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  1. Currently sat in the ferry queue. I went from this delight. To this finally last night. I’m looking forward to a rest working for a month or so.
    19 points
  2. And our lord God with a capital g looked down on what he had created and said that it was good with a small g. Then he shifted from foot to foot because he felt uncomfortable, like he should say something cool in case someone wrote a book about him later. He threw open his arms and declared: "And on the seventh day Yee shall travel around the land to collect daft auld cars. And lo, Yee should bring them home to the place that you live and also count your poos" And he smiled and nodded because he was one cool dude. From the book of Greg. 13:21.
    18 points
  3. This just happened, which is nice 😊 Massive thanks to everyone for the support, it’s much more motivating to know people are watching and hopefully enjoying the little films. Just finalising the edit of the next one, which will be out at teatime on Tuesday.
    17 points
  4. 'The Dark Wob' is predicated more towards a ' kinder and gentler' form of posting and opinion.
    13 points
  5. What's going on? Its early Sunday morning. What time is it? Is that time. Why am I up early on Sunday morning? I'm working marshalling a rally Taking the kids to a club Only idiots and shitters post breakfast pictures on social media. Oh yes, that's it, I'm about to collect shite from the opposite end of the country. (Tea and breakfast are mot made yet)
    12 points
  6. Austin-Rover

    Austin Maestros

    Superb cars, had more than I care to remember over the years. You could pick up some fantastic examples for noting in the noughties. Not so much now though! 😄 I 'graduated' to Montegos for a while, which was great for slightly plusher interiors and the more substantial feel that a saloon car brings over a hatch back. I still own two Maestros, though they are both off the road and have been for some years.
    12 points
  7. That reminds me of an old joke. What do you get if you cross London with an iPhone? Stabbed.
    11 points
  8. Marvellous, that swung it along with Mrs Skizzer’s 997 accounts 😁
    10 points
  9. Well, the Polo is going tonight, and I'm rationalising that I can probably keep the other two. I was probably being a bit dramatic - after all, the court costs are £215, I could cut out takeaways and shop at Lidl for a bit and cope with that to be fair. But I needed to thin down anyway, 3 cars, 2 of which had the old higher tax rate, while great, was always going to be impractical. If the Carina hadn't popped up, things would have been very different.
    10 points
  10. Alrighty, I think I've settled on a color. Hellraisin.
    10 points
  11. Certainly the remap isn't happening until the clutch is done! No need for it to be at the same time though. Today though, the 2CV came out for some parts hauling, and so we could assist @richykitchywith another ridiculous collection caper. I'll say no more, because that's for him to do, but he won't be short of tales to talk about. Once he finally gets home. I hope he gets home...
    9 points
  12. 9 points
  13. A refreshing change of scenery today - Front panels got a few skims of filler here and there to tidy up some of the welds, then it all got a good rub in preparation for another coat of epoxy primer. I thought it was probably a good idea to finish masking off the inner wings before throwing any paint about - This used up my available time, so I'll have to get stuck in on my way home from work in the coming week.
    8 points
  14. How much would it cost to rent one of these? I want to see how many Invacars I can jump in one.
    8 points
  15. Apparently yes 😀 Most likely because it's a historic vehicle over 40 years old. Can't wait to drive it into Brum city centre, should cause a commotion......
    8 points
  16. Just imagine Chadders, if you’d have advised the board of Vodafone and the Post Office to buy ten tons of scrap and have a load of keyrings made, they might not be the textbook examples of business failure they are now.
    8 points
  17. A few weeks ago my BX failed to start in storage. When I returned for another attempt a couple of weeks later the started motor would not even turn. Yesterday @Talbot came over to help me and the BX would not still would not turn its Starter even with my jump pack connected. Talbot had to remove the inlet manifold to get to the starter motor and found it was simply a furred up connector by the starter. The car now started easily, but as Talbot started putting some air ducking in place the engine cut out. Wiggling some wires by the air duck the engine cut in and out and he found another connector that was furred up. I think this was the original problem as to why it would not start. It was a good day yesterday not having to transport a dead BX.
    8 points
  18. There, brekky for family.
    8 points
  19. I blame @cort16, a week ago he posted a link to a rather shiny red 480 on the Ebay Tat thread. It was a thing of beauty but was rather beyond my budget and was in Scotland. You know when a car's got under your skin and you keep re-visiting the ad then looking at the DVLA online checker to see if a new V5 has been issued? I was doing various man maths calculations but I don't have any children to sell (I've never had them , it's not that I've sold them already) and I need what's left of both of my kidneys. I trawled the classifieds but anything within my budget was beyond my skillset. I've been sleeping badly recently and in the early hours the other night I found a 480 an hour away from me closer to my theoretical budget. The ad sounded promising, the MOT history not too scary AND it was turquoise! It's an 'S' so the base model, 1.7 Renault engine, no fancy info screen but had been specced with optional half leather seats. I arranged to go and see it yesterday. I have a thing for two door estates and pop-up headlights but had a firm figure in mind well below the asking price and resolved to walk away if I couldn't get it for what I was willing to pay. The Wayback Machine helped me discover the car had been for sale for 17 weeks at gradually reducing asking prices and some handy buyers guides from Owners Clubs meant I knew what to look out for. Prices are all over the place on these and as we all know what a car is advertised for isn't always what is sells for - they're rare but still rather forgotten. The vendor said he'd bought it from a local garage before lockdown but then it had developed some faults and he'd not had the money to sort them out. When I contacted him on WhatsApp his profile picture was of a car transporter so it seemed likely he was a trader of some sort. He let me spend a good hour systematically going over the car while I compiled a list of issues in addition to the ones he'd mentioned. I hate negotiating so I was straight with him and said look I could pretend to be Mike Brewer and offer you and insultingly low figure and we can go back and forth but here's where I'm at. I showed him other ads (and how long they'd been up for) and my list of issues with a rough guesstimate of what it would cost to sort them and named what I was willing to pay. "Old art yer 'and," he said. "Hang on," I replied, "You've got a car transporter and as the car isn't currently driveable on the road (the indicators don't work) I want it delivered." He hummed and harred but eventually we shook on it. So far the to do list is looking like this: 4 new shocks - rears 'slightly corroded', fronts 'lightly misted' 2 new front tyres New Battery Sort exhaust blow and investigate rusty cat Rear of sills where it meets rear arch is a known weak spot on these, this doesn't look too bad but want to sort it before it gets any worse Replace damaged daytime running light Possibly replace faded and cracked rear lights - these are no longer available and rare as rocking horse poop - 'best' price I've found a pair for so far is £260 (HFM!) but they'll need replacing eventually and the longer I leave it the dearer they'll get so I might just hold my breath and take the hit now. Replace Central Electronics Module (CEM) which (hopefully) is the cause of the indicators not working and the headlights doing this (at least I know the motors work!). I've managed to track one of these down for £80. VID_20210618_150013_01_01[1].mp4 These are getting to be rare cars now and although they share a lot of parts with the other 400 series cars the bits that are unique to the 480 are getting harder to find and consequently more expensive. The irony is that over time I'll probably end up spending more than I would have on the shiny red one. I won't have had the satisfaction of doing myself though and isn't that a large part of what our hobby is about? Built not bought. Other than my BX which I bought off here this is the first time I've bought a vehicle without taking it for a test drive. The biggest gamble is that the electrical issues aren't sorted by a new battery and CEM. But hey, what's life without taking a few risks? I take delivery Monday, can't wait!
    7 points
  20. Bought a Mondeo, took all day. Met another AS purchase on the way home, ex @DoctorRetro polo on its way to its new home.
    7 points
  21. doug

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This looks fresh inside. https://www.copart.co.uk/lot/46573021/clean-title-1983-renault-9gtl-york
    7 points
  22. I've just got around to watching the Victor video. Most enjoyable and nicely done. Dad liked his Vauxhalls, particularly his FB estate, but after selling it in Germany (forces posting) and being spoilt by the charms of a '66 Taunus 17m estate with its V4 engine, column change and 6volt electrics, traded the quickly corroding Ford in 1970, soon after returning to the UK. He replaced it with an FE Victor saloon (pictured on his drive with my battered Regal and my brother's Jawa 350). He did not warm to the FE and briefly flirted with a Viva HC estate before becoming a Citroen GSA man until his passing in 1986. Dad's FE had a black interior, giving it a totally different and somewhat claustrophobic atmosphere compared with your light and airy example.
    7 points
  23. Shall we officially draw a line under any business discussions in this thread? Just vehicle chat going forward? I feel like I am not going to be convincing people I know what I am doing until at least September so we will just be going round in circles till then. I get advice from everyone, sure I come across as a sarcastic and dismissive cunt but I read every post and take on board any useful information within.
    7 points
  24. My mechanic is a bit of a loon. For example, how about a taxi, dropped 5 inches, v6, I think not 100% sure, with a fair sized turbo and, get this, NITROUS FFS !!!! Evidence of loonery below.
    7 points
  25. But there’s a lot more to running a successful business than inspirational role models and key rings. I think what many people are saying here is that we’re all concerned that you’re biting off more than you can chew. You’re confident in your own abilities and choices, but from the outside looking in it looks foolhardy at times and incredibly worrying at others. This isn’t negativity or a challenge to be accepted, but advice (which I have given several times before) to be cautious and slow down a bit. Not one of us gives advice because we want you to fail, exactly the opposite. If we wanted you to crash and burn we’d be egging you on. Some are, some are doing so tongue in cheek and sarcastically. I’m not sure you always get that. The vast majority of us are just worried about the current direction of travel. Rather than dismissing the advice in a cloud of seeming self destruction it might well be worth taking the advice on board and considering it. You may decide not to heed it, but please at least consider it. Surely the fact that so many of us are taking the time to say ‘whoa there’ must mean something.
    7 points
  26. Chester Station achieved. One plan could have been cycle the 5 miles (mostly downhill) to Ruthin, get the bus to Wrexham and get the train from there, but I got a family lift to Chester which probably saved me a million hours . Poo count = 0
    7 points
  27. I welded* the Cavalier sill today. I did not enjoy it. The slightly rusty bit above the hole also developed after I'd welded the bottom bit and was happily grinding it back. Fuck. Off. This was my first time welding a car. The metal used in the sill was expectedly incredibly thin so getting any kind of nice weld run was impossible without blowing holes. Both settings on my MIG were turned right down. Then the wire feed started playing silly buggers and slipping even when the adjuster was screwed right down. Eventually I managed to get it all done in a 'point and shoot' fashion. It looks like utter dog shit in the above picture. I ground it down more and made more holes where the weld was shite. Eventually I got everything metal that should be metal and it the 2 plates didn't fall off. Then another small hole in the very bottom corner of the inner wheel arch decided to show up late to the party. There is a lot of factory sealant here and digging it all out would have been a right old a war. In the pictures below you'll see I ground the hole back to decent-ish metal. There are already 2 bungs here and lots of factory sealant so another round hole with more 'factory- style' Tiger Seal was opted for. I then painted it with some 'special stuff'. Some frost blue is in the post. It's better than it was. I also ground back and painted other small stone chips on the sill at the same time, together with some rust on the door bottom. Any tips on sorting out a slipping wire feed or indeed welding thin metal are welcome.
    7 points
  28. I've done many a car collection over the past few years but never actually documented any of them, so I thought it was about time that changed. Today was an early start, quick cycle to the station, first train to London absolutely fine. Use an app called Seat Frog to get upgraded to 1st class on the next train for a tenner - yay! Train cancelled - balls. Got an hour wait so time to take a mortgage out on a Cornish Pasty (seeing as I'm headed in that general direction) and a coffee.
    6 points
  29. And that's the Polo gone this evening. Not sure what the next chapter of things holds, but hopefully I come out of the other end unscathed. Carina has a small flat spot that irritates me, not sure if fuel or ignition related... Metro is a bit rattly/creaky at the rear, possibly bushing related. So I have things to keep me busy.
    6 points
  30. stuboy

    The new news 24 thread

    Nothing exciting, other than I turned 46 today few odds and sods for birthday , missus and fiance money towards private for the v6, and son got me some tools from amazon, also mate made me a plaque for me too..
    6 points
  31. Due to the welding wire running out last time I was working on the car I had left it how it was, I returned to RPE today to find I had a small amount of water inside the car after last week's rain, a quick feel of the bottom of the door card confirmed my suspicion that the door membrane had either split or was missing letting water in, once I had removed the door card it was plain to see that it was in fact missing, this door the drivers door is not original to RPE and the membrane had been removed while it was fitted, so while I was in there I changed the door handle and the chrome trims as these are not correct for a Series 3the door membrane here I got from the spares car, I used stretched butyl tape to seal the plastic membrane to the door then taped up the bottom section as Austin had done in the factory, I will wait and see if this works before I look at the door seals.
    6 points
  32. Anything to crush the little weeble cars 🚙! Damn my inscrutable mask has slipped.
    6 points
  33. Amishtat

    Shite in Miniature II

    The only thing I hadn't seen before was this. I have an unrequited soft spot for the real things (I came achingly close to having one for £15 just after my 17th birthday) so I'm a little surprised I hadn't already got one. The chap selling it told me it was the last of his childhood toys, which seemed rather sad in a way. Or it might have been twaddle, for all I know, he wanted a fiver and that seemed fair. It's had at least one repaint and is now in line for another but it won't be this colour scheme.
    6 points
  34. When experienced and well meaning people give you good advice that you don't want to hear, acting clever and provocative rather than actively taking any of it on board is not the way to put anyone's mind at ease. I don't know you, nor of your experience etc, but traditionally, the first steps made in a new business don't often include "get a load of keyrings made", so I can see why people are a bit concerned, just the same way we would be if someone had embarked in a complete restoration of basket case Alfa Romeo Arna by getting someone in to tint the windows. I wish you all the best in this venture and hope that perhaps I (and a lot of other people) are reading your posts in the wrong tone.
    6 points
  35. 350 miles covered in the C5 yesterday. Apart from one rather tricky hill start that it just about managed, it went very well. It's such a good car for distance. On the downside, I enjoyed the A4120 so much that I managed to induce sickness in one of the children. Thankfully she recovered sufficiently to enjoy the day (driving classics at the British Motor Museum) to have tea and cake when we stopped at the delightful cafe pictured above. C5 does deserve a fresh clutch I think. Various people telling me not to bother replacing the DMF. Not sure how to proceed.
    6 points
  36. 6 points
  37. Lankytim

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I remember when I was about 17 my mate and I took the piss out of a Rialto driving up the road with “Lovely Jubbly” in the back window and the driver absolutely freaked, spun around in the road and repeatedly tried to run us over on the pavement. It was absolutely terrifying.
    6 points
  38. I jumped about 25 years in tv tech today. I had a Philips huge box thing with a digi box which died suddenly of, probably, old age. I was having a chat with a mate today and happened to mention it, I was thinking about not bothering with one anymore coz most of it is quite crap and getting worse, and he said his sister had done the upgrade thing to one of these massive things and I could have her old one. For FREE ! I thought it might be a huge one but it's a 32 inch and fits fine in my little hovel. So I now have my first flat screen, where I can put you toob and stuff on and it's HD and all that. I'm suitably impressed.
    6 points
  39. Try to have a similar thickness of new metal going in, the Acclaim is made of tinfoil so most of it's repairs were done in 0.8mm steel, aside from chassis legs which were in 1.2mm I think. Also rather than trying to run a weld just tack in alternating corners and slowly fill in the gaps. Gives the metal more time to cool and less chance of blowing holes. If the metal isn't welding because it's rusted thin from the inside the best course of action is to just hack it out. It's easier to weld big square patches on to good steel than to try and weld tiny patches on to compromised steel, just a bit daunting to chop big chunks out of your car... Just think of it as doing next year's welding as well as this years...
    6 points
  40. Right, I’ve picked it up and popped over to London to see friends. It’s a 1.6 Duratec, not sure BHP. Pulls really well, without trying it flew to 110MPH on a private section of the M1. 43k miles with totally full service history, the second owner bought it when it was 2 years old and maintained it properly. Came with a year’s MoT. Four new tyres and a brand new alternator. There’s zero rust on visible panels, I haven’t checked underneath. It needs a little titillation but that’s my speciality. Three known issues. It drains the battery overnight. I’ll disconnect it for now but I have an auto electrician friend who will look at it for me. The stereo front panel is missing and there’s a small dent along the bottom of the passenger door, which I should be able to sort out. Oh and the soft top rear screen has a crack but they are zipped on and replacements are available. I love the hardtop, makes it look unusual. It’s a high spec model, with leather seats, air-con, heated front screen and… that’s it. It drives like a little go kart and even with the roof on it’s great fun. On a warm day with the roof down it should be a hoot. Finally, it’s the least manly car owned by a shitter and I deserve everything that will be said by you big burly blokes. 🏳️‍🌈
    6 points
  41. Eddy, if you like two women having fun together, I've got some cracking stuff on Betamax for you.
    6 points
  42. Been modifying cylinder heads to take different fixing brackets and then skimming to raise the compression ratio. Haven’t really got a clue what I’m doing but it will be fun finding out
    5 points
  43. Amishtat

    Shite in Miniature II

    Fits in well enough.
    5 points
  44. You be careful in that London - remember don't smile or make eye contact with anyone they do things differently there. Have a good day and a safe trip back to Wales.
    5 points
  45. Aerodeck is more or less running - and pretty decent on fuel too considering the carbs. It's fantastic fun to drive, tons of torque and really nice well spaced gear ratios. I took it to a ~car meet~ today and it got loads of attention, people asking what it was etc. On the way back it started cutting out when I stopped at traffic lights and such, I'll have to investigate that.
    5 points
  46. Some sporting event I don't care about is occurring. That means quiet roads...
    5 points
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