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44 minutes ago, Jazoli said:

Looks much better, lowering a car never has a positive effect on the ride and handling in my experience.

Have to disagree on the handling,as it was really flat and planted around bends,but yeah the ride was really starting to grate,despite the fact that when I lowered it originally I didn't find it much different.

Just getting old I guess 😐

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Put the carb back on the Renault 4 after work and took it for a quick drive - it does seem to be running a bit better, it'll idle off choke now and I actually had to turn the idle screw down a bit.  Exhaust sounds a bit less farty too since I tightened all the nuts up, although it's never going to be quiet...  It's still not perfect as even when warmed up it pulls better with the choke slightly out, but I can live with that.  I am going to treat it to a set of plugs though as there's an occasional missfire when I put my foot down.  I'm also going to fit an inline fuel filter as there doesn't appear to be any kind of filtration between tank and carb (I'm assuming there's some kind of in-tank filter but I have no idea how effective that is) and there was a fair bit of sediment in the float bowl.

Also got the TF running again - turned out I'd twatted the inertia switch for the fuel pump when removing the rear shock - pressed the reset button and the car fired straight up.

So that's good.

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1 hour ago, junkyarddog said:

I is officially old,

I removed the lowering springs from my Golf!!

Before.

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After.

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I'm actually glad I did and it feels much nicer on the bumpy country roads where I live.

The front springs are the originals that I removed years ago,the rears are actually from a mid 80's Passat estate as the coils are slightly thicker but they needed to be shortened a wee bit to suit,these were fitted for quite a while when it was a daily driver,but then I went all pineapple and lowered it!!🤣

Looks much better, ride height.

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The 107 failed its MOT today, as anticipated.  It didn't do as badly as I'd expected though - it failed on a sticky rear brake (which probably needs the wheel cylinder replacing, I did the other side last year) and one bit of welding for which the garage quoted me £90.  So it looks like the old heap might live to see another year.

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Just returned from that Scotland and hurried into the garage with some mirrors I scored of Facebook marketplace while I was up there. I’ve been after some mirrors for the 145 and although I didn’t get a matching pair I got a decent one for the drivers side and one of those weird clip on ones that fit onto the quarter light for the passenger side. They should look pretty nice once they’re fitted properly. The mirrors were part of a bundle which included locking filler caps so I’ll chuck the surplus onto eBay and maybe even make some ££ back. 

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Promised myself some time to tinker this week during half term. So yesterday I set to clearing the garage a bit to actually be able to access the pit.

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It was a bit of a mess…. Usually the Yellow 2CV is in that middle space. Plan was to shift the Yugo out. I got it to run for the first time in over a year, on a bit of easy start, but alas it wouldn’t stay running for long enough to move, and then as I was about to win (I’m sure) the boost pack ran out of boost. So I switched my attention to the Nova and finally got round to draining the tank.

I feel pretty bad that after 3 1/2 years I’ve made almost no progress on the Yugo. 3 years since we acquired the Green 2CV and that’s not finished (although it’s not too far off, but no minimal progress in the last 6 months), and 2 1/2 years I’ve had the Nova and that’s barely made any progress either. Starting to think I might not be the right person to do restoration projects. With a new and probably busier job in September, 2 kids that are toddlers, a teenager about to do his GCSEs and a house and garden which seem to require constant attention it doesn’t look like it’s about to get any better either.

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Had to pick the espace up today after it got a new Mot, forgot about the train strike and don’t fancy a £35 taxi so I walked the 7.9 miles to pick it up - 2 and a half hours, a couple of podcasts and lots of emails later is was relieved of £680 notes for my trouble.

New rear springs, new rear caliper, new brake lines, aircon regas m8,  and 12 months ticket.

It needs two new rear tyres but I’ll do those next month, it’s had enough attention for now and was pressed straight into use going to IKEA to pick up a kitchen unit so I could ruin my evening swearing and building that.

 

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1 hour ago, catsinthewelder said:

At least they aren't getting any worse in the garage,

True of the Yugo and 2CV but the Nova is outside… and deteriorating. 
 

1 hour ago, catsinthewelder said:

I've got nowhere with mine and have a deadline closing in (daughters prom, she wants the Dacia)

Good luck!!! And what good taste from cats junior! 

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There was no evidence of a cambelt change on my new 106, so I ordered a kit and set aside a day to be miserable about it. Not the worst job I've ever done on a car, but not a lot of fun either. Give me a non-interference engine any day.

But I'm happier knowing it's been done. Especially when I had a look at the old belt. 

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There's not much rust on the car, so today I've been underneath with a wire brush and a tin of metal paint to make sure it stays that way. It's also had an oil change with expensive branded oil. I must be enamoured with the little thing. 

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30 minutes ago, Conrad D. Conelrad said:

There was no evidence of a cambelt change on my new 106, so I ordered a kit and set aside a day to be miserable about it. Not the worst job I've ever done on a car, but not a lot of fun either. Give me a non-interference engine any day.

But I'm happier knowing it's been done. Especially when I had a look at the old belt. 

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There's not much rust on the car, so today I've been underneath with a wire brush and a tin of metal paint to make sure it stays that way. It's also had an oil change with expensive branded oil. I must be enamoured with the little thing. 

That was probably a few miles off going so count yourself lucky!

They always go like that on TU engines and even the newer DV PSA engines, the teeth strip off rather than the belt snapping altogether. 

Always bent valves on a TU as well!

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Yesterday I went to south of Norwich and back. No drama, no FTP, zero poo count. A bit tired was about the worst of it.

Probably wrong number of wheels and not shite but this followed me the 130 miles home:

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I'm velly, velly happy.

(Honourable mention to biker mate for trailer loan)

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After a weeks camping cleaned the inside of the mondeo.20230604_162046.thumb.jpg.7fb0884dbf38cd654babda66482ed381.jpg20230604_165929.thumb.jpg.593a244147a8061a2a77323087a034ae.jpg20230604_165947.thumb.jpg.a1e1759125fc6e5070a7dda24bdadbfa.jpg

Took an eternity to hoover 'cos our Dyson is turd. Resorted to using sellotape to get the dog hairs off the carpet. Used the auto glym on the leather - I have not touched the alcantara for now as I have ordered some solution for cleaning it.

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