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    Joey spud reacted to davehedgehog31 in The new news 24 thread   
    A tale of two collection capers, part one. 
    Not myself buying the car this time but my brother. Found on an owners club forum for ACTUAL MONEY. 8 years old, sub 100k and full main dealer history meant it should be fairly uneventful. 

    These events took place last Thursday and Friday. 
    Basingstoke was the destination. Leg one;

    On to Waterloo for a train to Basingstoke;


    It was a hideously muggy day, but we made it to our lodgings at the Premier Inn in Basingstoke around 12:30am. 

    After a Greggs breakfast we met the chap and a distressing amount of reddies were digitally exchanged. We set off North towards the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, where we see the steed for the first time;

    It's a Lexus GS450H premier. A 3.5 V6 twinned with a Hybrid drive system. It goes like the hammers of fuck and is ridiculously serene and comfortable.
    Really enjoyed our visit to the museum;

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    Venturing North ocne more;

    The spot of the trip at Warrington Mcdonalds;

    The rest of the trip was as uneventful as you'd expect. CVT witchcraft seeing 1k RPM @ 80mph on a private test track. 

    Got home about midnight, feeling not too bad for 425 miles in a day.
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    Joey spud reacted to Saabnut in How much shite is too much shite? Welding not going to plan!   
    I was expecting a few days off but the welder I ordered late Monday afternoon was delivered at 15:00 today! Top service from ebay seller tools4trade! Put together and briefly tested this evening, so maybe back on the enima tomorrow.

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    Joey spud reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    I'd noticed oil leaking at quite an alarming rate from around the distributor so checked the oil and discovered it was very high on the dipstick.
    I guessed it could be petrol mixing with the oil at the mechanical fuel pump so dropped the oil which smelled like petrol and removed the pump. I cleaned it all up and worked the pump a few times with my hand and could see the petrol dripping out where it's bolted onto the engine.
    I've ordered a new pump so hopefully it'll solve the issue.

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    Joey spud reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    Hopefully this beauty will arrive on Wednesday!

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    Joey spud reacted to bub2006 in I blame the Japanese.   
    Out went the French and in came the Japanese.

    I really liked my old mk1 avensis and always said I'd have another. One of the very few cars I find comfortable,I even disagreed with my wife's mk 2 avensis as I found the seating seating bit off. After the c4 kept going French I've sold it at a loss but sold non the less. Picked this up from Barnsley last night. 1.8 gs manual with factory satnav. Ac blows ice cold and drives really well. Averaged 42 mpg over 50 mile back home at motorway* speeds. Never failed an mot in its life and owner who bought in new traded in a J plate carina E for it back in 2002 and kept it till 2015. Old boy I bought it from had it to tow his caravan but his wife wants a bigger van and wants a higher up car so he's bought a modern 4x4 of some description. 
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    Joey spud reacted to richbraith in The Doctor's travels through time. Wheeler dealer   
    Hell yes, I've gotten logged out and struggled to get back in again...

    Yes, well it was this.

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    Joey spud reacted to HillmanImp in The new news 24 thread   
    Over the last few days I've been gently preparing the 944 for use for the 1st time since it shat its petrol out all over the street outside my house in the spring. 
    I also had to get the Visa running which was parked behind it. 

    The reason for this is that Northern Monkey has kindly offered storage for the Porsche for a couple of months. 
    So yesterday morning I took the battery off charge, filled the boot up with tools, chucked in a tow rope, took a screenshot of the Autoaid phone number, checked the wheel nuts (they were loose, obviously) and set off over to him. 
    As Mrs Imp was following I couldn't really give it much of an Italian tune up sadly but it actually drove over there fine. All my prep for an inevitable breakdown was (thankfully) in vain. 
    Anyhow, got a quick picture of ImpJr with it. 

    He also got to sit in a Land Rover which he was well excited about. 

    Anyhow, back at home, the driveway now looks a little different and my cars aren't spilling out onto the road and my insurance company can breathe a sigh of relief that the Subaru is parked where I told them. 

    It might have been the last time I drove the 944. Northern Monkey has expressed interest in it as it is sans sills. Obviously after driving it yesterday and absolutely loving it, that seems like a silly idea at the moment but after a couple of weeks not seeing it, the idea of not owning it and worrying about all the work it needs will probably appeal much more. 
    First job without the mental block that is the Porsche on the drive, is to tidy up this mess:

     
     
     
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    Joey spud reacted to Marina door handles in Down in the pit, pit of despair, pit and the pendulum, Quatermass and the... Kinda car related   
    I consider my self to be fairly lucky, not only has my new house got a good size two car garage but it has a pit except there is always a snag... Some bugger had filled it in....


     
    Its taken a while to get around to sorting this but about a month ago I pulled my finger out and hired an 8 yard skip (stupidly thought that would be big enough) and rolled my sleeves up..


     

    What you have is a layer of sand on tarpaulin on top of rubble. The sand was pretty good builders sand so I dug it all up and bagged it (might come in useful). Then started on the rubble, so much rubble, much wow!

     
    It went on and on until I started to hear the tinkle of stones falling in water... Bollocks! Still I kept digging....

     
    At this point I had pretty much filled the skip, so paused for a week or so. Then skip 2 arrived and I got back on it. Pleased to say last night I found the bottom and no I didnt find any bodies or any other real horrors. I did have to vac out a load of water for this I used a Numatic George,  what a bloody brilliant thing that is. I did try a so called submersible dirty water bilge pump thing by Prokleen (what a waste of amazon vouchers!) that was utter crap.
    Anyway one final shot, another skip full, my back is starting to cry enough but i have achieved pit!

    Its a good five and a half foot deep so plenty deep enough, should make certain jobs a lot easier.  Cant quite believe I have bothered to create a thread on making a hole in the ground but there you go......
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Joey spud reacted to BorniteIdentity in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    So I had two MOTs booked for this week. The original plan was to send the Mini in first but, seeing as it’s not used at all atm, common sense prevailed and the Yaris took precedence. A clean pass following a set of discs and pads and I’m delighted with the £180 purchase of late summer. It’s a great buzzy little thing that feels like it’ll just keep on keeping on.
    To the Mini then. It’s a funny old thing sending a car in knowing it’ll fail, but it was the preferred method for the welder and it gives me a rigid shopping list and the promise of a nice clean sweep. All told, not a bad result. It wasn’t a horror story at all, and told me all the things I already knew - and one or two surprises like the rear brakes (all new) and the engine mount. 

    Going back to the Welder next week to form a plan. Parts bill will be expensive as I’m likely to bite the bullet and swap that subframe at the same stage. He’s going to smarten the front right up, polish the whole thing, and then we’ll be good to go. Plan going forward is ongoing titivating and a Charles Ware style rolling maintenance programme. 
    Excited to have it back on the road. Minis are fucking brilliant. Endlessly flawed but amazing, special little things. 
     

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    Joey spud reacted to omegod in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Despite feeling like death with a chest infection I had to ride to the rescue after my daughters friends had let her down for a planned visit to "Horrorcon" in Manchester today, she'd paid to get her picture taken with some Hollywood hottie she loves from the film scream, entry was painfully slow for some reason so so we stood if the fucking cold with 5000 very creatively dressed horror fanatics and  got in after 10:00 instead of the advertised 09:00 entry the upshot being she'd missed her slot with said hunk and was resolutely told she would have to wait till 5 pm but as she  had to get home and start work at 4 pm. I could see she was really knocked/disappointed due to this  so I applied some creative persuasion to the staff and then sweet talked the head lady ( very hot !) which worked and much to her shock she was then ushered to the front of priority line and popped between said hunk and ,as an added bonus, his other hunky co star for a lovely picture. 
    Fuck me this convention game is a racket, she's paid £40 for the single pic but the double and queue jump would have been £150 ! She's been having a tough time lately and ended being over the moon, it felt nice to still be a bit useful to her  
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    Joey spud reacted to Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego Estate - Occasional appearance of the rest of the fleet   
    Despite all the time I spend on the Montego I actually have other cars to maintain and I thought I might start adding a few updates to this thread and making it somewhat of a fleet thread like others. The white Mini I own has appeared on this thread already with bearing collapse (sounds familiar 🤔) when I tried to get to FotU. I also own another mini which is a car I have had for 12 years. A 1989 Austin Mini with a biiiig turbo. It's rat look and scruffy but it's hiding 170hp.


    It's always suffered from high temps and oil pressure that dips when it gets hot, although it does maintain a healthy 60psi at speed. So i clocked off early today and have fitted myself an oil temp gauge to try and understand a bit more what's going on. Unfortunately the A-series doesn't really lend itself well to measuring oil temps did to the way the oiling system works so I've had to settle for an in-line temperature sensor between the oil filter housing and the block. It's also after the oil cooler I already have fitted but unfortunately it's the best I can do.

    Because I have a big front mound I have bracketry in the way so getting the oil filter off might be an issue. Think I'll have to reconsider my intercooler mounting and shorten it. You can see I already had to cut a chunk out. It's also going rusty.

    Temp gauge is temporarily in place while I think about how I mount a fourth gauge. I like the gauge pod I have and you can buy a quad version so think that's the way I'll go.

    No chance to run it up this evening but I'm now able to actually start to measure my oil temps rather than just pressure.
    If you guys want a bit more on this car I'm happy to share. It's my baby and despite it looking ratty I lavish the mechanicals.
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    Joey spud got a reaction from mercedade in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    Ah but it's a Toyota it's what they do.
    I never understand why people who need a reliable runabout dick about with anything French or German.
    My weary old Hiace strolled through another Mot yesterday too without me even bothering to check the lights.
    Ken looks like a knowledgeable guy too he's using 3M green top cutting compound that's £35 a litre and quality stuff.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    Ah but it's a Toyota it's what they do.
    I never understand why people who need a reliable runabout dick about with anything French or German.
    My weary old Hiace strolled through another Mot yesterday too without me even bothering to check the lights.
    Ken looks like a knowledgeable guy too he's using 3M green top cutting compound that's £35 a litre and quality stuff.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from Fumbler in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    Ah but it's a Toyota it's what they do.
    I never understand why people who need a reliable runabout dick about with anything French or German.
    My weary old Hiace strolled through another Mot yesterday too without me even bothering to check the lights.
    Ken looks like a knowledgeable guy too he's using 3M green top cutting compound that's £35 a litre and quality stuff.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from timolloyd in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    Ah but it's a Toyota it's what they do.
    I never understand why people who need a reliable runabout dick about with anything French or German.
    My weary old Hiace strolled through another Mot yesterday too without me even bothering to check the lights.
    Ken looks like a knowledgeable guy too he's using 3M green top cutting compound that's £35 a litre and quality stuff.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    Ah but it's a Toyota it's what they do.
    I never understand why people who need a reliable runabout dick about with anything French or German.
    My weary old Hiace strolled through another Mot yesterday too without me even bothering to check the lights.
    Ken looks like a knowledgeable guy too he's using 3M green top cutting compound that's £35 a litre and quality stuff.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from HarmonicCheeseburger in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    Ah but it's a Toyota it's what they do.
    I never understand why people who need a reliable runabout dick about with anything French or German.
    My weary old Hiace strolled through another Mot yesterday too without me even bothering to check the lights.
    Ken looks like a knowledgeable guy too he's using 3M green top cutting compound that's £35 a litre and quality stuff.

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    Joey spud reacted to BorniteIdentity in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    There are many barometers and bellwethers to consider when buying a car.  Some obsess over service history and - whilst it's a lovely thing to have - it's never really concerned me whether the oil was changed on time 21 years ago. 
    Then there's MOT history - quite a good indicator as to how a car has been maintained, but then again a lot of garages nowadays like to do the MOT ahead of the service (rather than the other way around) so a succession of fail/pass doesn't really tell you a lot.
    For me - it's all about long term ownership.  If a car's been in the family for a long time, then it's usually had whatever it's needed and very often been loved.  And whilst the Yaris we bought for my son looks to have been repeatedly parked in a hedge every night for 8 years, it had a long term owner up until the summer when I bought it.
    Yesterday I stuck it in for an MOT, worrying about what it would reveal! (I paid £180 and didn't even check the oil before driving home, never mind underneath!)
    I call this a result.  It only needed brake pad, but am going to do discs and pads up front so we get a clean sweep.

    Tada.
    Hurrah for 20 year old Toyotas.
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    Joey spud reacted to BorniteIdentity in MK4 Mini and various other tales.   
    Right.  The Mini.  I've figured I'll never have the money just idly doing nothing.  Four kids, three loans, two mortgages and one car addiction will see to that.  However, there's absolutely no bloody point in having the thing if I can't actually use it as and when I so wish.  The (extended) MOT expired in November of last year and the anticipated cost of repair and improvement did dampen my spirits a little bit.  
    Last year I took it to a fellow about 15 miles away who is the respected authority on fixing shit old Minis in the Kimbolton area.  His estimation to replace and repaint the front end, an inner sill, outer sill and various other items was about £1800.  Fair enough, but life (and COVID) got in the way and I just didn't bother.  
    Enthusiasm increased somewhat following a visit from Alf 892 who helped me make it go, freed the clutch and then promptly disappeared again into the night.  This morning I took it up the road to a guy in our village who I'd never heard of before and never seen before.  Remarkable in a village of 500 people and about 8 commercial units.

    The guy was very friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and evidently very very talented.  Concerns about him being a big "high end" for me were confirmed when he showed me a 1963 Porsche 911 that he's so far spent 850 hours on for a customer.  He suggested a figure not far away from £2,500 to just sort the front end of the Mini out, before even looking at the sills and rear subframe.  My estimation is that I'd be in for a bill of about £4,000 - and the guy with the Porsche about £53k. 
    So, I finally managed to raise my man Ken who did such a bloody brilliant job on the Sierra.  As soon as I arrived he showed me his B reg Mini 25 that was his Mum's from new.  A good omen!  (It seemed rude to take a picture, but it was fabulous).  He poked about my Mini (fnar fnar) and immediately appreciated that I was trying to renovate and not refurbish this car.  He's confident that the nearside front wing is salvagable, as is the A panel, and that what we really need is a bonnet, offside front wing, offside A panel, some brightwork for the grille (probably a new grille in fairness) for the front.  Then a bit here and there in two of the sills, a small section in the floor and then a blowover of the rear lower panel and a mop all over to nearly match the paint!
    He showed me how that door will come up and - whilst it won't be perfect - it's not bad.  If it fucks me off then I'll just ask him to do that too.

    Ken wants £400 to do all the work at the front (with me buying the panels from Mini Spares) and probably (although he wants some yellow chalk lines from the MOT tester) another day underneath so £600 ish all in.  With the panels and the MOT I'm hoping job jobbed for under £1000.  Yes, I could learn to weld, paint, etc blah - but I don't have the desire to do so.  Better to pay someone who's done it their whole life and get a much, much better job!

     
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    Joey spud reacted to loserone in 1989 Renault Express 1.6 diesel thread - DAILY EXPRESS - cleaned and serviced, hub caps thrown away, PRINCESS DIANA.   
    I asked if LP had the address of where the car was registered to in France.  He did, but it was tricky to read.
     
    I found it anyway.  Looks like it's been kept in a barn out of the sunshine as all the satellite photos show it absent at the address

     
    However, it is caught on the track to the Lieu Dit on streetview from 2011
     




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    Joey spud reacted to stuboy in 'Hazzard' meet at evegate near Ashford kent.   
    Few friends had been and said about it so popped along took pictures,I've left out the moderns etc..





















































































































































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    Joey spud reacted to Dyslexic Viking in Leyland Engine shite.   
    Has no personal experience with the engine but knows that the 0.680 engine was produced on license together with the smaller 6.5 liter engine in Poland and was used in Bizon combine harvesters, among other things. SW 680 is the 0.680 11 liters. SW 400 is the 6.5 Liters.
    Bizon Z056 SW 400 engine

    Bizon Z060 SW680 engine

    And Bizon had several other models as well. So these Leyland engines have helped feed millions of people over the years.
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    Joey spud reacted to Leyland Worldmaster in Leyland Engine shite.   
    As the Leyland TL11\O. 680 remains the largest engine to power a vehicle I've driven on the road, I thought it would be a good idea to kick off a thread about the O. 600 and O. 680 family of engines. 
    Born in 1948 and in production (under licence) it seems until 1997!
    https://gazeo.pl/informacje/wiadomosci/Mielec-Diesel-Gaz-producent-gazowych-autobusow,wiadomosc,5560.html
    Would be interested in your recollections! I've driven vehicles with the '600, 680 and TL11 power units... 
    👍😎



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    Joey spud got a reaction from Formula Autos in Peugeot 309 rescue thread.   
    Pleased this has been saved.
    As i said on another thread i worked for a Peugeot/Talbot dealer in the late 80's and although these looked a bit odd (having to share the 205's doors and floor pan probably didn't help) they were a decent car and in my opinion much better all round than an 80's Escort.
     
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    Joey spud got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Truck Shite   
    I was working at a Paper Mill in Kemsley the other day and spied this parked up in their yard.
    Looking at its Mot history shows its never been presented for a test.


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