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    Joey spud got a reaction from Austat in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Papped at a fast fit in Essex.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from Agila in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    A few years back i found a dumped Chinese Generator on the floor next to some recyling bins and took it home only to find it had no compression.
    Long story short the inlet valve was tight in its guide and when it got hot it got stuck,i cleaned/polished the valve and guide but it still jammed up when hot so i then got a friend with a lathe to take a bit off the valves stem.
    This time it ran ok for a couple of hours before stopping so i had the hump with it and pushed it under the bench and forgot about it for a couple of years until today when i dragged it out and had another look at it.
    It still wouldn't run and the compression seemed low but i doubt it needs much anyway so i pulled the spark plug out a straight away found a big lump of oily clag stuck between its electode and earth tag,which when removed it fired up and has ran perfect all day.
    Happy days...

     
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    Joey spud reacted to richardmorris in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    It’s Friday, it’s five o clock, natterjack?
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    Joey spud got a reaction from rainagain in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    A few years back i found a dumped Chinese Generator on the floor next to some recyling bins and took it home only to find it had no compression.
    Long story short the inlet valve was tight in its guide and when it got hot it got stuck,i cleaned/polished the valve and guide but it still jammed up when hot so i then got a friend with a lathe to take a bit off the valves stem.
    This time it ran ok for a couple of hours before stopping so i had the hump with it and pushed it under the bench and forgot about it for a couple of years until today when i dragged it out and had another look at it.
    It still wouldn't run and the compression seemed low but i doubt it needs much anyway so i pulled the spark plug out a straight away found a big lump of oily clag stuck between its electode and earth tag,which when removed it fired up and has ran perfect all day.
    Happy days...

     
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    Joey spud got a reaction from 808 Estate in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    A few years back i found a dumped Chinese Generator on the floor next to some recyling bins and took it home only to find it had no compression.
    Long story short the inlet valve was tight in its guide and when it got hot it got stuck,i cleaned/polished the valve and guide but it still jammed up when hot so i then got a friend with a lathe to take a bit off the valves stem.
    This time it ran ok for a couple of hours before stopping so i had the hump with it and pushed it under the bench and forgot about it for a couple of years until today when i dragged it out and had another look at it.
    It still wouldn't run and the compression seemed low but i doubt it needs much anyway so i pulled the spark plug out a straight away found a big lump of oily clag stuck between its electode and earth tag,which when removed it fired up and has ran perfect all day.
    Happy days...

     
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    Joey spud got a reaction from cort1977 in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    A few years back i found a dumped Chinese Generator on the floor next to some recyling bins and took it home only to find it had no compression.
    Long story short the inlet valve was tight in its guide and when it got hot it got stuck,i cleaned/polished the valve and guide but it still jammed up when hot so i then got a friend with a lathe to take a bit off the valves stem.
    This time it ran ok for a couple of hours before stopping so i had the hump with it and pushed it under the bench and forgot about it for a couple of years until today when i dragged it out and had another look at it.
    It still wouldn't run and the compression seemed low but i doubt it needs much anyway so i pulled the spark plug out a straight away found a big lump of oily clag stuck between its electode and earth tag,which when removed it fired up and has ran perfect all day.
    Happy days...

     
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    Joey spud reacted to New POD in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Came home from picking up.my prescriptions and spotted this. In the pots by the back door which are full.of rain water and what looked like a dead frog. 
    anyway. I decided to pour it and the water on to the flower bed.
    it moves. I hope I've saved it in time. Last seen trying to hop away. 
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    Joey spud reacted to anonymous user in You can sometimes get what you want - Land Rover 90 Now Alvis TA14   
    Again no update for a long time, The red C15 survives with Dean numbers. I killed it slightly driving it across France. It was initially replaced by a Chrysler 300c Hemi I also bought a Berlingo which went to a mate and from him to friends of mine who still have it.
    The Chrysler went when I went back to work,to be replaced by a Kia Picanto, currently replaced by a 4x4 Panda. An MX5 has come and gone, as did the VP1500. I wasn't really looking for anything but had been thinking about scratching my Morris Minor Traveller itch. 
    Which ended up with me buying the Alvis. I vaguely recall seeing this one for sale years ago. At the time I didn't have the money or anywhere to keep it.
    It was for sale with a dealer and has obviously had a lot of work done  particularly a new interior. It went to auction last year but didn't sell at the time.
    I have had a look on line and found a photo of it from years ago, when it seems to have been owned by a pair of musicians.

    Photo courtesy of the Springer Sister's.
    At the time it had no sunroof, a mascot and no running boards.
    So far I have been sorting out winter storage, I have no garage and don't want to ruin it leaving it on the drive. It has been out in the rain the last few nights, but doesn't leak too* much.
    A few of the electrics weren't working, but this was just dirty fuses, so now the wipers, trafficators and headlamps work. The fuel gauge died today as I think I frightened it by filling it up.
    I have taken the lovely beige carpets out of the front and put rubber mats down instead. I have also ordered a handbook/driver's manual from Red Triangle so that I can find all the greasing points.
    It was nice today so it has been out for a run down to Lidl and Home Bargains.
    I will be looking out for the proper Hare mascot, but in the meantime have fitted one of my own.

     
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    Joey spud reacted to montytom in Bit of an update and car situation update.   
    Some of you may be aware with the post I did a while ago. I have been suffering with depression and have in total had 13 weeks off work. 
    Anyway I feel a bit better/ not totally normal but having spoken to doctors and having been put on medication I made the decision to get back to work.
     
    I did the usual searching of various internet sites regarding cars and saw a little smart car for sale. 
    Having had one before I knew how fun they were.
    My dad bought it for me and got it transported back home. 
    He then bought a new exhaust as the old one had snapped. I bought a service kit for it and then set about doing the service. 
    Since then I have been using it for work and it's been great fun.
    Can I call what I have a fleet?
    My rover 620ti has been off the road and my dad did the rear brakes and then did the fronts and while doing that changed the joints as they were all split.
    My focus st has been sat not doing anything- oh we have bought some manifold studs and also a manifold gasket. Still need to find a new gearbox as it knocks.
    Then finally my 820 vitesse.
    My dad has done some rust repairs and have just started it and pumped the tyres up.
    Some pictures.
    Thanks Thomas









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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? So Neat - Sonett on its way   
    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 richbraith in The Doctor's travels through time. This sucks   
    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 A Ford Sierra Base.   
    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 1.3 Estate - Mini Engine Rebuild   
    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 Twiggy in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    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 mercedade in A Ford Sierra Base.   
    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 A Ford Sierra Base.   
    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 A Ford Sierra Base.   
    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 A Ford Sierra Base.   
    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 A Ford Sierra Base.   
    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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