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    N19 got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The new news 24 thread   
    How can swapping a radiator be so difficult?
    Capri:
    Unscrew bottom coolant hose, drain coolant. Unbolt fan shroud. Unscrew top coolant hose. Unbolt 4 fixing bolts, pull radiator up.
     
    Mondeo:
    Spend ages fighting with bloody awful spring clips, eventually drain antifreeze onto hair/clothes, unscrew mounts for electric fan, unclip a load of related and unrelated wiring, try to remove, absolutely won't move, try to move bauden cable under the bonnet which gives a reassuring >SNAP< - oh feck - give up - come home and re-read the Haynes... bloody hell you have to dismantle half the bloody cooling system to even get the electric fan out! Give up and sit in the warm/dry.
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    N19 got a reaction from sierraman in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    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...
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    N19 got a reaction from Crackers in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    A fill up today with full-fat. Expensive, but the old girl deserves a treat.

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    N19 reacted to sierraman in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    I’ve got a set of hoses you can have for cost of posting for a Zetec, it’d save farting about adapting hoses off something else. 
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    N19 got a reaction from chodweaver in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    I've always been a radio 4 fan. Nothing more calming than the Shipping Forecast. 
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    N19 got a reaction from chodweaver in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    Got home tonight and a letter is waiting for me from DVLC Swansea regarding the excise on the Capri

    Nice! 
    Speaking of excise licences, this is the Bluebirds... 
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    N19 got a reaction from chodweaver in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    I figured that I have been filling News 24 with posts about my fleet of tat and should probably start my own thread to keep it all in one place. I'm N19 (Tom), a cynical shiter from north London (though originally of farther northern extraction).
     
    So, fleet is as follows...
     
    1979 Capri 1.6L
     

    I've owned this for about 5 years now. It was always my ambition to own a Capri one day... and I haven't looked back! For a while, I lived in inner London (see username!) and used the tube or bus to get around most of the time - so it was my only car for the duration! It's had a fair few trips in my time (from London, to Aberdeen, Bristol, Norfolk, Brighton, and lots of places in-between), although the last year has been much quieter due to lockdown. Always garaged, but never a queen - it'll still go out in the wet, just looked after and dried.

    It's a pretty original car; the first owner had it for 20 years, it then passed through a number of keepers until I bought it. Therefore it managed to avoid the abuse of boy racers in the 90s! It seems that the first owner was a giffer who, from the mid-80s, only did 2k miles a year. (Yes the paintwork is original - it's an unusual colour, only used on Capris for one year as far as I can tell).

    In my ownership I've essentially been trying to keep it reasonably neat. Manual everything - steering, radio knobs, choke, windows... comes with the extra options of a heated rear window and a parcel shelf. Perish the thought! There are a few bits of rot which need addressing, I hope to do this next winter. Other odds and sods here and there which are just artefacts of regular use. 
     
    1980 Nissan Bluebird 1.8GS

    I bought this as a result of a chance discussion with a guy from the motorfactors who was selling it. At the time I was feeling bad about using the Capri for mundane things, so when this was up for sale I gave into temptation and a low price, and picked it up.

    Again, quite an original car. Would I call it dull... not quite, it's very good at being an car, it's not the most exciting thing you'll ever drive, but is pretty practical. It's also usually bombproof and reliable - although I prodded the wasp's nest to iron out a few final issues I'd been living with recently, so naturally it then threw up different issues! Reasonably easy to work on.
    Very comfortable and easy for the driver; you can understand why so many of these were minicabbed in the 90s! This currently does some share of daily duties.
     
    2000 Ford Mondeo 2.0i Ghia X Estate
    Purchased from this very forum, when I realised that I now relied on a car for commuting and putting the eggs in the basket of one car was tempting fate. Plus it came at a good time when I was post house-move and needing to sort out a heck of a lot of stuff, so the estate comes in very handy.
     

    It had a few challenging times, especially with the cooling system. It took a few months to finally get to a stage where it wasn't an incontinent old thing, and I didn't need to carry a gallon of mixed antifreeze in the back. One memorable occasion saw it towed home by the Bluebird (which resulted in the battle scar covered over by gaffer tape on the bumper).
    A high end executive car of its time, and it carries the 165,000 miles well. Most things still work - the central locking is a bit temperamental sometimes, but the other toys are all there - heated seats, heated windscreen, air con, cruise control, electric seats, etc. Very good over winter cos of the heated bits, and in the height of summer cos of the air con. I guess it should be taking a backseat for a couple of months and letting the Bluebird do a bit more work! There are a couple of bodywork issues that need addressing to keep on top of - the bumper I replaced and promptly cracked two months later... and I've still got foglights to refit. Fuel economy isn't exactly great, but probably not helped by being used on a 30mph pootle to/from work - it's much more at home belting up the A1. Hoping to also fit a towbar thanks to @Tim_E's kindness donating a spare one. I mean, I don't have anything to tow nor any particular [i]need[/i] to tow, but why not?
     
    The Capri lives in a lockup garage where I do minor tinkering and spannering. I'll do most jobs on the Capri myself, except anything welding related or needing a ramp. I have a good local garage who are sympathetic to old stuff and don't charge much, especially as I'm never too pushy on timescales.
     
    and, because I'm sad- err I mean pedantic, I keep notes in a book for each car...

    ... oh, and all three cars have cassette players - who says I'm stuck in the past?! I did for a while organise the collection into the era of each car, but that got too messy.
     
    So, that's me, that's the fleet, now for updates...
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    N19 got a reaction from Tenmil Socket in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    Calendar shot? 
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    N19 got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    This is definitely a slow and steady job.
    The glamour of life at 32 - when a wild night out means, err, pulling the radiator out of a Mondeo at quarter to eleven at night.
    The collapsing on the bottom is pretty impressive...
    Two of the mounting bolts sheared off in the hole, so that's to be drilled out tomorrow. New nuts and bolts all round I think. M5... Oddly small.
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    N19 got a reaction from catsinthewelder in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    The terrifying moment :-

    Phew. Emissions ok, handbrake could be better but passed fine. Advisory on corrosion to sills, and some brake hoses which are being done anyway. In the meantime, the air con compressor has been fitted... Just not charged as the garages machine is on the blink. Hopefully will have nice chilled air just in time for winter.
    The rad is starting to collapse from underneath by the looks of it. New ones listed at 45 quid so not too bad and may be worth it.
    5k miles in the year, although in fairness it hasn't done any long long trips in the last MOT year.
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    N19 got a reaction from Shite Ron in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    Calendar shot? 
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    N19 got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    Much obliged, currently using a self tapper and a washer and/or leaving one half open!
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    N19 got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    This is definitely a slow and steady job.
    The glamour of life at 32 - when a wild night out means, err, pulling the radiator out of a Mondeo at quarter to eleven at night.
    The collapsing on the bottom is pretty impressive...
    Two of the mounting bolts sheared off in the hole, so that's to be drilled out tomorrow. New nuts and bolts all round I think. M5... Oddly small.
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    N19 got a reaction from AxWomble in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    Calendar shot? 
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    N19 got a reaction from Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    Calendar shot? 
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    N19 reacted to sierraman in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    I’ll have a rummage tomorrow see if I can find any of the rear cluster cover clips. 
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    N19 reacted to adw1977 in Calendar - October 2022   
    As suggested by @N19 this photo that @Tommyboy12 posted in the Land's End to John O'Groats thread seems like a good start to this month's calendar thread.

    I've taken the liberty of cropping it at the sides.
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    N19 got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    Calendar shot? 
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    N19 reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    We made it to our overnight stop at about 7pm. It's basically a wooden hut in a field but it's dry and will hopefully warm up. The water coming out the tap is yellow. Apparently that's normal.
    We very nearly hit 1300 miles and I'm about to clock over to 283k.

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    N19 reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    We are indeed! Hit Scotland quite a few hours ago. Just stopping for some road side sustenance at Fort William

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    N19 reacted to Talbot in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    The fact that a '96 AX is being used as a support car speaks volumes about the state of the vehicle needing to be supported.
    A superb venture!  I hope there will be an in-depth write-up.
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    N19 reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - Occasional Fleet Action   
    And we have crossed into the Dales! Just stopped at the services for fuel and a late breakfast. 994 miles into the trip!

    PXL_20211001_095808582.mp4
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    N19 reacted to chaseracer in The new news 24 thread   
    Said it before and I'll say it again: the AA is now a 'financial services provider' with a breakdown outfit loosely attached for marketing purposes.
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    N19 got a reaction from Shite Ron in The new news 24 thread   
    How can swapping a radiator be so difficult?
    Capri:
    Unscrew bottom coolant hose, drain coolant. Unbolt fan shroud. Unscrew top coolant hose. Unbolt 4 fixing bolts, pull radiator up.
     
    Mondeo:
    Spend ages fighting with bloody awful spring clips, eventually drain antifreeze onto hair/clothes, unscrew mounts for electric fan, unclip a load of related and unrelated wiring, try to remove, absolutely won't move, try to move bauden cable under the bonnet which gives a reassuring >SNAP< - oh feck - give up - come home and re-read the Haynes... bloody hell you have to dismantle half the bloody cooling system to even get the electric fan out! Give up and sit in the warm/dry.
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    N19 reacted to sierraman in N19's fleet - nailed it   
    Left is throttle, right is cruise
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