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    strangeangel got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    My R4F6 van was terminally rotten, so I bought a pre-bent Skoda Favorit from a scrappers in Bradford. Obviously...
     

     
    The late FATHA_SA oversaw this idiocy and ensured that I ended up with a running, non-dangerous hack. Other shite here comprises my then girlfriend's Sunny, (sadly) the only picture of the aforementioned F6 van I know of, and my utterly rotten R16TX.
     
    The Skoda ran for another five years after being condemned to becoming IKEA cutlery, then was shoved in a barn when we went to NZ for a year. We came home, penniless, put a battery on it and continued using it until (2 head gaskets later) the arse fell out of it completely two years later. Not a bad innings really.
     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from rob88h in The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!   
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    strangeangel got a reaction from Dan_ZTT in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    My second R5, a Le Car 2. Bought for £325 weeks after the PO paid £3K for it, insured it 3rd party and parked it on its roof. The windscreen aperture was jacked out  and a new screen fitted, plus mucho wob deployed on the roof. Throw in a few 2nd hand panels and off we go!
     

     
    Displayed here on the drive outside my unusually luxurious student digs, during my second period of ownership... there was a pit lurking under that driveway! This was in the days when it was unusual for students to own cars, and those that did were usually driving old shitters. From being wrecked and sent for scrap in 1987, it passed through the hands of several friends, family members plus associated girl/boyfriends etc. doing them all a good turn along the way, before finally going to the big Renault dealership in the sky in 1998.
     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from Joey spud in Cresta, an update.   
    I was in the same boat with my old T35D Master camper back in the day. I sprayed it with coach paint using one of those cheap Apollo HVLP sprayers. The overspray was horrific (I was green from the waist down) but the end result was better than I could have hoped for. Total cost was about £250 (including buying the sprayer).
     

     

     

     

     

     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from Six-cylinder in Dick's Lambretta and Vespa adventures   
    Here's my Vespa, this has been in the family since the early sixties. Not concours at all; still proudly wearing dents and about 90% original. The only non-original panel is the right hand engine cover which came from my Grand-dad's long-dead 1962 Sportique (YVM654). It's been in about a dozen different colour schemes down the years, but this red is copied from the only bit of original paint left on it (the filler cap), so it has come full circle!
     

     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from mat_the_cat in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    The good days, like this one on the way to Bala, were far, far outweighed by the bad ones. This Land Rover was a truly terrible car and an absolute fucking disaster on all levels; effortlessly surpassing anything I have ever bought - before or since.
     

     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from mitsisigma01 in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    My R4, shown here after being sprayed Daihatsu Harbour Blue and before my then girlfriend took it to Germany and lent it to her idiot friend who fucked it up by crashing into a parked car, trying to pick up a tape she'd dropped on the floor...
     

     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from Crackers in Reasons that you didn't buy a car.   
    I'm willing to overlook most small faults at the price point I operate, as long as the seller is fundamentally honest, which most I've dealt with have been. So I've tended to buy most of the cars/bikes I've been to see.
     
    One notable exception was a 205CJ I went to see a few years back. There was an inch of water in the rear footwells; when I pointed this out to the seller he told me the car was still damp from having the upholstery steam cleaned. Given the sheer amount of water present this was obviously bullshit, but also to consider was the fact that the seats looked like a tramp and six dogs had been living in the car for a couple of years. The seller? A serving police officer...
     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from rainagain in Anyone else on google earth?   
    Google Maps has a really old picture from before we lived here. Google Earth, however, shows the big silver camper on the driveway and my old BX on the road outside (no Ami or Aixam yet). Our Lass is obviously still at work because the BX is parked a few feet further back than usual, revealing - and I realise I should not in any way be proud of this - an LHM stain on the tarmac which is clearly visible from space ?
     

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    strangeangel got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in Anyone else on google earth?   
    Google Maps has a really old picture from before we lived here. Google Earth, however, shows the big silver camper on the driveway and my old BX on the road outside (no Ami or Aixam yet). Our Lass is obviously still at work because the BX is parked a few feet further back than usual, revealing - and I realise I should not in any way be proud of this - an LHM stain on the tarmac which is clearly visible from space ?
     

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    strangeangel got a reaction from Dave_Q in Anyone else on google earth?   
    Google Maps has a really old picture from before we lived here. Google Earth, however, shows the big silver camper on the driveway and my old BX on the road outside (no Ami or Aixam yet). Our Lass is obviously still at work because the BX is parked a few feet further back than usual, revealing - and I realise I should not in any way be proud of this - an LHM stain on the tarmac which is clearly visible from space ?
     

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    strangeangel got a reaction from warch in Anyone else on google earth?   
    Google Maps has a really old picture from before we lived here. Google Earth, however, shows the big silver camper on the driveway and my old BX on the road outside (no Ami or Aixam yet). Our Lass is obviously still at work because the BX is parked a few feet further back than usual, revealing - and I realise I should not in any way be proud of this - an LHM stain on the tarmac which is clearly visible from space ?
     

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    strangeangel got a reaction from bicycle repairman in Cresta, an update.   
    I was in the same boat with my old T35D Master camper back in the day. I sprayed it with coach paint using one of those cheap Apollo HVLP sprayers. The overspray was horrific (I was green from the waist down) but the end result was better than I could have hoped for. Total cost was about £250 (including buying the sprayer).
     

     

     

     

     

     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Cresta, an update.   
    I was in the same boat with my old T35D Master camper back in the day. I sprayed it with coach paint using one of those cheap Apollo HVLP sprayers. The overspray was horrific (I was green from the waist down) but the end result was better than I could have hoped for. Total cost was about £250 (including buying the sprayer).
     

     

     

     

     

     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from Six-cylinder in Strangeangel's Shite-tastic Shenanigans 12/12 NEW MOTOR - ACHIEVED.   
    The reg on this one looks familiar!
     

     
    Funny that it shows as unknown... that was why DVLA kicked it back the first time. I had put the model as 2200, but that wasn't shown on the NOVA declaration. So I had to call HMRC, and then confirm that I wanted model details added to their record, which they did. And after all that it appears DVLA have left it blank anyway! Not massively important, but irritating all the same 🙄
     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from catsinthewelder in The grumpy thread   
    They used to have good offers on LHM, which when you had a car that got through it faster than Father Jack does a bottle of floor polish is no small consideration.
     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from Shite Ron in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    The Land Rover that cured me of Land Rovers:
     

     
    Look carefully to the right, and you'll see a cameo by Dad's much nicer CX2400.
     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from BL Bloke in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    My R4, shown here after being sprayed Daihatsu Harbour Blue and before my then girlfriend took it to Germany and lent it to her idiot friend who fucked it up by crashing into a parked car, trying to pick up a tape she'd dropped on the floor...
     

     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from BL Bloke in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    My second R5, a Le Car 2. Bought for £325 weeks after the PO paid £3K for it, insured it 3rd party and parked it on its roof. The windscreen aperture was jacked out  and a new screen fitted, plus mucho wob deployed on the roof. Throw in a few 2nd hand panels and off we go!
     

     
    Displayed here on the drive outside my unusually luxurious student digs, during my second period of ownership... there was a pit lurking under that driveway! This was in the days when it was unusual for students to own cars, and those that did were usually driving old shitters. From being wrecked and sent for scrap in 1987, it passed through the hands of several friends, family members plus associated girl/boyfriends etc. doing them all a good turn along the way, before finally going to the big Renault dealership in the sky in 1998.
     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from BL Bloke in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    Found a few more! Here's what happened when Dad borrowed Mum's 500 estate to go to work one morning...
     

     
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    strangeangel got a reaction from pbottomley in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards, Chips got! :)   
    @pbottomley has several. If you have a rummage through the Bikeshite thread there is an absolutely priceless video of him hooning around on one.
     
     
    WOULD.
     
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    strangeangel reacted to Dave_Q in Dave's shonkers - chaly up next?   
    Unfortunately the exhaust situation isn't that straightforward, it's the pre-leader engine so second hand ones are rarer and more expensive.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/174465445775

    Going to put up a sale/roffle thread on here, if noone is keen I'll get it tested and try the general public.

    Having asked my wife she is keen on the concept in general but would like one that's a bit less battered.
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    strangeangel reacted to Dave_Q in Dave's shonkers - chaly up next?   
    Cheers for the tip on the belts, all the noise on using genuine comes from owners groups which seems to be mostly populated by people who own nearly new ones and never ride them anywhere. 
    There are Triple S belts for £26? Never heard of them tbh. 
    The 125 is now alive, I am on a low input training course this afternoon so took the laptop + wireless headset outside. 

    Had the carb off again, the inlet thing is definitely on it's way out but none of the cracks go all the way through. 
    I had a blast through the jets with the FIRE EXTINGUISHER OF MANY AIR PRESSURE and also found the slide thing was a little sticky, I cleaned it up some more and applied a tiny smear of grease.
    All running great now, had a quick brum up and down the road and it's seems pretty sprightly tbh. 
    At a bit of a crossroads now as to what to do with it, I reckon it may need a new exhaust as it's got a hole and is possibly too rusty to weld. Other than that it just needs a stop/tail bulb and possibly a centre stand spring for an MOT.
    But if the exhaust won't bodge then MOT + V5 + exhaust is getting towards more than I was planning to spend. 
    I've surely added value by dragging it North and getting it running so if my wife doesn't actually want it it could make more sense to punt it on now as a project?
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    strangeangel got a reaction from Dave_Q in Dave's shonkers - chaly up next?   
    They're a great* bit of design, those rubber inlets. The whole weight of the carb is supported by that on many scooters, with obvious consequences. It was such a problem with the Helix that Honda fitted a brace to the later models, which they made available for people to buy and fit to earlier bikes. Another possibility that springs to mind is the condition of the vac lines, any missing clips etc.
     
    If you want to save a few pund on the transmission overhaul I would stick with genuine rollers but get an aftermarket belt. I use Three Five belts (Taiwanese) in the Helixes which are cheap and reliable. I went to those because I bought a genuine Honda Bando (£££) for my first belt change and the bastard snapped half way through its duty cycle...
     
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    strangeangel reacted to sharley17194 in Sharleys Reliant Robin 1993 LX   
    Sadly this week the unthinkable happened. We have been served notice on our units. Having to clear out a fair few cars and parts...including this:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1993-Reliant-Robin-/324520155297?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292
     
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