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    Cheezey reacted to Split_Pin in The new news 24 thread   
    I'll fire you a PM chief.
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    Cheezey got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    I need to start coming along to Scottish meets. Where was this one?
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    Cheezey reacted to Split_Pin in The new news 24 thread   
    So, after 11 years I said goodbye to the Corsa tonight. It was the car that meant my wife could move in with me and commute, it was the car that kept going through years where we were very very hard up indeed, it was the car that I did my first engine change on, it was the car that ferried my son and I around on days out when my wife was working, it was the car I took to many shows, it was the car where I learned about rust and that if you like a car enough, its never really over for it.
    I also learned that I'm not at all sentimental about cars. I literally cried when I had to scrap my old Vectra but after selling my Astra of 13 years in 2018, I realised that the memories aren't attached to the car, they're attached to the people that you shared the times with. I've still got them and I've realised thats all that really matters to me.
    Also, I couldn't say no to the Cavalier, it needed a home and looked a bit forlorn and it basically followed me back to the house. I knew it had potential. Now that it is welded MOTd and running well, its time for the next chapter. Like the Corsa, this will be a pure hobby car, garaged in the winter and for going to shows. Its just that now its a great deal more practical. Its first assignment will be to IKEA to collect my work from home desk and chair and it will be great to have a car with a proper boot again.
    Its also a relief to be back at 4 cars again. The driveway was cluttered and I feel I can breathe a bit easier.
    Onwards and upwards.
     
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    Cheezey reacted to BorniteIdentity in The new news 24 thread   
    Oh by the way - you and I are going on a little road trip.






    This is it, boys.  Our Mecca.  Our pilgrimage awaits.
    https://www.facebook.com/GreatBritishCarJourney/
    I do genuinely think we ought to be supporting this sort of nonsense... so let's try and get something sorted?
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    Cheezey reacted to trigger in Yellow Peril! Dolomite Sprint Content   
    Dad came over at the weekend and we sorted out the birds nest of underdash wiring so it's much better now, the electric aerial and the cigarette lighter  works again and wired in a £20 Classic style stereo which I really rate! Unfortunately I haven't got  a very photo of the dash yet.



    oh and I rewired up the original front sidelight/indictors again, the old ones were bodged up with bluetac and looked shit with LED bulbs.


    So there you have it, i have done loads more but that's enough for now, i still need to get the front wings painted and some other jobs plus I'm undecided whether to fit the standard front springs back on as the rides a bit hard and crashy for my liking, but it does look cool!.




     
     
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    Cheezey reacted to trigger in Yellow Peril! Dolomite Sprint Content   
    Things started to go downhill again, the mot was due in October so I went to see the welder/mechanic I use about getting a patch on the sill for the mot, what started as this

    ended up being a complete sill!, the outside had been pop rivited on and the underseal and mastic painted over the top to hide it, devastating! I ended up joing the Dolomite club and ordering one of their excellent sills




    and both jacking points, a patch on the crossmember and he also did the rear main oil seal again.

     

    then after 6 months it was ready to come home again, now being tax and mot extempt!

    and then the messy work started of painting the new sill




    Dinitrol 447 stonechip in a gun is brilliant stuff, i over coated it with some satin black and it looked perfect before painting the new jacking points with Zinc 182 and covering them and the floor with Dinitrol 4941 chassic black and waxoyling the sill with Bilt Hamber S50, all excellent stuff.

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    Cheezey reacted to Split_Pin in The new news 24 thread   
    Finally!!
     

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    Cheezey got a reaction from Skizzer in The new news 24 thread   
    What you want from a garage:
    1. A good job
    2. Good customer service ie it gets done promptly and some communication
    3. Fair price
    I always find you can only ever get to pick two on that list. My wife’s car goes into the dealer, a good job, great customer service but expensive. 
     
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    Cheezey reacted to Daviemck2006 in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    This is a tale of our own pug. My son and I bought this about 6 years ago for a bit of fun. It's a 1990 Hplate 205 1.6gti. After about 6 months the engine gave up, we sourced a good 1.9 engine and fitted it along with a new clutch. Then another few months later if failed MOT on welding and a couple of other things.
     
    I was told of a guy, who was highly recommended, who had built a few 205 race/rally cars who would do the welding for us. We went to see him with the car, and he persuaded us not to do a quick MOT pass weld up but to do it really well with new sills and chassis legs and get it really good. This we agreed to and left the car with him and then bought all the bits we needed.
     
    The guy then did a disappearing trick with our car and a couple of others. This coincided with a really bad spell of my health and the 205 and the guy got forgotten about.
     
    A few months ago I decided to see if I could find this arsehole and our 205. Well a 205gti is now big money. I managed to find him, working in a garage in Perth, and discovered the car was in a farmyard barn beside Huntly, only 25 miles from me. He agreed to come to the farm and give us the car back. There were apparently some other stuff to shift before we could get the car out. I arrived at the farm when agreed and the dickhead did not turn up, but the farmer said there is a red pug in that shed along with some other stuff but I cant let you get it as I dont know who you are. Fair enough by the farmer I suppose.
     
    I then messaged the guy giving an ultimatum, he came and got the car out or I would go to the farm, grind the lock off and get our car out and I would just tow anything that was in the way out and I would not be particularly careful doing it, and certainly wouldnt be putting things back in the shed. So today he eventually turned up with a couple helpers and we got the 205 back.
     
    So how is the car? It is stripped out for welding to the floorplan and the sills are cut off. However all the parts are seemingly in the car including the new parts we had bought. It is now on my trailer at the side of the house until we decide what to do with it. It is solely owned by my son now, he bought my share of it when it was re engined. He is considering selling it as it is as he cant be arsed with it. I want to do it up, but it could be a money pit. It however wouldnt be any use to me once finished and could end up costing more to restore than it would be worth to sell once done.
     
    The final decision is my sons, it is his car now. The bodywork at first look seems good, just the new sills fitted and painted would have it looking ok. What's a knackered 205gti worth to sell? No idea. The thing drove well after the engine swap, but would it even run now? No idea. What would you 205 lickers think it's worth? Answers on a postcard please!
     
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    Cheezey reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. red alert.   
    Update

    The ls400 has moved onto pastures new. 

    The Mx5 passed its MOT with no major issues. 

    Toledo - I dropped the oil again and replaced with halfords 20w50 to see if seal swell snake oil helps with the rear oil leak (I know the answer already I suspect). 

    1100:

    The bonnet is awful to open and drags across the OSR part of scuttle chipping paint in the process (it really is a painful noise).
    I removed the bonnet.  I couldn't get the hinge out from underneath the scuttle due to space constraints and seized screws where the hinge sits into the bulkhead. Dremel used to massage the hinge to a smaller size to fit:

    I suspect that the main issue is the hinge mechanism had totally seized putting pressure/ twisting forces on the area of the bulkhead causing it to pop (rip) from its mountings. The bulkhead doesn't seem *that* bad rust wise, so I wire brushed that area and hit it with zinc primer. The hinge was treated to heat, love taps and left to soak overnight in wd40 to free it up.

    Hinge pigeoned back together,  zinc layer and completely wrong colour blue (RAL5012) used to paint. 



    A thick bit of metal was ground down, zinc'd and used almost like big washer/mounting plate to stop it popping through it's mount again. I'll see how this repair goes, the hinge is mega loose now so this area shouldn't be under too much stress any more (It looks a complete bastard to weld, so fingers crossed)

    Scuttle filled, sanded, masked, primed and yet another wrong shade of blue (BLVC-65 Tahiti) applied as an interim measure until I get the paint colour matched (hopefully):




    Whilst waiting for the scuttle paint to dry I gave the rocker cover a spruce up with some green engine paint I had. Need to get some replacement stickers (ignore the blue overspray):

     
    BMC/BL's finest*:


    What's next?
    1100
    I have a pump, vacuum pump and hydrolastic fluid on order. I will get around to replacing a bit of rubber pipe under the car as it has a small drip.
     
    Brakes - I need to freshen up the front with new calipers and pads that hopefully have a bit more bite to them.

    Underbody tidy up - needs cleaned up, but will probably wait till peak Mx5 🌞 time before I start.

    Mx-5
    Service and use it. May get around to that long overdue hood replacement. I'm thinking red....

    Toledo
    Tidy up some of my dodgy paint and hope that leak doesn't get worse.
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    Cheezey got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I must admit I did that to a friend. He was complaining about a noisy bird outside his window. I changed my name to ‘Robin’ on gumtree and enquired about a piece of furniture he was selling. He realised when I suggested it would look nice in my nest. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from sutty2006 in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I must admit I did that to a friend. He was complaining about a noisy bird outside his window. I changed my name to ‘Robin’ on gumtree and enquired about a piece of furniture he was selling. He realised when I suggested it would look nice in my nest. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from dome in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I must admit I did that to a friend. He was complaining about a noisy bird outside his window. I changed my name to ‘Robin’ on gumtree and enquired about a piece of furniture he was selling. He realised when I suggested it would look nice in my nest. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from Mrcento in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I must admit I did that to a friend. He was complaining about a noisy bird outside his window. I changed my name to ‘Robin’ on gumtree and enquired about a piece of furniture he was selling. He realised when I suggested it would look nice in my nest. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from The Moog in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I must admit I did that to a friend. He was complaining about a noisy bird outside his window. I changed my name to ‘Robin’ on gumtree and enquired about a piece of furniture he was selling. He realised when I suggested it would look nice in my nest. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I must admit I did that to a friend. He was complaining about a noisy bird outside his window. I changed my name to ‘Robin’ on gumtree and enquired about a piece of furniture he was selling. He realised when I suggested it would look nice in my nest. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from Gerrymcd in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I must admit I did that to a friend. He was complaining about a noisy bird outside his window. I changed my name to ‘Robin’ on gumtree and enquired about a piece of furniture he was selling. He realised when I suggested it would look nice in my nest. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from Eyersey1234 in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I must admit I did that to a friend. He was complaining about a noisy bird outside his window. I changed my name to ‘Robin’ on gumtree and enquired about a piece of furniture he was selling. He realised when I suggested it would look nice in my nest. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from mk2_craig in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    I did that with a house in Wales after looking at the shitemove thread. 
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    Cheezey got a reaction from dome in attn scotoshite crew, kames car show   
    I don’t think that is the right place either. 
    I can’t remember where it is but I’ve been a couple of times years ago.
    Website says: 
    Kames
    The Kames track is situated just off the A70 in Muirkirk, East Ayrshire. It is 13 miles west of junction 12 on the M74 and 10 miles east of Cumnock, 9 miles west of Strathaven. 
    Kames Motorsport Complex
    Furnace Road
    Muirkirk
    KA18 3QQ
     
     

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    Cheezey reacted to AnthonyG in 1989 Austin Mini 'Designer' special edition project   
    This thread takes me back to when I worked with a guy who worked for Austin Rover in product planning in the mid-to late 1980s. He was responsible for Metros in the main but had some oversight on the Mini special editions as well.
    Often a theme would be done on both models if it fitted, such as the ‘Red Hot’ and ‘Jet Black’, or tried out on one and if successful transferred to the other. 

    The ‘Advantage’ cars were a last minute name change for a special edition planned to be ‘Wimbledon’, hence the tennis links.  The designs were all worked up and production scheduled before asking the Wimbledon people if they would agree. When they didn’t any half sensible word with some sort of tennis relevance was required rather quickly, hence ‘Advantage’.  
    My colleague said it left some bad feeling as BL/AR had supplied the courtesy cars (for ferrying about the players) to the club for the big tournament for a good decade by this point. 
    I can’t help feeling Ford, GM or Volkswagen probably would have started with the permission to use the name and then planned the car spec and trim, rather than the other way around.....
    Anyway, nice to see an 1980s Mini getting restored as is, it’s good that these are getting desirable in their own right rather than getting Cooperised.
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    Cheezey got a reaction from Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. red alert.   
    I think you are close to a perfect car fleet there. Sporty drop top, interesting classic and a luxury cruiser. Does you wife have something practical? 
    At one point I had an MX5, XJ6 and my wife has a diesel Civic. That was getting close to perfect. 
    I also love your garage. 
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    Cheezey reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto.. red alert.   
    Mx-5 given the once over prior to MOT now booked for Thursday. Can't see any issues so it should hopefully be smooth sailing.

    I've bought a set of dollies for the garage to shove cars about as and when required. My thinking is there is enough room for locking up 3x cars over the winter. 

    Lexus back on standard suspension.  Sill patched using my finest pigeon shit.  ABS lights has stayed off too for the last week. Still need to fix the blowing exhaust (the Y pipe) but I may just leave it. 
    Gave it a clean to take some photos as I think it will be going up for sale in the next day or so as I've had my fun with it and have my eye on something else.
     
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    Cheezey reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - First 1k miles achieved   
    I've had the car back at home for a while now.  Still a few things to tinker with, there always will be on a car like this.  Have been waiting for some better weather to get out and enjoy the car.
    First job today was the thermostat.  I had a feeling it was stuck open and it certainly was.

    After changing that and bleeding the cooling system I changed the oil and filter.  The engine was fully rebuilt so it's worth changing the oil as soon as its done a few heat cycles.  Gets all the assembly lube and stuff out of the engine.
    I had a look at the exhaust and located the source of the rattle.  I think I've sorted it but will keep an ear out.  Did a few other jobs and went for a drive.

    Covered 41 miles and had a very nice time.  Car performed very well and the new thermostat was very welcome as I could have the heater on a bit.  Generally bumbled about the country lanes and pulled over for the odd picture.  Chucked it in a few bends and had a laugh.  Handles very well, just make sure any passengers hold on! 

    With the service complete and thermostat sorted I'll get the proper camera out next time and make a video.  

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