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  1. Sorry to hear - I can relate to a degree, as I took on a W216 Merc CL500 last June and have spent ~£2.5k on it in the last 7-8 months with it still pinging up the odd dashboard light of doom (this, with a FMBSH) - Complicated cars = complicated issues, and you can't just throw parts at them to try and sort them (bits are far too expensive, even if you can find them!) I spend most of my time in Scotland and would really love an 8.32, but missed the boat when they were more affordable (mate had a late Thema Turbo LS, which was a fantastic car) - Hope you find a solution, for your own sanity's sake 👍 (If you do decide to sell up, PM me - I can ask aforementioned mate if he fancies another, although he's left the Italian fold and moved on to a minty E46 M3 these days).
  2. I'm inclined to agree - Most of the automobilia stands were peddling the same overpriced tat that they were 2 years ago. Lots of very high-end dealers with lovely cars, but not the oddball French stuff I'd like to see, like Renault 14's and Talbot Tagora's 🙃 No - They have a different 'special display' every year - in 2018 it was 1960's Abarth and Jean Pierre Wimille
  3. After 2018's moment of madness, deciding to go on a day trip to Paris on my ownsome to visit Rétromobile, I decided to repeat the exercise this year. Caught the 06:05 red eye yesterday from Edinburgh to Paris, returning to my gaff in Dublin on the 21:55 from CDG. Obviously loads of mega-money F cars / Gullwing Mercs / Lambos present, but also some chod I thought I'd share - I really liked the Bertone collection in particular (€24.5k for a Mk2 - G60, or not!) (Yours for €9k) (Had the toy car version of this - Pretty cool to see the real thing) (1972 Citroen GS Carmargue) (1976 Ferrari Rainbow) (1979 Ovlov Tundra) Lots of over-priced automobilia tat, so didn't buy anything, but did have a good chat in pidgin French /English with the guys at the 104 Club Peugeot stand, boring/wowing them with some pics of my LNA ("right hand drive?! Zut alors!!")
  4. 16-18 mpg around town, but as high as 28 mpg on a sustained 70 mph M Way blezz...(!) I'm coming round to the opinion that the Merc is defo Autoshite material - I was heading for the Cairnryan ferry to Belfast at the end of August, and it comprehensively shat itself in Glasgow city centre rush hour traffic. ***PING - "ABC Suspension Failure!!" ***PING - "Engine temperature high!!" Power steering stops working - Feels like the steering lock has came on, trying to turn 255/35/20 tyres unassisted ***PING - "Battery low!!" ***PING- "Low coolant - Stop immediately!!" I wacked the heater up full, before limping off the M8 sharpish and into a housing estate - Engine fans roaring. Stepped out to see a nice puddle of coolant forming under the OSF wheel. Popped the bonnet to find this: Yarbles. Great bolshy yarblockos. Idler pulley had collapsed shredding the serpentine belt which ran the water pump / alternator / ABC pump / PS pump / AC compressor Recovery was not the work of a moment - The car was sat on its bumpstops (hydraulic suspension, innit?!), so the AA had to dig out the kit they use to recover broken McLarens. Repair actually wasn't too bad at a specialist - New pulley / belt / coolant was just over £200 including the dreaded. Unfortunately the temporary lack of electricity has played havoc with the Logic 7 amplifier (the MOST loop detects an error on start up), meaning I have no sound for the stereo / phone / sat nav - The parking sensors are now also playing up, and like to randomly give the same ***PING when sat in heavy traffic, instantly making my arsehole twitch like a rabbits nose, based on the last rather stressful experience. Oh, and the electric wing mirrors have randomly stopped working too 🙂 It does scrub up well, so hopefully I'll get to the bottom of the above maladies (I have a laptop /MUX running the MB diagnostic software, so need to get around to plugging it in to see what the score is). Considering I paid 8% of what it cost new, I mustn't grumble, I suppose. Anyway, this means that the LNA is officially the most reliable car on the fleet - I investigated the banjaxed cooling fan, and found it to be totally seized. Luckily I had a working spare from a Peugeot 104, so changed the connectors & fitted that and it all works fine. Wirewheeled and primed up my Samba Grp B subframe Then celebrated with a run North, to see another member of this parish ...and collect these honeys 😍 I also had the 'hot' cam which came with my 8 Port Rallye head refurbed by Technoprofil in France, and that arrived back too (Have a lead on the last few bits for my high-comp / Grp A 1360cc build, so need to get cracking with that soon). Last job was to stick the original dealer plates on the car, and snap a few pics to send to the original owner who purchased it new: While it's tucked up in the garage for Winter, it remains taxed / insured / NCT'd, so hopefully I'll get a few opportunities to drag it out if the weather holds 😎
  5. Decided to lower the tone of the Citroen stand at Terenure the other week - This HONEY was on the stand - (So much want...) LNA behaving well at the moment, but reckon the radiator fan has karcked it (bearing was hella noisy, and now can't hear it kicking in, so it's probably seized completely). Bought a new modern, too - Wanted to scratch the V8 itch before we're all forced into hybrids, so figured a 5.5 litre would fit the bill. These W216 CL500 are practically worthless now, in the times of PCH /PCP, but someone paid £91k for it 12 years ago... I'm a bit in love - need to get a snap of it with the LNA, to demonstrate the ridiculousness of a 5+ metre long, 2 door car.
  6. 😂 - Any suggestions? I was thinking gold with black script? (And are you coming over for Terenure this year? I'll be on the CCC stand for the first time in 4 years).
  7. Possibly, but rare even in France and the Arvor kit would mean removing the LNA side mouldings to fit (as would the 104 ZS2 arch extensions), so not too fussed. I have a front spoiler from a ZS2 104 (bit like a Mk1 Golf GTi chin spoiler), so might bodge than on. No roffles at the moment - Others may disagree, but I bought this from Wuvv 5 years ago, when worthless old rammel like this was a lot more common on AS - Times have changed, and the LNA seems now to have transitioned a bit to 'classic car', and I doubt I'd be able to replace it for what I got it for - Plus it's definitely a conversation starter every time you fuel up (thankfully replacing the perished rubber tank joint has stopped petrol pissing all over the forecourt 😂), which is always amusing. I don't want to go all blue forum, but fitting a heap of Samba competition parts from the early 80's appeals in a weird way - I have the bits to put together a 115bhp Grp A-spec engine on a Grp B subframe, with the wheels, brakes & suspension to match. Hopefully I can do it in a tasteful / reversible manner, but time will tell.
  8. A bit of a milestone today, as the LNA finally secured an NCT pass and is now fully road legal in Ireland for the first time in 22 months (or effectively from when I drove it over from the UK and VRT'd it )I haven't done much with it of late, as I'd been struggling to find the time due to work commitments - Dropped the oil for the first time in 3-4 years (much needed) and replaced with some Miller Classic Pistoneeze 20w50, which is a mineral oil designed for old Mini's that have the same 'gearbox in engine sump' layout. It's really quietened things down, and the gearchanges seem a little slicker (may just be in my mind though!)https://millersoilsireland.ie/classic-mini-oil-20w50/I'd picked up a set of Gotti Arvor alloys while in France on holiday - Not sure what to do with them, but they were cheap enough that I'm not fussed whether I use them or not.(I currently have x4 spare sets of wheels )The plan now is to get out & use the car a bit - It's really bugged me that it's spent so long dormant. The cooling system needs flushed, and I need to change the radiator fan as the bearing's knackered (I have a spare in my parts pile), but it's only really an issue in heavy traffic.So what next?I bought a parts car last September over in the UK, which my brother in law helped me strip (while it seemed a shame to chop it up, it really was terminally rotten and at least the parts will live on in other cars). In time, I plan on using its 1360 engine / 5 speeder in the LNA - Likely building it up with the Grp A rally parts I've been squirrelling away over the past few years. I like the absurdity of an LNA running a Grp A-spec Samba Rally engine, and it's all completely reversible at the end of the day.
  9. Tenner plus post? Where is the horn push on your car? If it's at the end of a column stalk, this should work fine - if it's the wheel centre, then this wheel won't work for you....
  10. As we stumble toward mid-August, I wonder - Where does the time go?! The LNA has now been off the road for a year, which irritates me somewhat, but the ‘beast from the East’ slowed progress over the winter, and I’ve been ridiculously busy over the last few months. It looked pretty much complete in the last update, but I had a few jobs to tackle on the oily bits, which took longer than expected. It had a habit of dumping fuel over the forecourt when filling the tank, which I attributed to a perished tank breather hose. I acquired a secondhand filler neck from a Samba, but they’re actually rather different (surprisingly) (LNA is the wider one on the right). Chevronics came up with a new old stock tank joint (shared with the Visa), so I fitted that. Next up was the suspension – All the rubber parts are perished / a bit tired, and I doubt they’d pass an Irish NCT (there’s no ‘advisories ‘over here…It’s pass / fail) Bit of a pig of a job – The front ARB is under tension (it’s a sort of ‘track control arm’), so you remove this with the car on its wheels / some weight on the slam panel, but it’s an arse to get back in-situ (had to tension it juuuust right with a ratchet strap). To change the lower arms, I had to remove the entire upright / hub carrier on each side to get clearance. The caliper bolts were stuck on the OSF, and took a fair bit of persuasion to free. The hub nut was also megafuckintight (it’s defo seen some garage work on this side in the past). Finally, the lower arm swivel bolt was at one with the rubber bush, and I couldn’t free it up (the sleeve had disintegrated). Had to pull the driveshaft, and carefully use a slitting disc in a grinder (sans-guard) to chop it off. (Top tip – If you pull the driveshaft out to get clearance, have something to catch the oil which will pour out, as the gearbox shares its oil with the engine). Done: Next up was the rims – Gave them a quick / dirty rattle-can tart up: I do intend running the alloys, but as they’re 1.5” wider than the OEM steels, they run +ve camber on the standard suspension, so I’ll wait till I fit the coilovers (which have been modified to allow additional negative camber to be added). The GB sticker has made way for an IRL one… The OEM wing mirrors have been refitted, and I’ve filled and painted a NSF door ding – Just need the paint to harden so I can cut it back before fitting the last piece of trim. And that’s more or less it, before I book an MOT (NCT here) – It’s due an oil change, but Mister Auto were ambitious in their delivery estimate of Friday for the filters, so it’ll now need to wait till I get back from work in the UK in a few weeks. (I’m sat at the airport as I type this). I did also acquire some goodies from France: (Sparking plug wrench for the engine bay, engine fan, rear seatbelts, brake servo from a 104 ZS, window channels, wiper arms and a stalk… Plus a pretty rare Peugeot 104 ZS2 airbox for Twin 40 carbs). Hopefully it’ll be back on the road, come the next update
  11. Last post for a while (have to go back to work in the UK for a few weeks). After the 'dramatic' changes of a freshly painted nose / dyed interior, it was on to the equally time consuming fun of attacking the underside. The original underseal is flakey as you'd expect 35 year old underseal to be. It's been topped up in places over the years, and the chap who owned it prior to Wuvv seems to have painted the arch lips (and sides... and front valance) with a brush. Underseal is a contentious subject amongst old chod botherers, as it's usually slapped on to hide a multitude of sins. In an ideal world, I'd prefer to strip the old stuff off completely, have a man wave a sparkly stick at the crusty brown bits, and then cover with a hard-wearing paint so I could keep an eye on any other developing crusty brown bits. This may well happen in the future, but I'm determined to get the car on the road for a least a year or two (it's been declared off-road for almost 9 months so far), so it'll have to wait. White spirit / various scrubbing brushes & scrapers, and 5 hours later I had all the loose stuff off and cleaned up the wheelarch lips. A final wash, and I slapped on the schutz, which took another couple of hours. Next the top side got some more attention - Popped the wiper arms off, keyed / etched and painted them. Tigersealed the crusty gap at the top of the sill cover plate (had been cleaned back / Vactan'd, but will need TLC at some point in the next few years). Broke out the mop, and ran it over the car with a fairly light compound, as the paint is mega thin in places... ...Then cleaned up the side trims, fitted new clips, and popped them back on. (Need to lacquer the wing mirror casing before fitting, so will do that when I get home). Cosmetically it's more or less there - Having the OEM wheels back on really changes the look, which isn't a bad thing, but I prefer the wider alloys (they're 6" vs. 4.5" of the standard steels). Autoshite's a broad church, and I know there'll be a faction who think I should have left the car the way it was, dings and all. (Patina?) Another faction won't mind the cosmetic tart-up, but will feel that I should stick with a completely OEM look. And the small remainder will be okay with me fitting wider wheels, and lowering the car a bit. As I said before, nothing I'm doing isn't reversible with a few hours of spannering, so it'll be easy enough to switch back if I decide that's the way to go. To that end, a few weeks ago I acquired a set of OEM steels which have been banded to 6" - These will be powdercoated in OEM silver. The front end of the car looks comically high on the wider rims, so I've got my hands on some suspension from an oval track Samba, which will enable me to lower it down 30-50 mm, with the added bonus of some decent condition top mounts. The donor: (It has massive wheel spacers, hence the arch extensions!) Till next time
  12. You wouldn't like my rates I need all the protection I can get on the road in Ireland, even a flimsy bumper Dyed the interior - Came out okay, but could really have done with another couple of spray cans. (Will re-visit this winter, when I pull interior again to fit my un-cracked dashboard). (I'm sure my neighbours think I'm radio rental ) Whipped the front bumper off, and swapped the brackets around - Still slightly skew-whiff, but it's had a parking knock in a previous life, so I think it was like this before. My panel beating worked out okay on the front valance, but was decidedly shoite on the bumper. Meh. Painted the sill panels below the doors, and removed and re-fitted the rear bumper (was missing some fittings, and only on loosely - Now fixed properly). Underseal and re-attaching side strips and mirrors next! (Plus the important stuff that'll get it through an NCT, like ARB bushes / track rod ends, lower arms and fixing the leaky fuel tank )
  13. MOAR work complete - Putting the front end back together has been much more of a faff than the back - Getting everything lined up has been a challenge, and as I had to cut off many of the OEM bolts, new fixings have been required. Took about 7-8 hours of messing around yesterday to get to where I am. When I stood back to admire my handiwork, the penny dropped that the bumper was an inch too low - Turns out the mounting brackets are handed, and although it bolted up okay, it's pushed everything slightly out of position - Gah. Where the bumper is now: Where the bumper should be (pic from last October): C'est la vie - It'll get sorted
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