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1 hour ago, Shirley Knott said:

I must admit I keep an eye on the Lupos MOT results each year (A bit like stalking a former partner on social media- Only more creepy?)

I pretty much do this with all of my old cars, and out of a list of a dozen there's somehow only two of them that aren't still on the road 

Either way I was delighted to see the clean pass on Monday! It's a great little car and it honestly used to attract favourable comments wherever we went in it.... Surely it's earned a new timing belt/pump by now?

 

Yes I do think the Lupo deserves a new timing belt and water pump now. I still don’t like the idea of doing that job myself for fear of messing up the injector pump timing. There is a VW specialist just a couple of miles from me, I’m minded to get a quote to change the belt. The shell of the the car is still ok somehow even at this advanced age, which is nice. The brakes are still the horrible spongy items they always were, but I can manage that. Maybe some fresh control arms would be in order too.

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2 minutes ago, AnnoyingPentium said:

Mine were really bad. Had the rear cylinders replaced and they're miles better, even if I'm not used to it. Lol.

You have a point regarding the rear brakes. I’m not sure whether the cylinders are bad, one was replaced just before I got it. I find the rear brakes hard to get to auto adjust, and that might be a clue. I remember seeing the MOT tester check the rear wheel bearings. Tight as a drum, but absolutely zero drag on the brakes. I’m quite used to the brakes now, but driving anything else does provide a stark reminder that yes, they are not good. I’m actually more keen to make the suspension less loosey-goosey. The amount of lean on the thing is truly hilarious at times! I never got round to replacing the rear shocks and they are still sitting in the shed. I should probably start there!

 

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Just now, Broadsword said:

You have a point regarding the rear brakes.

I'm just going off of what mine failed on today. Mind you, mine were really diabolical.

2 minutes ago, Broadsword said:

I’m quite used to the brakes now, but driving anything else does provide a stark reminder that yes, they are not good.

Now that mine are sorted I've been swinging from the seat belt and stopping miles away from junctions. Lol.

2 minutes ago, Broadsword said:

I’m actually more keen to make the suspension less loosey-goosey. The amount of lean on the thing is truly hilarious at times!

Mine is a bit like that. Good tyres help a lot if you're on the 185/60/14s like I was on, I'm now on 195/50/15s and it handles much better. Still like driving jelly at times, but a good laugh if you know how to drive it right. :)

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Many, many things have been happening! First thing's first. I only own one car as of about 30 minutes ago. What's worse the one car I own is the Range Rover P38 (still the same LPG 4.0 manual from earlier), what could be more dangerous?! Everything else has been liquidated, even the Lupo (sorry @Shirley Knott). The fun thing about the Lupo is that it was bought by someone very local and it is now a delivery vehicle on the weekends, so it's having a proper Norse funeral, and I think a very appropriate endgame for it. I see it dashing in and out of the local pizza takeaway every weekend.

The P38 wouldn't sell, but one does actually need a mode of transport. There is a little runabout I get to borrow lots, which take the pressure off it a bit.

So, there is no fleet, no Jaguars either. Briefly there was a black XJR6, but it is making way for a very exciting project.

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  • Broadsword changed the title to Broadsword's Fleet Thread - Down to One Car!
1 hour ago, Broadsword said:

 Everything else has been liquidated, even the Lupo (sorry @Shirley Knott). The fun thing about the Lupo is that it was bought by someone very local and it is now a delivery vehicle on the weekends, so it's having a proper Norse funeral, and I think a very appropriate endgame for it. I see it dashing in and out of the local pizza takeaway every weekend.

 

That's awesome- It's probably the perfect car for such things and the idea of it being used to bring people joy via the medium of pizza makes me smile.

Good luck with running a P38 as a daily, WCPGW?

 

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  • Broadsword changed the title to Broadsword's Fleet Thread

The one car fleet nonsense didn't last long. Let me explain... The Range Rover broke down. I said this would happen, and then for some reason I let it happen.

Thursday evening, the Rangie starts to get bouncy, it keeps trying to top up with air without success. Still upright, but quite bouncy. By the end of play the air compressor was making an almighty sound. Quick diagnostic check to confirm, then 5 mins to remove the pump. It's spectacularly broken despite being relatively new (2016). I now know the modern Dunlop pumps aren't particularly reliable. By now the EAS had thrown a hard fault and the suspension deflated. Driving a P38 like this feel like what I'd imagine Lewis Hamilton has been experiencing in his Merc wheeliebin this year..

The P38 is actually a very easy fix and diagnosis only took 5 odd minutes. It's really not a problem as such. If I had a spare pump I would have been sorted that evening. However I think the Rangie is giving a clear signal not to daily it. I agree. Also LPG supplies are too much of a headache to be relying on them.

Thursday evening and Friday all day looking for cars and yep it's a really tough market for a cheap daily. Many of small hatchbacks that were £600-£1000 in 2021 are double that now. I kind of wanted a 107/C1/Aygo mainly for simplicity's sake, but good luck with that for sensible money at short notice. Also travel to very far away was not an option.

So here's what I've got now. A 2007 Saab 9-3 convertible 1.9 TiD 150 flavour. Cheaper one of these than a decent 107/C1/Aygo ironically. It's reasonably tidy and drives lovely and even has service history. Engine excellent, nice to have a six speed and the handling is quite a lot better than the last Saab convertible I had. It feels slightly heavy, so I like to think they strengthened the chassis a bit after chopping the roof off. So far it's revealed two foibles. The airbag light came on as soon as I adjusted the seat to my position and there are a couple pinholes in the EGR elbow  pipe (apparently a common fault). Other than that it just needs a service and good clean. I like it.

In other news Ceri will be delivering something very special on Monday. Annoyingly I'm out of the country till the weekend, so can't get my hands on it.

 

 

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I’m told there can be a little end float on the rod with these Dunlop units just due to poor quality. The bearing itself seemed ok. A really strange failure overall. The replacement I’ve ordered is the older Lucas pump, which apparently is better quality. I’ll rebuild the replacement pump before chucking it in the car.

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  • Broadsword changed the title to Broadsword's Fleet Thread - Jag XJR Factory Manual Joins the Fleet

The Saab is currently still running well and quite enjoyable to drive. It's a stopgap though. I'll part it for something very cheap to run when I trip over something. Better not to be too pushed to find what you are looking for like when all your cars have broken down!

Now may I introduce what might just be peak Jaguar for me..

Not long ago @worldofceri (many thanks again!) dropped off this very ratty looking Jag XJR. Looks terrible I hear you cry. Have a peek underneath...

Every part of the underside has been refreshed. It's a rust free shell, factory manual XJR6, which is basically a new car underneath. Engine and gearbox have been out in the process and have everything attended to (the engine internals were obviously fine this being an X300, the supercharger had been rebuilt just prior to taking off the road). Subframes have been dropped and and all new joints, bushes, springs, shockers, every nut and bolt, all the brakes, exhaust. Everything has been done. I took it for an MOT yesterday and the guys there were suitable impressed. Suffice to say it passed. The car has been off the road since 2007 so the first drive was terrifying. So much work done and completely untested. It was all fine though amazingly! Still loads of dialling in, adjustments, alignment etc, but it's all there. The car needs a full respray now. I'm open to suggestion on someone to do the respray, it's very difficult to get a good dialogue going with anyone. There are some good places near me, some too expensive and not available for a long time, others on budget but again booked for quite a long time. This should become one of the best X300s out there once the cosmetics are attended to!

 

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New Jag looks like an absolute cracker! Glad it's finally arrived and got an MOT pass! How's it feel to drive, bet its lovely on all new suspension. Has it been rebuilt with all standard bushes/original spec bilsteins or upgraded?

Are you going to keep it on the pentas? I've got a spare set of the correct wheels if you wanted any, going to fit the BBS rims from the donor car onto mine 

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1 hour ago, straightSix said:

New Jag looks like an absolute cracker! Glad it's finally arrived and got an MOT pass! How's it feel to drive, bet its lovely on all new suspension. Has it been rebuilt with all standard bushes/original spec bilsteins or upgraded?

Are you going to keep it on the pentas? I've got a spare set of the correct wheels if you wanted any, going to fit the BBS rims from the donor car onto mine 

I've got the correct wheels but they were on ancient tyres and the wheels need a refurb, so I put on this emergency set of Pentas just to get me through the test. The car hasn't had its alignment done or been tested on proper rubber so I can't say how it really drives just yet. Even in it's compromised state though it's nice. It's all original spec parts underneath, all brand new. I'll get a few more miles on it this weekend to for a shake down. The plan is to run by a few bodyshops near my to get quotes for the respray. 

By the way. Is anyone here planning on selling a cheap Aygo/107/C1 in the near future?

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Took the Jag out again for more shakedown driving (any excuse!) and popped to a local body shop for a respray estimate. Apparently it takes a day or so to get an estimate after looking round the car.. 

The clutch pedal will still stick down once in a while and the clutch fluid is a little cloudy. I'm saying it needs at least a clutch master cylinder. For the Getrag 290 they are NLA, but Simply Performance sells a kit that fits with minor modifications. Other than that still keeping in mind the tracking hasn't been done and the tyres are rubbish, it's still amazing to drive. I can't quite get over how fast it is, and it doesn't even have an Andy Bracket yet. It's a bloody missile of a thing. My thinking is that the supercharger rebuild just before being laid up has made a big difference. It sounds quite a bit different when it spools up and just propels you along. I've tried to video it, but you can very quickly get up to 80-90 and it looks/sounds like it's barely trying.

Here's hoping a reasonable quote comes through for the respray the Jag deserves and things can move forward. It's just as exciting to drive as I hoped.

The Saab is only doing 36 MPG in mixed driving, which isn't good enough. A quick survey on the Saab Facefriend group suggest it should do a minimum of 40 MPG and lots more on a long run. Someone did point out a leaking EGR elbow pipe might bring the fuel economy down massively. I need to fix ASAP. I might do that next weekend. I did manage to reshell the key, very easy and the old one was falling to pieces.

The Range Rover bust the main inlet hose to the LPG tank (don't ask what that looks like when filling up). I removed the pipe today. Really shocking, it has completely disintegrated. The mistake is that the pipe mostly runs on the outside of the car and will eventually rot.

 

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