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Strange one today!

Because our Allegro Vanden Plas 1500 was not quite ready from having extensive work done I decided to help a fellow Allegro member who had his Ankle in a cast, but wanted to go to the Allegro 50th Anniversary  at Gaydon today and his car to be there.

I went to Bedfordshire to collect the Allegro 1100 DeLuxe 2 door in brown and meet the owner and his son for the first time. He then trusted me to drive him the 140 mile round trip. I came away impressed by the car which drove very well and it surprised me at how well the 1098cc engine coped with hills. 

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1 hour ago, Six-cylinder said:

Yesterday we went to Colchester to collect a good set of Triumph Herald wheels and tyres because the owner converted his car to minilites. Could this be the incentive needed to get Mrs6C's Herald 1200cc Coupe back up and running? 

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I hope so, 1200 coupe is very stylish, often overlooked in preference for 13/60’s or the Vitesse.

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Yesterday @Slowsilverhelped me get my Visa 17RD out from the back row of our storage which involved moving six cars. Everything started and most without a jump then Slowsilver checked all the tyre pressures and the oil and water on the Visa. I was particularly pleased the Visa that has not been on the road since pre covid and sat at the back of the barn for six months started on the button once the battery was reconnected.  

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For the past few days I have been working on building up new headlights for the Peugeot 404.

Original style replacement LHD lights are available but cost over £400. They look very similar to 7 inch sealed beam units so I bought a halogen conversion kit at a fraction of the price. I wanted to keep the 404 special shaped chrome trim rings so needed the original base plate/bowl and invertabley the lamp unit fixings are different. I had to cut off the adjusting plastic base ring from the new bowl kit and screw it to the original headlight bowl. One of the new adjusters fouled the original bowl fixing so I had to move it by putting in a rivnut in another position in the wing. 

I still have the other side to build up and the car came with a different style baseplate/bowl so will be similar but not identical. Then there is the wiring sort out if anybody facies do that for me FoD weekend.

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2 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

For the past few days I have been working on building up new headlights for the Peugeot 404.

Original style replacement LHD lights are available but cost over £400. They look very similar to 7 inch sealed beam units so I bought a halogen conversion kit at a fraction of the price. I wanted to keep the 404 special shaped chrome trim rings so needed the original base plate/bowl and invertabley the lamp unit fixings are different. I had to cut off the adjusting plastic base ring from the new bowl kit and screw it to the original headlight bowl. One of the new adjusters fouled the original bowl fixing so I had to move it by putting in a rivnut in another position in the wing. 

I still have the other side to build up and the car came with a different style baseplate/bowl so will be similar but not identical. Then there is the wiring sort out if anybody facies do that for me FoD weekend.

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Are they not the period standard 7000, 7002 or 7004 units?

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50 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

I am not familiar with those numbers?

7002 was a 7" RHD sealed beam unit without pilot (side) light. Memory says there were 7000 & 7004 as well, can't find evidence but 7014 does have a window, I think, for sidelight.

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31 minutes ago, High Jetter said:

7002 was a 7" RHD sealed beam unit without pilot (side) light. Memory says there were 7000 & 7004 as well, can't find evidence but 7014 does have a window, I think, for sidelight.

They are both 7 inch round headlights,  Peugeot 404s uses different housing for SEV Marchal, Ducellier or Cibie so I have adapted mine so the adjustment/fixing is now using part of the H4 conversion kit. The H4 conversion kit does not directly fit the 404 housings.

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I am sat in my new MX5 topless waiting for my dental appointment looking at the dashboard and noticed where the pop up headlight switch used to be is now the Hazard switch.

My next thought was I wonder where the pop up headlights switch is now........... Then I remembered! ☹️

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Just now, Crackers said:

Must feel a bit odd having to do the "MX5 Squeeze" under the normal sized steering wheel, your last one had a wheel the size of a digestive biscuit :o 

You are spot on, I didn't give it a thought when I agreed to buy the MK2 knowing I fit in the MK1. Yes it is a bit tight and awkward to get in and out of. If somebody wanted to buy this I might let it go. 

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18 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

I am sat in my new MX5 topless waiting for my dental appointment looking at the dashboard and noticed where the pop up headlight switch used to be is now the Hazard switch.

My next thought was I wonder where the pop up headlights switch is now........... Then I remembered! ☹️

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I’m hoping you put something on before someone reported you! 🤣

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Last night I went to a small car gathering of MK Modern Classics in the MG Metro and it was well received.

Going home I knew it was low on fuel so should I go to the first Shell petrol station on my route, go slightly further to Tesco for cheapness or go home and deal with it tomorrow. I did not make it to the first petrol station and ended up on a country road layby with poor phone reception. @Prince_of_darkness91 was at the show with me so I messaged him and nothing so walking away from the car to get reception I called Mrs6C. Prince of Darkness then messaged me and taught me how to drop him a pin so came to keep me company as Mrs6C was on route with petrol.

In my defence the fuel gauge needle drops quite a bit further at rest and I thought that would be at the point it ran out!

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Like a Mini Shitefest!

 

A reminder it is this coming weekend Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday 26-27-28-29 May we are opening up the FoD to Autoshite members.

Visit for an hour, day or the long weekend.

Camping for FREE is welcome as is entry.

Family’s and Pets are welcome.

Camping with us and going off and doing your own thing is welcome.

What is there to do:

·         Sit around, Drink tea and chat

·         Plenty of space for ball games

·         Great footpaths for a walk and bridle ways if you bring your horse

·         Work on your own car or stuff you bring

·         Fit the engine back in our Saab 95 and make it run

·         Wire the headlights on our Peugeot 404

·         Make a moped or two run again so we have site transport

·         Can we make it run, Vauxhall Royal edition

·         Scalextric  

·         Camp fire

For guidance the nearest large town is Milton Keynes

PM me for joining instructions or questions.

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