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  1. black and beautfull with its nets curtains dollies on seats got be rare love to own it,thought my mazda was rare,
    16 points
  2. Okay, let's have a look at this carb. Ten minutes and it's off. The correct home for the mystery ball bearing has been found, there should be one at the end of a spring on the choke mechanism... there's not. That has now been reinstated in the correct place. The accelerator pump was never going to work how it had been assembled. This was what I found when I removed the cover. That spring should be pushing the plunger back out...however it's been installed on the wrong side of the diaphragm. We've all been there at some point! With it put back in the correct place however it still doesn't work. There appears to be a hard blockage somewhere between the float bowl and the accelerator pump chamber. I'll try giving it an overnight soak and long stint in the ultrasonic cleaner...but I have my doubts about being able to get it cleared if it's not shifted so far. Hmm... Back together for now so the car at least can be moved while I consider my options.
    11 points
  3. Very quick update from today. Had quite a few errands I needed to run today, having failed to get TPA out yesterday because we were boxed in by school traffic (to be fair with how windy it was that wasn't maybe a bad thing) I made a point of taking her out today. Not being able to go anywhere makes getting decent photos harder... I did get a couple of test videos from the Akaso action camera - video is far better than my phone though the audio is diabolically poor. So in future I'll see about using separate recordings and splicing them together in software afterwards. Tests were done with the camera on the door and windscreen - I didn't do a test on the rear windscreen as it would have involved faffing around looking through the rear window to frame it. I didn't want to give passers by the impression I was out to shoot video rather than it just being done while I was already out. In theory you can connect to the camera wirelessly from your phone to use that as a live viewfinder but I've never managed to get that functionality working. The downside of this video source...that the files are both several gigabytes in size...so they're not going to be uploaded anywhere today. Tomorrow maybe. This afternoon though just as I got back home, the fuel pump for the Beige Wonder arrived. Fitting this took me just shy of seven minutes from setting foot out the door to having the engine running. Just thinking about this, I do wonder if the additional check valve in the carb which had caused some head scratching (which was still missing a spring though) was a measure added to deal with leaky valves in the fuel pump. You used to be able to see bubbling in the filter once the engine had stopped for a few minutes as the fuel slowly drained back to the tank. That doesn't seem to be happening now.
    11 points
  4. Well well well... Apologies for the radio silence, folks - been quite a time of it at work this last while, and things like 'weekends' and 'evenings' just haven't really been happening. But there is some good news, as Royal Mail's malfunctioning online postage service has finally been fixed (it allowed me to buy the postage ok, but not view and print the labels) and today five belated tat parcels finally entered the system. So @Split_Pin, @barrett, @MarvinsMom, @andrew e, @Rover414 - apologies for the delay, and hopefully these should be touching down with you early next week! Further boxes for @Amishtat, @NorfolkNWeigh and @bunglebuswill be wrapped and dispatched in the coming few days, so Watch This Space. And it hasn't all been one way traffic... this touched down today. I'm fairly certain it's my most profligate diecast spend ever ever ever. I've not opened it yet; I'm not even 100% sure what I ordered in the end (I pruned so many off my original shopping cart to leave only the very best) but you can be sure I'm as giddy as a giddy thing at the prospect. Plus, no additional duty payable, other than the VAT at point of sale. And yes, the total came to more than the £135-odd threshold for GB import duties. I'd been keeping an eye on the tracking, and had become a bit alarmed that it had been sitting with Customs for over a week. But it all came through. Could Norn Iron become the new Underground Railroad for tiny tat? Well I wonder...
    10 points
  5. So I've the next two days off, and I've spent about 5 hours today sorting this bolt shit out. Tried the heat a few times. Bolt didn't move. Tried welding a nut to the bolt, plenty of heat (it was actually glowing) - didn't move and actually broke more when I took the breaker bar to it. I ended up cutting the bastard out. Now I've welded a new patch in, welded a nut to it and it's so far looking good. I'm waiting for the primer to dry before I throw the stone chip on it, as I don't have a body top coat for it. Feel more positive today about it. The subframe should be on tonight!
    10 points
  6. HillmanImp

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Any Facebook group with loads of members is a no from me. Full of pond life who I want to argue with. I sometimes do go in them and I'll bite if I'm in the mood but Facebook is a really scary illustration of how stupid a large section of the population is.
    9 points
  7. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1312831 Have we had this? 1983 (registered 1st Jan 84) 205, £650 No MOT, but it looks like a real dinger!
    9 points
  8. The price isn't unreasonable. We're not in the good old days of 2018 anymore, we're in the unrelenting hellscape of the '20s, where old car prices are set by doubling last year's price, huffing ether straight from the bottle, doubling the price again, investing the proceeds in cryptocurrency and somehow becoming a billionaire a week later because a Reddit meme tricked Warren Buffet into putting everything he has into Dogecoin.
    8 points
  9. Gorgeous Boxy Starlet with over-sized rear 'plate https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1985-Toyota-Starlet-1-0-barn-garage-find/284196682089?hash=item422b713969:g:cHAAAOSwX1VgNrDW
    8 points
  10. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1311995 50k miles, automatic - £800 These are a very pleasing design IMO. One for the barn in this sightly shade!
    8 points
  11. Vince70

    The new news 24 thread

    I had an interesting drive in the E36 Ti for its MOT today as haven’t used it for about a year as I stopped to get some petrol and a guy at the pumps said your car is on fire (a little smoke) but luckily what he meant was my front NSF brake was binding on. I slammed my foot on the brakes and went on my way merrily to the MOT station about 25 miles away and it was fine afterwards and told the garage and all was good. The car even went straight through without an advisory which I wasn’t expecting after sitting for about a year and the brakes are working great so that will teach me not to dump my car up the side of the house for a year.
    7 points
  12. New addition to the shop will be this Hillman Imp which will be available in four colours. This is the copper version just to whet your appetite. Inspired by a photo of, I think, the Imp belonging to @Rusty Pelican because it's one of the best references I had of an Imp on Alleycats. There will be blue, gold, cream, and this copper variant when I've got all the processing done. Will probably also do a multi-Imp arrangement for those sticker sheets and repeating prints people like. I'm not totally dead on the car art, just incredibly slow with it these days.
    7 points
  13. wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    I have to say that if I ever have another Princess it's going to be hard to resist calling it Craig.
    6 points
  14. FARMER TOM BOUGHT A MARX TRACTOR THE OTHER DAY. He'd never owned a Marx Tractor before, but he remembered them from when he was a boy. He bought it as a non-runner and fixed it up, so it is now working order and is activated by the knob behind his seat However, the steering mechanism has a mind of its own and he regrets it wholeheartedly. Now he's desperate to get off it before he does himself an injury.
    6 points
  15. This evening's entertainment... Immediately seeing previous repairs to the flex PCB is never a good sign. Definitely has the worst case of oxidised contacts I've seen in a long time. For your "entertainment" here are the two videos from yesterday. The windscreen mount (second video) definitely gives a far more stable recording, however doesn't give any view of the actual driving going on. Also the audio is horrible. The moment I go anywhere north of about 2/3rds throttle the induction noise just results in horrendous clipping as Akaso apparently didn't see it as worthwhile to include any sort of automatic gain control on the mic. If I do any videos in future with a view to actually publishing them on my YouTube channel or the like I'll use a separate audio recorder. Really looking forward to getting the next 20 miles out of the way so I don't have to bumble along at 50 on the main roads! While the wide angle lens does exaggerate things a bit I think that gives a better idea of how she performs in the real world than previous videos I've done which were so shaky as to be useless.
    6 points
  16. AndyW201

    Shite in Miniature II

    Bit late in from work tonight, but there was a nice package waiting for me, Bit of a rarity, part of a Walmart-exclusive collection. Nice to get some carded Merc wagons at last, after only being able to get the green version in a multipack. Narrowly missed out on getting the Target stores exclusive Terracotta red version in the retro packaging too. Grr! Lovely little 914. The '96 Carrera is still a fave casting of mine. Those rims look the business on this one. Another ace new casting. A road version in red or yellow would be most welcome. And a few more I haven't been able to find in the shops, just to make the weight up. Can't resist the 944...
    6 points
  17. Madeleine? Too soon?
    6 points
  18. Expensive parts collecting.
    6 points
  19. It's a somewhat cantankerous old DMM2 which I really need to get around to properly servicing one day. The third digit in the display for instance today has decided to go on strike. We had some success with the instrument panel. After cleaning several dozen contacts and about five thousand lamp holders we had working panel illumination. Never realised that the Citroen text and the vehicle diagram were illuminated. Unfortunately once back in the car there's still no life from the illumination circuit - though we do now appear to have a full compliment of working lighting indicators... Side light and rear fog lights had been missing before. On the other side of the dash we have now got everything attached to the test button behaving as it should. The overheat indicator wasn't working before. I'll need to have a poke around tomorrow to see if we're missing the supply for the illumination entirely or if it's just a dodgy contact between the edge connectors and the instrument panel itself. My guess that the speedometer wasn't working was correct though as the cable wasn't attached to the back of the panel, so it definitely wasn't working!
    5 points
  20. 155V6

    Shite in Miniature II

    The Giodi Rover I found this Jag XJ6 in a similar style,also from Italy,by Baravelli Also,three more Guisval cars with the wheels like the Mercedes.I think perhaps they just used these wheels on race/rally cars?
    5 points
  21. Drivers electric windows been playing up for around 6 years on the Sierra so i thought I'd better swap the motor/mechanism over. Took a couple of hours and lots of swearing-but now works!
    5 points
  22. brownnova

    The new news 24 thread

    My 9000 is called Bjorn, when we bought a second 9000 it was scaled Bjornadette.... and when the 900 came along it was called Christian... as in Bjorn again Christian...
    5 points
  23. Now available in four different colours, and a repeating print. Picked out the colours that felt the most Imp-y, particularly pleased with the greenish-gold version. https://www.redbubble.com/people/angylroper/shop?artistUserName=angylroper&asc=u&collections=647562&iaCode=all-departments&sortOrder=recent
    5 points
  24. In other news, this arrived Better pull the Dinky Transit out of the cherry Ski paint stripper Ah yes, it used to be azure blue in a previous life. Maybe I'll do it that colour again once I've re-done the arches to a better standard than when I was about 14
    5 points
  25. My cars don't have names. For much the same reason my kitchen table, desk lamp, wheelie bin and all other inanimate objects in my life don't have names.
    5 points
  26. Kiltox

    E10 checker tool

    They break with normal fuel to be fair
    5 points
  27. SiC

    E10 checker tool

    Saab All Saab vehicles with petrol engines produced since the mid 1980’s are cleared for use with E10 petrol. Owners of vehicles produced up to the mid-1980s should consult their dealer 🧐
    5 points
  28. In other news, the Primera is full of crap after a final collection from my previous place of residence. I really am impressed with how much utter crap I seem to have acquired in my life. I mean, there are frigging VHS tapes! Planning to have a go at the blower resistor tomorrow, change the wiper blades and, as the weather is nice, maybe even give it a wash. Might get to have a run out in the 2CV too. I'm eyeing up a proper unit, but I suspect it's a bit too big for what I can afford at the moment. Might make more sense to focus on finding somewhere more suitable to live. A garage at home would be so nice. I do miss just being able to step out for a bit of tinkering.
    5 points
  29. A great reg for a recovery vehicle. Would be better on one with towing gear rather than a flatbed though.
    4 points
  30. Spurred on with the success of my E36 going straight through its MOT I decided to book the old golf in for an MOT and see how bad the fail sheet should be for next Thursday. The guy who fitted the tyres yesterday said it had some play in the ball joints and I know the wiper blades no longer have any rubber attached but hopefully should arrive by Thursday morning. And I still can’t work out why my pictures are upside down but I guess I can at least look underneath lol.
    4 points
  31. I was just holding the fort, ready to shout "shop". for Billy. I'd like to ride the mouldy one after I'd scraped a bit of moss off.
    4 points
  32. My first Land Rover; a tidy Series 3 Lightweight. Used as a daily driver for a while in the mid '90s. Never welded or repaired; it was always in above-average condition and after an unleaded head conversion it ran even better - in L-R relative terms... It was sold when I bought the 110 Tdi as I foolishly thought that three Land Rovers were too many on the drive. 🙄 From my youth I wish I still had the 1979 Renault 5 Gordini that replaced a Reno 16.. Sorry, no pics. Squirrel2
    4 points
  33. Monster job lot just arrived (I had Tat Friday™ withdrawal symptoms) Interesting bits include no-name Renault 30, which I mistook for a MK1 Passat Husky Lancia Flaminia, complete with bonnet but missing a bumper corner (TADTS) A teaser - who made this Merc 190? And this plastic Pug? Tidy Zylmex Charger And totally-not-a-Matchbox Boss Mustang No name Corvette is a nice casting Tyco era Matchbox Jag XJ220 desperately needs a silver makeover I managed to break this MB cattle truck as I unwrapped it Also in the box, but bought separately was this beautiful Rolls And this tatty one - or is it the other way round?
    4 points
  34. This could be a good buy if it stays cheap: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1982-CITROEN-CX-FAMILIALE-SAFARI-2-5D/254879320384?hash=item3b57fdc940:g:h4wAAOSwrwhgNsVB
    4 points
  35. It's (another) Lexmoto and probably generic. It's been off the road a few years, was shoved into the lady's garage when it packed up as her daughter rode it and not touched since. Had a quick look at it today, bought a new plug and before actually fitting it, I checked for a spark. Kick and electric start produced nothing, so pulled the plug cap off and tried the plug directly into the HT lead. That didn't seem to do anything, so I screwed the plug cap back on as tight as possible and thought I'd try again before ordering a new lead and maybe a coil. One last try and this time I felt a bit of a pulse through the plug lead as I was holding the plug against the engine whilst turning it over to see if a spark was visible. Anyhow, lobbed the new plug in, used the boost pack and the bloody thing started and died again! Happy days, bit of arsing about working out which was choke on/off (ditto fuel tap) and it ran again. Took a few goes of running/dying, then twigged the choke 'on' position wouldn't stay in place unless held. A couple of minutes of letting it tick-over with gentle revs now and then and it's running like a good one. There was a weird sort of metallic noise at higher revs which was a bit alarming, until I just kept my foot on the left hand foot peg and thee noise went. It's only the bloody peg or peg hanger that's loose, not an engine noise! It starts on the button with the boost pack, despite running for aa few minutes the battery didn't seem good enough to hold charge, but it's got a kick start and that works. Spare battery on charge, hopefully it' not a duffer, but a new one won't break the bank. Happy days! Front brake sticks, chain a bit rusty thought might clean up, rev counter doesn't work and the swinging arm needs a good rubbing down and a lick of paint.
    4 points
  36. I've got an interview to become a driver mentor at work, waiting to hear when it is.
    4 points
  37. Yeah, that chain seems to be the go to place. I also like how most towns in the US have in stock, carb rebuild kits for any car since the 1940's. If I go now to my local factors and ask for say a 501 bulb, I'd be shown an LED colour changing kit and a mountain bike.
    4 points
  38. Meanwhile, in the Antipodes... 👍👍👍
    4 points
  39. I think the orange ones were assembled in Italy, if memory serves - Polistil were somehow involved, I think they bought the tooling after Dinky went under. The very last were sold in plain cardboard boxes with no windows; in the mid-90s there were still some unsold stock kicking round the model shop that eventually employed me to work on Saturdays. I felt £5 was too steep for them, so I didn't bother. Who's kicking themselves now??
    4 points
  40. This came in the workshop today and reminded me I've still got a white Scalextric one in the loft
    4 points
  41. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1085419731977222/?ref=facebook_story_share If the price on this is correct, I'm going to assume it's probably already sold. What a thing, though!
    4 points
  42. Why did you fuck Walt Disney?
    4 points
  43. But hey, some good folk might have more loose change than me. Do it with long term forum friends, export it to Belgium, crowd fund some tyres, WCPGW?
    4 points
  44. Total poo count: 1 Cavalier Count :1 Dropped off at the garage who think its eminently saveable. Lots of lovely Vauxhall things to play with meantime! Pleasure to deal with you @Lacquer Peel, and thanks* fornthe Proclaimers CD. The garage are very busy at the moment so probably wont hear back until next week. Very pleased with it though, it drives incredibly well for a 28 year old Vauxhall with 220000 miles. Its definitely still got all of the 89bhp it left the factory with. Layla by Eric Clapton is my earthworm for the rest of the day which is even better.
    4 points
  45. Then had to address an area slightly further forward... In the photos it looks like I didn't put the steering box reinforcement bracket back on but I assure you I did. And then after rebuilding all the brake callipers took it for retest and the MOT man decided to fail it on more welding that he missed like four weeks prior 🙄 Not really happy with the finish of the glossy black paint but should keep the salt off for now. Can be sanded off and finished properly at a later date.
    4 points
  46. Yeah fixed it...
    4 points
  47. A friend usually sends me a message when something useful is heading for the skip. I can usually make use or find a home for pretty much anything. A few lin bins were pictured. "Ill have whatevers going" is my usual response. I hate stuff being wasted. Madness.
    4 points
  48. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    Looks fine to me...
    3 points
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