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    catsinthewelder reacted to mitsisigma01 in Lazy spotters thread   
    Second time lucky 🤗

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    catsinthewelder reacted to ruffgeezer in Ruffgeezer's Repairs... (Tales from an ex-mechanic) 22.09.22 Industrial Pigeon Shit   
    So the plan for the floor...
    A lot of the foam padding from under the carpet had been eroded by big boots and heavy soiling from aggregates and farm dirt.

    In places this was over an inch thick, more than is usually available from carpet shops, but they do keep a rather dense foam underlay...

    a bit more excavation of the old underlay and a bit of cutting down gets the first layer in;

    The top coat of the old floor has cratered up where it has worn through, so next was to trim the edges back and start building the various profiles found here originally. 

    I think there are about 4 layers in places stuck together with carpet glue and to their surroundings (and my hands, the pedals, the scissors and anywhere else that a wonky nozzle could conceivably squirt)
    Lastly, a layer of this incredibly sticky, thick black tape that I happen to have. A whole roll was used here, the plan was never to hide the repair (obviously) but to remove the horrible void feeling under the pedals that even the thickest mat wouldn't hide.

    Lastly, I rescued these from the scrappy yesterday amongst other small items, which once spruced up will finish the job nicely.

    So not far from @paulplomand @beko1987's suggestions, and still cheaper than replacing the whole floor.
    The Eagle eyed of you might spot the door mirror control switch has reappeared, one of those definitely didn't pop off of a full switch pack and fall into my bag of bits.  Certainly not. Fitted nicely too.
    That's all of the MOT fails fixed and all of the advisories bar the slight play in the steering UJ.
    Re-test by the end of the week.
     
     
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    catsinthewelder reacted to sierraman in Ruffgeezer's Repairs... (Tales from an ex-mechanic) 22.09.22 Industrial Pigeon Shit   
    I’ll own up to once wrapping an old pair of my pants round a Mondeo diesel exhaust to stop it banging on humps before I sold it. That’s mingebaggery at its best. 
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    catsinthewelder reacted to reb in The new news 24 thread   
    An 850 TDI with a threatening aura.
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    catsinthewelder reacted to High Jetter in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Gratitude...that he's going?
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    catsinthewelder reacted to richardmorris in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - Parting with old friends!   
    I’m relieved- from the title change I thought you’d given the faithful old retainer @Slowsilver the old heave ho!
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    catsinthewelder reacted to 83C in 83C's Shite-esque Fleet: Holy fuck.   
    They say you should learn from the mistakes of others. I’m obviously a bit slow on the uptake, especially given another shiter’s recent experiences of old British metal. 
    Not content with one car capable of throwing ruinously expensive bills, and timed perfectly to coincide with a global recession, I spent a load of my now near worthless pounds on this:

    The best bit:

    Back in a bit, there’s someone at the door in what looks like a white coat, holding something that looks suspiciously like a rolled up straitjacket.
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    catsinthewelder got a reaction from Remspoor in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    If anyone else does this avoid Parking Eye type carparks when the shops are shut.  You are allowed to park there for 2 hours or whatever to use the shop.  If it's shut then you aren't using the shop so you can be fined.  I think they won a case against someone who was there at night using an electric car charger (which they paid separately for).
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    catsinthewelder reacted to Yoss in Lazy spotters thread   
    I actually stopped the car and reversed back to take this one and its not often I deem that necessary. But look! 

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    catsinthewelder reacted to 500tops in Lazy spotters thread   
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    catsinthewelder reacted to rantingYoof in Lazy spotters thread   
    Was well chuffed with this wild spot this afternoon. It's MOTed to June next year and is on 220k.





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    catsinthewelder reacted to 83C in 83C's Shite-esque Fleet: Holy fuck.   
    Not the expected Green Thing alluded to earlier in the thread, but I'm very happy with it none the less:

    Collected this from Bewdley as mentioned in the news thread after a public transport failure. Need a new bonnet badge for it though. 
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    catsinthewelder got a reaction from myglaren in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    If anyone else does this avoid Parking Eye type carparks when the shops are shut.  You are allowed to park there for 2 hours or whatever to use the shop.  If it's shut then you aren't using the shop so you can be fined.  I think they won a case against someone who was there at night using an electric car charger (which they paid separately for).
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    catsinthewelder got a reaction from Muniphobia in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    The current Mazda 3 looks great as a saloon.

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    catsinthewelder got a reaction from Popsicle in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    If anyone else does this avoid Parking Eye type carparks when the shops are shut.  You are allowed to park there for 2 hours or whatever to use the shop.  If it's shut then you aren't using the shop so you can be fined.  I think they won a case against someone who was there at night using an electric car charger (which they paid separately for).
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    catsinthewelder got a reaction from mat_the_cat in Car theft in 2022   
    Our local arseholes did make that connection and left my 220 and a scrap MK4 Astra up on concrete blocks with bits of exhaust removed.
    Wasn't too upset though as the whole exhaust on the 220 is scrap, there's a complete replacement inside the car and it doesn't have a cat.
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    catsinthewelder reacted to Missy Charm in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I used to have a mark one Focus saloon.  It wasn't a great example of the breed, looked odd and didn't handle as well as the hatchback by virtue of being longer.  It was identical to the hatch in all other ways, however, although did get a lot of comments as people thought it was weird.  Incidentally we received mark two saloons as well as mark ones.  The mark two is a better looking car, almost a miniature Mondeo:

    And on the subject of funny Focuses, what about the American mark two?  For some reason they didn't get the normal mark two Focus in the States; Ford instead decided to facelift the mark one, which was sold there in pretty much identical form to the European car, circa 2005 using all sorts of weird local bits and mark two engines.  The result wasn't great:

    You can see the vague attempt at mark two styling, but it's patently still the older car.  They also sold that version as a sedan, which was better looking.  If anything it was prettier than our mark one Focus saloon:

    In 2007 the Americans finally got a mark two, but again it wasn't the European mark two.  That time they got a completely different, locally styled car which came only in sedan and coupe body styles:


    I suspect it was designed to look better as a small saloon than the European variant.  Anyway things went back to normal for the mark three, which was the same on both sides of the Atlantic other than a sedan variant continuing in the States.
     
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    catsinthewelder got a reaction from Tenmil Socket in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    The current Mazda 3 looks great as a saloon.

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    catsinthewelder reacted to AdgeCutler in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards, Chips got! :)   
    This morning saw Brians engine placed back into its cradle and throughout the day I have been refitting several parts. 

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    catsinthewelder reacted to wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
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    catsinthewelder reacted to Ged in The new news 24 thread   
    BX TZD Turbo obtained, could be doing with a rear bumper or atleast the red trim bit but will probably have to buy a black one and paint it.
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    catsinthewelder reacted to Skizzer in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - Parting with old friends!   
    It was great to catch up with @Six-cylinder, @quicksilver, @Slowsilver and @Zelandeth - and there were some cracking cars.
    I was also beyond excited to meet Harris Mann. I’m a big fan and he’s a lovely bloke, we had a really good chat. Absolute privilege.

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    catsinthewelder reacted to MJK 24 in The new news 24 thread   
    Chap went all the way to Portugal to buy this little Uno and drive it home to Liverpool!  

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    catsinthewelder got a reaction from Asimo in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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