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    barefoot reacted to Tadhg Tiogar in The grumpy thread   
    I can remember when the minimum sum to start a call box phone was 2p.
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    barefoot reacted to mintwth in The grumpy thread   
    Let me highlight that the distribution of mask wearers varies from area to area and shop to shop and, therefore, subjective observations based solely on the people within a single shop or a limited area as seen by a single observer are highly unlikely to provide anything like a representative sample size from which to draw nationally applicable conclusions. 
    Let me also highlight that government guidance has changed on a regular (sometimes daily) basis during covid and that the guidance has been and continues to be wildy contradictory and/or somewhat nonsensical in various areas. It should come as no surprise that, after 18 months of almost constant change, significant proportions of the population (across all the age ranges) either have no idea what the current guidance is or have completely given up trying to comply with it.
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    barefoot reacted to vulgalour in Maestro, please. - Period Perfect Plates   
    What's that, unexpected free time? Well I guess that means a words-and-pictures update!

    Maestro Parts Haul is the one we'll go for. The video for it is here:
    https://youtu.be/hOeNMcssvQ8

    This parts haul happened purely because of Youtube and Peter, who has become a good friend as a result. Peter also owns a red Maestro with black bumpers, except his is pretty much brand new where mine is a lumpy old donkey. If you want an idea of just how nice Peter's Maestro is, check out this review of it on Project Nigel.
    https://youtu.be/uVSHyT4R0Zc
     
    Right, now then, words and pictures.  Peter had got the parts from someone who wanted to sell a job lot of spares that was essentially two cars and a van that had been stripped down into component parts.  Obviously, very few people wanted to buy a job lot that large, but Peter hired a van, separated off what he wanted, and then kindly spread the wealth of spares with other Maestro owners.  His car has a different interior to mine, both being different facelifts, so much of the interior stuff wasn't useful to him but was useful to me.  Likewise with the body panels, he had better examples and what was in this stash was better than what I already had.  Really, Peter saved me an absolute fortune with this lot.   The van was packed to the roof with everything from nuts and bolts to seats.

      Unfortunately one of the spare doors has a nasty dent.  It's otherwise in excellent shape with no rust to speak of at all. I should be able to make one good door out of the two I now have (one is still on the car).

      Once the bigger items were removed, it revealed more and more parts.  Really obscure bits of trim, fastenings, NOS stuff, it was a proper Maestro treasure trove.

     
      Obviously it rained on us too because every time I do anything on or with the Maestro it seems to rain.  Eventually Peter was on his way and I had a massive pile of stuff to find places for.  He still left with half a van load of stuff even after the things he left with me.   For exterior panels, I got two rear doors in great shape (dent not withstanding), two front wings that were good for repair panel sections, a much better bonnet, some nearly-new exhaust and a full set of steel wheels with old tyres.

        The interior parts were even more impressive.  A full set of seats in even better condition than my originals, with matching door cards, from a Special.  This interior set is the same flint for the plastic/vinyl but with claret piping and tweedy fabric which will go nicely in my car.  There was also every side plastic trim for the inside which helps replace some of my scuffed and faded items.  The parcel shelf brackets I didn't take as they were no better than the ones in the car.  A complete dashboard, with cigarette lighter wiring (something mine doesn't seem to have), and minimal cracks was probably the biggest score and is something I'll be repairing and re-dying in the future to replace my ruined one.  There was also some proper door bins, something that was proving quite elusive.

     



    In addition to all that was a plethora of fixings, some period mudflaps (another item I was after, these are exactly the sort of aftermarket tat I wanted), a pair of rear lights with salvagable bits, a nice metal file box, and various brake components, wiring, and all sorts.  On a later visit, Peter also dropped off a handbrake cable, a pair of rear drums, and some front brake pads which he had no use for but I did.

      So all in all this was an impressive selection of spares that will save me huge amounts of time and money to get my old Maestro sorted out.  Since posting the video, some of this stuff has already made it onto the car, and a lot of it is still waiting on me having the time to install it.  Suffice to say I've plenty of work and content available to me because of Peter's generosity and I cannot thank him enough.
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    barefoot reacted to tommotech in Klekshun Post, Hopefully Boring   
    I’ve collected the Skoda that was roffled back in Aug / Sept time. Unfortunately it’s taken this long to find a good time to collect. 
    First thoughts then, after 50 miles or so. There’s a slight misfire / stumble at wide open throttle, progress is steady but not dramatically slow, it’s got a steering vibration at 65 mph and the temperature sits at 70 or just below when cruising but climbs to 2/3 mark when left to idle. 
    Steering feel is on the vague side and whilst there is no PAS it’s not unduly heavy. It’s a bit of a buzz box at 65 / 70 but that’s to be expected, it’s comfortable enough and cruises well, but speed is a guess in the dark and the rev counter only joins in at 4000 rpm. 
    Surprisingly the heater works ok, not toasty but not cold. 
    So far, I like it. 
     
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    barefoot reacted to Mally in The grumpy thread   
    Man logic would be to turn it over and sit down again.
     
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    barefoot reacted to MondeoBlues in The new news 24 thread   
    Just catching up on this thread, but I briefly attempted to name the Volvo 'Gunhilda' but didn't commit to it because I just felt a bit stupid nicknaming a car that everyone else referred to as 'The Volvo'. 
    The 924 formally known as Florian's name didn't stick around longer than the drive back from Oswestry. I just find saying 'The Porsche' far more satisfying.
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    barefoot got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in The new news 24 thread   
    When I was at Art School in the last century, me & another lad used to take it in turns to drive. I had a Datsun 100a & Richard had a 15TL.
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    barefoot got a reaction from NigeT in The new news 24 thread   
    When I was at Art School in the last century, me & another lad used to take it in turns to drive. I had a Datsun 100a & Richard had a 15TL.
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    barefoot got a reaction from Yoss in The new news 24 thread   
    When I was at Art School in the last century, me & another lad used to take it in turns to drive. I had a Datsun 100a & Richard had a 15TL.
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    barefoot reacted to BorniteIdentity in The new news 24 thread   
    There is an utterly fantastic Facebook group I've been added to called "British Roadscene 1955-1995"
    Check this beauty out.  

    Lovely pointy, angular lines - mixed in with the odd modest curve, an inviting front end with a lovely headlamp arrangement at either side.  You can do your own gag.
    Seriously though, some of the photos are just incredible.  Check it out.
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    barefoot got a reaction from HillmanImp in The new news 24 thread   
    944s - needy little fuckers aren't they?
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    barefoot reacted to Saabnut in How much shite is too much shite? Welding not going to plan!   
    Now. I have no intention of restoring this, rather I would like to get another year or two's use out of it. To that end, I have decided now might be a good time to get back into welding. I used to be fairly proficient with oxy/acetelene but that was 40 years ago. In the late 90s I borrowed a MIG welder and taught myself how to stick a couple  of bits of metal together, but good I was not. In 1998 I started my classic car business and employed a guy who was a brilliant welder, so I stopped gobbing bits together and let him do that. I sold the business in 2011 and since then on the occasions I needed welding done I got a friend to do it. A couple of years ago, I bought a decent MIG welder with good intentions,  but have never used it. Now would be a good time......
    First, get the Enima on the ramp and remove the front wheel

    Quick look around to see what is what. Behind the wheel I spotted another bit that will need a repair, but should be a simple* patch

    A closer look

    Back to the task in hand, at least access is good

    A tap with the hammer, and it gets bigger

    Remove the uderseal to see what we have got

    then out with the grinder to get back to solid metal

    At this point I remembered I had not bought any sheet steel, despite planning on doing do. Now, where to get some steel......


    Always new that Iveco would come in useful!
    Next it was to the crunchy nut cornflake box to make a template

    which was then transferred to the removed section of Iveco. I dug out my guillotine last used in 2011, oiled it up 

    and cut out the first patch

    As it was getting late and I have not yet upgraded my shed lighting, I decided to call it a day. I don't like welding/grinding late on as I like to remain near for an hour or so after completing work in case of smouldering leading to fire. Also, I have not swiched the welder on for 2 years so I am sure I will need to fiddle with it for a while before I can see how much of a mess I make.

     
     
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    barefoot got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    944s - needy little fuckers aren't they?
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    barefoot reacted to HillmanImp in The new news 24 thread   
    Over the last few days I've been gently preparing the 944 for use for the 1st time since it shat its petrol out all over the street outside my house in the spring. 
    I also had to get the Visa running which was parked behind it. 

    The reason for this is that Northern Monkey has kindly offered storage for the Porsche for a couple of months. 
    So yesterday morning I took the battery off charge, filled the boot up with tools, chucked in a tow rope, took a screenshot of the Autoaid phone number, checked the wheel nuts (they were loose, obviously) and set off over to him. 
    As Mrs Imp was following I couldn't really give it much of an Italian tune up sadly but it actually drove over there fine. All my prep for an inevitable breakdown was (thankfully) in vain. 
    Anyhow, got a quick picture of ImpJr with it. 

    He also got to sit in a Land Rover which he was well excited about. 

    Anyhow, back at home, the driveway now looks a little different and my cars aren't spilling out onto the road and my insurance company can breathe a sigh of relief that the Subaru is parked where I told them. 

    It might have been the last time I drove the 944. Northern Monkey has expressed interest in it as it is sans sills. Obviously after driving it yesterday and absolutely loving it, that seems like a silly idea at the moment but after a couple of weeks not seeing it, the idea of not owning it and worrying about all the work it needs will probably appeal much more. 
    First job without the mental block that is the Porsche on the drive, is to tidy up this mess:

     
     
     
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    barefoot got a reaction from Tickman in The new news 24 thread   
    I hate with a passion this naming your cars bollocks, but in yet another attempt to fit in on here, here's a pic of Boris (the black loan car) just before 'he' went home, and then...

    Followed by a lovely shot of Billy (the blue car) & Sue ( the silver car) back together again...

    Cue Billy/Sue singing a cover version of Peaches & Herb, 're-united'.
    Makes me want to puke my fucking ring up.
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    barefoot reacted to Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    I see, colour first letters. 
    I also hate naming cars, I'm surrounded by people who do it so I tried; Mitsubishi Carisma with FKR in the reg was The Fucker (because of gremlins in its Renault engine) Sven the Saab, Ralph (BMW) und Florian (Porsche 924) (they were on the fleet at the same time, there's a musical reference to appease my loathing of naming cars) then I tried to name the Volvo at the behest of the namers but I've managed to forget the name. 
    It's the Volvo. 
    Actually Volvo were originally a ball bearings manufacturer (involving WW2 espionage) and Volvo is Latin for 'I roll'.
    Audi is Latin for 'hear this', simply a translation of Horsch, which is the surname of the founder, though his first eponymous company kicked him off the board so he couldn't use Horsch again, his son who studied Latin suggested the translation.
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    barefoot got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    I hate with a passion this naming your cars bollocks, but in yet another attempt to fit in on here, here's a pic of Boris (the black loan car) just before 'he' went home, and then...

    Followed by a lovely shot of Billy (the blue car) & Sue ( the silver car) back together again...

    Cue Billy/Sue singing a cover version of Peaches & Herb, 're-united'.
    Makes me want to puke my fucking ring up.
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    barefoot got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in The new news 24 thread   
    I hate with a passion this naming your cars bollocks, but in yet another attempt to fit in on here, here's a pic of Boris (the black loan car) just before 'he' went home, and then...

    Followed by a lovely shot of Billy (the blue car) & Sue ( the silver car) back together again...

    Cue Billy/Sue singing a cover version of Peaches & Herb, 're-united'.
    Makes me want to puke my fucking ring up.
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    barefoot got a reaction from tooSavvy in The new news 24 thread   
    I hate with a passion this naming your cars bollocks, but in yet another attempt to fit in on here, here's a pic of Boris (the black loan car) just before 'he' went home, and then...

    Followed by a lovely shot of Billy (the blue car) & Sue ( the silver car) back together again...

    Cue Billy/Sue singing a cover version of Peaches & Herb, 're-united'.
    Makes me want to puke my fucking ring up.
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    barefoot reacted to SiC in The new news 24 thread   
    Did an oil change on the Shitbox Fabia yesterday evening.

    VAG have this weird thing where they put the air filter into the engine cover. Which this cover is just push fitted onto the engine



    Sucked the oil out for convenience.


    Oil filter is in a ridiculous place on this car. To the right of the alternator, right next to the manifold. Had to wait till the engine cooled down before I could get my hand down there.


    Oil filters have a hex socket on the end. Thought it was weird but made sense once trying to get the damn thing out.



    Naturally I got engine oil everywhere trying to remove it. Stinks now as the mancat gets hot and burns it off.


    Pollen filter is filthy. Will need to get another. Fiver from GSF.


    Offside droplink is buggered too. Boot split and loads of play. Explains the noise going over bumps. £11 Drivetech cheap or £14 "GSF Premium".


    Radio surround was blutack on. Basically whoever fitted it didn't put the cage through the inner surround first. Just put on top with blutack and then the outer cage radio surround was too far out to clip on.

    Pulled it all out and fitted it properly. Including pushing in the retaining tabs as best as I could. Which was also not done.




    Also disabled that really annoying beep on ignition off that Sony Head Units do to remind you to remove the faceplate. Irritatingly it forgets all it's settings when you disconnect the power.
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    barefoot got a reaction from HarmonicCheeseburger in The new news 24 thread   
    Woo, fucking Hoo!
    Phone call tonight - Suzy is done & dusted. I'm taking Boris back in the morning for the big swap-over.
    Anyone want pictures?
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    barefoot got a reaction from Jim Bell in The new news 24 thread   
    Woo, fucking Hoo!
    Phone call tonight - Suzy is done & dusted. I'm taking Boris back in the morning for the big swap-over.
    Anyone want pictures?
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    barefoot got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    Do you mind me asking how much you paid for that?
    In other news;
    Sue is still down at Mark's garage waiting for parts, so it looks like I'm stuck with Boris for another few days. You know, I don't mind a courtesy car once in a while as long as it's half decent, but Boz is seriously shite.
     And I still can't get on with all this naming your fucking cars idiocy.
     
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    barefoot got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    Woo, fucking Hoo!
    Phone call tonight - Suzy is done & dusted. I'm taking Boris back in the morning for the big swap-over.
    Anyone want pictures?
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    barefoot got a reaction from Tickman in The new news 24 thread   
    Woo, fucking Hoo!
    Phone call tonight - Suzy is done & dusted. I'm taking Boris back in the morning for the big swap-over.
    Anyone want pictures?
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