Jump to content

The Burd's MK1 Golf Rivage - a SuccessFUEL day 17/08/22


Recommended Posts

2 hours ago, billy_bunter said:

progress is progress :-)

An option on the pipes is PIRTEC the have most of the relevant stuff plus a lot of connectors that will do the job.

What wet vac are you using. I am thinking of cleaning the focus seats

I think the pipes may actually be ok, either way new ones can be bought 

As for the wet vac - it's one of these I got for free from @blackboilersuit


There is one here


All you need is the small head 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

After quite the pause, the Burd had time to work on this today.


First thing up was to try and sort the oil pressure buzzer which went off above 2.5k rpm. 

Previously we had applied voltage to it from the battery and it solved it. This suggested the sensor was FUBAR.

The high pressure sensor is located on the top of the oil cooler at the front of the engine.


As can be seen it is :

a) handily* placed between the dizzy and the warm up regulator.

b) not in its first flush of youth.

it's a 24mm, but the spade connection sticks up so you can't get a ratchet into the socket. The solution was to bend the spade connection over. The socket then slides on and the ratchet can be applied.


Twas not looking good.


The new one went in no problem. Screwed it in by hand, and then nipped it up with a shifting spanner. I didn't have a 24mm spanner, and access is tight because of the radiator.


As this is the burds car, and we are doing thing properly, the next task was a new oil low pressure sensor.

This one is easier to access on the side of the head.


It came off no problem, with a slight dribble of oil that was caught by some kitchen roll.


Again it went back in with no issue.



We then fired up the car, and once warm raised the revs. No pressure warning :)


Further motivated we decided to do some more running investigation.

This is how it runs with the relay slot bridged with wire:

If you give it a few secs to build pressure before starting it idles better. 

We then fitted a new fuel pump relay (directly above the grey relay)


 It's designed to switch on with the ignition so doesn't build pressure til cranking. Runs worse with this fitted.

Suggests that the main fuel pump under the car is not making sufficient pressure all the time.

From my understanding, the fuel set up on the golf is:
In tank lift pump, feeds the main pump.
Main pump feeds the accumulator and line in (metering head needs to see 50PSI, and the accumulator helps this)

The injectors are always open 

Fuelling to injectors is controlled by the vacuum from the engine sucking on a plate in the air inlet that moves a metering pin.

Unused fuel returns via the metering head to the tank.

An aftermarket pump should be able to flow enough fuel at sufficient pressure to feed the metering head without an accumulator surely?

So I now have to work out how I can test this..


In the meantime, we took the fusebox out for cleaning :



I'd say it was going well*



Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Great thread, great machinery.

Don’t be too daunted at the thought of tank renewal. It’s not especially difficult, just takes some time.

Remove the rear silencer and drop the axle.  Plus Gas etc on the four mounting studs and the shock bottom bolts a week in advance is a good idea!  You’ll probably end up replacing the rear brake hoses, so have a new pair handy.

Good luck ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 months later...

After a significant hiatus it was all go on this today.

Firstly there was the obligatory "how long does it take to put a fusebox back in?" Answer, nearly an hour!

Why? Well, you need the fusebox in to have lights.


And what were the lights needed for?



Due to the generosity and help of two fine shiters @davehedgehog31 and @davidfowler2000, this happened:




the glorious boosted XUD made short work of towing the golf - Maister Fowler doing a grand helmsmanship as per.

The golf now resides in @davehedgehog31's nice warm and dry garage - hopefully meaning we can get time to work on it in preparation for next year.


Thanks again Gents!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 320touring changed the title to The Burd's MK1 Golf Rivage - All aboard the Boost train to Garagetown..12/11/20
  • 3 months later...
  • 1 month later...

A scant* month and a bit later, some actual effort was made to find out what fuel pump was fitted.

First things first, the golf was pushed til the passengers side was close to the garage wallIMG-20210327-WA0006.thumb.jpg.70177d5516f1351ad540009bd6bb13aa.jpg

My arse looks good in those troos 🤣

Then it was time to hunt the quarry..


Tucked up next to the fuel tank and the rear axle.. all the connections looked original.

Young @Skizzer Audi fuel pump swap video for his Audi was most useful in informing the approach taken..

The cage holding the pump has a couple of rubber bobbins that isolate it from the car body to reduce vibrations. One was completely sheared. The other is intact. The cage came away cleanly.

The connections were another thing entirely.

The inlet from the tank is only held on with a jubilee clip, but the fuel line was so old and hardened, it needed water pump pliers to twist it off.

The front connection is a 19mm nut that holds a banjo fitting on to take the high pressure



Some jiggery pokery and persuasion later,  and we had the pump hanging down so we could get at the high pressure connection easier.


Now it's removed, I can get the new pump and bobbins ordered.


May even get it fitted next weekend!


Then sort the fusebox connections and see if it fires.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 320touring changed the title to The Burd's MK1 Golf Rivage - PUMPED to get going again! 27/03/21
2 hours ago, loserone said:

Helps to pay for the items too chief.



Excellent work pushing that car sideways though, that's mega impressive

I had them in my basked and paid - spit into two transactions..


Something about the pump seller using a new payment method?

Showing paid now:)


And aye, it slides easy;)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

I met socially distanced with brutha_touring @jaypee today.822637885_IMG_20210411_1036037742.thumb.jpg.438441ab632b0a54e6c9dbbf2d549ca8.jpg

Rolls n skwerr and rolls n bacon were consumed before the days graft..

We fitted the new fuel pump.


Here we see the new fuel pump wrapped up in the foam insulated, laughing mightily at the old Bosch pump..


hark at the refurbished* (vactan and a quick skoosh of paint) cradle, including new bobbin mounts.

This was all cobbled together and re-fitted.

Initial starting was poor due to a tired battery (despite it being charged yesterday). 

Adding a second battery soon had it fired.

Initial impression was a better running situation - idle smoother, not as surging.


It still stuttered a bit when revving. 

The multimeter said the battery was a 10v, and the alternator was not charging it. 

Obviously, this would mean the fuel pumps ran slow too.


We switched off and had a look at the alternator. The belt was looser than Joan Collins..

Us :"No bother, We'll nip up the adjuster"

The adjuster:


This has fewer teeth than me. Sub-optimal.

So... We did what you shouldn't do.

We took the one off the working car


This was fitted to get the alternator to move and the belt tightened.

That done, we were seeing 13.75v at idle, much more like the thing.

It was reversed into the garage and the bolt removed and refitted to the Toledo so we could go home for lunch.

Then the hailstones came on, and work was patched for the day.


It's good to see some progress, next job is hunting down the alternator adjuster..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 320touring changed the title to The Burd's MK1 Golf Rivage - It lives!! 11/04/21
  • 1 year later...

Some good news!


Thanks to @juular , @davidfowler2000 and @jaypee for coming over this morning to have some time working on this.


Juular brought the Kjet pressure testing kit, and it was mainly good news.

fuel pressure is tremendous - bang on reference at 5bar as per pic above.

The fuel pressure regulator needs adjusting as it is causing it to run lean - hence running issues.

It now idles great and can be driven onto the trailer.

On Monday it's off to a tame golf whisperer and we are hoping it will be on the road ASAP.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 320touring changed the title to The Burd's MK1 Golf Rivage - Off to see the Wizard 23/04/22

SVM assist was booked for this morning.

At the allotted hour, @davidfowler2000 rolled up with the chrailer. Many thanks to him for giving up the day off, and providing the towcar/pilot duties.

I'll allow him to provid the economy update!/


@Supernaut helped with the loading. Cheers to him for the assistance

Despite getting the car running on Saturday the fuel pump appears to have decided to die.. thankfully it's light enough to shove.


Strapped down and off we go



First impressions of the Volvo as a tow car - effortless.

4wd and 300+bhp makes short work of everything in sight. 

Much fun was had racing cars from lights and up hills, and many drivers were surprised. It's D5 looks do not betray the power!


Once down at the secret @Mk2 Craig golfporium, it was up on the ramp to get a list of worked figured out.


happily, it looks a pretty solid little car!



as you can see, a backbox is on the list!


now it is just a waiting game for the work to be identified and done.


To celebrate, we took the trailer to see the sea..


Then had lunch in salubrious surroundings..


Link to comment
Share on other sites

59 minutes ago, 320touring said:

I'll allow him to provid the economy update!/


59 minutes ago, 320touring said:



First impressions of the Volvo as a tow car - effortless.

4wd and 300+bhp makes short work of everything in sight. 

Much fun was had racing cars from lights and up hills, and many drivers were surprised. It's D5 looks do not betray the power!

Nummers? Ya want eh nummers? Awrite then...
V70 : 1900KGish ULW
70L of petrol (~52KG)
1 x Driver and 2 passengers (~You decide weight)
Trailer : Brian James A4 (~700KG)
Load : Golf GTI Floppy Top (~1000KG)
All up estimated WECHT : 3800 - 4000KG

Power : 304PS (299bhp) @ 5600rippums
Torque : 440nm (325lb-ft) @ 2100-4200rippums

Glasgow City Centre - Stirling (pickup @Supernautand the trailer) - Cumbernauld (load trailer and pickup @320touring) - Old Inns Cafe - M80 - M73 - M74 - M77 - A77 - Maybole (Unload trailer) - Dunure - Ayr - Dutch House Services - A77 - M77 - M74 - M73 - M80 - Cumbernauld (drop off @320touring) - Stirling (drop off trailer and @Supernaut) - M80 - M73 - 74 - A725 - East Kilbride

Total distance fill up to fill up : 239.4 miles
Driving style : Cruise control but heavy shoeing when required to stop cunts taking the piss.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 minutes ago, Supernaut said:

That whole bit of coastline down in Ayrshire was rather nice. I'll need to make a point to go back to that area at some point.

Dunure is a nice bit, just watch as the car park will sometimes fleece you in the summer for parking. 😂

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 320touring changed the title to The Burd's MK1 Golf Rivage - Fucking hell, it's on the road! 06/08/22

Time for an update on this.

@Mk2 Craig has had an absolute war with this old thing.  Initially the plan was to get it running correctly and in for an MOT. Estimate was a week.

This was back in April.

We collected it on Tuesday 2nd Aug.

I'd just like to thank Craig for his determination and patience in getting this into much better shape. An absolute gent.

What did he do?

Protect new fuel tank with underbody stone chip

Paint filler neck

Replace rubber fuel lines

Fit new fuel tank

10 litres of fuel

Replace rear wheel cylinders

Install brake flexi hoses

Clean up brake drums and shoes and adjust handbrake

Rebuild metering head

Rebuild warm up reg and unblock gauze filters and get working correctly 

Install new fuel filter

Installed new starter, as original starter was  intermittent.

Strip and unseize wiper motor.

Tidy up fuse box (replaced connectors on earth terminals) 

Re-wired front left indicators due to corroded wiring

Immobiliser failed causing fuel pump and starter to be inoperative, removed immobiliser 

Installed an indicator stalk due to left hand indicator not functioning as it should 

Installed a horn relay and wiper relay

Fitted second hand back box

There were plenty of delays  - waiting on warm up reg and metering head rebuild kits, waiting on an ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning parts, then the MOT tester had covid.

Throughout all this, Craig kept me up to date with progress and costs. 

As it was when picked up:


It had 6 months of dust on it - absolutely howling. Obviously, we took it straight to the poshest restaurant we could find in Ayr (really!).

With the golf and the Clio parked you could hear the houses nearby devaluing


It got back up the road ok, but had a missfire past 1/4 throttle, a rattle from the exhaust and the trip counter was screaming..

I messaged Craig and he came over today.

We spent some time checking and adjusting the fuel mix and pressure as the pressure when hot was slightly low.


It now sits at 54psi - in the middle of the 49-57 that Haynes suggests when warm.

Performance is much improved, and the Bird has been out a drive in it today.


We took it for a wash, and checked the tyre pressures. Despite having electric windows and a hydraulic hood, it has no power steering, so you need to give it the ole Popeye.

IMG_20220806_141248809.thumb.jpg.0eca39481ac38e94f598984d8a1d815a.jpg it came up ok and we then had a run home with the roof down.  ACE. It drives like the 182- plenty torque, nippy and comfy.


I'll probably get the thing properly cleaned next week and then make a snagging list.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Jim Bell said:

Great news man. It looks very impressive. Well invested. 

Thanks man!


Think it will be on light duties for a bit, and a slow wander through the snagging list.


I started by clearing out the rear of the car and lubricating the locks, so some progress made

Link to comment
Share on other sites

After realising I was dressed like the Golf


I decided to start cleaning the thing.

Today was mainly spent cleaning the mould etc off the interior.. the joys of convertible ownership in Scotland 😭



thankfully it comes off ok with antibacterial wipes.

The door shuts were done too


Sorry, no "after" pictures as I was in too much of a rush.

I got all the windows cleaned, the interior wiped down and the car hoovered.

I also hooked up the hydraulic roof which works well.

A wee bit more idle speed was dialled in too so it idles higher when cold.


Hopefully get more done this week


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 320touring changed the title to The Burd's MK1 Golf Rivage - a bit of a Clean 08/08/22

Took this over to the unit tonight for to do a few wee things on it.

It drove over ok still got a stutter though - suspect either an injector or spark fault. I have new injectors, and spark side stuff is cheap enough so will stock up.

As it arrived: (roof up as it was far too warm for my poor baldy napper)



First up was an oil and filter change. The car came with a new filter from @Skizzer and 10w40 was cheap insurance given that the car had been overfuelling before having the injection system rebuilt.


I also fitted a new seal to my Pela (cheers @Split_Pin) so that made oil removal simple.

It only holds 4L inc a filter change, and the filter is readily accessible at the front of the engine. Most pleasing.


Next up was a better wash:


Although this Rivage run out model has a body kit, I still think the original lines of the thing look great - and the dark blue suits it well.

There the followed a waxing session so the paint at least has some protection. Brother @jaypee was a grand help doing that.

The interior was next up.

 13 years of sitting had not been kind, and the light tan trim was pretty dirty.

The door cards and seats had markings and mould on them.


Thankfully this came off with a brush and some cleaner.


The rest of the interior was done;

Cleaned leather seats and applied leather wipes to feed them a bit

Cleaned door pockets, and moved various screws/fasteners to the ashtray🤣

The dash was cleaned - came up a treat!

Cleaned the steering wheel, with much goo removed.

 A wet vac carpets was done - there is a new carpet to go in but I don't want to do that until I pull out the seats to clean up the sliders. An initial pas has them looking a bit better, but still not great.

A seal was tidies up on the hood and screwed into place. Thanks to @dome for his help.


I then drove home top down in the dark - great fun!


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 320touring changed the title to The Burd's MK1 Golf Rivage - a SuccessFUEL day 17/08/22

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By BorniteIdentity
      This week, for the first time ever, I felt old. I have sciatica which swaps from one side to the other, arthritis in one hand and what I think is the beginnings of IBS. On top of that it took me 2 weeks to remember a registration number that once would take me 2 seconds, and I forgot my parent's wedding anniversary.

      I'm only 32.

      Shit. No I'm not. I'm 33. I forgot that too. (Genuinely)

      So, it's about time I committed some of my tales to paper. Well, a shonky server... but that's the best you can do in 2016.

      First up, a list of the cars I've owned (as best as I can remember) in chronological order.

      Main Cars
      1985 VW Polo Formel E. C158 TRT. This was given to me even before I passed my test.

      1991 Rover Metro S. J801 TAC. Bought about 3 months after I passed my test as I was convinced the Polo was about to shit its gearbox.

      1987 Volvo 360 GLT. D899 CBJ ___ Managed three months in a Metro before the small car and smaller petrol tank became a bore.

      Ford Mondeo and Honda Civic Coupe by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Ford Mondeo Zetec. V384 DBJ. Still the most I've ever spent on a car. It was 3 years old and cost, from memory, about £8,000. Just think of the Rover R8s you could buy with that now!

      1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI 8v by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI D79 CVV. I very nearly bought a MK1 Golf 1.1 but was persuaded, by my father amusingly, to buy this one from a different friend. From memory I gave about £500 for it, and sold it to some racers later that year for about £300. Amusingly, 16 year later I'd sell the Hartge wheels that came with the car for £530.

      1999 Toyota Avensis CDX by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Toyota Avensis CDX. V781 GDP. By far the best car I've ever had. Bought in 2002 for £5300, it had previously been a company car at British Telecom. I ran it from 62,000 to 174,000 before it became surplus to requirements. A German chap bought it on ebay for about £500 and drove over to collect it. Hero.

      2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec. Y821 EEB. I should have loved this car. I gave £500 for it in 2008 which was stupidly cheap by anybody's standards. It needed 4 tyres (which actually was nice to pick good ones for once) and a coil spring. Sadly, it was just bill after bill after bill. I sold it and promised to never own another Ford. I nearly succeeded.

      1998 Nissan Almera by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1998 Nissan Almera GX Auto. S58 NLO. My late Grandfather's car and, upon reflection, my first proper attempt at bangernomics. I bought it for £500 in 2008 from the estate and ran it for well over a year and 30,000 miles. It was also my first automatic which, whilst a bit dumb, did lock up into overdrive and give a good 36 mpg no matter how it was driven.

      2004 Ford Fiesta 1.25 LX and 2006 Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2004 Ford Fiesta Zetec. AG53 BWL. My wife's car which I ran for a couple of years when I bought her a Focus as a wedding gift.

      2003 Rover 75 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2003 Rover 75 Club SE. AX53 BFA. This is where my career as a serial car buyer really began. Ignoring all of the warning signs I decided to press a K Series into a daily 100 mile commute, which it did with aplomb. This wasn't actually the car I set out to buy, the one I'd agreed to buy OVERHEATED ON THE FORECOURT whilst I was doing the paperwork. Consequently I couldn't leave fast enough and bought a different car later that day.

      2004 Toyota Avensis T30-X by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2004 Toyota Avensis T3-X. KT53 DWZ. Sensible head back on, I decided to get back into something I trusted when my 3rd son was born. This was a lovely car, but not without its problems. The VVTi oil burning issues are well documented and do frequently occur. Ironically, this was less reliable than the Rover it replaced! Despite fearing the worst and 3 months off the road, the new owner has just MOTd it.

      1999 Toyota Avensis SR by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Toyota Avensis SR. V263 GDP. Back into bangernomics territory again. The last MK1 Avensis I had was the best car I'd ever had, so I hoped to replicate it with another T22 Avensis. This one came up for sale in my favourite (and rare) colour with a numberplate sequential to my previous car - so it was meant to be. I still have this now, and tomorrow it will tick around to 185,000 miles having been bought by me at 100,500.

      Side Bitches

      1974 Morris Mini 1000 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1974 Morris Mini 1000. GEL 517N. Well, I always wanted one - and was young, free, single and well off at the time (2003). A memorable trip to buy it when I called my new girlfriend by my ex girlfriend's name 20 miles into a 200 mile weekend away. She's never forgiven or forgotten but we're still friends. Oh - and married.

      1977 Ford Capri II GL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1977 Ford Capri II 1600 GL. SMY 675R. I can't remember why I bought this, other than I thought it'd be amusing. It was bought from Norwich for £350 and was perfectly well behaved for the 8 months that I had it (other than a flasher unit expiring). I remember being shocked just how much the windscreen would ice up inside, and duly sold it in November to a guy who was going to drive it daily! It's still alive and now, apparently, black! (Update - it's now silver!!!)

      1989 Volvo 340 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1989 Volvo 340 DL. G67 AVN. I bought this for £80. Unbelievable. It was utterly bloody perfect. I wanted to do a banger rally which is why the guy gave it to me so cheap. I'm still yet to do that rally, but no longer have the car. I sold it for about £300 to a family who were clearly down on their luck who, I hope, still have the car.

      1996 Toyota Granvia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1996 Toyota Granvia. N775 JEV. My wife and I decided to increase our numbers further and, with our 4th son on the way, larger transport was required. We quickly realised you can either have 4 children and no apparel, or apparel and no children. After trying a very tired Mercedes Viano, the Granvia was found for 1/4 of the price and it's still here 2 years later. I can safely say that we'll never sell it - it really is another member of the family.

      1993 Mercedes 190e by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1993 Mercedes 190e. L795 COJ. I've admired these cars since I was a child. In fact, one of the very few toy cars I still have from my childhood is a Mercedes 190e. Regular readers of "Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder" will know what a PITA this car has been since day 1, but I get the feeling it's a keeper. We'll see!

      1983 Ford Sierra Base 1.6 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1983 Ford Sierra Base. GVG 510Y. Not explicitly my car, but it should be documented here for reference. Oh - and the V5 is in my name. The story is online for all to read as to how five of us acquired what is believed to be the only remaining Ford Sierra Base. Make a brew and read it, it's a fantastic story.

      1982 Ford Sierra L by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1982 Ford Sierra L. LCR 503Y. I accidentally won this on ebay for £520. Upon reflection, I shouldn't have sold it - but short stop of saying I regret it. I could never get truly comfortable driving it and, in fairness, I could scratch my Sierra itch with the base if I wanted. Sold it at a stupid profit of £1250. It is believed to be the oldest remaining Ford Sierra in the UK.

      1979 Volvo 343 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1979 Volvo 343 DL. DBY 466T As you'll see above, I'd had a 360GLT as a younger lad and fancied one of these earlier cars. The variomatic is, frankly, terrible but amusing. This car has just 8000 miles on the clock and inside was absolutely timewarp. Sadly, the huge bill for the Mercedes 190e cylinder head rebuild meant I had to sell this car shortly after acquiring it. Since then I've had a bit of money luck, and now realise I didn't need to sell it after all. Typical.

      I think that's it. My arthritis is playing up even more now. I've left out a few cars that were actually my wife's, but if I find pictures will add them in at a later date. I'll run this as an ongoing thread on cars and what's happening.

      Current SitRep:

      Purple Avensis: Just about to click over 185,000. Minor drama this week when an HT lead split but otherwise utterly fantastic, fantastically boring and boringly reliable.

      Granvia: Just done 1000 miles in a month around Norfolk, 6 up with suitcases. 31mpg achieved on the way up which is good for an old tub with a 3.0 Turbo Diesel on board. ODO displaying 175,000 which is a mix of miles and kilometers. Say 130,000 miles for argument's sake.

      Mercedes: Being a PITA. It's had the top end completely rebuilt after the chain came off. Now needs welding to pass another MOT and the gearbox bearings are on strike. It's about to go into the garage for winter until I can stomach it again. 151,000 miles on the clock.

      Sierra bASe: Still on sabbatical with AngryDicky who only took it bloody camping in cornwall! Legend.
    • By Zelandeth
      Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction.

      I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement...

      So...we've got:

      1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...).
      1989 Saab 900i Automatic.
      1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition.
      1985 Sinclair C5.
      2009 Peugeot 107 Verve.

      Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time...

      Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing.

      Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months.


      Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising...

      Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange.

      Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles.

      Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5...

      Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise.

      Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107.

      Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else."

      I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
    • By juular
      Old car - check
      Full of rust - check
      Siezed engine - check
      Cheapest on the internet - check
      Bought sight unseen - check
      No space for it - check
      Poo count - 1.5
    • By captain_70s
      I'm a masochist from Leeds who is running two rusty, worn out Triumph Dolomites as my only transport in rural Aberdeenshire. You might recognise me from various other forums and Facebook groups. Realistically I need to buy a modern car of some sort, but instead I find myself looking at £300 Citroen BXs and Triumph Acclaims on Gumtree and thinking "yeah, that'd fit right in with the rest of the broken cars I can't afford".
      On to the cars, the main attraction being my 1976 1850HL "50 Shades of Yellow" that I bought for £850 and is currently my daily driver, here is a picture of it before I sanded off some surface rust and sprayed it badly in the wrong shade of yellow with rattle cans:

      Within a month of purchase I managed to plant it in to a steel fence backwards after a botched gear change on a wet roundabout and ruined the N/S rear wing, although judging by the other dent that's packed with filler it looks like somebody had already done the same. I also managed to destroy a halfshaft and one of my Sprint alloys (good for an extra 15hp) in the incident, so now it's sitting on it's original steelies but painted black (good for an extra 5hp).
      It's only broken down on me twice. once with some sort of fuel delivery related problem which may or may not have been an empty fuel tank and once when the thermostat jammed shut and it overheated and blew out some O-rings for the cooling system. It has recently developed a taste for coolant and oil which is rather annoying, although it's done 89,300 miles which is about 80,000 more miles than BL engineering is designed to last, I'm keeping my eye on eBay for replacement engines... 
      I tried to keep ahead of the rust a bit by rubbing down the arches and re-painting them, but apparently rattle can paint isn't great when you are spraying it at -5C, it also highlighted how although my car might have been Inca Yellow in 1976 it's now more of a "cat piss" sort of shade. So I ended up with the wrong shade of yellow which has rust coming back through after 5 weeks. Did I mention I'm incompetent?
      The other car is the first "classic" car I bought, so I can't bear to sell it. It's a '77 Dolomite 1300 and it cost £1400 (about £400 too much) and has been nothing but a pain in the arse:

      It looks much prettier (from 100 yards) but that's most due to the darker paintwork hiding the rust. It lives a mollycoddled life in my garage, where it somehow still manages to rust, and is utterly rubbish. 0-60 is measured on a calendar, top speed is 80ish but at that point it uses more oil than petrol, it rarely ventures over 50mph and if you encounter an incline of any sort you can kiss that sort of speed goodbye, along with about £20 of 20W50 as it vanishes out of the exhaust in the form of blue smoke.
      One of the PO's had clearly never heard of the term "oil change" so it developed into brown sludge that coated everything internally with the next owner(s) blissfully pouring fresh oil on top of it. This lasted until about 600 miles into my ownership when there was muffled "pop" from the engine bay and the car became a 3-cylinder. The cause was catastrophic wear to the top end causing a rocker arm to snap:

      As this was my first classic car I'd assumed it was supposed to sound like the engine was full of marbles, it wasn't.
      I put the engine back together with second hand bits declared it utterly fucked and promptly did another 5000 miles with it. After about 3500 of those miles the oil burning started, valve seals have gone so it's been relegated to my parent's garage as a backup car and something to take to local car shows as the 1850 is now embarrassingly ugly. I'm keeping my eye on eBay for replacement engines (deja vu, anybody?) Oh, I also recently reversed it into a parked Ford Fiesta and royally fucked up the rear bumper, rear panel and bootlid. Did I mention I'm incompetent?
      There have been two other cars in my life. My first car, a 2008 Toyota Yaris 1.0 an it's replacement a 2012 Corsa 1.4T. I didn't really want either of them, but it's a long story involving my parents and poor life choices. Ask if you want to hear it!
      So that's a brief summary of my current shite. If you want more pictures or details of anything do say as I've got photos of almost everything I'd done with the cars.
    • By mat_the_cat
      Thought I should probably start a thread, given that a few people have suggested it. For my sins, my first car was a 1985 Hyundai Stellar. Bought back in 1997, when the sun still shone, I had more hair, and the world was generally a better place.
      This may be the earliest photo I have, I think from 1998:

      Anyway, I drove everywhere in it, and clocked up over 100k miles before I was given an Alfa Romeo 75. So I took the Stellar off the road for some much needed TLC. Made some progress on it - Rebuilt all the suspension, fitted a rebuilt Cortina* rear axle, Princess 4 pot front calipers and Capri vented discs etc - before a couple of house moves and renovations put it on the back burner.
      * before anyone says they are identical underneath, there are some differences. I fitted a replacement axle fairly early on in my ownership, only to fit that not only was the propshaft flange the wrong size, the UJ was totally different so I couldn't even fit a new yoke. Finding a company on the day before New Year's Eve who could cut off the end, weld a new UJ on and balance it wasn't too easy, especially one that was accessible by push bike!
      Anyway, late last year I found some renewed motivation, and have been working on it when time and money permit. Here is what it looked like in October:
      OMG barn find?

      Front suspension OK at first glance...

      ...but it has turned out the calipers had seized (so are away being rebuilt) and all the (brand new) ball joint boots had perished:

      Quite a bit of welding is needed too, but I had a setback just before Christmas when we were burgled and my welder stolen

      Crusty roof rail

      I've cleared some of the crap away from it now (it's not stored at mine - I'd love to own somewhere that big!) so might be able to get more photos. Currently working on the rear brakes, and disappointed to find that the shotblasted rear axle is now starting to rust after two coats of POR15 and 7 years storage under cover...

  • Create New...