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  1. The Range Rover is a stalwart of my little fleet, solidly reliable, comfortable and properly go anywhere, do anything. However I have been a bit guilty of neglecting it beyond essential servicing so outside is a bit tatty, as is the inside, and various bits are coming due for some attention. First up, the rear lower hatch check straps: As can be seen, they’re buggered. Both sides, heads all knackered too. So it was out with the grinder, slot the heads and get a big flat head on them, luckily the bolts weren’t seized in the threads. 10 minutes later and: Cheap fix too at £12. The Ibbittzaa was made ready for a long distance trip tomorrow, with a cable tie bodge to a broken parcel shelf clip: It now sits in properly. Next steps for the L322 will be air system fixes (compressor isn’t great and rear valve block is suspect), interior refresh and finally some bodywork.
  2. Just off the B4391 between Llangynog & Bala. I reckon somewhere about here: ///printing.pulps.reunion https://w3w.co/printing.pulps.reunion
  3. And now for some procrastination. My current car obsession is importing something. This has its roots in last year's trip to Australia, where initial plans involved buying an old Commodore or Falcon, using it and then shipping it back at the end of the holiday. That idea got overtaken by events, because plans changed and a camper van was rented for much of the adventure instead. However the idea hasn't really gone away, I am going back to Oz in a couple of year's time so the idea of a Falcon XR6 or Commodore SV6 might still happen. But then I'm also considering a GU Patrol or 90-series Land Cruiser for that particular trip. Either way though it's not happening until 2027 and I'm impatient. Watching lots of Mighty Car Mods recently has had me looking at JDM imports, not the usual fast things but either small nonsense like a Honda Acty pick up (which I probably wouldn't even fit in but it'd be good for shits and giggles): Or maybe a Toyota Crown wagon for some 1JZ or 2JZ goodness: If I were being really silly and felt very flush I'd want one of these: Toyota Crown Majesta with the 4.6 V8. Around £6k for a 2011 example including shipping. The thing is there isn't so much adventure to actually obtain the car, the fun starts when the boat docks and the car needs to be made UK road legal. So, onto Europe. Something like this Opel Omega really appeals. 2.6 straight six with the dual ram intake, 4-sp auto so all pretty solid kit. This particular one is in Dresden so a road trip home via a couple of attractions (Sinsheim Museum, Nürburgring) sounds fun. Obviously that reduces the budget as some of the money goes into the trip itself. None of this will probably happen until next year (though I nearly had a drunken credit card accident last night with a JDM Suzuki Jimny) but its fun to think about it and maybe plan something.
  4. Second go today at collecting the eBay win: Its a Honda VTR-1000F. It’s ok as a ten-footer, paint isn’t great, anodised bolts are a bit naff (may well replace those) but it sounds well and crucially, I actually have a key for it. Unlike the Triumph 🤦🏻‍♂️
  5. This one would be perfect if it were an estate: https://m.mobile.de/auto-inserat/opel-omega-2-6-cd-klima-schiebedach-anhängerk-dresden/350780314.html?ref=srp&refId=4ca8078e-0ae5-2893-f059-4b17daee8279&searchId=4ca8078e-0ae5-2893-f059-4b17daee8279&type=ad
  6. https://m.mobile.de/auto-inserat/opel-omega-a-2-0-irmscher-bodykit-tüv-2025-73-000-km-filderstadt-bei-stuttgart/367721042.html?ref=srp&refId=4ca8078e-0ae5-2893-f059-4b17daee8279&searchId=4ca8078e-0ae5-2893-f059-4b17daee8279&type=ad
  7. Just spoke to the seller, collection rearranged for Tuesday with better instructions on finding their place. Seems they’re about 3 miles away from where I was…
  8. Today I went to collect the machine I’d won on eBay. Seller was quick to respond, date and time arranged, no problem. Went out to collect, but couldn’t find the house. Google maps wasn’t much use either, as it’s in the sticks and a named house rather than numbered. The postcode covers a few square miles too. Went in to the local post office, they couldn’t help. Sellers phone was going straight to answerphone. So I’ve returned home empty-handed, sent a polite message saying I couldn’t find their place and could we reschedule, but no response as yet. Weird.
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  10. Took a long drive today, thought I’d stop to take a photo:
  11. Whilst I can look forward to a collection in a couple of days, work hasn’t stopped on the rest of the fleet. Today it was the turn of the recently acquired Ay-beeeeef-ah for a service and a few other bits. This is going to Cornwall in a week or so to be outstationed at the in-laws as a car for my MiL and also for us to use when we’re there. Driving it back from Norfolk it became very obvious that the rear dampers were shagged. Fine on smooth tarmac but any bump had the rear wheels skipping around. A few days ago a pile of parts appeared. One of them is incorrect, more on that in a bit. Thankfully unlike the VXR8 epic swapping the rear dampers on the Ibbitttza is a doddle, jack back end of car up and remove wheel: The dust cover had split into its separate components, and the bump stops didn’t look too clever either - the n/s one had split in two. Fortunately the new pile of bits also included topmounts and bump stops, so the only bit needed from the old unit was the dust cover. From this: To this: Sachs dampers - OE fitment according to the labels, so it’s actually rather pleasing to fit replacement units that are the same. And back on: The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the before photo is the o/s/r, and the after photo is the n/s/r. By the way, if you’re planning to do similar make sure you have a 16mm socket and spanner in your set. Who the fuck uses 16mm? Well, Seat do. Crazy Spaniards. Test drive confirmed that the suspension was now behaving itself, so onwards to the service. Engine bay was minging: I much prefer these canister-type filters, they’re invariably easier to deal with. Cleaned out and ready for the new filter: The old and new filters - always worth checking that they’re the same size: Sadly the intake for the used oil pump won’t fit down the dipstick hole on these engines, so it was off with the undertray and sump plug out the old fashioned way. Went to put the oil in and looked again at the label - I’d ordered 5w40 and this was a bottle of 5w30. I think 5w30 is a bit thin for higher mileage engines (reinforced by a video a while ago by @richykitchy ) so I’ve been careful about which oil I order. The 5w40 does meet the specs for the BTS engine, so off back to Halfords I went. They were good about it, a straight swap. Only then did I realise that the 5w30 is ten quid cheaper than the 5w40 for a 5L bottle, even with the trade discount, so I’m definitely glad I went back and made sure I got the right oil. Note to self - be more careful and double check they’ve picked the right items when dropping in for a click and collect order. Once that was back together it was the air filter’s turn. It didn’t look too bad but the new one was already there, so in it went: Once that was back together the engine bay got a wipe over: Not exactly a concours-spec toothbrush job but clean enough. Last filter to change was the cabin filter, located in the passenger footwell: Move two clips, pull old one out, fit new one to frame, slide back in and refit cover. Easy. Final job was to fit a replacement switch pack in the centre console - the aux input was knackered on the old one. The flap that covered it was loose anyway, but the sound was only transmitting to one speaker and the input cable wouldn’t sit securely, indicating the jack itself was broke. Testing the new one before clipping it in: And all done. An easy, steady afternoon.
  12. Ok. I’ll drop you a message sometime rather than clog this thread up.
  13. I might have to tap you up for some advice then, I really like the idea of something like an Opel Omega A, preferably an estate and with the 2.6 or 3.0 six.
  14. Pretty much, though it’s a two-wheeled machine rather than 4. Squandered the good riding weather because since I got the Triumph back from MoT last month the keys have gone AWOL.
  15. Friday next week. It’s not some intercontinental epic sadly, but it is to cover for some self-inflicted idiocy. Pro tip: don’t lose your only set of keys.
  16. This thread has given me bad ideas about going to Germany to bring back some old Opel or similar. Off to browse mobile.de for a bit.
  17. I did wonder if I’d have actually been better leaving later and avoiding the rush hour, but then I’d hoped to be nearly home before it started. Car drives very well, I’ll get a service and a few bits done and it’ll be decent.
  18. Finally got home. 5 hours to do 170 miles, traffic everywhere, a smash on the M6 with trucks, vans and cars, and the usual Friday night nonsense. Thanks again to @JJ0063, 11/10 would buy from again.
  19. Connection made, just. No station picture because I had to do that most undignified of things; run. Here’s a picture of a flat and near-featureless land, except the camera will only autofocus on the raindrops so you’ll just have to imagine a flat green thing: The inbound was 6 minutes late, and the booked connection time was 7 minutes. Given the next train is in an hour’s time, and showing as a rail replacement bus, this was all the incentive I needed to expend considerable energy moving rather more quickly than I would prefer. But I’m nearly at my destination, so all will be revealed soon.
  20. The next chariot has arrived: I’m on board for a while now. Supplies: And reading material: More than anything else, I’m probably best defined as someone happiest when travelling, and like most travellers a good book is invariably part of the kit required. I’ve never gotten on with Kindles and the like, whilst I am more than happy to agree that they have significant space-saving advantages there’s nothing quite like holding a proper book. Command is a step away from what most people know Al Murray for, and much closer to a proper history book but without the Atacama-like dryness of a Max Hastings tome. For those who don’t know, Murray is a major WWII fanatic and co-hosts a podcast called We Have Ways of Making You Talk with James Holland, and they’re not afraid of bursting a few myths and untruths that have become part of accepted wisdom about the events of 1939-1945, as well as bringing to the fore names that simply haven’t received the limelight that they probably should have. The book is written in a similar style, and based on where I’ve got to so far I’d highly recommend it (and the podcast) to anyone with an interest in WWII.
  21. A 40 minute fester here. Enough time to grab some supplies for the onward journey.
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