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24-07-2020, 09:59   #4756
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A beetle resting up in what I am told was a crash repair shop.

It is one of these:
https://beetle.ie/your-stories/the-marathon-beetle/
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24-07-2020, 20:44   #4757
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Partly guessed as much , that Beetle is there for at least 15 years , I often pass it and wonder what's its history , its definitely been stored in a good dry space.
I must try to find out more about it .

Looks like barnfinds are still there to be had
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02-08-2020, 19:56   #4758
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18-08-2020, 13:21   #4759
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not a classic but don't know where else to put this (apart from in a ditch in Co Galway)

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18-08-2020, 17:13   #4760
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Oh shes a classic allright
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18-08-2020, 19:19   #4761
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Is that on one of the islands tc?
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18-08-2020, 22:06   #4762
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Is that on one of the islands tc?
If that was on an island it would still be running!
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19-08-2020, 10:49   #4763
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Is that on one of the islands tc?
Would you believe only about 5 miles from Eyre Square Duke.
I passed my test in one of these - my Dads '84 957cc, way back when, so always smile when I see one, no matter the condition.
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Oh shes a classic allright
how could a reasonably early Fiesta not be a classic at this stage?
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Spotted this Metro sitting in a driveway while out on a new morning walk route yesterday, been sitting a while. I actually really like these Metros. It looks really original and untouched, how rusty could it be

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21-08-2020, 10:34   #4766
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Spotted this Metro sitting in a driveway while out on a new morning walk route yesterday, been sitting a while. I actually really like these Metros. It looks really original and untouched, how rusty could it be
While it's on concrete, it has some chance.

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Spotted this Metro sitting in a driveway while out on a new morning walk route yesterday, been sitting a while. I actually really like these Metros. It looks really original and untouched, how rusty could it be
Marvellous, but what’s inside the GARAGE !

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I had a metro for a few year, and i used to do my own suspension repairs.

As any garage I took it to used then wrong fluid to refill it, citroen stuff. It seemed to be the thing
to do. I knew a few cars that had suspension issues within 3 months of getting new units fitted.

The cure was to use the recommended Rootes fluid, and it worked a treat. I used to fill them and pressurise them
with a central heating plumbing test rig. 100% everytime. Garages of the day filled with green citroen fluid
and pressurisd the crap out of them. A disaster waiting to happen.The citroen stuff played havoc with the seals.
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The cure was to use the recommended Rootes fluid, and it worked a treat.
Rootes Group? That'll be Hillman, Humber, Singer, etc. Flogged to Chrysler and then to Peugeot.

British Motor Corportation / British Leyland Motor Corporation / Leyland Cars / Austin Rover Group/MG Rover or whatever they were that week for many years had Unipart doing the parts side.

Anyway, it's Moulton Hydragas, it's also got green stuff, but not LHM, very bright luminous green water-based fluid - roughly half water to half ethanol with some dye and poison to stop it being drunk.

The problem with Hydragas is that over the years the nitrogen leaks out of them. To get the trim height of the suspension back to book, excessive pressure on the fluid side is sometimes used, which exacerbates the nitrogen issue. When you could get them, if they went hard, they could just be changed. When you can't get them, you need to add a valve of some sort to the sphere to recharge the nitrogen.

It's nice when it works, but it's a bit of a chore when it doesn't as nobody has the tools handy to do a proper job.

Metros of that generation have a weird Hydragas set up. The front displacers are independent and the rear ones are connected side-to-side. Even the suspension's inventor Dr Moulton had a Metro with them connected front-to-rear on each side, so god only knows what the management were thinking.

I prefer the bounciness of the older Hydrolastic, which tends to age a bit better being gas-less.
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Spotted these on the same property in Inis Mor.



The Merc is definitely abandoned and the 2 beemers have been sitting there for a while

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