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Skizzer

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  1. Sorry, just saw this as I’m hardly ever on here any more. I drove basically past the Cylinders’ den the other day but stupidly didn’t have the foresight to put your tubes in the car when I left home. I’ll probably be driving to London at some point in September so we could maybe arrange something. They’re still safe and well! Edit: If/when this happens it should hopefully be straightforward for me to pick up @Coprolalia’s stuff on the way as well, depending on timings etc.
  2. I can’t go now, because I have to self-isolate because I’m not one of Boris Cunting Johnson’s jolly chums. If the corrupt shower of shitcunts decide to play any more games in their pissing war with France that’s already devastating the UK economy then I’ll have to spend two and a half grand being fucking locked up. Don’t get me started.
  3. I haven’t been on here for a while so missed this - the article in Classic.Retro.Modern is very good indeed, as is the rest of the magazine. Here’s the film in case anyone is interested and hasn’t seen it. It was a great day, lovely scenery and some cracking location scouting by Ben. I’ve always liked the looks of the 480 and was mildly concerned about the risks of meeting your heroes, but actually it’s a really likeable car and Ben’s is a particularly fine example. Huge thanks for letting me play with it.
  4. Oh my, that looks superb. You must be hopping with excitement!
  5. Like for the not-a-Rayton-Fissore; Doug DeMouro I can take or leave. Would much rather have watched you talking about yours, tbh.
  6. Loving this. Bassetts is still around and still selling Citroens in Swansea. Very tangentially, my father bought A729VEP new, which wasn’t a Citroen but an Oporto red Austin Maestro 1.3L.
  7. And several grand more out of pocket, too.
  8. It’s amazing how good it is given its tiny size (said the actress etc). The only remotely significant thing it won’t do that bigger ones will is automatically follow a moving object, such as a car driving along. But as I normally film by myself I couldn’t legally do that anyway. That’s greatly outweighed by being less restricted on flying it near public roads, because it’s less than 250g. Also, it’s half the price and I’ve got no job at the moment 😬
  9. Thanks! Interesting point there, I know people like authenticity and ‘relatability’ so I agree that there’s such a thing as too much polish. The cars aren’t overly shiny (especially the Lotus) so the films shouldn’t be either.
  10. As previously reported, the Lotus has been having a mysterious on/off coolant leak, so after a bit of investigation I went for the kill or cure treatment.
  11. Marvellous, that swung it along with Mrs Skizzer’s 997 accounts 😁
  12. Thanks very much! Actually I already have a Volvo 480-related plan lined up, otherwise I’d be all over that...
  13. This just happened, which is nice 😊 Massive thanks to everyone for the support, it’s much more motivating to know people are watching and hopefully enjoying the little films. Just finalising the edit of the next one, which will be out at teatime on Tuesday.
  14. Excellent! I share your fondness for 2 door (3 door? Kinda, maybe 2.5 door) estates and love the look of 480s.
  15. Loving that rollover jig. I need one for the Rancho but I’ll probably buy rather than build, as I’m a wuss. Might weld myself a new workbench though.
  16. Thanks! I fixed it a while ago - ignition bits - but then it got blocked in behind the E30 after I lost the only key just before lockdown, muppet that I am.
  17. Cheers gents 😊 Still nursery slopes but I’m learning.
  18. You and me both! LOL at ‘Bavarian security device’, that could stick.
  19. The Italian is in the doghouse, the starter motor has packed in now. Noted re Webers, that’s not the worst idea!
  20. My current work project finished last week so I’m making use of some time to catch up with car and house jobs, plus a bit of filming. The Elite seems to be running generally well and the coolant leak has calmed down, but is still under close observation. I’m braving a slightly longer run, and there should be a video next week on how that goes. Here’s a preview pic. The Vauxhall 2300S is in good health and featured in my latest film, as you may have seen. The video seems to have gone down pretty well with a lot of views by my standards and some nice comments - who knew there was so much fondness for FE Victors out there? Thanks to @dollywobbler for being a sport and letting me use his brand in the title, and to @Kiltox and @RoadworkUK for a helpful boost on Twitter. The Victor-that’s-not-a-Victor needs some cosmetic work soon though - microblistering in the paint on the bonnet and wing has turned into tiny rust spots after a very damp winter, so they’ll need stripping, treating and professionally repainting. The E30 320i is up and about but resisting various measures to even out its idling when warm. Anyway, bypassing the air slide valve (no, me neither) has got it to the point where I think it might scrape through an MOT emissions test, so I’ll book it in and see what happens. I’m also thinking about converting it to the later Motronic system. The current setup is clearly moronic so I was hoping I could just add a T, but apparently there’s a bit more to it. Next up is putting a new fuel pump on the XJ-S, which should be pretty simple as it just sits in the boot, then the same on the Royale (Vauxhall not Bugatti, in case you're new here). After that it’ll be the SD1’s turn to get some love. I was supposed to be off on a car-related day trip to England today but the weather is rubbish so we’ve postponed. Meanwhile, just for the record, it’s nice and sunny here in Wales. So nerrrrr. It’s nice to feel I’m finally making some progress again.
  21. I'm not surprised it sold quickly, that seems a very good price in the current market for something in such lovely condition. You really do know how to pick 'em and improve 'em. Looking forward to the next one!
  22. I've looked it up now - we're both right, there are two 🙂
  23. The TSR-2 used to live at Duxford, didn’t it? I’m sure that’s where I saw it, many years ago. And yes, it is fantastic.
  24. Their incompetent ‘national call centre for better service’ messed up the booking and the woman at the local branch of Sytner, formerly a really good independent, was very rude about it, as later was the call centre.
  25. My local BMW dealer told me to piss off when I tried to drop off a 3 year old car for a booked service. Never, ever again.
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