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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Parky in Kiwi Kar Konundrums - Parky2 adventures so far   
    Right then, out of quarantine for two days and bought a Suzuki Swift Sport Automatic.  Mrs P loves it, so that’s job done.
    Next up is to explore Oxford where I am currently based.  It makes Emmerdale look like the west end of London but some useful chod sitting about in fields - these are all within 200m of where I am staying
     

     
    It’s nice.  70000kms which is bugger all.  Problem with transferring the cash to the seller but he trusted us and let us take the car without paying for it!  Can you imagine that happening in Essex?


    Someone’s daily.  Their house appears to be Mr Trebus’s shed

     
    Wouldn’t mind having a go at getting this running but there is a massive sheep watching me suspiciously....

    Bye bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the Levee but the Levee was full of sheep
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to barrett in S A Barrett's Sussex shite spots   
    It's the most miserable time of the year (for spotting), but here is a small handful of recent-ish finds.
    You don't see a Mk2 Cavalier for ages, then two turn up at once (well, almost)... Another good WITG?

    I took this solely for the benefit of @egg. Not mega early, but hopefully early enough to be interesting?

    Something a little more glamorous

    And, er, something not. There are still lots of Mk2 Golfs in daily use so I don't often bother snapping them, but this one looked particularly grim

    And this An Classic was parked nearby, looking highly appealing on a crisp autumn afternoon. this is the best time of year to drive old cars I reckon, but typically all of mine are currently hors d'combat

    I reall, really like these, and I think this is only the second one I've seen in the wild. They are properly tiny.

    Aaaaaaaaand finally (drum roll) - perhaps my Spot of the Year, or at least a conetender...

    That's all!
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Burnside in Shite in Miniature II   
    I have these, but I'm still missing the Pipe Truck version from MIB Superfast collection:
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    I have these, but I'm still missing the Pipe Truck version from MIB Superfast collection:
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    I have these, but I'm still missing the Pipe Truck version from MIB Superfast collection:
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    I have these, but I'm still missing the Pipe Truck version from MIB Superfast collection:
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    I have these, but I'm still missing the Pipe Truck version from MIB Superfast collection:
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    I have these, but I'm still missing the Pipe Truck version from MIB Superfast collection:
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from catsinthewelder in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever only filled your car up to half or three quarters of a tank because it leaks through a hole in the top if filled to the brim?
    Or relied on always opening the car from the passenger side because the driver's side lock has failed? At least the Camry has central locking, it was a bit more awkward on a much older Datsun.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from privatewire in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever only filled your car up to half or three quarters of a tank because it leaks through a hole in the top if filled to the brim?
    Or relied on always opening the car from the passenger side because the driver's side lock has failed? At least the Camry has central locking, it was a bit more awkward on a much older Datsun.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Three Speed in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever only filled your car up to half or three quarters of a tank because it leaks through a hole in the top if filled to the brim?
    Or relied on always opening the car from the passenger side because the driver's side lock has failed? At least the Camry has central locking, it was a bit more awkward on a much older Datsun.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    Took a chance on a £2.50 set of Wilko marker pens, and it's not too bad. Looks more like wood than the brown paint Dinky applied anyway, and about a thousand times better than the black mess I started with. I even put brown on the filler cap like original, and didn't paint the door handles for the same reason





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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Timewaster in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever only filled your car up to half or three quarters of a tank because it leaks through a hole in the top if filled to the brim?
    Or relied on always opening the car from the passenger side because the driver's side lock has failed? At least the Camry has central locking, it was a bit more awkward on a much older Datsun.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Shite Ron in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever only filled your car up to half or three quarters of a tank because it leaks through a hole in the top if filled to the brim?
    Or relied on always opening the car from the passenger side because the driver's side lock has failed? At least the Camry has central locking, it was a bit more awkward on a much older Datsun.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from chodweaver in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever only filled your car up to half or three quarters of a tank because it leaks through a hole in the top if filled to the brim?
    Or relied on always opening the car from the passenger side because the driver's side lock has failed? At least the Camry has central locking, it was a bit more awkward on a much older Datsun.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Craig the Princess in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever only filled your car up to half or three quarters of a tank because it leaks through a hole in the top if filled to the brim?
    Or relied on always opening the car from the passenger side because the driver's side lock has failed? At least the Camry has central locking, it was a bit more awkward on a much older Datsun.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    Very interesting to see all those Majo-Kit sets in the Diapet catalogue. I have just the one boxed set:
     
    I also bought a random assortment from someone on here a few years ago. It's nice stuff.
    Tomica's Hypercity  was like a modern rendition of it.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Blue car is a Polistil Datsun Violet, roughly 1:24 scale. There's a smaller version of it they did as well.
    Cardboard road layout is either Roadmaker or Roadways - I have one of each, to replace the set I had as a kid. I liked the scale of it for Superfast/Juniors stuff.
    When I was young I also had a thicker, narrower card roadway set, possibly made by TW. It was a bit narrow and the bends too tight, like the card road pieces that go with Hypercity.
    By concidence, the only Roadmaker set I can find on eBay contains some of the pieces of the other set:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1970s-Tufty-Club-Roadmaker-1-60-Card-Model-Road-Track-For-Toy-Cars-VTG-Idea/353277597236

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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto...LS400. Coilovers fitted - photos added   
    Minor update:
    Maxcheapingsods coilovers fitted so I'll see how they hold up. For the money (£195) they surprisingly look alright. I've spent much more on far worse!

    Not going to lower it too much because I have no interest to partake in the "V.I.P" look. 
    New arms, drop links and brakes rebuilt at front. Took forever to drill out n/s main upright as the ball joint seized.
    (Barsteward remnants of the bolt)


    Rear brakes stripped and parking drums adjusted (thought why not since it's in bits anyway) at the back. 


    (No drugs found only 70p in smash)


    Tidied up the subframe and drowned it in dynax UB (probably not right stuff but by this  point I was beyond giving AF). 

    Just need to:
    1) Bleed brakes.
    2) Stick wheels on. Put it back on the ground. Check height.  Jack back up. Wheels off and tweak coilovers. 
    Repeat number 2
    Skin my knuckles
    Repeat number 2
    Skin my knuckles
    3) Wash it and take photos. 
    /FIN.
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    Blue car is a Polistil Datsun Violet, roughly 1:24 scale. There's a smaller version of it they did as well.
    Cardboard road layout is either Roadmaker or Roadways - I have one of each, to replace the set I had as a kid. I liked the scale of it for Superfast/Juniors stuff.
    When I was young I also had a thicker, narrower card roadway set, possibly made by TW. It was a bit narrow and the bends too tight, like the card road pieces that go with Hypercity.
    By concidence, the only Roadmaker set I can find on eBay contains some of the pieces of the other set:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1970s-Tufty-Club-Roadmaker-1-60-Card-Model-Road-Track-For-Toy-Cars-VTG-Idea/353277597236

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    Blue car is a Polistil Datsun Violet, roughly 1:24 scale. There's a smaller version of it they did as well.
    Cardboard road layout is either Roadmaker or Roadways - I have one of each, to replace the set I had as a kid. I liked the scale of it for Superfast/Juniors stuff.
    When I was young I also had a thicker, narrower card roadway set, possibly made by TW. It was a bit narrow and the bends too tight, like the card road pieces that go with Hypercity.
    By concidence, the only Roadmaker set I can find on eBay contains some of the pieces of the other set:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1970s-Tufty-Club-Roadmaker-1-60-Card-Model-Road-Track-For-Toy-Cars-VTG-Idea/353277597236

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Shite in Miniature II   
    Blue car is a Polistil Datsun Violet, roughly 1:24 scale. There's a smaller version of it they did as well.
    Cardboard road layout is either Roadmaker or Roadways - I have one of each, to replace the set I had as a kid. I liked the scale of it for Superfast/Juniors stuff.
    When I was young I also had a thicker, narrower card roadway set, possibly made by TW. It was a bit narrow and the bends too tight, like the card road pieces that go with Hypercity.
    By concidence, the only Roadmaker set I can find on eBay contains some of the pieces of the other set:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1970s-Tufty-Club-Roadmaker-1-60-Card-Model-Road-Track-For-Toy-Cars-VTG-Idea/353277597236

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Burnside in Shite in Miniature II   
    Blue car is a Polistil Datsun Violet, roughly 1:24 scale. There's a smaller version of it they did as well.
    Cardboard road layout is either Roadmaker or Roadways - I have one of each, to replace the set I had as a kid. I liked the scale of it for Superfast/Juniors stuff.
    When I was young I also had a thicker, narrower card roadway set, possibly made by TW. It was a bit narrow and the bends too tight, like the card road pieces that go with Hypercity.
    By concidence, the only Roadmaker set I can find on eBay contains some of the pieces of the other set:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1970s-Tufty-Club-Roadmaker-1-60-Card-Model-Road-Track-For-Toy-Cars-VTG-Idea/353277597236

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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from worldofceri in The World. As seen by Ceri.   
    Great to see another series of updates, very enjoyable reading.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to worldofceri in The World. As seen by Ceri.   
    July 2018.
    So, I had a couple of bites on Shiply, but the customers were prevaricating about the bush a bit.  Stringing a couple of jobs together enabled me to drop the prices a touch to get them to commit.
    First was a trip to a plant auction in Barnsley to collect a little all-terrain forklift.  Took it down to the buyers in Harefield, Middlesex. 

    From there I headed over to Farnborough. Another caravan that couldn’t be towed.  It was described as an Eriba lightweight caravan so I thought it would be pretty small but it turned out to be the largest model that Eriba make.  The couple were despatching the ‘van all the way up to Norfolk to be repaired.  It clearly had a twisted a-frame but other than that looked more or less OK. 

    I didn’t find out until I delivered it the following day that it had actually been flipped on it’s side.  So that explained why the owners were so nervy when I got there.  They were friendly enough, and helpful, but rather overbearing as I worked.  Perhaps understandable as they’d been in what must have been a pretty scary incident.  But it was bloody awkward getting it on the trailer to be honest and their demeanour did not help.  They were basically obsessed with the prospect of it falling off the trailer.  You are going to tie it on aren’t you? What are you going to tie it down with?  Are you sure you’ve used enough straps?  Do you want me to engage the motor-mover to stop it moving around? 
    No, it’s absolutely fine as it is;  The wheel straps will prevent it moving fore and aft and it’s cross strapped over the a-frame to stop it twisting.  But with the motor mover engaged it can’t move at all.  It’s not moving at all as it is, sir. But are you sure…?  OK.  Fine!  And we fucked about for another fifteen minutes while he described how the bloody motor mover worked.

    Eventually, feeling very hot and bothered, I got on my way.  The handling was far from ideal as I hadn’t really been able to draw the ‘van far enough forward to get the weight distribution right.  It felt bloody heavy for a ‘lightweight’ caravan with a lot of weight behind the axle.  Not really surprised it ended up on it’s side.
    I was not going to reach Norfolk by the close of business so another night out was on the cards.  I decided to aim for Red Lodge Truck Stop on the A11.  Never actually stopped there before but it’s well known so I figured worth a shot.  It was shit.  The lorry park has two foot deep pot holes and the café was gross.  I sat and nursed a coffee with bluebottles buzzing round my ears.  I didn’t bother paying for my parking
    The following morning I headed off early intending to get to the delivery address as they opened.
    Barrelling up the A11 I happened to glance in the nearside mirror to see what looked like a tyre cartwheeling off towards the verge. It looked like it came from the trailer, but it was still handling fine…  Perhaps I’d run over something; but I hadn’t seen anything.  Perhaps I’d better pull over and have a quick check.

    Oh. Bugger.

    With uncharacteristic forethought, I had actually made sure that I was carrying a wheel wrench that would fit the trailer wheel nuts.  And the Sorento comes with a fairly nifty bottle jack as standard.

    Thus, the wheel was swiftly changed at the side of the road.
    With disaster averted, I delivered the ‘van to an engineering company somewhere near Norwich.  They didn’t seem to have any speciality in repairing caravans so why it had been shipped all the way up to them I don’t know.  But at least they were much more easy going than the owners;  Just roll it off over there mate. 

    I was glad to get rid of it and the experience certainly put me off taking on similar jobs in future.
    The next collection just down the road in Beccles.  This time much more straightforward.  A tidy BMW E30 – a 325 in fact. 

    It was low mileage but had been off the road for a number of years. The seller had sadly resigned to the fact that ill health was going to prevent him doing anything with it.

    I brought it back to Coventry for the new owner, a young Romanian chap.
    One final quick job for the week was this 1966 Mustang. 

    Looked mega smart; I was bloody terrified of damaging that paintwork, especially as we had to push it out of one narrow garage and into another.  It’s currently showing as taxed so hopefully another one that’s made it back to the road.
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