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    big_al_granvia reacted to NorfolkNWeigh in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Does the boot of all your cars contain a tow rope, jump leads, easy start, wd- 40, cable ties, gaffer tape , para cord , a hammer and a knife? ( Can sometimes mean you’re a serial killer too)
    In July I drove a 6 day old 1/4 of a million pound car to Nice, still had a multi tool, cable ties and a roll of tape in my bag.
     
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from gm in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    does a certain eatery in central scotland only tolerate you an your mates cars depositing their calling cards on their monobloc carpark because the owners spend 200 quid between them on food once a month... (pre covid)
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from Three Speed in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    have you ever had the nsr shock bolt break on a pothole leaving shock loose and instead of phoning breakdown you cable tied it to stop it rattling like fuck and drove 30 miles home from work
    have you ever regularly slept in your car at racetracks because you are too tight to pay for a hotel and you know your car is more comfortable than a tent even though its an almera, then discovered the passenger seat backrest winder is fooked so you had to doss in the drivers seat
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from Gerrymcd in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    have you ever had the nsr shock bolt break on a pothole leaving shock loose and instead of phoning breakdown you cable tied it to stop it rattling like fuck and drove 30 miles home from work
    have you ever regularly slept in your car at racetracks because you are too tight to pay for a hotel and you know your car is more comfortable than a tent even though its an almera, then discovered the passenger seat backrest winder is fooked so you had to doss in the drivers seat
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    big_al_granvia reacted to busmansholiday in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you noticed how nobody parks next to you in Tesco/ Asda/ Morrison/ etc.
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from Supernaut in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    does a certain eatery in central scotland only tolerate you an your mates cars depositing their calling cards on their monobloc carpark because the owners spend 200 quid between them on food once a month... (pre covid)
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto...LS400. Coilovers fitted - photos added   
    looks spot on, dont forget allowing for the weight of passengers and messages in the boot
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from Split_Pin in Rover 75 Diesel, slightly tickled.   
    breaker bar and scaffold pole will shift those wheel bolts
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    big_al_granvia reacted to Timewaster in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Ever started out on a  journey late on a dark horrible night out in the sticks, half a mile later hit a bump in the road and all the lights go out?
    Then naturally assume that Lucas the Prince of Darkness has paid you a visit and continue your journey by pulling the hi beam flash constantly and hovering over the brake pedal to give yourself some rear lights if anyone comes up behind you,
    Do this for 20 miles until you reach civilization and stop under a street lamp and see that when you were pissing about with the choke, it was you that turned the lights off!
    Old minis were shit sometimes!
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    big_al_granvia reacted to Spiny Norman in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Daily Mail? The very idea!


    Glasgow Herald if you don't mind...
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    big_al_granvia reacted to sdkrc in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Do you fondly reminisce over your favourite breakdowns with people on the internet?
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    big_al_granvia reacted to Tamworthbay in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever pointed out to a mate that your car cost less than the deposit on their PCP cash pit?
     
    Have you ever been asked to park your car around the back as it wasn’t the image the company wanted? (Volvo 240 and it was a bit of a shed)
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from HMC in Barrheid Fleeto...LS400. Coilovers fitted - photos added   
    nice work mate, hope mrs gerry kept you going in tea and butties
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto...LS400. Coilovers fitted - photos added   
    nice work mate, hope mrs gerry kept you going in tea and butties
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    big_al_granvia reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto...LS400. Coilovers fitted - photos added   
    Minor update:
    Maxcheapingsods coilovers fitted so I'll see how they hold up. For the money (£195) they surprisingly look alright. I've spent much more on far worse!

    Not going to lower it too much because I have no interest to partake in the "V.I.P" look. 
    New arms, drop links and brakes rebuilt at front. Took forever to drill out n/s main upright as the ball joint seized.
    (Barsteward remnants of the bolt)


    Rear brakes stripped and parking drums adjusted (thought why not since it's in bits anyway) at the back. 


    (No drugs found only 70p in smash)


    Tidied up the subframe and drowned it in dynax UB (probably not right stuff but by this  point I was beyond giving AF). 

    Just need to:
    1) Bleed brakes.
    2) Stick wheels on. Put it back on the ground. Check height.  Jack back up. Wheels off and tweak coilovers. 
    Repeat number 2
    Skin my knuckles
    Repeat number 2
    Skin my knuckles
    3) Wash it and take photos. 
    /FIN.
     
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    your aff yer heed mate but fucking outstanding
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    big_al_granvia reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    Today we made another silly video.
     
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    big_al_granvia reacted to 320touring in 320touring's Shitey Saab 9-5 MAJOR UPDATE 27/11/20   
    At least the Scoob is fast..
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from juular in big Al & Flat4 fleet fred--- volvo mot'd   
    wee update, volvo has been away to trusty tame mechanic who has done a service, egr blank and got her mot'd, only advisories were for wishbone bushes and surface rust underneath.. Driving a lot better with just oxygen being drawn into the inlet, lot sharper on acceleration. treated he to a 3 quid jetwash and spray detailer, civic left with tame mechanic for service and mot. also picked up a new set of wheels from gerry of the parish.... 

     


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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from juular in big Al & Flat4 fleet fred--- volvo mot'd   
    no swearing from me about my lovely ovlov, numberplate light lens came off no probs once i rescued my torx bits from the saab, fog was a simple click and twist. getting it in again was awkward especially with cracked ribs but job done. the ovlov's trim which had gone grey has also been treated with black trim restorer.. just got 2 wheels to refurb and give it a good machine polish
    aye the boss was not happy with me a few weeks back, credit to auld bus, not used in 3 weeks and it was a quick top up of the rad and she fired up no probs thanks to the heavy duty battery she got earlier this year
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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in big Al & Flat4 fleet fred--- volvo mot'd   
    wee update, volvo has been away to trusty tame mechanic who has done a service, egr blank and got her mot'd, only advisories were for wishbone bushes and surface rust underneath.. Driving a lot better with just oxygen being drawn into the inlet, lot sharper on acceleration. treated he to a 3 quid jetwash and spray detailer, civic left with tame mechanic for service and mot. also picked up a new set of wheels from gerry of the parish.... 

     


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    big_al_granvia got a reaction from GingerNuttz in big Al & Flat4 fleet fred--- volvo mot'd   
    wee update, volvo has been away to trusty tame mechanic who has done a service, egr blank and got her mot'd, only advisories were for wishbone bushes and surface rust underneath.. Driving a lot better with just oxygen being drawn into the inlet, lot sharper on acceleration. treated he to a 3 quid jetwash and spray detailer, civic left with tame mechanic for service and mot. also picked up a new set of wheels from gerry of the parish.... 

     


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    big_al_granvia reacted to captain_70s in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    My main goal in life is to not buy another turd, with that in mind I promise nothing.
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    big_al_granvia reacted to NorthernMonkey in It's grim up north....tales from the Primate House (collection special!!)   
    Anyway, quick update time whilst the kettle boils.
    Before anything else, a massive thanks must go to @jon.k for basically mid-describing this fine Teutonic beast.
    He mentioned in PMs that it was tatty in places...most importantly, rusty on the boot lid.

     
    Yeah, ok, whatevs.
    For fuck sake, I’ve seen more rust on a 4 year old Focus at BCA.
    Seriously, apart from that and a very minor scuff on a wheel arch that came off when I spat on it, it’s bodily mint.
    As it is internally and, following a faultless run up the M5 & M6, seemingly under the bonnet too.
    What else did he allege was wrong with it? Oh yes...no locking. Let’s see...

    That would appear to suggest a flat key fob battery.
    Just stuck a new CR2032 in it and hey presto, working remote locking, as well as keyless entry and keyless start too.
    Anyway, dinner time and beer o’clock now before the bake off final so we’ll do another update tomorrow.
    Once again, great to meet you Jon, and Walter too 👍
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    big_al_granvia reacted to GingerNuttz in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    The yellow one will be after the green one but only if the Captain hasn't lost the will to live or bought another shit heap that needs work.....
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