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  1. Good on you for getting stuck right in!
  2. The combination of the 205 and the chrailer gets absolutely loads of attention on the road. It's such a great little thing, you can park it up almost anywhere. The 205 plus trailer is shorter than a lot of the motorhomes we saw over a few days. Cheers for the company @davidfowler2000
  3. Wasn't previously the keenest bus enthusiast, but I enjoyed a trip to the Bridgeton garage in Glasgow for their open day yesterday. I took the 240, which got a fair bit of of attention as I got the last parking spot outside the entrance. I mostly went to travel on the free shuttles to the city centre every 30 mins, operated by a pair of Leyland Titans. It's good to get a run on some vintage buses, it's a completely different level from just looking around static exhibits. Might go along for the West End Festival later this month.
  4. I can see the sense in this. I mean I wouldn't pay £2k for a crusty vag, but choosing a car you like then spending the money getting it sorted, it puts you in a position where you know what you've got. Long term, I still believe the cheapest car is the one you own, unless it's absolutely rotten. At least it's a known quantity.
  5. This is a really good point. We have a fairly low household income. The idea of committing to a large outlay for a period of time when you have no idea if you'll still have a job next month is a bit frightening. If our energy costs cripple us, we can sell off a few cars and the reduction in VED alone should offset that until things calm down a bit. I've also just read into the Scottish LEZ plans and noticed that there's an exemption for 30+ year old cars, or those no longer in production (whatever that means!). So, I could still go anywhere with the 240 or Amazon (well, once it has floors, sills and an engine).
  6. I think the biggest problem with our society and emissions is simply from building lots of shit that we don't need, to replace stuff that isn't broken. The obvious candidates are electronics and buildings (see emissions from concrete for an eye opener), but new electric cars must come pretty high up that list given the amount of energy and resources needed to build one. Once you factor out the production emissions of creating a large metal, plastic and toxic substance loaded device, you're still fuelling the car with dirty energy unless you live in a country that has 100% renewable energy. There aren't many. Then you still have the emissions from the brakes and tyres both in terms of particulates and the CO2 cost of production. Combine that with the fact that the emissions from private car ownership pales in comparison to aviation, shipping and production, I feel it's a great virtue signalling and box ticking exercise, but in terms of an actual step forward, not so much. See also: outsourcing CO2 production, ignoring that the world climate doesn't have bank accounts or borders.
  7. I think there's narrow windows on both sides of the argument that are sweet spots to motoring. I can see the appeal of having something on monthly payment that you devote zero head space to other than putting fuel in. However a warranty doesn't stop you from breaking down, and reading of and experiencing issues with brand new cars that dealers take months to sort (or refuse to sort) puts you right back in that shite-owning stressful motoring hell, except you're still flinging money at it whether you want to or not. A new white goods petrol car with a straightforward N/A engine and as few electronics as possible is likely to be a good bet. At the same time for the cost of a couple of monthly payments you could own a heap of shite outright. In my head running it into the tarmac with zero outlay is appealing but it ends up worse than spending the money to get it running well and keep it that way. Also, to have peace of mind shite motoring it's best to have at least two cars so that you have a backup. For what it's worth most of the breakdowns I've had have been in moderns, where the computer has said NO and refused to go any further. Any issues I've had with old cars tend to develop slowly with a bit of warning, and I've always been able to limp home, or jerry rig a roadside fix because they are simpler to work on. There's an environmental argument for owning more than one car. You can only drive one of them at a time, whereas if they had individual owners they might all be on the road. A good argument for hoarding ALL THE CARS. We own 7 cars and still probably have less motoring costs and higher reliability than our neighbour with their single lease car. Not to mention every one is an asset that has long since passed the bottom of the depreciation curve so we can expect to get our money back or make a profit.
  8. A roller job can look better than a rattlecan job with the right technique, but that looks a bit rushed and the colour choice is.. well.. gopping. It's the kind of car that should wear its miles and the dark blue was just right.
  9. Some more from the V8 with the noise holes activated.
  10. The same happened to me the other day. Almost as if they follow a script. He first offered to clean my roof (like I fucking care if the roof is dirty..) then it was the gutters, the soffits, etc. I didn't just converse, I just waited until he was finished his speech and said a curt 'No'. As I was shutting the door he eyed up my van and said "That's nice, is it for sale?". This actually made me feel really uneasy. Again, No wasn't good enough and he asked if the 240 is for sale. "Nothing is for sale.". I made sure to take loads of screenshots off the security camera and save the videos off it. The weird thing is that we live at the end of a cul-de-sac, and he wasn't going round the doors, he drove straight to mine. Why?
  11. Right hand drive Trafic / Vivaro etc vans. Used the same engine bay layout as the LHD with the brake master cylinder on the left, but with a big bar along the width of the van going from the brake pedal to the back of the master cylinder. Not really an issue as such but it does add a little bit of slop to the brake pedal Vs the LHD versions.
  12. 205 welding done. Just needs paint. The CV boot I cleaned , degreased then sealed up a small slit with some tigerseal as advised by the tester. @Lacquer Peel helped diagnose the rear brake issue as being the shoes needing adjusted closer to the drums. It doesn't seem like the auto adjustment setup actually works very well. Anyway, both the handbrake and the pedal feel a lot better now so hopefully that's another one off the list. The oil leak isn't an oil leak, so I'll clean up the bottom of the engine and hopefully that will get scored off the sheet. Hoping to get this back in for a retest over the weekend. I did find some time to give the 240 some attention. The clips for the hockey stick trim were all broken so I ordered replacements from Brookhouse, which as usual came quickly with some free sweets. All of the trim looked so tired so this got me into a bit of detailing. Clay bar. A coat of black paint on the sills to see it through. New valve caps. A good polish, wash and wax followed by a load of linseed oil on the plastics. It's amazing how quickly this rejuvenates old plastic. Interior cleaned out and polished up with Flash Dash. It's starting to look alright! Ride height aside. Finally, I refitted the badges. So all of that is just to make it a little bit more presentable, but in the longer term I still have a lot to do. I need to fix the paint on the boot lid as it's quite badly stripped by some kind of chemical. The sills and door pillars need some body coloured paint. The front wings need a bit of touching up at the sill level and paint. The doors need a bit of welding at the lower inner skins. Finally I need to go over the bits I've rattlecanned with some wet and dry, get a proper machine polisher on it with someone that knows what they're doing (hi @Split_Pin!) , and try and get some more of the decades old crud out of the paint. I've ordered some more paint, just need to find the motivation to get it sorted.
  13. Decided to take a punt on an early MOT for the 205. The corrosion fails were somewhat expected. The CV boot just needs cleaned up apparently. The oil leak isn't an oil leak, it's leftover from when I changed the fuel pump and the car had been previously fuelled with [undefined], and it ran all down the back of the engine. The brakes are an odd one as it has a new master cylinder and the system has been pressure bled. I've had one of the wheel cylinders off and it seemed to work OK, so that's going to need investigation. As for the rust, guess where my weekend went. This. Turned into This. Likewise for the other side. A lot of this has come about from shitty previous repairs as seen here. This is why you don't bang a patch over rust. It just makes it worse. The nearside took a fair chunk of metal. The wind really picked up and I could no longer weld using gas, so I went out and bought a roll of flux core. That was a bit of an experiment as I'd never tried it before, but it actually turned out pretty well. It's messy in some places, but it's strong. I had to turn the voltage right down as it penetrates far further than the shielded welds, but that's no bad thing. Driver's side. The rust on the driver's side extended down to the front panel, which has a coolant hose running up against it. So I had to dump the coolant before I cut it off. I guess I should've found a bigger bucket.. Front panel cut out. New panel tacked in. I ran out of time to finish this off, so I'll have to find some gaps in the weather this week to get it sorted so that I can get the free retest. On the plus side the car won't have a single bit of corrosion left once this is done.
  14. This, it saves a whole shitload of time in the long run just to cut first.
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  16. Oh yeah, if I'm using an off-the-shelf repair panel, I mark a point on the car way beyond the damaged section and cut the length of the repair panel roughly to that point. Then I lay / clamp the repair panel over the whole area and cut through both layers. That way the cutout and the repair panel should fit exactly.
  17. I cut first, so that I'm sure that all the bad metal is out. I take lots of photos just in case I'm not sure how it goes back together but it's usually fairly obvious. I then put the duct tape on, and run a finger around the perimeter of the hole to copy the line onto the tape. I then highlight it with a sharpie. I also mark any intended bends or curves onto the tape for future reference. I peel the tape off, stick it onto the steel and cut round it using aviation snips. It's not 100% accurate as the tape does change shape ever so slightly on occasion. However it tends to err on the side of being too big which is what you want. I then go round it with the tin snips or power file to refine the shape once it's in place. It's better to do it in multiple sections for accuracy. It's still the quickest and most productive way I've found to copy the shapes to the steel though.
  18. Decided to have a look at the spare engine to see what shape it's in. I didn't want to have to lift it into the van using the engine crane as the stones make it an absolute nightmare. I've found that if I strip the block right down I can lift it. On the plus side, everything came apart easily, no seized pistons here. As per the other engine, the bearings look healthier than they have any right to. However, I'm not sure if this is going to be a deal breaker or whether it just needs cleaned out and honed. Even if it's no good, I now have a good twin carb head, a good block, and an overdrive gearbox. The plan is to create one good engine with new piston rings, seals and gaskets (I am reusing those bearings.. there is absolutely no point throwing them out). Into the van and back to HQ. Did a little bit more cutting and welding on the actual car. # The wind then picked up with a vengeance at this point, so I packed it in and went for a drive.
  19. Treated the 240 to a full 7 quid wash. It showed me where all the scratches are. We were out a run so we dropped in to see the previous owners in Arbroath as recommended by @Saabnut. This is Simon with the car where it was when I first saw it (there's now a container in its parking spot). He invited us round to the house so his son (who was originally left the car by his granddad) could have a look. I encouraged him to have a wee shot as well. He was well impressed, so hopefully this may have dropped some seeds of boxy RWD Volvo appreciation! A major birthday was reached. It's also been pressed into service in engine dismantling and parts carrying duties. What a bloody handsome thing it is!
  20. The chassis on this is Galvanized which is why you rarely see a rusty one unless damaged somehow. Saying that I did once dent a part of the sill on my first van and I left it unprotected on Scotland's salty roads for 3 years. It didn't rust at all!
  21. I should clarify I'll probably bring a tent, if that makes a difference.
  22. Sign me up for the full misery package please. Two nights camping out of the back of a broken Volvo.
  23. Started stripping down the non seized Volvo B18 I had squirreled away. Must admit it doesn't look brilliant. #2 looks a bit shite actually. I'll knock those pistons out and see if it's worth saving the block.
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