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  1. Ok, so I've discussed this with mods and they have said it's ok to go ahead. There was a book where a writer who was living off his girlfriend's income, decided he was going to start trading his way up with swaps, writing about his experiences along the way, the thing he saw right in front of him was one red paperclip, so that's what he started with. It's a great story and a great book and I thought I would try it. This thread is where I will attempt my "red paperclip" challenge and record anything interesting that happens along the way, meeting up to swap wherever possible, though me living in mid Wales does mean I'm a million miles from anyone, so this might not always be possible. Not going to use a red paperclip as that's been done, so I'm going to start it off with..... A timing tool kit for V8 BMW engines, originally bought to use on a 2003 range rover.... Same as this: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F222171379458
  2. If anyone wants to meet in a pub or talk on the skype or whatever about putting a group together to buy, fix up, and enjoy a classy heap similar to the one shown below , please signal here and kick the idea about for a bit. EDIT EDIT: NB this thread started because I had seen the ad linked to below, but the car in that ad was sold some time ago. Still, please read on. There would need to be much discussion about where to keep the thing, who gets it when, bills and so on, but this kind of thing works well in, for example, light aeroplane and boaty worlds, and not just with high end expensive stuff (lots of groups own gopping beat up Cessnas and appalling Piper 28s and so forth). We would need to go and have a good look at any proposed groupoheap before haggling for it. An Armstrong Siddeley, if we can find one, is way rarer and at present much cheaper than equivalent age Bentleys and such. All gags, mockery, and FFS what are you thinking of comments warmly welcomed and positively encouraged, but this is also a vaguely serious notion! Here is the yarmouth that inspired this plan (NB now sold): http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/armstrong-siddeley/sapphire/115324
  3. A guy in the office is looking for a WBOD. I pointed out Neils corollolloa to him, and he liked it very much, just the issue of distance puts him off. But, he likes the idea of a corolla (his missus will drive it too, so small is good, he poo-pooed a nice Camry estate I sent him) So, some quick auto tradering later, I find this http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201609238054415?postcode=sl71lq&radius=25&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&model=COROLLA&sort=price-asc&make=TOYOTA&advertising-location=at_cars&price-to=1000&page=1 which helpfully is being sold by the same guy another colleague and I bought the CRV from last year, so at least we know he's fairly honest and sound. Colleague wants to go and see it tomorrow, so I would like to go a bit prepared, anything to look out for? I'll take my code reader, and listen out for the noisy front wheel bearing that was the only advisory. What else?
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