Classic car as a daily runner?

Poor little thing won't know what's hit it
Just cannot source slushbox spares for the Nippon-Jatco box anymore.
Spares specialists will only flog an entire box, and quite rightly refuse to disable a good'un by taking a sensor out.
I have so far put 4k into it over 3 years Ian.
They get into your blood and soul as you well know and the wee feckers don't let go.
It's got a sort "military form" with a few vet guys at 2 Scots and elsewhere. Lost count of the number of leg issue vets it's put a smile on.
Just cannot let it die but now it's a manual..I guess that is that. Maybe find a few chaps with arm issues instead of leg issues! Not been to see some of the chaps for a long time due to personal health, but much better now and can drive long distance again.
 
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Just cannot source slushbox spares for the Nippon-Jatco box anymore.
Spares specialists will only flog an entire box, and quite rightly refuse to disable a good'un by taking a sensor out.
I have so far put 4k into it over 3 years Ian.
They get into your blood and soul as you well know and the wee feckers don't let go.
It's got a sort "military form" with a few vet guys at 2 Scots and elsewhere. Lost count of the number of leg issue vets it's put a smile on.
Just cannot let it die but now it's a manual..I guess that is that. Maybe find a few chaps with arm issues instead of leg issues! Not been to see some of the chaps for a long time due to personal health, but much better now and can drive long distance again.
....arm issues? As in put it in first and one hand to steer and one hand to...oh! Well, it does rev well in first doesn't it :eek:

I have to sort paint issues out on mine. The bonnet paint has gone a bit "milky" and dull. I think I have to get it polished back and lacquered. Oh well, that's my pocket money gone.
 
....arm issues? As in put it in first and one hand to steer and one hand to...oh! Well, it does rev well in first doesn't it :eek:

I have to sort paint issues out on mine. The bonnet paint has gone a bit "milky" and dull. I think I have to get it polished back and lacquered. Oh well, that's my pocket money gone.
Ian,
If yours is like mine and not, specifically, the Neo Green but "flat" BRG paint the code is HU.
If it's Neo ( a bit sparkly) BRG then it's HU Neo Green. Trust me, even pro paint shops have been fooled. Bloody stupid 2 paints with 1 code.
I'm not sure if the flat BRG ( non Neo) were ever lacquered or clear coated tbh. Mine is not. I do not think so. In which case 3 stage mopping might do you some favours.
 
Ian,
If yours is like mine and not, specifically, the Neo Green but "flat" BRG paint the code is HU.
If it's Neo ( a bit sparkly) BRG then it's HU Neo Green. Trust me, even pro paint shops have been fooled. Bloody stupid 2 paints with 1 code.
I'm not sure if the flat BRG ( non Neo) were ever lacquered or clear coated tbh. Mine is not. I do not think so. In which case 3 stage mopping might do you some favours.

I was looking at the mopping and was going to speak to a couple of mates who know more than me.... ...it's one of those things which should be easy but nervous about tackling it without doing some checking. Wifey keeps saying sell it but if I tidy up the bonnet paint and make it look good she'll be in love with it again.
(mmmm - maybe I should cut out the pies and look in the mirror a bit more often...)
 
I was looking at the mopping and was going to speak to a couple of mates who know more than me.... ...it's one of those things which should be easy but nervous about tackling it without doing some checking. Wifey keeps saying sell it but if I tidy up the bonnet paint and make it look good she'll be in love with it again.
(mmmm - maybe I should cut out the pies and look in the mirror a bit more often...)
Not forgetting Hiroshima paint is criminally stupid thin. I think the undercoat is white. It really is a job for folk armed with paint gauges etc tbh.

Trade SWMBO in first.
The ad could look like:
Chassis in good overall condition for age.
Body work very good.
Headlamps still pop up on demand.;)
Recently shod.
No known rot issues.
Blows a minor fuse now and then.
Regularily serviced :oops:
Bills to prove.:rolleyes:
Starts up every time....even when not required.
First sensible offer buys.
Bring own handcuffs.
 
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Not forgetting Hiroshima paint is criminally stupid thin. I think the undercoat is white. It really is a job for folk armed with paint gauges etc tbh.

Trade SWMBO in first.
The ad could look like:
Chassis in good overall condition for age.
Body work very good.
Headlamps still pop up on demand.;)
Recently shod.
No known rot issues.
Blows a minor fuse now and then.
Regularily serviced :oops:
Bills to prove.:rolleyes:
Starts up every time....even when not required.
First sensible offer buys.
Bring own handcuffs.

braver man would show this to her...... I'm not brave...
Also, I belive there are one or two infringements of the Trade Descriptions Act :eek:
 
Not forgetting Hiroshima paint is criminally stupid thin. I think the undercoat is white. It really is a job for folk armed with paint gauges etc tbh.

Trade SWMBO in first.
The ad could look like:
Chassis in good overall condition for age.
Body work very good.
Headlamps still pop up on demand.;)
Recently shod.
No known rot issues.
Blows a minor fuse now and then.
Regularily serviced :oops:
Bills to prove.:rolleyes:
Starts up every time....even when not required.
First sensible offer buys.
Bring own handcuffs.
hard to get started on a cold morning?
 
Aye she’s a peach.

Working well as my daily runner. Despite the tatty roof it doesn’t leak and the heater is very good for these cold mornings.

I’m probably putting 100 miles a week on it at the moment.

Obviously it’s 33 years old and there is still a big list of jobs to do, but they’re mostly cosmetic or silly little things like sorting the ridiculously dim dashboard lights.

It puts a smile on my face every time I get in it. Which is what driving should be all about.

Even the missus likes driving it.

Can’t wait until spring when I can get the roof off again.
I thought you were a Northerner. Get the roof off when you can, not just in Summer. Even my Mrs drove her mini convertible home on Monday with her mum in with the roof off. I took my Audi A4 cab from Telford to Edinburgh for the England Scotland game in 2012 and had the roof off. Not all the way mind, as I had to wait for the snow to blow off it and it to dry out before I’d fold it down. If it’s not raining get the roof off.

RP
 

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I thought you were a Northerner. Get the roof off when you can, not just in Summer. Even my Mrs drove her mini convertible home on Monday with her mum in with the roof off. I took my Audi A4 cab from Telford to Edinburgh for the England Scotland game in 2012 and had the roof off. Not all the way mind, as I had to wait for the snow to blow off it and it to dry out before I’d fold it down. If it’s not raining get the roof off.

RP
I’m from London.

I just live in the North.
 
When the binacle packed up on my brothers Merc he was looking at all sorts of you tube videos on how to fix it. The MOT was due and as the mileage could not be read it would be a fail.
He was saying what a faff it was to remove the instrument cluster when i was in the passenger seat. I then tried the old and trusted trick of giving it a good slap and lo and behold all was well.
Might be worth a try with your Golf.
 

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When the binacle packed up on my brothers Merc he was looking at all sorts of you tube videos on how to fix it. The MOT was due and as the mileage could not be read it would be a fail.
He was saying what a faff it was to remove the instrument cluster when i was in the passenger seat. I then tried the old and trusted trick of giving it a good slap and lo and behold all was well.
Might be worth a try with your Golf.
If in doubt, give it a clout.
 
When the binacle packed up on my brothers Merc he was looking at all sorts of you tube videos on how to fix it. The MOT was due and as the mileage could not be read it would be a fail.
He was saying what a faff it was to remove the instrument cluster when i was in the passenger seat. I then tried the old and trusted trick of giving it a good slap and lo and behold all was well.
Might be worth a try with your Golf.
A lifetime ago I had an Astra GTE with the digital dash. The first time replacing the halogen bulb behind it (it blew a couple of times). There was a lot of faff getting the instrument cluster to the point where you got the new bulb in. On that first attempt I moved a switch in the back of the cluster that I hadn’t seen. On reassembly and test driving the speedo now didn’t register MPH or KMH but some weird in between. I had to live with it for a week or so before the torture of getting back to it.
 

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Took delivery of this car garage thing today (after almost a month of UPS not being capable of delivering) that allows a car to be protected but maintains a flow of air by two small fans. My Germanland colleague wanted it and it was available from England, probaby googling "Fkk/Naturist/Exhibitionist Tent" and thought "my car will fit in there!:)"

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Took delivery of this car garage thing today (after almost a month of UPS not being capable of delivering) that allows a car to be protected but maintains a flow of air by two small fans. My Germanland colleague wanted it and it was available from England, probaby googling "Fkk/Naturist/Exhibitionist Tent" and thought "my car will fit in there!:)"

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I looked at these things when they first appeared on the classic scene, around 30 years ago. They were touted as helping to prevent rust, keeping shite off, and keeping the vehicle physically protected by distancing possible contacts.

I like the idea apart from the preventing rust. It still sucks in and circulates the same moist air as is outside the bubble. To help prevent rust you need an Arizona like atmosphere, so you need to get rid of humidity. I have seen blokes plumb in de-humidifiers to these in the USA where most of the east coast is akin to walking through a swimming pool in the summer. And, in the winter the cold air so moisture laden that I have seen what look like the odd snowflake spontaneously form in otherwise clear air.

Looks like a Targa to me, what year is it? I had a 1969 911T Targa, next year when done with the house build I am looking to get a penis substitute GT3..........prices have gone stupid on them at the moment with covid, so I am hoping they will come down, or it'll be an S.
 

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I looked at these things when they first appeared on the classic scene, around 30 years ago. They were touted as helping to prevent rust, keeping shite off, and keeping the vehicle physically protected by distancing possible contacts.

I like the idea apart from the preventing rust. It still sucks in and circulates the same moist air as is outside the bubble. To help prevent rust you need an Arizona like atmosphere, so you need to get rid of humidity. I have seen blokes plumb in de-humidifiers to these in the USA where most of the east coast is akin to walking through a swimming pool in the summer. And, in the winter the cold air so moisture laden that I have seen what look like the odd snowflake spontaneously form in otherwise clear air.

Looks like a Targa to me, what year is it? I had a 1969 911T Targa, next year when done with the house build I am looking to get a penis substitute GT3..........prices have gone stupid on them at the moment with covid, so I am hoping they will come down, or it'll be an S.
Its a 993 cab (not mine!).
 
Found the source of my coolant leak. A typical Jaguar situation...

Under the coolant expansion tank is a 3-way job that takes warm coolant off to the heater. It has a plastic twist union thing that is leaking. It, and the hose that connects to it need changing. The plastic union is less than $5 and readily available. The hose is $260 and special order. Fkn-A :)

In other news, I caught the leaking coolant in a pan, to figure out how bad it was. "Not very" is the outcome, just a couple of thimbles' worth overnight. In the pan is bright orange, crystal-clear Dexcool. Happy with that. I then opened the reservoir to see how much fluid is in there. It's about half full. Of dogshit green coolant!!! Not sure what's going on there. I would have thought the green would have mixed with the orange, regardless.

Well anyway, the $260 appropriately-named "spider hose" will require all the coolant dropped anyway. So I'll have it flushed and put the proper purple Jag stuff in it.

A normal day in Jag ownership :)
 

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