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    Mrcento got a reaction from St.Jude in Vanishing motoring YouTube channels   
    Agree with everyone RE Furiousdriving, he's spread himself far too thin over too many cars now and it feels like he's making zero real progress with any of them given how huge the gaps are between work being done on each, Feels like months in between updates per car, and in between he'll randomly just add another car or go back to one you forgot he even still had from 8 months ago, because that's suddenly due an MOT even though it's seemingly sat doing nothing for all that time, it's now pushing all the rest of the fleet down the list, only for it to then either be put off as well, or get an MOT then go back to sitting again.
    Actually feels like the barn has been a bad addition for him and the channel, it's just let him stockpile more stuff and isn't much use for work, tools getting spread between locations etc, and feels quite like he's in full feed the machine territory now in pumping stuff out wherever he can and taking whatever sponsors he can get to pay for it all. At very least, needs a massive cull of the fleet to keep himself on track.
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    Mrcento got a reaction from egg in Vanishing motoring YouTube channels   
    Agree with everyone RE Furiousdriving, he's spread himself far too thin over too many cars now and it feels like he's making zero real progress with any of them given how huge the gaps are between work being done on each, Feels like months in between updates per car, and in between he'll randomly just add another car or go back to one you forgot he even still had from 8 months ago, because that's suddenly due an MOT even though it's seemingly sat doing nothing for all that time, it's now pushing all the rest of the fleet down the list, only for it to then either be put off as well, or get an MOT then go back to sitting again.
    Actually feels like the barn has been a bad addition for him and the channel, it's just let him stockpile more stuff and isn't much use for work, tools getting spread between locations etc, and feels quite like he's in full feed the machine territory now in pumping stuff out wherever he can and taking whatever sponsors he can get to pay for it all. At very least, needs a massive cull of the fleet to keep himself on track.
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    Mrcento got a reaction from Ghosty in Vanishing motoring YouTube channels   
    Agree with everyone RE Furiousdriving, he's spread himself far too thin over too many cars now and it feels like he's making zero real progress with any of them given how huge the gaps are between work being done on each, Feels like months in between updates per car, and in between he'll randomly just add another car or go back to one you forgot he even still had from 8 months ago, because that's suddenly due an MOT even though it's seemingly sat doing nothing for all that time, it's now pushing all the rest of the fleet down the list, only for it to then either be put off as well, or get an MOT then go back to sitting again.
    Actually feels like the barn has been a bad addition for him and the channel, it's just let him stockpile more stuff and isn't much use for work, tools getting spread between locations etc, and feels quite like he's in full feed the machine territory now in pumping stuff out wherever he can and taking whatever sponsors he can get to pay for it all. At very least, needs a massive cull of the fleet to keep himself on track.
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    Mrcento got a reaction from GMcD in Vanishing motoring YouTube channels   
    Agree with everyone RE Furiousdriving, he's spread himself far too thin over too many cars now and it feels like he's making zero real progress with any of them given how huge the gaps are between work being done on each, Feels like months in between updates per car, and in between he'll randomly just add another car or go back to one you forgot he even still had from 8 months ago, because that's suddenly due an MOT even though it's seemingly sat doing nothing for all that time, it's now pushing all the rest of the fleet down the list, only for it to then either be put off as well, or get an MOT then go back to sitting again.
    Actually feels like the barn has been a bad addition for him and the channel, it's just let him stockpile more stuff and isn't much use for work, tools getting spread between locations etc, and feels quite like he's in full feed the machine territory now in pumping stuff out wherever he can and taking whatever sponsors he can get to pay for it all. At very least, needs a massive cull of the fleet to keep himself on track.
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    Mrcento got a reaction from danthecapriman in Vanishing motoring YouTube channels   
    Agree with everyone RE Furiousdriving, he's spread himself far too thin over too many cars now and it feels like he's making zero real progress with any of them given how huge the gaps are between work being done on each, Feels like months in between updates per car, and in between he'll randomly just add another car or go back to one you forgot he even still had from 8 months ago, because that's suddenly due an MOT even though it's seemingly sat doing nothing for all that time, it's now pushing all the rest of the fleet down the list, only for it to then either be put off as well, or get an MOT then go back to sitting again.
    Actually feels like the barn has been a bad addition for him and the channel, it's just let him stockpile more stuff and isn't much use for work, tools getting spread between locations etc, and feels quite like he's in full feed the machine territory now in pumping stuff out wherever he can and taking whatever sponsors he can get to pay for it all. At very least, needs a massive cull of the fleet to keep himself on track.
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    Mrcento reacted to dollywobbler in Vanishing motoring YouTube channels   
    I get that. I look back with huge fondness at stuff like the Fox, Mighty Dacia etc and it's definitely a different dynamic now. I'm much happier as a person now though, and it's lovely to have a family that want to be involved with things. Plus, family life allows less time for tinkering than when I was effectively hiding from a failing marriage...
    As seen above, some like the new way, some don't. There's definitely been a change of viewers I think but I learnt long ago you can't please everyone. So I just keep doing what a like and keep hoping people watch. They seem to be thankfully, though I'm under no impression that it'll last forever.
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    Mrcento got a reaction from EyesWeldedShut in Wtf is going on with car insurance prices?   
    Not sure what's going on, but after all the issues i've had with insurance quotes lately, i've suddenly found the prices have come down for me.
    Except if i want to buy a car at the weekend. Y'know, when buying a car is probably most convenient. Because that turns everyone into a ram raider or something.
    Had a quote on something for £530, which is about as good as i see on a modern. As long as it was insured on a weekday. Weekend? £740 for Saturday, £725 for Sunday m8. Cunts.
    I held off because of that (didn't want to just pull the trigger insuring a car i hadn't even been to look at yet, it had been up for sale for a week so didn't figure there was any reason it'd suddenly go.... i was wrong, of course it did.) and missed out on yet another car. FFS.
    Lesson being, buy a car by all means at the weekend, but either insure it on the Friday with immediate effect a day early, or utilise temp insurance to get it home, then have a policy ready to kick in on Monday.
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    Mrcento reacted to cpjitservices in Brutal decision from the DVLA   
    Ha thats a joke! The Government hate drivers.
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    Mrcento reacted to bunglebus in Brutal decision from the DVLA   
    follows the Plan for Drivers and the biggest ever £8.3 billion investment to resurface local roads across England, as government continues to back drivers Like fuck they do
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    Mrcento reacted to Peter C in 1987 Ford Sierra Sapphire 1.8L - Number plates - massive FAIL - see page 33   
    It was time for some alfresco tinkering today.

    I wanted to investigate the fuel smell issue that I noticed yesterday.
    I removed the air filter housing, which revealed bugger all, the carb looks fine to me, unless I'm missing something?

    To enable the engine to idle, I blocked this small inlet pipe, which would usually mate with a small hose that extends from the air filter housing.

    I ran the engine for ten minutes, all good, no sign of any leaks. 
    The only fuel smell that I noticed was coming from inside the carb, via the inlet port, which I presume is quite normal. There are definitely no fuel leaks anywhere around the carb or the fuel pump.
    I thought that the air filter housing may not be on securely enough, as it is only held on with two out of the three original bolts. The third bolt has snapped and remains inside the thread at the side of the carb. It can stay there, I am not drilling into the carb!

    Anyway, with the two fixing bolts that secure the top of the air filter housing and the side bolt securely fixed, the air filter housing is definitely not loose to the point where fuel vapour could be escaping from where the air filter housing locates on top of the carb. 
    An inspection of the underside of the air filter housing cover revealed that the cracked / damaged part of the cover is located directly above the carb inlet port. Whilst my repair was of sufficient quality to disguise the missing chunk of plastic on the outside of the cover, I suspect it is not sufficiently robust to prevent fuel vapour from escaping. 

    I fashioned this repair. I thought about using chemical metal or wob to seal the underside of the cover, however neither is flexible when set and I don't want a solid chunk of something dropping directly into the carb, so I used flexible sealant, which I covered with a piece of plastic, secured with the same three screws that keep the outside bodge in place, albeit made stronger by introduction of three metal securing tabs.

    Not pretty but hopefully sufficiently well done to prevent fuel vapour from escaping from inside the air filter housing. 
    On the upper side, some of the sealant escaped via gaps between the broken cover and my bodged piece of black plastic, which is probably a good thing.

    I'm not sure whether I have fixed the problem but I reckon I have sorted out at least one.
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    Mrcento reacted to sheffcortinacentre in The grumpy thread   
    Everything is supposed to be some simple these days yet it's so hard to do the simplest things.
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    Mrcento reacted to gm in Shitting in the shallow end. *A2 fixes*   
    damn you, i came on here to say the exact same thing   
    way back when i had mine, it failed an mot on something wishboney, the garage ordered up the parts which turned out to be totally wrong at which point they gave up and sent me packing  five minutes on ebay and i’d found the right ones which they grudgingly fitted when they arrived from outer mongolia 
    which helped the car to survive for almost another whole year !
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    Mrcento got a reaction from Jim Bell in Shitting in the shallow end. *A2 fixes*   
    A2's are all* aluminium M8
    They never ever rust** M8
    etc etc.
     
     
     
     
     
    *Except the bits that aren't.
    ** Except the bits that do.
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    Mrcento reacted to Jim Bell in Shitting in the shallow end. *A2 fixes*   
    Well that's sub-optimal. 
     
     
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    Mrcento reacted to MikeR in The grumpy thread   
    we used to have a 1.6 , can say it would have gone with that tax rate , its all gone silly now .
    I have a "get your tax free ticket " off the DLA for a family member  , but I dont use it because of the stipulations over the use of MY car , they would make you a criminal just for using for your own car by yourself ..   so for 20 notes a year I cant be bothered ..   tax system is great .. not
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    Mrcento got a reaction from Remspoor in The grumpy thread   
    Have i really been out the loop that badly for that long with tax?
    Like... when the actual fuck did a 1997 1.6 petrol car cost the same to tax as some 3.2 litre Merc Turbo Diesels from peak 'bend over and take it' tax rates between 2006-2016?
    They were like £180 to tax last time i checked.... £345 now????
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    Mrcento got a reaction from beko1987 in The grumpy thread   
    Have i really been out the loop that badly for that long with tax?
    Like... when the actual fuck did a 1997 1.6 petrol car cost the same to tax as some 3.2 litre Merc Turbo Diesels from peak 'bend over and take it' tax rates between 2006-2016?
    They were like £180 to tax last time i checked.... £345 now????
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    Mrcento reacted to Dick Longbridge in The grumpy thread   
    If that's a general representation of the state of the wiring in your grandparents house, I'd be insisting they get the place rewired before the lot burns down. That looks like a disaster waiting to happen. 
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    Mrcento reacted to ETCHY in The grumpy thread   
    I've said it before & i'll say it again. We have rules & regulations for bloody everything on cars but none for basic safety shit like light-bulbs being able to be changed easily. It should be mandatory that all bulbs can be changed easily with minimum effort & tools at the roadside. It's common-sense & it's heavily linked to safety.
    Will it happen ? Fucking never.
  20. Haha
    Mrcento reacted to beko1987 in The grumpy thread   
    Tiger seal and some clamps? If its got 3 to 4 years to dry before you next need to wear them they'll set off nicely 😂
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    Mrcento reacted to ianbmw in You thought the Monza was rusty, enter mums Discovery   
    Hurrah, we have less rust, mainly as we’ve cut everything out and put new in.
    next? Rear cross member repairs before we re jig it all onto a chassis and tackle the sills 



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    Mrcento reacted to Angrydicky in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
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    Mrcento got a reaction from loserone in Wtf is going on with car insurance prices?   
    Not sure what's going on, but after all the issues i've had with insurance quotes lately, i've suddenly found the prices have come down for me.
    Except if i want to buy a car at the weekend. Y'know, when buying a car is probably most convenient. Because that turns everyone into a ram raider or something.
    Had a quote on something for £530, which is about as good as i see on a modern. As long as it was insured on a weekday. Weekend? £740 for Saturday, £725 for Sunday m8. Cunts.
    I held off because of that (didn't want to just pull the trigger insuring a car i hadn't even been to look at yet, it had been up for sale for a week so didn't figure there was any reason it'd suddenly go.... i was wrong, of course it did.) and missed out on yet another car. FFS.
    Lesson being, buy a car by all means at the weekend, but either insure it on the Friday with immediate effect a day early, or utilise temp insurance to get it home, then have a policy ready to kick in on Monday.
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    Mrcento got a reaction from Spiny Norman in The grumpy thread   
    Yup, i have the exact same, It's been garbage for a long time. There's something very wrong with their distance filters in particular. Works fine for 10 miles for me from Dundee, I'll only see cars in that vicinity, but if i up that to 20 miles, i start getting shown hundreds of cars in Yorkshire and the Midlands, also several miles outside whatever price i set.
    But the price thing alone isn't that a new thing, think it's been like that for ages, always assumed they are 'premium' ads and are getting paid a little more from those vendors to be pushed out to more people regardless of search criteria.
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