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2 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

First day back in the office today. How else to show the other commuters you are an aspiring independent businessman?

G. L. S.

 

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If it was an L, you'd have had to leave it parked out of the way on a backstreet or something. Having said that, if yours was a GSi model, you'd have to shuffle yours along to give priority to the upstart with headlamp wipers. 

How does it drive now it's back up and running well again? Mk3s are such decent cars. If they didn't develop crispy derrieres so badly, they'd truly be a car for life I reckon. 

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39 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

I did 50miles each way in the early nineties in my 2cv. Took exactly 1hour but had to fill up every other day. Did 24,000miles the first year. The 2cv had four services, and a new engine! I now hate commuting and moved to be in cycling distance to work. It takes about 28mins to cycle and anything from 18mins to 90mins to drive depending on whether the m3 is broken.

The problem is (and it won't happen anyway but its fun to discuss) is the bloody horrible route! Peterborough to the wing turning of the a5 is a doddle. Wing to thame takes as long again at 35/40 mph! I'd go insane. 

I do like my commute tbh (even though its a bit alien to me now). I know it blindfolded* and know all the alternate routes and which one to not go for at x o'clock or 'oh shit the m40 is fucking fucked m8' bloody Bledlow ridge but doing a journey like that there's only 3 ways in and one of those is the m25... 

@gnomeotis thinking of moving to Leicester and bending the office rules to in twice a week... I'd recommend having a travelogue booked and a trial run one morning maybe... 

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5 hours ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

I will now go and look at a car and hopefully there will be a purchase coming more later!

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?

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12 minutes 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?

Yes Please. 

Nice Audi you've got there!

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35 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

If it was an L, you'd have had to leave it parked out of the way on a backstreet or something. Having said that, if yours was a GSi model, you'd have to shuffle yours along to give priority to the upstart with headlamp wipers. 

How does it drive now it's back up and running well again? Mk3s are such decent cars. If they didn't develop crispy derrieres so badly, they'd truly be a car for life I reckon. 

Running decent now man, no overheating any more, I forgot how much I liked it.

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36 minutes 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?

Looks a belter, looking forward to the thread 👍

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59 minutes ago, holbeck said:

Yes Please. 

Nice Audi you've got there!

 

35 minutes ago, Nyphur said:

Looks a belter, looking forward to the thread 👍

Thank you both. And I will do it tomorrow and make a thread on this and can then also get some proper pictures taken.

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35 minutes ago, SmokinWaffle said:

Halfords have a sale on some of their Advanced socket sets at the moment - good if you're looking for one.

I got the 175PC - £200 down from £255 (and I got some additional discount on top through a friend and a trade card bringing it to £170~ or so which was nice)

That looks like a decent set.  A lot of the Halfrauds socket sets seem to be 12-pointers, which I don't like.

Mind you my "Torq" socket set that I bought in the sale at B&Q 15 years ago is still going strong - I had to replace the 17mm socket as I broke it trying to get a wheel off a Fiat Punto, and a couple of months back I replaced one of the screws holding the ratchet together as the original had come undone and fallen out somewhere, but other than that it's been spot on.

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1 hour 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?

Has it got the cental locking worked by air? 

I had a mid 1980s Audi 80 and it always made me chuckle when the compressor kicked in to unlock the doors. 

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Just now, andyberg said:

Has it got the cental locking worked by air? 

I had a mid 1980s Audi 80 and it always made me chuckle when the compressor kicked in to unlock the doors. 

No it does not have it as this is a CL so is the base model. And that sounded like an interesting locking system i have never heard of it before.

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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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