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11 minutes ago, bigfella2 said:

Wuvvum I would deffo Invest in a half decent proper brake spanner for this kind of work, using a regular spanner as you've seen just rounds stuff off most of the time.

But as you've found if the pipe and the union are seized you just can't win. No posh spanner will fix that.

I have a brake pipe spanner.  It wouldn't go over the nut  - there was so much rust on it that what should have been a 10mm hex was more like 10.5mm.  I'd hammered the 10mm open spanner onto it to try and knock the rust off so I could fit the brake pipe spanner on.  (It didn't work.)

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My daily rattler (2005 330i touring) went for test this morning. Fortunately…

 

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Winter tyres are going on in a few weeks, so these ones will go come spring time. Looks like I need to get the wire wheel and Vactan out, though. 13,000 miles this year is okay considering I’ve not been commuting this year either. Hopefully 200,000 next year.

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The Insight has been dropped at the MOT station. Results should be in around lunchtime. When collecting the Clio yesterday I discovered that the workshop manager worked at the same garage as me and left just before I joined, but as a result we have some mates in common - small world.

If the Insight fails on anything finicky then I will hit the nuclear purchase button on something as we will be at non-functional car numbers that have not been seen since the last time the fleet got up to about 18 cars of varying treachery.

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22 hours ago, Sunny Jim said:

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Gave me quite a fright when I switched the lights on and it flew overhead. Is it a tawny?

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Look who's back. I've been told it's a young male tawny likely looking for a home. Plan is to work out where he's getting in, put up a nesting box and try and encourage him to use it. Any tips gratefully received!

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1 hour ago, stuboy said:

Splashed out on some ht leads for the v6 as forum suggest to try this ..

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A coil wouldn't go amiss for a hesitation issue. And the set of plugs if they haven't been done for a while. 

Depends how far you want to go with parts darts though 

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The Volvo went tonight 

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So last week I got it back from my welder and used my time of work striking wisely by priming the patches, seam sealing and undersealing them all (the inner sill had a small hole as did the spare wheel well) I then painted the sill Rover Hurricane Grey as that was a good match and waxoyled it all. 

I put the car on ebay Sunday evening and by Monday morning I had over a 1000 views and 105 watches! I ended up getting £3300 for it from a chap in Somerset on the promise I'd put a years mot on it today, which I did. 

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Thankfully it was a clean pass so I spent a hour heading the 5 miles home in the grit locked traffic, I did see a 340 in the traffic mind

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This now leaves me a little more space and some spare cash to get the Capri finished off, hopefully that will be done soon too. 

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a panicked phone call from mother gm this evening "the car won't start, it stalled as I was parking and it's now stuck blocking someone else in"

I grabbed some tools and jumped in the mazda

on previous occasions, the problem has been that I had been driving the car and moved the seat back, she forgot to move it forward so wasn't pressing the clutch down far enough which is required for the engine to start (all vauxhalls are shite etc)

however this time this was not the problem - a quick check showed a feeble 11.9v, lucky I brought the jump leads. 

reversing the mx5 into position (both cars have the battery in the boot, quite handy as her car was nose in) and a boost was applied - fired up first time :) 

so a suspect battery then.

I followed her home and checked the voltage again, still only 12.0v 

the car is coming up for it's 6th birthday and is on the original battery so not unreasonable

I take it this is a type 012 ? (sticking the reg into ecp gives 012, 063 or 096 as options)

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I see it is still showing a green indicator - are they to be trusted ? I'll get her a new one anyway, she is 76 so can do without the worry

 

 

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48 minutes ago, SiC said:

I wish my garage was that empty. Where do you store your tools?!

Ah there all the other side! 

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If anyone is interested the Capri is plodding along, it's now running with a new Weber carb fitted, the brakes are currently being gone though, rebuilt the calipers, fitted new pads etc, had a mare with thr new hoses as they are a different thread to the originals and managed to strip the thread whilst doing up the nut 🤦‍♂️

Also bashed the bumpers straight again and repainted them today, quite pleased with how good they came out

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Still not looking forwards to sorting that shit strut plate out

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A friend came good with a pair of headrests for £20

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Because priorities I got a dealer sticker of DMB on the back and have a new front plate on order from Retro Plates

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So finish brakes, fit bumpers, paint alloys, fit new tyres and it should be close to the road again! 

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Type R's getting a set of Pilot Sport 4S tomorrow after work. 

I've also ordered new front dampers, top mounts/bearings, spark plugs, and a washer pump for it, and popped out to Halfords for new Bosch AeroTwins (they were cheapest for them) which were fitted in pretty much seconds. 

That was the best part of £1000. :shock:

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8 hours ago, trigger said:

Ah there all the other side! 

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If anyone is interested the Capri is plodding along, it's now running with a new Weber carb fitted, the brakes are currently being gone though, rebuilt the calipers, fitted new pads etc, had a mare with thr new hoses as they are a different thread to the originals and managed to strip the thread whilst doing up the nut 🤦‍♂️

Also bashed the bumpers straight again and repainted them today, quite pleased with how good they came out

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Still not looking forwards to sorting that shit strut plate out

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A friend came good with a pair of headrests for £20

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Because priorities I got a dealer sticker of DMB on the back and have a new front plate on order from Retro Plates

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So finish brakes, fit bumpers, paint alloys, fit new tyres and it should be close to the road again! 

That's looking great man, I'm sure your welder chap could sort that plate out on the strut top no bother. Nice job on the bumpers too!

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Another Ceri delivery! This one actually got the neighbours out for a look.

But TL;DR it's a one owner local Bristol car that was his company car. Creme Cake (iirc) was in use until 2004 when it failed it's MOT and parked up for restoration. Left outside since then, it sadly slowly deteriorated.
They had a number of lovely pre-war Austins in the garage which presumably was always the main interest and this just never got done.
The chap passed away and the family decided that this had to be sold. When the cat came out from underneath and more rust fell out, they knew it was never going back on the road.

I paid basically scrap price for it. I hate the idea of ever scrapping a car but this is by far past it. I'll primarily be using it for body cuts and the like. Maybe selling the odd part cheap if anyone is after anything. My purchase money went to a Parkinson charity, so will only be right if I donate a proportion of anything I sell there too.

I'll do a video later of it after work. Apparently the engine runs really sweet. Ceri mentioned it even drove onto the trailer under its own power!
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