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3 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

That was a common thing on a lot of German cars in the '80s.  I'm sure some Mercs had it too.

Yeah.  My W124 and current 190 have it.  Vacuum operated central locking.

Merc also used vacuum for headlamp alignment and raising and lowering read head rests.  Plus the stop solenoids on their diesel plodders.

Both Merc and Audi used vacuum to operate their heater valves.

I’m sure there’s more I’ve missed.

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1 hour ago, SmokinWaffle said:

Halfords have a sale on some of their Advanced socket sets

Handily Halfords Advanced stuff comes with a lifetime guarantee. You break it, they'll replace it. 

In other news, went to view a car.... liked it....had a good chat with the owner......put down a deposit

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2 hours ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

I have now become the owner of a Beige Audi with a green interior.

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Has been a long day and is tired so you only get this one bad picture. And this is the car I posted in the ebay thread a few days ago. Do you want me to start a thread on this and the other things I do as tractors and other things?

That looks a very nice example. I had a green Audi 80 with a brown interior back in the 90's.DSCF1382.thumb.JPG.5dfab2a0795305c25eb85b157d4e6981.JPG

In other news I've been getting the Rover ready for its MOT tomorrow. 

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So, why am I still up at this ungodly hour? Pink Corsa decided it didn't want to crank at about 9pm. Oddly, it had been starting fine every 5 mins or so since 5pm, as is the needs of a delivery shift. On bidding the recovery wallah a good night, I had my supper and decided now was as good a time as any to eliminate the Corsa's ignition switch from its FTP investigations. HBOL says you need to get the steering wheel off to get the shroud and stalks off. You don't. Getting the ignition barrel (which has been crying out for a regreasing) and the switch off is not difficult on a Corsa C, so I was soon able to check the switch operation, smear some grease around and put it back together. In checking the wiring diagram with Haynes, I noted there is a starter relay easily accessible in the main fuse box. Pulled that out and prised it apart and found a pair of slightly furry contacts that had a fair bit of resistance when closed. Cleaned them up and put it back together. I'll test it in the morning, but if that's not fixed it, I'll know I'm not wasting my time getting the Corsa on ramps and taking the solenoid and starter motor off, as it can't* really be anything else now...

* Famous last words

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The Rover has been dropped off for its MOT. I did have to stop and have a fiddle under the driver's seat on the way there as the airbag light came on. ☹️ Hopefully it'll stay off during the test as when it was in a couple a couple of years ago it was was going on and off while the test was being carried out. 

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4 hours ago, mitsisigma01 said:

I thought it was one of these, excuse my one and only shite potato cam shot in hazy sunlight in the leafy lanes near Gatwick IMG_20210815_150603.thumb.jpg.885c5566fbcf09c373b86d4591c47ad7.jpg

When I’m on the train from Gatwick I sometimes notice an American car specialist in an industrial area. Absolutely no idea where it is though. 

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The war restarted with the Cavalier today.

The design of the thermostat housing is SHITE.

Its sits at 90 degrees relative tonthe head and there's nothing to hold it in its groove whilst you get the gasket on and the top bolted up. Obviously it had slipped down, stopping the top from seating and it was lashing out coolant unbeknownst to me.

The gasket was naturally mullered and they're not available separately. 

No matter how hard I tried, the thermostat simply would not stay in place to allow me to bolt the top on. Every time I thought I'd got it, the top would not seat at the bottom leaving a gap, as the edge of the thermostat was stopping it. I could have been brutal and tigersealed it there but I felt that was wrong. 

Instead I put a thin smear of instant gasket round it which held it in place just enough. More instant gasket applied to the top of the housing and I got it bolted down. No idea if it's sitting where it should as the instant gasket is covering any potential gap.

I don't want to take the whole housing off as the gasket for that will be even harder to find but potentially that might be the only method to getting the thermostat seated properly. 

The 75 is mostly difficult to work on so I don't even try but this car lulls you into a false sense of ease as some tasks are really easy and others look like Chris Eubank  designed the whole thing.

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Received this letter today stating that my Honda won't be ulez compliant come October 25th.

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but I don't live anywhere near London or go anywhere near it. Had the car over 18 months and I'm sure the previous owner didn't go there either. 

Anyone had this? It's not asking for money or anything and it's return address is a dvla postcode in Swansea. 

All a bit fishy to me. 🤔

 

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41 minutes ago, barmatt said:

Received this letter today stating that my Honda won't be ulez compliant come October 25th.

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but I don't live anywhere near London or go anywhere near it. Had the car over 18 months and I'm sure the previous owner didn't go there either. 

Anyone had this? It's not asking for money or anything and it's return address is a dvla postcode in Swansea. 

All a bit fishy to me. 🤔

No my son got a letter today too.

But his was for a 2001 Mitsubishi FTO that he recently bought from north London (Edmonton?).

The FTO has been broken up for parts so wont be going anywhere the place ever again.

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1 hour ago, barmatt said:

Received this letter today stating that my Honda won't be ulez compliant come October 25th.

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but I don't live anywhere near London or go anywhere near it. Had the car over 18 months and I'm sure the previous owner didn't go there either. 

Anyone had this? It's not asking for money or anything and it's return address is a dvla postcode in Swansea. 

All a bit fishy to me. 🤔

 

I would say that the car has certainly payed ULEZ or CC at some stage. If the gov are writing to every single registered keeper in the UK of non compliant cars - there will be an absolute shit fit. 

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I needed to go and get 10 bags of stone chips from the local garden centre at lunch time. There wouldn't be room in the BMW so I thought I'd bust out the Granada. I went to the garage and it fired right up, I reversed it out the garage and it stalled. When I went to crank it it, it cranked slowly then just clicked and the windows etc are really slow. I had to push the bastard back in the garage, which wasn't much fun.

No loose battery connections or anything to was as if the battery just failed.  When I got the battery someone* may have left the transit plugs in and swelled up like a balloon . This could be that event coming home to roost.

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23 hours ago, tooSavvy said:

Were there not stories of Rover 800s being TWOCd as you could 'puff off' (..oooh, err) the pneumatic deadlocks by smacking a tennis ball (with a small hole in it) onto the keyhole >> and popping the locks??

Mebbies..... 🤫

not sure about 800s i'm sure they were electric

aldis & porsche 924/944 springs to mind with the tennis ball trick tho

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