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11 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Great news on the Avensis. Certainly thinning out around these parts.

Sadly this SR in the same colour has been scrapped, its last MoT expired in 2017.

2000 Toyota Avensis 2.0SR

 

Yes, shame about that one - it's the only other Purple one I've actually "seen" (other than the brochure which, from memory, had one in it).

Interesting comment on Pistonheads about mine

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I used to work for Toyota in Derby building these, The SR was built at the factory in Derby and then transferred to Toyota GB who changed the badges, wheels and put a rather nice Sony stereo in I think?

I used to travel to the export ports for Toyota in the Uk and in Europe so had many (20?) of these as company cars qas we were only allowed to put 6000 miles on them before they went into the dealer network. Never let me down and have had 1 Toyota in the family ever since (which have never let me down either) 

I'm rather fond of it (as I think I've probably conveyed) and am looking forward to getting a bit of paint on it next year and generally improving things here and there.  If an SR came up I'd likely buy it for parts (I should have done this with one that was on Facebook in January for £500)

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If you’ve an old car of that age it’s always worth picking one up to break, you’d be amazed how handy it is having a spare starter motor or a spare alternator sat on the shelf at home as and if you need it.

That said I’ve a shed full of bits of Mk2 Mondeos and Focuses that have met their fate in my hands that I’ll not use now. 

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Isn't £500 for a whole car cheaper than the exhaust you need? 

The one in the fb ad looks like a shed though... You want one with damage or terminal issues somewhere so your not tempted to do another save... 

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7 minutes ago, beko1987 said:

Isn't £500 for a whole car cheaper than the exhaust you need? 

The one in the fb ad looks like a shed though... You want one with damage or terminal issues somewhere so your not tempted to do another save... 

One picture, bloke only wants calls, Bradford, I suspect he's the sort of person I find impossible to deal with.  It'd just be nice to have one with all the right coloured panels as well as the right bits.

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5 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Just read the advert. £1000 and no MOT? Are they having a laugh?

I think it's more "ambitious pricing" than any kind of stand up routine.  The catalytic converter will see him half of the asking though at the moment which is sometimes a problem.  Sometimes people are just bloody clueless though.

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20 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Just read the advert. £1000 and no MOT? Are they having a laugh?

Just spoke to him, a very nice chap in fairness.  He is being swarmed by exporters who have already offered him £750.  I dare say they pull the cat and send it to Africa - and fair play to them if that's how they put grub on the table.  What it does mean is I am, sadly, out.  Timing was shite anyway - but if it was £500 I'd have bought it, bought a new shed, and just pulled it apart over the course of a weekend.

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I’d say if they’ve offered him £750 tell him to take it. In actual fact they’ve probably offered him £300. He’ll be chancing in you falling in love with it and paying over the odds. Anyone who didn’t have mince for brains would snap someone’s hand off if they’d got £750 sheets in their hand. 

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6 minutes ago, sierraman said:

I’d say if they’ve offered him £750 tell him to take it. In actual fact they’ve probably offered him £300. He’ll be chancing in you falling in love with it and paying over the odds. Anyone who didn’t have mince for brains would snap someone’s hand off if they’d got £750 sheets in their hand. 

I would normally, regrettably, agree with you - but I've exported one of these myself.  They are phenomenally popular and always fetch good money.  

But I appreciate and respect your naturally cynical outlook.

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I am a cynic, you are right there but it’s born out of years of bangernomics. That said I’ve just ordered a load of clobber to preserve the underside of the wife’s 16 year old Focus, maybe I’m getting less right in old age. 

Old Toyotas have always gone to Africa, where in Nigeria it seems Mercedes is king, I don’t know how they get along with changing the pads on a Sensotronic, I suspect there are a lot of fingerless mechanics in Lagos now. 

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4 hours ago, sierraman said:

If you’ve an old car of that age it’s always worth picking one up to break, you’d be amazed how handy it is having a spare starter motor or a spare alternator sat on the shelf at home as and if you need it.

That said I’ve a shed full of bits of Mk2 Mondeos and Focuses that have met their fate in my hands that I’ll not use now. 

Parts acquisition does come in handy. I've built up a reasonable amount of Capri parts which can be very useful at times. Do I recall you were thinning out your Mk2 Mondeo spares collection? 

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2 minutes ago, N19 said:

Parts acquisition does come in handy. I've built up a reasonable amount of Capri parts which can be very useful at times. Do I recall you were thinning out your Mk2 Mondeo spares collection? 

I was wanting to get rid of them to whoever could come and pick them up, I’ve moved storage to another shed that’s bigger so I’m not in an urgent rush but I’ve moved on to the newer models now so it’s not much use to me. 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Motoring has been fairly minimal of late due to the post COVID boom at work, kids constantly needing reliable transport to various things and the arrival of a (hopefully uninterrupted) cricket season. 

As noted elsewhere we spent last Sunday in the company of Fuzz Townshend and other enthusiasts with the Escort but, since then, minimal fun. If this is how life is going to be, there’s precious point in owning any more than 0.5 cars. 

I thought I’d better get the Mini out as it’s been at the front of the garage now for approximately 7 months. Shit form really. So have a cold start video where all the petrol is bank in the tank! 
 

Sadly. The clutch is Donald Ducked. We had to free the slave cylinder with a hammer back in 2019 and, being honest, it was far from perfect. Seemingly half a year off the road has seen it seize again. You can change gear if you turn the engine off but if you start it in gear it lurches, so the clutch is clearly not disengaging.

I think, unless I have a windfall, the Mini will have to wait until the end of the year for some TLC. I do want to get it nice, but I’m nervous about getting started without the cash reserves to see it through. I’ve just invested £5k in our little rental house and, along with a few other unforeseen expenses, don’t have a lot of headroom right now. 

It does make me a bit sad to see it parked up, but ultimately I have it - it’s here - so that’s the main thing. 

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  • 2 months later...

Through Lockdown 1.0, my immediate neighbour and fellow fan of motoring pursuits began a 'virtual' car club in the village.  He's a very sweet man - it started with lockdown car shows (show and shine on your own drive) then, through the wintery months, grew a newsletter with articles of interest on small, local car builders. (like Berkeley of Biggleswade).  Finally, a couple of months ago, we had our first 'Convoy' out - approximately 20 cars trundling around the Cambridgeshire countryside - just purely for the sake of burning some petrol and raising some smiles.

The first drive was undertaken in the Escort.  This man is a friend of a friend, and delighted in telling his son what a rare car I had.  Funny, as he'd turned up in a 100 year old car himself that was far rarer! 

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This weekend, we had our second drive out - this time towards Wimpole.  As you can see, whilst the weather wasn't quite as good - the cars were, once again, a lovely eclectic mix.

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I'm reliably informed by my friend who knows more about this sort of stuff - that it's a Ferrari F8 Tributo.  Yes - not all of my neighbours are crippling disappointments on the local media scene.

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This is a glorious car, and I've had my eye on it for a long long time.  At some stage, it will come up for sale.  Unfortunately I'm about 8th on the list and it won't be cheap.  It's about the best example you'll ever find of one though, completely original, 2 owners and 70k.

The local garageman has a few M3s, and a set of tradeplates.  I like his style.

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Really enjoyed paying this much, much more attention than the Ferrari or the Bentley that arrived a little later.  Also, a lovely moment as two friends hug for the first time in 18 months.  🥰

Little bit of flexing in this corner, but that's fine.  All owned by thoroughly lovely people whose interest and passion for cars is no greater or different to ours.

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Yes, it's a 1.9.  Yes, he just bought it.  No, I'm not crude enough to ask £hfm.  

The weather just held out for an enjoyable 24 mile route.  Half the cars go clockwise, and half the route go anticlockwise.  We do this to try to prevent holding up too much traffic.  The great thing is - at approximately the halfway point - you see the other cars coming towards you which is great!  

The Sierra?  Well, it was only the second journey out with the newly installed clutch and everything is fine.  It is the lowest clutch in the history of low clutches, but that will be rectified when I can get a gap at my local garage who can fit a new adjuster.  It still seems to be losing coolant somewhere but I can't for the fucking life of me find out where.  There's little to no trace of crystalised coolant, but it seems to just drop the level.  I wonder if it's finding its own happy place down towards the bottom of the expansion vessel?  Either that or it has a hairline crack, or the cap is faulty.  Fucknose.

Anyway, an enjoyable trip out.  FotU next (subject to me feeling like going, which is 50/50) and that'll be the longest run it's done in about 3 years!

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I was planning on going to FotU but car mojo is a bit low at the moment. It's a shame because I was both gutted last year when it was cancelled and delighted this year when it was reinstated. Dunno, just feeling a bit glum at the moment when it comes to cars.  The wider picture is peachy AF.  I'm sure it'll bounce back.  People bounce back.  Dennis Hopper.  Rolf Harris.  There are others.

I've had a five year inner battle with this old hector.  Sustaining it is quite a challenge, and I've had to be both strict and realistic with myself.  When it comes to remedials, IF I can make it better - then I will. If I can't, it gets left alone. If it needs to be addressed but is beyond my scope, then it's done properly and well. There's no point in paying good money for shit repairs just so it can be 'authentic'. It's an organic thing this car, and it's come simultaneously a long way and not very far in 5 years.  

The rear panel has been bubbling away for a long time now. It has now holed, but doesn't seem to let any water in. This week I finally bit the bullet, took the plate off and painted it up with some Hammerite which, in fairness, is a fairly decent match. Well, I'll let you be the judge!


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Eeek. I might need to learn to spray! Still, as the old saying goes, anything's better than rust. I took the opportunity to slap a bit around in the boot on some slightly brown bits and, if nothing else, it makes me feel a bit better about things.  From 6 feet it looks red and fine.  

What next?  Well, I managed to get a bonnet cable from ebay for £4 which is a result (I hope!).  I've also bought a new clutch adjuster so will deliver both of those and the car to my friendly garage so it's just f**king done.  The next gig is the doors, and I might just get a second driver's door which has a manual winder arrangement for ease.  I'll likely get them whacked on next year so that I'm not banging about in the depths of winter with new metal and paint.  

So, as soon as we're done with the little jobs on this, it's Mini time...

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9 minutes ago, Kiltox said:

Hang on, is it staying? Did I miss that?

The guy who wants it isn't in any rush, and nor am I.  I think it'll be more of a crossfade than a rushed relay.  I would be surprised if it's still here this time next year, but if it takes him 6 months to get his house in order and start his tenure on a good footing, then that's fine with me and probably better for the car.  

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2 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

The rear panel has been bubbling away for a long time now. It has now holed, but doesn't seem to let any water in. This week I finally bit the bullet, took the plate off and painted it up with some Hammerite which, in fairness, is a fairly decent match. Well, I'll let you be the judge!

You can take it to the bank that water's getting in, is it getting out though? Some wob or a bit of tactical gaffer tape might be the answer.

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5 hours ago, RoadworkUK said:

This is great news. Sorry that it won't be at FOTU, so no licking can transpire, but its nose did brush against my leg in Felixstowe, so I'm good.

Ha.  That was a great day out.  

They were like flies around shit.

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First time my old boy had driven a Sierra since July '94.  Note how he has more fashionable fashiontrousers than I do.

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Sorry I wont make FotU.  Just life dragging me in other directions I guess!

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2 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

Ha.  That was a great day out.  

They were like flies around shit.

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First time my old boy had driven a Sierra since July '94.  Note how he has more fashionable fashiontrousers than I do.

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Sorry I wont make FotU.  Just life dragging me in other directions I guess!

Bloody hell, when I saw that pic of the Sierra I thought it had had a smack on the side, it's just the reflection in the door but it really worried me for a min !

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20 minutes ago, ETCHY said:

Bloody hell, when I saw that pic of the Sierra I thought it had had a smack on the side, it's just the reflection in the door but it really worried me for a min !

Nope, it has a caved door. Always has had!

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