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  1. This was in the car mart at Tatton Park last weekend. Absolute shite. Overspray on the door rubbers, a painted radio aerial, badly sprayed wing mirrors. Fit only for the most low-rest weddings and prom nights.
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    I have one and enjoy it as an interesting curio. I occasionally use it as my daily every few weeks or so. Mk2 versions are the way to go, still shit but improved greatly over the Mk1. Parts are cheap at Rimmer Brothers, including the strut top cups that rot away and allow the strut in to the boot (someone mentioned this earlier in the thread) They're easy to keep serviced (the oil filter is the same as the Peugeot 106). Mine needs a clutch at the moment (Interesting to read they don't last long anyway!), They're well screwed together and are very nippy, thanks to the huge engine. They're crap on fuel around town, but will give you near 40mpg on the motorway (so much for CITY Rover!) Keep the arches cleaned out and they don't rot - mine is fine underneath, however some of the worst examples will have been welded at the backs of the sills a few times by now. Anyone thinking of buying one needs to make sure that for the alarm/central locking that the 'learn' fob is still present. This is a key fob with a lead and plug attached. It plugs in to the alarm/immobiliser ECU under the drivers seat and you will need the 'learn' fob to reprogramme your normal key fobs each time you change the battery! In summary; Thirsty. Can be rusty, but well screwed together. Cheap stuff from Rimmer Bros. Mk2 is best.
  3. This post is an unexpected one, and a bit of a sad end for the Crap Corsa (it was anything but, to be honest - a brilliant little car) as it was written off on Monday 13th May. It was back in service with my Mum who was heading out with my Gran. They came across a queue of traffic at some failed temporary traffic lights. Deciding not to wait, and to take another route, she pulls out of the line of cars to do a u-turn when a minibus comes down the outside of the line of cars to enter a right turn box. It hits the driver's door, pushing the car round straight. We think Mum hit hear head as she doesn't remember anything after this. The Corsa ran down the offside of the car in front and finished up in the back of an Audi. Perhaps her foot went on the gas, considering the damage. It is the end of the road for it, anyway. After a check up by ambulance staff, they both escaped with just bruises thankfully.
  4. Just the 25GTi for this now, the poor little CityRover is staying at home.
  5. Thank you everyone for your encouraging words. Still plenty to do on this car (they joys of getting stuff cheap from friends!) but it is getting there. There's been temptation to sort out the obvious stuff first, like the scuffed bumpers but I'm glad that I've not. It's lovely to just get in and go for a waft and have confidence in the old thing. Various clunks from the front suspension mean that drop links, track rod ends and a couple of bushes are the next things to tackle. Getting both bumpers resprayed would be nice, but we'll have to see...
  6. Yes in 2.5 or 3.0 flavours.
  7. Bringing the Volvo story up to date; plenty of mechanical work since last summer. My local main dealer, Clive Brook, Huddersfield began a 'heritage' club on the first Saturday of each month. Essentially a lot of standing around looking at old and new Volvos, drinking tea and (if you ask in advance) getting your car up on the ramps and taking it apart. It's all brilliant fun and it is really nice of Clive Brook to make time and space for stuff like this. This was wonderful timing, as it means that I've been able to speed up progress through some of the mechanical works I had planned... and not even had to get my hands dirty as it's all been done at Clive Brook. The prices charged for parts and labour through the 'heritage club' have been VERY good, so much so that weighing up the cost of my own time it has been a no-brainer. Over a couple of visits, I've had the cambelt and water pump changed, the camshaft oil seals (special tools required as the back of the head is about two inch from the bulkhead!) and the gear selector switch (which was a welcome repair as more and more often the gearbox would go into a limp mode - which gave you only one forward gear - 3rd!) The reassurance of a new cambelt, and the new selector switch has seen the Volvo get a bit more use (in nicer weather, anyway) I've been keeping tabs on fuel consumption and over about 5,000 miles it has averaged 21mpg. My best ever tank was 27mpg and round town use returns between 16 and 18mpg. It isn't particularly ruinous, especially as it doesn't get used for work. For days out or something to potter about in on my days off it is the only way to travel! A few posts previous, I mentioned that replacing most of the engine's breather system did wonders for its oil incontinence problem. In normal driving it was now oil tight, but when under the load of towing the caravan it made a right mess. Since then I've had the camshaft oil seals replaced (above), and I'd been waiting for another caravanning weekend to test the Volvo out again. Well, this weekend gone was the one; Forty miles to Bolton Abbey on Saturday and forty miles back this morning and the boot lid and front of the caravan are oil free! Hurrah!
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    Rover 827Si

    I find mine runs pretty well on the 'default' ECU setting, yet I know of another that overfuels and runs like crap on the default ECU setting. Odd! The Fastcheck needs a good quality exhaust gas analyser present to really make the most of tweaking the settings and getting everything tuned spot-on.
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    Rover 827Si

    That's good - as you can't get older than this one.
  10. Go early, especially if good weather is forecast. It's a park wherever you like sort of thing. You can hunt out Clubs/any group that puts up a banner, but if you time it wrong you can spend too much time trying to drive round and find them, or end up pissing everyone off by trying to drive against the flow. Best just to get in and park up. Anything Austin, Morris or Rover goes, regardless of where it was built (I bet most attendees will think it all came from the hallowed ground across Lowhill Lane, anyway!) Oddly sniffy about people trying to get Land Rover, Range Rover and early MINI products in, though. As already mentioned, being early April, the whole show is subject to short notice cancellation, which is fair enough as the organisers can't risk ruining the park or the Council would never agree to host it again I should imagine. People seem pretty clued-up for organising short notice pop-up-POLs in the local area. Check social media on the day. Popular alternatives are the British Motor Museum, Gaydon and The Transport Museum, Wythall. I'm planning on going (come rain or shine - I have a Premier Inn booked!) in either or both of these, depending on a second driver;
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    Rover 827Si

    820e (or 'E') depending on model year, is Austin Rover's own in-house single point fuel injection (cars badged 'i' or I' are multi-point fuel injection). It does get amnesia if the battery goes flat, or if the battery is disconnected. You need the Austin Rover 'Fastcheck' diagnostic gear to reset the mixture. It's a really simple job, as the system and the diagnostic gear is so primitive. It is essentially a glorified carburettor. Here's mine; (The Fastcheck equipment lives in the boot!)
  12. The behind bumper bits for the saloon, hatch and estate are available as repair sections for 30 quid a side. Tells you all you need to know, really. A recurring theme with Vauxhalls in this garage. Here's another repaired previously. Rusty in all the same places as this Astra;
  13. Cleaned, emptied of crap and finally in the garage it is time to assess the welding requirements. Off with the rear bumper! The rusty side panels as a result of all the crap kicked up by the rear wheels we knew about already, but with the bumper off it'll be the first time to see accident damage clearly. The bumper did a great job of fending off the Polo and the bumper itself escaped completely unscathed. The impact was slightly off-centre, biased towards the near side of the rear panel. It is pushed in and slightly upwards with the lip where the boot seal sits offering an obvious clue; It's not decided yet if replacement of the back panel, or trying to get it back in to shape is the way to go. It's completely covered and hidden by the bumper and internal trim, so as long as it can be made to line up, problem solved? Replacement is an involved and long job. As for the rust, well there's not much metal left at the sides behind the bumper! Nearside; Offside;
  14. Time to bring the Astra's story up to date. It's been a frustrating and quiet three years for it with not much actual driving at all. After buying it in January 2016, it went through its MoT in the April with flying colours and was then promptly fired off to my storage place for most of the rest of tat year. There were other cars to drive that Summer and the Astra didn't get a look-in! Here it is about to be locked away in April 2016. The turquoise Astra belonged to a friend at the time and we thought it was worth a picture as you don't see two saloons together very often; Fast forward to the end of the Summer 2016 and the Astra came back home. Its spot in storage returned to the nice stuff that had been out for the summer show season and now needed tucking up for the winter. A bit of pottering about put some miles on the clock over winter, but most of the time it was sat on the driveway. The MoT test rolls round once more, which is when things go downhill somewhat. At the time I was getting all my cars MoT'd in Darwen, Lancs at a friend's garage (since retired) and it was a fairly nice run from Huddersfield. There's the option of a fast route, (M62 > M66 > M65) or a more sedate and scenic cross-country route. Anyway, on 31st March 2017 I'd just got on the M62and was passing Jct 23. Traffic was pretty much at a standstill heading East, but on the Westbound side we were moving at a fair rate until some numpty feels the need to brake, and many cars down the line we've all suddenly got to come to a complete stop, which for the most part we do apart from the Polo behind me that bends the boot lid and back panel! A great start to the day, which went on to get better when I got to the MoT test (which I was now late for) and the Astra fails on corrosion at the back of the sills. The accident was resolved very efficiently by Footman James. They sent a great assessor out who was sympathetic to the circumstances and didn't see it as just an old banger. I'd made sure the car was cleaned and polished and he got to look at the comprehensive paperwork file that the car has. FJ paid out slightly more than the price I paid to buy the car in the first place, and they agreed not to record the accident against the car, so it still has a clean history in that regard. Addressing the corrosion took a lot longer; to today in fact, when the Astra made it in to the garage for repairs. In those two years it has been providing great service as a semi-mobile storage unit, hanging around on the driveway. It is surprising how useful a car is for filling up with junk. Out of sight, out of mind! Today's investigations to follow...
  15. 2018 - Still too many cars! OUT '85 Montego HL CARRIED OVER (Some you might recognise from threads on here) '73 Allegro SDL '84 Maestro HLS '85 Cavalier GLS '80 Princess 2 HLS '88 820Se '00 25 GTi '97 Espero CDXi '93 Astra GLS '97 Vectra V6 '84 Maestro HL '06 CityRover '91 820i '95 Corsa '16 Duster '95 960 CD
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