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Roof off

#1 Post by 214cab » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:59 pm

Lovely weather today, roof....off, roof.....off as my two year old son takes great excitement in telling everyone's, daddy's roof off!

Getting a new car through my business but don't think I can bare to give up the cabriolet, hopefully she'll enjoy her semi retirement soon!

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Re: Roof off

#2 Post by GTiJohn » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:25 am

Good man - this is all part of bringing up children correctly.

Guy down the street took his lad out in in his TVR yesterday for the same reason. The lad seemed to be enjoying it :laughing2
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#3 Post by Sir Henry » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:01 am

Went 'down the road' yesterday to do a bit of shopping. Nice sunny weather, so I went on my little mobility scooter. I was soooo irritated to be passed by some berk in a convertible with the roof UP! Why bother?
Why not the cabby? I had to take him off the road late last year as his radiator is rotten, the cam belt is of an unknown age or condition and there's a whisp of steam coming from the head gasket. The intention was to get the garage built and strip the whole engine down and rebuild it. Unfortunately the weather was against me and my local council are still fannying around instead of giving me the necessary planning permission for the garage/workshop (it's 8 metres long X 3 metres wide). Hell; I even need planning permission to replace the fence that blew down in the recent gales :o
In the meantime my Toyota has been stolen along with virtually all my new metric hand tools (some never used) and a load of other expensive gear, so the cabby needs to be made roadworthy ASAP. The parts - gaskets, belt, tensioner, rad, water pump etc. - only come to around £150 and a local garage has offered to do the work for another £150 plus £30ish to check and if necessary skim the head. Can't say 'no' at those prices, can I?

Hope to be back on the forum and/or see some of you in the flesh soon.
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2002 Peugeot Vivacity 100cc scooter
1979/80 Suzuki 850 Trike Conversion
1995 Rover 216 twin cam (Honda lump) Cabrio
2004 Jag 2.5 X-type AWD Estate (manual)
1992 Dodge Ram 250 Day Van (3.9 V6, now on LPG)

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#4 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:41 pm

You're not having much luck recently but sounds like you've got a friendly local garage.

Summer's coming :D
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#5 Post by Sir Henry » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:50 pm

Thanks. The aim is to tow the cabrio behind the Dodge on its trailer. Once I'm 'there' and set up I can just drive him off the trailer and I'm free to go pretty much where I want. The added advantage is that I don't have to leave my dogs behind barking at everyone - which is against the rules of most camping sites.

In the meantime; once the cabrio is back on the road I can have a scan around all the little scrapper's yards in the area - most of which are too far for my scooter and/or are miles from bus routes. The moment I see the bus I'll be on the phone to the scuffers!
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2002 Peugeot Vivacity 100cc scooter
1979/80 Suzuki 850 Trike Conversion
1995 Rover 216 twin cam (Honda lump) Cabrio
2004 Jag 2.5 X-type AWD Estate (manual)
1992 Dodge Ram 250 Day Van (3.9 V6, now on LPG)

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Re: Roof off

#6 Post by Mr Teddy Bear » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:29 am

It's so infuriating when some low life steals your tools.

You may wish to consider having the head pressure/crack tested while it's off, that's if there is no obvious fault to be seen on the gasket/head/block face.

Is yours the K series? if so make sure they are experienced in working on that engine, for example you can't turn the crank with the head off and overheating can cause the liners to drop in the block.

I hope you get it all fixed for summer and your garage get's built.
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#7 Post by Sir Henry » Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:32 pm

So far I've got verbal permission for the garage/workshop, but the fence needs sorting out first. After that's out of the way I just need to contact that charity and see if they still want to come and erect it for me in exchange for my old shed. Meanwhile the cabrio was dropped off at the garage yesterday lunchtime. The head is destined to be tested and skimmed. Fortunately it's the Honda D16 lump, so most of the K-Series problems shouldn't arise. Alas the MOT ran out on 28/03/14 so that needs to be seen to along with a new (free) tax disc. I could be mobile again in a couple of days :clapping
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2002 Peugeot Vivacity 100cc scooter
1979/80 Suzuki 850 Trike Conversion
1995 Rover 216 twin cam (Honda lump) Cabrio
2004 Jag 2.5 X-type AWD Estate (manual)
1992 Dodge Ram 250 Day Van (3.9 V6, now on LPG)

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Re: Roof off

#8 Post by GTiJohn » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:58 pm

Nearest you can get to topless with a Tomcat

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You even get close to nature

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Re: Roof off

#9 Post by 214cab » Wed May 28, 2014 7:39 pm

New car arrived last week, so the rover will soon be tucked into the garage waiting for some tlc when time and funds allow. Probably likely to be off-road until next summer though.

Here's the new car...

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#10 Post by GTiJohn » Wed May 28, 2014 10:41 pm

Looks very smart and will feel very different to the Rover.

Enjoy the TLC bit as well :)
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Re: Roof off

#11 Post by Sir Henry » Thu May 29, 2014 1:27 am

I may have mentioned elsewhere, but I've got another little runabout to put me on until the cabby is roadworthy again

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So far the garage hasn't even got the front pulley bolt out, but at least he's (hopefully) got the right tool to do the job now.
Vehicles currently owned (smallest first)
2002 Peugeot Vivacity 100cc scooter
1979/80 Suzuki 850 Trike Conversion
1995 Rover 216 twin cam (Honda lump) Cabrio
2004 Jag 2.5 X-type AWD Estate (manual)
1992 Dodge Ram 250 Day Van (3.9 V6, now on LPG)

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#12 Post by Sir Henry » Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:19 pm

I spoke to the garage (again!) yesterday and he thinks that, with a bit of luck, he can start the work by the end of the week. He's tried out the new tool on a Civic with perfect results which he hopes will transfer to my cabby. Assuming he passes the MOT I can put him back on his little trailer and take him with me to the next big TEOC meet near Kidderminster next month.
I might even let him have a look at the MG - just for exploratory/advice only though.
Vehicles currently owned (smallest first)
2002 Peugeot Vivacity 100cc scooter
1979/80 Suzuki 850 Trike Conversion
1995 Rover 216 twin cam (Honda lump) Cabrio
2004 Jag 2.5 X-type AWD Estate (manual)
1992 Dodge Ram 250 Day Van (3.9 V6, now on LPG)

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