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  1. Plus i had a gsi and an ex police v6, the gsi was a better car in every respect, never gelled with the v6 but it plodded on ok. One of the hardest cars I ever sold, ended up practically giving it away. Worst ever was a mk1 mr2, couldn't shift it back in y2k.
  2. I had a 2.0L cavvy saloon. Only really owned it for a about 3 weeks and it was alright generally, seemed to overheat a lot which I think was thermostat related so I removed it, as you do. Lent it to a slightly* dodgy mate once as it had a towbar. The journey went fine and he phoned me up later on the Sunday asking if he could drop it off the next day, no bother. About 2 hrs after that him and his mate were told some kids were ripping about the estate in an old car some idiot hadn't locked up properly and wanted to know if they were after any bits from it? Time they fathomed it was my car they'd borrowed, it was smouldering away happily in a field. Still, he gave me my Β£300 back for it. Seemingly stood up to a good few hours of abuse..... which meant I was right about the thermostat.
  3. I had one of those in 3dr format,white as well. Drove it to Southampton dock auctions on a (later found out) laser printed tax disc and a full tank. I thought the gauge was U/S as I'd only had it a week and brimmed it, as no movement occurred until the A34 by around Newbury. Drove it back home and still only used 1/3rd of a tank both ways. Sold it to a guy in work who gave it to his very attractive but not very bright daughter. He also marveled at the economy having owned a volvo v40 petrol and filling it 3 times for every one compared to the escort. Great car but really slow.
  4. Please view this ad: Mechanic enthusiast’s Dream, https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/mechanic-enthusiasts-dream/1378906758?utm_source=com.google.android.apps.docs&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_android Price: Β£ 450 Download the application from the Google Play Store. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gumtree.android Is it just me or is there : - no picture - no decent info - no make or model? Genuinely unfuckingbelieveable
  5. Nothing as exciting as a big jag but my mate bought a fiesta 1.8d from there back in 2000,lovely clean little thing but no history. Went to do the belt but so impressed with the economy of his purchase decided to go to the auctions 5 up and either make a bit of money on the journey in the hope one of the lads would drive a shitter back for him as a way out of coughing up. Did the belt on the brecon bypass. D'oh. Worthless car, no auction, no AA, long walk into Brecon to get the bus.... Which wasn't running but so as they were 5 up, had to make 2 trips. After that i always religiously did the belt on any 1.8d. Still, buy something cheeky (ZX Volcane seemed the order of the day) and the drive home was fun to say the least. Could wind a ka up well around the twisties on the way to Penderyn from the reservoir.
  6. No me neither? Perhaps just to stop the usual meat heads turning up and not socially distancing. Still, they'll be too busy pulling down a Nelsons column or the like!! Good idea that with a crappy p/x, saves a lot of hassle. I have a car trailer but really need to sort the brakes first, don't fancy hard stopping down the A419 @ Birdlip with no brakes!!!! I looked into a trade account there years ago and it was a cinch to do just didn't have the business paperwork on me at the time. I'm considered an essential worker so ok for moving around.
  7. Leominster showing 25th June open next? I'd love it if that was true, even socially distanced, might make a trip up as its only an hour and a bit from here.
  8. I love Leominster, bought some really good stuff from there over the years, generally astra diesel estates back in the day then later VAG stuff as they sold on so easily. Great drive home over the beacons but almost always greeted by the 5-0.
  9. My god I can't believe that was 3 odd years ago I posted that 😱😱😱. It was while I was still on 3 shifts, my oh my, a lots happened since then for sure!!! Really must make a date for going to the auctions, well, after lockdown etc.
  10. Must admit, that looks ace.
  11. I had a merc ML on a "W" 2000yr and it really hadn't rusted out that bad, same sort of places as an x5, by boot handles and a few blebs here and there. However I ran it for years on a shoe string which ruined it really. They suffer from a lot of issues due to poor design but if you got a v6 petrol one about 54 plate and changed a few bits you'd have a really good car. Ok fuel economy is a bit crap but they're not a bad bus. I was forever chasing suspension bushes, radial arms, track rod ends etc but I do live in the sticks a bit, usually every 2nd mot. It always had abs/bas/esp lights on in some combination or other which revolves around the water from your washer bottle leaking into the ABS module. I took my electronic bits apart sing some very small torx and it was full of corrosion. Dark was clear after that but about a year later it came back in and the brakes went wierd. Common cure is to remove the ABS relay which works great and doesn't affect the 4X4 system which is amazing on them,very capable off road, youtube ml vs x5 and see which one doesn't get stuck as much πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰. The lights stay on but some soldering soon sorts that. I messed the key up in the end and had a few issues with the egr valve along with a desire to get a newer car so it went for scrap, still got Β£500 near enough from copart. Best move on any cdi engine is gut the cats, they run so much better after that and no EML light every came on mine. Wish I'd done it on day one. Would love another but can't justify it yet, either ml55 or ml350.
  12. Yep, had the same on my current house. Rewired as far as I could upstairs but decided to use the ring return back to the box (well initially, but read on). The house was wired with a ring upstairs and all downstairs sockets were effectively spurs off, back then I suppose it was ok as you had maybe 2 electrical appliances. I went all out on it, 4-8 doubles in each room, etc etc. Got to the last bedroom and discovered the drop to the kitchen and feed back to board, ace, cut off kitchen drop as all new wiring, connect new wiring in to old out. Knocked off appropriate circuit, tested, cable volt free, but fridge still on? Tried disconnecting ring main, same again, what the hell? No wires in (above) but fridge still on!!!! Started chipping away, ring main bypassed and spurred to the fridge socket by burying a 50p junction box in the middle of the wall,could have drilled into that at anytime. Then had to do the lit back to the box. Great. Also in my first house the entire kitchen extension, oven circuit included, was run from a redundant lighting circuit with only enlarged cables where visible. Always wondered why the lights dimmed when the fan kicked in πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. All redone now and no probs since.
  13. "Many people did not understand why I always kept old worthless cars going, but if you like the car and do not intend selling it then keep at it, you will learn new skills, have a great sense of achievement at the end and a car that you can enjoy owning and driving with confidence because you will know it inside out." Whilst I 100% agree with this having spent much of my free time from work (I work away so only play about with my cars then) welding up a merc Vito (that was pretty bad but not like that celica) it does get to a point where you say" why am I bothering " and I hit that point about a month before lockdown when I realised I really could get a better example versus my time and effort. Now, had I just put a new engine etc in it or had some major sentimental connection to it, I'd have maybe thought more about it but in truth changing an engine over would take a few days max but the welding more like a few weeks/months, then painting, it just wasn't for me. Have a crack at it to practice and see the pitfalls, buy millions of flapper discs and wire wheels as you'll need that metal as clean as you can to get it to work properly. You've already got a great welding set up which helps massively but know when you're in too far and be prepared to bail out or it will start to piss you off, believe me!!!!
  14. "Many people did not understand why I always kept old worthless cars going, but if you like the car and do not intend selling it then keep at it, you will learn new skills, have a great sense of achievement at the end and a car that you can enjoy owning and driving with confidence because you will know it inside out." Whilst I 100% agree with this having spent much of my free time from work (I work away so only play about with my cars then) welding up a merc Vito (that was pretty bad but not like that celica) it does get to a point where you say" why am I bothering " and I hit that point about a month before lockdown when I realised I really could get a better example versus my time and effort. Now, had I just put a new engine etc in it or had some major sentimental connection to it, I'd have maybe thought more about it but in truth changing an engine over would take a few days max but the welding more like a few weeks/months, then painting, it just wasn't for me. Have a crack at it to practice and see the pitfalls, buy millions of flapper discs and wire wheels as you'll need that metal as clean as you can to get it to work properly. You've already got a great welding set up which helps massively but know when you're in too far and be prepared to bail out or it will start to piss you off, believe me!!!!
  15. I have a 2005 Avensis and my son a 2004 and I can honestly say that's not a spot of rust underneath on either of them,in fact I've never seen a Toyota rot, i cant see how that's got so bad unless it's been literally stored in salt water. I know Scotland is hard on cars but that's beyond a joke. I once scrapped a sierra cosworth in better nick than that as the headaches it was causing plus the cost of doing it just to end up with a welded up cossie. I bought a mint cossie shell and swapped the bits over. Actually it was a complete car really minus running gear, no rust anywhere. Ok is not my original car which was the highly rare ebony colour with aircon but at least its totally solid and should last forever more, when I actually get round to finishing it!!!! Not being horrible or defeatist but you will be forever doing that and I alkmaar guarantee you'll give up at some point. To put 2 years into that is madness. I used to see loads of these in the scrappy as I believe they had engine issues? Surely there is a straight one out there with a blown motor? Be a much nicer project to do and you'd get it all swapped over in less time in sure. In truth, your dad sounds like a good guy but if he hadn't bought that welder set up and you did yourself, that's the thick end of Β£600 by there beefier you start, probably 1/2 way to a mint example of one of those. I changed a gearbox and clutch in one once and found it not a bad car to work on, certainly agree about the driving position etc, very nice. You could strip one of those without a ramp in a few days max, have a ton of spares and a good shell.
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