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    N19 got a reaction from Six-cylinder in Show us your estates   
    I bought the Mondeo about 18 months ago now, in the midst of a house move it proved very practical indeed for all the sundry trips to the dump, DIY, garage crap moving etc. At the time I also had the Bluebird off the road for some works. I had thought about selling once I'd settled in and the Bluebird was back, but then realised that a backup is essential and it's actually incredibly useful! It performs daily duties quite ably, although it's happiest on the motorway.

     
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    N19 got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Show us your estates   
    I bought the Mondeo about 18 months ago now, in the midst of a house move it proved very practical indeed for all the sundry trips to the dump, DIY, garage crap moving etc. At the time I also had the Bluebird off the road for some works. I had thought about selling once I'd settled in and the Bluebird was back, but then realised that a backup is essential and it's actually incredibly useful! It performs daily duties quite ably, although it's happiest on the motorway.

     
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    N19 got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Show us your estates   
    I bought the Mondeo about 18 months ago now, in the midst of a house move it proved very practical indeed for all the sundry trips to the dump, DIY, garage crap moving etc. At the time I also had the Bluebird off the road for some works. I had thought about selling once I'd settled in and the Bluebird was back, but then realised that a backup is essential and it's actually incredibly useful! It performs daily duties quite ably, although it's happiest on the motorway.

     
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    N19 got a reaction from grogee in Show us your estates   
    I bought the Mondeo about 18 months ago now, in the midst of a house move it proved very practical indeed for all the sundry trips to the dump, DIY, garage crap moving etc. At the time I also had the Bluebird off the road for some works. I had thought about selling once I'd settled in and the Bluebird was back, but then realised that a backup is essential and it's actually incredibly useful! It performs daily duties quite ably, although it's happiest on the motorway.

     
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    N19 got a reaction from richardmorris in The new news 24 thread   
    Reminds me of when I first saw a sign saying "POLISH SHOP". I did wonder why a whole shop could be dedicated to Mr Sheen.
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    N19 got a reaction from HMC in Show us your estates   
    I bought the Mondeo about 18 months ago now, in the midst of a house move it proved very practical indeed for all the sundry trips to the dump, DIY, garage crap moving etc. At the time I also had the Bluebird off the road for some works. I had thought about selling once I'd settled in and the Bluebird was back, but then realised that a backup is essential and it's actually incredibly useful! It performs daily duties quite ably, although it's happiest on the motorway.

     
  7. Haha
    N19 got a reaction from tooSavvy in The new news 24 thread   
    Reminds me of when I first saw a sign saying "POLISH SHOP". I did wonder why a whole shop could be dedicated to Mr Sheen.
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    N19 got a reaction from Cookiesouwest in Show us your estates   
    I bought the Mondeo about 18 months ago now, in the midst of a house move it proved very practical indeed for all the sundry trips to the dump, DIY, garage crap moving etc. At the time I also had the Bluebird off the road for some works. I had thought about selling once I'd settled in and the Bluebird was back, but then realised that a backup is essential and it's actually incredibly useful! It performs daily duties quite ably, although it's happiest on the motorway.

     
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    N19 got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in Show us your estates   
    I bought the Mondeo about 18 months ago now, in the midst of a house move it proved very practical indeed for all the sundry trips to the dump, DIY, garage crap moving etc. At the time I also had the Bluebird off the road for some works. I had thought about selling once I'd settled in and the Bluebird was back, but then realised that a backup is essential and it's actually incredibly useful! It performs daily duties quite ably, although it's happiest on the motorway.

     
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    N19 got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in The new news 24 thread   
    Reminds me of when I first saw a sign saying "POLISH SHOP". I did wonder why a whole shop could be dedicated to Mr Sheen.
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    N19 got a reaction from Shite Ron in Show us your estates   
    I bought the Mondeo about 18 months ago now, in the midst of a house move it proved very practical indeed for all the sundry trips to the dump, DIY, garage crap moving etc. At the time I also had the Bluebird off the road for some works. I had thought about selling once I'd settled in and the Bluebird was back, but then realised that a backup is essential and it's actually incredibly useful! It performs daily duties quite ably, although it's happiest on the motorway.

     
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    N19 reacted to High Jetter in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I thought it was standard. Mine was an '87 2.0 dizzle, lovely car.
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    N19 reacted to sierraman in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    This late opening car spares shop sounds good.
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    N19 got a reaction from Steviemillar in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I actually had a productive, enjoyable day without any real f*ck-it moments. This scares me!
    A run to the motorfactors produced an exchange caliper :

    taking the least broken fleet member

     
    There was a bit of faffing to get the old caliper off, and I'm always super wary of rounding off the unions. But an application of crack-it spray worked just before I threatened it with a blowtorch!
     
    Right, clean everything up, new caliper on,

     
    work in progress shot inc mandatory lucozade
     

    all back together, brakes bled, and behaving well. Hurrah!
    After a quick drive around town to check things were how they should be, I then went back to Watford to drop off the old unit for the surcharge refund. Seeing the state of the car and as time was on my side, I stopped to give it a quick jet wash. It'll need a proper wash down to remove some of the winter grime, but it now looks less mucky.

     
    Finally, back at the lockup as I'd got a brake light out, and there was the wrong lamp in one of the tail/fog lamps. So a bit of time spent checking and replacing and re-seating.

    Hurrah!
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    N19 got a reaction from Fumbler in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I actually had a productive, enjoyable day without any real f*ck-it moments. This scares me!
    A run to the motorfactors produced an exchange caliper :

    taking the least broken fleet member

     
    There was a bit of faffing to get the old caliper off, and I'm always super wary of rounding off the unions. But an application of crack-it spray worked just before I threatened it with a blowtorch!
     
    Right, clean everything up, new caliper on,

     
    work in progress shot inc mandatory lucozade
     

    all back together, brakes bled, and behaving well. Hurrah!
    After a quick drive around town to check things were how they should be, I then went back to Watford to drop off the old unit for the surcharge refund. Seeing the state of the car and as time was on my side, I stopped to give it a quick jet wash. It'll need a proper wash down to remove some of the winter grime, but it now looks less mucky.

     
    Finally, back at the lockup as I'd got a brake light out, and there was the wrong lamp in one of the tail/fog lamps. So a bit of time spent checking and replacing and re-seating.

    Hurrah!
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    N19 got a reaction from LightBulbFun in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I actually had a productive, enjoyable day without any real f*ck-it moments. This scares me!
    A run to the motorfactors produced an exchange caliper :

    taking the least broken fleet member

     
    There was a bit of faffing to get the old caliper off, and I'm always super wary of rounding off the unions. But an application of crack-it spray worked just before I threatened it with a blowtorch!
     
    Right, clean everything up, new caliper on,

     
    work in progress shot inc mandatory lucozade
     

    all back together, brakes bled, and behaving well. Hurrah!
    After a quick drive around town to check things were how they should be, I then went back to Watford to drop off the old unit for the surcharge refund. Seeing the state of the car and as time was on my side, I stopped to give it a quick jet wash. It'll need a proper wash down to remove some of the winter grime, but it now looks less mucky.

     
    Finally, back at the lockup as I'd got a brake light out, and there was the wrong lamp in one of the tail/fog lamps. So a bit of time spent checking and replacing and re-seating.

    Hurrah!
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    N19 got a reaction from Leyland Worldmaster in The new news 24 thread   
    A few years ago I rented a van from a local firm. Not my usual go-to place, but this crowd were close to where I lived then, and I only needed it for a couple of days. When I arrived he took me out to the van, ordinary SWB transit, did the walk around, then tried to turn the ignition on. Nothing. Dead as a dodo. First offered to jump start it, then after protestations pointed to a medium wheelbase saying "I'll try that one instead". It started fine and I took it away.
    On my return a couple of days later he proceeded to ask me for an excess payment "because you got a bigger van than you'd paid for". Needless to say, I was not forthcoming.
     
    Oh, about 12 years ago I was with a friend who'd hired a Luton - the clutch was slipping wildly ("just rev the engine sir" went the rep). Protestations followed that we were about to fill the back with Stuff and then spend 5 days hurtling around various parts of the countryside, and that we didn't want to risk it giving out midway. "Well, it's not broken now sir so I can't replace it" goes the rep. 
    Five minutes round the block later, and with an eye-watering smell of burning clutch, wouldn't you know but it's broken down and won't move at all (opposite a popular greasy spoon). The rep sighed heavily as he brought a replacement out (very quickly and from the yard, so it's not as if he didn't have one!)
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    N19 reacted to dollywobbler in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    The GSA is away for the welding, the 2CV hasn't fully recovered from having its wing blown off, the Matiz is still out of MOT and not running right, the Charade is still a mess missing a front bumper and smoking like a sick Trabant, the good Oltcit still some way from an MOT and the new Camry is losing coolant at an alarming degree as HGF takes effect, which has ruled it out of use.
    So I dug the Fox out and it successfully gained legality.

    After a week, it's doing ok but the battery is now duff, the water pump keeps squealing and it isn't running right. So I'm hurling it at a Reliant specialist later in the month for a proper sort-out. As a back up vehicle, it's working well enough and is taking some local mileage off the Fairmont. Which is still leaking transmission fluid.
    The Sana is provisionally sold awaiting collection, the Multipla has now gone to its new home (a rather scary clutch-nightmare of a journey that'll be out in video very soon on the channel) and the 2CV has been welded up. Hoping to get some bodywork done on it tomorrow so that's back in use too.
    GSA is proving more rotten than hoped, but at least it's off the road for winter.
    A former Toyota tech is coming to help me with the Camry next week, so hopefully we can sort that out and that can take the load off the Fairmont. My Aussie bruiser has clocked up over 10,000 kms (6000 miles) since landing in the UK last year. I wasn't planning to drive it quite that far, though thankfully it's insured for more miles than that. I do need to get that gearbox looked at by someone who can actually fix it, but while it's working (loses drive fairly often first thing in the morning, but is then fine - it was doing this in New Zealand two years ago!), I'm reluctant to risk taking a working car out of use while the working/knackered ratio is so out of kilter.

    Longer term, I'm going to be having more of a clearout. Oltcit will get finished, enjoyed but is very likely to be sold on, probably along with the spares car. Fox may also go, though it needs to have some adventures first, and will be appearing at the Practical Classics Restoration Show in March. I suspect the Camry will get moved on later in the year too, because the Fairmont has really taken the 'fuel guzzler' slot on the fleet. Both can just about nudge 27mpg on a run...
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    N19 got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The new news 24 thread   
    A few years ago I rented a van from a local firm. Not my usual go-to place, but this crowd were close to where I lived then, and I only needed it for a couple of days. When I arrived he took me out to the van, ordinary SWB transit, did the walk around, then tried to turn the ignition on. Nothing. Dead as a dodo. First offered to jump start it, then after protestations pointed to a medium wheelbase saying "I'll try that one instead". It started fine and I took it away.
    On my return a couple of days later he proceeded to ask me for an excess payment "because you got a bigger van than you'd paid for". Needless to say, I was not forthcoming.
     
    Oh, about 12 years ago I was with a friend who'd hired a Luton - the clutch was slipping wildly ("just rev the engine sir" went the rep). Protestations followed that we were about to fill the back with Stuff and then spend 5 days hurtling around various parts of the countryside, and that we didn't want to risk it giving out midway. "Well, it's not broken now sir so I can't replace it" goes the rep. 
    Five minutes round the block later, and with an eye-watering smell of burning clutch, wouldn't you know but it's broken down and won't move at all (opposite a popular greasy spoon). The rep sighed heavily as he brought a replacement out (very quickly and from the yard, so it's not as if he didn't have one!)
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    N19 reacted to Metal Guru in The new news 24 thread   
    I returned a van to Enterprise once dropping it off in London on a one way from Glasgow.
    The girl inspecting it found a tiny scratch low down on the side, which we had missed when picking it up. We argued about it but she insisted it go to the workshop to see how much they’d sting us for. ( XS was £500).
    As she moved the van into the workshop , there was an almighty screech as she scraped the entire length of the van against the door frame. A few minutes later she returned and said “ we’ll let that one go”, pretending we hadn’t noticed what she’d done.
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    N19 got a reaction from Angrydicky in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I actually had a productive, enjoyable day without any real f*ck-it moments. This scares me!
    A run to the motorfactors produced an exchange caliper :

    taking the least broken fleet member

     
    There was a bit of faffing to get the old caliper off, and I'm always super wary of rounding off the unions. But an application of crack-it spray worked just before I threatened it with a blowtorch!
     
    Right, clean everything up, new caliper on,

     
    work in progress shot inc mandatory lucozade
     

    all back together, brakes bled, and behaving well. Hurrah!
    After a quick drive around town to check things were how they should be, I then went back to Watford to drop off the old unit for the surcharge refund. Seeing the state of the car and as time was on my side, I stopped to give it a quick jet wash. It'll need a proper wash down to remove some of the winter grime, but it now looks less mucky.

     
    Finally, back at the lockup as I'd got a brake light out, and there was the wrong lamp in one of the tail/fog lamps. So a bit of time spent checking and replacing and re-seating.

    Hurrah!
  22. Like
    N19 got a reaction from adw1977 in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I actually had a productive, enjoyable day without any real f*ck-it moments. This scares me!
    A run to the motorfactors produced an exchange caliper :

    taking the least broken fleet member

     
    There was a bit of faffing to get the old caliper off, and I'm always super wary of rounding off the unions. But an application of crack-it spray worked just before I threatened it with a blowtorch!
     
    Right, clean everything up, new caliper on,

     
    work in progress shot inc mandatory lucozade
     

    all back together, brakes bled, and behaving well. Hurrah!
    After a quick drive around town to check things were how they should be, I then went back to Watford to drop off the old unit for the surcharge refund. Seeing the state of the car and as time was on my side, I stopped to give it a quick jet wash. It'll need a proper wash down to remove some of the winter grime, but it now looks less mucky.

     
    Finally, back at the lockup as I'd got a brake light out, and there was the wrong lamp in one of the tail/fog lamps. So a bit of time spent checking and replacing and re-seating.

    Hurrah!
  23. Like
    N19 got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    I actually had a productive, enjoyable day without any real f*ck-it moments. This scares me!
    A run to the motorfactors produced an exchange caliper :

    taking the least broken fleet member

     
    There was a bit of faffing to get the old caliper off, and I'm always super wary of rounding off the unions. But an application of crack-it spray worked just before I threatened it with a blowtorch!
     
    Right, clean everything up, new caliper on,

     
    work in progress shot inc mandatory lucozade
     

    all back together, brakes bled, and behaving well. Hurrah!
    After a quick drive around town to check things were how they should be, I then went back to Watford to drop off the old unit for the surcharge refund. Seeing the state of the car and as time was on my side, I stopped to give it a quick jet wash. It'll need a proper wash down to remove some of the winter grime, but it now looks less mucky.

     
    Finally, back at the lockup as I'd got a brake light out, and there was the wrong lamp in one of the tail/fog lamps. So a bit of time spent checking and replacing and re-seating.

    Hurrah!
  24. Like
    N19 got a reaction from mitsisigma01 in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    Driving home from work today and I can smell hot brakes. Hmm, that's odd.
    I stopped off at the lockup and can feel the heat coming from the o/s/f wheel...

    Caliper sticking, dismantled but it will only retract with a thump with a persuasion tool. Fiddlesticks!
    Naturally, this all happens around 6.30 once most of the motorfactors have shut, but Midnight Motors in Watford open late and should have a new caliper by tomorrow morning.
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    N19 got a reaction from mk2_craig in N19's fleet - a productive day, what is this madness?!   
    Driving home from work today and I can smell hot brakes. Hmm, that's odd.
    I stopped off at the lockup and can feel the heat coming from the o/s/f wheel...

    Caliper sticking, dismantled but it will only retract with a thump with a persuasion tool. Fiddlesticks!
    Naturally, this all happens around 6.30 once most of the motorfactors have shut, but Midnight Motors in Watford open late and should have a new caliper by tomorrow morning.
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