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    Matty got a reaction from Eyersey1234 in Forward Control   
    Aside from what he said about modern transits being good. They're not. They're shite¬†ūüėĀ
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    Matty got a reaction from SiC in Cars of Crackers   
    How's about being escorted by me, SiC, HMC, Captain 70s,  Vulgalour etc in a veritable parade of unreliability.
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    Matty reacted to sporty-shite in Do we want another boring collection thread? Sporty family's weekend trip.   
    Arrived home with minimal drama. 
    Indicators stopped flashing on the way home, but I'm sure that'll be an easy fix.  (EDIT: just googled, and it's a common fault, fixable with a it of relay cleaning.)
    Properly sorted car. Really pleased with it. 
    Anyway, for the sake of tradition..........

    Here ends boring collection thread. 
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    Matty reacted to sporty-shite in Do we want another boring collection thread? Sporty family's weekend trip.   
    So, the raffle win had to be collected. I'd told Mrs S about it, and she suggested we should all go, and have a night away. 
    So, rooms were booked, and family Sporty embarked on a trip. It was a dull trip, aside from me spilling water in my lap, and arriving to check in, looking like I'd pissed myself. 
    The family workhorse Astra performed well, and gave a frankly magnificent average mpg.....

    We're now having a cheeky jar in Reading  listening g to a pair of wannabee roadmen at the next table talking absolute shit. 

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    Matty reacted to tooSavvy in Swift... eh? Nah!   
    'Low Pressure' jetwash..... Ha Ha
    *pi$$ing down, @Cornerhouse pub.

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    Matty reacted to tooSavvy in Swift... eh? Nah!   
    Whilst at the rear of the car, I was minded that the rear Wash/Wipe is a bit turgid - not much water exits the jet!!
    I unravelled a paper clip, scraped the end over some grit paper (making a sort of chisel end) and then screwed it hard into the spray nozzle.... ūüėģ
    RESULT!! ūüŹÜūü•ā
    *side benefit.... I rinse the number plate clean too! ūü§£
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    Matty reacted to Boycie in Someone left a Cavalier outside my house...   
    In the late 70s if you wanted velour you went to Vauxhall .....absolutely epic , who wants a Jag when you can get a royale with either of these bad boys interiors  , Porsche have brought back Coco brown interiors .....Vauxhall the balls in your corner ...

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    Matty reacted to SiC in 1968 MG Midget - Bodywork repair and welding   
    I have to say, my handheld Milwaukee right angle die grinder with flap wheel attachments has been a revelation. As it's small, it's so much easier to get into tight spaces. Not only physical size but power means you can safely use it one handed without risking it being ripped out of your hand. But also the cutting area is small, so easier to get precise than a 4.5" grinder. 
    My only complaint is that the 4Ah battery only lasts about half hour tops and then takes 1.5hrs or so to charge. Irritatingly the Milwaukee charger doesn't make a noise when it's done either. Tempting to buy a 6Ah battery while the eBay 15% offer is on, but they're not cheap for a genuine.
    I'm actually surprising myself at how easy this is going. Not only premade panels help massively but their cost and ease of getting hold helps too. The problem I have with the Dolomite is that many of the panels are not only expensive but extremely rare now and only available second and. This led me to staring and rechecking for a long time before I finally committed. The deadline of the garage door being fitted and it needing to be on four wheels was the final push for me to actually weld it in!
    The other thing that spoilt the Dolomite for me is their value increase. It almost felt like I really needed to make sure everything was spot on perfectly aligned - despite it not being that good out the factory! I'd hate to be restoring something of real value like a classic Jag E-Type, MK2, TR-something or such. 
    I definitely prefer working on "common" stuff where panels are easy to get hold of. I'm not great at fabrication and it takes me a very long time. For me to do it properly I could do with a few extra tools like a bead roller and such. But that takes up prescious room in the garage for something I won't use that often. 
    This is certainly much more enjoyable than the Dolomite to be repairing, not least it's not another massive weldathon. Plus the motivation is there to get it fixed as it's a fresh project. 
    The problem is that, despite my best efforts to try making my cars look undesirable, people keep offering money for them and I find it hard to say no! ūü§£ Everything I own has a price on it. Admittedly some (like my BGT) I'd only let go for much more than their realistic market value.
    I think I've mentioned this before a few times but back when I was 18yrs, I visited Haynes Museum for the first time. Incidentally the first time I went away on holiday with, the now, Mrs SiC. I've always been interested in aircraft and that was what engaged me the most when I was younger, rather than cars. However when I passed my driving test I started to really get interested in cars. 
    Classics were never really on my radar until that first visit to Haynes. I do remember seeing a green rubber bumper BGT in a local car garage when I was getting some new tyres on my first car. It quite fascinated me. 
    Anyhow in Haynes Museum there is the red room where it's filled with various sports car in the vivid red.

    In here was a MG Midget, Spitfire and a MGC. 

    From that visit I decided I really wanted a classic. While the MGB GT was my favourite, the Midget most affordable and the Spitfire the easiest to work on, I would have happily had any of them.
    I bought plenty of books to read up on them and my fascination with them started. But the one thing I kept being told, from parents, colleagues and such is that they're all crap against modern cars. They break, they rust, you die in a crash and terrible to drive. This knocked my enthusiasm for getting one. 
    So I went through a succession of modern cars. Some burnt me badly like an RX8 which, while fantastic to drive, lost me £3k in depreciation in a year and the same again in fuel. While some I still miss, like my Smart Roadster (that I sold to free up room on my drive for the BGT).
    Then around 2018, this appeared at the local classic car garage.

    I was in love. However pretty much everyone on here told me it was a tarted up turd. While they were right and it'd needed welding, I still regret not buying it. Anyway after a month long protracted search (thread is still on here somewhere!) I eventually got the BGT that I still have 5yrs later. That car certainly tested my patience with its unreliability (or bonding exercise as some may say).
    Anyhow to get back to your point on selling this. I always wanted to get a BGT, Midget or Spitfire. I'm at the point in my life where I'm lucky in that I can go YOLO, why not get all three! The problem is that I refuse to spend £10k+ on a dealer fresh example. So I inevitably get something that needs work (bonding exercise?).
    Hence the only one left in the trio is the Spitfire. So if I did sell this, I'd either replace this with another Midget (in red) and/or Spitfire. It would have to be a very good price for me to justify selling this, which is unlikely to happen. 
    I'm sure once I get all three, I'd probably end up deciding to sell one/several but it's a target that I'm still aiming to get all three. 
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    Matty reacted to 83C in 83C's Shite-esque Fleet: Professional Crastination.   
    3 minutes. 
    That game didn't last long!
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    Matty reacted to 83C in 83C's Shite-esque Fleet: Professional Crastination.   
    Spoke to a man on Friday about this. He reckons £500 to sort it out, and I'm sure he'll do a decent job - his past work speaks for itself and is well known in the area. Also began pricing up new bits for underneath, so investment into the F10 is probably what will happen to keep it good for another 12-24 months as the daily driver. 
    But I've still got a bit of an itch to scratch, though I don't know exactly what. Next year I'll buy myself something a bit special, but this year I fancy buying something for a couple of grand (or less) that will just be a bit of fun for 12 months. My Ebay watch list has Mercedes CL500s, a VW Scirocco GTII (which I'm really tempted by but it's a long way away), Land Rover Discovery TD5s (bit close to the Range Rover but the ideal number of Green Ovals in the fleet is always N+1), a 1960's VW Beetle, a BMW E46 325Ci, a Rover P5... just lots of nonsense really. I'm also spending far too much time browsing the low cost/big liability thread, because obviously having an L322 Range Rover isn't risky enough.
    Speaking of which, the Range Rover is still in for surgery - an ABS sensor failed so the garage sorted that first before tackling the rear prop replacement, I'm hoping to get that back this week, just in time for the MoT to expire.
    ZZR booked in for MoT and service at the end of the week, hopefully get some more miles on it this year. It's almost been confined to quarters the last year because it doesn't really fit through the gate to/from where it is parked. A radical solution to that issue is happening very soon. 
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    Matty got a reaction from eddyramrod in Forward Control   
    Aside from what he said about modern transits being good. They're not. They're shite¬†ūüėĀ
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    Matty reacted to Asimo in Forward Control   
    They made these things until 1996.       Edit:- 2013!

     Big fleet users don’t care how out of date it is. Does it do the job? If yes then buy same again.
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    Matty reacted to 320touring in Hill Climbing* Clio   
    First competitive outing for this today - up to the almighty Crail for some Drag racing.
    I say drag racing, but it was more a meeting of mates interspersed with Going Like Fuck ..
    Firstly, scran was procured from a fine establishment

    Others were met and a sedate run to the track meant that I arrived with decent MPG for the tank so far.

    I'd covered a fair few miles (and added a further 20L to the tank in anticipation of the trip today)
    I reset the trip mpg to see how bad it was. Happily, over all the runs and returns back to the queue, it managed 13.6mpg. Pretty decent really.
    With the exception of 1 run, where I launched at 3000 rpm and triggered the traction control (so the car cut power and bogged) I found 2500 and careful with the clutch got reasonable launches without the threat of damage to the driveline.
    the best time of the day was 15.615 @90.5mph.

    As you can see, my reaction times ain't great, but at least I am consistently in the 15s 
    I decided discretion was the better part of valour, so was not doing burnouts etc, just rolling up to the line and launching at 2.5k..
    The car handled it well, thankfully.
    it was nice to use it in anger for the first time.
    the trip home was very leisurely, partly because of the lovely weather, and partly because of only having 1/4tank or so left to get home.

    Next Sunday is a hillclimb day - so we will see how it fairs there..
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    Matty reacted to SiC in 1968 MG Midget - Bodywork repair and welding   
    Finished welding this side panel on the inside and out. Inside side was a pain with trying to push the warped edge right in and then having the wax in the cavity keep smoking off/catching fire.
    The right hand side of this panel going near the A-pillar only has a few tack in for now. I'll weld down there once the new A-pillar piece is on. Not only will it make it easier to weld with a piece on the back, it should also make a strong box section.

    Some impressive paint runs too. Won't see this with the wing on though.

    Put a jack under the pillar just in case. Tbh I don't think this will be an issue here, more that the dash could sag down

    There is a fair amount of metal holding that to the rest of the car though.

    Chopped the outer A-pillar piece off in two pieces. One mid and then the top. This allowed me to slide the panel sideways as the right hand edge is only bent over, not welded.

    Then chopped into the welds at the top and prised it off. Noticed the welds here were gold - I've not seen this before. Googling suggests that's because of the temperature of the welds or possibly not enough shielding gas?

    With the other piece off, I cleaned up the area with a wire wheel.

    Interesting to note that the old A-pillar is from the same company/one-man-band as the new one going on. Probably a good 26+ years difference.

    The new piece lines up really well. No major fettling needed.

    Only slight cut to take into account this excess weld blob being in the way.

    At the top it pretty much lines up perfectly. I need to grind down some of the welds on that side panel at the top, as it's stopping this going all the way in.

    The bottom sticks out a tad but I suspect that's more because the panel needs a bit more natural bend in it. This should come from when I bend that side edge back over.

    I need to fashion a repair on the bottom of that hinge panel. Thinking I'll do a patch on the bottom to fix up those holes in the sill as a t-piece that meets the bottom of that hinge mount. I'll be welding it over the sill rather than cutting the sill, as I don't want to be cutting too many holes into the sill and weakening at this point.
    Might drill a hole where there is already a hole anyway to make a cavity wax injection point.

    I reckon fabricating that t-piece is probably going to take longer than getting that A-pillar panel in.

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    Matty reacted to Crackers in Forward Control   
    I might agree if I was paying to run one... But as a driver's vehicle I was very impressed, in typical Ford fashion. 
    Caveat: I have not driven a Transporter, Sprinter, Master/Movano etc so have no frame of reference in the van world. 
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    Matty got a reaction from paulplom in Forward Control   
    Aside from what he said about modern transits being good. They're not. They're shite¬†ūüėĀ
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    Matty reacted to Scruffy Bodger in 1968 MG Midget - Bodywork repair and welding   
    I know someone who had a Midget that stayed jacked like that for a while for welding, when all the work was done neither door would shut.
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    Matty reacted to SiC in 1968 MG Midget - Bodywork repair and welding   
    I love preformed panels! They're even better when they're cheap. This panel I think was £12.50 or something like that. I spent just as long cutting out the old and cleaning up than fitting the replacement in.

    I didn't want to cut too much off here and loose strength. The bit with the hole in the bottom I will cut separately once I get the big side panel in.
    I'm fearful that if I cut the whole inside off, the pillar won't have anything there to hold the gap and this side will drop.

    Old panel lined up onto the new. The holes and edges matched up perfectly. A quick scribe and then chopped down with a jigsaw - my favourite tools for cutting metal sheets.

    Clamped up

    This poor hammer has gone through so much abuse over the years. In this use, the handle has a habit of catching fire.

    Then weld

    A few bits left that I'll do tomorrow. I need to bash it closer but it's late now (11pm) and I don't want to annoy the neighbours.

    Penetration decent. Warped the fuck out the panel at the bottom. Not too bothered as I'll bash it back into place and weld the bottom. This is all covered by trim.

    The welds at the top were crap because the underseal and paint on this panel kept catching fire, which messed up the argon shielding gas mix.

    I cleaned all the filler and paint off this A-pillar.

    Plan was to cut off the crusty bit at the bottom

    And cut+weld this panel into place.

    However I've got this panel now that is both a full length and does the side section. There was a piece on the left but it was cut short and didn't have the bits with the holes left on it. The other side is just folded over. Currently not welded. I might run a few short beads down to hold it in place strongly.

    The top welds look a bit parp, which made my decision clear that I will just replace the whole panel. Tbh I think it'll be quicker than trying to cut the other panel and line up the bottom bit.

    I need to effect a repair on this bottom piece. You can get replacement hinge mounts pretty cheap but that will mean lining up the door. Given this is in very good condition apart from the very bottom, a small piece welded here I think will be perfectly fine.

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    Matty reacted to Mally in 1968 MG Midget - Bodywork repair and welding   
    The  A pillar could turn out to be a pain by affecting the door fit. Ideally you need a jig, for the door, but obviously that won't happen.
    I'd also be having nightmares of it folding in the middle whilst stood on axle stands.
    I'd at least support it under the middle until you finish welding.
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    Matty reacted to chaseracer in Forward Control   
    In 1947, Citroen offered a snout AND sitting right over the front wheels!

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    Matty reacted to reb in Club GLF REVIVAL: THE RESULTS ARE IN!!!   
    Two fine bits of engineering and a Civic.
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    Matty reacted to captain_70s in Supernaut's Cars: Fan-tastic Fettling   
    I'd have taken hundreds and every single one would be out of focus.¬†¬†ūüĎĆ
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    Matty reacted to Supernaut in Supernaut's Cars: Fan-tastic Fettling   
    Instead of cluttering another thread with photos, I'll put them in here.
    I went along to the first SMRC (Scottish Motor Racing Club... I think) meet of the year at Knockill.
    First race of the day, second lap:

    They went between the other two cars backwards, missing them both. Then on the corner immediately after, somebody else landed in the gravel on their roof.
    Red flagged.
    Then on the restart the one who left the track backwards in the above photo placed 3rd. Nutters, the lot of them.
    Citroen C1 racing!

    These were an absolute delight to spectate. They run standard drivetrains, so just buzz around relatively slowly, but absolutely flat-out. They were entering Duffus on two wheels, sliding sideways for several feet - while still on two wheels - before landing to line up for the next corner.
    The racing was so close, I could hear them scraping each other's door mirrors off as they passed.
    There were also MINIs racing.
    They were in two classes. Coopers and Cooper Ss. There were only 3 Cooper Ss, and they were lapping the standard Coopers after about 10 laps.

    They were also a bunch of dribbling lunatics. They seemed to really love going into the gravel. At one point one of them managed to split their rear bumper perfectly down the middle upon exiting the gravel, then spent the rest of the race with the two sections of bumper flailing behind them like streamers.
    The highlight of the day was the classic sports cars and saloons class.

    The white SD1 and the red and green Morgans spent both races battling furiously at the front. All of them, of course, were running huge V8s. They sounded glorious. The green TR7 also had a habit of spitting flames half the length of itself on gear changes too.
    The driver of the white SD1 ended up absolutely dominating, and they also spent a lot of time going sideways:

    Honestly, the white SD1 was lairy as fuck. It thundered around the track, to the point I could feel it in my chest when it passed. Then upon leaving almost every corner it would light up the rear wheels and go down the track sideways.
    How about a better view of that SD1?

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    Matty reacted to 320touring in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    Time for an update on this:
    The rebuilt fuel pump from @blackboilersuit was attached the other day, and the bloody thing now fires up sweetly and promptly. Many thanks again to him for his efforts!
    Bouyed by this success, I decided to splash out..

    Behold, a plethora of Oxford parts.
    A plan was formed. Many thanks to @jaypee and @Supernaut for their help today.
    GSA into the corner of the unit, Oxford into the centre.
    We decided to start at the back
    First up - tighten the rearmost exhaust mount - a blasphemous 10mm fitting..
    Next. Try to see if we could get the spring shackle bushes out. That would be a no.  First one we tried unbolted fine, but the threaded pin would not come out. Discretion being the better part of valour, we put it back together.
    Then onto brakes.
    I'd ordered cylinders and adjusters plus fitting springs, expecting the worst.
    On pulling the first drum off, I was pleasantly surprised:

    Plenty of meat on the shoes, wheel cylinder was dry and the adjuster was free.
    Everything was cleaned down, the drum sanded on the inside (no noticeable lip) then reassembled.
    Footbrake pressed to centre the shoes and the adjuster set so the drum was locked at 3 clicks.
    The other side was exactly the same - so nice to work on well designed drum brakes.
    Then it was time to look at the rear hydraulics:
    The rear hard lines and the "T-piece" are all in good condition - no major rust and the unions themselves are clean.
    This flexi, however, was not. Luckily a new one had been procured and was duly fitted

    We topped up the master cylinder in the drivers footwell and hit the bleed nipples with remonstrating fluid.
    Both responded positively to the application of a spanner, and the rear brakes bled up easily.
    Having spent some time crawling about under the car, it was obvious the rear end would benefit greatly from some cleaning, rust treatment and underseal.
    @Supernaut deployed the wire brush of truth and did an excellent job getting the loose underseal off.
    I then became enamored with the idea of removing the dampers to clean and paint them.
    @jaypee's patience was key here as the top nuts were quite difficult to access.
    Once off, it was obvious they were in need of some love

    The lump at the right are actually fins.. so much gear oil and grease had filled them in.

    You can see them clearly here
    Once cleaned and wire brushed, they were treated with Vactan, then primed.

    I don't know what colour they will be once paintedūü§£
    The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning the rear end. The task was mountainous in its size..

    Still more to do!
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    Matty reacted to Asimo in The Wolseley Six   
    Manual. A £1300 project in Newport Pagnell.  My favourite Wolseley Six colour.
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