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  1. Supernaut

    The Dugmeat Rexton

    Today @Lacquer Peel turned up again after I'd made a slow start on taking things apart. Being somewhat taller than me, he leaned into the engine bay and made short work of the intake manifold, then just kept soldiering on and took the glow plugs out. Five very sad glow plugs were removed. We also put a multimeter on the glow plug wiring to confirm 12V is getting to them. It is. The plugs are just deader than a dead thing. Packed up and called it a day. I get the joy of reassembling it tomorrow. I also still need to source my own battery for it anyway...
    17 points
  2. barrett

    Shite in Miniature II

    Shame-quote time. A mere two weeks later... Le sigh
    12 points
  3. We all (OK, some of us) dream of building or driving random shite. I like the idea of a lowered Jeep. Or 4x4 type thung. So I found a body in Ayr, Scotland. Then a mate from Cambridge picked up a trailer from me in Rochester Kent and fetched it. After which another mate sold me an MX5 and delivered it from the top of Wales. And starting with this pile a year ago…….
    10 points
  4. 9 points
  5. Bit by bit. Well, actually it went fast, 12 hour days can do that.
    9 points
  6. It's a shit idea as the state of some vehicles after just a year is enough to make the mind boggle, Some people can look after a car but many don't care about them let alone any noises they make until its too late. Soz but I'm not clicking a link to listen to someone's opinion when it could have been typed here anyway.
    9 points
  7. MiniMinorMk3

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Ford Scorpio Ultima Estate 1998 - South Western Vehicle Auctions Ltd (swva.co.uk)
    8 points
  8. And up to yesterday. Dash needs covering, fitting of switches. A few other small jobs, then MOT time. Hopefully a pass. So, polishing Turds can be rewarding. But they take time and patience, plus a few friends.
    8 points
  9. Look out! thread resurrection. It's been a while and some things have happened. Ealing was where we were and I ended up driving various shite for 22 out of 24 hours. Some stuff had to go to Norwich and some to Stratford on Avon. I can't remember how many trips I did but the last one was to hook the shower unit up, the last thing left, and take it to Norwich. Problem was that a hitch had broken on something else so the hitch on the shower unit was robbed and I had to put it back on when getting it. All very well but there is a cylinder that works the brakes and you have to push it back, with a fair bit of effort, to get a bolt through before it pops back. A three handed job. Must have pissed around for about an hour with it and I was tired and wanted to Gtf out of there and go to bed. It would have been about 4pm when I got away and got on to the M25. Driving at truck speed it was like being in a truck race and at that time, and pissing it down, it was the most horrendous drive I've had for a very long time and something I never want to do again. Going to Norwich there is a a section of dual carriageway where they have been road working for a few years from what I could make out and it's one lane a side with a metre, or so, high wall on either side of the lane which in a truck gives you about a foot and a half, max, on each side and when it's dark and raining the concentration level is off the scale. I think I mentioned a possibility of going to Holland for a month. Well I ended up going but not staying which was a bit disappointing. Reason was there was not enough for me to do for 4 weeks there. I got asked a few times last year, by the public, if we went in convoy from one site to the next to which the answer was naa, once a load is ready it's fuck off time. Well we did make a convoy when leaving Norwich to go to Harwich at 4 in the morning. I tell you it was a sight to see with 15 trucks all hauling a trailer. or two. The length of a Peterbilt, extra long trailer then a draw bar shop unit behind is fuckin looooooong. Flashing lights everywhere. Behind the trucks came 12 other smaller vehicles pulling caravans and stuff. I don't know how long it all was but I was 7th in line and I never saw the back end. There was a slightly amusing event on the way to Harwich. Leading the convoy, rubber duck and ten four good buddy, was Elaine who was driving her artic fifth wheeler. We came to a fairly large roundabout and she missed the exit so continued round and therefore met the convoy coming onto it. Caused a bit of havoc for a bit. Luckily little traffic around at that time. Got to Harwich all at once which caused a blockage getting into the port which the port bods didn't seem to know what to do about a sudden influx of circus shite. Much hilarity ensued as they ran about trying to sort it all out. Then came the customs. When you go abroad with equipment you have to list EVERYTHING so when you come back they can check if you have more than you went with and if you have it's get yer wallet out time. Well, as you can imagine we had shite loads of stuff so therefore shit loads of papers for the nice customs man who was suddenly deluged in papers and us giving it loads of 'what about this one' and 'I've got all these do you want them all?'. 'Where do I sign this' and 'do I have to sign them all' etc. I think he took a look at all of us crammed into his little office waving papers and in about 5 different languages at him and thought fuck this get the stamp out and get rid of them. Going Freight is all right though. You get a cabin with shower, bog and telly and, depending on ferry time, a breakfast and a meal an hour before landing in the truckers lounge. Then it was rubber duck time in Holland up to Beverwijk near the Dam. I'd forgotten that the roads in the Netherlands are smooooooooth with not a pothole to be seen. Got put up in a bit of a swish, for me, hotel near Schipol called The Plaza where it was a eats/a few beers and bed. Next morning, early, flight to Brum and taxi home. So that was that. On the tenth of this month it was taxi to Brum airport and back to Schipol where it was another good hotel called the Marquette, then the minibus arrived to take us to the pub which happened to have a coffee shop next door. When in Rome etc. Got slightly blitzed but when a lock in in the bar was mentioned I declined the offer being an old woos. A good night. Next morning it was all rev up and convoy, 10 4, to Den Haag. I like convoys and let's be honest it's rare to be involved in one never mind two. We got out of Harwich about 7/8 in the evening so more traffic around which must have pissed off anybody trying to get past. This time I was the last in line so could see the traffic building up behind and it was a lot. A convoy like that doesn't travel very quickly, about 40 mph. Dropped everything in Norwich and then it was a lift back to Brum and a taxi home. Looks like the season starts at Easter and finishes end October. Don't know about doing updates this season as it will be very similar to the last one but if anything different happens I'll pop something up. Might be going to the Stratford yard next month to do some maintenance/repairs on stuff before the season starts.
    8 points
  10. Didn't notice before as I was distracted by Belfast Buses. That Kenworth is an obscure Corgi, 1/76 scale, produced for the 2002 James Bond series and never seen again. Not a great looker as it comes but can be made pretty cool, as I did with mine - repaint in Ford Purple Velvet (my favourite colour), new wheels and plenty of chrome.
    7 points
  11. Got this one out of a big box job lot. It’s the big Corgi Metro. It’s in really nice shape too considering the box it came out of. I had to evict a hoard of angry looking spiders out of it though!
    7 points
  12. Here’s a few better pics of yesterday’s haul of keepers from the Wayne bus haul! Here’s Wayne again. Handsome devil!! Why don’t buses look this cool anymore!? Couple of cars, Superior ambulance that’s still got its figures, and the Vauxhall estate (with its tailgate still attached!) And this beast! What a looker these AEC cabs are!
    7 points
  13. 1980 Chevrolet Caprice in 1:64 by Greenlight. I think the idea is to apply your own emergency service livery. I bought it just for the base model / fleet vehicle look. I like the new packaging, too - less material, less weight, takes up less space, and much easier to open.
    7 points
  14. Farewell Santo Porto we're bound for Madeira.
    7 points
  15. Lodger John used to help with a ton of sage advice. Also clever with some micro electronics. I made a new roll cage up and joined the front screen to it.
    7 points
  16. 7 points
  17. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/266078568175 + https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/125721940299 =
    6 points
  18. Donor delivered from Wales by KFW shipping. Badgers arse is silky smooth in comparison.
    6 points
  19. We are all daft in my family. They are all racing next year. Eldest son, his wife and twins. Youngest son, his wife and eldest daughter age 10. I also got a licence for Xmas, but it remains to be seen if I'll use it or not.
    6 points
  20. The amount of cars I come across with basic obvious faults ( many dangerous ) bald tyres brakes /steering that pull violently mainly family cars ( many with child seats) is unbelievable with the regular excuse being shouldn't the garage/mot/ partner have noticed/said ( often 6 months or more ago) . More driver education is what's needed. Again this is more to do with buck passing than sorting the countries/world's current problem of the haves not wanting to part with any wealth but the sheepeople giving even more to them. The politicians are hoping the banks are gunna sort things, the banks are hoping business is gunna sort things & business is hoping the politicians are gunna sort things. None of them have a clue. None want it to cost them anything but they'll all wanna take credit for fixing things. Things are gunna get worse come spring as people start realising that they can't pay for all the smartarse phone 27's, playbox 8's, & all the other stuff they didn't need for Christmas & they can't go to Costa benicante this year . It's gunna be the 80's again as the trickle down effect finally collapses with some big players going to the wall & the others having to put staff before share holders to fix it.
    6 points
  21. Mine is unfortunately a print photo from twenty odd years ago, which is in storage at the moment so you'll just have to use your imagination. Two couples on holiday in Spain having a drink in a bar. I set up my camera for a timer photo on the table opposite, then sat down on the floor next to our table. The camera caught the exact moment I banged my head on the table, which launched my wine onto my head.
    6 points
  22. Absolutely this. £55 is a tank and a half of fuel in the sodding Invacar...that is going to make absolutely zero difference to anyone in the real world - and if it is, sorry you shouldn't be on the road as you're not in a financial situation to keep your car in a safe condition. If you can't afford the £55 you're not exactly going to be able to afford the repairs are you? Given I can walk around basically any public car park around here and pretty much guarantee I'll find at least one car within a couple of minutes with the tyre cords visible says all I need to about "people will be responsible." Like hell they will. The MOT is a bloody good idea and great value for having a second pair of eyes run over the car and my work. I'm only human, I miss things sometimes. Plus I don't have a two post lift, brake rollers or decent emissions tester...
    6 points
  23. Dyslexic Viking

    Truck Shite

    I have bought and read one of my favorite books ever and thought I would share a little here. And it is unfortunately not available in English. And I'm not good at writing so I try my best and everything is true and has happened. This is the story of Alta transport, a former Norwegian transport company in the far north of Norway in Alta north of the Arctic Circle and in the Arctic. Things could be wild in Norway in the 1950s and 1960s and 1970s, but this takes things to a whole new level. At that time there were almost no roads in the north and many places like Alta were almost isolated in winter. I share here the first trip from Alta to Gol Norway via Oslo before Christmas 1960. This trip was over 2000 km one way and the cargo was reindeer meat and the truck was his father in-law's 4x2 US Ford F6 flatbed so no freezing unit. The trip down went well, but the trip north, heavily loaded with machine parts, was a challenge. The last 67 km from where the road stopped in Finland to the first village in Norway there were no roads, so he had agreed to drive with a 4x4 Volvo Viking with a driver who was known in the area, but he never came. So he had to drive alone, so in the dark he headed out onto the ice on an lake in the direction of Norway. After a good while on the ice, he saw a light in the distance which was a small house which luckily had a telephone line to the policeman in the village on the Norwegian side. After a conversation with him, he was given directions and told that they would look for him with a tracked vehicle if he didn't show up. After a while on frozen lakes and rivers, he had to drive into the snow and the birch forest, which went well for a while until the truck got stuck in a hole and that's when the challenges started. While he was trying to jack up the truck, the jack went through the frozen part of the ground and underneath there was marsh, which led to several hours before he got the jack free. And this was at night with temperatures below minus 45, completely alone, far from people. After struggling for hours, he saw a light in the distance and it was the policeman in the tracked vehicle, after a while they got the Ford free and started the journey to the village where the last part the feet were so frozen that the pedals had to be operated with the hands. The last part of the trip went over the mountain on a sledge towed by a bulldozer. After a while, he bought himself a bigger and more suitable truck, a 1959 Volvo Titan, and there were roads and the company expanded and he bought more trucks and hired drivers, but the wild conditions continued. Can mention, engine overhaul at night in minus 25, Wolf Attacks, driving with a rifle behind the seat during reindeer transport, common practice with temperatures close to minus 50 was to cover the bonnet with moose skin to keep the engine warm, and for a long time the only bridge on the river between Sweden and Finland was an active train bridge where it was important to keep track of the train schedule, but in winter there was an ice road over the river instead. And all the roads were bad gravel roads. And much more. From the start to the end, they drove from Alta to Oslo weekly (over 4000km round trip) and at the start 2 men had 320 travel days in a Volvo Titan without a sleeper cab where one slept on the seats and the other on the floor between the levers. After a while he was able to buy a used sleeper cab for the Titan which was luxury. He owned the company until 1986. And Morris Thomasen is still alive and will be 86 this year and still owns his trusty Volvo Titan which now has over 2.5 million kilometers on it. Should be the same Volvo Titan in all pictures. Morris and the Titan in the present. And almost forgot, It was difficult to get premises in Alta, so for a long time he had offices an ran the company on the 2nd floor in the barn of his dad above the pig enclosure and only available with a ladder.
    5 points
  24. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144910994796?hash=item21bd5e4d6c:g:0aQAAOSw0kFjzDwp&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAAoFSVFJ%2FnGu7AmMMoiUigctOZE9gmp407Vm2ElYHtk5A%2FZME2YYwWHmE09b%2FYPTsLQNjiSuq9yOVcY84TQzmvx5sEXZP8VJA3pMLrbr%2F4v6xMpPdFlzBFcHu99yoWpP%2Fc2b1TN3WXmpsEzEO63QLoRN%2BnzF4AoPaTtPZujWS%2BkxUbvDIMTSaDrTaSYtRGjq1vwQ1Hb9WyACxQURNprqK1FN8%3D|tkp%3ABk9SR9Tsqd66YQ
    5 points
  25. You utter shit. I’d have loved it like I’d given birth to it myself. Enjoy the endless motoring, old chap. Dx
    5 points
  26. Not the cheapest downsized Cadillac but this white on white Deville seems to be immaculate: The money shot for me, love the original gold keys: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144905438563?hash=item21bd098563:g:C5EAAOSw~rFjSraw&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAAoJa9zNQ3G9J4fTl8a2tFngVASqNbf%2BNgdPkXXfmuVon%2BPOsnGMz9pj67EBiq5QBStHzPMWhhDPaBo23xqAu9g%2BScAZCbFauCSZbXjwn4oWRPLh6iJtFetfEOTIDNE4BumJeKJKuyL93tcz7aJv88kjStTDYVgeehr%2FRyGKH8dMgRCqh0QnUmcohRywUZ3BjdwJZoqvIbiyVFNfbytQA41QI%3D|tkp%3ABk9SR4jM8tW6YQ
    5 points
  27. Good down wind passage making 6 knots on just a head sail (funny to be excited about travelling at 6mph!) Found a good spot to anchor for the night, the sun's over the yard arm so cheers!
    5 points
  28. I rather like this Nacoral one that Datsuncog found This Mercury is tatty but uncommon too
    5 points
  29. Fiat 500/600 and relations. Vitesse 1965 500 F Vitesse 500 R Vitesse Just Married Vitesse 1965 Abarth 695 SS Vitesse 1960 Steyr-Puch 650 T Vitesse 1957 500 Progetto K 1968 Abarth 850 1960 Seat 600 D Progetto K Seat 600 E Progetto K Seat 600 L Giocher 1956 Fiat 600 Multipla Giocher 1959 Fiat 600 Multipla Marmitte Abarth Giocher 1960 Fiat 600 Coriasco Permaflex Jal 43/Pilen Seat 600
    5 points
  30. I was planning on doing this update whilst wrapping myself around a bottle of red in France, but the weather has decided otherwise so while I am trapped at home I might as well do it now. A few days ago we had a light snow fall of about 4" which caused no problems, but since then the temperatures have remained well below zero, so it has packed down into ice. Temperatures have risen to zero plus or minus a bit so of course it is now wet ice, renowned for its excellent* grip. Yesterday I went to the shops and took the Range Rover, which went up the hill fine but really struggled for grip coming back down. Today I had planned on heading to West Sussex as it is my brothers birthday on Monday, then head on to France on Tuesday. The transport of choice this time is the Vauxhall Disastra, as I have two Range Rover wheels and tyres to return to France which will not fit in the Saab 'vert with all the other stuff I need to take. Left the house and a temperature of 2c boded ill, as it meant the top of the ice would be moist, but decided to have a go. Those who have been to my place will know I live in a valley, which of course means going up a hill to get out. Made it to the bottom of the hill, and the sun had cleared the corner so full of confidence, I went for it. All was good for about 30 yards before I lost traction and slowly came to a halt. I applied the brakes and slowly set off backwards, despite all 4 wheels being locked, and the car pirouetted nicely before dropping the front into the drainage dich facing back down hill. Bugger. My brilliant neighbour said he would help, but the ice was so slippy he had to drive on the verge which is narrow and drops off a cliff. His 120hp 4 wheel drive tractor managed to pull it out of the ditch facing back towards home, but as soon as the verge ran out, so did his forward progress. Gave up on that, Dave went back to feeding his animals (without the Disastra he only just managed to get out) and I headed home. I then walked about a mile across the other neighbours field to see if it was possible to take the secondary route out, and as the field was frozen, decided to chance it. Got across the field but the final section of the hill had the same frozen surface and again defeated me. Came back home having given up for the day and put the kettle on. The last few days I have been rehoming the old Iveco van, which I am sure will please @Cavcraft as this is the new home: First the doors came off Then the roof This resulted in a lightweight racing Iveco The aforementioned ice has resulted in a lack of traction so progress has halted, but it is getting there at last. I have learnt that Iveco vans are heavily reinforced and this is the first and last time I decapitate one!
    5 points
  31. SiC

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Running, driving and MOT'd two owner (same family) Carina. http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202301203450160 @BorniteIdentity
    5 points
  32. Asimo

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/708006437362297
    5 points
  33. Like other posters, I see enough bald tyres at Asda, and spent long enough in the trade, to know 97% of people treat a car like a mobile phone or domestic appliance - it's just expected to work without any maintenance or checks. We need annual tests as a minimum
    5 points
  34. Hmmmmmmmmm I do love cheap, nasty bottom feeders. I spent £1700.00 just in parts on getting this one fully safe, MOT’d and being a good fun drive. i sold it as white with orange stripes,,new guy went Stranger Things on it and made money from hiring it out. last time it sold iirc for£8800.00 and has been used on BBC telly in the programme Sandman. Minus the lights etc.
    5 points
  35. 5 points
  36. But they live on forever in our hearts 😅
    5 points
  37. Regular wheels, auto-steer. Superfast narrow, Superfast wide with enlarged arches The last one is hard to find in green, more often red (fire) or white (police) Note also disappearance of the fuel door in the rear quarter
    5 points
  38. TheIsleofShite

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Something about this appeals a lot, I think it’s the wheels https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1541518
    5 points
  39. I spotted a book on ebay, start price £0.99 had 1 bid. I contacted the seller, explained my reasons and offered him £20 BIN. He accepted that I had prior claim in the circumstances and sold it me for a fiver. That's me, no 46. I won that race and it's verified inside. I lost my copy in an house move somehow.
    5 points
  40. There’s a garage near me that used to be a Skoda MD back in the day. They must have lost the franchise in the early VAG days and became a Skoda specialist. They exist to this day and my outlaws always bought their Fabias from them despite the outlandish prices. I kept my mouth shut but they were paying new prices for 2 year old cars. BUT. The cars always came with a 100% no quibble warranty and real old fashioned personal service. If it went wrong (normally a flat battery!) they would come to your house or as once happened come straight to a breakdown, give them another car, fix theirs often for free and drop the car back to them. Servicing and MOTs, the cars were always collected from their house and dropped back and the prices were very reasonable. I think all their customers were over 65 and I imagine they never got hassled by your average Marketplace problem generator. In other words, they paid upfront for top quality no worries service. I latterly realised it was the right call for them.
    4 points
  41. More and more money spent, new parts seemed to be the order of the day. And still polishing the turd.
    4 points
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