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Just now, wuvvum said:

Yep, Isuzu design.  It's true that the cat on something like that would probably weigh in for £££.

The mates rates on it makes it appealing. Ticket until April as well, just that rear quarter gouge and a scuffed bumper makes it a no-go for most buyers. 

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A bucket full of cun....calipers.

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Nearly there with the Rover, but I feel traumatised!  Got a bit carried away with the heat and melted the brake hose, so the latest is this.

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Rounded off the brake pipe wotsit for added incompetence.  Have ordered a set of flare spanners, so hopefully they'll offer enough grip.  I bought a brake hose previously but it's incorrect, so have bought another one.

Started the job at 1.30pm, finished at 10.30 with a break for tea.  Much of that time was spent fucking about trying to get the handbrake cable reconnected.  The new bracket from the MGF caliper wasn't the same as the old, so gave up and MAP gassed and Irwin'd the bolts on the old one off, which was a drawn out affair.  Was tempted to set fire to the car at this point.  Limped it into a residents parking bay on the handbrake only, and the next fun* instalment will be when the parts arrive and I've undergone the necessary therapy session...

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The Doblo failed its test on a wishbone bush and both rear bumpstops.The parts were supposed to arrive on Monday but turned up today .IMG_20201031_143541.thumb.jpg.dae9e257a2293e7708bc3cf68f694407.jpg

The old ones were pretty ragged.As you can see,you probably use a special tool that fits into the small cutouts on the top cup to fit and remove them at a Fiat dealer.A large drift and a lump hammer soon loosened them.

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Then ran a tap up the threads in the chassis.IMG_20201031_143846.thumb.jpg.65c2c11b572a14316b33a6da7e56628c.jpg

Glad I did that.IMG_20201031_144650.thumb.jpg.028faff027c2ed9db5b91807b828f1df.jpg

Then hand tighten and tap round half a turn.

The wishbone can wait until tomorrow.

 

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Just found a very old email from 2003, where I asked Vulcan engineering for the price of a complete GT spec rebuild of my MK2 escort engine. This was the 1.3 so would have lifted BHP to about 70ish with a new unleaded compatible head

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The price of a STD 1300 GT spec rebuild inc a new carb & vat is 1079.82 but
this DON'T inc Fitting is around £340 inc vat.

I decided at the time, this was madness and ended up selling it. But given the price of RWD escorts these days, probably would have been a sensible* investment,

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23 hours ago, reb said:

Today the 205 got put back on its wheels for the first time in well over a year in preparation for getting shifted to my unit. The HDI plan is in the bin because various goings on this year have led to everything related to it being thrown into complete disarray, I'm sure it's still doable but I'm not the one to do it. The plan now is to put it back to standard-ish and get it as well sorted as I can while I have the time to work on it. There will still be turbots involved, but in a more factory intended manner.

MrsREB will be arriving in just over a month, we'll see how long her promise to keep me company at the unit lasts when she realises how bastarding cold it is up there!

Nice to see you posting again Reb, hope you’re doing well. Sorry to hear the HDi project isn’t going ahead now but looking forward to some 205 updates

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Yesterday was birthday no. 42 for me. Had a day at the Amberley Working Museum with wifeypants and my parents. Sadly bad weather and early light fade meant I didn’t get to see the whole place (mainly the trains, buses and cars) but it’s full of every day household and industrial shite and it would be a great place for shiters to meet up post new new lockdown.

 

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11 minutes ago, Stanky said:

Wtf is the last pic? A teleportation chamber? Looks mega, definitely a good location for a meetup

 

6 minutes ago, Fumbler said:

ARP warden's post I believe.

 

6 minutes ago, lisbon_road said:

Perhaps a space age thunderbox?  Another vote for that as a meet up place here.  One day.  

“Portable” air raid shelter. Possibly used for ARP.

It really is a good place and will happily organise a day there. It’s about £13 an adult but will see if they do a discount for a considerable group.

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On 10/28/2020 at 2:34 PM, SiC said:

Looks like I've bought my old Civic back. 😂

In-laws who I gave it to are buying a 3yr old C200d. Merc dealer offered £feckall and no doubt will scrap it as not worth the hassle to auction. 

Done 156k at last MOT, so probably almost 160k ish now. 2 owners before me (Honda employee then someone else), I bought in around 2013ish. Written off as a Cat N (non structural) in 2018 when someone went into the back of me at traffic lights (post in this news24 thread at the time). I didn't know I was going to get it back so bought something else. Got it back, repaired it (crash beam and adjusted boot catch) and gave it to the in-laws. FSH when I owned it (every year) and it had the clutch done at around 97k. In-laws had it oil+filter changed service and MOTd, so should still be alright. Only fault that I know of is Aircon dead (pipe went soft this year, suspect stone in condenser usually on these) and mix of tyres (annoys me that as there was Michelins on when I gave it). I'd fully trust it to go anywhere and I've been everywhere with it - from Scotland to South of France. 

Not sure how much as it depends what it's going to cost for me to get it back here. Going to be £LOLcheap for a fully working car though as don't really need it and it stresses my wife out when we have too many cars on the drive. 

I'll do a proper for sale thread once I get it back. 

Here is an old picture of it and the first I came to when looking for one. Was a holiday cottage in West Wales somewhere and we got a sudden snow downpour.

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It's landed. 

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The drive back reminded me how good a car it is. Perky and lively diesel engine, decent fuel economy (got 50mpg on the motorway run back), comfortable and practical. A sensible person would be selling the Clio 172 and keeping this as a main driver.

Needs a bloody good clean though. Also will give the headlight plastic a polish to neaten them back up. 

Did a quick check over. I know it was serviced last year but as a family friend mechanic does it, no receipts. I thought it was done this year too, but the oil is about on a 1/4. From my experience on this car, it gets through a litre of oil in 6k miles and so it's probably due a service. I'll get an oil and filter from Euros and get that done before I sell it. Honda put the oil filter housing up top, so if I suck the oil out the dipstick holder, I'll not even need to go underneath. 

Tyres on the front are Pirelli and the rear is one Michelin and another GT Radial. Guess which tyre my FiL put on it. :D

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7 hours ago, SiC said:

It's landed. 

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The drive back reminded me how good a car it is. Perky and lively diesel engine, decent fuel economy (got 50mpg on the motorway run back), comfortable and practical. A sensible person would be selling the Clio 172 and keeping this as a main driver.

Needs a bloody good clean though. Also will give the headlight plastic a polish to neaten them back up. 

Did a quick check over. I know it was serviced last year but as a family friend mechanic does it, no receipts. I thought it was done this year too, but the oil is about on a 1/4. From my experience on this car, it gets through a litre of oil in 6k miles and so it's probably due a service. I'll get an oil and filter from Euros and get that done before I sell it. Honda put the oil filter housing up top, so if I suck the oil out the dipstick holder, I'll not even need to go underneath. 

Tyres on the front are Pirelli and the rear is one Michelin and another GT Radial. Guess which tyre my FiL put on it. :D

 

@Frazthis would do you nicely...

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Fascinating history. Was the owners car for 10 years, kept by the Ex  when they split. 

He found it again, on the pile in the breakers ( hence the various damaged panels) & persuaded them to take it down and repatriate it. 
He then stored it in his barn ( with approx 70 Skoda!) until Skoda space trumped his old Yugo- which he didn’t have the knowledge to sort. 
We chatted a while, I sent pics of my 511 & 313 ( bought here, off an ex member in Plymouth) . I proposed a light resto, with Fiat 128 type mods & a Uno turbo lump ( I have already) & he agreed. 
 

We collected it a few days back, from darkest Canterbury. Aside from several dented panels it looks sound enough, clearly been loved in the past. 
Changed the wheels for ones with pumped up, unshredded tyres, freed the brakes, loosened the steering ( still tight) , strapped the loose bits, had a brief attempt at firing ( no spark)  then hauled it west.

It’s  going to sit, under cover, till the Spring when the young bus can use it as a learning exercise.  Could be fun. 

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16 hours ago, Stanky said:

Wtf is the last pic? A teleportation chamber? Looks mega, definitely a good location for a meetup

I had it in my mind that this was the museum near Singleton on the way up the hill to Goodwood racecourse, but a quick check says no. That’s the Weald and downland place. Is this the one near arundel?

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