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30 minutes ago, vulgalour said:

That Charger though, I need a sit down and I'm already sat down.

"68 Dodge charger R/T, 440 cubic inch engine,   three twin downdraft Holly Carburettors,  can go from zero to 100kmh in 6.3 seconds.... and I even like the colour"

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Saw my first HubNut sticker in the wild on the road today. I overtook a lightly modded red C15 van on the M25, then the C15 accelerated level with me and gave me a wave! I have found a lot of people grin when they see the BX.

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I took the Focus to a diesel specialist last week to get the rough idle and lack of power checked out. Got a call Thursday to say they couldn’t find the issue and that I could collect it yesterday.

Went down, paid my bill and waited for the chap to bring it out to me. Take a look round the corner after a few minutes and he’s in there trying to start it. It kept firing then dying.

Eventually he gets it running and it’s just kicking out endless smoke. I go over to see what’s going on and he explains “it’s been doing this” pointing to the dash all my warning lights are on.

Previously it was just running rough, it didn’t have any of these issues! I went back into the office to speak to them about it and they were adamant that it came in with those problems. Not sure how I would have driven it there. I left it with them for now. Either they’ll fix it and I won’t be paying the bill or they’ll decide it’s doublefucked anyway.

Thinking about it overnight, they charged me for checking out my injectors, they wouldn’t have done that if it had been presenting all these electrical problems, they’d have just called me to collect it. So either they charged me for something they knew I didn’t need, or these electrical issues started while they were working on it.

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5 hours ago, Leyland Worldmaster said:

The wife and I are going to visit some Bluebell Woods. Because Bluebells are fucking pretty! 🤩🤩🤩🌺🌺🌺😁😁😁

Just make sure you only look at the English bluebells not the Johnny Foreigner Spanish ones.

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36 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

That's the Cavalier on the Tigra wheels. They're a bit shit but it means someone is coming for the Speedlines tonight.

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They look a bit small - is that the diameter, or the tyre profile?

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I think I've found the cause of last week's FTP at the Shiteisteddfod.

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The two lower posts in the dizzy cap have worn away to almost nothing. I'll replace it and the rotor arm but I'm left wondering what's caused such uneven wear. Is it just the effect of gravity (those two posts are orientated at the bottom of the cap when it's in place) or does it point to a more serious issue with the distributor drive? Would folks advise I replace just the cap and arm or should I replace the whole distributor? I guess I could replace just the cap and arm for now and see if it happens again although the cap doesn't look that old so maybe this has happened before?

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After cleaning everything up with contact cleaner and an old toothbrush I put it all back together so I won't lose anything while I wait for parts to arrive. Having got that far I thought I might as well try and start it and to my surprise and delight it fired straight up and sounds like it's running ok. 

Given how worn those contacts are I guess it wouldn't have taken much moisture getting into the dizzy cap to cause  the engine not to start.

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After a week of phoning round, a very nice bloke from the mg6 owners club (yes, that's a thing!) dropped me off a used full passenger side strut and spring assembly along with 2 genuine SAIC air filters, 2 rear coil springs and 2 rover 75 droplinks (they fit a 6 but need about 5mm taking off the top to clear the spring cup.).

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All for the princely sum of £50. The job is a total twat for me to do at the roadside, but I've got a mobile mechanic coming on Monday to swap the strut over for another £60. Then it's a replacement tyre and it's roadworthy again. 

Until then, it's doing it's 3 legged dog impression on axle stands, cos the wheel won't fit back over the broken spring. IMG-20210515-WA0003.thumb.jpeg.ce499b1411e515d3573b11bd89c52228.jpeg

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1 minute ago, Leyland Worldmaster said:

*To be read in the style of Alf Garnett*

English Bluebells only. I'll have none of that foreign tat in my woods... 

😁😁😁

Both my sister ( oxford) and mum ( north wales ) have loads of bluebells in their gardens, but only Spanish ones. I have lots of English ones in the park here, and on the bridlepath on my commute.

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5 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Both my sister ( oxford) and mum ( north wales ) have loads of bluebells in their gardens, but only Spanish ones. I have lots of English ones in the park here, and on the bridlepath on my commute.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants/wild-flowers/bluebell/

I'm feeling confident these are English Bluebells. These are well known locally and regarded as the best in the area. 

They're lovely this year, if not a little later than normal! 😎😎😎👍👍👍

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