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1 hour ago, Tickman said:

I can recommend Volvo estates for dog transport and some comfort too.


I think this may be the path as if it is Auto then Miss Puss can drive it as well. 

28 minutes ago, hairnet said:

Saabnuts has spare holden

Not sure doggies will leap into that beast! 

1 hour ago, NorthernMonkey said:

I didn’t say this lime green Vito, just lime green Vito.... 


Though even keepers have to move on to pastures new eventually.....this weeks plan is to get the P38 back on the road as it’s got comfortable seats 😉

Wasnt there a saab estate that you didnt want .... i can do a good swap for a rover 

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Such a wuss

It's still no shrinking violet. The big boomy part has been quietened and mean I don't have to get rid of the car or exhaust.


Edit - Collected Missus Puss from work and she gave it a metaphorical thumbs up.


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Bit of a puss update

Mx5 - Mx5 exhaust is back to being big and boomy after it shot it's load under power! Aside from that BAL is moving on to pastures new in a slightly convoluted swap deal

Smart - just been serviced by NM Motors (highly recommended) and it is much perkier than before plus stops after new front brakes. Missus Puss loves the little thing now although she wants a set of tyres fitting. I have ordered a set of cheap winter tyres from tyre leader and will get them fitted.

Rover - as seen elsewhere some utter bell end on eBay won it then was a knob. Took the wind out my of sails as I was looking forward to the car going. I taxed the car and have been driving around in it for a few days. It is a lovely car but sadly just doesn't fit any car niche for me. I am hoping to move it on through AS as there are distinctly less cockwombles on here

Golf - is just a car. I really like it as it is competent and does good Mpgs. With fleet rearrangement it will be up for sale next week.

So that will be 3 cars out with 2 to come in hopefully in the next few weeks. One of which is my current dream car - both from AS members.

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Coming to the roundabout car cut out and wouldn't restart. Only just put £30 of fuel in.

Luckily Northern Monkey and Missus Northern Monkey came and gave me a tow home.

Some initial diagnostics show there is fuel to the filter, there is a spark from coil (although a little weak) but car won't run on easy start.

Think it might be crank sensor so one ordered from eBay.

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It's annoying as it was all set for pastures new but I can't move it on when I am not sure it is running right.

I am tempted to get it running, change tyres, scrub it up well, nice photos and then stick it up for £1k on eBay classified.

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How much is a Dacia Pcp?

Last two days have made me question my car bothering.

Today I decided to fettle BAL in preparation for it going to the new home at the weekend. Battery was flat so a jump start got it roared into life.

Took him out for a spin with the supergun exhaust. It is fun but gets old quite quickly.

Back from the brisk test drive, I left the car idling whilst I vaccumed the car out and got it ready. I noticed the car was getting hot but no fan action.

Bridging the contacts made it run so next up was the sensor.

AHH bugger

Unwound and it has rotted through

Took housing apart

Double bugger

The bolt had welded itself to the ally housing.

Luckily AVOs engine is still at Mr N Monkeys so a swift wander over got a new housing

Got back and had a go at getting the stub out, resorted to drilling which wasn't successful.


Many swears. I am going to have to take the whole housing off AVO which entails removing timing belt to get access then do the same for BAL. Fun times ahead.

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Why I prefer working on mx5s part 10. Some trash on TV missus Puss was watching so thought I would crack on with stripping BAL.

Within 15 minutes rad out and acces to front of engine.

Power steering belt off and water pump pulley bolts loosened.

Took the opportunity to flush the rad and it is all clear and runs through well

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This morning I popped over to northern monkey motors - finest garage in fence.

He was busy swearing at a car on the ramp followed by eurocarparts.

I needed to take off the thermostat housing from AVO engine.

There she lays

Camcover off

Considering the engine had done over 100k and been used as a track toy for the last few years, it looks minty inside.

Slowly stripping bits off to get timing covers off

Luckily the use of an air gun got the crank pulley off easily enough

Building up a pile of bits to take

All of this for these two bolts

And off

Cam cover lobbed back on and left to rest again.


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Game of two halves today. After a bit of rain this morning a load of packages arrived including a coil, fuel filter and crankshaft sensor for the Rover

Cool swapped over

Didn't make any difference. Fuel filter swap
Still no start

So just the crank sensor. After much head scratching I found it after jacking up the car it is right at the back of the engine and you have to reach throught the exhaust. Even then it was proper fiddly. To get the bolts off required all my ratchet extensions and to go in through the wheel well. 65d0e547762e707350b6c449055f8dbe.jpg00c0383d26981394ce956d0140ef86e8.jpg4b708bed6b1b2d61c7651a059cb445ad.jpg

Just this took ages with rust raining in my eyes. Then came the frustration of trying to fit the new one. The old one had a spacer that was stuck which once I worked that out made things easier. After many swears and lots of time I gave up. The new sensor feels a little bigger and looks different to the old one.

This was coupled with finding rust around the sunroof in the rover.


This car has taken my mojo for it .. currently finger is hovering over car take back.

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Giving up on the rover and leaving it in the naughty corner I turned my attention to the mx5.

It's needs a thermostat housing which I stripped off the old AVO engine.

Starting off

Camcover off

Stripper vicar

All that for this

Old versus new one

Definitely a bit crispy.

I also kept all the pulleys and the timing belt off AVO. It was a good job as the tensioner and idler sounded fucked. 0560fa490f92d8ac448946ea09232bd7.jpg0b5759cf114b8ec9d08b20e42266e621.jpg

Belt wise on BAL was a Mazda belt but had little cracks where as AVO has a dayco in good nick so swapped them over. b203f058c6a04108f19aa406cc61c767.jpg

Getting the timing tensioned write but a quick WhatsApp to Northern monkey saw belt locking tools employed

Putting back together I tried to use the good bits of each one - the lower timing cover on BAL has been chewed away so swapped that out. 08253c3d101610f838e6711d12fae44c.jpg

Reinstallation is reverse of what you did previously. 258d80005da690ca30da6e8626305c43.jpgba04dc294a7c51e217ba79b6e052249c.jpg

Still few more bits including fitting rad etc tomorrow and then I get the nervous first start. I cranked it over a few times by hand so nothing should be out but still nervous time


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Sun was out so time to finish of BAL ready for its new owner.


Lots of fiddly steps.


Thermostat in. The gasket was kaput so black gasket goo was used


Cross pipe back on and rad back in. I am a real convert to spring clamps when you have the proper tool. Makes it quick and easy to fit them, no worrying about whether it is water tight and less sharp clip edges like you get with jubilee clips




Rad filled with water for first start and then turned over. Always that heart stopping moment but everything seemed ok.


There were some odd noises, one I tracked down to the lower cover rubbing. The old one was worn and I think the new one will end up the same way. The lower mounting bolt is rusted and broken so I think it pushes the cover forward.


The other noise I tracked back to a sticky tappet. Some full bore testing runs sorted that out.


I reset the idle speed



Then after some motorway and fast b road followed by idling till fan cut in I drained the water and replaced it with dragon's blood




So BAL had the following from the old AVO engine


Timing belt

PAS belt

Alternator belt




Thermostat housing

Timing belt covers

Crank pulley

Water pump pulley

PAS pulley

Wing mirrors



Previously it has

HT leads

Drivers seat

Rear boot lid




1.8 brake upgrade on front with calipers and carriers

Door cards


New it has got

Coolant temp sensor

Coolant pipe

Fresh antifreeze


Previously it has

TR lane roll bar

Brake brace

New rainsport 3 tyres

Refurbished alloys

Poly bush drop links

421 header exhaust stainless

De cat stainless

Straight through exhaust - loud!

Ball joints at front

New hood

New discs front

New pads front

065 battery tray and battery



Jobs for the new owner (so they know what they need to do)

PAS cooling pipe is probably worth looking at as it is going a bit crispy at the front but probably can be ignored until it leaks

Dampers need changing as they bang a bit/a lot

Stereo if they want one

Door speakers

Oil change

New sparkplugs

Relay change for the headlights popping up or swapping in new stalks (have got these spare)


I love working on Mx5s they are so simple and quite a lot of room to fiddle with.


Sort of update.


BAL is off to its new home tonight I think in a sensible car swap.


The Rover we don't talk about. It's time with me is up but negotiations are ongoing about its future.


The Golf will be cleaned and prepped for sale then going on autotrader at £995 as soon as I get the new sensible car.


Smart is staying and will get new tyres fitted in the next week or so.


New car may be making an appearance in a few weeks. I iz excite.

















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Oh wow I didn't realize you were getting rid of the MX-5. I kind of assumed it was a keeper in one way or another due to the amount of work put in.
It was to be a keeper. Aside from a tiny bit of welding it is a really straight car.

As is the way with this place there are others that turn your head. It is going to a good home and. A bona fide shiter is having it so wanted it all fixed before they take it.

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Waved bye bye to BAL

You can see the new* car in the background

BAL has gone to a good home with a very smiley shiter at the wheel de5355240e5c1c34688ce04078238002.jpg

In its stead is the epitome of Dog car ...a853a5800850403b02faeffe4cfec76d.jpg

It's got a few issues but that makes it more lovely.

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Just the 2.5 20v but will be ideal as daily/dog wagon. Currently got abs/trac control light on that needs sorting, could do with set of tyres, rear door trim is missing aside from that it is ace.

My intent was to keep the shabby outside of BAL including the brilliantly rust covered windscreen wiper blades and make the car handle/go supremely.

I think the new owner will probably get a bit two bucket wrongun although really it needs a respray to get it anywhere decent.

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