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To all you 309 owners and fans, I have found a website that I think you will find of interest:

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Lincoln Smith

I have a 309 GL 1985 1.6 petrol.

It has mot and runs very well and has the odd bit of rust. How much would I look to get for this when selling it.


Item I have just read about oil for older classic cars and why modern oil appears to be dangerous.

Situated on a site that you would not normally expect to find it on.

The author is writing about the good old US of A, but comments cover GB as well. Read more


Common knowledge not to use modern oils in old cars.
Even Halford's advised me not to use modern oils in my 1950's engines, and the lad found the correct oil, but wasn't in stock!
I was surprised to read the article about old cars having problems, very strange, most classic car mechanics are well aware of this.

Raymond Davies

I am currently restoring my late uncles Vauxhall Carlton that's been in storage for many years. The car is in good condition - but i'm looking to protect the chassis. Is this the best paint for bare metal? I've fully stripped and cleaned the chassis underbody last weekend.

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how do I fit a clutch cable to the car, have bought the item and been let down by someone who says he can fit the part hence the car still sitting in the garage. I am fairly practicle with cars so will have a go if I now what to do.The old cable snapped and therefore needs new one fitted to make the car useable again Read more


This is an easy job that can be done by the roadside if necessary - the Haynes Manual tells you how to do it. My advice to every Mk1 & 2 Escort owner is "always carry a spare cable in the boot". If your cable breaks then it can be changed in a few minutes but if you aren't carrying a spare then the breakdown people will not be able to help get you back on the road and will just tow you in. Two years ago my clutch cable suddenly snapped as I was pulling away from a set of traffic lights, luckily I was able to coast into a lay-by and called my breakdown service. By the time the mechanic arrived I had already removed the old cable and threaded the new one through the bulkhead and with a little assistance (it's easier with two people) the job was done in about 10 minutes. Had I not been carrying a spare cable it would definitely have been a tow-in job.


Hi Everyone

I would like to post my issue here and I am not sure if this is the right place for it as this is my first time I post threads on this forum and hopefully I get some help from you members.

My issue is that I have just rebuilt a 2004 Toyota Voxy engine (Engine Code: 1AZ-FSE) 2.0L Petrol Automatic and am having the following problems with the car when I start it:

1/ Car rev too high (2000RPM) on start up
2/ Car starts blowing lots of white/grey smoke on cold start and clears away after running for 2-3 minutes and also when I put My hand in the smoke it feels a little bit greasy.
3/ Car also has got some misfire that can be felt when listening to the exhaust pipe blowing intermittently.
4/ The engine gets really hot real quick and the fan keeps coming on very frequently but I think this might be due to some air blockage in the cooling system or some leak in the radiator.
5/ The oil dipstick kind of smells of petrol.
6/ No fault codes given when scanned with my Autel MaxiSys Pro MS908P.

So my questions to the experts here are:

Do you think this is an injector leak issue? or a Vacuum leak because I suspect some bad intake manifold gaskets?
The engine sound is smooth and all the valve stem seals, piston rings, con rod bearings, head gasket and timing chain replaced and the crack shaft was regrinded by professionals in the rebuild process . And also the engine was thoroughly cleaned before assembling it.

Your quick replies will be highly appreciated as I am really not sure where to start with fixing this engine.

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Omar Farooq

Did you manage to get any answers elsewhere?

Thinking of getting the same car, maybe a 2007, but older shape or try to get the 2007 shape. Is it worth it, reliability wise?

Rafael Zanetti


I would like to introduce to this forum our company. Brazilian Classic Cars. We export the VW T1 split window bus (1959=1975), bay window bus (1976-2013), VW SP2, VW Brasilia, VW Variant, 550 and 356 replicas, Puma, Envemo and others.... Read more


I wonder how difficult it is to maintain such old cars in good condition? After all, many parts of them can not be found.

Keith Pilkington

I am looking to provide my newly restored Triumph Herald that was my late fathers vehicle and had been stored away for decades. I have heard good reports about Dinitrol products but was wondering is Dinitrol 1000 better than Dinitrol ML? I would rather use the dinitrol 1000 due to being transparent, yet it notes that ML is more ideal for older cars when rust may already be present. I am a complete novice and learner when it comes to car restoration and rustproofing so any help and guidance is appreciated. Read more


I have no experience of these but have used Waxoyl over the years with good results.

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