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    Sausage5000 reacted to Talbot in Engineered like no other car. Not a single one like it. Thankfully.   
    The "rest" function on the heater only works when the key is either out, or in the accessory position.  If you prod rest, it turns the climate control system back on at a fixed (quite low) fan speed, and basic thermostatic control.  It also starts up a small 12V pump under the bonnet that pumps hot coolant from the engine block around the heater matrix.  This will run for about 20/30 minutes at a time, and can be activated about 4 times before the engine block gets too cold to dump any meaningful heat into the passenger compartment.  It's exceptionally useful if you're waiting for someone in cold weather, if you've only been away from the car for a bit and you get back and aren't leaving immediately, or if you're only going to be out of the car for 10/15 mins and you want to keep the interior warm for when you get back.
    In winter I use it all the time.  Even if you're going shopping and are going to be out of the car for 30/40 mins, if you run rest mode as you leave, the car is noticeably warmer when you get back in than if you don't.
    The very very early W210s didn't have it, but just about all later models do.  I think W211 cars had it, but the feature seems to have been lost these days.  A real shame as it's a genuinely useful feature.
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    Sausage5000 reacted to Talbot in Engineered like no other car. Not a single one like it. Thankfully.   
    Mercedes Benz.  What images does that throw up?  Quality?  Prestige?  Elegance?  Hewn from Granite?
    This is absolutely none of the above.
    A very quick intro as to the why:  While looking for engines that run well on Veg oil, I discovered the OM606.  Turns out this is both the most powerful and just about the last engine available in the UK that uses a mechanical injection pump, and hence is an ideal candidate for SVO.  What vehicles were they fitted to.. well, the interesting one is the G-wagon of the late 90's, specifically the G-300TD.  They cost HOW FUCKING MUCH??? ok, I'm not getting one of those then.  The OM606 was also fitted to the W210/S210 series of cars, which are much much cheaper.  One evening, I put a silly bid on a W210 E300 saloon and stupidly won it.  Cock.
    Ran that for a year.  Surprisingly powerful car and one I instantly felt comfortable in.  Unfortunately they're all automatic, which is not my preference, but that was the only real downside of the design.  Some more on that car later maybe.  After I'd had it for a year, it needed much more work than I was willing to put in, so I sold it for it's engine to a serial Land-Rover botherer and started looking for another car.  Bought a Mundaneo, which was then swiftly taken back for a refund because the high-pressure fuel pump was knackered.  Looked for another car, and found an S210 for reasonably cheap.  Got in it and said "aaahhh, that's better".  So I bought it.
    It was cheap because it was a mess.  Had to remove a lot of stupid chrome stickers, chrome headlamp surrounds,  idiot "nurburgring" stickers, useless tuning box, and all manner of pointless AMG stickers from the interior.  Once I'd ripped all that shit out it was a fairly decent car.  blah blah blah, waffle waffle.  The real reason for the post was the utter bodgery I had to implement to keep it on the road.  Bodgery I'm fairly proud of, but bodgery nevertheless.
    First incident with detail:  Front spring perch failure.  A known issue on 210s, the front spring perch has a habit of rotting through and either detatching, or just completely giving up.  Mine decided to completely give up.  Driving away from work one evening there was a thunk, the NSF dipped a bit, and there was a clatter of mud falling off the car and blattering about under the floor.  The car still drove in a straight line, so I did the most sensible thing I could:  Ignore it completely and just drive.
    It was quite clear that the NSF was on it's bumpstop.  This is what greeted me when I took the wheel off:

    That's not so clever.  The spring has basically punched straight through the spring perch, hence the suspension being on it's stops.  The spring just lifted out of position, leaving a mess of rotten steel behind:

    Fuck.  New spring perches are available, but they are £40, and I need the car back on the road PRONTO to get to work again.  So, cut away all the rotten and wafer-thin steel to get back to the inner wheel arch:

    Now, I need a new spring perch.  Time to get creative:

    No, I'm not making a saw:

    I am the king of the spring people:

    Employ hammer:

    I'm sure you can see where this is going.  Weld that up and weld it into the car:

    Buzzzzzzzzz:

    Coat of zinc-based undercoat and then some bitumen top-coat and it's ready to go:

    The spring, being an avantgarde model (rather than the more softly sprung, Elegance or Classic) is short enough that you can just shove the lower arm down as far as you can by standing on it, and then beat the spring back onto it's mounting with a hammer.  Went in no problem at all.  The eagle-eyed out there may notice that the bottom end of the spring has a swipe of paint on the end.  That is because I discovered it had recently broken the last 1" or so off the end of the coil.  The easiest thing to do of course being to cut the end square and then splodge a bit of paint on it so no-one notices.   The car never saw another MOT, so this was largely pointless, but it made me feel better.
    Only other casualty of the incident was the damper plastic cover:

    meh.  Straightened it out again and shoved it back on the car.  Was fine*.  Load back on the front arm.  The welds didn't rip apart, so I'll call that a success:

    Like all good projects, I made extensive use of CAD:

    That put the car back on the road, and it was still like that when I scrapped it for unrelated reasons many months later.  Total cost was a few quid for some welding supplies and a few hours of time.  Yes, I could have just bought a spring perch, but this was far more over-engineered.  I'm fairly sure you could have picked up the entire car by that spring perch once I'd finished.
    So yes, this was "Engineered like no other car".  But not in ways that the Mercedes Benz advert meant.
     
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from bunglebus in Unplanned roadside repairs   
    Driving down the M6, one of my wiper blades decided to go solo, swinging loosely on the hook, doing it's best to escape, but not quite. Seeing it's misfortune he obviously thought he wasn't going alone, so hooked the other wiper, both doing a crazy jig across the windscreen before the two of them disappeared into the wet, raining Midlands sky, leaving my perplexed wiper arms to scutter across the glass. The only bodge really was sticking my head out of the window for the rest of the journey.
    From memory, these were both poundland windscreen wipers, which are absolute shit.
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Talbot in Unplanned roadside repairs   
    Driving down the M6, one of my wiper blades decided to go solo, swinging loosely on the hook, doing it's best to escape, but not quite. Seeing it's misfortune he obviously thought he wasn't going alone, so hooked the other wiper, both doing a crazy jig across the windscreen before the two of them disappeared into the wet, raining Midlands sky, leaving my perplexed wiper arms to scutter across the glass. The only bodge really was sticking my head out of the window for the rest of the journey.
    From memory, these were both poundland windscreen wipers, which are absolute shit.
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    Sausage5000 reacted to djoptix in Worst bodge you've seen   
    Not-a-terrible-bodge-but:
     
    Back in the day my 106 1.5D (of Satan) got broken into and the radio stolen... how quaint! I was living in Manchester and managed to locate a scrapper with a good window, near my parents' place in Herefordshire. On my next trip back home I bodged the window thus:
     

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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Cavcraft in Kiltox’s eternally fucked 1992 Renault Clio 1.4 RT auto   
    Clios seemed to get more bloated and hideous for every facelift they got. The 5, Clio mk1 and Clio mk2 pre-facelift are nice lookers.
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    Sausage5000 reacted to Bren in infamous hubnut   
    No invacars?
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Tamworthbay in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    No. It was originally called ‘Kiss From a Seat Arose’. And the kiss involved was at 35mph, to Seal’s face.
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from RayMK in Harris Mann Hyundai   
    Looks like a modern day washing machine, or kitchen appliance.
    It will look even blander once it’s released with a blobbier crumple zones, US spec headlights and 5 foot high pedestrian friendly front end, and sat under grey February skies in a fifteen mile gridlocked m6 with 18 stone middle management Marcus at the wheel.
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from egg in Harris Mann Hyundai   
    Looks like a modern day washing machine, or kitchen appliance.
    It will look even blander once it’s released with a blobbier crumple zones, US spec headlights and 5 foot high pedestrian friendly front end, and sat under grey February skies in a fifteen mile gridlocked m6 with 18 stone middle management Marcus at the wheel.
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Cavcraft in Cavcraft 2020: No smoke, no poke. But still not much poke.   
    Yes, there's no looking past the fact that those rank wheels let the whole thing down, aestheically and probably performance/ride as well.
    It would immediately benefit from some standard VW van steelies.
     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-TRANSPORTER-T25-T3-SET-OF-4-WHEELS-WITH-TYRES-STEEL-RIMS-14-BREAKING/233335166250?hash=item3653dc152a:g:KYAAAOSw6Olc0YIE
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from loserone in Cavcraft 2020: No smoke, no poke. But still not much poke.   
    Yes, there's no looking past the fact that those rank wheels let the whole thing down, aestheically and probably performance/ride as well.
    It would immediately benefit from some standard VW van steelies.
     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-TRANSPORTER-T25-T3-SET-OF-4-WHEELS-WITH-TYRES-STEEL-RIMS-14-BREAKING/233335166250?hash=item3653dc152a:g:KYAAAOSw6Olc0YIE
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Jerzy Woking in Cavcraft 2020: No smoke, no poke. But still not much poke.   
    Yes, there's no looking past the fact that those rank wheels let the whole thing down, aestheically and probably performance/ride as well.
    It would immediately benefit from some standard VW van steelies.
     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-TRANSPORTER-T25-T3-SET-OF-4-WHEELS-WITH-TYRES-STEEL-RIMS-14-BREAKING/233335166250?hash=item3653dc152a:g:KYAAAOSw6Olc0YIE
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Cavcraft in Cavcraft 2020: No smoke, no poke. But still not much poke.   
    The Astra looks like it should be on a Lookers forecourt!
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    Sausage5000 reacted to fred in Autoshite dreams?   
    Tell me about it, wasnt the young Edwina either it was the haggard old version - be bugger
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from The Moog in the good, bad,dreadfull collection   
    theshadow buying a car off cavcraft?
     

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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Cavcraft in the good, bad,dreadfull collection   
    theshadow buying a car off cavcraft?
     

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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from SRi05 in the good, bad,dreadfull collection   
    theshadow buying a car off cavcraft?
     

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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Burnside in 1993 L reg Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i LS. Mot'd May 2020. West Mids. Congrats to M'coli!.   
    SURELY one of the best cars made in the past 40 years or whatever!
    pistonheads/top gear fans all will agree with me
     
    ANY job on these is DIY, they’re so easy to work on and you can drive to work and back without oil or coolant (source my dad, cavalier 1.6GLS, 2006)
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Floatylight in 1993 L reg Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i LS. Mot'd May 2020. West Mids. Congrats to M'coli!.   
    SURELY one of the best cars made in the past 40 years or whatever!
    pistonheads/top gear fans all will agree with me
     
    ANY job on these is DIY, they’re so easy to work on and you can drive to work and back without oil or coolant (source my dad, cavalier 1.6GLS, 2006)
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from Bamboocarman in Car features   
    Agree with the simplicity thing, my current car is as simple as they come and it's great, but I miss things like cruise control, parking sensors, rain sensors, auto lights, satnav touch screen etc etc
    The radar thing and lane assistance is just un-neccessary, as is an internet browser in the dashboard, and that Sprinter steering wheel scares me.
     
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Shite in Miniature II   
    Yes!!
    It was a Peugeot Quasar.
     

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    Sausage5000 reacted to Stanky in Shitting in the shallow end.   
    Vatican Domestic Market Yo?
    Looks like a tidy little car that does - top marks. Is it a Japanese-built one with the non self-destructing seat belt buckles?
     
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from twosmoke300 in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    Trials with patients suffering from severe depression led to hospital management introducing a scheme called ‘Spend a day with someone trying to cure an overheating K-series’.
    It was a success, and cured 100% of cases who realised that their lives “weren’t that bad after all.”
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    Sausage5000 got a reaction from stonedagain in Gearbox in sump   
    My old escort Rs Turbo had gearbox in sump when I changed to first instead of fifth at 100mph on the m62, as well as some other engine parts.
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