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  1. A tale of two collections, part two. Idly browsing Gumtree at the beginning of last week, I stumbled across a highly desirable piece of Autoshite. "Posted four minutes ago....". The location was sub-optimal. Redhill in Surrey. Two stops from Gatwick though... A deposit was sent and a flight booked, all arranged for Saturday evening. A very excited wait ensued. Set off about 5m on Saturday. Mode of transport one, a little Mercedes Sprinter based bus into Town; Step two, the Glasgow Airport "Express"; I hate this bus. Nine fucking quid for a single journey to the airport from Buchanan Bus station. You can dress it up with nice upholstery all you want but it's £9 for a one way 7 mile bus journey is ridiculous. At least it's a scenic trip; Anyway, it got there. I was on the 19:50 flight to Gatwick which was pretty painless. Toy train to South Terminal at Gatwick and onto a train to Redhill. Met the seller at home in Redhill and picked the car up, lodgings were booked in Milton Keynes to do the M25 portion during night hours. Here we see my purchase outside my salubrious overnight stop for the first time. It's a 2001 Citroen Synergie 2.0 TD in SX trim. It's done 160k. Was purchased off a nice French couple who were really sad to see it go. It's a nice honest car that wears its miles quite well, don't think it's had a stint as a works van at any point! The sills have had a tickle at last MOT and one of the doors has a suspicious tidemark, there are dents here and there. There are plenty receipts though,the interior is in nice order and even the A/C works. Decided to make a bit of a holiday of it. Got a cheap return from MK to London on the Sunday morning and done a tourist. Room with a view; Tourist; Spot of the trip, outside Euston Station; Monday started with a visit to Crich Tramway which I thought was great, three different trams on the go all day. Highly recommended. The editor has gone a bit haywire, so see video at the end. The steed in daylight; It got home no problem. It even had just under 3/4 of a tank in it when collected and made it home absolutely no bother despite having A/C running whole time. Cruising between 62 and 70 variously. Seems to be very decent on fuel. It's a comfy car, the two armrests are well positioned and the driving position pretty conventional. Not a great deal of room for clutch foot resting and no cruise being the only drawbacks. Far more refined than I'd thought. Some all important interior money shots; You'll notice it has fancy seats from the Executive model in the back row. They're really nice and have twin armrests. There are various slots in the floor so you can arrange the seats in a myriad of different ways. I think I'll remove the middle three and bring the rear two forward to create an executive four seater. They can them tumble forward to allow for load lugging. I rarely need to carry more than a couple of passengers. The large load area is more useful. It's not had a timing belt since 2009 from the look of things, so I think I'll put it in for it's MOT and if all OK stump up for that. It does leave me with five on fleet (although MX-5 will almost certainly not be here past the next week). Will have to decide if it can stay as part of a group of four, or if something will need moved on. With this collection trip, I believe that takes my collection mileage for October to approximately 2000 miles. Inverness, Basingstoke and Redhill. Tram as promised; VID20211018124813.mp4
  2. A tale of two collection capers, part one. Not myself buying the car this time but my brother. Found on an owners club forum for ACTUAL MONEY. 8 years old, sub 100k and full main dealer history meant it should be fairly uneventful. These events took place last Thursday and Friday. Basingstoke was the destination. Leg one; On to Waterloo for a train to Basingstoke; It was a hideously muggy day, but we made it to our lodgings at the Premier Inn in Basingstoke around 12:30am. After a Greggs breakfast we met the chap and a distressing amount of reddies were digitally exchanged. We set off North towards the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, where we see the steed for the first time; It's a Lexus GS450H premier. A 3.5 V6 twinned with a Hybrid drive system. It goes like the hammers of fuck and is ridiculously serene and comfortable. Really enjoyed our visit to the museum; \ Venturing North ocne more; The spot of the trip at Warrington Mcdonalds; The rest of the trip was as uneventful as you'd expect. CVT witchcraft seeing 1k RPM @ 80mph on a private test track. Got home about midnight, feeling not too bad for 425 miles in a day.
  3. Can't find a mechanic to look at a modern Peugeot, but can find one to hack the back end off and line it with plywood. Makes sense.
  4. If we're talking an actual usable everyday car, I think I'd stick to diesel as I can't be fucked with carbs or early fuel injection. Probably an estate too. Maybe a Peugeot 305 Estate; I think with a 1981 cut off I'd be limited to a petrol, or the 1.55 diesel with a whopping 49bhp. The XUD didn't come along until 1982 by looks of things. The 505 estate and Citroen BX didn't appear until the same year. Maybe one of these; Or maybe a 240 estate, not sure what diesel they would have been onto at that point, but there would have been one available;
  5. I'm not actually sure. I've not looked at it since Friday but I'll check what size they are. I hope so! I think my initial plans are to have a quick gander at just how rotten it is underneath and like you say give it a last hurrah at Knockhill. It's tested until December anyway.
  6. Glencoe, near the various viewpoint car parks. Must have been about 4pm Friday. Neither of us were up to speed with your thread, so didn't even twig at the time
  7. A collection retrospective. I didn't really plan to document this, so not many pictures I'm afraid. On Monday evening last week I drank quite a few cans and browsed Gumtree in a slightly inebriated state. I spied a cheap, but oh so very crusty car in the place what cars go to rust, Inverness. A message was deployed and on Tuesday morning the chap called back and offered to hold onto the car until Friday and even knocked £100 off the already reasonable asking price. A deal was made. A collection plan was hatched for early Friday morning. Leg one got underway at 6:20am and was completed by glamorous red Saab convertible courtesy of @SRi05 - Top man. I was accompanied on the trip by @davidfowler2000 and as a perk of his employ, he bagged me a £6 train fare. We met at Glasgow Queen Street for the 0700 Inverness Service. \ Disappointingly this service was being operated by a Class 170 DMU, not an HST as we'd hoped. Furthering the disappointment, there was no trolley service on board. Dreich; NO LOITERING, by order. We arrived in Inverness and spied our first scrap of the trip, a Volvo 940 estate, also a remarkably rust free 02 plate Pisshat. We were met by the seller at the station who kindly gave us a lift out to his house about a mile away. Monies were exchanged and the crispy car collected. On the road to the petrol station we spied an Austin Maxi (!!!). We sloshed in some fuel at Tesco and got a quick bite to eat. A real 40 footer this one, but oh so very cheap and with plenty good bits to plunder. It is really incredibly crusty and the exhaust is bursted to all fuck, but engine and box seem bob on, there are some natty seats and some other good bits. We took the back road down towards Fort Augustus which was entertaining. Here is the MX-5 with Fowler having a pish in the background. Fort William was achieved and a pub lunch taken. The Fort as fucking dismal as always. Despite the gloomy skies we managed to keep the roof down from Fort William to Ardlui. The road home was a real rich seam of scrap. We spied @Tommyboy12 and @sharley17194 heading North on their heroic trip. Scrap count that we can remember; 02 plate Passat estate NOT ROTTEN IN INVERNESS!!! Austin Maxi Montego Estate Citroen AX 2 x Citroen Xsaras and a third on 4 axle stands Triumph TR6 Vauxhall (Carlton we think) Hearse "decorated" for some gumball rally that's going on up there this week DeLorean Reliant Fox camper (pictures earlier) E reg Ducato camper Smiley Transit Camper Volvo 940 Estate MG B GT Saab 900 Convertible Home was achieved almost exactly 12 hours from initial departure;
  8. Good work chaps, sorry I couldn't make it along to help.
  9. So, a quick update/intro to the LS. As alluded to, it's a 1999 Lexus LS400 DHP (Dynamic Handling Pack). I believe this consisted of 10mm lower ride height, stiffer springs, a thicker rear anti roll bar and 17 inch wheels. It does sit purposefully and I think the wheels are well suited. The chap who owned it previously had it for 12 years and had documented his ownership pretty thoroughly. It's had all the routine maintenance you'd expect and nothing has been skimped on. Had a timing belt etc in January last year. It's not perfect. The worst bits are some rust along the leading edge of the roof, the NSR wing has pretty bad lacquer peel and some bubbling on that arch. They're a bit at odds with the rest of the car which is very clean, so I'll definitely look to get them addressed. The AC doesn't (not sure if regas m8), the sat nav doesn't and the NSR doesn't work on the central locking. Drive back was very pleasant, set cruise to 62mph, assume the position and observe the nearside lane. Pretty decent economy for a 4.0 V8 barge! Interior is lovely, ridiculously plush and wears its 180k very well indeed. Heated rear seats; Very purple; Odd tyre size; You could eat your dinner off this engine bay; Met my brother to show him it the other night, two Lexai from 15 years apart, quite different; Took it a spin down to Ayrshire the other night; It still has the original toolkit in the boot and even comes with the Lexus album; Which has it's own wee dookit next to the CD changer; VID20210910124721.mp4 Apologies for the picture heavy update, but yes, loving it.
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