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  1. The Volvo would have been the same amount of work, it had more underseal on than the acclaim. Fingers crossed the acclaim will be back on its feet by the weekend
    25 points
  2. Fleet update time. The Rover 820 finally has brakes again, after a month on and off replacing calipers, and cocking up various aspects of the job. The final hurdle was replacing a brake hose. I got a bit carried away with the heat torch on the banjo bolt, causing the hose to melt, smoke and fizzle. Fire extinguisher was there just in case. But the pipe union wouldn't loosen and I ended up rounding it off, so I cut the pipe and had to flare the short section remaining. The point of no return... Surprisingly I've never had to flare a pipe before, but after a test run the in
    22 points
  3. Power - Part 1 of 2 The 100Ah leisure battery arrived. The battery was being slung underneath the van for a number of reasons. Safety - batteries give off hydrogen fumes whilst charging, not to mention are a particularly large weight to be coming at you from behind should they break free in an accident. It would also free up a lot of space not having the battery and associated gubbins kept inside. Finally it would save on cable runs, as the only place I could fit it inside the van would be right at the back under the bed. I don't fancy sleeping with my head over a big battery. Under
    16 points
  4. 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
    16 points
  5. SGS gas I use but only the 15% mix 20L as it's the largest my local place stocks, I also take the 20L pure argon for the tig so no rental suits me better than paying rental on both bottles. I don't actually do a lot of welding and used 1-2 bottles a year, then I met the Captain ....................
    13 points
  6. Initial woodworking Since I now had fixed measurements I could order timber and parts and make things. I started by creating a worktop. Instead of buying a premade timber board or a kitchen worktop I thought I'd try my luck at edge-gluing strips of timber. It seemed to make more sense than starting with a full board and chopping most of it away to fit the hob and sink into. The hob and sink arrived. Fitting was a challenge as no instructions or template was supplied, so I flipped it over and drew round it. The surface needs cut with a router halfway through s
    12 points
  7. The Dolly was in far better condition than the Acclaim, trying to find good metal to weld to is proving quite difficult. This car is the definition of a rot box, the passenger sill fell off when I cut one line through the filler under the rear passenger door 😂
    12 points
  8. Update: RC Golf I needed to make some upper wishbones* for the steering. It turns out the picture hanging kit I bought has come in handy after all. I made the rough shape of them, drilled and trimmed and epoxy resined in place. So that's the steering sorted now. The battery compartment cover was missing so I used the cover off the donor parts car, trimmed it, relocated one of the retainers and added two locating lugs. Looks a bit poor but it will do the job. So the next thing to do is to look at the motor...
    10 points
  9. The yellow one will be after the green one but only if the Captain hasn't lost the will to live or bought another shit heap that needs work.....
    9 points
  10. Exhaust bits arrived yesterday, but yesterday’s task was chasing the creak on the Saab... Today however! Car was like this for easy access One of the real joys is that working on anDeux Chevaux can be so simple. Mere minutes later: Small blow in the middle where the clamp had seized and wasn’t pushing the pipes together properly, so it was lucky I’d bought the full set of clamps. And refitting the wings seems fiddlier than removal, but car all back together and ready for its retest!
    8 points
  11. stuboy

    The new news 24 thread

    More Will searching ... found some gems of pictures...if autoshite was a family..
    8 points
  12. One of the last bids I put in before banning myself from eBay was for this door donor for my MK2 Transit Just kidding folks, I still need a side door. Hadn't really appreciated that these have a plastic base to allow for the front air dam etc
    8 points
  13. Arch still needs some fine tuning but least it's steel 😂
    8 points
  14. 155V6

    Shite in Miniature II

    A little delivery this morning,found on a Banger Racing model group on Facebook
    8 points
  15. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1991-ONYX-FASTCAT-KIT-CAR-VERY-RARE-1-4-LTR-VERY-LIGHT-ONE-OF-A-KIND/143860197829 No one had ever thought to make a an automotive Nigel Thornberry before. Or after thankfully.
    8 points
  16. 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
    8 points
  17. I’ll just leave this here for a moment... What a bloody machine...more later 🙂
    7 points
  18. I'm also on a self imposed ban from eBay and buying any other model cars after all my purchases have arrived. I was quite excited to get this from ebay.: Gama Audi 80 B3. I had a blue one as a kid and it was the first proper model car I got, as opposed to the more toy-like Matchbox and Corgi I was used to. It was also my first visit to a proper model shop. £6.65 from McLaren Models in Falkirk in about 1989. I suppose it was my frame of mind that made me sell it in the great purge of 2013. My parents neighbour also had an identical blue one on an F registration, it w
    7 points
  19. w00dy

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Toyota-soarer-3-1-diesel-manual-gearbox/363187906561
    7 points
  20. 155V6

    Shite in Miniature II

    Just found these at Sainsbury's,nearly got the Barbie camper too 🤣
    7 points
  21. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1983-Fiat-127-auper-1050cc/333798793612?hash=item4db7f5618c:g:MOMAAOSwaJ9futuJ
    7 points
  22. look at the smiling... no shag pile here doors, doors & moar doors base disappoint man and a van and patient with no boner
    7 points
  23. Why not just keep using it? Now that 99% of all the galloping rot has been cut out and replaced, an annual couple-of-hours with cavity wax and keeping it good and clean is the best thing to do with it. Driving the car keeps it blown through with warm air on a regular basis, keeps the interior from going mouldy, and stops the engine from siezing from lack of use. Unless you plan to put it into temperature/humidity controlled storage, just keep using it as your daily, surely?
    7 points
  24. 25% increase in less than 3 months. Bugger me, I knew I should have bought some shares. Certainly a correlation between this thread activity and this price.
    7 points
  25. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Renault Master transporter low loader recovery plant | eBay That looks as fantastic as it does awful.
    7 points
  26. 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
    7 points
  27. My main goal in life is to not buy another turd, with that in mind I promise nothing.
    6 points
  28. Just been and dropped off some parts for my Dad's 06 Ford Connect Van. Which is currently sat at a garage receiving 'minor' surgery. One side done, just the other to go before some painting. They already fitted a new clutch last week and once the bodywork done, there a new rear bumper to replace the bent and rusty original. Some people may think it's madness, but try finding a decent cheap Van these days!
    6 points
  29. I kinda knew it was that level of rusty when you were patching it up for its MOT a couple of years ago, I remember thinking that trying to repair the rear inner arches was going to be a nightmare. You're doing a fantastic job of fixing it. Sent from my moto g( power using Tapatalk
    6 points
  30. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    What a colour! €2000 seems pretty good. https://www.autoscout24.nl/aanbod/fiat-128-1100-special-1977-benzine-groen-f24f4f45-3e74-4917-b698-32ce9d88c28a?cldtidx=2&cldtsrc=listPage
    6 points
  31. 2006 C70 Soft top, low mileage £745 https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/160603305742104/
    6 points
  32. Mr_Bo11ox

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bedford-CF1-luton-box-van-in-need-of-restoration-1972/254787190092 Like how this says 'BEARS' on the front of the Luton. I imagine it doing a regular round among housing estates in the early 80's selling actual bears to frazzled housewives & kids
    6 points
  33. Post Lady delivered a large parcel from deepest Essex. In there was a Mini. So, four different Corgi Mini castings could be lined-up for scrutiny The oldest and the youngest have no opening parts. Progress, eh
    6 points
  34. egg

    The new news 24 thread

    Umm, Alfa 90 carabinieri spec.
    6 points
  35. Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed
    6 points
  36. Decided it had been far too long since TPA had been out. Had intended to get her out last week but torrential rain ended up putting paid to that plan, mainly on account of the windscreen demister being pretty much useless. Issue is basically that because the duct is so long and narrow there just isn't enough airflow. The heater really needs a decent blower which can both shift a decent volume of air and also produce decent static pressure so it doesn't just get choked by the ductwork. That was the issue I had with the axial blower I tried originally...it shifted masses of air in the open bu
    6 points
  37. I know there’s a few Metro lickers on here...took this in p/x today... Pretty clean at the business end... Slightly below average mileage for the year... It needs a bit of welding around the front jacking points and on the inner sill at one side by the rear subframe mount, as well as a very small hole on the subframe itself, which may get replaced if I could find a cleaner one. It’s a shame as the rest of it has been extensively waxoyled from new and really is like new underneath. God knows what it’s worth but I’m sure it’ll be somebody’s cup of tea. It
    6 points
  38. Also some unexpected items in the bagging area this afternoon... Well blow me down. Most unexpected. And inside... Some ace Matchbox models that still haven't made it across the Irish Sea through normal retail channels, plus a very groovy Corgi Juniors MCI A8 Greyhound bus. Plus a bonus cassette tape. Most groovy. Cheers for that, @flat4alfa!
    5 points
  39. It's the tape and poking filler through rust holes that's done this to the car. There's a bit of fiberglass in the garage that's 2" thick with aluminium tape running through the middle of it 😂 They must have built it up in layers like a bloody cake
    5 points
  40. Power : Part 2 of 2 Since I was occasionally planning a trip to warmer parts of the world I thought solar power would be a good idea. This is one area where I tried not to be too tight fisted. I went for an 80W semi flexible panel in a kit with a MPPT controler. These have a an advantage over cheaper PWM controllers on dull days so I thought it would be worth the extra. With the 80W panel dimensions I have space for a second panel on the roof if I ever decide I need it, whereas I couldn't fit two 120W ones on if you catch my drift. First step was to give the roof a good clean,
    5 points
  41. Fixed. Old boys who rebuild Jowett Javelins in sheds don't sell their cars, for profit or otherwise. That sort of restored car is becoming a thing of the past, as now old motors are worth real money for every 1 bloke who wants to sort one out properly there are 10 looking to tart it up and flip it. Even with the current high values there is no money in genuine restoration, most work being done to classic cars is rubbish on top of 40 years worth of "it'll see it through another MOT" garage repairs. You only need to look at the "professionally restored" cars for sale with a keen eye to
    5 points
  42. In the office today sorting Quotes, looked out the window to see a Peacock on top of a VW Passat
    5 points
  43. Probably of no surprise whatsoever to anyone who knows me but today is collectioneering type of day. Stocked up on diesel and maccys coffee....let’s head south!!
    5 points
  44. It'll still do a few thousand miles a year, but ragging it along the motorway in the depths of winter while other road users try to kill you isn't a fun experience and is just a waste of a car. To be honest I've had several near-misses recently courtesy of other road users, there is a reason car insurance is £800 a year for almost anything that isn't classic here, and having done all this work I'm not keen on some fucktard in a Kia Sportage wiping the car out... It's worse. Much worse... Large chunks were pulled off by hand, some bits of car just fell off while we were cutting/grinding
    5 points
  45. so my 7000th post! figured id make this mile stone post a LightBulb related as today I got some fluorescent tubes iv been wanting for many years now! and that is a radar red fluorescent tube, in-fact I got 50 of the buggers! 2 cases of 25, brand new! one case is mine and the other was bought by a fellow collector in the states and ill be mailing it to him in the new year after the christmas rush and all that has calmed down some hopefully, (he is paying shipping!) the Radar red fluorescent tube is a very rare colour of fluorescent tube developed for use in lighting radar r
    5 points
  46. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    AEC Mercury Tipper Lorry Classic/Truck/Vintage/Restoration/Barn Find/Project | eBay
    5 points
  47. 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.
    5 points
  48. DVee8

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Oh my https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/223385848906125/?ref=browse_tab&referral_code=undefined
    5 points
  49. 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
    5 points
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