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SmokinWaffle last won the day on November 16 2020

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  1. Am I right in thinking that this is a H4 bulb holder? Now it's getting darker I really need to replace this and a H4 looks about right...I could go outside and take a closer look but it's much warmer on the sofa! Check moneybags out over here - these are shoezones finest.
  2. MOT booked at a good place local to @Jikovron that he suggested, got a week off at the end this month and the MOT is booked right at the start of it. We will see what it fails on and go from there! Going to be clearing the garage a bit and getting a bit more organised at the weekend too hopefully which should help things.
  3. Hello! I haven't yet, been busy with work and its still on my drive with 3 wheels awaiting me getting the alternator out! It's very endearing though, so it will get done! Hopefully yours isn't also mouldy!
  4. Anyone have a big amount of spare time, a sparkly stick and a burning want for a Pug 504 pickup? Roll up.
  5. I believe that's a very common swap - yeah! Figured I better get the battery out to charge it if I'm actually going to get an MOT attempt on it anytime soon! Had a busy few weekends with some friends visiting and walking in the peaks. Took out the battery, aaand: Ooooh. Hello crusty. Haven't given it a poke - but I don't think it's too awful and it's an easy enough section anyhow. Also found some lovely OEM* wiring: Assuming that all works as it should I'll probably solder and heatshrink it... The money shot: Having a car with a forward tilting bonnet feels pretty special - I approve.
  6. K11, Prefacelift Diesel. If it is - dibs. Not even sure one exists in the UK. Can't say I've ever even seen one in the wild anywhere else in a picture or anything. But they do exist!
  7. They are - but they are going up in value (future classik m8). Looking on Facebook they seem to go for £500 even without an engine which is insane to me - they're popular drift cars and easy to work on and modify which helps. For a decent MOT'd one they go for £1-1.6k it seems (with some modifications ect). Mental. Although that'd be awesome - I had a supercharged Eunos and it was huge amounts of fun but so expensive to run. Modifications will probably be wheels, some lowering springs for the front and blocks for the back, probably a silly exhaust of some kind. I have young nieces and a nephew - was thinking of letting them splatter paint it or similar - just really want to have fun with it and make some memories. Considering getting a spare gearbox/diff and welding the diff as it'd be fun but I'm still on the fence. I've driven cars with welded diffs, they're okay and good fun but day to day...unsure. Tempting - I was thinking of stripping out the interior (well, the back seats at least) and doing something a bit minimal - but I'm unsure how much I'd like driving it if it was like that. The rear seats are pretty useless legroom wise to be honest. @Jikovron keeps whispering in my ear about that. If I end up keeping it long term I'd consider it - just cutting my teeth with welding/mechanicals as a whole these days - but I'd certainly consider it. I had a pre-facelift 740 with the N/A 2.3 - that was fun but again - super juicy. Trying to keep the balance of fun and not drinking fuel like an oil rig. I also prefer the 4 door! 3 doors of most cars weird me out. I don't want a door that long damn it, it's awkward in car parks - stop it. 😛
  8. Haha - appreciate it. I do love how the saloons look too! I had a 740 Saloon - that was a bit big when the back came out but good fun. This has a nice little bit of peel on the roof and the bootlid - adds to the character! Updated the second post I reserved for anyone interested
  9. Thankfully having recovered from COVID - and starting to feel better for the first time in a while - a few days later of some good rest and checking we didn't have symptoms - we travelled down South to safely visit some family at a distance. Oddly enough - there was a chap about 2 hours from me selling some wheels I've always wanted that look awesome on Volvo 340's - Starmags. I've always wanted some but never really had a car that suited - until now. Even oddlier(?) - he was at Brands Hatch that same weekend 20 minutes from where I was staying - so we arranged to meet up and a deal was made - and I'm now the very happy owner of these: 13", 7" wide and nice and dishy. Shiny too - and with tyres at a very good price. They look very nice on 340's as you can see here - and fit very nicely: The plan of action for the car is to drive it to a pre-booked MOT at a centre close to a newly met fellow car botherer and all round great guy - @Jikovron - and see what it fails on. I don't think it'll really need much apart from the passenger sill cutting out and re-doing that's a bit crisp - potentially the brakes in some way as the pedal has a bit of a hiss on - other than that it's really quite okay for it's age. After that's all done - get an MOT on it - service, do the thermostat and enjoy it. I'll get some pictures of the rusty bits when I get a chance. Pre-warning for the purists - this will not stay original. This is a car I intend to have fun with - and it will be modified. You might not agree with some of it - and that's okay - but please do not comment hateful or unkind things. There is more than one way to enjoy a car - and keep in mind that this was destined for the scrapyard. I like to share my progress on here for my own and others enjoyment. There is plenty on here for all types of interest, I also have a thread on a very stock and original Citroen BX (my daily) and a mouldy smart car which needs a lot of love - so I cover all bases! Looking forward to sorting some time off work to book and MOT and get started - at the moment it's on my drive with a flat battery which is a bit annoying.
  10. Hi all! Figured I'd finally make a thread for this. Back at the end of July @Slowsilver put out a call to aid to save a sweet little Volvo 340 from the scrapman: And it was very promptly saved by @NorfolkNWeigh - beating me by minutes. Darn it! I PM'd him shortly after and said if he ever gets bored with it, give me a call. Low and behold - a few days later I got a PM from him - turns out it just wasn't his cup of tea (as well as being filthy) - and was kindly giving me first refusal. A phone call was had, a deal was struck - and a few hours later we met at a pub to do the exchange. Kindly - he agreed to meet me at a pub inbetween us (making a 4 hour round trip into 2 - what a chap!) - and I can't thank him enough. Pictures from the pub car park: Popped some fuel in and drove home - arrived safe: And the next day - the outside of my house looked like a scene from The Bill in the 90's... First Impressions: Drives well, clutch is perfectly fine but very paddle-esque. It's a little rocket (well, anything is compared to the BX) and is pretty comfy. Interior is very charming and up my street. Has old car smell - it smells almost exactly the same as my first Eunos which I loved. Comes with a bunch of history (including things like a brand new full exhaust in the last 12 months and a service for instance - off the top of my head), a buttload of spares and a Haynes manual with all sorts of useful scribbles. Manual choke is a nice touch. I noticed on the drive back it didn't much get over 1/4 temp, would rise to 1/2 when left to idle, fan kick in, then back down. No signs of HGF of any kind, no smoke, no mayo, coolant smells and looks totally normal - I'm thinking most likely a stuck open thermostat. Apparently they often get fitted backwards by accident on these too. It very much has the old workhorse vibe that the 405 that I sold to @HMC to make room for this had - and I have a soft spot for that. A bit of context, my neighbour had one of these when I was a kid - and I remember it being gold, raspy and always having a bit of a weird interest in it. As my interest in cars grew I have always wanted one, hatch, old, RWD and characterful - what's not to like? Funnily a few days earlier on a trip down South I saw this driven by an old dear on the motorway: Almost like foreshadowing! Sadly - a few days after I got it home I felt very unwell and contracted COVID - and was bed bound for a week and stuck inside for just over two weeks which put a downer on things. Just starting to feel better the past week or so and being allowed out - so now hoping to get a few things done.
  11. Appreciate the advice - £45 for the OEM one refurbed is more than fair to me. I've found a place locally (Chapman Auto Electrics for anyone interested) which seems to be well reviewed. I'll give them a bell at lunch, if not I will probs or arrange it with Jasm. I'm often down the south east coast ish anyhow.
  12. Oh how I wish I'd read this before I started it up... Squealed like a stuck pig, alternator was seized. Turned it off. Belt was okay - if a little hot. I then spent 2.5 hours attempting to get it unseized using....alternative methods: got it turning with a socket on it - but after a zillion turns it is it looser but still very far from being able to turn by hand. Even with several thousand litres of WD40 (well, the cheap equivilant), tapping it to loosen it, ect ect. Turns semi-freely 3/4 of the time, 1/4 is tougher - but very much not able to by hand. Put the belt back on thinking a crank might free up what's left - still no luck when cranking it - looks like it'll either need a rebuild or a new one. Boo. I now also have ruined my hands turning a socket ten million times and hitting my hand on the floor 20% of those turns. BUT it was a fun learning experience. Anyone know anywhere in South Yorkshire that rebuilds alternators?
  13. Thank you @outlaw118 and @Cento16v for the mould advice! Cheers for the advice @Merryck (and the car) - and @Timewaster they are a weird little thing! So - I finally got myself a decent toolkit in the form of a Halfords Advanced 175PC set - £200 reduced from £255, then some other cheeky discounts from a friend got it down to £170 or so. Bargain. So of course I had to christen it by attempting to fix something. Jacked up, Wheel off (3 stud - a rare treat), irritating plastic plugs removed from plastic cover that hides the belts after much scuffed knuckles: The remains of the shredded belt! Cleaned that all up, and after much swearing and poking (and finally getting the nut loosened on the alternator pivot thing): Hooray! Although I'm also now just realising how much less adjusted the alternator is given the position of the old nut mark - should I adjust it back to where it used to be do you think? Probably should - feels tight but I guess it needs to be tighter? Thoughts? Not really sure how tight it needs to be and that seems like a big margin of error. Equally - it's been in the place it was before I loosened it for however many thousand miles - who am I to argue...now I take another look also it does look a bit slack on that bottom pulley. Checked the fluids - oil is okay-ish - enough to be safe, coolant was maybe a smidge low but not really. Bonus engine shot: Isn't it cute. It's basically a Mercedes SLK. Also realised how much more access I have to the water pump pulley at the top - wish I'd known that when I was swearing and working blind with my arm in the wheel arch... Fitted the battery in the passenger footwell, not awkward or irritating at all. Life! Radio lit up. Key in.....key symbol on dash, doesn't turn over. Quick google - turns out if this happens I need to hit the unlock key whilst the key is in the ignition. Hurrah! Now it shows that it's in neutral. Tried to start it - one crank and it turned over half-ish then clicked. Not enough oomph in the battery - probably because I used it to help the 405 start before Ceri picked it up...blast. I'll leave it on charge for the night - adjust the belt tomorrow to be tighter (still would appreciate opinions) - then give it another go. Bonus pictures from when it was picked up: The last journey Ceri's Kia made - taken minutes before it gave up the ghost in a rather large way. And a great couple of pics of how it was shunted around the yard - not road legal but of course not needed and the Kia was broken so this was the only option! Fingers crossed tomorrow we should have a running smart car - might need to pop to get some fuel for it though. Once I've verified all is well and it's up to temp without exploding - I can start on the interior and getting it MOT'd.
  14. Halfords have a sale on some of their Advanced socket sets at the moment - good if you're looking for one. I got the 175PC - £200 down from £255 (and I got some additional discount on top through a friend and a trade card bringing it to £170~ or so which was nice)
  15. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/995825150959121/ No idea what I'm looking at, but it's cute and bloody expensive.. Looks like a @LightBulbFun sorta car?
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