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  1. I generally don't bother with euros, I get trade prices through Essex motor factors and get a much better service. But todays euros bargain 20litres of gulf 10w40 for 22.99 plus vat was a no brainer
  2. Very lazy spot, A70 Hereford belongs to my work colleague currently is his daily! Both polo and A70 have weak batteries so are both pluged in to the mains, real plug in hybrids!?
  3. The van has escaped the work shop for now. I've driven it up the road a few times and it drives pretty well. After all the horror stories about the marinas handling I was pleasantly surprised. It does feel like a large Morris minor. Brakes are good and it pulls well up to 60. We certainly need to fit at least 1 wing mirror because reversing with a full load blocking the rear window involves lots of guess work!
  4. Yes exactly that mobile tower thing, originally purchased to change the bulbs in the barn!!!
  5. I think the Bentley V8 is a tad larger than the rover V8 in the rally car! Might require some sort of space frame . My boss has this commer karier tucked away in a barn I've alway thought a 6.75 V8 would go well in it!....
  6. Steering rack feels ok, small amount of play In the steering column though which I think I should investigate. Using RR parts on old British Leyland shite isn't so daft, especially nuts and bolts which are cadmium plated and very good quality so usually don't rust! I've replaced and fitted a few to my triumph over the years salvaged from a dead Shadow we have kicking around. Also the silver Shadow is really a big over complicated BL car really! A Turbo R donor is sitting in the front yard just waiting to transplant its heart to something! I'm not sure the marinas suspension set up would cope though
  7. Got some poly bushes like a real race car. To replace the front tie bar bushes which look like this: I fitted the o/s no problems, but when it came to the n/s I realized the the cups in the chassis legs that hold the bushes had disintegrated. I welded two RR Silver Shadow shock bush washers in place of the missing ones Seems to work ok!
  8. We haven't joined the club yet, but I think it will be good idea once the van gets to the body shop, the club seems to do a nice range of panels which we will probably need. Although it is remarkably solid. The spring hanger job took most of this morning I don't think a brought panel would have made the job much quicker bit might have made a slightly prettier repair!
  9. Also the van has been getting rather slow to start. I made up a new battery earth lead as the old one looked a bit manky. Next I was going to take the starter off and give it a bit of a service, but my boss came out of the stores with a new one! Dated 1998, now fitted the van turns over very nicely.
  10. Had to do some welding today, before the van goes to the body shop we thought we should attend to the NS spring hanger, before the spring made a bid for freedom. Pretty crusty Choppy choppy Made some repair sections out of 3mm thick steel, the original spring hangers are made out of a sandwich of thin layers, I cant be bothered with that so went extra thick instead!. I had to repair the chassis leg first. Looks about right, I welded one side on leaving the other as a datum point then cut that off and used the new bit as the datum. The spring fits and the bolt goes through the hole. Boxed the sides in and made an attempt to make it look factory!
  11. I attacked the wheels with wire brush on an angle grinder, gave them a couple of coats of some rust eater, then used the Trigger method of wheel painting. Had the new tyres fitted and balanced, I still can't get over how cheap these Toyos were from Demon tweeks, £20.49!! (Plus vat). Tyre fitter thought the wheels were for a trailer! Polished the hub caps and the front wing. This old thing is going to look pretty smart!
  12. new radiator hoses fitted, radiator Refitted and filled with some decent looking antifreeze drained out of someones Bentley.. And the rad has sprung a leak! So out with the rad again and a little bit of careful soldering and it's good to go again. Next job, getting the electric things to work. Firstly lights, side lights sort of work as do indicators and brakes. Indicator stalk seems to have disintegrated internally and is flopping about loose. So off with the steering wheel and the stalk I found some spare stalks in the back of the van, which must be from a later model and the stalk is on the left side (wrong side!) So I pulled both stalks appart and made one out of 2 Headlight switch also needed some attention now all fitted and back together and I have fully functional lights. at least all the switchs can come appart to be repaired/serviced. I think I will add a couple of relays for the headlights and some of the switch gear doesn't really look like it's up to the job!
  13. Glad to see it's of interest, it's really nice for me to play with the van which is really nice and mechanically simple in-between working on over complex Bentley's. Thanks Nigel I figured I should lurk less as I am often surrounded by old shite! Today's installment, looks like an engine again. Topped up the landrover green too. Next time to attack the leaky diff Cleaned up new pinion seal fitted No drain plug on these stanpart axles, exactly like my Toledo. So the old never gets changed. Pulling the front seal got rid of some of the oil the rest I had to suck out with a syringe. And it looked like tar! Now filled with some nice fresh Morris EP90, did the gearbox too.
  14. The water pump bolts required the use of the hot spanner. New pump, Optimal brand made in Europe. I've never heard of them but the pump looks decent. More shiney new bits fitted. Inc replacement by pass hose using proper heater hose not on of those leaky bellows things. Although the motor factors did send one of those just incase
  15. Well the last thing I did today at work was to call the motorfactors and order a unipart GWP134 equivalent! So I should have one tomorrow. It is tempting to pull the engine appart but it does run pretty well. I did the Valve clearances today and they were spot on. So I treated the rocker cover to some land rover green paint. I can't get to carried away with the engine because the vans getting shipped of to the body shop soon.
  16. So with the van running from its own petrol supply ment I could run it longer and get it up to temperature. As the anti freeze was nice and green I figured the cooling system wouldn't be too bad, I was wrong! After about 10 mins running it started puking out coolant from the expansion over flow! Took the rad out and gave it a power flush I removed the thermostat and found the housing had corroded and was full of holes. I found a spare one on the spare engine we have in the workshop and it's gold! So either it's a goldseal engine or someone liked gold paint a bit to much. Took the coolant hoses off and found the reason for over heating. Water pump is completely blocked with white gunk
  17. Petrol tank derusted. Actually it's in pretty good nick. I put some old diesel/petrol mix in it and it didn't leak. So filled it will some tank cleaning stuff we had left over from another job. I Had a look down the filler neck with an endoscope and I was surprised to find the inside rust free. Even the filter on the end of the pickup was clear. Derusted and painted I Remade all the fuel lines in kunifer, re fitted the tank and fitted the new exhaust. The van now runs from its own fuel supply!
  18. I hadn't heard of Charbonneaux before my visit, there was very little info about him in the museum. It was only afterwards I started doing a bit of my own research. I didn't realize that some of the vehicles in the museum were in fact his own design including the l'union van. The museum did look a bit down trodden around the edges. I wondered if slowly the more expensive bits had been sold off to keep the place open. Interesting to here about the Renault 16 too a few articles I read said he was behind it!
  19. and of course some ubiquitous shots at the Reims GP circuit photos are of course slightly deceiving our noble steed for the trip was not the 2018 Renault Alpine sat in the pits (first one i'd seen I rather like for a modern, although I'd rather the original in the musee) But my other halfs 1.6HDI Peugeot plodder which dispatched 1200 miles in slightly dull comfort and 62mpgs!
  20. Me and my other half spent a week in the Champagne region of France at the beginning of the month. Of course we had to do the normal petrol head visit to the Reims GP circuit. But also stopped for a few hours at the Musee Automobile Reims. Well worth a visit even more so as the rest of France seemed to be ferme! http://www.musee-automobile-reims-champagne.com/en Originally opened to house the car collection of French industrial designer Philippe Charbonneaux designer of the Renault 8 and 16 amongst other things. Although it seems after his death in 1998 much of the more pricey stuff from the collection was sold and the spaces were filled with prime auto shite. Even better the place was completely empty Here are a few highlights Out side the museum is this Simca sitting with a motley collection c'est magnifique!
  21. Finally managed to get some progress on this. Rear brakes finished and adjusted. New flexis fitted, Brakes bled. Fitted a temporary fuel supply (5litre petrol can) and the van moved from its parking space for the fist time since 2003! A short trip down the track and the van is now. Safe and sound in the back of the workshop Next job get the van to run from its own petrol supply and replace the fuel lines. Up on axle stands and out with the tank which looks pretty sound. The exhaust at this moment decided to completely disintegrate. Thankfully they are some exhaust bits in the van. I think the larger bore pipe must be for the 1.8?
  22. Pile of Evo magazines, from 2001-2005 ish Well writen and with excellent photography but definitely autoshite material Collection only from near Colchester essex
  23. No size in cms, that I can see. I'm not sure where you would measure it from! I should be around Sunday for collection
  24. It's definitely going in a paint shop! Probably not Pebble beach some of those cars don't even run, I need to put this van to work! There are lots of upgrades that could be done but for now we are going for the full shite 70s van experience and keeping the drums all round!
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