MadManMike

The Car Thread

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I loved my Passat, in all the time I had it it cost me an £18 airbag warning light on the dashboard, and that only failed due to someone hamfisted refitting the dash panel. The 1.9 two is a proven dinosaur of a motor that just goes.

Returned good mpg, long service intervals and just a mega comfy ride. The back end was huge, with the seats dropped it was gigantic, I slept in there a few times no trouble and I'm 6.4.

I had the B6 Passat, which I'm not sure is gonna be available for your budget unless you go spaceship mileage, but I've only ever heard good things about the B5 and B5.5 Passats, alot of them often preferred them over the later model.

Check out golf estates too, they seemed to appeal to the elderly when new so there's some really well looked after examples out there, with sensible miles on for not much money.

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That's a good point, and something I've unconsciously done with my Eunos. The car cost just under a grand and in 4 years of ownership I've put about 5.5k into it.

Seems nuts, but that's almost everything replaced including all the exterior panels, welded both sills and rear arches and had those sprayed.

I could have kept buying £1000 MX-5's and having all those issues repeated, but instead decided to gradually sort mine. Granted I'd be less inclined to do that kinda work on a "normal" car.

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just spunked nearly 1k on car insurance, but that is year 4 of 5, so hopefully this time next year i'm gloating about cheap insurance. if not i'm setting fire to a luxury vehicle parked near mine in 12 months time.

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Starting to look like it might get finished in the next decade or so. 

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i spotted something on twitter last night that would suggest that they are now aiming to get it finished this year. 

I think this is now all they are working on. 

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Well this seems to have died so I guess I'd better stop lurking and post something. 

I finally finished making the bits to bolt the first wheel onto my 924, the wishbone's only temporary until I get more laser cut parts to have another go:

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Then this weekend I went and collected a pair of seats, then test fitted the drivers one: 

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Might even finish it one day! 

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So very cool! Will have to pop my head in for a snoop at some point, bet it's even more nuts in the metal.

Vaguely related: Still up for giving each other head swapping your large port for my small port head? I'm about to order a set of gaskets, if you are then I'll double the quantities :)

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Wish I had the space and skills to do something like that. My car would definitely benefit from being turned upside down and having lots of crap cut away and fresh shiny stuff welded in.

Hoping to MOT it next month, having been SORN since October, but I fear the rust may prevent it...

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That looks epic, shame you can't drive it like that without the front wings.

I think i've asked this before but remind me again, how come you are rebuilding all the suspension? Whats the standard setup look like and how have you improved it?

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Thanks guys. It's amazing how much nicer it is to work on on a spit Mike, but it's all too easy to get carried away with the idea of 'if I ever might want to do this, now would be the time as it's so much easier with it in the air'. 

Danny, basically it's just because the old lot was knackered, I like making stuff and if I'm lucky it might go round corners better now. Not that 924s don't handle well to start with. 

I've moved the lower arm inner pivots up about 40mm and the ball joint down a similar amount, letting it sit pretty low without putting the roll centre underground (I'm sure you know, but I stumbled across this great explanation of why that matters the other day) I've also made very offset top mounts that give way more caster and push the whole strut assembly outboard without the increased SAI/KPI I'd get from just a lengthened wishbone. I've replaced the steering rack with a mk2 escort quick rack to speed up the steering and make spares easier in the future, and the uprights I've made use yaris rear wheel bearing assemblies and have brake mount's to take mk2/3 golf brakes. So it's now 4x100 (originally 4x108) and brake upgrades will be available off the shelf going forward. 

The back ends getting a similar treatment; a tube subframe with new arms, tweaked pivot points, Audi S3 rear brakes, mk4 golf front wheel bearings and CV joints etc. I'm essentially just using parts bin stuff to hopefully improve performance while keeping cost (current and servicing) low. 

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I've bought myself and my mrs an Alfa Romeo incredibly cheap. Am I insane or mental?

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Modern-ish ones are not that bad. The 156 for example was a step up in quality from previous models. 

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I had a giulietta and it was faultless the entire time I owned it (granted that was only a year but still).

That was a 2 litre diesel FYI.

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It’s an 04 147 ti that I exchanged just £300 for. Picked it up today and been for a blast and I’m incredibly pleased with it. Think I’ve got myself an absolute bargain it’s drives brilliantly and does not need anything major doing to it beyond a service. 

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I loved my 156 it was faultless, replaced a knackered front top arm, serviced and frequent oil changes. did 30k miles in 12 months with no drama. 

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Only had one Alfa myself, a 145 cloverleaf, which was faultless. My old man has had loads; Spiders, GT Junior, Alfasuds, multiple 33s, 75s, and 155s, all Cloverleafs. Think out of all that,one had a cambelt let go (as it pulled away from a junction) and that was it!

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Standard washes car - instantly rains tactics...

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Had a run out to Tegiwa Imports yesterday. Was a bit too late and missed some nice Hondas. Had to leave before I spent too much on new bits I don’t really need. Was nice to give the civic a good run out. 

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Nice Sam, I always liked the saloons.

 

C'mon summer

 

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Worst video ever, sounds like a 30 year old scania :lol: 

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Watched it with no sound on and thought you might've accidentally taken a video instead of a picture! Was expecting some yankee air suspension bouncing car or something! :P

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That's a nice setup, I reckon it'll be pretty damn loud in there though, so that system might not have enough muscle still.

Looking cool though!

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After a month of pissing around with useless UK couriers and NZ customs, my parcel finally arrived :D

Not the biggest power increase in the world but enough to make smiles!

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First trip out of the year...

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