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  1. The modular socket sets all contain 6 sided sockets if anyone specifically wants them in preference to the 12 sided ones. Maybe work out little bit more expensive I'd imagine. Like others on here I've got various sets of halfords pro/advanced tools which get heavy use and hold up really well to be fair. Any items that I have broken, couple of sockets and a ratchet, have been replaced without an issue. Good value, capable tools with lifetime guarantee can't be argued with.
  2. Hi. Regards your starting issues it could well be the ignition switch or battery charge as already suggested but couple things that spring to mind from experience on these cars for non starting are the braided earth from gear box to passenger side chassis leg. They can look good but provide really poor connection. There's also another earth at the wiper motor under the scuttle that can cause non starting issues. Dont worry about fuel pump / injection etc until you know you have reliable electrics.
  3. You're not wrong there. I bought a driver's side rear quarter off them for the same price I bought a full CD spec mk2 a few months later. Still, they've not quite reached the prices of ford parts from same era.
  4. If you're feeling flush these guys are a great source of genuine new GM parts. https://www.copeparts.nl/en/shop/ascona-c-en/sub,3/gid,11
  5. Great to see you making progress on this old girl. Re the pictures of the boot floor and the signs of rust on driver's side. This is directly above the chassis leg and upper spring mount - you can see the 2 lines of parallel spot welds in boot floor. Have a good look at the chassis leg and mount as its a very common rust area and replacement panels have not been readily available for a few years but they can be formed out of sheet steel if necessary. Wings should be easy enough to find on eBay. I've recently got rid of most of my spares but I've a few odds and ends if you're short of anything.
  6. Yeah I wouldn’t auction that for 99p either. Do as above with a best offer option and then post a link into a few Facebook pages. I doubt it’s a common conversion but folk used to cut floor pans out calibras and graft them into astras etc so you never know. I can share to a few pages I’m a member of once it’s listed. My old mk2 actually went to a potential new home today. Lad in the owners club crashed his last week so I’ve given him a loan of mine for a bit until he finds out what’s happening with his.
  7. Scruffy Bodger. It had a full repair panel riveted and fibre glassed over the arches and had continued to rust underneath it. I realised how bad it was but I was after some spares for another calibra and this had what I needed.
  8. I bought this one to break about 18 months ago and it was completely rotten. I initially thought it was lowered at the rear but the chassis legs had actually rotted through then collapsed under weight of the car. That was one really bad car and it actually had valid mot certificate.
  9. I offered an indicator switch to the new owner of this car. I’m sure I’ll have a suitable wiper switch too if it turns out to be at fault.
  10. You’re welcome. It will be one less part for me to rehome.
  11. Good luck with roffle. I won’t take part as I have more than enough old Vauxhall shite as it is. If winner of car wants a new indicator stalk message me and I’ll send you one.
  12. I’ve got an old snap on wrench similar to the one in this photo. Which is also pretty similar to the one in original post. I found it in my wife’s grandad’s shed years after he had passed away. From serial number it dates to the 1940’s and was army issue which tied in as he had been in the military. After it was cleaned and oiled it works perfectly. I use it a lot and it just feels right in your hand. Well balanced and solid without being too heavy.
  13. You’re mixing up your Kelly’s.
  14. I’ve got the black Halfords 3 piece stack and also a machine mart red one very similar to your picture above. Personally I think the Halfords one is better quality and feels more robust. The Clarke box is ok but if I wouldn’t buy it over the Halfords ones.
  15. sal

    Ask a Shiter

    I fitted a Yuasa battery in my daily 5 series over a year ago when original Bosch gave up and it’s never been a problem. Fitted another new one to my 3 series last week when the original Bosch one died in that. So far so good when moving it around albeit it’s a summer use car.
  16. I’ve got an e60 525d auto so slightly newer version of the 5 series you mentioned and it does about 35ish mpg. It’s a good comfortable, reliable and fairly quick car just not great on fuel. In comparison to my 325 petrol car which only manages 25ish mpg it’s actually ok on fuel.
  17. i climb ladders often at work and was trained to always hold the rounds (rungs) and use left hand left foot / right hand right foot technique. Only exception is on fixed ladders, particularly in sewers, where you hold the strings (sides) as rats have a habit of pissing on the rounds.
  18. sal

    Omega Limo Collection

    Sorry Supernaut I don't know what's happened to my post?? I'll reload it.
  19. May be of some help when it comes to working on the carb https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.howacarworks.com/fuel-systems/checking-and-cleaning-a-gm-varajet-carburettor.amp
  20. Sorry to read that this happened to you. I'm glad that you are all safe and hopefully your house can be sorted out quickly. Stay safe.
  21. They need to be pretty tight so just hammer the 14mm onto it. Don't be shy with it make sure it's well attached. The bolt will likely be stuck in the grip after it's removed but easy enough to sort in a vice etc. They're worth the money for the time they save you. Use mine a lot and have so far always worked.
  22. They look like saloon arches. They should still fit a hatch they just don't have the section for the vent inside the door shut.
  23. Well done on moving the car on. Is the new owner the chap on the right? Watched a few of their programmes which were alright to be fair.
  24. sal

    "Scene" twats.

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