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  1. This came to an acquaintance from a lady who didn't wnt to spend money fixing it any more. I suspect she may have been using that as an excuse for getting something new and shiny, as she was overegging the pudding somewhat. She wanted it scrapping but it came to us for scrap value instead. 07 Polo 1.2 with THREE cylinders and FIVE forward gears. Absolutely knackered paint, which is handy as my machine polisher died last year and I haven't replaced it yet. As a result, the polishing means I have a right arm to rival a teenage Popeye. As it had lived out in the sticks under a tree, I wasn't sure whether to clean it or call Bill Oddie to investigate it. The repairs needed were as follows - oil and filter, reset service light, replace boot struts, and remove organic matter from the boot. Needs a couple of bits of rust treating but for a sensible daily to park anywhere it's perfect. Drives sweetly as well, only 70k miles on... Sweet, sweet car. I might also stick some P slots on it as the wheeltrims are jiggered and the tyres dont match. Hmm.
  2. Never worked on one of these but if the fuel filter is accessible, worth having a look to see if its a rusted pile of profanity?
  3. This is absolutely fantastic work, you should be very proud. A small one that might save you a lot of time, effort and cash - citric acid is an excellent rust remover. Its also the thing that Bilt Hamber sell as Deox-C, if I recall correctly. Its roughly a tenner for a 3kg bag on Amazon, two decent scoops in a gallon of boiling water and you can leave it to bathe pretty much anything that doesn't have a brain. Just get a big bucket or plastic tray, preferably with a lid so you can leave it outside because it does make quite pungent aroma...
  4. Are you going to do some moustached detectiving as well? I can't see a blue Sierra, regardless of shape, without thinking Frost...
  5. I'm sure you could write some legal nonsense and make it a condition of sale. And that he has to post regular updates.
  6. You have just stirred a tiny distant memory of my boss's first imported one from over 20 years ago (!). I can now picture the little badge on the boot! Christ that's niche. But I don't think this one has. For god's sake don't tell MrsSE such a thing exists or she'll be on eBay before the night is out trying to get the full setup ...
  7. So. After cleaning about 15 years of filth from it (owner is not known for washing his cars)... and judicious application of air freshener (its been a dog car for a long time).... First drive. Once we put more than the 15psi it had in the tyres it drove a lot better. Feels like it could just climb up the side of a house. Not fast, just strong. And the gearchange. It is STAGGERING. It's got the most wandy gearlever this side of a Mk1 Mini, and it sits at peculiar angles unrelated to the gate pattern, the gearchange itself is magnificent. Precise, mechanical, one of the best I've ever driven. I haven't quite got my head round that. The pedals are perfectly set and spaced too, and all nicely weighted. I think this might become a keeper. Let's see what the angry grinder makes of the bodywork when we come to sort the rusty bits, however...
  8. MrsSE and I are trying to reduce the number of cars and projects we have laid about. Hence trying to sell the Golf and 406. Obviously then the most sensible thing is to take on a 27 year old 4x4 as a long term loan, on condition of me doing a couple of bits of welding and tidying and giving the chassis a onceover. We need something to tow a trailer, mainly. Sense be damned however because it has my favourite name of any 4x4 ever...
  9. MASSIVE thank you! Tooo the Google tin!
  10. Well. Looks like no one has done a late version (often called the Omega C on parts catalogues). Have they no standards?! I'll just have to accept that I have the PFLs and then realise that I dislike having guests round, much less those who would notice the model year of any cars I had out... Thanks for that link though. Given the fleet we have here I'll be doing some searches to complete our model collection...
  11. Putting my Omega beard on for a moment thats a mini facelift before they did the bigger changes in 2000 But thank you!
  12. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open...
  13. Right gang, in between pretending to be Valerie Singleton and you all posting lush models (that Taunus is... Exquisite)... Could you help me find a saloon Omega facelift that doesn't look like a failed experiment involving Lego and a blowtorch? Got a couple of pre facelifts in civvy and plod livery but have never found the 2000-2004 model...
  14. So, yesterday MrsSE came home unexpectedly early, causing a mild panic and rapid tidying up as I was alone in the spare room with the computer on and a load of tissues. Yes, of course I was watching old music videos on YT and building a base for the Saxo to sit on. 36 years old and sat there with paint, fuzzy felt, cutting up sponges and making paper mache...
  15. I haven't yet unpacked our box of models that moved house with us (5 years ago) but I seem to remember their Soft Blue one being an exception match for MrsSE's real one. Until one of my colleagues reversed into it* necessitating a gaffer tape repair. *Yes, I asked "how did you hit the smallest car in the car park" too
  16. Many many nice pics. Derbyshire Senator and the Durham Jaaaaaag and E39 in particular. God I was born too late.
  17. Not going to win any prizes for photography, model making, or... Anything, really... But this is a model of MrsSE's track/rally chav chariot. Inspired by her last outing. And mainly because the fake mud hides the abysmal job I did of changing it from silver to blue.
  18. Yes! This was closely followed by the equally ridiculous Polo Dune (I think) before the explosion in Jukes and Kumquats and all that.
  19. Now trying to think of anything RWD and DSG that isn't a million pounds
  20. My word. What a palaver. But that is a very rare spec combo. Watching with interest!
  21. This arrived the other day. Yes the previous owner had a disagreement with something solid but trust me when I say that's the least of my worries...! Hasn't seen the road for a decade and currently has several ecosystems ongoing inside. But hell, it's a nice colour!
  22. Oh, excellent choice sir! We have a "smoke silver" (beige) 2 0 with the rare manual box. I'm not convinced the box isn't made entirely from rubber but it suits the car. We have silly cars and it's nice to have one that when you start to press on, goes "hang on... Are you absolutely sure about this". I have bit of experience dabbling with these so if you need advice shout up and I might know... If not I'll know where to point you. Also, get and carry a spare OVP relay. Or two.
  23. Would depend on how the code is generated - if it's in the bit of the VIN that changes with every single car or every tenth, or every different engine...
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