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9 hours ago, wuvvum said:

I might swap the red and yellow wires round at some stage but there are bigger fish to fry at the moment

I'd just like to ask, has anyone on here ever had an aftermarket stereo that they have fitted, where the red and yellow wires have NOT required swapping around? Like is there a make and model of car that these are plug & play in? Every aftermarket stereo I have ever fitted to a car (so for me thats VW, Peugeot, Ford, Volvo, Daewoo, Vauxhall?) I have needed to swap the wires over.

I may be rocking the boat to a dangerous degree here, but why don't they change the perm & switched lives round at the factory? Or am I missing something here (as usual)? Or is it a massive in-joke at Kenwood, Alpine, Sony etc?

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8 hours ago, Stanky said:

I'd just like to ask, has anyone on here ever had an aftermarket stereo that they have fitted, where the red and yellow wires have NOT required swapping around? Like is there a make and model of car that these are plug & play in? Every aftermarket stereo I have ever fitted to a car (so for me thats VW, Peugeot, Ford, Volvo, Daewoo, Vauxhall?) I have needed to swap the wires over.

I may be rocking the boat to a dangerous degree here, but why don't they change the perm & switched lives round at the factory? Or am I missing something here (as usual)? Or is it a massive in-joke at Kenwood, Alpine, Sony etc?

Yes plenty, Peugeots, Fords, Nissans, Toyota's, BMW's, Skoda's, VW's, Audi's etc etc

some do, some don't, it takes 2 minutes to check so its a bit of a non-issue really :)

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10 hours ago, Stanky said:

I'd just like to ask, has anyone on here ever had an aftermarket stereo that they have fitted, where the red and yellow wires have NOT required swapping around? Like is there a make and model of car that these are plug & play in? Every aftermarket stereo I have ever fitted to a car (so for me thats VW, Peugeot, Ford, Volvo, Daewoo, Vauxhall?) I have needed to swap the wires over.

I may be rocking the boat to a dangerous degree here, but why don't they change the perm & switched lives round at the factory? Or am I missing something here (as usual)? Or is it a massive in-joke at Kenwood, Alpine, Sony etc?

I've had to swap them around in PSA group cars I've owned.

However, both the current cars (a BMW and a Saab) have not required this switching around of wires.

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17 hours ago, N19 said:

An opportunity presented itself to do a job I've meant to do for a while, and reinstate the heat shield on the Bluebird. The previous fixings were snapped off, so needed drilled out... To get a drill in, the radiator had to be drained... 

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... Removed... 

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... One came out easily enough, but the other two were far trickier. In the end, I went for a bit of a bodge, and put a self tapper into the stub of the fixing. The fixings just hold the shield in place, so not much weight to worry about. 

And with that done, time to fit the new air duct hose, and reinstate everything with new and less chewed fixings and jubilee clips. 

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... Slightly too long, but not wildly so. 

The previous one rotted away and it's been missing for about a year now - maybe this'll allow the autochoke to come off earlier and improve the dire mpg. 

Oh, whilst we're at it, here's the autoshite calendar... 

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... And, finally, changing the content of the in car entertainment, 1980s style. 

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... And so, naturally, the awkward bastard drivers window sticks halfway down on my way into work. Sods law! 

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1 minute ago, N19 said:

... And so, naturally, the awkward bastard drivers window sticks halfway down on my way into work. Sods law! 

Ah, did you not leave some other niggly fault alone to appease the shite gods? Is this them creating a new one for you?

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1 minute ago, Supernaut said:

Ah, did you not leave some other niggly fault alone to appease the shite gods? Is this them creating a new one for you?

I was thinking of sorting the final niggle, the faulty reverse light switch and the rear washer... That's what's gone wrong. 

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Mazda back from the garage with a new set of aux belts and fresh fluids and filters. £170 lighter but continuing its extensive service history and better the devil you know.

 Would rather not have to put new belts on two years and 3000 miles after the last set but seeing as one made a run for it, not much choice.

Garage has wobbled everything around a bit to check for play but everything seemed ok, one rogue water pump bolt needed a tighten but otherwise all ok.

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Diesel fuel filter changed on the Combo, long overdue - you have to unplug all the wires, take the whole cannister out of the engine bay, then remove six little torx bolts, separate top and bottom of the canister and then swap the filter element over, emptying out about a gallon of diesel in the process. Was quite mucky in there, and once all reconnected, took about three attempts to start. All good though, didn't get diesel everywhere (thanks in no small part to a Salvage Rebuild YouTube video on a Combo they've had in which showed the mess which can ensue when you don't separate top and bottom carefully).

Thought I'd have a crack at changing the fucked alternator on the Streetwise today. 'yeah, 20 minute job' the know it alls said. Well it would be if it wasn't for a resolutely stuck bottom bolt holding the alternator in. Needed to get some leverage but only have a breaker bar with a 1/2 inch socket fitting....and no adapter for the 3/8 inch 15mm socket. Zipped over to B&Q got adapter, got home, breaker bar, adapter, 15mm socket....yeah, too fucking wide to fit in the tiny gap. Resorted to a tough old Silverline (don't laugh, it's ace) ratchet and some non-slip gloves. Nope, not moving for nothing. Next plan is to get a 15mm 1/2 inch socket then....don't know why I didn't do that in the first place.

At least the drive over to B&Q gave me a chance to blow some cobwebs out of the 620. My previous report advised the heating had stopped working. Now all fine, so some bizarre electrical gremlin at work then. Alarm went off on Wednesday night, so yesterday fiddled about with the microswitch on the driver's door, cleaned it up and moved it slightly closer to the driver lock cams - seems to have done the trick. However, electrical weirdness not resolved yet, as now the wipers mysteriously switch on for no reason whatsoever. Probably related to the way I put the steering wheel cowl back together, must have knocked or caught something in there, so will have to undo the two halves. For now, I'll pull the fuse and only go out when dry !

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Potentially getting this tomorrow as a part exchange, it comes with a years mot. I've never had a range rover before so quite excited about having something different. It's a 2.5 TD auto. It's for sale for £1200 and I offered my mini plus some cash for it. What's the verdict? shite or just shit?

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34 minutes ago, DodgyBastard said:

Potentially getting this tomorrow as a part exchange, it comes with a years mot. I've never had a range rover before so quite excited about having something different. It's a 2.5 TD auto. It's for sale for £1200 and I offered my mini plus some cash for it. What's the verdict? shite or just shit?

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Is that the one with no MOT? I saw it on my internet travels. 

I tried to love a P38 but didn't feel the love when i got up close to one.  There's a lot of fans on here though and I do love the general waftiness of a Range Rover

 

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Is that the one with no MOT? I saw it on my internet travels. 
I tried to love a P38 but didn't feel the love when i got up close to one.  There's a lot of fans on here though and I do love the general waftiness of a Range Rover
 
It has a years mot, I'm going to have a look at it tomorrow. I thought it seemed kinda cheap.

Sent from my moto g(8) power using Tapatalk

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1 hour ago, stuboy said:

Was surprised to see a hgv drive cut up another hgv and transit, what he won't seen is that when its green there's a filter lane turning into road.

 

 

Both tippers, they're probably talking to each other via CB radio and the first one let the second one out to avoid waiting for a gap in the traffic and allowing them to run together. 

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1 hour ago, Lankytim said:

Both tippers, they're probably talking to each other via CB radio and the first one let the second one out to avoid waiting for a gap in the traffic and allowing them to run together. 

Was thinking the same. Transit in front of HGV1 drives away on green, but HGV1 does not move till HGV2 is alongside/passed. 

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7 minutes ago, brownnova said:

MX5 is departing.... 

Slowly, via brown flakes being swept up?

I'd hang on to it just slightly longer until the first nice sunny weekend.  It's value will go up by at least £eleventymillion.   Probably.

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57 minutes ago, Talbot said:

Slowly, via brown flakes being swept up?

I'd hang on to it just slightly longer until the first nice sunny weekend.  It's value will go up by at least £eleventymillion.   Probably.

That it probably would, but that involves cost getting it transported back from the garage, dealing with tire kickers and 3am messages from morons on Facebook marketplace, and I’ve decided that I can’t be arsed with that, so the specialist is going to buy it to break for spares. There are a few good bits on it, and the extra I’d make from a private sale is absorbed by the fact I won’t have to pay him for the work he did or for transport. 

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Fuel that mustie1 would be proud of

Drained down the Dolomite tank as I didn't like the idea of having so much fuel about in the rear end while I welded. Not least that you got a whiff of fuel when underneath.

Now got 25 litres of unleaded in dubious shape. Not sure I trust putting it back in any cars, so may have to slowly run it through the lawnmowers in the coming summer season. 

The quantity of rusty water in it explains why I couldn't get it running late last year.

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Bottom of the tank looks remarkably in good shape thankfully. These tanks are very much NLA and spares in good condition often hard to get. 

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6 hours ago, rusty998 said:

Paint stripped the scuttle grill from a W115 50 year's of paint came off really wellIMG_20210219_111451.thumb.jpg.d583107429a6e2f69b02eff88dadb5e4.jpg

Wow was that recently purchased paint stripper? I got some recently and it seemed a LOT less effective. Presumably it’s now more ecologically friendly.

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On 12/19/2019 at 4:42 PM, bramz7 said:

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Whoops. Ignore the squint numberplate and it's actually quite tidy. The clutch is a bit harsh in first and second so I think the release bearing is beginning to go. Otherwise it seems okay, drives nice and is reasonably progressive if pushed. The previous owner made a big deal about how quick it is but I've driven far faster, it's only a 2.0 N/A ffs. 

No relevant history either, other than the new tyres from the look of it. It doesn't sound bad and doesn't creak or rattle so that's a plus. 

 

Hi, this is our old car, we have pics to prove it, we always regret selling her.  Is the Staffy Bull Terrier sticker in the rear side window? have you sold her or would you consider selling?  

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Did I tell you about a bloke in my village? He’d seen photos of the Base online but clicked I lived here when one of the pics went viral online. He walked past the other week and introduced himself and we stood - 2m apart - and talked cars for about an hour. Anyway, he told me he was after buying one of these and so went and bought one! 

He came around earlier and let me take it for a spin whilst he waited on. 

My. Fucking. God. What a glorious thing. I would say it sounded nicer than any six cylinder I’d ever driven. A real offbeat, syncopated warble. 

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It’s done 60,000 miles - is better than any car I’ve owned in 15 years - and I want it very much. 

They’re much more comfortable than you’d anticipate and it’s a little flying machine.  Very, very jealous. 

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On 17/02/2021 at 01:38, mitsisigma01 said:

What you really need is a set of headlight protectors.... I happen to have a pair, along with a set of genuine Ford front mudflaps bnib. Drop me a line if you're interested 👍

Cheers, I've sent a PM regarding them 👍

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2 hours ago, Symjack said:

Hi, this is our old car, we have pics to prove it, we always regret selling her.  Is the Staffy Bull Terrier sticker in the rear side window? have you sold her or would you consider selling?  

Sold a year ago. Don't think anybody here has it now.

 

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