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    Broadsword got a reaction from mk2_craig in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    That’s it, we’re out! The weighty Getrag lump is free of the red Jag. In the end what I needed was a 50 cm extension bar and a shallow impact swivel socket to get the harder to reach bellhousing bolts out. After that the final challenge was teasing the gearbox off the locating dowels, since it was seized on.
    Before too long the gearbox popped off and there was ample room to push back, lower on my little motorcycle jack and drag it out from the side. Doing this job in a small single garage on axle stands is only just about doable. It’s not terribly complicated but I really had very, very little space to manoeuvre.
    It was exciting to see how how bad things were inside. The release bearing is absolutely shot. How it didn’t disintegrate is a minor miracle. More impressive than that is how the pivot on the fork was seized solid and the fork was seized on the input shaft. It would barely move. How the clutch didn’t stick is beyond me. For a moment I wondered if the car had been in a flood. There was watery rusty residue in the bellhousing. Soon I realised what had really happened. Water has dropped from the air box drain direct to the top of the bellhousing and leaked into the transmission. Condensation attacked the pivot and release bearing in particular. In short, with a good clean up and the new bearing fitted it will be fine. To my surprise the clutch itself is in good condition. I know this sounds unconventional but I’m not going to change the clutch, just the release bearing, selector mount bushings and just clean everything up. New fluid of course, but that’s it. I’m certain it will be great after that. If the clutch was smooth (but heavy) in this state it will be fine with this work done. By the way the clutch is BEEFY! It weighs an absolute tonne!










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    Broadsword got a reaction from dome in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    It has been an exceedingly busy autumn. The main fleet workhorse is currently a Mk. 1 Citroen C5 estate diesel, which has proven very useful at shifting just about anything you choose to throw at it. MUCH roomier than a Volvo V70, the ultimate tip run car. It will probably be up for sale soon though with a new MOT as the fleet gets rationalised to a slighly more modern estate car and probably a small Punto or equivalent for bombing around town.
    The red Jag XJR manual is now in the bodyshop for sorting out all the many dents, sunroof, cracked plastics and then a full respray. It is currently in the job queue, but the dents are gone at least. I'm not in a rush. It will probably come back late spring. I'm going with the original Flamenco Red. One thing I'm struggling to get for the XJR is a working sunroof casette. Any X300 or X308 sunroof mechanism would do. If anyone here has a source, let me know.
    An update from the nordic fleet. For three years I have run a 2002 Fiat Punto in Finland. It has been utterly reliable, but I fancied something bigger, faster and better on the frozen winter roads. I also wanted to do this with zero budget. Amazingly I was able to sell the Punto (with a fresh MOT) for what it cost to get a MY 2000 Saab 9-3 2.0i. It was a probate car, which had been standing for a couple years, but came with a new MOT. It took about 150 euros worth of parts from the Finnish equivalent of Eurocarparts "Motonet". I love Motonet. It needed a full service, belts, tensioners, coolant sensor, thermostat and a few small things just before the temperatures got too cold to work outside. It got some proper Hancook studded winter tyres and was pressed into immediate service. 3000 kilometers in all is well apart from a broken HVAC panel. Again if anyone here has a manual HVAC panel for an OG Saab 9-3, please let me know!!! I have a soft spot for OG Saab 9-3. I love the comfy seats, nice interior and mahoosive boot. If only this one had a turbo!
    Finally I've just finished editing up the footage from the summer I did on the red XJR. Check it out. 
     






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    Broadsword got a reaction from Surface Rust in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    It has been an exceedingly busy autumn. The main fleet workhorse is currently a Mk. 1 Citroen C5 estate diesel, which has proven very useful at shifting just about anything you choose to throw at it. MUCH roomier than a Volvo V70, the ultimate tip run car. It will probably be up for sale soon though with a new MOT as the fleet gets rationalised to a slighly more modern estate car and probably a small Punto or equivalent for bombing around town.
    The red Jag XJR manual is now in the bodyshop for sorting out all the many dents, sunroof, cracked plastics and then a full respray. It is currently in the job queue, but the dents are gone at least. I'm not in a rush. It will probably come back late spring. I'm going with the original Flamenco Red. One thing I'm struggling to get for the XJR is a working sunroof casette. Any X300 or X308 sunroof mechanism would do. If anyone here has a source, let me know.
    An update from the nordic fleet. For three years I have run a 2002 Fiat Punto in Finland. It has been utterly reliable, but I fancied something bigger, faster and better on the frozen winter roads. I also wanted to do this with zero budget. Amazingly I was able to sell the Punto (with a fresh MOT) for what it cost to get a MY 2000 Saab 9-3 2.0i. It was a probate car, which had been standing for a couple years, but came with a new MOT. It took about 150 euros worth of parts from the Finnish equivalent of Eurocarparts "Motonet". I love Motonet. It needed a full service, belts, tensioners, coolant sensor, thermostat and a few small things just before the temperatures got too cold to work outside. It got some proper Hancook studded winter tyres and was pressed into immediate service. 3000 kilometers in all is well apart from a broken HVAC panel. Again if anyone here has a manual HVAC panel for an OG Saab 9-3, please let me know!!! I have a soft spot for OG Saab 9-3. I love the comfy seats, nice interior and mahoosive boot. If only this one had a turbo!
    Finally I've just finished editing up the footage from the summer I did on the red XJR. Check it out. 
     






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    Broadsword got a reaction from High Jetter in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    It has been an exceedingly busy autumn. The main fleet workhorse is currently a Mk. 1 Citroen C5 estate diesel, which has proven very useful at shifting just about anything you choose to throw at it. MUCH roomier than a Volvo V70, the ultimate tip run car. It will probably be up for sale soon though with a new MOT as the fleet gets rationalised to a slighly more modern estate car and probably a small Punto or equivalent for bombing around town.
    The red Jag XJR manual is now in the bodyshop for sorting out all the many dents, sunroof, cracked plastics and then a full respray. It is currently in the job queue, but the dents are gone at least. I'm not in a rush. It will probably come back late spring. I'm going with the original Flamenco Red. One thing I'm struggling to get for the XJR is a working sunroof casette. Any X300 or X308 sunroof mechanism would do. If anyone here has a source, let me know.
    An update from the nordic fleet. For three years I have run a 2002 Fiat Punto in Finland. It has been utterly reliable, but I fancied something bigger, faster and better on the frozen winter roads. I also wanted to do this with zero budget. Amazingly I was able to sell the Punto (with a fresh MOT) for what it cost to get a MY 2000 Saab 9-3 2.0i. It was a probate car, which had been standing for a couple years, but came with a new MOT. It took about 150 euros worth of parts from the Finnish equivalent of Eurocarparts "Motonet". I love Motonet. It needed a full service, belts, tensioners, coolant sensor, thermostat and a few small things just before the temperatures got too cold to work outside. It got some proper Hancook studded winter tyres and was pressed into immediate service. 3000 kilometers in all is well apart from a broken HVAC panel. Again if anyone here has a manual HVAC panel for an OG Saab 9-3, please let me know!!! I have a soft spot for OG Saab 9-3. I love the comfy seats, nice interior and mahoosive boot. If only this one had a turbo!
    Finally I've just finished editing up the footage from the summer I did on the red XJR. Check it out. 
     






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    Broadsword got a reaction from Back_For_More in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    It has been an exceedingly busy autumn. The main fleet workhorse is currently a Mk. 1 Citroen C5 estate diesel, which has proven very useful at shifting just about anything you choose to throw at it. MUCH roomier than a Volvo V70, the ultimate tip run car. It will probably be up for sale soon though with a new MOT as the fleet gets rationalised to a slighly more modern estate car and probably a small Punto or equivalent for bombing around town.
    The red Jag XJR manual is now in the bodyshop for sorting out all the many dents, sunroof, cracked plastics and then a full respray. It is currently in the job queue, but the dents are gone at least. I'm not in a rush. It will probably come back late spring. I'm going with the original Flamenco Red. One thing I'm struggling to get for the XJR is a working sunroof casette. Any X300 or X308 sunroof mechanism would do. If anyone here has a source, let me know.
    An update from the nordic fleet. For three years I have run a 2002 Fiat Punto in Finland. It has been utterly reliable, but I fancied something bigger, faster and better on the frozen winter roads. I also wanted to do this with zero budget. Amazingly I was able to sell the Punto (with a fresh MOT) for what it cost to get a MY 2000 Saab 9-3 2.0i. It was a probate car, which had been standing for a couple years, but came with a new MOT. It took about 150 euros worth of parts from the Finnish equivalent of Eurocarparts "Motonet". I love Motonet. It needed a full service, belts, tensioners, coolant sensor, thermostat and a few small things just before the temperatures got too cold to work outside. It got some proper Hancook studded winter tyres and was pressed into immediate service. 3000 kilometers in all is well apart from a broken HVAC panel. Again if anyone here has a manual HVAC panel for an OG Saab 9-3, please let me know!!! I have a soft spot for OG Saab 9-3. I love the comfy seats, nice interior and mahoosive boot. If only this one had a turbo!
    Finally I've just finished editing up the footage from the summer I did on the red XJR. Check it out. 
     






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    Broadsword reacted to UltraWomble in Err…. WTAF?   
    Thats Numberwang!

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    Broadsword reacted to Rocket88 in Err…. WTAF?   
    How can one go out to view a 2001 Jaguar coupe and end up buying an engineless 1953 Riley RME?
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    Broadsword got a reaction from The_Equalizer in Shite on television   
    Try Slow Horses. Just finished watching the second season and someone has clearly gone to some effort to populate the show with prime AS cars despite the contemporary setting. It's nearly in your face the older than expected cars for a current show. Someone has good taste, I even spotted an X300 in it. It's a good show to boot.
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    Broadsword reacted to sdkrc in The new news 24 thread   
    Taking advantage of the snow, I made a 4.5ft snowball. It got so heavy that I was unable to move it any further. Had to be well over 100kgs at the end, wouldn't be surprised if it had a couple of dog shits in it too
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    Broadsword reacted to Jenson Velcro in The new news 24 thread   
    Well, after years of patching and repairs, I’ve finally decided to get my Defender put on a galvanised chassis. The original one lasted over 30 years and 207k miles so has done well, particularly as the previous owner of 10 years used it for launching boats in the sea. Looking forward to no longer having to roll around under it getting showered in dirt and sparks, this should now see me out.


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    Broadsword reacted to HarmonicCheeseburger in The new news 24 thread   
    I did a buy, Volvo V70 d5, very recent timing belt, stacks of history heated leather. Very happy. 



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    Broadsword reacted to outlaw118 in Carlection Fred Double Header is go   
    Pez before Woollard
     

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    Broadsword reacted to wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    Collectioned. 

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    Broadsword reacted to lesapandre in The new news 24 thread   
    Just got a copy of Raymond Baxter's autobiography - 'Tales of My Time'.  Baxter was in his time a well known journalist and TV presenter amongst other things:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Baxter
    When I open the book  - a 'change of address card' for Baxter dropped out - postmarked 28 September 1968 addressed to BMC at Abingdon.  

    Baxter was 1967-1968 Director of Motoring Publicity for the British Motor Corporation. 
    Amazing what you find. Just a bit of euphemera but quite charming.
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    Broadsword reacted to RobT in Morris 1300   
    Thread resurrection time.
    After 12 months in slumber on my parents' drive, this old heap will be my winter/ULEZ beater for local trips.

    I collected it yesterday and fortunately the showers had stopped for the 20 minute drive home.  Good job as the wipers were inop.  But this morning they fixed themselves so that's a job off the list already.
    Plans are to do some mild tinkering, like replacing the knackered door seals and do a proper radiator flush. A big job I undertook in early 2022 was a head rebuild.  Big to me anyway as I'd never removed a head before.  New stem seals were the initial reason for doing it as the smoke on start up was an embarrassment frankly.  That turned into a hardened valve seat conversion (with new valves obviously) and loads of other ancillary shit I've forgotten.  The upshot was it drove much better and hopefully it'll continue to do so.  Now I'll just crack on and use it as often as possible.
     
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    Broadsword reacted to Bren in New purchase   
    I have been without wheels for two weeks since selling the BMW.
    Having trawled ebay and marketplace it became apparent everybody believes there car is worth much more than it actually is.
    I was looking for a BMW e61 - plenty in budget but too far away geographically. Those closer to home were overpriced for 16 - 17 years old with over 160k - plenty of bork factor. I wanted a six pot diesel - I would never have the awful four cylinder. A few XF jags were in budget but advisories for corrosion put me off.
    E91's in my budget were 4 pot petrol and diesel - again overpriced. A lot of the adds made me laugh - pointing out the good bits and at the end of the text chucking in that basically it was fucked.
    I looked at A6's/ mondeo - even insignias.
    This morning an add popped up on ebay. I made contact with the seller and headed to Bickerstaffe with much haste.
    I bought this - 

    It's a 2.0 cdti SRI. It's minging inside and out but comes with one of the most comprehensive histories I have seen - the service book is stamped up to 175k. It has just passed 181k. It came with a sheaf of bills and all the books. Clutch replaced 10k ago. Timing belt in 2019. Oil pick up seal done in 2021. Ticket until September '24. Somebody really loved this car despite it now looking like it had been yanked from somebody's ringpiece.
    Deal was done. I had insured the BMW with Swinton - it was less than £300.Unbelievably the thieving fagins wanted just short of £700. For an insignia. I have been driving for over 30 years.
    They were told what they could do with their quote. Swinton will get no more business from me.
    I actually  got a policy for two hundred and odd quid.
    I put £30 worth of diesel in the car and headed straight for our caravan.
    Observations? It's not quick - more brisk - I am certain it picks up quicker than the mondeo but it has less weight.
    Through the new 20 mph zones I can leave it in 3rd - the mondeo needs 2nd. Brakes are sharp but gear change is not ford - smooth and has a bit of throw to get it over to 5th gear.
    I have not tested all of the onboard functions cos' I need to read the book.

    Filthy. But all the levels are correct and I cannot see oil anywhere.

    Did I say it was filthy? And it stinks of cowshit having lived on  a farm. The seat bolsters are intact but the trim at the base of the drivers seat is broken. The aircon does not blow cold - looking through the bills it has been regassed a few times so this suggests it loses pressure over a couple of years.

    Boot carpet will need to be removed and cleaned to assist with getting rid of the whiff.

    No spare wheel. But bonus breaker bar and adaptor.
    I doubt the expensive VXR alloys were standard - the tyres are legal but not for much longer. 
    Road tax cost me £35 - much better than the £395 for the BMW.
    It needs a monster of a clean and some refrigerant. And a spare key. Given the mileage I won't be putting much money into it and due to this it means when I am done with it I can P/X with no guilt rather than deal with scavengers on tinterweb.
    You may be wondering how much the bovine excrement smelling GM chariot cost me?
    I paid £2k. The alloys are worth near 50% of that.
    There is still the odd bargain but you need to be quick.
    It seems that £2k is the new £500.
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    Broadsword reacted to Shirley Knott in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite - Volvo gets a clean sheet MOT, now on to wheel trims, thermostat and brakes revisited   
    The oil, oil filter and air filter changed on the Clio yesterday.

    After not servicing much else aside from a 2.4 V70 and the 1.9 SDi Golf for many years now, I must admit to being slightly taken aback by the size if the oil filters for these.
    They're TINY!

    I also noticed the ID sticker was about to peel off the engine block, do I rescued it. I believe this would make it a 'D7F726'....

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    Broadsword reacted to Shirley Knott in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite - Volvo gets a clean sheet MOT, now on to wheel trims, thermostat and brakes revisited   
    Right- Some developments here.
    Our trusty Golf SDI shat its power steering rack last week. By this stage it was looking pretty rusty, timing belt was overdue and it had done 195K.  A tough choice,  but off it went for scrap.
    Goodnight sweet prince....
     

     
    I'm actually still  pretty sad about this, but honestly, it was time.
    Meanwhile,  I've bought a 112k Octavia SDi estate locally. Frankly it's pretty much immaculate, not a spot of rust on the sills or anywhere, undertrays still fitted etc. This will be taken over by my younger brother. I'm actually really jealous this one isn't for me....
     

     
    For us, I've picked up this late registered manual 1.2 Mk2 Clio on 61k.....
     

     
    The MOT history on it is pretty pleasing. It's our first French car (Not counting the C1 as technically they're an Aygo). Honestly seems OK so far.
     
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    Broadsword reacted to Wack in The most reliable 2006 4.2 Supercharged Range Rover in the world thread   
    The boot of a range rover looks huge until you shove some 21"wheels in it 

    these were a mega bargain , taken off a low miles L405 by a dealer then shoved in a corner 
    £400 for the four and amazingly not in Devon or on a Scottish Island , only 20 miles away 
    The tyres are £242 each 

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    Broadsword reacted to Cooper1 in Project P38 with added Jag..   
    Next up OFF WITH ITS HEAD(s) 

    No joke i needed a scaff tube on the end of my breaker bar to crack them off one of the bolts tried to strip which caused an hour or so of sweating..  


    For the drivers side the lower manifold bolt for cylinder 8 is near impossible to get at unless the arch liner is removed..

    So off which its wheel and liner.. 


    I did discover a small compost heap residing behind the mudflap  


    No rust though which is very good to see  

    Bores are in good nick with the crosshatch still very much visible    
     
     
    And all covered up
     
     
    Getting parts together now  
     
    hasn't fought me too much so far..  
     
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    Broadsword reacted to Cooper1 in Project P38 with added Jag..   
    Spent 30mins after work having a go removing a few things. 
    Managed to loosen off the dreaded heatshields, for those aren't aware it usually takes longer to remove them than anything else. 
    Next down the line was the manifold Y pipe bolts which are notorious for either snapping or stripping the studs in the manifold, luckily with a good douse with GT85 and my dewalt impact they came out ok, the passenger side needed a 14mm socket hammer on them but other than that it went well.
    The gaskets proved to be completely knackered, that'll explain the ticking sound under load.  





    The nuts are on there loosley at the moment becuase the rear crossmemeber needs to come off to allow the cats to drop off, so they're taking the weight while that happens.  
     
    Got the G box supported in preparation for the crossmember to be removed. 

     
    More later when I have time LOL   
     
     
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    Broadsword reacted to outlaw118 in Man Down   
    Got a call from the old dear about 2 hours ago, little bro' @Nev has died out in Lanzarote. 
    Pretty instant from what I can make out, flying out 6am tomorrow, PM will be done by Wednesday.
     
    Balls.
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    Broadsword reacted to Cooper1 in Project P38 with added Jag..   
    Right it has been 9 months since the last update.. 
    Old P38 has been off the road for a long while a leaking headgasket, which is allowing coolant to leak out at a rather alarming rate that being her current bug bear, to be honest its an easy fix but with the weather being either way too bloody hot or like today too damn cold i've been trying to clear out some old sheds to put her in so i can take my time and do it properly
     
    First up leaky engine or not she had to drag out an old caravan.. 😈
     
     
    Good looking motor the old P38!  
    Concrete floor cleared off and she's finally sat under cover..  


    Bit more tidying up to do, notably moving the old cement mixer and hanging some shelves etc etc. 
    Plan is to do a full top end overhaul on the engine, complete the list of problems HVAC and audio system to name  a few neither of which work properly or at all.  And then compound/polish the living daylights out of it.. 
     
    Cheers.. 
     
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    Broadsword reacted to brownnova in Autoshite Outages   
    As you're all well aware we are experiencing regular outages on the site currently.  
    This stems from the initial outage we had last month, where the site became disconnected from the server due to a networking fault.  Since then despite taking a number of steps to rectify this on our side we still get the site disconnected from the network once a day. 
    Unfortunately we are not receiving the support we need from the external hosting company to rectify this, as the fault appears to lie on their side.  Essentially whilst we (well by we I mean Slartibartfast) can apply the jump leads each time to get us back up and online, they (the hosting company) are failing to fix the underlying fault or provide us with the tools/support to do so. 
    As an admin team we are trying to work out our options for the long term stability of the site. This is not totally straightforward given our varying working hours etc. but Slarti does jump straight to it every time we go down.  This morning we were made aware at 9.59 we were back online by 10.21. 
    What can I do?
    As people have been - if you spot it's down and you have a means of contacting any of the admin team via external methods let us know.  One of us can contact Slarti and he has been getting it back online in a few minutes. That way we hope disruption will be kept to a minimum. 
    I know a few people have offered practical help and experience, this is greatly appreciated.  I'll be asking how we can best use this. 
    I'm going to lock this thread simply so it is only used for latest updates, and these aren't lost in a deluge of posts and therefore any member can see it easily.
     
    Finally, thank you all for your patience - this is a very frustrating spell for AS and I know it is extremely annoying!
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    Broadsword reacted to Marm Toastsmith in HMC- Shad gets its “fine lines” back on the cheap   
    Whatever it is, dibs.
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