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  1. Can I just say that's a surprisingly coherent post for someone who has just drunk seven cans of Stella. I would probably be typing with my face.
    15 points
  2. On a Friday mornings I always pop to Costa for a coffee as a happy Friday treat. There’s two oldish fellas who always sit outside, they love the random collection of cars I arrive in “You love your old cars you don’t you!” But bar the 2CV the car they’ve loved the most was when I turned up in the 9000 for the first time yesterday. One was telling me of how he had one As a company car back in the day. Always good to chat about the cars…
    14 points
  3. I've finally got all my ducks in a row and the Maestro is off for its MoT next Tuesday. It's not that the car needed that much, self-ejecting rear arches aside, it's just that I've had An Lot going on lately. I'm convinced the tester will find something I haven't, but then that's basically their job so if it fails, it fails. Realistically, I think it stands a good chance of a pass since it was basically a clean sheet on the last test and I've done a fair bit of work to it and not many miles since.
    12 points
  4. I suppose then it’s time to announce that Brian now has a stablemate. I had been waiting to get a chance to make progress with one or other car to post something of a progress report but time has been short. When Harry realised he had to thin out his fleet due to the prospect of becoming a homeowner he kindly thought of me, sadly I did not have the funds to buy VJN, however, I asked my cousin ( who had been following Brian with interest and assisting when possible) if he would like to adopt an InvaCar. He did. Actually today we did manage to get VJN (now Bryony) out for a little attention and can report that she now stops as well as goes! She has had a new stub axle fitted as well as both rear wheel cylinders. Rear wheel bearings were given a clean out and fresh grease as it appeared water had managed to get past the seals at some point. Other small jobs have been addressed and myself and Russell (Rust ole, my cousin) hope to find more time before long to continue helping both Brian and Bryony back toward the roads on which they belong. Best wishes with the house Harry.
    10 points
  5. barrett

    Shite in Miniature II

    It's been a while since I had a girl back to mine, and tbh I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be about it these days. Not due to the 'lockdown weight' I've put on or the bedsheets overdue for a change, but because seemingly every flat surface is now covered in toy cars. I don't think it's possible to spin 'oh, but I only collect unusual and rare-in-the-UK 1960s European diecasts of interesting makes' into a sexy come-on. Fortunately this thread is my safe space, and I don't want to have sex with any of you, so let's have a look at what's new. First up, it's Mebetoys A-64 Porsche 912! Pretty nice, eh? I'm not a Porsche guy really, but I appreciate the oddness of the 912 and I suspect this is the only period miniature version of that model. Typical opening bits and Italian quality build. This one has a (broken) roof rack fitted, hence the holes in the roof, but it looks better with it removed. I'm not sure what the original model would have been as all the references I can find are of the standard car, although other Mebetoys came with a canoe on the roof so perhaps it was that. One corner of front bumper missing (the bumpers are cast metal, not plastic!) but otherwise nice, and not bad for a fiver. Next is Pilen no.203 Renault 16 This is just the old (French) Dinky model with no changes from the original, but I like the turquoise colour, and it can join my 'cars wot I've owned' shelf. It was very cheap. It also came with this rather knackered Pilen Citroen SM which was due to go in the bin, but now it's arrived I can't quite bring myelf to get rid of it. Mainly because it has an intact headlamp cover, which must be a rarity. There's another on ebay with good paint which is missing the headlamp cover so I might 'have' to buy that one and make a good one out of the pair... This is the Corgi toys model, with simplified door design to exclude the chunky plastic window surrounds/door handles. Like all Pilens of this era it has accurate wheels for the real thing, and the front end is a bit better resolved (on the Corgi the lamp cover is yellow plastic). The suspension has collapsed, giving an accurate SM stance (ie, broken). If anyone has a knackered Corgi version with intact rear windscreen please speak up, ditto if anyone wants this wreck once I've liberated some spares from it. Right, that's it. I'm officially a SICKO who will die alone and I won't even have a wife who can throw all this shit in the bin when I die.
    10 points
  6. Slow progress and we are again waiting on weather, we currently have 9m waves which, for those not familiar with the metric system converts to "big waves" or technically speaking "bloody rough" My Seal friend has visited a few times, but last night he brought his friend with him. Fascinating to watch, they were actually playing together
    10 points
  7. Haha, gotta love the Autoshite community, we even got people close to the dealer. I've already looked up their address, they are indeed still around! And yeah, the RWD 90s LT1 Fleetwood is easily one of my favorite Cadillacs, I'd love to own an Impala SS as well, the seller of my first Aurora had both an Impala SS and Saudi B-body Caprice SS which I really would love to own. I already have the Dutch '92 Caprice though, so theres that. Remember when I mentioned there might be another car... Well here it is! Yes, not only did I pick up the Deville the other day, part of the deal was also this Azurite Metallic 1999 Mercedes R129 SL320 that was dropped off yesterday! I didn't plan to be there and buy it, but one thing lead to another and I ended up doing a bundle deal that was just too hard to resist! The hardtop was included as well of course. And since I've been interested in the R129 and I love my W140 so much I'm very excited to get this one back on the road asap. Being a '99 its got the M112 V6, same V6 you find in pretty much any Benz of the time, including many recent W210 of the community. This makes finding parts much easier and cheaper compared to most other cars I own which is a welcome change. This one currently has no spark so I'll replace the crank sensor before digging in much deeper. Fortunately its easy to reach and only 23 quid for a Bosch one. Like the Cadillac its been standing in this muddy storage yard for a year so a thorough clean is long due. I'll start working on it properly tomorrow and write a list of bits it'll need. This is the first convertible I own, together with the first Cadillac theres definitely plenty to get excited about right now. It came with a set of used brake rotors and Lemförder control arms so it has seen some love in the past. Theres no doubt this will take much more time to get back into an acceptable state than the Caddy though. Not a lot space in those back seats. Trust me, we tried.😂 More updates soon!
    9 points
  8. Sorry, no idea on the type of shark apart from a grey one. I have asked here but no one seems to know. I apologise for the lack of car content on this thread at the moment, but my excuse is that the nearest car is about 150 miles away.... Today we spent waiting on weather although we have managed to return to work in the last hour. Earlier we had a visit from the SAR helicopter who wanted to borrow our back deck for a winch exercise. I suggested as they had the bait on the wire we should try and catch the shark, but I was over-ruled. (the bait can be seen next to the crane below the cabin in this picture)
    8 points
  9. Saab engine is out, sump is almost off!
    8 points
  10. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Jag with BMW 325i engine and Rover 75 seats. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234698092897?
    8 points
  11. This morning I met up with @Jon and his beloved at the Lakeland Motor Museum. And, er, this happened... ...which might be a bit easier to follow in these, after I got home... Nissan truck and Holden ambulance, as Jon kindly offered upthread. The ambulance really is tiny! By request, since he can get them Down Under and I can't here, not one but a pair of Dodge Diplomats. I knew one was dressed as a police car, but not that it was a Thelma & Louise tie-in; that's gone straight into my film and TV collection. The other one will be getting painted, and in a black-and-white police livery too, to match the Plymouth Gran Fury (same car apart from badging) that I once owned. Now... bonus time! Get a load of this! Also going straight in the film and TV collection, but at 1/18 scale, a Greenlight 1967 Chevrolet Impala! It comes from a very successful show called Supernatural, of which I've seen about half an episode, but the Impala.... ooooooooooooooh yes please! They go way over budget on ebay (I know, I watch them), but Jon said this one didn't, because the box could be better and he thought the model was flawed in some way... damned if I can see it! It looks damn good in my cabinet, that's for sure. Jon is an actual Gentleman. If you have dealings with him, feel confident. Oh and now I need another 67 Impala, cheap and scruffy enough to paint blue. Go on, name that film...
    7 points
  12. Both front wings are now off and away at body shop being repaired. To my surprise I found a 10mm spanner behind the front bumper!
    7 points
  13. Asimo

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1233596580726021
    6 points
  14. A busy if straightforward work trip so far. I have not bothered updating the offshore trip as I am sure you are all as bored as I am of looking at the Ekofisk complex. This trip is all at one location, so apart from the height of the waves, the view out of the office window does not change. Having said that, the forecast for the next few days is rubbish, so we are going to use the time to nip into Stavanger (15 hours away) and do the crewchange we had planned to do by helicopter before the weather had other ideas. Today, whilst working we had a visitor, this is in roughly 300 feet (90m) of sea water!
    6 points
  15. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Cumbernauld Cavalier https://www.gumtree.com/p/vauxhall/vauxhall-cavalier-/1442067548
    5 points
  16. One time my partner and I went away she didn't pack me any pants or trousers - best part was she packed for me because she said I'd leave it till the last minute and miss everything I needed 😅 Maybe I was meant to wander round like Donald Duck or something. Hopefully they've discovered breakfast cereals, teabags and shops in whichever part of the country you're in currently!
    5 points
  17. Got a nearly new van on the driveway at the moment... It's a 2014 Peugeot Expert with the 2.0 16v Hdi engine. Owner states "Drops into limp home mode, *might* need an MOT, needs an engine mount." Again due to the nature of his company, it is utter, utterly ditched inside. I've removed the seat covers and the seat doesn't look too bad save for the the wear on the seat base. The whole inside is covered in "farm dust" which never seems to dry fully and clings onto surfaces and sticks around like your first dump at a new girlfriend's house. By this point I've spent an hour just rounding all the shit up from the cab and load area. At least one bin bag of rubbish and several boxes of treasure later, I can begin cleaning. Who doesnt love a half and half shot? I borrowed a fairly industrial looking steam cleaner and the passenger door came up pretty well... Driver's side to do next, and I shall have to do something with that floor covering... ideas on a postcard? As an aside, this is the rear garage here, it is made out of a dlack hand of blocks and a load of shitey old wooden cladding, with some wiggly tin resting across the adjacent sheds. Plan is to pull the lot down, replace the slate and put a metal shed over the whole lot. To the right here are the rear of the 2 sheds. Looking backwards towards the fence "wall" and block work generator shed. The view from outside, with the slab empty it'd give an approximately 16' x 16' space.
    4 points
  18. Today's extra joy is the Carlton saloon is running, sort of!
    4 points
  19. C31 business 😍
    4 points
  20. For those wondering why I haven’t posted anything about VJN in a while it’s because she’s been sold on, I recently went through the process of buying a house which unfortunately only has room for 2 cars so the 2 most practical ones remain, and the rest were sold on. I now only have my 2 Peugeots and my Lada is in a mates garage getting some work done and will be sold once it’s complete. It’s rather sad I had to sell VJN but she’s gone to a well known enthusiast
    4 points
  21. Commence beard stroking.
    4 points
  22. "Can you tell what it is yet" I picked a shitty weather day to go spotting 😕
    4 points
  23. Hi, thought I would start a thread on my newly acquired alfa Romeo gt. It is a 2008 jtdm cloverleaf that I paid £400 for. there is a very good reason it was that cheap though! the previous owner decided it would be a good idea to install a set of budget coilovers, remove the helper springs and run it as low as physically possible. having it that low he has managed to wear an inch groove into the inner edge of the tyres where the uprights have been rubbing. knackered one wheel bearing, and both front droplinks were finger tight and the top mount nuts were all loose! since getting it home i have sourced a set of good used front shocks and upper wishbones, a new set of 30mm lowering springs and droplinks. a cambelt and waterpump kit as I couldn't find anything in the service history to say it was changed. i'm also planning on pulling the inlet manifold apart and removing the dreaded swirl flaps. i will update at the weekend when i get my hands dirty and see how much i can get done. but some pictures to start
    3 points
  24. I haz bin a Capitao de estrada. Involuntarily I hasten to add or, to put it another way, I was elected by others into the role. On the way yesterday, in my rig, the A35, Honiton, Dorchester, etc, has quite narrow lanes, for a fair part of it, and a lot of bends. There are also some lengthy straight bits and I could see a queue forming behind so at the first straight I was waiting for someone to overtake. Nothing. Not even having a look to see. Ok. Next straight I could see there was nothing for a good half a mile so I stuck the left hand indicator on and slowed down to let anybody get past easily. Nope that didn't encourage any movement. So I became a Road Captain until an overtaking lane came up. I thought about fully entering into the role by giving it the flashing lights and horn But decided to be a benign RC and think they were just being ultra careful rather than a bit crap. Just got back from Plymouth with the minibus and a caravan and it was the same along that road.. I bet tomorrow with the truck and shop unit I will once again be a RC so from now I am identifying as one and expect to be treated as one befitting that role. E.g. You fucking wanker, but said nicely. Off to bed. Got a long 24 hours starting at 7ish.
    3 points
  25. From a for sale advert on Facebook Marketplace.
    3 points
  26. Just a trivial bit of news. Got this for the ML, surprising how much better it looks than the standard leather one.
    3 points
  27. Evening is here, fish and chips consumed and fire lit.
    3 points
  28. This will probably make you sick then, I picked one of those up at a car boot about 6 years ago for 50p. Went straight on ebay.
    3 points
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  31. eddyramrod

    Shite in Miniature II

    You can always leave your collection (or non-collection, as applicable) to your local car museum or toy museum, or even to a fellow Shiter if you feel so inclined! MrsR tolerates my models with a fairly poor grace (having bought me my first two 1/18s!) and completely dismisses the wide-ranging selloff that I've been doing for several years now; she manages to carp about every new addition as if it's the end of the world, taking the food out of her very mouth, occupying so much space she can't even sit down, etc etc. She is, obviously, totally wrong. There have been additions today, but that's for later...
    3 points
  32. Yoss

    The new news 24 thread

    That's not always possible though is it? The fact it won't start is usually why it's being towed. I learned how to be towed in older stuff where brake servos were optional so it didn't make so much difference. Last time I towed anything I still had the ZT-T 190. Towed a friends mk4 golf to a local garage, only a couple of miles away. I told him that he had to do most of the braking to keep the rope taut but he panicked and basically had the brakes on all the way. When we got there he said it was the most terrifying thing he'd ever done. I don't know why, I didn't even think I was going that fast.
    3 points
  33. sdkrc

    eBay tat volume 3.

    My missus deals with these surprisingly regularity at work: You have an at fault crash in a moderately valuable classic that's MOT exempt but has undeclared mods. The insurer sends an engineer out to inspect and determines your insurance wasn't valid because of the mods. Insurer pays out and then they come after you for all the costs. It's called 'assignment and agreement' if I remember correctly. You only need to crash once and you're suddenly poor/taking the bus.
    3 points
  34. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    £1500 Bentley. Still has interior and engine https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/325344978005
    3 points
  35. Yes, bought new in SA in 74 and imported to Portugal in 79 where it remained until the Summer of this year.
    3 points
  36. Today has started, nearly!
    3 points
  37. Well it's nice to see the Japanese loved Scotchlocks too. As I found this on the Altezza. That was the good side. Found LED bulbs in the front indicators. So the wiring was chopped about and linked to what must be a LED resistor box. So it and some aftermarket HID bulb kit were ripped out and throw tae buggery. Still trying to figure the rear fog light. But that's down to me being more thick than anything else. Got a fog light wiring kit and another reverse light bulb holder so that should do. Rallye has had a little bit of interest. One fella seems really keen, so being doing the small jobs I've been putting off. Like tracking, fixing a broken door lock and other odds and ends. Stuff you do that actually makes the car better and then makes you wonder why you never did them sooner. Nexia still plods on. So nothing to report there.
    3 points
  38. Multiple parking fines and derision on the internet it would appear. 🙂
    3 points
  39. And while I'm at it (can number seven currently being enjoyed) what about the shifting demographic of YouTube viewers? I know this is a bit of a vague analogy but hear me out on this. Radio 2 has decided to position itself to play more 90s music to cater for its new listeners meaning that as a 52 year old who's nearer Boot Hill than Grange Hill I've switched stations. Does the same thing apply to what cars on your channel would get the most likes with a younger generation buying cars that they wanted when they were young? Do you think that a video of you reviewing something like a Saxo VTR would get more views than a 1981, four speed, carb fed, Escort XR3?
    3 points
  40. At this stage I can only think of two things it could be - wheels or that driveshaft. I can swap wheels F <> R tomorrow and see how that is, then if needed I can swap the driveshaft back to the original one which is now fully reassembled, I;d need to get some more gearbox oil though. We can do this! @Tubbo - you're #1 in the queue when it done come back up for sale, but I suspected you'd want me to fix the speed wobble and fit the full stainless exhaust first? 😁😁😁 I forgot to add - while taking it for a test drive the handling seemed a bit wayward, and took me a good while to build up speed. It wasn't until I was almost home that I remembered that I'd left 2x 25KG bags of sand and a 20L drum of engine oil in the boot! I use it as ballast because the lift is a tilting one, and the car is about 90% nose weight, and very short wheelbase so to get the front end off the ground i have to ballast the back end as much as I can. Whoops! Glad its nothing more sinister though.
    3 points
  41. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    156 with 3.0 busso v6 and some GTA bits fitted https://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/222907/1999-alfa-romeo-busso-basingstoke
    3 points
  42. Oof a V8 Transit with 4 speed manual box. I can't begin to imagine how tail happy this is, https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1824651284556654
    3 points
  43. jakebullet

    The grumpy thread

    I have an apocalyptic woman cos we've gone away for the weekend and I've forgotten tea bags and breakfast cereal. Engage mega anger in coop when I say I don't care what cereal she buys choose one you like. @New POD it gets easier after the first million years,yes?
    3 points
  44. eddyramrod

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Just found this, way above my budget and likely way above everyone's here, but just look at it! Triumph Herald 12/50 saloon - 1967 - Shorrock Supercharged | eBay I really really would. I love a Herald; our 1963 12/50 carried my L plates way back when. ALL the style and practicality that modern cars haven't had for at least 20 years.
    3 points
  45. Bit pushed for time today, but after all the tiny stuff this week, have some pics of my Corgi #1142 Ford H-Series Holmes Wrecker... Not mint or complete,and I'm still furious with myself for dropping it and damaging it, but it's pretty nice all the same. It's also massively heavy, and has so many components to it. Engine detail's pretty good, and the separate vertical exhaust adds an extra level of realism. Chassis and underside is also really well done. This is an absolute cracker. Corgi shifted over half a million of these between 1967 and 1974, after which a simpler version of the back end lived on with a newer Berliet cab up front as the #1144 Wrecker for another few years - and the casting for the towing rig ultimately made its way into the Corgi Classics range in the 1990s, mated with a Mack B-series cab. Replacement bits for this are on my 'one day' list - but until then, it's more than good enough to enjoy as-is. Happy Friday, kids.
    3 points
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