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Forum: The Library Café Jul 1 2022, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Out in the van today noted that I had lost the nearside front speaker.

From prior experience I knew this was almost certainly going to be down to the spaghetti associated with the stereo getting...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 30 2022, 04:45 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Caddy is back from the garage.

They had a good dig into the front end and aside from the little bit of play in the universal joint at the bottom of the steering column I had already identified it...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 29 2022, 07:05 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Removing those stickers from the Caddy earlier in the week reminded me that this one on the van had been bugging me for a while. "A while" in this case meaning around three years.
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 27 2022, 05:46 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Can't really see the appeal of a modern one to be honest. If I were looking at a modern small sports car that's properly driver focused I'd probably lean more towards a Porsche Boxster. Well...I...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 23 2022, 10:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Depends on the era I guess. I think Lotus peaked in the 90s with the first iteration of the Elise. Their formula has always been "simplify and add lightness."

They're not bad cars, but they are...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 21 2022, 01:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Been a while since I've had to wave any tools at the van.

Starting to get back into a functional state for my part again I figured that starting to tick off a few things on the to do list on it...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 16 2022, 12:10 PM
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Views: 42,173
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Have had temperatures of 85F here today and it's horrible. I know that's nothing to a lot of you folks, but the UK just isn't set up to deal with heat like this. It's very unusual to find a...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 14 2022, 08:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not doing too badly to be honest, compared to what I've seen a lot of people going through I reckon we've been quite lucky. Though generally following good practice and all of us having had all...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 9 2022, 08:56 PM
Replies: 267
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Continuing the "Zel has COVID and feels too awful to do anything involving more than 30 seconds of physical effort, today was the turn of the Spectrum to be tested. Though before I could do that I...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 8 2022, 07:16 PM
Replies: 267
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

A friend was kind enough to drop this box of goodies off a couple of days ago.

https://i.ibb.co/X8NjvtV/IMG-20220606-113435.jpg (https://ibb.co/8cTNS9X)

This is well timed as me (and the entire...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:20 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Finally, a handful of photos I took around the convention itself. These are probably more relevant here than on any other forums I'm on so seem worthy of inclusion.

Walking up to the main...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:02 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

...

This apparently is quite properly rapid.

https://i.ibb.co/Df0L18w/IMG-20220528-122328.jpg (https://ibb.co/5hb21ns)

One very pretty little sports car.
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

...

The Japanese were pretty well represented too.

https://i.ibb.co/92t3hLm/IMG-20220528-131909.jpg (https://ibb.co/wCsr7XZ)

https://i.ibb.co/XX0GzB5/IMG-20220528-131900.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:01 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

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Seeing this very much reminded me of how much I still want one.

https://i.ibb.co/S35cHnB/IMG-20220528-122118.jpg (https://ibb.co/MCZfKV7)

Though admittedly the early airbag wheel is...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:00 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Okay, here's the update from Sunday - having to split this up into a couple of post due to the number of images was going to be really awkward working from my phone so I decided to wait until I was...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 1 2022, 02:12 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I'll try to get Sunday's update here later on this evening - due to the number of images I'll need to split it into a couple of posts, which is a major hassle when on a mobile device as I am just...
Forum: The Library Café May 27 2022, 08:18 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

As usual my plans to have everything ready yesterday never worked out. So this morning TPA was treated to what absolutely definitely wasn't the first wash she's had since returning to the road two...
Forum: The Library Café May 26 2022, 08:49 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

The oil pressure test gauge turned up this morning.

https://i.ibb.co/kyF646j/IMG-20220526-130327.jpg (https://ibb.co/vB8v3vp)

Time to (hopefully!) confirm that the oil pressure light in the...
Forum: The Library Café May 25 2022, 09:11 AM
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Views: 42,173
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Today's going great so far.

Envelope arrived which should have the last two films I sent off for processing and two new ones in.

Envelope has clearly been opened in transit, and contained one...
Forum: The Library Café May 24 2022, 11:55 AM
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Views: 42,173
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Just a screenshot from Google Earth to show the layout as it's a bit odd. Guy is hopefully going to send over photos of the damage later today.

Worst part is that we aren't even planning to stay...
Forum: The Library Café May 24 2022, 10:52 AM
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Views: 42,173
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

We've been trying to get hold of a roofer to look at the occasional water ingress issue we know we have pretty much since the day we moved in - in 2014 - without success.

Finally today we actually...
Forum: The Library Café May 21 2022, 05:27 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Would definitely be in the minority around here! About 85% of the cars in this area are virtually new VW/Audis which change every year or two...the idea of actually owning their own car seems to be...
Forum: The Library Café May 20 2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

TPA was out and about a few days ago and following on from the recent trend something else fell off.

Albeit rather less important than the last couple of things.
...
Forum: The Library Café May 11 2022, 08:03 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Have been doing a bit more of a detailed look at the rotor arm on the Trevi because it seems like there's some incorrect data out there in the catalogues.

Here are the three rotor arms we...
Forum: The Library Café May 4 2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Couple of updates together from yesterday when I couldn't access the forum.

-- -- --

Simple job to start out with for today, oil and filter change.

This really was overdue a change.
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Forum: The Library Café May 2 2022, 07:50 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yesterday the replacement distributor cap and rotor arm for the Trevi arrived.

Not often I can visually show how worn out a distributor cap is with a couple of photographs...
...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 27 2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had a bit of a downer of a day today because of the general public being inconsiderate morons, then wasting several hours trying to fix things that an Android update that installed itself last night...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 26 2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

While I had the painting supplies out I gave the engine cover stay a going over too as it was very conspicuously rusty.

Makes things look a bit tidier.
...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 25 2022, 09:36 PM
Replies: 267
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

TPA has been out quite a bit over the last week. Have a few photos...well just because I like documenting things.

A bunch of massive oversized nonsense, and one sensible little city car...
...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 16 2022, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had the opportunity to get a few things ticked off on the Cavalier today to bring it into a more user friendly state for transportation.

[] Replace the very flat nearside front wheel with the...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 13 2022, 09:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Been a couple very little jobs done to make the Caddy a nicer place to be ticked off during the last few days.

The old floor mats were driving me mad as the driver's side one kept insistently...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 11 2022, 09:48 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Well the fuel supply issues in England continue. That's two of my cars now effectively off the road as they're running on fumes and I've not been able to find anywhere with diesel since the start of...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 9 2022, 09:28 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I had one even better than this on my last Saab!

I'd done a routine service on it. So oil, oil filter, distributor cap, rotor arm (rotor button I believe is the usual term in the US), checked...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 8 2022, 10:25 PM
Replies: 267
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

As I've mentioned before something which had been bothering me on the Caddy for a while was that something in the vicinity of the aux belt was quite noisy. The belt while only a year old was also...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 6 2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This arrived in the post this morning.

https://i.ibb.co/YXpNQDf/IMG-20220406-133341.jpg (https://ibb.co/68gywvD)

Given the state of the fasteners I opted to leave it soaking in penetrating oil...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 2 2022, 10:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Finally getting around to addressing one of the things which has been bugging the heck out of me in the Caddy since day one.

https://i.ibb.co/kcwm4MF/IMG-20220401-151210.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 30 2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

That's not one we ever got officially imported here. There are a few privately imported examples around but it was never actually sold here.

They have always looked well thought out cars to me. ...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 28 2022, 07:12 AM
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Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Put together a bit of a to do/shopping list for the Cavalier. Very high level really at this point.

[] Sort brakes - unless they're hard to find figuring on just replacing both front calipers as...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 26 2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had the opportunity to have a very brief look over the Cavalier today. I'd not seen the car since the end of September if I remember rightly, so wanted to see how kind the winter hadn't been. I...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 25 2022, 09:57 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It's slightly scary how massive a Rolls doesn't look these days compared to modern cars. The hood ornament though is worth a pretty penny - which is why so many project cars don't have them as they...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 24 2022, 08:46 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

A suggestion was made on another forum that the issue I was having with the Caddy could be down to that throttle unit having lost track of its home position so was closing too far, choking off too...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 20 2022, 06:16 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Time to do a bit more investigation into the EGR system issue we've been having with the Caddy.

A friend came over with a half decent diagnostic tool a while ago and we confirmed that there were...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 19 2022, 10:40 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well there hasn't been much by way of updates since the inspection of the V123, simply because there hasn't been much going on. Between the weather being pretty dismal and my just generally lacking...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 10 2022, 08:19 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It looks like we've come to the end of the road with this V123. Simply because the current owner is looking for around £1500 for it. I don't doubt for a second that on the open market someone will...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 24 2022, 02:59 PM
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Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I'm a bit of a petrolhead, I'm always drawn to the unusual, and I'm an absolute sucker for trying to give what should really be a lost cause a second chance.

See exhibit A when she arrived on my...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 24 2022, 07:32 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

These were actually an official model variant made by the factory. Probably worth less on the used market than an equivalent standard car though given they're going to appeal to a smaller market. ...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 21 2022, 12:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

You really couldn't make this up...

You remember that a few weeks ago I sold on my Mercedes S123? Well this letter dropped through our letterbox yesterday. Personal information obviously...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 19 2022, 05:39 PM
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Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Oh it'll work one day. Might take me a while, but I'll get there. I've been after one of these since I learned of their existence in around 1998. Was one of the first really older bits of...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 16 2022, 09:53 PM
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Views: 13,335
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Sadly all good things have to come to an end, and that meant that on Monday morning we had to pack up and head home after saying our goodbyes. Hopefully this time "See you all next year!" actually...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 12 2022, 07:04 PM
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Views: 42,173
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Well that was fun...we were lucky enough to be graced with a concert by Drums & Roses (https://drumsnroses.com/) a couple of hours ago. They were absolutely awesome.
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