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As it happens I took the winter cover off the Subaru yesterday and run him up and down the farm track. Not sure if it was stale fuel or the often moody Hitachi carb but he wasn't at all happy.

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It's still waiting for me to finish the repairs to the o/s rear inner wheel arch. I'd like to say this'll be the year but the new workshop is currently full of furniture and house hold tat.

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If you look out of my kitchen window there's a lone tree pretty much exactly a mile away on top of a hill. About five years ago my old neighbour told me I should walk there and "see who's name is below it" in a way that suggested it would be personally relevant to me.

I always intended to, but never got round to it.

Yesterday I found myself feeling the need to escape for a while, so I set off along the footpath that would lead me there.

Most of the journey there was fine, it was along an official ancient right of way that sees a reasonable amount of traffic, though I didn't see any other people. The next stretch was along a single track road with basically no traffic. I took a slight detour to sit by the reservoir for a moment, then trundled on.

Eventually I reached the edge of the fields the tree sits above, at this point there seemed to be no way of reaching it but walking up the margins of the fields and climbing a fence, which I duly did.

I reached the tree and inspected it thoroughly, no names to be seen. Just a couple of initials carved a long long time ago.

At this point I decided my neighbour was winding me up, and sat on a log to have a cigarette and take in the view. Then I spotted a cross made of cut timber lying face down in the undergrowth, so I flipped it over...

 

It was a cross for a dog named Gillie who died in 2019.

 

I'm not really sure what significance, if any, this has.

At least I got a good walk out of it.

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3 hours ago, reb said:

If you look out of my kitchen window there's a lone tree pretty much exactly a mile away on top of a hill. About five years ago my old neighbour told me I should walk there and "see who's name is below it" in a way that suggested it would be personally relevant to me.

I always intended to, but never got round to it.

Yesterday I found myself feeling the need to escape for a while, so I set off along the footpath that would lead me there.

Most of the journey there was fine, it was along an official ancient right of way that sees a reasonable amount of traffic, though I didn't see any other people. The next stretch was along a single track road with basically no traffic. I took a slight detour to sit by the reservoir for a moment, then trundled on.

Eventually I reached the edge of the fields the tree sits above, at this point there seemed to be no way of reaching it but walking up the margins of the fields and climbing a fence, which I duly did.

I reached the tree and inspected it thoroughly, no names to be seen. Just a couple of initials carved a long long time ago.

At this point I decided my neighbour was winding me up, and sat on a log to have a cigarette and take in the view. Then I spotted a cross made of cut timber lying face down in the undergrowth, so I flipped it over...

 

It was a cross for a dog named Gillie who died in 2019.

 

I'm not really sure what significance, if any, this has.

At least I got a good walk out of it.

At least next time you see the neighbour you can ask them about it.

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Looking on fb marketplace I spotted a nice free lander in my town, so message asked about it.. got a strange message reply.. so I thought smells bit fishy, ok ill bite and emailed with I'm asking about the car, but with no actual vehicle details... and then got all this in replys from 'janet' I thought nah I'll pass.. is it a scam?

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Perhaps this should go in the grumpy thread, but hoping to get this message out as wide as possible:

Mate's Transit stolen from outside his house in Biddulph, North Staffordshire, in the early hours of this morning

CV62KOD, a silver hi top T300 with fairly distinctive amber flashers everywhere and lots of red/yellow reflective chevrons on the back doors. He doesn't particularly want it back once the scrotes have ripped it to bits/stuffed it into a convenience store for the fags and booze, but the hand tools and clothes etc etc that were inside would be nice to get back.

BOLO please, as the yank police tv series like to say

Thanks

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17 hours ago, stuboy said:

Looking on fb marketplace I spotted a nice free lander in my town, so message asked about it.. got a strange message reply.. so I thought smells bit fishy, ok ill bite and emailed with I'm asking about the car, but with no actual vehicle details... and then got all this in replys from 'janet' I thought nah I'll pass.. is it a scam?

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You know what there aren't any of in WD19 4PJ? 

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Warehouses. Unless they're either subterranean, or camouflaged!

 

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Update: 1994 Tipo 1.4ie which FTP'd last July and was recovered to a garage:    Don't get too excited.  Hardly anything has happened except that I've had a brief discussion with the garage.  We agreed that as it was a 'back burner' job in a busy garage it was unlikely to receive attention in the foreseeable future.  In the next week (+/- a few days) it will be made accessible to a trailer or whatever so that I can have it transported to my house where I can tinker with it and generally ponder its future.  Towing is not possible because it is SORN'd and no longer MOT'd or insured. Although I've missed having the option of driving a vaguely interesting, practical, manual car, in all honesty it has been quite convenient to have just two cars outside the house.  My '61 Reliant is still with me and roadworthy/road legal but requires considerable enthusiasm to clear its way out of my garage, something which is lacking these days. It rarely gets driven.

Rather than just give up on the Tipo (it was tempting), I'm hoping that circumstances will allow something favourable to happen in the next several months. I can always polish it to improve my morale and extend its period of grace for a while.   

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On 18/03/2024 at 21:23, Nyphur said:

Any danger of letting us know what the connectivity problem was then? :)

No idea , I plugged it in whilst at the missus House and some update happened and it started to work.. smoke and mirrors stuff..

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34 minutes ago, vulgalour said:

Didn't take long to appear in this FB group again.  Might be time for some passive aggressive "As seen on Cars You Don't See Anymore" stickers.

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I piped up in ur defence.. if u recognised the name from my user name on here..lol 

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Rover 75 - OMGHGF update.

I can reveal that the MG Rover specialist in Derby are a bunch of out & out tossers  

 http://www.mg-rovermobilemechanics.com 

'Yes Mate, HGF innit, you can leave it with us, but I doubt we'll get round to it before xmas' . I was advised that with 'the dreaded vat it'd be £168'. Surprisingly the VAT was not itemised and there was no VAT number - Hmmm

Fuck right off then, I'll have it recovered to a bloke down the road who has no fear of anything. He has had it for about 3 weeks & has had it in a million pieces for much of that time. The new radiator, uprated fan & relay all turned out to be pants, he's replaced the lot again along with a temp sensor and all manner of other crap that I really don't even pretend to understand. It wasn't HGF, but whatever it was, has been well & truly sorted.

https://www.amosmotors.co.uk

Would recommend.

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1 hour ago, barefoot said:

Rover 75 - OMGHGF update.

I can reveal that the MG Rover specialist in Derby are a bunch of out & out tossers  

 http://www.mg-rovermobilemechanics.com 

'Yes Mate, HGF innit, you can leave it with us, but I doubt we'll get round to it before xmas' . I was advised that with 'the dreaded vat it'd be £168'. Surprisingly the VAT was not itemised and there was no VAT number - Hmmm

Fuck right off then, I'll have it recovered to a bloke down the road who has no fear of anything. He has had it for about 3 weeks & has had it in a million pieces for much of that time. The new radiator, uprated fan & relay all turned out to be pants, he's replaced the lot again along with a temp sensor and all manner of other crap that I really don't even pretend to understand. It wasn't HGF, but whatever it was, has been well & truly sorted.

https://www.amosmotors.co.uk

Would recommend.

Not at all fake* review by 'Kayleigh' who is 100% a real* person.

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Not at all fake* review by 'Kayleigh' who is 100% a real* person.
I think that's the owners.
I can reveal that the MG Rover specialist in Derby are a bunch of out & out tossers  
 http://www.mg-rovermobilemechanics.com 
'Yes Mate, HGF innit, you can leave it with us, but I doubt we'll get round to it before xmas' . I was advised that with 'the dreaded vat it'd be £168'. Surprisingly the VAT was not itemised and there was no VAT number - Hmmm
Sounds like there is a bit more going ons according to this post from yesterday:
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FAO all of my friends and loyal customers,
 
As you may know, Dave and I seperated last year, I don’t want to go into details as its obviously very personal and there are ongoing issues which still need to be resolved via the legal platform, I also, (whilst this goes without saying), need to keep things private for the sake of my children & their emotional wellbeing, as has been my priority since day one. 
 
However I am very much still in business as KD MOT Limited also trading as Mg-Rover Mobile Mechanics Limited and i am looking forward to continuing to help you to keep your vehicles safely on the road! We are based at the same location of, Unit 7 Endland Industrial Estate, Parcel Terrace, Derby, DE1 1LY and our contact details are as follows:
 
01332 207198 / 07519579029
KDMOT@HOTMAIL.COM 
KD MOT Limited 
MG-Rover Mobile Mechanics LTD 
 
 
Please do not use the old business phone number 07595708278 as it no longer puts you through to me. I have also recieved quite a few reports from customers stating that they are receiving factually incorrect & coercive information when they have tried to contact me on it, or have just been given the run-a-around & intenionally inconvenienced to cause damage to our reputation or to force that custom elsewhere, (see attached a couple of these messages for reference), so therefore, to avoid further issues or confusion, please block and delete the number completely as i am currently in the legal process of having it removed, barred and all methods of advertising updated to our new number. 
 
Finally, to be clear we are open 9am to 5pm Monday - Friday for MOTs, maintenance, servicing & repairs as usual – nothing has changed other than our contact number! We will be adding a recovery truck to our fleet to enable us to collect & return vehicles for repair / MOT in the very near future & mobile work is still running as usual but temporarily within a shorter mileage radius than normal while we sort out logistics. 
 
Our team is here for you and happy to help, we are:
 
* Kayleigh (Sole Owner & MOT Tester)
 
* Paul (Service Manager, MOT Tester & Technician)
 
* Martin (Technician & Electrical Fault Specialist)
 
Please share with friends and fellow MG owners! Thank you.




Highlighting is mine.
 
Reads to me that someone is being a jerk to her. Perhaps let her know your conversation as it might help her case with someone trying to destroy her business and lively hood.
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This garage was recommended by someone on here, to someone else ages ago  and I made note of it long before I actually bought the car. When I took the car in, there were pictures of Dave and a very different looking Kaylie. But hey, you live and learn and I won't be going back.

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Oo juicy.

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Looking at her profile, it looks like she's going out with someone that works at KD MOT too. Probably can guess what is and why it's happening. 

It isn't just her who runs the garage. There looks to be at least 2 other mechanics there too. 

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Piaggio van failed MOT today on O/S headlamp and 2 front tyres (which I knew were low) with an advisory on the N/S headlamp. Headlamps are made of unobtanium - but I have a pair squirrelled away for just such a contingency. MOT place's tyre suppliers don't now list 155x12 8-ply - no problem, said I, I'll go to my usual tyre place (estd 1925) as I've done for decades: "Sorry, none of our suppliers list that size now". Bollocks. Black circles, here I come - unless someone recommends anywhere else?

Edit: BC only do car tyres in that size, not 8 ply. Found Nankang cw25s on Camskil, £171.40 for 4 delivered. Am happy with Nankang, anyone had problems with Camskill?

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1 hour ago, SiC said:

Our team is here for you and happy to help, we are:
 
* Kayleigh (Sole Owner & MOT Tester)
 
* Paul (Service Manager, MOT Tester & Technician)
 
* Martin (Technician & Electrical Fault Specialist)
 

It was Paul who worked on my car. He seemed a nice bloke & gave me a lift back to the bus station however, I suspect that he may be just a little prone to exaggeration. He told me that he'd previously worked as a chauffeur. Now pay attention to the numbers. He told me that he'd been provided with a Mercedes S class which had 200k on the clock. When he returned the car a year later it had 160k. So that's 960,000 in 12 months. I went home & got out my calculator and assuming he worked 48 weeks of the year, he'd have been driving 20,000 miles a week, which is 4,000 miles a day. Assuming that he drove everywhere at 70 mph without stopping for fuel, he'd have to put in 57 hours a day...

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Surely there can't be much of a market left for K-series HG replacement? Almost all MG Rovers must nearly all had them done at least once by now and they're really thinning out numbers now too. 

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