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#721 OFFLINE   KruJoe

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 03:45 AM

Let's give this a go.

Here's a three minute clip from the 700km ride north, probably the most interesting part of the highway where it winds steeply up to the edge of the Chiang Mai basin. The city is in surrounded by mountains, like Kathmandu or Mexico City.

The footage is not great, and my 850's 5-pot sounds like a bloody Chinook through these laptop speakers, but you'll get the idea. You can see how steep it is by how slow the "sip-lor" (10-wheel) trucks are going.

 

 

Yeah, I did get a bit close to that Isuzu TF's tailgate, but I could see his intentions and he knew mine.


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:43 AM

I may be mistaken but the 240 is a 264?

 

This one?

 

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That's the only other shot of it I have, none of the engine or interior, as the owner was standing just off to the side and I didn't have time to stop and chat. It was in remarkably good nick though, Bangkok is a punishing environment for motor cars.

 

 

Fab. That 'facelift' Camira is beyond wonderful.

At last, a post from hairnet that we can all understand! ;-)

 

Thanks Skizz. I think Google Translate has more bother understanding him than we do!

 

 

Here's another 264, spotted last week in a Tesco's disabled bay.

 

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Not many of these sport their original tail lights, and most have had a Toyota or Nissan heart transplant by now.



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 06:48 AM

This one?

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y491...

That's the only other shot of it I have, none of the engine or interior, as the owner was standing just off to the side and I didn't have time to stop and chat. It was in remarkably good nick though, Bangkok is a punishing environment for motor cars.



Thanks Skizz. I think Google Translate has more bother understanding him than we do!


Here's another 264, spotted last week in a Tesco's disabled bay.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y491...

Not many of these sport their original tail lights, and most have had a Toyota or Nissan heart transplant by now.

Is that a Decathlon?

Amazing pictures btw, keep them up!

When you see stuff like this it shows how much of a throwaway society we have come over here in terms of cars. It's swings and roundabouts really as on the one hand the obsession with leasing the latest eurobox keeps the used market for chod stupid cheap, but on the other hand our roads are a sea of bland :(

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#724 OFFLINE   KruJoe

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 08:42 AM

You speak the truth, my friend.
 

Is that a Decathlon?

That last picture was taken at our nearest Tesco-Lotus car park. I assumed Decathlon was a brand they were promoting, but I investigated and it's a sportsware store, right? It seems there is a new branch there, you're correct!

In Thailand, most of the big superstores are upstairs in their buildings, and downstairs they host branches of smaller shops, banks, KFC, Swensen's, doughnut kiosks, and so on.

Enough waffle already...

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Some of the crappier fuel stations harbour a stash of semi-derelict tat. This one didn't disappoint.

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The wheels on this Volvo look identical to the ones that didn't quite put me off buying my 850 all these years ago. It's a small town really, they could be the same set.
 
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I'll leave you with a CPTC for your perusal:

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Any ideas?
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:28 AM

I don't know how I've managed to miss most of this thread but it's amazing!

Love the random selection of, what would be here, super rare stuff.
Is the black American thing above a Camero? Either way RHD so I assume from Australia.
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:53 AM

Thank you Mr_Shrimp!
I'll freely admit to being devoid of expertise regarding the Yank-type stuff. I recognised the Mustang, but that's it. I'm sure someone will pipe up!

More clues for the CPTC:

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 10:48 AM

I don't know how I've managed to miss most of this thread but it's amazing!

Love the random selection of, what would be here, super rare stuff.
Is the black American thing above a Camero? Either way RHD so I assume from Australia.


Close, but not a Camaro. It looks like an early Pontiac Firebird, going by the front end. Based on the Camaro though.
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 11:10 AM

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 01:20 PM

I'm going to go with some sort of weird open-top version of a Nissan Pao, or similar.

Are those bottom-hinged doors?
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 03:52 PM

Think even smaller than a Pao, and a bit closer to home. This should give it away:

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 03:57 PM

Aaaah, mini based.
I don't have a 320touring, but I have a 320coupe.

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:35 PM

Is it one of those terrible Metro based Audi TT replicas?



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:38 PM

Nope, both wrong I'm afraid.

That back light fooled you Supernaut! Exhaust, boot vents, and this angle...

 

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...tell me it's a chopped-up Fiat 500, something like a Jolly, but with the little doors on:

 

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:33 PM

Onwards!

 

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I'm pretty sure that's a Charade behind the Stanza.

 

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These Fiats are a surprisingly common sight around Chiang Mai, they've lasted well.

 

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All of these were spotted within half a km of our house, these two on our street:

 

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The Minx was a special surprise:

 

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This lad seems to come home in a pleasing variety of tat, all fairly tidy.

 

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 06:23 PM

Close, but not a Camaro. It looks like an early Pontiac Firebird, going by the front end. Based on the Camaro though.

Correct, it's a 1967/8 Pontiac Firebird. Same shell as a Camaro but different front end and rear lights are also different. Plus of course it's powered by Pontiac or should be. If it's an export car made normally in Oshawa, Canada it might have Chevy running gear which most Canadian built Pontiac's had. 


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 08:30 AM

Cheers!

Yank lickers, what was this one please?
 

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Ta!



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 08:52 AM

I've missed the Eastern spotting threads on here so far, some hidden gems here.
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Posted 28 January 2017 - 05:48 PM

Cheers!

Yank lickers, what was this one please?
 

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y491...

 

Ta!

I believe it to be a late 70's or early-ish 80's Ford Fairmont. 


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:25 PM

Time to bring this back from the dead.
 
Nobody likes TL;DR, so...
 
 
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Thai-built 850 2.3 n/a on LPG sold at a great loss: 20,000 THB (£500). It had become too much of a liability, even after spending several fortunes on it. Should have been a good car, but just wasn't designed for this climate.
 
 
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Thai wife divorced after 15 years. We tried, but just couldn't find the joy any more. I wish her the best. I know I'm in a much happier place now. Thankfully no kids.
 
 
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New shite bought in Chiang Mai, because it was as cheap as renting a modern for a month.
And more fun.
And VERY shite.
The last owner just spent twice the asking price restoring it in 2018 for her androgynous daughter (son) to drive, but she (he) turned it down and bought a new Civic. Their loss...
 
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Keen veterans will ID it straight off; I'm sure we've discussed these... what is it?
 
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The day after collection (and lengthy transfer bureaucracy), it carried five of us up to the top of Mon Chem. A real test, but it performed well, thought oddly high-geared for a car its size.
 
Next after a quick check-over (bubbles in the screen-wash, and coolant in the water (Thai's almost always neglect these)), a two-day drive from Chiang Mai to the most north-east of Thailand's Northeast, a.k.a. Isaan.
The car performed great - a most unexpectedly brilliant cruiser, lovely tall gearing, and "sufficient" umph. I'm a happy bunny.
 
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Isaan tinkering - mainly refitting the number plates. Involved hammering.
 
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Next to Nong Khai, a town on the Mekong with a bridge to Laos. More of this... nearly a full day... 
 
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At times I thought we weren't going to be able to do it, but eventually the car had a passport, and the three of us (car, me, and my Thai traveling companion) all had visas for Laos.
Over the bridge...
 

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That's the mid point of the bridge where the flags change from Thai to Laotian, and the barrier from clean to dirty.
Then a weird crossing like a Scalextric crossover to switch to driving on the right of the road...
 

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...then more red tape to insure the car for Laos, and temporarily import it, fees in three different currencies, we were in!
 
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Just in time to get to Vientiane and walk out to the Mekong promenade for the sun set over Thailand on the other side.
 
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And to sample the Laos-only BeerLao varieties  :-D  I still prefer the dark one!
 
I'm only here on a three-day "visa run", as of tomorrow we're back to the Isaan rice fields, and without wifi, but I should be able to upload a few spots from my phone on the 3G.
 
Back in the game, Tat-lickers!


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:41 PM

Great update, I really enjoy accounts from shiters in interesting places.

Cars, good driving and beer, brilliant!
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:46 PM

That car is just aspirational!  :D


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:51 PM

Shite-tastic ! Kia or Ford badged ?


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 05:02 PM

Kia Avella or Ford Aspire?

Bizarrely Malta of all places got them, but we didn't; my 1300 Pride was really high geared but gutsy with it too, good fun.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 05:18 PM

Laser Lynx? 

 

Glad to see an update from you Joe, hope everything levels out.


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:22 PM

looks like a chery :lol:

 

sorry to hear about the wifey stuff

 

can you find a camira to export next time please


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:38 PM

Always look forward to a KruJoe update to raise the shite bar.

Sorry to hear about the divorce, at least it seems amicable.

As for the car.... No idea! Got more than a hint of MK3 Astra about it.
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 12:05 AM

This reminds me of
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 12:27 AM

.... did she ever ask you to turn her over?

Kwalitee chod, mon ami
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Wallsend?.....it's not the End of the Walled ;<)

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 12:45 AM

Oooft, a Cleland back in the game!

Good to hear from you squire, and nice to hear things moving in a good direction:)
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 01:35 AM

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Well done Conan and Andy_CMS, it is a Ford Aspire, basically a Kia Pride in a blobby body.

 

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More pics from the advert:

 

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Other than the badges, it's Kia, with a Mazda 1.3 lump.

 

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I'm glad of the five tall gears, as it'll be mainly be used for trips out of town, and longer runs around the country. Around Chiang Mai, I much prefer a little bike, can't beat the Honda Scoopy.

 

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Yesterday, outside the Pha That Luang in Vientiane:

 

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