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  1. Doullamas panelvans

    Saw a green Marina van in Matamata the other day, pretty tidy condition - Complete with NZ Motor Company sticker on one of the rear windows.
  2. Doullamas panelvans

    Lush! Also remarkably convenient that there's an educational facility a mere few hundred yards from your house...
  3. Doullamas panelvans

    Looks lush in purple! I'll come and have a perv one weekend when I'm not up to my neck in firewood.
  4. Doullamas 1948 Q15 Superpoise

    Only just, over the diff howl in the forklift...
  5. Doullamas 1948 Q15 Superpoise

    Good to see you putting some miles on it! Hi-viz aside, it looked very period today when you were rolling home - window down, durry hanging off lip and the low sun was popping a nice shine off that green.
  6. Adoom's 1976 Triumph 2500 TC

    TBH, I can't imagine anything being dimmer than Lucas lighting in Smiths instruments...
  7. Adoom's 1976 Triumph 2500 TC

    That little knob near the clock is the dash lighting dimmer. Also, I may have a complete dash in walnut stashed somewhere... I suspect it's gone AWOL with my other leftover 2500 parts.
  8. Dozydesmonds `74 Skoda S100 Restoration discussion

    There's nothing in or on the dash that isn't already in Czech... No need to change a thing.
  9. Dozydesmonds `74 Skoda S100 Restoration discussion

    Sweet! As per comments above, pull the guards as they can go hideously bad aft of the front wheels. If you're interested in easing up the appetite that these have for head-gaskets with the 1000/1100/1200 engine, and wouldn't mind having a spare 20 odd horsepower in your back pocket, keep your eyes peeled for a Skoda Favorit - Boxy FWD hatch that appeared around '91. They use an all-alloy 1300 that first made an appearance in the 120L (The rear-engined model after yours) and quite literally bolt straight in, using their existing carb/flywheel/clutch.
  10. Sam and his triumph addiction- car number 93

    Just the 2500's - 2000's are almost "square" whereas the 2500 gained all it's size increase via a 19mm stroke. The only boing/thump I ever encountered was from previous owners "enthusiastic" driving causing a slight amount of play in the drive-shaft splines, allowing them to bind up if you loaded them up in a fast corner or bend - rather than sliding smoothly as the suspension compressed, they'd stick and then snap free, causing the noise and a momentary over-steer... Similar to the "twitch" they get with rooted bushes. Both of mine + the parts donor had mint dashes and bootlids, but all three had the front corners of the bonnets lifting slightly above the guards.
  11. Alfashark's South African VW CitiGolf

    Two long hot weekends spent up to my elbows in the dash, but the old bitch finally has a stereo... Nothing fancy, just an old JVC AM/FM/CD unit that was floating around in the boot of my Audi when I bought it. I had some 4" 3-way Jensen speakers in boxes left over from one of my Alfas too, so they've been tucked down behind the rear seat on velcro pads. The other job was the installation of the tacho I'd scored earlier... This ended up being a no-go after a helpful geezer rocked up on my doorstep at 7am on Saturday with a complete GTI dash cluster for the total sum of $0.00 It had a fuckin awful looking red sweep on the speedo past the ton mark, and had ticked over twice the mileage mine has... Pulled the GTI one apart and flogged the tacho from it, did the same on mine and removed the analogue clock. A quick cut n shut with a black frozen yoghurt container lid and a marker pen to fill up the holes where the GTI temp and fuel gauges sat and the job was done. What was interesting when I took it for a drive, was the diff ratio is taller than the build sticker in the boot correlates to - The metric ton in 3rd gear = 3150rpm whereas the diff code and everything else I'd read worked on 3900rpm at the same speed.
  12. Alfashark's South African VW CitiGolf

    Been hunting around for a suitable period tacho recently... VDO and Jaeger were high on the list, but either priced out of my league or of the wrong style. The big Saffa I worked with until recently had shown me pics of his CTI and those of his friends - All running an older model Mallory tach. So, for the price of a dozen beers I bought one from a member on another forum I lurk around: He was unsure on it's exact year, but had fitted it to his Camaro 30-35 years ago... It's going to live below the dash in the center console so I'll update when it's installed.
  13. Alfashark's South African VW CitiGolf

    Well, as purchased the car had a slow coolant leak. The previous owner couldn't quite pinpoint where from, and since it was in the order of a 750ml top up every few weeks it wasn't a big deal. In the last month or so, it started drinking a bit more and quite a bit more frequently... The problem being found as the coolant outlet flange on the trans end of the block. Fired up my version of ETKA to check out my options (despite the car being a '93, the relevant section in ETKA is for an '85 and the single outlet flange is listed under '83...) 3 days and $18 later, the part arrived along with 2 bottles of G12+ coolant: Pulled the bung and drained the system, left the garden hose in the top tank for 10-15min to flush in the normal flow direction and then 10-15min in the reverse flow (G11 coolant that the car was running creates orange concrete when it mixes with the newer G12 and I didn't fancy having to deal with that). Off with the old flange... Brittle as fuck, and the o-ring was well past it. Gave the mounting surfaces a good clean up with a rag to take off the worst of the crap, then a good wipe with a clean rag soaked in petrol. Attacked the o-ring on the new flange with a liberal smearing of vaseline and put it all back together: All hoses reconnected, I filled the cooling system up with plain old water and let it idle up to temp and purge any bubbles in the system while I check for leaks... Left it sitting for a few hours to cool off so I can dump the water and pour some nice clean G12 ready for a long hot summer's driving.
  14. Alfa's Mk1 Golf CTi

    Cheers guys. The priority at the moment is to deal to a pin-hole of rust below the windscreen from a stone chip, and some minor paint cracking on the roof from where the wooden packing cradle was tightened down too far in the container... Whatever else I do, I want it to be easily reverted back to stock. I'm thinking somewhere in the order of a 40mm drop and some BBS RS reps ex-China, say 14x6/14x7 with small subtle lips.
  15. Alfashark's South African VW CitiGolf

    Scored some 13" factory alloys a couple of weeks back... $80 with tread although they need a bloody good clean: