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2 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

That said - anyone who wants to take the piss is welcome to do so. It’s a free world

Not a chance that's happening. Sometimes you feel overcommited to too many things. Sometimes you're up, Sometimes down. Glad you've kept it cos it's one of those things that when it's gone you can't find another.

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As previously discussed, the Base's role on the fleet now is "Chief Tip Wagon".  I've permanently flattened the back seats, and am considering removing them entirely (but the squab does provide a useful "bulkhead" and the backrest keeps it all flat.  TBC.  

We've just had our little house repointed correctly in lime mortar, and the builder - prefering to be paid in the legal tender of cash - declined my suggestion to "take his shit away with him".  I took the Sierra over to collect two bags of rubble and mortar mix, stuck them in with the rest of the shit I've been collecting for a few months, and motored down.

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Jobs to do?

1.  Change the fucking battery.  It's been a liability for 4 years now.  I had to lie on my back in the cold to manually pop the bonnet as the cable's broken.  Jump start the Sierra.  Then remove spare battery and leads before driving off.  And then stalling.  And then repeating the same exercise.  The reason I've not swapped the batteries over is these Ford ones have weird flat terminals.  I do need to do something about this now.

2. Fix the fucking bonnet cable.  New one purchased, likely to get a garage to do it because it will require small hands and patience - of which I have neither.

3. Have clutch adjuster fitted by garage whilst attending to item 2.  

 

It was nice to be out in the old thing again.  Despite fitting a recon steering rack about 1,000 miles ago the steering has becoming a bit vague right in the middle.  Investigation required.

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Get a set of these https://www.halfords.com/motoring/battery-maintenance/battery-accessories/halfords-battery-terminal-adapters-155880.html 

Then you can use any type of common round terminal battery in an old Ford. I’ve got them on my Capri and used them on my previous Transit and Granada in the past. Well worth it imho!

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11 minutes ago, danthecapriman said:

Get a set of these https://www.halfords.com/motoring/battery-maintenance/battery-accessories/halfords-battery-terminal-adapters-155880.html 

Then you can use any type of common round terminal battery in an old Ford. I’ve got them on my Capri and used them on my previous Transit and Granada in the past. Well worth it imho!

Yep - just found some on eBay actually.  A few quid dearer but they'll come straight to my front door.  It'll be a nice little job for this weekend.  I have a very good battery kicking around that I use as a jump pack, so will endeavour to make that fit!  Even if I have to buy a new battery, it'll be much easier than dicking about changing the leads.

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Cripes. Nothing for three months and then two trips in the same day! The log man can’t come for a few weeks, so I took my new “van” to Home Bargains for some of their most excellent kiln dried logs. Many turned heads as I lumped a dozen bags into the boot without a care in the world. 

Finally, I think it’s clicked. We all need a purpose in life, and the Sierra has just found its. 

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5 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

Jobs to do?

 

2. Fix the fucking bonnet cable.  New one purchased, likely to get a garage to do it because it will require small hands and patience - of which I have neither.

When I replaced the bonnet cable on the Mondeo, I left the outer cable in place and just replaced the inner.  Made it a lot quicker and less fiddly.  If that's not an option you could always enlist child labour.

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2 hours ago, wuvvum said:

When I replaced the bonnet cable on the Mondeo, I left the outer cable in place and just replaced the inner.  Made it a lot quicker and less fiddly.  If that's not an option you could always enlist child labour.

Well as Bornite has 300 children he has plenty of choice for his enlistment 🤣

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Another trip out for the Sierra today - this time the little local “lockdown motoring club”. Born out of frustration last year, we now have about 20 or so regulars and a fantastic variety of cars turn up for quarterly trips out. Each time there’s something different, and this time there really was.

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Bonus points if you can name it from that angle, I know I couldn’t! A wonderful “rolling” example owned by a delightful retired couple; exactly the sort of thing I really enjoy seeing.

Anyway, a 30 mile jolly ensued over to the picturesque Grafham Water - me behind a Mercedes A124 and infront of a modern Beetle. The Sierra didn’t disgrace itself in any way, and received some nice compliments when we stopped for coffee. 

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Mmmm Ruby. 

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And I particularly enjoyed this one. A local farmer with his wonderful Morris. His two kids had an absolute blast, as did me and #3

Next jobs for the bASe? Towbar. Bonnet cable. Clutch cable adjuster. Drive. 

 

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5 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

Another trip out for the Sierra today - this time the little local “lockdown motoring club”. Born out of frustration last year, we now have about 20 or so regulars and a fantastic variety of cars turn up for quarterly trips out. Each time there’s something different, and this time there really was.

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Bonus points if you can name it from that angle, I know I couldn’t! A wonderful “rolling” example owned by a delightful retired couple; exactly the sort of thing I really enjoy seeing.

Anyway, a 30 mile jolly ensued over to the picturesque Grafham Water - me behind a Mercedes A124 and infront of a modern Beetle. The Sierra didn’t disgrace itself in any way, and received some nice compliments when we stopped for coffee. 

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Mmmm Ruby. 

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And I particularly enjoyed this one. A local farmer with his wonderful Morris. His two kids had an absolute blast, as did me and #3

 

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Next jobs for the bASe? Towbar. Bonnet cable. Clutch cable adjuster. Drive. 

 

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Oooh is this a club open to new members? I'm not too far away and do enjoy a Sunday bimble.

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