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  1. It's only in the last couple of years that I have "slept rough" without realising it, and because my Dad was an arsehole; due to shifts in a hotel when I was 18 I was expected to keep workinh after my finishing time of 2330 and then come back int' morning at half 7. wedding overran, so I lied about being offered a staff room for the night but me and my bike were dropped off 200 yds away from the hoose to prevent anybody hearing it occuring. I knew the passenger door to the scrap Renault 12 was open, so I slept in the passenger seat and left prior to anyone else waking up. My sister subsequently gave details of my father's behaviour that night, needless to say that although he never became physically violent towards us all, my lies meant that my mum and sister slept that night. PS, he was tee-total, so could have chosen to come and get me with the car, but he fucking didn't. I still can't manage to read into that correctly.
  2. Surely the defining feature of a coupé is that it has panels and bodywork that don't fit anything else in the range, with the exception being the Triumph Herald coupé? For example, the (I think) the BMW e30 3-series was never offered as a 2-door saloon, but no panels were i interchangeable with the 4-door saloon.
  3. Also, once you're out of Inverness the most fearsome and steepest summit you will face (please don't go the snow roads, it's not sommat to do on a Sunday!) is Slochd; it's really quite steep, so find something big that'll do 56mph and hypermile behind it. I'm not unused to trying this in our Fiat Ducato motorhome, but it still doesn't have enough grunt to keep up with the big beasts!!! I do, however, have experience of ragging a 1300cc D-reg mid-80s brief through the Highlands in the arse-end of the year, especially with a boot-full of Talbot Sunbeam engine. Also, buy some Rain-X and new wipers from the Halfords in Inversneckie.😉
  4. Nice! There's a smashing little honesty-box stall on the left just after the filling station in Brora if you fancy checking out if they have jams etc. for sale.
  5. No-one's asked the big question - pompe Bosch?
  6. I've been to Kames just once, with a uni friend, as a spectator at a sprint in spring 1992 in my Fiat 126. It was fab, as were the roads to it - we'd not realised the junction we needed coming south from Glasgow on the M74 (or was it the A74(M)? ) was closed so pootled down to the next one and cross-countryed across the moors at the best a 126 could do. The use of fences rather than drystane dykes and an utter lack of oncoming traffic allowed the use of the full width of the road. Uni pal saw his first ever Davrian there, he was smitten!
  7. It's the corrosion from atmospheric moisture that mucks up scotchloks, so perhaps devise a way of "potting" them?
  8. At least we can't make jokes about it being upside down! I saw the picture of the car and right below it a tweet from Ian saying he was ok, so I "liked" that tweet but didn't feel that wading in any further would be beneficial. I'm glad @dollywobbleris uninjured.
  9. Wheelie wheelie wheelie!
  10. 6-cylinder E-series South African oddity...
  11. Do you have a vacuum cleaner hose or suchlike? I've used one to trace exhaust leaks in the past - hold one end to your ear, and run the other end closely along the exhaust pipe with the engine running, any leaks should be easily located.
  12. This seems like the perfect advert for one of those camera door bells that record movement outside your door. Sorry to hear this, Dave.
  13. M'coli

    tyre prices

    It gives a whole new meaning to "Yir Da sells Avon"...
  14. Right, I've been thinking about the seat ratchet, and need convincing that it's ok. If you've repaired the mount, bolted it in and the ratchet works fine (by that I mean emergency-stop-proof) then good stuff, but if not may I suggest...? ...unbolting the passenger seat and bolting the driver's seat in its place - it'll have to face the rear seats for the brackets to line up - and see if it'll stay in place when you imitate an emergency stop (perhaps using both legs to replicate the strength you suddenly seem to possess in one leg when you're panicking!) And see if it holds? It's just a thought.
  15. [Sickboy]It should preshent no sherious difficultiesh... [/Sickboy]* The metal's full thickness here, it's just fatigued and not corroded. *
  16. Just peel the carpet back, it's a doddle on these.
  17. Welding is the best option, but it's not actually "structural": perhaps as a bodge a riveted and bonded (araldite for example) lump of aluminium might just do. It'd at least get it a test and allow you to drive it to a tame welder, just don't bond the bodge in if you take this route as it'll be difficult to properly clean up the steel.
  18. It's a 32mm socket for the rear hub nut (on the phase1 and 1.5s), swap the nuts side-to-side so that you can re-stake the flange into the notch on the stub axle. I'd be throwing new brakeshoes at it if I was keeping it, the adhesive that keeps the friction material on the shoe gives up before they wear out, detaches from the shoe and locks the drum. Had it happen on both of the ones in my care...!
  19. Did you recover the captive "floating" nut when you removed the seat? It's captive in that it doesn't turn but has about 5mm of "float" in each direction from the centre. Please don't use aluminium, use steel. It'll not fail as catastrophically as aluminium does, as this is a common failure point on the 106 - I've welded up both of mine, and I'd say that welding it would be the preferred choice.
  20. Have you sourced a replacement seat runner yet...?
  21. Paint the sills black - partly because of the angle of Metro sills, they never catch the light well hence end up looking grubby, it's either that or paint the bumpers body colour.
  22. Save that pish for a blue forum, man, AS has never been that way. I'm a big believer in, "don't do something attention-seeking if you can't cope with the attention it creates".
  23. Ahem, you're neither my parents nor my line manager, so don't tell me what to do with my opinions or my jokes...
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