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  1. Agreed - it took time to earn the trust of the farmer even after we'd moved in. I guess we just got lucky that they trusted us enough to let us give it a whirl, once they realised we weren't going to take the piss and paid our rent on time things settled down. Then they doubled our rent! The whole unit thing can be a right PITA but once it's sorted, they're ace.
  2. You should be alright up where you are surely, seemed like there were loads of old industrial buildings around Bradford for the year I was there. I guess it depends what side of Leeds you're on. Your approach of driving around and asking at likely places is probably your best bet, but it'll take a while. It took literally years of me asking at every farm I got sent to for work to find something, but in the end we found somewhere good. Helps to be polite and have a decent chat with the farmer if you can. Good luck!
  3. Fantastic work, nice bit of diagnostics there. What are the chances of having 3 throttle bodies with the same fault eh? I'd have been tearing my hair out, fair play for getting it sorted.
  4. Great little cars these. I picked up a ropey 106 XS fairly early in my motoring adventures, as I gave it death down the road leaving the seller's house the fault with the front seat mountings was revealed and the whole seat/base reclined bigtime, causing something of a brown trouser moment. The seller had clearly tried to bodge this, so I turned round and went back. She clearly just wanted the thing gone, so gave me some money back (pretty decent of her, I'm not sure I'd even ask now). I spent the money on beer, not welding, and continued to thrash the tits off that car making sure to hang on to the steering wheel during application of beans to prevent the seat rocking back. The back mounts were sort of functional, but came loose, so the seat just rocked back rather than becoming completely detached. Good times, hope you or the new owner enjoy this one as much as I did.
  5. Diagnostics are a good move, there are probably codes there but sometimes cheap/generic readers don't show them. Hopefully it's nothing too difficult to sort. I have code readers that will work for this if you're ever anywhere near Reading.
  6. I've been using Mannol stuff from eBay for everything for the past few years - coolant, oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid (including some quite specific stuff), hydraulic oil... not all from the same bottle of course! Haven't had a problem with any of it so far and it's great value, especially if you buy 10 or 20l at a time. They also do most manufacturer-specific stuff like low ash or PD oil, so it's not even a case of 'close enough'.
  7. Cracking job! Especially in -5, this car clearly found the right owner.
  8. If it's a 3.2 and ideally 4x4 with a towbar then consider my interest thoroughly piqued. So long as it's a 3.2 I'd be interested in details. Drop me a PM!
  9. Final update: I'm currently driving my ropey Merc S430, so this was sat in the unit waiting for me to do something with it. One of my unit mates' mum was having trouble with her car and needed to make a trip up to Scotland, so I loaned her this. She liked it, and a deal was agreed. It's just flown through another MOT and I hope it serves its new owner well - I wouldn't be surprised if I end up regretting letting it go but that's life! I'm looking for something large and veg-able, at the moment keeping an eye out for a Merc 300td or maybe a Nissan Elgrand.
  10. That is an exquisite purchase, congratulations.
  11. Went to Poland in the end, although I was tempted by Scotland and bought the recommended book. Spent some time riding around the Tatra mountains which were very nice. Unfortunately a lot of Polish back roads are shite, but some of the mountain riding was fantastic and also very quiet. Most enjoyable. Decent sit down meal of pierogi (dumplings) and a beer around £3.50, night in a hostel bed typically around £9, often with breakfast included. 8/10 would Eastern Europe again (subject to Brexit).
  12. Nice work, not too far to go now! I saw this video the other day, is this the same/similar engine?
  13. Hey bikeshiters, I'm thinking about a 2 week camping/hostelling trip on my Pan European in the next few weeks. At the moment I'm thinking about getting a ferry to the Hook of Holland then making my way down through Germany to Krakow, before going to Zakopane to spend a few days riding in the Tatra mountains. After that the plan is open but I wouldn't mind spending some more time in Poland, maybe heading up to Gdansk and looping back around the Baltic coast. I know some people on here have a lot more experience than me (I've only got one Euro trip under my belt) so would welcome any suggestions. Thanks!
  14. Glad you like it, I'm quite enjoying mine. Thanks to you and a few others for the tip about handbrake adjusters, got them fitted and I now have an actual functioning handbrake.
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