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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in Tim's Fleet - dearly departing   
    Are you sure it's the matrix leaking and not the heater control valve?
    They're a favourite on these...
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Broadsword in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    Fleet status: not great..
    Range Rover P38 V8 manual:
    It will no longer run on LPG, which I don't think will be a massive headache to solve, but I can't find a professional within a reasonable distance to look at it. Still runs and drives great though, just periodically getting engine disabled. I need to find someone with a Nanocom still to put that right, then get a nice new key made.
    Jaguar X300 XJ 3.2 Sport LPG:
    Did a bit of a marathon changing front brake discs and pads, giving the car a good looking over and a full service, regrease front wheel bearings, and retensioned drive belt to fix squeal. The car tidies up not bad. I put it on the road with a view to doing a long run this week. Before setting off too far, it did some local driving first. The brakes are fine now, which is a relief as they were terrible. Then the exhaust fell off. Oh, well back to the Lupo (which did 70 mpg over 400 miles!).
    Jaguar X306 XJR Manual:
    A little tired from being used as a mule for fixing other X300s. It has been on the back-burner due to several other projects, but I think what with most other things being wrapped up now it will finally get it's turn due to the new below.
    Porshce 924:
    It's turn came this week. Now I've concluded it has to be sold spares/repairs. After peeling off the first 12 inches of outer sill on the driver's side, it soon became apparent it's well beyond the facilities/skills of a DIY enthusiast. It's quite a lot worse than I though. MOT patches on top of rust, time and time again I'm afraid.
    Lupo:
    It keeps coming back to the Lupo, which rarely lets me down, just two snapped front springs. Can't get rid of it at this point as it's just too reliable. I hope it passes another MOT in March the way things are going..
    Also as some might have seen in another thread I'm still struggling to get refunded for a duff Rotunda VCM setup from someone on eBay. Hopefully the money will be refunded as promised by PayPal following it's return, but I'm getting worried it's all a scam even from PayPal's side. It was not cheap. Even with the refund, it won't cover the shipping costs (not cheap).
    TL;DR: Fleet fortunes in the doldrums.





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    Shirley Knott reacted to Broadsword in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    I've been quietly working on a project to facilitate repairs on the many Jags that come and go to Broadsword HQ. What I wanted was dealer-level diagnostics and the ability to program various things, mainly the throttle position sensor and do oxygen sensor calibration. Particularly on X300 Jags having this ability elevates you above the masses somewhat. The correct tool for the job is called a Rotunda VCM 1. This is a old diagnostic unit produced for Ford, but works on Jaguars and a few other makes too. A few months ago I decided, particularly for the sake of the manual XJR, that I really need this unit to stop doing fault diagnosis in the blind. Along the way I got to see one in action with a fellow Jag enthusiast, who turned out to have tucked away the most amazing Daimler Six X300 4.0 in Kingfisher blue/green, which he had single-handedly reshelled using a unused X308 shell. Truly amazing. He had a Chinese clone VCM, which contrary to the usual trend actually worked and had worked for over a decade. Naturally he opted not to sell it when I asked. I had already bought one VCM 1, which was a clone. It showed signs of promise, but would not connect to an old Jag (I still think it will talk to more modern stuff though).
    Once I had seen the VCM talking to an X300 via software called IDS I became more determined. I decided to budget more and buy a genuine VCM. One came up on eBay, a bit job lot with lots of extras. The seller was very clear that it all worked. Paid quite a lot to win the auction, collected it in person even if a bit far away aaaaaan..... it doesn't work. In fact there were two in the pack and both are broken. I'm currently embroiled in a bitter dispute with PayPal to get a return initiated and a refund. The seller is playing silly buggers. I know it was a con-job. I just want to get even. He can have his junk back. Despite paying on a card via PayPal, the buyer protection they proclaim is not shining through at the moment. This was a low moment. Still.... another genuine VCM turned up and for whatever reason the auction ended at a very reasonable price. The seller sent this on Special Delivery to me and it worked immediately when I plugged it into a Jag! Finally I have what effectively is god mode on these cars, and it was really worth the effort. Repairs and diagnosis will be greatly accelerated going forward on the old Jags. Happy to help fellow Shitters out on their X300s/X308s/S-type/X-type/XK8 etc.
    After that exhausting exercise the new P38 decided to revert to type.. I got properly locked out the car when the key fob battery failed and I changed the battery. The car was locked. The battery in the fob changed, EKA lockout, alarm going off lots. Stress sets in at this point. I was told to resync the key you turn the key in the driver's lock whiles holding buttons, this didn't work. After a while I decided to unplug the alarm siren so that I could tinker in peace. It later transpired the key would sync with the car when in the ignition and holding the lock button. Now everything is back to normal, but I really want to find someone with Nanocom to disable as much of the immobiser system as possible. It only succeeds at stranding the owner. If you have a problem with the key (and I do because the keyfob is a cheap remake), you could easily get stranded on the roads. Other faults on the P38 is that the LPG system is tripping off all the time under loads and there is some issue with the passenger electric window. It sticks somewhere and that triggers the "window blocked message". I can get it back up by pulling while raising the window. It's still magnificent to drive, just I think it wants the shock absorbers changing to make it a bit more composed on the road.


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    Shirley Knott reacted to Broadsword in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    State of the fleet address!
    The V8 Range Rover is officially on the road!!! First hiccup was that one brake caliper appeared to be slightly sticky from being laid up. This despite my religiously starting it up and running it around the "farm" as I do with all my cars in storage once a week. I had to shift a load of furniture today, so it was earning it's keep immediately. Later on I took it for a good hard hoon and I think all the brakes are now ok. Initially I had once very shiny brake disc on the driver's side front and three dull. Now they all seem fine. Anyways later I'll inspect the front brakes just to make sure. There is no pulling to one side on the road, so I think things will settle down once I remind the thing that is is in fact a car.
    The issue with the problematic key and "engine disabled" fault I think is down to the fact that the previous owner tried to re-shell the original key. I suspect everything was fine till he touched the innards of the keyfob. The shell of the key itself is very fragile and comes apart very easily. The moment the battery loses touch with the circuit board I think the car no longer recognizes the key and the engine is disabled upon inserting the key in the ignition. If you are very careful with the key and don't let anything flex on the inside, the engine starts every time, even after locking the doors. I might try building a new remote key as a more permanent solution. It can get a bit fraught when the "engine disabled" message comes up on the dash! The diesel never, ever would do this.
    So, what is the V8 manual P38 like? Totally different car from the diesel. Remember it has EAS and the engine/transmission could not be further removed from the outgoing diesel. I must reiterate that the sound of the engine is AWESOME. Handling is better admittedly on EAS, but I have to live with the thought that the system is definitely going to give me trouble. I have a very slightly inkling that the Terrafirma shock absorbers are not in their first flush of youth just going by feel and the reports from @Cooper1 that fitting all new shock absorbers to a old P38 is a real game changer (more the latter I think). Not withstanding that the V8 drives really nice and it's surprisingly quick for what is is. It's not fast as such, but piles on the speed remarkably quickly for it's size. Progress is utterly effortless, and the V8 is smooth even if very old-school. I've had to adapt my driving style on account of the manual transmission. Some skill is required to avoid lurching as you progress through the gears, but that is to be expected piloting such a heavy things. I'm delighted. It's very tidy and presentable, nice to have one car that is.
    One other major project I'm currently working on is getting proper dealer level diagnostics for Jaguars. The unit I need is called a "VCM" by Rotunda. This would satisfy all Jag diagnostics/programming from 1995 onward (utterly invaluable for my purposes). A recently purchased clone doesn't work on my old Jags, but I think will work fine with newer Jags post 2005 and Fords. It came with a Toughbook and I will likely sell it on and try and get a genuine VCM (I'm really determined after a fellow Jag enthusiast with a working VCM showed me one in action!) More to come on that front.
    So the core fleet now is the venerable and increasingly leggy Lupo, the V8 P38 and the XJR manual. The Lupo recently got new front tyres. The fitment of tyres on the Lupo was a complete disaster. I treated it to a full fresh set, but a garage refused to replace the rears claiming they should be a different size!!! That whole debacle was utterly baffling and lost me time/effort. It runs and drives fine, but need a  good check on the underside and some rustproofing. It feels really soft and wooly, but I think I drive so many cars now it's just the effect of going between so many different cars. The XJR manual is still as is with a misfire at idle and the interior not sorted just through lack of time. I really need the VCM to diagnose the XJR properly. Even with the oxygen sensors replace it's running really rich. It's still blisteringly fast. My main gripe with it is that that I can make it presentable without much trouble when I get a moment, but I really don't like the colour.  X300s look best in british racing green, blues and turquoise in my opinion. Carnival red seemed to be a really popular and moderately dull colour in my opinion.
    On the periphery of the fleet is the Porsche 924, which now really benefits from living in a garage. I've been putting off the welding too long now and really need to sort it out. I will need lots of welding I'm afraid, and not looking forward to that bit. I will be sorted and emerge a totally transformed vehicle, much like the Herald.
    One more thing... I've just picked up another LPG car that will take the load off the Lupo somewhat. Based on the drive home from west Yorkshire, no it has front brakes. The seller said slight* brake judder. It was an understatement.  More to come on that soon. It was exceedingly cheap. You may well guess what brand it is. Clue: it has six cylinders.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Broadsword in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    The manual XJR still isn’t running any different, mainly because I haven’t had any time to work on it. Tomorrow I plan to be prodding around the throttle body area in a search of air leaks.
    The car that has been on the fleet longest (since December 2018) might soon be for sale. Basically I’m very happy with it and it continues to be reliable and extremely useful. However some time ago I thought about what would be the perfect P38. I always had a hunch the 4.0 V8 manual would be a really punchy combo, preferably still on a well maintained EAS system, maybe in dark blue and an LPG system would be a must due to the fuel consumption. Of course getting all that in a well maintained example would be most unlikely right? That’s what I thought until this arrived on the driveway the other day…
    This is a strange P38. It’s first registered in  2001 but Land Rover confirms from the VIN that it’s a 1998 car. I did a car history check before buying and there is no dodgyness in it’s history. I even have the original books and it shows that it was definitely sold brand new in 2001. How this happened is a mystery. What matters that it’s in fabulous shape and is the perfect spec. I had never been in a car with a Rover V8 and all I can say is that it’s old school muscle and marvellous. It won’t be pressed into service till the diesel is prepped for sale mind so I will have to be patient. I think I have bought well.
     
     



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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from mercedade in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Another mundane update here- Mostly for my own benefit/records really.
    Today I cleared the mud out of the 'new to us' Mk4 Roffle Gti's arches.
    As expected- Grim. All Mk4's (And lots of other VW's) do this. For anyone who has one, pulling back the arch liners and cleaning out the crud should be a yearly job  if avoiding rust is your thing...
     

     
    All this from one arch...
     

     
    Rusty T25 arch liner screws replaced with shiny new ones for re-assembly...
     

     
    After this the V70 received a quick wash. I've had this for pretty much 2 years to the date IIRC and it's become a firm fleet favourite. Scrubs up well for a 20 year old motor I recon....
     

     
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Tickman in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Another mundane update here- Mostly for my own benefit/records really.
    Today I cleared the mud out of the 'new to us' Mk4 Roffle Gti's arches.
    As expected- Grim. All Mk4's (And lots of other VW's) do this. For anyone who has one, pulling back the arch liners and cleaning out the crud should be a yearly job  if avoiding rust is your thing...
     

     
    All this from one arch...
     

     
    Rusty T25 arch liner screws replaced with shiny new ones for re-assembly...
     

     
    After this the V70 received a quick wash. I've had this for pretty much 2 years to the date IIRC and it's become a firm fleet favourite. Scrubs up well for a 20 year old motor I recon....
     

     
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Sh'Eds in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Another mundane update here- Mostly for my own benefit/records really.
    Today I cleared the mud out of the 'new to us' Mk4 Roffle Gti's arches.
    As expected- Grim. All Mk4's (And lots of other VW's) do this. For anyone who has one, pulling back the arch liners and cleaning out the crud should be a yearly job  if avoiding rust is your thing...
     

     
    All this from one arch...
     

     
    Rusty T25 arch liner screws replaced with shiny new ones for re-assembly...
     

     
    After this the V70 received a quick wash. I've had this for pretty much 2 years to the date IIRC and it's become a firm fleet favourite. Scrubs up well for a 20 year old motor I recon....
     

     
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from mk2_craig in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Minor update here
    Basically everything seems to be going swimmingly. 
    After much work initially on the V70 and Roffle Golf Gti, both seem to now be doing the do and covering 30 miles a day each without any issues, both are actual useable and fairly presentable cars now. The Golf SDi plods on as usual, completely rock steady too.
    The only excitement has been a  new expansion tank for the SDi as the old one had become a bit grubby. 
     

     
    At £14 delivered from Mr Meyle, it's a job worth doing. Old Vs New...
     

     
    Half way there....
     

     
    And done. Much nicer...
     

     
    And finally, a 'mod' of types. @warninglight  proved himself to be a shiter of wonderful colours by obliging a request on my part and using 3D printing wizardry to zap up some rear ashtray deletes, thus getting rid of the perennially broken parts (TADTS) at the arse end of both of our Golfs.
    Enough words. Before....
     

     
    A lovely new part lovingly crafted by one of our own....
     

     
    And better....
     

     
    Anyone with a Mk4 should probably consider one of these (Unless they regularly have rear passengers that smoke, then probably not) 
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Minimad5 in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Another mundane update here- Mostly for my own benefit/records really.
    Today I cleared the mud out of the 'new to us' Mk4 Roffle Gti's arches.
    As expected- Grim. All Mk4's (And lots of other VW's) do this. For anyone who has one, pulling back the arch liners and cleaning out the crud should be a yearly job  if avoiding rust is your thing...
     

     
    All this from one arch...
     

     
    Rusty T25 arch liner screws replaced with shiny new ones for re-assembly...
     

     
    After this the V70 received a quick wash. I've had this for pretty much 2 years to the date IIRC and it's become a firm fleet favourite. Scrubs up well for a 20 year old motor I recon....
     

     
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - lacklustre progress :(   
    I went to a trackday last night down at Teeside Autodrome, it was rather damp at first but dried up and was plenty o' fun



    being damp, I kept the road tyres on - might need a new set of those soon (brakes took an absolute hammering too)

    but the little mazda, as always, took it all in its stride  
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - lacklustre progress :(   
    I also bought this Camber and Castor Alignment Gauge

    which will be very handy for setting up the Exo, once I've figured out how to use it  
    looks complicated, but I'll have a go and see how I get on

    taken from 
    https://www.merlinmotorsport.co.uk/files/transfer/technical/doc/adacambergaugeinst.pdf
    so with a bit of luck, this will all eventually make sense


    from 
    https://www.miata.net/garage/alignment/
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - lacklustre progress :(   
    the steering wheel on the mx5 is staring to fall apart, shame as I really like it

    I imagine its going to be all kinds of tricky to glue this together without looking a mess


    a few beers were sufficient to relax my bidding finger last week  

    sorted ! pretty good quality for an eBay special (the only genuine momo bit is the horn button)

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    Shirley Knott reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - lacklustre progress :(   
    One thing to watch out for on the Exo is those bloody sharp edges on the bonnet - having bashed my dome repeatedly for several days, it was time to do something about it
    not only are bonnet catches the work of the devil, it would appear that bonnet trim is too ! My hands actually ache after forcing this cursed stuff into place.


    still, no more of this - feel free to add your own sound effects !

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    Shirley Knott reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - lacklustre progress :(   
    I took it outside to run up to temp and check for coolant leaks - no such leaks were evident so I took some pretty pics


    I'm still not sure on that tyre pen - will probably not bother on the good tyres

    that grille mesh looks great though, I'm really pleased with that

    no hooning today as too many neighbours out in their gardens  
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - lacklustre progress :(   
    the flimsy rear view mirror finally got fitted


    seems to work  

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    Shirley Knott reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - lacklustre progress :(   
    I had a day off yesterday so had another go at those bonnet catches - a bit of patience got them sorted, not quite perfect but close enough for now. no pics as I'd rather forget the experience  
    So, to another of those little jobs needing sorted - my juice bottle coolant tank was rather getting in the way of the radiator fans and needed to be relocated

    and could probably do with something more permanent than cable ties


    so a bracket was needed
    a central locking motor bracket was repurposed

    taped up

    and bolted into place on the firewall where there is plenty of empty space


    fancy fabric covered hose to hook it up - looks pretty neat down there next to the tiny horn

    it's all looking pretty tidy

    I printed some labels for the fuseboxes and stuck them on the wiring tray lid (I saved them as a jpeg and used the photo printer down at tescos for a nice glossy finish)

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    Shirley Knott reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - lacklustre progress :(   
    it all started so well..............
    the brackets I made from bits of scrap were functional but I wanted something a bit neater - with a bit of jiggery pokery, I fashioned a solution 

    and onto the car, with a shortened pin and a nyloc on the bottom to keep it all nice and secure

    clearly, tonight, I am the king of bonnet pins !


    great, so just the other side to do
    which, predictably, turned into an utter f***ing nightmare
    no more pics as extreme temper loss was imminent and I had to pack up for the night
    on the bright side, the bonnet is now 150% secure as the passenger side appears to be permanently locked shut - king of bonnet pins, my hairy arse !
    time for beer 
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. Attempting to get the lift working   
    So I took this to the workshop to have a look over. There were priorities like coolant warning light etc but
    Roof off first. Wonder where it went? Found it!

    Still room under it but possibly not for a weekly shop.
    Next was the grot, not the rusty kind.

    Yuk. This got cleaned up a bit as well as

    Roof drains, might be worth keeping these clear.

    More yuk

    Much better. 
    Didn't clean the car, just the gross bits. 
    More shakedown runs and getting comfortable enough to stop hearing things and wondering what is about to fall off or break!
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. Attempting to get the lift working   
    A lot of words and no pictures!
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. Attempting to get the lift working   
    True to his word the exhaust departed a couple of days later, My youngest whos car it is sent me a picture of the exhaust hanging off the back still attached by one rubber.
    She was pissing herself laughing especially at the car that had been tailgating her then backed right off for some reason 😂
    This got replaced at a cost of about 7p because bits are so cheap.
    Poor Mr Hedgehog was mortified when he found out but I pointed out it was exactly as described. It is a great little car and highly recommended.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. Attempting to get the lift working   
    Life has got in the way this year with work being mental busy which I know is a good position to be in.
    The campervan I had left earlier this year and Richard's old 850, which on paper was the perfect forever car, also went after I realised that decent looking cars are not my thing as I'm too concerned to use it as I should!
    I was left with a 'fleet' of two, the Minor and the GSR! This is the lowest in well over 10 years!
    The extended fleet still includes @stereotypes 205 and a new arrival of a little blue Peugeot 107 from @davehedgehog31
    His message about the 107 before purchase said it is a great little car, dent's, scratches etc. Only real issue is the exhaust is about to fall off. (It had previously had its life extended with a bit of weld)
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from UltraWomble in Wombles Wheels - Puggler 108 & Black Boxes   
    I checked in here purely for the salt 'n' pepper pun, but as always have been reminded what a bloody good read this topic is.
    Bravo!
    I honestly long to get into the world of 'peds (Idially on a heavily modified, 21mm carbed 20,000 rpm rebuild every 1000km Peugeot 103 RCX) but I'm too vain... At 6'1 and circa 15 stone I'd look (Even more) ridiculous on one. 
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Coprolalia in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Three month update here- Essentially because there's been zero action for 3 months until today
    First of all, @Sh'Eds made his way oop North from Coventry to check my brake lights. Good job as a bulb was indeed blown. Thanks Eds. The infamous Tahoe was observed from a distance- Tis huge.
    Also, the SDi Golf had been making a horrific grinding noise from the offside front wheel when turning hard left. I'd assumed wheel bearing/binding CV/dragging brakes etc, but when all was said and done it actually turned out to be a disintegrating brake disc backing shield...
     

     
    Closer Clarice...
     

     
    I'll have to replace that. For now though the car is silent again, and that's golden.
    On to the Volvo for a 'small service'. By this I mean it's less than 5000 miles since the fuel filter/plugs/air filter were changed, so the *service basically comprised of a brake clean up, handbrake adjust, a check over of boots/bushes etc and an oil and filter change.... 
     

     
    Whilst cracking on with this lot, I got to thinking about the cars on fleet at present, and it struck me that I've arguably somehow managed to end up with literally the least desirable models of each respective marque across the piste? 
    *V70- Mines the lowly 140 ps petrol manual (Should have bought the T5/D5/170PS M9)
    *Mk4 Golf SDi (Should have bought a TDi mate, SDi's are woeful. A PD 130 or 150 would be better, even an ALH 90ps ?)
    *Mk4 Golf GTi 2.0 (Not a proper GTi M9, you need the 1.8T)
    Irrespective of all this, I'm loving life with three turbo-less wonders at present and it would take something seriously special to turn my head at this stage.
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from mercedade in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Minor update here
    Basically everything seems to be going swimmingly. 
    After much work initially on the V70 and Roffle Golf Gti, both seem to now be doing the do and covering 30 miles a day each without any issues, both are actual useable and fairly presentable cars now. The Golf SDi plods on as usual, completely rock steady too.
    The only excitement has been a  new expansion tank for the SDi as the old one had become a bit grubby. 
     

     
    At £14 delivered from Mr Meyle, it's a job worth doing. Old Vs New...
     

     
    Half way there....
     

     
    And done. Much nicer...
     

     
    And finally, a 'mod' of types. @warninglight  proved himself to be a shiter of wonderful colours by obliging a request on my part and using 3D printing wizardry to zap up some rear ashtray deletes, thus getting rid of the perennially broken parts (TADTS) at the arse end of both of our Golfs.
    Enough words. Before....
     

     
    A lovely new part lovingly crafted by one of our own....
     

     
    And better....
     

     
    Anyone with a Mk4 should probably consider one of these (Unless they regularly have rear passengers that smoke, then probably not) 
     
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