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  1. update from the last few months, Polo deciced to have FTP at work, next to a rotten Silver Cloud III. Since driving through snow drifts during the snow chaos the Polo has developed issues starting. The starter motor has been getting slower and slower untill the inevitable happend. Using my work colegues Martins mazda 323 (shite collector extraordinaire owns over 100 cars at least 10 are 323Fs) as boster pack and a copper hammer to hit the starter! After 5mins the polo just caught and fired up. Time to pull of the starter and investage Starter was full of water presumably from the snow. As brushes were well knackerd. I#d planned to use the spare starter from the works Skoda 1.9 d pick up. Which turned out to be different to the 1.9SDI. For what ever reason the SDI starter forms part of the engine mount whereas the 1.9D one doesnt. So I robbed the guts out of one to make a good one out of the 2. The o/s cv joint also decided to disintergrate with lots of interesting clanking noises. I filled it with more grease but still it complained. Now renewed with a ebay bargain joint. Back in action. I've also fitted a set of front shocks listed for a 1.6 Vento.(autojumble) After the ride got a bit too bouncy. Took the engine out of the saab Ready to be fitted to the new gearbox. Ive reaplaced various seals gaskets, o-rings and other things that can be done when the engine is out. Also cleaned up the engine bay and dealt with any rust. Painted the engine block etc. Saabits.com Has been very usefull for sourcing bits and bobs I've woken theCamper from its winter slumber, mostly just to return the borrowed engine crane. Also just because I like driving it about, coloumn shift FTW Finally, I;ve been trying to use and enjoy the Toledo as much as possible. rather than gather cobwebs in my parents garage
  2. Yes saxo engine wouldn't be my engine of choice, i'm sure a 1.8 16v from a later 323f would have been far more in keeping. Although I always found the original 1.3 had more than enough power. I still would like to try a 1.5 gt one day
  3. It's good to see the complete car history. The 323 served me well for a good few years before It needed to sell it on. It went to some one on RR. Then it got sold on to a lad I used to work with. He still has it, I believe it now has a Citroen saxo vts? Engine and no interior. I think it still has the compmotive wheels you had on the brown starlet!
  4. Mat.T

    Daft tyre names

    My current daily polo came with brand new greenmax on the front and trayal on the back. The trayals made it feel like both rear wheel bearings had gone they were pretty ancient though. I fitted set of part worn kumhos which improved that. The greenmax dispite 7mm of tread are terrible in the wet and as soon as the temperature drops they go as hard as plastic. The car didnt feel safe with them and its only a 64bhp sdi. Ive now replaced them for a set of Barum brillantis (as recommended by several shiteists) again part worn but 7+ mm of tread and only a couple of years old and they are brilliant(is)! So thumbs up for the barums they are pretty good in the snow too. EDIT: just been googling, the greenmax are linglongs!? Pretty shit tyres but seem to get good reviews. Most of my fleet have kuhmos on as thats what the local mot place sell, pretty decent tyres, nice and quiet slighty high wear rates. My saab had a set of events which were great intil they got to about 4mm of tread then they seemed to loose grip. Nanaking winter tyres also very good but very high wear. Now replaced with some toyo snow prox which seem pretty decent so far. Had traingles on my e36 328i touring which was very interesting in the wet or the dry. I sold the car to a mate who fitted hankooks which made the thing go round corners again!
  5. Hiace camper has done just over 243k My dads Octavia has just clicked over 270k! and the Polo estate SDI a mere 150k my Saab 900 is also 150k
  6. Lovley car, its nice to have such a great history. I've always loved the Herald too
  7. cheers! Scirocco is owned by my friend Keith who also painted the triumph for me. He is https://www.facebook.com/KWRestorations/ I rent a corner of his workshop for my owner general car tinkering
  8. saab from a few weeks ago with bonus Renault 5 in the back ground welding from: to
  9. Fleet Review 2018 Has been a while since I posted on these pages, so for any one whos is interested here is my current fleet. 1972 Triumph Toledo, just gone over 50k. Owned since 2005 painted in 2014. Lives in my parents garage, doesn't get used enough! MOted and on the road 1979 Toyota Hiace Rio grande camper van. 2.0litre 1.8r petrol engine, probably 245k could be 145k, its a bit scruffy and a bit rusty but I love it to bits. Owned since 2008. moted currently on sorn for the winter. Will probably tax it next month as I need to move an engine crane! 1980 Toyota Hiace Devon 1.6 12r engine, I known about this van for years, its been slowly deteriorating under a tarp a few miles from my parents house. Finally last year the owner decided to sell. Completely rotten but a very useful source of spares for the white van, any thing I dont need has been going on ebay. 1986 Saab 900, 150k. Has been my daily driver since 2010 until this winter. Probably the best car i've owned. 2.0 with single stromberg carb. I've taken it off the road this winter for a general catch up on maintenance, welding to the n/s drive shaft tunnel and replacing the increasingly noisey gearbox that I have been ignoring for the last 20kmiles. currently looks like; which leaves me to my new daily driver purchased last year, 1999 Polo SDI estate. Fairly dismal probably the shitest car i;ve owned. But economical and parts are cheap. 150k previously owned by some old couple. Piles of service history which i've never had before. Chucked a cambelt kit on it when I first got it and a clutch cable and gave it a bit of a service. Used to lug tools and bits of car about. Ditched the plastic wheel trims and bunged on a set of trim rings I had for my camper which improved the looks a bit in my eyes.
  10. I'm running around in the estate version at the moment whilst my saab is off the road. 1.9sdi gets 60mpg on a long run even if it does sound like a tractor. 500 sounds a decent price if its been looked after.
  11. It's still here! All PM's replied too. It's definitely fwd, there was a 4x4 version so there might be space for a prop shaft.
  12. Still sitting on my parents drive! Admittedly because it isn't my car I've been rather lazy about advertising it any where else.
  13. am radio with separate cassette deck!
  14. I will add some more photos shortly, windscreen doesn't look to bad to me im not sure my tester would have mentioned it. It had a replacement screen last year! some kind soul then broke off one of the wiper blades. With out realising Toby used the wipers scratching the new screen. So the damage is the ark of the wiper arm. It's a 5spd manual
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