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  1. Six-cylinder

    Dad cars

    My father was in the building industry all his life training as a joiner, becoming a surveyor and holding the position of manager with several mid-sized building companies. He then started his own building company in the early 1970s. Later when my brother or myself did not join him he went back to be a self-employed surveyor. He was a great father. My father’s first car was Standard Flying 9 which he shared with my Grandad, I am guessing that would be mid 1950s. The Standard was just prewar so I guess around 17 years. It cost £150 which was round £4,000 in today’s money for an old clunker still effect of WW2 no cars being produced. The early cars are a bit vague, but I remember mother telling me he bought a Bedford CA while building a house very late 1950s. He had Standard Vangaurd Phase 1 and that is one of my earliest memories when it broke a piston and we were rescued by his friend in a MK2 Consul. He then had a new company Ford Anglia 105. In 1963 he got one of the new Morris 1100s company car and I remember going to Austria in it. Next is 1965 and my father had taken over his boss's 1964 Austin Cambridge Estate, I remember it having a radiator blind operated by a chain from the dash. While the Cambridge was only 2 years old it was not considered fit for a trip to Austria and my father hired this Hillman Minx. The next was a new Vauxhall Victor 101 Estate that replaced the Cambridge. Not quite sure which year is was -1966? The Victor FC Estate was replaced with a new 1968 FD Victor 2000 SL saloon. One evening my father sent me to the garage to collect something from his car, of course it was a ruse as nobody had noticed he had had a new car for 3 days! My father did 55,000 miles in 18 months with the FD and it was worn out. At the Earls Court Motor Show October 1969 my father was on the lookout for a new car and I guided him to a Toyota Crown I had found. My father liked it and his boss agreed he could have it as his company car, he test drove one and mother agreed it was ok. The plan was to have it for Aug 1970 trip to Austria. As 1970 advanced my mother started to nag my father have you ordered that car yet or we won't have it for the holiday! I was riding home on my bicycle and was so surprised to see my father drive past in a 1965 Mercedes 220Sb Auto. He had been out with his boss, they spotted this used car and bought it! My father changed jobs and had to provide his own car while on probation, he bought a 1960 VW beetle. He did not remain with that company for long. A new job meant a Ford Escort 1100 pool car until his new Cortina arrived. The Cortina never arrived because he left to set up his own business. The 1960 Beetle was given to my mother to replace her 1957 small oval window Beetle that used to overheat if not driven gently. Unfortunately I cannot find any pictures of the Beetles or Escort. While working his notice with the Escort, he had to find himself a car, I remember looking at cars with him including other fintail Mercs and an Austin Westminster. I think this was 1972. He settled for a 1960 Mk2 Jaguar 3.4 auto in maroon. He must have liked it because while he still had the Escort, he parked it at a friend’s house near work and drove the Jag the first 25 miles and collected the Escort to take to work. The rear main oil seal was leaking badly and he did not have the means to take the engine out, so took off the front suspension, sump and fitted a new seal. The Mk2 made the trip to Austria without problems. He found himself doing a lot more miles than he expected, so he started using the 1960 Beetle as a work car and my mother was given the Mk2 for her weekly shopping and errands. My mother did not like the Mk2 because she found the steering too heavy without PAS, so it was changed for a 1965 S-Type 3.8 auto with PAS in white with blue leather. I know from the albums they had the S Type in 1974. In 1974 my father had an insurance policy mature and decided to buy a 1300 cc, newish car for his daily use to replace the beetle. By then I was 15 and pouring over the car books looking for candidates, I remember us going to see an Alfa Gulia and being disappointed that he was not comfortable in it. We looked at quite a lot of cars but not BL, Vauxhall or Ford. I remember wanting him to have something interesting when compiling my list to help him! Fiat 124 and 128 were looked at, he preferred the 124. Peugeot 304, Audi 80, Renault 12 and others were considered but a 1973 Citroen GS 1220 Club, in green metallic with brown vinyl seats was chosen and stared the whole Citroen thing that lasted the rest of his life. I did my driving practice on the green GS and when I passed my test was allowed to borrow it. My father had six GS/GSA and after the Jaguar came out of everyday use my parents had two GSs at a time. Next was a white N reg GS 1220 Club that he bought half price from a garage because the suspension was stuck in high, by then my father has learnt his way around GS and soon replaced the £11 height adjuster that had seized. My favourite was a 1978 GS X2 in metallic brown it was a year old and under 10k miles when he got it, he had it until 1985. Another L reg white1220 Club and a silver P reg 1220 Pallas were bought as older cars and the Pallas was sold in 1984. His final of the model was a X reg white GSA special. He also had a red pig nose Visa Twin he ran at the same time as the GSA but I can’t find a picture of it. In 1978 my father bought a spare car for the family, initially for my brother to get to college because his Ford Anglia 1200 Super needed a fair bit of welding. A local farm mech where he worked part time said he would do it, but not until after the harvest. The car was a 1965 Cortina Super fitted with a 1340cc Classic engine, hand painted in blue it looked tidy. I borrowed it now and then and liked it specially the airflow vents. Unfortunately a few months later my brother was driving it and a car turned across him from the other direction and that was that! Enter my father’s BXs, First was a graphite A reg 16RS with alloy wheels followed by a white C reg GT, E reg red GTi and a red K reg GTi. Again these were run two at a time, GSA-BX16RS, BX16RS-BX19GT, BX19GT-BXGTi and 2 times BXGTi. Unfortunately my father passed away only 66 years old in 1995, my mother sold the E reg GTi and kept the K reg GTi. Yes the K reg GTi is the one I now have as my mother gave up driving and passed on. Here is a selection of photos I have.
    14 points
  2. MJK 24

    The new news 24 thread

    Lord above 🙏 I’ve had my Merc 190 over 4 years and I’ve always been on the lookout for a decent spare tyre. The current one is 23 years old! Anyway, I had a new tyre fitted to my trailer this morning and so took the old one to the tip. In the tyre container what did I see? A brand new and unused Dunlop in the correct size! I took it back to the garage who happily swapped it for me. Recycling at its finest ♻️
    10 points
  3. It's occurred to me that my day job might be of use to fellow shiters. I author JLR handbooks (yes I know ha ha etc) but I have access to workshop manual info too via the same system I use for authoring. Sadly it doesn't go back really far but I should be able to get workshop info for stuff up to 15 years old depending on model. Basically just ask and I'll see what I can dig out. *Offer applies to shiters only and is subject to me taking my time and probably forgetting your request at least once. Other useful info: the parts catalogue and owner's manuals are both available online to everyone free of charge. Google should take you there but hit me up if you get stuck.
    9 points
  4. Still bugger all to report on the conveyancing front, but the Rover passed its MOT yesterday. My pre-MOT prep was risible and consisted of checking the bulbs and unblocking the washer jets yet again, and making sure the tyres weren't bereft of tread. Turns out that I could have checked a bit harder – I got advisories on all four tyres being close to the cords on the inside, and they ended up changing the brake light bulb (which I, er, forgot to check) and my rear indicator bulbs weren't orange enough. Also the rear plate is delaminating, so I really will have to put my hand in my pocket for a pair of nice Lancaster-branded reproductions. So, it's all go for the cambelt job next month. Also, I have a stainless steel coolant tank on order. It is okay to still be this excited about a Rover 800 after all these years, isn't it?
    8 points
  5. cbowditch

    Toyota Camry

    The Toyota Camry never sold very well in the UK, and the Gen3 is rather rare these days (in the UK) Earlier in the year I tracked down this beauty. It came with a massive service history folder. The first owner of 20 years had changed the oil every 2-2.5K from new. Everything works, electric sunroof, seats, original stereo, and the air con is ice cold 😀 Not bad for 161K miles and 25 years. The camry is really underrated and under appreciated in the UK. In the US, it was a best seller thanks to amazing durability, reliability and comfort. I think the exterior styling is what put lots of Brits off buying them, but I don't mind it all. Usually when buying a car of this age, there would be loads of annoying little faults to sort out, but not on this one. Sadly I didn't buy it direct from the 1st owner, there have been some owners inbetween who did neglect it
    7 points
  6. Huge box from Tayna Batteries arrived earlier. That people, is how to pack a battery. A good 3" of padding on all sides, foam wrap and double bagged inside that lot. Took me the best part of ten minutes to dig my way into it. State of charge indicator shows charged. I note that the "remove label for battery maintenance" text has been removed from the label since my previous one was made. About an hour later another box arrived with this in it. It seems to work at least, plus side it's got a manual adjustment for output voltage which means I can bump it up a little from 12V closer to what you'd expect to see from a charged 12V battery. Not exactly hard to figure out how to hook it up. Not exactly the last word in quality in the fit and finish department, but I can't see anything that rings any alarm bells. For £22 delivered I've zero complaints. I'll probably make some standoffs for it to attach to so it doesn't struggle for airflow - the fan draws in from the bottom and sides so if I mount it flush overheating might be an issue. Not that it will generally be running anywhere close to it's rated capacity for any period. I'm also going to be mounting it to a vertical surface (probably rear wall of the "electrical locker" as I refer to the rear of the space under the sofa/bed) so if we ever have any issues with water ingress through the outer hatch just forward of that area it should be kept well and truly clear of it. Just seems like a sensible precaution...the old school transformer and linear regulator setup would be rather more forgiving of damp than a switch mode supply like this. Need to engage my brain a bit with regards to wiring things up, but pretty sure I can get an automatic switchover sorted out with a handful of components and some brainpower...quite possibly a single double pole relay could do it... Absolutely sure I can do all the switching on the 12V side...mains can just be left "on" to everything permanently (I'll incorporate a switch anyway for service purposes, but you get the idea). There are a handful of things I'd like to tidy up while I'm doing this work too - not least getting rid of the last few inline glass type fuse holders. There are a couple of redundant wires that can be binned, one or two to be rerouted actually under the floor, and I'd like to beef up the wire that's actually used for the split charge charging line...it just *looks* weedy to me for the application. Oh, and a bunch of grounds which run *aaaaaaaall* of the way back to the battery. Zip tied to the goddamned chassis rail. Which being a van/truck chassis has a plethora of bolt holes, mounting eyes etc all over the place...they're getting abbreviated and terminated to the bloody chassis and a beefy earth strap just run to the leisure battery - which should reduce the spaghetti in the leisure battery box by about 80% in one shot. I imagine it should eliminate a lot of the voltage sag we see when the water pump runs a bunch too. Said water pump may get totally rewired anyway... there's something not quite right with it on the control panel (it's causes backfeed into some of the indicator lights and way more volt drop than I'd like...so the switch may be repurposed to run a remote relay). The inverter is getting tweaked too. It's only really there as insurance against needing mains in an emergency, and is the sort of thing you can run a battery down with in a hurry - so I want to hook it up to a potential relay same as the setup for the fridge so it can only run when the engine is running and the charging system is live (the idle speed is slightly too low for it to wake up until you blip the throttle). I actually quite enjoy stuff like this - not so much while doing it, but standing back and looking at the end result and actually seeing an improvement or how much better something works is worth it. I'm seriously considering just taking a few days away before the weather gets too horrendous to go have a wander around up north. Aside from one overnight trip to collect the S123 I've literally not been more than 40 miles from home since November 2019 and am going *sliiiiightly* insane. Got a couple of friends who can loan me a parking spot and mains extension lead which is all I need with the van, otherwise I can be totally self sufficient. Insulation does just fine even in sub zero temps with the heater, I've got both hot and cold running water, TV, fridge, comfy bed, oven, hob, perfectly usable bathroom, shower, eight USB charging sockets around the bed, and shedloads of storage. What more do you need for a few days away?
    7 points
  7. SMOL update on the Modus. First major drive of it, and I am very impressed. The little 1.6 16v ran like a sewing machine. Nice and comfy as well. I was waiting for dad to finish his hospital appointment and was bored. I found a secret compartment in the passenger seat and when I flipped the base up…. Treasure! The last owner had left his CD collection in there. Luckily it seems him and my dad share the same taste in music - sadly the CD on the top must have broke when someone sat in the seat. It was quite grubby despite looking clean… So we called in at the local hand car wash and they went to work on it. They even cleaned out all the green slime from the window rubbers and other areas. Shiny as a penny. Next job is the timing belt (and dephaser pulleys) which is scheduled for next week. Also having a new set of front pads put on it. There is a creaking noise coming from the OSF which I believe is the top mount which really should have been replaced when the spring went, but hey ho. I haven’t told dad yet.
    7 points
  8. Speaking of Metros: https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1394164 OOOOOOOOF:
    7 points
  9. Whilst not on the direct route (Aberdeenish) I am closer to your destination than you are and if you have major problems again I have a trailer and workshop facilities (I was in France last time so could not offer to help)
    7 points
  10. These are on a backroad to Inverness.Not quite dumped..just years of sitting...the RR has a LD28 diesel in it...i spoke to the farmer.
    6 points
  11. Looks like you've passed it at least three times.
    6 points
  12. Father Ted: "It's been banned in most of Europe, so that means it's very good."
    6 points
  13. They look like fun, and totally safe*
    6 points
  14. The monthly meeting of the finescale railway modelling group took place, and one member turned up in this: Owner has had it from new and says it's the only car he's ever had. Has had long periods laid up whilst he was living and working overseas, but always brought back into daily use. He's currently experiencing problems with a failing alternator; they don't make that particular type anymore and he doesn't have a spare.....
    6 points
  15. The police got back to me about the nasty old lady from my grump of the other day. They visited her yesterday and agree she is not safe to drive, the car shouldn't be driven until fixed (she is insured) and she should not be out on her own. They have arranged for a health visitor to, erm, visit.
    5 points
  16. 155V6

    Shite in Miniature II

    Not much in the car box at my favourite Kent charity shop today.I couldn't leave this Lesney DUKW behind though,it looked lost amongst the Chinese plastic rubbish & Hotwheels fantasy cars 😁
    5 points
  17. D.E

    Lazy spotters thread

    It's interesting to see how the Taunus is constantly changing in appearance, it's a daily driver and the owner (who has it since 1996) seems determined to keep it going.
    5 points
  18. Not the first time I've heard it! It's only the hair though, I don't think I look like him otherwise. Got told I sounded like Kenneth Williams the other day, though. So...yeah. Cecily is doing nicely. I didn't buy it, a chap from the CCC did (well, I'm also in the CCC, but...you know). He spent a fair few quid on it and it's now had the clutch, timing belt, brakes, new wheels...all sorts. I mean, it's a C5, so it's still not nice, but it's now slightly less not-nice.
    5 points
  19. French cars? Positively hate them😁 The current fleet, just need to get the bx in for a MOT now since I've done a head gasket change. The cx is the current daily until the salt spreading season starts.
    5 points
  20. I think these photos have been on here before...... I may have been proud of it at this point. That didn't last. I still use that blue brush for car cleaning duties, 30 years later. Get your hands out of your pockets boy! Family Capri in the background.
    5 points
  21. DodgyBastard

    Toyota Camry

    I have a 2.2 manual at the moment, it goes quite well for a £500 shitter.
    5 points
  22. I once found an entire farm in the central reservation
    5 points
  23. eddyramrod

    The grumpy thread

    MrsR is home!
    5 points
  24. Hired a van and drove down to Sittingbourne today and collected the Street triple. Really genuine lad who has owned it since 2017 but stopped using it since buying a car. It’s lovely, needs a good clean up but starts straight up and runs nicely. Not pissing out oil and it sits at temp so all seems well.
    4 points
  25. Tat ahoy Saw 3 other c15s but moving 'classic' car place there were moderns in the showroom along with a 20s Peugeot 850 sooo much want only wanted 4500€ 7k for London cab that col said might be 500 quid lol
    4 points
  26. barefoot

    The new news 24 thread

    'Susie' had new wishbones for 'her' MOT & although OK for pottering, when negotiating tight bends with a modicum of enthusiasm, it feels like the car is lifting an inside wheel. It's fucking horrible, but 'shes' booked in to be tracked up in the morning. I hope to pull some serious G's on the return home. Naming cars is for twats.
    4 points
  27. Oh damn, I remember that children's book(no seriously, it's a children's book) "The mole who wanted to know who shat on his head" Might have a copy somewhere at my parent's
    4 points
  28. Saab has been running nicely - with new turbo and exhaust etc. So of course driving down to see my mum in London town was a step too far. After my swim at bedfont lakes, the car started making funny noises... Followed by smoke. Quick check discovered the front drivers side suspension had collapsed. Autoaid summoned and wasn't long before being loaded up. Trusted shifters were consulted along with car adverts. I was desperate to get a new car but missus Moog was less keen pointing out we are currently buying a house so need to be sensible. Plan F was called for. Parts for Saab suspension kit was.overnighted to my mum's house. My uncle provided a bucket of tools (literally, most were imperial) and some spring compressors. I splashed out on an impact wrench from Amazon to be delivered next day and rummage through my mum's shed uncovered odds and sods. Everything was delivered this morning. Including a slightly disappointing impact wrench It is more of an impact driver with 1/2 inch anvil. It is pretty good at doing stuff up but can't shift mega tough bolts. looks like original suspension. Will swap the others over when I get back home. Booked a couple of tyres to be fitted on Friday morning as the drivers one is toast. Total cost is £500 including tyres and.tracking
    4 points
  29. somewheres a French Sans Permis car missing its engine, and a very slow Land Rover...
    4 points
  30. You don't need traps or bait, you have a bloody terrier, just put him in there and let him get on with it.
    4 points
  31. wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Sounds to me like the easiest solution would be to leave the engine switched off - the brakes will work fine then.
    4 points
  32. DodgyBastard

    Toyota Camry

    It's not a bad car, it's easily the fastest car I have at the moment but it's so smooth you don't realise the speed you're going, could easily lose your license in it. It's a 5 speed manual with 4 cylinder 2.2 petrol engine. To be honest I'd have preferred it as an auto having previously had a V6 auto Camry the driving style just suits auto better. It needed a couple of bits of welding and exhaust gaskets for its MOT but has been driving ok for the few months we've had it, my Mrs drives it and has racked up over 3k miles. It does on occasion stutter or misfire or the revs drop making it feel like it's going to stall but always seems to clear itself up. Mostly filling with super unleaded but on occasion had to use E10 so don't know if the stutter is related to that or something else.
    4 points
  33. grogee

    French car anomalies

    Does your 306 have a clock that says the time is: HORIZONTAL LINES VERTICAL LINES o'clock?
    4 points
  34. Fumbler

    The new news 24 thread

    My coworkers, who were unfortunate enough to be behind me when leaving site, told me this morning that stench of petrol from my car was enough to make their eyes water. That being said, I did manage 42MPG on this tank- the second best in my ownership🤨 Cue a complete re-tune of the carburettor. I don't know if it's made it any better, as I strongly suspect the O rings inside have dissolved with the ethanol. At least I can get on with replacement at some point. Also, the 100% brown steering wheel is now 100% blue. It even matches the centre plastic!
    4 points
  35. The Hungarian micro car industry. Did you ever think such a thing existed? Well it did and it was very busy indeed - below is a link and some choice pictures (I've shoved a few in the BW thread as well). The industry started as a way of circumventing Comecon restrictions on car production in the Bloc. Hungary had no tradition of building cars and so was not allowed to build them. But they wanted to build them and so came up with a whole slew of home grown micro-cars which where not covered by the regs. Also, like the rest of Europe, there was a shortage of cheap transport in the '50's. https://www.vintag.es/2018/01/vintage-photos-of-creative-postwar.html
    4 points
  36. So @sharley17194 and I are in conversation about finishing our LeJog trip properly. However we are both short on holiday so.... JohnO and back in one weekend including getting to the point I broke down? Seems reasonable...
    4 points
  37. This morning I set to getting the hubs fitted again. I also changed the track rod ends as I had some and they were a bit loose. Treated it to some new discs too. Obviously the best way to do the hub nuts is to use a pry bar jammed against the ground... I also changed the selector shaft seal on the gear box. Was really surprised to get the new seal in a tiny little cardboard box! Finally I risked the manifold studs and took the down pipe off. It came off quite easily but I did preheat the studs with a blow torch before I even tried them. It's definitely showing a few battle scars from our trip! And once it was all back together I treated it to having a load of crap thrown in the cavernous boot and a trip to the local tip! Ran really nicely and it's nice to not hear the exhaust or any ticking from the Speedo!
    4 points
  38. A bit more about it then! Essay incoming! As mentioned I've had the car 12 years. It was my first classic and was my dream car and still is today. It helped me learn everything I know about working on cars and really got me into modifying cars too. It's been through a few iterations, paint jobs and engines to get to where it is today but honestly its never mattered what setup it is I just love it. I'll keep it forever and hopefully drive it until I can no longer drive myself. The car itself: Its pretty heavily modified incase it wasn't entirely obvious! It's not for the purists... Which is actually the reason I keep my other one as I do. It's nice to have a period/standard Mini and this one looking ratty. Two ends of the spectrum. Aside from running a turbo lump which I will get to its on coilovers all round, has a beam rear subframe and has had the boot floor partially flattened. The rear arches are fully tubbed too. Minis are low but this is really low. It's a good 2-3" lower than a Mini at normal ride height and about as low as you can get without serious work to the front subframe. Tubbed arches below. For those that don't know it basically involves cutting out the lip which is gets in the way on lowered minis and replacing it with flat steel. Best demonstrated from the inside. Before tubbing. Note the big crevis which can rub on the tyre. After. Front end is fibreglass and fully removable. Was like that when I bought it and I've never felt inclined to return it to original. Makes doing engine work a doddle too. I suppose the killer bit is the engine itself! It's a 1293cc overbore from a Metro Turbo. Forged pistons, standard rods and crank but running a modified centre bearing cap. Lightweight steel flywheel with a twin spring clutch to take the torque. Gearbox is a straight cut gear set but with helical drop gears. In simple terms it has classic straight cut whine in 1st, 2nd and 3rd but 4th gear is direct drive from the drop gears and therefore entirely helical and quiet. It's a compromise considering the power it runs but I do drive to a lot of shows and am already pretty deaf without making it worse. It runs a Garrett T3 from the Metro, Montego/Maestro turbo plenum, turbo carburettor, and a Megajolt mappable ignition which uses a custom ECU to feed into a Ford EDIS ignition module and coil pack. The cylinder head came with the engine and is a work of art but it's a ticking time bomb. There is basically zero meat between the valves which is an absolute no-no in reality. The photos below should help you understand why! It runs at 7.5:1 compression ratio and 26lb of boost. I have pushed it to 30lb before but in all honesty it's too much. The compression tester readings are 85psi across the board 😂 I mostly built it myself. The Dyno spat out 170hp at the crank when I tested it. It's quick! Dusting cars is easy when you weigh 600kg and I have had it bouncing off the limiter in 4th which is about 120mph (race track). It could pull more but I like to try not to eject the crank from the block! So yeah! That's my turbo Mini!
    4 points
  39. ProgRocker

    Dad cars

    From when I was born 44 years ago: 1974 Cortina XL estate in orangey red with RoStyle wheels. 1600 or 2000? 🤔 1976 Granada 2.0 L in diamond white with black vinyl roof and fog lights like a GL 1979 Vauxhall Royale 2800 auto. Immaculate in silver with garish burgandy interior. 😍 1980 Talbot Horizon 1.3 LS in blue 1983 MG Maestro 1600 in silver. Horizon was kept as 2nd car 1981 Suzuki ST90K pick up in white. Replaced the Horizon but was sold before the MG was traded in. 1986 Vauxhall Carlton 2200i CD auto in navy blue 😍. I then passed my driving test in 1995 but was lucky to have driven this a few times. The Carlton was a little rough appearance wise but an excellent performer. I remember my dad sticking some chrome strips on the plastic grille to make it look like a Senator B! Several cars after that of course but I lost interest when I had my own crocks to deal with.
    3 points
  40. Soundwave

    Dad cars

    My dad tends to go a long time between cars, and runs them right into the ground before replacing them. Hence why he's not had many over the last 5 decades: Before I was born: Mk1 Escort 1300 (his first car) Mk3 Cortina 2000 1978 Chrysler Avenger Estate (I was brought home from the hospital in this one!) After I was born: 1982 Mk2 Granada 2.3L 1986 Mk3 Granada 2.0GL 1994 Rover 620Si 2003 Renault Laguna 2.0 Dynamique (?) 2010 Renault Laguna 2.0 DCi 180 GT 4Control (current car, and by far the longest model name!)
    3 points
  41. Peak Landrover. Isuzu engine and galvanised chassis from new. https://www.mathewsons.co.uk/product/1989-land-rover-4-cyl-perentie-6x6current-v5-present-paperwork-includes-2-ring-binders-with-manuals-photographs-information-from-the-vendor-old-v5s-and-invoices-nb-the-mileage-of-this-vehicle/#
    3 points
  42. barefoot

    French car anomalies

    My French car ownership goes like this; Vel Satis - £5
    3 points
  43. He'll be shitting like a sausage machine after that; even with VALU bread an entire loaf has a lot of fibre.
    3 points
  44. So after my disaster with the E class, I ended up picking up a clone of the W204 above ^ on a 61 plate yesterday, so thank you. My kids are grown up. The bigger issue is the dog 🤣 I believe it's the first year that it has the track wheel and inset screen. I've just ordered the aftermarket plugin unit that gives me android auto / apple carplay. I've since found out that the pre-2011 radio is called an NTG4.0. The later ones are NTG4.5/4.7. They are common across the range. Every day's a school day. The other benefit of getting the later, but higher mileage car (I had a choice of 2) is that it's only £136 in tax whilst having exactly the same specs (how does that even work?) What's highly amusing is that it has better spec and toys than my AMG Line GLA from 2017. It's virtually mint. MOT is very tidy (an advisory about the brake lines having rust on them is the only thing in the last 5 years - I'll sort that out this weekend). If I'm being really picky, it has a cracked right wing mirror and someone's stolen the bonnet ornament (I've ordered one of the flat ones to replace). And the clutch only has a few thousand miles left.
    3 points
  45. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304200987169?hash=item46d3cab221:g:KIQAAOSw9exheDKQ
    3 points
  46. MikeR

    The grumpy thread

    after owning Greyhounds and there sensitive belly's and resultant hose pipe ring piece . I am finding owning a JRT terrier type dog and its chomp anything jaws quite refreshing .... wood chip , plastic toys , fabric toys , sticks , plants , travel , stress , our food , his food , anything he finds .... anything that goes down that biscuit chute comes out firmly digested in a pick up able lump at the top of the garden !!!
    3 points
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