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  1. Well who'd have thought it. Buying a knackered Skoda Estelle in May wasn't a ULEZ expansion solution. Khan's BS was allowed to go ahead in August so I now have to be sensible and accept that owning 5 non compliant cars isn't really the way forward. So today commences my first actual collection since the Spartacus Panda adventure in 2021 Despite how good fun that was, I hope this one will be much less of an adventure The last few cars I have bought have been delivered so getting back into practice! The reason its a leisurely collection thread is that's part one into central London and part 2 , on to collect the car, will be broken up by a pre planned day out in That London Just boarded first mode of transport I will have a travelling companion but only for part one. Its been a while since he been on a train so he not quite sure what to make of it all
    28 points
  2. I came to this thread expecting one of these: Knowing this forum contains the kind of mad bastards where such a fine* automobile would be lauded. A close recompense was to find it’s “the Xantia of not many shitters” continuing its rapid journey into ironic naming.
    22 points
  3. First time AS buyer - currently on train from the North of Scotland to Newcastle to buy a lovely Citroen Xantia from a user here. Costa, disappointing toastie, and we are off. Girlfriend has came along - not sure she has appreciated the chod I am buying though! Extra pair of legs to push 😉
    20 points
  4. wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Collectioned.
    19 points
  5. Well, there was a conspicuous lack of Tat Friday posting yesterday, as you may have noticed... Dunno if anyone else is finding the site quite glitchy on android mobile devices (Chrome browser) these days - I know there's been a bit of work going on behind the scenes to try to streamline the site and lower hosting costs, but I'm finding it nigh-on impossible to write a post including pics, as the damn thing just keeps pinging up and down the page. Or it could just be my phone acting out. It's quite old now. Anyway, there wasn't much of great excitement to be had yesterday - and despite pulling up at a fairly respectable 7.25am, I was perplexed to see the gleaming black Nemesismobile leaving the parking bays just outside the market's East Entrance at that time. Had he been, seen and conquered so very quickly, hoovering up all the Gamda Koors and Lone Star Firenzas before making a swift exit? Or was there simply bog-all there to interest an early-morning diecast warrior? Regardless, I nipped into the suddenly-vacated spot. A different perspective than usual on arrival, then... But yup, it appeared to be the latter theory holding sway. Seems there wasn't much to persuade Nemesis to hang about this morning These were all trashed. Corgi Black Beauty's only fit for the knacker's yard. Lesney Speed Kings Doctor's SM needs some emergency surgery. While the Corgi Transit wrecker... Eh, the jokes just write themselves, don't they? More Frankly Skint and assorted modern stuff lurked in a box... Two meaty Saico Minor vans were about the height of it. Though the Mercurys were still quite nice - I just don't really want to start down a 1/24 pathway... Repro Corgis have been price-dropped to a tenner, to clear. Two Porsches and a Mustang left. My unfortunate completionist side was plucking at me, but I resisted. Subbuteo-oh-oh-oh-oh? Plenty of it. Cog Minor would have loved this, back in the day. He probably also would have liked an older brother who wasn't so utterly handless and might have been able to give him a game, but hey. So, mildly crestfallen, I puttered off to see what else there was... Bit of a hop, skip and a jump to follow what was going on this week - apologies.
    15 points
  6. Collection mission time. It's going to be a long one.
    15 points
  7. stuboy

    The new news 24 thread

    Nowt exciting, did a 3 day course, lots of writing and practical stuff and wait 2 weeks for work to be 'marked'.
    14 points
  8. I needed a new car, and my list of requirements were: automatic, not silver. So I bought this: I love it to bits. The collection was uneventful except for an agonising 2½ hour wait for the bank transfer to come through (it was flagged as fraudulent but the bank didn't think it was worth telling me this). It's only a 1.8, but it doesn't feel nearly as sluggish as I'd anticipated. It also has some fancy-ass optional extras, including metallic paint, cruise control, ABS and leather upholstery with armrest and ruffled map pockets. I dread to think how much that lot added to the cost in 1991! Anyone got a price list? A few jobs are required. I was happy to see it came with a Bluetooth radio, but it turns out to be a vintage one which can only do phone calls over Bluetooth, not music. So that was replaced as a priority. There's a little oil leak from the rocker cover (advised on the last MOT) which shouldn't be difficult to rectify. The boot is damp which really needs sorting ASAP because I hate a boot you can't leave a coat in. It runs beautifully except when first started (hot or cold) it runs rough until the throttle is blipped. If you start it with the throttle pressed slightly it doesn't do it. I don't know much about these engines or the injection system, so I have a bit of learning to do. It's delightful.
    12 points
  9. Just got a copy of Raymond Baxter's autobiography - 'Tales of My Time'. Baxter was in his time a well known journalist and TV presenter amongst other things: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Baxter When I open the book - a 'change of address card' for Baxter dropped out - postmarked 28 September 1968 addressed to BMC at Abingdon. Baxter was 1967-1968 Director of Motoring Publicity for the British Motor Corporation. Amazing what you find. Just a bit of euphemera but quite charming.
    11 points
  10. It’s a rolling conveyor here at the moment of stuff being stripped, then primed, then hitting the paint booth! Firstly, the next victims! Corgi Buick Regal’s. The blue car looks better than it is. One sides been hit hard and pushed inwards, and one door is twisted so won’t close properly. Kojak’s old whip is in a right mess. So it’ll donate a good door to the blue car then I’ve got something in mind for the remains! And at the other end of the bench. Transit was masked up this morning (which took ages!) as was the Escort van. Then they were hit with their second colour coats.
    11 points
  11. Tonight with the help of @Andyrew the new lights and grill have been fitted. They all work now and I am very pleased with the way the grill looks. A minor problem with corroded wires into terminals on the car meant we had to replace them. There was also a minor problem with two grill body mounts have enlarged holes due to rust. Wheels have been refitted with replacement tyres Andyrew fitted, also new wheel centre caps and badges.
    10 points
  12. Saw this rather nice looking land yacht today, a Plymouth Fury III. Never seen one up close before, but definitely would if I could!
    9 points
  13. Schaefft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Primera GT with very fancy paint. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1025759138699903/?ref=facebook_story_share
    9 points
  14. The Citroen made it back home trouble free, and might be up for sale soon! Not because I don't like the car (quite the contrary), I just need to get rid of something with the new arrival previously teased here in and another potential purchase of an absolute unicorn happening tomorrow. Usually it ends up being the car thats in best nick that's going so if anyone is interested... Until then, what have we got this time? Browsing FB marketplace on Thursday I came across an ad for a 1989 Buick Riviera for £200... Surprisingly this was not an ad about breaking a Riviera or renting one for a day, it was indeed the entire car that was offered for that amount. Naturally I contacted the seller immediately (about 17 hours after the ad was posted). He apparently already agreed a sale and someone would pick the car up this weekend. I offered 350 quid, should the sale fall through. This was the only photo in the ad. An hour later the seller came back to me saying that he'd be happy with 350 quid (who knows if the other guy even existed, probably just buying it for scrap anyway) and I got transport for it sorted as quick as I could. It was delivered this morning: Ain't she a beaut... The front tire was flat so I thought I'd put the space saver on so it can roll easily. Naturally that went flat within the hour as well... It was clear from the beginning that this would never be a showcar again, the vinyl top and interior are too far gone for that. However, the car did have a few positive surprises, with little corrosion underneath and a few parts that clearly had barely any miles on them. Most missing bits are inside the car which does make a difference if I had to buy them. No hubcaps included though so it might stay on these steelies for a while. A first glimps inside. Someone took the door card off trying to get the door to open. The key lock is jammed, fortunately there's enough access to manipulate the rods, I managed to open it with a bit of fiddling eventually. The real highlight of the car. Not only does it have a fully digital cluster, GM was also the first manufacturer to use a freaking CRT touchscreen to control radio, air conditioning and onboard computer. These are usually dead and I'm not getting my hopes up that this one will just work. I will certainly try anything I can to get it working though! If you are wondering about all the features this thing has integrated into one screen, here's Motorweeks review of the previous gen Riv with the same system. Does it get much more Cyberpunk than this? Meanwhile the rest of the interior is significantly less 1980s high-tech, however you cannot say that there isn't a certain aesthetic present wherever you look that would be easy to find anywhere else. Not sure why but I'm somewhat surprised by the amount of space in the backseat, despite a overall length of 5.03m. The '89 model year was the first year of the significanly facelifted 7th gen Riviera, gaining 11 inches in length which were purely put into the new front and rear fascia. People were quite put off by the previous year's downsized design as they hardly looked different from the much cheaper Regal coupe, despite the Riv being the brand's flagship and double the price! Curbsideclassic did a great comparison, prefacelift Riv at the bottom: Back to the interior. Fake woodgrain everywhere, the detailing is impaccable! The headliner was clearly replaced by the previous owner before, it'll need redoing again. Why you'd pick black over the factory grey is anybody's guess. Aftermarket sunroof as well. In case you forgot what car you own: The trunk came full of stuff, including a Mk5 Golf headlight which makes a great hood prop. The doorcard is surprisingly intact. Free tools, badges and other random crap: The car also came with the owner's manual (always useful) and an indicator of the last trip of the car before it was laid up. A glimpse under the rather heavy hood. Naturally the hoodstruts are shot. The 3800 is legendary so I doubt there will be any issues with it. The coolant overflow tank must have rubbed against the accessory belt at some point. Also note the Riviera lettering on the insulator mat, loving it. Where it'll wait to get the non-starting issue sorted. I need to apply for a V5, naturally it never came with one. With the Buick taking up the spot of the Celsior the latter is now back in Newcastle. I will probably get it over to the bodyshop on Monday to get the areas it needs welding in inspected. Those were the only thing keeping it off the road so hopefully there will be some progress finally. The Z3 is now hibernating as well. Lets see how tomorrow goes, crossing my fingers that shitbox #2 is glorious as I imagine it to be!
    8 points
  15. Awaiting my return were a couple of small Volkswagens - or should I say a Volkswagon and a Volkswagen Must restore one of these error versions, I have three tatty ones now Never seen the Majorette panel van with these labels
    8 points
  16. Tidied up the more broken of these two recently. The yellow base one had the most broken grille, and missing a set of wheels. Not any more. Went with big 'n little matchbox hubcap style wheels,and a new grille moulded from Plasticine and resin,then given a coat of liquid chrome. What do you think of it Smoll Eddy? "Very Dodgy M8,"
    8 points
  17. Today was collection day for the Volvo 480ES, I known it is traditional to announce a new car the day you get it and I blurted it out a week ago. In my defence I was excited about having another 480 and I had paid for it, the V5C was transferred into my name on line and I had the keys even if it was still parked on the sellers drive. I am grateful to @Prince_of_darkness91 for coming with me and driving it 67 miles home for me. What we discovered was the car runs very well on city streets, the M1 Motorway and in queuing traffic on the A5 all with no hiccups. OK it has faults it a Volvo 480, electrical gremlins include central locking not working, dash computer does little and it is damp inside and mists up when parked. But all in all I am very pleased with my purchase. What car do you take to collect your Volvo, another Volvo of course this time a V70 that Mrs6C has had since 2006. I got you a petrol station first fill shot. Yes the pop up headlights work perfectly.
    7 points
  18. Matchbox finds today Porker Stealth 500 Another Porker Indy Auburn Electric French portaloo now in red I think this is the front Lots of red in this mix - Honda E And my favourite, Ribbit in frog green
    7 points
  19. Decided the Big needed a louder voice. I work in student land, and am so over the headphoned, screen staring eejets blindly walking out in front of me. So ..
    7 points
  20. Just boarded train 5 of 6. Brenda Line was rammed with people heading to the protest. Bit more room on this one. All on time so far, although the day is yet young.
    7 points
  21. Asimo

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.carandclassic.com/l/C1605864#&gid=1&pid=8 Only 60 years old. Much cheaper. One owner and manual. Un-woke enough for Reggie ad Ronnie…
    7 points
  22. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    seems normal Reminds me of the heating system in our old office. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1392864414897150/?
    6 points
  23. Checked the float still floats and rebuilt. Filter cleaned and oiled, a shit load of polishing and I reckon it's come up alright. Nice things to work on DCOEs tbh.
    6 points
  24. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Reliable Honda engine. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/861847118820846/
    6 points
  25. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1068858270810091/
    6 points
  26. The Beetle continues to be fettled. I fitted luxuries such as a throttle pedal and new brake pads. New pads means I've been able to adjust the brake pedal so there's the mandated 5mm of travel before the brake master engages rather than the previous 50mm. It was like doing a masonic dance trying to operate the brakes before. Now with a throttle pedal rather than the previous knub I actually feel comfortable driving it! See said knub below... I also wired in my radio and have it blaring through the only functioning speaker. All very mod cons! I may buy a new pair of speakers, I may not. Who knows! Once I had my radio going I wasted well over an hour removing all this redundant wiring from the engine bay! I haven't even got to the front yet! Also found a dizzy cap and an empty tin of hard boil sweets. So disappointing... I also got the engine cover light working. Very posh.
    6 points
  27. barefoot

    The new news 24 thread

    And another one...
    6 points
  28. in pub now so not driving anything anywhere 🥴
    6 points
  29. Can't link it for some reason but if you Google Practical Classics Dukes of Wisbech there's a Facebook post about it
    6 points
  30. Wasn't my car, but a colleague of mine, when we also worked as bus drivers [Hanwell Garage, 207route]. He would buy a car at the auctions, keep it for a couple of months, then sell it and go back to the auctions and get another. He drover big cars, Rover SD1's Granadas, big Vauxhalls. One day he goes to the auction and everything is either too expensive or shite. He is getting desperate, having sold his car and does fancy having to do the shopping for his wife and kids on the bus. In desperation, he puts in a bid on an Allegro. He wins it. [Early 80's, these were cheap as chips.] He intends to sell it and buy his usual big car. His wife however has other ideas. She loves the fact that it is big enough for the family, the boot will hold a weeks shopping and it is very good on fuel! [35-40mpg as opposed to 18-20mpg] She decides they are keeping the car. This thing simple refused to die. He had to admit in the end, it was probably the best car he had owned! It just kept going!
    6 points
  31. LDV Pilot Van minibus no seats, needs welding | eBay
    6 points
  32. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Rare 2000 SAAB 9-3 2.0 SE HOT FSH family owned for 20 years | eBay
    5 points
  33. Thing, £1000 in London of course. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/145418334146?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=nZ1dBsmARyC&sssrc=4429486&ssuid=2Z40wC2iSsq&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY
    5 points
  34. he's thinking its almost time for him to head home for his afternoon snooze
    5 points
  35. I fitted a new set of eBay-sourced rubber floor mats to The V70 today: They're a great deal better than the set that they replaced as they fit properly and clip onto the pegs in the carpet, something which the previous Halfords specials never did. I'm so impressed with them that I've just ordered a matching load space mat ^^
    5 points
  36. Sat outside Entertainer at 10am waiting for it to open Lots of stock but nothing we haven't seen before - and no flippin' Morris Minors!
    5 points
  37. For anyone that wants a closer look: It is indeed a lovely model.
    5 points
  38. Hertz

    eBay tat volume 3.

    "I have slept in this many of times, tows fine on a 1.3l yaris." https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/854055482869476/?ref=browse_tab&referral_code=marketplace_general&referral_story_type=general&tracking={"qid"%3A"-3104954176956096883"%2C"mf_story_key"%3A"2776799439707210614"%2C"commerce_rank_obj"%3A"{\"target_id\"%3A2776799439707210614%2C\"target_type\"%3A6%2C\"primary_position\"%3A31%2C\"ranking_signature\"%3A7818491629688304049%2C\"commerce_channel\"%3A501%2C\"value\"%3A0.00014538409887916%2C\"upsell_type\"%3A125%2C\"candidate_retrieval_source_map\"%3A{\"6941549939246634\"%3A3533%2C\"6569980263115667\"%3A3016%2C\"23923621150617969\"%3A3533}%2C\"grouping_info\"%3Anull}"%2C"lightning_feed_qid"%3A"-3104958917234981908"%2C"lightning_feed_ranking_signature"%3A"1338453937698826117"%2C"ftmd_400706"%3A"111112l"}
    5 points
  39. So today ive been finalising the metalwork by filling areas with weld that needed it mainly around the outer arch section as i grinded too much away (whoops) anyways ive managed to rebuild it as best as i could. there is a few pin holes but i may just leave them as i really dont want to make more work for myself again. ive tested the structure of the arch and it seems strong so thats good. I will use a fine layer of filler just to get it all smoothened out so that it looks right, so a day of sanding i dont think will be too bad after all the work ive had to do today lol. Today i also managed to flood the sill with cavity wax, made sure it got into all the areas and especially the areas where the welds were as the paint will have burnt off on the inside. i also managed to get it up into the arch too where i had to fill it with weld so that should hopefully be nice and protected from the inside now. I used Bilt Hamber S50 Cavity Wax which came with a handy lance to get into all the tight areas. And Finally here it is with the Door on: The Door needs slightly lifting up, i put it on in a rush as it was getting dark so thats something to do on another day. For the next part of the project i will be focusing on this section of the front jacking point and floor on the passenger side. It just needs a small patch where it joins the floor. I really dont want to have to open this up but if it comes to it then i will have to. but i think once thats done i will be taking a break from the welding due to winter, and ill put my focus onto the other jobs, perhaps suspension and such who knows ill see.
    5 points
  40. Haven't been online much but have been working away on this, mainly redoing the wiring and making the electrics work. This is a long post! Starting with the fuse box I binned off the strange stumpy top fuse fitting as it's a pain to get fuses for. As you can see the one currently there is just a normal fuse that has been chopped to fit. Ugly. Pliers and a drill used in anger fixed that. Current state of affairs. Alive : wipers and washers. Dead : everything else! To cut to the chase I've essentially had to rewire much of the car. The loom behind the dash was fine but everything else was varying levels of shit. One of the main issues was the factory multiplugs were heavily corroded and brittle, but also the factory fitted scotchlok and screw-in connector blocks. Yes they really did use these. For your consideration. Continuity through this mess was, well, it wasn't. It was decided that this whole section would be snipped out and flung across the garden. I redid it with solder where possible, and spades where not. Don't worry, this fire trap will get all heat shrink wrapped once I know it works. The rear multiplugs were just as awful and got the same treatment. Frustratingly although this made the connections reliable a lot of things still didn't work, such as the horn, high beam flash, overdrive and reverse lights. What's more frustrating is that everything looked ok, continuity and good voltage to everything. Eventually I found that all of the old style relays were completely unreliable and would work when they felt like it. Those got launched across the garden too and replaced with modern equivalents. Originality be damned. Lo and behold once I wired these in things began to actually work. That narrowed the list of faults to just the horn, the rear lights and the fuel and temperature gauges. The horn was a simple fix. The original sounders were dead (off into the depths of the garden.. bye!). Replaced those with some Halfords value units. Still no luck. Turned out the horn ring wasn't actually making a connection. Simple fix here, it just needed cleaned up with some sandpaper as the ring around the outside is what makes the actual connection. Before After That provided about 73 more beep. Here is a Halfords horn in place and the tidied wiring loom. Front lights - replaced these with some new halogen units. They seem good. Rear light problems were traced to poor bulb contacts and bits of corrosion in the light units. Again simple enough, these were tidied up and rewired. Where the bulb contacts had fallen off, big blobs of solder on the ends of the wires worked perfectly. Ghetto resilvering done with some foil tape. Redid the lens seals with some generic rubber. Just the number plate light to sort. It's part of the very beautiful boot handle. The bodged wiring is not so beautiful. Redone with solder and crimps. Fuel gauge was a head scratcher for a long time as I'd previously tested the sender as good. But it wasn't, and it took a lot of pain to get to that realisation. The resistor wire that the float runs along turned out to be no longer connected at the left side. A bit of ugly soldering got me a working fuel gauge again. The temperature gauge was much more complex. The original gauge is a mechanical one which works using a copper tube full of ether running all the way from the dash to the cylinder head. Of course after all this time the copper tube had burst and the ether is now in the ether. It's a beautiful bit of engineering inside but its also very expensive to replace. I had a plan. Step one, get an electronic temperature gauge and sender for £8. Test it in a cup of hot water. Rejoice. Smash the gauge to bits and graft the original gauge face onto the new gauge internals. Looks legit next to the fuel gauge. Install into the dash using a bit of board and wire it up. Amazingly it seems calibrated exactly to the same points as the original mechanical gauge. Happy with that. One final job. To make the 1/8"NPT sender fit into the 5/8UNF hole in the cylinder head. For this I tapped the collar from the original sender to 1/8NPT to make an adapter. MODERN Now the dash and windscreen trim can go back in properly. The fiberglass dash top I got was absolute shite and doesn't fit properly. It'll do for now. Have a teaser of the interior being put in at night. Not too far off now.
    5 points
  41. HillmanImp

    Meg the Visa.

    Oh, just went to post on this thread and see I was having issues with the starter three years ago, it's not a new thing. It did it last week too. Could've just looked on here to know whats wrong. 😂 Anyhow, as mentioned on the news 24 thread, I decided to sort out a bit of rust today. This required me removing the o/s wing. In order to get to one of the bolts, I needed to remove the bumper. Unfortunately, once I had got the bumper off I found this. Taken quite a whack that. Its not actually attached on the o/s mounting, it had completely rotted through. The bolt was still attached to the car when I took it off. Once I got the wing off I was greeted by this: It ain't meant to be see through. Left a bit if a mess on the floor. All in all though, its not bad. There are a few bits that have gone rusty where the rust protection has cracked but on the whole its not bad. Imagine all of it would be rotten if it wasn't for someones hard work covering it in this sticky shit. Bit here at the end of the sill will need doing too. So on this side, its just the bit next to the light, the sill end, bit on top of the inner wing behind the light and a couple of bits at the bottom of the inner wheel arch. Could be worse. Lobbed some rust inhibitor and painted it later on once I'd dug around and prodded everywhere. Currently sat like this waiting for me to fire up my welder. Front crossmember is rusty but salvageable, will just give that a sand and a lick of paint. Weather looks gash tomorrow, so I'm probably gonna go for a bike ride round Gisburn forest instead of this but if we get a good run of weather, I'll hopefully be able to crack on with this fairly quickly. ImpJr is expecting it as his first car in 9 years time, so I'd best get on with it.
    4 points
  42. Burnside

    Shite in Miniature II

    Managed to pick up these two French beauties in 1:43 off ebay last week. First one is a Talbot Horizon by Altaya, which has been on my want list for some time. Annoyingly the seller didn't pack it well, so the perspex case got damaged. Thankfully the model itself is ok and I'm really liking the colour, will go nicely with my Talbot Samba model when I can find it! Second purchase was this Norev Peugeot 405 SRI, managed to get this one for £24 posted. Which I thought wasn't too bad, so snapped it up. Overall it's not a bad effort, some details are slightly wonky if I'm being picky but overall I'm pleased with it.
    4 points
  43. Next installment will be a rebuilt head. With new valve guides and seals. When I get round to rebuilding it. Possibly next week 🤣
    4 points
  44. The owner of the lovely Trojan was kind enough to let me sit in it. He'd rebuilt it on his drive, it was absolutely ace.
    4 points
  45. Yep someone's done a jobby by in the Tardis again !
    4 points
  46. 4 points
  47. I know AutoShite has turned into a sort of woke fest, but FFS, let's get back to the old days... https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202311063688500
    4 points
  48. HMC

    The new news 24 thread

    Ive been pottering about this last week in a tatty b5.5 passat. Its got nice heated leather and the pd 130 engine. I havent bothered with many photos as you all know what they look like .
    4 points
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