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  1. Probably of no interest here..... Clocked over to 400k this morning on my school run, purchased at 84k and only driven by me since. 10 local council plates which it's only failed once on minor paintwork! 3rd clutch and original gearbox Might be its last plate tho, council are saying we need new ones......
    32 points
  2. I'm off to North Wales this weekend in my Marina, mental I know, it's the Marina National rally and we'll be tackling the horseshoe pass in cars with front drum brakes and trunnions, WCPGW? In the preparation I've starting to get mine sorted, I've had it tuned up as it was running really flat and gutless, my mate managed to get to the butt of the problem and now it's much more responsive. I also took it to National tyres as the steering was a bit wandery, they were doing a £15 wheel alignment offer online so I decided to take my chances... After having to explain what the car was and how you got it into reverse the lad put on the ramp, I took a while to find the car on their computer system as it was under Rover and there was no listing for a Marina car only pick up and van, but credit where credit is due he did manage to sort it out and amazingly there's no extra charges, it now drives much nicer, to celebrate I gave it a clean and took some photos for a change. In other news I also dug the van out at the weekend after its 6 month storage, I had a issue with a fuel pump whichpacked up but I luckily sourced a second-hand one which got it running again so I gave it a wash. I was rather taken by the X reg Vauxhall Brava double cab behind it too! Its now in a garage of dreams with my Marina.
    25 points
  3. At the Club Committee meeting a few days ago the Committee had nothing but praise for the event and attendees so my reputation is golden. We would be delighted to host another event should the Forum wish to come here again.
    16 points
  4. So much for leaving well alone. We got the heads off to change the seals both sides, and found water damage in the bores. So, we pulled the 652 barrels and pistons from the broken engine and swapped the lot, including cylinder heads, onto the new crankcase. The crankshaft in the newer motor feels much better - lots of jiggly conrod action on the old one. All back together, test drives concluded. A touch of pinking, so I need to reset the ignition timing then, hopefully, I'm done. Had helpful assistance today! Tomorrow, the journey begins, with a 200-mile drive to Cambridgeshire to break up the drive to Harwich. Ferry departs 11pm Friday.
    15 points
  5. JimH

    Truck Shite

    A Dodge Commando in what might be described as in rather tidy condition. By rather tidy we mean that virtually everything on the cab is brand new. The new cab came out of Renner's place at Dunstable complete with doors. Look! Seams where there are meant to be seams And door bottoms where there are meant to be door bottoms. Virtually everything inside the cab is new. I think you will agree that it is looking quite tidy in there. And by new I mean taken out of its genuine Renner trucks bag. Seats, dashboard, mats, headlining. seals, blanking plugs, the lot. A new instrument panel couldn't be found which spoils the effect a little. Perkins engine rebuilt at no trivial expense. Rebuilt means that everything was new barring the block and the crankshaft. Two speed Eaton axle fitted. New brakes all round, rebuilt power steering. You'll note that this one was taken before the body went back on it. It's been up for sale for a while but no one wants to pay even semi-sensible money for it.
    10 points
  6. Recent retrim in 2tone leather?
    9 points
  7. Inspector Morose

    Truck Shite

    This was mine for a short while. AEC Matador ex Chesterfield Corporation. Fitted with a Leyland 0680 and brake valve from an Atlantean. Nice old tub but bought for a specific job and was sold on soon afterwards.
    9 points
  8. trigger

    The new news 24 thread

    Also tomorrow Practical Classics magazine are coming to the East Coast Retros car meet that I run as we was voted in the top 10 best UK car club competition they are running, amazingly. I should be taking both of mine and rumours has it we'll have over 300 cars so I'm in for a mega busy night! It's well worth a look if your local though.
    9 points
  9. Keith777 has been viewing this topic for the past 14 minutes. Has he fainted? ?
    8 points
  10. Drove the Princess home after over a month of the brake job palaver (nobody's fault, just one of those jobs) and it is a revelation. I thought the brakes were pretty good before, and they never really disappointed or gave issues at MoT. Compared to how they feel now, the brakes were fucked and have been since I bought the car and I never even realised it. They're so much lighter and so much more responsive. Well worth the faff.
    8 points
  11. Probably of no interest here..... Wrongiest wrong statement for this place! People will lap this up
    8 points
  12. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiat-Strada-Ritmo-2-0L-Abarth-130TC-Rare-BARN-FIND-C-reg-1986-Spares-Repair/143316967980?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
    7 points
  13. Since refilling and bleeding the last time, it's covered 120miles with no coolant loss. (Yep, I know it's over max but meh) Seems like the low RPM approach is helping - both with avoiding pressurisation and my appreciation of the Scottish countryside. Driving anywhere takes fuckin ages. In an attempt to curry favour, I washed, machine polished and protected the paint with the help of my bro, Split_pin and Davehedgehog31 - cheers chaps! It looks much smarter:) Some more effective solution re the coolant may be achieved due to a kind donation from shiter Doug - more to be revealed later!
    7 points
  14. Some uniting was had last night with the Brothers Touring and Mr Pin. A sad start to the evening, whilst driving over I encountered a wee rabbit sitting in the road and not moving. I took him in the car and we made him a bed, the SSPCA person came out but think it had had a head injury or something. Seemed unusually nonplussed for a rabbit, don't really think he was all that with it which is probably a good thing. We There was little mechanical work, I attempted to batter a dent out the back of my 205 with little success, so we decided to machine polish it and the Audi, both coming up great. This morning I met a nice Polish gentleman in a car park and procured four cheap tyres for the pug. I have ordered a pair of bottom arms (coming tomorrow), so will get those fitted, get the tracking done and the new tyres on and it should be even more well sorted.
    7 points
  15. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    RJC_0682 by srblythe, on Flickr Mot passed on the old Audi!
    7 points
  16. Laydeez and gentz, I present my new steed - more to follow. Sadly not the V6, but for the price I paid for this rarity, I really don't mind. @Honey Badger does the reg look familiar ?
    7 points
  17. Fuck everything, I'm off to Skegness Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
    6 points
  18. Another lovely pic of my baby
    6 points
  19. djim

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Autoshite camper hand painted in fetching beige. Needs a lot of work but could look the part. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SHERPA-CAMPER-VAN-1979-DIESEL-5-SPEED-AUTO-SLEEPER-MOT-TAX-EXEMPT-RESTO-PROJECT/383027835946
    6 points
  20. Yeah so the weather is hot and I called into a shop on the way home to buy a cold drink.I present the counter staff with a Scottish £20 and the lady behind the counter says "sorry, can't accept that" (we are in Cambridgeshire,England) . I told her it is legal tender but she still refused saying her boss won't accept it. There is a post office at the side of her which I pointed out."it's a different till" she says. She agreed the post office is open so I asked if I buy a stamp from the post office with the Scottish note will that be okay. "the boss won't accept it" I pointed out he is not the boss of post office counters and has no say in the matter. I need to speak to him about this error of his judgement. All I get is a first name and he comes in on Friday mornings. After dropping a car off when I got home I get the number of post office counters complaints but they are closed.Oh well, that's a job for the morning then Bugger, just thought.I should have put the drink back and got a can of Irn bru instead. Then it would have been deemed racist.
    5 points
  21. Yes, bigger jets went in. Good thing about having some help is that we could do two jobs at once! Timing sorted, even replaced a couple of dodgy bolts holding the fan shroud on. Calling her good to go! 200 miles tomorrow, handily in the direction of a 2CV Specialist! Haven't done any packing, so I'll be hurling stuff into bags and wondering what I've forgotten. As long as my passport is there, not sure I care about much else!
    5 points
  22. Plan of works tonight. MGF is being picked up by the fragging man tomorow afternoon. It's currently in my garage with two wheels and a caliper off. Re-assemble and roll out. Garage is covered in cat litter which was soaking up veg spills. remove all this. Also full of empty veg bottles. Flatten these down and put in boot of MG, better than taking them to the tip. Then get the 205 in, two bottom arms being delivered for it tomorrow so depending on how time is going, get it up on stands and at least one of the current bottom arms cracked off. We'll see how much of this actually gets done.
    5 points
  23. Usually at AS meets it's dead easy to spot other forum members. Just head for any awkward looking males with ill fitting hair, wearing Oxfam's finest finery, evidence of the last few days breakfast down their front, looking lost.
    5 points
  24. I think I'll leave well alone. Compression is up to about 150psi each side, which is what it should be. There is still some leakage - I can actually hear it with the manifolds off - but it isn't dropping anywhere near as quickly. Will hope Italian tune ups can sort it out.
    5 points
  25. trigger

    The new news 24 thread

    I feel slightly more confident with my new fangled discs and servos but I know a few of the guys do have drums and no servos and are a bit anxious about it! Having done the pass back when I was 10 in 1990 4 up with a week's worth of luggage in this Metro 1.0 I still have a fear of the road!
    5 points
  26. Probably just debating Mazda or Galaxy, a winners dilemma. "Which testicle would Sir like ripping off, the left, or the right?"
    4 points
  27. Another great evening of sunshine and cars this time the DS at Turweston airfield.
    4 points
  28. Jon

    Shite in Miniature II

    Hmm, I expressed an interest in that Moke before Mr.Cog but I think it might cost a smidge over its value to get to me. That said, if Bramz fancies anything from your sale and if there's space, could you forward it if it hasn't sold? He's got a package to send my way at some point. Anyway, I'm back from my hols now and in full fighting spirit to take on the new style of Flickr and wrestle free some images of my latest* (i.e. a couple of months ago) small buys: Another trip to my favourite Auckland purveyor and more things to take my fancy: I broke my 'not period diecast' rule again, purely on the basis of affordability, small scale, good detailing and it being something I utterly adore - an early LP400 in a striking colour (green, ornage or yellow) forms part of my hedonistic wishful thinking list. This of course comes from that well known diecast purveyor, Japanese coffee shop chain UCC Good Coffee Smile. Actually, all jesting aside, it does seem that they have a bit of history with launching sets of 5 cars from single manufacturers at a time; the other ones in the shop were all dreary modern Lambos, so like a heathen I broke up someone's formerly complete collection. I'd say the scale is about 1:50 - 1:55 and it seems that the c.£2.50 I spent on this one was actually very fair indeed, particularly as all others available online are in Japan. Then, as is now my custom, I once again raided the $1 box. Must admit I wasn't aware of this Whizzwheels Jag XJ casting but presumably, the existence still of the boot lid is a fortunate thing. It's a very pleasing thing, much more so due to the repaint it's received at some stage in such a fetching brown. Such a period Kiwi car palette - they had a strong arsenal of solid colours back in the day that only Communist countries could compete with. Hey, look at me, I bagged a Hotwheels Redline for 50p!! As you can see though, it's neither an early issue nor in good nick and you have to look very carefully to see the red band remnants on the tyres but it's nice all the same. I'm really growing to like a lot of Husky/Whizzwheels castings but I must admit that I'm a little neutral towards this Healey Sprite Le Mans - a very odd choice of casting in the first place, I reckon. I think it'd look much better on recessed grey Husky wheels, which would make it somewhat lower, as the sky high ride on these later wheels do it no favours. Likewise this Alfa Carabo. I'm not a great fan of Matchbox concepts but honestly, 50p buys you nowt these days yet it can still buy you a very presentable 40+ year old toy car. I'll admit that I also quite like the colours, though I fear that it's precisely this train of thought that will see me bagging low value garishly hued Models of Yesteryear in the future.... Then I hit paydirt! Check out this Lone Star Volvo 1800S! I always thought these small Lone Stars were branded as Impys but this is a Road-Master Flyer, apparently. The ride height is comically high but that gives you excellent range of suspension travel that a Majorette could only wish for and indeed, those skinny wheels do roll very well along a table top. And just look at all the opening parts! It's such a lovely casting, too and the bonnet and boot lid are both very delicate, so I'm thankful that it's all survived intact. Well, all except the glass. This one's base is screwed together (don't know if that's standard or not) so has probably been taken to bits at some stage but at least all the panels made it back on to the body. I think I can now add Lone Stars to my list of things I'd like to keep an eye out for. I did actually find a RR Silver Cloud III convertible in a shop in Colorado but it was missing its windscreen and the jewelled headlamps, so I put it back after playing with the double hinged bonnet: (library pic - the one I saw was silver and much tattier)
    4 points
  29. meggersdog

    eBay tat volume 3.

    not this R8 though https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1969-RENAULT-8-R8-CLASSIC-CAR-VERY-RARE-NOT-MANY-LEFT-NOW-LHD/153551868524?hash=item23c067926c:g:Sc0AAOSwlPhdHPXP
    4 points
  30. Lovely impromptu day trip - the beach really was that empty, so I walked along the shoreline for about an hour getting soggy - the sound of the wind and the sea drowned out everything else, truly a wondrous 60 minutes in my own company. Meandered around, had some fish and chips (the law when you're at Skegvegas), lost four quid in a tight fruit machine (not a penny back, the bastard), went back to my car after two and a half hours (three quid to park not too far from the pier) and drove home. Cracking day out, some good driving roads (the A158 in particular is very good fun when everyone is doing the national limit - and amazingly, for huge stretches of it, everyone was - super hooning by all concerned). Usual one or two bimblers who got dutifully despatched by the 620 - really does pick up its skirts and fly when it wants to, that one. And yes, I did get sunburnt. Bloody tourist. And I might have picked up a NIP. About 5 miles from home. Typical.
    4 points
  31. You are one of those snides who parks too far forward and raises false hope of an empty space until you get right up to it , i curse you with 1000 leeches
    4 points
  32. Drove the Princess home today, finally. The brake job was just one of those jobs where it was plenty of little things going wrong and then waiting on parts and so on. That said, it was well worth doing. All the while I've had the car until very recently the brakes have never felt inadequate and have always met the legal requirement so apart from general bleeding there never seemed to be any need to investigate further. How wrong I was! The brakes are so much lighter and more responsive now than they've ever been, it really has been something of a revelation. It's difficult to explain it really, it's almost as though the brakes feel like they're off a newer car, just not an over assisted car with a dead feeling pedal. It's like there's more fine control on the braking progression and I don't have to brake as hard or as early to slow the car down. This isn't really that surprising given that everything is practically brand new up front now and all 8 pistons are working in the calipers rather than just 2. Now to enjoy driving it for a few weeks before disabling it again to get the front displacers re-gassed. At least that's a fairly straightforward job.
    4 points
  33. I had a wee shot in this last night. Starts lovely, and the XUD pulls cleanly with no hesitation - a peach of a low mileage lump! All controls nice and light yet enjoyable to use (decadent bastard with his power steering!) Interior is superb - really nice condition! Still struggling to understand how pug got the ride/handling balance so good on these wee tubs straight from the factory. 13.5/10 would borrow again. Preferably permanently.
    4 points
  34. Was late into work .... Mainly cause I went the long way in, slightly sideways enjoying topless sun
    4 points
  35. Went to the Office of the TTT (East) last night for some car shenanigans. But first, Davehedgehog encountered this poor wee soul at the side of the road. Being a good sort he rescued it and brought it to the unit. SSPCA were called and when the lass arrived she took it away. Sadly it's behaviour indicated terminal neurological damage but at least it's last wee while was in safety. I'll let the others update on how smashing The Hodgeheg's wee 205 looked after a polish together with the TTT Space Auddity JP had also found a substantial history file for my Audi Cab, together with the full compliment of dealer handbooks, manuals and the leather wallet. I'm really pleased with that, this completes a car for me. The 172 is booked for an MOT on Friday, hopefully it passes without too much bother. Can't see much amiss with it.
    4 points
  36. Trig - having cooked my 2CV's brakes in Snowdonia, I'd urge actual caution. Don't get too much speed up (60mph down one hill was a definite error!) and don't hold your foot on the brake for extended periods. I see folk doing that around here all the time. The stench of hot brakes is horrific! On-off with engine braking should be ok. Or do what they did on the Monte Carlo rally back in the day. Get people with buckets of water to chuck at the wheels as you drive past.
    4 points
  37. Pillock

    Truck Shite

    Went to Malvern Truckfest at the weekend. Obviously there were a load of new, shiny trucks but there were some gems too. As always, feel free to correct me when I've blatantly called something by the wrong name. Couple of nice Renners. The only one of either that was there as far as I could see, doesn't seem long ago a truck festival had swathes of Magnums. An FH and a Red Truck I took a few of these types of pic where hauliers had bought old and new along. Always nice to see I bloody love F series Volvos. Slap bang in the middle of my small boy truck obsessed era. Likewise 142/143Ms. This got so obvious, Mrs Pillock called me out on having a favourite truck. I've spared you some of the others. I do imagine a 450hp V8 beavertail goes well. Yes mate, Scanias well know for being built on the outskirts of Rotherham. I think I like these. It's certainly nice to see them out on the road, makes a change. This looked absolutely smashing This looked fucked. Part of the recovery demonstration I think although we went Sunday Afternoon when they weren't doing it. They also had a knackered bus to drag around, some trailers to demonstrate lifting, and I think they were bringing along the cars that the monster truck was squishing and then taking them away afterwards Want older stuff? We've got older stuff. D series? Volvos Blue Guy and Seddy Good to see a driver and his truck showing mutual respect before battle "Vans with Lights" club. Fin.
    4 points
  38. It’s been a stressful day.
    4 points
  39. So I of course came home and fell asleep on the couch. Did eventually stir. This was the scene at the garage. Eventually got the MG back on all fours and rolled out into the open. Taking full advantage of it going for scrap: Well its cheaper than a skip. It's now waiting outside the lockup looking sorry for itself, truly on death row.
    3 points
  40. Thank you everyone for taking part.
    3 points
  41. And I’m on the cover of the ccc magazine this month. From afar I admit....
    3 points
  42. No, that's fine. Like you say, I think it worked well. I can then 'fill in the dots' when I'm back. Cheers.
    3 points
  43. I'll cover if they haven't paid by the end of the week, Doc.
    3 points
  44. New leads on the way, NGK items no less. Meanwhile the period keyring I bought last year bit the dust So another period keyring randomly of Danish origin was obtained!
    3 points
  45. The Moog

    The new news 24 thread

    Wouldnt worry too much about 18k on a set unless it was banging massively. Even my properly fucked knocking suspension mx5s handle really well and get round roundabouts at 60+ (private ones of course) Things to do I would suggest is 1) brake brace - this has changed the car for me 2) LSD (if you havent got one) 3) Timing mod - makes the car much more perky, my current one is missing it and I can feel the difference 4) A proper mx5 alignment - I have got AVO specs somewhere. Utterly transforms the car.
    3 points
  46. My new favourite toy arrived yesterday after a purchase with the 20% on eBay. It comes with a little pouch and detachable hose. Digital psi meter Was really simple and quick to pump up slightly flat mx5 tyres Very happy for £30 ISH. Will make autotesting and track days a bit easier and don't have to worry about 12v sockets with long leads
    3 points
  47. So, I make it 9 numbers left to pay: @brownnova x 3 @Flat4 x 3 @jumpingjehovahs x 2 @robinmasters x 1 Looking good for tonight...
    3 points
  48. Paid, if this goes tomorrow and I win, please don’t message me to tell me I’ve negotiated permission to replace the Sharan with something already and I don’t want the kaibosh putting on that because her indoors discovers the Galaxy is winging is way north again. In the unlikely event I win the roffle, the result will be revealed to her in a would you believe I’ve just bought a car and now* I’ve also won this... yes, it’s hoodwinkery and no, I’m not better than that.
    3 points
  49. ...............a link to the start-up which my son has put on you tube.
    3 points
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