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    Essex V6 reacted to dome in Domes shonky autos - Manta progress!   
    OK, update time. 
    Being deceased spec I have the interesting problem of not knowing what has and hasn't been done to it. I went on a wee explore.
    Racy shifter-it does feel really good to be fair

    Coilovers. Might have a play with the damping but need to drive it a bit more first.
    The ashtray looked a bit past its best. 

    Handily in the rear I found a new replacement cubby the PO had bought so I fitted that.

    Then went for a drive.

    This will take a bit of getting used to, being in the wrong place and all...
    It was on 1/4 of a tank but only took 30 litres. It has a 64 litre tank🤔 It turns out the 4wd models have such a convoluted fuel tank shape that the sender can only read the upper half of the tank. Once it drops below half a tank it accurately* guesses where the gauge should be based on the trip computer. No need to worry about that then...
    I went for a drive after this. On Saturday I'd noticed the brakes didn't feel great. I thought at first that the EBC Red Stuff pads on the front maybe needed some heat in them or that it might have a sticky caliper from sitting for a while. After some gentle* driving the pedal went VERY long. Something clearly wasn't right. A look underneath showed a leak from above the gearbox. From my limited 911 knowledge I guessed exactly what this was-there's a brake line routed over the engine to the RHS rear wheel which is an arse to replace allegedly. Porsche will charge you the price of engine removal to change the pipe😮
    I limped it to a services and was relieved of a comical amount of money for a litre of brake fluid. Itdidn;t take that much to fill the reservoir though. More limping got it home. 
    On Wednesday I got a chance to give it a prod. I'd checked the brake lines when it was up on the ramp and saw that they had all been replaced by copper lines. Or so I thought.
    What had actually happened was that the line going over the engine had been cut as far up as it could go and copper line joined to the original steel line which was still there. It had failed at one of the unions.
    Luckily the copper lines from the junction block under the sill and at the caliper end came undone easily and I could chop up and drag out the remainder of the old line. I'm not a fan of adding any more unions that absolutely necessary to a brake system and this is the perfect example why. 
    So, guess I'd better drop the engine then?
    Don't be silly. 
    Some kunifer line was purchased along with new unions. Instead of routing it over the engine (which would have been done purely for assembly reasons I'm sure) I routed it over the gearbox crossmember and then followed the line of the original as much as possible. 

    Can we ignore the sills? They are solid but need tidied. Remember the bill for the respray form 2 years ago?😑
    The other lines are copper believe it or not, they have been painted though. Fuck knows why.

    Maybe a wee bit too much brake line there...

    Can we ignore the scotch block on the brake pad sensor? We're all friends here. I think we can.
    Handily the thing pretty much bled itself and now has working brakes. I'll maybe give the full thing a bleed at some point though just because I like creating work for myself sometimes....
    Road trip tomorrow so fingers crossed I can get some miles on it and get some confidence in it, as is always the way with a new car. 
    This is currently with my tame mechanic Craig to do a transmission fluid change and change a couple of front arms. Both jobs that would be frankly a collosal pain in the ass without a lift.


    That doesn't look bad for its first change in 160k miles!
    There's seals on the mechatronics gubbins that need changed too, this involved dropping the trans mount.

    He's got that back together and just needs to check the level when it's at a certain temp and then it's done.
    @GingerNuttzhas been working his magic on this. The Duratec is in and mounts are made up.

    I dropped off some Land Rover V8 engine mounts to Davey today. The may or may not fit so I may need some advice on other mounts-I'll post up if that's the case to wrack the collective brains.
    Other than that the rust is  pretty much gone and he's nearly ready to fit the bodykit. Amazingly for a 40 year old car things seem to fit not too badly so far.


    Looks good!

    @gingernutz says we won't need to attach this, he can run REALLY fast
    And that is that for now. It's pishing down here so I can't be arsed doing anytihng, I really need to tidy the garage though...
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    Essex V6 reacted to dome in Domes shonky autos - Manta progress!   
    It's a manual(of course it fucking is) Carrera 4 from 2000 on 141k miles
    So, a few things happened recently to remind me that life is short. Follow your dreams and all that.
    After carefully looking at 6 of these over the last week I did the right thing and bought the cheapest one.
    Shouldn't have any engine problems

    Or bodywork problems

    So as soon as I fix the engine and bodywork problems she'll be reet🤦‍♂️
    It's deceased spec (not on a recent North Atlantic trip you'll be glad to hear) having been a chaps pride and joy for the past 8 years before he passed away.
    This means service history is sparse but so far I've found.
    So far I've found:
    An exhaust and intake combo that's frankly orgasmic.
    GT2 rear wing and wiper delete.
    Air con delete
    Correct Porsche rated Michelins all round which is frankly a miracle at the more exciting end of the market. 
    Recent brakes and coffin arms(well known suspension component that fails)

    Smaller than you'd think. Blue. Fast. Noisy. Epic. And that's just the van

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    Essex V6 reacted to danthecapriman in Project Capri. Back on the road! New earths.   
    I thoroughly enjoyed that, even though it was only a few minutes of driving it! 
    But, the important thing is, it can be driven. It has been driven. It’s finally complete enough to do that!
    It has however already shown a few issues that need addressing.
    Something is thumping around in the back! If you hit a bump in the road something is making a bid for freedom. I think it might be the spare wheel as it’s not secured yet.
    Tracking! It’s comical. As soon as I turned onto the road everything must have settled and the steering is out!
    Fuel gauge - still not playing ball. More investigation needed.
    Clutch - works fine but it definitely needs adjusting as the pedal is higher than the brake pedal by a fair bit.
    Brakes - I’m not sure if it’s just the fact they haven’t seen much use for a long time and they’re cleaning themselves up of all the surface rust etc from being stored or there’s still a bit of air in the system somewhere. They just feel a bit spongy and weak. I’ll bleed them through again I think.
    Other than that it went well I think! 
    Some bits to attend to first but I’m confident once it gets more use it’ll improve no end.
    Oh, and it’s desperately in need of a wash! 
    I’ve cleaned the glass off but the paint is incredibly dusty, loads of cobwebs and now yellow pollen dust all over it. 
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    Essex V6 got a reaction from mk2_craig in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman.   
    Years ago, I bought this Special - 550 sovs I think - whilst my 280 was away getting painted

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    Essex V6 reacted to richardmorris in The new news 24 thread   
    Just watched Johnny sideburns resurrect a 1983 bmw 6 series from a garage. It started and sounded fine, but looks rotten as a pear. Failed last pre-mot in 2002 for extensive rust. I do like these, since watching spencer for hire as a teenager.
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    Essex V6 reacted to SiC in The new news 24 thread   
    I agree that it's Limeflower. That said the two are very close together. 
    Maybe limeflower is when the painters don't clean their guns when changing from Green Mallard to harvest gold. 🤣
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    Essex V6 reacted to Dobloseven in The mystery of the 100 mile FE Victor   
    All this reminds me of a gentleman farmer in the village I grew up in. He'd always have an example of Vauxhalls biggest, bought new and changed regularly. After the demise of the PC models, he bought a FE Ventora. Back in the seventies, 4x4s and posh pickups weren't a thing and farmers would cheerfully cross fields in whatever they'd got. He spotted a pheasant on his land and set off in pursuit of it, shotgun loaded at the ready,on the back seat. WCPGW?Hole blown in roof, just above rear window. Local garage did a splendid repair, and car went through it's life with a patch on the factory black vinyl roof. 
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    Essex V6 reacted to Datsuncog in The mystery of the 100 mile FE Victor   
    I reckon the later FE models - with bigger lamps, smaller indicators and without the headlamp surround trim - look a bit less visually unbalanced at the front:

    Still would, though. I do love FE (and FD) Victors/ VXs/ Ventoras.
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    Essex V6 reacted to Dippy in The mystery of the 100 mile FE Victor   
    Guilty, I took a 4000 mile car in almost perfect condition sold my Audi A6 and went back to driving old cars everyday. I used it for everything I would have used the Audi for  over nearly 2 years and it never broke down.
    I did have to hit the starter  motor a couple of times and a couple of small jobs, rear brake cylinders and new exhaust and that was it. Took it to 16000 miles and strangely it wasn't  the winter that caused any damage but the summer sun on the velour and dash trims which started to fade.
    I used it to go quoting jobs for my business and Im sure I got more jobs as it proved a good ice breaker when turning up somewhere new.
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    Essex V6 reacted to barefoot in The mystery of the 100 mile FE Victor   
    The Mr Milner in this story was actually John Milner.
    He much preferred driving his '32 Ford coupe, 'I get way more poontang in my rod' as he used to say. Which is why the Vauxhall remained hidden away.
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    Essex V6 got a reaction from richbraith in Giovanni the Lancia Thema V6.   
    I nearly bought a turbo years ago. In more recent years, I had the opportunity to drive an 8.32 which was a great experience. Seem to recall you really had to take it by the scruff of the neck to get the best out of it!
    oh and the electric rear headrests - mental
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    Essex V6 got a reaction from mercedade in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman.   
    Years ago, I bought this Special - 550 sovs I think - whilst my 280 was away getting painted

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    Essex V6 got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman.   
    Years ago, I bought this Special - 550 sovs I think - whilst my 280 was away getting painted

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    Essex V6 got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman.   
    Years ago, I bought this Special - 550 sovs I think - whilst my 280 was away getting painted

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    Essex V6 reacted to BorniteIdentity in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman.   
    Today - Twitter reminded me of the photograph that started this whole caper nearly seven years ago.  This was the main picture from the eBay listing.

    Archived here for prosperity.
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    Essex V6 reacted to MorrisItalSLX in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman.   
    The 1100 Special is my all time favourite Mini.
    Just enough extras and trinkets to make it feel special and fancy, but not tacky and overdone.

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    Essex V6 reacted to BorniteIdentity in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman.   
    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.

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    Essex V6 reacted to Spottedlaurel in My life in cars   
    An enjoyable trip down memory lane Trig! Quite a few I've seen, some I've even had the pleasure of driving, others I'd forgotten about or never caught up with.
    The blue Escort Mk4 was a decent thing, owned by a very nice older lady from new, and I'm still a bit sad I never got to have it myself for a while but I was unexpectedly offered a Camry V6.
    Can't believe it's already seven years ago since you had the Dolomite down at that amusing midwinter meet-up in Essex:
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    Essex V6 reacted to CrapCarNerd in My life in cars   
    I remember when you bought this on RetroRides and followed it with real excitement! I'd really wanted a Red 1.3 mk3 Escort for years especially in 3 door form. This one was such a bargain at £500 and looked great in Sunburst Red. Did it survive do you know? I paid 3 times that for mine in 2013.

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    Essex V6 reacted to motorpunk in Shite racing. 24 hours of Lemons, 'merica, October.   
    And in print again. https://alternativecars.co

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    Essex V6 reacted to sutty2006 in The new news 24 thread   
    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.
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    Essex V6 reacted to Rust Collector in The new news 24 thread   
    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.

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    Essex V6 reacted to trigger in The new news 24 thread   
    I got my Dolomite back from the barn at the weekend after not seeing it for months, amazingly it fired straight up, even the battery was full charged and it drove back home perfectly.
    I can't get over how good condition this 1850 is, everything works other than the speedo under reading which is a worry as i think i have have sped through a average speed camera on the A12 on the way home, (doing 60mph instead of a indicated 50mph 😒) There's no rust anywhere apart from the chassis that i stupidly crushed with a axle stand and there's no rattles or squeaks, amazing for a mid 70s BL car!
    Again as i had the camera out i thought I'd take a load of photos!

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    Essex V6 reacted to Ghosty in The new news 24 thread   
    Yesterday was one hell of a day. Sold the green MX5 to a lad from Portsmouth who met me in Northampton and had a handshake so firm I'm pretty sure it dislocated my little finger. 
    Then bought a Civic, go figure. 
    It's had a lot spent on it, the girl selling it was working in a technical role for the Mercedes F1 team and pretty hands on, she's done the cambelt, all the servicing etc for it to need nothing for a long time. The owner before her had had it since 1994... 
    It supposedly had a fault where it didn't like starting when it was cold, but was fine when it warmed up - it would turn freely and had spark etc, but wouldn't fire. She suspected it was the coil and had rebuilt the whole distributor. 
    Jumping it off another car didn't help, while we tried to work out what was up we left it connected to the other car. There was a non-zero chance that the cambelt had jumped teeth - but it'd have to have been a big jump for it to not fire at all, and that didn't make sense if it was turning freely. Despondent, gave the key one last turn and it just started instantly. 
    There was one thing she hadn't replaced. 
    A fucking Lion battery. 
    Got the car home as it's far too good to pass up - going to change the battery and see what happens. It can't be much. 
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    Essex V6 reacted to richbraith in Giovanni the Lancia Thema V6.   
    I've just done something brave.  I've imported a 31 year old Lancia.

    I had a Thema, it was a 16 valve TURBO, it was gold, it had lovely green alcantara, it would have been FAST had it ever worked, but sadly it was broken in many complex and headscratching ways.   Having bought it on the promise of restoration, after some considerable time of it lurking in the back of his workshop like an ominous presence the gentleman I bought it from went "Bollox to this" and refunded me.  So I no longer had a Thema.  Sad times.  Because although even having a broken Lancia Thema makes you cooler than the average person, it would be nice to have one that worked sometimes.

    So I resolved to find another.  Not an easy task.

    And so here's Giovanni, a 1992 Thema V6.  He's from the Netherlands, he was bought from a dealer in South Holland, and he has the 2.8 PRV engine (boo, I hear you Volvoists say, but this is a later, much better development with EFi, it sounds marvellous and Thema owners really rate it).   Being Dutch, he also has the steering wheel on the correct side, though not for the UK which is backward.  But we'll get used to that.  He arrived in the dead of night on Sunday, and so far he's been confined to being reversed into the barn and a blast down the few hundred yards of farm track.

    He needs either a battery or an alternator, as he does not go without a jump and even running him for half an hour doesn't mean that he'll go again (spoiler; he won't), there's an exhaust leak which I think is coming from the centre pipe, and there's an indicator bulb out.  After a bit of fettling he'll be in for a test and then I'll start the process of registering in the UK.

    Btw, he's named after Giovanni Falcone, the Sicilian anti Mafia prosecutor who was assassinated by the Corleonesi Mafia in the Capaci bombing one month to the day after this car was registered, in a convoy that included a couple of Themas.

    Anyway, have some pictures.

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