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  1. Website does suggest grounds are open Are children welcome? Absolutely. Children 12 and under go for free, and you don’t need to apply for a ticket for them. Those older will require a ticket. There’s an adventure playground as well as wonderful grounds at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire which will be open to visitors.
  2. seems to be a receipt for gear lever bush kit
  3. thanks. I think I read your post on the Italian event back when you posted it in 2019. looks fun There is definitely untoward gearbox noise as its noisy in neutral and gets a bit quieter when clutch is pressed (so assume release bearing on input shaft bearing). The box doesn't seem to whine graunch or grind just sounds a bit thrashy in lower gears
  4. cheers. The gearshift isn't sloppy as such (see page 2 of this thread on what Giles did to improve it). It just seemed a bit stiff to get into first a few times. perhaps it was just because its cold. I only drove maybe 1 mile A replacement one of these came with the car (although its ever so slightly different looking)
  5. Are children welcome? Absolutely. Children 12 and under go for free, and you don’t need to apply for a ticket for them. Those older will require a ticket. There’s an adventure playground as well as wonderful grounds at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire which will be open to visitors.
  6. I think kids dont need tickets , but not sure up to what age. I m sure they won't make too much of a distinction between classic and Spector tickets surely? must be some accounting for people who suffer late car problems and have to come in a modern car
  7. haha cheers mate! Very unfortunate angle 😂😂
  8. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1984-Mrk-2-V8-Ford-Granada-5-7l-One-of-3-in-UK-Great-restoration-project-/393464745161?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0 🤔😨
  9. Just drove it around the block. First impressions are that the driveshaft is still in the gearbox and the hub, no nasty banging or wobbling, and no oil cascading out of the box. So if there is a leak its hopefully only a minor one Gearbox is still very noisy, but I wasn't expecting change in that as I drained about 2.5l of reasonably recent oil out. I can't decide if its noisier than it was. I only really drove it home on motorway and the noises are more at lower speeds. First and fifth felt a bit notchy and occasionally needed a bit of a shove to get in but there was no grinding or graunching so hopefully its maybe just the shifter . I know from earlier the the thread @spartacuswasn't happy with the shift and in fact there is a new shift mechanism or at least part of it which came with the car I will look for any puddles of oil under the car tomorrow and if not will give it a few longer runs and see how it feels before making a call on taking it up to Lincolnshire (via Hull) for FOTU
  10. cheers. didn't manage to get confirmation on the hub nut washer or torque so just going to have to go with the 195Nm from Haynes
  11. Update from yesterday and today Filled the gearbox with oil, 2 liters yesterday and the final 0.5 l today. It hasn't leaked so far but I haven't driven it which will be the big test of my handy work. There is a huge debate about what transmission oil to use, ranging from unobtainable to standard engine oil. Apparently if you get it wrong your gearbox will immediately explode into a million pieces. I decided on this at the end which seemed to get ok reviews, is correct grade and suitable for older yellow metal boxes (and only £23 for 5 litres delivered) Next up was trying to sort out the locks. There was only one key for the doors which didn't fit the boot or passenger door, so decided to replace all three with a brand new set. Door cards came off in matter of minutes. the lock and push button is held in with this spring clip which you have to reach into the dark far corner of the door to reach (after disconnecting various plastic cup and ball joints without breaking the 30 year old plastic) The clip is supposed to pull off by hand but drivers door was stiff, so tried to prise off with a screwdriver and it pinged off into the inside of the door. After 40 minutes scrabbling around trying to find it (you can't see into bottom of door and it was full of glass from a previous broken window) all I had successfully done was also drop my phone a screwdriver and my magnet on a stick inside the door too. To make matters worse the door was not able to close as all the mechanism was disconnected and this happened after the rain I remembered I had bought a video endoscope in Maplin closing down sale so with that and a work light to illuminate inside the door I managed to confirm that there was in fact only broken glass in the bottom of the door. Hmmm. By process of elimination I realised the only place it could be was the one 10cm area of the door cross brace which had too small a gap for it to fall down. Managed to confirm and flick it up enough to grab it by using the metal tie wrap I couldn't use for the gaitor (see previous post😃). Got it, then dropped it again but this time inside the door so could fish it out with my now retrieved magnet Done!!! Passenger door and boot were done in 15 minutes ! Easy when you know how. Final job before the test drive.... Car was missing a few badges on the back They are missing no more All that's left is to tighten the hubnut, wheel nuts and then test drive. If it stays oil tight it's about ready for FotU. If it doesn't the Favorit will be pressed into service
  12. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1989-Peugeot-405-SRi-1-9-Barn-find-RARE-/255066178972?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  13. ooh just down road from where I work. I think the XM is enough Citroen to keep me going though!
  14. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/865371584386719/
  15. some lovely cars there. looks like fun. Really hope you and the Sierra make it to FoTU. I have very fond childhood memories of the early low trim Sierras and have not seen one for years. I love the glowing seatbelt man (or at least I did when I last was in one in about 1985)
  16. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/999468470862939/
  17. Issue 2 Landed yesterday. hope its as good as the first
  18. Decided to give up on the XM for now and try and address the driveshaft gaiter leak on the Panda (it holds in the gearbox oil so really needed doing before FoTU). Despite being told it was a fairly easy task its still been a bit of a challenge thanks to it being the first major work I have done on the Panda, and my mechanical confidence being pretty low thanks to the XM debacle. But once again @Grumblespeed went above and beyond to answer all the dumb questions I had . Thanks mate I really would have been stuck without you First problem was how to jack it up. I hate using sill jacking points especially on old Italian cars, and there are no subframes or nice suspension mounts that look like it would take an axle stands. ended up going belt and braces Gearbox oil drained. Is there a worse smell in automotive tinkering? I found a receipt with the car for gearbox from 2019 so I think @spartacus must have changed it so it wasn't as grim as it could have been. A fair bit of swarf on the metallic plug 😳 despite thinking I could get the shaft out with only the hubnut and carrier to strut bolts I just couldn't find an angle to get the shaft out, and weary of damaging something grumblespeed suggested a few more links to undo Shaft out and gaiter off. Checked the nice new gaiter grumblespeed did for the MOT and all looks good the large metal tie that came with the boot isnt long enough to go into my tightening tool so had to use a plastic zip tie so will have to keep an eye on it the bearing which holds the oil in the small end seems ok which is a relief that it doesn't have to be changed all back and ready to go in the car In. Was a bit of a wrestle to get all the suspension bolts I took out back in, and the eagle eyed amongst you will notice its getting dark now Oops that doesn't look good. Turned out to be (very very) tired user error. I didn't nip all the wheel bolts up before lowering the car 😳 anyway. I have called it a day for now..Will fill up the oil tomorrow and hope against hope it doesn't leak as I am not sure I can do this all again
  19. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Austin-Ambassador-1700-/144119146330?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0 Why Reg
  20. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/930465757745712/
  21. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/186865276750903/
  22. I am pretty sure I have seen that parked up near me a few months ago
  23. Its a crazy way of doing it. Given that the spectator car park is very much part of the show they have absolutely no idea how many cars will be there
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