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Hopefully today will be my last day of non-couriering as the Combo visits the local indie for a new coil spring first thing tomorrow. No doubt it'll take all day, but not necessarily a bad thing as I have a few incomplete jobs I'd like to kill off.

Streetwise alternator - well, it's nearly out, finally got the lower mounting bolt loose by creating some room (hitting the outgoing alternator with a hammer to knock it forward, enabling me to get a much bigger ratchet in to attack the bolt. Yielded with an almighty crack and the bolt was out. The alternator is still stuck in there rigidly, so will need  a pry bar to lever it out. However, that's only half the battle - I still need to get the alternator out of the engine bay. Ideally, it's a case of removing the top alternator mounting bracket, leaving plenty of room. Naturally, another bolt, this time a wee 10mm beastie is locked solid and is now rounder than the Magic Roundabout. Buggerbollox. It was getting dark so downed tools for now to allow for WD40 penetration and to locate my mole grips.

Front garden hedge long overdue trim:

before (yes that is a nest - long abandoned : woodpigeon believe it or not !)

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after

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Very satisfying three hours work, very therapeutic.

Only trouble is, that's only a third of the hedge, still the other side of the path to do, which bends round to the side of the house. 

My arms look like I'm self harming as the hedge, which I planted myself many years ago, has hawthorn in it. Ouch.

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finally got the Rover home after having the alternator, belts and thermostat replaced.

it had been at George's in town for the last fortnight getting that done. it would have been sooner, had York Road Motorfactors sent the right alternator belt first time, and not sent the wrong one twice before managing to send the right part. 

all those jobs are a proper pain on a diesel 75, requiring both o/s engine mounts to be removed and the engine manipulated one way to get to the alternator, and then back to get at the thermostat, and back again to get at the belt tensioners.

luckily only one of the 4 bolts holding the stat on broke, George did get the remains of it drilled and tapped, before getting it all  back together.

the car runs mint, and the flickering on the lights, something the car has done for all  of the 5 and a half years that i have owned it, is no more! though seeing the temperature gauge sit at the 9 o'clock position is alarming, i dunno when it last did that, no seriously i don't remember when it last did that. it must have been sometime ago.

obviously this isn't cheap, with the bill been more than frankly the cart is worth, what is a 20 year old Rover 75 worth, with 205,000 miles on the clock? bugger all realistically, though as George said, its in pretty good nick,  all told

And, its a good old bus, its never let us down, and even when its broke, it hasn't left me or Kerry stranded, its not too bad on the derv, its a nice place to sit and i like it both to drive and look at, it is the perfect work horse.

plus i feel i got off lightly, in the yard next to it was a 16 plate Renault Scenic, the owners of which will be left with a £3-4k bill! that has suffered some sort of electrical melt down, they have apparently been driving it for sometime with a bust ignition switch, so busted that when George took the cowl  off it all fell to bits (£500-odd to buy, exchange, except this one won't be,cos its in bits) and a new steering rack (Renault don't stock them, its getting a 2nd hand one) which is out of a scrapped 17plate one with a borked engine. you gotta love the DCi engine,  still shit after all these years..... well this had been in the breakers for a couple of days, and the carcass was already well  picked over!!

next over Georges pit is another 75, this one too wanting a new thermostat. Wilco-Motorsave in town had tried to change it, they have snapped 3 of the bolts, and mutilated the 4th one before declaring to the owner that the car is now scrap, no wonder then that both Kerry and myself are both very particular about who looks at our cars!!

 

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More stuff on the rover -

 

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Cleaned inside the rocker covers - some shite in there but not a lot - i've seen much worse.

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Likewise the rocker gear - sometimes they get so bad you cannot see the headbolts for sludge. When they get to that state they need rebuilding.

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Some paint on the covers.

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.... and on the trumpet base.

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I dropped the Volvo off with tame mechanic yesterday to have new rear ABS sensors fitted, a wise choice as apparently the fuel tank needed dropping to run the wiring for them, this has cleared the ABS fault so this afternoon I took it along to the MOT garage for them to test at their leisure. I will now spend my time plugging the reg into the MOT checker until it's done. With any luck it should be done tomorrow. Then comes the fun of getting it home given MrsREB can't/won't drive here so the Fiesta is going to end up stuck in town unless I walk (which will take at least an hour) or get a taxi (where's the fun in that?). If the fiesta had more test left I'd just abandon it in the long stay car park until it sold, but laziness in getting the Volvo fixed has ruined that slightly.

Very much looking forward to being back in the Volvo, even just driving it to the garage yesterday was a joy. Once it's back I'll have a day of cleaning the interior as it's ended up somewhat grim from sitting and I got a load of detailing products for my birthday. It'll be the closest I've got to working on a car in over a year, so I'm quite excited about that! Before and afters will be provided of course!

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20 hours ago, SiC said:

Theres been lambs here for a good few weeks now, even with the sub zero temperatures. These guys were at the end of the garden until last week. I suspect they might have gone off to be served next to mint sauce.

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No, they are down the casino, gambolling 

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53 minutes ago, reb said:

If the fiesta had more test left I'd just abandon it in the long stay car park until it sold.

Get the advert up for the Fiesta, @Mrcentosaid earlier that he is car less at the moment and it might fit the bill even if it is in Fife. (Fife bit in relation to his grump)

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All this talk of mint sauce is making me hungry...

Bluebird window regulator ordered up. In the meantime, with the window dismantled, it's parked inside at the local friendly garage. I took the steering wheel surround apart this afternoon, the rear washer hasn't worked since I got it - apparently the front washer switch failed some years ago and the previous keeper swapped it over for the rear washer one. My plan is (having seen the prices of second hand stalk units) to wire to an extra switch for the rear wash.

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5 minutes ago, SRi05 said:

A message to strike fear into even the most battle hardened of shiters 

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Sooo.... 

After seeing the Mrs typing for an eternity making me increasingly anxious, she sent this. Hmm, could have been worse. The bing bing noise is actually the ping pong noise for the Saab enthusiasts among you. 

I'm guessing there's a duff sensor since opening and shutting the door a few times hasn't done anything.  Told her to manually lock the doors and not to use the fob which should stop the alarm going off its tits.  Off tomorrow so at least have some time to investigate. 

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3 minutes ago, SRi05 said:

Sooo.... 

After seeing the Mrs typing for an eternity making me increasingly anxious, she sent this. Hmm, could have been worse. The bing bing noise is actually the ping pong noise for the Saab enthusiasts among you. 

I'm guessing there's a duff sensor since opening and shutting the door a few times hasn't done anything.  Told her to manually lock the doors and not to use the fob which should stop the alarm going off its tits.  Off tomorrow so at least have some time to investigate. 

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The aeroplane noise.

I used to fear it on my 9-3. It did the noise and then a slight delay before it told you the problem. 

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Combo returned in under 2 and a half hours, £108 all in - most chuffed with that. Gave the van a celebratory wash, and then a company who use me regularly offered me a run into South Wales tomorrow which I readily accepted - back in da game.

Decided to skive off the rest of the day. Streetwise alternator hasn't moved, but the mounting bracket bolt is rounder. Arse.

In hedge news, two thirds now done and I have made a decision to leave the remaining third uncut as it provides a natural windbreak to the house. And because it will hopefully annoy those of an OCD persuasion.
 

 

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I’m shear those sheep puns are woolly unacceptable.

Happy news here, the ex- @Vantman Accord now has a fresh MOT after the replacement of a perished CV boot. Paul the Garage says nothing to worry about with this one, which is nice.

Here it is being hailed on the other day.

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Edit: I don’t know what those weird black not-video things are doing at the top of this post. I can’t delete them. We’ll have to live with them.

Just North Korean spybot things, probably.

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Today I dug the Triumph out for the first time in months. I should be using it more but I'm too lazy to shuffle everything around. Further hampered by the building of my model railway. Not something that ought to get in the way you'd have thought, but the half dozen of you that peruse the miniature railwayshite thread will know I've been having major expansion in my loft. So I set up a temporary workbench with a chopsaw on in front of the Triumph that I could pull in and out but I was too lazy to break it down to get to the Triumph. And then winter came and being a postman means December is a write off because I'm at work for the entire daylight hours. 

Anyway this is all feeble excuses. I've been giving it a once over the last few days as it's been stood so long. Pumped up the tyres, checked all the levels (clutch fluid was a bit low) and lights. Brake lights weren't working but a wiggle of the switch got those on. One sidelight is very dim but that will be a poor earth, I can sort that out once it is out. 

So the reshuffle happened this afternoon. 

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Favorit is now in the garage having a rest for a week or so. The reshuffle is quite a convoluted affair, there's also a Felicia out of shot. The drive holds two cars and the garage one but they are line astern so you have to get them all out and put them back in the required order so once it is out it's staying out for a while. Unless it breaks. 

We've only had the dog since November so he's not been in it before. 

Check mirrors. 

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Check blind spot. 

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And we're good to go. 

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My bargain Rover 620 breezed its first MoT in my ownership.

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Advisories for perished upper ball joint boots (I’ve looked and they are available separately), and one front tyre worn on the edge. The uneven tyre wear is caused by the tracking being out, the steering wheel is straight but it always wanders to the left if you let go of the steering wheel.

I’ll have to get the tracking done. Shame about the tyre as they’re newish matching Goodyears.

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15 minutes ago, Angrydicky said:

My bargain Rover 620 breezed its first MoT in my ownership.

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Advisories for perished upper ball joint boots (I’ve looked and they are available separately)

TADTS. Been an advisory on mine for years. Superglue worked this year again so the fronts haven't been mentioned in my ownership. Didn't get away with the rears in 2019, mind, so just went the whole hog and replaced the upper arms completely

 

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1 minute ago, clayts450 said:

TADTS. Been an advisory on mine for years. Superglue worked this year again so the fronts haven't been mentioned in my ownership. Didn't get away with the rears in 2019, mind, so just went the whole hog and replaced the upper arms completely

 

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When did they actually become a fail then? I thought the only boots they could fail on were CV and steering rack!

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1 hour ago, Skizzer said:

 

 

I’m shear those sheep puns are woolly unacceptable.

Happy news here, the ex- @Vantman Accord now has a fresh MOT after the replacement of a perished CV boot. Paul the Garage says nothing to worry about with this one, which is nice.

Here it is being hailed on the other day.

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Edit: I don’t know what those weird black not-video things are doing at the top of this post. I can’t delete them. We’ll have to live with them.

Just North Korean spybot things, probably.

No idea what they were, but I seem to have managed to delete them.

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1 hour ago, Angrydicky said:

When did they actually become a fail then? I thought the only boots they could fail on were CV and steering rack!

when the inspection manual was revamped in 2018. Any  balljoint (steering or suspension) dust cover no longer preventing an ingress of dirt etc is a major fail , severely deteriorated is a minor.

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