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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from abir246 in Renault Laguna, Y reg. But why, Reg?   
    A massive boxing glove on a spring bursts out of the steering wheel???
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I thought someone had made the 'goatse' meme into a car

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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from alcyonecorporation in eBay tat volume 3.   
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in eBay tat volume 3.   
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from loserone in eBay tat volume 3.   
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from loserone in Rover 25 GTI - *flashback*   
    You would think so, but in fact I didn't put a new belt on, I think I reached a point where I didn't wanna spend another zloty till i had heard the bastard thing running properly. Eventually I got it running right but the belt is still the old one.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from loserone in Rover 25 GTI - *flashback*   
    Buying nice tyres is a real pleasure. They always make a massive difference to how an old crate rides and steers. PLus theyre always better balanced than cheap tyres making for a generally better 'feel' to the whole thing even on a straight smooth road. Nice work! This car has come a long way since I dragged it home from the welsh valleys a few months back.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in Reginald Nutsack's K-series Kapers - ROVER 623 MOT GUFF   
    So yesterday I got up at 5 am, I reluctantly accept this through the week but on a Sunday? It has to be something pretty spesh.
     

     
    Went and fetched the tools and A-frame and hit the road, was loaded up and on the M6 before 7am. Here's the route:
     

     
     
    Nice quiet morning for going to fetch some shite! This is some of that section on the way to Newport, lovely autumn colours:
     

     
    Got to the dude's house about 9.45 am. Plenty of time for a cup of tea and to check out the views from his window:
     

     
    now check out the real view.
     

     

     

     
    Pretty sweet motor eh? I didn't spend ages investigating everything but the guy seemed mega sound, he'd only had it a few months and it had been perfectly reliable till one day it overheated after a mile! It started up and sounded OK and was not wazzing fluids and that out so I believed it all.
     
    Getting hooked up:
     

     
    I was telling the fella about the A-frame and how it was slightly against the law, and that I didn't much like going on motorways with it in case I got a tug off VOSA. I had expected to go back the way I came along the M4 but he said 'if you want to stay off the motorway you can, just carry on up the valley instead of going back down, you'll go over the hill tops then pick up a road to Abergavenny and on to Hereford'. Sounded good to me so i decided to follow his advice. Heres the return route:
     

     
    I set off and fortunately everything was nice and tight and it towed well.
     
    However, dragging a car up the Welsh valleys and over the top is a serious task for a 1.9 non-turbo van! I ended up grinding up hills for miles and miles in fuggin 3rd gear caning the knackers off the unlucky van. By the time i got to the top, the temp gauge had gone up a little bit but the engine was stinking hot! I stopped on the tops of the hills to let stuff cool off:
     

     
    Lovely views!
     

     
    To be fair to the van it performed impeccably. It is a bit underpowered for this lark and hills slow it down a lot when towing but its very stable and on the flat you can bowl along at 60 no problem. So I did!
     
    Got home at 4pm (took something like 5 hours to get home!!!!) and dumped the Rover on the drive:
     

     
    Interior is pretty nice, half leather with no serious rips or wear on the drivers seat. Its got air con (which supposedly works a treat!) steering wheel radio controls and all sorts. Also its got the 145bhp VVC engine of course which is the main benefit. Even got something like 8 months ticket!!!! Also has a tax disc till feb, the eBay advert says 'NO TAX' so i think the seller has forgotten to remove it. If he asks for it back i'll send it to him. The only obvious issue apart from the HGF is the n/s wing has been painted to a mediocre standard. Might be able to buff it up as the colour match looks decent enough.
     

     
    So the plan is of course to get the HGF sorted (already have a MLS gasket set + new bolts knocking about after the misadventure with the 25 van so with a little bit of luck we can make it troo da nite), clean it all up then see how I'm feeling about stuff in general. Theres a very steep decline of these on how many left (currently about 400 25 GTi's showing) so will no doubt be a rare machine before long. Also Its from pretty early on in the 'Phoenix era' so should not have been too badly affected by all that project drive bollocks and hopefully will make a pretty nice little blaster. Not bad for £120 eh? I'm pretty chuffed anyway. My office colleagues who love taking the piss out of me all shut up when i said 'come on what do you expect for £120???' '£120???? Blimey, its got to be worth that in scrap metal, admittedly that looks decent for that sort of cash.' EVERYONE'S A WINNER !!!!!111!!!11212111''''`€€€!!!
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    Looks decent. I sold it last year, maybe October time. I'd had both wings off, repaired them both above the headlamps and behind the front wheels, repaired the tops of the inner wings (the outers are still wearing my mismatched aerosol repairs I see!!!) and the LH scuttle which was quite rotten. I had the fuel tank out and repaired/painted it, repaired & painted the boot floor, new fuel hoses, rebuilt rear calipers, new SS exhaust, couple of new core plugs, rebuilt fuel pump, sorted out most of the electrics. It had a little hole in the RH screen surround and I bought a new screen rubber from Australia but never managed to deal with the hole. I wonder if he's covered it up with the new rubber and chrome trim. I advertised it for £2500 and it went in 48hrs.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from UltraWomble in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    I agree - £2500 was cheap, but £5150 after 12 hours on the bay seems very flakey
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Dayno in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    I agree - £2500 was cheap, but £5150 after 12 hours on the bay seems very flakey
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Coprolalia in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    I agree - £2500 was cheap, but £5150 after 12 hours on the bay seems very flakey
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from garethj in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/266667137912

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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    This went through the ACA auction today and sold outright for a measly £2500, the same as I sold it for as an 'unfinished project'.  How refreshing (for me) to not come out the worst off on one of these old clunkers. It was sold with no reserve - would love to know what happened with the next guy. I'm sure you would put a reserve on if you were just after a 'quick flip'.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from coachie in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    Looks decent. I sold it last year, maybe October time. I'd had both wings off, repaired them both above the headlamps and behind the front wheels, repaired the tops of the inner wings (the outers are still wearing my mismatched aerosol repairs I see!!!) and the LH scuttle which was quite rotten. I had the fuel tank out and repaired/painted it, repaired & painted the boot floor, new fuel hoses, rebuilt rear calipers, new SS exhaust, couple of new core plugs, rebuilt fuel pump, sorted out most of the electrics. It had a little hole in the RH screen surround and I bought a new screen rubber from Australia but never managed to deal with the hole. I wonder if he's covered it up with the new rubber and chrome trim. I advertised it for £2500 and it went in 48hrs.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Uncle Jimmy in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    This went through the ACA auction today and sold outright for a measly £2500, the same as I sold it for as an 'unfinished project'.  How refreshing (for me) to not come out the worst off on one of these old clunkers. It was sold with no reserve - would love to know what happened with the next guy. I'm sure you would put a reserve on if you were just after a 'quick flip'.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Uncle Jimmy in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    Hi all, you may recall i stomped off AS 6 months back after getting annoyed at the wanky moderation on here. Well I must have got over it to some extent, as i had been logging in from time to time recently, mostly to see what was on the for sale board, and guess whats happened? I've ended up with another car.

    I need more projects like I need a hole in my head, but this turned up on the FS board with no back wheels and no price and I was intrigued. Struck up a convo with @Snake Charmer who was looking after it on behalf of the owner Alan. It had been on Snake's driveway for 15 years and it seemed like it was 'out of sight out of mind' for Alan. Anyway photos were exchanged, I had a chat with Alan, more photos and videos came down the wire, then Alan said I could take it away for £1000 and pay after it was collected!!! Very decent of him. (I think he mostly just wanted a painless sale and a good home for it). At that price i could not refuse. So @worldofceri was drafted in for logistics, Snake refitted the rear wheels and home it came to castle bo11ox!!!
    I think both Snake and Alan are interested to see how I get on with it, so I'm chucking a thread up on here to record what happens with it (if anything).
    So lets have a look at it.



    So its a 1968 Zephyr Mk4, 2.5 Essex V6, 4-speed manual box and column gearchange. Snake has rebuilt the engine, and its got a new clutch and various other bits and bobs. It does run but doesnt drive as the rear calipers are dismantled and in the boot. Also the exhaust is rotten. I did bust out the mop on the bootlid and roof as well, I need to go right round it still.

    So far all I have really done is stare at it, I absolutely love how it looks. I always liked the shape of these and they seem to have avoided the crazy prices and knucklehead image of most old fords. Probably cos they supposedly drive like a half-burst lilo on the Whitley Bay Leisure pool.
    It seems amazingly unmolested really. Pretty much everything is present and correct. Stuff like the carpets and door seals etc do look like theyre 50 years old, but thats because they are right? I can't find any signs of it being welded amazingly - look at this flitch panel behind the NSF wheel. No splash guard - looks like it has the factory coating on it, yet all there is is a bit of surface rust.

    NS sill flange:

    Amazing! The only bits of rot I've found yet are the front wing tips and this little hole in the corner of the windscreen:

    That'll be a screen out job to sort, but I did find a company in Oz that make new screen seals so if I can get hold of one of those, the screen can be cut out to avoid another palaver like I had on the horsebo11ox. Amazingly this does not seem to have rotted out the bottom of the A pillar!!!
    Anyway the biggest problem is the lack of brakes. My driveway is sloped, so I've got the wheels chocked but with no brakes at all its completely immobile till i can get something sorted. The calipers were removed and dismantled some time back, heres how they look now:

    Snake reckoned they might be salvageable but looking through the bits I could only find one piston!!! (should be 2 obvs) Also, these calipers are pretty unusual, theyre the same as you get on a Rover P6 and they have some very weird mechanisms inside them. I decided I needed another pair of calipers 'intact' so that i could see exactly how they assemble and be sure I wasn't missing any other bits. @barrett put me onto some stammering geezer in Brighouse who has a stash of P6 parts so I had a trip up there and came back £70 lighter but with with 3 more calipers ("probably don't even need a rebuild m8")
    So today my workbench looks like this:


    Now I've got 5 calipers! on the far left there is one which I am planning to keep intact as a guide to how the thing assembles, the other 4 are now in bits. Also I found the missing piston. Also got 2 new seal kits.
    Now then, the real nub of the problem here is the pistons:

    All the pistons I have, are in really poor condition like these. Theyre a really weird design with that arm on one end and clipped inside is a female-threaded adjuster that wobbles about, check it out in the middle of this cross section:

    I noticed past parts sell reconned calipers for these/P6's so i thought they must have a source of new pistons, so I rang them up today. They reckoned they re-use pistons but bore out and re-sleeve the caliper bodies. I sat and thought about it and decided that sounded ridiculous - why fit a new sleeve, when the seal is static in the bore and the sealing surface is a moving piston? Then I sat in the garden for some hours wondering how I could get some new pistons machined up in stainless and how to attach those crank arms to them. I even opened one up to have a look inside:

    Didnt really come up with a satisfactory answer TBH.
    Then I had a brainwave when I realised that the main piston is not actually hydraulic at all!!! its the little one on the left of the X-section that is, that must be the one that PP resleeve. So actually, those miserable looking pistons will be perfectly OK after all. I will just clean them up as best I can and chuck loads of vaseline over them to protect them.
    I'm hoping I might be able to go up to Cobblers' place and get some of these bits cleaned in his ultrasonic cleaner before reassembling but hopefully i can get them back together in the next day or two either way.
    Also gave the backplates a clean up and a coat of red oxide & satin black (forgot to photo the finished jobs!)

    Ive got this week off work, booked it ages ago so I could do loads of horsebox stuff - Ive not touched that at all yet, as i am still in a 'love haze' with this Zephyr. More soon!
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from ProgRocker in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Cavcraft in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Snake Charmer in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    I agree - £2500 was cheap, but £5150 after 12 hours on the bay seems very flakey
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from MJK 24 in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    I agree - £2500 was cheap, but £5150 after 12 hours on the bay seems very flakey
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in Bo11ox' Aircraft Carrier   
    This went through the ACA auction today and sold outright for a measly £2500, the same as I sold it for as an 'unfinished project'.  How refreshing (for me) to not come out the worst off on one of these old clunkers. It was sold with no reserve - would love to know what happened with the next guy. I'm sure you would put a reserve on if you were just after a 'quick flip'.
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