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Good & bad news #1666480
17/07/2023 12:17
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Good news, we have just received the keys to our sons brand new house, soon he will be in with a team of carers. Itís been a mountain to climb but I will save you you all that. Earlier this year both my wife and I contracted that dreaded virus. My wife was so bad she landed in hospital for tests, I wasnít too bad but the constant coughing brought up blood then I landed in hospital myself for a nasal operation, nothing too serious but the aftermath was bad the bleeding went on and on, took ages to stop, even now months later itís not an option to sneeze through my nose, so hey ho here we are now.

The Coop has been a hassle lately as well, still havenít sorted the bonnet pull. Some weeks ago I had a broken front spring at some speed may I add, honestly thought the engine had blown up it was such a bang. Iím now on normal springs plus a brand new tyre. Getting it all sorted and trailered to a garage that would do the work was expensive. Now I canít believe Iím saying this but Iím toying with the fact of parting company with my beloved Coop. I feel so guilty when expensive bills are needed for the Coop, my wife does understand but itís been tens of thousands over the years, not only that getting a garage/someone look at the beastie is not easy up here.

If someone offered me the right price I get rid right now but Iím tied into a couple of years of a good insurance deal so this is an excuse to hang on for a wee bit longer. There are other factors but it just seems to add up to moving on.

Thanks for listening Jim.


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666482
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I'm pleased to read about your son's new house Jim and sorry to hear of you and your wife's health issues.

In the end it comes down to what is best for you and your family. Only you and yours can decide what to do about the car.

I'm lucky in that there is no question of what will happen to my coupe should I not be able to cope with it before I finally croak.

It is going to my grandson who has known it for all but 3 years of his life.


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: PeteP] #1666520
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Originally Posted by PeteP
I'm pleased to read about your son's new house Jim and sorry to hear of you and your wife's health issues.

In the end it comes down to what is best for you and your family. Only you and yours can decide what to do about the car.

I'm lucky in that there is no question of what will happen to my coupe should I not be able to cope with it before I finally croak.

It is going to my grandson who has known it for all but 3 years of his life.


Thanks Pete, lucky Grandson. Aye believe it or not I was going to leave my Coop to my Grandson and his Dad. Itís still a labour of love. Even the smallest of jobs costs a small fortune, well it does me up here.


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666521
19/07/2023 22:19
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Sorry to hear you both succumbed to the unmentionable Jim and in no easy way either.

I'd offer to do the bonnet cable myself if I were anywhere near.

Hang in there wink


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: Edinburgh] #1666523
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Originally Posted by Edinburgh
Sorry to hear you both succumbed to the unmentionable Jim and in no easy way either.

I'd offer to do the bonnet cable myself if I were anywhere near.

Hang in there wink


Thank you Simon thatís a very generous offer indeed. You know me Simon, Iím usually up beat but lately itís just been one thing and another.


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666534
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Hello Jim

Sorry that life is tough at the moment.

Could you be satisfied keeping your car just OK, and not trying to fight it's old age wear and tear ?

Mine is average condition, would benefit from some rust work, sort out the Aircon, chip in windscreen.

BUT, I love it, use it nearly every day, and take it to local shows.

I'm not a mechanic, but like keeping it looking as best as I can, popping out every other day or so, spending 10-15 mins, doing bits and bobs.

Would that be possible ?

Very best wishes

Paul

Re: Good & bad news [Re: PaulL] #1666561
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Originally Posted by PaulL
Hello Jim

Sorry that life is tough at the moment.

Could you be satisfied keeping your car just OK, and not trying to fight it's old age wear and tear ?

Mine is average condition, would benefit from some rust work, sort out the Aircon, chip in windscreen.

BUT, I love it, use it nearly every day, and take it to local shows.

I'm not a mechanic, but like keeping it looking as best as I can, popping out every other day or so, spending 10-15 mins, doing bits and bobs.

Would that be possible ?

Very best wishes

Paul



Aye Paul, it does seem easy to carry on with my Coop on paper. Iíve had my Coop for about 16 years now and as we all know itís one of those cars just gets to you. At the moment instead of paying a local garage hundreds of pounds to fix the bonnet pull plan B is in progress. Old war wounds have come back to haunt me especially my legs and my left knee, this really curtails what Iím capable of doing, but thatís a whole different story.


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666563
23/07/2023 12:22
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Aye Jim it's a pain, and after your help to me I'd love to be able to return the favour. Sadly, geography is against us...

However, one thing: you've just *done* the work on the springs and tyres; why give the benefit to someone else if you can use for another year or two?

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Re: Good & bad news [Re: barnacle] #1666566
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Originally Posted by barnacle
Aye Jim it's a pain, and after your help to me I'd love to be able to return the favour. Sadly, geography is against us...

However, one thing: you've just *done* the work on the springs and tyres; why give the benefit to someone else if you can use for another year or two?

Neil


Aye Neil not that long ago it wouldíve been an easy decision, move to now, Iím tired and weary, Iím in pain most of the time. Iím certainly not giving up but as Iíve said earlier there are limits what I can do nowadays, I do get annoyed at myself but hey ho thatís life.


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666567
23/07/2023 16:34
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Originally Posted by jimboy
Iím in pain most of the time. Iím certainly not giving up but as Iíve said earlier there are limits what I can do nowadays, I do get annoyed at myself but hey ho thatís life.

I have much the same feeling Jim but I've got a few years on you. It is really frustrating when you can't do things that previously you could.

Have you yet got to the point of swearing at your hands when they won't do what you want ?

I have almost no feeling in mine and most of my mornings start with a good old fashioned curse at them when I struggle to slice and butter croissants for breakfast.


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666573
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Dunk plain croissants in milky coffee or hot chocolate.

Saves on faffing about.

Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666663
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I now have a bonnet pull that works thanks to Simon. Hats off to that man heís practically saved the ownership of my Coop for the future. I traveled down to Edinburgh yesterday to Simons house, to say it was an adventure would be an under statement. Being a country boy Iím certainly not used to the queues, bus lanes, closed off streets and many many pedestrians. I had my trusty sat nav without it I would have still trying to get out of the city.

I canít thank Simon enough, kind of lost the plot these last months, heís a good listener. Once again Simon many thanks. thumb


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666664
29/07/2023 06:35
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No problem Jim, that's what the community's for smile

And thank you for your donation to the Club thumb


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: Edinburgh] #1666680
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Well, thatís me back in the room, spent all day cleaning the Coops engine and bay. The loves back smile Iíve used cleaners oils and other things that I forgot I had so no expensive shopping trip to start off with. driving


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666682
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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666683
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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666713
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For some reason Iím fixated by the bonnet lock attached to the bonnet (spring/hook) for being far too rusty. Been looking for a new one to no avail. So Iíve taken the offending mechanism off and started the process of de rusting. Iíve so far managed to get most rust off with the help of a gel deruster. Now itís been soaking in white vinegar and salt which is working quite well on the last bits. Quite satisfying I must admit.


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666714
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Haha you're definitely hooked again laugh

It was one of the first things my (now retired) local paintshop guy noticed when the bonnet was up, a shiny and lubed bonnet catch laugh


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666848
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Simon - you're an absolute star smile The power of the club at its best thumb


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666853
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Hey guys lighten up, don't want these fellas sarf of the Border raising their eyebrows laugh


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666868
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Just for them, Simon laugh

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Re: Good & bad news [Re: barnacle] #1666869
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Originally Posted by barnacle
Just for them, Simon laugh

Neil


Blimey that guy's got big hands!


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Re: Good & bad news [Re: jimboy] #1666887
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I wonder if he has a really small Tommy gun as well ?


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