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  1. Camping. Once cheap fun and an opportunity, if you were either Sid James or Bernard Bresslaw, to try and have your wicked way with a convent girl called ‘Babs’. These days, especially in the autumn of Covid, it’s actually quite an elite sport. Rather than modest tents of canvas and fibreglass construction, it’s all Air Tents and Motorhomes these days. Some pitches are commanding £60 per night, par with a Premier Inn if you can find one. Me being me (wanting to keep it real and keep the money in my pocket) we shopped hard and came up trumps. The first camp site we visited was hippy AF. Lots of women with either pink or blue hair, and not a bra between them. Majestic. It was proper off grid with hooks for solar showers and a marvellous wild flower meadow. We loved it so, so much. Each pitch was 10m x 10m with the pitches cut into the grass and 10m between pitches. Behind, your own clearing among the trees. The van accommodated four with the other two of us in the little tent. After this, we moved onto another place at Mundesley. This was very different; much more touristy and no chance of me catching a glimpse of my wife washing her magnificent bosom among the trees like a Timotei advert. That said, a shower was welcome and the wife was pleased not to have to lather in full view of Darren from Hull. It was 5 mins from the beach and lovely, albeit for different reasons. My son got his GCSE results whilst we were on site (superb) and we’ll never forget it. Are we fully paid up campers now? Well, nearly. Wife struggled with her back a bit. A larger tent would have helped but I’m keen not to become someone who has to have all the latest gear and gadgets. Other than struggling to keep things dry it was great, and I’m ready to go again.
    15 points
  2. Bren

    Shite in Miniature II

    Got these for my birthday last month -
    12 points
  3. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1443858622680221/?ref=facebook_story_share Rusty, but a rarity. Worth £400 just to have a sit in that lovely blue interior. A Reg Datsun Micra. Last MOT 2009.
    12 points
  4. The BX has just passed its MOT with no advisories. That's two clean passes in a row, the first vehicle I've ever owned to achieve such a feat!
    11 points
  5. Woohoo! Guess I need to get over my fear of removing the steering wheel, airbag and clock spring to change the stalks... (although im so used to just holding it down to turn left whilst juggling gears and steering it's second nature now...)
    11 points
  6. In the hands of the shite gods now! Hopefully she'll get a pass for her 20th year on the road
    11 points
  7. Went for a walk to pick up biscuits from the shop… this was a bonus!
    9 points
  8. Not had chance to get down the shed until today, so first thing on the to do list was to collect the finished doors and wings. After knocking in the door pins on the offside rear door, I remembered that that I had a hospital appointment to go to. I'll hopefully get a bit more time on it over the weekend.
    9 points
  9. This VW Santana came for sale near me now. Good for rust and mechanical in order except for a little carburetor problems and only about 1200 pounds and the price can be discussed. This had suited me perfectly as a workhorse / reserve car. I like how simple these are and parts are easy to get hold of and cost little. https://www.finn.no/car/used/ad.html?finnkode=185056174
    8 points
  10. The most bodged and unloved vehicle I've ever had the misfortune to be involved in. 11 previous owners who shouldn't have been allowed near tools of any kind.. BUT.. all back together, running beautifully and a years ticket Never before has an input shaft seal requires me to replace a complete exhaust and a cylinder head..😟
    8 points
  11. 7 points
  12. She managed a 120 mile blast to Glasgow and back without any hiccup, so I'm going to tentatively declare this fixed! Total CATASTROPHE though as the cheap Chinese vacuum hose has melted onto the top of the engine, so I no longer has omgboostgaugem9.
    7 points
  13. Looks a bit like a Fuckington Mullet Shooting Brake to me.
    7 points
  14. Yes, market day once more... ...although nothing new to tickle our collective diecast fancies, I'm afraid. Old Corgis and Dinkys now mostly down to the incomplete and bashed items. Lesney and Husky items also just mainly down to the dregs. No-name 1/24-ish Chevrolet was missing its bumpers and other bits: Mostly complete Corgi Majors LaFrance still there, with £10 asking price. Two Corgi Lotus Climax F1 cars providing a handy comparator to the remanufactured Chinese versions: Missing drivers and windshields, but with exhausts still in place. Original bases seem to be grey, rather than the green of the new one. Suspension on these is taut and springy; not like the one that arrived yesterday. Dunno if I just have a dodgy one, or there's a 'good enough' attitude going down... Yes, the Trainer King was already in attendance, resplendent in his blue Adidas, and yes, he had a dozen or so models already set away. I tried not to look, though I could see the Porsche Carrera 6 and the Marcos Volvo amongst them. Market Blokey advised that next week there should be a significant influx of boxed buses, which he's picking up over the weekend, so just to give everyone a heads-up on that. Not much to be seen elsewhere - the Charity Stall had nothing, although Paddy's Overpriced Market Stall had emptied out last week's plastic bag into a box, revealing some random oddities: Trio of Mercedes SELs - with an MC Toy base on the blue one in the middle. The orange one seems to be an even lower-res copy of the silver one. I love the barefaced cheek of the pirated version adding '(c) 1988' on the base. Unusual, but again no prices. Terrible Mustang III also there: It did have wheels, but they were mounted very far inboard. So that was that... And here's what I squandered my cash on this week: @bunglebushad requested the other Corgi Camaro, which is just as incomplete and dusty as the one set aside for @flat4alfa... So that's there for you if you want it, dude. [**EDIT: SALE AGREED**] I also picked up one of the Dinky #188 caravans, just out of interest. Crayon daubings should clean off, hopefully. Good to know repro doors are available for these. Some glazing cracks,but nothing major. Available for the £5 paid. Sticking with Dinky, I finally brought this #113 MGB Roadster home: It looks pretty rough, but it's structurally sound, all the missing bits are available, and it might restore pretty well. I don't know why I like these, I just do. I've half a mind to restore this myself, but we all know I'll never do it, so it's also available at £5. Lastly, that pink Corgi Fiat 2100: While the rear blinds are pretty cool, it seems to have developed something of a lean... I think one of the wire supports that holds the axles tight to the base has slipped out of place; I may be able to remedy that without needing to dismantle anything. Notable as the first Italian car modelled by Corgi Toys (wot no Ferrari?), it's suffered quite a lot of paint loss as well as its jewelled headlights - but may look fresher after a bit of a scrub to get the worst of the grime off. Also available at £5. [**EDIT: NOW SOLD!!**] So that's that for this week - a bit of a hurried one, but ain't that just the way it goes these days...? Til next time...
    6 points
  15. Rod/b

    Korean Cortina

    Only her hairdo, the rest is made of horse.
    6 points
  16. The Volvo has been a loyal servant (ie it hasn’t broken down / disgraced itself) and done all asked of itself. A Volvo doing all asked of itself, earlier. All except not have a leaky heater matrix. This was a particularly obvious one as as soon as you cranked the heat up, steam would come out of the vents along with that sticky sweet smell of doom (glycol) Anyway, something had to be done. Unusually the heater matrix didn’t have the rest of the car built around it, as the phrase goes. Because of the unique way Volvo decided to do things, it was a relatively simple job to take the lower dash panels off, whip out the heater box, and change the matrix. I needed a couple of torx sockets (t15 and 25) and that was it. Its been leaking for a while! Fairly swiftly I had the new part, with o rings and foamy strip thing out and ready And everything back together with the foam deadening layer dried out under the floor. Verdict- if you’ve got a dodgy heater matrix, if it’s in a Volvo 850/s70/etc it’s easy (even for me) to sort it.
    6 points
  17. Fumbler

    The new news 24 thread

    Much passing happened on the Micra For ignoring the rusty patch on the sill for 3 years and 3 winters, I'm impressed. It's now the size of a 2p coin and is just under a foot away from the rear seatbelt mount. He says it'll need doing before the next MoT. I agree and will try to sort it out when I'm back from holiday, along with giving the car a general look-over and tidy up should it be needed. At least my rear wheel cylinder replacement did the trick and cured the brake faults.
    5 points
  18. Asimo

    Bus Shite

    Cuddly.
    5 points
  19. Isopon

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274904198830?hash=item4001912eae:g:dH8AAOSwWk9hFrY0
    5 points
  20. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202108096020372 Half a bag with FSH.......
    5 points
  21. Here's the 1800 for anyone interested. It might just be the only acceptable car Crayford ever built
    5 points
  22. Very glad I had these fitted last week now. Despite the forecast being dry today I got caught up in some of the heaviest rain I've driven through in a good couple of years. As I've come to expect from Uniroyal tyres, they shrugged it off as if were nothing. I've used these tyres as my default now since at *least* 2006, and continue to be very impressed. I definitely need to out super blades onto my list as I'm pretty convinced the driver's side at least isn't the right size. There isn't so much a triangle of doom where they meet as a crescent you could hold classic car shows in. Sounds like 19"/20" passenger/driver is the correct size. Something I really want to do is to set up a manual override for the cooling fan as it doesn't cut in until later than I'd like. Given it's an electromagnetic clutch setup rather than a full electric fan this will definitely require an ignition switched supply and an indicator light. The light I will probably hide away in the dash - there are two unused green lights in the warning light strip under the instrument panel, so one of those will probably be used as an indicator. You can just about make out the green mask as a dark area in the photo below. The original thermostatic control will be left alone, but I just don't like how warm it gets before the fan cuts in, so I'd like to have a manual override available to me. Precisely where I'll hide the switch I'm not sure yet...on the Saab the "Extra" button was ideal, but I don't have one of those here. Well over 1000 miles done in my ownership now...
    5 points
  23. Ghosty

    Korean Cortina

    Princess Anne was made of fibreglass, you know.
    5 points
  24. Lankytim

    The new news 24 thread

    I had a crack at removing the pistons from my seized up Volvo b20 block today. Diesel and Coca-Cola totally failed to get them moving so I was at a loss on what to do. The block has a cracked bore rendering it scrap but I needed the con rods from it to go into a replacement block I found on eBay, (more on that later) I spent a couple of hours breaking a piston up in situ which was a massive waste of time as the rod was actually bent when I finally removed it, much to my irritation. The pistons themselves were very brittle and seemed to have reacted with something, the metal being very dark, almost like slate. The other three pistons warranted a more direct approach. Slits were sliced into the block and a hammer and chisel were brought into play. After much smashing of cast iron all the rods were out, although they’re so corroded I don’t want to use them anyway. At least the whole experience was educational.
    5 points
  25. Isopon

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274901875848?hash=item40016dbc88:g:GuQAAOSwkGhhFMY1
    5 points
  26. Been away for 10 days so the poor things been left on its own. Went to start it,turned the key, nothing... Then I remembered that I'd used the "secret" immobiliser switch the previous owner had fitted! Treated it to 3 new 22"wiper blades from GSF, which cost a whopping £4.40 for the lot, with their current 60% discount.They weren't quite right, but a few minutes with a hacksaw and file plus a squirt of black aerosol had them fitting nicely. It's now coming up to the magic 100k miles.
    5 points
  27. 4 points
  28. DVee8

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/546671083204617
    4 points
  29. Thanks! I’ve got hold of something estate shaped, but worse. It’s road legal although broken in a few places and waiting for collection tomorrow in the Cotswolds.
    4 points
  30. Thanks! There's some rust bubbling up on the front drivers wing I keep forgetting to sort but bar that she wears her 160k well! It's been a perfect 'an car' so far! Assuming it passes I'll tap @Andyrew up for some aux belt pulleys and tick another job off the list of stuff that needs doing but not urgently! Sort of hoping it does pass, taking my daughter to my dad's tomorrow...
    4 points
  31. Worth having a go with a clay bar before using t-cut. Takes all sorts of imperfections and shit out of the paint.
    4 points
  32. Bini progress. Spend on bits so far. [ ] Water pipe - £8.83 [ ] Thermostat - £23.75 [ ] Expansion cap - £5.49 [ ] Coolant - £11 [ ] Gasket set - £4.64 [ ] RTV x2 - £5.59 Total - £59.30 So far so good on the coolant front. I haven't strayed too far, just 10 to 15 mile round trips, but it doesnt burp at me when I open the header tank after its cooled down. Level is the same. Going to take it to work next week, so that should prove it (60 mile round trip). Took out the coils and plugs - cylinder 3 seems to be really oilly. Others spot on. Took off the valve cover. The old rubber gasket was like brittle plastic and just flaked off in pieces. New ebay special gasket didn't fit, so made my own with two tubes of high temp rtv. Front tyres seem to be slowly loosing air over a week or so, not sure if Bini wheels are renowned for being porous or not? Tyres are 2012 coded so probably could do with changing. I may fix temporarily with some tyre sealant until it proves itself worthy of replacements. I really like it though, so it fucking better. (Didn't take any pictures 😄)
    4 points
  33. Mrs Juular provided backup. Shakedown cruise to Bo'ness compleat. No issues so far, oil has finally reached the tappets and it's now as smooth as silk. Very pleased with it. Huge shout out to @Lacquer Peel for his help. Off to have a celebration bevvy.
    4 points
  34. This could go in one of several threads... Loading an Ikarus 260, designed to carry cosmonauts, into an Antonov An-22 'Flying Cathedral' heavy transport aircraft, at Lvov, Ukrainian SSR, 1974
    4 points
  35. omegod

    The grumpy thread

    Sorry if that seemed a bit dramatic me posting it but all felt very strange at the time , she's on the mend and had some IV drippy stuff to slow her ticker down and bloods show no heart attack thankfully but she has a bit of a wonky ECG so I'll be picking her up in a bit and keep an eye on her. Work can feck off for today, cheers for the comments.
    4 points
  36. vulgalour

    I bought a big.

    15mpg is only bad when you compare it to other vehicles, compared to other houses that's pretty good.
    4 points
  37. Guess who’s been offered the stockbroker job!! Had a 3pm meet with Covid Dept HR to discuss matters and got a call at 2.55pm to say welcome aboard. Start 1st September and contract en route. Back of the net!
    4 points
  38. Well, had a bit more of a play this evening, between showers. Seems to idle better now the fan is keeping the engine temperature down. Also got the boot light working(sticking switch, WD 40).Also tried the heater, demister and heated rear window, all work well. The transmission warning symbol has gone off again. It doesn't seem to affect anything. The handbook says to contact a Renault dealer immediately. There's a new one just opened in Leicester. Thinking of taking it to them and see what they say! Really it's quite a nice old thing. It's quite pleasant to drive, the autobox is very smooth, seems to reach and cruise at 70mph easily enough. Everything seems to work, which I suppose is pretty good for a 32 year old French car, that's done 100k miles. Plan is to gently improve it over the summer, use it as much as I can and then decide on what to do with it.
    4 points
  39. Yay. I'll weld the Micra's sill in a couple weeks and once I get the MIG welder up and running. Anyway, the real reason for the post is that, at the same time of the MoT, I also replaced the broken steering rack gaiter on the BX. It was horrible. Very horrible. No, really. Here's a picture! I dread to think what changing one on larger engined models are like. I nearly had to break my wrists so they could fit in and perform the work. So, step 1 was to lift the vehicle to get the wheels off. Very stressy because I don't trust the sills and there's conflicting advice. I used the rear mounts for the front subframe in the end. The good news is that the body is rust-free, and I mean it. It's almost as good as the Micra which is 8 years younger and has 20% the mileage. That's a win in my book! We've got new front brake pads too. Eggshellent. After inspecting the area for how I'd go about working on it, I broke out the big guns. And set to work getting the track rod end off I then spent an hour getting the track rod end off. Barely any access to get a 12mm spanner on the rack balljoint to keep it from moving, and even less room for a 19mm spanner to free off the stop nut thing . I ended up wedging the 12mm spanner on the subrame which made life easier. The reason why it was a real ballache was because I did it completely wrong, as per usual! What I should have done was loosen the 19mm nut when the track rod end was still installed, then unbolt it and unscrew it from the rack balljoint. Other cars make this a lot easier by making the track rod end really tiny and the threaded shaft from the rack really long, but Citroen went with a long one instead for maximum confidence withdrawal. I got it off with my trousers becoming casualty to the oily filth that's everywhere. Great rustproofing, just not on my trousers, please! This is the old gaiter. The wheel side section was cracked and split open. Quite a bit of water poured out of it too, erps. No harm done, though, because everywhere is coated in grease. Phew! I repacked the balljoint and added some more grease to the rack gear before fannying around with the new gaiter. And what a fannyfest it was (not literally)! I took no pictures, but it required slipping the boot over the rack housing, which is larger than the gaiter. This means I need to stretch it over. Simple, yes? Of course not. It wouldn't be French otherwise. On the top you've got an engine on one side and the heater hoses in the other restricting your movement. On the underside, the subframe is in the way and the hard pipes for the front hydraulics conveniently use up all the other free space up there. There's no way I'm getting it over from underneath. BUT WAIT! IT GETS BETTER! OK, it's now installed, yes, but, see what's near the top of the picture? That's a guard plat for the steering wheel flex plate. Can I remove it? Sure I can, if I also disconnect a rod linkage that has a pivot and support ON THE GUARD ITSELF! MARVELLOUS! Oh how I laughed as I got cut up and bruised as I was fighting against the edges of the guard and strething the boot over. I managed to succeed when I decided to wedge an Allen key in between the rack housing and gaiter, so I could then twist the gaiter round and *POP* on it goes. Some zipties later and we're done. I got rather* grumpy at this point having spent around 3 hours on the bastard. I aligned the wheels best I could (I did mark where it was originally, but it was so caked in grease and muck, the paint just rubbed off when sliding the gaiter over), but I'll pay to get it done professionally. That should help make the steering wheel a bit more centred. It's never been right, but I haven't made the situation any better and I'd rather not have weird tyre wear. I removed the front wheeltrims as the wheelbolts hold them in. I'll get the rear ones off tomorrow with any luck.
    3 points
  40. Split_Pin

    The new news 24 thread

    Progressing with building the Cav back up. PAS pump belt tensioned up, radiator and intercooler buttoned together and installed, fan switch bolted in and some pipes loosely installed. I need to work out how to safely fasten the wiring for the fan switch as its quite a bitnlonger than necessary and is quite near the PAS pulley. Friday, beer o'clock now. More tomorrow. Mrs_Pin wants to collect some planks of wood at B&Q next week and as this is currently the most practical car in the fleet, she was asking when it would be fixed. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I'll be good to go!
    3 points
  41. EML

    Lazy spotters thread

    Photo dump of the last few months papps
    3 points
  42. Had a couple of boxes o'tat turn up today. Interesting items include: Plastic Hong Kong truck with a card base and interior similar to type used on some of the Marx vehicles Guisval Seat but not a Ritmo - this one's a Ronda I think this glow in the dark Matchbox is a US release going by the base Road Blasters (I think) Mercury Majorette MK2 Golf isn't an easy casting to find - I have another en route though
    3 points
  43. Woohoo! Double win - you got an answer, and I got to discover hundreds of grim estates to contemplate
    3 points
  44. martc

    Eye-catching black and whites

    Anny Deim, from Austria, with her Calthorpe 500, sometime in the 1930's. Heels and cobbles.
    3 points
  45. puddlethumper

    I bought a big.

    My intention is to live in it as I'm considering retiring next year. Going to get a braked dolly and stick my 305 van on the back and wander about a bit. Sort of retro rig scene. It's the newest vehicle I've ever owned. I've advanced from the eighties to the nineties in one purchase. I think I'll have a lie down so I can take in this sudden advancement.
    3 points
  46. Woke up in a good mood. Gave my gran a lift to the woods so she can pick mushrooms. It's one of her favourite things to do. Tall suspension came in handy.
    3 points
  47. With the mot booked for Friday I spent a bit of time yesterday afternoon and gave it a clean inside to help her chances. Didn't really need doing but I've literally done fuck all bar drive it since the back hoses were done, got to do something! I used my new cordless vacuum Cleaned the glass inside and out too as the front screen was awful, and the hole thing took about 20 minutes. Took the car seats out too. I then had the head unit out and fitted the new cable Had to drill the rear hole out a bit but it was a simple job I can't test it yet though as I forgot I butchered the plug on the existing antennae to try and bodge it prior, so it's all back in now, and I've ordered another aerial because it's needed*. Will fit that when it comes. Removed some FOD from the rear footwells, which was about the worse of it. Still not shampooed it or anything, this was the numatic on low power 20210809_114450.mp4 I'm in the office this week a few times so I'll put some fuel in and throw its arse violently there and back so it has a better chance of passing the emissions after doing barely 3k this year... (I'm sure it's fine but it won't hurt) Boring update over!
    3 points
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