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  1. dome

    The new news 24 thread

    Had a lot to drink last night. No, more than that. Was definitely under the influence this afternoon, that's the only explanation I can think of for buying this. 1.5 DCI Renault Megane Sports Tourer MOT up in a few minutes Clutch on the floor. I'm aff the booze.
    21 points
  2. I consider my self to be fairly lucky, not only has my new house got a good size two car garage but it has a pit except there is always a snag... Some bugger had filled it in.... Its taken a while to get around to sorting this but about a month ago I pulled my finger out and hired an 8 yard skip (stupidly thought that would be big enough) and rolled my sleeves up.. What you have is a layer of sand on tarpaulin on top of rubble. The sand was pretty good builders sand so I dug it all up and bagged it (might come in useful). Then started on the rubble, so much rubble, much wow! It went on and on until I started to hear the tinkle of stones falling in water... Bollocks! Still I kept digging.... At this point I had pretty much filled the skip, so paused for a week or so. Then skip 2 arrived and I got back on it. Pleased to say last night I found the bottom and no I didnt find any bodies or any other real horrors. I did have to vac out a load of water for this I used a Numatic George, what a bloody brilliant thing that is. I did try a so called submersible dirty water bilge pump thing by Prokleen (what a waste of amazon vouchers!) that was utter crap. Anyway one final shot, another skip full, my back is starting to cry enough but i have achieved pit! Its a good five and a half foot deep so plenty deep enough, should make certain jobs a lot easier. Cant quite believe I have bothered to create a thread on making a hole in the ground but there you go......
    20 points
  3. Now. I have no intention of restoring this, rather I would like to get another year or two's use out of it. To that end, I have decided now might be a good time to get back into welding. I used to be fairly proficient with oxy/acetelene but that was 40 years ago. In the late 90s I borrowed a MIG welder and taught myself how to stick a couple of bits of metal together, but good I was not. In 1998 I started my classic car business and employed a guy who was a brilliant welder, so I stopped gobbing bits together and let him do that. I sold the business in 2011 and since then on the occasions I needed welding done I got a friend to do it. A couple of years ago, I bought a decent MIG welder with good intentions, but have never used it. Now would be a good time...... First, get the Enima on the ramp and remove the front wheel Quick look around to see what is what. Behind the wheel I spotted another bit that will need a repair, but should be a simple* patch A closer look Back to the task in hand, at least access is good A tap with the hammer, and it gets bigger Remove the uderseal to see what we have got then out with the grinder to get back to solid metal At this point I remembered I had not bought any sheet steel, despite planning on doing do. Now, where to get some steel...... Always new that Iveco would come in useful! Next it was to the crunchy nut cornflake box to make a template which was then transferred to the removed section of Iveco. I dug out my guillotine last used in 2011, oiled it up and cut out the first patch As it was getting late and I have not yet upgraded my shed lighting, I decided to call it a day. I don't like welding/grinding late on as I like to remain near for an hour or so after completing work in case of smouldering leading to fire. Also, I have not swiched the welder on for 2 years so I am sure I will need to fiddle with it for a while before I can see how much of a mess I make.
    15 points
  4. Hell yes, I've gotten logged out and struggled to get back in again... Yes, well it was this.
    13 points
  5. SiC

    The new news 24 thread

    Saw this at a petrol station earlier today
    11 points
  6. Didn’t get any pics today (sorry!) but it was only boring stuff anyway. Job 1 was to sort out the fuel door. This was fitted and working a while back, but the doors bump stop was missing which allowed the door to close too far causing it to look wank from outside but also made a paint on paint interface where it definitely shouldn’t. Looking at it revealed a bit of an error by the bodyshop. They’d wrongly assumed the bump stops metal tab to be a seam for between the outer rear quarter panel and the bowl the fuel cap sits in, and they spot welded it down! I think it was an honest mistake, possibly because of unfamiliarity with this type of car and I don’t hold it against them at all tbh. One of those things. I thought I could fix it by drilling out the spot weld then bending the tab back up and popping a rubber bung in the hole but after drilling the spot weld out it had been done with a mig welder so the weld was actually huge and not round so the spot weld drill couldn’t do the job unfortunately. So instead I carefully used a cutting disc in a dremmel and sliced the old tab off completely then ground off the remaining blobs of weld to leave a flat smooth surface. This wasn’t easy as it’s inside the fuel cap recess so space was at a premium. This was why I didn’t want to put petrol in the tank yet! Not a place you want sparks flying around! With the old tab gone I simply made a cardboard template for a replacement, then transferred that to a bit of old steel sheet I had laying around. Drilled a hole for the bump stop rubber, etch primed and painted it blue. I did this yesterday and left it to dry overnight. This morning I fitted it into place. It’s not welded in. I decided welding it was more trouble than it was worth tbh. Given there’s no weight on this tiny part and minimal pressure on it (all it does is hold the door in line with the rear wing when closed and stops it closing too far) I decided to mix up a bit of epoxy metal adhesive and glue it with that. Then once it was in place I drilled two holes through it and the panel it attached to and put a couple of pop rivets in to hold it. It’s absolutely rock solid now and you can’t see the back of the tab or the rivets when the doors open or closed so I’ll put a bit of seam sealer over the joins to keep moisture out then touch in the paint. It works a treat now, very solid and the door closes into the perfect position with the rear wing. Job 2 was to fill up and bleed the brake system. I thought I’d done this already tbh, but clearly not. I’ve filled up with standard Dot 4 fluid and bled it up. No leaks anywhere so all good! Took a while to get the air out but to be expected on a bone dry new system I suppose. They work now too! I rolled the car down the drive and pushed the pedal and it stopped well enough. Might give them another bleed before hitting the road though just to be sure. While the wheels were off I also gave all four wheel arch bowls/inner wings a second coat of clear UB wax so they should be well protected now. Not a thrilling update, but one step closer!
    11 points
  7. Had a good and rather VFM meet up with @bunglebus at the Rayleigh toy fair. Even though he scoped the prime tat I snared a few he’s missed 😂 A nice selection from the £1 trays A slip….. I bought a Bugatti type 35 yesteryear 😳 I know but £2, it’s so delicate! This Audi Quattro late Superking is lovely bar the missing spotlight, but in a livery I’d not seen before either, mine for a £1!
    11 points
  8. No plans on getting a mk3 - even if I wanted one, theres no more room for anything else. I really need to jettison some of my crap, but can't bring myself to part with anything! Good to see you back on here chief - hopefully when this turd is finished I can bring it over so you can check it out. I've decided (after a couple of close calls) that the wings are less likely to get damaged if they're on the car. After fitting and gapping, the fasteners were hit with the underbody wax. I then fitted the little brace bars between the wings and valance. Before realising that the chin spoiler type thing needs to be in position before the brace bar goes in. All in position now.
    10 points
  9. It never ends.
    10 points
  10. Over the last few days I've been gently preparing the 944 for use for the 1st time since it shat its petrol out all over the street outside my house in the spring. I also had to get the Visa running which was parked behind it. The reason for this is that Northern Monkey has kindly offered storage for the Porsche for a couple of months. So yesterday morning I took the battery off charge, filled the boot up with tools, chucked in a tow rope, took a screenshot of the Autoaid phone number, checked the wheel nuts (they were loose, obviously) and set off over to him. As Mrs Imp was following I couldn't really give it much of an Italian tune up sadly but it actually drove over there fine. All my prep for an inevitable breakdown was (thankfully) in vain. Anyhow, got a quick picture of ImpJr with it. He also got to sit in a Land Rover which he was well excited about. Anyhow, back at home, the driveway now looks a little different and my cars aren't spilling out onto the road and my insurance company can breathe a sigh of relief that the Subaru is parked where I told them. It might have been the last time I drove the 944. Northern Monkey has expressed interest in it as it is sans sills. Obviously after driving it yesterday and absolutely loving it, that seems like a silly idea at the moment but after a couple of weeks not seeing it, the idea of not owning it and worrying about all the work it needs will probably appeal much more. First job without the mental block that is the Porsche on the drive, is to tidy up this mess:
    10 points
  11. Isopon

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/334185188468?hash=item4dcefd4c74:g:oCsAAOSw5HthbGbH
    9 points
  12. 1:18 scale DeLorean by Sun Star. Not new; I've had it at least 15 years. Recently retrieved from storage and dusted off for display.
    9 points
  13. Mushroom picking in Scotland. Great morning out. Disco was great for taking muddy shite, door slamming, lots of cargo and parking in verges Just fried a porcini in butter and it's fucking ace. Not a fan of mushrooms normally
    9 points
  14. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    iveco daily luton van | eBay
    9 points
  15. dome

    The new news 24 thread

    No, it was all me! I'd messaged him yesterday and was supposed to go see it after 3 today. He messaged me about 2 saying he was home so I asked for his address as Lyndsey and I were on our way to Toolstation. It was approximately 45 seconds off our route and Lyndsey graciously* agreed to the detour. I went away and thought about it, then dropped him a message with an offer about half an our later which he agreed to with him delivering it to me. As he was leaving to deliver it another punter turned up who was supposed to have been there at 1pm. He then went into a strop when he was told it was sold and offered more money, which the seller declined. He then asked for petrol money for his wasted journey! Understandably (and thankfully, I think) the seller told him to bolt and suggested that if he'd arrived when he said he would then he wouldn't have missed out.
    8 points
  16. andrew e

    Shite in Miniature II

    Highlight today was this Vitesse Cinquecento Trofeu - the one make rally challenge that green-lit the launch of the Cinquecento sporting, and effectively Arbarths rebirth. (I think I have the Pam fort somewhere). All complete bar a mirror and needing a light scrub another fantastic £1 spent, all @bunglebus fault as I was pushing him spend money not me 😁 Detailing is fab for a 1/43 let alone one from the mid 90’s.
    8 points
  17. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Peak Allegro, beige with a quartic steering wheel: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255178632170?hash=item3b69d4ebea:g:3IsAAOSwylRhaP~R
    8 points
  18. SiC

    The new news 24 thread

    Did the droplink today. Piece of piss to do. It was buggered. Clonking now gone when you go over speed bumps.
    7 points
  19. Genuine barn find m9. Aha, but what are those? Yes, proper rectangular mirrors rather than the M3 replica mirrors. I picked these up on Thursday, fitted them yesterday when they were still Boston Green, then painted the caps today: Just a few coats of generic gloss black, plus a few coats of lacquer. Sorted. These even work properly on the switch and everything. My acreage of mirror glass has basically doubled with these. The M3 replica mirrors were actually electric but the wiring didn't have plugs on the end, and were instead shoved down the back of the door cards. I shake my head at whoever did that. The less said about the self tappers holding them on, the better. Land Rover things also occurred today. It fired up and drove under its own power for the first time in about 30 years. Once it was running it was properly quiet, and on restarting the second time took all of half a crank of starter to fire. It got reversed all the way to the back of the shed, and we spent the afternoon drilling rivets out of the rear tub. Look, video proof of it running!
    7 points
  20. Today's fun includes lower wishbone replacements on the AX...
    7 points
  21. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    I'd noticed oil leaking at quite an alarming rate from around the distributor so checked the oil and discovered it was very high on the dipstick. I guessed it could be petrol mixing with the oil at the mechanical fuel pump so dropped the oil which smelled like petrol and removed the pump. I cleaned it all up and worked the pump a few times with my hand and could see the petrol dripping out where it's bolted onto the engine. I've ordered a new pump so hopefully it'll solve the issue.
    7 points
  22. Yesterday I picked up this retro Lumen Tune Up analyser for the princely sum of £5. It looks like it has never been used. It is essentially an old school multimeter but includes and inductive pick up lead for measuring RPM based upon the current in the HT leads. I like the way that it works for 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engines and 2, 3 or 4 rotor engines! I haven't tested it yet but I will do a video of it.
    7 points
  23. Had a meet up and catch up today with @Supernaut, @Saltyscotsman and a few others at mine today... The neighbours really love me! 🤣 Have to say, the 323 is really nice! And was good seeing the Galant again!
    7 points
  24. Busy weekend! Started by masking up the yellow-ness to get it stonechipped along the sill: First coat: Not got a picture - but I got a workbench and my garage sorted a bit too so nice to have a space to actually work and organise - really helps with motivation. While the first coat was drying I got the old radiator out: Looks like a big gaping fish: Old vs new - you can tell the old one was very much past it's best. On closer inspection there were some hairline cracks along the inlets too - so it wouldn't have lasted much longer even if repaired with some abuse. New one in: Much better: Did 3 coats of stone chip in all: Also did the other side under the car if anyone is wondering - same for the welding at the back - that was awkward so didn't take any pictures. Unmasked: I only did it to the sill line for looks - so next step was to mask the bit I did after it was dry a few hours later and bust out the Rustoleum: Finished product after 3 coats or so: Not perfect, and the gloss rustoleum really does stand out but when the door is closed it's not really visible - and this isn't meant to be a perfect car. Really happy with the progress made given this was started at 10:30AM or so and finished at 14:00ish. I then ran it up to temp with just water to make sure all is as it should be - with zero leaks and it was - I also cleaned up the contacts on the thermal switch on the rad. After doing that, drained it again, filled up back up with actual coolant, repeated, all good. Slight worry when I could only get 5.5L of coolant in it and it takes 7 - but then I spoke to a few people and I realised I didn't drain the block - so that'll be why. Gets up to temp, fan cuts in as it should - no drama. Heaters nice and hot. The real test will be when it's moving! Annoyingly - I've misplaced the V5 so I might have to stomach £25 to get another - really annoying as I had it literal days ago and it's just vanished. BX Mot runs out in 2 weeks. Ready to drive - just need to get the V5 so I can tax the bloody thing. Picture in the evening after doing all the coolant and before I called it a day - really happy with the progress and proud of what I've achieved - I'm actually starting to enjoy working on cars and my confidence has increased dramatically. Soon, first actual run somewhere for pleasure...
    6 points
  25. Got a message to rescue someone who locked their only key in a Kia. On getting there, discovered that have lost literally all the even slightly appropriate rakes and torsion levers for car keys. FFS. Still, at least I had the back up option of some furniture moving airbags and an old wire coat hanger. Open it up a crack Grab the key Drop it on the floor, FFS. Anyway, no deadlocks so just pulled on the lock lever on the drivers door and BAM get hit in the face with a door which was under pressure, quite literally. Sorted.
    6 points
  26. SiC

    The new news 24 thread

    Something that I didn't realise on this Fabia is just how clean underneath is. Not just no rust but not even dirt. The headlights are also crystal clear too and none of the clouding. I'm pretty certain it was owned by a succession of elderly people that only drove in nice weather and garaged it. Would explain the scuffed body and high clutch bite point. Plenty of meat left on the brake pads too. I do think it may need a clutch soon... Might even get it done because I'm a bit mental.
    6 points
  27. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/194445405100 I'm in love.
    6 points
  28. Winter is coming, todays project was to move the boat out of the grass onto hard standing. This is the first time this Range Rover has pulled the boat, the boat on its trailer had sank into the ground and was too low to connect on, the jockey wheel winding handle was partly seized so Mrs6C said can you lower the car. What a struggle I couldn't work the technology and Mrs6C got a scissor jack out and lifted the nose of the trailer to get the ball under it. While she was packing stuff away I read the manual more carefully and now I know how to raise and lower the RR!
    6 points
  29. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Oh, is this the way they say the future's meant to feel? Or an 84,000 miles Laguna standing in a field? And I don't quite understand what the floor stain is Dear God, I hope to fuck it's not his jizz And tell me when the recovery truck comes as it's got a broken spring Oh and in the middle of the night it looks less shite, but then tomorrow morning Oh, it's all come down Renault Laguna 1.9 dci Dynamique 5 Dr Hatchback, 1 Owner, Genuine 84k, 120 Bhp | eBay
    6 points
  30. Agila

    The grumpy thread

    What makes them middle class? 😁 *runs off to hide.
    6 points
  31. N19

    The new news 24 thread

    London to Bristol in this very competent motor - 39mpg average, smooth as anything, and cruise control on the motorway a major noon.
    6 points
  32. Out with the old and broken In with the new old and working Out with the old and broken In with the... Wait a minute... That's not right... Why are the washers on constantly... Bugger. Got to love eBay listings. Basically I've ended up melding the two together using the base plate from the old stalk cleaned up with a light sanding, rubbing alcohol and conductive grease and then used the new stalk with the old base plate. The eagle eyed may notice the new stalk is without a downward position on the stalk. I bought a stalk that was advertised as Metro/Maestro/Montego and did spot it was a non-intermittent stalk. As this car doesn't have intermittent wipers anyway I didn't see it being a problem. The down position on the original stalk was actually the same speed as the slow speed up on the stalk.
    6 points
  33. Still haven’t heard from Mitsubishi or NZ transport authority about airbag. Poor show really. It seems that Australians and Brits are worth more than Kiwis. Might have to approach “Fair Go” (kiwi consumer programme) and stand next to my car looking sad (not hard to do) saying “Mitsubishi want to kill me”. That said I wouldn’t be surprised if the airbag hadn’t been removed already and replaced with a rolled up Crusaders rugby jersey. She’ll be right..... Anyway have built up war chest for new wheels. Can’t do much yet as have very important exam next month and maybe buying a house on Thursday at auction so will get that taken care of first. This is the place. Double internal garage, walking distance to Lassiters, Harold and Madge next door. It’s so fucking antipodean. It’s the sort of house that is rarely impressed by the size of your knife. If there’s any white tail spiders in there I am buying it and burning it down.
    6 points
  34. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    1989 FORD TRANSIT CLASSIC OLD TRANSIT | eBay The two three most important questions that remain unanswered on the advert: 1) Why is there a ducking being tickled by a snake in the bottom of the photograph 2) Does it have the correct engine? 3) Has the radiator been shot like a cartoon cowboy who's just had a big drink? Luckily, our old M8s at the DVLA have confirmed it's a 2.5 diesel
    5 points
  35. Same. I like watching it and find it entertaining and interesting to see some of the cars they do, but it is a load of bollocks really. The costing at the end is laughable sometimes. And they never factor in labour costing. It’s how they do it all though and fix stuff that bugs me, I’m restoring a car right now, as we speak and I can 100% assure anyone that what happens on TV shows is most definitely not what happens in real life! You never see them finding rusted to buggery fixings, bits missing, bits fitted wrong/badly, rust falling into your eyes while lying on your back under the car on the driveway etc etc.
    5 points
  36. 155V6

    Shite in Miniature II

    A few finds from 2 car boots this morning The pink Jensen is something I've been after at a reasonable price for a while,so very happy with that.The same seller had a Corgi Juniors Ironside van which was very nice,but he wanted £20 for it which was too rich for me.I was watching one on eBay yesterday,but I missed the end of the auction & it went for just over a fiver,so a bit gutted about that. The rest came from one seller,quite happy with £2.00 for those 😁
    5 points
  37. Things have been slow, still waiting on thr DVLA and I've been bleurggh health wise. Sparkplugs have just been done. The ones in there... a might fouled and one was cracked. The plan was to fire it up and do the engine oil/ filter , gearbox and diff oil but alas the battery is a kite hosed and doesnt like holding charge for more than a day or two. Less of an issue as it's not quite the right one to fit. It's on charge so I can do tT later...or more likely tommorrow.
    5 points
  38. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255181835377?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180816085401%26meid%3Dfa434a69c65c402d8c7e628cc206709e%26pid%3D100970%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D324821824308%26itm%3D255181835377%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057&_trksid=p2380057.c100970.m5481&_trkparms=pageci%3A27276025-2f25-11ec-8485-a6b40ae2153f|parentrq%3A8d6408e017c0aaf609c4afa2fffe4426|iid%3A1 These later Avengers are confusing things. British design, Chrysler pentagram badges, Talbot name...
    5 points
  39. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Very early Cavalier: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/294453216685?hash=item448ec785ad:g:aXQAAOSwOE9hZBdX
    5 points
  40. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203646913527?hash=item2f6a4d4bf7:g:sZ0AAOSwEKRhZB3y
    5 points
  41. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Vogue or Sceptre? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255178415437?hash=item3b69d19d4d:g:aqgAAOSwCSJhaACS https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224648887848?hash=item344e1dfe28:g:39gAAOSwpnNhadcR
    5 points
  42. stuboy

    The new news 24 thread

    It's lil bit weepy..
    4 points
  43. Let's have a look at a few things that didn't come home with me; Corgi set was very lovely I'd not seen this Matchbox set before, and at that price I think he'll have it a while I reckon @flat4alfawould have liked this one and this, which was well over £100. Should have opened the bag and found out who made it
    4 points
  44. The winter wheels with winter tires were put on the modern today. And the weather forecast reports possible snow this week so now winter is here.
    4 points
  45. meggersdog

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Miserable buggers, thought they'd be happy to sell that eye-sore of a Chevrolet hot rod. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115049192492?hash=item1ac9775c2c:g:sr8AAOSwPxJhatkj
    4 points
  46. Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/313712604269?hash=item490aba746d:g:0CIAAOSwVYdhaZ89
    4 points
  47. garethj

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Cheap for a turbo brick, 5 speed manual instead of the 4 speed with overdrive https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volvo-SE-Turbo-estate-/304183916789?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
    4 points
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