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Posted 23 October 2021 - 08:39 PM

The other car must have been something seriously special if this only got 2nd!



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Posted 23 October 2021 - 08:47 PM

The other car must have been something seriously special if this only got 2nd!



Ha ha ….. I’m gracious in defeat ( bloomin fix!)

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 09:07 PM

Late with photo

1st place - bagged rs
2nd place - me ( literally robbed)
3rd place - very cool old school beemer

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Have a soft spot for anything 70’s and 80’s

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Posted 26 October 2021 - 08:42 PM

Judging apples and oranges a bit there?



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Posted 27 October 2021 - 02:01 PM

The Audi does nothing for me, personal preference only.



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Posted 27 October 2021 - 03:40 PM

Judging apples and oranges a bit there?



And seemingly … bananas

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 03:43 PM

The Audi does nothing for me, personal preference only.


Can appreciate new stuff, and my daily is in that clique but, no …. I prefer retro cool

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Posted 12 November 2021 - 06:18 PM

A couple of jobs ticked off ….

Including wiring up omex shift lights ( only took a year)

Wired up An override switch for electric fan so can trigger it before thermostat switches in / or keep it on longer

A few things bought ready to fit

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Bought this … then made this …

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Boring service bits

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Then this ‘area’ …… before

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After …. When bits decide to turn up - keep watching

Oh then went out in metro and 2 new jobs raised their heads ….. typical

The Audi does nothing for me, personal preference only.


Can appreciate new stuff, and my daily is in that clique but, no …. I prefer retro cool


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Posted 13 November 2021 - 08:19 PM


Dismantle … datmantle

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Found this hiding in bazillion photos on phone

Ace Alex mint van provided the canvas

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Posted 16 November 2021 - 09:16 PM

Stripped back … uncovered/ discovered a few little tweaks / questionable build quality / choices


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Pumped !!!!!!!!

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Now we need to get sender out of block
And then clean up before reassembly O

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Posted 17 November 2021 - 09:04 PM

Heat gun and brave pills …..

Got old water temp sender out and new one in

That’s a win …. But trying to get headlamp out of metro is another story …. Can it be that difficult ? … seemingly so

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 07:27 PM

Before and after

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Complete favourite job of all time …., not squashing fins while squashing rad into place !

Had to take off electric fan to get rad in then Will try and refit once all in ., oh and bottom hose …. Fave job just got even better

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Posted 02 December 2021 - 08:08 PM


Got several jobs on the go …..

While replacing all cooling system , spotted old silver heat mat on bulkhead … replaced with left over gold from bonnet


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Rad, electric fan , water pump , sender all back in … just waiting for new fan thermostat sender for bottom of rad


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Anyone got a spare bulkhead plate - ( large plate behind carb) ?

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 08:56 PM

Cool Clubby!

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Posted 07 January 2022 - 05:25 PM

Let’s start off easy ….

Got a new one of these ….. couple of reasons



1 - new design has locating pin part of collar - old design used existing bolt from old collar and after this hardened pin fought against the alloy during its hard and short life it opened up the hole which in turn left me with twisting movement on gear lever when in gear !

2- the top threaded section of gear lever snapped clean off ( gear knob in hand … vicar) while at a junction


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Sorting out problem 2

The gear extension was the problem here …. All the pressure was on chamfered section due to threaded section on gear lever being too long for ‘box section on extension ‘

See the problem … waiting around the corner … waiting until I was at a busy junction …

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How it sat

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How I needed it to sit - mounting point spread along thickest part of shaft ( stop it!) and on threaded section

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Drilled through box section and washer and bolt from top ( sorry no pic… will do when in situ)

Then drilled out thread of inner mounting collar ( as of course the thread was never going to be the same was it ?) then chamfered to fit profile of lever

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Have fitted new lever in , just waiting on some bits then will put all back together and take some pics……

Before you ask …. I. Didn’t want to butcher/ cut down thread on lever , to get section to sit further down
( plus I can take it off and fit standard knob if I wanted to later) …. Rather butcher a £10 gear extension !

Plus other jobs to follow




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