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  1. That wasn't my Marina, very similar though, mind you mind now has been repaint with alloys fitted and the wrong exhaust... The R4 van does belong to Mr Lobster aka Dave, hope its nothing serious. I'm absolutely gutted still that I couldn't make it today, although it does feel like a list of cars that I've owned now! I've seen a few photos of Porsche Caymans and modern Land Rovers there though....
  2. Yes it will be, he lad who bought to also owns a Mk2 Astra and brings it down each month and said he will be bringing it to Shotley. A friend who does graphics came over today with some stickers for the Volvo, I'm well pleased with how they came out, he also repucated the Torslanda badges too, it looks more finished now! Not bad for £30! I've also spent the day flatting with 1500 & 2500 wet and dry the whole of the Dolomite as the paint was very dull and dirty, then spend ages mopping it up, it still needs a wax but I'm so happy with how it's come up, I don't think it's ever been polished before. It smells a lot less fusty now inside too since I have it a clean, look how good the sills are too, it's all orginial paint, there's not even a scab on them!
  3. Sold the Astra Tuesday night. It's gone to a local lad who's dream car is a Mk1 Astra so I'm pleased to can make a boys dreams come true. Sad to see it go but I never really gelled to it and need the money and space back again, you can't keep them all and it's another one back on the road again.
  4. I'm asking £3500 for it.
  5. Then onto today, I went and bought this! Yep another Dolomite! I'm sure a few people are wondering why I've bought another when i only just sold my Sprint, well, this is a 1850 which is much more reliable and easier to live with and It's a 33000 miles, father and son owned car that's never been restored or welded and is really in timewarp condition plus the best bit is that this cost £6000 less than what i sold the Sprint for which wasn't anywhere nearly as nice. It's a late Pre-HL model but had all the HL spec but not the tinted glass, It was a Mann Egerton Colchester ex demo hence the triple digits and has only covered a remarkable 3000 miles since 1983! It does need a bit of love, the paints faded and needs a good mop, the interior needs cleaning too, the brake pull to the left slightly and the carbs needs setting up better but all minor stuff. This does leave me with too many cars now, the Astra was meant to have sold and gone to Scotland but the sale fell through Friday so I've still got it but someones coming to view it tomorrow so hopefully it be gone and i can get the Volvo back inside.
  6. I've had a weekend of crap cars, Saturday dad came round and helped me get the Volvo finished off at last, it needed a lot of brake work which took time, new calipers all round, new pads, rear shoes, brake shields etc which was a right faff as well as new tyres fitted, the work all paid off though as it's now a lovely looking car. How it was when i collected it. and after two months of graft and expense! and bit different! the corner had took more of a knock than i realised and damaged the wheel and wishbone which i replaced, the wheel was very kindly given to me by a stranger on the internet, he dropped it at a DPD drop off for me and and i paid the £8 delivery! I've done a few miles in it today and it's driven lovely, like a 70's car registered in the 90s! I'm not sure I'll keep it but I'm pleased i stuck through repairing it as it was due to be banger raced, It's only done 49000 miles! It still needs a little bit of welding and a few stickers replacing.
  7. Here you go mate, it be good to see you at one
  8. As usual I've hogged right into this old crate, ended up having the strip the front end off. Then i bought all the panels i needed from a banger racer up near Norwich and spent the last week prepping them all for paint and fitting them all back onto the car. Sadly i didn't take many photos at the time but you get the idea, I'm really pleased with the paint match, the wing from the breakers at been repainted the wrong shade of red so i done it again with a aerosol can and it looks fantastic. I still have a lot of little jobs to do, all the brakes have turned out to be shagged so I've spent a small fortune on three new calipers and new shoes and pads all round and i still need to find a alloy as the old one was too damaged to repair and it will need tyres too but hopefully you'll agree it's looking a bit better now.
  9. I thought they had a value but the prices seem to be all over the place, I saw one sell for £5500 with 160k on it yet another struggle to make £1250? I've got a few banger racers with panels willing to help, it's just working a deal at the moment
  10. My new 240 Torslanda arrived on Saturday morning, I'm still questioning why I bought it though?! Probably not one of my wisest purchases! It was a bit rustier than I expected but to be fair to it the car starts and runs absolutely spot on and sounds great. It seems that it was owned by the last owner from 2004 until last November when it was moted having been unused for a year and then promptly crash and ended up with banger racers who raffled it off and a chap I know won it and has had it in his garden since. I gave it a pressure wash and a very quick mop and the paint came up so I got it in the garage and started stripping the damaged bits off Which was pretty straightforwards, it's all mostly superficial but the hard part now will be finding the correct parts without spending too much I did give the side a quick mop this afternoon to motivate me and it came up looking well so it's got potential, I'm not sure if the alleged 49000 miles is genuine or not but I wouldn't be surprised. As a bonus I also managed to get the radio code from the main dealer too!
  11. I bought myself a new project today. this 1992 K reg 240 2.0 Torslanda Estate, a friend won it in a raffle from a banger racer 6 months ago and it's been sitting at his yard since, he wanted to get it back on the road himself but too many projects etc meant i was able to buy it off him. The crash damage is unrecorded and the damage looks superficial to me so hopefully a easy fit, something has ripped the back bumper off, the paint is proper pogwiesel pink so needs a good polish but it fired up ok and has only done 49000 miles and has mot until November so fingers crossed its ok!
  12. I was just about to post the same car! Also how the fudge has it already been bidded up to £5000 with only one shit photo and being listed a few hours?!
  13. Same happened to me, i went to put £5000 on and it just crashed and kept reloading, apparently the car actually caused the website to crash! They extended it for 3 days starting from £4500, they didn't tell any of the bidders though, quality website.
  14. I had a day of mixed emotions on Friday, I sold my Dolomite to a farmer for close to the asking price I dropped it back to my dad's barn for the new buyer to collect it and to bring my Astra home I was cruising down the A12 where I lost all its drive just as I passing Colchester and broke down on the side of the busy road. Where I ended up having to call Essex police for a road closure and a tow behind a BMW 550 to a BP garage. Thankfully dad turned up with some tools and a tow pole where we found the spring for the points had snapped and he had to tow me home, I've now ordered a few ignition set up for about £15 so should be back on the road again. I'm now not sure if I should spend some money and get the car professionally painted on both sides to really smarten it up or just buy something else, trouble is everything is so bloody expensive at the moment, cars I was paying £2000 for a couple of years ago are now £7000+. I was bidding on this 8000 mile Ital which was the car that made me want to sell the Dolly in the first place and that sold for £7000 in auction
  15. http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202205095512007?atmobcid=soc3 £17250 for a 520i with a bent valance and no mot since 2008... HFM indeed!
  16. Today was the Ipswich to Felixstowe car run, always a well subscribed event, so much so that I couldn't get booked in this year so instead I dragged the family along in the daily to take a look. I didn't take many photos as I was too busy chasing children and chatting to people but I got these of probably some of the best cars there! The boot rack can obviously get in the sea.
  17. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/134102290954?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=BC8qa6LGTzW&sssrc=2349624&ssuid=BC8qa6LGTzW&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY I know its not 'shite' but I've advertised my Dolomite for sale, various reasons but the new gearbox whine after changing the oil is the deciding factor. I put the advert on ebay at 7pm last night and it only went live a hour ago! Cheers eBay! Thankfully I posted it also on carandclassic and from that I have someone round to view it tomorrow morning...
  18. Insane, I pad £400 for that sold it completed for £2600 two years ago, that's a hell of a increase in price, especially as the arches have filler in them
  19. We have one of our ECR car meets tomorrow at the Suffolk aviation museum if anyone local fancies a ride out.
  20. I'm not sure his neighbours are quite as impressed with his dream!
  21. So recently I found that my wife's cousin works for a solicitors and deals with probate properties and often has old cars to get rid off, obviously I asked her to let me know if anything turns up that would interest me. The next day I get a WhatsApp from her offering me a Volvo 340... Armed with some rubbish photos and working out that it been parked outside a property in Potters Bar in since 2010 I decided it probably wasn't for me but Brodders of this forum stepped in and made a offer on it! I passed the offer onto my relative at the solicitors who said the family will have to pay £300 to dispose of it so give them £50 and they'll be happy. The car arrived late last night (which was a pretty eventful delivery by all accounts) so a few of us went over this evening to take a look at it. It turns out to have been a 1 owner locally sold car with only 53000 miles and under all the green is a really tidy car, sadly its missing its keys as the owner lost them in 2010 hence it being left on the drive but after some fresh fuel down the carb and hot wiring the ignition the car fired straight up and ran! Unfortunately a rear brake is locked on so we couldn't move it but instead spent a while pressure washing it, unfortunately no photos but it's cleaned up really well. All in all for £50 I'm gutted I didn't buy it now!
  22. Ahh! I didn't realise that was you! Good to meet you!
  23. Thanks! It will probably go, i really wanted to enter it into the Festival of the unexceptional this year but annoyingly I'm on holiday the day that its on, I'll use it for a few shows and go from there
  24. It's definitely beiger than a tin of Werther's Originals!
  25. Thanks Dave! 😀 So yes, this afternoon it went on the ramp of truth... this was also the first time i had actually driven the car! I need not to have worried, it drove really really nicely, smooth and quiet, unlike a OHV Ford of that period! It's not very quick but it is only a 1196cc after all but it's not awful either. The MOT was also a success! the emissions was a little high but the tester managed to get it though and remarked how solid the car was all round, phew! I celebrated by taking the long way home to get some photos, apart from the poor paint match it's really smart, get ready for the photo dump... 3, 2, 1, GO!
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