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  1. This fourmonth hence, I hadde cause for to dispense with mine Vauxhalle Astra G, as mine goodwyfe had comment’d most unfavorably on the fucktonnes of blackest smoak that didst issue forth whence caning it throu’ the Mighty Thames tunnel at Blackwall, and didst cause her coiffe to smell most lamentably of unburn'd deasel-oile, acause the passenger window hadst dropp’d but a trifling hand-breadth. Alsoe, the rear offside bearing wast remonstrating dismally again, and I couldst not be fuck’d pulling the cunte off once more. I dost sweare, the mechanickal particulars vended by olde Mssr. Rottingdean at the sign of Eurasian Conveyance Partes are fabricat’d from the foullest rejects of Deptforde cheesemongers mix’d with fulsome nightsoil. Accordingly, I didst arrange to place a free-notification in the Oxforde Gazette, begging to informe gentlemen readers of the availability of myne goodly conveyance at a moste moderate sum of three guineas, for partes or repaire. Some days later, just afore the city waites cryed six of the clock in the past-noon, were I at leisure in mine studye-chamber whence I didst heare a sharpe knocke at mine door. Upon setting mine eye to the latch, I could see naught, yet again didst the knocke sound. I didst then unbolt the door, and aspied a smol boy in rags standing thereupon mine thresholde. Afore I couldst enquire of the nature of his errand, the whelp didst exclaim, “My master doth say, is thine item still available?” Confuzzled, I didst state, “Yea, if it is mine Astra 1.7 that thy master doth make query of, it is indeed still available.” At that, he didst turn and run down the staircase at Ax-Court and thence out into Whitehall. I tarried in the hall-way for quite some tyme, for to see if his master wouldst appear - but he didst never return. Most vexed, I didst turn and bolt the door, and return to perusing mine copy of The Auto-Trader, for to see if there were any Passat turbodiesels left that hadst not been shipp’d to Prussia. But not many moments had elaps’d afore another knocke came. I didst ope mine door once more, and t’was a different smol boy astood there wearing a most absurde cock’d hat. All he didst utter was, “My master doth say, what is thy best pryce?” Most affronted at the brazen-nose of the whelp, did I splutter, “Indeed, sirrah, you may informe thy master that mine Astra is price’d most moderately at three guineas, and I shalt not suffer cockchafing offeres.” And at that, the rascal dids’t turn and flee down the steps. But not many minutes later didst another rat-a-tat sound, and the smol boy with the hat did stand there most bold once more. Now all he didst utter was “My master doth say, one guinea tonight, goodsir”. Much taken abacke at this insolence, I didst boxe the cur’s ears by way of answer, and sent him howling backe out into the Mall. As I clos’d the door once more, Elisabeth didst appear from her embroidery-chamber with a goblet of good hock-wyne. “I hope thou art not planning for to go out to-night, Samuel, for thou knowest full well mine mother is to call upon us at eight bells for supper, and thou art to give her a lyft back to her rooms in Cheapeside thereafter.” I assure’d her that all messages coming forth were relat’d to sale of mine Astra, and that t’were all at her owne requeste that I were inviting this pestilence most foule upon myselfe, which in truthe were proving more tiresomely arduous than mine accursed bladder-stones. Over the next two houres, suffered I a further eighteen smol boys to come a-rapping upon mine door, all most curt and insolent, assortedly claiming their masters would fetch myne conveyance this very nyte for a most dismal low amount, or that their masters wish’d most keenly to purchase mine wondrous conveyance, even to pay a handsome bag of gold sovereigns for the great privilege, but they were sorely all fighting for Emperor Leopold in the Brabant, and wouldst thusly instruct for to send me mine gold directly via The Union of the Weste, if I wouldst but only supply mine detailes. Churls, mountebanks and niddy-noddys, to a man. In truth, afore longe mine knuckles were much bruis’d and most weary’d, acause of such ear-boxings was I obligat’d to discharge upon their sorry persons. No sooner had I chase’d one whelp whose master did beg to swop me an elderly bull-dog with but three legges, than a knocke didst sound once more from the hall-way. Sore vexed from such impish torment without cease, didst I wrench ope the door in great temper and chunter out, “Go forth and fuck thyself most heartily, foulsome fruit of a whore’s dung-hamper!” Thou mayst be sure that I had clean forgott that Elisabeth’s mother were due for to sup with us. T’were a frosty enough repast, with Elisabeth and her beldame eyeing mine selfe in most sour and silent fashion, and I were sore glad when I heard another knock to the door and had sound reason to exit the dining-chamber most swiftly. Past the vestibule, didst I encounter a sorry-lookyng wight, somewhat besmirch’d with dunge, tipping himselfe as Ignatius Scrool Esq, and begging leave for to view mine Astra, as it possesseth many of the qualities he was most desirous of in a conveyance; viz. that it were exceeding cheape. Calling through to mine goodwyfe that I wouldst not be outwith two shakes of a lambes’ tail, didst I usher Mssr Scrool downe the steppes to the back-yarde, where mine Astra had been park’d up. In an act most fortunate, t’were somewhat wette and darke out, so the lacquer-peele didst not show too badly. I didst start the Astra, which regrettably took longer to catche than optimal, all the while taking greate care not to draw the attention of mine buyer to the unfortunate plumes of smoak arising, and turning on the radio for to maske a grievous grindyng sound, that had appear’d only the day before. Mr Scrool didst pop the bonnett, and after a few moments of poking around beneathe, presently remark’d, “goodsir, the injector seales are fuck’d, here and here, and I daresay thy water-pumpe is on its last legges, going by the fuckyng noise herein.” I didst demur most forcefully, decrying him a cheeseparing scoundrel here for to beat me down to naught, for this fyne engine were in sounde healthe. But that I wouldst, in truth, accepte two guineas and six shillings for it. “Nay sir, not two guineas – not any guineas. Not a brass farthing. It runs lumpy as pig-knuckle porridge and stinks of deasel. I fear it is fuckyng fuck’d, and therefore of no account to me. I wilt bid thee a good-nyte.” And off he didst stride, leaving me standing most forlorn. Asudden, didst I then notice mine wyfe’s beldame approaching – quoth she, in high dudgeon, “Samuel, I desire to return to mine lodgings. Wilt thy shitte-boxe make it to Cheapeside, or shalt I just hail an Uber now, and save thee from making an even bigger pryck of thyselfe?” Stung by her wordes, I didst protest that I hath toatal faith in mine conveyance – and in mere minutes didst we pull out onto the main thoroughfare towards the Great Abbey of Westminster. Lamentably, afore we coulds’t cross the bridge, mine Astra did judder most alarmingly and make much smoak, causing a grievous loss of forwarde momentum, and I wert oblige’d for to pull over. Mine cross-mater didst depart the conveyance most volubly, calling hence, “I shoulde have knowne, Samuel, that thy automotive wanke-socke had no more integrity than thy spousal affections. Plainly, thine injector seales are well befouled and yet I daresay thou wilt yet buy another. Faith, knowest thou not by this pretty pass that all Vauxhalls are naught but shitt?” And, with that, she flagg’d down a passing cab forthwith, and didst exit over the bridge. Mortal wounded, I didst pop the bonnett and were near knock’d colde by the aroma of deasel arising thereof, and beneath the oile cap t’were clear signs of Black Death. As I stood forlorn, a smol boy of dim familiarity sporting an idiot cock’d hat didst scuttle past, calling over his shoulder, “Wouldst thou had taken mine master’s guinea now, cuntichops? Thy conveyance is not worth but a hogge’s turd!” In the ende, I push’d the fucker off the wharfe at Blackfriars into the Mighty Thames. A poxe upon the lotte of them. Fucke mine lyfe.
    85 points
  2. trigger

    The new news 24 thread

    I've had a weekend of crap cars, Saturday dad came round and helped me get the Volvo finished off at last, it needed a lot of brake work which took time, new calipers all round, new pads, rear shoes, brake shields etc which was a right faff as well as new tyres fitted, the work all paid off though as it's now a lovely looking car. How it was when i collected it. and after two months of graft and expense! and bit different! the corner had took more of a knock than i realised and damaged the wheel and wishbone which i replaced, the wheel was very kindly given to me by a stranger on the internet, he dropped it at a DPD drop off for me and and i paid the £8 delivery! I've done a few miles in it today and it's driven lovely, like a 70's car registered in the 90s! I'm not sure I'll keep it but I'm pleased i stuck through repairing it as it was due to be banger raced, It's only done 49000 miles! It still needs a little bit of welding and a few stickers replacing.
    62 points
  3. I've been having a love affair with the mk1 facelift (this bit is important) Vauxhall Carlton for a very, very long time. Two of my dad's mates owned CD spec versions in the late 80s and early 90s and I fell for them, they were so wafty and comfortable. One of them was my transport to see Tina Turner at Gateshead Stadium in July 1990...,my folks went on the bike so I was left as a 14 year old at the mercy of four 'big boys' and their Carlton, which probably endeared them to me forever. Anyway, a 2.0 CDi model with a slushbox came up on the 'bay, B plate like both the ones I remember were, in gorgeous Anthracite. The funds were there and I almost broke my typing finger messaging the seller. The price seemed almost too good to be true...less than 24 hours later I'd dragged my stepson down to just outside Mansfield and the thing really was as good as it looked, with a new, advisory free MoT. I couldn't believe my luck. Of course, it came home. And yes, she's called Vanessa. What else can you call a Carlton?
    60 points
  4. As some of you may be aware I've bought a RR 4.2SC with some issues (kindly found by cort in the low cost big liability thread ), most probably a sensor fault as the HDC and Air suspension are inactive I'll be picking it up on Tuesday if things go to plan , it's only 240 miles away so £90 in fuel to get it home 🤣 The plan is to drive it back on Tuesday then drop it at the garage Saturday as the mot expires that day It was cheap though , the guy selling it sounds in his 70s , health issues , he's also had to sell his yacht Needs a bit of bodywork on the back(rust) but I'll have a go at that before spending out on a bodyshop Other than the warning messages on the display he says you wouldn't know there was anything wrong with it Pre may 06 so £360 instead of £610 ved could be a long thread 🤣
    57 points
  5. trigger

    The new news 24 thread

    Then onto today, I went and bought this! Yep another Dolomite! I'm sure a few people are wondering why I've bought another when i only just sold my Sprint, well, this is a 1850 which is much more reliable and easier to live with and It's a 33000 miles, father and son owned car that's never been restored or welded and is really in timewarp condition plus the best bit is that this cost £6000 less than what i sold the Sprint for which wasn't anywhere nearly as nice. It's a late Pre-HL model but had all the HL spec but not the tinted glass, It was a Mann Egerton Colchester ex demo hence the triple digits and has only covered a remarkable 3000 miles since 1983! It does need a bit of love, the paints faded and needs a good mop, the interior needs cleaning too, the brake pull to the left slightly and the carbs needs setting up better but all minor stuff. This does leave me with too many cars now, the Astra was meant to have sold and gone to Scotland but the sale fell through Friday so I've still got it but someones coming to view it tomorrow so hopefully it be gone and i can get the Volvo back inside.
    45 points
  6. I've never really had the luxury of a workshop at home. Moved house earlier in this year, but the shed was in a state. It seems a good quality structure but the roof was quite incontinent. Spent Saturday re-felting it with a hand from my dad. It was all in good order underneath and a few hours later it was looking better; Had been on the lookout for a tool chest and spotted the ideal one on Gumtree as part of a job lot. £100 for the tool chest(s), a trolley jack, some axle stands, shelves and a small selection of tools, a couple of bits were actually quite handy, namely a quality pair of side cutter pliers. The seller was a mechanic to trade and had some serious machinery. An Audi RS4, Impreza and a beautiful e46 330i. Gave me a good look round them which was interesting, a bit of money in them tubs. Bundled the lot into the trusty 3 series of doom. The main event; A bit of organisation finally; With the tool box in place I decided to sort out the rest of the shed, it was a bombsite with shit piled up to the roof and a healthy spider habitat. I had a big offcut of worktop and used it to build a usefully sized workbench. After a lot of tidying and graft it's looking well;
    40 points
  7. Yes it will be, he lad who bought to also owns a Mk2 Astra and brings it down each month and said he will be bringing it to Shotley. A friend who does graphics came over today with some stickers for the Volvo, I'm well pleased with how they came out, he also repucated the Torslanda badges too, it looks more finished now! Not bad for £30! I've also spent the day flatting with 1500 & 2500 wet and dry the whole of the Dolomite as the paint was very dull and dirty, then spend ages mopping it up, it still needs a wax but I'm so happy with how it's come up, I don't think it's ever been polished before. It smells a lot less fusty now inside too since I have it a clean, look how good the sills are too, it's all orginial paint, there's not even a scab on them!
    39 points
  8. Son has just been offered an apprenticeship at the garage he works at 1 day a week. So very proud of him, he is on the autism spectrum so this is a massive thing. So very happy.
    39 points
  9. Just north of Glasgow, Unsuccessful Moscow based crack dealer transportation UNLOCKED ML55 AMG: 5.4L 340bhp, 7 seats. MPG? umm not many of those 😂
    37 points
  10. M.O.T. achieved, The Ford Sierra DieseL, Is now road legal.
    36 points
  11. Dunno if this is of interest, but it's been on my bucket list for a very, very long time. 24 hours of Lemons is an endurance race series in the US for sub $500 cars, a parody of the 24 hours of Le Mans in France. I read how someone once entered a car with a paintjob dedicated to Albanian dictator, Enver Hoxha, and that for overtaking under yellow flags they sometimes weld a large steel pig to your roof. This is exactly the kind of nonsense I love. I wrote a few features on the racing and it's been pretty well covered in the media online and in print over the years. I meant to go just before Covid but, well, y'know. I really can't afford it, I can't drive for toffee, and am sending $$$ over the internet to complete strangers. And I've just realised that my helmet is non-compliant, I need new overalls and boots and that the term 'budget motorsport' is an oxymoron. In October I'm flying to Boston (Mass, not Lincs), a place I've always wanted to see, and I am going to get very drunk. Then I'm driving to New Hampshire motorspeedway to participate in two 12 hour stints with a small team of fellow idiots who have suggested a 'Young Ones' theme for the car. I think I am also going to be asked to judge the event, and will ensure that there are some British-Leyland type shenanigans to keep things lively. Details of the car and stuff to follow once I know what I'm doing. Some random pics; Wish me luck...
    35 points
  12. Quick roundup for the weekend. As usual, Shitefest is always a fucking tremendous activity even if your only activity is sitting about drinking tea. Seeing loads of friendly faces old and new it's always a a fucking hoot. As everyone else says, big thanks to @Sunny Jim for organising it / conversing with Ted the site owner and helping out with the brekkie on the Sunday morning. And bringing a Shitefest doggo! I wanted to convoy for the simple reason that heading around Manchester / Wigan / Warrington / Lymm / Chester at any time after lunch time on a Friday afternoon is grim. Noone else was up for leaving at "Railway time" (I suggested 0630 meet at Cairn Lodge services) so I ended up making my own way. 0620 departure from the parents' house 'cos that's where the trailer lives... A Tebay breakfast was had and the next stop was the British Commercial Motor Museum. It's a cracker wee wander about and it's only about 5 mins off the M6 at J28. Well worth the £8 to get in. There was lots to see from horse drawn stuff to steam stuff to petrol stuff to diesel stuff to modern hybrid stuff. I'll post a miniscule selection... They had a few engines on stands which always catch my attention. This Cummins L10 is a truck variant (you can tell by the way that it is) but it's the same engine my bus had. Mines was 180bhp and this one is either a 180 or 215bhp just by looking at it. The ratings plate was missing. For more power you need an intercooler which would designate it a LTA10. Then there was this. Something quite special. A Gardner straight 8 diesel engine. I'm personally guessing it's an 8LXB although one of the volunteers at the museum said it was donated recently by a random person who had it in their garden and they reckoned it came out of a boat which would more likely make it an 8LW. Thing is, though, 8LWs have individual cylinders and individual priming pumps for each cylinder on the injection pump. This one does not. The other thing that makes me think it's an 8LXB is... ...it's fucking turbocharged! Which would make it an 8LXBT or 8LXCT. Rare enough seeing an 8 banger never mind one with added windy pops. Oh and it's also got a radiator fan and a compressor mounted to it. You don't get those on marine engines. Anyways onwards to Shitefest. I took the wiggly road toward Wrexham then Llangollen then the A5 to Bethesda then the REALLY wiggly road straight over the hill to the site. It was quite nice... And onwards to the festivities. As the first to arrive I was tasked by the other Scotoshiters to set up "Scotch Corner"... @juular and WOMAN_juular were the next diciples of Scotoshite to arrive before being joined by messyrs @320touring, @jaypee, @Supernaut, @cms206, @aldo135 @sdkrc and @captain_70s(very laterer on)... And then the rest of Shitefest happened (Not all the photos I took)... @binhoker668 even had an art gallery installation set up at the bottom of the field... @cms206 turned up a couple of hours later than most of Scotland in what can only be described as a mobile mansion... And in typical, hundred year old buildings, it wasn't 100% structurally sound... Nice view though from the roof Once it was shunted up to Scotch Corner, we rolled out the welcome banner. @Ghosty has been custodian of the banner for a few years now. I've heard through the rumour mill it may have accidentally made it's way to Scotland in the back of said mobile house... @cms206 also bought me a present! Fucking ace! Disappointed though as the 205 has a tape player. Will need to get it on to the computer and in to MP3 format before I can listen to it. Next day a railway and slate museum happened... To be honest, I couldn't be arsed taking any photos in the museum because I was too busy looking at stuff, it was hot and I was tired. So have a gratuitous photo of a dog instead... I think that's everything. Oh aye the 205 shat a fuel leakoff pipe on departure from SF22 on the Sunday morning so it was leaking to outside the car rather than back to the tank and I reckon I lost about a litre. It was replaced with a section of newer hose from between the injectors and the old hose was long enough to be swapped in to that position. Even pissing out as much fuel as it did, I still managed 46.8mpg on the way back to Scotlandland at a steadyish 60mph towing the trailer. We used the A55 rather than the wiggly road this time. On the way south I only* got 41.7mpg. Right, I think that about covers everything.
    34 points
  13. Hi everyone, Well, this is mine… again! It’s been 18 years since I last owned it. This is a South African assembled 1974 BMW 520 that I lost trace in 2008 and been trying to find ever since. Found again by a good friend which I’m immensely grateful. Full story on a video to be published soon on my YouTube channel https://youtube.com/c/GentilsGarage
    33 points
  14. SiC

    Cae Dai 1950s Museum

    Been away up in Cheshire way this week with family. Less said about the arguments between my sisters the better. My niece and nephew however got on really well! Anyway Mrs SiC and I split off one day and went to this little museum. Bit of a home brewed affair that's basically a warehouse with a bunch of old stuff to look at and poke about with. Cheap enough to get in and reasonably enjoyable. At a fiver each entry, it's one of the cheapest museums I've been to! Only a few cars there and mostly common stuff. They had a fire about 13 years ago and lost much of their collection. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to visit but if you're in the area it's worth having a look. Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/FfVnngkt9gLoYUUAA Some pictures of my visit in no particular order. Hopefully not too many duplicates from Tapatalk screwing up. Apparently this was one of the actual vehicles used in the Great Train Robbery
    33 points
  15. This is why I call them my favourite garage! Somebody pointed out to me that there were a couple of small rust holes appearing on the underside of my Citroen DS after owning it for 13 years. I thought I had better book it in for a patch to be welded in. A poke about revealed it was far worse than a couple of patches needed. My favourite garage have repeatedly told me they do not do restorations. There was a fair bit of negotiation needed with them saying in the end they needed the proper repair panels and if I could get them then they would do it. Making taking the job on dependent on panels was there undoing for getting out of the job, over a million DS were made and they have always been a popular car. In less than a week they were delivered from Germany. I popped in to see them and was pleased to see before the panels arrived they had started to repair the sill under the passenger door. That’s when the abuse started, we needed to do it in case the car broke in half on our ramp etc! I collected it all repaired today and I am oh so happy with what they have done and wish they would take on all my cars.
    33 points
  16. Didn’t do a live collection thread due to needing to preserve phone battery and also because I couldn’t be arsed. Always promised myself a W124/W201 so when @HMC stuck one up for a megabarg price it was a no brainer despite being at the opposite end of the country. First point of call, flight from Newcastle to Exeter, took no time at all: Here I am looking small on the transporter bridge circa 2005 with my Dads base spec 190E. Left a big impression. HMC was ace, picked me up from the airport and fitted a new aux belt as a precaution, top shiter, would deffo buy more ruinous auld mercs from him. Car acquired, tank brimmed, pleasantly surprised/relived that it wasn’t a complete nail. Car decided to have a little coolant wee at my first service stop to scare me, luckily it had just been overfilled a tad. As lovely* as it would’ve been to drive 7 hours home, I decided to stop overnight in the midlands so I could visit the British Motor Museum. Museum was brilliant, managed to spend all day there, so much to see: SD1 Estate Pretty little Mini based MG sports car Merc was good on the motorway, better than my “modern” CLK. Bit of play in the steering which is something I’ll take a look at but other than that very solid indeed. Headrests like pillows. Not sure what kind of new life form is developing here, think I’ve got some cream carpet off-cuts at home if this is beyond saving. Reserve light came on just as I arrived in Sunderland, decided to fill it up at my local which just so happened to have this gorgeous 450SEL hogging the E5. All in all very happy with it, needs a good clean but think it’ll come up well, exterior and interior are both in good nick under the grime, need to source a couple of wings though. Mechanically there’s a few bits and pieces that could do with a refresh, just the usual high mileage stuff though, it drives a lot better than I was expecting for the price. I’ll try and keep this thread updated if I remember!
    32 points
  17. Amazing the things and folk you see regularly riding in the Metro. Hello. Again.
    32 points
  18. After sitting outside under a tree for three years my other halfs CRX del sol is back on the road for the remainder of the Summer. A fresh oil and filter,new battery and a couple of Bigg Red caliper rebuild kits were all that it needed. Just a few mot advisories for bushes and Ball joint boots. Because the wife and I is old the insurance was a wallet busting £91 and I got a £20 Halfords voucher back too so it was actually only £71 using man maths. 30 years old next year too.
    31 points
  19. Yeeeeeeeehaaaaaa🙃😋 Normal service is resumed. Found a module on German Ebay, in Freiburg, haggled a bit and nipped over the border to pick it up Everything back to normal 😀😀 Thing is, now it's too hot to go roofless! Now in our wee hut, beers in the fridge and I can relax.. 1300 miles in so far..
    31 points
  20. I've not been feeling too great lately so I went to see the doctor (not that one). I told him I'd been sweating, shaking and had bad wind and terrible nightmares. He said it sounded like withdrawal symptoms. He asked had I given up drinking or smoking recently. I looked down at the can of Stella in my hand and said no. No I'm still drinking too much and I can't afford to smoke. I did mention that since buying the Rexton, that I'd pretty much given up buying shite old cars COLD TURKEY. He said this could be very dangerous and that I really should have tapered off and I should buy something SMALL to ease the symptoms. I asked for a second opinion and his mate came in and told me that I should also lose a lot of weight. The cunt.
    31 points
  21. 2003 VW T4 TRANSPORTER 2.5 TDI CAMPER / DAY VAN CUSTOM AIRBRUSHED TIM BURTON | eBay 'Feel free to check the past m.o.t's it has never had any rust or rot.' 14th March 2019: Offside Rear Coil spring mounting corroded but not seriously weakened (2.4.C.3c)
    30 points
  22. It started on Friday, left the house at 8am, was at work by 9:45, finished at 13:30, got home for 16:45. Vehicle prepped (I threw a suitcase of shit and an untested air bed and some bits of cardboard in the back) and hit the road just after 17:00. Traffic was great* on the M74 as a BMW had converted itself into a fine paste somehow. An X3 also shat itself and had to be pushed out of the way of this monster: An N reg Atkinson with some sort of APC on the back. I later encountered him doing about 65mph on a downhill stretch. Legend. Once the traffic cleared I had the idea of "making time" using all of the redblock's 120bhp. I passed @sdkrc in the Insight. By the time I reached Tebay the fuel gauge had dropped from full to 2/3rds. I decided I couldn't be trusted and phoned @sdkrc and asked if he wanted to convoy down. He was aiming for mega mpgees and was sitting at a steady 58-62mph and I figured using him as a rolling road block would prevent me from using all the petrol in the world. A cheeky remortgage saw us fed with a sandwich and artisan cola. The north of England was everything I expected and more. We arrived at around 00:15 on Saturday morning. I still managed a beer before going to sleep, dedication. My accommodation was the height of luxury. The following morning I beheld the sight of the first Shitefest I'd attended since 2018. My car definately didn't* lower the tone by looking like a tramp's home. Some prime chod was in attendance. This Marina arrived with a idle speed of 3,500rpm but was soon fettled into submission. This Seat inspired much rubbing of thighs. Iconic AS vehicle. The weird Honda section. FRENCH. Some people came more prepared than others. @cms206 also used the kitchen of this to prepare the traditional SCOTTISH BREAKFAST, with extra grease for sealing those internal systems up right good. Attempts were made to rid this of rattles. The light trim was wrestled back on successfully only to find that the "rattle" was actually the horn ring jiggling and causing the horns to "pop". A BX on ramps marked the site enterence having blown it's LHM return line on a half line journey. A dog used it for shelter. Air conditioning re-gassing was on offer for those lucky enough to have FANCEH CAURS. Chats were had, old magazine ads were laughed at, dogs were patted I got pissed and spent all of Sunday morning with a cracking headache. Also on Sunday morning the 205 shat it's diesel return hose. An enshortening of the hose and some rerouting saw that fixed. Then my Volvo didn't start because I'd left the ignition on and the running lights flattened the battery. So that needed a jump. Then @davidfowler2000, @320touring, @jaypee , @Supernaut and I hit the road homewards in convoy. Unexpected drive through the alps was nice. Home. I'm fucking shattered, reckon I had 8hrs sleep over the two days and the heat was intense. Big shout out to @Sunny Jim for sorting the site and the site owner for allowing a bunch of weirdos with shit cars to temporarily ruin a picturesque bit of Wales. Also @davidfowler2000 for supplying traditional Scottish breakfast items and @cms206 for cooking it in his camper, forever making it smell like a catering van. Also @catsinthewelder for lending me a mug so I could have a cup of tea instead of dying of not having a cup of tea. Some more random pictures/videos: I think Volvos outnumbered every other marque by a fair margin. @Jim Bell left a dog poo bag of melted Twixes in my car. @aldo135 consumed more cans of Tennants than should really be allowed under then Geneva Convention. I don't think @binhoker668 was sober for even a single moment over the full weekend. @maxxo gave me a lift in his XM and now I kind of want one. Was a great time. Would attend again. 11/10.
    30 points
  23. wesacosa

    The new news 24 thread

    Finally finished off the C5 resto today. bought in June 2020 from a salvage yard having seemingly been stood for 20 or more years it needed a full strip down and rebuild. Got most of it done in first year but it sat in the garage needing the final finishing off.
    30 points
  24. After my failed attempt to get to Lemans for the Classic due to work extending, I am going to try again despite the carnage at the ports. To justify* the trip, this weekend is Saabfest at Haselbury Mill in Crewekerne, Somerset which is on the way to France, no? Today I am travelling with a very laden car down to Wootten under Edge where I managed to get a good deal on a hotel for the night. Tomorrow it is Crewekerne and my tent and beer for the weekend before the tunnel in the early hours of Monday. I will update this thread over the trip with any chod I can photo, and hopefully prove a trip across the continent is perfectly fine in a £700 car sourced from AS with minimal preparation. The steed of choice:
    29 points
  25. Fleet update. Volvo Pictured RIGHT NOW. I went to Shitefest in the WINNER WAGON. Roughly 600 miles as a round trip. Down in convoy with @sdkrc acting as a rolling roadblock to prevent me from getting 12mpg. It, once outfitted with some cardboard, a tarp and an airbed made for my weekend's accommodation. I reckon superior to a tent but ultimately still not pleasant. I'm too old for this camping shit. Great weekend was had, convoyed down with @davidfowler2000, @Supernaut, @320touring and @jaypee. The following week I went on holiday in the Volvo, to the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border. Somewhere in the region of 750 miles over a week. I even washed the car in preparation. We went through the Yorkshire Dales, because motorways are fucking tedious. While on holiday we saw some fancy houses. Some trams, Some cars, Some seals, And Skegness. The car performed faultlessly. I had a less fucked tyre fitted while I was down there (booked into local garage to work out why the tracking is fucked) and crashed into the wall of the tyre shop putting a load of divots in the bumper from the pebble dashing. I think they call it "patina" or "character" or something. Then on the Saturday was Festival of the Unexceptional. It's now having a rest. It's grumbling from the drivetrain somewhere, same as my other one used to, probably the diff is empty or something... Will have a check. Acclaim Pictured RIGHT NOW: Haven't done anything with this. Timing belt is still slack so it's relegated to light duties until I can pull it apart. Last tank it got 40mpg though, which is nice. Dolomite Pictured RIGHT NOW: So. It was pissing oil, this was cured by retorquing the cylinder head. I got a good 90-180 degrees out of the nuts before hitting the book figure. So it was SLACK. Fuck knows how it didn't blow the head gasket. Here's me looking like a dick taking my engine apart for the billionth time: Then it ate it's thrust washers so has been laid up since. @GingerNuttz is gonna try and fab up some solid bronze alloy thrust washers to the exact size required on a CNC, because no challenge is great enough. I've done a bit of sanding/polishing as the paint has shrunk back since it was sprayed, as you'd expect. Still getting the hang of it. Should turn out well enough for a car in use. Electricity situation still ghetto. Actively started to house hunt with Girlfriend_70s now. Driveway is a must, garage would be nice, but rare to find on rental properties around here.
    29 points
  26. It’s been a while.. but, a new addition to the fleet has been achieved. It’s bordering on shite as people do point and laugh when driving by but I absolutely love it. It’s a 2003 1.4i petrol Audi A2 75bhp. Remarkably tidy following a good clean but more is needed. Small miles, 45k but failed emissions test on NCT here. Service kit has been ordered, throttle body was removed and cleaned. Like the rest of the car, it was rather dirty. These have a cool back story and I’ve wanted one for years. This particular car I’ve hoped would come my way and it finally did recently. Passenger door strap was broken, rear boot lid wouldn’t lock and sunroof was sticking. All sorted now. Still to do is sort glovebox door, missusfandango managed to break handle off that so now permanently locked. Deep scratch on rear passenger door, beyond my skilz so may have to spend to sort that. Wheels also need a refurb but I’ll have a go at them before making a bollix of that and sending them out too. Overall a wonderful / oddball piece of 20 year old shite that will hopefully stick around for a while. Who likes these? Any on here? CFD
    28 points
  27. Updates! During the time it sat it's acted as a home for some birds who've since grown up and flown off: After a long time searching for replacement brake/suspension bits, I popped round one day to find that another bloke had brought in a Datsun truck with disk brake hubs, a reasonable master cyl and some other bits I can pilfer - that he's getting rid of entirely! He's going with S15 running gear and suspension on his so I now have a reasonable option after thinking I'd be out of luck. Carb wise we stole some bits from the old Samara carb and adapted them to sort the linkage for the new 32/34 that allowed it to be fitted well enough - along with the previous adapter plate. Set up all the kit and after some fiddling about, it now runs and drives!! First ever drive after being sat for many years below: Next will be brakes and aluminium tank, then onto bodywork and the engine etc in time. After more reading on my options and ratios, I've settled on going with a PD130 mated with a Toyota W58 box using an adapter, into a Chevy C10/Blazer rear axle (same PCD) This will be something that takes a little to get going through through the next few months, given I'm moving about and such but it won't be a particularly long time till it's driving about on the road!
    28 points
  28. Convoying with @jaypee, @Supernaut and @320touring it was good to have their company on the way down the road. But I got sick of the slow traffic and clusters of lorries and ditherers at some points, booting the Expert TurboD through and past them. Excellent to put some faces to names, lovely place and lovely people with lovely vehicles. Thank you @Sunny Jim for hosting, organising and sending the autoshite signal with a BX on ramps near the entrance. What a beautiful place North Wales is, would like to visit again. On the way back I convoyed with @juular and Mrs juular through the mountains, enjoying the odd aroma of unburnt hydrocarbons from the 240 then went back via Shipley to purchase a spare gearbox. Despite needing three fuel filters on the way back due to not very well settled vegetable oil the van was great, had the tyres screeching and what felt like wild roll angles on the mountain roads and it managed an indicated 102mph on the M6 before I bottled it.
    28 points
  29. It's a grin because a photo that i thought was lost has been found! Me and my BILs 'fleet' sometime about mid 1980s---
    27 points
  30. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 CDTi 150 SRI Nav | eBay '...from an elderly couple who used it to go to their static caravan at the coast for the past half a dozen years' 'Mileage: 184,000'
    27 points
  31. Barry Cade

    That France in an SLK

    Been planning this trip for some time as I've missed driving on the wrong side. The SLK was prepped as if it was going to the moon.. full service for both engine and transmission, all fluids done including weird SLK fluids, 4 new tyres, brakes and suspension all settled and everything tip top and Bristol fashion. . Set off and headed towards that England. About an hour in I needed a pee... annoyed me this as I usually have at least a 300 mile bladder.. stopped at the side of the road, walked behind some bushes and simultaneously fell in a river,through barbed wire in some nettles... Wet foot, ripped jeans and nipping arms we continued happily South to overnight in Towcester in a Travelodge. Up next morning and kept south towards Newhaven. Got into the Brighton and decided to put the roof down. Nowt. Window.. nope. Stopped at Sainsbury's for some stuff and no central locking either. FFS. Off the ferry after having to hand documents through the door, down to Rouen in the dark and into an F1 for the night. They're great if you breathe in and walk sideways.. Up today and nipped into a Carrefour and bought a torx driver, opened the roof control module and found this... FFS.. Onward and into Paris. A mile away from the Eiffel Tower as I stopped at a crossing, there was a thud. In my mirror was a chap on the ground beside a hired electric scooter.. he got up, gave the thumbs up and disappeared into the crowd. I now have a helmet sized and shaped dent on the boot lid.. FFS.. Onward to Ligny en Barrrios, to a cracking AirBnB, we stopped at the services for some coffee. I opened the door and the alarm went off... the central locking and remote have packed in so it wont switch off.. I found and pulled the fuse to shut it up, but now I have to wait 5 mins every time I open the door for the hazards to go off. FFS. 2 black boxes in both my cars to go down in the space of 2 weeks. Is it the Chinese? Solar flares. The law of sod? FFS... Anyone overnight courier a 1708200926 to Alsace in the next 5 days? P.s.. the Eiffel Tower needs agood prodding with the Corrosion Assessment Tool...
    26 points
  32. I went to the Glenisla Classic vehicle Club Annual Barbecue today. It was a brilliant event and the first since 2019. Everybody looked so happy to be there and mingling with cars and people, including me! Quick stop for a photo outside Kirriemuir on the way up. The sun came out not long after 9.30 and split the trees most of the day. This was car of the show for me, it was superbly 1983. Next I rode shotgun with @Tam in his Defender on the 4x4 run. I've never been in a Land Rover and certainly haven't been off road before. Fantastic fun, great views and some lovely old Land Rovers. This is Tam's TD5 one, I was surprised at how fast it is! The tractors came too. Lots of other interesting cars. This has 25000 miles on it. A supercharged Riley Elf! My Cavalier was the only one there until another turned up at the end. 90s stuff seems to generate a lot of interest these days. Estate Consul 315 After years of meaning to do so, I finally stopped off at the (remains of) last Little Chef in Scotland, at Balhaldie on the A9 just north of Dunblane. Not much to see unfortunately. No food here today. It was a fantastic event, bacon rolls, burgers and coffee were on offer. Very generous of the Club. I also spent ages nattering to another Vauxhall You Tuber about Vauxhall shite which was great!
    26 points
  33. Annoyingly, I've had very little time available for this over the last couple of months. So far, after nearly 400 miles, it's been good. I need to address an annoying rattle in the drivers door at some point, but other than that, all is well in GLi world.
    26 points
  34. Alternatively, we could shut up about stuff that has nowt to do with the topic at hand? Just a thought...
    26 points
  35. Final report on the Dash to Dubrovnik duo of Miss SL and her BF in the ex @BorniteIdentity Avensis SR, now in the Grin thread following a successful outcome..... They enjoyed the final drive up through France, avoiding toll roads and the LEZ in Rouen. Crossing the Seine: Another 1k clicked over, note cruising speed: Some rathar pleasant campsites in great weather: With the period correct camping set-up, mostly stuff we used in the '90s: Apparently they helped a French couple with their brand new tent, gaffer tape repairing a split pole. Other than a few cable ties given to a fellow Dash entrant I don't believe they used many of the tools or spares they took with them, good old Avensis. The oil consumption dropped once they were away from the mountains. Luckily it didn't rain much as the sluggish wipers now need attention. And 3,637miles after setting off towards the end of June, it reappeared on the driveway: It's now having a bit of a rest but at some point will become Miss SL's transport when Master SL takes over the Yaris. As it'll be kept here when she's up at uni that means someone (i.e. me) needs to use it every so often, yay!
    26 points
  36. This comparison to war stuff reminds me why I can't stand football or most of it's fans. "We beat them in a casual game of kicking a ball on a field, which is much like when many millions of people died horrific and needless deaths". Get a fucking grip you absolute nobbers
    25 points
  37. Ok. Not selling a car. Selling a rocking chair for Mrs Cookie.
    25 points
  38. 38ish here. I only went outside for half an hour ffs.
    25 points
  39. Ok, so it turns out working at cars is a lot less hassle when you have a bit of space and a flat(ish) hard surface to do it on. Never had this much room before, ever. Or tools/ ramps/ oil easily to hand. Good to get some pay-off from all the brain-melting stress of the house move earlier in the year.
    24 points
  40. My Dad got himself this because his Jag is broken, and he's decided the gearbox is difficult so he went and found a 320 version with a slush box.. I'd already said I'll buy this one off him when he's ready to sell it, but didn't expect to get it this soon.. ho hum. It's done 145k, it's a 6 speed Manuel with decent history and everything works. The wife likes it. More to follow.
    24 points
  41. cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This is amazing, 77 4 speed manual Friggin air con! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115479558212?hash=item1ae31e3844:g:cHgAAOSwvXBi5Tjb
    24 points
  42. The Vicar

    Vicar goes topless

    Initially I wanted to go Naked! I had tried to arrange to see this 660cc Daihatsu Naked: However after getting the runaround from the seller for close to a week, I gave up and decided to just go topless instead, with this: It's a puny little 1.6, but its only done 55k with 1 owner. Needs a little fettling but nothing major. The interior swung me, I think its great. I do like beige & wood. Not much to say now, its due to arrive during the week and I will update in due course, but I'm looking forward to getting out in it
    24 points
  43. Went out to the car boot sale on Sunday morning looking for a strimmer. Day took an unexpected turn when @cort16(a VERY bad man) sent me a BMW Z4 with test til March and a fucked roof for £1150. Fucks sakes. Eventually got the seller and headed over for a look, of course I bought it. Pretty horrible knocking from the front end, one key and it's done 188k with zero history. I offered £950 and it was accepted. Closest thing I got to a pez shot; Blissfully, the AC is ice cold. Apart from the clonk from the front it drives fine. Ordered a set of drop links as a hopeful first step, but while I'm doing them I'll give everything a good pry anyway. Just seemed worth having them on hand, they fit the E46 if not. I managed to get the roof up and down manually first of all, then with some foutering got it going up on the buttons, but the pump seems too weak to pull it down itself. Will pull the pump out and do some diagnostics. Worst case a new one is about £120. Although bought in Scotland, looking at the MOT history online it has spent most of its life in the South East of England. Result. At first inspection it looks to be free of any serious corrosion although I'll not get ahead of myself on that front. Gave it a very quick wash and took it a spin last night. It certainly doesn't look like a £950 car. It leaves me with a headache, I have far, far too much scrap lying about. Current fleet in order of length of service; RX300 LS400 Kangoo Van 320D Touring 206 GTi Z4 At least three too many. RX is going to be listed for sale very shortly with short test. I'll probably put it on here at a healthy discount on the off chance anyone is interested.
    24 points
  44. Fleet news. Kept filling the Volvo with sealant, it kept leaking. I have now found a solution though. With that problem permanently* solved** I put the interior back in. This means the girlfriend will go in it, which makes it AN FUNCTIONAL CAR. I also fitted a less fucked rear light. Threw the Dolomite's door cards in and affixed the dash correctly. Fitting the fresh air vents makes it quite a bit less horrible on warm days I also managed to wrestle the rear bumper on having acquired some lengthy bolts. Also gave the chrome and stainless a go over with some Autosol. I think it's done about 300 miles since going back together. Mostly around town and local A roads. It pulls well once warmed up properly, it'll actually gain speed on the flat from 20mph in top. At 55mph it's doing 3,500rpm, which is really as fast as you want to go for any sustained period of time. It seems quite happy to sit on the motorway but it feels too mechanically "busy" for my tastes. As of the the 24th it'll be taking me and Girlfriend_70s to Derbyshire (avoiding motorways) on holiday for a week before I drop by FotU and then shoot back up the road. I'm only mildly bricking it.
    24 points
  45. Well, it’s running again. I got the mystery relay back from the electrician this morning, fitted it, checked for spark again and this time spark was there. But it didn’t fire. Odd. Next i pulled a fuel pipe off and turned it over, no fuel. Got the wife to crank it while I lay under the back end and the pump would clunk when initially firing just once. Then once again when it stopped. So I nipped up to my unit where I have had a spare fuel pump used for getting fuel out of scrap cars. Got home, tested it (works thankfully) and loosely plonked it in place and now she runs again!
    24 points
  46. So with one Rover 820 'done', I guess it is time for the next one, and what a shed it is too! This one had been languishing on the owners club Facebook page for a couple of months, with the hard-to-interact-with seller complaining that no one wants to buy it (try answering your messages then?). To cut a long story short, the seller's self-imposed 'the scrap man is coming for it Saturday afternoon' dead line had been and gone, over a week later the thread was bumped back to the top of the page and I'm on my way to Blackpool with £500. There's no tyre kicking or haggling at those prices, so it quickly finds its way back to Huddersfield. It drives really very well and has MOT until March 2023, but looks completely awful and the interior is a health hazard. The plan is to clean it up a bit this week for an hour or so each day after work and get it in the garage over the pit by the weekend for a proper going over. Hopefully there's no nasties hiding underneath and we can crack on with tidying it up... Here's the current state of play;
    23 points
  47. Local car show tomorrow, we’ve taken the 2CV last two years, think it’s the turn of the Pontiac this year. Thought I’d give it a quick once over, but that turned into a full polish, and use of products to make it gleam! That’ll do.
    23 points
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