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  1. We have made the first leg!
    66 points
  2. My pals are a bad influence and enablers but this needed to be bought. Radio and cigarette lighter very much optional. It took a fair bit of cranking today, I suspect it's the glow plugs. It's a 1.6 diesel with 54 bhp, it goes well at low speeds but runs out of puff at about 50MPH. It's happy enough cruising at 65MPH though. Before I buy glow plugs does anyone have a set for an XUD or something? Nearly all 80s/90s IDI diesels use the same glow plugs. Not to stereotype but that's a snail's shell. Cabin is austere and it's like a big drum with all the exposed metalwork but it's really comfy, the driver's seat (from a later Express or 5?) is squishy and there is loads of headroom. It has a UK MOT but it has some foibles including now non functioning indicators. Looking forward to registering it and carrying baguettes around.
    65 points
  3. Had a phone interview for yet another WFH customer service job yesterday, then a second interview today, just had a call to say that I've got the job! It starts on Monday!
    48 points
  4. Starting this so I can keep track of the progress on this lovely* car. I'm open to suggestions, help, useful links, etc. I'm reluctant to start asking for contributions etc, because of the obligation and potential bad feeling it creates. But if anyone particularly wants to contribute , I will keep a record of everything so it's all above board and transparent. https://paypal.me/PandaDoctor?locale.x=en_GB Some AS members have sent contributions, including @Datsuncog @adw1977 @JackThrust A mention should also go to @outlaw118 for the loan of the welder and @rob88h for collecting the wheels. Costs, losses, expenses etc will be documented here: Car cost including delivery: -£310 Donations from AS members: +£121 Fuel pipe: -£8 Wheels and tyres: -£30 Running balance: -£229. The running balance will be the figure it will be available for sale for, should it come to passing on to any Autoshite member to continue. There will be no profit made by me at all. I'll also not include any tools/equipment procured in the running costs, but will document them separately below, for a laugh. Welder - loaned Welding gas - 13.95 Gas regulator - 18.95 Pipe - 5.99 Welding mask - 21.98 Broom to sweep up rust! - 5
    44 points
  5. Where to begin? I’ve always liked them, even as a small child. Plus there’s that noise. Mind you the few where I grew up were rotting on driveways , as cast off daily drivers waiting to be scrapped. At university in Leeds there were about 5 that were used by students, including a girl i unsuccessfully tried to chat up, who had a peat brown one. I had a few once I was able to run a car. Always fun, and over time the good and not so good ones informed be of my ideal age and spec, and in particular where they like to dissolve. So I like the 4 doors. I like the later engines, but I also like clap hands wipers and if possible an original old style reg. SO unless it’s a modded one, your looking about 62-64ish. Moon on a stick. Anyway one came up in Cornwall, in basically my ideal spec. It’s a ‘63 and a deluxe - I think- as it has a heater (!) The luxury! Anyway here it is; I bought it off a lovely elderly couple who took a shine to me as their son and I share the same first name… I felt like I was buying a family pet
    43 points
  6. eddyramrod

    The grumpy thread

    MrsR is home!
    41 points
  7. Visiting my folks this weekend and was presented with a box of my old toy cars that I thought were long gone - memories with all of them - thought I would share pics of the stash!
    40 points
  8. Popped in this morning and they surprised me again with the amount of work they've done in two and half a days. Shiny shiny. But not shiny enough apparently, they still have to mop and polish it. I asked if it was lacquered because it obviously wasn't before. Being a straight colour it doesn't have to be and it was obvious with how quickly the shine would wear off that it wasn't. So apparently it's had two top coats then two more of laquer with the colour mixed in to give a glossier finish. Door shuts done this time. The last respray was a bit brighter than the original and it showed in the door shuts and engine bay. They've matched it to the brighter colour but with the door shuts done that no longer matters, I preferred that anyway, it's a great colour. This is the lip that the tailgate seal sits over. This is what it looked like on Wednesday. I'd ground it back and covered it with Dinitrol rust converter and was going to plug the holes with Supersteel or the like and prime it before dropping the car off but it kept raining the week before so this was as far as I got. Most of it sits under the seal or behind the bumper so I wasn't that fussed. But now it looks like this. It looks like new! There's two bits of metal there spot welded to form the seam and then welded in either side. I can't see the joins at all. Only time will tell if it really is done properly, and even then only if I take the bumper off. I'm really pleased with that, well worth the extra £150. More shiny shots. Nice colour contrast and Merc in the background. The Transit wasn't a customer job but a little sideline of their's. I had noticed quite a lot of vans about the place. So they pick them up at auction and do them up as there is a good market for fancy vans. This was originally a silver panel van. They've fitted the body kit and side windows. The seats were fancy leather affairs with diamond stitches patterns and RS logos. A second row was fitted also in the same style. The rest of the van was lined in carpet ready for the next owner to do what they want with although he says they'd do more if someone wants it. Like make room for a motorbike with the proper ramp and fixings was the example he gave. I personally wouldn't want to drive around in this but I was impressed with the quality of the work, there was no sign of any silver paint and the carpet lining looked spot on. If I ever get a Sherpa I know where to take it. Anyway, Favorit should be ready on Tuesday.
    39 points
  9. Going back to the subject of neighbours, an older lady who lives in the flats opposite was walking into the car park while I was erecting the tarpaulin, so she stopped for a chat. I explained what I was doing and then I told her about some of the concerns earlier in this tread. She laughed and said, 'You're fine, nobody is bothered, you don't make a mess and it's away from the flats. It's good to have a hobby' Then she wished me luck and said 'Try not to set yourself on fire or anything' 🤣
    37 points
  10. This morning I set to getting the hubs fitted again. I also changed the track rod ends as I had some and they were a bit loose. Treated it to some new discs too. Obviously the best way to do the hub nuts is to use a pry bar jammed against the ground... I also changed the selector shaft seal on the gear box. Was really surprised to get the new seal in a tiny little cardboard box! Finally I risked the manifold studs and took the down pipe off. It came off quite easily but I did preheat the studs with a blow torch before I even tried them. It's definitely showing a few battle scars from our trip! And once it was all back together I treated it to having a load of crap thrown in the cavernous boot and a trip to the local tip! Ran really nicely and it's nice to not hear the exhaust or any ticking from the Speedo!
    37 points
  11. We’ll, after the warm welcome on the new members thread, thought I’d have a go at this… Fact is, both cars need work but are entirely useable and have both been out today on the fruitless hunt for E5 pez locally. I’ll add more about the Senators recommissioning work later and just add a couple more pics for now None of your posh 24V cow skin here mate, just blue, blue and more blue! Meanwhile, 15 years prior to 1992, interiors looked like this And you’d be following this in the outside lane Seems a lot of progress in a short time
    37 points
  12. We made it! This photo is of course 100% legit...
    37 points
  13. Today a news article has been published about my great - grandfather's resistance during the war. He made illegal newspapers from a secret room in the attic. He came through the war unharmed but his brother was unfortunately arrested and tortured and ended up in a prison camp but also survived. Pictured below are them and a friend at work in the secret room during the war.
    36 points
  14. It's here. Pissing down with rain so not many pictures.
    36 points
  15. We are indeed! Hit Scotland quite a few hours ago. Just stopping for some road side sustenance at Fort William
    36 points
  16. A bit more about it then! Essay incoming! As mentioned I've had the car 12 years. It was my first classic and was my dream car and still is today. It helped me learn everything I know about working on cars and really got me into modifying cars too. It's been through a few iterations, paint jobs and engines to get to where it is today but honestly its never mattered what setup it is I just love it. I'll keep it forever and hopefully drive it until I can no longer drive myself. The car itself: Its pretty heavily modified incase it wasn't entirely obvious! It's not for the purists... Which is actually the reason I keep my other one as I do. It's nice to have a period/standard Mini and this one looking ratty. Two ends of the spectrum. Aside from running a turbo lump which I will get to its on coilovers all round, has a beam rear subframe and has had the boot floor partially flattened. The rear arches are fully tubbed too. Minis are low but this is really low. It's a good 2-3" lower than a Mini at normal ride height and about as low as you can get without serious work to the front subframe. Tubbed arches below. For those that don't know it basically involves cutting out the lip which is gets in the way on lowered minis and replacing it with flat steel. Best demonstrated from the inside. Before tubbing. Note the big crevis which can rub on the tyre. After. Front end is fibreglass and fully removable. Was like that when I bought it and I've never felt inclined to return it to original. Makes doing engine work a doddle too. I suppose the killer bit is the engine itself! It's a 1293cc overbore from a Metro Turbo. Forged pistons, standard rods and crank but running a modified centre bearing cap. Lightweight steel flywheel with a twin spring clutch to take the torque. Gearbox is a straight cut gear set but with helical drop gears. In simple terms it has classic straight cut whine in 1st, 2nd and 3rd but 4th gear is direct drive from the drop gears and therefore entirely helical and quiet. It's a compromise considering the power it runs but I do drive to a lot of shows and am already pretty deaf without making it worse. It runs a Garrett T3 from the Metro, Montego/Maestro turbo plenum, turbo carburettor, and a Megajolt mappable ignition which uses a custom ECU to feed into a Ford EDIS ignition module and coil pack. The cylinder head came with the engine and is a work of art but it's a ticking time bomb. There is basically zero meat between the valves which is an absolute no-no in reality. The photos below should help you understand why! It runs at 7.5:1 compression ratio and 26lb of boost. I have pushed it to 30lb before but in all honesty it's too much. The compression tester readings are 85psi across the board 😂 I mostly built it myself. The Dyno spat out 170hp at the crank when I tested it. It's quick! Dusting cars is easy when you weigh 600kg and I have had it bouncing off the limiter in 4th which is about 120mph (race track). It could pull more but I like to try not to eject the crank from the block! So yeah! That's my turbo Mini!
    34 points
  17. Day two and we have made it to Cheshire for our overnight stop! 820 miles in. Only inconvenience is that the exhaust blew on the downpipe outside Barnstaple and I drove all the way to Cheshire listening to it! I'm averaging 40mpg which isn't too bad for the size of the old girl. We took the coast road along north Devon through Boscastle, Barnstaple, Combe Martin before heading up the M5/M6.
    34 points
  18. A rotor arm, a dizzy cap and after realising it had a remote keyfob to deactivate the imob. And . . . With three calipers and one clamped off pipe she drove her sorry ass into the workshop!
    33 points
  19. -Just put down the phone. Piece of brass extracted from no.4 cylinder. They had a power cut and will be working till 8 this evening. Winner. They say I should be able to collect tonight following confirmation it's buttoned up and ready to go. Double winner.
    32 points
  20. I asked if LP had the address of where the car was registered to in France. He did, but it was tricky to read. I found it anyway. Looks like it's been kept in a barn out of the sunshine as all the satellite photos show it absent at the address However, it is caught on the track to the Lieu Dit on streetview from 2011
    32 points
  21. And we're off! Lands end here we come!
    32 points
  22. Spent a couple of hours titivating the Sierra. I nearly sold the bastard earlier in the summer - but it was a wobble. My friend, Emma, who helped me collect it is now likely in the winter of life - and on another round of chemo - and it all felt wrong. Apologies to those who felt I was dicking about, it was such a difficult thing. It’s a difficult time. That said - anyone who wants to take the piss is welcome to do so. It’s a free world. One thing we noticed when doing the clutch was a crispy end to the front subframe. Before winter bites, I did as dear Alfred instructed and attacked it with rust killer and some UB40 or whatever it’s called. Truth be told, it’s a tiny bit soft. It may need a tickle come the next MOT. Let’s see. The boot? Well that hole got a whole lot fucking bigger. I sat and thought about life and the universe for a while. If I’m guilty of getting anything wrong, it was that I thought I could and should renovate this car. Truth is, it will need deep pockets - and at that stage it stops being this remarkable little car that’s survived everything. Bollocks to it. Its role on the fleet henceforth is as a van. Purely practical. The role it played so well for so many years. So I stuck some plop in the hole, covered it in Hammerite and called it “job’s a goodun” (which is a beautiful Suffolkism for “fuck it - that’ll be fine - I’ll forget about it soon enough”) I’ve stuck some paint on since and it looks better. As the man at the garage said. It’ll never be worth anything. Let’s just keep those wheels turning.
    31 points
  23. Again no update for a long time, The red C15 survives with Dean numbers. I killed it slightly driving it across France. It was initially replaced by a Chrysler 300c Hemi I also bought a Berlingo which went to a mate and from him to friends of mine who still have it. The Chrysler went when I went back to work,to be replaced by a Kia Picanto, currently replaced by a 4x4 Panda. An MX5 has come and gone, as did the VP1500. I wasn't really looking for anything but had been thinking about scratching my Morris Minor Traveller itch. Which ended up with me buying the Alvis. I vaguely recall seeing this one for sale years ago. At the time I didn't have the money or anywhere to keep it. It was for sale with a dealer and has obviously had a lot of work done particularly a new interior. It went to auction last year but didn't sell at the time. I have had a look on line and found a photo of it from years ago, when it seems to have been owned by a pair of musicians. Photo courtesy of the Springer Sister's. At the time it had no sunroof, a mascot and no running boards. So far I have been sorting out winter storage, I have no garage and don't want to ruin it leaving it on the drive. It has been out in the rain the last few nights, but doesn't leak too* much. A few of the electrics weren't working, but this was just dirty fuses, so now the wipers, trafficators and headlamps work. The fuel gauge died today as I think I frightened it by filling it up. I have taken the lovely beige carpets out of the front and put rubber mats down instead. I have also ordered a handbook/driver's manual from Red Triangle so that I can find all the greasing points. It was nice today so it has been out for a run down to Lidl and Home Bargains. I will be looking out for the proper Hare mascot, but in the meantime have fitted one of my own.
    31 points
  24. A tale of two collections, part two. Idly browsing Gumtree at the beginning of last week, I stumbled across a highly desirable piece of Autoshite. "Posted four minutes ago....". The location was sub-optimal. Redhill in Surrey. Two stops from Gatwick though... A deposit was sent and a flight booked, all arranged for Saturday evening. A very excited wait ensued. Set off about 5m on Saturday. Mode of transport one, a little Mercedes Sprinter based bus into Town; Step two, the Glasgow Airport "Express"; I hate this bus. Nine fucking quid for a single journey to the airport from Buchanan Bus station. You can dress it up with nice upholstery all you want but it's £9 for a one way 7 mile bus journey is ridiculous. At least it's a scenic trip; Anyway, it got there. I was on the 19:50 flight to Gatwick which was pretty painless. Toy train to South Terminal at Gatwick and onto a train to Redhill. Met the seller at home in Redhill and picked the car up, lodgings were booked in Milton Keynes to do the M25 portion during night hours. Here we see my purchase outside my salubrious overnight stop for the first time. It's a 2001 Citroen Synergie 2.0 TD in SX trim. It's done 160k. Was purchased off a nice French couple who were really sad to see it go. It's a nice honest car that wears its miles quite well, don't think it's had a stint as a works van at any point! The sills have had a tickle at last MOT and one of the doors has a suspicious tidemark, there are dents here and there. There are plenty receipts though,the interior is in nice order and even the A/C works. Decided to make a bit of a holiday of it. Got a cheap return from MK to London on the Sunday morning and done a tourist. Room with a view; Tourist; Spot of the trip, outside Euston Station; Monday started with a visit to Crich Tramway which I thought was great, three different trams on the go all day. Highly recommended. The editor has gone a bit haywire, so see video at the end. The steed in daylight; It got home no problem. It even had just under 3/4 of a tank in it when collected and made it home absolutely no bother despite having A/C running whole time. Cruising between 62 and 70 variously. Seems to be very decent on fuel. It's a comfy car, the two armrests are well positioned and the driving position pretty conventional. Not a great deal of room for clutch foot resting and no cruise being the only drawbacks. Far more refined than I'd thought. Some all important interior money shots; You'll notice it has fancy seats from the Executive model in the back row. They're really nice and have twin armrests. There are various slots in the floor so you can arrange the seats in a myriad of different ways. I think I'll remove the middle three and bring the rear two forward to create an executive four seater. They can them tumble forward to allow for load lugging. I rarely need to carry more than a couple of passengers. The large load area is more useful. It's not had a timing belt since 2009 from the look of things, so I think I'll put it in for it's MOT and if all OK stump up for that. It does leave me with five on fleet (although MX-5 will almost certainly not be here past the next week). Will have to decide if it can stay as part of a group of four, or if something will need moved on. With this collection trip, I believe that takes my collection mileage for October to approximately 2000 miles. Inverness, Basingstoke and Redhill. Tram as promised; VID20211018124813.mp4
    31 points
  25. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    Hopefully this beauty will arrive on Wednesday!
    31 points
  26. I think this is how it's done ... 🤷
    30 points
  27. SiC

    The new news 24 thread

    Saw this at a petrol station earlier today
    30 points
  28. I took some detail shots... The newly-plated brightwork really shi9nes agianst the black, and the 'coined' top half is just so bonkers. Gonna try and get together with the 'other' Palladium soon for some photos
    30 points
  29. Collectioned now to drive home!
    30 points
  30. It's the evening before the off and parts are still arriving! Needless to say this isn't getting fitted tonight but considering its a genuine mg rover part that cost me £17 delivered I'm not going to pass on it. The down pipe does need replacing. My £2.99 patch kit is already blowing after less than 200 miles. Wish us luck for tomorrow! Lands End to John O Groats here we come!
    30 points
  31. Oh, it's definitely solid. I need to get seam sealer, primer and waxoyl, so just blasted some paint over for now. Bit of filler and it'll be fine. MOT worthy at least
    29 points
  32. I'm really shit at this 🤣
    29 points
  33. Some of you may be aware with the post I did a while ago. I have been suffering with depression and have in total had 13 weeks off work. Anyway I feel a bit better/ not totally normal but having spoken to doctors and having been put on medication I made the decision to get back to work. I did the usual searching of various internet sites regarding cars and saw a little smart car for sale. Having had one before I knew how fun they were. My dad bought it for me and got it transported back home. He then bought a new exhaust as the old one had snapped. I bought a service kit for it and then set about doing the service. Since then I have been using it for work and it's been great fun. Can I call what I have a fleet? My rover 620ti has been off the road and my dad did the rear brakes and then did the fronts and while doing that changed the joints as they were all split. My focus st has been sat not doing anything- oh we have bought some manifold studs and also a manifold gasket. Still need to find a new gearbox as it knocks. Then finally my 820 vitesse. My dad has done some rust repairs and have just started it and pumped the tyres up. Some pictures. Thanks Thomas
    29 points
  34. As of this morning, the Palladium is now tucked up in its new home with the Riley. Haven't taken any photos as the headlamps need to be assembled and it looks a bit rubbish, but otherwise all the bodywork is done and it performed okay over the 60-odd mile journey back Otherwise, nothing really to report except this satisfying milestone in the BMW the other day
    29 points
  35. Have the chance to buy this. Sent from my EML-L29 using Tapatalk
    29 points
  36. It’s been a while since the last update so a bit to catch up on. Let’s start with a pile of shiny black. These are all four mudguards plus the various brackets and spacers. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it already but they are sitting on a pile of plywood for the cladding for the body. The only things to do for the front wings is to get some canvas mudflaps stitched up. And these are the start of the windscreens. These were optional extras in the day and I’m sure if you were pootling round town you could live without but on the open road you really need them. Sadly they are an absolute nightmare to make and soak up an ridiculous number of manhours. These are the hinges and side frames. The funny T shaped handles are locking screws which are used to clamp the top light of the windscreens open. Although you need the windscreens unless it is lashing down you need to have them open otherwise you bake. One of the reasons we are short of lorry drivers is we have only recently started treated them like shit. Apparently. While we are on the subject of making drivers suffer he is a picture of my knee next to the throttle valve. This is where your knee sits when you are driving and you will see there isn’t much room. To make matters worse the throttle valve sits at about 550F which means that even with as much ceramic blanket as you can get in your knee starts blistering after a few hours. It’s not just the drivers that got the rough end of it. This is where the stoker sits. There was no real restrictions to where on the waggon the feedheater (black box close to the bottom of the picture with the white, natural fibre insulation on it) was sited but they chose to put it where the stoker would have put their feet. Gee, thanks. The chain oiler cases got finished and fitted a while ago but we were waiting for the castings for the valve and dripper to come back from the foundry. They arrived the other day so the oilers now have their valves in. The drippers (little brass casting that lets oil fall onto the side plates (if you are lucky) are elsewhere and sit on the end of a long copper pipe which fits to the spout coming out the side of the valve. You just need to remember to turn the off when you are finished or you’ll end up with even more oil on the floor than normal. You need to be careful that the chains are kept in adjustment of the lash in the chain causes them to swipe the drippers off. Now the cladding is on it get its data plate as required under PSSR. We had these acid etched ones made which look a bit more heritage until you notice the SI units. Note also the uber close fitting trim plates around the gauge glass and feed clack valve. We managed to find someone selling some elderly flat head self-tappers which got gun blued so they look quite nice. I can’t make my mind up about the brass set screws holding the cladding together. If we find some suitably old looking steel ones I think they would look less acned. This is the boiler top looking neater than it’s ever done. The nut guard hides to top ring of nuts as well as hold the boiler top (inner bit) and the cladding top tries in vain to keep the heat in. The brass band hides the joins. The closing plates around the superheater tails was a pain in the arse to make. The eagle eyed will notice a Beetle door mirror sitting on the rear seat. We were just messing about trying to find the best place to put a mirror (not a Beetle one) so the drive can see the water level. And from the driver’s seat. There is a stoking chute and lid to make yet to keep the smoke going up the chimney rather than filling the cab (which it does if you aren’t tuned into what the driver is up to) Speaking of the driver’s seat you can see that what started as a nice, roomy perch has become more than a little congested. There is a little more to go in yet. And looking the other way you can see that there is plenty* of room for your feet. And now onto what I’ve been occupied with for a few weeks. I’ve touched on these before and had already done some work on them but it has now got to the point where I need to make the cheek plates. These plates fill in that empty space between the front panel and the bottom of the windscreens and are a shape called “a shape”. My first effort ended up n the scrap because the works drawing wasn’t even remotely right so what we see here is the start of effort three (you may notice some tacks have been cut out. The plan is to make it in three sections butted together with gas weld then dressed. The section you see there is fairly painless because the side of the front plate is straight. However, further round the front plate gets a 12’ radius in it which makes flanging it really hard. You can possible make out the curve here. You can possibly also deduce that I needed to hit the 18gauge sheet quite hard to stretch it. So once they are made you need to beat out a dished section to fill in the gap. And it is that curve which is problematic. There is some stuff on Youtube made by a tin basher in the states about flexible patterns. You make these with low masking tape and and glass reinforced tape. Ratherthan go on about it here take a look at this vid here: https://youtu.be/y-JQgPm4_7s So this was my first attempt The things is that the curve on the panel is absolutely critical. You would think “that should be it” then when you bolted it in place you stood back and then started crying because it looked utterly wrong. With a bit of trial and error you determined that you were actually putting too much shape in it rather than too little. So this is the off side one tacked together with the original (which is bollocksed even though it doesn’t look it – we filled it up to make the pattern). This is still not right but the metal is at least in about the right place. Rather than carrying on with this now I had the shape about right I decided to do the nearside one next. So you hit and hit and hit things until it looks like this And the other bit looks like this (the front plate is bowing out here rather than my tin bashing being complete shite) Then once the middle bit is bashed it looks like this. I was using those rather handy butt weld clamps to hold things together which let me tack things up in place. The issue here is getting both sides the same which I’m still not convinced I am there yet. The problem is that there are shiny bits and hit bits and mill finished bits which make it difficult to see what is wrong and what is just a reflection. Note also the boiler cladding and ash pan in place. So once I had welded the nearside one up I daubed some undercoat on it to stop it reflecting so much. Yes, I know it looks like it has been kicked down the road and back – I am more bothered at the moment to get the shape right before I start dressing out welds and dents. So that is where we are now. A lot more hitting in prospect to make things look right. Oh, and he tyre fitting machine got mended. It turned out that the capacitor was knackered.
    29 points
  37. Just seen this on the news???
    28 points
  38. dome

    The new news 24 thread

    Had a lot to drink last night. No, more than that. Was definitely under the influence this afternoon, that's the only explanation I can think of for buying this. 1.5 DCI Renault Megane Sports Tourer MOT up in a few minutes Clutch on the floor. I'm aff the booze.
    28 points
  39. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    Nice!
    28 points
  40. Still no fuel pipes, so got on with putting the rear running gear back in. The built up beam was slid under the car on a piece of carpet. The body of the car was at a height that allowed the mounting points to be shuffled into position without lifting the heavy assembly off the deck. A bit of jiggery pokery with a couple of trolley jacks saw the springs and shocks in position. I'll leave tightening the beam bolts until it's been sat on its wheels for a while. I'll fit the handbrake cables and adjust them up next, then I can button up the drums and get it sat on some wheels.
    28 points
  41. Oh god, was that yours that was referenced earlier in the thread? I saw the thread for it when you bought it and was mighty jealous, I'll have to find the thread and catch up with exactly what went down. Sorry for your loss and all that 😥 I managed to pick up one of GSF's finest cheap ABS sensors today, so I set to it. The old sensor had to be drilled out, I expected nothing less. Wham: Bam: Thank you ma'am: Took a bit longer than I hoped because I was scared of going too far and damaging something, but it turns out that would've been quite hard to do and I should've just sent the drill through. Ah well! My reward is this: That's right 'shiters, no warning lights. Handbrake working. Living the dream (or something). I should never have doubted the seller on the handbrake, but once bitten twice shy and all that. The low fuel light is genuine, so if I can actually find any fuel that should sort itself out. I'm going to order all the bits for the suspension and a service tonight, then probably look at sending the spheres off to be checked/regassed. Do any hydropneumatique lickers have any experience of this or should I just stump up for new ones? Also, check out the mood lighting. I didn't notice it at first, which I really like. No bright colours like you get in modern stuff here:
    28 points
  42. A happy ending.
    27 points
  43. A few weeks back I asked about early Citroen C4s. You said: So obviously I've gone out and bought one: It's a 2.0 diesel and, well, so far so good. It seems to sip fuel and the weird steering wheel doesn't annoy. It's got all of the toys and the fancy glass roof and seems positively futuristic compared to my 205 and 2CV. Place your bets now on which piece of shite French electronics will go wrong on it first.
    27 points
  44. Steering then, we have a wee leak. Up and kicking its shoes off reveals the volume of said leak Oop err! Now the undertray was busted at the rear causing it to channel fluid down to one point. I could see the leak that was at the front near the rad but there was also alot of fluid below the reservior. Tray off , i cleaned the shit out the the pulley area and topped up the fluid to check for leaks. It stayed nice and dry but the other leak was dripping away. Without the engine running the flow was a drip every 20 seconds or so. I place a tub under the leak and a flat clean bit of worktop below the pulley area and left for the night. The following eve, the wood was spotless and the tub had a substanial amount inside. 1 simple leak. Woop! Today saw the Bad bit chopped out with a wee pipe cutter. Fresh rubber bit shoved on. This is the low pressure side so should be fine. Cable tied for now untill proven then ill whip up a small support bracket. With that done we could aim to get it running for longer.
    27 points
  45. cbowditch

    Toyota Camry

    The Toyota Camry never sold very well in the UK, and the Gen3 is rather rare these days (in the UK) Earlier in the year I tracked down this beauty. It came with a massive service history folder. The first owner of 20 years had changed the oil every 2-2.5K from new. Everything works, electric sunroof, seats, original stereo, and the air con is ice cold 😀 Not bad for 161K miles and 25 years. The camry is really underrated and under appreciated in the UK. In the US, it was a best seller thanks to amazing durability, reliability and comfort. I think the exterior styling is what put lots of Brits off buying them, but I don't mind it all. Usually when buying a car of this age, there would be loads of annoying little faults to sort out, but not on this one. Sadly I didn't buy it direct from the 1st owner, there have been some owners inbetween who did neglect it
    26 points
  46. Much better! Over spray everywhere but what a difference it makes to have it all in blue and the headlights refitted.
    26 points
  47. I consider my self to be fairly lucky, not only has my new house got a good size two car garage but it has a pit except there is always a snag... Some bugger had filled it in.... Its taken a while to get around to sorting this but about a month ago I pulled my finger out and hired an 8 yard skip (stupidly thought that would be big enough) and rolled my sleeves up.. What you have is a layer of sand on tarpaulin on top of rubble. The sand was pretty good builders sand so I dug it all up and bagged it (might come in useful). Then started on the rubble, so much rubble, much wow! It went on and on until I started to hear the tinkle of stones falling in water... Bollocks! Still I kept digging.... At this point I had pretty much filled the skip, so paused for a week or so. Then skip 2 arrived and I got back on it. Pleased to say last night I found the bottom and no I didnt find any bodies or any other real horrors. I did have to vac out a load of water for this I used a Numatic George, what a bloody brilliant thing that is. I did try a so called submersible dirty water bilge pump thing by Prokleen (what a waste of amazon vouchers!) that was utter crap. Anyway one final shot, another skip full, my back is starting to cry enough but i have achieved pit! Its a good five and a half foot deep so plenty deep enough, should make certain jobs a lot easier. Cant quite believe I have bothered to create a thread on making a hole in the ground but there you go......
    26 points
  48. Isopon

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/294465389714?hash=item448f814492:g:hNIAAOSwjDRhacsT
    26 points
  49. Faith, I hath not seen such Oriental confuzzlement since I didst partake one nyght of a surfeit of rice-wine with some Dutch traders just return'd from Dejima, that didst cause me conniptions most lamentable... I wouldst sack the fucker off, and set mine eye to northerne climes for a conveyance that doth not rotte for funn, nor payne thine eyes with such a pratabout of an EML. I coulds't scarce countenance havyng to gette out to bawl thy order whence at Mr. McDonyld's celebrat'd dryve-thru, akin to a fish-wyfe of easy virtue, acause thy glazings retract not. Fucke thatte.
    26 points
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