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  1. Many thanks to @Six-cylinderand @Mrs6Cfor hosting a great weekend, although I was only there yesterday. This time round it was the Rover's turn to make its first visit and just before entering the field this happened. Shortly after I arrived the Rover was joined by one of its older relatives, also in silver. Further along the line there was a bit of contrast with the E Type and Ami side by side. I got a ride in the Ami later on as I went on the chippy run with @catsinthewelderand @hairnet. It was the first time I'd sat on a bench seat since the 1970's when my Dad had a Mk3 Zephyr and never having been in a flat twin Citroen before I was surprised how noisy it was. After fish and chips it was off home listening to Eurovision on the radio and as I arrived home I clocked up 3000 in the Rover since I bought it back in Feb 2019. Already looking forward to the net one when the 205 may make an appearance. 🙂
  2. 1. davidfowler2000 - both nights trailer2. Brownnova - both nights tent or car3. Beko - both nights tent4. Supernaut - both nights tent5. Juular - both nights car6. catsinthewelder +kids both nights tent7. Fumbler- both nights car8. chaseracer - both nights tent or car9. EightMegs - Both nights, tent10. batterypowered - Both nights, tent11. Twosmoke300 plus 2 or 3 guests (awaiting confirmation) - both nights van and tent12. cms206 - both nights, camper13. ghosty - both nights, car14. Captain_70s - (Maybe) both nights, car or tent.15. Fatharris - both nights - tent16. 3VOM - both nights - car, tent, something17. 320touring - both nights tent or car (TBC)18. horriblemercedes both nights, tent19. Hillmanimp - both night, tent or camper.20. Kirton - Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights camper21. LiteAce Owner (EightMegs) - both nights, van22. Dave_Q - Saturday only, maybe van, maybe moped + smol tent23. Cord Fourteener - (possibly) both nights + (possibly) some family24. taxi paul - Saturday day visitor + (possibly) some family25. dozeydustman - (if can get cover) Saturday - car26. reb- (if the time-off gods allow) both nights - car27 - Anthony G, Friday & Saturday night, staying off site.28. Six-cylinder - b&b booked locally Friday & Saturday nights 29. maxxo - both nights ten30. Jaypee - both nights, car #galaxy31. LightBulbFun - both nights, staying off site 32. BL Bloke - both nights, staying off site
  3. That sounds like a lot more fun than work any day. 😀 The Rover's battery is on charge so it'll probably be making its FOD debut on Saturday.
  4. Hopefully I'll be there Saturday. If I can be bothered to charge the Rover's battery I'll give it a run out otherwise it'll probably be the Saxo again.
  5. A quick update on the Rover's battery troubles. At the end of the last post I had this, which I wasn't happy with. I bought another clamp with a 2 way connector and fitted that which looked more like the original set up. The battery had been charged three weeks earlier and had been in the car disconnected since then but after a few turns of the key the Rover fired up for the first time in over a month and over the next few days just over 100 miles added. Since then it hasn't been used for a week and half so yesterday evening I thought I'd see if it would start. Nope. ☚ī¸ As the battery held charge when it was disconnected I'm assuming that the battery is OK and the problem is elsewhere. The question is, where?
  6. Put me down for two nights in the chalet as well.
  7. I'm planning on coming along for the weekend but I don't do camping so if the chalet is available I could split the cost with @LightBulbFun and provide a lift from the site to the chalet and back. The Saxo has already been to South and Mid Wales back in 2019 so a trip to North Wales would complete the set. 🙂
  8. Last Saturday the Saxo, which is the highest mileage, or should that be least low mileage, car on the fleet clocked up another 1000 miles. In other news I decided to sort out the Rover's loose battery clamp. As I mentioned in the previous post even with a shim on the post it won't tighten up enough to grip the post. A quick trip to Halfords and I had a clamp that fitted. Unfortunately after removing the old clamp and trimming back the insulation on the cables it wouldn't reach the post. I have bought a new cable so it does reach now but I'm wondering if I should buy a clamp with a 2 way connector as at the moment it has a cable coming in from each side of the clamp and I'm concerned that it may cause problems if I use it like it is. Any suggestions welcome.
  9. Just got the invoice for my council garage rent and it's gone up by over ÂŖ200 from last year. ☚ī¸ What with this and the other bills going up it might be time to reduce the fleet.
  10. It doesn't look too out of place if I'm honest. I arrived at the FoD yesterday around noon just as @Talbotand @bobdiskwere preparing to leave. The Saxo did have a chance to meet Bob's Daf before it went home. A very big thank you to @Six-cylinderfor inviting me back to the house and to @Mrs6Cfor lunch and coffees. The drive around rural Buckinghamshire in a Mercedes was an added bonus that I definitely wasn't expecting.
  11. Since I bought my first car, a 1970 Austin 1300 2 door, back in 1979 I've owned 17 BMC/BMH/BL/Rover produced cars. Most of them went to the great car park in the sky a long time ago but I do have the Rover 45 that I bought back in 2019. Not as much of a bargain as I originally thought as it was probably on its way to a OMGHGF moment when I bought it but it has been fixed and is still under 34K miles despite being 19 years old.
  12. Thanks to @Six-cylinderand @Mrs6Cfor another great day at the FoD yesterday. It was good to meet several familiar faces and some first timers. In fact I enjoyed it so much I may be back again today.
  13. I'm thinking of coming down on Saturday for a few hours as I enjoyed my last visit.
  14. As it's been seven months since the last post I think it's time for a fleet update. The Saxo passed its MoT yesterday with a few minor advisories. The back box on the exhaust had been blowing so that was replaced last week. One thing that should be blowing but isn't is the heater which stopped working a few weeks ago and will need investigating. The 205 passed its MoT a few weeks ago with a few advisories. It's still running well but I need to get the tracking done and possibly a pair of tyres on the front as they're both worn on the inner edges. The Rover is still running well when there is some charge in the battery as if it's left for more than a week it goes flat. The problem seems to be that the + post on the battery is too small for the clamp to grip it as even with a shim over the top of it I can tighten the clamp as much as possible and it's still loose. I don't know if battery posts have got smaller over the years so the clamp is now too big but I had the same problem with the previous battery too. 😕 It is also now the lowest mileage car on the fleet at 33800 as the Fabia passed it a few weeks back. The Fabia is still doing 'an car' stuff. It'll be 10 years old next January so maybe it'll qualify as 'proper' shite instead of modern. 🙂
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