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On a much smaller scale I stopped buying in Dysons to refurb and sell a year or so back, they just weren't shifting. Took on much more refurb work, where people will willingly payme to refurb a DC07 for £80 but not buy one done for £60.

Hide the white RR and get cracking with customer jobs asap, get the cash in. As said, lob an ad on car and classic and other places and just forget about it for a while

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1 hour ago, richardthestag said:

yep did all that ages ago, they are not that interested in outright purchase, but would be happy to market it for me. sounds like stuff that I could do though ?

Bear in mind they might have access to customers that wouldn't necessarily see your RR elsewhere - it may cost a few quid as a commission sale, but equally you might just find the right buyer who is prepared to pay for a good useable 3dr. Also, have you thought about getting Land Rover Owners mag or similar to do a feature on it? Submit it as a restoration project gone well and maybe a nice 4-5 page article effectively advertising the car....

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ok folks 

to sum up on the white Range Rover project I did record a very boozy analysis on Friday which I reviewed yesterday and it still made sense and wasn't too offensive ?

So I stuck it up 

Moving forwards, I met with a new customer yesterday who has a 2 door late 80s spanish Range Rover that he wants work doing on. This will start end of this month

Looking forward to Project Southpaw - The left Hooker .... geddit

Series 109 work will continue around that project.

I currently have no need to sell either my stag nor Redshed into a depressed marketplace so that is good news

Today and this week I am building up a stag Engine which has continually fought every effort for me to get it finished. This one has been going for over a year now and needs to finish. Grace and Favour project too! Owner pays for the parts and we have bartered for the labour costs

 

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On 9/5/2019 at 1:41 PM, 83C said:

First time I’ve really caught up with this thread. That Series looks spot on, I’ve had a hankering for a Series for some time. Probably out of my price range but drop me a PM anyway if you do want to sell....

That series has it's own thread

This is going to be a quick turn around, new brakes and welded up bulkhead. may or may not paint it

 

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Richard, I watched your rant right to the end. I found it sad, funny, inspirational and disappointing, not in that order. I found myself sharing your disappointment that the car sold in the end for less than its true value but you are correct IMHO as to the reasons for that. This was something to a great extent outside of your control. You can be justly proud of the quality of the workmanship you poured into the Range Rover, the buyer has landed a real bargain.

But looking on the bright side, the project has raised your profile and demonstrated what you can do. I am sure that many on this board have been inspired by your "can do" spirit, I know it has infected me .I cant see you lacking work on Land and Range Rover restorations in the future now that you are better known. I think your £4 per hour days may soon be a distant memory.  It was a joy to watch you transform a complete wreck of a car into a real gem. Yes, you deserved a better end result but as a great man once said, we cant command success, we can only be deserving of it. Thank you for sharing your considerable knowledge with us, and may good fortune follow you from here on.

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I watched the rant, very good it was too. I am ya hardcore brexit person so I thought this could be interesting however you are spot on IMHO, the uncertainty is caused by the three years of can kicking and delaying tactics.

Another issue you address is these things being peoples play things and although it seems like everyone is flush in 2019 because they have a 67 reg modern aldi / bmw / merc  worth upto £30k, most of this stuff is on PCP and you can't by a classic RR on such schemes with little outlay.   Carrying out work on behalf of a customer is probably the way to go i.e. the 2 door Spanish RR, for the time being anyway.  Good luck Richard.

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Ok folks, time to introduce Project Southpaw, the left hooker! geddit?

Arrived at chez Churchhouseclassics Monday this week.

Brief from the owner is generous, convert to rhd, get it road legal, lower it from the comedy 2" lift, treat it as if it were mine....

here we are on day of arrival, one careful owner, one owner who cares and many who did not

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dash top heater were extracted fairly easily 

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as were pedal box and brake lines to the front callipers. I do tolerate a 200tdi ? though of course 8 pots is just ?

It would have been VM originally but at some point a previous owner installed a 200tdi.

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next up, steering column and loom came out

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Front axle off next, not necessarily needed but brakes out, comedy 2" lift off, dead dampers out and rubber bushes replaced by blue poly made it easier

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Both front hubs had significant play!!! Disappointed especially as customer paid to have the swivel balls replaced recently.

In the tray is the remains of the right side outer bearing race.... seriously! The situation improved marginally with the remaining 3 wheel bearing races on the front axle

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Alas new! front swivel bearing here had damage. ..... what can a chap say?

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LHD steering box was dropped out, dead easy! 4 bolts and 2 nut and bolts. Gravity does the rest 

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Parts shipment of stuff to get it fixed arrived on thursday which was a beaut

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Refurbed rhd steering box ready to install

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RHD swivel housings installed onto original axle

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New 1" lowered spring from FamousFour standing next to 2" "comedy" ? lift springs

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Axle was rebushed to blue poly and refitted with new lower springs and new monroe dampers. 

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ongoing investigation on rhd loom is taking place. Yet to find an OE loom that has been removed from a 1990 GA suffix car that has not been massacred. Nor are Autosparks able to assist in the short term. BUT rest assured there will be an answer...

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The only rust on the car after welding work instructed by the current owner, was around the LH front footwell / inner wing area. Cut all the shite and shonky bits out

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Started welding is all back up again

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Youtube video with lots of expletive* will follow when I relocate from North Devon where Broadband is criminally limited..

 

Thanks for reading

 

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1 hour ago, tapir said:

@richardthestag Found your youtube  channel, not sure how I missed the it and the thread before, anyhow really enjoying it and looking forward to seeing Southpaw take shape.

One important question after the tyre peril video:

Is the horse called Tiny or Tony (seems the horse is not too sure either...!)? 

thanks :D

black and white 'orse is called Tidy or Tidy 'orse. she is mother to the chestnut who is called Tammy

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heading home tomorrow so update for the last 4 days on project southpaw

New brake lines fitted up 

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while underneath I found that the gearbox loom to be in a similar state splice as other sections of the loom. no wonder that all the smoke has leaked out.

Also a bit worried about that nyloc which isn't locked! will have a look tomorrow.

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Swivel bearing preload was set as per the manual, new CV joints installed and then new stub axles fitted

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then bearings and hubs fitted up, at this point I found that the spacer was missing that fits between the outer bearing and the hub lock nut

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Nipped out to get a pair of them and spotted a pair of western power defenders. must be the last two in their fleet. doubt they will be investing in new defenders ?

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anyway, spacers fitted, end float adjusted and hub sealed up. yay just one more side to do.

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two front hubs done and steering track and drag arms fitted time to get it back on the ground. slinky low going from 2" lift to a 1" drop. Arse end is still 2" lift for now

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today was getting to the bottom of 1990 lhd loom, I have a spare 92 onwards loom - well most of it anyway. but to fit this to the car even with the body looms is going to be a ballsache.

This car is a 1990 GA suffix - same as the CSK 2 door, didn't make many nor for very long. Looms are hard to come by, going to have a chat with Autosparks and see if they can help with a LHD pattern toa  RHD installation 

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trial fitted the front wings and deck panel, may need a touch of paint. Chamonix white I think

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Anyway, watch this space, loom is next week or maybe the week after

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  • 3 weeks later...

updatez, been busy over the last couple of weeks and not had much time for webshite.

Let's bring this up to date ?

every time I knock this car another kilo of Spain drops out from underneath

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Bumper and towbar need to come off, Bumper was a bastard because of spinning or seized fixings. Cutting holes through the bent and generally fucked bumper was the only way

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tow ball electrics were spiced in behind the rear light, love a bunch of rusted choc blocks

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Reconfigured the tailgate lock so it uses the same key as doors and ignition

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Removed rear calipers, both fucked, lots of hub and axle grease but also some brake fluid

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removed a-frame after a disaster smashing the axle into the floor with my pointy finger inbetween.

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drop axle down was the plan but had to jack the chassis up another 6" to release tension on rear 2" lift springs

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spripped down discs and hubs, removed like arms and drained oil. one rear disc was 8mm thick, against a minimum of 12mm! the other was just under 12mm

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Link arms with new "comfort" polybush blue

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I am a silly arse, done RR rear axle dampers so many times but misjudged the extra height needed to release tension on 2" lift springs. Traditionally I would jack the axle up, support the chassis, lower the axle with a-frame attached and the springs would be loose. On this occasion I was distracted, chatting with Fatha thestag and properly not concentrating. Was undoing the o/s/r damper and when the last thread released the axle propelled downwards under the force of the spring and bounced off the concrete floor. I was convinced that the tip of my finger was off, the gash seems to go very deep, bone is not broken, the tip of the finger burst open. 9 days on, finger is healing, shall not show images unless you have a desire to see, nail is intact and nerves on the tip are working. Completely numb on the print area though, which is utterly destroyed. Finger is still twice the width of the right hand pointy finger.

Anyway we must continue

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I have been following via the tube, very interesting and nice work :) (especially the conversion from LHD to RHD)

sorry to hear about the finger, did you get it checked out at the hospital? sounds nasty enough to warrant a trip id say!

(if nothing else so they can dress it up properly so your glove does not turn into a "water" balloon you throw at someone on halloween! :mrgreen:

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Less self harm involved in next bits

Stripping down rear axle, both rear hubs totally worn out, age and sand I think finished them off

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Diff is leaking at flange seal and gasket. Breather was completely blocked

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However diff itself is a peach, engineer blue shows a perfect mesh

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Inner wings are on the whole rust free and very good, except the top rail / box section, this had been creatively disguised with loads of wob

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Both sides, inside and out gah

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cutting open the box revealed reason, it was full of sand and mud, been wading mefinks, and this area doesnt get a breeze to dry it through

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Welded up drivers side, need to finish this off this week

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shiny bolt kit for the rear axle and a-frame

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all "comfort poly bushed and ready to go

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easy enough to get it back in place and on my own

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next up is to build up hubs with new discs and wheel bearings

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along with new calipers, just need to make up the rigid brake lines and refit the flexi. Before then I want to install the Boge levelling strut

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In the meantime, replaced the n/s door top hinge which was fucked, and shimmed it so it goes ker-lunk

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Also need to have a go at straightening that rear wing dent out, and fit the new rear bumper

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next stage starts tomorrow

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I other news I had to remove the heater unit from my daily driver as the matrix was leaking. No piccies on this one, there would be fah-sands of em

 

For all this love and attention

I have been rewarded with a suspect head gasket failure tonight on the drive to Devonshite. More on that tomorrow

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Rest your sphincters it is coming up after this update on Southpaw ?

Finished patching up the top rail and side curtain of the drivers side front inner wing, kind of wish that I had just cut it all out and replaced with single chunks.  99% will never been seen with outer wing fitted and stuff under the bonnet will be further hidden by loom, battery etc

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then got on with the passenger door, top hinge was royally fucked and the gaps were all over the place. Ended up removing the glass frame which was held in by 2 screws rather than the usual 7

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then mindful of the inner wing issues on the drivers side I tested the steel using "hammer of testing and cut the whole sad thing out, good job too, was worse than the drivers side I just finished

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along with a bog wedge of the bulkhead that was hidden behind the inner wing top rail. all rusty as fuck

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remains of bulkhead and first of the repair panels

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not beautiful but rust free, solid, and hidden from view

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ordered parts to repair the inner wing which I will fit next week, then paint and rebuild yay

Loom is becoming a "bulls acre" Autosparks cannot help, bought a 1990s loom complete and will have to get that working most of this car is later loom anyway with exception of door looms and connectors to the rear loom.

watch this space

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And onto the daily, yep I jinxed it. 194500k on the clock and it is apart. fucksticks

Fucking hell, that's fucked the fucking fucker!

K-sealed it and headed from home for Devonshite where the workshop is, initially performed beautifully but then the occasional whiff of hot antifreeze kept wafting through the car. Get there with no drama except that the LPG packed up and grenaded the airflow inlet pipe to the plenum. Bastard!

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Block test still passed but the engine was cold, I think this is a problem that manifests itself when warm. All plugs out and have minor carbon deposits but else no issues. 

Hats off to Bosch Super 4 plugs, done over 64k miles and still have life in them

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Compressions on RH Bank excellent for a Rover v8, on LH back I couldn't get the tester to screw in, fucked plug thread, remainder were not great, #3 and #7 were more than 10% off the highest compression. Didn't bother with a wet test because I knew the head gasket had failed.

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started big strip down, everythging is a bit grubby to be honest

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as expected LH bank head gasket had failed on 3 of 4 cylinders. Sounds horrific but ....

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It is this bit that confirmed it for me. On the left is the water jacket at the front of the block. Then you can see three light rings for the head gasket fire ring imprinted onto the block face. However where it goes past the water jacket you can clearly see it has breached

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The front 3 cylinders all had these breaches on the inner edge (next to the inlet manifold) again head gasket had failed almost certainly due to the infamous 3rd row of head bolts and subsequent head tipping. I am pretty sure this engine had not been apart before I bought it at 46k miles and the head gaskets were Land Rover Branded so this is the first time apart ever!

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Cleaneed up the block face and checked for low points, especially where the blow had occured, seems ok

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 Head on the other hand are both distorted, mainly around the ends. but will definitely need a skim

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But a damned good clean up first will make the job more pleasant

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camshaft is showing signs of wear, but is not the catastrophe that many of the OLLI boys would have you believe on a 194k engine that is still running all it's original components (except timing chain and gears)

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Did a check on the brushes on the alternator, which were fine. The contact rings however are almost worn out! Since the fuck when do contact rings wear faster than brushes?

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Removed the cam which meant first removing the radiator and then shifting the Aircon rad out of the way also - without disturbing the pipe work

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Now I have a smoll shopping list and a visit to thee machine shop with those heads. Hope to have it back up and running next week

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Just now, LightBulbFun said:

like for interesting engine/mechanical shots/info, not for HGF!

will there be a video on the whole thing? :) (that way at least ya get some youtube moneys out of the whole thing at least!)

thanks mon brave

Re yootoob money and I demonetised due to lack of followers and profanity. Couldn't care less about that anyway as the adverts just get in the way ;)

Yes I am pulling together a HGF video and currently uploading episode 5 of Project Southpaw which what you have read above is the spoiler.

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1 minute ago, richardthestag said:

thanks mon brave

Re yootoob money and I demonetised due to lack of followers and profanity. Couldn't care less about that anyway as the adverts just get in the way ;)

Yes I am pulling together a HGF video and currently uploading episode 5 of Project Southpaw which what you have read above is the spoiler.

haha yeah im not surprised :) 

ah cool I look forward to seeing it, I asked because I know a HGF on your daily can be one of those jobs that you may want to just get done and over with rather then faff around also trying to film it!

but I appreciate that you are filming it for us!

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      I spent the next three hours kicking myself for not bidding more while we were out as it was the first car I had seen that fitted my criteria. Fate was in charge.

      On returning home I go straight on ebay to find 'Congratulations.............'
      For the grand total of £500 I had just won this fine vehicle!
       

       
      It has 5 months MOT and after fitting seat belts in the rear for the girls car seats it is pushed into daily service.
      My gamble and subsequent use results in a perfectly reliable car that actually does what it is supposed to do.
       
      Even more importantly Mrs T loves it so a win all round.
       
      All my cars have names (most are earned over a bit of time) and this one is called 'Gwendolen' ( G reg car and from Wales originally. I hate the name but I am not going to argue)
       
      That sums up part one, more will be along later (probably much later)
    • By Zelandeth
      Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction.

      I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement...

      So...we've got:

      1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...).
      1989 Saab 900i Automatic.
      1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition.
      1985 Sinclair C5.
      2009 Peugeot 107 Verve.

      Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time...

      Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing.


      Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months.

       






      Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising...









      Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange.







      Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles.

      Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5...



      Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise.

      Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107.



      Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else."

      I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
    • By BorniteIdentity
      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.



      Ford 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!

      1987 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.

      1999 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.

      2001 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.

      1998 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.

      2004 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.

      2003 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.

      2004 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.

      1999 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

      1974 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.

      1977 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!!!)

      1989 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.

      1996 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.

      1993 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!

      1983 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.

      1982 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.

      1979 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.
    • By juular
      Old car - check
      Full of rust - check
      Siezed engine - check
      Cheapest on the internet - check
      Bought sight unseen - check
      No space for it - check
      Poo count - 1.5
       
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