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  1. As I’ve said previously , I call them Caravan Utilising Nomadic Travellers.
  2. With the dealings I’ve had with them I’d call them a Caravan Utilising Nomadic Travellers.
  3. Better not offend them whilst they are stealing dogs, having roads closed off in Cardiff due to gun offences, having horse and cart races on my local roads, driving around in untaxed vehicles, forcing contractors to crush stolen vehicles etc. Don’t offend the poor souls.
  4. Drivers electric windows been playing up for around 6 years on the Sierra so i thought I'd better swap the motor/mechanism over. Took a couple of hours and lots of swearing-but now works!
  5. Took the Royale around the block to warm everything up. Brakes very good now. Will swap the door maybe in the summer! (have had a spare for 5 years) and put the wheel centres on. Only got Opel centers - but can only see if you really look!
  6. Had a Daimler Sovereign 2.8 30 years ago. Thought I’d do an oil change. It didn’t have the usual screw on filter which I was used to- it had one of the cartridge types. Whipped the cover off, changed the element and put 14 [yes 14] pints of the finest Castrol GTX into it. Started up and then wondered what the splashing sound was. Turned off and the ground was covered in a nice coat of GTX. Bother I thought, I didn’t tighten it up properly. Another nearly 14 pints later it did the same. Oh double bother I thought. I then realised I’d put the new sealing ring on top of the old one. 14 pints lat
  7. I've had mine for 14 years. Its a 1999 4.6HSE. Bought it off ebay for I think about £7500. It's been a good car-broken down twice -both due to a dodgy door lock (apparently there is/was a fault in the wiring between the door lock and bootlock)-once under my car port and once in Newport-had to be recovered. Obviously its had a few niggles-headlining drooping, air con went kaput due to underbonnet insulation wearing through a pipe and sunroof wouldn't work. I had the air springs replaced years ago due to age and I replaced the suspension pump a few years ago-it also had an intermittent height se
  8. Went for £9500 at Brightwells last March. Had a sit in the drivers seat-it was a lovely bus!
  9. I agree. I replaced my 3500S with an S reg 3500 SD 1 manual a few years later. I liked the SD1, but it was nowhere near as quick as the P6. My P6 would spin the wheels in 2nd gear. The interior of the P6 - especially the instruments and switches were superb-much better than the SD1.
  10. I had a multi coloured 3500S years ago. Went like stink. Rear brakes were easy to do-I used to disconnect the driveshaft to the inboard disc. Plenty of access then.
  11. I agree New Pod. I had 2 estates. A 3 year old 2.5 GLS auto and an 8 year old 3.0 Elite auto. Both supremely v comfortable well made cars. Vastly underrated. c
  12. Remember a leak on a pipe from the tank about 4 years ago. It went nowhere-just cut off and hanging above the tank. So it seems this may be a carb tank and not an injection. best keep it fairly full
  13. More work on the Royales brakes on Friday. Looked at the front ones and pads not wearing evenly. Looked like a piston was sticking. Royale has twin pistons on front. Moved them in and out a few times and cleaned up using lots of brake cleaner. Swapped pads around so more worn pad was on the previous sticky side. Repeated on the other side. Took for a spin for 20 mins and brakes much better. Slight sticky drivers rear-the only one I haven't touched-will do this next. More progress today. Right rear brakes cleaned up, pistons pushed back and forth and new pads. Seemed to have fixed t
  14. Update-managed to get the bleed nipples out from the front two calipers-Normfest Supercrack helped! Bled brakes -seemed a lot better up and down the lane. Taxed (free!!!!!!) and insured it last week but only today had a chance to take it for a spin-first time in two years! Brakes still a little spongy-will replace all pads and another bleed-I still have one rear bleed nipple kaput-if no better the master cylinder and rear caliper will be off to past parts for reconditioning. Here it is moved to car port in preparation for brake pad changing.
  15. Good program. He looks and acts weird, but an ace car builder.
  16. I’ve done a couple of these on the wife’s focus. Access to the torx screws or whatever they supply is difficult. It’s from behind and on the focus there’s a dome shaped bit of metal covering it.It’s not too bad if they undo ok like my first one did, but the second ones screw# would not undo and I had to cut it off with a grinder. Also depends on whether an expensive or cheap replacement.
  17. Focus today and Sierra tomorrow. Don’t know about Monday as I’ll be in the pub in the afternoon. Live in Wales.
  18. Gave the Sierra a quick polish in time for winter. Pity it's half in and half out of the car port. Shrunk the shed so will have to extend the car port roof.
  19. That’s the one I wish I had bought. That was a corker. e
  20. I went on one about 5 years ago. It was good. Friend was on his way to attend one and got booked speeding half a mile a2ay.
  21. Friend had a 300tdi auto years ago. It was the slowest thing I ever drove. Foot to the floor and wait to pull out of a junction. I wouldn’t fancy pulling anything in one if this was typical of the auto. He now has a Td5 auto, much, much quicker.
  22. Another MOT passed-advisory for body corrosion. A few days underneath should sort it!!
  23. Just saw the original ad for this-what a bargain! Fastidious owner too!!! Well bought-what a machine!
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