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    Asimo reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    This is nice, base spec, cloth seats and manual box.

     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144130471090?hash=item218ed874b2:g:sN8AAOSwWdRhAaiJ
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    Asimo reacted to Dyslexic Viking in eBay tat volume 3.   
    If anyone wants a 1987 1liter 3/cyl Daihatsu Charade with 10,800 miles and an automatic transmission, you have the opportunity now in Norway.




    https://www.finn.no/car/used/ad.html?finnkode=214418841
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    Asimo reacted to RayMK in The new news 24 thread   
    I've not posted much for a while, mainly because not much has happened and therefore there is not much to say.  This is just an update of uneventfulness.  My '94 Tipo 1.4ie continues to serve as reliable transport whenever needed. Average usage is about twice per week, covering maybe 100 miles total. I am playing mild cambelt roulette on age, not miles.  Just occasionally, I drive faster than usual and have found its handling and roadholding to be better and more predictable than my modern Mitsubishi Mirage. I'd even rate it more highly than a Peugeot 205 - all of the examples we've owned were very good but had a sudden breakaway at the rear when driven enthusiastically,  as does the Mirage, despite its electronic safety nonsense which makes it behave strangely at times. The Tipo just corners fast and very tidily without drama. The other old car in the fleet is my 1961 Reliant Regal MKVI. I'm ashamed to say that I still have not fitted an electric fuel pump which I bought years ago to overcome its warm weather vapour locking tendencies. Insulated fuel lines, rerouted fuel lines, heat shields, insulation blocks etc have all been tried and made absolutely no difference. Running with the internal engine cowl removed, it's fine, but then I cook as I go deaf with the din. It definitely needs a pump to push fuel to the engine from the tank rather than the standard mechanical pump mounted on a hot engine in a cramped, hot engine bay which tries to suck fuel and hence cause it to turn to gas about a metre before getting to the pump. A chap in the Netherlands who had the same problem (same make and model) engineered a fuel return line which worked reasonably well, though it took a lot of trial and error to find and fit the best orifice size in the return line to enable full throttle without fuel starvation. My Reliant has barely moved off my driveway in the last 12 months - and only then when I can be bothered to clear its way out of the garage.
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    Asimo reacted to Dyslexic Viking in eBay tat volume 3.   
    This nice Skoda came for sale in Norway today



     
    It has some registration issues so the possible price is too high at about 1600 GBP.
    https://www.finn.no/car/used/ad.html?finnkode=226083426
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    Asimo reacted to vulgalour in Maestro - car for the 80's (90 year olds will like it too)   
    Maestros are what all the cool kids are buying these days.
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    Asimo reacted to brownnova in Maestro - car for the 80's (90 year olds will like it too)   
    Welcome back!! What a super purchase. Lots more maestro and Montego content here lately! 
     
    I think it’s less that they’re not as popular and more that they’re becoming out of reach in terms of cost so there are less on the forum! 
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    Asimo reacted to theorganist in Maestro - car for the 80's (90 year olds will like it too)   
    Hello all, it's been a long time since I have posted on Autoshite. I hadn't visited for a long time but have been lurking for the last few weeks. It seems I have missed a lot of fireworks and sadly several old faces seem to have disappeared. 
    Anyway I thought I would be brave and post my latest purchase, I have my old car mojo back. It seems that the cars which seemed to get the most interested when I joined over ten years ago now seem to be not so popular. 
    I have recently been running an Austin Maxi and my Renault 5. The Maxi whilst solid needed a respray and some bodywork, I have sold it to an enthusiast who has the money to get the work done, I didn't want it to rust away. I have just purchased this Maestro which has been off the road since 2005. It is one of the last Mayfairs with the 1.6 S series engine. It has optional PAS fitted which was quite rare on Maestros.
    I haven't seen it in the metal myself, these photos are from the marketplace advert. I am having it transported directly to my mechanic so he can look at what needs doing. Apparently it doesn't run after a previous keeper changed the carburettor. At £500 though it seemed to good an opportunity to miss, I have been wanting another Maestro for some time, it has only done around 52,000 miles.
     









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    Asimo reacted to Soundwave in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Late BX giffermatic non-turbo dizzle.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/504337323994894

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    Asimo reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego Poverty Spec Estate - 1.3L of Pure Power!   
    What do you get after 16 hours and 800 miles of driving on a Sunday to collect two cars? Well @sharley17194 picks up a 1997 Citreon AX from the depths of the Lakes on the North West coast past Keswick. However, we actually started the day by driving to just near Cromer on the East coast to pick up this!
    An Austin Montego poverty spec estate with a 1.3L A-series engine! Yes you did read that bit right! Yes I know the DVLA lists the model as 1.6... Yes its correctly registered as 1.3L. No I dont know if its a factory 1.3L! 😂
    My favourite part of all this??? (Apart from the doom blue colour and the absolutely terrible interior!) 281,000 miles on the clock!
    Collection went really well and the below posts follows my initial assessment of what is quite frankly the best car I have ever purchased.



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    Asimo reacted to bunglebus in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I am strangely drawn to this Tincorner
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1974-Ford-Cortina-2000E-Mk3-White-Immaculate-Prototype-/154544120839?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
     

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    Asimo got a reaction from garethj in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Manual gearboxes are all 4 speed. Don’t let only the just 4 speeds alone put you off. They don’t have enough power to feel like they need another gear on the motorway and the engines are quite flexible enough to cope with the gaps between ratios. The change is a bit slow however, partly because of the heavy geartrain between the clutch and the gearbox.
    A good one is a very comfy way of getting gently about so works better as an automatic imho.
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    Asimo got a reaction from Joey spud in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Plastic Fan blades are usually an aerofoil section and work much more efficiently in one direction than the other even if the motor will run backwards when the wires are reversed.
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    Asimo got a reaction from SiC in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Plastic Fan blades are usually an aerofoil section and work much more efficiently in one direction than the other even if the motor will run backwards when the wires are reversed.
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    Asimo got a reaction from bunglebus in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Plastic Fan blades are usually an aerofoil section and work much more efficiently in one direction than the other even if the motor will run backwards when the wires are reversed.
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    Asimo got a reaction from MisterH in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Manual gearboxes are all 4 speed. Don’t let only the just 4 speeds alone put you off. They don’t have enough power to feel like they need another gear on the motorway and the engines are quite flexible enough to cope with the gaps between ratios. The change is a bit slow however, partly because of the heavy geartrain between the clutch and the gearbox.
    A good one is a very comfy way of getting gently about so works better as an automatic imho.
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    Asimo got a reaction from HMC in Renault 25, the bank's behind me, Mrs Doblo's behind me, John can sod off!   
    Well bought.  These are damn good cars.
    They were so succesful too, a very common sight when they were on the “ junior directors / senior managers” list; alongside  Rovers, Granadas and Volvos. 
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    Asimo reacted to Dobloseven in Renault 25, the bank's behind me, Mrs Doblo's behind me, John can sod off!   
    Just done my first mend! Owner advised me not to touch the electric sunroof, as he'd never used it. Red rag to a bull, it opened easily enough but wouldn't close all the way and was very creaky. A lot of WD40 and gentle coaxing backwards and forwards and it now works. Done the door hinges and straps as well. Silicon spray would no doubt be better but it's in the caravan so needs must. Heres some better pics, pre valet. 




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    Asimo got a reaction from Cord Forteener aka Tim_E in AS mad science: understanding burble. Place for discussion and amateur science.   
    Growl maybe intake noise, when 2nd choke opens?
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    Asimo reacted to barrett in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I think both these statements are a little reductive, no?
    Firstly, it IS a Prince Skyline, not a 'bastardisation'. As far as I know, the export cars where no different to the home-market cars. They were sold in Norway, probaly other Scandinavian countries and probably the Netherlands, and possibly built as CKD kits in Belgium too. As you say, the two-litre cars were alwasy rare and I doubt any were exported, so any European survivor is going to be a cooking 1500cc version - but just the same as the ones sold in Japan and other parts of Asia.

    Also, saying Prince made a 'crappy model in the 1950s' is a bit harsh. The company had been building cars and heavy & light commercials since the end of WW2 at least. The 1950s models were a significant cut above what most Japanese makers were churning out at the time - certainly better than anything Nissan could come up with. Prince launched the Skyline, the Gloria and the Homy van, and was developing a small fwd city car which became the world-beating 100A Cherry when it was subsumed into Nissan in the late 1960s. Not to be sniffed at, eh?
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    Asimo got a reaction from Rab in One (shite) picture per post.   
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    Asimo reacted to JimH in It is just so Super (Sentinel).   
    I've been trying to limit what I do on the body in an effort to force me to do the boiler cladding. It's slow going putting the decking down and most of the trouble is cutting the planks to minimise wastage. Plugging the screw holes take an age too.

    However, it isn't too bad to work with.

    A question. I've laid the planks with a 1/8th spacing to allow movement which I believe is the way you should do it. Because this is going to be inside the body and likely to be used as living space I was considering filling the joints with a sandable Sikaflex as per posh yachts with teak decks before sanding and oiling it. Is this a wise thing to do? I was quite pleased with how straight everything was.

    The edge at the back is protected by a piece of heavy angle which means checking out the planks so the angle sits flush to both the top of the planks and the face of the oak bearer. The top of that middle plank looks wavey for some reason. It isn't. Promise.

    We're about half way here. I laid the rest of the planks on loose last night because I thought we were going to need more wood. I also wanted to work out which were the best looking planks so the less then pretty ones can get hidden under the water tanks or bunker.

    What else? The other shitty job was making the boiler cladding which is just a complete and utter nightmare. True story. The only time I have ever been so frustrated with a job that I hurled a hammer at the radio in the hope that it would shut Bon Bastard Jovi up was when I was making the cladding for the last one. I missed and Bon Jovi did not shut up. The cladding was originally in blued (more later) steel whereas the later S was done in aluminium. Some of these are done in stainless which looks terrible and at least one I have seen is done in brushed stainless which is great of you want your waggon to look like a Waltham music centre but not quite correct. Anyway...
    The cladding was rolled up a while ago and then ignored because there was always something better to do. I roughly marked the centres for the fittings and then popped a 2"hole with a ring saw about where it should be. This let me slip the cladding onto the shell and pick op the centre for each mounting pad or coupling. Once marked each hole could be cut out with a nibbler and finished with an angle or die grinder. Each hole has a fininging trim around it that fits close to the boiler fitting so you don't need to be that accurate with your measurement but one of the things I hate about these jobs is it looking a complete mess before the shame plates go on so I try to work accurately for my own sanity. This wastes time but I don't care.
    This is the top cladding (upside down) getting the holes cut out.

    And this is it on. Most things line up neatly. The finishing plates are getting jet cut so they are as tidy as possible.

    And this is the bottom half. This is even lousier to work with because gravity is against you and it has to slip inside the upper one so they can be screwed together. The squae cut outs are to fit round the boiler mounting pads.

    So, how to finish it? You don't seem to be able to buy blued steel any more and last time we did it the various cold bluing products we tried were hopeless. After much head scratching we has resigned ourselves to painting it which would have brought a whole load of other problems. After watching something convincing on Youtube I bought a bottle of this as a last throw of the dice.

    And bugger me backwards if it didn't go and work. The finish it gives is a bit fragile and takes a lot of looking after because there is bugger all corrosion resistance but it gives a decently convincing finish. Ignore the slightly rusty streak on this sample piece - I have been rubbing it with a finger as hard as I could so see how durable the surface was (not very but good enough). Or the scratch because I wondered how easily it would scratch (very). It's no wonder that people have to treat guns like new born babies.

    Sadly for apprentices one through to three this means that there is a lot of polishing to get through before the cladding can be blued. 

    Here is the hole cut in the back of the cab to get through to the bunker which will be in the body rather than the cab. This is not original but it makes the cab a much nicer place to be. It also means you can get four people in the cab rather than two. There will be a steel chute bridging the gap.

    And the alternator (it is an alternator in the hope that we can get at least a bit of power out of it) needed a different mounting because someone didn't listen when I told the the clearance under the deck.. Dynamo set ups were always a bit tenuous on these things and many weren't fitted with them because they were largely useless but because we drive at night a lot you do need some decent lighting. Most of what you see here will be hidden under a slightly more period looking cover.

    And annoyingly because we needed to remount the alternator it also meant we needed to make another water pump bypass line which we could have lived without.

    Correct mirrors are very hard to find because they were a bit fragile and easily broken so we had a pattern made from the ones on the S. This will look pretty funky when they are finished but sadly they are tiny and close to useless. On the S we have a camera to see what is behind so we'll need to have something similar on this one. Using convex glass helps a bit but not very much.

    We had got a foot brake valve but it had been frost damaged and someone had brazed up. This wasn't the best way to do it but once cast iron has been brazed there isn't much else you can do so we tried to make a better job of the brazing. This happily took a x1.5 pressure test but no one was very happy about it. We pondered various ways of making it less shite but in the end just got a new casting.

    Much nicer if a little fiddly to machine in parts. This is it having the spindle and guide fitted.

    That's more like it.

    And it even got a new steam shut off valve made for it. Fiddly little bugger to make it was too.

    And as with all projects as you get closer to the end the jobs to do list keeps getting longer, not shorter.

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    Asimo reacted to Jikovron in Tales of eccentrism motoring 2012 onwards ,rag tag engineering   
    Proton OTR
    So the Proton became a full blown proper load of excessive work and I trapped myself into a cycle of obsession with battling against severe fatigue to get it done whilst everything hangs in the balance,,for all those who are healthy and procrastinating,,life's bloody unpredictable and short! , there is a level of reward reaped in that despite now slowly recovering some semblance of function again,,ie walking more than 10m at a time the thing has come back onto the road and the entire family love the thing including me inexplicably, it drives like an 80s mitsubishi with competent smoothness and the typical feather weight precise controls these cars have, the engine is ultra smooth and the response is very lively with the 140bhp unit, even the homebrew driveshafts are happy conduits of torque.
    Ultimately it has to stay.

    Genuine clean pass, no advisories as I went through the entire car!

    This took an inordinate amount of time as I would make up a patch meticulously fit it till it was butted flush and carefully weld it,,then just snooze on the mat for abit. And to think it looked OK initially

    Sump was loose,,easy fix there really,,just clean it and use sump sealant

    As the sun sets here,,it could well be the last hurrah,,,but also there may be a recovery too so one way or the other really!


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    Asimo reacted to Dyslexic Viking in eBay tat volume 3.   
    One of my dream vehicles is for sale now in Germany. This is the workhorse of the GDR the  Fortschritt ZT-323A which apart from a bad paint  job And unoriginal exhaust and and missing its engine covers looks good.
     


    https://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=327759886&isSearchRequest=true&makeModelVariant1.makeId=9150&pageNumber=1&scopeId=AV&fnai=prev&searchId=739ffdb4-7b74-bc9a-ce44-a2bc3867af9f
    This is how it should look and this is one of the 3 colors they came with.

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