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  1. For me it was £50 for a lovely elderly owned 1968 1300gt Escort Mk1 in ermine white with a lotus green stripe down the coke bottle styled side. It was totally original and had a beautiful silver six dial dash and a bus size steering wheel embossed with GT this was back in about 1985 though so I guess it doesn’t really count but I’ve had some real nice cars for under £300 in the last 10 years in great condition.
  2. My most expensive car for me was a year old smart roadster Jack black which I got for less than half price at £6100 with about 3000 on the clock which was a steal as no one else put a bid in for it on eBay and it came from a dealership and didn’t expect them to honour the deal if I was honest. The weird thing was my one was completely reliable and bone dry but I got my local dealership to do all the upgrades free of charge under warranty which must of cost Mercedes a small fortune. I kept it for a couple of years and when my job was looking dodgy I decided to sell it and go back to a life of chod but I didn’t lose anything on it really as I sold it within a day for £5900 but I think at the time it must of been the best on the market as it still only had about 9000 on the clock and it only came out the garage on nice days and most were about 2 grand more plus mine came with a few expensive extras. I do like a black two seater sports car and wouldn’t ever spend that kind of money again on a car but I did the next best and bought an £1100 mint low mileage Z3 but won’t part with that one. I will say I remember the first time I ever saw a smart roadster parked on the side of the road on a trip to Tunbridge Wells and spent about 10 minutes looking at it and saying to myself I’ve got to have one and was going to try and get the money together for a Mini Cooper but those were way out my price range for a nice example at 6 grand but now I’ve also managed to pick one of those up in the spec I wanted at the time for £350 so good things come to those who wait but it seems to take 20 years lol.
  3. I hope it doesn’t mean bad luck if you get all the sixes come up on a red car but luckily I didn’t see any magpies this afternoon.
  4. Vince70

    P-reg Ford Ka's

    Thanks for coming to the rescue again Sierraman I will just keep it clean underneath then mate. I just hope my E36 stays rot free in the sill department as over the years it’s had waxoyl and old engine oil plus linseed oil poured into the sills and I grease around the jacking point covers so that one will most definitely catch light if it got near a welding torch.
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    P-reg Ford Ka's

    I was told by the mot tester that looks after our KA’s that the worst offenders for rust was the end of the line 07/08 variants. I guess there’s something in it as my neighbour took over his elderly mothers low mileage 1st generation 08 KA about 6 years ago that had been garaged and cherished and after one winter of him using it as a 30 mile a day commuter car the car was finished due to tin worm as he said it just rotted out basically in front of his eyes over that one winter and obviously the first tell tale sign was the dreaded filler cap.
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    P-reg Ford Ka's

    I’ve got some Bilt Hamber that I used around the rear suspension turrets but it seems a bit thick for my trusty rust prevention garden sprayer so wondered If thinning it out with a bit of old oil would maybe help it find its way into those internal nooks and crannies. My Mrs has a Ka as well that she gave to her daughter about 5 years ago now and that’s completely rot free but has picked up the odd dent and lost a few panel clips on the way but it’s been fantastic and has taught 3 kids to drive and her daughter won’t part with it as it’s really been reliable and mistreated plus it’s never serviced and the only thing that it’s needed in 5 years is a £12 coil pack and one HT lead. I even tried bribing her with my Cooper but she wasn’t having none of it and I suppose really the Ka is more of the spiritual successor to the original mini anyway as they really are a hoot to drive.
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    P-reg Ford Ka's

    I’ve got a beautiful early example S plate which is actually rot free with 19000 on the clock and I picked it up about a year ago now for £150 off Facebook marketplace. I waxoyled around under the rear suspension turrets and the dreaded petrol filler cap but was wondering if you guys thought it would be a good idea to drill a hole on top of the sill in the the door aperture and filled the sills with engine oil then fit a rubber bung in the hole.
  8. I know it’s terrible to do but the prices for scrap these days means that you get at least £300 on a small car so anything around £500 isn’t worth the hassle trying to sell on. I recently went to sell my Mini Cooper and it really is a nice example with a spare set of alloys and run flats and advertised it for £875 Ono and the first person who inquired never turned up the second person offered my a broken bora and the 3rd £500 tops but only if it’s as good as it looks but will look after it so I must sell it too him lol. All this was through Facebook marketplace so after an hour or two I decided I couldn’t handle it anymore so the car will now stay. I had a buyer years ago when I was selling my immaculate £500 50000 mile Audi A4 that started crying in my kitchen and went over the car for two bloody hours and started showing me their bank statements saying I needed to sell it cheaper to them as they were skint and I now have decided life is too short for that hassle.
  9. I sold my immaculate 68000 mile rust free example E36 cabriolet for £1200 last summer now I’m really regretting it and even the interior was like new and every option box had been ticked but I guess you can’t keep them all. But I did keep my mint compact Ti.
  10. The good old Golf self repaired itself today as I stopped off on the way to the garage and turned the engine back on and the abs light turned off and hasn’t come back on since. But I still popped into the garage and there wasn’t much that can be done so on my way I went On the way to the garage I went through some big puddles as it’s been pouring down here so I’m putting it down to it getting a wash underneath lol. I took spurious’s good advice and went for the silicone t piece hose he put up and for some reason all of them are a tenner apart from the one I want as long as I don’t mind red as that one is 99p delivered to my doorstep so I’m deeply grateful for the link. Also on the way over I pressed a button and cruise control activated and it was weird going all Tesla and having a self driving car and that heater auto climate thingy is witchcraft lol.
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    Austin Maestros

    I can’t believe how solid it looks.
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    I couldn’t rate the 45/400 highly enough as the example I had really was a reliable car in lovely condition and I let it go for £200 and will say it’s one of those cars I’ve regretted selling since and it’s still on the road doing someone proud when I last looked it up and the old girl was an auto with the Honda lump with relatively low mileage as I think it had 70000 on it at the time. My one had a few battle scars when I bought it on two of the doors but I was lucky enough to pick up two doors in exactly the same colour in mint condition off eBay and once fitted you would never of known that they were off another car as they fitted like a glove . I also as usual seemed to do all the work on it to bring it up to scratch only to sell it on to someone else to reap the awards of Rover wafting and I’ve never sat in seats that were so comfortable.
  13. Thank you very much for all your help. Today I managed to repair the engine cover with a bit of two pack adhesive as someone had by the looks of things broke it previously and lost most of the bolts in the process and I also put in a new set of plugs but was presently surprised that the old ones came out okay and didn’t look that bad. One of the leads looked in a bad way and had a cut right through to the core so I taped it up for now till my next payday as it’s £56 for a set of leads for this old girl. I phoned up my local VW main dealership who were really helpful and are part of the same group as my old BMW and I can get spares relatively cheaply through them for the BM but the dealership couldn’t help when it came to the V5 but gave me the proper part number which was nice of them and gave me a phone number to try as VW don’t keep stock in general pre 2005 these days also VW heritage couldn’t help and was told it’s hard to get early V5 bits. At the moment I’ve put a bit of insulation tape around the lead and the hole in the breather pipe and it’s running okay and will go with spurious’s idea and put a stent in the breather pipe. Also I phoned up the lovely garage I use who are fantastic and they said bring the car in anytime and leave it with us and they will try and get to the bottom of the ABS problem which means I get to drive my lovely E36 or my Z3 so that’s a win in my books.
  14. Yesterday while the weather was nice I decided to give the car another oil and filter change to clean the last of the sludge out and all went well but while I was at it I thought it was best to give the car a set of new plugs. I went to take the engine cover off and found that someone had been there before and the cover was broken with only one loose bolt holding it on so I’ve got to find some bolts for that and when I took the leads off I found one was worn through to the core and the leads on these are not cheap. Also one of the breather hoses has collapsed plus it had a hole in it but when I type the part number PX0 416 487 I can’t find anything online. Also the abs light has now come back on and it’s a fault saying nsf again but the wiring has been repaired and the sensor replaced and you can feel the brake pedal kind of grabs just before the light kicks in.
  15. I’ve booked mine in and was honest as my key fob remote lock doesn’t work otherwise I would of got £888. Im a bit gutted as apart from that the car is actually perfect and even paid out this year to get all the advisories done but I haven’t used the car since it’s had its MOT in December sometime. I’ve got to insure it though for the day and that’s £12 plus throw some tax on it as the nearest Arnold Clark is about 50 miles away and I hope I don’t get money knocked off for fitting smaller wheels and spotlights plus an iPhone compatible stereo also do they haggle or is it quite straight forward. The other half wants it for her daughter and she was going to have it for the cost of the mot this year which came in around £500 but for that I will have to repair the remote locking plus offer a it with lifetime guarantee plus I don’t know even if she will get insurance okay on a Cooper.
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