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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from Vince70 in Austin Montego Poverty Spec Estate - 1.3L of Pure Power!   
    This might even surpass the legendary bASe Sierra in its utter abject shiteness and poverty spec horribleness. Well bought.
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    GeordieInExile reacted to PrinceRupert in communal 205 lickers thread   
    My 205 XR (1.4 TU3) that I am trying to sort as my first ever project, learning how to spanner as I go.  There are threads on PH and RR if anyone is interested, haven't bothered duplicating it a third time on AS.  I am hoping it will be back on the road soonish, just finished rebuilding the carb and need to make sure it is working properly, and need to bleed the brakes after fitting new caliper and flexi.  There remains a few niggles to sort (boot lock, hole in floor under rear passenger seat - haven't worked out how to get that sorted yet without dropping fuel tank and paying someone to weld it) and also cosmetics aren't great.
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    GeordieInExile reacted to MrSchwifty in Collection Fred - It's not a Peugeot!   
    Here she is....

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    GeordieInExile reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego Poverty Spec Estate - 1.3L of Pure Power!   
    Did I mention the econometer? I feel like that awards extra points for being the tightest driver around. Smallest engine? Check. Absolutely no additional weight with optional extras. Check. Econometer? Check.
    Poverty spec at its absolute finest.

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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in Austin Montego Poverty Spec Estate - 1.3L of Pure Power!   
    It's enough to make you wish the bASe Sierra had enjoyed* a similar engine downgrade. At least it has the dangly mirrors, eh.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego Poverty Spec Estate - 1.3L of Pure Power!   
    This might even surpass the legendary bASe Sierra in its utter abject shiteness and poverty spec horribleness. Well bought.
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    GeordieInExile reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego Poverty Spec Estate - 1.3L of Pure Power!   
    Its a one owner car too! Someone was committed!
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from maxxo in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    I like it better unfixed. Keeping the revs below 3000 really suits the car's character.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from maxxo in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    I really liked the Insight. Felt very, very normal for a 20 year old hybrid.
    I ate my Twix while enjoying the world's slowest Citroen C5.
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    GeordieInExile reacted to Stanky in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    **Please** tell me that as its OBD1 you have to count the flashes from a tiny LED bulb, one flash per mile recorded? 
    Brilliant pics @Inspector Morose and looked like a great day out for everyone.
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    GeordieInExile reacted to Lacquer Peel in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    Robert DIY is a lifesaver for these cars. It might be in the engine bay, and it's an OBD1 port. Also gives a run down as to how to check the real mileage. 
    https://youtu.be/9K-1WChRr9k
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    GeordieInExile reacted to Lacquer Peel in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    It is a bit quick because it has a tuning box fitted, but it probably has a boost leak as well. I think I would have traded half a tank of fuel for your working A/C. The compressor in mine has long since been bypassed.
    I got Monroe shocks for the front end for around £100 which made it feel a lot less boat-like and the rear has nearly new Sachs taken from a breaker.  
    Yours drives nicely, be interested to know the real mileage if it's possible to find out without the OBD port.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    That Merc is ace, smooth as butter and about as quiet at idle. The 850 is a bit less fast than my T5 but also feels tighter and more planted on the road, and it gets 2.5x the MPGs. On the drive home around the sheep-covered hills of Weardale I had the T5 down to single figures.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from Dabooka in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    I really liked the Insight. Felt very, very normal for a 20 year old hybrid.
    I ate my Twix while enjoying the world's slowest Citroen C5.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from loserone in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    I really liked the Insight. Felt very, very normal for a 20 year old hybrid.
    I ate my Twix while enjoying the world's slowest Citroen C5.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from sdkrc in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    I really liked the Insight. Felt very, very normal for a 20 year old hybrid.
    I ate my Twix while enjoying the world's slowest Citroen C5.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from Jim Bell in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    I really liked the Insight. Felt very, very normal for a 20 year old hybrid.
    I ate my Twix while enjoying the world's slowest Citroen C5.
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    GeordieInExile reacted to MT606 in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    my favourite of the gathering, with the Lincoln and the colt next inline.....




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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from sdkrc in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    That Merc is ace, smooth as butter and about as quiet at idle. The 850 is a bit less fast than my T5 but also feels tighter and more planted on the road, and it gets 2.5x the MPGs. On the drive home around the sheep-covered hills of Weardale I had the T5 down to single figures.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from Jim Bell in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    That Merc is ace, smooth as butter and about as quiet at idle. The 850 is a bit less fast than my T5 but also feels tighter and more planted on the road, and it gets 2.5x the MPGs. On the drive home around the sheep-covered hills of Weardale I had the T5 down to single figures.
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    GeordieInExile reacted to Rust Collector in I'll get round to it at some point - My growing collection of shite   
    Hi folks,
    As I threatened in my first post in the 'introduce yourself' thread, I will slowly be getting the fleet posted up on here for everyone to admire/ridicule. I will be the first to admit I have a hoarding problem, and at one point I had around 18 cars in addition to the stock that I was trading at the time... I eventually listened to those close to me who had been constantly nagging over the years, weaned myself back to one car for a year or so, realised that without projects to play with I was constantly bored and miserable and so decided that having one car was a crock of shit and I should buy more again. Always just one more, never more than that 😆 At the moment we have the following, some running and on the road, some not so much... Nothing irreparable though, and I will try my best to document the work I do as I pick away it on them all.
    So, on to the cars that we've got currently:
    2007 mk3 Renault Clio 1.2 - mentioned for completeness, and because I put a new engine in it recently and effectively got the car for £150 I'm still feeling sort of smug. I got given it for free with a snapped cam belt after helping someone out, I bought the cheapest engine I could find, put a new cam belt on it and hoped for the best. It's now my partner's daily, and she's happy enough with it. I'm wary of it, as it contains computers, but whilst it runs it means I can delay welding my partner's Subaru! After driving it for a bit myself, I actually don't mind it and I've come to think it's an alright car for what it is despite being incredibly dull 😯 2000 Mk1 Honda Insight - I bought this around 2015/2016 when I was importing cars from Japan and put it in storage. It was tipped to go up in value... It didn't really. Before the world fell apart we used to drive on the continent a lot (my partner is Slovakian, we try to drive to see family rather than fly) so I recently took it out of storage and put it on the road in anticipation of getting some road trips in once the borders open. This is currently my daily driver. 2001 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 3.0 V6 - This is our thunderbird, useful for rescuing the other cars when they shit themselves. So thirsty on fuel that you barely notice the change in economy when driving it unladen or with 1.5t dragged behind it 😆 Typical Japanese reliability, the engine and box are always well behaved but I'm forever welding bits into the holes in the body. I keep thinking of selling it, but it saved our arse when another car died just before a road trip to Zurich so I like to keep it around. It's quite good fun to take to pay and play days too, when I'm not busy throwing money at other stuff. 1994 Skoda Favorit Silverline Estate - I swapped another car I wanted to get out of for this one. The main attraction is that it horrifies my partner, as she had one as her first car and hated it. I've replaced quite a lot on this to get it running right, as it had some issues when I picked it up, I've also spent a good few days welding the underneath up. It still needs some bodywork and a tidy but it was a perfectly good daily up until the head gasket let go. It's still taxed and tested, the cylinder head is sat in the boot of the Mitsubishi ready to take for a skim, so hopefully I'll have her up and running again soon. I don't know why, but I've grown pretty fond of it over the time I've had it, despite the fact that it is fairly crap to drive by modern standards! 2001 Subaru Legacy Outback 3.0 H6 - Bought cheap with a short MOT, it was all going so well until I started picking at the inner arches. This was my partner's daily up until the MOT ran out, and ever since it's been on the 'I'll get round to it' list. Other than some crustiness, it's a pretty decent car. The flat 6 engine sounds beautiful through the stainless exhaust. It's rapid for a wagon, and has all the creature comforts you could want. It's fairly straightforward to work on. I think this is about our 6th or 7th Legacy, I keep getting rid of them and then regretting it. I'm told we are selling this one once I fix it... I may just buy my partner out of it, save us buying another one in a few months time 😆 2001 Mercedes E430 V8 Estate - £250 facebook marketplace special. Ran great for 6 months, providing loads of V8 fun. Bloody quick in a straight line, and huge inside. Easily one of my favourite shit heaps I've ever owned. Then the gearbox took a dump before we left for Zurich in 2019 (yes, I am stupid enough to plan a 3,000 mile foreign trip in a £250 German car...). I've since bought a replacement gearbox, which conveniently came attached to a 5.4l AMG lump from a CLK55 AMG that a mate was breaking, plus all the other bits I wanted to grab off of it. It's currently sat up at my parent's farm, firmly on the 'I'll get round to it' list. 2001 Mercedes SLK 320 - Bought off the mate who sold me the AMG lump, I got this as something to work on with my younger brother. It had a snapped control arm, and subsequently a knackered engine and gearbox. My mate chucked in a spare engine and gearbox, and we are most of the way through the repair work. The hardest part of this project has been both mine and my brother's working hours changing, making it hard to find the time to work together. 1992 Honda Prelude 2.2 Si VTEC - Another Japanese import, I bought it when I was 21, ran it for years and then took it off the road and left it up the farm until I was ready to do the restoration work it needed (I couldn't weld back then... Some people might say I still can't 😅 ) as the rear quarters and sills were going to crap. I started her up the other day and noticed she wasn't charging, so I'll probably strip the alternator and repair it over the next few days. As for the welding, you guessed it, I'll get round to it! 1992 Citroen BX Break 1.7 TZD - Well, it was free to a good home, and I had just dropped a car off and had an empty car transporter... What would anyone else do?! She's done nearly 300k miles, and has lots of holes for me to weld up. Otherwise runs fine, no trouble starting, suspension goes up and down as needed, doesn't spray green fluid all over the shop. I've had all the interior out and cleaned it thoroughly, removed most of the spiders, fitted the missing trim - basically done anything I can to avoid the harder jobs. It's due to become our holiday bus though, so I've scheduled some time over the next few months to get stuck in to the welding. This is probably one of the cars I'm most excited about running, as I reckon it will be a pretty decent estate to run around in. 1988 Zastava 311 - A bit of a random one, but I've always wanted a Zastava just for the obscurity. This one came up in January, and had been sat in barns since 1996 apparently.  It didn't run when I got it, but I've slowly replaced pretty much everything in the engine bay, along with all the brake components and lines, and she runs now. Just the welding left to do, and she's ready for MOT. I have been fairly productive with this project, up until several cars within my family broke at the same time and I ended up working on those in my spare time instead of my toys. Only one family car left to fix and I'll be back on my projects again hopefully. I will try to put an individual post to follow for each car, as and when I can be bothered to do a write up of what I've done with each of them to bring them up to date, and then after that I'll try and get posts and pics up as I do jobs on them. I suspect the first thing to get up will be the Skoda, as that's what I'm actively working on currently. And seeing as you made it this far through my rambling, here's a picture of the Favorit:

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    GeordieInExile reacted to sdkrc in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    Superb day out. Great people, cars, weather and venue. 
    Best entrance of the day has to be @GeordieInExile 
    Apologies to @maxxo, I found that last can of Monster Punch and it wasn't in the boot. 
    Big shout out to @Jim Bell for offering to chip a sheep turd into my coffee when I left it on the floor
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from sdkrc in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    I really, really liked that Insight.
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from sdkrc in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    Mega thanks to @loserone for ensuring I didn't go hungry - send me your bank details and I'll make sure to pay you back!
    Even bigger thanks to @Jim Bell for further proving what I already knew, that 90s Volvos can take a lot of punishment...
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    GeordieInExile got a reaction from chaseracer in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    I really, really liked that Insight.
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