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  1. I've also wired up battery cut out switches in the battery box with a small bypass fuse so the interior light still comes on on a few of mine. Might not fool someone who steals to order but enough to fox an opportunist who has no idea where the battery is.
  2. I could nearly puke on demand as a kid. It really wouldn't make a difference what car I was in either and can still get it now. The only thing to lessen it is plenty of cool fresh air and good forward visibility. Something with three abreast seating that isn't a multipla? VW T4/T5?
  3. That's a big old can of worms you've opened there! They do make a huge difference of course but so much depends on your location and budget. Full winter tyres only really make sense where cold temperatures and snow are common. Anything over about 8 degrees and a summer tyre will still be better. All Seasons bridge that gap. All season tyre technology has really really improved and most manufacturers have caught up with Michelin's Cross Climate and at a much lower price. I live in a rural spot where the roads are wet and muddy and the gritters don't come off the main routes. I ran Quartrac's last year through the snow and the worst that winter offered and am about to bung some on Mrs Leafsprungs Up! I won't bother with summer tyres anymore. I do recommend having a look at https://www.tyrereviews.com/Article/2021-Tyre-Reviews-All-Season-Tyre-Test.htm And watching this.
  4. For the love of all that is Holy, please no bloody chequer plate! They look just right wearing their faded paint and dents with pride and when sat on 205s or 7.50x16s (235/85's if you must). Please also get some decent physical security as they are so easily nicked to order. The pedal box 'safes' and lockable handbrake levers seem to get decent reviews. I've owned four (plus a few series too, the first being a marine blue swb truck cab) and regretted selling all of them. The last was a Hicap I dropped a Dicso 200tdi into just before prices went stupid. I've also had many many miles driving and towing with a fleet of 110's stretching back to tdi days. I'd have another but the current prices are just ridiculous and finding one that hasn't been OLLI-ed is getting harder. Well done for saving this one.
  5. The third axle on this heap was, as Mook says, Kwality with a K. (18.10 in).
  6. Obviously when it was new it wasn't shite but I couldn't help but do a double take when I pulled in behind this on the M11 this weekend. Some new offset towbar arrangement? Nope. Just one drawbar boat trailer bent like a boomerang, clearly by some massively ballsed up reversing manouver. He was creeping along the inside lane because PC Plod were just in front of him but as I passed he was forced to overtake but Officer Dibble didn't see anything wrong and didn't pull him. I was trying to work out if the bend was imparting some force on the tyres or if it all balanced out somehow. I reckon it was constantly crabbing sideways so he must have some epic tyre wear going on.
  7. These early flat front four pot P4's really do tick a lot of things on my want list, especially in a monotone colour (that green, oof!) and in a way that the later two-tone 6 cylinders ones oddly don't. Following in awe and fascination.
  8. Let me tell you a little (true) story... As some might have picked up on in the Bearded Explorer twat thread, I was, once upon a time, a Rights of Way Officer. Part of the job was running summer cutting contracts. All but one of my contractors were farmers or agricultural contractors who inevitably used compact Kubota tractors (a lovely little vintage Fordson Dexta in one case) running small 1m wide toppers. There was one exception, a tree surgeon who used an 'Etesia Attila' which looks like an off road go kart (note the handy green bull bar. More of that later). This chap, Mike we'll call him, (because that's his name) was, to be honest, a bloody liability. He was forever pissing off farmers and landowners by being an arrogant aggressive twat, which always resulted in me getting the abuse from the offended party, plus from Mike (because it was never his fault, obviously). Anyway, during June in 2010, I started getting calls from Joe Public grumbling that their paths hadn't been cut. That was normal, so I did the usual 'the contractor is on his way so they should be done in a week or so'. I tried to get hold of Mike to find out exactly where he was but there was no answer and calls went straight to voicemail. The next day I got a call from Mike's brother to say that Mike was in hospital, that he would be picking up the cutting and Mike would be out of action for a while. I asked the obvious 'what happened' question and he gave a vague reply about an accident with his mower, but then realising he'd probably given more away than he should have became a bit aggressive and tried to blame me, the farmer and just about everyone else for the accident. The condition of the path and an overhanging branch 'had caused it' he said. He wouldn't say what had happened but knowing Mike's track record I was already suspicious. I obviously had to get to the bottom of the issue so headed out to find the location. There was no way Mike would tell me where it had happened but I knew roughly where he had been working and after a couple of hours I easily found it. It was a hot June day and as I walked down this lovely, wide, perfectly flat field edge path I could see a small overhanging branch ahead. Normally overhanging branches are the farmers issue to deal with but we asked the contractors to trim the small stuff as it was easier than chasing the L/O. As I got closer I saw a dark patch on the ground which I assumed to be oil, except that this appeared to be moving. When I got to it I realised that it was actually a swarm of flies. Hundreds of black flies. They were on a heap of shredded, blood soaked denim. The path ahead hadn't been cut either so this was obviously the spot. Looking around it was so obvious what had happened (this was eventually corroborated by Mike when my manager paid a visit to him in hospital and presented the evidence). Rather than get off his lazy arse and trim the branch back as he was required to do, he'd tried to drive round it and dropped a wheel into the adjacent plough furrow. As you can see from the picture, Mike's Atesia had tiny wheels and low ground clearance so had bottomed out. I could clearly see where the wheels had been spinning along the path edge. The aptly named 'deadman' was built into the seat of the Etesia and Mike was obviously fed up with regular occurrences like this so, having bypassed the deadman, his normal technique was, with drive engaged, to push it or pull on the bull bar to haul it free. This time, of course, he cocked it up and fell backwards. Mike's biggest error this day however, was to have failed to disengage the blades! He was quite literally mown down. The path was pretty remote apart from a couple of estate cottages a short distance away. I took a chance and knocked on the door of one and asked if the lady knew anything about what had happened. "Oh, him" she said, "Yes, he fainted on the doorstep. The Air Ambulance came for him". He spent a couple of weeks in hospital having skin grafts on his legs, arse and shoulders, and was back in 'action' for the autumn cut. During this time he managed to roll the damn thing down a slope, drove through a crop in his Transit to tow it back up and then after that fell off a river bank with it, which thankfully was the end of it. The last two issues we found out about long after they happened by which time Mike hadn't been invited to tender for the following years contracts. How we laughed about him doing a 'half-arsed' job.
  9. Timing chain stretch (and eventually failure as shown above) in those 1.3's. Had it in the misery spec Astra. Sometimes it took 4 or 5 attempts to start from cold and would randomly go into limp mode, normally at 70mph in the outside lane in heavy traffic. Hideous car, hideously mismatched engine. Was thirstier than the 2.5 Volvo D5 which eventually replaced it because you had to rev the bastard to extract any kind of motive power.
  10. And what do you think the collective Autoshite answer to that will be!
  11. I see they mainly make aviation tyres now...
  12. Bloody typical, the boy just slipped off this...
  13. https://www.fyneboatkits.co.uk/kits/other/teardrop-camper/ A bit spendy but the kits are precision made and all the design work has been done for you. More durable, warmer, secure and weatherproof than tenting.
  14. In terms of giffer mods, for me it's the addition of multiple wonky, scattergun applied Halfords/High Street car accessory shop Gti, Sri, 16v, Turbo, Lux, Special Edition etc stick on lettering on vehicles which are quite clearly not GTi, SRi, 16v, Turbo-ed or in any conceivable way, luxurious or Special. Normally to be seen with an impressive array of stick on reflectors from the same tat rack in the shop.
  15. Isn't the prevalence of soft-roader/SUV shite and model 'inflation' at least in part a result of new designs having to incorporate ever more stringent pedestrian and occupant crash safety measures ( e.g greater gap beneath the bonnet and engine etc) rather than consumer driven demand? Measures resulting in such monstrosities as the new BMW 4 series and Audi saloons with their massive grilles to break up the big fat bluff fronts? SUV's being easier to hide this bulk in chubbier styling?
  16. Not a BMW licker myself but Mrs Leafsprung's childhood mate and partner run jaymic.com so am duty bound to give them a shout.
  17. Rover development vehicles, apparently just back from brake tests https://www.aronline.co.uk/concepts-and-prototypes/rover-p7/
  18. Top shot is of Duff Morgan & Vermont on Grapes Hill in Norwich. Here's a mouth watering inside shot. They later moved over to Citroen and are still about. The Company was founded jointy by Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson who founded the 'Blue Shirts' an anti-fascist organisation, and who sheltered Albert Einstein in a hut near his Estate in North Norfolk with his game keeper and two heavily armed young female assistants. The road behind the garage is Earlham Road and a hundred yards or so further down was the site of this famous occurence (couldn't find a B&W shot). Factoids!
  19. I loved my V50 (a D5) but it was a bit too modern for me. You're right about the tyres, only Michelin Cross Climates coped with the D5s torque. It chewed through wishbone bushes and front tyres though (could be more the D5s than the 2.0) and was just starting to show clutch issues when I sold it. If the clutch action starts to feel notchy or sticky, then it could require new hydraulics which I was told by my indy Volvo garage was an engine out job on mine. Ultimately the clutch pedal can stick down. One of the best looking small estates of the period and very comfortable. The only thing I found annoying was the underwhelmingly un-Volvo like small boot!
  20. Not a Special Edition as such being competition prizes but the TR7 Coke cars were actually pretty nice. They were a tie up between Coke and Levi's. Good effort BL!
  21. At the time the then gf's Mother had a 5 door 106 n/a diesel. Possibly the most gutless car I've ever driven even if it did do galactic mpg. I remember being insured on it for a holiday in the Peak District. Going up hills, 2 up loaded with camping clutter was a 1st/2nd gear ordeal. At least the 1.0 pez had a bit of fizz.
  22. Mid 90's Peugeot 106 'Kid' with denim (effect) upholstery, blue dials and carpets and an actual ruddy sunroof. Exciting stuff. Mother Leafsprung had one from new and it was the first car I drove after passing my test. Great little cars. I loved it then and would have another now if I could find one.
  23. Land Rover/Range Rover had a seemingly never ending run of special editions through the 90's. The 50th Anniversary set were quite smart, especially the Defender as I think they revived the V8 with an auto just for that run and pretty sure they still command a premium. One which does stick in my mind from a review in a Landy lickers rag was the P38 Holland and Holland special edition, just for its typically Britishy understated lugzuuurey - dark leather seats and then oiled wood to match your shotgun. Not very Autoshite but the nicestest looking P38 in my eyes. Certainly a classy car in its day and they seem to be firmly in the collectors sights now (if that can be said of a P38). https://www.graemehunt.com/inventory/464/2000-range-rover
  24. I had one of those. Great little cars. I rather miss mine. Driving it like a nun I once wrung 80mpg out of it (1.4 tdci). The only thing it ever needed was injector seals which my friendly Ford independent said were more or less service items.
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