Mat's BX Blog

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Post by mds141 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:03 pm

mat_fenwick wrote:I happen to rather like it too :D
saintjamesy89 wrote:That is an exceptionally clean engine bay
It probably looks better than it is due to the new battery and spheres - I have a bit of a dribble too. Not enough to drip, or require topping up, but just enough to coat things with an oily film that makes my hands black. Time for another gratuitous engine shot though?

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Space is getting a little bit limited in there now, with the LPG kit and winch controller!
Is this the Disco that rolled down the hill?
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:56 pm

mds141 wrote:Started life as a Buick design IIRC, then used by Rover and it's many subsidiaries, then TVR and countless kit car installations.
Not forgetting the Sisu Nasu of course!

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It's not the same Disco, although I would like to turn the rolled one into a pickup, or use the chassis in a 100" hybrid. Exhaust is standard, even with the original catalytic converters from the factory! I removed the cats from the last one to give a little more power, as when running on gas it easily passes the MOT without them. Now, they specifically check that a cat is fitted rather than just the emissions.
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by saintjamesy89 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:51 pm

Looks rather nice, I like the colour but can't decide if it's green, brown or grey! I must admit to preferring the S2 disco's on looks (and the TD5).
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Post by Dollywobbler » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:56 pm

I prefer these earlier Discos, preferably in pre-facelift form but Mat's does look rather nice - and sounds good too!

Neighbour has a Series II Disco with the TD5. Sounds great in a gruff sort of a way, but I find the looks a bit heavy. He's getting on for quarter of a million miles in it now and he's only had to replace almost everything.

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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:53 pm

Yeah, the colour is kind of unusual but I like it too - Willow Green Metallic is the name but does look brownish in some lights. Only 150k miles but very little needed doing to it so far, apart from the obligatory welding!

BX has been back into workhorse Image duty today, collecting slate slabs for a waterfall we're building in the garden.

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Self levelling very useful!
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Post by mds141 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:57 pm

Mat, is there anything you can't turn your hand to. Changing sphere's one week and building a fountain the next. :)
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Post by mds141 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:58 pm

BTW your tow bar is looking very nice. ;)
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2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
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Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:00 am

Ha ha, thanks!

Don't know if it'll look any good, but we're planning a couple of slate slabs above the pond for water to trickle into it.

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Living where we are there's no shortage of waste pieces of slate, so we just wandered up one of the spoil heaps and grabbed a few chunks.
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Post by mds141 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:24 am

It's not raining in North Wales is it?! :)
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2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:27 pm

Always! :lol:

Tonight's job was to service the van before the holiday (exciting Friday nights that I have!) I know the saying goes that size doesn't matter, but surely bigger is better when it comes to oil filters?

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Also changed the fuel filter and cured a slight oil leak from the oil pressure sender. The crush washer I had used was slightly too big, so I combined it with an O ring sitting just inside it.

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The inside isn't quite finished, but better than it was before. Still need to redo the roof - the white coated hardboard I used a few years ago has sagged between the supports, so the plan is to replace it with some tongue and grooved panelling.

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I put textured wallpaper over the plywood walls, then painted it. Makes it look about a million times better! Behind the 'kitchen' area I used a sheet of (purple!) perspex as a splashback. Staring to look almost like a proper campervan than a DIY job :)

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Post by Tim Leech » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:47 am

Cosy!
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Post by Dollywobbler » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:03 pm

Tongue and groove in a van is very funky. This is the inside of our old H van. T'was a lovely old thing (just horrible to drive long distance, which we discovered about one hour into our drive to Sweden. Via France.)
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Paul296 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:01 am

Somewhere in North Wales Batman was out walking his dog, when quite without warning a great big black thing fell on him. Sorry Batman . . .

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mds141 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:34 pm

Paul296 wrote:Somewhere in North Wales Batman was out walking his dog, when quite without warning a great big black thing fell on him. Sorry Batman . . .

mat_fenwick wrote: Image
:lol:
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2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
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Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by saintjamesy89 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:21 am

Made me giggle too! :lol:
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