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My Fiat Stilo is back from having a new clutch, another fail courtesy of the previous owner. 

Cost more than I paid for the car to have it done, but was totally worth the expense. Now I can actually pullout of junctions in busy traffic etc safely! 

Also took the lazy option and had them replace the front discs too, as they were low. So no more embarrassing squealing every time I stop either. 

I'm still looking for a decent replacement headlining as the current one is torn to shreds in the back.

So if anyone knows/ see's one Breaking etc ideally in the Midlands. That would be greatly appreciated.

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1 hour ago, Burnside said:

My Fiat Stilo is back from having a new clutch, another fail courtesy of the previous owner. 

Cost more than I paid for the car to have it done, but was totally worth the expense. Now I can actually pullout of junctions in busy traffic etc safely! 

Also took the lazy option and had them replace the front discs too, as they were low. So no more embarrassing squealing every time I stop either. 

I'm still looking for a decent replacement headlining as the current one is torn to shreds in the back.

So if anyone knows/ see's one Breaking etc ideally in the Midlands. That would be greatly appreciated.

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Nice to see one still earning it's keep.  Remember thinking they looked really smart when they came out.

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On 7/20/2021 at 8:14 PM, andyberg said:

Just been into Bristol to eat at a Chinese buffet, preparing my son for our trip to Hong Kong in November, or not. Very good social distancing still and everyone wearing a mask while choosing food. But my stand out moment is returning to the car! The Xedos outsized by a bini and a golf, just shows how much cars have grown over the years. 

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Is this the auto one that was for sale on here recently?

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On 7/19/2021 at 5:24 PM, SRi05 said:

Staycation 2: the sequel 

Upto Aberdeen today, then hitting the east Coast tomorrow. 

Saab doing Saab things 

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Over 600 miles clocked up in the sizzling Scottish heat in this beast over the past 3 days. Drove back down to Glasgow today as its TWENTY EIGHT degrees! In Scotland. An actual portal to hell has opened 

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19 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

Nice to see one still earning it's keep.  Remember thinking they looked really smart when they came out.

Thanks. 

I can remember actually driving a Stilo hatchback in the same spec brand new, at a horrible hire company I briefly worked for. An at the time I found the styling rather bland as a Fiat fan ! 

Although when I started looking around for a cheap estate car, a few yrs back. The Stilo styling was one of the reasons I brought it!! Funny how your taste's change. 

It's been a great workhorse so far and hopefully intend on keeping it for a good while longer yet.

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Had to post this on here, made me laugh so much when I saw it.

 

Had to pop and visit my mum tonight to help them with some paperwork as they’re moving house. Whilst I was there she mentioned her car had to have some welding for it’s MOT last week so thought I’d have a look. 
 

State of this, done by a garage too 😂 this is a 55 plate Corsa C that she’s owned since it was 18 months old. 
 

Fucking wood screws, god knows what the actual welding is like underneath but check out the stonechip.

she genuinely couldn’t see the issue, I was laughing so much but at the same time was quite annoyed at the terrible workmanship from a garage to a car shes owned so long. Her reply to me was “oh it’s an old car now, they said I’ll probably only get another year out of it now anyway” 😂

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A while back I noticed two holes that had been burrowed into the pile of grass clippings in the back garden.  I assumed some small rodent had made its home in there - the holes are about the right size. 

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Today I met its resident.  What was it, I hear you ask?  Maybe a cute little field mouse, or perhaps a vole?  

Nope.  It's a fugging spider.  Huge bastard great black hairy thing, probably the biggest spider I've seen in this country outside of a zoo. 

You can just about see its front legs poking out of the hole on the right in this picture:

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Now I'm normally no arachnophobe, but that's taking the piss a bit.  I'm happy for it to continue minding its own business in my compost heap, but if I catch it coming in the house it's going to find itself on the wrong end of a carefully aimed lump hammer. 

 

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Had a slightly more productive day today, mainly because I didn't attempt anything too ambitious.  Today's tasks were to sort the stereo on the Swift, upgrade the horn on the Ducato (the one on there sounds like it was nicked from a Honda Vision, which is a bit pathetic for such a big vehicle), take the carb and the exhaust off the Spacy for further fettling, and have a play with the new welder to see if I can work out what settings would be appropriate to weld up the Renault 6 floor.

I didn't get on very well with the welder to be honest.  Even with everything turned down to minimum it blows holes in 0.75mm steel plate with worrying ease, so I'm not sure whether the waffer-thin floorpan on the Renault is going to stand up to it.  More fiddling required methinks.  Also my auto darkening goggles packed up half way through (they still darken instantly when I strike the arc but then they take about 5 minutes to become clear again when I stop welding) and the mask I bought off eBay a few months back doesn't darken at all.  Ho hum.

I also cleared some more rubbish out of the shed, and in so doing I found a few '70s and '80s car mags, plus a brochure extolling the virtues of the Ligier Ambra.  So that was nice.

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7 hours ago, wuvvum said:

A while back I noticed two holes that had been burrowed into the pile of grass clippings in the back garden.  I assumed some small rodent had made its home in there - the holes are about the right size. 

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Today I met its resident.  What was it, I hear you ask?  Maybe a cute little field mouse, or perhaps a vole?  

Nope.  It's a fugging spider.  Huge bastard great black hairy thing, probably the biggest spider I've seen in this country outside of a zoo. 

You can just about see its front legs poking out of the hole on the right in this picture:

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Now I'm normally no arachnophobe, but that's taking the piss a bit.  I'm happy for it to continue minding its own business in my compost heap, but if I catch it coming in the house it's going to find itself on the wrong end of a carefully aimed lump hammer. 

 

Jesus wept , we get some odd creepy crawlies down by the docks, colleague had something the size of Tarantulas in her shed. Can you get a full size pic of that beast ?

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5 hours ago, omegod said:

Jesus wept , we get some odd creepy crawlies down by the docks, colleague had something the size of Tarantulas in her shed. Can you get a full size pic of that beast ?

I did try - I saw it fully outside of its burrow but by the time I went and got my phone it'd gone back inside again, and despite hanging around for 20 minutes or so that's as far as it came out when I had the camera.

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Yeah I've had a couple of PM's about that so cheers chaps, much appreciated.

Its been on FB for a little while and I quite like the idea of buying it and trying to use my spot weld drill to carefully partially dismantle the cab for repair sections 'Arthur Tussik'-style, plus the screen and doors would probably resell quite easily. I think the cab as a whole is toast as the roof is all bashed in on one side.

I havent got a space for dismantling it at my place.... but maybe the seller would let me do it on site.  I'll have a think about it and maybe drop him a note . Will let you know if owt happens!

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I drove the vectra today - my wife's car so I don't use it every day. I noticed the brake pedal was spongy - normally it is very firm. Wife, as usual noticed no difference, cos wife. Pedal goes hard when engine not running.

Plenty of fluid in the resevoir but it is dirty. I wonder if the high temps have affected the fluid? It absorbs a fair bit of moisture.

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4 hours ago, Bren said:

I drove the vectra today - my wife's car so I don't use it every day. I noticed the brake pedal was spongy - normally it is very firm. Wife, as usual noticed no difference, cos wife. Pedal goes hard when engine not running.

Plenty of fluid in the resevoir but it is dirty. I wonder if the high temps have affected the fluid? It absorbs a fair bit of moisture.

I think you'd have to nail it around a track for about 10 laps before the heat boiled the fluid so I doubt the highish ambient temperatures would impact it.

It sounds as though air is getting in somewhere, have you had work done on the brakes recently? 

A bleed would help but to root cause would still be there.

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15 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

I think you'd have to nail it around a track for about 10 laps before the heat boiled the fluid so I doubt the highish ambient temperatures would impact it.

It sounds as though air is getting in somewhere, have you had work done on the brakes recently? 

A bleed would help but to root cause would still be there.

They havn't been touched. It crossed my mind one may be sticking - this would correlate with the poor economy we have been getting.

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3 hours ago, richardmorris said:

It looks like the least user friendly thing I’ve spotted. No luggage space, huge overhangs and low ground clearance and huge turning circle.

That thing isn't meant to be user-friendly. It's meant to show incredibly filthy rich the owner is. Nice work if you can get it.

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Cleaned and polished the Astra this morning, managed to buff out a good few scuffs so pretty happy with how it's turned out. It's always going to be a 6 footer but it's looking clean and tidy. I tried to get the get the front grille off but three of the screws are absolutely siezed on with rust, fighting with them is for another day. Replaced the done in number plates and a bit of trim on the passenger door. It's came up well. 

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