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  1. 18 minutes ago, goosey said:

    Any more info on the Radio?

    my Merc command unit is playing up so I’ll be looking to replace pretty soon

    Yeah it's one of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234566289973?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=UYYCUz9vRVi&sssrc=2349624&ssuid=CVQtOrP6SSG&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY

    It is a challenge to fit as you have to remove the control panel from the hidden drawer which is fiddly, but a bit of patience is worth it, pretty much plug and play, comparable double din AA+CP units from pioneer and the like are £400, and don't look as good or offer wireless functionality.

  2. Gave the old W211 a wash and wax today, it still looks good considering it's 19 years old this year.


    Also I recently brought it into the 21st century with a new stereo with wireless android auto and carplay, 


    Finally got the reversing camera wired up, what a pain that was.


    It's proving quite reliable so far although I have got an SBC warning


    which means I'll have to send the pump off to be refurbished, my local specialist quoted me £1900! I can have it rebuilt for £450 so it's not the end of the world.

    Overall average is 40mpg and that's 90% town only, can't complain for a nigh on 2 ton big old bus.

    Although being a pre DPF diesel it stinks until its warm, which I'm not a fan of.

  3. 3 hours ago, artdjones said:

    There's a YouTube film where someone compared a load of vices for the amount of pressure they could exert . The winner was a custom made steel one he'd done himself. Second was a large vice made in the US in about 1930 which had had one side repaired after breaking like the op's. Even with that it beat all the factory made moderns.

    It was on fireball tools YT page I think 

  4. 1 hour ago, andy18s said:

    Did you not spot any of that before agreeing to anything?

    I was about to ask the same thing, surely the missing wheel nuts and the money light being on were obvious?

    The E320 looks nice, I wish my E270 had an extra cylinder.

  5. 5 hours ago, egg said:

    I can't speak for LBF, and how he intends to use REV, but I do know he lives in a urban area with most local speed limits being 20-40 no doubt. It's not the daftest vehicle for that kind of work to be fair.

    That's true, right until the point a twat in an uber or white van does a last minute U turn (which is par for the course in that there London) and it won't stop in time, all part of the fun though, if I saw one on a dual carriageway I'd think what a moron for taking it on there as it has all the integrity of a wet paper bag, but around town I don't see the fuss, apart from being laughed and pointed at.

  6. 37 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

    I repaired the corrosion on the black 93s OSR arch today. It was actually a bit worse than I thought, it had gone through in a few places however it was all on the lip rather than up top so I just ground it down, applied Vactan, pylon paint and top coat. It'll obviously come back but better than doing nothing. Welding it wouldn't make sense at this stage.


    2 top coats applied:


    You definitely* can't tell.

    But as with all my fleet, the ten foot test is a pass:


    Later on I gave it a coat of wax:


    The subsequent rain let me take a gratuitous beading shot:


    Nice to see it still getting some love, I've missed having a floppytop this year.

  7. 10 hours ago, UltraWomble said:

    Ive been using the Speedfight to nip to HMP Preston on the odd occasion Im in there and taking the route daughter uses to go to college - one of the roads has a big fuck off hill that the bike struggles with, dropping right down to 20 and less. She did mention it was a bit slow up the hill but I hadnt realised how slow.

    Any thoughts?

    I know its a 50, I know its old. I just wondered if there was any way I can either wring a consistent power / speed out of this or are there any other bikes I should be looking at (even electrical) that would consistently do 30 even up a hill?


    On the plus side I can see 50 on the clock coming down that same hill and as the ANPR average speed cameras face into the traffic I can just grin wildly at them whilst the cars stick to 30....

    A less restrictive exhaust and a bigger carb and some careful setting up will see gains, you're not a small bloke so any 50cc is going to struggle a bit to be honest, I don't know how old your daughter is but once you start fiddling you could be making the bike illegal if she's only 16 and restricted to a moped, whether that is a concern of not is up to you.

  8. 30 minutes ago, cort16 said:

    I sold my BMW but still have the Megane for backup going to see new cars etc. Well at least that was the plan until I found one of the brake lines that go to the back fo the car is leaking due to corrosion by the looks of it..  The pedal is fine but don't fancy it blowing entirely  while I'm coming down an off ramp on the motorway.

    Be reeet cut it before where its leaking, fold it over a couple of times and clamp it with locking pliers, job done!

    I'm not recommending this but I have done it in an emergency before :D

  9. 3 hours ago, sierraman said:

    Also your chance of a reasonable reference goes if you choose that route. 

    It's also the least cuntish thing to do, I've been a landlord with cunts for tenants who've not paid rent and trashed the fucking house owing thousands, it's a cunts trick, I can't believe people are recommending not paying, I hope to fuck you never have to rent your own house out.

  10. 40 minutes ago, LabRat said:

    Oh the joys of private renting. The owner of our current house has died and left it to her grandson, who has now decided that he wants a nicer house and is going to sell both ours and his current houses to fund this.

    So, this means that we're looking at probably being served our 2 months notice around Christmas if he can't get an investor lined up to take it on. Of course, because we have a dog, no fucker else around here will take us on- he's a 9 year old basset hound and there's no way in hell I'm giving him up- it wouldn't be fair on him or Mrs Labrats mental health. (She's already suffering insomnia and stress at the thought of giving him up and we only found out 2 days ago)

    I know that it's our fault for not saving a deposit on a mortgage, etc. But at the time, we couldn't afford to and now were trapped by the fucking cost of renting. 

    Still. There's always a tent in a layby I suppose. 


    Just remember if you keep paying the rent it'll take at least 6 months to evict you, so there's no need to rush into an unsuitable property ;)

  11. On 8/12/2022 at 12:08 PM, Jazoli said:

    This happened yesterday


    Sold to WBAB (superbike factory) 

    Nothing in the garage to ride apart from my daughters purple scooter now. 

    Replaced the Z900 with this last week


    Did a 300 mile trip on it today and its alright, I'm going to buy a newer model so I'll probably be selling it soon, cheap!

  12. 1 hour ago, Iamgroot said:

    Anybody got real world experience of an xjr1300?

    Nice smooth bikes with plenty of poke, heavier than a sports 600 but not bad in reality, all day comfort, decent brakes, great at 7/10ths, not so much after that, if you want a grunty retro there's a lot to like about them, see also GSX1400 and bandit 1250

  13. 49 minutes ago, stuboy said:

    im saving up to get the bumpers paint soon as i can afford it so they only temporary

    Oh yeah they look much better than a poor paint job or scratch or two. 🙄

  14. 52 minutes ago, Bren said:

    Because in the UK we have a disposable society. Go to continental europe and you will see old, battered vehicles that although tatty will be maintained.

    In the UK - especially now - many think the MOT test is some kind of service. Lots of badly neglected cars driven by people who don't care and simply do not have the means to look after them properly. Try getting a 10 - 12 year old diesel car repaired that has fuelling / emission issues - workshops are shying away from anything that could be in the workshop for days.

    A modern car should be good for over 200k - bigger engined ones even more. Unfortunately many will never see the TLC they deserve to get to that kind of mileage - it costs money to maintain a car properly. And is not as special as getting a new one.

    Did you miss the 'if maintained properly' in my post? my Spanish friends only fix their cars when they go wrong, and are no better at maintaining them than their UK counterparts, they do fix them eventually rather than scrap them as it would be financially stupid to scrap them like we do here. 

  15. 9 hours ago, Bren said:


    £5k for an 11 year old mondeo estate with over 100k? Sorry but no - it will be dead before you have paid the loan.

    It's traders and private sellers everywhere thinking their cars are worth more than they actually are.

    I don't agree with this, why would it be dead?  they will happily do 300k if maintained properly, cars have been ridiculously cheap for years in the UK, try buying a 11 year old mondeo estate in Spain for £5k, they are around 7500-8000€, we have all benefitted from cheap cars previously but I actually don't mind that older cars are beginning to retain some value and not become worthless simply because of their age. 

  16. 30 minutes ago, davehedgehog31 said:

    A Skoda Superb "Edition 100", I still shudder thinking of the fucking thing. 

    It was five metres of stretched B5 Pisshat shite. 

    Very top spec, had EVERY toy you could imagine in circa 2004. Interior was a lovely place to be and the seats were very comfy, that's where the good news ends. 

    It suffered from chronic water ingress which I was constantly chasing, seemed like I fixed one leak and it came in somewhere else. As a result the body electrics had a mind of their own. 

    The rust was pretty dire for a reasonably young car at the time, the bootlid and front wings dissolved rapidly.

    The front end suspension was a knockfest. After a few months I'd replaced absolutely everything including wheel bearings and it was fine for about two weeks, then it started again. It burst about 4 coil springs in the space of six months. 

    The ungrateful cunt got some other works including some rear bushes. About six months after I bought it, it lunched it's reverse gear entirely, a forwards only motor from this point. 

    I sold it to Arnold Clark, their thorough test drive consisted of one forwards lap round their car park. I bit their hand off for the sum offered, turned tail and got the fuck out of there. 

    In hindsight I persevered with it far too long, I'd cut my losses far earlier now. 

    It's fine though, the interior didn't rattle. VAG quality*. 

    I had one of those too,  it wasn't rusty but it suffered similar issues. 

    My worst is probably a 307 estate,  I'll never travel to view a car on the last train of the day with no way of getting home other than buying the car again. 

    My recent V70 was a nail too,  but the 307 pips it. 

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