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1 hour ago, brownnova said:

Hang on... what?? I can tell you’re not being literal here.. but what’ve they done? 

It has been MOTed and the mileage has lept from 52K to 72K on the MOT website.

I average 150 miles a year with this car.

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On 4 May 2019 at 7:39 PM, Mrs6C said:

To be honest, the throttle cable itself may be OK, but the plastic sleeve around the metal conduit has melted along about 8" of the cable and presumably the inner plastic sleeve also, so the cable is sticking and won't move...

Venhill Engineering might be able to re-sleeve it, of course... thanks for the link, TT! :-)

Lateral thinking - maybe we could heat up the affected area again gently and then when the inner plastic is warm and pliable, try moving the inner cable back and forth until it runs cleanly... but that could risk the cable sticking again in the future, which wouldn't be fun on an automatic if full throttle... not ideal on a CX to switch off an engine and coast to a halt...

Any luck with Venhill Engineering? Did they reply?

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1 hour ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

Any luck with Venhill Engineering? Did they reply?

 

I have contacted Venhill and they say they can probably do it. They want me to send the cable which is with another Autoshiter at the moment and if that is not successful I will send them the cable.

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1 hour ago, Six-cylinder said:

One of the easiest older cars to look after that you can get everything for at a reasonable price.

^^ this. Just ordered brand new front discs,  front pads, front calipers, front headshield, rear shoes, rear cylinder, adjuster and full hardware for £170 all in and posted from http://msc.parts

I am also lucky I have a Moss Motors local to me and 10mins walk from work, which makes picking up the odd bits and pieces really easy. Possibly too easy. They're a bit more expensive than others + eBay but they're pretty good on returns and have a lot of stock. Actually most stuff I can pick up there and then on the day. Genuinely easier and cheaper to get parts for than my moderns!

Speaking of your BGT, fancy a challenge on the number of miles done this year? I'm on 50 miles in 1.5 weeks and only just getting things ready. ;)

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2 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

 

I have contacted Venhill and they say they can probably do it. They want me to send the cable which is with another Autoshiter at the moment and if that is not successful I will send them the cable.

 

 

Funny you should say that, I popped in to the dirt bike centre near me and he recommended I contact venhill.

I also Popped in my local browns today and they guy there said they had the stuff on rolls at the haddenham and they can make cables on site he said. 

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I really do fancy one, but it's hard to justify at the moment as we've no space...Lada needs to go anyway, and to get an MG I'd need to also sell either the Xantia or the van...which both fill useful roles!

Must be nearly fifteen years since I last drove one...know my other half has a bit of an attachment to them as well so hope I can arrange for him to be taken out for a run in one someday (he's unable to drive medically just now), it's just one of those cars I really want to expose him to. 

Question for me with an MGB would be colour... I'm unreasonably attracted to all BMC vehicles in Snapdragon yellow courtesy of this:

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I really miss that car.

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10 hours ago, SiC said:

Speaking of your BGT, fancy a challenge on the number of miles done this year? I'm on 50 miles in 1.5 weeks and only just getting things ready. ;)

Ah, I have averaged 274 miles a year in mine and my head is presently turned by the Allegro. Getting in and out is difficult with a bad leg at the moment so I think you might win this year! Here is today’s Speedo reading 5433.

 

 

Mine has been away with a film company and although it only did a one day shoot as a drive past prop it has sat sit in their barn because I was in no rush to get it back

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7 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

 

Must be nearly fifteen years since I last drove one...know my other half has a bit of an attachment to them as well so hope I can arrange for him to be taken out for a run in one someday (he's unable to drive medically just now), it's just one of those cars I really want to expose him to. 

 

You can always borrow my BGT and take your partner for a run out in it.

Question is, for the SiC challenge does having others do your miles for you count!

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7 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

You can always borrow my BGT and take your partner for a run out in it.

 

Question is, for the SiC challenge does having others do your miles for you count!

 

If the wheels are turning and the engine is burning, then it all counts!

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On 5/16/2019 at 6:55 AM, Six-cylinder said:

You can always borrow my BGT and take your partner for a run out in it.

I might just have to take you up on that.  We're away this weekend but I'll try to remember to drop you a PM to arrange something once we're back in the neighborhood next week.

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2 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

Now who is for a game of spot the difference?

Also today I refilled the VP with petrol after 199 miles, guess the mpg? Mainly open road drive including a short spell at 70 mph on a duel carriageway yesterday.

 

 

 

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the plah looks shinier

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2 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

Now who is for a game of spot the difference?

Also today I refilled the VP with petrol after 199 miles, guess the mpg? Mainly open road drive including a short spell at 70 mph on a duel carriageway yesterday.

 

 

 

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you painted the front wings on rhe metro a different colour?

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2 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

Now who is for a game of spot the difference?

Also today I refilled the VP with petrol after 199 miles, guess the mpg? Mainly open road drive including a short spell at 70 mph on a duel carriageway yesterday.

 

 

 

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yeah you bring out the nice cars when im not there :(    :P

 

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This sounds a bit like a competition I remember when living in kilt land back in the late 70's. 

How many miles per gallon will a Marina coupe do on a run up some motorway north of Edinburgh. Think it managed over 40, at a steady 60, I was lucky in not guessing the correct amount as you won it.

 

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Things did not go to plan in Aylesbury this morning as the VP died at traffic light and then the starter would not operate, a car stuck behind me had to help push it up onto the grass.

 

 

I checked for a loose wire and gave the starter solenoid a tap but still no go so I rang the RAC. Two hours to get somebody to me they said, at this point I came over all “Basil Fawlty” but unlike that kind gentleman I set about giving the VP 'a damn good thrashing!' using the largest thing I had in my tool bag a plumbers wrench. Bingo the starter worked again and I made it to join 17 other Allegros and 11 Maxis at Nuffied Place the former home of William Morrris.

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Does it have a HIF SU still with those silly poppet valves in the throttle disc? Those damn things caused most of the running issues I had with my BGT. 

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