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  1. 23 points
    wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Once again it's early on a Saturday morning and once again I am on a train going to collect a car I didn't intend to buy, have no real use for and only bid on because it was cheap. I'm beginning to think there might be something wrong with me...
  2. 15 points
    Got quite far flat & polishing the car today. The bonnet, boot lid and drivers side are now complete. About 6 hours of work. First I spent some more time on the bonnet and got it looking better. Pleased that most of the surface imperfections on this panel have now gone. Next up was the front wing. The shape of panel means I have to take more care and use a combination of machine & hand polishing. First pass with 1200 to take the top of the orange peel off. I then use the finish below as a guide coat for the 1500 grit stage. Second pass with 1500 3000 grit trizact disk 6000 grit trizact disk Polish with 3M green mop & compound Worked my way down the car and did the door and rear quarter. The quarter took a long time, its huge! Then the boot lid That completes the drivers side. I'll do the other side next week. Very pleased with the result. Removed most of the orange peel & surface imperfections in all the panels I treated. Looks like a professional job now, amazing what you can do with the right equipment. There were a few bits I was worried about but they just polished away. Good learning experience all round, looking forward to the other side.
  3. 12 points
    wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Well that was an uneventful collection mission. It's a modern* diesel Audi so as expected it got me home quickly, economically, safely and boringly. The only thing that makes it vaguely interesting is that it's been remapped from the factory 130bhp to 162, according to the dyno printout, so it GLF when called upon - it'll easily light up the front tyres on the throttle in first. I wouldn't call it a sleeper though as people expect diesel Audis to be going fast. It's a base model so cloth seats, keep fit windows in the back and no cruise. It's not in bad nick apart from the rear bumper needing realigning and some bizarre corrosion on the roof. RobT and co are right though - London is still a fertile hunting ground for chod. These were all taken within a few hundred yards of each other in Hackney this morning. These two were on the south bank of the Thames - not exactly chod, but make a nice change from the usual butchered H van (of which there was also one). Even Aldershot (where I picked the Audi up from) isn't entirely without interest when it comes to chod spotting. These were all taken on the walk from the station to the seller's house.
  4. 12 points
    anonymous user

    eBay tat volume 3.

    90000608187744/ That is my old car. Although the gold lower half has been done since I sold it, originally it was Roman Bronze all over. I did see it up for sale little while ago looking a bit down at heel with a non matching driver's door, the wrong front seats and wheels and it's lost the Phillips turn turnlock stereo. I think I sold it around 2009, it has more than quintupled in price since. As seen on my drive when I had it
  5. 12 points
    Aston Martin

    eBay tat volume 3.

    100 Autoshiters land in Chesterfield armed only with Phillips screwdrivers. The last survivor gets this... https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/790000608187744/
  6. 11 points
    Parky

    The new news 24 thread

    MOT on Thursday. Usual pacing up and down watching a man with a concerned look on his face pulling and prodding things. End result? “Yeah good as gold mate, one of the headlights was slightly out so I tweaked it down a bit so all good. No advisories or anything, brake pads could do with a change soon but that’s all good. £40 please” Twelve years old and its one and only failure was last year when the rubber seal in the filler cap had split which was an £11 replacement part. Goes to show that keeping an eye on stuff and maintaining regularly is a good idea. Shame it’s lousy cosmetically! Will treat it to a wash and wax later. Good old Leon....
  7. 10 points
    Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Nicely patinaed Cortina L, looks like something straight out of 1995. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mk5-Ford-cortina/114068924828?_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D1353a2370f9848a6812ab91793ff3b41%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D383357408315%26itm%3D114068924828%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
  8. 9 points
    Over the last week I got the heater fitted. I wanted to fit it behind the gas heater, but when I really got started, it wasn't practical - all the holes through the floor ended up having chassis in the way, so I put it in another cupboard that I barely use - It had a shit tool kit and an old stinky sleeping bag in, both of which I forgot I owned. The intake is over by the sliding door which is a really cold spot: I didn't have an intake grille, so I drew one up in "naff 1980s style" and 3d printed it: I think it fits in perfectly. I paired down the wiring loom a bit, shortened the pump wires etc and noticed that while all the connectors are sealed for external use, none of the connectors had all the wire seals fitted, so I fitted some. I ran them through a new gland next to the main charge wire for the pleasure batteries I then fitted the pump on it's rubber mount with a load of rubber hose to dampen the clicks, but it didn't work, I need to redo it - it's noisy. The little 5l diesel tank is fitted inside the van for now. Not ideal but I couldn't be arsed running a pipe all the way up to the engine bay. If I can fill it without spilling everywhere, then there's no smell. 5L will last about 50 hours of use. So here we are - It's -2 outside, and I'm in the van with the heater set to the lowest it will go, and I'm really warm. I'm sat here in my underpants with the roof vent half open. I'm glad I went for the 2KW version instead of the 5, this thing is still way more powerful than it needs to be. Great success! I just need to mount the pump on something softer because it's quite noisy - the heater fan noise itself isn't very loud, but its quite an inoffensive noise.
  9. 9 points
    wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Cuntmobile acquired.
  10. 9 points
    Mr_Bo11ox

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Check out this rarity!!! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1990-SUBARU-LEGACY-GX-4WD-SPARES-OR-REPAIRS-BARN-FIND-HPI-CLEAR/264601749766
  11. 8 points
    RoadworkUK

    Shite in Miniature II

    Today's 50p charity shop find. Sans horsey, but practically mint. In a display of sheer profligacy I gave a quid for it. Good cause, innit.
  12. 7 points
    Datsuncog

    Shite in Miniature II

    Okay kids - so we may have another new tat source potentially opening up (albeit of a higher grade)... This afternoon I happened to be over in Whitehead, a picturesque Victorian seaside village a couple of miles away which also has a couple of fairly niche craft/hobby/antiques shops... Just as we were leaving, I happened to glance into the window of a shop I hadn't noticed before, billing itself as 'The Vintage Time Travellers'. Some very nice mid-century modern furniture was in evidence, set off with gleaming retro tea sets, racks of 1950s and 60s gowns - all decent quality stuff, and clearly picked with a high degree of taste and discernment. And then I stopped, frozen. MrsDC clearly noticed 'that' face. "What is it?" **stage whisper** "There's shelves and shelves of diecast in there..." "Do you want to go in?" "Yesssssssssssssssss..." I think I may already have been inside before I managed to get that single syllable finished. Ohhhhhhh... Well, crikey. After a bit of drooling, and much stroking of French Dinkys, we got chatting to the proprietors. Seems they've only been open since late last year, and Lisa seems to be running the place while Andrew formerly had a model shop somewhere in North-West Scotland, but since moving over to Norn Iron all his old shop stock is currently crammed into a storage unit/shed. While he seems to have previously sold a lot of models via eBay, right now it obviously makes sense to have some stock out on display in the shop, just in case an inverterate diecast-licker like me toddles in. Very wise. So there is apparently A LOT of diecast not currently out on display. I mentioned that I'm a member of a small but dedicated sub-forum of diecast tat afficionados, and asked if I could take a few pics to share with the group, just in case there was anything which would tickle their fancy. This was wholeheartedly endorsed, so here you go: The middle shelf was what transfixed me first of all. Corkey O'Rorkey, what delights. Many of them are, of course, correctly labelled as Atlas reproductions of French Dinkys. There were also some boxed Matchbox Dinkys, at a tenner each. Less common beige Ford V8 Pilot just visible at the bottom. Saviem flatbed with load is a lovely big thing. £25 asked for it. UK Dinky partworks behind not as scarce, tis true. Boxed Opel Kapitan, Ford Taunus Politzei, Renault R12 Gordini, Buick Roadmaster, Citroen 2CV and Ford Thunderbird all seemed to be priced between £15 and £20 each. Gorgeous Citroen Type H in 'Philips Roadshow' trim priced at £25. Not super-cheap, granted, but if he usually sells on eBay then I've no doubt it's about the going rate for each. But, if these could be purchased in multiples without the need for auction fees, or PayPal fees, or individual postage... well, I reckon we could maybe have a chat. Grey Citroen Traction Avant is by Solido, with opening bonnet wings and all. Rover P4 'Cyclops' is by Dinky; not sure if it's a reproduction or restoration. A trio of Atlas reissue Aston Martin DB5 DHCs, lovely in metallic red and priced at £15 a pop. Corgi Land Rovers, and Dinky Bedford/Austin/Daimler commercials priced around the £5 - £15 mark, depending on condition. Oxford 1/72 Bedford TK box van right at the back in Tayto ROI livery very appealing, too. Monkeemobile priced at a tenner. Very restorable, and I doubt that Market Blokey would be selling something like this for much less. The shelf below, then... Well, that large-scale tinplate bus is a sight to behold. No manufacturing marks beyond 'Made in China' - anyone know what it might be? Triple doors seem more like Hong Kong buses than UK ones. Then, below the bus, some Matchbox commercials - mostly Ergomatics, and mostly Superfast, though some Regular Wheels in there too: As you can see, Dodges, DAFs and Fords from anything between £1 and £3.50 seemingly arbitrarily applied (plus a rogue Corgi Juniors Kojak Buick in there too) - but he could be open to offers, if anything appeals here? Further down, and perhaps a little less interesting to the dedicated tat hoker: some Oxford and Corgi Classics Minor vans... ...and then some Days Gone (I swear there must be some byelaw somewhere, stating that if you're selling second-hand models you must have a certain percentage of DGs in there. I know I did.) And moving on up, just around eye level: Bburago, Revell and Welly stuff... Worth a closer look at this Fiat 500, though... Opening everything! Does the name Nacoral mean anything to anyone? This looked old, more like a toy than a model going by its relative crudeness, and was very very heavy (more than a real one, possibly) - not so much my bag these days, scale-wise, but a very lovely thing nonetheless. A fair few Beetles on the upper shelf, too: And then, moving on up to the very top, some more commercials of mixed era: Unboxed Lledo Vanguards Bedford and Thames box vans, with Corgi Karrier and Jeep commercials in between. Corgi Classics eight-wheelers behind. Corgi Classics Bedford O-Types, plus an OB Coach (?), and another Vanguards Thames Trader. Still more Vanguards (Thames and Bedford) with a Corgi ERF tipper, and Dinky Bedfords - with a Scammell Scarab behind. I think the Dinky Supertoys Foden Chain Truck is an Atlas repro - still very nice, though. Original Dinkys down below; also a Corgi Classics Scammell Highwayman tanker (I think). Other clumps of diecast were scattered around the shop, plus other automobilia too: Matchbox Originals from the early 1990s - nice in their own way, of course. Locally liveried OOC models - such as these Citybus, and Belfast Corporation buses - are worth a packet. I remember when the Ulsterbus Tours Plaxton came out (in pre-internet days) they were changing hands for £100 at toy fairs. £30 seems not too bad. Another few Atlas repros, plus another Corgi Classics Bedford O-type pantechnicon. These little spotter books were charming at a mere £3 each. And quite an appealing Dinky Morris Oxford MO, hiding in a cabinet. £10 on this one too. After yesterday's tat-splurge, I didn't come away with anything with wheels - tempted though I most certainly was - but I felt it would be remiss of me not to let you folks have a gawp too. The diescast guy, Andrew, has an eBay shop where he trades as 'treasures_of_transport'. You can check it out here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/treasures_of_transport/ Now, there's not much on there at the minute - which is understandable, if he's only just relocated from the Scottish Highlands, though I suspect that, like me, he may also be fed up somewhat with eBay's current structure. But worth a look, nonetheless? He also has Facebook and Instagram accounts with the same handle, where he has more recent pics of the shop stock (and better ones than my potatocam efforts): https://www.facebook.com/Treasuresoftransport/ https://www.instagram.com/treasures_of_transport/ It goes without saying that I'm happy to make enquiries if owt appeals here - and also arrange payment, collection and postage along with existing, or new, tat boxes... same terms as usual, folks. As mentioned, there's A LOT of models which he still has in storage, so if there's anything you're searching for, either hit him up on Instagram like what da kidz all do these days, or I can also make enquiries on your behalf. Knock yourselves out!
  13. 7 points
    It’s been a busy old day for shit cars. First up, we all went out for breakfast and took the Corolla. I’m continually amazed at JUST how good it is. It’s 20 years old FFS! I have to say, honestly, it’s nearly perfect. I then met @alf892 at one of his old colleague’s house. This guy is an expert body work man - and I needed him to give the Mini a good look over to see how we get another MOT come May. Very quickly it became clear I’d be spending a considerable amount of 2020 without the car. To keep costs down, and to avail myself of his expertise, it’ll be a case of driving it over there in May and forgetting about it. We’re definitely on for a rear subframe, offside sills and possibly a bit of floor. The brief is to make it as robust and solid as possible with the structure, and to preserve as much of the original car as possible when it comes to the bodywork. So the Sierra will see front line duty this summer. Although, I really want a MK1 Clio before they all go - so if I can find one it might be that becomes the summer car. If anyone knows of one (must be manual, petrol and pre face lift and ideally a colour) then please let me know! On the way back from Kimbolton, I found myself in the middle of a MINI convoy. There must have been about 16 of them of all variants. I pulled over so I wasn’t interfering with their cavalcade, and got so many beeps and waves that it was a bit embarrassing! I did try to find if there’s was a meet so I could join them but no info online could be found. I’ve just ended the day by glueing a bit of trim back into the Corolla, and by degreasing the engine bay.
  14. 7 points
    sdkrc

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I'd drag my balls through broken glass just to sniff the seats in this. Can you imagine driving this back to the UK from the south of France? And also look at those alloys. https://www.leboncoin.fr/voitures/1710990473.htm/
  15. 7 points
    Update time. Long overdue as I had to stop working on the Visa to put a clutch into my daily over Christmas/new year. But now we have some progress. One suitcase engine longing to be returned from whence it came and then suddenly it was nestled back in the car for the first time since about 2016.
  16. 6 points
    Schaefft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    24k mile Charade for 595 quid https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/920476868349165/
  17. 6 points
  18. 6 points
    jamiechod

    One (shite) picture per post.

    My great uncle and his DS
  19. 6 points
    Schaefft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Ultimate Autoshite barge for 1.5k https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3599088250131361/
  20. 5 points
    Yoss

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Wow, look at this! Can't do links on this phone but if you click on that Volvo thing above this comes up as something you may also be interested in. I should say so. Plenty of scope here, though I'm not sure if you can actually get a car in as it is. But look at this. Farina lights! There is no angle from which this doesn't look bloody fabulous.
  21. 5 points
    TheDoctor

    Shite in Miniature II

    Charity shop 50p box was rich with interesting crap today. Hot wheels Corvette. Another Jazz, I have 3 now! OMGRATLUK Bug. Majorette Pontiac people carrier Majorette Citroen XM. Stickers over windows, I can clean this... New Ray 1:43 scale Alfa. No tyres, but I knew I had some spares... Two really plasticky Dickie 1:43 cars, Mercedes e320 and Renault Megane Odd scale pickup, with the remains of a Bandit sticker. I've taken a few photos as it's a weird one to me... As per usual, if anyone actually wants any of these, they could be available.
  22. 5 points
    Fresh from the MOT I decided that I had cash to burn and wanted to make some final cosmetic improvements. As with so many mercedes' some scrote has snapped the star off the bonnet, leaving the circular chrome plinth with a grotty hole in the middle. I looked on ebay and found a chap in Belgium selling genuine emblems for £9 delivered, which was cheaper than i could get one of the flat roundel ones, so I splashed out on it. I duly arrived last tuesday and I set to today in the sunshine to fit it. Behold my grotty hole I popped the bonnet and furkled around underneath to get the old base out. Its sort of a bayonet fitting, you fit the whole thing through the bonnet then twist a collar around to secure it in place. Here is the old one removed Leaving an even-worse looking hole in the bonnet. It was all encrusted with mud and moss so i cleaned it out with a rag Then unboxed the new star which to my astonishment was made of actual metal, not the sort of plastic reserved for Tesco Value Christmas cracker toys This was refitted without any issue - it clips into the bonnet hole, then you twist the collar round to clamp it into position. Here it is now, looks pretty good I think? How long until some scrote nicks it, or I impale a dozy pedestrian on it?
  23. 5 points
    320touring

    The new news 24 thread

    Someone has helpfully already written a for sale ad for my ML.. 😂
  24. 5 points
    That Messerschmitt will probably roffle before Eddy R's caddy... Looks like I can fit* in the back seat. That's with the driver's seat fully back. Question is, can the engine take more than one adult human? And a shot for scale, she's a small thing
  25. 5 points
    lesapandre

    Austin Maxi

  26. 5 points
    Spottedlaurel

    Shite in Miniature II

    More kits: 1:24 Fujimi Nissan Skyline GTS Saloon (R31) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1:24 Hasegawa Jaguar XJ-S V12 HE by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr The latter quite an old issue, and a bit smelly, but it somehow seems appropriate?
  27. 5 points
    Just went on the slimming world website - it asked me to accept cookies - is this a test ?
  28. 4 points
    Six-cylinder

    The new news 24 thread

    Another outing for the VP1500 today to a small gathering at Cardington, Bedfordshire. The MG Midget 1500 following me on the way over remarked how well the VP went! Only trouble is I have lost my tailpipe somewhere along the line.
  29. 4 points
    Spottedlaurel

    The new news 24 thread

    Camry taken for an MoT this morning: Both the failure items as expected. Unfortunately I only found out about the headlight last night and it was too cold/dark to faff around changing it when I knew it would fail on the ABS light. Pleased to find no rot/brake/suspension issues. Will get them to advise on what's up with the ABS and get it sorted. I have the spares car here if need be, although I do wonder if there's a bit of rodent damage. I could do with getting it on the road again as I seem to be doing a lot of extra miles due to various dad's taxi duties, and it's not ideal to keep using the Sunny at this time of year.
  30. 4 points
    eddyramrod

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Shame about those wheels on the Galaxie!
  31. 4 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    See how they've carefully attached a Ford Escort to their wheel clamp to save anyone carrying it off https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ford-escort-finesse-16v/254484588011?hash=item3b4076a5eb:g:FlMAAOSwrL9eIhQJ
  32. 4 points
  33. 4 points
    I can make that , oh fuccckkkkk
  34. 4 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Greatest. Saloon. Car. Ever. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lotus-Carlton/233467934412?hash=item365bc5f6cc:g:NFgAAOSwcHVdUmid
  35. 3 points
    Richard_FM

    Pre-Production Cars

    A few years ago I read Mike Humble's horror story of owning a pre-production Daewoo Nexia. https://www.aronline.co.uk/opinion/essays-breakdowns-misery-heartache-thatll-be-the-daewoo/ I wondered if anyone here had been given the chance of using a car before the official launch, & any interesting stories. Do manufacturers do this to help find the bugs the development drivers didn't discover before the cars go on general sale?
  36. 3 points
    egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/791160521366430/
  37. 3 points
    egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Sorry if we have had this already. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2381580155260387/
  38. 3 points
    Cavcraft

    The new news 24 thread

    What's the point of these places then? Sat here 45 minutes and then found out they don't even know what Crisp n Dry is, let alone sell it.
  39. 3 points
    I didn't buy a ticket for this lest I was lynched if I won! I think this has been my favourite roffle prize ever. You win at life, Sir 😎 I will get my hands on a Visa at some point...
  40. 3 points
  41. 3 points
    skattrd

    The new news 24 thread

    I know that feeling. You need to stop buying things just because they're cheap. By the time you get them home, fix a few bits, tax MOT etc it's not that cheap, and you've got another car you don't really need. Fix one of the cars you own instead, or go for a drive and enjoy one of them. This is what I keep telling myself, and currently it's working. I've not bought a car this year.
  42. 3 points
    eddyramrod

    Shite in Miniature II

    So, return visit yesterday afternoon... This is the "Green thing" that was hiding. It appears to be some kind of rally-raid sort of truck. Plastic body. There is a recovery truck in the same box... ...along with a Disco3 and a bunch of variously-scaled Binis. Now if we go down to Matchbox/HW size... L-R: a 90s Crown Vic police car; Lexus LS400; Audi Quattro and a Sprinter police van, by Realtoy. L-R: the next generation of Crown Vic; two of an earlier generation, when they were called LTD and built on the Fox platform IIRC; a Celica; and, of all things, a Citroen Cactus! I'm thinking of nabbing one of those LTDs for myself, I have a purpose for it. He should be there today if anyone wants any of this.
  43. 3 points
    Schaefft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    300 quid 2.0T Saab 95 that had a bit of money spent on it. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/479023726093949/
  44. 3 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    You can bang on about modern technology all you like, but this car has a stereo that's telephoning the steering wheel. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vw-polo-1-0-bread-van/362885306593?hash=item547da658e1:g:8nUAAOSw-rReIN9K 'listed on here a few times and ended up attracting the normal ebay strokers its become famous for non payers.non showers and the normal bullshitting...' Cancelled sale after auction. No explanation. Rude. Doesn’t get how eBay works!! Dishonest Description,Surprises When Collecting,Then Had To Recover,Time Waster coved in corrosion and rust. ment to be new. messaged twice with no reply avoid!
  45. 3 points
    Roobarb

    The grumpy thread

    I was lucky enough to be invited to a private party that not only had a free bar (within reason) but also had SLADE topping the bill... After a number of great song had been played and danced to, the DJ put some music back on and I retreated to the bar. Only to see the one of the Gods of Brum there; Sir Noddy. I’m normally a talkative chap but suddenly went word blind. I’m not sure I could have remembered my own name. For some inane reason, I found myself saying... ‘can I buy you a drink?’ To which he just pointed at the ‘Free bar but tips invited sign’ and grinning. Feeling like an utter cock, I sulked away and as my mates just pointed and laughed at me.
  46. 3 points
    vulgalour

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1988-Citroen-BX-19-GTi-8v/184123913290?hash=item2adea3f44a:g:b~UAAOSw9xJeCKm9
  47. 3 points
    00833827

    The new news 24 thread

    300km on the little Pajero Junior. At least another 300 yards left in it i reckon.
  48. 3 points
    HH-R

    The grumpy thread

    Has the national speed limit been reduced to 40 MPH and I've missed the news? Always stuck behind some bloody massive SUV doing 40 and randomly slowing down to 30 odd for absolutely no reason, clear road, conditions ok, etc. Overtake and 50 yards down the road you're in the same boat. I know it's a limit not a target but if someone driving a Honda Jazz, a car with absolutely no power or torque at all, thinks you're going slow, you're just being an arsehole. Also said SUVs with those bluey- white headlights on unlit country roads. How the fuck are they legal? They might be ok on the autobahn but on twisty, hilly roads the person coming the other way might as well just close their eyes. If there's an Evoque, etc coming round a left hand bend or uphill towards you it's like having a soldering iron shoved in your eyes.
  49. 3 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Oh, yes! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vauxhall-HC-Viva-1800-automatic-PDL-543M-Time-Warp-very-low-milage/392642852524?hash=item5b6b5676ac:g:ATMAAOSwIM5eIeSC
  50. 3 points
    A fail, but not a bad one really. both front balljoints are kippered and one tyre has exposed cords on the inner edge (which i didn't spot). I was going to replace the tyres anyway as they are a selection of China's finest ditchfinders but was holding out in case it was massively condemned at the MOT. It also go advisories for a worn suspension bush and ARB d-bushes. Anyway, the garage can replace both bottom arms, including the balljoint and bush from the advisory for £200, and I've asked them to sling a set of 4 mid-range tyres on it as well, and I'll keep and flog the 3 not-illegal tyres as part worns to recover some of my costs since there is life in them and someone will pay a tenner a corner for them I suspect. So, they are cracking on with it, they said otherwise the car is in fine shape underneath, no rust or concerns (so my wheelarch treatment was the only work needed in that respect) and with fixed suspension it should do a good few more years. I couldn't have replaced it for less than the £450 odd it's going to cost me so might as well get it fixed up. Thanks @DialATune - its given sterling service for the last 3 and a half months and will provide another years motoring for less than 1 month's contract payment on the guy at work's 2013 E220. #bangernomix4lyf
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