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    Ghosty got a reaction from mat_the_cat in Shitefest Shropshire 12-14th July   
    I've just noticed something.
    https://www.maxpowerreunion.co.uk/

    This year's Max Power Reunion show is on the Sunday of SF weekend, about an hour away to the NE at Staffordshire Showground. I've booked in with the Civic as it'd be rude not to, being on the way home!
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    Ghosty got a reaction from chaseracer in Shitefest Shropshire 12-14th July   
    I've just noticed something.
    https://www.maxpowerreunion.co.uk/

    This year's Max Power Reunion show is on the Sunday of SF weekend, about an hour away to the NE at Staffordshire Showground. I've booked in with the Civic as it'd be rude not to, being on the way home!
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    Ghosty got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Shitefest Shropshire 12-14th July   
    I've just noticed something.
    https://www.maxpowerreunion.co.uk/

    This year's Max Power Reunion show is on the Sunday of SF weekend, about an hour away to the NE at Staffordshire Showground. I've booked in with the Civic as it'd be rude not to, being on the way home!
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    Ghosty got a reaction from theshadow in Bini Mandela: DEID   
    My mum has an R56 on 35k. 

    It's had a timing chain, melted its rear lights, a couple of ATF changes.... 
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    Ghosty got a reaction from sdkrc in The new news 24 thread   
    Took the Civic to Retro Rides Weekender.

    I'd just added CNC bushes to the gear linkage stabiliser, and a short shifter. One of these bushes fell out on the M3, so changing gears was fun*. Wipers had packed in too because of another failed bush, but this was an existing issue I was waiting for the parts to fix - ended up fixing all this in the campsite on the Saturday night, sticking some cable ties in the gear linkage and boring out a new wiper linkage bush with a penknife to fit it. I must have forgotten to tighten the nuts on the wiper arms as they got a bit confused on the M6 and ended up caught in each other...
    then I stopped at a services and had lost PAS... one of the bolts had disappeared. Hung the pump off its hard line on the slam panel using a cable tie, and just about got home, but the formerly tight tensioner bolt on the bottom had almost escaped. Lucky.

    Repaired all that today, so we now have working wipers again, the original bush is back in the linkage while I wait for the polybush replacement to arrive, and the pump is bolted back on. Even my limited camping gear (basic tools, 3 backpacks, a tent and a Brompton) was enough to make the Civic drag its arse - fun*. The clutch is absolutely on its last legs. The car's about 1400 miles off 100k, and I want to get it there before I swap the engine... but I want to start that next week so I somehow doubt it's going to happen...
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    Ghosty got a reaction from brownnova in The new news 24 thread   
    Took the Civic to Retro Rides Weekender.

    I'd just added CNC bushes to the gear linkage stabiliser, and a short shifter. One of these bushes fell out on the M3, so changing gears was fun*. Wipers had packed in too because of another failed bush, but this was an existing issue I was waiting for the parts to fix - ended up fixing all this in the campsite on the Saturday night, sticking some cable ties in the gear linkage and boring out a new wiper linkage bush with a penknife to fit it. I must have forgotten to tighten the nuts on the wiper arms as they got a bit confused on the M6 and ended up caught in each other...
    then I stopped at a services and had lost PAS... one of the bolts had disappeared. Hung the pump off its hard line on the slam panel using a cable tie, and just about got home, but the formerly tight tensioner bolt on the bottom had almost escaped. Lucky.

    Repaired all that today, so we now have working wipers again, the original bush is back in the linkage while I wait for the polybush replacement to arrive, and the pump is bolted back on. Even my limited camping gear (basic tools, 3 backpacks, a tent and a Brompton) was enough to make the Civic drag its arse - fun*. The clutch is absolutely on its last legs. The car's about 1400 miles off 100k, and I want to get it there before I swap the engine... but I want to start that next week so I somehow doubt it's going to happen...
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    Ghosty reacted to Angrydicky in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
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    Ghosty reacted to EightMegs in Shitefest Shropshire 12-14th July   
    I've got it booked off work, looking forward to it!
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    Ghosty reacted to sierraman in Shedfest 24 pics   
    A 10 year old Octavia with a gopping paint job, see this is where it goes wrong at these events. They’ll just let any old shite in, it just waters the effect down, I went to one last year and someone was showing a 55 plate Zafira covered in shit stickers, it’s just tat I don’t know why they think anyone would be remotely interested in it. 
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    Ghosty reacted to junkyarddog in The new news 24 thread   
    Nice day for it. 
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    Ghosty got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***C'est fini 17/5***   
    All MX5s tap a bit if they aren’t used much, nowt to worry about once the oil gets circulating again. 
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    Ghosty reacted to cms206 in Shitefest Shropshire 12-14th July   
    The shite gods have intervened and I will now be travelling south to this shitefest again.
    Sakes.
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    Ghosty got a reaction from fatharris in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***C'est fini 17/5***   
    All MX5s tap a bit if they aren’t used much, nowt to worry about once the oil gets circulating again. 
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    Ghosty got a reaction from grogee in Limp-wristed uses of the word 'Sport' by a manufacturer   
    There was a runout ‘Sport’ trim of the Civic EJ/K and MB in 2000, either a 3 door 1.4 hatch with alloys, leather steering wheel and a/c usually in resale silver, or a 1.4i 5 door with a boot spoiler, half leather VTi seats, no wood on the dash, alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, electric windows and a/c. My dad had one which had rear disc brakes - no idea why as they had drums as standard! I can only assume the Sports were used to get rid of excess kit. 
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    Ghosty reacted to Surface Rust in Limp-wristed uses of the word 'Sport' by a manufacturer   
    My abiding memory of hiring many, many Astra Hs for work (quite) a few years ago was the Sport button.
    I think all it did was turn a light on.

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    Ghosty reacted to LightBulbFun in Cars you have owned that suddenly disappeared from the roads   
    I know this is a bit "rich" coming from me given im only 24, but I very much had a case of this when I played a video game called "The Getaway" fairly recently again
     
    its a game I used to play quite a lot when I was growing up, and I enjoyed it very much because it was basically "GTA" but set in then contemporary London
    as @Ghosty said, "Guy Richie the video game"
     
    and upon playing it through again recently, it really hit me all the cars in that game that you just dont see anymore (the getaway was notable for all the cars/vehicles in the game being actual real life vehicles, so of course I played through all the missions in FX4's and Routemaster buses ) 
    I mean the very first mission in the game has you driving a green Laguna to give chase to a Rover 75 if thats not autoshite the video game I dont know what is!
     
    anyways I think the biggest one that stuck out to me is the Citroen C15 and other such boxy car derived vans, I remember those being everywhere here in Central London, but now you really dont see them anymore
    and the Bedford Rascal type vans also
     
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    Ghosty got a reaction from jim89 in collection mission to SPAIN!!!! COMPLETED IT M8   
    What, not Malaga?
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    Ghosty got a reaction from LightBulbFun in collection mission to SPAIN!!!! COMPLETED IT M8   
    CHODSPEED
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    Ghosty reacted to Mr_Bo11ox in collection mission to SPAIN!!!! COMPLETED IT M8   
    Hey all,
    I've barely posted anything on here for a couple of years (or indeed anywhere, I have pretty much canned all internet posting since Twitter turned into a bin fire) but I've got something interesting coming up and we all love a good collection thread so lets see how we get on here.
    I've not left the country for several years now although I used to love travelling. Nowadays, an unenthusiastic-about-travelling Mrs_Bo11ox, a no-longer-valid dog passport, all the br*x*t bollocks and just the hugely increased cost of everything (particularly channel crossings), make the bar much higher for getting off shite island. But a few weeks back, after scanning Leboncoin and Wallapop for the 1000th time, I said 'fuck it' and decided to treat myself to a new old heap with a decent collection mission. I warned Mrs_Nuts that I was doing it and she'd just have to manage without me for a few days, which to my surprise didnt cause too much friction.
    Since buying this book a few months back I've had a mega urge for one of these noisy, flimsy shitters and I've watched quite a few coming and going on those two sites. Messaged a few sellers but never reached 'critical mass'

     
    This one had been on Wallapop for ages, located in Spain, but on French number plates. I like the later ones that look a bit 'end of the line' with the smooth doorhandles and later dash that looks like an Avenger. Also love the 70's colours these come in, bright oranges and metallic greens and whatnot (although most of the metallic-coloured ones all seem to have lost their lacquer years ago). Anyway metallic chocolate brown sounds good to me. 1300€ was the asking price.

    Anyway I struck up a convo with the seller and he seemed decent, honest and that, didn't mind waiting a bit for me to collect. Sent a few videos by whatsapp which revealed an honest looking old motor, one rear wing in grey primer, and noisy but not unhealthy-sounding engine (theyre always noisy these things arent they, known for tappet rattle). He said it had belonged to his wife's parents from new but now he needed to move it on cos he was not big into old cars and it was just a hassle he could do without, although he was still bobbing about in it here and there.  

    What about the logistics? Well the car is just outside Valencia. After some researching I found I could leave home (Derbyshire) at 8 am and catch a train to Stansted, then jump on a ryanair flight and be in Valencia by 6pm ish. Seller said he would come and pick me up from the airport so I could in theory be heading home the same day in my new brownmobile. So that all seemed alright as well. I'd been looking at a few old heaps in the S of France and seeing if I could get there on the train, its certainly doable but its a €250+ touch - this was a lot cheaper (albeit worse news for polar bears).

    Still chit-chatting with the seller he sent me a few more pics where I saw one of the rear doors is a bit sad. But by now I had pretty much made up my mind to buy it anyway.

     
    I had a ratch on Leboncoin and found someone selling a few Simca 1100 panels including 2 rear doors that was very close to my likely route North. Obvs these will need painting but I have recently bought myself a spray gun and am steadily learning how to use it (been spraying panels from my Mazda 929 with increasingly shiny results), so that's all manageable I think. 

    https://www.leboncoin.fr/ad/equipement_auto/2450559206
    So, all the moons were slowly coming into alignment. The seller knocked 100€ off to cover the cost of some doors, and he also offered to leave the insurance on it for my journey home (!) and so we did a virtual handshake. I sent him €200 deposit and started booking some travel and some time off work.

    So, heres the route.

    2000km. I'm flying out on the Wednesday and need to be back at work the following Monday. Belpech is where I'm picking the doors up and Paulmy is the home of Mutha Bo11ox who I am gonna drop in on too. Got hotels booked for the Weds and Thursday nights and I'm hoping to do the Paulmy-Derbyshire leg in one go if I can, on the Sunday. Thats just under 600 miles in a day in a Simca 1100, I don't know if thats too ambitious or not but I'm gonna get moving at the crack of dawn and if the car has made it that far, I'm thinking it'll probably be OK. But will I? I'm nearly friggin 50 man. 600 miles in an 1100cc car with 4 gears and no headrests? Jesus. I doubt very much I'll be getting to work on time on the Monday.
    Still, I honestly can't wait. I'll just have to down a big cup of the old 'getoverittaccino' from a roadside cafe or something if it all gets too much on the last leg. What I'm really looking forward to is the Thursday and Friday when I'm driving through Catalonia and the Pyrenees on my own, in the sunshine (hopefully), stopping here and there for a drink or a bite to eat or a leg-stretch or whatever. Seems completely blissful.

    The seller later realised that French law says he has to sell the car with a recent MOT, pass or not. If he doesn't, he can't declare it sold at his end (actually I knew this myself but forgot all about it in the excitement) Being in Spain he can't take it for an MOT so now I have to do it!!!! I've got to drop in on an MOT station on the way home so thats another little job. (Seller is paying for it). I'm staying in a B&B near where the replacement doors are, so I'm takin it for its MOT on the friday morning.
    Anyway thats the big mission. I am taking a check-in bag so I can bring some tools and I keep thinking of more and more things that I should take - 3/8 socket set, some screwdrivers & spanners, pliers, cutters, cable ties, tape, WD-40, spare points & condensor, mechanics gloves, head torch, jubilees, fuel pipe/hose, wire, photocopied maps, power bank, bluetooth speaker, sun hat, fuck knows what else. Got a week to think of more stuff as I'm setting off a week on Wednesday. Fingers crossed!!!
     
     
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    Ghosty reacted to EightMegs in The new news 24 thread   
    Sold the Starlet, it's just been lying idle in my grandfather's back garden since I left Ireland and it would cost more than it's worth to bring it over here, so I said I'd move it on to someone who'll enjoy it. Currently contemplating buying an engine for the Carina on eBay.
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    Ghosty reacted to catsinthewelder in What was your girlfriend/boyfriends vehicle when you first met them?   
    Miss C has a 2015 Corsa, when we met 4 1/2 years ago she had a 2002 Corsa called Minty that she owned for 10+ years since it replaced her first car (also a Corsa).  Before that she drove her then boyfriend's Corsa, before that she learnt to drive in her mums Corsa and her driving instructors.....
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Suzuki Swift.
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    Ghosty got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in ULEZ and Interesting   
    I didn’t mean my one!
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    Ghosty got a reaction from Coprolalia in The new news 24 thread   
    Yaris now has death wobble. CV probably trashed (been finding time to replace it), a wheel nut has gone and another stud has bent. Wheels fucked. 
     
    arrrrrrrgh
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    Ghosty got a reaction from mercedade in The new news 24 thread   
    Yaris now has death wobble. CV probably trashed (been finding time to replace it), a wheel nut has gone and another stud has bent. Wheels fucked. 
     
    arrrrrrrgh
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