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  1. 98 points

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    Well... that escalated quickly. Thank you to Autoshite for once again being the enablers that you are. Now, which one of you horrible lot wants to buy my BX to make up for what you made me do?
  2. 92 points
    I think we can all agree that lockdown was a difficult time for many. With less actual work to do I had more time to take stock off just how many projects I have ongoing, realistically i don't have time to progress all of them as much as is needed - Red Rebel, Scimitar SS1, Capri, Boat, etc etc. Thinking about that was a bit depressing so instead I bought a small aluminium bodied electric car with a rotten steel space frame chassis and £1200 of missing batteries to add to the project queue! First three photos taken outside the previous owners house where its been sat since 2016 when he changed jobs and could no longer get to work on a single charge: And arrived back on the isle of wight for probably the first time since it was built here 45 years ago: Cheers, Dave
  3. 75 points

    The new news 24 thread

    Treated myself to a late 40th birthday present today. I'm mega excited, I've wanted a Sprint since being a kid, especially a yellow one so jumped on this when I was offered it. Drove down to Potters Bar this morning to view it and fell in love straight away, it's a million miles away from my old 1500 SE, it's a rip roaring monster which will probably financially ruined me bit it's worth it! It's being delivered by the owner on Tuesday as he gets free train travel and it saved me having to insure and going back again. Definitely my favourite car I've ever bought!
  4. 46 points
    Right. Weekend summary. Day -1 : Yes, minus 1. Work was due to start on Sat but @GingerNuttz couldn't resist prodding at the wobbed up rear door and found it was rotten as fuck at the bottom and filled higher up, probably a dent repair. So roughed in a repair on Fri before I'd even arrived. It'll need loads of hammer and dolly action to look the part but is solid and 100% metal. Once finished everything is going to be drowned in vactan, zinc primer and waxoil so I'll never need to come back to it again! Day 1 - The first actual day of work with me present. I arrived at 10:30am for assessment of front panels and chassis legs. White pen had been used liberally across the car to highlight repairs required. Mr Nutzz had also taken off the bonnet and remaining engine bay clutter and started undoing the gearbox/engine bolts ready for removal. We pushed the car into the garage behind the Triumph Herald chassis as there was a van blocking the gate so we couldn't swap them over. The the strip down of the front end commenced. I started pulling trim and lights off while the Nutzz man made a start on repairing the N/S chassis leg. Removing the front bumper required some angle grinder usage... It was quite grotty behind the lights and grille. As in at least half of the metalwork was entirely absent and the rest was utterly fucked. The corners of the wings and edge of the front valance were entirely filler and up on cutting the rot out we found... Seems the rear arches weren't the only part to get the double skin treatment. At some point a new valance has been glued over the remnants of the old. Although they did at least cut most of the old one away this time... I think it was around this time we decided to pull the engine. This was done properly with a crane and some chains and definitely wasn't* three blokes lifting it out by hand while being really confused as to why the gearbox was also coming despite being detached (because the gearbox mount was totally and utterly fucked). With the engine out we pulled the sump off to admire the condition. This is the big end bearing for No.3... The hardened surface on the crank is entirely gone... This end cap had gotten so hot the metal had blued... The adjacent oil pump was heat seized solid, we couldn't even get it apart... My next video release will show the sheer amount of play in the crank/conrods and the fore-aft movement caused by shagged thrust bearings. I ran a magnet across the bottom of the sump and gained 2mm of metal... We were going to take out the crank but the pulley nut may as well have been welded on and we lacked the right adaptor to get the huge socket on the impact gun... Diagnosis of failure: Catastrophic destruction of big end bearings, potentially accelerated by wear in the thrust bearings but as the engine was all sludged up when I got it it was probably neglected badly at some point in the past anyway. If I'd done a full rebuild when I first got the car it would have been savable, but 12,000 odd miles of use down the line? Nope. Salvageable parts? Nothing. It's entirely knackered, the crank is beyond regrinding, the bores are scored, the area around the main bearings will be compromised from the heat given off by No.3 going supernova so the block is toast, the cam will have 140k of wear and the original head is fucked from long term oil starvation. RIP engine... No evidence of any prior rebuild and plenty of evidence the car had done 138,000 miles... A long life for a Triumph SC engine, but it's now finished. We poked around with the front valance and wings a bit more trying to find solid metal until we decided it was home time at 16:00. The car was pushed back into the driveway for the night., Day 2 - I turned up at around 10:45. Now the gate was clear and we could swap the Dolly and Herald around. We towed the Dolly out with the Acclaim and pushed the Herald clear. The Dolly was then rolled into the garage and the Herald sat on the driveway and well covered with tarps. The front of the car was then bashed/cut to fuck in a hunt for good metal... The "eyebrow" panels that live under the front panel and above the headlights hold the front panels and the wings together and a notorious rot spot due to the location and the number of overlapping panels/seams. Mine were completely and utterly fucked. The remains of the O/S example was removed more or less intact via use of a plasma cutter to use as a template but the section that runs down the side of the wing beside the headlight was entirely missing on both sides. This had us pretty stumped because without knowing how it all went together and what purpose the panel served we couldn't really replicate it or replace it in an effective manner. So we finished a bit early and I hit the internet to find pictures. Thankfully a guy on the TDC forum had documented his concourse resto of a Sprint and there were loads of pictures of the whole area repaired as per it left the factory, so now we have something to work from. A rough up of the O/S "eyebrow" panel has been knocked up and a few test fits attempted but it'll need a fair bit more work to be finalised. Another thing we did do was make up a large chunk of the N/S front valance and indicator mount. Sadly @GingerNuttz doesn't like posting WIP shots (preferring before/after) despite the fact that about 25% into him making a panel is the point where 95% percent of people would say "yup, that'll do" and weld it to the car. so you'll just have to make do with this teaser shot... It took a while to get the indicator area correct as the indicator mount remains vertical while the panel curves both downwards and inwards. A full GRP panel is avaliable from the TDC for £160 + £25 for joining the club, and then a 10 hour drive and £100+ in petrol to collect it from the Midlands. The "eyebrow" panels are avaliable in GRP for £45 each, headlight mounting panels are £52 each. Just to get the panels for the front end would be the best part of £500 and would leave the wings still to be repaired. That's a lot of money/time that can be spent actually working on the car/ buying suspension bushes, etc + time waiting for parts to arrive which would probably need fettled to fit anyway so the decision was made to fabricate the lot... Anyway, work was a bit slower overall on Day 2 but overall still utterly blistering due to the speed Mr Nutzz works at. He's threatened to have the entire front of the car finished by my next visit a week on Sunday which I can easily see being the case...
  5. 42 points
    What have I bought then? Well - what I've been waiting for. A Mk1, Ph2 Renault Clio - with grey bumpers. And three wheel trims. Are they even genuine? I'd like a matching set all round nonetheless. Yes, there was a bit of a scrum for this when @quicksilverposted it up last week. I'm not absolutely certain how I came to be the person chosen to have it. Quicksilver gave the owner's contact details to a couple of us and - for whatever reason - it was me who ended up with it. Obviously you can't force someone to sell you something, and he made the decision of his own free will, but I felt very lucky. It might just be that my email got to him before other peoples, he might have liked the cut of my jib, who bloody knows. Anyway, genuine apologies. It is an absolute peach. 59,000 miles - owned since 1997 - and the most serious MOT fail ever seems to be "Steering system has excessive free play detected at the steering wheel (steering rack fitted) (2.2.a.1b)" Only previous owner was Europcar. I'm chuffed to bits with it. The offside rear arch is a tiny bit rusty, and there's a small dent and scrape on the offside front wing which is easily pushed out. Otherwise, it is A2. Inside, as you'd expect, is immaculate. It has THE steering wheel, and a stunning fabric on the seats. It's pre-watershed now, so you'll have to wait for interior pics. Have you ever driven one of these? I love them. They're squidgy. At 6'1 I sit legs akimbo with a shit eating grin. The engines are zingy, and it really zips along. These MK1 clios also have one of the most satisfying gear knobs of all time too; tremendously rewarding. It was a rather uneventful drive home apart from the occasional flicker of a battery light and the fact it would hold back and turn the radio off if I flashed someone out. Probably current related - NFAR. I managed 54 miles of the 60 mile drive home before I realised it was 21:10 and I hadn't eaten. Pulled into McDonalds and ordered something obscure so they'd have to cook it fresh, and got put in the waiting bays. Once the grub was delivered I reversed out (wanting to eat at home) and promptly stalled. All colour drained from my fat little face, previously decorated with the smile of someone who's about to eat. Click. Nothing. I'd driven 54 miles at high speed - and the battery still laughed at me. Obviously I'd used up the charge in the pack trying to start it 2 hours earlier, so I had to call the wife - who was rather unimpressed as that meant getting in the car and heading out when she'd literally just got into bed. I have to say though, the service was far better than The AA. She turned up within 15 minutes with a smile and no bra on. That's what I CALL the fourth emergency service. My leads had it started in 5 seconds and we headed home. Things to do: Try and charge the battery. It's not very old, but it might just be FUBARd. Get proper battery clamps. These spinny things are weird. I don't like - and it's not currently very safe. Work out what the fuck is dangling underneath the car. It looks like a bulb holder on a wire, but is halfway down? DUNNO. Address wheeltrim situation. Anyone with a nice set of 13" Clio trims please speak up. Drive to all appointments in Cambridge with high levels of Va Va Voom.
  6. 40 points
    95 quid Peugeot

    Gilbern classic shite

    Right we're away, up on lift, Discounting painting the floor and bunging some new lights in 1 hr in Bottle of wine for closest date, of first road blast. Deffo a DNP
  7. 39 points
    Door fixed itself overnight. Woo! Today was move day. Mr @davidfowler2000 arrived at my flat at the exact same time I arrived home from work at around 14:40ish, his steed of choice was his Volvo V70 T6 AWD and a massive trailer was attached to the rear end - An ideal towing rig. Within 30mins the space on my street previously occupied by a Dolomite didn't. Now, loading a non-running car with an engine in the boot onto a tilt bed trailer on a fairly narrow one-way street could have been an utter fuck about. Inexplicably it was easy... By parking the trailer facing downhill at the bottom of the road it was at a much gentler angle once lowered and with a couple of feet to get rolling before hitting the skids the Dolly simply rolled on via gravity. The resulting combination was both aesthetically pleasing and very long... The drive to the workshop was uneventful, the Volvo would still out-drag the Acclaim despite towing a car containing two cast iron engines... Once at the workshop minor poking was done and the quality* of prior repairs was admired. @GingerNuttz's assessment of the bodywork was something along the lines of "pretty good overall" The real work begins on Saturday....
  8. 38 points
    If you lose your second car key, it is clear that, sooner or later, somebody will lock in the only key in Mk1 Focus. The boot lid does not have a release button and thus can be opened only electrically from inside or with a key from the outside of said Car of the Year 1999. Your wife then panics and tries the blame-game, because, you know, it was YOU who lost the other key, the one with remote control. You do not say "Shut the fuck up, Donny", because, after all, she is your wife. No, no, it is not Sobchak time yet. Instead, you let her phone several locksmiths knowing very well this is not the way to go. And you are right, she is quoted €70-100. It is time to remind her you are definitely not paying something close to a quarter of the value of the car just because she left her purse with the key on the parcel shelf. Damn, I did not watch my buddies in Vietnam die with their faces in muck only to be robbed by some fucking locksmith in broad daylight! A call to nearby junkyard confirms your suspicion about the price of a back door glass: "Yup, we got several Focuses here. €10, sir, if you remove the glass yourself. Yup, we are open on Saturdays, till noon." Incoming call from her mother: "Where are you? You were supposed to be here five minutes ago." "The key is locked in our car and we cannot get in." "Why dontcha use a spare key?" "Well, mother dear, because, obviously, we do not have one." "Well then, I will send Robert, he will help you." "No, this really..." Phone is silent and, anyway, she has already switched to her "I can organize anything and where would they be without me?" mode, results of which are always disastrous. Robert is your brother in law, IT person with very limited understanding of pig iron or fine martial arts involving spanner and hammer. Enters stage from left, convinced he can open the driver´s door with a piece of bent wire. Your explanation about the design of the lock being different from what he remembers from Favorit he once opened, some 20 yrs ago, are falling on deaf ears, so it is high time to visit a harware store with the noble goal of purchasing a roll of duct tape. Upon your return, you realize he wrecked the weatherstrip and then door sealing in futile attempts to push the boot switch or catch inner door handle. Leaves stage to the right. Now it is time to cover the window with duct tape nicely and to ostensibly ignore your neighbor who, with open mouth and general expression of village idiot, monitors your every move from behind his curtain. Yes, it is the same idiot who drives Cherokee adorned with Confederate flag sticker, the one who never hesitated to foul-mouth your Fiats, calling them Italian crap which he would, of course, never buy. That is, until you informed him that his Murcan Cherokee is, in fact, equipped with engine manufactured in Italy. (Quick facts: 2,5 TD from VM Motori) He does not speak to you since then. Only now, with the window covered with tape, comes time to release your inner Walter Sobchak. On the offensive glass only, obvs: And off you go to that bloody BBQ with your in-laws, with summer wind blowing in through the hole. Unlike your wife, your 10-yrs old son finds the situation funny and suggests that you shoul leave the door as it is. You offload your family and leave them in the clutches of your father-in-law, who, again, insists on barbecuing pork chops. He always overdoes to the point they are hard enough to break your teeth on them and taste like burnt cardboard. You are lucky - when you return after successful pickup of the new* glass, the chops are gone and yes, you will be happy with the bratwurst and yes, you will serve yourself. You then spend the afternoon changing the glass and vacuuming shards, which gives you a nice excuse for not talking or listening to anybody around.
  9. 38 points
    I popped the chrome and caps off the wheels. They were a bit of a mess, cosmetically challenged you might say. I could get the tyres taken off and run them down to the blasters but I'm trying to save a few quid. I can do these myself, just a matter of time. I removed as much rust and old paint as possible. They've survived well considering nobody's touched them for 45 years. Applied a rust treatment to the entire wheel. Turns to a black paintable surface once it's finished doing its stuff. Masked up the tyre and valve stem. The tyres will be replaced but I don't want to stare at overspray while I continue to use the old ones. Heavy coat of etch primer. Then some sanding before a heavy coat of satin black. Then masking and lots of it. Wheels of this style are a pain to paint, but the results are well worth a thorough masking job. Some strato silver and a splash of lacquer completes the wheel. The spare doesn't have a tyre on it yet. Very pleased with the masking job, I touched in any imperfections with a small brush before applying the lacquer. Took about 13 hours to do all 5 wheels, glad its over! I'll fit the centre caps and chrome embellishers at a later date. I've also done some upholstery in the boot. Originally there was black carpet and it's all knackered. Cut and glued in some new stuff. I've used some campervan type carpet that can be stretched and molded to complex shapes. Still a way to go yet. Gets better with each weekend, well chuffed with the wheels.
  10. 36 points
    Back out at the car today. I've bought a fuck load of shit for it recently... New suspension bushes all round. Payen head gasket set Top/bottom end gasket sets Timing chain tensioner/gaskets Valve guides + stem seals Cam followers Oil pump Coolant hoses Brake flexis all round 30W running in oil 2x 20w50 mineral for the first two changes Paint (twice) I think I've now officially spent more money on the resto than I did buying the car in the first place. I'm gonna' tot it all up when it's done and not a minute sooner! 🤣 S0. To recap the car looked something like this a couple of weeks ago after significant prodding It now looks like this: Yup, first bunch of filler now on the passenger side and in the process of being sanded back. There is a lot of sanding to go mind, there should only be a tiny skim to even out the hammer marks by the time it's done... The driver's side still needs a couple of tweaks before it's ready for filler. Here is is pre-filler to prove it isn't sculpted from P38: A fairly important thing to note here is that because the metal left on the car was so corroded there was essentially nothing left to work from. The lower corners of the front wings were entirely misshaped filler, the headlight retaining structure was gone entirely, as were half the bumper mounts. All the new metal work has been made by @GingerNuttz from scratch and working from photos online because there was either nothing left or what was left was bodge... It also appears that either there were a couple of varieties of front valance or that the tooling got so worn out the later cars were different to early ones... The leading edges of the front chassis legs were also entirely replaced, as were several panels behind the valance - I cunningly failed to take any pictures. In engine terms the basement raid came up trumps. In 1970 the Triumph 1300 engine was significantly changed to share it's bearings with the 6-cylinder cars. This made them less rev-happy and caused premature failure of bearings. This meant there was also a change for the timing cover and crank seal, with later cars have a larger diameter and a much bigger pulley. The Dolly being a '77 was running a "large journal" engine, the replacement is a mid 1960s "small journal" engine from a 1300fwd. This meant I needed an appropriate timing cover/seal, which I was lacking. Thankfully I'd picked up a Herald 12/50 1200cc engine for free a while back "just in case", and these feature the same diameter crank and use the same timing cover as the "small journal" 1300 units, so I had the required parts "in stock"! I'll still have to use the smaller 1300fwd pulley as there is a taper on the end of the crank, but this should be fine provided I change the size of the water pump and alternator pulleys accordingly. @GingerNuttz has rebuilt the cylinder head. It has new valve guides fitted and a mixture of it's original valves and spares from @GingerNuttz's Herald re-lapped in. He's also removed a significant amount of casting flash and superfluous metalwork in the inlets for better air flow! We pulled the cam out and found that there was some scoring to the end-most surface so it was swapped for the Herald's original cam as well, which also featured slightly more lift. We drenched it in assembly lube before fitting. With that decided the gasket and front plate were fitted and the end float on the cam checked - We're in spec! I checked the torques on all the main/big end caps and fitted the new oil pump. Then we checked the end float on the crank. It's within tolerance but not by a huge margin. At this point we shall mention paint. I'd been deliberating on a shade for ages and had come to the conclusion I wanted BRG, specifically Triumph's own variant. As per this: There was a 2k paint kit on eBay for "BRG" from a supplier in the Midlands but not specifying an exact shade, so I phoned up and enquired and the bloke on the phone said that although they did have a generic "BRG" shade if I specified the colour code in a message with the order it could be mixed up and that they did do the correct Leyland BRG. Belter. The paint arrived. It's labelled as "BRITISH RACING GREEN RAL6009" and is a putrid shade of very nearly brown and a consistency of water. GR9. I'd ordered it straight to the workshop so the first time I actually saw it in person was today. It was just as horrible as it looked in pictures. So we went down to a local paint supplier and deliberated over swatches for far too long before picking an appropriate looking shade. They tap the code into the computer "it comes back as Leyland Brooklands Green". After all that we'd managed to pick out the exact colour the had been when it rolled out of the factory... On the scrap plate to the left is the RAL6009, the paint on the tin lid is BL Brooklands and the paint on the car is... Something random it's been sprayed in the past. One thing is for sure and it's that it'll look ace in the proper colour! By the time we got back from the paint shop it was packing up time so work shall continue tomorrow. I think the plan is to have the engine assembled so it doesn't get filled up with filler dust during the sanding marathon...
  11. 36 points
    I'm not one for posting pictures of things half done but the fuzzy pictures are doing my head in 😂 It's still a work in progress and I've only got 4 hours on it since the weekend and I'm working from pictures to make these panels so quite slow progress I'm afraid. It's all just tacked atm so i can make sure all the body lines meet and lights fit etc d
  12. 35 points
    I'm not sure you're ready for the interior pics; but then again I doubt you ever will be. A gentle shampoo should have them looking SHOWROOM. Renault mats all round too which is lovely - what a little gem.
  13. 33 points

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    I realised there's the pictures on the advert I can stick in here so you can see a bit better what we saw on the day. These photos are surprisingly honest, the only deception being that the car is wet which makes it look a bit cleaner and shinier than it really is. Otherwise, what you see really did seem to be how the car is. Passenger side is the worst side, as usual. This is the side the looks to have had a replacement front wing, the worst of the rust on the outer sill, and the only rust holes of note we could find on the inner arch. The driver's side is much tidier, though the outer sill does of course need a little attention which is really to be expected, especially when you see how easily dirt and moisture can get trapped on the back of the outer sill panel. It's got a bit of a whiskey dent (cheers for that, Coldwarmotors) on the front wing and a little filler, though some panel beating would probably see this right again since it's not serious. At the back, the paint is quite thin on the bootlid, which is aluminium, and the bumper has had a bit of a bump, unsurprisingly, so you have to ease the overrider a tiny bit for it to clear the boot lid. Surprisingly has a locking fuel cap, I hadn't expected that. Inside, there's no carpet and the door cards are a bit saggy and tired. The seats are still quite comfortable, even though they're a little cracked in places and have a couple of tears. We haven't decided if we're getting the seats reupholstered with new, or are going to just attempt to repair the damage and retain the aged look. A new carpet will be going in, that's not particularly difficult or expensive on a car this small and simple. The woodwork is in suprisingly good shape, as are the headlining and sunvisors. The battery box under the rear seat was nice and solid and all of the floor boards are in excellent shape. The car must have spent a lot of its life indoors, it's so dry and free of sun damage inside it would be hard to believe it had spent any significant amount of time outdoors. I failed to take a note of the mileage, though I wouldn't be surprised if its been around the clock at least once. I will of course take some more in depth shots when it arrives, and of what we uncover as we work through everything.
  14. 32 points
    Well HELLO everybody, Yes, I have the (dubious) pleasure of now looking after the CX which was the subject of a recent roffle experience. Now named "Shonky" after the HubNut video, it's time to actually do something with it! Since getting it recovered, I have had a little look over it, enjoyed the marvellous comfy seating for a cup of tea and started and moved it a few times. I did take the opportunity of a photo or two just before my BX was picked up on Saturday. Anyway, I have it booked in for an MOT tomorrow to find out exactly what is needed to become hopefully road legal. This of course means I get to enjoy a drive to the garage! This will be my first CX driving experience and I haven't driven a left hand drive for about 20 years so that should be entertaining. I have a 1 day insurance to get it there and back afterwards! The plan is simply MOT and then look through the fail sheet and get it all priced up. Fingers are (will be) firmly crossed as whilst prepared to spend a fair amount to get this lovely old thing roadworthy, I do not have a bottomless pit of cash available. Let's wait and see how many pages the fail sheet(s) run to.....
  15. 32 points

    The new news 24 thread

    Today I have been a postman for thirty years. I got a badge.
  16. 31 points
    OK, today I got Huggy back from the garage. They haven't put the new wheel cylinders on; they managed to free off the nipples that are already there. The bill still came to just over £150, and remember I bought the new cylinders independently! So I went for a celebratory drive. Everybody else seemed to have the same idea, unfortunately, and not one of them wanted to go over 40 even where it was legal. Worse: they were all driving diesels, and I couldn't stay far enough back that I wouldn't be constantly inhaling their exhaust. How lovely.* So I stopped to take a photo... If anyone knows the Barrow area, have a guess where I was! You might win a random diecast! So, I got home and set about primering the work I've done. This is what it looks like now... I was a bit close to my wall to shoot the front wing but you get the idea. It now looks like the trunk does. Oh boy it was nice to drive Huggy again on the (sort-of) open road. I've got more work to do but I'm going to have a little break.
  17. 31 points

    W123 Collected

    So it’s home. Drives lovely. Was owned for 27 years by the same family then a couple of recent owners who didn’t have it long. The last had the seat base repaired at Mercedes which wasn’t cheap. Right material but obviously a bit brighter than the original. Had loads of history which is nice. It’s in good nick but no means perfect. The front jacking points have some recent black paint splashed over them. But apart from that looks amazing rust free. Options it has are elec sunroof, automatic trans, front armrest and metallic paint. It doesn’t start right on the button without a bit of throttle when warm. Have ordered a big service kit so will see if that can cure it. These are repo number plates from the originals but the font looks off to me? What should it have? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 31 points

    It is just so Super (Sentinel).

    Things start to look a lot more waggoney these days so pictures of bits of cast steel begin to make more sense. Let's start with a first fit of the rear hubs and brake drums. When we last saw these they were in the lathe being turned. This is what they look like when they come out of the lathe. Note lifting strops. You do not lift these by hand. And this is what they look like when they are fitted for the first time to make sure all the measurements were somewhere near right. You will also see that there is a bit of chain held in place with some rope. This was to let us count up what chain we needed to buy. And from the front. It should now be clear how it works and why the crankshaft needed to have so many gears in it. Also in shot is the alternator which takes a chain drive off the back of the main drive sprocket. This is not original but the original set up looked shit, didn't work and you couldn't spin the dynamos of the day fast enough to get any meaningful output from them. This set up will let us spin the alternator fast enough to be able to drive round with full beam on at night. This is actually the smaller chain you could specify. If you were knocking seven bells out of the waggon you could opt for 2" pitch chains but these are more than enough for what we are doing. You will also see that everything lines up. Chain is surprisingly cheap these days even for Renold stuff. The alternator (it is an alternator in a dynamo looking body) so you can see the chain sprockets. Once the body is on you won't see any of this. Now we have some brake drums that just leaves the brake shoes to sort out. First you need a shaft to work the brakes. This is worked fairly hard so we've gone for EN24. Here is the shaft being turned down and having a thread cut on the end. And this is the paddle that screws onto the end. The brake arms turn the shaft and the paddle forces the shoes out. Modern wagon drums work in the same way. And these springs turned up. These hold the brake shoes about where they are meant to be. In the original set up these were the only return springs but on the steam brake modification there is a pair of big springs doing that job so we aren't asking very much of these. While in turning up mood these arrived too. They are the castings for the body mounting brackets. These bolt to the chassis rails and then mountings that are bolted to the oak bearers mate with these. I think the idea was to try to keep things flexible. For some reason this photo is upside down. And the S can't go out because the boiler inspector isn't coming out yet because lurgey so a historic wrong is being righted. When the paint was put on in 2008 something went wrong with the sides and we've not bothered to put it right. Here is some paint being subject to some major correction. Fortunately all of the paint which has gold leaf on it is fine. This is a relief. And at last we come to something that is almost, sort of related to the work of Autoshite. If you jump back to page 1, picture 1 you will see that the dominant feature of the cab are the two oddly shaped plates that fill in the gaps between the windscreens and the front panel which we shall call the cheek plates. Originally these were pressed and then "fitted" into whatever shape each finished waggon took. If you consider the manufacturing techniques, the materials involved and the tolerance between bolts and the holes shown in the drawings there must have been a lot of variation. Anyway, pressing them isn't an option so we'll have to do these by hand. This is a shame because I'm not a tin basher. What we did do was bought a copy of the DVD from this man here https://metalshapingzone.com/ . Which I would strongly recommend buying. I am sure there are others but this one is very helpful for no other reason than the rather important lesson that if something is going wrong just keep hitting until it goes right. The early stages of shaping something seem to be very disheartening and it was reassuring to see that when someone who knows what they are doing starts a job it also looks like you've driven over it. Anyway. some bits of 18swg sheet steel cut roughly to the right sort of shape so you have enough metal but not too much. The rotten piece of steel is roughly what we are trying to make. It was pulled from a river bed in Cumbria in the late 1980s so it's had a hard life. If you look carefully at the pattern you'll see felt tip pen markings on it. I came up with a plan to make it in three pieces. and the black lines show roughly what the three pieces will need to look like. And you need some hammers. We have amassed a fair collection of body hammers, spoons, slappers and dollies. If only we knew what we were doing with them. You can probably make out that the square faced hammer is a shrinking hammer. And because we are bashing curves then some stakes are a good idea too. A few years ago we found a job lot of stakes which I suspect came out of a school workshop and they come on all sorts of shapes and sizes. This is the one I have found the most useful. What I don't have just now is a picture of the leather sand bag which is also essential for hitting things. And off we go. I started by taking a best guess at the development of the slightly conical shape is was aiming for and formed it in the folders. I am quite sure those who know what they are doing are laughing already and I'm going to need to spend an age dressing out the fold marks but it was a start. Once the cone shape was there you need to start forming the flange where it fixes to the apron plate (they are rivetted in). Here is the start of the offside one. You can probably see that the flange is pretty tight at the top and then eases as you come along the front apron. The exact curve is difficult to get right but when it is wrong you can see it straight away so you just keep working until it looks right. And you just keep working it until it goes right. It is painfully slow. You can also see I've been messing around with a slapper dressing out the fold marks. I reckon that it is fitting pretty well here. And from the side. You will also see that the offside door got made and fitted too. You should be ble to see why the flange has to be stretched and dressed into shape because you are trying to form more than one curve. I am pretty sure that this is why apprenticeships used to be seven years long. The panels are handed so while we have a pattern for an off side one there isn't anything to copy for the nearside. What I decided to do was to get one bit of the offside done then straight away do the same section on the near side. That way I wouldn't forget how I made the bloody thing and the chances of making things look right from side to side got better. This is the nearside one somewhere near. It is not easy to make out but it should be possible to see where the curves are and why they have taken a lot of stretching and dressing to get the flange right. The piece of angle iron is part ofthe cab. That is what the windscreen sits over. Then flushed with success I pressed on with the second section of the nearside one. You can't make it out but the apron is curved across the front (about a 12 foot radius) so there was yet another curve to fit this to. It is about this point that the clamp situation became critical so more were ordered. And from the side. The join between the apron plate and the cheek plates is "hidden" by a D beading that is formed around the top of the apron plate. Note clamps everywhere. The butt hasn't been fitted properly yet but it is getting there. Once it is in the right place it I'll gas weld it. You see both the inside and the outside of these panels so the welds will need to be good. And that then leaves the spherical bit to fill in the corner. I only got this started last weekend so it is still a work in progress. Stretched it with a ball pein hammer over the sandbag and then just keep dressing it over the stake until the shape starts to appear. See? It curves in both directions. Note the elderly Sykes Pickavant body hammer. Nice hammer that. So this weekend's job is to keep hitting that until it fits and then start tacking things up.
  19. 30 points
    You may have picked up from some other threads that I have been lucky enough to snag Bob the Renault 6 from @Slowsilver and today Bob was picked up from Milton Keynes and delivered to me by Dave at Windmill Towing (13/10 good boy can recommend). Progress so far can be seen in this thread: Thing is, my first car was a Renault 4 (almost the same engine) and back at my parents' place I knew of an engine and box that was in good running condition, er, about 20 years ago. Since then I had been agonising over whether I should buy Bob from Slowsilver to continue the saga. After all, I had access to an engine, and therefore it seemed like I should... So when Bob was offered gratis I made a snap decision and said yes please. Since then I've been worrying over whether I've done the right thing. I'm very good (or perhaps bad) at taking on unrealistic projects which then turn out to be rather difficult and adversely affect my mental health. I fear this may have happened again. But whatever happens, you can follow the story here. I extracted the donor engine from its resting place and loaded it up, brought it back to my unit, and ordered an engine crane. This morning I was all set to pop out, separate engine and box, get the engine on the stand and then work on it at my leisure. Here is the engine and box, optimistically dangling from my engine crane (bonus audio geekery in the background @Dan_ZTT) Needless to say, it's all gone to pot. This was the first sign of trouble. Look by the strap - there's a big rusty hole in the sump pan. There has been animal ingress. This is what came out as I was trying to remove the box. That means (at best) moisture will have been free to get into the bottom end. At worst, the sump was holed before the car was parked up, and my dad had forgotten that detail, and this engine was seized 20 years ago. Still, I pressed on. Undid all the gearbox mounting bolts. But the gearbox will. not. come. free. from the engine. I've got some clearance now between engine and box, probably about a quarter of an inch, but it won't come any further, The HBOL is full of dire warnings about "at no point let the weight of the gearbox be supported by the input shaft" but that will have happened several times by now. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUdge it. To top it all off, it started drizzling, the sort of drizzle that gets everywhere even when you're working undercover. I knew Bob had been picked up at not-much-after-8AM and it was getting to the stage where I needed to clear the unit to have space. So I miserably manoeuvred the engine back into the boot of the Saab, dismantled the crane, put that in too, and cleared the unit. Oh yes, and I'd been planning to get it on the stand and then drain all the fluids in a nice tidy fashion, but needing to put it back in the car with a loose gearbox meant it had to be tipped backwards and forwards... and what engine oil was left in it was now on the floor of my unit, and/or the floor of the Saab. Yeah. "low ebb" describes it. The actual arrival of Bob was pleasingly easy. The car is so light that it was very straightforward to push it into position. I suppose after all that negativity we should look at some good points. Bob is an absolutely charming car. The interior is fantastic. The trim and switchgear has that elegant French feel in spades. The Renault 6 is a lovely shape, and I think better looking than an R4. All the bits are there - I had a look round and the only trim I can see missing is the "6" from the boot. So it will be eminently possible, given a working engine, to Properly Restore this car. The sump from the original engine will hopefully fit this one. It will need the floor welding and a new exhaust. There's a lot more surface rust than I had hoped, but equally, the structure looks in very good order. However, I am not a bodywork guy. So I see my job now as to get an engine running and installed and get Bob mobile and safe to be on the road. Then he will be moved on, hopefully to someone with the bodywork skills to give him the finish he deserves. Next thing is to get this engine out of the Saab again, and keep trying to separate the engine and box. I really need to get it on the stand so I can strip it down to just the engine, no ancillaries, and try and get it turning over - or diagnose conclusively if this engine is as irretrievably fucked as the original - in which case I will just have to find another Luckily I know where there are a few more...
  20. 30 points
    Success! Nearly!! The plan for this afternoon was to get the old bumper irons out and assess the situation. They came out in about 2 minutes once I realised that they bolt in from the boot, not underneath. Hurrah. Props to Mrs Identity who had to hold the boot open as the gas struts are fucked and new ones are No Longer Available. Well, actually they are but they’re in the garage and I haven’t been arsed to fit them yet. It’s only been 2 years. M8 Bolts were fine to reuse (wasted £4 there) and I found another bumper clip in the boot (£3.50 wasted there) Approximate fitting up stage. Remembered to pull the wiring through before it was too late and then started winding in the bolts. Yes, that is a 24v RR and yes I’m fully aware how fucking big it is. But. No matter what I do, I can’t get the cunt (second time this year I’ve used that word) to sit straight. Took it all off again and did the bolts in a different order but it won’t play the game. I’m wondering whether one of the arms is bent slightly further down, or whether I could do with slightly longer bolts to wind it up. It doesn’t look to be fouling anywhere, although I did have to hammer the metal flange (fnar) on the offside rear so the end of the bumper would sit flush. So, we’re about an inch adrift which is perfectly in keeping with the bASe but quite annoying. As my old boy says “a blind man would be pleased to see it” but I’m not happy. Still, fortuitously, the “good side” is fine. So let’s just end on that positive!
  21. 29 points
    The 23rd of October. That was the last time I bought a car for myself. And some would say "why would you buy more cars? You have an elephants sufficiency already". They would be right. 9 long months I studiously avoided vehicular transactions, Concentration was focused on the current fleet, and progress made. Then, @Lacquer Peel casually mentioned a desire to get rid of his Berlingo, and that was me off the wagon again. Why? 1. Who doesn't Ike a new car? 2. Have you met me before? 3. It's MOT'D til March 21 4. It had a new rear axle in March this year 5. 4 new tyres 6. I need an estate/van for lugging some shit about Anyway, enough natter. 2005 2.0HDI. 207K It's the Desire* spec Meaning: Remote central locking which works Abs Turbo Electric front windays Opening rear side Windows Rear wash wipe It's also the #multispace so has hunnerts of cubbyholes Fuck knows what I'mma do with it..
  22. 29 points

    The new news 24 thread

    The new toy arrived yesterday! I'm so happy to own it, I've wanted one for years but never thought I'd be able to afford one but a few thrifty deals with the Granada and Marina meant that I easily had enough money in the end. The previous owner ran it up to me from Potters bar and I dropped him off at the train station, can't say better than that. Unfortunately I can't really drive it yet as the clutch isn't engaging properly, the pedal isn't coming up enough and it won't go in gear with the engine running and when it is running the cars driving with your foot still on the clutch! It's pissing out DOT4 too so I'm expecting a hydraulic problem is the cause. Anyway spent some time removing the stickers and cleaning some bits up. It's had a absolute mint spent on it in the last 10 years, over £10k in receipts, it must have single handedly kept Rimmers in business! Apparently its had a full engine and gearbox rebuild and a body restoration so fingers crossed its a good one, it's only done 71000 miles. 1st owner of 2 years was a manager at Unipart and was owned by BL. I'm well excited!
  23. 29 points
    I failed to take any pictures today, but @320touring kept a decent record of today's proceedings... Your average street furniture circa 1995. Fucked engine Flywheel tae fuck. Crank pulley tae fuck. Timing cover tae fuck (after wrestling with one stuck screw for ages) Timing assembly tae fuck Tensioner was fucked, chain was slack as buggery, teeth on the sprocket were fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked. Backplate tae fuck, and the start of cleaning... There was quite a lot of cleaning/wire brushing/sandblasting... Not fucked engine On the stand with aid of Dolomite backplate Removal of head studs because some had damaged threads. At this point @GingerNuttz had gone off with the cylinder head to the workbench and started porting it because he isn't building anything featuring the levels of casting flash BLMC considered acceptable... Looking at two very different crank pulleys featuring two very different nuts and two very different oil seals... This was during a period of a lot of pondering and a lot of thinking about how we could actually get this engine to function in a rwd application... (No, I'm not going to use that head gasket on the new engine, it was just a cushion for the head when in transit. I've a nice Payen one to go on!)
  24. 28 points

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    I shall let you know. I've never driven a pre-selector or a car with rod operated drum brakes before. I imagine it will be a combination of charming and slightly terrifying. Conservation of the current appearance is the goal. We got it to run and idle with just fresh fuel, and aside from a broken flexi on the exhaust (which looks to be the newest thing on the car), it seemed quite happy. All the electrical things work, including the semaphors, and it doesn't seem to have ever had anything modernised. No modifications will be occuring. Going to be a steep learning curve this one. Despite appearances, it seems to be very solid indeed. Tiny bit of rust in the superficial outer sills, and a little hole on the passenger side rear inner arch is the only corrosion of note. Wooden frame seems very solid, doors don't sag, nothing feels flimsy. Floor is in surprisingly good shape, which is more than can be said for the tyres which look like they're about as old as the car. Quite comfortable too, which is always a bonus. Front passenger wing is probably a replacement, it doesn't quite match everything else, and that's okay.
  25. 28 points
    quick update on this Volvo which is now my daily driver!!!! There were a couple of outstanding issues on it before it hit the road... 1) noisy aux belt idler - bought a new one off eBay for £14 and lobbed it on. Easy win. 2) stereo sounding shit on one side. I spent a bit of time fannying about with this till i realised it was not one side but the rear speakers which sounded rubbish. There was some sound but it was really muffled and rubbish. I pulled the stereo out the dash but there wasnt a lot to see, just one round multiplug with all the speaker wires in going to an amplifier under the seat. So, i pulled the seat out. I tried to 'move the fault round' by chopping the amplifier wires and joining them up differently to see if the faulty sound moveed with it. It did, so I decided the amplifier must be duff. I soldered the wires back together properly and ordered a new amp off eBay for £15. With that fitted the stereo was back in the game and sounding GR9! i even hoovered the carpets for all the two-bucket wronguns. Anyway at that point I had done all the issues I could find: timing belt and waterpump noisy aux belt idler broken ABS ring shitty handbrake droney wheelbearing etc. So when @colc came and took the Croma away there was nowt for it but to insure this and go for a drive. I must say this thing is a flipping treat to drive. Mega smooth and super comfy seats. The aircon is ice cold, no lights on the dash and the aux-in adaptor means I can listen to my favourite podcasts and bangin' choonz while I waft round. I am LOVING IT. One minor concern I do have, is that i think that despite changing the expansion bottle it may have a minor coolant leak. I can't find the leak, but I suspect its losing a little. Theres no damp patches in the engine bay, no steam in the exhaust, no water in the oil and no condensation under the oil cap so i dont think its owt terrible and it might even be just me being paranoid as the coolant finds its level after changing the waterpump etc so i jsut have to keep an eye on it I guess. But for 189k it drives amazingly well, it really pulls like a train and I think uses no more juice than the Croma. i feel like a winner driving round in it. Thanks @bramz7 I love it!!!!!
  26. 27 points

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Goodbye Norma JeanThough I never knew you at allYou had the grace to fight Mike Tysonand got punched around the ringYou're scrawled out on the woodworkby someone with no brainThey set you next to some cannabisAnd they made you change your name And it seems to me, that you've been sprayedby a piss head in the wind£1 shop aerosols trying to cling onwhen the rain set inAnd I would have liked to have known whogot it airbrushed by Bezis that Jackie Charlton above the boy from Kes? Loneliness was toughThe toughest role you ever playedeBay hosted this scooterAnd pain was the price that we all paidI hope we've not yet died when the HIAB dumps you on the groundAnd the DVLA website states 'Vehicle details could not be found' Goodbye Chico MarxThough I never knew you at allYou can't be pleased to share a spaceWith Alistair Stewart at allHe he had to go before the the beakThe Police Camera Action king Who escaped being seen as sexualBy the boys in Brixton, C Wing And it seems to me its needs TWOCkingBy a toker who's just skinnedNever knowing how to ride it,When the rain set inAnd I would have liked to have heard there was a pretty epic skidAnd the murals burned out long beforeYour headlight ever didYour murals burned out long beforeYour headlight ever did https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/lambretta-1977-148cc-stunning-show-bike-scooter-moped-vespa/124267874674?hash=item1ceef14972:g:DdEAAOSwLdRfAzvu
  27. 27 points
    Yeah this kinda happened a few years ago. It’s a 998 on a 1991 plate. It’s hideous. We bought it for £630 and it ran and drove but the MOT had expired It’s been badly repaired in the past with mastic Glue and shitty bits of metal. Both A pillars are shot inside and out. The floors are like a sieve and the rest of it is crusty in places. Previous owner spent £££ on shiney chrome bits but neglected to repair thing properly. For example it had twin spotlights in the middle, both scotch locked into the offside headlight. Very poor. It’ll need doors, they’re buggered. Took the brake servo off which was full of fluid.... so the list of parts is going to increase daily. Luckily 99% of parts are available for these. I took it up to my unit about 2 years ago to store it until we had time. Today we collected it and brought it home. Plan is to remove the engine/box combo and then the shell will go up to FIL where they can repair it together. While the engine stays at home to be rebuilt. Watch this space. I already hate it.
  28. 27 points
    Enough. Just enough of this. Can you just stop making Invacar references everywhere and about everything? That's what your own Invacar thread is for. If you want to make a comment then just make the comment. If you want to add something wholesome to the conversation, then by all means but looking for Invacar references where there just aren't any is getting tiring.
  29. 26 points

    W123 Collected

    No just been in France for a few weeks swanning about and it was located at home. Just a couple of hour drive home now. These are some pics the seller sent me. Will take some good ones when I am home. Just stopped for some fuel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  30. 26 points

    The new news 24 thread

    My Caro came back from the body shop, so I drove it to work today. Happy to have it back. Painted areas look pretty good as long as you don't look too closely at reflections. Also, I found a cool Transit while taking the scenic route home.
  31. 25 points
    Time to look at the gearbox... I have the original 4 speed unit which I think is a Type E but I may be mistaken. I've driven many Capri's, Consuls & Granada’s with a 4 speed box. For me personally they cry for 5th gear at 70 and Ford's reluctance to offer overdrive or 5 gears in the late 70s/early 80s really shows on today’s faster roads. I'd planned to put a 5 speed in my car from the beginning of this thread. Fortunately working in my profession the right gearbox is never very far away. Here we have an early 5 speed type 9 from about 1983. It came from a 2.3 mk2 Granada which I have driven so I know it’s good. Being a 2.3 it’s got the right input shaft and bell housing for my engine. Should be a straight swap. It’s covered in oil from the 2.3 it was attached to, so much oil I'd say that engine leaked from day one of ownership. After a massive degreasing session it came up quite well. I'll take some of it apart and replace the essential gaskets and oil seals. I don't think it leaks but I'd rather put some fresh gaskets & seals in it, Only issue is the bolt for the cross member bushing has seriously corroded into the tail shaft housing. Despite several attempts at removing the sheared bolt with 19mm nuts and welding it just continued the shear until there was nothing to weld to. I drilled the rest out and re-tapped the hole. Lots of cleaning, degreasing and a few seals & gaskets. Primed & painted all the various parts ready for reassembly. Chuffed with the results and it still goes in all the gears! I left the gasket between the box & intermediate plate because you have to remove the main shaft to replace it and I didn't fancy that. I'm no gearbox expert so I always get a bit concerned when I start messing about with them. With so many jobs complete I sorted through and organised my remaining parts. Found these! They won’t be going on but I did laugh when I found them.
  32. 25 points

    Actual! collection mission.

    Purchased and loaded! It's in fair condition, no major crustiness or immediate welding needed. The vendor was a nice enough guy but fuck me, when you're trying to sell a classic car for ££££, give it a clean off, charge the battery and put some fuel in it FFS!
  33. 25 points
    Saw this posted today... Made me smile!
  34. 25 points
    And... here we go Whew! The Jag drives very well, as you'd imagine with such a low mileage. It's far from perfect but with a bit of a fettle it'll be a very pleasant way to waft around for someone. A proper clean is in order, along with a cleanout of the throttle body as it wants to idle at 2k rpm all the time. Current thinking is to have this around while I resurrect the XJ40 as it may be handy to have as a reference/temporary donor of parts whilst troubleshooting. Although the engines are different-the X300 has coil on plug and the XJ40 distributor. I may also take the full stainless exhaust off this for the XJ40. We'll see. Number of roadworthy cars - 1
  35. 24 points
    Hi All, Introduced myself over there in the appropriate location and the current motor got some interest so thought I'd share a bit more about it as I will have further questions for some of the merc boffins. If this is better suited to News24 then feel free to move it and scald the back of my hand with a hot teaspoon. 192k Miles 190D Auto - UK car re-registered in N.Ireland. Willow Green met Ext paint Red cloth Int Questionable service history. PIB6847 - originally registered as E342LYM (London Reg) I'll go into unnecessary detail as someone might find it interesting besides me. But if nothing else, it's the first time I've jotted this down as a record so it's useful for me if nothing else. Twas 1989(ish). My grandparents were over from Norn Iron visiting us in Northumberland (me aged 6ish) and buying a new car (W201 190D). They arrived in their 1981 W123 Mercedes (File photo purely because it's a memorable colour with with matching wheel trims - I'm yet to find an original photo). I vaguely remember going with them to the local Cragside Merc dealership but the actual purchase was a private sale 2nd hand 190D from Middlesbrough. The car was reregistered on a local Armagh reg (a UK reg'd car in South Armagh back in the 80's wouldn't have been a great thing to have). Many yrs pass and the W123 was sold and replaced by a new 2003 C-Class diesel. I wish I was old enough to have appreciated the W123 at the time. No idea of it's fate or full reg. Scrap/PX/sale/could be anywhere. *As a side note, my current Optometrist in Somerset lived in Armagh near my grandparents growing up. Grandparents were known in the community and she even remembered the blue W123 and most of the reg! That is come random coincidental commitment there. 10 points to hufflepuff* Roll on a few more yrs, my grandfather passed away and my gran took on the responsibility of running both cars by alternating them week by week. Traveling all over Ireland for work as well as substantial local use. Then month by month. Until her dementia took over and both cars sat in the garage unused (with the exception of a couple trips into town when she forgot she couldn't drive/didn't have a license/couldn't remember where she parked it/pure stubbornness of being told she couldn't!). The C-class was sold on but my mum mentioned to my uncle that I would be interested in 'the old one' so it was retained. Gran moved out of the family home and in with my uncle and extended family. The car came with, looking sorry for itself, but she kept wanting to drive it and was told there was constantly something wrong with it (battery was removed or keys hidden). It was a bit rough and had some arch lip rust and a few car park related dings. She insisted that she would have the car repaired so she could start driving it again. So moderate expense spared, someone in the family organised for the repairs to be carried out, at her expense. (She would not take no for an answer). Time moved on again and further confusion set in; She thought it was the car she used to drive around during university, then thought it was the one she passed her test in. Unfortunately she doesn't even remember me now so I hold onto the earlier yrs as you do. She still remembers this car but less often. Out of sight out of mind. So I've been instructed to just wait and it will be forgotten about more permanently and it can quietly be relocated. A bout 2yrs ago I was visiting but unfortunately it was at the body shop, which was closed on that day so the closest I got was behind a locked gate. So close.... Then last week I popped up to Belfast on a day trip from Somerset where I now live (as you do) as I'd bought another car (Mondeo Titanium X Sport Estate sourced for a friend - all expenses paid, I couldn't say no). It was a flight AM and ferry PM same day jobbie so I only had 2hrs of spare time. I went to see family and was asked to have a look at the car. All previous updates on it's condition/status had been 2nd hand info from my parents and since agreeing to taking the car on, the last time I saw it was in the garage with the black one so I was expecting it to be a bit tired. Oh hai... Teaser shot Bit of upskirt voyeurism Dealer still exists Ta da! Looking over the car I was v.pleasantly surprised. 192k miles on her and she looked far better than she did being laid up with cats living in/on her. A few months in the body shop and they had fitted pattern front wings, a couple of sill patches and new willow green paint on the wings and front panel with grey on the lower sills and lower front panel. (I need to get more detail from the body shop). I cobbled together a small video of my uncovering it(and my day trip to Belfast) but I'm not sure if I'll share that yet. But below is a quick walk around the car. IMG_2523.MOV It's a bit of a loaded 'barn find' as the car had previously been driven from Armagh across to Belfast, into a body shop and had a check over by a mechanic. Then back to the house. But hey, still a bit of fun to 'find' a car. The car had been regularly MOT'd up until 2018, but the NI DVLA database is not online so finding previous MOT's online has been unsuccessful. Moar research required. A member of the other side of the family up there is a car trader (and undertook organisation of the recovery from the house/body shop trip) so he was able to lend me some trade plates. So I took it for a run, all was well. Behaved as well as a 2.5 N/A diesel should do. Sounds epically tappety (although I think they are automatic on the OM601 engine) but maybe that is characteristic of it, or potentially the result of an air leak. It's all v.new to me. So now tucked up again until further notice. Collection date is not likely led by me and not likely in 2020 (we have our first baby due in Sept so my time is currently panic fixing all the other self-proclaimed chod I have in the driveway). I have some things to be getting on with; -Make space for it at home. It will probably live outside which is a shame. Not much I can do about that for now. So the longer it isn't here, the better (in some ways). -Search for service history. I have a build sheet for it, receipt for recent bodywork and a couple of MOT's. No service book, no V5. But supposedly all work carried out by a local Armagh Merc specialist. I hope GDPR doesn't cause an issue here too. I hope some stuff can be found in the mass of paperwork/books/boxes cleared from the house. Hoping to find the V5 reissued in 2012 (not sure why, maybe it went missing) as it was reissued that long ago it should still be pre GDPR and list the previous keeper name and address to clarify that part of the story. Failing that I'll just apply for a new one. I'll see if I can speak to the body shop and have a chat about the work they did. Rear window dealer sticker from Edgware Rd, London Dealership threw up some unknown history/origins of the car. We all assumed it was new in Middlesbrough and bought 2nd hand there. (They are still going as a direct Merc dealer, not a franchise). They have no info going back that far. Would like to find some period dealer plates to get some made up for this if anyone ever see's an 80-90's merc with original dealer plates for reference. -Mechanicals: Fix the unresponsive rev counter, sticking front caliper, dash switch missing, radio doesn't work (looks 90's aftermarket but I suspect dealer fit at the time). Find some original wheel trims - the big flat ones. Decide how to get it home: Drive it back, go up with a trailer, have it delivered to home, or delivered to port. I prefer one of the first two options personally. Nothing like a 500 mile road trip in a 200k unknown quantity! It's future is uncertain. Nobody except me in the family wants it. But as a family car there is sentimental reasons for keeping it. I'd like to think that even if I don't have a need for it, it can be stored until someone else in the family does. My only concern is storage really as I have other tat that still takes garage priority currently. But there are no immediate plans in moving it on. It's one of those things where I wouldn't have gone out looking for one and even if I did, it wouldn't be this spec/colour combo. But now it exists, there is something about it... Speaking of spec, this is the build sheet thingy: Deciphered: VIN WDB2011262F385126 Model 190 D 2,5 Engine 602911 22 010205 Transmission 722414 02 492993 Order Number 0 7 537 07003 Order Location GREAT BRITAIN Interior FABRIC - MEDIUM RED (077) Paint 1 WILLOW GREEN - METALLIC PAINT (261U) Approx. Build Date 1987-06 Code Description 238 CITY DRIVE LIGHT FOR GREAT BRITAIN 286 LUGGAGE NETS ON DRIVER RESTS L AND R 341 ADDITIONAL BLINKER LAMPS 362 RHD VEHICLES AS PER EC REGULATIONS (CONTROL CODE) 400 FOLDING ARMREST IN THE REAR 420 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 4-GEAR 467 CENTRAL LOCKING MECHANISM AND INSTRUMENTS WITH ENGLISH LETTERING 483 HARDER SPRINGS AND UNDERSHIELDS 507 OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR, LEFT AND RIGHT, HEATED (ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE ON THE RIGHT) 524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION 534 ANTENNA, MECHANICALLY OPERATED, LESS RADIO SET 543 SUN VISOR WITH VANITY MIRROR, ILLUMINATED, LEFT AND RIGHT 563 FRONT SEATS, LEFT AND RIGHT, REINFORCED 570 FOLDING ARMREST, FRONT 585 BEHR AIR CONDITIONER AND ELECTRIC WINDOW LIFTERS (FRONT DOORS) 593 HEAT-INSULATING GLASS, ALL-AROUND, HEATED REAR WINDOW PANE (SINGLE-SHEET SAFETY GLASS), BAND FILTER 600 HEADLAMP WIPER/WASHER 613 HEADLAMP LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC 682 FIRE EXTINGUISHER 812 REAR-MOUNTED LOUDSPEAKERS 873 SEAT HEATER FOR LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT SEATS 876 REAR DOOR CONTACTS AND LAMP ABOVE REAR WINDOW Any and all info on the W201's is welcomed. Or NI DVLA processes or dealer informationz. Thanks all, enjoy. Conor.
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    The new news 24 thread

    The C6 has been collected. Many tales of woe may appear on these pages. It made it home without smoke or flames so I reckon that's a good start.
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    When Craig had the car to do the clutch, he mentioned that the hesitancy of the engine was likely due to the gasket between the injection unit and the inlet manifold. This is it. The diamond formation bolts to the inlet manifold, and the square section is where the injection unit bolts in. Installation isn't particularly complicated. Just footery. First, locate your quarry: Enhance Errits err annat. Remove the air inlet pipe so the 'hat' of the injection can be removed. Then the rocker breather can be removed and the electronic connections can be removed. Deploy the titchy 1/4" drive Rodentia Excreta on the top 3 bolts. And remove the 2 vac lines on the back of the hat. With the hat off, you can see the 4 10mm bolts holding the injector unit on. These go right through the unit and into the gasket. Before undoing them, I tilted the unit to see how much of a gap there was..as you can see, it's a fair bit. The 4 long 10mm bolts were removed, and the injection unit lifted up Not looking too bad. Right up until I touched it. Aye, that'll be fuckt then. Fitting the new one was a doddle, and the jitters have gone. It's improved the drivability a fair bit. The exhaust was adjusted, and the car was washed and waxed, including the Engine bay..
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    Got a message from a friend, "want some junk from someone's shed?" After asking what junk there was I ended up with this lot. The main tool box has plenty of spanners and sockets in. This is it without the spanners. Then there was a 3.5 ton trolley jack which may or may not work. It works. I thought the large SGS 3 ton jack I had was large! Lifts an extra 40mm and seems to work exactly as it should. All the tools are certainly not draper budget shit so we'll chuffed with my haul. Just have to get some motivation back to going and using stuff again.
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    I did beat the sun to the West.
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    The new news 24 thread

    Moar pictures of Northern Scotland Saab adventures
  41. 23 points

    W123 Collected

    Morning Crew. Currently on route from Le France to go have a look at a Gold coloured, Tan interior motor. Left a deposit two weeks ago and the seller was ace and wasn’t bothered about me swanning about for two weeks. Was made in the same year as me (1984) so seems like a match made in heaven. But we will see.......... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. 23 points

    320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings

    After a short* hiatus, it was time for Boadicea to receive some attention. It has been sat with the front left suspension in pieces for quite some time, after we managed to snap the upper wishbone. A replacement was found late last year, and today I resolved to fit it. To Aide and abet, @captain_70s donned his safety flat cap and checked shirt. We located all the bolts (+/-53%) and set to work. As the upper wishbone had been liberated from the van that had been off the road long enough for most of it to have ceased to exist, it required some manipulation to function correctly. Here we see @captain_70s starting to manipulate it gently, trying to work the articulation fore and aft. 30 seconds later: The finishing hammer and REMONSTRATING FLUID had the desired effect, and the wishbone was pronounced fit to serve (Ian Duncan Smith would be proud!). We then stared to line up the arm with the swively bit - a jack under the drum helped line up the bolt holes, and the arm end pulled straight when bolt was fastened up At this point, we were somewhat distracted by a ford Pop It belongs to one of the chaps in the other units. Lovely. After a swift 30 mins nattering, we returned to the task at hand.. The damper was re-installed , and the bottom mounting put back together. The pic shows us part way through. After that, it was time to button up all the bolts. This shows the access to the 3 nuts that hold the wishbone to the car - great fun* Finally, the wheel was fitted and the jack deployed: Back on 4 wheels again. A this point, we obviously realised that we had won the day, and should tidy up and fark orf.. Ehh, naw. Time to get the bugger running. This was quite the trial, as the video shows! Be warned, contains fire, petrol and swearing..
  43. 23 points

    1980 Austin Princess

    First job today after having had the incorrect seal orientation pointed out was to remove, dismantle, and rebuild the slave cylinder. A very easy job, happily, and the seal doesn't appear damaged or deformed in any way so I reckon we'll get away with it. What I hadn't expected was how much it would improve the gear change. The gear change has always been a bit rubbish in this car, I'd been told they were just like that, and the rubbery and then notchy selection of first has been a feature of this car since I bought it back in 2012. Because that's how I thought it was supposed to be I just accepted it. Now, the gear change is much improved, the rubberiness is gone, as is quite a bit of the vagueness. I was honestly quite surprised and it must have had this seal in the wrong way around for at least as long as I've owned the car, and probably for quite a while before that. Next, I wanted to take the car for a quick test run, and maybe even an errand if I was feeling confident. First up was I spotted a minor weep from the mechanical fuel pump blanking plate, this is quite common and usually because one of the bolts isn't quite tight enough. Wound the bolt in a bit further and... it stripped the thread. That's not the first time this has happened on this particular bolt and I had already fitted two longer matching bolts to compensate. Had a rummage and could only find a bolt that was too long and some washers, so I got it together well enough for a test run. The test run turned into a trundle, the car was behaving really well and I was so impressed with the gear change improvement that it seemed sensible to just get everything done. Oh yeah, people are staring again, like stopping what they're doing and staring. How do I forget that keeps happening with this car? Made it with no bother all the same, the valve train has quietened down a bit too now it's had chance to warm up and cycle the oil about a bit more. Temperature stayed nice and stable, all the gauges pointed where they should, everything was great. I was after some bolts to replace that bodged in one, a length of pipe for the BX to test an air leak theory, and some gloves since I ran out today. Got two out of three, nowhere had any gloves which really shouldn't have been that surprising. Trundled home and found that the water or whatever it is appearing at the head gasket join is actually coming from the Wellseal used on some of the joints so I assume it's just a component of it that's running off as it gets warm. Wiped everything clean and it hasn't reappeared in any noticeable amount so that was reassuring too. Tok out the bodge bolt and washers and replaced it with one of the new ones and that almost went well too. Mmm, bolt nice and snug... what's that noi-fweeeEEEE*pop*. Er... what? There's a bit missing on the casting now. The bolt holes that go in for the mechanical fuel pump plate are blind ones, they don't go into the engine itself, they're just cast on the top like this. The end of the bolt that's always caused problems and popped a tiny bit of the end of the casting out. I could see there was something stuck in the bottom of the bolt hole and with a bit of wire, prodded it out and ended up with a blob of white-ish silicone sealant that was so black on one end there's no reason it was never seen by anyone and removed. This is an old issue, again predating my ownership of the car, since I've never used this sort of sealant before. I can only assume the blob of sealant is what kept making the bolt undo itself but now I had a brand new bolt in with a presumably better thread, the sealant couldn't push the bolt and instead pushed on a very thin part of the casting. There's no cracks or leaks, like I say this is a blind hole that doesn't go through into the engine. I did have the car running for a while at idle and with fast throttle and nothing was pushed out through this hole so I'm confident I don't need to dismantle things to fix it. Otherwise, the car has behaved impeccably. It doesn't run on at all which is a problem it's had before, especially on very hot days like today, it manages to keep at a steady temperature even in traffic, and the brakes inspire confidence even when faced with Southerners suddenly appearing alongside and then cutting in front of you. It's actually been really nice just to get out in the car, even if only for a handful of miles. I might even treat it to a wash, it's been so good today.
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    Hi all. Last Friday, in a moment of petrol head madness, I purchased an Alfa 166 2.0 from @andyberg. Left a few people disappointed, as he was in the process of roffling rather cheaply at the time. Here is a pic, I nicked from Andy There has been more than one thread on this car, so most of you are probably aware of its history (at least on AS). Was told it needed two front tyres, possibly a steering rack gaiter and the MOT was short. Not driven it yet. Yes I'm weird. Got the tour of the car from Andy and just agreed to buy it. He is a trustworthy fellow. Will be driving it for the first time tomorrow. Its booked in for new front tyres on Thursday and MOT on Monday. I'm hoping it passes or at least no majorly expensive work needed or The Management is going to be very very unhappy. Future plans - get it road legal and if Andy doesn't want it back, once his job situation improves, it will be roffled for whatever it owes me. Further updates, once I've actually driven it
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    Back to the Toledo. My parts arrived. So I lined everything up and discovered my 90 bend shouldn't be a 90 so time to remedy that. In total I did three cuts and stuck it back together. I also didn't want to use the clamp between the bend and straight I had bought so welded that up too. I then added the mounting tab and gave it a splash of paint. Can clearly see my 90* bend. Then fitted. Done.
  47. 23 points

    Shite in Miniature II

    Finally caught up with Smoll Eddy out side his home! So,are you going to show me the Daf car transporter you've pinched from my stash Smoll Eddy? "She'll be 'ere in a mo M8" "I've turned it in a flatbed to haul my classic stock car about M8 " You chopped up my nice transporter to create this???? "Course not M8" "You bought two,remember M8?" Doh! So I did!
  48. 22 points

    Don’t ask me why

    After selling the camper, I fancied a mk2 Golf GTI... Looked for a day or two, got impatient and bought another TD5. Don’t ask. This one is an Auto which has been remapped and it pulls like a train (m8) It’s got 33” tyres so handles terribly and the exhaust I’m pretty sure causes sonic booms, sound barrier breached at redline. Standard exhaust going back on as a matter of urgency. image uploader
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    I think actually that's their legal obligation. They don't have to contact every purchaser about the product. Like @Jikovron said, these are lethal. So it shows how much they're actually that bothered by it. Best thing to do would be, if you have one obviously, to attach it to a spring and bring it in as such. "I was half way through using them when I saw they could kill me, so I thought it would be best if you dealt with it".
  50. 22 points

    FOAD's fleet

    I had been looking at the car for 5 minutes when some other guy turned up with a trailer who had also travelled from over an hour away to see the car, the guy selling the car was like "oh fuck" that will be the guy from Perth... The guy from Perth was raging, I thought he was going to beat fuck out of the seller when he told them "the car's £2k, whoever wants to bid the highest can have it" I was ready to walk away when the guy from Perth just said, "we already agreed on £1500" he then showed me the texts on his phone of the conversation. Then he said he wasn't dealing with the twat of the seller and fucked off in a huff. After he left I said to the seller "would £1500 buy it?" he said he supposed so. I asked if he would accept a bank transfer and he said no, he didn't do online banking but could do Paypal which I wasn't particularly keen on, I had some drama with Paypal and ended having to send half through that and half to his Mrs bank. It was a lot of fucking about. It was advertised for £3k a few days ago then the price dropped to £2k because someone who'd been to see it had poked a hole in the chassis leg and the seller got the fear thinking it was totally fucked and probably nobody would want to buy it. If that other guy hadn't turned up I'd have probably paid more for it..
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