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  1. 98 points
    vulgalour

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    Well... that escalated quickly. Thank you to Autoshite for once again being the enablers that you are. Now, which one of you horrible lot wants to buy my BX to make up for what you made me do?
  2. 92 points
    I think we can all agree that lockdown was a difficult time for many. With less actual work to do I had more time to take stock off just how many projects I have ongoing, realistically i don't have time to progress all of them as much as is needed - Red Rebel, Scimitar SS1, Capri, Boat, etc etc. Thinking about that was a bit depressing so instead I bought a small aluminium bodied electric car with a rotten steel space frame chassis and £1200 of missing batteries to add to the project queue! First three photos taken outside the previous owners house where its been sat since 2016 when he changed jobs and could no longer get to work on a single charge: And arrived back on the isle of wight for probably the first time since it was built here 45 years ago: Cheers, Dave
  3. 42 points
    What have I bought then? Well - what I've been waiting for. A Mk1, Ph2 Renault Clio - with grey bumpers. And three wheel trims. Are they even genuine? I'd like a matching set all round nonetheless. Yes, there was a bit of a scrum for this when @quicksilverposted it up last week. I'm not absolutely certain how I came to be the person chosen to have it. Quicksilver gave the owner's contact details to a couple of us and - for whatever reason - it was me who ended up with it. Obviously you can't force someone to sell you something, and he made the decision of his own free will, but I felt very lucky. It might just be that my email got to him before other peoples, he might have liked the cut of my jib, who bloody knows. Anyway, genuine apologies. It is an absolute peach. 59,000 miles - owned since 1997 - and the most serious MOT fail ever seems to be "Steering system has excessive free play detected at the steering wheel (steering rack fitted) (2.2.a.1b)" Only previous owner was Europcar. I'm chuffed to bits with it. The offside rear arch is a tiny bit rusty, and there's a small dent and scrape on the offside front wing which is easily pushed out. Otherwise, it is A2. Inside, as you'd expect, is immaculate. It has THE steering wheel, and a stunning fabric on the seats. It's pre-watershed now, so you'll have to wait for interior pics. Have you ever driven one of these? I love them. They're squidgy. At 6'1 I sit legs akimbo with a shit eating grin. The engines are zingy, and it really zips along. These MK1 clios also have one of the most satisfying gear knobs of all time too; tremendously rewarding. It was a rather uneventful drive home apart from the occasional flicker of a battery light and the fact it would hold back and turn the radio off if I flashed someone out. Probably current related - NFAR. I managed 54 miles of the 60 mile drive home before I realised it was 21:10 and I hadn't eaten. Pulled into McDonalds and ordered something obscure so they'd have to cook it fresh, and got put in the waiting bays. Once the grub was delivered I reversed out (wanting to eat at home) and promptly stalled. All colour drained from my fat little face, previously decorated with the smile of someone who's about to eat. Click. Nothing. I'd driven 54 miles at high speed - and the battery still laughed at me. Obviously I'd used up the charge in the pack trying to start it 2 hours earlier, so I had to call the wife - who was rather unimpressed as that meant getting in the car and heading out when she'd literally just got into bed. I have to say though, the service was far better than The AA. She turned up within 15 minutes with a smile and no bra on. That's what I CALL the fourth emergency service. My leads had it started in 5 seconds and we headed home. Things to do: Try and charge the battery. It's not very old, but it might just be FUBARd. Get proper battery clamps. These spinny things are weird. I don't like - and it's not currently very safe. Work out what the fuck is dangling underneath the car. It looks like a bulb holder on a wire, but is halfway down? DUNNO. Address wheeltrim situation. Anyone with a nice set of 13" Clio trims please speak up. Drive to all appointments in Cambridge with high levels of Va Va Voom.
  4. 38 points
    If you lose your second car key, it is clear that, sooner or later, somebody will lock in the only key in Mk1 Focus. The boot lid does not have a release button and thus can be opened only electrically from inside or with a key from the outside of said Car of the Year 1999. Your wife then panics and tries the blame-game, because, you know, it was YOU who lost the other key, the one with remote control. You do not say "Shut the fuck up, Donny", because, after all, she is your wife. No, no, it is not Sobchak time yet. Instead, you let her phone several locksmiths knowing very well this is not the way to go. And you are right, she is quoted €70-100. It is time to remind her you are definitely not paying something close to a quarter of the value of the car just because she left her purse with the key on the parcel shelf. Damn, I did not watch my buddies in Vietnam die with their faces in muck only to be robbed by some fucking locksmith in broad daylight! A call to nearby junkyard confirms your suspicion about the price of a back door glass: "Yup, we got several Focuses here. €10, sir, if you remove the glass yourself. Yup, we are open on Saturdays, till noon." Incoming call from her mother: "Where are you? You were supposed to be here five minutes ago." "The key is locked in our car and we cannot get in." "Why dontcha use a spare key?" "Well, mother dear, because, obviously, we do not have one." "Well then, I will send Robert, he will help you." "No, this really..." Phone is silent and, anyway, she has already switched to her "I can organize anything and where would they be without me?" mode, results of which are always disastrous. Robert is your brother in law, IT person with very limited understanding of pig iron or fine martial arts involving spanner and hammer. Enters stage from left, convinced he can open the driver´s door with a piece of bent wire. Your explanation about the design of the lock being different from what he remembers from Favorit he once opened, some 20 yrs ago, are falling on deaf ears, so it is high time to visit a harware store with the noble goal of purchasing a roll of duct tape. Upon your return, you realize he wrecked the weatherstrip and then door sealing in futile attempts to push the boot switch or catch inner door handle. Leaves stage to the right. Now it is time to cover the window with duct tape nicely and to ostensibly ignore your neighbor who, with open mouth and general expression of village idiot, monitors your every move from behind his curtain. Yes, it is the same idiot who drives Cherokee adorned with Confederate flag sticker, the one who never hesitated to foul-mouth your Fiats, calling them Italian crap which he would, of course, never buy. That is, until you informed him that his Murcan Cherokee is, in fact, equipped with engine manufactured in Italy. (Quick facts: 2,5 TD from VM Motori) He does not speak to you since then. Only now, with the window covered with tape, comes time to release your inner Walter Sobchak. On the offensive glass only, obvs: And off you go to that bloody BBQ with your in-laws, with summer wind blowing in through the hole. Unlike your wife, your 10-yrs old son finds the situation funny and suggests that you shoul leave the door as it is. You offload your family and leave them in the clutches of your father-in-law, who, again, insists on barbecuing pork chops. He always overdoes to the point they are hard enough to break your teeth on them and taste like burnt cardboard. You are lucky - when you return after successful pickup of the new* glass, the chops are gone and yes, you will be happy with the bratwurst and yes, you will serve yourself. You then spend the afternoon changing the glass and vacuuming shards, which gives you a nice excuse for not talking or listening to anybody around.
  5. 36 points
    Back out at the car today. I've bought a fuck load of shit for it recently... New suspension bushes all round. Payen head gasket set Top/bottom end gasket sets Timing chain tensioner/gaskets Valve guides + stem seals Cam followers Oil pump Coolant hoses Brake flexis all round 30W running in oil 2x 20w50 mineral for the first two changes Paint (twice) I think I've now officially spent more money on the resto than I did buying the car in the first place. I'm gonna' tot it all up when it's done and not a minute sooner! 🤣 S0. To recap the car looked something like this a couple of weeks ago after significant prodding It now looks like this: Yup, first bunch of filler now on the passenger side and in the process of being sanded back. There is a lot of sanding to go mind, there should only be a tiny skim to even out the hammer marks by the time it's done... The driver's side still needs a couple of tweaks before it's ready for filler. Here is is pre-filler to prove it isn't sculpted from P38: A fairly important thing to note here is that because the metal left on the car was so corroded there was essentially nothing left to work from. The lower corners of the front wings were entirely misshaped filler, the headlight retaining structure was gone entirely, as were half the bumper mounts. All the new metal work has been made by @GingerNuttz from scratch and working from photos online because there was either nothing left or what was left was bodge... It also appears that either there were a couple of varieties of front valance or that the tooling got so worn out the later cars were different to early ones... The leading edges of the front chassis legs were also entirely replaced, as were several panels behind the valance - I cunningly failed to take any pictures. In engine terms the basement raid came up trumps. In 1970 the Triumph 1300 engine was significantly changed to share it's bearings with the 6-cylinder cars. This made them less rev-happy and caused premature failure of bearings. This meant there was also a change for the timing cover and crank seal, with later cars have a larger diameter and a much bigger pulley. The Dolly being a '77 was running a "large journal" engine, the replacement is a mid 1960s "small journal" engine from a 1300fwd. This meant I needed an appropriate timing cover/seal, which I was lacking. Thankfully I'd picked up a Herald 12/50 1200cc engine for free a while back "just in case", and these feature the same diameter crank and use the same timing cover as the "small journal" 1300 units, so I had the required parts "in stock"! I'll still have to use the smaller 1300fwd pulley as there is a taper on the end of the crank, but this should be fine provided I change the size of the water pump and alternator pulleys accordingly. @GingerNuttz has rebuilt the cylinder head. It has new valve guides fitted and a mixture of it's original valves and spares from @GingerNuttz's Herald re-lapped in. He's also removed a significant amount of casting flash and superfluous metalwork in the inlets for better air flow! We pulled the cam out and found that there was some scoring to the end-most surface so it was swapped for the Herald's original cam as well, which also featured slightly more lift. We drenched it in assembly lube before fitting. With that decided the gasket and front plate were fitted and the end float on the cam checked - We're in spec! I checked the torques on all the main/big end caps and fitted the new oil pump. Then we checked the end float on the crank. It's within tolerance but not by a huge margin. At this point we shall mention paint. I'd been deliberating on a shade for ages and had come to the conclusion I wanted BRG, specifically Triumph's own variant. As per this: There was a 2k paint kit on eBay for "BRG" from a supplier in the Midlands but not specifying an exact shade, so I phoned up and enquired and the bloke on the phone said that although they did have a generic "BRG" shade if I specified the colour code in a message with the order it could be mixed up and that they did do the correct Leyland BRG. Belter. The paint arrived. It's labelled as "BRITISH RACING GREEN RAL6009" and is a putrid shade of very nearly brown and a consistency of water. GR9. I'd ordered it straight to the workshop so the first time I actually saw it in person was today. It was just as horrible as it looked in pictures. So we went down to a local paint supplier and deliberated over swatches for far too long before picking an appropriate looking shade. They tap the code into the computer "it comes back as Leyland Brooklands Green". After all that we'd managed to pick out the exact colour the had been when it rolled out of the factory... On the scrap plate to the left is the RAL6009, the paint on the tin lid is BL Brooklands and the paint on the car is... Something random it's been sprayed in the past. One thing is for sure and it's that it'll look ace in the proper colour! By the time we got back from the paint shop it was packing up time so work shall continue tomorrow. I think the plan is to have the engine assembled so it doesn't get filled up with filler dust during the sanding marathon...
  6. 35 points
    I'm not sure you're ready for the interior pics; but then again I doubt you ever will be. A gentle shampoo should have them looking SHOWROOM. Renault mats all round too which is lovely - what a little gem.
  7. 33 points
    vulgalour

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    I realised there's the pictures on the advert I can stick in here so you can see a bit better what we saw on the day. These photos are surprisingly honest, the only deception being that the car is wet which makes it look a bit cleaner and shinier than it really is. Otherwise, what you see really did seem to be how the car is. Passenger side is the worst side, as usual. This is the side the looks to have had a replacement front wing, the worst of the rust on the outer sill, and the only rust holes of note we could find on the inner arch. The driver's side is much tidier, though the outer sill does of course need a little attention which is really to be expected, especially when you see how easily dirt and moisture can get trapped on the back of the outer sill panel. It's got a bit of a whiskey dent (cheers for that, Coldwarmotors) on the front wing and a little filler, though some panel beating would probably see this right again since it's not serious. At the back, the paint is quite thin on the bootlid, which is aluminium, and the bumper has had a bit of a bump, unsurprisingly, so you have to ease the overrider a tiny bit for it to clear the boot lid. Surprisingly has a locking fuel cap, I hadn't expected that. Inside, there's no carpet and the door cards are a bit saggy and tired. The seats are still quite comfortable, even though they're a little cracked in places and have a couple of tears. We haven't decided if we're getting the seats reupholstered with new, or are going to just attempt to repair the damage and retain the aged look. A new carpet will be going in, that's not particularly difficult or expensive on a car this small and simple. The woodwork is in suprisingly good shape, as are the headlining and sunvisors. The battery box under the rear seat was nice and solid and all of the floor boards are in excellent shape. The car must have spent a lot of its life indoors, it's so dry and free of sun damage inside it would be hard to believe it had spent any significant amount of time outdoors. I failed to take a note of the mileage, though I wouldn't be surprised if its been around the clock at least once. I will of course take some more in depth shots when it arrives, and of what we uncover as we work through everything.
  8. 30 points
    You may have picked up from some other threads that I have been lucky enough to snag Bob the Renault 6 from @Slowsilver and today Bob was picked up from Milton Keynes and delivered to me by Dave at Windmill Towing (13/10 good boy can recommend). Progress so far can be seen in this thread: Thing is, my first car was a Renault 4 (almost the same engine) and back at my parents' place I knew of an engine and box that was in good running condition, er, about 20 years ago. Since then I had been agonising over whether I should buy Bob from Slowsilver to continue the saga. After all, I had access to an engine, and therefore it seemed like I should... So when Bob was offered gratis I made a snap decision and said yes please. Since then I've been worrying over whether I've done the right thing. I'm very good (or perhaps bad) at taking on unrealistic projects which then turn out to be rather difficult and adversely affect my mental health. I fear this may have happened again. But whatever happens, you can follow the story here. I extracted the donor engine from its resting place and loaded it up, brought it back to my unit, and ordered an engine crane. This morning I was all set to pop out, separate engine and box, get the engine on the stand and then work on it at my leisure. Here is the engine and box, optimistically dangling from my engine crane (bonus audio geekery in the background @Dan_ZTT) Needless to say, it's all gone to pot. This was the first sign of trouble. Look by the strap - there's a big rusty hole in the sump pan. There has been animal ingress. This is what came out as I was trying to remove the box. That means (at best) moisture will have been free to get into the bottom end. At worst, the sump was holed before the car was parked up, and my dad had forgotten that detail, and this engine was seized 20 years ago. Still, I pressed on. Undid all the gearbox mounting bolts. But the gearbox will. not. come. free. from the engine. I've got some clearance now between engine and box, probably about a quarter of an inch, but it won't come any further, The HBOL is full of dire warnings about "at no point let the weight of the gearbox be supported by the input shaft" but that will have happened several times by now. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUdge it. To top it all off, it started drizzling, the sort of drizzle that gets everywhere even when you're working undercover. I knew Bob had been picked up at not-much-after-8AM and it was getting to the stage where I needed to clear the unit to have space. So I miserably manoeuvred the engine back into the boot of the Saab, dismantled the crane, put that in too, and cleared the unit. Oh yes, and I'd been planning to get it on the stand and then drain all the fluids in a nice tidy fashion, but needing to put it back in the car with a loose gearbox meant it had to be tipped backwards and forwards... and what engine oil was left in it was now on the floor of my unit, and/or the floor of the Saab. Yeah. "low ebb" describes it. The actual arrival of Bob was pleasingly easy. The car is so light that it was very straightforward to push it into position. I suppose after all that negativity we should look at some good points. Bob is an absolutely charming car. The interior is fantastic. The trim and switchgear has that elegant French feel in spades. The Renault 6 is a lovely shape, and I think better looking than an R4. All the bits are there - I had a look round and the only trim I can see missing is the "6" from the boot. So it will be eminently possible, given a working engine, to Properly Restore this car. The sump from the original engine will hopefully fit this one. It will need the floor welding and a new exhaust. There's a lot more surface rust than I had hoped, but equally, the structure looks in very good order. However, I am not a bodywork guy. So I see my job now as to get an engine running and installed and get Bob mobile and safe to be on the road. Then he will be moved on, hopefully to someone with the bodywork skills to give him the finish he deserves. Next thing is to get this engine out of the Saab again, and keep trying to separate the engine and box. I really need to get it on the stand so I can strip it down to just the engine, no ancillaries, and try and get it turning over - or diagnose conclusively if this engine is as irretrievably fucked as the original - in which case I will just have to find another Luckily I know where there are a few more...
  9. 29 points
    The 23rd of October. That was the last time I bought a car for myself. And some would say "why would you buy more cars? You have an elephants sufficiency already". They would be right. 9 long months I studiously avoided vehicular transactions, Concentration was focused on the current fleet, and progress made. Then, @Lacquer Peel casually mentioned a desire to get rid of his Berlingo, and that was me off the wagon again. Why? 1. Who doesn't Ike a new car? 2. Have you met me before? 3. It's MOT'D til March 21 4. It had a new rear axle in March this year 5. 4 new tyres 6. I need an estate/van for lugging some shit about Anyway, enough natter. 2005 2.0HDI. 207K It's the Desire* spec Meaning: Remote central locking which works Abs Turbo Electric front windays Opening rear side Windows Rear wash wipe It's also the #multispace so has hunnerts of cubbyholes Fuck knows what I'mma do with it..
  10. 28 points
    vulgalour

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    I shall let you know. I've never driven a pre-selector or a car with rod operated drum brakes before. I imagine it will be a combination of charming and slightly terrifying. Conservation of the current appearance is the goal. We got it to run and idle with just fresh fuel, and aside from a broken flexi on the exhaust (which looks to be the newest thing on the car), it seemed quite happy. All the electrical things work, including the semaphors, and it doesn't seem to have ever had anything modernised. No modifications will be occuring. Going to be a steep learning curve this one. Despite appearances, it seems to be very solid indeed. Tiny bit of rust in the superficial outer sills, and a little hole on the passenger side rear inner arch is the only corrosion of note. Wooden frame seems very solid, doors don't sag, nothing feels flimsy. Floor is in surprisingly good shape, which is more than can be said for the tyres which look like they're about as old as the car. Quite comfortable too, which is always a bonus. Front passenger wing is probably a replacement, it doesn't quite match everything else, and that's okay.
  11. 25 points
    Time to look at the gearbox... I have the original 4 speed unit which I think is a Type E but I may be mistaken. I've driven many Capri's, Consuls & Granada’s with a 4 speed box. For me personally they cry for 5th gear at 70 and Ford's reluctance to offer overdrive or 5 gears in the late 70s/early 80s really shows on today’s faster roads. I'd planned to put a 5 speed in my car from the beginning of this thread. Fortunately working in my profession the right gearbox is never very far away. Here we have an early 5 speed type 9 from about 1983. It came from a 2.3 mk2 Granada which I have driven so I know it’s good. Being a 2.3 it’s got the right input shaft and bell housing for my engine. Should be a straight swap. It’s covered in oil from the 2.3 it was attached to, so much oil I'd say that engine leaked from day one of ownership. After a massive degreasing session it came up quite well. I'll take some of it apart and replace the essential gaskets and oil seals. I don't think it leaks but I'd rather put some fresh gaskets & seals in it, Only issue is the bolt for the cross member bushing has seriously corroded into the tail shaft housing. Despite several attempts at removing the sheared bolt with 19mm nuts and welding it just continued the shear until there was nothing to weld to. I drilled the rest out and re-tapped the hole. Lots of cleaning, degreasing and a few seals & gaskets. Primed & painted all the various parts ready for reassembly. Chuffed with the results and it still goes in all the gears! I left the gasket between the box & intermediate plate because you have to remove the main shaft to replace it and I didn't fancy that. I'm no gearbox expert so I always get a bit concerned when I start messing about with them. With so many jobs complete I sorted through and organised my remaining parts. Found these! They won’t be going on but I did laugh when I found them.
  12. 25 points
    spartacus

    Actual! collection mission.

    Purchased and loaded! It's in fair condition, no major crustiness or immediate welding needed. The vendor was a nice enough guy but fuck me, when you're trying to sell a classic car for ££££, give it a clean off, charge the battery and put some fuel in it FFS!
  13. 24 points
    Hi All, Introduced myself over there in the appropriate location and the current motor got some interest so thought I'd share a bit more about it as I will have further questions for some of the merc boffins. If this is better suited to News24 then feel free to move it and scald the back of my hand with a hot teaspoon. 192k Miles 190D Auto - UK car re-registered in N.Ireland. Willow Green met Ext paint Red cloth Int Questionable service history. PIB6847 - originally registered as E342LYM (London Reg) I'll go into unnecessary detail as someone might find it interesting besides me. But if nothing else, it's the first time I've jotted this down as a record so it's useful for me if nothing else. Twas 1989(ish). My grandparents were over from Norn Iron visiting us in Northumberland (me aged 6ish) and buying a new car (W201 190D). They arrived in their 1981 W123 Mercedes (File photo purely because it's a memorable colour with with matching wheel trims - I'm yet to find an original photo). I vaguely remember going with them to the local Cragside Merc dealership but the actual purchase was a private sale 2nd hand 190D from Middlesbrough. The car was reregistered on a local Armagh reg (a UK reg'd car in South Armagh back in the 80's wouldn't have been a great thing to have). Many yrs pass and the W123 was sold and replaced by a new 2003 C-Class diesel. I wish I was old enough to have appreciated the W123 at the time. No idea of it's fate or full reg. Scrap/PX/sale/could be anywhere. *As a side note, my current Optometrist in Somerset lived in Armagh near my grandparents growing up. Grandparents were known in the community and she even remembered the blue W123 and most of the reg! That is come random coincidental commitment there. 10 points to hufflepuff* Roll on a few more yrs, my grandfather passed away and my gran took on the responsibility of running both cars by alternating them week by week. Traveling all over Ireland for work as well as substantial local use. Then month by month. Until her dementia took over and both cars sat in the garage unused (with the exception of a couple trips into town when she forgot she couldn't drive/didn't have a license/couldn't remember where she parked it/pure stubbornness of being told she couldn't!). The C-class was sold on but my mum mentioned to my uncle that I would be interested in 'the old one' so it was retained. Gran moved out of the family home and in with my uncle and extended family. The car came with, looking sorry for itself, but she kept wanting to drive it and was told there was constantly something wrong with it (battery was removed or keys hidden). It was a bit rough and had some arch lip rust and a few car park related dings. She insisted that she would have the car repaired so she could start driving it again. So moderate expense spared, someone in the family organised for the repairs to be carried out, at her expense. (She would not take no for an answer). Time moved on again and further confusion set in; She thought it was the car she used to drive around during university, then thought it was the one she passed her test in. Unfortunately she doesn't even remember me now so I hold onto the earlier yrs as you do. She still remembers this car but less often. Out of sight out of mind. So I've been instructed to just wait and it will be forgotten about more permanently and it can quietly be relocated. A bout 2yrs ago I was visiting but unfortunately it was at the body shop, which was closed on that day so the closest I got was behind a locked gate. So close.... Then last week I popped up to Belfast on a day trip from Somerset where I now live (as you do) as I'd bought another car (Mondeo Titanium X Sport Estate sourced for a friend - all expenses paid, I couldn't say no). It was a flight AM and ferry PM same day jobbie so I only had 2hrs of spare time. I went to see family and was asked to have a look at the car. All previous updates on it's condition/status had been 2nd hand info from my parents and since agreeing to taking the car on, the last time I saw it was in the garage with the black one so I was expecting it to be a bit tired. Oh hai... Teaser shot Bit of upskirt voyeurism Dealer still exists Ta da! Looking over the car I was v.pleasantly surprised. 192k miles on her and she looked far better than she did being laid up with cats living in/on her. A few months in the body shop and they had fitted pattern front wings, a couple of sill patches and new willow green paint on the wings and front panel with grey on the lower sills and lower front panel. (I need to get more detail from the body shop). I cobbled together a small video of my uncovering it(and my day trip to Belfast) but I'm not sure if I'll share that yet. But below is a quick walk around the car. IMG_2523.MOV It's a bit of a loaded 'barn find' as the car had previously been driven from Armagh across to Belfast, into a body shop and had a check over by a mechanic. Then back to the house. But hey, still a bit of fun to 'find' a car. The car had been regularly MOT'd up until 2018, but the NI DVLA database is not online so finding previous MOT's online has been unsuccessful. Moar research required. A member of the other side of the family up there is a car trader (and undertook organisation of the recovery from the house/body shop trip) so he was able to lend me some trade plates. So I took it for a run, all was well. Behaved as well as a 2.5 N/A diesel should do. Sounds epically tappety (although I think they are automatic on the OM601 engine) but maybe that is characteristic of it, or potentially the result of an air leak. It's all v.new to me. So now tucked up again until further notice. Collection date is not likely led by me and not likely in 2020 (we have our first baby due in Sept so my time is currently panic fixing all the other self-proclaimed chod I have in the driveway). I have some things to be getting on with; -Make space for it at home. It will probably live outside which is a shame. Not much I can do about that for now. So the longer it isn't here, the better (in some ways). -Search for service history. I have a build sheet for it, receipt for recent bodywork and a couple of MOT's. No service book, no V5. But supposedly all work carried out by a local Armagh Merc specialist. I hope GDPR doesn't cause an issue here too. I hope some stuff can be found in the mass of paperwork/books/boxes cleared from the house. Hoping to find the V5 reissued in 2012 (not sure why, maybe it went missing) as it was reissued that long ago it should still be pre GDPR and list the previous keeper name and address to clarify that part of the story. Failing that I'll just apply for a new one. I'll see if I can speak to the body shop and have a chat about the work they did. Rear window dealer sticker from Edgware Rd, London Dealership threw up some unknown history/origins of the car. We all assumed it was new in Middlesbrough and bought 2nd hand there. (They are still going as a direct Merc dealer, not a franchise). They have no info going back that far. Would like to find some period dealer plates to get some made up for this if anyone ever see's an 80-90's merc with original dealer plates for reference. -Mechanicals: Fix the unresponsive rev counter, sticking front caliper, dash switch missing, radio doesn't work (looks 90's aftermarket but I suspect dealer fit at the time). Find some original wheel trims - the big flat ones. Decide how to get it home: Drive it back, go up with a trailer, have it delivered to home, or delivered to port. I prefer one of the first two options personally. Nothing like a 500 mile road trip in a 200k unknown quantity! It's future is uncertain. Nobody except me in the family wants it. But as a family car there is sentimental reasons for keeping it. I'd like to think that even if I don't have a need for it, it can be stored until someone else in the family does. My only concern is storage really as I have other tat that still takes garage priority currently. But there are no immediate plans in moving it on. It's one of those things where I wouldn't have gone out looking for one and even if I did, it wouldn't be this spec/colour combo. But now it exists, there is something about it... Speaking of spec, this is the build sheet thingy: Deciphered: VIN WDB2011262F385126 Model 190 D 2,5 Engine 602911 22 010205 Transmission 722414 02 492993 Order Number 0 7 537 07003 Order Location GREAT BRITAIN Interior FABRIC - MEDIUM RED (077) Paint 1 WILLOW GREEN - METALLIC PAINT (261U) Approx. Build Date 1987-06 Code Description 238 CITY DRIVE LIGHT FOR GREAT BRITAIN 286 LUGGAGE NETS ON DRIVER RESTS L AND R 341 ADDITIONAL BLINKER LAMPS 362 RHD VEHICLES AS PER EC REGULATIONS (CONTROL CODE) 400 FOLDING ARMREST IN THE REAR 420 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 4-GEAR 467 CENTRAL LOCKING MECHANISM AND INSTRUMENTS WITH ENGLISH LETTERING 483 HARDER SPRINGS AND UNDERSHIELDS 507 OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR, LEFT AND RIGHT, HEATED (ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE ON THE RIGHT) 524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION 534 ANTENNA, MECHANICALLY OPERATED, LESS RADIO SET 543 SUN VISOR WITH VANITY MIRROR, ILLUMINATED, LEFT AND RIGHT 563 FRONT SEATS, LEFT AND RIGHT, REINFORCED 570 FOLDING ARMREST, FRONT 585 BEHR AIR CONDITIONER AND ELECTRIC WINDOW LIFTERS (FRONT DOORS) 593 HEAT-INSULATING GLASS, ALL-AROUND, HEATED REAR WINDOW PANE (SINGLE-SHEET SAFETY GLASS), BAND FILTER 600 HEADLAMP WIPER/WASHER 613 HEADLAMP LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC 682 FIRE EXTINGUISHER 812 REAR-MOUNTED LOUDSPEAKERS 873 SEAT HEATER FOR LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT SEATS 876 REAR DOOR CONTACTS AND LAMP ABOVE REAR WINDOW Any and all info on the W201's is welcomed. Or NI DVLA processes or dealer informationz. Thanks all, enjoy. Conor.
  14. 24 points
    Frogchod

    The new news 24 thread

    The C6 has been collected. Many tales of woe may appear on these pages. It made it home without smoke or flames so I reckon that's a good start.
  15. 23 points
    SRi05

    The new news 24 thread

    Moar pictures of Northern Scotland Saab adventures
  16. 21 points
    spartacus

    Actual! collection mission.

    Our collection story begins 21 years ago, the lovely Mrs Spart had just passed her test at the tender age of 17 and bought her first car, like most first cars it left a lasting impression. Unfortunately, as is often the way, life and finances took over and it had to go. Fast forward to a couple of months ago and while idly browsing one evening Mrs Spart entered the reg number of the car in question. Unbelievably, not only is it still on the road but it's for sale! After a bit of a false start from myself, making contact with the seller, then him inexplicably not answering calls, texts or emails, Mrs Spart takes matters into her own hands. The seller is much more forthcoming and we make a date to view and potentially collect. That date is tomorrow! I've hired a flatbed trailer from a local company in Worksop and we're currently bedded down for the night in Alnwick, en-route to the land of the SVM, specifically, Perth. For those in the mood for a guessing game I'll not reveal the model of car until tomorrow but suffice to say, it shares one particular part, at least very closely in design, with my LDV Convoy camper tow vehicle. Here we are just leaving Halfords in Worksop, as I forgot to take a rear plate to the trailer hire place. The man in Halfords was very helpful, bearing in mind the regulations regarding having a plate made. I was able to locate my insurance details on my phone and he used that info and my driving licence to whip up a rear plate. I note that according to davidfowler2000 that this collection is classed as 'close', it'll total 600+miles, so it's going to be enough for one weekend!
  17. 21 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    'Mentioned in despatches' Off grid, or off your fucking head? a pastiche pastel ponce parlour bed described as 'lovely', but son, you're misled I'd sooner sleep with the recently dead... ...body of me great nan, who in her 90th year would rather fight Germans or war in Crimea and spend every day in post apocalytic fear than spend one night in this mobile diarrhea... ...filled tat box with its odious vapour what a fucking palaver, fuck this for a caper fuck Laura Ashley and fuck her wall paper pass me a sick bucket, pass me a scraper ...and let's get rid of the unbearable stink save us from this hell, take us from this brink of a nasty shade of 'dog's lipstick' pink that's as 'tasteful' as taking a slash in the sink... ...that's probably hiding a nasty surprise what's for tea mam, are you cooking us flies? let's pack our bags and say our goodbyes and give it a make over with no compromise ... on a bottle of gas and a big box matches and the grass is a grave where burnt body detaches and we're covered in medals and big fuck off patches for services to caravanning, mentioned in despatches https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1960s-Sprite-400-Caravan/124274161692?hash=item1cef51381c:g:1n8AAOSwjLFfHR~8
  18. 21 points
    The other day this happened. Look, the waiting Saab is just over there, how hard can it be? I took the engine back with me and managed to manhandle it out into my lockup. ALL the gearbox oil came out along the way. Thankfully Saab had the foresight to supply their cars with a nice rubber boot mat with edges, which serves very well as a catch pan. The engine came out pretty easily all things considered. Drive shafts just pull out so - if I can get as far as fitting this in the 6 - that bit will be nice and easy. However, all the rubber on the engine was horribly perished. Alternator - seized solid. Engine doesn't turn by hand but I haven't really tried properly yet. I couldn't resist taking the timing chain cover off properly once it was back in the lockup... It looks dry, but not too rusty. Top end looks about the same. I had no time so this is going to have to wait, but when I'm back from holiday I can start looking at it.
  19. 21 points
    barrett

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Hey, it's the best looking car ever built Freshly imported and a not unreasonable £6500. Sigh. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VOLVO-780-2-4-TURBO-AUTO-BERTONE-LHD-COUPE-1990-GOLD-FRESH-US-IMPORT-RARE/373073260966?hash=item56dce631a6:g:6DwAAOSwmFle18qq
  20. 20 points
    barrett

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    Under no circumstances can you replace the leather. That is literally 100 per cent of the appeal of an old car - new upholstery is always (with about 1 in 100,000,000 exceptions) horrible, and it will never age the same way as old upholstery. I cannot stress this enough - if you put new leather in, the car will be ruined forever. It is, of course, possible to make a good fist of new upholstery, but conservatively it's going to cost £10k to do it anywhere near as well as original. 99 per cent of new old car leather is pre-coloured hides, which always look wrong, for example. Ditto the stuffing, stitching, anything else - only a tiny handful of people actually have the skills, or the attention to detail, to do a proper job. Again, just in case you didn't hear me: DO NOT RETRIM
  21. 20 points
    junkyarddog

    Shite in Miniature II

    Did this Dinky CF as a commission for the guy down the Market that sells diecast on a Saturday morning. It was almost paintless and had evidence of being repainted silver. It was originally an AA van,and he wanted it yellow again,but seeing as I didn't have any yellow he said he'd leave it up to me to decide. This is the result, an Irish Garda van,or police if you prefer,Blue paint from our equivalent of Poundland, and a couple of coats of their clear Lacquer too! Made the stickers by cutting up an old phone book,covering the paper with clear sticky tape,and using double sided tape on the rear. I'm quite chuffed with this one, I really don't want to give it back!!
  22. 20 points
    Jon

    Shite in Miniature II

    Well, with work being so slow, hope you don't mind if I take a quick holiday. I borrowed a mate's car for the journey, as I'd like to visit the US again but in slightly more hospitable times. I'll need to look for a runabout when I get there, too. Found one! A nice bit of American tin, or so I thought. Turns out this was made in Hong Kong! Ah well, let's hit the road. Just as I was beginning to famish, I chanced upon some roadside signs for a nearby food merchant. Country sausage biscuits, can't wait! Hopefully they do a vegan option. Turns out I was in luck - the incredibly progressive shop also did nuts, as well, so I stocked up. Also nipped across the road to buy some VW and Ford parts, for taking back to 2020, to fund this journey. Tiring, I arrived at my hotel, for a good night's rest. Hang on a cotton picking.... Oh. Undeterred, I went off and invented Trip Advisor, so I could leave a scathing review. And despite everyone's inability to access it, it still proved more popular than my spotting thread. TBC.....
  23. 19 points
    RobT

    The new news 24 thread

    Done a collection today. 2 litre pez auto flavour, which is a Xantia combo I've been meaning to try for a while. I did actually need something else too for a variety of reasons, which adds a certain pressure to the situation. But thankfully it's turned out to be a bloody nice car. Deceased giffer owner who spent £980 on it last year, and £1,400 in 2018, so he clearly loved it. Shame it's in doom blue mind, but you can't have everything. It's the first time I've used the trains since March, and it involved a trip through central London. Gave me palpatations for the first leg as it was too much like my old commute, but otherwise it was alright. The general public were irritating, but no change there!
  24. 19 points
    Went to see this today - first time since March.. The battery was reconnected, oil level checked and a request to start was made. Once it was up, it was time to blow up a tyre and check underneath for any telltale pools.. Nice and dry!
  25. 19 points
    Just realised I forgot the best picture! The Dolly's old sump has been marinating in petrol for the last fortnight to shift the sludge. Result being the oil can be wiped away leaving the metally goodness behind... The good news is we have enough material in there to melt down and make a new oversize thrust washer.
  26. 19 points
    Done it! I used an old screwdriver as a chisel and whacked the fuck out of it. It came off after some persuasion. Then used mole grips to get the rest of it apart. The hard part was getting everything to line up again, but that was sorted by jamming a jack down the back of the engine and winding everything forward a bit. Tada! Old one had definitely seen better days, and now I have more peace of mind on my long journey next week.
  27. 18 points
    Jim Bell

    Shitting in the shallow end.

    Now it's feeling happy again, I am feeling happy too. Sunny days.
  28. 18 points
    Mr_Bo11ox

    Reg_Bo11ox' Volvo S80 D5 adventure

    OK I have just ordered a cap. A big decision perhaps, but I did it after reading a number of comments from Shiters saying 'change the cap', plus one from myself saying 'I have seen coolant coming out from under the cap'
  29. 18 points
    SRi05

    The new news 24 thread

    Doing a wee tour of the highlands over the next few days, some pics from today
  30. 17 points
    davehedgehog31

    The new news 24 thread

    So the 205 has been languishing MOT-less from February thanks to a cracked windscreen. Seeking a replacement I sent a few messages and found another place for the c**t list in the process; https://www.ds-windscreens.co.uk/ Phoned on Thursday, very keenly arranged to do it on Friday. Waited home all day, a no show. Phoned them at 4pm, gave me some rubbish about ordering it "a few days ago", despite the fact the first contact was 26 hours previous... Anyway, gave him the benefit of the doubt as he said he'd be out Saturday between 10am and midday. Never showed up again, no reply to texts and no answer on phone calls. Left an appropriate review and got a cheeky response full of lies, will just avoid in future. Anyway, I got quotes of £120+Vat from both these chaps; http://allglassglazingltd.co.uk/ https://www.albawindscreens.co.uk/ In the end went with the second one, just because they could do it a good bit sooner. First guy was just dead busy, but comes recommended. They came this afternoon and had the old screen out and new one in in less than 15 minutes, top work. Would recommend. Here is why you don't leave your car parked under a tree/next to a hedge for months; Quick wash to get the worst of it off; Anyway, MOT booked for Friday at 1pm. Fingers crossed. When I phoned the test centre the boy asked on hearing it was a 205, "Is that a cherished vehicle then?", "eh, well...." was my response. I better convert it from shed to car beforehand though;
  31. 17 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Talbot-Express-1300D-1989-Ex-Rally-Support-Vehicle/143672165902?hash=item217387460e:g:gsEAAOSwQZRfJxt5 Eye bleeding reading.
  32. 17 points
    Bigman1207

    Just got this!

    Well picked this up today, yes my light board cable was too short but improvise, 200 mile round trip and first time using my towing A frame.
  33. 17 points
    barrett

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Look at this! It's a first-year model in an appealing colour and a low-ish spec. Must be all but extinct in the UK? Sadly it's a Cat N (whatever that is) and needs a fair bit of work to sort out, but wasn't at least somebody on here breaking a Mk1 Clio recently? I don't know why, really, but I'd love to see this thing saved. Look at those steels! And most importantly, it's a manual! https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/330246114656485/
  34. 16 points
  35. 16 points
    bunglebus

    Shite in Miniature II

    I've wanted to restore one of these VW Fastbacks for a while, so to that end this one keeps its casting lines and I haven't added any extra detail. The body is actually an early Superfast. Got a 2nd one on the go with the enlarged wheel arches, I'd like to do a custom one but the other 3 I have all have the usual broken pillars
  36. 16 points
    Finally found time to take the Fiat out for a short drive. The Polonez is really helping me fully appreciate how much I like driving that thing. They're polar opposites - the Polonez drives like a lorry, while the 126 is almost a gokart. It's absolutely fantastic. No photos from today's drive, but here's a couple I took last autumn: Also, if anyone cares, I ended up stuffing the joint in my mum's Civic with regular moly grease. I'm currently in the process of consuming enough alcohol to forget that it's technically not correct.
  37. 16 points
    I got a bit bored so had a break. Then to ease myself back in I had another tidy as well as a visitor. Then I got back on with cutting up the car. Time to out some stuff back in. These should help. First one. For here. That is holding itself in. Welding time, in. Dressed back. You can see the next bit above required. Pieces for that. Done. That will do for today.
  38. 16 points
    barrett

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Holy shit, this is peak something: a basic Mk1 BX... ...with those amazing seats from a flippin' Talbot Horizon!! It's also really early, and has had the same owner since 1984. Runs and drives, hydro works, 500 Euronuggets!!! It's in Reims, which is just about doable in a day there and back if you really hammer it. What fucking excuses do you have not to?
  39. 15 points
    Finished another car today. Don't usually post them that often but I had such a good test drive. I hope the Granny drives as well. It's a 1300L and I expected it to be dog slow. Surprised me, much better than I was expecting. You can keep your Mexico or RS2000, I'll take one of the these!
  40. 15 points
    Ghosty

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1247858 V6 auto with steel wheels and velour seats. Class!
  41. 15 points
    Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    £895: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MORRIS-1800-land-crab-BARN-FIND/143672670382?hash=item21738ef8ae:g:KhUAAOSwVXJfJ~~s
  42. 15 points
    Conrad D. Conelrad

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Painting over your brake fluid reservoir not actually a bad idea on a P6. Insurance company: "Any modifications to the vehicle?" Owner: "No. Oh, wait, yes - I removed the glovebox and replaced it with a secondary heater which makes the car look like Dr Kevorkian tried to turn it into a euthanasia machine" https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1970-Rover-3-500-V8-P6/264818293350
  43. 15 points
    I was “ lucky” enough to drive one of these, when nearly new. Several were purchased by the Electricity Council, of which I was a ‘ valued’ employee. I used to motorcycle in from Surrey everyday, Sumer or Winter, so was asked if I wanted to take one home for the weekend -& detail my experiences. Guess they felt I was hardy/ street wise enough! The A3, on a Friday afternoon - was not a pleasant experience. It was dangerously slow, rattled & banged like a kit car, ventilation was dire and I was properly concerned for my safety, several times. It’s instrumentation was vague, or not working , and the overall interior was thin, or tatty, already. It had covered less than 1,000 miles but was looking tired. Battery condition could not be accurately established -& I was warned of ‘ dire consequences’ if it ran out of charge ( as happened subsequently to my Boss!) I did use it, at the weekend, to visit my local - but bottled out & drove it home before it got dark! The return journey, on Monday, was little better ( despite a VERY early start). At least this tine I was ‘ prepared’. Hazards on- from Tolworth to Roehsmpton.! I made my report - which wasn’t favourable. I wasn’t asked again. Just too far ahead of its time, I guess.
  44. 15 points
    Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Forget Forza, buy this Police car simulator from the 70's, £495: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Classic-police-car-simulator-Landrover-series-1-barn-find-1970s-Delivery/324245330707?hash=item4b7e871b13:g:4DoAAOSwMCxfIrYI
  45. 15 points
    cort16

    eBay tat volume 3.

    This looks pretty great, also check out the caramac interior. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114330354006?ul_noapp=true
  46. 14 points
    Spottedlaurel

    Shite in Miniature II

    Photos from a climb up onto the flat roof: 1:24 Fujimi Datsun Fairlady Roadster kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1:24 Fujimi Datsun Fairlady Roadster kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1:24 Fujimi Datsun Fairlady Roadster kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Colour is Ford Bermuda Blue, as I believe usually seen on Escort Mk2 and Cortina Mk4.
  47. 14 points
    Split_Pin

    Shite in Miniature II

    I don't have many Lesneys in my collection, only the Ford Popular and Bedford TK Tipper spring to mind so I availed @Tenmil Socket of 3 of his. A Thames 400e, Bedford CA and 1961 Ford Fairline. The Ford was crying out the loudest for a restoration so it was first in the queue. This is the first and last time I'll try this 'Paint and Nail Varnish Remover' from B&Q as it appears to do very little. The front axle was really bent so I carefully hacksawed off the stud at the end for future use and straightened things out. It's a nice little casting with a lot of detail. I like this stage as you can really see the work that went into these toys at the time. I decided that a Police car was more relevant than a Fire Chief. I might add more detail later. I've not been well these last couple of days so I was surprised to have a steady hand with the silver pen. The Range are doing discontinued car spraypaint for £4 per tin so I went on Sunday and bought a few. This one is actually Hammerite though as I was spraying some door handles for the house with it and those came out well.
  48. 14 points
    Back at it today. Timing chain is back on and in the correct place. It was at this point we realised that the oil flinging washer from the Dolomite wouldn't fit this application because it's for the larger diameter crank... This was a "FOR FUCKSAKE" moment. Especially as I HAVE one the right size, on the engine in my basement. I just retrieved that tonight but won't be back at the car until next weekend. The timing cover was also sandblasted/wirewheeled and painted. The sump was cleaned and painted. The thrust washers being 15 thou over is a concern in combination with the crank end float being so close to tolerance. The thrust washers are half moon shaped and sit on top of the crank at the end cap and take up the fore/aft slop in the crank, they can also prove to be a major Achilles' heel. They are intended to be a sacrificial wear item and as the gap increases will wear faster and faster, it isn't unheard of for these to work loose when towards the top end of the tolerance and to simply drop into the sump with catastrophic results for the bearings and crank surfaces. Given the slop is already quite high and the washers are the largest currently available I'm going to have a 20 thou washer custom made. A minor expense that will allow the whole enterprise to last longer and minimise the risk of thrust washers making a bid for freedom - Especially with me doing city driving and using the clutch a lot. The replacement engine is already machined to the maximum degree so any damage/wear would essentially render it irreparable. I'm aiming for 60-80k of careful use, if it throws a thrust bearing at 6,000 miles and lunches the crank I'll not be impressed for the cost of a £30 part!🤣 With the engine at a standstill awaiting parts we turned our attentions back to bodywork. In particular the bottom edge of the front wings are crusty... Cut away the bottom of the wing. Traditional end of sill rust. I cut another hole in the sill a bit further along to see the extent of the damage. Fucker's mint inside! The only major rot is the outer at the bottom where it joins the inner. The jacking point however was fucked. These are a vertical box section with a plate at the bottom and they always catch mud and rot out. More wing was cut away to get at it... At the right side of this picture you can see two remaining sides of the box section jacking point. The other two were torn off largely by hand! There had already been a plate welded in to the leading edge of the inner arch, that was all cut out as well - Quite an impressive pile of bits. We started making various bits for the jacking point and sills out of 2mm galv steel. The galvanisation proved such a fucker to weld to we resorted to grinding it all off. 🤣 We're also going to make everything in duplicate, because the other side will be just as bad... While down there @GingerNuttz let out a cry of "whaaaaaaat the fuck?" and pointed along to the sill repair I paid the local garage to do 3 years ago. So, it appears that's a sheet of steel wrapped over the original sill, except at the wheel arch end where they've had to lop it off and stick in a flat plate, it's then all been smothered in filler. I dug out the receipt for a laugh. £220. So we'll need two full outer sills. I looked up the price of the TDC panels and reeled off the prices to @GingerNuttz who made dismissive noises and threatened to go into the business of making them by hand while under-cutting the TDC and still making fat stacks. This was the first day I've actually cut any bits off the car or made up any bits to go on it. It'll not be the last...
  49. 14 points
    quicksilver

    Truck Shite

    Not many trucks around this morning but taking this photo set off an interesting chain of events, A couple of minutes later it came back the other way, having been all the way around the next roundabout. It's a local firm so surely he wasn't lost, thought I. Then he stopped, beckoned me over and said he was going to park up at the lorry park round the corner and I should go and talk to him. Thinking I might have upset him by taking his photo and was about to get an ear-bashing, I made my way nervously round the corner. I couldn't be more wrong: turns out he is a fellow truck enthusiast who I had been following on Flickr for years but never met, so we had a good chat and showed each other photos of some of the nice things we'd seen. Basically he'd diverted off his route, parked up and taken time out of his day just to talk to me. What a top bloke! And yes, that is a Porsche 911 on the back, a 1974 model he picked up from France yesterday.
  50. 14 points
    spartacus

    Actual! collection mission.

    Virtual pint to Asimo! Yep it's an MGB GT, here's a picture from back in the day, scanned photo, so not the best.
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