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    brownnova got a reaction from Floatylight in AS in the Community - 01.02.2020: the Association of Associated MASSIVS hits Cannock auctions again...   
    Shall I bring the MX5 in an effort to distract him..? 
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    brownnova got a reaction from chaseracer in AS in the Community - 01.02.2020: the Association of Associated MASSIVS hits Cannock auctions again...   
    Shall I bring the MX5 in an effort to distract him..? 
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    brownnova reacted to richardmorris in The new news 24 thread   
    The video got me reminiscing- we first did a circuit of the flat track, which was like something out of the Ben hur chariot race ( then read the instructions about no overtaking). Then we lined up to go round the banked track. I was near the front and followed the camera car which was a mehari.  I was also giving a lift to a Canadian 2cver who I’d just met thumbing for a lift on the campsite. Set off at a fair lick ( as you do when 1000 other cars are chasing you). Got to 65 and couldn’t seem to get any more out of the car- we were half way up the banking at this point, and looking out of the passenger roof side you could see the concrete track. Then I realised that I hadn’t changed gear and was still in third! Changed up to fourth coming down from the first corner and accelerated to past 70 passing the camera car and others. It was accelerating well past the stop limit on the speedo so think it was over 80. 
    then we did the trip into Paris. 4000 or so 2cvs in convoy. 
    The poster from the event had been on the wall at work ever since. Nothing will ever top the experience.
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    brownnova reacted to jmsguzzi in Fiat Croma Owna - diving in at the deep end   
    Looks like the previous owner decided that his Fiat needed a bit of added BL quality*...

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    brownnova got a reaction from davehedgehog31 in AS Calendar 2020 - And the winners are... Order your calendar here!   
    Aaaand the winners are.......
    Miss February

    Miss March

    Miss April

    Miss May

    Miss June

    Miss July

    Miss August

    Miss September

    Miss October

    Miss November

    Miss December

    Miss January 2021

    One editorial decision had to be taken on June's vote due to a tie... For layout reasons I chose the Vauxhall over the BX rear quarter. 
    So the question is who wants one?
    Please place your name below with how many you want (in traditional AS style make a nice big list) if you want one.  Please order by January 19th. I know that is a quick turnaround but, in order to get them ordered to me and then back to you for the 1st of Feb (and in order to take advantage of the discounted rate on calendars... it needs to be by then.  
    Price will be £8.50
    Thanks
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    brownnova got a reaction from vulgalour in AS Calendar 2020 - And the winners are... Order your calendar here!   
    Aaaand the winners are.......
    Miss February

    Miss March

    Miss April

    Miss May

    Miss June

    Miss July

    Miss August

    Miss September

    Miss October

    Miss November

    Miss December

    Miss January 2021

    One editorial decision had to be taken on June's vote due to a tie... For layout reasons I chose the Vauxhall over the BX rear quarter. 
    So the question is who wants one?
    Please place your name below with how many you want (in traditional AS style make a nice big list) if you want one.  Please order by January 19th. I know that is a quick turnaround but, in order to get them ordered to me and then back to you for the 1st of Feb (and in order to take advantage of the discounted rate on calendars... it needs to be by then.  
    Price will be £8.50
    Thanks
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    brownnova got a reaction from chaseracer in North East Wales meet up - The Shitesteddfod: 29th March!   
    Think I might have found an ideal place for a meet up today!! The Denbigh 50s museum is excellent, and contains enough decrepit old cars and car memorabilia to keep ya all interested! And on top of that there’s fascinating household stuff from the 50s/60s... 
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    brownnova got a reaction from adw1977 in The new news 24 thread   
    I’ve just seen possibly the most Autoshite thing I’ve ever seen.
     Remember that red Sherpa panel can off the eBay tat thread, I’ve just seen it being towed home. By a Volvo 940 Limousine!
    Madness! Brilliant brilliant madness. 
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    brownnova got a reaction from Amishtat in Are Yugo-ing to run? Yes!!!!!!!!!!! It runs!!!   
    So I’ve not touched the Yugo for a couple of months. Progress had stalled due to not getting it going quickly (I’m a millennial- I like quick results). I had meant to get back to it over Christmas but it was cold and I chose to do other things.
     Today I got the 2CV out of the garage and saw this... 
    Yes... it really looks like one of those stalled projects... 
    Mrs_b’s brother wanted to borrow the trolley jack so I had excuse to be in the garage. I wasn’t sure if the battery had any charge, but decided to give it a go anyway. BiL turned up at this point and we got chatting. I explained what I was doing and he said go on then give it a go... 
    The engine span, battery was ok... it kept spinning but no catch (just as the last few time) so I started pumping the accelerator and all of a sudden... she roared into life-properly. Last time it had been lumpy as hell! To be honest both me and BiL nearly shat ourselves!!! We weren’t expecting it. Within 5 seconds the fuel in the carb was gone and it died. 
    Refilled the carb and.... battery had gone.. bugger.
    I popped it on charge quickly whilst I gave the BiL the bits to help with his car... then a bird flew into the garage. That was entertaining! The little twat had to be chased out!
    BiL left and I was due at a friends house.
    But I couldn’t resist one more quick go... if it had run then the plugs might be warmer and maybe, just maybe...
    Almost instantly it purred into life! It’s glorious Yugoslavian engine clattered away happily!! 

    I was over the moon!!! I jumped around whooping like a small child.
    My diagnosis is that the empty tank being sat had meant that the pump had run dry and the low level of fuel was struggling to get it drawn through. Looks like that was right.
    I engaged the clutch and moved it about 8 inches backwards and forwards. Clutch works. Brakes don’t tho, that’s next on the list.
    I turned it off and on again, no bother, fires straight up.
    What a relief!! And a spur to get on with it! But for the fact that my BiL has pinched my trolley jack I’d probably be under it now looking at the brakes! 
     
    Today is a good day!!! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from Timewaster in Are Yugo-ing to run? Yes!!!!!!!!!!! It runs!!!   
    So I’ve not touched the Yugo for a couple of months. Progress had stalled due to not getting it going quickly (I’m a millennial- I like quick results). I had meant to get back to it over Christmas but it was cold and I chose to do other things.
     Today I got the 2CV out of the garage and saw this... 
    Yes... it really looks like one of those stalled projects... 
    Mrs_b’s brother wanted to borrow the trolley jack so I had excuse to be in the garage. I wasn’t sure if the battery had any charge, but decided to give it a go anyway. BiL turned up at this point and we got chatting. I explained what I was doing and he said go on then give it a go... 
    The engine span, battery was ok... it kept spinning but no catch (just as the last few time) so I started pumping the accelerator and all of a sudden... she roared into life-properly. Last time it had been lumpy as hell! To be honest both me and BiL nearly shat ourselves!!! We weren’t expecting it. Within 5 seconds the fuel in the carb was gone and it died. 
    Refilled the carb and.... battery had gone.. bugger.
    I popped it on charge quickly whilst I gave the BiL the bits to help with his car... then a bird flew into the garage. That was entertaining! The little twat had to be chased out!
    BiL left and I was due at a friends house.
    But I couldn’t resist one more quick go... if it had run then the plugs might be warmer and maybe, just maybe...
    Almost instantly it purred into life! It’s glorious Yugoslavian engine clattered away happily!! 

    I was over the moon!!! I jumped around whooping like a small child.
    My diagnosis is that the empty tank being sat had meant that the pump had run dry and the low level of fuel was struggling to get it drawn through. Looks like that was right.
    I engaged the clutch and moved it about 8 inches backwards and forwards. Clutch works. Brakes don’t tho, that’s next on the list.
    I turned it off and on again, no bother, fires straight up.
    What a relief!! And a spur to get on with it! But for the fact that my BiL has pinched my trolley jack I’d probably be under it now looking at the brakes! 
     
    Today is a good day!!! 
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    brownnova got a reaction from RobT in Are Yugo-ing to run? Yes!!!!!!!!!!! It runs!!!   
    Today one of my upper sixth lads told me of how his next door neighbour used to have this old car. It was white and in a bit of a state. He said it was a bit of an embarrassment to the nice road he lived on, and the neighbours used to complain about it. It was badly repaired, and in the end he couldn’t get it started. He offered it to the lad to buy, he declined.  
    One day the neighbour says that he has sold the car to someone who was going to fix it up. And on Sunday he shared on Facebook how someone had not got it running again... the lad clicked on the profile of who was fixing up only to be met profile! He couldn’t believe how this old car he had known all his life was now in my hands, and it was the car I had told them about in (a few) previous lessons! 
     It’s a small world... 
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    brownnova got a reaction from Cavcraft in North East Wales meet up - The Shitesteddfod: 29th March!   
    True that... I hadn’t thought of that... so... Sunday 29th March ok with everyone?
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    brownnova got a reaction from Cavcraft in North East Wales meet up - The Shitesteddfod: 29th March!   
    We met him yesterday and chatted a while with him,  he is a bit of a card! Likes his cars though and was telling us a tale of how he slept in a 2CV as a younger man... 
    He was very up for car groups visiting! 
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    brownnova reacted to dollywobbler in North East Wales meet up - The Shitesteddfod: 29th March!   
    So it is. That's me out then.
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    brownnova reacted to pauldoubleyou in Early morning collection   
    Well bonuses, tested the battery and it’s charging, found service history up to 61k and it’s got a knackered spring and engine light on.

    Should hopefully be a quick fixer upper and back on the road.. it is a very generic car tho. Drove it round the car park a bit and it just ‘does car’ quite nicely.

    And aircon? And E/W and remote central locking? AND A CUPHOLDER

    We are in the future










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    brownnova reacted to richardmorris in North East Wales meet up - The Shitesteddfod: 29th March!   
    I’ve just been checking the diary. The weekend after Mothering Sunday ( mum prefers this nomenclature over mother’s day). Plus having a look on the map - it’s the other side of Ruthin.  All being dry I can come up for a few days and give the x1/9 a run.
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    brownnova reacted to ProgRocker in Are Yugo-ing to run? Yes!!!!!!!!!!! It runs!!!   
    I upvoted your comment btw.
    Great video. Never knew that Yugos were sold in NZ.
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    brownnova got a reaction from richardmorris in North East Wales meet up - The Shitesteddfod: 29th March!   
    I think that weekend is not shaping up so good... 
    Can I humbly suggest something a bit earlier.... and then maybe we can meet again over the summer!! 
    How’s about: 
    28th or 29th March: Meet up at the Cae Dai museum near Denbigh. Have a blather, a look round each other’s motors and the museum and then a drive over Denbigh Moors, round the much feted Evo Shiteangle finishing up at the Sportsman’s arms (the highest* pub in Wales) for a libation... 
    I think a summer trip (or drive through with the doors locked) to Rhyl would be a good Shitesteddfod too... I think there would be something poetic about parking a load of shite cars on the front at Rhyl... 
     
    *highest by height above sea level. For other types of highest pub, try Wrexham. 
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    brownnova got a reaction from sdkrc in January 2022 (2021 calendar) thread   
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    brownnova reacted to stonedagain in The grumpy thread   
    Last night, I decided to open a bottle of Baileys that someone gave me at Christmas. Took the top off, went to pour some into a glass but nothing came out. So I gave the bottle a shake and tried again. This time some came out, but it was thick and lumpy! So I checked the label on the bottle.........it said use by 2011! Can't remember who gave me it either!
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    brownnova reacted to Pieman in The grumpy thread   
    This morning my dozy dad reverses his car into a car parked across the road from his driveway, which had been there all morning in plain sight and I'd even told him it was there before he got in the car.
    Go to a meeting to try and protest against the closure of Birmingham Wheels stock car stadium (where I began my commentary career) and despite loads of likes and checkins on social media only about 25 people turn up.
    It pisses down all day.
    Go to my regular pub quiz to find it's being changed from weekly to monthly.
    Quiz bloke doesn't turn up so tonight's is cancelled.
    Return home to the news that the appeals have lost and Wheels is closing down at the end of this month.
    Fucking shit day.
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    brownnova got a reaction from Mrs6C in January 2022 (2021 calendar) thread   
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    brownnova got a reaction from Mrs6C in January 2022 (2021 calendar) thread   
    If this doesn’t win for this month next year I’ll refuse to do the calendar. 
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    brownnova reacted to sdkrc in Citroen Visa Roffle - sdkrc has collected...   
    Drove the visa again this morning to the shops. Such a fun car. Novelty hasn't worn off yet. 
    Last of the self-indulgent, gratuitous shots...


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    brownnova reacted to sdkrc in Citroen Visa Roffle - sdkrc has collected...   
    Vague interest is the best interest.
    On Monday I gave the Citroen a 90% chance of making it home without issues. I'd like to officially retract that statement as wildly inaccurate as besides the rear view mirror falling off, the driver's side brake light failure and some other trivialities, she was flawless. No tools needed.
    Initial thoughts are
    - driving position if you're tall = bad
    - driving position if you're heavy = worse
    - suspension = shockingly & pleasantly floaty
    - engine = like several angry bees in a cigar case and with similar power 
    8.5/10 really enjoyed the drive.
    Long drive PRO-TIP: coffee if you want to stay awake, Red Bull if you want to stay tired but also have anxiety.



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