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Here is the very moment I realised how much work I actually have ahead of me before I can even think about putting this back together.

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5 hours ago, mitsisigma01 said:

Show us the mess 😲

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That was the mess... 

I sorted it out to this... 

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Yeah still looks shit. Was only meant to be a stop gap as the camper is in the way where it is currently and I can’t get hold of the sub base which I was going to whack over the area. The ground there is really uneven and o just placed the slabs hence the wonkyness... 

Of course the only thing worse than it looking utter shite... is the fact that it was impossible to get the van on! There wasn’t enough room to turn the van into the space! FFS... 

So now the van is on slabs on the grass. (Not ideal) 

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DIY expert I am not. 

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1 hour ago, brownnova said:

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That was the mess... 

I sorted it out to this... 

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Yeah still looks shit. Was only meant to be a stop gap as the camper is in the way where it is currently and I can’t get hold of the sub base which I was going to whack over the area. The ground there is really uneven and o just placed the slabs hence the wonkyness... 

Of course the only thing worse than it looking utter shite... is the fact that it was impossible to get the van on! There wasn’t enough room to turn the van into the space! FFS... 

So now the van is on slabs on the grass. (Not ideal) 

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DIY expert I am not. 

Well look on the bright side. Your eye sight is spot on. Lol.

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6 hours ago, brownnova said:

Of course the only thing worse than it looking utter shite... is the fact that it was impossible to get the van on! There wasn’t enough room to turn the van into the space! FFS... 

So now the van is on slabs on the grass. (Not ideal) 

Should of stared at it for longer, with beer in hand of course! 

Turning circle of a supertanker doesn't help. 

Keep up the good work 😑

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On 4/5/2020 at 7:09 PM, HillmanImp said:

*SHOCK NEWS**HOLD THE PRESS*

H. IMP DOES ACTUAL CAR WORK. 

I know, mental, yeah! People probably forget I used to sometimes do stuff to my cars (quite often wrongly as people on these pages often pointed out) and I'm not just here to shitpost. 

The 944 has had rusty wings since before I got it. Obviously it was going to be the first thing I did when I got the car. 

So here we are 15 months later and they're still not done. 

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If anyone remembers I have tried to buy proper repair panels but they were fucking shite so I sent them back. 

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So today I decided to try and sort one of the shitty wings. Didn't start well with me breaking the side repeater trying to get to the bolts down the door frame. 

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However after an hour or so the wing was off.

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Helpfully the awkward one to get to next to the light wasn't there. Reckon thats a bumper off job so hell, thats fine with me. 

Sadly things didn't get better after breaking the indicator. The wing was pretty rotten. This is how much I had to cut out. 

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Was at it for a few hours, including beer breaks. 

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Until this happened. 

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Will try and sort it tomorrow but probably need a new liner. It had been a little temperamental for a few minutes before but went full on bollocked in no time, so I may be able to blag it for a bit. I've no idea if Machine Mart are open, I'll check in the morning unless anyone else knows? Sure theres an emergency plastic liner somewhere in the garage though, will look. 

It was already getting late though so I sacked it off for the day. 

Wing currently looks like this. Its a well fucking awkward bit of metal. Lots of curves and angles. 

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I reckon the chances of it being the right size afterwards are pretty much zero. I was constantly measuring the wing on the other side but its equally as fucked so I was guessing where the end of what I was measuring was. Hopefully it will be close enough though. 

It can be metal and filler, thats fine. Will probably still be better than the £230 or whatever it was I'd paid for those other repair panels. 

 

My 1989 2.7 had been bodged there but I'm pleased to see your ABS pump looks healthier than mine did. Alloy ABS inside wheel arch? Hmm....

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Today’s the day I shall brave the shops... it’s been a week since the last foray and that was only for a few bits... so a proper shop is needed. Only really important question is... 

Saab convertible or C5  Tourer?

If it was taxed I would be using the 2CV hands down. 

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11 hours ago, Kiltox said:

I bought a set of these a month or so back.  They're not bad, as cheapo plastic trims go - they don't look nearly as offensive as some offerings.

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I went at the vectra with a clay bar. I will polish it tomorrow. It's a big car.

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2 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

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3 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Seems to be Aston Martin day outside work.

 

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Heck!

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I finally fitted a new resistor to the heater fan in the 406, after 3 months of it only blowing on full power...

 

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Only took 10 flippin minutes in the end, really should have done it sooner, I'd forgotten what a novelty it is to have a working fan.

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12 hours ago, wuvvum said:

I bought a set of these a month or so back.  They're not bad, as cheapo plastic trims go - they don't look nearly as offensive as some offerings.

Have you got any pictures of them out of the box please , seeing as the seller couldn't manage it 🙄

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18 minutes ago, mitsisigma01 said:

Have you got any pictures of them out of the box please , seeing as the seller couldn't manage it 🙄

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My eldest lad's Peugeot 207 was showing signs of coolant use, even though the head gasket was replaced at the last major repair (engine & 'box out for Clutch / Head Gasket / Timing Belt job).

The thermostat housing at end of the cylinder head was leaking coolant from the front edge, so I stripped, cleaned and resealed it yesterday afternoon. These seem to leak for fun and there is no physical gasket, I used an RTV Silicon that I had with the Polo timing chain kit, worked well though but I don't think Peugeot were particularly liberal with the amount they used.

Job bobbed.

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Hinges (not 'gives' - silly typo-making device) have arrived!

For my E46 estate.

Exciting!

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