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    captain_70s reacted to JimH in It is just so Super (Sentinel).   
    There has been a lot of work being done but most of it is of the mind numbingly dull variety. I'll sort a better update out later but for now here are a couple of photos. Both Sentinels were due their hot test this week so we took the opportunity to at least see if the Super could run under its own steam. 
    The inspector was supposed to be here on Tuesday but he forgot about it which meant we had to get them both going again on Wednesday which gave us a chance to sort out a few teething troubles for the next day. Tuesday was all foggy but at least it moved under its own power even if the steam brake valve was messing about and wouldn't stop it. It looks a bit crap without the rear wings and the cock eyed headlamps hardly help the look but at least it has seen daylight now. What it did remind me of is what a delight Supers are to drive.
     
    Yesterday the sun came out and the brakes worked properly so I felt more confident taking it up a small hill. The bits sticking up from the cab roof are the start of the brackets for the headboard - it was supposed to rain and I didn't want it to get the bare steel wet. I'm pretty pleased with the look of the body. The curve of the roof is right and it looks suitably butch. 
     
    More later.
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    captain_70s reacted to Spurious in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    https://twitter.com/Meliden/status/1597303153497554950?s=20&t=2aHOJnypwAp9gz_DC4tu5g
     
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    captain_70s reacted to Conrad D. Conelrad in eBay tat volume 3.   
    PU51 DRY?
    no,

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234795262620
  4. Haha
    captain_70s reacted to Conrad D. Conelrad in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144827039853
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Bamboocarman in Keeping a classic outdoors in the winter   
    Keep it clean, keep it watertight.
    The biggest issue is water getting in and not getting out, blocked drains and leaky seals etc. If the seals are knackered and can't be replaced decent cover and regular airing is probably a decent course of action. 
    If the car is parked and not out on salty roads most of your traditional winter damage is already avoided.
    A damp garage or bad car cover is worse than storing a car outside I reckon.
    Disconnect the battery, over pressurise the tyres,  leave it in gear, handbrake off and give it a spin around the block occasionally.
    Job jobbed.
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    captain_70s reacted to Conan in Bangkok Shite: Toyota Corona Liftback   
    Slowly, but surely.





    No part of the car is left in bare metal anymore, but still need some more filler. Soon enough primer will go on, then some colour, then assembly.
     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Austin-Rover in Keeping a classic outdoors in the winter   
    Keep it clean, keep it watertight.
    The biggest issue is water getting in and not getting out, blocked drains and leaky seals etc. If the seals are knackered and can't be replaced decent cover and regular airing is probably a decent course of action. 
    If the car is parked and not out on salty roads most of your traditional winter damage is already avoided.
    A damp garage or bad car cover is worse than storing a car outside I reckon.
    Disconnect the battery, over pressurise the tyres,  leave it in gear, handbrake off and give it a spin around the block occasionally.
    Job jobbed.
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    captain_70s reacted to Gentil79 in Keeping a classic outdoors in the winter   
    I did mention in my video that the reason for a car cover is due to perished windscreen seals that let water in.  I also mention about leaving in gear/park and move the back and forth occasionally to reduce the risk of flat spots on the tyres. 
     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Barry Cade in Keeping a classic outdoors in the winter   
    Keep it clean, keep it watertight.
    The biggest issue is water getting in and not getting out, blocked drains and leaky seals etc. If the seals are knackered and can't be replaced decent cover and regular airing is probably a decent course of action. 
    If the car is parked and not out on salty roads most of your traditional winter damage is already avoided.
    A damp garage or bad car cover is worse than storing a car outside I reckon.
    Disconnect the battery, over pressurise the tyres,  leave it in gear, handbrake off and give it a spin around the block occasionally.
    Job jobbed.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Joey spud in Keeping a classic outdoors in the winter   
    Keep it clean, keep it watertight.
    The biggest issue is water getting in and not getting out, blocked drains and leaky seals etc. If the seals are knackered and can't be replaced decent cover and regular airing is probably a decent course of action. 
    If the car is parked and not out on salty roads most of your traditional winter damage is already avoided.
    A damp garage or bad car cover is worse than storing a car outside I reckon.
    Disconnect the battery, over pressurise the tyres,  leave it in gear, handbrake off and give it a spin around the block occasionally.
    Job jobbed.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from gm in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    I collected a sunroof cut out of an AX from him a few months back on behalf of somebody else.
    Certainly stands out on the estate!
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    captain_70s got a reaction from chadders in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    I did consider it but the rearmost uprights are screwed into the wall and there is a electricity breaker box in the way. (And the roof leaks on that side in heavy rain...)
    Not going to ask the landlady to mod things as we've already notified them about the rotten garden fence falling over and the windows/door frames of the house being so rotten they're falling to bits. We're delaying informing them about the washing machine with the failing motherboard and dishwasher that doesn't. Trying to avoid immediately being branded one of "those" tenants and risking getting booted or a major rent increase after 12 months.
    This place is fairly near the top of our budget, and as my flat that I was renting for £550 a month has just reappeared on the market at £800 I don't much fancy rocking the boat...
    The garden behind us is also at the higher height and a few extra feet would be right up to their fence. I'd be worried about their garden sliding into ours if I dug it out.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from greengartside in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    So aye, tis an Atco 12". Probably late 1950s, as I think by 1960 they'd ditched the cylindrical fuel tank. Ran when parked, spins but no spark, should be a fun wee project.
    The eagle eyed amongst you have spotted it in a garage. I have indeed acquired AN HOUSE, collected the keys yesterday. The rent would make a grown man cry and I had to move out towards Falkirk to get a decent place for the dosh but hey-ho, it's a big place for two...


    A garage for a 70s sized car and a driveway for three.
    Obviously I have a garden now so slammed "vintage lawn mower" into eBay and bought the cheapest one that was nearest. £10, 5 miles away, can't argue with that.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from greengartside in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    Fleet update.
    The lawn mower.
    I cleaned it, pulled the flywheel off and cleaned the points. It generates enough electricity to zap me but not enough to spark. Feeler gauges were lost so I hastily reassembled to look at another day.

    The Volvo
    The battery has never been great and with the cold weather drawing in it finally gave up. Frequently draining over the course of a couple of days to the point where the engine wouldn't turn over. Both the van and Acclaim have spent a lot of time jump starting it lately...

    It did prove useful for moving house though...

    A few weeks ago me and Girlfriend_70s went in to Glasgow to look around charity shops for furniture for her office. We found a decent sideboard and set about carrying it to the car which was in a car park a few streets away. After one street Girlfriend_70's announced she couldn't feel her hands and carrying it any further was a no go. At least we'd made it to a non-pedestrianised area. So I could dash off, grab the Volvo and we could bung it in the boot at the side of the road. Easy.

    Naturally it decided today was the day it'd develop a bout of unreliability. It'd crank but not a cough. Then the battery died.
    Thankfully @jaypee came to the rescue to help carry the sideboard back to the car and provide jump leads. Obviously once we were all at the car is started first turn of the key...
    Drove home, parked up, shut it off, turned key. Fired up fine. Alright then. Went inside for 20 mins, came out and tried to start it again. Cranking but wouldn't fire, pulled a plug, had spark. Sprayed some easy start down it and it briefly ran. Left it another 30 mins. Started fine.
    So something is causing a lack of fuel when it's hot. Either an issue with the pumps/pressure or the injectors not firing. I've a list of stuff to test to narrow down the point of failure, a new battery for it landed tonight. So will be able to do investigations without the thing going flat every 5 cranks...
    The Acclaim 
    Took advantage of the under cover workspace to start getting this thing unfucked.


    Yes. That'll not be helping the whole overheating thing. New rad and hoses going in shortly.
    It also needs the timing belt rejigged as it's jumped a tooth or two. Not sure if the tensioner has failed or come loose somehow but removal requires an ugga dugga gun and removal of engine mounts/a wheel so I've been putting off doing it at the roadside.
    The Dolomite
    Still suffering from mullered thrust washers. I was considering dropping the sump at the side of the road outside my flat, sticking new ones in and driving it to the house. Then I came to my senses and asked @davidfowler2000 if he fancied towing it. Again.


    Handily the night before the move Girlfriend_70s fell down the stairs and buggered her foot royally. So he also gave us a lift to the minor injuries unit in Stirling...
    Most of my time lately has actually been spent prepping the garage as measuring suggested that the gap between the internal stairs and the shelving was 1cm wider than the Dolly...

    So it was removed.

    The high value* contents carefully** stored in the back garden.

    The shelves reduced in depth by half.

    And reassembled.

    Perfect.

    I also tested the theory of putting the Dolly out the back to work on another car.


    Closing the doors is thwarted by the patio ending and a sudden jump in height.

    I am sort of considering putting in some ramps to allow the car back another few feet as the current windbreak method is a bit basic...

    It also means any car being worked on has to be mobile so the Dolly can go back in and the garage locked for the night. However I'd also quite like to shove a shed at the back of the patio for storing shit that is currently in the garage... Decisions, decisions. Sheds are silly money at the moment, as well as everything else.
    It's actually crazy how much stuff I'd managed to squeeze in to a one bed flat. This place is now packed out...
    Once parts start arriving I've got cars to fix. In this order: Acclaim, Volvo, Dolomite. Should keep me occupied over the winter.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from aldo135 in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    Fleet update.
    The lawn mower.
    I cleaned it, pulled the flywheel off and cleaned the points. It generates enough electricity to zap me but not enough to spark. Feeler gauges were lost so I hastily reassembled to look at another day.

    The Volvo
    The battery has never been great and with the cold weather drawing in it finally gave up. Frequently draining over the course of a couple of days to the point where the engine wouldn't turn over. Both the van and Acclaim have spent a lot of time jump starting it lately...

    It did prove useful for moving house though...

    A few weeks ago me and Girlfriend_70s went in to Glasgow to look around charity shops for furniture for her office. We found a decent sideboard and set about carrying it to the car which was in a car park a few streets away. After one street Girlfriend_70's announced she couldn't feel her hands and carrying it any further was a no go. At least we'd made it to a non-pedestrianised area. So I could dash off, grab the Volvo and we could bung it in the boot at the side of the road. Easy.

    Naturally it decided today was the day it'd develop a bout of unreliability. It'd crank but not a cough. Then the battery died.
    Thankfully @jaypee came to the rescue to help carry the sideboard back to the car and provide jump leads. Obviously once we were all at the car is started first turn of the key...
    Drove home, parked up, shut it off, turned key. Fired up fine. Alright then. Went inside for 20 mins, came out and tried to start it again. Cranking but wouldn't fire, pulled a plug, had spark. Sprayed some easy start down it and it briefly ran. Left it another 30 mins. Started fine.
    So something is causing a lack of fuel when it's hot. Either an issue with the pumps/pressure or the injectors not firing. I've a list of stuff to test to narrow down the point of failure, a new battery for it landed tonight. So will be able to do investigations without the thing going flat every 5 cranks...
    The Acclaim 
    Took advantage of the under cover workspace to start getting this thing unfucked.


    Yes. That'll not be helping the whole overheating thing. New rad and hoses going in shortly.
    It also needs the timing belt rejigged as it's jumped a tooth or two. Not sure if the tensioner has failed or come loose somehow but removal requires an ugga dugga gun and removal of engine mounts/a wheel so I've been putting off doing it at the roadside.
    The Dolomite
    Still suffering from mullered thrust washers. I was considering dropping the sump at the side of the road outside my flat, sticking new ones in and driving it to the house. Then I came to my senses and asked @davidfowler2000 if he fancied towing it. Again.


    Handily the night before the move Girlfriend_70s fell down the stairs and buggered her foot royally. So he also gave us a lift to the minor injuries unit in Stirling...
    Most of my time lately has actually been spent prepping the garage as measuring suggested that the gap between the internal stairs and the shelving was 1cm wider than the Dolly...

    So it was removed.

    The high value* contents carefully** stored in the back garden.

    The shelves reduced in depth by half.

    And reassembled.

    Perfect.

    I also tested the theory of putting the Dolly out the back to work on another car.


    Closing the doors is thwarted by the patio ending and a sudden jump in height.

    I am sort of considering putting in some ramps to allow the car back another few feet as the current windbreak method is a bit basic...

    It also means any car being worked on has to be mobile so the Dolly can go back in and the garage locked for the night. However I'd also quite like to shove a shed at the back of the patio for storing shit that is currently in the garage... Decisions, decisions. Sheds are silly money at the moment, as well as everything else.
    It's actually crazy how much stuff I'd managed to squeeze in to a one bed flat. This place is now packed out...
    Once parts start arriving I've got cars to fix. In this order: Acclaim, Volvo, Dolomite. Should keep me occupied over the winter.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    I did consider it but the rearmost uprights are screwed into the wall and there is a electricity breaker box in the way. (And the roof leaks on that side in heavy rain...)
    Not going to ask the landlady to mod things as we've already notified them about the rotten garden fence falling over and the windows/door frames of the house being so rotten they're falling to bits. We're delaying informing them about the washing machine with the failing motherboard and dishwasher that doesn't. Trying to avoid immediately being branded one of "those" tenants and risking getting booted or a major rent increase after 12 months.
    This place is fairly near the top of our budget, and as my flat that I was renting for £550 a month has just reappeared on the market at £800 I don't much fancy rocking the boat...
    The garden behind us is also at the higher height and a few extra feet would be right up to their fence. I'd be worried about their garden sliding into ours if I dug it out.
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    captain_70s reacted to wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    Collectioned. 

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    captain_70s got a reaction from Alusilber in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    Fleet update.
    The lawn mower.
    I cleaned it, pulled the flywheel off and cleaned the points. It generates enough electricity to zap me but not enough to spark. Feeler gauges were lost so I hastily reassembled to look at another day.

    The Volvo
    The battery has never been great and with the cold weather drawing in it finally gave up. Frequently draining over the course of a couple of days to the point where the engine wouldn't turn over. Both the van and Acclaim have spent a lot of time jump starting it lately...

    It did prove useful for moving house though...

    A few weeks ago me and Girlfriend_70s went in to Glasgow to look around charity shops for furniture for her office. We found a decent sideboard and set about carrying it to the car which was in a car park a few streets away. After one street Girlfriend_70's announced she couldn't feel her hands and carrying it any further was a no go. At least we'd made it to a non-pedestrianised area. So I could dash off, grab the Volvo and we could bung it in the boot at the side of the road. Easy.

    Naturally it decided today was the day it'd develop a bout of unreliability. It'd crank but not a cough. Then the battery died.
    Thankfully @jaypee came to the rescue to help carry the sideboard back to the car and provide jump leads. Obviously once we were all at the car is started first turn of the key...
    Drove home, parked up, shut it off, turned key. Fired up fine. Alright then. Went inside for 20 mins, came out and tried to start it again. Cranking but wouldn't fire, pulled a plug, had spark. Sprayed some easy start down it and it briefly ran. Left it another 30 mins. Started fine.
    So something is causing a lack of fuel when it's hot. Either an issue with the pumps/pressure or the injectors not firing. I've a list of stuff to test to narrow down the point of failure, a new battery for it landed tonight. So will be able to do investigations without the thing going flat every 5 cranks...
    The Acclaim 
    Took advantage of the under cover workspace to start getting this thing unfucked.


    Yes. That'll not be helping the whole overheating thing. New rad and hoses going in shortly.
    It also needs the timing belt rejigged as it's jumped a tooth or two. Not sure if the tensioner has failed or come loose somehow but removal requires an ugga dugga gun and removal of engine mounts/a wheel so I've been putting off doing it at the roadside.
    The Dolomite
    Still suffering from mullered thrust washers. I was considering dropping the sump at the side of the road outside my flat, sticking new ones in and driving it to the house. Then I came to my senses and asked @davidfowler2000 if he fancied towing it. Again.


    Handily the night before the move Girlfriend_70s fell down the stairs and buggered her foot royally. So he also gave us a lift to the minor injuries unit in Stirling...
    Most of my time lately has actually been spent prepping the garage as measuring suggested that the gap between the internal stairs and the shelving was 1cm wider than the Dolly...

    So it was removed.

    The high value* contents carefully** stored in the back garden.

    The shelves reduced in depth by half.

    And reassembled.

    Perfect.

    I also tested the theory of putting the Dolly out the back to work on another car.


    Closing the doors is thwarted by the patio ending and a sudden jump in height.

    I am sort of considering putting in some ramps to allow the car back another few feet as the current windbreak method is a bit basic...

    It also means any car being worked on has to be mobile so the Dolly can go back in and the garage locked for the night. However I'd also quite like to shove a shed at the back of the patio for storing shit that is currently in the garage... Decisions, decisions. Sheds are silly money at the moment, as well as everything else.
    It's actually crazy how much stuff I'd managed to squeeze in to a one bed flat. This place is now packed out...
    Once parts start arriving I've got cars to fix. In this order: Acclaim, Volvo, Dolomite. Should keep me occupied over the winter.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from danthecapriman in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    Fleet update.
    The lawn mower.
    I cleaned it, pulled the flywheel off and cleaned the points. It generates enough electricity to zap me but not enough to spark. Feeler gauges were lost so I hastily reassembled to look at another day.

    The Volvo
    The battery has never been great and with the cold weather drawing in it finally gave up. Frequently draining over the course of a couple of days to the point where the engine wouldn't turn over. Both the van and Acclaim have spent a lot of time jump starting it lately...

    It did prove useful for moving house though...

    A few weeks ago me and Girlfriend_70s went in to Glasgow to look around charity shops for furniture for her office. We found a decent sideboard and set about carrying it to the car which was in a car park a few streets away. After one street Girlfriend_70's announced she couldn't feel her hands and carrying it any further was a no go. At least we'd made it to a non-pedestrianised area. So I could dash off, grab the Volvo and we could bung it in the boot at the side of the road. Easy.

    Naturally it decided today was the day it'd develop a bout of unreliability. It'd crank but not a cough. Then the battery died.
    Thankfully @jaypee came to the rescue to help carry the sideboard back to the car and provide jump leads. Obviously once we were all at the car is started first turn of the key...
    Drove home, parked up, shut it off, turned key. Fired up fine. Alright then. Went inside for 20 mins, came out and tried to start it again. Cranking but wouldn't fire, pulled a plug, had spark. Sprayed some easy start down it and it briefly ran. Left it another 30 mins. Started fine.
    So something is causing a lack of fuel when it's hot. Either an issue with the pumps/pressure or the injectors not firing. I've a list of stuff to test to narrow down the point of failure, a new battery for it landed tonight. So will be able to do investigations without the thing going flat every 5 cranks...
    The Acclaim 
    Took advantage of the under cover workspace to start getting this thing unfucked.


    Yes. That'll not be helping the whole overheating thing. New rad and hoses going in shortly.
    It also needs the timing belt rejigged as it's jumped a tooth or two. Not sure if the tensioner has failed or come loose somehow but removal requires an ugga dugga gun and removal of engine mounts/a wheel so I've been putting off doing it at the roadside.
    The Dolomite
    Still suffering from mullered thrust washers. I was considering dropping the sump at the side of the road outside my flat, sticking new ones in and driving it to the house. Then I came to my senses and asked @davidfowler2000 if he fancied towing it. Again.


    Handily the night before the move Girlfriend_70s fell down the stairs and buggered her foot royally. So he also gave us a lift to the minor injuries unit in Stirling...
    Most of my time lately has actually been spent prepping the garage as measuring suggested that the gap between the internal stairs and the shelving was 1cm wider than the Dolly...

    So it was removed.

    The high value* contents carefully** stored in the back garden.

    The shelves reduced in depth by half.

    And reassembled.

    Perfect.

    I also tested the theory of putting the Dolly out the back to work on another car.


    Closing the doors is thwarted by the patio ending and a sudden jump in height.

    I am sort of considering putting in some ramps to allow the car back another few feet as the current windbreak method is a bit basic...

    It also means any car being worked on has to be mobile so the Dolly can go back in and the garage locked for the night. However I'd also quite like to shove a shed at the back of the patio for storing shit that is currently in the garage... Decisions, decisions. Sheds are silly money at the moment, as well as everything else.
    It's actually crazy how much stuff I'd managed to squeeze in to a one bed flat. This place is now packed out...
    Once parts start arriving I've got cars to fix. In this order: Acclaim, Volvo, Dolomite. Should keep me occupied over the winter.
  20. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from drum in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    I did consider it but the rearmost uprights are screwed into the wall and there is a electricity breaker box in the way. (And the roof leaks on that side in heavy rain...)
    Not going to ask the landlady to mod things as we've already notified them about the rotten garden fence falling over and the windows/door frames of the house being so rotten they're falling to bits. We're delaying informing them about the washing machine with the failing motherboard and dishwasher that doesn't. Trying to avoid immediately being branded one of "those" tenants and risking getting booted or a major rent increase after 12 months.
    This place is fairly near the top of our budget, and as my flat that I was renting for £550 a month has just reappeared on the market at £800 I don't much fancy rocking the boat...
    The garden behind us is also at the higher height and a few extra feet would be right up to their fence. I'd be worried about their garden sliding into ours if I dug it out.
  21. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    Fleet update.
    The lawn mower.
    I cleaned it, pulled the flywheel off and cleaned the points. It generates enough electricity to zap me but not enough to spark. Feeler gauges were lost so I hastily reassembled to look at another day.

    The Volvo
    The battery has never been great and with the cold weather drawing in it finally gave up. Frequently draining over the course of a couple of days to the point where the engine wouldn't turn over. Both the van and Acclaim have spent a lot of time jump starting it lately...

    It did prove useful for moving house though...

    A few weeks ago me and Girlfriend_70s went in to Glasgow to look around charity shops for furniture for her office. We found a decent sideboard and set about carrying it to the car which was in a car park a few streets away. After one street Girlfriend_70's announced she couldn't feel her hands and carrying it any further was a no go. At least we'd made it to a non-pedestrianised area. So I could dash off, grab the Volvo and we could bung it in the boot at the side of the road. Easy.

    Naturally it decided today was the day it'd develop a bout of unreliability. It'd crank but not a cough. Then the battery died.
    Thankfully @jaypee came to the rescue to help carry the sideboard back to the car and provide jump leads. Obviously once we were all at the car is started first turn of the key...
    Drove home, parked up, shut it off, turned key. Fired up fine. Alright then. Went inside for 20 mins, came out and tried to start it again. Cranking but wouldn't fire, pulled a plug, had spark. Sprayed some easy start down it and it briefly ran. Left it another 30 mins. Started fine.
    So something is causing a lack of fuel when it's hot. Either an issue with the pumps/pressure or the injectors not firing. I've a list of stuff to test to narrow down the point of failure, a new battery for it landed tonight. So will be able to do investigations without the thing going flat every 5 cranks...
    The Acclaim 
    Took advantage of the under cover workspace to start getting this thing unfucked.


    Yes. That'll not be helping the whole overheating thing. New rad and hoses going in shortly.
    It also needs the timing belt rejigged as it's jumped a tooth or two. Not sure if the tensioner has failed or come loose somehow but removal requires an ugga dugga gun and removal of engine mounts/a wheel so I've been putting off doing it at the roadside.
    The Dolomite
    Still suffering from mullered thrust washers. I was considering dropping the sump at the side of the road outside my flat, sticking new ones in and driving it to the house. Then I came to my senses and asked @davidfowler2000 if he fancied towing it. Again.


    Handily the night before the move Girlfriend_70s fell down the stairs and buggered her foot royally. So he also gave us a lift to the minor injuries unit in Stirling...
    Most of my time lately has actually been spent prepping the garage as measuring suggested that the gap between the internal stairs and the shelving was 1cm wider than the Dolly...

    So it was removed.

    The high value* contents carefully** stored in the back garden.

    The shelves reduced in depth by half.

    And reassembled.

    Perfect.

    I also tested the theory of putting the Dolly out the back to work on another car.


    Closing the doors is thwarted by the patio ending and a sudden jump in height.

    I am sort of considering putting in some ramps to allow the car back another few feet as the current windbreak method is a bit basic...

    It also means any car being worked on has to be mobile so the Dolly can go back in and the garage locked for the night. However I'd also quite like to shove a shed at the back of the patio for storing shit that is currently in the garage... Decisions, decisions. Sheds are silly money at the moment, as well as everything else.
    It's actually crazy how much stuff I'd managed to squeeze in to a one bed flat. This place is now packed out...
    Once parts start arriving I've got cars to fix. In this order: Acclaim, Volvo, Dolomite. Should keep me occupied over the winter.
  22. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    So aye, tis an Atco 12". Probably late 1950s, as I think by 1960 they'd ditched the cylindrical fuel tank. Ran when parked, spins but no spark, should be a fun wee project.
    The eagle eyed amongst you have spotted it in a garage. I have indeed acquired AN HOUSE, collected the keys yesterday. The rent would make a grown man cry and I had to move out towards Falkirk to get a decent place for the dosh but hey-ho, it's a big place for two...


    A garage for a 70s sized car and a driveway for three.
    Obviously I have a garden now so slammed "vintage lawn mower" into eBay and bought the cheapest one that was nearest. £10, 5 miles away, can't argue with that.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Six-cylinder in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    Fleet update.
    The lawn mower.
    I cleaned it, pulled the flywheel off and cleaned the points. It generates enough electricity to zap me but not enough to spark. Feeler gauges were lost so I hastily reassembled to look at another day.

    The Volvo
    The battery has never been great and with the cold weather drawing in it finally gave up. Frequently draining over the course of a couple of days to the point where the engine wouldn't turn over. Both the van and Acclaim have spent a lot of time jump starting it lately...

    It did prove useful for moving house though...

    A few weeks ago me and Girlfriend_70s went in to Glasgow to look around charity shops for furniture for her office. We found a decent sideboard and set about carrying it to the car which was in a car park a few streets away. After one street Girlfriend_70's announced she couldn't feel her hands and carrying it any further was a no go. At least we'd made it to a non-pedestrianised area. So I could dash off, grab the Volvo and we could bung it in the boot at the side of the road. Easy.

    Naturally it decided today was the day it'd develop a bout of unreliability. It'd crank but not a cough. Then the battery died.
    Thankfully @jaypee came to the rescue to help carry the sideboard back to the car and provide jump leads. Obviously once we were all at the car is started first turn of the key...
    Drove home, parked up, shut it off, turned key. Fired up fine. Alright then. Went inside for 20 mins, came out and tried to start it again. Cranking but wouldn't fire, pulled a plug, had spark. Sprayed some easy start down it and it briefly ran. Left it another 30 mins. Started fine.
    So something is causing a lack of fuel when it's hot. Either an issue with the pumps/pressure or the injectors not firing. I've a list of stuff to test to narrow down the point of failure, a new battery for it landed tonight. So will be able to do investigations without the thing going flat every 5 cranks...
    The Acclaim 
    Took advantage of the under cover workspace to start getting this thing unfucked.


    Yes. That'll not be helping the whole overheating thing. New rad and hoses going in shortly.
    It also needs the timing belt rejigged as it's jumped a tooth or two. Not sure if the tensioner has failed or come loose somehow but removal requires an ugga dugga gun and removal of engine mounts/a wheel so I've been putting off doing it at the roadside.
    The Dolomite
    Still suffering from mullered thrust washers. I was considering dropping the sump at the side of the road outside my flat, sticking new ones in and driving it to the house. Then I came to my senses and asked @davidfowler2000 if he fancied towing it. Again.


    Handily the night before the move Girlfriend_70s fell down the stairs and buggered her foot royally. So he also gave us a lift to the minor injuries unit in Stirling...
    Most of my time lately has actually been spent prepping the garage as measuring suggested that the gap between the internal stairs and the shelving was 1cm wider than the Dolly...

    So it was removed.

    The high value* contents carefully** stored in the back garden.

    The shelves reduced in depth by half.

    And reassembled.

    Perfect.

    I also tested the theory of putting the Dolly out the back to work on another car.


    Closing the doors is thwarted by the patio ending and a sudden jump in height.

    I am sort of considering putting in some ramps to allow the car back another few feet as the current windbreak method is a bit basic...

    It also means any car being worked on has to be mobile so the Dolly can go back in and the garage locked for the night. However I'd also quite like to shove a shed at the back of the patio for storing shit that is currently in the garage... Decisions, decisions. Sheds are silly money at the moment, as well as everything else.
    It's actually crazy how much stuff I'd managed to squeeze in to a one bed flat. This place is now packed out...
    Once parts start arriving I've got cars to fix. In this order: Acclaim, Volvo, Dolomite. Should keep me occupied over the winter.
  24. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from puddlethumper in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    Fleet update.
    The lawn mower.
    I cleaned it, pulled the flywheel off and cleaned the points. It generates enough electricity to zap me but not enough to spark. Feeler gauges were lost so I hastily reassembled to look at another day.

    The Volvo
    The battery has never been great and with the cold weather drawing in it finally gave up. Frequently draining over the course of a couple of days to the point where the engine wouldn't turn over. Both the van and Acclaim have spent a lot of time jump starting it lately...

    It did prove useful for moving house though...

    A few weeks ago me and Girlfriend_70s went in to Glasgow to look around charity shops for furniture for her office. We found a decent sideboard and set about carrying it to the car which was in a car park a few streets away. After one street Girlfriend_70's announced she couldn't feel her hands and carrying it any further was a no go. At least we'd made it to a non-pedestrianised area. So I could dash off, grab the Volvo and we could bung it in the boot at the side of the road. Easy.

    Naturally it decided today was the day it'd develop a bout of unreliability. It'd crank but not a cough. Then the battery died.
    Thankfully @jaypee came to the rescue to help carry the sideboard back to the car and provide jump leads. Obviously once we were all at the car is started first turn of the key...
    Drove home, parked up, shut it off, turned key. Fired up fine. Alright then. Went inside for 20 mins, came out and tried to start it again. Cranking but wouldn't fire, pulled a plug, had spark. Sprayed some easy start down it and it briefly ran. Left it another 30 mins. Started fine.
    So something is causing a lack of fuel when it's hot. Either an issue with the pumps/pressure or the injectors not firing. I've a list of stuff to test to narrow down the point of failure, a new battery for it landed tonight. So will be able to do investigations without the thing going flat every 5 cranks...
    The Acclaim 
    Took advantage of the under cover workspace to start getting this thing unfucked.


    Yes. That'll not be helping the whole overheating thing. New rad and hoses going in shortly.
    It also needs the timing belt rejigged as it's jumped a tooth or two. Not sure if the tensioner has failed or come loose somehow but removal requires an ugga dugga gun and removal of engine mounts/a wheel so I've been putting off doing it at the roadside.
    The Dolomite
    Still suffering from mullered thrust washers. I was considering dropping the sump at the side of the road outside my flat, sticking new ones in and driving it to the house. Then I came to my senses and asked @davidfowler2000 if he fancied towing it. Again.


    Handily the night before the move Girlfriend_70s fell down the stairs and buggered her foot royally. So he also gave us a lift to the minor injuries unit in Stirling...
    Most of my time lately has actually been spent prepping the garage as measuring suggested that the gap between the internal stairs and the shelving was 1cm wider than the Dolly...

    So it was removed.

    The high value* contents carefully** stored in the back garden.

    The shelves reduced in depth by half.

    And reassembled.

    Perfect.

    I also tested the theory of putting the Dolly out the back to work on another car.


    Closing the doors is thwarted by the patio ending and a sudden jump in height.

    I am sort of considering putting in some ramps to allow the car back another few feet as the current windbreak method is a bit basic...

    It also means any car being worked on has to be mobile so the Dolly can go back in and the garage locked for the night. However I'd also quite like to shove a shed at the back of the patio for storing shit that is currently in the garage... Decisions, decisions. Sheds are silly money at the moment, as well as everything else.
    It's actually crazy how much stuff I'd managed to squeeze in to a one bed flat. This place is now packed out...
    Once parts start arriving I've got cars to fix. In this order: Acclaim, Volvo, Dolomite. Should keep me occupied over the winter.
  25. Like
    captain_70s got a reaction from JMotor in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Home improvements - 09/11/22   
    Fleet update.
    The lawn mower.
    I cleaned it, pulled the flywheel off and cleaned the points. It generates enough electricity to zap me but not enough to spark. Feeler gauges were lost so I hastily reassembled to look at another day.

    The Volvo
    The battery has never been great and with the cold weather drawing in it finally gave up. Frequently draining over the course of a couple of days to the point where the engine wouldn't turn over. Both the van and Acclaim have spent a lot of time jump starting it lately...

    It did prove useful for moving house though...

    A few weeks ago me and Girlfriend_70s went in to Glasgow to look around charity shops for furniture for her office. We found a decent sideboard and set about carrying it to the car which was in a car park a few streets away. After one street Girlfriend_70's announced she couldn't feel her hands and carrying it any further was a no go. At least we'd made it to a non-pedestrianised area. So I could dash off, grab the Volvo and we could bung it in the boot at the side of the road. Easy.

    Naturally it decided today was the day it'd develop a bout of unreliability. It'd crank but not a cough. Then the battery died.
    Thankfully @jaypee came to the rescue to help carry the sideboard back to the car and provide jump leads. Obviously once we were all at the car is started first turn of the key...
    Drove home, parked up, shut it off, turned key. Fired up fine. Alright then. Went inside for 20 mins, came out and tried to start it again. Cranking but wouldn't fire, pulled a plug, had spark. Sprayed some easy start down it and it briefly ran. Left it another 30 mins. Started fine.
    So something is causing a lack of fuel when it's hot. Either an issue with the pumps/pressure or the injectors not firing. I've a list of stuff to test to narrow down the point of failure, a new battery for it landed tonight. So will be able to do investigations without the thing going flat every 5 cranks...
    The Acclaim 
    Took advantage of the under cover workspace to start getting this thing unfucked.


    Yes. That'll not be helping the whole overheating thing. New rad and hoses going in shortly.
    It also needs the timing belt rejigged as it's jumped a tooth or two. Not sure if the tensioner has failed or come loose somehow but removal requires an ugga dugga gun and removal of engine mounts/a wheel so I've been putting off doing it at the roadside.
    The Dolomite
    Still suffering from mullered thrust washers. I was considering dropping the sump at the side of the road outside my flat, sticking new ones in and driving it to the house. Then I came to my senses and asked @davidfowler2000 if he fancied towing it. Again.


    Handily the night before the move Girlfriend_70s fell down the stairs and buggered her foot royally. So he also gave us a lift to the minor injuries unit in Stirling...
    Most of my time lately has actually been spent prepping the garage as measuring suggested that the gap between the internal stairs and the shelving was 1cm wider than the Dolly...

    So it was removed.

    The high value* contents carefully** stored in the back garden.

    The shelves reduced in depth by half.

    And reassembled.

    Perfect.

    I also tested the theory of putting the Dolly out the back to work on another car.


    Closing the doors is thwarted by the patio ending and a sudden jump in height.

    I am sort of considering putting in some ramps to allow the car back another few feet as the current windbreak method is a bit basic...

    It also means any car being worked on has to be mobile so the Dolly can go back in and the garage locked for the night. However I'd also quite like to shove a shed at the back of the patio for storing shit that is currently in the garage... Decisions, decisions. Sheds are silly money at the moment, as well as everything else.
    It's actually crazy how much stuff I'd managed to squeeze in to a one bed flat. This place is now packed out...
    Once parts start arriving I've got cars to fix. In this order: Acclaim, Volvo, Dolomite. Should keep me occupied over the winter.
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