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A few more from the show.

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I rather liked this Fiesta.

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Wide wheels

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Even wider wheels (which looked shit in my opinion)

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This Transit was amazing, it's literally been painted with a brush and was just covered in runs and brush strokes, but the filler over the rust repairs were remarkable.

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Then I took it in the ring in front of everyone.

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Even my dad took his in the ring too.

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16 minutes ago, shoddybanger said:

I spotted an ad where someone is emptying an old unit and selling off a couple of old Skoda 120L's, a Skoda 105L and a Citroen Dyane here in Finland.

https://www.tori.fi/pohjois-karjala/Skoda_120L_58189024.htm?ca=18&w=3

I don't recall when I last saw an old Skoda 120 on the streets. Hopefully someone saves these.

last november in margate

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Got a letter this morning from Anglian water, apparently they think we need a new water meter due to "restricted access" to it.
It's not restricted it's just outside my kitchen in the drive!?

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On 6/10/2019 at 8:16 AM, stuboy said:

shove hose in both holes and stat housing

so water in top hose to rad and it poured out where the pump fits. Then removed the thermostat housing and it poured out also.

So it looks likely i dont have a blockage. i am wondering when i diagnosed a faulty pump did i just have a very low coolant level at the time and it seemed it wasnt being pumped?

Any way new pump is on, new timing belt is on and i have to finish putting the rest of it back together again and we see where we are.

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3 hours ago, 00833827 said:

so water in top hose to rad and it poured out where the pump fits. Then removed the thermostat housing and it poured out also.

So it looks likely i dont have a blockage. i am wondering when i diagnosed a faulty pump did i just have a very low coolant level at the time and it seemed it wasnt being pumped?

Any way new pump is on, new timing belt is on and i have to finish putting the rest of it back together again and we see where we are.

all back together, gonna fill with water before coolant to see if any leaks. also thinking of a dishwasher tablet or two in there to clear out all the remaining junk - i have read great things on here about it

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What have you got parked on top though?
Nowt, drive is too narrow.
I park on the front under the bay window. The 86 might just squeeze in with its mirrors folded, wouldn't fancy trying though.

I'm confused how they'll move it.
As far as I know the main comes up the rear garden and in to the kitchen that way.

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3 hours ago, 00833827 said:

all back together, gonna fill with water before coolant to see if any leaks. also thinking of a dishwasher tablet or two in there to clear out all the remaining junk - i have read great things on here about it

So all back together and when i fill it with water its pissing out somewhere. I removed the belts and timing belt covers to see but i cant really make out where its coming from.

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small update on the radio, hooked it up to the variac with a dimbulb tester (aka a 100W Lightbulb in serise with the radio as a current limiter)

and not a sausage sadly, so I suspect the switch must of copped it when the mains RF cap failed short (and someone probably shat themselves when it went BANG :mrgreen: )

so ill now I REALLY have to figure out how to remove the chassis from the cabinate at some point, but for now ill just button it back up and put it away for another rainy day or something

I had feared something was up with the switch, especially as when I probed it for continuity with my DMM I did not get any change on both positions

 

I only went up to 40V on the variac, but being this is a valve radio, the 100W Lightbulb would be glowing at that voltage as the valve filaments would be conducting

I didn't go any higher then about 40V as I didn't want to cause anything to flash over since it was clear something was open circuit

(edit: whoops this was meant as a response for the what makes you grin thread, ah well it fits in here too! LOL)

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4 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

Will change my forum name tonight.

It's been FLAT 4 ALFA since 2010

But what with confusions with FLAT4 user 

And the need to feel I should move on in life

It will become something else, almost decided too, well, a bit.

Sell 156 JTD, buy 156 V6.

V6alfa

Fixed that for you.

Reminds me, need to sort out that reg. Will send PM once I've worked out what info DVLA need from you - quick research revealed that if I pass to you, you need to nominate a car and reg will transfer immediately. Online service only available 7am to 7pm, so cannot check if the same thing happens and you get provided with a certificate enabling you to get new reg plates made up. Or we could wait until FOTU and I could give you the old ones ?

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19 hours ago, 00833827 said:

So all back together and when i fill it with water its pissing out somewhere. I removed the belts and timing belt covers to see but i cant really make out where its coming from.

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Wonder did the o ring pop off behind the flange? I reckon if i take off the bigger bolts and the hose clamp and dipstick i can get the pump out without removing the belt again

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On ‎6‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 5:54 AM, NorfolkNWeigh said:

That 2.3 Ghia is lovely, I don't think I've ever seen a Ghia in that colour , most of them were metallics or white. 

+1, looks like Olympic blue, had a Mk2 Capri that colour.

 

 

Today it was time to investigate why the Galaxy is still getting water in the footwells. The roof lining has been dripping recently, quite badly as it happens. Internet search suggested the obvious (sun roof channels) so took the door seal and driver's sun visor off, peeled back the head lining and removed the inner wing splash guard. Pulled the channel off the sunroof, got absolutely soaked as all that built up water was suddenly free.

Shoved some hard, plastic pipe down it, wouldn't go all the way, so did same from bottom (via inner wing) which was horribly clogged up. Drove up to the nearest garage, borrowed their air line and blew it clear. Put it all back together, it'll probably piss down tonight and the foot well will probably be full of water again, knowing my luck.

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A few weeks ago I joined the 21st century and bought this Volvo S60.

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It's a 2.0 pez T S auto with 180bhp, and looks faster than it is.  Although it has plenty enough go for me.  The 5 cylinder engine also has a nice hum to it when either mooching or hoofing up a motorway slip road.

The beige interior sold it to me, even if it is leather.

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I've always wanted to try one again after having a hire car back when they were current, and this one seems to have aged well.  Quite literally a FSH, albeit the intervals seem a bit long, and four flippin' Michelin CrossClimates (which need swapping around as the fronts are 2mm down on the rears).  The lad who owned it seemed quite particular about his cars, and had the tracking done every year on top of other jobs.  I can see why as it does seem to follow the camber of the road, plus the steering wheel is slightly on the piss, so it might need doing again..  He said it was a lot worse on the previous Pirellis.

Being on 225/45s the ride is too twitchy for my liking, so given the choice I'd have something with an actual sidewall.  But you can't be too choosy in sub-£500 land!  It's a working vehicle which is the main thing.

Obviously it's got some issues, the main one being a noisy near side strut top.  The noise is intermittent and not too hideous so I'm hoping it's early stages.  I'm also wondering if the twitchy ride is partly down to knackered struts, but I can see a cheap car becoming expensive so I'm planning to do the strut top myself.  Just wondering if it's ill-advised though considering I've got to use spring compressors...never used them before. 

Despite possible strut top doom I took it to Norfolk last weekend, fully laden with four people plus luggage, and it was comfortable and returned 34mpg overall.  After initial thoughts of 'meh it's a modern' I must admit it's growing on me.

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3 hours ago, dollywobbler said:

Spent over four hours putting even more miles on the Matiz today. Gosh it needs a turbo...

All the driving was so I could drive TWO Marinas. So, it's been a pretty good day in other words. Not that it's helped the Fox project at all...

can you bodge on a small super charger instead so you can pretend to be a teeny tiny muscle car? :mrgreen:

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