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Ohdearme last won the day on September 13 2019

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  1. I was still trying to puzzle the gearbox as every listing of seicento Sportings has them as five speed and lo and behold this morning completely by accident I managed to slip it into fifth!! I have had some non-communicative gearboxes in my time but by some margin, this is the worst. So bad that for the next three times I tried to get it back in to fifth I couldn’t find it again The mini trip I was on where I found fifth was to sue it as a van. 200kg of building sand, no problem. Not quite the 800kg I stuffed in the V70 but it got a bit more garden wall built today.
  2. Had a few days with the yellow fella to acquaint ourselves, first job when the post arrives is to pop a new rocker gasket on, as the obvious source of burnt oil smell was detected. Also refilled the screen wash once I’d figured out where the hell the filler was but no fluids were present, no pump noise either and many hoses to nowhere so added to the list. perils of a yellow car. Bought some flexi builders buckets from toolstation, put them down on roof, took an hour to find them. All good so far and kids love the thing, although on arriving home tonight after a trip...it has all gone very Italian on me. Need some investigating. IMG_6227.MOV
  3. The seicento will be in attendance if it survives till then.
  4. It has arrived home and is outside cowering from the wife. Spent an age rattling trim, coasting revs and switching fan blowers about to find a squeak then stuck my window down and realised the squeak is most likely coming from drivers wheeel bearing. not to worry, I think I can afford some consumables as it’s only cost me £6 and a train ticket so far.
  5. An excellent roffle win, top shiter etc. car has only moved from trailer to garage so this is its first run out. Top of gear stick was worn due to 90,000 miles of no doubt ragging the tits off the little fella so I was left wondering how fifth would be for the motorway, on the Punto Sporting they were geared very short with a gulf to top where all forward momentum was lost...It seems Fiat solved this by removing the fifth cog from the box altogether. As a result, a sat nav indicated 70 is achieved at a pleasant* 5400 rpm. Steering is a bit wayward, drags heavy to the left and at low speeds it tries to steer into the ditch - Is like to think it’s by design and the Italians weighted it to be driven one handed with an espresso in the other but I suspect some tracking issues may be at work. Nothing else to report, it t is zingy and hilarious and has already been typically fiat on me - putting the passenger window down to let some air resulted in the window seal making a break for it at motorway speeds - thankfully it fell in not out. has a bit of an oily burn on exhaust smell but that may just be from being idle a while: Also cornflies bloody love it. marvelous thing..
  6. Sorry been working in the train and deepest dark of beyond meant no signal before this happened. Pez and manouvres IMG_6146.MOV
  7. All is going surprisingly smoothly, had time for a coffee and biccies in a little coffee shop in Stowmarket. No poo count to add although the whole of Stowmarket genuinely smells of horseshit and I have no idea why. i even googled ‘why does Stowmarket smell of horse shit’ but drew a blank. Probably for the best. Collection activity not far now!
  8. No poos yet and no pasties either on the covid express. Not really sure of the value of enforced maskness when there’s nobody else in my carriage - I suppose it does make it a bit harder to lick the windows. Yes I tried. Quite boring, empty trains.
  9. Well here I am at the railway station with muzzle in hand and nobody but me on the platform. lots of signs insisting on said masks but seems most people on the trains are wearing them as scarves!
  10. Can’t get my cig lighter to work and as only one car in the fleet now, when my tyre needed inflating I devised an elegant* solution to run the 12v Compressor I robbed from an old lease car years ago.
  11. Left with the single means of transport for Mrs ODM, I thought I’d better address the ‘wet dog smell’ she had grumbled about. investigstion in the read located a rusty anchor point and a small wet patch. Main suspect was the light fitting as it looks to have to have work done in there in the past (plus some mention of damage in the mot a few years ago). Taking off the trim, I actually found a swimming pool in the bottom of the arch as a drain plug of some sort isn’t doing it’s job. It’s rained over night and the boot is dry so I’m hopeful the liberal application of plumbers gold along the light seam and the drain hole are doing their job. Having let @bangernomics drive off with two practically new Crossclimates on the rear due to can’t be arsed-ness to change,Sods law says my rear left is going flat so a new tyre will be on the horizon. Need to figure out timings for getting the little yellow beast now.
  12. As lockdown end approaches I’ve finally decided to sort out a bunch of jobs that needed doing, mainly by selling on cars so I had to attend to things... @bangernomics has driven off into the sunset with 323-1, mug to the wife’s dismay as she’s now only got 1 323 to drive around in. 323-1 had been discharging the battery and after pulling (and crushing a fair number of fuses to trace the drain, I popped multimeter on). battery was charged up and alternator is putting out healthy juice and it got him home but it seems the battery was the culprit. Other Mazda was dispatched for mot, for once I did a check of the lights and obvious bits but it was pissing it down so under car inspections were out. Failed on a split drop link boot and slack handbrake (never thought to check as it’s been off for months to avoid rusting on. I’m lazy and so paid the garage to resolve it all and give me 12 months ticket. Laguna has been collected today by @bramz7 so I’m down to one car until I collect the Seicento.
  13. I really want this Suzuki swift with a largely clear history but waiting on a house to sell to have splurge funds £350, October MOT and one hour left...get it bought someone? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274378352218
  14. Odd one last night. In the dream I was out vehicle shopping and there were giant parking lots to mooch through, a black mark 2 escort had been given a premium position and randomly scattered about all the normal cars were three faded yellow sierras, weirdly I remember one was an estat and they all had different facelift/period fronts. I saw the sticker price in one as 1995 and seemed to think I should tell @BorniteIdentity - I blame the Sierra presence in the dream on reading the ph update of the smashed base window last night. i bought something resembling a Talbot alpine for about four grand. In the dream I’d looked at one before for a few hundred that was rusty but settled on this one and bought it without investigating even though in the dream I was stood there in person. I don’t remember paying anyone. I just seemed to own it magically. Cut scene to me driving with it the missus in it and telling her how I’d paid more as it only needed a few bits of tidying on the body. However when I got out imagine my horror when I realised it was the same alpine I’d looked at before but to cover the completely rotten bonnet they’d put tinfoil over the whole bonnet and top of the wings but I hadn’t noticed - the car was red in the dream. I was puzzling how to resolve this and explain it away when I woke up. Over to you Freud, perhaps my mind is worrying about getting one or other of the Mazda’s running before the goona goes?
  15. I don't like it at all, I tend to prefer driving with a known defect - otherwise find it's like the Spanish inquisition. Last time I had a long trip, of the three cars, I took the one in the best* condition with FSH, recent service and general working order... ...Funny how quickly you run out of things to talk to the recovery driver about on the way back to Leeds from Derby at 2 in the morning.
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