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    Joey spud reacted to Alexg in eBay tat volume 3.   
    How flipping awesome is this!? Can't remember the last time I saw a 3 door estate version. Merit spec too, for improved disappointment 
     

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1988-VAUXHALL-ASTRA-S-MERIT-WHITE-/321265882501
     
     
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    Joey spud got a reaction from catsinthewelder in The new news 24 thread   
    I dropped this off at the Painters back in late October,

    And got a call to pick it up Friday.

     
    Just got to nail all the bits back on now and waxoil the arse off it...
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    Joey spud got a reaction from Alexg in The new news 24 thread   
    I dropped this off at the Painters back in late October,

    And got a call to pick it up Friday.

     
    Just got to nail all the bits back on now and waxoil the arse off it...
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    Joey spud got a reaction from morris_ital_lover in The new news 24 thread   
    I dropped this off at the Painters back in late October,

    And got a call to pick it up Friday.

     
    Just got to nail all the bits back on now and waxoil the arse off it...
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    Joey spud got a reaction from vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
    I dropped this off at the Painters back in late October,

    And got a call to pick it up Friday.

     
    Just got to nail all the bits back on now and waxoil the arse off it...
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    Joey spud reacted to dollywobbler in The new news 24 thread   
    I'm still playing with video. I know the world has been waiting for a decent review of the Sirion. The only other one I could find featured Howard Stableford from Tomorrow's World. He didn't find such an unusual way to demonstrate the boot space though.

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    Joey spud reacted to Alexg in Mini Maidstone Meet   
    I'm the one with my hands in my pockets.
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    Joey spud reacted to HMC in Sorry about this/Upgrade   
    This is a great website, a fiver these days buys you (just about) a car mag, and this place entertains me far more for far longer, so thanks Dave!
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    Joey spud reacted to Squire_Dawson in Allow me to introduce myself...   
    Greetings fellow Autoshiters.
     
    I've been a 'floater' on this forum for longer than is probably healthy, ever since I accidentally discovered it years ago by searching for 'Wartburg Knight Tourist' on Google.
     
    Well, I'm a relative stripling in terms of years of holding a driver's licence, but the old car disease was already well-advanced before I gained the freedom of the road in any case. I love to see old cars out on the road, and a well-used crock still giving good service spotted in the wild is of much more interest to me than the highly-polished cars you see at shows (though some credit should be given to these fellows for at least keeping the things going).
     
    I expect you're all wondering what I have driven and am driving. Well, firstly was a 1997 Nissan Micra 2-door in red, handed to me by Grandad, which gave excellent service for about 12 years until rust finally claimed it. Secondly was a car I didn't have any particular desire to own, but a pathological compulsion drew me to it: a 1975 Austin Allegro 2-door in Harvest Gold. Despite not knowing much at all about the mechanics of old cars at that early stage in my car-driving life, it too gave faithful service for a few years until graduating from university, when I was advised that I would need a modern car due to the prospect of getting a good job... which hasn't yet happened.
    This interim period was filled by Grandad's Honda Jazz: a good enough car but certainly not the enthusiast's choice. And definitely not the shitter's choice. Enter a Morris Minor Series II.
     

     
    I don't care what you all say about really old cars not being shite - some of them are and this one really ranks amongst the best (worst?) of them. The supposed cheap running costs attracted me, as did the fact it retained many of its original features, but the bloody thing threw up a problem every week, and its 803cc engine (which I rebuilt after flogging it to death and running a big-end bearing - lesson learnt) was a truly gutless heap. But I respected it and even grew to like it after sorting its problems. It was a good drive when it was behaving itself.
     
    Next came another Allegro, because by this stage I knew the bleeders inside out. It was another 1300 version, in a very fetching colour, but had already had quite a few owners before it came to me.
     

     
    I sold it with over 74-odd thousand on the clock, of which I'd covered 10k in a year trouble-free. The engine was worn, though, and whilst the bottom end was sound it was doing 200 to the pint on the motorway - not a dire figure but when I go touring Europe it would've been a ball-ache of an expense.
     
    Whilst driving around in this, experience had shown me what a tough old bastard the Allegro was - reliable, well built, fun to drive and superb in the snow. So when an unmolested 1100 in my favourite colour, plus lovely brown interior, came up for sale as a 'sale or it gets scrapped' restoration project, I jumped at the chance.
    The owner wanted his garage back; it had lain there for 20 years after his father had passed away, and a mega-bonus to me was that the first owner was a former Austin employee. I returned this car to the road in August this year, and as my first proper restoration project, was pretty damn chuffed with myself. The plan is to drive this now and keep it for as long as is humanly possible.
     

     

     
    So, that's where I am now. Keeping old shite on the road is the game - sadly no winter lay-ups for me. I only have the one car now until itchy bidder finger strikes again... a Hillman Avenger estate, Standard Vanguard III, Wartburg Knight or Moskvich all take my fancy.
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    Joey spud reacted to maxustaxus in Humber Sceptre Estate Restoration Clips   
    Quick picture of the progress......the top coat is on but needs more finishing/buffing, chrome roof rails back on. Engine bay, tailgate, bonnet and underside to do. But I am very happy with how she is shaping up (King Classics doing the job).
     
    Still have not found the clips specific to the waste trim, though I checked Bresco, and they do have a big range, the ones closest, don't look close enough.
     
     


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    Joey spud reacted to KruJoe in Oriental Offerings - Reincarnated   
    After enjoying* the heat of Uluru (Ayre's Rock), we made a quick flying visit the the comparatively unknown 'Olgas' (Kata Tjuta). It's an impressive group of monoliths, and well worth the few extra miles.
     

     
    Sadly we couldn't explore because the camper company strongly advised (forbade) us to drive in darkness. Wildlife is a real danger once dusk falls.
    That's a rare photograph of myself, but shows the big desert skies too.
     
    Remember the low fuel bill at Curtin Springs on the way to the rock? Well, I thought I needed a full tank to get to Uluru and back from there, but the pump clicked off when my tank was only two thirds full, I noticed this when we were 40 minutes down the road, but decided to risk it.
    We did just make it back, on fumes, with fading daylight.
     

     
    I rolled straight back to the pez pump. It let me have $1.53's worth then cut off again, and wouldn't give me any more. Apparently when the daytime temperatures exceed the mid 40's degrees C, the fuel vapourises and pump can't shift it.
     

     
    Screw that! So we set up camp as the noisy galaas came in to roost above us. We fueled up ok in the morning, TFFT!
     

     
    A Disco is a rare sight in Oz. Obviously outback travel in a Jap truck is not risky enough for this fella
     

     
    Next stop: King's Canyon. This was reassuring:
     

     
    How TF could anyone get to central Australia and not realise?!
     

     
    The canyon was a bit of a disappointment TBH, and becoming very warm.
     

     
    So we pulled a Uey to head back to the main north-south highway From King's Canyon, it is a long way if you're going north, so we decided to risk the Ernest Giles Road:
     

     

     

     
    Bad cambers, bull-dust and corrugations become very tiring very quickly, and are not a good idea in a RWD vehicle.
    Scary.
     

     
    This one was properly stuck, abandoned, and surrounded by empty water bottles. I hope the adventurers got out of here ok.
     
    The road looks alright, but 100km on this was not a wise decision.
     

     
    It would be ace in a tooled-up 4WD. Don't do it in a camper.
    The air-con died all together, and going so slow, we had no wind in the cab, and were dripping with sweat. I've never been so relieved to see tarmac as when we hit the Stuart Highway again.
     

     

     
    As you approach from the south, the road and river* squeeze through a narrow gap.
     

     
    I expected Alice Springs to be a barren, dusty desert town, but it was a pleasantly cool* 42 degrees C, and weirdly normal. Apart from the shite, the place is over-run with it!
    I know that's what you've come here for...
     

     

     

     

     

     
    Loads more of that next time.
     
    Oh, the River* Todd through Alice is actually dry sand, and hosts the annual Henley-On-Todd Regatta!
     
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    Joey spud reacted to HereHareHere in eBay tat volume 3.   
    White man still in the driving seat.
     
    DID NELSON DIE IN VAIN?
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    Joey spud reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Nelson Mandela tribute car.
     

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    Joey spud got a reaction from Banger Kenny in 1982 Bedford HA Van Brochure Scan   
    I love these little vans.
    I was a YTS at the now long gone VX dealer G.Wells and sons in Strood and can remember a couple of white A plates being pre delivery inspected and liveried with Philips electrical logos on their flanks.
     
    There was also a local plumbing company called Dixonheat that had a mix of blue HA's Chevannes and CF's
     
    Because the HA was so dated you got longer work times to service them so there was more opportunity to go on a ''boney run'' and get your bonus money up for the week as they usually needed new front shoes and four wheel cylinders every 12,000 miles.
     
    I remember one that came in complaining of a poor turning circle and when we looked one of the transverse front springs sections had broken and wedged against the front hub.
    I also remember that the gearbox crossmember fixing bolts were four small unf threaded things and if you were in a rush (chasing boney) it was easy to cross thread the buggers and wreck the threads in the chassis rail.
     
    They also could do a wicked back fire out the exhaust if you turned the ignition off while still in gear (coasting down Frindsbury hill) and then swiched it on again.
    Trouble was the service manager out on test caught me one day and went mental...
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    Joey spud got a reaction from scruff in 1982 Bedford HA Van Brochure Scan   
    I love these little vans.
    I was a YTS at the now long gone VX dealer G.Wells and sons in Strood and can remember a couple of white A plates being pre delivery inspected and liveried with Philips electrical logos on their flanks.
     
    There was also a local plumbing company called Dixonheat that had a mix of blue HA's Chevannes and CF's
     
    Because the HA was so dated you got longer work times to service them so there was more opportunity to go on a ''boney run'' and get your bonus money up for the week as they usually needed new front shoes and four wheel cylinders every 12,000 miles.
     
    I remember one that came in complaining of a poor turning circle and when we looked one of the transverse front springs sections had broken and wedged against the front hub.
    I also remember that the gearbox crossmember fixing bolts were four small unf threaded things and if you were in a rush (chasing boney) it was easy to cross thread the buggers and wreck the threads in the chassis rail.
     
    They also could do a wicked back fire out the exhaust if you turned the ignition off while still in gear (coasting down Frindsbury hill) and then swiched it on again.
    Trouble was the service manager out on test caught me one day and went mental...
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    Joey spud got a reaction from warren t claim in 1982 Bedford HA Van Brochure Scan   
    I love these little vans.
    I was a YTS at the now long gone VX dealer G.Wells and sons in Strood and can remember a couple of white A plates being pre delivery inspected and liveried with Philips electrical logos on their flanks.
     
    There was also a local plumbing company called Dixonheat that had a mix of blue HA's Chevannes and CF's
     
    Because the HA was so dated you got longer work times to service them so there was more opportunity to go on a ''boney run'' and get your bonus money up for the week as they usually needed new front shoes and four wheel cylinders every 12,000 miles.
     
    I remember one that came in complaining of a poor turning circle and when we looked one of the transverse front springs sections had broken and wedged against the front hub.
    I also remember that the gearbox crossmember fixing bolts were four small unf threaded things and if you were in a rush (chasing boney) it was easy to cross thread the buggers and wreck the threads in the chassis rail.
     
    They also could do a wicked back fire out the exhaust if you turned the ignition off while still in gear (coasting down Frindsbury hill) and then swiched it on again.
    Trouble was the service manager out on test caught me one day and went mental...
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    Joey spud got a reaction from HMC in 1982 Bedford HA Van Brochure Scan   
    I love these little vans.
    I was a YTS at the now long gone VX dealer G.Wells and sons in Strood and can remember a couple of white A plates being pre delivery inspected and liveried with Philips electrical logos on their flanks.
     
    There was also a local plumbing company called Dixonheat that had a mix of blue HA's Chevannes and CF's
     
    Because the HA was so dated you got longer work times to service them so there was more opportunity to go on a ''boney run'' and get your bonus money up for the week as they usually needed new front shoes and four wheel cylinders every 12,000 miles.
     
    I remember one that came in complaining of a poor turning circle and when we looked one of the transverse front springs sections had broken and wedged against the front hub.
    I also remember that the gearbox crossmember fixing bolts were four small unf threaded things and if you were in a rush (chasing boney) it was easy to cross thread the buggers and wreck the threads in the chassis rail.
     
    They also could do a wicked back fire out the exhaust if you turned the ignition off while still in gear (coasting down Frindsbury hill) and then swiched it on again.
    Trouble was the service manager out on test caught me one day and went mental...
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    Joey spud reacted to Mr_Bo11ox in eBay tat volume 3.   
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1960-MERCEDES-190-PROJECT-WITH-CDI-C220-ENGINE-AND-ORIGINAL-ENGINE-ON-PALLET-/321266619868
     
    Interesting old merc with a modern Diesel engine fitted!!!! Is it a runner?
     

     
    Paddy Power are offering odds of 15,000:1 on this getting done.
     
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    Joey spud reacted to Junkman in Rover p6- classic shite progress. or not. anyone want it?   
    Most highjacked thread ever, so let's bump it.
     
    One of the P6 Gurus in the club rescued this:
     

     

     
    1978 registered (OMG late reg hype!) ex-Met Police (Regional Crime Squad) car.
     
    This proves, that not all squad cars were 'S'es, since this an auto.
    She's always been Avocado. This was a 'plain clothes' car - she was built police spec (strengthened front shock absorber mounts etc) and had all the radios/bell/sirens etc. but was not 'marked up'.
    However, she has 'S' wheel trims and our P6 Guru clarified this once and for all:
     
    Plod aways had either no, or 'S' trims, because the normal auto ones used to spin on the rims and chop the valves off (yours truly cannot confirm this, I'm running the regular trims and no valve off choppage has hitherto been experienced).
     
    So now we know.
     
    It's the exclusive use of 'S' trims (if trims were applied at all) that may have led to the legend that all police P6es were manuals, which is bollox, also according to a mechanic I know who did his apprentice at the GMP motor pool, when P6es were still Manchester's finest's interceptor of choice.
    Also note how well optioned the car is with Sundym all round, full vinyl kit, nearside wing mirror, and headrests. Your father's tax money at work.
     
    Our P6 Guru also has this to offer:
     
    "I have the full service records for the car. The previous owner used to work on Police P6es and is full of interesting information.
    Mileage is 205k. It doesn't look it though, she's been superbly looked after prior to layup".
     
    Oh, and I wonder what it replaced. Wolseley 6/110 anyone?
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    Joey spud got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in 1982 Bedford HA Van Brochure Scan   
    I love these little vans.
    I was a YTS at the now long gone VX dealer G.Wells and sons in Strood and can remember a couple of white A plates being pre delivery inspected and liveried with Philips electrical logos on their flanks.
     
    There was also a local plumbing company called Dixonheat that had a mix of blue HA's Chevannes and CF's
     
    Because the HA was so dated you got longer work times to service them so there was more opportunity to go on a ''boney run'' and get your bonus money up for the week as they usually needed new front shoes and four wheel cylinders every 12,000 miles.
     
    I remember one that came in complaining of a poor turning circle and when we looked one of the transverse front springs sections had broken and wedged against the front hub.
    I also remember that the gearbox crossmember fixing bolts were four small unf threaded things and if you were in a rush (chasing boney) it was easy to cross thread the buggers and wreck the threads in the chassis rail.
     
    They also could do a wicked back fire out the exhaust if you turned the ignition off while still in gear (coasting down Frindsbury hill) and then swiched it on again.
    Trouble was the service manager out on test caught me one day and went mental...
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    Joey spud reacted to scruff in Why did your shite survive?   
    My Land Rover survived purely by luck. 
     
    It had been bought in 1957 by a Bristol businessman who ran two caravan parks at Sand Bay, Kewstoke. He basically ran it into the ground and the engine seized up; that was in 1976. Being a bit of a hoarder, he put it in a shed on one of his camps and there it sat until 2009.
     
    Unfortunately I didn't find it, so paid a bit of a premium. I'd been after an 80" for ages and looked at some right heaps, this was rough but ticked all the boxes - complete, original, nice history and original buff log book.
     

     

     
    Genuine mileage confirmed by old MOTs... don't think it had ever been serviced though.
     

     
    The owner had painted it in Dulux 'park bench green' which was coming off in big sheets, revealing the original 1952 paint underneath... a real bonus for me. My wife and I carefully scraped the Dulux off with the aid of Mr Muscle which is an excellent 'soft' paint stripper... don't leave it on too long though.
     
    We stripped it right down, replaced the rotten bulkhead with a repaired & galved one from a 1950, replaced the roof with a soft top, repaired the chassis, put a 'new' engine in, replaced all the brake pipes, had the cylinders sleeved and put a new loom in... finished just in time to drive it to Switzerland in July 2011. Apart from a blocked fuel filter on the M25 it didn't miss a beat. 
     

     
    IMG_1168 by sparkright, on Flickr
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    Joey spud reacted to plasticvandan in Why did your shite survive?   
    I rescued this in 2008:

     
    Its a 1959 Reliant Regal mk4 van,one of only 347 built,and after i found it,the sole survivor. How did it survive? Amazingly,it was parked up next to a hedge on the owners drive after failing its MOT in 1969.....on chassis rot!! (as you can imagine,there wasnt much left when i got it) at the time a new chassis could be bought from Reliant for around £40,so it was parked up in the hope that the owner could save up enough to buy one.that never happened,and while 99% of other sidevalve reliants got scrapped in the early 70s,this one continued to sit on the drive until the owners son (the owner having died years ago) had to sell the house,the pikeys had already nicked the metal railings and gates,and the van had to go.Now in the hands of a big Reliant dealer in Norfolk who has his own collection of early cars  It did come with its brown logbook,reg number : 7445 E
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    Joey spud reacted to barefoot in 1974 DATSUN 120Y FOR SALE - LEICESTER   
    If only it were turquoise, a coupe, and with those, 'special' wheeltrims,
    I'd still quibble at the price and fuck you about a bit more.
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    Joey spud got a reaction from Shep Shepherd in Small plastic Citroen spotted on Shell forecourt shocker.   
    I spied this the other night.
    Its something i've never seen before and the body tub had the seats moulded into it just like a Bond Bug.
    The petrol site owner said it had broken down earlier and when i went past the next day it had gone.
     
    Any Citroen boffins on here able to tell me more...
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    Joey spud got a reaction from Wilko220 in Small plastic Citroen spotted on Shell forecourt shocker.   
    I spied this the other night.
    Its something i've never seen before and the body tub had the seats moulded into it just like a Bond Bug.
    The petrol site owner said it had broken down earlier and when i went past the next day it had gone.
     
    Any Citroen boffins on here able to tell me more...
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