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    brownnova got a reaction from wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
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    Gone to a Shiter though... so likely wont be the last time we see it! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from Floatylight in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - 22/23 August FoD Open Weekend, now confirmed.   
    Which travelodge to people frequent for this..? currently debating whether to come myself for a day or bring Mrs_b and the bairn and come for the whole weekend... 
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    brownnova got a reaction from 320touring in The new news 24 thread   
    One oot! 
     
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    Gone to a Shiter though... so likely wont be the last time we see it! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - 22/23 August FoD Open Weekend, now confirmed.   
    Which travelodge to people frequent for this..? currently debating whether to come myself for a day or bring Mrs_b and the bairn and come for the whole weekend... 
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    brownnova got a reaction from RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    One oot! 
     
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    Gone to a Shiter though... so likely wont be the last time we see it! 
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    brownnova reacted to davocano in Bornite's Memoirs - NEW PURCHASE.   
    lol
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    brownnova reacted to BorniteIdentity in Bornite's Memoirs - NEW PURCHASE.   
    What have I bought then?  Well - what I've been waiting for.  A Mk1, Ph2 Renault Clio - with grey bumpers.  

    And three wheel trims.  Are they even genuine?  I'd like a matching set all round nonetheless.
    Yes, there was a bit of a scrum for this when @quicksilverposted it up last week.  I'm not absolutely certain how I came to be the person chosen to have it.  Quicksilver gave the owner's contact details to a couple of us and - for whatever reason - it was me who ended up with it.  Obviously  you can't force someone to sell you something, and he made the decision of his own free will, but I felt very lucky.  It might just be that my email got to him before other peoples, he might have liked the cut of my jib, who bloody knows.  Anyway, genuine apologies.  
    It is an absolute peach.  59,000 miles - owned since 1997 - and the most serious MOT fail ever seems to be
    "Steering system has excessive free play detected at the steering wheel (steering rack fitted) (2.2.a.1b)"
    Only previous owner was Europcar. 
    I'm chuffed to bits with it.  The offside rear arch is a tiny bit rusty, and there's a small dent and scrape on the offside front wing which is easily pushed out.  Otherwise, it is A2.  Inside, as you'd expect, is immaculate.  It has THE steering wheel, and a stunning fabric on the seats.  It's pre-watershed now, so you'll have to wait for interior pics.
    Have you ever driven one of these?  I love them.  They're squidgy.  At 6'1 I sit legs akimbo with a shit eating grin.  The engines are zingy, and it really zips along.  These MK1 clios also have one of the most satisfying gear knobs of all time too; tremendously rewarding.
    It was a rather uneventful drive home apart from the occasional flicker of a battery light and the fact it would hold back and turn the radio off if I flashed someone out.  Probably current related - NFAR.  
    I managed 54 miles of the 60 mile drive home before I realised it was 21:10 and I hadn't eaten.  Pulled into McDonalds and ordered something obscure so they'd have to cook it fresh, and got put in the waiting bays.  Once the grub was delivered I reversed out (wanting to eat at home) and promptly stalled.  All colour drained from my fat little face, previously decorated with the smile of someone who's about to eat.  Click.  Nothing.  I'd driven 54 miles at high speed - and the battery still laughed at me.

    Obviously I'd used up the charge in the pack trying to start it 2 hours earlier, so I had to call the wife - who was rather unimpressed as that meant getting in the car and heading out when she'd literally just got into bed.  I have to say though, the service was far better than The AA.  She turned up within 15 minutes with a smile and no bra on.  That's what I CALL the fourth emergency service.  My leads had it started in 5 seconds and we headed home.  
    Things to do:
    Try and charge the battery.  It's not very old, but it might just be FUBARd.   Get proper battery clamps.  These spinny things are weird.  I don't like - and it's not currently very safe. Work out what the fuck is dangling underneath the car.  It looks like a bulb holder on a wire, but is halfway down?  DUNNO. Address wheeltrim situation.  Anyone with a nice set of 13" Clio trims please speak up. Drive to all appointments in Cambridge with high levels of Va Va Voom.  
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    brownnova got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in The new news 24 thread   
    One oot! 
     
    😢
     
    Gone to a Shiter though... so likely wont be the last time we see it! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from loserone in The new news 24 thread   
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    Gone to a Shiter though... so likely wont be the last time we see it! 
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    brownnova reacted to HMC in The new news 24 thread   
    Went to pick up the Berlingo after having an injector seal sorted to find this parked next to mine....



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    brownnova got a reaction from chaseracer in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Still not a conundrum I’ve made any progress on... if you do please let me know! Although the baby was fine in the front for her maiden 2CV jaunt this weekend. 
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    brownnova got a reaction from Craig the Princess in Enfield 8000 1970's Electric Car, Acquired   
    That’s an epic purchase!! Weird and wonderful motoring... what AS is all about! 
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    brownnova reacted to coalnotdole in Enfield 8000 1970's Electric Car, Acquired   
    I think we can all agree that lockdown was a difficult time for many. With less actual work to do I had more time to take stock off just how many projects I have ongoing, realistically i don't have time to progress all of them as much as is needed - Red Rebel, Scimitar SS1, Capri, Boat, etc etc.
     
    Thinking about that was a bit depressing so instead I  bought a small aluminium bodied electric car with a rotten steel space frame chassis and £1200 of missing batteries to add to the project queue!
     
    First three photos taken outside the previous owners house where its been sat since 2016 when he changed jobs and could no longer get to work on a single charge:



     
    And arrived back on the isle of wight for probably the first time since it was built here 45 years ago:

     
    Cheers,
    Dave
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    brownnova reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - 22/23 August FoD Open Weekend, now confirmed.   
    Saturday they came, raked the hay into rows and bailed it so we are ready for FoD open day. 
    I could not help myself and had to have a drive round , wish you all could have been here.
    Now we have to see if the weather will cooperate because it was a lovely day up there yesterday.






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    brownnova got a reaction from Cavcraft in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Cash/car swap deals are alerts the best... something even worse arriving then? 
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    brownnova got a reaction from richardmorris in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    So... all home safe and sound, no drama collectionarama! 
    Poo count unchanged, baby kick offs 2, but no poo resultant. 
    Basically  this is a brand new car so there was no need to pack tools or gaffer tape! But just to enjoy a blezz home up the M56. 
     
    Pez shot: 

    I expected not to like this as it’s new, silver and Clio-y but... I’ll admit to finding it quite a fun steer. It drives superbly well (aside from the smell which indicates it needs a new cat). It’s nippy and holds speed well in the motorway... 
    But it’s the condition I can’t get over... it’s nigh on immaculate!! 

    Probably the best £12 I’ve ever spent... 

    Settling in amongst the fleet. 
    Plan of action is to source a new cat, clear the codes using a code reader and see if Mrs_b likes it (which I think she will) 
    Many thanks to the lovely gent which is @Conrad D. Conelrad! It was good to see you again! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from richardmorris in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    What’s that I spy upon a Flintshire Street? 
     

    Back in the home county, just running an errand or two... full impressions to follow... 
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    brownnova got a reaction from dome in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    So... all home safe and sound, no drama collectionarama! 
    Poo count unchanged, baby kick offs 2, but no poo resultant. 
    Basically  this is a brand new car so there was no need to pack tools or gaffer tape! But just to enjoy a blezz home up the M56. 
     
    Pez shot: 

    I expected not to like this as it’s new, silver and Clio-y but... I’ll admit to finding it quite a fun steer. It drives superbly well (aside from the smell which indicates it needs a new cat). It’s nippy and holds speed well in the motorway... 
    But it’s the condition I can’t get over... it’s nigh on immaculate!! 

    Probably the best £12 I’ve ever spent... 

    Settling in amongst the fleet. 
    Plan of action is to source a new cat, clear the codes using a code reader and see if Mrs_b likes it (which I think she will) 
    Many thanks to the lovely gent which is @Conrad D. Conelrad! It was good to see you again! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from dome in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    As per the title really... 
    Today's the day for colectioneering the roffle Clio WarmHatchEdition. This will be car number 9 in the fleet, things are getting a little out of hand methinks... 
    The baby has been fed, the adults have eaten too. This will be baby Edith’s first collection mission. I hope she can last the distance! 
    Baby Poo count: 0
    Dad poo count: 1 
    Departure to follow shortly.
    Steed of choice: C5 for motorway comfort, and the fact that I’d need to move two cars to get at the 9000. 
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    brownnova got a reaction from RobT in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    So... all home safe and sound, no drama collectionarama! 
    Poo count unchanged, baby kick offs 2, but no poo resultant. 
    Basically  this is a brand new car so there was no need to pack tools or gaffer tape! But just to enjoy a blezz home up the M56. 
     
    Pez shot: 

    I expected not to like this as it’s new, silver and Clio-y but... I’ll admit to finding it quite a fun steer. It drives superbly well (aside from the smell which indicates it needs a new cat). It’s nippy and holds speed well in the motorway... 
    But it’s the condition I can’t get over... it’s nigh on immaculate!! 

    Probably the best £12 I’ve ever spent... 

    Settling in amongst the fleet. 
    Plan of action is to source a new cat, clear the codes using a code reader and see if Mrs_b likes it (which I think she will) 
    Many thanks to the lovely gent which is @Conrad D. Conelrad! It was good to see you again! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from RobT in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    As per the title really... 
    Today's the day for colectioneering the roffle Clio WarmHatchEdition. This will be car number 9 in the fleet, things are getting a little out of hand methinks... 
    The baby has been fed, the adults have eaten too. This will be baby Edith’s first collection mission. I hope she can last the distance! 
    Baby Poo count: 0
    Dad poo count: 1 
    Departure to follow shortly.
    Steed of choice: C5 for motorway comfort, and the fact that I’d need to move two cars to get at the 9000. 
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    brownnova got a reaction from ProgRocker in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    So... all home safe and sound, no drama collectionarama! 
    Poo count unchanged, baby kick offs 2, but no poo resultant. 
    Basically  this is a brand new car so there was no need to pack tools or gaffer tape! But just to enjoy a blezz home up the M56. 
     
    Pez shot: 

    I expected not to like this as it’s new, silver and Clio-y but... I’ll admit to finding it quite a fun steer. It drives superbly well (aside from the smell which indicates it needs a new cat). It’s nippy and holds speed well in the motorway... 
    But it’s the condition I can’t get over... it’s nigh on immaculate!! 

    Probably the best £12 I’ve ever spent... 

    Settling in amongst the fleet. 
    Plan of action is to source a new cat, clear the codes using a code reader and see if Mrs_b likes it (which I think she will) 
    Many thanks to the lovely gent which is @Conrad D. Conelrad! It was good to see you again! 
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    brownnova reacted to Tim_E in Spotted!   
    Modern, modern, interesting, modern...

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    brownnova got a reaction from Mr Laurence in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    So... all home safe and sound, no drama collectionarama! 
    Poo count unchanged, baby kick offs 2, but no poo resultant. 
    Basically  this is a brand new car so there was no need to pack tools or gaffer tape! But just to enjoy a blezz home up the M56. 
     
    Pez shot: 

    I expected not to like this as it’s new, silver and Clio-y but... I’ll admit to finding it quite a fun steer. It drives superbly well (aside from the smell which indicates it needs a new cat). It’s nippy and holds speed well in the motorway... 
    But it’s the condition I can’t get over... it’s nigh on immaculate!! 

    Probably the best £12 I’ve ever spent... 

    Settling in amongst the fleet. 
    Plan of action is to source a new cat, clear the codes using a code reader and see if Mrs_b likes it (which I think she will) 
    Many thanks to the lovely gent which is @Conrad D. Conelrad! It was good to see you again! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from Mr Laurence in Brownnova’s 9th - a collection thread.   
    As per the title really... 
    Today's the day for colectioneering the roffle Clio WarmHatchEdition. This will be car number 9 in the fleet, things are getting a little out of hand methinks... 
    The baby has been fed, the adults have eaten too. This will be baby Edith’s first collection mission. I hope she can last the distance! 
    Baby Poo count: 0
    Dad poo count: 1 
    Departure to follow shortly.
    Steed of choice: C5 for motorway comfort, and the fact that I’d need to move two cars to get at the 9000. 
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