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Alf offered to drive over and take a look at this issue with the OSF wheel.  When I had it jacked up it wasn't spinning freely under throttle whereas the NSF was.  Initially I suspected a drive shaft issue, but with the engine off the wheel also didn't spin particularly freely.  It got stuck back in the garage because there's a lot going on with LIFE, but I got 30 minutes yesterday afternoon to take a look.  This time, with the wheel in the air, it would spin fine but there was a woosh woosh woosh noise with every rotation.  Also the wheel seemed to be shimmying a bit from side to side.

 

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It would appear that 3 of the nuts had worked themselves loose; 2 finger loose and 1 pretty much off.  I think this was a genuine (schoolboy) oversight on my part.  Tightened up and the car now drives fine - no noises at all.  I took it on a 20 mile test drive (taking my son to swimming) and it was flawless.  This wheel was a bit warm to the touch; the brake is still rubbing a little but they will all need adjusting in another 100 miles or so.

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I'm going to attempt a bit of a clean up on the car over the weekend.  The roof polished up well, so let's see what happens with the rest of it.  As with the Sierra the idea is to polish it ALL - then let it settle all at the same rate.

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Did a bit of tarting up on the Mini this weekend. Nothing crackers, but just things that will genuinely help the future viability of the car. 

The inside of the wheel arches was deeply unattractive. £10 of paint and it’s looking much, much better. I’d be happy to do this once a year - but hopefully it’ll last a bit longer. I will give it a second coat in the next couple of days and paint the rest of the shock absorber in black. 

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Frustratingly, whilst the roof of the car came up brilliantly with the machine - the bonnet isn’t going to play ball. I’ve tried g3 compound, my usual polish and a lot of elbow grease - a small amount of progress has been made by the windscreen but further down it’s been very disappointing. Ultimately it doesn’t matter as both wings and the bonnet are for the heap, but I was hoping to smarten things up for summer. 

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I remember that episode with the bad thing and was wondering where that post was going. I know the innuendo can get a bit lively when working on cars but it's never developed past that, honest guv.

I've not been keeping up with this thread. Great work on the Mini MOT. 

 

 

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Have decided to withdraw the Mercedes from sale.  I had a guy on the telephone yesterday ready to pay the deposit and come fetch it on a trailer but, in the end, my wife talked me out of it (!).  It was a very fair offer but, seeing as I'm now going straight into a new job with no change in income, the need to exit the "Old Merc Market" has now rescinded.  

I now see it as a savings account.  I can't get to it immediately but can if absolutely necessary, and it's increasing in value.  Oh - and I get to smoke about in it and enjoy it too.

REPRIEVED.

Further titivating of the Mini to follow (the accelerator cable and return spring need replacing, more paint to the inner arches to be applied) and then it's the Sierra's time to shine. (not literally, obvs)

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Good news on the job man, bet that's a weight off your mind. 

I'm now being made redundant from my job but I'll just Sorn all my cars as I'm hoping one of my applications will be successful.

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On 5/20/2019 at 12:13 PM, wuvvum said:

Good news on the job front - I'd obviously missed that development.

 

On 5/20/2019 at 10:32 PM, SiC said:

Congrats on the new job. Still jockeying discs?

 

32 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

Good news on the job man, bet that's a weight off your mind. 

I'm now being made redundant from my job but I'll just Sorn all my cars as I'm hoping one of my applications will be successful.

Bless you gentlemen. Thanks for your kind words. (Although I've not touched a disc in about 18 years now!)  Largely the same job, although a bit more customer facing (so I'll have to stop wearing shorts and t-shirt to work!)  It also sacks off the commute of 100 miles a day because I'll mostly be WFH, with the odd trip of about 10 miles.  I'm nervous as I've worked for the same company (pretty much) for 10.5 years now, but it's also exciting to start something new.  It also means I can use my shonky cars a bit more as I'm travelling shorter distances.

Good luck with your job search, Split.  I've been given lots of advice over the past 4 months; most of it glib and trite.  However, one remark did stick with me.   I know it's a bit "motivational", but it did resonate. 

What if you genuinely believed everything was working out exactly as it’s supposed to? How would that affect how you felt, right now?

Good luck man x

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Delighted to be reunited with this (assumed lost) photo of my Capri taken in 2007. God I loved this old thing. Absolutely hopeless in every single way, but charming with it. (Probs a metaphor for me tbh)

I was going to scan it, but I don't want it to look too - err - good.  I'm gonna stick it up in my studio at home.

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I've also managed to find some photos of my Rover Metro which are the only pictures that exist of it.  I'll get them up for completeness soon.

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On 5/22/2019 at 8:30 AM, BorniteIdentity said:

 

 

Bless you gentlemen. Thanks for your kind words. (Although I've not touched a disc in about 18 years now!)  Largely the same job, although a bit more customer facing (so I'll have to stop wearing shorts and t-shirt to work!)  It also sacks off the commute of 100 miles a day because I'll mostly be WFH, with the odd trip of about 10 miles.  I'm nervous as I've worked for the same company (pretty much) for 10.5 years now, but it's also exciting to start something new.  It also means I can use my shonky cars a bit more as I'm travelling shorter distances.

Good luck with your job search, Split.  I've been given lots of advice over the past 4 months; most of it glib and trite.  However, one remark did stick with me.   I know it's a bit "motivational", but it did resonate. 

What if you genuinely believed everything was working out exactly as it’s supposed to? How would that affect how you felt, right now?

Good luck man x

Excellent news about your new job Bornite. 

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I’ve just serviced the w201 for the first time in my ownership. Genuinely, it was a joy. I know these “Hewn from Granite Innit” Mercedes have an unfairly good press at times, but even a complete novice like me found it pleasurable.

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It’s difficult to see in this photo, but the bottom of the sump isn’t level, it slopes down left to right. So not only is the sump plug at the lowest point (IKR groundbreaking) but oil runs out sensibly. 

Also, the sump plug is on the side not the bottom. This way you get a satisfying and predictable spaff. Any man who’s ever taken aim at his good lady’s bosom will know the feeling AND the right place to stand. This is the same. The hole is also larger (fnar fnar) than my Toyota so the whole thing was over in 5 minutes (story of my life)

Having the carb powered unit you can actually drop the oil from the top! 

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(that carpet is the ground)

Also the oil cap and filler point is right at the top and right at the front. It’s literally impossible to spill oil when filling. (Look how I’ve managed to spill oil) AA14A056-8D5F-4561-AC9F-FF12D92F1F3F.thumb.jpeg.18fd39af048f3a3abad1125d8bf8a7dd.jpeg

Oil filter is mounted horizontally, face down, so impossible to cross thread and easy to replace.

Air filter housing clamps and bolts on in a very satisfying manner.

Only drama was spark plugs because I couldn’t find my socket - next time eh?! 

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There now follows a tale of woe. It’s taken me nearly a week to mentally prepare for reliving last Thursday!

It started well with me using the Mini for work duties; we were shooting video at Cambridge Railway and parking is about as painful as repairing ones own prolapsed rectum. Unless you drive a Mini.5ADB2AF1-9CFA-4D7F-A01F-E04D1C78826A.thumb.jpeg.a099bd4f2449aa28bb4eb511cf20daf9.jpeg

Tourists and workers alike LOVED watching this, and it was so satisfying to creep into what wasn’t a space at all!

Work finished for the day, I schlepped down the A14 to Ipswich, my home town, for the East Coast Retros meet. I stopped for a brief trip down memory lane where my best friend used to live. 3C611C84-4AE6-4AB5-8035-07DFDAA7113F.thumb.jpeg.09ea3f4687f6c936577152cb3e0ee3b1.jpeg

I made it in good time to Shotley, and had a nice chat with James Walshe of Practical Classics about the car. He’s a lovely lovely man and we have a number of very good, mutual friends. Anyway, whilst taking about the car he stopped mid sentence. 

Tyres are fucked. 

Now. I should have had the car tracked up once we put new tyres and TRE’s on. Obviously I know that. Obviously. But it drove straight (straighter than most) and stopped straight. Nonetheless, I should have had the tracking done. Here’s what my tyres looked like after 400 miles.B151335F-0380-4B12-864D-5E1513F1B394.thumb.jpeg.9d3abac4b0b05a885a551a89806209af.jpeg

I should say that they were fine at the start of Thursday - the damage was obviously done during high speed motoring in hot temperatures over a distance of about 130 miles. 

So I call the AA who refuse to help. I kicked off and they agreed to help. I then kicked off because, had my wife called, they’d have just fobbed her off. They sub it out to a local contractor and - five hours later - pretty much everyone’s gone home and it’s 10pm. I’m 2 hours from home and less than happy. 

For legal reasons I can’t say what happened next, other than the recovery company turned up but I was... err... no longer there and my tyres are now even more worn. BA1FF273-513D-4470-88FC-06A5311CBC8B.thumb.jpeg.ccecfc02687efd19a1004e359c07235f.jpeg

I declined the offer of swapping fronts for backs because I’m a mingebag without a jack and the wheel brace was on the floor of my garage. 

Feel free to berate me - it is what I deserve. Three new tyres on order and lesson learned.  Thanks to @Brodders and @wuvvum for keeping me company and @trigger for a great meet.

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I did exactly the same with my 205. All felt well but I’d never had it tracked in my ownership (2 months/1800 miles). I thought the fronts would need doing at some point, but a 400 mile round trip to Norfolk completely finished the inside third of each tyre.

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Tch.  Tyres, eh?

I checked mine a week last Thursday; I knew one had worn badly on the inner edge but it was OK.  By Tuesday when I got to the tyre shop, a hoop of ply was exposed.  Oops.  Oh well, nobody died and the garage got to relieve me of an extra sixty quid to do the wheel alignment.

Mini parking picture is ace.  

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58 minutes ago, SiC said:

Were those tyres new on when you recommissioned it? Or the originals that were on it? I.e. years old. 

Brand new. At the time of the first photo they’d done approximately 400 miles - 130 of which happened that day. 

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32 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

that parking shot is epic :) 

what tyres did you stick on exactly? IIRC these take 145R10

I know @Zelandeth has these on TPA where they look very nice :) 

https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/tyres/camac-bn313-145r10-68s

Thanks - yes 145 80 10s but I will buy Falkens to match the rears. Had I known of those earlier in the year I would have considered them! The only other ‘period looking’ ones I’ve seen were Dunlops at £manycashmonies 

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I best go and check mine having just done the TRE's and the 300mile round trip to Shotley as well in my Pug 206cc. And while I'm at it check the Sigma ones as well. I usually take measurements /count threads but a friend did them for me...  I hope he's got access to the tracking equipment... 

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56 minutes ago, vulgalour said:

The AA don't recover you if you've broken down, didn't you know that?  I didn't know that either until I broke down.

It was an interesting conversation along those lines.

Me: “Oh so I should continue on these tyres for another few miles, cause an accident and THEN call you back?

Them: “I’m absolutely not saying that”

Me: “Ok see you in a bit”... 

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