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  1. Thanks Bangernomics! The tool is going to be handy, refitting the rebuilt alternator on my new Granvia in the dark a couple of weeks back resulted in a number of sockets, torches and screwdrivers disappearing into the depths of the engine bay for various lengths of time and one of these would have been most useful.
  2. Crusty Sills - sent/not received. Beko1987 Possibly received, not sent MorrisItalSLX - sent/not received Dippy sent not recieved Bub sent/not received Ruffgeezer sent Bangernomics sent The Moog Sent Mercrocker sent Fordperv sent and received Boggsy sent Drivewaymyway sent/not received Nibblet sent/not received Angrydicky sent/not received Phil_lihp sent/received
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    To be honest, those photos are crap but they're as good as I could get, I've not been shown where the rest of the MOT-failure rot is so just trying to show the state of it in general. It does look pretty good in the main but apparently it is not. Also, rotating photos are mildly annoying but at least it doesn't matter too much.
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    Just to clarify, yes, the car is in Barnstaple. I had an opportunity to see it in daylight today so grabbed some photos to try and highlight the grotty bits. Driver's sill/floor: Rear, underneath Front wing (no longer attached at the front) Hard to get good photos without it being up on a ramp but hopefully that gives some idea. Underseal is hiding a lot of problems, so I have been told. It's by no means completely knackered but the driver's side sill and floor are pretty bad. Drop me a message if you're interested, I would like to see it go to a good home but one way or another it must go very soon.
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    Thanks, I do seem to have a habit of doing this, I had assumed the brakes would be a simple job at home and then a dab of weld for the MOT but the brake fittings were fighting my limited tools, skills and patience and frankly as always I just do not have the time to work on it, even without the discovery that the underside is mostly cornflakes and fresh air. With the van issues on top and other non-car things needing my attention, this was falling further and further down the priority list. It is a real shame, it's a cute little car with bags of character and I hope it lives again but if not, it may at least help keep some other Marbellas or Pandas on the road.
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    The Apology Sorry chaps, particularly to Stanky and Slartibartfast who put so much effort into the collection of the little Spanish donkey. I know some of you will be disappointed but it will not be getting repaired and is now off the road. I have spoken to my mechanic today and we've established beyond any doubt that it is beyond economical repair. He stopped counting when he hit £600 in labour estimate alone. Unfortunately, the thick coating of underseal is hiding a lot of rot. Previous MOTs have probably been somewhat generous but additionally without poking it it was hard to tell which bits were soft. He has given it a good prodding and the driver's sill and floor as well as various bits around the suspension mounts are very crispy, plus he reckons it will get "at least 20% worse" once he starts digging under the underseal. It therefore needs a new home, either to be repaired by someone who can do their own welding or as a good source of spare parts. The Sales Pitch It is now for sale, £150 takes it as-is, the engine is superb and the tyres are excellent, the interior is very tidy in the main and most of the bodywork is pretty good on it, plus it has that awesome bull-bar. Unfortunately, the brakes are useless, one front brake is binding and the rears are soaked in fluid. It comes with new front flexis, rear shoes and cylinders. All four original hupcaps are supplied and are in the boot. The tyres have loads of tread on them, including the spare. The engine leaks oil from the rocker gasket but starts and runs very well and it drove very nicely from Hampshire to North Devon. It does drive but is not roadworthy, the MOT is out and the front brakes bind so will need to be trailered away. I will not break it, it must go very soon as I have enough space issues here now with the Hiace awaiting a sale and its replacement being picked up on Friday. I will be putting it back on eBay shortly but would like to see if anyone on here would like to take it on.
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    Don't get me wrong, it's 26 years old and they weren't known for being robust to start with so I'm not really surprised - only that there's a few more rotten bits underneath than I knew about. I did strongly suspect previous tests were a tad generous, there's a flipping great hole in the floor which was merely an advisory for years! I have a friend who can do welding for mates' rates so I think it might be going to see him for those bits. Brakes and fuse are simple enough to sort. I guess my exhaust bodging didn't work but again, it can be welded. Could be a lot worse!
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    Oh dear. Not looking so good on the rot front...J921 RTF https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/ Brake and indicators are due to a blown fuse caused by a brake switch wiring short which happened on the drive down to the test centre, easily fixed. I was unable to get anything much done on the brakes myself in the end so my mechanic agreed to fit the bits and fight with the multitude of rusty/rounded-off bolts but she's a bit crispier than I was expecting. I'll await the quote with trepidation.
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    Cheers, although I'm now realising as usual that I have no spare weekends left to work on this for the foreseeable future so it may end up being sorted by my tame mechanic as usual!
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    Right, not much success on this at the weekend. Managed to change the passenger front brake flexi easily enough but the driver's side one that's causing the main issue isn't playing ball as it's seized onto the brake pipe union. Several different attempts at removal have merely resulted in the union going from a nut to a smooth lump and I've had to accept that it's knackered and not coming off by itself. However, seeing as the brake pipe itself is very short, being that the master cylinder is more or less right next to it behind the wheelarch, I'd have a much easier time of it just changing the brake line as well - I'm pretty much resigned to this anyway seeing as the flexi union's knackered. This is unknown territory for me but something I'd like to learn, I think subconsciously I've always filed brake pipe flaring under 'complicated witchcraft' but in reality how hard can it be? I can pick up a Sealey flaring kit and some pipe and unions for £30 as a bundle off eBay, plus I'll need a brake pipe spanner as I suspect using standard spanners on these fittings is not helping my situation. I think from memory the pipe/flexi union was 8mm but I might be wrong there, this doesn't seem to fit with most pipe spanners I've found which seem to be 10/11mm. Seized brake pipe unions and bleed nipples on the rear drums also stopped play as far as getting the wheel cylinder out before rain dampened my limited enthusiasm further so I've doused it in WD40 and will have another crack at it next weekend if I get time. Those of you who are experienced pipe flarers, any suggestions or advice?
  11. I'll find another donor chair no doubt, as you say they are everywhere, the one I was given is a weird design with an odd cantilever adjustment which links the back and base, there's a bit which stops it decanting the occupant onto the floor which has snapped off, so even if you could mount the car seat to it, which looks nigh on impossible as it's all interlinked with the post, it'd still be broken. It's about as far from suitable as you could wish so it can go on Freecycle and I'll find another one!
  12. I agree in principle, everything is repairable and this certainly is - however I wouldn't wish this welding job on my worst enemy as it is all upside down and there's odd-shaped bends everywhere. I'd only be satisfied with every last bit of rust gone and realistically that isn't going to happen. It would still leave me with a van I'm finding a little small for my needs and still needing other bits doing to it so it's definitely time to say goodbye. I very much suspect it'll end up exported like every other tired Hiace but when I'm ready I'll advertise it on here first, if someone is handy with a sparkly stick and needs a basic camper it would be ideal.
  13. I have a spare Mitsubishi Galant seat from the pair I bought to change the driver's seat in the van and have had much the same thought, combined with a donor chair our office was throwing out. Alas, still looking for a freebie chair base as the reason it was being chucked is the base is broken, the seat itself is fine!
  14. I'm currently thinking Boxer derivative or Master/Movano might be the best option. Nothing is perfect but I very much like the idea of something big enough to stand up in!
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