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  1. Mot this afternoon for the van. Twitchy bum time. It might be a fail because of a hole in the sill but I'm hoping my mate will let it go because it's getting done on the 24th. Didn't want to take it in after because it only leaves six days for anything else that turns up. Trusted welder bloke had a look underneath and says it doesn't need any welding there. The only welding it's had underneath is the drivers footwell coz of a leak. Not bad for a 33 year old Pug van. Body work is looking a bit shit so if anyone knows where I could get an offside wing, or even both, I would be grateful.
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    That looks excellent @Matty. Like it.
  3. Ninja man came back with a bike trailer and his Misses who gave me a box of Milk Tray. Stuff my face later with those. 🙂
  4. His name is Bwian and he collects..................... FFS, upside down again. I re orientated it and it still comes out the bloody wrong way up. I blame my phone.
  5. I helped a Ninja this afternoon. He was stopped 50m in front of me and I thought he might be having a bit of bother. He started walking towards me so I hopped out to see if I could do anything. Asked me if I had an iphone charger . I had to inform him that I had no time money for such fripperies. A message on face ache resulted in bugger all so I asked him where he lived which turned out to be about 7ish miles away. So he's left the bike with me and I drove him home. Insisted on giving me £20. Not going to say no. Bugger, it's upside down. Bloody wasn't in my saved pics.
  6. Post office Sherpas had em.
  7. Just spent most of the day putting a new driveshaft/gearbox seal on. The bloody universal joint fell apart and spread all the needle rollers all over the floor. AAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!! Had to spend a couple of hours trying to make sure I had them all and getting them back in. Grease will hold them in but the same grease on your hand pulls the bastards out. Got there in the end but what a fuck about. Mostly lying underneath where getting up is becoming something I'm fed up with at 69. Old age is a right bugger.
  8. Got to be in with a bloody good chance of a win at FotU I would think. Bloody lovely is that. Wood.
  9. Factory said 20mpg for the Ventora. I don't think I got more than 12.
  10. I had a 1968 FD Ventora in the late seventies. Absolutely loved it. The 3.3 made a lovely sound with twin exhausts and it was smoooooth. Black vinyl interiors are not recommended on hot summer days. It was brown which was a crap colour to have in those days so I coach painted it a nice mid blue. To this day I have no idea what happened to it.
  11. You could get a Vitesse Estate by special order so Wiki says.
  12. First thing I thought. Vitesse bonnet.
  13. I'm putting this here because it's not a grump anymore. Well, not much. Been continuing with the OMGHGF. Took the head to a specialist who said it was pile of scrap and to get another head. Bugger. Rang a Pug/Cit breaker, with not a lot of hope of getting one, who said he had one on the shelf. Wasn't expecting that. Whizzed round to check it out and the only difference was the glow plugs were longer and differently placed which doesn't matter. £100 lighter it was round to the garage and clean it up. Pictures show the old one and the new one after I cleaned it up. You can see on the old the water was eating away the head at the galleries. The galleries on the new look sharp. Checked to see if flat and it was. Excellent, no need for a skim. I've got a gasket set, head bolts, timing belt , tensioner, water pump, something else in a box, but I can't remember what, and new glow plugs. £200 and a bit plus 100 on head. Looking at max 400 when done. Not horrendous. Slight problem with coolant hose stuff. These things have a bottom rad hose that goes to a metal pipe, squashed a bit flat to get past the bottom pulley and then back to hose to the water pump. Well, it is French. There's another the same at the back of the engine. Needless to say at one end of both of them they have mostly rotted away. As it's a known thing with these they are unobtainable. Great. Possible solution which will be tried tomorrow. Then it's off on with it's head.
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