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  1. Still a Visa I think. Less common, just as quirky, cheaper and just as much fun. Downside is no opening roof though (although someone on here has a convertible version, Hmmm!).
  2. At least now you have the means to transport them to the FoD for collective AS tinkerage. Another open weekend before the weather turns?
  3. Quicksilver and I were discussing this very point yesterday. Having both driven your 2CV and most, if not all, of your Visa variants, we agreed that, although the 2CV is great fun, we would both prefer a Visa for use as day to day transport.
  4. IIRC the internals of Bob's original water pump were in much the same state as this inlet pipe, hence probably this: And also this: If the head gasket shows no signs of having blown then the head will probably not need skimming. I think the cam sprocket will probably tap back on OK with judicious use of a hammer.
  5. £16.99 for 473ml. No way. I bet boiled linseed oil does a better job and my local hardware store sells a 500ml bottle for £4.99
  6. Wow. I stand corrected. Can't believe they used an alloy head on a low-spec engine like this that was designed in the sixties.
  7. Don't like to contradict you but judging by the amount of rust I saw on the old head I would have thought they were cast iron. Aluminium is a bit exotic and definitely not necessary for low-spec engines like these. Easy test: does a magnet stick to it? If so it's not aluminium. Happy to be proved wrong.
  8. The van would certainly spin its front wheels fairly easily, particularly on the long grass in the field, and judging by the amount of enthusiastic* driving it suffered it wouldn't surprise me if a fair percentage of that mileage didn't equate to forward motion.
  9. Hope this isn't going to set a precedent. Fortunately most of the (about a dozen I think) surplus manuals I had were claimed by various FoD visitors, but I still have 3 left. Does this mean I now need to find a Volvo 240, a Renault 16 and an early Metro to add to the fleet? Rhetorical question (I hope!). At least I now don't have to find 12 more old bangers.
  10. Typical AS behaviour. Everyone else buys a car then gets a manual for it, but not us. We do it the other way round. Hoped that the free manuals would be of use to someone but didn't expect any of them to lead to the actual purchase of a (hopefully) complete car. And a brown saloon for maximum shite points. Good luck with it and hope to see it soon.
  11. When I fixed the rusted handbrake ratchet, as detailed previously, which involves removal of the complete centre console, I didn't think to check if the warning light worked. After completely refitting the entire console some time ago I finally got round to testing this and, surprise, surprise, it didn't work. So the whole console had to come out again. Much easier the second time though as I knew what to do. As expected the damp interior had caused the switch contacts to go rusty. The switch is a spring-loaded plunger with a steel washer riveted on to the end of it which runs up and down a
  12. If I saw it in the metal, heard it running and, god forbid, actually drove it I would be writing out a large cheque for an amount that I can't afford just to bring it home. Begone temptation!
  13. My god that is just gorgeous, even in not one of my favourite colours. Just look at it again (and again, and again).
  14. You would think so but the ones on the original engine were soaked in vinegar for about a month, then cheap cola for about the same time again. During this time they were also heated several times to about 250 degrees C in a domestic oven and allowed to cool. Did they move. No way! Never did get round to trying diesel and/or ATF though.
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