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  1. Passed 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
    21 points
  2. Just been following this Bond Bug on the A19 coming into York
    13 points
  3. Just called by the garage and the Dacia is fixed, MOT is booked for 3pm 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞
    11 points
  4. I've been camping it up in the Cabriolet this afternoon, I'm actually really enjoying this one. I've painted the sills yellow again which have smartened it right up, I'm well chuffed with how cheap and easy it is to change parts on this, new Mintex brake pads £12, new Gates cambelt kit, also £12, new boot lock seal from China £1.86! £13 normally on ebay! All the little jobs are making a big difference now. The dash is all back together after replacing the voltage stabiliser so it now has working fuel and temp gauges and the stereo is wired up correctly again rather than turning on with the lights! I do need to replace the number plates too with more period correct ones but I can't justify £60 at the moment, especially after the starter motor on the Dolomite grenaded itself last week.
    11 points
  5. Well I've made it to Cleobury 🤞🤞🤞
    10 points
  6. Inspired by this road test I went to check on the Espero on a driveway which is local-ish to me… Still there… slowly being subsumed into the bushes… Need to knock on about this sooner rather than later I think!
    9 points
  7. 'MY SACK IS FULL AND I WISH TO DELIVER IT' (cobber) not difficult to take outta the van apart from help from old git holding it upright while i picked it off the crate WOO and indeed HOO last pic - souvenir its also uk moted now must speak to agent on monday (cba now) to see how nova happens as they said they deal with it
    9 points
  8. Would you believe a Halfords toolbox fits *perfectly inside a 505?
    8 points
  9. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I know nothing about anything built before 1970. I take it these related to the Morris Oxford? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224550872745?hash=item34484666a9:g:2iYAAOSwuvRhAbc-
    7 points
  10. Hey, I recognise that one! I got these photos down in the Tarn et Garonne area of France back in 2019. Great to see it still gets out and about, even if it can't go abroad.
    7 points
  11. Thanks to Bill at Saabits and Royal Mail, the new cylinders arrived on Tuesday afternoon and were the correct parts. New wheel cylinders fitted, bled through and handbrake adjusted. Bleeding was fun as the bleed nipple is below the pipe on these, so pipe was pushed through the back plate, cylinder connected upside down, bled then carefully turned and attached. All sorted and out of the shed last night, just in time for a downpour of biblical proportions that washed some of the dust off nicely. Today I bailed out the back of the 900 (the roof leaks below the rear window and it gathers in where the parcel shelf should be and makes an annoying sloshing on corners if you leave it) and the boot loaded with trolley jack, trailer spare, dugga gun, tent, air bed etc ready to go. Then the small trailer was hitched on and the Sonett loaded and strapped down. The 900 was then parked in to the barn as it was looking like another storm was on its way and I can't be bothered bailing it out again. Of course it was just a few spots.... The 900 has done 40 miles since its MOT after spending the last 2 years parked up waiting its turn. The Sonett has driven about 20 yards since a new ignition system and brakes after 3 years of sitting in the shed. Tomorrow I will leave home about 6am and head to Prescott, a mere 444 miles away. WCPGW?
    7 points
  12. There’s another only slightly further away languishing on a drive… I’m thinking buy both and see which ones best… seems a sensible plan right?
    6 points
  13. Made it down to Cheltenham but that is a journey I don't want to repeat! Got up at 0500, packed the last few bits, checked emails and left the house dead on 0600 as planned. Not often that happens, and there was a price to pay! Pulled out of my drive, covered about 50m (remember my drive is a mile long) and heard a bang. Stopped to check and this happened: Good job I had packed the spare! The spare is of course the wrong size, but it goes round! Now, I have no spare and I have the best part of 1000 miles to cover before getting home. Considered returning home and swapping the Sonett onto my other trailer, but that would have meant leaving yhe 900 and taking the Disco, and as I had polished the 900, I used the logic of lightning never strikes twice and continued on with a flat spare! Must have been easy to park in any city today as every car in the UK was on the M6. My average speed between Carlisle and Cannok was 38mph. At J12 Cannock my satnav wanted to take me off, so switched on the radio to hear the M5 was closed and the M42 gridlocked. Followed my satnav which took me through the centre of Wolverhampton and Dudley which was fun with the trailer on. Worked though, as vehicles that had passed me way up the M6 were still passing me as I turned off. Overall 12 hours to cover 444 miles plus an hour swapping the wheel Knackered now though!
    6 points
  14. Booked in on Monday to my tame garage. They don't do the MOTs but farm them out to another place down the road. It's still worth booking with them though. Why? Well, I need the car this weekend for some long journeys and thought the MOT was due later in August. Other half texts me at work to check, I call the garage. They book me in for Friday but warn me that if it needs any work, it might be a challenge to get the bits in on time. So to give them a decent chance, they advised dropping it off Thursday to get the earliest MOT slot on Friday morning. Dropped it off at lunchtime and at 1625 they called me to tell me that they'd managed to squeeze it in at the MOT tester that day instead and to come and pick it up if I could get there before 5. They'd just decided to do it as a common sense move and persuaded the tester to take it in early. I fucking love that garage. AutoBritalia in Dunkirk, Kent if anyone wants a wholehearted recommendation. I'll get it booked in for the boot in a few weeks. Sod doing that on my drive.
    6 points
  15. 6 points
  16. Ready and waiting
    6 points
  17. Soundwave

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Big Rover, relatively smol price. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/323052532889425/
    6 points
  18. HMC

    HMC Toledo swaparoo

    Cheddar gorge meets Tokyo Street chintz. Not visible ( @BorniteIdentity) Tasteful chromed mirror finish alloys .
    6 points
  19. Last time I was a regular service bus user it was this Coventry route in these Daimlers.
    6 points
  20. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Plum crazy midget https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202107104862930
    6 points
  21. Popped into town today to get my second upgrade jab. Parked next to this monstrosity. If you can afford one of these, shouldn't you be able to afford the tyres?
    5 points
  22. Hopefully this is unexceptional enough for tomorrow, it's full of shell super at least.
    5 points
  23. @jaypee and I are bedded down for the night in sunny* Nottingham. The first leg was grand, until about 12 miles west of Scotch Corner - then the fun began! 310 miles or so on the Toledo so far .. @jaypee took some pictures of the highlights of the trip..
    5 points
  24. A shite sample. Includes R9, Astra, Nova and Daimler
    5 points
  25. So yes - tat was present this morning, though only a very small amount of new stuff. The Lesneys and such are only going one way - diminishing. Although there had been an influx of assorted plastic rubbish too: Mostly Western-type figures and horses, it turned out: I had a brief rummage in case any diecast-related figures might have been hiding, but nothing of any great interest lurked therein - unless you're mad into Disney ephemera, as there seemed to be some old-looking plastic 101 Dalmatians figurines. £10 Corgis etc remaining mostly static today. I say mostly, as the £10 tray was at the back of the stall, while a separate, unpriced tray was at the front: No price shown on these, but it contained some of the new-arrival taxis and stuff from last week, which he wanted a fiver for. Hmm. Also another tray containing assorted bits and bobs: As I was taking pics, Blokey started moving stuff from this tray into the unpriced tray at the front. I'm fairly sure this is the lion shelter from the Corgi Longleat gift set. Small diecast garages were quite nice: this one had no maker, just 'Made in England' stamped on the base. The yellow garage with the red roof is a Lesney, but both swing doors were missing from it. This Corgi 'Commuter' dragster was quite clean, though the stickers were a little bit mildewed. However, before I could take any further action, The Nemesis swiped this one. He already had quite a few models stashed behind the stall; I could make out what appeared to be quite a clean but unfamiliar Corgi Mk 10 Jaguar amidst some of the early 60s Lesneys, so there does seem to be some newer stuff trickling down from somewhere. It seems that The Nemesis trades more generally in collectables; while I was browsing the tat, he was deep in some heated and protracted negotiations with a lad who runs a vinyl stall behind, as The Nemesis was apparently trying to sell him some sort of framed signed photograph of a rock star (I didn't see who), which wasn't going his way. While he was otherwise engaged, I asked Market Blokey if all the unpriced stuff in the front tray was a fiver. "Errr... yeah, I could do them for that - but for Gawd's sake, don't tell him that..." With a covert nod to Nemesis behind, busy trying to negotiate the £30 offer from Andy Vinyl up towards the £120 he believed his photo merited, despite having no certificate of authenticity which, it seemed, was the sticking point. So I came away with these. The Corgi Ford H-Type wrecker was in the glass cabinet off to the side, where the (now gone) Spot On AEC flatbed was last week. I had £30 in notes on my hip, plus some loose change - ultimately, he accepted £33 for the above, which I'd say works out at £5 each for the Corgi cars and Dinky fire appliances, and £8 for the wrecker. @andrew e had previously asked for the Corgi Plymouth Sport Suburban if it could be achieved for £5, so that's yours if you fancy it, dude. It's a bit chipped, paint-wise, but is still orders of magnitude better than the one I paid the same price for in 1993 or so. I haven't yet posted your box from earlier in the week, as I had a funny feeling something like this might happen... The others are available to anyone who wants them: Holmes Wrecker is reasonably intact - not as good as the one I paid £15 for last year, but way better than the one I bought and passed on for a fiver. Yours for the £8 paid. **EDIT: NOW TAKEN!!!*** Confusingly, there were now two Golden Jacks Chevrolet Camaro SSs on the stall - both in approximately the same condition and both missing a wheel, but one was in the £10 tray while this one was procured for £5. As discussed last week, a repro windscreen and a hood, and this could display nicely. Little slidey headlight covers still present, too. Yours for £5. **EDIT: SOLD!!!*** Corgi Chrysler Imperial floppytop also needs a windscreen, and probably could do with its non-original racing numbers removed and all. Don't think I'd much fancy driving one of these competitively... The 'everything opens' features are nice, though. Bonnet pops open when you press down on the front axle, and originally these came with a plastic golf bag and clubs in the boot. Nice. Also available at £5. **EDIT: NOW TAKEN!!!*** The two '70s Dinky fire appliances were probably the best condition items on the stall; I'm surprised no-one previously snapped these up, even at £10. They're really very lovely. UV discolouration to the Range Rover's blue interior suggests these have been on display on a shelf somewhere for many years. There are a couple of chips to the paint on each, annoyingly, which appear to have been inflicted distressingly recently. Also, there's the faint outline of ladder rungs in the dust on the roof of the Land Rover, suggesting it was complete until a few weeks ago... daaaah. Available at £5 each. **EDIT: ALSO NOW TAKEN!!!*** But that's not all. After stashing the Corgi and Dinky in my bag and toddling off before The Nemesis could take notice, I took a speedy spin past the other stalls. And it turned out that the Charity Stall still had the Tonka stuff from last week, two of which @bunglebus had expressed an interest in: Now, the Hot Wheels Honda F1 car was gone this week, as was the Tonka fire engine. But everything else was there. However, the catch was that Charity Blokey only wanted to sell them all as a job lot, to clear them off his stall. So I broke out my emergency fiver and came away with a bagful of rusty rubbish. I'm not sure if this represents a bargain or a liability... The pink buggy and Porsche-esque racer probably represent the best of the bunch, and @bunglebus has first dibs here: Say £1 each on these, fella? **EDIT: SALE AGREED!!!*** The rest are available for £3 the lot, or 50p each: I'd thought this was a Tonka release, but it's marked Tootsietoy, and also '1968'. Tonka custom van has a bit of surface rust, but is otherwise ok - including the opening diecast tailgate. **EDIT: NOW SPOKEN FOR!!!*** Corgi Sixties Collection Minor is in a bad way, paint-wise... Mmm, lumpy. But should repaint well, if anyone fancies it. Big Tonka low-loader with bulldozer also up for grabs at 50p a throw. Looks like it's put in a lengthy stint down the quarry, anyway. Patina FTW. Larger scale Tonka horse box appears to be missing some bits - any interest at 50p? Other modernish Tonka might be good for kiddies, if not your good selves? I've no particular interest in any of this, so take it away! Corgi Rice horse box in police colours has a busted towhitch, but the rear loading door's still there. Unexpectedly detailed manufacturer logo, anyway. I don't have a police Land Rover, so... available at 50p too, or as part of the bigger job lot for £3. So there we go... another week, another load of tat... Presumably still in his lock-up somewhere - I expect we'll see it again sometime soon. I'm guessing there's better margins on the recent Lesney and Corgi stuff he's picked up, so once they sell though there may be a return to the tat box of yore. Brought my own this week.
    5 points
  26. I did a bad thing. I broke the beyond £5 barrier and got this. Dinky Ford Mercury Cougar Well they seem to be sought-after and are bid-away, usually. Some scuffs and small crack in rear glazing, but very pleased as it has the NUMBER PLATES still. Tiny Tom likes it It has OPENING THINGS and also a SLIDEY THING - the rear deck aerial can retract into the body Tom also found that it has also had the STEERING WHEEL DELETE anti-theft option
    5 points
  27. I watched this again at the weekend for the first time in at least a decade, probably more. It was always one of my favourite films but I wondered, having not seen it in so long wether I was remembering it through Rose tinted glasses. I needn't have worried, its still superb. Obviously a low budget film and they couldn't afford any special effects so the first time you see the lorries speeded up you do laugh for the wrong reasons but you sort of get used to it. And what a cast. At the time none of them were particularly big names, but within ten years we have the best James Bond, the first Doctor Who, The Prisoner, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Cowley from The Professionals... and whatever Sid James became, he just played Sid in whatever he was in. Still a fabulous film. Have a Sid James - Sean Connery face off. This isn't quite black and white but I couldn't find a b/w poster. They missed Gordon Jackson off that list.
    5 points
  28. It's finally happening! I finally have Corona at home! As some might remember I bought this JDM Toyota Corona EXiV from the drive of a banger racer right before the first lockdown after it was posted in the Ebay tat thread. Over a year later and the car has had its first successful MOT in 10 years and I will be taking it to the Festival of the Unexceptional this Saturday. If it can make it! I haven't driven the car much at all but was able to get a somewhat decent impression on my 30min drive home. Without trying to jinx myself, the car is actually driving surprisingly well, and its so comfortable that I am seriously wondering how they managed to do achieve this on a 5th gen Celica Platform. Obviously there are plenty of things that need sorting, the blowing exhaust being the biggest issue. But overall Im quite impressed and look forward to spending some time in these gloriously brown cushy velour seats. What makes the car so special is the fact that its a true hardtop sedan, the b-pillar only reaches up to the car's waistline: As Japan stopped making this body style of 4-door cars altogether after this generation of Carina ED and Corona EXiV this makes it one of the last production hardtop sedans. I didn't even realize that these came with fold-down rear seats. I finally have a practical car on the road again! Two of Toyota's Japanese market luxury offerings of the early 90s: A worthy addition to the fleet: I'm still on the fence about whether I should clean the outside for Fotu2021. I've already started cleaning the interior which was badly needed and will spend the next few days making sure that everything is ready for the weekend. Can't wait!
    5 points
  29. Got home and suprise, mrs 95 has got me a spectator ticket. Car ready
    4 points
  30. Yes. Wolseley version of the Morris 6, a stretched Oxford with 6 cylinder overhead cam engine and torsion bar suspension. A sort of overgrown Morris Minor. Much used by the police back in the day.
    4 points
  31. It was the other way at our school, if you had more than two brain cells then you were forced pointlessly to learn German or French. If you couldn’t string a sentence together you got to do Motorcycle Maintenance or Bricklaying. I’d have been much happier laying bricks than wasting my life learning French, which as it turns out has been no use to me whatsoever. I maintain about raising my own children that so long as they’ve tried their best I’m satisfied. If you’ve the will to work, can stand up for yourself and have a built up resilience you won’t go far wrong.
    4 points
  32. martc

    The Bikeshite Thread

    More streamlined Italian greatness. This one was not made by a motorbike manufacturer, but by the aircraft subsidiary of FIAT - Aeritalia. It was designed in a wind tunnel, used aeronautical influences and was the second time that FIAT considered entering the two wheeled market. This is the Moto Major, from 1948 - FIAT's first two wheeled project? 1938, they built a scooter, but the project didn't go anywhere. However, after the war Piaggio's Paperino scooter bore a strong resemblance to it... More details on the Moto Major here - https://thevintagent.com/2019/11/19/moto-major-italy-reinvents-the-motorcycle/
    4 points
  33. The are THREE Cougars in these pictures But only one of them is having a hot flush. Yes, the Matchbox King Size popped over to greet the Dinky. Some deft camera angle effort above to try and make them look similar size, but in reality the Dinky '68 Cougar is approx 1:41 while the Matchbox '67 Cougar is a not-so-much 'King Size' after all, at approx 1:47
    4 points
  34. Come on lads can't you two read the adverts properly. Clearly selling a clio with rover 400 alloys on it. I'll give you £75 and take it off yer aaands. Doing you a favour like. Maybe come and pay for it Saturday, got to ask my Dad first though.
    4 points
  35. and as of coupla hours ago collectificated got back up here at 10am and took till 1 cocking about lead for charger isnt long enuff to reach the socket in the garage and i cant remember where the battery is so itll get done on tues/weds cos i have a ferry to catch this evening fek - wont need a cabin just pull up on the bike and sit and zzzzzzzzzz pics in a min - hyowj thanks to @Parky for always being an utter hero (pies and l and p when guaranteed ill turn up on your doorstep also props to the agent (the shipper can go fuck themselves) who were completely helpful as were the warehouse chaps at felix docks (not @trigger even tho my wallet now has a restraining order against me
    4 points
  36. Oh a Porsche 924! Okay first things first. What's the spec? Sweet! Maybe I'm a people who require these types of cars. What's the next step? God that's so simple! I've been doing it wrong all these years.
    4 points
  37. Selling my alloys on Facebook....
    4 points
  38. Yes for a whistle stop Tat Friday, though proper pics may have to wait - no new stuff is probably the main takeaway, but some previous stuff of declared shiter interest has been procured at target price, although with a caveat... More to come maybe about midday; gotta dash.
    4 points
  39. Been grabbing the odd hour on this here and there this week, the c-pillars and offside are pretty much done, this picture was taken after making a start on the nearside. The roof was also finished up this week. I finished up the a-pillars and scuttle today, but I'll be giving everything another going over tomorrow and Saturday so it should be ready for the paint bloke on Sunday/Monday. (fingers crossed!)
    4 points
  40. barrett

    Shite in Miniature II

    Next up it's number 504, the Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta. Even the crude USSR-built version of this seems to make decent coin these days, so I was happy to snap this up for a reasonable sum It's certainly not a patch on the Lamborghini in terms of detail, but it's still a lovely thing There is a passable Colombo V12 under the bonnet, and a decent stab at the distinctive twin-central dial dash Last but not least, Mebetoys A-22, the Chevrolet Corvette Rondine by Pininfarina. The Tom Tjaarda-styled concept which prefigured the Fiat 124 Spider. This model depicts its second iteration, with wraparound rear screen (when first shown it had a reverse-rake flat window) and, happily, is modelled in a colour very similar to the real thing It's not a hugely rare model, but I've never seen one in this colour before. This is a slightly more scarce early issue, which includes a mechanism that pops the bonnet open when you open the driver's door. Under the hood is.. well, certainly not a thumping Chevy V8, which is odd considering the thought that usually went in to this sort of thing. It does have the totally unneccessary but most welcome separate plug leads, though - albeit only four of them Otherwise the details is fantastic. Mebetoys is generally one step down from Politoys, but this is still a delicate, well-styled model. I love the script on the rear deck And... well, there is more, but I don't want to come accross like a glutton, so those can wait. Let's leave it here, safe in the knowledge that I absolutely DO NOT collect 1960s European models of unusual sports, GT, prototype and coachbuilt cars. Not one bit.
    4 points
  41. Hillman Minx on Facebook marketplace, Buntingford, Herts Listed at £500 which seems cheap but says reasonable offers in the ad as below so not sure if it's actually £500 or not. 1955 Hillman Minx. All original condition. Daily driver pre-covid. New carburettor and new water pump. Few spare parts. Drive as is or restore. Reasonable offers as unable to give it the care it needs.
    4 points
  42. aldo135

    The new news 24 thread

    Just back from 3 and a half weeks camping with the odd night in a Premier Inn, from Edinburgh to Cornwall and back via Lincolnshire. Over 2000 miles in a £650 Volvo S70 TDI bought from @Lacquer Peel, it ran faultlessly and is the most economical car I’ve owned. It was packed so full you couldn’t have got a Daily Record in there (other moaning faced Scottish rags are available) yet MPGs only dropped from 46 to 42! Thanks Cal it’s a brilliant car. To get all our camping gear into the Volvo I needed roof bars which @Minimad5had, I talked my Dad into going down to Liverpool for a night. We went straight to the pub ready for the England Germany game and Mark actually brought them to the pub, handy incase the Germans scored and we had to fight our way out 😂. So thanks to you too Mark! Made me and the kids holidays happen, top shiters both!
    4 points
  43. 4 points
  44. DVee8

    The new news 24 thread

    Whilst sitting on the terrace of our holiday cottage having lunch, this afternoon. This pulled in. So I popped downstairs for a chat. A 1960 Bentley. Bought new by an electrical company in London, then sold on within the company. Later sold and moved to America then onto Sweden. Where it was bought by VW when they acquired the Bentley brand and recommissioned. It then returned to the UK. The new owner was saying he had just retired, the money he had in the bank wasn't making anything so he invested in the Bentley.
    4 points
  45. Oh I sort of remember them I had in my mind that they were RTs painted in London County green. This is obviously not an RT. I also remember the Police 'Rovers. Having to travel behind one when they escorted petrol tankers etc. Not worrying too mush that if it did go up then we would be toast too.
    3 points
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