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    dave21478 got a reaction from loserone in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    My local CT tester lets me wander round the garage and into the inspection pit etc when my cars are being tested, which is handy because I can be doing "important business" on my telephone while in bluetooth range of the ELM327 plugged into whichever crock is about to fail and keep clearing the codes as they appear, keeping the light out.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from barefoot in Glazing shite - weird and wonderful windows   
    Driving that would be like wearing somebody elses glasses.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from stephen01 in Decoding Ebay Registration Number   
    courtesy of Pillock in a different thread.....
     
      top tip. I find the forum search to be shit so I use google. Type " site:autoshite.com ebay registration decode " into google and its the second result. Use whatever keywords you like after the site name to search for stuff much more effectively than the forums own search system.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from LightBulbFun in The grumpy thread   
    I saw someone walking a cat on a leash once. Well, they were trying to. It was like flying a kite in a hurricane, the thing went mental and didnt seem to touch the ground at all - I imagine it kept itself in the air through pure rage alone.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from djim in Daves roffle MGF thread. emissions pass. Finally.   
    WAKEY WAKEY TIME!

     
    Three oclock in the fukkin morning....thats not natural....in fact its still the day before, as far as I am concerned.
    To be honest though, I had been awake for ages anyway. Pre collection excitement/nerves had me like a kid on christmas eve.
     
    Breakfast of champions normal people.

     
    Assemble....various confirmation printouts - check, passport - check, electric map - check, USB ciggy lighter adaptor - check,  various power leads - check, telephone - well, I am using it to take the photograph, but yeah - check, camera - obviously, yes, since its also the telephone - check. Not pictured, sleeping bag - check.

     
    Dave chooses Escort. It is super effective.
     
     
    Turns out that at 3.30am in a teeny village, opening a huge sliding roller door on a giant metal box is apocalytically loud. Sorry everyone.
     
    A lot of country roads.

     
    A bit of main road

     
    Some autoroute.

     
    One for The Dash At Night thread, maybe....

     
    oh look, not far off rolling right round the clock. I am excited*
    I love driving at this time of day when nobody is around....its like some kind of weird video game.
     
    New LED street lights on the Toulouse ringroad are insanely bright.

     
    Remember where we parked, kids.

     
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    dave21478 got a reaction from mercedade in 1990's Max Power shite   
    This scene was my entire fucking life back then. I had all the magazines, traveled the length of the country to go to all the big shows, was a regular at the local cruises, spaffed every single spare penny I had and later a fucking fortune I didnt have thanks to credit on hot mods and tunez, gave myself tinnitus from the bass and/or exhaust noises, I was a fucking master of handbrake turns outside Mcdonalds and the trafficlight drag race.
    Its what made me the person I am today (a loser? yeah, probably) I started out as a total benny with zero mechanical skills, zero tools and zero knowledge and just got stuck in and taught myself. Scrapyard upgrades were the cheapest way to start....cars were like Lego back then and it was all just bolt-off and bolt-on to upgrade brakes, suspension, trim, even engine stuff. The breakers were full of plenty crashed cars to choose from....you could stroll into Persley Quarry and pick up a set of Recaros from an RS Turbo for twenty quid. An afternoon of fucking about with dads power drill and some big penny washers from B&Q soon had them bolted into my Mini which was one of the first proper mods I ever did....and that was me properly bitten by the modifying bug and it wasnt all that much later before I was swapping engines and fitting lowering kits to every car I owned.
     
     
     
    I have lost so many photos over the years....fuck knows where all the old print photos have gone from the early stuff....The Minis....RC40s, HiLos, MG Metro engines, the entire back seat area boxed off with MDF and rocking 2x 18 inch subs and enough amps to stall the motor when the bass kicked. the Orions....RS kits, XR3 wheels, 6x9s, The Corsas....Koni, Janspeed, all the good stuff....
    I have lost loads of digital pics too from computer deaths.
     
    The Calibra was a regular at Billing and Doncaster shows.

    convoy down the night before showday and sleep in the cars...

    The astra took over when the Cally died
    redtop forever...

    Well, until you replace it with a V6

    early arrival at another showground

    and I have hundreds of pics like these but I wont bore you all with them....


     
    I am a forty year old fat man now and the only way I could get some girly to bend over my bonnet and show her pants would be to pay a hooker, I would imagine.
    I still find myself occasionally looking up under-car neons or drainpipe exhausts on ebay every now and then. I am seriously tempted to Barry the Metro to the fullest of my abilities....still got a massive pile of subs and amps and stuff in the garage....a few months back I sacrificed the rear footwell of the pickup to fit a sub box and amplifier so now I can once again make the mirrors vibrate so much you cant see anything in them with my Ministry Of Sound albums.
     
    fuck, the late 90s and early 00s were the peak and life has been shit ever since. Now I am sad again.
     
     
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    dave21478 got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in your town, in ye olden times.   
    Aberdoom.

     

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    dave21478 got a reaction from hennabm in Shite in your town, in ye olden times.   
    Used to be the widest high street in the country, apparently.
     

     

     

     

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    dave21478 got a reaction from hennabm in Shite in your town, in ye olden times.   
    Aberdoom.

     

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    dave21478 got a reaction from The Old Bloke Next Door in Lower arm / locking wheel nut bodge advice   
    oh, and hammering sockets is potentially dangerous - they can shatter and send shards flying, so wear goggles. Or squint a bit, which works for me. But I am an idiot.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from The Old Bloke Next Door in Lower arm / locking wheel nut bodge advice   
    Yeah.
     With the whole "hammer on a smaller socket" thing, it might not work with the first size you try, it needs to be proper fucking tight....ie not a barely too small socket fitted with a few taps of a wee claw hammer, you need to go down a size or two and bash the fucker on with a decent lump hammer.
     
    Obviously once unscrewed this leaves the nut well and truly stuck in the socket so you will need a punch to hammer the nut out from the rear of the socket by holding the socket in a vice or sitting it on top of the lip of a larger socket.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from Barry Cade in Lower arm / locking wheel nut bodge advice   
    Use a chisel or old flat screwdriver to beast off the rotating collar and then just hammer on the smaller socket as usual.
     
    welding a nut on is possible, but you need a LOT of current to get good enough weld penetration and locking nuts are often made of some bullshit metal that doesnt weld very well.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from spike60 in Lower arm / locking wheel nut bodge advice   
    oh, and hammering sockets is potentially dangerous - they can shatter and send shards flying, so wear goggles. Or squint a bit, which works for me. But I am an idiot.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from castros_bro in Lower arm / locking wheel nut bodge advice   
    Use a chisel or old flat screwdriver to beast off the rotating collar and then just hammer on the smaller socket as usual.
     
    welding a nut on is possible, but you need a LOT of current to get good enough weld penetration and locking nuts are often made of some bullshit metal that doesnt weld very well.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from stephen01 in Tools you bought but never used   
    Its brilliant isnt it? they use the gun to tighten them up to 9 duggaduggas which is roughly 3000 lb/ft, then drags a battered old torque wrench out of a puddle, its pre-set to 65lb/ft and has been for the past 7 years and he clicks it once on each nut.....yep, all nuts correctly torqued m8
     
    fuck off.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from alf892 in Tools you bought but never used   
    Its brilliant isnt it? they use the gun to tighten them up to 9 duggaduggas which is roughly 3000 lb/ft, then drags a battered old torque wrench out of a puddle, its pre-set to 65lb/ft and has been for the past 7 years and he clicks it once on each nut.....yep, all nuts correctly torqued m8
     
    fuck off.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in Tools you bought but never used   
    Its brilliant isnt it? they use the gun to tighten them up to 9 duggaduggas which is roughly 3000 lb/ft, then drags a battered old torque wrench out of a puddle, its pre-set to 65lb/ft and has been for the past 7 years and he clicks it once on each nut.....yep, all nuts correctly torqued m8
     
    fuck off.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from steveo3002 in Tools you bought but never used   
    Its brilliant isnt it? they use the gun to tighten them up to 9 duggaduggas which is roughly 3000 lb/ft, then drags a battered old torque wrench out of a puddle, its pre-set to 65lb/ft and has been for the past 7 years and he clicks it once on each nut.....yep, all nuts correctly torqued m8
     
    fuck off.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from drivewaymyway in Electric nut runners.   
    Uh, most wheel nuts recommended torque is in the 60 - 80 lb/ft kinda range.....ie a hell of a lot less than most people think.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from drivewaymyway in Electric nut runners.   
    I usually narrow my eyes a bit.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Daves roffle MGF thread. emissions pass. Finally.   
    Since I am mentally still 17...Pumpin choonz are required in all my cars.
     
    The MGF already has upgraded door speakers, but nothing more. Ideally I would like an amp and sub in it, but there is just no room for a sub box. No point putting it in the boot as with the engine between boot and passenger cabin I wouldnt hear anything. I have seen a few folk fit wee subs under the seats or in the passenger footwell but its all a bit of a faff for not ideal results.
     
    As an compromise I decided to fit rear speakers as it had none. A set of Alpine 6x9s were bought....as seen on every sagging Nova parcelshelf about 20 years ago.
     
    Posher models of MGF have rear speakers in the trim behind the rear seats, and since there is a reasonable bit of depth available behind it, this was the ideal location. I could probably have fitted smaller speakers straight into the plastic, but I couldnt be fucked with tinny wee speakers and hoped the 6x9s would give a reasonable amount of bass.
     

     
    I glued up a couple of layers of 18mm plywood and carved it down to shape with a flapwheel in the grinder.


     
    Not pictured, I wrapped them in acoustic cloth, and cut the mounting holes in the plastic trim.
     
    In place....

     
    And the other...

     
    The top screws are about 120mm long and go into the metal reinforcing strut that runs under the top of that trim.
    NOTE - dont screw into the bulkhead, the pez tank is right behind there. Dunno how high it comes up, but not worth the risk.
    The lower screws on my speakers are just into the plastic trim with plywood slipped in behind for them to grip into.
     
    There is no wiring for them but its easy to run a pair of wires tucked up under the edge of the centre console and up to the stereo. Had to cut off the standard ISO plug as it only had connections for the fronts, so wired in a new one with all four speaker connections.
     
    Sounds decent. No substitute for a proper subwoofer, but banging enough for my Ministry Of Sound compilations.
     
     
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    dave21478 got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Daves roffle MGF thread. emissions pass. Finally.   
    It failed the emissions test when I put it in for CT test and its been a minor PITA to get it to pass, but I got there in the end.
     
    I started with the simple stuff....changed the oil, oil filter, fuel filter, cleaned the air filter....No difference.
     
    I changed the plugs, leads, cap and rotor arm. I also changed the ECU temp probe....No difference.
     
    I changed the Lambda sensor, which was a twat.
    Access isnt too rosy from underneath.


     
    I had to take the whole manifold off, which is easy enough, and hit the old sensor with the gas axe to get it to turn.


     
    It relieved itself of its threads on the way out anyway.

     
    And fairly chewed up the manifold hole.

     
    But there was enough thread for the new one to bite. The new ones nose is slightly too long though, with the tip bottoming out in the manifold before the sensor was screwed all the way in, so a big washer cured that.

     
    Top tip to ebay sellers of universal lambda sensors.....The heatshrink you supply is supposed to be larger than the crimps you supply.

     
    Anyway, it still failed re-test so I changed pretty much the only thing left which was a new cat converter. Apparently cheap ebay ones are not great so I coughed for a Bosal one. With fingers crossed, I took it for retest again on the last day of its grace period before needing a full new CT and it passed ok.
     
     
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    dave21478 got a reaction from loserone in By popular* demand, raffling a MGF!!! Soon to be exported!   
    Has it got a stereo in it? and if so, by any chance an aux input or usb slot?
     
    #priorities
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    dave21478 got a reaction from loserone in By popular* demand, raffling a MGF!!! Soon to be exported!   
    I have been sniffing these in the classified ads.... Ideal for winter in the mountains.
    4 consecutive randoms please.
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    dave21478 got a reaction from loserone in Talk To Me About - MGF's   
    I just spent most of the day in my MGF with no troubles at all.
     
    I gassed it up with a quarter tank remaining on the gauge and the mileage saying 333 miles (536km) since I last filled up. It took 33.5 litres to fill up, so 6.25 L/100km which is 45.2mpg. 
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