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Dan the van

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  1. My bosses wife had a Lima in about 1986.I had a drive in it and it was a quirky little thing.You sat pretty much over the rear axle and the bonnet seemed impossibly long.Went well with the 2.3 Vauxhall lump but getting in and out was a challenge with those short doors.I think it was a '77 on an R reg and had the Magnum gauge cluster centrally mounted and angled towards the driver.
  2. I know they were much hated at the time but an Allegro 1300 super.1975 vintage so an early one.Bought as emergency transport in 1986 when I took a job bus driving for London Transport. I was at Merton garage sarf London and it did the trip from Chertsey for 18 months needing just a s/h radiator.Never let me down and was nowhere near as bad as I was expecting.Sold to a mates gf to learn to drive in.She loved it,nicknamed it Guppy.(reg was GPE 558N).Oh,and yes it did have the square steering wheel.
  3. Have to agree with the exception of Bangers and Cash and the spinoff.I can only bare to watch Mr Cole with the sound off.😄
  4. Samsung per chance?.Mine has the update paused 'cos it is so massive it was going to take nearly 7 hours!.And was threatening all the stuff you just listed.I think I'm going to leave it be......
  5. Ah you've just reminded me of something. Back around 2005 I was tasked by my then boss to pick up a ropey MGB GT from somewhere in Sussex.The car was being stored in a huge commercial polytunnel along with quite a few others one of which was an Integrale 2 on italian plates in a rather nice dark blue.It was mint.I could of had it for 2k.I thought it was too cheap and a bit dodgy so I left it.But I wonder........
  6. I've mentioned this before but back in about 1984 I was offered a twin cam mk1 escort.Frilly front wings but tidy enough otherwise.Pair of un filtered twin 40's that sucked little birdies in.Sounded awesome.£400.I passed as I preferred my Manta.Idiot.....
  7. Back in the mists of time I bought a 1978 Granada 2.8 Ghia.I was the 17th owner.It was 15 years old.The saggy back seat indicated it had served time as a minicab plus it had a towbar and wierd camber on the back end so had been well used.Prob on it's 3rd time round the clock at least.It was a brilliant old bus,never let me down.Sold to my then housemate who kept it for a couple of years before selling it on,still running sweet.
  8. Triple(or quad,I can't remember) rotary engine.My fave car in my Observers book of cars 1969.
  9. Yes indeed,yer bum was pretty much directly above the rear axle as well.And they were rather heavy.I had a blue mk 1 with the round shifter knob.I loved it.
  10. Minor update,it appears the new m/cylinder I fitted is faulty.Leaking out the back which explains the slowly sinking brake pedal.Rimmers sending replacement but I'm stuck with the same aftermarket type,OEM are obsolete now ffs.
  11. I tried that with the Eazibleed(more out of frustration than anything) but it made no difference.But it was better than the pressure bleeder which wasn't clearing the air out properly.I'll have another try if swapping vac pump and servo doesn't sort it.Thankfully I don't have the triple bleed nipple set up being a later model.
  12. Ah OK thanks.I already have a new vac pump waiting to be fitted plus a secondhand servo as well.👍
  13. Right,having sorted transmission and got it driving ok a problem with the front brakes is apparent.Good pedal but weak bite.It always had shit brakes,first thing I changed was the m/cylinder for new.No difference.Since then I have put braided flexi's on the front,checked front calipers(in good visual condition,pistons free etc),disks well within tolerance, put new Delphi pads in(bedded them in this morning),servo/vac pump working(pump is tapping tho' but drawing good vacuum) and changed the pressure valve for a new one.And bled it all at least a dozen times with both an Eazibleed and a pressure bleeder.They are still epically shit.The only thing I haven't done is properly inspect the rears but they are working and shouldn't affect the fronts anyway.No leaks anywhere either.I'm at a loss tbh.Doesn't have ABS so should be easy you would think.Suggestions and thoughts welcome,cos' it's doing my head in.
  14. Update.After delays and procrastination about which route to take re a replacement gearbox I stumbled across a chap locally who breaks D1's.A good complete transmission was mine for a mere £150. New OEM slave installed along with a Valeo clutch kit,fluids changed and I was ready to go. Getting it back in was easier than expected,in fact after some careful alignment it went straight on.Result,esp considering I was on my own.Shiny new de-cat single box system to go on along with propshafts etc but it's all downhill from here hopefully.🙂
  15. Yes,one of those cars that was better just to look at.😃.Never realised they sold so few.I've never seen another one unsurprisingly.
  16. Panhard,whose wonderfully quirky and very expensive cars were available in the UK from 1957 to 1967 in rhd flavour.I well remember when I was a lad a chap across the road had a white Pl17(and an impossibly attractive mistress who drove a yellow Fiat 128 estate but I digress). He upgraded to a 1967 CT24 in red which he kept for a good few years.
  17. Quite a few over the years,4lb lump hammer spotted on Wandsworth Bridge roundabout,did another lap and scooped it up leaning out the drivers door.Still have it 30 odd years later despite losing it for 2 years in the fields(I stepped on it one day),various big ratchet straps,18inch long flat blade screwdriver,high end multimeter and complete Halfords Pro 5/8 socket set from a P38 I had(still use regularly) and most recently a Sykes Pickavant torque wrench/short extension and 27mm socket in the back of my Disco.
  18. I spent a very pleasant 2 weeks tooling around Cornwall in a CL500.A glorious car all round and a firm favourite.A CL55 Kompressor would be my perfect car.👍
  19. They're not full width,they supposedly stop shite getting up between the outer wing and the top part of the inner.Generally the rust starts around the plastic fixings which then fall out followed by the liner some time later.A lot of people delete them tbh.
  20. Finished up today,just the arch liner to install.
  21. Yes,not pretty.Strange how the o/s is much worse than the n/s was.Usually the other way round.PITA having to take the drivers carpet up.At least the rest is OK,pretty solid.
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