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.
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.
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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
PicantoJon reacted to GingerNuttz in The grumpy thread
Baby needs surgery, absolutely gutted 😑
Spent the last week in and out of hospitals meeting different pediatricians/specialists just to be told the same thing we already knew.
Poor kid has had more pills than a junkie over the last 5 months and nout has worked so surgery looks like the only option.
Mentally exhausted with this shit.
PicantoJon reacted to ETCHY in The grumpy thread
Not so much grumpy, as sad.
Our little Robin Mikey has gone missing. Been two weeks now. She came several times a day every day for over a year. & often wouldn't eat her dried mealworms or suet unless we fed her by hand & often would just sit with us outside & warble not wanting food.
We miss our gentle little friend.
Bloody daft a 53 year old bloke being sad over not seeing a Robin, but I am.
PicantoJon reacted to auntiemaryscanary in The grumpy thread
My mum has been suffering with shortness of breath, a cough and weight loss. The GP started investigations v end of Nov and the hospital continued that through December and with invasive stuff last week.
She got the diagnosis yesterday. Mesothelioma - lung cancer from asbestos. Beyond the devestation for her and us as a family we can't think of anywhere she's been to be exposed to asbestos. Ultimately we'll never know where the asbestos came from.
The NHS and GP has been absolutely top notch.
It's all v v sh*t.
PicantoJon reacted to HMC in HMC- Shad gets its “fine lines” back on the cheap
The shad shed has had some later replacement plates…
Theyre in a blocky modern font and follow the love for black background plates. IIRC you can put these on anything up to a ‘79 now. To a number plate obsessive (raises hand awkwardly) this feels, and looks, all wrong.
Anyway- would a 71/72 k been on the more modern reflectives or the old plates? Maybe, maybe not. I wanted a bit of 70s modernist realism going on so ideally wanted a reflective set.
Trouble is, the 7s and 8s are all wrong on these. I want an 8 to have an hourglass shape. Yes im aware this sounds pervy 😂 and a brand new number plate has no patina.
So i got hold of an old number plate that had the key older characters i was after, and added new old stock one of those that were missing.
I then aged the too-new looking NOS ones with some wet and dry, took it all to bits, and drilled and reassembled.
So the shad shed has a bit of a 70s sweeney / long good friday era look to it….
PicantoJon reacted to SEATMad in 1998 Suzuki Swift GLS - The Green Machine
I've just realise something.... I've yet to show my other pride and joy to the world of AS, everyone meet little Suki, my 1998 Suzuki Swift GLS.
A little background to her. She was bought new in Saltash, Cornwall by my better half's grandmother in 1998 where she used it as a little town runabout until she gave it to my partner upon her passing her driving test to use as her first car in 2021. She ran it for around 18 months with absolutely no issues whatso ever. This little car was golden. We've travelled the length and breadth of the country, she completed a 620 mile round trip from Swindon to Edinburgh and back without a hitch, she even returned us near 40 to the gallon! In total Suki has completed just over 50,000 miles.
However unfortunately (for me anyway), while she loved driving it, she didn't feel all to safe driving it around daily, she wanted something more modern and safer. So she went out and bought herself a little twin-air Alfa Romeo MiTo (which she has had nothing but trouble with, oh the irony). This then made little Suki surplus to requirements. However, instead of of getting rid, my mrs felt such a strong emotional attachment with the it, she just couldn't bring herself to sell. Unfortunately with that being said, neither of us had the time/money to really invest into her to keep it on the road, so it has been sat in a car park, round the corner from my house for the past year. Doing nothing.
Good news incoming...
I despaired at this. I was always on her case about either doing something or getting gone. I couldn't let this car sit for any longer just rotting away. These things are getting rather thin on the ground now and she got a lot of love from people all round the car community. So I stepped in and offered her an ultimatum. I said to her, either crap it or sell it to me (scrapping was defiantly my bluff, I was desperate to save it from the crusher). So we came to an agreement and I bought it off her for the princely sum of £500 on the promise we keep her, love her and ultimately, pour money into keeping her running.
When I went to fully inspect the work require to put back on the road, I was absolutely amazed at the condition she was in. Bare in mind she's been living in a car park, with no cover, out in the elements for nearly a year practically abandoned and there was no sign of any rot anywhere, no mould inside, no greening (she was parked near a bush), no nothing. Hell, even the tyres were still inflated. I had bough along a starter pack, obviously expecting the battery to be goosed however there was no need as she fired up pretty much straight away. There's no way she'd be running well right? again baring in mind she's only a little 1L single carb unit? Well I was wrong again, she ran almost perfectly, a little shaky to start with but she settle down very quickly and proceeded to run as sweet as before. I genuinely couldn't believe it. My little Ibiza shits itself if I haven't started her within a week, let alone a year!
I had a good mate of mine who runs a small garage in the town about 5 miles away from where I live to give her the once over, like a pre MOT and he couldn't believe how well it stood up. All rubbers are good, no rust anywhere underneath, all breaks good, all electrics good, the lot! On the drive there she ran perfectly and he said that the only thing to really look at is the exhaust, as its starting to rot away. Other than that he reckons she'll pass with a couple of advisories and advised I book it sooner rather than later.
So that's exactly what I'm doing, and the big day is tomorrow. I'm obviously hopefully she will indeed pass however we will see. I'm expecting that exhaust might be an issue, plus that front number plate could be seen as "likely to be misread" but after seeing it all, I'm pretty hopeful. Once she's passed, then it's time to restore her to her former glory and I have a list of jobs!
. Sort out that rough looking interior.
. Fix the drivers window as I think the regulator is on the way out (she's got electric windows, how posh).
. Tart up the steelies she's sitting on
. Remove all the tacky stickers my mrs added on
. A good service including filters, plugs etc.
. Anything else I find along the way.
Once all that's sorted, I'll be happy. There's a lot of sentimentality with this car not only for me but for the mrs as well. so saving her is a no brainer for us. She might not be much but she's honest and we intend to keep it that way. We intend on taking her to some classic and other shite-orientated events this year work schedule permitting, so hopefully some of you guys will get the chance to see it in a better condition than how she is now.
Anyways, apologies for the waffle, I know that was quite some read so thank you for reading if you've stuck around. Wish Suki luck for tomorrow, I'll keep you all posted on how she gets on .