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  1. The interior was also attended to. The front mats were removed and the cabin hoovered plenty work there for the hoover, but they came up really well! I also gave the driver and passenger seat an initial hoover, scrub and wet vac - still some work to do but significantly less mank The mats needed a stiff brush to remover the white dog hair, then hoovering before a scrub and second hoover to dry them out. Before After (laid out to dry in the sun) They look great back in! The back passenger compartment got pretty much the same treatment - mats out/brushed and hoovered and the carpet all swept and hoovered. The seats were all hoovered too If you look closely you can see the plastic discs that slide beneath the seat rails to locate the mats, and the poppers that let the two rear sections securely connect. They are belters of mats - @Jim Bell would barely be able to control himself if he were to see them in the flesh. there was plenty of detritus to be removed from the rear. after all that, the interior was a significantly more pleasant place to be - here we see @Supernaut enjoying* it
    38 points
  2. A slightly stalled start to this year's motoring pursuits. The Mini was booked to go to the body man a few weeks ago, necessitating it being woken from a 14 month slumber. I went in a couple of weeks ago to start it and, with great recalcitrance, it decided to go brrooom brrooom. It ran on just a small percentage of its cylinders for a few minutes until I'd satisfied myself I'd be able to drive it two miles, and turned it off again. Returning to the car on the morning on the departure day revealed a vehicle that no longer wanted to operate as such. It would turn and turn but not fire. Having had both @alf892and I swear at it repeatedly, it was decided that it was probably the distributor. Or the coil. Both were changed, along with new leads and plugs and after a bit of head/arse scratching - she lives. This is the first time it's seen light since October 2021. Brakes are a little...err... spongey. The throttle is sticky and there's a fierce rasp to the rear section of exhaust. But, bouncing down the B1040 this morning, everything was wonderfully ok with the world. Having spoken to 'the man' we've decided that two new wings, half a new A-panel, a bonnet, a grille, two bumpers, all the sills and plenty of paint should do the job. I left it in some wonderfully shonky company at the yard, and hope to see it again in a few weeks.
    35 points
  3. Took the "scenic" route home last night and ended up in a few puddles. I knew it would be mucky but it was pitch black when I got back. Here's the result, no wonder the headlights didn't seem very good 😅
    30 points
  4. Now back from protracted spell at the menders, which mainly consisted of fitting electronic ignition, replacing a couple of brake pipes, and sorting out years of electrical bodgery. Runs and drives beautifully, with a complete absence of clonks, bangs and rattles Jobs to do… New door rubbers, front seats are intolerably uncomfortable, and a few localised body repairs.
    29 points
  5. After what was possibly one of the shortest collection missions of my shiteing career (0.8 miles) I’ve collected a car which I’ve possibly waited longer between agreeing to buy and picking it up (3 months!) than any other purchase. I reckon it was worth it though, it’s the tidiest car I’ve brought home in a long time.
    26 points
  6. Well I sold the maxima and with a bit of a clash of styles, I immediately bought an Abarth 595 (aka a tuned up fiat 500) I was a bit reluctant to post it on the main forum as it’s not that old, but decided as the basic model was launched 16 years ago, that it was ok. It’s flawed, fun and not serious. I like it!
    26 points
  7. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    1997 MK3 vauxhaul Astra F | eBay 'NO mold in car' Hmm, not sure that's enough to convince me to buy it, M7. 'Has extra cigarette plugs zip tied under glove box wired to cigarette lighter'. Yeah, I mean like, that's ok but still not convinced, soz. Could you include a photograph of a bloke in an ill-fitting second hand tracksuit and size 27 Sports Direct trainers having a piss over a wall? Cash in the morning ok?
    25 points
  8. As the week has progressed, the novelty of cruising about in dog scented, belt squealing van has worn somewhat thin.. To whit, an attempt to rectify a fair few issues was made yesterday. Thanks to @jaypee @Supernaut and @captain_70s for their assistance at various points! The first thing that we found was: THAT FUCKING SQUEAK was an easy fix! @jaypee had found a forum post online saying that a sqeal from the alternator was usually due to a belt being too loose. The previous owner had just fitted new belts... @Supernaut found the tensioner bolt The belt was able to be turned to 90degrees initially, so we tightened it until it could only twist 45/50 degrees.. Result? No squeak and a full 14v at idle as soon as it starts. An additional fix was done to the negative connection on the battery so it clamps properly. The second thing we found out was that I am a time served panel beater... As it initially was After application of a hammer and dolly* (block of wood). @captain_70s stopped it popping open as I caressed it. Removed for further fettling Refitted and tweaked by hand It's not @GingerNuttz quality but it is fucking miles better, and worth at least 1mpg due to less drag🤣 I also went round some of the rust blebs, knocking them back then coating them with vactan before some primer. they need done properly but hopefully this will stop any further deterioration until I can complete them. @Supernaut also took a pass at the plastic headlamp lenses with polish. Before after
    23 points
  9. Ma was talking to Hazel across the street. Hazel is a big fan of cunts next door due to their habit of parking 2mm away from her car to intimidate her. Well a bit back CND bought his n hers range rover sports, which are of course top quality cars and never break down. Turns out the one 2mm from Hazel's bumper is fucked and doesn't run. So she has CND hammering on her door to move her car so he can get it on a pikey recovery truck. What a shame she was suddenly hard of hearing and didn't hear a thing. Took them quite a long time to push it up hill to be able to get it out and on the truck. She waits till they're strapping it down and strolls out and drives away.
    21 points
  10. Collectioned.
    21 points
  11. Took the day off today to try getting this further along. Started off this morning going into town and picking up some bits. Also decided to sign up to the library. I actually really did that as I wanted to look inside this building. Unfortunately the library is moving out as this building apparently needs too much work and the council don't have the funds to repair it. I really hope it doesn't get flattened. Bet it will though. 😒 I spent a good few hours trimming and fitting this side panel to make the fit (nearly) perfect. The key thing is the holes as they need to line up for the outer wing. As other panels go on top, they need to line up with everything. There is some wiggle room and they can be opened up some more but I wanted them close. Likewise those captive nuts need to line up to the a post for fitting in the brace piece. Once finally happy I tacked it into place. Then plug welded and ground them back. Forgot to take a picture between those two processes. Managed some impressive panel warpage on the inside 🤣 I used the wood to push into place and tack. I'll run a bead along later. Another horrible job in that footwell. I also still need to patch that little piece at the end of the footwell. Chucked some zinc primer. Spot where an idiot leant against the wet paint. Also started cutting out some of the rear upright and diagonal bracing. I'll cut the last bits out once the a-post hinge panel is in. I'm trying to keep these box steel pieces as I'll need to brace the rear boot area when I cut that out. Next will be the a-post hinge plate. I grabbed the door and bolted the hinge panel on and put into place. Checked everything still lined up, including this outer finishing panel. It's a useful check with those holes again. Then marked up at the bottom so I can make sure it's straight. Also double checked the back panel mostly lines up when clamped. It's starting to look more like a car again now. The door a post hinge panel and a-post outer finisher is next to weld on. Then back to that rear arch. That will take a bit longer as I need to fabricate some pieces to reconstruct the inner rear arch.
    20 points
  12. Decided to have a swing at cleaning the front of this today.. To say it is manky is an understatement The natty OEM overmats have seen a dug or twa.. I reckon a stiff brush then a wetvac should sort that. Drivers footwell is hoachin. I decided to focus on stuff I could scrub. The steering wheel wasn't too bad But the auto box selector was howfin The stalks were bowfin too But came up well with some wipes. I removed all the damp parking tickets from the base of the windscreen and cleaned all the windows On the outside the OEM nissan wind deflectors are forming gardens, with the door handles not far behind. There were also a couple of odd finds .. Other than that. It's come up well, but I think the big work will be in the soft furnishings - I expect the wet vac will earn it's keep. After meeting @Supernaut off, I got to snap a Rexton pic😁 Later, on the way home I stopped to check on the 320, and the van wouldn't start after. It was completely dead .. I waggled the battery terminals and it fired right into life. Another thing to fix then..
    20 points
  13. So. As mentioned above, I had to go to Glasgow last week, and the 210 was never going to be able to do that journey. Mentioned this to the guy down at my local Merc specialist. "So, you need a car?" "Yes. Have you got one?" "There's a C-class outside. Only issue is it's a manual. Want it?" "Is it alright?" "Yeah, it's ok." "I'll have it". We found was that it was a few days out of MOT. So I inflate all the tyres, as they were a bit flat, pull as much dead tree out of the scuttle and rear boot area as I can, and run it up to the localish MOT centre. Left it with him on the Friday. Got a note on Saturday to say it had passed with one advisory of tyres close to the limit on one edge. Walked down there on Monday lunchtime from work, paid for the MOT and drove it away. Filled it with fuel that evening, and then on Tuesday morning loaded it up with kit and drove it 435 miles up to Glasgow. Still with green ick in all the trim lines and moss around some of the glass. DILLIGAF? I had an interim stop at a supplier just near PeatBogHorror, which is where I realised I'd not yet got a photo of it: Filthy, but functional wheels. Got up to my hotel that night, with a rather surprising statistic: Seriously? 45.1 MPG? I know it's "only" a 1.8, but it's a supercharged 1.8 with 140-ish BHP, and drives as such. The power delivery is really linear and smooth. It just feels like a 2.5-ish litre engine. And I wasn't dawdling about, as the average speed of 60MPH shows. Considering I had to faff about in town at this end and in PeatBogHorror, those figures are amazing. Assuming they are to be believed... Off to the customer, and shall I park as far away as I can? Nope, right in front of their door.. Looking even more dirty now. The motorways were absolutely filthy. I used an entire tank of screenwash on the journey. That's not saying a lot though as the tank appears to be only 2 litres from it's warning level to full-to-overflowing. So after having then faffed about somewhat around Glasgow, I needed fuel. The tankful came back with these statistics: Which were borne out with the tank-to-tank consumption calc. The fuel computer is accurate to within a few %, which is quite frankly amazing. Leaving the hotel on the Thursday morning, it would appear that all the cool* kids have cars with blacked out rear windows: TBH, I really don't like it. It's been done with tinting paper, so if I get a chance I'll get a hairdrier out and see if I can peel it off. At least from the side windows if not also from the rear windscreen, as I keep looking over my shoulder to be met with a much darker view of the road. Plus the auto-dip rear view mirror is having a bit of a hard time interpreting when there is a car behind. The rear window might not get removed, as I've head it can often tear the HRW elements off at the same time, which would be irritating, as they all work. The return journey was more of the same. Did part of it on Thursday evening after a simply superb Burns night dinner with the julaaaaars. Stayed overnight and visited another company (supplier this time) north of Manchester and then made the return journey home. I didn't quite make it all the way home on that tank, as I'd had a fair bit of mileage on the Thursday before driving down. Just at fill up, I had the best statistic so far: Which was for the leg down from the supplier to just into London. Yes, I was hypermileing it a bit, mainly to see what I could get out of it, but as the 57MPH average shows, I wasn't being absurd. It also seems like the Supercharger is a bit of a restriction below about 2kRPM, so best economy is had by keeping the engine above this. In several sections of 50mph road, this meant *not* being in top gear. It's the first supercharged engine I've ever really driven properly, so there's a learning curve for me to get the best out of it. That fuel-up gave another superb entire-tank consumption figure: Yet again borne out by the pump fuel reading. If driven sensibly, this is a shockingly economic car! Yes, you can get the figure down into the low 20s when schlepping about town, and if you're not on a long run, it's hard to get any more than mid-high 30s out of it. It seems to have a massive range of fuel economy. More so than I think just about any car I've owned before. Drive like a bellend? 18mpg. Hypermile on the motorway? 48mpg. So, a completely unknown car to me has just done 1130 miles with nothing more than 1 litre of oil added when the know-it-all display asked for it, and three entire tanks of screenwash. Oh, and about 120 litres of fuel. Which is amazing, as the E300 would probably have needed nearer 150 litres of diesel fuel for the same journey, at about 20p/litre more than the petrol needed for the C180K. I'm sure the main difference is the manual gearbox. You can almost feel the torque converter losses in the E300. That and the fact that the C180K is a much lighter car, and has better aerodynamics, being a saloon. And fractionally narrower tyres. But mainly the gearbox I think. ... which is a 6-speed. Initially this felt like it has too many ratios to me, and around town / B-roads, you feel like you're constantly changing gear. There were some points I agreed with W who sold me the car that it might be better as an automatic. But, after some experience with it, you tend to block-change an awful lot more than you would with a 5-speed box, which does give you more options. I found myself skipping gears all the time, especially where you can accelerate up to say 50mph, then block change from 3rd to 5th, or indeed if you're not quite at a full stop, you can use 2nd-4th-6th to accelerate onto a motorway or dual carriageway. A 5-speed box with the same ratios for 1st and top would have been quite adequate, but possibly not as flexible. TBH, it spent most of it's time in 6th gear with the cruise control set at a GPS-indicated 70mph (dash showed 71/72 or 115kmh) at which speed top gear is about 2300/2400 RPM, so ideal for keeping the supercharger spinning. It's been washed now, and looks amazing for a 18 year old 160k mile car. There's absolutely no rust I can find, no lacquer peel, no damaged trim, no significant scrapes or marks, no interior damage and no significant squeaks or rattles. The worst "damage" on the car is the gear knob is quite badly worn. That's it. It looks and drives like a car with half it's miles and years. As a car.. I would not have chosen it. The S210 is much more comfortable for me, and with it being a saloon is hopelessly inflexible (rear seats do not fold at all). However, as "an car", bought in bit of an emergency, it's been absolutely superb.
    20 points
  14. One owner from new, who ran it until he gave up driving in his mid 80’s! Locally supplied as well, and spent its whole life in Seaford going by the service records: I haven’t had a proper leaf through, but I appear to have every bit of service paperwork going back to the eighties 😅 I couldn’t pass it up once I knew about it!
    19 points
  15. Weather has been ok for the last few days and today wasn’t a bad day at all so, Still premature as it’s still winter, but I got the Mercury out from hibernation! Checked it over, hooked the battery back up and fired the big bastard up! Took a while to get some petrol to pump up the float bowls, but once it did it fired straight up and ran with no drama. Got it nice and warm and drove it up and down the driveway. Can’t really hit the king’s highway yet because of all the shitty salt but it’s nice to just spend a few hours messing around with it! Roll on spring!
    18 points
  16. Today I finally got 4 minutes of free time to scooch on up to my unit and fit the newly cleaned Monza Recaros to the manta. I pulled the base off and swapped it for the manta one. Perfect fit. Dropped it into the car, bolted it up and had a sit in…. …..ouch!! Ooooo!!! This isn’t right! scrunched up behind the backing foam on the back rest was this! 107% part of an old curtain from the 70s. That material is THICK. I love it already. Mmmmmm comfort.
    17 points
  17. About time !! Been chasing peeling paint for 3 weeks, could have hung myself 🤣
    17 points
  18. morrisoxide

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I'd love take this to the coast and park next to some chump who just splashed 70k, on a crappy 4D number plated V Dud Caravelle.
    17 points
  19. Went at the rear brakes on the T6 today. In my eyes it's a brand new van, 2016 is 2.5 years ago, 1990 is 8 years ago etc etc. It's not a new van: Passed an MOT not 1000 miles ago! New ATE disks and pads all round. Cost 2x what euro carp tarts "brembo" etc would be but I don't trust any of it nowadays, they just put aliexpress shit in a nice box. That done, I had a bit of time on the t25. because it's lifted I run upper ball joint spacers - they sort the geometry out a bit. Mine had the cheapo ones on, but then I noticed that some fanny had been grinding away at one to make it fit some cheapo ball joint and it was very sketchy. paid good money for some "proper" ones which are a lot better, but the bolt holes didn't line up right so I had to get a file out, which is a pissed really. These are a lot thicker and made of steel, hopefully they won't snap off and kill me They do seem a lot more sturdy than the old ones. It's fucked my alignment and now I have plenty of positive camber, so I'll do my best with a spirit level for now and take it up to my usual place to get them to fine tune it
    16 points
  20. Work on the W140 has begun and disassembly of the front suspension started two weeks ago. I'll try to make some progress on that this weekend (without snapping off rusty bolts left and right) while also attempting to reinstall the steering column in the Caprice, hopefully the last puzzle piece for it to pass the MOT. Naturally having several projects going on at the some time wasn't enough though... I received a strange message on Ebay (where Im still advertising the silver E38 as breaker) about a week ago asking me whether I was buying BMW 728i... I replied yes, although Im only really interested in these cars for under a bag depending on equipment levels. While theres always money to be made theres usually not enough to justify the effort for me, the breaker was a huge exception last year. I asked for more info and got the worst photos of a car I've ever seen (below is by far the best). They were just about good enough to tell that it was not a complete rot box and the seller confirmed the original exhaust (and hopefully 700 quid worth of cats) to be present: 850 quid later and I now own my 4th BMW E38 728i in less than two years... Its dark so I haven't seen the car in daylight yet. However, underneath the layer of filth there actually seems to be a fairly solid car! Interior looks much cleaner in the photos than it is. Nothing seems trashed though, not that there isn't any trash around: Recouping some of my expenses already: Complete BMW toolkit, too: I'm currently seeing all kinds of electrical issues, from ABS to engine failsafe messages, central locking to brake lights. Look closely and the engine is still running with the key removed from the ignition... It's likely for most of them to be down to a failing battery though. I have the LKQ/ECP receipt here, its only 2 years old but probably drained when the car was off the road for months (can I claim warranty without my name on the receipt?). Leaving the venting plugs in despite the huge warning label on top should give you an idea what type of owner this car has had before: A short test drive revealed a fairly soft brake pedal and clunking coming from the suspension. I'll see if I can get a better picture by the weekend. The intent with this one is actually cleaning it up, fixing what needs to be fixed and returning it back to the road for a new owner to enjoy for years to come. We'll see if it has the potential for that to happen! Bonus Cadillac/Senator photo. Definitely don't see these two together very often:
    16 points
  21. Huh. Yup. I still own this, it seems. Decided to try continue on the task I started in November. Life got in the way. Mayonnaise and flies. Just what every transmission needs. Cleaned and the dents beaten out. Then spent two hours looking for the seal I bought. Discovered I also need the smaller seal that fits in the top. I'll have to measure and try find an equivalent. Phil
    15 points
  22. sutty2006

    Mini van rescue mission.

    Latest picture in today.
    15 points
  23. So with those jobs ticked off, it’s time to start getting it ready for an MOT. I checked the lights a couple of weeks ago and weird things were happening. The pencil beams lights (you’ll never have heard of those before) were on with the headlights, but there’s no switch for them… so I cleaned the main battery earth up which has some other earths going to it, and that brought them down to a dull dim. so I pulled the relay, which didn’t work, and then pulled the fuse, which also didn’t work…. Standing there stunned, and confused, I remembered there were a pair of headlips in the boot. I set to and replaced them, cleaning contacts as I went, and hey presto! Everything works again. But one problem, the pencil beam lights were on and bright, so I’ve pulled the fuse to shut them down. all is now good!
    15 points
  24. Set to work welding a repair piece into the front floor pan tonight. Cut a clean edge out to weld against. I didn't plan to butt weld this but actually ended up easier to as nowhere really to get a clamp in. The two pieces of metal level made it easy to get a magnet in. This was an absolutely horrible job to do. Leant across the sharp metal inside with my head in the footwell. Wearing goggles, respirator, welding hood and helmet made it a tight uncomfortable fit. I also got blue light shining on the wrong side of the helmet too. Presumably reflecting off the top of the footwell. I really hope the Sand Man doesn't come to visit me tomorrow 😬 Safety goggles are supposed to stop 99.99% of UV light, so that should offer some extra protection. Repair tacked in first on the floor Then onto the inner sill afterwards It's done now. I will need to weld up the front underneath a bit as I appear I went too far with the cutting disc. Also have a small patch to sort at the top of the footwell. Then a case of getting the side panel welded into place. Only the A-post hinge panel and cover to go after that, which allows me to cut the bracing back out. That will need to be reused on the boot/bumper panel. Before the bumper panel, I need to get back to finish what I started this side with and that rear quarter panel. Still a chunk to go but it does feel like I'm getting close. Now the sill is on and once the side panel/a-post is on, it'll feel much more complete and nearer to the end goal.
    15 points
  25. That was an easy fix. This photo was taken with my phone resting on the clutch pedal. That's the blend door motor and associated gubbins just sitting there at the edge of the foot well, unprotected. All I had to do was clip the rod connected to the 'wheel' back into place and I restored full functionality to the vents. Just the windows left to sort now.
    15 points
  26. One of the earliest survivors reached its 30th today.
    14 points
  27. MJK 24

    Truck Shite

    Progress is being made
    14 points
  28. sat in traffic about half an hour ago BANG and jolted forward, immediate panic thinking the gearbox had done an AL4 almost to my relief i'd been rear ended 18 plate fiat 500 with P plates on it and a girl got out in absolute tears apologising bless her her number plate fell off and i have a tiny little mark on my bumper, floor all straight told her not to worry about it, i'm not bothered took me ages to even see any damage i told someone on facebook about it and he told me i should have been angry and told her off i'm sorry but no, a very minor accident with a new driver, i wasn't even angry i was just concerned anyway, car is fine and i'll just buff out the mark
    14 points
  29. Some progress made this morning. I have put a restriction in the inlet pipe to the ICV. Cost of said temporary fix? 1p 3mm hole drilled through it. and inserted into the pipe. Nice an snug. refitted to the car, first cold start and the idle is a little low. (But no longer 3500…. (Lighting box light on because I hadn’t woke the charger whirler up yet), but that was about 550rpm. Too low. so out came the coin, and a 5mm hole drilled through. (I can’t find a 4mm bit, but I’ve plenty of 1p’s to go at) and I slightly higher idle of 900. I’m happy with that for now. It runs and drives again. now to replace the speedo drive.
    14 points
  30. Have you considered another option? https://www.gumtree.com/p/campervans-motorhomes/devon-kalahari-campervan-/1446892308
    14 points
  31. Holy thread resurrection etc etc Helped a friend drag his new purchase out of the driveway where it had sat for at least 6 years. its a proper Dimma with an Mi16 conversion. Absolutely not my cup of tea but my mate loved them as a kid so I was happy to help drag it onto a trailer. Not sure of its future, the shell is pretty bad. First plan is to see if it'll run👀
    13 points
  32. Schaefft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Low mileage Passat with glorious interior for 700 quid: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/543114967602674/
    13 points
  33. What happens when you’ve got a free weekend, some paint and an empty frozen pizza box? You get a slightly crappy diorama for some slightly crappy cars! Still need to add a couple of windows and some finishing touches to it (maybe some little window displays) but once it’s done I’ll continue the street as it were so I can plausible add more cars.
    13 points
  34. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Ford Scorpio ghia 2.9 Cosworth 24v - estate 48k - barn find spares repair | eBay Business seller information mad services Colin Mcrae
    13 points
  35. Majorette even faithfully recreated Volvo's annoying use of saloon rear doors on the estate. The one I picked up at Brentwood last month was the same colour, but with the other wheel style: Seen here with the CX estate I picked up on the same day, in What Car? group test mode.
    13 points
  36. I know a bus company that runs 14 little old merc buses. The air pressure / abs warning on those is on an LCD screen in the instrument cluster, but the clusters are NLA and if the LCD goes, they're not repairable. They have one good dash that they keep in a locked cupboard which gets fitted for the MOT and then immediately removed.. They even rent this good dash out to another local operator, I don't know what they'll do when the LCD finally gives up on the cherished MOT dash, presumably just scrap the buses and shut up shop!😅
    13 points
  37. Yes just like that! have a side boob shot. Love that square body.
    13 points
  38. Onto oil leak fixing, hopefully the gearbox won’t leak any more blood juice onto the driveway with this fitted.
    13 points
  39. To acquire this…. Which is not what it seems…
    13 points
  40. Took Flo out for a shakedown today. Lights working, brake lights working, horn working but the button is in an irritating place and too easy to press by accident…. Runs well on 24v can’t wait to get a couple of 6v batteries and run her on 36v… but this will do for now…the regenerative braking works well too…..
    13 points
  41. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Renault Kangoo 4x4 1.9dci | eBay
    13 points
  42. DavidB

    Fixing my Cavalier

    This is all pretty much done now, just replace sump gasket and put brand new rear caliper radiator and fuel tank in. I replaced the valve stem seals and all the tensioners, pulleys, water pump, gaskets etc. It does turn over, will have to wait as it sits outside while my Mito abuses my ramp. I jet washed the externals and internals of the head and block, some would say this is bad, it gets them clean though. Those of you who get light headed at the sight of blood, avert your eyes, I nicked my finger on the super sharp exhaust manifold gasket.
    13 points
  43. andy18s

    Shite in Miniature II

    Been an interesting week of purchases for me starting off with a pair of Maisto ML's,Pajero evo and the Tipo for not many Levs. I've been looking for a decent ML model to replicate our 270cdi,just need to dump the factory chrome extras and sort a diesel engine swap. I put the Amg up for sale and it went within 20 min,covering the cost of the other. Sunday I got dragged along to a house clearance by the wife,who wanted to go look at a roomfull of crafting and knitting gear. Whilst unboxing another case of wool we found 3 boxes of 1/18 diecast of mainly Maisto.All dusty from being displayed,no boxes and sort of wrapped in bubble wrap I dug a few out and left the wife to negotiate. So I ended up with this selection for 100lev,around £45.
    13 points
  44. Ghosty

    The new news 24 thread

    Wandering home from the pub... Holden Barina outside a takeaway.
    13 points
  45. I do get frustrated with Mattel's blindness to their being anyone outside of America that might possibly want Hot Wheels and Matchbox, especially when they release a store exclusive that I really want! Was rather a lot more than a regular Hot Wheels but considering the recent supermarket price hikes, not that much more...
    12 points
  46. 12 points
  47. inconsistant

    Audi A2

    A bit of progress with the A2... I had a go at soldering in a bit of temporarily ABS wiring in the drivers wheel arch to see if it was the chaffed wiring that was the problem. ABS light still on. Our ever helpful neighbour has a fault code reader so he plugged it in to have a look at what was up. Lots of codes showing so reset and had a look at what came back. Code for mechanical failure of the drivers side ABS Sensor showing so that will need replacing to hopefully put that light out and get it MOTed. Other fault codes related to the EGR stuff so not sure whether the EML is on because of the Oil Level Sensor or whether it's something EGR related. I had a go at the paint on the spoiler. Rather than doing what you're supposed to and check the results of the paint stripper on a tiny bit that is out of sight I merrily slathered the stuff all over, waited, repeated, waited and hosed off. I mean, I couldn’t make it look any worse could I? Oh, yes it appears I could. Going to leave it as it is for the moment while I either work out a plan for refinishing the spoiler or I find a cheap replacement tailgate the same colour to maybe do a swap (the spoiler is bonded onto the tailgate). Someone on the A2oc site noticed from one of my pics I had the wrong jack. Correct jack now bought, the old Lupo/Polo/Arouser one available for cost of postage if anyone wants it. Managed to empty my first tank of fuel, and according to my calculations it’s managed 33mpg, which has been mostly local driving and a couple of train strike day commutes into London, including my first visit to the multi story car park in Penge. What a place. Very relieved to be in a small manouverable car! Last week it went to the mechanic for new ABS and oil level sensor, and a general check over. He cleaned out the EGR flaps and pipes and stuff I don't understand. Came back with no warning lights on and he'd even put it through its MOT which was due next week, so it's got a fresh MOT! Hurrah! I can now spend some time and effort fixing some of the other low level niggles. Looks like it’s a keeper and will remain in the fleet for the time being, so I thought I'd introduce it to the 924, both cars were built in the same ex-NSU Neckarsulm factory 21 years apart!
    12 points
  48. This contrasting pair made an appearance today. Look how tiny the Bedford is - it looks like a half-scale model and even sitting on the front of the trailer it's still lower than the Scania! Last taxed in 1991 and seems in very good shape for something that's been off the road for 32 years so I guess it's a Barn Find.
    12 points
  49. Did find a solitary trailer that I had been after. Fully compatible with the 50 odd year old Cortina pleasingly.
    12 points
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