No thought not😝 Been a bit hectic since I was last on here. I started looking for a wheelchair accessible car so we could get my dad out instead of his daily routine of being craned out of bed & plonked in a chair in the morning, then craned back into bed at night. Mother Stirling had been looking at fairly new Berlingos but I told her to hold off buying anything expensive for 2 main reasons, firstly she might spend 13k on one & not get on with it, in which case she would lose a lot of money on it, secondly with the way my dad was at the time, how long was he going to last? I suggested buying the newest we could find for under £4000 as they seem to stabilise price wise at around £2500 regardless of age. There’s not a great deal of choice out there but this was further limited by my mother’s criteria, definitely petrol & preferably automatic. This more or less limited us to the Renault Kangoo or the Fiat Doblo. I found one of each, a 26000 mile 2007 Kangoo at £2989 & a 2009 Doblo at £3500.......the Kangoo somehow stood out from the rest on eBay & the Doblo was really quite nicely accessorised etc & did look the part. I drove to Sheffield & viewed the Renault which was nipping clean & drove well, I planned to view the Fiat on the way back but time got the better of me. In the meantime the Fiat sold so I got the train back to Sheffield & bought the Renault, which has turned out to be a real little lifeline for them both.
Then my daily driver Volvo V70 expired when it spat it’s alternator belt off which in turn got tangled in the timing belt with catastrophic consequences. I had however just bought another Rover 75, a tidy 2003 1.8 turbo in attractive gold with beige interior (my mate said if you drop a wurthers original in there you may never find it) It had the usual water issues, a rotten front wing & a fault on the rear lights. The plan was to fix it up & move it on, but with the demise of the Volvo I had to press it into front line service. I popped the head off to discover the liners had been chattering & were sunken very slightly, so out came the engine & a set of liner shims fitted, along with a fresh set of rings, a head skim & a new gasket. It now runs very nicely & went straight through an mot. That very night I returned home to find water cascading down the stairs & pouring out of the living room ceiling & a very frightened cat cowering in the corner. The cistern had cracked in the bathroom & filled the house with water, oh what joy. So as a result I’m staying with my parents where I am now incarcerated due to the Bat Flu outbreak