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Post by scarecrow » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:51 pm

I took over the reins on Oscar's old TZD (Swampy) today. I've only driven it a foot as it's still on a Sorn - so I'm chomping at the bit to go for a spin but melatonin has taken over my brain so I'll wait until all the documents are sorted.

I'll put up some pictures tomorrow after I've cleaned it up a bit :) (and I've found out where to disconnect the umbilical chord that's still attached to Oscar and Lena :cry: )

My first TZD - and it's taken an (EDIT: "a") looooong time to come to pass.

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Post by Way2go » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:58 pm

Has Groliffe got a reprieve then, or is it still for the "chop"? :?
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Post by electrokid » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:57 pm

Welcome to the compression ignition club Steve :-)
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Post by Oscar » Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:11 pm

He's only looking after it, right? I very nearly changed my mind. If I hadn't already bought the ZX....
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Post by scarecrow » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:22 pm

The car will be here for a refresher Oscar, should you want it! And we'll be driving to Norwich in it next weekend :wink:

I might have to wait until Monday to give it a polish as I have a job to do tomorrow :( I like cleaning them up for the first time - it's like the first time you sleep with a new girlfriend. I'll give it a good scrub, top and bottom, give all the nooks and crannies a good old probing with my hose then I'll give it a good old going over inside. Finally, I'll top it up with fluids.

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Post by Oscar » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:38 pm

Remember, it takes a while to get up, but it never fails, and once it's up it'll keep going for ever and give you lots of pleasure. Sure it's not the biggest, but it's how you use it, right?
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Post by scarecrow » Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:19 pm

Oh, and plenty of preheating too

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Post by electrokid » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:02 am

I very nearly changed my mind.
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Steve I'll buy it for you and you give me Swampy back....

No, wait....

Oh, God, I need a few moments by myself....
Of all the indecisive people I know - Oscar - you are definitely my favourite :-)
I'm inspired by Richard's work to have a go a spraying the bumpers.
Well, that's my dream list of jobs to get done over the winter.
Yes - resprayed bumpers do make a difference - see my current avatar ! I'd tend to leave it 'till the summer though unless you have somewhere really nice and dry.
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Post by scarecrow » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:04 am

That's a good point, Brian. I think the adage goes, get it running right, then get it looking right.

Oscar, the TZD can be reclaimed by yourself if you do it before I insure and tax it. I plan on taking out the insurance this evening... Have you paid for the ZX?

I guess I am only going to be a temporary custodian anyway, until my 14 is done - so in six months time the car could be yours again, if you still want it then. Don't be shocked if the speedlines find themselves refurbished and swapped onto my 14 though! You're lucky the top of the back seat has a bit of UV fading as otherwise the interior might have migrated too :oops:

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Post by Oscar » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:34 am

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Post by scarecrow » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:48 pm

Oscar and I delved into deepest, darkest Norfolk today. The TZD did there and back on half a tank - just over 350 miles.

Oscar got stopped by the Police on the way home (in his new ZX) and I, following behind in the tzd, pulled in behind. One of the coppers only asked Oscar if the 'lady' behind was with him :!: :!: I ain't no lady :wink: I suppose I will have to give in and PAY for a haircut.

No webbed hands were observed (another lie, just like with Father Christmas)

The TZD performed well. A couple of minorish issues showed themselves, but hopefully nothing other than what a bit of vaseline and some spanner work can't cure.

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Post by scarecrow » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:52 am

It's amazing how much I prefer the tzd to the 14 :? The fuel economy is a major factor, but power steering, turbo and upholstery make a difference too.

The 14 looks fantastic though, has done far fewer miles but is petrol and I definitely prefer diesel.

Should I spend money on the tzd, or use it to get the 14 perfect, or sell the 14 whilst just keeping the tzd roadworthy, and hope a really nice tzd turns up (getting rare now)??? That's a right, proper mucking fuddle.

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Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:02 am

Good question! How about: sell the 14, use some of the money to keep the TZD roadworthy, wait until another TZD comes along, sell Swampy back to Oscar when Lena lets him and use that cash to buy the new TZD? Have you done the ball joints yet? :P In my view, you have to enjoy a car to spend lots of time and money on it, otherwise you tend to begrudge it and the temptation is to cut corners. So whenever you spend something on the 14, could you potentially see yourself thinking "It's still not as good as the TZD"?
There were more turbo diesels sold than any other engine, so with no desperate rush to get one you should hopefully get lucky. Prices seem to be creeping up on anything like eBay where there is a wide audience - I reckon the best bet is in the local ads (not necessarily in your area, you can usually search online) from someone who views it an 'just an old car'. Downside is it may have been (not) maintained as such...
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Post by scarecrow » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:18 am

Ohhhhh sell the 14 - I can feel a panic attack coming on....

It does make sense, though the 14 owes me about eight hundred quid! It is in fantastic condition apart from some tarting up bits. Yes, feck it, sell it and keep searching for the perfect tzd (or possibly XM :oops: )

The ball joints and drop links will be done this week - the sound the car makes reminds of an old tuk-tuk that came rattling out of an old-town Dehli night. I'd laughingly said it sounded like a ghost as it was a good minute after we'd first heard it before it manifested - completely overloaded with butchered animal parts, mainly bones, and a grim-reaper figure under a blanket driving it.

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Post by scarecrow » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:15 pm

I'd just like to say how smooth everything feels in Swampy - it's really a credit to the long hours of fettling by Oscar. :-reindeer