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    Dick Longbridge reacted to bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    One of the last bids I put in before banning myself from eBay was for this door donor for my MK2 Transit

    Just kidding folks, I still need a side door. Hadn't really appreciated that these have a plastic base to allow for the front air dam etc
     
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    Dick Longbridge reacted to Tenmil Socket in Shite in Miniature II   
    Update: RC Golf
    I needed to make some upper wishbones* for the steering. It turns out the picture hanging kit I bought has come in handy after all. I made the rough shape of them, drilled and trimmed and epoxy resined in place. So that's the steering sorted now.



    The battery compartment cover was missing so I used the cover off the donor parts car, trimmed it, relocated one of the retainers and added two locating lugs. Looks a bit poor but it will do the job.


    So the next thing to do is to look at the motor...
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    Dick Longbridge reacted to B4lljoints in B4lljoints brown 190 Much MOT success!   
    The mighty brown machine had a pre MOT going over and service today in good company. It's hovering behind this nice Manta....

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    Dick Longbridge reacted to B4lljoints in B4lljoints brown 190 Much MOT success!   
    The brurple machine passed the MOT this morning with no advisories. MUCH SUCCESS! ūüėĀūüĎć

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    Dick Longbridge reacted to UltraWomble in Great number plates - got any?   
    S111 TME is currently on retention

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    Dick Longbridge reacted to GingerNuttz in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    SGS gas I use but only the 15% mix 20L as it's the largest my local place stocks, I also take the 20L pure argon for the tig so no rental suits me better than paying rental on both bottles. 
    I don't actually do a lot of welding and used 1-2 bottles a year, then I met the Captain ....................
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    Dick Longbridge reacted to GingerNuttz in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    The Volvo would have been the same amount of work, it had more underseal on than the acclaim.
    Fingers crossed the acclaim will be back on its feet by the weekend 
     

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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from Burnside in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. 
    This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. 
    When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed. Like yours, it was still duly welded up and lived another day. 
    Keep up the amazing work and keep goldennutz on side - what a decent bloke to know!

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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from GingerNuttz in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. 
    This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. 
    When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed. Like yours, it was still duly welded up and lived another day. 
    Keep up the amazing work and keep goldennutz on side - what a decent bloke to know!

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    Dick Longbridge reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    Fleet update time.  The Rover 820 finally has brakes again, after a month on and off replacing calipers, and cocking up various aspects of the job.  The final hurdle was replacing a brake hose.  I got a bit carried away with the heat torch on the banjo bolt, causing the hose to melt, smoke and fizzle.  Fire extinguisher was there just in case.
    But the pipe union wouldn't loosen and I ended up rounding it off, so I cut the pipe and had to flare the short section remaining.  The point of no return...

    Surprisingly I've never had to flare a pipe before, but after a test run the in situ SAE flare tool in the pic is easy to use.  I just hope it passes the MoT next month after all this effort.  Wheels move freely enough, and no one wheel is hotter than the other after a run, so hopefully I won't get a 'brakes imbalanced across an axle' fail.
    In the meantime, the Xantia developed an LHM leak so the Morris became my main car for the past two weeks.  Wasn't sure how that would pan out but it's been marvellous, being used almost every day for various medical appointments and errands.  My other half has a long term illness and is unable to work (Long Covid, began end of March and it's a total bastard) and having at least one vehicle that isn't fucked has proved essential. 
    Good old Morris.  Still jobs to do, but it moves and stops (eventually).  Cadence braking is the norm until I work out what the issue is.

    I'll keep using it for local trips throughout the winter.  This year has taught me life's too short and to just get on with stuff, albeit I still agonise about the cars...Xantia is the next on the list.  Compression joints and length of hydraulic pipe are on order.  WCPGW.
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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from mercedade in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. 
    This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. 
    When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed. Like yours, it was still duly welded up and lived another day. 
    Keep up the amazing work and keep goldennutz on side - what a decent bloke to know!

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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from juular in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. 
    This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. 
    When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed. Like yours, it was still duly welded up and lived another day. 
    Keep up the amazing work and keep goldennutz on side - what a decent bloke to know!

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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from captain_70s in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. 
    This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. 
    When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed. Like yours, it was still duly welded up and lived another day. 
    Keep up the amazing work and keep goldennutz on side - what a decent bloke to know!

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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from jaypee in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. 
    This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. 
    When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed. Like yours, it was still duly welded up and lived another day. 
    Keep up the amazing work and keep goldennutz on side - what a decent bloke to know!

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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. 
    This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. 
    When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed. Like yours, it was still duly welded up and lived another day. 
    Keep up the amazing work and keep goldennutz on side - what a decent bloke to know!

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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from big_al_granvia in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    Bloody nora. The Acclaim was doing a pretty good job of hiding that grot. 
    This photo is the exact scene right down to the same colour Acclaim which I witnessed in around 1993. I think I said the story before that our welder, Pete left the arse end of the Acclaim on axle stands at 5pm after starting to chop the grot out of it. It would only have been around 11 years old at the time. 
    When we entered the workshop the next morning, the car was innocently sat back on all four wheels. The axle stands had popped straight up through the structure overnight where the metalwork had collapsed. Like yours, it was still duly welded up and lived another day. 
    Keep up the amazing work and keep goldennutz on side - what a decent bloke to know!

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    Dick Longbridge reacted to captain_70s in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    God why...
    Rear sill, cut along top, fell off and took the inner with it.

    Rear floor, with added T piece to brace the jacking point...

    No T piece on the other side, might be alright? It wasn't. While we were under the car we realised the jacking point had sunk into the cabin a good inch or so as the whole floor buckled. The bitumen sound deadening pad is structural.

    No matter, sills and floors can be made...


    Valances are also a thing that tend to be shit on Acclaims...



    Thankfully @GingerNuttzis An Wizard or some shit and did this:

    He also made a passenger side front chassis leg and welded in new floors as we had to do on the other side...
    Then things escalated in a hunt to find good metal to repair the inner arches...

    Oh dear. That's quite poor...

    Hng.
    Maybe the other side is better?


    Aye, no. It isn't. Mostly.
    If we hadn't have already done the other 70% of the car this would be getting turned into bean tins, but we've already invested too much time/effort/resources so it has to be finished...


    So aye, the daily driver needing a couple of patches for the MOT? Actually quite a lot more rotten than the project car... Also my welder has started becoming unreliable in it's deliver of amps, which is causing issues. To put in perspective how rapidly this has escalated, last week we were discussing what colour we should paint the wheels...
    The cause of the major issues in this thing are twofold. Firstly the construction, being Japanese in origin and at least partially assembled by robots this is leaps and bounds ahead of the Dolly in terms of being efficient to build but has lead to many issues regards longevity. Mostly in the fact there are loads of overlapping seams on this thing to keep it fairly strong despite being pressed from 0.8mm steel, these are water traps. The rear strut towers are also completely open to shit being flung up from the rear wheels but is an awkward place to access for cleaning.
    The second issue is that the car has had liberal coats of underseal over the top of rust. Had a slightly more involved rust treatment been used 20 odd years ago we might have had slightly more to work with. I'm also guilty of this, all the welding I did 3 years ago has rotted back through due to lack of decent coatings.
    There is also no evidence of any cavity waxing or Ziebart treatment on this car like the Dolly has, the only concession to rust proofing appears to be bitumen/tar like stuff that's been poured into the doors, probably why they aren't actually too bad.
    Once this car is finished it'll be retired from daily use once a suitable replacement can be found, probably something early 90s. Something that, if come MOT time it transpires to be fucked, I don't feel overly compelled to keep..
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    Dick Longbridge reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - WANTED Driver's seatbelt for our Citroen XM   
    Poo!
    We had a problem with a blocked drain under the public road to our septic tank the other side and the last manhole is under our garage floor. Parked over the cover was our Peugeot 504 Cabriolet that lost a wheel then failed to start, which had not been touched since September.
    The 504 started easily and drove in and out of the garage with 2 wheel nuts without a problem. I remember the last owner telling me the 504 would cut out when hot and not restart until it had cooled down properly. The last owner worked on the ignition, but Kugelfischer injection has always been problematical. We also need to work out why the wheel fell off!
    And yes we got the drain unblocked!



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    Dick Longbridge reacted to red5 in Fiesta 89   
    Went into po dad's garage in 2006 I believe, then life got in way. 
    I, with help from mk2craig and cintwelder effected a recovery / prevention from breaking for parts. 
     
    It's Mot'd but in need of fettling. Time is something I seem to have none of. 
    Umm. 
     
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    Dick Longbridge reacted to quicksilver in Shite in Miniature II   
    So what are those new arrivals I hinted at. Some recent stuff from Oxford Diecast, like this TX5 elecrotaxi.
    and blue van man
    Fire up the Quattro! This is wrong in exactly the opposite way to Gene's car (pre-facelift with a later reg).
    <Dennis Waterman>Oooh, that's a nice Capri</Dennis Waterman>
    Another nice Capri. Aquatic Jade is a great colour but a bit hard to photograph.
    Also a great colour, Purple Velvet but I'm not sure it's quite right. Still nice though and it's a 1300E so it'll be worth eleventy hundred bazillion pounds.
    Finally got a Cararama Punto Still looking for a Ka though as I got outbid on the one he had.
    A funky pink Demio is a suitable consolation prize though
    Legacy is a bit battered but was cheap
     
     
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    Dick Longbridge reacted to flat4alfa in Shite in Miniature II   
    SUNDAY EVENING LOUDHAILING CORGI CHEVROLET VAN RACKET
    Might as well put these side-by-side.  Oh look at their happy smiling faces and noisy head gear

    On the left, the PINDER JEAN RICHARD Circus Booking Office.  On the right, the RADIO TELE LUXEMBOURG Roadshow.

    You can hear it now: 'Roll up! Roll Up!  Get your evening performance tickets here!'  Except, it would really be heard in French, as this arm of the Pinder circus family is based in France, not Scotland.  Either way you'd hardly understand a word from the over-amplified distortion.

    The Radio van is just that: a radio.  Or rather, an AM receiver, powered by a PP3 battery (showing my age) in the chassis and it works too!  The on/off switch and volume (audible enough) is controlled by a rotating wheel.  Quality is similar to something found in Radio Shack back in 1979.  Apparently, 'Marciano' has just scored a goal, the commentator just said on Talk Sport.

    The rears have been covered before: the booking office steps and canopy, the word 'BILLETS' under a surly-looking lady confirming its frenchness; whereas the radio has a tuning dial saying 'TUNING', in case of confusion.

     


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    Dick Longbridge got a reaction from Jerzy Woking in The grumpy thread   
    And *that's* why I use Android. 
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    Dick Longbridge reacted to artdjones in Eye-catching black and whites   
    The 1938 Cork Grand Prix. The bottom one is of the crowd going out to see it.
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    Dick Longbridge reacted to Rab in Family snaps with your old cars in the background.   
    Me aged four with Dad's bought new Austin Tasman in the background. NSW. Australia. 1971

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    Dick Longbridge reacted to w00dy in The race against lockdown - BMW 530i - Dirt may affect the appearance of leather   
    It's crazy how cheap they got at one point. My 528i was £680 I think and I spent very little on it.
    Gave the interior a bit of a scrub today to find out that it was actually very frubby.

     


    Very satisfying.
     
     
     
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