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    Amishtat reacted to Datsuncog in When we were young   
    1997, and a dire filler-laden tub of a Cortina that cost me £80.
    More hair, less gut than today, it's true. But I'm still running end-of-life heaps with corrosion issues so, y'know... it's nice to have some continuity.
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    Amishtat reacted to HMC in When we were young   
    1998; more hair, and a £10 cortina ghia on death row on wasteland in leeds.
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    Amishtat got a reaction from AndyW201 in Shite in Miniature II   
    I don't remember whether you've seen these before. A fruitless search for some clamps yesterday caused me to root out my old toolbox, disturbing these along with all the badges off my first PC Cresta and some documents from my Toledo, all unseen or thought about since 1998.  Predating that would be the cack-handed "detailing" on the Golf and R25. 





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    Amishtat reacted to eddyramrod in When we were young   
    Young Ramrod, 18, in late 1977 with my first and so far only Vauxhall PA, this one being a 1961 Velox automatic.  Colours were maroon and grey, almost exactly the opposite of the maroon and silver Vanguards offering.  I still have the back number plate (969 NMB), it's on my yard wall display.
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    Amishtat reacted to DoctorRetro in Peugeot 309 rescue thread.   
    I'm really shit at this 🤣
     

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    Amishtat reacted to Soundwave in HOLY CRAP! Free Renner 19 - Up for grabs I think   
    Have you considered inviting the neighbours over to discuss the matter over a nice, hot cup of Shut The Fuck Up?
    Perhaps offer them a little Mind Your Own Cunting Business to go with it?
     
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    Amishtat got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    I don't remember whether you've seen these before. A fruitless search for some clamps yesterday caused me to root out my old toolbox, disturbing these along with all the badges off my first PC Cresta and some documents from my Toledo, all unseen or thought about since 1998.  Predating that would be the cack-handed "detailing" on the Golf and R25. 





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    Amishtat got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    I don't remember whether you've seen these before. A fruitless search for some clamps yesterday caused me to root out my old toolbox, disturbing these along with all the badges off my first PC Cresta and some documents from my Toledo, all unseen or thought about since 1998.  Predating that would be the cack-handed "detailing" on the Golf and R25. 





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    Amishtat got a reaction from RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    You've reached the point where it's better to just accept /embrace it. This is to be encouraged. At least, I think so. 
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    Amishtat reacted to RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    I would, actually, and I can say that with a refreshing absence of guilt, having come to terms with my efforts to go cold turkey on collecting coming to a resounding NOWT.
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    Amishtat reacted to junkyarddog in Vent Your VAG Hatred Here!   
    Agreed,I had one as a daily for over 5 years and it always needed attention.
    Replaced it with a Japanese made motor that just got on with being a car.
    Still have the Golf though🤪

    And it's still a diva,but I'm more tolerant of it now seeing as it's over 30🤣
     
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    Amishtat reacted to BorniteIdentity in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    Spent a couple of hours titivating the Sierra. I nearly sold the bastard earlier in the summer - but it was a wobble. My friend, Emma, who helped me collect it is now likely in the winter of life - and on another round of chemo - and it all felt wrong. Apologies to those who felt I was dicking about, it was such a difficult thing. It’s a difficult time. 


    That said - anyone who wants to take the piss is welcome to do so. It’s a free world.
    One thing we noticed when doing the clutch was a crispy end to the front subframe. Before winter bites, I did as dear Alfred instructed and attacked it with rust killer and some UB40 or whatever it’s called. 

     

     

    Truth be told, it’s a tiny bit soft. It may need a tickle come the next MOT. Let’s see.
    The boot? Well that hole got a whole lot fucking bigger. 

    I sat and thought about life and the universe for a while. If I’m guilty of getting anything wrong, it was that I thought I could and should renovate this car. Truth is, it will need deep pockets - and at that stage it stops being this remarkable little car that’s survived everything. 
    Bollocks to it. Its role on the fleet henceforth is as a van. Purely practical. The role it played so well for so many years. So I stuck some plop in the hole, covered it in Hammerite and called it “job’s a goodun” (which is a beautiful Suffolkism for “fuck it - that’ll be fine - I’ll forget about it soon enough”)

    I’ve stuck some paint on since and it looks better.
    As the man at the garage said. It’ll never be worth anything. Let’s just keep those wheels turning. 
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    Amishtat reacted to BorniteIdentity in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    There's something satisfying about simple cars.  How a non starter can be fixed with nothing more than a battery meter, a probe on a wire and a jump lead.  After 15 minutes of dismantling the starter solenoid, we decided that it was the battery to blame - and that broken earth cable certainly looked like a potential candidate.  

    I ordered up a £6.50 battery earth strap from a Mini specialist on eBay and it arrived 24 hours later.  Phenomenal.  It's braided as well which means that it looks fancy and will hopefully withstand another 40 years of earthing duties.

    As you can see, the old one was just push fit which wasn't very secure.  Also, the battery terminals seem to be smaller on this too - so it was never tight.  I think this battery is actually for a Peugeot 306, but fits the hole beautifully with the terminals the right way around.  It also has a lot more grunt than something like this will ever require.
    The new cable went on really easily.  For a moment I didn't think it would tighten sufficiently, but that red ring in the middle sort of squashes - so after I turned it a lot more than I thought I ought to, it's on tight.

    Bingo
    Slightly soiled battery cover back on, securing strap down and boom.

    I might try and smarten this and the rest of the boot up at some time.  Nothing OTT - just a bit of paint by brush.
    Here's the old cable.  7 of the strands broken, so I think it'd done its shift.

    One more thing.  I forgot to put the incorrectly branded earth plug on.  There's something wonderfully charming about a Freight Rover part being on a Mini.  You could say that they didn't care, but - actually - VAG are still doing the same thing all these years later really.  

    Anyway.  Done.  Calling the welder tomorrow, hoping to go up Thursday or Friday to form a plan.
     
     
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    Amishtat reacted to RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    Again, fresh from import from Norn Iron courtesy of @Datsuncog, I had reason to take an Eastern European car for a trip into the woods.
     




    These DeAgostini partwork-type models really are spectacular for the outlay.
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    Amishtat got a reaction from UltraWomble in Epic Morris Wedge restoration.   
    Been looking for some old photos and came across this one, which belongs here. Seen in an Essex scrapyard back in 1997, I probably wouldn't have noticed it at all if Nick Larkin hadn't written about KJO a few months before. 

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    Amishtat got a reaction from Shite Ron in Epic Morris Wedge restoration.   
    Been looking for some old photos and came across this one, which belongs here. Seen in an Essex scrapyard back in 1997, I probably wouldn't have noticed it at all if Nick Larkin hadn't written about KJO a few months before. 

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    Amishtat reacted to GingerNuttz in A long time ago, in a Galaxie far far away   
    First pass with the buff from the front to the back doors is done, got a few wee nibs I need to remove before the second pass.

    Arse end to polish then back to sanding all the little bits I've missed. 
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    Amishtat reacted to GingerNuttz in A long time ago, in a Galaxie far far away   
    Stage one done. 
    Masking tape shows little bits of dust I missed because I couldn't find my paint pen. 

    Will wash it down and scuff the little bits I've missed on Monday then it's onto g10 and go around the car again before wax. 
    It's a big beast to polish, my back is knackered 😂
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    Amishtat reacted to morrisoxide in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Morris Oxide

    It has extended wiper and head light switches, also mint boot lid.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224659014997?hash=item344eb88555:g:TwoAAOSwl~1hdCOy
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    Amishtat reacted to Lankytim in The grumpy thread   
    That's a crying shame, it's a great track and really well attended. Recently United Downs raceway in Cornwall has had the lease it's held from the Council for donkeys years ended and awarded to a rum distillery,  ending 50 years odd of racing  My old "home" track of Birmingham Wheels is probably also getting closed though some spurious and convoluted way by the council to be sold and developed into warehousing.   Birmingham wheels was donated many years ago to the council and had some caveat about it only being used as a motor sports venue. They tried to close it a while back using some clause or other but were defeated but now are using the excuse of finding Japanese Knot weed on the land, meaning the only course of action is to demolish the whole lot, the speed skating oval, the fantastic Karting track, the rally circuit, driving school and of course the banked tarmac ovaltrack, used for short circuit racing and drifting.  They're obliged by some sort of old contract to provide an alternative venue of equivalent standard or better, but of course they've found a dodge around this and are simply evicting all the motorsport businesses that use the site. 
    I know this form of motorsport venue isn't everyone's cup of tea, but if we're not careful the only form of motorsport anyone's going to have access to will be via a Playstation. 
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    Amishtat reacted to eddyramrod in Shite in Miniature II   
    Well now... I promised you some pictures.  Let's begin with the big yellow garage that's away upthread somewhere, that I restored a few years ago.

    It's turned into a busy forecourt!  All the cars are my own restorations too.  There's also a village garage...

    Keen eyes will recognise some Matchbox and Hot Wheels here.  The red Bentley is an old MB Silver Spirit with some slight resculpting.  This was in a charity shop in Ulverston and would have gone to the tip if I hadn't dug a quid out of my pocket.
    And after a village garage, let's head to the big city...


    Remember I alluded to bringing something back from Down South?  I spotted this on Facebook, being offered FOC to anyone who could collect quickly, or it would be going to the tip.  I messaged former Shiter Mercrocker, who lives down that way, and he kindly collected it and stored it for me, and brought it to our Solent meetup last month.  It's a little bit warped, but I think I can straighten it up, and when I have, there's a verandah to go back on, over the main doors.  It's supposed to be Sun Hill police station!  It's huge, there's another piece of road that won't even fit on my antique table.
    @paulplom said very recently he had sent me a little present... here it is.

    Yes, the Dinky Vega Major coach!

    Still with the opening bootlid too!
    He posted this up ages ago on TDW and I expressed an interest.  We both then forgot about it, until this week, when he kindly sent it to me.

    It's in remarkably good condition for a 50 year old toy!  There isn't a battery cover but there is a little barrier that swings across the battery space, so maybe that's all it's supposed to have.  I haven't put a battery in to test it yet.  This is one of those Dinky Toys I never had when I was a kid, so I'm especially delighted to have it now.
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    Amishtat reacted to JeeExEll in One (shite) picture per post.   
    Police Traffic Car Procedure #178.
    'In the event of the patrol car slamming head-on under a trailer recline the driver's seat and slither out the back door'.
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    Amishtat reacted to Remspoor in One (shite) picture per post.   
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    Amishtat reacted to Angrydicky in 'VENGER BOYZ   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1978-CHRYSLER-AVENGER-1600-GL-ESTATE-WITH-64-000-MILES-IN-GREAT-CONDITION/124928881818?ul_ref=https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1&_mwBanner=1&_rdt=1&ul_noapp=true&fbclid=IwAR0tbUO0vRcgkvtIcl6ps4McyqOqCjOojf_i5k8KoDuk5zV62rrQlZ0h0qY&pageci=68f38c7b-f100-4fce-be74-1a9d27eb395e
    This Avenger has popped up again. It's now gained some horrible wheels, horrible number plates and horrible seats, as well as a hefty price tag!
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    Amishtat reacted to flat4alfa in Shite in Miniature II   
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