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  1. 59 points
    nigel bickle

    Sao Penza

    Those of you who know me/ my family know we favour oddities. Rare vehicles, not necessarily valuable, but in limited or non existent numbers. Circumstances mean that if such a vehicle appears, I will try to get someone else to save it, but if that fails, we’ll step in. That is what happened here. Some of you may know of young Jude Currie, from Surrey who has an interest in similar, predominantly Asiatic, motors. He had been hunting this car for some considerable time, and a bit of joint sleuthing narrowed the area, little by little. We knew it existed, or had done until recently, someplace in Poole or possibly Bournemouth. A little luck was had, when it was spotted on a street hunt. I helped Jude approach the Owner, who was surprised at the interest. Youthful exuberance raised the asking - but we all need to learn, eh! At least it stopped it being scrapped, which had seemed probable. The initial finder had first dibs, but turned it down. Jude went down, and spent some considerable time looking at it, but decided it was too much work for him. Although it was running well when he started, it now wouldn’t run evenly or tick over, and didn’t sound well. I had warned him about the pitfalls of running a long term layup, but - again youthful exuberance! So, I contacted the vendor, who was a little pissed off now. A Property Developer,( it came free with Bereavement purchase.)He drove it back to his, taken with the clean condition & low mileage (22,000) but unaware of its rarity. We chatted - I bought it unseen, based on Jude’s pics. A week or so later we headed down with the A frame, By now, it wouldn’t run, at all. We tried the usual, but it barely hiccupped. . But look at it! Funds changed hands, and the car was hitched up, returning to my barn without event. A few hours fettling had it running reasonably well. It’s principal problem was / is cold starts. Neat fuel dribbled into the carb gets it running, and gentle feathering gets it warm at which point it’ll drive,nreasonably. So, an MOT was booked as it’s first road trip -( we weren’t prepared to risk DVLA shenanigans for an unlicensed 25 yr gap) with no real idea how good the brakes were. Straight pass, first time. It’s near immaculate, aside from a few small blemishes on the bottom of the drivers door, exacerbated by by being taped over by the previous owner. I drove it home, parked up The next day I tried to start it - the cam belt failed! Instantly. Research said it’s non interference, so we stripped it off, replacing the water pump at the same time. Fingers crossed, it fired up fine-& that’s really the story to date. I’ve not taxed it, as I’m not up to using it right now, but it is dry/ safe-& and ready to go. Family concern for those irreplaceable wheel trims means they’re coming off. We’ve tracked a set of turbovecs which we’ll get tyres up & trial fit, for now - although this is one car I’d prefer to keep standard, where possible. It needs snagging. About 2 tankfuls, or 5-600 miles should sort the fuel system and settle the car down.Then the door bottom, and that’s it We’ll update, infrequently, when We’ve something to add.
  2. 25 points
    nigel bickle

    Saved Mazda 323

    We’re going thru something similar with this A Sao Penza - basically the same car. Laid up since the 90’s, it’s still running like poo, although it’s gently easing back to life. straight after its MOT it shat it’s cam belt, but it is non interference, so other than a nuisance- no harm done. despite a full tank flush, it still needs new fuel squirting into the carb for a cold start, and it’s power is quite low. I’m guessing varnish etc, which will clear with proper use. Good luck with yours, be interested to hear.
  3. 22 points
    TheDoctor

    Saved Mazda 323

    As you may have read in the 'Can we save this?' thread, the answer was 'Yes we can!' Someone on this forum who wishes to remain nameless, fronted the cash to rescue this little Mazda from certain doom at the hands of a banger racer. I've taken custody of the car, but will make sure they get their money back as soon as is physically possible. Perhaps once it's running right, I'll look at some sort of roffle to find it a new home and pay back what it owes me and them. Although it had been sitting 5 years or so, it went through an MOT, so that's a good start. Known faults. - Alternator is kaput. Shouldn't be too hard to find a refurbished one. Presume battery knackered too. - Wheel bearing grumbling. - Running like crap. Will replace fuel and vacuum pipes and add fuel filter. Then perhaps a carb strip down and rebuild. Aisan 980 carb as far as i know, same as the Toyota was, - Flat tyre. It's currently sitting outside with a flat battery and no fuel, so that's not a good start! As I have very little talent, time or money, and suggestions / help greatly appreciated. These are the pictures I have so far - looks good but it's a lot more dull in real life...
  4. 20 points
    FPB7

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    The cars.
  5. 20 points
    FPB7

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    the folk of Shitefest.
  6. 18 points
    fatharris

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    I think you're all ignoring the elephant in the room with the whole "Attempted murder by AX" Thankfully the torque of the engine couldn't overcome me and I remained intact Lovely to meet you Alex
  7. 18 points
    FPB7

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    I'll just leave this here.
  8. 18 points
    TheDoctor

    Saved Mazda 323

    Brought some fresh fuel back with me, and positioned the Rover ready for jump starting duties. Once there was some juice flowing, it fired right up. Runs like a bag of crap, but more like a misfire than fuel related. Pulling the leads off one by one found a culprit, as pulling off cylinder 3 lead made no difference - except the electric shock I got off it. When I dropped it, it was arcing out of the side of the lead and I found a split. It sat there idling roughly for a while, until I disconnected the Rover, and it died. Engine looks very oily, suspect rocker gasket. Left the car looking sorry for itself with its flat tyre,but spare is both flat and bald. Will upload a video of it running soon, if it worked.
  9. 15 points
    FPB7

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    But who could forget...
  10. 14 points
    TheDoctor

    Saved Mazda 323

    Took some interior pics while hiding from the rain... Mmm. Grey... Love this little switch Electric tilt/slide sunroof!? 4 electric windows?! Pretty low miles. MOT was a squeeze..
  11. 14 points
    cms206

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Numbers crunched. 944 miles, 107 litres, which I think works out to 40.1mpg. That'll do.
  12. 14 points
    Frogchod

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Good last night with saabnut and mr6c. My bottle of pastis seems to have evaporated a bit... It was an OK drive to Portsmouth via Lambourn to visit the outlaws. Horrible weather though. Not home yet, only about 100km to go when boat parks.
  13. 13 points
    SVM Industries (Central) signing off another autoshite.com tendered job.
  14. 12 points
    nigel bickle

    Saved Mazda 323

    Not down to me really, but a young aficionado who hunted it down - then decdied he didn’t want it! Too much work Anyway, it’s roadworthy now, and I might tax it when next back home. Heres the badges... as found:-
  15. 11 points
    fatharris

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    I've managed to get 34 photos out of 500 done so far - work and family meant my time today was limited. Still, they're on Flickr if anyone fancies a look. Here's a few below: Shitefest EDIT DAY 1 090619-1 by Fat Harris, on Flickr Phill paying James for winning the bet. James pulled the green Reliant Robin out of a hedge where it had sat for several years, MOT'd it and successfully drove it 100 miles to SF. A real winner in my books. Shitefest EDIT DAY 1 090619-25 by Fat Harris, on Flickr Shitefest EDIT DAY 1 090619-14 by Fat Harris, on Flickr Shitefest EDIT DAY 1 090619-31 by Fat Harris, on Flickr Dickie having a razz of the Stellar. Shitefest EDIT DAY 1 090619-34 by Fat Harris, on Flickr ALBUM LINK - https://www.flickr.com/photos/chipperharris/albums/72157709023606421
  16. 11 points
    kirton

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    good to see that those who suffered an FTP didn't have to wait hours for collection/got back on the road. Roy and I cleared the rubbish and recycling from the club and the dustvan has just gone by. If anyone left anything, although it didn't look like it, let me know. Whilst SF19 wasn't really aimed at being a club fundraising event there was over £300 in the collecting glass, and I think the bar did well on Friday night, so there is a fair bit left after expenses. This is good as we have been hit with a £300+ extra cost towards the night landing lights in the village for the air ambulance, someone not in the club "forgot" about dealing with VAT, so a fund surplus turned into a shortfall. The club started the ball rolling on fundraising for the lights and has ended up as piggy in the middle. Thanks to all Kirton ps: and thanks for the donations for our club member who is representing England in the five nations ploughing championship in Ireland in September.
  17. 10 points
    echo all other comments above, thanks Kirton and CFAFC for hosting us. My first but not my last SF Tried to explain to Mrs Thestag what it was all about and the best I could come up with was load of blokes from across the UK and France gathering in a field with a diverse selection of shonky and not so shonky motors to drink beer and talk bollocks. great fun it was
  18. 9 points
    Thought this was quite a good deal and worth sharing; https://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/socket-sets/halfords-advanced-120-piece-socket-set £56 using the code "Toolsdad" at checkout, can be picked up in store. Comes with 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 inch ratchet handles, 3/8 breaker bar, various metric and imperial sockets, a selection of impact sockets, male and female torx, ring spanners, spark plug sockets, screwdriver handle with bits and various other bits and pieces. Have owned the 3/8 set for about 10 years and it has held up to some serious abuse. As Wingz says, seemingly a no quibble lifetime guarantee too...
  19. 9 points
    TheDoctor

    Saved Mazda 323

    Rust free? Let me elaborate with pictures. It was raining, sorry, so I was in a rush.
  20. 9 points
    FPB7

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Go on then, have another.
  21. 9 points
    TheDoctor

    Saved Mazda 323

    There you go. Clumsy footage and it sounds way worse on video than it does in real life
  22. 9 points
    Saabnut

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Did a final tidy up and wash of mugs etc and saw Frogchod away at about 0915. It rained last night but was dry this am and after locking the clubhouse left to find Kirton to give him his keys back in bright sunshine with the top down. Met him in the village so after a natter left for Crawley. Lovely to Tiverton where it clouded over so roof up. M5 was clear and the first 100 miles of M4 but the rain started and as I neared London so did the traffic and with an accident ahead I dived through Bracknell and then M3 and M25/M23 Now at Crawley in rain of biblical proportions - Lemans early Wednesday. Mileage so far 803
  23. 9 points
    Ghosty

    Unexpected Collection

    I got it off stillOrange but arranged it through the Dark Wob. He needed shot of it more urgently now he's permanently exported himself. I mentioned it on news 24... Offered it up for free, it was only on the other side of Manchester to me so I took it. Engine fan is blown up as the relay was waterlogged so it overheats in traffic. Owes me about £100 so far. John saw the S90 on my neighbours' drive (they offered me the space) when he and Rich got here. Said it was nice, I said it was ex-stillOrange and he said he'd have it when I was done with it. JohnK went out to get lunch with richbraith at Shitefest, 4 hours later he comes back with the 305. He'd found a garage full of slowly decomposing chod, went round the back, found the owner washing the 305 and asked if he'd sell it. He agreed and John brought it back. I saw it, said I liked it, Beko started vacuuming it with a borrowed Henry, I dried out the drivers' footwell (pressure washer 'overspray' not a leak I don't think), dusted off the dash, took out the seat covers etc. I grabbed a petrol 305 Haynes that was lying about and slung it in. KruJoe found it to be Bosch pumped. Comments were made that it is a very good running XUD, too. John says, want to swap it for the S90? I accepted, and spent most of the rest of the evening scrubbing it up. So we are in Wetherspoons in Luton, en route to my house to make the swap.
  24. 8 points
    cms206

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Shitefest '20 at Triggers new gaff everyone, you heard the man!
  25. 8 points
    Frogchod

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Home at last 😊 No car problems. Throttle position sensor still notchy but it works.... Someone was happy to see me home too.
  26. 8 points
    RayMK

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Turrets. Mat's has the Cortina based wishbone set-up, BRM has the Mitsubishi derived McPherson strut suspension, for which parts are almost impossible to obtain, hence BRM actually having late Pony struts.
  27. 8 points
    wuvvum

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Heh. 2 owners in 32 years, then a further 3 within 48 hours.
  28. 8 points
    JohnK

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Just arrived back at RichBraiths. S90 performed sterling on the drive back. I've bottled out of the 45 min drive home in the Audi as I am knackered so I'm kipping here and will return home tomorrow!
  29. 8 points
    fatharris

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    I'll do a bit of a better write up later, but I wanted to express my gratitude to Kirton for entrusting us with the premises for what was a very successful Shitefest. Everyone I spoke to was fantastic and a great time was had by all. Party gazebo was a success after initial failure thanks to a generous lending of some ratchet straps to brace the side by Richard, crawling into my scratcher at0145 and 0245 respectively. Naturally, I've got around 500 photos that have been taken over the weekend - I'll start editing those as and when I have the available time, with apologies in advance if I didn't take any of your car. It wouldn't have been for any real reason, either a) the rain was coming in or b) I had a beer in my hand and didn't fancy putting it down 😂 However, I have very quickly edited one on the way back, and it's one I feel succinctly summarises the end of SF '19 perfectly. Shitefest teaser 090619-1 by Fat Harris, on Flickr Roll on SF20. Cheers all.
  30. 7 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This is fantastic https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bedford-CF-250-Petrol/113777436565?hash=item1a7da9e795:g:OUcAAOSwlk1c~Wur I reckon an afternoon jet washing that would be almost on par with fingering Cameron Diaz's bum.
  31. 7 points
    Cavcraft

    Cavcraft 2k19: U WOT M8?

  32. 7 points
    davidfowler2000

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Memories of Shitefest for lunch. With a bacon chaser. I'll book myself in to the cardiology ward so noone else needs to worry about it.
  33. 7 points
    JohnK

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    The weekend in cars, just minus the 305. A write up to follow.
  34. 7 points
    richbraith

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    I've done about 500 miles today, 350ish in a Proton and the remainder in a 305 (which drives excellently and overtook many things on the M1). Unfortunately the Vauxhall Heritage centre has left me in dire need of another Cavalier. Bugger. Thanks to JohnK and Ghosty for being excellent travelling companions. We had a lot of fun. The final run of the 305 over Woodhead at sunset was truly a special thing. I hope I see that old bus again. Thanks for making me feel welcome.
  35. 7 points
    cms206

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Welcome to On The Lavatory, with cms206. 97 miles to go... Todhills has new shitters. Single ply bogroll, danger of a wee poke in the bum. 3/10.
  36. 7 points
    Luton Festival of Transport today and the Maxi did a win! Second prize in class K for 1970s cars against a lot of competition so that was completely unexpected. Here it is in the winners' circle... Slowsilver does a celebratory Woollard while appropriately attired And collects his trophy from Danny and Kelvin Hopkins Class winner was the NSU Ro80 so we didn't mind coming second to such a rare car.
  37. 7 points
  38. 6 points
    hairnet

    haynes motor museum

    well ive been there twice but never been in the building on the way home decided to drop in (need lunch anyway ) the benz wagen - think theres more recreations than real ones made mmm tuk tuk and C5 photobomb all museums must have one i think - moretonhampster did also the brown daf - there was a chap there with his kids - its a leyland daf i tried not to burst out laughing
  39. 6 points
    trigger

    The new news 24 thread

    Lifes been a bit busy lately, back in the beginning of November we agreed to buy a new home just outside of town, the house we were in wasn't in the best area, we had a pot head next door, my car was stolen of the drive a couple of years back and the school's don't have a good reputation so we decided to bite the bullet and up our mortgage. A couple of weeks ago we eventually moved in after a lot of stress and worry! I've never had anything so posh! Unfortunately we are on the old A12 but you can't have everything and it's great for car spotting! On Saturday I managed to even dig the Marina out of its hibernation and get it back to the new house. Hopefully next week I'll even be able to get the van back too. The next day I took it to the Aldham Rally in Colchester, I've been going to this for years and there's always something of interest that I haven't seen before. Namely this Maestro Van, it is the very one which was stolen last year and used in a ram raid, still looks good though apart from the plastic plates! i quite fancied this Minor for Mrs Trigger (the van will probably be going at some point as I never use it), paint work was a bit ropey, seats different colours and generally just needed a bit of love, I later saw the owner, expecting the price to be around £1500 - 2000 and nearly had a stroke when he said £4400! I'm so out of touch with MM prices!
  40. 6 points
    Dick Longbridge

    Saved Mazda 323

    I'd definitely be up for a roffle ticket. So glad you helped it escape the fork lift prongs.
  41. 6 points
  42. 6 points
    Today (well technically yesterday now) we made a run down to the Luton Festival of Transport. Here's a selection of photos from throughout the day. That's taken forever to upload...so will be leaving it there I think!
  43. 6 points
    cms206

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    I pulled over and had a ten minute nap. It lasted about an hour and a half. Arse.
  44. 6 points
    KruJoe

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    Just home as the sun sets over Malhamdale. Six-and-a-half hours. No FTPs to be seen here, the Pleasure Wagon has looked after me brilliantly. TFFT! Thank you so much everyone, it's been emotional.
  45. 5 points
    trigger

    The new news 24 thread

    A few more from the show. I rather liked this Fiesta. Wide wheels Even wider wheels (which looked shit in my opinion) This Transit was amazing, it's literally been painted with a brush and was just covered in runs and brush strokes, but the filler over the rust repairs were remarkable. Then I took it in the ring in front of everyone. Even my dad took his in the ring too.
  46. 5 points
    Speaking of Bristols ... Last week coming home from work. I was on the bus in Bristol and I saw a Bristol bus in Bristol. Bonus MGB GT rubber bumper action too.
  47. 5 points
    GOOD TO SEE YOU! Todhills is very handy when heading north. It's very easy to get off the motorway, parked, toilet used then back on the motorway which is a pain in the arse if you leave it any later because Gretna, Annandale Water, Abington and Cairn Lodge are all well off the motorway. The next services that isn't one site for both carriageways is Hamilton. Good weekend etc, thanks to Kirton for organising it all and folk just being generally excellent. 12 and half hours for the southbound was NOT amusing. The return home took about 10 and a half but we stopped at Bridgwater services for 20 minutes to marvel at how much of an utter toilet it is, about an hour in Cannock with Mr racer for the bantz, innit and about 10 - 15 minutes at Todhills just to stretch legs etc. Not done the last MPG figures for the 740 but from Glasgow to Cannock it done 40.8mpg. Cannock - SF19 and back to Cannock at 37.8mpg. Not bad for a 2.3 petrol automatic block of flats.
  48. 5 points
    EssDeeWon

    eBay tat volume 3.

    When Audi's were nice cars and not driven by wankers https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Audi-100-C3-CD-5E-1983-Very-Early-Model-Good-Condition-Genuine-Low-Mileage/133079576269?hash=item1efc292ecd:g:N~QAAOSw7VNc~VBY
  49. 5 points
    TheDoctor

    Can we save this?

  50. 5 points
    cms206

    Shitefest 7th -9th June 2019

    North of Tebay! Hyundai average MPG at the moment is 40.7 over 644 miles.
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