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  1. As it turns out, the C6 was a dry run. This is the real thing - a 1973 Citroen SM. Being that it's me what bought it, it's the least desirable, worst-spec SM there is (because I am a beggar, and therefore cannot be a chooser). 3-speed slush-box; stupid federal front end, and a whole heap of rust. That said, it does have the 3.0L engine with triple Webers, and it's only done 49k miles. And it's an SM. Way I see it, it's win-win.
    116 points
  2. My hunt for a Mk2 Golf ended on Monday To say i'm happy with it is an understatement, it's in fantastic condition, I know the suspension and wheels won't appeal to a lot on here, but I think it suits them. It seems to be great on fuel, and I've not stopped grinning every time I drive it - it's an absolute weapon with the 1.8 20v Turbo conversion. Power steering model too so it's actually nice to drive around town. Verdict - Well chuffed
    54 points
  3. RichardK

    ZAZ Tavria

    *SPELLCASTING* T H R E A D N E C R O M A N C E BY THE FIVE POINTS OF THE STAR OF SOVIET RUSSIA... With MASSIVE thanks to Sam for delivering this fine automobile to frankly uncivilised places, where it will be issued with permanent leave to remain then given a job. Oh, and yes, it looks good from this angle too.
    54 points
  4. The story begins... So as always you organise your trusted delivery guy @worldofceri to drop a car off, but for once he's having a much needed day off so enlist the help of @Inspector Morose. He Professionally delivers the following *picture shamelessly stolen from previous owners for sale thread @ifc63 - Hope you don't mind. Anyway, whilst boring the life out of poor @Inspector Morose he thankfully steers conversation back on track and more importantly onto the subject of a possible sale. Here my ears prick up, pupils become dilated and heartbeat increases. Aft
    53 points
  5. Finally!!
    52 points
  6. Split_Pin

    The new news 24 thread

    After the trouble I had with getting garages around my area to weld the Cavalier I decided something needed to be done. I took delivery of my Clarke Pro90 MIG welder a few weeks ago and subsequently took a trip up to @Tickman where he taught me to weld. He's an excellent tutor and he threw all kinds of difficult welding scenarios at me that you might find in reality when welding an old snotter. After a couple of hours I had 'graduated' and I actually find welding really satisfying. I guess lying on my back dodging melted underseal might be less optimal but I am now confident I can ta
    51 points
  7. As started in the general Tavria thread Here is Masha’s story and adventures. It all begins pre-lockdown - with Sam’s Garage Sale of Dreams. I cannot afford an Oltcit or Aleko... but for years I have wanted a Tavria because it is the most pretty, simple design. Of course, I knew nothing of Soviet and AutoZAZ build quality then, having only owned Rivas that are basically small Volvo 240 estates in my mind. However. Lockdown happens - is a four-month wait in 2021 akin to the waiting list of the Soviet buyer of a Tavria in 1988 who will have sat patiently as their entire wor
    48 points
  8. Well, thanks to @worldofceri and @Inspector Morose the Manta has been transported from Devon to its new home in Fife. Here she is as delivered. How many owners? Oh. Wonder how much it cost new? Traded in a Manta too. Legend. Captains view Smelly* Holey Boot First things first, lose the roof rack. It's spoiling the lines of my 1980s sports coupe. That's better @Fraz came over for a poke around. The rust, whilst on first glance not insubstantial, looks better than my last Manta. Whic
    46 points
  9. Dad came over at the weekend and we sorted out the birds nest of underdash wiring so it's much better now, the electric aerial and the cigarette lighter works again and wired in a £20 Classic style stereo which I really rate! Unfortunately I haven't got a very photo of the dash yet. oh and I rewired up the original front sidelight/indictors again, the old ones were bodged up with bluetac and looked shit with LED bulbs. So there you have it, i have done loads more but that's enough for now, i still need to get the front wings painted and some other jobs
    46 points
  10. Oh! A clean pass as well! 🎉
    45 points
  11. Good Little Car. I have been driving this a lot since buying it with @sdkrc It was quite a lot of money for a 205 diesel with bad paint and a short MOT test but it's the perkiest NA XUD I've driven and has had a lot of work done to it in recent years. Also only* 80k miles, not even run in etc. It went straight through its test. It is ace to drive, driving it is similar to the feeling a new driver has when they are getting to know their first car. I have been mostly driving big Volvos recently and this is a revelation, you can throw it into corners and all it does is squir
    44 points
  12. I got the Dolomite back from the welders a few weeks back and then had the week of work last week so I've absolutely hammered the repairs and got it all back together again, it's unbelievable the number bodges I've had to sort (for example the too long rear bumper bolts that hit the fuel tank inside the boot, one knock up the arse and the tank would have been punchered but it's looking beautiful (to me) now. Even sorted the interior out and fitted one of them £20 Amazon Chinese stereo which for the money is excellent!
    44 points
  13. I should probably introduce my 24012... Known as the Moskvitch Aleko. The 20142 was built here in Bulgaria and the additional 2 on the end donates an actual Moskvitch engine opposed to the usual Lada lump. Bought it from an old dear in Pleven, and the car buying process here is such a pain I dont actually own ten cars here yet. In fact it put me right off! You and the seller have to go to a Notary with all the correct documents, in the case of this sale the seller didn't and had to visit the town hall three times! After the Notary draws up the sale and you pay the taxes and
    41 points
  14. Having already posted a post over on the News24 thread and raising a bit of interest I thought I'd make as well make the effort and put a thread up for it. So earlier last year I had the Granada Scorpio and the Marina estate, both lovely cars but lock down happened and things were starting to get to me a bit, the Granada wasn't being used yet I was forking out tax on it so i sold that and bought a 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB for the wife as it was cheap and as i had a little money saved i decided sell the Marina and to start looking for a Dolomite Sprint as I'd been hankering after one for years.
    41 points
  15. I've been poring over the classifieds and crying at the prices complete sheds of Mantas were going for. Yesterday morning one hove into view which had potential and a more bearable price. Messages were exchanged with more pictures and by yesterday afternoon a deposit was paid and collection booked. So, what have I bought? Here she is. Good points. Non sunroof coupe shell Tax and MOT exempt soon I think Been on the road certainly for the last 10 years or so at least. Bad points Rust Rust Rust Rust Rust is inevitable on one of the
    40 points
  16. Stalwart MK2 Road Registered with HI AB £12,750 plus vat (tanks-alot.co.uk) So yesterday was probably the most exciting day of my life! Even more exciting than the day I collected Cedric from Finland believe it or not. I put down a deposit and am now the proud owner of GVO 282J a Mk2 Alvis Stalwart. I have always wanted one of these and now I have one! It has the crane too which according to Nick at Tank's a Lot where I have purchased it from, only 100 Stolly's out of approx 1400 total production had the crane. It also crucially is road registered so I will be able to drive it to work at
    38 points
  17. I thought I'd do a thread on this as I have not done one on it before. The reg is not covered up for any other reason that they took the plates off to clean it. The reg Number is T588STA It all started at the end of 2015. I was looking on facebook when a rover vitesse came up on the owners page asking for offers of what it was worth. I sent a message offering £700 (I think) due to no MOT and being off the road for about 4 years. Anyway I was refused and thought nothing of it. A few weeks later I had a message back saying people were offering over £2000 but never
    37 points
  18. dome

    The new news 24 thread

    Latest poor life choice has been made
    34 points
  19. I did a buy! Harrison's History #49 - Ford Granada, 336 PR 87 (mais oui!) I've just achieved my primary car-life goal and bought myself a brown mk1 Granada. I didn't really think I would ever get to own one, but I took the plunge when just the right level of grot showed up. After 15 years of having eBay notifications set for "Granada", I can finally delete it. Stick a fork in me, I'm done.
    34 points
  20. So, here's a car that I never thought about owning, but here we are. A few weeks ago I came to the conclusion that continuing to fix my Nissan Cube was becoming unfeasible and in turn the unpleasant prospect of having to deal with the general public to both buy and sell reared its ugly head. Not something I enjoy at the best of times, let alone after 18 months of avoiding the great unwashed, but needs must. However, in an unprecedented turn of events this was quickly taken out of my hands when I was told that one friend would be scrapping his perfectly usable car imminently and another friend'
    33 points
  21. I think William must have had longer legs than me
    33 points
  22. had this on my eBay watch list for about a year. Last week I decided there was no point keeping something I would never buy on my watchlist as it was in Latvia and not particularly cheap a nice Latvian man has just dropped it off at my house. Its massive and weighs a ton and I have no fecking idea what I am gonna do with it. Its rather cool though. Need to convince Mrs Wesacosa how nice it would look in the back garden
    32 points
  23. The New Zealand Dept. of Conservation (aka the saviors of the planet) have purchased an ev for use on Stewart Island. They have nowhere to charge it so use a diesel generator for the job. Governments are the same everywhere !
    31 points
  24. My living room is full of Maestro. A frankly embarrassing amount of parts were donated by someone I met through Youtube comments on the Maestro videos. I now have far more things than I ever expected to for the car, including a complete dashboard and just about every bit of interior trim, a full set of door cards and seats that are even better than the excellent ones in the car, and several body panels that even seem to be the correct shade of Targa Red. The cost for all this was (because I had to repay it somehow and the donor didn't want money try as I might to give some to them) a couple
    30 points
  25. Yesterday a kid arrived at school just after we were locking the back gates. Normally if they’re late they have to go to the main entrance to sign in (a 2 minute walk round the corner) However, as he had arrived to school in a Rover 600 I made them unlock the gates to let him in, and informed him that this was purely because he had arrived in a Rover.
    30 points
  26. I am so happy! After years of carrying an injustice having been judged guilty until proved innocent by my then employer the P.O. , The then boss has today resigned from her current board positions and her church role ( and isnt that church role predictable). Perhaps she would like to serve a month for every year that P.O. employers wrongly served. Too much?
    30 points
  27. So, after 11 years I said goodbye to the Corsa tonight. It was the car that meant my wife could move in with me and commute, it was the car that kept going through years where we were very very hard up indeed, it was the car that I did my first engine change on, it was the car that ferried my son and I around on days out when my wife was working, it was the car I took to many shows, it was the car where I learned about rust and that if you like a car enough, its never really over for it. I also learned that I'm not at all sentimental about cars. I literally cried when I had to scrap my ol
    30 points
  28. Oh by the way - you and I are going on a little road trip. This is it, boys. Our Mecca. Our pilgrimage awaits. https://www.facebook.com/GreatBritishCarJourney/ I do genuinely think we ought to be supporting this sort of nonsense... so let's try and get something sorted?
    30 points
  29. Oh and I've also sorted the brakes on the Victor by replacing the shoes and a few cylinders and repaired the leaking rear diff by fitted a new pinion seal, I was feeling brave after this so booked it in for its first MOT since 2017 and it passed! Well it had a couple of advisorys for a wheel bearing and some play in the half shaft as well as some tired bushes but nothing worth worrying about! It's still bloody horrible to drive really but it looks nice!
    30 points
  30. I was recently forced to emerge from my car fixing hiatus when some nob rear ended me. It turned out okay given that mostly when I do this it turns out shit.
    29 points
  31. I've managed some car faffing and washing in the last 2 weeks. A mild ball ache but satisfying.
    29 points
  32. worldofceri

    Galantly Stupid

    This has happened:
    29 points
  33. Thought it would be rude to only leave the one pic at the beginning! I'm in a bit of a quandry about how to attack this, from a 'sharing the journey' POV. Normally I'd just write 'blog' posts on here, or RR, or PH, or whatever. I tend to do them because, being selfish for a minute, other enthusiasts can give you that shot of confidence or morale to keep plodding on when the chips are down. I've got a terrible memory, so they also serve to remind me what I did, almost like I'd written a diary. With this car, however, I'm almost tempted to try the YouTube approach, like coldwarmotors,
    28 points
  34. I'm not going to lie, I did ask my wife to check how much we had this heap of crap insured for - taking it to a secluded location and cutting my losses seemed like a worthwhile course of action at this point. It struck me as a reasonable solution to the problem of a car with a roof stuck in the lowered position, especially seeing as my garage: Which had relatively recently housed a motorcycle AND an XR2 along with all manner of other junk, was now firmly blocked by a trampoline that had mysteriously migrated from the lawn to the driveway, as well as various plastic storage sheds an
    28 points
  35. Progress yesterday was good. Got the head rebuilt, and then turned attention to the block. Can you guess which cylinder had the OMGHGF on it? Having cleaned up the block face, the old and new head gaskets were checked that they matched. New gasket fitted: Head on: Cam followers on, with a smear of grease to hold them all: Cam carrier on: Bolts all in and then torqued. 3 stages of 90° is fairly hard work. All in now, and the rest to re-assemble.
    28 points
  36. Okay, a proper introduction to the second-newest member of the fleet. Sam bought this thing ages ago and it was local to me so I collected it and stashed it on my drive. Eventually, he offered it to me for a knock-down price which I couldn't refuse. The last MoT fail was pretty minor stuff, so I figured it would be an easy little project. First I needed a new battery as the one on the car was goosed, but even then it wouldn't start. There didn't seem to be any fuel getting to the carb so I luzzed the lift pump off, gave it a good squeeze to blow out any gunk and put it back on which seemed to
    27 points
  37. PhilA

    1966 Plymouth Fury 3

    I might have gotten carried away with work in the garage tonight. I'll have to see if that starter is any good tomorrow. Phil
    27 points
  38. Started up an old phone yesterday in a moment of boredom, found a couple of old pictures of my Viva HC's. The green one I've owned since 1992. The orange one since about 2013,it's been built out of a couple of scrappers,one of which belonged to Datsuncog Both in storage now. Still,made be smile to see them in their glory.
    27 points
  39. As reported in the Escort Thread, my chum and neighbour organised a trundle out this morning for a spot of motoring. A gentle 15 mile jolly across salubrious Cambridgeshire awaited our intrepid motorists, and what fun it was. A friend invited that lovely Fuzz off of the telly and he was just wonderful; a beautiful, gentle man. He spent five minutes telling his kids about the rarity of the Escort before modestly agreeing to a photo. There was a wonderful variety in the turnout, as ever I felt thoroughly under dressed but fortunately some legend turned up in a MK1 Mult
    27 points
  40. Before all this COVID shenanigans kicked off I was looking for a small car. A teeny tiny engined car with a Bader box & A/C. There were a few about, they were all Japanese, all three pot & all either rotten at the back end of the sills or they'd had their sills patched up. Then lockdown occurred and the looking slowed and I thought that I'd really be much happier keeping the cheapest car I have ever owned. I've had this Scirocco for more than ten years, it's cost me just short of fuck all over that period, so I thought it was time to show it some love. The replacement £50 Weber was wor
    26 points
  41. The first job was to start removing some of the stickers and cleaning it up a bit. and then farm it stright off to a local garage to fix the clutch, the car wouldn't go into gear unless the engine was off and if you started it in gear it would just drive off with your foot still on the clutch! This ended up being a snapped clutch shaft pin. Bumhats, so a new pin (£300 to change a £9 pin), clutch kit and rear main oil seal later i was back in business again! Then i started concentrating on the other jobs, first it was the cracking fuel lines. They we
    26 points
  42. Weather permitting I will be working on my dad's new car tomorrow 2 owners,first worked at the factory and bought it direct
    25 points
  43. So a week after driving my van for the first time I have gone one better and arranged to buy this Leyland Roadrunner for £800 😀 The number plate says lorry lol. F392 LRY https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Leyland-DAF-Roadrunner-Horsebox-Wagon-Lorry-/254959172986?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286 It's powered currently by a non turbo Cummins B series engine but we may have to sort him out some forced induction at some point. You may well be wondering why I have bought a truck and specifically a Roadrunner.... well it's because of the adverts below!
    25 points
  44. Multiple possible, repair/replacement options have been sourced for the fogs. Watch this space. Took the Saab to work on Friday to keep the battery charged and brakes unstuck. Came out of work and it wouldn't start, again. Spins over fine, not a cough or splutter to be had. I tried fiddling with connectors under the bonnet, wiggling the key, cleaning the ignition barrel with paper towels jammed in with a coffee stirrer, locking, unlocking, moving the immobiliser chip about etc but it wasn't having it. Battery eventually started dying and nobody had jump leads (mine are in the w
    25 points
  45. After a pause while my bro-in-law had to work on the restoraion of another car, an update has been received! Wheels painted and the hubs are on...they look great The restored chairs are back in, and this E8000 is once more on the move. Next up...getting it ready to pass its MoT test...
    25 points
  46. I finished cleaning the Cavalier this afternoon, scrubs up well I think. Then went out for a socially distanced meet in a car park. It was great to see everyone again after such a long time. I stretched its legs along the motorway prior to the meet and I can really see why these were so popular. I intended to keep the run gentle at around 60mph but I looked and I was doing an indicated 75. The car is so quiet I didn't even notice.
    25 points
  47. I had already been making tentative plans for transportation if I won due to the missing V5 not allowing me to tax it, so after confirmation yesterday evening the fabulous and highly recommend @worldofceri was on his way to collect on my behalf thanks Ceri, great to meet you and sorry about the stain on your trailer, mate
    25 points
  48. Things started to go downhill again, the mot was due in October so I went to see the welder/mechanic I use about getting a patch on the sill for the mot, what started as this ended up being a complete sill!, the outside had been pop rivited on and the underseal and mastic painted over the top to hide it, devastating! I ended up joing the Dolomite club and ordering one of their excellent sills and both jacking points, a patch on the crossmember and he also did the rear main oil seal again. then after 6 months it was ready to come h
    25 points
  49. 12 months test achieved!
    24 points
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