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  1. brownnova

    Autoshite Outages

    As you're all well aware we are experiencing regular outages on the site currently. This stems from the initial outage we had last month, where the site became disconnected from the server due to a networking fault. Since then despite taking a number of steps to rectify this on our side we still get the site disconnected from the network once a day. Unfortunately we are not receiving the support we need from the external hosting company to rectify this, as the fault appears to lie on their side. Essentially whilst we (well by we I mean Slartibartfast) can apply the jump leads each time to get us back up and online, they (the hosting company) are failing to fix the underlying fault or provide us with the tools/support to do so. As an admin team we are trying to work out our options for the long term stability of the site. This is not totally straightforward given our varying working hours etc. but Slarti does jump straight to it every time we go down. This morning we were made aware at 9.59 we were back online by 10.21. What can I do? As people have been - if you spot it's down and you have a means of contacting any of the admin team via external methods let us know. One of us can contact Slarti and he has been getting it back online in a few minutes. That way we hope disruption will be kept to a minimum. I know a few people have offered practical help and experience, this is greatly appreciated. I'll be asking how we can best use this. I'm going to lock this thread simply so it is only used for latest updates, and these aren't lost in a deluge of posts and therefore any member can see it easily. Finally, thank you all for your patience - this is a very frustrating spell for AS and I know it is extremely annoying!
    66 points
  2. FLEET UPDATE TIME. THE ACCLAIM: I washed it, put a cover on it and forgot about it. Then one day I went to move it and it wouldn't start. A bit of faffing found that no fuel was reaching the carbs. Diagnosed fairly rapidly as a dead fuel pump. The original mech pump is NLA (I found one for sale in Aus, but it was gonna be £120 for a 30+ year old part...) so I replaced it with a decent quality electric lift pump. Currently it's wired direct to the battery so I can move the car around the driveway and works great. Just need to find a switched live to run it from and somewhere to mount it. Less good was this: The cover was fine for the 5 odd weeks of no rain we had but some rain leaked through and the mineral content seemingly baked into the paint within the space of 2 days. Polish/T Cut wouldn't touch it so I resorted to wet sanding which at least got it to a point where it's not as noticeable. This paint just has no resilience to fuck all. The only reason I put a cover on it was that any bird shit causes the paint to crack in under 24hrs. Even less good was that while I was hunting for a fuel pump mounting spot I spied that the passenger side windscreen wiper had collapsed into the scuttle panel. Essentially it's just rotted off. Access is abysmal, ideally the windscreen would come out for a proper repair, but they're NLA and mine is cracked already and the seals are also NLA so that's not happening. I have formulated a vague plan of making an entirely new mounting plinth and welding it in font of the original. This is somewhat down the priority list currently as I've been working on... THE VOLVO: Nothing major to report with this one. I replaced the ARB drop links. Naturally there are two styles and the one I needed was seemingly out of production and only available easily on mainland Europe. Luckily I found Brookhouse Volvo had some in stock, albeit at double the price of the Euro stockists. @rml2345 also raided a 740 saloon that had landed in U-Pull-It in Inverkeithing and got me a few bits. Namely a correct side rubbing strip to replace the 940 one I had, a tow cover and the trim for the windscreen corners. Just back from a Haven caravan park holiday in it (Me and the Mrs really know how to live). The main eater of my free time has been... THE DOLOSHITE: I continued building up the newest iteration of it's powerplant. @juular and Mrs Juular came over, dropped off and assembled @320touring's engine crane which had been used to fit a Volvo Amazon engine. Then Mr Touring himself and @jaypee came over to assist with the engine swappage. Manifolds were tarted up and swapped over. It took a while to get the engine wiggled onto the gearbox but with some blocks of wood and a jack we got the two angled correctly and bolted up. The only real issue was when the front engine lift point/alternator bracket died midway through lifting the new engine. Luckily it snapped and then slowly bent rather than letting go and instantly dropping the engine onto the nose of the car and @320touring spotted it dying. Presumably it was just fatigue from having been used to lift the engine on multiple occasions. Luckily I had a spare... We actually used a different mount for the lift though, one off the Herald engine which was a different design with less harsh angles. The following day @davidfowler2000 came over and helped for a bit before utilising my driveway to swap his 205's sump... Then @juular, Mrs Juular and @Supernaut turned up to really start devaluing the local property values. Several days were then spent trying to get the fucking thing to run. Essentially it'd cough but not actually run. We swapped the carb, the dizzy, the coil, wiring, cleaned points, adjusted mixture. You name it we fucked about with it endlessly. Eventually I had to admit that, despite quadruple checking everything I must have fucked up the cam timing. I think it was 3/4 a tooth out. Or something fucking silly like that. Anyway it got put back together and an attempt to start had it briefly run for a few seconds. So the cooling system was rigged back up ready for breaking in. Then I broke it in. Nothing particularly interesting to report except it'd only run on full choke. After the break in I found massive air leaks around the carb so manufactured some new gaskets. Breaking in oil already swapped for 20w50 and the filter changed. On the "to-do" list is re-torqueing the cylinder head and doing the valve clearances again, refilling the coolant system, as at the moment it's just water for leak testing and flushing, and carb tuning/double checking ignition timing. Then I can start road testing. Fixed the (loose) headlights in with new hardware today and Girlfriend_70s assisted in fitting the bonnet this eve. Maybe by the tail end of this summer I'll have three fully functional cars...
    29 points
  3. Best thing I've ever bought is this bike. This is my commute home from work:!!!! Had it not much more than a week and already done 240 miles! I'm happier, more fit and I'm exploring places that I'd never otherwise get to. I know it's flipping cheating having a motor on it, but perfection is the enemy of success. It's a compromise but it still means I'm getting shitloads more exercise than I otherwise would - I set off home from work last night at 5pm feeling a bit lethargic, couldn't really be arsed. As soon as I'd got half a mile down the road I'd perked right up and ended up doing 29 miles all over the place! And best of all I didn't pay any tax on the bastard because of HMRCs incredibly generous cycle to work thingy
    18 points
  4. We seem to have looped back, via one one seamless segue, from a failing server - to an invacar. In one breath. Perhaps it’s best if it stays broken 🤷‍♂️
    16 points
  5. I found good opportunities to photograph all the Turkish cars I wanted. 1992 Renault 12 Toros Murat 131 Saloons Fiat Tipo. I missed a 6-up-unrestrained Tempra
    11 points
  6. As another person who has worked in IT for a number of years (one of many on the forum, no doubt) happy to lend a helping hand if needed with reviewing logs, migration to a new platform/solution or just brainstorming solutions. I understand that issues can be complex and vast - but as @SiC and @Nyphur have alluded to; hosting a public facing forum isn't exactly breaking new ground in 2023. Any issues should be able to be fairly easily investigated and resolved with the right people and support - and saying "It's an old car forum so it's like an allegro hurr hurr" really isn't true. If it's the hosting provider that's causing the delays/not giving support, start the process of moving away from them. Backup all current data, get a migration plan in place, find a new provider and plan some downtime. If you want to change platforms - build the new platform the way you want it in a new environment and then setup a plan to migrate to it. If it's something more complex, share the issue or give any update of any kind to help people understand what is going on - don't just have radio silence while a site that a lot of people love goes dark 2 - 4 times a day, every day. It's quite disheartening. There are people here who can help, and those who can't still deserve some level of communication.
    9 points
  7. Update thread now created, and pinned so everyone can see. I have been updating best I can with the info I have had. As I've been updated today, this is exactly it, and those plans are now in process.
    8 points
  8. Hertz

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This looks superb. One owner £950 https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1578724
    8 points
  9. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    classic cars barn finds | eBay
    8 points
  10. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/334934738746?hash=item4dfbaa873a:g:RDgAAOSwkSVkodx2
    8 points
  11. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    MORRIS MINI CLUBMAN | eBay Anyone who buys that and fucks about with shit wheels, head light trims and stickers should be kneecapped with the roof rack.
    8 points
  12. Got the valves in place and got round to checking some of the clearances, it seems I'm in the right ballpark but need to twizzle a few shims around I think. My home-made cam clamp is OK but it's a bit of a kerfuffle just because I need some bolts that I don't have so I'm making do with something shite (coach bolts) which makes it a pain to clamp down. Still, it should be in a position to go back on the block tomorrow. I need to give the head bolts a clean and do some final checks but hopefully it'll go together without a fight.
    7 points
  13. After the Saab passed its MOT without cost, I decided to spend the money I'd already allocated to it anyway. On Tuesday it got new subframe bushes at the local Saab specialist. Friday, I picked up a second hand cat-back exhaust, and tied it in with a visit to Karl @ Noobtune for a remap. Having pondered it for a while, I was debating a postal service option, but I had the opportunity to meet up and very glad I did to be honest. Within seconds, he was able to point out a couple of collapsed vacuum hoses and a broken breather valve that I'd not spotted, so I sat on ebay ordering replacements whilst Karl did his magic with the laptop. The remap is superb, and will be even better once I've replaced the relevant hoses. Then Saturday I had a remarkably successful few hours exhaust fitting - it almost never goes this well. Old vs 'new' £20 well spent - cheers eBay!
    7 points
  14. Looking from Corporation bridge towards Victoria St and Market St Grimsby
    7 points
  15. I love browsing this forum. Ive enjoyed meeting some folks from here while buying/selling shitheaps. Its been great. Well was great. Right up until every fuckin thread was hijacked by blue 3 wheelers....its all fucked now. Do us all a favour, pull the plug now, and let the 300 odd pages of inane rambling go down the drain, along with the rest of it. We will all find somewhere to seek refuge from the constant bombardment
    7 points
  16. Took the time to put the portable canopy up today and I'm glad I did because it made working outside much more tolerable. Got this far making the central big rib and ran out of mig wire. I'll buy more tomorrow but the weather forecast for the coming week doesn't look great. Phil
    7 points
  17. Hardwired a dashcam in today, also had a pair of ali roof bars in the garage which seem to go well with the factory rails so chucked them on for being the ultimate practical wagon. Home straight now, need to book in for 2 rear tyres, timing belt/service and a windscreen. Screen can wait until MOT time in November, timing belt can be done once I’ve sold the BM. Rough calculations make it give or take £850 all in with new shafts, new tyres, service, belt, water pump and windscreen. Still over the moon with it.
    7 points
  18. HMC

    HMC- INCOMING! But what?

    Not the best example, but seems to run and drive well, lots of history. Shitefest transport sorted!
    7 points
  19. Well, it was fairly cheap given the current market and it isn't totally ditched inside... The positives stop there really; it's small, diesel and has only one key. Oh yes and it cuts out when driven - and the starter motor is Nafferton Athletic. I shall be dragging it home later in the week all being well.
    6 points
  20. I’m not really Ford person at all… but an escort convertible of that age always appeals. I think it must be an association with pretty young female drivers of these from my teenage years. Anyway, well bought… if I’ve managed to resist buying anything else by the time you sell I’ll have sit hard on my hand… before typing the PM so it feels like someone else has done it.
    6 points
  21. Sorted the headlining in the roffle Rover yesterday using new material. Not perfect but a big improvement on the saggy original that kept tickling my head!
    6 points
  22. doug

    The new news 24 thread

    Sat behind this for 20 miles yesterday. He was not holding back. Great fun to watch especially when he over took a modern BMW thing. @Saabnut
    6 points
  23. wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Not got a great deal done this weekend, but I did get a replacement driver's door handle and mirror fitted to the Renault 4 yesterday. I'd ordered them from Autodoc, first time buying from them and having heard all the stories I wasn't sure what to expect, but the parcel turned up on time and the parts fit. They are aftermarket and the quality is appalling, but then it was 20 quid delivered for the two so I can't complain. Definitely made the car look a bit less of a wreck though. Before: After: I took it for a 60mph blat up the road and the mirror held its position fine, so I'm happy enough with that for what it cost. This afternoon I went up to welding mate's to do a bit more on the Renault 6. I drove up there in the Volvo, which once again ran absolutely spot on and got past a few Sunday drivers on the coast road with surprising alacrity for a 51-year-old saloon. It has developed a noticeable knock from the offside front over bumps. I can't feel it through the steering but then that doesn't necessarily mean anything because you can't feel much through the steering on the 164 anyway. I had a look when I got home and couldn't see anything obvious other than possibly the shock absorber lower bush which looks a bit knackered. Nothing's about to fall off though that I could see, which is the main thing. Didn't get as far with the Renault 6 as I'd been hoping - partly because welding mate had to go out but primarily because what I thought were two smallish holes on the nearside turned into one mahoosive hole once I started poking - I ended up cutting out quite a section of floor with the grinder, and the plates I'd made up turned out to be useless, although fortunately I had enough steel left to make up plates the right size for the new holes... The offside is pretty much done though barring a lip on the edge of the inner arch which will need the wheel to come off. I'm hoping the weather stays decent so we can get more done next weekend as the rest of July is rather busy, with Shitefest, my parents' 50th wedding anniversary and FOTU on consecutive weekends.
    6 points
  24. 11001010

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.leboncoin.fr/offre/voitures/2370433014
    6 points
  25. Bit of both. Must be coming up on a full year since the sump full of bronze discovery as it was just before FotU... It's only the last month or two I've been been putting major time into it. It's booked in to FotU (again) so that was the deadline but to avoid it being an inevitable last-minute shitshow I was aiming to have it ready to take to Berwick on hols, so the last few weeks I've generally been in the garage from 6 till 10 every evening. If I'd not buggered up the cam timing I'd have had it broken in Weds 21st and had the rest of the week to test drive and do other misc shit before leaving on Mon. As it was it first fired at 22:15 on the Sunday! Either way the shifting the goal posts worked, as I now have a few weeks to put miles on and iron out problems before the big trip. (As well as make sure the Volvo will make it to Shitefest)...
    5 points
  26. Racing through the streets of the village of Alguena, just 25 minute up the road from me. Two classes were 80cc two strokes, one was two stroke classics up to 200cc, and a four stroke supermoto class. Really miss watching two strokes race, the 80cc GP class was fast, and like the IoM, little in the way of runoffs anywhere
    5 points
  27. That's the high mileage v70 mot, just needed a top mount and handbrake seeing to plus other piffle. There's a warning light, need to find out what it's trying to tell me, I suspect an abs sensor. 740 has been daily faithful car in the mean time, all is good!
    5 points
  28. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Scottish, italian Maserati for £2400 https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/795623888687744
    5 points
  29. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/993685315119784/
    5 points
  30. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    No briefcase......I'm out
    5 points
  31. Day 2 of a mega 90s retro weekend. Pulp at Finsbury Park yesterday and Super Touring Power at Brands today. As Murray Walker would have said, Faaaaaaantastic
    5 points
  32. Parkd in the car park in the centre of La Chatre whilst going for dinner!
    5 points
  33. Had one of the best experiences yet as a car person last night. Took the Mercedes for a long drive in perfect weather on empty roads and these are one of the greatest cars ever made in my opinion they are just fantastic.
    5 points
  34. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    TWO genuine Citrines - both f***** https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/354889537975
    4 points
  35. All the time, when I've been drinking cider
    4 points
  36. Hertz

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.carandclassic.com/l/C1603211
    4 points
  37. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Austin Morris | eBay
    4 points
  38. 11001010

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.leboncoin.fr/offre/voitures/2373486891
    4 points
  39. Very quick update Mondeo - still providing great service. Still not polished the headlights or changed the fluid in the powershite box. I clearly like to live dangerously. Honda - Its a Honda, so absolutely nothing to report. I'm a tad worried about the high bite point, but its been like that forever. Not sure why I'm stressing about it. A car has been purchased. Well a deposit has been put down. I will be going on a cross country trip in a couple of weeks to get it. Its Mrs Cookie's birthday in a couple of weeks and as I have failed miserably to build the fire 🔥 pit she wanted, thought I'd better get her a motor instead.
    4 points
  40. Don't loose sight of the fact that these people are to all intents and purposes doing this for the craic. They have actual real lives and jobs and shit that take precedence. No doubt they are trying their best to sort the job, but it might not be the biggest thing they have going on at the moment.
    4 points
  41. vulgalour

    1980 Austin Princess

    BOOM! Painted (mostly). I will not be taking feedback at this time Seriously though, it's been getting me down that the Princess has been on the backburner for so long. That coupled with the occasional door knock asking if it's for sale/scrap... yeah, not a great vibe. Yesterday it got a wash for the first time in months. Today it got painted (apart from the rear panel because it was too much effort to remove the lights and number plate). It is not a good paint job, and what you see there is fresh off the rollers. I'm using arguably the wrong kind of paint even though it's perfectly fit for purpose, and I was very lazy on prep and masking due to a lack of materials and funds to acquire more materials. Do you know what though, none of that matters. I feel way happier when I see the Princess now even though I know there's still a bunch of work to do. I love the black and pink colour scheme and will be sticking with it and I reckon the rear end will look even better when it's black instead of red, those big Galaxie lights should really stand out well. Sometimes you just have to do a thing for yourself. You don't have to do it well, or right, or expensively, you just need to do it. I feel more motivated to do something on the Princess now than I have in months.
    4 points
  42. OK, OK, I'm freaked out now. I didn't recognise the Mitsi Sigma location but was struck by how utterly grim it looked. I almost fell over when I clicked on the streetview link and found myself looking at one of my teenage homes! 42 City Road (bottom left flat) at the junction with Baxter Street. Drunks from the Queen Anne pub would buy a takeaway at the Chinese next door and then sit on my perfect height stone window ledge and babble loudly while I lay in bed on the other side.
    4 points
  43. Behold! It's a JDM Infiniti Q45! With working AC!! Obligatory Petrol station shot, let's see if I can make it back to Newcastle on the 3.5h drive! One rear tire is pretty dry rotten... More soon!
    4 points
  44. Barbara Cartland Dave Lee Travis dog is 13 today (photograph copywrite of DATE STAMP GARAGES the day we actually got him) He's led a (mostly) charmed life
    4 points
  45. Seaview St Cleethorpes
    3 points
  46. Bought a genuine new Merc temp sensor this morning spoke to a very helpful lady on the phone from the dealer, item in stock collected and fitted job done. Then took the battery back to ECP under warranty (4years) swapped for a new one with no fuss whatsoever.
    3 points
  47. Dyslexic Viking

    Truck Shite

    There was a big truck meet in Norway recently, unfortunately I couldn't be there, but I found a picture of a special one who attended. This is a 1954 FWD made in Wisconsin USA with a big for the time Cumming diesel and 6x6. This was sold new in Norway and was in use until the 1980s. Trucks like this were used for heavy transport during the construction of our many hydroelectric plants. Can't directly add a video of starting this, so add a link below. And I can imagine how wonderful the sounds this must make on steep slopes with heavy loads. https://www.facebook.com/pfbid0b2iQezRmsgs3wEYqJVyqdTQR2EEJdQHzh1hagtiCWRwohMV9Vg9GTYZP1bHoLH1ql/videos/pcb.6606692416066349/977591953442047
    3 points
  48. Put a new fan belt on yesterday and it calmed down the noises more than I had thought, so that's good. And have now had another short oil change done today It was 260 km since the last oil change and will now run normal oil change intervals on this one going forward unless something else happens. And the important thing I got done was to change to a new oil pre filter, these should only be cleaned and not changed, but the one I have is so clogged that I struggle to get it clean and have doubts whether it can be saved. And the difference between new and old prefilter is quite clear. And with the filter housing cleaned, new oil filter and new oil pre filter, this was ready to go back on the engine. So with new engine oil and filters it was started and runs fine. Feels like this engine just gets better and better with oil changes and use.
    3 points
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