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    LightBulbFun reacted to barrett in 35th time lucky: Sod's law   
    Not sure why it's so low res, but I've been sent some teaser shots of Pall Paint Progress!!!

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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from bobdisk in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, Model 70 survivors list on page 24, pre Model 70 AC and Invacar survivors lists on page 134 :)   
    thats why I have screen-shotted the post in my post above, so those who very much understandably dont want anything to do with FB can still see it  
    but if the text is a bit small/hard to read here it is quoted directly
     
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    LightBulbFun reacted to quicksilver in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    Now that's given me a very silly idea of fitting a back-to-front Lomax 223 body - engine sticking out of the back and a boat nose
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    LightBulbFun reacted to clayts450 in The new news 24 thread   
    Anyroad, let's talk about the Streetwise for a moment.
    It had been becoming a bit problematic with starting properly, or making a dreadful racket when it did start, suggesting starter motor issues. Still, as long as it starts okay, all's good. Until it didn't. Battery was fine, so deffo a starter motor issue. A quick research on MG-R forums suggested two connectors in particular corrode for fun. Battery off, airbox disconnected from battery tray and nudged out of the way. Yup, two badly corroded connectors - emery and WD40 contact cleaner put to work, all hooked back up. Now starts first time every time without any complaint. Win.
    Every time I braked I'd get a knocking noise from the front, suggesting when I put the new discs and pads on I probably hadn't tightened things down to maximum torque power. Best to check. However, came to undo the last wheel nut on the nearside - hanging on for grim life by one twist. FFS, you cretin. Until I realised I shouldn't be chastising myself, rather the place that did the MoT and replaced the outer CV boots. In for a penny, in for a pound, best to check the torques anyway. All absolutely bob on. Took it for a spirited sprint around, generously applying the brakes whenever I could. Knocking gone. Win.
     
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    LightBulbFun reacted to vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
    Got the starter off the Lanchester without removing the exhaust.  A second pair of hands and disconnecting a brake rod was the way to go.  Should just be a case of cleaning up contacts to get it working properly again.  It doesnt' look particularly worn on the outside, just a bit scruffy from being sat under the car for years, exposed to the elements.  This has been one of the bigger obstacles to getting the Lanchester reliable so it'll be good to have it sorted.

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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from Mrs6C in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, Model 70 survivors list on page 24, pre Model 70 AC and Invacar survivors lists on page 134 :)   
    twas just doing some invacar sluething as you do and I came across this neat post  
    https://www.facebook.com/SirusAutomotive/posts/4113316525356637
    which explains how exactly the whole L plate thing worked back in the day, something I have been wondering about

    I knew the test was a motorcycle style test, but I was still not sure how exactly it worked with L plates before you passed your test, its interesting to hear there where driving lessons complete with instructor crammed in there!
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Fabergé Greggs in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1352993
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Supernaut in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Love it.
    Ensure it's mechanically sound and just smoke around in it as-is. Or in other words; do not paint.
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    LightBulbFun reacted to bunglebus in rickvw72 fleet: 500miles in a 32year old Van   
    Used to be Jan-Dec until 1967 when it changed to Sep-Aug. E Registrations only ran for 8 months.
    You have some very nice VWs in your fleet BTW
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Fumbler in The new news 24 thread   
    Finally have just clicked "buy" on a proper actual nice real deal MIG welder on Machine Mart (also bought regulator and gas bottle). If I wasn't in solitary confinement self isolating I might be a little more excited and drive the car around for a bit.
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    LightBulbFun reacted to wuvvum in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    Nice Renault 6!
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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from wuvvum in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    its funny you mention that, as I have noticed a few different exhausts over time and was just discussing them with @adam1db a couple weeks ago,
    but I have not yet been able to figure out the exact chronology of them as exhausts being somewhat of a consumable item means any car today may have had any number of exhausts throughout its life time
    but I know that From the Prototype cars to to the end of first 2500 cars that AC Model 70's had an exhaust with a strait exit pipe rather then one with a bend in the end, but the exit port was cut flush not at an angle like above



    but I Have yet to work out what the Mark B and later Model 70's came with sadly further research is required there  
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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from The Moog in Absolute horse shit™ The official thread of Railton Heavy Industries Limited and it's subsidiaries.   
    @Heidel_Kakao  hopefully this does not come across wrong
    but perhaps I may recommend taking a bit of a break from the Virtual FoD calls that are held every Tuesday
    because I noticed that things where generally fine when you are here on this thread/on the forum itself, but that it all went a bit side ways when you showed up on the Zoom call
    and I wonder if thats because when you type something out in text, your able to see what your typing and give it more thought before you make it public if that makes sense, where as if your holding a live conversation its very easy to just say what the first thing that comes to mind 
    so for the sake of stopping things going further sideways perhaps its best you take a bit of a break from the FoD calls if you dont mind me saying so?
    (and perhaps you could use the time to plan some more on getting the Stolly sorted ) 
     
    dont get me wrong I very much like the Roadrunner and the Stalwart, but we do care about you and we dont want to see you get burnt by all of this!
    so please just think things through carefully and try not to burn the relations that you have on this forum
     
    I would personally recommend you draw the line at the Road Runner and stalwart, get your C licence, and just get those 2 vehicles road worthy etc, then once you do that and have a feel for things how are when dealing with such vehicles and know how your remaining balance is
    then I would go from there with regards to getting other big toys as others mentioned you dont want to spread yourself too thin,
    and if the Stalwart is already done and dusted by the time you get your next project that would probably make life a bit easier, as you will have already pushed that bolder up the hill so to speak and then you only have to keep periodically making sure it does not roll back down again
    which makes getting the next bolder up the hill much easier if you still decide you want to do that
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    LightBulbFun reacted to 808 Estate in Absolute horse shit™ The official thread of Railton Heavy Industries Limited and it's subsidiaries.   
    It does have "get the fuck out of my way" written all over it. 😀
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Ben_O in Mazda Fiesta   
    Getting nearer to painting this thing now.
    most of the repairs are complete. Just a few little bits and then prep for some primer.
    I tried the rear lamp in

    it fits as well as the other side which isn't perfect but It's fine.
    I put the spot welds back in the shuts


    and the slopped some filler over the panel joins and sanded back

    just the doors to repair now. The back knee just had some minor dents and scrapes but quite a lot of rust tracks under the paint along the bottom.
    It's too late to save that permanently now as the rust will be in the fold of the door skin but a clean up and grind back should hold it off for a while.

    The front door was the worst damaged but nothing a quick pull and a skim of evercoats finest won't sort

    the mirror is trial fitted there too as the old one was ripped off bending the mounting point. Figured I better try it for size after straightening it out.
    Well that's the doors finished

    the rest will have to wait till later today or tomorrow.
    I plan to paint it Monday all being well.
    Cheers
    Ben


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    LightBulbFun reacted to Jerzy Woking in The Bikeshite Thread   
    When I wrote off my own bike and was waoting for the insurance company to sort it out, my brother lent me a CX500 from the collection of crap bikes he had at the dealership he ran.
    Hated it. Handling wasn't great, the brakes were dreadful (all but lethal in the rain) and it was very tall for my little legs.
    I found a very tatty Kawasaki GT550 for sale locally, which I thought was a far better bike, as it handled and braked OK, and was lower. 
    Don't see many of either around now, despite the fact the streets of London were full of them.
    Incidentally, right up until around 2005/2006 I regularly saw a despatch rider on a Suzuki X5 (200cc two stroke twin), complete with expansion chambers, in the Gracechurch Street/Eastcheap area of London. 
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Heidel_Kakao in Absolute horse shit™ The official thread of Railton Heavy Industries Limited and it's subsidiaries.   
    Not under it's own power, currently engineless, it comes with a pair of Bedford 500 8.2 litre engines though, one turbo one none and all parts required to dieselise a Stolly. As said the MK1 will be getting a B81 so the Bedford's will go in a pair of MK2's for evaluation purposes.
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Heidel_Kakao in Absolute horse shit™ The official thread of Railton Heavy Industries Limited and it's subsidiaries.   
    Work on the MK1 will commence once it's collected, Yeovil is a bit far to pop down and it's the sellers unit so I wouldn't be comfortable doing work there. It will be white too.

    The Matchbox model is based on a MK1 so owning one will allow me to make a more accurate replica than I could with just a MK2. Plus they always say the first of the breed are best before the bean counters get involved.
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Heidel_Kakao in Absolute horse shit™ The official thread of Railton Heavy Industries Limited and it's subsidiaries.   
    Number 22 is now named Dennis (my mates suggestion) 😀 When you own multiple Stolly's you need a way of telling them apart and I find just referring to them by a serial number a little impersonal.
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    LightBulbFun reacted to barrett in S A Barrett's Sussex shite spots   
    So, what's been happening in the world of Sussex shite spotting? Not much, I'm afraid.
    This faded, bird shit-plastered ZX really warmed my cockles, however. This is a great example of something that's virtually disappeared from the streets, and this particular spec just looks so alien. Three-doors are rare enough, but a mid-spec petrol three-door is a very odd thing indeed these days. Also may or may not belong to Cardi B and/or Megan Thee Stallion

    This Triumph was parked on my road recently. A good example of how a bad colour choice can totally ruin a car. Who thought powder blue and contrasting white roof would look good on this oh-so-70s design? Don't get me started on the wheels and number plates... SHE NASTY

    More number plate crime. This belongs to a friend and in all other respects it's lovely, so I'll forgive this one indiscretion

    A modified Mk2 Golf. Looked nice to me, so I photographed it

    A great pair of rotting 2CVs. It's difficult to see, but the one behind has been turned into a sort of lawn-art/greenhouse thing with loads of potted plants strung up all over it. I'm a big advocate of this sort of thing in 2021 when everyone else is obsessed with giving their shitty bungalows a coat of white render, fitting dark grey garage doors etc and generally pretending they live in a much nicer area than they actually do

    Small French family hatchbacks: a lesson in diminishing returns

    Here's a good one. If you'd told 25-year old me I'd be photographing Lagunas one day I'd have laughed in your face, but I guess that's progress

    This looks amazing blezzing along the road. I thought it might be an old giffer at the wheel but actually it appeared to be a typical Ford-owning MEATHEAD (apologies if you're on this site)

    A pair of Mercedeseses within spitting distance. Never seen either of them before. This one was amazing - beige cloth interior which looked like the most comfortable place to sit ever

    Whilst this one just looked totally wank. It had AMG badges and a body kit and shiz and was just in such poor taste I audibly laughed when I saw it

    Right, that's yer lot for now. I have located a couple of driveways of excellence recently which need documenting but, honestly, there is just less and less stuff I want to photograph these days
     
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    LightBulbFun reacted to dollywobbler in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    That Series 1 is GORGEOUS.
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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, Model 70 survivors list on page 24, pre Model 70 AC and Invacar survivors lists on page 134 :)   
    twas just doing some invacar sluething as you do and I came across this neat post  
    https://www.facebook.com/SirusAutomotive/posts/4113316525356637
    which explains how exactly the whole L plate thing worked back in the day, something I have been wondering about

    I knew the test was a motorcycle style test, but I was still not sure how exactly it worked with L plates before you passed your test, its interesting to hear there where driving lessons complete with instructor crammed in there!
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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from bobdisk in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    and on that note for @Zelandeth heres a link the Facebook album on KPL's rebuild for where there are a few more photo's  
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=accountdeactivationpending&set=a.10164774219330322
     
     
     
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Lord Sterling in Mazda Fiesta   
    This is great. Love for the unloved. The spirit of Autoshite.
    Especially as the these Mazda/Fiestas are so rare. Its at that point where its clean enough to do a good clean job on it but old enough to be worthless so makes it all the better that its being given a second a chance. Will be watching this with interest!
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Ben_O in Mazda Fiesta   
    Cort1977, he isn't a very confident driver and never was. He has tried other cars before this one after a spell without a car and couldn't get on with either. A grande punto and a mk1 punto.
    He says that the mazda just feels right to him and he finds it easier to pilot.
     
    Burnside, totally agree.
    My current daily cost me £100 and it was only meant to be a temporary get me out of a hole car.  It's doing so well, that I've decided to keep it and will spend what us needed to keep it going.
    This mazda isn't particually pretty to look at and is fairly scruffy but it's good where it counts so it may as well go a bit longer
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