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  1. Back out at the car today. I've bought a fuck load of shit for it recently... New suspension bushes all round. Payen head gasket set Top/bottom end gasket sets Timing chain tensioner/gaskets Valve guides + stem seals Cam followers Oil pump Coolant hoses Brake flexis all round 30W running in oil 2x 20w50 mineral for the first two changes Paint (twice) I think I've now officially spent more money on the resto than I did buying the car in the first place. I'm gonna' tot it all up when it's done and not a minute sooner! ? S0. To recap the car looked
    19 points
  2. Purchased and loaded! It's in fair condition, no major crustiness or immediate welding needed. The vendor was a nice enough guy but fuck me, when you're trying to sell a classic car for ££££, give it a clean off, charge the battery and put some fuel in it FFS!
    19 points
  3. Virtual pint to Asimo! Yep it's an MGB GT, here's a picture from back in the day, scanned photo, so not the best.
    13 points
  4. Done it! I used an old screwdriver as a chisel and whacked the fuck out of it. It came off after some persuasion. Then used mole grips to get the rest of it apart. The hard part was getting everything to line up again, but that was sorted by jamming a jack down the back of the engine and winding everything forward a bit. Tada! Old one had definitely seen better days, and now I have more peace of mind on my long journey next week.
    12 points
  5. The other day this happened. Look, the waiting Saab is just over there, how hard can it be? I took the engine back with me and managed to manhandle it out into my lockup. ALL the gearbox oil came out along the way. Thankfully Saab had the foresight to supply their cars with a nice rubber boot mat with edges, which serves very well as a catch pan. The engine came out pretty easily all things considered. Drive shafts just pull out so - if I can get as far as fitting this in the 6 - that bit will be nice and easy. However, all the rubber on the engine
    12 points
  6. Our collection story begins 21 years ago, the lovely Mrs Spart had just passed her test at the tender age of 17 and bought her first car, like most first cars it left a lasting impression. Unfortunately, as is often the way, life and finances took over and it had to go. Fast forward to a couple of months ago and while idly browsing one evening Mrs Spart entered the reg number of the car in question. Unbelievably, not only is it still on the road but it's for sale! After a bit of a false start from myself, making contact with the seller, then him inexplicably not answering calls, tex
    10 points
  7. The C6 has been collected. Many tales of woe may appear on these pages. It made it home without smoke or flames so I reckon that's a good start.
    10 points
  8. I got a bit bored so had a break. Then to ease myself back in I had another tidy as well as a visitor. Then I got back on with cutting up the car. Time to out some stuff back in. These should help. First one. For here. That is holding itself in. Welding time, in. Dressed back. You can see the next bit above required. Pieces for that. Done. That will do for today.
    10 points
  9. I now have my CBT certificate ? This fine machine was my steed for the day, it went well, I think my time ripping round the field of dreams on the twist and goes helped as I felt confident in handling the bike and just had to get used to the gears. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264794816300 Annoyingly the Van Van I was watching on eBay has sold and as I am not in any great rush to buy one I am going to be picky and hold out for a blue one or maybe a black one.
    10 points
  10. Just realised I forgot the best picture! The Dolly's old sump has been marinating in petrol for the last fortnight to shift the sludge. Result being the oil can be wiped away leaving the metally goodness behind... The good news is we have enough material in there to melt down and make a new oversize thrust washer.
    9 points
  11. Now, moving back onto the good stuff... while creating yet more mystery about the diecast dynamics within the market. All the Matchbox, Hot Wheels, Welly and Majorette items above were extracted from this rather unpromising-looking crate of plasticky rubbish: And, once I'd filled my bag (which came to 32 items, for an agreed fiver), I cast my eye over the rest of the stall... and lit on some Corgi and Lesney Matchbox that definitely hadn't been there earlier. What's even odder is that some of these are unquestionably the same items which were on the Tat Stall back in early
    9 points
  12. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    LHD Fiesta "Festival", £755: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ford-fiesta-mk1-lhd/402345540871?hash=item5dada9bd07:g:xy0AAOSw6d9fJG-7
    9 points
  13. Amishtat

    Mrs Sparts MG diary.

    And those fucking horrible wheels need to go in favour of Rostyles..
    8 points
  14. 8 points
  15. Time to look at the gearbox... I have the original 4 speed unit which I think is a Type E but I may be mistaken. I've driven many Capri's, Consuls & Granada’s with a 4 speed box. For me personally they cry for 5th gear at 70 and Ford's reluctance to offer overdrive or 5 gears in the late 70s/early 80s really shows on today’s faster roads. I'd planned to put a 5 speed in my car from the beginning of this thread. Fortunately working in my profession the right gearbox is never very far away. Here we have an early 5 speed type 9 from about 1983. It came from a 2.3 mk2 Granada wh
    7 points
  16. spartacus

    Mrs Sparts MG diary.

    Ha ha, that's been a running joke between me and her since we knew we were going to look at it. I've been getting steadily more excited and asking her, and she's just been dead-pan. On her own admission she was more excited about a weekend away in the camper. I've just asked her how she feels now we've got it and she says she's happy and relieved, relieved because she can stop looking for it! It was advertised for much more than it's worth, described as 'in good original condition', 'bodywork and interior clean and original', all the usual flannel really. We knew straight away that the bo
    7 points
  17. PhilA

    1951 Pontiac Chieftain

    Clean now!
    7 points
  18. scdan4

    eBay tat volume 3.

    How sweet is this I had the pleasure of first learning to drive in one of these in fields in Devon. First go on clutch and gears. It was a field car affectionately called polly due to the amount of polyfiller in it. Just resprayed and parked in a field therefore makes me think the worst. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143669405569
    7 points
  19. Today's market find. M2 Plymouth Road Runner.
    7 points
  20. All done! Lined up the headlights as best I can, checked the steering angles, fitted the new HT leads, put the last few trim screws in and gave it a clean down. Still stuff to do bit it’s ready for the MoT on Tuesday.
    7 points
  21. 7 points
  22. I am presently highest bidder on this but it won’t last............ Nice to dream
    7 points
  23. Time - 1945hrs Beers - nil Coffee - Many Poo - 0 Hereth starts possibly the most boring collection thread ever. Nothing old, this will be the newest car on the fleet and mainly used for family transport. Its VAG, it’s white. It runs coal. @dome knows what it is so he’s except. Guesses on a postcard. I’ll keep you all up to date as we collect this car together. Status - dogs not interested
    6 points
  24. For many years my GS has lain forlorn and forgotten at my parents but I retrieved it today and shoehorned it into my garage which was my lockdown plan coming to fruition (building new workshop/motorcycle storage shed in the garden freeing up the garage). Remarkably structurally the GS hasn’t deteriorated much further in the 16 year hibernation and getting it solid shouldn’t be too taxing but the doors and bonnet are going to challenge me!
    6 points
  25. paulplom

    Shite in Miniature II

    I'll do you a PCP deal. Pound a week for 30 weeks with a ballon payment of a tenner should you wish to keep it. You can hand it back at the end of the lease but you'll be charged for any marks or scratches. And it must be dusted and polished at an authourised cleaner once a month. I'll provide a service book at no extra charge. This must be stamped at every dusting.
    6 points
  26. Jon

    Shite in Miniature II

    Here's a couple more US scenes, which I'm quite happy with: This photo has quite a high contrast range, with dark patches in the foliage, yet almost overexposed cars. Think I got the proportions about right here but I'm finding that the real letdown is quite often the 'ground' I'm selecting, which almost always doesn't match up with the scene. This one's a bit better though, as it could be a road/forecourt difference in shading - if you disregard the previous photo, using the same location! I'm quite happy with this one, though - the bent rear
    6 points
  27. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    A typical Finnish rarity. A Bellet. https://www.nettiauto.com/isuzu/bellett/11381709
    6 points
  28. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Join us now for a new series of 'George Clarke's Blazing Spaces' in which our intrepid 'shit shining' champion finds more creative places to smoke a doobie Alright, lads, scored some right good bush the other day and the missus is going fucking proper radio about me rolling a fat one in the house, so I'm off to find somewhere to toke my nuts off. Hey, this looks pretty gnarly man, wonder if the seller is open to viewing? Yeah, yeah, that's fucking magic, man. Gonna email the seller dude now, ahh shit, this is GR8 stuff, man...
    6 points
  29. You could buy this and take it to the festival of the unexceptional 2021. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Classic-80-s-Talbot-Avenger-1981-on-road-and-drives-great-Low-start-no-reserve/154028359867?hash=item23dcce40bb:g:BnsAAOSwY6lfJF3t
    6 points
  30. Hi All, Introduced myself over there in the appropriate location and the current motor got some interest so thought I'd share a bit more about it as I will have further questions for some of the merc boffins. If this is better suited to News24 then feel free to move it and scald the back of my hand with a hot teaspoon. 192k Miles 190D Auto - UK car re-registered in N.Ireland. Willow Green met Ext paint Red cloth Int Questionable service history. PIB6847 - originally registered as E342LYM (London Reg) I'll go into unnecessary detail as someone
    5 points
  31. I was watching 'I Love 1984' on BBC2 last night and in a clip of the show 'Tucker's Luck' I spotted this Rover P5B, looked up the reg expecting it to be either made up or if real, the car would be long dead, but no, still showing as taxed and Googling the registration brings up some pictures of it looking in great shape
    5 points
  32. I was pushing for a mobility blue paint job but Brooklands green won in the end ?
    5 points
  33. What, like this MA/V lamp electrode? Don't have any SLI lamps handy right now... Back to the Invacar. I *finally* found the long lost trim for the number plate light so have stuck that back where it belongs. It's not perfectly straight, I'll tackle that another day when it's not a thousand degrees outside. Did a bit more experimentation with the carb. Let the engine run long enough to get decently warm to see if any running issues cropped up...still seemed happy. Let's see what the CO meter has to say. Well that's rather better than I'd e
    5 points
  34. SCHWING! Probably better in here than in the other thread where I posted it first. Oh well...
    5 points
  35. Quick stop at 'Barter Books' in Alnwick, I could spend a small fortune there but at this stage in my life I would never have time to do all that reading. I picked up a couple of books though...
    5 points
  36. Cortina 1.6L with Webasto-type folding sunroof. Living the dream.
    5 points
  37. spike60

    eBay tat volume 3.

    1963 RENAULT CARAVELLE https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1963-RENAULT-CARAVELLE-845CC-US-IMPORT-NOVA-PROJECT-CAR-CLASSIC-AMERICAN-FLORIDE/333669547259?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3De13caaa67e6146e188dcbdf300baa386%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D264807632276%26itm%3D333669547259%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2060778&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507
    5 points
  38. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    £664: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TRIUMPH-1500-3-OWNERS/383658773233?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225076%26meid%3D8631a44820234a198bad954debd2ffe8%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D12%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D274445077371%26itm%3D383658773233%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DDefaultOrganic&_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109
    5 points
  39. Rare RHD Kadett, £560: (Large fingers not included) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-cadett/203063299000?hash=item2f47840bb8:g:tWEAAOSwzZ9fI-VY
    5 points
  40. Snook over the border for a few days camping in the Welsh Hills, first one up, drinking a brew watching the world go by.. Sent from my SM-A505FN using Tapatalk
    5 points
  41. ProgRocker

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Nicole....? Papa....? Early Renault Clio diesel, classified ad price £250. Local registered car too (Norfolk). natually aspirated diesel...for extra misery
    5 points
  42. Brooklands seems to be one of those colours where it has many shades and none are exact... They seem to vary from more blueish greens to more brown tinged variants. The original is also very prone to fading so who know what colour Brooklands becomes after 40 years... My car has had at least three resprays and going by the door jams no two were the same shade! My only goal is to shift the green towards the bluer end of the scale rather than the brown... I'm also partially red/green colour blind so my opinion is largely moot, I've been asking Mr Nutzz and Girlfriend_
    4 points
  43. stuboy

    The new news 24 thread

    He bought it for £370, needs couple of bits but for a first car .. Stuboy junior no2 posing with his bros car
    4 points
  44. Cavcraft

    The Bikeshite Thread

    Thanks, they're on Shell at the moment (at least partly, as both had oil in when purchased, and the 50 has been topped up) but could do with bulk buying some in litres really, as you have suggested. In fact, after topping out some of the fleet, there's now sod all left. Can't especially remember what order they got purchased in (or if mentioned on here before, if so then apol's) but another one that appeared on the radar was this... ...it's a Derbi GPR50 'Festina', one of only 1,000 the seller said. He also said the engine had been rebuilt, but someone that
    4 points
  45. Kringle

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Can't say I've been involved in booster seats since then. I just remember mine from sitting in my dad's Opel Monza, had a thing for green cars ever since. Looked like this...
    4 points
  46. The other night her indoors causally mentioned that the Avensis needed its wheels balancing as its been vibrating the last few days. There's your problem. Fair play though the ten year old Kenda chinky tyre had held its shape and its air despite a 75mm M8 bolt going in balls deep between the tread and the carcass.
    4 points
  47. I'd love to see a version of this old survivor in model form, As much part of Middlesbrough history as the Transporter bridge! A Teesside coach all its life, first owned by Rennison's of Stockton, then bought and run by Kings Coaches from 1973 until it's retirement in 2008! It got that paint job in 1973 when Kings bought it and never ever had any sort of external body restoration whatsoever, other than a few giffer style touch ins. The signwriting on the rear still had the old 5 digit phone number (Middlesbrough went to 6 digits in the late '70s...). In the last few years of its lif
    4 points
  48. This one's mint and boxed and quite an unusal one. God knows what's going on with the windows - looks like some sort of white chalky reaction? No sign of it elsewhere and the paint is factory fresh. Weird.
    4 points
  49. Thought I'd do an update on this. Haven't done one for a while, not because it's been forgotten - quite the opposite! It really could do with a oil change service as overdue on time. Should be every year or 12k miles. A year would have been last October but with COVID, I've only done about 6k since it had the last service under Peters ownership and so not too stressed. I wanted to get it done at a specialist that my mum uses for hers, but that's down Devon and requires a bit more organisation + timing which is difficult with CV19. To be honest, right now I might just get the proper oil and fil
    4 points
  50. Right people, right time and the right location.
    4 points
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