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  1. Hello, this is me! Been determined to find a 4G Civic since experiencing the joy of driving Ghosty's sedan quite a few times last year for various events and road trips. Ghosty saw it on Marketplace earlier this week, I was calm and considered with the seller who couldn't have been nicer, and actually ignored the 'I'll give you an insulting amount cash today mate' brigade because he clocked I was coming down from Manchestoh to view it. It would've been wrong to haggle him down even for a couple of hundred pounds given how positive the entire experience was. Other than a few small items which need some attention (non-oily, but I'll do filters, belts, fluids, water pump too) it's absolutely spot-on. It's in rude health and drives just like a happy one should. I'm absolutely over the moon with it.
    15 points
  2. cafehag

    Lonsdale yd41???

    I live in South Australia, and there are currently two examples, both badged as Mitsubishi Sigmas, in the local U pull it scrap yard which, remarkably, is located in the Adelaide suburb of Lonsdale. I can remember seeing Lonsdales at the Earls Court motor show with my dad. Of course, none of this advances your search.
    10 points
  3. News update. I’ve been speaking to a couple of people about the potential Lonsdale - one of them runs a local garage, and knows a lot of the classic car folk in the area. I also asked my parents what they remembered of Dale. Firstly, news on Dale. Apparently he died in the past decade or so (certainly a fair few years before the pandemic). His car collection was smaller than it had been, but he had a few on the road at the time, and might have had some projects stashed here and there. No recollection by anyone of a Lonsdale/big Mitsubishi saloon though. The main things I’ve picked up though are: My parents hardly remember him living next door to them - Dale was apparently fairly quiet, and had it not been for the old cars strewn about, they probably wouldn’t have remembered him at all. Recalling anything about him wasn’t helped by the fact that Dale’s partner Julie later lived with another bloke called Dale in that house. The conversation got a bit confused at times - I don’t think that line of enquiry can help. Dale was “in the car trade”, and it’s thought that at some point he worked for Steele’s garage in Moor Row (just outside Whitehaven). They were Datsun/Nissan main dealers and, briefly, dealers for Colt Cars. This video is of Steele’s garage in the ‘70s https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/videos/474130219626680/ Dale may have worked in a bodyshop after his days at Steele’s (I think Steele’s shut up shop in the early ‘90s). After he split up from Julie he moved to a village called Arlecdon. Apparently you could tell which was his house by the Japanese cars parked on the road in front. He wouldn’t have had storage there for any cars (it was a terraced house), so when his cars were taken off the garden next door to my parents’ house, they were presumably either sold, or some storage elsewhere might have been found for them. This could well have been where Dale stopped owning the Lonsdale; Autumn ‘98, from memory. Although my parents knew Julie’s surname, her and Dale weren’t married, so they never knew his. Dale was a regular on a Saturday morning at the local scrapyards; The Forge at Cleator, “Kenny Wilson’s” near Gilgarran (actually called Broughs, but people still referred to it as Kenny’s, who was the Dad of Malcolm Wilson), and one at Workington (that I can’t remember the name of). Having been many times to “Kenny’s” I know they used to have a too good to scrap/possible classic car area, where they see if anyone wants to buy a complete car off them, before it’s certified destroyed. For someone like Dale, that’s probably temptation right there… Dale showed cars at local car shows - the last of which was apparently a Daihatsu Charade Turbo (GTi?), which I remember seeing at a show in Distington one year. I have a programme from one year, listing cars and owners, along with a bit about the car. No sign of it the Daihatsu that year, and owners first names aren’t listed - just initials. There’s so many with the initial D that I can’t infer anything from the programme. Obviously I checked for a Lonsdale too but, unsurprisingly, there wasn’t one shown. Through the Daihatsu, there is a possible thread to pull; Camskill (a name some of you may know if you’ve bought tyres from them). Before they went online only they had a tyre depot in Whitehaven. I used it myself a few times (they also did MOTs), and they had a small motor factors/accessories shop. Unbeknownst to me they were also suppliers of performance parts and spares for sporty Japanese cars, and the owner had one of these Charade Turbos. They also did a bit of fettling/restoration/tuning on sporty Japanese stuff too. Dale was apparently “in that clique” - at least as a customer, possibly as an employee. Dale was apparently in his late ‘40s when I lived next door to him. Probably heading towards 50 when he moved out about 25 years ago. That would put him at around 65-ish when he died. I’ll see what the local paper’s archive throws up. Finding out where his old cars might have ended up would be a lot easier with a full name and last address. Cars belonging to “a bloke who had a load of old Japanese cars” still exist in the area as projects - one of which is the Celeste I mentioned in an earlier post, and another is a Triumph Acclaim (OK, so Japanese-ish) that a local garage owner was going to restore. His garage was shut and demolished for housing, and that car ended up in a poly tunnel in a garden centre opposite. Next time I’m there I’ll check for a Lonsdale, on the off-chance. The garage owner I was talking to about Dale reckoned that the Lonsdale most probably got scrapped- it’ll have been worthless at the time, and losing the free storage in a front garden would have, in his opinion, meant Dale would have probably had it collected by a scrappy. Unless someone was kind enough to store it for him. Then it might just have survived. Investigations continue …..
    9 points
  4. Dirk Diggler

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Bedford Camper with BMW 3.0d auto - €3200 https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/classic-bedford/33212217
    9 points
  5. Has she got a pool table in the back of that?
    7 points
  6. somewhatfoolish

    Lonsdale yd41???

    That is the obvious answer; import a Lonsdale to the UK and fill the comics with a cheesy article about how it's the only Lonsdale in the UK, then hundreds of Lonsdales will emerge from wherever the fuck they've been stashed, along with the real 'Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies' by Van Klomp, an unmodified Citroen Saxo VTR and *another* of TE Lawrence's Rough Inferiors.
    7 points
  7. PhilA

    1951 Pontiac Chieftain

    Yeah, initial impressions are that's helped. I'll see how it behaves in traffic.
    7 points
  8. Been down to Bridgwater to pick up this blue Civic for my mate. He's chuffed. Manual! 102k, was owned by a giffer until the mid teens when she left it in her will to her mechanic, who sold it on to prevent his son ruining it. A bloke bought it, kept it four years then his 23 year old son ran it for a bit. He's now upgraded to an E46 328ci so the Civic was up for sale. Top notch seller tbh. Saw the ex-HMC Chevy pickup going up the M5, as well as some legend A-framing an MG Metro with a Rover 45 😁
    7 points
  9. This is one that I’ve known about for at least 15 years but never had the balls to go in and snap. The site is now in the process of being cleared and unfortunately some other old shite has already been swept up into a giant dustpan, this old Dolomite is probably next to be skipped.
    6 points
  10. wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Off on a collection mission. First one of the year, in fact first one since the Visa.
    6 points
  11. I forgot that by this time they'd dropped the "Practical" bit from their title. Here's the article:
    6 points
  12. Bought some brushes, modified them to fit. That got it running again. It won't last but should be ok until the new motor comes in. Filled the transmission up with new oil. $60 at Tractor Supply. Seems to be better, will give a full report once I've done some miles on it. Phil
    6 points
  13. It only took 12 years! They're not the most popular of cars but the Ph2 Safrane with the volvo powerplants was always a winner with me. That is, until i removed the engine, put it back, couldn't get it to run, then got it going, then the cooling went, the head gasket followed. I really do have the worst luck with car engines / gearboxes and this one was certainly no exception despite being a Volvo. I'm not a mechanic so i've had to do a lot by trial / error. It's literally the most screwed up then fixed car on the planet. There's nothing on this car i've not buggered up somehow and then had to work out how to fix it and in the process it's cost me more than i'd care to admit. It's been the biggest pain in the arse a car could ever be but for some screwed up mental block of a reason, i couldn't part with it. On a positive note, i've learnt a lot from it that i need to learn when to quit. So the best course of action was to buy another (£600 jobbie - cars were cheap back then) which got scrapped after 8 months, then a 3rd which also got scrapped a couple of years later. I kept both engines (plus loads of other shit which recently got trashed too due to a house move) but I still had the 1st safrane. 7 years ago i put the 3rd's engine into it and that went the same way.. ran instantly but no cooling system despite coolant bleeding out of all the bleed holes. By this point i'd given away the 2nd engine so couldn't try that. Eventually I ended up swapping the head gasket out which was covered in mayo.. It was a pig of a job with it taking 5 weeks for the volvo dealers to even work out which gasket to order. The engine has far less space on the timing side than the volvo 850 so it was really tight in there and two of the bolts took a lot of head scratching. I got it done but despite the new head gasket, the cooling malfunction continued. Last year i had some luck when a couple of local lads came out and plugged in their snap-on kit for less than a penny. It locked up until i started the engine. One of them said he'd never seen that happen before and was stunned. Eventually it pointed to the coolant temp sensor which i knew was wrong as i'd replaced it twice! So they concluded that it had an electrical woe and i set about investigating the impossible again. I'm too embarrassed to tell you what it was but i shall say that it was something simple that i'd completely overlooked for over a decade. Sorted that, cooling fans worked again. All good right?.. well in all the passing years a few other gremlins had set in but i managed my way around those and 2 months after we'd moved again, i was able to collect it and take it for it's first MOT in over a decade. More pics - taken today! Just in the nick of time too. 2 days after the MOT my van went off the road again and so the car that the missus had disliked for years because "it's a fucking dead lump of metal" is now alive and slowly winning her back over now that it's doing school runs so she can still use her car for work. At 2.5L it's thirsty at 17mpg around town - that's 3.7miles per litre. 33mpg on a motorway is pretty much the maximum. Insurance is a pain too but i won't go there. So now i've got it fixed up and back on the road i shall have to SORN it again shortly and keep it as a spare motor.
    5 points
  14. Now that the Rexton is a functional vehicle, it can live in this thread now. Today I have mostly been cleaning it. First, I clogged up the local car wash's vacuum cleaner this morning by attempting to clean just the rear half of it. I quietly (as quietly as you can in an OM662 powered vehicle) skulked away and did my shopping instead. Turns out, pootling about in a battered Rexton in oil-stained clothing while listening to the relaxing tones of some heavy metal means people don't tend to get in your way. I could get used to this. Then, I went over all of the interior surfaces with some various cleaning products and rags. It's not perfect but I feel about 83.7% less likely to catch an infectious disease while using it. I even sprayed all the seats with Febreze! I discovered some potential crime scene evidence in the driver's door pocket: But then I also found a free screwdriver in one of the pockets in the boot: Lastly, I discovered that the gear knob is threaded. Thus, the only logical thing to do was to be a massive child: Yep, that can stay on there. I still need to delve behind the glovebox and see if I can at least manually set the blend door to the windscreen and foot wells, but the wind is picking up. The windows still don't work either. They sound like they're trying to do something going by the clicking every time I try one of the switches. I wonder if the main switch pack in the driver's door has failed into the 'locked' setting? Who knows. Perhaps I'll have another look later today, or another day. Now, I'm going to have a cup of tea. The new thread title is based on the pickled cucumber jar lid I found in the back and which now lives in the centre console, as shown above.
    5 points
  15. Sold for £8250, pretty happy with that
    5 points
  16. I can stop anytime. I'm in control. I just enjoy a bit of WD40 and mild peril now and again. I'm not an addict. Am I? Pre-collection fred. So Grandma is ill. She's lived in the same place since 1952 and you may remember my offering her stove after house clearance, her sister lives next to her old house and had a car on the drive. It turns out the car was not wanted on her drive. So while visiting Grandma in hospital, I stopped at Morrissons to get sweets she likes and scour the Hot Wheels, but I came back with five cars, not four. One of them is 1:1 scale - and hasn't moved for six months or so, has a flat battery, so before arranging transport I'm taking advantage of a dry, bright day to get it prepped and checked. Load up the ST. Vital fluids: Upside-down vital fluids (for organic being). Halfords for a battery - an 063. Before you get excited that this is a clue, it's for the Spitfire "in the future" but it'll do to wake this one up...
    5 points
  17. Drilled out a whole load of holes ready for plug welding. Dropped my drill and bent my new sodding drill bit after this. Aligned the panels up to check for fit and tacked the outer sill into place. I went for a slightly higher position of the outer sill than where the inner sill sits. However I'm wondering if it is too high and I might have to cut the tacks off to lower it. Jacking hole is in about the right place though. Need to line up the old hinge panel to check for alignment. I can see the cut and weld marks at the top and I'll use this as a reference to see if it fits the same at the bottom. The box reinforcement is in the wrong position on this panel though. It covers the captive bolts of the check strap and it's too high. I did think other stuff was out of alignment until I put the old and new next to each other. I'll have to drill the spot welds out and reattach it lower down.
    5 points
  18. The calendars have arrived, well the first 30 have anyway, the others are due to arrive with me on Tuesday. I’ll get this first set labelled up and in the post/courier asap.
    5 points
  19. reliving my 90s teen fantasies today in Edinburgh. I thought all these type of shops were long gone
    5 points
  20. I did a car thing for the first time in months. Get me. The fuel gauge was suddenly reading zero the other day. I immediately assumed that someone had robbed my fuel but I couldn't see any spillage or damage so drove the car for a bit and it was fine. Went to the garage, lobbed a few liters of fuel in and it still registered nil. So today I took the rear seat out and swept out several years of crap. Yuk. There was a warning that I needed to ensure the fuel was below half level before opening. Unfortunately the only reason I'd be opening this is surely because the fuel sender wasn't working. So I've no idea. Is there another way to tell? Anyhow, it turns out I didn't need to open them as I gave both of them a firm THWACK with a lump of wood and a hammer and the fuel gauge started working again. So thats it. Thats my car thing. Back to shitposting and arguing with strangers it is.
    5 points
  21. 4 points
  22. Mixed fortunes this weekend, but lots of work undertaken. My brother came down to see me and brought his welder, we fabricated* a new hanger for the exhaust and he welded it on, then welded up the cracked pipe so its now gastight. I'll take it back for a retest on Monday and hopefully it'll get through ok. The droplink was done and dusted in 10 minutes. I also replaced the occasionally iffy thermostat on the merc for a brand new Mercedes one We then changed the oil and filters in his passat, and attempted to change the engine mounts which ended up having to be aborted as we couldn't lift the engine clear of the mounts. Its a crazy arrangement with awful access, despite the assurances of various VW Forum members that 'its easy if you do XYZ' it really wasn't. We did manage to replace the oil level sensor though so not all bad. We also had a go at swapping the driveshaft on the daihatsu in an effort to cure the 70mph wheel wobble, which we accomplished, but only because the vibration was so bad with the replacement driveshaft we couldn't go above 30mph for fear of the wheel falling off. So we swapped back to the original one which at least works. I was quite pleased that swapping the driveshaft back to the original took us all of 15 minutes the second time. I do need to top up the gearbox oil a bit, but the oil I have is virtually solid in the current temps so I'll need to bring it inside for a while so it flows better before tipping it in. Bit of a mixed bag, hopefully the mercedes will be back in action tomorrow and the pressure will be off until Thursday when the Skoda is in for its MOT test. Assuming the mercedes gets a fresh ticket it may well be up for sale soon, I fancy a change. Anyone who wants a cosmetically challenged but pretty solid manual 2001 C-Class estate, please make yourselves known!
    4 points
  23. Ghosty

    The new news 24 thread

    Escaped unscathed, and both cars have made it home. That manual Civic is a real gem and isn't going to need much to be a cracker. It's had a series of caring owners with no intention to modify it at all - even has the original radio.
    4 points
  24. egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    No rust and factory air con...sounds like ideal summer ULEZ beating daily. https://www.lesanciennes.com/annonce/alfa-romeo-alfetta-2-litres-1983-a315392?ftype=vo&fcat=autos
    4 points
  25. 3VOM

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Have we had this before? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115686745590?mkevt=1&mkpid=0&emsid=e11021.m43.l3160&mkcid=7&ch=osgood&euid=db3a4a5a4c8947d5a5e11ff0d561bcd6&bu=43184927288&ut=RU&exe=0&ext=0&osub=-1~1&crd=20230128084027&segname=11021
    4 points
  26. 500tops

    Shite in Miniature II

    Just picked these up in Tesco. The Caddy is awesome!
    3 points
  27. Can't you just get on it anyway, they all go in roughly the same direction from there don't they?
    3 points
  28. Here is a pic of the yard, for any MX5 lickers, and a crap pic of my future Mazda shite/not shite is. I think they had 12/13 Mx5's there.
    3 points
  29. Asimo

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1213462282583290
    3 points
  30. Obligatory @eddyramrod
    3 points
  31. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255950631142?hash=item3b97d8b0e6:g:MwsAAOSw1spj1XVX
    3 points
  32. I've just done something brave. I've imported a 31 year old Lancia. I had a Thema, it was a 16 valve TURBO, it was gold, it had lovely green alcantara, it would have been FAST had it ever worked, but sadly it was broken in many complex and headscratching ways. Having bought it on the promise of restoration, after some considerable time of it lurking in the back of his workshop like an ominous presence the gentleman I bought it from went "Bollox to this" and refunded me. So I no longer had a Thema. Sad times. Because although even having a broken Lancia Thema makes you cooler than the average person, it would be nice to have one that worked sometimes. So I resolved to find another. Not an easy task. And so here's Giovanni, a 1992 Thema V6. He's from the Netherlands, he was bought from a dealer in South Holland, and he has the 2.8 PRV engine (boo, I hear you Volvoists say, but this is a later, much better development with EFi, it sounds marvellous and Thema owners really rate it). Being Dutch, he also has the steering wheel on the correct side, though not for the UK which is backward. But we'll get used to that. He arrived in the dead of night on Sunday, and so far he's been confined to being reversed into the barn and a blast down the few hundred yards of farm track. He needs either a battery or an alternator, as he does not go without a jump and even running him for half an hour doesn't mean that he'll go again (spoiler; he won't), there's an exhaust leak which I think is coming from the centre pipe, and there's an indicator bulb out. After a bit of fettling he'll be in for a test and then I'll start the process of registering in the UK. Btw, he's named after Giovanni Falcone, the Sicilian anti Mafia prosecutor who was assassinated by the Corleonesi Mafia in the Capaci bombing one month to the day after this car was registered, in a convoy that included a couple of Themas. Anyway, have some pictures.
    3 points
  33. Needless to say. The lights are appreciably brighter and more even in appearance despite 57 year old lenses
    3 points
  34. Just learned about the Commer TS3 engine and are interesting engines does anyone here knows about these / has experience with them? Were they popular?
    3 points
  35. taxi paul

    The new news 24 thread

    A rose among thorns at the local aldi this morning.
    3 points
  36. Ta da! Big thanks to @davehedgehog31 Now I've got a long way to go and a short time to get there
    3 points
  37. Sounds a lot like this old Exploder of mine. Fairly shonky to look at but drove well. The air con even worked. I had a pleasant summer smoking about in it til the LPG system failed. People did tend to get out of your way which was enjoyable.
    2 points
  38. Still appears to be some cheap old cars on ebay, as long as the zero feedback wankers do not bid them up. This 1992 s124 230e with Oct 23 mot just went for £411 on ebay less than an hour ago.
    2 points
  39. If I'm right. Saloon or Estate. Hopefully a diesel Auto. Watches thread with interest.
    2 points
  40. StescoG66

    Lonsdale yd41???

    Edimburgh car originally I think. Likely wil have been long swept up with a dustpan and brush
    2 points
  41. Asimo

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1108289733197398
    2 points
  42. Few more, all actually away from the garage itself, as it happens, but some nice bits of film: Like most old school VW fans, Granddad had a bit of a thing for Porsches. The Martini 935s blew his mind in a way he was still going on about 40 odd years later, so I think he would go and try and see them 'live' whenever he could. Both of these meets are at Silverstone, one in '77 and one in '78: Silverstone August 1977 Martini Porsches: Silverstone 1978 - Moby Dick: I don't actually know whether he was 'on duty' at these and went as part of the VAG family, or whether he just went because he fancied it. What definitely was a work trip was the following one - Trip to Wolfsburg 1979: Pretty much smack at the back end of the real push from aircooled to watercooled, there is some interesting stuff floating round the streets near the factory. No footage from inside, unfortunately, I assume that was 'verboten' but some good stuff spottable in the car parks etc. Lastly, completely unrelated to the garage, and involving more of the other side of my family alongside them, but I thought it was a nicely typical period bit of road trip footage - A group of them all off on a holiday to Plymouth in a German/British/Japanese rainbow of vehicles 😁 Features the silver FFF Beetle convertible of my Mums that me and Coachie were talking about further up the thread Plymouth Late 70s: I have to say this is one of my favourites of all of them in some ways - Although it was before I was around, it reminds me so much of family road trip holidays when I was a kid (in some of these cars too) and all the people in it (unfortunately now mostly not with us, and mainly in the last few years), its also just a really nice atmospheric piece of film imho Will do some more when I get a minute.......
    2 points
  43. Rubber gaskets are on my list. TL /DR: the Rover was supposed to have a lot of love and overhaul at the end of September/start of October alas life and finances said no. And so it reliably continued to carry on and on and.. Albeit I had the XJ back so it was used more sparingly, the only issue I had was it blowing the radiator cap - however I put this down to me checking and replacing the antifreeze at the start of December and not putting the cap on correctly/tightly. Tho as ever did this as conveniently as possible as I pulled up to the house and tbh it's been a so-so for for all of my ownership so I can suffer the cost of a new one. I say used sparingly but given the modern..ish volvo XC90 suffered a total immobilize failure the day before Christmas eve the all the old unreliable shite cars have been covering for it since.
    2 points
  44. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/204227069781?hash=item2f8ce1c755:g:4lAAAOSwc7Bj1UTb
    2 points
  45. grogee

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Saab 9000 £1300 Cov https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/saab-9000-20-cse-ecopower-5dr/1447702282
    2 points
  46. Can't be many better looking cars on eBay, but it's very salty 1972 Ford Cortina 3.0S Saloon Petrol Manual | eBay
    2 points
  47. wesacosa

    The new news 24 thread

    purchase made too
    2 points
  48. Formula Autos

    Lonsdale yd41???

    I used to live next door to a Lonsdale owner. The bloke who lived next door to my parents (when I was still “living at home”) had one in about ‘98ish - a brown saloon. This was in Whitehaven in Cumbria. Talking to him about it one day he told me it was an Australian built version of a Mitsubishi with a six cylinder engine. First time I’d ever heard of Lonsdale; growing up I prided myself on being so car mad I knew every make that had been sold in the UK since the war. A new make from the ‘80s was a shock to me. His Lonsdale was very much a non-runner at the time, parked on the front garden, and I think from memory the number plates had been taken off. Y reg seems to ring a bell in connection with the car though - maybe I saw a plate inside the car when we got talking about it? This bloke was called Dale and had gaffer taped over half the badge so it read “Dale”. Can’t remember his surname though. Not long after that he had a fall-out with his other half and left, with his cars being trailered away by mates shortly after. He had a few old cars - some road legal, others parked up on the garden (Onslow style). I’ve seen a Citroen GS Pallas that was once his turn up in a barn near Whitehaven in recent years. There’s a chance his Lonsdale may have been similarly stashed/bought by one of his mates. Or he could easily have fixed it up and got it on the road. I know he successfully restored a black Lancer Turbo. He seemed to be well into Mitsubishis (as well as other stuff), and an orange Celeste I remember him having still exists and is being restored by someone else at the moment - also in Whitehaven. It had survived in a barn nearby. I’ll ask around the weird old car scene of West Cumbria, and if there’s any word on Dale and/or his Lonsdale I’ll report back to this thread.
    2 points
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