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Some more smoll car pics for you all. I've not cleaned the interior yet, as you may be able to tell.

Powerhouse. All fluids fresh and levels correct, belts look new too.


Timing belt changed 8 years and 2000 miles ago...


I gave it a quick wash and clay in fading light, it's came up ok. Some paint is pretty flat. Shame I'm shit at polishing but I'll give it a crack sometime.



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Done a wee bit of cleaning to this, it's coming up ok but I'm shit at cleaning cars. 

Headlamp protectors off and wiper arms painted has made a big difference



Some of the paint on the tailgate was really badly sun damaged. I tried t-cut and the like to no effect. 1200grit wet and dry has made a big difference though😲 Sadly whilst this is helping the top half of the tailgate the bottom has very thin paint so may get a quick blow over.



Interior came up well with a bit of a clean. I don't think anyone has ever been in those back seats!


I popped off the timing cover to check out the cambelt-its only been on for  4k miles but was fitted 8 years ago. It looked mint with no signs of cracking so I'll hold off on changing that just now. I'll crack on with the paintwork as some of it needs work after 26 years of sitting outside.

Also, one of the reasons I love Toyotas. Wiper arms marked D and P so you know what goes where. It's the little things...


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Suppose I should update this



This was advertised at a slightly cheeky price and got a bit of interest but I folded and sold it to a mate cheap to use as a work hack. It's a shame really as he's not a car type but such is life. Here it is with another 90s Toyota




Still going well, needs a bloody good clean though. Due a couple of rear tyres and there's a noise from the back end I can't trace. It's not a wheel bearing, more of a light wumph wumph increasing with speed but it goes completely silent at 80mph 70+VAT? Will investigate further.


I took the exhaust off last weekend with the aim of getting some better hangers made up. Those of a nervous disposition may want to skip this thread picture. You may just be able to see int he top right a standard exhaust clamp with a bit of rod welded to it to allow a rubber hanger to hold things together. The same thing went onto the pipe directly below this hanger


This was achieved so it went off to it's second track day in our ownership. This was a Scottish Motor Racing Championship organised one and tuition was available so Duncan and I forked out. It was well worth it-everything I was told made sense, it was good getting it all together and getting a bit braver with the car.



I do need to do another day soon to put the new skills* to the test. We definitely used some more brakes than the last time though...



 The one thing I noticed was a vibration off the front end. I'd noticed  a stick steering UJ which I'd blasted with lube which seemed to cure it. Tipping the car into the first corner revealed a wobble from the steering-yep, it's fucked. Luckily Dundees premier MR2 breaker (Tickman) sent one down. Overnight parts from Tayside.


Still to fit it mind...

Sadly though I got a message from Duncan the next day to say it had been a bit noisy on the way home and this had happened.


I'm not sure how much of this was my shit welding and how much was the new hangers putting stress on the system. I'll get that welded back together. Did I mention I managed to leave my welder gas on and it all drained out? No, that wasn't annoying at all...


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Oh and not forgetting the Exploder.

It got some attention last month. Sump dropped again and the leaking instant gasket replaced with a real gasket. That'll teach me. Worryingly only 3 litres came out of the sump however when I chucked 5l in towards the 6l capacity it's now well above the maximum on the dipstick. Go figure...

It also had started to use a bit of water which I noticed on a routine fluids check luckily-the gauge had been fine and the heater worked well. After a bit of detective work I traced this to the thermostat area. The thermostat housings on these are a common failure and sure enough this one had a hairline crack in it. Fine with the engine off but a steady stream of fluid was visible with the engine running. 

Handily* I'd been in here before when doing the timing tensioner so it wasn't too bad to get off. I managed it without removing the inlet manifold which was tight but doable.

Here it is in place prior to removal


And the crack




A new one arrived from Rockauto fairly quickly.

I took the opportunity to replace the pain in the ass sprung clamps with jubilee clips and got it back together.

And how did it reward me? The LPG system has failed. A valve on the tank needs replaced. It's only £20 for the valve but it involves unscrewing it from the tank, releasing the gas. Fuck that!

So, if anyone wants a mildly shonky but endearing 4x4 with all the common issues fixed(but plenty more to fix)  then an advert will be going up shortly. My local LPG station has shut which isn't a big issue for the S4 as it does bigger distances. The Exploder which stays local is harder to justify.

Also our office is due to move and my commute will be getting longer. A diesel bike carrier will be happening soon most likely. Mk 2 V70s and Octavia Scouts are on the list. Broken, naturally...


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