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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 egg in '93 Mondy thread - a K reg estate *exists*   
    Pandemic means only 294 miles this year (shocking!), but to be fair 3 months it was on SORN. Just nowhere to go in the past year. But a clean pass is a clean pass....

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    theorganist reacted to BorniteIdentity in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman's Spot of the Year award.   
    The guy who wants it isn't in any rush, and nor am I.  I think it'll be more of a crossfade than a rushed relay.  I would be surprised if it's still here this time next year, but if it takes him 6 months to get his house in order and start his tenure on a good footing, then that's fine with me and probably better for the car.  
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    theorganist reacted to BorniteIdentity in Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder: bASeman's Spot of the Year award.   
    I was planning on going to FotU but car mojo is a bit low at the moment. It's a shame because I was both gutted last year when it was cancelled and delighted this year when it was reinstated. Dunno, just feeling a bit glum at the moment when it comes to cars.  The wider picture is peachy AF.  I'm sure it'll bounce back.  People bounce back.  Dennis Hopper.  Rolf Harris.  There are others.

    I've had a five year inner battle with this old hector.  Sustaining it is quite a challenge, and I've had to be both strict and realistic with myself.  When it comes to remedials, IF I can make it better - then I will. If I can't, it gets left alone. If it needs to be addressed but is beyond my scope, then it's done properly and well. There's no point in paying good money for shit repairs just so it can be 'authentic'. It's an organic thing this car, and it's come simultaneously a long way and not very far in 5 years.  

    The rear panel has been bubbling away for a long time now. It has now holed, but doesn't seem to let any water in. This week I finally bit the bullet, took the plate off and painted it up with some Hammerite which, in fairness, is a fairly decent match. Well, I'll let you be the judge!







    Eeek. I might need to learn to spray! Still, as the old saying goes, anything's better than rust. I took the opportunity to slap a bit around in the boot on some slightly brown bits and, if nothing else, it makes me feel a bit better about things.  From 6 feet it looks red and fine.  
    What next?  Well, I managed to get a bonnet cable from ebay for £4 which is a result (I hope!).  I've also bought a new clutch adjuster so will deliver both of those and the car to my friendly garage so it's just f**king done.  The next gig is the doors, and I might just get a second driver's door which has a manual winder arrangement for ease.  I'll likely get them whacked on next year so that I'm not banging about in the depths of winter with new metal and paint.  
    So, as soon as we're done with the little jobs on this, it's Mini time...
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    theorganist got a reaction from privatewire 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 The Old Bloke Next Door 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 JimH in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    Oh it is way worse that top cog wailing away like that.
    Your front wheels are very heavy, have huge articulation, very stiff springing and no damping. Basically they are going where they want and you have to work hard to keep them on track. Obviously there is no assistance so it is just brute force and ignorance. The other little trick was that ther wheels on the rear bogie are geared together on either side. Coupled with the short wheelbase means that most of the time it wanted to go roughly straight on. Making it turn was graft. Unless things were a bit muddy in which case it was going straight on and there wasn't a fat lot you could do about it. You can probably spot that it is pretty wide so you don't have much room for error. This added a frisson of excitement to your work of keeping things on the straight and (very) narrow. It may not be obvious but you sit a log way in board close to the middle of the cab, the mirrors are "traditional" and the view out the front is not good. You might spot the little red balls on the wings. That should give you a clue as to the sort of view you get of what is going on. You are fighting the gearbox all the fucking time. I drove it through Glasgow one weekend (those who don't know Glasgow may not realise it has more traffic lights per capita than any other city on the world). Although it was a six speed box running light you only bothered with the top three but even in town you still needed them. With no neutral plane you have to go both up and down the box so even slowing down in a bind. The clutch is slightly* on the heavy side and not being a time served pro you are straining to listen to everything that is going on to snick from one gear to the next without a crunch. As soon as you have got going again it's time to stop and you spend most of your time screaming at dodderers to get a move on at lights so you don't need to stop. It is ridiculously hard work. Cyclists were a massive problem and coming across one was a nightmare. They just had the legs on it on the flat but they slowed down a little more on the hills. The problem was that our speeds were far too closely matched so overtaking them was a painfully slow and therefore ridiculously dangerous thing to do so you just didn't do it. This meant that as you approached a hill where you were going to encounter a bike you started having to make guesses about how quickly they would climb the hill and then guessing what gear you would need - you start a hill in the gear you need because changing gears on hills is best left to the very time served pros - if you got it wrong there was going to be a problem because you were going to have to go up at their speed not yours. It was just one more thing to fret about. So yes, it was miserable which is why it ended up sitting for more than a year in the shed undriven. I would drive a steamer through rush hour traffic in London without a second thought. Ace brakes, good acceleration, good viz and most importantly of all no gears mean you would cheerfully drive them anywhere for hours on end. This thing was just a horror so it went and we'll never do another again.
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    theorganist reacted to Richard_FM in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    I follow someone on Flickr from Chile, which has a similar mix of cars as Uruguay.   He's been to some other Latin American countries with interesting selections of cars.
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    theorganist reacted to ChinaTom in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    Uruguay is amazing for old motors. Most countries around there are either Japanese biased, or European biased, but Uruguay has just about every make and model you can think of - Soviet, Japs, Euro, Yank - and South American versions of GM stuff - the whole lot. Nowadays it is pretty much all Korean and Chinese imports. I was there about 5 years ago and saw a couple of Maestros biffing about, even an Allegro parked up in a yard. All my pics are on a work phone and laptop I handed back when I left so I had to remember where I was where I saw one parked and hope it was on Streetview. Kerching! Not Bella Vista, my mistake, it is the town where I went - Salto. Note the Visa and Escort bookending it. He’s definitely an enthusiast and maintaining it, rather than fixing it I reckon. 
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    theorganist got a reaction from outlaw118 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 privatewire 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 Alan Prost in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    Well my Audi is on gumtree...
    My fave message ever, I think he is keen, no idea why I’ve not gone back....

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    theorganist reacted to Eyersey1234 in Eyerseys Motoring Adventures.   
    Another mileometer moment in Henry earlier on

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    theorganist got a reaction from outlaw118 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 Tadhg Tiogar in Tommy's A-series Misery - Building an A-series engine   
    I suddenly feel a song coming on:
     
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    theorganist reacted to Tommyboy12 in Tommy's A-series Misery - Building an A-series engine   
    It lives! I got impatient and wanted to hear it start! There was plenty of oil in the sump and a green coolant bottle filled with petrol under the bonnet which smelt ok so thought I would give it a whirl.
    Videos will be inbound later but im dead chuffed. First attempt I used one of those little handheld battery jump packs which wasnt man enough for the job with a completely dead battery. The tiny cables got very hot.
    Second attempt I pulled the 063 battery out of my Mini and hooked it up with some big jump leads. Second turn of the key it fired straight into life with nothing more than a bit of choke! Not bad considering the seller told me it hadnt been run for at least two years.
    The cassette deck works and sounds very warbly and uneven, but more importantly the econometer works! I rocked it in gear and it moves forward and backward, although its very difficult to select first gear. No chance to check the clutch properly but the pedal felt ok.
    The exhaust is blowing on the downpipe and the carb is weeping from the fuel bowl but it ran nicely and gives me even more enthusiasm to get it on the road!
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    theorganist reacted to MrBen in Tommy's A-series Misery - Building an A-series engine   
    Love this, takes me back to 1989 when my Dad replaced his rusting mk2 Escort with a B-reg Montego 1.3 Saloon.  Complete with A-frame headrests with zero padding, an AM-only radio, no side mouldings, 4-speed gearbox, but with the exciting addition of a set of wheel trims to bring it bang up to date in 1989!   Recall the excitement of my Mum getting it up to an indicated 90 once, such things had never been seen in our family before!  It also had a special safety control device for snow - it simply wouldn't start when it snowed, so you couldn't crash it. 
    It was seen only once after he sold it in 1993, being driven by a local minicabber who no doubt got a few fares out of it before it rusted to oblivion.  The mk3 Cavalier that Dad replaced it with seemed like something from the future in comparison!

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    theorganist reacted to ChinaTom in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    I suspect this is probably the farthest away Maestro from yours. It is in Bella Vista, Uruguay. Possibly a Bulgarian though. And Etsongs don't count.
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    theorganist reacted to Fumbler in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    I'm still on a mission to buy one someday. I'm sure that they'll all be conveniently overpriced by the time I'm in the market for one however.
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    theorganist reacted to BorniteIdentity in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    Really enjoying the sudden influx of ARG shite all of a sudden.  
    You're right, the cars owned on here have changed quite a bit, and that's a shame.  Mostly because I'm a nostalgic old fool who likes what he likes.  It's just as well I didn't see a Maestro at £500 as my fleet reduction would have been in tatters.
    Well in.
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    theorganist got a reaction from The Moog 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 Dirk Diggler 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 got a reaction from The Moog 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 got a reaction from Cookiesouwest 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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