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  1. Talbot

    End of shite?

    yes and no. Yes there has been inflation, but not quite that much. £900 in 2000 is about £1500 now. £500 was worth what £1500 is now back in 1983, which is a bit longer ago than most people are looking. Most cheap shite that I actually bought was in the £300 to £500 range. That is now £450 - £750. The difference is that what I used to buy were good working cars with MOT and tax. Now that £450-£750 gets you something that needs work.
  2. Talbot

    End of shite?

    It's the lack of supply of new vehicles that has done it. Covid shutdowns and now supply issues due to Putin's war means that there are limited new vehicles and have been for a few years now. As soon as the supply of new is restricted, second-hand becomes far more valuable. It means that older vehicles are now being kept on the road as the cost to buy a newer one is so much higher. The flipside is that an older car is now worth so much more. Which I see as a good thing TBH, as it means older cars are valued more. It will take about 10-15 years of supply of new vehicles for the shite end of the market to get back to being able to buy a car for howevermuch cash you can get out of the hole-in-the-wall or one month's payment on a new car. But I do think it will happen. The prime years for shite IMO were the early/mid 2000s. A late-80's / early 90's car with history and MOT could be had for nearly free. I did this several times.
  3. Their overheads must be astonishingly low to be able to do a gearbox-off clutch for £150.
  4. Just wanted to re-iterate that a full service has absolutely nothing to do with the clutch. There's essentially nothing that can be checked or looked at. £150 to fit a clutch is eye-raisingly cheap. and not for the right reasons. That sounds too cheap.
  5. It never ends... Got all the Sill painting done, mainly so I can get the wheelarch liner back in, the front wheel back on and get the car back on it's wheels and out of the garage. Not because I'm finished, but so it looks less like I've crashed into the garage! Except the NSF window is down, and I dare not reconnect the battery to wind it up due to all the loom damage. So I'll pull the doorcard off and jump 12v direct to the motor. So of course I broke off several bonded plastic parts from the doorcard as it's 27 years old now and has all gone brittle. Fabulous. Then also notice that the door card has been scorched and blackened in a few places by the fire too. So that's going to need a replacement card. Got the window up. Superb. Brake off, roll the car backwards out of the garage, and what's that crescent-shaped mark on the OSR door? Ah balls, that will be where the garage door mechanism has been rubbing on the car and has scraped all the paint off. For fucks'sssss ssssssakes! I feel that may be true again.
  6. Given that I need to drive approx 1000 miles next week, that would be just about the worst possible "another silver Merc" possible! Tis a 2005 C180 Kompressor saloon. Surprisingly with a gearbox from Barcelona. It's also been sat under a tree for about 3 months, so is in dire need of a decent wash. Passed it's MOT yesterday, pick up tomorrow. Thus far I've driven it about 4 miles, and it just feels like any other Mercedes. I'd have preferred something a little less similar to the car I already have, but it presented itself at exactly the right moment, so I would have been a fool to say no.
  7. I've not got any more photos at the moment, as I'm still *utterly* pissed off about the wiring loom fire, but all the welding is now finished. It looks half-decent, and if I hadn't had the unintended high-speed oxidation incident, I'd probably have been looking at MOT on Monday. Having had time to look at the damage to the loom.. it's pretty bad, and not as localised as I'd hoped for. It looks like there is a fairly beefy "live" through the area that burned, and that has shorted to several of the grounds that run through that same area. Consequently, the grounds and the live have all overheated further up the loom away from the "thermal incident" location, so it's going to necessitate the removal of most of the interior to be able to trace cables and make sure there's no other damage. The Polypropylene trunking that the 210 uses as it's loom containment was completely melted and burned away for about 150mm, which has not only stuck to a lot of the cabling, it's also plastic-coated a surprising amount of the floor, which will all need chipping off. The heat also also burned through several of the vacuum pipes that this car relies on not only for central locking, but also for most of the heater control surfaces and the headlamp leveling. The 20-odd thin cables that ran through that area are a complete knot of exposed copped, melted PVC and remnants of loom tape. It's a *proper* mess, which is going to take me a little while to get sorted. I'll get some pics tomorrow. (which I need for reference anyway..) So I've bought another car to tide me over. Had a couple of offers of loan cars, which has been most appreciated, but I have a feeling this isn't going to be a weekend's work, so I would feel wrong imposing on a lent vehicle. It was blind luck that there was a car available to buy for very cheap, which I could agree to, get MOT'd today, and it be ready for Monday morning. It's not what I would have chosen, but given how obscenely expensive "cheap" cars are now, this was a no-brainer. .... another silver Mercedes. 🙄
  8. Would be lying if I said this had not happened to me. On several occasions in the past I have bought a "breaker" for it's engine or some other part, and ended up keeping the breaker and breaking my keeper. In this case the rot in the donor car is pretty extensive, and it's a lesser spec car, so I have no problems nicking bits off it. Thankfully the owner (merc specialist I've mentioned before) is happy for me to use bits from it to sort mine.
  9. That is very interesting to know. I have a list of interior/trim bits that I could really do with to keep mine in not-falling-apart condition. Would you be willing to PM me his details? Newhaven isn't even that far from me..
  10. This is indeed a worry. I am hoping that nothing untoward has happened, and I can just splice in a new section of loom, but I really don't know for sure. One saving grace is that the Merc specialist near me has another E300 in for breaking, which is both complete and a runner, so if I need a new computer or 6, there may be a supply of them available. 🤞
  11. I got a lungfull of crap I didn't want, but other than that, as mentioned above, the only casualty is some plastic trunking and wire insulation. Fingers crossed the short didn't do any other damage... (info in "mercedes" sig link.)
  12. Fire. More specifically, fire where I didn't want there to be fire. 😡
  13. Well, Fuck. I thought things were going rather too well. The last welding to get the sill on was being done this afternoon. The weld was a really good one.. continuous, smooth, working really well. Until I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. Flames. Given that I already had the interior removed from where I am welding, I assumed I'd set fire to paint on the other side of the panel I was welding. Nothing serious, just put it out and re-paint it. How silly of me to paint an area that was going to be welded thinks I. So I have a look. Nope. The fucking wiring loom. Wasn't even in contact with the area I was welding... Radiant heat from the steelwork melted the plastic trunking and some of the insulation, which then shorted and caught fire. Got it put out, but I now have 6" of loom with no insulation on it anywhere, lots of melted insulation and plastic trunking, and a car interior that will smell of burning plastic for the next forever. Cuntyshitfuckbollocksarsewank. Could have been worse I guess... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud8BNf6vMJg I need a beer.
  14. If you've made no effort to clear snow from a car in the UK, in theory you will be fined. If the one police car for the whole of the south-east of the country happens to spot you, that is. No Sno down in West Suzzex, but it has been -7 overnight, hence frost everywhere. Ideal* for doing welding work at the moment...
  15. There's a Saxo with an electric PAS pump sitting in the FOD at the moment. You're welcome to it if it will fit or can be made to fit..
  16. That does rather change the proposition of changing! Also, 89% efficiency in 1981 is astonishingly good. You could still buy a Baxi bermuda back-boiler at that point and they struggled to acheieve 50% efficiency when you take into account the fact that they draw in cold air to the house for combustion. I'd be very intrigued as to whether the 11kw gas inlet (and 9.8kw heat output) makes allowance for the pilot light. That's probably information based on when it's lit and running. I wonder what the pilot light power useage is, as best estimates are usually that they'll burn about 4kwh of fuel a day, for no real benefit. When gas was about a penny per kwh, it didn't mean a lot. Now, that could be over 40p/day, or £150 a year. Not a huge amount, granted, but beginning to get significant.
  17. How old is your boiler? 😳 Pilot lights haven't been used for an eternity. They're also immensely wasteful. A new self-lighting condensing boiler would probably halve your gas bill.
  18. Today's grump: Caught myself with the angry grinder last night. Luckily, it caught part of a fingernail, so it didn't just go straight through my finger. Fairly significant amount of finger ground away though. Turns out a 700w grinder with a 6mm grinding disc is remarkably* effective at removing skin. Didn't really hurt too much at the time. Stings like fuck today, and I can't type properly...
  19. The problem is you then have to replace it with something, and at the moment it's really not possible to buy a car for next-to-nothing. Hence this one is getting repaired.
  20. I can neither afford a W211 nor repair one as and when it breaks (in a far more complicated way than a W210 would) so as much as I've no doubt they drive a lot better, I'll be sticking with this one for the forseeable. As much as I considered binning it off when I found this much rot in it. However, the rot appears to be primarily from a poorly-executed previous repair, so it's just one of those things. Plus, nothing newer is going to be good on SVO, WVO, WMO or just about anything else burnable that gets lobbed in...
  21. Today's updatification: Didn't get a specific photo of it before doing other work, but I ended up cutting even more out of the floor of the car today. The repair that had been done previously had rubberised seam sealer slathered all over it, which of course did nothing to actually protect the steel from rotting, if anything it served to hold onto the wet and rot it out faster, so having peeled back more of that ghastly "sealant" there was more steel to remove! Getting bored of cutting bits out, and beginning to have some real risk of the floor moving so much I can't line it all back up again, it was time to start glueing bits together again, so the inner sill was cut back to a sensible shape: and a repair section welded in: I was still getting to grips with the 0.6mm wire and getting the welding settings right on this.. 0.6 mm wire is definitely a game changer on thin steel. I've always used 0.8 in the past as I had a massive free supply of it, but as I've now finished all that, I thought it time to get some 0.6mm wire, and treat myself to a new longer euro torch. This one has a rotatable head and is superb.. I now just need a longer earth clamp cable, as the lovely long torch is twice the length of the earth cable now! Here's the section I discovered and cut out, mentioned above: Got a bit cut ready to go in, but it was getting late, so I've opted to do that tomorrow. The other square patch is another area of rot that was found. Had to peel back the outer sill to get to it, and then let in a repair section. Did that one from inside the car as it was easier access: I'd not cleaned the steel up very well on that one, so the weld was a bit shit. Kept blowing through too as I failed to reduce my welding current for working "normally" as opposed to overhead as I had been with the last weld. Still, it's solid, and will be completely hidden with carpet on one side and zinc/bitumen paint on the other. Best kind of repair. Still need to re-manufacture the jacking point, as there's some larger sections of steel missing from there, do the other little bits and pieces and then weld on the outer sill. Then paint, and rustproof. Urgh!
  22. Only 45k away, so quite probably, yes. 5 years ago I wouldn't have even contemplated this level of repair, it just wouldn't be worth the time and effort, but to replace this with anything even vaguely worthwhile will cost a minimum of £1500, so my hands are somewhat tied. Just glad I don't need a car to get to work at the moment.
  23. Oh Balls. As mentioned on the grumpy thread, I managed to poke a hole in the sill of the Merc. It's MOT is now out, so I need to get going with the welder to get it sorted. This was what I did: Which doesn't look *that* bad. But, as anyone who has done repair work knows, the rust is going to be worse than that. I also knew that on the last time I jacked the car up on the jacking point, the sill crunched and compressed in quite a bit, so I was expecting rot. Removal of the wing liner and the sill liner was needed, as the liner wraps around under the sill. Theoretically that should give protection to the sill, but I have a feeling that actually it holds a fair bit of mud behind it: Arch liner off, wing trim piece off, door outer seal off too. This is not looking good. I can *feel* the crunchiness. Sill guard off now too.. and surprise surprise, there's a fairly large hole under it: And to be honest, that welded repair around the jacking point does not give me confidence. This car has had a repair on this side floorpan before now, and I'm not hopeful for how well it was done.. The welding quality is good, but the fabrication and general quality of the repair isn't so clever. There's going to be galloping rot in here... Yep, there it is. That is not good at all. It extends further up the sill too. Several hours later, 2 cutting discs later and half a Henry vacuum cleaner full of jacking corrosion later, I have this: I also found that I had a completely and utterly saturated foam sound deadening under the carpet, and had to remove the passenger seat to get access to everything. I did wonder why I've been getting damp on the inside of windows that takes forever to get rid of.. that might be the explanation why! The inner sill has been rotting away merrily for a few years now, and is in desperate need of actual repair. It's quite a mess. From the inside of the car... this is the passenger footwell/inner sill, and quite a hole: Fuckitty fuck fuck fuck. Still, I now have a new welding torch, a fresh reel of 0.6mm welding wire and a complete sill pressing, so it's getting repaired. See what tomorrow brings. For amusement value.. there is so much shite in my garage at the moment, I can't get the car in fully, so it looks like this: Single garages are crap. I dream of a decent workshop.
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