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  1. I've had a brief play with this VISA. First of all, I found the keys in the ash tray, what a result! I wasn't looking forward to replacing the locks or paying for a replacement set of keys. Two of the doors wouldn't close as the catch mechanisms had seized up, after removal, cleaning and lubrication they slowly came back to life. No nasty surprises so far when it comes to the bodywork- The shell appears not to need any welding apart from a very small piece on the leading edge of the passenger sill which may/may not survive a screwdriver test, the worst area is perhaps the bulkhead where the
    20 points
  2. Skizzer

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This is absolutely flippin glorious. I see your chrome arches and raise you - chequer plate arches. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F123982307377 £235. All hail the wonder of MOT exemption.
    14 points
  3. Travel anyway, even if it's to buy a shit example of a terrible car. Travel broadens the mind and you only really learn things from making terrible terrible mistakes. Go as far as you can to be disappointed and then you'll know not to next time.
    14 points
  4. I’ve heard people having good results by sticking bacofoil onto headlight reflectors to make them shiny again. perhaps worth a try. A couple of the rims are so corroded the valves are in danger of popping out. I think they’re beyond help realistically. I forgot to add the photos of it coming home, I didn’t A frame it in the end, the guy had just bought a Eurocargo recovery truck and was dying to test it out, he delivered it the couple of miles back home for free! Top fella. The boot contained a big box of spares, mostly brake parts and filters which will come in very h
    14 points
  5. Imagine his face when he looks out and sees no scooter, just paulplom's neighbour's wheelie bin outside his house, on fire.
    12 points
  6. Sorry, I didn’t take a vid but I did take a photo! its looking much better, the door shuts have all had a nice wipe down but the whole lot is begging for a cut and polish. I did find a little rot though, the inner wing below the drivers side headlight will need a patch but nothing too drastic. the inner wings near the bulkhead were covered in damp mulch which was jetted away quite nicely. The areas appear totally solid but the VIN plate has corrosion and I’m not sure I’ll be able to read the VIN number to get a new V5c!
    10 points
  7. Whatever the ever-shitting Christ this bastard is.
    10 points
  8. I need to cut down on my screen time, I seem to spend far too much time on Facebook and AS. Yesterday was one of those times and I spotted a little Visa for sale very locally. It had been left semi abandoned in a yard and had disappeared under a row of conifer trees. The yard was being extended and the overgrown area cleared and out popped this little Citroen. All 652cc of it (2CV engine!) I was expecting a right rot box but amazingly I can’t find any real grot anywhere, the odd patch of sill has surface* rust which should clean up OK, the flange on the bulkhead where the spare w
    9 points
  9. Tonight Matthew, I'm embarking on a two part collection special. I'm not actually picking up the car till tomorrow, but thought I'd document my exciting* adventure en route. A new pair of the ever popular collection boots donned
    8 points
  10. Some recently developed photos of a trip up Wrynose Pass in the lakes: Went surprisingly well considering the steep inclines to get there!
    8 points
  11. You'll be overcome with emulsion.
    8 points
  12. My suggestion would be to take a jigsaw and carefully cut the bottom out of the bin, before replacing it as if nothing had happened.
    8 points
  13. Cavcraft

    The grumpy thread

    Forgot about this whopper from last week (deleted the message thread, so it's 'approximate')' Random person: 'Strand parade' Me: 'What?' RP: '150, Strand parade' Me: 'Any chance you could start making sense now?' RP: 'Bring there for money' Me: 'Absolutely no idea what on earth you're on about. I haven't got time for this' RP: 'Bring scooter there for 150' (It now dawns on me he's on about my £160 cash on collection scooter) RP: '????' Me: 'I don't know where that is, it's n
    8 points
  14. Keeping up my tradition for improbable deviations, I shall be arriving in Armadale from Birmingham via Belgium.
    7 points
  15. HMC

    Sainsbury's Archive

    Taxi @barrett portsmouth 1988
    7 points
  16. And there were also a few others... Having missed out on the £5 Golden Jacks Camaro last week, I was interested in finally playing about with one of these... so I went for it. The London-Sydney Rally Hillman Hunter Arrow. Jacks still work, anyway. Like the Consul Capri and Merc 350Sl, this one was also priced at £10 - though as a bit of online searching revealed last week, cheap examples of these don't really exist. Paint and glazing are still reasonable, though the stickers have been lost to time. I'll probably have had my fill of this in
    7 points
  17. It’s been a couple of weeks since I had a conversation with my new* insurance claim handler (previous must have abandoned ship). Last I heard they were sending over the screen shots from my phone of the pictures of both cars all taken at the same time and questioning the assessors report on the damage to his Audi. Yesterdays phone call went well. Their conversation with the other insurance company was more helpful this time. They know I’m right. They know he’s wrong, and they’ve also told my nice insurance lady that he admitted following me to Asda car park that morning. Boom. Look forwa
    7 points
  18. Hmmm. I’m fully versed in such lunacy - having sunk a good £800 into my £200 Avensis this year. The trick is to fix stuff AS IT COMES UP. I had a £250, a £450 and a £100 bill over 4 months. Much cheaper (but not) than £800 at once. Think about whether you’d still like to own it in 5 years. If not, wave it off. If so get a rough and ready fix so it’s back on the road - and then pick off the stuff as it comes up. But never ever take a car off the road again. It becomes almost impossible to row back from.
    7 points
  19. What a lovely car! IMHO £900-1100 seems a lot for a cambelt service, brake overhaul and a tad of welding for the MOT. Sounds like whoever it was just didn't want the job. May I suggest you go for a few more quotes from sensible independent garages and/or mobile mechanics in your area? Tyres are consumables and you can shop around for those. If you feel you can't cope with that and really don't want it, offer it up on here and I'm sure it will find a new home very quickly.
    7 points
  20. Interiors are for losers anyway. Years ago I bought a mk3 cortina out of the scrappy in london, only one seat in it and vinyl roof flapping in the breeze. Yard owner knew a guy who wrote me out a year's dodgy MOT there and then without even looking at it and I drove it out of the yard and straight back to scotland ?
    7 points
  21. Opened the 2nd Bini I got and sorted the pillars out. Looks much better now. And, fuck it, I also opened one of the JPS Europas because it's Friday. Its a very nice little model indeed and I warmed to it as soon as it was out of the blister.
    6 points
  22. Woot! Finally got round to testing the 944.
    6 points
  23. Okay then... so, once the dust of another lunchtime market tumult has settled, where does that leave us? Both Chevies now procured! Not a one, sadly. But I'll keep a lookout for any others that might pop up in future. Sure thing - after careful study, I nabbed the Piston Popper with the least cracked glass and least damaged engine block. Tanzara also snaffled. I look forward to seeing the unholy spawn of this particular marriage... Yup - here y'go! Bonus points for the fact it came from the model shop I used to work in
    6 points
  24. Result £8 Roffle win lives another year £35 MOT and a £25 Continental winter part worn( the front advise was a “Fucking serious advise, bruv” ! Surprised how nice it is to drive- it’s not slow either.
    6 points
  25. egg

    Sao Penza

    Spotted out and about Nigel :-). From Twitterer.
    6 points
  26. Well, it is indeed Friday, and we all know what that means... "TINY TAT!" That's right. Somewhat outrageously, I've been asked to do a hand's turn this morning, so the tat count is somewhat later than normal. I know! Unbelievable. (This is the problem with getting a new manager: I've now taken him aside and pointed out that I might be seen at my desk on a Friday, but I have rather more pressing matters to attend to than his finance reports. But because I'm a generous soul, I'm willing to overlook his transgression - just this once.) Pics incoming!
    6 points
  27. Cavcraft

    The grumpy thread

    'Electric' 'You what? 'Scooter is electric?' (A two stroke scooter with an exhaust and engine)
    6 points
  28. Since the dawn of time, the death rate has remained remarkably constant at one death per person.
    6 points
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  31. It's normally painful enough blindly purchasing a poorly photographed car bought blind off the internet when it is nearby; but having to go all the way to Portugal to drive back in a Renault 9 on the basis of these would take it to an all new level. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1170300 Still tempting for £475
    6 points
  32. Jon

    Shite in Miniature II

    Another Trademe purchase but this time something that really floated my boat! I think these BMW 2000CS are real lookers, though I'll admit that the later E9s have much more palatable front ends. Still, this is a period Solido, so I'm not going to argue. I'm going to admit that on reflection, these photos don't do the casting justice, as it's nicer in the metal than it appears here. It's perhaps a slight downside that it's silver but there's plenty of opening parts yet still nice body lines and the wheels aren't the naff efforts seen on later Solidos, which is
    6 points
  33. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I think decent Cinq's are going out of true shiter range. Another boat missed. https://www.gumtree.com/p/fiat/fiat-cinquecento-soleil-with-webasto-electric-roof-/1357959721
    6 points
  34. I’m down in Spain at the moment and have come to the conclusion that we have a lot to learn from the Spanish and their attitude to car spending. Based on my experience, the personal value of a car in Spain is directly proportional to its ability to perform its required task regardless of how unfashionable or otherwise knackered it looks. Hence you’ll see absolutely battered 10+ year old Renault Scenics with sweet running DCI engines and a full set of new Michelin’s. So on that basis, if you need it or love it and/or it could continue to serve its purpose then its worth investing the
    6 points
  35. What a treat it was to see this today. You see some right old rammel out in Fenland Cambridgeshire. Not being driven in an ironic fashion, it was owned by the typical fen farmer type with a stupid hat and about 5 teeth. A van! It does about 200 miles a year by the looks of things, so it was a stroke of luck that I even saw it! I’d love something like this - good clear coat over the body and just use.
    6 points
  36. Green panpan is mine. However, I can only take it if I can find cheap storage in Jersey for a few months. I haven't got the time or the means to fix it yet and I will not let a green Alessi die.
    5 points
  37. nigel bickle

    Sao Penza

    Agreed, but my youngest is using it, and the wheel trims are irreplaceable. I’ve kept them safe with the wheels. They have done something similar to the 323!
    5 points
  38. Waiting to get this on the MOT ramp, apart from a tyre I do t think it’s that bad. Although it has got a clunk... Although I did just give it a £10 wash- the first its had since @sporty-shite delivered it and No1 Daughter has put about 4,000 miles on it.
    5 points
  39. flat4alfa

    Shite in Miniature II

    Market Bloke is in on the action Ignore the exterior. Inside, he is elated.
    5 points
  40. HMC

    Sainsbury's Archive

    Purley/Croydon sept 1988; spot the Rancho
    5 points
  41. People say you only live once. I vehemently disagree. You only die once. You live every day (if you so choose)
    5 points
  42. flat4alfa

    Shite in Miniature II

    Courtesy of Sir Ed of Ramrod, General Lee has met General Grant again - but in much happier surroundings. Even Dolly is excited and flirting something rotten @eddyramrod
    5 points
  43. Brodders

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Although not the best Acclaim in the world, this looks reasonable enough. Having had quite a bit of work done on it recently and an MOT until next summer, it could be an interesting purchase for someone here. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1982-triumph-acclaim-good-runner-long-MOT-honda-ballade-or-civic-mk2-classic-car/223758937425?hash=item3419126d51:g:ENMAAOSwglld1T3e
    5 points
  44. The Vicar

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This one has been drawing my attention all day, very tempting. https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/1993-fiat-cinquecento-/23552646
    5 points
  45. Jon

    Shite in Miniature II

    Hi all, I'm home again! So what better way to celebrate being home and not doing necessary grown-up things, than updating my shite in miniature report? There's a backlog, so I'll report in order of purchase - or at least, which ones were bought together, as I've had these a few months now. First off the lot came in this nice little box but what is it?! Sadly, it's this high top loaf tin or whatever these vans are nicknamed in more local markets. Here's how it first presented out of the box: But it's missing a securing screw or two, so
    5 points
  46. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    No relief for your eyeballs inside either https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201910183440408
    5 points
  47. £1100? That's less than a full service at a main dealer on a Citroen xantia in 1998. Ref: one of my brother in laws I have gradually reached the conclusion that value of the car you are fixing is irrelevant. If it were worth £20k you'd think NOTHING of spending £1100 on it. It's the environmentally sensible thing to do. Google Durable car ownership.
    5 points
  48. My opinion. Call it a day when you are "over it". Doesn't have to be a cost related decision more of an emotion based decision.
    5 points
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