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  1. So, final Rangey MOT prep happened at the weekend. Adjusted handbrake up-the newly reassembled drivers side was stronger than the passenger side so I wanted to balance them out Jetwash the worst of the oil leak off the underside of the engine. I still can't work out where it's coming from sadly, i really should change the other rocker gasket. Disable the central locking actuator on the rear door that will lock but won't always unlock. Change a drop link with perished boots-at £10 for the drop link it wasn't worth messing around with replacing the boots. i'd fell off my bike earlier in the week and knackered my shoulder so the angry grinder was employed to the drop link to make life easier. Other than that it drives fine, with the odd creak off the underside i can't quite find but i thought the tester might pick up on. I stuck it in today and it's safe to say I was pretty nervous-it's a big bugger and the thought of trying to replace some of the suspension components gave me the fear. Anyway, results are in... Yass! Happy with that. I can now treat it to a new radiator(current one has a slight leak) At the same time I'll inspect the air con condenser-hopefully that'll have a hole in it to explain the system not holding pressure. That and a new door lock actuator will do for starters. Have a bonus pic of it looking at home in the countryside.
    16 points
  2. Celebrating 10 years of our ZX TD Avantage estate car. In 2009 I was offered via the Citroen Car Club a ZX 1.9 Avantage hatchback at a special price if I took it away that morning. The draw back was the glass factory sunroof had blown away while the lady was driving at 50 mph. I cut and painted black a temporary plywood sunroof lid and this is how it stayed. After a year or so it was needed by my neighbour and it moved next door. The next ZX was a 1.9D Avantage Automatic always destined for Mrs6C's mother, we ran it for a few weeks to make sure it was a good one before it went to live in Wales. I had a taste for ZXs now and bought myself a ZX TD Aura hatchback as my daily. It turned out to be the best of the lot, so comfy and faster than others. After a couple of years it went to Mrs6C's father in Wales. While running the ZX TD Aura a 1996 ZX TD Avantage estate cropped up for sale and the ad read it was great for a modest sum. And so it was a good car and without any need of it I just bought it. It hung around being a spare car, loaned out to friends and my younger son who returned it says it was doing in his street cred! Mrs6C started using it sometimes and liked it very much and so it is still with us 10 years and a bit later and done 55,000 miles in our ownership. Now with a fresh MOT and the photos are today. Yes the bonnet paint is flat again! @beko1987
    15 points
  3. The Rovervitus is alive and well..... Despite my recent fleet downsize and promising myself and my wife i simply didn't need anymore cars.... Assuring her that i was planning to retire from saving and restoring Rovers to which i had committed myself to for many years, I went out and bought this today as luck would have it its only my wife's favorite colour (the same as her 25) so it kind of numbed the blow and she even cooked me Sheppard's pie for tea.... Normally i would get fuck all after another car purchase... Its a 1983 2600 S.... So its not quite as blessed as my SD1 Vanden Plas but its a beauty all the same! Its got 83k on the clock a boot full of spares and a folder full of history obviously theirs a few niggles to sort out here and there but after restoring my other SD1 it really shouldn't be a problem weather permitting! It looks to be solid and has a fairly good MOT history for a 38 year old Rover! Few paint bubbles but the interior is near immaculate as you can see Lovely beige interior very similar to my 827 Fastback and i genuinely cant believe how good the door cards are. It should be arriving fairly soon so will post more about it then but hoping to service it and get it straight off for MOT once it arrives! Long live Rover and all who sail in them!
    13 points
  4. I'd hope to be way further on than this, but the car is fighting back. Hooked up the wiper linkages to the repaired spindle. Refitted the handbrake cables. One of the sunroof pipes that drain into the A-pillar was leaking, so I cut and lengthened it with a barbed connector and a bit of water hose left over from my camper conversion. Next I made an attempt to refit the fuse panel so that I could then test the electrics. This screws into a metal plate that in turn screws into the door hinge support bracket. Of course, when I remade this, I folded it in the wrong direction and the panel no longer has anything to screw into. To solve this I extended it with a small bit of steel. Then the whole lot gets secured with a self tapper. Next I wanted to test the electrics while the interior was out and all wiring was accessible. I fitted fuses and tested systems one by one. This is how it went. Wiper motor - dead Screenwash pump - dead Headlight wipers - dead Horn - dead Fuel pumps (both) - dead Electric windows - dead Lights - working Starter motor - working So that's just the main stuff, I haven't fitted the dash and tested that yet. Let's start with the wipers. Of course I had to disconnect everything again and bench test the motor. Nothing at all from supplying power straight to the low or high speed pins. Opened it up. Ah. That commutator is looking pretty corroded. After a clean. I then continuity tested it from the pins to the commutator and got a reading so good to go. These motors earth directly to the bodywork under the scuttle so I cleaned up the earthing bolt point. And scraped the paint off the earth point. Boooooooooooom. Screenwash pump - that turned out to be a simple fix by sorting this excuse for an earth point. Next up, horn. Pressing the horn did nothing, so I took the black wire out of the back of the steering column and ground it against the chassis (the horn works on a switched earth). It worked.. happy times. So I pulled off the horn pad to have a look. Unfortunately the connector ring underneath the steering wheel seems to be loose / broken. Of course the bolt on the wheel needs a deep socket that I don't have, so I can't go any further for now. On to the electric windows. With each door individually plugged into the system none of the switches did anything. I then realised that the whole system was wired to run via the driver's door 4 way switch. Since the driver's door had been stripped down already by the previous owner (not a good sign) I had to dig through the spares to find it. Still nothing worked. I had to go round with the meter and check every connection, where I found quite a few corroded pins. And finally.. However only 3 windows were working and the driver's side was still dead. Going by the stripped down door I assumed the motor was seized and the previous owner had tried to sort it. Applying power directly to the pins confirmed this. Taking the regulator out is a right faff, mainly because the hole in the door is too small. Also, before removing the motor you have to cable tie the mechanism together otherwise it just springs open and then you're fucked. Before looking at the motor I also pulled out the headlight wiper motors as well so that I could do these all in one go in the evening. Door window motor: On opening up it's clear to see there's a bit of a water ingress problem. Again, this one had a filthy commutator which I cleaned up. Tested before reassembly and we're back in business! Onto the headlight motors. . On these ones the small motors were working fine, but the toothed wheels that move the wiper spindles were jammed solid in their bearing frames. The fix for these was to push the wheels out (not easy!) and use the power file to enlarge the bearing holes by around 1mm. These both went back together and worked perfectly. Since I had to take the lights and grille off again to remove the motors, I gave them a bit of a polish. Before. After Before After
    11 points
  5. Not had a great deal of time on this lately, had something else on the go so my minds been on that. I have however checked the brake system since filling and bleeding it a while ago. I was paranoid about it leaking somewhere and getting brake fluid on the paintwork under the bonnet or somewhere! Just as well I checked it too because it has leaked! Fortunately not onto any paint. But the level was a bit low in the reservoir bottle and having a quick look underneath showed a tiny puddle under one rear wheel. A closer look revealed the union between the new brake pipe and wheel cylinder was a bit loose. So far since tightening it up (and double checking all the others) there’s no further leaks. Topped up the reservoir and all seems well now. Today, I’ve been out and picked up a couple of essentials for my next task. Firstly was a bottle of new engine oil. The engine has oil in it now obviously, but it’s been sat in there a couple of years now while it’s been inactive just to stop anything rusting inside etc. So I’m going to drain that out and put new in ready to run the engine up properly. The filter that’s already on it should be fine. Second item was a gerry can full of Esso’s finest Supreme ethanol free unleaded. Which means I can now use it to fill the tank and fire up the car using the reinstalled tank, new lines etc and run it up to temperature. Should also prove any leaks in the system, which I’m hoping there won’t be any! It has been started a while back from a small temporary tank but it didn’t have an exhaust fitted then so I couldn’t run it for long. Now it’s pretty much ready so there shouldn’t be any issues. It’ll also give me an opportunity to bleed the cooling system when it’s running. In theory I should be able to move it up and down the driveway too under its own steam! Not sure when I’ll get to actually do this but sometime soon hopefully.
    10 points
  6. When I was about 19 i visited a scrappers in Rainham to get some pop-out window rubbers for my MG Metro as mine leaked. I got what i needed from a car on top of the pile, as usual, then ventured off to find someone to pay. The front desk was deserted so i wandered into a shed where they were busy welding two halves of two Sapphires together. I learned some new words and got the window rubbers free.
    10 points
  7. Some may know i bought this sight unseen honda civic off auto shite some time back. In august finally got to see it, quick service and new battery and 2 tyres. New mot. Seems ok. 3 weeks ago drove it down to genova in Italy. Today return journey fully over loaded, currently half way in hotel in france. Sure beats the same journey in a suzuki sj ! Hightlights of overload, 98 kg jotul wood burner, 80 kgs gym weights, completely stuffed full of other stuff. I guess well over 400kgs plus me. Cruises happy at indicated 70 mph, getting 41 mpg. More than happy. Not happy with price of petrol. Did get flashed by speed camera in france , Verdict so far, it works
    8 points
  8. The whole ethos of the forum is to buy cars that are fucked.
    8 points
  9. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/403312040314?hash=item5de745597a:g:1nQAAOSwdB9hnApD The shitest E Type? Cosmetically challenged Series III with autobox.
    7 points
  10. Threads due a proper update, but I’ve wrapped up the floors, refiffed the back seat mounts, and closed up the rear inner arch bits left to do. Had a few hours on it Saturday and the passenger sill is now on. All the inner arch is complete this side now too, as are the floors. Unless I uncover more, I call the passenger side done! quick time line: before during. After. With this done, I put all its wheels on and dropped it on the ground, for the first in a while. Most the rear floors look like this now Needs a good clean up inside and out, and hopefully I’ll get the other sill on Saturday.
    7 points
  11. Like every panel on this little pug the front bumper big ugly chrome bit has taken a bump, more than twice. Enhance A used one of these is nudging 50 quid! Get out. Time for some filler and the same steel wheel silver i used on the mx5 wheels. The long peice was repaired but the paint was taking ages to dry so no photos tonight. I like this colour and it looks far better than the chrome. Some sorry looking door mirrors needed some attention so they joined in. Omg, Audi copy cat.
    6 points
  12. Interior all cleaned and reinstalled. Few nooks on the dash to be cleaned out and the door cards will be coming off to clean behind them aswell but overall im please with the result. Ive pushed the boat out and ordered some mats for it aswell which should freshen things up too.
    6 points
  13. As I go through the videos and photos of the tinkering that I've been up to, here's a little video where I tested Bio-D Home and Garden Sanitiser versus Demon Clean. In my bathroom no less! Yes, you're all getting the royal tour here! XD In other news, I bought a new brush set that I've been delighted with (new toy!) and I have continued preparing the old girl for the day when the panels come off and I tackle both sides of the steel. I did find in my stockpile of assorted DIY bits from Aldi and Lidl three spray cans of Pine Green and one can of light grey metal paint with rust protection. That's her colour sorted then for the time being After I finished for the day with cleaning the inside steel that I could get to, I decided to give the old girl's windscreen a good clean. And whilst I cleaned the inside of the windscreen for the sake of completeness, I also gave the speedometer cover a quick clean (having a senior moment, can't remember if its glass or plastic!) More to come!
    6 points
  14. So you’ve had the Range Rover story to this point, but I’m a serial motoring masochist. This thread is going to become a general diary on running old shit cars. Allow me to introduce the rest of the fleet. There’s this thing. 89 300 SEL. Bought a long time ago to keep wear and use off another car in winter. Yes, it was a WBOD. At well under a grand and I didn’t expect to keep it for long. It has accidentally become a classic in my ownership so I’ve shown it a bit of love and had it cosmetically sorted. It continues to require very little mechanically. Velour, wheel trims and looong seat rails. Below is the car I have owned the longest, it has been in my ownership for over a decade now. Bought when worthless, like the merc it too has become a classic in my ownership. It looks derelict here but that’s just frost and hay. Don’t believe what people tell you about these. They’re not a nightmare and really quite simple by modern standards. Sometimes you need a smol. My girlfriend uses this day to day because I believe the correct number of cylinders is more than four, it’s a 325ti. Great fun and far sportier than the big 8 series. The poor thing gets very little in the way of pampering. It is extremely muddy (but not in this photo). Requires moderate amounts of mechanical intervention, certainly more than the Mercedes.
    6 points
  15. Bit of a long shot but I wonder if any of you have some great* pictures of wall-scrawling from places you've worked or visited. Back in 2009 I was lucky* enough to visit the Ellesmere Port Vauxhall factory. They had obviously had a good scrub-up before the journo's arrived and the fresh paint was obvious everywhere. However, the eagle-eyed foreman had missed this gem.
    5 points
  16. I love these old Nissans, be it a K11 Micra or an N13 Sunny. My first one was a gold, very early K10 I bought off an old woman who had had it since new. It was spotless, the lady gave it to her grandson who typically neglected it for a week and I bought it was a knocking bottom end, which turned out to be a clonking exhaust pipe. She was nearly in tears when she let it go (her husband was kind of pleading with her to let it go while she was signing the 80's version of the log book), but it evenutally went to live on the Isle Of Wight and apart from the last MOT being in 2016, I reckon it's still going. Thinking about it, nearly 10 years later, I wonder if the elderly couple are still going as well? Up next is this beast - owned by a local councillor since the early 90's, I always saw this being driven around for years and when I saw it up for sale I went for it - I got it for £250 in 2012 and I think I could have gone cheaper. I had just started a new job and I used to rock up into the car park with it. It was the first car I owned that went straight through the MOT, even though it was a bit rough externally. It was last MOT'd in 2018 and SORN'd in 2019. About the same time I spotted this locally on ebay and won for about £215. The N13 was really well built and comfy I thought, but slower than anything. The back seat folds down leaving the boot completely flat - I discovered this when I couldn't find a single hotel at 10pm and had to sleep in the back in a very cold March. The engine had a hesistation which was due to the troublesome Hitachi carbs these came with. I've never seen another one with electric windows and two doors, it was an LX, so it had electric everything. I say was as I sold it in 2012 and it disappeared off the DVLA register shortly afterwards, so assume it's long gone. Next up - this Micra for a wopping £125. I was saying how I'd like another one of these, and five minutes later I saw it parked up with a FOR SALE notice in the window. It stank inside, clumps of dog hair in every crevice and no effort could get rid of the stench. It was an SLX model so it was pretty much a range topper with colour coding and a REV COUNTER. Sold in 2012, last MOT 2012, has probably been to China and back in varying quantities. What this next? Another K11? I bought this off SportyShite for about £200 with no MOT - it was an auto that changed to top gear at about 35mph annoyingly! I nailed this up and down the M6 several times and it coped adequately! This is the only photo I have where I set the print out incorrectly for my unintentally comedy tax disc. It went to a mate who spent a load of money on it and drove it for many years afterwards. I had a drought of Nissans for a few years as I got into Toyotas, but this year I bought my first Nissan Micra K11, which feel like K10's but a bit more refined and just don't drive like a small car I reckon. This was bought from one of those millenial types who are called Dylan/Tyler/Cooper or whatever and after spending an hour faffing around getting there, it wouldn't even run properly. It was up for about £450 and I think I got it for about £150. Mad to think these were made in Sunderland, I think they did a really good job, they're so hard wearing. It was a very early K11, a 'Hollywood' special edition, but with absolutely no options ticked apart from metallic paint I assume? And the running problem was the usual - dry throttle body solder joints. I had a set of headlight protectors for about ten years and finally got round to fitting them to a car. Probably the worst experience ever selling to bottom-feeders on Facebook with this one - it was bought by someone from Nigeria who put it into a container and exported it the next week to his home town, and I was so glad to not deal with some protein-drink chugging sociopath, I delivered it to him in Liverpool during the middle of COVID19. I'll never sell a cheap car on there again!
    5 points
  17. Just thought I'd copy in this quote from @Jack D's Range Rover thread, I only need to strikeout one word and the meaning carries through.
    5 points
  18. Not a lot of progress on the Sonett as I may* have got a bit distracted. Also, of the 8 tyres I fitted to the Sonett and c900, three have decided that they no longer want to seal around the valves. Normally I replace the valves as a matter of course, but as the valves looked fine, this time I did not bother. That has worked well* so I need to address those soon. But, the news is one of the forums best loved* bikes is due to go for its MOT retest tomorrow having failed on a wheel cylinder, wiper blade and a headlight. This after sitting outside basically untouched for 2 years with a leaking sunroof. I am sure its return to the road (at the end of the month, too close to the end of the month to tax it now) will bring dismay real joy to many shiters. Watch this space.
    5 points
  19. 5 points
  20. This is a great thread, its like something from an episode of Minder. Oi Arfur! This Fawds got more filler than an episode of Strictly. And its been wound back more times than a Debbie Does Dallas VHS.
    5 points
  21. Proper Nashville shite Chevy Celebrity:
    5 points
  22. I have just had the scruffy Saab delivered to my home by the boys that look after it. All it needed pre MOT were both front seat belt buttons renewing and the usual check over and the result was a no advisories pass, performed by the local John Childs garage who understand older cars. Then it was back to the boys workshop for some pre winter maintenance, the car had been misfiring on start up and was cured by a new set of plug leads and spark plugs.Then on to tracing an engine oil leak which was cured by fitting a new rocker cover gasket, i was told that it was a frustrating job fitting it! Next job was to flush the cooling system as the coolant looked rather brown, so they removed all the hoses and thermostat, opened the block drain bung and flushed away, what came out was quite manky, so while they were at it they flushed the heater matrix as well. All new hoses,clips and a thermostat were fitted along with fresh anti freeze/coolant. They also tightened up a very, very loose fitting alternator! Two exterior jobs were a new window seal fitted on the drivers door and a new badge on the bonnet!! It's now ready for winter motoring,it runs very well now and hopefully the miles per gallon will increase.
    5 points
  23. The little green Fiesta is looking a lot less green now. It's remarkable how tidy it was under all that green moss and algae but I've now hit a snag, It won't rev over 3800 rpm and smokes when on the limiter, the ecu comes up with a P132B fault code which is a turbo actuator or boost fault? I'm not sure how deep i want to go into fixing that yet as i have no experience in them? other than a needing a new windscreen it's almost ready for a mot now though.
    5 points
  24. The business. Fuel filler flap hinge broke thanks to a random helpful* passer by. Replacements are cheap though.
    5 points
  25. I really liked the Sunny B11 Coupé I was running around 1999/2000. Badged as a Nissan on the front and a Datsun at the back; the V5 listed it as a Datsun, so that's what I went with. Giffer-spec 1.5 with a beige interior, it was surprisingly nippy from a standing start. It cost me £350 from a small-time dealer, and the tyres were completely perished and barely able to hold air - so my first journey was a very slow wobble over to Bobby Shaw's Scrapyard where I paid £100 for a brand-new set of Firestones (they weren't just a scrapyard, they did tyres, batteries and exhausts too). 5-speed box and luxurious equipment like head restraints and a clock put it miles ahead of the HC Viva it replaced. Still, I felt like a sell-out for running a 'modern'. Never gave me any real bother in nine months or so of driving, other than needing a new o/s wheel bearing and an intermittent fault with the indicator which was probably a bad earth, but which I fixed using a secondhand unit from a scrapped Nissan Prairie. Unfortunately some lowlives put the windows through with a hammer one night (they did about five cars in the street), and glass was NLA from Autoglass or other indie operators. I ended up buying an utterly hanging early B11 for £50 and stripping it for its glass. Although I got it all installed into mine ok (with lashings and lashings of Tiger Seal), it was never quite right and there was a bit of water ingress after that. Some of the plastic window trim also detached itself on the dual carriageway, and I never did find it again. Ultimately it was the insurance costs that made me part with it - I'd paid only £100 extra onto the last three months of my existing policy (with Endsleigh) when I changed from the Viva, and thought that would be a broad indicator of the price difference, but when renewal time came I nearly choked when they quoted me £2,600 for TPO cover. Even when I found another broker who could do it for £1,650 , it was costing me nearly all my part-time wage packet, and so I ended up selling it for £180 and just getting the train to uni. Nine months later I bought a 1.1 Fiesta and it only cost me about £750 to insure; I was a bit wary of Japanese cars after that. An identical maroon Coupé came up on Car and Classic about five years ago with plenty of giffer-dings, but was keenly priced at only £650. I probably should have gone for it, but couldn't make it work at the time.
    4 points
  26. wuvvum

    eBay tat volume 3.

    "CX" and "money left over" are not words one often hears in the same sentence.
    4 points
  27. DavidB

    ebay 'BARGAINS'

    But why should it matter to you, commenting on an overpriced car on a thread that was made for commenting on overpriced cars, on a forum about generally underpriced cars. 🤣
    4 points
  28. FakeConcern

    ebay 'BARGAINS'

    It doesn't matter in the slightest to me you are right, however it wouldn't be much of a thread if no one commented on this sort of thing. The point being there are some much more original looking and tidy 1275GTs on ebay at the moment for about £5k less.
    4 points
  29. OK, list of jobs to do. - MOT - investigate oil leak (sump gasket if not more), determine viability (may require engine crane) - Driver's door doesn't lock - remove door card - HT leads - replace (arcing) - investigate rotor arm and dizzy cap condition, possibly replace (not recorded) - OSF wing needs replacing/rust covering/ bodging in some manner to MoT standard - trailing edge is shot - set tracking - clean - reaffix petrol filler flap - treat rust around filler flap - passes magnet test so no imminent need for bodywork - treat rust osr arch lip -cover rust hole nsf door - poss seek replacement door
    4 points
  30. sierraman

    The grumpy thread

    What has likely happened there is everyone has pissed about wandering around with hands in their pockets coming up with all sorts of batshit plans like A framing it from Dundee to Tavistock on Xmas day on the proviso the spare key has been found along with an affidavit from a garage to say that although the oil change in 1983 was done but there’s no receipt. Meanwhile somebody turned up with money and a hiab and away it went.
    4 points
  31. sierraman

    Shite in Miniature II

    Spanish/French Dinky fest.
    3 points
  32. Saw a delicious Volvo 544(according to the plate, don't know the actual model) 1964, and in NL since 1995 Sent from my Redmi Note 9 Pro
    3 points
  33. Cat Piss Tarp Challenge for today. Answer to come later!!
    3 points
  34. Just went and grabbed a couple of updated photos to confirm the interior routing of the cable on TPA The cable used to run through the circular cutout in the brake actuator yoke, but that caused the cable to be pulled too taught at times, particularly when reversing into parking spaces. Did try snapping a couple of photos under the car but you could see everything in them *except* the throttle cable, I'll need to try another time from the other side I guess.
    3 points
  35. Nice! It's always pleasing to see an ex-car doing well. I had "TG-Pips" as we called it (nod to PG Tips) for a while in 2018 and I always knew it'd live on as it has a really strong body and interior. Even underneath is good. I didn't get on with it unfortunately though as it was plagued with brake issues (and ignition issues), all of which were fixed before I sold it on to the chap who took it Manchester bound. I see you found it in my thread, but if you want any more info on it just ask. It's also on the SD1 owners Forum as a more detailed thread somewhere. Ultimately I'd lost trust and favour with it despite getting it fixed, but damn it's good looking and the 6-cylinder sounds great in my opinion. Grade-A rose tinted jealousy. (Also, continuing the small world theme, in your second pic, is that at your house? If so it looks like where I picked up the wheels for DoctorRetro's 309. I was in my Volvo 440 and we chatted old cars for a bit. By the sounds of it though it's not arrived yet so they could be seller's photos and it's just a Barratt replica estate)
    3 points
  36. Or do the right thing and find an MX-5 which has the same family of engine but a bit bigger holes inside
    3 points
  37. I just bought this off a chap in Chorley check out my post. All the best!
    3 points
  38. Here's a few shots snapped off from the Cog Box: Despite this being one of the cheapest items, for some reason it stuck in my mind that this rather sparse F-150 was on the receiving list and was quite anticipated, despite the fact that it's some unbranded random, and that I don't collect 1/64s as a rule... Yes, I tend not to collect 1/64s, as you can see. My brother had the Matchbox Challenger growing up and and I'm sure we both each had a more lairy version, also. I feel like I have a bit more affinity to the casting, now that I've actually seen an original in the metal. Yellow no-name civilianised version of what must have been a cop car casting was a welcome surprise and it's all the better for being so generic! Yeah, I don't collect 1/64s as a rule. However, another nice cheap item added to the pile to include in my US backdrops. And a project to undertake some day. No idea if I'll try and do a spray job or use Humbrol paint instead, as there's a bit of charm to the old thick gloopy coat it gives. Anyway, a massive thanks to @Datsuncog and I'll be sure to update further!
    3 points
  39. Can you show us on the doll where the nasty car hurt your feelings? Shiny paint, nothing on the roof.
    3 points
  40. Urko

    The new news 24 thread

    That looks awful, like some wannabe pineapple dubber - what's next, NATO paint and a roof rack?
    3 points
  41. Jack D

    Lazy spotters thread

    This place was a veritable paradise.
    3 points
  42. lesapandre

    The grumpy thread

    I live part time in France so I can put this in context: The death rate on the road in France is about X2 the UK. It is a big political hot potato in all the French Departments. Visible and rigerous enforcement of the rules has been the answer - so expect to see lots of it. It's all the politics - and if they get 50 drivers at a speed trap it's seen as 'doing something about it'. It even gets reported in the local paper. There are now a lot of 30 and 20kph zones at black spots - for good reason. The gendarmerie are often based far from home in big police barracks - and are not a particularly happy crew - under pressure and depressed. So...obey the rules, carry all your documents, keep the car OK, be nice - and you will get on fine. Never drink and drive ever. They don't target foreigners - France welcomes millions of Brit visitors each year. They are used to foreigners but remember- it is a foreign country they do things differently there and crime is heavily punished.
    3 points
  43. Mk IV Continental. This car is so classy it's got Roman numerals in its name. Nowadays, pimps have no imagination; they drive a black 4x4 with huge chrome wheels and tinted windows. The more adventurous will have a floor length, white fur coat and some ostentatious jewelry, but where's the flair? And where are the flares? Back in the '70s, superfly guy was rollin' low in a 2 door Lincoln with hidden headlights, a trunk lid shaped around the spare tire and opera windows in the C pillar. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lincoln-Continental-MkIV-/203706133628?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
    3 points
  44. Made some more progress on this today. passenger side inner sill finished and zinc primed. floor support piece fully welded to sill.Then I moved onto making bits for the floor. This is to go under rear seat area. Floor section welded in, mig welded, and plug welded down to the top of the inner sill. The floor patch above runs from the rear third of door, to the floor strengthener in the pics before, the under seat section goes on top of it all. It nearly floats!, just the inner arch to make and repair, and weld on both outer sills. (They are fitted, just need welding on) The light at the end of the tunnels getting closer!
    3 points
  45. Last race of the year, and a better vantage point: Sun started to come out and the track dried out. Some great racing by a very close field, and a rainbow to boot: went into this bend a bit "hot" Ryanair overhead: Bit more 2CVage The of-course car came back again. Of course. And that was it. Loading back up at the end of the day: Winching on backwards with a willing* steerer: Citroen towing duties too: And that was that.
    2 points
  46. Having unearthed TPA yesterday it was time to take her out for a run today. This was intended to be a quick half hour run, but we ended up being out all afternoon, getting home well after dark. After a bit of a race against the sunset I did manage to get to my usual photo spot as the sun was setting. So has the carb being loose been an issue for a while? Yes I think it has actually. While outright straight line power is much as it always has been the engine feels much more responsive now than I can remember. Especially that point between where the clutch has just fully engaged and you get to 30 or so. Need to see about sorting the window catches and replacing the missing weather stripping between the sliding sections as it was a bit chilly at a couple of points today! Also really should have a look at the voltage regulator and see if I can bring the cut in point down a bit. It only really comes properly on charge on the open road, which is far more of an issue when you've got the headlights on. I may well try to pick up a second one as I've heard from a few people that setting these regulators up is a bit of a dark art...and I don't want to break it!
    2 points
  47. I see a lot of overpriced models on Marketplace but £150 for something described as 'very rare' which is both broken and one of the most common 1/18 Bburago issues (they're all utterly undesirable anyway and only a few rungs up from Days Gone) is a lesson on why you should check sold listings on eBay to get a frame of reference. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/360690549191533/ I hate to speak ill of someone I don't know but....plonker.
    2 points
  48. Below is my 'famous'* Smiley_IMP...... I had an off-road mishap, ripping the front wishbone mount out and mullering the lower front panel. The Commer P.O.-Van shown has a box designating the section I chiselled out >> handed to the body shop guy >> welded in and wears the Smile 👍. Re Cycle = Save the World [and a few bob!!]
    2 points
  49. Well it sort of works. Didn't seem to want to open any further than that. It closed again OK though, much to my relief. The fan belt is indeed as loose as a hooker's whatsit, so I'll be getting that tightened. Will need to get the car up on the ramps though as the alternator mounting bolt isn't really accessible from the top. FSH: That was about 40K ago so on mileage at least the belt should have a bit of life left in it. The exhaust blow is coming from the downpipe near the manifold, which would explain why I had to drive all the way home with the heating on "recirculate". It looks like it's been welded before and is blowing on the edge of the welded patch. It's not a big hole but it does make a bit of noise being so close to the engine so that'll need sorting too - I'm going to Gun Gum it temporarily but it'll eventually need a new pipe - I'm hoping the bolts will come out without snapping, they look a bit heftier than the ones on the Swift to be fair. The Charade drove back from the West Midlands happily enough. It's surprisingly decent on the motorway for a 1-litre automatic - the engine is a bit buzzy as you'd expect, but it doesn't feel dangerously underpowered at all. Off the line it's positively nippy. The only issue that's going to need immediate attention is the heater is almost completely useless at anything above town speeds. There's no temp gauge so I can't tell whether that's because the engine is running cold or the heater matrix is partially blocked. I'm going to plug the laptop in and see if it'll read live data from the car so I can see what the coolant temp is doing. When stationary it gets warm enough to defrost the windscreen, which is the essential thing. Otherwise I rather like it - it's ridiculously easy to drive and surprisingly spacious for such a tiny car - I can fit in the back OK even with the driver's seat fully aft. It used a bit more fuel than I was expecting, but then it's not really designed for long motorway journeys - also if the engine is running cool that will probably have an adverse effect on the fuel economy.
    2 points
  50. You are Sharon Strzelecki AICMFP.
    2 points
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