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9 minutes ago, Cord Fourteener said:

The only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn from history. 

Yes it is true and I end this with a quote from Neville Chamberlain on war.

In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.

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have dragged the Metro out of its slumber today, and driven it up to George's so he can sort it out an MOT.

its the first time out in over 2 years.

what do we know from our drive today?

well, there is some vibration when under way, which is i think flat spotted tyres.

and the brakes are hopeless. there is not much braking unless the pedal is mashed to the floor. but it does ride very, very nicely now on its refurbished displacers, far more compliant than before with actually some bounce when needed,

so that will be the first thing that George will be looking at.

and guess what, who was the first thing we saw when setting off, in an untaxed and untested car? 

it IS insured, not that matters without the other paperwork.

yes. a bloody copper.

lucky for  me, he was more interested in getting up to Maccy D's than on the metro's paperwork!

and Kerry has been enjoying Cocopop too and from work this week. the car is riding beautifully. i have had a run around the block in it, and well, i didn't much enjoy it. 

there you have it, i didn't really enjoy driving it. not at all.

so much so, i haven't used it myself for work since it came back. not that really i want to be in a small, slow car like on the Parkway/A19/A66 in rush hour.

i  think its future, along with the metro and mini 1000 are going to need to be seriously considered over the coming weeks and months.

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1 hour ago, MarvinsMom said:

i think its future, along with the metro and mini 1000 are going to need to be seriously considered over the coming weeks and months

The rampant price rises probably mean I can't afford anymore, so depending on whether I can fit my budget, I potentially am still interested!

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Yesterday I picked up this retro Lumen Tune Up analyser for the princely sum of £5. It looks like it has never been used. It is essentially an old school multimeter but includes and inductive pick up lead for measuring RPM based upon the current in the HT leads.

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I like the way that it works for 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engines and 2, 3 or 4 rotor engines! I haven't tested it yet but I will do a video of it.

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Over the last few days I've been gently preparing the 944 for use for the 1st time since it shat its petrol out all over the street outside my house in the spring. 

I also had to get the Visa running which was parked behind it. 

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The reason for this is that Northern Monkey has kindly offered storage for the Porsche for a couple of months. 

So yesterday morning I took the battery off charge, filled the boot up with tools, chucked in a tow rope, took a screenshot of the Autoaid phone number, checked the wheel nuts (they were loose, obviously) and set off over to him. 

As Mrs Imp was following I couldn't really give it much of an Italian tune up sadly but it actually drove over there fine. All my prep for an inevitable breakdown was (thankfully) in vain. 

Anyhow, got a quick picture of ImpJr with it. 

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He also got to sit in a Land Rover which he was well excited about. 

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Anyhow, back at home, the driveway now looks a little different and my cars aren't spilling out onto the road and my insurance company can breathe a sigh of relief that the Subaru is parked where I told them. 

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It might have been the last time I drove the 944. Northern Monkey has expressed interest in it as it is sans sills. Obviously after driving it yesterday and absolutely loving it, that seems like a silly idea at the moment but after a couple of weeks not seeing it, the idea of not owning it and worrying about all the work it needs will probably appeal much more. 

First job without the mental block that is the Porsche on the drive, is to tidy up this mess:

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Had a lot to drink last night. 

No, more than that. 

Was definitely under the influence this afternoon, that's the only explanation I can think of for buying this.

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1.5 DCI Renault Megane Sports Tourer

MOT up in a few minutes

Clutch on the floor.

I'm aff the booze.

 

 

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23 hours ago, Fumbler said:

Clutch in grandma's Rav4 is slipping again, making this the 5th clutch replacement and probably the 4th DMF replacement (if she's lucky) in her ownership. 

She doesnt keep her foot resting on the clutch pedal all the time, does she?

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18 minutes ago, dome said:

Had a lot to drink last night. 

No, more than that. 

Was definitely under the influence this afternoon, that's the only explanation I can think of for buying this.

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1.5 DCI Renault Megane Sports Tourer

MOT up in a few minutes

Clutch on the floor.

I'm aff the booze.

 

 

It says it’s OK.

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1 hour ago, dome said:

Had a lot to drink last night. 

No, more than that. 

Was definitely under the influence this afternoon, that's the only explanation I can think of for buying this.

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1.5 DCI Renault Megane Sports Tourer

MOT up in a few minutes

Clutch on the floor.

I'm aff the booze.

 

 

Don't worry I bought a Megane under the influence as well.

Was this self inflicted or was there an enabler I the question 😂

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3 hours ago, sdkrc said:

Mushroom picking in Scotland. Great morning out. Disco was great for taking muddy shite, door slamming, lots of cargo and parking in verges

Just fried a porcini in butter and it's fucking ace. Not a fan of mushrooms normally

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Yum yum, they are lovely!

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31 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

Don't worry I bought a Megane under the influence as well.

Was this self inflicted or was there an enabler I the question 😂

No, it was all me! 

I'd messaged him yesterday and was supposed to go see it after 3 today. He messaged me about 2 saying he was home so I asked for his address as Lyndsey and I were on our way to Toolstation. It was approximately 45 seconds off our route and Lyndsey graciously* agreed to the detour. 

I went away and thought about it, then dropped him a message with an offer about half an our later which he agreed to with him delivering it to me. 

As he was leaving to deliver it another punter turned up who was supposed to have been there at 1pm. He then went into a strop  when he was told it was sold and offered more money, which the seller declined. He then asked for petrol money for his wasted journey!

Understandably (and thankfully, I think) the seller told him to bolt and suggested that if he'd arrived when he said he would then he wouldn't have missed out. 

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7 minutes ago, dome said:

No, it was all me! 

I'd messaged him yesterday and was supposed to go see it after 3 today. He messaged me about 2 saying he was home so I asked for his address as Lyndsey and I were on our way to Toolstation. It was approximately 45 seconds off our route and Lyndsey graciously* agreed to the detour. 

I went away and thought about it, then dropped him a message with an offer about half an our later which he agreed to with him delivering it to me. 

As he was leaving to deliver it another punter turned up who was supposed to have been there at 1pm. He then went into a strop  when he was told it was sold and offered more money, which the seller declined. He then asked for petrol money for his wasted journey!

Understandably (and thankfully, I think) the seller told him to bolt and suggested that if he'd arrived when he said he would then he wouldn't have missed out. 

Lol, I love that there are genuinely decent folk selling cars out there, fending of the baying Facefook hoard.

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18 minutes ago, dome said:

No, it was all me! 

I'd messaged him yesterday and was supposed to go see it after 3 today. He messaged me about 2 saying he was home so I asked for his address as Lyndsey and I were on our way to Toolstation. It was approximately 45 seconds off our route and Lyndsey graciously* agreed to the detour. 

I went away and thought about it, then dropped him a message with an offer about half an our later which he agreed to with him delivering it to me. 

As he was leaving to deliver it another punter turned up who was supposed to have been there at 1pm. He then went into a strop  when he was told it was sold and offered more money, which the seller declined. He then asked for petrol money for his wasted journey!

Understandably (and thankfully, I think) the seller told him to bolt and suggested that if he'd arrived when he said he would then he wouldn't have missed out. 

He sounds like a top gent! There are some out there after all then!

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Today was day 1 of Mondeo mk4 estate daily life. 

It is nice, I'm settling in. I miss the crazy power of the remapped Passat but the Mondeo is composed and comfy, and is definitely capable. 

And it's very very big inside. 

It even did a regen without me noticing when I must have been on the A494 crossing the Clwydian hills or bypassing Mold to join the Chester bypass. Not a place i would have guessed, but it makes me happy that it's regenerating the DPF in my regular travels without fuss. 

I think I'm going to like the car. 

It's proving the rule though; all Mondeo diesels are smoky. 

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Something that I didn't realise on this Fabia is just how clean underneath is. Not just no rust but not even dirt. The headlights are also crystal clear too and none of the clouding. I'm pretty certain it was owned by a succession of elderly people that only drove in nice weather and garaged it. Would explain the scuffed body and high clutch bite point.

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Plenty of meat left on the brake pads too.
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I do think it may need a clutch soon...
Might even get it done because I'm a bit mental.

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