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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2013, 01:13:26 PM »
Absolutely day lol
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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2013, 07:24:17 PM »
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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2013, 08:00:14 PM »
That's a genuine picture. I've seen the hair.

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2013, 07:46:07 PM »
So with all this snow, and a nice flat carpark up at the farm where the unit is it was time to have some fun! Had my DSLR up there so took some snaps of the old man as we took it in turns. Good times!  8)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152415251205234&set=a.10152415251075234.943540.654010233&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152415251315234&set=a.10152415251075234.943540.654010233&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152415251210234&set=a.10152415251075234.943540.654010233&type=3&theater

*apologies for the links, it won't pull in the images from Facebook!
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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2013, 07:48:16 PM »
Where was my invite home boy?
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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2013, 07:49:49 PM »
I thought you would be pioneering AutoDrift to the masses!

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #31 on: January 24, 2013, 08:45:32 PM »
Cool pics.. The car park down from me is a sheet of sheer ice :) daren't go on it though in case i get stuck lol...
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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #32 on: March 03, 2013, 08:29:25 PM »
Now off the road for some much needed TLC and other bits. Rocking around in another 2.0 GLi I got from Chester today, I've had to go via the hospital for some blood as my nose keeps bleeding with the suspension being so high!  :D

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2013, 09:47:49 PM »
I bet the air's thinner too lol
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« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2013, 10:48:24 PM »
I just sicked in my mouth
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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2013, 11:34:46 PM »
Ah the classic 'I'll just take it off the road for a few tweaks' that turns into an endless rebuild/modfest :D

Suspension too high? Get the angle grinder out ;D

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2013, 07:22:01 AM »
Hah, it needs to be done sharpish, I'm blocking the unit doorway up!

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2013, 10:30:37 PM »
Looks great in the pic from Retro Rides. Very shiny!

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2013, 12:09:47 AM »
Ah busted! Yeah that was its last proper outing really bar being used for daily duties. Cheers!    8)

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #39 on: August 08, 2013, 10:33:46 PM »
So, where are we up to? Carlton now super low. Driving it through Winter and out the other side it had started getting a little frilly round the edges so a decision was made to take it off of the road - for a couple of months. That way it can be sorted properly and for the long term. A replacement daily was bought - for ease of use it was a 2.0 Carlton (with Tax and MOT), found in sunny Chester. Now Chester is a long way from Milton Keynes in an unknown car so a backpack full of useful tools, water and small spares was taken along on the train.

Upon arriving I was presented with this beauty.

Check out the sweet ground clearance, the genuine patina on the front wings and bonnet. I already knew I was in for a treat. I paid the man the money and very carefully took it away to the nearest petrol station to fill it up.

First impressions driving the car - smells like old people, judders at the back when you pull away hard, nose keeps bleeding because of the ride height. Still, not a problem, filled it up with fuel for the journey back and went to meet up with a friend from the area at a pub.

Post pub was the long drive back, arriving home to load mine onto the trailer to take to the unit. In daylight the next day I decided to have a proper non rose tinted spectacle look at my new daily. It came with many modern refinements such as:

Designer paint


A super special number plate that doesn't get picked up on speed cameras (purely because of the state of it)



For the modern man, normal mirrors aren't good enough, so a vanity mirror is ideal!



Speed dent 1



Speed dent 2


Some of that rare genuine patina, the scene boys loved it.


The one thing I didn't know I was bargaining for when I bought the car - clearly I came out on top with this one. Free bambo stick!  :)



Last but not least my new favourite toy. In a traffic jam with a mate behind you on his wedding day? Want him to think it's raining and put him into panic mode? Get yourself one of these! The thinking mans washer nozzle. Let the pressure build up and it can clear two car lengths!



Anyway, enough nonsense I know you are jealous enough now...


First on the list, as I see it everyday was the drivers door shut.



This was cleaned back and then repaired.



Next on the list was the normal place - the rear arches, I sheepishly started taking trim panels off then started to prod around...



Ok, so they are pretty bad, not terminal though by any means! So, speaking to a welder that is friendly with the bodyshop two doors down a deal was struck and he did the work. It was given to a pro to do because it's double skinned, curved and just wouldn't have looked as good had my fair hands done it! These were the results..





Before it went to the welder, the sills were cleaned up, and issues resolved and then painted.






Sills, check. Arches, check. That's good, now on with the nicer bits. The front coilovers were taken off, as was the anti roll bar, all cleaned up and painted - rebushed and put back on. (Obviously the best place to hang them was right in the toilet door at the unit, smart).


In addition to that, the subframe bushes were replaced on the rear.


So, solid car, nicely all rebushed car. Things appear to be going well so far...until some oil is found on one of the rear coilovers, one of the seals has gone and speaking to Spax the units can't be rebuilt. Nuts. So a pair of replacement coilovers were sorted for the back, spanner in the works but nothing that can't be sorted.

Onto cosmetics, the passengers door was looking scabby at the bottom half. Not rusted through, only on the surface so cleaned up, treated, resprayed and then machine polished!


While all of this was going on the Ron Burgundy, as it had been named, was looking a little worse for wear. The temperature gauge would have a tendancy to do this, from the moment you started to the moment you finished.


Also the bonnet had had an accident with black board paint and some chalk pens


Then the day came where it was time to switch them over. Mine was assembled and good to go and the Ron Burgundy had served it's purpose, here they are together.




As is the way with cars that aren't very good, the useful bits were stripped and either kept or sold and the rest was, erm, well...



Bye Ron! Put a bet on a horse for the first time in my life later that week, it was called Ron, it lost. Just like the car did at life.

Here's some pictures as she stands now...







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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #40 on: August 08, 2013, 10:35:42 PM »
This last weekend was spent upgrading the front brakes - from 258mm to 286mm Omega ones. Should improve stopping and reduce the cooking!



Plans for next weekend are steering rods as the tracking adjusters are seized and ARB links.

Next investigation will be larger rear brakes to match!

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #41 on: August 09, 2013, 10:20:30 AM »
Good work Steve - loving the bra!
Must get that trim off to you.

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #42 on: August 09, 2013, 10:32:36 AM »
Thanks dude!

Yeah I bought the bra on a whim really! Wasn't sure if it would suit or not and I like how it's come out  :)

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #43 on: August 09, 2013, 11:05:03 AM »
Excellent work  :)
is it worth upgrading the rear brakes ? the fronts do all the serious work 75-90%,
and provided your rear calipers are lubed up (because they do like to seize up, 'like a pensioner in january',due to their lazy nature)
If the above post contains spelling mistakes / grammatical errors / poor use of the quote function / a very weak retort, or is generally shyte; it's because I'm feked on a cocktail of drugs,homebrew and carb cleaner.sorry

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #44 on: August 09, 2013, 12:02:30 PM »
Thanks Dave.

I think it would be worthwhile - so long as I don't upset the bias (mainly because I can't be bothered to fit a bias adjuster). It'll mean the back brakes will be working in line with the bigger fronts - plus it'll be an easy swap and the fluid needs changing anyway so I figure why not  ;D

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #45 on: August 09, 2013, 02:18:04 PM »
Looking very sweet now Steve  ;)

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #46 on: August 09, 2013, 07:06:14 PM »
same rears as 24v gsi!!
what would life be like if we all drove fwd cars? feckin boring that's what rear drive or bust

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #47 on: August 09, 2013, 07:23:06 PM »
Cheers Paul  :)

The 24v and 2.0's are the same?

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #48 on: August 09, 2013, 07:34:04 PM »
At the rear, yes!

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Re: Stemo's Barge...
« Reply #49 on: August 09, 2013, 08:00:31 PM »
Apart from piston size?
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