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  1. 30 points
    What's better than one red Prelude? An absolute pleasure dealing with and meeting Craig, a brief but pleasurable chat and now I'm just about to fill up and set off! Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  2. 19 points
    So I've recently had the next couple of years mapped out for me career wise, and as a result I decided that 2 cars was a bit excessive, time to possibly reduce to one. Good idea Harris. So why is it 0445, and why has my alarm gone off? Oh, you dickhead. Best be off then. Luckily I live five mins away from Temple Meads so this should be a doddle. Not going in? Ah, the bus stop. Okay. Nice and local then. Good thing too, it's raining and for some reason you thought just a hoodie was a good shout.
  3. 15 points
    wuvvum

    The grumpy thread

    xtriple, Thursday:
  4. 14 points
    Where's the bus taking me? That's it, I've officially gone crackers. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  5. 13 points
    Cavcraft

    The new news 24 thread

    Up to 139 miles in total now, the first 52 (iirc) were done by Jerzy Woking. Have to admit I've been making excuses to nip into town on this for things, just because it's so ideal and there's free parking. In a highly scientific* survey, yesterday I decided to see exactly how far it would go before the battery ran out, staying very local for the last few miles 'just in case'. From charging it up a week or so ago and doing one ride then, in total it managed 23 miles. The majority of that was in mode 3 (top gear, if you like) and reasonably open roads as I never quite manage to go just to town and take a longer route home. Anyhow, when down to the last 10% it goes into a sort of limp mode thing where it seems to hover around the 18mph mark. Once actually first showing zero percent battery life, it will actually manage about 350-500 yards, give or take, and from 10% down to zero I would estimate it did about 4-5 miles. It was good to find out, just in case I ever get stuck somewhere with little battery life left. In mode 1 it does 12-15mph, mode 2 can take it to late 20s, and mode 3 got a pretty impressive 37mph once. Could probably keep it in mode 2 to get to town and back to be fair, which should conserve battery life. Also, as braking is supposed to regenerate slightly, I noticed that if stopped at lights and holding one of the brake levers in, the little green drive light goes out, maybe actually holding the brakes in when stopped helps a little? Minor irritations are the seat unlocking mechanism doesn't always work (which is a mild PITA if you want to activate the hidden kill switch when parking somewhere, or to get the battery out to charge) and I suspect the mirrors might be the first things to give way at some point, so will try and find better after market ones to replace them. It's a bit sort of twitchy on the throttle when trying to maintain a constant very low speed in moving traffic, and I got a slight arse end shift the other day, on a v.slow hard corner, but there may have been diesel on the road, or something. Anyhow, they're minor quirks and so far I'm really impressed with the bike and actually really enjoy riding it.
  6. 12 points
    Home safe and sound, and 390ish done on a tank, I'll fill up and get the empeegee figure later. That was a nice pleasant drive, few little jobs that can be bashed out after the MOT and I've got a damn fine car. To go with the other car. ...and the other car. [emoji849] Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  7. 11 points
    Fat_Pirate

    The new news 24 thread

    Mrs Pirate and myself did go to Torquay today, to meet a very nice man with very nice dogs, and after drinking his tea we stole his car: Sorry for pinching your wheels, Mr Xtriple. And sorry to anyone else who wanted to nab this, it really is bloody ace - the engine is astonishingly smooth. I did say I was going to start swapping out cars more often, but I really can't think what could tempt me away from the staggering level of waft this thing provides.
  8. 10 points
    Split_Pin

    Shite in Miniature II

    Some of you may remember that Mr. Cog placed a request in this thread to see if anybody would be able to take on a rather sorry and very large 1/12 Tamiya Porsche 935 plastic model kit from the 1980s. I presented my case that I had rebuilt (and I really mean rebuilt - they were wrecked) about 7 of my 1/24 scale model trucks from the early 1990s which had become damaged in storage (99% by me, clumsy sod) and that I was capable of taking on this fine specimen. It's an incredible model with fully working metal coilovers suspension, engine wiring and soft rubber tyres. Quite a few parts are screwed on too. Everything opens too. In the late 1980s this is something that I could only dream of. It arrived from NI yesterday and I wasted no time in sorting it out. My plan was to simply fix the broken parts and retain it's patina, in keeping with the majority of my collection. Furthermore this was built by Mr.Cog's late Uncle and it was the sole survivour of a once larger collection. As such I also wanted to be sympathetic to his fine work on this. I hope he would have approved. So. As arrived, all of the important pieces were present. The main damage was that the rear trailing arm had snapped and the whole assembly had become detached. The first part to fix was that the top mounting of the coilover. It had snapped but was still attached under the screw holding it onto the suspension. Out came my trusty tiny screwdriver that my Dad filed down for me for this purpose many decades ago. Once that was fixed I moved onto reattaching the suspension. The trailing arm had snapped in half so this required careful positioning and balancing in order that it set straight. Most of the sway bar is missing but for a static model it doesn't do much. I also refitted the complete one on the opposite side. Next I reattached the droplinks to the anti-roll bar. I then moved onto the front suspension which only needed the steering arm and both ARB drop links refitting, together with one wheel. Lastly I repaired the rear spoiler, doorframes and gave it a clean. Pictured with a £1 coin to demonstrate the large 1/12 scale. I'm absolutely delighted to have this in my collection. I have a fair few contemporary 911 based cars from the same era made by Bburago, Polistil and Matchbox so this crowns that collection perfectly. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and am sincerely grateful to Mr.Cog for gifting it to me. You're a gent!
  9. 10 points
    300 miles down, last 80 or so. Performing faultlessly and I'm not stiff as a board yet! Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  10. 10 points
    All the cool kids sit at the back of the bus. They must still be asleep. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  11. 9 points
    vulgalour

    1987 Citroen BX - SOLD!

    While we wait for the contact grease to arrive from Lithuania it's a good opportunity to get the broken console fixing peg reattached. First up was trying to find out where it went, which meant even more dashboard dismantling. To the right, in the middle of the hole you can see a metal bracket. There should be another to the left side of the hold, where the thicker part of the wiring loom is. I'm not exactly sure how someone has broken that bit in the past, it's not exactly easy to get to, nor is it really in the line of fire of anything. Fortunately, the break was fairly clean and I could get to everything without too much trouble. Plenty of surfaces to glue to which should make for a good strong repair. I'm using the same epoxy glue I used for the sunvisor clip since that did an excellent job and is probably higher stress than this area. A bit of duct tape was used just to keep the part in place while the glue dried because I didn't want to be sat holding it for half an hour and there's no way to get clamps or similar on there to keep it in place. While that was drying I could clean up the black panel that all the various little bits and pieces slot into, like the ashtray, under which was the usual grime that's pretty much impossible to clean up with it attached to the car. Lovely. With that cleaned out and all the various bits and pieces cleaned, I reassembled as much as I could. Someone has put two large self-tapping screws through the sides of the centre console, what I think of as the 'wings' of the dashboard panel. At first I thought this was to hold everything together because of that broken fixing peg, it turns out it's because the dashboard is warped slightly and that's the only way to get the wings to pull snug to the centre console nicely. That's also why there's a bigger gap one side than the other. Ideally, I could do with a new dashboard shell, this will have to do for now. I plopped the top trim panel in place but didn't screw it down yet as I can't rebuild the heater controls until the grease arrives and, since this top section is quite awkward to remove, it makes sense to not actually fit it just yet. After fixing that peg, there's a lot less movement in this console now, unsurprisingly, which makes it feel just a little bit better built than it did before. It was also nice to get a couple of decades of grime out of all the inaccessible bits, like the blower fan ducting, and just make the whole thing look a feel that little bit nicer in a way regular cleaning doesn't allow.
  12. 9 points
    MikeR

    The new news 24 thread

    whoopie ! , loaded the trolley up
  13. 9 points
    meggersdog

    eBay tat volume 3.

    even more Ooooff than the last one POWER SHIFT https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mitsubishi-cordia-1600-gls-rhd-import-baby-starion-1983/153602736085?hash=item23c36fbfd5:g:UX8AAOSw9W9c7aCB
  14. 8 points
    egg

    Invacar MK12 - BlankFrank has started work

    A before and after...
  15. 8 points
    Actually, just fiddling with the settings has found a decent enough sound. I'll wait til I get home. Suppose it's time to set off for home. Let's do this. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  16. 8 points
    SiC

    1974 Dolomite Sprint

    Weather half decent tonight, so made some small progress. Firstly I tried some paint I had mixed out to see the colour match. It is shit. Should be good enough to do the wheel arches though. Next was chopping more metal out of this wheel arch. I eventually got to solid metal that isn't pitted. Before After This all looks complicated, but it's not that bad. Just many bits that make up this and will require quite a lot of sections to complete it. Will be fiddly for sure. Next step on this area is to get the card out and start making templates. Then I can get the steel cut up and shaped. Welding on should be a relatively painless exercise - providing I don't catch the car alight. Took some time to remove underseal off the drivers floor. There are a few holes in it, but I'm pretty sure I can get away without using a panel and fabricating it out of sheet steel. Won't be perfectly accurate but this isn't visible most of the time and it's quite a simple, flat area. At the moment it's in need of doing. If I did give a good stamp in this area, I'd have a Flintstones car for sure. Also this is going to be the first time I'm welding with interior, engine and other flammable things still in the car. On the Austin 1100 I had stripped anything remotely flammable out (apart from underseal), so could weld freely without fear of setting all the things alight. My plan is to stuff some fire blankets down in the wheel arch behind the holes to catch any splatter, sparks and flames. Finally tonight I thought I'd have a look at the drivers front caliper to see the state of the pistons. The inside pad definitely has more material on than the outside. Pulled the pads out. This was quite a fight as the retaining pins were rusty and the pads were corroded enough on the side that it needed a pair of pliers to persuade it to come out. Dust seals on the pistons appear intact Reasonable amount of meat still on these pads However they're pretty scruffy Retaining pins aren't much cleverer either While I was at it, I stuck my piston retract tool in and wound till it clamped the disc. This allowed me to pump the pedal and check that both pistons move. As both did and moved to a fair amount, I'm reasonably happy that they're in working order at the moment. Obviously not got a pot that seized solid. I'll do the otherside too and see how they perform. I may still need replacement calipers as the bleed nipple looks like it may give a fight. I gave the edges of the pads and pins a quick sand down. Went back together really well and without an issue. Key thing is that the pads just slid in, rather than having corrosion stopping them and snagging. I do really like these fixed calipers. So much nicer to work on than the sliding calipers that so many modern cars use. Discs have areas of quite a lot of pitting on. I can't imagine this will be helping give a smooth brake action. This could well be a cause of the front brake fluctuation advisory on its previous MOT. If the brakes still give trouble and before I condemn the pads, discs and calipers, I may try new pads and fitting kit at least. Mintex ones are cheap enough to be worth a punt trying to see if it resolves some of the issues for now and give a bit more of a reassuring feel. Brake fluid is in need of an urgent change too.
  17. 7 points
    I've modified some of our clothes pegs so they're gulf racing colours. Mrs Masters wasn't as impressed as I thought she'd be.
  18. 7 points
    Been a bit quiet of late as it has been a bit* warm of late so most of my time has been spent sitting under my Linden tree drinking beer - it has been hell*. I had funeral to attend near Sheffield on Monday after a good friend passed away shortly after I arrived in France, so Friday I removed the fried starter motor from the 2CV, chucked it in the boot of the Saab and headed to Worksop. Monday morning dropped it into the guys I use for all my oddball electrical repairs and picked up the fully repaired unit on the way home from the funeral. Turned out the commutator had burnt out so a new one was fitted along with bearings etc. Last night I left Worksop to catch a stupid o'clock tunnel and by 1030 this morning I was back here in France. This means that since leaving home on the 17th July with the freshly MOTed Saab reawakened from its 3.5 year slumber, it has covered 2241 miles, and is now showing an average fuel consumption of 45.6 mpg. Happy with that. Now, anybody stupid bored enough to be following this thread will know I have a soft spot for the Land Rover Discovery, despite my less than trouble free history with them, which stems from a Disco 1 I owned many years ago which was a 200TDi Manual which was brilliant and I have always regretted selling it to trade down up to a Disco II. I recently bought another Disco II as I could not find a Disco 1 that was not rotten or £££££ and true to form, the Disco of Doom has fought me every inch of the way. More recently I bought another newer one as it was in better condition but still needing work, as the first one was beating me into submission. True to form, as soon as the "replacement" arrived home, the first one has changed its ways and been fine, leaving me to ponder fixing the second one, then deciding which one to sell on. Of course, in the natural order of things, yesterday I received a phone call to say a Disco I (albeit a 300 TDi but on the plus side an Auto) that I have known and lusted after for many years has become available and was I still interested? I first tried to buy it 8 years ago from its elderly owner who bought it at a year old (it was an ex LR Management car) and has used it to tow his caravan. It has a throttle potentiometer problem and has for the last 3 years, but as he sold the caravan and only used it occasionally and locally, never got fixed. Apart from that it has been fully pampered and is one of the cleanest left. Of course, I said yes, final deal to be agreed when I get back to the UK, but basically I now have 3 Discos. This fleet reduction is going really, really well*! Whilst it solves the dilemma of which TD5 to sell, the answer is now both, it sets up another, do I fix the second one or just move it on as is? I think I will worry about it later, and for now head back under the Linden tree with a fresh cold beer!
  19. 7 points
    I'm off on a wander. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  20. 7 points
    Tickets saying North! Long old journey back.On an annoying note, men down! Pliers and little ratchet tools taken by airport bods. If I could take a plane with them I think I'd deserve it! Managed to convince them that the wire strippers were all fine though. Wish it'd said on the gov website. Anyway, breakfast is served. And I have to quickly get to my gate. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  21. 7 points
    Asimo

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Remember that genius Xantia-hatchbacked XJ-S? This is not as good. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Jaguar-1989-XJ-40-XJ40-One-off-built-Estate-car-With-logbook-and-history/323864518709?hash=item4b67d46035:g:OtsAAOSwqktdP~gd
  22. 6 points
    It was a long old poke, but it's all worth it in the end! This popped up on my phone while driving down. Stand down, autotrader app. Your services are no longer required. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  23. 6 points
    egg

    Invacar MK12 - BlankFrank has started work

    I got a chance to do another hour or so with the magic sponges - I've used them all now, so time to order some more. I reckon 2-3 more sessions like that will have it looking clean. DVLA say wait six weeks before getting in touch about the V62 - that's next Monday - when I expect I will find they have misplaced it... Have some pics
  24. 6 points
    Pulled in, filled up. Popped the boot open. Oh, I didn't show you everything in my bag. I'm changing the rear speakers before I go. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  25. 6 points
    Flying is arse but it saves me so much time and money. Doesn't make for interesting collection thread though. Not far now though. Hello Glasgow. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  26. 6 points
    HillmanImp

    Barefoot's Rover 75 update

    Or you could claim on the insurance......sell the knackered one to someone who knows their stuff and can be bothered repairing it and spend the money on liquorice allsorts and penny whistles.
  27. 6 points
    meggersdog

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Ooooff https://www.brightwells.com/classic-motoring/leominster-classic-vintage/leominster-classic-vintage-4th-september-2019/leominster-catalogue-4th-september/
  28. 6 points
    Idriveaclassic

    Potential for time wasting!

    Hey guys! Thanks to the OP for the shout out, you’re brill. Also thanks for all the constructive criticism on here. I’ve only being doing this since April so I definitely know there’s room for improvement, so bear with as I hopefully get better in time 🥰🥰 I’m not out to ‘make a living’ off it in the slightest, far from it, just gave me a focus when my life was a bit bonkers and I wanted to give myself a bit of a distraction. Turns out the response hasn’t been too shabby! As you’ve probably guessed, I’m not a tech car person by trade or design, I’m actually a Hair Brand Manager who just just loves old cars and wanted to make some content. Referencing the weird comment which got deleted, it’s not the worst I’ve read and I actually want to say a huge thank you to everyone here for commenting on my content and not the fact I’m fat/female/not a man. I appreciate that more than anything! Also, sorry if the cards offended anyone. Wasn’t my intention at all and after spotting people flyering I thought I’d do a little hustle. Clearly the marketeer inside me is switched on 24/7 eh?! Anyway, for those of you who enjoyed the video or it was decent enough background noise whilst you did some washing up, please feel free to stick with me. I appreciate every and any ounce of support! Right, it’s back to work for me. Cheers for an interesting thread! All the best Steph x ps. I can confirm I live in West Yorkshire. Well spotted
  29. 5 points
    You're not wrong there. This is a 26 year old engine - it has no business being this clean. All the fluids were perfect levels and crystal clear and absolutely nil concerns. Still, probably should have at least checked it before driving down the country [emoji2357] Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  30. 5 points
    Floatylight

    Lazy spotters thread

    Spotted in Bury St Edmund's, had a quick chat with the owner who is a mobile storyteller, just clocked over 500k miles! Sent from my Moto G (5) using Tapatalk
  31. 5 points
    Oh, forgot to say! Poo count - 1, some point over the Midlands. Take that. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  32. 5 points
    It is on a school day indeed! Days leave in for it. I've landed. In Scotland, bit miserable up here but I used to be based up here for a couple of years when I was 17 so it's all good. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  33. 5 points
    Over the last three weeks this poor car has been subjected to carrying shedloads of stuff for our house move is so grubby both inside and out that it looks like its neglected, has done many many miles ferrying is round to our wedding, family dos and quietly ticked over 192,000 miles last week. So today we went for a run for our pleasure and ended up in the Peak District. I thoroughly enjoyed driving it up snake pass. We even had some AS meet up as we bumped into @Ghosty in the pub! It truly is the most capable car I think I’ve ever owned! Tomorrow I might even wash it!
  34. 5 points
    Amishtat

    Shite in Miniature II

    Nice Range Rover DC! I had a yellow AA one as part of a set, there was a Mk.2 Transit recovery with a crane but I can't remember the third thing. Escort van maybe? It seems strange I didn't even know there was a Superkings version but then I never liked Range Rovers very much until I drove one aged about 22 so perhaps that might be an explanation of sorts. Thanks again to Jon for the link to that lovely Dinky Victor estate from a page or two ago, it wasn't especially something I was looking for and normally I don't go for boxed stuff as it seems hard to justify the extra £. However I came across this yesterday and therefore present to you all my appalling lack of willpower. What a cracking casting though, really captures the shape and character so nicely apart from the narrow track.
  35. 4 points
    Microwave

    Downgrading from a Rover 800

    UPDATE TIME Also story time: Other day when I came back from the test centre for the original MOT in which it failed, the positive terminal popped off when I hit a bump and made all the electrics go apeshit. The next day when I came to start the car, I got absolutely nothing from it and I couldn't even jump it to get anything out of it. The battery in it was brand new, so I was quite confused. I went into the battery recycling bin at work and pulled out some random "knackered" battery, stuck it in the car and it fired right up. However, the SRS light had decided to now come on, the window switches stopped working (common fault) and the radio had completely cut out on me. Interesting. I did a little lap of the car park, and the airbag light went on and off intermittently, as did the functionality of the window switches. I put it down to the fusebox solder joints and thought nothing of it really. I did test the power draw off the battery with the car off, and it was pulling something like 12 amps while off and unlocked, which is obviously mega high. Anyway, fast forward to today and it had flattened yet ANOTHER battery and once again I couldn't even jump it. Off I went to find the car's original battery, which I had on charge a few days ago. Stuck that in, fired right up with the same issues. The car was booked in for the re-test at 12:30 and it was like 12:20, so I didn't really have time to diagnose it, I just hoped to Christ that it would go off by the time I reached the test centre (spoiler alert: it didn't. Did notice on the way there that the wipers were running abnormally fast, which is relevant in a sec). Having wasted my own time driving there for them to tell me not to waste my re-test, I went back home and after a brief discussion with a friend, we came to the conclusion pretty quickly that the alternator was probably draining the battery and over/undervolting. Connected a tester up and turns out it was pulling 17v. No good. Within 5 minutes, the alternator was off and I took it to a local place in the hopes that they could sort it out same day. 20 quid and 10 minutes later, I had a working alternator again! Got it fitted, everything was finally sorted so I drove to the test centre at which point: It passed! No advisories either. Since then, I've done nothing but drive the thing all day. I've put about 80 or 90 miles on it, with a 300 or so mile trip planned tomorrow. Have some photos: The car has been pretty flawless, however the minute I got out onto a 50 MPH road it became particularly obvious that someone had tried to fix this thing on the cheap. Rather than last time, where I watched the temperature gauge creep up, I watched it drop... and drop... and drop right down to stone cold. I think someone had tried looking for a radiator, failed, gave up and just took the thermostat out, so that's on tomorrow's list of things to sort out/look at... as is the knackered headlight socket (shouldn't have passed MOT with this tbqh), the still sometimes intermittent sunroof switch and the fact that it looks appalling on the interior as well as exterior. I've been taking it fairly easy all day, not getting into boost too much because I don't fancy revving an engine that thinks it's cold to 6.5k RPM. Shall update if anything goes particularly wrong.
  36. 4 points
    What marketing genius picked a name which is "grovel" spelled backwards?
  37. 4 points
    Results are in. 33 MPG. Not too bad. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  38. 4 points
    That's a lot of money for something you dare not drive. Lovely as a visual reference though.
  39. 4 points
    The Buick is at last French registered
  40. 4 points
    The Moog

    Snaggle Fleet - Spring has Sprung

    This morning I popped over to northern monkey motors - finest garage in fence. He was busy swearing at a car on the ramp followed by eurocarparts. I needed to take off the thermostat housing from AVO engine. There she lays Camcover off Considering the engine had done over 100k and been used as a track toy for the last few years, it looks minty inside. Slowly stripping bits off to get timing covers off Luckily the use of an air gun got the crank pulley off easily enough Building up a pile of bits to take All of this for these two bolts And off Cam cover lobbed back on and left to rest again.
  41. 4 points
    My mate came over, the brakes were bled and the bars feel much more positive now. I'll give her a few test runs before the weekend and keep an eye on the level.
  42. 4 points
    Jim Bell

    Barefoot's Rover 75 update

    I can't imagine itd be easy to find an engine crane that could get an engine high enough to drop through the camper roof so maybe just miss step one and follow all other steps.
  43. 4 points
    Datsuncog

    Lazy spotters thread

    Unexpected sight the other morning. Not really optimal pics - but I had a coffee in one hand and half a croissant in the other when this giffer-piloted lump of GDR beigeness hove into view along the Shore Rd, so I reckon I did alright to crack off a few snaps under the circumstances... Have a bonus Saab 900S and all. Oof, dem wheels...
  44. 4 points
    Split > he already had enough cars and he knew I wanted it! Jim > it was quality, the woman next to me let her kid listen to his iPad at full blast! No headphones!I love easyJet. Fifty miles in, car is driving great. Pulled in for a piss and a coffee, then I'll continue. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  45. 4 points
    In sad news, the soles have given out on my comfy shoes and will be retired on completion of this journey. RIP. I'm now stood in a petrol station. Excitement level - 11/10. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  46. 4 points
    Good effort so far. Excellent man maths too
  47. 4 points
    PhilA

    1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Cherry Bomb

    Ugly bearing. That's where the melted globules came from then. Phil
  48. 4 points
    chaseracer

    Dumped cars in your area

    Some pics of a fast Fiat I found dumped on Cannock Chase back in '06...
  49. 4 points
    Lankytim

    Dumped cars in your area

    Not quite dumped but these have been at the back of a dealers forecourt for years, maybe 10 plus. Is there a reason for keeping scrap this long? Tax liabilities? BTW, they’re priced up at circa 2009 prices, the Freelander is over 3k
  50. 4 points
    155V6

    Shite in Miniature II

    Today's charity shop finds 😃
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