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    Andyrew got a reaction from wesacosa in XM Fettling - Parts Hunting   
    Just ping me if you need any other part numbers, citroen or aftermarket. 
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    Andyrew got a reaction from wesacosa in XM Fettling - Parts Hunting   
    T36059 GATES
    APV2012 DAYCO
    T9330 FAI
    531009710 INA
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    Andyrew got a reaction from wesacosa in XM Fettling - Parts Hunting   
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    Andyrew got a reaction from wesacosa in XM Fettling - Parts Hunting   
    Gates 6pk110 belt , looks like its a non AC car?
    6284mc belt listed for hydraulic pump.
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    Andyrew got a reaction from wesacosa in XM Fettling - Parts Hunting   
    Ebay tb wp kit

     
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    Andyrew reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - Happy First Birthday, Exo !   
    And today is rather significant :
    on the 5th of may 2020, I took delivery of K798DRO

    and this is how she looks on the 5th of May 2021

    Happy First Birthday, Exo !
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    Andyrew reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    Thanks @Andyrew the Carlton now smells like a well disinfected public toilet in spite of your claims of a new car smell!
    OK, ok it is now safe to sit inside I will give you that.


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    Andyrew reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Nearside sill + wheel arch areas got some attention over the weekend. It's been filled, rubbed and primed twice. The pattern part sills used are not very good pressings - this became apparent once fettling began!



    One more fill/rub/prime cycle should see it ready to paint, but I'm gonna get the offside to the same stage first. 
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    Andyrew got a reaction from Craig the Princess in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Today i had borrowed my works latest addition to its fleet,  one that will be used for visiting low end clients, tips and the eventual weighbridge when the gearbox explodes or the ticket runs out. Whichever comes first. 
    Upon seeing the car @Six-cylinder couldnt find the word to describe it. 


    Turns out that word was OXYMORON!

     
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    Andyrew reacted to Fumbler in Fumbler's Crocks- Car Alarm Be Gone   
    Picture dump. This stuff is 2 weeks old and involves shoddy bodywork. I advise you to close your browser immediately.

    I've since polished it and burned straight into the primer. I am a bodyshop god. There's heaps of filler in this spot too. Try to ignore the overspray onto my ONCE LOVELY NEW TYRES and wheeltrims. One of my tutors ran a bodyshop for 20 years and worked on these cars. The front bumper on thio is smooth and grey, indicating it was a replacement bumper. Citroen sold the texturing kit separately which hasn't been done very well on this car.
    To me, the bodywork done on this side looks like a very shit insurance repair. Comforting, really, as any interference I do looks as good if not worse than what's already there!
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    Andyrew reacted to Peter C in Mercedes W124 200E - Rolling Resto - Now with W210 content   
    The 200E is still up on ramps in the garage whilst I wait for JASM to refurbish the starter motor.
    I have added a 1999 W210 E240 Avantgarde to the fleet. It has 129k with FSH, which comprises of a fully stamped service book and a stack of receipts and old MoT certificates. Not all receipts are in place, for example the previous owner recently fitted new front brake discs and pads, of which there is no record in the history. Never mind. It's got three (electronic) keys, two of which work, one allegedly needs a battery.
    It's my ideal spec, post facelift saloon, silver, black interior. The previous owner fitted period correct CLK alloy wheels, which are in decent condition and have four as new tyres, a pair of Continentals up front and Events on the rear. There's also a matching spare.
    Being a W210 it's going to have rust issues. The previous owner has had two jacking points welded and there are localised blisters appearing under the paint along the front and rear wheel arches. It's not too bad, at least not yet but it looks a lot better than some W210s that I have seen. There is a small crack on the front bumper and the front end has been touched up where it picked up stone chips. The headlights are not cloudy and the exterior trim is unmarked. Overall, I'd give it 8/10.





    The interior is very tidy and well specced. We have leather seats, the fronts are electrically operated, electric windows and mirrors, the latter fold at the press of a button, cruise control and air conditioning. There is virtually no wear on the leather seats but the floor mats that came with it were horrible and didn't fit right. I binned them. I will buy a cheap bespoke set from EBay. The air conditioning doesn't work but that doesn't bother me, I suffer from sinus issues and never use it anyway. The boot is big and tidy, it's got all the original tools and warning triangle and first aid kit is in place (in the rear armrest). Overall, I'd give it 9/10.





    I noticed yesterday that the offside rear alloy wheel has a polished outer edge whilst the other three wheels are all silver. Not an issue as far as I'm concerned.

    The V6 looks quite small in the giant engine bay. The bay needs a clean but  as the E240 will be used daily in all weathers I'm not going to get too precious about it. The engine starts and runs well. It's very smooth and quiet but not as smooth as the gearchanges, which are virtually seamless. I was surprised by the high gearing. On the motorway, at 70MPH the engine is spinning over at 3,000 revs/min, which is high. I recall that the W126 300SE that I had years ago had similarly high gearing, although that had a four speed automatic gearbox whilst the E240 has five.

    So far there is only one issue that requires attention. Driving at low speeds or whilst stationary, I can feel slight friction and a rubbing sound when the steering wheel is turned. At first I thought it might be dry ball joints. I've had various Mercs in the past that suffered from the same problem and displayed identical symptoms. I took the front wheels off and squirted some engine oil via a needle and syringe into the top and bottom ball joints. I used a small needle, which won't cause any significant damage to the rubber covers. Unfortunately, the procedure did not improve the situation.


    A bit of research on the internet revealed that there is a rubber seal at the base of the steering column, inside the cabin, which can get dry and cause the reported symptoms. I will have a go at greasing up the seal later today.
    With the front wheels off, I could see the new brake discs and pads, which is a bonus. Not so good is the rust, which affects most surfaces. W210s, you gotta love them.
     
     
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    Andyrew reacted to Cookiesouwest in Shirley gets a hair wash - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    So last night as we were driving down here, I asked her to check ebay for a car I had my eye on. 
    Mrs CSW reported it had gone over a grand with 4hrs left.
    I said fine, I wasn't going to bid, as frankly still struggling with the over a grand issue.
    Anyway, we got to Blue Anchor, she had a couple of wines and unbeknown to me, she bid on it.
    Imagine my surprise, when at 9.30pm ish, she informed me she had won the auction.
    Imagine my sheer effing panic, that she may have massively overpaid for a car. She knows as much about car values, as I do about particle physics.
    Thankfully she didn't.
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    Andyrew reacted to Cookiesouwest in Shirley gets a hair wash - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    Ummmmm
    Mrs CSW just bought a car on ebay. 
    I'm in shock.
    We are on a weekend break in Blue Anchor, North Somerset.
    Car located in next village!
    Possible collection thread tomorrow, along with me explaining the circumstances for this unlikely and unexpected purchase.
    I have already explained to Mrs CSW, she needs to give a poo count, take pictures of any food she eats and pose for a picture with one foot on front bumper.
    Her exact response was 'I'm not doing any of that weird stuff you get up too on that shitbangers website'

     
     
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    Andyrew reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - Happy First Birthday, Exo !   
    nothing to report on the exo this week but I took the mk1 to Teeside for a trackday on monday
    as always, it performed brilliantly and took many, many laps in its stride. 

    I took one of my colleagues from work along as cod river this time, he's into cars but had never been on track before - we split the driving and he had an absolute ball, I suspect he will want to come back again.
    standard suspension was wobbly as fook but still a lot of fun, I left the rainsports on as the forecast was uncertain - they squealed in pain but gave a decent amount of grip / slide as appropriate

    fellow mx5er Ritchie was out in his newly supercharged mk2 which he was concerned "might be too fast now"

    unfortunately, it was  

    he was gutted, to say the least. 
    we jacked it up and bent the wing back into shape so he could nurse it home, the next day he sent me a pic

    literally, a bit of T-cut and it was good* as new
    next session is mon 17th may, places are selling fast if anyone fancies joining in ?
    lots of other photos here : https://www.facebook.com/ShaunWoodsPhoto/photos/pcb.3883067618395160/3883062935062295/
    and booking info here : https://www.facebook.com/TeessideAutodrome/photos/a.702423589778551/4282900141730860/
     
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    Andyrew reacted to dome in Domes shonky autos-Manta Magic. She's here 😁   
    I've been poring over the classifieds and crying at the prices complete sheds of Mantas were going for. Yesterday morning one hove into view which had potential and a more bearable price. Messages were exchanged with more pictures and by yesterday afternoon a deposit was paid and collection booked.
    So, what have I bought?
    Here she is.

    Good points.
    Non sunroof coupe shell
    Tax and MOT exempt soon I think
    Been on the road certainly for the last 10 years or so at least.
    Bad points
    Rust
    Rust
    Rust
    Rust
    Rust is inevitable on one of these-the mot history shows plenty of welding over the years so it'll be doubt be a patchwork quilt underneath.
    Plans(look away now purists)
    Strip it and get the shell blasted to reveal the state of the shell
    Cry at the state of the shell
    Drink heavily for a while
    Add metal to make shell whole again(may involve professionals)
    Buy a 400 bodykit and fit it(more professionals required)
    Paint it white(again, professionals)
    Find a suitable* running gear-big modern NA 4 cylinder is the plan, to keep in the spirit of the original. Honda S2000/Ford Duratec or the likes is on the list at the minute. By the time it's anywhere near going on the road though petrol might be extinct so I may need to rethink this. 
    Interior wise TBC but comfy and insulated for long distance cruising
    Completion time? Yes
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    Andyrew got a reaction from Remspoor in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Good friend dropped by in the giffer spec Astra. 
    With the sun out the colours pop , Just look at the those burgandy bastards!

     
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    Andyrew got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Andy's awful autos: PLACE BETS NOW!   
    Dropping the Corsa back at work left me in a situation of my Astra being at the workshop and me lacking wheels. So i borrowed our emergency car from work for a few days and and offered to address the weeping waterpump.  Might be a bit silly as the gearbox is noisey but given how cheap the pump is it just means it doesnt have to have the coolant levels checked or forgotten. 

    Up we go then, lowering the car down a bit the lift then threw a wobbly and got itself stuck, with the car on it.  Gr8. 
    Some time was wasted buggering around to re-sync the lift.
    Anyway, arch liner thing off

    Tensioners undone, w.p pulley off

    Old pump off and bolts in order

    Some cleaning and on it went. Torqued up to what felt right. Belts back on and tensioned up. 

    So far so good. Cant see any leaks and it bleed up okay. 
    Job jobbed.
     
     

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    Andyrew got a reaction from Tickman in Andy's awful autos: PLACE BETS NOW!   
    Dropping the Corsa back at work left me in a situation of my Astra being at the workshop and me lacking wheels. So i borrowed our emergency car from work for a few days and and offered to address the weeping waterpump.  Might be a bit silly as the gearbox is noisey but given how cheap the pump is it just means it doesnt have to have the coolant levels checked or forgotten. 

    Up we go then, lowering the car down a bit the lift then threw a wobbly and got itself stuck, with the car on it.  Gr8. 
    Some time was wasted buggering around to re-sync the lift.
    Anyway, arch liner thing off

    Tensioners undone, w.p pulley off

    Old pump off and bolts in order

    Some cleaning and on it went. Torqued up to what felt right. Belts back on and tensioned up. 

    So far so good. Cant see any leaks and it bleed up okay. 
    Job jobbed.
     
     

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    Andyrew got a reaction from spartacus in Andy's awful autos: PLACE BETS NOW!   
    Dropping the Corsa back at work left me in a situation of my Astra being at the workshop and me lacking wheels. So i borrowed our emergency car from work for a few days and and offered to address the weeping waterpump.  Might be a bit silly as the gearbox is noisey but given how cheap the pump is it just means it doesnt have to have the coolant levels checked or forgotten. 

    Up we go then, lowering the car down a bit the lift then threw a wobbly and got itself stuck, with the car on it.  Gr8. 
    Some time was wasted buggering around to re-sync the lift.
    Anyway, arch liner thing off

    Tensioners undone, w.p pulley off

    Old pump off and bolts in order

    Some cleaning and on it went. Torqued up to what felt right. Belts back on and tensioned up. 

    So far so good. Cant see any leaks and it bleed up okay. 
    Job jobbed.
     
     

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    Andyrew got a reaction from Snake Charmer in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Good friend dropped by in the giffer spec Astra. 
    With the sun out the colours pop , Just look at the those burgandy bastards!

     
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    Andyrew got a reaction from louiepj in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Okay so i completely failed to finish this for my other halfs birthday. 
    So its a bit like me really, its late, not exactly the perfect shape and definately not without its issues. 

     
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    Andyrew got a reaction from louiepj in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Ive had the pleasure of driving both,  of roughly the same era.  Admittedly not good examples.
    Given a choice and weighing up the pros and cons of the two cars. . . 
     
     
    Id get a vauxhall Astra. 
     
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    Andyrew got a reaction from louiepj in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Today i had borrowed my works latest addition to its fleet,  one that will be used for visiting low end clients, tips and the eventual weighbridge when the gearbox explodes or the ticket runs out. Whichever comes first. 
    Upon seeing the car @Six-cylinder couldnt find the word to describe it. 


    Turns out that word was OXYMORON!

     
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    Andyrew reacted to Spurious in That black Primera... (Classic Autocar scan, Primera v 406)   
    Between night shifts I did a bit more polishing. The roof and front wing and a quick go over the bonnet again. It's slow work. It's no oil painting but from 6ft or so, it looks alright actually. 

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    Andyrew got a reaction from S2000 in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Good friend dropped by in the giffer spec Astra. 
    With the sun out the colours pop , Just look at the those burgandy bastards!

     
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