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  1. Got back this evening from my usual Christmas trip to Somerset to see my parents. I took the Scénic, and it did the 500-mile round trip with no issues at all - the wipers are still working and it has used about £65-'orth of diesel, which I work out to be about 51mpg - I'll take that, it's not bad going for a 7-seat MPV. It was comfortable enough and even the cruise control worked most of the time. My uncle also came down for the Christmas weekend, and he gave me a full set of these: He found them in the attic when he was clearing out my grandparents' house, they belonged to my Grandad when he was a lad - as far as I can ascertain they date from 1936, and they're in surprisingly good nick for 85-year-old magazines. I'm going to enjoy reading them.
    17 points
  2. Been away for a couple of days, 360 miles in the hatch and it hasn't missed a beat. 35mpg which is pretty good considering the EML's on for a duff o2 sensor. Thanks to a conveniently timed reply to a message I sent a couple of days prior, while I was away I managed to pick up a new bumper! Today I got on with fitting it, and doing a bit of polishing of the car too (but I've not finished that yet). Let's look behind the tape: fucking LOL. The bumper is cracked, hence the replacement. These are easy to change - a row of trim clips in the boot shut, two underneath, and a bolt on each side in the wheelarch. It was a bit dirty: New bumper on.
    14 points
  3. Once the last echoes of swearing and tools being thrown around had died down, I had a mid project mojo boost by driving it out of the garage to turn around so I could get access to the passenger side. It took a lot of self restraint not to go and bez around the town centre like this; Time to start probing the other side. This was immediately obviously worse: A leaky screen seal had meant the lower three inches of inner wing and front of the sill had disappeared. I was glad I'd started on the other side at this stage as it would have been pretty demotivating to start with discovering this. Still, a couple more Chinese takeaways and I had enough steel stock to do this; Fortunately none of this is visible once the panels are back on!
    12 points
  4. Here you go, I fixed it.
    11 points
  5. Not tat, just bloody wonderful https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202110268901660
    11 points
  6. Been meaning to document this for about a year, the usual Christmas / New Year limbo and miserable weather mean I finally have no more excuses (plus it's useful prevarication from repairing my other heaps). I have owned this peasant / artisan transport for about 6 years using it in all weathers for practical* transport requirements. It rewarded my cavalier approach to 40 year old Citroen rustproofing by comprehensively failing its MoT on rot in the floors. The MoT place quoted the GDP of a small African nation for the repair so this was the motivator behind the following tale of woe and re-education in the art of sticking metal together and setting fire to clothing. On getting it home from the garage I was quickly able to discern where the problem was: I swear the hole wasn't there during my thorough* pre MoT checks! Anyway, from inside it didn't look too bad; So I ordered up some genuine Citroen repair panels: And dragged my faithful Clarke 151 Mig out from its 15 year slumber. This might give you an idea of how often I tackle this kind of job, and a forewarning of the quality of work you can expect to see shortly...
    10 points
  7. I finally got bored picking holes in the driver's side and decided I couldn't put off the welding any longer. To my immense surprise, my first attempt went quite well: Frankly I was amazed. At this stage I should admit to having scrapped a 2cv after biting of more than I could chew with a previous restoration attempt, but this time the gods of welding looked benignly at my feeble efforts and chose not to smite me down. Buoyed by this success*, I pressed forward with gluing more and bigger bits in place. I was so excited I forgot to take enough pics as I went along so you'll have to trust me that its not just been stuck down with a big snotter of tigerseal. At this stage the driver's side was solid again so in pursuit of that 'factory' look I even splashed out on a can of 'peasant bleu'.
    10 points
  8. Last few mediocre finds of 2021. First up a selection of punters' cars from the Midhurst autojumble. A terrible day out by all accounts - I think I just about covered the cost of a table and a bacon roll. I suspect quite large proportion of people who go to autojumbles have died in the last couple of years. Some nice cars, though. Quite a contingent of banger boys in Farinas, but this Westminster estate was the best of the bunch. What an amazing thing I had a very strange dream last night where I found a previously-unknown special-bodied Jowett Jupiter parked on the street. The body had been fashioned from highly modified Ford Consul Mk1 panels with a narrowed grille and fillet panels on the side to accomodate the extra width. I even dreamed the flat-four soundtrack as it drove off. Weird. I kept seeing this very basic Suzuki thingy at various places in Sussex recently. Mega grim. Couple of Asda spots. The Sunbeam MkIII was brilliant, just the right level of patina And finally this brilliant Rialto. I love all the paraphernalia stuck on everywhere, just like a Reliant should look And that's it for another year, I guess. Thanks for looking!
    9 points
  9. Prep for the Crimbo run home. Didn't fancy taking the Acclaim over a mountain range with it's fucked rad, so Volvo it was. I wanted a radio and heater, so some reassembly had to take place. It took about 3hrs to rewire the radio (again) and fit the centre console bits, not aided by working at midnight and -3C. However the radio is now back to working in stereo, yay. This also happened to try and lessen water ingress. Didn't work. The screaming blower motor was removed but I couldn't get it apart enough to access to bearings, the shaft down the middle was very rusty. I oiled it best I could and chucked it back in. It works and isn't squealing any more but is increasingly unreliable as to the speed it'll run at. It needs replacing, obviously the assembly and motor are both NLA. With functional radio and heat the road was ready for a'hittin'. Convoyed from Stirling to Balmoral over Glenshee with @Supernaut From there I branched off onto the old military road towards Strathdon. Despite it being a bag of shite it's ability to absorb miles with no effort is impressive, all my other cars feel like hard work compared to the Volvo. Cruise would have been nice, working windscreen washers/rear wiper would have been nicer... On returning, I realise that my tracking may need some attention. Didn't look like that 500 miles ago... Other side is fine. Bad camber on one wheel? It has always pulled a bit to the left... Doesn't make any difference to the handling, obviously as I corner harder the weight transfers onto the racing slick edge of the tyre allowing even more grip. The Acclaim also saw a bit of attention, namely in that some unwanted water needed letting out... Who would have thought parts costing 1/3rd the originals would come with flaws?
    9 points
  10. Final installment, for now! Got the floors fitted, for some reason it was much harder going on this side, lots of blowing through and splatter, still everything looks better in primer (apart from new Aldis). All done, or so I thought! I decided to replace the original seam sealer due to the problems it had caused (shrinks and wicks water in to sit next to unpainted steel). In removing the old stuff I found a last spot of grot next to the lower seatbelt mount. Before it could throw any more surprises I smothered everything in more bleu and put it in for test.... It failed, but NOT on the welding thank Christ! A bit of handbrake tweaking and back on the road in time to meet up with it's brethren this summer. I really enjoyed getting stuck into this so just want to say to all those who think that welding and bodywork is beyond them to just give it a go. Buy a welder, practice and get stuck in, if I can do it anyone can! Right I'm off to browse for LR Discoverys on eBay - nothing* can stop me now!
    8 points
  11. bunglebus

    Separated at birth

    Hello Autoglass? I need an opening rear side window for a two door Granada please, bronze tint. Hello..?
    8 points
  12. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/185234577988?hash=item2b20d75a44:g:Dk4AAOSwO15hnhQm
    8 points
  13. This beauty is also for sale here. 1986 1.3 LS 3 door estate! https://www.finn.no/car/used/ad.html?finnkode=239634923
    7 points
  14. 7 points
  15. Passed the first of two CompTIA A+ exams! A+ is an industry certification for IT technicians and the like, hopefully this is the first step towards a more fulfilling career. I did really well in the exam considering how little I actually prepared for it. It was supposed to be last week but there was some technical issues that meant I had to reschedule. Time to start preparing for the second one now!
    7 points
  16. grogee

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Old Corolla which has ram-raided Halfords. Some very, very special "improvements" made to this car. £2340 worth of landfill. Brum https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/1992-toyota-corolla-16-gli-4dr-saloon-petrol-manual/1422008470?utm_source=com.atomczak.notepat&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_android
    7 points
  17. Had a productive couple of hours this afternoon. Got under the headlining and found that sure enough the drain hose had come off. I attempted to reattach it but found that it seemed short/tight to get on to the outlet. Rather than yank it and hope for the best I found a short length of garden hose in my toolbox which was perfect for extending it - a nice tight fit at both ends so I didn't bother with a jubilee clip. Proof that you should always keep random bits of tat in your toolbox. Tested it with a watering can, all good, water flowing freely out of the bottom outlet (door shut) and no signs of leakage (so far). Quick clean up of the headlining etc., not perfect but much better.
    7 points
  18. grogee

    The new news 24 thread

    Been putting a nice shiny cleaned cylinder head back on @Cluffy 's Corrado. The VR6 is clever in many ways but the two sets of timing chains on the gearbox side can get in the bin. Anyway they're new now so with a new clutch that 'side' should be good to go for another 100k.
    7 points
  19. Okay, I'm starting to get the impression that this project isn't going to be as straightforward as I anticipated (duh). Started wirebrushing the primer off the pinholes in preparation for filling them with weld: Which got sorted quickly enough: One after shot of another one (forgot to take a before shot) And one tiny pinhole became much, much larger after a few seconds on the drill-mounted brush: Annoyingly and unsurprisingly, the surrounding metal was also tinfoil-thin and kept blowing, a legacy of the previous repairs carried out by one of the previous garages. Looks shite, but I eventually managed to keep blowing through until I found thick enough metal for it to stay: Got another pinhole that enlarged with a wirebrush, but that's the other side of the boot floor and I haven't subjected myself to that side yet. As an added heartache, whilst checking the underside of that wleding to make sure it didn't look awful underneath, I noticed a crusty section of the boot floor forward of the subframe, which looked absolutely perfect when viewed from above. A quick tap with a round file (closest tool to hand) suggested otherwise. That's going to require some remedial work but I'm not sure to what depth. Either way, I hung the back box in position with a trolley jack: Filled the pigeon up with laxatives, and pulled the trigger: Quick mount of the rear bumper to make sure it'll be all right, and I think we've gotten away with that! What a ballache though, I was tempted to remove the rear subframe for access but I simply don't have the room to store it and all of this work was meant to enable it to go outside and let the Beat weather out the winter inside the garage. Ah well.
    7 points
  20. LBF why don’t you just put a separate post up asking if there’s anyone within the vicinity of LDN or that end of the country who can safely perform the jobs at their own dry/off road premises and you actually pay them a hourly or set fee per job? Rather than hoping people continue to offer to come to you at their own expense to attempt to assist jobs at the side of a cold wet road? I’m quietly confident that from the knowledge that has been shared in other posts on here, someone would happily take it on and enjoy it if you were to say for example that you want the exhaust, brakes, top to bottom check over for safety reasons and a general service. If you and that person then were to the agree that pending you obtaining the parts along with arranging transport for REV to be taken there, someone would both enjoy and be grateful of the extra cash in the new year. Surely that way you get REV sorted, you don’t have to pay extortionate garage rates, someone earns some post Xmas cash and everyone’s a winner?
    6 points
  21. Well, we're back. To be fair to it, apart from a comedy respray on one door, it's tidy and seems to be a decent steer. The main thing is, she's happy with it. It just about kept up with the mg on the way up the m62, apparently it can feel a bit flat if you let the revs off but soon picks up again. Think I'll give the spark plugs a check once I've got 10 minutes spare.
    6 points
  22. andrew e

    Shite in Miniature II

    Pretty common actually 😂
    6 points
  23. LabRat

    The new news 24 thread

    Behold, £400 of finest french brie. It's a 2006 c4 1.6i sx with 134000 miles and test until next August. It's rough around the edges, but serviceable... Now we hope it makes it back to Oldham. Double the tat, double the misery
    6 points
  24. Probably end of year update, although I’ll try to sneak another couple of hours in before new year. Finished of the inner wheel arch to sill join Tiny bit of weld is where the floor, inner arch and body mount but join. This is strong now! Also been finishing off the filler work on the arches, both sides. None of this seen. I don’t like to remind myself often. Also tidying up, derusting, and rust treating the inner arches as I go. Been using Bilt Hamber rust converter, and it’s great stuff. As I guess this is the last post this year, I’ve added a montage of Daihatsu crap piles, sort of a greatest shits compilation: wicked awesome piece of floor and inner arch. part of the rear wing. Surrounded by mud. Which fell out of the bodywork the wonderous sill. more rust and mud. Some poo too. And some Fourtrak structural strength Nastycrispy Been a crispy year in Daihatsu world.
    6 points
  25. grogee

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Apologies if we've had this before. This late R4 is the luxury* GTL spec, which means you get seats and windows. £3850 York A lovely little thing in a lovely colour. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1985-B-Renault-4-GTL-/234324703806?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
    6 points
  26. TataBobu

    Separated at birth

    Throw in a Fiat 1800, the long lost 3rd brother:
    5 points
  27. Nullzwei

    Separated at birth

    Fiat 130 2 door and Ford Granada mk2 2 door
    5 points
  28. 500tops

    Lazy spotters thread

    One of those double-take moments @Zelandeth @Six-cylinder
    5 points
  29. This is rare. 1970 Toyota Crown pickup https://www.finn.no/car/used/ad.html?finnkode=233999746
    5 points
  30. cobblers

    The grumpy thread

    100% guarantee that any car with a name is absolutely shagged in on way or another. If somebody is mental enough to call their scruffy motorhome "betsy" they're definitely not going to do anything proper about the galloping rot in the sills and frame, and will just "drive around" the fact that it takes eight minutes to get it into reverse because the engine is falling out
    5 points
  31. vulgalour

    Separated at birth

    Lada/Moskvitch Aleko/2141 Talbot Alpine
    5 points
  32. I've just finished up drawings for Invacar Mk12 door skins and door end plates and fixtures, I can't guaranty 100% accuracy due to the state of the remnants of the door I had to work with but will post the drawings here in case they may be of use to someone, present or future.
    5 points
  33. andrew e

    Shite in Miniature II

    So here’s one box of my majorettes, there’s another loose box (with my pick ups) but it’s eluding me at present! Most of these were childhood bribes from Pitsea market 😁
    5 points
  34. Just saying...
    5 points
  35. Good work Dez, I can only imagine your issues with doing such work but as has been said above progress is progress. I struggle to find time, other than that I've been rounding off my knuckles since I my peers were playing Sinclair Spectrums and scratching my head over issues has left me with little hair. Glad you are seeing physical evidence of Adams endeavours which will have cost him that most precious of all things, called time. Most of all I hope you're feeling a great sense of achievement in at least getting closer to that diagnosis and that that sense of achievement it will push you onward.
    5 points
  36. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    £495 https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202112290873418?radius=1500&include-delivery-option=on&onesearchad=New&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=Used&sort=datedesc&postcode=g37bq&advertising-location=at_cars&year-to=2001&price-to=1000&page=1
    4 points
  37. I think I am going to risk posting to this thread now, just a couple of days left and I am going away tomorrow. I thought it had been a really quiet year tat wise for me, but on checking my thread it has been busier than I thought. OUT: Not mine, just stored, but gone! Saab 9-3 sold for parts Saab 9000 sold for parts Saab 92b stored elsewhere but new owner found Pug 307, good car but boring. Given to a friend in need. Fiat 500 swapped for loads of work on the Cobra Saab 900i sold to a shiter So that is 7 out this year. IN: Saab 9-3t convertible Saab 9-3 TiD SW - sadly condemned to be a spares car Hyundai Tucson bought a couple of days ago So that is 3 additions. I am going to add these, first Whilst I have had the car over 10 years, the hood is new and that cost nearly double what I paid for the 9-3 convertible! Also, this arrived back after 2 years away and is now the local daily So that is a net score of -4, the best in many years and I am calling that a win. So how come I still have no parking room?
    4 points
  38. Soundwave

    Separated at birth

    MG5: B6 Passat:
    4 points
  39. Bitter SC vs Ferrari 400
    4 points
  40. DVee8

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/668168440881611
    4 points
  41. Not really personal news but still very relevant: https://jalopnik.com/used-car-prices-are-now-rising-faster-than-bitcoin-oth-1848277810 We are all smart investors now.
    4 points
  42. robinmasters

    The grumpy thread

    Cars with names. It's a thing, not a person, and it already has a name. Referring to your car as Archibald doesn't suddenly imbue it with a personality; it was dull as fuck before you named it, and it still is. If it is interesting, people who will realise it's interesting will recognise that from the model designation, 'Gertie' means nothing to them. I realise I'm not the first person to complain about this, but people are still doing this. Car namers, please stop being such fucking dicks.
    4 points
  43. That salesman has just had a really good idea.
    4 points
  44. Ged

    SAAB! There, I said it.

    Theres been a *wonderful* 1995 9000 CSE for months in the inverkeithing U pull it which is quite pricey at an asking price of £800 that I am tempted to make a fair offer on but I really shouldnt. I got my first sunk cost fallacy wonderful Saab may this year a 1995 900 2.0 non turbo which when I went to view locked me out and fought my attempts to unlock using the key. I bought it anyway for £450 without an MOT its had a door handle, light check module, rear shocks, power steering return line, front spring, sway bar links, power steering pump, distributor seals, exhaust silencer that I can remember. 4 tyres were necessary after many unintentional standing burnouts in the rain combined with a broken engine mount which were fitted onto some freshly painted alloys I got for £100. The clutch is badly worn so I thought why buy a clutch when you can buy an entire engine. I picked up this engine for £120 with 77k miles on it the rear suspension didnt enjoy having a engine in the boot and a hoist in the back seats very much, I am currently working through the electrical challenges of putting a T7 B205 into a Motronic car but I have most of the parts from the car this is ripped out of. The wonderful sliderless twin piston rear brakes seem to have given up on function which shouldnt be too suprising given the state of the brake fluid when I got the car so I have that to fix aswell.
    4 points
  45. Mate of mine has one here in Sheffield had it circa 20 years often weather is different at each end!
    4 points
  46. aotb

    Lazy spotters thread

    A selection from my Italy roadtrip. First stop was in London and spotted these in Chelsea. No Photos of anything interesting on the way, so first up at our hotel in Boario Terme, this magnificent pair. Cheating with the next two as they were friends along for the trip. However the GTV is prime AS material. The 205 is hiding a secret- a Turbo Lancia Zeta engine. Bonus floppytop Astra in the background. Twingo & Ypsilon in Lonigo The lesser spotted Diesel Jimny and also the lesser spotted Justy Two approches to 4WD- take your pick. Three uncommon sights outside of Italy Not exactly AS material, but the 'Garage' amused me. Next few are from Cortina D'Ampezzo, which is a bit of a tourist trap. Still some interesting sights, including this lovely P6 and this also lovely 203, which looked to be well used despite being in mint condition. On the road down to a decent Pizza place we spotted this lurking outside an architecturally interesting garage, a real contrast in size. The Range Rover only has 54K on it- Petrol too. We went back a couple of days later and took a closer look and found this very sorry 145 and a real, but shagged, Cossie. Oh and a Panda 4x4 but those are everywhere. On my way back I parked next to this tidy Puma in Reims With some time to kill before the Chunnel I stopped at a very closed French Seaside town.
    4 points
  47. So in the words of VGG, I thought I'd do the right thing and make it as good as new (not a high benchmark judging from how it appears the bored Spanish at Vigo had thrown these together in the first place). Since I'd last attempted some metalwork, some improvements had occurred in the industry, the most significant in my opinion being the advent of the 1mm slitting disc. I immediately put them to use to assess the situation: Grim. Any floor within 100mm of the cleverly* positioned foam Citroen had installed between the chassis and body had disappeared. The seam sealer lovingly applied at the factory was nearly 25mm thick in places and was definitely structural. More choppy chop ensued. This was escalating quickly...
    4 points
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