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  1. 1998 was a good year (Goodyear?) for tyres though, I wish I’d laid down a few when I’d had the chance.
  2. Just remembered my uncle apparently bought an old Landrover in the 60s which had had the firewall repaired. Using concrete.
  3. Bonus point for Team Bunglebus!
  4. Major Malaysian tyre manufacturer apparently. I'm hoping to do a pub quiz one day where one of the rounds is Tyre manufacturers of the World. Which of the following is not a genuine brand of tyres? Is it A. Roadstone, B. Joyroad, C. Fate or D. Ladyboy?
  5. Wasn’t there also telling the unsuspecting that the oil pressure light illuminating was a means of letting you know the engine was warm? Not technically a lie but still…
  6. warch

    Bus Shite

    I love it’s happy expression.
  7. My brother once bought a mk2 Golf with a recently repaired head gasket. Still seemed to be overheating/misfiring/mixing the oil and water almost as if it still had an issue. On further examination three of the head bolts at one end had snapped and been cunningly glued back together using epoxy resin. I remember reading about a similar wheeze in Bike magazine where someone discovered that a previous owner of a bike they’d just purchased had stripped the threads on the handlebar retaining bolts and then ingeniously superglued them back into place.
  8. My wedding conveyance 9 years ago this week. I just drove to my wedding in this and left with my new lady wife in a posh (to me) Aldi, leaving my best man to drive this back. Of course like many old cars this had a few foibles that I’d forgotten to impart to my chum so he couldn’t get the effing ungrateful bastarding thing to start afterwards.
  9. I absolutely love this. I like tractors anyway but I especially like small and compact tractors and also unconventional and systems tractors. This hits a real sweet spot between those.
  10. Old engines seem to be fine with what often looks like apocalyptic engine wear, i.e. grey sludge in the filters. Provided it works ok, doesn't make any untoward mechanical doom noises and isn't down on power or oil pressure then I wouldn't worry. As previously pointed out, tractors especially can go for decades with the same pair of filters due to sporadic or non existent servicing, but still be ok. Speaking of unclear instructions, my dad once asked one of his undergardeners to service a tractor and then fill it up. Taking him at his word the thing was apparently filled with oil right up to the valve train. Luckily it wasn't actually started before someone spotted this.
  11. A lot of pre 1980 cars won't be taxed or Mot'ed now so it is difficult to assess whether they're still on the road or rusting in a shed somewhere.
  12. Speaking of fashions in van design what happened to sliding front doors on vans?
  13. Not the only ones… I am a Lamborghini, I am!
  14. La Ferrari Dependende Petitrosso
  15. Iirc* this was a badge engineering exercise by Maranello who, lacking a small fibreglass three wheeler in their range during the early 80s approached Reliant to provide one.
  16. It'll be perfectly in keeping with our current test captain (also a kiwi by birth) and our outgoing white ball captain who is from the quaint old English town of Dublin.
  17. Yep, same as the 106. Used to be an issue for early adherents to the Max Power scene, because most big rimz innit only came in various 4 or 5 stud patterns.
  18. They've got a point.
  19. I think I saw the red one in Ludlow on Saturday.
  20. Aren't you about to sprog St J? Old cars have a way of knowing, so they can break down and use all the spare time/money you know longer have. My Golf did an ECU (1200quid) around the time my eldest was born and a turbo (1200 quid again) when her little sister was born. The bastard. Toyota fasteners do seem a bit 'snappy'.
  21. Yesterday was the first time in 45 years I think ever seen my dad in tears. Apparently he'd been getting ready to go out fishing with my brother and his kids and had opened the gate to take his gear out to the car. His dog (a collie) suddenly started barking so he went out and saw a couple with a whippet walking in the lane. His dog does have a fairly poor track record with other dogs so he motioned at them to stop so he could get her in but they didn't and she went for their dog. No serious harm done, but a lot of fur flying. Once the other dog owner had finishing kicking the shit out of my dad's dog (not unreasonably) he then went and started threatening my dad who, whilst not in any way frail is a smallish bloke in his mid-70s. According to my brother he was right up in his face, swearing at him, vowing that he was going to call the police and inform the council, that my dad's dog was going to be destroyed, and that this would cost thousands in compensation. I could put this down to him seeing red but my dad later received an phone call to that effect. My mum and dad's neighbour meanwhile was fanning the flames by inviting the dog owners wife in (who was hysterical) and telling her that my dad's dog is always doing this. My dad is well aware that he is in the wrong and is perfectly willing to meet any reasonable expenses arising from it, but it the dog owners manner that really shook him.
  22. Another tale of Landrovery woe followed by a hopeful fix. As vouchsafed on here my dad’s diesel developed a severe running problem that turned out to be caused by a shattered camshaft thrust plate which resulted in the camshaft attempting to leave the engine via the timing cover. This also moved the drive on the diesel pump so it was horribly out of time. Aaanyway fixing all this improved matters but it was still badly down on power. My dad found upon removing the head that a hotspot had escaped and ended up trapped between the piston and the inlet valve bending the latter and cracking a valve guide. That’s probably the issue then. The piston top was quite badly scored but serviceable, the bore was undamaged. I reckon he could rebuild that for £50 quid or maybe a bit more if the valve guide needs an engineering company to do it. At least my dad has avoided at least two months of £1.75 a litre.
  23. At least the manifold removal on this is quite easy, if it’s anything like the same procedure on my Qashqai. Haynes have been in slow decline for years, because people apparently no longer work on their own vehicles because they’re too complicated. Personally with a world of information at my fingertips and magical machines that tell me what’s wrong just by plugging it in I am managing to struggle on, although even I draw a line at leccy handbrakes.
  24. As others have said a brilliant thread, very engrossing and the model cars are an absolute bonus.
  25. Of course there was also this…
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