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    Talbot got a reaction from The Reverend Bluejeans in Dollywobbler's Invacar - Ongoing   
    A spark between the points?  As they open and close?  That generally means the condenser is fubar, your points will burn out very quickly indeed and the spark at the spark plug will be pap.  The whole point of a condenser is to control the speed that the current in the primary coils of the coil (that sounds all wrong!) drops, and hence the speed at which the magnetic field in the coil changes.  it also means that the voltage across the contacts of the points is *very* briefly maintained as they are opened, hence you should have no spark (or possibly a very very small one, barely visible)
     
    Remember, the points are just a switch for +12v.  You should *never* have a big fat blue spark there.  If you have, something has gone very wrong between the LT and HT sides of the coil.
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    Talbot reacted to Christine in Dollywobbler's Invacar - Ongoing   
    Come along Ian , you're stuck in the welsh mountains..no coat or food .. and there's a massive storm coming ..you MUST get it going to stay alive ...!!! Smash an old radio up for some capacitors to bodge it up , Nick one off a mower ...anyfhink ...!!!   Pull your finger out and get it running ,!! The suspense is killing me   
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    Talbot reacted to eddyramrod in 80's banger needed for film shoot, Glasgow   
    You know, we haven't clearly established whether we're supposed to be looking for a banger-level 1980s car, or a car that would have been a banger in the 80s.  Perhaps we need to get that sorted first!
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    Talbot got a reaction from richardmorris in Dollywobbler's Invacar - Ongoing   
    You should have no spark at the points.....
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    Talbot reacted to Dave_Q in Stanky's Geep - fire sale   
    Shortening a chassis means it doesn't count for DVLA points system, leaving you in the IVA/q plate situation you were in to start with.
     
    Jago body on a SJ is fine, the chassis, axles and engine are plenty of points to keep the suzuki ID legitimately, as suggested though see about insurance before doing anything, as normally kit car insurance is about £17, may not be the same for a modified SJ.
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    Talbot reacted to Cavcraft in Stanky's Geep - fire sale   
    Like probably 95% of remaining Mexicos and RS2000s these days. 
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    Talbot reacted in Stanky's Geep - fire sale   
    I agree on the DVLA thing.
     
    Disagree on the more capable thing. I've had both SJs & LRs offroad, SJs go places LRs can't get more often than the other way around.
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    Talbot got a reaction from Exiled_Tat_Gatherer in The grumpy thread   
    standard whinge about how modern* cars are built.
     
    The Merc W210 isn't a badly designed car by any means.  It has a large number of features I quite like, and in general you don't have to remove half the car to get to the part you need to work on. (with a few exceptions).
     
    But who?  Which Germanic sadistic twat?  Who decided on the brake pipe routings on this car?  Completely and utterly inacessable by anything or anyone in any way shape or form.  Trying to remove the corroded steel brake pipe and replace with cupronickel was the twattyest of all twatty jobs I have done in a long time.  I think the pipes were installed just after building the shell, and every single other component was added afterwards.  Especially the rear subframe.
     
    I gave up in the end and only replaced half of the pipe in question, as it's one piece from the ABS modulator under the bonnet to the offside rear wheel.  About 500 miles of pipe, which is accessable for just 4" in the middle.  So the rear section is new, and there's now a joiner half-way along, leaving the front-to-nearly-the-rear section original.  I still gained about 5 cuts to various fingers and am looking at a couple of new scars.
     
    Even the MOT man said "you cheat!".  Still got a ticket though.  Twatting car.
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    Talbot reacted to DodgeRover in The grumpy thread   
    There is no such thing as a pleasurable trip to IKEA not unless you get there and it's closed!
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    Talbot got a reaction from Tickman in Stanky's Geep - fire sale   
    When it comes to ply, the best way I have seen to protect it is soaking it in fibreglass resin.  I managed to get hold of a 4'x4' bit of ply about 3 years ago which had had this done to it (I didn't know at the time) and promptly left it in the back garden and forgot all about it.  While having a tidy-up, I rediscovered it.  The bottom 6" had sunk into the ground, and it was covered in leaves, mud and general shite that happens when you leave something outside in soil for 3 years.
     
    Washed off with a pressure washer and still in near-perfect condition.  I was staggered.
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    Talbot got a reaction from Braddon81 in 405 need a new home   
    If anyone needs the glass for this, I have the back end of a 405 cut off, with good glass both sides.  I can also cut the glass out and package up/post if wanted.
     
    Either that, or if no-one else wants it, I will definitely have this 405 and fit the glass myself.  And use the car.
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    Talbot got a reaction from mercrocker in The grumpy thread   
    standard whinge about how modern* cars are built.
     
    The Merc W210 isn't a badly designed car by any means.  It has a large number of features I quite like, and in general you don't have to remove half the car to get to the part you need to work on. (with a few exceptions).
     
    But who?  Which Germanic sadistic twat?  Who decided on the brake pipe routings on this car?  Completely and utterly inacessable by anything or anyone in any way shape or form.  Trying to remove the corroded steel brake pipe and replace with cupronickel was the twattyest of all twatty jobs I have done in a long time.  I think the pipes were installed just after building the shell, and every single other component was added afterwards.  Especially the rear subframe.
     
    I gave up in the end and only replaced half of the pipe in question, as it's one piece from the ABS modulator under the bonnet to the offside rear wheel.  About 500 miles of pipe, which is accessable for just 4" in the middle.  So the rear section is new, and there's now a joiner half-way along, leaving the front-to-nearly-the-rear section original.  I still gained about 5 cuts to various fingers and am looking at a couple of new scars.
     
    Even the MOT man said "you cheat!".  Still got a ticket though.  Twatting car.
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    Talbot got a reaction from M'coli in The grumpy thread   
    standard whinge about how modern* cars are built.
     
    The Merc W210 isn't a badly designed car by any means.  It has a large number of features I quite like, and in general you don't have to remove half the car to get to the part you need to work on. (with a few exceptions).
     
    But who?  Which Germanic sadistic twat?  Who decided on the brake pipe routings on this car?  Completely and utterly inacessable by anything or anyone in any way shape or form.  Trying to remove the corroded steel brake pipe and replace with cupronickel was the twattyest of all twatty jobs I have done in a long time.  I think the pipes were installed just after building the shell, and every single other component was added afterwards.  Especially the rear subframe.
     
    I gave up in the end and only replaced half of the pipe in question, as it's one piece from the ABS modulator under the bonnet to the offside rear wheel.  About 500 miles of pipe, which is accessable for just 4" in the middle.  So the rear section is new, and there's now a joiner half-way along, leaving the front-to-nearly-the-rear section original.  I still gained about 5 cuts to various fingers and am looking at a couple of new scars.
     
    Even the MOT man said "you cheat!".  Still got a ticket though.  Twatting car.
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    Talbot reacted to barrett in For Sale - Xantia TD - £150   
    Would anyone like to buy this? 
     
    As above, but I've since fitted a new wheel bearing, calliper and pads to the o/s front wheel. It has MoT til the end of August and the little crispy bit wasn't flagged up this time, and doesn't seem to have gotten any worse.
     
    I've also taken the giffer strips off the doors and polished it, but the paint still looks shit on the bonnet and boot.
     
    The front o/s return pipe has sprung a leak (hurrah) and none of the Citroen specialists I have spoken to can be arsed to go and see if they have one. It's low pressure, so could possibly be repaired, but I'd rather replace the whole lot. I would like to get it sorted, but at the mo it's just sat at my office gathering moss so if anyone wants it for £150 (my total outlay about £280 so far) let me know. Otherwise I'll put it on my drive and try and get it fixed next year.
     
    yeah/nah?
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    Talbot got a reaction from loserone in The grumpy thread   
    standard whinge about how modern* cars are built.
     
    The Merc W210 isn't a badly designed car by any means.  It has a large number of features I quite like, and in general you don't have to remove half the car to get to the part you need to work on. (with a few exceptions).
     
    But who?  Which Germanic sadistic twat?  Who decided on the brake pipe routings on this car?  Completely and utterly inacessable by anything or anyone in any way shape or form.  Trying to remove the corroded steel brake pipe and replace with cupronickel was the twattyest of all twatty jobs I have done in a long time.  I think the pipes were installed just after building the shell, and every single other component was added afterwards.  Especially the rear subframe.
     
    I gave up in the end and only replaced half of the pipe in question, as it's one piece from the ABS modulator under the bonnet to the offside rear wheel.  About 500 miles of pipe, which is accessable for just 4" in the middle.  So the rear section is new, and there's now a joiner half-way along, leaving the front-to-nearly-the-rear section original.  I still gained about 5 cuts to various fingers and am looking at a couple of new scars.
     
    Even the MOT man said "you cheat!".  Still got a ticket though.  Twatting car.
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    Talbot got a reaction from tooSavvy in Stanky's Geep - fire sale   
    Providing you've used the complete unaltered chassis from the SJ, there's no reason for the DOOOVLA to know it as anything other than a modified SJ.
     
    Insuring it will be interesting though, as it's now a modified SJ, and not a Jago Kit car (which, from memory, would be peanuts to insure)
     
    If you were going to go down that route, personally I would buy a rotten-bodied Disco 1 300tdi, bin the body and shorten the chassis to suit.  Would then be insurable as a modified land-rover (still quite cheap.. many people do astonishing modifications to LR's) and it would be hugely more capable, faster, more economic etc..
     
    But then I'm a twat for stupid projects.
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    Talbot got a reaction from eddyramrod in Stanky's Geep - fire sale   
    When it comes to ply, the best way I have seen to protect it is soaking it in fibreglass resin.  I managed to get hold of a 4'x4' bit of ply about 3 years ago which had had this done to it (I didn't know at the time) and promptly left it in the back garden and forgot all about it.  While having a tidy-up, I rediscovered it.  The bottom 6" had sunk into the ground, and it was covered in leaves, mud and general shite that happens when you leave something outside in soil for 3 years.
     
    Washed off with a pressure washer and still in near-perfect condition.  I was staggered.
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    Talbot got a reaction from eddyramrod in Is it still possible to buy a "nailed on" classic car for less than two grand?   
    A half-decent Citroen CX with ticket can be had for under 2k.  They are appreciating at the moment, meaning top-models (Turbo-petrols in A1 condition) are beginning to make big money and the lower models are just beginning to rise too.  Yes, there are still moss-covered wrecks for £150 (I know, I recently sold three..) but I suspect a moderately decent one will be a fairly good investment.  2.2 Douvrin engined later models are probably a safe bet.  Early chrome-bumpered ones are more stylish, but are more susceptible to rot and are more expensive in good condition.
     
    Buy a Petrol Saloon though.  The diesels are either fragile (Turbo 2 models), a bit underpowered (turbo 1) or glacial (non-turbo).  The estate's are a cavern, but seemingly not as valuable, despite being *much* more useable and useful.  2.5 GTi auto saloons come up on a reasonably regular basis and are also a good bet.  Utterly effortless to drive.
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    Talbot got a reaction from NorfolkNWeigh in Is it still possible to buy a "nailed on" classic car for less than two grand?   
    A half-decent Citroen CX with ticket can be had for under 2k.  They are appreciating at the moment, meaning top-models (Turbo-petrols in A1 condition) are beginning to make big money and the lower models are just beginning to rise too.  Yes, there are still moss-covered wrecks for £150 (I know, I recently sold three..) but I suspect a moderately decent one will be a fairly good investment.  2.2 Douvrin engined later models are probably a safe bet.  Early chrome-bumpered ones are more stylish, but are more susceptible to rot and are more expensive in good condition.
     
    Buy a Petrol Saloon though.  The diesels are either fragile (Turbo 2 models), a bit underpowered (turbo 1) or glacial (non-turbo).  The estate's are a cavern, but seemingly not as valuable, despite being *much* more useable and useful.  2.5 GTi auto saloons come up on a reasonably regular basis and are also a good bet.  Utterly effortless to drive.
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    Talbot reacted to DaveDorson in Is it still possible to buy a "nailed on" classic car for less than two grand?   
    A good CX is definately something I'd want to own at some point.
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    Talbot reacted to danthecapriman in Ask a Shiter   
    Agreed! They are twats. 
    I've basically just done exactly that. Rang them up and firmly (but not rudely) told them what I wanted, why and how they will be dealing with it.
    I made him email it across to me there and then before hanging up and hey presto I now have it! Funny old thing.
     
    Thanks everyone for the advice.
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    Talbot reacted to Stanky in Solent shiters   
    Right, can I strongarm any of you lot over to Fareham to help recover my new "purchase" to Stanky_Towers and evaluate how serious a mistake I have made? The chap I got it from needs it gone ASAP and I need some willing assistants. I will provide biscuits, tea and am willing to be used as an example to your nearest and dearest when the conversation gets around to your unhealthy automotive interests - you are each permitted three uses of
     
    "you think I'm bad, well this guy I know has just taken on a part-finished, non running, unregistered car made by a stranger in a shed from plastic and rotten plywood"
     
    which is guaranteed* to get you off the hook for whatever misdemenaor you have been accused of.
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    Talbot reacted to Barry Cade in X1/9 - a shite car?   
    I had a good few daily drivers, some spares cars, a couple of WBOD- of which they are excellent- a turbo and a few bitza's. I looked after quite a few for others over the years too.
     
    Some of them...
     
     
    My first, bought from Bristol, spent 6 months making it right, back down to the 25th anniversary X1/9 do in Northhampton, back home and then rolled it at Knockhill.. Friday the 13th, last lap of the day.

     
    My last one, a rough early 1500 bought for cheap off ebay- cllekshun fred on here somewhere..
     
    As bought:
     

     
    When it left me:
     


     
    Some others that have passed through my hands..
     
    The Uno Turboed one I pulled out a garage where it had lain for 7 years..
     





     
    And finally, my current one...

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    Talbot reacted to richardmorris in X1/9 - a shite car?   
    This is mine at the field of dreams this Summer. It’s just had a full service today and apart from plugs and oil etc didn’t need anything.

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    Talbot reacted to doctor924 in X1/9 - a shite car?   
    Like it or not, it is a distinctive car I think in the day and now.
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