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  1. Update is this and autoshite first? A husband and wife Woollard?
    25 points
  2. Plucked from the family archives (I have no idea what purpose my parents expected this to be put to) we have the AA's guide to motoring abroad in 1983, and well we did go to France in the family Escort fairly often. So on with the show An aspirational cover, you'll agree with a Cavalier L. The car lived until 1995. The brochure includes lots of info on the ferry companies, tragically this ferry would be a terrible choice just a few years later. It's one of the news stories from my childhood that really sticks with me. I just about remember even going on the side loading ferries before this... On the back cover of the mag, Stirling invites you to experience the delights* of Boulogne. Of course back then you could get ferries to either Calais or Boulogne, of which Boulogne was the superior choice in some ways, because while 'beautiful' is pushing it, it does beat Calais all day long! The early MK3 escort with the pressed plates and yellow headlights lived until March 1996, so just beat the Cavalier for longevity Essential gear for travelling overseas, I remember my dad always packing a box of bits, I can't imagine many new car owners doing that today! And good to know if your BL product broke down in the port, or became instantly terminally rusty from the sea air, the AA port team had your back. Hope it was worth my dad keeping this document for best part of 40 years, lol!
    18 points
  3. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154511787743
    14 points
  4. The time at writing is 07:39hrs. It’s Sunday. Cafetière of Spanish coffee and undecided on breakfast. It may just be the Spanish coffee. Collection caper with the wife will be underway shortly FOR CLARITY - wife will not indulge in poo count, she is not Jim Bell.
    12 points
  5. Brief fleet update: V90 - took it to the local garage to fix the PAS pipe leak. They couldn't patch it, couldn't source a replacement rack and couldn't replace the pipe. The pump is also making noises now, cheers lads. Off to a trusted fixer & pragmatist at the end of August for some major works. Galaxie - even more rust would you believe. The whole car has turned out to be ~50% iron oxide, ~30% lazy, historic, American bodges and 20% cool as fuck bits on the outside. Edging closer to being fixed by the very capable hands of @GingerNuttz I'll do a proper post when it's all done. Jag - rotting away in the background. Not sure what to do with this now. It's been idle for 6 months. It's cost me £0 at this point and I have zero time to contribute. Insight - sexpot & king of cars. Drove to Perth and performed admirably. Thrashed it for 58mpg on the way there. 76mpg on the way back. Visa - no news but more positive comments from random folk. Roffle win mini R50 - Big ol' trip down south. 5hrs on the sweatbox train. ezgif-4-971662f6026a.mp4 Someone was smoking in the bathrooms and the British transport police were called near Carlisle. Watched a child get arrested at a station near Wolverhampton. Then picked up this from the very friendly shiter @stephen01 A few quick jabs of the brakes to shake off the crust and it was good to go. It did 280 miles without any hesitation or complaints. 65mph, £63 in fuel and it's used less than half a tank! It's fast and eager. No clunks from the suspension. Drives straight, stops straight. Gear change is nice. It's clean and smells great. Interior feels solid and well built. Way less terrifying than driving an Aygo on the motorway. The downsides: Vague clutch biting point (I think) The seats can contain approximately 50% of my arse. I believe normal humans were the target market for these cars, to my detriment. Many revs to achieve motorway speeds as expected with tiny petrol The roads in Glasgow are similar to the roads found in medieval Italy. Crashy, hard suspension = bad times. This will likely be a stop gap as it's my only working 4 seater but not sure what function it will serve
    12 points
  6. Treated this to a new set of boots on Friday. Should be a considerable improvement on the death rings they're replacing.
    12 points
  7. It's been dumped on my driveway as of this afternoon... I'd be lying if I said any of us in our group though it would make it up without a hitch, but thankfully it did the trip with no bothers. Also it's as tidy as described which I'll be honest amazed me! I'll be seeing about giving it a good clean & polish 'soon', giving it a good once over & touching up a few things. Since it's on my drive though, I'm allowed to use it every so often just to keep it moving. So I took it out for a shakedown in the evening... It drives rather well to drive and is rather comfy inside and couldn't hear or feel anything alarming. It feels a little 'wobbly' but admittedly that's mostly because I've been driving nothing but the Abarth for the last year and a half. I gotta say, it appears to be a good un! 😎
    10 points
  8. Look who I met! @Sunny Jim came over for a quick drive. It was brilliant to meet your new car and great to see you as always.
    8 points
  9. Just stopped for a cuppa at a friends in Cambridge. Double fuel shot - one diz one pez
    8 points
  10. Petrol obtained for the journey. off we jolly well!
    8 points
  11. Huggy went to Morecambe again today... Not many cars in attendance today, thanks to a big show just up the road and an even bigger, mostly American, one at Tatton Park. One local chap, who has a 53 Chevy, decided to leave it at home and come by bike instead... This might look like the frame of a 1942 Harley with added pedals, and there's a reason for that: because it was designed to! It is actually a purpose-built pedal cycle that's about two years old, and very heavy. I think it's brilliant. Oh and I sold the last T-shirt.
    7 points
  12. I fixed the Vel satis window, it now goes smoothly up and down. Was bugging the hell out of me. VID_20210704_124612928.mp4
    7 points
  13. Some more progress on the merc this week, a quick* filler job turned out to not be possible.... Hopefully the pics will cover it off. Many thanks for the assistance to @320touring who kept an eye on me whilst I did a great job of making a mess of welding 😂 Also a special thanks to S_PEWGS.. ( @Split_PinEmergency Welding Gas Services) who kindly got us out of a tight spot! Again, it's not factory fresh, but it at least has metal in it, another wee skim of filler and sanding should see it ready for paint. The other rear arch looks fine from straight on, however is a little bit bubbly on the lower lip, so that's next!
    6 points
  14. BeEP

    eBay tat volume 3.

    You forgot to quote from the ad... "It’s as good as it looks in the photos"
    6 points
  15. its raining,shite piccies
    6 points
  16. Walsgrave Transport, earlier:
    6 points
  17. The Morris is the car that's been getting me about on trips to the shops and stuff recently. I've been keeping an eye on the temp and coolant level and it's been good as gold. Today I whipped the rocker cover off and not a drop of mayo in sight... I'll keep a slightly less keen eye on it for now but I'm going to tentatively say it must have been residual from the previous HGF. I do need to learn to not go into mental overload when stuff like this happens, many an hour I've wasted worrying about it. Anyway, this is tentative good news cos knowing that I don't need to whip the head off, I can sort the downpipe clamp and start using it for longer journeys sans fumes. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't appreciate slipping into its shonky seat, stirring its minimal gearwand and harking its throaty chit chat. Yes I do have a list of niggles to sort and yes I will get round to them when I'm not having so much fun.
    6 points
  18. stuboy

    The new news 24 thread

    Another trip to Isle of sheppey to clear some more of the villa, but I found a 1999 car brochure ... thought I'd share some pictures
    5 points
  19. Got another coat on this and rubbed it back during the week. Finished rubbing on Friday. Another bit ready for the paint bloke. Before getting stuck in to the engine bay, I thought I'd better try fitting the doors to make sure the arches line up right. The nearside was spot on, but the offside was a bit off. It looks like I put the arch profile a little low at the front of the quarter panel. It was only 2 or 3 mm out, but it would have bugged the hell out of me if I didn't correct it, so that's what I did next. The front of the arch was re-shaped with a little filler, then blocked into the correct shape. When satisfied it all lined up, I splashed a bit of grey primer on it while I get round to re epoxying the quarter panel. Back to the engine bay next.
    5 points
  20. martc

    Truck Shite

    Even more pop deliveries - When we used to go on holiday to Scarborough Corona used to be the local lemonade. The pleasure steamer at Scarborough was also called The Corona but this was a coincidence, not a sponsorship deal. And it has nothing to do with Central American beers or plagues. Anyone fancy drinking a She? No, not me either... https://www.burtonlatimer.info/industry/She-Products.html Looks like a spy-shot, not surprising as you had to be a secret drinker to drink it.
    5 points
  21. quicksilver

    Bus Shite

    The good old Volvo B10M used to be everywhere but they're disappearing fast. This 1997 example with a Van Hool body was still going strong on school work last week though. I've actually travelled on this, on a university trip almost a decade ago, and it's still with the same operator now.
    5 points
  22. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/373633497055?hash=item56fe4ab7df:g:BpkAAOSw-Mlg3O-o
    5 points
  23. wesacosa

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RENAULT-FUEGO-TURBO-FANTASTIC-ORDER-VERY-VERY-RARE-TURBO-/124797161657?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
    5 points
  24. Low mileage for 16 years on the Golf. Especially considering that I've put over 100K on in the 5 years I've owned it. Just ticked over yesterday.
    5 points
  25. Well the Innocenti now has a shiny new exhaust. It took some finagling and some more angry grinder action (stainless steel is hard shiz, I'd still be out there now if I'd tried to hacksaw it) but it's all together and refitted now. I took advantage of being under there to clean up some slightly rusty looking brake pipes. Other than the bit of grot I already knew about, it's still remarkably solid under there. No progress made on getting the brakes to where they should be. I need to run it up to my mate's at some point as he's a bit of a brake bleeding expert and will probably be able to figure out what's going wrong. I did find out that the slightly binding nearside rear brake is due to the handbrake mechanism sticking - I don't think it's the cable as that seems fairly free, I think it's the mechanism inside the drum. Unfortunately I was unable to verify this as the pin which holds the cable end onto the lever on the back of the drum is rusted solid, and I couldn't get the drum off to look from inside, at least not without a level of hammering which I was unwilling to inflict on the neighbours. Besides, it kept bloody raining. The new exhaust mounts have arrived for the Renault 6, but I haven't been able to get the remains of the old ones off - one of them the lower "bolt" is just spinning and there isn't enough of a head to grab hold of properly, and the other one the top retaining nut is little more than a blob of rust having been sat on the rather damp floorpan for Lord knows how many years. It's far too tight to get the grinder on it, so I ordered a 240v dremel off eBay (I have a rechargeable one but it's shite, it grinds to a halt as soon as you put any load on it), and remarkably despite the delivery being entrusted to Hermes it arrived intact and two days early. So that's tomorrow's job, weather permitting.
    5 points
  26. Drivers side inner sill is all finished now in zinc primer. I’ve got a guy at a panel supplier in Sheffield looking for sill options but short of that the Poland option is looking best.
    5 points
  27. Despite my reservations about the seller offering us £250 off the initial asking price, I made a purchase. Wife & Stepdaughter now have wheels. Originally up for £1350 reduced it twice and we got him down to £750. Not much provenance but it goes straight & true, no bangs, squeaks or rattles, no horrid noises from the engine and it doesn’t smoke much. Came with half a tank of diesel as well. Bit of a stale fag-ash smell inside so we’re getting valeted. A collection caper is also planned for tomorrow. A roffle may be happening this week, especially if I win a red ovlov convertible this evening.
    5 points
  28. Decided I would have a weekend off away from grass cutting and car fixing. Saturday, spent a few hours watching you tube until I got bored. Switched the telly on. I hate watching sport. Choice of tennis, tennis, horse racing, rugby or repeats. Spent the rest of the day cutting grass This morning a friend came round and lots of shite was talked. Once he left I decided to put a bit of weld on an old sign frame that had cracked. My welder had other ideas. Powers up, fan runs, but nothing happens when the trigger is pulled (it is a SWP 220 MIG). It did this about a year ago but then fixed itself. Lots of prodding and poking but nothing. Suspecting the microswitch in the torch, I made up a jumper wire and shorted across the connections in the welder, but still nothing. This would seem to show it is not the torch, but that is as far as my electrical knowledge goes so will have to try and find someone local who will look at it without sucking their teeth and saying its FFM, big style. My friend who is sorting my calliper (with luck) had also volunteered to weld up the Saab for me. As the weather was crap and the Enima has not had a run for a while, decided to take it for a run and ask my mate to bring his welder when he comes over. Enima ran fine and my mate is happy to bring his welder over. As a bonus he gave me this back Yes, my brake calliper with a nut welded onto the sheared bleed nipple that is now loose! Top result, tomorrow it is refit and bleed the brakes.
    4 points
  29. Isopon

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284354688098?hash=item4234dc3462:g:PG8AAOSwmztg3X47
    4 points
  30. Love a bit of 80s continental motoring. When I was younger we took a foreign holiday to La Rochelle in the family shitbox. The car was of course woefully underprepared for the journey. It seemed like such an adventure, especially considering the amount of car trouble we had! The car spent most of the holiday in a French garage having its charging system sorted. It left me with a burning enthusiasm for life for driving abroad in wanked out old cars. The further afield the better. I still have GB stickers that I knocked up during lockdown for those wanting to relive the 80s.
    4 points
  31. Still at friend’s in Cambridge. @wuvvum we swapped so wife took over the driving just outside Norwich. She loves the car. Many thanks sir, top shiter would recommend.
    4 points
  32. Just spotted another escort - FTR 727X lived until 1994.
    4 points
  33. Obviously depends on where you take a sample but I like these. Golden Bellend: Geebung: Gambodge. Eunry: Tony'sPink: My Pink.
    4 points
  34. Was it Dysentery Beige?
    4 points
  35. Coco here managed to break something Volvo which appears to be made from Unobtanium, a rear ABS reluctor ring. Removing a rear disc, the M6 button head socket cap disc retaining screw started to round off. Hardly surprising as they are over 20 years old, so I just drilled the head off and decided to use the other hoke Volvo/Mitsubishi decided to place 180° opposite. Being a good Engineer I decided to run an M6 tap through the 20 year old thread. Not much resistance encountered but the tap didn't seem to bottom out. On closer inspection, Coco here had pushed the ABS reluctor ring off the mounting face, so he tried gently returning both parts back to where they should be. Click. Two piece reluctor ring. At this point I realised the bloody thing was bolted to the hub. Never mind, order a new one and chalk it up to experience, share it on tinternet to much ridicule and move on. No chance, disconbloodytinued. Used ones in Poland and Lithuania, loads going to the crusher attached to cars and any new ones showing in Europe over 100 Euros. A spares car is always a blessing at this point, I don't have one, only for the Golf and stacks of Opel Manta/Ascona spares. And a shed load of 60's Honda spares, none of which ever had ABS. Ebay after much searching......£24 delivered. £3 shy of 24 pints of Costco Stella. Of course it wasn't that simple, I had to buy 1/4 of a car in hope the invisible part would be usable, at least I have a spare everything else now I will probably never need and a large chunk of someone else's living room carpet. I might be able to insure and Mot the car this week. Might.
    4 points
  36. Some minor tinkering this week, on my day off i had a look at the landfill spec zafira and swapped out a busted coil spring . The black Astra had a minor drip from the sump plug, and whilst the old hadnt long been changed, i have 10w40 in 20ltr barrels and filters in stock for this engine in the workshop so i dropped it out, let it drip for ages and stuck in a fresh filter along with a new plug and seal. When at low revs or labouring the engine there was a faint sqeak. Beep had mentions a noisey pulley so i took them off to see which was dead. The idler sounded a bit nosiey but nothing too bad. Need another idler, tensioner and belt to see if that was the noise. Yoink! And lobbed on Whilst im here, with no history id like to have a nosey at the cambelt. To see what the risk level is between now and fitting a new one. "ISUZU" eeep. 125k and 18 years old then. Does look okay really but i think a new one wouldnt be a bad move.
    4 points
  37. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 1995.
    4 points
  38. I set up an especially long workbench (an old wardrobe door, very handy) and cut out the drivers side panel with a bit of tinkering, it was persuaded to fit held in place with a bead of PU adhesive and neatly spaced screws looks pretty good I'm undecided on graphics, possibly a white racing roundel or maybe just "gm" in a fancy font ? the Exocet stickers aren't the best, I probably won't be using them I still need to find a home for those pac men ?
    4 points
  39. other things that need covering I've been looking for a while for a gear gator but not yet found anything suitable then I noticed the leather* one that came off the donor car, with the frame removed it might just do the trick not bad but there's a bit of a gap at the back of the stick time for a bit of blue peter style creativity that should help bridge the gap I'd call that a success, at last until something else comes along
    4 points
  40. A walk along the street.
    4 points
  41. Yaaas. New old part found. Plugged in. All good now.. no ABS light! @big_al_granvia I really recommend those subframe inserts. The steering is sharper than ever and no front end wander to speak of now. https://www.partsforvolvosonline.com/product_info.php?cPath=2_546_385_387&products_id=8783&osCsid=9ac933a25816d7fd99a2edca669a964b Or eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283070677478?hash=item41e853c1e6:g:5jYAAOSwPktf82D5
    4 points
  42. Easy peasy, for NOVA they have such a thing as "date of change of intention" which in your case will be when you decided to keep it here permanently (last week obviously officer). It is also used when there is a foreign reg vehicle sold here which the new owner then decides to permanently import - the previous owner could have had it here for years without declaring NOVA but the new owner shouldn't be penalised. Decide what date you decided to keep it here permanently, I suggest not long ago. Fill in a paper NOVA form with what bits you can and send it off with a covering letter explaining the situation - it was here temporarily but now you have decided to make it permanent. As there is no or not much VAT or duty on older stuff the revenue really arent bothered, they will get back to you in 4-6 weeks with a letter with a NOVA ref you can use for the V55. https://www.2cvgb.co.uk/images/stories/downloads/nova-form.pdf
    3 points
  43. wesacosa

    eBay tat volume 3.

    pictures seem to be a mix of voyeur pictures and some health and safety nightmares caught on camera https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Classic-Cars-Dacia-1300-Renault-12-Year-1977-Classic-Car-Renault-12-ULEZ-Except-/184909160728?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
    3 points
  44. With these vehicles I bet he's planning on conquering the Isle of Wight or the Isle of Man.
    3 points
  45. 3 points
  46. Yesterday my dad had his final scan following radiotherapy a few weeks ago, and got the all clear from prostate cancer
    3 points
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