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    marm reacted to philibusmo in Dull thread for idiots: all cars broken all the time.   
    I think it's mostly that the seats in the Golf were mega comfy, and tartan. This BMW is surprisingly quick (an M47 engine like a Rover 75 and multiple other BMWs) bit not quite as speedy and sure footed as the Golf was, but that was to be expected really.
    Really the fuel savings should outweigh the speed and seats.
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    marm reacted to philibusmo in Dull thread for idiots: all cars broken all the time.   
    For the two or three of you who actually read this, I have another update!
    The new chain and guides on the Mini worked a treat, the engine is super smooth again, and the new gaskets seem to be keeping the oil in which is a double bonus.
    With the Mini fixed, my brother took on the Corolla and I took his Demio in part exchange, which some of you may remember was for sale on here.  I agreed to fit a new thermostat to the Corolla and aux belts as they were squealing. Both were nice easy jobs, and took an hour and a bit including filling the cooling system with fresh coolant and bleeding it.
    The Demio didn't take long to sell. It was useful enough and has been around for a good eight years or so but I've just never taken to it. Hopefully the new owner from RetroRides loves it.

    I took my final weeks holiday in mid December to try and get the last of the work on the Fiesta done. 
    The day before the neighbors daughter appeared with a misfiring 1.4 Mk6 Fiesta which after a little diagnosis the old fashioned way (as my diagnostics laptop has gone and fucking died) I decided the coil pack was shot to pieces as the spark on cylinder 4 was pathetic. A new one was procured and slapped into place and the car was returned for a £10 fee and some beers, ideal.
    With that done I managed to get one wing nicely welded up, which with a skim of filler should look pretty good I think.  It's since been painted to give it some protection, waiting for the better weather to be fitted and painted properly.

    With one wing done, I'd finished painting them in the morning, was having some lunch when I got a call from the owner of my gym to inform me that someone we know and had been in brief contact with has Covid and we'd need to self isolate for 10 days.  As we live with someone who is shielding that pretty much meant hiding in our bedroom for 10 days, pretending not to exist and disinfecting every surface if we did have to leave the room. Amazing bit of holiday that. I went back to work, only missing one day and with nothing else done to the Fiesta. Spiffing.
    Just as self isolation was ending I got a call from my brother to say the Corolla was in Asda car park and wouldn't turn the starter, so could I go get him. I let home know that I couldn't, tried to get him to hit the starter with the jack (to no avail, as it turns out he was wellying the clutch slave cylinder) and he waiting a few hours for the RAC who diagnosed that there was no power to the starter but couldn't find why and recovered him. The next day I had a look at it. The negative lead had fallen off the starter solenoid, 10 minutes later it was back in place and squeezed on tight.
    A couple of days later it was Christmas, which meant that the Mini was getting some new shock absorbers. The MOT was due on the 19th January, and the previous MOT had advisories for rusty rear shock casings, and in the adventures taking the front off repeatedly I'd noticed that the left front shock was very wet and manky where all the oil had leaked out of it.
    I've got no great pictures of the process bit here is all the junk that came off in varying states of disrepair:

    The top mounts were groaning during low speed manoeuvres so they were changed too. And the drivers side track rod end and lower ball joint had split boots and play in the joints so they were changed too. As predicted all but the drivers front shock was shot, and the new Bilstein B4s are a huge improvement.

    During removal of the drivers front shock, removing the lower ball joint allowed the shock to push the hub away from the gearbox and pulled the driveshaft out of the stub in the gearbox, ripping the CV boot in the process. As it has already taken itself apart I decided a new proper boot was in order as the cheapo ones that stick together around the drive shaft are DOG WANK. This happened late on the Saturday the 2nd, and nowhere was open, luckily there is a daily competent Euro Car Parts 30 minute away and I was able to do a click and collect for a new one the next morning.  We set off and collected the part, easy, but then as we turned off the motorway the Golf (Yes I was still driving the Golf) threw up a low oil pressure warning and said in a very stern German way to stop the engine. I managed to reach a safe spot and the engine had just started to rattle slightly as I turned and pulled in. Bollocks. One car in pieces, another broken and I still had to get to work the next day.
    My brother was called to rescue us in the Corolla and the VW was left to think about what it had done.
    Back at the Mini and it all went together smoothly, with just a bit of hassle getting the bearings back onto the gearbox end of the shaft and the circlip back in place.
    With the tracking put back roughly using a string line we had one car back in action and I called the RAC to pickup the Golf, letting them know that it was 100% not a roadside fix and I was safe and warm and the car was in a safe spot. Five and a half hours later I went out to meet the RAC recovery bloke and 10 minutes later it was uncerimoniously  dumped back on the drive.
    In what was possibly a stroke of luck, in the time the boyfriend got a call from his work to let him know that with Covid being back on the rise the office would remain closed, which meant I could use the Mini to get to work and back. The following day the latest lockdown was announced and he got a second call from his work to let him know he was being let go immediately (having only been in that job for just under 3 months) and then the next day, having signed up with a local agency he suddenly had work again starting Thursday so we had to have two working cars again.
    Tuesday evening I looked at a Fiat Panda being sold by an eastern European car wash that had a clutch life measurable in meters. Unimpressed with that I went back to Gumtree and found a BMW E46 320td Compact locally which looked like a not too bad bet. A viewing was arranged for 7:30 the next day before work as he wasn't available in the evening.
    I drove to work on Wednesday in my new BMW.

    It has its faults, the drivers window wouldn't open, fuel gauge shows empty all the time, rear wiper and parking sensors don't work but its been owned in one family since it was a couple of years old, is clean and tidy all round (only a little rash of small bubbles at the top of the drivers wing) and had MOT until December 2021, result.
    That weekend I pulled the sump off the Golf to look for anything obviously wrong as I thought it unlikely that the oil pump had broken or its seperate chain drive had snapped. Plenty of oil was in it, and the filter looked clean. With the sump dropped, the issue became clearer, the mesh filter in the pickup was completely blocked with crud.

    The bottom of the sump had sludge and lumps of burnt oil scattered all through the remaining oil, and lumps of spot stuck above the oil line on the sump. I guess that this is a common fault with this VAG 2.0 FSI engine but was till surprising given the immaculate service history of the car.

    With it cleaned out and the mating surfaces cleaned of old sealant, new gasket compound was applied and the sump was put back in position and tightened back up in the correct pattern. 
    TOP TIP: if you even have to do one of these, the bolts up next to the gearbox are a fucking pain the ass. Put some bluetack in your socket to hold the bolt and stop it falling down inside the bell housing. They're easy to retrieve if you do, but you'll have to pull the sump back of and redo your sump gasket compound like I had to fucking TWICE.
    I left it overnight to cure, filled it up with oil the next morning and put in a new filter, fired it up and it ran perfectly. Mended.
    As I'd had to swap the Golf's insurance onto the BMW and the BMW appeared to be doing about 15mpg more than the VW, it was decided to sell the Golf, despite it being the much more fun and likable car. It was gone 25 hours after first being advertised to the general public at full asking price. Bye bye Golf GTI, possibly the nicest car I've ever owned.

    The Golf sold last Monday evening. On the Wednesday the Mini went for its MOT which it passed - advisories on the front tyres being shit, which must have been close to a fail, new tyres are on the way.
    This weekend I started on a couple of jobs on the BMW, first the drivers window. On removing the door card it became obvious that a cable had snapped but the motor was still working. I ordered a pattern part which wasn't quite right (because they never fucking are) I think it might be for a left hand drive car, but as the compact has different window regulators to the other E46s and they're a bit few and far between, I made a correct one out of the new one and my broken one. The window now works perfectly making it much easier to buy nuggets from a drive through without having to reverse through.

    The airbag in the door with TAKARTA written on it made faffing about a bit more exciting, half expecting it to suddenly blow and take my head clean off. 

    Next up, the fuel gauge.
    A self test of the dial cluster shows the gauge to be operational - I'll upload a video shortly as it's pretty flipping snazzy.
    This has two fuel level sensors, one on either side and takes the average from both, another self test which shows the amount of fuel it thinks it has in litres on the odometer showed zero, indicating to me that at least one sensor is faulty.
    I pulled out the back seat squab and checked resistance on the drivers side sensor (attached to the pump) and it gave a reading of 334 ohms which seems pretty healthy to me for what I think should be at least 3/4 of a tank.


    The other side wouldn't give a reading, showing an open circuit across the two pins. Bingo.
    I started pulling it out to see if I could clean it or fix it. From what I could see it looked clean enough but there was extra gubbins attached to the fuel return line into the tank which wouldn't let me pull it out entirely. As it was starting to go dark and I need to car for the commute tomorrow morning, I decided to leave it be for the moment and have another go next weekend, but I think I have the culprit.
    More thrilling* adventures coming soon.
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    marm got a reaction from theshadow in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    One side's got some paint on. Went with silver Hammerite, it's actually not a bad match by my standards. Did the wheel too, this time using the time honoured "slap it on" (zero prep) technique. Both need a second coat really. Be interesting to see how long it holds up - hopefully it'll slow down the rust. 

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    marm got a reaction from theshadow in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    Gave the other side a scape and a sand. It's mostly still metal* under the flaking bubbling paint. Then gave the whole van a wash. Every time I wash it I try to properly clean out the arches and every time they seem to be absolutely caked in shit.
    I can't decide whether to quickly touch up with some silver Hammerite - or prime it (got a tin of Hammerite anti-rust stuff which is good shit IME) and once I've prepped all the little bits and bobs repaint the whole car in brushed/rollered on green tractor enamel or green army paint. I'd love a brush painted green van.



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    marm got a reaction from theshadow in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    Lockdown 2.0: Started cleaning up the rusty arches on the caddy. Seems pretty solid on this side. Phew.
    Admittedly I haven't poked the back end of the sill too hard, it's slightly crusty around the edges, but the underseal seems well stuck on so I might just liberally douse it in waxoyl at some point.





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    marm got a reaction from bunglebus in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    2nd coat on o/s, 1st coach on n/s. It's too bloody cold for this nonsense. Done a pretty shit job on the wheels. Oh well. 


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    marm reacted to stephen01 in Triumph Herald update - paint prep advise?   
    Had this picked up and dropped off at the garage today, 

     

     

    tucked up, I ideally wanted it front first so I could work away from the cold door, plus my tools etc are the other end! 
     
    picking up some new goggles etc tomorrow and will hopefully be able to do some bits to it! 
     
     
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    marm reacted to Low Horatio gearbox in Triumph Herald update - paint prep advise?   
    Good to see the essential tools are there... kettle and a hammer.
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    marm got a reaction from The Moog in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    One side's got some paint on. Went with silver Hammerite, it's actually not a bad match by my standards. Did the wheel too, this time using the time honoured "slap it on" (zero prep) technique. Both need a second coat really. Be interesting to see how long it holds up - hopefully it'll slow down the rust. 

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    marm reacted to bezzabsa in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    looks good......2nd for Rollering it NATO green....but then you'd need to get the wheels done matt black!!
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    marm got a reaction from Peter C in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    2nd coat on o/s, 1st coach on n/s. It's too bloody cold for this nonsense. Done a pretty shit job on the wheels. Oh well. 


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    marm got a reaction from Fumbler in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    2nd coat on o/s, 1st coach on n/s. It's too bloody cold for this nonsense. Done a pretty shit job on the wheels. Oh well. 


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    marm got a reaction from Fumbler in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    One side's got some paint on. Went with silver Hammerite, it's actually not a bad match by my standards. Did the wheel too, this time using the time honoured "slap it on" (zero prep) technique. Both need a second coat really. Be interesting to see how long it holds up - hopefully it'll slow down the rust. 

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    marm got a reaction from Rusty_Rocket in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    One side's got some paint on. Went with silver Hammerite, it's actually not a bad match by my standards. Did the wheel too, this time using the time honoured "slap it on" (zero prep) technique. Both need a second coat really. Be interesting to see how long it holds up - hopefully it'll slow down the rust. 

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    marm reacted to bunglebus in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    That's better, just in time by the look of it
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    marm got a reaction from Gerrymcd in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    One side's got some paint on. Went with silver Hammerite, it's actually not a bad match by my standards. Did the wheel too, this time using the time honoured "slap it on" (zero prep) technique. Both need a second coat really. Be interesting to see how long it holds up - hopefully it'll slow down the rust. 

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    marm got a reaction from spartacus in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    Gave the other side a scape and a sand. It's mostly still metal* under the flaking bubbling paint. Then gave the whole van a wash. Every time I wash it I try to properly clean out the arches and every time they seem to be absolutely caked in shit.
    I can't decide whether to quickly touch up with some silver Hammerite - or prime it (got a tin of Hammerite anti-rust stuff which is good shit IME) and once I've prepped all the little bits and bobs repaint the whole car in brushed/rollered on green tractor enamel or green army paint. I'd love a brush painted green van.



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    marm got a reaction from Macscrooge in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    One side's got some paint on. Went with silver Hammerite, it's actually not a bad match by my standards. Did the wheel too, this time using the time honoured "slap it on" (zero prep) technique. Both need a second coat really. Be interesting to see how long it holds up - hopefully it'll slow down the rust. 

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    marm got a reaction from Three Speed in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    Gave the other side a scape and a sand. It's mostly still metal* under the flaking bubbling paint. Then gave the whole van a wash. Every time I wash it I try to properly clean out the arches and every time they seem to be absolutely caked in shit.
    I can't decide whether to quickly touch up with some silver Hammerite - or prime it (got a tin of Hammerite anti-rust stuff which is good shit IME) and once I've prepped all the little bits and bobs repaint the whole car in brushed/rollered on green tractor enamel or green army paint. I'd love a brush painted green van.



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    marm got a reaction from Burnside in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/peugeot/peugeot-306-xsi/1393688675
    £395 with a year's ticket. I wonder if it's eligible for classic insurance?
     

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    marm got a reaction from bunglebus in failing to fix things... this week: S Wonder Auto Body Reapers   
    Lockdown 2.0: Started cleaning up the rusty arches on the caddy. Seems pretty solid on this side. Phew.
    Admittedly I haven't poked the back end of the sill too hard, it's slightly crusty around the edges, but the underseal seems well stuck on so I might just liberally douse it in waxoyl at some point.





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    marm reacted to HMC in HMC motors- Goodbye Lada   
    We went out for a walk yesterday on Dartmoor but the car park was very very slidey. Dreadful rock hard Taxi tyres and fear of pranging someone else’s car (I hate paperwork) meant we left it there and walked back home.  
     

     


    They’re still of the age where a zoom liveried old taxi isn’t an embarrassment innit. I cycled back up today to collect and all the compacted snow and ice had melted. Also as far as I can tell nobody slid into it whilst it was parked. 15 years of London means it’s got a few battle scars- so hard to tell.
    I also replaced a fuse which restored the central locking and fiddled with a relay so the wipers now always stop when you turn them off. Previously I kept a piece of garden cane in the cab to reach over and prod the fuse box with.
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    marm reacted to Fabergé Greggs in eBay tat volume 3.   
    My mate had one of these when we were 17, a Vtec one. It seemed out of this world quick back then- I’ll never forget the first time he floored it and the revs just seemed to go on forever. Something inside me changed that day. 
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    marm got a reaction from pilninggas in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Might see if I can go have a look tomorrow.
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    marm got a reaction from Amishtat in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/peugeot/peugeot-306-xsi/1393688675
    £395 with a year's ticket. I wonder if it's eligible for classic insurance?
     

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