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  1. Huge thanks to @Ian_Fearn who came out to weld the holes in the windscreen aperture today. Despite the bitterly cold weather and the metalwork being stupidly thin it didn't phase him one bit. Ian has done an amazing job and given the car a bigger chance of survival. Thank you again kind sir your a truly a legend amongst us!
    28 points
  2. The 924 is going to a shitter, and I have this...
    19 points
  3. @Motown that’s no bother mate. Was a pleasure to meet you and am pleased I got the chance to throw my limited skills into the ring to get this back on the road. Regarding the more serious rot in the passenger side roof line, I was thinking...... If you can get this back on the road with an MOT, once my wife has been vaccinated and Covid is a bit calmer, why don’t you bring it down to Derby for a long day? I’ll show you how I would go about the repair, give you some welding practice and we can work together to get that area sorted.
    18 points
  4. Foreword.. I'll adjust accordingly to suit this place, was all a bit polite as it was a club posting and the car was bought from a "fellow" club member..... What I didn't say at the time was I had another blue X1/9 at the time, which was all legal. This one had been lying in a dusty garage for 7 years. I put the plates, chassis plate and paperwork for my other blue one in a rucksack, and cloned the new purchase. Chapter 1. Arranged with Jim to collect his X1/9 VS on Saturday,so I booked a train ticket to go down to London to collect it and drive it home.He
    18 points
  5. oreword* It was 2007, my camera was shit and I was skint. As some of you may know,I was away for 2 weeks last month to Europe on my(Italian)bike on my own,thought some of you may be interested,so here's the story I wrote for my local bike club... didn't go smoothly at all! Here goes. Due to catch the ferry from Rosyth on the Tuesday at 3pm,had the bike all loaded and was happy with the way everything was strapped on,messed around for a bit in the morning and had a shower and stuff getting myself prepared for the off.about 2pm I went out to the garage and go
    14 points
  6. Shite Ron

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Wow! In the right colour and a good model from the right year. You’re the one that I want. (As John Travolta sang) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Austin-metro-1-3s-26-000-miles-Husband-Wife-from-new-SPARES-OR-REPAIR/184604320734?hash=item2afb4663de:g:9rsAAOSwKDhf70e6
    14 points
  7. Cold and frosty morning saw renewed work on BX New and old On inspecting the clutch tube, Mr Monkey noticed some wear The bearing was a little sloppy. We procured one but when checking against the fitted one it wasn't much difference so left well alone. We then had a bit of diversion trying to out whether the metal pivot went on or through the plastic bushing. A lunch break with a review of BX manuals showed it went through. The metal pivot was a bit oversized. That seemes to be the issue as when it was pushed through it popped off the plastic. Mr Monkey employed some genius by
    13 points
  8. Tim_E

    The new news 24 thread

    I done a buy. Well, actually a swap...
    12 points
  9. Ok I'm en route to the rendezvous. Still snowy, and now I've demisted a bit it's looking lovely! Just done a cheeky snow power slide in a layby, as a mark of respect to the old car.
    12 points
  10. Cruising wafting home in soooo much comfort!! I absolutely love it!
    11 points
  11. 11 points
  12. Thursday morning 7am ( new years eve) I was on my way to work in my Clio DCi. Pulled out to overtake a truck on the A12 and red STOP light appears on the dash accompanied by audible warning beeps, with unpleasant sound and loss of power from the engine. First thought was "I aint fucking stopping, Im less than 10 minutes from work". It slowly sounded worse and lost more power, to the point where I was driving along the hard shoulder with hazards on at 30 mph. Just as I pulled off the A12 at Hatfield Peveral it died altogether going up the slip road. Freewheeled into the car park of
    10 points
  13. PhilA

    The new news 24 thread

    Just added up the odometer. I drove the Chieftain 807.3 miles last year, which isn't bad considering I put it on the road in late September. Phil
    10 points
  14. SiC

    1974 Dolomite Sprint

    With the windscreen area done, the A-Pillar is next. After cleaning up with the wire wheel I could clearly see the old repairs. These were cut out. New metal put in and welded up. The gap at the pillar looks way too big, but it matches the otherside. I guess standard BL varying panel gaps! Then painted. The reverse I made up new metal from templates But after a lot of attempts, I couldn't get anything that worked properly. So ended up going freestyle and hammering into shape. Ended up alright, except I struggled to get the paint to stick. Ended up using a heatgun to try getting
    9 points
  15. Lancaster managed a little bit of snow today, so I went out in search of white roads to christen the winter tyres properly for the first time this winter. Found snow, but it nearly ended in You've Been Framed comedy disaster...I initially stopped 20m or so further down this hill to take a snap with the Lune valley in the background...handbrake firmly on...all good...got out, walked a few metres uphill and turned back to take the photo...car now sliding gently back downhill, rear wheels not moving...seems the lack of human ballast onboard made the rear tyres lose what little grip they had
    9 points
  16. Florian in his new home. Cheers Tim!
    9 points
  17. Well guys, I think we're on like fat pat's thong. Searched every Japanese breakers in Birmingham, ending up at the seller of the subframe @Ian_Fearn shared. Bit of haggling later, I got it for £120. Wishbones though were non existent, although I see one on eBay for £30. I haven't actually studied Autodoc yet for a new one though. So at the very least, there is a new subframe in good condition to go on the car. I'm going to clean it up and stone chip it to protect it more though.
    9 points
  18. Anyone breaking Covid rules in this manner.... 50 hours unpaid cleaning work in an NHS hospital, wearing full PPE
    8 points
  19. One off hand built car, there is no other like it........................ In The World! I Likes it!
    8 points
  20. There's snow. There's tea. There's breakfast, And a tally on the poo count. Poo=1 Not the best day to have to get the 924 out, but that's what is happening today... What could be going on? Am I just plain bonkers?
    8 points
  21. It was a little on the chilly side to do much in the way of fettling (not hugely surprising for 1st Jan to be fair) but I did do some preliminary investigations into changing the alternator on the diesel C2, now that my HBOL has arrived. The tensioner moved easily enough, but Mr Haynes says to then use a 3mm drill bit in the hole provided in the tensioner assembly to hold the tensioner in position so the belt can easily be removed. Except that there isn't room to get a drill bit in between the tensioner assembly and the engine mount. I'm going to have to see if I can find a suitable alterna
    8 points
  22. Spottedlaurel

    Shite in Miniature II

    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years: Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too. In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I
    8 points
  23. I've just swapped for a car the same power but half the weight. It doesn't accelerate as fast, nor does it corner as flat and planted but it really doesn't seem to matter. It's torquey, so you can jump out at junctions without sweat. I've never driven a 2.3 but I can't imagine that without a stop watch you'd notice much. It's just so endearing. The hype is true: you have to drive it to know but it's so comfy and smooth. Like a limousine but with the the power to weight of a loaded transit.
    7 points
  24. bunglebus

    Hot lemon Lupo

    Changed the oil, while it was draining I gave the engine bay a wipe over with an oily rag mrs is busy cleaning the grubby seats
    7 points
  25. It was a long time ago before digital cameras and there was a cost to taking pictures. It is unfortunate that I did not consider taking pictures of my everyday work at the motor parts shop worth the money as now the inside of a early 1980s motor parts store would be interesting . All I have is a not very well framed picture of the outside of the very shop in High Wycombe the battery with a handle incident happened. Then in 1985 I went to work for a Volvo dealer selling cars, I so wish I had photographed the showroom, used car display, service cars and new vehicle compound every few months
    7 points
  26. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.lesanciennes.com/annonce/renault-18-r18-turbo-1982-a394138?ftype=vo&fcat=autos Fantastic!
    7 points
  27. Took the kids up the hill for a play in the snow It was a bit blizzardy up on the hill but the kids had a nice time.
    7 points
  28. As your most local shiter i provisionally approve this purchase... but I feel to give it my full endorsement I need to come and see it in person... hmm... is that an essential journey? Let’s ask Mark... Hi Mr Drakeford TimE (right) and I (left) have a question for you... (Nice to see you’re in your garden btw Tim) Can I go and approve Tim’s Volvo purchase please... it’s essential. (He doesn’t look impressed...) Please Mr Drakeford, put yourself in my shoes you’d love to go and lick a Volvo with Tweed seats... *thinks* yes t
    6 points
  29. I’d like to nominate Ian_Fearn for a Shitehood in the AS new years honours for going above and beyond on this. Top bombing Sir Ian.
    6 points
  30. My only real breakdown (that I couldn’t fix or ignore!) was in the Mercury. It was the trip home from the importer’s in Milton Keynes. They rang me and said it was in their warehouse and ready to drive away, so I arranged a Friday to go up and drive it home. Got there about mid day, to find the car still in the warehouse up on the ramp. This isn’t looking good! It turned out that the battery had gone flat. Despite my car being the only one (of 4) that came over the pond together whose battery survived the ship journey and started straight up at this end and able to jump the others.
    6 points
  31. My E300 became damp inside because the fan motor had stopped working and a door seal was somewhat flat. I used a few of those small boxes that take moisture out of the air. Not from my Merc they didn't. Got a couple of those that are bags, hung one from the rear view mirror on a Saturday morning. By Sunday afternoon... Excellent at doing what they say they do.
    6 points
  32. Splendid news and another one on here! Comfiest seats I've ever experienced.
    6 points
  33. I wonder if I can power slide it...
    6 points
  34. Quick check on Autodoc while I'm in the queue at Waitrose (butchers have no lambs kidneys apparently, and I want me a steak and kidney pie today), I can get the control arms for £37 each. I will probably need to purchase new bolts from Toyota though. So I'm sure I can get this all done for under £200 now. Which is better than the £400+ I initially thought it'd cost.
    6 points
  35. here my money pit or classic ,needs a clutch been bit lazy was bit ill,hopeing soon to get it back on the road,
    6 points
  36. SRi05

    The new news 24 thread

    Yes, but we've TAKEN BACK CONTROL
    6 points
  37. Be careful... as someone who has sampled Mrs 6C's cider, it goes down easy but sneaks up on you like an assailant with a sock full of pool balls 🤣
    6 points
  38. While I was playing with the new model C30 the other day I was reminded of a toy Volvo the kids had when they were young. They were really into Russ Trolls (remember them?) and we got this V70 Barbie toy car for a few pence at a boot fair, they liked it as their Trolls fitted in it and it was just like the car I had at the time. So while putting the Christmas decs back in the loft, I got it out... In my memory it was about the same scale as the C30, but it’s actually massive... I think it’s 1:8 The tailgate didn’t open so far as this on my one though as I often hit m
    6 points
  39. The day dawned sunny, so I thought I’d better do the one job I’d promised myself I’d do this holiday. Sort out the garage. The combination of a shoulder injury and general lackadaisicality meant it hadn’t been done yet... 2CVs out of the garage... IMG_8499.MOV Running sweetly of course! Ok so the garage was a bit off a mess... Much better! Of course I wanted to remove the Yugo too... but It didn’t want to move (flat battery, and sticky throttle meant no start), so I left it be. This left me musing Fleet plans for 2021 9000:
    5 points
  40. Tweed is for winners too. And me.
    5 points
  41. It’s definitely going to need more work around the windscreen in future but Motown has a plan to get it back on the road, assess its mechanical condition and then launch a more in depth body refurb. I would say THAT is going above and beyond! I do wonder if that drivers side sill will fail the MOT. I could see a tester wanting that to have a little tickle before issuing a ticket but I look forward to the results. I just think this is such a fantastic project, I really couldn’t see anyone other than Motown having the enthusiasm and drive to do it.
    5 points
  42. If you go fast it just means nobody can see how cool you are!😆
    5 points
  43. Just thought I'd weigh in and let everyone know that Tim's new Volvo is called Gunhilda. She's like driving around in a big Swedish armchair.
    5 points
  44. Just pop by my work 😆. Some of the old tat still kicking around, infact from the first picture below (estimated around the late 70s) those windows and doors were only replaced about 3 years ago! The door was hanging off and all the windows had dropped down. Prime shite outside as standard too. Bonus street view of Our shite van (still around as i sold it to the now sadly late vauxhall lover ian, so hopefully it lives on with someone else as he loved that van when i had it and wanted to make it look like new again. Puma was bean canned.
    5 points
  45. HMC

    Lazy spotters thread

    Early r8 saloon this morning. It was a bit of an oddity; I thought saloons were H - on, it had what looked like leather seats under the covers, no badges but a a body kit on the sills. Maybe someone more knowledgable about r8s can fill in the blanks @Ghosty
    5 points
  46. Morris Ital 1.7 SL, Coventry to Solihull. It was a two year old fleet car with a really smooth engine, we called it the rocket cos it went so well. it got driven hard and a mate said “this will get to 80k and it will go bang” way home late one night, I’d done a good stretch on M6 ‘flat’, swept onto the M42 still flat. Just past the Solihull junction, outside lane, still flat, there was a ‘cough’ and a ‘miss’ and then again, and again, foot was still hard down, then another couple of coughs in rapid succession followed by a ‘very loud bang’. I glanced in the rear view mirror to s
    5 points
  47. My neighbours decided to have a big new year's party last night. They took the precaution of covering all the windows up with car frost screen protectors! I think they were most miffed when the police arrived and closed it down. Early twenties couple, who obviously don't give a fuck about the fact we're in tier 4. Impressed with the police though.
    5 points
  48. There really are some fantastic people on here, aren't there? What a decent fella.
    5 points
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