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    colino got a reaction from dave21478 in MOT shook my car   
    Was this a one person MOT lane?  Pricey bits of kit, but no doubt every MOT place will have them in a few years, and although it looks aggressive, the shaking isn't any worse than your car suffers driving down a bumpy road.
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    colino got a reaction from brickwall in MOT shook my car   
    Was this a one person MOT lane?  Pricey bits of kit, but no doubt every MOT place will have them in a few years, and although it looks aggressive, the shaking isn't any worse than your car suffers driving down a bumpy road.
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    colino reacted to HH-R in Modern(ish) Car Advice Required (2001 Mercedes)   
    Rip it out and install a Harry Moss tape deck.
     
    If it's double din, install an Audioline Graphic Equaliser too.
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    colino reacted to cms206 in ABC, it's easy as 345... VOLVO CONTENT   
    Piffle! This was new on the coast and it even still has a floor!
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    colino got a reaction from cms206 in ABC, it's easy as 345... VOLVO CONTENT   
    Don't these, especially in Scotland, have the habit of the inner wings trying to return to dust before the rest of the car?
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    colino got a reaction from brickwall in what is it with some garages and being rude   
    I realise that a lot of people might not have had a great experience when buying their second biggest purchase (when it costs so much and you drive it every day, the memory lingers), but a, "salesman" who nods to you on the way in and takes your money when you have picked a car is no salesman at all.  A good salesman should be well presented, pleasant and ask an awful lot of questions.  I would guess that the vast majority of UK drivers are less than happy with their cars simply because they didn't ask themselves, or have a professional car salesperson, establish what they really use their car for.
    As an old mentor told me, car sales is either the worst paid, boring job in the world, or a really busy, interesting, rewarding career.
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    colino reacted to Junkman in eBay tat volume 3.   
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/humber-sceptre-1972-tax-exempt-1725-twin-carb-every-day-classic-car/261600943489

     

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    colino reacted to Rusty_Rocket in A question for MOT testers   
    Good God- that Simca 'Welding'....
     

     
    I can imagine the thing hitting a bump and literally collapse into a pile of metal and sealer.
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    colino reacted to Mrcarlos in A question for MOT testers   
    I do mot repair welding day in day out , you couldnt remove any plate i weld on with anything short of an angle grinder , the tester isnt supposed to use any prying force at all with the corrosion assessment tool just tap it but i would take a look at your welding penetration if its possible to pry it off. Dare we ask for some pics of your repair ?
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    colino reacted to explosive-cabbage in Well that's a bit random - somebody stole half my car... eBay nob content   
    So, as you all know by now I'm back home and I CAN HAZ 306 DISEISEL 
    (complete with gearbox and all!)
     
    Heres the full story - 
     
     
    After leaving home at 2pm it took me a couple hours to get down to Crochdale. 
     
    Armed with a fist-ful of Google Earth printouts I performed a quick drive-by of the garage and not suprisingly it had a plethora of Rochdale's finest gentlemen hanging around. Time to move on! I found a spot to park a couple streets away. 
     
    Whilst walking down to the MOT garage I spotted a flicker of green down an alleyway a steet away from the garage and went to investigate.


     
    There she was!
     
    Lucky find!
     
    A quick check underneath found that it was all complete.
     

     


    I had a peak inside and found what looked like a court summons (half-torn up for Rizlers) in the name of the seller - on Autoshite, all private information goes out the window
     

     
    Also, there was a 3 foot scaffolding pole under the broken drivers' seat. 


    I was shaking like a shitting dog at this point, having not introduced myself to the lads in the backstreet garage, and not knowing what to expect. 
     
    The garage is down this street on the right (recognise it from the eBay pics?)

     
    I hung around gingerly for a couple minutes in the doorway of the garage until an old fat guy working on a clapped out Fabia in the street had finished and collared him with a question. I figured I could out-run him!
     
    He pointed me to a young lad in the garage- probably the manager. I explained the situation, and though he was very plesant wasn't particularly helpful. He told me to ring the seller as he had no idea about the car and I asked him if he had a key so I could move it and he told me he didn't.
     
    So I rang the seller. Again, and again and again. 
     
    Nothing
     
    I went back into the garage and showed the chap the Paypal transaction printout, and a printout of the winning eBay listing. He suggested texting the seller, explaining that as he had acepted the payment, the car was mine, and I would take the car if he did not reply. 
     
    So I did. 
     
     
    Suprisingly I got an immediate reply:
     
    and
    and
     
    I went and showed the keys text to the guy in the garage, and he tipped a rucksack of keys onto the floor. He picked it out immediately and handed it to me. 
     
    I thanked him and went out to the car.
     
    I couldn't belive my luck!
     
    The battery was almost dead so I brought my car round from being hidden in a a backstreet and swapped the battery over. 
     
    It cranked up first time and ran fine, then suddenly cut out. I re-started it again but someone had butchered all the wiring in the engine bay and under the dash so I had airbag lights and allsorts flashing at me. The little spring in the ignition lock had broken so when I turned the key it stayed in the 'Start' position without returning to 'Run'. This meant when I took the good battery off and replaced it with the bad battery the starter was already engaged and the thing fired up all by itself! Creepy!
     


    Anyway I got it moving under its own steam and pulled it out of the alleyway and across the road onto another peice of waste ground.
     

     
    Luckily I wasn't hassled by Yousaf and his mates, and managed to get the A frame on without any problems, but the engine cut out and would not re-start so I had no power steering....
     

     
    A quick call to KruJoe advised me to remove the power steering pipes to allow the steering to move of its own accord, and so I did. It rode perfectly!
     

     
    Obligatory Selfie
     
    All the way home and only saw one cop van, and managed to out-run him from the lights. (Admittedly he was going the other way  )
     

     
    I would have cracked more than 70 up Clitheroe bypass, if the bloody Espace would have got out my way...
     
    A night-time picture of the 306, almost home, just one more hill to go!
     

     
    Back home, safe and well. A last pull up the hill by Father-Cabbage's new RAV4

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    colino reacted to Keymaster in Well that's a bit random - somebody stole half my car... eBay nob content   
    Hurry up man, the waters gone tepid & I'm going blind here!!
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    colino reacted in Deciphering old ford part numbers   
    Hello, as an ex Ford parts man from back in the 60's and 70's  I still can remember quite a few part numbers although they are getting a bit vague now as time go's on.
    Thought this might help.
    Middle of part number covers                    Example                                     Description
    200's are  Brakes and components    --    2400E 2261                               Rear wheel cylinder
    300's  --  steering -------------------      --      2400E 3289                               Track rod end
    400's  --  rear axle ------------------      --      2400E 4200                                Diff Assembly
    500's  --  rear springs  -------------      --      2400E (5560A)                           Rear spring assembly 
    600's  --  engine ---------------------     --      2400E 6102                                Piston assembly
    700's  --  gearbox, clutch etc -----     --      2400E 7563                                Pressure plate
    800's  --  cooling system -----------    --      2400E 8005                                Radiator assembly
    900's  --  fuel system ----------------   --       2400E 9350                                Fuel pump assembly
    1000's  --  electrical system -------   --       2400E 13450                              Number plate lamp
                        
     
                                                                    A  Breakdown from above
     
    Your prefix denotes model  (2400E)  as an example is for the ford transit.
      ( 5560A)  rear road spring. - all ford models cars or commercials are 5560 for rear road springs. prefix denotes the model.
      Followed by a suffix - A,B.C ETC denotes application and year.
     
     
     
     
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    colino got a reaction from alf892 in Drive away for £200, the cheapest of cheap shite thread   
    The MOT has always been valid from its issue for 12 months.  If your car fails, say because your sensible and present it a month early to allow for work, the original MOT is still valid.  VOSA/DVSA have always danced around the issue, but their training is and always has been, that the MOT is still in force, though the driver may be deemed to be driving an unroadworthy vehicle (by the Police) if he is later involved in a collision.  Even a Cat C or Cat D write off still retains its current MOT status (no matter what certain Insurance companies may tell their customers).
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    colino reacted to Spiny Norman in James Mays Cars of the People   
    For me, a lot of stuff I knew already, rehashed in a not-very-interesting way with lots of waffle about the short Austrian with the 'tache. Ha could at least have given Hans Ledwinka a passing mention...
    I'd hoped something with James May's name on it would be better than this, and I say that as an avid TG fan who doesn't give a fuck when they trash a rusty old snotter.
    But...as I've said many times in the past, the Top Gear franchise isn't a TV version of a car magazine and isn't aimed at the likes of us. I doubt I'll watch the next one.
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    colino got a reaction from Barry Cade in Drive away for £200, the cheapest of cheap shite thread   
    The MOT has always been valid from its issue for 12 months.  If your car fails, say because your sensible and present it a month early to allow for work, the original MOT is still valid.  VOSA/DVSA have always danced around the issue, but their training is and always has been, that the MOT is still in force, though the driver may be deemed to be driving an unroadworthy vehicle (by the Police) if he is later involved in a collision.  Even a Cat C or Cat D write off still retains its current MOT status (no matter what certain Insurance companies may tell their customers).
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    colino got a reaction from mouseflakes in Drive away for £200, the cheapest of cheap shite thread   
    The MOT has always been valid from its issue for 12 months.  If your car fails, say because your sensible and present it a month early to allow for work, the original MOT is still valid.  VOSA/DVSA have always danced around the issue, but their training is and always has been, that the MOT is still in force, though the driver may be deemed to be driving an unroadworthy vehicle (by the Police) if he is later involved in a collision.  Even a Cat C or Cat D write off still retains its current MOT status (no matter what certain Insurance companies may tell their customers).
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    colino got a reaction from KruJoe in Drive away for £200, the cheapest of cheap shite thread   
    The MOT has always been valid from its issue for 12 months.  If your car fails, say because your sensible and present it a month early to allow for work, the original MOT is still valid.  VOSA/DVSA have always danced around the issue, but their training is and always has been, that the MOT is still in force, though the driver may be deemed to be driving an unroadworthy vehicle (by the Police) if he is later involved in a collision.  Even a Cat C or Cat D write off still retains its current MOT status (no matter what certain Insurance companies may tell their customers).
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    colino reacted to Split_Pin in Drive away for £200, the cheapest of cheap shite thread   
    MOT is still valid for the full year regardless of who declares it a deathtrap.
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    colino reacted to MrDuke in Fuel Cap Removal - Advice Please!!   
    Good advice - plus, if you do manage to pick it easily, you can start helping out other car owners by removing their fuel caps while they're busy/out/asleep and checking* their fuel for, um, impurities.
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    colino reacted to cobblers in ebay 'BARGAINS'   
    something something 20p handbrake 
     
     
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    Not a bad photo considering its taken with a potato masher stuck in his eye
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    colino got a reaction from anonymous user in eBay tat volume 3.   
    That blue Renault 15 TS auto looks very like the one I towed in to a garage as a trade in about 30 years ago!  Right down to the front wings which I didn't colour match properly when I replaced the originals with fibreglass ones. 
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