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    phil_lihp got a reaction from Remspoor in Youtube moments   
    OK, deleted.  It's a fair point.  Can't delete it from your quote of my post though!
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    phil_lihp reacted to Coprolalia in New car for MIL   
    Mk1 Skoda Octavia.
    Bought mine as a stop gap. Five years, four house moves and 60k later... still here.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2001-Skoda-Octavia-2-0-Elegance-5dr-ESTATE-Petrol-Manual/264924654672?hash=item3daebd6c50:g:61gAAOSwGAhfoooX
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    phil_lihp reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    Fleet update time.  The Rover 820 finally has brakes again, after a month on and off replacing calipers, and cocking up various aspects of the job.  The final hurdle was replacing a brake hose.  I got a bit carried away with the heat torch on the banjo bolt, causing the hose to melt, smoke and fizzle.  Fire extinguisher was there just in case.
    But the pipe union wouldn't loosen and I ended up rounding it off, so I cut the pipe and had to flare the short section remaining.  The point of no return...

    Surprisingly I've never had to flare a pipe before, but after a test run the in situ SAE flare tool in the pic is easy to use.  I just hope it passes the MoT next month after all this effort.  Wheels move freely enough, and no one wheel is hotter than the other after a run, so hopefully I won't get a 'brakes imbalanced across an axle' fail.
    In the meantime, the Xantia developed an LHM leak so the Morris became my main car for the past two weeks.  Wasn't sure how that would pan out but it's been marvellous, being used almost every day for various medical appointments and errands.  My other half has a long term illness and is unable to work (Long Covid, began end of March and it's a total bastard) and having at least one vehicle that isn't fucked has proved essential. 
    Good old Morris.  Still jobs to do, but it moves and stops (eventually).  Cadence braking is the norm until I work out what the issue is.

    I'll keep using it for local trips throughout the winter.  This year has taught me life's too short and to just get on with stuff, albeit I still agonise about the cars...Xantia is the next on the list.  Compression joints and length of hydraulic pipe are on order.  WCPGW.
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    phil_lihp reacted to egg in The new news 24 thread   
    Umm, Alfa 90 carabinieri spec. 

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    phil_lihp reacted to captain_70s in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    God why...
    Rear sill, cut along top, fell off and took the inner with it.

    Rear floor, with added T piece to brace the jacking point...

    No T piece on the other side, might be alright? It wasn't. While we were under the car we realised the jacking point had sunk into the cabin a good inch or so as the whole floor buckled. The bitumen sound deadening pad is structural.

    No matter, sills and floors can be made...


    Valances are also a thing that tend to be shit on Acclaims...



    Thankfully @GingerNuttzis An Wizard or some shit and did this:

    He also made a passenger side front chassis leg and welded in new floors as we had to do on the other side...
    Then things escalated in a hunt to find good metal to repair the inner arches...

    Oh dear. That's quite poor...

    Hng.
    Maybe the other side is better?


    Aye, no. It isn't. Mostly.
    If we hadn't have already done the other 70% of the car this would be getting turned into bean tins, but we've already invested too much time/effort/resources so it has to be finished...


    So aye, the daily driver needing a couple of patches for the MOT? Actually quite a lot more rotten than the project car... Also my welder has started becoming unreliable in it's deliver of amps, which is causing issues. To put in perspective how rapidly this has escalated, last week we were discussing what colour we should paint the wheels...
    The cause of the major issues in this thing are twofold. Firstly the construction, being Japanese in origin and at least partially assembled by robots this is leaps and bounds ahead of the Dolly in terms of being efficient to build but has lead to many issues regards longevity. Mostly in the fact there are loads of overlapping seams on this thing to keep it fairly strong despite being pressed from 0.8mm steel, these are water traps. The rear strut towers are also completely open to shit being flung up from the rear wheels but is an awkward place to access for cleaning.
    The second issue is that the car has had liberal coats of underseal over the top of rust. Had a slightly more involved rust treatment been used 20 odd years ago we might have had slightly more to work with. I'm also guilty of this, all the welding I did 3 years ago has rotted back through due to lack of decent coatings.
    There is also no evidence of any cavity waxing or Ziebart treatment on this car like the Dolly has, the only concession to rust proofing appears to be bitumen/tar like stuff that's been poured into the doors, probably why they aren't actually too bad.
    Once this car is finished it'll be retired from daily use once a suitable replacement can be found, probably something early 90s. Something that, if come MOT time it transpires to be fucked, I don't feel overly compelled to keep..
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    phil_lihp reacted to davidfowler2000 in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    I'm still going to try that place in Johnstone for the 205. Their website states they needle scale all the shit off the bottom, steam clean, do any repairs, spray on a rust converter, leave it overnight in the workshop THEN underseal it with free annual exams. Fuck knows how much they charge as the Dinitrol underseal is a 4 - 5 day job, Raptor is a 2 week job. Lots I assume.
    https://preserveprotect.co.uk/
     
     
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    phil_lihp reacted to captain_70s in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Totally fucking fucked mate, big time - 23/11/20   
    So, having finished welding up the front of the Acclaim last weekend I rolled over to the workshop today with the aim of sorting the rear seatbelt mounting area, ARB mount and possibly starting the rear valance.
    As the car was jacked up and axle stands applied a conversation occurred.
    "Eeeeeeeh, this isn't getting an MOT"
    "How?"
    "There's a chunk missing out of this chassis leg."
    "What? How? We mashed the entire lot with hammers last week."
    "It was there last week, now it's fucking gone."

    And it was.
    Our best guess is that our mullering it with hammers disturbed the last few bits of decent metal holding it on and over a week of use the underseal glue that was holding it together fell off... Like, we're not soft with the old corrosion assessment device...
    The underseal on this car is so thick and so old that it's practically fucking impenetrable. Except for the fact it's obviously not because all the metal underneath it is rusty as fuck... Further hammering revealed holes all over the front floor around the jacking point and running under the chassis leg so that had to be replaced before the actual leg was even contemplated...


    So, I set about cutting out the rot...

    Weird design here whereby the footwell of the cabin is one entity and then there is a gap and another panel which makes up the inner wheel arch. Guess it's to add some strength to the front of the cabin.


    Then I remade the cabin floor, this was a nightmare between thin metal, masses of underseal on the underside and a bitumen sound/vibration deadening pad on the inside...

    Meanwhile @GingerNuttz had made a start on the N/S rear seatbelt mounting area...



    Yes, the brake and fuel lines run through the cabin of the car. The Japanese are an odd bunch. No, the welds aren't going to be ground back, it'd just be a waste of grinding discs.
    Anyways, by this point it was about 5pm and the car still didn't have a chassis leg, this was problematic as a pot hole at 60mph on the motorway would have sent the O/S/F wheel into a low earth orbit along with various elements of the front suspension. Thankfully @blackboilersuit came to the rescue and drove over from Hamilton in his Saab, which he then allowed me to borrow.

    So the Acclaim was left in the workshop, the Herald pushed right up against the door, the Dolly right up to that and then the driveway gates closed tight against the Dolly's bumper. Literally not an inch to spare.
    On Sunday morning we swapped places as I had been having struggles with the floor piece and didn't much fancy attempting something quite as integral as a chassis leg...
    So, I tackled the O/S seatbelt mounting area.

    This had some old repairs, a plate over the wheel tub on the outside and three L shaped plates tying it to the floor. All this was rotten through, as was most of the metal surrounding it.
    Rust cut out:

    Tacked in:

    Seam welded:

    @GingerNuttz fabricated and installed the new chassis leg and floor.

    It's plug welded to the new floorpan and then seam welded along all the edges for good measure.
    There was a not inconsiderable amount of rot removed...

    So I have the Acclaim back. A section of the rear valance was also repaired, using a failed Dolly sill panel which was an exact fit... This can vaguely be seen here:

    So, that's the story of how a couple of pre-MOT patches escalated into a mini overhaul, current to-do list for the Acclaim:
    N/S floor and chassis leg repairs
    ARB mount repairs
    Rear valance repairs
    Front panel repairs
    Carb balancing and tuning
    Wheels repainting
    Partial respray
    Probably some other shit I forget jesus christ fuck cars man

    Peace.
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    phil_lihp reacted to Soundwave in Lazy spotters thread   
    Very scabby X2, plus seicento and Alhambra... 

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    phil_lihp reacted to dollywobbler in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Daihatsu news. After an oil flush, a refill with 5w40 and a couple of different additives (Liqui Moly's Oil Additive and Motor Saver - this one softens rubber apparently), today's cold start was not the damp bonfire affair of earlier cold starts. Still a tinge of blue, but better. Quickly cleared out on the road. The rear brake binding was down to the handbrake a cable. Tugging the cable instantly freed the brake, so it's fine as long as you don't use the handbrake... Have ordered a cable. Once it arrives, I'll put the Charade into daily duty.
    2CV was fine today. New plugs seem to have sorted her out. Should get some goodies for the Fox today.
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    phil_lihp reacted to Coprolalia in The new news 24 thread   
    And once again raising this back.
    I had a stab at fitting the cheapo pattern pump this weekend. As per usual with VAG, the part is actually quite simple to undo, but access is shit.
    I think it's going to need the PAS pump removing to get the bloody thing out, and possibly the air con pump as well. 
    The pump on the car is mullered. The rivets have snapped and the top of the pump is wobbling around.
    It's going in for an MOT this week, so I'm going to get them to do the work at the same time and save faffing about with the PAS system.
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    phil_lihp reacted to vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
    Today, @Talbot kindly dropped the Princess wing off for me and we had a chinwag for much too long about basically everything, the new wing will allow me to replace the one currently on the car that's cobbled together from three wings and a bit of sill.
    In other good news, the weather and our work schedules aligned so the other half and I have just finished the conservation of one of the Lanchester's door cards.  This is the original fabric and fixings, with new tacks and copper rivets to hold everything together, as per the original construction.  New padding too, which has really improved the look and feel of the card.  We're looking forward to getting the other cards done and back in the car soon.

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    phil_lihp reacted to SmokinWaffle in The new news 24 thread   
    Spotted this on the way back from somewhere today - can't be many of these left?

    One for @Talbot? 
    That MOT history is spotless!
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    phil_lihp got a reaction from JeeExEll in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    He's done good!  It's even a decent match given the state of the rest of the car and the likelihood it has already been repainted at least once before.



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    phil_lihp got a reaction from JeeExEll in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    Today's seen some useful progress.
    Fuel tank has been repaired so I refitted the lid with some fresh sealant, sprayed the top in waxoyl and spent a while muttering and getting covered in underseal refitting it to the car.



    It's since had a coat of waxoyl underneath the tank as well.  I've also reinstated the tow bar which the previous owner had removed, it just seems right.

    In between those jobs I also pulled out the passenger side insulation and mopped out the puddle underneath, dried it out through the day and gave the rusty bits and the welded patch I had done a few months back a coat of vactan followed by a coat of waxoyl paint.

    I've cleared some dirt out of the scuttle panel but still none the wiser on how the rain water gets in, although as I now have a car cover for it that's no longer such a big issue.
    I 've refitted the correct top hose for the radiator and charged up the battery so it could be woken up with the aid of a can of fuel and put up on ramps for the fuel tank refit.
    I also fitted the new cork valve cover gasket as it was leaking, no surprise given the state of the old one, which was rock hard and came off in pieces.  I cleaned up the surfaces and refitted the new one.  Everything looks ok under there to my untrained eye.

    All that remains now is to get the bonnet back on and its back on the road,  I'm hoping that will be very soon as I've had a photo of it in primer so it's getting close.  He's working on it in his spare time so it's a slow process and it turned out to have a lot of issues hiding under the ruined paint but it's all fixed now and on the home straight.

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    phil_lihp got a reaction from colino in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    I found via the owner's group that it is unique but I've found a chap who sells both cylinders and seal kits.  I'm going to try a seal kit first, general consensus is they usually come around OK.  It's only £11 so worth a shot and I'd quite like to have a go at rebuilding it.
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    phil_lihp reacted to lanciamatt in Prisma project started   
    Cambelt changed today , nearly ready for mot now. 

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    phil_lihp reacted to captain_70s in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    If the new cylinders are anything like the ones available for Dolomites I'd definitely go down the rebuild route if it's possible - The repo ones have a fairly dire reputation for longevity...
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    phil_lihp reacted to High Jetter in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    I would, not as critical as a brake cyl. Also satisfaction from rebuilding it, hopefully.
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    phil_lihp got a reaction from timolloyd in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    The new seal and ring combined with a splodge of hylomar seems to have done the trick, no more drips.  
    This is good, as it means her royal brownness is back on the road.  I celebrated by putting £20 of Asda's finest in it and then driving about running a few errands and apart from the alternator belt being a bit noisy, it behaved perfectly.  It's running superbly now that the fuel isn't 50% sand.
    However,  it is a Princess so to redress the balance, the clutch master (slave?) cylinder started leaking. 

    Looking at it, I cant understand why.  It looks immaculate and totally hasn't got mouse damage on the gaitor or any obvious corrosion.
    I'm hoping an MGB one will fit.  Certainly looks similar but I'll try and find some part numbers first.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MGB-1800-CLUTCH-SLAVE-CYLINDER-PUSH-ROD-CLEVICE-HOSE-KIT-AND-FIXING-BOLTS-a3a/311974887269
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    phil_lihp got a reaction from LightBulbFun in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    The new seal and ring combined with a splodge of hylomar seems to have done the trick, no more drips.  
    This is good, as it means her royal brownness is back on the road.  I celebrated by putting £20 of Asda's finest in it and then driving about running a few errands and apart from the alternator belt being a bit noisy, it behaved perfectly.  It's running superbly now that the fuel isn't 50% sand.
    However,  it is a Princess so to redress the balance, the clutch master (slave?) cylinder started leaking. 

    Looking at it, I cant understand why.  It looks immaculate and totally hasn't got mouse damage on the gaitor or any obvious corrosion.
    I'm hoping an MGB one will fit.  Certainly looks similar but I'll try and find some part numbers first.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MGB-1800-CLUTCH-SLAVE-CYLINDER-PUSH-ROD-CLEVICE-HOSE-KIT-AND-FIXING-BOLTS-a3a/311974887269
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    phil_lihp reacted to Rusty_Rocket in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    I'd get a cylinder if you possibly can.  There's a very likely chance that original one is past re-sealing!
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    phil_lihp reacted to 2flags in 1977 Princess 1.8 HL - UnSaggy Brown Joy: Paint!   
    This again could be used by multiple vehicles. Check the part number. If it's a standard unit it could be the same as the Mini or even the Landrover. They tended to use the same parts when they could.
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    phil_lihp reacted to cort16 in Youtube moments   
    I'm no two bucket wrongun but charity or not CRUSH IT
     
     
     
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    phil_lihp reacted to Mr_Bo11ox in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUDI-80-GL-estate-station-wagon-classic-Gem-Auto-1975/224240927450
    This looks interesting, if somewhat fruitily-priced at £3000
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    phil_lihp reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Blimey a red 728i sport fro 750 quid.  I mean you don't get the wheels, half the paint is peeling off and it doesn't run but still!

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-BMW-728i-Sport/184543375519?hash=item2af7a4709f:g:y0sAAOSwJiBftrg9
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