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  1. As this got so much interest on the News 24 thread i thought I'd start it's own one. During the week a friend of mine messaged me to ask if i knew if anyone in our car club was interested in a Mk1 Astra, he had meet them at Morrisons whilst in his 1940's Austin and they told him about the car that they had since new in the garage but due to old age and poor health it had to go, naturally i jumped at the chance even though i needed another car to a hole in the head. I popped round and meet them yesterday and learnt the story behind it, whilst staying in a hotel called the Albemarle Hotel in Scarborough in 1982 the receptionist asked if he fancied entering a competition to win a Vauxhall Astra, he filled it in, had a lovely family holiday and forgot all about it. 3 weeks later he gets a call telling him that he had won, he couldn't even remember entering! So they drove back to Scarborough from Ipswich again to collect their prize. He said the photo was in the Scarborough newspaper and the Ipswich Evening Star, he was so proud that he felt he couldn't ever sell it! Just lovely, obviously i took this opportunity to recreate this photo today! Such a lovely family, the car hasn't ran for a few years so the battery was flat but my small jump pack and some easy start soon got it firing into life, out of the garage and onto dad's trailer. It was at this point that it dropped it's water contents! this was the first time i'd seen the car outside and i had already paid for it and if I'm honest i was a little disappointed as the paintwork is a little patchy, i think it's had new wings and the colour match is piss poor and its had some arch repairs that aren't particularly painted well, but for a 40 year old Astra i probably should have expected that. To be fair it's pretty good really, we found the reason that it lost it's water was because the stat was solid with crystallised anti freeze and so was the water pump so I'll get them replaced. Shame about the zebartted engine bay but that's what has saved the car. It's only done 53000 miles, only 10000 of them was in the last 22 years! The interior is really good apart from the dash trim that's popped out, unfortunately the radio doesn't work and the aerial needs fitting but that's no biggy. and the very rare saloon boot!
    109 points
  2. On Tuesday I set off for the big Panda event near Milan in my 94 Panda. I’m taking a relatively easy route this year stopping in Reims and Besancon before going over the St Bernard into Italy and then driving down Lake Como. The return trip will be over Stelvio but heading to Zurich (to look at a car for a relative) and then heading home via Luxembourg and Belgium. Wish me luck, flying solo this year. I have done less 500 miles in this car over the last few years. The radiator gave up last week and when I started it up today and smoke bellowed from under the bonnet when I tested the headlights. Turns out the old dim dip resistor has burnt out so I’ve bypassed it until I can get another. Great start.
    88 points
  3. Where's the Cadillac? The what? Come on man, the Cadillac, the Bluesmobile, where is it? I traded it. You traded a Cadillac for this? Actually no, I traded a Cadillac for this... Be honest, how many of you saw it coming? The reality is, it takes something like this to get me to part with Huggy. We met up and did the deed at Charnock Richard services on the M6. HMC - Matthew - is positively heroic, setting off at silly o'clock this morning in order to get there at almost exactly the same time I did. Now I'm home, but I bet he isn't yet. I hope he's having a comfy trip. Well I know he's comfy, it's not possible to be anything less on Huggy's seats, but you know what I mean. It feels very strange. No Cadillac! What's the matter with me? Well basically, decrepitude. I can't maintain a near-50-year-old car now. How good I am at maintaining an 18-year-old car remains to be seen. The Jag, which I'm naming Handsome (YVH = You're Very Handsome) is a lovely thing to drive. It's quite easy to get up to silly speeds though! I'll have to be careful with that. Even MrsR likes it.
    87 points
  4. This fourmonth hence, I hadde cause for to dispense with mine Vauxhalle Astra G, as mine goodwyfe had comment’d most unfavorably on the fucktonnes of blackest smoak that didst issue forth whence caning it throu’ the Mighty Thames tunnel at Blackwall, and didst cause her coiffe to smell most lamentably of unburn'd deasel-oile, acause the passenger window hadst dropp’d but a trifling hand-breadth. Alsoe, the rear offside bearing wast remonstrating dismally again, and I couldst not be fuck’d pulling the cunte off once more. I dost sweare, the mechanickal particulars vended by olde Mssr. Rottingdean at the sign of Eurasian Conveyance Partes are fabricat’d from the foullest rejects of Deptforde cheesemongers mix’d with fulsome nightsoil. Accordingly, I didst arrange to place a free-notification in the Oxforde Gazette, begging to informe gentlemen readers of the availability of myne goodly conveyance at a moste moderate sum of three guineas, for partes or repaire. Some days later, just afore the city waites cryed six of the clock in the past-noon, were I at leisure in mine studye-chamber whence I didst heare a sharpe knocke at mine door. Upon setting mine eye to the latch, I could see naught, yet again didst the knocke sound. I didst then unbolt the door, and aspied a smol boy in rags standing thereupon mine thresholde. Afore I couldst enquire of the nature of his errand, the whelp didst exclaim, “My master doth say, is thine item still available?” Confuzzled, I didst state, “Yea, if it is mine Astra 1.7 that thy master doth make query of, it is indeed still available.” At that, he didst turn and run down the staircase at Ax-Court and thence out into Whitehall. I tarried in the hall-way for quite some tyme, for to see if his master wouldst appear - but he didst never return. Most vexed, I didst turn and bolt the door, and return to perusing mine copy of The Auto-Trader, for to see if there were any Passat turbodiesels left that hadst not been shipp’d to Prussia. But not many moments had elaps’d afore another knocke came. I didst ope mine door once more, and t’was a different smol boy astood there wearing a most absurde cock’d hat. All he didst utter was, “My master doth say, what is thy best pryce?” Most affronted at the brazen-nose of the whelp, did I splutter, “Indeed, sirrah, you may informe thy master that mine Astra is price’d most moderately at three guineas, and I shalt not suffer cockchafing offeres.” And at that, the rascal dids’t turn and flee down the steps. But not many minutes later didst another rat-a-tat sound, and the smol boy with the hat did stand there most bold once more. Now all he didst utter was “My master doth say, one guinea tonight, goodsir”. Much taken abacke at this insolence, I didst boxe the cur’s ears by way of answer, and sent him howling backe out into the Mall. As I clos’d the door once more, Elisabeth didst appear from her embroidery-chamber with a goblet of good hock-wyne. “I hope thou art not planning for to go out to-night, Samuel, for thou knowest full well mine mother is to call upon us at eight bells for supper, and thou art to give her a lyft back to her rooms in Cheapeside thereafter.” I assure’d her that all messages coming forth were relat’d to sale of mine Astra, and that t’were all at her owne requeste that I were inviting this pestilence most foule upon myselfe, which in truthe were proving more tiresomely arduous than mine accursed bladder-stones. Over the next two houres, suffered I a further eighteen smol boys to come a-rapping upon mine door, all most curt and insolent, assortedly claiming their masters would fetch myne conveyance this very nyte for a most dismal low amount, or that their masters wish’d most keenly to purchase mine wondrous conveyance, even to pay a handsome bag of gold sovereigns for the great privilege, but they were sorely all fighting for Emperor Leopold in the Brabant, and wouldst thusly instruct for to send me mine gold directly via The Union of the Weste, if I wouldst but only supply mine detailes. Churls, mountebanks and niddy-noddys, to a man. In truth, afore longe mine knuckles were much bruis’d and most weary’d, acause of such ear-boxings was I obligat’d to discharge upon their sorry persons. No sooner had I chase’d one whelp whose master did beg to swop me an elderly bull-dog with but three legges, than a knocke didst sound once more from the hall-way. Sore vexed from such impish torment without cease, didst I wrench ope the door in great temper and chunter out, “Go forth and fuck thyself most heartily, foulsome fruit of a whore’s dung-hamper!” Thou mayst be sure that I had clean forgott that Elisabeth’s mother were due for to sup with us. T’were a frosty enough repast, with Elisabeth and her beldame eyeing mine selfe in most sour and silent fashion, and I were sore glad when I heard another knock to the door and had sound reason to exit the dining-chamber most swiftly. Past the vestibule, didst I encounter a sorry-lookyng wight, somewhat besmirch’d with dunge, tipping himselfe as Ignatius Scrool Esq, and begging leave for to view mine Astra, as it possesseth many of the qualities he was most desirous of in a conveyance; viz. that it were exceeding cheape. Calling through to mine goodwyfe that I wouldst not be outwith two shakes of a lambes’ tail, didst I usher Mssr Scrool downe the steppes to the back-yarde, where mine Astra had been park’d up. In an act most fortunate, t’were somewhat wette and darke out, so the lacquer-peele didst not show too badly. I didst start the Astra, which regrettably took longer to catche than optimal, all the while taking greate care not to draw the attention of mine buyer to the unfortunate plumes of smoak arising, and turning on the radio for to maske a grievous grindyng sound, that had appear’d only the day before. Mr Scrool didst pop the bonnett, and after a few moments of poking around beneathe, presently remark’d, “goodsir, the injector seales are fuck’d, here and here, and I daresay thy water-pumpe is on its last legges, going by the fuckyng noise herein.” I didst demur most forcefully, decrying him a cheeseparing scoundrel here for to beat me down to naught, for this fyne engine were in sounde healthe. But that I wouldst, in truth, accepte two guineas and six shillings for it. “Nay sir, not two guineas – not any guineas. Not a brass farthing. It runs lumpy as pig-knuckle porridge and stinks of deasel. I fear it is fuckyng fuck’d, and therefore of no account to me. I wilt bid thee a good-nyte.” And off he didst stride, leaving me standing most forlorn. Asudden, didst I then notice mine wyfe’s beldame approaching – quoth she, in high dudgeon, “Samuel, I desire to return to mine lodgings. Wilt thy shitte-boxe make it to Cheapeside, or shalt I just hail an Uber now, and save thee from making an even bigger pryck of thyselfe?” Stung by her wordes, I didst protest that I hath toatal faith in mine conveyance – and in mere minutes didst we pull out onto the main thoroughfare towards the Great Abbey of Westminster. Lamentably, afore we coulds’t cross the bridge, mine Astra did judder most alarmingly and make much smoak, causing a grievous loss of forwarde momentum, and I wert oblige’d for to pull over. Mine cross-mater didst depart the conveyance most volubly, calling hence, “I shoulde have knowne, Samuel, that thy automotive wanke-socke had no more integrity than thy spousal affections. Plainly, thine injector seales are well befouled and yet I daresay thou wilt yet buy another. Faith, knowest thou not by this pretty pass that all Vauxhalls are naught but shitt?” And, with that, she flagg’d down a passing cab forthwith, and didst exit over the bridge. Mortal wounded, I didst pop the bonnett and were near knock’d colde by the aroma of deasel arising thereof, and beneath the oile cap t’were clear signs of Black Death. As I stood forlorn, a smol boy of dim familiarity sporting an idiot cock’d hat didst scuttle past, calling over his shoulder, “Wouldst thou had taken mine master’s guinea now, cuntichops? Thy conveyance is not worth but a hogge’s turd!” In the ende, I push’d the fucker off the wharfe at Blackfriars into the Mighty Thames. A poxe upon the lotte of them. Fucke mine lyfe.
    85 points
  5. Reveal time It's a citroen XM!
    85 points
  6. It's only bloody gone and passed!!
    81 points
  7. I've just bought this. Came up on FB marketplace just down the road from my unit, couldn't say no! Do I need it? No. Will it cause me grief? Almost certainly yes. Is it a big majestic bastard? Absolutely. It needs a few bits and pieces doing, including spheres all round and some warning lights supposedly caused by an ABS sensor. My Lexia won't talk to it, so that's the first order of business. Wish me luck!
    80 points
  8. Yes, yes I do: One minibus. This has been sitting around in the work car park ever since I started working there, I've jokingly been asking "when are you going to let me have that unsightly minibus" for several years. Well... a few weeks back they said they wanted rid and did I actually want it? Like a tramp on chips mate, of course I do. It was mostly used by the sports and social club and failed its last MOT in 2019 for some fairly extensive sill rot on one side, likely caused by a scrape that was left unpainted. First course of action was to give it a good scrub using the fearsome diesel-fired hot pressure washer. Voila: That's a bit better. It drove back to my unit perfectly, started up first time after being stood for 2 years thanks to the solar trickle charger that had been left on it and even the brakes freed off without a problem. The best part is this: 43k, full service history and an almost full tank of diesel, which is worth more than the nominal donation to charity that was deemed an appropriate payment for this fine bus. Lovely! My plan is to convert it into a camper eventually, but before that I want to use it more or less as-is for some climbing/mountain biking trips. I've been able to insure it as a day van, so I need to get a fixed bed in within 90 days, but apart from that I just need to get the sill welded up for which I already have repair panels and we should be ready for an MOT.
    75 points
  9. We would like to announce some additions to the Administration team here on AS. Thank you to all who expressed interest in the available positions. We had a good range of responses to the request for help and really appreciate the time people put into their applications. Treasurer: Firstly can we place on record our thanks to @Stanky for the sterling work he has done. We are pleased to announce @Talbot will be taking over this role, with immediate effect. Moderators: Thanks also go to @Pillock for his time as a Moderator. From a really strong field, we have decided to add three new Moderators to the team, which will enable us to respond more quickly to requests and items needing attention. The broader collective view will be welcomed also in making administration decisions. We are pleased to announce that @NorthernMonkey, @Minimad5 and @dozeydustman will be joining the Moderator team, as of today.
    75 points
  10. I've posted this previously on the 'cars that you never knew existed' thread and also on the 'ambitious towbars' thread but I think that it is time it got its own thread. Introducing my 1975 Turner Ranger tractor! Four wheel drive, four wheel steer, mid mounted 1098 A series in longitudinal configuration (gearbox in sump) but mounted transversely driving the front and rear axles through a Triumph differential. Steering box from an A30/35, hydraulics from a Leyland 154 tractor, drum brakes and rubber cone suspension from a mini. Very small, very unusual and very fun 😀 I saw this on ebay a few years back and being a mini nut I had to get it. I've used it for light duties since, namely moving trailers and a caravan. Road registered thanks to the Friends of Ferguson Heritage club and absolutely scary to drive on the highway. The history of this design is quite odd. It started off as a Harry Ferguson design through his Ferguson Research company. They were originally designed to run on Calor gas and were sold as Calor Ranger's. Turner Engineering (who made the Calor Ranger's) also started selling the petrol versions badged as Turner Ranger's. The rumours are that about 250 were made. Since acquiring one I have become obsessed and have done plenty of searches to find as many survivors as possible. I've found 26 examples (including mine) including one of the original prototypes which has a shorter wheelbase than the production models. I've also found various brochures and literature related to these odd machines. Having seen his success on the Invacar thread and the '93 Mondeo thread then I might have to employ the services of @LightBulbFun to work his DVLA magic to find some more examples 🙂 Also, a few videos of this on my YouTube channel. Just one link below as I don't want to spam you!
    73 points
  11. so for those who might not know at long last I had my 3rd driving test today, and for those who do know are probably wondering just how it went! well im very pleased to announced, that finally after 2 years I finally passed my car driving test and now have a full Catagory B licence woo! heres the obligatory picture of the pass Certificate only 4 minors, Ill take that LOL im so please to have finally passed, Iv put so much time, effort and money into it, and its finally paid off!, 3rd times a charm literally (although 1st time with this instructor for what thats worth ) and there was so much riding on it (with my theory pass which was going to expire in January, but knowing there where just no practical driving test slots for the foreseeable future etc) its a massive weight off my shoulders now! speaking of instructors this is the website https://drivebetter.co.uk/ for the one which I passed my test with I do recommend her if you have someone in East London wanting to learn how to drive, if she can get me through a test I imagine she can get anyone through! heres the obligatory standing by car with pass certificate photo! so yeah finally passed Woo! I just need REV roadworthy and home and finally ill have some form own personal independence once more! Thank you to everyone who has been with/put up with/helped me through this whole roller coaster ride! its seriously appreciated
    73 points
  12. Hello all, This one started as a pub conversation, something along the lines of 'can you still get a rare MOTd 80s motor plus tax and insurance for under £1k?' That then led to lots of ebay, gumtree, marketplace scouring which then led to a bid or two. Admittedly a number of those bids were made after a the odd rum and coke.Then one Friday evening, whilst in the pub, I threw in a bid for this and won. Great I thought, at first. Then I thought… How am I going to get it home? Where am I going to store it? How am I going to let the wife know? (when I already own 3 other cars)Anyway, I arranged to collect it the following weekend from East London, turns out it hadn’t been used for 18 months (which was not stated in the advert!) other than a trip to the MOT station.The old boy I bought it off was a lovely chap as was his son (turns out he has a couple of R11s himself, more on that at some point later). It had been in their family for 18 years, they told me about trips to France and the memories they had shared in the car, so it just had to come home with me to start another chapter of its life.So onto the car.Here’s the advert…1987 Renault 11 TL .I have owned it since 2004 & sad to see it go.. 181000 miles, I have regularly serviced it, so the engine and gearbox are in excellent condition.Being a 34 year old car, there are things that will need doing. It has dents & the lacquer on the roof & bonnet it showing its age. Feel free to view or ask any questions. It has been 1 of only 2 TL models left in the UK.And the pics… And my first impressions…Wow, it’s dirty inside! Looks like it’s been used for runs to the tipBodywork is scruffier than the pictures make out, dents in drivers door and rear boot/bumper, front OS wing crumpled and corroded, front panels round grille corroded, roof and bonnet have serious lacquer peel with the paint having cracked, various small repair patches here and there. All that said, it looks pretty solid.God, it really is dirty inside.Drivers door closes occasionally but mostly bounces back open.Engine is dirty but looks like it’s been well maintained.Is that mould on the switchgear??But all that said, after speaking to the old boy I bought it from, there was no way I was not taking it home. It drove back the 161 miles to South Staffordshire without missing a beat and of course I ended up loving the little thing. So that’s the start of the R11 adventure, more to follow soon.Shaun
    72 points
  13. Ive been in the market for a reliable, long distance cruiser for some time and had narrowed my search down to a Discovery Tdi or even a Dacia of some description. I live in Southern Spain so needed something that would be reliable for driving back to England in several times a year (I know you are now checking the title of this thread, dont worry its not a glitch in the forums 🤣) So I was browsing Wallapop and facebook market place, which seems to be my only pass time at the moment, and up came a 1992 Lada Niva with 52,000 Km on the clock and it had a Snorkel fitted!! So I immediately contacted the owner and arranged to view it the following week. I had assumed the vehicle was in Granada province as per my search criteria but on investigating realized it was closer to Madrid than Granada and was a good 6 hour drive away, across mountain passes, incredibly steep inclines, hair pin bends and sheer drops. Regardless, a friend agreed to drive me there and we headed off to view my future reliable pan-European cruiser. The boot of his 1997 Pushrod Fiesta was filled with spares, tools, tow ropes, jump leads, spares and camping gear (just encase) and we headed off. Even in the passenger front seat I felt travel sick driving along the mountain passes and after a few hours I longed to be behind the wheel of the Lada so I at least could focus on driving and not if I was about to vomit over the mountain side. We passed through many tiny Spanish towns and farming communities and eventually arrived in a village in Ciudad Real and saw the Lada parked at the road side, without a Snorkel, just a hole in the bonnet where it should have been. Good start I thought! The Lada had about 3 foot of thick dried mud stuck to every surface which made rust checking impossible, I went to check the oil but the seller didnt know where the dip stick was and when I found it there was no trace of oil in the sump at all, on date checking the tires it was obvious they were the original Ukrainian rubber and well cracked with unknown inner tubes, the drivers door window didnt wind down, but the screw driver wedged in to hold it up was included in the sale, Bargain! I went to start it and when it burst into life the seller made a surprised and relived sound as if he wasnt expecting it to start. All good signs of a bargain I thought and after traveling all that way I knew it would be impossible to negotiate the price, which it was. On a short test drive the cabin filled with petrol fumes and crawled along at a leisurely and very noisy pace. Obviously, as any Autoshiter would do I handed over a big bundle of cash with a smile and jumped in ready for the 200km drive home. As the seller counted his cash he commented that driving it was "Pure Joy" he then loaded me up with free Coca Cola (possibly anticipating a breakdown and didnt want me dyeing of dehydration in 40C heat!) First stop was a petrol station and filled it to the brim for a total of 29 euro we then headed off across the mountains, the fuel gauge swung erratically along with the oil pressure gauge around every turn and after 2 hours behind the wheel I knew I had a gem of a car, driving it is like a cross between my old 89 O Series Petrol Sherpa van and a 300tdi Defender, just a collection of all the worse bits of both of them! The steering is vague to say the least and on tight bends you turn the wheel and it seems nothing happens until a few seconds later when it eventually bites and flings you in the direction you want to go, the breaks are non existent but the gearing is so low all you need to do is come off the accelerator and your crawling along. Another hour or two later we decided to find a camp site, which led us into a national park, with ridiculous 12% inclines which included a hair pin at the top and every time I had to get up one of these hills I would need 1st or 2nd gear and every so often the engine would miss and feel like it was about to cut out, by then I would have a huge line of traffic behind me, when going down the hills the huge line of traffic would back right off as the exhaust popped and banged due to over fueling. Even my mate who I was following could smell the un-burnt fuel coming off the car. Another feature is that when you go above 80km/h the wing mirrors self fold allowing for more aerodynamics - those clever Russians knew what they were doing! Finally at the campsite I sat and drank many beers while my body recovered from the trip. The next day early in the morning we had the most difficult part of the drive across the main mountain range, the car started first time and despite doing about 12mpg and being severely out of tune it got me home, a total of 270km in the end. On inspection the snorkel was in the boot and ready to fit (apparently it kept falling off, hence why it was removed) and since getting all the mud off it is in very good solid condition and the millage seems genuine, the only real problem was that the clutch fluid reservoir was empty and the flexi hoses so corroded you could fit a euro coin in the cracks. Its now with my mechanic and is being converted to electronic ignition, weber carb, full service etc etc and come April I plan to drive it back to England - I will update on how that goes 😅 Here are a few pics:
    72 points
  14. So one of my other long term projects has finally made it to the body shop.
    70 points
  15. I lost my password some months ago. While sorting out my old laptop, I found it, alone with some pictures of last year's moronic, ongoing activities. Enjoy. I've not been posting about any of my cars anywhere for a long time - to be honest I've been quite happy just driving them, and haven't really done anything that interesting with them anyway. 14 months ago, a fairly disgusting 605 SRDT came up for grabs on Gumtree in the middle of a pandemic. There was no way to legally view it, so my partner and I bought it blind and had it Shipley'd over, communicating with the seller only via email. It was a leap of faith, but if you don't have faith in 90s diesel Peugeots, quite frankly you should give up on life. A week later, this was deposited on our driveway. It was owned by the same lady its whole life, as the blue V5 was testament too, but I don't think she washed it very often. Odd, as it's a well known fact that old ladies dig car detailing. But still, let us worship at the altar of originality, and praise the holy dealership sticker, clinging on for dear life in the back window. Lo, thou interior may be tidy, if be brown where once was grey. First impressions were of a car which drove very well and had been well looked after, which happened to have not moved for quite a long time. A binding calliper at the back was the first sign of a long slumber. During covid I volunteered to do prescription runs for older people in our village, which gave me a chance to actually drive it. Oddly, the air con was still working. If it wasn't driven for a couple of days, the battery would go flat. Ever have those: "what am doing with my life?" moment? Thankfully, the '90s battery charger was called upon to rescue the '90s car (and probably '90s battery). A weeks later I decided it was time to address the binding calliper. It turned out the calliper had rusted onto the disc as one ancient rusty blob. Just as well I threw it the garage who were happy* to take on the challenge** of hellicoiling snapped bolts out and attacking it with a blow torch. Here's some pictures of when I came to bring it some grapes and a get well soon card. I attempted to MOT it, then both front coils snapped on the ramp. I don't have any pictures, but I counted four pieces on the floor. Had it fixed, after going to NCIS lengths to track down the right coils (it turns out 308 springs will fit) and we passed. Deep cleaned it , and found it to be quite nice under the ming: So, what is it? It's an SRDT, which means you get more wood trim, the posh radio and air-con. However, being shod on plastic covers and lined with cloth seats, you, and the outside world are reminded that you're not quite good enough. DT denotes that its a turbo diesel (living up to my user name). This is the 3rd 605 I've owned, and probably the best. I can see this sticking around for a long time with us, and after a year of ownership its still my favourite in our little fleet. But it's weird. I've always wanted a phase two, dark blue 605 with cloth seats and wheel trims (I'm aware that that sentence is a portal which allows you to look into my mind, and see just how perverse I really am). Don't ask me why, I just have. The amount of time I spend cleaning, polishing, and looking at this thing probably looks a lot like mental illness to the outside world and Asperger's Syndrome to my ever-tolerant partner, but there's nothing better than making a dream come true - even a dream as pedestrian as this one.
    70 points
  16. It's going to be a massively costly experience with long lasting effect that may or may not go away. I went and take a look at this 1979 Toyota Corona Liftback on 30th March. Sat on it for 2 days and decided I got to have it. I've always wanted a 1970's experience after having a couple of 90's and 80's cars. This fits the bill and it's affordable. It's also Barney-colour. How can I say no? This particular model of Toyota Corona was assembled here in Samrong, Samutprakarn from 1978-1983 during the period of early localisation. A lot of parts still had to come from Japan but many bits are made locally. It's general model code is xT130. This particular one is TT132. The T means it comes with 1,770cc 3T 4-cylinder engine, overhead Valve, hemispherical head. According to the brochure it produces something like 108hp. It certainly moves way better compared to the 1,587cc F6 OHC of the Mazda 626 with something like 77hp. This engine runs great and I've driven it quite a bit now. Pretty good engine I'd say. Although I have to say, it's clearly a 70's design with a lot of rear end tramlining due to solid axle which isn't helped by fucked rear shock absorber which I've already ordered a pair. The steering is boat like. The whole car is boat like. I like it a lot. It's everything I expected from that era Toyota. The Mazda feels like race car in comparison. And yes, the Mazda is staying for now. I have no reason to get rid of it yet. Although I can confirm that the Corona will eventually effectively replaces it. Anything wrong with it? Well the clock says it's done 260,000 miles and it certainly shows. It will need bodywork, suspension bits, engine stuff and a whole host of other things. It's a well used high mileage car. But it's been somewhat maintained and used regularly so it doesn't have odd running issues like the Mazda when I first took it home. The Mazda only done 90 odd thou miles but it wasn't maintained at all. So I've already done a simple service, oil change, coolant change. Things that wouldn't hurt a car like this. Gear oil, diff oil, brake and clutch fluid will come next. It's noisy from many places, the air con compressor quits compressing on me today and just locked up in the middle of a u-turn. It's rusty in places and the paint is peeling off everywhere. Yes I am complaining, why isn't a 43 year old car completely perfect from the get go? Maybe I should get a refund etc.etc. (I'm joking in case somebody didn't notice). Also replaced the fuel hoses as that's deteriorated. Stamped 2013. So at least it's been replaced before. It will not be run on E10 just like the Mazda. I've also went and got a set of somewhat period correct original Toyota steel wheels. Two center caps are missing but I will find a set eventually, they aren't that rare. What's the plan then? Well I hope I'll get everything working correctly in a few months. Bodywork maybe next year? It's a pain in the arse buying an old needy car just before a 9 days long holiday because all the shops are closed but I can just park it until then. I haven't even been able to transfer the ownership and insured it yet. It'll stay as original as possible (it even comes with non functioning 8-track ffs) definitely no barried shenanigans. Yes @hairnet, you will get a go in it. I paid £1,100. Barg. There will be many updates.
    69 points
  17. My pals are a bad influence and enablers but this needed to be bought. Radio and cigarette lighter very much optional. It took a fair bit of cranking today, I suspect it's the glow plugs. It's a 1.6 diesel with 54 bhp, it goes well at low speeds but runs out of puff at about 50MPH. It's happy enough cruising at 65MPH though. Before I buy glow plugs does anyone have a set for an XUD or something? Nearly all 80s/90s IDI diesels use the same glow plugs. Not to stereotype but that's a snail's shell. Cabin is austere and it's like a big drum with all the exposed metalwork but it's really comfy, the driver's seat (from a later Express or 5?) is squishy and there is loads of headroom. It has a UK MOT but it has some foibles including now non functioning indicators. Looking forward to registering it and carrying baguettes around.
    69 points
  18. We have made the first leg!
    68 points
  19. Okay, I've kept you all waiting long enough, here is my latest acquisition: A 1997 Daewoo Espero CDi Auto. Dumped unceremoniously outside an interior design joint. The garage next door are putting it through an MOT as I speak, fingers crossed it passes.
    67 points
  20. The Rovervitus is alive and well..... Despite my recent fleet downsize and promising myself and my wife i simply didn't need anymore cars.... Assuring her that i was planning to retire from saving and restoring Rovers to which i had committed myself to for many years, I went out and bought this today as luck would have it its only my wife's favorite colour (the same as her 25) so it kind of numbed the blow and she even cooked me Sheppard's pie for tea.... Normally i would get fuck all after another car purchase... Its a 1983 2600 S.... So its not quite as blessed as my SD1 Vanden Plas but its a beauty all the same! Its got 83k on the clock a boot full of spares and a folder full of history obviously theirs a few niggles to sort out here and there but after restoring my other SD1 it really shouldn't be a problem weather permitting! It looks to be solid and has a fairly good MOT history for a 38 year old Rover! Few paint bubbles but the interior is near immaculate as you can see Lovely beige interior very similar to my 827 Fastback and i genuinely cant believe how good the door cards are. It should be arriving fairly soon so will post more about it then but hoping to service it and get it straight off for MOT once it arrives! Long live Rover and all who sail in them!
    66 points
  21. My efforts of the last few months have come to fruition and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome I'm a serial Omega botherer and some years ago I got a sniff of this 1996 Vauxhall Omega 2.5 V6 24v CDX manual that was no longer being used as it's only owner was no longer able to drive, sad circumstances meant it was stored unused for 5-6 years . She was a non runner and in a neglected state by the time I was able to rescue it and @worldofceriwas employed to bring her to me, excellent service and highly recommended! When she arrived she was covered in the usual moss and grime and was still on the original 1996 tyres which were perished and barely held air. Non running cause was found to be a completely ruined fuel system as the petrol in the tank had turned to a bright green mess that had dissolved all of the internal rubber pipes into a black sticky goo, I don't think I've ever smelt anything so toxic, a thorough tank clean, new piping, sender unit refurbed , filter and new pump and she burst back into life. Further recommissioning work required was 4 x new Michelin tyres, Cambelt and waterpump kit , complete replacement exhaust system, service , wipers, alternator was refurbished with new internals, new battery and literally scores of hours of cleaning and gentle refurbishment . The main dealer service history is incredible with 8 miles between services some years. She walked her MOT and now drives like a she has just rolled out of the showroom, unsurprisingly given she's only covered 17 k from new, the interior leather looks like it's just had the plastic removed at the dealers and the rear seats have allegedly never been sat in
    66 points
  22. With the allegro sold I now had a 1977 Chevy c10 and a Nissan micra on the fleet. I’m all for a noisy American toy but that micra. Actually I like k11 micras for their chuckability but decided I needed something a little bit nicer as my daily…. Hence I’ve sold the micra and bought a 1992 merc 220ce. In “Nutra” - named after a semi aquatic rodent. It’s metallic brown basically. Probably a very unusual choice in 1992, long before it was rediscovered by car buyers. Its also been very thoroughly gone over. All the stuff that rots or goes wrong has been sorted. Anyway here is the rodent brown merc coupe
    65 points
  23. John O'Groats? Completed it mate.
    65 points
  24. trigger

    The new news 24 thread

    I've had a weekend of crap cars, Saturday dad came round and helped me get the Volvo finished off at last, it needed a lot of brake work which took time, new calipers all round, new pads, rear shoes, brake shields etc which was a right faff as well as new tyres fitted, the work all paid off though as it's now a lovely looking car. How it was when i collected it. and after two months of graft and expense! and bit different! the corner had took more of a knock than i realised and damaged the wheel and wishbone which i replaced, the wheel was very kindly given to me by a stranger on the internet, he dropped it at a DPD drop off for me and and i paid the £8 delivery! I've done a few miles in it today and it's driven lovely, like a 70's car registered in the 90s! I'm not sure I'll keep it but I'm pleased i stuck through repairing it as it was due to be banger raced, It's only done 49000 miles! It still needs a little bit of welding and a few stickers replacing.
    64 points
  25. The time old question of what do you do when you've got several projects.. get another. Preferably bought unseen from a marque and model you are almost totally unaware of, bonus points for being off the road for nearly 30 years and almost no parts availability. Ladies and Gentleshites I give you the 1971 Vauxhall VX4/90. I'd bookmarked it on evilbay and the GF saw it a day later when I was prattling on about looking for something interesting (and a few days before getting the Mustang). And she was smitten with it. The seller was sadly letting jt go due to I'll health and hand been working on it for the last 8 years. The story (unverified) was it was a Vauxhall pool car in Luton for a while, then purchased by a mechanic ther for his sister and spent most if its life garaged and little used. Hence allegedly only having 3909 on the clock (the last mot from 92 reads 3500 or so). Its remarkably original and untouched about with. Rust as it is is confined to the door bottoms on the LHS as well as some on the front wing and lower rear behind the arch. There are some dents and dings and some bubbling but it all seems pretty decent and shines up well. He had refurbished or replaced a ton of parts from brakes to cam belt and returned a fair amount. The interior is all there and pretty decent (50 years of age yadday) It came with 4 good doors and 2 NOS front wings and rhe boot was full kf parts (steering rack, rad, lights, brake pistons, mirrors oodles) It runs tho the carbs are well out, one seems to be running super rich and the other incredibly lean. Plenty of rasps and parts. And the brakes need attention as they barely work, its had ne cylinders on the back and new calipers on the front tho the it looks like a pair of lefts as this is the RHS one.. Here arriving care of Ceri, top man. (Even if he brought the rain with him) Overall well chuffed as is the GF.. she even found stuff about it on the internet. The plan is to get the brakes bked and the carbs turned and give it a good shakedown. All the electrics work, the seller had new tyres fitted, it's all really solid underneath front the limited driving it in and out if the garage show clutch is good and it fires up easily with good oil pressure tho the tracking is out and the sterring wheel near up sideown! The only bits missing are some of the "Vaxhall" letters off the boot (err most of them) and the interior light fittings (ones ther but it's about an inche too long)
    64 points
  26. You know when you go on a bit of a wild one and then wake up the next morning and you've got married to an alpaca? No? Just me then, well it's not legally binding anyway I'm sure. Well, the other day I went on a bit of a wild one and bought another Vauxhall Cavalier. And this morning I was awoken to the sound of it being dropped off a trailer outside my house. 92J 2.0 CDi saloon on its original Camden plates. Luton registration. Platinum Silver (I think). ABS light on (so much for that being cleared then). OSR door moulding missing in action (think I've sourced one). Dead SC303 radio/cassette. Needs a very good clean. Broken clocks. It has a year's ticket. It's EXACTLY what I've been looking for since I sold my other mk3 a whole week ago. That didn't take long then.
    64 points
  27. reb

    The new news 24 thread

    I passed the exam!
    64 points
  28. I became a dad again today! Evelyn Pippa May was born this morning at 7lb 3oz, Mum and baby are fine and we got home this evening. Fair play to MrsH, she's a fucking trooper [emoji3531] Took her home in the only choice really - he was our wedding car, he brought our first born home, so it only seemed right to bring home the final piece of the Harris family jigsaw: As an added bonus, we hit a milestone today! Now we've got one of each, and I'm sure the project progress will slow down for a short while [emoji28]
    63 points
  29. As some of you may be aware I've bought a RR 4.2SC with some issues (kindly found by cort in the low cost big liability thread ), most probably a sensor fault as the HDC and Air suspension are inactive I'll be picking it up on Tuesday if things go to plan , it's only 240 miles away so £90 in fuel to get it home 🤣 The plan is to drive it back on Tuesday then drop it at the garage Saturday as the mot expires that day It was cheap though , the guy selling it sounds in his 70s , health issues , he's also had to sell his yacht Needs a bit of bodywork on the back(rust) but I'll have a go at that before spending out on a bodyshop Other than the warning messages on the display he says you wouldn't know there was anything wrong with it Pre may 06 so £360 instead of £610 ved could be a long thread 🤣
    60 points
  30. I've been having a love affair with the mk1 facelift (this bit is important) Vauxhall Carlton for a very, very long time. Two of my dad's mates owned CD spec versions in the late 80s and early 90s and I fell for them, they were so wafty and comfortable. One of them was my transport to see Tina Turner at Gateshead Stadium in July 1990...,my folks went on the bike so I was left as a 14 year old at the mercy of four 'big boys' and their Carlton, which probably endeared them to me forever. Anyway, a 2.0 CDi model with a slushbox came up on the 'bay, B plate like both the ones I remember were, in gorgeous Anthracite. The funds were there and I almost broke my typing finger messaging the seller. The price seemed almost too good to be true...less than 24 hours later I'd dragged my stepson down to just outside Mansfield and the thing really was as good as it looked, with a new, advisory free MoT. I couldn't believe my luck. Of course, it came home. And yes, she's called Vanessa. What else can you call a Carlton?
    60 points
  31. 0 End up on my drive way, say hello to my new pet ROVER 827 Sterling.. I just need to clear some space in the garage to give it a bit of a check over before I risk an MOT. Its brakes are very spongy and are not right, a service would be a good idea and just to make sure there is nothing else amiss.
    60 points
  32. at long last with many thanks to @bobdisk who popped round again, we managed to solve REV's throttle cable woes and I made it to the chippy (and back!) finally (and I made a Nissan Micra look massive LOL) the issue in the end was because the throttle cable was routed around the pulleys in 2 90 degree angles in an almost Z shape which clearly would not have been helping matters, so I said to bob how about trying to run it under the car like so r and it looks like that has solved the problem the throttle works lovely now with the existing cable setup (so im still on the broken twist grip which id like to replace) but its much smoother to operate and it no longer jams on she drives pretty well! got up to the thrilling heights of 20Mph, and Oh my the visibility in REV is so much better then the modern driving school cars im use to! I can actually look over my shoulder and see whats behind/beside me, rather then just PILLER as you can imagine I am very pleased with all of this! (this was my first time driving a car solo on the public highway!) as it hopefully means I can start using REV now! she still has some foibles here and there (and id still like to do a full service/oil change) but now I can use her for trips to the shops to support the household etc heres hoping she continues to play ball!
    59 points
  33. Okay - big 'old update - so grab a bevvy and settle in. MOT day - got up and installed the battery, freshly charged - and I noticed that the negative terminal was.....well, not great: Thankfully someone had already noticed this and installed a new one - but not removed the old one. Interesting choice. Other one put on Bad one safely-ish put out of the way until I get a chance to remove it properly: Okay. Off we go. Wait....it smells like it's running a little too rich. What's that I can....ah. Fuel leak - thankfully just a loose pipe / clamp, retightened and cleaned up - all good. Onwards! Pulled up at the MOT station and noticed some steam coming up from the front. Not a big deal, old cars. Wait, no that's a lot of steam.... Bugger. Looks like that small weep turned into a larger weep on the way and it prompty emptied itself all over the floor. Boo! The offending hole: Filled back up - pisses out again. Hoorah. He was happy to take it and not let it idle on the ramp to save overheating - well - that's what he said - but it idled for a while on the ramp. Heaters were on max, temp didn't go over quarter way so should be all good. Fan cut in twice that I heard. Tense. After a short wait - would you believe it got a clean sheet! Just kidding - it failed: Not too awful. Inner and outer sill/jacking point on the passenger side, chassis rail rust hole, pads and rear plate. How hard can it be. I did also try some radweld / similar from the petrol station opposite the MOT place as a "get me home" - but it predictably did nothing. Was only a few quid. Gently drove the few miles to @Jikovron's place - pulling over 4 times to refill it with water, heater on max - just to be safe. Cap off to stop any pressure blowing the rad apart any more... Now - I've always wanted to learn to weld and I figure it's a good thing to know if you like driving around in old cars. The BX will need work in the next 6 months or so - and @Jikovron kindly offered to give me a hand (and using his welder/mask/gear) and work on the Volvo with me (well, lets be real, for me mostly). So, with me watching like a hawk taking in all the info I could about the process of cutting it out, grinding it back, fabricating the needed bits out of sheet metal, cardboard template, the lot - we got to work: Grim. That's not a happy patch. The inside was the real crusty bit - but I'm not stretch armstrong so no pics really. Let the cutting commence! mmmm. Bacon. Hello there Mr Jacking point. In the end we removed the jacking point entirely - and went as far back as we could until just good metal was left - whilst retaining as much of the original bits as we could for ease. Then began the templating.. Fits like a glove. After tacking it on - he was kind enough to let me have a go at my very first welds! Considering I've never touched a welder in my life (I can solder - that's kinda the same....) - I was fairly pleased. It's certainly a skill to hone over time. Blew a few holes on the left and missed a few times - but very enjoyable and fun. Of course we didn't leave it like that - this is a repair not a circus. Done by the pro of the two of us. Ooh look there is another small hole/rust gob just down from that. Lets give it a poke it can't be that bad... Toss. Well - best to do a good job than a bodge! Fast forward a bit... aaaand finished for the MOT: No filler - just metal and plenty of Zinc Primer. What was removed: Took a closer look at the patch - really shows why plating and forgetting isn't a good long term plan - I was amazed at how far back the damage went once we cut it all away: Weld on a patch, the welds attract rust, rust attracts more, old rust is sandwiched inbetween new metal/rust, moisture, repeat. Now lets take a look at that chassis rail... Ooh-er. Unmounted the exhaust for better access - and much grinding and fastforwarding later: Again - this was zinc primered and will be rustoleum'd ASAP. Now - front pads. How hard can it be to get pads for this from a motor factor? As it turns out - bloody impossible. Closest set was an hour and 20 each way and nearly £30. Can get them online but 2 - 5 day delivery - I want it now damn it! None of the usual suspects else even stocked them. So I had a ring around on Sunday - finding one open on a Sunday is hard in itself - I phoned one small local, independent place - and with a heavy sigh asked if they had any pads and gave them the reg. There was a long pause, some rustling, and then in a thick Yorkshire accent he said: "Would you believe me if I said I do?" They had been there so long they didn't have a price on them. We agreed a tenner over the phone, and I popped in the BX to drive the 15 minutes over there: Genuinely so lucky to find these, brand new, local to me, on a Sunday - at a rock bottom price. He said they have been on the shelf since the place opened 30 years ago. Absolutely mental. If anyone is local to Sheffield/Rotherham - Dearne Motor Spares might have what you need. Would recommend. Anyhow, old pads off: Tasty. Not much life left on those. Wind back the piston: And new ones in. No pictures of that as you all know what brake pads look like. Rear plate dodgy, thankfully there was a nice metal one in the boot, drilled two holes in it and swapped it. Old (half dismounted): New (well, the clear one): Now - ready for a retest. The only thing left to get it safely to the MOT place was seeing if we could fix that radiator leak.. You can see the slit in the metal that's causing the hassle. Rad has certainly seen better days. Popped off the bottom coolant hose, drained what was in it and dried it up. Poked some of the fins from around the leak to give some room to work - this is just a temporary fix so I'm not too fussed. Mixed together some two part epoxy and got to work giving it a good covering: Drier: Also cut off that bit of metal that was seemingly the cause of it as it was broken at the other end anyway. Filled it up cold, watched for leaks and dabbed with paper towel, seems to be holding.... Time check, 17:04. MOT place closes at 17:30, it's a drive in place to no need to book. 8 minutes away with traffic. Insurance done. Lets go. Cranked it, started....as I pulled the choke, click, stuck out and pinned at 2.5k - far from ideal. A quick bit of jiggery pokery behind the dash cowell to manually pull it back and sorted. Let it warm up - no bubbles in the coolant or rising so we can assume the head gasket is okay. Rad still not leaking. Now or never. Expansion cap on loosely to stop pressure building, off we go. Being 5PM there was a lot of traffic, got to the place around 17:17. Enroute it was a bit nervy - where there was so much water on the rad from when it was leaking there was a lot of steam as it evaporate off. Got out a couple times to check the repair, still holding and eventually went. Temp was fine all the way. They were just shutting up - but the chap squeezed in a look at it just before they shut - aaaaaaaaaaaaaand: Really couldn't be happier. 12 months to play with, BX has been saved the winter hopefully and time bought. I'd also like to take a second to really thank @Jikovron for his kindness, hard work and patience with this. Even when I left to go home on the Saturday - he forged on until 9:30PM or so doing the sill - off of his own back. He had no qualms explaining everything to me, from fabrication of the sheets, why certain paint was used, technique, no question was too small. Use of his driveway, tools, facilities, power - I don't know how to say how much I appreciate it. I'd like to also restate the point that he did a good 97% of the welding and cutting involved while I watched and learnt - I really can't thank him enough and owe him a debt of gratitude for letting me shadow him. If there were more people in the world like him - the world would be a much, much kinder place. Welding has always been one of those secret skills that seems so out of reach - to have the whole process demystified and learn it's not actually rocket science or out of the realms of learning - was really gratifying. I also learnt enough to take a look on Facebook/eBay for a welder - so I can start practicing myself on good metal instead of super thing 30 year old sills to hone the skill and get welding! Found this beauty for £50, local, with a bottle that had some gas in it, 5KG wire and some spare tips: Very similar to the one @Jikovron uses - which is why I went with it. We tried it late after the MOT and it works a treat. For £50 - it's a bargain. Some parting pictures, they'd look nice on some sort of themed calendar... Now to find a new radiator for it that isn't £250. Or a place that can repair this one and re-core it. We will see - and to get some paint, sort the garage so I can start welding myself....lots to do - but lots to be excited about. Onwards we forge!
    58 points
  34. Arrived and here it is
    57 points
  35. We’ll, after the warm welcome on the new members thread, thought I’d have a go at this… Fact is, both cars need work but are entirely useable and have both been out today on the fruitless hunt for E5 pez locally. I’ll add more about the Senators recommissioning work later and just add a couple more pics for now None of your posh 24V cow skin here mate, just blue, blue and more blue! Meanwhile, 15 years prior to 1992, interiors looked like this And you’d be following this in the outside lane Seems a lot of progress in a short time
    56 points
  36. That'll do. Could've done a better job with the filler with more patience, but then it wouldn't match the rest of the car 🤣
    56 points
  37. And I'm home! 1447 miles complete and effectively just about 3000 miles go get these two pictures 😅
    56 points
  38. At the request of @Dick Longbridge .... My recently acquired 66 Mustang coupe, I say mine but my 10 year old son, girlfriend and her dad all seem to be excessively keen on it. Sadly there was no collection fred as it's not yet UK registered and does need a bit of welding. I'd wanted to scratch the classic American car itch for a while and look at loads online and a few in person but many seemed horrendous full on resto jobs or a bit expensive - I saw a black one with red interior (perfect!) But it had some nasty paint defects and needed new tyres but the seller wouldn't negotiate on price. This one popped up a 2 weeks ago and seemed a good balance, I want something I can use and looks reasonably tidy for the money. It is allegedly a one owner California car with a reasonable stack of history and bills and was almost totally original and not chopped about, ran and importantly stopped and didn't appear to be leaking vital fluids (much) and was complete. Mechanically in the button it starts every time, the bodywork is somewhat battered from I'd guess being used as storage shelving - most horizontal surfaces have plenty of scratches and a few dings and there are a few weird dents down either side from stuff falling against it. The paint.. is there it had a blow over 14 years ago (for $4700!) And they threw in every paint problem, scratches, sanding Mark's, micro blistering, blotches, thick and thin patches, orange peel - you name it, though from 10 feet away it's almost presentable. Given I only want it for a year I'm not spending out on fixing it... probbaly. It doesnt appear to have been crashed, bent or chopped around, and even has it's original hubcaps. Bad bits: Something I think got tipped over in the rear passenger seat and rotted through the seat pan and the rear floorplan seam, (there is a thick bituminous sound deadening pad right where the floor used to be!) and its mighty religious. The rest if the underside and panel are remarkably free of rust tho it will need some panel alignment in the front wings, boot and bonnet (I'd be guessing most if it stems from the quality* paintjob. Rear seatwell. The seller even included part of the rear passenger floorpan so its jsut the bit under the rear seat that needs buying/fabricating it's a reasonably flat panel so not hard to fit. Rear footwell. That's about it, I mean there are other bits - the cardboard ventilation ducting under the dash is falling apart, some bits if the interior are pretty shagged (dash top and front footwell plastic kick panels above the carpet) and the headliner is fairly sad looking and it needs new front and rear screen seal (already have them) So far I've washed jt and polished the dents and scratches. De rusted the lower dash mostly. Fixed the horn. Fitted RHD headlights, tho j shield away from the rears as it involves wiring for the snazzy LED conversions. Next up is the welding and my GF's dad has offered to do it/tutor me. He is isn't love with it so he most certainly needs to go to specsavers..... LED rear brake/indicators. New wipers, new front and rear screen seals and a check up and tune up. Both engine and gearbox oil are very clean tho a bit overful, I suspect a lack of use and probably over cautious owners jzut adding a bit more "in case" - the same couple had it at least 40 years. Driving so far has been limited to getting it in and out if the garage for a wash and a few trips 200 meters up the back access road behind my house to the garage. Steering is.. American vauge and breaking was crap tho the master was almost out if fluid- topped off the brake fees way better and duena t go halfway to the floor before something happens.
    55 points
  39. I've been offered a car today, apparently a 1 owner from new, he won it on holiday in 1982 in Scarborough whist staying at a hotel, he's owned it ever since but is now 81 and is too scared to drive it but I must say the body work is mint. I'm not sure what it's worth or if I really have room for it? .
    55 points
  40. Aren't I lucky? I was only trying to sell a car and now I've been offered a job!
    54 points
  41. Did a collection mission yesterday… went in the Volvo, but came back with a baby rather than another car! Decided to keep us on our toes by arriving 10 days early! But all is well…
    54 points
  42. Cable ties have been holding the exhaust up since before Christmas. Quick look about to make sure nothing has been leaking. I had to shorten the rearward part of the mid section to allow the back box to fit. Then the mid section was welded back together as it had been cut to enable shipping. It was now gas tight, so it got a bit of a drive around the yard. Just the pinstripes left to do now. (Plus putting the front mudflaps back on, as I've found some better fixings for them!)
    53 points
  43. Here is a pic of the rig.
    53 points
  44. Robin

    My MK1 espace problem.

    Hello. I have a lot of Renault espaces. Consider this thread as an admission of guilt, but I also need your help. I have a lot of these cars, but never enough. I'm on the hunt for a quadra especially but I'm actually just looking to save more in general more than anything. If you know of any owners, please put me in touch. I actually posted a hand written letter to a house I saw on street view with one on the drive last week, and even contacted a water company through Facebook to find the owner of one that someone else on Facebook spotted on their travels. It's a drug problème but I'm going with it and sticking with it. I've met some wonderful people whilst collecting these cars, parts, and breakers. Here are a few photos of mine. My plea to you is to please put me in touch if you know owners who may be persuaded to sell, a quadra is next on the list be it from the UK or whether I just end up finding one in Europe later in the year. I am absolutely serious about saving as many as I can both as a financial investment to myself but also as just excellent cars I know inside and out that are slowly becoming nonexistent. Likewise I have a very very large stock of parts, almost three full MK1 facelift injection cars in bits, so if you know someone in need please point them in the direction of "musee de l'espace" (me barn) My reward to you is a sunset photo of one that I sold. Then I bought it back because I'm *definitely okay. *definitely not okay
    52 points
  45. With the MOT date looming I thought I'd had better crack on and get it finished, having spent a solid 7 hours on it today it's now looking much better. I've polished all the paintwork, I thought the welded repair came out well. I've since ran some stone chip along the bottom of the sill to protect it, I had a play with some coachlines again I decided I quite liked them so nipped to Halfords and bought a roll to fit, I'm not sure if there's a right or wrong way up to fit them? I then spent ages cleaning the car up, the results speak for themselves I think. Much better i hope you agree! It's not perfect, you can see a where I've blown the paint in but all in all I'm pretty happy with it, I'll be even happier tomorrow if it passes!
    52 points
  46. DodgyBastard

    FOAD's fleet

    Back up at 10 cars now!
    51 points
  47. It's been about a decade since I had the opportunity to go car shopping, I've been lucky enough to have had a little selection of super cheap cars fall into my lap, a free Punto, a free MX5 that I got 2 summers out of and a P2 V70 that has had a slipping clutch and multitude other issues for the 3years I've had it. Sensing the imminent end of the V70 and the 940 being nowhere near ready to see the road again, I had been looking to a find myself a cheap, interesting, reliable daily. First things first, see the Volvo off. It's been a decent car, easily the best £170 car I'll probably ever have. A bit thirsty, but very comfortable, I don't like scrapping cars if it can be helped and was sad to see it go but I'm not spuffing £1200 on a clutch. I wanted something I'd not had before, a 4wd, but I also wanted to save some fuel which narrowed down the options. After looking at some awful Freelanders, a couple of nice CVRs, I actually ended up going back to buy one of the first cars I looked at, a mk1 HR-V Joy Machine! It's a low mile (57k) D16W1/manual, with the optional Type V Blue interior, that has obviously been looked after and used sparingly, there a couple of dings to take out, touching up of chips then a damn good clean and polish, but I'm fairly happy with it. And now my driveway looks like this! Super stuff.
    51 points
  48. eddyramrod

    The grumpy thread

    Wife update: she's home! Minus gallbladder, but plus a big line of staples across her tum. She hasn't enjoyed hospital but really, who does? I'm just glad to have her back.
    51 points
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