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PhilA

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  1. $150 Nissan Bluebird 1.6 LX in a fetching shade of About To Rain Blue. Stuck a $60 Bosal exhaust on it and a $55 pair of Ring Comet spotlights with *ahem* legal wattage bulbs in. It also got fitted with a proper tow hitch and electrics, so all in all I bolted things to it that were worth much more than the car itself. However, it was supremely reliable and comfortable. Sold it and bought a Bluebird ZX turbo for $200 which was the opposite of the car in terms of comfort and reliability, but still I do not regret that decision... Phil
  2. Renault isn't even dented. What the hell.
  3. I wish. We just got the adjuster visit, so now we can start trying to find people to come in and clean the house up and make it livable. I would do it myself but when it comes to houses and mold, I want that paper trail showing that yes, damage from water. Yes, professionally cleaned and certified. Long process Phil
  4. As part of doing other things today, I got to go to the beach. This occurrence made me happy.
  5. It is, I need to get some rivets to put it back on. Phil
  6. Ran the car yesterday, thumped the hood and most of the dent popped out. Tried it with the roof but the headliner prevents good access. I've been suggested to try dry ice, rubbed around the dent to cause the metal to contract and pull the dent out. Only place that sold the stuff locally was destroyed by the storm so I'll have to work on that one. Phil
  7. That's getting close to a Rover V8 camshaft after 150,000 miles. They just get wheezy and tired when the cams destroy themselves, that'll be no exception. Replacing that will significantly liven that engine up.
  8. Congratulations! I remember those heady halcyon days. Get out there and get comfortable behind the wheel. Congrats on the cobrahead, those are becoming a rarer sight over here now, good lamps.
  9. That'll happen here, usually right before you drive into the rain that the cold air is carrying. Sharp edge weather fronts are rare in the UK but not impossible; a much more common occurrence here, I find, where the air temperature will drop suddenly maybe ten degrees or so. Phil
  10. PhilA

    Tyre quality

    My last truck had General Ameritracs on from the factory, which lasted 6 months before I sacked them off for something with more grip in the wet- they were hard and starting to chip off on the edges of the tread, looking like a stone-age flint knife. Made in Korea. Replaced with BF Goodrich ones which were made in the USA and they were night and day compared. Flexible, compliant, grippy. They did 56,000 miles in 10 years, by which time they were hard, useless in the wet and starting to craze and crack. As stated above, name brands seem to matter where they are made. I remember rubber inner tubes being stretchy. You could make slingshots out of them. These days they feel solid, like stretchy fudge, and fail at a significantly lower strain force, often without a smooth fracture edge, more one that looks like a cheap chocolate bar when you snap it. Same goes for CV boots, hoses, wiper blades etc. All pretty terrible, no matter where you buy them from.
  11. Lies and slander! The air in London is all primroses and butterflies since everyone has had to pay to get in.
  12. Yes. They've made some improvements but the boards and soldering technique temperature, wave soldering etc) weren't changed from 60/40 Pb/Sn solder and so the new lead free RoHS grade stuff would fracture and dry joint very badly. Since then board design, alloy mixture and technique have improved the reliability. The useless crap still fractures though.
  13. Peak? Depends upon your definition but I would say about 3 years ago, the state of the art has been pushed again and cars are just now having pfaff added to them as sales bamf rather than actually being any better than their predecessors as a machine for a purpose. Peak in terms of feel-good, not necessarily actually any good/rose-tinted specs? Mid 60's. Reliability was improved, lightweight monocoque designs with decent suspension, comfy seats and a simplicity that came from cost-cutting. Peak in terms of machismo/keeping up with the Joneses? Mid 90's. Technological advances in computers had reached a zenith, whereby they were complex enough to take care of the engine well, yet had become more reliable and hardened. Again the point at which simple engineering gained strength from metallurgy, electronics and CAD improvements. There are many peaks, usually on the trailing edge of a significant change, mostly where the designers reached the point that their designs were affordable enough to mass produce but hadn't been wrung out to dry by the accountants. Phil
  14. In the words of the folk round here; "Dat's purdy". Phil
  15. House was leaking again. More tarps. Home Depot was sold out of chainsaws. Cable ground box full of wasps. Nearly got sunstroke up on the roof. Did clear a little bit of the yard but there's been monsoon style rain every day and everything's soaked. I had intention to cut the grass but it was too wet to even contemplate trying to liberate the mower.
  16. Power's back on at the house. That's good, at least.
  17. Good luck with the dash- I remember the similar fun I had with the Renault. Re: Invacar belt noise- with ribbed/bladed belts if they sit at a slight angle like that they'll whine- is that due to the clutch action loading the position of the engine, or is the dynastart is fixed in relation to the engine? Also, if they sit too deep in the pulley they howl very badly- that's what I had with the fan belt on the Pontiac. A wider belt helped me but the pulley faces being a little worn with age are no longer straight, but form a shallow arc which doesn't match the profile of a new belt. The result is the belt doesn't drive on the flat upper section, instead using the ribbed inner part to translate the load. Gentle but judicious use of a file with the engine running to slightly reduce the width of the bottom inner edge of the belt resulted in no reduction in grip but blessed silence.
  18. Don't get me wrong, they stopped the car well enough but driving it in modern traffic would eat brake pads if driven spiritedly (V8 didn't help, autobox neither). They were a bit undersized for the weight of the car, really.
  19. With work, Peugeot 106 brakes fit but you need 14" wheels at the absolute minimum. You then get decent floating calipers and beefy pads which actually stop the car effectively with the stock master. Drop links also need moving else they foul the brakes and push the calipers open on full lock. Phil
  20. Now you should be able to do Porlock hill in 1st gear, rather than Reverse!
  21. The stock brakes are dire. All Vxls R etc. Mine were bad because the vacuum booster had a leak only when the pedal was pushed down. That and the front brakes were derived from the Viva and really should've stayed there.
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