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    Small cars - love em or hate em?

    Well I'm, quite a big fella, as in 6'3" tall, very broad & strong build and all coated in fat, so I generally don't do small cars as they make me look silly
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    it's alive, ALIVE!!!!!!

    Yup. 5.4 to be precise. It sounds awsome, god how I've missed that sound
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    it's alive, ALIVE!!!!!!

    The Near Lee fired today 8-), the heart is beating with a strong pulse. Just need to top up the transmission fluid and set the timing and he's done.
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    Rare cars spotted

    The engine is in its hole and all bolted in, just need to fit the rad and plum it in, fill engine with oil and tune it. I should have it back by the weekend (touch wood). If I can make the meet I will, it would be great to put some names to faces and finally meet people. It all depends on where...
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    Rare cars spotted

    Hmmm, rare cars eh?. Smug Mode.:bigsmile: 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite. the only one in the UK. 1976 Lotus Eclat. Only 1660 (approx) ever made. !982 Vauxhall Chevette auto. When was the last time you ever saw a Chevette let alona an auto? The Satellite is at work waiting for the...
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    Prius vs 520d in mpg challenge

    I really going for this because I hate these things with a passion, possably more than clarkson. This article was published on the internet by the Central Connecticut State University. The Toyota Prius has become the flagship car for those in our society so environmentally conscious that...
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    Prius vs 520d in mpg challenge

    I said this when they first came out. You will spend what you save on fuel on the initial cost of the thing and on maintenence. Also, as far as the enviroment goes these things are a farce!!! It is more damaging to the atmosphere to build or dispose of one of these than it is a Hummer!!! Hybrid...
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    Are car faults engineered

    Defects actually cost the manufacturer more money. They suppliy the original part and then often have to supply a replacement part under warranty (which are getting longer and longer) and swallow the cost. Parts failing is just part of motoring. Bits have always broke and wore out, but now...
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    New Toy

    lol I can choose. Sorry to dissapoint but my 'General' isn't a 69' Charger. Its a 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite. Very similar though, the Satellite and Charger were a bit like the VW Passat and the Skoda Octavia. Much the same car both built by chrysler using most of the same parts just with...
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    New Toy

    I took the surface of the wheels using a Nylon wheel (bit like a wire wheel but wont score the alloy) and then I used polishing rubbers. They are not unlike eraser rubbers but they are gritted. spent an hour or so using that and then I used some G3 cutting compound (usually used for mopping...
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    New Toy

    Finished one of my Wheels today, it took 5 lunch hours to do but the result is superb. From this to this
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    What does water wetter do.

    Funny that, we use Forte fuel treatments at work, often to get cars through the emissions part of the MOT. You cant beat a bottle of Forte fuel treatment and a good thrashin down the A120, works a treat
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    What does water wetter do.

    I never said they were. ;) I was just stating that they are a quick fix for an insufficient cooling system (like radweld s for a leeky system) and if you need to use them, there is probably a fault somewhere that should be remidied or something needs upgrading (i.e. bigger rad, more efficient...
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    WANTED 2 Wolfrace Slotmags

    Nice one, cheers Steve that would be awsome. :)
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    New Toy

    Quick update. Most of the electrics now work. Have discovered the fuel line isn't blocked, just disconnected. Now reconnected. I found some3 very iffy wiring under the bonnet, we're talking twist the wires together and tape them up. Have redone half the wiring under the bonnet now, all fresh...
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    WANTED 2 Wolfrace Slotmags

    Just rims, same as whats on the rear.
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    WANTED 2 Wolfrace Slotmags

    Hi all. I am in need of 2 Wolfrace Slotmags for the front of the Lotus. They are the same PCD and offset as old RWD Fords, and need to be 6Jx13 rims. I bloody sold some of these on ebay about 4 weeks ago. Typical, :rolleyes: The day I get rid of something will be the day I need it.
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    What does water wetter do.

    This stuff is like rad weld. A quick bodge to a faulty or insufficient cooling system. If your car overheats it needs either fixing, or the cooling system upgrading, i.e. oil cooler, bigger radiator, higher flo water pump. The only additive I will ever use in a car is a good quality fuel system...
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    car list

    Jeeze, now you're asking. To the best of my memory 1987 Skoda Estelle Limited Edition Sport. Dont laugh, this was a great car untill I blew it up. Ford Capri. Wrote it off 1982 BMW 528i SE. Awsome old bruiser. Blew it up Peugot 205 1.3GR. Rubbish, Blew it up Peugot 205 1.4XS Good fun...
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    this made me laugh

    I sent one of our old work experience lads down the local motor factors for some 'performance air' to go in the rear tyres of a merc SLK. The soppy tit came back with a blue carrier bag that had been inflated with a knot in the top and "CAUTION PERFORMANCE AIR" written on the side, which he...
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    New Toy

    lol, thats because 'Q' Branch had modified it. New fuse box turned up today so I will have a play with that at the week end, see if I can get something to work. Have taken a couple of the wheels to work to polish them up, when I have finished one I will post a photo.
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    New Toy

    The early Lotus's were alway a bugger to keep on the road, lets just say they have reliability issues. I will do the same with this as I do with everything, when it goes wrong, find the weak point and improve it. This one's starting with a new fuse box moved to a location where it wont fill up...
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    New Toy

    apart from a siezed handbrake cable the brakes seem to be working fine, the discs only have very light surface rust on them.
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    New Toy

    Been out playing today and not much works! Good old british build quality. Apart from the engine and passenger door mirror nothing else works at all. The drivers front lower trunion is shot (thats why the suspension has collapsed on that side) but apart from those two and the fuel line I cant...
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    Pros and cons of classic cars

    I just went on ebay. I searched within classic cars, put in my maximum budget and started with the nearest first. If you go to classic car dealers you will pay too much, your far better buying privatley
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    Pros and cons of classic cars

    If poers steering was never an option on that model, it would be very expensive as a conversion kit would have to be sourced or even designed, fitting it would be an arse as you would need to find or make space for the pump and power rack. ABS would be even worse and yes, ABS systems have a...
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    Pros and cons of classic cars

    The eclat is a 2.2 4 cylinder twin cam 16valve jobby with twin 45mm dellorto's. Factory spec is 160bhp, 180lbsft torque and 0-60 in 7ish. 30 years and 90,000 miles later mines probably a bit lame compared to that.
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    Pros and cons of classic cars

    Austin Maestro MG Turbo, 15-20years old, valued at £500, 5000 miles a year, parked on my drive = £234.47. Classic policies as a general rule are not interested in the state of the car. They ask for Make, model, value of vehicle, how old you are and expected mileage. A classic is a classic...
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    New Toy

    As promised here a a couple of piccies of the Lotus with a few details. Its a 1976 Lotus Eclat S1. She has been standing since 1994 due to a broken front suspension mount and has gained a few other nigglies due to lack of use. All the tyres are shot, the indicators have stopped working...
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    Pros and cons of classic cars

    I have always driven classics on classic insurance and have never had any ncb. I had only had a full licence for a month and 3 days when I bought the 'Lee' and that cost me £213.15 for the insurance. :blink: I have only had my licence for 4 years (I was 25 when I took my test, long story) and...
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    Tried sleeping in your car

    I tried to sleep in the car once. It was 2am in the middle of no-where in october 2006, I gunned it in the 'Lee' and the transmission went pop. After being told the recovery will be with me in 6 hours I tried to sleep in the car. I failed!
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    Pros and cons of classic cars

    This ones staying unmolested apart from the PiperX filters it already has. The Porsche engine went with the rest of the car. Getting rid was such a horrible thing to decide to do I just shifted all that was sitting on the drive before I changed my mind and looked at it for another 12 months...
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    Pros and cons of classic cars

    No man, thats cool. I'd love one of those and was recently looking for a 2000E untill I found the Lotus. I'd loose the wheels though. Big rims on retro motors look poo! the biggest that should have is 14's. A set of old Wolfrace Slotmags would look the nuts on there.
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    Pros and cons of classic cars

    This is a good question. I often get asked why I prefer Older classic cars to running a newer car like a focus or astra. Based on my own personal experiences. Pro's; 1) Classic insurance is MUCH cheaper than that of a newer car. £220 for a 1970 Yank V8 Muscle car, £120 for the 1982 Chevette...
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    Sad, sad day tomorrow

    Yep! The Chevette needs a stater motor, Shocks and engine mounts too. One day I'll learn and buy a newer car. No, I probably wont.
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    Sad, sad day tomorrow

    Not yet. The engine is built up at work, as soon as we have shifted some of the broken down crap I will have him recovered in to finish the job. The Eclat is now on the drive. She has been standing for 5 years and isn,t without some niggly faults but nothing too major. Should have her on the...
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    Sad, sad day tomorrow

    :( He's gone :( Haven't named the Lotus yet. Jo has started calling it "The White Wedge" Which is kinda fitting.
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    Make up a tuning lie

    Make your engine healthier and live longer by replacing your 0W30 oil with olive oil.
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    Hitchhikers - pick em up or leave em?

    I have never stopped, I normally stick my thumb back up at them and keep driving.
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    Sad, sad day tomorrow

    The time has come to admit defeat. After spending months and months looking at Norm and the remains of the Porsche, it's time to admit to myself that by the time I get round to properly tearing into the project again, Norm will be nowt but rot and not worth doing. So I have removed all the...
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