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  1. So close! I'm now the owner of 1 of 9 remaining pre-facelift BMW 540i MANUAL shifted Tourings! The combination of big V8, manual gearbox and estate body is pretty much unheard of and very few are left (they barely existed in the first place). Naturally a purchase has just been made, very nice seller. About to start the 200 mile drive home, wish me luck!
    50 points
  2. It's Sunday morning, the alarm rang at 6:30 and I'm on the train to Peterborough to view a car so rare that I'm not even sure whether the price I initially agreed on is reasonable or not. It will certainly be one of the cheapest to have come up for public sale in recent years. The train ride should be straight forward as no train changes are necessary.
    24 points
  3. Great day out at the NEC yesterday for the classic motor show. Some absolute belting cars on display. And my two stars of the show. Having read about them in “worst car ever made” books it was great to see a Zagato Zele in the flesh! But my absolute favourite was this beautiful Borgward Isabella Combi. Great fun, but my hips don’t lie and they are saying after walking 20,000 steps round it yesterday that I should walk less today 😂
    19 points
  4. 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.
    17 points
  5. 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.
    16 points
  6. Thanks everyone, a few hours later and Im back up North. The car is epic and while it definitely needs going through a bunch of things (eventually) you cannot help but grin knowing what you are driving. And despite my original fear of it being too noisy the backbox actually makes it sound pretty epic, without any of the dreaded drone when you don't want it. More in the fleet thread!
    15 points
  7. Unexpected spot, US spec Accord in the station car park. In the taxi to the seller's house now, stay tuned!
    12 points
  8. 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!
    12 points
  9. And home. It's not without its faults obvs - as HMC mentioned in the ad the front suspension is pretty tired, and it also developed the dreaded sticky steering around the time I got to the M25. It managed 340 miles without FTPing though, which is more than some Land Rovers 100x the price can manage. And that straight 6 does sound lovely.
    11 points
  10. Morris Marina 1.8TC 1976 Saloon | eBay
    10 points
  11. Some more hot Welly action in the form of this JRG Volvo 240. You a Volvo fan Smoll Eddy? "They're boxy but they're good M8"
    10 points
  12. Shep Shepherd

    Panther cars!

    Panther were also responsible for creation of the Vauxhall VX Prestige concept car, a car which was intended to take on the Ford Granada, had it made it into production: It was used by Vauxhall for a while, after which it ended up in the wild, as per the photo. It was owned by the guy behind the Vauxpedia website for a bit (some GR9 content about it on there), but was probably scrapped years ago; its last tax disc expired in 1984, according to the DVLA.
    9 points
  13. I'm slowly getting hungry now. Nice view, North Yorkshire certainly is pretty whenever we come through. Too bad the only larger cities nearby are Darlington and Middlesbrough...
    9 points
  14. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    1949 Buick super eight (8) | eBay 'I'd love to stick my nozzle all the way in and fill her to the top. ATCNBE' 'Run sweat'
    9 points
  15. 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.
    9 points
  16. wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Collectioned.
    9 points
  17. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    530d with sweet blue cloth sports interior . I want it https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/545631687763208/?ref=browse_tab&referral_code=marketplace_top_picks&referral_story_type=top_picks
    8 points
  18. grogee

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Stro Vanden Plas £2500 Boston Feel the leather. https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/austin-maestro-hatchback-1988-manual-1598-cc-5-doors/1468936384
    8 points
  19. I thought Nestle stopped making those? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/235290819966
    8 points
  20. Oh yeah, I still own this. So as everyone and their dug knows, I bought a Vectra B, bringing the fleet count up. Here's as it stands. So, since buying the Vectra I've went from 1,000-ish miles a month with the Skoda to... 150 miles. So, a bit of a drop there. I've also spent money on getting the track rod and end done, had the tracking sorted, and gave it a good wash. And how am I repaid? With this. Fortunately, I have a shock absorber and top mount to replace the failing ones on that side anyway, so just need to order up a spring - which was the plan anyway. After that, it'll be the rear wheel bearings and chuck it for an MOT, and pray to every fucking deity for good luck. In the meantime, until the last parts arrive, I'm not doing anything with it. Which does mean I'm using the Vectra in the grit, but it's fineeeee, just wash it regularly, and it's going for welding anyway... What's my plans for the Skoda? I hear nobody asking but I'll tell yous anyway. Honestly, I don't know yet. If I were to get rid, I'd still need a WeegieLEZ shitter. Ach well, if it's doing less mileage and keeps going then I'm happy. I have a fondness for these Fabias anyway. That'll be all for now I reckon.
    7 points
  21. These were all painted with a brush using good old Humbrol Enamel. After year of pissing about with plastic kits when I was a teenager I kind of learnt how to brush paint without getting brush lines. The Ferraris are all white metal 1/43rd kits. Each one of these took around 20 to 30 hours to build I have a single bit of wood just like Eddys for spraying. I only spray outside in the garden as spraying in doors is not allowed. This Aston was done with by spraying with aerosols from a car parts shop. Grey primer, metallic base coat, and the lacquer. The finish was then cut and polished. You can see remnants of polish in the shut lines. This is a resin cast 1/43rd kit by Provence Moulage.
    7 points
  22. Colin didn't seem to be on his Diddly-Dee Irish Tat Stall yesterday morning - a woman I didn't recognise was setting up instead. Nothing conspicuously new seemed to have arrived amidst the Mattel stuff. There were several bigger new arrivals though - a Vanguards Transit Custom, for one: It looks well done, but ooft dat price. All-blank 1/76 heavy wrecker from Oxford just begging for some Code 3 action: Similarly scaled Maestro now available in black - just visible there at the top of the stack. Greenlight models appear briefly and sporadically on the stall - here we had a Fox-body Mustang in the Black Bandit collection, whatever that denotes: Nice enough rendering, though it's gloss black oversprayed with matt black on the door, so some sort of Black Bandit logo can be seen picked out. I don't really know why. Further across, Optimistic Bobby continued in his quest to radically inflate the perceived values of some very ordinary old toys: Yeah, still too dear. Meanwhile, Alan was only just taking the tarp down from the front of his Emporium, so we were still hours away from a 50p Tray unveiling. I thought I may as well go and grab a coffee from my usual place, while I pondered my next steps, but of course the Riders Of The Apocalypse, or whatever they style themselves, showed up and proceeded to commandeer every table and chair visible. Marvellous. That's ok, I like standing next to the bins. The caramel oat bar was absolutely worth it, though.
    7 points
  23. The Northern lights happened last night, localized entirely in my bedroom. I'd just finished my steamed hams (that looked grilled to me) for tea. So I got a moody shot of the Moggy. The next morning by the Universal serial bus. That's it! Back in the garage the back bumper has fallen off again. More pics to follow as the colour is more blue IRL. I also need to make some number plates.
    6 points
  24. GM coupes from the mid-80s upwards really were a little oddly proportioned, I think the "formal" roofline with the steep backscreen is partially to blame there, but even the w-body coupes (Regal etc.) had something funky going on with their wheelbase. Stretching the Riviera really helped it overall though. Its these downsized fwd GM luxury cars that I somehow developed an interest for (what do you have to do to make a somewhat pedestrian platform feel luxurious, even more so over at Cadillac?). Anyway, as announced, the madness continues with another car arriving today, this time a proper collection thread and all. And nothing less than a freaking E39 540i Touring with the M5s 6-speed manual and LSD diff, an utterly obscure variant of the E39 only existing in extremely low numbers and generally highly sought after. Naturally me being me I bought the cheapest (if you ignore Taylor's repeated automotive thefts) and highest mileage example I have ever seen for sale. So what have we got? A 1999 built example in Orient Blue Metallic with Sand Beige interior, the same color combo my E38 happens to have. The facelift angel eyes might leave again, I'd like this to be the understated, old money sleeper its been from new and the original pre-facelift amber indicator lights suited it well once: At 182k miles its definitely seen some action, however knowing how these cars drive at a bit over half the mileage of this one its clear that someone has spent a lot of money keeping it on the road. The clutch, steering and suspension all feel rock solid and the tires are recent Bridgestones on all 4 corners, what more could you ask for? MOT? Just done last month! The seller was a brilliant bloke and was as honest as they come. I think this was partially the case because he was glad to not see the 5th dickhead showing up trying to screw him over. The car has its flaws but none of them can really taint the experience you have in a proper fast wagon with a muscle car soundtrack while rowing your own gears. I didn't get much history with the car (other than this sticker and a random photo on flickr). Its had 5 previous owners, with the seller having bought it at auction earlier this year. As for many people at the moment money is tight and family a priority so it had to go and I'm probably one of the very few people willing to give it a good home. It was on FB marketplace for a little while before making its way onto ebay, where not surprisingly the sale fell through only hours after the auction ended. The drivetrain combo that makes this really special, probably as close to an M5 Touring as you can get (I don't think many more powerful Alpina B10 V8 Tourings actually got a manual). The engine will most likely need timing chain guides and tensioners, something I'll let a professional have a go at. With the timing cover off theres a row of other jobs that can be dealt with at the same time. Lose oilpump bolts is another threat that might require urgent checking (tadts), however having made it up to this mileage you can usually expect quite a few new parts to have found their way into the car by now. Naturally being a Touring you still have the same practical family hauler as are all the more pedestrian variants. Oddly enough my German 523i has a better spec than this top of the line 540i, no electric or heated seats. They are sports seat though. I'm always wondering who specs these cars the way they are, performance and practicality seemed to be the top priority with this one. We'll see how I get on with this one. I'd love to be able to take it to Germany for the upcoming holidays, a job I was getting the XM for originally. If anyone is interested in a clean XM with the 3rd of the mileage of this one, let me know! It will be fairly priced on here.
    6 points
  25. bunglebus

    Dukes of Hazzard

    Seen a C1 and a Rapid though!
    6 points
  26. It's been a bit manic this week, with illness and other factors taking my time. Firstly, after a lot of investigating and questions, Phill kindly provided some diagnostic information for the Bosch 5.0 ABS system used in the 620ti, along with some further information kindly provided by a Polish gentleman in one fo the Rovers groups - I'll be collating and sharing this information here at some point as a dedicated post to hopefully let Google pick it up on search results. It transpired I'd been going down the wrong path, as I'd mis-interpreted the fault code as '18' (Rear left signal implausibility) when in fact, it was '81' (ECU fault) So, a lot of investigation was carried out, with only a loose earth stud being found on the unit - whilst this was rectified, the earth strap and points were cleaned up either side. The ABS ECU is part of the ABS unit itself - albeit removable if required. Using the information from Autodata, the plug was dismantled and wiring checks carried out: All the fuses etc were found to be in good order, and the wiring checks found nothing untoward in that regard, so the next step was to remove the ABS ECU for further testing.... ....aaaand typically, one of the securing torx screws has rounded off, so the entire unit would have to come out for further investigation. By this point, I was content that the ECU was at fault anyway and ordered a replacement from eBay - should be here Monday. So to console myself, I replaced the front indicator bulbs that had shed their coating and turned white and ran a compression test on the engine - happy with the figures. So with that waiting, it was onto the Laguna. The garage was emptied of the Beat and Mazda now all the stormy weather had passed. I photocopied the Haynes wiring diagram and got my head wrapped around it. Never seen a heater resistor unit contain two relays. One is to send power ultimately to the fan speed switch/to the second relay contacts, and the second relay is energised when the fan speed is set to max. All fuses and power supply lines were checked - no issues were found. Not surprising, as it had suddenly decided to start working properly the day before. The fan itself was removed and checked for obstructions etc - no issues found, and bearings lubricated and exercised whilst I was there. Eventually, some overheating had been observed on line A3 of the heater resistor unit - this is one of the main power supply lines. Em mentioned that just prior to the fan coming back to life, there was an extended period of clicking coming from that area before a thump brought it back to life. Suspecting the relays, I then knocked up some flyleads to manually change it over and check for continuity - the old MX5 battery may not be good enough to start an engine now, but it worked fine for this! Unfortunately, the wiring diagram differed massively from what results I was getting - I could get both relays to change over, but I still wasn't content with the pin out locations or the wire colours to aid the diagnosis. Found out there were at least three different types of heater resistor fitted and the diagrams were just typical ones. Eventually, I refitted the system, and started mucking about with the fan speeds and ignition switch to try and make it fail. Once again, it was working fine at all speeds and all modes initially, Eventually, the fault came back when it went back to 4 and you can hear a relay chattering in the video, which went away and the fan resumed when clicking back down to 3. Earth returns etc were all checked with no fault found, so the heater resistor itself was deemed suspect and I've started the hunt for one - tricky, but I think I've got a good lead on one. In the interim, I've left a rubber mallet in the footwell for MrsH, along with instructions on where to 'tap' it back into life effectively. When it comes back into the garage to get fitted, I'll be removing and lubricating the bonnet cable at the same time, as it's very stiff and I don't want it to snap! Will investigate the cable routing and popping the wing dent out whilst I'm at it. Cheers.
    6 points
  27. Impressive detailing with the roof mounted spot lights, bull bar, spoiler etc, I have a massive problem that the paint above the red stripe should be metallic gunmetal, not black. The fact I see it as a bigger issue than not using a GMC van is a pointer to how fucked up my brain is.
    6 points
  28. Shite Ron

    Panther cars!

    This is a great thread, Panther cars are fantastic in a mad way. How they even sold one Rio at the price they were is amazing. I love the Rio but there were far better cars at a fraction of their price when new, I am glad there were people with so much spare money to buy a few though. It was great to see the range at the NEC today.
    5 points
  29. It’s handy to have some bits of wire and metal rod around too. Sometimes hanging them up and spraying them is easier. This is just a length of old metal rod with a hook bent on each end to hang stuff. On the Escort van the rod wouldn’t fit through where I needed it to so a bit of old locking wire did the job. The wire also came in handy to push the headlights out on the Corgi Buick. Here’s the Buick after a wash off. Primer time next. There’s some nice detail on this too that’s hidden under thick factory paint. Even the cast ‘Regal’ script on the rear wings is legible without paint.
    5 points
  30. bezzabsa

    eBay tat volume 3.

    another "classic " Panda with 4k Ultra HD pics!!! https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/915777209970691/?ref=browse_tab&referral_code=marketplace_top_picks&referral_story_type=top_picks
    5 points
  31. If it's the E38 that was posted in the eBay tat thread recently, that's not even close in numbers to today's rarity. Funnily enough it wouldn't be anything special just looking at it from the outside. In fact it's in a state most would it consider as an old banger. Today's collection that is. York achieved. Another hour to go.
    5 points
  32. I've got several of these to hold casting while painting As for a spray booth, the great outdoors. I use a hairdryer to warm the casting up first, especially important if the weather's cold or damp but I always do it, also to speed up drying and before each coat. I put a glove on my left hand so I don't end up with painted nails! Downside is the crocodile clips aren't that strong so don't always get a decent grip on the posts. I do have one of these hemostats too which lock in place - better for moving the casting about while spraying but vulnerable to getting knocked off of wherever they're hung afterwards I've got an extractor fan rigged up in the outhouse that I was going to connect to a spray booth for times of bad weather but space is at such a premium in there I've never built one
    5 points
  33. These are my model stands... Vanguards Dolomite shown for scale. They're made of recycled timber, specifically offcuts of redundant pallets. For a spray booth, I just take my wheelie bin out in the alley and set up far enough away from anyone's gate.
    5 points
  34. It's a sticker too, not a tampo. Which might mean even rarer ££ It was for a German Sewing Machine manufacturer, as old as Singer and still around too https://www.pfaff.com/en-gb/ So that's yet another non-French brand covered by Majorette for their Volkswagen T2 Fourgon. Had this Dutch Siemens one since I was in short trousers. It's a shame it's so knocked -about.
    5 points
  35. It's a real shame these (and other cars like the Mk4 Cortina) are getting so out of reach in the money stakes these days. Ford Capri mk2 1974 2.0 ghia with sunroof, running & driving, been in storage! | eBay Used to think the Mk2 was the ugly duckling of the Capri world, but now think they're lovely.
    5 points
  36. 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 ..
    5 points
  37. 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.
    5 points
  38. adw1977

    Calendar - November

    I'll start with @Six-cylinder 's latest acquisition in his motoring notes thread.
    4 points
  39. An E36 that hasn’t been used for drifting or the track?
    4 points
  40. ProgRocker

    eBay tat volume 3.

    My sister's first car was one of these. Same spec, registration letter, colour and even the lack of head restraints. This one's up for £3,500. Would look nicer with some Ghia spec chrome hubcaps and rim embellishers if any can be found. Escrot 1.3 GL
    4 points
  41. Ford Cortina Mk4 Rare 2 Door 1.3 Base Model | eBay
    4 points
  42. 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.
    4 points
  43. Been out in the cold doing groundwork all week for a granny flat house build so feeling pretty broken. Came home to a greeting of my cars making (another) funny noise. Here we go two three four. Took it for spin this morning and yeah the drive shaft is still grumbling though thats not the noise shes on about that gains with speed. Come home het the jack out all tight apart from said shaft. Whats this though Bumper repair worn down and doing the impression of a raleigh griffter with a playing card taped to the fork leg. I like repairs like this. Driveshaft can wait till i'm less broken.
    4 points
  44. Yesterday ended up a bit corporate. I had not done expenses since July, and that includes daily mileage claims. Thankfully I am a bit weird, as I actually do keep a daily, written mileage logbook of my own in the cars door pocket. But every trip has to be entered from postcode to postcode for the whole day, so minimum three lines of entries. Departure, arrival, return destinations, get why it is a ball ache Today it is all my parking, and other expenses from August on to next week when they collect all the IT stuff. Posting up, video editing, all the stuff I use the company iPad for will cease. As I do not own an iPad or such to work/play on. Back to replacing the teats in the Caddy with Car seats from a VR6 as bought from @sammo from his VR5 Caddy build project. The Caddy’s standard seats are such that a courier or longer day user would be comfortable, and they are good seats, but of course we always want to modify stuff, well…… I do. So the standard VW interior, hard wearing, functional, dull. Seats bought from Sam. Before. Grizzified (cleaned) Changing seats should be a 5 minute job per side. If you have the right tools on site , 10mm spanner and Allen key. Undo a single retaining bolt, slide out original seat, remove. Slide in replacement seat on rails, bolt down, Done. But of course it took me two hours or more over two days. Problem number 1 was this is a converted Caddy. Done by a disability type company. Cheaply as possible. One directional “engineering” so not much stance of restoring to original. Obstruction number 1 and 2. Wheelchair safety belts. Electronic. Made removing the original seats quite awkward. Removing them, a significant hurdle as access to the retaining nut was zero. So alternative leverage plans needed to be figured out and applied. Locking the nut to the body with force. Cats are weirdos, I am sure they watch their subjects die, and then start eating them….. George waiting for me to die or give up. Horrible back seats came out to give access, and coz they suck. . No chance getting in there, all closed and welded shut after original bracing had been removed. Much struggling and swearing later….. First one fitted, or was it just placed in position while I tried to figure how to fit it. Problem was that the wheelchair seat belts stick into the rear footwell by 100mm and the rear seat back brace on the VR6 seats fouled against it, meaning you just could not get the runners to engage with the rails. Trust me. Drivers seat was a lot easier once the seatbelt was removed. Another interesting thing you will see in the video, is that the adjustment lever for forward/rearward move,ent on the Caddy seats are to the left…….. under the seat. On the VR6 seats, they are to the left. So I had to modify and flip the release levers as well. Nothing in the manual to warn you about it. Once done, it looked great and like it was always this way. Despite liking and being very happy with the original Caddy seats, the replacements are a lot nicer. I found myself going and sitting in both after fitting them, grinning and gloating to myself as they are that nice. Video is a bit longwinded, but it captures some of the process and fighting to fit these 5 minute job seats. https://youtu.be/yDGPDgdkB_s?si=HWvdpspLIpFX0Sca Hopefully the video is of value to anyone who is faced with this sort of change. .
    4 points
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