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  1. Step 1 of make room in the garage for the C2 commenced today by starting the boarding out of the house loft. Still have a light to install up there and some more boards but it means most of the crap in the garage can go into storage which is dry.
  2. Failed. We’ve only ran out of juice once. They have a 24 volt supply to power the ECU and whatever is left of the original chassis electrics. That conked out so no lights, hazards operate on one side only, and worst of all no brake compressor. They’re at the depot and struggling to get it off the low loader with hardly any air left in the system. On both electric trucks the fails have been the non-motive systems. This is the second major failure for this one. The other electrical vehicle has had about 15.
  3. Just got in after starting at 5am. These electric trucks have caused us no end of hassle since they arrived here
  4. Been here 3 hours. And the low loader can’t cope. I’m cold
  5. I was about to post this then Inthought maybe someone already had. You missed out incorrect numberplate on the trailer for the tractor hauling it, and the trailer often skips down the road when unladen.
  6. Congrats on the first drive. This has been one epic thread from start to finish.
  7. Not a car I spotted today, but woeful maintenance. How many stones do you think must be trapped in between the pad and the disc?
  8. Having been on the extra early (3:30am) start today I have managed to do a job on the Saab I have been waiting a good few weeks to sort, that of sorting the leaking cabin filter box and suspected blocked scuttle drain. I changed the cabin filter about a year ago and the filter box was still watertight but the drain was blocked. A year on the drain was blocked up again and the cabin filter was no longer sealing, so a self adhesive seal was installed having cleaned out the scuttle and its drain, and wiped off the now slightly brittle old seal from its mating surface. Finally a bead of silicone was placed around the new seal before installing everything back in the car. The fan also received a dose of light motor oil to stop it squealing and I’m glad to say it has! New cabin filter hadn’t arrived at ECP by the time I finished work so hopefully I can pick that up tomorrow, and investigating the leaking rear door quarterlights on the Kia.
  9. The C2 has another year’s MoT. No advisories which is good. Will need to do the cam belt on it soon though and possibly the clutch.
  10. Yes. But check the A and B Pillars where the steel is bonded into the GRP. It’s difficult but not impossible to repair. Later cologne engined ones should have most of the chassis etc galvanised but whether this extended to the body strengthening areas I can’t remember. Mechanical bits are pretty good to get hold of and in fine fettle these are good dailies, particularly overdrive ones.
  11. I’ll take part again please and thank-you.
  12. I would just shop around. My renewal is coming up so I’ll just Meerkat it as in 27 years of driving only once was the auto renewal within a few quid as the previous year. Further in advance you take the sign up for the policy, the cheaper it tends to be so I’ll be looking at next payday, which is middle of Nov, but the current plan finishes 13th December. Tend to save double figures of pounds; quite often if I purchase the day of expiry of the current policy it’s can only be a couple of quid for the year of not more than renewal.
  13. I have read this thread on and off since the start. Absolutely stunning work from the beginning. Cap doffed.
  14. According to howmanyleft there are 6 ZLs, 1 ZR and 5 ZSs either taxed or SORN.
  15. IIRC the LN(A) used the 104 short (Z) chassis, the visa used the 104 long chassis (G) and the Samba was somewhere betwixt the 2 in chassis length. The Visa being the only variant I haven’t driven, but the
  16. If you can get this roadworthy and take your dad out for drives in it while he remembers the car, hopefully he’ll find it a happy time even just to be driven around in it. Driving my grandad around in his XM after he started to be quite bad with his dementia helped always made him happy. Hopefully it’ll be an easy-ish recommissioning as it looks pretty good.
  17. dozeydustman


    They should have changed the front to say ‘Denise’
  18. I saw one of these today at my HGV medical. Made me look as svelte as Jean Shrimpton, arms covered in tats, taking her 2 well* behaved kids to the doctor with an equally chavvy female friend (possibly a sister - ‘Aunty Chantal’). When the doc called them in it was for Capri and Nova (surname). Possibly named after her favourite cars.
  19. The ‘I only drive because I have to’. covers a wide genre of persons from any gender, age, background etc. Drives anywhere with a blank expression on their face. Very plain looking people. Not chisel-sharp handsome but neither are they bulldogs chewing wasps with a lemon juice dressing, but have an air about them which makes them look like they have dull personas. Two hands on the wheel doing shuffle steering because that’s what they were taught, but still just as jerky and erratic as their first driving lesson. May click their tongue while driving to soothe their anger or anxiety at being behind the wheel. Passenger must operate heater/radio/other non-driving related controls as not to lose their already haphazard control. The entire family would prefer to use public transport or a bicycle but as there are no ‘safe’ cycling areas for the children and no direct public transport to anywhere in the world they want to visit they use a car. As a singleton or couple they own something porridgey to drive and porridgey in colour, because they have no need to go fast and see their car only as a means to an end. Think Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai Accent II, Proton Savvy. The family version may consider a Yaris, citybug or VW Up! as perfect for their needs as it’s brilliant for 2 adults, 3 kids and the large breed family dog and they never* really go far. Owned from new when they passed their driving test. Always the lowest spec model because they don’t actually want it but circumstances dictate they need it. Despite hating driving they keep their car reasonably clean as not to sully their driveway.
  20. As in McPhersons? Should be a coilover with double wishbones as standard!
  21. Very nice! A 2.9 cologne lump should be much better to run than the previous 2.8 carb lump, especially injected. I have owned 2 earlier Essex powered Scims. Round town high teens-low 20s in economy but I could get over 35mpg on long runs when I had my SE6a (man o/d) and the SE6 auto one maxed 34 when touring Normandy running on Super. Best bits of advice I can give through experience: - grease the trunnions once a month, even if the car’s laid up. I can’t remember the interval (I think it’s 1,000 miles). They are a bastard to get off if they seize, the PAS will struggle and blow the rack. I think the power steering rack came from a LHD landcrab flipped upside down and back to front to fit. The POs of both mine didn’t grease then so I had to do a front suspension rebuild on both. The front suspension is based on the Triumph TR4-6 double wishbone system with some parts commonality. - if you get persistent water ingress check the A and B pillars where they join the chassis as it will get in there and rot the bonded in metal. It’s a PITA to cut out, weld up and bond back in. Being a later car a lot of the structure was galvanised so should survive better. If either door sags and the hinges aren’t worn check the a-pillar. - standard suspension on 6/a/b/8 gets stodgy because the standard springs are not great. Graham Walker (if they are still going) had a range of suspension dampers and springs which gave better road holding. - tyres. Original 185 HR 14s are limited to one or two patterns with few suppliers. If you go for lower profile for 205/70s you’ll need to ensure your front suspension is in really good order. My second scim had 195/70s when I bought it, the steering was awful until I rebuilt it all, and speedo was 5% reading fast. When I did find some 185 car tyres the car drove so much nicer in terms of steering response and road holding. Can tyres are too stiff and lead to a happy tail. Good luck with it. I Still want another one.
  22. The ‘oh shit I’m speeding’ Normally an Astra or an older Fabia. Found in the middle or outside lane trying to overtake you. Your speedo shows 70. They start to over take, when they get 1/3 up the side of you, they realise they’re doing 70.0001mph and match your speed for the next 3 miles (even if you do the decent thing and slow down to let them pass). They can’t do over 70 because it’s against the law. Meanwhile they’re obstructing the flow of traffic, nobody can manoeuvre past anyone else because one idiot is frightened of getting a speeding ticket. Normally someone that has a permanent look of frustration on their face, in the town is a saintly motorist or knight if the road, and wonder why the first of the 9 million cars behind them is flashing or gesturing at them for 69 in the outside lane.
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