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58 minutes ago, Cavcraft said:

Is that the newer (2005?) onwards SLK, Dave? Bloody nice looking cars them.

It is indeed :)  Goes like a rocket and it's got.... wait for it.... 7 gears! Loads of toys to play with and buttons to press and things to break or generally fook up! Which I'm sure I will manage admirably :)  

I am looking forward to getting it to be honest I do like a mint motor car. I think (sadly) that my car defines me, so I guess an SLK defines e as a ladyboy in hiding!

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The carpetof the passat has SD1 levels of water. Not coming in through the scuttle but via the doors - in particular the front. Rainwater is getting past the seal used between the door and the plate that holds all the furniture. Purists would buy new sealing cord from VW however purity was never my stronpoint so black silicone was used. Just need to dry the foam out under the carpets.

 

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^ At least you’ve found the cause. Unhappy memories here flooding back (ahem) of my Passat. One desperate measure on my part being to seal that plastic cased set of relays in the passenger footwell in its own watertight Jiffy bag. Fuck you water ingress.

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On 8/10/2019 at 10:57 PM, Tadhg Tiogar said:

To be fair, readjusting it (which these cars seem to require at regular intervals) isn't the easiest so I've kind of left it as it is.... ....and this handy Norwegian CX guide only slightly simplifies the process.

The MoT tester may fail it this year (he sort of blanked it last year) for that reason, so it will have to be done again.

They certainly look very French in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwnSR7BF-x0

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51 minutes ago, Bren said:

The carpetof the passat has SD1 levels of water. Not coming in through the scuttle but via the doors - in particular the front. Rainwater is getting past the seal used between the door and the plate that holds all the furniture. Purists would buy new sealing cord from VW however purity was never my stronpoint so black silicone was used. Just need to dry the foam out under the carpets.

 

Get used to it, M8, they're fucking awful for this.

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Well my mental brain has kicked in again.
Went for a piss at 1am, got back in bed and off it went "blah blah blah, work, mortgage, mum Ill, football tomorrow"
Laid listening to it for an hour and then thought bollocks, so phone and tea it is.

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12 hours ago, Cavcraft said:

Just won a complete, modern (2004), running Vauxhall diesel for 99p on eBay that was listed in the wrong section. What are the chances of the vendor honouring it? Non-existent, at a guess. 

I thought that is the going rate for old vauxhalls nowadays with 12 months ticket of course 😱🥺

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11 minutes ago, stuboy said:

Saw loads of foreign minis traveling back to the docks, was there a show on?

 

Only managed to snap a few.

There was the Mini international show on in Bristol at the weekend. Kept seeing minis all over Bristol on the weekend. 

Given the amount of rain and bad weather we had over the weekend, I imagine there will be far less making the trip back. Rusted away over the weekend from being sat in a soggy field. Just one big pile of rust sitting in the middle. 

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25 minutes ago, stuboy said:

Saw loads of foreign minis traveling back to the docks, was there a show on?

 

Only managed to snap a few.

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When I was in Perthshire in April I saw an absolute FUCKTON of Minis from the Netherlands - not afraid of a bit of travel clearly!

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Once again I haven't slept at all, even with a sleeping pill!  Brain (damn thing) would not shut down and let me have some peace. Also, I have to go outside and clean the inside of the Merc and it is pissing down. No choice though, can't give it to new owner(s) in the state it's in ... unless they have a real 'thing' for dog hair!

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19 hours ago, Bren said:

The carpetof the passat has SD1 levels of water. Not coming in through the scuttle but via the doors - in particular the front. Rainwater is getting past the seal used between the door and the plate that holds all the furniture.

 

Just found the exact same issue on mine, how hard is it to get the door panel off?

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To check pour water down glass with door open. Eventually you may see water drip off bottom of door from behind door card. Cards quite easy to get off - lots of vids on youtube - but you will break some clips. You will need a bead of silicone along bottom of door plate.

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10 hours ago, SiC said:

There was the Mini international show on in Bristol at the weekend. Kept seeing minis all over Bristol on the weekend. 

Given the amount of rain and bad weather we had over the weekend, I imagine there will be far less making the trip back. Rusted away over the weekend from being sat in a soggy field. Just one big pile of rust sitting in the middle. 

DWs ferry back from Croatia had many minis and 2cvs. It’s on his latest hubnut video.

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In local news, the seemingly epic AC fix is on again. John came to the house this morning to remove the old compressor and bracket to take away and drill out the broken bolt. Now I can’t drive the car as it has no aux belt etc. I am convinced now that when it is all fixed and new that we will have the coldest end to an August ever and I will need the heater on.

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It would appear that our renewal quote for madam on the Toyota is well over £1200, we've only paid £1000 TPFT for her first year of motoring as a named driver.

Some quick internetting has revealed a maximum so far of £690 comprehensive with 1 year's experience and no dings as a named driver. The search resumes tomorrow, get paid next week so maybe get the policy a month in advance for the forthcoming year.

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Just after getting the CX back from first fluid change after gearbox rebuild. There was a massive American hearse up on the ramps when I got to the workshop; workshop boss says it's been up there two weeks already, waiting for parts to arrive from the US. Also there's a coffin in the back of it.

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When I collected the Merc from JohnK he pointed out that somebody had moved the cigarette lighter (or power socket these days) from the ashtray at the front to the rear. Something confirmed by a blue and brown wire that were running down the side of the centre console.

So today I thought I'd have a look about returning it to it's rightful place.

This greated me behind the ashtray when I removed it.

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WTF I thought.

Removed a lot of duct tape and this was found.

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Yep, that's the cigarette lighter socket with loads of extra wires to it.

The pink, black and blue and brown went here, to the rear.

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Best was this.

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That's the cd holder that somebody has decided to illuminate using the bulb from the ash tray.

Took the, "fuck this for a game of soldiers attitude" and removed all the "additional" wiring, then soldered and heat shrinked everything back as it should be. I will add, all the extra wires were either chocolate blocked or just twisted together.

Just have to find where the thin extra red and black wires went, the're currently twisted around the cruise control. Job for later.

 

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Mrs Pirate and myself did go to Torquay today, to meet a very nice man with very nice dogs, and after drinking his tea we stole his car:

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Sorry for pinching your wheels, Mr Xtriple. And sorry to anyone else who wanted to nab this, it really is bloody ace - the engine is astonishingly smooth.  I did say I was going to start swapping out cars more often, but I really can't think what could tempt me away from the staggering level of waft this thing provides.

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Up to 139 miles in total now, the first 52 (iirc) were done by Jerzy Woking. Have to admit I've been making excuses to nip into town on this for things, just because it's so ideal and there's free parking. In a highly scientific* survey, yesterday I decided to see exactly how far it would go before the battery ran out, staying very local for the last few miles 'just in case'.

From charging it up a week or so ago and doing one ride then, in total it managed 23 miles. The majority of that was in mode 3 (top gear, if you like) and reasonably open roads as I never quite manage to go just to town and take a longer route home. Anyhow, when down to the last 10% it goes into a sort of limp mode thing where it seems to hover around the 18mph mark. Once actually first showing zero percent battery life, it will actually manage about 350-500 yards, give or take, and from 10% down to zero I would estimate it did about 4-5 miles. It was good to find out, just in case I ever get stuck somewhere with little battery life left. In mode 1 it does 12-15mph, mode 2 can take it to late 20s, and mode 3 got a pretty impressive 37mph once. Could probably keep it in mode 2 to get to town and back to be fair, which should conserve battery life. Also, as braking is supposed to regenerate slightly, I noticed that if stopped at lights and holding one of the brake levers in, the little green drive light goes out, maybe actually holding the brakes in when stopped helps a little?

Minor irritations are the seat unlocking mechanism doesn't always work (which is a mild PITA if you want to activate the hidden kill switch when parking somewhere, or to get the battery out to charge) and I suspect the mirrors might be the first things to give way at some point, so will try and find better after market ones to replace them. It's a bit sort of twitchy on the throttle when trying to maintain a constant very low speed in moving traffic, and I got a slight arse end shift the other day, on a v.slow hard corner, but there may have been diesel on the road, or something. 

 

Anyhow, they're minor quirks and so far I'm really impressed with the bike and actually really enjoy riding it.

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12 hours ago, Fat_Pirate said:

Mrs Pirate and myself did go to Torquay today, to meet a very nice man with very nice dogs, and after drinking his tea we stole his car:

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Sorry for pinching your wheels, Mr Xtriple. And sorry to anyone else who wanted to nab this, it really is bloody ace - the engine is astonishingly smooth.  I did say I was going to start swapping out cars more often, but I really can't think what could tempt me away from the staggering level of waft this thing provides.

You uttergit, fancy postng a picture where it is clean. I washed and hoovered it just for you, I hope the pong of old man and smelly dogs is not to offensive? I hope she gves you as good service as she has me.

I muct be mad.... oh yeah, I am.  :( 

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I have just 'bitten the bullet' and called the insurance company about the change of vehicle. I dreaded it! I HATE talking to insurance companies as they always try and remove a shedload of money from your wallet. Very nice lady who charged me a whole £25 for the change of vehcle, n total! Just an admin fee nothing more even though the new car has a bigger engine, is newer and worth more money.

Colour me impressed.

AA insurance. They seem to be good at the moment.

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Hoovie has 750k subscribers - and he often claims his channel has built this fleet (of which this is just part)....seems a crazy world we live in sometimes...maybe the guy is up to his eyes in debt on the basis of future earnings...

Though he has had that Merc convertible since he was 17.

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On 8/12/2019 at 6:35 PM, High Jetter said:

I've got round that in the past by putting the nuts back on but not tightening them, and moving said vehicle around on the drive for a short distance.

What he said, hit some choice potholes and/or a bit of vigorous cornering should see it loosened off.

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Stop messing with mallets etc. Jack it up, place a piece of wood over the back edge of the rim (duct tape will hold it in place) then use a 14lb sledge hammer. Never failed yet, and the wood prevents any damage.

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