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    louiepj got a reaction from catsinthewelder in The new news 24 thread   
    Saw this near Gatwick today.

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    louiepj reacted to adw1977 in The new news 24 thread   
    That car seems to live in or around Horley, I've seen it a few times.  186k on the clock and same owner since 1990.
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    louiepj reacted to GingerNuttz in A long time ago, in a Galaxie far far away   
    It's sitting in guide coat to be sanded with 800 wet tomorrow so it shouldn't be too much longer till it's painted.


    I've lost about half a stone sanding this behemoth 😂
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    louiepj got a reaction from vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
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    louiepj reacted to vulgalour in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Came back to the Maestro to find it had made some younger friends.  I'm concerned it may have been tricked into joining some sort of gang.

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    louiepj reacted to bigstraight6 in Volvo bodge and fresh MOT happiness   
    My old faithful daily driver Volvo seems to be living a charmed existence currently, it developed an engine oil leak between the engine and gearbox after I stupidly over filled it (albeit slightly)  when I did the annual oil/filter change  recently so I feared the main crank seal had failed which is a serious job to replace on one of these, the prognosis became even more desperate when I removed the oil filler cap and a fairly loud popping noise was apparent leading me to think something within the engine had failed and maybe caused excess crankcase pressure.
    After a bit of online research the source of the popping noise turned out to be nothing more serious than failed vacuum engine mounts, in the true spirit of this place I effected a bodge and disconnected the vacuum supply to the engine mounts and wrapped some insulating tape around a small valve, and hey presto the popping noise stopped as has the engine oil leak! The euphoria was complete when the car went through the MOT last week needing no more than a few bulbs and handbrake adjustment, it even flew through its emissions test after I removed a completely shot EGR valve and fitted a blanking plate in its place earlier this year.
    From thinking the worse that might well have been the end of the road for the car after only 8 years of trouble free service,  I’m happy now!


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    louiepj reacted to Ghosty in The new news 24 thread   
    I put the Prelude on Marketplace yesterday. 

    There's a guy that's been on a train since 8am on his way to collect it.


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    louiepj reacted to vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
    That's a long fail list... oh there's more... how far do I have to scroll... stop. STOP! He's already dead!
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    louiepj reacted to dome in The new news 24 thread   
    Hangover purchase Megane update:
    It had a slow puncture on the front-when I went to inflate it I discovered I could pull the centre portion of the tire valve right out! I should've video'd that, it was quite impressive! I went to my local National Tires and they put a valve in it and didn't charge me, thanks to Dunfermline National Tires!
    There was nothing else do do but to test drive it-I took it to work yesterday-M90/M8 during rush hour for MAXIMUM DANGER.
    The clutch is fine, the rear brakes however are proper fucked. There's some random wind noise from the rear at motorway speeds and I suspect something needs replaced on the front left-I can here/feel a random clunk at low speeds. Other than that it's fine and showed an indicated 57 MPG on the commute. 
    The built in Carminat satnav is humped-it stays on the insert card screen which would be fine but it means I can't access the radio display so I had to fumble my around to find something worth listening to. Which I failed at, more due to the shite FM stations around here. 
    I picked up some new discs from Euro on my way home. There was a set of pads in the car, although I'm not convinced they are the right ones so I'll get some of them too to be on the safe side.
    I've roped in @Fraz to help me do discs and pads on the back tonight, he has a scanner that will let me retract the pistons on the electronic handbrake.
    Pretty sure he's only coming over because he wants to buy it...
     
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    louiepj reacted to Six-cylinder in The new news 24 thread   
    I have just been on a zoom call with a friend who has been on holiday to Russia because that is where his wife comes from. The hire car was a Lada Largus.  

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    louiepj reacted to Six-cylinder in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards :) practical driving test passed finally Woo! :D   
    Just in case you had not seen this one.
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3097752890480067/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post&tracking=browse_serp%3A22f78eb7-2de8-48c9-90d6-635236aa1838
    Just because I am posting about Invacars does not mean I have changed my mind about them, I just acknowledge some people do like them!
     

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    louiepj reacted to Fumbler in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    My dad got given a photocopy of this as motivation to get more sales back in the day

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    louiepj reacted to Fumbler in FTP Action. Safely Home   
    Phoned up and they've definitely got it. I've described the fault to them in detail. They're rammed, like, 62 projects rammed with work so my car might not be travelling home with me for a while. Nevertheless, they're going to try get a boroscope down the spark plug holes either today or tomorrow to see if the nozzle thingie is dancing around the cylinders.
    Considering the clattering is occasional and in the top end of the engine, I have a hunch it's stuck in an intake valve. This is supported with the car misfiring when the clattering happens, so I'm quietly confident extraction will be an easy one.
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    louiepj reacted to mintwth in FTP Action. Safely Home   
    mmmmmm blancmange 
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    louiepj reacted to Wack in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    So , you have experience driving trucks and want a job in the UK 
    Yes boss 
     
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    louiepj reacted to dome in The new news 24 thread   
    This should probably be in the grin thread... 
    I decided to have a look at the hungover purchase Megane tonight. As bought the clutch was on the floor. I decided to check the pipework to see if there was anything obvious.
    Battery off and, with a not insignificant amount of fucking about including removing the ECU and airbox, the battery tray was removed revealing the gearbox.


    This uses plastic pipework to the slave cylinder inside the box. There should be 3 R clips holding the little plastic bleed nipple holder thingy which is located at the gearbox end-1 on the gearbox end and 2 at the other end. The idea is you pull up the inner one of the 2 R clips and pull the pipe out. It gets stopped by the other R clip and opens up the bleed port. 
    Except, I was missing the R clip from the gearbox end which had allowed all the fluid to piss out. 
    I ended up using one of my 2 R clips on the gearbox end and the other initially on the outer slot so I could bleed it. This didn't take too long and bugger me if I didn't have a working clutch pedal now!
    I then pushed the pipe back in and moved the R clip to the inside slot, sealing off the bleed nipple.
    Here it is ready to go 

    I reassembled the battery tray/ECU/airbox I'd removed and stuck the battery back on it.
    Here goes...

    VID_20211019_195953.mp4 Shite video buy yes, we have a working clutch now. A quick test drive ensued and all gears engaged fine👍
    I think I'll put the lottery on this week...
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    louiepj reacted to cobblers in The grumpy thread   
    Good grief, I can only imagine what complete bollocks that's going to be.
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