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Grogee's spannering (Puma & MG Maestro). French spaceship FTP'd


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8 hours ago, grogee said:

I imagine Initiale trim would be spectacular, and the 3.5 would go well too. Also a Nissan donk I think, with automagic? 

How long did it take to spontaneously combust?

The Initiale trim was neither here nor there to be honest. Auto wipers and lights was nice. The sat nav was way out of date and I never bothered updating it. It did have the panoramic roof which was lovely.

Nissan engine (it's a 350z tourer m8), Aisin-Warner box - same as in the Saab I believe! - and it was mostly very reliable and never FTPd. The electronic parking brake was knackered but I always left it in park anyway.

It was hilariously fast. Would have another if the MPG wasn't so awful.

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Mrs Grogee's Alfa is now the property of Mannheim Ltd. Started by going to advertise on Autotrader, then there's a 'we'll buy your car' option. Put in the details, declare the marks and scrapes, then it spits out a valuation.

If you accept, call centre phones to arrange A Man to come round and inspect. His visit is dual purpose:

1) He's checking you declared marks and scrapes honestly. Then, he checks you are who you say you are via various proof of ID and the V5 address.

2) He's taking pictures because these form part of Mannheim's sales portfolio. It may go to auction, or it may go to 'select' traders who have access to this stock. So it's photos of outside, inside, underbonnet, locking wheel nut key, keys, service history etc. Presumably, traders then bid against each other for that car. 

Interestingly, mechanical condition doesn't seem to come into it. He asked to go for a short 2 mile drive just to make sure it started and stopped. That was it really. I was able to actually drive it thereby masking the injector fault/lumpy running, and also the clonky front suspension.

Once he's satisfied it checks out, Mannheim emails a purchase agreement showing price. No admin fee bollocks. You either accept or reject. Once accepted, another email asks for bank details. You bang in your account details, then 10 mins later the money lands in your account. He takes the keys, then car gets collected in next few days. Job done.

£1928 after all said and done. IMO if I'd really polished the shit out of it and found a route that didn't highlight the mechanical issues, I might have got £2,300 for it in private sale. But our current circumstances mean I don't have a drive or hosepipe, and selling a car from a different address to that shown on V5 is fraught.

WBAC offered £1300ish, Motorway eventually upped to £1700. So Mannheim wins from that point of view, and it was fairly painless apart from the vague 'between 1pm and 6pm' appointment. Didn't even have to clean it and it was dirty as hell as you can see.

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11 minutes ago, Sunny Jim said:

Result! Hope sorting the Renault is equally painless. 

Thanks man. It seems to be a battery and this 300A fuse, which in the scheme of things is painless. Time will tell though.

300A is a big old unit. Why didn't they just use a nail like everyone else?

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On 1/20/2023 at 5:13 PM, grogee said:

I do have some residual guilt about not throwing a battery on myself, but it's cold and dark plus the car is half an hour away from me. And no access to tools etc etc... I know it's only a 10mm spanner but honestly, getting someone else to sort this is blessed relief.

 

Really wouldn't feel bad. I'm beginning to fucking hate working on cars. Probably doesn't help being a mechanic on machinery for work. As I'm getting older the idea of going to work and doing your thing whilst paying someone else to do these bits of jobs for you is getting increasingly appealing. Cars are for driving and looking at adoringly,  not lying under 😄

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2 minutes ago, Matty said:

Really wouldn't feel bad. I'm beginning to fucking hate working on cars. Probably doesn't help being a mechanic on machinery for work. As I'm getting older the idea of going to work and doing your thing whilst paying someone else to do these bits of jobs for you is getting increasingly appealing. Cars are for driving and looking at adoringly,  not lying under 😄

This time of year, I agree. I get a huge amount of satisfaction from working on old shite and fixing it, but that relies on the proper tools being available.

One of the most important 'tools' is space to work. Another one is time - time to make a mistake and not sabotage your only means of getting to work.

And yet another is light - for many of us that means daylight. 

In other words it can be enjoyable in the summer, but it's a feckin chore this time of year. 

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The MumBus ® is back in action. Mrs Grogee reports it is running well but the heater is a bit sub-par.

I kind of noticed this too but put it down to Big Interior Volume. However once I do get into our new [used] house I will give it a reverse flush of the matrix and change le coolant. From memory the crappy plastic thermostat housing will start to leak too so that'll be the time to change it. (It warms up just fine if the digital temp gauge can be trusted).

In other news I 'won' a starter motor for the Maestro, £50. I do tend to keep an eye on bits for sale in case anything crops up, as spares are thin on the ground. I've got shedloads to go on it now after the Works are done early March, inc clutch kit.

'Sovereign Rotating Electrics', now there's a name you can trust*. How Brexity.

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Some post arrived today, some eBay tat I'd kind of forgotten about. Because we don't have a postal address at the moment, stuff is going to BiL's house but he's normally at work so then it ends up at delivery office. Therefore it's usually weeks before I get to see what I've ordered.

Not pictured is a pair of knobs for the Maestro seat recline. 

The Fast Check should help in the event of an FTP, at least if it's an ignition fault. I think it plugs into the EFI harness under the bonnet then checks for proper operation of the sensors. Thankfully it came with instructions.

All shiters welcome to borrow with the usual T's & C's: you break my stuff, I break your kneecaps.

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Mrs Grogee came home and declared disgust that £120 worth of diseasal didn't fill the MumBus ®.

It's only ever wimmin that say things like this.

Men: Fully cognisant that a fixed volume of fuel will have a cost dependent on the price of said fuel. Therefore, simply release the filler handle when your shoes become covered in flammable liquid. 

Women: "I always put in £30 because that gets me to work and back for the week, even if I stop at Maria's on the way home. But this week/month/year the light came on and I had to put £30 in again!"

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Just been to pick up a couple of front wings for the Maestro. I don't necessarily need them as such, but I thought they'd make useful spares, and they were local. Having cogitated a bit on it, I think I've now got a full set of RH and LH inner & outer rear arches by using 'opposite corner' front wing donor panels - so 'Kevin' the fixing man may be grateful of that next month.

Anyway the chap selling them had not one but two Talbot Avengers - a red saloon and a silvery-blue estate that had just come back from the paint shop. Full marks for keeping that rammel on the road. He's selling his Maestro (for which he's accumulated many spares) because he can't drive three classics and they don't like just sitting about.

The estate one was on a two-post lift and was being reconstructed after the paintwork, so there was no tailgate, wheels etc. However - what a satisfying project to be doing, a shiny body fresh from the body shop and you just need to bolt the bits back on. Lovely.

 

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