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  1. Collectioned.
    41 points
  2. The interior was also attended to. The front mats were removed and the cabin hoovered plenty work there for the hoover, but they came up really well! I also gave the driver and passenger seat an initial hoover, scrub and wet vac - still some work to do but significantly less mank The mats needed a stiff brush to remover the white dog hair, then hoovering before a scrub and second hoover to dry them out. Before After (laid out to dry in the sun) They look great back in! The back passenger compartment got pretty much the same treatment - mats out/brushed and hoovered and the carpet all swept and hoovered. The seats were all hoovered too If you look closely you can see the plastic discs that slide beneath the seat rails to locate the mats, and the poppers that let the two rear sections securely connect. They are belters of mats - @Jim Bell would barely be able to control himself if he were to see them in the flesh. there was plenty of detritus to be removed from the rear. after all that, the interior was a significantly more pleasant place to be - here we see @Supernaut enjoying* it
    38 points
  3. A slightly stalled start to this year's motoring pursuits. The Mini was booked to go to the body man a few weeks ago, necessitating it being woken from a 14 month slumber. I went in a couple of weeks ago to start it and, with great recalcitrance, it decided to go brrooom brrooom. It ran on just a small percentage of its cylinders for a few minutes until I'd satisfied myself I'd be able to drive it two miles, and turned it off again. Returning to the car on the morning on the departure day revealed a vehicle that no longer wanted to operate as such. It would turn and turn but not fire. Having had both @alf892and I swear at it repeatedly, it was decided that it was probably the distributor. Or the coil. Both were changed, along with new leads and plugs and after a bit of head/arse scratching - she lives. This is the first time it's seen light since October 2021. Brakes are a little...err... spongey. The throttle is sticky and there's a fierce rasp to the rear section of exhaust. But, bouncing down the B1040 this morning, everything was wonderfully ok with the world. Having spoken to 'the man' we've decided that two new wings, half a new A-panel, a bonnet, a grille, two bumpers, all the sills and plenty of paint should do the job. I left it in some wonderfully shonky company at the yard, and hope to see it again in a few weeks.
    35 points
  4. So. As mentioned above, I had to go to Glasgow last week, and the 210 was never going to be able to do that journey. Mentioned this to the guy down at my local Merc specialist. "So, you need a car?" "Yes. Have you got one?" "There's a C-class outside. Only issue is it's a manual. Want it?" "Is it alright?" "Yeah, it's ok." "I'll have it". We found was that it was a few days out of MOT. So I inflate all the tyres, as they were a bit flat, pull as much dead tree out of the scuttle and rear boot area as I can, and run it up to the localish MOT centre. Left it with him on the Friday. Got a note on Saturday to say it had passed with one advisory of tyres close to the limit on one edge. Walked down there on Monday lunchtime from work, paid for the MOT and drove it away. Filled it with fuel that evening, and then on Tuesday morning loaded it up with kit and drove it 435 miles up to Glasgow. Still with green ick in all the trim lines and moss around some of the glass. DILLIGAF? I had an interim stop at a supplier just near PeatBogHorror, which is where I realised I'd not yet got a photo of it: Filthy, but functional wheels. Got up to my hotel that night, with a rather surprising statistic: Seriously? 45.1 MPG? I know it's "only" a 1.8, but it's a supercharged 1.8 with 140-ish BHP, and drives as such. The power delivery is really linear and smooth. It just feels like a 2.5-ish litre engine. And I wasn't dawdling about, as the average speed of 60MPH shows. Considering I had to faff about in town at this end and in PeatBogHorror, those figures are amazing. Assuming they are to be believed... Off to the customer, and shall I park as far away as I can? Nope, right in front of their door.. Looking even more dirty now. The motorways were absolutely filthy. I used an entire tank of screenwash on the journey. That's not saying a lot though as the tank appears to be only 2 litres from it's warning level to full-to-overflowing. So after having then faffed about somewhat around Glasgow, I needed fuel. The tankful came back with these statistics: Which were borne out with the tank-to-tank consumption calc. The fuel computer is accurate to within a few %, which is quite frankly amazing. Leaving the hotel on the Thursday morning, it would appear that all the cool* kids have cars with blacked out rear windows: TBH, I really don't like it. It's been done with tinting paper, so if I get a chance I'll get a hairdrier out and see if I can peel it off. At least from the side windows if not also from the rear windscreen, as I keep looking over my shoulder to be met with a much darker view of the road. Plus the auto-dip rear view mirror is having a bit of a hard time interpreting when there is a car behind. The rear window might not get removed, as I've head it can often tear the HRW elements off at the same time, which would be irritating, as they all work. The return journey was more of the same. Did part of it on Thursday evening after a simply superb Burns night dinner with the julaaaaars. Stayed overnight and visited another company (supplier this time) north of Manchester and then made the return journey home. I didn't quite make it all the way home on that tank, as I'd had a fair bit of mileage on the Thursday before driving down. Just at fill up, I had the best statistic so far: Which was for the leg down from the supplier to just into London. Yes, I was hypermileing it a bit, mainly to see what I could get out of it, but as the 57MPH average shows, I wasn't being absurd. It also seems like the Supercharger is a bit of a restriction below about 2kRPM, so best economy is had by keeping the engine above this. In several sections of 50mph road, this meant *not* being in top gear. It's the first supercharged engine I've ever really driven properly, so there's a learning curve for me to get the best out of it. That fuel-up gave another superb entire-tank consumption figure: Yet again borne out by the pump fuel reading. If driven sensibly, this is a shockingly economic car! Yes, you can get the figure down into the low 20s when schlepping about town, and if you're not on a long run, it's hard to get any more than mid-high 30s out of it. It seems to have a massive range of fuel economy. More so than I think just about any car I've owned before. Drive like a bellend? 18mpg. Hypermile on the motorway? 48mpg. So, a completely unknown car to me has just done 1130 miles with nothing more than 1 litre of oil added when the know-it-all display asked for it, and three entire tanks of screenwash. Oh, and about 120 litres of fuel. Which is amazing, as the E300 would probably have needed nearer 150 litres of diesel fuel for the same journey, at about 20p/litre more than the petrol needed for the C180K. I'm sure the main difference is the manual gearbox. You can almost feel the torque converter losses in the E300. That and the fact that the C180K is a much lighter car, and has better aerodynamics, being a saloon. And fractionally narrower tyres. But mainly the gearbox I think. ... which is a 6-speed. Initially this felt like it has too many ratios to me, and around town / B-roads, you feel like you're constantly changing gear. There were some points I agreed with W who sold me the car that it might be better as an automatic. But, after some experience with it, you tend to block-change an awful lot more than you would with a 5-speed box, which does give you more options. I found myself skipping gears all the time, especially where you can accelerate up to say 50mph, then block change from 3rd to 5th, or indeed if you're not quite at a full stop, you can use 2nd-4th-6th to accelerate onto a motorway or dual carriageway. A 5-speed box with the same ratios for 1st and top would have been quite adequate, but possibly not as flexible. TBH, it spent most of it's time in 6th gear with the cruise control set at a GPS-indicated 70mph (dash showed 71/72 or 115kmh) at which speed top gear is about 2300/2400 RPM, so ideal for keeping the supercharger spinning. It's been washed now, and looks amazing for a 18 year old 160k mile car. There's absolutely no rust I can find, no lacquer peel, no damaged trim, no significant scrapes or marks, no interior damage and no significant squeaks or rattles. The worst "damage" on the car is the gear knob is quite badly worn. That's it. It looks and drives like a car with half it's miles and years. As a car.. I would not have chosen it. The S210 is much more comfortable for me, and with it being a saloon is hopelessly inflexible (rear seats do not fold at all). However, as "an car", bought in bit of an emergency, it's been absolutely superb.
    32 points
  5. Took the "scenic" route home last night and ended up in a few puddles. I knew it would be mucky but it was pitch black when I got back. Here's the result, no wonder the headlights didn't seem very good 😅
    30 points
  6. Now back from protracted spell at the menders, which mainly consisted of fitting electronic ignition, replacing a couple of brake pipes, and sorting out years of electrical bodgery. Runs and drives beautifully, with a complete absence of clonks, bangs and rattles Jobs to do… New door rubbers, front seats are intolerably uncomfortable, and a few localised body repairs.
    29 points
  7. Well I sold the maxima and with a bit of a clash of styles, I immediately bought an Abarth 595 (aka a tuned up fiat 500) I was a bit reluctant to post it on the main forum as it’s not that old, but decided as the basic model was launched 16 years ago, that it was ok. It’s flawed, fun and not serious. I like it!
    26 points
  8. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    1997 MK3 vauxhaul Astra F | eBay 'NO mold in car' Hmm, not sure that's enough to convince me to buy it, M7. 'Has extra cigarette plugs zip tied under glove box wired to cigarette lighter'. Yeah, I mean like, that's ok but still not convinced, soz. Could you include a photograph of a bloke in an ill-fitting second hand tracksuit and size 27 Sports Direct trainers having a piss over a wall? Cash in the morning ok?
    25 points
  9. 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.
    23 points
  10. As the week has progressed, the novelty of cruising about in dog scented, belt squealing van has worn somewhat thin.. To whit, an attempt to rectify a fair few issues was made yesterday. Thanks to @jaypee @Supernaut and @captain_70s for their assistance at various points! The first thing that we found was: THAT FUCKING SQUEAK was an easy fix! @jaypee had found a forum post online saying that a sqeal from the alternator was usually due to a belt being too loose. The previous owner had just fitted new belts... @Supernaut found the tensioner bolt The belt was able to be turned to 90degrees initially, so we tightened it until it could only twist 45/50 degrees.. Result? No squeak and a full 14v at idle as soon as it starts. An additional fix was done to the negative connection on the battery so it clamps properly. The second thing we found out was that I am a time served panel beater... As it initially was After application of a hammer and dolly* (block of wood). @captain_70s stopped it popping open as I caressed it. Removed for further fettling Refitted and tweaked by hand It's not @GingerNuttz quality but it is fucking miles better, and worth at least 1mpg due to less drag🤣 I also went round some of the rust blebs, knocking them back then coating them with vactan before some primer. they need done properly but hopefully this will stop any further deterioration until I can complete them. @Supernaut also took a pass at the plastic headlamp lenses with polish. Before after
    23 points
  11. Speedy

    The new news 24 thread

    Hello, this is me! Been determined to find a 4G Civic since experiencing the joy of driving Ghosty's sedan quite a few times last year for various events and road trips. Ghosty saw it on Marketplace earlier this week, I was calm and considered with the seller who couldn't have been nicer, and actually ignored the 'I'll give you an insulting amount cash today mate' brigade because he clocked I was coming down from Manchestoh to view it. It would've been wrong to haggle him down even for a couple of hundred pounds given how positive the entire experience was. Other than a few small items which need some attention (non-oily, but I'll do filters, belts, fluids, water pump too) it's absolutely spot-on. It's in rude health and drives just like a happy one should. I'm absolutely over the moon with it.
    23 points
  12. Ma was talking to Hazel across the street. Hazel is a big fan of cunts next door due to their habit of parking 2mm away from her car to intimidate her. Well a bit back CND bought his n hers range rover sports, which are of course top quality cars and never break down. Turns out the one 2mm from Hazel's bumper is fucked and doesn't run. So she has CND hammering on her door to move her car so he can get it on a pikey recovery truck. What a shame she was suddenly hard of hearing and didn't hear a thing. Took them quite a long time to push it up hill to be able to get it out and on the truck. She waits till they're strapping it down and strolls out and drives away.
    21 points
  13. Decided to have a swing at cleaning the front of this today.. To say it is manky is an understatement The natty OEM overmats have seen a dug or twa.. I reckon a stiff brush then a wetvac should sort that. Drivers footwell is hoachin. I decided to focus on stuff I could scrub. The steering wheel wasn't too bad But the auto box selector was howfin The stalks were bowfin too But came up well with some wipes. I removed all the damp parking tickets from the base of the windscreen and cleaned all the windows On the outside the OEM nissan wind deflectors are forming gardens, with the door handles not far behind. There were also a couple of odd finds .. Other than that. It's come up well, but I think the big work will be in the soft furnishings - I expect the wet vac will earn it's keep. After meeting @Supernaut off, I got to snap a Rexton pic😁 Later, on the way home I stopped to check on the 320, and the van wouldn't start after. It was completely dead .. I waggled the battery terminals and it fired right into life. Another thing to fix then..
    20 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.
    19 points
  15. Well, it's mine now - will I regret my choices? Probably not given the stainless steel fat exhaust on it...
    19 points
  16. Change of flavour today and I went all Italian. Lancia Gamma Club Lunch produced 7 Gammas including ours.
    18 points
  17. 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!
    17 points
  18. About time !! Been chasing peeling paint for 3 weeks, could have hung myself 🤣
    17 points
  19. Weather has been ok for the last few days and today wasn’t a bad day at all so, Still premature as it’s still winter, but I got the Mercury out from hibernation! Checked it over, hooked the battery back up and fired the big bastard up! Took a while to get some petrol to pump up the float bowls, but once it did it fired straight up and ran with no drama. Got it nice and warm and drove it up and down the driveway. Can’t really hit the king’s highway yet because of all the shitty salt but it’s nice to just spend a few hours messing around with it! Roll on spring!
    17 points
  20. morrisoxide

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I'd love take this to the coast and park next to some chump who just splashed 70k, on a crappy 4D number plated V Dud Caravelle.
    17 points
  21. Here is a pic of the yard, for any MX5 lickers, and a crap pic of my future Mazda shite/not shite is. I think they had 12/13 Mx5's there.
    17 points
  22. News update. I’ve been speaking to a couple of people about the potential Lonsdale - one of them runs a local garage, and knows a lot of the classic car folk in the area. I also asked my parents what they remembered of Dale. Firstly, news on Dale. Apparently he died in the past decade or so (certainly a fair few years before the pandemic). His car collection was smaller than it had been, but he had a few on the road at the time, and might have had some projects stashed here and there. No recollection by anyone of a Lonsdale/big Mitsubishi saloon though. The main things I’ve picked up though are: My parents hardly remember him living next door to them - Dale was apparently fairly quiet, and had it not been for the old cars strewn about, they probably wouldn’t have remembered him at all. Recalling anything about him wasn’t helped by the fact that Dale’s partner Julie later lived with another bloke called Dale in that house. The conversation got a bit confused at times - I don’t think that line of enquiry can help. Dale was “in the car trade”, and it’s thought that at some point he worked for Steele’s garage in Moor Row (just outside Whitehaven). They were Datsun/Nissan main dealers and, briefly, dealers for Colt Cars. This video is of Steele’s garage in the ‘70s https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/videos/474130219626680/ Dale may have worked in a bodyshop after his days at Steele’s (I think Steele’s shut up shop in the early ‘90s). After he split up from Julie he moved to a village called Arlecdon. Apparently you could tell which was his house by the Japanese cars parked on the road in front. He wouldn’t have had storage there for any cars (it was a terraced house), so when his cars were taken off the garden next door to my parents’ house, they were presumably either sold, or some storage elsewhere might have been found for them. This could well have been where Dale stopped owning the Lonsdale; Autumn ‘98, from memory. Although my parents knew Julie’s surname, her and Dale weren’t married, so they never knew his. Dale was a regular on a Saturday morning at the local scrapyards; The Forge at Cleator, “Kenny Wilson’s” near Gilgarran (actually called Broughs, but people still referred to it as Kenny’s, who was the Dad of Malcolm Wilson), and one at Workington (that I can’t remember the name of). Having been many times to “Kenny’s” I know they used to have a too good to scrap/possible classic car area, where they see if anyone wants to buy a complete car off them, before it’s certified destroyed. For someone like Dale, that’s probably temptation right there… Dale showed cars at local car shows - the last of which was apparently a Daihatsu Charade Turbo (GTi?), which I remember seeing at a show in Distington one year. I have a programme from one year, listing cars and owners, along with a bit about the car. No sign of it the Daihatsu that year, and owners first names aren’t listed - just initials. There’s so many with the initial D that I can’t infer anything from the programme. Obviously I checked for a Lonsdale too but, unsurprisingly, there wasn’t one shown. Through the Daihatsu, there is a possible thread to pull; Camskill (a name some of you may know if you’ve bought tyres from them). Before they went online only they had a tyre depot in Whitehaven. I used it myself a few times (they also did MOTs), and they had a small motor factors/accessories shop. Unbeknownst to me they were also suppliers of performance parts and spares for sporty Japanese cars, and the owner had one of these Charade Turbos. They also did a bit of fettling/restoration/tuning on sporty Japanese stuff too. Dale was apparently “in that clique” - at least as a customer, possibly as an employee. Dale was apparently in his late ‘40s when I lived next door to him. Probably heading towards 50 when he moved out about 25 years ago. That would put him at around 65-ish when he died. I’ll see what the local paper’s archive throws up. Finding out where his old cars might have ended up would be a lot easier with a full name and last address. Cars belonging to “a bloke who had a load of old Japanese cars” still exist in the area as projects - one of which is the Celeste I mentioned in an earlier post, and another is a Triumph Acclaim (OK, so Japanese-ish) that a local garage owner was going to restore. His garage was shut and demolished for housing, and that car ended up in a poly tunnel in a garden centre opposite. Next time I’m there I’ll check for a Lonsdale, on the off-chance. The garage owner I was talking to about Dale reckoned that the Lonsdale most probably got scrapped- it’ll have been worthless at the time, and losing the free storage in a front garden would have, in his opinion, meant Dale would have probably had it collected by a scrappy. Unless someone was kind enough to store it for him. Then it might just have survived. Investigations continue …..
    17 points
  23. Today I finally got 4 minutes of free time to scooch on up to my unit and fit the newly cleaned Monza Recaros to the manta. I pulled the base off and swapped it for the manta one. Perfect fit. Dropped it into the car, bolted it up and had a sit in…. …..ouch!! Ooooo!!! This isn’t right! scrunched up behind the backing foam on the back rest was this! 107% part of an old curtain from the 70s. That material is THICK. I love it already. Mmmmmm comfort.
    16 points
  24. But that aside I think it's all systems go.
    16 points
  25. Talbot

    End of shite?

    It's the lack of supply of new vehicles that has done it. Covid shutdowns and now supply issues due to Putin's war means that there are limited new vehicles and have been for a few years now. As soon as the supply of new is restricted, second-hand becomes far more valuable. It means that older vehicles are now being kept on the road as the cost to buy a newer one is so much higher. The flipside is that an older car is now worth so much more. Which I see as a good thing TBH, as it means older cars are valued more. A huge amount of interesting stuff from the 70s and 80s was baled in the early 2000s, as it was absolutely valueless. If it had been worth a grand and anything newer was even more expensive, it might have been kept on the road longer. It will take about 10-15 years of supply of new vehicles for the shite end of the market to get back to being able to buy a car for howevermuch cash you can get out of the hole-in-the-wall or one month's payment on a new car. But I do think it will happen. The prime years for shite IMO were the early/mid 2000s. A late-80's / early 90's car with history and MOT could be had for nearly free. I did this several times.
    16 points
  26. So with those jobs ticked off, it’s time to start getting it ready for an MOT. I checked the lights a couple of weeks ago and weird things were happening. The pencil beams lights (you’ll never have heard of those before) were on with the headlights, but there’s no switch for them… so I cleaned the main battery earth up which has some other earths going to it, and that brought them down to a dull dim. so I pulled the relay, which didn’t work, and then pulled the fuse, which also didn’t work…. Standing there stunned, and confused, I remembered there were a pair of headlips in the boot. I set to and replaced them, cleaning contacts as I went, and hey presto! Everything works again. But one problem, the pencil beam lights were on and bright, so I’ve pulled the fuse to shut them down. all is now good!
    15 points
  27. It only took 12 years! They're not the most popular of cars but the Ph2 Safrane with the volvo powerplants was always a winner with me. That is, until i removed the engine, put it back, couldn't get it to run, then got it going, then the cooling went, the head gasket followed. I really do have the worst luck with car engines / gearboxes and this one was certainly no exception despite being a Volvo. I'm not a mechanic so i've had to do a lot by trial / error. It's literally the most screwed up then fixed car on the planet. There's nothing on this car i've not buggered up somehow and then had to work out how to fix it and in the process it's cost me more than i'd care to admit. It's been the biggest pain in the arse a car could ever be but for some screwed up mental block of a reason, i couldn't part with it. On a positive note, i've learnt a lot from it that i need to learn when to quit. So the best course of action was to buy another (£600 jobbie - cars were cheap back then) which got scrapped after 8 months, then a 3rd which also got scrapped a couple of years later. I kept both engines (plus loads of other shit which recently got trashed too due to a house move) but I still had the 1st safrane. 7 years ago i put the 3rd's engine into it and that went the same way.. ran instantly but no cooling system despite coolant bleeding out of all the bleed holes. By this point i'd given away the 2nd engine so couldn't try that. Eventually I ended up swapping the head gasket out which was covered in mayo.. It was a pig of a job with it taking 5 weeks for the volvo dealers to even work out which gasket to order. The engine has far less space on the timing side than the volvo 850 so it was really tight in there and two of the bolts took a lot of head scratching. I got it done but despite the new head gasket, the cooling malfunction continued. Last year i had some luck when a couple of local lads came out and plugged in their snap-on kit for less than a penny. It locked up until i started the engine. One of them said he'd never seen that happen before and was stunned. Eventually it pointed to the coolant temp sensor which i knew was wrong as i'd replaced it twice! So they concluded that it had an electrical woe and i set about investigating the impossible again. I'm too embarrassed to tell you what it was but i shall say that it was something simple that i'd completely overlooked for over a decade. Sorted that, cooling fans worked again. All good right?.. well in all the passing years a few other gremlins had set in but i managed my way around those and 2 months after we'd moved again, i was able to collect it and take it for it's first MOT in over a decade. More pics - taken today! Just in the nick of time too. 2 days after the MOT my van went off the road again and so the car that the missus had disliked for years because "it's a fucking dead lump of metal" is now alive and slowly winning her back over now that it's doing school runs so she can still use her car for work. At 2.5L it's thirsty at 17mpg around town - that's 3.7miles per litre. 33mpg on a motorway is pretty much the maximum. Insurance is a pain too but i won't go there. So now i've got it fixed up and back on the road i shall have to SORN it again shortly and keep it as a spare motor.
    15 points
  28. That was an easy fix. This photo was taken with my phone resting on the clutch pedal. That's the blend door motor and associated gubbins just sitting there at the edge of the foot well, unprotected. All I had to do was clip the rod connected to the 'wheel' back into place and I restored full functionality to the vents. Just the windows left to sort now.
    15 points
  29. I wasn't happy with the fit of the sill where I had it a few extra millimetres higher than the inner sill, so I cut back it off to try again. Re-clamped it to line up closely to the inner sill. That gave just enough room for the hinge panel to fit correctly. With that correct, I double checked with all the panels clamped into place to check for alignment. Everything seemed good so I tacked the top and then plug welded along the holes. I measured some spot welds elsewhere on the body and found they varied around 1.5 inch to 1.3 inch and sometimes a lot less. Basically it seemed whatever the factory worker decided as they went. With that in mind, I chose 1.25 inches. Plug welding is always something I struggle at. I cranked up the power and wire speed a lot. Seemed to be okay and generally got good penetration. Then had the fun job of the welding bottom. Sparks and hot molten balls in your face. Ground down the top and chucked some zinc primer I had to hand. Was going to grind the bottom too but tea was ready and I CBA to go out again this evening. Next job is to weld up the front footwell to the inner sill. This disintegrated from a rusty edge when I cut the old inner sill off. There is already a patch at the back so it's probably an original floorpan. I'll just put a right angle patch along and weld both sides. But I need to do that before I weld that side panel on while I have good access. The eagle eyed will have noticed the reminder on the panel so I don't forget.
    15 points
  30. 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
    14 points
  31. Latest picture in today.
    14 points
  32. MJK 24

    Truck Shite

    Progress is being made
    14 points
  33. sat in traffic about half an hour ago BANG and jolted forward, immediate panic thinking the gearbox had done an AL4 almost to my relief i'd been rear ended 18 plate fiat 500 with P plates on it and a girl got out in absolute tears apologising bless her her number plate fell off and i have a tiny little mark on my bumper, floor all straight told her not to worry about it, i'm not bothered took me ages to even see any damage i told someone on facebook about it and he told me i should have been angry and told her off i'm sorry but no, a very minor accident with a new driver, i wasn't even angry i was just concerned anyway, car is fine and i'll just buff out the mark
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  34. Some progress made this morning. I have put a restriction in the inlet pipe to the ICV. Cost of said temporary fix? 1p 3mm hole drilled through it. and inserted into the pipe. Nice an snug. refitted to the car, first cold start and the idle is a little low. (But no longer 3500…. (Lighting box light on because I hadn’t woke the charger whirler up yet), but that was about 550rpm. Too low. so out came the coin, and a 5mm hole drilled through. (I can’t find a 4mm bit, but I’ve plenty of 1p’s to go at) and I slightly higher idle of 900. I’m happy with that for now. It runs and drives again. now to replace the speedo drive.
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  35. 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.
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  36. Work on the W140 has begun and disassembly of the front suspension started two weeks ago. I'll try to make some progress on that this weekend (without snapping off rusty bolts left and right) while also attempting to reinstall the steering column in the Caprice, hopefully the last puzzle piece for it to pass the MOT. Naturally having several projects going on at the some time wasn't enough though... I received a strange message on Ebay (where Im still advertising the silver E38 as breaker) about a week ago asking me whether I was buying BMW 728i... I replied yes, although Im only really interested in these cars for under a bag depending on equipment levels. While theres always money to be made theres usually not enough to justify the effort for me, the breaker was a huge exception last year. I asked for more info and got the worst photos of a car I've ever seen (below is by far the best). They were just about good enough to tell that it was not a complete rot box and the seller confirmed the original exhaust (and hopefully 700 quid worth of cats) to be present: 850 quid later and I now own my 4th BMW E38 728i in less than two years... Its dark so I haven't seen the car in daylight yet. However, underneath the layer of filth there actually seems to be a fairly solid car! Interior looks much cleaner in the photos than it is. Nothing seems trashed though, not that there isn't any trash around: Recouping some of my expenses already: Complete BMW toolkit, too: I'm currently seeing all kinds of electrical issues, from ABS to engine failsafe messages, central locking to brake lights. Look closely and the engine is still running with the key removed from the ignition... It's likely for most of them to be down to a failing battery though. I have the LKQ/ECP receipt here, its only 2 years old but probably drained when the car was off the road for months (can I claim warranty without my name on the receipt?). Leaving the venting plugs in despite the huge warning label on top should give you an idea what type of owner this car has had before: A short test drive revealed a fairly soft brake pedal and clunking coming from the suspension. I'll see if I can get a better picture by the weekend. The intent with this one is actually cleaning it up, fixing what needs to be fixed and returning it back to the road for a new owner to enjoy for years to come. We'll see if it has the potential for that to happen! Bonus Cadillac/Senator photo. Definitely don't see these two together very often:
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  37. Have you considered another option? https://www.gumtree.com/p/campervans-motorhomes/devon-kalahari-campervan-/1446892308
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  38. Now that the Rexton is a functional vehicle, it can live in this thread now. Today I have mostly been cleaning it. First, I clogged up the local car wash's vacuum cleaner this morning by attempting to clean just the rear half of it. I quietly (as quietly as you can in an OM662 powered vehicle) skulked away and did my shopping instead. Turns out, pootling about in a battered Rexton in oil-stained clothing while listening to the relaxing tones of some heavy metal means people don't tend to get in your way. I could get used to this. Then, I went over all of the interior surfaces with some various cleaning products and rags. It's not perfect but I feel about 83.7% less likely to catch an infectious disease while using it. I even sprayed all the seats with Febreze! I discovered some potential crime scene evidence in the driver's door pocket: But then I also found a free screwdriver in one of the pockets in the boot: Lastly, I discovered that the gear knob is threaded. Thus, the only logical thing to do was to be a massive child: Yep, that can stay on there. I still need to delve behind the glovebox and see if I can at least manually set the blend door to the windscreen and foot wells, but the wind is picking up. The windows still don't work either. They sound like they're trying to do something going by the clicking every time I try one of the switches. I wonder if the main switch pack in the driver's door has failed into the 'locked' setting? Who knows. Perhaps I'll have another look later today, or another day. Now, I'm going to have a cup of tea. The new thread title is based on the pickled cucumber jar lid I found in the back and which now lives in the centre console, as shown above.
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  39. One of the earliest survivors reached its 30th today.
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  40. 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.
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  41. I know a bus company that runs 14 little old merc buses. The air pressure / abs warning on those is on an LCD screen in the instrument cluster, but the clusters are NLA and if the LCD goes, they're not repairable. They have one good dash that they keep in a locked cupboard which gets fitted for the MOT and then immediately removed.. They even rent this good dash out to another local operator, I don't know what they'll do when the LCD finally gives up on the cherished MOT dash, presumably just scrap the buses and shut up shop!😅
    13 points
  42. Yes just like that! have a side boob shot. Love that square body.
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  43. Onto oil leak fixing, hopefully the gearbox won’t leak any more blood juice onto the driveway with this fitted.
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  44. To acquire this…. Which is not what it seems…
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  45. Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Renault Kangoo 4x4 1.9dci | eBay
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  46. andy18s

    Shite in Miniature II

    Been an interesting week of purchases for me starting off with a pair of Maisto ML's,Pajero evo and the Tipo for not many Levs. I've been looking for a decent ML model to replicate our 270cdi,just need to dump the factory chrome extras and sort a diesel engine swap. I put the Amg up for sale and it went within 20 min,covering the cost of the other. Sunday I got dragged along to a house clearance by the wife,who wanted to go look at a roomfull of crafting and knitting gear. Whilst unboxing another case of wool we found 3 boxes of 1/18 diecast of mainly Maisto.All dusty from being displayed,no boxes and sort of wrapped in bubble wrap I dug a few out and left the wife to negotiate. So I ended up with this selection for 100lev,around £45.
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  47. Ghosty

    The new news 24 thread

    Wandering home from the pub... Holden Barina outside a takeaway.
    13 points
  48. It's a long story, but no, my grandma's sister doesn't drive, her son's responsible for it being at her house, but he didn't want it there either... Anyway, since it started I insured it. eSure being weird and oddly expensive so it's with Moja. Which is Axa. No idea if it's good, it was cheap! Test drive: Pondered for a while and decided to take it home and go back for the Ford rather than driving an unknown turbocharged kettle in Monday traffic... Seemed fine, glitches so far: I had a full set of headlights but OSF dipped failed. Hence the foglights. I may have a brake pad warning or brake fluid light. Mirrors wouldn't adjust but lots of poking the switch on the A1 work them up (power fold works). Drivers door needs key to unlock. Sun blind is stuck up. Hesitation/fuel starvation when foot down but it's improving, maybe a duff boost regulator or something but also it has a gold coloured electronic box cable tied to the fan, and a weird three pipe metal junction with a wire on not commected to owt - with a more production-ey version of the same in the same area. Maybe a boost mod or something. Cupholders are shit. Can't set the clock because non-original radio, but the steering wheel controls work (as does the radio's CarPlay). Boot full of new suspension bush and service parts (no coolant cap, boo) and also water. Soggy parts. Soggy fibreboard. Soggy boot trim. Poor car. Sad bit. I will Kurust for now. Also "yeah more cars?" - be careful what you wish for. Lilith is already cursed. But this. This was STAMPED with the number of the beast. So I had nicknamed it the Black Beast of Costcutter, but I can't do that to a black clad Brummie. It's called Ozzy.
    13 points
  49. cafehag

    Lonsdale yd41???

    I live in South Australia, and there are currently two examples, both badged as Mitsubishi Sigmas, in the local U pull it scrap yard which, remarkably, is located in the Adelaide suburb of Lonsdale. I can remember seeing Lonsdales at the Earls Court motor show with my dad. Of course, none of this advances your search.
    13 points
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