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    PicantoJon reacted to grogee in Grogee's spannering (Puma, Maestro , Corsa & Avensis). MAESTRO MALAISE   
    Toyota news. I've been awarded a day's tinkering for good behaviour. So I started the Great Wire Marathon:
    Glass mount DAB antenna on tailgate glass. Wire to run above headlining and down LH A pillar. 
    Amp wiring to boot area. Power from battery through bulkhead through left hand sill to boot. Earth in boot area to quick-connect thing. 
    You're supposed to route power down one side of the car and signal on opposite side; I couldn't be arsed. It'll probably only end up being a subwoofer anyway. 
    Quite a bit of faffing but I sort of enjoy the self-flagellation. 
    I've now got a little bellend on my tailgate glass which is the aerial, it seems to work OK. 
    Last week I un-soldered the socket that was supplied with the antenna and wired in a co-ax to SMB wire to suit DAB units. 
    Next on the menu is to fit a (used) turbo. A closer inspection of the £250 recon turbos revealed there's a £150 surcharge on top, returnable when they get your old turbo. Yeah, naah. 
    My thinking is that I can inspect (and if necessary fettle) the s/h turbo on my bench before fitting it to make sure the VGT vanes are good. Then, once the old one is out, I can do the same and flog it back on ebay as a working unit or keep as a spare. 
    More excitement this coming week as I change the cylinder head on the Maestro. 




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    PicantoJon reacted to HMC in The new news 24 thread   
    Fleet shot…

     
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    PicantoJon reacted to Alan G in A Quick Hello   
    Although I've been quietly wandering around this forum as a guest for a while I though perhaps it was time to take the plunge and sign up.
    At the somewhat advanced age of 74 and not being the fittest of individuals my days of crawling about underneath cars are behind me now  but I still dabble in things that don't require too much physical effort.
    Over the years I've owned all sorts of four wheeled transport ranging from utter crap to almost decent. Perhaps the most interesting was a Clio 182 Turbo - all 240 bhp of it. Currently we have a 2016 Toyota Auris Hybrid and a 2017 Lexus IS300 Hybrid. Both come under the heading of "Not exciting but totally reliable".
    Current project I'm involved in is the grey thing in the attached photo.

     See if you can read the badge and work out what it is. 
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    PicantoJon reacted to cms206 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    I for many years ran a mixed Volvo/Vauxhall fleet but never a VW (though that in itself was a regret). David for many years ran a mixed Volvo/VW fleet.
    But since 2012 and the founding of The SVM there has always been at least one Volvo 700 on each fleet, though all were better than mine 😂
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from davidfowler2000 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Does the V in SVM stands for Vehicular now, seeing as the collective appears to be expanding its remit... 😂
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from mercedade in Jon's Bodge Log - The Peugeot continues to be ungrateful.   
    Dad update (couldn't think of anywhere else to put it so hey ho...): He's still in the ICU at Blackpool Victoria but is making progress, sitting out of bed and walking around with the physio. Still early days but I'm hopeful. 
    He has asked me to do the timing belt on the Picanto, the bloody cheek! 
    I'm going to have to do it aren't I? 
    HALP! 🙈
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    PicantoJon got a reaction from Sunny Jim in Jon's Bodge Log - The Peugeot continues to be ungrateful.   
    Dad update (couldn't think of anywhere else to put it so hey ho...): He's still in the ICU at Blackpool Victoria but is making progress, sitting out of bed and walking around with the physio. Still early days but I'm hopeful. 
    He has asked me to do the timing belt on the Picanto, the bloody cheek! 
    I'm going to have to do it aren't I? 
    HALP! 🙈
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    PicantoJon reacted to Split_Pin in The new news 24 thread   
    As if traveling to and from hospitals isn't bad enough, there are some of the crappest roads in Scotland on the route I have been taking. The OSF shocker on the 75 has burst and pished oil everywhere. Awesome.
    Hopefully getting a 2nd hand pair locally over the weekend which are apparently correct for my car. Who knew that MG ZT comfort spec suspension was a thing and its the same used on Contemporary SE 75s? 
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    PicantoJon reacted to Cavcraft in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    To be fair it's a cracking looking car and that's one hell of a road trip to collect it. 
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    PicantoJon reacted to brownnova in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Vol… 
    Is supposed to be followed by “vo” not “kswagen”
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    PicantoJon reacted to cms206 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    IT'S THE WRONG V, GROMIT!
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    PicantoJon reacted to kevins in The grumpy thread   
    yep my old rangie is the only one of our 8 cars I can drive around in without having to worry about pot holes, the idiot following a foot behind in his Audi/Bmw usually gets a nasty shock when I drive through a bad one with no braking or avoidance!
    The work Transits are also pretty impervious to them.
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    PicantoJon reacted to Supernaut in The grumpy thread   
    It's a pro wrestling move, involving hooking your opponent round the neck with a repair panel (bonus points for anything BL) then pulling them to the floor with it, thus finishing the match.
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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 davidfowler2000 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Having spent the night at CHEZ_WOMAN_df2k, I have now arrived home so collection officially ends.

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    PicantoJon reacted to ruffgeezer in Oh no, not ANOTHER one! 18/02/24 Topless french totty!   
    Chucked the regulator on, the window now works from all switches. 
    The roof tries in that I can hear the pump running  but it only seems to release one of the catches on the boot lid.
    More investigation soon,  only on code in the diagbox e8b1 which seems to relate to the opening operations timing out.
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    PicantoJon reacted to Dyslexic Viking in The new news 24 thread   
    Got the Vivaro started for the first time since mid October today. The battery was flat but when it had power it started immediately.
    Not quite sure what the future is for this one, I don't get to use this as much as intended and the camper conversion is a failure. It also needs an mot and new tires and timing belt, service etc this spring so it needs money spent on it also. 

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    PicantoJon reacted to Soundwave in Bangerfest (now Rustival Thread)   
    Ah yes, the inevitable royal connection. 
    I had to sell a Fiat Uno with a dented front wing for the same reason. 
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    PicantoJon reacted to UltraWomble in Bangerfest (now Rustival Thread)   
    Ive responded to these before with:

    I have a collection of over 40 Henry Hoovers, and they all have distinct personalities, some can be quite nasty...

    I have half a dozen post boxes in the back garden, and the Royal Mail havent caught me yet...
    I once set light to a fart and ended up burning my scrotum as a result I spent a week in burns at Royal Preston
     
    Generally shuts people up and stops them talking to me again.
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    PicantoJon reacted to eddyramrod in Bangerfest (now Rustival Thread)   
    For any of us within reach, the Lakeland Motor Museum (A590 at Backbarrow) hosts an eclectic meet on the first Saturday of every month, all year round.  Just about any "loved" old car is welcome.  My 20 year old Jag isn't always the youngest there; but just yards away will be a hundred year old Bentley, and everything in between.  Original, patinated, restored, we've got them all, from a motorbike to a lorry.  You can interact with people as much or as little as you want to and there are no prizes most of the time.  Some of our number have visited before. 
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    PicantoJon reacted to Bfg in Hello Pug .. Bye Bye Voyager   
    In resolution to the convenience of of having more estate-boot space today I removed the rear seats. . .
      
    ^ Three individual seats. any or all can be removed. Simply pull the seat's various straps to fold the back down, to tilt the seat forward, and then release its clamps. They even provide a lifting handle for one's convenience.  These seats are half the weight of those in the Chrysler and also smaller, so undoubtable less comfortable than those in that car, but also a darn sight easier to lift out.  Please.. No comment about the mess of dog's hairs under these seats and in the boot.. I paid good money for it

    The 308SW rear space is pretty good when those seats are cleared out of the way. If the floor was flat rather than stepped in the middle then a night or two glamping would be possible. and of course that step could easily be filled with a piece of foam.  For me thought, I can foresee its usefulness in carrying boat bits and my TR engine when that's reassembled. 

    ^ I'll mostly be using the car like this though. I'll carry the third seat.. just in case, but will find the clearer mid-floor and side door more convenient for everyday carrying of shopping and tools. I'll lay an old carpet offcut over all those seat-fastening holes.
     
    ^ I wasn't sure if this model of 308 had it, but as you can see it does have the opening back window. It might be useful for loading smaller bags into the back of the car ..when parked close to something behind. 
    That was it for today, aside from much more cleaning of inside corners. 
    I've also swapped the Chrysler's battery, which I bought 18 months ago, with its old one. The old battery was okay for warmer weather, but didn't cope when it's cold.  I see no point in a good battery going to the scrap-man, not least when I need one for my boat's outboard. 
    Scratch marks (claws or bling jewellery) around door handles to touch-in tomorrow, if the weather remains dry and mild. 
    Aside from scratched alloy wheel rims (curbstone parking) It'll look a tidy car then.
    Bidding you a good evening,  Pete 
     
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    PicantoJon reacted to Bfg in Hello Pug .. Bye Bye Voyager   
    Amazing...  I didn't realise these modern fandangle cars also checked for prostate-specific antigens..   There seems to be sensors on & in everything nowadays. ! 
    Does one have to drive around butt naked or does it scan through m' jeans ?  
     
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    PicantoJon reacted to HMC in HMC- Incoming- Old Skool Ford (contains mk2 escort)   
    And tyres that are VIGOROUS

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    PicantoJon reacted to HMC in HMC- Incoming- Old Skool Ford (contains mk2 escort)   
    Ive recently adopted this orphan…

    After a colourful life including three engines, and at least 1 new gearbox, its spent the last few years dragging its older, more glamourous relatives about for spares and restorations. (photos by St Austell Bay classics)
     

     

     

     

     

     
    Anyway, its been replaced by a discovery 3- and there was a possibility the next step would be for it to be sold off in parts through their e bay account.
    I was interested in it as its an unusual colour for a p38 and its a very low spec one. 
    No extra wood, more basic heating system, no sunroof, no leather etc
     



    Its also has had the rear seats removed and the load bay extended. easy enough to reverse.

    So its the poverty model of the least appealing range rover. But its had everything its needed mechanically as its been in front line use. 
     

    It wafts along nicely on air, whilst not particulary quick (its the 2.5 bmw 6 diesel) and although the interior needs a clear and a few (cheap) replacement bits, it still feels special to drive.

    I think it looks quite funky in white.
     
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