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When is it time to call it a day ?

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After 16 months idle you might find that something like a wheel bearing that was getting tired before sitting might give up as soon as it is asked to start spinning again and brakes may need looking at, as Sierrman man says.

However, I've woken 3 cars from a slumber and not one gave a murmur of complaint.

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Before you start any work on it tell it that you love it but if it buggers you about & causes you endless problems it'll be the end & it'll be recycled into a washing machine !

You never know it may help :lol:

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It's personal choice, I've spent far more on old lancias getting them back road worthy than what there worth. Most people say I'm stupid but to me it's more than money, I just like the cars. As the saying goes someone's rubbish is someone else's treasure 

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2 hours ago, lanciamatt said:

It's personal choice, I've spent far more on old lancias getting them back road worthy than what there worth. Most people say I'm stupid but to me it's more than money, I just like the cars. As the saying goes someone's rubbish is someone else's treasure 

Similar here, but I have also cut my losses. My VW baywindow went for a grand less than it could have, just for a couple of days work. But it had fought me so much that I just didn’t want to touch it again. Sometimes a car is worth no end of hassle and expense, others you are happy when you see them driving away. 

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25 minutes ago, Tamworthbay said:

Similar here, but I have also cut my losses. My VW baywindow went for a grand less than it could have, just for a couple of days work. But it had fought me so much that I just didn’t want to touch it again. Sometimes a car is worth no end of hassle and expense, others you are happy when you see them driving away. 

The bay window bit rang true with me - mine fought me every step of the way, lost several grand overall in money spent.  Some vehicles just don’t seem to want to live! 

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16 minutes ago, rusty_vw_man said:

The bay window bit rang true with me - mine fought me every step of the way, lost several grand overall in money spent.  Some vehicles just don’t seem to want to live! 

I spent an age on mine and a lot of money. Then as soon as it was ready I found that the driving position murdered my bad shoulder and I was in agony on anything over an hours drive. I tried new seats, extended gear levers and a few other tricks to no avail. Then it shat it’s engine on the ‘one last try’ trip to France, two months of parts collection and engine rebuild later it was ready to go. I booked it for an MoT ready to sell and the fecker wouldn’t start due to a seized starter, swapped that out and went for the MoT, it failed but not badly, then on the way home I could smell fuel (not good on these as you know, but I had a plumbed in fire extinguisher just in case), pulled over and the less than a year old fuel pipe had split and pissed fuel everywhere. At that point I just couldn’t face doing the work for the MoT as just looking at it stressed me out. It was sold as a genuine ‘easy fix.

 

Some cars just don’t want you to help them.

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This would be worth having. It's a bit of an outlay but it means that needing a brake pipe in future would be an inconvenience rather than a showstopper. Even it it isn't a pipe you quite often end up having to cut a pipe when changing calipers or hoses. That type of tool (£33ish on its own) is generally regarded as the best DIY option, the ones you get in a kit for £10-£20 are more difficult to use and son't always work.

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31 minutes ago, Jewel25 said:

Difficult to do yourself ? never done one before.

Fiddly.  Easy enough if the old one comes out, a flare tool is required but most garages would probably make one up for you.

I look forward to seeing this rover get some love. 

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