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35 minutes ago, BorniteIdentity said:

Alright kids?

Can anyone identify what phase of MK1 Clio this wing would have come off?

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The seller doesn't know and can't remember the reg number either.

Does the positioning of the 1.4 on the wing make it a PH1? I need either a PH1 or 2!

Ta

Yes -  the Mk 1 Phase 1 has the engine size on the wing.

The Mk1 Phase 2/3 has the engine size on the door.

 

However - and don't quote me on this, as it's a bit more hazy - I think the wing shape is exactly the same - it was only the bonnet and headlights that changed.

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That phase 3 face lift absolutely killed the Clio for me. 

I really like the rectangular light styling but the weird curved lights don't fit with the rest of the car and it just reminds me of when Reliant bodged Corsa lights onto the front of the Robin. 

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7 hours ago, Timewaster said:

That phase 3 face lift absolutely killed the Clio for me. 

I really like the rectangular light styling but the weird curved lights don't fit with the rest of the car and it just reminds me of when Reliant bodged Corsa lights onto the front of the Robin. 

I'm the other way around, I prefer the Phase 3 facelift. I can't explain why, I just think the front end looks nicer with the curved lights!

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This week saw the faithful Avensis turn 21 - not a birthday most cars see, and yet I still see it as a young lady. 

It was bought summer 2013 to get me out of a hole having had malady after malady with an oil burning VVTi. 4 days after I bought it we took it on holiday to Devon, a trip we won’t forget. 

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Here it is with paint gleaming and just 100,500 miles on the spinner. Today it looks a little sorrier with 261,950 on the digits. 

I think, quite frequently, about the future of it. I’d like it to be an example to others on how everything is eminently fixable and repairable and how it CAN plod on indefinitely. I’d also like something a bit fresher sometimes. 

Maybe the answer is to sell an old heap and add this to the heritage fleet. Who knows. 

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15 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

everything is eminently fixable and repairable and how it CAN plod on indefinitely. I’d also like something a bit fresher sometimes

Having a similar conversation with Outlaw_Jnr recently.

His Focus has been pretty reliable, only 2 FTPs, one self inflicted when demonstrating to Micro_Outlaw what a spark plug does and shorted out the ECU, the other the alternator dying after 160k and 17 years....

He's bored with it; but in the midst of a divorce, saving frantically for a house, funds are tight. A £2k budget was suggested, so after looking at various possibles, it was decided to keep the Focus and piss a bit of money getting it through an Mot. Better the devil you know was the thinking behind it. He's had "nice"* cars before (Focus ST2,  Kuga, new Fiestas) but never really gelled with any of them. His favourite car to this day is a Mazda 323F bought for £150. Never broke down, and only disposed of becuase his then girlfriend didn't like it. 

As we all know, older stuff has character, and having put 160k on your Toyota I fully understand why you'd like something else, but I reckon after that sort of commitment she feels like a comfy old pair of slippers, and that's not a bad thing.

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2 minutes ago, outlaw118 said:

feels like a comfy old pair of slippers, and that's not a bad thing.

This is exactly what the wife says about it.  I don't know what we'd do without it now really.  

I've been offered my mothers 2007 Mercedes C220 Coupe which I'm sorely tempted to take on - but that would mean bidding farewell to the Avensis.  I can't do that.  So yes, I'm passing up a far better opportunity for peanuts because I'm a sentimental old fool.

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Just now, egg said:

I'm always interested when cars get to this mileage about how much of the suspension is original - has it had springs/dampers/bushes/arms etc?

As far as I know - it's not had anything at all.  Certainly not on my watch.  

The only bills I can remember were the clutch at 180k (2016) 2x timing belt/water pumps and a radiator when the original got a tiny pin hole at 230k.  It does really want a full exhaust pipe front to back at some stage, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's the tiniest of tiny leaks on the head gasket (cloudy residue on side of coolant bottle).  Otherwise it smells a bit of fuel on idle (likely a slightly leaky injector - possibly the cat) but otherwise it's great.

A cliché I know, but I'd take it anywhere.  

MOT is next month - I reckon it'll need the other front-back brake pipe doing in copper and a bit of luck with the emissions if the exhaust bodge isn't holding up.  Whatever it needs it will get so not really a concern.

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Spent 5 minutes thinking I was going completely mad before resorting to the google. 
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Where the fuck is the washer fluid bottle! I ran it down because it smelt of sewerage, and thought I was cracking up trying to find the filler!

It can only be that - last time I had a Mk1 Clio - I never ever filled it up!

Clue for anyone wondering where the windscreen washer fluid goes in a MK 1 Clio? It’s by the firewall, under the plastic grille on the near side. The offside is where you’ll find the jack. Obviously.

French eh? 🙄

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Brainfarts ahoy.

I'm genuinely tired of having so many cars around the place at the moment.  I'm actually considering going straight, moving everything on other than the Mini and living a simple life.  If we have another year like this one, there'll be nowhere to go - nobody to see - nowhere to enjoy the cars - so they might as well be someone else's problem.

I count 3 of them as broken at the moment. 

  1. Mini really does need the welding now, and the MOT lapses next month
  2. Sierra MOT up in a few week's time and there's an annoying indicator issue AGAIN
  3. Granvia gearbox issue unresolved.  Needs a trip to the specialist really but if it's expensive it's going.

Then there's the Avensis which is still thundering on but has an MOT next month which I'm certain will require

  1. Rear brake pipe
  2. Exhaust fudgery

plus it's started leaking, and it gave me a wet arse last week. :mad:

 

My old dear has taken the very proactive and admirable stance to all but retire from driving at just 70.  Dad has stopped work now, they only need one car, and she's said I can take on her MB CL203.  It's mintola, low miles, well cared for etc.  Only problem is I really need a 5 seater somewhere on fleet and - with the Fiat 500c also here - replacing the Avensis with the C220 wouldn't work.

Dunno.  Maybe I'll feel brighter about things after a couple of MOT passes and a world that looks less weird. 

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On 9/25/2020 at 3:02 PM, BorniteIdentity said:

Clue for anyone wondering where the windscreen washer fluid goes in a MK 1 Clio? It’s by the firewall, under the plastic grille on the near side. The offside is where you’ll find the jack. Obviously.

The Cinquecento had it somewhere funky too. 

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Tiny picture because Photobucket, but it's where the red arrow is above the offside headlight. 

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This week, for the first time ever, I felt old. I have sciatica which swaps from one side to the other, arthritis in one hand and what I think is the beginnings of IBS. On top of that it took me 2 weeks to remember a registration number that once would take me 2 seconds, and I forgot my parent's wedding anniversary.

I'm only 32.

Shit. No I'm not. I'm 33. I forgot that too. (Genuinely)

So, it's about time I committed some of my tales to paper. Well, a shonky server... but that's the best you can do in 2016.

First up, a list of the cars I've owned (as best as I can remember) in chronological order.

Main Cars
1985 VW Polo Formel E. C158 TRT. This was given to me even before I passed my test.

1991 Rover Metro S. J801 TAC. Bought about 3 months after I passed my test as I was convinced the Polo was about to shit its gearbox.

1987 Volvo 360 GLT. D899 CBJ ___ Managed three months in a Metro before the small car and smaller petrol tank became a bore.
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28343168063_aef51f330f_z.jpgFord Mondeo and Honda Civic Coupe by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1999 Ford Mondeo Zetec. V384 DBJ. Still the most I've ever spent on a car. It was 3 years old and cost, from memory, about £8,000. Just think of the Rover R8s you could buy with that now!

28673944450_fed0905c87_z.jpg1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI 8v by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI D79 CVV. I very nearly bought a MK1 Golf 1.1 but was persuaded, by my father amusingly, to buy this one from a different friend. From memory I gave about £500 for it, and sold it to some racers later that year for about £300. Amusingly, 16 year later I'd sell the Hartge wheels that came with the car for £530.

28927619766_5ab360b14f_h.jpg1999 Toyota Avensis CDX by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1999 Toyota Avensis CDX. V781 GDP. By far the best car I've ever had. Bought in 2002 for £5300, it had previously been a company car at British Telecom. I ran it from 62,000 to 174,000 before it became surplus to requirements. A German chap bought it on ebay for about £500 and drove over to collect it. Hero.

28927664766_dcf93df335_z.jpg2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec. Y821 EEB. I should have loved this car. I gave £500 for it in 2008 which was stupidly cheap by anybody's standards. It needed 4 tyres (which actually was nice to pick good ones for once) and a coil spring. Sadly, it was just bill after bill after bill. I sold it and promised to never own another Ford. I nearly succeeded.

28674046270_cd0f083b0c_b.jpg1998 Nissan Almera by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1998 Nissan Almera GX Auto. S58 NLO. My late Grandfather's car and, upon reflection, my first proper attempt at bangernomics. I bought it for £500 in 2008 from the estate and ran it for well over a year and 30,000 miles. It was also my first automatic which, whilst a bit dumb, did lock up into overdrive and give a good 36 mpg no matter how it was driven.

28855340172_8de43906a6_b.jpg2004 Ford Fiesta 1.25 LX and 2006 Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
2004 Ford Fiesta Zetec. AG53 BWL. My wife's car which I ran for a couple of years when I bought her a Focus as a wedding gift.

28959548855_8bc77a5883_b.jpg2003 Rover 75 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
2003 Rover 75 Club SE. AX53 BFA. This is where my career as a serial car buyer really began. Ignoring all of the warning signs I decided to press a K Series into a daily 100 mile commute, which it did with aplomb. This wasn't actually the car I set out to buy, the one I'd agreed to buy OVERHEATED ON THE FORECOURT whilst I was doing the paperwork. Consequently I couldn't leave fast enough and bought a different car later that day.

28343570193_39c619e654_b.jpg2004 Toyota Avensis T30-X by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
2004 Toyota Avensis T3-X. KT53 DWZ. Sensible head back on, I decided to get back into something I trusted when my 3rd son was born. This was a lovely car, but not without its problems. The VVTi oil burning issues are well documented and do frequently occur. Ironically, this was less reliable than the Rover it replaced! Despite fearing the worst and 3 months off the road, the new owner has just MOTd it.

28927903526_c82e81f214_b.jpg1999 Toyota Avensis SR by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1999 Toyota Avensis SR. V263 GDP. Back into bangernomics territory again. The last MK1 Avensis I had was the best car I'd ever had, so I hoped to replicate it with another T22 Avensis. This one came up for sale in my favourite (and rare) colour with a numberplate sequential to my previous car - so it was meant to be. I still have this now, and tomorrow it will tick around to 185,000 miles having been bought by me at 100,500.

Side Bitches

28340942624_eb03d558b8.jpg1974 Morris Mini 1000 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1974 Morris Mini 1000. GEL 517N. Well, I always wanted one - and was young, free, single and well off at the time (2003). A memorable trip to buy it when I called my new girlfriend by my ex girlfriend's name 20 miles into a 200 mile weekend away. She's never forgiven or forgotten but we're still friends. Oh - and married.

28927768746_0b425ac038_z.jpg1977 Ford Capri II GL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1977 Ford Capri II 1600 GL. SMY 675R. I can't remember why I bought this, other than I thought it'd be amusing. It was bought from Norwich for £350 and was perfectly well behaved for the 8 months that I had it (other than a flasher unit expiring). I remember being shocked just how much the windscreen would ice up inside, and duly sold it in November to a guy who was going to drive it daily! It's still alive and now, apparently, black! (Update - it's now silver!!!)

28854977262_5a173cc0e4_z.jpg1989 Volvo 340 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1989 Volvo 340 DL. G67 AVN. I bought this for £80. Unbelievable. It was utterly bloody perfect. I wanted to do a banger rally which is why the guy gave it to me so cheap. I'm still yet to do that rally, but no longer have the car. I sold it for about £300 to a family who were clearly down on their luck who, I hope, still have the car.

28246436494_1a6b520b5c_b.jpg1996 Toyota Granvia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1996 Toyota Granvia. N775 JEV. My wife and I decided to increase our numbers further and, with our 4th son on the way, larger transport was required. We quickly realised you can either have 4 children and no apparel, or apparel and no children. After trying a very tired Mercedes Viano, the Granvia was found for 1/4 of the price and it's still here 2 years later. I can safely say that we'll never sell it - it really is another member of the family.

28674308470_791ed2a155_b.jpg1993 Mercedes 190e by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1993 Mercedes 190e. L795 COJ. I've admired these cars since I was a child. In fact, one of the very few toy cars I still have from my childhood is a Mercedes 190e. Regular readers of "Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder" will know what a PITA this car has been since day 1, but I get the feeling it's a keeper. We'll see!

26427549733_4e56a0a2f6_h.jpg1983 Ford Sierra Base 1.6 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1983 Ford Sierra Base. GVG 510Y. Not explicitly my car, but it should be documented here for reference. Oh - and the V5 is in my name. The story is online for all to read as to how five of us acquired what is believed to be the only remaining Ford Sierra Base. Make a brew and read it, it's a fantastic story.

26425197603_cbaf075108_h.jpg1982 Ford Sierra L by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1982 Ford Sierra L. LCR 503Y. I accidentally won this on ebay for £520. Upon reflection, I shouldn't have sold it - but short stop of saying I regret it. I could never get truly comfortable driving it and, in fairness, I could scratch my Sierra itch with the base if I wanted. Sold it at a stupid profit of £1250. It is believed to be the oldest remaining Ford Sierra in the UK.

28309364775_ece85920b4_h.jpg1979 Volvo 343 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
1979 Volvo 343 DL. DBY 466T As you'll see above, I'd had a 360GLT as a younger lad and fancied one of these earlier cars. The variomatic is, frankly, terrible but amusing. This car has just 8000 miles on the clock and inside was absolutely timewarp. Sadly, the huge bill for the Mercedes 190e cylinder head rebuild meant I had to sell this car shortly after acquiring it. Since then I've had a bit of money luck, and now realise I didn't need to sell it after all. Typical.

I think that's it. My arthritis is playing up even more now. I've left out a few cars that were actually my wife's, but if I find pictures will add them in at a later date. I'll run this as an ongoing thread on cars and what's happening.

Current SitRep:

Purple Avensis: Just about to click over 185,000. Minor drama this week when an HT lead split but otherwise utterly fantastic, fantastically boring and boringly reliable.

Granvia: Just done 1000 miles in a month around Norfolk, 6 up with suitcases. 31mpg achieved on the way up which is good for an old tub with a 3.0 Turbo Diesel on board. ODO displaying 175,000 which is a mix of miles and kilometers. Say 130,000 miles for argument's sake.

Mercedes: Being a PITA. It's had the top end completely rebuilt after the chain came off. Now needs welding to pass another MOT and the gearbox bearings are on strike. It's about to go into the garage for winter until I can stomach it again. 151,000 miles on the clock.

Sierra bASe: Still on sabbatical with AngryDicky who only took it bloody camping in cornwall! Legend.

Just drunkenly raking up old posts.

I called the current (not first Mrs B by the original Mrs B’s name a year in same deal and ouch never forgotten.
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Clio is out on loan at the moment with a neighbour who needed a car at short notice, or faced a week of commuting in the dark on bicycle.  It's a sad state of affairs, but I'd only ever lend out the best I have and this is it!  

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I need to try harder in life.  Still, got new trims and a FW sticker, so it's not all shit.

The Sierra needs somewhere dry for the winter, and I'm out of ideas.  Mini has the garage (it has to be that way) and the Sierra will just deteriorate away if it's not looked after better than I already am.  With that in mind, if anyone has any undercover space and is willing to help out I'd be grateful to hear.

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4 hours ago, Fabergé Greggs said:

Aaah god, why do facelifts relentlessly ruin everything? We need a “facelifts that actually worked” thread if we don’t already have one.. 

I personally think the Clio II Ph2 facelift is way nicer to look at than the Ph1. 

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Was thinking about my old Mercs this morning, and found the most recent pic of my first w201

1993 Mercedes Benz 190E

Scrapped. I literally can’t believe it. It was a beaut. Unless he crashed it (and I doubt it as he was working overseas) then a bloody good car got pulled apart. 

Further proof that, in essence, you can’t always trust other people to do the right thing. 

I appreciate I’m overly sentimental about things, but after the love and money that was lavished on it - it really did deserve more than just 12 months on the road after I sold it. 

Still. He paid. His choice. Still seems a shame. 

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What a fucking day. 

Started at 0400 with a burst of insomnia, so I started work as you do. 

Meeting at 0930 interrupted by a text from my tenant.

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36 month old oil filled rad up in flames.  Look out for me on “Landlords from Hell” next month.

Then the Avensis failed it’s MOT. No huge surprises other than the fugging catalytic converter. I suppose at 262,000 it’s done it’s shift - but I’m torn. Aftermarket parts tend to be shit, and an OEM one looks like megabucks. 

Left meeting to take van to Kings Langley (Toyota Specialist) en route to a meeting in Guildford. Gearbox went thump about 10 miles into journey (near Bedford) EML on, no power so I freewheeled into the nearest lay-by. Smelt gearboxy®️. Tried to start it again but it would spin and spin but not fire. Suspected something terminal so called the AA. After 15 minutes of explaining to the moron on the phone where I was (having used the app with GPS AND a marker sign he still got it wrong by 3 miles in the wrong direction) someone came very sharpish. 

The CuntPig started. 

Not only did it start, it was like nothing had happened. No EML. No box issues. Started and drove it home 12 miles being tailed by the AA. The guy suspects it might be a crank position sensor because it would fire and run after it had coooled, but that wouldn’t explain the previous gearbox problems of late August.

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It will be for sale for spares/repairs imminently. I love the old thing, but I would never ever hear the end of it if it stranded us on a day out. I’ve no idea what it’s worth - and it’s tricky to research it as there’s little comparable. 

What a thundercunt of a day! 

 

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  • BorniteIdentity changed the title to Bornite's Memoirs - MOT fails and Breakdowns.

Not a bad price probably?

My Clio cat is worth £450 as scrap. Dread to think what a OEM one is new. Sports cats are £250. 

As you might imagine, quite a few people are scrapping their cats and lobbing sports cats on. Or buying Clios, fresh MOT, scrapping the cat, decat pipe and then sell on the car as "modified for performance with decat". Amazingly people fall for it. 

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On 10/14/2020 at 1:58 PM, BorniteIdentity said:

I need to try harder in life.  Still, got new trims and a FW sticker, so it's not all shit.

The Sierra needs somewhere dry for the winter, and I'm out of ideas.  Mini has the garage (it has to be that way) and the Sierra will just deteriorate away if it's not looked after better than I already am.  With that in mind, if anyone has any undercover space and is willing to help out I'd be grateful to hear.

Dry car storage is difficult unless you want to lay out loads in deposits and months of rent up front for a garage, that always come unmeasured.  I tried recently to find somewhere for the 75 but in the end found a nice big driveway locally in a nice leafy part of town.  Not in the dry but at least its safe and tucked away off the road for a whole tenner a week.  

How about a cover for the Sierra?

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2 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

What a fucking day. 

Started at 0400 with a burst of insomnia, so I started work as you do. 

Meeting at 0930 interrupted by a text from my tenant.

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36 month old oil filled rad up in flames.  Look out for me on “Landlords from Hell” next month.

Then the Avensis failed it’s MOT. No huge surprises other than the fugging catalytic converter. I suppose at 262,000 it’s done it’s shift - but I’m torn. Aftermarket parts tend to be shit, and an OEM one looks like megabucks. 

Left meeting to take van to Kings Langley (Toyota Specialist) en route to a meeting in Guildford. Gearbox went thump about 10 miles into journey (near Bedford) EML on, no power so I freewheeled into the nearest lay-by. Smelt gearboxy®️. Tried to start it again but it would spin and spin but not fire. Suspected something terminal so called the AA. After 15 minutes of explaining to the moron on the phone where I was (having used the app with GPS AND a marker sign he still got it wrong by 3 miles in the wrong direction) someone came very sharpish. 

The CuntPig started. 

Not only did it start, it was like nothing had happened. No EML. No box issues. Started and drove it home 12 miles being tailed by the AA. The guy suspects it might be a crank position sensor because it would fire and run after it had coooled, but that wouldn’t explain the previous gearbox problems of late August.

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It will be for sale for spares/repairs imminently. I love the old thing, but I would never ever hear the end of it if it stranded us on a day out. I’ve no idea what it’s worth - and it’s tricky to research it as there’s little comparable. 

What a thundercunt of a day! 

 

Crank sensor diagnosis/theory isn't necessarily a bad idea.

Depending where the gearbox (I'm assuming on something that new it's electronically controlled) gets its engine rpm data from, a flaky crankshaft position sensor *could* make it throw it's toys out the pram.

If the sensor isn't expensive/absolute hell to change I'd give it a try.

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      I tried to keep ahead of the rust a bit by rubbing down the arches and re-painting them, but apparently rattle can paint isn't great when you are spraying it at -5C, it also highlighted how although my car might have been Inca Yellow in 1976 it's now more of a "cat piss" sort of shade. So I ended up with the wrong shade of yellow which has rust coming back through after 5 weeks. Did I mention I'm incompetent?
       
      The other car is the first "classic" car I bought, so I can't bear to sell it. It's a '77 Dolomite 1300 and it cost £1400 (about £400 too much) and has been nothing but a pain in the arse:
       

       
      It looks much prettier (from 100 yards) but that's most due to the darker paintwork hiding the rust. It lives a mollycoddled life in my garage, where it somehow still manages to rust, and is utterly rubbish. 0-60 is measured on a calendar, top speed is 80ish but at that point it uses more oil than petrol, it rarely ventures over 50mph and if you encounter an incline of any sort you can kiss that sort of speed goodbye, along with about £20 of 20W50 as it vanishes out of the exhaust in the form of blue smoke.
       
      One of the PO's had clearly never heard of the term "oil change" so it developed into brown sludge that coated everything internally with the next owner(s) blissfully pouring fresh oil on top of it. This lasted until about 600 miles into my ownership when there was muffled "pop" from the engine bay and the car became a 3-cylinder. The cause was catastrophic wear to the top end causing a rocker arm to snap:
       

       
      As this was my first classic car I'd assumed it was supposed to sound like the engine was full of marbles, it wasn't.
       
      I put the engine back together with second hand bits declared it utterly fucked and promptly did another 5000 miles with it. After about 3500 of those miles the oil burning started, valve seals have gone so it's been relegated to my parent's garage as a backup car and something to take to local car shows as the 1850 is now embarrassingly ugly. I'm keeping my eye on eBay for replacement engines (deja vu, anybody?) Oh, I also recently reversed it into a parked Ford Fiesta and royally fucked up the rear bumper, rear panel and bootlid. Did I mention I'm incompetent?
       
      There have been two other cars in my life. My first car, a 2008 Toyota Yaris 1.0 an it's replacement a 2012 Corsa 1.4T. I didn't really want either of them, but it's a long story involving my parents and poor life choices. Ask if you want to hear it!
       
      So that's a brief summary of my current shite. If you want more pictures or details of anything do say as I've got photos of almost everything I'd done with the cars.
    • By danthecapriman
      As many of you might have read on the grin thread and my thread about yank headlights on Volvo 740's, I should have acquired myself this one. I've just got a few pics of said Volvo pre rescue as it sits.
       
      For those who don't know, it's an 88 740 estate in 2.3 auto GLE spec (my favourite!) which was owned by my sisters boyfriends grandad. He passed away this year and the cars just been sat unused since mid 2015.
      The family are clearing the property and I was told the Volvo and others were going to most likely go for scrap. I said I'd take the Volvo and asked for a price only to be told I could have it!
       
      The Wolseley 1300 apparently is already spoken for so hopefully that will be saved or at least donate some parts. The Volvo should become mine at some point but the caravan and Omega will probably get weighed in.
       
      So here are the few pics I have to go on.
       
      IMG_0331 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
       
      IMG_0332 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
       
      IMG_0329 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
       
      IMG_0333 by Dan Clark, on Flickr
       
      The Volvo looks ok from the little I can see and having run an MOT history check it seems a good one. It's a low miler at 90k and seems to of only done a couple of thousand miles between tests. Most of the fails seem to be for stupid stuff.
       
      So the plan at the moment will be to try to get it running and moving then try to get it back home. At the moment it's a 100 miles or so away.
       
      To be continued...
    • By Shirley Knott
      Greetings all.
       
      After lurking here for a short while, frankly liking what I see and enjoying the various shite, the site has well and truly struck a chord with me. I'm a serial buyer of ropey sub £1k vehicles, don't have to but genuinely enjoy it.
       
      I feel like I might (Just might) have found my 'spiritual' home here
       
      I've been posting across the web on owner specific forums (Usually using either my JoeyEunos or RandomPrecion handles) for a while now, but from here-on-in I will pull my threads together and merge them here into one ghastly topic.
       
      My current steeds...
       
      Lupo 1.7 SDI
       
      SAM_5560 by
       
      and the work/story so far...http://forums.clublupo.co.uk/index.php?/topic/102863-joeyeunoss-sdi-beater/
       
      Golf Mk4 SDI
       
       
      SAM_5531 by
       
      and the thread.... http://uk-mkivs.net/topic/597074-project-slow/
       
      Early (1989) Mk1 Eunos (This one was recently sold)
       
      SAM_4656 by
       
      the thread...http://www.mx5nutz.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=213274
       
      Other shite I've owned and moved on in the last year include this ropey Passat...
       
      SAM_6011 by
       
      and this legendary £300 Fiesta Finesse...
       
      Festa by
       
      Cars I'd like to own/actively looking for in the forthcoming weeks/months/years...
       
      Rover 75 (Dizzler)
      Peugeot 405 (XUD)
      Mk1 Octavia (Estate/dizzler, pre pd or SDI)
      Honda CRV (Gen1)
      Volvo 240/850
    • By strangeangel
      I thought I'd start a thread for this as I'll probably end up asking all sorts of questions, given that this is my first 'proper' Citroën.
       
      So... the ground clearance lever won't go all the way to the highest setting (all others work), which is bad 'cos the book says I need it to do that in order to check the LHM level. It feels like something's seized, so I don't want to force it. Any ideas for a plan of attack would be much appreciated.
       
      Next up are the wheels. I now have a set of 205 pepperpots that have just gone off for powder coating & I need to get some tyres for them. The handbook says the car should have 165/70R14s on, the wheels came with 185/65R14 on. Any thoughts about what size I should get please? Cheers.
       
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