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  1. Lada Niva = Always broken but never broken down (Hopefully!)
  2. Ive been in the market for a reliable, long distance cruiser for some time and had narrowed my search down to a Discovery Tdi or even a Dacia of some description. I live in Southern Spain so needed something that would be reliable for driving back to England in several times a year (I know you are now checking the title of this thread, dont worry its not a glitch in the forums 🤣) So I was browsing Wallapop and facebook market place, which seems to be my only pass time at the moment, and up came a 1992 Lada Niva with 52,000 Km on the clock and it had a Snorkel fitted!! So I immediately contacted the owner and arranged to view it the following week. I had assumed the vehicle was in Granada province as per my search criteria but on investigating realized it was closer to Madrid than Granada and was a good 6 hour drive away, across mountain passes, incredibly steep inclines, hair pin bends and sheer drops. Regardless, a friend agreed to drive me there and we headed off to view my future reliable pan-European cruiser. The boot of his 1997 Pushrod Fiesta was filled with spares, tools, tow ropes, jump leads, spares and camping gear (just encase) and we headed off. Even in the passenger front seat I felt travel sick driving along the mountain passes and after a few hours I longed to be behind the wheel of the Lada so I at least could focus on driving and not if I was about to vomit over the mountain side. We passed through many tiny Spanish towns and farming communities and eventually arrived in a village in Ciudad Real and saw the Lada parked at the road side, without a Snorkel, just a hole in the bonnet where it should have been. Good start I thought! The Lada had about 3 foot of thick dried mud stuck to every surface which made rust checking impossible, I went to check the oil but the seller didnt know where the dip stick was and when I found it there was no trace of oil in the sump at all, on date checking the tires it was obvious they were the original Ukrainian rubber and well cracked with unknown inner tubes, the drivers door window didnt wind down, but the screw driver wedged in to hold it up was included in the sale, Bargain! I went to start it and when it burst into life the seller made a surprised and relived sound as if he wasnt expecting it to start. All good signs of a bargain I thought and after traveling all that way I knew it would be impossible to negotiate the price, which it was. On a short test drive the cabin filled with petrol fumes and crawled along at a leisurely and very noisy pace. Obviously, as any Autoshiter would do I handed over a big bundle of cash with a smile and jumped in ready for the 200km drive home. As the seller counted his cash he commented that driving it was "Pure Joy" he then loaded me up with free Coca Cola (possibly anticipating a breakdown and didnt want me dyeing of dehydration in 40C heat!) First stop was a petrol station and filled it to the brim for a total of 29 euro we then headed off across the mountains, the fuel gauge swung erratically along with the oil pressure gauge around every turn and after 2 hours behind the wheel I knew I had a gem of a car, driving it is like a cross between my old 89 O Series Petrol Sherpa van and a 300tdi Defender, just a collection of all the worse bits of both of them! The steering is vague to say the least and on tight bends you turn the wheel and it seems nothing happens until a few seconds later when it eventually bites and flings you in the direction you want to go, the breaks are non existent but the gearing is so low all you need to do is come off the accelerator and your crawling along. Another hour or two later we decided to find a camp site, which led us into a national park, with ridiculous 12% inclines which included a hair pin at the top and every time I had to get up one of these hills I would need 1st or 2nd gear and every so often the engine would miss and feel like it was about to cut out, by then I would have a huge line of traffic behind me, when going down the hills the huge line of traffic would back right off as the exhaust popped and banged due to over fueling. Even my mate who I was following could smell the un-burnt fuel coming off the car. Another feature is that when you go above 80km/h the wing mirrors self fold allowing for more aerodynamics - those clever Russians knew what they were doing! Finally at the campsite I sat and drank many beers while my body recovered from the trip. The next day early in the morning we had the most difficult part of the drive across the main mountain range, the car started first time and despite doing about 12mpg and being severely out of tune it got me home, a total of 270km in the end. On inspection the snorkel was in the boot and ready to fit (apparently it kept falling off, hence why it was removed) and since getting all the mud off it is in very good solid condition and the millage seems genuine, the only real problem was that the clutch fluid reservoir was empty and the flexi hoses so corroded you could fit a euro coin in the cracks. Its now with my mechanic and is being converted to electronic ignition, weber carb, full service etc etc and come April I plan to drive it back to England - I will update on how that goes 😅 Here are a few pics:
  3. The cockroach of the car world.... I already have one
  4. What apocalypse vehicle would you buy? Ive been thinking of getting a small cheap 4x4 here in Spain for playing around in and general bad weather duties, Ive had old defenders in the past and always thought I would get another here with the simple 2.5D engine in.. But Lada have also popped up on my radar and while they are petrol parts are super cheap and they have similar Lego brick like construction. This then led on to me thinking (maybe I have too much time on my hands) what would happen if there were a fuel shortage, and what engine would be the easiest one to run/convert to run on home made fuels. Obviously a diesel is the first to spring to mind and running on veg oil but it takes allot of space to grow enough feed stock to make vegetable oil, and even buying enough oil could become difficult. So maybe home made ethanol is more realistic, and not to mention the potential of running petrol from wood gas.... So, what do you think? Would you buy petrol or Diesel or even electric to survive the apocalypse? Looking forward to hearing opinions!
  5. I may be wrong, but im sure a friend had one of these and the cambelt was an engine out job... maybe worth checking.
  6. Thanks for all the information! Doesn’t seem financials viable (but then again every car I have owned a loved has not been financially viable!) Its still sat here and if its not gone to the scrap yard by time I get back from holidays I might stick a belt on and see what happens.... may be lucky! I may end up doing it purely for the benefit of learning to do it and have a bit of a summer project..... but maybe I will see sense before I say yes
  7. Hi all A friends car shed its timing belt a few days ago, it snapped when she turned the engine off. Its a petrol C2 around 2006 I think. I have never taken an engine apart, but am pretty mechanically minded and have done many other repairs to cars. I am kind of interested in having a go at fixing it, just to learn a bit more. But I do not want to end up going down a rabbit hole. If its likely just a case of replacing the bent valves and doing the necessary gaskets then that would be great - what do you all think, is it likely a few bent valves and that's it or could the pistons be damaged and conrod ect... I have no experience with this engine, and suspect some of you will have a greater understanding of the likely damage so I would appreciate some feedback. One last thing - regards the cambelt is this simple enough to change and find TDC or will I need some kind of electronic tool to set TDC? Many Thanks James
  8. Thanks for comments Here is the link: https://www.gumtree.com/p/vans/gman/1314005096 Really am in two minds as had my heart set on a Hiace or old Smiley transit but this really does look good (to my eyes!)
  9. Hi all Just looking for any info on the Vito Petrol and if anyone has had one or worked on one? a rust free 2001 plate has come up for sale near me and I am quite interested but there really isnt much info on the petrol version.. Any advice appreciated Many Thanks
  10. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger..... right??
  11. Well, i ended up with a 2000 reg Micra won on ebay for £255. Its got 58k on the clock and I spent today giving it a full service (why is the oil filter in such a pig of a place??) the engine oil was not nice, but am hoping no major damage has been done to the chain - drove back 90 odd miles and it ran perfectly so fingers crossed it will transport me and family to Spain without too many issues! Underneath is surprisingly solid, not even any surface rust on wishbones or suspension mountings but body work is a bit rough and a few cracks on trim inside... But once in Spain im sure it will pick up quite a few more battle scars! Thanks for advice, and when im driving through Spain with no aircon, 1 window that doesnt open and 2 kids in the car I will really wish I had of listened to you all and brought something bigger and faster
  12. Thanks for replies, it got me thinking abit about maybe getting a slightly larger car rather than competing with the "first car" buyers. You get allot more for your money with a larger engine and a bigger car. I will have a better look at older peugeot estates (although maybe slightly too big for the parking space) My Landrover 90 almost filled it and that isnt a long car. As has been said cars are very expensive in Spain and I dont mind driving on the wrong side, especially for what the car will be used for - local trips and no motorway work once there. I do have a 2000 reg Corolla but decided against taking it due to size and the gearbox is getting a bit crunchy,. Also while a japanese car would be my usual choice I noticed in the towns around the house in Spain that there were virtually no jap cars hence thinking french would be better.... I will keep looking and let you all know what I ended up with.... Likely something that doesn't meet any of my needs nor fit down any of the roads there Oh 1 last thing, the garage local to me has a 1999 fiesta for sale, what are they like reliability wise? I found out I can get cheapish LHD headlights for it and the certificate of EU conformity (to register in Spain) is relatively cheap. Thanks again! James
  13. I love automatics, used to have an auto Fright rover Sherpa of all things! I was once advised never to buy anything French, especially anything French AND automatic - But I have seen a pug 206 Auto for £250 and 44k on clock that I have been tempted by.... Was this advice right?
  14. Hmmm Good game - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Focus-/122139659407?hash=item1c70174c8f:g:MN0AAOSwCGVX3sOl Tempting!!
  15. It is a long long drive, but I managed it in a 95 landrover defender with no heating (actually the heater was stuck on full) in 3 days at 55mph all the way and in August at 38 degrees! So ANY CAR will be luxury compared to that
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