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    Angrydicky got a reaction from andrew e in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from Shep Shepherd in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from LightBulbFun in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from wuvvum in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from Scruffy Bodger in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from mk2_craig in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    First owner was Europcar, according to the old V5. It was registered at their head office in Hitchin. It was sold as a used car when it was a year old through Pocklington’s Renault of Louth (still going I believe) to its only other owner who died earlier this year.
    I would assume that Europcar ordered direct from Renault UK.
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from grizgut in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from privatewire in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  9. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from Scruffy Bodger in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from privatewire in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from Zie in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from motorpunk in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from mercedade in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
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    Angrydicky got a reaction from Skizzer in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  15. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from Skizzer in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
  16. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from Jon in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  17. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from MorrisItalSLX in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  18. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from RoadworkUK in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  19. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from RayMK in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  20. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from vulgalour in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  21. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from Joey spud in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  22. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from lesapandre in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  23. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from 500tops in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
  24. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from worldofceri in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    Just before Christmas a lineup of used cars started appearing outside a local farm. I drive past there everyday to work and back and always have a look, though it’s always dull modern stuff like Peugeot 207s and Ford C-Max, that sort of thing.
    Earlier this week I did a double take as I drove past to see a pretty clean looking Mk1 Laguna, in ‘old man gold’. Obviously I stopped to have a look, the weather was miserable that day but it looked pretty tidy from what I could see. 
    I’ve always liked these and they’ve really thinned out along with most of these 1990s family cars. Hadn’t seen one for at least a year or so. The price in the window was reasonable, and it was ONO.


    I told my dad about it and he was keen to have a look, so we drove down on Saturday and had a poke around it. In the cold light of a warm sunny day I could see the rear arches were a bit scabby, seen a lot worse though, and it needed a pair of front discs soon. It was unlocked so we had a good poke about under the bonnet and inside, dipped the oil, it was on the full mark although dirty. It’s a 1.8 petrol manual in ‘Sport’ spec. I think that just means 16” alloys and a tailgate spoiler.
    Rang the seller on the number in the window, he came out with the key and paperwork and fired it up. It sounded good and I couldn’t really fault it on a test drive. I was expecting it to have a slipping or at least high clutch, as it had been owned by an old man who had died, but it actually felt really good and pulled well.
    Agreed a price, left a deposit and returned  half an hour later having made a visit to the post office to withdraw the balance.
    On my return, we did the paperwork and were chatting about old cars when he said he had something else in the back that might interest me. Followed him down into his cavernous yard filled with all kinds of shite, old lorries, tractors and even a Peugeot 404 pickup. Right at the back was  a sorry looking red Rover 75. 
    He explained it had belonged to his father, who died around Christmas and it’s just been sitting around since then. The mot had run out and it was pretty filthy, but what it did have in its favour was that it was a diesel auto, in Connoisseur SE spec with the lovely beige leather upholstery. It was pretty mint inside too, never smoked in. I agreed a price for that as well.


    It started straight up with a jump and I drove it the mile or so home.
    Back to the Renault.
    All I could really fault with the way it drove was the clutch cable which was sticking a little bit when moving off in first or reverse. I disconnected it under the bonnet and hung it up, then dribbled 3-in-1 oil down it. This made a huge difference, and it feels incredibly smooth now. The clutch is also nice and light.
    The interior was brown and sticky from all the nicotine. Everywhere the previous owner had touched was brown. It was pretty disgusting and I spent a whole day cleaning it and wet-vac’d the drivers seat. The others need doing as well but it’s not too bad now.





    I’ve cleaned and polished the exterior and it’s come up really well, the chap who owned this car must have been a really careful driver as there’s no parking scrapes at all, the paintwork is in remarkable condition for a 24 year old motor. There’s a couple of tiny car park dings but you’ve got to look very hard to see them. In the boot, I found the original unused Michelin spare and the unused tool kit. The bonnet catches were very sticky, a weak point on the Laguna 1 and twice it jammed shut and I had to fiddle around with a screwdriver and pry bar to manipulate the catches from underneath and pop it open. Anyway,  I’ve cleaned and greased them up and they seem ok now, the plastic lever needs a good old pull up to release the bonnet but at least it does release every time now.





     

    The mileage doesn’t show up, I googled it and it’s a common fault, the bulb blows so it can’t be illuminated but it’s still working. I shone a torch at it and managed to make out the actual mileage, 100,848.
    I found the service book and, oh dear, the last stamp was for a major service in 2004 @ 40000 miles. Surely it had been serviced since then?
    Unfortunately, I don’t think it had. The aux belt was a genuine Renault one and cracked all over, so the cambelt will be the original too. I’m not using it again until I replace it. I went to ECP and bought oil, oil filter,  air filter and plugs for it.
    The oil had been in there so long it had a brown tinge to it, which had even stained the dipstick, the air filter was utterly filthy, and the spark plugs were seized in and when I did finally get them out, they were genuine Renault and the electrodes were all worn down.







    Why do people neglect cars to this extent? I genuinely believe the last time this was serviced was 20 years and 60k ago.
    I scrubbed up the dipstick to get the brown residue off it, and it’s looking a lot better now, but it’s so manky in there it really needs changing again. This abuse is testament to how strong these 1990s engines are, I’m sure a fragile modern engine wouldn’t take this abuse. It runs beautifully,  better than it did when I first got it but it really wasn’t bad then to be honest.
     
     
    Over to the Rover.
    I drove it home and the only thing I noticed was it was pulling to one side a bit. Checked the tyre pressures, 38, 33, 12, and 13. Well I guess it’s to be expected after months sitting around. Set them all at 30.
    I’ve given it a once over for the mot and all it seems to need is one rear tyre (sidewall all split open) a windscreen washer pump and a small 3x2” patch on the os sill. It’s never been welded before and is in fantastic condition underneath for one of these. It’s only done 96k so has loads of life left in it.


    Obviously it’s nowhere near as good bodily as the Renner but it looked quite presentable after a wash and polish.





    First one I’ve had to use a toothbrush on to get the greenery out from around the windows, for quite a while. The boot on this one was full of water and the carpet and spare wheel were all mouldy, lovely. It runs and drives fantastically, it has only done 2000 miles since the last service. I’ve cleared out the bulkhead drains and a lot of water came out, once I got all the leaves out.
    Bodywise it’s nowhere near as mint as the Laguna with a lot of parking dents and scrapes but being the SE it’s incredibly well-specced and all the toys still work, including the rear window blind!
    Fatha-AD has taken a shine to the Rover so he’ll probably be having that. 
    I’ll take the plate off the Laguna and will probably roffle it if there’s likely to be any interest in it, it will then hopefully revert back to its original reg X47 FBP and I’ll get some decent number plates made up for it. It’ll be good to get rid of the previous giffer’s homemade effort, as amazing as it was to save £15.
    Once I’ve done the discs, pads and belts on the Renault I think it’ll be up for grabs as well as I just don’t have any use for it.
    Personally I think getting two nice cars for a grand is pretty good going in 2024. What do you think?
     
     
     
     
  25. Like
    Angrydicky got a reaction from Matty in I’ve just bought two deceased OAP cars. NUMBER PL8 PR0N   
    The plenum drains on this 75 were blocked solid with leaves and muck and there was a lot of trapped water that leaked out once we rodded them out.
    Changed the cabin filter. This has been underwater and it was absolutely grim, probably never changed before.

    Fortunately, the engine itself was serviced last year and the air filter is like brand new, it had a new diesel filter too.
    Flatted and polished the headlights, they came up well.
    Numberplates:
    I transferred the private plate from the Renault onto a retention certificate (will probably end up roffling it) and the DVLA very quickly put it back on its original X reg. I simply cannot abide the newer post 2001 font number plates on earlier cars so I had to get the older font plates for it. I bought them from fancyplates, they are the pre2001(a) font. Decent quality and price and they were nice and quick too, and came with the fitting kit.




    I also got some new plates for the 75 to replace the old ones which were delaminated, especially the rear. I had the script from the dealer who supplied it secondhand in 2005 applied and it came out really well. Also from fancyplates and they do the proper 75 rear plates too which is also very important.


    With the 75 up on the ramp, I had a poke at the crusty bit on the back of the drivers side sill. A bit worse than I thought but not too bad. Can’t find any other rot on it. I’m fairly confident it will go through the mot with this sorted out. Just took the rear wheels off and had two new tyres fitted. The fronts are matching Continentals which have plenty of meat and weren’t quite as old as the rears.
    The washer pump has come back to life, spurting out a load of filth in the process.


    I’ve spent £150 or so on service bits for the Laguna, I’ve got a full cambelt kit with tensioners etc, new aux belt and tensioner, and a new water pump as well as the oil, filters and so on I’ve already fitted, and the new plates.  I’m hoping the private number plate will cover the cost of all the parts once sold,  making this a cheap car, although it’s needing a fair bit of work to get it up to scratch.
    The air con has some pressure (surprisingly) so I’ve ordered a can of gas and I’ll see if it will come back to life, you never know.
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