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    CreepingJesus reacted to groovylee in Incoming! Smoll green A series thing....   
    And this was the happy moment. I've got a new dissy on the way, as I don't trust this one, but it was good enough to check it runs. Forgive the blowy exhaust, I hadn't tightened up the manifold properly.
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    CreepingJesus reacted to groovylee in Incoming! Smoll green A series thing....   
    only just getting around to updating this from the weekend....
    made a start on making a suitably shit(e) exhaust for this.  now bear in mind im doing this with a stick welder, so it was never going to be pretty....
    first up. ah. that wont work.

    time for a bit of dodgy cut and shut.

    and then a bit more

    couple more clampy bits

    and a suitably shite exhaust hanger. this is only temporary...

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    CreepingJesus reacted to HillmanImp in Top Tips when viewing a car   
    This guy is quite helpful in explaining how to spot crash damage. 

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    CreepingJesus reacted to Tickman in Tickman's superior motoring choices.   
    It's one of those days again.

    That'll do

    Will get a go over underneath at some point in the future.
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    CreepingJesus reacted to Tickman in Tickman's superior motoring choices.   
    Next up the Civic that has done 6,000 miles since it arrived at the end of May.
    Quick oil change, it was obviously desperate to get it out so it made a bit of a mess.

    Then the top up.

    Then since I'd done some underbody cleaning today I thought I'd do a bit more. It looked a bit grotty and looks a lot better after.

    Think that is enough for a bit unles something falls off.
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    CreepingJesus reacted to bangernomics in Dave's shonkers - shonk cabrio showroom   
    Hmm very tempted I did blow this months idiot budget on a c5 but I may take you up on that kind offer.

    To clarify

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    CreepingJesus reacted to Dyslexic Viking in 1963 Mercedes Benz 190DC Fintail.   
    Yes, this is bad luck. And I have thought about it and it is probably as you say that the threds are damaged, this is perhaps due to the fact that it has been mounted incorrectly. And the bolt is a special bolt and it is probably not possible to get it out without destroying it.
    So I've been looking for this part and managed to find a complete one for sale in Greece that wasn't expensive so I bought it. So that should fix this.
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    CreepingJesus reacted to Mr Pastry in 1963 Mercedes Benz 190DC Fintail.   
    Bad luck with that.   It seems to me that if you do get the bolt out, it may not be re-useable, so you will need another one, and it is not a conventional bolt.   The thread in the cam may also be damaged.  The easiest option might be to swap the complete assembly off another pump if you can find one.  
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    CreepingJesus reacted to Yoss in Lazy spotters thread   
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    CreepingJesus reacted to jmsguzzi in W…sorry S124 230TE   
    Interior has come up amazingly well on this auld bus, nowt dodgy found under the seats, just a crudely drawn pikachu, very 90s.

    what better way to celebrate than to go dogging/kidnap some blokes/give free rides around the pub car park.

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    CreepingJesus reacted to trigger in Garage find Capri   
    I wasn't going to bother but as a few of seem interested i thought I'd start a thread on the Capri that i bought last month.
    It all started when a lady in the village who knows my wife asked her if I'd be interested in her husbands relatives old Capri they have in a garage, both him and his wife have died of old age and they have inherited the property and this old Capri had been in the garage for 20 years since he gave up driving at 83 and it was now being a 'burden', her words, not mind.
    The car was over a hour away near Harlow so i shot down there to visit the ladies mother in law who was at the bungalow sorting it out, she gave me the key to the garage and told me to take a look whilst she made me a cup of coffee.
    This is was i viewed when i opened the up n over door.

    I admit i got a bit excited at this point! the story is what he bought the car new in 1986, used it up until 2003 where he got Parkinson's and was too ill to drive anymore racking up 95000 miles, whilst he maintained the car well he probably would have benefitted from parking sensors these days!
    The lady said she'd been offered £900 by a neighbour but thought it was a bit low, i offered £2000 and she was more than happy! a few days later by mate helped me collect it.

    Access wasn't great as it was at the rear garden with a short drive with no room for pulling the car out easily and onto a road that was rat run and blind pulling out on, nothings easy!

    fortunately my mates truck managed to drag it out with locked brakes and big hammers!

    we then dragged it backwards down the roads, swapped ends and pulled it into a nearby school entrance and onto the trailer

    on the way back we got lost and managed to go past the original dealers, Gates in Harlow so we pulled in a got a photo!

    eventually we managed to drag it into my garage, phew! that was hard work!

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    CreepingJesus reacted to Dyslexic Viking in 1963 Mercedes Benz 190DC Fintail.   
    Got a problem with the bolt for the cam now. I can't get it loose. I had it out yesterday when I was cleaning and it was hard to get out then but I screwed it in without a problem and didn't tighten it too hard. But now it is impossible to get out and this is made worse by the fact that the bolt is 6mm and it is tight there.
    I'm going into civilization tomorrow so will take this to the local garage and see if they can help as I'm out of ideas.
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    CreepingJesus reacted to jonathan_dyane in Concept Cars   
    Pininfarina X, the Earnshaw Diamond reboot 

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    CreepingJesus reacted to Rust Collector in I'll get round to it at some point - An Insight into the Continent   
    More fun* up at the farm, plus (finally!) a new toy dragged home along with some tangential ramblings based on the events of the past week or so.
    I have car parts and tools stashed all over the place currently, so one small project on the go is the consolidation of everything and storing it in some sort of manner that makes sense and stops me buying things over and over again/wasting time driving from place to place trying to find something I have a dull recollection of owning. Action shot of some of the crap stored at work coming back with me in the most inappropriate car I own for this job:

    The dog apparently experiencing some existential despair there judging by the expresion.
    With those boxes clogging up the spare room in a test of the strength of mine and my partner's relationship, it was time to go and have a look at fitting the exhaust that came with my Volvo, as I've gone off the back box delete setup that came with it.

    Admire the craftsmanship* of the custom system:

    The good news is that the exhaust system has been chopped about so much that none of the components match up to the original system, so I'll either have to buy more parts to replace components further upstream until I find a point which hasn't been fucked around with, or figure out a point to cut the exhaust and weld a flange to it. In even better news, I spotted this:

    Nice. There was only one thing for it - chuck everything in the boot and move on to something else whilst trying not to think about it

    Easy job required to boost morale then. That'll be the BX starter motor. With the air cleaner removed it was fairly straightforward to extract.

    The appropriate diagnostic kit was located, the diagnosis - not working. I'll strip it and see if I can rebuild it using the other spare I've got here one evening. If not I'm sure ebay will be able to supply a high quality cheap shitty replacement.

    Best find another job then. The lawn tractor had resisted running last time I was up here, however by using the triple threat of a screwdriver, a jump lead and easy start I got it running again.

    IMG_1001.MOV The sand school had gotten a bit knackered during the lawn tractor's extended maintenance downtime, so I had a quick bash at grading that in order to earn some brownie points with the mother.

    Next up were two small jobs to facilitate collection of the new toy. The mudguards on the healing trailer mk2 were a bit high and were frequently stopping doors from opening. This was not good for me, as I'm 15 stone and very inflexible - going in and out of cars through windows is not something I relish. A cheapo set of replacements that had a lower profile were sourced secondhand and fitted.

    Problem two was that the inside of the electric connector on my Mum's L200 had broken, the pins were pushing through and shorting out. One of Halford's finest plastic replacements later and we had fully functional electrics again which was handy.

    Until I took this photo, I had never quite noticed how severe that drop plate is!
    All ready to go out on a retrieval mission today then. The weather was great so it was a pleasant drive out for a couple of hours, especially as I was loading this at the other end:

    It is of course the wrong way round on the trailer, but sat as far forwards as it was it towed absolutely fine.
    On the way back to the stables I stopped in scenic Newhaven by the sewage treatment plant for a couple of extra photos as I wasn't expecting to have much time after unloading; lots of rust and other nice things on display here!

    Safely home, I only got this before my brother and I handballed her off the trailer

    I just love how this thing looks, even in the state it is currently. I can't wait to give it a clean and get it firing up! I've already made my blood offering to the car gods whilst unloading the car - the steering wheel is some kind of bakelite style plastic that has almost entirely degraded. In usual fashion, I said to my brother that the the steering wheel would probably cut my hand open and I should probably put gloves on. And then it almost immediately jabbed a splinter of plastic into my little finger, cutting a nice flap and leaving me with a nice plastic splinter to pick out.

    I'll leave you with a picture of what is currently my favourite dashboard in the fleet.

    At the rate things are stacking up I will probably have to stop dicking around and put some proper hours in soon - let's hope the warm weather sticks around for a bit!
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    CreepingJesus reacted to Rust Collector in I'll get round to it at some point - An Insight into the Continent   
    Hi folks,
    As I threatened in my first post in the 'introduce yourself' thread, I will slowly be getting the fleet posted up on here for everyone to admire/ridicule. I will be the first to admit I have a hoarding problem, and at one point I had around 18 cars in addition to the stock that I was trading at the time... I eventually listened to those close to me who had been constantly nagging over the years, weaned myself back to one car for a year or so, realised that without projects to play with I was constantly bored and miserable and so decided that having one car was a crock of shit and I should buy more again. Always just one more, never more than that 😆 At the moment we have the following, some running and on the road, some not so much... Nothing irreparable though, and I will try my best to document the work I do as I pick away it on them all.
    So, on to the cars that we've got currently:
    2007 mk3 Renault Clio 1.2 - mentioned for completeness, and because I put a new engine in it recently and effectively got the car for £150 I'm still feeling sort of smug. I got given it for free with a snapped cam belt after helping someone out, I bought the cheapest engine I could find, put a new cam belt on it and hoped for the best. It's now my partner's daily, and she's happy enough with it. I'm wary of it, as it contains computers, but whilst it runs it means I can delay welding my partner's Subaru! After driving it for a bit myself, I actually don't mind it and I've come to think it's an alright car for what it is despite being incredibly dull 😯 2000 Mk1 Honda Insight - I bought this around 2015/2016 when I was importing cars from Japan and put it in storage. It was tipped to go up in value... It didn't really. Before the world fell apart we used to drive on the continent a lot (my partner is Slovakian, we try to drive to see family rather than fly) so I recently took it out of storage and put it on the road in anticipation of getting some road trips in once the borders open. This is currently my daily driver. 2001 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 3.0 V6 - This is our thunderbird, useful for rescuing the other cars when they shit themselves. So thirsty on fuel that you barely notice the change in economy when driving it unladen or with 1.5t dragged behind it 😆 Typical Japanese reliability, the engine and box are always well behaved but I'm forever welding bits into the holes in the body. I keep thinking of selling it, but it saved our arse when another car died just before a road trip to Zurich so I like to keep it around. It's quite good fun to take to pay and play days too, when I'm not busy throwing money at other stuff. 1994 Skoda Favorit Silverline Estate - I swapped another car I wanted to get out of for this one. The main attraction is that it horrifies my partner, as she had one as her first car and hated it. I've replaced quite a lot on this to get it running right, as it had some issues when I picked it up, I've also spent a good few days welding the underneath up. It still needs some bodywork and a tidy but it was a perfectly good daily up until the head gasket let go. It's still taxed and tested, the cylinder head is sat in the boot of the Mitsubishi ready to take for a skim, so hopefully I'll have her up and running again soon. I don't know why, but I've grown pretty fond of it over the time I've had it, despite the fact that it is fairly crap to drive by modern standards! 2001 Subaru Legacy Outback 3.0 H6 - Bought cheap with a short MOT, it was all going so well until I started picking at the inner arches. This was my partner's daily up until the MOT ran out, and ever since it's been on the 'I'll get round to it' list. Other than some crustiness, it's a pretty decent car. The flat 6 engine sounds beautiful through the stainless exhaust. It's rapid for a wagon, and has all the creature comforts you could want. It's fairly straightforward to work on. I think this is about our 6th or 7th Legacy, I keep getting rid of them and then regretting it. I'm told we are selling this one once I fix it... I may just buy my partner out of it, save us buying another one in a few months time 😆 2001 Mercedes E430 V8 Estate - £250 facebook marketplace special. Ran great for 6 months, providing loads of V8 fun. Bloody quick in a straight line, and huge inside. Easily one of my favourite shit heaps I've ever owned. Then the gearbox took a dump before we left for Zurich in 2019 (yes, I am stupid enough to plan a 3,000 mile foreign trip in a £250 German car...). I've since bought a replacement gearbox, which conveniently came attached to a 5.4l AMG lump from a CLK55 AMG that a mate was breaking, plus all the other bits I wanted to grab off of it. It's currently sat up at my parent's farm, firmly on the 'I'll get round to it' list. 2001 Mercedes SLK 320 - Bought off the mate who sold me the AMG lump, I got this as something to work on with my younger brother. It had a snapped control arm, and subsequently a knackered engine and gearbox. My mate chucked in a spare engine and gearbox, and we are most of the way through the repair work. The hardest part of this project has been both mine and my brother's working hours changing, making it hard to find the time to work together. 1992 Honda Prelude 2.2 Si VTEC - Another Japanese import, I bought it when I was 21, ran it for years and then took it off the road and left it up the farm until I was ready to do the restoration work it needed (I couldn't weld back then... Some people might say I still can't 😅 ) as the rear quarters and sills were going to crap. I started her up the other day and noticed she wasn't charging, so I'll probably strip the alternator and repair it over the next few days. As for the welding, you guessed it, I'll get round to it! 1992 Citroen BX Break 1.7 TZD - Well, it was free to a good home, and I had just dropped a car off and had an empty car transporter... What would anyone else do?! She's done nearly 300k miles, and has lots of holes for me to weld up. Otherwise runs fine, no trouble starting, suspension goes up and down as needed, doesn't spray green fluid all over the shop. I've had all the interior out and cleaned it thoroughly, removed most of the spiders, fitted the missing trim - basically done anything I can to avoid the harder jobs. It's due to become our holiday bus though, so I've scheduled some time over the next few months to get stuck in to the welding. This is probably one of the cars I'm most excited about running, as I reckon it will be a pretty decent estate to run around in. 1988 Zastava 311 - A bit of a random one, but I've always wanted a Zastava just for the obscurity. This one came up in January, and had been sat in barns since 1996 apparently.  It didn't run when I got it, but I've slowly replaced pretty much everything in the engine bay, along with all the brake components and lines, and she runs now. Just the welding left to do, and she's ready for MOT. I have been fairly productive with this project, up until several cars within my family broke at the same time and I ended up working on those in my spare time instead of my toys. Only one family car left to fix and I'll be back on my projects again hopefully. I will try to put an individual post to follow for each car, as and when I can be bothered to do a write up of what I've done with each of them to bring them up to date, and then after that I'll try and get posts and pics up as I do jobs on them. I suspect the first thing to get up will be the Skoda, as that's what I'm actively working on currently. And seeing as you made it this far through my rambling, here's a picture of the Favorit:

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    CreepingJesus reacted to RoadworkUK in Concept Cars   
    This is mine.... from 18 years ago. It's a concept for an amphibious commuter car to make use of the Thames for direct access to central London. Uses a hybrid hydroplane / trimaran hull with retractable wheels. Sadly the model is a bit the worse for wear these days.

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    CreepingJesus reacted to JimH in Concept Cars   
    Let's keep it positive. I love this one.

    And I really love the way the interior was going. I find it hard to believe that the gear shift would have a hope in hell of working. 
    Fortunately steaming big chunks of the car did make it into production. 

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    CreepingJesus reacted to JimH in Concept Cars   
    Forgot this one. Never made it beyond a sketch before he went and died.

    Yet more missed opportunities. 
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    CreepingJesus reacted to JimH in Concept Cars   
    One of my favourites

    This one looked a bit wonky from the front but this angle was lovely.
    Bertone were the greatest

    As clean as a clean thing that has been given an extra scrub up because his Nan was coming to tea.

    It talked electric bollocks and the front end was gopping but who could not love the rear?
    The interior was going in the right direction too. Lose the stupid lighting and the transmission tunnel and you've got a deal. I've long dreamed of interiors that have some space in them. 
    Bertone showing why the rest of them really should have just stayed in bed. Look after yourself Marcello, the world needs you now more than ever. 
    BMC/BL/Whatever's back catalogue is stuffed with might have been. This one probably deserves the defeat snatched from the jaws of victory award more than the others.
    I love Razoredges (who doesn't?) and I nearly wet myself when I saw this car in the museum. I spent far too long staring at it. The rear hatch arrangement is just beautiful. Not strictly a concept but yeah like whatever. 

    Wow. Just wow.
    If the BMC/Pininfarina effort up there doesn't make you cry at the loss then what about this bright idea for a Montego replacement? *Puts head in hands and weeps*

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    CreepingJesus reacted to Lanciaman in Concept Cars   
    Lancia Fulvietta.  Once again Fiat miss an open goal.... 

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    CreepingJesus reacted to Richard_FM in Concept Cars   
    Possibly the Aston Martin Bulldog, but considering all the woes they had with the Lagonda it was probably for the best that they passed on this.
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    CreepingJesus reacted to mat_the_cat in What has two seats, a mid-mounted 6 cylinder engine, and a turbo?   
    At the top of this page you can see the rust damage to the sump, and my temporary repair. To my surprise, I've done 6000 miles since the service in February, so time for another oil change and makes sense to repair it properly at the same time. Or so I thought...
    What started as a planned half day or so to whip the sump off, weld it up and replace turned into a whole world of pain, and about 18 hours work. To start with, the rearmost two bolts of the sump are recessed into the flywheel, but eventually I worked out that if I rotated the engine, two slots came into view enabling every single one of my 1/4" hex extensions to loosen the T30 screws.
    The next hurdle was the fact that the oil pickup pipe prevented the sump being moved rearward, and the crossmember prevented it from dropping downwards. The method is supposedly to remove the 5 screws holding the pipe in place, allow it to drop into the sump, and then tilt/slide the sump out.
    Little by little, working only by feel through a slot between sump and block (and hampered by the crossmember, I loosened the screws with an open-ended spanner. Dropped the pipe into the sump, and imagine my joy at realising there was still not enough room to wriggle it out. And now the pipe was inaccessible,  there was no chance of simply giving up and bunging a new gasket on.
    So the only solution was to raise the engine, but access to the (now immobile) van was not wide enough for my engine crane. So I had to dismantle it and carry it through in pieces. Passenger seat out, and crane in through the door took the weight of the engine, and lifting it an inch gave just enough clearance to miss the crossmember.  And foul on the anti-roll bar
    Still, that was relatively simple to remove, and finally, after 11 hours, the sump was now off!

    The inside was immaculate - absolutely zero sludge, so a testament to 51 oil changes over 290k miles. Welding it up was the quickest part of the job, although I'm running low on steel sheet and had to do it in two patches, covering up any pitted metal. I leak tested it with WD40, so confident it will be oil-tight. 

    Replacement is the reverse of removal, and refitting the pipe was slightly easier given a 2 inch slot between sump and block. Although balanced out by the fact I had to get 5 screws started by fingertips, without dropping them, whilst holding the pipe up and aligning the gasket where the pipe attaches to the oil pump.
    I got the sump on around 2am this morning, but left it until today to refit all the other bits and pieces, and carry out the service.

    Yes, the air filter really is that big! Which reminds me, I still need to fit that. But all else is done, and it fired up fine with no evident leaks.
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    CreepingJesus reacted to Saabnut in 1963 Mercedes Benz 190DC Fintail.   
    Make sure you have a means of shutting it down in case of runaway when starting. I would suggest removing the air filter assembly and have a piece of wood handy to press over the air inlet so you can starve it of air. Will probably be fine, but better to be sure.
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