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Because the merc is hors du combat I and it was -2 and very icey ( so bike out) this morning i took the 2cv to work. Started as soon as the fuel pumped through, but while waiting for it to warm up a bit realised the clock was an hour ahead. Yes, it’s not been driven since the clocks changed. When is bst starting? Is it worth changing the time?

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As some of you may have seen on the grumpy thread, I didn't have the best of weeks last week - left the interior light on overnight by accident, flattened the battery, and in my haste to get to work the next day, put the sodding thing on back to front. In my defense, the POSITIVE terminal has a feckin huge hinged bit of BLACK plastic over it, and a tiny red + printed on the side that is pointing towards the floor when the battery is off... but yeah, I R thick too.

 

Started it up and the battery light was on, along with the ABS light. Shit. Had to nick mother HH-R's car and look at it at the weekend.

 

Huge bolted in 120 amp fuse blown. Wasted some petrol going to my two local motor factors, who didn't have one (I've never successfully bought a part from either of them in 12 years of car ownership). Euro car parts? No. Maplin? Nope. Halfords? Negative.

 

FFS. I didn't really need it desperately, but would have liked to have known the extent of the damage before its MOT this Friday - if the ECU and ABS modules were knackered, along with maybe an alternator - realistically, it was scrap. But equally, that fuse could have protected it and everything could be fine.

 

In a third display of epic buffoonery, I ordered the correct fuse online - and had it delivered to my old address.

 

Anyway, finally got it today and... amazingly, everything works. Was a bit puzzled that the rear number plate lights didn't work, but looking at the state of the bulbs, they have been off for a while. Well, apart from the radio, but I can live with that. If it really is fooked, I have a few CD players lying around.

 

So phew... got away with a £4 fuse and a packet of £1 bulbs.

 

A few changes in circumstances means it will be placed into semi retirement soon - high days and holidays only. Got my bus pass from work so that's commuting sorted. Finished my college course in June and my new gaff will have a garage so it will be out of the elements when I move in.

 

Probably a bit odd having an old Kia Rio as a garage queen but it is in decent nick - you lot might be lusting over it when they have all been scrapped in 2030! ebay [email protected]@K OMG GARAGE FNID etc

 

It's been a really good motor - only FTP has been the idiot owner.

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The upgraded breather kit, sump drop kit etc has just been delivered courtesy of Neo Brothers for Elmo the Saab 9-3 in readiness to fix the oil pressure issue. Yesterday I removed the valve cover as a check for top end engine sludge. Not horrible around the camshafts thankfully, but a LOT of crispy carbon flakes in the timing chain tunnel area. Many loose and falling, or ready to fall down inside the engine. So safe to assume that sludge is well progressed and that the sump is full of the stuff blocking the oil pick up screen. Much sump dropping, cleaning and whatnot ahoy then!

Did you get the proper anerobic sealer for the sump ? Don’t use anything silicone based as it squeezes out and can block the strainer. The proper stuff looks like Tesco value strawberry jam . Hope I’m not teaching granny etc

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Just had a text from my parents - "Hi, we just bought a house".  I didn't even know they were looking - last time I spoke to them they were saying Portishead is too expensive and they would be renting for the foreseeable.  Looks nice - modernish 3-bed semi with garage.  About 100 grand more than the same house would be in Norfolk, but hey ho...

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Just had a text from my parents - "Hi, we just bought a house". I didn't even know they were looking - last time I spoke to them they were saying Portishead is too expensive and they would be renting for the foreseeable. Looks nice - modernish 3-bed semi with garage. About 100 grand more than the same house would be in Norfolk, but hey ho...

If/when the trainline opens in Portishead, house prices are likely to raise even more. Personally I don't see what people like so much about Portishead, when Clevedon is down the road and has a much nicer seafront.

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Did you get the proper anerobic sealer for the sump ? Don’t use anything silicone based as it squeezes out and can block the strainer. The proper stuff looks like Tesco value strawberry jam . Hope I’m not teaching granny etc

 

As in red?

 

I've never seen the stuff before use to know.

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If/when the trainline opens in Portishead, house prices are likely to raise even more. Personally I don't see what people like so much about Portishead, when Clevedon is down the road and has a much nicer seafront.

Clevedon is a bit funny though.  Parts of it are lovely, other parts are almost shit enough to rival WSM, and there doesn't seem to be a lot in between.

 

I do agree though that Portishead seems almost comically overpriced for what it is.  The 3-bed bungalow my parents are currently renting has a market value of £425K ffs.  How is anyone on a normal salary supposed to be able to afford somewhere decent at those rates?

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Really one for the stupid questions thread..... I'm looking at a cheap w203 later on with the following description

 

Hi how's you yea the car needs transported ad the rear wheel has collapsed due to the top arm breaking but the new one is there

 

My mums house is less than half a mile from the car and its an empty village..... What's the chances I could limp it that distance.....

 

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All you can do is try but the potential for disaster is strong as it's a driven wheel.

 

A lump of 2x4 on the bottom arm and some ratchet straps could be used to keep the wheel away from rubbing on the inner wheelarch but it's ropey as fuck and I wouldn't like to explain it to the Fed's if something did go wrong.

 

Can you not borrow a dolly and tow it the half mile at 5mph?

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All you can do is try but the potential for disaster is strong as it's a driven wheel.

 

A lump of 2x4 on the bottom arm and some ratchet straps could be used to keep the wheel away from rubbing on the inner wheelarch but it's ropey as fuck and I wouldn't like to explain it to the Fed's if something did go wrong.

 

Can you not borrow a dolly and tow it the half mile at 5mph?

Never thought of a dolly... Raising the rear wheels?

 

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I've now learned there's three different clutch hoses for the Princess.  The one I've got is longer than the original by about as much as the other one I got was shorter.  Longer is good, longer is fine.  One to beware of in the future.  There were three different engines fitted - B, O, and E series - so perhaps that's why there's three different hose lengths?

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Really one for the stupid questions thread..... I'm looking at a cheap w203 later on with the following description

 

Hi how's you yea the car needs transported ad the rear wheel has collapsed due to the top arm breaking but the new one is there

 

My mums house is less than half a mile from the car and its an empty village..... What's the chances I could limp it that distance.....

 

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Change it where it is? In a quiet village should a possible.

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Change it where it is? In a quiet village should a possible.

Well that was the plan..... But it really was not as described.

 

Rather than just the top arm being bust, so was another arm, the shock was snapped, the tyre was destroyed, the brake hose snapped and not much holding the hub on.

 

Added to which he had only posted pics of the good side - the drivers side had badly rotten arches and plenty of damage.

 

In a final flourish whilst he had claimed it had only happened the other day, the car had obviously been sat for a long time and was packed full of kids toys, obviously being used as a shed.

 

ANNNNND whoever bought it new had specced a blue dash and wheel.

 

He still wanted no less than £300 m8.... Good luck

 

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CultureShock*TynesiderEyesWideShut*LeedsEh?

 

No kidding - at all - young laydee crossing road with 'the scarf round the head' and the mobby is sticking out by her cheek, obv on her ear!!

 

Well... Leaves both hands free, I suppose

 

Genuine GobSmackked Moment :)

 

 

TS

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.... what's the 'hot adhesive', eh?

 

MundanoGaffaBumpers may be a thing of the past....

 

TS

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