Jump to content

Mr Lobster

Full Members
  • Content Count

    7,368
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    5

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Skut in Chrysler pulls out of UK   
    Its wierd but whenever I go abroad and see the Ypsilon or Delta parked in some foreign place I quite like the look of them. But when I see the Chrysler version parked in a dreary urban car park or outside Lidl I always think they look thunderingly shit.
     
    Must be the sunlight affecting my head or something.
  2. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Aaah, memories...   
    Fuggin 'ell. GR7987659 thread, you've owned some proper old shite there.
     
    My hat is duly raised to you.
  3. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Bamboocarman in Citroen C1/ Pug 107; Futureshite?   
    Had an old Alto (99/T) and that was superb as I have mentioned many many times before. Should have kept it really. The new Alto is the same as a Nissan Pixo which again is very very basic but still an acceptable enough thing to drive as long as you accept it for what it is.I'd quite happily have a C1/Aygo as I rather like them. Good to drive, pleasingly basic and cheap to own.
  4. Like
    Mr Lobster reacted to Bucketeer in The grumpy thread   
    I didn't agree with some moderating decisions whilst I was a moderator, but they were/are all undertaken with the best interests of the whole forum and it's membership at heart. There are no hidden agendas, no personal vendettas, and no unilateral moderating actions.
    Cavcraft works harder than anyone for the good of the forum as a whole. It would be a hugely sad day if he were to be hounded out by a vocal minority who know/care little about the immense work he does behind the scenes.
    It is a fact of life that there will always be a percentage of the population that are dickheads, and as the forum membership has grown greatly in the last few years so has the (still thankfully relatively small) number of unpleasant people who treat this place as somewhere to let their rampant narcissism run wild, shouting their opinions about matters for which they don't know (or care about) the full story. Usually while posting nothing about cars.
    Take for example the absurd outcry over the recent temporary ban handed out to a member. This particular member has ignored countless polite requests and subsequent warnings about posting vile derogatory slurs on people of a different race, gender, sexuality, size, and the disabled. During my time as a mod he probably accounted for half the total forum posts that needed to be hidden and yet not once showed the slightest care or inkling that he might be doing anything wrong. It seems that after a frankly astonishing amount of patience and leniency on behalf of all the moderation team he was finally banned as a last resort. This has lead to a slew of posts from a shouty minority defending him and slagging off the mods, saying that they never saw him post anything bad. You'd think the clue in the term 'hidden posts' would be picked up on but seemingly not. You don't see the bad stuff, the disgusting bigotry and whatnot, because it has been HIDDEN. Barring heavily edited (and often false) versions of what happened from the member himself, people do not see the full picture yet still some are desperate to yell their uninformed opinions.
    There is not an increase in moderation, just unfortunately an increase in posts that need to be moderated. The guidelines have never changed. There are a few simple rules to follow which boil down to 'don't be a dickhead' and 'POST ABOUT CARS'. It's not difficult.
    I, like The Moog, stepped down as moderator not because we disagreed with any moderating decisions or fellow moderators but because the troublemaking minority on here were making the job so massively unbearably unpleasant. If these people used even a fraction of the time they spent trying to cause disharmony on trying to add something to the forum then this would be a much brighter place.
  5. Like
    Mr Lobster reacted to Isaac Hunt in I iz mega tempt. Renault 4!   
    I can visualise pictures of teenage Parisians, swapping carbs, banding steels, fitting cherry bomb rear boxes, pancake filters in search of a bit more va va voom
  6. Like
    Mr Lobster reacted to Junkman in Shite in Miniature II   
    Echo Tech
     
     
    I have no fucking idea what they are doing.
     

     
     
    But I'd buy anything from her.
     

     
     
    Anything.
  7. Like
    Mr Lobster reacted to Junkman in Shite in Miniature II   
    Ebbro.
     

     

     
    I spot a T1 Kombi. Hey, that's not a Samba or panel van.
  8. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Junkman in Shite in Miniature II   
    Basically, yes. 
     
    Business is very difficult and there's no realistic sign that 2019 will be any brighter. Number of reasons - consumer confidence amongst them but theres an amazing lack of anything really good that will really grab people and get them spending.The higher priced super cars do sell but I do sometimes wonder how. Horses for courses though. Its not difficult to work out what would sell - and it isn't, despite how many people tell me they'd like to see them,  1:43 Metro, Maestro and Montego models - but seemingly only Oxford are listening as the 1:76 range is consistently excellent. But you've got to sell a lot of 1:76 Oxfords before you start troubling the taxman.
     
    But otherwise, there's very little that excites me generally. Solido will be ok, Norev 1:43s are generally good news (though I've heard little of new stuff from them for beyond mid 2019) and other smaller ranges - Odeon etc as they are nice, niche lines but there's nothing at all that screams 'volume seller' at me. 
     
    I had a look at the 2019 Revell catalogue last week. They're back to doing diecast again although its largely re-issued 1:24 US stuff and the inevitable 1:18 Isetta thus far. Again, not that much to get excited by.
     
    Overall, 2019 worries me. I'm hoping that we see a couple of good partworks come through that might do decent numbers because otherwise it looks a bit bleak.
  9. Like
    Mr Lobster reacted to Junkman in Shite in Miniature II   
    I think the assumption that that stuff will sell in penny numbers is plainly wrong.
  10. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Skizzer in Shite in Miniature II   
    We get sent an invite every year. Trouble is, as much as it might be interesting, it equally seems a bit hard work shlepping all the way there and back again when i reality most of it will arrive on emails this week anyway. That and its cold, expensive and i CBA.
     
    Theres not a lot I've seen that really pushes my buttons though in terms of exciting new stuff to sell in large numbers. I mean theres a few that will sell but nothing that gets me that excited. That NZG transporter looks nice but will be an absolute fortune.
     
    On a personal basis, theres a few that might make me twitch a bit and end up with one of - Solido R4 vans (either Renault Service or La Poste livery), Otto Saviem Renault Service car transporter, plus theres some nice new 1:76 scale Oxfords due later this year (including an R4 - full list here), still wanting Otto to do a Mk1 Twingo though. Hopefully 2019 is the year..
  11. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Junkman in Shite in Miniature II   
    And they would be were it not for the UK importer and their insatiable greed. See also Solido.
  12. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from egg in Shite in Miniature II   
    We get sent an invite every year. Trouble is, as much as it might be interesting, it equally seems a bit hard work shlepping all the way there and back again when i reality most of it will arrive on emails this week anyway. That and its cold, expensive and i CBA.
     
    Theres not a lot I've seen that really pushes my buttons though in terms of exciting new stuff to sell in large numbers. I mean theres a few that will sell but nothing that gets me that excited. That NZG transporter looks nice but will be an absolute fortune.
     
    On a personal basis, theres a few that might make me twitch a bit and end up with one of - Solido R4 vans (either Renault Service or La Poste livery), Otto Saviem Renault Service car transporter, plus theres some nice new 1:76 scale Oxfords due later this year (including an R4 - full list here), still wanting Otto to do a Mk1 Twingo though. Hopefully 2019 is the year..
  13. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Junkman in Shite in Miniature II   
    We get sent an invite every year. Trouble is, as much as it might be interesting, it equally seems a bit hard work shlepping all the way there and back again when i reality most of it will arrive on emails this week anyway. That and its cold, expensive and i CBA.
     
    Theres not a lot I've seen that really pushes my buttons though in terms of exciting new stuff to sell in large numbers. I mean theres a few that will sell but nothing that gets me that excited. That NZG transporter looks nice but will be an absolute fortune.
     
    On a personal basis, theres a few that might make me twitch a bit and end up with one of - Solido R4 vans (either Renault Service or La Poste livery), Otto Saviem Renault Service car transporter, plus theres some nice new 1:76 scale Oxfords due later this year (including an R4 - full list here), still wanting Otto to do a Mk1 Twingo though. Hopefully 2019 is the year..
  14. Like
    Mr Lobster reacted to Junkman in Shite in Miniature II   
    Are you in the toy trade?
    This is not a public fair and in order to get a pass, you have to submit your company registration, or a letter from your employer.
     
    The only one around here who could possibly attend is Mr Lobster.
  15. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Burnside in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    No, sold locally so the end of its AS adventure. I'll add a final part to the story in the next day or two...
  16. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from aldo135 in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    Thanks!  Lap belt, I think.
     
    However, its sold now. I'm somewhat sad really as I actually really liked it and its been a cracking car so I'm going to miss it a bit.  Onwards and upwards though!
  17. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    Well, by way of a sort of conclusion to the above, in the end I bit the bullet and decided to sort the brakes properly and splashed out on a new caliper and since then everything has been A OK.

    And obviously a fully operational car with no issues isn't something that should be tolerated so despite of some misgivings on my part, its for sale (as much as I like it, I really want a Twingo and I should probably do that before the border closes and DVLA don't try and do me for bringing immigrant cars in or something)

    So heres the gen...

    2001 Mazda 323F 2.0 Sport
    MOT'd August 2019
    125k miles

    Drives absolutely spot on and everything works!

    Good stuff -

    New o/s/f brake caliper, front anti roll bar bushes, front shock absorbers. New rear tyres (decent ones too, Firestones iirc), fronts are MichelinM&S with about 3mm of tread. Cambelt due approx at 145k. Had a tiny amount of welding for MOT last August but all good otherwise. Two keys, tow bar, sunroof that both works and doesn't leak etc etc. Set of roofbars in the boot in case you need to move ladders, drainpipes and severed giraffe head and necks.

    Less good stuff -

    Been a Cat N write off - old dear backed into it in a car park, lightly denting n/s doors which was enough to write it off. Hardly visible in reality.
    Crunches into 3rd gear sometimes, especially if rushed. Not caused any issue for me and previous owner said its been like that since 55k with no ill effects.

    Normal amount of chips, scratches that you'd expect but not a rusty typical Mazda.

    I'm reckoning that I'll bang it on eBay this weekend at £575 but shiters price is £525. More pictures this weekend once it stops raining.

    Located in Burnley, close to junction 12 of M65. Station collection if you fancy getting the train here.

    PM here or O785O 656633.


  18. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Burnside in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    Now with added pictures...
     
    Last two pictures show the slightly dented n/s doors - enough to write it off but otherwise no problem and the o/s/r wheelarch which is a bit bubbly but my no means anything more than superficial.   It'd be an easy job to sort once the weather improves.







  19. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Burnside in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    Well, by way of a sort of conclusion to the above, in the end I bit the bullet and decided to sort the brakes properly and splashed out on a new caliper and since then everything has been A OK.

    And obviously a fully operational car with no issues isn't something that should be tolerated so despite of some misgivings on my part, its for sale (as much as I like it, I really want a Twingo and I should probably do that before the border closes and DVLA don't try and do me for bringing immigrant cars in or something)

    So heres the gen...

    2001 Mazda 323F 2.0 Sport
    MOT'd August 2019
    125k miles

    Drives absolutely spot on and everything works!

    Good stuff -

    New o/s/f brake caliper, front anti roll bar bushes, front shock absorbers. New rear tyres (decent ones too, Firestones iirc), fronts are MichelinM&S with about 3mm of tread. Cambelt due approx at 145k. Had a tiny amount of welding for MOT last August but all good otherwise. Two keys, tow bar, sunroof that both works and doesn't leak etc etc. Set of roofbars in the boot in case you need to move ladders, drainpipes and severed giraffe head and necks.

    Less good stuff -

    Been a Cat N write off - old dear backed into it in a car park, lightly denting n/s doors which was enough to write it off. Hardly visible in reality.
    Crunches into 3rd gear sometimes, especially if rushed. Not caused any issue for me and previous owner said its been like that since 55k with no ill effects.

    Normal amount of chips, scratches that you'd expect but not a rusty typical Mazda.

    I'm reckoning that I'll bang it on eBay this weekend at £575 but shiters price is £525. More pictures this weekend once it stops raining.

    Located in Burnley, close to junction 12 of M65. Station collection if you fancy getting the train here.

    PM here or O785O 656633.


  20. Like
    Mr Lobster reacted to Cavcraft in 10yr challenge   
    That's some remote control plane your lad has.
  21. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from worldofceri in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    Well, by way of a sort of conclusion to the above, in the end I bit the bullet and decided to sort the brakes properly and splashed out on a new caliper and since then everything has been A OK.

    And obviously a fully operational car with no issues isn't something that should be tolerated so despite of some misgivings on my part, its for sale (as much as I like it, I really want a Twingo and I should probably do that before the border closes and DVLA don't try and do me for bringing immigrant cars in or something)

    So heres the gen...

    2001 Mazda 323F 2.0 Sport
    MOT'd August 2019
    125k miles

    Drives absolutely spot on and everything works!

    Good stuff -

    New o/s/f brake caliper, front anti roll bar bushes, front shock absorbers. New rear tyres (decent ones too, Firestones iirc), fronts are MichelinM&S with about 3mm of tread. Cambelt due approx at 145k. Had a tiny amount of welding for MOT last August but all good otherwise. Two keys, tow bar, sunroof that both works and doesn't leak etc etc. Set of roofbars in the boot in case you need to move ladders, drainpipes and severed giraffe head and necks.

    Less good stuff -

    Been a Cat N write off - old dear backed into it in a car park, lightly denting n/s doors which was enough to write it off. Hardly visible in reality.
    Crunches into 3rd gear sometimes, especially if rushed. Not caused any issue for me and previous owner said its been like that since 55k with no ill effects.

    Normal amount of chips, scratches that you'd expect but not a rusty typical Mazda.

    I'm reckoning that I'll bang it on eBay this weekend at £575 but shiters price is £525. More pictures this weekend once it stops raining.

    Located in Burnley, close to junction 12 of M65. Station collection if you fancy getting the train here.

    PM here or O785O 656633.


  22. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from djimbob in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    Well, by way of a sort of conclusion to the above, in the end I bit the bullet and decided to sort the brakes properly and splashed out on a new caliper and since then everything has been A OK.

    And obviously a fully operational car with no issues isn't something that should be tolerated so despite of some misgivings on my part, its for sale (as much as I like it, I really want a Twingo and I should probably do that before the border closes and DVLA don't try and do me for bringing immigrant cars in or something)

    So heres the gen...

    2001 Mazda 323F 2.0 Sport
    MOT'd August 2019
    125k miles

    Drives absolutely spot on and everything works!

    Good stuff -

    New o/s/f brake caliper, front anti roll bar bushes, front shock absorbers. New rear tyres (decent ones too, Firestones iirc), fronts are MichelinM&S with about 3mm of tread. Cambelt due approx at 145k. Had a tiny amount of welding for MOT last August but all good otherwise. Two keys, tow bar, sunroof that both works and doesn't leak etc etc. Set of roofbars in the boot in case you need to move ladders, drainpipes and severed giraffe head and necks.

    Less good stuff -

    Been a Cat N write off - old dear backed into it in a car park, lightly denting n/s doors which was enough to write it off. Hardly visible in reality.
    Crunches into 3rd gear sometimes, especially if rushed. Not caused any issue for me and previous owner said its been like that since 55k with no ill effects.

    Normal amount of chips, scratches that you'd expect but not a rusty typical Mazda.

    I'm reckoning that I'll bang it on eBay this weekend at £575 but shiters price is £525. More pictures this weekend once it stops raining.

    Located in Burnley, close to junction 12 of M65. Station collection if you fancy getting the train here.

    PM here or O785O 656633.


  23. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Aston Martin in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    By any rational persons reasoning I have absolutely no need for this. We have two nice, modern reliable dailies and one classic staying in the garage until Spring. But, as you do on a cold Sunday I was browsing eBay. Nothing new here so far.

    It was at teatime on Sunday when Mrs_Lobster said the immortal words.....

    "I saw that Mazda you were looking at on eBay, that would make a nice summer toy / project" and from that point there was only one likely outcome wasn't there. That bidding finished a lot lower than I expected both amazed and slightly surprised me but there you go.

    So today we collected it. 'It' being a 2001 323F Sport.

    Plans? Well the idea is mainly to tidy it up and run it for a few months before selling it at (hopefully) a small profit. That way I can save a few miles on my Dacia which is accumulating mileage rather too quickly and gives us something a bit more fun for a few months.

    So what needs doing then? Very little really. One of the rear arches it a bit scabby but nothing too serious, it needs an 02 sensor and would stand a couple of front tyres. It's MOT'd until September so we'll stick it through a test then and see how it goes but so far there's nothing of any concern. Ultimately, the MOT will determine its fate from there - a pass and it will probably get sold, a significant fail means probably the end of the road as it was cheap enough to scrap and call it quits although as it's so nice that'd be a shame.

    First impressions are amazingly good though. Drives really well and is reasonably quick, everything works and A/C blows nice and cold. Has a horrible 'Ripspeed' stereo though. Body is good so we'll crack out the mop and get it shiny and then use it for a few months.

    Here's your obligatory petrol station shot....

  24. Like
    Mr Lobster got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in 2001 Mazda 323F Sport - For Sale! £525   
    Well. When I say 'Inspector' I actually mean 'MOT man' and when I say 'calls' I probably mean 'taken to his place of inspection' but whatever, I like the title and we've not had an update on this in ages so here goes.
     
    After six months and 3.5k miles theres surprisingly little to report. Only expense has been a couple of tyres but otherwise it continues doing its thing. Its been completely reliable if slightly thirsty in the way that a 2.0 petrol Mazda will be but otherwise its been a nice thing to drive and looks respectable enough.
     
    But with the end of August brings drawing in of the nights, falling leaves and the expiring of the MOT. So in it went...
     
    And it's not too bad. Tiny bit of welding on one sill, couple of bulbs need replacing and both front shock absorbers are leaking. The reality is that this will cost more than the thing cost in the first place or is really worth but its too nice and useful to scrap for what are only minor bits so its getting fixed and then set for some more (hopefully) uneventful motoring.
  25. Like
    Mr Lobster reacted to Christine in Shite in Miniature II   
    Renault 4 biscuit tin , biscuits gone 
     

×
×
  • Create New...