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  1. That sounds like when my 600 had no fluid left in its clutch reservoir. Worth a look if you haven’t already, don’t know the setup on those but I’m assuming it’s a hydraulic clutch.
  2. Good call. Yes I also hate the seatbelt alarms, as you say they're incredibly annoying when just moving cars around. My dad's MK3 Mondeo has one, as does their Mitsubishi Outlander 'PHEV' hybrid thing. That goes one step further though as it's not just linked into the drivers seat. I got into the back and the car started squawking at me to put my seatbelt on as I'm just reaching to put it on. Seriously, I hate this kind of nannying shit in cars these days, treating the owners and their passengers like complete fucking simpletons. All that bullshit like lane departure warnings, and the car braking for you if it detects a hazard, would drive me mad. Thank goodness the newest car I own is a 24 year old Rover 620, which has none of this rubbish - just one alarm if you've left your lights on, and a handbrake warning light, just like Talbot's Merc. Which is very sensible.
  3. WD-40. Seriously, best sticky stuff remover known to man.
  4. Thanks. Robbing bastards!
  5. Can’t believe I’m the first one to ask this, but what about pre 2001 car tax? I can’t find anything on it at all. Not interested in these newfangled cars.
  6. I’d put the reg on the P4 if it was mine, while not the original area it’s roughly the right age and would look miles better than whatever replacement reg it has now.
  7. Nice '63 Lincolnshire plate on that, did it come with the Jag?
  8. You've got Smiths of Bloxham not a million miles away. They let you in to take parts off yourself. Haven't been for a couple of years but they were always worth a run out.
  9. I got a welding trolley for Christmas, which is perfect, just what I needed as the welder is really awkward to lug around, especially since one of the silly little plastic wheels got broken off it. So obviously I had to test it out! The drivers A post and floor were some of the worst areas on the whole car. When I took the door off, the lower hinge broke off complete with the remains of the A post. I wasn’t sure even what it should look like, as the lower 12” had mostly gone. Copying the other side (which is much better preserved) I welded in the section where the hinge will bolt to, and welded it to the lower sill. The hinge fits just under where the bend is and will be quite difficult to line up. I then removed the top layer of the double skinned part, cleaned back to good metal and welded a new skin on. This was really difficult due to how far gone it was here. I’m still not 100% certain of how the A post and sill is supposed to be at the bottom, although I’m doing it to factory spec as far as I can see, and most of that is hidden under the top of the sill or behind wing, so it isn’t crucial. The old hinge is almost beyond repair, even if I could get these screws out the aluminium hinge is corroded around the bottom screw. Graham Potts, Austin Counties oracle and spares supplier, reckons he’s got a complete hinge which he will look for once he’s recovered from his knee op. Hopefully it’s the right one, otherwise I’ll have to get this one TIG welded. Interestingly, one screw is missing from the top hinge and all the others are chewed up, so someone’s tried to get this door off before. I then turned my attention to the drivers floor. It was clear it would need a full floor replacement here. With the new body mount in place I now had something to weld to. Before I started welding, I cut all the rot out, cleaned up the edges and then cleaned up the chassis, brake and clutch pedals, and the other parts under the floor with a wire brush before cleaning all the loose rust off and soaking the lot in penetrating oil. I also got some weld thru primer on top of the chassis. The original anti-drumming bush was still bolted to the chassis under the rotten floor, and this was in good condition. I didn’t have a piece of sheet steel big enough to make the floor in one piece, but it came out ok. The hole in the side of the gearbox cover is where a removeable cover goes, which is where you access the gearbox dipstick and oil filler. When I put my foot on the floor it pushed down initially, only in that front corner because it was flat sheet with no pressings. No problem, five minutes with the blowlamp and copper hammer made a couple of pressings which have done the job. Quite pleased with that for a home fabrication job, the metal below the pedals was quite thin and I had to cut back further than I’d thought to find good metal to weld to. Looks pretty good underneath where it’s welded to the body mount. Still need to do a bit more plug welding here, but the mount is tacked to the inner sill. The ‘new’ drivers door needs a bit of finishing off, but it will save hours of work. Have you ever seen a door this bad before?
  10. I was tempted to grab it myself, but a lack of towbar/CBAness meant I didn’t. I don’t know if it’s just that the wheel has come off due to loose nuts or something more serious. It’s on the verge on the northbound side, somewhere near the roundabout with the Starbucks/Costa.
  11. Not a car, but there's an abandoned box trailer at the side of the A16, just south of Boston. Looks quite a decent one, not a bad size but it's missing a wheel. Been there about two months now.
  12. Sounds like the wheel cylinders are sticking. When you've applied the brakes the pistons have pushed out and aren't returning properly because of crap in the bores - ancient brake fluid holds moisture, so they will be full of what looks like rusty water. The shoe springs would normally pull the pistons back in when you release the brakes but the spring tension can't override the sticking pistons. Best to just pop a pair of new ones on, I can't remember what they're from but I have a feeling it's Triumph Herald. Can recommend http://www.mevspares.co.uk/ Looks like good fun though, I bet you've always got a smile on your face bombing about in that.
  13. Lovely work! Really good to see such nice fabrication going into this old bus. Mat - any chance you could pass on my details to your mate with the Austin Hampshires? It would be good to get in touch with another owner, and maybe we can help each other out with spares etc as I have a few bits I probably won’t need. If that’s ok, I’ll PM you my email.
  14. Just downsizing, the bloke who runs it is intending to keep the remaining, more saleable, spares at his home in Kent, but there was far too much to accommodate before.
  15. Thanks, I’m really pleased with how they came out. Just a couple of cereal box templates and a piece of steel bent in the vice, nothing too difficult although it is time consuming. It probably took an hour to make just one body mounting. Very satisfying though. It goes without saying there are no off the shelf repair panels available at all. The whole side of the car feels so much better and more rigid now. That was three days work, and it will take probably another two possibly three to finish off the floor on this side. I still haven’t flushed the radiator out, but I was eager to see how it would start after sitting in the garage for the last fortnight. So a quick prime of the fuel pump using the little lever, about 3/4 choke and it fired straight up first press of the button, and ran nicely on a fast idle. It’s definitely spinning over much better than it was, we think the rings have freed off after the long layup. No smoke either, so the modern valve stem oil seals I got from AH spares are working well. The original o ring seals had all disintegrated. All the soot seems to have emptied out of the exhaust now too. I fitted the dynamo back on but it’s still not charging, despite cleaning the contacts on the control box. The club have a few nos control boxes which are not too much £££ so I’ll pop a new one on there and see if it works. The one currently on there isn’t the original anyway as it’s dated 1951.
  16. I do too, it’s unusual to see one without (yawn) chrome wires.
  17. Having got the mid section sound again, I decided to have a look at the front. I had a look at the body mounting, it didn’t look as bad as the mid one although it didn’t really have any floor attached to it anymore, and I could see a small hole in the side. No good, so, trying to be careful not to cut into the wiring loom, I took the head off the bolt and knocked it through. The mount was held on by one tiny piece of rusty A post, with that broken off, I was able to remove it. This body mount was in better condition than the mid one, and as such, it still had the spot welded triangular strengtheners which attach to the inner sill. I didn’t know it was supposed to have these, so I’ll knock up another couple to fit to the middle mounting at a later date, once I’ve got the car on its side or in the air. Annoyingly, my template for the middle one was no good as this one is bigger. Quite pleased with that bit of fabrication if I do say so myself! This is the first bit of serious welding and fabrication I’ve done in probably a year or more, so it’s good to know I can still do it, even if I was a bit rusty with the welding to start with. Car feels a lot stronger already. Now I can replace the floor under the pedals and the rest of the rear floorpan, next time I get a chance to work on it.
  18. I had some holiday to use up, so took a couple of days off to give me a long weekend to work on the Hampshire. Started by removing the knackered drivers door. This put up a real fight and eventually I sheared off the top hinge pin while the lower hinge came off complete with the captive nut plate and bottom of the A post still attached! It turns out that hinge was completely seized and when I was opening the door the bottom of the A post was moving. Until it eventually snapped. That will need a lot of work, I think my replacement drivers door still has both its hinges thankfully, although I’ll need to find another captive nut plate as this one isn’t salvageable. The A post itself is poor - there’s been water leaking down into it for years and it needs a lot of work. I whipped the drivers seat out as one bit stood out as being more urgent than the rest, which was the centre drivers floor around the drivers seat. When I sat in the seat, I could feel the floor collapsing at the back, and I knew there wasn’t much left of the body mounting. The Austin Hampshire has six body mounts, and this one looked like the worst. I cut the head off the bolt, and removed it: The body had dropped as the mounting wasn’t supporting it anymore. It was in urgent need of repairs. Fortunately, the chassis outriggers and even the rubber mountings were good. Made a template: Knocked up a new mounting: Jacked the body back into the correct place, and welded it to the inner sill. I’m quite fortunate the sills have been done at some point, as although they’re not the best job in the world, the fabrication is ok and it’s still solid, plus it gives me something to weld to. I then moved onto the floor around the body mounting. Whoever fitted these sills left gaps around the mountings, not sure why as it’s just a mud trap, so I filled this one in. I welded the bottom of the B post to the inner sill, so it no longer flaps around, and made a start reconstructing the lower part which has just rotted away completely.
  19. This new workshop is brilliant. Gone are the days of welding upside down on driveways or patios. Still getting organised but it’s an amazing working space. Four post lift is planned in the new year.
  20. Rubber bumper too for added shite points.
  21. A local garage owner owns one of the works rally MK1 Escorts. He bought it back in the late 80s when he found it rotting in a field, and has stored it ever since. It's rotten as a pear apparently, but he knows what it is and, again, it's his retirement project. Someone applied for a logbook for it and when he told the DVLA he still owned it (logbook in his name) plod supposedly came knocking asking to see the car and check the numbers to make sure it was the genuine article because there were two cars with the same details. He showed them around it and they were satisfied. P.S. this is secondhand information so some details may not be 100% correct, but that's the essence of the story.
  22. Overtons moved out to Shoebury a few years ago now. Still going AFAIK.
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