the steering is pleasantly weig
    28 points
  39. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    Sold the 306 and bought something much more miserable! A 1.3 escort estate in poverty spec, windy windows, no power steering, no central locking, no rev counter. 51k and full service history, drives quite well. Steering seems a little bit heavy at any speed and there's some road noise from the tyres. Sent from my moto g( power using Tapatalk
    28 points
  40. Part 1 So last week I unexpectedly found myself with an estate car and a day to kill before the return ferry trip to Jersey. Arrangements were made: and an axle was transferred from the interior of the 4x4 where it had apparently resided for the best part of half a year. Port was achieved for the 06:00 Thursday morning departure: The boat journey was horrible, and I was much unwell. Here's a photo my cunt bastard travelling companion took of me lying on the floor and clutching yet another sickbag: Anyway, I recovered well enough to
    28 points
  41. Since the opportunity was there, I decided to pull the passenger seat out of the car so it could be repaired. It also meant that while the car was in the garage it would be a lot easier to get to the battery since there wouldn't be a seat to clamber over. At first, it look fairly straight forward to remove. Both front seats tip forwards (this seems to be a standard thing in cars up to the 1970s for some reason, even 4 door Austin 1100s did it) and the only thing holding them down is the front hinge brackets. It looked like a case of simply unscrewing four flat head screws and so that's what
    28 points
  42. No movement yet. Interestingly, the diesel has drained down #2 cylinder - even below the level of the skirt. WTF? Yes, it's clearly all going to have to come apart. I was going to do a bit more on it today but unexpectedly had to spend rather a long time sorting this out. That's the remains of a bleed nipple from the big brake upgrade for the 9-5. Forgive the full details here but I'm actually rather proud of my perseverance on this one. The other three bleed nipples I had managed to get free. Worked this one carefully backwards and forwards with 9mm ring spanner, ge
    28 points
  43. Got the Jag back from the bodyshop today, I haven't had a chance to give it a proper wash yet, but I'm absolutely delighted with how it's turned out. Bonnet, roof, boot and rear quarters all resprayed. Totally transformed the car from before. @domewill be happy to see how this has turned out as well I'm sure 🥳
    27 points
  44. With the roffle Insight drifting off gently into scotland, it was time to source a new steed. I remember when @davehedgehog31 picked this car up, I thought it was an absolute winner and decided if he ever chose to sell it, I'd dash straight to the top of the queue. I'd sold a car and now I needed a car. The stars moved a bit in the sky. The fantastic @sdkrc had to come from Scotland to pick up the Insight. He happened to reside not too far from this absolute gem. The starts shifted slightly again. I asked @davehedgehog31 if he would consider selling it (not for
    27 points
  45. The editor has been a pita so super delayed post, sorry guys. I arrived at the car and saw it for the first time, and first impressions were cautiously optimistic! So yes, as you can see it is indeed another Lincoln Mark VIII LSC, only it's black and the fairy heavily revised facelift! I took it for a spin around the block to see if there was anything that would stop it from going on the 5 hour trip back to my parents. The electric steering column adjustment doesn't work (probably worn out gears) and a low coolant message popped up. I was worried that I might have to top it up every
    27 points
  46. Tayne

    eBay tat volume 3.

    "Hello, is that Demon Tweaks?" "I'm looking for an KnN induction kit for my car, I'm hoping you can help me." \ "What car is it? Well... " "Its a 1952 Humber Hawk." "You do! Thats wonderful. Can you put it aside and I'll be down to pick it up later this afternoon?" https://www.gumtree.com/p/other-cars/humber-hawk-1952-good-running-condition-/1381086902
    27 points
  47. Still no joy with the horns. We've had them apart and back together again, cleaned up all the contacts, tried various ways of earthing the body, and putting power to the connections and all we get is sparks instead of parps. The only thing we could find amiss at all is that the polished shaft that is fired to open the points is sticking, what we can't fathom is why. There's not obvious sign of wear on it or the hole it goes through, no signs of corrosion either, and when the horn is disassembled it moves very freely, it's only when you have it all together for testing that it sticks and we'
    27 points
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