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hippie dave last won the day on September 30 2013

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    Beer, Cycling, Driving, Classic cars, Steam railways, aquisition of junk, setting things on fire, making noise in the workshop, camping/travelling, completely irrational and hare-brained schemes involving one or more of the above
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  1. 17 year old driver insurance oddity !!!

    Good result there! I think in the last five years the black box has ruled supreme for new drivers. Make and model of vehicle is less relevant. A mate of mine started driving aged 21 a few years ago. once he passed, quotes on pretty much anything ranged from £3000 and upwards without a black box. However, they were around £1200 or so with little variance on anything at all from a saxo to a seven series, as long as the black box was fitted. One old Audi A4 avant 2-litre later, he was quite the happy bunny.
  2. E28 heater temperature problem

    Bugger You're going to hate me for this but I have just bought a heater valve repair kit from Amazon (USA) for my E24 for around £20 including shipping and import charges. it includes the O-ring, gauze and circlip. It is compatible with the E28, too! Thanks for that handy hint Mr. Tim! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCR2Y0E/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Amazon do stock a rather impressive amount of parts for these old cars, it seems.
  3. NEC Classic Show -Fabulous 528i E28

    £37k! I need to get off my arse and get my sixer finished!!!
  4. Trailer tyre - technology swap

    I had an old box trailer that was kit-built many years ago using Mini Wheels and hubs. I believe such trailers were (and still are) quite common. Trouble is, sourcing low-priced 10" Mini Tyres in the year 2017 is almost impossible because they're not in widespread use any more. Yes they can be bought new through a specialist, but I didn't want to spend upwards of £100 on a pair of tyres for a little old box trailer I was going to use very infrequently. I think you can still buy the hub bearings inexpensively though, a common failure point when the axle is left sitting outside for months at a time. Twenty years ago I'd have picked up a pair of wheels and tyres off of a scrap car for pocket money, but times change. I think Vauxhall corsa wheels have the same PCD and are either 12 or 13 inch, the previous sentence applies to them and part-worns are generally available. Anyway none of that matters now, as the trailer got stolen and I haven't owned a car with a towbar for quite some considerable time now!
  5. E28 heater temperature problem

    Possibly. They are known for getting bunged up with detritus, as they operate off of vacuum from the inlet manifold. It is located above the accelerator pedal and is easily removed if you unscrew the associated trim panel below the steering column.
  6. e24 -genuinely getting rare now

    I bought one a few months ago. I took my van to its usual place for the MOT, and it was sat at the back of the yard looking quite sorry for itself. The garage know me and my E28, and I got in touch with the owner and a deal was struck. My project thread is here: It had been shunted out of dry storage following a 15-year lay-up and subsequently been vandalised. The interior is an absolute mess but the rust does not appear to be that bad. I'll have a splash of chilli sauce on those words when its time to eat them. Its a 1986 (E28 based) 628csi, which is actually quite a rare beast. The temptation to drop a 3.5 in there is strong but I think I'll keep it as it is if the engine is still in good shape, I quite like the rarity value. I imagine there was little difference in price between the 628 and the 635 when new.
  7. I'm out from under my rock with a new project.

    Doorcards complete. Not too bad for a man with zero qualifications in upholstery. I bought a big sheet of 1/8" hardboard from B&Q, and a couple of metres of polyester wadding from a local upholstery shop (Masons of Abingdon - 01235 520165) I used the old, warped and water damaged door card back boards to mark out the new board, which I then cut out on a bandsaw and neatened up with a file and sandpaper. I then used a holesaw in a drill and a plasterboard saw to cut out the window winder blank and the door handle respectively. I cleaned the old cloth material with a pressure washer while it was still attached to the old doorcards. I then carefully removed all the staples, and put it through the washing machine at 40 degrees. It came up better than I expected. Then I used a craft type stapler to put the whole thing together, incorporating new wadding. I don't know that it was up to the job- it was constantly jamming and/or breaking the staples but we got there eventually. Its quite a fiddly job to get right. You have to stretch the material correctly and straight, otherwise it will show up in the check pattern! Next stop- SEATS. Bye for now, I'm off to wales to go and watch Rally GB.
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  12. Courtesy car time!

    You lost me there haha Remember, Hire cars are the fastest cars on the planet...
  13. MOT.gov website

    My Horrific old skoda felicia is still going strong with no advisories in the last two years. The alfa 156 is almost definitely saucepans now, and so's the peugeot 205 and the merc 190e. This is why Aliens wont talk to us.
  14. Its a desirable colour, and I would say that the low mileage backed up by a full service history and paperwork sets yours apart from the rest. It appears to be in generally above-average nick. £6k is very strong money for a 2-litre car though. If its rust free and has a long MOT, I'd place it at around £3 -3.5k. I very much doubt you'll lose money on it if you keep it nice. The idle issue is likely to be a vacuum leak somewhere in the engine bay. These cars are fitted with a number of rubber pipes that disintegrate over time. Worst case scenario for the clocks, as Duncan says, is a good used replacement instrument cluster at ~£100. Repalcement inserts for the window trims are available- Try classic car upholstery and trimming firms. Those are all fairly common E28 faults. A good local bodyshop ought to be able to do the rear arch and bonnet for not too much money- take it around a few and ask. BMW badges are ten a penny on eBay (you can use one off of almost anything for the bonnet but the boot fitting is more specific) or alternatively I think they're not too dear from BMW. Something for the Christmas list maybe.