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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to juular in 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, Bran Find, demolition commences   
    Finished stripping the donor.
    Inside is utterly HOWLING to the point that I have to go for a decon shower every time I go near it, but it has given up a huge amount of spares.
    Damp horsehair, mould, nests of varying size, occupant and description.

    Seats, dash, instruments, all excellent

    With a few bushes the suspension could be just bolted on to another car and used.

    Lifting the engine out with the crane failed because of the stones and uneven ground.

    Instead, I rolled a wheel dolly under and made a track of boards.

    Chopped the front of the car off, dropped the engine crossmember and rolled it out.

    @Lacquer Peel helped remove the rear axle. It's only 5 bolts I said.. 
    ..3 hrs later..

    That's the whole car stripped to the shell. The door handles were seized in place so I cut them off.

    It may not seem it from the photos but every single panel except the roof is utterly ripe.

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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to dome in Domes shonky autos-Manta 400 kit has arrived 😁   
    Not much has been happening of late as mojo has been low and the fleet has mostly been behaving itself. 
    Today, A Good Thing happened. The Manta 400 kit arrived😁
    The guys who made it are rallying in Arbroath this weekend so offered to drop it off. A small gift was supplied by me to say thanks. Scottishy goodness

    As delivered

    Trial fit
    Laid out. Hopefully it won't get this close to a tree when it's fitted to the car
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    Fabergé Greggs got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in 35th time lucky: P6 boots   
    Oh man, so nice. One of the ways that I can tell that I’m maturing from reckless hooligan youth into weird old car guy is that I’ve really come to love a correct set of fresh tires on a car. Like really really LOVE 
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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to juular in 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, Bran Find, demolition commences   
    Sad car is sad. And there is a lot of bran to find.

    Considering it was essentially scrap money this has been a goldmine.

    Heated rear screen.

    Twin carb engine.


    And the original radio.

    And unbelievably, some spares for a 240 were found in the boot, including the engine crossmember, and a good quality filler neck.

    The crossmember alone is worth more than I paid for this car, they are like unicorn tears now. I had real trouble finding one for my 240 and had to weld up the rusty original.
    Stripping it down commenced with the able and very welcome help of @Lacquer Peel and @Split_Pin

    The wiring loom is in amazing condition so I'm labelling every terminal before pulling it out.


    A good haul.

    Engine cran is being very kindly lent by @320touring& @jaypee for more goodies to be removed.
    Car is currently sat on stones so maneuvering the loaded crane is going to be interesting*.
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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to juular in 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, Bran Find, demolition commences   
    I've got two priorities at the moment. The first is to get the breaker stripped and punted, as the space I've been given to do this was on the condition that it leaves ASAP.  Secondly I'm going to get the 240 back on the road before I start on the Amazon, because one thing at a time. Plus the 240 has a towbar and the Amazon needs shifted to my own place, so I feel a photo opportunity coming on.
    It doesn't prevent me from looking at the Amazon and going 'hmm' a lot, as appears to be the starting point of projects.
    It has a complete  B18(A) engine in a rather empty looking engine bay.

    It's seized though, as it has been stored with one spark plug out meaning that piston has stuck in place.
    I'm not massively bothered by that, as it's a very simple engine to rebuild plus I now have another that turns over. Regardless, @Lacquer Peelhelped me take the head off so we could get an idea of what's going on.

    The piston at the bulkhead is the stuck one. We put some ATF down it and that'll get left for a while. The bores don't actually look rusty.
    The head doesn't look wonderful underneath.

    An acid bath and maybe new valves plus piston rings and bearings may be all that's required to get this engine running, and it can either be a spare or be sold.
    Did an initial poke round the underside.
    There's no underseal on the car which is a huge benefit actually, as I'd rather clean off surface rust than bitumen.

    As you can see the suspension is in excellent condition.
    The floors, maybe not so much.

    Behold the finest bodgery. Structural silicone, rivets, filler and wood screws.

    My initial feeling is there's way less welding work involved in this than there was on the 240.
    The plan is to pull the engine, empty the engine bay and strip the paint/ rust, weld up any holes, and give it a coat of enamel before fitting the replacement engine.
    Tonight I will be attacking the spares car with a variety of sharp and or spinning tools. Stay tuned.
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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to Vantman in Scruffy Saab--Reacquired!   
    After about three and a half years and being owned by several  Autoshite members i have bought the Scruffy Saab back!
    So today my first journey since it returned was to a small local car meet at Headcorn aerodrome---with a bonus Spitfire!



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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to jaycey001 in I brought a Lada Niva!   
    Ive been in the market for a reliable, long distance cruiser for some time and had narrowed my search down to a Discovery Tdi or even a Dacia of some description. I live in Southern Spain so needed something that would be reliable for driving back to England in several times a year (I know you are now checking the title of this thread, dont worry its not a glitch in the forums 🤣)
    So I was browsing Wallapop and facebook market place, which seems to be my only pass time at the moment, and up came a 1992 Lada Niva with 52,000 Km on the clock and it had a Snorkel fitted!! So I immediately contacted the owner and arranged to view it the following week. I had assumed the vehicle was in Granada province as per my search criteria but on investigating realized it was closer to Madrid than Granada and was a good 6 hour drive away, across mountain passes, incredibly steep inclines, hair pin bends and sheer drops.
    Regardless, a friend agreed to drive me there and we headed off to view my future reliable pan-European cruiser. The boot of his 1997 Pushrod Fiesta was filled with spares, tools, tow ropes, jump leads, spares and camping gear (just encase)  and we headed off. Even in the passenger front seat I felt travel sick driving along the mountain passes and after a few hours I longed to be behind the wheel of the Lada so I at least could focus on driving and not if I was about to vomit over the mountain side.
    We passed through many tiny Spanish towns and farming communities and eventually arrived in a village in Ciudad Real and saw the Lada parked at the road side, without a Snorkel, just a hole in the bonnet where it should have been. Good start I thought!
    The Lada had about 3 foot of thick dried mud stuck to every surface which made rust checking impossible, I went to check the oil but the seller didnt know where the dip stick was and when I found it there was no trace of oil in the sump at all, on date checking the tires it was obvious they were the original Ukrainian rubber and well cracked with unknown inner tubes, the drivers door window didnt wind down, but the screw driver wedged in to hold it up was included in the sale, Bargain!
    I went to start it and when it burst into life the seller made a surprised and relived sound as if he wasnt expecting it to start. All good signs of a bargain I thought and after traveling all that way I knew it would be impossible to negotiate the price, which it was. On a short test drive the cabin filled with petrol fumes and crawled along at a leisurely and very noisy  pace.
    Obviously, as any Autoshiter would do I handed over a big bundle of cash with a smile and jumped in ready for the 200km drive home. As the seller counted his cash he commented that driving it was "Pure Joy" he then loaded me up with free Coca Cola (possibly anticipating a breakdown and didnt want me dyeing of dehydration in 40C heat!)
    First stop was a petrol station and filled it to the brim for a total of 29 euro we then headed off across the mountains, the fuel gauge swung erratically along with the oil pressure gauge around every turn  and after 2 hours behind the wheel I knew I had a gem of a car, driving it is like a cross between my old 89 O Series Petrol Sherpa van and a 300tdi Defender, just a collection of all the worse bits of both of them! The steering is vague to say the least and on tight bends you turn the wheel and it seems nothing happens until a few seconds later when it eventually bites and flings you in the direction you want to go, the breaks are non existent but the gearing is so low all you need to do is come off the accelerator and your crawling along.
    Another hour or two later we decided to find a camp site, which led us into a national park, with ridiculous 12% inclines which included a hair pin at the top and every time I had to get up one of these hills I would need 1st or 2nd gear and every so often the engine would miss and feel like it was about to cut out, by then I would have a huge line of traffic behind me, when going down the hills the huge line of traffic would back right off as the exhaust popped and banged due to over fueling. Even my mate who I was following could smell the un-burnt fuel coming off the car.  Another feature is that when you go above 80km/h the wing mirrors self fold allowing for more aerodynamics - those clever Russians knew what they were doing!
    Finally at the campsite I sat and drank many beers while my body recovered from the trip.
    The next day early in the morning we had the most difficult part of the drive across the main mountain range, the car started first time and despite doing about 12mpg and being severely out of tune it got me home, a total of 270km in the end.
    On inspection the snorkel was in the boot and ready to fit (apparently it kept falling off, hence why it was removed)  and since getting all the mud off it is in very good solid condition and the millage seems genuine, the only real problem was that the clutch fluid reservoir was empty and the flexi hoses so corroded you could fit a euro coin in the cracks.
    Its now with my mechanic and is being converted to electronic ignition, weber carb, full service etc etc and come April I plan to drive it back to England - I will update on how that goes 😅
    Here are a few pics:

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    Fabergé Greggs got a reaction from BeEP in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Very minty it was too 

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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to juular in 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, Bran Find, demolition commences   
    The Volvos, they appear to be breeding..
    Another collection. Poo count negligible.

    Found this very nearby at scrap price. It has a working engine with an overdrive box, and a full interior.
    I'll be stripping it and weighing it in, the timing could not have been better!
    With thanks to @Lacquer Peelfor the heads up and the photos.
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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to inconsistant in A Mini Adventure, part 4   
    Time for another car to be collected. No poo count, no dodgy crumpet based breakfast, no early morning train from London to odd places, or Wigan, just my usual evening commute but heading a little further out of London, to the other side of the M25. 
    Hopefully it’ll still be light/dry/warm by the time I get there.
    Have a couple of photos to add some visual excitement…

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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego Poverty Estate - 100 miles without incident!   
    Obligatory roadside photos though!

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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego Poverty Estate - 100 miles without incident!   
    It's only bloody gone and passed!!

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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to wuvvum in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Somewhat rusty W123 wagon.

    I think I may have an inkling...
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    Fabergé Greggs got a reaction from juular in 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, Bran Find, demolition commences   
    Nice one man! An Amazon is top of the list of cars that I can’t afford but would gleefully spiral into bank loan oblivion for. 
    They’re one of those cars that just seem so useable, and look great no matter what state they’re in.  
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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to barrett in 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, Bran Find, demolition commences   
    Class! I have a long obsession with the gear lever in these (and early 140s) - it just looks so chunky and powerful I always image it to be the most wonderfully direct, mechanical shift on any gearbox. Honestly, I've had long conversations with @Fabergé Greggs about this.
    Then I drove one, and I spent about 15 minutes trying to find first gear - pulling away (in third) - stalling - trying to find first gear etc etc etc. The only time in my life I've really struggled with any aspect of driving a car. Incredibly embarrassing and it shattered all my dreams in an instant.
    I'd still love one, though, and the prices are so all over the place I reckon a bargain might still be out there waiting for me
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    Fabergé Greggs reacted to juular in 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, Bran Find, demolition commences   
    Imported in the mid 70s I think.  
    This is ex @warninglight's car. It was up for sale here in December and I was making all sorts of noises over it then.
    I didn't have the funds or space for it then so I'm glad it came back on sale by the next owner for me to have another chance. I always wanted an Amazon but could never afford a running one. 
    Thanks to @worldofceri for his excellent, friendly and professional transportation.

    The car is not as rusty as expected. The bodywork is not rusty at all except for the patina.. I will not be painting it!!
    The chassis looks alright, the main issue is the floors which have basically fallen off.
    That, and the whole car is a jigsaw puzzle. Nearly everything screwed or bolted on has been detached and put in the boot in no real order. I guess it's a break from welding!

    For some reason it has brand new tyres..
    Being a SA car it has some different little touches from the UK market ones.
    I love the design features of this car, just lovely.

    Interior isn't bad at all except for the dash mat. I even got a free dog.

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    Fabergé Greggs got a reaction from juular in Fabergé Greggs: Bye bye Saab   
    It's been a big day today: Bye bye Saab, I loved you to pieces 😭.
    Knowing it's going to a top shiter honestly makes all the difference though. 

    Onwards with this little BranFind

    And this cute bum 

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    Fabergé Greggs got a reaction from juular in Fabergé Greggs: Bye bye Saab   
    Bums. At several points of faff I wished I’d just replaced like for like, but I’m hoping this is a more reliable solution. Who knows, maybe even an extra horse or two. When are we doing the London ado16 cruise? 
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    Fabergé Greggs got a reaction from juular in Fabergé Greggs: Bye bye Saab   
    So where were we? 
    Inlet manifolds for the Morris. One of the joys of a shared workshop is my neighbour has a collection of amazing stuff: a quick rummage revealed a Metro inlet manifold. This fitted great apart from the clamping depth being considerably thicker than my exhaust manifold. A careful bit of angle grinding got us closer to where we need to be: 

    Before too long I had that all attached and clamped with some fresh nuts & gaskets. 

    Next hurdle was that my exhaust front section was the same diameter as the clamping area manifold. Beep kindly sent me a section of exhaust but I ended up welding on a small 35mm sleeve to enable me to clamp it on. A lot of measuring and umming & ahhhing took place before just lining it all up by eye and going for it.

    Next hurdle: the clamp was impossible to fit without it fouling the exhaust mounting bracket. This meant chopping a bit out of the bracket. Only problem was, access was tight and I couldn't get the bracket off without first removing the freshly fitted manifold. Dayum. 
    Manifold loosened, bracket off, reshaped, and everything fitted back gets us here: 

    After all that fiddling, measuring and making I was rewarded by the rest of the exhaust going on without bother. It's all quite simple stuff but working under a car always feels a that bit more cumbersome and nasty. 

    Whilst I was underneath I did notice that the driveshaft couplings seem to be eating themselves a little bit, visible if you look closely. 

    I have been noticing some vibrations under load in certain conditions, so I'm wondering if some fresh couplings with roller bearings are in order such as these 
    http://www.minispares.com/product/Classic/Drivetrain/CV Joints/QL5000.aspx?0801&ReturnUrl=/search/classic/QL5000.aspx|Back to search

    The eagle eyed of you will notice its all pretty oily under there. Obviously because British, but I think a fair deal of it was coming from the rocker gasket. I popped a fresh cork gasket on and it seems nice and dry now. 

    Damn shame I didn't get all of this done in time for FOTU, but I did have a pleasant day of it being a car today: around 100 miles of joyful bimbling in rain and shine.  

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    Fabergé Greggs got a reaction from juular in Fabergé Greggs: Bye bye Saab   
    New manifold arrived for the Morris thanks to the tip-off from @BeEP so I set about the manly task of turning my borked manifold into an inlet. 

    Much, much grinding ensued. 

    Getting closer 

    It was at this point that I thought, "hang on, this inlet is located on the studs by the exhaust part of the manifold, this ain't gonna work". 

    I think I'm gonna need something like this that properly locates in the studs. 

    I'm guessing I can do away with the water heating. 
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