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5 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

Dropped the Cavalier off at a different, more local garage today. Even with the Easter weekend he said it would probably be ready by Tuesday. Seemed a decent chap and wasn't fazed by the rust I showed him.  Recommended to me by word of mouth.

New dizzy and rotor arrived yesterday so will bosh those on when I get it back to see if it makes a difference. Its not happy at cold idle, definitely looks as if the throttle position sensor is getting a bad signal so I'll cracked on with the wiring as well.

Drives incredibly well, wafts almost as well at the 75, just doesn't have the grandeur. Really swithering on what one to let go. Now that I realise my wife doesn't mind me having 5 cars, I realise its one too many. The driveway is crowded and I forgot a job which needed doing on the 75 which is fitting of the new rain sensing wipers. The Mini is basically my wife's so thats staying as is the Audi as it gives family fun on sunny days. Its between the Cav, 75 and the Corsa and at present I don't want to let any of them go!

I'm not telling you what to do, but just thinking that not many people realised at the time what a good car a Cavalier 3 was. Probably because the styling isn't particularly distinctive and there were so many around, then.

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More changes. Replaced the badges on the bonnet and boot with some nice new ones, and finally fitted the Sony DAB and Bluetooth unit with the mic/aerial today. Stereo is booming and clear and it's nice to have dab and hands free calling again. Badges are a welcome addition. Just got to sort s fresh pair of plates, demist the slightly misted headlamps and then I'll make the front grilles chrome again as I'm not a fan of the black look. Acetone and some elbow grease will work a treat.

 

Full service of fluids and filters when the weather warms up too. 

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On 3/31/2021 at 4:35 PM, barefoot said:

The Renault van that I deal with for the Charity bus mob appears to have shat its gearbox...

No, a total failure to turn the starter motor or do anything regarding starting or moving was traced by our helpful local garage to a simple bad earth on the hideously compex & utterly shite robotized manual gearbox. An hour an a half's labour & I can go and collect the dreadful running little bastard on Tuesday.

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I want to change the oil on the BMW this weekend. My mahle filter arrived today. Made in the PRC. Not really shocked - so much is made out there.

I want to drop the coolant but have the fear - 17 year old fixings and a car with no temp gauge.

I see it doing an impression of an Icelandic geyser.

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6 hours ago, tobyd said:

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Replaced the rear door module of the passat. Not a bad job but a lot of old, fragile clips to break on the way.

Door now opens from the inside AND outside. Imagine that. Not sure what actually failed, the turning the child lock on make the action much lighter so i don't think was that.

Might investigate the state of the intake manifold tomorrow, I suspect its full of crap. For a 1.9 derv i'm not seeing much more than 41mpg combined which seems a little low. Maybe not, its a heavy car.

Is it a B5? Short trips should see more than that.

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yea, 100hp PD - I'm bimbling about in it so surprised its not better but maybe the MAF is broken (i understand these can fail / misread without the EML coming on, or the EML doesn't work) or the intake is so full of crud its suffocating. Something to investigate anyway. The intercooler pipework is absolutely disgusting so maybe thats also maxed out with crap. The EGR wasn't too bad though, not great but not awful. Something in the DMF arrangement is shot though, invoices say it was done 70k ago inc clutch but it does leave a smol mark on the road so suspect the rear crank seal has gone and is causing a judder when making spirited* getaways in 1st. Otherwise its alright. Turbo comes on ok and doesn't seem to be producing a smoke screen.

Other than, of course, discovering the other rear door doesn't understand its been opened so need to replace that module too.

Comfy car though. Hoover'd it earlier. Its full of pens, like more than 10, no idea why.

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10 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

Dropped the Cavalier off at a different, more local garage today. Even with the Easter weekend he said it would probably be ready by Tuesday. Seemed a decent chap and wasn't fazed by the rust I showed him.  Recommended to me by word of mouth.

New dizzy and rotor arrived yesterday so will bosh those on when I get it back to see if it makes a difference. Its not happy at cold idle, definitely looks as if the throttle position sensor is getting a bad signal so I'll cracked on with the wiring as well.

Drives incredibly well, wafts almost as well at the 75, just doesn't have the grandeur. Really swithering on what one to let go. Now that I realise my wife doesn't mind me having 5 cars, I realise its one too many. The driveway is crowded and I forgot a job which needed doing on the 75 which is fitting of the new rain sensing wipers. The Mini is basically my wife's so thats staying as is the Audi as it gives family fun on sunny days. Its between the Cav, 75 and the Corsa and at present I don't want to let any of them go!

Find off site storage! Unfortunately that can lead to even more cars when it's a case of just sending an email to get another bay...

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1 hour ago, SiC said:

Find off site storage! Unfortunately that can lead to even more cars when it's a case of just sending an email to get another bay...

That did cross my mind but it sounds like a slippery slope! 

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6 hours ago, artdjones said:

I'm not telling you what to do, but just thinking that not many people realised at the time what a good car a Cavalier 3 was. Probably because the styling isn't particularly distinctive and there were so many around, then.

Just watching old episodes of Cracker because they used a fair few 93 and 94 MK3s, they were ubiquitous then. They are reminiscent of a time and a place, in a good way too.

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A package arrived in the post from the excellent @Zelandeth of this parish, containing a spare control panel for the Chinese diesel heater I recently fitted to the Trafic.  Plugged it in, pressed the requisite combination of buttons and the fuel pump immediately began priming away, which it'd never managed to do with the controller that came with it.  Let it pump the diesel through then switched it on - initially it threw up a glow plug error but with a slightly better live feed it soon fired up.

Not sure it's supposed to be quite that smoky though...

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To be fair it did clear up somewhat after it'd run for a bit.  It's not what you'd call quiet but it does chuck out a decent amount of heat.

The petrol C2 failed its MOT today.  Not unexpectedly.  It needs a bit of welding on the back of the driver's side sill (which I knew about) and one of the rear brakes is binding (which I'm not surprised by given how long the car has been sitting around doing not much).  I'm going to have a look at the brake either this weekend or next week, and then the car is going back in for the garage to do the welding (it's only a small amount) and retest.

The Skoda lost its nearside indicator lens today.  I was pleased to discover that a new complete indicator unit is available on eBay for £7.25, so that'll be sorted soon.

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1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

Not sure it's supposed to be quite that smoky though

Tadts. My neighbours were ready to phone the nee naws on my first run in, before it eventually cleaned itself up. I still have a black soot mark on my drive. It never even emits the tiniest puff now.

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3 hours ago, wuvvum said:

A package arrived in the post from the excellent @Zelandeth of this parish, containing a spare control panel for the Chinese diesel heater I recently fitted to the Trafic.  Plugged it in, pressed the requisite combination of buttons and the fuel pump immediately began priming away, which it'd never managed to do with the controller that came with it.  Let it pump the diesel through then switched it on - initially it threw up a glow plug error but with a slightly better live feed it soon fired up.

Not sure it's supposed to be quite that smoky though...

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To be fair it did clear up somewhat after it'd run for a bit.  It's not what you'd call quiet but it does chuck out a decent amount of heat.

 

TADTS; they're very fussy about voltage, crappy wiring or stale battery will cause FTP. Smoke on start up is normal, destroyer smokescreen while running not so much.

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Opened the boot of the Peugeot yesterday afternoon for the first time in the 5 or so years I've owned it.. I think the phrase I'm looking for is Giffer Jackpot,and included several unrelated chunks of  Moskvitch and some of the front page of a Daily Mail from 1964 with a story they'd still cover today but very probably from a different angle. Not quite the bonanza provided by Angrydicky with his new Hampshire but I love a car boot lucky dip.. 

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1 hour ago, Amishtat said:

Opened the boot of the Peugeot yesterday afternoon for the first time in the 5 or so years I've owned it.. I think the phrase I'm looking for is Giffer Jackpot,and included several unrelated chunks of  Moskvitch and some of the front page of a Daily Mail from 1964 with a story they'd still cover today but very probably from a different angle. Not quite the bonanza provided by Angrydicky with his new Hampshire but I love a car boot lucky dip.. 

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That is a walk through history, that is. Especially the broadsheet Daily Wail, which didn't go tabloid until several years later. (The Times in this era still didn't have any headlines on its front cover, which it filled with adverts instead.)

Do any of the Castrol/Bardahl/Girling tins still have some of their contents in them?

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The Bardahl and Girling tins have never been opened, annoyingly the Castrollo is empty. Not that it matters really, it's all going to end up on a shelf in the shed. I can't remember what paper it was from and I'm currently undergoing the tedium of the weekend shop, but have a look at this from 1960. Definitely didn't conjure up a mental image of the secretary, absolutely not, no... 

(Tight sweater, pointy tits.. Shirley Eaton or Liz Fraser I reckon.) 

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1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

That looks like a standard 7-pin trailer socket, although I'm not sure whether the cover over the back is factory...

Yup.  Same on a Peugeot for reference

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On 3/30/2021 at 10:57 PM, wuvvum said:

Fuck me, this forum is looking more and more like Twitter every day.  Really don't blame Bo11ox for sacking it off.

One of the reasons I don't comment very often anymore. All a bit tedious.

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5 hours ago, Amishtat said:

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That's a 12S rather than a 12N socket, (white one rather than the black one) so is the one for the caravan power.  Also has reversing lights and a few other functions in it.  Compare it to the photo of the 12N that Loserone posted up and the difference should be obvious.

All now superceeded by the 13-pin euro plug, which is actually a lot better than 12N/12S.

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6 hours ago, Amishtat said:

 

 

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Nice to see snake oil is nothing new. This looks like the Slick 50 of its day. Not that I am suggesting Slick 50 is snake oil your honour but I didn't think things like that went back that far. 

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