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  1. I'm not been on here for a good long while due to various reasons. I got a dog and have been spending all my spare time with her which has been great, i'd also sold all my old chod which meant that all I had to post about was my constantly fucked vectra which was depressing to think about, let alone write about. As luck would have it middle of last year I got a mk1 golf gti through work for scrap money. The downside being it was a cat B burnout, but as everything from the windscreen forward was fine I thought I'd get a caddy/front damaged golf and have a cheap project... Fuck me was I wrong,seems the vag boys can rival the ford guys for scene tax. VW project is now on the back burner as something better has arrived. My dog getting sunburn My other dog after it got burnt So I've got new shite, but what did I get...
  2. A few weeks ago I went over to my friend Ray's house to oversee a photo shoot with one of his cars. Ray is something of a character, in the best possible way. He is an expert in conservation, and used to work at the Brighton Pavilion in that capacity. He lives in fabulous, semi-rural location in an old cottage surrounded by 'ancient' outbuildings which he has mostly constructed himself over the last 30-odd years out of scraps of building material. He also has a great little collection of scruffy old cars - a Riley Nine, a 1930 Standard Nine, a Vintage Humber, an Edwardian electric car and this fantastic 1922 Albert G3 Sports Model, which is the car I was interested in that day. Ray is quite a private chap so no photos of his set-up, but trust me, it's totally idyllic. The cars are all tucked away in rickety wooden sheds covered in ivy and they all look pretty much ready to expire, except in fact they are fastidiously maintained but kept very much Oily Rag cosmetically. Ray spent the first 30 or so years of his life driving exclusively prewar cars. Eventually, with two young children in tow, he capitulated and splashed out on a modern car - a Morris Minor Van. This was replaced shortly thereafter by a Traveller - this was the late 1970s, I'd guess. The Traveller was never replaced, and has been his 'modern' car ever since. Him and his wife use it almost daily for all duties. They've never really seen the point in 'upgrading' when it does everything they need. When Ray's Daughter was 17 she was learning to drive, and wanted a car. Quite by chance Ray heard of a Morris Minor four-door for sale locally and went to investigate. It was being sold by its first owner, an elderly lady who had been William Morris's secretary. The Minor had been her daily driver since 1965, but on her retirement she had been giftted a brand new Minor, one of the last made, which had been in dry storage ever since. She was about to start using her 'new' Minor after some years and no longer had any use for her '65 car. Ray bought it, took it home and it became his daughter's first car. She used it every day, going all over the place and racking up the miles. Once a year, Ray undertook a program of preservation on the car - pouring oil into all the box sections and chassis legs, into the sills etc, greasing the trunions, cleaning the underside and generally making sure it was in fine, safe fettle. Like with his Vintage cars, he didn't much bother with the non-structural or cosmetic side, preferring to let things mature naturally and patching up when it was needed. Flash forward several years, and Ray's daughter is starting a family of her own. She can't put car seats in the Minor so, like her dad did, she gives in and buys a 'modern'. The Minor is put on blocks on Ray's drive and covered over with a tarp. Where it sat for five years until I noticed its familiar bulbous shape on my visit. Oh dear. I didn't want a Morris Minor. I didn't actually want any car, especially not one that would need a load of recomissioning work. I've actually been enjoying driving round in the 404, which is now functioning as 'a car' for the first time, and there is a big queue of projects waiting in the wings. Then again, I really missed having a scruffy old car for daily-driver duties in good weather. I really don't need a modern car for commuting duties, but I've gone a bit soft over the last couple of years because blasting up the A23 instead of travelling the back lanes means I can stay in bed an extra 15 minutes or whatever. Not really the sort of image I should be projecting. I couldn't, however, get the idea of this Minor out of my mind, so yesterday I popped over to have an actual look. I'd already decided to buy it, assuming I could afford it, but I thought I should poke about a bit first. This is the scene which greeted me - Ray's daily driver on the right Underneath, as one might expect, it is remarkably sound. Ray put in a new cross member a few years ago and the spring hangars have been welded up to a very good standard. I couldn't honestly find anything seriously wrong with it underneath. He fired it up - running off a slave can as the tank has been empty for a while - and it sounded sweet and lively. Ray reckons it'll need new rings soon as it eats a lot of oil, but it's not smoky in the slightest. Over a very civilised cup of tea and bit of shortbread in the garden (temp was in the high 20s yesterday) we shook on the deal. He's happy for it to go to a good home and he knows I won't bugger about with the way it looks too much, and let it go for a reasonable price - especially considering what totally rotten 'project' cars go for on ebay. I think we were both quite chuffed. Anyway, today we popped over with the trailer and loaded it up. The whole process took all flippin' day because we were just standing around nattering about nothing in particular. It's so much nicer to buy a car from a friend! We eventually got back to the Big Shed and unloaded it. The car was absolutely filthy and has no brakes, plus all the tyres are toast. I spent ages giving it a scrub and hoovering out the interior, which was full of mouse droppings and whatnot. Here it is post-wash. Edison is unsure what to make of it. So, what now? I haven't had an old British car for ages and tbh I am totally clueless about these things. I'll order a set of tyres tomorrow and then a mate is coming over on Thursday to help me investigate the brakes. Hopefully it'll be a couple of new cylinders at worst, but even a brand new master cylinder on these things is only like £100. Although it had a big service just before it was laid-up (including a new clutch) It's probably prudent to do oil/filter and air filter etc before going out in it. Lots of odds and sods don't want to work - one sidelight, one indicator, and the bonnet won't stay shut. I'm sure problems will become evident with a bit of use, but I am hoping for a 'lightest possible touch' deal here. The body it utterly disreputable - it's the nastiest looking Minor I've seen for a long time. The door bottoms - and several other bits - are sculpted out of pure wob. I feel like it would be a shame to change any of this too much. When we were looking at it yesterday I realised it looked just like the Minors I remember from childhood, back in the '80s when there was still one on every street being driven daily. That was when I was first discovering cars, even before I could talk, and I loved anything obviously 'old' - these would have been the most common old car around and, I suppose, quite formative in their own way. Ray said he felt just the same about the Vintage cars he would see in his childhood in the '40s and '50s, which is why he drives a scruffy old Riley Nine. The extent of the pog is evident in that mirror! I have carefully cleaned around the larger of the snails and will attempt to preserve it for as long as I can. I'm really looking forward to blezzing about in this old heap. Hopefully I'll be able to get it up and running before summer is over. I suspect my opinion might change after the fourth or fifth inevitable breakdown, but even a thicko like me can (hopefully) get his head around how a Morris Minor works. I just hope I can do its previous owners justice. As we were leaving, with the car strapped down on the trailer ready to start its new life, Ray looked a bit wistful. "If you ever decide to sell it," he said, "Please can I have first refusal? This is the first car I've sold since 1983..."
  3. As I have alluded to elsewhere, I have made a recent purchase, and I'm not referring to that horrid Corsa! I'll take you back to around 2 years ago, when the family Ruff and I were still living in the mid terrace two up two down I'd bought when I was young and too stupid to know what to do with my money. The proceeding years had produced a wife and two children and what was once a modest bachelor pad had become the family home. As the children grew, it became clear that we would soon outgrown the little house, and it would be nice to give the girls and the dog a bit more outside space. What does this have to do with buying tat I'm sure you are asking? Well, one of the things that let our house down was the first thing that was seen on arrival, itself the result of a group of drunken Everton fans, and a Liverpool supporter who once lived there. It's not immediately clear, but way back, a session in the pub lead to the house being painted blue with "EFC" just above the window, now I don't know what paint they used but I repainted two or three times whilst I lived there and never managed to get it to stay stuck, you can see the blue is evident upstairs. Anyhow, we wanted to sell and I enlisted the services of a local decorator who we had come to know through my parents, it took him quite a few days, but eventually we ended up with this, which still looks as good today... What took me more than the pain tjob however was the rather lived in decorator's van. I spoke at length with the decorator who told me he'd already bought it's replacement, and as and when it's mot was up, he'd be changing over to it. Well, two years down the line, the call finally came, and here is what comes to those who wait... It is a 2.4 5 cylinder diesel, last owner for 20 years and a shade under 200k. I will need to change the cambelt again next year but he has kept record of it's maintenance, most of which he carried out himself... Oh and just for @dollywobbler, a bit of hot dual wiper action! https://youtu.be/4xsbxzb3KKs I will of course, keep you all updated, first port of call is a new DAB radio and a de-stickering session!
  4. Looking for a completely uninspiring car to do day to day duties and is cheap to run. My Accord is getting very tired and engine light now just stays on! it is one of those lights that just keeps you company. I've narrowed it down to two cars - these are the two people that have actually replied to me! First we have a 1.3JTD 2008 punto in white, 3 door, 178k and 12 months ticket Not the actual car but you get the idea. but very close, next we have a 2004 Peugeot 206 1.4 HDI, 5 door, Blue with bonus silver boot lid. 174k and 6 months test. Again not the actual car, Can't copy pics for some reason?! Both do lots of MPG's and are both £30 a year to tax. 5 door is more practical and as sterotypes go I reckon a 170+K Peugeot is less trouble than a Fiat. The biggest kicker is that the 206 is 5 miles away and the punto is 125 miles away! I've not actually looked at either car and both are priced around the 4-500 quid mark at his end of the market you have to expect a few quirks! Heart says punto head says 206.
  5. So harking back to the lupo i thought it would be funny and annoying to put a two stroke 50cc to the back of a mobility scooter. I managed to get hold of one with a duff motor locally for £20 - and proceeded to realise that old people are royally fucked over for these things. I removed all the electrics and ebayed them, making a princely sum just shy of £200 after a few months. Pisstake as theyre so very very simple. Anyway, this was three years ago. I had toyed with putting a gin bottle in the basket for petrol but could'nt find a plastic one. I had to widen the front track as it just wasnt safe, however it was forever on the back burner. So i got it running last night after about a year of looking at it. Here is a video before all the plastics got put back on: Its got a solid rear axle which i keyed with an angle grinder, fitted disk brakes to it along with a cutoff switch. The thing is its a total shit to get the two stroke oil right, any more than a smidgen of oil and it wont start. Ill upload some more pictures tonight, probably bomb about in it for a bit and sell it on. I managed to keep it nice and tight so that all the plastics actually hide the exhaust and everything, not that you can ignore the exhaust tone and smell of castrol R. It was really my attempt to get into welding, which worked well to be truthful. It was the first thing i welded. Its really fucking heavy but i cant see much of a way to lighten it. On flat ground it actually shifts, everything was donated from one of those crappy minimotos. Anyone else got one? Seen a few 125s kicking about
  6. Well, the time has come. The V8 4.0 Discovery has decided to show me who is boss and utterly destroy itself. We were going to take it to the airport when going on hollybobs but the day before it shat itself, so we went in the BM back up family truckster instead. To add to the many things that sit on my mind whilst abroad, I knew that when I returned I'd have to face this fucker and mend it. That time is now. Q: What's the problem dude? Well, Besides needing rocker gaskets it eats HT leads and they are a bastad to change if you like your skin on your hands. Changing the gaskets looks to involve a bit of surgery so its been put off but now they might as well be made from paper and they are doing nothing. The leads are just as bad, the cars history file shows regular replacements and it is need of a good hard service. A couple of days before I left the country it started 'chuffing' from what seemed like the middle of the engine and power was down on at least one cylinder, perhaps two, also the accelerator pedal was stuck solid first thing in the morning until it warmed up a bit. Not wanting to totally destroy it, I laid it up until now. This morning I went out and started it after 3 weeks or so standing and it failed to extinguish the oil pressure light. So, I have a few issues to attend to. I've started stripping the thing creating and finding more problems along the way like this little beauty: This is the coolant line to the throttle body, blocked with some alien material... This: Which is where someone has fitted a new* part and has been a bit over enthusiastic with the instant gasket on the water pump. I know this because I can spy the exact same sealant oozing out from the pump itself deep in the bowels of the engine. Great. I suspect, and it's only a theory, that this blockage has stopped whatever was supposed to happen to the throttle body and caused it to gunk up because its got a nice coating of sticky oil holding the butterfly shut. I cleaned this part only a few months ago. This pipe also shattered into 4 pieces trying to remove it so I need a new one now. What else? Oh yeah, I got to the coil pack to remove it along the way and found suspicious looking HT leads... Both have strange deposits of shite in them where they have obviously been correctly* doing their job. I have a replacement coil pack and leads to go on. So after a few hours with a ratchet where are we? Here... I am now faced with a stuck steel water pipe into the alloy inlet manifold which will not budge for toffee so I need a new one of those, missing bolts from the intake manifold top bit, so I need a set of those and I plan to pull the inlet manifold completely and replace that gasket as a matter of course as it's soaked in oil, full on service which I think will solve the sudden oil pressure issue, a bit of a clean up, rocker gaskets, those coolant pipes and hey presto, we will be good to go right? Whilst I'm here, I'd like a linky to a decent parts catalogue for the 4.0 V8 so I can get some numbers pls. It's the first time I've performed surgery on this heap but it's not difficult, just er... tight and there is plenty of evidence that a blind bloke has been in there before keeping removed nuts and bolts safe* for refitting.
  7. Now that my 1969 Beetle 'Buzz' (kids named him) has finally passed his MOT I though I would do a build thread just to show what I have done. So rewind to 2009 hold on to your pineapples, roof racks and VAG hatred and ill treat you to many pictures and words. I have always wanted a Beetle from about the age 13 but never had the time or space to work on one or enjoy one. I bought Buzz off of Ebay and promptly got an MOT on him ready for the summer. I only used him a couple of times then I took him off the road to restore. This is how he was when I got him. As you can see it was a child of the 90's scene with horrid purple paint, smoothed dash and vile upholstery.
  8. This morning i was up this early 2 hours later a man with another man arived,outside our house just as it started to snow.Said first man parked a Renault Laguna outside a house in our street,more of this later. So my No1 son climbed into the back of a Astra,Said man's son had to be folded into the rear of the car. The trip over to Sunderland passed quickly with chat about shite cars. On arrival some tinkering happened,as one of the floats for the carb had turned into a sink not a float.So i new one was fitted. The car was pulled out of its slumber,tyres were filled with air. The the trip over to its new temp home,for a week.Were some things will happen. It's new temp home For company there is a a couple of these A man Thanks Andy.
  9. The Galaxy will be staying with me a little longer folks. Thought I may as well start a thread. The Galaxy. It's a 7 seater, grey interior, red, very red exterior. Manual and 2 litre petrol flavour. Things it needs. I need to fit the better steering wheel, this has all the horn buttons on it. It's less manky too. It could do with a rocker cover gasket. The rear are carpet is worn in a couple of places which is sad as the rest of it is ace. The exhaust has some smoll holes in the long bit. Really small but they are there. Underneath needs a small bit of welding, think fag packet sized. The rest of it is very, very, very solid. It needs a drivers door mirror glass due to crackage. DAB radio to be fitted. The clock needs replacing. I bought one but can't find it. I have no idea why I can't find it. It is a puzzle. yet I know if I buy another one, I will instantly find the original one. Most biggest faff....... for some reason the black plastic push button thing on the front grille that allows bonnet openings, is being a silly sod and not doing what it is meant to. The pull cable that initially opens the bonnet is fine. I may just spray WD40 or some such stuff in there and see what happens. Any other ideas that does not involve smashing the grille to small bits would be gratefully appreciated. Happily charged up battery needs to be fitted but a bit hindered by the above. Otherwise it's all gravy.
  10. I have been on the look out for one of these for a while, spotted one a couple of hours away on ebay so off I go went! One Bus... Nice Train Station! Two Bus... Long Lane... Alpacas! Then I bought it. Seems alright! £650 65k miles, plenty old person who needs to give up driving dings and dents but seems solid enough rust wise. Previous owner left me some presents. Engine looked pretty dirty but no cracks or leaks. Then today, taxed it at 12 and got clamped at 3:30! It drove back the 150 or so miles without a hitch, though the power steering seems to have a leak coming from the cooler or a hose related to it, no big deal! It's pretty uncomfortable compared to my previous car (Volo 740) but I like it's somewhat awkward appearance. Gonna shake it down for a few months and see if it deserves a bit of work!
  11. I've done this so you don't have to..... After a 30+ year history of driving new-ish mundane cars I decided it was appropriate (at the find old age of 50) to indulge in a bit of a mid life crisis and buy myself a weekend vehicle to have a bit of fun with. *Wavy screen transition to flashback mode* About a year ago I gathered my spare change and some folding stuff that I'd managed to save from the pocket money my wife carefully issues me every week and took myself to a dealer at the cheaper end of the scale. Sitting on the forecourt with its top down was a 14 year old Fjord streetkak. My intensive* research led me to believe that this was the car for me. The gent in the suit with shiny elbows wanted £650. He actually got £400 and to be fair he seemed alarmingly happy. Possibly not the best sign. The very next day found me on a bus (I couldn't afford a taxi after finding out how much the insurance and road tax was) and the transaction was complete On the drive home the thermostat housing cracked and it dumped it's coolant all over the tarmac.... The nice RAC man recovered me to my home address as again, my extensive* research (youtube fgs) led me to believe that I'd be able to fix this trifling problem myself in no time at all. I had/have all the mechanical skills of a chimpanzee on meth-amphetamine and the only tools i possessed at this time were two hammers and two screwdrivers. Oh, worth mentioning that my wife was 'very disappointed' with me. More diary excerpts to follow????
  12. Well here we go. Again. This was mine maybe 3 years back? Maybe. Can't really recall as long time ago and I struggle with yesterday's memories. It went very far up North initially and then ended up with Jon (formerly known as dugong). Jon did some worthy bits and bobs to it and then something happened to it and it ended up in a barn on a farm for a while. After a few hiccups the MGF was eventually pushed into the lock up that I rent from the local council and a list of jobs ensued. A good clean was in order as dust and mud happened. The car looks very much as what it did when I had it, just a couple more bumps here and there, the one on the drivers side wing was the worst. Shame as it was a solid wing. Might try and repair or just replace, as bolt on. The front bumper was skillfully repaired (before my time) with a couple of cable ties, however, the spare bumper I bought is still around and will be collected from Peterborough as soon as. Better tyres in the correct size now grace the car which is also a bonus. One alloy is now porous, so will need to be sorted one way or the other. The interior is pretty good still, just a general clean up will suffice. Tunz generator will be fitted along with a new ariel. The car has grown a hard top and whilst some folk enjoy these over the colder months, I find them a bit too claustrophobic and it will be removed and possibly sold on. Haven't looked at the floppy top yet, I hope all is well lol. The car will need the replacement starter motor and a temperature sensor fitting, a mate with a plan will help on that one. The battery is a bit dead, I think I have a suitable spare. Jon mentioned a current drain. I can't remember if this affected the car when I had it or not. The usual culprits are: Chaffed wiring in the loom that goes by the boot lid, or a duff ECU. Will search the loom. If not, then the battery will be disconnected overnight. This is an additional anti-theft device in the making. Am really pleased to get the car back and to have the chance to get her up and running again. She was bloody nippy in the day and hopefully this will put a much needed grin on my chops. Thanks to Jon for being so understanding
  13. I originally posted this a while back on the blue forum, but since I've found here to be more of a home, I hope you guys don't mind me posting it here too. Its a project that took up around 2 and a half years of my best mate, Mark's, time to build. I'd been driving a year or so when I ended up buying a complete lemon of an axgt, it wouldn't do because at the time, I was covering 50 miles a day, the ax had cost me a lot of money, but I knew I couldn't sell it for anywhere near what I'd paid. Long story short, I got a loan and a newer car, and I gave the gt to my mate for the price of the alloys it stood on. He spent a bit of cash on getting it a fresh mot, and that started the ball rolling. The one that started it all (shown right); Opv a tragically crap mk gt, Next to it, my mk2 gt that Mark would buy later. After running around in the gt for a bit and spending some time lurking the axownersclub forum, Mark and I bought another gt between us, sight unseen for parts, we turned a good profit on the car and Mark would catologue everything we sold and how much for. Mark prepares to remove the tailgate from the gt (he's facing the car, his brother is to the left) The gt was so rotten we ended up cutting the car up completley, we had a policy of not selling on anything that was as crap as the grey one had been. Garage envy, I has it. Mark's workshop with the halfcar and hydrualic lift. After the success of the white gt, we moved along to another gt, this red one, we worked for around 6 months on dechaving the car and making it saleable, after all the work, it was still basically crap, and we spent over an hour trying to explain this to the guy buying it, but he bought it anyway for £250. Before and after, GMX, an ex-max power feature car. Whilst the work on red shed took place, ebay and beers bought us this from 12 miles away. Our friend Chinese Gav towed us home in it at 60, not what you want in an engineless pile of rust! Bought for £20.50, the darkness suited it, but the wheels were decent enough! We bought and scrapped several others over the next year or so, but Mark had decided what he wanted, we set out to find a decent forte/mk2 gt/gti shell for him, which is where the story of BTW starts. The ebay advert read: "Ax Forte, engine knackered, body knackered, wiring knackered. Spares or Repair, west Essex." I dropped an email to the owner and found that she'd had the car from new and bought it from the garage that my company had just bought. This was BTW as she was found: The bodywork knackered related only to the pink paint, this was and still is the most rust free ax I've ever seen! I did a deal on Mark's behalf and secured the car for £50, it then cost around £200 to have it transported to Lincolnshire, and later in that month, I moved to Lincolnshire too. When the car arrived at the farm, Mark wasted no time in getting to work with the sad looking forte. Initally the engine was pulled and replaced with that from an Ax Gti we broke, this for Mark was just an exercise to see if he could do it, needless to say, with what he'd learnt from the other cars, it worked fine. Engine out, BTW looked this way twice, once after binning the original 1.1 unit and once after the trial fitment of the Gti engine. By the time the gti lump had been fitted, Chinese Gav had brought Mark a Saxo Vts engine, and it's new home would be BTW. This in turn meant that a brake and suspension upgrade would be necessary. Halfway through a back axle replacement, a photoshy Mark hides behind his car Axle replacement meant finding a lot of crap under the back seats A shot of the original melted engine I'll update some more later, Mark never took the car to any shows or told anyone about it, so nobody really knows about it. He died late 2007, something I'll never really come to terms with. The Car was such an achievement and I am proud of how well he finished the conversion. He learnt everything from messing about in the garage, but his eye for detail sets this one apart from most other conversions. His parents have talked to me recently about the future for the car, it hasn't been used on the road since I replaced the broken clutch cable, and just gets shunted around their yard occasionally, sadly it's faded to a similar state as to when it was first bought.
  14. Hello friends, I've been lurking here for a fair while now, but haven't really had anything to contribute.. until my dad (henceforth known as captain_tel) came home last week with THIS: IT'S A V8, M8. And what's more, it seems to be a pretty posh one. All electric everything (and all working!) and sunroofs galore. I think a 3dr V8 with a manual box is a bit of a rarity too. I think it checks all the boxes for this place, it's: OLD. Ish.BRITISH. Check.RUSTY. Yessir.And as a bonus, it does 8mpg. But the noise makes me tingle. Hope you like it!
  15. I have had a bit of a hankering for van or pick up for a while. It started off with small and harmless stuff like an A35 van and progressed to more hardcore trucks like the A60 pick ups. The idea of a scruffy looking commercial that I could actually use for tip runs and just running around seemed fun. The idea didn’t really take hold until a few weeks ago when I was left home alone when Mrs Alf went away for a while to help our daughter with her new born baby. So there I was home alone with Ebay and alcohol. I know many others have been there.....the trouble I like way too many vehicles. If I ever get rich I will soon be poor. Mrs Alf kept in touch by phone and during one of these calls i mentioned i had bit on a truck and it didn’t seem to go down too badly. Well.........no swearing anyway so I took that as agreement So now the search started properly. I quite liked the 1946 to 52 Chevy half tonners and actually found one via Rods’n’ Sods but the fella was a bit greedy. From there it was a short (virtual trip) to ebay.com. It was here I got my first sight of the AK series from Chevy and I was smitten. I bid on a nice tatty one that was mechanically well sorted but it went for too much. And then I found this.......... A few emails were exchanged and shipping quotes checked –a very quick check with Junkman to get an idea of what to pay and the deed was done. Scarily easy......well so far anyway.It is due here about 5th November. Seems miles away right now and I can't bloody wait.
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