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  1. Migration Update. The site and all its content has now moved and had some minor upgrades along the way. A few things behind the mouldy curtains have changed so if things start to act out let me know. Less minor is the upgrade of the forum software - this is a bit more sudden. Everything should be roughly where it was before but there are a few wrinkles in some corners that will be rectified as we go. If you can't find something you might want to try switching the theme back to default (very bottom of the page, dropdown called 'Theme') and seeing if it reappears - please let me know a
    27 points
  2. Sorry, I need to say this to the admin. You utter, utter bastards! Site was down. I went out. I bought more chod. I have to arrange collection. I return home, and the site is back up. If it had been up all day I would have 1 less car. Think I am going to pass on the purchase cost to the admin, personally. Thanks guys, the work really is appreciated.
    18 points
  3. Got the Jag back from the bodyshop today, I haven't had a chance to give it a proper wash yet, but I'm absolutely delighted with how it's turned out. Bonnet, roof, boot and rear quarters all resprayed. Totally transformed the car from before. @domewill be happy to see how this has turned out as well I'm sure 🥳
    17 points
  4. Today on the Lanchester, it's time to backwards engineer a door card. There's a lot of different ways to redo door cards, and this is one of the more involved approaches since we're trying to save and reuse as much of it as possible. The thing that makes this more difficult than it might be is that we're having to replace the board itself so that means stripping the whole thing into the component pieces to understand how to put it back together on a new board. The first stage of the process is to take a lot of photographs so you have the best record you can of construction. You'd be amazed
    12 points
  5. Update overdue. My carpenter arrived to take a look at the Royce (thanks @puddlethumper) and the good news is the man from Del Dudley, he say yes! Hopefully in the near future he will return and sort that one out. Next a visit to my friend Simon resulted in one working fob for the Disco, so at least it is no longer a garden ornament, and it buys me a bit of time to sort out a spare. The PO of the Disco also phoned me to ask if the locking wheel nut key was in the centre glove box as he had found what he thought was a spare in his garage. Went out to check, no locking key, but before I cou
    9 points
  6. Well I made that harder than it should have been - by leaving everything attached at the bottom. Plus I used the wrong spring compressors, meaning they jammed against the inner body when lining everything up. All done now - well, the fronts at least.
    8 points
  7. Right. So. The experiement on the single wheel bolt with the wire wheel was continued on the rest of them. Results seemed positive. However there was a spot of rain one night and it caused a few spots of flash rusting... I ordered up a tin of spray lacquer to attend to them but they were going to need stripped back again so I thought instead of grazing knuckles on the wire wheel on the grinder, I'd try the citric acid approach. It did work, even on the one bolt I never managed to get done because the battery on the grinder went flat. They still needed a very light rub
    7 points
  8. SiC

    2002 Renault Clio II 172

    Is this the slowest cambelt change ever? Did a bit more the other day when I got a free moment. Firstly rechecked the tensioner pulley to see if it had shifted from the belt being under tension. It hadn't. Good. Basically the bits I've marked in red on this old pulley need to line up. You do this by moving the arm and then nipping up the fixing nut. Tightened up the pulleys and sprockets. Most of these are tightened up by an initial torque setting and then a final angle setting. I don't have an angle gauge, so I did it by eye. Exhaust pulley is 86 degrees +/- 6 degrees ... so 90 degre
    7 points
  9. It sits at 9 o'clock in neutral. The photos flatter the finish a bit but she's come up pretty well. Annoyingly I've completely and utterly lost track of any of my wax. So I'll need to pop out to get some more tomorrow. I suspect I know where it is, under the landslide that happened a week or so back in the garage...so I'm not going digging for it in there just now! Buying new is the easiest option. In other news, think I've picked out the carpet which I'll be using in the Invacar. Should look pretty understated once in place,
    6 points
  10. After at lot of faffing, my troublesome Punto is finally back together and running. It's even sailed through the Mot too! So naturally I'm selling it now.
    6 points
  11. This was a new one on me - 1978 Lancia Megagamma. If I didn't know better I'd swear a Nissan Prairie had been getting down and dirty with my Innocenti.
    5 points
  12. We all know gumtree can be a dangerous place (spoiler alert). In and around broken x boxes and unwanted exercise equipment of course is the car section. It seems to bring out of the woodwork people only able to type numbers in response to adverts (offers of money? It’s never very clear) I managed to string a few sentences of actual words together and as a result I have another car. I seem to have forgotten I already own a mk4 golf as I have bought another one. It’s a 2000 X 1.6 se manual in a tasteful black with tan velour. It drives “ok” as it is a golf mk4, I can’t reall
    5 points
  13. I had a Dyson 400cc that now looks kind of ungainly. That had alloy wheels on it and Allspeed expansion chambers from Dyson. The body kit I remember was very heavy as it was made from thick fibreglass, none of you lightweight injection moulded plastics back then. Nothing better that holding it wide open at 2500 rpm in top for a mile or so, then dropping down three gears for a really unholy smoke screen. Two stroke oil back then isn't like it is now either.
    5 points
  14. Thank you so much to the technical wizards who keep us running smoothly and have completed this update with minimal fuss!
    5 points
  15. Hello, We've got to move AS off the existing host in the next few weeks so going to need an extended period of downtime to get this sorted. Weekend of the September (this month!) 19th and 20th is the date this is all going down. I hope it won't take ages but from midnight on Saturday 19th (the start of saturday, rather than end) anything you were in the middle of posting might get lost. Not entirely sure when it'll be back up but i'll post something here when its safe to start posting again, tenatively hopeful for mid-afternoon saturday but if it all blows up it might slither into su
    4 points
  16. As further procrastination was required, I did a bit of colouring in using a chopped up cotton bud and a steady hand... I'm fairly pleased with that
    4 points
  17. Today's chodfondling. Shinies. If you can only buy one tool, get an impact wrench. I don't know how I lived without it. 10 mins from dragging my tools out of the shed I had the car up, both wheels off and this out of the car. No need to counterhold things like droplinks and pinch bolts, just blat them with the gun. Top mount is pretty shagged and the bearing is rattling away. I get to use my favourite* safest* tool ever. Then the cross shaped retaining nut comes off. I just slowly tapped it round with a small hammer. F
    4 points
  18. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Very late ADO16: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1215500735484883/
    4 points
  19. Look how tidy this is. Low mileage v8 too https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-Jaguar-S-Type-4-0-V8-Auto-in-very-good-condition-and-only-38-000-miles/274497177881?hash=item3fe94e8919:g:eQgAAOSwGz9fYiId
    4 points
  20. clayts450

    The new news 24 thread

    Self-employment has somewhat restricted any work on any of the vehicles, as I'm bonkers busy. I did manage to drive five out of the seven in the fleet today. However, I did manage to take a day off a week or so back, to finally replace the brake discs on the Streetwise. Naturally the retaining screws were FUBARed, so drilled them out, and swapped the heavily lipped discs with some shiny new ones I'd originally bought a million years ago for the Rover 45 V6 (RIP). One off the advisory list. Not off the advisory list, however, are the outer CV boots, and one has deffo gone so will need
    3 points
  21. But there's no point in doing the wiring unless I've got the cooling sorted this is the old radiator off the donor car, I'll be replacing it with something a bit beefier but it will do for now. I stripped the fans for cleaning and gave the rad a good scrub and flush out. Much drilling later looks very exposed, I may need to make some sort of guard tray for the bottom. cooling fan fitted but seeing as I still had the aircon fan, it might as well go in there too a bit of wiring and we are fanny-tastic suction is good
    3 points
  22. On the street in Portsmouth.
    3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. Eyersey1234

    Bus Shite

    My chariot for the day. Unusual in having both old and new East Riding/Hull registrations on the same plate.
    3 points
  25. The Vicar

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/peugeot-309-dturbo-van-barn-find/25990423 Turbo diesel 309 van available for a reasonable sum in Ireland. Were these offered in the UK?
    3 points
  26. egg

    The new news 24 thread

    Proof that any car job eats time. i10 old number plate (broken) removed to reveal old sticky pads I use this 'kids' sticker remover stuff, which is actually quite good Still took half an hour to make acceptable. Done.
    3 points
  27. While I couldn't get on the forum last night I was Googling how many variations of the Mazda pickup there are, thinking I must have most of them now. I don't - if I really want them all I need; Fire Chief The trailer for the Motorway Maintenance one The white camper Orange Hulk Orange Block Construction This seemingly very rare Tarmac one Trailer for the Seaspray And two more Playarts
    3 points
  28. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Austin-metro-mk1-1-3l/124341786516?hash=item1cf3591794:g:cx4AAOSw9htfY5x6
    3 points
  29. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Apart from the presumably fake patina and stickerbomb sections, this looks ace for £1500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/373765036988109/
    3 points
  30. Pretty car, but “ British Ferrari” ? . It’d be the work of a Sunday morning to transplant a V8 into this , can’t believe no one has done it yet. These days there’s not that many cheap 3.9 RRs sitting around for £2/300 , I suppose. I once put a nice V8 out of total rotbox into a solid 2600 manual, it went so well a neighbours boyfriend pestered me to buy it . He had it for 2 days and put it onto a roundabout at 100 mph. Obviously pissed and not insured, he ran ( limped ) away, next day my Mum got a visit, because it was in her name still, she was not impressed.
    3 points
  31. lidl have this back in stock.
    3 points
  32. New POD

    eBay tat volume 3.

    And the car has been around the block more than a few times too.
    3 points
  33. We're back! Got a few bits in the post; First up, somewhat tatty Polistil Range Rover next, a New-Ray Corvette Matchbox Dinky Mustang Flower power Corgi Beetle A new one on me, Hot Wheels Flip Outs police car - flipper sadly broken Found the Playart copy of the Corgi Mazda B1600 and because I was keen to get one, I bid on two - and won both
    3 points
  34. Mr_Bo11ox

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/693841657877281/
    3 points
  35. Update, just in ! BEDFORD SIDELINED DUE TO STRIKE AT PARTS FACTORY FORD LTS resumes duties Driver Tom not impressed with the glazing tint But otherwise he loves the JAKE BRAKE on the Detroit 2-stroke. You can still hear it in the next valley
    3 points
  36. I know I have not posted on here for a long time, but I thought that I would share my new daily wheels... it’s a 2003, 53 (Facelift) S500 L (long wheel base) just ticked over to 180,364 miles (I got it at 179,220 miles) What a car, it is NOT greedy on fuel despite everyone telling me before I got it that it would be, it’s not. 5.0 V8, 306bhp 7 speed Auto. its seriously lovely, riding on the airmatic suspension. barely above idle speed at 80mph & for it’s size, it’s seriously quick when it is needed. Also, the silence inside is amazing, you can bar
    3 points
  37. I was out and about today and spotted Fat Franks H van selling street food nothing unusual about that but wait a minute, let's have a closer look my eyes are not deceiving me, it's a fooking fake ! that wonky front wheel isn't attached to anything. The actual trailer wheel is hidden behind the plant pot and the tow hitch is under the 'bonnet' I don't think Fat Frank appreciated me pointing and laughing
    3 points
  38. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    (Almost) re-enact that fabulous 'Martin & ackie' episode of Friday Night Dinner by simply buying a shit heap that's been parked on a coal heap https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Off-Grid-Camper-Van-1997-LDV-Convoy/324299726214?hash=item4b81c51d86:g:LSUAAOSwTjpfOmTQ 'Some of the interior photos show the van when I've had it full of bits and bobs to make it homely' Erm, yeah. But if only there was a picture of someone about to have a gypsy's on a gruffalo 'It could just be a problem with the pilot' It's a
    3 points
  39. After a few days of top down waftage in the CLK. I returned to chateau 6 tonight to continue the remainder of tuesdays plan of taking the VP back to mine for a cheeky tickle with the sparkle stick. Coffee consumed, keys exchanged and i hit the road. 30 seconds later Thankfully just a slightly misleading fuel gauge resulting in lack of juice. A quick dash to the station for a jerry can of tescos finest and we was back on the road and from then it was plain sailing.
    3 points
  40. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-T5-2-5-LHD-Camper-Van/203109765509?hash=item2f4a491185:g:RDMAAOSwe6dfZK7j
    3 points
  41. Good to see. The steering wheel should be matt, like the spokes, but it breaks down on the rim, and goes very bitty and nasty. Problem is, my wheel is now entirely smooth and it's a bit of a game to hold the steering wheel, especially with suncream on! My observations on this one - which I apologise for not making to Six Cyl yet- the floor has been welded in a rather odd method, making it humpy around the clutch pedal - which was catching on the mat when I drove it. It also feels a little skittish around the back end (sorry, I'm a 2CV hooner...) but I'm not sure if that's tyres, dampers or rid
    3 points
  42. Finally got an hour and a bit this afternoon to get some cleaning work done. Windows all cleaned and the polishing has begun. First pass done on this side and the front now. Will want a bit more detail attention in a few spots and a load of wax, but we're getting there. At least the roof doesn't need to be polished because it's not metal! Oh...and both the driveshafts and suspension tie rod shackles were greased yesterday. Forgot to mention that!
    3 points
  43. That is a rubbish 'your mum' comeback.
    3 points
  44. Last Sunday tried to get the engine run in. Starter wouldn't work, kept sticking. Tried adding more power with jump leads, no help. Smacked it with a bit of wood, moderate improval. Replaced that with the old starter motor off the Herald. The engine span! And wouldn't fire. Not a sausage. So turned out we had the ignition timing out by 180 degrees. Correcting that got it to splutter a bit. Spark was pish, points in the dizzy were sitting wonky for a start. Then we did a compression test, 25psi per cylinder... Ah. Either we've fucked up the cam timing or somebody has sneake
    3 points
  45. Today we finished one of the front seats, the worst of the two. The end result is not perfect and, as has been stated before, that's actually not a problem with this particular car. We could have invested more time and different materials to attain a more perfect finish, this is instead conservation so the repair is not invisible. After getting all of the splits and tears repaired with the glue and bridging fabric, a small piece of new leather was cut to fit the hole from the cat damage. To try and hide the repair as much as possible, the piece of leather cut was done to follow the shape o
    3 points
  46. As mentioned earlier, on Saturday I dropped off my Cobra with a friend in Oxfordshire for some fettling. By lunchtime he had cleaned it so it looked like this My friend Jason had visited a few weeks ago for a look see and I pointed out the things I knew needed fettling, mainly the oil consumption, the over fueling and the loss of "crispness" to the performance. I said that I was not certain the performance had dropped off or I had just got used to it. In addition there was a smell of fuel in the boot and the starter did not always engage first time, so I thought a strip and clean of
    3 points
  47. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks welding this up and painting it. Only two bolts snapped on the entire car and I’ve swapped every bolt with new Toyota ones. Ive pulled the numerous dents out, but there’s a few I’ve missed as there was no access behind and they add character I reckon. I’ve yet to weld the metal arch attachments on for the plastic arches to clip to, and the roof and the interior is getting painted next. Also bumpers etc. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them or the bull bars. Ive put the new engine together but I think I’ll wait a couple o
    3 points
  48. I don't know. I'm not sure what that will tell me that I don't already know which is that the head gasket has failed, I don't think it really matters which cylinder it's failed on since a fail is a fail. If it's anything like the previous times it's done it there'll be obvious witness marks to what's amiss. I'm expecting cylinder two or three to be the culprits, they seem most prone to it. It's fine, worst case scenario I just work on getting the Lanchester safe to use and have that as my daily instead. That's the Autoshite way.
    2 points
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