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The Dolly was in far better condition than the Acclaim, trying to find good metal to weld to is proving quite difficult.

This car is the definition of a rot box, the passenger sill fell off when I cut one line through the filler under  the rear passenger door 😂 

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6 hours ago, Talbot said:

Why not just keep using it?  Now that 99% of all the galloping rot has been cut out and replaced, an annual couple-of-hours with cavity wax and keeping it good and clean is the best thing to do with it.  Driving the car keeps it blown through with warm air on a regular basis, keeps the interior from going mouldy, and stops the engine from siezing from lack of use.

Unless you plan to put it into temperature/humidity controlled storage, just keep using it as your daily, surely?

It'll still do a few thousand miles a year, but ragging it along the motorway in the depths of winter while other road users try to kill you isn't a fun experience and is just a waste of a car. To be honest I've had several near-misses recently courtesy of other road users, there is a reason car insurance is £800 a year for almost anything that isn't classic here, and having done all this work I'm not keen on some fucktard in a Kia Sportage wiping the car out...

5 hours ago, Mr Laurence said:

Wow... Lots of respect for persevering with this. I think I would have given up long ago.

It can’t have been that much less rusty than the Dolomite when you started on it, surely?

It's worse. Much worse... Large chunks were pulled off by hand, some bits of car just fell off while we were cutting/grinding nearby because of the vibrations...

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You probably need a cheap to buy, cheap to insure, simple modern as your modern to take up the punishing Scottish winters. E.g. 107/Aygo/C1/Clio II/206/etc. Or something undesirable and not often crashed like a Berlingo, etc (good for parts transport too!).

Surely something like that must be reasonable to insure?

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2 hours ago, captain_70s said:

ragging it along the motorway in the depths of winter while other road users try to kill you isn't a fun experience and is just a waste of a car.

£10 says anything else you buy to do that sort of duty you'll end up liking and not wanting to destroy.  Cue then keeping that car and finding another WBOD, which you'll end up liking... etc.etc.

The Tronda probably isn't ideal for what you do, but it's lasted this long so far and the risk of it being killed by someone else is no different now than it was many years back (in fact, it's likely better now).  I'd keep using it, just drive even more defensively than usual and make sure it's insured for a decent agreed value.  Must be cheaper than yet another load of tax/insurance/mot/repairs/grief.

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1 hour ago, Talbot said:

£10 says anything else you buy to do that sort of duty you'll end up liking and not wanting to destroy.  Cue then keeping that car and finding another WBOD, which you'll end up liking... etc.etc.

Admittedly it'll take more self control, but I ditched the Volvo with that reasoning. The Volvo was bought as a daily hack, needed too much work and got punted.

To be honest the Acclaim is just too old/small to run daily. Its fun to take on holiday and blast around A/B roads but on the motorway doing 3,500rpm at 70mph surrounded by Nissan Micras that dwarf you and being passed by BMWs and Range Rovers doing 90mph its no fun at all.

Really the Acclaim should be sold, but with MOT/tax exemption landing in 2023 it feels a bit daft to ditch a minimal upkeep car when it already costs peanuts to run.

You can get a 90s car on classic insurance these days, something from an era of galvanisation but pre computer chaos... I'd still like a Volvo 700/900, even my miserable 2.0 auto took the stress out of commuting. Shame it was, to use the local descriptor, completely cunted.

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11 minutes ago, Talbot said:

Was it as bad as the Acclaim? (knowing what you know now)

We never really poked at the Volvo as much, but I'd wager it'd not be far off.

Drivers and passenger side floors were holed (passenger side had a .8 plate tacked in from the inside
Front inner wheel arches were a half inch of silicone over rust
Both front chassis legs were just patches over patches
Rear of the sills was gone from the jacking points right up into the boot floor
The inner sills were suspect and patched down the full length of the car
Both rear wheel arch tubs were rotten though into the boot
Centre crossmember was rotten at the outer edges

That was just from a cursory prodding, I imagine digging through the underseal would have led to much more grot. It'd have probably been easier to get it through an MOT due to the sheer volume of Tiger Seal and underseal that was holding it together just causing the MOT man's hammer to bounce off but it was properly rotten. Even bodging it wasn't worth the effort. It's now been flipped to somebody For £475 who thinks that the sill rust is the extent of it's issues... 

2 minutes ago, GingerNuttz said:

Arch still needs some fine tuning but least it's steel 😂

Actual IRL metallic material.

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From the times you'd taped bits up I knew it wouldn't be a pretty sight but didn't expect so much to be cornflakes. Top work for getting so stuck in so quickly!  My mate had one of these in about 2006 as a £50 daily beater, pale metallic green with a tan interior and the beginning of head gasket failure. It was quite nippy round town as I recall but too buzzy for any sustained 70mph trips. 

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12 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

Bloody hell! like fuck me, seriously im in awe, at A just how fucked that was, and B for how quickly and well you have both managed un-fuck it

both The Acclaim and the Dolomite, seriously hats doffed 

so when is the Yellow Dolly getting its turn? :) 

The yellow one will be after the green one but only if the Captain hasn't lost the will to live or bought another shit heap that needs work.....

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7 minutes ago, GingerNuttz said:

The yellow one will be after the green one but only if the Captain hasn't lost the will to live or bought another shit heap that needs work.....

My main goal in life is to not buy another turd, with that in mind I promise nothing.

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What gas are you running on? I seem to remember seeing a hobbyweld bottle. 

With the amount of gas you must be going through, it's probably going to be cheaper to go the Volkszone deal from BOC. Works out cheaper with the annual rent once you've done a few refills of the smaller Hobbyweld cylinders. 

Iirc I paid £45 yearly rental and £36.50 for Argoshield 5 Light. 

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SGS gas I use but only the 15% mix 20L as it's the largest my local place stocks, I also take the 20L pure argon for the tig so no rental suits me better than paying rental on both bottles. 

I don't actually do a lot of welding and used 1-2 bottles a year, then I met the Captain ....................

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Incredible work! I've been welding/fabricating a lot of years and I'm very impressed.

If you're looking for a '90s reliable modern, I can thoroughly recommend another British car with a strong Honda influence, the Rover 600. Bloody brilliant cars, look great and cheap as chips.

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