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Joey spud

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  1. And they say the Germans don't have a sense of humour. do modern vehicles really need to be this bloated.
  2. I honestly don't know what the future holds,i mean when will petrol get just too stupidly expensive or even banned that all the old stuff from the 20th century become little more than static museum pieces. I follow a facebook group that are electrifying the old stuff using Nissan Leaf running gear and their new found "useability and performance is very impressive. Re Morris Minors a standard one has zero appeal to me and i am in my early fifties so i'm guessing guys and gals much younger than me will also quickly tire of any car with a weezy engine,poor brakes and pants heating and lighting (cute looks can only take you so far) and will soon ditch them for the convenience of a modern ride. Looking at values are Beetles dropping in price? I am into my Jap stuff and early 90's Supra's and Skylines are being advertised for crazy money. Yes i've posted a total ramble (been down the pub) but i really can't see where the "classic car" movement is going to be in ten years time.
  3. These mirrors that Jap imports of a certain age came over here with always interested me and i assumed they were just a bit of added bling but no they actually work really well when backing into tight spaces. I see some later JDM vans also have front fender mirrors too,i asked the guy i bought the Granvia from about these as he had some fitted to an imported minibus he was converting to a camper and he reckoned the mirrors were fitted to the JDM stuff because the Japanese people are much more caring and wouldn't want to damage their own or other peoples property by parking carelessly. I need a bit of paint work doing despite the parking mirror the tail gate has had a bump and the paint on it and much of the roof is mostly deviod of any lacquer. Maybe i will get lucky and find a decent tailgate in the right colour somewhere and as for the roof as its out of sight i have had thoughts about vinyl wrapping it in an inoffensive colour.
  4. The Granvia has been taken for a weekend away by the sister-in-law down to Glastonbury (she is a wannabe hippy). I suggested she slept on the rear seating as Toyota had envisaged but she wanted to use her camp bed so out came the seats,no big deal but a bit of a faff to store. The van didn't come with its original curtains so Mrs Spud spent an absolute age making some from scratch and after a bit of gentle lubrication of the runners they all open and close at the touch of a button. The Hiace wheels with their 65 instead of 70 profile and a slightly lower load rating tyres have improved its ride too.
  5. I do like a scruffy P4. There's some good stuff going down on here lately.
  6. My upper arch and wing mounting flange are sound on mine it's the chassis rail,floor and spring mount that needs work. When i come to fitting my wings back on i am going to use non setting sealant (caravan skylight stuff) either side of the plastic beading to try and stop water sitting in the joint. My side glass seals are also perished and shrunken and let an awful lot of water into the car.
  7. I didn't know Bullseye was back on the telly..
  8. Protecting your Elephant from frost will make it much easier to start in the morning.
  9. I was looking at my emails earlier and this second one caught my eye.
  10. As (i assume) you don't have seat belts fitted a lot of this rot isn't a concern for a Mot so fibreglass patches while not ideal will get you on the road quicker than a marathon weld fest. Actually thinking aloud technically it doesn't require a mot so you can do as you please to get it on the road and give it a good shake down to see if it floats your boat and decide if you want to continue sinking time/money into it or move it on.
  11. I have been working on the isle of Wight (shite?) today and got back to Southampton at 18.30 feeling too tired/lazy to drive back home to Kent so have bedded down for the night in a cheap Mercure hotel right next door to a Wetherspoons in the high street. Wetherspoons generally get the piss ripped out of them but Cod an chips with a pint of brew dog IPA for £6.35 all ordered from the comfort of my table via their app really is quite impressive. And its official beer tastes better when you pay for it with your company credit card. And for even more added win i am off to the New Forest in the morning to visit a couple of fast fits and it just so happens a chap in Lymington has a set of leather KA seats for sale for not much money that would fit in Boris the Morris nicely so it would be rude not to kill two birds with one stone an all that.
  12. Every bodger should have one of these simple power probes they're great for checking for missing lives and earths or just testing stuff on the bench. US Pro (again) and around £18 once you have one you wonder how you got by before.
  13. Sumitomo also make/made brake systems,i have their kit fitted to the rear of my Subaru Brat. But unfortunately while its been left standing their wheel cylinder has let go and leaked out all over my nearly new shoes...
  14. I have made a start fitting the tow bar today. For a 25 year old Toyota that's been here since 2005 its in good nick but corrosion is just starting to creep into the rear box sections so i ground back the loose bits.. And gave it a couple of thick coats of black zinc primer that i will later go over with stone chip and then waxoyl. The Hiace tow bar physically fitted fine but the rear silencer box fouled against it on the o/s. So i had to cut the pipe and move the silencer back about five inches and weld it up again. While i was in cutting 'n' shutting mode i moved the tail pipe trim over to the Granvia too. In the back on the van the interior lamp doesn't work so i had a look and found there's no lamp fitted. Looking online there should be a weird shaped fluorescent tube fitted and the cheapest replacement i can find is a painful £28.. Can a Mod possibly move this thread over to the main board for me please.
  15. Red to Red and Black to Black it ain't rocket science guys...
  16. No my son got a letter today too. But his was for a 2001 Mitsubishi FTO that he recently bought from north London (Edmonton?). The FTO has been broken up for parts so wont be going anywhere the place ever again.
  17. It is an honest old girl with a pile of receipts including a painfull one for a new cylinder head,cam belt and water pump a few years back. I have been looking on the internet (always a mistake i know) and found a thread on Retro Rides about lowering a Granvia to improve its looks/handling and stability. Oddly my Granvia is way higher than my Hiace front and rear so i think i will wind the front torsion bars down an inch or so and cut a bit off the rear coil springs. Also rumour has it heavy duty VW T4 shocks fit and stiffen things up nicely too. Ideally it could do with some paint as the lacquer on the roof and tail gate has long gone,maybe i can find a better second hand one.
  18. This has got to be a rare sight two of these old girls side by side. And can anyone tell what the top left button here does please ? I picked the Granvia up from Crowborough last night and did the A21,M25 and A2 route back home at indecent speeds for a 26 year old van it was really quite amusing. I need to give it a once over as it has a bit of a vibration when you lift off the throttle slightly at 100 kph (i'm guessing propshaft joint or gearbox mount maybe) and its new Durun 205/70 tyres are very skittish compared to the 205/65 Enduro Runways on my Hiace.
  19. It's a 3 litre turbo diesel (simple 90's Hilux engine) with autobox. The plan for this one is for it to be used by all the family for stays away at car shows and festivals and sometimes dragging an early 90's Polish Fredom caravan behind it. Also i think as it has seats in the rear i can use it for tip runs and upset the Council Gestapo who normally point blank refuse to let any vans through their gates.
  20. I purchased some flash spade terminals which crimp on lovely but need a 2000w heat gun on full chat to get them to shrink snuggly onto the cable.
  21. After much searching and looking at much over valued tat i have finally purchased a Granvia. Good ones of these things at sensible money seem to sell within hours of being posted up so you can't hang around it really is you snooze you loose. Not my first choice of colour but everthing works even the front/rear air con and its only done 100k miles so pick up is scheduled for Tuesday. I am going to bung my Hiaces Hilux wheels and tow bar over onto the Granvia then move the Hiace on.
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