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83C last won the day on July 25 2020

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  1. Very much this. I did read the ad and debated having a look, but ultimately suspension/brake issues are the off-putting bit for me. The bodywork I could live with and just smoke around in it for a while, the other fluid leaks I could deal with as and when.
  2. They were lovely. If Bangle used them as inspiration rather than watching a welly get melted whilst tripping on acid, then we might have got some instant design classics, rather than a few that have eventually improved with age like the Z4 and E60/61/63. M-sport only though in the case of the 5, the SE models were and still are gopping. That front bumper ruined it all.
  3. The first example of the sort of nonsense BMW let themselves in for when they appointed the Star Bangled Spanner to head up the design team. I’d suggest the design team were actually taking something very nasty, they saved the good stuff for the Quandt family to get them so hopelessly fucked up that they would sign off a car that looked like a reject from the Ssangyong Design Studio. Some of the Bangle designs actually aged quite well. This one hasn’t. Mind you, the best part about driving an E65 is that you don’t have to look at the outside of it. At least yours is the slightly facelifted version, it’s not as likely to give your children nightmares from looking at the front end…
  4. Mulsanne Turbos are blow-through carb too, so even less to really go wrong. If there’s spark, are the plugs wet?
  5. Exactly the same issue my 06 L322 is suffering with on the n/s/r, it's not holed yet though. o/s seems not to have suffered yet. Planning to take the worst out, chuck some rust converter on and then a skim of filler to tidy it. I'd say yours needs the attention of the sparky stick unfortunately, once its at the stage of holes the only way forward is putting some new metal in.
  6. Active suspension was a Mk.2 thing I think, 1989ish onwards.
  7. Might it not be an overload of polish? Looked at first glance to me like someone has been less than economical with a big bottle of Autoglym SRP and not bothered making sure the excess was wiped off.
  8. Not many fails and I've probably MoT'd more vehicles than normal car owners do. I do try my best to make sure a vehicle is ready for test, and really there's no excuse for fails like tyres being worn or insufficient washer bottle fluid. Have had a couple of odd failures, and testers trying it on (failed all 4 tyres on a Peugeot 406 for being worn, upon rechecking they had 3mm+ across each tyre, nothing to do with the place being a tyre sales place of course...) but usually it's a first time pass. Picking the right MoT place helps too - don't use the chains like Kwik-Fit or HiQ, find a good small independent garage and don't try to mess them around or obscure things.
  9. Outstanding. When you come to sell it in a few weeks, let me know.
  10. In Athlete V spec with the turbo 1JZ, yes please.
  11. Not long after scraping all the shite out of the Range Rover’s inlet manifold it started to feel a bit limp below 3000rpm with some excess smoke on hard acceleration, and then the starter motor decided to take retirement. 207,000 miles isn’t bad for an OE motor I suppose. Starter motor replacement was fairly easy: Supposedly it needs the inlet manifold coming off for access - no, it doesn’t. Removal would make accessing at least one of the two bolts through the bellhousing easier, and the one visible in the picture above is deep in a well in the alloy casting where my ratchet couldn’t fit. Cue a bodge using a 12-point 10mm ring spanner to shift it, and then a 10mm ratchet spanner to unwind it. Still, was an excuse to go and buy some proper torx spanners for refitting. The slight lack of go I lived with as I couldn’t see anything obvious, until a few days ago when I happened to be talking to the previous owner. Whilst describing the issue he mentioned that he’d had something similar and one of the vacuum hoses had perished. He replaced it as a temporary measure with some slightly oversize clear plastic tubing as a temporary fix and then promptly forgot all about it, turns out the temporary fix had indeed come adrift. I happened to have some spare single wall silicone tubing of the appropriate size, so I replaced the clear tube which brought a slight improvement but still not back to as it used to be. As it linked into one side of what appears to be a boost control solenoid, I followed the other hose down to the wastegate. Problem found: Problem (sort of) solved: New air filter fitted too. The red tubing is some old silicone stuff from an engine bling kit for a Mitsubishi GTO TT - I’ve still got a box of random parts for them that’ll never be used. Although it’s sold as vacuum line it’s not ideal as it’s only single wall construction and under vacuum can collapse on itself, so at some point I need to buy some proper twin wall vacuum line of the appropriate bore and I’ll replace all of the vacuum lines. But for now, the M57 is back to full fitness through the rev range and it’s not smoking either, so I’ll call that a win and move on. The windscreen has also had a chip which has quickly developed into a six-inch crack, so it needs replacement. Be an insurance job as I’m not paying £1200…
  12. If you've not bought one already bigger is better with L322 batteries - mine was slowly dying so I replaced it with this, supposed to be about as big as you can go in a 322: https://www.batterymegastore.co.uk/product/hankook-heavy-duty-commercial-battery-mf31-1000/ MF31, 1000CCA, 115Ah.
  13. I had one in a silver ZT 190+ saloon - it sounded brilliant and went pretty well too. 75/ZTs are very underrated cars.
  14. It’s not so much a case of celebrating asset strippers, I didn’t realise until recently the extent to which BMW supported the 75 - Rover’s engineers were pretty much given free reign to design a 600/800 replacement, and make it bloody good - the sort of funding that had only been dreamed about for 20 years or more and the design freedom to be an actual Rover, rather than a Ronda. The result was an excellent car, miles ahead in terms of quality and refinement than anything Rover had managed before. But it also showed BMW the extent to which they would need to support replacing the 25 & 45 (good cars in their time, but replacements should have been in progress as soon as the 75 was announced), so they took a prudent business decision, kept the bits they wanted and got rid of the rest. We can be all sentimental about the dead dog, but ultimately it was just as well that it was put out of its misery in 2005.
  15. The nearest thing to the Napier Deltic in automotive use was the Commer TS3 which was a 3 cylinder opposed piston design - interestingly it used a single crankshaft with rockers and extra conrods. Fitting a smaller Deltic engine into smaller automotive applications might be tricky for packaging reasons but it’d make an epic engine for a Heavy Haul tractor unit.
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