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    Dabooka reacted to Flat4 in Slightly different collection thread   
    Off to collect a new toy this afternoon Other half hates me for it already and hasn't even seen it in person yet ūüėÜ (I have tho)
    Today's weapon of choice is my ever dependable Fozzie and these are the spares in it's boot.

    Local collection so speak to you again in about 90 mins
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    Dabooka reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    it's only a shitting SD1 diesel and a nice one by the looks of it.

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    Dabooka reacted to New POD in Mk3 Transit promo video 1991   
    I read the word Strategy and immediately thought of this song.
    Whatever happened to the plumber’s van?
    The humble, amateur Transit van?
    Vans have become ridiculous
    With their strategies and logistics
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    Dabooka reacted to motorpunk in Mk3 Transit promo video 1991   
    I am supposed to be in a meeting with the words 'strategy' and 'roadmap' in it. I am actually watching old Ford tranny van ads. 
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    Dabooka reacted to 11001010 in eBay tat volume 3.   

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    Dabooka reacted to GingerNuttz in Cort1977's Fleet - Rustang   
    Stance life Yo! 

    Smashing shade of electricity pylon silver 
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    Dabooka reacted to dome in Domes shonky autos-Rangey brakes(again), Drag racing a van, Porsche Progress   
    Luckily* for me I tested positive for Covid this week, just as the weather was looking promising for the first time this year.
    I decided that as I can't drive the Rangey I might as well do a couple of jobs that had been outstanding for a wee* while.
    First up, radiator. It had been using coolant since I got it which I traced last year to a leaky radiator. It wasn't using too much water so I filed that under ignore, including letting @Tickman take his family down south on the hottest day of the year last year! 
    I had a new radiator sitting so yesterday set out to fit it. First up crack off the Viscous fan and remove the shroud-BMW owners will be familiar with this. procedure-a big 32mm reverse threaded nut needs cracked off and then it lifts out along with the shroud which in my case was helpfully* held on with zip ties.
    Yep, that was due changing

    A couple of clips on the top and it could be removed, after I'd drained it of course via the drain plug on the bottom.
    Lifted out and safe to say it was passed its best.

    Whilst in here I wanted to check out the air con condensor. I have a leak in the air con somewhere and was hoping I'd find a hole in the condensor. I lifted it out and blocked one port and stuck my compressor onto it to see if it would reveal a leak. Sadly not so I refitted it, not before cleaning out where it and the radiator sat.

    I also replaced the orings on the hose fittings with new ones from the kit I'd bought last year. Then time to fit the new rad

    There's lovely.
    Whilst doing this I also attended to another issue-the power steering assistance is supposed to vary with speed, getting heavier as you speed up and being light at parking speeds. Mine had been a bit variable and google suggested a couple of causes. As my rear windows worked I could rule out the body control module(yes, really) so that left the servotronic valve mounted on the steering rack. I found one for a good price on ebay and had ran out of excuses for not fitting it so here goes.
    Drivers side wheel off and here it is above and to the right of the front driveshaft.

    The top bolt came loose no bother but the bottom was a different story. The torx bit didn't want to fit, either because someone had been there before or because of corrosion. I tried cutting a slot in it with the dremel but it wasn't playing ball.

    The bolt goes through the flange on the end of the valve and through fresh air til it gets to the steering rack so I did the right thing and chopped it off...

    I left it marinading in Plusgas overnight and cracked on this morning, giving it a healthy dose of heat before carefully trying to undo it.
    Bugger me, it only came out!
    Compare it here to the one from the top,  think it's safe to say this could've went badly wrong!

    I fitted the new valve and filter and then fired it up. A couple of turns lock to lock to bleed it and the steering seemed better already, I then let it warm up to bleed the coolant. A quick run around the block once it was bled and it seems a lot lighter so hopefully that's cured it!
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    Dabooka reacted to trigger in The golden buttery base Astra   
    As this got so much interest on the News 24 thread i thought I'd start it's own one.
    During the week a friend of mine messaged me to ask if i knew if anyone in our car club was interested in a Mk1 Astra, he had meet them at Morrisons whilst in his 1940's Austin and they told him about the car that they had since new in the garage but due to old age and poor health it had to go, naturally i jumped at the chance even though i needed another car to a hole in the head.
    I popped round and meet them yesterday and learnt the story behind it, whilst staying in a hotel called the Albemarle Hotel in Scarborough in 1982 the receptionist asked if he fancied entering a competition to win a Vauxhall Astra, he filled it in, had a lovely family holiday and forgot all about it. 3 weeks later he gets a call telling him that he had won, he couldn't even remember entering! So they drove back to Scarborough from Ipswich again to collect their prize.

    He said the photo was in the Scarborough newspaper and the Ipswich Evening Star, he was so proud that he felt he couldn't ever sell it! Just lovely, obviously i took this opportunity to recreate this photo today!

    Such a lovely family, the car hasn't ran for a few years so the battery was flat but my small jump pack and some easy start soon got it firing into life, out of the garage and onto dad's trailer.

    It was at this point that it dropped it's water contents! this was the first time i'd seen the car outside and i had already paid for it and if I'm honest i was a little disappointed as the paintwork is a little patchy, i think it's had new wings and the colour match is piss poor and its had some arch repairs that aren't particularly painted well, but for a 40 year old Astra i probably should have expected that.

    To be fair it's pretty good really, we found the reason that it lost it's water was because the stat was solid with crystallised anti freeze and so was the water pump so I'll get them replaced.

    Shame about the zebartted engine bay but that's what has saved the car. It's only done 53000 miles, only 10000 of them was in the last 22 years!

    The interior is really good apart from the dash trim that's popped out, unfortunately the radio doesn't work and the aerial needs fitting but that's no biggy.

    and the very rare saloon boot!

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    Dabooka reacted to HMC in HMC Toledo swaparoo   
    Here we go again.
    Off to acquire another millstone, wish me luck!

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    Dabooka got a reaction from JMotor in For your enjoyment, HOT Cougar action!   
    Right, thought I’d throw together a thread detailing my own piece of automotive shiteness; the wondrous Ford Cougar. A bit of a long one to start off with, and if it’s in the wrong place can a Mod shift it. Ta.
    My example is a MY99 registered in early 2000 and owned by my in-laws since they acquired it a couple of years later from Lombard Motoring.¬† Having the correct compliment of cylinders in ‚Äėv‚Äô configuration I always wanted it. I had first refusal to purchase, but years came and went with no sign of selling and so I made do with all sorts of things instead (Mazda Tribute anyone?).
    Eventually I acquired it following a poor MOT fail.  Deemed uneconomical to repair with knackered wishbones and an impressive list of broken stuff, its sudden availability coincided with a couple of pals and I signing up for a banger rally to Monaco. Perfect!  After all, the three hundred quid budget would get it through an MOT, right?
    Well it did*. At what I consider great expense I sourced replacement wishbones from Poland, found several impossible to get Ford bolts and after convincing the garage to take it on, we had it back in for a repair and test.  Success! We eventually got the rattler down to Sheffield and collected it.
    What a car! Check out those lines. ?

    Driving it back was a pig.  It wandered all over the place at 70, the blower motor was shagged so it kept misting up and the road noise was… noisy.  We spent time replacing various broken or missing parts including servicing. This is the first time I did anything more than top up washer fluid and change the wiper blades, although my mate is far cleverer with his hands and sorted stuff out. Such as the n/s wheel bearing which was borked.
    Pretending he knows what he's doing.

    A full dead cow interior was found for £100 over in Carlisle so that went in to replace a truly wrecked driver’s seat. A set of four alloys with decent rubber came from the rather excellent owner’s forum which along with tracking helped with the wandering hilarity and even improved the noise further.
    The trip down to Monaco nearly ended in fucking disaster.  A huge fuel leak outside Brussels made us too late for check in on the first night. Caused by the twat of a little clip breaking off the fuel filter, a bodge inside some recovery yard at midnight got us back on the road after we stole parts from a wrecked C5(?) along with a sneaky use of a kettle and some cable ties.  I'll write this bastard thing up another day.
    Us thinking we were going to get murdered in deepest Brussels.

    Anyway it performed flawlessly* for the rest of the trip, and by now I had committed myself to keeping the delightful old thing.  This is us at Tabac.

    Of course it’s failed every MOT since.  Firstly on shite handbrake efficiency (THADTS) and more recently the dreaded rust in the cill.  Oh, and I bought a really wrecked V6 to break for parts too, which has been jolly useful and taught me a lot.  Since then it has made its way to a NE meet near Bishop last year, but now has virtually been in a lockup I can’t get access to, although post lockdown I’ll be moving to a new house and then it should fit in my garage to get stuff done.
    Clueless idiot takes a fucked Ford failure to Monaco and decides to keep it.
    I will upload more pics to bring it up to date.
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    Dabooka got a reaction from mk2_craig in For your enjoyment, HOT Cougar action!   
    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.
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    Dabooka reacted to Schaefft in Schaefft's Bargain Barge Extravaganza - NEW CAR - It's already screwed   
    The A6 Avant continues to be excellent as well. It's recently done a few hundred hassle free miles in the lake district. It needs a clean inside and out badly but its worth every euro I paid for it and is easily the most practical car I own.

    I'll be at the NEC this Sunday. The plan is to take the S-Class on its first longer trip in what must be 2 or 3 years. Lets hope it'll do the journey without too much trouble after all the work that went into it then!ūü§ě
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    Dabooka reacted to Schaefft in Schaefft's Bargain Barge Extravaganza - NEW CAR - It's already screwed   
    A few minor updates.
    The E38 728i ULEZ refugee I picked up last October is starting to receive a little more attention now that winter is over. It needs a few cosmetic things sorted out to look like the 60k miles it has done in the last 25 years so I contacted multiple people breaking these cars with a list of bits I need.
    The result was that I went straight to BMW and bought some of them new as almost every single one of these people turned out to be an incompetent tw*t who didn't understand the basics of communicating with a customer and then selling an item to said customer. It is honestly mind boggling how many conversations, even when parts have already been confirmed to be available, end up going nowhere. Really makes me lose my hope in society (or at least the people I need to interact with owning many of these older cars).
    I'll probably end up buying the rest in Germany when I'm there again in June.
    However, some progress has been made:
    140 quid worth of BMW rubber:

    I didn't even realize that these lower door edge trim pieces were supposed to be made from rubber, mine were rock hard and probably the reason why half of them were missing already (one was in boot that I stuck back on again earlier). Very common issue on E38s:

    And new. It needed the force of a thousand suns getting these new ones on. Silicon lube is a must.

    The car needs a wash badly. It's still a glorious looking machine though, the orient blue paint and sandbeige interior are a great match:

    Bought a set of used floormats on Ebay as well. The driver one has a bit of wear that won't polish out but it'll do for now. Drill brush and wet vac used.

    I'll order a few clips for the missing/lose c-pillar chrome trim next, doubt I'll get someone to sell me one anytime soon but we'll see. I've also asked the local BMW specialist for an appointment to have the ATF changed, naturally the conversation just stopped in the middle as well after him giving me two options. Guess you have to kick people in the ass whenever you want something to move forward nowadays... MOT is expiring soon, too.
    In other news, the Corona now has a key ring. Wow.

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    Dabooka reacted to 11001010 in eBay tat volume 3.   

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    Dabooka reacted to GR8 PL8 M8 in Best phrases in car adverts   
    I've got a few prospective buyers in mind.
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    Dabooka reacted to lesapandre in Best phrases in car adverts   
    'Cathalytic Cat Converter'

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    Dabooka reacted to MisterH in eBay tat volume 3.   

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    Dabooka reacted to 11001010 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    MAGNIFIQUE et RARE Renault 21 2.0 TXI 140cv du 17/12/1992 ,série spéciale "Olympiques 92" produite pour les jeux Olympiques d'hiver d'Alberville en 1992 . !!!!!! SERIE PRODUITE A SEULEMENT 300 EXEMPLAIRES !!!!!!

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    Dabooka reacted to Austat in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Be like @dollywobbler, except with a more plush "Pallas" version. £1200:

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    Dabooka reacted to artdjones in MultiEcuScan   
    I thought there might be some interest in a review of MultiEcuScan, which is the Fiat version of Vagcom, Forscan, and similar software. That is, a non OE diagnostic programme that enables one to do most of what the factory diagnostic equipment does at a vastly reduced cost. It loads on a laptop, uses an ELM327 interface (some others are suitable), and for various functions on different models, colour coded adapters that switch around the pins on the obd socket. 
    I got it because I needed a new speedo on my 2014 Doblo. I know that's a bit new for here, but the software covers all Fiat and Fiat Group cars for quite a way back. Anyway, I bought the Doblo back in December, and the only problem with it has been the mileage display LCD failing completely. 
    My first thought was to buy as cheap a replacement as possible and swop the screen from the new cluster to the old. Unfortunately, the cheap ‚ā¨30 cluster I bought also had a failed LCD. Then I went to a local auto electrician with a good reputation to sort it. He plugged in a known working Ducato cluster (same plug), and the display worked. He said he'd get me a display and fit it and would give me a call next day so I could bring the van in . That was in January, and I haven't had a call yet.¬†
    Two weeks ago I ordered a cluster from Latvia, guaranteed working, for ‚ā¨75. And I downloaded the very limited free version of MultiEcuScan to try out. You can simulate what you plan to do before plugging into a vehicle. I'd already bought a suitable elm interface and a set of adapters.
    Two days ago I fitted the new Speedo, which worked fine except for the following:- The mileage display was flashing, and was at an incorrect mileage.22000km
    Also as you can see, there was a blank temperature display, this van doesn't have an outside temperature sensor. And when you opened the right hand door it gave a warning that the left hand door was open. And vice versa.
    The flashing display is something that happens when one of the various computer modules isn't talking properly to the body computer. In this case it was the instrument module, but the flashing would also occur if any other module wasn't coded in. On Fiat's this is a sign that you need to do a procedure called a Proxi Alignment. You do this in the software by communicating with the body computer, then into the adjustments tab, select Proxi Alignment procedure, and hit execute 

    This is the screen just before starting the procedure. It took a few seconds and was a success. The unneeded temperature display disappeared, the mileage display stopped flashing, and the display now gave a warning for the correct opened door. 
    Then I went into the instrument module, and wrote in the correct mileage. One good thing about this software is that it only allows you to increase the mileage in the instrument module, clocking isn't possible. Result, success.

    Also correct door open message. I also took the opportunity to switch off the seat belt warning buzzer, which has to be one of the most annoying noises possible.
    Verdict on MultiEcuScan. Very easy to use, also many other things can be done than what I've shown here, including injector and key coding. So great value for ‚ā¨50, as you can get charged more than that for one coding procedure. You can get cracked versions, but it's not worth it for that price, especially as most cracked software is very clunky, whereas this was completely smooth and quick. And like I said, with suitable adapters this can be used on stuff that goes back to when Fiat's started with OBD, before 2000.

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    Dabooka reacted to red5 in Fun in the bath.   
    As you may or may not know, I have this in the workshop.

    Here I intend to/will/may not* post various updates and so forth.
    Factual mind, so if you don't like it, push off 
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    Dabooka reacted to AnnoyingPentium in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Justified & Ancient reg too!
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    Dabooka reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
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    Dabooka reacted to Barry Cade in Silver.Limp.Krusty.   
    New Falkens fitted, getting there!

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    Dabooka reacted to Barry Cade in Silver.Limp.Krusty.   
    The shite dry spell has ended, I have got back in the drivers seat of a cheap shonker, something I've been after for many years after driving one as an apprentice and deciding "one day"
    No collekshun Fred, as I just nipped up the road to buy it,as the previous buyer didn't appear and I was next in line.
    230 auto supercharged .. long MOT and fsh! I did break my normal shitey budget,but not by much..
    Problems so far.. abs/esp lights on.. needs an abs ring 
    Headlights are badly condensated..  Tadts..
    Front bumper corner brackets u/s .Tadts..
    A brake light bulb was out..
    Aircon empty..
    some small blebs.  Tadts.
    And that seems to be it ūüė≤
    And yes, the roof works perfectly.. it was trust in Benz that made me press the button in the middle of a storm.. phew..

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