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  1. PhilA

    1966 Plymouth Fury 3

    Huh. Yup. I still own this, it seems. Decided to try continue on the task I started in November. Life got in the way. Mayonnaise and flies. Just what every transmission needs. Cleaned and the dents beaten out. Then spent two hours looking for the seal I bought. Discovered I also need the smaller seal that fits in the top. I'll have to measure and try find an equivalent. Phil
    10 points
  2. Went at the rear brakes on the T6 today. In my eyes it's a brand new van, 2016 is 2.5 years ago, 1990 is 8 years ago etc etc. It's not a new van: Passed an MOT not 1000 miles ago! New ATE disks and pads all round. Cost 2x what euro carp tarts "brembo" etc would be but I don't trust any of it nowadays, they just put aliexpress shit in a nice box. That done, I had a bit of time on the t25. because it's lifted I run upper ball joint spacers - they sort the geometry out a bit. Mine had the cheapo ones on, but then I noticed that some fanny had been grinding away at one to make it fit some cheapo ball joint and it was very sketchy. paid good money for some "proper" ones which are a lot better, but the bolt holes didn't line up right so I had to get a file out, which is a pissed really. These are a lot thicker and made of steel, hopefully they won't snap off and kill me They do seem a lot more sturdy than the old ones. It's fucked my alignment and now I have plenty of positive camber, so I'll do my best with a spirit level for now and take it up to my usual place to get them to fine tune it
    8 points
  3. After what was possibly one of the shortest collection missions of my shiteing career (0.8 miles) I’ve collected a car which I’ve possibly waited longer between agreeing to buy and picking it up (3 months!) than any other purchase. I reckon it was worth it though, it’s the tidiest car I’ve brought home in a long time.
    7 points
  4. The redline version with opening hatches at the back is lovely 1971: Called AMX/2 1973: Called Xploder 1975: Called Warpath 1985: Called Redliner, now without the opening covers, only released once as an Ultra Hot in Spectraflame gold 1987: Called Road Torch - again only released once, in red as found today And the "real" car
    6 points
  5. I've had a chance to have a closer look at the new arrival BMW E38 over the last few days. Looking at the service history its always been a Swindon car, at least until 2013 when the last owner bought it, brining it closer to Newport in Wales. The back window still displays a sticker from the Haskins garage the car was serviced at for a few years: The replacement battery didn't cure the electrical gremlins but it was clear that a central electric component must have been the cause for the large variety of issues I was seeing. Turns out the connectors to the chassis control module had water in them! Letting them dry out and some contact cleaner should sort those issues. All electric gizmos inside the car are actually working perfectly fine aside from an ABS light coming on above 20mph, most likely a sensor as usual, and the PDC, also most likely a sensor (which I should still have plenty of lying around) and a very easy fix. The exterior needs a clean pretty badly, the clearcoat of the bonnet has suffered from what was most likely bird shit sitting on it for ages. It should polish up nicely however, I think especially the facelift 7-Series are a smart looking car: All tires are shot, I might put the wheels of my ULEZ refugee on this as Im planning to put the M-Parallels of the silver breaker on mine. The interior looks much cleaner in the photos than it is. Its hard to tell but carpets and dashtops are actually a very dark green (appropriately named Englischgrün) matching the Oxford green exterior, and oyster (Pearlbeige) for seats, headliner and lower dash, a little brighter and more special than the typical sand beige. Its a very classy color combo, I really like it. There's been coins all over, no clue why people can't even be bothered to remove their money from cars they are selling. That means that my investment has slightly decreased to 1247.72GBP, only for me to notice that original rad has sprung a hairpin leak, and somehow one of the boot struts broke off when I tried to close the lid... So those will need replacing as well now. I wish I still had my breaker... It will need some suspension work as well, however, the engine and gearbox function flawlessly which is always good news. In other news, the Caprice now has a steering column again! In hindsight I have to say that removal and install couldn't have been much easier, its literally 5 bolts inside the car, one in the engine bay holding it to the lower column. Everything else was just removed to gain accessibility. With the steering lock sorted this only leaves one fail item on the MOT sheet, which was a non-functional rear foglight. Fingers crossed that and the dusty brakes are a straight forward fix. Update on the Mercedes tomorrow, the last parts order arrived today.
    6 points
  6. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Ford Scorpio ghia 2.9 Cosworth 24v - estate 48k - barn find spares repair | eBay Business seller information mad services Colin Mcrae
    5 points
  7. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Aixam Mega E City Ev spares or repair | eBay 'Terribly badly made, comedy electrics and lost all of it's value the moment the bastard was wheeled out of the showroom. The floor is rusty, the wiring was done by a chimp and it needs loads of batteries to try and start it. But enough about the Iveco, here is my Aixam electric car'
    5 points
  8. Mid engined, rear bicycled
    4 points
  9. What’s that I hear you say? Buy more cars?! Ok then. First mode of transport, if you discount walking from my front door:
    4 points
  10. CSI: Lightbulb
    4 points
  11. *zoom in* those are Thorn GCBS integral ballast units like so by 1984 they had been redesigned to a squarer profile with the starter socket on the end like so and the latest reference I can find to the older middle mounted starter socket design is 1980 so that sign body at least dates sometime before 1980 I would say (certainly no later then 1984)
    4 points
  12. Wack

    The grumpy thread

    FFS Bad day yesterday I'd been to the chip shop, shared fish & chips with the wife, took her half in , put mine on a plate and a tray, walking into the living room it slipped off the tray, fell behind the side table and splattered up the wall. Fucking great, obviously Mrs Wack though it was hilarious, especially the part where she tipped a whole pot of curry over hers knowing I don't like it so I couldn't nick any of it
    4 points
  13. One owner from new, who ran it until he gave up driving in his mid 80’s! Locally supplied as well, and spent its whole life in Seaford going by the service records: I haven’t had a proper leaf through, but I appear to have every bit of service paperwork going back to the eighties 😅 I couldn’t pass it up once I knew about it!
    4 points
  14. Took the day off today to try getting this further along. Started off this morning going into town and picking up some bits. Also decided to sign up to the library. I actually really did that as I wanted to look inside this building. Unfortunately the library is moving out as this building apparently needs too much work and the council don't have the funds to repair it. I really hope it doesn't get flattened. Bet it will though. 😒 I spent a good few hours trimming and fitting this side panel to make the fit (nearly) perfect. The key thing is the holes as they need to line up for the outer wing. As other panels go on top, they need to line up with everything. There is some wiggle room and they can be opened up some more but I wanted them close. Likewise those captive nuts need to line up to the a post for fitting in the brace piece. Once finally happy I tacked it into place. Then plug welded and ground them back. Forgot to take a picture between those two processes. Managed some impressive panel warpage on the inside 🤣 I used the wood to push into place and tack. I'll run a bead along later. Another horrible job in that footwell. I also still need to patch that little piece at the end of the footwell. Chucked some zinc primer. Spot where an idiot leant against the wet paint. Also started cutting out some of the rear upright and diagonal bracing. I'll cut the last bits out once the a-post hinge panel is in. I'm trying to keep these box steel pieces as I'll need to brace the rear boot area when I cut that out. Next will be the a-post hinge plate. I grabbed the door and bolted the hinge panel on and put into place. Checked everything still lined up, including this outer finishing panel. It's a useful check with those holes again. Then marked up at the bottom so I can make sure it's straight. Also double checked the back panel mostly lines up when clamped. It's starting to look more like a car again now. The door a post hinge panel and a-post outer finisher is next to weld on. Then back to that rear arch. That will take a bit longer as I need to fabricate some pieces to reconstruct the inner rear arch.
    4 points
  15. Milton Keynes Classic Car Club had a record turn out today with 46 cars. A good variety from a Wolsey 4/44 to a Audi R8. Our 156 got a bath prior to going and has lost its green growths around the window edges where it has been standing outside for the winter.
    3 points
  16. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/175600809194?hash=item28e29fb4ea:g:12oAAOSwcX9j344r
    3 points
  17. Full collection mode engaged:
    3 points
  18. 2 cylinders, shoes, drums, 1 new brake line and a new n.s wheel bearing with flange also 4 new bolts later the backs done (hubnuts not done up in photo) Fronts got new discs and pads. The old pads were wedged in place so a really good clean up was required. I Even busted out the brake grease instead of copper slip. Ooohhh fancy. New wear lead cliped in and job done. Took longer than i wanted but thats just how it goes sometimes.
    3 points
  19. I can’t wait to visit your lightbulb museum one day Mr @LightBulbFun . the experience will be enlightening. it may give me some bright ideas for future projects. sorry.
    3 points
  20. quite actually! had a vintage 1Kw HP-T from 1969 that arrived late last night, so the order of the day was setup the gear and get it tested really pleased to have nabbed this, these large vintage clear mercury lamps dont show up often! and is currently my highest wattage clear mercury lamp in the collection (if anyone has an iwasaki H2000B let me know please!) Maximum Power! red hot Quartz cool down then this big old box arrived, containing, you guessed it! more lightbulbs, a pair of also 1000W lamps, metal halide ones this time these 2 infact, one 1980's East German lamp a Narva Nachroma and the other a 1990's~ US General Electric Multi-Vapour lamp which to me provides a very interesting contranst as both are 1Kw Metal halide lamps! but in terms of technical details worlds apart of completely different halide chemistries, but both used for sports stadium lighting it also tickles me that the slim tubular lamp of pretty intriguing technological feat is the European East German lamp, and the large fat bulbous lamp of 1960's middle of the road technology, that was just university used everywhere, is the American one, Autoshite in lightbulbs eh and then to cap it all off I had a frustating battle with a windows 10 Virtual machine some fucking idiot registered QEMU's UUID with Azure Autopilot, so if you spin up a QEMU VM with a recent windows 10 ISO you get stuck here because Microsoft thinks that this "computer" belongs to the organisation in the screenshot and sets it up accordingly... that was a right fucking nightmare to sort, not helped by windows being windows, like dying at the keyboard layout setup, because fuck you thats why... got through in the end but ran out of time to actually do what I wanted to do and all I wanted to do was setup this VM so I could then try and boot it on the Shitty Samsung Q1U Tablet PC I picked up to fuck with for shits and giggles! (its a VM installing to a physical disk) and im going to tag @GrumpiusMaximus because A: so I dont have to suffer this alone, and B: because his user name accurately describes me during all of this LOL it will be interesting to see what they do about it, as it does look like its been reported, but its still such a fucking stupid issue, the fact that someone was dumb enough to enrol a universal QEMU UUID into their Autopilot program.... https://gitlab.com/qemu-project/qemu/-/issues/1428 https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10LTSC/comments/1075anp/welcome_to_intellek/ so yeah it has been a busy day for me today actually LOL
    3 points
  21. Quote originally from Dan's sales thread - just looking at the two Tonkas, I thought the above ID was spot on - but on closer inspection at least one if not both are different. Here's the black and red car from Dan; And my Frantic Flivver; Bonnet Louvres, grille, lights and number plate are different, as well as the wheels. Looking underneath; I don't have a Scorcher but I suspect it's the same story. Anyone know what they're officially named? Tonka are a pain sometimes!
    3 points
  22. D.E

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/334731880781?hash=item4def93294d:g:paMAAOSwcd9j3nJf
    3 points
  23. Early version of Apple Car Play?
    3 points
  24. Out today making myself and others smile in TPE409S we’ve covered close to 100 miles this week without any major problems, I’ve discovered the brake light switch is intermittent and the door striker needs adjusting but either way I’m really proud of this wee car.
    2 points
  25. A few car boot/charity shop finds from the last week Matchbox Another two-face Transit Corgi Rockets/Husky for spares The rest,I picked up the plastic Baja Bug in case anyone wanted it
    2 points
  26. Been to the toyfair and almost* kept my hands in my pockets! Pictures later but have some drooling shots in the meantime (Those Siku’s we’re fantasy money sadly).
    2 points
  27. Was given a box of techy crap to wipe/dispose of by a friend of mine's mum. Chucked her some cash thinking I'd flog a couple of the older tablets and cover my costs. Delphi clone and an already set up laptop, thanks very much for that one - saves me buying one!
    2 points
  28. 2 months and no update. Doesnt time fly when your having fun? Well that fun part, Not so much. The corrosion on the felicia is worse than expected as always so some time was booked off. This was of course the really bloody cold week with snow and shit roads. So thats that plan all little knocked out the window , the end of my week off see me at a wedding and the following few days i came down with something and was rougher than a rough thing. Few days pass and we arrive at christmas with now a covid positive test so a very quiet christmas for me. For about 3 or more weeks i just couldnt shake it some days fine others i was shivering and coughing untill breathing was an issue. Sleeping pattern knocked right out so when i did feel okay i had hardly had any sleep. But it did eventually go in early january. Along the theme of things going my partner and best friend of 17 years also decided she was going. Packed up some furniture a fucked off and ive not seen her since. This leaves me in a flat that feels like a constant reminder of failure, i hate it here so much now. The following week of her leaving, i arranged to have the week off as i needed some headspace, with a bed that smells of her being the last thing i wanted to be in so i shut the bedroom door and I crashed on the sofa. I needed away, but had also planned to collect a gearbox for @puddlethumper . I collected this on the monday and delivered to the 6s place for it to be shitely'd north. Whilst on that drive i decided i needed away and fast and with a trip to scotland being something ive put off for ages and ages now was the time. Theres another thread on that on here. I guess here we get Back to what your here for and not my woes. Old "shit" cars. A quick oil change before i left , check the tyres and pour in some screenwash. I threw some clothes in some Aldi bags for life and at 4 in the morning fucked off in a northern direction to just escape here. It was amazing, i listened to some smith and sniff podcasts most of the trip and stopped thinking. I just drove and took in the beauty of scotland. Sadly All good things come to an end and reality is the exact opposite of scotland. From driving empty roads with nobody for miles and miles , i return to my sad reality via luton. Urgh. This however is to pick up my two best friends to go for a cheer up meal and beer. They return with me to my "home" that has now been fully stripped of all stuff that she owned or paid for. Back to feeling like shit then. They drag me away to pub. Im very lucky to have people around me that want to see me happy. And the offers of places to stay should things go more south really are appreciated. A ball has to hit the bottom before it bounces back, i just have to see what direction i bounce off too.
    2 points
  29. Clearly gone off the rails - at least it's stationary - I would not like to be in that in a shunt - may be a first class ride for passengers tho - could be owned by an old buffer.
    2 points
  30. Busy day? 😉
    2 points
  31. Think it was based on a van shell.
    2 points
  32. That was my local library when i was a kid! I had no idea you lived in (redacted)! That is a brilliant building, i remember it and the precinct around it being built, and borrowing books on bicycle repair and using an oscilloscope from it (#geekconfessional). Huge shame that after just 60 years, it's no longer fit for purpose.
    2 points
  33. Didn't know that existed. I love the AMX/2, and most AMC stuff actually. I really like saying designer's name: Dick Teague. Rolls off the tongue. I reckon the AMX/2 would have made the best Mebetoys/Hot Wheels or even Pilen 1:43 back in 1971. Alas.
    2 points
  34. Yoss

    The new news 24 thread

    My 1969 Triumph 1300 TC has 75hp. 1300cc all iron ohv pushrod lump with twin SU carbs. That's progress.
    2 points
  35. I'd want to know what the health of the gearbox, radiator and rear discs/wheel bearings were before bidding that much. I know he's said it was a project, but what work does it need? The glass looks good but there's some serious blooming on that roof; what's the rest of the car like in the dry? I'm not trying to shit on it, but these cars rack up massive bills if certain things are wrong. That car is like mine, a phase 2 (single airbag) car. These cars use 290mm vented rear discs that are shared only with the 2005/2006 Impreza WRX STi gravel rally car. They're circa £300 for a new pair and it's 50/50 if they can be lathed. All the parts books list SVX rear discs as 260 mm solids; these were only fitted to the 1992-3/4 non-airbag (phase 1) cars. All the shit that you read of later cars being 'slower' is nonsense, the mapping never changed. None of them can do 155mph as standard. BTW, he mentions 'VW' in the listing because a firm in the US called SmallCar developed conversion kits for T25s/T3s.
    2 points
  36. RoverFolkUs

    eBay tat volume 3.

    K10 Micra with a free, invisible magic carpet! https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/772394290384029/
    2 points
  37. wuvvum

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This SVX looks quite reasonably priced by today's standards.
    2 points
  38. Update for me. Back in July I sold the Smart threw here, it's changed hands again since I believe. Was a nice little thing but as id said for my daily commute to work (80% duel carriageway and lots of hills) it just wasn't really the car for the job. My Abarth has been giving me more problems...so for the last 3 month's I've been useing my mums car , a 1.6, base spec W-Reg Mk4 Golf, Its a great thing, but she's needing it full time again. So I needed a car to use for work, and as a replacement for the Abarth when I get to selling it. Since @Supernaut got the Rexton, his Civic was surplus to requirement so.... I've had my eye in one of these for a few years now, since my dad got one. So when he said it'd be for sale I said I'd have it! I love the way they drive, the rapid torques and the spaceship design. It'll also do great for the commute for work. I know I'm getting old when I'm starting to care about MPG's! 🤣
    2 points
  39. motorpunk

    Cars in Colour

    That’s one of the nicest interiors I’ve ever seen.
    2 points
  40. Kind of similar - own goal this time. Oxford Street, 1975, Selfridges on the right and a Triumph 2500 lurking behind the advertising rondula thingy
    2 points
  41. It probably would make more fiscal sense for me to buy online but it’s the thrill of the chase.
    2 points
  42. Just saw this in a carpark. Fair made my day really. After all, you can never be too careful 😄
    2 points
  43. I honestly think you should have a Youtube presence. I'd subscribe. There's money in it. For classics, it's never ending. You are internet savvy, started with very little knowledge, and are now better than most. Your only problem is they tend to produce weekly programmes, and you through necessity are sporadic.
    2 points
  44. Majorette even faithfully recreated Volvo's annoying use of saloon rear doors on the estate. The one I picked up at Brentwood last month was the same colour, but with the other wheel style: Seen here with the CX estate I picked up on the same day, in What Car? group test mode.
    2 points
  45. Set to work welding a repair piece into the front floor pan tonight. Cut a clean edge out to weld against. I didn't plan to butt weld this but actually ended up easier to as nowhere really to get a clamp in. The two pieces of metal level made it easy to get a magnet in. This was an absolutely horrible job to do. Leant across the sharp metal inside with my head in the footwell. Wearing goggles, respirator, welding hood and helmet made it a tight uncomfortable fit. I also got blue light shining on the wrong side of the helmet too. Presumably reflecting off the top of the footwell. I really hope the Sand Man doesn't come to visit me tomorrow 😬 Safety goggles are supposed to stop 99.99% of UV light, so that should offer some extra protection. Repair tacked in first on the floor Then onto the inner sill afterwards It's done now. I will need to weld up the front underneath a bit as I appear I went too far with the cutting disc. Also have a small patch to sort at the top of the footwell. Then a case of getting the side panel welded into place. Only the A-post hinge panel and cover to go after that, which allows me to cut the bracing back out. That will need to be reused on the boot/bumper panel. Before the bumper panel, I need to get back to finish what I started this side with and that rear quarter panel. Still a chunk to go but it does feel like I'm getting close. Now the sill is on and once the side panel/a-post is on, it'll feel much more complete and nearer to the end goal.
    2 points
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