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Vin last won the day on June 15 2016

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    I've been from Tucson to Tucomcari, Tehachapi to Tonapah...

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  1. Yes, there was no way I would have been able to make any sort of decent job without removing the wheel tubs. It then also made their repair easier as it could be done on the bench.
  2. Ive also been doing a bit of Fiorino work. Stripped the engine bay and painted it in preparation for when the engine goes back in...
  3. Ive been persevering with this for the past month or so. I ended up doing the other wheel tub and arch as well, plus I had to fabricate a new fuel pipe mount. It's actually all back together now, seam sealed, the underside painted in POR 15 and undersealed. The interior is now all leather cleaned and back in. I ended up taking the towbar off as well, due to making a couple of holes in the vicinity of the MOT no no area. I cut them out and welded in new metal. The towbar was painted in POR 15 and reinstated. I'm just waiting on some chimney nuts, so I can put the right rear quarter/bumper back on...
  4. How about an update then?? It's about fuckin time, you say... OK. It's probably not what you were expecting... Right. Fiorino engine has progressed, no pictures to hand though. Will be eventually. 1947 Ferguson TE20 tractor. This is now mine after I bought it off my Step-mum. All is not lost though, as she bought back (from my mate) her Dad's 1949 Ferguson TED20, and has paid him to re-comission it. Should be ready in the next few weeks... Now, my update relates to the 'lockdown'.... I've been working from home and haven't left my village in North Lincolnshire for nearing 5 weeks... This means my daily driver Fiat Marea hasn't gone anywhere. I was aware it needed 'de-rusting' as it was mentioned that it was getting crusty at the last MOT.... No use of the Marea and more hours to mess about, meant let's get it sorted... Basically, the upshot was, there were quite a few holes in the boot including the common Marea rot spots. The rear right footwell has suffered too. There was loads of rot around a 2017 MOT weld patch. I've kept the patch as the welding is solid. I've just trimmed out the rotten floor from underneath the patch with my dremel. I've cut out and welded in repairs for the rotten sections. Boot floor... Repairs welded in. Rear right footwell and floor, before and after... Now, after further investigation with a screwdriver and my dremel grinder, I found out (I had suspected this was the case for a while...) that the inner wheelarch was fucked. This is only accessible from below with your head in the arch, so was going to be a ballache to repair. I actually ordered some more P40 glassfibre and mesh (I do now have it), but I couldn't go through with actually using it... SO....I, bit the bullet and cut the wheeltub out, which needs repairing anyway, but can be done on the bench, and welded back in after... I have actually cut out the rot and welded in new metal, but I will take some more pics as I carry on... So, there you go. I guess that's an unexpected 'Lockdown restoration'. To be fair, if anyone told me in January, that by April I'd be cutting loads of shite out my daily, because it wasn't a daily anymore, I'd have told them to do one...
  5. I've got a few of these sort of pictures, but I have only got two to hand that have been scanned... December 1986, christmas at my Aunt's. My Uncle died that summer, so for a period we did lots of things with her, or at her house... The photo is of my two younger sisters, but out there on the drive is my Dad's Rover SD1 - a 2 litre... And then a few years later in October 1989, my sisters again, on a caravan site in Rothbury... My Dad's Rover SD1 Van den Plas, a 2.6 is parked alongside (C431 GAG). The caravan was a 1976 Elddis Cyclone... He had a Volvo 240 GLT saloon between the two Rovers, and then repaced the Van den Plas with a Volvo 760 GLT estate...
  6. I used to like that Matchbox Volvo F10...😎 I didn't have the cable drum version. The one I had was red with a blue Lion's cage on the back.
  7. Vin

    The grumpy thread

    I started buying it again when Holman left. Each to their own I guess 🙂
  8. You may dare...😄 Both the doors that were on it, one original, one replacement circa 2006, were both absolutely rotten. The bottoms were full of wob, mesh and glassfibre, that I put there over the years.... The green doors are 100% better than what was there, but they are not perfect, so I didn't think it worth going to the effort of painting, as I will have to do work on the passenger door at some point in the future. I have a brand new drivers door in primer and bubble wrap in a lock-up, so that is not such a concern. I got the doors from a scrapyard circa 1995, from a 6 month old malta green Panda CLX that had been crashed by a pensioner. I got the boot lid too. I put them on my daily driver at the time and then kept them when that Panda died circa 1998, so they have been in a shed since then...
  9. Very sad about the Jersey Panda...🙁 I've been driving this about for a few weeks now, so I thought I better update with a few pictures from the back end of Summer...
  10. Vin

    Sainsbury's Archive

    Very late 131 there. We're getting into Regatta territory by then. In fact the only 131s I've seen on B plates are estates, when it was just marketed as the Fiat 'Panorama'. (according to my copies of 'Fiat World' from the time)
  11. Vin

    Sainsbury's Archive

    @barrett Eddie Honda PI has already solved the case...
  12. Vin

    Sainsbury's Archive

    Can I just say HMC this is one hell of a shift you are putting in... I (and of course our fellow shiters) am very appreciative!! 123456789/10 (Would use again)
  13. Vin

    Sainsbury's Archive

    I thought the white car with the front end smash in the hoard, had the look of a Volvo 144, but that black patch on the C pillar and what I think is a front hinged bonnet made me think not. After a bit of googlin, I reckon a Triumph Dolomite... EDIT. Just realised MorrisItalSLX had already worked that one out...😄😄
  14. Very impressive, but that door mirror and wiper set-up is HORRENDOUS.
  15. Vin

    Sainsbury's Archive

    Brand/nearly new motor then. Whaddaya reckon. Fag rep trying to butter up the staff behind the tobacco counter??
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