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  1. Sure one of these was in the film 'The Guatemalan Handshake'.
  2. Update on the Jeep... Got the water pump reinstalled with a new gasket. Upper and lower hoses replaced with new. New thermostat + gasket, too. Decided to put the recovered coolant through a fuel filter and reused it as seemed a waste to throw away new coolant. I order a new idler, but reused the existing one as it's in serviceable condition. Received the wrong serpentine belt, so the old one is back on temporarily. Changed the engine oil and filter. Also changed the front diff, gear box and transfer case oil. All fluids replaced except brake fluid at this point. Started it up and got treated to a new problem - high idle (about 1,100 rpm compared to 800 previously). So, I started spraying around the engine bay looking for a vacuum leak thinking I might have dislodged a vacuum line or something. The only leak I could find was at the intake to cylinder head join near cylinder 4, which wasn't what I was expecting (or wanted). The intake and exhaust gasket are one piece, so both have to be removed. There's also a lot that needs disconnecting and moving out the way first, but eventually I got the fuckers out. And guess what - no gasket here either! No wonder it leaked. I'm just surprised it didn't leak worse. The car has been worked on by a right bodger and the invoice history actually suggests this was done professionally*. Mechanics are such crooks - don't think I've met an honest one in my life.
  3. Replaced the the rear shocks on the Mustang. The shocks were used but in better condition than the ones on the car. It made a noticeable improve to the ride, so I might bother myself to do the fronts too. Also treated the Mustang to a new throttle position sensor which got rid of some low RPM throttle hesitation I noticed. Much nicer to drive. The Jeep's thermostat came out in pieces, so suspicion confirmed! I found a mystery piece of metal behind it. That, combined with the rusty condition of the coolant, gave me enough concern to get the water pump out as well. I've flushed everything out with the garden hose. I ordered a new thermostat and water pump pre-emptively, but think I'll actually reuse the pump as I can't see any impeller wear/damage and the bearing doesn't have any play at all. Also saves me trying to get that pipe out the top.
  4. Jesus, look at that tyre! Psychedelic! Glad the car's back on the forum.
  5. Long-term leak on the Jeep's rear diff. Luckily still had oil in it. Scrubbed the cover with a wire brush and petrol, then a quick coat of paint. Re-installed with a new gasket and oil. No more leak! Next leak was the rocker cover gasket*. Turns out, there was no gasket, just silicon sealant... The sealant didn't adhere very well which made it easy to scrape off. Reinstalled with a new gasket (which came free with the car - bonus). Haven't run it yet to test for leaks as I'm mid-way through addressing cooling system issues.
  6. Ho-Lee-Shit. Yes. (1) Marketplace – 1994 Ford explorer xlt jurassic park | Facebook
  7. Started tinkering with the Jeep today. Here's what we're dealing with; it's the base model 2.5 ltr 4 cylinder. I replaced the rust-water it had for actual coolant as I didn't want it going through winter with inadequate protection. From the state of the stuff coming out, I knew I should have flushed it, but couldn't be bothered as I didn't have enough empty containers to put it in. Well, pretty sure I've wasted the new coolant as it turned murky straight away, so that will need changing again soon. I think the thermostat needs changing anyway as top hose never got hot, just warm. Oh, and I'm not a fan of the inline temp sensor put in the top hose either, so I'll probably ditch that. Also, suctioned out the power steering reservoir and replaced the fluid with new. Next up, I removed the front bull bar and installed more Jurassic Park appropriate bumper mounted caged fog lights. I've not wired them up yet, just installed them as a test fit. Also removed the American plate on the front bumper. It's a UK car from new, so I'm not sure what significance it has. I've hung it up in the garage instead of binning it. Round the back, I removed the steel spare wheel and put the matching Mopar/Chrysler alloy on. The tyre was fucked and had water sloshing around in it, so I drilled some holes in the bottom to let it drain out. All the tyres are perished and need replacing. Speaking of tyres, the Mustang got a new set of Bridgestones.
  8. Right, enough lip quivering. The sacrifice wasn't in vain as the sale facilitated me getting another car off my buck-list. Meet my new Jeep Wranlger YJ!
  9. A very sad day today - I sold my 1973 Ford LTD. It was a bucket-list car for me and I've loved my time with it. To add insult to injury, the winning bid was just £5,769. I introduced the new owner to the forum so he could get an idea of the maintenance I've done on the car. Hopefully he will join and the car will stay among our number.
  10. £500 "barn find" Marketplace – 1989 Volvo 440 glt | Facebook
  11. Got the DeLorean's fuel flap back from being repaired. Looks much better without pot-rivets! Not sure what kind of adhesive the factory used. I just used a general purpose contact adhesive becuase that's what I've got to hand. We'll see how well it holds up. Intake manifold is back on the mustang. New exhaust hangers and diff oil, too. Today is the first day of actually using it. The ride is definitely off. The previous owner did say the shocks were toast and he wasn't wrong. It feels like some of the shocks are working better than others and this gives it a fidgety and unsettled ride. It came with a used 'good' set of shocks, I just haven't been arsed to fit them. Anyway, grocery shopping mission complete.
  12. Ford LTD vandalised by some low-life on a birt bike this afternoon. He was riding somewhere he didn't have permission, and was quite rightly told to leave. I wasn't present or involved, but the dumb cunt evidently had a tantrum at being told what to do and used his bike to spray mud and rocks all over my car. Front wing got it worst and the paint is fucked, just covered in rock chips. The witness wasn't able to provide any useful info, so I'm just going to be left with the damage. Whoever he is, I hope he crashes his bike and dies.
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