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On 8/16/2020 at 11:49 PM, Fumbler said:

Shame that, as it has an expiry of 2022 and was around £2.00. Didn't even specify on Toolstation that it was a 1mm disc so that's annoying. Oh well, when I get back from Wales I'll break it in half and toss it into the bin as its replacements are arriving while I'm away.

I've used far worse - just run them against a sharp edge of 6mm plate very carefully to true it up again !

Then again I regulary misuse 0.8mm discs for grinding out stop-start weld defects which probably isn't recommended either...

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14 minutes ago, coalnotdole said:

I've used far worse - just run them against a sharp edge of 6mm plate very carefully to true it up again !

Then again I regulary misuse 0.8mm discs for grinding out stop-start weld defects which probably isn't recommended either...

It's definitely not the worst of chips but I somehow think that it'll either wear down super quickly or fly apart if I continue using it, even if it's just for cutting! In a fit of madness I've bought another 6mm grinding disc at a local tool merchant so I have two replacements for the defective disc now. This time I think I'll toss it in the bin.

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2 minutes ago, Noel Tidybeard said:

given that it says 115 x 1,9mm i would say it isn't a 1mm disc anyway!

You're right, it isn't 1mm after all! Idiot me.

 

The replacements definitely aren't 1 or 1.9 mm either; they're 3.4210526315789473684210526315789 times thicker.

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Decided now was the best* time to fix the crossmember. It went well*

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After some hard whacking with a long toffee hammer I opened up another hole (left) and made the one I discovered over half a year ago a but bigger. What's weird is that in this spot there's no direct spot for noisture to enter and the main structural steel inside is fine: The thinner outer skin has corroded away. The only way I can think of it rotting out like that is through waterpooling up and seeping in the open seam where the holes are. Weird.
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Some cutting turned this...
Into this!
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This newly formed drain hole was cut square and will serve a useful purpose later on.

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Some wirewheeling and Cardboard Aided Design had us make some repair sections which overlap the cleaned steel. Time to break out the welder.

 

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Tacked into place, shaped and then fully welded. Looks horrible, I know. Had to cut bits of bumper out to get access but it turned out good enough, plus I gave both patches a damn good thrashing with the panel hammer and they didn't budge or cave in. Happy times.

 

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Some zinc primer

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And a colour to blend it in really well with the rest of the metal! I'll go back tomorrow to close off the square hole with some metal and self tappers as it's really good for a wax injection lance to reach in and spray far and wide. Tomorrow morning I'll brush on some warm and runny wax undercoat which should conceal everything from view, while protecting it.

 

Things learned:
Accessibility: bastard
Definitely a bumper-off job next time I do it which'll be soon-ish
Welding upside down is the worst thing ever
Next time, do welded repairs before undercoating as it gets everywhere when the metal gets hot.
 

 

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Today was MoT day! First order of business: finish the work I left off last night. This involved, firstly, some Jamie Oliver style cooking:
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Followed by adding too much thinner and having to wait for the Dynax UB wax to harden up a bit more.

 

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Two coats applied, 15 minutes apart, while warm, which should help it seep into the (many) welding pores. Paint had dried nicely in the warm garage which was a plus. I'll overcoat again tomorrow as per instruction.

 

Then it was time to put it in for its MoT, which it duly passed
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Although it seems I'll need to take apart the NSR drum apart to give it a clean. Tester blames it on the lack of use it's had meaning it's probably seized or binding up. For reference, the OSR drum gave 100KG effort, the NSR gave 60-75KG which was apparently "just passable."

 

For those wondering about my welds of dubious integrity, be rest assured that they are only temporary until I can find an indoor area where I can take the bumper off, jack the car up, and have all the required access for a grinder and all those necessary items. Full-on replacement of the crossmember is on the cards but this'll hopefully slow the eventuality of that happening too soon.

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Apprenticeship date is coming quickly so I pressed on with a few bits. Firstly, finished the crossmsmber for now by screwing on the drain access panel I made by welding some broken Meccano together fabricated. Looks utter shit but, fortunately, the area it's on is fairly non-structural-
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Coated in grease inside and out juuuuust in case tinworm tries sets in. I don't want to cover it in undercoat because I want it to remain visible enough that I know where to look should I need to go in the crossmember ever again.

Then looked at the NSR brake assembly. Looks rather clean after a scrub with cleaner!
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MoT said the effort it produces was sub par so some stamping on the brakes by Father Fumbler and observation by me revealed that the cylinder is seized on one side. A quick look on Carparts4Less gives me a new one for just over £11.00 so that's been bought. 

Also got some new tyres fitted. Went with these lovely Nokian all-season tyres and they're lovely to drive on. If @HarmonicCheeseburger is still on the lookout for tyres, these were £42 a corner on Openio. Have a picture or 3:
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Nice deep treads. The difference is phenominal- no more wheel wobble (bad balancing and a flat spot or two), road noise has gone down, the ride is tons more comfortable and it's definitely a lot grippier. Manages potholes with ease now! Really happy with this Swedish rubber.

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Attached the NSR wheel to the drum while it was still in the air after some adjustment. It's alright, but the stop time for this side is something like 4 seconds, whereas the OSR is 1.5, both going the same speed. It'll do for now until the new parts arrive tomorrow... hopefully!

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Kind of an impulse thing, but some Bilt Hamber aerosol arrived in the post earlier this afternoon so I had at it and filled up every cavity and void I could think of with copious amounts of runny, sticky, greasy wax. As a direct result, the car has marked its territory!
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When I shut the boot, wax pissed everywhere:
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So I've left it open till sundown. That should* do the trick.

 

The main aim was to get the crossmember flooded with the stuff so that was duly done.
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Went all the way up, down, across, sideways, diagonally and as far as possible with the improved injection wand. It's still dripping now and the areas I had repaired were filled up a good inch of the runny stuff. It's seeped into every seam, crack and cavity now, unlike last time. Also proves how open the seams in the crossmember are. Every gap was dripping by the time I had emptied the can.

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There's going to be a rather conspicuous outline when I drive again tomorrow. I hope the parents don't mind too much... I can imagine the same will happen on a hot day too.

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  • 1 month later...

Brake job. Took but an hour or two all in all. One ugga dugga later and the wheel was off revealing crustiness.
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Mmm... shiny new tools.

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Old one out. Quite crusty.

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New one in. Nice and clean.
 

Brakes bled, no more skidding and the wheels stop well now.  Job jobbed.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks: 29/10 ~Cylinders
  • 3 weeks later...

So the Micra -very noisily- buzzed me up to Bridgwater on what has, quite possibly, been the longest journey it's ever done in its life. Things I've noticed:

  • Overtaking a lorry on the A303 is the scariest experience ever.
  • Driving in the autumn on the A303 is brilliant apart from driving head-on into a a thundery shower and having to do a lot of steering.
  • 70MPH makes the engine sound like a very angry bee.

Overall experience: never a dull moment, which is nice. My black box wasn't complaining either! Win.

As nothing (apart from the small issue of vandalism) has happened, have a picture of it in Steart.

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The door handle has been glued back together now and a replacement is waiting at home (bit more work required for the bonnet though). You can just make out HPC in the distance. Very nice, if narrow, roads to trundle along. I highly recommend Stockton Bristol- it's a very lovely village to drive through.

 

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks: 15/11 ~Situation (mostly) normal

Looking good!

My nostalgia for these is strong. When I was 17/18 pretty much all of my mates had these as their first cars... Meanwhile I had a Subaru Justy 4WD (Which only worked in 2WD) closely followed by a Ford Ka.  

I'm almost embarrassed to admit it now, but at the time I was ashamed of the Justy and only had it for a few weeks before inheriting the 'Ka'. I would have much preferred a Micra.

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  • 4 weeks later...

On my final journey before returning home on Friday, this happened:-
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That makes 4001 miles done in my ownership. Wonderful little car! just under 800 miles to go and it'll receive a waterpump belt and fuel filter.

 

In other news, I fixed the doorhandle that was broken off 6 weeks ago:-
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Prise off doorcard, Admire all the wax that's coated everything, peel back the polythene sheet and you have two 10mm bolts staring at you
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The rod to the right was one hateful bastard to refit. Much swearing and finger twiddling was made to get it to fit. All it does is rest on this stamped plate which opens the door when the handle is pulled up. Simple enough.

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Bonus wax footage of the inside. I need to flood whis one a bit more with the spraygun I think. Most of it has filled the seams though so it is doing the job.

 

Next up will be welding in a patch on the sill and washing the underside. Generally giving it some love, as well as correcting the damage done to it by drunk numbskulls.
 

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks: 13/12 ~Homecoming

Once again, great to catch up on your Micra moments, keep up the good work, an keep putting those miles on it.

The low mileage V70 was a bargain too!.........I always used to say(even before i got a Micra) that Micra headlights are probably better than the factory pre 2000 Volvo V70/S70 headlights(which are utter shite) when they start to wear/dull down.

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Decided today I wouldn't weld the sill. The grotty circle there has got bigger and more oval though...

Autoglym super resin polish isn't enough. Have some certified Shine Juice (Derek Approval pending):
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It's a weird runny liquid ceramic-like coating. Apply after going over your car with SRP and it makes it look very glossy... even if it's shit silver paint! Observe:
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Much glass very shine
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Just got these 3 deep scratches to touch up. Once these are gone, all visible evidence that someone walked on the thing is gone, which is good.
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Washer nozzles are also very glossy!

In other news, the welded repairs are still intact
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That "access panel/drain thing" made up of welded Meccano and screwed into place looks very neat* but this Dynax S50 stuff has seeped literally everywhere, completely filling the gaps between the plate and the crossmember. Seen inside it's doing the job thus far which makes me happy I'll get some more time before I have to chop the thing out and replace it entirely.

Typically, the heavens opened on the way home. Ho hum. Nice water beading though.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks: 18/12 ~Shiny car is shiny
  • 2 months later...

Predictably, nothing much has happened. Reliable car is still continuing to be reliable, it's surpassed 20K miles and managed to buzz me back in the direction of Bridgwater earlier in the month. I felt bad for not washing it at all for most of the winter so I gave it a good scrubbing on top and sluiced out the underside to keep that as fresh as possible.

At some point I'll need to replace the rear silencer, because it currently looks like this:
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So I bought a replacement for when the inner skin finally crumbles to pieces. The black paint that's on it is literally just to tart it up a bit, no doubt it'll all fall off on the return journey home. This has basically become a shits and giggles exercise, I've no doubt the tester's eyebrows will rise when he comes to prod this mess.

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The dealer-sprayed wheels are beginning to look rather sad and scabby so I'll whip them off this summer, strip them back and make them look a lot better.

In the meantime, I went out walking and decided some photography was in order.

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Moody shots with moody clouds...

 

Finally, have some XTREAM WATER BEADING shots as it's been raining pretty hard and I polished and sealed the car before I left
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As mentioned in News24, the Micra will soon be accompanied by a friend. Consequently, the dash has started rattling. At least I have some motorway entertainment.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks: 14/03 ~ Normal

We have a saying where I live. 

The repair on the exhaust would be known as "You'll dae!". 

If it doesn't blow and passes an inspection of any sort. Then it will do. 

Also I like that little car. It's doing you a grand service and so unusual to see one like that now. 

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1 minute ago, JMotor said:

We have a saying where I live. 

The repair on the exhaust would be known as "You'll dae!". 

If it doesn't blow and passes an inspection of any sort. Then it will do. 

Also I like that little car. It's doing you a grand service and so unusual to see one like that now. 

Indeed, we shall see what happens. Glad you like the car! Over the last couple years I've noticed a few more ones like it back at home, which is nice.

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On the Dynax S50 front, how far does it go? e.g. for a Micra-sized car how many 750ml aerosols did you use, or did you use a 5l container and and compressed air sprayer?

The Daihatsu really wants thoroughly rustproofing once the welding has been sorted and this stuff seems to be the best you can buy.

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9 minutes ago, Stanky said:

On the Dynax S50 front, how far does it go? e.g. for a Micra-sized car how many 750ml aerosols did you use, or did you use a 5l container and and compressed air sprayer?

The Daihatsu really wants thoroughly rustproofing once the welding has been sorted and this stuff seems to be the best you can buy.

I've got a compressor and siphon-feed gun and I use 5L cans if I'm going full bore in places such as areas above arch liners or splashguards, inner wings etc.

Realistically, 4 cans should do. Two cans for the boot and doors, two for the sills and crossmember, and perhaps one extra for any other voids you may find. The advantage of having a constantly flowing and creeping rust preventative is the big appeal to me. After flooding the crossmember in September, the final hot weather made the drips already forming at the seams even bigger, and any seam in the doors and boot went brown with wax. It really does flow when the car warms up. Naturally hydrophobic, too.

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  • Fumbler changed the title to Fumbler's Crocks: 01/04 ~ Incoming!
19 minutes ago, Amishtat said:

Any clues? (Presuming you haven't posted any elsewhere and I'm too lazy to bother looking..) 

About a month ago, when I bought it, I said that it was the obvious* choice for an 18 year-old and was made by an automaker who is world renowned for superior reliability. So far the guesses have been that it's Japanese.

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      New cars to fleet:
      2000 Mondeo TD Estate
       
    • By davidfowler2000
      Edit: This is longer than initially anticipated.
      As some will have noticed, Mr cms206 of this parish reckons the death knell for the SVM is close with his recent purchase of a Saab. Going with the fact I still have a 100% Volvo fleet, as does Mr rml2345 of this parish I would personally say it's just diversification. Especially considering the amount of non Volvos cms206 has had these days.
      This aforementioned diversification continues a pace. Although the paperwork still needs to be done, I have some non Volvo incoming.

      Background:
      My aunt got the above pictured 205 back in about 2002 and ran it for about 3 years. By her accounts she put it in the lockup, got a Nissan Almera for whatever reason and basically put the 205 in to the long term deal with pile. It was initially SORN on the blue log book. Back when there was a theft of blue V5s at Swansea and everyone in the country got sent one of the new red ones, one never arrived for the 205 and after that it was properly forgetten about. Well she did. I've been keeping it in my mind every day since then. During a discussion over my birthday dinner a few weeks ago, she mentioned that she was going to pay the gardener she gets in to trim the trees to break in to the lockup because the padlock had rusted solid and she was desperate to use the space in the lockup. I said I'd do it free if I could assess the car. If it was completely fucked, it would have to get dragged out and put on a truck to go to the scrap heap. If I could get it moving, I would make it a project.
      Next day - 18th January:


      Time to break open the padlock then. Big screwdriver through the hasp and burst it within 3 seconds. Now to have a look at the car. It's dirty, 3 tyres are flat, one of them creased and the 4th is still at about 10psi. After FIFTEEN YEARS! A gentle rock confirms suspicions that all the wheels are locked so time to get all the wheels off and set about the brakes with a big swing press.
      The back wheels moved eventually. Judicious use the big hammer, two wheel bolts reinserted and a breaker bar as a lever got the back wheels turning. While the wheels were off I thought I'd see if they held air.
        
      All 4 tyres held 35psi. None of them appear to be cracked and the rubber is still "soft" to the scrape of a finger nail. Lack of sunlight attacking them I suppose but it'll get 4 new ones if it becomes roadworthy.
      After doing the back wheels, the front wheels quickly proved they could be a major problem. I took the calipers, pads and discs completely off the car and even with 2 wheel studs inserted and using the 3/4 drive breaker bar with an extra foot of length over the 1/2 bar, neither wheel / shaft would turn. So either the bearings had seized, the CV joints in the driveshafts had seized or something very sinister was happening inside the gearbox. By this time it was getting dark and cold so time to put it all away for another day.
      Another day - 24th January:
      Various discussions were had on the Scotoshite WhatsApp chat and the end result being Mr 320Touring of this parish agreed to come round for a shufty. He was wanting to check up on another car in a lockup only a mile or so away so it was a no brainer.
      As before, front wheels off, bar on the wheel bolts... nothing. What to do next? We need to use the car's own power to try to free off whatever is seized on the front wheels but the car is nose in to the lockup so we can't get jump leads to it. We need to drag it out but we don't have a tow rope however we manage to find what appears to be a self tightening dog collar / leash in the car and decide to cue MAXIMUM SKETCHINESS!!!

      A gentle tug from the ML of doom proved the NSF wheel is tight but not seized however the OSF is not moving. Fuck it... drag it while pushing from the front. If we need to shove it back in there's an old tyre in a pile of rubbish waiting to get uplifted by the council that can act as a cushion and the ML will do the job no bother. We also took the front brake discs off to minimise any drag from those.

      We decided to drag it out just enough to get my jump leads on to the battery. We had already taken the battery out to try it on the leads outside the car. Surprise surprise* it was so dead it had gone open circuit so there was absolutely no magic pixies flowing in to it. Luckily I had an old battery from the 740 that was the same size so that was obtained, inserted and then put to work. Time to leave it to charge for a wee bit.

      Now that we've got some electricity going from the ML in to the 205 it's time to see what will happen. Thanks to Mr Touring for providing the videos...
       
       
       
       
      At one point we were vexed by the daft French screw on battery terminals
      We were getting a bit desperate by this point. We used quite a lot of "easy start" and the amount of electricity was causing problems.
      We took a break at this point for 10 mins or so. Mainly to make sure we didn't get too frustrated but also to make sure the maximum possible amount of electricity was in the actual battery so that the leads were just there as a boost. This was clearly a good idea...
      Learning from all the antics of the last 15 mins or so we left it for another 5 mins. Using a clamp meter we let it get to the point that almost no electricity was flowing in the leads and therefore an almost complete charge and spraying the "easy start" ahead of time, results were finally had...
      YAY! MUCH ELATION! Oh and that old diesel stinks. Time to get the leads off, move the ML and let the 205 tick over for a few minutes to let the engine settle. Next we found out why the front wheels were not for turning...
      So yeah. All the CV Joints were completely solid. But anyways it was mission accomplished for the day. We got it moving and a general once over suggests that it should be easily salvageable therefore if auntie wants the space in the lockup, it's going to have to go somewhere. Time to put it back in and wrap up for the day.

      Thanks to 320 Touring in assistance. The list of work is substantial but not insurmountable. It needs - a battery, front discs, front pads, front calipers, front lower arms, front driveshafts, possibly bearings, rear drums, rear shoes, rear fitting kit, probably handbrake cables, flexi hoses all round, 4 new tyres, 3 of the 4 doors don't work properly, a water leak at the water pump but that can get done with a new cam belt, probably a thermostat, engine oil, filters all round, fresh fuel, a good clean, handbrake light, oil pressure light and a rear screenwash leak inside the tailgate.
      Oh and a sidelight bulb...

      Interim time:
      Lockup secured in Cumbernauld.
      Car transporter trailer booked for Wed 12th Feb to move it. The V70 will do the honours.
      Another bit of tinkering - 4th February
      So it has been agreed the V5 will be transferred in to my name. With an impending trailer move, I thought I'd go back and have another look at things and reassemble the front brakes. I've already installed a new battery so it can be started without the need for leads and it does so quite happily even though the fuel coming from the tank smells like paint. I drove it about in circles for 5 - 10 mins to free up the CV joints and scrape the rust off the brake discs. I also did some straight line tests pulling away in 2nd which seemed to free up the turbo actuator.
      I also found the radio code so I got that working but you'll have to take my word on it 'cos YouTube will just give me a copyright flag.
      I shall leave this one here just now. Not much will happen for a while. There will of course be the drama of the trailer move but once it's in the lockup a plan of action will need to be drawn up. A sensible first course will be, I think, to find someone who will give it a once over for MoT viability before any new parts are obtained. All the obvious stuff should be easily DIYable but I don't know what lurks underneath. Some things like the timing belt and water pump will be paid for but the rest will just get picked away at in due course.
      I also found some period souvenir parking tickets...

      ---ENDS---

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