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13 minutes ago, chancer said:

Ah balls....throw up some pics and description when the time comes though....its only a small island we live on....collection mission¬†would get me a night away from the hoose ūü§£

I'll get it posted up on the forum once it's had a clean and is ready to go, as I'd rather deal with the good folks here than the ferals on Marketplace and Scumtree. My best mate has a barn conversion holiday let thing at his cottage so if you did want to pay a visit to sunny Sussex on a long distance collection then I'm sure I could twist his arm into providing some accommodation for a night, and chauffeur services can be provided from local stations or Gatwick airport.

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1 hour ago, egg said:

I just want to get a new Hyundai battery clamp bolt, 11290-08253, if this was Ford, bung the part number in Google and off you go. It seems impossible for i10 parts, any hints? It's nothing special, but I just like to get the right bits first time.

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I like to guess. M8x35. Hex hd, plain washer and spring washer?

I could throw you one, but it may fall short.

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1 hour ago, egg said:

I just want to get a new Hyundai battery clamp bolt, 11290-08253, if this was Ford, bung the part number in Google and off you go. It seems impossible for i10 parts, any hints? It's nothing special, but I just like to get the right bits first time.

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Phone the local Hyundai dealer, press Y for parts, quote the part number at them? Doubt it'll be expensive, and will be right, first time. Its what i do with a lot of daihatsu parts, call my local toyota dealer and ask for part number ABC123, they usually have it ready for me the next day.

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5 minutes ago, Stanky said:

Phone the local Hyundai dealer, press Y for parts, quote the part number at them? Doubt it'll be expensive, and will be right, first time. Its what i do with a lot of daihatsu parts, call my local toyota dealer and ask for part number ABC123, they usually have it ready for me the next day.

Yes, I find OEM parts desks (mostly) catastrophically unhelpful when asking for small bits in recent years, but maybe that's just me! It's a very generic Kia/Hyundai part, so think this Kia Sportage one will fit (new clamp and bolt).

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274096842522

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Just now, egg said:

Yes, I find OEM parts desks (mostly) catastrophically unhelpful when asking for small bits in recent years, but maybe that's just me! It's a very generic Kia/Hyundai part, so think this Kia Sportage one will fit (new clamp and bolt).

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274096842522

Ah, sorry! I'm used to dealing with my local Mercedes and Toyota dealerships who have been incredibly helpful, even for tiny components with almost no profit margin in them!

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7 minutes ago, Stanky said:

Ah, sorry! I'm used to dealing with my local Mercedes and Toyota dealerships who have been incredibly helpful, even for tiny components with almost no profit margin in them!

Don't be. Ford are OK, but I've found local Mazda and High and Dry kind of defensive when you ring up, almost as though unless you are buying an OEM battery for 3 year old car they don't want to know. My Dad worked on OEM and independent parts desks for decades, so find this attitude kind of odd.

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20 minutes ago, egg said:

Don't be. Ford are OK, but I've found local Mazda and High and Dry kind of defensive when you ring up, almost as though unless you are buying an OEM battery for 3 year old car they don't want to know. My Dad worked on OEM and independent parts desks for decades, so find this attitude kind of odd.

Do you have the 'old' one to hand? Could you go to a fixings & fasteners place and say 'I want another one of these please'?

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5 minutes ago, Stanky said:

Do you have the 'old' one to hand? Could you go to a fixings & fasteners place and say 'I want another one of these please'?

yes, could do that thanks, it's just rounded off a bit making it hard to undo when I needed to charge the battery today (I need to remove the battery to charge it because we don't have a drive/garage)

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The days, or rather years, 23 to be precise, of 305 van ownership may be coming to an end. I have come to the conclusion that the body work, to tidy it up, is going to be in the region of £1500.  I was having a chat with the guys at the garage about another small van within budget, 2 bags, but anything at that price is basically tired and shagged out. It then turned to estates and I said something the size of your Mazda estate would do. To which he said, well that might be up for sale as we don't really use it now. My lugholes twitched a bit so I asked what they might want for it. They hadn't got as far as that because they aren't in a hurry to sell. I know this Mazda has been well looked after as they have service record and receipts for everything going back years. This is not an unknown car on the forum. Hubnut either did a review or it was on a vid from the FoTU. I'll have to have a rummage on da toob. It's a 94, K reg, Mazda 323 in excellent condition and well looked after. So I'm thinking this is going to be over my budget. So I was asked what  I would pay for it. So I said it's got to be worth 2 bags any day of the week. Personally I thought it would Ebay for more than that, 2.5 to 3 grand. Anyhoo, so I said my budget is 1500 so that's all I could do to which he said the immortal words ok it's yours. Fuck me, you could have knocked me down with a one ton feather. It's ideal for me as it's old enough not to have shit loads of, in my view, unnecessary electronics to go wrong. It is a step up for me as it has lecky windows and powah steering which I have never had on a car or small van. 

So my plan is to take this on in May. Meanwhile I'll get a new wing on the 305 and think what I'm going to do with it as I can't keep two cars, but what is a tatty Lhd 305 van worth ?  500 ? Can't see many people wanting it. The other thing I might be able to do is, while I'm running around Britain with the circus, get the guys at the garage to do the body work when they feel like it and then sell the Mazda back to them when it's done. I think  they are selling me the Maz because they said they would like somebody to look after it and they have seen over the years that I get my van serviced and any other work that I can't do at the side of the road they have the pleasure* of doing. I like the Maz coz there aren't many of them around but I like my van coz there are even less of them and it starts some conversations, some good some boring. Blimey! That was a bit long. I hope not boring.

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I did a car thing for the first time in months. Get me. 

The fuel gauge was suddenly reading zero the other day. I immediately assumed that someone had robbed my fuel but I couldn't see any spillage or damage so drove the car for a bit and it was fine. 

Went to the garage, lobbed a few liters of fuel in and it still registered nil. 

So today I took the rear seat out and swept out several years of crap. 

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Yuk. 

There was a warning that I needed to ensure the fuel was below half level before opening. Unfortunately the only reason I'd be opening this is surely because the fuel sender wasn't working. So I've no idea. Is there another way to tell? 

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Anyhow, it turns out I didn't need to open them as I gave both of them a firm THWACK with a lump of wood and a hammer and the fuel gauge started working again. 

So thats it. Thats my car thing. Back to shitposting and arguing with strangers it is. 

 

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2 minutes ago, wesacosa said:

reliving my 90s teen fantasies today in Edinburgh. I thought all these type of shops were long gone 

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I believe they had some problems with their website a few years back because there was a paedophile  website also called Wonderland.

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Been down to Bridgwater to pick up this blue Civic for my mate. He's chuffed. Manual! 

102k, was owned by a giffer until the mid teens when she left it in her will to her mechanic, who sold it on to prevent his son ruining it. 

A bloke bought it, kept it four years then his 23 year old son ran it for a bit. He's now upgraded to an E46 328ci so the Civic was up for sale. Top notch seller tbh. 

 

Saw the ex-HMC Chevy pickup going up the M5, as well as some legend A-framing an MG Metro with a Rover 45 ūüėĀ

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On 1/27/2023 at 4:21 PM, egg said:

Yes, I find OEM parts desks (mostly) catastrophically unhelpful when asking for small bits in recent years, but maybe that's just me! It's a very generic Kia/Hyundai part, so think this Kia Sportage one will fit (new clamp and bolt).

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274096842522

I asked Kia for a flasher relay recently 

Their helpful answer - 

"Nope, it's obsolete, infinite back order and it's highly unlikely it will come back in to stock. You probably won't find one anywhere else m8 either because I know what they're like to get bits for" 

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He must have been having a bad day, or just being a typical parts advisor. One was duly found and bought from eBay 5 minutes later!

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7 hours ago, Ghosty said:

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Been down to Bridgwater to pick up this blue Civic for my mate. He's chuffed. Manual! 

102k, was owned by a giffer until the mid teens when she left it in her will to her mechanic, who sold it on to prevent his son ruining it. 

A bloke bought it, kept it four years then his 23 year old son ran it for a bit. He's now upgraded to an E46 328ci so the Civic was up for sale. Top notch seller tbh. 

 

Saw the ex-HMC Chevy pickup going up the M5, as well as some legend A-framing an MG Metro with a Rover 45 ūüėĀ

Hello, this is me!

Been determined to find a  4G Civic since experiencing the joy of driving Ghosty's sedan quite a few times last year for various events and road trips.

Ghosty saw it on Marketplace earlier this week, I was calm and considered with the seller who couldn't have been nicer, and actually ignored the 'I'll give you an insulting amount cash today mate' brigade because he clocked I was coming down from Manchestoh to view it. It would've been wrong to haggle him down even for a couple of hundred pounds given how positive the entire experience was.

Other than a few small items which need some attention (non-oily, but I'll do  filters, belts, fluids, water pump too) it's absolutely spot-on. It's in rude health and drives just like a happy one should. I'm absolutely over the moon with it.

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