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Looking for quality* hire cars in Australia...

 

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Ohh a Fiat Punto is cheap, although not suitable for the outback (although the rental agreement says you can only use sealed roads anyway...), lets find out why not; using the modern medium of Facebook.

 

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Does this make any sense or am I missing something? It doesn't matter as I've now booked a Hyundai Accent / Similar with another company.

 

 

 

 

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Looking for quality* hire cars in Australia...

 

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Ohh a Fiat Punto is cheap, although not suitable for the outback (although the rental agreement says you can only use sealed roads anyway...), lets find out why not; using the modern medium of Facebook.

 

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Does this make any sense or am I missing something? It doesn't matter as I've now booked a Hyundai Accent / Similar with another company.

 

Makes no sense to me, unless they think European engines are fragile with badly spaced gear ratios, or it's only an automatic if it needs assistance with your left leg, third pedal and a magic wand between the front seats and people have got themselves stuck in the middle of nowhere before.

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Looking for quality* hire cars in Australia...

 

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Ohh a Fiat Punto is cheap, although not suitable for the outback (although the rental agreement says you can only use sealed roads anyway...), lets find out why not; using the modern medium of Facebook.

 

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Does this make any sense or am I missing something? It doesn't matter as I've now booked a Hyundai Accent / Similar with another company.

 

The reason given through facebook sounds like bollocks. I would imagine the reason would be due to the lack of Fiat dealerships/mechanics outside of the major cities in case something did go wrong.

 

French and Italian cars are seen as fashion statements in the Australian market and are generally only bought by posh city types.

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All categories reinstated after 18 months of DVLA fuck ups....

 

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In 2003 I got royally fucked about by the DVLA when getting my licence back after losing it for medical reasons. I still get angry thinking about it and a couple of years later someone sent them a letter bomb through the post, I can't say I was surprised someone might do that as they appear to no clue how much people value their licence....

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In 2003 I got royally fucked about by the DVLA when getting my licence back after losing it for medical reasons. I still get angry thinking about it and a couple of years later someone sent them a letter bomb through the post, I can't say I was surprised someone might do that as they appear to no clue how much people value their licence....

 

It wasn't helped when a locum doctor at the surgery I am registered at sent off a letter last to them saying god knows what to them. This doctor hadn't even called me in to examine me etc, whereas my 'normal' doctor cleared me to drive in late 2017.

 

I did send in a formal complaint to them because the website tells you to send in one thing, but they also expect another form with it. Paperwork was being to'd and fro'd for months because they don't tell you what you need.

 

I'm very surprised they don't get more threats of the illegal kind as when some people snap they can't be reasoned with.

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have picked up the black mini from George's in Malton.

 

the car has been there for a month getting the head gasket, waterpump and the cylinder head overhauled with hardened valve seat and new exhaust valves fitted. Now we can use unleaded without having to worry about puuting additive in with it. as we were getting the headgasket done, NOT getting the valve seats done at the same ttime seemed to be daft.

 

now it has taken the machine shop most of that month to do something that should have done and sorted in a few days.

 

hmmmmm......

 

still, the car does seem to run ok and with no over heating, at least not so far. the reversing lights are still coming on at random points as we think the switch in the housing is jiggered, so as a stop gap fix i've taken the bulb out of the lamps. well that fixed it for now!

 

oh and teddy is making him self comfortable. 

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and look, i'm not the only one getting the old car out, cos Rodny mini met this lovely looking 2CV in town thi morning. its lovely. and i've not seen it about town before. so we are not the only one getting ready for Drive it Day.

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and why the hell are these pictures all on the piss again? that will teach me to use the 'phoner instead of the proper camera..........

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Almost got a full house there :)

 

I wonder does anyone actually have a full house on their licence? :)

 

Need CE, D, DE & H. Not interested in pulling any trailers, did a few days of artic lessons, hated it. (But I hate towing with a car as well - I can do it, I'd just prefer a larger rigid vehicle to put things in)

 

I'd give buses a go if it wasn't a normal service bus. Coach tours or private hire with a shonky Leyland National is more my cup of tea.

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BMW has been dropped off again to be looked at and repaired properly this time;

 

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On my walk to the train station I spotted a Rover 800!

 

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I think I have spotted it before, a few years ago when I first had my KV6 on the road or maybe even earlier. Nice car and another pic to my collection.

 

And an Escort Cabrio:

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Been here in France for about 10 days. In that time I have cut the grass, drunk wine, strimmed the edges, drunk wine, cut the grass, drunk wine, planted my herb garden, drunk wine, mowed the grass and drunk wine. Things were going well. Was talking to a friend who had her car in at a specialist for brake work, but the specialist dropped dead before completing the work. She is not sure what has been completed but the handbrake does not work. I am completely unfamiliar with these cars, but agreed to have a look, so she dropped it off this afternoon.

 

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It came with a HBOL and the handbrake looks complicated with special tool mentioned but tomorrow I will find out.

 

 

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My mum and dad have a place in France .

In Le Neufbourg, near Mortain.

 

Which reminds me, I think I need to book time off work to take the trip over. It's a long time since I've been.

 

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It came with a HBOL and the handbrake looks complicated with special tool mentioned but tomorrow I will find out.

 

Handbrakes on 2CVs can be tricky, mine used to be difficult to use the handle without it jamming,  then I did not make one 2CV rally when it started dragging. I handed it over to a man who knew and now it is perfect.

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Seems I’ve agreed to buy this

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In Huddersfield (300 miles away). Not seen the road in 11 years. Rusty. Deep joy

But why - I here you ask, when the age-d amongst you will recall I bought an NI Samara saloon a few years back, that I’ve never used ( although it’s ready for the road - I can’t find a use)

Because this

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Yup, it’s a van. Nope, I’d not seen one either.

Seemed rude not too.

Just got to pay for it now, and sort Shiply, or summat.

Worra berk.

Cue dodgy tash and fake leather jacket for the eastern europe Arthur Daley look. More more points and you can beckon people over to peruse your wares in the back of the lada - knock off ladies tights and dodgy whisky.

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Been here in France for about 10 days. In that time I have cut the grass, drunk wine, strimmed the edges, drunk wine, cut the grass, drunk wine, planted my herb garden, drunk wine, mowed the grass and drunk wine. Things were going well. Was talking to a friend who had her car in at a specialist for brake work, but the specialist dropped dead before completing the work. She is not sure what has been completed but the handbrake does not work. I am completely unfamiliar with these cars, but agreed to have a look, so she dropped it off this afternoon.

 

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It came with a HBOL and the handbrake looks complicated with special tool mentioned but tomorrow I will find out.

I have the special tool somewhere. There is a short set of steps to do it, but they go out of setting with monotonous regularity with use.
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The 2cv appears to have a Dutch reg.

Handbrakes are relatively easy once you know how they should work- even I have success with them.

 

Yes, NL registered, the owner lived in Amsterdam before moving to France. The specialist was going to sort French registration as well, so I am also looking into that. I will get the 2CV up in the air (well on my ramps so I can get under it) tomorrow and see what I can do. At the moment the handbrake pulls all the way out with no effect whatsoever.

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Went round to my dad's today to get a few jobs done, first I helped him with his Mk1, it's never ran right, even when I owned it and it's not got any better, he's invested in a new carb for it in hope that would cure it but that's flooding like the old carb before it, we couldn't work out why?

 

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After asking on Facebook and a suggestion asking what happens if we bypassed the fuel pump and gravity fed the fuel into the carb instead and found that it runs perfectly so we've now worked out it's the "new" Quinton Hazell fuel pump I fitted which is most likely at fault and its pumping too much fuel into it. I think dad's going to fit a fuel regulator to it now to see if that cures it.

 

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After that we dug his 1956 Ford Popular out of the back of the shed for the first time in about 3 years and took it down the barn to remove the clutch, amazing it started straight up and drove out fine.

 

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We took it up the road to the barn, it has clutch judder but to remove the clutch is a bit of a faff, first you remove the wooden floor, disconnect a lot of bits, drop the rear axle to pull the turbo propshaft away from the gearbox before you can lift the small box out. Once out we think the clutch plate which looks new (but recon) is poorly made and isn't flat so it's a little bowed, dad's going to fit a full kit and try again.

 

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Also finished the head on my Marina, it runs sweet as now, unfortunately the clutch was stick on so couldn't get it in gear! Not sure how that happened but thankfully after a bit of cranking over in gear it broke free and was fine again!

 

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So all in a pretty productive day!

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