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  1. I just slipped and fell and BOUGHT THIS. I hope you're happy.
    26 points
  2. As with many of you the recent COVID crisis and subsequent lockdown has caused me to reflect on my priorities, and a degree of fleet rationalisation has now become inevitable. Therefore the tried and tested method for achieving this has been implemented, and I've bought another car. 1. Bought sight unseen off facebook marketplace - CHECK 2. Category C write off - CHECK 3. Last MOT in 2009 - CHECK 4. 170K miles on the odometer - CHECK 5. No engine or gearbox - CHECK 6. No seats and all the external trim in the interior - CHECK 7. Signs of corrosion on the unde
    20 points
  3. Having spent the last 36hrs worrying about sending ££££ to a complete stranger it is a relief to finally be looking at a pile of fizzing metal and unidentified parts. The delivery guys gave me the knowing look of sympathy that you give to someone who is about to spend all their spare cash and time on something rather marginal. On the plus side the first person to pass the gates asked how much I was wanting for it... so I'm guessing there will be no shortage of greater fools when reality really bites. Here's the details: 1990 BMW 318is - Diamond Black. 167k on the clock, off the road
    20 points
  4. omegod

    The grumpy thread

    Must have had some use out of that over the years so at least you can say thank you for the music
    18 points
  5. Oooof. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VOLVO-780-2-8-TURBO-AUTO-BERTONE-LHD-COUPE-1990-GOLD-FRESH-US-IMPORT-RARE/373073260966?hash=item56dce631a6:g:6DwAAOSwmFle18qq
    13 points
  6. Shortly after the parcel shelf shenanigans, I got two parcels. One turned out to be totally unrelated (phone charger), but the other one made me very happy: The cooling fan slow speed resistor, and another treat, the fuel filler neck retainer, which had all but rotted away on our example. All in all, about £70 spent. So, easiest one first, the resistor. Plugged straight in, ran and left it running, until eventually cooling fans kicked in. Happy days. Front fascia panel put back on. Next, the filler neck retainer. Was expecting it to be a bastard to come off, was very pleasantly surpr
    13 points
  7. Hi all, thanks for all the positive comments - it seems there is more love for these as time goes by. It wont get painted for a little while yet, but eventually it would be nice to 'finish' it, I went down to the lockup tonight and did all the usual pre-MOT checks, freed off the brakes and it seems that it only needs a blowing exhaust sorted for a pass. Then made a 'to do' list of the work needed over the coming months, Firstly, it seems you get no prizes for illuminating all of the warning lights simultaneously. Failed module probably, solved by taking take the bulbs out 20200
    13 points
  8. Mini collecktshun report. Bagged the MGF today. Borrowed the beavertail and managed to get it back to the workshop. It’s a ropey piece of shiiiiiite but kind of endearing at the same time. Had a short spin in it and it’s no where near as bad as I was expecting. It also has leather, which is a bonus and while there’s a bit of tidying there’s nothing (besides the OMGFHGF) alarming. The seller was simply an unpleasant chap to deal with, I guess that’s what owning an MGF does to a man.. He decided to keep the stereo because of being a cock and was decidedly unhelpful regarding the collectio
    12 points
  9. Hi I thought I should drop in and say hello as the current owner of Richards twingo. I bought it back in Nov 2019 from the previous owner in Essex and it now lives down in Devon on the English Riviera. It is my fourth twingo. I had three from 2011 to 2015 but had to sell the last one when my daughter arrived and the twingo wasn't the best car for wife, child, shopping and push chair. I have been a fan of the mk1 since the 90s when I first saw them driving coaches around Europe and at that time could only dream of owning one. I have a massive collection of "small" twingos and
    12 points
  10. So I won't get a proper chance to look at this for a few days but my preliminary thoughts are that if Dodgy_Bastard can get his blue Chevette roadworthy than this car should be saveable. However, the man maths that seemed so optimistic before are now looking a bit less rosy. First up - ROT. I saw from the pictures that the sills were a bit crusty (holey would be more accurate) and this is confirmed. Perhaps a few small repairs would do it but maybe best just to replace with whole new sills which are not expensive. What I didn't see is that the sunroof is all taped up and is very rusty at
    11 points
  11. just flicking through the horseboxes as I tend to do, stumbled across this beauty https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Life-Size-Horse-Statue/203008532908 "Its a frickin HORSE, man. So it rides in a HORSE BOX. I see you puttin this sweet lady in a shitty Luton van, i gotta kill yo ass"
    11 points
  12. Had this quite a while, Mira Seat 1200 sport. Been attacked by a black marker,a quick search online suggests that is was originally a NSU design. Quite a cool little car. You like this one Smoll Eddy? "Foreign muck M8"
    11 points
  13. Woke up early this morning and couldnt get back to sleep. Normally a grump but I decided to go for a walk along the river Wear On my way back I saw movement in the water It was only a bloody otter. Stood and watched it for ages. So pleased to see something like this only about 500 metres from Durham City centre,
    11 points
  14. I think I speak for every single person on this forum when I say that we knew as soon as we saw the picture , where this was going to end up. Hell, even the blokes at Leyland ST , when they made this knew that you would be born, grow up , buy a Princess and buy this. In fact this is probably the only one ever made.
    10 points
  15. So up until today, the arrowed line in the image below was the main drainage line that the kitchen sink and drainer dumped into. That bit of pipe is no more...This is now the main waste line heading out of the van from the kitchen. Doesn't that look better! This is the contraption just below the floor to hook it up to the existing line that runs forward to the grey water holding tank (which sits just in front of the living area door step). The grey pipe with the white tip on it at about 8 o'clock is the original waste line from the kitchen which has now be
    10 points
  16. The back of the drivers side sill had always looked a bit crunchy, and I made the mistake of picking at it. I suppose technically this would pass an MoT as it doesn’t have rear seatbelts, but I wanted to do it properly. So out it came: The rot had extended into the inner sill so I needed to cut out a bit of that too. Time to start reconstructive surgery: With this sort of repair I like to make the sections a bit oversize and trim to suit once they’re welded in place. There was the usual small bit where the inner ar
    10 points
  17. The key for the Merc still hasn't arrive but there's other good news! Its new car reveal time! Yes, it may be lockdown but that doesn't stop me from buying more cars I've been wanting for a long time, but have absolutely no need for. So naturally I had to jump on the opportunity when another bargain* popped up on Ebay, a car I wanted since I've sold my last one over 2 years ago. And lo and behold, its another V8 landyard. So what we got here is a 2002 Audi S8 in a beautiful shade of Ming Blue, extremely well equipped and of course in need of recommissioning. WCPGW? Apparently th
    9 points
  18. Long time lurker, never actually posted anything about any of my old bangers until now. Might be interesting, might not... I've now had this old XR3 for 11 years and, when I first bought it, was an utter shed and, frankly, was only really fit for scrap. On the day I bought it, I drove it back to Portsmouth from Bristol, in which time it burnt and leaked its way through an entire sump worth of oil, subsequently the lifters lost pressure and buggered up the camshaft just outside Southampton... since then its spent more time off the road than on, had a complete engine rebuild, front and rear
    8 points
  19. You could buy this and nickname it "CNT" https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1979-AUSTIN-MORRIS-MAXI-1750-FOR-SPARES/224034432465?hash=item34297e25d1:g:VREAAOSwAVhe2Peu
    8 points
  20. I saw the title and was about to warn against it due to the inevitable outcome but you're already there so well done.
    8 points
  21. BeEP

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Tidy looking Camry with full MOT and manual gearbox... https://www.gumtree.com/p/toyota/toyota-camry-/1374406431
    8 points
  22. Important phone calls to be made.... Get on it lads.
    7 points
  23. I was feeling a bit glum today so thought I'd cheer myself up by taking the Megane off sorn. I'd planned to swap my Citroen over with the Megane so I could use it for going out for shopping and stuff but the Citroen's too fat to get in the garage. I did get to take it for a drive though for the first time in 3 months and it still drives great (for a megane with 200,000 miles on it). I'll get it up to the house at the weekend and give it a good clean.
    7 points
  24. @junkyarddog', your Sierra is a way better colour than mine! Prefer my box, though... Slightly staggeringly, the 1:43 Sierra I couldn't not buy has already arrived! Furthermore, it's actually really not bad at all. The big red bits in the bumpers are because it's Argentinian spec! Must have been from some obscure Latin American partwork of 80s and 90s cars... which might require further investigation. Proper pics in due course. Along with some of another Sierra-related thing that I bought as an absolute indulgence. EDIT: Just seen that @TheDoctor's has a
    7 points
  25. Probably the same fitter! I was heartened to hear they actually had one in stock. Anyway, this torn rubber handle was unacceptable. I got one from another Mondy fancier Also, I decided as we never go on picnics, this National Trust blanket could do better UV protection on the back-seat rather than in the cupboard.
    7 points
  26. This looks like good value to me even though it doesn't have an engine. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1231923
    7 points
  27. Thought I may as well join in the Sierra love fest. No Smoll Eddy,last seen whizzing off in a Darda Volkswagen beetle!
    7 points
  28. So, with the sun shining, and Grand Emperor Johnson decreeing that we can go outside, we loaded up in the BX to go get some strawberries and eat them on the beach! First time we had been out in the car together for weeks, sun shining: What could go wrong? Yep, she did FTP, with the tacho suddenly dropping to zero and losing power to the engine. It kept going off and on, and we eventually limped it to a car park to investigate. All connections seemed secure and after a few minutes, it started up. MrsH had decided that the car had it's only chance and told me to turn around and try a
    7 points
  29. this was a pleasant surprise https://www.facebook.com/groups/950689934973969/permalink/3026779650698310/ was nice to finally have some decent pictures of Simons collection! as sadly Simon is not very good at taking pictures also a bit surprised to see them at all as alluded to above, I do have pictures of the collection from Simon but I was told not to share them! so im surprised Graham was allowed to share his, unless he just never asked LOL for preservation sake I have downloaded the photos and stuck em into the post as well along with a small description of
    6 points
  30. Kade

    Kade's Volvo 940

    Picked up the Volvo yesterday. Ran some errands for friends immediately after picking it up so in total I drove it about 200 miles yesterday and it never missed a beat. I got about 34MPG for the whole trip. It's about 5 metres long with the tow bar (noticeably overhangs parking spaces), and incredibly comfortable. Despite this it steers like a car half its size. The interior is very similar to the original Volvo 700-series interior from the early 80s and you can tell. I love the feel and sound of the engine and interior, and the way it looks inside and out. Photos below. I'll be putt
    6 points
  31. barrett

    eBay tat volume 3.

    One of you has to buy it now, them's the rules
    6 points
  32. Out again today.
    6 points
  33. Up this morning with a plan, dogs walked and about to leave and I get this look. I added some more lacquer and started to unmask. Then I put the grills back on. Then the bumper and numberplate so now ready for some more fuel. After fuel I went for a potter and got this picture. Then went castle hunting and found this one. Then headed back, covered this many miles with no issues. The paint work I have done is rubbish but it is presentable enough and has cost about £40 all in. It also doesn't affect the way the car drives wh
    6 points
  34. He's secretly jealous of you having AN ORANGE CAR. That MGF is a pretty spiffy colour too.
    5 points
  35. I did a job today, new boot lid seal for the Zodiac. It turned out to be a more difficult job than I’d anticipated as the seal is glued to the boot lid and I got more of the glue on myself than the to items that needed bonding together, I spent a considerable time trying to scrub my hands clean to not much avail!
    5 points
  36. No progress yesterday because postie was missing in action. but today, he was here nice and early and brought me gifts so I rushed outside and set up my worktable (a cupboard door screwed onto the planks of my aldi workmate) and let's have a go at that manifold a quick wipe down with thinners to degrease and on with the first coat looks pretty good so far, we'll come back to that later on for another coat.
    5 points
  37. face

    Vespa 50 Special

    So it arrived last night. Ordered some 6.5X6.5 black and silver plates and fitted the new wheel cover. Fires up lovely, nice noise and great 2T smell, but was getting a lurch on selecting first (I expected a clunk of some level). Scooter lurches forward and stalls. Bearing in mind I am a spannertwat, I set about adjusting the clutch this afternoon and after a few goes - SUCCESS - no lurching. So took the old girl up the village, shifted from N through to four no bother. But, it will not go to neutral or first when pulled up stationary. Only way is to kill then engine and select
    5 points
  38. Mr_Bo11ox

    eBay tat volume 3.

    that does seem like a probable last chance to get a 130 coupe for borderline shite money, even if it does look awful in red. I bet you could find an engine cheap with a bit of patience. Or you've always got the VM 2.5 Diesel fallback option.
    5 points
  39. Hertz

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Classic-Skoda-136-rapid/174305707467?hash=item28956e05cb:g:Es4AAOSwrHNe2BR2
    5 points
  40. eddyramrod

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I hate flippers. Mostly because I haven't got either space or funds to do it myself, mind (or indeed the nerve) but still... I hope karma gets him and it remains unsold until his kids have to sweep it up. Uncharitable? Moi?
    5 points
  41. We have delivery. B37ECA0A-C1AE-4908-93AA-220959BC2562.MP4
    5 points
  42. Today's delivery. I had to get that Sierra, littlun will love it. And I have a bit of a thing for obscure cars, such as this Lancia Lybra
    5 points
  43. The Vicar

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I've made contact with the seller, turns out he is five minutes from my parents place in north Dublin. Hoping to send my father for a look in the morning; I will report back!
    5 points
  44. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Look at the size of the booty on this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Mercury-Monterey-Breezeway-V8-LHD-AMERICAN-CLASSIC/164218248315?hash=item263c2b9c7b:g:EckAAOSwddBey66N
    5 points
  45. The Vicar

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/mazda-626-glx-2-0-coupe/24967668 Mazda 626 coupe in Dublin - €1800 UK plates
    5 points
  46. Now back home, it was time to do some fault investigation. I had two faults to look into - the overheating, and the cutting out. Typically, I was unable to recreate the cutting out fault on the driveway despite leaving it idling for an hour to aid diagnosis of the overheating snag. I chose to ignore it as it was probably a flash in the pan type of fault. So, the overheating snag. First thing I observed was the total lack of cooling fan. I already knew from the last time I was working in the area that it wasn't siezed. But would it spin with 12v applied? Step forth, my trusty bit of 3 core:
    5 points
  47. A big personal grin in that I found the key for mavisnotmavis! All of my other keys were locked inside, it's been too long since I got along to the unit! Weekend goals!
    5 points
  48. spike60

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Lancia Beta Coupe 2000 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lancia-Beta-Coupe-2000/124211241635?hash=item1ceb9122a3:g:AhUAAOSw219e18EP
    5 points
  49. Hurrah. The eagle has landed. Being fitted friday night. Waiting to hear back on some bumper clips and then the bloody thing will be my summer car.
    5 points
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