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  1. ...over here; nowadays, insurance companies wont be held liable for a car without a NCT test; they wont insure any car without a test - years ago, if you bought a car with a test out 2 or 3 weeks, but you'd booked a test, the insurance company would cover you, but want the NCT cert 'in the post to follow' - nowadays they've some cort of 'catel' access, all the insurance co's now know of what car is tested, n whats not ; via a click of their keyboard; no test on the car that's current; no quote; not even temporary - if you don't have a test; your not insured, is the 'line' - Im not sure how this works out insurance wise for folk like me getting an aged '04 audi avant tdi with high mileage tested as it can often take a few attempts in the 28 day window, swopping shocks n springs about to keep their computers happy re the 2 or 3% shocks n springs imbalance(outside the 30%) - its can often take 2 or 3 attempts at retests; which it has recently... ...another stipulation is that you turn up with the reg form; (tax book for the car)- they wont test the car without it; anways on last retest when I was in the cramped waiting room; it seems they brought some lads car into the testing bays, but 10 mins later reversed the car back out of the bay n to to the customer carpark (years since ive seen that n then it was my own car) n told him the engine no' didn't match to what was on the reg form - I presumed he was testing a bog standard 04 era ford focus - judging by how he came in the queue- he seemed completely miffed by the testers refusal; I was in for a brief retest so not sure what was its outcome; so there you are a refusal to even test a car without a declared engine replacement/new engine no' on the reg form... ...my brother has had an 04 1.4 Ford focus for the last 5 years n is scrapping it tomorrow (lots of miles etc) - in all the time ive looked at it for him; never seen the engine no on the block once; tester was able to see it in 5-10mins...
  2. ....heres another one I saved from the dead; chap I bought it from was welding up another mk1 derby for a client but burnt its carpet so he bought this one, for its carpets from another mutual mate's aul lad who was having jip from the council/EPA as he had a few cars parked in his back garden for 12 years;... this one had a 'dealer blow over' back in the day- which saved it, as vw derby's have really thin paint; anyways I got it n did all the welding needed (full bulkhead) n as other stuff came into the unit it got weeled into the back corner- juts needs some reassembly now- ie everything... ...this may be going as a lad is interested in it the 'air fix kit' lot... another car ive raped a few donor car for panels- shell itself (ahem) wasn't too bad)... I may still finish it as its now a really solid shell...
  3. ...I got confused there with you recent name change again. it looks like a nice old mk3 Polo saloon that; they are hard to buy here; theres a Polish garage here - Dublin based -that buys up all the cheap mk3 Polo's - a mate of mine's girlfriend had one on her land ; they had it bought within 3 hours... the mk2's seem to languish on the classifieds for months in comparison...
  4. ...a couple of years ago i had a few grand after selling my mk1 caddy (also brought back from the dead) n I wanted a useable t25 'as rust free as I could find... well the search produced many rusty or bodged up, or mechanically tired t25's - rotten front n rear floors; stinking carpets n horrid inner furnishing's; frilly sills n side panels/riveted thin galvanised ontop with masses of filler... much diesel was used, and many days were wasted... ...till I got a call from a few mates who were spending a day roadtripping looking for parts, n visiting yards n stopped in a car hoarders in Carlow/Wicklow border; one that was 'just a shell on wheels- and didn't look too bad... in yr man's old horse paddock a few years... " I thought it was worth a look, so chugged the disco up one Saturday with wheels n an A frame... I paid the man, but realised after a few hrs this was no viable A frame prospect the 100miles home... ...Long story short; It took a further 2 trips, to bring it home; seller was having a few 'issues' n having already paid for it; I thought it might all turn sour so I unbolted its 2 front doors n rear hatch (rear hatch was/is rotten) and the front bumper so I might get something for my money should it all go arse over tit... Got it scooped up with their teleforks n onto the trailer n home n it had some rust issues but not hugely rotten in comparison to the ones complete n running I looked at previously - someone hacked the rear engine inspection hatch surround... Its an on going project n Im 60% on with its welding; most of the time has been spent accumulating all its missings bits- full loom, sliding doors, gearbox, sump etc - ive broken 1x rusty panel van with another lad - so 50% of a donor (we had paid for that panel van in mayo- an ex UK stealth camper; the chap was a surfer but we had to wait while his Kiwi mate moved out of the van as he was living in it- 6 months later it was delivered) also broke a few other vans to get the necessary bits and a 98 vento 1y 1.9D which will provide its engine, and managed to pick out the remains of a westfalia interior out of a dead LHD german t25... also picked up - at 10pm on a windswept rainy winters night - a donor 1.6JX t25 motor that was in a scrap merchants bin in Kerry after he posted an ad selling '[email protected] DUNNO WOT TYPE' on done deal... it's a long road with no turn in it!!
  5. "there’s a few that write from time to time in the motoring press," ...I'll probably get a roasting over what comes next here; Years ago I used to buy that Practical Classis (and car restorer) - I think it was an early MG roadster they bought that was 'dust bin n brush' territory, and they had a specialist buy a heritage shell; the hertitage shell was a 'later pressing' and the series documented how they modded stuff like door handles n various small dimples n pressings to adhere the early pressings... n reassembled the car from mostly - 98%-new bits ...isn't this just another example of ringing? I also remember a morris minor traveller the bought for a resto series, again the original 'donor traveller' was of bran flakes consistency and they essentially 'restored' the traveller in a flatpack approach from all new panels...
  6. ...don't be taking any pics of the vehicular outhouse you plan on flogging off to the gullible, outside your own residence; if its at all mobile and 'legal' shug it round to some stately masion, local dogging spot or Mormon church; anywhere bar outside your own gaff... future ill'fortune will be fall the lazy in this regard... ...similiarly, try to meet perspective buyer mug's at the local petrol station "you'll never find my house, its not on google maps as its near a military testing ground... etc" work well
  7. ...most comfortable car ive been lent; my sisters old 1.8 petrol v40 Volvo with heated seats; it used to drink lots petrol n puked out whatever oil was in its sump, but them heated seats kept me rear toasty in the cold winter the 3 weeks I had it - I even used to seek out the 'couple of euro more spendy petrol at a tended petrol stations as I didn't want to get out of it on a trip... most entertaining was an E46 BMW M drop top a mate had; had it for a day; it was a car he selling on, n had most of its issues sorted when he lent it to me; had to pick him up that evening; I had the top down n it was hard to converse; I ragged it mercilessly- he got very animated several times as the oil pressure light used to light up as I gunned it various gears up the motorway... I drifted it around roundabouts on the way back to his gaff; somehow we're still good mates... ...when I was in Auz, I had an English mate, who was 'from good stock'; silver spooned but he was 'an alright lad to talk to' - I met him one night in Sydney when myself n my brother, showed him how pool was played... we stayed in contact n I used to weld some his cars that needed the rego inspection; round off the day by having a few beers in the evening... ...one night the conversation turned to 'the love of your life' n he confessed he still loved a south African girl he met while living over there; working as a flight instructor... I thought it was the beer talking ...long story short; 5 days later I went round to his n he announced he was flying a plane he'd borrowed over to SA to 'try n find her'... he handed me the keys to his 88 LWB Toyota landcruiser he'd bought 4 weeks previously; totally 'enduro'd' up with, winch, heavey duty full length roof rack, camping gear in back, awning, half dozen camping chairs, a portable stove,shovels, knobbly tyres, extra road tyres, fold up barbeque in the back, auxiliary battery etc- the lot... ... I had it for the next 10 weeks, n used to drive it to work, n head out to the sticks with it at the weekends for some camping etc; I love Toyotas, n really fell in love with that jeep; while it was lifted n full of gear it drove so nice n it seemed literally invincible ...ironically he flew back home, having met his ex-flame but she had a ring on her finger n wasn't for flushing her new lad... ...I really hated giving back over them keys...
  8. did you manage to get the revcounter working on the daysul 'rocco? ..while you have the w terminal, your present petrol revcounter wont read right; it'll need recalibrating to diesel function; I added a revcounter to my caddy mk1 diesel cluster; basically I bought a mk1 GTi full cluster took its revcounter out n sent it to a chap in UK; 'regcheeseman' - who was on the caddyforum, n a bit of an electronic's whiz; he also appears on 'vwdiesel'.net - where these a thread about the process/ whats involved with the soldering of diodes etc to trim back the values to get a petrol cluster to read a diesel's W output... This is getting on for 8 years ago now; last I heard regcheesman could also be found on the T4 forum.... as mk1 golf's never had a diesel revcounter 'from the factory' getting one added involves all the above... AFAIK, (having broken a 'roccos for spares) their clusters resemble mk2 golf's, more than mk1's (round face clocks vs square face) - anyways you might be able to get a mk2 golf or jetta TD pacific revcounter cluster n either use the full cluster (as it'll have a glowplug light) or just liberate its revounter n put it in the present rocco's cluster... that said TD non clock mk2 clusters are probably scene tax'd up on the bay these days... ...Good luck with the sale - Id love this, if I ; wasn't so far away/ wasn't skint/ didn't have so many cars already etc etc
  9. ...access isn't great on these aul big 5 pot T4's, but it might be worth trying to declag all the black gum out of the inlet; wrap some rags doused in kerosene petrol mix round a coiled coat hanger, n then plate off that EGR guff, as you mentioned above... if its done high miles the inside/internal width of the inlet might now be the width of a bic pen... ...the vw's EGR's seem to like to dump a lotta the soot back in under load; it does transform them cleaning all that crap out, but it is a messy job...
  10. ...do you know any estate agents, house clearance co's or property speculation type folk?? you might get a decent, minimal fixerations needed, presentable looking car ex giffer/old lady sub €100 car with some test still on it; elderly owner having gone into a home, moved to live with relatives, or moved into that great carpark in the sky.... often its case where you might get the car for free, as they don't want the usual 'stereo typical' scrap folk coming around n the car needs shifted to clean the place up... ...I have a car transporter n used to have a landrover disco TDi so did some occasional car moving; my mate used to be into the house clearance/ clean up biz so Id be called to pick up the odd car; tho this wasn't a regular thing; we used to move them to his yard, n hed attempt to sell them complete; if this didn't happen in a timely fashion another scrap collecting mate used to come around n hiab the car onto his truck n itd go into the bin; id get the cat off it for my expenses... ....a 2001 mk2 mondeo 2 litre Zetec with 6 weeks test is the only one I remember being tested; n my mate managed to get €250 into the hand selling that....
  11. ....whatever can be said about Brewer; when pressed - like on his WD 'on the road' series he might actually do some spannering; maybe change the odd component or spruce the car up to sell on... ...it seems you want the best, most working car that has nearest to zero faults, is road legal, is presentable ; then you do some minor fixes n maybe some cosmetics on it n it later returns a profit on when you decide to sell it - in the interim you 'drive the car about'... ...I can't see how you'll get any interesting content, or motoring readable content out of it; folk just wont be interested at all in that, if its just padded out waffle; thers already lots of you-tube n fettling threads - '£100 car is still working well, as I bought so well / was so discerning from the outset... tune in again, to see if its still doing car like things like going to and from the shops without incident (which it probably will)... or if I decide to sell it' ....doesn't sound like an attention grabber to me; if your not a car person, it might be of minimal viewing interest; " I was able to buy and run a £100 car for X months n still was up a few quid profit wise selling it after clocking up the miles..." these same non car folk probably have Nissan duke's on PCP or whatever so I can see the vid going viral or getting many likes...
  12. ...id suggest facebook; scouring various groups; wanted/ marketplace or whatever. My sister managed to score a 66k miles 2000 sad face fiesta for FREE, as a 'stop gap' car, through a 'friend of a friend' she'd never met; my sisters friend, and her friend had the same name (lets call them both 'Jane') - unkown to my sister jane was moving abroad to make a home with her new love, n had decided to liquidate everything over the space of 3 weeks; notice had been given on her flat; furniture sold off n the car needed a new home; with cars here anything over 15 years old being hard/impossible to insure - no one wanted it; even the scrap lads wanted €50 off her to pick it up... The car 'Jane' owned was in Dublin; my sister lives in Clare n is a single mother, n hadn't the time etc to pick it up; Jane in Dublin wanted the car to go to a good home/be used, but her flight date was getting imminent... ...with sibling pressure applied, myself n my brother 'agreed to go up' the day before she was going to fly out of the country; a Sunday- I loaded up the discovery 1 Tdi n picked up the A frame enroute (had been lent out)... ...we locked the phone sat nav into black horse avenue n eventually found her flat; nice lady we gave her a box of chocolates ourselves to say 'thanks' - which was lucky; we had aimed for wine, but time was pressing/we couldn't find an off-licence enroute; tuned out she wasn't a drinker... ...turned out the car had 12 months test; she had submitted it for restest 6 days previously n it passed; it also had about 6 months tax still on it; we gave it a razz up the road n as my bro has fully comp n it was taxed, he elected to dive it home... it had half a tank of juice in it n we set off for clare... about 10pm that night we knocked up the sisters door; she took ages to answer, n somehow didn't expect to see her new free car outside; she thought we'd just trailer it down to Tipperary here... ...anyways it was a solid rust free sad face fiesta with leccy front windows n a sunroof; 1.3 - she got 8 months motoring out of it; my mam had it for awhile; n my sister had it again after her 14 Focus had some mystery ABS woes n a horn problem... it lasted another 2 years n licked the yearly test each time... ...the cert of destruction came in the post the other day in my mam's name; I had to scrap it as nobody wanted even for free again on FB n it was 'any eye sore' on my sisters avenue.... ...on costs she reimbursed us a nimonal fee for fuel n tolls; total; €70 which we eventually reluctantly accepted, so I spose it wasn't really a free car, but that's due to my sisters circumstances - if she hadnt the kids she could have got one of the private 'green buses' it would have been €20 one way to Dublin n there was juice aplenty in the tank...
  13. Ive driven a few of the modern - 2010 n up Sprinter panel vans; hired a few, and on another occasion did a few deliveries n pick ups, with the chap that I used to hire them off; it'd coincide - the destination with some other shit I needed to pick up for myself... I nearly got caught out at junctions n roundabouts a few times... ...The brakes on the panel vans, are woefully shit; laden or unladen, they were piss poor at stopping; he was well aware of this, after I mentioned it n said a few of his previous fleet got stoved up the up front when on hire, n subsequently written off.... he'd since got out of the van hire biz... ...they also seem a tad thirsty, from personal experience; tho these were all mega LWB ones... I think there is some sort of brake upgrade you can do to them, but I cant remember the details... ..as mentioned above a fiat ducado / Iveco panel van would be a better basis for a conversion; they literally go on for years, n will go anywhere on a long trip...
  14. ....lets face it lads; even a triumph Toledo needing a proper full prep n respray, isn't going to return all that outlay in 'resale value' - that's run in to 2 grand or more... ...it well need 'some welding', all brake lines (hard), all brake hoses, cylinders, discs some engine, carb work, fuel hoses, possibly a rad, waterpump a new tank n pump, tyres, possibly wheel bearings, a starter, alternator and all the other consumables... there could be electrical woes n if Cotswoldsdave can do this himself, its paying for an auto electrician etc... ...it depends on cotswoldsdave whether or not he wants to embark on the possibly long journey to revive it; it might suck up all his spare 'leisure time' for the next 12 to 18 months possibly more..; reduced the time spent with family and friends, not to mention all the funds the revival of the old man's triumph would suck up... I spose it depends on your situation. ...no shame weighing all this up, n concluding its not a good fit; someone else might take it on; pass it onto an enthusiast for a reasonable sum; use the coin for a family holiday- a weekend or maybe two weeks; your old man had a few good trips in the Toledo n im sure he'd be smiling up in there to see you make some memories on a holiday paid for by his forgotten old triumph; .... ....ask whoever takes it on to bring you n a few of your family out for a spin when its done ; again it'd a day to remember/in memory of your old man....
  15. ...you'd think the rims would turn to molten alloy if it been that severely burnt
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