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1 hour ago, egg said:

Obviously essential work in lockdown too?

I was thinking that, but garages can stay open, and if your income relies on very rich customers paying very large bills when they get their very expensive cars back I suppose you'll carry on. Nothing else in or out today though.

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TODAY I HAZ BEEN MOSTLY TURD POLISHING!!!

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It was looking quite neglected, at least more so than normal, gave it a light compound and wax,it does show up the dents more now though :mrgreen:

Still not too bad that's mostly the original paint from 1986 too.

Bootlid was painted sometime,but the rest of the panels seem to be the original ones.

Added a pair of spot lights that I picked up at a boot sale,and added some old air horns too.I've had them horns since I sneaked them out of a local breakers yard down my trousers as a kid :D

Oh and some rear mudflaps and a high level rear brake light that were in my shed.(paid for not sneaked out down trousers)

I even glued the hands back onto the clock,because bored!!

Happy with that.

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A miniature clear out of the shed. There'll be some older and even more useless ones here still somewhere...

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The SK choke and carb cleaner is absolutely the best stuff I've ever used.

 

Right, where's the paint matching and bespoke bodywork repair department hiding? Ahh, there you are...

 

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In a huge surprise, Vauxhall 'Flame red' wasn't a close match, though another one was a bit nearer. Time to test the random can of colour, absolutely perfect. Well, not absolute nor perfect, in fact, because the nozzle was missing and the can probably easily 20+ years old, it sort of wet farted out in strange mushy lumps. Super! No proper brushes, so used the half-dried up remnant from the flame red touch up stick. Things were going incredibly well (ok, neither incredible, nor well) and that just ran out anyway, so I found another mystery can and used that. Sprayed it into a can top, mixed it about and I believe you will find the results stunning....

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Missed a phone call shortly after I'd finished, probably be the boss of Bentley's spray room offering a job.

 

Well, after that success it was time to display further talents, this time in the T.I.C (Transit Improvement Centre) secret department. Before...

 

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A bit more effort involved here, so much more in fact I had to use that well known tactic of sticking my tongue out whilst doing the repair*. Highly recommend tip, makes a big difference. Feel free to try it, impossible tasks are made so much easier.

 

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Because remember kids, an MOT extension doesn't mean you can drive round in an old banger.

 

*Edit: that black tape on the Transit actually resembles a 20 week pregnancy scan in those pictures. This will guarantee immunity from driving to Cornwall when I'm well again to collect a rusty, incomplete seized up ditch find Tomos moped, as I can prove to the coppers that my wife is pregnant and it's emergency transport. 

 

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I'd forgotten until this morning how crazy Saab 9-5 electrical systems get when the car's battery is discharged. Things stop working one by one until you're left with nothing but a dim glow from the interior lights. My fault for not driving it for a week then working on it on and off for several days with the doors open and the radio on.

Luckily, a quick jump start using my Clarke booster pack sorted it. I'm so glad that I forked out the £90 or so for it at the Cambridge branch of Machine Mart a year or so ago, as not only is it great for reviving dead cars, it has a built-in air compressor, a light and a 12v auxiliary socket :) 

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28 minutes ago, Shep Shepherd said:

I'd forgotten until this morning how crazy Saab 9-5 electrical systems get when the car's battery is discharged. Things stop working one by one until you're left with nothing but a dim glow from the interior lights. My fault for not driving it for a week then working on it on and off for several days with the doors open and the radio on.

Luckily, a quick jump start using my Clarke booster pack sorted it. I'm so glad that I forked out the £90 or so for it at the Cambridge branch of Machine Mart a year or so ago, as not only is it great for reviving dead cars, it has a built-in air compressor, a light and a 12v auxiliary socket :) 

I bought one from Costco a little while ago. My primary disappointment is that I've yet to have a use for it in anger...

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6 hours ago, richardmorris said:

I was thinking that, but garages can stay open, and if your income relies on very rich customers paying very large bills when they get their very expensive cars back I suppose you'll carry on. Nothing else in or out today though.

Yep. I’ve had to stay open to sort out Mr @snagglepuss’s Aero...

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Wouldn't ride any other make, not after an early encounter with a Raleigh Arena that didn't feel right.


...for which there might well be a very good reason - Raleigh managed to push out a whole batch of Arenas one Christmas, all of which had dodgy welds between the head tube/down tube that failed - cue some nasty accidents and injuries followed by compensation and recall...


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1 minute ago, chodweaver said:

...for which there might well be a very good reason - Raleigh managed to push out a whole batch of Arenas one Christmas, all of which had dodgy welds between the head tube/down tube that failed - cue some nasty accidents and injuries followed by compensation and recall...

 

I didn't know that. Dodged a bullet there. My "not feeling right" came from the fact that it was heavier than its Peugeot rival, which also looked better screwed-together. After that junior Peugeot was outgrown, it had to be a Peugeot Talisman next.

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Oh, the steering wheel was a bit loose on the Lada, so took the centre off and managed to find a socket big enough to fit the nut. Probs should have disconnected the battery, as every time the socket touched a certain point the horn sounded, alerting any curtain twitching moaning bastards that someone was unessentially repairing their car.

Flushed with success after this, the slightly wonky passenger seat was sorted (loose bolts) and a couple tightened down on the driver's one.

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There's an old saying, "the devil makes work for idle hands"!

I've been channelling my inner Stuboy and added yet more lights to the front of my 205!!

:D

Picked up a pair of new square driving lamps at a car show last summer,I had the lower bumper panel for years,I half heartedly painted it some time back,and as the day was nice I decided "why not"

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I must admit to quite liking them.

I have a matching lower bumper for the rear,but alas no paint.

Hoping to find a reflective rear panel for the tailgate sometime too.

Poor little car is wondering WTF is happening to it!

:mrgreen:

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In an exciting* update, the spare parts now don't live in the boot anymore, so the back seats have been put up since the first time I've owned it. It needs a polish really, but that's a job for another time

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3 hours ago, Cavcraft said:

In an exciting* update, the spare parts now don't live in the boot anymore, so the back seats have been put up since the first time I've owned it. It needs a polish really, but that's a job for another time

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Always nice to see the lada again :)

I still really want to have a proper drive of that on the public highway!

(ideally before I get my full licence for maxmium bewilderment points of a Lada on L plates :)

its probably thanks to it, and @Mrs6C's ZX that clutch control is thankfully not something I struggle with LOL and how I probably managed to get through my first official lesson without stalling once :) 

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13 hours ago, LightBulbFun said:

(ideally before I get my full licence for maxmium bewilderment points of a Lada on L plates :)

You are Maureen from driving school AICMFP... 

EDIT: beaten to it by egg... Dammit!

EDIT #2: That was a really great show... they should re-run it for positivity during lockdown. 

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Hi,

sometimes I am running out of mojo with this project. Suppose I am not the only one. But finally, during the (not as tough as yours) German lockdown, I have had time to work on the Renault 30.

It will need welding in the inner mudguard at the front. The rear looks a lot better and I just applied heaps of protective grease while changing the rear shocks. New NOS rear and front bumper which I am sure EVERYBODY here realizes is not adequate because they are from a R20Ts and don't wrap around the corners as much.  Have some pics. I hope I will get it on the road this year...

Daniel

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1 hour ago, brownnova said:

You are Maureen from driving school AICMFP... 

EDIT: beaten to it by egg... Dammit!

EDIT #2: That was a really great show... they should re-run it for positivity during lockdown. 

Agreed about the rerun. Didn't her husband crash the Lada a year or two later?  Edited to add I heard somewhere Lada UK gave her for free the last Samara that was imported 

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2 hours ago, brownnova said:

You are Maureen from driving school AICMFP... 

EDIT: beaten to it by egg... Dammit!

EDIT #2: That was a really great show... they should re-run it for positivity during lockdown. 

 

 

2 hours ago, egg said:

:?:

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haha, (admittedly had to google that :) )

the amount of lessons/hours I have had it sure feels like! frankly its embarrassing! 

 

the photo does remind me, when I was getting L plates with Zel I was thinking to myself

"just where the hell are we going to stick the one in the front, without blocking anything!" I think Zel stuck it in the corner of the bonnet IIRC

only got a picture of the rear tho sadly! (guy in the food van just in shot shot got unhappy with me learning to drive in "his" parking lot, so we ended up moving to another parking lot, so although I wasn't doing the driving, between parking lots obviously, it did venture out onto the MK roads with L plates on IIRC LOL)

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@LightBulbFun no shame in having a lot of lessons, I had about 50 or so when I learned to drive in 2004-5, that was because I wasn't doing any driving outside of lessons as I wasn't insured for the family Multipla due to cost. 

 

Edited to add this was car licence, I passed my bus test in 2007 and class 2 HGV in 2017.

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