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    2MB reacted to Jerzy Woking in Americans and oil changes..   
    I used to commute 120 miles a day, 12 months of the year. I had a Suzuki GSX-R which i changed the oil and filter every 10,000 miles as after 60 miles all the condensation would have been boiled away. The bike had two cold starts a day (maybe 3 if i had to refuel near work on my way home).
    At 180,000 miles the engine and exhaust system were both original. Sadly totally destroyed in a crash with a Transit tipper.
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    2MB got a reaction from OM646 in What's the highest odometer reading of any vehicle you've ever owned?   
    Owned: merc S124, 198,000
    Been in: merc w123, 2,600,000. Taxi we hired for a day in marrakech to go to the mountains. Still felt fine
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    2MB reacted to sierraman in Learning to drive   
    In a 106 1.5 diesel by a man called Ken who smelled like he hadn’t wiped his bottom properly. I remember him bollocking me for thrashing it.
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    2MB got a reaction from Mudster in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    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
     

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    2MB got a reaction from Craig the Princess in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    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
     

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    2MB got a reaction from Craig the Princess in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    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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    2MB got a reaction from Craig the Princess in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    It’s been a while but the familiar ache/burn got too much and I gave in again. For context I was bidding on a certain vehicle on eBay in early August, missed out on winning it by a fiver or something and called it a draw. As we all know this feeling of nonchalance manifests itself in a desire to do better next time. I put it down to be being the wrong time for such things, seeing as though child number 3 was due to be born in about 60 days’ time. With that in mind, and the feeling of freedom of the first day free from work and/or childcare since March  I put my pushbike on the train, rode it a few stops and  got out at Leeds urban bike park, where I was having a lovely time until I decided to have one more go at a set of jumps. The ground came out of nowhere and twatted me goodstyle in various places, mainly my left (dominant) arm which broke either side of the elbow. 
    None of this matters a great deal but today finds me able to drive again and having won a subsequent eBay auction for a similar vehicle. The first part of the journey is on foot, in to the depths of Ravensthorpe no less

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    2MB got a reaction from crad in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    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
     

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    2MB reacted to J-T in Stupidly obvious things we've missed   
    It was 2007 and I was the proud owner of a brand new Renaultsport Megane F1 and a Mk1 MR2. The battery was dead on the MR2 so I decided to jump it off the Renault. I got the cars in position, went to put the leads on and realised I was going to have to disconnect the positive lead on the Megane as there were that many cables running from it that I couldn't get the jump lead on to the terminal. So I happily set to with my ratchet, undid the 10mm nut and just rested my ratchet dow..........
    Cue a massive blue spark as the metal ratchet rolled over and bridged both terminals of the battery, welded itself in place and blew almost every fuse on the car. That was an interesting call to Renault Assist, "No, I don't know what's happened with it, it just won't start". To their eternal credit, they fixed it without even questioning it, although to be fair, I suppose total electrical failure on a 2007 Megane can't have been too uncommon.
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    2MB got a reaction from tooSavvy in Why is this familiar and makes me think of autoshite ?   
    But where does the horse galloping towards the train come in to it?
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    2MB reacted to Out Run in Why is this familiar and makes me think of autoshite ?   
    Here are entirely my thoughts on ‘Horse and Train 1954’
    The galloping train curves like a backwards smile into the distance. Its crushing speed made fantastically apparent by the subtle division on the horizon; a small bump between the pulled carriages and the lower grasslands. What once was a simple line it seems, can evolve painfully quick to the onrush and light of a hurtling machine.
     
    To some extent when I look at this piece, I feel ensnared like the horse. The steel of the tracks, brighter than any of the world around them, pull out of the canvas, both backwards to another world, and forwards into ours. Through the charging animal however, Colville draws our eyes downward to its fractious mid hurtle position. Beneath the horse, there is an uneasy quietness before the potential collision. The gravel is painted delicately to the pebble, with the thick pregnant marshland belied by delicate brushstrokes beside the tracks.
    Yet amid his subdued palate, Colville draws the two majestic roamers of the landscape in equivocation rather than opposition. The smoke of the train itself too blends into the clouds above, with the horse’s hoof merging to the dark churn of the tracks below.
    Rather than the obvious symbolic implication of the painting then, Colville offers a more interesting interpretation upon the idea of choice. Both the train driver and the horse have the ability it seems to get out of the way in some form, but both, for this snapshot moment at least, seem unwilling m8.
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    2MB reacted to Jimbob McGregor in OMG SNO KAOS - pics or stories?   
    A few North Pennine Peugeot (mostly 205 D Turbo) images from winters past. Many from the particularly good 2009-10 winter.





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    2MB reacted to LoftyvRS in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Countless tales of local essential bodgery maintenance which is the norm when younger and more fiscally challenged but the furthest afield emergency repairs all seemed to happen in June 2009 when we did a Trackday at the F1 circuit in Spa-Francochamps.
    This year there were about 9 of us in our group but the only two I caught on camera were both 3dr Sierra Cosworths, this was in the days of them being cheap and cheerful track cars, not the million dollar museum pieces they are nowdays.
    First disaster was Ben, guy I've know years, gets towed back to the pits (we were in the underground car park area underneath the new F1 paddock) with the Sierra fuel tank in the boot. The tank had detached itself from the car through the fast left hander Blanchemont corner and was being dragged along by the fuel hoses at over 100mph. The sparks off the tank were impressive apparently and it had just been filled with Shell Optimax!!! How it never went up is beyond me.
    We repaired the sender wires, and rehung the tank with two ratchet straps - the original tank straps had rotted through... Car did another full day on track and drove home fine.

     
    Second and slight worse disaster was another 3dr Sierra Cosworth that managed three whole laps (on a two day trackday) before detonating a piston to bits. We initially thought it was the Head Gasket so pulled the head off but it wasn't pretty inside..

    Faced with no European breakdown cover and no desire to  tow him home we had to think on our feet. As the piston was damaged it was ripping the bore to bits so we decided to drop the sump, remove the rod bolts and take the piston and rod out totally. The injector was unplugged for that cylinder and the oil spray jet bent downwards. Spark plug was left in the head but the lead removed. It ran then as a rather unwell three cylinder. The wastegate pressure was backed right off so it made no boost and it drove back to the uk like that. It was comical watching him go through customs at the tunnel with this old sierra chugging away.. 
    Got it back to the Midlands though, kept the speed down to 60mph all the way
    Numerous other things went wrong that weekend but the fun we had was great. The trackdays then were generally attended by some right champagne Charlies in Ferraris, Porsches etc, and to have a group of guys with old but fast cars (when working) was a laugh
     
     
     
     
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    2MB reacted to Amishtat in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    When I had my 620 the accepted method of egress was to drop the o/s r window and reach around to the driver's door handle, since the drivers window was wedged in place. Obviously this only works if your arms are long enough, which never occurred to me until I lent someone short the car, then got a sarcastic text later to say how easy it was to get out of. Also it simply didn't matter what time of day or night it was, there was always someone watching while I did this. Fucking always.. 
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    2MB got a reaction from mk2_craig in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    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


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    2MB got a reaction from spartacus in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    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


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    2MB got a reaction from spartacus in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Bonus cosseh action on the way out of Manchistoh. My passenger* isn’t a very good photographer

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    2MB got a reaction from spartacus in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    And home. Set cruise at 77 and mpg seems decent considering one of the back brakes is dragging a bit

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    2MB got a reaction from spartacus in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    With a scooter needlessly added to the fleet of mostly unrequited vehicles there’s only one logical next step. I’m hoping this one will make it home under its own steam so the journey starts on foot to the station, so have a picture of my local church 

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    2MB got a reaction from Twiggy in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    It was an A road and about 3 weeks after it flew off but I found it

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    2MB got a reaction from rainagain in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Ever found out that fuel gauges over read when running veg oil, on the northbound M1 in a mk2 golf? Followed by some expert* conservation of momentum to get off the slip road and over  2 roundabouts, coasting to a gentle halt 200 yards from a petrol station
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    2MB got a reaction from DSdriver in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    It was an A road and about 3 weeks after it flew off but I found it

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    2MB got a reaction from loserone in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    It was an A road and about 3 weeks after it flew off but I found it

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    2MB got a reaction from Dave_Q in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Progress is going to be slow on the scooter as it’s a rather low priority at the moment. Had a play with it last night. It runs for about a minute then dies. Fuel seems to be getting to the carb ok but I noticed the air filter cover had come off at some point. Hopeful that refitting it will sort it but I’d already had a chewing for waking the baby up by riding it up and down the back yard.


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    2MB got a reaction from Dave_Q in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    It’s been a while but the familiar ache/burn got too much and I gave in again. For context I was bidding on a certain vehicle on eBay in early August, missed out on winning it by a fiver or something and called it a draw. As we all know this feeling of nonchalance manifests itself in a desire to do better next time. I put it down to be being the wrong time for such things, seeing as though child number 3 was due to be born in about 60 days’ time. With that in mind, and the feeling of freedom of the first day free from work and/or childcare since March  I put my pushbike on the train, rode it a few stops and  got out at Leeds urban bike park, where I was having a lovely time until I decided to have one more go at a set of jumps. The ground came out of nowhere and twatted me goodstyle in various places, mainly my left (dominant) arm which broke either side of the elbow. 
    None of this matters a great deal but today finds me able to drive again and having won a subsequent eBay auction for a similar vehicle. The first part of the journey is on foot, in to the depths of Ravensthorpe no less

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