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    Skizzer got a reaction from 500tops in Italian Stallion: Kiltox’s 1982 Fiat Panda 30!   
    I don’t know what magazine that’s from but it’s shockingly poorly written and sub-edited.
    Great to see some Panda progress though, can’t wait until it’s MOT’d and trotting about.
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    Skizzer reacted to Spottedlaurel in Italian Stallion: Kiltox’s 1982 Fiat Panda 30!   
    Popular Motoring, which wasn't exactly Car......
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    Skizzer reacted to Cavcraft in The new news 24 thread   
    Been out just now for another look. Honestly took all day as it sickened me to think what happened.
     

     
    Looks like possibly door mirror wiring or a speaker perhaps? It's fucked whatever happens.
    The person I bought this from didn't seem remotely arsed about doing anything about it yesterday. Given the field he's in you think he might be. Perhaps he's having a think about it, we'll see.
    Options are scrap it and lose over half its cost, or take it to a garage for an independent assessment then consider the next course of action. It could maybe be repaired but will surely be too expensive and it's spooked me so I just want it gone.  I know nuns/kittens/someone think of the kids, but my missus and daughter are frequent passengers in the car and it's unpleasant to think what might have happened.
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    Skizzer reacted to N19 in The new news 24 thread   
    A productive few hours this weekend! The rear windscreen wiper hasn't been working on the Capri for ages - but with lockdown, house move, then other more important faults, it's taken a backseat. And another job that needed doing was the rocker cover - the old one was a bit past it and the lips not straight, hence leaky.  Again, a new one had been sitting on my windowsill since June... so last week got it out, picked up a gasket and fitted it...

    Yesterday, I took it round to the local garage to borrow one of the ramps - they had a quiet Saturday and offered if I wanted to borrow one for the afternoon.

    Given a good de-greasing and clean of the underside. A couple of bits need underseal replacing or tidying up, but bit cold for that today. And I want to replace the remainder of the fuel line, just because paranoid.
    Rocker cover fitted, alternator adjusted, points done, all behaving beautifully.
    Today time to look at the wiper down at the lockup. First things first, put 12v across the motor and it turned. Result!

    But what's this? Tracing the cables I discovered an earth which was rather tarnished...
    which earths via the tailgate switch

    and when cleaned up seemed to be fine! Naturally I then discovered the switch wasn't properly home in the dash, so the dash had to come out to click it back in,

    but then we finally had a working rear wiper!

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    Skizzer reacted to Kiltox in Italian Stallion: Kiltox’s 1982 Fiat Panda 30!   
    Now has a OS mirror

     
    I’ll worry about the rust later. 
    Changed the air filter and ignition leads today too. Think it starts a little easier now - before it was very clearly firing one cylinder up before the other and I think that has definitely improved!  Must change the plugs too - they’re quite awkward though, socket I have doesn’t fit them due to how long they are. 
    I bought a set of 4 steel wheels from Italian eBay a few months ago. Have put two of them in the boot of my MG so I can go and get a couple of tyres in the same size as the front axle. 155/80/13. Not sure if that’s right or not but the front tyres seem to have plenty of tread on them, aren’t too ancient and are in good condition. 
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    Skizzer reacted to Spottedlaurel in Italian Stallion: Kiltox’s 1982 Fiat Panda 30!   
    Saw this the other day and thought of you and the Panda:


    Wonder if you can get a 30 on three wheels?
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    Skizzer got a reaction from Tickman in 320touring's Shitey Saab 9-5 Fuckitybye 16/1/21   
    Sad but the right move. That had the look of an end of life car.
    What’s taking up daily* lugging duties? More hot Seat Toledo action?
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    Skizzer got a reaction from Shite Ron in January 2023 (For the 2022 calendar)   
    Love this shot.
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    Skizzer got a reaction from Peter C in January 2023 (For the 2022 calendar)   
    Love this shot.
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    Skizzer got a reaction from wuvvum in January 2023 (For the 2022 calendar)   
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    Skizzer got a reaction from adw1977 in January 2023 (For the 2022 calendar)   
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    Skizzer got a reaction from brownnova in January 2023 (For the 2022 calendar)   
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    Skizzer reacted to N19 in The new news 24 thread   
    I wouldn't normally take this out in the snow (and salt) but given that I'm getting a significant amount of welding done next year anyway... 


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    Skizzer reacted to Fabergé Greggs in The new news 24 thread   
    Soz if this is a repost. Bears repeating nevertheless
     
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    Skizzer reacted to Jim Bell in The new news 24 thread   
    This is exactly why I always ask a woman if her husband is an MOT tester BEFORE intercourse. 
     
    It must be terrible finding out by the medium of 1000 advisories. 
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    Skizzer reacted to Split_Pin in The new news 24 thread   
    I feel I must speak up. Whilst I acknowledge your sentiments, there's no shortage of MOT slots that I'm aware of. I got 2 of mine MOTd on Thursday and Friday last week.
    I just rotate them on twice weekly essential shopping trips and tinker with them at weekends. That way I'm sticking to the rules and it's good for my mental health which is a win-win situation.
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    Skizzer reacted to junkyarddog in JYD's 1990 Mk2 Golf Gti.   
    The two rear door damp membranes were good enough to be reused. 

    I used this stuff to attach them to the door,I bought it at the local farm shop,I guess it's used to seal between roofing sheets or similar. 
    Quite sticky,but the polythene membrane can be peeled off again if need be.(knowing my luck it'll be sooner rather than later)


    Finally got the two rear door cards fitted up.


    They scrubbed up quite good,will need another clean,but that can wait until it's  all back together completely. 
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    Skizzer reacted to junkyarddog in JYD's 1990 Mk2 Golf Gti.   
    Work has been progressing slowly on this,sometimes it's been 1 step forward and 2 back,but I'll keep slogging away, the finish is in sight......hopefully.
    New sound deadening pads have been slapped onto the front floorpans,plenty of heat from a hot air gun moulded them to shape nicely. 

    The original sound insulation was beyond help,so 3 layers of alternative material was fitted,hopefully it will be ok.

    Dashboard has been refitted too,lots of dicking about with wiring,switches and heating ducting but it's all in place now.

    Replaced the airflow meter,as it didn't seem to be revving as good as it should,it had a slight misfire too,it runs better now.

    Just when I had thought i had finished with the cooling system, this contorted sprig of metal pipe decided it wanted some attention too,so it started to leak!!
    I had a replacement in the boot of my spares car,it's actually for a diesel and the route is slightly different, but fitted fine and more importantly leak free.The original was clearly past it's best 


    Also fitted some new central locking solenoids to the doors,it had these when I bought it, plus its nice to able to lock/unlock all 4 doors with the touch of a button.

    The car only had two speakers in the dash top,years ago I made some MDF pods to fit in the front door bins,but these had disintegrated a while ago,but a browse on AliExpress got me a pair of these to fit in the door pockets,fitted the Blaupunkt speakers I have a treat.These will look neat in the front door cards.


    New speaker cable routed into the doors.

    Also spent some time getting the courtesy light to work.

    Next job to make up some damp barriers for the doors,then clean and fit the door cards.
     
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    Skizzer reacted to junkyarddog in JYD's 1990 Mk2 Golf Gti.   
    Work has been done on the heater box.

    You can see the non existent foam,it was totally disintegrated. 

    Box split open and flaps removed.
    Scraped the old foam and glue off with a blade,then gave them a rub of sandpaper. 

    Refoamed flaps refitted!
    The foam I used was actually a sleeping mat for camping,it came from a cheap tat shop.
    Cut to size then glued in place with an aerosol contact adhesive. 
    Hopefully it will be ok.

    Box back together. 

    New heater matrix. 
    This was a little bit different to the original, the pipes were a little bit shorter and didn't come through the bulkhead far enough to be able to refit the heater hoses easily.
    So after a bit of head scratching I decided to try and fit the pipes first,then fit the heater box back into the car,thankfully that worked and I now have a new working heater.

    This car had the heater bypass mod done by VW as a recall sometime in the past,so the heater hoses are quite short.
    Bled the system and everything seems to be ok at the moment, I'll flush it again,the refill it with coolant.
    Then maybe make a start on refitting the interior. 
     
     
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    Skizzer reacted to junkyarddog in JYD's 1990 Mk2 Golf Gti.   
    Progress has been slow on this as of late,due to ancient Focus needing some attention. 
    New radiator has been fitted,old one had started to leak,fitted a new header tank too,as the old one had become opaque. 
    Tidied up some wiring under the bonnet too,as it was removed for work around the battery tray area.

    Front bumper has been refitted too,along with two new indicator lamps,and also two new front fog lamps,the old ones were past their prime.


    New grille fitted too,so the old girl finally has her face back on.
    Next job is to refurbish the heater box,the foam on the sealing flaps has disintegrated,and will also fit a new heater matrix too.
    Then I can make a start on refitting the interior. 
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    Skizzer reacted to junkyarddog in JYD's 1990 Mk2 Golf Gti.   
    More progress has been made on this, 
    All the door check straps have been cleaned and greased then refitted,sealing gaskets refitted too,along with the courtesy light switches.

    Refitted all the door glass,window regulators and seals,front door mirrors too.
    Also the trim/rain channel that covers the seams on the roof.


    Really starting to look more like a car again.
    Also managed to chip it somehow,no idea how or when it happened but it's happened. 

    I guess it's one of those things,still very annoying though.
    Windscreen next. 
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    Skizzer reacted to junkyarddog in JYD's 1990 Mk2 Golf Gti.   
    Rear bumper and tow bar refitted,new plug fitted for the electrics too.
    Tail lamps washed and lens polished,then refitted.
    Left side sill cover refitted too,this was a pain as it is a replacement item from another car and had warped slightly in storage.
    Mudflaps all fitted now,along with all the newly refurbished wheels and new Avon tyres. 


    Sunroof is next item to be fitted.
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    Skizzer reacted to motorpunk in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Makes you grin?
    Writing for Absolute Lotus and PPC magazines this month. Been a while, great to get my drivel in print again. There’s a pic of my missus going in, I’ll tell her once it’s gone to print... 😄
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    Skizzer got a reaction from 320touring in 320touring's Shitey Saab 9-5 Fuckitybye 16/1/21   
    Sad but the right move. That had the look of an end of life car.
    What’s taking up daily* lugging duties? More hot Seat Toledo action?
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    Skizzer reacted to AndyW201 in Shite in Miniature II   
    So, I set the XR3i free from its display case. Instantly I wasn't keen on how it sat, it seemed way too low at the back,


    Normally this wouldn't bother me, I'd just drop the front to match! But the baseness of this car made me want to get it up to normal height. So for the first time, I set about raising the suspension on a Vanguards model! Apart it came,
     
    Bit different this one from previous releases. The nice underbody detailing is gone, along with the hidden screw fixings, which used to be a nice touch.  Only screwed in at the front now too, the rear of the baseplate is held in with a tab now. Interesting to see only the Corgi logo too, no Vanguards logo. The fact the baseplate says 'Escort Mk4' though gives hope that we may see some non-sporting variants from this casting.
    There was a fair bit of upward movement between the rear axle and the suspension rods, so I fashioned a packing piece to go between the interior tub and the rear axle,


    Also closed up the gaps on the rear bumper. Reckon it looks a bit better now.
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