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  1. As many of you might have read on the grin thread and my thread about yank headlights on Volvo 740's, I should have acquired myself this one. I've just got a few pics of said Volvo pre rescue as it sits. For those who don't know, it's an 88 740 estate in 2.3 auto GLE spec (my favourite!) which was owned by my sisters boyfriends grandad. He passed away this year and the cars just been sat unused since mid 2015. The family are clearing the property and I was told the Volvo and others were going to most likely go for scrap. I said I'd take the Volvo and asked for a price only to be told I could have it! The Wolseley 1300 apparently is already spoken for so hopefully that will be saved or at least donate some parts. The Volvo should become mine at some point but the caravan and Omega will probably get weighed in. So here are the few pics I have to go on. IMG_0331 by Dan Clark, on Flickr IMG_0332 by Dan Clark, on Flickr IMG_0329 by Dan Clark, on Flickr IMG_0333 by Dan Clark, on Flickr The Volvo looks ok from the little I can see and having run an MOT history check it seems a good one. It's a low miler at 90k and seems to of only done a couple of thousand miles between tests. Most of the fails seem to be for stupid stuff. So the plan at the moment will be to try to get it running and moving then try to get it back home. At the moment it's a 100 miles or so away. To be continued...
  2. this! Has been off the road in a garage since the mid 2000's.
  3. Been looking for a project and finally got one, a Scabrous Saab 96. Excuse the shite photos. It was colleckshuned from a wet place (Wales) a friendly man with a Recovery van was pressganged.
  4. It seems like it's time to have a new thread dedicated to the on-going progress (or otherwise) of the Beige BX, without people having to trawl through pages of stuff about the original purchase. All that malarkey can be found here. The new thread will make it easier to change the title as required, too. For works completed to date in the old thread go here. Today's progress at SF17 was MEGA. Much work was carried out on the fuel system by Joe and many of the assembled Shiters; the fuelling problem finally being cracked when Joe fitted one of the Pleasure Wagon's clear fuel filters! There was a stuttering journey down the ramp... Fuel was added... and it ran! A quick ride round the campsite revealed that the spheres are completely shagged, as the suspension was entirely bereft of travel. On the plus side, there are two new spheres in the boot. Dead chuffed to see it run, and have a go at piloting it across the field, though It's headed back to Castle_Cleland after SF, after which we need to have a think about the best way to go from here.
  5. Today I bought myself a... ...proper french pile of shite. Needs a bit of love...but runs/has an MOT. Seems pretty honest, if a little neglected. The drive home was conveniently short, about a mile, so it's not yet been fully road tested. Runs a bit rough, but seems to go like stink for what it is. Feels old. Smells nice and oily. Seats comfy. Happy bunny. Been making do with just the CR-V in the family and while it's brilliant, it's not really all that much fun to bomb around in. The balance is restored.
  6. The bloke who helps with our garden has a thing about Range Rovers, the 'classic' kind. He'd wanted one for years, and eventually, 4 years ago, paid too much for one. It came with the usual complement of non-working electrical goodies, general scruffiness and an acquired taste colour, especially with the beautiful* colour coded alloys. I have laughed at this heap for the past 4 years. I've got two other Series LR's, plus an '84 Mini, and the idea of BL producing anything of greater complexity than a wheelbarrow made me feel ill. I tried to explain to my wife why the Range Rover was such a heap: she needed to imagine the build quality and attention to detail of her Mini, scaled up to something trying hard to be a luxury car. She nodded sagely, and agreed that buying one would be a really shit idea, and could only lead to much frustration and expenditure. Then, last December, the bloke announced to me that he was sick of the Range Rover ending up in the garage every month with a FTP. Which it did, pretty much. I don't know why, but I asked him how much he wanted for it. I wasn't even drunk. So, through that weird process where a car you've only sniggered at becomes something you're thinking you might actually want, I looked at what I was thinking of buying: Hmmm. Looks OK so far, no?
  7. I've noticed that some people on here have imagination, and get through a wide variety of different brands of cars Then there's me, who after hitting the armagedden button when the 406 threw me a load of urgent work that I didn't have the time or money to perform by it's MOT obtained yet another french car! My car history really has been a bit samey Landrover Series 3 (PMA124Y) Peugeot 206 (W636OAU) Ford Puma (Y874RCB) Citroen ZX (R385VRD) Citoren XM (R267PGF) Citroen ZX (L592NWK) Citroen Xantia (R499AMV) Renault Laguna (YT55ENP) Renault Laguna (FV51FYP) Peugeot 406 (HY02FUA) 2 out of 10 of the above are still alive... And as of tonight Citroen ZX (R579SLX) So over 11 cars, a definite pattern! But I like boring, I like samey, I like reliable* Current status? Well our very own Bramz7 is somewhere in the north of england (maybe even nearly scotland) delivering a car. At almost possibly maybe 4.30/5pm he will arrive in Derby and collect Bub's ZX. Following a very silent drive to my house in Oxfordshire as the ZX has no radio we shall convey ourselves to his house, and I shall drive home... Moar later!
  8. Mrs Dustman has a dash cam she wants me to fit to her '99 frog face Corolla. It came with a hard wire kit as opposed to the usual fag lighter lead, so I might as well make a decent* job of it and hide the wiring completely. Trouble is I can't remember how I got the radio pod out when I fitted the DAB unit she now has. I've also got a few dash illumination bulbs to change so I might as well do it all in one hit while it's a sunny afternoon. A bit of googling comes up with the US spec dash which appears to be different from the European model, or the 2002-on model. I seem to remember spudging out the dash vents to access some bolts/rivets. Failing that, is there an easier place to get a switched live from (besides the radio) that doesn't involve destroying the car's interior?
  9. Hot on the heels of last week’s collectioneering of a Xantia, another collection starts here and now. Well it is probably a collection as long as the car is as described, but I am optimistic. Clues. It’s enormous yet quite cramped. Never had one before and it could be considered blessed, saintly even!
  10. With the YRV more or less finished i think its about time i got my arse in gear and sort out my Subaru. I have owned this since 2012 when it was a beige truck with grot in all the usual places. I spent an age welding it up and swapping panels over from my other totally rotted out one before prepping the body to the best of my ability. Before paying to get it painted in vw corrida red 2pack. Once put back together it did look quite tidy. Fast forward to 2019,the mot has long since expired,the expensive paint job has faded and rust has burst through the rear arches and sills. Bummer..
  11. Yes, one of those. You've seen the car before, and I've already used up my best jokes (so I'll repeat them). An epic journey, including: - THREE COUNTIES - THAT LONDON - TRAINS - SHANKS' PONY - And possibly a pastry-encased but disappointing meal
  12. Right... We've had a huge amount of lovely cars and many excellent write-ups on here lately. I find this completely unacceptable and I've decided to do something about it ! I therefore welcome you all to a blog dedicated to my "private scrapyard", as Mrs.Fraud affectionately* calls my collection of... erm... not-so-mainstream classics*. If you don't like awful cars, please move on - there's nothing to see here. But if you do, I'm sure that you'll find my struggle with poverty, hoarding and mechanical incompetence truly fascinating. So let's start... ​ ​ ​
  13. Few weeks ago I realised that I haven't done anything completely and utterly daft of late. Subconsciously I decided to act before I forget how to do stupid things. The thing arrived yesterday evening. As standard, when you get a project car from PBK, it comes with some surface rust and at least one panel prepared or in need of painting. Few things are missing still need sourcing and the whole thing recommissioning (I never thought I would use this word again in my life) Don't worry people, this project will never get finished so expect no further updates until it's back looking for new owner.
  14. After several years here I'll fully admit I am not a seasoned chod-veteran like many, but here's my tosh. I'll begin with my dad and American chod. During my teenage years this was the toy barn: My first adventure in rebuilding began with my dad's 1952 GMC truck. Started like this. Freshly imported from a dry state with a solid body. Rear axle had been dragged around for a while and the drums were worn half away. 228 cubic inches of straight six with knackered rings. Rebuild commenced. Spent a year rebuilding the engine with all fresh bits imported from the states. Neglected to acid dip it, and turned out one of the splash oil bores was clogged with crud. 500 miles later the big ends melted and fused. Much swearing, much vehicle aimed violence. Out comes that lump. This prime piece of chod donated it's heart. 350ci of v8 muscle*. Actually originated in a smog tune Camaro, so about as shite a v8 as you can pick. Truck now owned by a family friend looking like this: My own first motor was this. 1972 VW Beetle 1302s Lasted 500 miles. Failed on rust. Got it on the ramp and it had rusted right across the rear end. Engine was about to damn fall out. Whole thing needed a new floor plan. Got broken for parts. That got replaced with this: Golf 1.4i cl In around 2006. 72,000 miles on it at the time. One old lady owner from new, giffer driven, full VW service history. Bargain at £1k. Much work was done Now at 156,000. Syncromesh dead in 2nd and 3rd. Very noisy tappets. Engine mounts shot. Rotten jacking points. Bugger won't die. MOT runs out next week, and I feel really bad at the idea of breaking it. Going to stick it in and see if it will pass an MOT, but I'm getting fed up of having squeaky bumhole journeys that it will drop a valve. 18 months ago, added this to the fleet: Scirocco 1.8 8v carb £1k on ebay, advertised with one line of information. 67,000 miles, FSH, 3 owners from new, mainly giffer driven, but owned by a young guy for a year before I bought it. Solid body, decent engine. Mk2 Golf GTD gearbox with a massively tall 5th gear (2k RPM = 80mph). Saving the pennies while commuting yo! Issues have been that it has not had it's perishables repaired in a long time, so since I've had it it's had: New hard brake lines New braided soft brake lines De-rusted and waxoyled fuel lines. New timing belt and aux belt. New temp sensor. A new CV Carb rebuild. In between I briefly flirted with a a Renault 4 van and a BMC FG350 Ambulance (converted to a camper). No photos of these. There's also been this 1987 Scirocco GTX 150,000 I bought locally as a cat C write off with the intention of repairing. Then found out the A-pillar, the B-pillar and rear chassis were buckled. Would never have been right again. Broke her for parts. Finally Jaguar S-Type 3.0 v6. Recently bought this for a charity rally. T-reg 1999, so think it still counts as chod. Plus it cost £750 and has done 165,000 miles.
  15. Right then, time to have a go at a thread on my latest acquisition, methinks. Back on January 30th, I made the mighty voyage ooop north (relatively speaking) to meet Hooli, a top shitter who'd agreed to sell me his navy blue XJ8 Sovereign. Exhibit A: My best attempt at Woollarding The journey was, surprisingly it being a jag, entirely uneventful, it simply wafted its way all the way back to my workshop where it now resides. So far all I've done is a service, but the to do list so far is: - Sort out driver's heated seat - Sort out parking sensors (She's a big old barge....) - Investigate the odd knocking noise and slight slipping of the auto 'box - Source appropriate locking wheel nuts - Sort the rust! With regard to rust, the driver's side front wing is a complete write off, with the passenger side heading the same way. Thankfully these are bolt on, so minimal fuss in replacing once the parts have been found. Unfortunately, the rear wings are also beginning to suffer from the Norwegian Chrome somewhat, so they'll need to be replaced at a later date too. I did get it up on the ramp (with my fingers firmly crossed) to inspect the underside, here are the results: Not too bad! It's mostly very solid, the underseal having done its job, which is splendid. That's all for now, but I hope to keep this thread updated, can't promise updates won't be sporadic though! abelw44
  16. Calling all AS MOT testers and real mechanics! Sorry it's not proper Autoshite, but just Autoshit. Just took the 2005 Honda Jazz in for it's annual safety inspection - NCT - because Ireland. The tester has failed it on front suspension top mounts, both sides: 05KE16448_NCT_2016_04_25_001 by E Honda, on Flickr However, came home and in doing a quick Google to see if it was a common problem, I stumbled across the NZ equivalent of "Matters of Testing" and found this: WOF NEWS - 2010-12 - Issue 15 - Honda Jazz GD Front Suspension by E Honda, on Flickr What's the opinion on this? I will go out and check them myself, but I've a feeling that the items have be incorrectly tested and I need to go through the rigmarole of an appeal.
  17. As I mentioned in the Show Us Your 2CV thread, I recently bought a 1988 Citroen 2CV special after spending a few months looking at dozens of them for sale on the Internet. I've started a thread as owning it is going to raise a lot of questions. As an example of how much I know about them, I spent a good couple of minutes pulling at things on the dashboard looking for the bonnet release before working out that it should be opened from the outside. The main two problems I'm going to have to sort out with it are the rust on the sills, front floor and toeboard (I'll get someone who knows what they're going to do this) and the electrics. It has, weirdly, been fitted with a second battery and I've got no idea why so investigating that will be fun. Anyway it's nice to join the list of 2CV owners here and I'm looking forward to taking it out on the road once it's all done.
  18. Hope there is some interest on here for my old Slaaaag Bought it 2 April 1994 and have maintained a love / hate relationship since. Two engine rebuilds 2 and a half body restorations and much shenanigans in between. Story starts 1 April 1994 towards the end of an evening of light refreshments, consisting mainly of 20 Marboro Red and about 12 or so pints of Flowers Bitter, down at the Hogsmill Tavern in Ewell where I used to live. One of the lads was whinging about getting married and buying houses and raising money. He mentioned he had a Stag part restored which he didn’t really want to sell and I kind of said “yep i’ll have itâ€. To be honest I don’t actually recall saying that I would have it but he called me next morning in the midst of a thumping hangover to arrange a visit. I walked round to his house and he had it outside his garage. I checked it over and the body was sound but the mechanicals and interior had been loose fitted together. Here are some of his piccies of it as he bought it and then some of his body restoration stuff For some reason it ended up being test driven back to Ma and Pa thestags house, Ma was out but Pa looked over the car and nodded. He agreed it could be stored in his garage on two conditions; He be "allowed" to stump up half of the £4k asking price (complex financial support story for my Siblings) All mechanical oily work be done by a mechanic – the drive and garage were at this point littered with bits of Moggie Minors, 105E Anglias and P6 Rovers. How could I refuse, hands shook and Lloyd walked home happy while I wandered what the fuck had just happened. Here it is on that very day Note not only the complete lack of cars parked on the road but also the quality of mid 90s chod
  19. Having fetched this French delight from deepest, darkest Norfolk (well Norwich actually) in an underwhelming collection, for no other reason than the van was scooped up onto a trailer for its journey home, it was time to see what was needed. I knew a RH side load door was needed, luckily an item was procured for £20 from a guy breaking a Scudo. I drove across to Swadlincote in the van and it proved to drive well, as expected from wuvvum’s write up. On the way home it started surging when the fuel level dropped below quarter on the gauge, again as expected. Door was fitted and adjusted on return, it was even the same colour! During the week I looked at the rear doors and fettled and adjusted the locks / latches. Today I dropped the fuel tank and found a loose baffle, along with crud in the fuel pick up / tank unit. A road test will be the proof of this repair. I also achieved a working temperature gauge today and changed the power steering fluid out. The to do list includes a coolant flush, new tyres (cracked side walls), new discs and pads, LH door slider and lock handle, a deep interior clean and removal of the ladder rack. In the meantime have some photos.
  20. Ok so I thought Id better get a thread on this car due to purchasing it from a member on here HMC. I wasnt looking for a car but I saw it and it was much cheapness and after a little procrastination decided to purchase it. HMC very gratiously drove the car to my house and I gave him a lift back. He had been very honest about the car( I wish more people were) The first thing was getting a cambelt kit due to the thermostat not working properly( running cool). So heres a list of things bought so far Timing belt kit air filter car battery oil filter oil spark plugs thermostat waterpump drive belt Front brake discs Front brake pads Rocker cover gasket crankshaft seal sump plug sump gasket. Me working nights has stopped me doing anything due to very long hours at work. My dad woke me up and said you had better come and have a look at your car. He showed me the cambelt and said you were very lucky that it didnt go due to it not having hardly any teeth left. (its a non interferance engine) The car is now in bits and he has taken friday off from work to get it all sorted for me. We had a look underneath the car and its very rusty( which we knew) There are a couple of big holes in the inner rear arches and alot of underpaint peeling so we have got some stonechip and after rubbing down will paint. Im very happy with this purchase as normally I want my cars to look as good as possible but its nice to have something I am not afraid of leaving in a carpark. Also I can fit my sinclair C5 in once i complete that. I hope HMC doesnt mind me using his pictures. Thanks Thomas.
  21. I have had that hankering for something new for a while. I lost out on a few bits and bobs on eBay after being a tight wad. Then this popped up on here the other day and I thought it would do me that. I am a massive fan of trims and amber indicators on these old boats. I have had two before and I am just a fan of there wallowing, leisurely ride. Also it’s brown inside!!!! I roped my normal car collecting victim, my dad, into driving it back for me. Thanks to theorganist aka Peter who was a gent and let me come and view it early sat morn. It drove back fine and luckily for my old man it was a warm dry morning as one of the rear windows was stuck down. He loved piloting it back and wants it off me already. Have a few pics. Not cleaned or anything just plonked in the workshop at work. Gonna order a vacuum pump for the central locking and have a look at the electrical issue that’s stopping all the windows working and also the heater blower is a gonna. Also going to give it a major service and renew a lot of the ignition bits. It looks like it will come up pretty ace with a going over with the polisher. It’s pretty amazingly solid, with only a few tiny little spots of rust coming through at the front of the front wings and a dent on a rear corner. I am looking forward to getting stuck in and do something, not had any mojo for working on cars for a while and have been sending everything off to be sorted. Not sure what to do with it after that, might keep it and just bomb around in it, I also fancy taking it on a nice European road trip. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. I am in massive need of another big Merc. Panel van, or minibus conversion would be acceptable, as long as there's no fibreglass to be seen on the coachbuilding. Rust is always a problem with these, so im aware of that issue and willing to weld one. What have you seen?
  23. Back in 2002 I bought this for £600: At some point it's been thru land rover centre Huddersfield, thus the crappy "county" stripes and big side windows. It didn't take long to realise it was fairly fucked so it went in the garage for a bit of fixing. It's still in the garage. It has to come out soon 'cos garage is in danger of collapse. It's got a series 2a chassis plate, so could be a ring a ding ding series 3 for tax exempt. I like to think it's a genuine Trigger's broom series 2. It has bitsa traits like not having any matching glass triplex codes, the rear panels are showing blue paint under the grey & a military surplus 2 1/4 petrol instead of the diesel the chassis number suggests. I prefer the series 2 look so have binned off the series 3 wings / bonnet / front panel for series 2 parts. Going to keep the series 3 bulkhead, it's in better nick than the series 2 one I've got. The chassis is shot to shit. So I've replaced every outrigger and liberally applied 3mm plate. It's a bit more sturdy now. I had the gearbox out so I could replace the cross member with a removable one, and patch up the chassis in the general area. Trouble is I lost the holes for the hand brake pivot, and then lost my template for drilling new ones. Plan b: stick the gearbox back in, connect up hand brake, put the pivot where it feels right. Fail! I can't drill the holes on the inside of the chassis without taking the gearbox back out. Sod it, weld it on (bonus Y tho?): Also been doing gearbox archaeology. Had the usual 1/4" thick layer of mud / oil combo, which I've traced to someone put one of the selector seals inside the gearbox instead of in the retaining groove so oil could come out freely. Found this: Very helpful to grind off the gearbox number. Also this: M21-7 ? Yes, boring myself silly with this too. Please put up with this crappy project, if I update it it may motivate me enough to finish it. Ta.
  24. Meet Tonton tête de bite. He's my brother in law, and obviously uncle to my kids. Here he is on the front page of the Daily Mail, performing an act which got him the sack from PC World: No, not him, this one: That's right, he was walking past Charlie Gilmour, minding his own business on a day he just happened to have phoned in sick in the West Midlands, and his boss saw his face the next day: Anyway, as noted in the News 24 thread, he passed his test in France, where he lives, just shy of two years ago, and since then has been running around in a diesel Felicia. He hadn't driven a RHD car until last week, when I insured him on the Leaf so he can go and visit his mother. And he's never driven a manual petrol car. But, he needs to see a couple of mates near Manchester, and heard that I might be offering an all expenses paid day trip for one to Chez Sporty-Shite. So this morning I dropped him at the station, then came home to start this thread work from home. To be continued....
  25. I've owned 100 cars since 1999. On 1st April I will be collecting number 101. It is an economical car, that has 11 months MOT. It is pre 2001 and is the higher tax bracket. No more clues until tomorrow evening...
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