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    garycox reacted to SiC in Dolomite 1300 - Running issues; advice please!   
    I made a video that basically explains the problem with the cheap ones:
    More details on this page: 
    http://nonlintec.com/sprite/cap_failure/
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    garycox reacted to barrett in Dolomite 1300 - Running issues; advice please!   
    Easy way to check is to put your hand on the coil after its happened. If the coil is hot it's been put under extra load or is breaking down which is probably a side effect of the condenser failing: coils don't tend to just give up, but condensers often do and this can have a knock-on effect on the rest of the ignition system. I'd try and find an NOS condenser and coil and swap both at the same time as no modern items are as good as originals in my experience.
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    garycox got a reaction from 320touring in Dolomite 1300 - Running issues; advice please!   
    The float moves freely and fuel seems to be getting to the carb okay (there’s not much en route that isn’t new!)
     
    Condenser seems a popular suggestion; will probably try that next..,
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    garycox reacted to trigger in Scans of old cars from old slides at shows   
    Sorry for the boring title! anyway yesterday at my car meet someone gave me a disc that he made in 2007 of old cars at shows which he scanned from some glass slides he found in a skip, the original slides he gave to the transport museum but he's now given me the disc to share. There's over 1100 images of cars, commercials and steam vehicles! I thought it's share a few on here if there's any interest anymore?.
    Most of them are vintage cars at local shows and i don't know what they are but the background cars which would have been modern back then (i believe they are from 1974-1978) are quite interesting in my opinion!

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    garycox got a reaction from egg in Hammond Microcar collection - FOLLOW-UP PLS READ calling Microcar owners and working party friends/volunteers?   
    I might be up for this if there's still a space
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    garycox got a reaction from The Old Bloke Next Door in 1998 Vauxhall Astra Mk3 1.6i Convertible - £180 - Brighton   
    This has been sitting without an MOT for ages; I took it for a test in December and it failed reasonably badly as the rear inner arches are non-existent (plus quite a bit of other stuff).
     
    It still looks pretty smart and everything works including the electric roof. I wish I could afford to get it welded up but it's not going to happen any time soon and it really needs to go.
     
    Looks the same as in the pictures above except a bit dirtier and it now has a mismatched driver's door mirror (from a hatch, which I didn't realise were slightly different) after mine went missing while parked. Now on about 90,000 miles.
     
    S346JEC for the MOT details: https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/
     
    I don't really want to scrap it as it seems too good for that, or at least has a load of good convertible-specific parts which are hard to get hold of.
     
    £180?
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    garycox got a reaction from The Old Bloke Next Door in 1998 Vauxhall Astra Mk3 1.6i Convertible - £180 - Brighton   
    I never really intended to buy an Astra. I was sort of half-looking for a cheap 4-seat Convertible but I do that nearly every year. I've only actually bought one before, which was an absolutely horrible Mk5 Escort. This Astra turned up at the right price and time and looked alright from the fairly low quality pictures.
     
    I spotted the ad on Sunday, rang the seller and made arrangements to collect on Thursday. In the meantime he'd already reduced the price by £45 without me asking, as I was coming a long way...
     
    I agreed to let him know when the coach got to a certain point, so he could come and meet me (he lived about 20mins from the drop-off point). I'd been keeping him updated throughout the journey and messaged him when we got stuck on the M6, to say I'd be late. He responded saying he was already there as he thought it'd be best to get there a bit early. Oh.
     
    Half an hour later (the coach hadn't moved in this time) he called me, and I answered assuming he'd be slightly annoyed... he'd gone home again, wasn't bothered at all and, as the car didn't have much fuel, he'd put half a tank in for me. I like this guy.
     
    The seller and his wife each had a modern car (BMW and an Astra estate) and this was just a 'spare' car for occasional use. They'd recently bought an early 'new' Mini so this had to go. When I arrived, he showed me a few things that he'd neglected to mention in the advert. These being the 4 recent Continental tyres, and new back box which cost about £100. He was genuinely very apologetic that he'd forgot to say about the small split in one of the front suspension top mount rubbers, which was an MOT advisory a couple of years ago.
     
    I had already checked out the MOT history and there were some advisories on there for sill rust. Although it hadn't been mentioned on the last couple, I assumed it might need patching up before too long. I didn't mention it, but before I left he came back out of the house to tell me they'd both been replaced with full genuine new sills a while back. Seems to be a neat job too.
     
    I managed about half of the 260-mile return journey with the roof off, until my neck got so cold I thought my head might snap off if I needed to glance at a door mirror. Roof up, it's very civilised in there and like a normal car; much better than the Escort was.
     
    It's quite a heavy car, so with the 1.6 it's not very quick. It'll cruise at 80-odd OK but takes a while to get there. Drives fine though, and everything seems to work...
     
    Only thing I've found so far is that, with the heater on, the temperature gauge doesn't get above cold. With it off, it behaves as normal. Presumably that's not what it should do.
     
    Also, should the heater controls illuminate? Mine do not.
     
    The roof is electric and works fine, the cover for when it's down is a bit of a fiddly faff but I've done it a few times now and I'm getting quicker at it. Rear visibility is not great with it up or down.
     
    It has a few rust spots, round the fuel filler being the worst but a bit on the arches and stuff, but I'm pretty happy with it overall - have some more pictures.
     
     







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    garycox got a reaction from Cavcraft in 1998 Vauxhall Astra Mk3 1.6i Convertible - £180 - Brighton   
    This has been sitting without an MOT for ages; I took it for a test in December and it failed reasonably badly as the rear inner arches are non-existent (plus quite a bit of other stuff).
     
    It still looks pretty smart and everything works including the electric roof. I wish I could afford to get it welded up but it's not going to happen any time soon and it really needs to go.
     
    Looks the same as in the pictures above except a bit dirtier and it now has a mismatched driver's door mirror (from a hatch, which I didn't realise were slightly different) after mine went missing while parked. Now on about 90,000 miles.
     
    S346JEC for the MOT details: https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/
     
    I don't really want to scrap it as it seems too good for that, or at least has a load of good convertible-specific parts which are hard to get hold of.
     
    £180?
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    garycox reacted to Junkman in Shite Postcards   
    Brighton
     

     
    Rockers vs Mods fight only seconds away.
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    garycox got a reaction from Eddie Honda in 2019 calendar - *** in the mail ***   
    2 please!
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    garycox reacted to 320touring in OMG GGG Fucking Fourbanger Führerwagen - Now Force Ale again!   
    Missing terminator 2 which is the classic..
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    garycox got a reaction from Aston Martin in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    There are not many bite-free areas...
     

     

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    garycox got a reaction from trigger in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    There are not many bite-free areas...
     

     

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    garycox got a reaction from Wingz123 in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    Made it home in about 11hrs. 
     
    Many thanks to Saabnut, and everyone else.
     
    Is there a prize for the most insect bites? 
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    garycox reacted to Tayne in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    Last Man Standing
     
     

     
     
    Overall, I rate this event...
     
     

     
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    garycox reacted to JeeExEll in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    Aaah, that looks fkn itchy!My Mrs. gets a bad reaction to midgie bites sometimes.
    I'd guess you need anti-histamines tomorrow to sort that out.
     
    https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/off_belay/midge_bite_treatment_please_help-469436
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    garycox got a reaction from KruJoe in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    There are not many bite-free areas...
     

     

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    garycox reacted to beko1987 in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    I'm itching like a bastard...
     
    Off to see Mr Flat4alfa tomorrow to do some Shitely-ING. I've gained a haynes manual too, was this meant for someone or has the haynes manual fairy been visiting again?
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    garycox got a reaction from beko1987 in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    Made it home in about 11hrs. 
     
    Many thanks to Saabnut, and everyone else.
     
    Is there a prize for the most insect bites? 
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    garycox got a reaction from johngarty in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    There are not many bite-free areas...
     

     

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    garycox got a reaction from Saabnut in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    There are not many bite-free areas...
     

     

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    garycox got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    There are not many bite-free areas...
     

     

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    garycox got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Shitefest 2018 (U.K.) Chez Saabnut 9-10th june   
    Made it home in about 11hrs. 
     
    Many thanks to Saabnut, and everyone else.
     
    Is there a prize for the most insect bites? 
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