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  1. Does washing cars class as an update? The weather was good the other night so seemed rude not to. Its all very boring apart from that. Everything is working as it should which is most unlike me! The White Mini was treated to a new MOT the other day. Needed a few shims taking out of a ball joint, the handbrake adjusting, and I had to rewire the numberplate light. Other than that it was a pretty easy pass.
  2. You can run a hybrid too. I run a ballast coil on the original wiring then run a dedicated 12V feed to my electronic dizzy. If the coil is good it's very likely to be the condensor. You could obviously fault find the wiring by completely bypassing the loom and just piggyback off the 12V feed to the starter solenoid.
  3. An intermittent spark can also be the coil suffering from breakdown. Test the coil off the car to make sure it's not on its way out. I would vouch for an electronic dizzy. I've had one in both of my Minis. So easy to fit and removes one of the biggest fail points of the whole engine. Theyre easy to get electronic conversion kits for and they take minutes to fit. Plus most of the time they're less than £30.
  4. Darn I completely missed this coming around and didnt get a ticket. How will I spend my Saturday broken down on the side of the road a mile from the show and spend 8 hours waiting for a recovery truck now??
  5. It's been a while. About time I did an update! Firstly the Scooby has gone! I never really bonded with it and I wasn't enjoying the welding work. Gone to someone big into their Subaru's so will probably see the road again at some point. The Volvo continues to be the venerable daily. Although my version of daily post-covid is only needing to drive maybe 3-4 days a week and I travel abroad regularly too so it can sit for a week or two sometimes. To be honest it will be going soon. I'm enjoying owning it but I have two new cars incoming and not enough space. The white Mini has had lots of new parts while I continue to run in the engine. After I replaced the fuel pump the camshaft got bedded in with a 20 minute thrashing then the starter promptly packed up. Then the starter solenoid packed up. So far it's still only managed about 30 minutes of running. MOT is on Friday. Should pass ok. The turbo Mini (not photographed for some time unfortunately) continues to run fine. The oil still gets too hot for my liking but the oil pressure remains fine at speed. I continue to work on trying to bring the oil temps down. Lastly, new additions! I bought my first Renault. A Mégane 225 to be precise. It has been in a front end crash and has been painted by Stevie Wonder but it was really cheap and will make an ideal track car which is my intentions with it. It's completely standard and has stacks of receipts so should make a good base. The second new addition is incoming but won't arrive for a few weeks. An MGF. It's actually my mother's old car but she's too old to get in and out of it now so it becomes my problem instead. Should arrive in a few weeks. Depends when I can get up to collect it.
  6. So has it been bought yet?? Ill chip in and say 7.5k isn't too bad nowadays considering rarity. A decent mini is fetching 6k plus nowadays and that doesn't have a snail. A self done engine rebuild is about £1500 nowadays if you include the gearbox. Get a builder to do it your looking 4-5k minimum up to 10k+. While you're in there it's a perfect opportunity to give yourself a little bit more grunt. I went a little too far on the grunt and run 175hp...
  7. Nope. Always starts fine. It stumbles and doesn't always idle smoothly on hot restart but I gather that's fairly common with these. In fact I've only lifted the bonnet to check the oil!
  8. More pottering around Wales taking more pictures of the Volvo than the scenery. It's returning a semi respectable 30mpg on average. Im sure some of these are 2023 calendar worthy 😅 Also spotted this beauty
  9. The Volvo is proving a venerable camping steed this week. I even treated it to some photos around Elan Valley.
  10. Theres nothing wrong with painting a car with a roller. But I can see the diffraction of light in the images from a rushed job with minimal prep.
  11. I was the one posting the tiktok videos 😅 I did pick up a bit of a following with it. Not sure if this guy is doing anything on tiktok with it. But yeah I agree. It's not the best paint job. Lost a lot of character.
  12. It's been a little while so update time! The Volvo remains a venerable and reliable daily. It recently was on wardrobe transport duty. It swalloeed up the furniture up no problem. Not a surprise with this boot. It's proving a good car. No issues at all. It's comfortable to drive and cavernous. It's returning about 30mpg which is tolerable given my limited mileage nowadays. The 998 mini finally ran this week! Until the fuel pump shat itself after about 2 minutes... A new fuel pump adorns my kitchen table awaiting fitment. In other news. The new owner painted the Montego with a roller and brush... 🤦
  13. Not really sure how I feel about it. It's not my car anymore but it's a shame. Its been roller painted too so probably looks shocking
  14. Took the turbo Mini to Himley Hall mini show today. It always looks ridiculously low when parked on grass. I did also scrape my exhaust coming into the park 😅
  15. Seemed appropriate to bring the Volvo today
  16. The radio did indeed have a separate amp which I have left in situ with the new radio. I unplugged the loom for it all and shoved it in the under boot storage along with the old radio if in the future anyone can/wants to repair it. I think its scrap personally but some people like originality
  17. Yeah the bezel turned out well. Basically I did a load of digging to find a RHD facia plate and found someone in the UK had already rendered a 3D printable one which is stored on a 3D printing website. Linky below: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4904146 I then approached a company on Etsy that can 3D print on your behalf. I used this company specifically: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/3DLix It was just under £11 to print it plus postage. I had mine printed in PLA which is a bit temperature sensitive but you could have it done in something more resistant if you think its going to be a problem. Personally I dont think the cabin is likely to reach the 55-60C so I dont see it a being a problem. I would say the design was good but the slot is too tight. I had to trim inner faces of the radio slot to be able to fit the radio and I fitted it without the cage. Id call it an interference fit 😅 You could ask any company you work with to open up the slot a little bit in their CAD software.
  18. The Volvo now has a working radio! First time I've ever found a practical use case for 3D printing in my life. Its not the nicest looking radio as it's a cheap one but it's functional and I at least think it doesn't look tacky like some cheap radios. I wanted all black and no stupid RGB lighting. I bought a harness adapter to keep things simple but still ended up doing some soldering as the loom came with a male plug for one of the connections and the loom in the car was male too.
  19. MoT day for the turbo Mini yesterday. Passed with flying colours! The brake rollers remain a challenge...
  20. I'm not sure I'd class wiping it down with the spray cleaner I found in the back seat as 'washing' it 😅
  21. It's a disaster! The Volvo's first mechanical failure! I've clearly bought a lemon... The tape player has stopped working... The culprit: I split the radio open and one of the gears has stripped on the motor mechanism. While it's potentially repairable if I could find the parts I'm going to fit something else instead purely because the radio element isn't working properly either. It gets horrendous loud static feedback despite being locked into a solid radio signal and makes it unbearable to listen to. That and a broken tape player means it's basically scrap. Unfortunately being a 'top mount' radio (as in its mounted high on the dash rather than low down by the gear lever) and the car being 30 years old it's difficult to find a radio surround. The surround for the standard radio is not a standard DIN size either. However! I have found a 3D CAD model of a facia plate for a standard DIN unit. So I've paid a company a whole £12 to 3D print me one in black while I source a harness adapter and a 'modern' radio unit. Also, someone took some cracking shots at the Hubnut social on Saturday
  22. The 240 is now in proper daily service as it has started the commute. It looks noble (and surprisingly small) next to modern stuff! A Volvo friend was nearby when I came back later
  23. The heated seats are definitely a bonus! Although the drivers side one isn't working. It's on the list for looking at. Hopefully as simple as a fuse but I'm happy to do a bit of wiring. As far as I can tell it's the only thing not working. The radio wasn't working because it needed a code. Rather wishfully I rang the local Volvo dealer and quoted the reg and amazingly they gave me the radio code!
  24. Perfectly normal behaviour if you ask me. After all you are talking to a man who bought a ropey barn-find Austin Montego with 280,000 miles on the clock and the wrong engine and dragged it up and down the country several times.
  25. The Volvo was pressed into immediate duty over the weekend after the Fiesta left on Saturday morning. It's already been to the loca breakfast meet and picked up some stuff from the supermarket. It's performing admirably. Bye Fiesta. Graceful shot of the brick The bike is also back from the garage. New headstock bearings and rear linkage fitted. The bill wasn't as bad as I thought it would be which was nice.
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