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Well today went well. I’d just finished adjusting the handbrake, having finished rebuilding the rear brakes, when I used the sill to slide myself out from under the van. 

Except rather than metal, it was a bit like sticking my hand in a bag of mccoys crisps. Crunchy. 

It started as a hand sized hole, but then I picked it…..

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its very subtle, so like the MOT man I’ve added yellow marks! 

 A quick tickle with the knotted brush in the angry grinder and it was soon approximately leg length. Really I need a new sill, but only have 10 days until I go away in it, so it was out with the 3mm sheet, and a rough but very robust repair was fashioned. No photos, as my phone had gone flat after using it as a torch!!

Got it all plated up, zinc primed, painted and under sealed, which is handy as I have a trip out tomorrow to pick up new (to me at least!) wheels and tyres for it. 

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So next up is tyres. 

I was aware that the MOT man wasn’t overjoyed by the age of my tyres, so after a bit of good luck I scored a 10 mile set of tyres on decent wheels for less than a set of tyres would have cost. Result. 

Having inspected the old ones closer I had two firestones, a continental and a Yokohama, with between 4 and 8 ply construction and varying amounts of tread. 

The firestones look surprisingly good:

tread - 6mm, uniform wear

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side walls not particularly perished:

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but the date code is a shocker:

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they are a week off being 25 years old. Think me and the last two owners got good value out of these! 

The other two were virtually new in comparison, being only 18 and 20 years old .

The actual wheels are off a Brazilian Bay from 1998, so are in much better condition (and newer than my old tyres!) 

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The old wheels had a worrying amount of rust where the centre is welded to the rim, so we’ll pleased to be rid of them! 

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  • rusty_vw_man changed the title to Rusty VW bothering - the oldest tyres in town?

Right, everything fixable I know about is fixed, the rest of the family have packed. I have euro breakdown, a credit card and a covid pass. Its therefore time to get ready for the off for this little trip in it - a mere 3700 mile trip to the arctic circle...... lets see how this goes. 

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  • rusty_vw_man changed the title to Rusty VW bothering - Scandi adventures

The long trip north has commenced - around 1000 miles in now. 

Stats so far:

MPGeees - 21 - at average £2.10/L. Whelp. 

Countries - 4

Oil use -  Exon Valdez quantities. I’m like the Hansel and grettal story, but with oil drops rather than breadcrumbs. 

Old chod spotted - 4 hill man imps on the ferry from Hull, nothing at all since. The Dutch, Germans, Danish and Swedes all drive new (mainly Germanic or Volvo) vehicles…..

Heading into Finland next, where in the past old chod ruled, let’s see what it’s like now. 

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  • 3 weeks later...

So made it - 3180 miles by van, 1182 miles by ferry. 

Issues with the van were limited to a split in the seat that rapidly unravelled, which I expertly* repaired 950C27DB-E01D-49E9-B8BD-35646110287C.thumb.jpeg.c336d12084308c602bb6ac4d6b91e3af.jpeg

And the bastard exhaust gaskets again. @cobblers had suggested before that these are subject to erosion of the head when the gaskets leak, which appears to be the issue. So a quick fix was required, featuring expory metal putty, oil and a new gasket - smear of oil on gasket, little roll of expoxy metal on head, bolt it up and it seems to have filled the holes. May or may not be a long term solution, but it did 1000 miles just fine so far. Work area for the repairs was basic, but worked well (and was the right way up in real life, won’t turn round for some reason!) B5F040DA-80C0-4222-A9DE-E99B1244FE57.thumb.jpeg.b2d866aaf26098d134b638a3f9655470.jpeg

Plus a bit of oil use, traces to a leaking gasket on the mechanical fuel pump, which was sorted and oil use returned to more acceptable levels. 

Driving wise, Finland is a joy - this is the main road or motorway* north

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and this is the same road 2 hours later

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Finland is still the home of old chod, although I was mostly driving so photo ops were limited, these are typical style (lowered, big modern alloys and very variable body work) 

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and this old Scania turned into a camper 

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It never got dark - here we are at 02:00 camped up (excuse the circus tent!) 

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and here we are at the wife’s family home CB22A69D-F39E-45FB-B51E-50E9BFB36C84.thumb.jpeg.7da18204ef0215cddb8bb7762648e1e3.jpeg

went to the local diy type shop to get supplies for a couple of projects - never seen so many car tools in one place - brake cylinder reamer anyone?

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also welding gas, car puncture repair kits, valve compressors and all sorts of other special internet stuff.  I pointed this out, but apparently everybody needs such tools…..

given the darkness this is the biggest car mod I saw (apart from the electric plug in engine heaters on all cars) 

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this chap appears to have just self tapered some home made mounts to the front of his car, which was a common approach even in new cars!

I have a pez shot at this station - on the arctic circle, but it won’t  upload, so have one without the van in 

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When camping we do have the most autoshite of cookers - you fill it with unleaded, pump it up and after a few seconds of uncontrolled fire it starts to vapourise and settles into a roaring blue flame - it’s terrifying and efficient in equal measures 

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Did 6 ferries - most had a cut off height of 2.4m for cheaper tickets. I measured the van with top box at 2.4m ish so took a punt - it was quite tight, especially as the car deck flexed as you drove on it…5F12012B-DD32-4060-B774-665A347DE2C7.thumb.jpeg.b299964a9b3bc5703c2136db99fbeef2.jpeg

the return was much the same, with the exception of this rather fetching AX in a German services

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so back now, looking at a few improvements including new more comfy seats, and possibly a wash:

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1 hour ago, rusty_vw_man said:

Finland is still the home of old chod, although I was mostly driving so photo ops were limited, these are typical style (lowered, big modern alloys and very variable body work) 

Now I do not know Finland but if they are like in Norway, there is probably a good chance that these are cars owned by younger people. While young people in the UK drive around in shopping trolleys. This under have been the common first car among Norwegian young.

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45 minutes ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

Now I do not know Finland but if they are like in Norway, there is probably a good chance that these are cars owned by younger people. While young people in the UK drive around in shopping trolleys. This under have been the common first car among Norwegian young.

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Yep, all driven by younger people - that Volvo would have fitted right in. 

Also a lot of American chod - again mostly driven by younger people. 

Seemed to be a 50/50 split of men/women driving them as well. 

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  • rusty_vw_man changed the title to Rusty VW bothering - MOT day - whoop whoop

Been trying to get an MOT booked, but all the local garages are quoting weeks for an appointment. Took a punt on an MOT only place a bit further afield. 

I hate MOTs. I maintain my vehicles well, but the MOT just gives me the fear, they always have. I think it’s the apparent arbitrary nature of what each tester views as a pass or fail. 

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not even an advisory. 

I am a very happy man!! Might treat it to some new shocks now, using them money I had mentally set aside for MOT repairs (man maths…). 

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