View Full Version : Yorkshire Monthly Meet with a difference! - Saturday 21st April

7th April 2012, 09:04 AM
Hi all,

Well, I know it's been a while since we had a Yorkshire area meeting but I'm kicking off the season with a meet with a difference!

Douglas aka 'The Silver Fox' is planning on removing his engine and gearbox on Saturday 21st April at his house in Tadcaster, just outside of York and is offering free bacon butties and tea/coffee to all that attend. It'd be appreciated if you can lend a hand but if you just want to turn up in your Mk1 or otherwise for a chat then feel free! :)

Address details will be given out by either PM'ing Douglas or myself for those wanting to attend.

We'll be starting in the morning I guess but feel free to drop in at any point in the day. We'll possibly look at keeping this thread open as a diary of progress on the day.

Anyway, that's it - free bacon and tea for those willing to lend a hand with a spanner! Sounds like a grand deal to me.

Over to you guys n girls!

I'll start a list below of attendees.


7th April 2012, 09:05 AM
1. Douglas - The Silver Fox
2. Tom - tommundy

7th April 2012, 08:35 PM
I may be able to come along to this. Should I bring the van full of tools or come in the MR2?

The Silver Fox
7th April 2012, 09:00 PM
You are very welcome. Just come in the MR2.
Will pm the address.


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7th April 2012, 09:05 PM
OK Douglas is there anything you need tool wise? I have most things. I also have pallets of rubber gloves so will stick a box or two in the boot? I have never taken an engine out of a MK1 before but I have done a clutch change on my own and that was hard work.

7th April 2012, 09:24 PM
1. Douglas - The Silver Fox
2. Tom - tommundy
3. Tommy
4. Mike

The Silver Fox
7th April 2012, 11:13 PM
I have been reading through Paul's excellent engine removal guide and think I will be ok tool wise. Tom is bringing his big jack. I am sure the gloves will come in handy.

8th April 2012, 11:37 AM
I have a pallet truck that would be really useful but it will not fit in a MK1 :-)

21st April 2012, 02:41 PM
That was fun, good to see you all today. Looking forward to the reverse operation :-)

The Silver Fox
21st April 2012, 05:12 PM
Thanks for the help guys. I say help but you did most of the work, I just seemed to be passing tools.

Tommy, I think you got away just in time - Marie(79) from next door asked where you were as she likes 'Young men with shiny red sports cars'!!!

Started dismantling the engine and found the first problem - cracked exhaust manifold.

Off to Newcastle tomorrow so will resume on Monday.



21st April 2012, 09:27 PM
That is that is the first time I have been called a young man for a very long time. Please thank your wife for the bacon sandwich and the coffee. When are we putting it back in?

The Silver Fox
22nd April 2012, 12:01 PM
Barbara says you are welcome.

It will be a few weeks before its is all ready to go back in again. I will probably be buying an engine stand and have found someone in Wakefield who rents out an engine hoist for 10 per day so we will be better prepared when it goes back.

I wil give as much notice as I can before we put it back.

Thanks again


22nd April 2012, 01:56 PM
I could pick up the engine hoist on my way past Wakefield if you want.

23rd April 2012, 08:26 PM

Tommy doing the scarecrow dance! We'd already removed the TVIS and other stuff inside the garage so as to avoid being outside in the potential rain as much as possible.


Tommy's tidy motor!


MR2 city!


Engine ready to drop.


Engine dropped onto pallet trolley.


Douglas lending a hand, hehe.


Empty bay.


Not as high as we thought we'd have needed.


Back home safe.


Douglas' handy work!


It was a good 'meet' gents. I was surprised, as was everyone, how quickly we got it dropped out. Granted, douglas had disconnected a fair chunk of the top half parts, but it really was quite a painless exercise. Good tea, tea cakes, bourbons and bacon sandwiches!

Douglas' car was very clean underneath! A real credit to him.

See you all for the reverse operation.


The Silver Fox
23rd April 2012, 10:01 PM
Great pics Tom. Barbara says I owe you all quite a few pints for your help. She can't wait to see you all again as it will mean its nearer completion!

I found the exhaust manifold has two cracks in it but I will be picking up a replacement from Paul Woods on my way up north on Wednesday. I have removed the ancilliaries and gearbox and started cleaning the crap off the gearbox.

If all goes well it should be ready to go back together towards the end of next month.


24th April 2012, 01:53 PM
What was I doing in that picture Tom !!!!

As long as it doesn't clash with Tatton we will be there Douglas :-)

24th April 2012, 02:14 PM
What was I doing in that picture Tom !!!!

Using Jedi powers to move the car? :lol:

24th April 2012, 03:24 PM
It has been a long time since I have felt the force mate :-)

24th April 2012, 03:33 PM
Missed this till now... Looks like a hoot. Hope to see more like it, especially South West members ;)

I never mind helping others out with their cars. Even more so if there is tea and cake involved.

The Silver Fox
24th April 2012, 03:41 PM
It's what the club is all about - or should be.


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24th April 2012, 05:04 PM
I agree Douglas and as the old saying goes " many hands make light work".

24th April 2012, 05:07 PM
I agree Douglas and as the old saying goes " many hands make light work of a plate full of biscuits".

Edited. :)

24th September 2012, 06:01 PM
Any update on this Douglas? The reverse operation is eagerly anticipated! :)

PS: There's still a certain someone's engine at my mum's house ;)

The Silver Fox
25th September 2012, 11:37 AM
Hi Tom,

Sorry not much to report. Been lots of things going on so haven't been able to spent much time on the Fox. Engine is all cleaned and painted and about half the engine bay done. I hoped to get it finished this week but have been laid low with a nasty tummy bug for the past fortnight. Latest plan is to get the engine and gearbox back in before December then spent the winter months putting the interior back in and cleaning up the bodywork ready for a paint job next year. I know I have said that before - many times, but hopefully this time I will get it done!!!

p.s. I will arrange to pick up the spare engine once mine is in and running, if that's ok with you.



27th September 2012, 02:27 PM
Right, bit of a long shot as I know I'm not an established member, but... Would anyone consider a similar meet in Sheffield where I have a fairly kitted out garage (lots of tools, jacks, pillar drill, grinder, welder, etc.) and also a poorly MR2 that requires a bit of attention in the form of some welding to the front?
I have decent spanner sense and I'll take on most jobs but despite owning a welder, I have never done anything complicated with it. I would be happy to provide food/drinks of whatever type and anyone can come and use my tools and chat/swap advice & stories, get bits done to their car with possibly the aim of patching up the front of mine to MOT standard...

There's plenty of drive space around mine and I'm pretty close to some very good driving roads (Fulwood is on the RHS of this map http://goo.gl/maps/GFOzG).

I'm pretty flexible on dates but I guess it would be better to do it before the winter weather sets in...

The Silver Fox
16th January 2013, 11:53 PM

I thought I would reply to you over here as I dont want to hijack the original thread.

Tapatalk is an app for smartphones and tablets designed for reading/writing to online forums. It needs to be set up on the form as well as the phone.

I am sorry to say that the engine is in! My son was over for a week in November and we managed to get it back in between us. I haven't run it yet as I still need to finish the manual choke wiring - hopefully this next week or two should see it finished. The front wings and valance are on so things are moving on. Hope to have it ready for the respray by Easter and then out on the road. I will arrange a meet for when its finished!!!

Best Wishes for the New Year


17th January 2013, 08:34 AM
No problem Douglas, I am just glad to hear you are moving forward, the Paul Woods manual choke is a brilliant bit of kit and well worth fitting. Hopefully you can come to Tatton this year or at least get out on some of the runs.

17th January 2013, 09:39 AM
Glad you've made good progress Douglas! :)

Looking forward to seeing it out on the road!