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  1. Price agreed - Check Train booked - Check Hotel booked - Check Money lifted - Check Insurance juggled - Check Car actually seen before agreeing to buy - Oh.... Leg one of this adventure is about to get underway, as I leave work to venture home from there it will be a lift in to Glasgow Central train station. Not in the same stakes as the Megabus mission to Leafy London Suburb to collect the Rover. This should be altogether more comfortable. Updates to follow.
  2. Hi Everyone, Well, after finding Hubnut's videos on youtube I discovered this website and other like minded ejits..... So a big hello to you all,,, I'm located in Northern Ireland and have brought around 15 cars over from England over the years, next week it's a Volvo 940 Classic LPT estate.... It's got an MOT but also has few worn bushes, shitty exhaust, and has a hot start issue, all of which I can remedy once I get the thing off the ferry and to my house, I've done lots of projects in the past, but never documented them online, I hoping to let you see my progress with the Volvo here , I'll be posting pics etc soon as I collect the car and will post progress pics throughout. C
  3. A friend in need is a pain in the arse, especially when they persuade you to get their car going that they bought blind at an auction. Not that much persuasion was needed, the thing is quite charming really. However, the engine wouldn’t turn over by hand and the starter had been disconnected sometime before the sale. Soaking the bores in diesel didn’t budge things and there was evidence of water entry on cylinders 2, 3 & 4. Having some time available yesterday and today the head was stripped off the engine, revealing water damage to the bores of those cylinders and the engine still failing to budge. Having previously used Coca-Cola to release seized injectors a bottle was purchased and poured onto the pistons, then left to soak overnight. Hey presto the engine turned over after some jostling, but locked up after half a turn. It was also noted that the valves were not operating when the engine was turning and that a couple of valves were stuck wide open. Damn, the unit has to come out to be stripped, secretly I’m looking forward to getting into this job. I’m not looking forward to procuring parts made of unobtanium though! Anyone that has contacts or recommendations for old Austin parts please let me know.
  4. I'm on a train... ...and you know what that means. Just a short hop. No photo yet because it's London and therefore probably terrorism to take photos on the train. More in a bit. Got to get on to Dayinsure now.
  5. As the title really. I need to get a wriggle on with shifting cars, and the W124 saloon has a broken front spring, giving it mega ganster lean yo!. Need to get a pair of springs, and get it swapped out really, but I've heard horror stories about doing the front end on these. I've seen that there are some internal spring compressors that apparently work and allow removal, they're usually around the £60 mark. Do I need these?, I'll be working outside, on level flat ground, with a number of jacks and axle stands at my disposal.
  6. Evening All, Being a relative newcomer to the beige forum, I fancied a foray into a Project thread. However, as I previously established, the sentiment towards VAG products here can be described as frosty at best. Naturally I assumed I would be hounded off if I were to write a Project thread. However, I thought perhaps it would be an easy solution for venting the hatred of VAG that builds up over time here, and I would thereby be doing a service to the good people of Autoshite. Should this assumption be wrong however, feel free to do the hounding, and I will get my coat! So, back in June of last year, I bought myself a big, ugly heap of German rubbish, in the form of an X reg Audi A4 Avant of the 1.8 petrol flavour. Having cost me a mere 100 beer tokens when I bought it, i was chuffed with my purchase of an apparently working car, with almost a year's MoT left on it. How wrong could I be? On getting it home and doing a little further inspection, I discovered that front and rear wheel bearings were grumbling, the front brakes were binding, the rear shock absorbers were beyond the pail and the tires were balding. Splendid, I thought, a list of light projects for me to be going on with. Again, How wrong could I be? I set about replacing the rear wheel bearings. This wasn't a job I fancied myself, as I presumed it would require a bearing press (being a novice mechanic, in case you'd not already noticed from my dreadful car buying tactics....). And so, I made my first major error - booking a mechanic to come and replace the bearings. He succeeded in graunching up the bolts that hold on the brake caliper carriers before admitting defeat and charging me £80. Bother. So I thought, how hard can it be, and set about removing the trailing arm altogether, to give better access and allow me to remove the caliper carriers and replace bearings, which I did with minimal fuss. Sticking brake calipers were traced to stuck slider bolts, and mended. Rear shock absorbers replaced, cheap bearing press bought and used to replace the front bearings. In replacing the bearings, I removed the brake calipers altogether, draining the brake fluid to be changed at a later date. When this date came, I proceeded to (not knowing the tap-it-with-a-hammer-first trick) strip the threads from several of the calipers where the bleed nipples attached. Again, bother. So, I ordered used brake calipers from a breakers yard and received the wrong ones. I ordered them again from a different breakers yard, and received the wrong ones. Finally I got hold of the right ones, and fitted them. No to worry, I thought, I was near the end of the issues and soon miles of trouble free motoring would be mine. I refer to my previous comments regarding my own wrongness here. Having replaced the calipers, I started the Audi again, only to see the ABS light come on, and stay on. Bother. So, (As I was later corrected upon doing without first reading the fault codes.... only so many times I can use the novice mechanic excuse....) I replaced all four ABS sensors. Finally, I decided it was MoT ready, and booked it in, quietly confident that it would pass. My lack of correctness is now getting dull. It failed on a nice little list of issues, both front springs being broken, and catastrophic Carbon monoxide emissions being just a few. Cue jokes about VAG products and emissions.... I can only assume that it was MoTed by VW themselves last time... So currently, I'm in the process of remedying the broken springs issue (and the shocks while I'm at it, as they're tatered too...) and updates will follow, should the VAGness not be deemed too distasteful for this establishment. Please do let me know your thoughts on this, I've no wish to create a disturbance to the autoshite serenity* Thanks, abelw44
  7. Morning shiters, you join me as I'm about to leave the house:
  8. 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...
  9. 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..."
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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????
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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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