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  1. Work continues, mostly in my absence admittedly, @GingerNuttz did approx 98% of the work... With the rear quarters reattached more rot was dug out in the front valance, boot lid and around the rear lights. When finishing welding to the rear quarters it was found that the bushes for the strut were shot, and with parts being largely unavailable for these cars the only option was to cast custom poly ones... Due to the sheer amount of repairs the only viable option was to respray the whole car. Originally planned to be a quick blow over along the sides and polishing the existing paint on the roof and bonnet it soon became clear that it'd be not much more effort to paint the whole thing. Sanding back the roof found quite a few areas of surface rust that'd previously been painted over too... So Saturday was mostly spent sanding, with a trip out to the paint shop to choose/buy a top coat. Over time the goals for the quality of the respray grew, so I took off all the doorcards to remove the locks and handles as to avoid harsh masking lines, then the doors were removed to allow painting of the jams. Fun fact, the hinges must be fitted to the car before it's painted, as it's just bare metal underneath them. Over the next week @GingerNuttz is going to finish the primer stage, spray the door jams in blue and clear the garage ready for the top coat to be applied to the body on Saturday. Oh, the latest colour was chosen from swatches at the local paint place. So the stock colour was Eclipse Blue: But the car had been sprayed Mercedes Stahlblau: And it's now getting sprayed Iveco Kolbatblau: A bit more saturated and more depth to it I think.
    23 points
  2. 18 points
  3. Brodders

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I should really avoid this thread.
    18 points
  4. Today was a quick look over the cars day which is a perfect way to spend your 23rd wedding anniversary. First up was the Clio. Is was smelling of burning oil the other day when used so had been sat waiting for time to investigate what was going on. Oil and coolant checked ok. Plenty of mayo under the oil filler cap but this is most likely to be short winter journeys. I drove it up to the workshop and put it on the ramps for a better look. All seemed ok so I decided it can get a quick oil change and monitor what is going on from there. Next was the new arrival's turn. Into the workshop for a quick once over. Everything seems to be in decent shape. .this is good news. As is this. I've never seen a fully ticked off list before! I played about and got the seat how I want it and put the radio code in as well and that was the extent of the work it needed. I need to do a tidy up then I can get some actual stuff done. Really glad this has joined the fleet.
    13 points
  5. This is my first post as a long time lurker, but I thought I should post in solidarity with Hubnut after watching his attempt at bump starting Roxanne. It was a proper laugh out loud moment, mainly 'cos I have been there myself. I've included a pic of simarily inappropriate vehicle to vehicle contact when I had to push my P4 back into it's lockup when a combination of sticky brakes and a failed ignition coil left it stranded outside. Thank you for making me feel less inadequate as a chod fondler!
    11 points
  6. stuboy

    The new news 24 thread

    More clearing out looking of missus deceased uncles house this fella had some stuff..I liked the short baynet... and I thought light licker would like to see the green bulb..
    10 points
  7. With the way ive made the repair sections, the folded up outter sill panel ties into the rear axle mount. So i made a plate that ties the lot together aswell as caps the end of the sill part. Plugged to the thick steel of the mount, and ties into the seat box panel and sill. Certainly not factory probably overkill, but im making this up as i go along due to the area having been bashed and welded in the past im trying to make it as strong as possible.
    8 points
  8. Proton Bukakke Saga Proton Saga 1500 SL MOT August 2021 | eBay
    8 points
  9. Still not moved the Bentley Been a busy week! Went to Sheffield and took the Disco in to the specialists (Hoggs in Sheffield, highly recommended) and left it with them. Next morning they called to say the boost pressure sensor had failed (this was the third item I replaced but with secondhand and the replacement was also faulty, the perils of parts roulette with secondhand parts) and they could not source a replacement as Bosch told them they had been obsolete for many years (they are only fitted to automatic TDIs). Lots of googling later and only one place had them listed - Rimmers in Lincoln. Cost? Just over £550 plus VAT! For a sensor, the robbing barstewards. More phoning around and DLS said they could get me one for £350 plus VAT but would take a week or so. A call to my friend Simon who understands these electrical black magic things and he reckoned a work around could be done. Next morning he called to say one of his suppliers could supply one (LR Direct) and one was duly ordered. Cost? £43 delivered! Collected Disco still without Turbo assistance and Thursday headed home. Called in near Kelso to collect this (shite photo taken in shite weather today): Very pleased with it and ideal for what I need. Slow remainder of the trip ensued. Yesterday, I was informed another forum favourite* was up and running again and was almost ready for MOT so could be rejoining the fleet in the next few weeks much to the joy horror of many. Today I went to visit my MOT man (not the one who has retired but my much stricter friend ) who has been borrowing one of my fleet for the last couple of weeks. He has been nagging me to sell it to him for over a year, so I agreed reluctantly to sell it to him. He immediately gave me the cash for it in case I changed my mind so today, this left the fleet I have had it for nearly 2 years, covered 5000 totally trouble free miles in it and enjoyed them all. I will regret selling it, but I really have too many cars and it will be looked after well. To balance things up a bit, the car I swapped the recently departed Modus for is now ready for collection having had a new belt etc fitted so there will be a new addition later in the week.
    8 points
  10. Hello there fellow auto shiters I've been working on the 820 for a few days now so here's a few updates. Fitted some new rear windscreen trimmings After removing all four doors from the car i have installed new glass, handles, door harnesses, lock mechs and window regulator motors. Since taking this picture i have also started to connect up the electrics to the car. I decided it would be better to have them crimped rather than soldered. It was while i was reattaching the doors to the car i noticed a few exterior door trims were missing but luckily i have a box full of them in the loft so i will put them on at some point in the near future. This is the first time the car has had glass and functioning doors since it was vandalised in 2017. I discovered the glove box wouldn't close at all and was getting in my way when moving around the car so i decided to fix it there and then. I removed the glove box to find it was being jammed by a cassette from 1987. Helen Watson fans please step forward not really my cup of tea And finally the Maestro Sadly it wont be coming to me and i am genuinely heartbroken about it I looked into buying it before and discussed at length my plans for it i even sent pictures of the other Austin/Rovers i have saved and restored to the owner. Both myself and a friend have made further enquires about it this week and was initially hopeful that we could get the car. The windscreen, door glass and the sunroof are all smashed and it has quite abit of front end rust although the wings seem fairly clean. I thought to myself there's plenty of Maestro parts floating about on Ebay if its solid like the 820 i can sort it but the owner wanted £700 and wouldn't move on the price despite chatting for sometime. it’s obviously if you look online at the various posts relating to this abandoned dealership the main reason alot of the cars stayed there for so long is the owner wanted the same price for the cars he’d put on them in the late 90s and early 2000s. For example if the Metro or Astra didn’t sell for £900 in 1998 it’s not gonna sell for that price now after sitting for 20 odd years and been all smashed up. For £700 even if I had the parts I couldn’t give it the minimum it needs to get going again never mind completely restore it. It’s a £300 car max in my opinion. More updates on the 820 to come soon. All the best 👍
    7 points
  11. Getting sill-y Some triming and fettling got the outter panel in a good place. Time to zap it in, id made two infill panels for the arch area aswell so these went on. With that now in place i could trim away the door shut / lower c pillar panel to weld in the top part of the outter sill that ties to the inner cill as the original part was rotted through. Some of that was ground back, then weld through zinc primed, with that done the other panels could be made. I joggled some joints aswell as plug welds. Zapped in and welds ground back.
    7 points
  12. Apologies for crap photo...but off to see this shortly............
    6 points
  13. AlsoMike

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiat-Fiorino-Diesel-Pick-Up-Spares-or-Repair-1996-88000-miles-/293889076161?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292
    6 points
  14. So the Modus is still losing coolant; about a third of a litre added today after a week's use (albeit only about 70 miles). No signs of HGF, and it runs really sweetly. Will take the various covers off this week and see if I can spot anything (raising the bonnet reveals a space the size of a letter box). The worst tyre loses air quite quickly when parked in certain positions but not in others, so assuming there's a nail or similar in it somewhere. If it ever stops raining will investigate this as well. Corsa now has a shiny new MOT and is for sale here: https://autoshite.com/topic/43430-2005-vauxhall-corsa-12-twinport-mot-jan-2022-£550-west-norfolk/ And I've been meaning to add a bit of a update re the Austin 1300. Unsurprisingly the bits of welding to the sill ended up extending to the heelboard, so it now looks like this... I'm definitely not going for concours! It's still remarkably good for a 50 year old ado16 which has been off the road for the last 25 years though. Unfortunately progress is funerally slow due to faffing with modern cars, the weather and my general rubbishness. Should be ready to start reassembling before Christmas, although I'm not sure whether to fit the subframe bare (which would be easier) and reassemble when on the car, or build it up first (radius arms, displacers etc) and fit the whole thing in the opposite way to how it came out. I wonder which approach@SiCtook with his?
    6 points
  15. Because as you work your way along the coast you get to Prestatyn and then proceed to Bangor...
    6 points
  16. I found one decent track on the free CD's that came in the changer, I had my eh...... co-pilot take a video........ VID_20201212_152950.mp4
    6 points
  17. After a pee/coffee stop at Tebay(charter, tradition etc) we arrived at the site of the object of @Frazs desires. Yes, this Discovery 3 of many shiters, most recently @Cento16v (Pleasure to meet you!) Just run in at 210k miles. (The car, not @Cento16v ) A quick check over confirmed it was indeed a Land Rover and what did we care, it wasn't our money? Via the medium of telephony we confirmed with Fraser that, yes, of course he was fucking buying it, it was a bargain and we were here already. Cash was transferred by magic and we headed north. Quick fuel stop and just look at these two beauties Amazingly the Accord takes up nearly as much parking space as the Disco😯
    6 points
  18. Collection 1 all back safe and sound. It's a big old beast but everything works. The dealer tried everything before we left and noticed that the blown air heater switch was dicky, the radio aerial was a bit pants and the awning was stiff. Stuck it straight into the workshop and got it all sorted before we left.
    6 points
  19. andrew e

    Shite in Miniature II

    Another one I bought in the early 90’s - a genuine USSR Volga! Lovely box art and I’m making a wild guess that ‘86’ stamp inside the box is when it was made. In Aeroport livery, everything opens - it would give a Dinky Galaxie a run for its money! Oddly no zinc pest, and it’s been missing that mirror all the time I’ve had it too. Separate steering wheel, good dash moulding and even authentic holes in the floor 😁 Very finely detailed running gear, and back suspension that’s factory knackered for good measure - it’s like a Ruskie Hearald 😂 To compliment the roof mounted “Follow me” the rear window I have had translated to “The Pubski - Vodka’s on me!”
    5 points
  20. Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da Batman!
    5 points
  21. Guess who I’ve found at the side of the road.... Now performing waiting room duties until the truck arrives.
    5 points
  22. A week and a half since I got my new daily (Kia Exceed) and retired the 200E for the winter, I finally plucked up the courage to enter the garage and start work on the winter restoration. I started by jacking the 200E up, high enough to get access but without compromising stability - the car will be supported on axle stands. Firstly, I removed the old exhaust system, which took all of 3 minutes. The two plastic boxes you can see in the photo above were supporting the rear section of the exhaust whilst I was separating the front part of the system from the catalytic converter. With the old exhaust removed and the new system placed alongside it, it looks like I've got a good match. Surprisingly, the new exhaust weighs about the same as the original MB one, which is a good sign. It will be a while before I install the new system though. + The rear bumper had to come off. I wanted to check the metal hiding beneath and I wanted to straighten out the damaged chrome and sand and spray the black plastic part of the bumper, which had picked up various bumps and scratches (not during my ownership!). The bumper was easy to remove and the metal beneath it was sound but dirty. Not that it matters and nobody will see it but I cleaned the rear panel. Come on, you'd have done the same! The chrome strip is attached to the bumper with about 15 clips, some of which looked a little rusty. I did not want to risk separating the chrome strip from the rest of the bumper because of the risk of it not going back on properly secured. Instead, I put some Gorilla glue into the join and left the strip clamped overnight. Before starting any repairs on the underside of the 200E, I first wanted to remove all plastic covers that could be hiding grot. I started by taking off the covers from the lower wishbones. I was pleasantly surprised to find factory fresh metal underneath. Then I removed a large cover that keeps the fuel pump and filter clean. Apart from a bit of surface rust around the front fixings, I didn't find anything to worry about. On the nearside of the floorpan, I removed another cover. This time I did find a little rot, which will need attention. I then removed the offside rear shock absorber. It came out quickly and silently. Whilst removing the nearside shock absorber I could hear horrible crunching sounds as I poked the metal above. With the shock absorber removed and the surface rust scraped off, fortunately I found solid metal. When I painted the inner wings a couple of years ago, I did so without removing the shock absorbers and therefore the small area of metal where the shock absorbers abut the structure of the car did not benefit from a clean and coat of paint. My bad. Now these are off, they're not going back on the car. Fortunately, new rear shock absorbers do not cost much. Whilst it will be nice to have four new shock absorbers on the 200E, I quite like the floaty ride that the almost 30 year old shocks provide. About 10 years ago I fitted new (admittedly cheap - Trucktec) shock absorbers to my W123 230E and they transformed the ride from soft to rock hard. I put the old shock absorbers back on within 24 hours, returned the new ones to the supplier and till this day the car is still riding happily on the old shock absorbers. More next week.
    5 points
  23. If only they’d made the whole bus out of whatever that sticker is made of. Seems to have survived really well.
    5 points
  24. Here I am, found my log in, it was next to what I thought was my 10mm socket, but that turned out to be my 25/64" socket.......Balls. Thoroughly enjoyable drive home, lovely old bus, doesn't drive anything like what I'd expect for a vehicle that's been to the moon and back twice.... It's far worse!! Just kidding. I think @dome was struggling to keep up at some points on the journey home. My mission was to get the MPG read out to indicate as bad a value as possible for arrival at @Fraz in the hope that he'd say he couldn't afford to fuel it and then sell it to me!
    5 points
  25. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volkswagen-camper-t2-westfalia-1973-one-owner-from-new-barn-find/324412564896
    5 points
  26. The windscreen wipers on the Jag have been becoming increasingly glitchy of late. Normally a sharp thump on the scuttle would get them working again - until last time I needed to go out in a hurry when they decided to play dead entirely. The behaviour seemed to suggest the motor wasn't making it quite all the way to the fully parked position (which is slightly further over the screen than the normal wiping range). Given I knew the drains had been clogged for goodness knows how long the motor had most likely spent some time under water so I was hoping it was going to be a simple case of dirty contacts or dried up grease in the linkage. Figured it was worth pulling the grill over it off and seeing if I could see anything obviously amiss. Looked like it would be a simple case of pulling the wiper arms, undoing a couple of bolts and lifting it off...right? Of course not, because Jaguar. Having unfastened everything I could see it still wasn't interested in budging more than a few millimetres. Peering under the edge it became obvious there was a load of stuff attached to the underside, with no obvious way to detach it. Eventually I figured out that the whole wiper assembly remains attached to the cover and you just have to sort of wrestle it out through the not-quite-wide-enough gap. Those spindle gear boxes look suspiciously like the same ones used in the Invacar...given the amount of BMC parts bin hardware in there it wouldn't surprise me. Nothing hugely obvious amiss, though the whole drive assembly and spindles were really dry. So everything was drowned in penetrating oil and I then splodged as much grease as I could be hand into the spindle boxes (pretty easy as they're not sealed) without pulling things to bits any further as I was being mindful of having to go out pretty soon to collect groceries. I'm under no illusions that I won't be back in here, most likely I'll need to dismantle the motor gearbox itself to give it a thorough clean and re-grease as the original lubrication has probably long since turned to plastic. As it is though the wipers now move at about twice the original speed and appear to be playing ball...the issue has been intermittent though so only time will tell. With everything back together I headed for my grocery collection slot, via a fuel station (again). Stopping at the first junction after that I noticed the dash lighting seemed really dim. Um...yeah, that would do it. The alternator appears to have lost interest in charging. I legged it home and switched cars. Further investigation revealed no working ignition light either...so either bulb has gone or we've got an issue with the brushes most likely. Of course when I went back to the car half an hour later to park it it behaved perfectly again. Yep...sticky and/or worn brushes methinks. Won't that be fun...the alternator is one of the nice easy to get to things... Oh...no I actually meant the other thing. You can barely see the damned thing. I changed the belt for it a couple of months ago and that was a full day's job pretty much! Never a dull moment... I did finally get a bit of time to start putting the basic text for a website update together (first time since 2017!), got a ways to go but have made a start at least. Decided to use something lacking in distractions to assist in concentrating on what I was actually working on. Really do like the keyboard on this too. It's definitely physically the same board that Acorn used in the Archimedes range (A3000/3010/3020 at least), which was always my favourite to type on of the machines from that era. Amiga wasn't bad...Atari ST came miles behind with their horrible mushy mess. Funky shaped function keys couldn't even redeem it. No idea when I'll actually get the update finished and uploaded, but at least I've made a start.
    5 points
  27. doug

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Sometimes I think the photos on ebay are works of art. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1956-Humber-hawk/293886792082?hash=item446d049192:g:sr4AAOSwGYZf0SLx
    5 points
  28. I know that a few others here make model kits, so I just wanted to share the joys of Tamiya X-19 Smoke. A bottle is less than £2, and it’s fantastic for adding details - it just goes on with a paintbrush. I suspect it’s also quite good for diecast restorations too. (No doubt this is common knowledge and I’m the last person to find out about it)
    5 points
  29. We went for a mountain walk on Sunday, and to my surprise (and pleasure) it was suggested we go in the Land-Rover. A frosty start, but no problems, and relatively warm by the end of the journey. My earliest LR memory is a holiday trip down a rocky track to a beach on the Isle of Wight, in a 109 Station Wagon. My second memory, and the one from which I remember more details, is again on holiday but this time in Cornwall. A Rover 800 was stuck towing their caravan up a sloping grassy field, and the site Land-Rover was called upon to pull them out. When I later saw it manouvering a static caravan, I was amazed. Anyway, this was (from the wing-mounted headlights and central speedo) what I now know to be a late Series 2A, and this has always been what I've regarded as a 'proper' Land-Rover. I always thought the Series 3 grille at odds with the rest of the styling, and it especially grates on this one with the pre '63 reg and black and white number plate. So... This is more like it! Not yet mounted (need to make some fittings), but much more suited IMO.
    5 points
  30. Here's some info which may have a clue or two about the early computers at Swansea - https://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500254769/DVLA-brings-IT-back-in-house-after-decades-of-outsourcing And for the historically inclined here's some pictures taken when the DVLA was being built and first opened - https://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/gallery/20-pictures-tell-story-dvla-8804551 LBF - get yourself down there. Dear Autoshitist, I'm sorry your documents have not been received/have been lost/were eaten by the dog. Yours Blodwyn Jones
    4 points
  31. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/870697967048230 Possibly better than it looks, apparently work done...
    4 points
  32. Very cheap but MOT less Saab in Tier 1 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1992-SAAB-900-XS-16V-MANUAL-MOT-EXPIRED-SPARES-OR-REPAIRS-NO-RESERVE-CLASSIC/274610687911?hash=item3ff0128fa7:g:yoQAAOSwV~lfrkz8
    4 points
  33. Previous owner messaged me a couple of days ago, “found a folder full of receipts, do you want it?” Yes please, no expenses spared on this it seems. Full underbody rust protection treatment, bill from a few years ago of £1500 (😱) which included a new turbo. And most importantly it’s had the oil sludge fix done.
    4 points
  34. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROLLS-ROYCE-SILVER-SPIRIT-BARN-FIND-PROJECT-2-OWNER-CAR/254805684716?hash=item3b539a31ec:g:vKAAAOSwW0Bf1Kbe
    4 points
  35. https://www.flickr.com/photos/peter_leigh/50194129723/in/album-72157631851159640/
    4 points
  36. Panhard Le Zebre, designed by a sculptor and a chandelier designer:
    4 points
  37. Honda S660 Neo Classic: I like the new retro-themed designs that Honda have been adapting recently, such as the Honda E, N-One, & N-Van.
    4 points
  38. angle

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Clearly not worth £5.5k, but who knew there was a US market 505 Turbo Diesel? https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1767620336737764/
    4 points
  39. Mr Laurence

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Cheap (£77 with 14hrs left) Audi 80 with MOT in the parts section https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-Audi-80e-2-Litre-Mot-03-21-1-Previous-Owner-Low-Milage-car-is-now-sorn/363209808238
    4 points
  40. Westbound via the A65 and then north on the M6. I'll just leave this pic here. I'll let Fraz and Craig(if he can find his login, it's probably in the same place as his 10mm sockets) update you further. Suffice to say from a quick spin round the block when we got back home the big disco feels very solid and is wearing it's miles very well. Home and the results are in for the Accords performance today. Not bad, not bad at all. What did the Disco manage @Fraz? 🙈
    4 points
  41. Remspoor

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Drop top gorgeous. But too expensive to me. Location The Netherlands. Price 6500€ 1997 Lada Samara Cabriolet https://www.nederlandmobiel.nl/tweedehands-auto/lada/samara-15i/12553346
    4 points
  42. Let's start with some more good news which is that I managed to drive the Maestro for long enough to get it warmed up. Seems to take a while to get the gauge to actually move but this is probably normal, the radiator hoses are both getting warm, the heater is heating, the coolant isn't leaking out anywhere. Also gave the car its first bath. Unfortunately weather cut play short so I couldn't go into as much detail as I would have liked. The red hides a LOT of cosmetic sins and much of the paint is very flat. That said, a lot of the paint looks like it will come around with some polish and time so I'll probably do a bit of that. A clay bar, some tar spot removal, and a good dose of good old T-Cut will probably remedy quite a lot. What it won't remedy is the bits where there's filler. It's all the usual Maestro places to the usual degree so it's all very repairable. Because it's not crunchy or falling off I'm choosing to ignore it for now, some T-cut will reduce a lot of the rusty marks so that's all I plan to do. Later on when my welder is operational again I might fix these areas properly if I still have the car (I'll probably still have the car). There's even a couple of those weirdly located blobs on one rear door, which have been painted to keep the rust at bay. There's a lot of that all over this car, in fact, and it's probably what's kept it happy. Lots of practical preventative treatment just to keep things from getting worse, and I'm very much okay with that. The roof looks like someone might have tried machine polishing it and gone a bit heavy, what I thought was lacquer peel is actually very smooth, and there's a lot of swirl marks burned into the paint on this panel. It will probably come back around with some effort and care, we'll see. In the arches I thought it was black underseal, it's actually dirt. I need to take the wheels off to clean this out properly and I will. I didn't really find any signs of loose underseal or problems so this should all clean up quite well when I've time to get the wheels off and give it a good scrub out. Inside, I found the source of an annoying rattle is the passenger seat head rest, it's missing the little plastic guide finisher/tubes. When I'm driving I just pop the head rest out so I don't have to listen to it. If anyone has a pair of these plastic trims please do let me know, I'd quite like some. Colour isn't important, though grey would obviously be preferred. Here it is after a very quick one-bucket wash. The rain didn't hold off long enough for me to do the polishing and deeper clean I would have liked. It scrubs up okay really.
    4 points
  43. I'll still be doing the picture and word updates alongside the video ones, but I'll be saving video updates for a more regular schedule. That way, you can enjoy the updates in the best way that suits and I can keep track of what I've been doing in an easy-to-browse format so I don't have to sit through videos of me. So, I wanted to get to the bottom of why the engine seemed quite loud and 'inductiony' at idle and my first port of call was to check there's an air filter in the air box. There is, and it's in excellent shape. Next, check the oil. Exactly where it needs to be on the stick, if a little black. An oil change will happen in the near future. Then I went and watched an old @dollywobbler video from when he had the 1.3 Maestro van and you know what, it's just as loud as this Maestro so I think there's nothing wrong, I've just forgotten how loud this engine is in the Maestro. Good. Problem solved. NEXT! Why isn't the fuel gauge and temperature gauge working? I know there's coolant in it, and fuel in it, so my next stop is fuses. The fuse for the instrument panel was fine, but there's something odd about a couple of fuses in the box, can you see? Rather than replace the two fuses, someone has soldered suitable gauge fuse wire to bridge them. I'm actually pretty impressed with this, especially considering how difficult it would be to solder these in situ and how cheap and plentiful blade fuses of this type are. That's a proper engineer's solution is that. I used the spare fuses and the fuse puller in the glovebox to put new fuses in. Gauges still don't work, but nothing else is broken, so it's fine. I couldn't see anything amiss without delving into the dashboard and if I was doing that, I might as well try and fit the NOS gauge pack I bought on eBay for about £12. Getting to the cluster was a bit of a nuisance because the speedo cable does not easily detach with things in situ, I'll go into more detail on the how and why in the video, but suffice to say I ended up unscrewing the bolt that holds the drive end of the cable to the gearbox (oil in the gearbox was a bit smelly so that's going to benefit from a change too) to give me enough slack to pull the cluster out easier. Next problem was the steering wheel was in the way. No bother, a simple case of popping out the boss, undoing the bolt, and getting it out the way. The joy of pre-airbag cars. There's two multiplugs on top of the binnacle to disconnect. There's no need to disconnect the clock from the surround, the wire is long enough that you can flip it onto the top of the dashboard out of the way. I had found the NOS item on eBay when casually browsing for useful things - there's about £100 worth of Useful Things currently on the watch list - and thought it worth picking up even before the car arrived, just in case. I don't have a photo of the one that came in the box, so instead here's the one that came out of the car. Nothing obviously wrong with it, some testing will be required to get to the bottom of what had gone wrong. These are solid state modules which isn't something I'm used to, a nice bit of hi-tech 80s electronics. I couldn't see any burnt traces or swollen components, no obvious sign of problems anywhere really so I can't tell you what was amiss with this. I've kept hold of it for now, I'd like to understand what had gone wrong with it but I'm crap with this sort of thing so I likely never will. I made sure to put a 'dead unit' note in the box so I don't accidentally fit it thinking it will work. Then it's simply a case of fighting everything back in the hole and plugging things back in. Before fitting all the trims, I did just test the unit to see if it worked. I was delighted to be greeted with the low fuel warning light coming on and then the needle slowly climbing up... .... eventually to about 3/4, which sounds about right since there's been about 55-60 miles done since Six-Cylinder filled it up. Temperature gauge probably works too, I didn't get the car warmed up today to find out. I'm very happy. Unfortunately the only spare bulb I had for the head/sidelight telltale that looked like it wasn't blown actually was so I'll need to order some new bulbs. Fortunately, getting to these bulbs isn't that difficult. The biggest worry for me with this car at purchase was the non-functioning fuel gauge, I'm glad it was an easy fix.
    4 points
  44. I remember those style of car mats in my Grandads 2dr Tercel, thinking he had household door mats in the car. By eck https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RENAULT-18-GTL-ESTATE-1-OWNER-FROM-NEW-356-MILES/154239169089?hash=item23e95ef241:g:16EAAOSwYX9frr8e EDIT: probably a repost
    4 points
  45. https://www.wightbay.com/ventnor/cars/peugeot-205-1987-6006475/ This has been buzzing round the Island for years
    3 points
  46. Floatylight

    eBay tat volume 3.

    800 Sterling V6 https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/386383156026521/
    3 points
  47. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Renault-11TC-1985-B-reg/143884869307?hash=item218034debb:g:5B4AAOSw-mJf1UI-
    3 points
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