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  1. Continued doing various small jobs all over the place. The seats now have the plastic side trims fitted. These are usually broken to some extent but luckily I had some spare ones and made an almost perfect set. The engine is now ready to start. Everything is fitted/connected and I've filled it with coolant and oil. I've also put some ATF in the power steering and will top that off once its running. The gearbox is ready to go back in so a few more hours and I should be ready to turn that key. The oil is Millers 10w40 which is the recommended grade for these engines. C
    16 points
  2. I've had this old crate since 2006, back then it was a nice tidy £1500 daily driver '94 mini 1275 sprite. I ran it til 2008 then it sat round the back of my mates as i'd bought something else. I then decided it needed to be red. A LOT of metalwork later it was, but then life got in the way and it has spent the last 10 years festering in first my parents, then my garage. I cleared a load of shite out and got it dragged to the front of the garage yesterday so I can actually crack on with it. Plugs out, bit of Penol down the bores and a gently swing on the alternator with a spanner and she turns
    15 points
  3. God why... Rear sill, cut along top, fell off and took the inner with it. Rear floor, with added T piece to brace the jacking point... No T piece on the other side, might be alright? It wasn't. While we were under the car we realised the jacking point had sunk into the cabin a good inch or so as the whole floor buckled. The bitumen sound deadening pad is structural. No matter, sills and floors can be made... Valances are also a thing that tend to be shit on Acclaims... Thankfully @GingerNuttzis An Wizard or some shit
    13 points
  4. barefoot

    The new news 24 thread

    The Rover appears to be losing an unexplained drop of coolant every so often, so I booked it into the garage for investigation - tomorrow. The fair wife then decreed that she will be going into her office - also tomorrow. Obviously she will be taking the Scirocco which of course decided that rather than start easily this morning, it would simply flatten its aready aging battery. Rather than piss about trying to rejuvinate it, I simply took it as a sign, and bought a replacement. In other news; You may remember that the magazine I worked for closed down recently & I got a part time job
    12 points
  5. Just back and it drives ok, apparently. It’s the blue slk on the right. Both front wings need replacement, bonnet needs a respray, service history patchy. I was just about to make excuses and leave when the disinterested looking wife says ”I really like it. It’s got heated seats, it’s here and so are we, You can sort most stuff out can’t you.?” At which point the seller says “it’s called myrtle “ so we brought it home. Obs. mot till May, £800. Leaves some tidying up cash in the pot for the bodyshop. Decent mot history (r390lht). so far so good, I think.
    12 points
  6. Proceeding as expected (it was just a low coolant sensor, there appears to be coolant and it's in the right places). CD player Player player player player player player.
    11 points
  7. Finished another door card on the Lanchester, this time the front one. This is the one that had the carpet section hand sewn back onto the rest of the door card. The map pocket has shrunk a lot and took some coaxing with the iron and a tea towel to get it back to something like the proper shape. Really happy with the end result all the same. The minor wrinkles you see should mostly settle out, the light is making them more prominent looking than they are. I have learned that tiny tacks and brittle old fabric are not the most fun things to work with, fortunately it's been a rewarding proce
    11 points
  8. I didn’t have much time this weekend for playing with big American barges, but I did figure out the tailgate. It’s got a frameless glass window, pulling the handle latches it to the side. Instead of that Putting the key in with it shut and turning it makes the window Go down electrically; and reaching the inner handle then lets it hinge downwards.
    11 points
  9. Daihatsu news. After an oil flush, a refill with 5w40 and a couple of different additives (Liqui Moly's Oil Additive and Motor Saver - this one softens rubber apparently), today's cold start was not the damp bonfire affair of earlier cold starts. Still a tinge of blue, but better. Quickly cleared out on the road. The rear brake binding was down to the handbrake a cable. Tugging the cable instantly freed the brake, so it's fine as long as you don't use the handbrake... Have ordered a cable. Once it arrives, I'll put the Charade into daily duty. 2CV was fine today. New plugs seem to have so
    10 points
  10. Comedy news. I changed the fuse for the cigarette lighter 12v socket on the Mondeo. It's been broken since we bought it. Easy enough, I though thought I'd just check it by pressing the lighter element. Sure enough it worked, and burnt years of crap down there. Now I've not smoked in 12 years or more, but I don't remember the hot element ejecting itself clear of the socket and flinging itself across the car... It landed hot bit down on plastic trim while I was driving and the plastic burst into a small yet significant flame. Yikes! Fortunately it was a piece of pla
    10 points
  11. Finished the NSX. Please don't compare it with efforts of someone who knows what they are doing, especially the paint. I did get all of the features to work nicely though, opening engine compartment, pop up headlights and steering. I removed the driver's window because the 'masking tape' that I used when spraying the black windscreen border, bled everywhere. The other windows were not so bad.
    10 points
  12. Thing is, they were never... Slow. Not the biggest engined ones, at least. Lazy, yes. But that uninspiring push at low speed just continues well up to the legal limit. Most get really wheezy above 3500-4000 rpm and the shift points were a bit optimistic but a hefty multi-element torque converter meant that you would accelerate like in a Jaguar. Suddenly you're going fast after a but of noise and not much feeling of actually doing anything. Very squidgy cars, given that America had last spent any major money on road infrastructure 30 years prior to this being built, so a lot of very
    10 points
  13. Spotted this on the way back from somewhere today - can't be many of these left? One for @Talbot? That MOT history is spotless!
    10 points
  14. DVee8

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Oh my https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/223385848906125/?ref=browse_tab&referral_code=undefined
    9 points
  15. Prototyping / testing shite out I've probably made a rod for my own back by going and having a rant at other people's conversions (and I apologise if I offended anyone) and I feel a bit guilty now, but you'll all get to point and laugh at my efforts in due course. At this point in the build the Easter holidays were coming up and I had two weeks off. I wanted to spend that time using the van. Everything that follows is a few days worth of throwing stuff together to test ideas. It's all temporary and gets ripped out again, but the purpose was see how well the insulation worked in
    9 points
  16. A distance Far from your wallet It actually does look good. Not great, but then, if it looked great it would probably be worth something. 2004 called: "SHIT! WARN THEM ABOUT FARAGE! AND BREXIT! AND 2020! AND ED SHEERAN!" Pick one. "ED SHEERAN!" Which one will I wash first?
    8 points
  17. Poo! We had a problem with a blocked drain under the public road to our septic tank the other side and the last manhole is under our garage floor. Parked over the cover was our Peugeot 504 Cabriolet that lost a wheel then failed to start, which had not been touched since September. The 504 started easily and drove in and out of the garage with 2 wheel nuts without a problem. I remember the last owner telling me the 504 would cut out when hot and not restart until it had cooled down properly. The last owner worked on the ignition, but Kugelfischer injection has always been problematic
    8 points
  18. ford transit custom camper vans motorhomes | eBay 'Everything is their to make a beautiful motorhome' (sic) £1,000!
    8 points
  19. Today, @Talbot kindly dropped the Princess wing off for me and we had a chinwag for much too long about basically everything, the new wing will allow me to replace the one currently on the car that's cobbled together from three wings and a bit of sill. In other good news, the weather and our work schedules aligned so the other half and I have just finished the conservation of one of the Lanchester's door cards. This is the original fabric and fixings, with new tacks and copper rivets to hold everything together, as per the original construction. New padding too, which has really improve
    8 points
  20. Another of the Tamiya buids completed: Three down, two more to go to finish this set of replacements.
    7 points
  21. egg

    The new news 24 thread

    Umm, Alfa 90 carabinieri spec.
    6 points
  22. It's not stupidity. It's wanting things to change and having no agency except for a vote. There are stupid remainers too, their minds melted by that vote.
    6 points
  23. Love these! Smoked about in this last summer Drives much better than would have believed
    6 points
  24. Thanks to @loserone and @Talbot we now have a replacement tyre for the JCB.
    6 points
  25. I will have great difficulty to not crack a smirk at 62% leave-voting Sunderland losing its major employer as a direct consequence of the sheer stupidity of its own people. It literally voted to shit on its own doorstep.
    6 points
  26. Marking out The next bit involved a lot of measuring, head scratching, and then wiping it all out and starting again. Having to make everything fit but also make way for other all the other things that needed to open / move / dispense water / blow heat out / keep cool can be a headache. The other thing is that I wanted to minimise dead space, that is: space that contains nothing but you can't actually access in any meaningful way. That, coupled with being able to access everything that you need to whilst inside the van was important to me and posed a fairly difficult challenge. My w
    6 points
  27. time to get these brake lines fitted : step 1: remove exhaust manifold wtf ? also had to remove the clutch and brake masters, coil pack, cam angle sensor and cam cover ! would have been so much easier fitting these before joining the chassis to the frame just the rear end to sort and it will be time to bleed them up couple of nice easy jobs to end the week air intake sorted and new pedal rubbers
    6 points
  28. the weather was kind yesterday so I got on fixing the timing belt and water pump not many pics as I was racing against darkness but got it all finished just as light was fading intersting* points to note here - use of a 24mm and 25mm spanner clamped by vice grips to hold the cams steady while I fit the belt, use of the dipstick down plug hole #1 to confirm top dead centre filled up and bled pretty colours I took it for a good hoon round the back roads and all is well, the heater blowing such hot air that I got the roof down
    6 points
  29. One of the greatest threads on AS but the matter-of-fact statements such as this one I picked at random set it apart from others. Supernatural levels of skill throughout this restoration.
    5 points
  30. Borrowed the use of Northern Monkeys ramp today to do oil change and replace brakes on saab. Fronts were advisories on previous MOT so thought I had better replace them Discs are past their best New discs are coated which look nice Brake jobs are always quite satisfying - I even managed to do all the bolts up tight.
    5 points
  31. Gadzooks, is it my birthday? Some more deliveries have arrived First up, with suspiciously Zylmex looking wheels is a Majorette Jag Nicely preserved Corgi Escort And a Firebird Red Fox body to go with the one from earlier Don't know the make of this 911 I do know the make of this but not heard of it before - Conrad Passat wearing very Audi-like wheels Next up some more Mebetoys/Hot Wheels Not a very popular choice of car to recreate, but Solido decided we needed a miniature Talbot Tagora, almost* as inte
    5 points
  32. Picked up a job lot locally, most important of which is this Which completes this set Also included were Late Corgi Jag policemobile Cobra Mustang Matchbox Gran Fury - the "no doors" version of the casting Laser wheels version of the venerable Mercury This Lambo is also another one that ran for years Yet another long-lived casting is this Jeep Talking of Matchbox Jeeps, while I was out I found these MX5 Nissan pickup And D200 crewcab
    5 points
  33. morrisoxide

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Do not paint! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ford-cortina-mk2-2-door-barn-find/324385477910?hash=item4b86e19516:g:HXIAAOSwKcxfutVg
    5 points
  34. sdkrc

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164517010649 Loooooongcat
    5 points
  35. Maybe this isn't the best time of year to take the Capri down a muddy wood track round the back of Croxley? The resultant mess at least forced me to wash it, which I've been putting off for ages!
    5 points
  36. I've had the radiator reconditioned. I'm not 100% sure if it came from this car but it is the right size and bolted up no problem. Finding all the bits has been a challenge on this build. I'm told the engine & bay came apart in 2007 so that's a lot of unlabelled stuff sitting around for a very long time. I've cleaned up the power steering pump. I'm going to try my luck and just see how it holds up. Feels fine, I just hope it doesn't leak. With the pump fitted I've continued to fit the rest of the hoses and lines. Mostly new stuff has been fitted with one origin
    5 points
  37. I haven't bought it, I traded it for some stuff and I'm not entirely sure I want it, but I'm definitely curious... It's green. It was made in Britain in 2004. It's got 12 months MoT. It does about 25mpg as far as I can tell. It has four doors. It has leather seats. It's got a CD player.
    4 points
  38. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    AEC Mercury Tipper Lorry Classic/Truck/Vintage/Restoration/Barn Find/Project | eBay
    4 points
  39. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    A rotten, badly running, old fashioned pile of wank that's dangerous to drive. And a Subaru Justy. Subaru justy 4wd spares or repairs export | eBay
    4 points
  40. Another Jaaaaaag. Short MOT but seems like a good price? https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202011236395959?sort=distance&advertising-location=at_cars&year-to=1995&price-to=1000&radius=1500&postcode=cv100nr&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=New&page=1
    4 points
  41. Asimo

    Home made pick ups.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-cortina-pickup-2-0-pinto-engine-automatic-classic-rare-barn-find-hot-rod/353288503856?hash=item5241a2c230:g:z10AAOSwZ-5fupr3
    4 points
  42. @bunglebus’ boss @Mr Pastry
    4 points
  43. This months Craptical Plastics has a Yak Yeoman in it... Never heard of one of them before... and bloody hell do I want one now!!
    4 points
  44. Of course, posh car! Or so they wanted you to think.
    4 points
  45. busmansholiday

    Bus Shite

    I used to be involved with ex Rotherham 37 (second from left, top pic). It was kept in Sheffield in the late 60's and early 70's and was towed to Sandtoft for one of their first events in 1973 when that Henschel had just arrived. Our towing vehicle, on a fixed bar (no connected up brake lines or electrics etc), was Fosters of Dinnington Leyland Titan TD4 / ECW FEV178 (now preserved). We were on another bus, think it was ex Southdown 381, and on the way back waited at Conisborough for it to pass and take pictures. As it came whistling down the hill past the old "Star" pub, a bloke at the bus s
    4 points
  46. Cavcraft

    The new news 24 thread

    Charged both spares batteries for the Scomadi today, both are knackered. Gave the 125 a very good bath and let it run at the same time, then whizzed down the lane on it. Then whizzed the head light cover, fancy* brake levers and nicer mirrors off, and swapped them with the 200 ones. A small, but satisfying couple of upgrades. Investigated diesel leak on the Corsa, looks like the seal at the back of the fuel pump. I think they (seals) only about £11, but there's another part to replace at same time, according to the internet. Finally got the battery back on the Merc, f
    4 points
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