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    Supernaut reacted to wuvvum in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Tidy looking 305 van in Norn Iron

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    Supernaut got a reaction from tommotech in Supernaut's Cars - Axis of Idiocy   
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    My phone took a shart while trying to process the sunset so it's all a bit blurry but I'll post it anyway.
    It is also now clean. I realised there was a jet wash bay directly opposite the Lidl I've only been shopping in since I moved down here... What an idiot.
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    Supernaut reacted to Yoss in Felly Fav and Trum. *Favorit gets a respray*   
    Popped in this morning and they surprised me again with the amount of work they've done in two and half a days. 
    Shiny shiny. 




    But not shiny enough apparently, they still have to mop and polish it. I asked if it was lacquered because it obviously wasn't before. Being a straight colour it doesn't have to be and it was obvious with how quickly the shine would wear off that it wasn't. So apparently it's had two top coats then two more of laquer with the colour mixed in to give a glossier finish. 
    Door shuts done this time. The last respray was a bit brighter than the original and it showed in the door shuts and engine bay. They've matched it to the brighter colour but with the door shuts done that no longer matters, I preferred that anyway, it's a great colour. 

     
    This is the lip that the tailgate seal sits over. This is what it looked like on Wednesday. 


    I'd ground it back and covered it with Dinitrol rust converter and was going to plug the holes with Supersteel or the like and prime it before dropping the car off but it kept raining the week before so this was as far as I got. Most of it sits under the seal or behind the bumper so I wasn't that fussed. 
    But now it looks like this. 

    It looks like new! There's two bits of metal there spot welded to form the seam and then welded in either side. I can't see the joins at all. Only time will tell if it really is done properly, and even then only if I take the bumper off. I'm really pleased with that, well worth the extra £150.
    More shiny shots. 


     
    Nice colour contrast and Merc in the background. 

     
    The Transit wasn't a customer job but a little sideline of their's. I had noticed quite a lot of vans about the place. So they pick them up at auction and do them up as there is a good market for fancy vans.

    This was originally a silver panel van. They've fitted the body kit and side windows. The seats were fancy leather affairs with diamond stitches patterns and RS logos. A second row was fitted also in the same style. The rest of the van was lined in carpet ready for the next owner to do what they want with although he says they'd do more if  someone wants it. Like make room for a motorbike with the proper ramp and fixings was the example he gave.
    I personally wouldn't want to drive around in this but I was impressed with the quality of the work, there was no sign of any silver paint and the carpet lining looked spot on. If I ever get a Sherpa I know where to take it. 
     
    Anyway, Favorit should be ready on Tuesday. 
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    Supernaut reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Is okay the roads aren't wet or salty in Scotland
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    Supernaut got a reaction from Six-cylinder in Supernaut's Cars - Axis of Idiocy   
    ūüĎÄ

    My phone took a shart while trying to process the sunset so it's all a bit blurry but I'll post it anyway.
    It is also now clean. I realised there was a jet wash bay directly opposite the Lidl I've only been shopping in since I moved down here... What an idiot.
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    Supernaut got a reaction from Tickman in Supernaut's Cars - Axis of Idiocy   
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    My phone took a shart while trying to process the sunset so it's all a bit blurry but I'll post it anyway.
    It is also now clean. I realised there was a jet wash bay directly opposite the Lidl I've only been shopping in since I moved down here... What an idiot.
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    Supernaut got a reaction from Jenson Velcro in Supernaut's Cars - Axis of Idiocy   
    I drove the Alfa Romeo for the first time in probably a fortnight today.
    It's still a perfectly civilised little hatchback for running about in. It's just thirsty and incredibly reactive to every change in road surface. That behaviour would be fun in a sports car but it's just annoying in a hatchback.
    It's still going up for sale once the paperwork is sorted, even though there's nothing actually wrong with it, I just want something civilised and relatively economical for bashing about in and using for general stuff and things.
     
    I drove the 323i up the Gleneagles road yesterday, as a few people have mentioned how good it is. It was rather good. I even snapped a couple of photos outside the station there.


    Even though it's "only" 170hp it still makes me grin with the sheer amount of grunt it has. I've driven cars before that make more power as a headline figure, but usually from a smaller, more highly-strung engine. They're just nowhere near as fun as this.
    The gear ratios are like a diesel, and 4th in the 323i is almost exactly the same as 5th in the Alfa, but it just goes from almost any RPM and sails right up to the top of the tachometer no bother. Hell, you can nudge the NSL in 2nd, and ripping it right out in 3rd is definitely illegal.
    I'm embarrassed to admit that I only recently found the steering column adjustment too. Even though I've owned two other E36s! I've finally got the driving position just so. Now I can heel-toe it, things have got a bit more interesting...
     
    Yes, I still need to do something about the wheels. Just out of curiosity I looked up prices on two sizes of tyres; If I were to go for a set of 15" wheels I'd need 205/60/R15 tyres. They're more expensive than 205/55/R16s which would be used on 16" wheels. Hmmm.
    While it doesn't look offensively bad right now, a set of period correct 16s would be ideal, if any come up at a reasonable price. As is always the problem with old BMWs and parts associated with them... (Admittedly the pair of mirrors were only £40 so some wheels may not be too much)
     
    One last thing. When I parked up the 323i yesterday, the odometer was sitting on 176,999...
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    Supernaut got a reaction from dome in Supernaut's Cars - Axis of Idiocy   
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    My phone took a shart while trying to process the sunset so it's all a bit blurry but I'll post it anyway.
    It is also now clean. I realised there was a jet wash bay directly opposite the Lidl I've only been shopping in since I moved down here... What an idiot.
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    Supernaut got a reaction from dome in Supernaut's Cars - Axis of Idiocy   
    I drove the Alfa Romeo for the first time in probably a fortnight today.
    It's still a perfectly civilised little hatchback for running about in. It's just thirsty and incredibly reactive to every change in road surface. That behaviour would be fun in a sports car but it's just annoying in a hatchback.
    It's still going up for sale once the paperwork is sorted, even though there's nothing actually wrong with it, I just want something civilised and relatively economical for bashing about in and using for general stuff and things.
     
    I drove the 323i up the Gleneagles road yesterday, as a few people have mentioned how good it is. It was rather good. I even snapped a couple of photos outside the station there.


    Even though it's "only" 170hp it still makes me grin with the sheer amount of grunt it has. I've driven cars before that make more power as a headline figure, but usually from a smaller, more highly-strung engine. They're just nowhere near as fun as this.
    The gear ratios are like a diesel, and 4th in the 323i is almost exactly the same as 5th in the Alfa, but it just goes from almost any RPM and sails right up to the top of the tachometer no bother. Hell, you can nudge the NSL in 2nd, and ripping it right out in 3rd is definitely illegal.
    I'm embarrassed to admit that I only recently found the steering column adjustment too. Even though I've owned two other E36s! I've finally got the driving position just so. Now I can heel-toe it, things have got a bit more interesting...
     
    Yes, I still need to do something about the wheels. Just out of curiosity I looked up prices on two sizes of tyres; If I were to go for a set of 15" wheels I'd need 205/60/R15 tyres. They're more expensive than 205/55/R16s which would be used on 16" wheels. Hmmm.
    While it doesn't look offensively bad right now, a set of period correct 16s would be ideal, if any come up at a reasonable price. As is always the problem with old BMWs and parts associated with them... (Admittedly the pair of mirrors were only £40 so some wheels may not be too much)
     
    One last thing. When I parked up the 323i yesterday, the odometer was sitting on 176,999...
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    Supernaut got a reaction from anonymous user in Supernaut's Cars - Axis of Idiocy   
    I drove the Alfa Romeo for the first time in probably a fortnight today.
    It's still a perfectly civilised little hatchback for running about in. It's just thirsty and incredibly reactive to every change in road surface. That behaviour would be fun in a sports car but it's just annoying in a hatchback.
    It's still going up for sale once the paperwork is sorted, even though there's nothing actually wrong with it, I just want something civilised and relatively economical for bashing about in and using for general stuff and things.
     
    I drove the 323i up the Gleneagles road yesterday, as a few people have mentioned how good it is. It was rather good. I even snapped a couple of photos outside the station there.


    Even though it's "only" 170hp it still makes me grin with the sheer amount of grunt it has. I've driven cars before that make more power as a headline figure, but usually from a smaller, more highly-strung engine. They're just nowhere near as fun as this.
    The gear ratios are like a diesel, and 4th in the 323i is almost exactly the same as 5th in the Alfa, but it just goes from almost any RPM and sails right up to the top of the tachometer no bother. Hell, you can nudge the NSL in 2nd, and ripping it right out in 3rd is definitely illegal.
    I'm embarrassed to admit that I only recently found the steering column adjustment too. Even though I've owned two other E36s! I've finally got the driving position just so. Now I can heel-toe it, things have got a bit more interesting...
     
    Yes, I still need to do something about the wheels. Just out of curiosity I looked up prices on two sizes of tyres; If I were to go for a set of 15" wheels I'd need 205/60/R15 tyres. They're more expensive than 205/55/R16s which would be used on 16" wheels. Hmmm.
    While it doesn't look offensively bad right now, a set of period correct 16s would be ideal, if any come up at a reasonable price. As is always the problem with old BMWs and parts associated with them... (Admittedly the pair of mirrors were only £40 so some wheels may not be too much)
     
    One last thing. When I parked up the 323i yesterday, the odometer was sitting on 176,999...
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    Supernaut got a reaction from Datsuncog in Supernaut's Cars - Axis of Idiocy   
    I drove the Alfa Romeo for the first time in probably a fortnight today.
    It's still a perfectly civilised little hatchback for running about in. It's just thirsty and incredibly reactive to every change in road surface. That behaviour would be fun in a sports car but it's just annoying in a hatchback.
    It's still going up for sale once the paperwork is sorted, even though there's nothing actually wrong with it, I just want something civilised and relatively economical for bashing about in and using for general stuff and things.
     
    I drove the 323i up the Gleneagles road yesterday, as a few people have mentioned how good it is. It was rather good. I even snapped a couple of photos outside the station there.


    Even though it's "only" 170hp it still makes me grin with the sheer amount of grunt it has. I've driven cars before that make more power as a headline figure, but usually from a smaller, more highly-strung engine. They're just nowhere near as fun as this.
    The gear ratios are like a diesel, and 4th in the 323i is almost exactly the same as 5th in the Alfa, but it just goes from almost any RPM and sails right up to the top of the tachometer no bother. Hell, you can nudge the NSL in 2nd, and ripping it right out in 3rd is definitely illegal.
    I'm embarrassed to admit that I only recently found the steering column adjustment too. Even though I've owned two other E36s! I've finally got the driving position just so. Now I can heel-toe it, things have got a bit more interesting...
     
    Yes, I still need to do something about the wheels. Just out of curiosity I looked up prices on two sizes of tyres; If I were to go for a set of 15" wheels I'd need 205/60/R15 tyres. They're more expensive than 205/55/R16s which would be used on 16" wheels. Hmmm.
    While it doesn't look offensively bad right now, a set of period correct 16s would be ideal, if any come up at a reasonable price. As is always the problem with old BMWs and parts associated with them... (Admittedly the pair of mirrors were only £40 so some wheels may not be too much)
     
    One last thing. When I parked up the 323i yesterday, the odometer was sitting on 176,999...
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    Supernaut reacted to Fumbler in FTP Action. Safely Home   
    -Just put down the phone. Piece of brass extracted from no.4 cylinder. They had a power cut and will be working till 8 this evening. Winner. They say I should be able to collect tonight following confirmation it's buttoned up and ready to go. Double winner.
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    Supernaut reacted to Datsuncog in Datsuncog's Heaps: 21/10/21 - Forester Fun - "It just went like that..."   
    Well kids, another day, another round of Subaru fun and games.
    Just to recap, last month I became aware of a peculiar tilt to the Forester's steering wheel, followed a few hours later by an odd 'loose' feel to the front suspension. A quick roadside investigation (dressed as I was for a funeral) revealed mucho rot to the offside control arm, which had rusted right the way through, to my great alarm.

    Yum, crusty.
    I nursed the car home, fastidiously avoiding my planned motorway route, and phoned a trustworthy local mechanic to get it booked in for a full appraisal. Annoyingly though, he was all booked up for a month. Unsure of whether the arm was simply weakened or in danger of imminent failure, I really didn't want to risk taking it any further afield. I took the first available appointment and sacked off the MOT due for mid-October, since it clearly had no mission of passing in that state. So it hasn't turned a wheel since, other than swapping the cars over on the driveway.
    Today dawned the day for the mechanic's appointment... and a grey, wet dawn it was too.
    I pulled all the detritus out of the boot and flattened the seats, so I could sling my old pushbike in the back to get me home again.
    As ever, it started just fine with that lovely flat-four whurble-whurble rumble, plus the EML still shining merrily, and I drove it oh-so-carefully down the road to the garage, using engine braking and gentle steering to avoid putting too much load on the front end. Because traffic was quite heavy, I was moving at a crawl for much of the time.
    The road in and out of the semi-derelict former industrial site where the garage is located is, unfortunately, dismal - and there are a number of quite hefty speed bumps to be navigated.

    But I was very pleased to arrive and park up without anything untoward occurring, and retrieved my bike from the boot.

    The garage owner found my booking paperwork, and I advised what the score was - it needed a control arm and set of droplinks at the very least, but I'd rather he take a good poke around underneath first to check there wasn't anything more terminal lurking, especially around the rear subframe and shock turrets. If all seemed sound enough to pass an MOT, then I was happy for him to go ahead with the work - but if not, just to leave it and I'd pay him for his time.
    Hearteningly, he then related a tale of a similarly-aged Forester in with him only a fortnight ago because of an EML showing, which turned out to have a rear subframe so rotten he was able to crunch his thumb through it...
    Probably noticing my eyes rolling back in my head a bit, he then proposed to hoick it up on the four-post there and then, so we could both have a look and agree a sensible course of action. I handed him the keys, and waited for him to drive it back into the workshop.
    And waited. And waited.
    He came back on foot.
    "Erm... you'll never guess. I was just bringing her round, and the front end dropped..."

    Well, fuckaroonie.
    Yeah, that's not really great, is it?

    Had he managed to make it another ten feet back onto the hardstanding concrete, then it could have had a dolly shoved under the broken front end to help tow/manoeuvre it - but, with it currently resting on gravel and weighing the best part of two tonnes, that wasn't really going to happen.
    The proposed solution reached was for the garage to ring up a lad with a long-reach forklift, and get him to come out and shift it off the gravel (and out of the way of the garage entrance, which it was currently blocking) so they could take a proper look at it and pronounce its fate.
    Although Garage Blokey was perfectly jovial about it all, I'm sure the last thing he needed on a wet Thursday morning was an encounter with the ever-hapless DC and his shitty fleet of fuckedness... he also told me the clutch is going, but then he also told me that three and a half years ago, and I've not noticed any difference in the interim.
    So, I pedalled off into the rain, unaware that I was about to teach myself the salutary lesson that while you may never forget how to ride a bike, managing to pedal it two miles uphill while being a fat fuck over forty is a different matter...
    I wibbled upstairs on my damp jelly-legs to deliver the less-than-brilliant news to MrsDC, and I'm now playing the waiting game to see what the next step is - either that it's all reasonable underneath and a repair is possible, or if it's totally fucking fucked m8, big time.
    If I were more of a betting man, I'd be laying a silver sixpence on the latter outcome...
    On the not unreasonable assumption that it's a gonner, my plan had been to flog it on as a spares or repairs project - the turbo engine and manual gearbox, being roughly the same as the Impreza WRX, could probably generate a bit of interest, and the cat's likely worth some wedge as an early 2000s Japanese item.
    But if it's not even mobile, now... argh.
    We'll see. We'll see. But I'm under no illusions, this could well be the end of the rainbow for the Scoob...

    Stay tuned, kids.
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    Supernaut reacted to SiC in The new news 24 thread   
    "Do you Swallow?"
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    Supernaut reacted to tommotech in Skoda Felicia Klected, Will Boredom Continue?   
    So, the pez shot;

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    Supernaut reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    Much better!
    Over spray everywhere but what a difference it makes to have it all in blue and the headlights refitted.






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    Supernaut got a reaction from Barry Cade in eBay tat volume 3.   
    New user.
    Shit description.
    Suspiciously cheap.
    Do you really think the background of that sole photo in the ad looks like fucking Falkirk?!
     
    SCAM.
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    Supernaut reacted to Soundwave in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Another cheap hack from that there London...
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/576403237147721

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    Supernaut reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    Looking better already!
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    Supernaut reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    It's not far from me at a disused quarry in inverkeithing. Go down at the weekend if you like?
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    Supernaut reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    Ordered the wrong fuel pump for the Skoda, I was under the impression that it was a Skoda 130 engine so just ordered a replacement on eBay before I had a chance to look at what was fitted on the car and discovered the one I'd ordered only had two holes to bolt it on.
    Later I searched Google images to find the same one and it turns out that it's a favorit pump. I ordered one from a Czech site so hopefully be here at the end of the week.
    I refitted the old pump and changed the oil which seemed to help with the low oil pressure and oil pishing out of every seal. Obviously I'll have to change it again when the new pump arrives as well as changing the filters.
    The carb doesn't have any kind of filter/airbox on it so going to look into what fits or maybe modify something, I can't imagine it's good for it when it warms up and hot unfiltered air is going straight into the carb.
     
    In other news I've started working on the chevette again, I've refitted the original vinyl interior and painted the floors inside. Today I'm hoping to paint the wings and front end and refit the lights and mirrors and make it look more like a car again.
    I was reading through the fail list and there really isn't that much still to do.






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    Supernaut reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    Engine sounds strange...
     
     
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    Supernaut reacted to djoptix in The Doctor's travels through time. Wheeler dealer   
    I think I speak for many here when I say we would just hate it if you sympathetically improved it, didn't piss around with ridiculous colours, and reaped the benefits of the hard work you've already put into it by selling it at a modest profit, making some money and giving yourself a much needed mojo boost. 
    We'd hate that. You shouldn't do it. 
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    Supernaut reacted to Noel Tidybeard in The Doctor's travels through time. Wheeler dealer   
    NO!ūüėĀ
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    Supernaut reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    v8 powered Lotus 

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115052502207
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