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  • That's what the old Rover had as a roof lining. Trouble with wood pulp is, it doesn't do well in the wet. And Rovers were not renowned for staying dry.

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    • Originally posted by Motman View Post
      I remember when I fitted a new roof lining to my Mk2 Cortina Lotus - I nearly ran out of.....mole grips!
      You must have been a Ford man back in your yoof. A Capri and a Lotus Cortina - very nice

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      • Yeah. Loved a Ford. Here’s a photo of the Cortina Lotus and a Mk1 RS200 (replica). I built both from rusty shells upwards.





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        • The Cortina has not been registered since 2016 and no MOT results. Wonder if it still survives?

          Had a Modena green Mk1 RS2000 (a real one) that I bought early 1980s, new bonnet and doors and a respray (pic was taken after getting it back so tyres covered in dust and not been polished yet). The only things missing were the transfers when I sold it. Always regret selling it.
          Last edited by Hometune; 10-09-19, 09:39.

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          • Then this Escort Ghia a bit later.

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            • Older cars do usually have a much more distinctive look than modern cars - especially like the Escort Ghia

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              • Originally posted by Motman View Post
                Yeah. Loved a Ford. Here’s a photo of the Cortina Lotus and a Mk1 RS200 (replica). I built both from rusty shells upwards.




                I know a guy in Italy who loves such cars. He even has one in his garage in hisproperty in lake comoand he loves to take it out for a ride every weekend.
                Last edited by MRenk; 11-09-19, 11:52. Reason: Edited out unrelated external link

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                • So, the headlining and sunroof are out. Got covered in dust and ****. First job after hoovering everywhere was removing the old material from the sunroof panel - it comes in 2 parts. The bottom panel has the material which matches the headlining and the top panel is the one you see from outside. Amazingly the old glue was still quite strong. Now to recover the bottom panel. Got some high temp spray glue for headlinings and off I went. Not so scary as I had imagined and took my time. Refitted the lower panel to the sunroof mechanism and tested it. It slides back and forward so must have done something right. Can't refit the top panel until a new exterior rubber seal arrives so stuck for today.

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                  • Update: the new seal came late last night and its not an original part, just a copy. Hmmm...... fitting it and find its too short so have to stretch it around the lid and it starts separating. Refit the lid and bolt the sunroof back up, then test it. It wont close properly now So start adjusting and moving everything around to centralise it all and try again. Same Take the lid out and the mechanism all works as it should so refit the lid and try again
                    The new seal is just all wrong in the housing at the rear so phone supplier who says they have sold 10 and no returns. Started at 8.30 this morning and finished at 5pm. Took it all back out and removed the new seal. Refitted the old one and glued the rear part in place. Left it to cure overnight.
                    Bloody cars

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                    • I've come home early today as I’m off.............on another holiday! Before Hometune says anything, I’d like to say I could do without it and I am definitely not looking forward to it. All arranged by the wives - we're going to Mersea island and staying in tin tents - AKA caravans. All the wives are already down there and I’ve got to wait for my mate to finish work as he’s giving me a lift - Mrs M took his wife down there this morning. Mersea bloody Island! 12 of us with our dogs in three caravans but Mersea! We often go to Mersea but just for the day. I can’t see the point of staying somewhere that you can be home from in just over an hour. Could sleep in my own bloody bed! At least the food is great down there - seafood, seafood and more seafood. No more oysters for me though - I had six last time I was down there and only five of 'em worked!

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                      • That's right Motman, you live the high life while I struggle with my old car. How many hols is that this year then Seafood and me don't get on or rather it gives me a chance to have a conversation with the toilet bowl.
                        This morning dreading the sunroof saga. The original seal was nicely set so installed the lid again. And it works So the dodgy seal cost me a day of grief. Worked out that the sunroof is identical to a Jaguar XJ6/XJS from the 80s so might come in handy for spares as almost none left for my car.
                        Fitted the new headlining then my elderly neighbour asked me to help him cut his monstrosity of a hedge. Leylandii on crack cocaine. Now I'm knackered and need a holiday.........

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                        • Hardly the high life! Theres 4 of us in a 3 bed 2 bathroom 'platinum' caravan and it is as cramped as hell. Mrs M lost the toss for the 'master' en-suute bedroom so we are balancing on single beds that feel like they are 18" wide and when you add in the fact that the dog wants to sleep on our bedroom and theres no room in the 6" gap between the beds, its back breaking! Other than that its great. Had a nice walk yesterday and brought home a fresh crab, fresh bread and some white wine and had a lovely lunch on our veranda. At least ill be sleeping in my own bed tonight.

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                          • Back to the comfort of my own home! Had a great time apart from the caravan. We had three in a row, we were in the middle one so everyone congregated at ours so I couldn’t even go to bed until they had all gone home. I did something I’d always wanted to do though and that was swim with my dog. Weather was fantastic so in all, we had a good time. Funny thing is though is that Mrs M and 3 of the other ladies with us this weekend enjoying the fantastic weather are supposed to be off to Spain on Thursday without us blokes for some more sun but the whole area has been devastated with floods so they’ll probably have to miss out. Tough!

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                            • I'm in Edinburgh tonight on my way north tomorrow to Fort William. Stopping off in Glencoe as that's Mrs H's fave place. Could turn into Motman what with all these hols........

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                              • Forum is awash with 10 dodgy passport threads started by some ****holes and ruining it for everyone. Of course the hopeless RAC can't moderate this rubbish outside of 9-5 hours. Pathetic. About as good as their response times to broken down drivers......

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