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  1. Welcome one and all to the new home of average transport. Most of the forum will work exactly how you expect it to, but there's a few differences which will hopefully make your life easier. We'll add to this first post as other things become apparent or we find new options, seriously it's like getting out of a Fiesta Bonus and into a Sierra Ghia with all these new buttons. Reading posts You can hover over a thread title to see a pop-up and choose either first post, or latest post to quickly preview it without clicking into it As before, you can click the star or circle to the left of a thread title (star is if you've participated, circle for threads you've only read) to go straight to the unread post Composing posts If you want to only quote a few words from someone else's post, just highlight the words with your cursor in their post and you'll get a "Quote" popup rather than having to quote the whole lot and delete the extra test (Thanks Stanky!) Tags and Prefixes are somewhat different to the old version! A "Prefix" is what appears at the start of the topic title on the forum, and tags appear at the end You start by entering one or more tags. Seperate them by just pressing enter to finish that tag and start a new one. You can then optionally choose one of them to be the prefix by selecting it in the drop-down Default behaviour seems to be that it will automatically select the first tag as the prefix, so it appears twice. Looks crap but it's a "feature" for now. Deselect it if you want.... Image linking and embedding You now don't need [ img ] tags around pictures from elsewhere on the web. Simply paste an address that ends in .jpg or .png etc and it will automatically embed it If the image address doesn't end in .jpg or .png try clicking the "Insert other media" button below the text entry field and paste the address in there. When using the file uploader to embed your own photos from your computer, you can just drag them onto the bar below the text entry area. Once you've done that you can click the plus icon on the photo to embed it anywhere in the post (put your cursor where you want it to go first) If you've already used an image somewhere, it doesn't need to be reuploaded. Click "insert other media" and choose "existing attachment" to browse all the images you've ever uploaded. If you don't want the image embedded inline, you can press ctrl-Z to undo (or use the link that appears at the bottom of the compose window saying "use link instead" for a few seconds after it embeds) and it will go back to the old behaviour with just the address of the image Searching To find your own content, instead of “My Content” you can use “Search My Activity” which is at the top right of the forum. It’s sort of notifications and all sorts rolled into one but there’s Posts and Topics as sections in the left hand menu Tags and prefixes are clickable to search for other similar content. If you click on Activity on the main menu, there's a detailed search for your own content, member lists (separate tab) etc. Signatures, Display Name, Email address Click your username at the top right corner, and select "Account Settings" Edit your signature, display name or email address there. You can also turn off seeing other people's signatures Note signatures don't display on mobile devices to avoid taking up too much room Reactions The "like" button is gone, and Reactions are here instead. You've got like, thanks, sad and confused. No, you can't like your own posts Notifications The forum seems to default to "Follow topics I reply to" which is the same as Old Autoshite, however.... The default behaviour is also to email you notifications. Oh no! That's a lot of emails..... Click the Notification Bell at the top right, and choose Notification settings. The four options for notification frequency let you summarise things into one email. The top option doesn't specifically say "emails" as the type of notification can be controlled in the next step. Scroll down and you can toggle emails or notifications for each of the different events (like someone replying to a topic you've followed etc). You can also turn the notification sound off in that screen if you're thinking of perving over Austin Allegro Equipes (yeah, that picture) at 3am in bed.
  2. Having recently had some tussles with a dead BMW ECU, I thought this was really interesting: https://www.ifixit.com/News/52123/the-coming-battle-over-hacking-your-own-car Especially how the guy managed to update to a newer version of Ford Sync enabling CarPlay. I am tempted to really learn this side of 'shiteing' as well as mechanics.
  3. Last week I had a phone call from my old man asking to come and have a look at something. It's something I have never had a interest in or been bothered about. It's well before my time but my old man had one as a young un. The fella who owned it was a top bloke who had this in his garden. He was selling up to fund getting the mini back on the road properly. What we was looking at was in ace nick. My old man was a bit undecided as it was fair old few quid. In the week I read up a fair bit about them and fancied some summer fun, so sent him a text. "Fancy going halfs?" "Yeah" This morning a van was borrowed from work and it got loaded up. Room was made in the garage. It ain't insured yet so only rode it up the street. Plus it was pissing it down in Derby today. He gave us a old piss pot helmet which seems appropriate. It's a 1965 li 125. Seems good to my limited knowledge. Was restored a few years back. Came with loads of old paperwork, I know it was built in Italy as apposed to Spain or India or whoever they knocked them up. Has matching numbers and what not. I have already took some tat off it. But I literally only know what I have read up this week. So tell me how to look after it. What I need to bin or add immediately. Or what looks daft on it. So anyone wanna sell me a Parker? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Hi all, Apologies for the downtime, there was some routing issues with our hosting provider which meant the server was cut off from the outside world. I'm finding out what went wrong and how we can avoid a repeat.
  5. Autoshite forum help thread. Post here if you have any problems. Off-topic posts will be deleted to keep the thread concise and helpful. If you want to search the previous thread to see if your question has already been answered you can find it here.
  6. So I’ve held off here for a month now but I’m stuck and need advice. Some of you might remember I had a Golf Turbo estate for sale in Jan. Well I sold it to Exiled_Tat_Gatherer and he paid for it with the intention of collection. But, I haven’t had a message off him in nearly 4 weeks now and I’ve messaged loads. I’ve phoned him and got voicemail. Now I’m not trying to muddy the lads credibility at all, he’s done his bit but I’m worried about not being able to get in touch. He’s in Belgium and intended to fly over and collect. I’m aware he bought numerous other cars off here and wanted to collect them all in a oner but he’s now not posted in ages. What the hell do I do? I really need the car shifting but he’s paid for it. I can’t store it forever and I’m still paying tax on it so it can be legal for him to collect. Really stuck. Any advice appreciated. I’m erring towards selling it on and refunding him if I can get hold of him but don’t want to be the arsehole. Sorry if this isn’t the way to do things but I’m really at a loss. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. A proper shite 90s jet ski just came up by me and I’m sorely tempted. Looks like a decent version of the year, a seadoo spi. Seems rotax powered which I remember from my karting days and I’m hoping to go and see it tomorrow. Looks like a two cylinder carb fed job. Anyone played with them? As usual the engines in bits and it’s missing the jet whatever that is. Presume where the prop fires water down? Are there any rules to it’s use or can I just get it running and blast about on it on the local water and lochs? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Seen on Facebook. No pics of the monza / manza Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Is anyone else into their kits? In new money, that’s scale models. Is anyone selling any? I have an unhealthy collection that I can’t particularly let the wife see. Latest Abrams about ready to be weathered and next oldie but goody.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Right, first of all fuck locking wheel nuts. This is her zafira. Failed its test on lower arms so I proceeded to change one. Went to do the other side and the locking but is so tight I have sheared three keys trying to release it. Tried everything. But I’ll get to that. Question is would I be able, even though I accept it’s difficult, to change a lower arm with the wheel connected? Need to pass its test. Two bolts inside should be easy but the ballpoint won’t be as it’s sort of in the wheel cup. Last question.. has anyone had success of removing a locking wheel nut by welding a large nut onto it and removing with a socket? That’s my next step but I have the fear. There the stupid ones with the rotating collar so just braying a socket on won’t help. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Greeted by an FTP this morning due to flat battery, suggestions as to a battery supplier. Any advice gratefully received. Sent from my Moto G (5) using Tapatalk
  12. So I’m really struggling. I need a work / weekend runabout for the hefty price of under a grand. “But there’s loads to choose from!” I hear you say. There is, but I just feel so uninspired by the dull and boring selection of more modern saloons and estates. I’ve been looking at ones around the 04-06 range and diesel. More points for auto, more points for cruise and a sunroof. I’ve come up with a Peugeot 307 estate. That’s literally the best I can do. There was a v40 again but I think it was too pricy. I like the idea of a Berlingo, 407, 307sw, Swedish things. I just want something I can get, and not have to touch. Just have on the drive and forget. I’d really like an Alfa 147/156 but they’re thinner on the ground close to Scotland. It’s such a funny price bracket as there’s nice cars at high mileage and no real shitters. It’s not even gonna be for long term.. maybe seven months. Can anyone help inspire or has anything like that for sale? It’s all just so.. dull. Pretty please no Vauxhall’s. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. So I’ve just spent the best part of two hours trying to get a farmer mates quad to run. I got pinged as ‘that car bloke’ so went up with tools. I’m not hot on carbs but it’s essentially a single cylinder 400cc bike engine on an arctic fox atv. Every carb I’ve had on a bike I’ve just replaced it. It has spark, tested by pulling the plug and sitting it on the casing It has fuel .. the plug is wet and smells of fuel when you pull it. Pulled the carb off and the reservoir was full and seems to be feeding a little too much fuel if anything. Good battery, turns over nice and fast It has air, new air filter. Killswitch not engaged. Seems to have some kind of electric needle fed type idle system, but still doesn’t start with WOT No obvious choke Am I missing something stupid here or could we be looking at timing? It ran, it was minus 7, next day it didn’t run. Air cooled with an oil cooler, relatively new quad, nothing visually fucked. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. The wife’s sister passed her test recently and has decided to go see a 2004 Suzuki Ignis, 1.3 petrol. I’ve only seen pics but looks average Japanese fare. Anyone actually drove one? Looks similar to a micra from the same age tbh. I’m tempted to try and talk her out of it but it looks half decent and I can’t really find a lot of faults in them. Tinny doors? Crap engines? Rust? Drives like a turd in custard? Any opinions appreciated Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. For a shitty ex post office combo I bought. Most of the tyres are borderline so there’s a veritable selection of alloys for corsa on gumtree etc. Question is, for a van that will never go over 80 and never hold a heavy load, 15” OEM or 17” TSWs? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Keys shut in boot. Rac have taken car to nearest town (Rennes) , fortunately there was a hotel opposite the restaurant car park. We are still 150 miles short of our first destination and have luggage stuck in back of car. It is possible to gain access to the boot by folding the back seat down but that also requires the bloody key. Any helpful suggestions in case the garage fail to open the boot? Do they put the key number in the handbook? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Bodged this yesterday. Seeing as co2 extinguishers are two thirds liquid it’s got to be upside down as there’s a hose to the ‘bottom’ to avoid sucking up liquid. Stupid extinguishers are Whitworth 21.8mm connections but I found a nut, made it work to what is actually a really nice argon regulator, flowmeter to a bodged 3/8” nipple to a hose to a converter to the 4mm weld hose. Works great, extinguishers only have 59bar in them so it’s not even close to struggling. It’s not a bodge if it works? Need to weld a stand now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Thought I’d start a collection thread as I’m off out later on tonight to pick up my latest buy. It’s small It’s Chinesey It’s shite It has chrome The best bit is the price = one bottle of gin for the owner and one bottle of cheap wine for the person whose garage it’s stood dumped in. The second best bit is when you realise that the current owners either don’t care what it’s worth or whether it’s half decent / don’t care about money. I’ll take advantage of both thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. So the v40 is dying a bit. It’s got rattles where rattles shouldn’t be and the steering is like running a sausage through custard. The rattles can be sorted with a bolt on and bolt off fix, but the steering.. looking for advice.. When turning it’s almost like it only wants to go in a straight line. Like it’s trying to reset to that straight, driving forwards way it loves so much. It’s worse when turning right and doesn’t really matter if it’s warm or cold. It’s like it’s fighting me when I turn, seemingly more so when I apply revs. It’s not as hard as if the pump wasn’t working which is leading me towards the rack but I really can’t be arsed doing that on the drive. There is a new belt on the pump and the fluid doesn’t stink. No leaks anywhere. Any advice? I was thinking one or both top mounts? No odd tyre wear. Drives in a straight line brill Any random ideas or experience appreciated Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Long shot but thought I’d try. Loved this car and when installing gumtree I found the Reg. got some good stories about this motor! P812 TAD Just been tested and can’t find the test number to see if it’s local. When I bought it, it was from Retrorides and it came from France. The PIN number was 1918 for it as this was the DOB of the previous owner. In the history there was a business card from him and he was an ex ww2 fighter pilot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Picked this up last week. For the princely sum of £200 it needed a caliper and a spring, and some other little bits. Third owner with the first being the army in Germany oddly. It’s a Spritely 1.9td and I think it’s 115 break. I’m quite impressed with it, the build quality isn’t as crap as I thought and on a run yesterday it gave me 49mpg. It has its rattles.. but its tested to October so it can rattle away for now Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Always wanted to do this That is all Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. WARNING: POTENTIAL RABBIT HOLE... http://vauxpedianet.uk2sitebuilder.com
  24. Am applying security patches that require a server reboot. This ought to take only 10 minutes or so, but in the event that the server doesn't boot cleanly it might take a bit longer. Those on Twitter can follow me @spoo4 to keep up to date in case there are issues. Thanks
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