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  1. Sorted. A folded up bit of paper on top of the battery to press it down more has worked 😂
    15 points
  2. We replaced the simulator with a visit to the Imperial War Museum which is near Old Trafford. That was really interesting, and free except for the parking. Also, later met up with a handful of current and ex Shiters, including @Ghosty and @Junkman so a rather jolly evening ensued.
    8 points
  3. Spacemaster Seamaster Skymaster Sailmaster Fieldmaster Monoroute Shortmaster Flatmaster Railmaster Driftmaster Lowmaster Discomaster Schoolmaster Restmaster Routemaffia Routemallard Routemaster of Death, the Destroyer of Worlds Arrival of the Divine Routemaster
    8 points
  4. Speaking of Hot Wheels... one I found in Asda over the weekend just past. A 2023 release of a 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone gasser. I'm normally a bit put off gasser-style racers; they're not really my thing, but this one looked so nicely decorated with all-over tampos that it pushed me into handing over £1.90. I really like it. It'd be nice to have a slightly more standard rendering of a '65 Comet, but I guess this is more what Hot Wheels is about. I hadn't noticed the separate tailpipes exiting through the front arches until I took this pic, so that's a nice touch. I'm probably gonna need more gassers now...
    7 points
  5. Snortmaster Sneezemaster Fartmaster Routehalitosis Morning After Master Raymond Revuemaster Dancing on Ice Master Strictly Bus Dancing Ringmasters I think I'll go now... sorry
    7 points
  6. Some spots in Darwin: Bad photo of a Holden Statesman, which I don't think I've ever seen in the flesh before. Proton Jumbucks are surprisingly very common, but this is the only bright yellow one I've seen - like a knockoff Felicia Fun. Driven all the way up from Victoria, a 1995 Mazda 323 A pretty late ('84) Mk1 Land Cruiser And finally, a 1976 Holden Kingswood Utility
    7 points
  7. I did however come away with these two from last night's shopping trip: 1982 Nissan Skyline R30 Turbo, and 2001 Honda Civic Si, in relatively restrained 'scene' get-ups. I kinda prefer solid colour versions like the Honda, as they tend to get detailed tampo prints on the front and rear, which looks a smidge more realistic than lairy graphics on the roof and sides. Mattel's policy on mainlines seems to generally put decoration on no more than three surfaces. The R30 does have graphics on the side, which means it doesn't get so much detail on the front - though does have printed rear lights and a licence plate, which makes up for it a bit. Having said that, the printing machine seems to have slipped on the offside unfortunately, so the stripe sort of runs downhill and the writing at the bottom of the door has been snipped off. OMG ERROR CAR $$$$$ I didn't realise until I'd opened the pack, and looking back at the pics from the supermarket, I put the one that'd be properly printed back... well, duh. But! I'm pleased to see some newish Hot Wheels releases are finally making it across the water. Just have to find some of the Matchbox mainlines for 2024, now...
    6 points
  8. <trollface> Have you tried removing and refitting the front bumper? </trollface>
    6 points
  9. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Gets the approval of Cyril Sneer
    6 points
  10. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Could this be the worst after marker front bumper ever fitted to a car? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/256458707040?
    6 points
  11. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This singer over on Retro Rides looks quite pleasant for £1750 Giant baked potato included in sale https://forum.retro-rides.org/thread/226904/1965-singer-gazelle-1725-stratford
    6 points
  12. I’ve been back on the case with the fuel pump tonight. The main job was to disconnect the last of the hoses, fuel lines etc. That’s the only goal I set myself tonight, but the kids were in bed and felt motivated so I carried on. A while back I bent a 45 degree angle in a spanner by mistake, and made a shit joke about it undoing bolts around corners. Anyway, it turns out they’re actually a thing and they’re needed for this job: You can’t really get the four nuts holding the pump on any other way. Getting leverage on the rear nut is not easy, so once again my copper tube fetish came into play Whilst undoing those nuts I was alarmed to find a severed hard line under the LHM pump as I yoinked it out Likewise, the goo inside this waxstat thing appears to be fucking off and doing it’s own thing. The spare pump is the same. Proof that I somehow managed to avoid losing the woodruff key for a second time: Theres a tool for getting the pump shaft free from the sprocket. I don’t own that tool, and I promise I absolutely didn’t use a club hammer on the spare pump and a pry bar on the one in the car. To be fair, there isn’t much force needed to release the pump at all. I reckon you could do it by hand if you were patient enough. Success: I didn’t expect to get the pump pulled out this eve, so I’m pleased to have done that. I’m now indoors enjoying a gin and tonic and knuckles bruised like I’ve been on a night out in Newhaven. I now need to decide what to do about that PCV hose. I can get a replacement from Europe for £20 which will arrive fuck knows when. I can get a length of the same diameter oil hose from CBS by Thursday for a tenner, but I’ll have to bend it to shape and hope it can manage the radius needed. Choices, choices… Also, does anyone know if I should be worried about the orange goo escaping the waxstats?
    6 points
  13. Another day with no parts, so it was lots of small jobs to prep for reassembly. First job was to source a new set of exhaust manifold studs. As I had a day off work, I went around all the local factors, including an exhaust specialist to get what I needed. And I came back empty-handed. Luckily, I've found a company that does the specific studs and nuts for a BX for £11 delivered online, so that'll arrive at some point. I also popped into @twosmoke300 who had a camshaft sprocket bolt, as well as lending me a set of engine head stands to check the valve clearances again. These turned out to be okay, only one was just out of limits and it wasn't enough to merit stripping down the head. I also removed the fuel manifold pipelines to measure up the required lengths and diameters of pipelines to replace them. Whilst dismantled, I gave the unit a clean, and marked where the pipelines go. I did get lucky at the exhaust place though, and got a manifold to downpipe fitting kit - I had to angle grind one of the bolts off during the engine removal. The cup washers required a sustained twatting effort to remove, but they gave up the goods eventually and I fitted the new cup washers and the conical mesh gasket. One of the bolts had to be fitted with the washer as it cannot be fitted afterwards. I gave the manifold mating faces a bit of a clean and scrub up too. Next, I cracked on with the inlet manifold. The carb had been replaced during my ownership by Dan, but I had a new set of carb gaskets and it seemed silly to let them go to waste. Noticed a little bit of erosion damage on one of the chamfered edges, so I filed it down slightly. Removed the old traces of gasket until the face was smooth. Then I blanked the holes and got busy with some parts cleaner and a brush - the entirety of the engine bay is bloody filthy, and lagged in a thick coating of oil-based grime. After a bit of time, I reassembled the inlet manifold. Looks much cleaner and nicer to handle! I also fitted the inlet manifold studs back into the head, after wire brushing the threads, they went back Finally, I decided to step away from engine and turn my attention to the next big component awaiting fitment. If the engine was considered dirty, this would be considered filthy. Annoyingly, as I removed the clutch arm for access and a re-grease, the pivot bush disintegrated. Annoying, but better it happened now instead of when I put it all back together. £7 for a replacement bush on eBay and we'll cross fingers that it arrives soon. The inner bellhousing did clean up nicely though. The outside of the box is also taking a bit of time, but there is progress being made. You can see the layer of grime I'm having to scrub off here, hopefully I'll finish this job tomorrow morning. I'm still waiting for the piston rings and hockey stick seals for No.1 crank bearing to arrive, once they're here I can really get cracking with the rebuild, but I'm not holding out much hope for the NL trip now. Not the end of the world as it's been a great target to strive for, but finding faults etc along the way adds extra time to the final date. Cheers 😁
    6 points
  14. Lovely to meet you Ken. Hope the Lupo serves you well.
    6 points
  15. Just been taken out for a spin in this. Fucking gorgeous interior. Mate has paid £2.5k for it which seems fair. The electrics survived the drive to the pub.
    5 points
  16. Currently having a shit week This has made it @Parky parky gis a wave
    5 points
  17. 5 points
  18. "I'm ready for my oil change now..." I thought about cropping out the wheelie bin, but this is Autoshite!
    5 points
  19. Last night was a local Triumph Club meeting, 20 people but not one Triumph showed up. We did get a 1936 Frazernash and a Volvo 940!
    5 points
  20. This has had quite an interesting life https://www.carandclassic.com/l/C1714595
    5 points
  21. Schaefft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I always thought these pre-facelift LeBarons looked very sleek with their hidden headlights. It might not have any structural rigidity in convertible form but would you care while surrounded by this level of opulence? https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/917118929752829/
    5 points
  22. I did a VIN decoder look up, to find full spec. Std E Class fuel tank is 80L. The BFG has an extended tank fitted (Code 915), which is 90L. God knows how much that cost when it was specced. Who thinks, nah 80L is not enough, I will pay extra for a bigger fuel tank, cause those extra 10L will come in handy. Full spec for BFG below - nappa leather for extra softness Code U16 - Stowage tank behind rear seat backrest. @SiC thought it was for the storage of the Load compartment package (code 942). Makes sense because it fits. But when I ordered the boot mat, the guy asked if my car had the gun rack behind the rear seats !! SiC is probably right, but gun rack sounds cooler, so I'm going with that
    5 points
  23. SEATMad

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/759870116277827/?ref=saved&referral_code=null
    5 points
  24. If you strip a Trabant of the Duroplast bits what you're left with looks remarkably like a miniature version of the base frame skeleton the Rover P6 is built around. Front and rear panels are non structural steel, I'm guessing simply because the moulding would be excessively complex to make in Duroplast with the various cutouts and such. The inner structure is a (surprisingly rigid) framework including the sills, floorplans, roof frame, window surrounds, front and rear wheel tubs, door apertures, front bulkhead, and boot floor. Everything else is then attached to that. P6: Source: http://www.roverp6parts.com/history.html Trabant: No idea where I originally found that one. Here's a (crap) photograph of one stripped to the shell which original surfaced on Pinterest somewhere. For such vastly different cars it's almost uncanny how similarly the very basics of the inner structure have been penned. P6 is obviously vastly more substantial, but you get the idea of what I'm saying.
    5 points
  25. This Place! I asked for some axle stands off "Trash for nothing" and was told they were gone. I have now had a message that said they were not collected and I can take them. Trouble was I am not planning to go back to Milton Keynes until Thursday so I asked for help. 15mins later they were safely collected. Thank you @Zelandeth
    5 points
  26. Once again, we are long overdue an update. The good news is, I'm happy. The Pontiac is on daily duties at present. I am duly embracing the American commuter spirit by using the mug holders correctly and coating everything in scalding hot coffee. I've decided not to start work on the MOT welding before the ticket is due, because the work looks to be so extensive that I wouldn't get it done in time and I'd miss out on my last opportunities to enjoy driving it. The work will instead be done once the ticket expires as it is looking like it will require cutting a length of the bonded plastic bodywork away to access the sills properly. The battery adapters worked, although the only battery I had with the terminals the correct way round was the one in the Proton, so I've nicked the battery from that for now. Of course, this battery was too big for the factory tie down to work, and was also so tall that I was worried about shorting out the positive terminal on the cross brace. Copper brake line and the dust boot from a Lexus air strut to the rescue: I came up with a better/more secure routing for the copper pipe, and put everything back together. I definitely* will put the right battery in at some point. There's no fix more permanent than a temporary one etc... At any rate, it meant I now had a car that started each morning, which meant it was daily driver time! The first proper run in it was to the Flower Farm meet where it was mainly used to entertain my son. It's also done a few family days out, where it easily copes with 2 adults, 2 kids, 2 large dogs, the pram and all the assorted crap which we drag around with us. The dogs like it if the unused seats are removed, as they can then sit between the front seats or stretch out in the boot. I need to get some seatbelt extenders so that the kids can both ride in the middle row - I've never known a car with such short seatbelts! Whilst procrastinating over the larger jobs, I started sorting the small ones. One thing that jarred me was my rusty nuts. I could see them from the driver's seat, and so this had* to be sorted. I designed and printed these at work: Sorted: No idea how long the PLA will last, but I can just make more if needed. It looks much better from in the cab and outside. The modular seats are a great feature, it's been handy to have a car with a flat load space which I can use as a van. My mum needed 400 kilos of wood pellets brought up to the stables, and the Pontiac pissed it. Kind of... Once I get it through a ticket, I'm definitely sorting the boot struts out. In the meantime, I just use the nearest pole to hold it up. I then got my Mitsubishi stuck. It's stuck in 2wd mode, I thought it would cope with the mud but it just slid into the fence post and wedged itself in place. This meant I had to use the Pontiac to move the car trailer (this was what I was getting the Mitsubishi out for). It looks cool, but even though it's not that heavy a trailer you do notice it behind you. I wouldn't be mad keen on pulling it on the road. The mirrors are absolutely wank for reversing also. Speaking of which, this was winding me up something chronic: It's possibly not very clear, but the mirror adjuster stalk was pushed in flush with the trim around it preventing it being used. In this pic I've discovered and wound out the retaining grub screw. I then prised out the trim, pushed the switch back into place and tightened up the grub screw. Sorted, we now have working wing mirror adjustment. Next up was the non-working wash/wipe function. It used to work, but now it wasn't spraying out any windscreen wash. Turns out some fucking idiot (me) had connected the front hose to the rear pump, and left the rear hose dangling into The Void. Plugging things back into the right pumps sorted that out nicely. The last major niggle was the headlight aim. It was like the car was cross-eyed and constantly staring at its shoes. The headlights are easy to remove, one of the adjusters had been moved too far and needed taking apart and winding back on manually: I then roughly dialled them in on the side of a beach hut. It's not perfect but it lights the road up much better now. At some point, I'll need to obscure the LHD kick up for reasons of MOT obtaining. Bonus dashboard at night content: That's pretty much all the Pontiac fun from the last few weeks. Next up: Citroen fun*.
    5 points
  27. That's brilliant. Tatty and honest - just the ticket. I remember in 1999 I was 16 and me and my mate knew another guy who was a year older than us and he'd just passed his test. Lovely guy - Christian family - and his NAN insisted that her car went to him. Robert therefore had a brown Mk2 Escort on a V plate and everyone (other than me) felt sorry for him. His contemporaries had Clios, Fiestas, the odd 205 and Novas - and he had to park his Mk2 Escort around the corner to avoid getting RINSED by his mates. Nowadays, he'd be everyone's hero. Same with Cortinas. Our caretaker had a brace of MK5 Cortinas and by 1999 I remember marvelling at them in the school playground thinking 'Fucking hell they look shit nowadays'. They were both 17 years old, my daily is now 25. Crazy how things change so quickly. Anyway, enough bumbling of the insane - well bought @HMC
    4 points
  28. Yes, yes you are
    4 points
  29. Hot Wheels one is nice but I've only ever found this version
    4 points
  30. Prairie with MOT and an ALL CAPS DESCRIPTION. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/357649156728887
    4 points
  31. angle

    Lazy spotters thread

    A few minimum effort spots from Malaysia:
    4 points
  32. Marketing always wins. You only have to look at any VW Golf to realise that. Have we had the Ford Ka, yet? Horrific things. Badly made, rattly shit heaps with a terrible interior and an engine that seemed to be from the 1930s. It's as if someone had a bet at Ford that they could create a smaller version of the truly awful Escort of that era, yet somehow do the seemingly impossible and actually make it worse. If ever a car was built down to a price, rather than up to any standard at all , it was the Ka. Pile (of shit) it high, sell them cheap.
    4 points
  33. No, but as many non-native English speakers I guess my vocabulary was pretty much shaped by US pop culture from early on. I do try to adjust once in a while but I just don't agree with the UK spelling most of the time 😂 Some more bonus content. The Corona is still a lovely car to drive. It rides so well considering it's roots.
    4 points
  34. https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1714172
    4 points
  35. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/235522924774?itmmeta=01HVMBSQ198991W8ARWFV9GE4Z&hash=item36d642a0e6:g:fxwAAOSwqEdmHTtN
    4 points
  36. The filler saga is pretty much over and its going to be a while before it meets its first real challenge - a petrol pump! Petrol cap no longer has the word Subaru on it, very important obviously! The filler neck now looks the part, mind you I did rush this a bit and didn't let the paint dry for long enough and have a few scratches to touch in...... Got to be better than the original though! Next task is probably fix the horn as that is definitely an MOT fail.
    4 points
  37. Ohdearme

    The new news 24 thread

    Mrs ODM phoned today with a screw in her tyre on the way home. Compressor managed to get it home and is booked for a new one and mot tomorrow. Espace needs a service and wheel bearing and it also gave me this today after too many short tip runs. if anybody needs me I’ll be out having a regenerative fap.
    4 points
  38. Just back from a little pub social, and had a great time. I even remembered to hand out some business cards for once. Tonight was made even better by one person mentioning their dad has two Princesses he's "getting around to one day", so I'll have to find out more about that. Couple of other folks were facing a bit of a trek on foot in the cold to the taxi rank, so I gave them a lift and that seemed to be quite exciting for all concerned since I so rarely have passengers. Princess is behaving suspiciously well, going to have to give it some attention this weekend to keep it sweet I think. Just generally having a nice time, it's good to have a break from the stress and actually be making connections with new people. Got to remember days like this when I'm feeling a bit stressed on other days, it's what'll see me through the bullshit.
    4 points
  39. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    reliant robin spares or repair | eBay Honestly think I'd rather see these things be scrapped than be 'Trottered'
    3 points
  40. Custer chair one of the few (if not only?) Powered invalid carriages to come out of the US
    3 points
  41. I know Mannol is a perfectly fine oil, but because the chains are at the back of this engine and replacement is not really a viable option on a car of this value, I wanted to be super careful with my choice of oil. VW spec 507 is low ash so only really important over a longer term if the car had a DPF, which this one does not. So I picked a (slightly cheaper) fully synthetic 5w30 quality oil from Fuchs which I know is a 'known' brand althought not 507 spec. So out came the Mannol and in went 8 litres of Fuchs plus a new filter. I guess the engine has had a flush with clean cheap oil for a few hundred miles. Anyway it's given me peace of mind. After my holiday I am still running a lot of errands for my mum in connection with stuff to do with my dad and tonight I tried the dynamic setting on the suspension which only comes with Sport models. Not expecting much, the difference is incredible. It really stiffens the car up and transforms the driving experience, giving confidence in the corners (it feels like it's going to fall over in comfort mode on twisty roads). I then used lift mode to go over the 327 speed humps on the road up to my mum's house. I made a short video of the car and its suspension moving up and down. In the clip it's not that noticeable but in person the car goes from an almost Allroad ride height into something quite sporty! https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxKV6q-Ta341qbH_OxNtW_rHpCPs2mL4G2?si=MiQLcC9fxbm7I7Bl
    3 points
  42. SEATMad

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/235522924774?itmmeta=01HVMBSQ198991W8ARWFV9GE4Z&hash=item36d642a0e6:g:fxwAAOSwqEdmHTtN
    3 points
  43. Should anybody be bored from looking at the Celsior by now, great news! The Alfa is back! It actually didn't go anywhere for months. 166 are anything but resistent to rot so it hasn't seen the road since October unfortunately. Which sucks as its so fun to drive! First up was a wash, it turned a little greener than usual in the time it didn't move much: Took a little while but much better. I just can't get enough of looking at this paint. The color absolutely makes it, I don't think I feel that way about any of my other cars, so well done Alfa. I've also finally put the wheel arch liner back on the car, it's been off since probably a year ago when I replaced the alternator. I'm not sure if I showed this before but the wooden steering wheel, shifter and center console trim from @sdkrc's old 166 are now installed and really improve things inside. People keep complaining about American manufacturers and fake wood but that center console trim is by far the least convincing faux wood I have ever seen in any car. Still better than boring matte silver with broken clips though. I still need to find a replacement switchpack for the fuel door release that also has the sports throttle response button. Harder to find than I imagined. At least the cigarette lighter surround lights up now, its the little things etc. etc. Hopefully some more progress in the next few days. And since I can't leave a recent post without a Celsior photo, have a size comparison between Toyota's second biggest and its smallest domestic luxury car offering back in 1992. There's a bit of of fish eye lens distortion going on here but the difference isn't as big as you'd imagine. The Celsior would be 7 series-sized while the Corona Exiv is more of a 3 series, although officially based on something one size smaller (Celica).
    3 points
  44. SEATMad

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1088775955532382/?ref=browse_tab&referral_code=marketplace_top_picks&referral_story_type=top_picks
    3 points
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