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Well to restore equilibrium to the cosmos, the Swift failed its MOT dismally.  Not entirely unexpected but still a tad disappointing.  Whether it sees the road again or not will depend on how quickly my mate can follow through with his promise to do the welding - I can do the other bits myself.  Otherwise the bridge beckons - Cartakeback have offered £162, which isn't too bad for a smoll car made mostly of rust.  I'm loath to scrap it though if it can be avoided as it is a great fun little thing to drive, and goes like the clappers for a 1-litre.

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Three areas of welding, front bottom wishbone (£30-ish and easy job in theory), CV boots (even easier), and back brakes not working (garage reckons wheel cylinders have seized, quite plausible given that the car has only done 60 miles in the last 18 months).  Plus silly things like headlight aim and a dim sidelight.

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I got the Dolomite back from the welders a few weeks back

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IMG_20210402_142418.thumb.jpg.efd55dbb4c6cad21cc0be63ddc7fac1d.jpg and then had the week of work last week so I've absolutely hammered the repairs and got it all back together again, it's unbelievable the number bodges I've had to sort (for example the too long rear bumper bolts that hit the fuel tank inside the boot, one knock up the arse and the tank would have been punchered but it's looking beautiful (to me) now. 

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Even sorted the interior out and fitted one of them £20 Amazon Chinese stereo which for the money is excellent! 

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I celebrated by taking the family out for a drive to Claire Country Park which was lovely, got lots of admiring comments too which was nice, it drives bloody nice too, I'm really loving this one! 

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Oh and I've also sorted the brakes on the Victor by replacing the shoes and a few cylinders and repaired the leaking rear diff by fitted a new pinion seal, I was feeling brave after this so booked it in for its first MOT since 2017 and it passed!

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Well it had a couple of advisorys for a wheel bearing and some play in the half shaft as well as some tired bushes but nothing worth worrying about! 

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It's still bloody horrible to drive really but it looks nice! 

 

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Thanks, it's all been a bit of a nightmare really, I dropped it off at the garage last September as there was a tiny hole in the sill, as he started poking it we found that it had been pop rivited on and then covered in mastic! I ended up joining the Dolomite club to order a new outer sill and my mechanic then repaired the inner sill and fitted the new one, meanwhile finding that both front jacking points needed replacing and the the front crossmember had a hole too, and the clutch had to come out to replace the rear main oil seal, again! Which still is leaking (this is a sore subject but it's not his fault) 

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It took 6 months (never say your in no rush!) but I can't complain, he charged £270 for all the work and it was good quality too. 

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3 minutes ago, trigger said:

he charged £270 for all the work and it was good quality too. 

Bloody hell, that sounds like a right bargain for all that!

 

I often think I should do what you do, concentrate on a couple of decent classics rather than spreading myself impossibly thin over a fleet of old heaps.  Mind you I've been saying the same thing for years and I never bloody learn.

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30 minutes ago, trigger said:

Thanks, it's all been a bit of a nightmare really, I dropped it off at the garage last September as there was a tiny hole in the sill, as he started poking it we found that it had been pop rivited on and then covered in mastic! I ended up joining the Dolomite club to order a new outer sill and my mechanic then repaired the inner sill and fitted the new one, meanwhile finding that both front jacking points needed replacing and the the front crossmember had a hole too, and the clutch had to come out to replace the rear main oil seal, again! Which still is leaking (this is a sore subject but it's not his fault) 

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It took 6 months (never say your in no rush!) but I can't complain, he charged £270 for all the work and it was good quality too. 

TADIS! At least you have an inner membrane. I really need to get back on with mine. Club membership has expired, so need to renew that and make a big panel order. 

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2 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Three areas of welding, front bottom wishbone (£30-ish and easy job in theory), CV boots (even easier), and back brakes not working (garage reckons wheel cylinders have seized, quite plausible given that the car has only done 60 miles in the last 18 months).  Plus silly things like headlight aim and a dim sidelight.

That's not the end of the world really, especially as you like the car. Depends if you can be bothered though, I'm pooped with working on cars for a few days at least! What are your thoughts?

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1 hour ago, trigger said:

Thanks, it's all been a bit of a nightmare really, I dropped it off at the garage last September as there was a tiny hole in the sill, as he started poking it we found that it had been pop rivited on and then covered in mastic! I ended up joining the Dolomite club to order a new outer sill and my mechanic then repaired the inner sill and fitted the new one, meanwhile finding that both front jacking points needed replacing and the the front crossmember had a hole too, and the clutch had to come out to replace the rear main oil seal, again! Which still is leaking (this is a sore subject but it's not his fault) 

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It took 6 months (never say your in no rush!) but I can't complain, he charged £270 for all the work and it was good quality too. 

That was a bargain, good to see it sorted out (apart from the oil seal). 

Agree, never say you aren't in a rush!

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I swapped over the Speedlines from the Corsa. I don't like them. I suppose it would look better if I lowered it but there's no way I'm doing that.

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I can't fit the centre caps yet as the driveshaft  stub end has about 3 foot of excess thread so it needs trimmed down. Common problem with these wheels.

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I've had about 25 messages about the Corsa already, only one person has actually got to the stage of saying they'll come and see it at the weekend. 

One guy said he'd come tomorrow morning but then he said he'd need to get the bus over and could I bring it to him. I've filed him under 'potless fool' for the time being.

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Well what a fucking relief! Alison started making some metallic noises from the N/S/F. 

Oh fuck. Checked with neighbour and we diagnosed a possible CV Joint. Wheel vibrating appeared to confirm this. 

Until yesterday, when I heard that noise, then scraping then ping. A wheel balancing weight lodged itself somewhere; like small stones sometimes do; and made a bid for freedom. 

No damage save scratches on the inside of the wheel thank fuck. Must cancel the (hurriedly and panicked) booking to check and replace CV Joint... Oh and get the fucking wheel re-balanced... 

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Wobbling? No. Vibrating? Yes...
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3 hours ago, trigger said:

... sorted the interior out and fitted one of them £20 Amazon Chinese stereo which for the money is excellent! 

I've seen those.

I'll be interested to see how long it lasts. I had a slightly different version of a super cheap Chinese stereo which had all the right features, but started buzzing instead of making the proper musical noises after about a year.

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Car went into the garage yesterday because of screeching noises at full lock.  Thought it would be the power steering belt.

Nope.  Alternator pulley and belt.  My garage isn't cheap but I don't mind £163 for them to change it seeing as I can't even diagnose the cursed thing properly...

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1 hour ago, trigger said:

Thanks, it's all been a bit of a nightmare really

No. Noooooooo. That's superb, even if they took ages.

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A $225 repair panel, frisbee'd into the trunk.

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Attached* on one side.

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Rust repair* on the other side.

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London Underground welding (Mind The Gap) around the rest of it.

 

That cost this guy $12,000. I think you did good

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2 hours ago, trigger said:

Thank you, I should really post more on here again, I probably also should have made a thread about the car really but didn't think anyone would be that interested and I don't have as much time in front of a computer like I used too anymore. 

The interest-O-meter is very much in the positive region. More, please.

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3 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

That's not the end of the world really, especially as you like the car. Depends if you can be bothered though, I'm pooped with working on cars for a few days at least! What are your thoughts?

Just had a chat with my mate, showed him the sill and he seemed happy enough to do it.  It needs a plate about 8" long.  The other two bits of welding are tiny - 5p-sized holes just above the track control arm front mounts.  CV boots are actually fine, it's the clips that weren't holding them in place anymore so a pair of Jubilee clips will sort that.  Wheel cylinders are a tenner each.  So it's doable.

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Any scotoshiters' offspring looking for a part time job ? Probably more interesting than being stuck behind the bar in your local 'spoons :) 

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7 hours ago, PhilA said:

No. Noooooooo. That's superb, even if they took ages.

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A $225 repair panel, frisbee'd into the trunk.

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Attached* on one side.

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Rust repair* on the other side.

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London Underground welding (Mind The Gap) around the rest of it.

 

That cost this guy $12,000. I think you did good

Did the welder's guide dog have a bad day?

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Oh by the way - you and I are going on a little road trip.

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A unique collection of 130 British cars, in almost as many paint shades, was unveiled in Derbyshire today. After years spent finding and storing the cars, Richard Usher, finally saw his dream come to reality as the first of his cars were unwrapped and moved to their new location in Ambergate.
In addition to the static display, they’ll be another 32 cars which can be driven on a private circuit around the old wire factory buildings on the banks of the river Derwent.
The Great British Car Journey attraction, opening on May 22, tells the story of British car design and production from 1922 when Herbert Austin produced the Austin Seven, the first commercially accessible car to a mass market, through to the present day.

This is it, boys.  Our Mecca.  Our pilgrimage awaits.

https://www.facebook.com/GreatBritishCarJourney/

I do genuinely think we ought to be supporting this sort of nonsense... so let's try and get something sorted?

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