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  1. 100% frag the MG. Welding around sub-frame mounts could grow arms and legs very quickly. Add to that the odd caliper as well as discs and pads and your bill to get an MOT could easily exceed the value of the car. All of that is before you consider we're talking about an MGF that's an unknown motor has been off the road for some time. Even with an MOT it could turn into a money pit as soon as you start using it! Time to cut your losses and run.
  2. Just a little tidy up in the garage before lunch.................... Started to tidy up the mess I'd left in the garage after changing the Astra sump the other day. Wipe black oily mess of can of WD40 before putting it back on the shelf. Wipe, wipe, fumble drop! As the can left my hand and headed for terra firma it struck the slightest of glancing blows on the car ramp that was still sitting in the middle of the floor. Said Chinese sweatshop made ramp is naturally covered in many, many sharp unfinished edges. The ensuing geyser of WD40 erupting from the puncture wound in the nearly full jumbo size trade size can was so violent and rapid I just stood there and watched it laughing. Floor, toolboxes, motorbikes and me all drenched in the stuff. Two hours, half a gallon of screwfix degreaser, a box of rags and several buckets of hot soapy water later, the inside of the garage has never been so clean and I could see the funny side of things! Silver linings and all that it's made me have a good tidy up which has actually improved my shite fettling mojo somewhat. I'm just REALLY grateful it wasn't a can of paint!
  3. Friday was sump swap day for the disAstra as it was marking its territory a little too much. Just as well I wasn't just intending to do just an oil change as the pan was so rotten that when i tried to undo the sump plug the pan just ripped open like a wet envelope. While there is not much to love about a 15 year old base spec diesel Astra the price of parts is fantastic. Sump, gasket goo, oil filter and a gallon of oil all came to less than £60 which was most welcome.
  4. Safe to say a replacement fuel filter was somewhat overdue on the poor old Astra. The fuel that was drained off from the housing was the colour of Guinness too. Considering it's common rail and all that It's done well to keep soldiering on so well. Old filter was date stamped 2012 which was at least newer than the 2004 stamped pollen filter I pulled out last week (it's a 2004 car). The car was also treated to a used air con radiator fan to replace the completely seized original. Air con is still fubarred as expected but hoping this might cure the intermittent engine fan dashboard warning light that's been coming on after startup. Replacing the fan was easy thanks to most of the bumper fixings having been replaced by cable ties and self tappers. It's totally secure so went back together that way.
  5. Plausible deniability on modifications as far as I'm concerned. If it looks like it could be a standard model then as far as I'm concerned it is. "It was like that when I bought it and I know nothing about cars m8, just bought it to get to work y'know". Unless your facebook is full of "check oot ma sick new rimz" and such like then nobody can prove otherwise. Given the value of my vehicles I don't think i'd be heartbroken if the insurance refused to replace the cream leather drivers seat after I'd soiled myself in an accident because the car came from the factory with grey velour. Plus as anyone who's ever bought brake parts for a 1980's transit will know sometimes no fucker knows what "standard" is anyway!
  6. Do not try to drill out the nipple, this always ends badly. Best solution (in the short term) is to get it bled via the banjo bolt. You may need to take the caliper off to make the banjo fitting the highest point of the caliper but it should work out ok. I'm happy to help with Mapp gas or welding a nut onto the remains of the nipple to get it out but it's not 100% guaranteed so the best way to keep you on the road and give you time to track down parts is bleeding through the banjo . Best of luck and give me a shout if I can be of any help.
  7. Pulled the pollen filter out of the Astra today while giving the interior a scrub up. I think I'm healthier without one for the time being as both sides are equally dirty! It's branded GM so I'll wager it's been there since it's last dealer service many moons ago. Come to think of it it's dirty enough to be the original one from when the car was built.
  8. After returning from Scandinavia last August the plucky little XR250 was parked up with a leaking head gasket, becoming difficult to start and using oil. Naturally the best thing to do was to leave it languishing until 5 weeks before the next trip before ripping it apart! Thankfully rings,gaskets & seals are all that's required other than lapping valves and cleaning everything. One cam cover bolt snapped flush so the head is coming with me to work tomorrow to make use of the pillar drill so I have half a chance of drilling down the center of the remains. The fruits of today's labour........
  9. Farewell brave solja WBAC will look after you now. £250 cash back for the CRV is a result in my book and saves me from gumtree mouth breathers and time wasters. After 48,000 miles in my six years of ownership with no major FTP's I'm calling it the best £2k I've ever spent on a car. A new job and longer commute meant that 25mpg could no longer be suffered plus after many years of neglect and 185K miles everything was worn out so the next MOT in 4 months was going to cost £££. Time to move on. Have one last picture of happier days when I was using it as a logging truck!
  10. Why in the 21st century is anyone still using steel for fuel lines when they go nowhere near anything hot? The Astra has plastic lines from the tank that connect to other plastic lines that run up to underneath the passenger footwell they in turn connect to steel lines to go up the bulkhead. These have flexi ends to connect to the pump and filter housing. Predictably after 15 Scottish winters the steel bits under the floor are rotten as a pear and outside my house and my parking space at work look like the exon valdez had been to visit. Even in this incontinent state though it's still doing 20mpg more than the petrol CRV so apart from a slight wiff of diesel and the marked parking spaces the leak was barely noticeable. Hose, clips and copper line have been procured and I've started pulling the festering mess apart. Fingers crossed normal service will resume after a couple of evenings work, weather and daylight permitting. Just minor teething troubles though, normal service will be resumed just shortly.
  11. First day on the road for the Astra following minor post purchase repairs. Nothing major or unexpected just things you'd expect on a car with such a low price tag. New handbrake cables, new O/S wishbone, new alternator belt, one part worn tyre and new wiper blades were the only parts required. Bonnet catch adjusted, tuning box removed (fear of causing damage with excessive rail pressure), locking wheel nuts binned and replaced with regular ones. Brakes checked, fluids topped off, wheels scrubbed and moss scrubbed out of window seals. CRV kept on drive (now uninsured) as emergency backup. Will take to WBAC in 2 weeks just as the tax runs out using temp insurance as long as the Astra behaves. Fuel tank straps and sump are both very crispy and not long for this world so have ordered good used straps and new sump pan for £cheap off the bay for fitting at my leisure. I'm at work for the next 10 days so that's plenty of time for a shakedown. In lieu of a petrol station shot have a pic from Aldi's car park.
  12. Angle grinder, die grinder, sander etc all use LOTS of air. I wouldn't even attempt to run them without a big compressor that was running off a 16A or 3 Phase supply with at least a 150L tank. A small cheap compressor is still worth it for tyres and blow gun etc. Battery tools are great but only if you don't cheap out on them. Whatever way you decide to go (battery vs air) there is no cheap solution, if you want good tools it's going to be expensive. Best value is probably going to be in corded hand tools.
  13. Aw shucks, thanks JeeExEll but it was nothing really. Tools and materials were "in stock", I had the evening spare and the good Cap'n was only a short drive away. Anyone prepared to run two old Triumphs from a busy Glasgow street with no money and limited tools deserves all the support we can give. The world needs more people with those levels of resourcefulness and optimism
  14. Awesome news <does happy dance>. Remember to keep the old cylinder as the pistons and seals are perfectly usable. And buy a jubilee clip to replace the cable ties on the mounting bracket before you forget!
  15. Well we very nearly pulled it off! The mount has had a slot cut in it so it can be jubilee clipped to the strut body. This will be 100% solid once fitted and perfectly acceptable for MOT purposes. We didn't have a suitable jubilee clip to hand tonight so it's held on with a couple of cable ties for the time being. A new solid line has been made with 10mm unions and SAE flares as per the original copper line. Unfortunately the wheel cylinder has fubared threads and this looks like it may be the root of the original issue. There is also a question mark over whether the unions should be metric fine or UNF. Although the new 10mm union did screw into the flexi it was a bit on the tight side but we're not sure if it's just an old fitting or if the garage that originally fitted the line made it with the wrong fittings. I've left a couple of spare new 10mm fine unions so they can be tried in the new wheel cylinder when it arrives. If it turns out that UNF unions are needed then I'm on standby to make another line made once the fittings are found. Finger crossed for a postal delivery of the new cylinder tomorrow. Great to meet Captain_70's tonight and pass a very pleasant couple of hours wielding spanners and talking about old cars on an uncharacteristic warm and dry evening in Glasgow.
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