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    Landy Mann reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Unexpectedly got an afternoon in the shed today. The offside front wing had all its exterior paint removed.

    It had two thick layers of red on top of the factory paint, and was certainly a bit of a faff to remove, but the trusty poly abrasive discs got the job done. A wire wheel attachment on a drill sorted the tricky bits that couldn't be done with the disc.

    After a good cleaning, the epoxy primer went on.

    It got a good thick coating, and can now be put to one side until I start the filling, blocking and priming necessary to enable some colour to be splashed around. Just need to order some more paint so I can crack on with the other wing, doors and bonnet first.
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    Landy Mann reacted to Steve79 in Cats clapped out Cars   
    Yep definitely immobilisor on these. Standard fit to all models. Just using key only in lock to open will allow the car to start but then die. You have to use the IR to deactivate, other wise Mr Chumley Warner behind the dashboard will give you a bollocking!
    Also be aware that there is around a 30 second time frame you get from plipping it open to start the car. If you don't then you'll have to plip it locked and then unlocked again. Securitaahh feature!
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from phil_lihp in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Just done a WOF check on my former backpacker wagon, it lives on for another year! Must be touching 400k km by now!
     

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    Landy Mann got a reaction from TooManyPeopleMovers in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Just done a WOF check on my former backpacker wagon, it lives on for another year! Must be touching 400k km by now!
     

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    Landy Mann reacted to Aston Martin in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I saw one of these today.

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    Landy Mann reacted to Conan in Peugeot 1007 - Peugeots exercise in abject failure.   
    What if Peugeot 1007 but actually good?
     

     
    Toyota Porte.
     
    It apparently came out nearly a year before the Peugeot. Sliding door only on one side though.
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    Landy Mann reacted to Joey spud in Intoducing Boris the '59 Morris.   
    I wasn't looking for another scabby motor vehicle but while Autoshite was briefly down the other weekend i had a quick nose about on Retrorides and spied Boris looking a bit sad in the for sale section.
    To be honest i have always had zero interest in Morris Minors they have that "coffin dodger" / OAP stigma that BMC's finest can't seem to shake off but i guess now i have hit 50 plus my outlook has started to change.
    A few WhatsApp messages and phone calls later and a deal was done.
    Boris was loitering on a drive way in Mansfield unused since 2015 and 180 miles away from "Chez Spud" but the excellent World of Ceri collected and dropped him off at mine with zero fuss or drama. 



    In the rain he looked half tidy and the miss matched paint on his rear quarter gives him added character honest.
     
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    Landy Mann reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Been doing overtime at work this week, but stopped off at the shed on the way home and got the rest of the tailgate primed earlier.

    Two of the doors have no dents, so I'll probably start on those next. 
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    Landy Mann reacted to Spiny Norman in Collection Fred, re: "Shite wanted, petrol engine with decent MOT, Central Scotland-ish"   
    So here's the deal. I grilled the seller (lovely bloke, L-R and old Mini fan) extensively on all the many faults these can have, and I mean grilled.
    Half a dozen emails each with half a dozen questions, or 'Can you take a picture of...' requests and he was really helpful.

    The oil cap and coolant bottle look like any other normal engine. The gauge sat just under halfway all the way home, even sitting at lights.

    Everything electrical works perfectly bar the heater fan which only operates on 3 and 4, a common fault and curable with a new resistor pack.
    The windows work, including the rear one which drops the half inch when you open the tailgate. The mirrors work, the central locking works on both doors and tailgate. The interior is completely dry and bar a couple of small holes in the driver's seat is all intact and just needs a wash & brush up.
    The most serious fault is the driver's door speaker which rattles and farts but produces nothing remotely like the Little Feat CD its buddies in the back were happy blasting out.

    It's in surprisingly good condition for one of these old Hippos, there are so few left I reckon I might have pretty much stolen it off the guy.

    This assumes it starts in the morning... ?

    Gratuitous arse shot. It's got a brand new spare and 4 good ones all the same brand on the wheels. A brand I've never heard of mind, but it went round some pretty sodden motorway bends just fine on the way home.

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    Landy Mann reacted to groovylee in Smoll shite acquired. The wife made me do it....   
    Today I have mostly been stickering ?
    just the other side to do now.



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    Landy Mann reacted to carlo in Picasso restoration.......a tale of idiocy and citroen fun   
    As promised I am going to hijack your thread with my own new Picasso, probably start a thread on it shortly.  A 2.0 automatic Exclusive in remarkable condition for the money.  Drives really well, initial problems seem to be confined to slightly grabby brakes and inoperative air con, hopefully that's not going to be too expensive as a car without air con is about as much use to me as one without wheels.
    Goes like the clappers too.
     
     

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    Landy Mann got a reaction from paulplom in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    The Rovers golden, I heard it the other week, great song!
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    Landy Mann reacted to paulplom in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Good tune just been on R6music.
     
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from mk2_craig in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Number 7. At least it's telling more truth than the OE manual for once... And tips on filling land rover swivels...

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    Landy Mann got a reaction from myglaren in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Number 7. At least it's telling more truth than the OE manual for once... And tips on filling land rover swivels...

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    Landy Mann reacted to Dick Longbridge in Dumped cars in your area   
    That reminds me of a thread I used to dip into on RR years ago. A disabled lad was very slowly tarting up his Neon, but didn't really seem to make much headway despite his efforts. 
    Edit: Turns out he dropped a 3.3L V6 into it, but doesn't actually appear to have finished it yet, eight years later...
    https://forum.retro-rides.org/thread/137868/1997-chrysler-neon-engine-speed?page=1
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    Landy Mann reacted to Jon in My New Zealand Shite - Yet Another Car Added   
    Here's the sales photos, as I'm lazy:
     

     

     

     

     
    Handily, it possesses 4 sides outside. A good tip to look out for when buying.
     
     

     

     
    I find doors quite useful, too. There's 2 others on the opposite side.
     

    Amid the curiously presentable engine room hole is an engine. VVT-i is Toyota-speak for VTEC KICKED IN, Y0.
     

    Interior is resplendent in blue and grime.
     

     

    Despite being of Japanese origin, the roof has proven its credentials for NZ citizenship, by ridding itself of much of its lacquer.
     

    Boot space is deceptively crap. However, it's very convenient if you're placing a small, very heavy item in it, as the floor is so high, so swings and roundabouts.
     
     
    Here's why it's so high, though:

    To leave space for the AWD system! That's right, it's a manual, AWD Yaris (well, Vitz), seemingly only a thing in the first generations. Later models were sold with AWD but with an auto 'box and switchable AWD. I believe this is permanently engaged, though have yet to test it out off the tarmac to confirm.
     
    Details on this are pretty minimal online - it was a Japanes domestic market model only and other than a couple of mentions on forums and some foreign Youtube videos showing them not really getting up to anything impressive, I'm all of a blank. What I will say though is that in actual fact, there's a relatively straight car hiding under some rectifiable cosmetic issues and although I technically own a 4x4, it's been 'off road' for years; way before I bough it. 
     
    The main reason for buying it was to get us to the ski fields; with Covid being a thing, there's far fewer buses shuttling up and down, as it was predicted we'd be on our arse about now. Fortunately, we're 83 days free of Coronavirus in the community but there's next to no overseas tourists, due to our locked borders. All we need is something to biff the skis in the back of and traverse a few kilometers of potentially icy roads, so there was no need to buy some lumbering great off roader, when this will be buttons to run in comparison. As it's a 2000, it has yearly warrants (MOTs) instead of pre-2000 cars, which are every 6 months. Plus, it'll be great as a loaner car to overseas visitors, when they're finally allowed back.
     
    Most crucially of all, it fits on the driveway! But that's not to say that a cull isn't in order.....
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    Landy Mann reacted to barmatt in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    In the 4 years I've had / known the Rover 25 gti there's been this type of button on the centre console

    I've seen it, pressed it, it does nothing, I forget about it.
    Changed the alternator a couple of weeks back and when I removed the belt I saw it had an aircon pump!!!  Mentioned it to a mate who's borrowed it in the past and he gave me a can of gas for it today, so I bunged it in and it only bloody works.  I seriously don't know how I've never noticed it before or even cared enough to find out what that button was meant to do, but it blows icy cold now, result.
    Best sort the brakes out and get it mot'ed.
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    Landy Mann reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Stuff has been happening - front brake lines were finished. 

    Rear brake stuff assembled ready for fitting. 

    Powder coating now back with me. 





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    Landy Mann got a reaction from timolloyd in Landy Mann's July 20 UPDATE: Return of the 110   
    Well things have happend since 2017, the 25 was replaced by a Volvo XC70, possibly the best car I've ever owned I then sold this to go to move to New Zealand and live in a 3.0 V6 Toyota Estima...

    Since returning to the UK I now run two silver fords, nothing much to comment on them, they are boring and easy to loose in carparks.
    Meanwhile the 110 has been in storage, last week a friend trailered it up for me so now it's time for MOT prep, and service over the next month or two, although I don't think it should be anything too serious.
     

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    Landy Mann reacted to maxxo in Picasso restoration.......a tale of idiocy and citroen fun   
    just for some fun, here's my total expenses in repairs and servicing over the past year..........
    clutch £250
    tyres £290
    sills, 2 brake lines and ball joint £160
    2 front springs (inc recovery) £200
    4 oil changes £160
    2 air filters £15
    2 pollen filters £15
    pair of front shocks £150
    discs and pads £100
    interior trim pieces (everything needed) £320
    waxoyl underseal £7
    speakers £55
    undertray £30
    engine cover mounts £15
    drivers window switch £10
    replacement HVAC vents £25
    bottle of aircon gas £30
    passenger side ball joint £40
    egr cleaner (actually works now!) £10
    2 sets of wiper blades £25
    rear wiper arm £10
    2 wheel trims £35
    2 replacement chrome bumper trim pieces £40!
    2 door straps £15
    total cost since may 2019: £2,007
    is the car worth it? absolutely not, but good ones are rare.......and they're dying out massively now
    oh and that doesn't include some upgrades i've done, the real cost is more like £2,700
    spend a few hundred more on it in september to get it completely sorted
    it was in a real bad way when i picked it up
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from wuvvum in Landy Mann's July 20 UPDATE: Return of the 110   
    Well things have happend since 2017, the 25 was replaced by a Volvo XC70, possibly the best car I've ever owned I then sold this to go to move to New Zealand and live in a 3.0 V6 Toyota Estima...

    Since returning to the UK I now run two silver fords, nothing much to comment on them, they are boring and easy to loose in carparks.
    Meanwhile the 110 has been in storage, last week a friend trailered it up for me so now it's time for MOT prep, and service over the next month or two, although I don't think it should be anything too serious.
     

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    Landy Mann got a reaction from CreepingJesus in Landy Mann's July 20 UPDATE: Return of the 110   
    Well things have happend since 2017, the 25 was replaced by a Volvo XC70, possibly the best car I've ever owned I then sold this to go to move to New Zealand and live in a 3.0 V6 Toyota Estima...

    Since returning to the UK I now run two silver fords, nothing much to comment on them, they are boring and easy to loose in carparks.
    Meanwhile the 110 has been in storage, last week a friend trailered it up for me so now it's time for MOT prep, and service over the next month or two, although I don't think it should be anything too serious.
     

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    Landy Mann got a reaction from MR SCRUFF in Landy Mann's July 20 UPDATE: Return of the 110   
    So in the last post we left project deprive with a cracked thermostat housing, I have since obtained a genuine MG-Rover thermostat housing, unfortuntaly project deprive has been just that, the last week or two have been flat out on the 110.
     
    A friend had asked to use it for her wedding so a major tart up was in order. It went from this:
     

     

     
    to this:
     
     

     
     
    And now looks presentable from a distance, it has also now been reconfigured back into 12 seater format with the rear bench seats, to make the interior presentable seat coveres were made with bed sheets, pillow cases, ribbons, and a rug for the back the day was a sucsess with no break downs.
     
    It's never looks so good, true AS form should resume this week project with deprive back on the road at some point with a correctly cooling system (hopefully...)
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from TooManyPeopleMovers in Airtrek Adventures - Indecisive young man buys shite car in New Zealand   
    Supply and demand of used backpacker wagons unfortunately, don't buy in Auckland in November and then sell in Dunedin in April... In any year without Covid there are many desperate backpackers trying to sell in the autumn and they'll probably take your worst/best/only offer...
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