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Andy's awful autos: A treat for the feet.


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I began to browse ebay for carpet ideas when a listing for 3 rather old samples came up, a quick measure and i felt these would be perfect as they have binded edges so would look a little neater than normal home carpet. One chopped in half was the exact perfect fit for the rears. The fronts fit nice too.

I washed and scrubbed the bits of original carpet i was going to re use and cutup the old rear floor sections which i used to re do the gear tunnel and the two front seat mounts. The nearside footwell carpet was chopped up and used to do the a pillar trim. 

What did we get then?

Axminster baby!

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The sample i used in the back was the exact width of the seat box to front seat mounts. Pure fluke. I may try a bit of blue fabric dye on the lighter bits of the old carpet, i seem to recall @vulgalour dyeing carpet in his thread. 

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Im well happy with the results. My back however is not! 

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  • Andyrew changed the title to Andy's awful autos: A treat for the feet.

Shoe'd have guessed

With the interior done, front end brakes sorted, engine bay stuff sorted. With the arrival of new correct length rear hoses i decided now to have a look into the rear brakes, the handbrake only pulls one side, and i got the vibe that an overhaul is on the cards.  A bit of ebay searching brings up loads listed by borg and beck/trw etc etc. With the listings gave some cross references which appeared to show they are the same as a mini (you can see where this is going) 

@Mrs6C drum removal too was used and mucho brake cleaner hosed in as im guessing these are asbestos shoes. Sure enough the shoes are toast. 

And sure enough they arent the same as a mini . . Dingleberries. I do some more sleuthing at work but all the ones i can find online that arent old stock suggest they are the same as a mini but i appear to have 8 inch/203mm drums. 

Will speak to a shoe relining company that appears to be fairly local tomorrow and see what they charge. 

 

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Tanks for asking. 

When i fitted the new rad the plastic overflow was looking fairly grubby and was mostly painted blue. I popped it off to swill out the shite in there and clean off the overspray, the inlet pipe was a steel tube that goes down inside the inlet into the bottle, this had swollen and made the plastic inlet brittle. 

Upon trying to gently remove the hose the inlet broke, of course it did, why wouldnt it? 

Epoxys and other stuff always give me cause for concern. So more money later and an earlier car brass tank was obtained covered in spider shite, i decided to just wizz the paint off and embrace the lovely brass. Unlike the plastic tank These have a spearate bracket so a NOS one of these was also purchased. I had previously purchased some green overflow pipe so added a smide of this to point direct to the ground, Sexy. 

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I'm absolutely loving the updates on the old VdP !

After fifty years of owners who bodged things together to keep it going, the poor old car certainly deserves your doing things properly !

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5 years on

It was only today that i realise its been 5 years owning this old steed this month.  It started out scruffy and went to being kept very clean back to being slightly scruffy, its used pretty much every day and does about 250 miles a week. 

Hands down the best car ive every owned, its just a dependable old thing. Grot is setting in but i plan to treat that and get at least another two years out of it and hit the 200k mark. 

Some new boots and a rear axle love is next on the list.  Must be said things a bit crusty in the rear. They were when i got the car and things havent improved.

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Crusty.

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Plan B

Earlier in this thread i mentioned TZY the sprinter being turned into a camper. While id still love to do this, the expenditure in tax, insurance , the flywheel and then the welding plus conversion is a big chuck to swallow. The vans still here its just on the shelf for the moment. 

I dont get out and about as much as i should and really like to go check some places out. Ebay browsing found me looking at roof tents which hover in the 750 plus area used. I contemplated it but kept putting of such an expense. 

A visit to costco and they had them in. I decided this was fate and returned with a mate to buy one. 

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Saturday another friend who likes camping came over to help/take the piss.  Id googled some reviews and the tentbox stuff seems well regarded. Quality does seem very good, time will tell.20240608_201853.jpg.cade94dfbf699a07b14a53cde6c58d49.jpg

And packed away

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Sunday had been kept clear to work on two friends cars. However both bailed on me, great. 

With a now open day a campsite was booked and off the cotswold i shall fuck. 

Check oil and coolant. Kick front tyre **thunk** ohhh dear, seem the track rod was shot, like a cock in a sock. Oddly ive only heard a light knock every so often. 

Luckily i had one in the workshop so a quick workshop visit and 15mins later its done. Lets go!

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I wanted somewhere i could make a brew and still put stuff in the boot, id been thinking i would make something that can house stuff but be removable. But given id had litterally a couple of hours (id been baking a coffee cake in the morning) i needed a quick solution so i errrr . . . well . . .

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Yes, i went on holiday with my tv stand. 

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45 minutes ago, Andyrew said:

I wanted somewhere i could make a brew and still put stuff in the boot, id been thinking i would make something that can house stuff but be removable. But given id had litterally a couple of hours (id been baking a coffee cake in the morning) i needed a quick solution so i errrr . . . well . . .

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Yes, i went on holiday with my tv stand. 

That's actually genius and if you don't fancy lifting your telly onto the floor each time you know roughly what you need to fabricate!

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12 minutes ago, Dan302 said:

That's actually genius and if you don't fancy lifting your telly onto the floor each time you know roughly what you need to fabricate!

Get an Orange box for the telly.

Are Orange boxes still a thing? Used to be threpence each. Everyone used them as bedside cabinets 70 years ago.

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1 hour ago, Mally said:

 

Are Orange boxes still a thing? Used to be threpence each. Everyone used them as bedside cabinets 70 years ago.

Recycled cardboard now, sadly

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