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#3481 ONLINE   Fumbler

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 06:36 PM

I wonder what the other drivers' dissapointment surprise was when they squinted and saw the Leyland Princess 2 badge after going right into your bumper.


Dream Shitebuckets:

VAZ 2104, 2105, 2109 (That's going to be tricky)-Nissan Bluebird-A Yugo of some sort.

Can't help himself over Ladas.
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#3482 OFFLINE   Noel Tidybeard

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 07:13 PM

dodgy bike numberplate- check

 

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murrican capri style inidcators- check :mrgreen:

 

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#3483 ONLINE   Fumbler

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 07:30 PM

Oh yes. I think so.


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#3484 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 12:12 AM

So... can we put the number plate thing to bed now, please?

 

I'm happy with where it is and that's where it's staying.  So far, nobody has suggested anything I haven't already tried (that's not a challenge, Samantha/Gregory), so there's nothing to gain here.  I'm genuinely really happy with how the car looks overall now, it's just a case of polishing up the finer details and keeping it nice now.


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#3485 OFFLINE   PhilA

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 01:41 AM

It's endearment.


But. Please. More videos of it going along please!


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#3486 OFFLINE   chompy_snake

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:39 PM

I have known this car since I first saw it lingering on that driveway and told you about it.

I have seen the low and high points with it and also enjoyed driving it.

I haven't agreed with everything that you have done to the car. But after all these years finally see what was in your crazy velvet filled head :D

It's looking great and certainly cannot be mistaken for any other ..... Keep it up
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#3487 OFFLINE   Scotty2

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 05:55 PM

You don't happen to have any spare 1.7 "O" series downpipes available? My Ambassador needs downpipes from the manifold as my ones won't seal and are eroded. Are they the same as 2.0 ones and princess ones? They have a "sealing ring" (!!) as opposed to the mini type flange style.

 

Stopping me getting MOT'd.



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Posted 22 October 2018 - 09:49 PM

I don't have any spares, unfortunately, and the one I removed went in the bin because it wouldn't seal after 6 years of trying to make it so wouldn't have been any good to you.  All I can suggest is to keep an eye on eBay, the 1.7/2.0 ones do come up occasionally.  I don't think www.leylandprincess.co.uk have one in stock but it doesn't hurt to ask if you're on there.  As far as I'm aware, Ambassador and Princess 1.7/2.0 are the same exhaust front to back, BL left almost everything mechanical alone on the Ambassador with the exception of the rear displacers (Princess ones are interchangable, they just have a separate hose rather than integrated), and an automatic choke that often doesn't work properly.  Just make sure you don't get the 2.2 exhaust downpipe which is in two bits and sometimes listed incorrectly, yours will always be a single Y piece.


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#3489 OFFLINE   Dick Longbridge

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 01:22 PM

Just spotted this on Lookatthefun*imhavingbook™

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#3490 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 01:52 PM

That's it, I'm moving.


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Posted 25 October 2018 - 02:01 PM

Pretty sure you need to convert some of your pictures into B&W and then change the Wiki article on how BL did a prototype facelift to answer the complaints about the awkward rear end styling. Any response can then be linked to the article and see how long before it become legitimised as an apparent BL prototype.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 03:50 PM

These are my spare Princess wheels.  When I started, they were orange from being sat outside for goodness knows how long.  It took quite a while to clean them up to a stage where they were good enough to smother in rust treater, which is what we have here.

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Then, it took most of this week to get them painted and lacquered because of drying times.  I forked out a chunk of cash for some nice new Uniroyal Rain Expert 3 tyres, then a chunk more today to get them fitted and balanced, and then faffed about getting them on the car.  I also put some original wheel trims on and some random rim embellishers that came off that orange Princess I had a few years ago.  I just fancied a change.  You have to put the original trims on before the wheel nuts so they're a bit of a faff to do if you're not already changing the wheels.

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Looks alright.  I'm looking forward to trying these tyres out.  On removing the 16 year old Runway Enduros and given them a closer inspection off the car there are some spots where the rubber is starting to craze that wasn't visible when they were on the car.  The single mismatched Arrowspeed has become my spare for now because on close inspection it isn't exhibiting signs of cracking and is holding air, eventually I would like to replace it with a matching Uniroyal.

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Rover came into its own with that folding rear seat today, made it lots easier to get all the wheels and tyres in.

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For the curious, the Rover wears Firestones, which are a very nicely matched tyre to the car and seem to be wearing at a sensible rate.

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#3493 OFFLINE   binhoker668

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 04:55 PM

Have just sat here reading this for an hour. Shattered from work and collapsed in a comfy chair. Great work fella, love your enthusiasm and openness to change/new ideas.
Dashboard was a highlight!
Keep ‘er lit boyo - this is why I love this site....
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:10 PM

Just going back to the front number plate, yes, I know.

Just do what they do in this here London. Take it off the front, break it in half and lob it on the dash. It's legal innit!

I'll never mention number plates again. Ooops.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:14 PM

I'll do what all the cool kids do and cable tie it to my roofrack.



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:19 PM

I have the Uniroyal rain experts on the Audi Skip - was fearsomely good in lashing rain on the motorways of S Wales last weekend :)

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:35 PM

The Rover roof rack for extra fuk da polis pointz yo


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:22 PM

Now those wheeltrims have messed with my head. For some reason I associate them with Dunlop Denovo run-flat safety-tyres from Mini 1275GTs and Rover P6 3500s.
Aircraft styled wheels.
It fits right in with the rocket tail-lights theme.

Princess Mach 2.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:31 PM

The Mini trims are the same design but not interchangable and there's an almost identical design to the one you're thinking of for the Princess that's quite rare.  These are the regular ones.  The runflat ones (Princess got the Dunlop Denovos too if you wanted) were usually a dark silver rather than a bright silver.  Interestingly, the stock trims make the wheels look much skinnier and smaller than the chrome ones.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:57 PM

Do these Princesses have tilt-steering column?

At this stage in the project I'd be tempted to fit an aircraft steering-wheel. Drive really fast in a straight line, switch on the lights, push down on the steering wheel, and it might actually fly.

If you make the right rocket noises.

It's now safe for landing in rainy conditions too.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:22 PM

Tilt steering column?  We don't have the budget for those sorts of luxuries, man!  We spent all the R&D on ashtrays.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:06 PM

The tyres on my Triumphs also feature SHARK SKIN TECHNOLOGY. Well bought.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:27 PM

all coming together now fella.


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 12:52 AM

was just about to post the same as GXL about the trimz & lights :bouncesmile:


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 11:06 AM

I do prefer how the stock wheels and trims look over the full disc trims you had on there.

Why is there a long hole in the lower part of the rear wing? Speed hole or other reason?
Do the Wikipedia thing also as stated.
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 11:20 AM

Probably wouldnt fit without modification to steering column shaft but.......................................

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Just remember I told you so! ;-)


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 12:04 PM

I bet it's not that difficult to do you know, worst case you get a spline adaptor.  There is the small (large) matter of the cost of getting hold of a really nice late 50s/early 60s wheel like that.  Fabulous looking thing all the same, just think, if the Allegro had glitter in its square steering wheel people might not have stuck their noses up at it so much.


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 04:37 AM

Looks great on the standard trims!


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 06:07 AM

I shall probably bet burnt at the Autoshite stake for saying this but.............rear wheels would look better if about an inch wider....................


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 01:06 PM

Ghosty:  I prefer the look of the chrome ones, I do still like the originals, just not quite as much as the aftermarket ones.

 

colc: agreed.  The Lotus wheels look just right on the back for that reason.







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