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  1. A few recent spots…. Today, Stoke on Trent. Newcastle Emlyn, last month. Aberaeron, last month Check out the plate and sticker, class! Cardigan, Last month.
  2. Oh yes, I see what you mean! I’ve been able to use the cruise control a bit more now as it now doesn’t show a fault as quickly and turn it off. Hopefully a bit more probing will sort it out for good one way or another. As mentioned in for sale advert, the NSR quarter had been bashed and poorly repaired, the small can of silver paint in the boot the smoking gun for a previous keepers misfortune and attempt to remedy the damage. The scrape had been sprayed over and the paint “feathered” over the rear door and back over the rear quarter and around the bumper. There was overspray on the glass, lights and it basically looked a bit of a disaster zone. A full repair is basically out of the question with the value of the car not making it worth while but it could definitely be improved. I dug out the polishing mop and cutting compound and got to work trying to remove the overspray and ugly attempt at “blending” the mismatched new and old paint. It took longer than expected but soon the bumper and undamaged section of rear quarter was free of the excess paint, revealing the original undamaged paintwork underneath. Fortunately the repairer had made no attempt at keying or preparing the panels so it was easy to get a good shine on it. Overall the effect is pretty good, the damage now only being confined mostly to the bottom of the pillar and it doesn't affect the whole rear quarter like it did before. I think I’ll have a go at machine polishing the rest of the bodywork at some point as it can really smarten a motor up. I didn’t bother removing the excess paint from the rear door, I think a replacement is going to be a much easier option. The Laguna in the breakers yard near New Quay had what appeared to be a decent door although it was difficult to inspect properly as the Clio next to it was too close. I was hoping to bag one closer to home but looking online they’ve suddenly become hard to come by. Looking back I should’ve bought it and swapped the doors at the yard but at the time I didn’t want to splash too much cash on a car that I may or may not gel with.
  3. I bought a Mk2 Cavalier once, on the drive home smoke was seen to be pouring from the OSR wheel. After pulling over I found the split pin was missing and the hub nut had undone itself andwas holding on by the last few threads. The wheel had assumed a pronounced angle with the drum cutting a neat slot into the brake shoes which were also hanging out between the drum and the backplate. When I later spoke to the seller about it he said "well, I needed the split pin for another car" I had a few deathtraps from this guy, they were all super cheap but it was fun spotting what had been messed about with. Another time I was buying a Sierra estate that was sat in someone's front garden , The seller wouldn't budge from £100 (this was donkeys years ago and it was worth more like £20) The seller waxed lyrical about what a great car is was, never let him down e.t.c. When the deal was about to be done he suddenly said "when you're driving it home, don't forget there's no brakes" It was a minor issue to be fair, a brake pipe had rusted out but the audacity of this bitch made me put my money away and walk off, all with the seller walking out of his front door and following me down the road me shouting "90? how about 70?..... £50???????"
  4. I once won a Rover P6 3500S manual on eBay for a fiver. I was stored in a shipping container at one of these self storage places and had been subsequently blocked in by other containers added to the growing self storage complex. The owner had abandoned it, stopped paying rent years prior and couldn't be traced. To remove the Rover I had to cut it to pieces small enough to fit down a 5ft wide walkway between the containers. Anyway I broke it up via eBay and Facebook and saw about £1000 worth of sales, I got to meet lots of nice people from the P6 community too.
  5. The Laguna performed pretty much faultlessly on its Welsh week long jaunt, delivering us back home without issue, although I did notice an odd “popping” noice that was only audible with the drivers window down when I passed a parked car or similar and the noise was reflected back. Driving shite let’s you develop a heightened sense of hearing and any new noises are quickly detected. Under the bonnet the aux belt seemed to be wobbling and a failing harmonic balancer crank pulley was found to be the culprit. These things are £150+ so I did the only sane thing and bought a used one. The job only took an hour or so and with the “new” pulley fitted silence was restored. I felt I was on a roll so removed the EGR valve for a clean up. It was well caked up as expected but a scrub with diesel soon had things clean. The gasket for the EGR pipe was missing so one made up. I don’t think it’s made much of a difference if any tbh but it’s a job ticked off the list.
  6. Have we had this monstrosity yet? I think it looks great!
  7. We visited Cardigan today and on the way home dropped into Tanygroes Car Dismantlers www.tcdsalvage.co.uk (as seen on HubNut) which was handily on the way back to our accommodation and didn’t raise too many complaints from the family. The place is seriously big and it was great fun to have a rummage. There was only one Laguna 3 in stock, a petrol version which had O/S damage that apparently consigned it to the breakers. Being a petrol the engine cover didn’t fit but I did manage to salvage the bonnet prop and the parking brake button for £15 +VAT. These have now been fitted so I now have a bonnet which stays open and a parking brake which is now fully functional. As this yard was so large I didn’t manage to explore it all but from what I could see there wasn’t any really old stuff save for a crunchy looking Rolls Royce and a Bedford CF camper, it was pretty much all standard ELVs and insurance write offs. In the brief time I was there I spotted a Renault VelSatis, 2.9 Volvo S80 and a rusty looking Volvo 850. The staff were all really friendly and it’s definitely worth a visit for anybody looking for parts from a traditional breakers yard.
  8. Well, it’s made it to Aberystwyth, taking the family on a weeks holiday. So far it’s been pretty good with no new warning lights, fault codes or bits falling off, I did make sure to pack a few tools just in case, although if I manage to sneak off and visit any breakers yards they’ll come in handy. Visiting “new” scrapyards while on holiday is good fun but it’s usually hard to find the time with a family in tow. Going to the beach is “spending time together” while scrapyard trawling isn’t, apparently. I’ve started looking about for a tow bar, a new one can be bought for £200 odd but hopefully I’ll be able to get a used one for a fair bit less than that. There’s a few other bits I could do with like an engine cover, though perhaps I shouldn’t go over the top with buying stuff for this Laguna before is proven itself over time in case it grenades for some reason or another.
  9. That’s very good of you to offer, I’ve got access to a Snap On gizmo at a local garage, so long as they don’t get annoyed with me borrowing it then I should be ok though. I did look into a cheap OBD2 scanner to keep in the glove box. I’ve avoided buying one for a while as there’s so many you can buy and I was told not to bother with the cheap ones. Obviously I ignored the advice and did a little research online. The small ones you plug in and download an app on your phone to use seemed to be the best combination of cheapness and functionality. Eventually I opted for this one on Amazon for under a tenner for the WiFi version (apparently my iPhone finds it hard to connect to the Bluetooth version) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CTJT7VQ?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_9GW6SVW6A7K61V4ZKP14 There seems to be quite a few identical units with different names available but they appear to be from the same manufacturer. It arrived the next day and after downloading the imaginatively named “Car scanner ELM OBD2” app I tried it out. It took a couple of attempts to get my head around what needed to be done but it eventually connected to the Lagunas ECUs and found some faults to deal with, all seeming to match what the garages Snap On code reader found. The fault codes were cleared successfully on the second attempt, although no doubt they will all return. Overall I’m super impressed with this OBD2 reader, It obviously not going to have the functionality of more expensive units but for turning engine lights off it seems to be spot on, it will be a very handy thing to have in the glove box.
  10. Correct, it's a 2.0 dizzle. The EGR valve looks to be on the front of the engine too ,as far as I can ascertain. Should be reasonably easy to remove and clean if it is. The "Check Anti-Pollution system" message has appeared again, together with the engine check light, although it's still running OK. Instead of borrowing my friends Snap-On scanner are there any cheap code readers than can reset stuff like this? It'd be handy to keep one in the glovebox. There are loads on Amazon starting at £20 odd and going up to a few hundred but I've no idea which ones are capable of turning off engine/airbag lights e.t.c.
  11. The motor is a separate box bolted to the underside with a couple of cables going to the calipers. I think some models are available with a “normal” handbrake so I assume they use the same calipers. Another important job today involved the removal of the little convex blind spot mirrors a previous owner had fitted. Normally I find these quite useful but these were placed in a way that they didn’t offer any improvement in the field of vision and were really distracting. A kettle of hot water softened the double sided tape holding them on and after a bit of gentle levering with a putty knife both mirrors were removed without cracking anything. I’ve found them a home but the new owner finds them just as distracting as I did.
  12. It's been a while since I've started a thread about a specific car I own so I thought I'd better compile something about the Ex-Wuvvum Lauguna I recently collected. I'd been after a diesel car for a little while as I sold my petrol V70 to a mates dad then suddenly needed a motorway cruncher to visit my own Dad in Birmingham a couple of times a week when he fell ill. I feel I was pretty lucky to bag this old Reno as everything is getting snapped up so quickly nowadays. The drive home from Castle Wuv in Norwichshire back to Stoke on Trent went swimmingly with no drama apart from a couple of extra error messages appearing on the dash- something to be accepted in a high stakes situation such as this. It's important when purchasing a car which is A) 15 years old, B.) Quite leggy at 160k and C) maybe the most critical, French, to manage expectations. So far I can't complain at all. It really does go very well, is easy to drive and comfortable. The M9R Diesel engine feels powerful, the 6 speed autobox does what it's meant to do and it hustles along at motorway speeds very nicely, in fact it seems to cruise at 90 which I need to avoid if I want to keep points from my licence. The Laguna was pressed into use the next day with a 130 mile round trip to visit my Dad in Birmingham with the present Mrs Lankytim and the Lanklets in tow. They all gave it their seal of approval which is pretty rare with some of the cars I bring home and makes ownership so much more easy, "when are you getting a decent car Daddy, everyone at school thinks you car is shit" e.t.c Safely back home and I had a spare few hours to finally get to work cleaning the interior. A good hoovering pulled out a satisfying amount of dust and debris, dash shine shone all the plastics up a treat and some carpet shampoo was applied to some stubborn stains dotted around the upholstery and floor coverings. It's all come up very well and has made the Laguna a very pleasant place to spend time in. The exterior needed some attention too but I drove to a car wash and let someone else do the work to save flooding the driveway at home (I CBA at that point too). If I get time I'll get a polishing mop on the paintwork and try to get a decent shine, although it's pretty shiny as it is. Not a massive fan of these 18" wheels TBH, although it still rides pretty well over bumps and potholes, If I manage to bag a set of mint 17" alloys I've got a good set of Michelin tyres I can fit to them. There's an area of damage on the N/S/R arch and door which has been badly repaired, I don't think It'll be worth getting this sorted properly so I'll just have to live with it. Wuv explained that this Laguna had an issue with the DPF filter which was throwing up error messages on the dash, the pipework to the sensors rotting off/melting and being replaced with rubber gas pipe. Getting this all into a serviceable condition, where the DPF regens when it's supposed to may or may not be achievable. Add to this the "new" error messages which include the parking brake (works automatically, but i can't apply or release it via the button) and another for something to do with the speed limiter. I have access to a snazzy SNAP ON code reader and was able to borrow it for 10 mins to have a look at the codes, reset them and see what returned. With everything cleared I had this lovely message on the dash. Somewhat predictably it was short lived when I pulled away.. The park brake works fine automatically, i.e applying when you park up and releasing when you try to pull away but if I try to use it manually it'll throw up an error when I try to release it and then won't work manually at all. This message hasn't returned however... yet. It will at some point though. None of these error messages seem to affect the way the car drives or cause it to go into limp mode but will need to be sorted out at some point. If anybody has any idea on how to tackle these issues I'm all ears. So there we have it, another cheap "temporary" car I'm now emotionally invested in that I'll end up spending far more than it's worth on repairs and improvements.
  13. It was great meeting you today, pity we couldn’t get the Volvo to run right but at least there’s some progress of sorts. I was going to do a collection thread but the journey was pretty uneventful so I’ll stick the pics here. Wuv treated me to a ride out in his Renault 6 which was amazing fun! It’s given me the mojo to get my crocks on the road, especially the Visa! The drive home in the Laguna was great, it’s a pretty nice car. Hopefully I’ll be able to improve it and fix some of the issues it has. IMG_8444.MOV
  14. Any flat top updates @Mr_Bo11ox?
  15. The bathroom has had a bit of a damp smell recently so I popped the side off the bath to have a look… there seems to be a leak from these push together pipe fittings on the bath cold water pipe work, water is also getting behind the seal around the edge of the bath when the shower is used. All the woodwork looks mega soft now, there’s some staining on the ceiling downstairs too…. in every house I’ve ever lived in I don’t think I’ve been able to get a bath with a shower sealed up correctly. The pipe work needs to be replaced with copper fittings too but hopefully that should be more straightforward. Time to borrow dads plumbing toolbox and get some gas for his blow lamp!
  16. Yeah, it’s a bit too small for us. Looks a bit of a bargain though!
  17. I seem to remember people ribbing him over ruining the car- a matt black paintjob often being the last job on a car before it winds up in a scrapyard. A few weeks later a photo emerged of said Triumph, sat in a scrap yard with it's roof caved in.
  18. I fitted a tow bar to the Fusion recently and it’s proven to be very useful for general shite hauling duties.
  19. It's deffo a Granada, a Mk1/Consul if the bumper is from the same car.
  20. I seem to remember TopGear magazine (or similar) said exactly the same thing when the Signum was launched. Anyway, £200? let us know how the collection goes.
  21. Sold an old AVO test meter on eBay, sent it via EvRi or whatever Hermes are called now.. He's the proof of delivery, inside a lobby at a block of flats. Any bets on the buyer claiming item not received and getting a refund?
  22. Have we had this absolute vision of pant stretching beauty yet? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284737120479?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20200818143132%26meid%3Dd04105ac54d242a69ba8e9d45e640c46%26pid%3D101198%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D175148707318%26itm%3D284737120479%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DDefaultOrganicWeb&_trksid=p2047675.c101198.m1985 Apart from the reg it's the absolute spit to one that I had in 2001(mine was an R plate) My mother borrowed it for a few weeks until someone ran into to back of her so she gave it back to me smashed up and demanded the "wreck" was removed from her driveway, when i asked when she was repairing it for me she asked me to leave home. The whole episode pissed me off to the MAX.
  23. Guess what Shiters? The handles have only gone and been delivered! The buyer let me know today and wants to pay for them via bank transfer. What a result! What do I do about the refund from RM? nothing presumably?
  24. The passenger front window seal on the Fusion hasn’t fitted properly for at least 15 years and despite some half assed attempts in the past remained unfixable. Today was the day I attempted a slightly less half arsed fix. The seal was pulled out and clamped between some bits of metal and a pair of mole grips, boiling water was poured over the rubber to try and soften it and allow it to reshape under the improvised clamps. An hour later and the seal was refitted… annoyingly the window still didn’t close all the way but the seal had obviously flattened out a little. I decided to get tough and clamp the seal in situ, using a towel to avoid damaging the door. Another kettle of hot water was applied and after an hour the result was slightly better again, but the window was still trapping the rubber. With some Vaseline smeared over the offending area the window would finally close so long as I lightly pushed the rubber behind the glass as it went up. Not ideal but hopefully over the next days and weeks the rubber will finally get the message and stay put when the window opens, preventing it being trapped when it closes. I suppose I should just get a new window seal from a breakers for £3 or whatever, but where’s the fun in that?
  25. Those are 13" imperial wheels, which was what I thought I was purchasing. These metric rims I have appear identical but obviously aren't I didn't think Visas were fitted with TRX wheels at all, even after lots of reading up and googling I can only find evidence of the alloy versions and many sites say the Visa was metric only, including the haynes manual , these steels must be pretty unusual.
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