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  1. Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side..... Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years: This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced! I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up. P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
  2. Just been out to check the road test library - earliest I had on the 140-series models were G-reg 144 and 264 and they both had reflective plates. If that's what Volvo were fitting to their road test cars then it's a good precedent.
  3. Just looked at my ticket, it just says "Spectator" but presumably that's still enough to get me into the rubbish car parking area? I only got the one ticket but 15yr old Master SL will be with me. We'll just have to bluff it if they don't want to class him as a kid, failing that surely it's a venue that's open to the public? They don't make it easy do they?.......
  4. I was going to say 8am, but looks like they don't open until 8.30 and I'm not sure that gives enough time to get up there for 10. Is there anywhere else along the A47 before we turn off at Thorney and head up the A15?
  5. Great that you got it. I have stacks of saloon spares that I need to rehome soon. Even if I keep the estate after my move the donor 4-door sitting at the back of my driveway is going to have to go.
  6. Maybe rendezvous in Downham Market or somewhere around there for breakfast on the way? Arbuckles?
  7. I can't recall if we've ever discussed these before? I think this one is 1979, I've had it since about then. Has surprisingly little in it that ties in with the Matchbox range of the time, just this one cartoon as I recall. Don't know if they did any other years. I'm trying to avoid buying anything at present with the house move hopefully due soon, but I did pick up the Matchbox MX-5/Miata (No. 58) and MR2 in the week when I had to pop into a Tesco. I got the RHD, headlights down version of the Toyota.
  8. A pleasant selling experience and great to know it's gone to a good home!
  9. News just in, Camry estate failed MoT but nothing too significant: Repair immediately (major defects): Anti-lock braking system warning lamp indicates an ABS fault (1.6 (b)) Nearside Headlamp not working on dipped beam (4.1.1 (a) (ii)) Offside Windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively (3.4 (b) (ii)) Offside Front Service brake excessively binding (1.2.1 (f)) Repair as soon as possible (minor defects): Windscreen damaged but not adversely affecting driver's view (3.2 (a) (i)) Nearside Registration plate lamp inoperative in the case of multiple lamps or light sources (4.7.1 (b) (i)) Nearside Windscreen wiper blade defective (3.4 (b) (i)) Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories): Offside Rear wheel arch corroded Nearside Rear Lower Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement front bush (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Offside Rear Lower Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement front bush (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Nearside Rear Inner Anti-roll bar pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Offside Rear Inner Anti-roll bar pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Rear Lower panel corroded Nearside Rear Inner Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive sill (5.3.6 (a) (i)) Offside Rear Inner Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive sill (5.3.6 (a) (i)) I knew it was going to fail because of the ABS light. Nothing there otherwise that's too concerning, and to sort it will still be cheaper than hiring a van for all the moving stuff I need to in the next 2-3 months so it looks like it lives for another year
  10. Aha, I vaguely know about that one. There was a box for it amongst a few kits I recently bought from @eddyramrod, I don't think there's anything of the 'Diane' left but it does contain most a CX. It's from the same series as this 14: I think @vulgalourhad a go at building one? Given that I have the empty box and no one else has nabbed it, I should probably claim it shouldn't I?...........
  11. 1. Camry estate booked in for MoT tomorrow morning. 2. Sunny cleaned-up ready for new owner to come and collect today. Turns out I've had it for over five years and done more than 10k in it (it's still less than 50,000 now). After a bit of a wobble last week when the first set of buyers pulled-out, the house is now sold pending all the usual legal and survey stuff, so....... 3. Got to make a start on sorting and moving/selling/chucking all the shed contents: Going to be a busy summer.......
  12. Is there anything in it which solves the 116-page Mystery Car thread on Pistonheads?! https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=140&t=1555306&i=2300 Ratdat and I saw a funky one-off special in Medler's scrapyard 20+ years ago. I don't know if his photos are still online anywhere, foolishly I didn't take any myself.
  13. @captain_70skeep in mind that bag of Acclaim spares I have, perhaps we can arrange for it to be got up to you via FOTU next month?
  14. I received my package last week, highly recommended! Great kits exactly as Ed has described, and well packed.
  15. I filled-up at the place on Friday evening, they're a really good local garage for local people and I try and get fuel there whenever I can. The trader selling this is separate to the garage, he rents space there and seems like a decent sort. He has a tidy SAAB 900 Turbo. I've photographed the Reliant a couple of times over the years, I saw it had appeared on the forecourt when I stopped there on Friday.
  16. Remove the B-pillars to give it the OE look?
  17. @egg Do you have K176 YBV on your list? https://flic.kr/p/2m6DWwG
  18. Ah, that's my one - I took a photo of it for reference. The one in the shop had what looked like a Monte Carlo Rally plate on the front. I didn't get it, but I did purchase these for myself: Yes, this photo was taken in the car park just after I'd bought them. It seemed appropriate as I've seen many good things in this place over the years, indeed today I pulled-in and there was a N-reg FE Victor estate. The Corgi Juniors Beetle is quite tidy, it has a flower sticker on the LH door and on the roof, the latter covering up a hole where I presume a light fits for a police version? It was cheaper than the Superfast Beetle. The HW Mazda has "Jacob's Magical Car" written in marker pen on the roof. What power it possesses I don't yet know...... I thought the Volvo was a colour variation of the Corgi version I already had, but as a bonus it turned out to be a Majorette. Quick compare and contrast above, both sit a bit high, but the Majorette probably edges it. Copper TR7 and X1/9 made for a good pair, as low-ish budget '70s sportcars and as represented by Corgi both suffering with wheels which always seemed slightly too large to me. Mysteriously the Triumph was £1.50, but the Fiat was in the £1 each, three for £2 section. The latter mildly annoying for using two different coloured plastic mouldings, giving it a red front bumper and black rear (which is part of the base). I've had the red TR7 since I was young, the new one has survived better and I prefer its black pumpers and base. Celica by Majorette, not one of ther best efforts. The 'new' red one is in slightly better condition than the white version I bought at a boot sale in France. Has a few differences like orange not red interior, smoked glass and pop-up lights - they're moulded-in on the white one, but I can't see any other changes on the bodyshell and the baseplates look similar.
  19. But does it slow down or stop? Remember Junkman's obession with brakes on these. You can now drive around pretending you're Ron Gash in "Public Eye", he seemed to favour P6s (just took delivery of a new one in this week's episode).
  20. My local charity shop having started putting nicer diecasts into a display counter with a price tag on string. On some I think they're being a touch optimistic, but they have what looks like a tidy early-ish Superfast Beetle at £4 if anyone here is interested? If I didn't already have that one /\ then I'd buy it for myself. Going back down there later this morning if anyone wants me to grab it for them. I might get one or two others they had as well. Slowly making progress on the Hiace: Got some Austin-Rover Sandalwood Beige onto it last weekend, just given it a quick wet sanding and it's now awaiting a final coat or two. Might make the most of the decent weather this long weekend to start one or two others.
  21. If it doesn't work out talk to me, might be looking to rehome mine but I can't face putting it up for sale in the open and have it go for cat removal and export.
  22. The weekend has started in the proper manner for me, catching up with Thursday night's episode of Public Eye. A shame we're on the last series now, wonder if they'll go back to the early ones again? Period vacuum cleaner excitement for @beko1987 It's even seen in action in another scene. Also good Landcrab/Lobster content for @keef Sadly the registration isn't fully visible on either of these two at Maidenhead station, although the Wolseley is seen to be an H-reg 18/80 when it appears in other shots. A Morris 1800 appears later on, apparently it made it to April 1983. Bonus Crayford Cortina in the background, sadly not much more of it visible than as seen above.
  23. Miss SL's Yaris collected yesterday without any great incident: There is something of a theme to this half of the driveway. The LS400 is hiding in the corner. Not perfect, it has a few dinks and scrapes and I'm sure mechanically we'll find a few things, but so far it seems to drive nicely. I'd like to get a matching set of tyres on it before too long and the washer pump is dead. Had to stop at Halfords on the way back as the wiper blades were pretty dire. Tag on the rear plate for the local dealer who sold it new - by coincidence about that time I did some work for them, doing drawings for the 'retail concept' refurbishment of their showroom. Had the excitement of a couple of runs out with her in it. Mrs SL seems to approve too, it's quite similar in feel to her Auris, so should be handy as a back-up car and more so than my '88 Sunny or the Camry which have served that purpose until now. A shame they ditched the central speedo on later models. MPG is now up to 48-odd.
  24. Jeepers, that's some overhang - they could wipe out a village with it! Is it going to be broken for spares or used as a big van banger?
  25. Looks tidy from here. Did you worry about the France vs. Japan-built thing in the end? I suppose I should check that the Yaris we got today for Miss SL has a cat.......
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