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Went to Harewood Hillclimb yesterday for the first time. 

Really enjoyed it. Wasn't sure how busy it would get so went early and watched more of the practice than the actual hillclimb. It was fine though, we could've gone later and will next time. 

The proper hillclimb cars are proper weapons. Fantastic to watch.  Have some photos:

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Imp Jr was well excited to see an actual working Imp as opposed to the knackered one in the garage.... 

 

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Oh well. 

Some of these things were going through the speed trap at 130mph. Fucking nuts. The speed they came down the straight past the farmhouse was fucking scary. 

I've been trying to upload a gif but its not having it, probably too big a file at 13mb? Have this instead. 

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Am definitely going again. Well worth the £10 per head entry fee. 

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I usually go a couple of times a year but I'm full of the snotties at the mo so I gave this one a miss. There's which a vintage meet in a few weeks which I enjoy more than I thought I would so may be there, then the big guns are back for 2 days in July. Sometimes I prefer the more local events as opposed to national ones as they often have a more varied field.

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11 minutes ago, spike60 said:

I usually go a couple of times a year but I'm full of the snotties at the mo so I gave this one a miss. There's which a vintage meet in a few weeks which I enjoy more than I thought I would so may be there, then the big guns are back for 2 days in July. Sometimes I prefer the more local events as opposed to national ones as they often have a more varied field.

I thought I'd prefer the older stuff but the proper cars were fantastic to watch, the speed was amazing.

Saw the Vintage meet was on. Will have to see if I can get along. 

Have just uploaded a few short vids to YouTube, lets see if that works. 

 

 

 

 

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The view from my kitchen window this evening.

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The Impreza is normally parked on the road, but as it looks like I may have sold it I thought I'd bag a space for one more night.

Buick saga is ongoing.  Hopefully new rear hubs will see it fit at last.  Poor old Sealtainn.  This is turning into the longest collection caper in history.

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Bit of a fleet update......Not much happening so there aren't any juicy tales of newly found rust - least not until I get the toffee hammer out again.

Just taxed the Minor for the first time without an MOT.    Did about 1000 miles since the last one which is quite shameful wastage.   Will get it tested some time over the summer but enjoying it for commuting at the moment.    This means the Fezzer is currently up the barn doing nothing and would be for sale if it wasn't so warmly re-assuring having a spare motor.     

T25 is providing excellent sleeping facilities at various rock and roll clubs around the country and has just done a 500 mile run up and around the Peak District - it will be my mobile tea-room at work this weekend which means I don't have to listen to twattish conversations in the mess room Saturday and Sunday.    

Cowley is doing the occasional work run but mainly being kept for longer journeys but did provide a great talking point outside the theatre last week where we saw Marty Wilde.    

I would mention the 190E but I honestly haven't set foot in it for a month, I noticed it needed a clean the other day but if Mrs Rocker ever parks it for long enough...... 

Nothing new to report otherwise.    Oh, there is a development - after 15 years of ownership the self-cancelling on the Minor has suddenly decided to start working but only on left-turns.   Its confusing the hell out of me - not least because I have been using the left flashers as reversing lamps in the car port for over a decade and they now switch off just as I start lining up!

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Vectra B is back with me now.  Vectra C given back.

BMW is still at garage. Rovers still sitting around with weeds probably growing around them. One Sterling needs its interior cleaning. A job for one of the weekends.

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The Jag (2.7 diesel XJ) started making noises from the front of the engine, including a loud squeak when the engine is switched off. 

It turns out that the clutch inside the alternator pulley had seized. 

It took a few hours to remove and few more to replace but it's done now and a local place put a new pulley onto the alternator for £100 so not to expensive, and another £50 for a new drive belt that needed doing anyway. 

They aren't easy to remove though as you have to jack up the right side of the engine an inch and ratchet strap the engine over to the left as hard as you can in order to get the gap between the block and the subframe big enough to fiddle the alternator out. 

 

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Today started off well. The queue at perry's aylesbury was 8 deep when we arrived at 9.28am, me and Charlie looked at all the corsas and astras cunningly disguised as suv/soft roader shit

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I was told to then sit down by Amy when my joke about all those cars will be recalled in 2 years when they catch fire, a few people laughed... (bloody car park was a sea of Zafira b's. 

I then downloaded the LG app and turned the TV to cbeebies and many children joined me and Charlie. 

Why was I sat in a vauxhall garage, ZX parked in the prime spot outside the door? Amys Zafira went in for it's recall today. All done in 2 hours, no issues there however they then did a 'health Check' on it. The man apparently said if it failed they would not release it... 

Not quite sure how that would have gone down, we didn't ask for it... Luckily I must keep it in fine fettle as it passed

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Including the spare wheel which they visually inspected. As in actually looked at it. Bit strange as it's never had one, it's got the tyre pump and gloop kit. Says alot about their inspection! I asked the question on their Facebook page but they haven't replied... They measured the fucking tread depth on each tyre 3 times across the width yet did not notice the not there spare wheel! 

 I then posted this up on the Zafira B Facebook page too and forgot how the fellow Zafira B bretherin live... 

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Ah well, at least if it combusts itself now Amy will get an insurance payout because its been in

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1 hour ago, beko1987 said:

The man apparently said if it failed they would not release it... 

I'm not sure they'd have a legal leg to stand on if they tried to stop you getting your car back? But others may know better. My Mazda 323 recall was an 'MOT fail' but I just said I'll get it fixed elsewhere thank you...

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Without wanting to tempt fate, the 944 has been doing fine as my daily. 

Its a bit slow to start sometimes though. What's the most likely culprit? Starter? Fuel pump? Battery? 

I don't think it's the battery TBH. Maybe I should check it first eh? 

Have a photo I took the other night. IMG_20190512_205452.thumb.jpg.bd35981de04322ba62f375def8c5306d.jpg

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Neighbour text me at work today. Alarm wailing on my 145. They’d been out and checked it for me and referred to it as “the wedding car”.

Turns out I’d forgotten to lock it and postie was trying to leave a parcel in it.

Never been knew my neighbour had my mobile number, what a good egg. 04722e28fda1be7473279b4600cb1b7b.jpg


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21 minutes ago, HillmanImp said:

Without wanting to tempt fate, the 944 has been doing fine as my daily. 

Its a bit slow to start sometimes though. What's the most likely culprit? Starter? Fuel pump? Battery? 

I don't think it's the battery TBH. Maybe I should check it first eh? 

Have a photo I took the other night. IMG_20190512_205452.thumb.jpg.bd35981de04322ba62f375def8c5306d.jpg

Slow to fire, or slow turning over? Could be the starter is not turning over fast enough, which is probably the starter rather than battery. If it churns but gets slower very quickly then check the battery. 

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1 hour ago, egg said:

I'm not sure they'd have a legal leg to stand on if they tried to stop you getting your car back? But others may know better. My Mazda 323 recall was an 'MOT fail' but I just said I'll get it fixed elsewhere thank you...

I would have been fully ready to challenge exactly that if my car maintenance skills weren't so damn good it wasn't needed... 

Part of me thinks they said that because Amy went in on her own as Charlie was happy in the car... But that would be sexist 

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2 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Slow to fire, or slow turning over? Could be the starter is not turning over fast enough, which is probably the starter rather than battery. If it churns but gets slower very quickly then check the battery. 

I think it's slow to fire which is why i was kind of thinking it wasn't the battery. Will see how I get on for a bit as just spunked over £300 on a refurbed wishbone which I need to fit. 

Might turn the key before firing to see if that primes the fuel pump too thinking about it. 

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38 minutes ago, HillmanImp said:

Without wanting to tempt fate, the 944 has been doing fine as my daily. 

Its a bit slow to start sometimes though. What's the most likely culprit? Starter? Fuel pump? Battery? 

I don't think it's the battery TBH. Maybe I should check it first eh? 

Have a photo I took the other night. IMG_20190512_205452.thumb.jpg.bd35981de04322ba62f375def8c5306d.jpg

I have a  2.7 944 while it's a good starter despite infrequent use it has a  slow turn and sounds gravelly until it fires. Think TADTS.......

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Just now, spike60 said:

How old is the fuel filter on the 944? Might be worth a look at

Good idea. It will be due a proper service soon anyhow if I can ever find a spare few minutes. 

Good to know it might just be normal. Obviously my one won't be, it'll be something expensive but good to know nonetheless ;)

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My Cortina has been a shit to start all the time I've had it. I replaced the starter at the weekend when I went to start it today it, it fired first turn of the key (just as I've sold it). That's the best it's ever started .

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No pics as it was pushed inside before I could get to my phone. But this Bugatti was outside my window this afternoon. The following lot is also the Mercedes Stirling Moss speedster I posted last week. £5 million may get both. I checked the number of the Bugatti against the mot checker but it said not recognised so maybe hdd42 isn’t a uk reg?

 

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Been out in Donostia (San Sebastian) today.

 

Spot of the day :

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Oh how I lusted after one of these when I was 18/19. Decadent 15" alloys, a spoiler and colour coded bumpers..

Another highlight at the EXCELLENT San Telmo Museum (https://www.santelmomuseoa.eus/m/index.php?lang=en) was this cheeky little Seat 600

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Lastly, after dinner tonight, I had a flashback to 2005.

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Whilst driving a Ford Ka to Gibraltar and back to Whitburn, we passed through San Sebastian on our way south.

Walking past the Cathedral, I spied a bill poster for Motorhead playing in a nearby town. We were a day early to see the show, so I nicked the poster instead. It's in the back room in the house.

The pic above is roughly where I liberated said poster - and it all just came rushing back when I stepped out the restaurant (we had come in via another entrance).

A great end to a thoroughly enjoyable day!

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