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    PicantoJon got a reaction from mercedade in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon reacted to EyesWeldedShut in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    So - Prince of Wales Theatre (never got renamed last year then?). Mormons.
    Horse and cart?
    No - that's Amish
    Mormons, Salt Lake City, salt flats...

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    PicantoJon reacted to EspenO in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    I think there were three separate human/rodent klekshun teams, in at least two different countries. One of them may or may not have collected a Mercedes, though it is not known if that originally was the plan.
    I think. 
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from Rightnider in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from coachie in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from Coprolalia in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from Bfg in Hello Pug .. Bye Bye Voyager   
    So far I've been able to do the mechanical stuff on my own 207 SW, and my technical skills are just beyond the knowing arses from elbows stage.
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    PicantoJon reacted to sdkrc in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Clues: Modern. Down south. Jimmy Shand tape. Guinea pigs. Volvofans. 
    Conclusions: Volvo 
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    PicantoJon reacted to cms206 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    One for @davehedgehog31, the late Jimmy Shand's biggest (only?) fan.

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    PicantoJon got a reaction from sporty-shite in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Think the SVM will actually collect a car this time? 
    The last collection fred had me scratching my head! 😂
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from davidfowler2000 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Think the SVM will actually collect a car this time? 
    The last collection fred had me scratching my head! 😂
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    PicantoJon reacted to cms206 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Possibly*

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    PicantoJon reacted to hairnet in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Away you fuck
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    PicantoJon reacted to hairnet in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Biskit or we eat steer wheel ken
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    PicantoJon reacted to Zelandeth in The grumpy thread   
    Who failed to notice one of the fuel hose clips had bound up on itself rather than tighten properly at some point in the past on the Rover?
    That would be me.
    Discovered when it dumped an unknown but not insubstantial amount of fuel overnight.  I was alerted to this fact by the entire house absolutely reeking of petrol when I woke up this morning.
    Oh what fun.
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from Split_Pin in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon reacted to davidfowler2000 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Chuck out time. Now to find breakfast.
     
    Engine's taken a bash at some point


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    PicantoJon reacted to Bfg in Hello Pug .. Bye Bye Voyager   
    Sadly my Chrysler Grand Voyager is wobbling its way out of my life, and heading (scheduled on Monday) to the great used parts jamboree in Cyberspace ..via RemoveMyCar 

    This was a car bought while moving house, during Covid three years ago, for the princely sum of £600.  Despite the neglectful prior-owner care, and my own lack of spending, it has served me very well.    RemoveMyCar on-line offered a decent price to break / scrap the car.  But still, as a big softy, it's very sad for me to think of her heartlessly being ripped apart and then crushed, not least because I think she still looks great. (the photo was taken this week) 
    However in the past, when things failed, the prior owner(s) never paid to have each individual thing rectified. So when I bought it - those things had become a list.. and I likewise couldn't afford, nor justify the expense.  The glow plug sensor misreads and so even on the iciest (is that a real word ?) of mornings they don't preheat. The water in the radiator barely got warm (thermostat failure ?) so the car's heater never worked, nor did the electrically heated seats. Then last year the PAS decided to leave a puddle on the driveway, and since then the steering has become ever more wobbly.  All in all, with the MOT due in just a few weeks, I had to ..reluctantly concede that the cost of repairs far outweighed the cost of replacement with a newer, albeit not as well built, brand.  
    I've agree £389 for the car, which is better than what I might get from the local scrap yard.  That's cheap for the persons who might sell the nice wheels and v.good tyres for as much, and then have everything else to part out.  Still, even car breakers need to earn a living.   For me, well a little more than £200 in depreciation ..plus a front engine mount, handbrake shoes, battery, and good second hand tyres.. is cheap running costs for three years of service.  Accordingly, I still rate Chrysler voyagers (this one being my third in a row) to be great cars with the bonus of exceptional car-camping / load volume within.
    - - -
    My criteria for a 'new' car was that it should be (in no particular order)
    diesel (of good repute) manual gearbox spacious (although not as big as the Chrysler for parking) + hatchback, with low load sill - which is easier for loading heavy items like an engine.  2010 or younger good service history full MOT lower running costs - particularly road fund license of a marque that didn't carry a fashion tax (I like Audi and BMW, Jaguar, Volvo and Mercedes, but I'm terrified of the potential bill should anything go wrong. one or two owners lower tax group two keys within a sensible (30 mile) viewing distance from Ipswich, so definitely excluding ULEZ. preferably where the cam belt had been done preferably in a lower insurance group preferably with cruise control and a sun roof would be nice under £2000 Of course, whatever is in the marketplace is different each day, and not everything on the wish-list may be locally achievable within such a modest budget.  I had been looking for a VW Passat estate (good build quality) and then a Toyota Aventis estate (for reliability) ..and then anything which more or less fitted the criteria and budget.  Last week, a Pug cropped up on Autotrader website that best seemed to fit the bill.  25 miles away in Colchester..
      
    Peugeot 308SW 1.6 HDI SE   Autotrader review < here >
    I went to see it last Friday, and was stuck on the A12 southbound for 2 hours when that road was closed and then the diversion through Stanway was blocked by another accident.  I arrived not at 4pm but 6.  Looking at a black car in the dark was specifically not my intent. !   My friend Rich had met me there and we went for a short test drive.  It seemed tight and without clunk or groan over pot holes and poor roads.  Paul trading as Web Car Mart  seemed to specialise in good used but not silly high end priced Volvo, seems a decent chap, and without hassle knocked £95 off the price and added 3 months / 3,000 mile major component warranty. ie., if the engine or gearbox blows up take it back and get a full refund.  The battery and front tyres were new last year, and aside from dog's hairs in each corner of the interior and scratches by the interior door handle it seemed very tidy ..for a 13-1/2 year old car.  Rich pointed out the A/C whirred more than it might when disengaged but I wouldn't have noticed it was worse than 'normal' for a freewheeling.
    I went back on Saturday, to see the car in daylight and aside from claw, or bling, scratch marks around each door handle ..and the dog's hairs,  it seems a very straight and well looked after car.  It started easily from cold.  For good or for bad - I made the decision to buy at £1900.  Perhaps not the best price for a 308SW of this year, but seemingly the best value I could find ..without spending weeks traipsing around the country chasing frustratingly deceitful descriptions and wasted journey times.        
    The front disc wear is an advisory on the new MOT, but otherwise, from the file of receipts, the prior owners seemed to have spent fair monies to keep the car in good order.  Unfortunately, judging by the invoices, the cam-belt hasn't been done.  The service book suggests 140,000 miles or every 10-years for this car, this engine, and so although only 111,000 miles - it ought to have been replaced 3+ years ago.  
    I've subsequently phoned the last two garages which regularly serviced the car, and neither say they've done the job.  So I'll be facing a big bill.  Of course.. I'm now also thinking that perhaps I should have added another £500 to my budget to find one who cam-belt had been done.  Hey Ho., second guessing isn't a very productive mindset - so I'll just have to live with the decision.         
    I'll go onto Facebook and ask of our local motoring enthusiasts, East Coast Retros  (some of whom also frequent these pages) if they might recommend a local company or roving mechanic who might to do the belt for me.?  I gather the water pump ought to be replaced at the same time.   
    So there we are.. the Chrysler due to go on Monday, and I'm to go and collect the Pug tomorrow, Friday, from Colchester.
    21st century cars, are a terrifying prospect to many, including an old timer like myself .. what with all their sensors and sub-assembles (whereby an individual part cannot be repaired or replaced).  I can but hope and pray that this car is not going to be a money-pyre on wheels. 
    I'll post piccies when I can
    Pete
     
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    PicantoJon reacted to davidfowler2000 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    I forgot to mention, this is Sarge

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    PicantoJon reacted to cms206 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Pfffft.
    I smell a rat.
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from RoverFolkUs in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from Bren in The grumpy thread   
    The old man is currently in intensive care after having his knackered atrial valve replaced. Even though I know he's in the absolute best place, I'm still worried shitless. 
    Not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. 
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    PicantoJon reacted to High Jetter in The grumpy thread   
    I'm sure they know what they're doing, hang in there.
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    PicantoJon reacted to junkyarddog in The grumpy thread   
    My old dad had this done in 2016,he's still here.
    Worrying times though.
    Hopefully he'll be ok.
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