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  1. On 11/14/2022 at 4:32 PM, Spurious said:

    It was passed to @2MB, I know no more than that. 

    I used it for a few months while I did some work on my Porsche, it gave me no problems and was great fun. I ended up with too many cars so advertised it for sale and got a message from a guy a couple of miles away who was supposedly desperate for a car. Delivered it to him and got a text the next morning asking if I still had the Nissan...? Turns out he'd sold it on straight away, presumably to a scrap man seeing as though @Spurious to me is the last keeper change and a certificate of destruction was issued. Presumably the cat was worth something but it was a 90s nissan with an SR20 and no rust, could have been reliable transport for years to come. Pissed me off to be honest

  2. 1 hour ago, Tony McVeigh said:

    Morning folks,

    In prep for the 205 on Sunday, I have bought a replacement leather steering wheel from a GTI, hopefully straightforward replacement, and swap the Peugeot 
    centre from the current one into this one. I like a leather wheel.

    Am I correct this is a straightforward job?

    Thanks all. 



    Piece of piss. 20 or 21mm socket & extension. Undo the nut a few turns and loosen the wheel off the splines by pulling it towards yourself. If it's been on a while it'll take some persuasion and leaving the nut on will stop any interaction between the wheel and your face when it lets go

  3. On 2/2/2022 at 10:04 PM, TrabbieRonnie said:

    In my own 20 odd years of driving, I have found that the best cars have one or more features from the following list...

    Extending aerial (manual or electrical)

    Frameless doors

    Longitudinal engine (or otherwise non-conventional)

    Pop-up lamps

    Forward-opening bonnet

    A 'light bar' between the rear lamps

    I haven't owned every feature yet, and I doubt there's one car that has them all, but the more the better!  Oh, and it has to make me look back once parked, that's it!

    My current fleet scores;

    Audi Coupe... 3

    Audi A8... 1

    Hilux Surf... 2

    Mazda 323... 2

    Hiace Camper... 2

    Trabbi... 1

    Disappointing performance from the mighty Trabant here, however, maybe the one contest at which it equals the A8!  The best car I can think of according to the criteria above would be a Supra or Mitsi 3000 GTO?  Can't think of a car that has both pop-ups and a forward opening bonnet?  Lamborghini Muira?


    I may be up past my bedtime.

    The Vestatec Magnum had pop-up headlights and a forward opening bonnet, as well as a heckblende and a longitudinal engine. I think it would have a retractable aerial as well to give a score of 5


  4. 2 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

    Heated seats were standard on all UK Volvo 240s.

    Plastic covers hid the wheels on lesser model 240s.

    I am not sure if Torslander had electric windows.

    940 Wentworths did not have LSDs, I sold them new. No UK 240/740/760 had LSDs up to 1992 when I was selling them.


    That’s me told then! Can’t remember where I read about the spec of the torslander

  5. On 1/26/2021 at 11:11 AM, Six-cylinder said:

    There were some rumours that the last few had a LSD, but I have never seen a confirmed sighting.

    2.0i 8v 109 bhp in a heavy car sounds like they had some to use up rather than a need!

    Believe they were a cold weather special. 
    heated seats

    alloys instead of steels for rust prevention

    windy windows in case of frozen seals

    think the wentworth 940 had a standard lsd but the torslanda would’ve benefitted if it wasn’t standard fit

  6. 1 hour ago, Mudster said:

    There was nothing documented on manifold replacement on the Civic when I changed mine. There was me and 2 other owners doing the job at the same time providing support to one another through a marque forum which was really helpful.

    Anyway, really glad you didn't have to go through a similar process and got it all sorted with injector seals. Injector seals are normally a crushable copper washer but not familiar with your engine.

    The copper washers are the only thing that come up on a search but I couldn’t see any sign of one when the injector was out. I thought the 2.2 engines were all the same before about 2009 but maybe not

  7. Progress report on the FR-V:

    After grinding the backplate down the drum handbrake decided to stick. Easy enough fix, adjusted it back and was rewarded with the disc beginning to grab. The previous owner had said something about swapping the slider pins around to sort a similar issue on the other side before the MOT, but this achieved the sum total of fuck all, along with cleaning and regreasing said pins and the calliper itself. Bemused at an apparently cursed rear brake system I bought a new caliper and fitted it without incident. Quick test drive produced no heat or noise so I treated it to a tank of diesel. Starting it up at the forecourt it started making a put-put-put type sound and the cabin filled with the unwelcome reek of diesel fumes. This was the day after reading about a certain other 2.2 Honda on the forum 

    So I convinced myself the exhaust manifold had given up. On civics it’s accessible from the bottom, on accords the top. It seems nobody has committed an account of the same job to the internet on the hunchbacked six seater so on Saturday I decided to have a look to see just how horrific it would be. Taking the plaggy cover off I was greeted with a black stain on and around injector 3, and sure enough firing it up saw it chuffing fuel towards the sky from there. At this point I made the mistake of reading a few tales of woe regarding stuck injectors etc, but it came out with a bit of persuasion and was notable in the absence of any o-rings, save for a burnt scrap of one stuck in one of the grooves. The internet proved fruitless as to finding replacements (only came up with copper washers which I can’t see any of) so a quick look in my drawer of random shit produced 2 of a reasonable fit. The injector/glow plug assembly looked like a fucking stalactite so a bit of time removing the Black Death from that resulted in something a bit more acceptable looking. Back together as the light faded and all was well. I should’ve taken pictures but everything has been done in the dark/rain/snow/a rush/a fit of rage. Hopefully it doesn’t keep giving me issues because it is a lovely car and I can’t think of a better fit for our current needs.

    The tyres were shocking so rather than spend £250 on a set of decent ones I spent £110 on a set of nearly new falkens with some EP3 type R rims attached



  8. 20 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

    Oh, nice - I missed this thread earlier in the week.

    My mother bought an identical one new in 2000; I only ever drove it a handful of times (usually whenever my Datsun had eaten a wheel bearing or some such) but I also found the clutch very odd - a high bite point, and oddly wooden.

    The only problem I recall it having was that the steering lock would occasionally kick in on roundabouts, making it impossible to steer the bloody thing off the roundabout until it was forcibly released. I think it had a new steering column fitted under warranty.

    She got £1000 trade-in allowance for it against a new Fiat 500 nine years later. It had 11,000 miles on the clock at that stage, had been dealer services all the way through and really was like new. The guy in the Fiat dealership said it was too good for the forecourt, and he was going to take it himself and give it to his daughter as her first car.

    About 18 months later I saw it parked up in the University Quarter in Belfast - both bumpers were cracked, there were dents all over it and the interior looked like it'd been used for a mud-wrestling tournament. It also had a 'Powered by Fairy Dust' sticker on the tailgate.

    I didn't tell my mother.

    Still, for £150, I think you've done alright - hope the pulley bolt issue gets sorted without too much hassle!

    Can’t think of a better car to drive round and round a roundabout than a yellow lupo

  9. Last job was to investigate the sticky back brake that was causing the wheel to get pretty hot. Thinking it’d be a badly adjusted handbrake shoe or seized caliper I stopped out down and found that the inner edge of the (new) disc had been carving itself a nice groove in the backplate. Whether this was due to the metal swelling with rust or badly made/wrong discs I don’t know, but a bit of prescision* grinding resulted in a much more agreeable fit



  10. Seeing as it was unclear when it’d last been serviced, I thought I’d treat the FR-V to some love. It blew a headlight bulb on Sunday so first quick job was to swap a working one from  my drawer of salvaged bits. 
    Got a phone call from the hospital while fitting the new one and managed to drop the bleeding thing into the headlight. I’d highly recommend this if you want to spend 3 hours fucking about while contorted into various crippling positions. 
    Managed it eventually and made use of my fancy ramps to drop the oil


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