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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from phil_lihp in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from phil_lihp in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from phil_lihp in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I think he wants to make this a thing.  Probably gonna book an MOT over near his to get the Sierra there and let him work his magic on it.  He actually enjoys doing it the fool!!


    Delicious.
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from RobT in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from RobT in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I think he wants to make this a thing.  Probably gonna book an MOT over near his to get the Sierra there and let him work his magic on it.  He actually enjoys doing it the fool!!


    Delicious.
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from RobT in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    My father retired a couple of months ago, a few weeks shy of his 62nd birthday.  On the one hand it was time; in our home town he was the most prolific, respected and accomplished guy in his trade - he had nothing left to achieve.  On the other hand, I reckon he had a good few years left in him.  But to what end?
    He's kept himself busy enough over the last 8 weeks doing a bit here and there on the house but with a few weeks to go until Christmas, it would seem that he's not that keen to start anything else.  In a pleasant twist of fate, I also left my charming little Clio at their house whilst I borrowed mother's Mercedes (She's all but said that she doesn't like driving - and they have two other cars at theirs anyway).
    I'm now getting regular updates from the old boy on his titivation on the Clio.  At first he didn't really understand why I bought it, having sold a far superior in every measurable way Corolla.  But I think it's got under his skin a bit, and he's not a shit car person.  He's had a go at the front wing and literally polished out the missing paint.  Here's how it looked before (from the collection breakdown)

    And here it is at his house!

    He's had a go at pushing that dent out but it won't go.  Still - a lot better.   
    He's now wet vacuuming the interior.  Even with a domestic VAX which probably isn't that great - on an interior that I thought was quite clean - it's dragging up some pretty disgusting stuff.  This was just the driver's seat.

    He hasn't lost his banter yet either.

     
    I'm promised photos of the finished article later today - at which point he'll be instructed to work some magic on the Bumpers.  All of a sudden that £25 Autoglym range I bought him last Christmas has paid for itself!
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Mr Laurence in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Split_Pin in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    He's pissing himself laughing.  That one's the little petrol head - he thinks it's hilarious.  
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from UltraWomble in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Split_Pin in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from chodweaver in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Split_Pin in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Split_Pin in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I think he wants to make this a thing.  Probably gonna book an MOT over near his to get the Sierra there and let him work his magic on it.  He actually enjoys doing it the fool!!


    Delicious.
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from loserone in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from timolloyd in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from timolloyd in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Coprolalia in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from HMC in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from wuvvum in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
  22. Like
    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from wuvvum in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from 500tops in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Craig the Princess in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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