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2 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

Aye that's big Steven. Good bloke, he's kept it nice.

Funnily enough as I walked down from Falkirk there was another post 97 B in red with a matt black boot sitting outside farm foods. It made me consider that a Corsa B is a lesser spotted car now and seeing two in five minutes was notable. 

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3 hours ago, wesacosa said:

https://www.aronline.co.uk/opinion/julian-nowill-1960-2022/

a familiar name to a few on here no doubt, especially those with an interest in communist tat

aww thats sad to hear

Julian Nowill was the guy who founded the ICR, and he was pretty instrumental in convincing the Ministry in the 1990's when they where culling the last of the Villiers powered machines to offer some  Villiers machines to various motor museums, and ensuring that the Villiers machine would not go extinct as had been feared 

he was also one of the few people to have visited the DHSS's main stores back in the day while they where still operational  

I never had a chance to speak to him, but I had really hoped id be able to meet him someday and have a chat about what it was like to have been able to visit the main stores etc

he also kindly donated a few of Model 70 bits and bobs to the spares stash

RIP Julian

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Think I might have just bought another car. Colleague is selling his 2006 A4 estate as he's just had a text to say his Tesla is ready for delivery. The Audi has just had its clutch+flywheel done. He's offered it at WBAC price and said somewhere between 1k and 1.5k.

Anyone want to buy a Fabia? 🤣

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Well that was fun...we were lucky enough to be graced with a concert by Drums & Roses just now.  They were bloody awesome.

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My ears are still ringing, and that was with earplugs in to tone the volume down a bit!

We were meant to have a mini car show this afternoon, but heavy horizontal rain sadly put a damper on that.  Shame as I was hoping to get a closer look at the CX I spied in the car park yesterday.

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2 hours ago, r.welfare said:

GM H-body; Chevrolet Monza, Buick Skyhawk, Oldsmobile Starfire or Pontiac Sunbird from 1975-1980.  The squared-off chrome edge on the rear side window is unusual.

Yes.

I had already searched GM H body cars, but a bit more hunting this morning revealed a variant of the Buick Skyhawk called a "Skyhawk Road Hawk" has that vertical cut rear window. Strangely none of the pictures I have looked at have chrome window surrounds so maybe some of the black had peeled so the owner took the rest off like I did with my MG ZT-T sill trims.

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So, I've been on my new duty for three weeks now. Here are a few spots and observations. 

Firstly I've swapped my Peugeot Partner for a mk2 HCT. 

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It is utterly pogweaseled. 

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It is the oldest mk2 in the office but only by a couple of years, probably over ten years now, but none of the others have faded like this. 

Now you might think this is a demotion from a van but it's really not with our vans as they too are about ten years old and quite fucked. All that ever goes wrong with these is the odd brake cable (but I have two) and wheel bearing. 

And apart from the reliability I don't have to worry about whether it has been blocked in. Our yard isn't really big enough so some vans have to go down the middle and if these haven't been moved before you want to go out you have to go and find whose they are and get them moved. Also, I don't have to de ice the trolley and obviously I can't get the big packets in the trolley, there are separate drivers duties to cover the big packets (generally anything bigger than a shoe box) so that's another thing  I don't have to worry about. Best of all, I'm on my own. My previous duty was a shared a van and even if you have a good partner it's much more relaxed working on my own.  

So what have I found on the new delivery? 

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This Celica is nearly as pogweaseled as my trolley. The picture doesn't really show it but every panel has some laquer peel and bits where the paint has worn down to the primer. 

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But this is the top find. It's unusual to find three cars of the same type on one drive, let alone the same colour and all within a year of each other. We have a 51, 02, and 52 reg. 

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None of them look like they move, though the middle one was jacked up the other day, so work does happen. 

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I need to start a conversation with the owner but they haven't been getting much mail. 

Opposite this house is the local swimming pool which has this Northern Counties Olympian being used as a cafe. 

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I should put this picture in the Bus Shite thread and somebody will tell me it's history. 

 

But weirdest of all is this really dull square block of four flats. 

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Whose address is Quadrophenia. That's it. So I get mail addressed to flat 3, Quadrophenia. Then closer inspection shows it has a bit of scooter nailed to the wall over the door. 

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Took me a week or so to notice this as I don't look up much. But really, who thought this was a good idea? There's no other references, it's a bog standard modern block, no other 60s themeing, we're 65 miles from Brighton and....just why....? 

If I ever get to own a crappy block of flats I'm going to call it The Third Man. Or Some Like It Hot. Or Muppet Treasure Island and nail Gonzo over the door. 

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27 minutes ago, stuboy said:

Mate gave me his tpms he brought of amazon.. he complained it all it did was beep at him, so he said u have it.. there not pretty looking on the wheels.. but lets see if there crappy..

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I have always thought that having something like that would be good on a trailer, on a car you often feel a low tyre before it is totally flat but on a trailer that is not the case.

 

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2 hours ago, stuboy said:

Mate gave me his tpms he brought of amazon.. he complained it all it did was beep at him, so he said u have it.. there not pretty looking on the wheels.. but lets see if there crappy..

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Mrs Popsicle had the same set on her Vectra, worked really well, even warned of an issue when the temperature reading went really high on one wheel (sticking caliper).  But they fuse on to the valve stem and are a right bastard to get off. Deffo put some copperslip or similar on the thread to save you hacking them to bits and pulling bits off with a set of irwins like I had to.

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1 hour ago, Six-cylinder said:

I have always thought that having something like that would be good on a trailer, on a car you often feel a low tyre before it is totally flat but on a trailer that is not the case.

 

My semi-employer has them for his racing Porsche. Tells him when tyres are up to temp because pressure increases slightly with temperature. 

I don't know if it's these actual ones but it's something similar using a sender on each valve. 

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Not driven the crap 320 Touring for 3-4 weeks. Got in it yesterday to go to friends for dinner in Guildford. Leap in and...

Think "Oh cock, it's shat another ECU AGAIN". Call out AutoAid and pop in the app that it just wont start.

Man arrives in UK National 24 Hour Renault Kangoo. He doesn't even ask me anything, gets a big Jump Start pack out the back, walks up "pop the bonnet mate". Sticks it on. "Try that".

Bloody thing fires first time.

Gave the ungrateful bastard a new Yuasa in the summer as well. What on earth has drained it in 3 weeks?

Bloody modern tat!

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52 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Latest Harry garage video is interesting. Especially the expressions on Ian Tyrell’s face when the countach gearbox is making death noises. Incidentally the tractors were outside my work last year after being auctioned.

 

I can’t believe he’s been driving it around for 12 years making that sort of noise.  Foolhardy in the extreme.  The gearbox oil was filthy too.

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9 minutes ago, MJK 24 said:

I can’t believe he’s been driving it around for 12 years making that sort of noise.  Foolhardy in the extreme.  The gearbox oil was filthy too.

Turn the radio up to drown out the noises!

i think the issue will be that removing an engine and gearbox plus repair will be a £20,000 bill!

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