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  1. 1 hour ago, mitsisigma01 said:

    No No No . If ever a car deserves to dissolve instantly it must be this .

    What is its purpose? 

    Hideous creation .

    What were they thinking 🤮🤮🤮Screenshot_20220328-173935.thumb.png.75ff0a77aea6060b79625b8751313976.png



    I've genuinely always loved these as they're so utter futile, and an AWD verison is also a lot rarer than you may otherwise think.

    However I fully undertsand the sentiment too :D



  2. Well I went to see the old girl on Sunday armed with a brand new and fully charged battery.  Battery popped in connected, turned the key and...

    ....it still won't turn over. Balls.


    Tried again and this time realised the fuel pump was not priming.  Checked fuse under the bonnet and looked fine, swapped the relay for a known good one (the horn) but still no joy.  Balls x2.

    Plan is now to go down at the weekend remove the rear seat and see if the pump is getting power. Maybe hit it with a mallet or something.  I'll also remember to pack my Bluetooth OBD reader just in case.

    Any ideas on anything else to try?  Seems weird for it just to stop even after a couple of years of no use is it not?  Do these seize up?



  3. Well today I picked up my subby after taking it in to work to have the slightly beefed up supports for the ARB;


    Same on the other side. Next job to get it blasted and dipped, need to get a quote but hopefully not too expensive.

    Also took one of the hubs in, I had managed to shear a pinch bolt. Got that sorted, removed the bushes as a bonus and, more importantly, the shock is perfectly fine too. That's a nice saving. Bearings and ABS rings also got a green light and look sorted.


    Next job is to clean these up, take them back in and get new bushes inserted.

    Not a bad day at all.

  4. Cheers man.  They really get undue stick even by Ford fanbois.

    I want to get it back on the road sometime this spring / early summer.  A combination of the 'vid, a house move and protracted home improvements* have meant I've done nothing on it,I figure I need to pull my finger out and get some small bits done that are off the car to give me some motivation.

  5. Well I've decided to start making some plans to progress with the Cougar after noting for a little under two years.  After visiting it the other week the battery, unsurprisingly, is deed and need replacing. All the tricks of trying to get it to hold a charge has failed and I couldn't get it it start even with my booster pack so that'll be ordered shortly.  I'm just glad it's still there albeit dusty.


    It's a small thing but today I dropped the spare subframe off at work to be fettled slightly by getting the ARB mounts to be beefed up a touch (they are known to fracture as Ford skimped on the welds). Hopefully it'll be the lecturer but it may be a student let loose on it! Also gave them a rear strut where the pinch bolt had sheered when I was trying to remove the shock. That'll give them a good challenge to entertain them a while. 😛 


    I'll probably pick them up next week and then get the subframe off to get galvanised before painting it up. I've decided against getting it powder coated at the same time as I am not sure it'll be durable enough to be under the car? Or am I being a bit over cautious (as it would be easier and more convenient to get them to do it). I was just going to lash it with chassis paint.


  6. On 2/15/2022 at 2:35 PM, Supernaut said:

    That looks ace on those wheels.


    I've always wondered why Fiat don't shove the 1.4 turbo out of the Abarth 500 into the Panda. That would be an instant seller. All the performance of the 500 Abarth in an actually useful body shape! Hell, it would literally be a bolt-in job as they're the same car underneath anyway.

    While my imagination is running wild, why not use the AWD system out of a Panda 4x4 too? 140hp+ and AWD in a car that size? Woaft.

    I wondered this about the Swift, when I got my Sport I took a test drive the AWD verison too and found it 'adequate'. The chap in the dealership said it would need too much reworking of the AWD,  which I assume is a Haldex system, to make it worthwhile.  I also imagine the CO2 readings would be off the chart too?

  7. On 11/20/2021 at 2:19 PM, DaveAspley said:

    Just realised today that all the Optare Solos have disappeared en masse around here very recently 



    You in Nuneaton @DaveAspley or near it?

    My home town. Few folk even know it exists

  8. 2 hours ago, New POD said:

    The company I was working for until August bought a genuine 1980s HMWVV to do a project for the US military for £13k, do I'm not sure why you'd pay £10k for that piece of crap. 

    I dread to think how much they've paid out for it in total. 😲

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