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  1. Thought a Petri update was overdue. With a couple of weeks left before the MOT my father booked the Rover into the local garage for a pre-MOT. Being useless at bangernomics and fearful of more modern replacement options, he spent way more than its value on a complete new exhaust and more in order to get it another year's ticket before I could visit and either a) lock him in a padded cell until he saw sense or b) incur the wrath of Mrs T by doing the work myself and saving what would have been an inheritance someday. Supposedly the handbrake needed some new part, more than simple freeing up of the mechanism. Had advisories on bushes, oil leak (seepage but no driveway incontinence yet) a balding inner tyre upfront and registration plate lamp that I've now replaced years after it blew, Only 243 Sli manuals still on the road as of Q4 2018, wonder when it'll get into proper classic territory if it isn't already. And whether it's worth writing to car SOS, might be the most uneconomical restoration of all time.
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    eBay tat volume 3.

    Pure AS https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1986-Toyota-Corolla-GL-20th-Anniversary-Edition/264315827716?hash=item3d8a737604:g:wScAAOSwY49cwve7
  3. Thanks a million for the offer but suspect you're rather too far away (the green monster is in Tadworth, Surrey, though I'm up in sunny Scotland). For the past couple of years (as Dad's bodger in chief) I adjusted the handbrake at the adjuster nut below the central console, was enough to pass the MOT but now it won't go any further. Rear pads were low so I replaced them a couple of months ago (shims had even rusted to almost nothing) but it didn't do the trick. I didn't have time to look at the self-adjusting handbrake mechanism, wonder if that just needs a bit of greasing or whether a new cable is called for. Seats actually gave me backache whenever I drove it a fair distance, maybe as I'm 6'3 and wiry though the only cars that haven't given me backache are my CLK and a couple of SLK's I had. Dad's way shorter and wider and has always been very comfortable.
  4. Glorious combination of the two!
  5. The time's nearing for my old man to part with his 1996-vintage Ronda 620 after 17 unmemorable but extremely reliable years. It's properly shite. A shade over 123,000 miles on the clock. Largely abused and neglected, no idea how cambelt's survived 17 years. I gave it the decade's first oil change a few months ago and it's got a fairly recent clutch and slave cylinder. ABS light doesn't come on from cold but does when car is restarted. Exhaust leak has been bodged for the past few years to pass MOT. Handbrake is useless as to be non existent. And paintwork is simply beyond shite with matching toxic-looking racing green moss and mould. Advisories on MOT for bushes, and there's no need to slow down for speedhumps, one of its more practical features. Was swiped by a truck on the M25 in 2007 so has a category mark following the repair. Engine runs nicely despite never getting new plugs or other luxuries apart from an occasional air filter, never overheated and doesn't use much oil. Not too rusty at all structurally. Interior is foul. Rev counter is erratic. He'll be keeping the noble workhorse until the MOT expires in June and maybe beyond so it's not for sale yet but thought it was worth posting anyway in all its glory.
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    eBay tat volume 3.

    Glorious Talbotshite. Please someone buy this! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/classic-cars/113378123008?hash=item1a65dcdd00:g:sOkAAOSwwhxb7pRO
  7. Spotted this beautiful beige 1980-vintage Violet a while ago in Epsom. Given its general (very rusty) state I'm amazed it passed the MOT. Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):Nearside Rear Nail in tyre ()Offside Front Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material (1.1.11 ©)Nearside Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive inner and outer sills (5.3.6 (a) (i))Offside Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive inner and outer sills (5.3.6 (a) (i))Nearside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive inner and outer wheel arches (5.3.6 (a) (i))Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive inner and outer wheel arches (5.3.6 (a) (i))Front Vehicle structure is corroded but structural rigidity is not significantly reduced (6.1.1 © (i))Rear Vehicle structure is corroded but structural rigidity is not significantly reduced (6.1.1 © (i))Nearside Front Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive inner wing (5.3.6 (a) (i))Offside Front Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive inner wing (5.3.6 (a) (i))general corrosion to floor pans
  8. I've absolutely no need for it but it'ld make a nice present for my Dad, so I'll take a random please. As a newbie I may need further instructions on how to pay the £££.
  9. A Tofas Dogan, spotted a couple of weeks ago in Turkey, they're everywhere there. Believe they're a local rip-off of the Fiat 131. Apologies for sideways picture, just refuses to upload the right way.
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    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1990-Toyota-Sera-gull-wing-spares-repair-SLSS-sound-system-drives-MOT-1-month/283205819795 Toyota Sera Gull Wing on the market.
  11. https://www.gumtree.com/p/fiat/fiat-multipla-jtd/1313190222 MOT history implies considerable ropeyness but for £100 it's the ugliest bargain I've seen in a while. If it was in Scotland I'ld be all over it.
  12. https://www.gumtree.com/p/toyota/toyota-yaris-2003/1312720320 This might fit the bill though MOT only until February.
  13. Current fleet: 1999 CLK so 19 years, had car for many moons. A load of advisories on MOT last week but I'll attend to them all. 1982 Ferrari Mondial, another long-term resident of my fleet. Now 36 years. 1988 XJ-S V12 (I've had 3 other XJ-S's before), currently for sale and needs to go. 30 years. So average age 28 years. Replacement for recently-sold 16-year old Corsashite will probably be something of 15-20-year vintage. In late noughties had a Saab 900 from the late '80's preceded by a similar vintage Honda Prelude. Before that was average 10-year old chod of generally Ford or Rover provenance.
  14. Quick update on the Corsashite. Needless to say having resolved to waste as little time as possible on it, the temptation to tinker was irresistable. First port of call was the heater matrix which was again blowing cool - cue remove the two hoses going into the heater matrix and shove a garden hose into both ends - cue lots of water everywhere and plenty of brown murky gunk being displaced. After its heater equivalent of a colonic, it was blowing toasty hot again. Next port of call the auxiliary belt - on closer inspection was down to two-third widths and rather ragged, which probably explained it screeching on cold-scottish-startup louder than a hungry lion cub. Cue several hours on the street fitting a new one (first £8 one from ebay annoyingly way too small so quick trip to ECP and a hefty £18 spent on the correct one) - trickier than expected as engine mount had to come off, and plenty of raising and lowering engine to get bolts off from both the top and through inner wheel arch. Job done and a couple of road trips almost-to-the-highlands and it was time to find it a new home. Posted on scumtree and as of yesterday have £475 in my pocket, car sold to a respectable-seeming older gent who's belatedly teaching his wife to drive. Now time to delve back into the dark depths of the automotive internet and see what this rare shite-profit will now be invested in.
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