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5 minutes ago, barefoot said:

1, Am I even still on the right forum?

2, You spell Stephen with a PH

1 yes.

2 well yes, but not always.

3. The only car we ever named was a mini 850 called bonker. 

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Just replaced both rear dampers on a friends 14 plate W204 c180 as one was causing a noise sounding like a failing anti-roll bar link rod.
Mercedes wanted £183 each for rear dampers but local motorfactors got us both Meyle HD ones with top mounts for £170.
An hour a side and a cup of tea later and wafting silence is resumed.
Oh and its left hand drive.e10c0edbad7188650a623360c1f9bda4.jpgf07f94d8ba84045f677f8180c27472a5.jpg

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9 minutes ago, Soundwave said:

My cars don't have names. For much the same reason my kitchen table, desk lamp, wheelie bin and all other inanimate objects in my life don't have names.

You'll be one of them there normal folk then.

I often think it would be nice to be normal, but I think I'd miss the voices in my head..

I'd definitely not miss not being able to concentrate for shit for more than a minute and half though.

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I had an interesting drive in the E36 Ti for its MOT today as haven’t used it for about a year as I stopped to get some petrol and a guy at the pumps said your car is on fire (a little smoke) but luckily what he meant was my front NSF brake was binding  on.

I slammed my foot on the brakes and went on my way merrily to the MOT station about 25 miles away and it was fine afterwards and told the garage and all was good.

The car even went straight through without an advisory which I wasn’t expecting after sitting for about a year and the brakes are working great so that will teach me not to dump my car up the side of the house for a year.

 

 

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I've got a set of pads to fit tomorrow. The man that owns the car set off downhill to go to the shops and found he had no brakes. Some pumping got it to stop and he found that the pad lining had come away from the backplate and disintegrated. The car has been sat round most of the time since March, so maybe that accounts for it. I did a Corolla last month where just one pad had become crumbly and had to be replaced, but that car had only done 1300 miles in 18 months.

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Not being able to make any progress on the Bluebird, I decided to be a pyromaniac. IMG_20210225_164940.thumb.jpg.0099e46a150edd6117cda9327ef6f703.jpg

...officially to burn some old bank statements, but it was great fun! 

Capri should be getting out for a trip on the weekend, going to treat it to a wash beforehand. 

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8 hours ago, N19 said:

Not being able to make any progress on the Bluebird, I decided to be a pyromaniac. IMG_20210225_164940.thumb.jpg.0099e46a150edd6117cda9327ef6f703.jpg

...officially to burn some old bank statements, but it was great fun! 

Capri should be getting out for a trip on the weekend, going to treat it to a wash beforehand. 

What is that device? I could be doing with a safe-ish way of discarding correspondence. I tried that once with a garden chimney thing but after one puff of wind the entire atmosphere was filled with cinders. Thankfully no neighbours had windows open or washing out.

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23 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

What is that device? I could be doing with a safe-ish way of discarding correspondence. I tried that once with a garden chimney thing but after one puff of wind the entire atmosphere was filled with cinders. Thankfully no neighbours had windows open or washing out.

Incinerator bin. About £20. https://www.toolstation.com/incinerator/p94173

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Cheers - at some point in the near future the rusty spots and tidemarked sills will have an appointment with a wire brush, some vactan and a tin of white paint to tidy it up for the short term at least but it's solid and has been well looked after, came from a friend of a friend and should do the job perfectly.   My first ever VW too, I'm not intending on joining the dubber scene though, functional and tidy is all I will ever ask of it.

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There is a chap in his 50s riding around the pub carpark my study overlooks on a 2t moped. Through the joy of the internet it tells me its an ALKRO ByLight folding 49cc pedal moped

Alkro ByLight

with a novel drive system of toothed recess in the rear wheel

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and folds up into this

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fascinating. Its not had an MOT since 2013 either, but is whizzing about, looks like fun in the spring sunshine

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5 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

What is that device? I could be doing with a safe-ish way of discarding correspondence. I tried that once with a garden chimney thing but after one puff of wind the entire atmosphere was filled with cinders. Thankfully no neighbours had windows open or washing out.

See Agilas post - very handy. Just need to plumb in a chimney and it could do for garage heating as well... 

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