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  1. Here's the source of that STP sticker, Dan: From personal experience, they ended up on everything and anything, back in the day...
  2. @danthecapriman tat has arrived at stage 1 of their international travels. Stage 2 will be much further in distance and take an as yet undetermined amount of time but like the dark stuff:
  3. I'm trying to work out if that Wagoneer is a subtle remodelling of the Matchbox Wagoneer or not: Seems crazy to offer the same thing in both partner companies but I'm sure there's some logic in it, somehow. I'd say to bank that fiver instead of spending it on the Royal Mail truck from the tat market and put it in a mental pot for something down the line that's irresistible but potentially £5 overpriced...
  4. Referring to Cleemput's The Great Book of Corgi (which I nabbed a while back at a comparative bargain price), the jury on whether the Imp was sold separately are a little ambiguous: Launched in 1963 and noted as 2 items, so it seems possible that blue and bronze were launched at the same time and thus sold individually. But, there seems to be an emphasis on the 'flamboyant' blue, so who knows?! Also interesting that it's noted as withdrawn in 1966, as: The transporter was launched in 1966 and withdrawn in 1968, containing a Hillman Imp. The photo in the book shows the Imp as bronze - so possibily, it was withdrawn as blue in 1966, then sold in bronze (presumably exclusive to the transporter set) 1966-68? Either way, there's written and illustrated proof of the Wicker clad and Monte Carlo Minis being part of the set, so there's at least one part solved! EDIT: Seems the Monte Carlo Mini was substituted in 1967:
  5. Watcher lads, let me tell you about a nice little score I got just now from my favourite community charity shop, which is in the next town along. I go mostly for the "fill a bag for $5" (£2.50-ish) deal they have on clothes, which is ideal for work/garage stuff that gets all messed up. Anything that doesn't fit goes back to them but I don't mind the gamble, when I can stuff 11 shirts and a pair of shorts into the free bag: Anything buggered also makes good rags too, although from cleaning out the garage, it seems like I have plenty of those already... Anyway, as I exited the shop, I noticed a dog-eared but very interesting box piled up in their car park. Here's what was in it: Some Lego! Albeit very dirty Lego - or least, the bits that are loose. Forensic investigation of the filthy page 31 deemed this the point at which play stopped. And I can already see at least 1 mistake. Actually, even the bagged stuff has some external filth and there's a strong cigarette odour, so the bags will get a clean and I'll disassemble and wash the loose bits. And here's the dog-eared box in question! And some more loose smelly bits. I'm hopeful that it's complete, since only stage 1 was partially built. Anyway, I nipped back in the shop and asked how much. Once the lady at the till ascertained it wasn't from the free toys pile(!), she said "coupla bucks?". You should've seen her eyes widen when I handed over a $10 note and increased her offer five-fold. (It's at this juncture that I hasten to add that in my excitement, I hadn't even noticed that items were still bagged, as I'd have been a bit more generous). Anyway, should keep me entertained for about £5!
  6. On the subject of Hotwheels custom vans, here's one that I picked up the other day, by the power of Greyskull haired disposable income: I'm no He-Man fan, more a supporter of the fact that this is a Mk1 Transit Supervan* casting - wasn't able to find the original version released by HW years back. I avidly collected Transit castings as a kid however, so this is a cultural nod to that, I suppose. Seems it comes from a range of part/mild interest to @bunglebus, though fortuitously, the Transit seems to have the best theme. It was also the only one left on the peg at the shop. Not being some HW/He-Man foamer, I dispatched with the packet forthwith, to get a better gander. Not wholly a fan of the wheels but they could've been much worse. And my feelings are likewise for the side art, although the general fantasy theme does at least tie in with many a custom van decor of the day- minus airbrushed boobs, of course. On the other side is that naughty Skelator fella. I'll say as a generally modified Mk1 Transit casting, it holds up pretty well, although it is really quite small. As a Supervan casting, it's not really lairy enough, though the original release was presumably much more so. Anyway, it being a tradies van at heart, here it is leaving Castle Greyskull after Skeletor was having some issues with his downstairs toilet sink. And here's our protagonist coming back later in the week for vengeance, as the cheque bounced. "So the moral of the story is that older age can often bring greater spending power - but a greater scope of ways to spend it. Some are wise decisions and others are a man buying a toy car 30 years after he stopped playing with them. Choose wisely and remember to be kind to others and help your Mom with the groceries, or something. And if you do a job for that nob Skelator, get him to pay cash up front."
  7. Forgot to mention when this was posted - looks like a recasting of the unusual Corgi Juniors Dodge Magnum! That said, the front end is die cast on the weirdo, plus the rear opera window is cut out - and in fact, the rear windows themselves seem different sizes. And the front wings are elongated on the white one. So maybe not... Funny old casting to be made twice, unless there was a Dodge Magnum featured in a TV series at the time? Failed promotional tie-in?
  8. Hi All. Thanks to the quote below from @danthecapriman's diecast sale thread: I nipped into the garage yesterday, for a bit of tinkering with the @sierraman Neue Klasse BMW, to see if I could get it to work. Apologies for upside down image (insert Antipodes joke here) but this image won't flip, for some reason. Anyway, the chonky features are there to house all these gubbins; that red interior inlay is possibly the cheapest grade of plastic ever assigned to a Dinky car, I imagine. A test with a AAA battery and a bit of wire confirmed that the ancient bulbs still worked, so I set to with some shards of wet n dry, 'lubricated' with some contact cleaner. The cam on the rear axle is the magic-maker. And the result: Soz for potatofootage, I've converted mp.4 to GIF to easily upload it here. But I reckon that working indicators on a toy back in the day would've been pretty revolutionary. Spurred on by the success, I tackled the NSU: Woohoo! This is a real bobby dazzler in this range of battery powered Dinkies, since the slab sides of the Ro80 aren't too exaggerated by the need to house a AAA battery and 60's electrics*. Again, simple cleaning of contacts and the happy circumstance of 5 decade old bulbs still holding up led to this mini victory. This casting is also the one with the neatest design and the most satisfying fit of all the components, to give confidence that it'll actually work, once all buttoned back up. Finally, my luck ran out with the Merc: The rusty contacts I could overcome. But I had to borrow a bulb from another car, as this one didn't have one. Yet, you can see that it was either a larger bulb originally fitted, or I had a piece of the puzzle missing, as the space for the battery was too long. A bit of sleuthing online showed a rather elongated battery - was it possible that the Mercedes employed a now long defunct battery style? Further sleuthing and phone screen zooming found the instructions written in English, describing the need for a U16 battery. Turns out that's an old term for AAA batteries, so that's not the issue and that a Dinky illustrator was having a bout of artistic licence that day. My money is on the missing bulb being a different size, as from the illustrations, I've nothing missing from the puzzle. Anyone got one they can open up, for a looksie?
  9. Jon

    Youtube moments

    Years ago when this surfaced on here, I'm sure it transpired that our very own @tooSavvy was the bloke who appears at around 10 minutes in with his wife, narrating their 'love letter to the Ford Cortina', complete with cine film footage. It's an oft-repeated fact, only uttered slightly less than the royal link to Scimitars but can the member in question verify?
  10. More Holden content upcoming in future. Current status: Further news down the line. I've also SOLD a car too (I know!!) but despite a deposit left, I'm not jinxing it until it's collected next week and I've the readies in the bank.
  11. RIGHT, well this 'fix' seemingly lasted about 18 months, as at the WOF (MOT) last January, the tester mentioned he'd passed the car but the washer jets had failed, as there was no fluid in the reservoir. Drove it home and filled the reservoir and sure enough, the pump made a noise but water didn't flow... I did the right thing and promptly forgot all about it/ignored it until it was close to WOF time again - mostly as I don't drive it much (Mrs_Jon's daily) and I was emotionally scarred from the previous time I fixed it. This time however, I decided to pull my finger out and tidy the garage enough to work on it under cover, so I could take my time, be closer to tools at hand and not get sunburnt or rained on; testament no doubt to the fact that I'm now in my 40's, so getting more sensible. Firstly, disinter the Visa from its storage spot. Notice in the process that it's over 6 years since it's been on the road and that it really is time to do something with it. I re-read the quoted post (thanks, past-self) and then cracked on. Here's some notes for future self, if I have to do it again (I will - I bought a pattern part, so it'll likely shit out in no time): 1. Bench test the new pump prior to starting, to ensure it's not duff out of the box 2. Grease the flipping wiper spindles. It's really not fun wrestling across a car trying to get these unstuck, especially since it's easier to remove the wipers and raise the sprung arm up, thus adding the drama of cracking the 'screen, even with protection in place. Of course, it requires the bonnet to be both open and closed at the same time, to raise/lower the arms, remove the blades, remove the nuts etc. 3. Prop the bonnet up beyond normal height, to get a bit more working room. And then lower it back to normal position in the bonnet prop locator at certain times, when the prop is now in the way.... 4. Once wipers and leaf guards are removed, disconnect the battery and move the loom slightly, out of the way to gain access to the pump. For those still reading, the pump is at the bottom of the above photo, with the yellow and green wires. There's no way I was removing the wiper linkages, to access the washer bottle, hence the intricate gymnastics. 5. Use a long screwdriver to dislodge the pump from the bottle. Do make sure you forget to drain the washer bottle, or put anything below to catch the fluid - this step is very important, as a damp concrete floor is paramount. 6. Once extracted, blow into the pump, to make sure it is blocked up. Try the same trick for comparison on the new one, to see how much easier it is and successfully diagnose the fault. 7. Piss about wasting time, tying to open up the old pump to make the same 'fix' which will ultimately fail again, before coming to your senses and just replacing it. Be sure to retain the old pump though, 'just in case', and for maximum confusion/self-doubt in years to come, as to why you kept the old, broken one. 8. You're now at this fun stage, where you have 2 options - install with or without the power connector attached. WITH means that you will struggle to line up the pump to breech the retaining 'hips' of the washer bottle, whilst WITHOUT makes it easier to use the female end of the connector as a grip point with a pair of needle nose pliers, as you adjust the lateral movements with the long screwdriver. But then you have the unenviable task of pushing down the connector to clip it in place (it is of course, not a connector that simply clicks into place and is much more of an interference fit that requires uncalculated amounts of mashing) 9. It's also very important that you try either the long, sturdy screwdriver that's ultimately too bulky to use effectively in the small space, then switch to the long, flimsy effort, that doesn't give quite enough force to push the motor into position. Having selected from step 8 that WITh is impossible and opted for WITHOUT, proceed with lateral effort, then wrestle with housing the connector, with an undetermined amount of force, with the strong potential of dislodging the pump from the seal in the bottle. An 8mm allen key is just long enough to cradle the bottom of the pump as you apply the downward force. It's also equally just short enough to fall out your hand at times and get caught up in an offshoot of the loom, so overcome this by reinstating the loom in its rightful place and thus making the gap really tight for blind work with 2 hands. 10. Note that the bonnet prop is in the most annoying place it could possibly be for intricate car surgery and that your outdated low lumens LED light is still too bright. Overcome the former by moving the bonnet up higher for more head room but getting the prop even more in the way, then alternating between the 2 compromises. ACTUAL HANDY HINT: diffuse the light output by shining the light through the washer bottle. 11. Once the pump is installed, fill with a wine bottle's worth of water and test the jets. Satisfied you've successfully fixed the issue, reinstate the wipers with liberal coats of grease on the spindles and then test again. At the inevitable stage that once all buttoned up, the flipping thing doesn't work again, call it a night. Do make sure to you've adhered strictly to all the steps in step 5, so that you can't ascertain whether it's a case of a poor seal resulting in leaking fluid, as you trudge wearily from the garage, shutting the door on your problems for another day. 12. Next day, repeat steps 1-11 and then conclude upon hearing the water gush from the bottle, that perhaps you just hadn't put enough water in the bottle in the day before, to effectively test it more than once. Try 2 wine bottles of water at step 11 next time... THE END. (thread updated genuinely for reference on how to fix the issue more effectively next time, hence all the blurb)
  12. Excuse the potato cam phone pics but I was having a quick potter in the garage earlier this evening and took a peak at a couple of my recent UK acquisitions. Yatming Scirocco is in nice nick, barring the collapsed front suspension. Found an old bit of rubber that I cut a strip from and stuffed in above the axle, which has done the trick. Quite a tidy casting, barring the fussy double rear bumper. The side markers show it's a federal spec model but the real ones never had a double effort. Nice to see some coloured rear lamps, though. Then it was time to take another peak at the very generously traded Corgi Juniors Dodge Magnum, from @andrew e. A strange little casting and for some reason, only sold for a really short time in the early 80's. It's got an opening bonnet, so I figured it might've been dropped in favour of a cheaper casting in the ailing years of Corgi - but they still sold the SD1/Rancho/Nova with opening boots and even cast the C4 Corvette with much larger opening bonnet, after dropping this. Anyway, a great little curio, irrespective of what the reasoning was.
  13. Still going well - up to 473k now. Managed to bag this momentous occasion, too. Lucky I had a passenger* to assist.
  14. I caught this on my Mk3 Mondeo last March. I had 100m to hit the reset button on the trip meter and nowhere to stop to do so. Managed it, though!
  15. Funny, I imagined the workaday Sierras would be worth a bit, too. Anyway: 😉
  16. Scrabbling round the $1 (50p) tub, I gathered up these bits of mild interest: Zylmex E Type, Kidco Fire Chief Something, FORD* station wagon, Fire Motion (Pontiac GTO?) Made in China no-named casting and a slightly scruffy Siku VW Transporter. Most/all can be passed on at cost, if it's worth bundling them in with other stuff down the line, to post to the UK. But mostly, I was gladly that I had cash on me, so I could buy all this, without having to reveal the true price to Mrs_Jon (although she probably wouldn't be that bothered, tbh) !!!!!!! A fresh collection of fire vehicles has been dropped in, due to a collector downsizing for a house move. Despite volunteering as a firey, it's very much the vintage Siku element that drew me in. I'm truly hard pushed to select a favourite but the Trekker is quite special, as is the Granada with all its little road cones. And the Benz 406D van has so many accessories! Anyway, my networking event has just begun and here I am, about an hour away from the venue, piddling about with toy cars for the benefit of about 8 middle aged men on the internet. If anyone desperately wants any of the Vanguards swiping up, let me know before 8pm tonight, so I can nip by and grab them on my way home.
  17. Part 2. Apologies for the glare but it's a bright sunny day here, around 28 Celsius. You know what it's like this time of year, eh? Anyway, I've been a bit cheeky here, as I did pick up an item of interest, to help fund what I found next....
  18. I've come up to Auckland for a piss-up end of year networking event, so thought I'd pop in to my favourite toy hobby shop, to see what was kicking about. Here's some Vanguards, if anyone can see anything of worth, to pick up? More to come, I've kept the images large, so you can zoom in on the prices.
  19. Watcher shite-pickers, I've popped back into my imaginary time machine for the first time in 2022 I think(!) and thought I'd nip over briefly to 1990's outback Oz. Bagged an HZ ute, to try and fit in somewhat. As you can see, the passing road train made the camera go all blurry. Strike me roan! Rolled into town for some supplies but the flamin' galahs were fresh out of all of their ranges of plant-based meat alternatives apparently, so I settled for far too many crates of Castlemaine XXXX instead, from Hotel Motel. Then straight in to some hard yakka to pay my way. I was there to pick up a consignment of sherry but upon loading the first bottle, the rear wheels comedically fell off the ute, rendering some understated dry comments from those in short shorts. The End.
  20. Small world! That said, Eden camp is only 30 minutes or so away from the car boot I found them, at York racecourse. Unless that's the Admiral sans plinth, I reckon that's a 3rd example. That said, it's not entirely out of the question that we've both seen the same Admiral, as Eden Camp is a private collection, so free to sell off anything donated to them, etc. But yeah, likely a 3rd example, discovered on this page in less than 10 minutes!
  21. Just going through my trawl of die cast photos I took back in the UK and came across this unusual pair I saw at a car boot sale last month: A couple of olive drab Opels. Reminded me of something distant, relating to similarly decked out Opel Senators in the 80's. "Presented to LT. Col C.P Dryland MBE MC by tour clerks April 1968", in case it's not legible. Looks Russian to me, plus the blue paint shown underneath should help identify the original maker. More home made additions but this time, even more, erm, rustic. Nice effort at the blinds in the back, though. So first up, these are Gama Opel Admirals, which I think would've originally been remote controlled, as such: Or maybe unpowered, as such: Seems they were also available in green, which may have been an easier staring point but I guess in 1968, you got your hands on whatever Opel Admiral you could find. And here's a couple of images of the equavelent version, 15 or so years later: Indeed, this rear shot is lifted from this very forum!: Anyway, it all relates to BRIXMIS: The British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission (BRIXMIS) to the Soviet Forces in Germany (GSFG) was formed on 16 September 1946 under the Robertson-Malinin Agreement between the chiefs of staff of the British and Soviet forces in occupied (east) Germany. The agreement called for the reciprocal exchange of liaison missions in order to foster good working relations between the military occupation authorities in the two zones. More info here: British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany | BRIXMIS Seems a lot of the later Opels from the 70's onwards utilised Ferguson FF but there wasn't a lot of information on the earlier versions (Kapitans/Admirals), although this model in particular was favoured, as its styling blended in with new launched Volgas of the time. Here's a single photo from the site: Seems they tested them out fully! Seems also that the above one is a Kapitan. Anyway, unless you wondered if I walked away with a bit of military history that's almost certainly of interest to a few enthusiasts/museums, I didn't, as the guy wanted 140 quid the pair. Likely fair for the right person but I wasn't that flush or enthused and images are free.
  22. Yo @barrett, is that Corgi Oxford still available? Right up my alley, if so (and I can offer a UK address and cover all costs) but no drama if it's already claimed.
  23. Yo @barrett, is that Corgi Oxford still available? Right up my alley, if so (and I can offer a UK address and cover all costs) but no drama if it's already claimed.
  24. Hey @MiniMinorMk3, I've got an identical Solido Peugeot 104 with even worse wheels, which I think is a reaction between the hub and tyre materials. Funny that it only seems to affect a few models - the rims on my Solido Citroen LN are unaffected, so it's not a size issue relating to smaller hubs, etc. I know it's a factor on the wheels of some exotica @barrett is involved in (not) collecting but I thought Solido would be beyond all that nonsense.
  25. Woke up early this morning and learnt of a car swap meet going on, so headed off solo, in the hope of finding a couple of bits for my Commodore. No luck but I encountered a few excellent cars parked up: This 504 wagon was absolutely stunning! Anyway, I'm running out of image space on this post and this is about shite in miniature, so here's what £15 bagged me: Quite happy with that! Sadly no Commodore bits but there never are. Nice consolation prizes, though. Now to head home and share the great news* with Mrs_Jon.
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