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    theorganist got a reaction from sdkrc in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    This is my other car which I have had on the road for a couple of years. I have done a pretty shonky repair on the front O/S wing but will get it properly done at some point soon. Would like to get the seats repaired at some point.



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    theorganist got a reaction from sdkrc in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    Hello all, it's been a long time since I have posted on Autoshite. I hadn't visited for a long time but have been lurking for the last few weeks. It seems I have missed a lot of fireworks and sadly several old faces seem to have disappeared. 
    Anyway I thought I would be brave and post my latest purchase, I have my old car mojo back. It seems that the cars which seemed to get the most interested when I joined over ten years ago now seem to be not so popular. 
    I have recently been running an Austin Maxi and my Renault 5. The Maxi whilst solid needed a respray and some bodywork, I have sold it to an enthusiast who has the money to get the work done, I didn't want it to rust away. I have just purchased this Maestro which has been off the road since 2005. It is one of the last Mayfairs with the 1.6 S series engine. It has optional PAS fitted which was quite rare on Maestros.
    I haven't seen it in the metal myself, these photos are from the marketplace advert. I am having it transported directly to my mechanic so he can look at what needs doing. Apparently it doesn't run after a previous keeper changed the carburettor. At £500 though it seemed to good an opportunity to miss, I have been wanting another Maestro for some time, it has only done around 52,000 miles.
     









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    theorganist reacted to dollywobbler in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Sorry folks. Shitter of a day, but could have been worse. I'm back where I started the day, with Betty and it appears the spin has bent a halfshaft and it also smashed the rim off the offside rear. Bloody lucky not to have worse damage but feeling gloomy nonetheless.
    The road surface was like ice, and once she started sliding, under gentle acceleration I should point out, there was no catching her. I'm absolutely gutted, though trying to remember that at least I was on my own, wasn't injured and the car wasn't destroyed. It stopped right on the edge of a big drop too. Horrendous that this hasn't been dealt with.
    I'm going to have to leave her in Lincolnshire and try to acquire parts. All I want to do right now is sleep.
     
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    theorganist reacted to Cookiesouwest in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Please let me know what petrol brand you use. I will buy shares.
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    theorganist reacted to St.Jude in Manchester clean air zone May 2022   
    What really grinds my gears with this is that the Manchester and Bristol CLZ's affect commercial vehicles - yet Birmingham being the fucking bread basket it is punishes everyone for it. To drive the RAV4 and Corolla in to Birmingham costs £8 a day. And the biggest joke of it all is that you have to go really go through the city centre if you want to get to the M6 or the Children's Hospital - and you'll still get stung. But don't forget that - and this is verbatim from the council in Birmingham - that once the pollution is under acceptable levels the CLZ will stop and be removed. What's that thing about politicians promises?
     
    @sierraman is quite on the money with this I'm afraid @yes oui si. Cash is always king, as it can't really be traced. This pisses off the tax man and the police as it makes their job harder to do. The best thing for either of these is to get transactions to be made in a way that can be recorded. Cashless does this fairly easily, as you have mobile phones, banks, card merchants all involved in the process. 
    Further, now with all the "making tax digital" bullshine, invoices are recorded and treated the same way. So if you're freelance, you invoice a customer, they pay the invoice. Tax man comes along to the customer, wants to know where the £1,000 you said you charged them has gone. Customer shows the invoice you raised for £1,200. Tax man then wonders where the £200 you didn't mention has gone. It's much, much harder for them to do this if it's all cash as it doesn't go through the books. But now with everything being digital, everything leaves a trace. 
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    theorganist reacted to sierraman in Manchester clean air zone May 2022   
    Despite all this we are wasting Christ knows how much on HS2, a rail link so you can get to London 20 minutes quicker, by the time that’s built the cost of the tickets will be prohibitive. Here’s a thought, scrap HS2 and spend the money fixing to local rail network. 
    HS2 is the answer to a question nobody had asked. 
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    theorganist reacted to sierraman in Manchester clean air zone May 2022   
    They are bringing a scheme in in Sheffield. It’s similar charge, the local bus company have rightly said they’ll simply pass the charge on in increased fares. Again it’s the working people that are paying for it so it’s simply a way of gentrifying certain areas. 
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    theorganist reacted to brownnova in Manchester clean air zone May 2022   
    So if I’m reading you correctly you’re saying buy all the 80s and 90s cars now so that they can be worth ££££ when they’re officially historic enough to go in clear air zones… got it. I’m liking this plan!! 
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    theorganist reacted to Matty in Manchester clean air zone May 2022   
    It would appear that the grand plan to sort climate change is to hammer stealth tax on mere mortals. Can't say I'm suprised
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    theorganist reacted to vulgalour in Maestro, please.   
    Fackin oops.
     

     
    My goal was not to buy any more cars but with the Lanchester out of action while we work through it and make it safe to use, and the Princess out of action and needing the engine to be removed (a job I am procrastinating about, and when I'm motivated am thwarted by schedule and weather conflicts) it was getting more obvious that I needed some personal transport.  Something basic and reliable that I know my way around, that's going to be cheap to buy and run.  This is an ideal candidate, on paper.
    Whether I really can just use it as An Car or will end up getting all finicky about making it nice remains to be seen.  I just want some hasslefree pootling for a few months and normally Maestros are just that.
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    theorganist reacted to Stanky in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    68bhp from a carb fed 1275cc engine isn't bad. My first car, a 1992 golf cl with a 1391cc spi engine made do with 60bhp (once upon a time) and apparently weighted 990 kg, so about 10% heavier.
    Top bombing though!
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    theorganist reacted to Tommyboy12 in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    It's also given me an opportunity to have a proper look underneath. Pretty good is my assessment! Given its 35 years old and 280k!
    There's a small hole in the wheel well on the rear that's going to need a slight tickle with the welder but it's not a difficult repair.




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    theorganist reacted to Cookiesouwest in HFM small autos - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    So here goes.
    I'm Andrew, but everyone except my mum calls me Cookie. 48yrs old and have been buying and running shite since I passed my test at 17.
    I can't remember how many cars I have had over the years, as I have never bothered keeping a record. But it is many. Not as many as the hardcore members of this forum, but still a reasonable number. Also don't have pics of most. I realise now that this has been an error. I will try to compile a list and update it as and when my brain remembers what cars I have owned!
    Another error is I have only just joined your excellent forum, despite knowing of the existence of the beige brigade for a few years. 
    So why am I posting?
    It's for me, although all are welcome to view this public thread. I need a place to document future and current shite and some non shite, so that when I am old and the kids have put me in a home, I will still have a record of my car history, to relieve the boredom of the nursing home.
    Pre Forum list - probably lacking detail like spec levels but will try to keep them in historical order. Plus owned multiple cars at some points
    1  1983 1.6 L Blue Ford Sierra hatch - my dads old car and my first.
    2 1987 1.6 LX Red Ford Sierra hatch
    3 1992 2.0 L Red Vauxhall Cavalier hatch
    4 1996 1.8 Black Audi A4 Saloon
    5 1995 2.0 16v Grey Vauxhall Calibra - one of the few I miss
    6 1988 2.0 Red Saab 900 (pre GM one)
    7 Mk2 1.3 e Black VW Golf
    8 1988 Red VW Golf GTI
    9 1992 Champagne 1.6 Pug 405
    10 1997 Green 1.8 Pug 406
    11 Grey 2002 Passat 1.8t - 3 months warranty. Crapped its oil pump 2 weeks out of warranty. A known issue with that particular engine (awt?). Except I didn't. 
    12 1989 Blue (ish) 1.6 L Vauxhall Cavalier Hatchback
    13 1997 Red (ish) Audi A4 2.4 tiptronic
    14 1998 Green Audi A4 2.4 tiptronic - no idea why, must have fancied a change of colour
    15 1989 Champagne E34 530 auto
    16 1993 Silver Merc C220 auto - 180k on clock when I bought it, in the late 2000's
    17 1995 Green Vauxhall Omega 2.5 v6 GLS auto - 2mpg when booting it round the ring road
    18 1985 White Merc 190E
    19 1997 Blue Fiat Punto - think it was a 1.2 but could be wrong
    20 Mk1 Blue Toyota Rav4 3dr. Cant remember the year
    21 1994 Green E34 525 manual
    22 1997 Green Audi A4 avant 1.8 SE
    23 1993 Grey E34 520 manual
    24 1989 Grey E32 735 Auto - had it a month. It was old, tired and cornered like a boat.
    25 LDV convoy LWB HiTop - cant remember the year
    26 Renault Master LWB HiTop, again I cant remember the year. I do remember it was a pig to drive but I liked it. Just like the Convoy.
    27 1999 Green Mondeo ST24 estate
    28 1995 Green Rover 416 auto - still one of my all time favourites
    29 1997 Green Nissan Primera 2.0 hatch
    30 1998 (I think) Blue Saab 900 2.0
    31 1995 Silver Ford Galaxy 2.0
    32 1997 Green E39 523i manual

    33 1998 Silver Escort 1.6 hatch
    34 1998 Green E39 523i manual - not same as 30, different shade of green
    35 2001 Red Ford Mondeo 2.5 ghia X
    36 2000 Blue Audi TT 180 6 speed
    37 2003 Grey MG ZS 180 loon
    38 2004 Anthracite MG ZS 180 loon
    39 1999 Anthracite MG F 120
    40 2001 Trophy Yellow MG ZS 180 loon - in addition to the one sitting on my mums drive. See below.
    41 2004 Zafira 2.0dti - kept for 3 yrs. Longest I ever owned a car. Still miss it. Only recently departed.
    Will continue when time and memory allow.
    Current Fleet (Including Mrs Cookie)
    1 2005 Black Honda CRV 2.0 - daily Mrs Cookie
    2 2006 Black Vaux Vectra 1.8vvt SRI - new arrival for daily
    3 2001 Trophy Yellow MG ZS180 - off road for last 3 yrs, waiting for a lottery win or simply some time to restore

    Fleet News
    Picked up the vectra on Sunday. 900 quid. 96k on clock. Impressed. Mind you compared to the HRV even a moped would have felt like an improvement ?
    Cambelt done at 86k June 2018. Last oil change at 70k June 2014 !! Thermostat not working.
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    theorganist reacted to Microwave in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    I've got a pair of Maestro front seats you're welcome to have, if you'd like. I might still swap my drivers seat with the spare pictured, but they're the same pattern regardless.
    There's also a good fucking reason why your headlining is the way it is 😁

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    theorganist reacted to Tommyboy12 in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    I have been gathering parts...
    It genuinely looks like some of these boxes have been on the shelf since the car was new! 😂
    Unfortunately the brake discs I bought were vented and my car is soooo poverty spec that it even has solid front discs!




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    theorganist reacted to Isaac Hunt in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    I had a 1990 Montego with an S Series Engine in it.  Cambelt had been replaced whilst it was my fleet car.  I was having the engine ‘pressure washed’ by a guy down the local car auctions when the fekkin stopped running and wouldn’t restart.  It turned over but wouldn’t fire.  Some investigation concluded the Cam Belt had let go.  I towed the fekker home.  Phoned up a mate of mine in the trade “tell me how fekked it is gonna be”.  1.6 S series you say, “yes”.  You be fine, it is a safe engine.  He was right, one new belt later and we were back in business.
    i’d watch that crab if I was you, looking at the interior hygiene that might not be the only crab you catch.
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    theorganist reacted to adw1977 in Tommy's A-series Misery - Fleet tinkering and a new daily   
    Gearbox was dependent on trim level rather than engine size.  4 speed on base models, 5 speed on everything else, but the 5 speed was an optional extra on both 1.3 and 1.6 base.

    July 1987 brochure
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    theorganist got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    The Maestro is at my mechanics and hopefully will have an MOT in a week or two.
    It turns out to be a solid car, it looks good underneath and the rust on the body, of which there are a few sites is mainly surface rust. Both rear wheel arches need attention they are quite grotty but not rotten, that is a common area on Maestro's.  The o/s A pillar has some rust which need treating. The bonnet is the ugliest bit as it has quite a few scabs.  There is damage on the rear bumper but that can be fixed.
    The good news is the non running has been fixed. I was told (well it was insisted) that it was a poorly set up new carburettor. However there was no compression at all. It turns out that at some point someone many years ago, changed the timing belt and messed the timing up. Obviously thinking they were beyond reproach they changed the carburettor. The timing was out by 45 degrees. The timing belt has never been in action, although it is obvious that it was replaced many years ago. There was a brand new water pump in the boot so that has been fitted along with a new timing belt. The battery is new too. I suspect Messers Bodgitt and Scarper have been involved at some point in the process!
    The car now runs and sounds very sweet and doesn't overhead. The auto choke sticks a bit but it probably hasn't been ran for over 15 years to that is understandable. Even the exhaust appears intact. It has no brakes to they will be the next to be sorted.
     








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    theorganist got a reaction from brownnova in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    The Maestro is at my mechanics and hopefully will have an MOT in a week or two.
    It turns out to be a solid car, it looks good underneath and the rust on the body, of which there are a few sites is mainly surface rust. Both rear wheel arches need attention they are quite grotty but not rotten, that is a common area on Maestro's.  The o/s A pillar has some rust which need treating. The bonnet is the ugliest bit as it has quite a few scabs.  There is damage on the rear bumper but that can be fixed.
    The good news is the non running has been fixed. I was told (well it was insisted) that it was a poorly set up new carburettor. However there was no compression at all. It turns out that at some point someone many years ago, changed the timing belt and messed the timing up. Obviously thinking they were beyond reproach they changed the carburettor. The timing was out by 45 degrees. The timing belt has never been in action, although it is obvious that it was replaced many years ago. There was a brand new water pump in the boot so that has been fitted along with a new timing belt. The battery is new too. I suspect Messers Bodgitt and Scarper have been involved at some point in the process!
    The car now runs and sounds very sweet and doesn't overhead. The auto choke sticks a bit but it probably hasn't been ran for over 15 years to that is understandable. Even the exhaust appears intact. It has no brakes to they will be the next to be sorted.
     








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    theorganist reacted to Isopon in eBay tat volume 3.   
    @egg June registered K reg Mondeo Ghia


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184973625879?hash=item2b11498a17:g:OzAAAOSwFz1hBSan
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    theorganist reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - I know it was wrong but peer pressure is hard to resist!   
    Today after 5 years we decided to layout the temporary road way we have to store cars in the field on. We had to move the cars out, cut the grass and then the real fun and games began.
    Thanks so much to Talbot and Crackers for all there hard labour.





     


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    theorganist reacted to mat_the_cat in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - I know it was wrong but peer pressure is hard to resist!   
    I'm now thinking it would have been a good idea to have erected my tent before:
    a) the rain
    b) darkness
    c) a bottle of wine
    Oh well, WCPGW?

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    theorganist reacted to BL Bloke in FotU 2021 - GO GO GO!   
    I agree. As far as I can remember that was the longest I've sat in a queue to get into anywhere (about an hour and 20 minutes) and I felt that the music, apart from being bad wasn't necessary. Apart from the queue to get in I had a great day. I was a bit apprehensive beforehand as it was the furthest I've been in the 205 since Chumley back in 2019 but I needn't have worried as the trip there and back was trouble free. I did turn the engine off while in the queue as after a while the fan cut in and as it doesn't have a temperature gauge (because French) I thought it best to err on the side of caution.It was a relief to finally get in and park up.

    Upon arrival I found myself parked behind a certain Dacia of this parish.

     Here are a few pics of some of my favourite cars of the day. Top of the 'I haven't seen one of those for ages' list had to be this Daihatsu Applause, a car which you hardly ever saw even when it was current.

    Best of the rest.

     
    My Dad owned a two door Mk1 Cavalier back in the early 90's so I was pleased to see this one, even if it didn't have a vinyl roof like Dad's did. 

    He also had a Connaught Green over Snowberry White MG Magnette so I was pleased to see this too.

    After a few enjoyable hours of walking and chatting it was off home in convoy with @catsinthewelderand @MondeoBlues . I think we had the 205 of @Erebus behind us too for a few miles before Melton Mowbray.  All in all a great day spent with good company and some prime chod. When's the next one? 🙂
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    theorganist reacted to RoadworkUK in FotU 2021 - GO GO GO!   
    I may as well post some of mine here, too.
    Rather than do the sensible thing and take the DSLR, I took a circa 2002 Sony Mavica that records pictures onto CD-RW, just for shits and giggles.
    It worked, though. More or less. Colour balance is way out, but the pics have ended up with a bit of an 'expired Kodachrome' look to them.
    Anyway:



    My wife declared this SD1 her favourite car of the show. I felt very proud of her for saying that.

    It is utterly gorgeous, though.
    As was this:


    Were it not for their well-deserved reputation to rust for fun, I'd have bought one of these years ago.

    This seemed unimaginably posh. And the CAD numberplate is bang on.

    The @Skizzer / @RobT Espace was a joy to behold. Nicola said about how she'd have loved one of these for holidays as a kid, and I had to concur. Still a proper world-beater, and timeless in design.

    Wish my Acclaim had worn Prelude wheels like this one.

    Good news!


    PLAH


    When you have a Busso'd 164, it's obligatory that you expose its ventricles to the world.
    Very close to NSFW, that.

    Frighteningly on-edge CX that must be a gnat's tadger away from absolutely crippling bodywork repair bills. Still unutterably gorgeous, though.
    I have more, but they're worse, so I'll not force them on you.
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