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    gm got a reaction from EyesWeldedShut in My, how you've grown...   
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    gm got a reaction from mercedade in kev's Fleet, TR7V8,Lotus Elan, Morris Minor, Range Rover, MX5, StreetKA and Fiesta   
    very similar to how my green v-spec looks


    the black one was also a v-spec

    but i did this to it

    great little cars 
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    gm reacted to Austat in The new news 24 thread   
    I had a very fun day on Sunday. A week ago, a friend of mine was questioning which of his cars to bring to the RACV British and European Motoring show, a well known show amongst car enthusiasts here in Melbourne. He considered bringing an orange R16 along but it needed some work fiddling with the brakes. I suggested that he should bring along his 1966 Mini Deluxe along, a car bought new by his grandmother and since then has been kept in the same family since. He liked the idea, and decided to get it out of storage on Saturday, meanwhile I made an information sheet on the car featuring the interesting history of it. I woke up about 6 on Sunday morning, got down to the opposite side of Melbourne and met my mate an hour and a half later. On the way to the show grounds, we had a small convoy with another friend of mine driving his '71 VW 1600 'Square-back' following behind us. 

    It was my first time in a (proper) Mini, I was surprised with the leg room and how I didn't feel claustrophobic with the amount of glass around me, comfortable for an hour-long drive to the show. The quarter lights in these Australian spec Minis are a game changer, especially in hot weather like that afternoon.

    Both cars received a fair bit of attention being displayed at the show, I underestimated the weather and did get sunburnt on my neck, but it was a very enjoyable time regardless. I'll post my spots from that show on a seperate thread if anyone else wants to see them, I thought I could create my own thread so I don't dump hundreds of photos on the lazy spotters thread.

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    gm reacted to martc in Cars, Lasses and Lads - A Photo Sharing Thread   
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    gm got a reaction from RichardK in That yellow SLK - new owner and new fixes! (the thread of history)   
    no no no no no, those wheels are hideous, these are what you need  
     
    now stop messing about, when are you coming to collect them ? 
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    gm reacted to davidfowler2000 in SVM Industries Latest KLECKSHUN Thread   
    Similar. But not the same as last time.




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    gm reacted to Jim Bell in Chod North East. Spotting through time.   
    Wolsingham, county Durham 82. 

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    gm reacted to kevins in kev's Fleet, TR7V8,Lotus Elan, Morris Minor, Range Rover, MX5, StreetKA and Fiesta   
    there  was the problem with the TR window regulator failing to rise to the occasion, pulled it out and the issue was fairly obvious.

     
    so cleaned it up clamped a piece of flattened copper pipe under it, then built it up with weld.

    using a combination of the grinder and file got the arc and thickness OK.

    then just a matter of re-cutting the teeth using a slitting disc and files.

    seems to work OK, just need to shuffle the cars around so I can re-fit it.7
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    gm got a reaction from SiC in PSA: MANNOL 5w-30 oil currently working out at less than £2 a litre...! (Again!) OFFER EXPIRES TOMORROW 30/10   
    fucking finally ! 

    only been waiting since 7th jan !
     
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    gm reacted to 3VOM in The grumpy thread   
    A picture paints a thousand words:
     

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    gm got a reaction from scooobydont in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    i dropped the green mx5 off at kev the welders place yesterday morning and decided to run home
    this was a terrible idea and i was knackered 

    so in order to collect it today, i persuaded @DVee8 to come with me and drive one of the mazdas back
    the green car as seen from the black car

    the black car as seen from the green car 

    we each had a go at driving both back to back and agreed them to be excellent in different ways  
    i stopped at lumley castle for a photo opportunity but a lack of communication meant dvee8 didn’t join me !
    we’ll just need to go back another time 

    the welding is coming along very nicely, is taking longer than initially anticipated but worth it for a good job. 
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    gm got a reaction from mercedade in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    i dropped the green mx5 off at kev the welders place yesterday morning and decided to run home
    this was a terrible idea and i was knackered 

    so in order to collect it today, i persuaded @DVee8 to come with me and drive one of the mazdas back
    the green car as seen from the black car

    the black car as seen from the green car 

    we each had a go at driving both back to back and agreed them to be excellent in different ways  
    i stopped at lumley castle for a photo opportunity but a lack of communication meant dvee8 didn’t join me !
    we’ll just need to go back another time 

    the welding is coming along very nicely, is taking longer than initially anticipated but worth it for a good job. 
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    gm got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    i dropped the green mx5 off at kev the welders place yesterday morning and decided to run home
    this was a terrible idea and i was knackered 

    so in order to collect it today, i persuaded @DVee8 to come with me and drive one of the mazdas back
    the green car as seen from the black car

    the black car as seen from the green car 

    we each had a go at driving both back to back and agreed them to be excellent in different ways  
    i stopped at lumley castle for a photo opportunity but a lack of communication meant dvee8 didn’t join me !
    we’ll just need to go back another time 

    the welding is coming along very nicely, is taking longer than initially anticipated but worth it for a good job. 
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    gm got a reaction from DVee8 in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    is there something wrong with french brakes ? another peugeot on the same roundabout as spotted last night by @DVee8junior


     
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    gm reacted to Rust Collector in The new news 24 thread   
    I’ve still got a couple of uniforms from [pizza chain], I don’t throw them out ‘in case I need them’. I’m not quite sure what for though, maybe some sort of daring pizza heist or a clichéd porn film perhaps.
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    gm reacted to LightBulbFun in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    funnily enough one of the things that make me grin, is today I took delivery of my very first ZELMA, New Zealand Electric lamp manufactures association, made fluorescent tubes, the bottom 2 Cromptom tubes

    this lot came from a fellow collector in Australia and also includes a couple more Australian made tubes for my collection too (and some unusual 50W and 70W HPS lamps that are US made, but made to European electrical specifications)
     
    while very occasionally the odd Australian tube was found its way here in period, I dont think any New Zealand tubes ever made it over here in period, so I am quite pleased! they are a first for my collection, and they are also as a bonus, quite an unusual size and colour, 3ft T12 is quite rare in general, and deluxe white, Colour 34 is also quite rare, so they really are a tube of rarities  
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    gm got a reaction from Jim Bell in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    and whilst spinning things inappropriately to improve their appearance 

    worked wonders on the boot carpet 

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    gm got a reaction from Jim Bell in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    the battery corner turned out ok - certainly an improvement  


     
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    gm got a reaction from Jim Bell in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    that steering boss was letting the side down quite badly  


    a quick spin on a flap wheel

    and we have a lovely brushed finish

    another spin while i gently apply some matt black

    look at the finish on that !

    it’s the little things that make the difference 

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    gm got a reaction from Jim Bell in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    two new number plate bulbs and a fog light bulb too  


     
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    gm got a reaction from Jim Bell in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    the boot floor where the battery lives was a rusty mess so i gave it a good seeing to with the wire wheel and slapped on some kurust

    warmed it up a bit

    and a couple of coats of primer 

    first coat of colour

    hmm, Rover racing green metallic was the nearest ‘match’ they had in halfords
    maybe a second coat will tame it ?

    maybe if i turn the floodlights off ?

    that’ll do - it will be hidden by carpet anyway 
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    gm got a reaction from Jim Bell in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    driving the green monster for the first time last night, one problem became apparent - the Nardi steering wheel is a lovely thing but that peeling varnish feels awful to the touch - really lets the side down

    now it was my intention to strip it down, sand it smooth and re-varnish it
    but, something appeared last night on marketplace that i couldn’t resist
    contact was made and a mad dash down to hartlepool was made before anyone else could snap it up
    the new wheel is a momo type fitment so the nardi boss couldn’t be used. fortunately i had a spare momo boss so got to work fitting it

    problem - the shroud is missing and the nardi one won’t fit  
    hmm…

    i found a spare empty one in the recycling bin and got busy with the craft knife

    warmed it with the hot air gun

    something to cover it with


    turned out not too shabby - i’ll give that scabby edge a rub down and a dab of paint  tomorrow 

    but in the meantime - how good does that look ?

    there’s not a mark on it, i suspect it has never been used 

    not sure about this but it’s all i have for now 

    for now, we shall call it the Ronald Mc Donald steering wheel  
    i’d like to find a horn push with the classic mazda logo but not at this price

    maybe i can just buy the sticker ? 
    but for now, what a cracking looking interior this is turning into

     
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    gm reacted to dome in Domes shonky autos -LPG leak searching and my 911 is emptying my wallet.   
    OK, time for an update.
    Manta
    First off, I started assembling the 2.5 Duratec for the Manta. The block and crank have been checked and polished by an engine builder so I started by installing that along with new bearings. 

     
    Pakora sauce applied


    And I'm happy to say it rotates beautifully, as you'd expect.
    I'll get round to the pistons, the new rings are filed and ready so it's a case of fit them to the existing conrods and get them mounted.
    Jeep.
    LPG leak. Bugger. It was definitely leaking from near the tank/solenoid valve.
    It has copper pipe from the tank to the engine bay.
    This didn't look too clever

    And nor did this.

    Don't worry about the rust, it's surface rust on the spare wheel well, the tank is inside that. 
    I decided to replace the copper pipe with the correct hose for LPG. If that didn't fix it I'd take to A Professional as fuck messing with the scary bits of LPG. I knew that the shutoff solenoid worked and that the leak was downstream of that. I also knew that the tank was pretty much empty as I'd ran it out on the way back up the road. 
    Anyway, it took me a month because
    1. I ordered 3m of hose and needed at least 4

    2. When I finally got enough hose I discovered that I had the wrong size of fitting for the tank end. Thankfully I managed to get the correct fitting from my local guy who also gave me some confidence in what I was doing and identified where he thought my leak was from the old pipe/fitting
    3. The weather here is pish just now.
    Anyway, I finally got a chance this week and cracked on.
    Snake!

    More snake!

    Got enough hose this time

    And the compression fitting fitted and ready to go. 

    The hose is routed along the inner chassis rail and runs alongside the brake/fuel lines. I'm pretty happy it's secure but will double check it after a few miles. 
    With this fitted and ready to go it was time to test it. I hoped there would be enough LPG in it to get it switch over and idle so I could check for leaks. 
    Handily we had 30mph winds on the day I was doing this so I drove it on petrol to somewhere remote within walking distance of home and switched it over to LPG.

    And-it worked! Either that or I've lost my sense of smell...
    I celebrated by driving it to the local LPG station and filling it up. It's running fine on LPG with no leaks. Win! I even treated it to a wash but it's getting dark so you're out of luck for a pic.
    It felt strange getting back into it after a month of driving more modern stuff but you soon get back into the way of an old school 4x4, it burbles along very happily and is a nice way to cover distance. Which could come in handy as...
     
    911 
    After a week or so I got a phone call from Hartech with the results of the strip down. It had spun a main bearing wrecking the crank. They also reported bore wear on the engine and gave me a price for a rebuild. It turns out that the £10k rebuild from the "specialist" pictured a few pages back was essentially a work of fiction. 
    I've thought long and hard about it and have [Pistonheads]pulled the trigger[/Pistonheads] on a full rebuild with an upgrade to their 3.7 conversion. 
    I'm also shipping the car down to them for them to get it running and mapped with the new engine, possibly trailering it down with the Jeep.
    Because fuck installing it myself with the money I'm spending on it😶
    So, the Porsche has gone from scratching an itch and hopefully getting out with my wallet relatively intact to being a long term keeper. At least until 996 values approach what I'll have in it. I'm thinking of it as a long term investment plan. Which will go like fuck and get used as much as possible. Euro trips coming up!
     
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    gm got a reaction from scooobydont in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    that steering boss was letting the side down quite badly  


    a quick spin on a flap wheel

    and we have a lovely brushed finish

    another spin while i gently apply some matt black

    look at the finish on that !

    it’s the little things that make the difference 

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    gm got a reaction from scooobydont in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    and whilst spinning things inappropriately to improve their appearance 

    worked wonders on the boot carpet 

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