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  1. Well this seems like utter madness but could well be considered in the spirit of autoshite so I shall proceed. My father in law purchased himself a Mazda 121 1.25 16v with a CVT box to help him out with his increasing mobility issues. He didn't need it regularly so £200 seemed fine for an mot'd example with just 25k on the clock considering it would stand unused for weeks at a time between uses. Anyway, at the end of last year, a hermes courier driver decided that he would realign the side of the mazda with his van and then fuck off which was nice. He was seen so didn't get away with it and after a lengthy arse around with their insurers, he ended up being able to keep the car unrecorded and received a very generous payout. Now for the mad bit.. he can't find a suitable replacement for his money. Everything seems very expensive at the moment so he has managed to persuade me to repair the mazda for him. Absolutely not worth doing but he likes it and bits seem to be available cheaply so I reluctantly agreed and will be repairing it for him. Here it is ready to go Doesn't look too bad in that photo. Odd rubbing strip on the back door due to a replacement off a fiesta before he bought it. So today, I have stripped it down ready to repair. I have a new pattern wing and quarter panel and shall repair the doors. Then paint down the side and do the bumpers too. Hopefully it will keep him happy and give a few more years service. Cheers Ben
    16 points
  2. I got the repairs underway on the doors Total time spent so far... About 3 hours Cheers Ben
    13 points
  3. It's nae a fucking flounce if you keep coming back, reading the thread, and changing the title every 5 minutes!
    11 points
  4. It's the other way around, the physio appointment left me unable to do any tinkering: rotator cuff injury, left shoulder and I'm left-handed. Should I be concerned about this? Water dripping from exhaust even after the car is up to temp and been running for 20 minutes? No sign of white smoke or evidence of mayo on the filler cap. Temp gauge hasn't got above 1/2 and the electric fan kicks in and out. The exhaust sounds like it's got a blow and the cat is v. rusty. The car had been stood for several months. VID_20210621_185317.mp4 I decided not to worry for now and took loads of pictures instead.
    11 points
  5. 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!
    10 points
  6. Completely loving being back in a scruffy 90’s Mercedes. These cars are simply amazing and after owning every version over the last 20 years I’ve settled on a saloon as a keeper. This one sat for years unloved in a garden about 60 miles from my home. Went with a basic kit and got it started and drove it home.. every day I drive it, it gets better. CFD
    10 points
  7. Came home from work to find someone has painted the lintels, windowsills and front+rear doorsteps on our house. They've chosen a nice colour and done a reasonably good job. It's nothing to do with us - Someone has dropped a bollock. I wasn't looking forward to doing that!
    9 points
  8. Another Tuesday another Mavericks car gathering…. Star of the show… But half way through… I had to move my car so we could create this situation… However everyone suddenly starting leaving saying they needed to be home for 8… I thought the zoom might be very busy tonight… but apparently it’s some football kickabout or other…
    9 points
  9. stuboy

    The new news 24 thread

    Been round deceased uncle in law place to check all ok, dodgy estate and decided I'd remove the dads weller wheels from bedroom, shame I can't find the 4th... we belive its in garage.
    9 points
  10. Onto the quarter panel this afternoon. Old one off. They really went out out the spot welds! replacement trial fitted and then all cleaned up and prepped ready to fit cheers Ben
    9 points
  11. Got papped, living my best 90s life.
    9 points
  12. Good you've had your guns taken away we don't need our own Port Arthur massacre at the field of dreams, it shows something in this country is actually working, looking at your responses and behaviours in this thread you aren't responsible enough to have access to an air rifle let alone a fire arm and this whole thread proves it. Posting a fucking hit list of everybody who had disagreed with you, why the fuck you haven't been banned or put on pre-mod god only knows. TLDR take your medication or practise breathing and thinking before you post or act and yes I do have personal experience of manic depression before you start throwing that card about.
    9 points
  13. Got a little more done today between jobs. Wing off New wing on
    8 points
  14. Jon

    Shite in Miniature II

    Here's my Spot-Ons: And my Not-Ons: Still plenty more I'd love to find, as and when they choose to crop up!
    8 points
  15. So what is the next heavy piece of equipment I need to acquire to facilitate my business plan? Well I still officially have not purchased a truck moving truck and I already have two Stalwart's that need shifting and that's only the beginning. Pretty sure I will be getting the Foden DROPS from earlier in the thread. I just love it's face. What a beautiful machine it really is
    8 points
  16. I don't come on Autoshite much anymore and this thread is exactly why. The bloke has disposable cash and wants to follow a bit of a dream and just goes for it. He has some mental health issues but is fine at the moment thankfully, but some of the comments against him are frankly disgraceful and could depress anyone, let alone someone with issues. He wins thread of the year and is now frankly ridiculed, disgusting. What happened to just being an eccentric Englishman? Were they banned in the new 'woke' laws? The biggest shock is that he has took all that shite and still hung around. This place isn't what it used to be...
    8 points
  17. New POD

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Think of it like an estate version of a monaro. Just 600 bhp. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vauxhall-Omega-MV6-LS1-V8-supercharged-Limited-Edition-/334044548261?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286
    8 points
  18. And here it is with the... bloody hell. Someone's nicked it. Ah, there it is. The pools of water underneath should be a clue as to why it has been dragged outside. Do you like the relief valve vent pipe that runs up the chimney? There are very few that are as right as that one and I am very pleased with it. I think you can just about make out a heat haze at the top of the flue (it's only burning wood) but just to prove it. It is having the hot test done this week so we thought we had give it a quick check before the inspector turned up. There you go. Nought to 200 psi in only five years. One of the big unknowns was whether the injector would work - they are a bit difficult to test off the boiler - but fortunately it worked well enough to get water in the boiler. A little more fiddling required to get it working spot on but it was moving in the right direction. (The injector, by the way, is some black magic device which takes steam at boiler pressure and uses it to force feed water into the boiler at slightly more than boiler pressure.) When I say I was pleased with the R/V vent pipe I was until I stood in front of it square on and saw the brass band had pulled it slightly off. A tweak needed to make it sit properly but everything was red hot by then so it will have to wait until later. Most of the copper pipe you see will be insulated with a very rare asbestos substitute that looks exactly like asbestos. There is also no cladding on the boiler at the moment for insection so it is pretty much unbearable standing next to it let alone sit in the cab. One of the reasons I am pleased about this is it is very thin wall pipe which is a nightmare to bend without it collapsing. I'll do some better pictures of what is going on with the body later but here is a large amount of oak held in place with lots of clamps. I could not get oak side rails the full length so had to make them in two pieces with a lap joint glued and beefed up with a metal backing plate. I know the coach bolts are too long, the right ones haven't arrived yet. Fortunately the body design means that the coachbolt heads are covered up by the plywood cladding. R/V tested and set, brakes working and the fire out driven back inside the shed. You start to get a feel for how many very hot things there are to burn you on these things. The temperature is one of the main features of driving these things. Things don't look very tidy with the cladding off. There is a shaped ring that hides the top flange bolts and doubles as a clamp for the chimney top. We are also going toinsulate the full boiler top on this one. Originally they weren't and that was handy for making excellent cheese toasties but you get a lot (in bold and double underlined) of heat off it so an inch of ceramic blanket should helpto cool things down. The two pairs of pipes poking out of the boiler top are the superheater tails. Output from the superheater is about 550F so plenty of tape needed on them. More load deck - the plywood comes to the bottom of the oak side rails sothe coachbolts are all covered up. This is bit of a shame because almost none of the nice wood that wasn't exactly cheap is visible. The coachbolts in the rear bearer are visible which is why we used old looking bolts. With the metric coachbolts (whit ones cost a fortune now) we use square nuts and keep the exposed thread as short as possible so they look as right as they are going to look when you peer underneath. You can just about make out that the water tank is painted and fitted and it still doesn't leak so that is nice. An obstable course to get in. So after that the insurance inspector comes this week to witness the R/V being floated and then it all gets stripped down again to get the boiler cladding fitted. Bit depressing to do it all again but there you go. Once the cladding is on it all gets buttoned up again and the new apron plate gets made and the cheekplates finished and the windscreens made and the body gets finished and that'spretty much it. Only another year or so to go.
    8 points
  19. quicksilver

    Truck Shite

    Spotted this beauty today. A Seddon Atkinson in the old SA corporate colours looking like it's come straight out of a time machine from the 1980s. Registered in 1988 but the Q-reg means it's probably even older.
    7 points
  20. PhilA

    1966 Plymouth Fury 3

    I reckon that's good enough. Lessons learned from this exercise: I do need to make a smaller die for the shorter ribs. The metal doesn't stretch too badly, that test piece is a bit steel drum only because it had the big first test rib in. I hammered that flat so the panel warped slightly as a result. Phil
    7 points
  21. Asimo

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Lottery money, but beautifully photographed. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/124780879921
    7 points
  22. You should buy a Mk 3 Cortina just to fit those wheels. Then put some blocks between the axle and the leafs, chrome the diff cover and put a fog light above that to highlight the awesomeness after dark.
    6 points
  23. The mystery of the abandoned Golf appears to have been solved as the owner(?) has come round to ask if it'll be OK to leave it where it is until they can get a recovery truck, which is what they were trying to do yesterday. Apparently it was involved in an accident which damaged the wheel. suspension and, from the sound of it, possibly the steering. Hopefully they'll be back to collect it later.
    6 points
  24. Just to clarify it was not a hit list. It was a joke enemies list a la Richard Nixon of all the people who have doubted me and as a result will not be allowed within 10 feet of any Stolly's in my ownership. You guys want a go in Stolly? Either buy your own (and you better be quick getting one too as I will personally own at least five of the wee beasties) or make friends with someone else who owns one as no way in hell are you touching mine. And yes that probably seems incredibly petty. DILIGAF? This goes for my entire fleet so no Cedric (good luck finding another one 😃)Corrado, SC100, Volvo(s) Roadrunner etc for any person on the list either. It was nine names initially, it's considerably longer now. You might be able to get off the list with good behaviour, not sure yet as it all depends on how magnanimous I am feeling. Anyone not on the list is more than welcome to drive anything I own, this is Autoshite after all 😀
    6 points
  25. It's arrived! Unfortunately I now have to get back to work and then go to a physio appointment before I can start tinkering.
    6 points
  26. So I've not been giving this the love it needs the last few weeks, life is still being a bitch to me still but I push on. Anyway, I had a small tinker with the wires under the dash again the other day and still can't find the issue, but did replace a lot of old connections. Today though I got a message from @Supernaut regarding some cars at the local scrappy, and one in particular caught my eyes...a Rover 200 BRM! After thinking as to How or Why it was there as looked in 'worn but saveable' condition other than where the hiab crane arm had brought it into the yard. I asked him if the seats were okay to which I got a "They looked it, never really checked" reply. To cut a story short... They are in really good condition! Gave a small clean up with water then generic household leather cleaner. A few small parts that I'm sure leather cleaner/feeder will solve that! On top of that got for a good price. Next up is to now swap them over with the Rover 200 Coupe seats that are currently fitted into the car, a small bit of modifying may be needed but looks to be simple enough! I know this isn't needed, but couldn't turn down the chance to have them! 😁
    5 points
  27. After a couple of weeks waiting for the paint sample to be analysed at a laboratory I was informed the formula was ready to go. I ordered some yesterday morning and it was today waiting for me on my return home from work. Craftmaster paints have now logged it in their system as Ministry of health Blue (they missed out the Ice bit), if anybody would like to order some. As of yet I haven't given it a stir but it was only made yesterday and looks to be a good match.
    5 points
  28. As previously reported, the Lotus has been having a mysterious on/off coolant leak, so after a bit of investigation I went for the kill or cure treatment.
    5 points
  29. 395. 1983 Vauxhall Astra 1.3L hatchback Seen in Morden, south London on 19th May. A612 XJB ✓ Taxed - Tax due: 1 March 2022 ✓ MOT Expires: 11 November 2021 Vehicle make VAUXHALL Date of first registration 1 August 1983 Year of manufacture 1983 Cylinder capacity 1297 cc Fuel typePETROL Export marker No Vehicle status Taxed Vehicle colour BROWN Number of previous owners: 3 Current owner since March 2021 Mileage at last MOT: 68,188 Mileage since previous MOT: 4,880 The MOT history reveals a lot of struggles with corrosion.
    5 points
  30. 155V6

    Shite in Miniature II

    Mission accomplished,no discount though 🙁
    5 points
  31. This thread reminds me of... https://youtu.be/qLrnkK2YEcE
    5 points
  32. 5 points
  33. Again, nope, not guilty. Not joined anyone, not ignored the hit lists and vieled threats, the random outbursts. Want to see an actual thread purporting to be what it said it (was)? Most definitely. Love a Stolly, actually been in one once, and all too briefly. You don't get to spout random crap at people looking for a reaction, posting veiled threats involving firearms without a reaction. Being so vile to people you are barred from Zoom, barred from the FoD, called out for ....
    5 points
  34. barefoot

    E10 fuel

    Of course it isn't, but in back to back tests my 944 gets a lot more miles to the galleon when I run it on super, so moving the entire fleet over to the better quality fuel will be a money saver in the long term - And that's man maths at its fucking finest.
    5 points
  35. 5 points
  36. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Ford Probe? Frigin LOL M8 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265203670310?hash=item3dbf5edd26:g:NswAAOSwbntg0OVM
    5 points
  37. Mods - if the StreetKa is too new for the general section, please move the entire post to Modern Shite. I started this morning by making space for the Streetka in the double garage. Looks clean and cosy. I did a trial run, it fits perfectly. With the rear as shown in the photo, there is still space to walk around the front of the car. The car came with an original cover for the hardtop, which will come in handy once the weather improves and I remove the hardtop for good. I started tinkering in the boot. The boot floor is straight and completely rust free. The boot carpet is as new. The boot is a surprisingly decent size, my surveying ladder and tool bag fitted with ease. The interior is mint. There is no wear on any surface, all thanks to a lady owner and 43k miles clocked up in 15 years. I really like the shape of the door trims and the exposed metal looks great. The seats are comfy, leather and heated. There is plenty of room for a 6ft2 15.5 stone fella like me. I've given the car a wash but it really needs a full on polish. I'll try and get it done next weekend. It's a good looking car in a cute rather than aggressive way. The colour helps, I do like a strong metallic. The alloy wheels are ok, not perfect, the centre caps need replacing. All four tyres have plenty of tread, the entire exhaust looks very recent and from what I could see underneath (whilst washing the car), there is no evidence of any significant rust, just a bit of surface rust on the rear beam. I'll pressure wash the underside in a few weeks and give the rusty areas a coat of waxoil. And I've saved the best till last.
    5 points
  38. Well fuck me "Hi, have you got a size 8 dress with a MK1 Alvis Stalwart on it? ...no? Just a mk2? Ok thanks anyway"
    4 points
  39. You absolutely must fit those!
    4 points
  40. I've always felt Croydon was a long way behind.
    4 points
  41. I wasn't aware offering advice had been reclassified as bullying these days.
    4 points
  42. juular

    The new news 24 thread

    Investigating a mild hesitation and possible misfire on the C70. Pulled #5 HT lead. Well that's not bloody helping is it?
    4 points
  43. morrisoxide

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Lovley. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144083913079?hash=item218c120977:g:unQAAOSw5FFg0K6t
    4 points
  44. Look what just showed up in the car park at work. How am I supposed to concentrate on anything else this afternoon?
    4 points
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