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  1. So, as it was revealed today at cholmondeley, I'm the proud owner of the ex-lots of people 405. The story so far.. It arrived and was deposited in the massively spacious storage facility..
  2. So many broken picture links! I'll fix it one day. I feel I can finally unlurk properly now that I have something worthy of Autoshite to post about. Day One 20120217-04 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr 20120217-07 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr 20120217-08 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr In the cold light of Day Two 20120218-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr Came with some great features. 20120218-24 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr 20120218-38 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr 20120218-45 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr The best thing about vinyl is that you *can* scrub it clean and with this old boat that was needed; everything was sticky and left a black residue on the hands. I've only been able to bring myself to spend an hour on the driver's door, the rest will have to wait for now. 20120220-04 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr 20120220-05 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr Doesn't look as big as it feels, weirdly. 20120220-25 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr This is going to be my new daily in a few months, just got to get through a lot of cleaning and a bit of fettling. She's actually not that bad overall and only cost me £450 (plus £25 day insurance to collect her). The problems? >Quite a few rust blebs, but nothing serious or structural >Handbrake needs adjusting, I have to chock the wheels when parked on the drive >Driver's door window doesn't work >Probably decades of hand grease and silicone spray, built up in alternating layers. The engine bay is cleaner than the cabin. >Bonnet rams don't hold up the bonnet. >Neither do the boot rams. >Garage fitted electric fuel pump has no supressor, interferes with the LW/MW radio >PYE tape deck needs new belts, music played on it sounds like it's underwater >Bad previous respray with water contamination. But you know what, none of that matters. She's supremely comfortable and with some TLC over the summer should be in fine fettle. I'm not sure whether or not the people that look with face agog and jaw slack as I drive past are impressed, worried or amazed that a beige Princess with a brown roof still exists and is out on the road with someone a long way from pensionable age driving it.
  3. Thought I'd start a thread about my old Capri since it's now reached it's turn in the que to receive a bit of attention. I've actually had this since 2001, it's an early mk2, on an M reg 1974. Being an early car it's still got mk1 rear axle and single acting type rear brake set up aswell as a few other minor differences from later cars just to use up remaining mk1 parts. It started life here in the Portsmouth area and doesn't seem to have ventured far since. Originally a stardust silver 1.6 L poverty model, which means virtually sod all regarding luxuries. Basic 2 pod dash with black 'crackle' finish facia, no radio, no sun roof or vinyl roof, not even a centre console! When I got to it unfortunately it had suffered severely from serious rust and latterly a vandal attack, having it's door and rear quarter panel booted in. Over the next couple of years I got it sorted and a cheap re paint into roman bronze, which was a favourite colour of mine at the time. For the first year or two it seemed fine but since then things have deteriorated. The respray wasn't good! It's thin in places and started to micro blister in various places, worst of which is all over the bonnet. The same bodyshop also did a bit of the bodywork I hadn't finished which was also pretty poor in some places. It's always been a great driver and never struggles at mot time so I just kept on using it and doing nothing more than collecting parts now and again with a view to sort it one day. It's also gained a few non original extras over the years like a higher spec wood effect 2 pod dash facia (which I like more than the original), a short console, brown interior instead of the utterly fucked black original, 'laser' 4 spoke alloys and a few other things. Anyway, fast forward to last weekend, when I dusted it off after winter and noticed various areas of new rust coming through or older rust that's gotten worse. So the decision was made to go for a professional resto job now before I end up finding something else to distract me (like big american cars with knackered engines!). 1974 Ford Capri BBK244M by Dan Clark, on Flickr Here it is as it currently stands. Looks ok from a distance but the reality is very rough around the edges and the paint is so bad in places it's becoming embarrassing! IMG_0509 by Dan Clark, on Flickr And the interior which I'll be re trimming into black leather at some point after the body works done. It's been taken to the same place that did my Mercury's engine rebuild, since they did such a good job and they seem a good professional bunch. I dropped it off Monday afternoon for a thorough check over to build up a list of work and get a rough quote. Today I heard back from them. Good news so far, I suppose. It is as solid where it counts as I thought it was. Chassis is fine, original strut tops fine, most of the back end is solid and just needs a few repairs here and there. The worst is the bottom of the windscreen surround due to the wrong seal being used and then fitted badly causing leaks. Inner sill to A post bottom corner very scabby, front wings pretty crap, and various paint defects etc. The engine is fine, compression all in tolerances. Suspension needs work, and some brake pipes are getting quite rusty. So far so good and no surprises! There's still more checking to do over the next few days but it sounds alright so far. This work should be made a bit easier by having a lot of panels and parts to fix things already. The big find being a new unused pair of front wings. Very hard to find mk2 items now, though I did have to pay for them! The plan here is to make the car solid, reliable and good looking. I'm not making a show car or going too mad as that stuffs not my thing and if it was I'd start with a better more original car. Some of the later add ons will be ditched like the mk3 boot spoiler that I hate! And return it to more standard looking mk2 as it should be. No go faster mods or anything like that. The main priority is to get the body sorted and painted properly (engine out job and everything) then maybe a bit of mechanical work as needed. The original idea was to re paint back into original stardust silver, but having thought about it I'm leaning more towards another favourite Ford colour of the era, Miami blue metallic, which is a lovely colour! Any opinions? This will be another expensive project but not one I think I could do at home on the drive and do justice to, so I'd prefer to farm it out and get it right this time. It also means I can carry on working on my Transit and Granada at home without another distraction! For anyone whose interested I'll try to update this now and then as things progress. I'll also try to get the old pics of the car from when I got it so you can see how rusty it was! Bear in mind though that I paid £100 for this car in 2001 with MOT and tax! Try doing that now. I'm sure this is going to be worth the expense, not that I'm even considering selling it of course but I've had it so long I kind of feel obligated to do right by the car in a weird way!
  4. Thought I should probably start a thread, given that a few people have suggested it. For my sins, my first car was a 1985 Hyundai Stellar. Bought back in 1997, when the sun still shone, I had more hair, and the world was generally a better place. This may be the earliest photo I have, I think from 1998: Anyway, I drove everywhere in it, and clocked up over 100k miles before I was given an Alfa Romeo 75. So I took the Stellar off the road for some much needed TLC. Made some progress on it - Rebuilt all the suspension, fitted a rebuilt Cortina* rear axle, Princess 4 pot front calipers and Capri vented discs etc - before a couple of house moves and renovations put it on the back burner. * before anyone says they are identical underneath, there are some differences. I fitted a replacement axle fairly early on in my ownership, only to fit that not only was the propshaft flange the wrong size, the UJ was totally different so I couldn't even fit a new yoke. Finding a company on the day before New Year's Eve who could cut off the end, weld a new UJ on and balance it wasn't too easy, especially one that was accessible by push bike! Anyway, late last year I found some renewed motivation, and have been working on it when time and money permit. Here is what it looked like in October: OMG barn find? Front suspension OK at first glance... ...but it has turned out the calipers had seized (so are away being rebuilt) and all the (brand new) ball joint boots had perished: Quite a bit of welding is needed too, but I had a setback just before Christmas when we were burgled and my welder stolen Crusty roof rail I've cleared some of the crap away from it now (it's not stored at mine - I'd love to own somewhere that big!) so might be able to get more photos. Currently working on the rear brakes, and disappointed to find that the shotblasted rear axle is now starting to rust after two coats of POR15 and 7 years storage under cover...
  5. It's our 17th anniversary so what better way to spend it than trapsing a most of the way across the country? It's far too early for this...
  6. I've had various threads on the go for different collections this year, but thought I'd condense my threads into one manageable thread to document my ham-fisted tinkering. At the turn of the year I was driving a nice, dependable, modern 2011 Peugeot 407 and no other vehicle. It was nice enough, but boring as feck. I'd bought it after a series of disastrous heaps in the awkward age bracket of being new and valuable enough to worry about but old enough to be fucked. The 407 was just too new, too bloated and dull. I had a hankering for old metal, my Mineral Oil withdrawal pangs were strong. From January I started looking, there were eBay bids, missed reserves, wasted trips from Gumtree and other such nonsense. I happened on an automatic Rover 216 GSI with one giffer owner from a year old. The chap was giving up driving at 93 years old and his grandson was moving it on. I bid, and failed. It was in London though, about 420 miles away so I wasn't all that bothered. Of course when he offered it to me for my losing bid after the winning buyer was a no show I said yes. I was on the Megabus down to that London overnight for about £15. I hung about in Liverpool Street station like a mad shivering jakey until my train out to the suburb for my first sight of the new steed. It was battered outside but had been well looked after. A frankly insulting amount of cash changed hands and I was away up the road. We had many adventures together, it was dependable and it whet my appetite for interesting old motors again and proved that the very bottom end of the market was navigable if I had the patience to wade through the sea of shit to find the odd pearl. The 407 was still on the fleet at this point but I was covering a lot of miles in the Rover, with a long commute though the fuel economy wasn't ideal. When a friend's mother was looking for a new diesel saloon to replace the faithful old Xsara she had a scheme was concocted. I sold the 407 to her and was on the hunt for an interesting replacement. When I was growing up my dad had a succession of hopeless shitters, indeed I was brought home from the hospital as a newborn in a brush painted Skoda Super Estelle. The best car he had was a red XUD Peugeot 405 with air conditioning and electric windows. So when I found a 1994 GTXD advertised by someone who could actually compose a car advert in the fashion you would expect of a human being educated to a Primary School level, I pounced. Of course I couldn't buy a car just down the road so it was on the train to Birmingham. First class no less. I stayed in an absolute flea pit of a hotel and drove up the road the next day. This was a proper bit of nostalgia and a really practical borderline classic car. It had been fastidiously maintained by the previous owner. Apart from there being a hole where there was once a stereo and the lack of working air con it was a pleasant drive home. Given their relative scarcity and how dependable this one has proven so far, it's a keeper, I'd struggle to part with it. Two cars just wasn't enough to worry about, so this Citroen C1 was acquired. Pure Aleppo spec. A camel can go for weeks, or months without stopping at a watering hole, the C1 has a similar thirst for Motor Spirit. Man maths were employed and worked out that it would easily* pay for itself. There have been further movements, I'll recap them shortly. I should probably do some work.
  7. Usually my comute to work is boring and miserable, especially in winter. All of 4 miles doesnt even get the old girl warm. But yesterdays antics saw an audi Q7 side swipe me when he realised he was in the wrong lane and was too lazy to go back round the roundabout. Now, I know this community is vast, and wide..... Ive found a drivers door in silver, but he doesnt have the rear. Has anyone seen or heard of anyone breaking/or a carlton in a scrappy thats silver? if need be, I'll get the door painted if its the wrong colour. Insurance have been informed due to the ill temper he had when we stopped... and the fact that he thought i was in the wrong when actually, I was right. (dash cams, i recommend them) And yes, my old chod has been injured...... but she will live on!
  8. What does £191 on eBay get you? An E36 BMW 316i with two sets of wheels, a DAB radio, an MOT until December, 110k miles on the clocks, a slightly* fucked back box and a bit of grot on the driver's side sill. This is co-owned between me and 17-Coffees and our plan is to do a light restoration and just generally piss about with it. It's actually really nice to drive, and is surprisingly brisk for only being a 1.6. Yes, the alloys are getting sacked off ASAP as it came with the original steel wheels with all-but-new Toyo Proxes on them!
  9. So kids are out . Sat here bored mooching at ebay when this pops up. Vectra b 500 yards from my house. Anyway I knew the owner , used to drive taxis now retired. He has had it for 18 years. Mot till may next year. It's a 1.8 ls. Bodywork is a bit tatty but it has had the belt done and a new clutch .75,000 miles and knowing the owner mechanically spot on. £350.00 English pounds which seems fair considering the file of Bill's and service history. I really wanted the x type off here but insurance was bloody mad. So a bit of tarting up and a few scrap yard visits should see it a bit tidier. It will probably just be used a has a WBOD and park the jap bus up. Anyway I should get my money back when it comes to move on. So no pez shot or food intake. Just a stroll round and drive it back.
  10. Just about an hour ago I went to start my car up, had Mrs Dustman with me, to go and pick Miss Dustman up from work. Turned over fine but took a while to fire up. Steering felt heavy. Thought maybe as it's currently -5 + wind chill it's just cold & the fluid is thick. Started reversing out my bay then I was greeted with: "DING DONG" - ABS fault. "DING DONG" - ESP fault "DING DONG" - headlamp auto levelling not working, contact service. I shut the car down straight away and we went in Mrs D's Corolla. Alternator is less than 2 months old, it's a recon unit from Alternator Man in Portsmouth. Hoping the cold isn't killing the battery and it's taking the 'nator out with it (battery passed the drop test last time the no-charge warning came up). Looks like a session with the multimeter after work tomorrow..... MEH.
  11. First things first, this is a project that I haven’t got time for, so maybe come back to the thread in a few months. I saw this very limited edition car for sale, it was in Bradford as an MOT failure at £360. A forum member let’s call him ‘John’ (his forum name gives it away, also his name is John.) He lives nearby and went to see the car for me. He called to inform me that they would sell the car for £300 delivered to John’s drive. Where it will be staying until I can get around to it. The 2014 MOT history said “bodywork damaged” it appears that the car has been grazed on the near side, which I think took the wing mirror off and left the rare bodykit slightly bruised. It failed two months ago on the rear axle, nsr shock and a front tyre. In theory, £80 for a used axle, £35 for two rear shocks, £30 for a tyre. A bit of labour to shove the new axle on, a new mot and we should be a cheap fix... Anyway today is just pay and follow the man to the driveway thread. ... Clue number 1: They made this limited edition in three colours, mine is the least rare. Yet, the best colour. (Allegedly less than 100 imported into the UK, because they didn’t register them properly with the DVLA we don’t know how many are left.) Clue numero two: Its the stupidest looking thing ive ever seen, but I’ve always wanted one. I found forum posts from years ago stating I need one of these immediately!!! Clue numberino thrice: The tyre valve covers are always missing. Clue nombre quatre: It makes the Cactus look like a beige Hyundai Elantra. Clue number 5: I laugh every time I see a picture of one. ... To the Cactus!!!!
  12. My brother in law’s Volvo, I’ve written a few stories about this car on this forum. Car was running 100% until a couple of days ago, when he took it out in the morning and a mile from the house the engine stopped reving past 1,500 rev/min. We’ve done all the obvious checks, there’s a full tank of diesel (£100) but despite starting ok the engine doesn’t want to rev. There’s no smoke from the exhaust and no knocks from the engine. All a bit of a mystery. Brother in law has bought a BMW 325d so the Volvo needs to go 166k miles MoT 26 October 2019 4 previous owners Full service history Cam belt done two years ago at 140k with receipt to prove Bodywork very good for a 12 year old car but has the odd little mark here and there. 17 inch alloys with excellent tyres. Has removable tow bar. Interior is mint, full leather, all electrics work, ice cold air con, amazing sound system. Pre engine problem the engine and gearbox were in perfect working condition, suspension was quiet, recently had two springs replaced with original Volvo parts. Car is located 5 mins from M40 J3. Asking £950 as it stands. If it was running properly it would be a £2k car. Ideally needs towing away but still drives, albeit slowly. And now he’s got this:
  13. So, I went and saw a little Reliant again today... Bought! I have the logbook and everything. Will come with the original, f*cked engine not fitted. It does roll, tyres do hold air. Has been parked up for two to three years since the engine seized after a core plug fell out. First challenge, get it home...
  14. No collection thread because Jersey and dark when I cycled up the road. I think this is the first K11 I’ve driven since I passed my test in an early Super S 24 years ago. Its great!! The gearbox isn’t shagged yet so hopefully I won’t be the last owner. Needs a good clean up though. More photos to follow when I’ve done that.
  15. Thought I’d started a thread about this but hadn’t. So here goes. I was looking for an engine for my red hatchback when Fordperv called the bat phone and told me about a car for sale in some arsehole end of stoke in a garden. I’ve lost a lot of early photos but we went over with my Mondeo, an A frame and a couple of spare wheels. Prized £80 out of my wallet and pulled it out of the guys garden. Or was it £60? I can’t remember. But it only needed 1 tyre swapping. The 1600 engine and 4 spd box was missing, haha, ironic, so it was hooked up and hauled away. I’ve had it since 2008. Started welding it myself in 2009 then came into some money and payed someone to finish it off.... well the main stuff. New rear panel, inner and outer sills, front nose, battery try, rear lower quarters, front foot wells plus other bits n bobs. Then it sat it in my unit for ever. Over the last ten years I’ve been collecting parts ready to rebuild it and I recon I’ve got 90% of bits to finish, just need time to do it. This first pic is of it in the shed where some guys did the welding. Then it came home back to my unit, where it still is. WHY SO SIDEWAYS? Bloody uploads them right then flips them over! Grrr. More incoming.
  16. This week, for the first time ever, I felt old. I have sciatica which swaps from one side to the other, arthritis in one hand and what I think is the beginnings of IBS. On top of that it took me 2 weeks to remember a registration number that once would take me 2 seconds, and I forgot my parent's wedding anniversary. I'm only 32. Shit. No I'm not. I'm 33. I forgot that too. (Genuinely) So, it's about time I committed some of my tales to paper. Well, a shonky server... but that's the best you can do in 2016. First up, a list of the cars I've owned (as best as I can remember) in chronological order. Main Cars 1985 VW Polo Formel E. C158 TRT. This was given to me even before I passed my test. 1991 Rover Metro S. J801 TAC. Bought about 3 months after I passed my test as I was convinced the Polo was about to shit its gearbox. 1987 Volvo 360 GLT. D781 ___ Managed three months in a Metro before the small car and smaller petrol tank became a bore. Ford Mondeo and Honda Civic Coupe by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1999 Ford Mondeo Zetec. V384 DBJ. Still the most I've ever spent on a car. It was 3 years old and cost, from memory, about £8,000. Just think of the Rover R8s you could buy with that now! 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI 8v by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI D79 CVV. I very nearly bought a MK1 Golf 1.1 but was persuaded, by my father amusingly, to buy this one from a different friend. From memory I gave about £500 for it, and sold it to some racers later that year for about £300. Amusingly, 16 year later I'd sell the Hartge wheels that came with the car for £530. 1999 Toyota Avensis CDX by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1999 Toyota Avensis CDX. V781 GDP. By far the best car I've ever had. Bought in 2002 for £5300, it had previously been a company car at British Telecom. I ran it from 62,000 to 174,000 before it became surplus to requirements. A German chap bought it on ebay for about £500 and drove over to collect it. Hero. 2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec. Y821 EEB. I should have loved this car. I gave £500 for it in 2008 which was stupidly cheap by anybody's standards. It needed 4 tyres (which actually was nice to pick good ones for once) and a coil spring. Sadly, it was just bill after bill after bill. I sold it and promised to never own another Ford. I nearly succeeded. 1998 Nissan Almera by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1998 Nissan Almera GX Auto. S58 NLO. My late Grandfather's car and, upon reflection, my first proper attempt at bangernomics. I bought it for £500 in 2008 from the estate and ran it for well over a year and 30,000 miles. It was also my first automatic which, whilst a bit dumb, did lock up into overdrive and give a good 36 mpg no matter how it was driven. 2004 Ford Fiesta 1.25 LX and 2006 Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 2004 Ford Fiesta Zetec. AG53 BWL. My wife's car which I ran for a couple of years when I bought her a Focus as a wedding gift. 2003 Rover 75 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 2003 Rover 75 Club SE. AX53 BFA. This is where my career as a serial car buyer really began. Ignoring all of the warning signs I decided to press a K Series into a daily 100 mile commute, which it did with aplomb. This wasn't actually the car I set out to buy, the one I'd agreed to buy OVERHEATED ON THE FORECOURT whilst I was doing the paperwork. Consequently I couldn't leave fast enough and bought a different car later that day. 2004 Toyota Avensis T30-X by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 2004 Toyota Avensis T3-X. KT53 DWZ. Sensible head back on, I decided to get back into something I trusted when my 3rd son was born. This was a lovely car, but not without its problems. The VVTi oil burning issues are well documented and do frequently occur. Ironically, this was less reliable than the Rover it replaced! Despite fearing the worst and 3 months off the road, the new owner has just MOTd it. 1999 Toyota Avensis SR by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1999 Toyota Avensis SR. V263 GDP. Back into bangernomics territory again. The last MK1 Avensis I had was the best car I'd ever had, so I hoped to replicate it with another T22 Avensis. This one came up for sale in my favourite (and rare) colour with a numberplate sequential to my previous car - so it was meant to be. I still have this now, and tomorrow it will tick around to 185,000 miles having been bought by me at 100,500. Side Bitches 1974 Morris Mini 1000 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1974 Morris Mini 1000. GEL 517N. Well, I always wanted one - and was young, free, single and well off at the time (2003). A memorable trip to buy it when I called my new girlfriend by my ex girlfriend's name 20 miles into a 200 mile weekend away. She's never forgiven or forgotten but we're still friends. Oh - and married. 1977 Ford Capri II GL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1977 Ford Capri II 1600 GL. SMY 675R. I can't remember why I bought this, other than I thought it'd be amusing. It was bought from Norwich for £350 and was perfectly well behaved for the 8 months that I had it (other than a flasher unit expiring). I remember being shocked just how much the windscreen would ice up inside, and duly sold it in November to a guy who was going to drive it daily! It's still alive and now, apparently, black! (Update - it's now silver!!!) 1989 Volvo 340 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1989 Volvo 340 DL. G67 AVN. I bought this for £80. Unbelievable. It was utterly bloody perfect. I wanted to do a banger rally which is why the guy gave it to me so cheap. I'm still yet to do that rally, but no longer have the car. I sold it for about £300 to a family who were clearly down on their luck who, I hope, still have the car. 1996 Toyota Granvia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1996 Toyota Granvia. N775 JEV. My wife and I decided to increase our numbers further and, with our 4th son on the way, larger transport was required. We quickly realised you can either have 4 children and no apparel, or apparel and no children. After trying a very tired Mercedes Viano, the Granvia was found for 1/4 of the price and it's still here 2 years later. I can safely say that we'll never sell it - it really is another member of the family. 1993 Mercedes 190e by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1993 Mercedes 190e. L795 COJ. I've admired these cars since I was a child. In fact, one of the very few toy cars I still have from my childhood is a Mercedes 190e. Regular readers of "Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder" will know what a PITA this car has been since day 1, but I get the feeling it's a keeper. We'll see! 1983 Ford Sierra Base 1.6 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1983 Ford Sierra Base. GVG 510Y. Not explicitly my car, but it should be documented here for reference. Oh - and the V5 is in my name. The story is online for all to read as to how five of us acquired what is believed to be the only remaining Ford Sierra Base. Make a brew and read it, it's a fantastic story. 1982 Ford Sierra L by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1982 Ford Sierra L. LCR 503Y. I accidentally won this on ebay for £520. Upon reflection, I shouldn't have sold it - but short stop of saying I regret it. I could never get truly comfortable driving it and, in fairness, I could scratch my Sierra itch with the base if I wanted. Sold it at a stupid profit of £1250. It is believed to be the oldest remaining Ford Sierra in the UK. 1979 Volvo 343 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr 1979 Volvo 343 DL. DBY 466T As you'll see above, I'd had a 360GLT as a younger lad and fancied one of these earlier cars. The variomatic is, frankly, terrible but amusing. This car has just 8000 miles on the clock and inside was absolutely timewarp. Sadly, the huge bill for the Mercedes 190e cylinder head rebuild meant I had to sell this car shortly after acquiring it. Since then I've had a bit of money luck, and now realise I didn't need to sell it after all. Typical. I think that's it. My arthritis is playing up even more now. I've left out a few cars that were actually my wife's, but if I find pictures will add them in at a later date. I'll run this as an ongoing thread on cars and what's happening. Current SitRep: Purple Avensis: Just about to click over 185,000. Minor drama this week when an HT lead split but otherwise utterly fantastic, fantastically boring and boringly reliable. Granvia: Just done 1000 miles in a month around Norfolk, 6 up with suitcases. 31mpg achieved on the way up which is good for an old tub with a 3.0 Turbo Diesel on board. ODO displaying 175,000 which is a mix of miles and kilometers. Say 130,000 miles for argument's sake. Mercedes: Being a PITA. It's had the top end completely rebuilt after the chain came off. Now needs welding to pass another MOT and the gearbox bearings are on strike. It's about to go into the garage for winter until I can stomach it again. 151,000 miles on the clock. Sierra bASE: Still on sabbatical with AngryDicky who only took it bloody camping in cornwall! Legend.
  17. So to recap. After a painfully long time (well a month) I finally bought a MGB GT. I've always fancied one and after seeing one at a local garage (which turned out to be a bit shit) the urge sprang up again. Anyway after a lot of searching I ended up with this. Seems pretty straight and underneath don't appear to not been welded too much. Worst point that I've found in the leaf spring mount. I'm not going to cover all the different things and stuff just yet as its already in the thread, so I shouldn't make this too long! I've not owned a car this old and never something with a carburettor. So I don't quite know what I'm doing with a lot of this, and will have plenty of questions! Part of the reason why I bought it was so I had something that I could fiddle with and learn on. As the other thread got a bit long, I thought it would be a better idea to split and start here.
  18. Warning: picture heavy post Been lurking here for quite a bit, and I assumed there'd be atleast a couple of people here interested in hearing about this old thing. Back in early February, I decided that I had too much money and that I must immediately spend it on some old shite. Naturally, I headed straight to eBay and roughly within the area I found this being advertised as spares or repairs (conveniently with no interior shots): So, I jumped in my now-deceased Rover 25 and went to go and see it. I knew from the photos that it was in a right state, but my god was it worse in person (those of you who are more observant may have already noticed the considerable amount of condensation that had built up in the car). The car had been sat since its MOT expired a few years earlier, and in that time it managed to grow a bit of fur. This was what I was greeted with when I first saw it in person: So all in all, it was a little bit dirty, but I still felt the need to save it. £250 later, I was the not-so-proud owner of a Peugeot 205. The next time I saw it, it had somehow gained a nice big crack in the rear bumper and a nice kink in the boot frame behind said bumper. In their infinite wisdom, the people that I bought it off, who also delivered it to me, managed to roll it into the back of the trailer. I was unfortunately not present when this happened, but you can only care so much when the car looks like this in the first place. I was pretty adamant at first that I could have this thing MOTd within a week. I had a mechanic look at it on a ramp, and he concluded that all it needed for an MOT was a new silencer, a new fuel pipe to replace a leaky bodged one and a new clip on a radiator hose. Naturally, this "week" turned into about 4 months, when it failed its MOT on corrosion on a small part of the floorpan, the boot floor and the rear of the nearside sill. Unfortunately it was mostly well hidden, so I'd have never really known when I bought it (probably wouldn't have put me off buying it either way). I decided that the car was already mostly in too much of a state to warrant proper repairs, so I had the welding done cheaply and quickly. 3 days later, what do you know, it's got an MOT with no advisories for the first time in years! Now that that was out of the way, I decided it was probably time to crack on with cleaning the thing. After a few hours work, many refills of the wet vac and many trips to the bin with the dust pan and brush, it actually started looking fairly decent (though I should add, these photos were pre wet vac: Believe it or not, the car actually came with a full service history up to about 2004 ish, it even has the papers for stuff like its first MOT back in 1993. Conveniently, the last bit of paper I have for it is for the timing belt, which I'm fairly sure hadn't been changed since, so that's been this weeks main expenditure. The old one was very slack, and had probably managed to knock the pump timing off a bit, as it never really did sound right whilst it was idling. Whilst refilling with coolant, it was brought to my attention that there was a rotten metal radiator pipe that needed replacing, evident by the fact that the coolant being put into it was finding its way onto the floor. Surprisingly, I was able to get one from a Peugeot main dealer for the next day, with the man on the other end of the phone remarking that he hadn't been asked for 205 parts for years, but he had been asked for this same part twice today, with the other person owning a CTI. With that part mentioned, that brings us up to date with the car. Unfortunately, I've not even had the pleasure of driving the thing yet. I'm only 18, and I've already spent a lot of money insuring my main car (now on my 3rd in less than a year because I'm a picky sod), so I can't justify the price of over a grand for a years worth of insurance on this thing. I'm hoping that come December time I will be able to get a classic insurance policy on it for cheap, as I will have held my licence for 12 months, which is something they all seem to want before they'll insure me. Nonetheless, I've been thinking about insuring it for a month recently at the cost of 200 or so quid, but I'm currently trying to sell another car and don't have the money to do so, so it will remain sat outside waiting to be driven until then. As a sidenote, I never did actually find out where it was leaking water in from. The water in the rear footwells had dried up and re-filled a couple of times before I finally cleaned it and I did put some sealant stuff in a few different places to try and sort the problem, but it's been covered up since so I've no idea if it still leaks or not, and I don't really want to wait to find out. The key suspects at the moment are rear light clusters, the sunroof (seems unlikely, as it's getting into the rear footwells) and the rear side & tailgate window seals. More investigation required. Nonetheless, here are some deceivingly saturated photos of it after a quick (but careful) spray with the jet washer (pls ignore chav tier exhaust):
  19. Placeholder hopefully for a collection tomorrow. Mega excited because I've wanted one for ages and I think this may be a good one!
  20. So an extension, Capri and general life just isn’t busy enough so a new arrival is (relatively) imminent from the superb Strangeangel of this Parish. The fail sheet is fairly extensive but nothing too scary. Once it has been delivered (by a Northern bloke called Ron) I will do a full inspection and see what it needs to get it ready for some summer fun. Parts wise it will need at least discs and pads, possibly calipers and possible some rear end attention as handbrake is marginal according to Sir MoT man. It needs a lower suspension arm as the ball joint is fubar. Does anyone know if there were any/ many differences across the 205 range? ECP are asking £95 but list one for £27 on eBay for a 1.4 205 but the fitment range doesn’t include the convertible. Then comes the joy of fault finding electrical issues and French fuel injection. I am truly excited! As I don’t have a pic of my own, have one from the for sale thread:
  21. I thought I'd start a thread on this. I presently love this car but history has proven me fickle aand easily distracted, so I expect I'll want to move it on at some point. Doing it this way also ensures no comeback from future owners when they find out I've attached the wheels with silicon sealer, etc. Lot of flash for a grand, I think you'll agree. I picked it up from the pleasant Mr Xtriple last Tuesday, and have already put a thousand miles on it (including 500 in Norfolk at the weekend, and 200-odd around Gloucester yesterday). As you'd imagine, wafting about in a convertible with a whispering V6 up front is absolutely awful,. I did get a light metallic scraping noise from the NSR wheel for a bit, but the caliper wasn't sticking and it went after a while so meh. There are a few issues to fix. Most pressing was the passenger door, which wouldn't shut without a heavy slam. I found the door glass was rising to high, and interfering with the A-pillar seal. There's quite a lot of scope for things to get out of kilter on the windows and hood on these things, but thankfully it's all adjustable. The stops for the window are adjusted by winding down the window, then removing 3 bungs on the underside of the door. This exposes bolts to adjust the position of the front and rear stops, with the middle one adjusting the angle of the glass against the seal. Getting it right is trial and error, it's not quite right but does now shut correctly. There's also a fault with the rear window, a clip that stops it rising too high has broken so it can collide with the front window if you're not careful. Not sorted that yet. The hood often needs a helping hand to retract it (and to prevent it slamming down on the windscreen frame when closing it). The issue appears to be the tension cables on the front folded section - these are supposed to hold it in a raised position, to allow it to fold up. This doesn't always work so the pump runs but is unable to draw the hood back. The tension on these cables can be adjusted, and it's pretty straightforward job, but it does mean taking the roof down for a couple of hours and I've not been able to trust the weather recently. If there's no adjustment left on the cables it's not too difficult to replace them, but they cost £80 each (and there are 2). The roof release handle is a bit broken too, this is a common problem. Xtriple's mechanic has made a temporary repair but I may revisit it, there is a DIY fix using a C-clip apparently - else it's £700 for a new roof rail. Steering wheel is quite worn, and off-centre. I find that very annoying and will get the alignment fixed soon. Dunno what to do about the wheel, upholsterer perhaps? The driver's seat bolster is also coming apart at the edge, again they all do this so finding a good used one is pretty much impossible. I was unimpressed by the factory audio, despite it having a fancy remote control. Putting in my kit was easy though, standard ISO harness so took about 5 mins! Unfortunately the speakers are shot, ruining Stuff Like That. The forum bike Jag had the same issue, just age I suppose. I've got speaker adaptors on order so I can fit some decent ones. This is the car's best feature, this engine is superb. It absolutely makes just the noise you'd expect, a gentle whine yet gives brisk performance and an average of 29mpg. It does leak a little oil though, enough to mark the drive but hasn't required a top up. Will investigate. Pirate HQ is now well furnished with CLKs. My wife has had this facelift one for a couple of years and I've always admired it, but not the raucous 2.3 supercharged motor. It's slightly slower and slightly better on fuel than the V6 but above 3000rpm it's horrible - it sounds like the CVH from a '80s Escort and ruins the whole experience. Most of them seem to be blighted with that motor though, perhaps the cost difference was large when new. Mrs Pirate now wants the wheels and engine transplanted into hers. Final problem is the ABS/ASR/BAS light coming on at random. Others have suggested this is the battery getting weak, which is a bit of a worry - I'm leaving it in an airport car park for a week tomorrow.
  22. First some background: I was brought up with no car interest, a car was transport and nothing more which resulted in a selection of poor cheap cars being the cars of my youth. Fast forward many years (just over 9 years ago) and I have a wonderful* Vauxhall Vectra estate to carry us about. Unfortunately it is crap and throws fault codes at us with nothing being there when it is checked (even at Vauxhall) As Mrs T is the main pilot of this chariot with the two little miss T's on board, it has to go. The hunt is on for the new steed to safely and comfortably carry the family around. I have a company car at the time so big journeys are not an issue. ebay is my weapon of choice to find the new family car. It has to be good value cheap for no other reason than I am tight. Weeks of research with lots of cars that are too expensive and too far away for easy collection end up in my watch list. Finally a possible is spotted in Fife. I go and have a look and find a poor looking but solid car. One previous owner and lots of history. The auction was to end on the Saturday at midday, we were going to be out! I decided on how much I was willing to gamble on it and on the Saturday morning I put in my max bid but straight away it went to my max bid, I was winning but it had three hours to go with no room for me to go up! We went out anyway. I spent the next three hours kicking myself for not bidding more while we were out as it was the first car I had seen that fitted my criteria. Fate was in charge. On returning home I go straight on ebay to find 'Congratulations.............' For the grand total of £500 I had just won this fine vehicle! It has 5 months MOT and after fitting seat belts in the rear for the girls car seats it is pushed into daily service. My gamble and subsequent use results in a perfectly reliable car that actually does what it is supposed to do. Even more importantly Mrs T loves it so a win all round. All my cars have names (most are earned over a bit of time) and this one is called 'Gwendolen' ( G reg car and from Wales originally. I hate the name but I am not going to argue) That sums up part one, more will be along later (probably much later)
  23. Many will know this lovely car as the ex-Vulgalour, catsinthewelder and SiC. I've had my eye on it since Vulgalour took it on back in early 2017 as it was previously my car....twice before!, So i knew what i was buying before taking this car on (or Back on? not sure how this works!!!) So to recap it's story, here are a few threads on its past history on Autoshite: Part I - acquisition, dailying and later start of restoration by catsinthewelder Part IIa - first for sale thread by catsinthewelder Part IIb - second for sale thread by catsinthewelder a few years later Part III - acquisition and a lot of restoration by Vulgalour Part VI - Part V - this thread where I acquire and hopefully get it road legal again. This is not my first proper and full restoration of a car., i've built several over the years however this will be my first attempt at documenting it correctly. It kind of makes sense, as the cars previous owners did such a cracking job at A) preserving it and B - documenting its survival! I have alot of projects on the go, so this will either go well or badly....i'm hoping it doesn't take too long, a couple of months maybe. But im normally wrong when it comes to timings!
  24. Alright then Kev. I'll take it off your hands. IMG-20190302-WA0006 by davedorson, on Flickr IMG-20190302-WA0005 by davedorson, on Flickr IMG-20190302-WA0002 by davedorson, on Flickr IMG-20190302-WA0003 by davedorson, on Flickr IMG-20190302-WA0004 by davedorson, on Flickr It's got literally days of MOT left and I've got nowhere to put it. What could go wrong?
  25. As with many of the members on here, I tend to read and comment a lot, but haven’t done much in the way of my own shite related posting. The onslaught of miserable teenage goat bummers (©Bollox2019) has encouraged me to share a little more, rather than look at the screen and shake my head. As my fiancée once told me, Dick is for sharing. Or something. Updates are likely to be sporadic, and not necessarily ‘car project work’ per se. Sometimes it may just be the odd photo. Anyway, now the disclaimer is out the way, and without further ado, I’ll start with this. I bought my Lambretta just over ten years ago. I’ve had a few over the years, and even dabbled with the dark side, or as they are sometimes known, Vespa. Collection of this scooter involved a fucked Transit, and a day trip to Stoke from sunny Cornwall. Breathing in diesel exhaust fumes which permeated the van through the rusty gaps under the back doors was becoming tiresome by the twelfth hour of driving. We managed it though, and the scooter was well worth the journey. It’s an Italian 1967 SX150, with a 186 Imola kit, plus various other trick bits. It was originally Verde Mela - a rare Innocenti colour - which is basically apple green. Unfortunately the previous owner stripped every last trace of it from the frame, and repainted it in a Peugeot metallic. Not something I could ever bring myself to do, but it looks good all the same. I had plenty of fun with the scooter, and even made it to the Isle of Wight rally on it (I’ve done this a few times on previous scooters). However, as with many of us, life and house got in the way, and it’s sat in the garage under a cover for way too long. I hadn’t fired it up for well over 12 months, so decided to drag the old dear out into the sunshine, fire her up, and give her a blast around the estate. I did a quick video of getting the scooter started - no sound because time lapse - startup was a bitch as the fuel was really stale, half evaporated and leaving the oil/ratio mix completely oil heavy. You can make out when it eventually fires up in the video - wait for the smoke around the back end! I’ll end by adding the startup video. I’ve got a load more photos somewhere on the external HDD, including some of my previous Lambrettas. I'll have to dig them out when I get chance. TTFN.
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