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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Oh, no. I put a bid of £450 on this while annoyed at myself for missing out on the green Dodge 50. I've only won the big ugly bastard.
     

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Renault-5-6T-Horsebox-1989-G-reg-55-8K-miles-2-3-horses-Living-3-stalls-/192554556850
     
    Seller has zero feedback so perhaps they will vanish into thin air or give me the old 'I forgot to put a reserve on' BS, I wont complain if they do
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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 rob88h in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Quick update on this, not a lot is happening TBH mainly due to abysmal weather and also all my spare time is being used up renovating the bathroom in my house. Thats nearly finished though thankfully.
    One bit of actual news is that the truck is now back on its wheels, sitting on springs that give more or less the right ride height.
    I took the 'new' springs to Midland Motor springs in Notts and asked them to increase the camber from 3.5" to 5.5". They did that, charging me £150 for the job.  I then brought the springs home and waited till @cobblers was really desperate for his axle stands back, before I fitted em in the pissing rain, almost squashing my leg to f*** under the axle while i was on. To my huge relief they look much more like it, a decent few inches of clearance between the tyre and the arch, and some decent curvature remaining in the springs under static load. I've still got quite a lot of bongo car mags in the back as well although I have got rid of about half of the full stash so far.
    Then in the best news of the whole friggin story, my credit card dispute was concluded in my favour and I got the full £400 refunded onto my credit card last night! So fucking chew on that Owen Springs!!!!
    Anyway I'm gonna spend some of that on a few new door seals & other bits from Rock Auto, plus a couple of new rear axle bump stops and valve extensions & whatnot. Still have to change the screen too, I am gonna call in an offer of help from @Ian_Fearn on that if we ever get out of friggin lockdown. Cheers!
     

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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rainagain in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Quick update on this, not a lot is happening TBH mainly due to abysmal weather and also all my spare time is being used up renovating the bathroom in my house. Thats nearly finished though thankfully.
    One bit of actual news is that the truck is now back on its wheels, sitting on springs that give more or less the right ride height.
    I took the 'new' springs to Midland Motor springs in Notts and asked them to increase the camber from 3.5" to 5.5". They did that, charging me £150 for the job.  I then brought the springs home and waited till @cobblers was really desperate for his axle stands back, before I fitted em in the pissing rain, almost squashing my leg to f*** under the axle while i was on. To my huge relief they look much more like it, a decent few inches of clearance between the tyre and the arch, and some decent curvature remaining in the springs under static load. I've still got quite a lot of bongo car mags in the back as well although I have got rid of about half of the full stash so far.
    Then in the best news of the whole friggin story, my credit card dispute was concluded in my favour and I got the full £400 refunded onto my credit card last night! So fucking chew on that Owen Springs!!!!
    Anyway I'm gonna spend some of that on a few new door seals & other bits from Rock Auto, plus a couple of new rear axle bump stops and valve extensions & whatnot. Still have to change the screen too, I am gonna call in an offer of help from @Ian_Fearn on that if we ever get out of friggin lockdown. Cheers!
     

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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from scruff in Ford timelord   
    Incidentally if anyone wants to read 'The Manual' its seemingly very expensive to buy but its only a little book and the whole lot is available to read here:
    https://www.tomrobinson.com/resource/klf.txt
    I read it in a couple of sittings at work and its fantastic. I'm sure its totally out of date and useless today but it conjures up some brilliant images if this is really how they went about it back then.
     
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from scruff in Ford timelord   
    This is such a great thread and story, really great work gang.
     
    I feel sorry for the guy with the replica timelord though. I love the KLF (especially after reading John Higgs' splendid book about them) but that seems like a real twats trick to play on an admirer.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from UltraWomble in Mr_SPudz ASTONISHING SHITE SPOT   
    You just know it's some home-brew mix of creosote, tar, asbestos and golden Virginia applied by brush as well.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Shep Shepherd 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 Jim Bergerac 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 Dan29 in La cinq-cent dix   
    These stories are what I like best about coming on old car forums. Lets face it we all do our 9 to 5 jobs day in day out to earn money to pay the gas bill or whatever and if theres a bit left over at the end we buy a holiday to 'somewhere nice' and attempt to forget about work, DIY, traffic jams, foul-mouthed wankers in supermarket car parks and all the other shit that gets served up every day you're on the planet. But even that once-a-year holiday is a compromise - you have to go somewhere amenable to the wife, kids, wallet, dog, uncle Pauline who lives near Skeggy, and plan it in around all the other twats in your office who all booked their holidays 2 years ago leaving you with rag all choice about when you can travel. JUST imagine if you could set off on your own or with a mate with some euros and a trailer and spend a few days buying a car you've always wanted out of a closing-down French scrapyard. I honestly can't think of anything more appealing, except perhaps buying some oddball japanese heap off Custojusto.pt and spending a week coaxing it up home through Spain and France, which is not that far removed anyway. We're seeing a dream being lived here that we all recognise. Just beautiful.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!   
    Quadruple win x 10000000000000
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!   
    PLease ensure that this is played whenever driving the SIERRA BASE
     

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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!   
    Crowdfunded shite!!!! Now you're talking
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!   
    I'll chip £25 into a kitty to buy it.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!   
    Plus its simply a legendary car!!!! Folk on here have been spotting it and keeping an eye on it for donkeys. Now it could actually be bought and saved from extinction! Its a great car and a great story.
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    Mr_Bo11ox reacted to warren t claim in What's the first car you had sex in?   
    About six months ago I was due to get some rumpy pumpy on the back seat of a 55 plate Fiat Stilo but I honestly couldn't get wood when the lady told me that she'd recently paid £3250 for the car.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from N Dentressangle 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 loserone in What's the first car you had sex in?   
    AC INVACAR, do I win £5?
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from Lankytim in Ford Fusion semi auto stuck in gear- repair?   
    What are these like to drive? Mrs_nuts has a 54-plate 1.4 fiesta and it is amazingly gutless. I don’t expect a neck-snapping 50-70 blast but this thing is SRSLY as flat as the proverbial witch’s. If you accelerate with the aircon on, it feels like back in the day when you used to have your timing very badly set giving a slightly better acceleration at 50% throttle than 100%, 100% making a sort of strange low-pitched droning noise and causing a general feeling of severely reduced respiratory capacity to surround the car. There’s no warning lights on, it starts on the button and runs as smooth as you like. Maybe its just lame, but if it is, I dread to think what the 1.25 must be like. Also the centre console permanently jabs me in the knee which drives me crackers. Overall not great.
     
    I like the look of the fusion though, it looks like a useful size but still with fiesta-level economy which must be pretty decent. Plus its one of those ‘what were they thinking’ cars like the Signum which play a strong shite game.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman's Spot of the Year award.   
    It’s a real treat for the eyes this Mini. Just how they should be.
     
    Every single mini you see nowadays has exactly the same wanky chrome trinkets slapped on, you forget what an ‘ordinary’ one actually looks like. 10/10 WOULD CRANE NECK TO SEE DURING DRIVE-BY
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman's Spot of the Year award.   
    Give yourself a shake man. There's no way you are getting rid of the BASE! wash your mouth out at once.
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in Reginald Nutsack's K-series Kapers - ROVER 623 MOT GUFF   
    Can some mods close this thread please!!! I'm coming under heavy sustained fire!!!
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in Reginald Nutsack's K-series Kapers - ROVER 623 MOT GUFF   
    done a bit on this in the last few days...
     

     
    First job was a new wishbone, cost £25 off eBay and was a piece of cake to fit
     

     
     
     
    Lovely job!!!
     
    Next we needed a new rubber cover on the balljoint on the other side:
     

     
    Got this off eBay too, £3 for two. No doubt it will have been made by the Hoo Flung Dung Spicy Wasp Rubber Vulcanising And Baby Food Manufacturing Concern and will have turned to mush in 3 months but I'll worry about that then.
     
    What else? ONe front brake was low on effort, I dismantled it for a look and the caliper seemed clean and unrusted, but it was MEGA hard to push the piston back in more than about 1mm. I decided that the hose must be failing inside so back on the bay for a replacement (after clocking that they cost an eye-watering £52 from ECP!!!!)
     

     
    ON it went....
     
    The other fail point was a rough-feeling front wheel bearing. I couldnt find anything wrong with it though, so I deployed an 'IGNORE' strategy on that one.
     
    Back to the MOT shop:
     

     
    BOOM!!!! Sigh of relief as I was 5 days out of MOT by then.
     
    So the MOT cost:
    £20 for rear pads
    £25 for wishbone
    £13 for brake hose
    £40 for the test itself
     
    £98 total, not bad really. The MPG on this car is not the best (28ish) but total cost so far, including purchase and initial fix-up is about £500 plus fuel, which after 12,000miles I make about 24p/mile (leaving out tax and insurance) which seems OK. I really could do with a new set of tyres though which is gonna hit that hard!!!!
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in Reginald Nutsack's K-series Kapers - ROVER 623 MOT GUFF   
    HOLY THREAD RESURRECTION!
     
    Don't get excited, nowt mega happening here but I have actually busted out some spanners today.
     
    The MOT is due on the 623 this week after 13,000 hassle-free miles. I reckon it should be fairly painless, but I know the handbrake isnt up to much. My experience of these Rover/Honda rear discs is that they always need some TLC at MOT time, though the TLC is usually just disconnect HB cables, remove pads, wind the piston in and out a couple of times, reassemble, bingo - revived handbrake. Basically just give the caliper some exercise. So I got the Rover under the carport and had a look:
     

     
    Didn't take long to run into the first problem:
     

     
    Hmm, rear pads are a bit thin!!!! I dont think I'm going to try and get a decent handbrake with those useless razor blades, so it will be a trip to GSF tomorrow for a set of their finest reconstituted eggbox brake pads.
     
    Next, I bought a cam cover gasket off eBay a week or two back for all of £8 so I decided to lash that on in the hope that it would stem an annoying oil leak on the back of the engine:
     

     

     
    Pretty straightforward to get the cam cover off. I have never got involved in the cambelt on this as it looks fairly involved and theres not much space. But it looks like it might have suffered a bit with oil splashage:
     

     

     
    Eeewww!!!! I wonder if it has a leaky cam seal or something. After 160k I guess its allowed to leak a bit here and there. The cambelt kit is a £100 touch so I'd want to sort whatever it is thats leaking before putting one of those sparkling trinkets on. I think all told I will just put the lid back on and worry about it another day.
     
    I also bought some cheap ATF off the bay:
     

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PEMCO-iMATIC-450-ATF-JWS-Gear-oils-transmission-fluids-4L-JASO-M315-Type-1A/302418579780
     
    The gearbox works great in the 623, the only criticism I could make is that when you engage drive, the 'thump' is of a magnitude that I think could be better. I'm sure it must have been smoother when it was new. I read up on lots of yankee forums (there must be millions of honda autoboxes over there racking up colossal mileages) and most of thems said you must use the correct Honda DW1 fluid, but I found a couple of specialist ATF's for 'imports' that were supposedly OK as a replacement for the honda stuff. The honda fluid is like £50 for a 4ltr can, too much for me, but by cross-checking various american, european and Japanese specs I decided that a fluid that met the suposed JASO-1A spec would do the biz. After a fashion I found the above shizz on the bay for £20 which was more like it!!! Its probably made out of sesame oil and cherryade but whatever. I am gonna do the repeated drain/refill technique and see if it gets any smoother.
     
    ANyway I am gonna try and get this thing in for a ticket on Tuesday. If it passes without too much expense I have decided i am gonna SPLA$H T€H BIG DOLL4R and reward it with a full set of new tyres for it as I am still running the pre-2000 Michelin partworns I bought earlier in the thread!!!
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    Mr_Bo11ox got a reaction from rob88h in Reginald Nutsack's K-series Kapers - ROVER 623 MOT GUFF   
    To make matters worse the current Mrs_Nutz asked while we were waiting for the RAC dude "are you sure its not just cos you.re parked on a slope" so now she is inevitably gonna give me a diagnosis on all future car problems.
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