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    Dabooka reacted to nacho man in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Anyone for a sport 4x4 with just a few trinkets added.
    Best be quick to answer the phone then pal.
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    Dabooka reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Misery personified.

    ford escort mk5 | eBay
    Even has the all important TADTS seats

    As much as I really do despise these bastarding things, it's going into my watch list. There's even a railway station at Gobowen so I you could have a break before the 17 hours, 25 mile trip home.
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    Dabooka reacted to Jim Bell in Chod North East. Spotting through time.   
    Well remembered. I went there when I was a nipper, when it was a cinema. 
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    Dabooka got a reaction from tooSavvy in Chod North East. Spotting through time.   
    Is that the garage that used to have the arse end of Mini half way up the wall?
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    Dabooka reacted to Jim Bell in Chod North East. Spotting through time.   
    Old Haymarket. 

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    Dabooka reacted to Conrad D. Conelrad in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Wow, that looks really nice! 
    Oh. Can I see a picture of the actual car you're selling, please?

    Ah. Any information about the car?
    ok cool bye
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    Dabooka reacted to Schaefft in Schaefft's Bargain Barge Extravaganza - Audi A6 Avant Adventures   
    No progress on the BMW, couldn't get an alignment booked in for Saturday so it'll have to wait until Thursday or so. I did however use the time to give the Mercedes a bit of tlc as it needs an MOT as well.
    First thing I noticed was that the doors on the passenger side decided to not open anymore. Great! The front passenger door could be opened from the inside, the rear passenger door wouldn't open at all, no matter what. Which meant that I had to remove the door card with the door closed, something thats possible but certainly not easy. Fortunately I found some decent photos of the inner door mechanism online and was able to pry away the door panel enough to have a peek inside, not that it helped as it didn't really make much of a difference however hard I pulled on the rods leading to the latch. In the end I just sprayed everything in there with dry lube which fortunately was the solution to end this misery. I did the same with the latch mechanism of the front door which hopefully solves the problem long term. Probably not.

    When pulling off the door panel I noticed that it was soaking wet at the bottom, in fact the cardboard was so soaked that all mounting points basically came off of it. I've ordered some two component epoxy glue that hopefully will fix this once everything is dry again, no clue how it got this wet in the first place but I'll make sure the plastic membrane thing thats supposed to keep the moisture out will be properly glued shut...
    The next thing was the parking brake, the pedal more or less goes straight to the floor which made me think that something wasn't hooked up or adjusted correctly. A look underneath the car didn't reveal much aside from the fact that the adjustment mechanism was putting as much tension on the cable as it could (which apparently wasnt much), and that this mechanism was literally centimeters away from the drive shaft and exhaust, making it nearly impossible to reach and adjust. Thanks Mercedes! I'll call a local Mercedes specialist tomorrow, they can deal with that and replace the snapped rear springs while they are at it.
    I've also had a look at the ignition distributor since I do have an odd misfire once in a while that comes as suddenly as it goes, generally after a short drive. Apparently condensation can build up inside the distributor cap which obviously messes with the rotors ability to deliver spark where it needs to go. I've properly cleaned it all up but couldn't really find much wrong with it, maybe the seals just aren't sealing properly anymore and moisture gets in?🤷‍♂️ It runs pretty smoothly when its not causing trouble.

    Last but not least I cleaned the car for the first time in a long time and finally gave it a quick cut and polish. The car was covered in scratches caused by people furiously knocking doors into the car and what looks to be a bush scratching up the entirety of the passenger side. 5 hours later and the cars looks properly transformed, despite this hardly being the most thorough job. I can't polish rust and missing paint either. Im happy though!

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    Dabooka reacted to BorniteIdentity in Group Buy: 1982 Ford Escort bASe. Purchased.   
    I once read that negotiation is about reaching a price that neither party is pleased with. Having spent a considerable amount of time on this car, it was quite clear that we were never going to agree on value. The seller “knew what he had” and, in the spirit of fairness which is occasionally unpopular on AS, he was right.    I left on Friday feeling glad I wouldn’t be going back. It was a nice idea, but the wrong car. It was just a bit TOO shonky. It didn’t grab me. It was frustrating, because I’ve quietly and ashamedly admired these since about 1994. So, you can imagine my surprise when I sent a detailed video to the other guys, showcasing every single issue in 1080p HD only to receive:      
      So, we made an offer - acknowledging it wasn’t the price he wanted, nor the price we wanted to pay. Should it have been cheaper? I honestly don’t know. Does it matter? Not one jot. People spend more on a fortnight in some grotty Spanish shithole and are left with nothing more than a sunburnt head and an overdraft. We’d still have a MK3 Escort. At the very worst, we paid next years prices this year. Without wishing to sound like a privileged old ponce, there’s also something a bit common about arguing over a few quid. What price style?     So we went over to collect it this morning. The seller, in fairness, was much more amenable and warm. Annoyingly, Faster Payments are anything but and we were stuck in each other’s company for an hour whilst the money cleared. I watched on whilst he did his daughters garden, feeling like Louis Theroux making a documentary on some sub-culture he was trying to understand. Still, they were rather charming and welcoming and we had a bit of a laugh in the winter sunshine.    When the money cleared, I did the pleasantries and hit the road.      No shit, it drives wonderfully. The tyres are 20 years old but, even so, it handles delightfully and the 1.3 CVH is responsive and willing. There’s not an ounce of blue smoke, the clutch is new, and the gearbox just does its job with aplomb. With the windows down and the sun streaming through, I felt like the king of the world. (In a shit jumper and rusty car)   First problem, the fuel gauge. The guy said it didn’t work - but it sort of does. Turn on the car and the needle moves around to about 7/8 full. I’m sure he wouldn’t lie about it not working, so I guess the float is stuck? Secondly, no dice with the temp gauge either. Not ideal when pressing a car into service that hasn’t been used in a while.    With the car on the MID and the tax in post, I took the back ways home - avoiding popular fuelling stations with cameras. 
        Just as I came into the village before mine, we had a quick glimmer of the red gravy boat - and then, after this photo, the brake light too.
        Obviously I handed over a lot of money for a car that’s not been used for months and drove off without checking the levels. That’s what knuckleheads like me do.    Once home, I gave it the full extent of a Bornite Wash. Hose, soft brush, that’s it. 
          I did stick a bit of wax on the back and, you know what, it made a slight difference, but not a lot.    In summary, I’m delighted with it - and I know the other guys are too. Lovely little things like this make a disproportionate difference.
          The car was clearly loved for a long time by the owner of 23 years.    For me, the MK3 (along with the MK5a) Escort is THE Autoshite Escort. And in base spec with no fripperies, it suits me just fine  
        Yep, it’s just my luck that my first experience with an escort is one with a terrible body who’s pushing 40, but I’ll give it some love nonetheless. 
      Just time for a final tonight from one of my co-directors...      Mission complete.
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    Dabooka reacted to BorniteIdentity in Group Buy: 1982 Ford Escort bASe. Purchased.   
    Oh ffs. 

    Full write up tomorrow. Sufficient to say the three owners are like a big bunch of proud, happy, Gay Dads. 
    It is also superior in most measurable ways to the Sierra. 
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    Dabooka reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    mot'd £2500

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    Dabooka reacted to Wilko220 in eBay tat volume 3.   
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    Dabooka reacted to Shite Ron in eBay tat volume 3.   
    This is nice, an interesting new approach to selling in writing the advert in invisible ink. I cannot see it catching on, you never know though it has had several bids already.

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    Dabooka reacted to egg in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Not up with the thread, so sorry if repeats.


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    Dabooka reacted to wuvvum in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Kia Sorento, running but sold as spares or repairs.

    Needs welding to the chassis apparently, but it can't be that bad - it was only MOT'd four months ago.

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    Dabooka reacted to The Vicar in eBay tat volume 3.   

    Have we had this? 1983 (registered 1st Jan 84) 205, £650
    No MOT, but it looks like a real dinger!
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    Dabooka reacted to wuvvum in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I nearly bought one of these back in 2003, but I was arrested on my way to view it, and by the time they let me go it had sold.
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    Dabooka reacted to The Vicar in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Nor I, but all things considered it doesn't seem too crazy for a 30 year old hot Jap these days, does it?
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    Dabooka reacted to Soundwave in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I bloody love this!

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    Dabooka got a reaction from timolloyd in CrAPE   
    I can't see how you'd lose money either unless your really overpay for an utter dog. GTFB.
    You can always flip it on to someone with a unique idea, such as a poncy catering wagon or somesuch.
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    Dabooka reacted to flat4alfa in One (shite) picture per post.   
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    Dabooka reacted to egg in One (shite) picture per post.   
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    Dabooka reacted to Craig the Princess in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I was looking for a car and then I found a car
    And heaven knows I'm miserable now.
    I was going to spend a grand and I spent a grand
    And heaven knows I'm miserable now.
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    Dabooka reacted to SteersWithThrottle in ebay 'BARGAINS'   
    I love the reply...
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    Dabooka reacted to Motown in The new purchase a Rover obviously....   
    My new purchase a Rover 820Si Fastback with only 55k on the clock and headlight protectors apparently it was owned by a man who worked for Rover in Longbridge since 1946 and this was a retirement gift from the company. I have no reason to disbelieve this as the car has a Rover fleet registration either way its a Rover and i love it!
    Its been off the road since 2019 but shouldn't take me much to put it right once it arrives as first indications look good. Sills are solid brakes aren't ceased and it has a windscreen for starters. Oh and did i mention it has headlight protectors!!!
    I am planning to restore it once ive sorted the brakes on the Castle Gresley 820 wish me luck 👍

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    Dabooka reacted to High Jetter in 'just bloody scrap it' - the eBay 'fuck me, what were they thinking' thread   
    Never been out on a wild night in newcastle?
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