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Appreciating Classic
« on: April 27, 2014, 06:32:17 PM »
Now I am allotment free I am getting to know my spanners again.

The appreciating classic has enjoyed a full service. I didn't enjoy it quite so much and am now on first name terms with the garage, Cross Street, the one that sits on the edge of the £65m pit.

I took a decision recently to hang onto the old lump, thus saving hours of perusing eBay etc for more examples of the wildly impractical, multi cylinder behemoths so beloved of petrol retailers up and down the land.

T-cut me mum's even more classic classic, did a bit of steam cleaning and eventually ended up waxing under the bonnet, then did the wife's potential classic. Went properly bonkers on mine to the extent of removing the wheels to give them a proper clean.

This is where I ambled gently back into the school of bodging and am in a position to pass on a handy hint. Garages sometimes gun your wheel nuts back on. Normally some effing and blinding while jumping up and down on a long bar will work, and so it was. Then, on the final wheel the key for the locking wheel nut went 'ping' and the effing and blinding reached a crescendo. The proper way to overcome this hitch is to pay money to someone to use a whizz bang thread cutting thingy, or, you can take a slightly undersized socket and a club hammer and beat the socket onto the offending nut, effing and blinding optional, this is the route I took and it was most satisfactory.

I have subsequently fitted a 'performance' back box, the manly grumble type, which entailed some pretty low key bodging, then I fitted an induction kit, this I did carefully employing a Dremel for a purpose for which it was designed which is a rare departure for me. The installation went magnificently, the road test, not so much.

Manly exhaust grumble, present and correct, whooshing akin to Darth Vader every time you lift the throttle, also present and correct. Stalling and engine dying at the traffic lights, also, regrettably, present and correct. Here is my second tip. When you fit a cone air filter you must be scrupulous in removing the installation instructions from inside the filter.........

Not sure what to do next, delay beloved has pointed out that if her car starts to exhibit a manly rumble and go 'whoosh!' when she changes gear that it won't be me locking nuts I have trouble with.

I wonder how difficult it would be to fit lowering springs and if that would entail the use of a club hammer?


Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2014, 08:11:03 PM »
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I wonder how difficult it would be to fit lowering springs and if that would entail the use of a club hammer?
No.
Surely a hacksaw is the tool of choice there ????
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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2014, 09:10:00 PM »
Use a cutting torch it's much more fun or so I am told  :-\
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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2014, 10:15:22 PM »
Use a cutting torch it's much more fun or so I am told  :-\

The manly term for cutting torch is: "Gas Axe".

You bin told.

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 07:22:48 PM »
Wonder if it's really necessary to remove the springs from the car first?

Think of the time I could save......
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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2014, 12:26:37 AM »
Leave it in Eastcott overnight and there's a good chance it will have been lowered-by-stanley-knife by dawn.

I'll fetch me coat.....

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2014, 10:16:19 AM »
Engine bay detailing is now making my brain fizz, I have decided to simply obey the voices instead of engaging in dialogue with them. It saves time. Cotton buds, tooth picks, jewellers loupe and endless hours of polishing things nobody can see. Does it get any better than this?

I can also, if I choose, remove my entire dashboard to replace a defective bulb. Even better the bulb is not essential and it's lack of illumination causes no difficulty at all. As such I am compelled to change it. I've per used the inter web and it will take hours of battling with clips that go 'ping' and disappear into alternate dimensions, then there is a veritable cornucopia of screws with obscure torx heads. The chances of it all going back together are so remote a little bit of wee has come out at the thought of it all.

When I've breezed through those two jobs I can clean the spare wheel well and dress the space saver wheel, me be even spray the jack......

For now however dearly beloved has authorised me to convey her to a place called IKEA, apparently it is near Bristol and we will be joining a mighty throng. I am instructed I will enjoy the experience immensely. I am also advised that should we purchase something that we do not need, that will of necessity not fit in the appreciating classic thus making the journey home perilous in nature, I will nevertheless exhibit all the signs of religious rapture at the prospect. I may secrete a nut from the appreciating classic about my person, thus allowing me to polish one of my nuts whenever I am in danger of being overcome by emotion.

You all have my sympathy if my immediate future has left you weeping with envy.

If sufficiently moved  will document the events of this day upon our return. Once I've stopped sobbing.
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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2014, 10:59:00 AM »
Mart, Ill watch out for your entry on 'Swindon for sale', after you have picked up your new 'item'.....

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2014, 12:14:00 PM »
..... endless hours of polishing things nobody can see.

If you have time on you hands, my lawn needs mowing

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I can also, if I choose, remove my entire dashboard to replace a defective bulb. Even better the bulb is not essential and it's lack of illumination causes no difficulty at all. As such I am compelled to change it. I've per used the inter web and it will take hours of battling with clips that go 'ping' and disappear into alternate dimensions, then there is a veritable cornucopia of screws with obscure torx heads. The chances of it all going back together are so remote a little bit of wee has come out at the thought of it all.

Reminds me of a colleague who thought he could change his spark plugs himself. He dropped a component into the engine and spent every evening for a week trying to fish it out.

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When I've breezed through those two jobs I can clean the spare wheel well and dress the space saver wheel, me be even spray the jack.....

And then mow my lawn?

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For now however dearly beloved has authorised me to convey her to a place called IKEA.   You all have my sympathy if my immediate future has left you weeping with envy.

The Swedish are one of the most depressed nations in world. I am sure that trips to IKEA are a contributory factor. Enjoy  :)

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2014, 01:42:08 PM »
Oh no, love IKEA, if I,d known before spending the morning on Titanic2 out with a Healthy Swindon Walk, I'd have cadged a lift or made me list out.

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2014, 01:53:14 PM »
Oh no, love IKEA, if I,d known before spending the morning on Titanic2 out with a Healthy Swindon Walk, I'd have cadged a lift or made me list out.

IKEA is okay. It is the Bristol traffic that puts me off.

Wish I could have made the Healthy Walk, but I am house bound this weekend nursing a poorly cat with a broken jaw. He only came home form the vet last night and has his teeth glued together and a feeding tube. Having to keep an eye on him to make sure that he doesn't pull the tube out.

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2014, 03:13:10 PM »
Oh no Spunky how did that happen? You have my sympathy, scary looking after sick animals.  Walk very well attended. 

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2014, 03:14:50 PM »
By the way IKEA so short a run in, wwe truly have never had any trouble and Mr Muggins is rewarded with a breakfast.

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2014, 06:55:35 PM »
Am I alone in feeling slightly concerned about a spunkymonkey with access to a feeding tube?!

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Re: Appreciating Classic
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2014, 06:51:02 PM »
Oh no Spunky how did that happen? You have my sympathy, scary looking after sick animals.

Probably hit by a car but we will never know for sure. Vet bill is currently £4,800 and rising. Thank heavens for insurance.

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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2014, 06:56:14 PM »
Am I alone in feeling slightly concerned about a spunkymonkey with access to a feeding tube?!

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Have you ever tried liquidising a mouse?  >:D

We aren't feeding him via the tube. We have to take him in to the vet twice a day for that. Ideally the tube should have been removed by now, but he isn't eating enough on his own yet.

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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2014, 07:01:51 PM »
Very worrying on both counts. Hope he is OK soon.
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