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  1. What is worrying me is whether, once it's gone to the 406, they'll next extend to the M25. That'll be a right bugger. I guess I'd have to fork out for something ULEZ compliant (assuming they don't change the regulations as to the age cut off). I couldn't justify two non-compliant middle aged cars... I'd probably keep the Mondeo for trips out of town, tip runs etc and pay the charge on the odd occasion I need to use it. (though it'd be a real bugger if I had to pay £10 just to go the 2 miles down the country lane to the M25). The Bluebird is the less practical of the two, so who knows.
  2. One of the indicators was a bit wonky. The plastic inserts crack and degrade over time. which can be solved with a nut and superglue...
  3. A week off work beckons. I took a day-trip to Bristol... visiting such well known and iconic sights as.... Vale Street, the steepest street in England apparently. The scores on the road tell the story! still, the Mondeo made it to the top! A slightly better known landmark... . ... and then the best named kebab trailer I've ever seen ... Mondeo coped with all the motorway driving wonderfully - noticeably a nicer drive than the rest of the fleet, no achey back or fatigue. Get onto M4, set cruise control, point in the right direction, go. I've got the rest of the week off work, but I'm deliberately trying to avoid doing any big jobs on the fleet - done that before and the whole week suddenly disappears! But there may be a bit of tinkering time. Capri is in a bit of a hiatus at the moment. It's unclear exactly when there will be a slot in the bodywork bay of the garage to do the welding, so no rush to get the interior dismantled/underseal stripped (or gather together the cash!) but equally, a lot of the jobs on it are things I've gone "I'll sort that when it gets welded". I need to sort out the front bumper/indicator brackets, they're pretty knackered plastic jobbies and need repairing (a bit of steel and a nut & bolt) which I guess can be done easily enough as an independent piece of work.
  4. London to Bristol in this very competent motor - 39mpg average, smooth as anything, and cruise control on the motorway a major noon.
  5. Unfortunately at my workplace the go-to person if anyone needed a jump start etc would be.... err.... me! Jump leads cleaned up with a wire brush and contact cleaner, hopefully not let me down again, grumble, huff etc.
  6. Tried jumping, no luck. (subsequently found my jump leads to have shit on one of the terminals which is probably the reason the quick solution didn't work). Called Autoaid. 90 mins for a bloke to come out and jump me... not ideal, but I was safe sitting in a car park being bored and it was my own stupid fault so can't complain.
  7. Left the lights on all day. One very flat Mondeo.
  8. N19

    Criminal Shite

    I've seen a Focus Estate with minicab plates as an undercover car, and a Sprinter complete with rust stains everywhere and crap all over the dash. I guess they are very anonymous!
  9. This week began with a need to send photos of the Capri to the insurers for the agreed value. You can tell the difference between the re-covered front seats and the original rear seats in this picture... although I'd like to get the rear ones done one day, money prohibits for now. The Mondeo returned to daily duties this week, the heated windscreen and heated seats being very useful in this cold snap. An eye kept on the coolant level, a top up here and there, and a nipped up jubilee clip and it seems to be good following the rad swap. Should be doing a few longer runs in the coming months to up north and to the west, which will definitely be good - it's an ideal car for long journeys. MPG wise, it hits 32-35 on the motorway but around town more like 23. Perfect* for outer London...
  10. Is there a way of finding out about whether cars before the official cut off are compliant? Is it a case of trying to find out manufacturer information? I know it's 2005 by standard, but some were ahead of the time. Specifically a W-reg Mondeo...
  11. In inner London, yes. My commute from Barnet to Wembley takes me 30-35 minutes Vs the 75 minutes on the bus/tube. And that's only at specific times because one of the buses is ridiculously infrequent, every 30 minutes. If I'm going into central, definitely get the bus or tube.
  12. The Capri will prove handy - on occasion I want to pop just inside the ULEZ (eg to Muswell Hill or thereabouts) and it'll be the only fleet member allowed in. You have to laugh at the fact that the fuel injected, cat fitted Mondeo in the background is banned, but the Capri running carbs, points, condenser etc is allowed...
  13. Another Barnetonian? Welcome!
  14. Took a shortcut round the back of a parade of shops. This is sorn, but was doing high mileages each year until then.
  15. That used to live just around the corner from me (alongside a Laguna and an Allegro on the same street), though I'm not exactly sure where the photo's taken
  16. Success! I think... Electric fan was being stopped by a very very tight fit against an a/c pipe. Solution... WD40, why not. Slipped into position. Fixed on, tightened all bolts, threadlocked the replacement nut & bolts, filled up and had a nice drive around, seemingly all good. Didn't hear the electric fan cut in, but it was a cold night and a clear run so may have been natural - I'll have to keep an eye on it, temperature gauge seems ok though. And despite thinking I'd snapped the cable for cruise control, it still works...
  17. Rain stops play. Everything done except the electric fan, pausing to have some tea then will go out after the shower has (hopefully) finished. Getting the fan in will be the final tricky part to the puzzle...
  18. Modern* cars are my favourite*! now just* have to re fit the electric fan, connect everything up and see what happens. May run it up without the electric fan tonight just to see. To do list: - drop rad again, re-fit rubber bush to top -fix rad in position and threadlock the replacement nut & bolt on n/s -re fit electric fan, re make electrical connexions and tidy cabling out of harm's way -connect all hoses up -reinstate battery (reset radio code and trip counter) -fill - check - test - run engine - use car again I'm on an early shift at work tomorrow, but that means I'll be home by 3 so I should get a reasonable stab at the above before it gets too dark. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to run the engine and do a test run tomorrow night...
  19. I'll drop you a PM - they are sure to come in handy, if not now for another day.
  20. Dare I feel like I'm getting somewhere, or will that curse the gods of whatsit? Fan unit out, looks in good order. Bottom brackets have sheared off screws inside captive nuts with very little access, so they need somehow destroying to replace with a new nut and bolt. Meanwhile, sorting out an existing thing in the engine bay. The indicated coolant pipe blew back in December and I replaced it with a suitable-ish merc one from the 'random hoses and pipes' box of the local garage. Today I trimmed it down to size properly and tidied up the fixings. It's satisfying to do these little bits and pieces.
  21. Down here the contrast is even more stark. My commute to work varies from 30-50 minutes normally, but if it's at a dead quiet time of day with clear roads it can be 15 minutes...
  22. Luckily* I am sufficiently antisocial to not have anybody else bothering me (except friends, bosses, neighbours, acquaintances etc etc).
  23. Much obliged, currently using a self tapper and a washer and/or leaving one half open!
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