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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Mally in The new news 24 thread   
    I put one of the split/glue back together boots on the Golf against my better judgement about 2 years ago and it's still going strong... It cost about £15 and took 30 minutes.
    Also fitted one of the stretch jobbies to my V70 using a cheap J&R kit, also very simple and still fine...
     

     
    I basically work on the basis that I'll avoid splitting the driveshaft at all costs! 
    Following that rule I've never spent more than an hour in time or £20 in funds replacing a boot.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to reb in Reb's 205 1.8D - It runs!   
    As a lot of you are aware a couple of years ago I tried to stuff an HDI into my 205. This was going quite well* until my dad died last march and everything went out of the window.
    So now I'm left with a dismantled pug with lots of missing engine bits. This is not an ideal situation to say the least. So where do I start?
    I could track down all of the missing parts on eBay and the owners club, but that would mean actually figuring out what's missing and would probably take quite a while in any case, and the chance of finding out I'm missing something important during reassembly would be a massive pain in the arse.
    How about a complete engine? That sounds like it could work! Where will I be able to find one of them though? Well thankfully @DodgyBastardhas just the solution!
    So I'm now treating this as day 1 of my restoration*
    Step 1:

    Step 2 will be venturing out into the miserable weather to a secret* location to start the removal of the engine from the donor.
    Updates to follow!
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The new news 24 thread   
    I put one of the split/glue back together boots on the Golf against my better judgement about 2 years ago and it's still going strong... It cost about £15 and took 30 minutes.
    Also fitted one of the stretch jobbies to my V70 using a cheap J&R kit, also very simple and still fine...
     

     
    I basically work on the basis that I'll avoid splitting the driveshaft at all costs! 
    Following that rule I've never spent more than an hour in time or £20 in funds replacing a boot.
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Eyersey1234 in The new news 24 thread   
    I was driving behind that coming out of Tanfield mid week- It obviously gets about a bit!
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Stanky in The new news 24 thread   
    I put one of the split/glue back together boots on the Golf against my better judgement about 2 years ago and it's still going strong... It cost about £15 and took 30 minutes.
    Also fitted one of the stretch jobbies to my V70 using a cheap J&R kit, also very simple and still fine...
     

     
    I basically work on the basis that I'll avoid splitting the driveshaft at all costs! 
    Following that rule I've never spent more than an hour in time or £20 in funds replacing a boot.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to loserone in The new news 24 thread   
    I've got pics of it parked outside my house too, I nearly said exactly the same!
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from loserone in The new news 24 thread   
    I was driving behind that coming out of Tanfield mid week- It obviously gets about a bit!
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The new news 24 thread   
    I was driving behind that coming out of Tanfield mid week- It obviously gets about a bit!
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Jim Bell in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    Results of the official show. 
     
    @loserone 205

     

     
     
     
    @320touring Holy Toledo

     

     
     
    @sdkrc Honda Insight

     

     
     
     
    @Split_Pin Vauxhall Cavalier

     

     
     
     
     
    @davehedgehog31 Peugeot 405

     

     
     
     
    @Jimbob McGregor 205 Inca 

     

     
     
     
     
    @Jimbob McGregor AX 1.5d

     

     
     
     
     
     
    @garbaldyMitsubishi Colt

     

     
     
     
     
    @maxxo Citroen C5

    (Winner of best lhm sinker)
     
     
    @GeordieInExile 850 t5

     
     

     

     
     
     
    @gmmx5


     
     
     
     
    @Lacquer Peela

    (Late arrival award)
     
    @SchaefftLincoln

     

     

     
    bestest Yank.
     
     
    @tooSavvySuzuki Swift

     

     

    (Best auto)
     
     
    And the winner of best in show went to....
    @spike60 big red Merc

     

     

     

     

     

     
    The prize was a class keyring made by @MT606

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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from myglaren in The grumpy thread   
    I saw the light re SSD's in March 2020 when during the first lockdown began. I bought a refurbished Windows 10  Dell business laptop for £80 on Ebay, despite only having a 120G drive and 4g ram it was waaaay faster than the higher spec machine it replaced. I liked it so much I bought my wife an identical one from the same seller- A year and a half on they're both still going and plenty fast enough for the basic browsing we use them for.
    Meanwhile, flushed with the success of the laptops, I swapped the 250g HDD in the desktop upstairs for a Crucial SSD (£25 at the time)of the same size. After a fresh install of Windows 10 the difference was profound, it boots in under 5 seconds. Crucial actually provide a  free programme to check lifespan amongst other stuff, and after a year of solid use it's at 94% life left... Read into that what you will.
    TLDR- I tried an SSD and was so impressed with the difference it made, I switched every machine in the house to running them within a 6 month period.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to rml2345 in Annual Migration - The Ongoing Adventures of a 740   
    Two years since an update?! Jings.
    This is still here, I've seen it through three MOTs so far.
    It still looks like someone drove it through a house.
    Since the last update I've done absolutely loads with it as various consumable components (brakes, tyres, headgasket etc.) all wore out but so far it still provides reliable daily transport on an arduous 8 minute commute.
    I'll probably go into more detail in a couple of years. 
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The grumpy thread   
    I've had a couple of HDD fail, but paradoxically never an SSD. Admittedly my experience of the latter is relatively short.
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The grumpy thread   
    I saw the light re SSD's in March 2020 when during the first lockdown began. I bought a refurbished Windows 10  Dell business laptop for £80 on Ebay, despite only having a 120G drive and 4g ram it was waaaay faster than the higher spec machine it replaced. I liked it so much I bought my wife an identical one from the same seller- A year and a half on they're both still going and plenty fast enough for the basic browsing we use them for.
    Meanwhile, flushed with the success of the laptops, I swapped the 250g HDD in the desktop upstairs for a Crucial SSD (£25 at the time)of the same size. After a fresh install of Windows 10 the difference was profound, it boots in under 5 seconds. Crucial actually provide a  free programme to check lifespan amongst other stuff, and after a year of solid use it's at 94% life left... Read into that what you will.
    TLDR- I tried an SSD and was so impressed with the difference it made, I switched every machine in the house to running them within a 6 month period.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to GrumpiusMaximus in The grumpy thread   
    That may very well be the case.  Like I say, HDD failures are unpredictable because of the number of failure modes they have.  On average I find SSDs to be much more robust and reliable, individual instances notwithstanding.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Split_Pin in 2021 Quote Thread   
    Jim Bell's advice on how to advertise a MK3 Astra:
    "That looks like a wonderful thing to sob in after you've followed your wife to her karate instructors flat and watched them do sex in silouette form through the bedroom window when the blinds are shut but there's a light behind them so you can see all position changes from your hiding place in an adjacent tree. 
     
    Might be worth putting that in the advert".
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    Shirley Knott reacted to wuvvum in 2021 Quote Thread   
    I'd like to kick off this year with this classic Bo11ox rant from Bornite's Clio sale thread.
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Heidel_Kakao in Estate(s) of the nation - Gagging to get started on Volvo 265 GLE project 😀   
    Of course a Volvo comes with a free IKEA pencil 😀

    Got it rolling and ready to be trailered tomorrow with help from @puddlethumper and @tommotech
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Heidel_Kakao in Estate(s) of the nation - Gagging to get started on Volvo 265 GLE project 😀   
    Another quality wheel arch repair..... I used colour coded duct tape and everything!



    I just love the little details on it. 

    Suzuki obviously still have a soft spot for it too 😀 I might lease one as a company vehicle 😀
    LJK Setright himself wrote a glowing review of the SC100 for Car magazine.....
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Heidel_Kakao in Estate(s) of the nation - Gagging to get started on Volvo 265 GLE project 😀   
    265 GLE interior deep clean about to comment 😀 Blue is my favourite colour and this car is blue on blue!
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    Shirley Knott reacted to JMotor in JMotor's fleet 'o shite. Saab content wie some other stuff ken!   
    Corsa B. 
    Agh! Shouldn't of bothered. But I did. 
    1.2 LS. 
    Usual rot areas being sorted. I have lowered it, 15 inch wheels from an Astra Arctic. Some other wee mods (nothing crazy). Had done an engine swap too. The small block 1.8 out of an old Vectra B winter beater I had. Very easy swap, farmed out the engine wiring out. As I clean couldn't be bothered. 
    Sat waiting for more attention from the hot snot machine. 




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    Shirley Knott reacted to JMotor in JMotor's fleet 'o shite. Saab content wie some other stuff ken!   
    Where to start. 
    Maybe with the one that shocked me on how well it turned out? I'll give the shortest version of the story as I can. 
    Got a tip from a friend about a 306 Rallye sat in a barn (it really was! 😂). When to have a look and declared it a mess and thought no sane person would buy it unless it was to break for spares. 
    So I bought it on the spot! 
    All that dust and pigeon crap lovelyness. Why in the hell to people get boners over barn finds!? 
    Anyway. Mechanically it needed everything replacing.
    But managed to score a cheap down at heel GTI-6. It was a striped out car that had an issue with not getting certain gears. Perfect! Gearbox woes were down to a short shift pivot extension being in the wrong place. Moved that back and could get all of the gears. Sweet. 
    I stripped that car and scrapped the shell and spent the next two years on and off swapping over everything. Eventually to a point it was back to a running and driving car again. 
    Clean pass on the first MOT too after being sat for so long 11 or 12 years? I don't know! 
    Puts a big grin on my coupon. But is sat waiting for some better weather and I've a few jobs to do it. 



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    Shirley Knott reacted to loserone in L1's pug shenanigans - why do I have two Hondas?   
    Little bit of progress last night, I finished the bottom layer of Onduline

    Then had to be distracted and knock up a quick chick run
     
     
     

     
    I need to think about the ground surface for the carport.  I reckon it's big enough to be £300 of used flagstones, which I'd like to not spend.  What's the cheapest way to get me a not-muddy surface under the carport?
    Hardcore?
    Road scrapings?
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    Shirley Knott reacted to loserone in L1's pug shenanigans - why do I have two Hondas?   
    Finished* the thing.  Put @Jimbob McGregor's car in it.


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    Shirley Knott reacted to Jim Bell in Chod North East. Spotting through time.   
    Seaburn, Sunderland. 

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    Shirley Knott reacted to Jim Bell in Chod North East. Spotting through time.   
    Pallion Road Garage, Sunderland. 
     

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