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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Coprolalia in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Aye, the radiator wasn't fun. A long drawn out process, but at least logical and fairly straight forward.
    Meanwhile, I've assemble a list for my own records really of the parts the Roffle Golf has so far required to get to a stage that it's useable and a safe prospect...
    The list so far
    Timing belt and waterpump - Gates kit- No history of a change (£190- Job farmed out)
    Thermostat- Not reaching correct operating temperature (£10 Calorstat part)
    Coolant sensor- Coolant temp gauge inoperative (£12 Intermotor part)
    Discs and pads all round- Advised for all on last MOT, rusty/old (£72 Comline parts)
    Brake pedal sensor- No brake lights/EPS dash warning (£12 Intermotor part)
    Fresh coolant- Obvious reasons (£15 ECP)
    Radiator- Leaking badly (£19 Nissens part)
    Crank position sensor- Occasional reluctance to start (£23 Bosch part)
    Replacement 'sport' style seat- Torn bolster (£40 breakers yard)
    Replacement armrest- Broken (£10 Ebay part)
    Replacement airbox- Broken (£10 breakers yard)
    Air filter- Service (£8 Bosch part)
    Oil change - Service (£14)
    Total-    £435
    So not cheap, but lots of money saved by doing everything bar the timing belt in house. All pretty much standard old car stuff and not unexpected after a long time sitting around doing nothing as this one had!
     
     
     
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Coprolalia in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Since my roffle Golf win landed a month or so back, it's been clear the radiator was leaking. Today I grasped the antifreeze soaked nettle and got stuck in.
    The old rad, once removed was clearly leaking quite badly from both sides as can be seen by the pink coolant stains...
     

     

     
    Old vs new as fans/sensors etc are swapped across...
     

     
    The level of dissasembly required to replace the radiator on these is not for the feint hearted....
     

     

     
    It's all back together now and running properly, free from leaks, thank God.
    The Nissens branded radiator only cost £19 delivered, so a cheap job, but the emotional cost was high. The last time I changed a rad on a Mk4 was nearly ten years ago, that car didn't have AC and was far less taxing!
    I'm firmly listing VAG radiator changes under 'Pay someone else to do it' in future!
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Broadsword in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Funnily enough no.
    The Golf is a much bigger car with better soundproofing and thicker panels. They honestly feel no different to drive from a sound vibration perspective to the TDi's. Get out of the car and you can hear the difference, otherwise not so much. Honestly they're worlds apart from the Lupo SDi experience which at best is vibration rich and agricultural, and at worst is like piloting a mobile pneumatic drill.
    A 1.7 NA diesel engine was perhaps not the best thing to house in a car the size of a shoe- Results are predictable.
    The string to the Lupo SDi's bow  is it's quicker, and also even more frugal... If memory serves me correctly the Lupo's achieve 0-60  in circa 14.5 seconds whilst the Golf SDi takes an unbelievable 16.8 seconds to get there (When they were new!)
    Back in the Club Lupo days, lots of the SDi guys were mapping idle speed up to 900rpm from the standard 750rpm themselves via VCDS. This apparently helps immensely and would have been my next move with the one I sold you a couple of years back.
     
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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 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 reacted to Broadsword in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    It’s definitely a very AS kind of a fleet. You are living the dream! One question about the 1.9 SDI engine. Does it rattle one’s bones in the same manner as the 1.7 SDI in the Lupo? 
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from danthecapriman 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 Broadsword 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 Tenmil Socket in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    TBF I think the aftermarket ones start out yellow even when they're new, still grim though.
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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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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Tenmil Socket in Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Arch Enemy Tackled   
    Work on the V70 continues, today was brake day. I always like to strip and service brakes on any new fleet member as they'll spend a good amount of their time with my beloved family and brethren in them, safety first! Also both front and back drivers side brakes were clearly dragging so some TLC was definitely required.
    Up she goes....
     

     
    I was pleased to find matching tyres in pairs front and back when I bought this one, always a good sign IMO. Today my pleasure zone was further tickled when I realised all four of them are pretty much brand new, that surely represents about 75% of what was paid for the car, V70's must be at rock bottom now in terms of value....
     

     
    All four brakes were completely stripped/cleaned/wire brushed and re greased, unfortunately the two calipers on the on the drivers side were stuck as suspected. I'm likely to have to replace these but thought I'd have a go at reviving them before I spaff £60 a piece on replacements.
    First step, caliper off and pistons extended slowly but surely using the brake pedal before pulling back the rubber boots, cleaning the pistons thoroughly with emery paper and then soaking in silicone grease...
     

     
    And then wound back in using a detached bench vice and brute force (I'm not proud of myself)
     

     
    The good news is that after 20 miles of use this afternoon the brakes are no longer binding, frankly I recon it's only a matter of time before they stick again, but you never know right? Always best to try the simple/free stuff before getting the wallet out,
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Jenson Velcro 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 reacted to Dyslexic Viking in Dyslexic Viking's Audi 80 B2 and more.   
    Just to start with and say that writing and pictures is not something I am good at but will do my best. Now I finally became the owner of an older car again. Was difficult to choose when I had several cars to choose from but chose this Audi 80 as I have always liked these and this was a good buy by Norwegian standard a Volvo 240 would easily cost twice as much in the same condition. So this is a 1982 Audi 80 CL so cheapest version with 1.6 petrol engine and 5 speed manual transmission. And has only 117,000 km (about 72,000 miles) on him and has known history the first owner was an older couple when they passed away, the son became the new owner and he passed away in 2018. When his widow was to buy his tombstone, she mentioned to the seller about the car and he bought it and I bought it from him. So it has lived its whole life until now in the town of Kragerø.
    Now some pictures and I like the color of this fits the car well.




     
     
    The dealer in Kragerø who sold the car new.

     
    And the interior has a wonderful green color. And I said in the ebay thread about this that I liked the facelift version its dash board better but and having seen this in reality I like it very much.



     
    And the engine compartment is incredibly nice still for the age.

     
    So my plans for this one are just to take care of it and use it in the summer. and the car will be kept as original as possible.
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to jaypee in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    Here are some 'before' pics of the exhaust. Clearly it's been a 'KUSTOM INSTOLL M7' 




    There are also some sounds of it in this here video. 
    At around the 12 minute mark. This was created by a guy @320touring and I met at a car event, he's clearly a bit nervous, hopefully you get some idea of the car though 😊.
    Car is ready to be picked up tomorrow. 
    Yaassss! 
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    Shirley Knott reacted to steveo3002 in redex oil tescos £6.50   
    tesco has the redex brand oil on offer at 6.50 for 2ltr...not a bad deal , most flavours available
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    Shirley Knott reacted to BorniteIdentity in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    Through Lockdown 1.0, my immediate neighbour and fellow fan of motoring pursuits began a 'virtual' car club in the village.  He's a very sweet man - it started with lockdown car shows (show and shine on your own drive) then, through the wintery months, grew a newsletter with articles of interest on small, local car builders. (like Berkeley of Biggleswade).  Finally, a couple of months ago, we had our first 'Convoy' out - approximately 20 cars trundling around the Cambridgeshire countryside - just purely for the sake of burning some petrol and raising some smiles.
    The first drive was undertaken in the Escort.  This man is a friend of a friend, and delighted in telling his son what a rare car I had.  Funny, as he'd turned up in a 100 year old car himself that was far rarer! 

    This weekend, we had our second drive out - this time towards Wimpole.  As you can see, whilst the weather wasn't quite as good - the cars were, once again, a lovely eclectic mix.

    I'm reliably informed by my friend who knows more about this sort of stuff - that it's a Ferrari F8 Tributo.  Yes - not all of my neighbours are crippling disappointments on the local media scene.

    This is a glorious car, and I've had my eye on it for a long long time.  At some stage, it will come up for sale.  Unfortunately I'm about 8th on the list and it won't be cheap.  It's about the best example you'll ever find of one though, completely original, 2 owners and 70k.
    The local garageman has a few M3s, and a set of tradeplates.  I like his style.


    Really enjoyed paying this much, much more attention than the Ferrari or the Bentley that arrived a little later.  Also, a lovely moment as two friends hug for the first time in 18 months.  🥰
    Little bit of flexing in this corner, but that's fine.  All owned by thoroughly lovely people whose interest and passion for cars is no greater or different to ours.

    Yes, it's a 1.9.  Yes, he just bought it.  No, I'm not crude enough to ask £hfm.  
    The weather just held out for an enjoyable 24 mile route.  Half the cars go clockwise, and half the route go anticlockwise.  We do this to try to prevent holding up too much traffic.  The great thing is - at approximately the halfway point - you see the other cars coming towards you which is great!  
    The Sierra?  Well, it was only the second journey out with the newly installed clutch and everything is fine.  It is the lowest clutch in the history of low clutches, but that will be rectified when I can get a gap at my local garage who can fit a new adjuster.  It still seems to be losing coolant somewhere but I can't for the fucking life of me find out where.  There's little to no trace of crystalised coolant, but it seems to just drop the level.  I wonder if it's finding its own happy place down towards the bottom of the expansion vessel?  Either that or it has a hairline crack, or the cap is faulty.  Fucknose.
    Anyway, an enjoyable trip out.  FotU next (subject to me feeling like going, which is 50/50) and that'll be the longest run it's done in about 3 years!

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    Shirley Knott reacted to BorniteIdentity in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    Camping. Once cheap fun and an opportunity, if you were either Sid James or Bernard Bresslaw, to try and have your wicked way with a convent girl called ‘Babs’. 
    These days, especially in the autumn of Covid, it’s actually quite an elite sport. Rather than modest tents of canvas and fibreglass construction, it’s all Air Tents and Motorhomes these days. Some pitches are commanding £60 per night, par with a Premier Inn if you can find one. 
    Me being me (wanting to keep it real and keep the money in my pocket) we shopped hard and came up trumps. The first camp site we visited was hippy AF. Lots of women with either pink or blue hair, and not a bra between them. Majestic. It was proper off grid with hooks for solar showers and a marvellous wild flower meadow. We loved it so, so much.

    Each pitch was 10m x 10m with the pitches cut into the grass and 10m between pitches. Behind, your own clearing among the trees. The van accommodated four with the other two of us in the little tent. 
    After this, we moved onto another place at Mundesley. This was very different; much more touristy and no chance of me catching a glimpse of my wife washing her magnificent bosom among the trees like a Timotei advert. That said, a shower was welcome and the wife was pleased not to have to lather in full view of Darren from Hull. It was 5 mins from the beach and lovely, albeit for different reasons. 

    My son got his GCSE results whilst we were on site (superb) and we’ll never forget it. 
    Are we fully paid up campers now? Well, nearly. Wife struggled with her back a bit. A larger tent would have helped but I’m keen not to become someone who has to have all the latest gear and gadgets. Other than struggling to keep things dry it was great, and I’m ready to go again. 
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    Shirley Knott reacted to BorniteIdentity in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    With depleting stocks on the Bornite forecourt, and reduced mojo still a factor, attention has turned to our much loved T4 Caravelle. For newcomers, it’s a long nose, long wheel based van with starship mileage. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a vehicle that was so loved by its previous owner; not measured in bills and receipts (although he spent thousands on it) but measured in memories. They would travel to the south of France each year, and the bus was as much a member of the family as their daughters. 
    In peace time, we’d head for a week to somewhere like Dorset for some holiday park action. It works well for us with four kids who, despite my best efforts, I’d really like to spend more time with. However, the Covid price structure means that we’d pay £1500 for what usually costs us about a third of that after staff and last minute discount. 
    So, we’ve bought another tent (exactly the same as the one we already have for ease of erection) but I’m now realising how daft I’ve been. The Caravelle is huge inside. Remove the rear row of seats and then boot is 190cm long - comfortably enough for a full size bed. The floor space reduces around the wheels to 120 but at its widest is 160cm. Rather than buying an air bed that won’t be quite big enough (probably only a single) I’m going to nick and idea we used as kids. Every time I stayed at my Grandparents I’d sleep on the floor on the “biscuits” from our home settee. Laying them out in the van abstractly should allow max coverage; they can then be stacked during the day. This will get my wife and her broken spine out of a tent, and a child too. 
    Then I realised I can likely get another shorter child across the bench in the back; probably my youngest. The width again is 160, only concern is the seats are quite narrow. I laid out two more cushions and it’s supremely comfy. 
     

    I need to think about how to stop him falling onto the floor. Those seats don’t recline, and I don’t want to be lugging stuff around just for minor trivialities like child safety. You can buy beds that have sides that strap to the headrests, but I don’t want to spunk £150 on something we may never use again. (If this is a disaster, it’s Tenerife next year!)
    Any suggestions welcome here. We could remove those seats on site, but they’d need to then go somewhere and they’re cumbersome. It won’t work.
    Aside from camping plans, i had to buy a new number plate for my trailer. Decided to fit the nice new one onto the van, and the old one onto the trailer. It seemed a shame to stick something new on a trailer that’s used four or five times a year, plus a chance to add a post-Brexit plate to the van. 




     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to jcr in World's worst Saxo   
    Typical 19 year old boy racer wagon? 
     
    Diesel Rotten Unbelievably hacked together (wood screws, Sellotape and bathroom sealant) 140,000 miles Oil leak(s) Crap brakes No clutch (found out trying to cross the Pennines... lol) Concerning rear wheel camber  
    ....maybe not quite a VTR. But a fun* project!!!

     
     
    Gave it a wash

     
    My favourite part has to be the Renault wheel trims. lol
    Tomorrow the wire wheel and cutoff disc comes out. There's a lot of work needed for both. Pics to follow
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    Shirley Knott reacted to HMC in HMC motors- New- ‘63 Morris minor   
    The Volvo has been a loyal servant (ie it hasn’t broken down / disgraced itself) and done all asked of itself.

    A Volvo doing all asked of itself, earlier.
    All except not have a leaky heater matrix. This was a particularly obvious one as as soon as you cranked the heat up, steam would come out of the vents along with that sticky sweet smell of doom (glycol)
    Anyway, something had to be done. Unusually the heater matrix didn’t have the rest of the car built around it, as the phrase goes. Because of the unique way Volvo decided to do things, it was a relatively simple job to take the lower dash panels off, whip out the heater box, and change the matrix. I needed a couple of torx sockets (t15 and 25) and that was it.
    Its been leaking for a while!

    Fairly swiftly I had the new part, with o rings and foamy strip thing out and ready

    And everything back together with the foam deadening layer dried out under the floor.
    Verdict- if you’ve got a dodgy heater matrix, if it’s in a Volvo 850/s70/etc it’s easy (even for me) to sort it.
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to HMC in HMC motors- New- ‘63 Morris minor   
    After some encouragement from myself my Russian ms_HMC has purchased a JDM yo Nissan Elgrand to cater for the massess of offspring we are jointly responsible for.  Apologies for crummy photos!
     





    Naturally I insisted it should have the 3.5 v6. 
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    Shirley Knott reacted to HMC in HMC motors- New- ‘63 Morris minor   
    Funnily enough I was looking for a yellow lupo (Partly inspired by @bunglebus) but the one I found was a good price but was quite far away and had “worn drivers door hinges” which put me off but I later read that is a thing on those.
    Anyway rather predictably boredom set in .  It worked for a start. Plus I was looking at it being my only car until some business arrangements come to fruition. I’m eyeing up a bit more of a substantial classic purchase autumn time. Maybe a p4 rover. So man logic determined I needed a bigger car, as it was my only car (Perhaps like the e class merc I had recently sold ....)
    Anyway continuing the odd number of cylinders themeI’ve moved from three to five.  It sounds a lot better (not hard) ; it’s a lot smoother (not hard) and also uses more fuel (also not hard) It also has exterior design by a man from Northumberland, even though it draws heavily from the Company’s very heavily Swedish corporate identity.....


     



    2.5  5cyl 20v manual. It’s not a quick as it sounds, but it sounds amazing. So I will forgive it that.
    This is the first 5cyl estate since my w123 300d. This is faster, less rusty, but equally in its own way a product of a distinct and individual design and engineering practice. But never mind that, it just sounds great!
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    Shirley Knott reacted to HMC in HMC motors- New- ‘63 Morris minor   
    This little polo is a cheering little thing. It could be just the colour, but it is also it’s simplicity. Economy of doors and Cylinders (both 3) displacement and dimensions. Also of engineering as I learnt today it has no Dmf - just an old fashioned solid one. 
    Phew.

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    Shirley Knott reacted to HMC in HMC motors- New- ‘63 Morris minor   
    After I suspect over 300 vehicles, I have now got a YELLOW car. With 3 cylinders and as many doors.
     

    It’s had one family from new; piles of paperwork including the brochure etc. I wondered what elaborate term they might give to the colour. Something pretentious (it’s a Vw after all) Maybe a reference to impressionist artists? Nope. It’s listed as YELLOW.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to SiC in passat pd100 fixing   
    Personally I would have stuck Mr Muscle down the exhaust side. Given this turbo has been on the car for so long undisturbed, removing it will disturb seals and pipework that may end up leaking after. Sometimes it's better to disturb the least possible, especially if it doesn't need removing completely and can be done in situ. This would have been one of those times for me. 
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