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    Bren reacted to cbowditch in Toyota Camry   
    The last issue is a small hole in the rear sill. Despite the amazing build quality of these cars, tin worn will eventually get to all cars made of steel. My friend Jay from Leicester did the repairs for me



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    Bren reacted to cbowditch in Toyota Camry   
    The Toyota Camry never sold very well in the UK, and the Gen3 is rather rare these days (in the UK) Earlier in the year I tracked down this beauty. It came with a massive service history folder. The first owner of 20 years had changed the oil every 2-2.5K from new. Everything works, electric sunroof, seats, original stereo, and the air con is ice cold 😀 Not bad for 161K miles and 25 years. The camry is really underrated and under appreciated in the UK. In the US, it was a best seller thanks to amazing durability, reliability and comfort. I think the exterior styling is what put lots of Brits off buying them, but I don't mind it all.
    Usually when buying a car of this age, there would be loads of annoying little faults to sort out, but not on this one. Sadly I didn't buy it direct from the 1st owner, there have been some owners inbetween who did neglect it




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    Bren reacted to Cookiesouwest in Shite you see on the central reservation   
    Surely the answer is many, many JLR products, that didn't make it to the inside lane.
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    Bren got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Dollywobbler / Autoshite Funerals   
    Look at this honey - 
     

    Useful for conveying dead vectras.
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    Bren reacted to Saabnut in The grumpy thread   
    Like for the NHS! Good luck to Mrs God and hope they get to the cause soon.
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    Bren reacted to omegod in The grumpy thread   
    Some may recall me regaling about my wife having an odd cardiac issue a few months ago when her heart rate went bonkers high and mucho chest pains resulting in blue light to A&E, she's had unstable angina attacks daily since,had a battery of test's but no diagnosis as yet. She had another very dodgy episode of severe chest pain yesterday and her resting pulse was 207 bpm so again was blue lighted in for them to do some scary sounding shit with drugs to sort out her dodgy rhythms whilst hooked up to a defib just in case it went wrong, she's a lot more settled but has been kept in for the weekend at least and will hopefully get a diagnosis and some treatment to get her back to a normal lifestyle as she's been pretty much housebound for months  
    I'm very bored, restless and very worried but she's in the best hands, I work in the NHS but never cease to be amazed at how fucking wonderful it is and how lucky we are to have it 
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    Bren reacted to Wibble in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    Love this car and my thoughts are with you and your friend, Emily. Love that you’ve saved it so far and hope you find the strength to continue with it!
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    Bren reacted to phil_lihp in The new news 24 thread   
    I wanted a small runaround which was better on fuel than my CR-V for sharing commuting duties and I've been missing my old Puma - I had a Millenium about 2 years ago but that turned out to be a badly described pile of mould and rust so didn't last.
    A quick search on Facebook Marketplace pulled up this one - correct wheels, correct 1.7 Yamaha engine, decent colour and low mileage with plenty of MOT for a sensible price, only 20 miles away.  The owner turned out to have several and was thinning out his collection, properly nice old chap who's now into Boxsters instead.  I viewed it in the dark and pouring rain earlier in the week, left a deposit and got a lift over yesterday to collect it. 
    I love it - these are very addictive little cars and this one drives superbly, as it should with only 64k on it.  Heavily undersealed, minimal welding needed over the years and rear arches intact if not in great condition, it's barely moved for 2 years and for £1,100 I was happy.
    What caught me by surprise when I picked it up was the extra folder of paperwork that came with it - he'd shown me the fastidious records he'd kept in the last 6-7 years so I knew about that but I hadn't realised there was an enormous Motorpoint folder which has literally every receipt and invoice since 2000 in it, including the sales paperwork and a photo of the car when brand new taped to the front of it.  Turns out the first owner had it 13 years and took exceptional care of it, I'm a total geek for that stuff so I'm made up with that.  I also found that the service book is so full there's a second one with it and it has a full Ford service history with the same dealer up to 2013 and 57k miles - it's only done another 7k since then and has been serviced and maintained since.
    The oil is very clean but has been in there a couple of years, the timing belt is due on time if not mileage and the tyres, whilst a matching set of Michelins (a first for me, my stuff usually has to go straight to the tyre centre to lose whatever mismatched budgets it came on) are quite old.  They're still looking good though and have loads of grip so I will let them stay for now and keep an eye on their condition.
    Verdict: I've lucked out, with a little bit of maintenance and care over the next few months, this can become a really, really nice example.

    Oh, and if you know Pumas and think those wheels aren't right on a 2000 X plate, you're right, they'd moved on to spoked wheels by then.  In the first owner's paperwork stack is an invoice from the Ford dealer for 4 alloy wheels at the time of sale; it appears he specifically got the turbine ones added on.
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    Bren reacted to Dick Longbridge in Vent Your VAG Hatred Here!   
    Dervs? 
    A good mate of my brother is a seasoned mechanic. He replaced the front struts on my MR2 a while back and we got chatting modern diesels. He relayed endless stories of problems with a large range of manufacturers and summarised with the advice 'avoid modern diesels if you can'. Basically, they all sound like they'll bleed your wallet dry when things start to go wrong. 
    Interestingly, he dailies, through personal choice, a 2005 2.2 tdi Mondeo with 150k on the clock.
     
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    Bren reacted to Blake's Den in New project - farmer spec Land Rover Defender 90   
    Its time to introduce you to my new project – Land Rover Defender 90 300 TDI in farmer spec.

    I’ve been working on this off and on (mainly off) for the last 10 months or so. It was bought new in 1996 by my wife’s grand father and it is about as basic as Land Rover’s get. The only option ticked was a step on the drivers side, there is no step on the rear or the passengers side. No radio, no central locking, no airbag, no aircon (or heating at the moment), it is very basic motoring.
    It’s the 300 TDI engine which I understand are fairly reliable. It needs a good service which is one of the first things on the list to do. It has plenty of oil leaks as standard so they need to be looked at too. My plan is to keep it standard – no big suspension lifts or big tyres. It has been a working vehicle and it is going to stay as a working vehicle.
    Its going to need a new rear cross member very soon as it is more plate and weld than original. Being a pick up (or truck cab) it should be a fairly easy job to fit one with chassis leg extensions.
    I’ve got a feeling that this one is going to keep me very busy! I’ve always wanted a Land Rover so this one is defiantly a keeper.
    I should hopefully be posting some regular video updates on my youtube channel. Oh and thanks to @Minimad5 for the bumper 😀
     
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    Bren got a reaction from UltraWomble in The Bikeshite Thread   
    I knew the busa had a scottoiler but I had never given it a moments thought despite buying a bottle to top it up.
    It was empty. And a PITA to top up - made worse by yours truly pulling the adjuster off instead of filling it up via the orifice. In my defence there are no instructions.
    I put it back in such a way top ups should be easy peasy from now on.
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    Bren got a reaction from hennabm in The grumpy thread   
    I had the misfortune to go into Morrisons in Widnes - I only wanted a bottle of spirits.
    The total opposite of Aldi - customers emptying their trolleys at speeds that would suggest they had been lobotomised before entering. Disinterested staff.
    The bottle went back on the shelf.
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    Bren reacted to montytom in Bit of an update and car situation update.   
    Some of you may be aware with the post I did a while ago. I have been suffering with depression and have in total had 13 weeks off work. 
    Anyway I feel a bit better/ not totally normal but having spoken to doctors and having been put on medication I made the decision to get back to work.
     
    I did the usual searching of various internet sites regarding cars and saw a little smart car for sale. 
    Having had one before I knew how fun they were.
    My dad bought it for me and got it transported back home. 
    He then bought a new exhaust as the old one had snapped. I bought a service kit for it and then set about doing the service. 
    Since then I have been using it for work and it's been great fun.
    Can I call what I have a fleet?
    My rover 620ti has been off the road and my dad did the rear brakes and then did the fronts and while doing that changed the joints as they were all split.
    My focus st has been sat not doing anything- oh we have bought some manifold studs and also a manifold gasket. Still need to find a new gearbox as it knocks.
    Then finally my 820 vitesse.
    My dad has done some rust repairs and have just started it and pumped the tyres up.
    Some pictures.
    Thanks Thomas









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    Bren got a reaction from myglaren in The grumpy thread   
    I had the misfortune to go into Morrisons in Widnes - I only wanted a bottle of spirits.
    The total opposite of Aldi - customers emptying their trolleys at speeds that would suggest they had been lobotomised before entering. Disinterested staff.
    The bottle went back on the shelf.
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    Bren got a reaction from chaseracer in 750k miles+   
    The maxus could only have been a mistake. Driving one for those distances would be like entering the ninth circle of hell.
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    Bren got a reaction from Talbot in 750k miles+   
    The maxus could only have been a mistake. Driving one for those distances would be like entering the ninth circle of hell.
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    Bren reacted to andy18s in Shite in Miniature II   
    A large box I've been waiting for a good few months actually turned up today
    Very happy with the contents 
    Managed to grab a Prowler kit at a cheap price too
     





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    Bren reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - LeJog Part 2 Incoming!   
    A bit more about it then! Essay incoming!
    As mentioned I've had the car 12 years. It was my first classic and was my dream car and still is today. It helped me learn everything I know about working on cars and really got me into modifying cars too. It's been through a few iterations, paint jobs and engines to get to where it is today but honestly its never mattered what setup it is I just love it. I'll keep it forever and hopefully drive it until I can no longer drive myself.
    The car itself:
     Its pretty heavily modified incase it wasn't entirely obvious! It's not for the purists... Which is actually the reason I keep my other one as I do. It's nice to have a period/standard Mini and this one looking ratty. Two ends of the spectrum.


    Aside from running a turbo lump which I will get to its on coilovers all round, has a beam rear subframe and has had the boot floor partially flattened. The rear arches are fully tubbed too. Minis are low but this is really low. It's a good 2-3" lower than a Mini at normal ride height and about as low as you can get without serious work to the front subframe. Tubbed arches below. For those that don't know it basically involves cutting out the lip which is gets in the way on lowered minis and replacing it with flat steel. Best demonstrated from the inside.

    Before tubbing. Note the big crevis which can rub on the tyre.

    After.

    Front end is fibreglass and fully removable. Was like that when I bought it and I've never felt inclined to return it to original. Makes doing engine work a doddle too.

    I suppose the killer bit is the engine itself! It's a 1293cc overbore from a Metro Turbo. Forged pistons, standard rods and crank but running a modified centre bearing cap. Lightweight steel flywheel with a twin spring clutch to take the torque. Gearbox is a straight cut gear set but with helical drop gears. In simple terms it has classic straight cut whine in 1st, 2nd and 3rd but 4th gear is direct drive from the drop gears and therefore entirely helical and quiet. It's a compromise considering the power it runs but I do drive to a lot of shows and am already pretty deaf without making it worse.
    It runs a Garrett T3 from the Metro, Montego/Maestro turbo plenum, turbo carburettor, and a Megajolt mappable ignition which uses a custom ECU to feed into a Ford EDIS ignition module and coil pack. The cylinder head came with the engine and is a work of art but it's a ticking time bomb. There is basically zero meat between the valves which is an absolute no-no in reality. The photos below should help you understand why! It runs at 7.5:1 compression ratio and 26lb of boost. I have pushed it to 30lb before but in all honesty it's too much. The compression tester readings are 85psi across the board 😂
    I mostly built it myself.







    The Dyno spat out 170hp at the crank when I tested it. It's quick! Dusting cars is easy when you weigh 600kg and I have had it bouncing off the limiter in 4th which is about 120mph (race track). It could pull more but I like to try not to eject the crank from the block!
    So yeah! That's my turbo Mini!
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    Bren got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    My brother had the green galanite racing car.
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    Bren got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    I bought a clay bar kit and tackled the BMW. It had not been polished since I had some paintwork done 12 months ago. I gave the wheels  a clean and dressed the tyres. The car is now 17 years old - thoughts of a change come and go as I am mindful if it developed engine problems no one would touch it - it seems many places no longer want to do anything more taxing than a service. In its favour are its excellent condition and low mileage - it's just gone over 97k 
    It is still a capable mile muncher with plenty of oomph - I would have to spend at least three times what it would sell for to get something else as capable.
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    Bren got a reaction from privatewire in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Just watched cassetteboy's latest video on youtube. It's the only time our clown of a PM sounds coherent.
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    Bren got a reaction from mercedade in The new news 24 thread   
    I bought a clay bar kit and tackled the BMW. It had not been polished since I had some paintwork done 12 months ago. I gave the wheels  a clean and dressed the tyres. The car is now 17 years old - thoughts of a change come and go as I am mindful if it developed engine problems no one would touch it - it seems many places no longer want to do anything more taxing than a service. In its favour are its excellent condition and low mileage - it's just gone over 97k 
    It is still a capable mile muncher with plenty of oomph - I would have to spend at least three times what it would sell for to get something else as capable.
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    Bren got a reaction from dome in The new news 24 thread   
    I bought a clay bar kit and tackled the BMW. It had not been polished since I had some paintwork done 12 months ago. I gave the wheels  a clean and dressed the tyres. The car is now 17 years old - thoughts of a change come and go as I am mindful if it developed engine problems no one would touch it - it seems many places no longer want to do anything more taxing than a service. In its favour are its excellent condition and low mileage - it's just gone over 97k 
    It is still a capable mile muncher with plenty of oomph - I would have to spend at least three times what it would sell for to get something else as capable.
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    Bren got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in The new news 24 thread   
    I bought a clay bar kit and tackled the BMW. It had not been polished since I had some paintwork done 12 months ago. I gave the wheels  a clean and dressed the tyres. The car is now 17 years old - thoughts of a change come and go as I am mindful if it developed engine problems no one would touch it - it seems many places no longer want to do anything more taxing than a service. In its favour are its excellent condition and low mileage - it's just gone over 97k 
    It is still a capable mile muncher with plenty of oomph - I would have to spend at least three times what it would sell for to get something else as capable.
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    Bren got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    The definition of excitement was getting a super kings or speed kings for christmas - pressing the cheapo wrapping paper against the header card so you could see the writing through the paper. I have no idea hos many I had - I still have some boxed ones but not many - some are expensive now.
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