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  1. Baby steps. Made it to the end of the street. Alternator was fine then belt started slipping. Have started work on a home made tensioner.
    19 points
  2. Working 12 hour shifts and the recent onset of shit weather have meant I've not been able to take the 340 out nearly as much as I'd like. The roads were nice and dry this morning, however, and it's my day off, so a perfect opportunity to stretch the old girl's legs. First job was to get the bloody thing started. She was having none of it at first, it was turning over fine (glad I charged the battery a couple of days ago) but just wouldn't fire. I attributed this to it not being started in a little while and the aforementioned shite weather might have caused a bit of damp to set in, so I whipped off the dissy cap, gave the inside a wipe with the tiniest bit of WD-40, and lo and behold it fired straight up. Felt spot on when out for a drive, it runs a bit lumpy occasionally when under load, but in fairness it's overdue a service, so maybe that and some new spark plugs will help. I'm so glad I didn't end up selling this car. I absolutely adore it. I got to a point where I felt like I couldn't do it justice, that it'd be better off in the hands of someone with more time and a more confident mechanic, but I've decided to persevere with it as best I can. I was scared it'd end up as yet another 300 series with a welded diff and spending its last few months going sideways, and besides I've irrevocably gotten the 300 bug, so if I shifted it I'd only be lusting after another.
    15 points
  3. Reminded me of this Spinale Taperstrie from b3ta.
    14 points
  4. Plan B. I could have called it an alternate plan but I didn't. The belt squeal was due to the alternator managing to walk the brackets out of the engine a tad and go out of alignment. Predictable? I am using the wrong alternator on its wrong side. But I'd rather make something work than spend the money because I'm miserable like that. Here is alternator fitting kit 2.0. Significantly beefier bracket / cradle and I lengthened the tensioner bar by welding two together. That is significantly better, but it's still very difficult to set the correct tension. Normally you'd jam a crowbar in and then tighten the top bracket, but because there is a thin coolant pipe there I'm loathe to get in about it properly. Here is the game changer. Turn the nut on the right to tension it up, then lock it down. Squeak now you bastard, I dare you.
    12 points
  5. Well here goes. Out of the naughty corner at last. Some issues. The fuel filter very quickly looked like this. And the contents of the float bowls. Cycled the contents of the tank through a series of filters for around 3 hours using an electric pump. The next attempt wasn't much better. Could go through a pallet of filters in no time so I set up a syringe with a bit of hose that I can use to backflush the filters with petrol and refit them. Have also stuck an uberfilter on. This is a fuel injection filter for a Volvo T5 so it should stop this shit getting into the carbs. Seems to be working. Here is the contents of the filter flushed twice. Float bowls are still clean so that's something. Still plenty of work to do. The mobile editor on this site is really frustrating.. it insists on you seeing this photo again and it can't be deleted.
    10 points
  6. 155V6

    Shite in Miniature II

    Day off today,so went into town for breakfast & to look round the charity shops.I didn't find anything,but came home to find this outside my front door I hadn't ordered anything,so opened it up to find that it's the cars I won from @RichardK at the weekend 🙂.I got them out for a quick picture Some very nice cars here,my favourites so far are the Metro set,the Lancia Stratos,& the Alfa Giulia. It's my birthday today,so nice timing.Thanks again Richard 😎
    9 points
  7. 28th December Thursday we are holding an open day at our small holding (FoD) near Buckingham for the Autoshite Forum and invited guests, you would be most welcome to join us. At this time of year it will probably just be tea and chat rather than a working on cars day. We have a 6x3m party tent inside our open barn with a diesel heater to make it more comfortable. Arrive when you like, leave when you like and bring your own food is the format. A bit cold for tents, but anybody wanting to camp/car camp/caravan/or RV it is welcome to stay on site. No truancy will be accepted. Dogs, Wife’s and children welcome.
    8 points
  8. I really don't like Jeremy Clarkson. He's a smart man, if you've ever watched him on a show like QI he's clearly intelligent, which makes some of the shite he spouts that much worse. He must know what he's saying and the potential effects of it, and yet is willing to still spout it. It really grates on me. I feel like he should do better. That said, I remember Top Gear before he took the reins and it was SO DRY. I used to watch it with my dad when I was a child and even he found it boring sometimes. Whatever you think of Clarkson he played an absolute blinder when they came up with the new format. It made cars, and car culture, more accessible to a much wider range of people, it was actually entertaining. He and his team deserve every bit of credit for what they did. It says a lot that so many of the team quit when he went. Obviously Hammond and May did, but also crew, producers, directors, editors etc. all went with him. Even the guy he punched in the face went with them I think. The problem they were always going to face was what happens after Clarkson. The entire format of the show was centered around him and his persona, when he retired/left it was always going to struggle. They shouldn't have tried to continue the show without making major changes to it. What those changes would be I don't know. They couldn't go back to the way it was before, it just wouldn't work with the new audience.
    7 points
  9. I went round a corner in the C6 yesterday and the rear passenger side window went down. Like, all the way down. Immediately. I heard road noise and felt a draught, looked over my shoulder and was extremely confused. Pulled over, tried the window switch and it went straight back up. The most WTF thing it's done to me yet. In brighter news, I think I've worked out where the coolant is leaking from. Or at least, I've found one of the spots it's leaking from.
    7 points
  10. MiniMort

    Shite in Miniature II

    Off topic but that reminds me of how at about this time of year, every year without fail Strictly Come Dancing wheels out an 'American car' as a prop that totally isn't a Volvo 740 with some chrome bits grafted onto the front... Anyway, rapidly back onto topic, I flew out of Hong Kong airport the other day and was amazed to know they had a model car shop just before customs. I regret to inform you I didn't buy the faux-Lego transformer Toyota Crown Comfort... ... but I did get a New Territories spec version of the latest Toyota Comfort.
    7 points
  11. wuvvum

    eBay tat volume 3.

    A lad in my class at school's mum had one of those with a similarish number plate - E424XBW. At the time our maths teacher had a decrepit Citroën GS with the registration XBW242V. I found this quite an interesting coincidence. Yes, I was already a sad nerdy little twat at the age of 10.
    7 points
  12. Looks like a Vauxhall Cresta PB to me, but I'm unsure how one of those would have ended up in Poland.
    6 points
  13. Bit more painting done today. Here’s a load of the current ‘works in progress’ hardening off. Mercury Commuter had its interior painted darker blue. I’ll do some lighter blue centres to the seats, steering wheel etc once it’s all dry. Cortina is now in its final colour! Roman Bronze is the colour of winners, and suits the Cortina to a T! I also picked up this bastardised Dinky Volvo since nobody else bid on it. It’d been opened up, shit speed wheels replaced with much older tyred wheels than poorly painted red. Reason I was attracted to it was the wheels tbh! It just stood out! It’s been stripped and now drying after a wash off, but in the meantime I decided to do a bit of wheel testing… Fronts are as it came. I think they are actually Dinky truck wheels & tyres on homemade axles. Rears are a suggestion from @eddyramrod and are late Dinky Transit wheels which actually fit well! Obviously the tyres are completely wrong for that wheel so I’ll need new ones! I did test a set of Corgi wheels (from a big Regal), which did look quite good (looked a bit like Volvo alloys!) but they were far too big to clear the rear arches sadly!
    6 points
  14. Another plastic oddity has materialised in the form of this Italian MK1 Golf. Whoever made it had quite a good stab at the wheels at least
    6 points
  15. Quite straightforward to get mechanical parts. Brakes are standard Lucas girling affair - and with the underpinnings being the same as the later Sunbeams there are plenty of parts hoarded by people that have raced or rallied them. The owners clubs have had some parts remade - and with the Avenger being made in South America up until the 90s there is still a good band of enthusiast's . They're easy to maintain - great fun to drive if looked after properly - and it's only rampant rust you need to look out for in the sills jacking points inner wings and front chassis legs. Straight out of the box from new they were a nicer drive than an Escort. A hugely underated car now due to the brand being washed up in the tide of the Rootes Chrysler Talbot PSA mix up.
    6 points
  16. I was dressed as a construction worker actually.
    6 points
  17. Schaefft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Low mileage Omega Elite for a grand: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/309495465267635/
    6 points
  18. Ah yes the magical Ranch Wagon in From Russia With Love! Bond steps into a 2-door And when he arrives he steps out a 4-door Magical.
    5 points
  19. @danthecapriman Chop chop, anything will fit if you want it enough Looks like it would pair well with your Transit actually Does yours have the absolutely awful right front wing? Seems to affect all but the earliest cars
    5 points
  20. Well it seems it's finally been put out of its misery. Top Gear: BBC flagship show will not return for 'foreseeable future' - BBC News I'm marking this milestone in history by listening to some of Elton's best work...
    5 points
  21. Amazing to see this heap moving under its own steam, great work man! But, you gotta bite the bullet and pull the tank out and try and flush as much of that crap as possible otherwise you'll be chasing that shit forever man. It's a pretty horrid job but well worth it. I spent the best part of a day removing and then (repeatedly) 'sloshing' the tnak on our old Ford V8 but the payoff was well worth it. 80-odd years of crap flushed out, and the chronic fuel blockage problems that had haunted it for years were gone in a single stroke.
    5 points
  22. 5 points
  23. The very definition of ‘hammer a bigger one over it’
    5 points
  24. wesacosa

    The new news 24 thread

    I found a picture of my fleet, circa 2010 (just the front 3 not all of them, although I nearly bought the turquoise V70 in background but let my mate get it instead) and some close ups of one of my probably most regretful sale
    4 points
  25. 1976 BEDORD KM TIPPER PROJECT | eBay By royal (dis)appointment
    4 points
  26. i nearly read that differently *nearly
    4 points
  27. Muniphobia

    eBay tat volume 3.

    If you want an Avenger, get a Crimson one
    4 points
  28. Just been out for a drive in the Volvo and got a thumbs up from a chap driving a Phantom Coupe no less! Envious no doubt.
    4 points
  29. An Ital Automatic! My dreams have come true!
    4 points
  30. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/266521457604?hash=item3e0deab3c4:g:S8YAAOSwiehlW7Xc
    4 points
  31. https://www.carandclassic.com/l/C1661409
    4 points
  32. meggersdog

    eBay tat volume 3.

    have we had this yet ? https://www.carandclassic.com/l/C1656307
    4 points
  33. Got another of the Matchbox that Tesco omitted to stock Front and rear tampos are so much better than side ones. Not many real cars have anything on the side of them anyway This came in the post, Tomicas are quite lovely things - just never saw them when I was a kid
    4 points
  34. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/256307261859?hash=item3bad1a71a3:g:gpAAAOSwQNllW3PC
    4 points
  35. Caught up with the latest episode of Jonny Smith's Late Brake Show, which features Radio 1 Breakfast host Greg James who has been a hero of mine for a very long time, mostly because he comes across as properly down to earth; and it continued here too. Greg recently picked up an E34 M5, which they tootle about with for the episode, but it seems he's also an 80s/90s Renault fan boy and if anyone has a B reg Nissan Sunny that they want to offload it might be worth a slide into his DMs... Overall a very calming and enjoyable 40 minutes of content.
    4 points
  36. Now that I'm back home and fed and watered (and whisky'd...) An addendum.... Tyre cover count: -1 I got to the pickup point today, disembarked and noticed that my protective cover for the trailer spare wheel had disappeared somewhere en route. That's irritating, as they are surprisingly expensive 🙃 Friend count: +1 Knowing I was stopping at Gordano Servs (not Strensham... D'oh! Autoshite: Service Station pedantry matters), I called up my good mate who lives nearby and asked if he fancied catching up briefly. He arrived in his new Autoshite purchase, a very tastefully specced 6 Series..... V8...... manual! I'm not the world's greatest BMW fan but I found it very hard to dislike this
    4 points
  37. Random bits done. Needed a new speedo cable as the non overdrive one won't reach the longer gearbox. Here's a comparison. While under there I took a photo of the finished underside since I hadn't done it yet. Went to refit the bonnet catch. Used a triumph release cable that was lying around but it didn't have a cable barrel stop on it. Made one out of an M6 connector nut with a hole drilled in it. Probably stronger than the original. None of the door locks really worked right, which was a straightforward remove, free up, grease and refit job. One of them needed the linkage adjusted slightly. One of the rear passenger doors wouldn't shut at all and would just bounce off the catch. Turns out it was clipping the sill on the bottom. This only started after I welded the new sill on which made me think maybe I'd aligned things wrong, but looking at the panel gaps I noticed that the door was simply on squint. Not sure how this happened as there's no front to back adjustment on the hinges, but it's possible I damaged the hinges as I was removing the doors. The only way to close up the gap is to remove material from the hinge itself. That was a finger in the air guess but it worked perfectly. Door now snicks shut and the panel gaps are spot on. Meanwhile @MrsJuular made some nice new door cards to replace the ones I melted. Those will look great on the car. Windae washers. The car has the older style washer nozzles on the scuttle panel. Unfortunately I only had one nozzle. I did however have one later style dual nozzle from the donor car. This goes in the bonnet after drilling a hole. Skooshy. The car didn't come with any mirrors (they were a dealer option in 1960s South Africa!) so I added some Lucas style ones. Marked out and drilled. Finally, I couldn't get the charging system working. I'm not sure whether it was the dynamo or the regulator but solving that particular problem is expensive and the end result still fairly shit. I decided an alternator conversion was the way forward. @320touringkindly lent me a Lucas alternator from his spare engine so that I could make brackets and get it working before I shell out for a new one. This is a good choice of alternator as it's widespread and cheap while looking period. I overcomplicated this in my head. It's not a big project. Here's the alternator next to a spare dynamo bracket to check fitment. Solution : a couple of bits of angle iron bolted into the dynamo bracket. A length of threaded bar on the rear mount. On it goes. Used the original drive belt and bracket with a small extension on the bracket. And that's it. Voltage regulator binned off, then the remaining two cables on the car's loom get shoved up the alternators bum. That's better! Enjoy some night shots of POWER. What a dash at night.
    4 points
  38. Now for something completely different Diecst spotted on telly! A box of diecast emptied out during a search in Episode 2 Series 1 of The Sweeney. A bit random as it was in the bedsit of a villain not a family home. Maybe a proto toy car collector.
    3 points
  39. I liked ol' Spliff Needle. He could at least drive well.
    3 points
  40. adw1977

    Calendar - November

    @Captain Mainwaring in the news 24 thread
    3 points
  41. First rule of Village People Tribute Band Dog Walking Club : you don't talk about Village People Tribute Band Dog Walking Club.
    3 points
  42. Hi, Thanks for the add I own /drive sometimes a few older things, my newest car being a 2010 passat that looks more like an apprentices attempt at painting but hey it goes anywhere I point it comfortably. Various projects ,possibly the roughest T5 van which my mate gave me,a B1 passat estate,mk2 golf and a spares car 2 mk2 escorts that are actually not to bad, a big Lt35 van a couple of Bongos and another for spares an astra thing that the roof won't go down on. I try my best to help my mates which results in my stuff lying all over without much being done to them 🙃
    3 points
  43. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    3,0v6 manual 406 thats been resting for a few years https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/145448473231?
    3 points
  44. egg

    The new news 24 thread

    The bloke who spotted that tatty Pug 305 a few weeks back has hit another doozy. MOT'd and taxed... https://www.instagram.com/p/CzvzpSto5T1/
    3 points
  45. Handsome has gone to a tyre place in town today for tracking, because obviously there's been a lot of stuff messed with in the front suspension. And tbf, I have no idea when it was last done, so it's worth doing. And, erm... they couldn't start it. Battery, obviously. Three months of doing nothing hasn't helped it any. So Tom's gone down now to see about getting it started. When I do get it back I'm going to need to give it a bloody good run. But, it's progress! This time last week it was still up on the hoist, in pieces.
    3 points
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