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    meshking reacted to Skizzer in Skizzer goes all yuppie on us   
    Home now, and a fish supper to the better.
    Thanks for the kind words
    Money shot:
     
    And original dealer sticker and plates:

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    meshking reacted to Peter C in Mercedes W124 200E - Rolling Resto - Fame & fortune & more repairs   
    I had to upgrade the speakers. The 200E was still fitted with the original paper cone speakers, which were too weak to handle the 4x50W output of the head unit. Not only are W124 speaker sizes a little odd, all four speakers are fixed by clips rather than traditional screw fixings. 
    Thank you Amazon for delivering this little lot:

    I decided to go for 5.25" 3 way speakers for the back shelf and a pair of tweeters for the dash. 
    I had to make MDF rings to enable installation of the rear speakers. Do not judge me by the quality of the cutting, my jigsaw is totally knackered and I am amazed that it got the job done at all.

    The speakers fit snugly into the original openings and with the original grilles back on, the installation is completely stealth.

    On the offside, I screw fixed the tweeter to the vent duct. On the nearside I had to use special double sided sticky pads as the design of the duct is different and I could not get my drill to fit into the speaker recess without taking the windscreen out.

    The results are very pleasing. The rear 3 way speakers provide all the mid range and high level rear fill that is required, whilst the tweeters are all that is needed to give a nice surround sound effect. Of course this installation wouldn't be worth bothering with if I didn't have a 12" sub in the boot. 

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    meshking reacted to Pillock in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Not a grin, but there's no thread for a warm smile so here it goes.

    My mum passed away just over a year ago. Took us a while to clear the house but it was sold in November after a bit of a manic last removals session. The bloke who bought it with his fiancee has quite a striking name, more than likely unique, so he's easy to find on Facebook - and his other half has her account public.
    So I know it's weird to essentially go Facebook stalking a house but on the exact anniversary of my mum's death, they posted a whole load of family pictures taken in the house with their new baby. They've not changed a thing and I think the overwhelming feeling was of closure that they're enjoying the house, they look like a lovely family, and it's very much their home.
    They'd best not bloody peel the wallpaper though, it's damp as fuck under there.
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    meshking reacted to Cavcraft in Cavcraft 2k19: U WOT M8?   
    Boom shanka 

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    meshking reacted to theorganist in I have just put a deposit down on............   
    this!
     
     









    Has been off the road in a garage since the mid 2000's. 
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    meshking reacted to Tamworthbay in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Well it’s been a hell of a fucking year so far. Massive shout out to all our wonderful NHS staff and particularly the neonatal heart team at Glenfield's in Leicester. After a six hour heart op my niece’s 6 day old daughter is doing well. Massive relief all round.
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    meshking reacted to Skizzer in Dollywobbler's Invacar - Actual breakdown   
    Jesus, how did even this manage to turn into playground bickering?
    Fuck’s sake people, get over yourselves.
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    meshking reacted to anonymous user in I'm no longer on a train, now V8 wallet drain   
    I really shouldn't look at some of the threads on here. I don't really need another car and certainly not this one.
    Until a few weeks ago I had never been to Scotland, today I'm heading there again, hopefully I shall be driving back this evening.

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    meshking reacted to Pillock in Truck Shite   
    This seemed to be more stuff that was being broken for spares. It was parked outside the workshop which made sense, maybe if you've got some sort of urgent requirement for a bit from a military truck they'll just whip it off.

     
    Here you see a pair of TK's going for it whilst another looks on, the dirty buggers.

     
    This had "Starts and drives" on the windscreen. I rather think not.

     
    Leyland DAFAid was a short lived flavour of fizzy pop, notable for an aftertaste of rust and hydraulic fluid.

     
    I believe this one is called "Reverse Cowgirl"

     
    This sort of summed up the day well.

     
    Whereas this summed up Crouch Snr's approach to just hoarding shit. I mean, who on earth is still running one of these and will phone up in a panic for spares?

     
    Royal Navy seemed to be operating on a different scale again to the Army

     

     
    Back to cranes means we must be near the start/finish line

     
    FIN

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    meshking got a reaction from Doctormop in The grumpy thread   
    Doctormop, condolences. I can only imagine what an awful time that you and your family are going through. I had never been through that, but did sit through a mental health awareness talk earlier this week at work. I'm not a therapist or medical professional and would suggest you contact someone for help, even the samaritans will be good.
    You say that you cant relate or help, but what your dad and others are probably looking for is someone to listen. Don't try to fix their issues. There were a few slides from the training that might help, some of them are cheesy, but I've tried this on my children to get them to tall more and it does work.
    Don't use the W words: who, what, why, when, where, how. These out people on the spot.
    Do use Ted: Tell me... Explain to me... Describe...

    And just listen, don't try to fix. ( this advice I gained from a great friend of mine who had a nervous breakdown because she was always taking on other people's problems, and trying to fix everything).



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    meshking got a reaction from myglaren in The grumpy thread   
    Doctormop, condolences. I can only imagine what an awful time that you and your family are going through. I had never been through that, but did sit through a mental health awareness talk earlier this week at work. I'm not a therapist or medical professional and would suggest you contact someone for help, even the samaritans will be good.
    You say that you cant relate or help, but what your dad and others are probably looking for is someone to listen. Don't try to fix their issues. There were a few slides from the training that might help, some of them are cheesy, but I've tried this on my children to get them to tall more and it does work.
    Don't use the W words: who, what, why, when, where, how. These out people on the spot.
    Do use Ted: Tell me... Explain to me... Describe...

    And just listen, don't try to fix. ( this advice I gained from a great friend of mine who had a nervous breakdown because she was always taking on other people's problems, and trying to fix everything).



    Sent from my SGP621 using Tapatalk


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    meshking reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    New ticket for the Metro today.

    I noticed this morning my exhaust bodge from two years ago was leaking, so a quick bit of paste got it through the test.  That'll explain why I stank of fumes on Sunday after the drive back from the microcars.
    Then a switchover occurred at my other lockup, as someone else is due some attention now.

    The bearing I'll farm out, but the lower ball joints I'll do on Saturday as I think atleast one is grumbling.
    Also, I've given up wiping down the fine mist of 33 year old French seat foam that seems to cover everything...

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    meshking reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    The view from my kitchen window this evening.

    The Impreza is normally parked on the road, but as it looks like I may have sold it I thought I'd bag a space for one more night.
    Buick saga is ongoing.  Hopefully new rear hubs will see it fit at last.  Poor old Sealtainn.  This is turning into the longest collection caper in history.
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    meshking reacted to Zelandeth in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Lada, Citroen, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 17/07 - Paintwork Progress   
    Having had a think about it further this morning I went to confirm the identification of my brake master cylinder so I could get either a service kit or new cylinder ordered.
    Nice to see that the fluid level hasn't moved in the slightest since I've started driving it, I know there's no reason it should have, but it's still nice to see the fluid staying where it should be.

    Yep, there's the number which I couldn't remember or find written down anywhere.

    Doing a bit of digging around on the internet to see what I could find.  When did the search function on everything become so utterly useless?  Why when I type in "Girling 625 master cylinder service kit" are the first five items for Lockheed cylinders or totally different complete cylinders before anything starts to turn up that's useful?
    Anyhow...eventually managed to track down some rebuild kits.  They're a good bit more expensive than I'd expected...not far off the same price that genuine Girling cylinders seem to go for (£60 or thereabouts).  Though there are a plethora of off brand ones for £20-30 out there.  Though quite what sort of quality to expect at that point I'm not sure.  
    I did however decide to grab one.  Basically because A: I've had gift money sitting in my Amazon account for about two years now so it's essentially free.  B: Because it will at least let me prove the rest of the system behaves or not.  If it does behave perfectly then I at least know that the MC is the issue...if I can't then make one good cylinder out of the two or am actually satisfied with the one from Amazon that turns up, I'll get a proper new Girling one ordered up.  As the one I've ordered is essentially free it seemed worth a shot though.
    Bodywork wise I've given things over the back a sand down (man I'd forgotten how much dust that creates!) and blew a quick bit of paint over it.

    Definitely heading in the right direction... here's the same panel when the car arrived on my driveway.

    Will want another coat or three of filler, but we're definitely making progress.  I'll make sure I actually have enough on hand next time!

    She's never going to be a concourse show winner, but hoping that a finish that's presentable from ten or twenty paces should be doable.
    What I was really interested in seeing though was whether my messing about with the CVT secondary pulley yesterday had actually done anything useful.
    The answer is a definite yes.  While I've only been able to do testing up to 30mph today courtesy of rush hour, things have obviously improved.  The pickup from a standing start is smoother and changes to throttle setting are far more quickly responded to now.  It's also way quieter.
    Have a *really* shaky video showing how things are behaving now.  I'll hopefully make a run out onto a faster road tomorrow to see how it behaves.
    While I was on Amazon earlier this afternoon a better phone mount was also ordered...so hopefully any future footage recorded on that will be something resembling stable.  I can only apologise for how awful the footage  here is.
    DW, I've deliberately done the best I can to go up and down hills here to give some comparison for you - however it's the biggest hill in this corner of town so it's the best I can do!
    Feels like we're getting quite close to a car which is actually usable now
     
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    meshking reacted to barrett in 26th time lucky: New BORING MODERN CAR   
    Well, against all odds its made it to France. Goes like a fuggin' rocket! 

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    meshking got a reaction from bangernomics in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    These are my current two. Need to dig out photos of my old ones.
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    meshking reacted to myglaren in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Nacho Soup
     
     
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    meshking reacted to richardmorris in The new news 24 thread   
    They seem to have changed the design of the piece of paper again.

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    meshking reacted to MarvinsMom in Old Stye Number Plates   
    i had to change the numberplates on the black mini when i got it.
    it had these on when i got it, some horrid, modern plastic things that did nothing for the car.

    so i got some proper period ones from Tippers, the correct raised digit version on a metal backing, which is how i remember  numberplates been like in the olden times.
    they suit that car far better than them crap plastic things.

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    meshking got a reaction from 500tops in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    Edited... Sold my 2cv last weekend. 
     
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    meshking got a reaction from brownnova in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    Edited... Sold my 2cv last weekend. 
     
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    meshking reacted to SiC in The Austin 2dr 1100 story - Part IV - Does anyone want to take it on ...?   
    I had a spare two hours today to finish off the passenger side mount. Took a bit of fettling to get the floor high enough to meet the mount area. It had bowed a bit after welding it together. Cut a couple slits in which allowed me to bend/bash the necessary bits back up.
     
    Loads of clamps as that's all that is holding it together.

     
    Then welded and grinded.


     
    Just needs some paint to finish up now. Also a quick plate on the top bit as it's all a bit thin there now.
     
    Hopefully the subframe will fit back in the right place again when coming to fit. I did try measuring it and attempt to get things in the correct place. However it's not an easy thing to do on your back and by light. Proof of the pudding will be the remounting.
     
    Before I can do that, I need to get the rear mounts on the boot floor done.
     
    Driver's side looks like this

     
    While the passenger side looks like this

     
    Passenger side mount is not the correct shape or size at all. Causing the passenger side to sit too low. Driver's side mount is very crusty indeed.
     
    Plan is to cut the drivers side off and use that as a reference template. Then make two replacement ones of them on the bench and then weld them back on. While trying to get them back in exactly the correct location.
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    meshking reacted to dozeydustman in The new news 24 thread   
    All categories reinstated after 18 months of DVLA fuck ups....
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Banger Kenny in Bedford CF, now with Huggy on offer, see p4   
    Did the brakes fail? It looks like it rammed through the wall.
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