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59 minutes ago, HMC said:

I’ve sort of forgotten to introduce the k11 micra, I’ve been pottering about in it for a while. I know these can polarise opinion, even here, but I think they are brilliant. Something with body roll, easily provoked tyres, and motoring simplicity. It’s got more in common with older cars than new ones.

It’s a 2001 , a later 1.4 example. It’s invisible transport that’s also characterful.  Carefree motoring for when you want to go from point a to b. As my other vehicles attract/ demand attention, sometimes it’s nice to go under the radar.  
 

Wierdly it has a towbar (!) It also has no lacquer on neither the roof nor bonnet.

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Good choice of runabout, we love our little CVT K11. Purchased from @Cavcraft, it's a great little car. Guaranteed to always start and it just gets on with being transport. No fuss, no bother. Plenty comfy enough with enough room. Not much to go wrong.

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Turns out Johnny cash (“Tommy Brown”)  also favoured Laredo tan Cadillacs…

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“It’s gotta be brown damn it!”

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Just watching columbo on 5 usa

”I Shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”

becomes for HMC

”I bought a 73 coupe de ville just to watch it rust” 😂

7.7L do make a lovely noise mind.

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  • HMC changed the title to HMC Johnny Cash APPROVAL

Did a swap with @purplebargeken - z3 for his Toledo.

@worldofceri did the logistics brilliantly as usual.

My first bit of fiddling (I ordered them before the car arrived!) was to replace the number plates.  It had on it (to my eyes) a pretty characterless replacement set. I designed a new set on Plates for cars. I wanted a gritty sweeney esque mid 70s vibe.  I wet and dried them with 2000 grit to mellow them into the car….

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  • HMC changed the title to HMC Toledo swaparoo

Been pootling about with this nice little toledo. 
 

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I found it was a bit fiddly to start and could pop back a bit and hold back, I got a timing light and adjusted the ignition timing to 9degrees btdc. It looked at though it was about 5 degrees after top dead centre before I adjusted it. I’m hoping it helps with starting from cold, it certainly has helped pick up and the spitting thing seems to have gone. 
 

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The carb has the same mechanism as my Moggie. I remember @PhilA mentioning that, the design of that generation of choke is crap as it looks. Pulling the choke brings the idle up but doesn't always bring the jet assembly down. So don't get the richer mixture it needs. 

It ran really well once warmed up a tad, just that cold start could be a right pain in the arse. 

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This is the mechanism on the Moggie which is pretty much identical.

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This is your Toledo's carb when I last saw it:

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Not as good photo but still can see the same mechanism with the screw in the jet and the bit of metal that pulls the jet down. 

The carb looked spotlessly clean and the new jet+other bits makes me think it's been rebuilt at some point reasonably recently. Even the needle valve looked clean and almost new.

I moved the choke clevis (?) across to give more pull on the choke with less pull inside. This should make it move but the slack in the mechanism may stop that happening too. 

Timing wise, it was set to what the workshop manual specified. However with fuel being very different to the 70s, it wouldn't surprise me if it needed tweaking to suit modern fuels. 

Are you running it on 95 or 98+ octane? It may appreciate 98+ octane as that's closer to old 4 star.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Fleet updates…..

The Toledo has gone to a repeat customer from the forum (x3 purchases now) I’ll leave them to do a reveal as and when.

Huggy has been a great companion but lately I noticed the rear screen glass lower edge  moving over bumps and could be pressed down with your fingers. I’m taking a lot more than the natural movement in the screen rubber. Also a mate of mine found a fair sized hole in the perimeter chassis. This all rather sharpened my mind.  

In the end and after a lot of deliberation I wasn’t as happy with the kids in the car and rather than store it (where?) until the autumn for surgery (which looked more involved than ever with the hole found in the chassis) I decided to sell it to a local American car nut. A tough call. 

Being myself I couldn’t quite just sell it, I did a deal and became the new owner of a 1977 ex California Chevy c10 pickup. 

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26 minutes ago, gadgetgricey said:

Blimey, only a month old. :)

Has it just been imported. Looks fantastic

Yes, straight from California. It was also built in Fremont, ca.  Apparently  labour (“labor”) relations were terrible at the plant. Drugs and prostitution were rife and apparently disgruntled staff used eg to put drinks cans in the doors to annoy the vehicle owners and give grief to the parent company.

The plant as a GM site was shut in 1982 but is now  a Tesla factory.

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43 minutes ago, HMC said:

Yes, straight from California. It was also built in Fremont, ca.  Apparently  labour (“labor”) relations were terrible at the plant. Drugs and prostitution were rife and apparently disgruntled staff used eg to put drinks cans in the doors to annoy the vehicle owners and give grief to the parent company.

The plant as a GM site was shut in 1982 but is now  a Tesla factory.

It actually became a joint GM-Toyota plant before being handed over to Tesla. Built the Geo Prizm, Toyota Matrix, Pontiac Vibe...

 

Basically GM brought in Toyota to tell those people how to build a damn car

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13 hours ago, wuvvum said:

The most surprising thing about that post to me is the concept that one can go up to Tavistock...

I was up Tavvy the other day, it's about 15 miles north from here! 

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Been out a few times in the Chevy. I’d got hold of it as a largely completed project as it needed a new engine. It has a replacement 305ci (5 litre) v8 with 3 speed automatic transmission. One of the consequences of the engine swap was that various vacuum lines had been hurriedly cut and not re instated. I made up a few; the the vacuum advance, pcv valve and auto box. The last of these means that the gearbox shifts up as it should as it was holding onto the gears for far too long.

The next decision is wether or not to add more silencing to the violently loud exhaust system. It basically sounds like a dragster which is partly hilarious but basically antisocial IMO. So I think I’ll certainly add more as the new looking system is pretty much straight through with a couple of minimal, demonic looking red painted silencers. I want some v8 noise but not to wake everyone up.
 

Anyway I took it for a quick spin in a sparsely populated area to celibate a functioning gearbox.

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