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    Carl1981 reacted to Asimo in Rover 820 - Late plate madness project arrival! (1/8/22)   
    Mmm - saloons! Hatchbacks just aren't as Rover as saloons.

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    Carl1981 reacted to Wack in The 2006 4.2 Supercharged Range Rover thread   
    Think I'm being stalked 

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    Carl1981 reacted to dome in The 2006 4.2 Supercharged Range Rover thread   
    £500 here for it when it shits itself, just let me know whereabouts on the M74 most of it is😉 
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    Carl1981 reacted to motorpunk in The 2006 4.2 Supercharged Range Rover thread   
    Haha! You arse! You’ve ended up in a field instead of half on double yellows, half in a disabled bay, with your tango’d WAG just nipping into Asda for dog food for the French Bulldog and some antiseptic cream for that tattoo on your neck that went gammy, before you drive back to your newbuild paid for by a contract extension for next season playing for Manchelsea Town Roving Uniters FC. I bet you feel proper stupid.
    Yes, I have a bit of a hangup with new RR stuff and am very judgmental. Fight me 😉👍
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    Carl1981 reacted to Broadsword in The 2006 4.2 Supercharged Range Rover thread   
    I reckon they all have a fuel level issue!  
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    Carl1981 reacted to Hertz in The 2006 4.2 Supercharged Range Rover thread   
    The seller after taking Wack's deposit. 

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    Carl1981 reacted to PrinceRupert in The 2006 4.2 Supercharged Range Rover thread   
    I'm in.  Partly hoping it bankrupts you, as otherwise I will want to buy one, and it will inevitably bankrupt me 🤣
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    Carl1981 reacted to Wack in The 2006 4.2 Supercharged Range Rover thread   
    I do local stuff in a smart car which i'll continue to do , I did ask if it had a towbar because the smart is set up to tow behind a motorhome so I could've driven up and towed it back but it hasn't, I think that'd definitely have made social meda, see I told you they were unreliable, he's got a lifeboat
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    Carl1981 got a reaction from vonmon in Rover 820 - Late plate madness project arrival! (1/8/22)   
    I remember the 800 being a huge car in its day! looking at it next to that monstrosity Tesla it’s positively compact 😂
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    Carl1981 reacted to Austin-Rover in Late registration madness   
    Here's my latest shed; It sat with many others in one of Rover's secure storage compounds (a field somewhere out of sight) from around Summer 1998 until March 2000 when it was dusted off and registered. There were plenty of these about that got S, T and V registrations, but there were only a handful left long enough to get a W plate. 

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    Carl1981 reacted to Low Horatio gearbox in 66 Mustang coupe   
    Almost a FTP today.
     
    It wasnt overly happy starting this morning  and ran a little rough but seemed to smooth out when warmed up so I wilfully ignored it. Coming back I'd was getting on  the dual carriageway  when it started misfiring and the rough running came back. Luckily it was only a short stretch of DC before I got off but the rough running became utter shit and it I struggled to coax it along up hill - luckily or unluckily there were roadworks so it was a 40 mph limit  so my 30-35 was just scary instead of dangerous.  Tho this wasnt helped by an artic ridingabout 10 foot off my bumper the last 500 yards in my own unwanted recreation of the last scene in Duel. (But with a boring ultra modern cabover instead of a dirty old Peterbuilt)
    I limped it back luckily 95% downhill and 20-30 mph limits, where it was ish behaved , anymore tha a quarter throttle was pointless.  Tho getting it back in the garage was a pain as the Turing circle on it is woefully and it kept stalling out after 12 inches of progress.
    The only dash instrument  giving any indication was the temperature  gauge reading  slightly  cooler than normal. 🤷‍♂️  I checked  the hoses and there were no leaks  and no sign of OMGHGF.    I suspected maybe  a vaccum leak or the carb had decided to give up given the misfires and incredibly rough running.  I took the air cleaner off and had a look and a poke but noting seemed amiss - well more amiss than the ish-working cludge together than the current  carb set up is. This mystified me as I'd not touched the engine or carb a good few weeks, so I did the sensible thing and had some lunch instead if burning myself on a hot engine trying to find the issue right now.
     
    Post lunch and  driving chores finished -Rover saves the day again, I came back and prodded some more convinced it was a duff carb or air leak. Leaning in and   noticing some fuel wetness in the top of the carb from soem forward  firing when had me convinced... till I realised I was leaning on the distributor cap and HT leads and something felt spongy..... one HT lead had not been totally  snug and worked loose it would seem and had been just sitting ish in place.  To the casual glance it did not look to be loose/off.   
    Surely the bag of spanner crap running couldn't be that simple.   Naturally it was,  firmly seated in place and air filter back on and a slight adjustment to the idle screws and throttle linkage (idles high but weak ish still, wrong carb excuse yadda) and it fired up and ran smooth - for a straight pipped , mildly hot cammed lump with the wrong carb - I.e.  really loud.  A test drive confirmed it within a few feet that  normal* running had been restored, tho I took it for a bit of a spin just to be sure!  😁



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    Carl1981 reacted to Broadsword in Broadsword's Fleet Thread - XJR Goes in for Respray   
    Big news. The XJR manual has gone in for paint. I settled on a very slightly different colour, knowing that the original Sapphire Blue does not have so much metal flake in it. I settled on an Aston Martin colour from the same period, Mendip Blue. I know it's a break from originality, but I think it will end up looking more like Sapphire Blue than the original colour if you get my drift. Also Mendip Blue is a DB7 colour, which is mostly a Jag anyway, so I'm saying its basically original! The wheels have been powder coated and look great. Can't wait to see how the car will look in a few weeks. A guy will spend a day on it knocking all the dents out properly so minimal filler will be used to level things out. Also all the black bits will be re-blacked of course.
    I'm off away tomorrow for a while and I've come unstuck with the C1 clutch job. It's now stuck in the garage with the gearbox out. My shoulders are so badly injured, I just can't get the gearbox in. It's a bit of a disaster and quite embarrasing really as it's a small box.  Just not happening, an unfortunate loss of mojo on the job. In short I'll be looking for a helping pair of hands when I'm back from my travels to lift the gearbox in.
     





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    Carl1981 got a reaction from Broadsword in Broadsword's Fleet Thread - XJR Goes in for Respray   
    That colour will look great, close enough to original that only the anoraks amongst us will notice it’s not 😎
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    Carl1981 got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    I recently joined here after lurking for a long while. I’ve enjoyed reading and admired some of the skill and perseverance in the restoration threads, but what I’ve really enjoyed about this community is the acceptance of any and every make and model in any and every condition. I am a serial buyer of shite cars that no-one else wants, I regularly spend too much saving something that no-one else would have saved. I love the rubbish motors that littered the streets when I was growing up in 1980’s brum (rotten old Austin’s and Rover’s, equally rotten old fords and the occasional Jag! Oh and my Dad’s canary yellow Skoda 120 GLS) so I thought I should fit right in here!
    My history of car ownership started when I was 15, back in about 1996, with a 3 door Ford Escrot estate. Then an orange Metrot MK1 that I saved, sold and bought back to save again. There were lots of Metro’s and Escort’s and Fiesta’s in the early days (Fiesta's always ended up being referred to as Fiestangs!). A couple of Rover’s and then a brief fling with the french when I had a bit more money to spend! I’ve had several Xantias over the years as well as a 406 coupe and a few french hatch backs. In all, I think I’ve had about 30 cars now and have loved them all in one way or another!
    Having only recently joined, I’ve decided to start a thread about my own fleet of classics shite. I’m always tinkering with one car or another and that will either be interesting to you guys or it won’t! I’m only really going to talk about the old and shitey cars that are still with me, and I'm going to stick them all in this one thread or you’d probably be bored to death!
    The main thing is, like many I’ve read about here, old cars make me happy. I enjoy learning new skills, having those skills tested, meeting new people and experiencing new and different things. Old cars are something that I do because I want to and it makes me happy (most of the time), not because I have to or need to.
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    Carl1981 reacted to Dobloseven in E46 325ci M sport. Find a worse one!   
    As mentioned in another thread, decided to buy this blind. Had seen it a while back but forgotten about it. Went over tonight with Mrs Doblo to pick it up. Somewhat scruffier than I'd anticipated. Biggest problem though, when we started it, it wouldn't tick over and kept cutting out. Did seem to settle a bit though. About 8 miles from home, MrsD had cleared off, so wasn't sure how to get back. Calling MrsD would have resulted in an ear bashing, so when she said how about 300,I decided to risk it. Did get home ok and went through a long queue at a Mcdonalds drive through without cutting out so taxi fare saved. Doesn't actually drive too badly. Just a bit hesitant pulling away, but makes a nice noise and autobox seems sound. Steering is surprisingly heavy, brakes are sharp.No knocking from suspension. Seats don't seem very comfortable, though they adjust electrically and might need a bit of tweaking to suit. Got a couple of days temporary insurance so will use it as much as I can before deciding its future. Did get the urge to weave from lane to lane without indicating though! And when some peasant in a Focus cut in front of me in Mcdonalds, well.......! 
    The boot lid is the worst bit of bodywork. 
     
     
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    Carl1981 reacted to colino in E46 325ci M sport. Find a worse one!   
    Plenty in the scrappies to swap to perfection, that's almost free in the current market.
    Your boot reminds me of the boot on my (black) S Type.  My moronic neighbour painted his guttering white while I wasn't around, and then must have spotted all the little white dots over all of our cars.  I suppose I was lucky that I caught him with his Halfords buffer before he started on any of the other panels.
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    Carl1981 got a reaction from Rust Collector in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    Fuel filler pipe bodgery...
    First job was getting the old paint off, most of the metal came off with it unfortunately 🙄 The strange thing about this really rotten pipe is that the rest of the wheel arch and wheel well are not rotten at all, neither is the fuel tank neck and neither is the sub frame?? The corrosion protection that Rover specced on these fuel fillers must have been woefully inadequate.


    This is worse than expected I thought! Anyway, a motorsport flexible fuel filler was obtained, the upper section of the old filler was ‘brazed’ back to health and treated to the same protection that modern Nissans have on their fuel filler systems.


    It was pig to refit as we were missing the original securing bracket half way up the tube, but I got around that by fabricating a separate bracket to wrap around the tube and then fasten to the original bodywork mounting. This was probably the most difficult issue to resolve so far and having this sorted means the car has a good chance of surviving now.
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    Carl1981 got a reaction from CreepingJesus in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    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 🙄
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    Carl1981 got a reaction from CreepingJesus in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    Spring rolled around, the van wasn’t ready. It had turned into a bit more welding on those scabby lower bits “If we’re going to do it, we may aswell do all of it” my mate said. The windows were also out and new rubbers had been acquired. But the van was back by June and looking great, the final bill a very reasonable £2500.
    The van had however spiraled into a full project and many better parts had been sourced to make the van a much better example.

    Another summer, subtle version of the original decals added back on, a few more improvements and an awning to help us cope when camping with what seemed like more than enough equipment to look after 10 babies! Disaster struck, on the way from Cheddar TO Cornwall for the second leg of the holiday, she dropped a valve. I didn’t know it was so catastrophic at the time, I thought ‘She’s running on three’, I repeatedly told myself that it was probably ignition components and I could sort it out easily enough when we got to our holiday destination. She got worse and the 155 mile journey ended up taking 6 hours, which an average speed of 25 mph! Now that’s commitment! 🤣
    A new day begun, sun shining warm and bright with a week in Cornwall ahead of me, I was full of optimism that the spares I’d packed would save the day. Not so. I tinkered with the engine every day of that holiday on the way to days out, when we got back from days out and of course again as we left, not wanting to be defeated just before we left for the third leg of the holiday and visions of recovery trucks and long waits in my mind!
    We limped back up the motorway to Evesham. The lack of power was terrible but so was the summer traffic. 10 hours was mainly due to traffic I told myself! I have to say that was the most stressful journey of my life, constant worry that she’d fail at any minute and leave us stranded with two young children on the side of the motorway. So stressful in fact, I came off the motorway somewhere around Bristol and followed the A38 all the way back up.
    I messed with it again in Evesham, declared the thing ‘fucked’ and limped home at the end of the holiday thoroughly miserable. I put her away in the lock up for winter declaring myself thoroughly ‘fucked off’ with old cars!
    Time passed quickly that winter, I didn’t get around to having another look at the van. Or was I sulking and unwilling to have a look? I can’t remember now! Anyway, she didn’t respond well to me halfheartedly tinkering in the spring so I booked her in for someone who knows what they’re doing to have a look. First guy (normally very good) declared it ‘fucked’ and referred me to his mate who also had a T25, a rolling road and loads of experience in getting these running properly.
    This turned into a painful experience, the second guy diagnosed the fault as a dropped valve and therefore it was only firing on three. He was amazed we’d driven over 500 miles like this, not only that the van managed it, but also that I had the stamina and perseverance to not throw the towel in and call a recovery truck. It’s not the end of the world he said, I can sort it. So the van was left with him and I was relegated to the dog house for spoiling the family holiday plans 😔
    A month passed, it transpired there had been previous buggery with the engine. The head on one-side had been replaced and the new valve set didn’t fit in that side. A new head needed then, we opted to buy new for both sides. Then we decided to re-jet the carbs, replace all the gaskets, replaces the heat exchangers, new empi exhaust and so it went on. £3000 and three months later, I had a working van and it really was night and day compared with what it drove like previously.
    A big shout out for Rolling Road Services in Lye, Chris is a great guy and really knows his stuff. He’s into old Fords mainly, but he has a T25 of his own and he knows carburetors inside out. 
    So that was back in 2017 and touch wood she’s been great since then (apart from a small fire related to the leisure battery!). Although we have had to have localised repairs as the body refurb got to about 5 years old. A few more are required again this summer (I’ll probably DIY those now though) Oh, I also decided a new ‘old stock’ set of seat trim/covers for the cab was a wise investment (at 1am after a few Christmas beers) at £300 delivered.


    I’ve just last weekend replaced the fuel lines and fuel filter, they were way past their best. I also swapped back from an Empi twin exhaust to a stock version. I always wanted an aircooled van with an Empi exhaust, but once I had one I realised they’re far too loud and I’m far too old to listen to all that row all the time.
    But she looks a treat and goes well, we’ve had seven years now of family fun and she is firmly part of the family. A big deal for me is that the kids get to experience an old car and have fun with it, so that they can at least understand my interest obsession and possibly have an interest themselves as they grow up.


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    Carl1981 got a reaction from CreepingJesus in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    I wanted to start with the car that’s been with me the longest, my much loved £900 Jaguar XJ40.
    She’s been with us since March 2009, I was on reduced hours at work due to the impact the global banking crisis was having on the manufacturing sector. This meant I had time to burn, the 2006 Citroen C1 that I was driving was OK, but it was too new and far too reliable to be anything like exciting. I ignored that I was earning 20% less than normal with a huge mortgage to pay and promptly set about hunting for a new (old) car. I saw a worn-out Jag for £900 and thought "I’ve always wanted an XJ40", So I set about selling the Citroen C1 immediately.
    Afterall, what could possibly go wrong?
    The Jag was no near as worn out as I’d expected and I bought her from 10 paces away from a thoroughly decent and honest bloke who had enjoyed his time with it but wasn’t using it anymore. This was one of the pictures from the sale advert...

    She’d done 40k miles then and she’s done around 60k miles now and has never needed to be welded nor have any major repairs. She’s got the AJ6 3.2 in-line 6 coupled to an auto box, shes goes well and looks good to my eyes! The ride quality is superb, I’d go so far as to say it’s the XJ40’s party piece, excellent ride with great handling and road holding, why modern cars can’t be this good I don’t know.
    The Jag was now renamed ‘Elsa’ by my wife, she ran us to and from hospital when my wife was in labour with our daughter, she has taken us on family holidays, got me to work every day and provided 3 years of reliable daily driving from early 2009 to early 2012. She’s never been worth much to anyone else and the low value was probably what kept it with me in the early days, house moves, hard times, good times, 2 kids etc. Her value has gone up a bit over the last couple of years, but she’s part of the family now and although we don’t really use her very much (other than the odd show here or there) the value is irrelevant, I would struggle to part ways with her now.
    Over the years I’ve reconditioned the alloys, changed the drivers seat cover due to bolster wear, fixed a few leaks (diff and rocker cover), replaced V-mounts, replaced suspension bushes, sourced a set of replacement fog lights, and generally tried to stay on top of the cosmetics. She was vandalised in 2012 which saw her taken off the road for a year or so whilst I got the paint repairs sorted out.
    A major minor issue in 2018 with dry solder joints in the fuse box affecting the fuel injection rendered the Jag undriveable. This caused some interesting virtually untraceable and seemingly random running issues and a lot of head scratching before she was eventually sorted out 6 months later. Embarrassingly, at the height of the issue we had to have some support from a nice man at the AA with a low loader, he had to help us get home from the National Jaguar Day in Warwickshire! Luckily the show was at quite a nice hotel and it was an exceptionally nice day, so the two hour wait for the man from the AA was spent on the hotel terrace sampling one or two of their range of refreshing beers!
    Fingers crossed she’s been very reliable again since having the fuse boxes resoldered.
    She needs some work this year. She could do with a service and a set of tyres which are just running maintenance but do require some funds to be set aside. She also needs the aircon sorted out, it works well, but the compressor is squealling or causing the belt to squeal. It needs some investigation when the weather improves and allows some tinkering. I’m sure I’ll report back when I get to it. It could just be the belts need tightening or changing, writing this up has highlighted to me that the belts were last serviced in 2010! How time flies!

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    Carl1981 got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    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 😂

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    Carl1981 got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    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 🙄
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    Carl1981 got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    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!
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    Carl1981 got a reaction from davehedgehog31 in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    I wanted to start with the car that’s been with me the longest, my much loved £900 Jaguar XJ40.
    She’s been with us since March 2009, I was on reduced hours at work due to the impact the global banking crisis was having on the manufacturing sector. This meant I had time to burn, the 2006 Citroen C1 that I was driving was OK, but it was too new and far too reliable to be anything like exciting. I ignored that I was earning 20% less than normal with a huge mortgage to pay and promptly set about hunting for a new (old) car. I saw a worn-out Jag for £900 and thought "I’ve always wanted an XJ40", So I set about selling the Citroen C1 immediately.
    Afterall, what could possibly go wrong?
    The Jag was no near as worn out as I’d expected and I bought her from 10 paces away from a thoroughly decent and honest bloke who had enjoyed his time with it but wasn’t using it anymore. This was one of the pictures from the sale advert...

    She’d done 40k miles then and she’s done around 60k miles now and has never needed to be welded nor have any major repairs. She’s got the AJ6 3.2 in-line 6 coupled to an auto box, shes goes well and looks good to my eyes! The ride quality is superb, I’d go so far as to say it’s the XJ40’s party piece, excellent ride with great handling and road holding, why modern cars can’t be this good I don’t know.
    The Jag was now renamed ‘Elsa’ by my wife, she ran us to and from hospital when my wife was in labour with our daughter, she has taken us on family holidays, got me to work every day and provided 3 years of reliable daily driving from early 2009 to early 2012. She’s never been worth much to anyone else and the low value was probably what kept it with me in the early days, house moves, hard times, good times, 2 kids etc. Her value has gone up a bit over the last couple of years, but she’s part of the family now and although we don’t really use her very much (other than the odd show here or there) the value is irrelevant, I would struggle to part ways with her now.
    Over the years I’ve reconditioned the alloys, changed the drivers seat cover due to bolster wear, fixed a few leaks (diff and rocker cover), replaced V-mounts, replaced suspension bushes, sourced a set of replacement fog lights, and generally tried to stay on top of the cosmetics. She was vandalised in 2012 which saw her taken off the road for a year or so whilst I got the paint repairs sorted out.
    A major minor issue in 2018 with dry solder joints in the fuse box affecting the fuel injection rendered the Jag undriveable. This caused some interesting virtually untraceable and seemingly random running issues and a lot of head scratching before she was eventually sorted out 6 months later. Embarrassingly, at the height of the issue we had to have some support from a nice man at the AA with a low loader, he had to help us get home from the National Jaguar Day in Warwickshire! Luckily the show was at quite a nice hotel and it was an exceptionally nice day, so the two hour wait for the man from the AA was spent on the hotel terrace sampling one or two of their range of refreshing beers!
    Fingers crossed she’s been very reliable again since having the fuse boxes resoldered.
    She needs some work this year. She could do with a service and a set of tyres which are just running maintenance but do require some funds to be set aside. She also needs the aircon sorted out, it works well, but the compressor is squealling or causing the belt to squeal. It needs some investigation when the weather improves and allows some tinkering. I’m sure I’ll report back when I get to it. It could just be the belts need tightening or changing, writing this up has highlighted to me that the belts were last serviced in 2010! How time flies!

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    Carl1981 got a reaction from davehedgehog31 in The Pursuit of Happiness   
    I recently joined here after lurking for a long while. I’ve enjoyed reading and admired some of the skill and perseverance in the restoration threads, but what I’ve really enjoyed about this community is the acceptance of any and every make and model in any and every condition. I am a serial buyer of shite cars that no-one else wants, I regularly spend too much saving something that no-one else would have saved. I love the rubbish motors that littered the streets when I was growing up in 1980’s brum (rotten old Austin’s and Rover’s, equally rotten old fords and the occasional Jag! Oh and my Dad’s canary yellow Skoda 120 GLS) so I thought I should fit right in here!
    My history of car ownership started when I was 15, back in about 1996, with a 3 door Ford Escrot estate. Then an orange Metrot MK1 that I saved, sold and bought back to save again. There were lots of Metro’s and Escort’s and Fiesta’s in the early days (Fiesta's always ended up being referred to as Fiestangs!). A couple of Rover’s and then a brief fling with the french when I had a bit more money to spend! I’ve had several Xantias over the years as well as a 406 coupe and a few french hatch backs. In all, I think I’ve had about 30 cars now and have loved them all in one way or another!
    Having only recently joined, I’ve decided to start a thread about my own fleet of classics shite. I’m always tinkering with one car or another and that will either be interesting to you guys or it won’t! I’m only really going to talk about the old and shitey cars that are still with me, and I'm going to stick them all in this one thread or you’d probably be bored to death!
    The main thing is, like many I’ve read about here, old cars make me happy. I enjoy learning new skills, having those skills tested, meeting new people and experiencing new and different things. Old cars are something that I do because I want to and it makes me happy (most of the time), not because I have to or need to.
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