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Discussion Starter · #561 ·
28 August 2020 is when I started this thread.

Nearly 580k views just on Retro Rides, and at one point it was over 1000 views per day.

I am not sure many threads get that sort of viewership or interest. There are a bunch of other forums I contribute to and they all had high viewerships and interest

I would guess the global views are well beyond 800k over 2 years.

This build was a very singleminded vision of something I had wanted to do for a long time……… BUT, so many people from Siberia to Southampton and Auckland to Arkansas Cape Town to Cairo contributed in so many ways.

Materially with parts, specialised tools (just think Void Bush Tool), machining and fabrication, thanks @nickwheeler and a bunch of others.

Anyone who feels forgotten or missed out, here is your thank you.

So today I actually drove the car for the first time, going beyond 3rd gear, which was as much as I dared do out on the farm road.

I drove to the scrapyard where so many bits of steel and scrap has come from over the years for various projects.

Onto the Weigh Bridge.

Me inside (120kg) and about 35-40 litres of petrol.

Result, you do the maths.

900kg minus me, gives a decent light weight.

From there it was over to the test station, a bit early, but rather that than late.

And onto the ramp.

They have a lowered ramp to get abnormally low stuff onto for testing.

And up they went.

All four the testers in the centre came to take a look, pointing a few things they liked, out.

One thing that became apparent once the front crossmember was in the air and the wheels and bearing were being inspected was that though within tolerance, the passenger side wheel bearing needed to be tightened or replaced.

Other than that, the comments ranged from awesome, cool build and tidy installation to I wish I could drive this on a track.

High praise indeed.

I will take out road tax next month from the 1st of March as paying a months tax for one days use makes no sense.

I will check out and probably replace the front wheel bearings on both sides.

Also take it for full alignment on a digital machine.

Tonight I am really pleased, thankful and happy for all this community and helpers have helped me,create and achieve.

Thanks again.


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Discussion Starter · #565 ·
Checked out the tax online for the car. £295……. That’s a lot of money. If you add £110.00 insurance, £202.00 recovery service and £50.00 MOT test, getting on the road is not cheap.

Still, the more you drive, the cheaper it gets.


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Discussion Starter · #568 ·
You are the second person to mention this.

I went back to Green Flag because the S10 was covered at £64/year national, from 500 meters from home etc.

they do not like cars over 16 years, and struggled to get the kitcar quoted.

Once you deduct cancellation fees etc, if these guys were to take on the kitcar, I wonder how much you gain.

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Discussion Starter · #571 ·
Any vinyl sign or sticker makers on here?

@ems1 who did all the work for the “Not a Project” Chevy Blazer was going to do these logos for me, once an MOT was attained.
Unfortunately, he is now not able to do this.
He does however still have the artwork for these stickers and can forward it if needed.

I need a pair of bonnet stickers made up like below….. as always, at a sensible price or less.

And probably cut lettering in white vinyl to stick onto the black stripe, instead of cutting it out of the black stripe.

Stripes will run up the side, like on Wrangler, Sahara and other models.

Ideally I want the sign to be 100mm high and up to 950mm long, but 800mm minimum

Using the top one of the lower three in Black.

Please discuss or PM if you are able, or know someone.

I think it will be a nice touch.

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Discussion Starter · #573 ·
When my power steering packed up in Spain 3 years ago, this lot got me a tow within 1.5 hours, seriously impressed…
That is excellent service.

Got home early today.

Off work after all….. Taken the next 4 Fridays off, as we lose our vacation if we don’t use it by end March.

Chilly,5’C with a brisk breeze.

Went and checked what was thought to be the wheel bearing.

Turns out that with all the fitting, and removing of the 4x108 to 4x100 adapters, I must have omitted to lock it down the last time I reassembled the front end.

Will take a drive tomorrow to go have the alignment done and feel of the vibration has ceased.

And George who has become a garage cat/follower down to the garage, also insists on watching and waiting for you to get showered.

I checked the rear brake light, bulb filament was intact, and I could not see if it worked when I hit the brake pedal.

So will try later in the dark.

Been thinking, considering this is very much a summer car, I think insuring by direct debit on a monthly basis, despite it being more costly on a year on year basis, not paying for 6 months when the weather drives us indoors, may just be a sensible move.


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Insuring on a monthly direct debit will just make it more expensive, essentially, it's a credit agreement with a % APR added on. Cancelling a monthly payment or an annual policy yields the same recipe, they will refund you the year minus admin costs. If I'm not mistaken, doing it monthly will just mean you owe them more money. But do do your own research..

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Discussion Starter · #575 ·
Insuring on a monthly direct debit will just make it more expensive, essentially, it's a credit agreement with a % APR added on. Cancelling a monthly payment or an annual policy yields the same recipe, they will refund you the year minus admin costs. If I'm not mistaken, doing it monthly will just mean you owe them more money. But do do your own research..
Insurance I do yearly.

but road tax you can do by DD, and though it costs more overall, if planned and kets say I store the car 6 months of bad weather time, I still gain 5 months of not paying.

the thing is, knowing myself, I will want more than the 6 months option on the road, so getting a refund on lets say 4 months works.

Saw this great rebody…..

Must be an amazing engineer, or a policeless state or something like that.

Over here…. Not sure it would make it off the driveway

I am still gutted the 2CV van seller never came back to me, or read my messages.

He is a FB non-entity it seems.

With some effort, this could have been a cool, silly build.

Day off today, so headed out to have a few things professionally done.

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Discussion Starter · #577 ·
You said insurance in your original post :p don't confuse me, I've only had one coffee so far!

Potato, Potatoe.

Road Traffic Fund ?

Anyway, done DD.

Ultimately an uneventful day.

Alignment guys could not help, booked in for next Friday.

Fronts balanced. Rears are getting some wider 215/65-15’s I am buying from @pauly to replace the 195/60’s fitted on these 8J rims.

Today @craigrk is coming down via Pauls place to play and see the new for 2023 build.

Chilly outside though.

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Discussion Starter · #578 ·
Rezin Rockit passing it’s MOT successfully was the trigger point for launching and exposing the new MEGA BUILD on here.

I am a bit busy today, but suffice it to say that the new project has been acquired.

It will be a bit of a slow burn this as I have a real life to deal with outside of YouTube, Blogs and forums.

Today being a case in point, 4’C out there but a few small tweaks need doing on the Rezin Rockit including wiring, which has never been my strong suit.

But having mate Craig down from Shropshire, it is a good time to get it done.

So here goes: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1……..

How to screw up your life in 26 miles…..

Do not drink and drive, do not drink and Ebay , do not drink and surf Gumtree or Marketplace. Do not do drugs kids.

Or else.

26 miles……..

5 Star entertainment

4 Wheels

3 Doors

2 Seats

1 ….???

I will get back to this thread update later.

Got stuff to do.



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Discussion Starter · #579 ·
Sitting on a Saturday night at Sally’s place, surfing the web, while she cooks……

Looking for the next crazy build, I saw something silly.

A 2001 European import.

So I messaged the seller, after seeing that he had other stuff for sale, mostly automotive parts etc.

No reply.

Sunday morning Sally made us bacon and fried egg sandwiches for breakfast.

No reply.

And clicking into the Marketplace ad, I saw the message below and that the seller had not seen my message.



So I sent another message, but as an offer, because I am like that, I will always try again and again, just in case I do get a second shot.

So I said to the seller that if his buyer pulled out for some reason, to let me know.

Around 10.30 a message pinged in.

Yes, the car was still for sale…. He did not understand why it had listed itself as unavailable.

Who knows.

So I agreed to go racing over there to look, and got a postcode and address.

Off I went.

Video made as well.

Of course.

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So when I got to the

So when I got to the sellers place, there were three of these outside……

I do not know the classes in banger racing, seems this is a non contact type with an emphasis on winning and finishing, not destroying cars.

The seller and a friend came out and greeted me, while I was a bit taken with the sheer size 0f the car I had come to look at.

While chatting, it became apparent that I had landed in petrol head paradise.

I knew his fathers car……..

I had looked at it and drooled before.

@forddan68 had previously valeted these cars……. So though not directly connected, these were known people.

The dads Lexus powered Ford……

And then getting to know more, the sellers weekend toy, hand built from an imported, left hand drive shell blew my mind.

After an hour or more chatting, a price was agreed.

Including delivery 26 miles away.

I left them and drove home.

I had Not yet told Sally.

Excited for sure.

No idea why.





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