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philibusmo last won the day on December 13 2020

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  1. The 156 left my possession quite some time ago, 2013 I think. I'd spent quite a bit of time fixing it up, did a cam belt change and ended up replacing multiple suspension components. It still had an annoying clunk over certain bumps that I couldn't find the cause for, which I now thing was one of the front ARB bushes under the sub frame. Petrol got particularly expensive and so I sold it to buy a 106 diesel. It went to a guy in Exeter, nice enough guy but I don't think the car lasted much longer, I don't think it made it through its next MOT which was a shame as it was an exceedingly nice
  2. Unbelievable gauges self test video that will melt your heart. Warning light number 4 was my favourite.
  3. I think it's mostly that the seats in the Golf were mega comfy, and tartan. This BMW is surprisingly quick (an M47 engine like a Rover 75 and multiple other BMWs) bit not quite as speedy and sure footed as the Golf was, but that was to be expected really. Really the fuel savings should outweigh the speed and seats.
  4. For the two or three of you who actually read this, I have another update! The new chain and guides on the Mini worked a treat, the engine is super smooth again, and the new gaskets seem to be keeping the oil in which is a double bonus. With the Mini fixed, my brother took on the Corolla and I took his Demio in part exchange, which some of you may remember was for sale on here. I agreed to fit a new thermostat to the Corolla and aux belts as they were squealing. Both were nice easy jobs, and took an hour and a bit including filling the cooling system with fresh coolant and bleeding
  5. Long time no see 'ey An update; Alfa Romeo is gone, Volkswagen Golf has a new MOT (needed new front flexi hoses and a numberplate) and the Fiesta is still exactly as it was left in the last post. The front wings have been cleaned back a bit but overall very little has occured on that front since the evenings have drawn in and it's gotten cold and wet. So what has been happening then? Well I had a couple of days off this week which was useful as the other halfs Mini had started making the most god-awful racket from the timing chain. We'd changed the auxiliary belt tensioner a wh
  6. My workplace has a heap of ISO leads for these in stock that we are never going to sell in case anyone here manages to get their hands one and wants to change the radio.
  7. It turns out I wasn't done, somehow I'd managed to completely ignore a patch of surface rust on each rear arch which when rubbed back left a bit of a mess that needed filler and then paint. Paint is slow, and it's what I've spent most of the past week of warm evenings finishing off after work. This morning it got polished and its is now nearly the same colour as the rest of the car! Huge success. Then I put the rest of the back end together again. The electrics aren't really working properly back here so I guess I've got a load of paint in my earthing points, but that's a prob
  8. The windscreen is back in! Horrible job, would not recommend, get another person in to do it.
  9. This weekend I finally got round to doing the job I've been putting off for months, taking the screen out and fixing the galloping rot in the scuttle. With some soapy water in a spray bottle and a set of plastic trim tools the screen popped out surprisingly easily. This was nowhere near as frightening as expected. The rot was even worse on the inside of the scuttle than it appeared on top, so the hole ended up being quite large after preparing it for a welded patch. This had been repaired before, the other side had rotted much less but had a hole leading into the scu
  10. Another vote for the cap here, easy and cheap to rule out. I remember you did the timing belt, but wasn't there something weird about the water pump? I had a very slowly leaking water pump on a Mk4 Golf and it took me ages to track it down, slowly leaking away behind the timing belt cover and evaporating before it was visible. It was only after taking the belt cover off and finding the side of the block covered in that crystallized shizzle from evaporated coolant.
  11. This weekend I set to a couple of easy jobs. First was the pollen filter which was genuinely easy and requires no further discussion. Second was the oil change which once I'd got the sump plug undone was also easy, had my perfectly positioned bowl not been actually completely incorrectly positioned so that the oil went all over the drive AGAIN. Third was the upper wishbone on the driver's side which was clonking away merrily over every pump and undulation. I'd read online that this was an easy 30 minute job. I can tell you now that it fucking isn't. Here's the offending art
  12. I have a feeling it will be a right old war, hopefully the hear of migging on a new bolt head will be enough to break the corrosion that has seized it in place. Even if I just have a new head welded onto the bolt, thats got to be better than nothing for the time being, not that I think the subframe is in any danger of falling off, more that i'm not sure how an MOT tester will feel about it in October. Plus i'd prefer the peace of mind that it's held on by all the bolts it was designed to be held on with. Unfortunately I also expect I'll have to dig out the inlet manifold at some point. Th
  13. I miss being furloughed, where is the time going? It's basically August already and I have made precisely zero progress on the Fiesta and am making slow progress on the Alfa Romeo. I've been nipping about in the Golf and now that it's issues are resolved it's a jolly nice thing to blat about in, fast, comfortable and all the switchgear just feels right. So obviously I'm toying with the idea of selling it, anyone interested? The Alfa Romeo is being kept for the time being, obviously this is a car where all the switchgear feels almost right, but is quite obviously a bit wrong. I found
  14. There could be hope for it yet! It was looking like this, last I knew of it after some scrote bent the door back and it was replaced with the white one. Look familiar?
  15. I do suspect it will be snug, we've previously slept in the back of a 96 and a 99 Subaru Legacy wagon without any major complaints and this feels about the same size. If this really doesn't work then I might just have to go back to my number one choice of estate car: a Saab 9-5 Aero, and just grin and bear the extra fuel consumption. This was just the closest I could find in overall character with acceptable fuel slurping.
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