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  1. If she's getting stiff in the joints, the doors on a 3 door are generally larger. When my gran was still alive, it was easier to get her in my 3dr Astra than my parents Rover 75. Had to help her bend her knees, bless. But I understand: some people just won't have a three door. And in fairness the Astra doors are huge, and the doors on that little car probably aren't.
  2. It will read out fault codes through the standard available Opcom software, but there's no live data and you know that live data is everything. As to airbags, I have let one off in the garden once. I read that I wasn't allowed to throw them in the scrap without letting them off, so I connected it up to some very long wires and sat with the children at a suitable distance and applied 12 volts. There was an almightly bang and the thing that surprised me was the smell of explosives.
  3. This is a really good thread Stanky thanks for sharing. Impressed with your tenacity, all helps us with our own jobs. Still want to try my OBD1 Astra on your software sometime to see if we can get a response, when we're allowed to (especially as there's no rush and it is in bits).
  4. Hi it is me the glue man (according to Stanky). If that hole is just an isolated bit of rust, glue would be excellent. I got disillusioned with the proper stuff and would advocate araldite. If you can access the back, glue a square on. Ideally find something with a captive nut on it already. Glue is awesome for preventing future rust. Also you could use something like zintec without risk of death due to welding fumes.
  5. The ultimate Autoshite Maestro is on C&C too. 6K miles from new, LHD, Ledbury. Not exactly a bargain but where would you find another? Frankly the only way to top this is with a Chinese one, and that'll be hard to find now. I think China just wipes out older cars without trace. I had a friend - oops have - who had a succession of Maestros in the day. They were a lot better than their reputation. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1315481
  6. I have sold a lot on ebay, and some have gone for up to £20 though a minimal profit is the case for those where there are more manuals than demand. I had one for I think a Renault 30. I looked on Howmanyleft.com and there were about ten, but there were 13 manuals for sale on ebay. Thinking that my chances were slim, I advertised it and was surprised that it sold to someone in Germany. I got a load from a man who died but it was mostly re-homing rather than getting rich. I'll never know why he had quite so many.
  7. My parents had a Fordson van first. Then a Flying Standard Then a Bristol 403 (really) sadly written off. Then a brand new Mini. They did 60K miles in it in a few years. Then a Triumph Herald that rotted through the chassis in about four years. Then a Wolseley 1500 that also rotted as we lived in Holland and there was a lot of salt. They then bought an HB Viva estate, G reg which was a good car and took it from 20K to 120K. It had only regular maintenance. This was followed by an HC Viva estate which was very unreliable and never seemed to run right. It p
  8. I haven't had a chance to look. But I might be able to find a photo. Be good to see a picture of the car with the badges now too.
  9. It isn't difficult. Fits straight in. I didn't clean the engine that much so that might be a job you want to do. You should be impressed with stuff like the nearly new Ford Radiator though. It had a brand new alternator just before I sold it too as it was running at too high a voltage.
  10. Good to hear that you are patient and sorting out details. I reckon it is a bit more than 95% already though.
  11. Good effort Stanky. I've had some KYB shocks on my Astra for about ten years and 80K miles, still very good, so you should be ok with them.
  12. It was for sale for a few months. I had it for sale for a lot longer, but I had more interest this year than ever before. Arthur wants the sound deadening for the bonnet which is here in Southampton. The prices I get for delivery are just too high. If anyone has any ideas how to get it to him, that'd be good, but probably easier as lockdown eases. I did try and fit it but couldn't get it on. I didn't try very hard.
  13. The sound deadening is here a D can wait until we find some way to get it to you. I sold it to someone in Northern Ireland who put it up for sale immediately, which is up to him of course.
  14. You mean the chassis plate for the first shell? I thought that went with it. Can't remember. I will have a look. Not a lot of use now of course.
  15. Hi, I'd be pleased to. By all means PM me, or put the questions here if you prefer. I did wonder when someone wanted to buy the sound proofing for the bonnet!
  16. I'm happy to change the rubber connections in fuel lines to compatible marine stuff as someone recommended before. The Vauxhall Viva gets so little use that I'm already wondering about an electric fuel pump to be able to empty the tank anyway, then bung the fuel in something else when it goes for a rest for a few months. I was thinking about converting it to lpg but I can hardly get it round here anyway.
  17. What's going on with the Mk2 Cortinas with what at least looks like FD Victor grills and lights?
  18. Anyone had the buyers who are on a ship at sea and want to buy the car for their son/daughter/friend/whatever? It is some sort of scam but although I have had two of the enquiries, I've never got far enough to see how the scam works. I did send one a load of photographs, I was very suspicious but nothing to lose by sending pictures. Second time, I just dismissed it. How many people on ships at sea want to buy cars unseen? But someone must fall for this, or it wouldn't be worth their while.
  19. I like the green one in the photo. Agree with the minimalist sentiment. I never owned one but knew people that did. They were ok, but quite noisy like most of the alternatives. I think they're so well thought of for three reasons. First, the money Ford poured into motorsport gave them a really good image, so everyone thought they were driving a rally car. Second, the marketing was very good and kept the image up with subltle tweaks to the appearance and go faster versions. Third, they seemed to have slightly less quality problems than some of the alternatives, which were dreadful.
  20. I believe that the liklihood of punters turning up is inversely proportional to the story they tell of the effort they are putting into coming. If you get a great long song and dance about changing shifts, directions, help from friends, whatever, there's not a lot of chance they will appear. If you just get 'ok see you at three' then they probably will. Worst car ever was a VW Touran, 180K miles and very very rough. It was priced at £2400 from memory and just a few hundred more would have got a much much better car, or the same money a simpler car in better condition. Hardly a
  21. lisbon_road

    Morris 1300

    That 123 ignition is interesting. When you rev the engine on many older cars, the timing light just shows a blur. Be really interesting to see if your MGB runs better, probably less fuel and better emissions. Sorry Rob, we've gone a bit off topic..........
  22. lisbon_road

    Morris 1300

    That's fine, and I don't disagree. OE upgrades will use proper automotive electronic components and might be much more reliable. Providing you can get them - if they were ever fitted and if they are available now and not too ancient.
  23. lisbon_road

    Morris 1300

    I originally had a Mobelec Magnum system, which actually did last for many years. I then went for a Lumenition system which is generally well thought of. I think I got it secondhand, though not much used. I just looked them up and they're quite a price now.
  24. lisbon_road

    Morris 1300

    I own an HB Viva and fitted it with electronic ignition in the 80s as that system was really really dreadful. There must be Metro systems that can be used, but now it is probably easier to go for a decent after market one. I do think the Lucas distributor on a Mini/1100/1300 was much better than a Delco one though. The Viva has a cold start system, which does start quite well, but it must increase the running current across the points which seems like a bad idea. Better to have everything in decent order and dump the cold start.
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