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2 hours ago, High Jetter said:

I hope they're not breeding 😁

What colour would red and grey make? I'm also wondering if the resulting offspring would be bASe, L spec or some kind of hybrid of the two 🤣

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Very little to report in Bornite/Base news at the moment as work drives me to insanity.  I'm off next week but have so much freelance work to do that the children will have to amuse themselves and the cars will also have to wait.

A few weeks ago our little village motoring club got together and we had a 30 mile run out to a typically middle class garden centre for coffee, chat and jars of chutney.  My friend captured the absurdity of the bASe brilliantly.

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As you'll see, we're an eclectic  mix where all are welcome!

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It was a fairly lengthy run out which revealed a number of minor frustrations.  The clutch cable rattles - I think it's actually the newly fitted adjuster.  Rest your foot gently either side of the clutch pedal and it stops.  There's a squeak from the rear somewhere which is twisting my melons and the carb needs a tickle.  It won't run without some choke which ends up pulling you along - so junctions leave you looking like Michael Flatley.  

The MOT has just expired and I'm weighing up whether I send this to the bodywork man NOW to get tarted up ready for the first show of the year (Mayday weekend) or whether I just turn up there on Friday with the Mini and say "FIX"!  There are pros and cons for both - the Sierra works pretty well but looks shit but will more than likely get an MOT, whereas the Mini looks shit and hasn't gone far in over a year and has no hope of an MOT until the body man does his thing.

The logical answer is to buy something else.  Obviously.  But I just simply don't want the headache anymore!

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Life has been significantly getting in the way of any motoring pursuits over the past few months.  Save for one trundle out with the village idiots, all journeys have either been work or child related.  However, with the warmer weather arriving imminently (he says, hopefully) it was time to present the Sierra to the Man from the Ministry.

I don't like just turning up and hoping, so last night I headed over to @alf892Autos so we could have a good poke at the undercarriage, clean up the brakes and try to assure ourselves I wasn't about to present a lemon.

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First problem, the exhaust (which has probably been welded no fewer than a dozen times) let go 20 miles into the journey.  It somehow stayed hanging, but it blew clean out of the back silencer.

As we assessed how best to make it safe for the journey home again (deleting any thoughts of an MOT) - Alf decided it'd be quicker to take the middle/rear section off and weld it AGAIN rather than trying to fudge it up.  After I nearly set fire to my leg with the wire wheel, and Alf MIG'd the whole thing back together, it was back in one piece.

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Another issue which has been plaguing me for the last few weeks was diagnosed; somehow part of my carb linkage has fucked off.  Annoying, as the whole thing is only 2 years and 650 miles old!  Fortunately, Alf's the man and he forged a fix using some metal he had in his garage.

So, with some pigeon shit welding and a piece of coathanger, I was ready for a test!

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Success.

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We think the wheel bearing is actually the brake shoe which may have been slightly over-adjusted last night.  Otherwise the body structure is the rear offside sill which will need a tickle at some stage in the future, the brake pipe will clean up nicely and the exhaust is about to be replaced.

All told a success - other than the fact I only managed 439 miles this year.  Must try harder.  Now - where have I heard that before?

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8 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Is that its last compulsory MOT?

As I understand it, it'll need another one next year as the car was registered in July and the MOT will (obviously) expire in April.

That said, I'm also a clot and an oaf who knows precious little about things - so will always have it tested.  What it WILL allow me is a week or so leeway if I want to plonk it on the road etc.

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1 hour ago, Angrydicky said:

Ah, that’s a lovely car, what a shame it’s fallen into the hands of a helmet.

With those shit Weller wheels and it lowered as far as it’ll possibly go. Problem is its a short cut to the scrapyard when it falls into the hands of some big eared idiot with a padded baseball hat on. 

But it’s his money I guess. 

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At the risk of jinxing it, at least it hasnt suffered a matt black rattle can respray. Plus it still exists, so potentially able to be returned to 1984 junior photocopier sales rep condition. 

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On 30/04/2022 at 08:36, Angrydicky said:

Ah, that’s a lovely car, what a shame it’s fallen into the hands of a helmet.

It's not that bad. Everything there is absolutely reversible in a matter of hours and let's face it, it's people who modify them like that, who give them the values they now have.

If it wasn't for them, they'd have all been scrapped.

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On 4/29/2022 at 7:34 PM, Vantman said:

Seen at a local car meet---

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its not too bad..

On 4/30/2022 at 12:35 AM, mk2_craig said:

At the risk of jinxing it, at least it hasnt suffered a matt black rattle can respray. Plus it still exists, so potentially able to be returned to 1984 junior photocopier sales rep condition. 

thankfully not matt black or bedliner black..

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On 4/30/2022 at 11:11 AM, Angrydicky said:

Yeah, it looked like the RR guy recommissioned it, got it back on the road (and it looked bloody lovely, props to him) before advertising it for sale. Then it went to a car ruiner.

I get it but if the stuff done is bolt on bolt off and doesn't change the structure of the car then it's just all good crack surely? End of the day you've got to have the stuff you own how you want it, as long as it can be put back for a future owner then it's sound 

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