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Gave the Zafira a one-bucket wrong un yesterday.  Or rather I would have done if my bucket hadn't gained a hole in the bottom from being bounced around the garden by Storm Whateverthefuckitsnamewas the other week.  So I had to use a washing up bowl instead, so it took a bit longer but the car looks slightly more respectable now.

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The list of jobs for an MOT has increased though - the little reflector which sits in front of the dipped headlight bulb has fallen off on the driver's side so it might need a replacement headlight, and the centre seat belt in the second row seems to be stuck.

No further progress on the Z4 suspension - I was going to try and get the top spring plate off the old strut, but my spring compressors won't work on the spring - because of the design of the strut the compressors can only grab two coils and then the claws run out of travel before any meaningful compression has taken place.  I can grab three coils in one spot but that then just bends the spring over.

I pulled the cover off the Lexmoto 125 thing I bought last year - it's been sat untouched with a cover over it in the back garden since October.  To my surprise, with the fuel switched on and a bit of choke it fired up after half a dozen kicks and ran fine.  The tyres even still had air in them.  So it might actually be worth me sorting it out and getting it back on the road in the spring.  Another project is just* what I need...  Mind you the Spacy turns 40 on Tuesday so at least that won't need MOTing this year.

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On 08/02/2024 at 13:04, Split_Pin said:

Busy lunchtime.

Replaced the armrest. It has no clip to keep it closed but I think you can buy a repair kit on ebay.

Replaced the mashed and bodged mirror glass. As said it had a poor quality stick on piece of glass over the smashed original. I didn't need the whole mirror in the end but it's handy to have I guess.

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Replaced battery cover.

I can't work out how this is supposed to stay in place as it doesn't.

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Nothings broken behind. Might just have to run a bead of silicone down the edge.

The drivers carpet is still wet. Ignoring that one for now.

Sorry about the sideways photos. They are the right way up on my phone.

Just a heads up for you incase you don't know on these, it's worth pulling up the passenger carpet and checking the CCM (comfort/convenience control module) is dry and that there is no water ingress in there. If there is, then dry it out at the very least before it's too late! 

The CCM is not unique to the cabriolet in itself, but they are not interchangeable with the much cheaper units available from hatch models. Water entry into the passenger footwell is very common and it predictably nukes that module and causes all the roof, window and locking electrics to malfunction and leaves the doors deadlocked, the glovebox lock motor to run constantly and drain the battery, etc etc. Stuff you don't want to happen

Second hand units are rare, and very expensive when they do come up. (£2/300) Brand new they are eye wateringly expensive. I can't remember exactly but I want to say £500 or £800!? So it's well worth firstly checking your module for any signs of damp, and grabbing the part number off it while you're at it to maybe keep an eye out for an underpriced second hand one from a breaker to keep as a spare if the car is a keeper

Hope that helps! 

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12 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Gave the Zafira a one-bucket wrong un yesterday.  Or rather I would have done if my bucket hadn't gained a hole in the bottom from being bounced around the garden by Storm Whateverthefuckitsnamewas the other week.  So I had to use a washing up bowl instead, so it took a bit longer but the car looks slightly more respectable now.

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The list of jobs for an MOT has increased though - the little reflector which sits in front of the dipped headlight bulb has fallen off on the driver's side so it might need a replacement headlight, and the centre seat belt in the second row seems to be stuck.

No further progress on the Z4 suspension - I was going to try and get the top spring plate off the old strut, but my spring compressors won't work on the spring - because of the design of the strut the compressors can only grab two coils and then the claws run out of travel before any meaningful compression has taken place.  I can grab three coils in one spot but that then just bends the spring over.

I pulled the cover off the Lexmoto 125 thing I bought last year - it's been sat untouched with a cover over it in the back garden since October.  To my surprise, with the fuel switched on and a bit of choke it fired up after half a dozen kicks and ran fine.  The tyres even still had air in them.  So it might actually be worth me sorting it out and getting it back on the road in the spring.  Another project is just* what I need...  Mind you the Spacy turns 40 on Tuesday so at least that won't need MOTing this year.

I found it really easy to sort out the struts on my E36.

 

I dropped all the parts off with my tame mechanic and came back a few days later when I was next passing.

He has a proper floor mounted set of hydraulic spring compressors. Nae fucking about.

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14 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Gave the Zafira a one-bucket wrong un yesterday.  Or rather I would have done if my bucket hadn't gained a hole in the bottom from being bounced around the garden by Storm Whateverthefuckitsnamewas the other week.  So I had to use a washing up bowl instead, so it took a bit longer but the car looks slightly more respectable now.

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The list of jobs for an MOT has increased though - the little reflector which sits in front of the dipped headlight bulb has fallen off on the driver's side so it might need a replacement headlight, and the centre seat belt in the second row seems to be stuck.

No further progress on the Z4 suspension - I was going to try and get the top spring plate off the old strut, but my spring compressors won't work on the spring - because of the design of the strut the compressors can only grab two coils and then the claws run out of travel before any meaningful compression has taken place.  I can grab three coils in one spot but that then just bends the spring over.

I pulled the cover off the Lexmoto 125 thing I bought last year - it's been sat untouched with a cover over it in the back garden since October.  To my surprise, with the fuel switched on and a bit of choke it fired up after half a dozen kicks and ran fine.  The tyres even still had air in them.  So it might actually be worth me sorting it out and getting it back on the road in the spring.  Another project is just* what I need...  Mind you the Spacy turns 40 on Tuesday so at least that won't need MOTing this year.

 

If the struts are similiar to the ones on the E90 they're a bastard and the reason I have a dent in the side of my Megane. I found the only way to get them to compress far enough to get the top nut off is to put the top jaw of compressors on the top plate. I have spring  compressors like this and it's possible but you have to keep an eye on the jaws and wind each compressor on very slows. If you don't the top plate will come off under 18 mega ton of pressure and scud your daily driver parked 10 meters away on the door leaving a decent dent before landing on next door sheds roof.  Outcomes may vary but I would recommend getting someone with the proper garage type compressor tool to do it. 

I managed to do both sides multiple times but it was sketchy as anything I used always aim  the strut out the garage door. 

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19 hours ago, wuvvum said:

I pulled the cover off the Lexmoto 125 thing I bought last year - it's been sat untouched with a cover over it in the back garden since October.  To my surprise, with the fuel switched on and a bit of choke it fired up after half a dozen kicks and ran fine.  The tyres even still had air in them.  So it might actually be worth me sorting it out and getting it back on the road in the spring.

please do it as i need enthusium to sort mine out.

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Visited an antique / collectable place today. Wife purchased this for £18 as she has a thing for the vulcan.

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All bits are there but somebody has started it so I will have no guilt about opening bags etc.

Bonus as well - you can do a version from 617 sdn - anti flash white with blue steel stand off weapon. And that's what I will be doing.

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I’m a man who needs a bit of time pressure. So I booked an MoT for tomorrow for the 2CV. Only minor issue was that the 2CV wasn’t actually running as of this morning…. It had conked out running on one, and wouldn’t behave before I put it away for winter.

So… derobe and let’s get busy! 
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Decided to renew some of the ignition system, I was confident the after market coil was good, (but had a spare ready in case) so set about renewing the plugs and leads which looked very past their best. The battery too wasn’t in the first flush of youth, so that was replaced also. I expected the plugs to be a challenge, the visible part of the plus was rusted… amazingly they came out easily and fired up into its normal puttering idle.

I also replaced the air box as the one it came with 5 years ago was held together by duct tape and at some point I picked up a better one, pinching the innards from one of the projects… and then took it on a short run to check it continued to run well. Which it did! 
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Checked the MoT list and that’s when the most challenging job occurred. The headlight bulb needed replacing… (which was odd as it worked absolutely fine last time I used it.) but the connectors for various bits kept falling off every time I put it back on! Sorted eventually… think we’re test ready! Guess we’ll find out tomorrow! 

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1 hour ago, brownnova said:

I’m a man who needs a bit of time pressure. So I booked an MoT for tomorrow for the 2CV. Only minor issue was that the 2CV wasn’t actually running as of this morning…. It had conked out running on one, and wouldn’t behave before I put it away for winter.

So… derobe and let’s get busy! 
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Decided to renew some of the ignition system, I was confident the after market coil was good, (but had a spare ready in case) so set about renewing the plugs and leads which looked very past their best. The battery too wasn’t in the first flush of youth, so that was replaced also. I expected the plugs to be a challenge, the visible part of the plus was rusted… amazingly they came out easily and fired up into its normal puttering idle.

I also replaced the air box as the one it came with 5 years ago was held together by duct tape and at some point I picked up a better one, pinching the innards from one of the projects… and then took it on a short run to check it continued to run well. Which it did! 
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Checked the MoT list and that’s when the most challenging job occurred. The headlight bulb needed replacing… (which was odd as it worked absolutely fine last time I used it.) but the connectors for various bits kept falling off every time I put it back on! Sorted eventually… think we’re test ready! Guess we’ll find out tomorrow! 

Presumably you have a 2cv knowledge able mot tester? I take the old cars to hengoed if you need somewhere, but it’s probably a way from you.

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2 hours ago, richardmorris said:

Presumably you have a 2cv knowledge able mot tester? I take the old cars to hengoed if you need somewhere, but it’s probably a way from you.

He’s tested mine for the last few years, so becoming more knowledgeable each year! . He’s pretty good with older cars, I dread him retiring! 

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On 11/02/2024 at 23:59, wuvvum said:

  Or rather I would have done if my bucket hadn't gained a hole in the bottom from being bounced around the garden by Storm Whateverthefuckitsnamewas the other week. 

There's a song in there somewhere I'm sure... 😛

Had a rare day in Glasgow where it wasn't raining so I went out and attempted to improve the SLK's headlights, which are atrocious.
I'd got a little eBay kit of drill mounted mops for a fiver and being too tight to invest the £20 in an actual headlamp restoration kit set about them with a combination of a tube of Lidl's finest own brand toothpaste and some baking soda and I have to say the results were most impressive. The lenses weren't as bad as some I've seen but now I can see the reflectors inside them so hopefully the next stage of uprated bulbs will give me a fighting chance of being able to see if they're actually switched on.

No photos because my hands were covered in toothpaste...

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13 hours ago, Bren said:

Visited an antique / collectable place today. Wife purchased this for £18 as she has a thing for the vulcan.

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All bits are there but somebody has started it so I will have no guilt about opening bags etc.

Bonus as well - you can do a version from 617 sdn - anti flash white with blue steel stand off weapon. And that's what I will be doing.

If she has a thing for Vulcans, Solway Air Museum up near Carlisle do cockpit tours of one.  It’s brilliant and I highly recommend it.

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40 minutes ago, GrumpiusMaximus said:

If she has a thing for Vulcans, Solway Air Museum up near Carlisle do cockpit tours of one.  It’s brilliant and I highly recommend it.

My wife has a thing for C-130 and A400Ms so that may well be right up her street (and mine). Stopping just down the road in June so it's a 'must do' - thank you

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5 hours ago, Nyphur said:

What do they do in the unit opposite that has this steady stream of ££££ cars coming and going?

I believe it's storage for RM Sotheby's auctions when awaiting it's day for going under the hammer. 

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On the ramp… following a reminder that the handbrake is on the front on these… 

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Its a PASS!

Usual advisory for King pin lift…

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Penultimate compulsory MoT completed! 

Only 737 miles between MoTs! The lowest since the online records began and only just over half the mileage of the previous couple of years. I think this is a pointer that I need to use it more! 

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I am visiting family in Lincs. Down the road is Halls Garage, an MG specialist. I popped in to say 'hi' and promised I'd return with the Maestro once the weather improves. They were really friendly bearing in mind we dropped in unannounced. 

It's an interesting little place. Service and repair garage for 'normals' with a forecourt of BL chod thoroughbred sports cars. Nice little 'mini museum' inside. 

Recommended - it's on the A15 north of Bourne. 

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3 hours sodding about with the galaxy, and it started and ran fine took it down the road, and then start lacking power and running rough... im fed up with it now, the loom I bought wasn't lining up so I refitted the old one...

Physically it's killing me...lol

 

Time for a new vehicle... sports car... 48 is it midlife crisis time...lol

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1 hour ago, grogee said:

I am visiting family in Lincs. Down the road is Halls Garage, an MG specialist.

A friend of mine used to work there for years and Halls have been there even longer than that.  Said friend is in a different field of work these days and enjoying their new job.

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