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Had to deal with a lacquer peeling Yaris bonnet for a friend.

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Removed the bonnet and sanded all the loose lacquer down to the base coat,a pain in the hoop. 

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Dents and chips filled.

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Rubbed down,and given a squirt of primer.

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I couldn't be arsed painting it myself,so my nephew collected it and took it to his dad's paint booth that evening.

Got it back the next day and refitted it.

Result.

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Picked this up after a fraught train journey involving 4 trains, a missed connection and a lot of stress today

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The drive home was thankfully uneventful, its an economical beast, 53mpg over 156 miles of mainly motorway, a bit better than the 24 I got from my V70 usually. 

Thanks to @sims00 for a easy pleasant deal as usual, my wife thinks we should just swap cars every 3 months. :D

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Train stress :(

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On 6/8/2022 at 7:46 PM, stuboy said:

Old boy at work asked me if I could help him replace this panel on his sovereign... he reckons its bolt on job.. but I reckon its a bigger job than he thinks .. like welding.. cutting.. etc 

 

He nor I have access to a ramp or lift.

 

Anyone done one before?

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We have had work done on ours but had a skilled man to help. He worked in our house garage.

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On 6/7/2022 at 10:10 AM, NigeT said:

CLK made 40mpg on the 430 mile drive down from Scotland yesterday (including some shitty traffic on M6 & M25), still 3 gallons in tank. 23 year old V6 160k barge FTW. 

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Do you want my address details so you can drop it off to me , thanks.  👍😲👍

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16 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

Got my car insurance renewal paperwork through today.  Almost exactly the same price as last year.  It's nice to have at least one thing which hasn't gone up...

Probably a lot less cover though 🙄

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6 hours ago, High Jetter said:

Oi! Can you back that up?

No.  If I could so could the combined forces of the HMRC, CID, Ci5, and the institute of British Laundry Professionals.  

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I'm now 95% certain that the main shaft seal on my 75s high pressure fuel pump is leaking diesel into the engine via the timing case :(

The oil level is steadily rising by about 1/4 litre every 100 miles or so. Replacing the PCV filter made little difference. 

Thankfully I have a spare pump in the garage together with a seal kit so I'm going to rebuild it and get the Rover guy in Whitburn to fit it.

Still something I could have done without but I did promise myself I'd keep this 75, so on with the repair.

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2 hours ago, Saabnut said:

Shame! They made one of the better 7esque cars.

We tried to buy a used one a few times, but ended up with a Dax Rush and a Robin Hood,  Both were excellent cars in different ways.

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3 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

I'm now 95% certain that the main shaft seal on my 75s high pressure fuel pump is leaking diesel into the engine via the timing case :(

The oil level is steadily rising by about 1/4 litre every 100 miles or so. Replacing the PCV filter made little difference. 

Thankfully I have a spare pump in the garage together with a seal kit so I'm going to rebuild it and get the Rover guy in Whitburn to fit it.

Still something I could have done without but I did promise myself I'd keep this 75, so on with the repair.

Moved it across the drive, washed it, dipped the oil again and it's now at 3/4 🤷‍♂️

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Crew rang up saying there's a sweet smell coming into the ambulance, thankfully they wasn't too far away, and they where off to east Grinstead and so I took them another vehicle, got out and said whys that tailpipe wet and spots on the back doors... we swap vehicles so they can go get there patient, and I take a look.. bugger...

 

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So the ex @Grumblespeed206 GTi had been making a hideous clonk (As advertised btw!). 

Jacked it up and only play I could find was on the rearmost bush of the boomerang shaped suspension arm, not hideous but probably enough.

Febi arm acquired from eBay. Figured a decent one was worthwhile as it doesn't look like a job you'd want to do twice and it certainly panned out that way. 

Razzed the old one out in jig time yesterday afternoon, "refitting is the reverse of removal".... My hole. 

Got the arm in, but getting the ball joint lined up and in was a serious war. Jack's, ratchet straps, hammers and pry bars were to no avail and in the process I had inadvertently separated the inner CV joint.

Definite two man job, luckily @cort16offered help and arrived in the 7 series of assistance. Getting it lined up required force on three axis at the same time and a lot of trial and error, but we got there eventually. 

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I had disconnected the ARB and Track Rod End, so today's war was with a very awkwardly placed top nut for the drop link. Working with an inverted mini angle grinder I eventually managed to get it off. Replaced with a new drop link. 

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Everything else was easy enough buttoned back up. Took it for a spin and the moment of truth.... horrible cloning gone, success. 

I actually recall doing one of these on a mates 206 maybe 10 years ago, but the ball joint was nothing like as difficult as that. Not sure if to do with sporty versions geometry or what, but it was a battle and a half. 

Celebratory wrong French shot;

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Now to worry about the knackered sill and the rear beam. Fortunately with 6 months test I can take time to feel the car out and see how much it's worth putting into it. 

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21 minutes ago, davehedgehog31 said:

So the ex @Grumblespeed206 GTi had been making a hideous clonk (As advertised btw!). 

Jacked it up and only play I could find was on the rearmost bush of the boomerang shaped suspension arm, not hideous but probably enough.

Febi arm acquired from eBay. Figured a decent one was worthwhile as it doesn't look like a job you'd want to do twice and it certainly panned out that way. 

Razzed the old one out in jig time yesterday afternoon, "refitting is the reverse of removal".... My hole. 

Got the arm in, but getting the ball joint lined up and in was a serious war. Jack's, ratchet straps, hammers and pry bars were to no avail and in the process I had inadvertently separated the inner CV joint.

Definite two man job, luckily @cort16offered help and arrived in the 7 series of assistance. Getting it lined up required force on three axis at the same time and a lot of trial and error, but we got there eventually. 

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I had disconnected the ARB and Track Rod End, so today's war was with a very awkwardly placed top nut for the drop link. Working with an inverted mini angle grinder I eventually managed to get it off. Replaced with a new drop link. 

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Everything else was easy enough buttoned back up. Took it for a spin and the moment of truth.... horrible cloning gone, success. 

I actually recall doing one of these on a mates 206 maybe 10 years ago, but the ball joint was nothing like as difficult as that. Not sure if to do with sporty versions geometry or what, but it was a battle and a half. 

Celebratory wrong French shot;

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Now to worry about the knackered sill and the rear beam. Fortunately with 6 months test I can take time to feel the car out and see how much it's worth putting into it. 

I bet you're glad the clonk was gone after that prolonged battle.

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So the wife has been browsing Mini estates, this worrying behaviour has been happening for a while now. 

I know we can't afford to buy a car now, (mostly because I have a bagpipe habit that might need looking at by a professional) so that's something. 

She has a perfectly good, if a bit oil-leaky Peugeot 307 that she's prejudiced agsinst for an unknown vague reason that doesn't make actual sense. 

How worried should I be?

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Look what i've refound.

I had a skip dropped off at my abode today and needed to make a bit of space on the front which meant uncovering and rolling the Subaru back a couple of feet.

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Considering the old girl has been under a cheap eBay cover for seven months the paint looks far better than I remember.

I really need to stop fannying about with a certain Morris Minor up the end of the garden and finish the welding on this,I reckon a couple of good weekends would see me about there. 

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10 minutes ago, Cord Fourteener said:

So the wife has been browsing Mini estates, this worrying behaviour has been happening for a while now. 

I know we can't afford to buy a car now, (mostly because I have a bagpipe habit that might need looking at by a professional) so that's something. 

She has a perfectly good, if a bit oil-leaky Peugeot 307 that she's prejudiced agsinst for an unknown vague reason that doesn't make actual sense. 

How worried should I be?

BINI with a prince engine level of worried?  Once they've taken a dislike to the car, I think it's hard to go back and you need a new one or you won't hear the end of it. 

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41 minutes ago, Spurious said:

BINI with a prince engine level of worried?  Once they've taken a dislike to the car, I think it's hard to go back and you need a new one or you won't hear the end of it. 

Yes that's what I'm worried about. 

Fortunately she is very bad at actually buying a car herself. Her style is to tell me what she doesn't like and expect me to find the perfect one for her but refuses to engage with the process of telling me what she does want. 

I've pretty much said if she wants a Bini she's going to have to sort it out herself. I'm not sure if that's the best thing to do or not 😅

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1 hour ago, Cord Fourteener said:

So the wife has been browsing Mini estates, this worrying behaviour has been happening for a while now. 

I know we can't afford to buy a car now, (mostly because I have a bagpipe habit that might need looking at by a professional) so that's something. 

She has a perfectly good, if a bit oil-leaky Peugeot 307 that she's prejudiced agsinst for an unknown vague reason that doesn't make actual sense. 

How worried should I be?

Same utterly shit Prince engine. If you're tired of your wife saying she wants a new car, just wait until the Bini breaks every week and you need to sort it out.

I owned mine although ostensibly it was my wife's car. That way when it eventually blew out all its coolant, I could ultimately make the decision to get rid of it.

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Drove my semi-employer's 924 and LR to his local village fete this morning. The Porsche felt great (at 20mph) as it should with 6,000 miles on the clock.

Fuck me though, you've really got to love LRs to want to drive one. I know we're going back in time and things were different then, but it is punishing for any distance. 

Re: LR rear diff, I've taken out the slop from the nose bearing and bolted the prop back, then topped it up with smelly oil. He's going to take it to Town and Country in Leam for a considered opinion - the front diff has decided to leak now too, TADTS.

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23 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

Moved it across the drive, washed it, dipped the oil again and it's now at 3/4 🤷‍♂️

Firstly I'd recommend taking readings on a flat surface or at least in the same spot every time, it can quite easily catch you out if you're taking readings at different locations 

Secondly, nothing to do with the remap is it? How much black smoke are you getting? If there's that much excess fuel it sounds close to failed DPF regen levels, although of course the 75 doesn't have a DPF but the principal remains the same - if there's excess fuel it'll wash into the oil. 

Just a thought 🤔

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Driveway is flat and the remap has been on for years. New PCV made no difference either. Its only just started doing this in the last few months.

I've contacted Duncan the Rover guy in Whitburn and he still has the tools to fit a replacement pump. I pulled it out the garage last night and the replacement one looks really clean. As long as I rule out diesel being dumped into the sump then the level can carry on and do as it pleases.

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