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    Retired in 2008, now 74 years old (2023). Interests? Well, anything that's interesting. Currently own a 1961 Reliant Regal MKVI Saloon (since 1992) and a '94 Fiat Tipo 1.4ie which was my son's a few years back. I bought it back when the subsequent owner was going to scrap it because of MOT expense. FTP'd mid 2023 and awaits fault diagnosis and repair. It compensates for having to give up ownership of my Stellar when my health took a nasty turn in 2017. The most exotic car I've owned was a Citroen CX GTi Turbo 2, the most unreliable was a Ginetta G26 and the most boring was an Escort MK2 Automatic. A new Mitsubishi Mirage Juro CVT has been acquired after the failure of my Peugeot 205's autobox in November 2017.

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  1. You have triumphed again, this time over a Daimler. Your levels of persistence, thoroughness and skill are impressive. I would have looked at the sequence of tasks required to fix the vent flaps, had a cup of tea to gather my thoughts then decide to live with it all as is, maybe giving the car a polish to offset my defeatist attitude. I love old cars but just can't cope with their demands any more, hence a still non-running Tipo and an ancient Reliant that hardly ever gets driven anywhere.
  2. If it requires steering input to actually run straight, I'd at least do the tie rods. If it's just the steering wheel being a few degrees off whilst running straight, the tyres are not shredding themselves and the car handles ok, I would leave as is. It depends whether you want to go ahead with significant expenditure for 'training' purposes, at the expense of using valuable time which could be spent on your other projects.
  3. If you can't find one in the UK, Bulgaria has 7 in stock. 50 euros! https://www.123bearing.eu/bearing-housing/other-bearings/527640-ch42cx-fag
  4. I've had several no shows between about 11am and 20 minutes ago with 'Bad Gateway' being the white screen message. Even when the site was up, clicking to view some threads would hang for at least 10 seconds before showing the most recent page. I have zero expertise in whatever @SiC is having to do, but thanks all the same. More software equivalent of Redex may help.
  5. He bought the Tipo in February 2013 after I'd mentioned seeing an advert for it. In mid 2018 he sold it to a friend after acquiring a V70. The friend had been desperate for a means of transport because his VW was having problems but by January 2019 the Scirocco was running again and the Tipo's MOT was due. It needed a fair bit doing, including floor and inner sills welding. The friend was not willing to spend on this temporary steed and scrapping beckoned. I stepped in, bought it back for a nominal sum, funded the considerable MOT work and slowly grew to like the Tipo. Meanwhile, my son had a few company cars before buying a new diesel Tipo which after 3 years was ultra reliable and economical but hardly an inspiring drive. He therefore passed his full motorcycle test, bought a succession of bikes (he now has three) and was lured away from his new Tipo by a low mileage sporty BMW 5 series diesel which he loves. So, in answer to your question, NO 😄.
  6. The AA chap said it was pulsing so he suspected the coil or ignition ECU. Lack of sparks caused the FTP. Replacing the coil with a new one made no difference and has, I think, been sent back by the garage. We replaced the ECU with an identical one salvaged from a scrapped but running car by a dealer. That made no difference either. I have a NOS crank sensor but have not fitted it yet. Battery voltage was too low to conduct meaningful ECU pin-out checks. When it is back home I'll fit the crank sensor and a decent battery and see what happens, then do pin-out checks if further clues are required i.e. it still does not run. I may buy a new coil of the correct type as they are less than £30. If I can get it running (mojo permitting and decent weather) I'll check its vitals, insure it and submit it for MOT. No urgency on this, although it makes sense to get it running again before the summer if possible. I had hoped that a garage would be better placed and willing to do the work but understandably bread and butter work comes first. I've used them before many times. Certainly no hard feelings in either direction there.
  7. Update: 1994 Tipo 1.4ie which FTP'd last July and was recovered to a garage: Don't get too excited. Hardly anything has happened except that I've had a brief discussion with the garage. We agreed that as it was a 'back burner' job in a busy garage it was unlikely to receive attention in the foreseeable future. In the next week (+/- a few days) it will be made accessible to a trailer or whatever so that I can have it transported to my house where I can tinker with it and generally ponder its future. Towing is not possible because it is SORN'd and no longer MOT'd or insured. Although I've missed having the option of driving a vaguely interesting, practical, manual car, in all honesty it has been quite convenient to have just two cars outside the house. My '61 Reliant is still with me and roadworthy/road legal but requires considerable enthusiasm to clear its way out of my garage, something which is lacking these days. It rarely gets driven. Rather than just give up on the Tipo (it was tempting), I'm hoping that circumstances will allow something favourable to happen in the next several months. I can always polish it to improve my morale and extend its period of grace for a while.
  8. I can't remember seeing many of these around when I was a kid in the 1950s. Grandad's L type was also a rare sight. I did read about the 10/4's front suspension when I was in my Meccano phase - always have been a bit of a suspension fanatic and back then would 'invent' my own types, only to discover that it had been done before. The pseudo Dubonnet front suspension on the 10/4 was certainly novel. It did not work well in Meccano. I've just seen @Mr Pastry's posts! He is right to point out that finding replacement parts will be tricky and not very easy to reproduce either.
  9. 3/4inch diameter apparently!
  10. This one puzzled me for a while. I knew that very few American cars of that period had independent rear suspension with that type of geometry, but it clearly wasn't a Corvair. A bit of digging suggests it is a Pontiac Tempest which shared the transaxle of a Corvair but with a front mounted engine. I had completely forgotten about the Tempest. Nice one.
  11. I owned one about 15 years ago. It was diabolical but something makes me want one again. Fortunately I'm not in a position to buy anything just yet. Maybe mid year.
  12. My Tipo has been off the road since July 2023, stuck at a garage awaiting some sort of action to diagnose its FTP and fix it. I declared it as SORN in December 2023. Its insurance expired in January 2024 but, strangely, I did not receive the usual invitation to renew. Luckily I checked on askMID today. It is no longer insured. The only reason I checked was because my modern* was due for insurance renewal later this month. The email this year says 'Will not renew automatically.' Renewal has gone from £218 (fully comp) to £365. I thought last year's price was a bit low but this year's is a big hike. I have decided to stick with them (paid today), mainly because shopping around is hassle and the quoted premium is not too bad for an old giffer (74) with 10 years+ no claims. I'll visit the Fiat soon to discuss its future with the garage.
  13. RayMK

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    My catheter blocked on Thursday. If I saw a nurse consulting AI for advice on how to get the new one in, I'd be horrified and try to do it myself! However, he didn't but it took 45 minutes. I therefore vote to keep it away from medical use until thoroughly proven 😁. I'll tolerate it on ebay even though it's rubbish. In fact, it is as pointless as adverts which give the history of the marque rather than admit that the car for sale rarely runs properly, has got sills made from duct tape covered with filler, freshly applied underseal holding the floor together and a recent respray. These adverts often have very few photographs plus a covered valuable* number plate which apparently justifies the ridiculous asking price. AI and waffle nicely warns me away from a wasted journey.
  14. @Zelandeth The P6 sounds wonderful - and thirsty. I've not driven a P6 but have been many miles in the smaller engined versions. They ride far better than most modern cars while also being very sure footed (with decent tyres). Nice work on the Trabant. Once you've caught and rectified all of its previous maintenance or storage problems it should provide even more enjoyment, not only for you but those that see it buzzing around being useful. I love its simplicity.
  15. I used to see the occasional Reliant Regal and early Robins towing trailer tents and once (in Scotland) even a small caravan. Indeed I have a magazine road test of a Regal Mk2 towing a small caravan back in the days (1950s) when such an outfit was restricted to 30mph. I've often seen Honda Goldwings towing small camping trailers and once saw a Goldwing with sidecar towing a trailer tent. The only caravans I've seen in ditches or completely wrecked but still on the road were the larger types towed by SUVs, probably compliant with current load/plating regulations but piloted by speed merchants lacking in common sense and driving technique. When towing a trailer or caravan loaded to give the recommended nose weight, a lightweight rear engined vehicle will be much more twitchy than one with a front engine, worse still if the vehicle has excessive rear overhang. A three wheeler adds still more sensitivity to the towing behaviour. Add some cross wind and you've got a real handful. Having low power is probably the least of the factors to be considered.
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