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15 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

I find literally anything interesting. 

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Blueprint magazine. A whole piece on junction design. It could probably be a 60 minute documentary for BBC4 tbh.

Beautiful publication. 

I went for starfish and mermaids purses. 

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Yesterday I bought 4 new tyres for my Almera. All season 'Nexen' tyres. The car steers beautifully now. I may put the car up for sale after Christmas so I decided just to go a budget brand. 

The old mid range Cooper tyres needed replacing. I got advisories about them from the MOT in July. The rear ones were 7 years old, still had plenty of tread but were perishing. The front n/s one appears to have been suffering with a slow puncture and was getting near the limit. 

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Just kicked the 214 back into life by buggering about with the ignition coil - it helps* that it's located in the nearside front wing behind the headlight where it definitely won't* be exposed to all the elements, including all the torrential rain we've had recently.

Disconnected battery, pulled off the HT lead and connectors, wazzed a load of WD40 in there, checked the primary/secondary resistance (all good, coil  not fucked) , cleaned up the connectors and smeared a load of Vaseline all over everything. Hooked the battery back up and it started first time. Free fix FTW.

Will reward it with a run out tonight. Not far, mind, in case the ungrateful bastard stabs me in the back.

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21 hours ago, JeeExEll said:

 

21 hours ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

I'm not sure we should even begin to ask how that came to be. 

Having lived on the Outer Herides for a few years in my earlier days, I would say there is an eleventy million percent chance alcohol was involved.

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I have spent most of today travelling to and from, and attending the Traction Owner’s Club AGM. It would be a fair assumption that I was the youngest person there ( and my beard is already turning white) - I was going to add, by a couple of decades, but suspect @Three Speed was next oldest and he was in charge of the meeting and not that much older I expect.  

Does anyone here attend the NEC restoration show? I’ve not been but the Citroen clubs are considering a joint stand next year.

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1 hour ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

Nexens are good all-rounders. I had them on the diesel Borat, and may have them on the CX when the current Maxxis set gives up.

Stone the Heretic! Putting non Michelin’s on a CX will get you excommunicated from the club ( it’s why I no longer look at the club website as people are very intolerant of such heretical thinking).IE Michelins aren’t what they used to be.

 

i like Goodyear efficient grip performance- good in the wet, wear well and are quiet and not very expensive in the size I need (£55).

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1 minute ago, egg said:

Did you buy one?!

Me? A traction? 

No, not yet. The car that may be for sale belongs to a very long standing member of the club who is now in hospital following a fall. He is in no position to handle a sale at the moment and his ex wife will be sorting his affairs.  Another car was mentioned on the drive back that is in a lockup near my Citroen 2cv specialist’s garage so I am going to look at that in a week or two ( it’s another car that may be for sale at the right price). However it’s a legere not a normale ( small car, rather than the bigger, stanced resistance/gangster look I prefer).

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21 minutes ago, Three Speed said:

You flatter me Richard. Thank you!

Just think we had the most non white hair between us, I seem to be heading rapidly,  non-stop,  towards not mid-forties. Life, don’t talk to me about life ( to quote a depressed robot).

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2 hours ago, richardmorris said:

 

Does anyone here attend the NEC restoration show? I’ve not been but the Citroen clubs are considering a joint stand next year.

@richardmorris next year will be the third year I will have had a UKSaabs stand there (jointly with the Saab Owners Club - we get a double sized stand that way) and can highly reccomend it. Great show with genuine enthusiasts in attendance.

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Been having a look through the paperwork for the 159 I bought yesterday.  There are quite a few bills with it - in fact it's had more spent on it this year than I paid for the car, including a bill for £462.48 just two months ago for a replacement turbo core and oil & filter change.  The last MOT in March cost nearly 400 quid.  It also had a cambelt and water pump last year, together with an alloy inlet manifold and piss flap removal.

I also had a poke round the car itself, and can confirm that the manifold does indeed look nice and shiny.  I'm assuming this weird little concertina pipe is the EGR bypass - I'm surprised you can get away with that on a diesel this age (in fact you obviously can't given that, as previously mentioned, it clags like a bastard when you floor it).

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I've also discovered that unfortunately the boot is too small to fit my pushbike, and that the cruise control does in fact work - I couldn't get it to work on the drive back yesterday, but that might have just been me being useless.  The tyres are decent Goodyear Eagle F1s on the back and borderline Cooper Zeons on the front - I think those will be getting swapped round in the very near future.

Otherwise I've been driving it around today and it's been great.  In fact if you don't look in the mirror and see the clag cloud you'd not know there was anything amiss with it.  I'm hoping I don't grow to love it too much, as I might then want to start spending money on it to get it fixed, and that is a very slippery slope...

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12 hours ago, egg said:

My Sister's Tigra has a leak from the sump (haven't seen it, just reported to me). Is that a known problem before she takes it to a garage? Perhaps better in ask a Shiter.....soz.

Not a tigra but, my 5 year old transit developed and oil leak from the sump. It had rusted out and became porous. The garage said I was very lucky it didn't just 'go' with the expected results. Did I mention it was only 5 years old at the time?

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7 hours ago, somewhatfoolish said:

EGR deletion won't have much if any effect on clag, it's a NOx reduction measure; the clag is more likely to be some half-arsed tuning measure like winding up the fueling.

I did wonder whether it might have had a slightly dodgy remap.  The chap I bought it from reckoned the DPF was playing up, but it GLF and there's no warning lights on the dash so I'm not convinced by that - unless the DPF is missing altogether I suppose, which would increase the smoke levels.

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4 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

I did wonder whether it might have had a slightly dodgy remap.  The chap I bought it from reckoned the DPF was playing up, but it GLF and there's no warning lights on the dash so I'm not convinced by that - unless the DPF is missing altogether I suppose, which would increase the smoke levels.

I reckon it's had a Remap with DPF and EGR delete. Then DPF gutted and EGR blanked off. The remap will stop warning lights from coming on. 

A DPF isn't a pass through filter that should allow black soot particles through it. 

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I got a lovely visit from @Twin-Cam and Melvin today.

It was a dull and slightly damp day but lots of fun was had non-the-less. Future car videos coming from @Twin-Cam's you tube channel hopefully!

Bloody Leaky Metro left an oily autograph on the road.

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It's been too long, shiters.  Pursuing the dream of building a moderately successful car sales business (why would anyone in their right mind even want to?) has taken up a lot of life recently.  

But I'm currently on holiday in The States visiting family for Thanksgiving and what better way to fill my gift of time than trawling almost a year of missed posts on here.

Also..... my daily for the past few months has a been a 2006 Nissan Murano 3.5 V6 on LPG.  I have PLENTY to write about on that front so I'll get to it soon.  In the mean time, take a look at what I'm coming home to next week.  NU DAILY ALERT!  A 2003 Vel Shatis, in poverty spec.  It's a 2.0 Turbo Expression, with a manual gearbox and 99k miles.  Old chap bought it with 12miles on the clock, yes twelve miles.  Renault had it on their forecourt at the list price of just over £22k.  He offered them £12,500 and they bit his arm off.  It now has 99k miles, MOT until February of next year and I paid £200.  Should be plenty of "character" to keep me entertained over the Christmas break.

Nice to check-in again, look forward to catching up.

Luke

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2 hours ago, angle said:

At the risk of this being the dullest thing I've posted in months, ECP have got a load of Valeo wipers on clearance - a full set for the Laguna is £3.50...

Thanks, great heads up (even though I'm not a fan of Valeo blades) but they won't deliver to me, and nowhere local in stock. Boo hoo!

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The Sonata passed its retest today.  That means I have a worryingly high number of road-legal vehicles at the moment, especially for this time of year.  I'm going to have to have a look at the clutch as that's playing up a bit - think it's a hydraulic issue, going to try bleeding it and see if that helps - hoping it's not a leaky slave as they are inside the bellhousing on these.  Still perfectly drivable as it is though.

Got the door card back on the Elantra yesterday and spent some time reseating the window seals - with the addition of a small piece of Gorilla tape at the topmost rear corner where the seal has a bit missing.  It's definitely quietened it down noticeably, although it's still not what you'd call a refined car...

Also ordered some wiper blades from ECP - the Bl*ck Fr*day discount brought the price of some of the blades down to about 60p, which I'm not going to complain at, even if it is a bit out of my way to go and fetch them.

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Just bought oil and filter from Opie oils, 8 litres of Mobil 1  5/40 and a Mahle filter for £65 delivered. I didn't think that was bad? That's with the 15% Black discount code for a first order. So now with the vaccumm pump that no 1 son has bought me for Christmas (I've bought him one as well!) an oil change done by my own fair hand will be performed, probably over Christmas cos I get bored!

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