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    colino reacted to horriblemercedes in A bit of shite - Rot around the Clock   
    After the Astra was crashed, I fancied a Saab 95 Aero to replace it. I was keeping an eye out for the right one when the Astra's clutch started to slip. I nursed it for a bit but then I was offered something very different in November 2018. A Mercedes ML270 CDI and it would cost me £350. The catch will be apparent from the pictures.

     
    The rust has progressed quite significantly since then, but I slow it down with rust converter. This is the car that gave me my handle on this site and it is one of my favourites I've ever owned. I thought I'd drive it for a couple of months and scrap it because it was probably screwed, but it turned out to be very sound with an interior in near-perfect condition and the rust really is cosmetic. So then I thought I'd keep it as a tow car and get something else, but really I just drive it every day. A great, reliable car that has cost me bugger all in parts (a couple of hundred in total) over nearly 2.5 years and 40k miles. Looks like a bag of shit but it's just very good at being a comfortable, reliable and good car. It's even ok on diesel. It has towed car trailers across Europe and I still like it now. I spend money only on what it needs. It now looks a bit tougher with a set of Yokohama Geolandar GO15s to replace the rubbish Chinese ditchfinders it came with. It does a lot of towing and offroad and it's just mighty impressive, other than the obvious rust
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    colino reacted to horriblemercedes in A bit of shite - Rot around the Clock   
    I really enjoyed the Astra, but after that success, I thought I could upgrade. I bought this ex-police Vectra V6 Special for £950 on eBay. 167k miles, it had new timing chains at 143k iirc. A great car. Excellent handling and genuinely quick. For anyone interested, they have the VXR 2.8 turbo V6, VXR brakes and VXR active suspension. Interior is basic Vectra apart from dual zone climate control and the calibrated speedometer. Bodykit is Vectra SRi and the wheels are (I think) from a Zafira. Basically the cheapest alloys Vauxhall made that would clear the brakes. I really enjoyed this car but didn't have it for long as I lost my parking, still had the Astra and the Astra was much better on fuel and tax. I really should've kept the Vectra and sold the Astra but I only had it for a short time in 2017. I'm sure I have other pictures of it (including some from its time in the police) but I think they're on an old USB stick or hard drive and I'll have to have a search
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    colino reacted to Tim_E in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Exhaust note and music is something I've been looking into. There's a lot in this, not all of it intuitive, I've discovered. 
    Anyway, assuming it's an even firing twin, as in a firing event every 360° on a four-stroke then yes it should sound half of frequency. As soon as you get into uneven firing orders, such as in V twin engines, or simply uneven length headers for the sake of packaging such as in Subaru flat 4 engines all that simple dividing by two or four goes out of the window and you start getting implied fundamentals. Like the beats you can hear when two notes that are not in tune with each other. Like the classic v8 crossplane andV-twins as well as early Subaru boxers. 
    Even a standard 3 or 4 pot header has slight differences in the length of each, unless you have some mad tuned header. This means at some revs you get beats and at others you don't as the relative length of each header has a greater or lesser effect with engine speed and therefore pitch.
    Anyway, apologies for the geek essay. I find it fascinating. 
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    colino reacted to St.Jude in Toyota RAV4 GX "Jack" - I can't stand the rain. Nor can my car.   
    It's unreal really. I had a bird shit on my head last night that wasn't the wife, did 4 lucky dips on the lottery and got one number on each line, and then the rot. I thought it was supposed to be lucky but it turns out it isn't!
    Now I have also had the wife and mother-in-law both telling me to get rid of it. Anything that is too much like hard work for the pair of them and they just give up, and they seem to think it's a good bit of advice to give people.
    Nope. Not happening.
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    colino reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Met police S-Type that was exported to the USA then back again . Very cool!


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Metropolitan-Police-Jaguar-S-Type-3-4s-1967/184697700996?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D84e5adcfb6d24a108970d12370b0d73b%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D184697700996%26itm%3D184697700996%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A0272eb93-83e4-11eb-a504-d6d364aad8a6|parentrq%3A2b0eb7d31780a9bdb1c28794ffcf7498|iid%3A1
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    colino reacted to R9UKE in LMC - Life-Making Chod, a business diary.   
    'Ey up,
    Belfast Luke here, thought it was about time I started documenting the life of a poor sod whose innocent love of chod has now become a full time actual grown up career.
    I started LMC Cars after leaving uni back in 2013 when I was a regular on here, immersing myself in this wonderful community where driving a Renault Vel Satis was acceptable.  Made some cracking friends, who will already be familiar with my shenanigans through Facebook etc, but I really want to start documenting things properly as I do have some pretty unusual stuff passing through my hands.  The business has amazingly gone from strength to strength, particularly over the last year, where I've been one of the lucky ones in this unpredictable world we currently live in.  Forging a business out of my love for chod is honestly a dream come true, despite having to deal with the public on a daily basis.  For example, yesterday I sold a 2008 Volvo V70 3.2 petrol and had a 2004 V70 2.0T Auto traded in by a fellow diesel hater.  It's deals like this that make every "last price plz" tosspot almost tolerable 

     
    Obviously, I can't trade full time in Protons and 90s Renaults (I actually have to give a warranty now!!!), but my stocking profile is very much "future shite".
    Exhibit A:

     
    I can tell myself "it's business, you're working" when I buy a Peugeot 407 3.0 V6 with a manual box on a salvage auction site and have it delivered to Belfast from Aberdeen 😇
    I even try to follow the rule of shite with more modern "in demand" stuff.  I have this C30 in stock at the moment. Why would I buy a smart looking R-Design when I can have some poverty magnificence to drive for a while!?


    That's the kind of Volvo we'll be all be pocket shuffling over in 20 years time, right!?
    Of course, having more space and more funds that can be psychologically justified as "business" has allowed my own collection of chod to be sustained and cultivated.  I finally own that Mk1 BX I've stalked around Belfast since my uni days....

    And I have a shoddy old stable full of completely unwanted shite.



    Every now and then I get something unusual traded in, like a Mitsubishi Colt with leather, and it just goes straight in the shed until it is shoved out again by something a little more unique....."shite gentrification", if you will.
     
     
     
    Click on that and you'll find more thrilling* content from when the monotony of lockdown drove me to buying a GoPro.  I plan to maintain this as a shite documentary as and when I get time.  
    I've missed this place and I look forward to sharing my dull tales of days jam-packed with MOTs, servicing, auctions, trade-ins and my, at times, very eccentric customer base.  And just in case you wondered how glamorous the car sales business life is, this picture should tell you everything - A few months ago, I had not one, but TWO Chevrolet Lacettis in stock at once.  GOD IS GOOD 😂

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    colino reacted to captain_70s in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - 1 car down - 27/04/21   
    A 1980 Dolly 1300, 60k on the clock, original paint (polished through in places), been laid up for the last 1.5 years. Also not mine. Sad.
    A fella on the TDC forum was asking for advice as his car wouldn't start, he's in Glasgow and I have form for fucking about with Triumph OHVs that are reluctant to start so I offered assistance. 
    Whipped out a plug and confirmed we had spark, then attached my hand pumped fuel primer thing and dragged some petrol up to the pump. With enough cranking the pump eventually managed to get some fuel up to the carb, the dashpot was empty so I topped it up with 20w50 to stop the piston getting stuck, and she fired up no bother.
    The fuel had drained back to the tank/evaporated out of the float bowl and the mechanical pump takes an age to drag fuel up from the tank if it's pumping air. In my experience the battery will usually die before fuel arrives at the carb. Once started she ran a bit lumpy for a bit and wouldn't idle off choke at all. So I booted the throttle a couple of times and once a load of crap had been ejected from the exhaust a nice smooth idle came into being.
    The fella who owns it can't actually drive, being partially sighted and having had a stroke, so his wife drives him around in it. Doing 100-200 miles a year around Glasgow I imagine it was pretty clogged up!
    Driving the Acclaim in the pissing rain also aided in finding leaks. Rear passenger side is water getting in where the brake line passes through the rear bulkhead, easy to seal. Rear driver's side is now bone dry having previously been a lake, but I'd spotted a twisted door rubber and fixed it so that may well have been the cause of that. There also seems to be a bit coming down the front bulkhead, so that'll be the windscreen seal. Not exactly a surprise as it's rough as buggery.
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    colino reacted to Bfg in Triumph - That was a year that was..   
    Yee ha !
    We collected Katie today ( 8th) and I'm really very pleased. Drove back
    open-topped, a little chilly but not nearly as bad as I had expected,
    indeed very tolerable. Conversely the steering wheel shake at 60mph
    is intolerable, as is the heaviness of this clutch
                                                  ..but I'm sure I'll soon have those sorted.

    On the way back from Bury I was compelled to turn off the A14 and stop,
    as the temp gauge pushed close to the red. But as soon the car slowed
    - the gauge went back down to a more normal reading. Yes plenty of
    water in the radiator, and that was hot but not scolding or spurting.
    Squeezing the top hose however indicated it was empty. The engine
    hadn't been pinking or rattling from being overheated so, because we
    had just another 12 miles to go and the weather was cool, we set off again.

    Back on the road - the temp went up to the red line, and so just two
    junctions further on, we stopped again ..and I removed the
    thermostat. That's temporarily sorted out that issue. Huh !  :))


    Once I write it down - I'll have a 'snag list' the length of my arm, but
    for the most part they are minor tasks..so I feel I've a really great
    base to start from. I'm going to have fun with this car :)))))

    .. I'm so grateful to Bob for holding it for me until I could manage to
    get me piggy bank open.   ..most urgent job I think will be to remove
    the seat-belt's inertia reel from the floor, which stops the seat going
    back. Then I can take my legs with me when I go out.
    In the meantime Bob, tomorrow I think, is going to look at a
    cream coloured TR7 for sale down in Essex.

    Pete.

    ^ Katie's restorer and now prior  custodian Bob Bell and his dearest little lady Pat just before I headed off.

    ^ Arrived safe n' sound, to the most salubrious* 'Woodland Manor'. 
    My apologies that I have no fuel station photo.. I was otherwise preoccupied with the temperature gauge bending its needle !
    ..  and a couple of photos taken for insurance valuation purposes. . .


     

     
     
    Bidding you a very good evening.
    Pete.
    .
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    colino reacted to Cookiesouwest in AS communal Rover 75 lickers thread   
    Ok.
    Own up, who is a R75 licker?
    Heres mine. New to me, ex @montytom and @Tubbo.
    Project, needs work. Currently at specialist in Bristol, to try to get her through MOT.

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    colino reacted to St.Jude in Toyota RAV4 GX "Jack" - I can't stand the rain. Nor can my car.   
    I'VE ONLY GONE AND FITTED THE MOTHERF**KING SUBFRAME ON TO THE MOTHERF**KING CAR!

    New bolts tightened, thread locked, feck the next one who has to take it off. 
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    colino reacted to loserone in Toyota RAV4 GX "Jack" - I can't stand the rain. Nor can my car.   
    Fucking mods, what are they like eh?
     
    Top job
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    colino reacted to St.Jude in Toyota RAV4 GX "Jack" - I can't stand the rain. Nor can my car.   
    Got the call from Toyota, my bolts were ready to collect!
    Joy - turned to aggravation. So after being told on Thursday that I could just take the bolts that do fit (which he said he couldn't see/find at the time), I get told today that they couldn't take the bolts back because they're "under value". A polite reminder to them that I was told I could, and that I've given them enough money recently soon focused the mind, and I had the £12 refunded. Yeah I argued the toss about £12, but with the thought of other things cropping up that I haven't discovered yet I don't really want to spunk more money than I need to. 
    I'm going to crawl my sorry arse under it tonight and throw these bolts on, tighten up the bolts for the subframe, and that's the subframe fitted. I'll attend to the steering rack and anti-roll bars (which both fit to the subframe) later on, along with the wishbones. Then I can drop it and then attend to the welding and rear-differential leak. 
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    colino reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1350 hours of work - On the road!   
    Well the moment finally came where I could go out for a test drive.  I chucked some basic tools in the boot and set off onto tarmac for the first time in 26 years.

    On the first drive I found a few niggles but nothing serious.  Made some timing and tuning adjustments along the way.  Returned to the workshop and fixed the niggles over the course of an afternoon.

    I've since completed a second drive and covered about 50 miles or so without issue.  Very pleased with the car and will be sorting out some proper video footage now I know it works.
    Engine is really smooth and quiet, pulls well and happily does 70 and over without issue Gearbox was the right call, put it in 5th and its so much better at higher speeds, think its about 3k rpm or less at 70mph  Suspension is very soft and smooth, no clunks or noises so far No serious rattles or fitment issues from the interior  Can't feel any driveline vibration which was a relief as the prop and gearbox are not original Diff seems happy, there is a slight whine as you use the engine to slow down in 3rd Possible slight rattle from the exhaust over some bumps   Electrics seem fine Temp is a quite low, I have a feeling the thermostat has stuck open, will investigate in future Even the speedo is accurate despite having a different gearbox  Not used a drop of oil or coolant and so far there are no leaks Overall its not really put a foot wrong and has run a treat.  Very very happy.  There's a lot that can go wrong when all these bits have to start working.  Other restorations have had me back in the workshop for days fixing issues.  Pleased and relieved that my own car just worked! 
    Here's some engine running stuff from the workshop after I'd finished some timing adjustments.

    20210222_181255.mp4
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    colino reacted to Roverageous in Rover 75 incoming...   
    It's 2006, and an old lady who bought her Rover 75 brand new a couple of years ago has given up driving, The car is being sold by her son-in-law, with 11,500 miles on. It's especially nice because it's a Rover Monogram paint job (Chatsworth Gold) on a top-spec contemporary with every available extra, It's a nice car!
    Thing is... it's actually 2021, and the car still has 11,500 miles on. It looks new, smells new and is looking for its third owner having served two elderly custodians previously. I've just agreed to purchase it, and I can't quite believe my luck happening upon this one!
    It's a 2004 Rover 75 Contemporary SE, with the 131BHP diesel in Monogram Chatsworth Gold. MOT'd until 21st December this year & is absolutely mint. Picking it up on Monday!
     

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    colino reacted to Crispian_J_Hotson in Jaguar S Type X200 - bearing, brakes and bad weather... ...   
    Good News!
    The Jaag has completed over 100 miles and nothing has fallen off. Changing the shocks has transformed the ride and that's just great. Even gooder news is that once I almost reached my destination I heard a faint bong coming from the head unit whilst the bluetooth was playing. I recognised this bong as a sat nav speed limit change alert. I looked puzzled at the unit and pressed the Nav select screen which has done nothing for about 6 months and there it was...

    It's has come back to life!? What the?
    It continued to work right the way home. I can determine the following:
    Installing an Alpine into the X200 acts as a built in diagnostic cpu. When the front shocks are worn the sat nav will fail to operate until they are replaced. Very helpful.
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    colino reacted to Crispian_J_Hotson in Jaguar S Type X200 - bearing, brakes and bad weather... ...   
    OTHER SIDE!
    Boring update of exactly what I done yesterday but on the passenger side with test drive result bonus content.
    Firstly, this void behind the strut, it's going to be an issue and is acting like a big basket for all the road rubbish to hide in, once the strut is on, you aint cleanin in there so like the other side, I pulled out stones and crap, cleaned it up good and then applied my special formula rust prevention fluid. 

    "It don't look pretty, but neither does a 25mm structural rust hole."
    Formulated in the very bowels of the land rover V8 for exactly 9758 miles or 1 year, whichever comes first, this fluid guarantees total protection from penetrating corrosion until it eventually washes off or my money back. Basically it's used oil and it's going to seep into those seams and protect on it until I want to get in there and paint something on it. Which probably will never happen now I've replaced the shocks, but that stuff is locked in. Total piece of mind.
    Strut went back in, for some unknown reason it was a bit of a bugger locating the threads through the top of the tower, I needed a bar to hang off the bottom arm but it went in eventually.

    Now, with the wheels on and the car on the deck, I set to torque the bolts and nuts I'd messed with. It aint happening. How are you supposed to get a torque wrench in there and lever on these things is beyond me. So, plan B involved lifting the car, removing the wheel again and then jacking on the lower suspension until it was around road height- there's always more than one way to skin a cat M8. I was surprised to find that the link rods are not very tight at all, 48Nm or something, goes against my very fibre, but I'll trust* the Jag technical manual.
    What else... oh yeah, the road wheel. I noticed some heavy black deposits on the inside and some of it was looking loose or peeling? Weird...

    WTF is that? Well, I had a closer look. The rim has damage to the corner on the edge lip, as you can see above by the glorious chamfer... I tried to work out what may have caused this. All I could come up with was a lower arm catastrophically failing but then I found a 'stop mark' in the grind. This is a tell tale sign of a rim being dragged on a tyre machine as they fit a tyre, how do I know? Because I've done it!
    This black stuff had brush marks in it! Someone has painted this on the rim... what's it hiding? Why? Who knows? 
    In the interests of safety, I removed it all with a wire brush.

    Dunno, she's clean. 
    All back together, it was test drive time and OHMYGODD, it's like something is holding up the front end! It has support and just feels... level?, firm? safe? I can't think of another word. We have a result and that's what counts.
     
     
     
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    colino got a reaction from hennabm in E10 checker tool   
    The big issue with ethanol in fuel is the property to rot out all sorts of metals, especially aluminium and destroy rubber, not its burning/lubrication properties at all.  Will be a big issue for carburretted cars of all vintages and any that have older fuel pipes that will simply soften and leak.  I suppose letting the insurance companies picking up the tab for burnt-out cars is a better proposal than an expensive scrappage scheme currently for the government. 
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    colino got a reaction from myglaren in E10 checker tool   
    The big issue with ethanol in fuel is the property to rot out all sorts of metals, especially aluminium and destroy rubber, not its burning/lubrication properties at all.  Will be a big issue for carburretted cars of all vintages and any that have older fuel pipes that will simply soften and leak.  I suppose letting the insurance companies picking up the tab for burnt-out cars is a better proposal than an expensive scrappage scheme currently for the government. 
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    colino got a reaction from Rovorsche in E10 checker tool   
    The big issue with ethanol in fuel is the property to rot out all sorts of metals, especially aluminium and destroy rubber, not its burning/lubrication properties at all.  Will be a big issue for carburretted cars of all vintages and any that have older fuel pipes that will simply soften and leak.  I suppose letting the insurance companies picking up the tab for burnt-out cars is a better proposal than an expensive scrappage scheme currently for the government. 
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    colino reacted to St.Jude in Toyota RAV4 GX "Jack" - I can't stand the rain. Nor can my car.   
    And with the high, comes the stall, and the plane starts creeping back down to earth.
    The subframe is back on. Joy! Great replacement I think.

    Putting the bushes back on (the bolts go through the chassis and the subframe) and I realise I haven't ordered bolts for them!

    There's a short stubby one which I didn't need, then there's two long bolts which, well here they are.


    One looks like it's from the ark, the other's thread is mangled and my tap 'n' die set don't go as big as this. So I was on the phone to Big T. 
    That was fun. He reckons I'm wrong, or he can only see stubby bolts. I hate COVID because I'm stuck using my local Stourbridge garage instead of the guys at Fort Dunlop in Birmingham. The difference between the two is that Fort Dunlop let you see the screen, as the Stourbridge lot go away in to a room and come out with print outs etc.
    Anyway, he's ordered the bolts, so I will rock up there with the bolts I've got, and I'll take the ones that fit. That should be tomorrow he said, until he called me back and said they won't be here until the 2nd March.
    So I'm stuck now waiting for more bolts 😂, so happy. Although as I have tomorrow off, if the bolts don't turn up I can carry on with the Lada.
    I'll leave you with a photo of how I've held my engine and gearbox. Length of scaffolding pole and a ratchet strap.

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    colino reacted to St.Jude in Toyota RAV4 GX "Jack" - I can't stand the rain. Nor can my car.   
    So I've the next two days off, and I've spent about 5 hours today sorting this bolt shit out.
    Tried the heat a few times. Bolt didn't move.
    Tried welding a nut to the bolt, plenty of heat (it was actually glowing) - didn't move and actually broke more when I took the breaker bar to it.
    I ended up cutting the bastard out.

    Now I've welded a new patch in, welded a nut to it and it's so far looking good. I'm waiting for the primer to dry before I throw the stone chip on it, as I don't have a body top coat for it.
    Feel more positive today about it. The subframe should be on tonight!
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    colino got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in E10 checker tool   
    The big issue with ethanol in fuel is the property to rot out all sorts of metals, especially aluminium and destroy rubber, not its burning/lubrication properties at all.  Will be a big issue for carburretted cars of all vintages and any that have older fuel pipes that will simply soften and leak.  I suppose letting the insurance companies picking up the tab for burnt-out cars is a better proposal than an expensive scrappage scheme currently for the government. 
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    colino reacted to RichardK in That's Mister Gammon to you. 2004 XJ6 3.0 SE - A New Arrival   
    So lockdown + cold weather + having a work car means this has been far from a priority but also I didn’t want to replace the radiator until the problem of the rare and unreasonably expensive for just as corroded parts door mirror was resolved.
    £100 later it is resolved after a sensible eBayer instead of chancer breakers asking £185 for rusty ones popped up.
    Bonus, the old motor and glass from the passenger mirror fixed most of the driver one.
    Doubt it’ll help but my usual trick of clear waxoyl and hairdryer has coated everything so maybe will provided a small impedence to galvanic corrosion and oxygen for oxidisation.
    Lots of lube in the mirror gears too: Now it has a folding mirror (driver’s one needs assistance but does try).
    It’s been on a battery conditioner forever so starts well and the air suspension gets up to height very quickly after sitting for so long it had dropped a bit. Maybe this beast has potential.
    Reckoned I’d tax it 1st March and it‘s looking likely. Still not sure it’s a car I want - would much rather have an HR-V or something boxy and quirky or roofless than a saloon - but I will enjoy it

















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    colino reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1350 hours of work - On the road!   
    After some very valuable tuition from a professional detailer I've had another crack at the polishing.  I'm now much happier with it and look forward to getting out on the road.

    Its certainly not pebble beach but its good enough for me.  Not bad for somebody who hadn't painted before.


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    colino got a reaction from cpjitservices in Oh dear its happened again! Jaguar S Type   
    Maybe the diesel is different from the petrols, but if I even noticed the effort on slowing down this chunker (heavier than its bigger aluminium  XJ cousin) I would be worried.
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