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    captain_70s got a reaction from louiepj in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Supernaut in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Coprolalia in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s reacted to juular in Juular's ovlov rescue centre - poking holes in a 240 (now fixing some)   
    Left more acid goo on a few bits that I wanted to weld onto. I think I'll use this more often as it works quite well.

    Welded the bulkhead repairs on. (After vacuuming out the pine needles and what looked like a bird's nest).

    All done

    Next I moved onto the headlamp washer bowl with an aim to tidying up the repair piece.

    With everything roughly in place I drilled and the cut the slot for the washer.

    Tidied up then seam welded.


    Final trimming and bending then welded in.


    All lined up ok.

    Test fit of the grille, most of the repair isn't visible.

    Bit of paint and all done.

    That marks the point where the welding for the whole front of the car is done, but I'm probably only about 60% done overall.
    I'll probably replace the front suspension now and roll the car forwards to start on the back.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from crad in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from busmansholiday in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s reacted to BorniteIdentity in Happy Anniversary "Ford Sierra bASe" - Some good news!   
    Another long termer returned to the road this weekend, with my beloved Avensis SR being given a clean bill of health (and me being given a not unsubstantial bill).  The garage was closed all Easter weekend but, with time on my hands, I decided to collect it using the spare key.  A fool proof plan that allowed me to get it at my convenience (it's 50 miles away) and enjoy the weekend racking up some miles.
    First problem, I can't find the spare key anywhere.  ANYWHERE.  The garage even checked explicitly on the phone "do you have the spare and does it work?" to which I replied with the standard blasé "yeah yeah it'll be fine".  The problem I have is my mind doesn't map where I put things down.  It's just something I've learned to accept, so rather than ruining a day tearing my house apart, decided to take the grey courtesy key down to collect the car.  "It'll be fine" says I, certain that I've done it before without the alarm going off.
    You can imagine what happened next.
    I'd also, in the excitement of the afternoon, forgotten to take my phone with me - so I couldn't even call the garage owner on his mobile to beg him for a remote key.  The alarm on this car is absolutely deafening; I'm used to loud noises (wearing headphones far too loud each day) but this is on another scale.  It made my ears pulse with every shrill WOOOP it let out.  Many men came out from neighbouring units, puzzled to see a man apparently stealing his own car.  Eventually, after what seemed like an eternity (but was more likely 10 minutes) it stopped and peace was restored.  The car started and we began to head home.  
    It drives beautifully.  As it fucking should considering the bill and the works that have been carried out.  All new ARB, control arms, TRE, bushes etc blah.  There isn't a single clonk or bump or thump or noise, it really is a new car.  I drove home with a headache and my son too frightened to speak in case it went off again (!).  I also drove home very slowly as there wasn't enough petrol in it, but there was no way I was repeating the "Chorus of the Alarm" at any petrol station on a Bank Holiday Friday.
    The journey home was uneventful until we got to my road when I could hear the most horrendous fucking noise you ever did hear.  At first I thought it was a Tractor coming the other way pulling a trailer along - an horrendous metallic dragging sound.  "Nope" says I - "That's my car".  A few minutes later and I realise that the front wheel is the perpetrator.
     

    IMG_7263.mp4  
    Nice.  
    Brakes aren't something I generally fuck about with, so stuck the car in the naughty corner and ignored it.  
    Quick chat with the garage this morning who are both sincerely apologetic and also bemused.  It had two QC road tests and was "perfect".  We discuss dropping it back for an hour at some stage, but then moved onto what I might be able to do. 
    The solution was actually really simple.  Because they took everything apart to paint it up, the backing plate has obviously gone back on in a slightly different place.  A bit of bending and prying (and amateur swearing) seems to have it back in place and no sound effects!
    So, there we are!  There are now just over 60 of these rare SR models left on the road and I'm pleased and proud to have done right by this one.  Next year it will need some paint here and there but, in the meantime, I'd like to get it over the 270k mark this year.

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    captain_70s reacted to davehedgehog31 in Kiltox’s YouTube Shenanigans - 09/04/21 - Fuck off, Keith.   
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    captain_70s reacted to TrabbieRonnie in The Current Driveway... Audi Coupe MOT Prep.   
    Hello all.
    Mazda all together again, back on its wheels and (once I've replaced the number plate lamps), ready for the mot...

    Junior is quite chuffed with the new plates, the dealer originals are safely stored away.  

    We removed all the old sealant from the rear lights, the foam gasket between the clusters and the body had deteriorated, allowing water in.  I've made the gasket water proof again with clear silicone, so now there's no need for a visible run of sealant round the outside.  Thoroughly tested during the celebratory washing, after which some stickers were applied (you only get one first car after all!)...

     

     

    After all that, we got the Audi Coupe up on the truck for more of the same scrubbing/inspection/protection routine.  Mrs Trab has really taken to it, so it will become her summer car.  It's exhaust looks a bit tired, from the centre section back anyway, there's a recent stainless cat/pipe forward of that by the looks of things.  I have a work contact who tells me he can make up the rest of the system in stainless given the original to copy, so that is the plan there.  The V6 really needs a rorty backbox, which I'm sure my good lady will love...
    Checked out Admiral multi-car insurance, and was really impressed.  Of course, I've just renewed the Jeep and big Audi, should have checked Admiral first...  Anyway, the Surf, A8, Coupe and Mazda would have been £588 for the Mrs and I, which I thought was pretty good.  They wanted around £300 quid extra for junior as a provisional driver on the 323, which will be his birthday present this year methinks.  Once passed, they'll want £1800 for his first year, not sure how that compares to elsewhere, but again, doesn't seem too horrific these days? 
    Lastly, I even put the battery back in the old Iveco recovery truck, and after about eighteen months sat as an over-engineered work station for old chod, she fired right up!  Who said Ivecos were shite?!!!  Might even pick up a project or two this summer for quick* easy* massive* profit!
    *delete as appropriate...
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    captain_70s reacted to TrabbieRonnie in The Current Driveway... Audi Coupe MOT Prep.   
    Hi all,
    Some work has occurred...

    Been doing little bits at a time after work, as it's now still light and warm enough when I get home. 
    First step was the jacking/supporting.  Again, the truck bed height is ideal for this sort of rust prevention work.  
    Wheel arch liners out next, tbh was expecting some grot on the old girl, she's covered 210,000 miles in her 28 years, but...

    ... apparently Audi 80's don't really do that sort of thing!  Very clean under the road dirt, if I kept scrubbing I could just have her body coloured under there, which would be a first for me!  Still deciding, but will probably coat it all for protection.

    Nicely built old car, no real water traps or exposed seams, shows what they could achieve if they wanted to...  The discs have rusted with sitting over winter, but they're working fine without dragging so I think they'll come good with more miles.
    Next, we removed the centre and rear boxes, they are solid, but not great looking.  I have cleaned them up with the wire wheel, and will look for new, but they'll go back on for the test this time I think.  I've a week off after next week, during which I'd like to get this and the 323 road legal, so time is of the essence...

    Bandaged up a wee pinhole towards the rear.  I've some high temp paint in the shed, considering some vactan and black topcoat on it, show a bit of willing for the mot man?  Wouldn't expect it to last forever, but couldn't hurt.  
    The boys insisted on hearing it run without the boxes on, I wish we'd filmed it...  It was ear-spliitingly loud when revved up, most impressive!  I'm sure that's what the neighbours were thinking anyway?!
    Bit of sun has really got the car mojo back on, can't wait to hit up the car's and coffee mornings again! 
    Cheers all.
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    captain_70s reacted to TrabbieRonnie in The Current Driveway... Audi Coupe MOT Prep.   
    Oily now... 

     

     

     
    And, as previously mentioned, I have bodged up/smartened up the exhaust... looks a lot better and will do until my mate gets his act together and makes me a stainless jobby (his wife has just had a nipper, so I'll let him off for a bit!).

     
    Plan to get the liners back in and fit the rear wheels tomorrow, then jack up the front for more of the same.  This and the wee Mazz can both then be booked in for a test and fun times can commence!  Risked a trip to Halfrauds today for number plate light bulbs, which as far as I know, was the last job required.
    We're allowed out for non-essential journeys now, only within the county border though... thankfully the fair county of Moray has some awesome driving roads and scenery.
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    captain_70s reacted to TrabbieRonnie in The Current Driveway... Audi Coupe MOT Prep.   
    Well, the test is booked for Thursday morning... this bloody weather needs to do one though!

     
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    captain_70s reacted to TrabbieRonnie in The Current Driveway... Audi Coupe MOT Prep.   
    Slightly better weather today (freezing but only snowed for a bit in the morning), so washing was achieved...  not looking bad for an old'un!

     

     

     
    Needs a respray to be perfect, but being white hides a lot of the lack of shine.  Really need to find (or get made?) the missing two wheel centres, and get the wheels refurbed.  Anyway, that's it until Thursday morning, when I am planning a cobweb-clearing out, two -hour long drive to my mot man, who is about twenty minutes away...
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    captain_70s reacted to juular in Juular's ovlov rescue centre - poking holes in a 240 (now fixing some)   
    The bulkhead looked pretty nasty but all in there's not much work involved.

    I attacked it with the big wire wheel to try and find the worst bits. Surprisingly it doesn't go much further than the ginger.


    I started chopping out the worst, to find a nice surprise waiting.

    I cut out a bit more good metal just so I can get a hoover nozzle in there!

     
    The rest is similar.

    The scuttle design is a bit of a weak point in these cars.
    I cleaned as much orange away as possible.

    Then hydrate 80.

    Made some repair pieces, will weld these in tomorrow.

    It's not often the rust is just what you can see, but I'll take it.
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    captain_70s reacted to juular in Juular's ovlov rescue centre - poking holes in a 240 (now fixing some)   
    Many thanks to @MikeR for his kind donation to the cause! The caliper boots and seals arrived on Friday.

    On the windscreen front I'm pretty happy with the progress so far. I really wasn't looking forward to the job originally, it gave me that feeling in the pit of my stomach. But anyway, here's the latest.
    The top corners are rusty but not blown through. Which is good as replacing this area looks like a horrible pita.

    I decided to cook some crystal.

    Since I had lots of citric acid crystals left over I thought I'd try something different. I heated up a strong citric acid solution and bunged in some cornflour until it turned into the consistency of day old chinese noodle soup.

    It glooped on really nicely and stuck in place. I left it overnight, wrapped in cling film.

    At this point I think my neighbours might have been filming what looked like madness.

    Next morning, a dramatic colour change which is a great sign.

     
    Worked pretty well!

     

     

     
    This of course highlighted the really rusty bits, which I went around with a drill and just went through them.

     

    And a blob of weld on each.


    Until winter came back. Hello again little blobs of stinging white stuff.



     
    Ahem.

    Once that went away, disco fever time. Aldi do really cheap sets of flap discs and the 40 grit ones eat through weld like butter. I loaded up last time I was there.

    And the result actually looks ok.

    With a light skim of filler I think that will be barely noticeable.
    I painted the frame in 2 pack epoxy which is apparently the way it's supposed to be done to help the polyurethane sealant stick well. 
    I painted the visible inside corner welds in a stronger 1:1 mix of base and hardener which acts as a great filler, just in case there were any pinholes.

    I'm pretty happy with that!
    I'll tackle the bulkhead next, but not before I have a shot of Mrs Juular's new addition to the fleet, courtesy of @Gerrymcd

    What could be more right in life than a v8 with a hole in the exhaust? Our neighbours hate us even more now. Bring it.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from tooSavvy in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Talbot in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Ghosty in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from James in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from loserone in Dicky’s Disastrous Debris - Hampshire parts required 11/4/21   
    I'd deffo advocate painting it purely as so much original paint is missing and flaking off in chunks that there is little left to preserve, matching new paint to old will be a major pain and the remaining old paint is going to be doing a poor job of actually protecting the metal underneath.
    I believe @sdkrcis having a similar issue with the sun baked Galaxie where patina that'd last 40 years in Arizona will last 5 years exposed to UK weather and start compromising the metalwork.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. New arrival.   
    BLUE.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from davehedgehog31 in Operation BROWN CAR (Rover P6 3500S): Gauging The Issue (aka, "Bugger")   
    Surprised its a sender on these, I knew a fella with a mk1 2000 that announced the failure of it's oil gauge by filling the driver's footwell with 20w50 at 60mph.
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