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I had a Polo breadvan with 175/summinkR13 tyres off a golf. It stuck like shit to a blanket & could do any corner on three wheels no matter how wet the roads were. Much fun was had.

You can get properly epic lift off oversteer in a Polo, many funs had raising eyebrows drifting round wet roundabouts as a yoof.

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You ain’t doing it right then, I have lost all manner of exotics in my old 1275s and even a few in the 998s. The most amusing being a dickhead in a boxsterS who was right up my chuff on a road I knew and I guess he didn’t. The Yoko list 1B tyres helped but even still I wasn’t really pushing it that hard on a 90degree bend when he went sideways in cloud of tyre smoke as he panic braked and lost it. The key is momentum, they don’t accelerate that well unless you really fuck about with them but set up right the mechanical grip is obscene for such a basic car.

I really hope you had the window open and one arm hooked round the roof whilst doing that....

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You can get properly epic lift off oversteer in a Polo, many funs had raising eyebrows drifting round wet roundabouts as a yoof.

 

Indeed and at rather stupid speeds with those tyres on too :D I once beat a mate (who was a bloody good fast driver) around town in that Polo when he was in a XR4i, mostly because he was laughing too much at it cocking a leg to drive...

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You ain’t doing it right then, I have lost all manner of exotics in my old 1275s and even a few in the 998s. The most amusing being a dickhead in a boxsterS who was right up my chuff on a road I knew and I guess he didn’t. The Yoko list 1B tyres helped but even still I wasn’t really pushing it that hard on a 90degree bend when he went sideways in cloud of tyre smoke as he panic braked and lost it. The key is momentum, they don’t accelerate that well unless you really fuck about with them but set up right the mechanical grip is obscene for such a basic car.

 

I couldn't even out drag a diesel SIII Land Rover in my 1000cc auto, which was probably for the best considering the brakes were amongst the worst I had ever experienced on anything this side of a push iron. The Mini was a car I always considered cool until I owned one.

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I couldn't even out drag a diesel SIII Land Rover in my 1000cc auto, which was probably for the best considering the brakes were amongst the worst I had ever experienced on anything this side of a push iron. The Mini was a car I always considered cool until I owned one.

Auto mini, shit, so shit they made sure you couldn’t even put the engine on a manual box in case the shitness infected it. Brakes would be drums I guess, designed to Kill anyone in auto minis I think.

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Auto mini, shit, so shit they made sure you couldn’t even put the engine on a manual box in case the shitness infected it. Brakes would be drums I guess, designed to Kill anyone in auto minis I think. Good call.

 

Even if it had been possible to convert it to manual, the miserable POS engine wouldn't have been worth the effort anyway. Brakes were indeed drums, but it has to be said that other manufacturers had, by 1983, managed to produce examples of the breed that actually worked.

 

When it eventually lost the ability to change up into top, I bought another complete lump from a man called Psycho Dave (no alarm bells rang, obviously). A weekend was spent swapping the two over, a short test drive revealing that the new 'box was even more fucked than the one I'd slung out. I limped it home, got out and stoved the driver's door in with a satisfying blow from my Size 9. The next day it was bridged - the second worst car I've ever owned.

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I've just heard the new Peugeot Partner replacement is to be called the Rifter... Fackin LOL!

 

Edit....

 

Dunno if it's just a scottish thing, but a rift is a burp, or belch.

 

 

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To me, the Scots word rift does sound rather discreet, although it actually describes the same in-your-face action as belch. Somehow it conjures up a picture of someone politely trying to suppress the full blast of the sound, perhaps behind a strategically placed hand.

But this is fancy on my part. To rift is but to belch and a rift is a belch. The word rift, which was first recorded in the middle of the 15th century, has come down to us via Middle English from Old Norse rypta.

At one point in its history rift could describe wind being expelled from either end, not just the mouth. I have seen expelling wind from the nether end described as “to break wind backwards”. Now there is a discreet expression!"

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I had a Polo breadvan with 175/summinkR13 tyres off a golf. It stuck like shit to a blanket & could do any corner on three wheels no matter how wet the roads were. Much fun was had.

ToMM© is driven as if funeral....

 

However, many 'Tango suited' road workers "we HAVE seen it all!" cast a not-too disinterested eye over to us, sitting for the lights.

 

I'm a bit of a 'slow burner' meesel, preferring an eye cast over a nice motor/don't see many of them about, rather than trying to drop a guys keggs at every 'TLGP'...

 

EACH to their own..... ;)

 

 

TS

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Err... I did a little collection today.

 

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Big thanks to HMC... A1 seller, would buy 30 year old Poojo again.

Congratulations. I think you beat me to this by about 10 minutes. I hope you really enjoy it.

If you inexplicably get bored of it, I'll have warm floppy cash waiting for you.

Even the girlfriend was quite excited by the 205, and she very rarely gets enthused by any of the cavalcade of rammel I pass under her nose.

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Auto mini, shit, so shit they made sure you couldn’t even put the engine on a manual box in case the shitness infected it. Brakes would be drums I guess, designed to Kill anyone in auto minis I think.

An ex work colleague had one as a stop gap. I remember the auto selector was very odd - as if BL had ran out of steel. He put the wipers on one cold morning and the blades did a passable impression of a lemming by throwing themselves into the undergrowth. Car mysteriously* caught fire a short time later.

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Congratulations. I think you beat me to this by about 10 minutes. I hope you really enjoy it.

If you inexplicably get bored of it, I'll have warm floppy cash waiting for you.

Even the girlfriend was quite excited by the 205, and she very rarely gets enthused by any of the cavalcade of rammel I pass under her nose.

 

Noted Mr. Bucketeer

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Even if it had been possible to convert it to manual, the miserable POS engine wouldn't have been worth the effort anyway. Brakes were indeed drums, but it has to be said that other manufacturers had, by 1983, managed to produce examples of the breed that actually worked.

 

When it eventually lost the ability to change up into top, I bought another complete lump from a man called Psycho Dave (no alarm bells rang, obviously). A weekend was spent swapping the two over, a short test drive revealing that the new 'box was even more fucked than the one I'd slung out. I limped it home, got out and stoved the driver's door in with a satisfying blow from my Size 9. The next day it was bridged - the second worst car I've ever owned.

Doesn’t surprise me, the number of times I have heard of people trying to sort them and then just giving up must be exactly 100% of the people I know who have tried (and it’s a lot, I have messed about with minis for 30 years). How you can fuck up a gearbox quite as badly is beyond me. It’s not as if the auto box was a new idea, well the mini one was,, but why? They even modified the engine to ‘better suit’ The auto but in reality it turned a nice revvy engine into a boat anchor. Luckily it’s dead easy to just drop a complete manual lump in and be done with it.

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More strange goings-on in Volvoland today.

 

Fitted a new regulator to The Volvo's alternator, as I discovered during my post-breakdown tinkering at the weekend that the existing one's brushes were alarmingly worn, even though it still worked. It's now in the boot as part of my 'get me home' spares stash.

 

Also, I found a good used instrument cluster suitable for the car on American eBay for a very reasonable all-in price. Check out the Americanisms, such as the 'UNLEADED FUEL ONLY' legend, the service indicator reset button and the red mark at the 55 mph point on the speedometer:

 

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Here's hoping it works a lot better than the electrical monstrosity that the car has been labouring with for the last decade, which currently has no illumination and various warning lights not working after removing and refitting it at the weekend, although thankfully the battery warning light still works properly.

 

Shep asks: does anyone know of a company which refurbishes 1980s and 1990s car instrument panels?

... and the Turbo gauge, and the Volt Meter...

 

I reckon I've been lucky with my pair of working 700s, other than a slightly doolally rev counter on the Turbo all gauges and the odometer actually works.

 

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

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Doesn’t surprise me, the number of times I have heard of people trying to sort them and then just giving up must be exactly 100% of the people I know who have tried (and it’s a lot, I have messed about with minis for 30 years). How you can fuck up a gearbox quite as badly is beyond me. It’s not as if the auto box was a new idea, well the mini one was,, but why? They even modified the engine to ‘better suit’ The auto but in reality it turned a nice revvy engine into a boat anchor. Luckily it’s dead easy to just drop a complete manual lump in and be done with it.

 

To be fair, the existing auto tech had to be made to work with engine oil. It's amazing they pulled it off really. 

 

I know what Dave numbers is on about with the feeling quicker than it is. Yes, a Mini can properly be made to hussle, but they feel quick nearly all the time, and far, far more involving than anything built in recent years. It's exactly the same as the 2CV. I quite liked our Mini apart from the rot.

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rot.

 

That was genuinely remarkable. The previous owners had had both subframes replaced, inner and outer sills welded up, as well as the boot floor and rear valance replaced, so you'd think it might have been worth bothering with. It wasn't - the front was all hanging off, headlamps held in with gaffa tape, etc. The rust was at least as bad as anything the French or Italians of that era could offer.

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the galaxy needed fuel and thought ohh wats this 'supreme' diesel.. so lift pump start filling up and notice it £138.9 a litre.. wtf £20 only...

Wow. £20 must have only got you 144 millilitres of fuel. Aren't you required to pump a minimum of 2l too? So £277.80 worth. Must have been amazing stuff. ;)

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... and the Turbo gauge, and the Volt Meter...

 

I reckon I've been lucky with my pair of working 700s, other than a slightly doolally rev counter on the Turbo all gauges and the odometer actually works.

 

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

 

I intend to keep the voltmeter and remove the turbo gauge, as The Volvo will never have a turbocharger.

 

The car's current cluster is a Yakazi one comprising the best bits from at least three others and has never worked 100% correctly in the ten years it has been in the car. It replaced a typically unreliable VDO cluster which was fitted to the car from new and had myriad problems; the PCB totally failed on that one, which was the final straw.

 

Hopefully, the American cluster (from Seattle) will be fine straight out of the box. If not, it will be sent away for a professional refurb, providing I can find a company which does such things.

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More Volvoish activities, this time the removal of an unnecessary heat shield from The Volvo's front exhaust pipe which had been rattling like crazy and making the car sound terrible for ages. It was also advised on at the car's last MOT:

 

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I was going to use a grinding disc in my Dremel to remove the heat shield, but my long-held mistrust of grinders and the fear of using them in confined spaces hasn't diminished since the last time I used one in a futile effort to remove a rusted on brake disc. The backup hammer and chisel method worked well and was quite fun; I used the same method to remove the brake disc, if I recall correctly  :mrgreen:

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You and me both Andy - only the dash dimmer doesn’t work on mine.

The ambient temperature gauge is a bit optimistic though - it thought it was 14° yesterday!

 

I’ve got a full house on mine too, everything works as it should. The fuel gauge can be lazy occasionally but will always work after a moment or so.

 

Looks like it’s just you Shep!

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I’ve got a full house on mine too, everything works as it should. The fuel gauge can be lazy occasionally but will always work after a moment or so.

 

Looks like it’s just you Shep!

 

Hopefully, this means that the soon to arrive Starbucks Special will be 100%  :mrgreen:

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