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  1. For as long as I can remember I have been aware of a dead K-prefix Mondeo saloon languishing on the drive of a house about two streets away from here. It had obviously been sat there for many years without moving. I kept meaning to drop a note through the door enquiring about it, but as always I never got round to it. Until now. With Bob the Renault 6 currently on hold pending a possible sale after lockdown and the Maxi mothballed due to lack of places to take it to I was getting bored, so last Friday I did just that. Things moved on very rapidly from there. Timeline: Saturday morning
    133 points
  2. vulgalour

    1951 Lanchester LD10

    Well... that escalated quickly. Thank you to Autoshite for once again being the enablers that you are. Now, which one of you horrible lot wants to buy my BX to make up for what you made me do?
    103 points
  3. I think we can all agree that lockdown was a difficult time for many. With less actual work to do I had more time to take stock off just how many projects I have ongoing, realistically i don't have time to progress all of them as much as is needed - Red Rebel, Scimitar SS1, Capri, Boat, etc etc. Thinking about that was a bit depressing so instead I bought a small aluminium bodied electric car with a rotten steel space frame chassis and £1200 of missing batteries to add to the project queue! First three photos taken outside the previous owners house where its been sat s
    98 points
  4. My Triumph Acclaim Avon Turbo!
    93 points
  5. RobT

    Morris 1300

    As mentioned in News 24, last week I did a buy. It's effectively a two owner from new car, as the bloke I bought it from had only owned it for three months. He's got 13 other ADO16s, so decided he'd better have a clearout... As blind impulse purchases go I think I've done alright. The same giffer owned it from 1979, there's 69,900 on the clock, and it's only done 860 odd miles in 16 years. Oddly he kept getting it MoTd until 2017 despite it being exempt. The history is clean too, with only advisories for ball joint dust covers, CV gaitors, tyres perishing and a few other bits. P
    88 points
  6. Yeah, so this started with one of those slightly cryptic Facebook posts on a local classic car club group: Hmm. Maybe it's actually a 14 if it's really 40 years old? But absolutely none of those have been on my radar locally for at least 20 years. Possibly an 18? Enquiries were made and I tracked down the car: Ah, ok an actual 19 then, with suspected track rod end issues. Despite appearances, actually in regular use up until autumn 2019 when the insurance ran out and it was parked up. Go on then! Started up easy enough, helped by a newish looking battery,
    84 points
  7. Low effort thread warning: I bought this Galaxie after seeing it on the bay with ~10mins left to run. Coolest thing I've ever seen in my life but my goal for 2019 was to not buy any cars. One high adrenaline, guilty bid later and I've completely ruined my life. Called the guy up and asked could I drive it home. He said "not a hope in hell" It was in a barn in the US for 25yrs sitting and rotting. Imported to the UK in May 2019. Old mate was a classic rally man back in his day and had one exactly like this back in the 70s. He planned on restoring it but had a f*cking awful r
    83 points
  8. I need to cut down on my screen time, I seem to spend far too much time on Facebook and AS. Yesterday was one of those times and I spotted a little Visa for sale very locally. It had been left semi abandoned in a yard and had disappeared under a row of conifer trees. The yard was being extended and the overgrown area cleared and out popped this little Citroen. All 652cc of it (2CV engine!) I was expecting a right rot box but amazingly I can’t find any real grot anywhere, the odd patch of sill has surface* rust which should clean up OK, the flange on the bulkhead where the spare w
    83 points
  9. Skizzer

    Skizzer’s shedlife

    I’ve decided to pull my various occasional shite exploits together in one thread, so that they are easier either to find or to avoid depending on your preference. This is that thread. By way of introduction, I have a dozen or so old cars in varying states of functionality, legality and obscurity. Most are from the 1970s and 1980s, which is definitely my era. Eight of them (and a Lancia that belongs to someone else) live in two sheds I rent near my home in South Wales. I am not a competent mechanic. That said, I’ll have a go, and I’ve learned a lot over the yea
    83 points
  10. cort1977

    Sierra V8

    Evening all, After wanting to do this for many years I have bitten the bullet and made a start on my V8 Sierra project. I saw this heap on ebay last week, got some good advice on a thread I started which was mainly to leave it because it was overpriced and shit. I ignored this advice and went ahead with it because I'm an idiot. So yesterday morning this turned up at my door. Initial thought was 'what the fuck have I done?', the drivers window was hanging half open, the sunroof was open, the Mondeo alloys were horrible and it was filthy and rusty. Top tip, don't buy s
    81 points
  11. plasticvandan

    1925 Trojan

    A rare thread from me, inspired by the super sentinel thread and now being on furlough for three months I thought I would start a thread on what I'm doing,though progress had been rapid so far so no doubt other projects will get done too! A bit if background,after years of wanting a vintage car,to complement his vintage bikes,my dad bought this 1925 Trojan Utility car in late 2018. A well known car with a trials history dating back to the late 1920s,heres a pic of it now and in 1929: Anyway the engine had supposedly had some work done on it before he got it and my dad drov
    81 points
  12. Boom!!! One brown Nova! My view as I walked out the front door... So yes, wasn’t too hard to work out that it is indeed a Brown Nova. The story of my username is that my very first car was a Brown Nova (but in SR hatchback flavour) and it was well known (and ridiculed) among my friends at the time. when @cms206 shared one for sale on my facespace I was determined to resist... but my willpower isn’t strong. So brown.... Massive respect to @worldofceri who had it at my door at 7am so I wasn’t late for work, quick look round suggests
    80 points
  13. As some may of seen in my other thread, I became the owner of a 1988 Fiat Croma I.E Super today, my first venture into old cars after passing my test in October! 32,000 miles from new, even have the original bill of sale for £8995! Needs some attention before I can start using it, most noticeably a lumpy idle, cut out on me a couple of times on the way home. Everything seems to work alright apart from the speedo which just jumps up and down at will and I’m pretty sure the steering is a lot heavier than it’s supposed to be so that’ll need looking at. I’m not to knowledgeable mechanica
    79 points
  14. Back on the lorry, I cleaned up the new scuttle and uncovered a load of rust (surprise surprise) I don't mind the odd pinhole, but that was too much. So: Thats better Next, because I had chopped it out, the ends of the new scuttle were missing. I had to extend it to replace the bits 'left behind' in the scrap cab: Made it over-long with the idea that I would chop it down to fit. Had to do lots of measuring to be reasonably sure the 'extension' would sit comfortably against the front wing, the bulkhead and the scuttle drains. OK that will do!!
    79 points
  15. Car viewed, car collected, I approve, Fowler the Volvo expert approves. Now to drive it home!
    78 points
  16. Skizzer

    Skizzer’s shedlife

    Haven’t found any rust. 75k on the clock. Runs super sweetly. Seats are like new, and incredibly comfortable. Interior plastics are the cheesiest ever, and brilliant. Haven’t driven it yet, because lockdown. I love it.
    78 points
  17. To go with the big stupid Toyota Supra. Which decided to drop one of its repeater lenses on a road somewhere.. after randomly losing its nose badge at 70mph.. which are £100 used. Fucksake. ANYWAY, this is about another big stupid dumb white car with terrible MPG because I sure do love buying four hundred gallons of petrol at a time. I put my Range Rover L322 Supercharged on eBay because I fucking hate the thing and its millions of computers that throw a fit if the battery drops below a perfect voltage. Got very little in the way of interest, I had it priced correctly but no one is b
    76 points
  18. Treated myself to a late 40th birthday present today. I'm mega excited, I've wanted a Sprint since being a kid, especially a yellow one so jumped on this when I was offered it. Drove down to Potters Bar this morning to view it and fell in love straight away, it's a million miles away from my old 1500 SE, it's a rip roaring monster which will probably financially ruined me bit it's worth it! It's being delivered by the owner on Tuesday as he gets free train travel and it saved me having to insure and going back again. Definitely my favourite car I've ever bou
    75 points
  19. BUMP 4 A REAL THREAD Y0!!!! (Little in-joke there for our older members) I bet you thought you'd seen the last of this eyesore on here. Well BAD LUCK as I still have it and its not going anywhere just yet (actually perhaps thats not a surprise) I ended up not touching it for about 8 months after getting demoralised at how long it was taking to get anywhere with it. I think I've had it 2 years now and have not even got the bastard through its MOT! I am in my mid-40's, in decent health, I have an alright wage coming in from my 9-to-5 job and no kids so I reckoned I should be able
    72 points
  20. HI GUYS, WHATS UP? REMEMBER TO LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE After a year of very little vehicular tinkering, mostly due to lack of time and monies, I am just as broke but back fettling festering fucking heaps. If you've been here long enough to remember 'bump for a real thread', why the best Peugeot 405s have 20p stuck in the handbrake or the significance behind D701 SWL then you may remember me from such hits as welding up a chronically rotten Lancia Y10 or pouring LHM all over the local area in an incontinent XM AND MUCH MUCH MORE Between then and now I have been mostly
    71 points
  21. I know i posted about this on the News 24 thread but i thought i'd start it's own thread, just because. I've known the car for a few years as it's owner and his wife took it to all the local car shows and came to our East Coast Retros car meet every month without fail, sadly his lovely wife passed away in January and the owner couldn't bear driving it anymore so did what all grieving widows do and put it up for sale and bought a immaculate 1975 Jaguar XJ6L. This was where i got involved, it got posted onto my FB group for a good price, Mrs Trigger saw it and declared her love for it and i
    71 points
  22. Ever wondered what happened to this Visa you all helped to save? The answer is it ran out of MOT and ended up needing to be saved again! Dodgy Bastard leapt for the save when he heard of its plight, only to find the owner's brother had moved it to another location because of a traffic warden in the area. The same brother then arranged with a local garage to get it off the road and put it though an MOT, but it failed, although not badly. Mrs6C spoke to the owner who explained while he had enjoyed his Visa over the years, he was no longer able to take care of it due to now looking
    71 points
  23. Long time lurker, never actually posted anything about any of my old bangers until now. Might be interesting, might not... I've now had this old XR3 for 11 years and, when I first bought it, was an utter shed and, frankly, was only really fit for scrap. On the day I bought it, I drove it back to Portsmouth from Bristol, in which time it burnt and leaked its way through an entire sump worth of oil, subsequently the lifters lost pressure and buggered up the camshaft just outside Southampton... since then its spent more time off the road than on, had a complete engine rebuild, front and rear
    70 points
  24. OK let me give you an update on BOJACK_HORSEBOX So last time I was getting ready to weld up the drivers side. Hopefully it would not be any worse than the passenger side, but at least I now knew how to go about grafting the new bits in. Started by slicing out the worst of it, on the same lines I'd used on the pass side Although the scuttle is even more rotten on this side, the inner cab side panel is not quite so bad and i didnt need to remake the top of that. Does need a clean-up and some Jenolite though!! Heres what I chopped out. Seriously about 70% o
    70 points
  25. I think, rather than try digging up my various threads, it might make sense to start a new one. I'm back from Antipodean travels, though yet to wake up the fleet from its slumbers. That's the (clockwise from far left) Daewoo Matiz (out of shot), Reliant Fox, Invacar, Toyota Tercel (acquired two days before departure and quite rotten), 2CV and CityRover. While I was away, the MOTs lapsed on the Matiz, CityRover and 2CV. The Fox isn't entirely suitable for driving, the Tercel even less so and the Invacar has ended up full of magazines. So, resurrecting any of them was a bit o
    68 points
  26. Hey gang hows things. Although my Croma is behaving itself and doing a sterling job of my 500 mile/wk commuting regime, I have always had a (failry mild) roving eye for something else that might just be a bit more comfortable and nicer to drive. When Bramz advertised his Volvo S80 D5 for just £350, and then tempted me further with an offer to deliver it for £50, I couldn't resist. Sure enough, at the end of Feb it arrived chez moi: Its a D5 model, 189k on the clock, black leather etc. Looks super tidy but Bramz did warn me it had a few issues: Timing belt of unknown a
    68 points
  27. WSE's holiday 2cray20 - India and Nepal. Amusingly managed to occur just as COVID-19 became big and the airport on the way home was full of western tourists wearing dust masks from Screwfix. Brilliant. It begins, checking in a Lidl bag as usual at LGW. Flying Emirates (it was the cheapest option), I had a few hours to kill in Dubai airport so I caught the metro into the old town for a look around - I figured it would be only walkable part of the city. From the train's windows I could just about make out the city's main glitzy attractions but the air is heavily polluted and hazy
    68 points
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  29. twosmoke300

    Fiat 500 survivor

    Managed to snare this little honey on FB marketplace . Local ish and a good honest seller who kept it for me as I was the first ( of many ) that made contact . Mot until sept next year with lovely history , two owners and only 45k . I viewed it in the dark and pissing down rain on Thursday night but figured it was worth the £250 asking so did the deal and dropped it to a nearby mates place . Collected today in dry daylight by the girlfriend who has now claimed it to replace the Ex Fatharris Rover 200 . I can’t believe how tidy , original and rust free this little thing is . Mec
    67 points
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  31. Driving around all day everyday I get to see a fair amount of old chod on the roads and rusting rammel on driveways. Been meaning to do this thread for some time now, so here’s what I’ve seen over the past few months.
    66 points
  32. Massive thanks to @worldofceri for fetching this from @strangeangel’s gaff for me. What a terrible idea.
    66 points
  33. I have done a buy. Always wanted one since as long as I can remember. Especially a basically doubly cursed VDP. Anyway, I promise to get more detailed photos of the picnic tables when it arrives!
    66 points
  34. 36 years old. No advisories. ???? MOT ✅
    66 points
  35. Edit: This is longer than initially anticipated. As some will have noticed, Mr cms206 of this parish reckons the death knell for the SVM is close with his recent purchase of a Saab. Going with the fact I still have a 100% Volvo fleet, as does Mr rml2345 of this parish I would personally say it's just diversification. Especially considering the amount of non Volvos cms206 has had these days. This aforementioned diversification continues a pace. Although the paperwork still needs to be done, I have some non Volvo incoming. Background: My aunt got the above pictured 205 bac
    65 points
  36. Collecting Saturday..................
    65 points
  37. It was suggested I should start a thread. Your wish is my command. Today was supposed to be Drive It Day so if it could be driven, I drove it (only round the block) and the one that couldn’t (the Herald) was at least dragged out of the garage. For some time, the editor of Floating Power ( the Traction Owners Club magazine) has been running a “What’s in your garage?” feature. I’ve been wanting to send a photo of everything together on the drive but I’ve never managed to arrange it. Today was that day. Ther weather was perfect. Everything started on the button ( I had preloaded the Chrysle
    65 points
  38. Vantman

    BX---Sold and gone.

    No collection thread or fuel station shots as i opted to have it collected and transported to me instead of suffering public transport. The BX Meteor diesel automatic as previously owned by The Doctor and Faberge Greggs now resides on my drive awaiting a bit of fettling in early July by my local Citroen specialist. It's nice to have another BX on the drive ready for a daily drive.
    65 points
  39. This thing caught my eye in the eBay tat thread about a month ago. UltraWomble went out of his way to take a look for me and gave it the all clear. That weekend I drove from Retford to Preston, where the car was located, to take a look. I liked it but the owner, who overall is a good guy, gave me some flannel about his neighbours grassing him up for being a dealer if I took it for a test drive. I eventually managed a short drive around the block, it seemed OK. Unusually for me I couldn't make up my mind, so left it and went home to think about it, the seller I think had convinced himself I was
    65 points
  40. 4.40am. 436.6 miles and three weeks after leaving Cobham, I am home, I am broken and my nerves are FUCKED. That said... if you had asked me 434.6 miles ago how I thought I was getting home, I can almost guarantee you I wouldn't have said "by Hyundai", but the old girl got us home. Fuel filter replacement top of the list, some of the hills on the M74 were 40mph shots and by the time we saw the Glasgow City Council signs cruising speed was down to 50-ish mph from a peak of 75. When she's on song... wow. Sweet sounding, eager and gutsy. Just need to get more fuel down her.
    65 points
  41. In the 'end of year tat accounts' thread, I made mention of a 420GSi arriving on the scene (quite unexpectedly I might add). So with nothing much else happening this new year's afternoon, I'll make an introduction... Anoraks will note the fog lamps indicate this is a Turbo, and the Coventry registration means that it was also a Rover Group Company Vehicles car when new (27th August 1993). I do wonder if anyone ever actually ordered one of these at their Rover dealer, or did all 300 of them have a year with Rover, helping to make the price a bit more down to earth for the first prop
    64 points
  42. A few months ago, I agreed to reluctantly* add to the collection at home, and went to collect said vehicle. The collectee had sat for over 6 years, and whilst we got it going, it ran rough and being an auto refused to drive out onto the road so I could get my trailer winch cable to it, so I gave up when it started to rain. A month or so later, I went back, got it running a bit better but still not well enough to drive. However, being well organised, this time I had taken a tow rope to drag it onto the road, whereby I could attach the winch rope, however it was at this point I realised I had le
    64 points
  43. Here's my 1991 Rover Metro 1.1C. Full poverty spec, but with exotic optional extras such as a sunroof (that doesn't leak) and a fancy radio. It's a 4-speed so it's a bit noisy on motorways and the trim rattles are absurd! Take it on a B-road though and it's bloody good fun. Somehow, it doesn't understeer. It's got an insane amount of grip, but does go a little vague if you really punt it in to a corner. It'll still grip though. Anyway, I do 80 miles a day in it so here's where I'm gonna post all my inevitable break-downs and tinkering sessions that will see a 19-year old n
    63 points
  44. Well. It's been a very, very, very, very long time since I had something French in my life. After scouring ebay for quite some time and being put off by intergalactic mileages and just stupid prices for piles of potential shite, I have done the entirely AS thing and bought one of these: Yes, a white 1996 Renner Espace Mk2. It has low 80K on the clock, a few foibles such as a temperamental passenger window, a heater control that only likes to be on '4', a back box that needs top have its clamp loosened and the back box twisting slightly to be better aligned, a couple of very smal
    63 points
  45. nigel bickle

    Trabbing

    Recall us exhuming this 2 stroke last Spring, and dragging it back from the West Country? well, today this happened- finally. As you can see, we missed a couple of minor items, but we rebuilt the whole damn front end, that had seized solid. Everything - brakes, suspension, steering etc Anyway, it’s back road legal- first time since 1995, Do I use it through winter, or wait till Spring? On to the 4 stroke Wartie next- have a nice Scirocco transplant awaiting!
    63 points
  46. Just over two years ago (at the time of writing) I left my job. I was working for DHL, driving a lorry on a distribution contract for Network Rail. It was reasonably well paid, reasonably unstressful work and I enjoyed it; But working for a large company, as most of us know, has it’s frustrations. You get to know what is right with the job, and you know what is wrong with it. But all those little things that are wrong will never change, and they irk after a while. So you can either be philosophical about it and crack on, or you can become belligerent and moan incessantly about it to anyon
    62 points
  47. RobT

    The new news 24 thread

    I've done a buy. Having been floored by the poxy virus for two weeks and finally having some energy again, I felt like treating myself. It's the one that appeared in the tat thread, and despite being a bit ropey is perfect for bombing around in locally (seeing as that's all we can do at the moment). I had it delivered this morning so I didn't have unnecessary contact with people, and feeling bold I took it on an essential run to Sainsbury's. Paintwork is flat, but for an ADO16 it's mostly solid, and despite only doing 800 miles in 14 years the engine runs really well.
    62 points
  48. So this morning i decided to try and get it booked in for a mot, the trouble is since I've moved my old trusted mot station is about 20 mins away across town and as the car hasn't been driven for 10 years and still on it's old fuel so i wasn't keen on going too far down the A14 so booked it in at a local station, one i haven't used before. I spent all morning brewing about it, will it pass, what will the emissions be like, will it be some young lad who's over strict and pulls the car to pieces, i was needlessly stressing, I took it down there, in the pissing rain, straight in and t
    62 points
  49. Hi Guys , After about 6 years absence I am back . Big thanks to Beko1987 and Chaseracer for managing to sort my forgotten email address and password . Anyway a lot has happened in 6 years and the cars we (my other half and I ) have seemed to accumulate is a total of 43 vehicles . I am completely out of control and off the rails . I just can't say no ! Anyway to start off with this was a car I rescued last year . A 1979 Datsun 160j sss. She is incredibly rotten but I am slowly finding the panels I need but these things take time with obscure cars and of course a lot of
    61 points
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