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  1. That colour will look great, close enough to original that only the anoraks amongst us will notice it’s not 😎
  2. Finally, the Metro... I still love this car, gingercators and all! But she's proving to be hard work, I've had her just about one year now and have made many improvements in that time, but she hasn't been running properly, the MOT has expired, she's had to have a tickle with a welding stick and she's been overheating! It got that bad, I sent her to the naughty corner (MIL driveway) and forgot about her for a couple of weeks months whilst I tried to get my Metro mojo back. Welding in the rear arches is sorted now, Whilst finishing that job, I cleaned the arches out properly to ensure we'd found and repaired all the rot properly. I was pleasantly surprised by the condition... I've now touched up any chips or damage and painted the welded areas with the same zinc primer, stone chip, body colour similar blue and then two coats of black dinitrol. So I'm fairly confident she's solid now, and protected from the elements a little. Next on my list was the rich running and lumpy idle, unwillingness to run without a bit of choke etc. Fearing all my symptoms could be OMGHGF, I consulted my big book of knowledge... Took a brave pill and told myself I'm already a couple of grand into this car, she's not completely rotten, must be worth saving and a bit of effort, come on man get a grip! I thought I'd start by cleaning the carb as I have already replaced all the electrical service items within the last 300 miles. Cleaned everything I could get to without completely dismantling beyond the point of my confidence to re-assemble again. Whilst putting it back together I consulted the haynes manual for cause of rich running on these, the Haynes manual made reference to a vacuum hose and also a breather hose that if blocked can cause rich running. I checked the breather, fine. Started the car, it was better but not 100% and still wouldn't idle warm without a bit of choke. So disconnected the suggested vacuum pipe and the car settled down, this vacuum pipe goes from the carb to air filter housing and from what I can make out there is a temperature operated switch in the air cleaner housing that should switch vacuum between cold air from the filter and warm air from the manifold, the switch must be past it's best as the car tries to stall if you put your finger over the disconnected vacuum pipe and if you reconnect said vacuum pipe to the air cleaner housing. It's running properly better now, but some further investigation required here I think. Next up, overheating. I started with a drain and re-fill on the cooling system. I had to fit a new expansion tank cap a couple of months back as it was hissing when the engine was running and whilst cooling down, which I think was letting air into the system. I hadn't been able to bleed the air back out properly so a drain and re-fill seemed a good start point. Flushing through with the hose didn't see anything untoward flush from the system, and the rad was replaced just about 2 years ago, so I was fairly confident to proceed to refill. One thing I noticed when the car overheated last, just before coming off the road, was that the fan wasn't coming on. It works if you short the wires, so i suspected a faulty switch (or an air lock in the system). I decided the safest thing was to install an override switch in the dashboard. So if the temperature does head for the red I can switch the fan on if it isn't working automatically for any reason. All these jobs done, I started the car, ran it up to temperature and left it to tick over. It ran well, didn't need much choke and none when warm. Doesn't smell like it is running rich anymore. Fan cut in on its own when temperature reached 3/4, so I'm thinking it was an airlock, but I'll keep my eye on it. MOT is booked for Tuesday at 11:00, fingers crossed we can get her through and get back to a bit of metroing! I may even be able to get miles on it at last 😲
  3. I previously mentioned that we have Jowetts in the family too, another small break away in May at the annual rally. My lad is 6 now and hasn't been in Grandad's Jowett that he can remember (because Covid), so this was a real treat for him! Picture below, with Grandad, clearly having defeated the Jowett 😂
  4. The next update is the Jag, my favourite on the fleet. We went to XJ40 day at Gaydon as mentioned in a previous post, we had a great time amongst all the other '40's that showed up. Next opportunity to get out and show her was a JEC event in Shropshire. It was good day out and to my surprise my car won its category, much silver ware, well glass ware, was received! A picture of the winners line up, very proud indeed. I've had this car since 2009 and it's always been a case of preserve rather than restore, nice to have all that effort recognised and by the JEC no less! The car is now sorn'd again as I won't get chance to use it now until September 🙄
  5. It's been a while since I've updated anything on here, but there has been much car activity over the last couple of months... First thing is the VW, we've managed a couple of holidays in it so far this year, one of which was the Jubilee weekend, hence the wifes bunting on the awning! Kids still love it. Ran out of fuel on the way home from the last trip, the fuel gauge has never worked but I've always got on OK using 25mpg as a figure and then calculating the mileage vs what fuel has gone in. Double checked my maths and it appears that I can still do maths, I conclude the van is using more fuel for some reason 🤔 I cast my mind back to getting the van out of storage and doing my usual fix everything that has broken itself through the winter trouble free and most enjoyable first run out. The fuel lines had been leaking near the carbs, perished rubber. So I replaced the fuel lines from the tank all the way back, I've had a few aircooled VW's and dodgy fuel lines are known to bring an early end to many cars lives, so it really wasn't worth only replacing a small section. Its was a good job I did look at the whole system as iirc the fuel line is 6mm and there was no fuel filter fitted. But, the main run through one of the chassis rails was a rigid plastic pipe shoved inside the normal rubber just after the tank and running the length of the van to the fuel pump. 'Strange' I thought, then I measured the pipe, it was only 4mm. I replaced the lot with rubber and thought no more of it. The van seems a bit perkier (bear in mind its an old VW, so it's pedestrian at best 😂), perhaps the engine was struggling to get enough fuel through that old pipe I thought? Anyway, she struggled to pass the emmisions at the MOT test (running rich) and seems to be flooding a lot and my maths says she's using more fuel than she normally does, so my working theory is that the carbs have been set up to cope with the limited fuel coming through and now the fuel lines have been replaced it needs setting up again. I will get booked at rolling road services and see what he thinks. Other than that, the van is great, 8 years we have had her now and she's tax and MOT exempt next year which reduces the pain of the running costs somewhat!
  6. I think it looks great, and even looking at Gumtree ads the money isn’t terrible. It is only an asking price after all! can a deal be done, perhaps £5k is more realistic given it needs some tlc? Have you seen it in the flesh?
  7. I remember the 800 being a huge car in its day! looking at it next to that monstrosity Tesla it’s positively compact 😂
  8. I was just about to post that I could have waved, well I could if I went upstairs! (Halesowen, ish)
  9. ‘tis ar! We’m bay as bad as them!
  10. There’s no getting away from us is there! 🤣
  11. Yes I did, still do occasionally but the forum is pretty much dead these days. It’s a great technical resource still though. What was your user name on there?
  12. A bit of welding has happened … not the best picture, apologies. unfortunately I only have one picture of the repair… and it’s not finished, and it’s the other side 🤣 The repair is much tidier now it’s done and when I next get to make progress play with the car, I’ll take some more of the repair being finished off and painted. its MOT style repair rather than resto, but again it saves the car and gives it a chance to fight another day. We couldn’t find any other rot under this, which was surprising, so now it basically needs any loose under seal stripping off and sorting out and a general refresh underneath. the MOT is expired now and I have too much on to get into finishing the repairs and taking it for an MOT, but hopefully I’ll get it done in June. oh yeah, and she’s started running lumpy and rich when on choke, which is disappointing! Seems ok when warm, but I always panic about HGF on these 😂
  13. Mine had to have similar amounts done in the same places, that looked really solid from outside too. it looks like your guy does a better job than my guy though, that’s really neat looking work. Despite looking very good, you can see that mine has been worked on.
  14. Some that I haven’t seen mentioned here … Rover Met-Rot (Metro) Renault clitoris (Clio) Ford Escrot (Escort) Toyota Anus (Auris) Tin-Snail (Citroën 2cv)
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  16. Unfortunately I won’t get to use it much over the coming few days as I’ve got to finish relaying the driveway before anymore car activity can take place. MOT on the Metro is due in a couple of weeks, first one in my care. So I’m utterly shitting it and desperately trying to work in some time to get the car prepared trying to fit in a relaxing afternoon of MOT prep and definitely not finding more issues that need to be sorted out. luckily the little bit of welding that she needs can be done by a mate at work next week. Welding isn’t something that I’ve learned to do, I imagine it’s way beyond my skills and patience! I’ll be sure to get some photos of the work taking place and share the fail sheet new MOT certificate with you at my earliest opportunity!
  17. Well not a lot has been happening the last few weeks, other than work. I’ve just not had time to progress my projects mess about with the cars unfortunately… but today has been very exciting indeed, the Metro has been treated to some much needed love. H&H have been around and replaced the hydragas system and it’s made a huge difference to the car, far beyond my expectations. this was midway through the work. when they arrived they checked suspensions travel and ride height. The only suspension travel we had up front was the flex in the tyres. The ride height was way down on where it should have been. all four units have been replaced and the system pumped up to the correct ride height. Quick test drive, check the ride height and pump up to correct height again and the little beast is entirely transformed. a recent before… And now, look at that gap between the front wheel and arch 😮 can’t recommend these guys enough, great service and they really know there stuff! These little cars have a surprisingly good ride when the suspension is working properly doing anything at all!
  18. With used prices as they are, I’d think a grand should be doable, so advertising at £1250 would be a good starting point.
  19. Xj40 is doing is doing 19mpg (mostly town driving short trips when used ) metro about 35mpg (occasional commuting in place of the T5) t25 about 25mpg (on holiday in it last week) t5 2.5 is about 30mpg (wife commutes across town in this and does the school run) my daily diesel Jag is about 50mpg (town driving 9 mile commute). This is the only one with a trip computer and seems pretty accurate.
  20. I use brickwerks too, also use campervanculture.com they do loads of OE quality westfalia parts, but specialise in syncros and off grid camping stuff, really good service too.
  21. Much better design than my early air cooled T25, the brake disc doubles as part of the hub and has the wheel bearing in it! Makes changing the discs much more involved! 🙄 looks like you’re taking good care of this one, nice work.
  22. Breakfast club meet was good, nice to get back out and about in an old car! well supported by ‘40’s too…
  23. The boot lock trim was looking tired (up close) so I fitted the new one… what a faff, the boot liner had to come out. So did the number plate lights. The rubber between the trim and the boot lid has a life of its own, so you need about 7 hands to do this quickly! Took well over an hour in the end. so final prep is a quick wash… and now it’s snowing 🙄 a satisfying day of tinkering though!
  24. I’ve been getting the Jag ready for the breakfast club meet tomorrow… first job was the air con, the belt was really loose but in good condition , I’ve tightened that up for now and I’m hopeful that’s why she’s been squealing sometimes. not easy to get too, my arm looks like it’s had a fight with a cat now. I then looked at the engine bay full of dust and cobwebs, that’s no good with the first show of the season upon us… with that done I’ve given the interior a quick once over… then time to give her a wash, but first I remembered I’d got a NOS part to fit! 😀
  25. The ‘80’s and early ‘90’s are a real sweet spot in cars for me. They were getting good enough to be reliable(ish) and not fall apart, but easy enough to fix at home. the reason I seem to have gravitated towards 1994, is they’re cheap! Or at least they were when I got them. It wasn’t deliberate. I love earlier stuff too, we have a couple of vintage Jowett cars and a 1950’s Jowett Jupiter in the family, which I love, but they’re not really cars you can daily drive or just enjoy driving. As they’re not really mine nor shite, I’ve not mentioned them as pert of this thread, but I will probably drop and update on here when we go to any shows with them.
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