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    BorniteIdentity reacted to cobblers in The grumpy thread   
    I truly realised I need to stop doing 75 hours a week when it took me nearly an hour at work to realise I was still wearing my pyjama top. I really need a week off. 
     
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    Randomly, after about 9 months, the driver's door window on the 75 has started working again.  Just in time for winter...
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to horriblemercedes in The new news 24 thread   
    I had a funny conversation today. I took my dad to pick up his new car. A brand new Discovery 5. Left him alone for a few minutes to inspect it and I was having a chat with the saleswoman.
    Her: What do you drive then?
    Me: A BMW 3-Series
    Her: They're nice cars. Have you ever considered a Jaguar?
    Me: Actually my last car was a Jaguar. I really liked it.
    Her: Oh really? Which one was it?
    Me: S-Type
    Her (eyes lit up): Oh really? Why did you get rid of it?
    Me: It was really rusty.
    Her: Oh, I see. I haven't heard of that with them. I'll have to look into it. I thought maybe you had kids and needed more seats.
    Me (penny drops): No, no. An S-Type. Not an F-Type. Don't worry, I can't afford any of the cars in this showroom!
    Her (looking disappointed): Oh, I see.
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from RobT in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Lovely stuff.  We had an automatic one in the fold for a while, mostly owned by @RobTwho is a shiter of most excellent repute.  Please start a thread on it, and hope you're now over the 'Rona.
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to Dave_Q in Dave's shonkers - Old yeller hits the road   
    Yeah sorry no proper pez shot as mr 95 quid there left it over half full so I didn't need to put any in. 
    Back home now and very happy with the car.
    Drives perfect and doesn't even have the standard warnings on the dash about anti-skid/airbags etc.
    In need of a clean inside and maybe new front seats but otherwise doesn't seem to need anything, even has 4 recent name brand winter tyres.
    Should have taken a picture but as mentioned on the XC90 thread in the modernz section the average consumption on the trip was 46mpg when I got into it.
    I was never going to be able to match £95 peugeot aka "cloud floot Keith" but it's on 43mpg as I got home which I am still impressed with.
    Round the doors in my normal use I bet it's low-mid 30s but that's about the same as my van was so no problem.
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to Dave_Q in Dave's shonkers - Old yeller hits the road   
    So as per @gms suggestion above, the wheels did go orange.
    I actually wasted several hours with paint stripper trying to remove paint, I bought the "classic recipe" starchem type stuff off of ebay and was initially hopeful when I put some in a yoghurt pot and it melted the bottom off the pot in 0.6 seconds.
    The first applications did seem to make the paint bubble up but only where it was already loose, I had several goes of stripper>scrape/brush>stripper and started losing the will to live.
    Messaged a guy from work to see if he knew anywhere that could strip them for a reasonable price and he put me onto a place in Bradford that powdercoat for £1 per inch, per wheel (+VAT) so I got these done for £72. I already wasted £20 on paint stripper (guess it will get used eventually) and I could easily have spent £50 on rattle cans.

    Even better, the same chap has a tyre machine so I went to see him this morning to get my bargain £20 tyres fitted. 

    The tyres are 205/50 and the rims are 6 inch wide, 195s would be better but for £20 they will do fine. The 6 inch width does fill the arches much better than the 5 inch stock wheels.

    Not quite the same angle but here's a before picture.

    In other fleet news I am selling my van and picking up a new shitter off a shitter in the week.
    The van has been nothing but a faithful servant to me and I may end up living to regret selling but I just fancy driving something that isn't a van for a while.
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from mk2_craig in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Lovely stuff.  We had an automatic one in the fold for a while, mostly owned by @RobTwho is a shiter of most excellent repute.  Please start a thread on it, and hope you're now over the 'Rona.
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to Conrad D. Conelrad in Sad News for the ASMM and SVM and the HOLE WELD   
    I'm picturing a BBC4 programme where two historians are carefully turning the pages of Sloth in a Bowl's annotated price lists with white gloves. 
    "Look, here. What does that say, Peugeot? Peugeot 406. And what's the price, it sold for? I think that it says £260."
    "Quite amazing"
    "Yes, amazing. A Peugeot 406"
    "Hmm, yes"
    "Amazing"
    "yes"
    (page is turned delicately) 
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to Conrad D. Conelrad in Sad News for the ASMM and SVM and the HOLE WELD   
    This building should be listed. Haunted by the ghosts of a million Cortinas, Astras, Chevettes, Metros... 

    At least we demand a blue plaque. 

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    BorniteIdentity reacted to Talbot in Sad News for the ASMM and SVM and the HOLE WELD   
    Shame.  Whilst I've not been to a motor auction in a fair while, the ones I used to go to were absolutely hillarious.  Some utter utter nails being sold off for peanuts, every dodgy motor dealer for miles around all with their glasses guide books open, questionable burgers, even more questionable cars for sale, and a generally amusing day out.
    Southamton motor auctions, down on the docks, used to have some absolute disasters being sold there.  Stuff that wouldn't start, stuff that had signifcant damage, utter wrecks of ex-taxis, etc.etc.  It's also where I saw what can only be described as the most knackered transit van that has ever existed.  It had *everything* wrong with it.  Literally everything:  Dog-chewed interior, broken windscreen, screwdriver ignition, galloping rot, an engine that barely ran on 3 cylinders, mayo in the radiator (missing rad cap.. can't be run with it on!), all tyres bald as hell, sheared off damper mountings, broken tail lamps.   The list goes on and on and on.  And someone bought it.
    Fun times.
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to Conrad D. Conelrad in Sad News for the ASMM and SVM and the HOLE WELD   
    Given the reputation of new builds, I imagine the new housing stock occupying the site will retain the spirit of the cars. 
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to RichardK in The new news 24 thread   
    Covid sucks.
    Five days of isolation to go. But also feeling like death warmed up.
    Meh.
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Eyersey1234 in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Lovely stuff.  We had an automatic one in the fold for a while, mostly owned by @RobTwho is a shiter of most excellent repute.  Please start a thread on it, and hope you're now over the 'Rona.
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to FruttyFrutty in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Evening all,
    Here is my entry in Autoshite territory at last, my Renault 11 TL. 181k miles, spent the last 20 years kerbside in East London being used as a daily workhorse.
    Drove it up to South Staffs last weekend and didn't miss a beat.
    I did catch Covid picking the F@%$er up though so currently isolating and scouring the web for R9 / 11 info, of which there does not appear to be a lot, so any help would be much appreciated.
    I will start a dedicated thread once I'm out of newbie prison.
    Shaun

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    BorniteIdentity reacted to grogee in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Hi Eyersey. The Puma is year 2000, but it isn't shite. Not run with a shite ethos anyway. Having spent £2k getting the wings, sills and rear arches done, it now sleeps in a £50/month council garage. It's probably had the same again spent on it to make it 'perfect' or at least as close as I can get. Next job is front subframe which is a bit crusty, no matter how many coats of black paint I put on top. 
    The Acclaim was prone to eating its head gasket (OMGHGF) I remember doing at least two. But it had twin carbs, electric windows and headlamp washers so who wouldn't want to spend money fixing it? I do recall a shitely fix on the ignition barrell which expired on the M4, I stopped in the services and learned how to hotwire it. Later it had a 'permanent' fix of two toggle switches, one for ignition and one for starter. 

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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from Barry Cade in The new news 24 thread   
    That would make a fantastic Autoshite "Fly Drive" holiday next year.  A dozen in convoy on a short* trundle** up to Gdánsk or similar.  Nothing like the smell of two stroke and the gaze of eastern european ladies to make you feel alive.
    Who's in?!
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to HMC in HMC motors- Jag s type R   
    Sit rep-
    Rover streetwise is charging the battery like a champ 💪
    And the Rover 80 remains a roadside ornament. Classy street furniture. But a beached whale none the less. I have ordered a clutch kit and hit up the local shite friendly garage to sort at the month end.

     
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to HMC in HMC motors- Jag s type R   
    There has been much electrickery related goings on lately.
    First the minor wasn’t charging, a disconnected wire to the voltage regulator meant the tell tale charging light wasn’t illuminated on the dash. Was this coincidental or not? Anyway my limited multimeter skills showed me the Dynamo wasn’t producing anything so I replaced it; and the minor has behaved impeccably since.

    A minor, behaving itself earlier.
    Alas the same could not be said for the streetwise. It started not starting, but without an alternator charging light telling me anything.across the poles it was reading 12.4 v with the engine running. Not enough.  I Bought it with a recently replaced engine, and I noticed that the red wire to the alternator was loose on the terminal. Possibly overlooked when having the replacement engine dropped in? Checking again revealed 13.1v - better but not enough. I then noticed the earth strap was frayed and corroded- so I replaced it. 13.4v- still not great.
    Then yesterday the charging light did come on and within 10 minutes the car had totally run out of electricity and I had to dump it. 
     
    I had bought a second hand alternator anyway so I decided to bung that on- rather than simply  throwing a match on it- and I’ve now got 14.4v across the poles with the engine idling. A result? I think so- I will report back in a week or so.

     
    You know it’s a banger when the engine and ancillaries all have scrapyard writing on them from different vehicles. 
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to cort16 in The new news 24 thread   
    I used to make them years ago and this is all the bits I have left over. Making this one reminded me why I don't it anymore as it took me flippin ages.
     
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    I did wonder if the exhaust was leaking, as I noticed a moistness along one section when checking things over pre-road trip.
    Thanks for the reassurance!  My cheapo code reader finally had a use.  Not often I have a car new enough for the OBD shiz.
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to barefoot in The new news 24 thread   
    That's exactly the same as I used to get - couldn't remember the exact number! My tame mechanic told me it was an O2 sensor not operating at peak efficiency, but I think they've both been replaced. When I introduced it to a specialist Renner licker, he declared it down to a very small leak in the exhaust system. Whatever it is, it tends to come on for no apparent reason, usually on a light or even trailing throttle and it used to make no difference to anything. The old Vel Satis ran exactly the same whether that code was showing or not. Even the fair wife ceased to be upset by it.
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from catsinthewelder in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    The legendary @worldofceripulled up this morning with his impressive rig to take the Clio off to its new home (His brother, who I imagine is called WorldofEddie)

    Quite amusingly, my neighbour opposite text me to ask "If I was feeling alright as it very much looks like you're selling a car".  Another neighbour walked past and promptly removed his hat and started humming the funeral march.  
    It's almost like I've got a reputation for buying them but not selling them.
    I'm glad it's gone off to a good home, and I'm glad that I can now start to focus some attention (and money) on the Sierra.
     
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    BorniteIdentity got a reaction from AnthonyG 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! :)   
    Just catching up here!  
    I wouldn't worry too much about what door you exit from - most of us get out of a door on the offside front of a car (!)  Granted, mine have a 100% record of remaining attached to the car - but that's my shortcoming and not yours.
    Please stay safe in this wretched thing fine conveyance.  It's a big horrible world out there full of people with all the patience and understanding of an irritable wasp.  I'd rather mince across Hackney Marshes at night dressed as Savile than use this as my regular transport, but to each their own.  
    Stay safe.
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    BorniteIdentity reacted to bunglebus in The new news 24 thread   
    Not sure where else to put this

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    BorniteIdentity reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    Cheers m9.  Hopefully it's just that.  Didn't think to pop the ashtray out.
    Oil change and lubed the wiper mechanism earlier, as a squeak was disturbing the quiet waft.

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