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  1. For the relatively limited value of 'for what it is worth' my Merc occasionally chucks that very same error code. Faced with a new cat at £700 and/or new sensors at about £250 (plus the joy* of having to remove them) I have taken to using this voodoo: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203214630811 Clearing the code and getting another few months of error free motoring. Perhaps I'm falling for the old correlation and causation fallacy, but I'll buy it for now. It has been over 1500 miles since the last 'go'. Plus I have managed a record 41.3 mpg on a voyage on the M25. Viva smart motorways set to 60mph.
  2. It was the front wings. They never look that tidy.
  3. Cracking W210 and it looks remarkably tidy. So much so, that I checked its MoT history which assures me it is actually just a normal W210 and not some miracle rust free version.
  4. Yes, for quite a number of years there was a large number of cheaply produced rotor arms floating about. It was the period when plenty cheapness Chinese parts flooded the spares market. My Dad still bangs on about these crap rotor arms as they left him at the side of the road on a couple of occasions. So shite were they that he had a small collection of new rotor arms in the glovebox of his B roadster as he knew they would fail. From memory I think they developed hairline cracks which where very hard to spot. Anyway, after enough time demand for something decent and not just cheap that failed quickly enabled the production of rotor arms that lasted longer than about 800 miles.
  5. I found that too when I had a 1986 300SL in 2012. The dealer even had screws for the dash. I always politely ask if they'll still give me 10% off for older cars. They seem happy to oblige.
  6. People seem to forgot about all the associated costs. Same when I get bits from Merc. I'm amazed that 20 years later I can order all manner of odds and sods by just giving them the chassis number.
  7. I suspect it is because people like you and me do leave it to the last minute. I worked very briefly for Brooks (which became part of Bonhams) after graduating. Hardest work I ever did and the hours just before and during the sale where up there with a City bank. Shame the pay wasn't. Basically there are not enough time/staff to process last minute bidders.
  8. Sadly that is the modern world and as you inadvertently pointed out previously people would have just had a moan down the pub or at the other half, kids, cat and/or dog. Now they have literally the whole World to inform. Does the internet now do more harm than good? Anyway back to TG ...
  9. As you will now no doubt know you have to stick a deposit down to get a bidder's paddle (or whatever the internet version is called.) It was £1k for SWVA last year I think. I also was after something at a Barons auction in 2020 and it was the same for them. The deposit reappears in your account a few days later should you fail to win anything.
  10. It is back to the price of classics generally which, as most of us are aware, are strong. Top end classics were last just about affordable with a reasonable job back in the mid 90s. Bit like houses I guess. OHMSS Aston DBS was my fav, mainly because it was out of fashion for so long. I like the current TG as does the wife and 6 and 9-year-old kids. It is just a light entertainment show and works well.
  11. The W202 Merc I bought had a couple of impressive faults. The rear replica mono-block alloys were held on by no more that a turn and a half of each wheel nut. The nuts being too short, but the previous owner just used them anyway. Same Merc had 3/4 broken springs albeit the last bit of the pigtail as mentioned in previous posts. Lesson being check the paperwork more thoroughly and walk if someone has done a half arsed job of changing only one spring. My current Land Rover had a loose pinch bolt from the splined steering column to steering rod. Thanks mister MoT man as it wasn't dead obvious, but could have been lethal. Land Rover also had a leaky wheel cylinder which introduced the 'magic steering fairy' under braking. The kids found it more amusing than I did. Binning of the cheapo wheel cylinders sorted that. A '64 Beetle with judering brakes due to one of the three stub axle bolts being absent. Finally a Mk2 Jaguar bought a auction with mystery brand tyres. The front offside decided to shit its tread as I got to 70 on the M25 slip road. It was as if someone had gone round the entire tyre with a giant potato peeler. I only buy decent tyres these days and when looking at a car to buy the first thing I do is look at the tyres. Expensive tyres are a good sign someone has cared enough to spend money on a car.
  12. Eerily similar to when I got Catford Kwik Fit to fix* the brakes on my '64 Beetle back in 1990. They made noises about it not being easy to work (it is Beetle ffs) and after a couple of delays the bloke said he'd got it as close as possible to being fixed (never have worked out what that meant, but hey I was 17 and you just trust people, right?) He recommends a test drive so I can see how it was. I cannot remember how far we got nor did the growing rumble particularly trouble me, but it certainly caused enough alarm for the Kwik Fit mechanic* to scream in no uncertain terms that I needed to stop and stop quickly. Unfortunately the front wheel decided to fall off before any evasive action could be taken. We rapidly, and quite literally, ground to a halt while the now free wheel rolled on ahead in some kind of slapstick motoring comedy. However, this wasn't the end of it. Oh no, as, and I kid you not, there was a police car behind us containing two somewhat bemused coppers. What must have greeted them was an obviously concerned, although not concerned enough to fess up mechanic*, and a wide eyed and rather naive 17-year-old. I don't know what mechanic actually told them as I was busy retrieving the rogue wheel from the side of the South Circular, however, they advised me that I quickly find a jack and put my car back together quicker still. Luckily, after knocking on a couple of doors, a jack was procured, the wheel nuts located and the wheel put back in its rightful place. Anyone with any kind of maturity would have read the Kwik Fit bloke the riot act, but not wet behind the ears me. No, I decided to nurse the Beetle back home, but not before settling up and putting a tenner in the Kwik Fit Christmas box. In the end my Dad fixed the Beetle's brakes with me (as he had suggested before I took it to Kwik Fit). As well as the still duff wheel cylinders we also had to sort out a bent backing plate and a stub axle that was short of one of its three bolts. I never have quite forgiven myself for being such a twat.
  13. Indeed, although you would probably have to compare it with vehicles of the same age that do have MoTs and over distance travelled for both. Personally I still think MoT exemption a daft idea. A lack of annual check to confirm a vehicle is roadworthy makes them less likely to be safe and a soft target for further restrictions. Road tax is a duff idea other than to check a vehicle has insurance and an MoT. Make it a standard charge to cover administrative costs for these checks and fire the rest of the cost onto fuel duty. Then again, given EVs, that idea will be redundant soon enough.
  14. Unless Carrick has suddenly become a hotbed for the sale of such faded glory. A prime example (now sold I believe) here and I too admire his bravery: And that 122K mile "cheap" Arnage: Anyway, back to LMC ...
  15. Good theory and makes sense to me. It is an absolute pain to travel to GB look at cars. There is a chap in Carrick that sells what are less fashionable high end cars, say 1980s Bentleys and 2000s S-Class Mercs with 100K plus on them. Some of them I am surprised he shifts but that must work too, probably on a similar basis to yours. I think he is called Norman - I am sure you will know him what with NI being 'the World's biggest village' (copyright @Datsuncog). I can spot his adverts a mile off just by the cars. I did the same with classics about a decade ago albeit buying them here with the idea they were a bit cheaper and shifting them to the south of England where the number of buyers was much greater. As you say, half the fun is floating about in some rather nice cars. Did wonder about the tax bracket down in the Republic. When I looked everything was relatively expensive full stop. Even the mega high tax didn't seem to pull the price of the old cars down enough to make it worth while. Anyway, good luck with it all and looking forward to the updates ...
  16. Do you find your love of large engine pez stuff goes somewhat against the grain here in NI? Such motors seem to hang about in the classifieds and make less money than on the mainland. It must work for you though. I did rather like the E350 CGI Benz you had recently which I presume has now shifted. Also rather like the look of the Alfa (159 ?) on RoI plates behind your A4 cab. Right old mix you have.
  17. Then again, if you are travelling in the back I would presume you do not give a fig.
  18. Or should that be very nouvea riche given they start at a £250k? Actually, if money were no object I am happy to admit the Rolls-Royce Wraith would be top of my car shopping list. I think the are majestically OTT.
  19. Similar to this? Given, I think it looks okay and good to see Rolls-Royces still being used.
  20. These number and single letter combinations can go for big money. Just looks at the DVLA auctions. It strikes me as odd. We know two/three letters are of interest because they form people's initials. But a single letter? Answers on an e-postcard ...
  21. I know someone very well who, when in young in the 1960s, went to look at a Riley which was priced at £40. Supposedly it was £20 for the car and £20 for the plate which was three characters and a one. Even in those days such notable number plates had some value. During the test drive the owner managed to go round a bend, putting the car into a hedge and bending the wing. The owner then said he could have the car and plate for £20 which was duly excepted. The person still has this number plate, which, in theory is worth a chunk of cash, but he doesn't need the money so he just has it on an old classic of his.
  22. I once got a bit of metal in my eye from being a tw6t using a mini-cutting tool and not wearing safety specs. Never ever again. Anyway, just after having the fleck of metal picked out of my eye the doctor told me I was lucky. The previous patient had been using a nail gun only for a nail to ricochet off the wall into his eye. Nice.
  23. As an aside, do rather like the registration number.
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