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  1. So my new project arrived at the weekend, first job will be to drop the engine and pull out the gear set.
  2. Anyone fancy a trip a bit closer to Scotland from Swindon with a 205. @Unclefester is interested in my 205 but struggling with the logistics. It's got test on it but is currently Sorn.
  3. You might find a Landcruiser Colorado in budget, not as big as a full size 80series etc but you'd never get one of those in budget. Lwb has plenty enough space and are very capable off road when needed, I used to compete very successfully in one in off road competitions. The 1kzte has a reputation for blowing head gaskets but it's normally down to owner neglect. If you want to know any more then feel free to ask.
  4. It will definitely be worth something just maybe not a lot, tidy ones have been climbing in price but the rest have stayed reasonably low. You'd probably get a 3/4 hundred out of it as a spares/project sale.
  5. Don't worry, it's not my first rodeo, I'm fully prepared for a world of pain and drilling snapped bolts.
  6. So depending on just how bad it is, as soon as a mate has taken the exhaust and luggage it looks like I'm going to be sticking a gearbox in this and running it as a winter hack. I think it might even be vaguely presentable with a good clean.
  7. Loved my TD5 discovery, it's a fantastic engine and they're brilliant cars. Used to make a living working on TD5 defenders and disco's alongside various landcruisers. Did all sorts, overland prep, competition prep. They're so versatile.
  8. Thought you all deserved a better photo of the new bike Still love it, just need a bit more seat time.
  9. I've no direct experience of Lexmoto, but I honestly think you'd be better off getting an older Japanese or European equivalent. Even if the build quality isn't too bad you've then got the issue of "can I get spares, and where from", the other thing from my (albeit small) experience of Chinese bikes is you'll have to strip the whole thing down the moment you get it to make sure there's grease packed in everywhere there should be.
  10. Picked this up on Wednesday There's a few bits and pieces that need tidying but for the most part it's a good honest bike, rides well enough, but me on the other hand... I can tell I've had 4 years off.
  11. I've had a couple of years without a bike, I've now started looking again, what is going on with prices! The same bikes I saw 5 years ago are the same price now!
  12. There's a lot more Stevie Wonders out there than you might think, I've seen brake pads fitted with the metal backing against the disc, a water pump housing fitted with no impeller in it, I could go on. It's obviously worth giving everything a proper check over but it wouldn't suprise me if it's just been fitted by a blind man with no fingers.
  13. Replacement buckles have arrived but I'm not going to get chance to fit them until tomorrow. I'll lose the middle belt but I'm not bothered about that. Fingers crossed They are both OSR buckles from a Citroen DS3
  14. I've now ordered some belt buckles that I'm hoping will work, if not I'll probably be giving FOTU a miss. I will update when they arrive. Fingers crossed!
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