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Electric Leyland last won the day on July 1 2015

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  1. Is the Simca 1100 van still available? I'd love that. PMing you
  2. Technical hitch, this may not occur now until tomorrow morning. Bear with.
  3. Hi Mike/daveb47, Currently pointing website at new ip address, presume the site will go down for a while as this goes through, maybe for 24 hours. I think we'll need to get the original BL colours back as well! Cheers, EL
  4. One thing though, on Friday I did twice hear a sort of split-second clatter in the engine area when I was driving it, thought I'd driven over a tin can or something, but handling unaffected. It must be linked. Another mate (Ex E36 owner) thought timing chain was jumping a tooth and was on tis way out, but apparently its definitely not that according to my mechanic mate.
  5. Loads of excellent comments and ideas, many thanks to everyone who has contributed. So in the evening of the day I posted this topic up, I got into the car to drive home from work, turned the key, and the engine fired up and was suddenly making a noticeably unhealthy noise, like a noisy fan breaking. It increased as I revved the engine. I knew I couldn’t drive it home like this so turned it off and waited til the next morning when it was light to try again, with a mate this time. Turned the key and now the engine won’t even move. Something really bad has happened. Suddenly my handling problem becomes marginal! I’ve had a mechanic mate out today who has diagnosed OMG BMW HGF! Mayo in the engine cap. Game over he says. He thought it was going to be the timing belt at fault, but you could hear that sounded ok when turning the ignition. No warning lights on either. He says you can tell there is no compression in the engine. Checked dip stick though and no mayo in there, looks fine. We resigned that the car was a fatality and I was about to scrap it, but the previous owner reckons it may not be completely dead and I should take it to a garage. He thinks it cant be HGF as the dipstick oil is ok. Either way I’m sure it won’t be cheap, it’s an engine fault. Not air-con (doesn’t have it) and not an oil problem, or battery, or fuel. So strange though as when I parked the car up that morning it was completely fine.
  6. Hi everyone, Not been on here for ages, lazily only using the A/S Facebook page. Have tons of recent spots, should dump a tonne of them on here too for folks not an FB to enjoy. Anyway advice needed, I’m at my wits end with my trusty 1996 BMW E36 328i. Have had it 3 months now, covered well over 2k in it, and I love it. Except for one thing. The wind. This car absolutely hates the wind on a straight stretch of open A road. To the point where if it’s windy then either an alternative route needs seeking, or the car must not exceed 45mph. At first I thought the problem was going to be easily fixed when I eventually checked the tyre pressures and noticed one of them was under half the others - slow puncture. New tyre on in the garage, but problem’s still there. Regular checking of tyre pressure (all set at 33 now) but problem still persists. Tread on all 4 tyres looks fine too. Mate I’d bought the car from said tracking was done not that long ago, and the tyres aren’t very old. He’s only ever driven it around London (in the 12 years he’s had it and I’ve known him), and this problem never manifests itself in town or on country roads, just open stretches of dual carriageways. I also wondered if it’s just me being unused to driving a RWD car. The last one (orange 1979 Mazda 323) was a bit like this as well, and also RWD, but nowhere near the same scale as this. Am I just being over sensitive with RWD cars? I hope not, as its pretty terrifying when you feel the car is about to spin out as soon as any wind hits it. The past 24 hours has seen the 2 extremes. Going home up the A1 in last night’s high winds was like driving on a sheet of ice, struggling desperately to keep the car straight, each gust of wind snatching the steering wheel, embarrassed at how everyone overtakes me at 70+ as I couldn’t risk going 50. And this morning, calm with no wind, car effortlessly cruises at 70+ with 1 finger on the wheel without a hitch. Before I start chucking money at the problem has anyone experiences this before?
  7. if anyone's here come and say hi, have parked up in main field in gold Citroen.
  8. Hi seth, it was between Welwyn and Codicote in Hertfordshire where it's spent it's entire life pootling around the Herts area. is that where you might have seen it? Hi Bol, I hadn't noticed that until you mentioned. I'l be giving them a tweek at lunchtime.
  9. I had seen the car on and off for the last 3 years outside this house, and when I saw it on Monday with the price in the window I nearly had an accident, such was the emergency of my braking. Knocked on door, shown round car, quick test drive, and it was mine. It belonged to the father of the guy who was selling, and he was a retired fella himself. He passed away 8 years ago and the car had rarely been used since. He bought it new in 1979, so it's 1 elderly deceased owner car, 53,000 miles, fully documented with every MOT, no welding or accidents, zeibarted underneath and garaged from new (hence still surviving), and all servicing done by the seller who is a lifelong mechanic. He had a couple of workhorses himself including an Astra that he's kept going for 25 years. Needs the garage space so his family heirloom was up for grabs. Converted to unleaded, the bonnet opens forwards, and absolutely everything works, even the clock. I won't say the price I paid but put it this way I wasn’t going to do any haggling, it was a ‘2005 Top 10 eBaywatch' kind of price ;0) Also full tank of petrol, a significant portion of the price paid. And she is an absolute delight to blast around in, starts on the button, just a rattling parcel shelf.
  10. And a quick fleet shot for good measure.
  11. Loving the Mazda love fellas! It's so orange, even the seats are joining in.
  12. Yes I think the 01 treatment is long in the tooth nowadays. Plus could attract burning-cross types. Nope, she's staying 'as is'. Few more pics.....
  13. Hey you're right, I hadn't noticed that before. Front end of a Mazda back end of Volvo 343. It's roomy inside for a small car too. Mate at work suggests giving it the General Lee look with Confederate Flag but that's a hot political topic at the moment.
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