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  1. Hello all! I thought it might be time to start a thread on these innovative little cars. They have an all aluminium body shell; only the slam panel is steel. Despite having nearly 250,000 miles on the clock Alison; my 1.4TDI is still capable of 60mpg. I bought Alison at 125,000 miles and I consider her to be a Rolling Restoration. Various things have been changed; mostly Preventative Maintenance. Here, Alison is observed in a highly effective disguise at a BL\Rover Car Meet. I thought I'd add a couple of other pictures; Lord Boots is always on hand to help me with cleaning jobs. Also, the Balance Shaft, Chain and Tensioners were replaced along with the Clutch and Cambelt, etc... My previous car was Sara, a 2000 Rover 75 2.0 V6...
    19 points
  2. Originally the car was Green but was repainted when the second owner restored it. First owner, in Scotland, had it from 1968 to 2012 and then wrote it off (as a Cat C). Given they weren't worth a lot in 2012 it likely was a minor giffer dent. There is a slight crease in one of the door panels and a receipt for a dent puller, so probably was that. Second owner then welded the sills and a few other bits. In the process he repainted it from Connaught Green to the current Blue. What blue is it? I really don't know and want to know! My suspicion is that it's tractor enamel paint - maybe Ford blue? There is his emails address in the paperwork and I keep thinking I should email him to find out. A few bits need touching up and it would be useful to know what it is. The vinyl roof I don't think is original. As it's a 1968 plate and a MK1, it must have been a very late registered one of the last. Or it had been sitting around for a while. The original BMC Passport to Service book ties up with the age. I know the colour isn't to everyone's taste, nor is it original but I really like it. It's a bright and vivid colour when polished up and gets parsersby attention. A impulse lockdown project purchase last year that is a very jolly little car. More about it on my thread!
    16 points
  3. Probably last update as I hardly ever log in here nowadays. But because this originated here, I felt the need to share some more. The Fiat is finally back at home with me. It is now pretty and runs great. Turns stops and all that shit. It also makes me happy whenever I look at it and that's what's most important, innit. It is a one of a kind car for me that currently I can't see myself parting with. That will probably change when the seasons change and I see something shiny somewhere. Here's the car everyone.
    16 points
  4. RobT

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Cor this looks lovely. £700 spent recently £799 NO OFFERS EVER! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/92J-NOSTALGIC-106-XN-53k-Full-MOT-SOLID-700-spent-recently-799-NO-OFFERS-EVER/233894565857?hash=item367533d7e1:g:KHoAAOSwu51gJ36~
    15 points
  5. Forst time this has seen the light of day since September.
    13 points
  6. This was just posted over on the bini fb group - not sure if europarts or amazon are to blame !
    13 points
  7. MGB hi-top camper; rather crispy. Norn Irn. Also; get a load of this shite! The lost valley of the dinosaurs Sherpas is in Herefordshire.
    10 points
  8. DVee8

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiat128-3p-Sport/224351910561?hash=item343c6a7aa1:g:37wAAOSwu7RgKQBq Kin ell
    10 points
  9. I have! It was shit and then it caught fire.
    9 points
  10. barrett

    Shite in Miniature II

    I bought a toy car! I'm definitely blaming this thread for what i now picture as my inevitable decline into the world of glass-fronted cabinets, toy fairs and celibacy. Anyway, this arrived to join my nascent 'why did they model that?' collection of 1960s-70s European toys. It's the Politoys Export Ghia V280 in fetching silver. This is a later issue with the ugly generic wheels, but even the older versions of this are pretty common in comparison to a lot of Politoys models. This was one of the cars that lived on in plastic form behind the Iron Curtain as a Novoexport toy. It must have been even more perplexing to yer average Ruski child, or perhaps one Western car looked much like another to young Igor and Sergei? So, what is it? Well, it's one of the Chrysler-based, Ghia-built show cars which proliferated from the early 1950s until the end of the '60s. This one was a Plymouth Valiant in a party frock, as shown in 1964. It's not the prettiest Italian coachbuilt effort, and had limited exposure in period, which makes it doubly curious as a choice for a 1:43 version The actual car (which survives in America) was painted a nice dark maroon, a colour which was available on the earlier Politoys toy, but annoyingly seems to be the most difficult version to find Anyway, this one was cheap and in the UK so even though I wasn't actively looking for one, I'm quite pleased with it. It's a faithful representation, with a detailed dashboard, although the casting is a little rough round the edges I think the pressings were a bit worn out by the time this one was made. It's reassuringly weighty, too, and flies along on its suspended axles (not that I've been pushing it round my desk making brum-brum noises or anything, honest)
    9 points
  11. The estates were a really nicely proportioned thing, and Ford were producing some excellent metallics throughout the Mk1s run. They're a smart bit of design. Round headlights work best when paired with the full polished grille while the square ones look best with the black insert grille. Plain hubcaps looked nicer to my eye than the body coloured ones which managed to look too fussy on the Escort in a way they didn't on things like the Granada. Front bumper is always an oddity. Generally, they look better with the quarter bumpers because you can make the number plate look like it belongs on the front, the full width bumper always made the number plate placement look a bit odd. Only abiding memory of the venerable old Escort is a family friend who had a super shonky one with a buggered starter motor.
    8 points
  12. I forgot to post that I’d received the Sentron-9. Apart from the faded box it’s pretty mint! Unfortunately the seller forgot to mention the broken wire on the 9v connector ☹️
    7 points
  13. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Mondeo-MK1-2-0-4x4-Ghia-classic/274683756535?hash=item3ff46d7ff7:g:vPUAAOSwFZtgKW2D
    7 points
  14. artdjones

    The grumpy thread

    Didn't you get the memo? The only correct attitude towards EVs is unquestioning adulation for them and all who drive them. This idea of finding out about things for yourself and then making your mind up is so last century.
    7 points
  15. Bader-spec 2600 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rover-SD1-2600s/154331769169?hash=item23eee3e951:g:~jMAAOSwkSZgKY-k
    7 points
  16. Panic over, I messaged Paul and he said it should have read March 1973, not March 2001! He's sending another certificate out. Thanks for your help, @LightBulbFun.
    7 points
  17. I left an OBD2 lead plugged in which I think drained the battery. The S70 was on hand to jump it. In addition to the bad brakes I discovered a huge oil leak. It seemed to be coming from the oil cooler and right enough its gasket was rock hard. I replaced the cooler with the gasket and it isn't leaking now. The brake vacuum pump was totally gubbed, with a bit of the case punched out. It looked quite new but had no brand names on it. A previous owner had cheaped out and bought a £35 one on eBay, I had good spare VW/Pierburg branded one in stock so fitted that instead. Brakes are back but the ABS light stays on. The injector leak off pipes were replaced too as they were brittle and ready to burst.
    7 points
  18. Finally managed to go to where my Rover is stored yesterday, passing by while doing another (essential) errand. Haven't been to it in 4 weeks due to lockdown and all that. Battery? Flat as a witch's tit. No problem, connect jumper pack... Cue 5 minutes of the alarm/immobiliser going mental, and not responding to the fob. A frantic Google on the phone revealed the procedure to cure this, involving locking/unlocking the door using the key, pressing the fob buttons a specific number of times, and sacrificing a live chicken to the gods of Lucas electronics. With the crisis averted, managed to run it for 30 minutes or so to get a bit of juice into it, and I've added a solar trickle charger to help it retain charge. It'll still need a mains charge at some point though.
    7 points
  19. Talking of Aquatic Jade This one is a Lotus Elan floorpan with a full fibreglass body from Old Ford Auto Services
    7 points
  20. RobT

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Ugandan missionary garage find I may have re-arranged the words slightly, but it's all there. Fairly cheap still for a 5 these days. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Renault-5-TR-44k-genuine-miles-MOT-1989/333885704895
    7 points
  21. meggersdog

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Theses are becoming very rear https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-750i-1998-V12/284184120622?hash=item422ab18d2e:g:ZJ4AAOSwWfxgKTOZ
    6 points
  22. Dj_efk

    Audi A2.

    Here’s mine - a 2004 TDi90 that has been remapped and had a custom / all-alloy intercooler installed and a six speed gearbox from a 2014 Audi A3. It’s a terrific car with bags of power and long legs successfully updating it into a fun daily driver that doesn’t tire you out on long journeys - It romps along nicely on the motorway in the lane reserved for the marque. I paid top money in buying it and having all the preventive maintenance items sorted but now it will last me until diesel cars are banned with some annual maintenance and a bit of care to avoid the kind of lunatics that yours seems to attract!
    6 points
  23. rickvw72

    Audi A2.

    FSI = Fucking stupid idea TFSI = totally fucking stupid idea.
    6 points
  24. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Who you gonna call? car take back? https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/755322282050381/?ref=browse_tab&referral_code=undefined
    6 points
  25. Always loved the MK1/2 estate, I had one for many years but it never got completed. That colour ^ is Aquatic Jade, very unusual on an Escort, was a Cortina color. My dad's 1600E was that colour
    6 points
  26. Saabnut

    The new news 24 thread

    I try very hard not to comment on these things, but just occasionally it is even harder not to. I have my own forum so see things from both sides. There are always people who are not happy with the mods. There are always questionable decisions when viewed from one side, but only the mods know what is going on in the background. One major car forum no longer exists because a post was not moderated, the site had to close, either that or the mods faced court. Never under estimate the vindictiveness of people. The comparison with FB is laughable, they have the budget to fight back, AS (nor my own forum) does not. When these subjects come up, every year or so, it is the same few who are (mostly) active on the other forum who make the most noise. That forum shouted about no moderation, then through necessity became light moderation. When I tried to sign up in the early days, my request was ignored, so I am not a member there nor will I be. The ultimate moderation is surely selecting who can join? Right, you will be pleased to hear I am going back to being quiet, but somebody has to support the mods occasionally, who whilst far from being perfect, keep this OLD CAR forum going and out of court.
    6 points
  27. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vauxhall-Chevette-GL-H/303886250289?hash=item46c1083131:g:VVkAAOSw05xgFuC2
    6 points
  28. DVee8

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/R-REG-AUSTIN-ALLEGRO-PROJECT-BARN-FIND-SPARES-OR-REPAIR/233895830128?hash=item3675472270:g:pRUAAOSwey5gKPHW
    6 points
  29. More power to your elbow! Here it is being excavated in 2016…
    5 points
  30. Smol car, 400 BINs, Newport.
    5 points
  31. I've told this story before somewhere, but about 15 years ago I worked at Halfords. One wet sunday afternoon at about 4pm, a bloke came in after a head gasket for a Nova. By this point, Halfords had long since stopped actively stocking anything like this but I was sure I'd seen one in a stack of old dead stuff in a dusty box in the back. The bloke was covered in oil and clearly mid-job, I think he'd got the wrong gasket or something. He was really desperate as he needed the gasket to put the car back together to drive to work in the morning. So I climbed up the racking in the back and sifted through the big box of old stock and sure enough, a gasket for a for a 1400 cavalier masking taped to a floppy bit of cardboard! It was still on the stockfile, but since it'd been sat around for so many years, it had eventually automatically been reduced to 50p which was the default end price for anything obsolete. The bloke was absolutely made up! I couldn't take cash on the parts desk so I sent him off with it to the tills to pay for it, where the old dear took his 50p, and then neatly folded the gasket in half to put it into a carrier bag.
    5 points
  32. 'Fucked, Still Fucked, More Fucked, Less Fucked, OK, Shit the Bed, Fucking Fucked...'
    5 points
  33. sierraman

    The grumpy thread

    Don’t give things names that you might have to cut their lives short if they become a nuisance or you need to eat them. It colours your judgement. Before you know it you are spunking £800 refreshing Barry the Zafiras suspension when what you rationally should do is shoot it in the side of the head. But then I’m not a terribly sentimental person about these things.
    5 points
  34. RobT

    eBay tat volume 3.

    i was told by previous owner that the car had spent over 20 years in a garage Long-winded version of you-know-what. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1983-ford-cortina-2-0GL-poss-PX/124574611529?hash=item1d0139b849:g:yU0AAOSwHHxfx14W
    5 points
  35. For all your neighbourhood dispute arbitration needs; the Vickers Defence Systems FH70 155mm howitzer, 12,500 BINs, Gainsborough.
    5 points
  36. PhilA

    The grumpy thread

    I want a Citroen SM but they're too expensive.
    5 points
  37. There’s a hole under my left elbow in my Citroën GSA and filling it presents an opportunity. Unfortunately, while I like cars and radios to an “inappropriate” degree, car radios aren’t on my nerd spectrum. I am therefore lighting the nerd assistance alert beacon. The interior is two-tone brown-on-brown, with embellishments in brown. Being a GSA, it can swing freely between 70s kitsch and 80s spank. Below is some pornography to set the scene. Ideally, of course, it needs a tiny CRT display linked to a ZX Spectrum with a speech synthesis cartridge and Death Star exhaust port targeting capability. Suggestions will be most welcome.
    4 points
  38. sierraman

    The grumpy thread

    I’m not a fan of that. What sort of philistine would take the V12 out of an E-type and fit an electric motor? I suppose it’s a bit like doing the outside of Blenheim Palace with insulation and render to make the electricity bills a bit cheaper.
    4 points
  39. I have a feeling this has already been listed, but have another look just because of the colour; 1981 Maxi2, 2000 BINs, Stoke. Get a load of the interior; feel the velour!
    4 points
  40. Poojoe 404 wagon, 3750 BINs, Nr Capetown
    4 points
  41. barefoot

    The grumpy thread

    Grump - People who give their cars names. Get a fucking dog or something.
    4 points
  42. 10L of fuel, 10sec for the pump to prime and away we went. Must be overfuelling to fuck. I think a temp sender needs ordered, as 20mpg ain't right!
    4 points
  43. African reporter struggles with UK Town names, Sheffield proves especially difficult a8e531be026798133c927fe5e1eb3336.mp4
    4 points
  44. Wilko220

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Always good to be able to confirm especially when a car is
    4 points
  45. And, as a change of plan, this important* job got done.
    4 points
  46. Married and struggling during lockdown I recommend Not only do they sound fantastic the noise cancelling is epic She's sat 4ft away and the only indication she's speaking is her lips are moving Fantastic
    4 points
  47. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    What the frig https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Subaru-impreza-4-6-V8-AWD/154327538807?hash=item23eea35c77:g:2YYAAOSwLAtf4ncD
    4 points
  48. are folks getting lazy and just posting repeats of what has been shown to us previously without checking the previous (recent) posts?
    4 points
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