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  1. The Gen II Saab 9-5, which I reckon would have become quite popular if Saab hadn't gone bust. The super-rare Sportwagon version was a real looker in my opinion.
  2. The Aero has a new MOT, but to get it, it needed a new parking brake cable, as the old one had seized up, causing roadworthiness issues. Surprisingly, the rest of the car was okay: The total cost of the repair, including the MOT was £205, which I believe was a small price to pay to keep an interesting car on the road for another year
  3. Had a good friend from the Netherlands visit me for a few days with his 2009 Focus diesel estate: He laments the fact that owning a car like a Saab 9-5 or a Volvo V70 is prohibitively expensive in NL for the average person and is perpetually amazed at how cheap cars over ten years old are in the UK. Also, the Swedish equivalent of the Mercedes-Benz W124 met the West German equivalent of the Volvo 740 this evening: I was surprised to discover that the W124 is a slightly smaller car than the 740, but that could have been down to the way they were parked.
  4. I'd quite like a PSV licence, but I don't think I'd use it, as having to deal with transporting people as opposed to bits of steel would do my head in...
  5. NO TRUCKS. All in the warehouse until January 2nd. I don't expect to be going out that day, as the truck I've been assigned hasn't been loaded ^^
  6. Apart from the black bumpers, that Cortina is identical to the one which featured briefly in Never Say Never Again
  7. The Volvo passed its MOT today, with only a few advisories, all of which can be easily and cheaply fixed on a DIY basis. The car's exhaust emissions test result pleased me no end: 0.55% of CO (3.5% limit) and 115 ppm of unburnt hydrocarbons (1200 ppm limit). Empirical proof that big old cars don't have to be big old polluters Also, I used The Aero to get to and from work. It's running really well ^^
  8. I've been invited for drinks with my colleagues at my local Wetherspoons the Saturday before Christmas, but I hate Wetherspoons and all it stands for, so I wouldn't patronise any of their pubs even if I was dying of thirst. I'm going to visit my parents in east Kent instead.
  9. After two hours of spannering, The Aero is once again a functioning car. No oil leaks, broken bits, leftover parts or strange noises from the engine. Disaster averted! I'm really looking forward to driving the car again and making full use of its performance in due course ^^ Getting the car back on the road is a huge weight off my mind. Not only have I saved a great car from certain death, I can use it as a daily driver again, which is handy, as The Volvo is going in for an MOT tomorrow... Video time! No idea what the screech is, but the car has always done it when started from cold, and it's never got any worse. It started first time, too. Not bad after not being run for a month. The smoke is penetrating oil burning off the exhaust manifold and downpipe. output (3).mp4
  10. They're in a cast-in strengthener on the gearbox end of the sump and have no bearing on the oil retention properties of the sump. I'm probably going to leave them open, as I don't think they will cause any problems if I do. If need be, I'll seal them with aluminium tape.
  11. I was really surprised how well it came up, although it did take a couple of hours and lots of scrubbing to get it to that state of cleanliness.
  12. FINALLY removed The Aero's sump. Took me longer than I expected, as I'd forgotten to remove one bolt, but it came off easily after that: BLACK Oil pickup strainer didn't look too bad. FFS! The sludge you see was just the tip of the iceberg, as it were. Underneath the remaining oil, there was even more. I think I saved the day by dropping the sump. I reckon that the engine would have been wrecked fairly quickly if I'd carried on driving the car after it started to exhibit symptoms of a blocked oil pickup strainer last month. I cleaned the sump, baffle plate and oil pickup strainer with foaming oven cleaner followed by Elbow Grease degreaser, both of which did a grand job of cleaning them, as you can see: Going to refit the sump tomorrow and put the car back together, with a view to putting it back into daily use from Monday. Hopefully, it will be easier to reassemble than it was to dismantle.
  13. I can confirm this. It took me several very unpleasant hours in 2014 to replace the PCV system on my 1997 2.5 SE 10v. It rewarded me by blowing its rear main oil seal two weeks later. I weighed the ungrateful bastard in. Incredibly, it got put back on the road by someone and lasted a couple more years.
  14. Managed to remove The Aero's remaining sump bolts via the holes I created when I got home from work today using a 13mm 1/4 inch drive socket augmented with a smol extension bar and an equally smol universal joint. The sump remains in situ though, due to some very tenacious gasket sealant holding it very firmly in place. I think that a judicious application of a rubber mallet, a big block of wood and some wooden wedges will set it free at the weekend 😅
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