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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from beko1987 in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - I know it was wrong but peer pressure is hard to resist!   
    As an utter Mini licker this looks like my idea of fun!
    The front end looks pretty solid despite the colander in the rear. I would put money on the scuttle closing panels being non-existent despite the solid scuttle though. Looks like its going to need the waist rail as well as the rear quarter panel on the passenger side.
    M-Machine in Darlington is a great source for panels. Good prices and good quality panels http://preview.m-machine.co.uk/
    Id be happy to tinker at a FoD event! 
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from rob88h in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - I know it was wrong but peer pressure is hard to resist!   
    As an utter Mini licker this looks like my idea of fun!
    The front end looks pretty solid despite the colander in the rear. I would put money on the scuttle closing panels being non-existent despite the solid scuttle though. Looks like its going to need the waist rail as well as the rear quarter panel on the passenger side.
    M-Machine in Darlington is a great source for panels. Good prices and good quality panels http://preview.m-machine.co.uk/
    Id be happy to tinker at a FoD event! 
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from egg in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - I know it was wrong but peer pressure is hard to resist!   
    As an utter Mini licker this looks like my idea of fun!
    The front end looks pretty solid despite the colander in the rear. I would put money on the scuttle closing panels being non-existent despite the solid scuttle though. Looks like its going to need the waist rail as well as the rear quarter panel on the passenger side.
    M-Machine in Darlington is a great source for panels. Good prices and good quality panels http://preview.m-machine.co.uk/
    Id be happy to tinker at a FoD event! 
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - I know it was wrong but peer pressure is hard to resist!   
    As an utter Mini licker this looks like my idea of fun!
    The front end looks pretty solid despite the colander in the rear. I would put money on the scuttle closing panels being non-existent despite the solid scuttle though. Looks like its going to need the waist rail as well as the rear quarter panel on the passenger side.
    M-Machine in Darlington is a great source for panels. Good prices and good quality panels http://preview.m-machine.co.uk/
    Id be happy to tinker at a FoD event! 
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    Tommyboy12 reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - I know it was wrong but peer pressure is hard to resist!   
    The Past!
    The Dream!
    The Reality!
    Mrs6C said don’t do it, but I gave into peer pressure and bought a black 1984 Austin Mini Mayfair.
    The trouble is that it is a project that needs a lot of welding and as yet I have no idea if the engine and gearbox are any good. As it has not been on the road for 24 years I have to assume the brakes and exhaust will need attention and the interior has been exposed to the weather.
    Yes this car is a full restoration project and I said no more projects. If you can spare a few working brain cells please put them in a jam jar and send them to me!
    Now what, first off is to see if I can get it started which I am looking forward too.









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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from mk2_craig in Harrison's Garage - Mini City, back on the road!   
    I love seeing slightly ratty old cars on the road. Ignoring the fact I'm a Mini fanatic it's great to see it out and about!
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from mk2_craig in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    Well it's not a keeper for me but intend to fettle and enjoy and it's definitely worthy of bike status!
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from rob88h in Harrison's Garage - Mini City, back on the road!   
    I love seeing slightly ratty old cars on the road. Ignoring the fact I'm a Mini fanatic it's great to see it out and about!
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from tooSavvy in Harrison's Garage - Mini City, back on the road!   
    I love seeing slightly ratty old cars on the road. Ignoring the fact I'm a Mini fanatic it's great to see it out and about!
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    Tommyboy12 reacted to Dan302 in Harrison's Garage - Mini City, back on the road!   
    Calendar shot!
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    Tommyboy12 reacted to rob88h in Harrison's Garage - Mini City, back on the road!   
    I often forget how much and why I love my alternative motoring-lifestyle.
    Running* six heaps is all too often just a never ending barrage of jobs of varying priority and can easily leave you wondering “why?!”
    </fate_tempted> The Mini is a joy and recently I had to make a 150 mile journey - in the words of Ewan McGregor, Choose Shite
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from Shep Shepherd in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    And home! It was a fairly smooth drive home. Although there's a few lights missing from the collection. I am really happy with it!

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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from Shep Shepherd in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    Quick pit stop on the way home. The clutch is quite heavy for M25 traffic!

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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from Shep Shepherd in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    Slow drive down. The M25 was horrendous. However, a collection has occurred. I'm in love already!
     

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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from tooSavvy in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    Well it's not a keeper for me but intend to fettle and enjoy and it's definitely worthy of bike status!
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from Back_For_More in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    It's been relatively quiet with the fleet as of late. Everything is behaving itself. Even the 65 year old Cambridge!
    I did however manage to fix the horns on said Cambridge. They were non-functional when I collected it and I imagine it was to do with the original wiring potentially being positive earth or the fact the cars been converted from a dynamo to an alternator at some point. Regardless the wiring to the horn was seeing a constant 12 V which dropped to zero when pressing the horn. As such I have done some light wiring work and used all red wires to wire the horns (via a fuse) directly to the battery. Then used the horn button as the earth. They are lovely sounding mechanical horns!

    I also set about changing the fan belt but I have the wrong size ordered it seems. It's fitted with a 10x950 belt which means it's right at the max of it's tension and quite floppy. I bought the standard 10x900 but it doesn't fit. Because the new alternator hits the engine mount and can't be adjusted all the way back. Annoying really because it just about clears the steering box. Clearly someone else found this problem because the engine mount has been taken to with a hammer....
    Regardless I managed to squeeze on a 10x925 belt which gives me plenty more life.

    I'm also in the process of reinstating the missing heater. The matrix has been removed from the loop and the blower box removed. I bought a Smiths blower motor of the correct vintage but it was clocked the wrong way round so I've had to disassemble it and swap round the motor to the other side. It now fits but I can't find the wiring for it. I am also hoping the heater matrix isnt holed... Although having a blower is probably the biggest battle.

    I've been taking it on regular trips to work regardless. I love how old and mechanical it is but it doesn't really fit in well in the car park!

    I also replaced the wiper motor on the MGF which had been very loud and grumbly since I put it back on the road. I fitted a new/old rack and motor which I had to wire in as it had the wrong plug fitted. It's quieter, but still more noisy than I would like.

    The Mini has not progressed. I'm starting to think with 52 days left that I'm probably not taking it to Germany. It's amazing how quickly you run out of time on projects! Luckily @sharley17194 has made good progress on his Mini so I think we'll be taking that instead.
    Finally. I bought myself a new daily (probably wise as my newest car was 24 years old to this point). I'm over the moon about it as it's been on my radar for a long time. I've been saving relentlessly for some time to be able to get one and I couldn't be happier with it! For those that will ask it's a Cayman Gen2 2.9 PDK. It looks and drives great!

     
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from N Dentressangle in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    Well it's not a keeper for me but intend to fettle and enjoy and it's definitely worthy of bike status!
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from N Dentressangle in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    It's been relatively quiet with the fleet as of late. Everything is behaving itself. Even the 65 year old Cambridge!
    I did however manage to fix the horns on said Cambridge. They were non-functional when I collected it and I imagine it was to do with the original wiring potentially being positive earth or the fact the cars been converted from a dynamo to an alternator at some point. Regardless the wiring to the horn was seeing a constant 12 V which dropped to zero when pressing the horn. As such I have done some light wiring work and used all red wires to wire the horns (via a fuse) directly to the battery. Then used the horn button as the earth. They are lovely sounding mechanical horns!

    I also set about changing the fan belt but I have the wrong size ordered it seems. It's fitted with a 10x950 belt which means it's right at the max of it's tension and quite floppy. I bought the standard 10x900 but it doesn't fit. Because the new alternator hits the engine mount and can't be adjusted all the way back. Annoying really because it just about clears the steering box. Clearly someone else found this problem because the engine mount has been taken to with a hammer....
    Regardless I managed to squeeze on a 10x925 belt which gives me plenty more life.

    I'm also in the process of reinstating the missing heater. The matrix has been removed from the loop and the blower box removed. I bought a Smiths blower motor of the correct vintage but it was clocked the wrong way round so I've had to disassemble it and swap round the motor to the other side. It now fits but I can't find the wiring for it. I am also hoping the heater matrix isnt holed... Although having a blower is probably the biggest battle.

    I've been taking it on regular trips to work regardless. I love how old and mechanical it is but it doesn't really fit in well in the car park!

    I also replaced the wiper motor on the MGF which had been very loud and grumbly since I put it back on the road. I fitted a new/old rack and motor which I had to wire in as it had the wrong plug fitted. It's quieter, but still more noisy than I would like.

    The Mini has not progressed. I'm starting to think with 52 days left that I'm probably not taking it to Germany. It's amazing how quickly you run out of time on projects! Luckily @sharley17194 has made good progress on his Mini so I think we'll be taking that instead.
    Finally. I bought myself a new daily (probably wise as my newest car was 24 years old to this point). I'm over the moon about it as it's been on my radar for a long time. I've been saving relentlessly for some time to be able to get one and I couldn't be happier with it! For those that will ask it's a Cayman Gen2 2.9 PDK. It looks and drives great!

     
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from brownnova in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    It's been relatively quiet with the fleet as of late. Everything is behaving itself. Even the 65 year old Cambridge!
    I did however manage to fix the horns on said Cambridge. They were non-functional when I collected it and I imagine it was to do with the original wiring potentially being positive earth or the fact the cars been converted from a dynamo to an alternator at some point. Regardless the wiring to the horn was seeing a constant 12 V which dropped to zero when pressing the horn. As such I have done some light wiring work and used all red wires to wire the horns (via a fuse) directly to the battery. Then used the horn button as the earth. They are lovely sounding mechanical horns!

    I also set about changing the fan belt but I have the wrong size ordered it seems. It's fitted with a 10x950 belt which means it's right at the max of it's tension and quite floppy. I bought the standard 10x900 but it doesn't fit. Because the new alternator hits the engine mount and can't be adjusted all the way back. Annoying really because it just about clears the steering box. Clearly someone else found this problem because the engine mount has been taken to with a hammer....
    Regardless I managed to squeeze on a 10x925 belt which gives me plenty more life.

    I'm also in the process of reinstating the missing heater. The matrix has been removed from the loop and the blower box removed. I bought a Smiths blower motor of the correct vintage but it was clocked the wrong way round so I've had to disassemble it and swap round the motor to the other side. It now fits but I can't find the wiring for it. I am also hoping the heater matrix isnt holed... Although having a blower is probably the biggest battle.

    I've been taking it on regular trips to work regardless. I love how old and mechanical it is but it doesn't really fit in well in the car park!

    I also replaced the wiper motor on the MGF which had been very loud and grumbly since I put it back on the road. I fitted a new/old rack and motor which I had to wire in as it had the wrong plug fitted. It's quieter, but still more noisy than I would like.

    The Mini has not progressed. I'm starting to think with 52 days left that I'm probably not taking it to Germany. It's amazing how quickly you run out of time on projects! Luckily @sharley17194 has made good progress on his Mini so I think we'll be taking that instead.
    Finally. I bought myself a new daily (probably wise as my newest car was 24 years old to this point). I'm over the moon about it as it's been on my radar for a long time. I've been saving relentlessly for some time to be able to get one and I couldn't be happier with it! For those that will ask it's a Cayman Gen2 2.9 PDK. It looks and drives great!

     
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from brownnova in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    Slow drive down. The M25 was horrendous. However, a collection has occurred. I'm in love already!
     

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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from brownnova in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    It's been a minute. There hasn't been a lot to report over the last month. I've been travelling with work so the fleet has sat mostly idle. I did enjoy a rather large F150 in Texas for ten days. It impressed me with it's sheer pace considering it's size. Apparently it was the 400hp twin turbo V6 version. Quick in a straight line but terrible ride quality. I did take it off-roading over the weekend and unfortunately it wasn't very good as it was only the RWD version with road tyres. But I still gave it a go.

     
    Roll forward a week to today and the sun has been shining today so I took out my MGF for a spin. Despite it being a rather rough example it doesn't look too bad in the rolling countryside. It isn't the quickest car with the CVT gearbox but it makes for a nice bumble round the country lanes.

     
    After I went out for a spin I set about some more welding. It feels like a long time since I last did any welding. Partly because it has been! But today I did manage to finish off the rear panel. When I took off the boot hinge panel the boot floor was also rusty. So I started by cutting all that out.

    Then replaced the central section.

    Then set about cutting out the other corner

    Unfortunately I made the mistake of not measuring twice and ended up cutting the panel too small as can be seen here... A bit of cardboard aided design helped fix that. Although I also had to cut out a bit extra due to thin steel.

    New panel under the rear light too

    Then onto the hinge panel

    Finished off with a lovely coat of brown direct to metal Hammerite

    And that's it for today! There's still a hole in the wheel well to fill which can be spotted earlier on in the pics but I ran out of time today. That'll be next weekends job as well as hopefully starting on the rear floors in the passenger compartment

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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from brownnova in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    And a pass for the MGF at last!
     

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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from brownnova in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    The communal 25 GTI got treated to a fresh cambelt this morning. The old one looked ok but I wasn't willing to risk a 9 year old cambelt when it's meant to be a 4 year interval. Fresh new Gates cambelt fitted at both ends and a new water pump and tensioner. Lovely.

    The old one looked fine but I wasn't super comfortable risking it.

    I also noted an oil leak from the vvc valve block today. Something to look at down the line. I gather they can be changed without interrupting the vvc mechanisms but I'm not willing to risk that while I rely on the 25 as my daily.
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    Tommyboy12 got a reaction from brownnova in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    The 25 GTI got a run out with it's Rover stablemates from the same era today. A very ropey Metro with a VVC and a deafening exhaust owned by @sharley17194 and a lovely Rover Mini owned by one of our mutual friends. We went to caffeine and machine where we parked our collective scrap pile next to about 50 Nissan GTRs.
    I think the GTI has a slightly sticky rear caliper I need to investigate as it feels like the rear is dragging slightly.

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