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I think I can now say that Phase 1 of the Invacar retrim project is complete.

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The fuel filter which had fallen apart internally...

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...Has now been replaced.

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I have a glass bodied filter which can be serviced on the way as I'm guessing all of these filters in the bag are likely as bad as each other.

Having been out to run a few errands today I can definitely vouch for the fact that the general noise levels have been vastly reduced.  By far the most annoying thing in that regard now is the nearside door which rattles quite a bit.  I think if we get some better seals in there I'm hoping that might improve things in that department, we'll see.  I suspect that there's a certain element of "they just do that" due to the design though.  As it is though the car is far more pleasant to travel in now than it was.

Phase 2 will be lining the roof and replacing the cracked dash moulding with my spare one...not sure when that will happen, but likely a job for either the depths of winter or early next year I think. 

I'm quite pleased with how this project has turned out, especially as I've never done anything like this before.

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10 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

Phase 2 will be lining the roof and replacing the cracked dash moulding with my spare one...not sure when that will happen, but likely a job for either the depths of winter or early next year I think. 

I think @dollywobbler put a proper headlining in. Perhaps he could say where he got it.

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5 hours ago, bobdisk said:

I think @dollywobbler put a proper headlining in. Perhaps he could say where he got it.

They were fitted to the later vehicles from the factory.  The one DW found I believe was just a NOS one that turned up in a shed with a stash of other spares as I recall.  I'm sure they will pop up now and then if I were to watch carefully enough.

It does rob a bit if headroom though and doesn't play 100% nicely with the sun visor panel, so I reckon just lining the inside of the roof directly will do just fine for me. 

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6 hours ago, bobdisk said:

I think @dollywobbler put a proper headlining in. Perhaps he could say where he got it.

1 hour ago, Zelandeth said:

They were fitted to the later vehicles from the factory.  The one DW found I believe was just a NOS one that turned up in a shed with a stash of other spares as I recall.  I'm sure they will pop up now and then if I were to watch carefully enough.

It does rob a bit if headroom though and doesn't play 100% nicely with the sun visor panel, so I reckon just lining the inside of the roof directly will do just fine for me. 

I think Dollywobblers one was found on ebay? (I know the seller had mentioned he sold 3 other sets, not sure where the others ended up sadly)

and dates to 1997, and as such im pretty sure its a post production replacement type for the original  headliner (like how the Britax rear lights replaced the original  rear lights in the 1990s)

but  its interesting to note that no one had ever seen one like it until Dollywobbler found his, well until Dolly and REV showed up with the same head liners installed! but no ones seen one like it since in any other Model 70 AFAIK

most Post March 1976 Model 70's have a head liner that looks like this (I really wish they actually incremented the Mark letter would make talking about that revision of Model 70 easier LOL)

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a big 1 piece fabric thing that I think was stuck directly to the roof at the factory, (which Is what I imagine your probably aiming for with TPA?)

where as the ones in TWC, Dolly and REV are separate fabric pieces glued to more typical headliner type plywood board then pushed/fitted into place

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as a side note TWC, being a Model 70 Mark A was never meant to be fitted with a head liner hence why DW had to trim a bit off of it to clear the roof mounted heater/choke controls, as when the Model 70 was fitted with a Headliner from the factory the heater/choke controls had already been moved to the floor, and im little surprised its not fallen down yet given it has no rollover bar to support it at the rear! although I think the roof section on his is pretty well wedged in by the side panels and some heater hose clips

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Yeah, if there was an actual Mk A and Mk B it would save a lot of confusion talking to others!

I will probably go with a fabric directly on the roof for the main part, though I may make a chipboard trim piece for the sides to cover the heater pipe and the control cables.  Or just replace the heater pipe and all its fasteners so it doesn't look scruffy.  Doing it in four pieces will probably be far easier too (main roof, left, right and rear screen surround).

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1 hour ago, Zelandeth said:

Yeah, if there was an actual Mk A and Mk B it would save a lot of confusion talking to others!

well there was an actual denoted Model 70 Mark A and a Model 70 Mark B (Mark B being introduced in July 1974, starting with WPC751M for AC and RTW695M for Invacar)

(but for some reason the Mark Section on Chassis plates on the actual cars never got filled out, but it was there on official DHSS paperwork etc)

but there never was a Denoted Model 70 Mark C when there really should have been LOL 

the Model 70 Mark B had several chassis strengthening and crash safety improvements and a whole bunch of other changes,

but then  in Late March 1976 the finial revision of Model 70 was introduced, which included a bunch more changes like the addition of the rollover bar the headliner and the revised dash board /instrumentation but parts for these Model 70's are just marked Mark B but  with an asterisk mark  and a note saying "fitted to vehicles from AC MPD477P Chassis No xxxx, and Invacar NVW205P Chassis No xxxx" (when they really should have just made it Model 70 Mark C from that point onwards LOL)

 

there where also a bunch of smaller changes throughout production after the Mark B update which are also noted in the same fashion by Reg/Chassis number in the parts list

for example the Model 70 did not switch to 10 inch wheels until GPL351N/JAR185N respectively (so the Early Mark B's where still on 12 inch Dunlop LP 591 wheels)

(but MPD477P/NVW205P is the last time any difference in parts where noted in the parts manual)

 

 

 

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On 10/11/2020 at 11:06 PM, LightBulbFun said:

well there was an actual denoted Model 70 Mark A and a Model 70 Mark B (Mark B being introduced in July 1974, starting with WPC751M for AC and RTW695M for Invacar)

(but for some reason the Mark Section on Chassis plates on the actual cars never got filled out, but it was there on official DHSS paperwork etc)

but there never was a Denoted Model 70 Mark C when there really should have been LOL 

the Model 70 Mark B had several chassis strengthening and crash safety improvements and a whole bunch of other changes,

but then  in Late March 1976 the finial revision of Model 70 was introduced, which included a bunch more changes like the addition of the rollover bar the headliner and the revised dash board /instrumentation but parts for these Model 70's are just marked Mark B but  with an asterisk mark  and a note saying "fitted to vehicles from AC MPD477P Chassis No xxxx, and Invacar NVW205P Chassis No xxxx" (when they really should have just made it Model 70 Mark C from that point onwards LOL)

 

there where also a bunch of smaller changes throughout production after the Mark B update which are also noted in the same fashion by Reg/Chassis number in the parts list

for example the Model 70 did not switch to 10 inch wheels until GPL351N/JAR185N respectively (so the Early Mark B's where still on 12 inch Dunlop LP 591 wheels)

(but MPD477P/NVW205P is the last time any difference in parts where noted in the parts manual)

 

 

 

At some point I'll get TPA's page put together for my website, and there will be a linked page from there which will be an outline of background on the Model 70.  You're so going to get drafted into fact checking that!

I noticed last time I was out in TPA that there seemed to be a bit more wobble in the top of the nearside door when I closed it (you need to give it a good old slam, and that puts a lot of strain on the top of the door because of where the pull handle is - usually I open the window and pull on the door top for that reason, but it was raining hence not wanting to open the window!).  A quick check today revealed that the rearmost bolt through the window runner into the door top was loose.  Not sure if I just didn't tighten it enough of if it had just worked loose.  For good measure I added a shakeproof washer before I put it back together today.  I will need to try to convince everyone for the next few days that I've not been self harming...Just reaching one of the most awkward fasteners on the Invacar!  You can see why they used rivets originally.

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Left some nice scrape marks which are still well visible six hours later.

Now the interior of TPA is looking so much tidier it's really starting to show up some of my earlier bodges.  Especially the "repair" for the split in the top of the nearside door. 

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I'm open to suggestions for the best way to repair this.  I was reluctant to use glass fibre/resin at the time as this goes right down the hole for the rear latch, and is directly above the latch mechanism and the last thing I want to do is goop that full of resin!  Especially as this is the door that I actually use as the other one has issues with the runner.  If it was on the other side I wouldn't be quite so bothered!

Yes I fouled up the measurement on the bit of carpet at the base of that door.  I've got another piece cut out in the right size (actually measured with a tape measure rather than eyeball) waiting to go in.  I didn't realise how bad it was until I saw the photos.

I stumbled across a box of things I bought a few weeks ago for the van and promptly forgot about.  Some little self contained rechargeable lights which have IR sensors so they can detect when doors in front of them are opened.  These have been deployed in the kitchen cupboard and a couple of lockers which are kind of black holes without illumination.  The results speak for themselves I think.

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They have magnets in the back and just attach to metal plates which stick or screw in place where you want them to go.  The package quote something like three months of runtime on one charge.  I've little interest in that, this is the sort of thing that we'd just make a point of charging them before we were actually going out to use the van for camping. 

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Under sink cupboard is probably the biggest gain.

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Really quite impressed with them to be honest.  £11 for the set of six I think it was from Costco.  As with most things from there, they feel really well made.

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24 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

At some point I'll get TPA's page put together for my website, and there will be a linked page from there which will be an outline of background on the Model 70.  You're so going to get drafted into fact checking that!

Im quite looking forward helping out with that, it will be good to finally have a factually correct web page about the Model 70 I can link people to etc :) 

 

(side note, I find it quite fitting that TPA's re-trimming finishing coincides with Page 100 of this thread :)

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Had virtually zero time to do anything today as I've been running around all over the shop.  Did spend five minutes when I was "released" from other duties to get a couple of small things done.  The new fuel filter arrived for the Invacar this morning, so got that fitted.

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Bit blingy!

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Might give the retaining clips a bit of black paint to try to tone it down a bit.

I also had a bit of a thought about the doors.  Invacar doors rattle like a washing machine full of marbles being dropped down a flight of stairs.  That is just a fact of life.  One of the biggest issues with mine were the interior door handles though, I'm guessing I was missing a spacer of some sort because of the amount of play in them.

Wonder if I can have a dig around in the drawer of washers, fasteners etc to improve that...

 

Well that was worth five minutes of time!  Will hopefully see how much difference it makes actually driving tomorrow.

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Having thought about it for two seconds I realised that the position I'd mounted the fuel filter in was going to be massively in the way...All I needed to do however was flip it around to the opposite side of the support bar it's attached to.

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That should be far more out of the way.

We then had a run over to the Six-Cylinder's place to assist with a bit of technology wrangling.  The weather forecast was checked before I went out, and was showing 0% of precipitation.  Yeah...about that.

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Yeah...I wound up driving back through near monsoon conditions (twice).  The windscreen I'm glad to report doesn't seem to leak any more, at least when driving.  Only visible water ingress we had was a little getting into the nearside door cavity through the window runner.  Aside from the windscreen demister still being about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike below 50mph, she handled it absolutely fine.  I know a lot of people have been saying that the Camac tyres will kill me the moment I look at an even damp road, but they seemed to handle everything absolutely fine today, up to and including quite a bit of standing water.  No complaints.  I'm not exactly going to try chucking it around in the wet anyway...Not that sort of car!

Needs a clean again now.

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Having been out for a longer run though, I'm glad to report that between the reduction in door rattles from yesterday and the general trim installation, noise levels at speed are *massively* reduced.  Cruising at 55 feels honestly comfortable now and 60 isn't an issue.

The Xantia decided it hadn't had enough attention lately so decided to pop up the low oil level warning when I started it up.

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Had a look and the level is absolutely fine, so just the usual "once every three months" false positive.  The occasional false positive or not, I'd still far, far rather have this warning light than not.

Of slightly more concern however was that in the last couple of days I've been becoming very much able to hear the dump valve from the turbo again.  That was last heard back in November 2018 when the intake line between the air filter and intake ducting split.  This was repaired at the time using self amalgamating tape, duct tape and cable ties.  No great surprise it's failed again...astonished it's lasted this long!

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Just fell apart when I touched it.  This is a problem that basically all TCT engined Xantias are running into now as the pipe just turns to plastic then splits.  The parts have been NLA new for years, and the vast majority of secondhand ones are just as bad...Having had a quick look at it, the hose is a 70mm inside diameter, so a generic silicone elbow will be ordered in to replace this.  In the meantime a bit of random ducting and a cone filter have been deployed.  The soundtrack now is frankly ridiculous.  To say the dump valve is "obvious" when you come off the power would be an understatement.  Hopefully shouldn't be too hard to sort with a bit of off-the-shelf silicone pipe.  Should be enough flex available that it can accommodate the kickback.

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I think this means that I have officially started "sorting out" my garage...

Having got fed up wasting half an hour trying to find any of the regularly used tools every time I went into the garage, I've started attaching the things I use most often to the wall of the garage.

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The black socket set is the thing I use by far the most regularly, so that went right by the door.

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It's still an awful mess...but this should save me a good deal of time and annoyance anyway.  I'll need to get some actual hooks so I can add the screwdrivers and such as well.

The air receiver taking up a huge chunk of the space by the door is something that will help hugely once I move that elsewhere (it's likely going to be attached to the wall above the garage door frame and piped in remotely).

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Half of the stuff I'm waiting for the Xantia arrived today.

Nice new silicone elbow to replace the cracked factory induction hose.  We've stuck with black as once everything is back together and it's dulled down a bit you won't even notice it's been changed unless you specifically know the engine bay of a TCT engined Xantia.

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Annoyingly, while the elbow has arrived, the straight bit hasn't...which leaves the hose about 2" too short to reach the air filter housing.  Fine.  Back on goes the cone for now.

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I have to admit to childishly enjoying the ridiculous induction growl and dump valve noises in the interim.  Pretty sure it's actually costing me horsepower given the lack of a cool air supply.

Once the new straight section arrives I'll get the air box reinstated and hooked up properly.  I may trim the hose down a little yet to try to reduce the tendency to rub against the lines to the LHM reservoir.

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Chris takes his company car back for changeover tomorrow (yay, we're finally rid of the TTRS... without exception the most uncomfortable car I have ever sat in), so I had to give it a clean.

Oh...my...word. That is by some margin the most godawfully fiddly car to even wash I have ever crossed paths with.

Gave the Xantia a quick wash as well while I had things out and cleaned the windows.

Removing these stickers really felt like absolute vandalism and doing so broke my heart as they feel like part of the car's story. Sadly the sun over this summer had done a number on them and they were disintegrating.  Shame as until this summer they were standing up to the weather absolutely perfectly fine.

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Will just need to start earning some more now I guess!

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Okay, let's try this again.  The editor ate yesterday's update and I couldn't be bothered retyping it at the time.  On the desktop now so if it happens again I can at least just hit ctrl+Z.

I had quite a few errands to run yesterday and as it seemed a little breezy I was initially just going to take the Xantia.  At the last minute though I changed my mind and took TPA. 

Turned out the wind obviously wasn't strong enough to have any really noticeable effect, so was a good afternoon to take her out for a spin.  Thanks to some extremely poor forward planning on my part, 30-40 miles worth of driving ended up being something like 80.  Anyhow, it was a nice afternoon for it and I wasn't on the clock for once, so no issue really.

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It's really hard to convey how much more pleasant it is to be in this car at any real speed now compared to before the carpeting went in.

Now the weather has turned a bit cooler and I've managed to lock the windows closed with a couple of clamps it's making it quite obvious that I do need to look at the door closure a bit more.  The nearside door in particular sits quite proud at the front (you can see it in quite a few photos I think), and both makes a racket and causes a bit of a draught.  I'll need to see if I can adjust it to a better compromise between actually closing properly without needing to be body-slammed (like the offside one) and sealing.

We also made a trip out to pick up a box of some random computer bits and pieces during which TPA was making some friends.

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The only missed beat during the entire day was just as I was leaving Buckingham (for the first time) when she suddenly jumped out of gear.  This however coincided with me having to tighten the seatbelt, so I reckon the belt had just wrapped itself around the selector.  I've noticed them getting tangled on a few occasions before, so might need to look at a guide of some kind to stop that from happening.

So in 80-odd miles, including trundling around town and blatting down the A5 (including several overtakes), no issues to report aside from a draughty door.  I'll take that.

Fast forward to today, the second hose I had been waiting for for the Xantia arrived so I was able to get the air intake put back together properly and do away with the ridiculous looking cone filter.

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I think once there's a bit of engine bay dust on those hoses you wouldn't notice that they weren't standard unless you were really knowledgeable about Xantia engine bays!

Yes, I did get one of the hose clips the opposite way around first try.  I then had to go back and fix that as it would have driven my OCD round the bend.

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Had only a brief bit of time to look at car stuff today but decided to see if I could improve my door situation a bit.

I think one aspect is that the door sits a little low because the rollers are knackered.  I will deal with that at some point...but that point is not now.  The issue is that because the door is sitting slightly too low the curve at the top of the panel bottoms out too early when you close the door.  Guessing the documentation we've got access to doesn't state what the dimensions of those rollers should be...

There was no additional adjustment possible on the front striker plate, which tied in with that being the one which rattles the most.  So I took it off and drilled two new holes to give me another 1/4" or so to play with.

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I think this is the best we're going to get until I completely rebuild the door rollers to lift it up a bit.  Any tighter and you'll not be able to close it - and I don't want to put too much strain on the door itself.

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Not perfect, but if you look at the last exterior photos above you can see this is *way* better.

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The door too does actually touch the seal now without needing to add extra foam strips or anything, so it's definitely helped.

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We'll find out if it's actually helped on the move shortly.

As far as the rollers to, I've got an idea in my mind of getting hold of a set of skateboard wheels and attacking them in a lathe...open to better suggestions!

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      Engine has had some work done on it- starts and runs nicely with very little greb coming out of the exhaust. It's got a few gaskets that need replacing and the tappets need some major adjustment, the gearbox engages gears correctly, the steering is okay but has a lot of slack in the center and the brakes work well, dont sink or feel spongy but need adjustment.
       
      More to come. I'll post up more pictures when I get it home.
       
       
      --Phil
    • 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 captain_70s
      Hullo,
       
      I'm a masochist from Leeds who is running two rusty, worn out Triumph Dolomites as my only transport in rural Aberdeenshire. You might recognise me from various other forums and Facebook groups. Realistically I need to buy a modern car of some sort, but instead I find myself looking at £300 Citroen BXs and Triumph Acclaims on Gumtree and thinking "yeah, that'd fit right in with the rest of the broken cars I can't afford".
       
      On to the cars, the main attraction being my 1976 1850HL "50 Shades of Yellow" that I bought for £850 and is currently my daily driver, here is a picture of it before I sanded off some surface rust and sprayed it badly in the wrong shade of yellow with rattle cans:
       

       
      Within a month of purchase I managed to plant it in to a steel fence backwards after a botched gear change on a wet roundabout and ruined the N/S rear wing, although judging by the other dent that's packed with filler it looks like somebody had already done the same. I also managed to destroy a halfshaft and one of my Sprint alloys (good for an extra 15hp) in the incident, so now it's sitting on it's original steelies but painted black (good for an extra 5hp).
       
      It's only broken down on me twice. once with some sort of fuel delivery related problem which may or may not have been an empty fuel tank and once when the thermostat jammed shut and it overheated and blew out some O-rings for the cooling system. It has recently developed a taste for coolant and oil which is rather annoying, although it's done 89,300 miles which is about 80,000 more miles than BL engineering is designed to last, I'm keeping my eye on eBay for replacement engines... 
      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...
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