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    clayts450 got a reaction from wuvvum in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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    clayts450 got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in I seem to have acquired a car (a different kind of XJ to the ones I usually go for, though the colour's right)   
    eSure is the only insurance company in my living memory who actually reduced the annual premium as one would expect come renewal time with the addition of the NCB, rather than unjustifiably increase the premium year on year. Can't fault them - they cover the 420, no issues at all. That's an insurance WIN right there.
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    clayts450 reacted to SiC in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Here's another one, Civic spelt backwards is...
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    clayts450 reacted to Mr_Bo11ox in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Exceptional-Rover-214i/284092886590
    Looks tidy
    AAArrrghhh, just f***ing kill me now
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    clayts450 got a reaction from Tim_E in I seem to have acquired a car (a different kind of XJ to the ones I usually go for, though the colour's right)   
    eSure is the only insurance company in my living memory who actually reduced the annual premium as one would expect come renewal time with the addition of the NCB, rather than unjustifiably increase the premium year on year. Can't fault them - they cover the 420, no issues at all. That's an insurance WIN right there.
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    clayts450 got a reaction from Cavcraft in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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    clayts450 reacted to RichardK in I seem to have acquired a car (a different kind of XJ to the ones I usually go for, though the colour's right)   
    Daylight reveals all:

    But not much because it's cold and I have work to do.
    Bonus: Powered sunblind is working now.










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    clayts450 got a reaction from Remspoor in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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    clayts450 reacted to RichardK in I seem to have acquired a car (a different kind of XJ to the ones I usually go for, though the colour's right)   
    They confirmed my 20 years NCB. Can I sell the baby meerkat for more than the insurance still?
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    clayts450 reacted to RichardK in I seem to have acquired a car (a different kind of XJ to the ones I usually go for, though the colour's right)   
    Proceeding as expected (it was just a low coolant sensor, there appears to be coolant and it's in the right places).

    CD player

    Player player player player player player.


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    clayts450 reacted to sdkrc in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/volkswagen-beetle-2003-1598-cc-mexican-final-year-of-production/1390765619
    Nice modern beetle in Fife


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    clayts450 reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    Fleet update time.  The Rover 820 finally has brakes again, after a month on and off replacing calipers, and cocking up various aspects of the job.  The final hurdle was replacing a brake hose.  I got a bit carried away with the heat torch on the banjo bolt, causing the hose to melt, smoke and fizzle.  Fire extinguisher was there just in case.
    But the pipe union wouldn't loosen and I ended up rounding it off, so I cut the pipe and had to flare the short section remaining.  The point of no return...

    Surprisingly I've never had to flare a pipe before, but after a test run the in situ SAE flare tool in the pic is easy to use.  I just hope it passes the MoT next month after all this effort.  Wheels move freely enough, and no one wheel is hotter than the other after a run, so hopefully I won't get a 'brakes imbalanced across an axle' fail.
    In the meantime, the Xantia developed an LHM leak so the Morris became my main car for the past two weeks.  Wasn't sure how that would pan out but it's been marvellous, being used almost every day for various medical appointments and errands.  My other half has a long term illness and is unable to work (Long Covid, began end of March and it's a total bastard) and having at least one vehicle that isn't fucked has proved essential. 
    Good old Morris.  Still jobs to do, but it moves and stops (eventually).  Cadence braking is the norm until I work out what the issue is.

    I'll keep using it for local trips throughout the winter.  This year has taught me life's too short and to just get on with stuff, albeit I still agonise about the cars...Xantia is the next on the list.  Compression joints and length of hydraulic pipe are on order.  WCPGW.
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    clayts450 got a reaction from Tickman in The new news 24 thread   
    I bought one of those cheap Chinese Bluetooth FM transmitters off Amazon and stuck it in the Streetwise. Forgetting the lighter socket is permanent live and isn't switched to the ignition, naturally the car wouldn't start yesterday morning. Swapped out with spare battery. The car always does something unusual when I re-connect the negative terminal. Sometimes it will automagically wind down the drivers side window by 2mm. Today it just gave me a solitary toot of the horn. 
    Elsewhere, the usually reliable 620 tried (but failed) to stuff me in Halfords car park in Ilkeston yesterday by not starting with the ignition key. The barrel has always been a bit sus, but yesterday was the first time there was nothing, absolutely nothing. Yanked the key out, polished it on my jumper, stuck it back in, started first time.
    I'm also trying to sort out a few pre-MoT wrinkles on the 420, the first priority being the lack of a forward/aft driver's seat adjustment. Got the seat out and identified one of the plastic clips which attaches to the runner had lost a critical piece of 'holding in' structure. Tried bodging, but failed. Probably could yank one off the passenger seat (that not being adjustable wouldn't be an MoT fail would it ?) but opted to buy a dodgy replacement clip from Rimmers. Price of part £2.45. Price of postage £4.45. Fucking Rimmertax
    ETA I also now have Android Auto in my van, on a standalone 8 inch tablet (so no good for phone calls but I have a Parrot for that). Sideloaded the APK and have to say, it works really well - Deezer for my tunes, Maps for navigation, automatically fires up when the tablet connects to the bluetooth transmitter (yes another cheap Chinese one). Hoping to get a more modern stereo from Amazon Warehouse which has Bluetooth built in. I did get  (yes a cheap Chinese) one for a tenner, but it doesn't play nicely so will bite the bullet and get a proper Pioneer or similar for £50 hopefully.
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    clayts450 got a reaction from Jamie in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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    clayts450 reacted to barefoot in The new news 24 thread   
    The Rover appears to be losing an unexplained drop of coolant every so often, so I booked it into the garage for investigation - tomorrow. The fair wife then decreed that she will be going into her office - also tomorrow. Obviously she will be taking the Scirocco which of course decided that rather than start easily this morning, it would simply flatten its aready aging battery. Rather than piss about trying to rejuvinate it, I simply took it as a sign, and bought a replacement.
    In other news; You may remember that the magazine I worked for closed down recently & I got a part time job with the local volunteer bureau as transport supremo.  Since then I have managed to get a couple of travel writing jobs for other magazines, a contract to write a cookery book and today, a regular monthly column for another campervan magazine!
    I am a happy bunny.
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    clayts450 reacted to Ghosty in The new news 24 thread   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SONY-MEX-BT2500-BLUETOOTH-CAR-RADIO-CD-PLAYER-MP3-AUX/164532052925?hash=item264edfe3bd:g:SEsAAOSwYaNfu8dT

    I have these in both my cars, they sound flippin class. Easy to use too.
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    clayts450 got a reaction from Ghosty in The new news 24 thread   
    I bought one of those cheap Chinese Bluetooth FM transmitters off Amazon and stuck it in the Streetwise. Forgetting the lighter socket is permanent live and isn't switched to the ignition, naturally the car wouldn't start yesterday morning. Swapped out with spare battery. The car always does something unusual when I re-connect the negative terminal. Sometimes it will automagically wind down the drivers side window by 2mm. Today it just gave me a solitary toot of the horn. 
    Elsewhere, the usually reliable 620 tried (but failed) to stuff me in Halfords car park in Ilkeston yesterday by not starting with the ignition key. The barrel has always been a bit sus, but yesterday was the first time there was nothing, absolutely nothing. Yanked the key out, polished it on my jumper, stuck it back in, started first time.
    I'm also trying to sort out a few pre-MoT wrinkles on the 420, the first priority being the lack of a forward/aft driver's seat adjustment. Got the seat out and identified one of the plastic clips which attaches to the runner had lost a critical piece of 'holding in' structure. Tried bodging, but failed. Probably could yank one off the passenger seat (that not being adjustable wouldn't be an MoT fail would it ?) but opted to buy a dodgy replacement clip from Rimmers. Price of part £2.45. Price of postage £4.45. Fucking Rimmertax
    ETA I also now have Android Auto in my van, on a standalone 8 inch tablet (so no good for phone calls but I have a Parrot for that). Sideloaded the APK and have to say, it works really well - Deezer for my tunes, Maps for navigation, automatically fires up when the tablet connects to the bluetooth transmitter (yes another cheap Chinese one). Hoping to get a more modern stereo from Amazon Warehouse which has Bluetooth built in. I did get  (yes a cheap Chinese) one for a tenner, but it doesn't play nicely so will bite the bullet and get a proper Pioneer or similar for £50 hopefully.
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    clayts450 got a reaction from tinribs in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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    clayts450 got a reaction from Remspoor in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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    clayts450 got a reaction from RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    I bought one of those cheap Chinese Bluetooth FM transmitters off Amazon and stuck it in the Streetwise. Forgetting the lighter socket is permanent live and isn't switched to the ignition, naturally the car wouldn't start yesterday morning. Swapped out with spare battery. The car always does something unusual when I re-connect the negative terminal. Sometimes it will automagically wind down the drivers side window by 2mm. Today it just gave me a solitary toot of the horn. 
    Elsewhere, the usually reliable 620 tried (but failed) to stuff me in Halfords car park in Ilkeston yesterday by not starting with the ignition key. The barrel has always been a bit sus, but yesterday was the first time there was nothing, absolutely nothing. Yanked the key out, polished it on my jumper, stuck it back in, started first time.
    I'm also trying to sort out a few pre-MoT wrinkles on the 420, the first priority being the lack of a forward/aft driver's seat adjustment. Got the seat out and identified one of the plastic clips which attaches to the runner had lost a critical piece of 'holding in' structure. Tried bodging, but failed. Probably could yank one off the passenger seat (that not being adjustable wouldn't be an MoT fail would it ?) but opted to buy a dodgy replacement clip from Rimmers. Price of part £2.45. Price of postage £4.45. Fucking Rimmertax
    ETA I also now have Android Auto in my van, on a standalone 8 inch tablet (so no good for phone calls but I have a Parrot for that). Sideloaded the APK and have to say, it works really well - Deezer for my tunes, Maps for navigation, automatically fires up when the tablet connects to the bluetooth transmitter (yes another cheap Chinese one). Hoping to get a more modern stereo from Amazon Warehouse which has Bluetooth built in. I did get  (yes a cheap Chinese) one for a tenner, but it doesn't play nicely so will bite the bullet and get a proper Pioneer or similar for £50 hopefully.
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    clayts450 reacted to sierraman in Why are Classic Cars so expensive?   
    I don’t know rose tinted glasses and all that, what seemed like a great time in 1988 in the sun sat in your dads Granada Ghia cruising along listening to Paul Young ‘No Parlez’ transcribes to 32 years later cashing your pension in at 55 and laying at a funny angle in your 50’s welding up the sills. 
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    clayts450 got a reaction from Tenmil Socket in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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