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1980 Austin Princess - 12/03 Drive It Every Day

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#2911 OFFLINE   The Reverend Bluejeans

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 06:28 PM

Same reason I try to avoid the South. Theres no fun, it just makes me anxious.

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#2912 OFFLINE   Angrydicky


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 08:19 PM

Driving anywhere inside the M25 is a nightmare of being tailgated, cut up and pulled out in front of. Everyone's in a massive rush and no one gives you an inch. My girlfriend lives in Southall (near Heathrow) and I hate driving around there.


Essex (outside the M25) is pretty good in my experience, Kent is somewhere between the two.


Norfolk? People just drive way, way too fast (apart from the farmers in their tractors, naturally)

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#2913 OFFLINE   egg


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 08:42 PM

Kent is variable


Herne Bay = sedate suited to egg style driving

Medway = drive fast everywhere

Maidstone/Canterbury = doesn't matter, you're doing 2 miles an hour anyway

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#2914 OFFLINE   dozeydustman


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 09:29 PM

The M25 anywhere is pretty much horrific, the section between J30 for Lakeside at Thurrock and Heathrow via the Dartford Crossing & Clackett Lane is usually dire in both directions. It has got much worse since they removed the hard shoulders, widened it to 4 lanes and made it a smart motorway, so if someone breaks down, the nearest refuge bay is normally half a mile either way so the carriageway gets blocked.


The M20 is normally reasonable but has absolutely no scenery so makes for a dull drive. The bit around Maidstone can be awful with its split sections.


Worst road I've driven on for aggressive driving and general arseholes on the road is the A34.


But we digress and going a bit OT from the post.


I'm happy to see the princess is now behaving for you Mr Vulgalour.

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#2915 OFFLINE   colc


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 10:09 AM

Do not let it get anywhere near the M4...you [and it] will die of boredom.

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#2916 OFFLINE   vulgalour


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 05:02 PM

Little job done today.  After the throttle cable wanted to be an earth strap it still worked, but wasn't exactly the smoothest operation.  To remove the cable you have to pull the cable out of the sheath so you can unclip it from the pedal, it's a bit wierd but fairly easy once you know how it works.  The old cable had warped a bit, presumably from the heat of serving as an earth cable, and wasn't particularly bendy.
40748179672_d004716c61_b.jpg20180313-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
New one fitted, cable adjusted properly at the carburettor end and smooth accelerator restored.
38980374160_7d12ac00be_b.jpg20180313-02 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

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#2917 OFFLINE   Felly Magic

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 09:53 PM

I hope the smiles are there as you waft along in your slice of cheese. Mmmmm, wedgy

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#2918 OFFLINE   vulgalour


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 02:21 PM

Today marks the first day that I trust the car so much I didn't open the bonnet on getting home "to have a look, just in case".  I wonder what's going to break tomorrow?

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 03:45 PM

Princess is still being the daily. Every outing seems to improve things and flush even more tiny silver birch tree seeds out of the air vents. We've been out in good weather and bad and it just gets on with the job of being a car, allbeit a little slower than others until its warmed up a bit. I am hoping to start the cosmetic fettling if we ever get Spring, it keeps being too cold for painting.  Not gone anywhere today, I'm staying indoors where it's nice and warm and dry.  I suspect the Princess would like to do that too, but it can't, so tough.
25988050277_79e959ed56_b.jpg20180317-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

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