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    crad reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Fuel pipes not arrived yet, so cavity waxing today.

    Plenty of wax dripped out of the drain points! I'll check to make sure coverage is  good with my endoscope once all the excess has dropped out.
    I dug out the new door aperture vents now that the waxing of the inner arches is done.

    And chucked them on.

    Before I finished the session, I put the rear bumper on for a look.

    It does let the side down a little as expected - I may try a textured paint to spruce them up a bit.   
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    crad reacted to Spurious in The Doctor's travels through time. Tyre-ing situation   
    Jeez I was having a think earlier about the time of the first lockdown when everyone stayed at home. 
    I paid £1.00/l in the Morrisons coming home from work one night. Bargain filling up the C5 with cheap diesel. 
    That'll never happen again ☹️
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    crad reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Brake lines went in this afternoon, I had to paint the front lines as the green coating had been damaged.

    All clipped in on the bulkhead.

    The same out back.

    Then given a good spaffing of wax to protect them.

    Should hopefully be fuel lines next.
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    crad reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    I spent too much time finding some new screws for the fuel pick up in the tank today. Eventually the screws and seals were found, and the pick up and gauge sender were fitted to the new tank.

    The top half of the tank was then keyed up with some 180 grit sand paper to prepare it for a good coat of stone chip paint,

    I'll do the bottom half tomorrow,  then once it's been coated with the underbody wax, it can be fitted. 
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    crad reacted to mintwth in The grumpy thread   
    Fuel crisis, energy crisis, hgv driver crisis, co2 crisis, climate crisis....... 
    So to sum it up:
    We're all doomed!
    Crisis this, crisis that. How about some variety? Can't we start using the dodgy B movie title schemes and have a fuelastrophe? 
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    crad reacted to Spurious in The grumpy thread   
    Media has a hand in this, this was headine news yesterday on the BBC, it's the bog roll crises all over again. The Local quiet Co-op station was jammers too. 
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    crad reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Got the day off today, so got on with this in between other jobs. 
    The underside of the tank was stone chipped.

    Then the top side was waxed.

    It then went into position (easier said than done!) leaving the underside unwaxed so that I didnt leave hand prints in it and generally end up covered in it.

    It was then propped in position so I could wax it before putting the straps back on.

    More underside related goodness to come at the weekend. 
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    crad reacted to LightBulbFun in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards :) practical driving test passed finally Woo! :D   
    so for those who might not know I had my 3rd driving test today,
    and for those who do know are probably wondering just how it went! 
    well im very pleased to announced, that finally after 2 years I finally passed my car driving test and now have a full B licence woo!
    heres the obligatory picture of the pass Certificate  

    only 4 minors, Ill take that LOL

    im so please to have finally passed, Iv put so much time, effort and money into it,  and its finally paid off!, 3rd times a charm literally (although 1st time with this instructor for what thats worth )
    and there was so much riding on it (with my theory pass which was going to expire in January, but knowing there where just no practical driving test slots for the foreseeable future etc)
    its a massive weight off my shoulders now!
    speaking of instructors this is the website https://drivebetter.co.uk/ for the one which I passed my test with  I do recommend her if you have someone in East London wanting to learn how to drive, if she can get me through a test I imagine she can get anyone through!
    heres the obligatory standing by car with pass certificate photo!  

    so yeah finally passed Woo! I just need REV roadworthy and home and finally ill have some form own personal independence once more! 
    Thank you to everyone who has been with/put up with/helped me through this whole roller coaster ride! its seriously appreciated  
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    crad reacted to Dan302 in 80s London traffic scene, short video   
    Lots of chod!
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    crad reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Another one of those less than pleasant jobs done this afternoon - the underside is now sporting a decent layer of wax.
    I masked up the lower bodywork first to avoid having to clean any overspray off it.

    A couple of hours was then spent unloading the cans of Dynax UB onto to the entire underside. 

    I'll leave it to harden up a bit, then I can start putting the brake and fuel lines, tank  etc. back in.   
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    crad reacted to egg in The new news 24 thread   
    The fourth time it's been hit in the road by neighbours. I'm almost in tears to be honest, new old stock bumper professionally repainted hit in broad daylight. At least the fucker has owned up.

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    crad reacted to JJ0063 in The new news 24 thread   
    Passed cat c with 4 minors, thank fuck
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    crad reacted to Bfg in Triumph - That was a year that was..   
    Half-shaft has now been swapped out..

    ^ the original from this car (top) and one I bought hoping it was OK below.   fingers crossed.
    Rear springs now swapped out for those that were originally on the car.  
    Five hours later, as I had to first swap the wheels studs over, and then had issues with one of the six studs holding the hub to the trailing-arm being loose / a stripped thread, the sliding handbrake mechanisms having no lubrication, and then again the handbrake cable mounting on the top of the trailing-arm being loose, no washer under it, and a binding nut.   It's all back together now but for doing the wheel bearing nut up.  Not turned a wheel yet so don't know what the ride height like is yet. 
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    crad reacted to Bfg in Triumph - That was a year that was..   
    Rain today, light at first progressively wetter..  as I'm not exactly keen on laying down and crawling under the car in the wet ..progress was slow.  Before I swapped the road springs back to what was previously fitted, I thought it prudent to first check that the trailing-arm's poly-bushes were not binding up.  When we collected the car, my friend Rich suggested loosening the bolts through the trailing-arm bushes, just in case they had been tightened up with the car jacked up, and were too tight to settle. With a host of other tasks and then fuel leaks I've only just got around to doing it.  
    Rich had suggested I loosen them and then drive the car around the block, but I opted to do it a little different, not least because they would have needed to be re-tightened, and for that to happen I would have needed to jack the car up again ..for me to crawl under it.   So I first lifted the rear wheels onto blocks.  At the same time I loosened the bolts through the four trailing-arm brackets / poly-bushes (5/8" spanner & a 5/8" socket).

    ..you can see the sort of wheel arch gap I'm trying to sort out. 
    with the front wheels loosely chocked and the handbrake off, so the wheels were free to turn as they settle, I loaded the boot. . .
    ^ I estimate that's about 95kg sitting on a 6x2" timber, which together with my own weight (105kg) bouncing up n' down on the rear wings and rocking the car from side to side, ought to turn the poly-bushes in their brackets / on their bolts for this loaded condition.
    And then still loaded, and without  jacking the car up, I crawled under and retightened those bolts.  Once done, and unloaded the bricks out of the boot and popped around to the local shops in the car, so the wheels were then sitting normally level to the ground.  The result of my efforts was to make things 5mm worse (ie.., raised) on both sides !  ??
    Btw the LHS has a bigger gap than the RHS rear arch ..hub centre to the arch, by about 12mm, despite it having a thinner collar fitted above its spring.
    It's still wet so I'll change the road springs back to the old ones tomorrow.
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    crad reacted to Bfg in Triumph - That was a year that was..   
    I've now done a couple of dozen jobs on the car since I got her back, but now I really need to address the ride height before anything else. The car's handling is what I'd regard as uneasy and unpredictable, and because of that is verging on the dangerous. 
    When I bought her - she was a little low on the back and sitting lop sided, but when I over-did through a corner she settled into a very controllable slow-motion-like 4-wheel-drift and looked after me.  Presently, she's just about OK down a dual-carriageway, but coming off a curving slip-road, or driving down a straight country road with undulations, or twisting through even modest corners ..the positive camber on the rear wheels wind up to make the car feel as if it is on the brink of twisting over and breaking away.  My old Mk.2 Spitfire had wind-up rear suspension ..but it had such a low centre-of-gravity that it was great fun to drive.  But not Katie  as she presently is. 
    Russell, in our local Triumph Sports Six Club invited me, in Katie, to join him in coming across to Duxford. He and a friend drove across in his navy-blue Stag. I asked if he was going around the A14 or across country, he didn't mind. As it happens fuel leaks prevented me coming in Katie,  but after sorting the fuel pipes out I test drove the car and realised that a cross country jaunt with this suspension geometry would have been a horrid drive and possibly inviting an unscheduled expedition into hedgerow brambles.! 

    Like many IRS cars, the TR's ride height directly effects the camber, which I gather should be around neutral when unladen and an increasing degree of negative camber (spread the footprints wider apart) the more it is loaded ..when cornering.  Negative camber helps the tyre's footprint stay flat to the ground during cornering, even as its side walls are deflecting. 
    When the springs are harder and longer than they should be (I'm suspecting TR6 springs have been fitted).., the ride height is very high and, because of the geometry of these trailing arms, the wheels (as you can see above) adopt a noticeable amount of positive camber.
    When cornering ; an excess of positive camber tends to tuck the wheel under its suspension, rather than the car squatting.  Less roll might seem to be a good thing but not when the car's higher-than-correct centre-of-gravity rolls the body over the axle ..which just makes things worse.  When cornering enthusiastically, the tyre's footprint (contact-patch to the road) moves to the outside of the tread.  With still harder driving, the effective contact-patch might be reduced to perhaps just a quarter of the tyre's tread, and then all it takes is a road irregularity to loose traction.  The narrow width of these cars, and therefore its narrow track, amplify this scenario.  As of course does the nature of a driver's sportscar ..which encourages an 'enthusiastic style'. 
    Positive camber on the front make the car's steering a little twitchy and tends to induce over-steer ..so not only is the suspension winding itself up, but so is the steering.  This car's suspension caster has similarly not been checked.. it was just bolted together. 
    Brand new tyres with very soft walls and those being 165/80 section, rather than low profile, would also contribute to the tyre tucking under.  Again fitting those tyres to narrower wheels (4" rather than the wire wheels at 4-1/2") works against us.  And then, it's also very probable that a predetermined (..well accepted anyway !) amount of chassis flex contributes to negative camber, and my chassis stiffening mods have altered that, whereby I'll need to adjust for a little more negative than standard. We'll see.
    NB. the TR6 springs were up-rated by the factory, due to that car's excessive squatting under accelerating power which caused their steering to go light and their twin exhausts to drag. The TR6 also has an anti-roll bar and wider profile tyres as standard to help keep its grip. 
    The front axle's tracking was checked and presumably adjusted by a tyre centre before I collected the car.  Of course i do not know what figure they used for their adjustment.  I haven't checked with a taught string yet but a careful visual check suggests little toe-out of the RHS rear wheels ..perhaps, according to a quick geometric calculation it's about -1/2 of a degree from being in line  My calc takes into account the TR4A's front-axle track being 1/2" wider than the rear.  Although not perfect I cannot see that as a significant issue.
    I'm advised by my friend Rich, who has a few TR4's, that Katie  is not (noticeably) crabbing. . .
    I investigated rear springs this afternoon, well the rear RHS one anyway.

    ^ I'd not done this before ..but the process is simple albeit laborious, insomuch as the half-shaft coupling needs to be undone from the diff.  With other wheels chocked, the handbrake needs to be off to turn the half-shaft around to undo all four bolts.  Sockets do not fit and so it's a two 9/16" ring or open-ended-spanner job.  Awkward when your working on the floor under a low car, even one on axle stands.  Otherwise, with the chassis supported., a trolley-jack under the trailing-arm takes the spring tension as the damper's tie-rod (one nut on the underside of the trailing arm) is undone.  Once that nut was removed - the trolley jack is gently lowered while the half-shaft is supported - to prevent it's gaiter from being damaged by it dropping down on the corner of the chassis rail.  That's all, the spring sort-of pulls out, but there's not quite enough room for the rubber or poly-bush) collar ..so that falls off.   
    Comparing the new and old springs, sort of surprised me. . . .

    ^ Replacement spring left, old spring right.  Although first impressions suggest they're different, they are the same length (11-1/2") 
    And when weighed, they both come out at 3kg (bathroom scales are not that accurate but close enough for this). This suggests they have a very similar amount of steel in them. 
    And then when tested under arbitrary load, of 24kg (three night storage heat bricks) . . . 

    ^ they each compressed by the same amount ..just 1/4".   For all intent and purpose then.. they appear to be the same specification of spring.
    The tyep of spring collars were shown to me when I visited M&T and those were black poly-bush types of 7mm thick. 

    ^ New 7mm thk polybush collar left, old 5mm thk rubber collar right. 
    According to those in the know, because of the suspension's geometry ..the difference in spacer (or collar thickness) equates to just a little under double its thickness in road height. So the difference in thickness here is 7 - 5mm = 2mm + 1 for the rubber being squashed a little more = 3mm, so that'll make 6mm difference in ride height.   
    I put the replacement spring back in, sitting on a poly-bush collar at the bottom, in the trailing arm, but with the old rubber collar fitted at the top. Took the car around the block (which here in Ipswich is like a lap around the pavé track at Millbrook vehicle test facility) ..and low and behold that side is now 5- 6mm lower.  Exactly as predicted but never-the-less worth checking for peace of mind. 
    Very oddly, the positive camber now appears much better.??  That changing was not something I had anticipated, nor something I can presently explain. I'll check it again tomorrow.
    So, if the springs are the same, and the collars make such little difference - I'm still a little baffled as to why the car is sitting 40mm too high. 

    ^ The spring saddle looks to be standard, aside from the couple of extra corner-triangulation gusset plates and its colour of paint. 
    I did however note that the body used to rest on the old chassis' spring hanger, and in fact the inner-wheel-arch bottom flange was chafing through the top of the cup on the RHS.  Whereas the body, sitting on the replacement chassis, is notably higher. The gap between the top of this spring hanger cup and the flange is now possibly 12mm (higher). I've just checked the RHS and that has something like 8mm clearance now.

    ^ looking down into the spring cup of the trailing arm.  No spacer in there just the 7mm poly-bush spring-collar smeared in silicon grease. 
    So where does any of this take us ? ..but around the block and back again ?
    Well, my present conjecture is that the old rubber spring collar I fitted - was the best of the three removed from this car, and one was missing. Swapping back to this (best condition) one made 5-6mm difference in ride height.  Double that, and add a bit more for the even more squashed rubber of the spring's bottom collar ..and we'll have 12-15mm additional ride height, which together with the body now sitting 8-10mm higher on the chassis.. totals 20-25mm extra ride height.  Quite possibly the old springs are a little tied and so when loaded under the 450+kg weight of the back of the car ..that might account for the other 15mm or so difference in static ride height we now see.
    Tomorrow I'll swap both rear springs for the original ones, just to try it and see. 
    p.s.  when fit recently repainted or powder-coated wheels, take a minute to run around the bolt holes with a blade to clean out the paint before fitting.  Possibly I should have done this before I gave the steel wheels to M&T to be fitted  ..but their mechanic should have known better and very quickly done it as a matter of course.  It's really bad practice to fasten structural parts or anything that's safety orientated onto a thickness of paint rather than metal to metal.  The paint will crack and flake, which may happen a few miles down the road ..and then the wheel nut will be loose.  Aside from that.. seeing cracked paint really pisses the customer off.

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    crad reacted to jaycey001 in I brought a Lada Niva!   
    Ive been in the market for a reliable, long distance cruiser for some time and had narrowed my search down to a Discovery Tdi or even a Dacia of some description. I live in Southern Spain so needed something that would be reliable for driving back to England in several times a year (I know you are now checking the title of this thread, dont worry its not a glitch in the forums 🤣)
    So I was browsing Wallapop and facebook market place, which seems to be my only pass time at the moment, and up came a 1992 Lada Niva with 52,000 Km on the clock and it had a Snorkel fitted!! So I immediately contacted the owner and arranged to view it the following week. I had assumed the vehicle was in Granada province as per my search criteria but on investigating realized it was closer to Madrid than Granada and was a good 6 hour drive away, across mountain passes, incredibly steep inclines, hair pin bends and sheer drops.
    Regardless, a friend agreed to drive me there and we headed off to view my future reliable pan-European cruiser. The boot of his 1997 Pushrod Fiesta was filled with spares, tools, tow ropes, jump leads, spares and camping gear (just encase)  and we headed off. Even in the passenger front seat I felt travel sick driving along the mountain passes and after a few hours I longed to be behind the wheel of the Lada so I at least could focus on driving and not if I was about to vomit over the mountain side.
    We passed through many tiny Spanish towns and farming communities and eventually arrived in a village in Ciudad Real and saw the Lada parked at the road side, without a Snorkel, just a hole in the bonnet where it should have been. Good start I thought!
    The Lada had about 3 foot of thick dried mud stuck to every surface which made rust checking impossible, I went to check the oil but the seller didnt know where the dip stick was and when I found it there was no trace of oil in the sump at all, on date checking the tires it was obvious they were the original Ukrainian rubber and well cracked with unknown inner tubes, the drivers door window didnt wind down, but the screw driver wedged in to hold it up was included in the sale, Bargain!
    I went to start it and when it burst into life the seller made a surprised and relived sound as if he wasnt expecting it to start. All good signs of a bargain I thought and after traveling all that way I knew it would be impossible to negotiate the price, which it was. On a short test drive the cabin filled with petrol fumes and crawled along at a leisurely and very noisy  pace.
    Obviously, as any Autoshiter would do I handed over a big bundle of cash with a smile and jumped in ready for the 200km drive home. As the seller counted his cash he commented that driving it was "Pure Joy" he then loaded me up with free Coca Cola (possibly anticipating a breakdown and didnt want me dyeing of dehydration in 40C heat!)
    First stop was a petrol station and filled it to the brim for a total of 29 euro we then headed off across the mountains, the fuel gauge swung erratically along with the oil pressure gauge around every turn  and after 2 hours behind the wheel I knew I had a gem of a car, driving it is like a cross between my old 89 O Series Petrol Sherpa van and a 300tdi Defender, just a collection of all the worse bits of both of them! The steering is vague to say the least and on tight bends you turn the wheel and it seems nothing happens until a few seconds later when it eventually bites and flings you in the direction you want to go, the breaks are non existent but the gearing is so low all you need to do is come off the accelerator and your crawling along.
    Another hour or two later we decided to find a camp site, which led us into a national park, with ridiculous 12% inclines which included a hair pin at the top and every time I had to get up one of these hills I would need 1st or 2nd gear and every so often the engine would miss and feel like it was about to cut out, by then I would have a huge line of traffic behind me, when going down the hills the huge line of traffic would back right off as the exhaust popped and banged due to over fueling. Even my mate who I was following could smell the un-burnt fuel coming off the car.  Another feature is that when you go above 80km/h the wing mirrors self fold allowing for more aerodynamics - those clever Russians knew what they were doing!
    Finally at the campsite I sat and drank many beers while my body recovered from the trip.
    The next day early in the morning we had the most difficult part of the drive across the main mountain range, the car started first time and despite doing about 12mpg and being severely out of tune it got me home, a total of 270km in the end.
    On inspection the snorkel was in the boot and ready to fit (apparently it kept falling off, hence why it was removed)  and since getting all the mud off it is in very good solid condition and the millage seems genuine, the only real problem was that the clutch fluid reservoir was empty and the flexi hoses so corroded you could fit a euro coin in the cracks.
    Its now with my mechanic and is being converted to electronic ignition, weber carb, full service etc etc and come April I plan to drive it back to England - I will update on how that goes 😅
    Here are a few pics:

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    crad reacted to DoctorRetro in The Doctor's travels through time. Tyre-ing situation   
    As the Matiz is a scruffy mess, and I really don't care about it, the obvious thing to do is start to improve random bits of cosmetics isn't it? 
    Hole in dashboard roughly cut circle and a grommet stuffed in.

    Scratched centre console... Painted!

    Scruffy wiper arms also painted 

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    crad reacted to Austin-Rover in Astra Saloon (not a Belmont!) Adventures (now with actual Belmont content)   
    So when you've already got an Astra F Saloon in bits that needs finishing off, the most logical thing to do is to buy Kadett E Saloon that doesn't need very much work at all.  Thus thereby diverting funds from the one in bits, and ensuring it spends another year off the road. 😄

    Today's collection mission was the Belmont GLSi - a car we spotted at last month's Tatton Park show. A holy grail for fans of the more boring cars in Vauxhall's range, it's a very smart car and makes a great companion for the Cavalier GLS - they both have grey Mosaic velour interiors and matching alloy wheels. The Astra F in bits in the garage (that has had so much work done to it!) was always the consolation prize, as we never thought we'd find a Belmont worth having. Oops!

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    crad reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    It is! The original colour according to the chassis plate.   
    Many thanks! Paint bloke isn't interested in whole car paint jobs unless the rubbing is all done. If your preparation is decent, he might be prepared to get involved.
    The underside tape pretty much came off in one piece, so a bit of wax application was due.

    I did the front footwell/lower bulkhead parts first.

    The rear inner arches were done next, preparing me for the misery of lying on my back getting showered in wax mist.

    I called it a day before doing the underside proper - I'm planning on using some old throwaway clothes when the time comes as I'll be wearing a fair amount of the wax by the time it's all covered.  

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    crad reacted to Zelandeth in The Doctor's travels through time. Tyre-ing situation   
    Doodled while drinking my coffee this morning.

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    crad reacted to Skcat in SKcats fleet, Fiat Marea!   
    The omega did not last long but I decided on getting a smaller car. Maybe something to have a bit longer and this came up for sale near me. 

    Seemed like a good little car so I went to take a look. I don't really remember seeing any of them about. 
    I watched This video to figure out where they rust up and made that my priority and it seemed. Solid so I just agreed on it. 
    To my shock it had working aircon/climate. And most other things work on it but there is a lot of small bits that need fixing. It's a nice little car! One owner and not even 50k but it will need some attention and cleaning up! I will put a list and more photos up when I have some time! 

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    crad reacted to 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    Many thanks! The spoiler came off an LX (same as SRI IIRC.), but I'm pretty sure one could be specified as a dealer fitted option.
    The time came for the body to part company with the dolly this afternoon. 

    This left it on axle stands, but in the wrong places to be able to wax the underside. 

    The front two were on the front cross member,  the rear two were on the spring seats with a piece of oak spanning the two. After a fair bit of a faff, the axle stands are now in the correct places (back where they were before it was sat on the dolly) to facilitate an underbody wax fest. 

    The tape comes off easily in big sheets, as expected.   

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    crad reacted to Ghosty in The grumpy thread   
    Dad's over the edge I think. 

    My mum knows, I tried to talk to her about it and she became visibly distressed and said 'I don't want to hear it'.

    I wish I could afford to move out. I don't want to see this. 
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    crad reacted to DoctorRetro in The Doctor's travels through time. Tyre-ing situation   
    It's here!

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