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3 minutes ago, chadders said:

What's the building it's parked in front of?

It’s an abandoned house along a slightly forgotten historic street in my city. Hopefully the council figures out what to do with this building before it falls apart.

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1 hour ago, Borsuq said:

It’s an abandoned house along a slightly forgotten historic street in my city. Hopefully the council figures out what to do with this building before it falls apart.

That looks to be  a beautiful  building. I would love something like that.

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56 minutes ago, DVee8 said:

That looks to be  a beautiful  building. I would love something like that.

It really is. Since my city suffered extremely extensive damage during WWII there are fairly few old buildings left. I hope this one gets saved. I know there were some people who wanted to turn it into a community centre, but the city council doesn’t seem too keen.

Here’s an older photo of the building from before it was secured and boarded up:

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5 hours ago, Borsuq said:

After a proper grim couple of weeks we finally got some nice weather so I got to take my cars out. A couple of cool photos ensued. :D
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Photos, cars, buildings and forest with tank are epic, I love them! Is that a T34? Presumably its stood where it was either disabled or broken down from the war?

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32 minutes ago, Tim_E said:

Photos, cars, buildings and forest with tank are epic, I love them! Is that a T34? Presumably its stood where it was either disabled or broken down from the war?

That is indeed a T-34. It’s part of a monument to an army unit that was formed in that particular village. There’s also a pillar with a memorial plaque and a cannon on that same site.

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6 hours ago, LabRat said:

4 hours later, it's home. Wouldn't be so bad, but it's only a 5 mile journey!

(Helps if I put this in the right thread... It's been a rough day!)

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I've had cars like that, without big yellow taxi to speed things up

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Yesterday, Alison's Tracking and Driver's Door Check-strap were checked and replaced respectively. 

A neighbour left a note in my letterbox; they were most apologetic about an extremely minor incident; they accidentally opened the door into Alison's wheel-arch. This is a plastic panel and there's just Paint Transfer. 

As I don't believe that anything useful is achieved by feeling quote: "Disappointed with myself[...]" 

I responded to the note using the Mobile Telephone Number provided and said no worries. 

It's heartening to see that there are still people who are decent enough to do this. They have hit Alison before, but cars are cars; they're gonna get bumped and scraped! Shit happens and I'm sure my neighbour did not intend to cause (the most minor damage) so fuck it! 

😎 👍 

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500 miles in and the ex-HMC Merc is going well.  You pilot rather than drive this...big old lump that it is.  Such refined waft.

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Mingebag Merc on the above trip, as I ran it on LPG for 140 odd miles.  70p per litre from the only place I could find in SE London, Sainsbury's on Greenwich Peninsula.  That was a nice feeling as it does chew through pez otherwise.  But then I'd got used to chucking a score in this, which seems to last ages.

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Bought in late February and I haven't really posted about it.  Very short MoT so I tested it and replaced the rear wheel bearings (surprisingly easy), together with a pair of tyres and new battery, and I've been pootling around in it ever since.  Gets a bit busy on the motorway, but it's comfortable and quite a fun thing to drive when you want it to be.  I think the NS track rod end advisory has escalated to fucked status, but I've got the parts so will sort that next weekend.  I'd also like to fix the AC, as having that working will cement its place in the fleet.  The Merc doesn't have AC oddly, and for once I would like a bit of cooling over the summer months.

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6 hours ago, RobT said:

500 miles in and the ex-HMC Merc is going well.  You pilot rather than drive this...big old lump that it is.  Such refined waft.

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Mingebag Merc on the above trip, as I ran it on LPG for 140 odd miles.  70p per litre from the only place I could find in SE London, Sainsbury's on Greenwich Peninsula.  That was a nice feeling as it does chew through pez otherwise.  But then I'd got used to chucking a score in this, which seems to last ages.

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Bought in late February and I haven't really posted about it.  Very short MoT so I tested it and replaced the rear wheel bearings (surprisingly easy), together with a pair of tyres and new battery, and I've been pootling around in it ever since.  Gets a bit busy on the motorway, but it's comfortable and quite a fun thing to drive when you want it to be.  I think the NS track rod end advisory has escalated to fucked status, but I've got the parts so will sort that next weekend.  I'd also like to fix the AC, as having that working will cement its place in the fleet.  The Merc doesn't have AC oddly, and for once I would like a bit of cooling over the summer months.

Dungeness always makes for a fine road trip! 

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10 hours ago, puddlethumper said:

What is it a replica of ?

C type Jag.

1966 Jaguar C-Type Replica by Proteus | Open Roads, April | RM Online Only (rmsothebys.com)

1966 JAGUAR C-TYPE REPLICA BY PROTEUS

£52,800 GBP | Sold

United Kingdom | Chobham, United Kingdom

21 - 29 April 2021

Chassis No.
Engine No.
Documents
170604 DN
K59135-8
UK V5
  • One of the earliest Proteus C-Type replicas constructed
  • Acquired by Michael Banfield in 1986 and remained in his ownership for over 25 years
  • Purchased by the consignor from Banfield in 2014
  • Fully repainted and retrimmed with its current owner
  • Based on a 1966 Jaguar 3.4 Mk II Saloon chassis and fitted with a 3.8-litre engine
  • Fitted with aluminium doors and bulkhead
  • Ready to drive and enjoy
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1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

Ibiza looks smart - colour suits it.  I had a Cordoba of that generation once, same thing but with a comically massive boot - I didn't have it long but remember it being a solid old bus.

My only criticism of the Ibiza is the rather shallow boot.  But it's big enough for the weekly shop, so it'll do.

Feels very different to my Mk2 Clio of similar vintage, but no surprise there I suppose.  French flimsiness FTW, and charming too.

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8 hours ago, RobT said:

500 miles in and the ex-HMC Merc is going well.  You pilot rather than drive this...big old lump that it is.  Such refined waft.

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I spy my workplace in the distance. Did you take the road through Lydd, Camber and up to Rye? It fantastic to blat along.

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50 minutes ago, Fumbler said:

I spy my workplace in the distance. Did you take the road through Lydd, Camber and up to Rye? It fantastic to blat along.

I drove along the A259 this time after a trip to Rye Harbour.  I was following a winner in an F-reg Bedford Bambi, and he lost me a couple of times through the bends.  But I was in waft rather than blez mode.

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52 minutes ago, RobT said:

I drove along the A259 this time after a trip to Rye Harbour.  I was following a winner in an F-reg Bedford Bambi, and he lost me a couple of times through the bends.  But I was in waft rather than blez mode.

There is a good cafe at Rye Harbour,The Bosuns Bite where good grub is available.

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Thanks to @jamescarruthers' recommendation, I've mangaed to sort myself out with a spare wheel basket, wheel brace and hanger from Edwards & Son in Essex.

Cheers man, you've saved me a fair bit of hassle.

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25 minutes ago, Fumbler said:

Thanks to @jamescarruthers' recommendation, I've mangaed to sort myself out with a spare wheel basket, wheel brace and hanger from Edwards & Son in Essex.

Cheers man, you've saved me a fair bit of hassle.

No problemo. They are really nice there and very helpful. I’ve even returned parts without hassle. 
 

If you ever drive there to collect though, be careful, the roads outside have moon sized craters in them. I wonder if people go to pick up parts, find their car destroyed and then leave it for scrap?!

I went in the freshly restored Avantime last year and was having kittens on the last off road part to get in!

 

Also, it is in Billericay, Essex and I amuse myself no end shouting “Biwwewikkaaaayyy” to myself when I see the village/town sign. 

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