Classic car as a daily runner?

For me, Big Bear/Fawnskin area, in a past life. It's pretty much all snow melt run off that creates the runnels and feeds Big Bear Lake up there.

But on thread, imagine the surprise of finding a Citroen Dyanne up there, perfectly preserved and running. Owned by what I think is now called a nerd. Mind you, that is whacky corner. The odd MG Midget as well, nil rust but sun/UV damage quite severe.

There is an old London taxi running around Temecula as someones daily driver.

In Fallbrook, just down the road, which backs onto USMC Camp Pendleton there is one of the best classic Porker restorers in the US. Not cheap, but damn good.

 

Ravers

LE
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Driving home tonight and thoroughly enjoying life when the accelerator pedal went slack and hit the floor.

Balls. Snapped accelerator cable thinks I. I’ve had this happen before on the Landy and I managed to bodgeneer a repair using some bolts and washers to pinch the broken ends together.

However that was on a nice summer’s day and I had a load of tools with me.

This was in the dark on a country lane in December and the only tools I had were the meagre offerings in the factory tool roll.

Had a poke under the bonnet and all seemed well at that end.

Looked at the pedal itself using the light on my phone and could immediately see that the little noodle on the end of the pedal had just popped out of the rubber grommet it sits in.

Poked it back in and jobs a goodun. Back on the road in under a minute.

I’ll order a new grommet just in case.
 
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In a push I've lodged something under the throttle butterfly to hold it open at about 2500 rpm and managed to drive home. Did about 45 miles before without using the clutch when the cable went !
It's a revelation when an old car goes wrong and you can actually do something rather than be stranded with a modern .
 
It's a revelation when an old car goes wrong and you can actually do something rather than be stranded with a modern .
That's a principle I learned with motorbikes in the late 70s'
 

Carl1960

Clanker
I've had a 2003 Focus ST170 since 2010 which has been bulletproof... Apart from a wheel arch and sill repairs. Oh and I'm on the 3rd or is it 4th VVC box I suspect it was replaced once before I bought it as well. At the moment you can get a rebuild from someone in the owners club for £40 and about 30 minutes of swearing removing and replacing the cable. It will still run perfectly well when it decides to burn the electric motor out or just fail for no reason at all. I passed an MOT emissions no problems in the past with it not playing but of course now a warning light failure means I have to have a working unit fitted. Then a year ago I got a 2006 Hawkeye Subaru Impreza WRX STI and had a series of issues. Air con that is ice cold but almost no heat, really useful for the winter. Oil changes every 3 Months. A recall on a possibly lethal passenger air bag. Subaru told me to avoid front seat passengers until it was replaced. Someone used an air gun on the wheel nuts and torqued them up so tight that the locking wheel nut stripped out trying to remove them. I'm sure I know who did it but I can't prove it so I'm putting their name up. I had to replace the brake lines and the tyres in the same couple of weeks so there were two companies involved. In the past for daily drivers I've had a Mini 850 with slidey windows. Gearbox gave up on that. MG Midget 1500 which was a constant battle to keep on the road on a very limited budget that was sold to a friend who restored it. A Triumph TR7, never as bad as myth would have you believe,. Highlights were the prop shaft snapping and the heater matrix dumping the not very cool coolant on my feet. that was written off by an idiot driving into the back of it.I was doing about 200 miles a week in it. A TR7 Convertible which I never liked as much as the FHC. For various reasons the DHC was taken off the Road and I was forced to scrap it. A 2.8i B reg Capri. I had that over 5 years and commuted in it. It went through ever MOT the only issue was an electronic ignition amplifier and one back box. My now ex wife hated it and moaned and moaned. I gave in and bought the worst car I've ever owned a 1.8 Carlton Estate. A really horrible unreliable car, I had a problem with it on the second day of ownership and it never stopped being a problem until I scrapped it. Briefly I had a 1.5 Alfasud around that time and was immense fun but literally fell apart, I used to leave it unlocked in the vain hope someone would steal it, in the end a driveshaft grenaded in a supermarket car park.. There were several more after this and before the Focus. Astra Mk 2 1.6SR, Belmont 1.6,. Sierra 2.0 GT, Golf GTI 16V Mk2, Sierra 2.9 XR 4X4 & Vauxhall Vectra 2.5...
 
Driving home tonight and thoroughly enjoying life when the accelerator pedal went slack and hit the floor.

Balls. Snapped accelerator cable thinks I. I’ve had this happen before on the Landy and I managed to bodgeneer a repair using some bolts and washers to pinch the broken ends together.

However that was on a nice summer’s day and I had a load of tools with me.

This was in the dark on a country lane in December and the only tools I had were the meagre offerings in the factory tool roll.

Had a poke under the bonnet and all seemed well at that end.

Looked at the pedal itself using the light on my phone and could immediately see that the little noodle on the end of the pedal had just popped out of the rubber grommet it sits in.

Poked it back in and jobs a goodun. Back on the road in under a minute.

I’ll order a new grommet just in case.

Much the same for me today. I ran down to the shops and got an "engine coolant low" warning. No shit, it's got a slow leak, parts on order. Let it cool, open the expansion tank. Plenty in there, but the manual says to fill it to the bottom of the neck. OK, did that. Still got the light.

Started googling for the issue, and apparently it's a common thing where the float in the tank gets stuck. So I was just preparing to go prodding in the tank with a biro barrel, and wanted to feel underneath it for where the sensor is, thus giving some indication of where to prod. Well bugger me if the sensor lead wasn't loose. Pushed it back in, alarm now gone. Yay. I had no idea Jaguar actually provided the opportunity for no-cost repairs, everything else costs bank :)
 

964ST

LE
Much the same for me today. I ran down to the shops and got an "engine coolant low" warning. No shit, it's got a slow leak, parts on order. Let it cool, open the expansion tank. Plenty in there, but the manual says to fill it to the bottom of the neck. OK, did that. Still got the light.

Started googling for the issue, and apparently it's a common thing where the float in the tank gets stuck. So I was just preparing to go prodding in the tank with a biro barrel, and wanted to feel underneath it for where the sensor is, thus giving some indication of where to prod. Well bugger me if the sensor lead wasn't loose. Pushed it back in, alarm now gone. Yay. I had no idea Jaguar actually provided the opportunity for no-cost repairs, everything else costs bank :)
Do you have the Full Service history @Roadster280 ?
 

Carl1960

Clanker
In a push I've lodged something under the throttle butterfly to hold it open at about 2500 rpm and managed to drive home. Did about 45 miles before without using the clutch when the cable went !
It's a revelation when an old car goes wrong and you can actually do something rather than be stranded with a modern .
 
Do you have the Full Service history @Roadster280 ?

About half of it in paper form. It lived about 10 yrs of its life in Chattanooga, and the dealer there was very helpful in providing details of what it’s had done, but they can’t give me paper. It’s a straight car, never had any serious work, and some of the more PITA jobs have been done, like the rear quarter window actuators (known to fail) have been replaced. It’s only done 74K, so on mileage, it hasn’t needed much. I’ve had the transmission fluid and coolant changed, not much more to be done at this point. In the US we have a thing called “Carfax”, which collates reports from the dealers, insurance companies, state authorities etc. It’s so reliable that if you buy a report from them, they warrant the car against the report. So I’m good on history.

Technically the airbags should be changed at 15 years, but, well, fcuk that. It means ripping the seats apart for starters. I’ll take my chances.
 
To add some colour: Some piccies of "classics" from yesterday mornings car meet at the Cantina in The Colony:


There are some who drool over this kind of shite,.......

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These are better,........ spot the 356 Bandit Roadster

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TamH70

MIA
To add some colour: Some piccies of "classics" from yesterday mornings car meet at the Cantina in The Colony:


There are some who drool over this kind of shite,.......

image-72192707.jpg


These are better,........ spot the 356 Bandit Roadster

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image-50459649.jpg

Little black number in the middle piccy is the Roadster?
 
Little black number in the middle piccy is the Roadster?

It was actually a dark slate grey [Sean Connery voice] very sexy looking [/Sean Connery voice]. Nearly did a secret wee in my pants when I saw it.
 

wheel

LE
Dont want to start a new thread so quick thread diversion. We have a Golf MK 7 2.0 GT TDI. Very occasionally the windscreen wipers stop working warning comes on , incidentally the indicator's do not work at the same time but no waring comes up but hazard warning lights will work. Every time try to investigate problem goes away and everything works again. I even took it to local garage they could not find anything wrong but said they cleaned relays etc as a precaution. They then worked ok for several months but recently have started playing up again.
Can anyone be of assistance please @OneTenner
 

GDog

Old-Salt
Dont want to start a new thread so quick thread diversion. We have a Golf MK 7 2.0 GT TDI. Very occasionally the windscreen wipers stop working warning comes on , incidentally the indicator's do not work at the same time but no waring comes up but hazard warning lights will work. Every time try to investigate problem goes away and everything works again. I even took it to local garage they could not find anything wrong but said they cleaned relays etc as a precaution. They then worked ok for several months but recently have started playing up again.
Can anyone be of assistance please @OneTenner
Sounds like a problem that could be caused by iffy wiring sometimes shorting out/touching the chassis and grounding itself.

Best bet for this is a specialist auto electrician.
 

964ST

LE
Dont want to start a new thread so quick thread diversion. We have a Golf MK 7 2.0 GT TDI. Very occasionally the windscreen wipers stop working warning comes on , incidentally the indicator's do not work at the same time but no waring comes up but hazard warning lights will work. Every time try to investigate problem goes away and everything works again. I even took it to local garage they could not find anything wrong but said they cleaned relays etc as a precaution. They then worked ok for several months but recently have started playing up again.
Can anyone be of assistance please @OneTenner
Make sure you get your battery checked (professionaly!). If the battery is weak it can throw an electrical tantrum.

Once yo have eliminated the battery as the culprit then get a "diagnostic program and cable" and plug it into the cars obdII socket and get the faults read.
 
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OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Dont want to start a new thread so quick thread diversion. We have a Golf MK 7 2.0 GT TDI. Very occasionally the windscreen wipers stop working warning comes on , incidentally the indicator's do not work at the same time but no waring comes up but hazard warning lights will work. Every time try to investigate problem goes away and everything works again. I even took it to local garage they could not find anything wrong but said they cleaned relays etc as a precaution. They then worked ok for several months but recently have started playing up again.
Can anyone be of assistance please @OneTenner
@wheel Sounds like water ingress to the body control unit, check the footwells under the carpets for moisture. The indicators and wipers work on an ign. switched supply whereas the hazards work from a permanent live. Given that its been ok in the reasonable weather and you mention the wipers failing , it does sound water ingress related - have you had a replacement windscreen?

ETA just had a word with a fellow VW driver sufferer at work, he mentioned that the scuttle (the bit between the bonnet & the windcreen) drains can block up, allowing the scuttle to fill with water and cause all sorts of havoc to connectors in there....
 
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Ravers

LE
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As usual @OneTenner is bang on.

My mk7 Golf used to get very damp inside during winter. It was definitely leaking somewhere.

On an unrelated note, the random rattles and squeaks from that car where horrendous. I’ve driven 20 year old Alfas and Lancias that were put together better.

Nice enough to drive but I was pleased to see the back of it.

For a brand new car it was pretty shite.
 

wheel

LE
@wheel Sounds like water ingress to the body control unit, check the footwells under the carpets for moisture. The indicators and wipers work on an ign. switched supply whereas the hazards work from a permanent live. Given that its been ok in the reasonable weather and you mention the wipers failing , it does sound water ingress related - have you had a replacement windscreen?

ETA just had a word with a fellow VW driver sufferer at work, he mentioned that the scuttle (the bit between the bonnet & the windcreen) drains can block up, allowing the scuttle to fill with water and cause all sorts of havoc to connectors in there....
Scuttle all clear no sign of damp in foot wells. I do think it is moisture related as it was intermittent last winter. and we have just had our first snow and wet period for quite some time. Where would I find the body control unit ?.
 

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