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    Mad Cyril reacted to sgtberbatov in If only you’d worked harder at school...   
    I've had this discussion, several times, with the wife and the cars I get. All her friends (or their partners) are driving around in fairly new (if not new) Audi's, Fiat 500's, etc. While she's pootling about in my near-10 year old Peugeot 107. Why can't I get one of these new flashy cars? Why do I always buy shit? Fact is my 107 was on finance, it's the only new car I've ever owned, and I wouldn't do it again. There's literally no point in buying newer cars that either don't trust you to drive them, or are so fecking heavy they cost the earth in brake pad changes and new tyres. 
    I'd go further than just the British preoccupation with class and snobbery. I'd go as far to say it goes back to school with all the bullying etc. You don't have the latest pair of trainers, your mom's so poor she shops at Aldi. That's from my own experience anyway. I was never poor, just had parents who didn't see the point in spending loads of money on something that can be had for less.
    I know as far as I'm concerned, I'm in my own race. No one, other than Gordon Murrary with that gorgeous T.50 of his, has anything I really want. I don't feel the need to compete, I simply don't have to compete. I see those people who do feel the need to compete and I feel sorry for them. They're financed to hell, meaning most of their wage is going on the object rather than living their lives. Often, especially now actually, with uncertainty with jobs can they even afford to live? A friend of mine works on the line at JLR, and they're all on 70% at the moment. He's alright as he's not an idiot with money. But he tells me of a girl who does his job and has a brand new Range Rover Velar on finance. The proper 5 litre supercharged small penis massager. She can barely afford to stick £20 very few days in it to get it to work. Doesn't go out, and if she does she's pre-loading with drink and relying on equally daft men to buy her drinks.
    People today lack fulfillment in their own lives. They see things on Instagram and they want what the other person has. They forget that the photo they see was probably the best one out of a hundred taken that week and filtered to hell. The person, again, is probably either borrowing the car or house, or is beyond the eye balls in debt to sustain this. And they only do it for the attention, which they're getting. The wife has someone on her instagram, who's a friend of a friend, and I see her looking at the posts and the girl is always there in her big massive house with her big fake boobs out. And the wife gets a bit down about it, because the wife thinks she's good looking and wishes we could have that. The house is straight out of an Ikea catalog, and her tits are fake. I lost my rag with her the once about her and I showed her all the other posts. Every, single, post, is of her with her tits out, in front of something expensive. She has all the warmth and charm of a sodden teddy bear on a toddler's grave. There's nothing in her life, when you look at it, that is actually meaningful.
    There's also the fact that, in my area, it's full of fancy expensive cars. Here's the thing: if everyone is driving luxury cars, the car is no longer a luxury. It's a commodity. It's common as muck so you're paying a Waitrose premium for driving a Tesco Finest cars. Arguably an older car, with only 10 left in the UK, is far more of a luxury by the virtue of it's rarity than a £100,000 Merc. Yes, I am calling my Lada a luxury car. Get over it.
    People who participate in this bullshit of perpetual car finance deals just can't handle the fact of standing out on their own on their own two feet. And this is why I think school has something to do with it. I was bullied I think nearly every day until I left, because I never had any interest in what other kids liked. I was rocking a walkman tape deck when they were using CD players. I was wearing Hi-Tecs when they were in Nikes. And I suffered for it really. I think I tried once to fit in, and I wasn't happy. So from then on to now, I live by the mantra of "Paddle your own canoe". So yeah, I might rock around in a crayoned Corolla, I don't care. I don't have the threat of the PCP man coming to reposses it. 
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Goodbye Norma Jean
    Though I never knew you at all
    You had the grace to fight Mike Tyson
    and got punched around the ring
    You're scrawled out on the woodwork
    by someone with no brain
    They set you next to some cannabis
    And they made you change your name
     

     
    And it seems to me, that you've been sprayed
    by a piss head in the wind
    £1 shop aerosols trying to cling on
    when the rain set in
    And I would have liked to have known who
    got it airbrushed by Bez
    is that Jackie Charlton
    above the boy from Kes?
     

     
    Loneliness was tough
    The toughest role you ever played
    eBay hosted this scooter
    And pain was the price that we all paid
    I hope we've not yet died
     when the HIAB dumps you on the ground
    And the DVLA website states 'Vehicle details could not be found'

     
    Goodbye Chico Marx
    Though I never knew you at all
    You can't be pleased to share a space
    With Alistair Stewart at all
    He he had to go before the the beak
    The Police Camera Action king 
    Who escaped being seen as sexual
    By the boys in Brixton, C Wing 
     

     
    And it seems to me its needs TWOCking
    By a toker who's just skinned
    Never knowing how to ride it,
    When the rain set in
    And I would have liked to have heard there was a pretty epic skid
    And the murals burned out long before
    Your  headlight ever did
    Your murals burned out long before
    Your headlight ever did
     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/lambretta-1977-148cc-stunning-show-bike-scooter-moped-vespa/124267874674?hash=item1ceef14972:g:DdEAAOSwLdRfAzvu
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    Mad Cyril reacted to egg in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Have I said, I really like the goona 3 coupe? V6 auto dizzle, in GT spec 230bhp. Low cost, high liability? Mebbe. But I can't imagine a better looking modern car for £4.5k. 
    https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/202006180277797


    (I even prefer the looks to the 406 coupe).
    Why would you buy Bavarian instead?
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from stonedagain in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1139 hours of work - Gearbox   
    I stuck a set of 28 year old OE pads in my 2cv a few weeks back.
    They were a bit hair raising to start with but have bedded in wonderfully.
    Good old fashioned asbestos.
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    Mad Cyril reacted to artdjones in EuroCarParts - It's a Discount Jim but not necessarily as we know it.   
    The thing is,there are a number of faults on a car that can kill a perfectly good battery.And if you leave your car to sit around for a couple of years and the battery gets sulphated and ruined ,why should you expect a free replacement.Even from chancers like ECP.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from mullett471 in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1139 hours of work - Gearbox   
    I stuck a set of 28 year old OE pads in my 2cv a few weeks back.
    They were a bit hair raising to start with but have bedded in wonderfully.
    Good old fashioned asbestos.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1139 hours of work - Gearbox   
    I stuck a set of 28 year old OE pads in my 2cv a few weeks back.
    They were a bit hair raising to start with but have bedded in wonderfully.
    Good old fashioned asbestos.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from UltraWomble in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1139 hours of work - Gearbox   
    I stuck a set of 28 year old OE pads in my 2cv a few weeks back.
    They were a bit hair raising to start with but have bedded in wonderfully.
    Good old fashioned asbestos.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from LightBulbFun in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1139 hours of work - Gearbox   
    I stuck a set of 28 year old OE pads in my 2cv a few weeks back.
    They were a bit hair raising to start with but have bedded in wonderfully.
    Good old fashioned asbestos.
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from Skizzer in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1139 hours of work - Gearbox   
    I stuck a set of 28 year old OE pads in my 2cv a few weeks back.
    They were a bit hair raising to start with but have bedded in wonderfully.
    Good old fashioned asbestos.
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    Mad Cyril reacted to cort16 in The Low Cost Low Liability Thread   
    I think all Post 1998 BMW’s should be disqualified As they’re definitely not low liability . You know It’ll be leaking oil from every orrifice.
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Austat in eBay tat volume 3.   
    My apologies if I upset you. I guess I have negative associations with banger racing due to the continuous use of Granada MK1/2s in classic meets. I don't despise banger racing all together, but the classic meets & pre-1970 stuff I find quite depressing, because yes you could argue that the cars used were rotten in some areas, however most of the time they're not rotten beyond repair, poor structural integrity isn't something you want on the Oval. If they were rotten, there are still some body panels that could be donated to car clubs as you say but instead are welded together and smashed on the oval.
    About "bidding higher", it's impossible for me to save anything as I live in southern Australia and I'm currently preparing for end-of-year exams at the moment, but there are other people who would to have better accessibility to restoration projects. I'd like to get a driving license so I can have a motor of my own, but I'm to busy preparing for upcoming exams and other assessment tasks. I'm very happy that I joined the AS community as it's helped me establish solidarity with others who are interested in underrated old cars, whilst all my school colleagues isolate themselves to do study like I'm doing at the moment, so I apologies if I've upset you, I don't want to sour the connections between fellow AS interlocutors. 
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    Mad Cyril reacted to mat_the_cat in Korean Cortina - the coolest Stellar in the UK?   
    I was up at 0730 this morning ON A SUNDAY to check the gauges! Happily they hadn't moved, so I started to feel a bit more confident. I had to go and drop some supplies round at my father in law's this morning, so couldn't make a start on actually filling it with refrigerant until the afternoon.

    First step was to connect it up, and purge the air from the yellow hose by allowing a little gas to escape.
    Then start the engine, and flick the switch!

    Nothing would happen at this stage, as the trinary switch would not be closed until the pressure builds up. Open the BLUE valve to allow gas into the low side of the system: 

    Hmmm, something isn't right. Pressure should be higher on the red gauge, if the compressor is working. No sign of liquid at the receiver drier either.

    A bit of head-scratching and poking around with a meter revealed that I hadn't put the compressor fuse in the slot, and with that in place the revs dropped, and things started to happen!

    I'd placed a temperature sensor in the air vent, so I could monitor what was going on. With some excitement I watched it drop to just below 9 degrees C! 

    As intended, the twin fans did not cut in straight away, but only when the pressure required it. It seemed to stabilise at 40psi on the low side, and 200psi on the high, so I disconnected it so I could go for a drive.
    It's difficult to describe the culmination of several months work, and many years planning. I'd actually been planning AC even before the engine swap, as I find it really does make a big difference to my comfort level. Suffice to say I had a large grin on my face as it was noticeably cool getting into the car (ambient of 20 degrees C).
    I was hopeful of getting the vent temperature down a bit once on the move, with more airflow and the compressor spinning faster. So, what did I get down to?

    I'd call that a fucking RESULT! It all seems to work better than I could have imagined I may need to do something about the drop in idle speed with the compressor on, but Edelbrock do a solenoid for that very purpose.
    Obviously I've got to put the dash back together, and I still need to fit the evaporator drain, but I'm well chuffed!
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Easy fifty quid M9.

    Who's coming down the Pit Stop for a fry-up?
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Iveco-Daily-3-Litre-Hpi-diesel/283841938924?hash=item42164c45ec:g:KwsAAOSwtRBejuVb
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Take me out tonight
    Where there's a jet wash and a Tesco
    And they're near Longsight
    Driving in your car
    I never never want to go home
    Because I haven't got one
    Anymore
     

     
    Take me out tonight
    Because I want to see people
    by the traffic lights
    Driving in your car
    Oh, please don't drop me here
    Because it's not my home, it's the
    junction, and I'm welcome no more
     

     
    And if that bird from by the till
    calls the old fucking bill
    To get put back in side
    is not such a heavenly way to die
     

     
     
     
    And if a ten-ton truck
    Kills  My Toyota Auris
    To die near Moss Side
    Well, the pleasure - the privilege is mine
     

     
    There was a light and the fucker's gone out
    There was a light and the fucker's gone out
    There was a light and the fucker's gone out
    There was a light and the fucker's gone out
    There was a light and the fucker's gone out
    There was a light and the fucker's gone out
    There was a light and the fucker's gone out
    There was a light and the fucker's gone out
     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2007-TOYOTA-AURIS-Tr-Vvt-I-Petrol-37-000-MILES-low-CAT-S-WRIGHT-OFF-cheap-fix/264648132457?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225114%26meid%3De5d2b40a989f46078deffe6831014be4%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D264648132457%26itm%3D264648132457%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ab36fb4c4-58c7-11ea-8d97-74dbd1807526|parentrq%3A82ce6f921700a9cce0249a19fff699d6|iid%3A1
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Nurburgring track   
    It was an experience.
    Not one I'll be repeating but we got through it unscathed and with unsoiled gruns.
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Waderider in Car insurance - Auxillis Limited   
    A late update.
    I had the car repaired via the at fault drivers cost, At a Volvo approved bodyshop.
    I changed insurance to a more moral company - NFU.
    Car still with me with spangly fresh paintwork down one flank.
    Only issue is the odd trim noise from the door trim at the impact zone - turns out the trim clips aren't even available direct from the Volvo dealer - I tried - bad form Volvo.
    Moral - avoid ambulance chasing bastards
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Meanwhile, in Vosa's 'Overspray Detection Unit', it's time for the months of hard work to pay off.
     

     
    Go on lads, atta bastard
     

     
    Who wants biccies? Do good boys want biccies?
     

     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ford-transit-recovery-truck/233460983998?hash=item365b5be8be:g:dqgAAOSwx0teB3E-
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Stinkwheel in New shitter. 1982 Citroen VISA.   
    Oh, yes, I know Ken. Makes the most excellent 2CV chassis.
    He’s a really good guy.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Mad Cyril got a reaction from twosmoke300 in EuroCarParts - It's a Discount Jim but not necessarily as we know it.   
    If that's true then I'd buy one with pleasure.
    The place I used to work for changed from flogging Varta (which are Bosch in a different colour) to Yuasa and we saw our warranty cases more than half instantly.
    I initially thought they were daft to change from Varta but they were definitely proved right.
    I'd buy a Yuasa over most things now (although things could have changed since I suppose).
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Andyrew in EuroCarParts - It's a Discount Jim but not necessarily as we know it.   
    What on earth?  
    Well , on the plus side the other terminal stayed on 
    That's a positive . . 
     
     
     
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    Mad Cyril reacted to sierraman in Shite in Miniature II   
    More companies should take a leaf from their book. 
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    Mad Cyril reacted to HillmanImp in eBay tat volume 3.   
    It says in the title FFS

    Yeah? Its one, of them innit. 
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    Mad Cyril reacted to Skizzer in eBay tat volume 3.   
    True, but not as weird as binning a Jaguar XK straight six and chucking in a Diesel truck engine out of a mid-1990s Nissan Patrol FFS.
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