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  1. I'd applied for a job internally within the company I work for about a month ago. Better money (slightly) and better prospects... Fast forward to today. I was offered the job. Turned down the first salary offer and accepted the second. (Well, the job is in procurement, I needed to be able to negotiate!) It's only a little better than what I'm on now, as it's an entry-level position - product manager as opposed to procurement manager. But it's a big step to regaining the confidence I used to have. ?
    28 points
  2. You're probably wondering how I got into this mess? Well, it's... In the Tangerine Dream thread, @mk2_craig said "there's a green one here in Jersey" I asked him to lob a note on the car with "contact me." Craig did one better. "Heres the guys address." ? I sent the guy a letter with photos of mine, a rough explanation of what mine had needed doing... And contact me via phone, email, text or carrier pigeon. The letter vanished for a few days, as I had sent it tracked. Boxing day 2018, I received an email... Over the course of 2019, I'd send a quick email. How are you etc? October 20th... Absolutely!!! Having just purchased the 4x4, it would squeeze me financially. But I need a green Alessi. Having a quick look, plane fares are cheap and a ferry back isn't bad. Unfortunately, the owner didn't buy a new car and he would keep the Alessi. The dream wasn't dead, just delayed. I then spent many pounds on the 4x4, to take the pain away and a crate engine that I didn't need. Thursday 21st November. I am not letting a fixable green Alessi die. Is it financially viable? No. It's a 12 year old Panda with 151k that has never had an MOT and would need parts to fix it and then to bring the car home and register it. My holidays for the year are used up, Christmas is coming and I have very few spare pennies. I need to find storage in Jersey for a few months, just to give me some breathing time to earn some extra Pasetas and to figure out an action plan. Speaking to the owner on Friday 22nd of November. After we both said hello, I said "I'm not letting a green Alessi get scrapped" I explained that I needed to find some cheap storage, he said that's fine and you've got a week to find something as the car is on my drive. He emailed me the next day saying "I might have some cheap storage" and then he emailed later saying "I might have free storage, give me until Sunday to confirm" OK, this car is somehow mystical as nobody wants this car to die. As on Monday. "You have free storage until Easter." Here's what it needs as far as I'm aware. Rear axle, rear springs and shocks. Couple of tyres Drivers seat belt Dashboard vent is cracked Front towing eye cover All these things are doable as I've done the Pandarins axle last year. I've posted a picture of ForFiatsSakes alessi that had failed in exactly the same way, mine hadn't completely collapsed. But as you can tell, it's the same issue. The engine does have high milage, but it's working. If it fails, then used, they're ten a penny.... I also have a brand new crate engine. ? I also have a complete green interior, that me and @For Fiats Sake took from a black Alessi that was already in the scrapyard. Flights are cheap from either Manchester, Liverpool or East Midlands. They're not every day, but Liverpool has a Saturday departure and Sunday arrival. Not yet, but it would be nice to fly out for a weekend to see the car and get a parts list. But for now, it's getting collected on a flatbed and it's going to live on a farm. The plan is to fly out in January to get a parts list and I'll get to see The Pistachio Cream. @mk2_craig is a superhero.
    21 points
  3. I know, I know But wait! How flippin' cool is that? I've never seen rosé interior on a car before. Just lovely. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1982-VW-Polo-Bread-Van-35-000-Genuine-miles-One-Penny-Start-No-Reserve/274114062453?hash=item3fd278a875:g:j9wAAOSwZQ9d2-8T
    16 points
  4. Not sure I’ve got the stamina to go all the way on this one, but it’s fun to tease the wife anyway. If it comes in at £sensible then I might flog some old audio kit I’ve got doing nothing. Cheers ??
    12 points
  5. RobT

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Foreign territory for me being in the >£1,000 Autotrader listings, but worth posting I think. £2,695. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201810101364629?onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=New&price-to=4000&sort=price-asc&advertising-location=at_cars&postcode=sw97qe&radius=200&year-to=1995&page=13
    8 points
  6. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/698451640644886/
    8 points
  7. It's been too long, shiters. Pursuing the dream of building a moderately successful car sales business (why would anyone in their right mind even want to?) has taken up a lot of life recently. But I'm currently on holiday in The States visiting family for Thanksgiving and what better way to fill my gift of time than trawling almost a year of missed posts on here. Also..... my daily for the past few months has a been a 2006 Nissan Murano 3.5 V6 on LPG. I have PLENTY to write about on that front so I'll get to it soon. In the mean time, take a look at what I'm coming home to next week. NU DAILY ALERT! A 2003 Vel Shatis, in poverty spec. It's a 2.0 Turbo Expression, with a manual gearbox and 99k miles. Old chap bought it with 12miles on the clock, yes twelve miles. Renault had it on their forecourt at the list price of just over £22k. He offered them £12,500 and they bit his arm off. It now has 99k miles, MOT until February of next year and I paid £200. Should be plenty of "character" to keep me entertained over the Christmas break. Nice to check-in again, look forward to catching up. Luke
    8 points
  8. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Fit as. K11 fanciers = NSFW. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1180440
    7 points
  9. This is what the interior is like.
    7 points
  10. Datsuncog

    Ford timelord

    Okay, so I've emailed Jon Mace, the photographer who took the moody black 'n' white pics of a sad-looking Timelord outside Trancentral. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/beaniedee/klf/ The photos of the car that Jon uploaded are tagged November 1991, which obviously doesn't square with the Swaffham pic taken at the 30 June 1991 racemeet, where the car's been stripped and prepped for racing. So my simple question to him was confirm when he took the London photos - month and year. If you click the above Pinterest link, you'll also see two pictures taken in the studio, one of Bill and Jimmy together and one of just Jimmy. These pics don't have any date attributed, but state that they were taken while the KLF were working on their LP The White Room. The White Room album was released in March 1991. Interesting. While there's no indication that the pics inside were taken at the same time as the pics outside, it does raise the possibility that there's been some sort of confusion. Perhaps all the pics here date from November 1990 - at which point the band were likely busy working on The White Room, while the Galaxie outside probably hadn't turned a wheel for eighteen months, its tax disc having expired in April 1989. I'm not sure whether Jon often stopped by Trancentral to take pics, but it does appear that he holds a piece of the puzzle. If he comes back to me and says whoops, made a mistake on the year, it was 1990 after all - then the conventional timeline makes sense, and we can assume that the car was pulled from its resting place not long after these pics were taken, dragged around London on a fiming rig for the 3AM Eternal video, before finally passing on to Paul Bickers and eternal glory at Swaffham six months later. If he's insistent that no, the car pics are definitely from November 1991, and the band pics were from the year earlier - then we're facing the possibility that WGU 18G did have a doppelganger after all. Or it is an actual Timelord, and therefore our understanding of time, space and Euclidean geometry is naught but an illusion. If he ignores my email, then we're no worse off than before anyway.
    7 points
  11. wuvvum

    The grumpy thread

    To be fair though, if it didn't, it would just be "the district", which would be a bit boring.
    7 points
  12. I believe this is the point where I should cue the mad scientist manic laughter... Actually an order of magnitude clearer in person...my camera (unsurprisingly) isn't fond of taking pictures of an interlaced CRT display.
    7 points
  13. Just yesterday i went there to pick up a 150w inverter, after discount cost me £20..... Well the fools who work at the Stockton branch accidentally gave me a 3000w inverter worth £190 for £20 Which i can't complain at all about
    7 points
  14. Datsuncog

    Ford timelord

    Heh, I know... it's nerdery of the highest order, and to be honest I was pretty much in your shoes this time last year - I'd heard of the band but didn't own any of their output, and had been aware of the Timelords single and the car on the cover (and thought it looked triple hard as nails), but not much more than that... But the whole KLF story is such a massively weird tale, that I couldn't help but fall down this huge rabbit hole. Now I'm gibbering about it to strangers, and MrsDC made the error of asking me why was this such an important thing to me only the other night. After about twenty minutes she had to tell me that she'd changed her mind, she didn't really care after all - just so I would shut up. The struggle is real, yo.
    6 points
  15. Hold onto your flares kids, it's Matchbox 1976 Matchbox 1976 01 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 02 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 03 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 04 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 05 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 06 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 07 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 08 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 09 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 10 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 11 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 12 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 13 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 14 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 15 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 16 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 17 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 18 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 19 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 20 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 21 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 22 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 23 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 24 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 25 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 26 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 27 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 28 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 29 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 30 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 31 by RS, on Flickr Matchbox 1976 32 by RS, on Flickr
    6 points
  16. Stanky

    eBay tat volume 3.

    /\ /\ /\ @louiepj - I see your uncle is still keeping busy!
    6 points
  17. PhilA

    1951 Pontiac Chieftain

    Finished up adjusting the brakes. Locknut now doesn't bind, cleaned up too. Leading shoes against the drum, trailing shoes fifteen thou' gap. Handy little slot in drum front to measure. New distributor cap arrived. Slight improvement in running but misfire still present. Had a thought and moved plug 8 to position 6. 6 is immediately after 1, fired up the engine and got a different misfire.. from fubbafubbafubba to frubfrubfrub. Moved it to 2 and got a different pattern yet. Pulled the plug and wedged it against a head bolt. Cranked engine. No spark across gap, plenty coming from body of plug to head bolt. Bad plug. Went inside and grabbed the only spare plug I had, a BPR6ES from the GTA and screwed it in 2/3 the way, as it has much longer threads. Started up and got very smooth running. So, victim of my own advice. New don't necessarily mean good. Phil
    6 points
  18. Being a twat, and having some serious beef against Parking Eye they bunglecunts that run the car parking at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, once a month I send them this email. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that someone has to trawl through their parking records and respond telling me they have deleted it. I never tell them the dates hoping that this makes it slightly more annoying for them. In fact its nearly time to send it again.
    5 points
  19. Apologies for the American-themed post but I know you all love something a bit different. I'm currently in The States and doing a bit of research on the whole GM brand and all the sub-divisions that were dissolved throughout the consolidation of the company in the 90s/00s. One victim of the cull was the Oldsmobile brand, founded in 1897. Towards the end of their final demise in 2004, they were making some typically American comfy, albeit rather soulless, barges. To mark the end, each model left in the lineup was given the runout treatment badged as the "Final 500". 500 of each model that came in this stunning cherry red colour, with lashings of beige leather and wood, plus badges that harked back to the very first Oldsmobile emblem. The Silhouette, which is the "minivan" in the pictures below actually only made it to 360, because of lack of demand and pressure by GM on the production line for the Chevrolet version of it. The Aurora would be my choice, it came with a silky 4 litre V8 and would look right at home in a retirement village with "I Support Trump" campaign stickers on it. A sad end to a brand with such a rich history.
    5 points
  20. Tenmil Socket

    eBay tat volume 3.

    'does about £30 to half a tank when driven aggressively' Eh?
    5 points
  21. Pieman

    Ford timelord

    It just shows how certain cool cars and detective work like this can suck you in. A week ago I hadn't even seen this thread or even heard of this car, now I'm sat here thinking to myself "Why am I now completely obsessed over a random late-60s knackered Yank tank owned by a crazy pop group whose music I have no particular interest in?" Because that's what car nerds like me do and it's what gives us our lifeblood, that's why.
    5 points
  22. This is old new me old mate - All the petrol stations around heathrow as well as mcdonalds etc all have time limits as cabbies sit up and wait in them......they all ha e cameras to flag you coming in and out, all automated. There is a small loop hole in the BP at Gatwick as there is a place to wait just after the exit camera by the car wash! Pahahaha
    5 points
  23. Datsuncog

    Ford timelord

    Oh, and as an aside, today I learned that WGU's previous owner, Flinton Chalk/Gary Mitchell, played keyboards in cult 1990s space-rock group T.C. Lethbridge, alongside Julian Cope and two members of Spiritualized. T.C. Lethbridge took their name from the eponymous C20th archaeologist and parapsychologist, who in later years focused his academic work on paranormal subjects, and the band wrote songs referencing these esoteric and mystical aspects. Seems that both Jimmy Cauty and Flinton Chalk shared quite similar interests in 'Earth mysteries' and numerology, which may explain how the two came to know each other - and therefore how WGU came to pass to Jimmy. I hadn't twigged that the early efforts to turn WGU from a plain black sedan into a cop car replica might have stemmed from Flinton having a crack at the 1974 Dodge Monaco that featured in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, but that seems absolutely right based on the addition of the gold star on the front doors and the 'P1' sprayed on the rears (which I'd never noticed either, but is quite obvious on the Jon Mace pics now that Pieman's pointed it out). This is leant additional credibility by the lettering"To Serve and Protect" on the front wings... ...as this is what appears in much smaller type on the Bluesmobile in the film, despite the wording"We Serve and Protect'' being the motto of the Chicago Police Department (although, in the film, the car was purported to have been sourced from an auction of police cars vehicles in Mount Pleasant City, some miles north of Chicago). Whew! Thanks to the AS hivemind for all this additional info and insights; keep 'em coming!
    5 points
  24. The Vicar

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/fiat-131-2500-diesel-/22494989 Diesel no less!!
    5 points
  25. mrbenn

    The grumpy thread

    No contest, get Pete on the case! Balls to messing around in this pissing damp weather!
    5 points
  26. wuvvum

    The grumpy thread

    I have. The Dartford Crossing toll was supposed to be in place just for long enough to recover the cost of construction, after which it was supposed to become free. Instead it was sold off to Johnny Foreigner and has become, as you say, a licence to print money.
    5 points
  27. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    Looks good in the daytime... Sent from my G3121 using Tapatalk
    5 points
  28. has social care broken down in Scotland fully? Are the community mental health teams not fully staffed. I mean WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK????? What drugs have been invented that would see that as sane. And £1 would be £1 too much
    5 points
  29. How did it get in, how's it getting out?
    5 points
  30. 1970mgb

    My (US, LHD) 1970 MGB

    I started tearing down the engine today. The first step was unloading it at work, where easy access to a hoist made the unload job easier. I'll strip it down to the bare block, which tips the scale at a bit over 100lbs but is a lot more manageable than the full short block. Getting it out of my trunk and onto the loading dock, then down the elevator, took a bit of creative use of hoist. Fortunately I had the help of a coworker. We ended up using a fairly with the front wheels over the edge of the dock to get it out, then brought it up and set it down on the dock while we positioned the hoist a bit more stably, shortened the chain length, and moved the arm from the 1/2 ton to the 2 ton position to have more overhead clearance in the freight elevator. Once up on the dock and maneuvered into the elevator, the block went back down onto the floor so that the legs could be folded up to lower the elevator. Once down, we were able to drop the legs again then haul it back up high enough to place it on a flatbed cart, where it will stay through the tear-down. So far, aside from the basics that I don't really even consider "tearing down" like removing the tappet covers and tappets, I've only pulled one piston out. I didn't have my socket for the crank nut with me(1 5/16) so I'll have to tackle that one later. I did realize that I probably need to leave a couple of other pistons in to help getting that nut loose. The good news is that the block is fairly unmolested and I don't think has ever been apart before. The bearings on the one piston I removed look very good, and the piston pushed out the top with only a minimal amount of persuasion. Also, tabbed washers are the work of the devil.
    5 points
  31. i see this but think this
    5 points
  32. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    I think it might actually be better than that other beige one with frilly wings I had earlier in the year.
    5 points
  33. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2461074017447499/ Heres a picture of the seller
    5 points
  34. If a late model 500 axle was to arrive at my door then I and a work colleague would bust out the trolley jacks then have a crack at fitting it.
    4 points
  35. That's about as south as my trip north will take me: So it was time to Head back north again on this fine* specimen again. (Bonus five points for the relevance of this ship to my final destination).
    4 points
  36. Maseratis will be Maseratis! All the rubber fuel pipes have been replaced because of fears of further rubber hoses cracking and leaking, bearing in mind there are rubber fuel hoses in the plenum chamber feed by hot turbos. MOT is now completed with just minor stuff like washers and number plate lights. So the car rewards us by the drivers window packing up, motor turns so I suspect the drive cog/rack thing as we have had a problem with one before. Anyway I collected it today and it is good fun!
    4 points
  37. It would be terrible* if a whole bunch of shiters turned up at their busiest time, and all dribbled the minimum spend into their tanks and stayed for 29 minutes 59 seconds each...
    4 points
  38. Walked the dog a different way today and found three MGs and an incredibly mildewed V70 in someone's drive.
    4 points
  39. MrSchwifty

    eBay tat volume 3.

    For any sadists out there..... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Austin-Allegro-1300-Super/323990583160?hash=item4b6f57f778:g:o~kAAOSwtUFdmjkd
    4 points
  40. Meh. Scaremongery I would say - if you were there 35 mins and could prove you have been on site getting bits and bobs done then I cant see how anyone could successfully pursue you for a fine for overstaying your welcome. However if you park then then fook off to watch the local kiddies footy match just down the road then frankly it serves you right if they put dog shit under your door handles and remove your tyre valve cores ( then replace the valve dust caps).
    4 points
  41. This scares me for when 90s cars are too old to drive daily.
    4 points
  42. barrett

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Be like me, but a bit shitter. This is your only opportunity to join the very exclusive Palladium Owners' Club https://www.barons-auctions.com/view-lot/3450/for-sale-at-barons-auctions-1924-palladium-victory
    4 points
  43. Somewhere recently I saw a small cartoon with a chap holding his phone listening to the message "Your call is important to us, please stay on the line until your call is no longer important to you"
    4 points
  44. strangeangel

    eBay tat volume 3.

    If you're going to become poor, why not do it in style? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1989-F-CITROEN-CX-25-GTi-Turbo-2/383229241662
    4 points
  45. Hello my name is tony. Im a mechanic by trade and live near gatwick. I appreciate older cars due to the fact i find them alot better made and more durable then some of the new cars. Love the forum so far. Heres a picture of my current daily a 2000 w reg mk4 golf gt tdi 1.9 115bhp with 228k on the clock! Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
    4 points
  46. This is potentially being delivered tonight. I made an offer after seeing only one photo from someone who likely picked it up for scrap. Will it be totally fucked? Place your bets now...
    4 points
  47. 1970mgb

    My (US, LHD) 1970 MGB

    Nothing too much to report on the car itself-it's running fine but temperatures have taken a turn for the colder so I haven't been driving it as much. I did make a significant purchase, though. The engine is okay but is tired, so I've been wanting to do a rebuild to my satisfaction. I didn't want to yank the original and do that, though, as this one will be done as time and budget permit, so I figured I'd buy a rebuildable short block. A quick call turned up an 18GF out of a parts '67 GT. I went to pick it up yesterday-it was about a 3 hour trip, but I had some things to take care of a further ~2 hours past there so I'm making a bit of a round trip "circuit." I had also arranged for the purchase of an O/D from this same seller. It's a blue label I'm told out of a 1980, but is a good serviceable transmission. I'm going to take it up to the overdrive master up in Pennsylvania for a full rebuild as well as an internal conversion to a 3/4 overdrive(late blue labels are usually 4-only). It will go in the car at the same time as the rebuilt engine. It was a bit of an adventure to get everything loaded in the back of my car, but it did all fit. I ended up snagging the head along with it, which will go out for a complete work-over. The guy I'm going to use for that likes using non=smog heads, and the 12H906 that I have is his favorite. I don't have a great photo of it all in there, but here's the engine being dropped in. I guess that for now I can claim to have a 10 cylinder Lincoln
    4 points
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