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  1. Going further back to 2000 I had a 1962 Mini Super Deluxe as my only car. Since then 15 cars, none of which are particularly noteworthy have come and gone and the current fleet consists of three. When I put it like that it seems like I've wasted a lot of money on boring cars that could have been put to better use on fewer more interesting cars. My goal for 2030 is to be back in a classic Mini, either that or be at the point where the Bini is a highly valuable classic...
  2. Wowzer, I remember paying £3k to insure my first car a 1991 R8 214SLi, this was in 1999. Makes me happy that now we pay £500 a year combined for both mine and my wifes car on a multi-car policy - one of the few joys of getting old. Not looking forward to when the twins hit 17 as I imagine that will be crippling shelling out for two at the same time, still they're only 5 just now so cars will probably be impossible to crash by then and insurance will no longer be required*
  3. Interesting, to me Skoda currently seem to be a step above Seat in terms of quality and spec . Seat seem to aim for the younger market with sportier trim levels and certainly the base spec Seats are less well equipped and cheaper than the equivalent Skoda product in the current range. Ok so I'm a bit of a Skoda fanboi now being on our third on the trot for family duties but it saddens me that they might be going down market. Over the last few years I've felt that Skoda is kind of like the new Saab (don't shoot me) by that I mean it's the thinking man's choice rather than following the crowd and getting an Audi or VW.
  4. These car specific registrations do intrigue me, fair enough for something like that Jag there will always be a market but I find it amusing when you see a JAG plate on a BMW or vice versa. I wonder where all the S4XO? number plates are these days, they used to be everywhere on the old boy racer's favourite.
  5. Man after my own heart but it's been a while since I've had mine down from the loft (I'm talking about my tax disc collection not my Mrs!). My interest was sparked off in the early 90s when my grandfather gave me a box with all the ones from his old cars going back to the early 50s, to which I added ones from my Dad's cars then mine up until 2014 or whenever it was they stoped. I had hoped to have a complete collection of one from every year but there's still a few gaps mainly in the 70s and 80s - I remember putting an ad in the local paper (days before the internet) asking people to send me theirs, don't think I got a single response! I must get them down then get myself onto ebay! I like the sound of your game although unfortunately as all the discs in my collection are from cars my family used to own I don't think there's any still on the road from pre 2000s.
  6. Happy to take some close ups next time I'm there if there is anything particular you want to see! It's less than an hour from me and we're probably due a visit with the kids again soon.
  7. I am disturbed at how interesting I'm finding this thread, although only came to it recently so haven't read everything. You may be interested to know (or maybe do already) that GPG 721K is residing in the Glasgow Transport Museum (in mid take-off for reasons I'm not entirely sure of) and looks to be in fine fettle, next time I'm there I'll take a closer look.
  8. When project Bini went in for it's test last week things like missing clutch pedal rubber and perished fuel cap seal were listed as items to monitor which I didn't even realise were part of the test (are they?). To be honest on this occasion I was glad they were extra thorough as now I have a comprehensive list of things to fix and I know they've been through it with a fine toothcomb.
  9. Been mulling this over and I'm struggling, I've always preferred to drive something less 'run of the mill' so as car's get older and rarer they start to appeal to me more. There are plenty cars I wouldn't have touched with a barge pole 15-20 years ago but would very happily own today simply because they've become more interesting to me because of their scarcity. Yes there are plenty of cars (new and old) I would say aren't worth the money - scene tax etc - but that's not to say I wouldn't want to own one if money was no object. How's that for a inoffensive answer? Although I've probably offended people by implying that I don't dislike something as much as them!
  10. Tartan58

    Renault 14 Madness

    Absolutely wonderful, hats off you for perseverance. Like @loserone my first journey into the big wide world was in a 14, a white TL with red interior which Dad bought brand new a couple of months before I was born, (the one and only time he bought a new car). The original number rear numberplate adorns my garage wall and the spare wheel (with original tyre) has been successfully preventing my mum from hitting the back wall when going into her garage every day for 38 years - the most well used R 14 part in history?
  11. When a vehicle has it's original number transferred the DVLA will generally issue an age related plate from unissued stock, usually some remote part of Scotland as not many car were registered there. In this case SJ code is the Isle of Bute in origin. Presume the same applies when an ex-military vehicle is registered for road use or a vehicle is imported. SK is another common one being Caithness, look around any show and you'll see them everywhere including some pretty exotic stuff.
  12. This reminds me of the sadistic pleasure I used to take when I had my old (original) Mini of parking as far back into a space as I could so that folk would think there was a free space there until they got right up to it. Note, it is not acceptable when other people do this to me!
  13. Oh happy day, oh happy day.... as someone once sang. Prior to swapping out wheel speed sensors in a vain attempt to solve a problem which might not exist I decided to run the car up and down the drive a couple of times and see if the ABS light by some miracle managed to reset itself, and whaddya know it did! Now I have a fully working set of warning lights. However... I also have a very spongy brake pedal and a leak from one of the brake lines as it goes into the ABS unit. Hopefully nothing a tighter and a bleed wont sort out, except bleeding through the ABS unit needs special gizmos to activate the pump. May need to entrust this bit to an expert as I kinda want to make sure it's done right.
  14. Proper sleeper that, well bought. Didn't realise they did the T6 in non R-design spec.
  15. This post is brought to you be Meatloaf (2 out of 3 ain't bad, unless you're an MOT tester) Been a while since I've updated this but as per usual nothing much exciting to report and yes it still doesn't have an MOT. So the aforementioned code reader has been of limited success (through no fault of it's own). Successfully managed to reset the airbag light and it now works as it should, the wiring still looks dodgy as anything but pulling it about hasn't triggered the light again so I'll just wrap it up again and hope for the best. Less successful was communicating with the ABS unit, trying this resulted in a "communication error" message. Some googling suggested that this would point to the ABS controller being fried so I obtained a replacement unit from a similar car for £20 - same issue, bugger! Checked the wiring loom and it was getting power at least but unsure what else to check or how! So after much deliberation I sent the unit away to a specialist for testing who found errors in the unit but didn't experience any communication issues so it may be a problem in my wiring loom. They could either send me the unit back at a cost of £45 for the test or rebuild the unit for £200 (including the test fee), figured it wasn't worth spending £45 for nothing so took the plunge to have the unit rebuilt at least then I'd know it was all good. Refitted the new unit and fired up the car. The good news is the red brake warning light now goes off as it should so that's one thing sorted, however the ABS light remains determinedly lit. Next job then is to check the ABS sensors, unfortunately as I still cannot read the unit I don't know which sensor (if any) is throwing an error, internet wisdom seems to suggest the front left is the most common one to fail so I will start there. Now ebay has a plethora of ABS sensors for under £10 a pop which it seems either don't work or don't last however genuine ones are £40+. Not knowing if this is the cause of the problem I have ordered two cheap ones for £15 for the pair in the hope that at least one will work long enough to diagnose the problem then embark on a mission of trial and error to see which one needs replaced. Any one know if you can test a sensor using a multi meter? I am now £700 into this project and have yet to drive the blasted thing but I'm determined to keep going, it feels like I'm always so close! I've set myself a £1k limit before throwing in the towel.
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