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#1 OFFLINE   panhard65

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 07:35 AM

Just had a second chance offer on this Vauxhall eagle. It does look rather appealing but would there be any love for it if I was to sell it on with a fresh mot. I could always engine rape it for my Hotchkiss as it's original 4 cylinder is getting a bit tired now.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:09 AM

I have always fancied having a Senator. Probably not one like that though, in my case.

If you've got a use for the engine anyway then you always have a back-up plan if you can't move it on. In any case, I don't think you'd have much trouble finding some Vauxhall lover with a death fetish to take it off your hands.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:15 AM

Buy it and be our hero!!!
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:24 AM

Senators seem to be going through a phase that Zephyrs and Granadas have also been through, in that there are more hearses and limos about than normal cars. I suppose it's inevitable, as they've had an easier life and the original owners want to get the most use out of them before replacement.
Looks like an expensive 12v 3.0 ( if that's what it is,most hearses are 2.5s) to me,although the old fashioned looking straight 6 would look good in a Hotchkiss .
If you do buy it, make sure you get chance to play at drftgodz yo! in a field or somewhere before ripping the engine out. A mate hade a 2.5 manual hearse that he scrapped and that was great fun, you wouldn't believe how controllable for even the most kackhanded drifter( me).

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:29 AM

As usual this place comes up with all the right answers so it looks like I am going to have to go for it. I had a mk2 Granada hearse about 10 years ago and they are good fun. I have even been given the go ahead by SWMBO. Well if you call not saying no the go ahead. The biggest problem is finding the time to pick it up.


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:34 AM

So did you buy it? Only asking as the listing has ended
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:44 AM

The listing ended and I had been outbid, but the buyer dropped out so I had a second chance offer. Off to see it now. It is stright out of service always been garaged so should be a good un.


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:49 AM

Have to say, if it's as good as it sounds, it would seem pretty sad to break it for the engine.
Good luck anyway!
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 09:10 AM

Well if you call not saying no the go ahead.

 

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:47 AM

If it's a good one, don't break it.

If it's a bad one, do.

 

Good old hearses are getting thin on the ground and they do have their followers.

Even in non-goth circles.


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:13 AM

I say give it a miss, i am not into old hearses at all due to the risk of folk thinking i might be one of these twits who enjoy covering them with plastic skulls with LED eyes. Just get a proper Senator (which I love).


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:14 AM

WCPGW?

Also, I think a hearse might be Vulgalour's bag.
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 12:55 PM

I would love a hearse but mrs fordperv is dead against me having one, the plan in my head is to modify one street machine style but the voice of reason says no
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 01:09 PM

Well I have bought it. I couldn't not really as she is in lovely condition and haggled the price down to £400. I am pretty sure that it is way too good to break as all that is wrong with it are the 2 extension pipes on the exhaust. These will have to be made but shouldn't break the bank. It is a proper twin deck with ali body so he said (it sounds a bit like glassfibre to me though) I should be picking it up next week when I can get a lift down to get it. Apparently it has been on tv as well, he said they used it for an episode of Doc Martin. I wouldn't know as I have never seen it. More pics to follow when I pick it up next week


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 01:37 PM

I have an inkling Vulgalour may like this if you ever sell...


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 02:13 PM

Great buy! Id deffo cruise a hearse.

Eagle Quest sounds like a spectrum game too

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:25 PM

You are today's winner, without question. The only Doctor Martens that needs is some size 11 ones on the back 'shelf' along with a blood covered baseball bat. I doubt you'll have many problems with people blocking you in in carparks then.
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:34 PM

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The neighbours/Mikeknight would fupping love* me if I got my mitts on it.

 

 

Not really affordable for me on the insurance front, sadly.


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:18 PM

I bought an eagle 2.0 auto stretch family car for 1 euro. We did a rally and our escort ended up with only 2 gears.

Bought it off some guys and drove it back through Europe. Held on to it until Mot expired then scrapped it.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:19 PM

 

 

I would love a hearse but mrs fordperv is dead against me having one

 

I'm still laughing like a stupid sod after reading that. 

 

Dead against. Dead..... hur hur hur  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:27 PM

I've had loads of Senators. Still got a fair few bits and pieces in my shed for 'em. None for hearses though I'm afraid.
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:29 PM

This is ideal* for Skizzer, I'm sure he'd be interested. Is it longer than a Skoda Yeti?

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:46 PM

That's bloody lovely, I've always wanted a hearse!  Senator too, nice place to start from.  MrsR would be less keen but that hasn't been a very effective brake yet...  What a cracking car-boot sale shed.  If you decide to move it on later, and Vulgalour can't take it, see me.  I'm sure something can be worked out.


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:49 PM

This is ideal* for Skizzer, I'm sure he'd be interested. Is it longer than a Skoda Yeti?

It is just a little longer than a Yeti probably about 4 foot. It would be good for taking the dog's out in though you could throw sticks for em from the front and it is so long they would get a good run going to fetch em. I had to re-join the hearse club as they are such a nice bunch and I have been looking for a reason to join them again. Apparently it isn't an Eagle quest it is an Eagle statesman. The quest was built on a Carlton floor pan rather than the upmarket Senator which was the statesman. I can't wait to pick it up now, but the traffic going down to Cornwall will be a nightmare all weekend so I will have to wait til Tuesday.


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 07:43 PM

It really wants turning into a cab-crew pick up.
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 07:52 PM

It really wants turning into a cab-crew pick up.

When I had my last one we had a day filming in London for a program called monster garage. They cut up a Daimler DS hearse into a flat bed recovery truck complete with hiab I nearly converted mine to a flat bed as well. I had a few Fiat 126's at the time that would of fitted on the back no problem


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:30 PM

Well after a long weekend waiting to get a lift down to pick it up the day finally arrived and I went down to Looe to pick it up. Not very eventful going down with my dad in his Honda Insight (the new one rather than the original) They do rev a bit on the motorway but still pleasent enough and 53 to the gallon. I forgot to take my camera so no pictures collecting it from the funeral home in the pouring rain. Things started to go wrong as soon as I left. The passenger side wiper decided it had had enough and stopped working. Luckily the rain didn't last long so I started to enjoy the 3.0 litres of pure Vauxhall power. It is pretty sluggish to start with but can just about hustle when you put the gearbox in sport. Things went seriously down hill after stopping for petrol. I pulled away a bit too hard for the old thing and was rewarded by lots of horrible banging from under the floor. After a quick look in the back to make sure no one had been left behind I decided it was probably the rubber prop donut and to carry on until I got home or it packed up. I now had to keep the speed down and limped it home on the back roads.

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We got home with no further drama just lots of clonking and vibration everytime I pulled away. I had an mot booked for 3.30 and managed to limp in to get it looked over. Nothing too bad just the exhaust which I knew about and a tiny bit of welding to the sill. I ordered a new prop donut yesterday afternoon and it was here first thing this morning. I even managed to get new extension exhaust pipes made at lunchtime so he is now ready for the re-test tomorrow morning.

So here he is Geoff mk2

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:33 PM

I like that. GR8 4 CAMPER CONVERSHUN.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:38 PM

Our local window cleaner uses an old Mercedes Hearse...yours looks like a lovely old bus for £400


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:29 PM

I don't mean anything morbid by this, but I wonder how many "customers" that has carried? What kind of utilisation these vehicles have?

 

Last funeral I went to, I was a bit shocked that the hearse was a Diesel Merc.

 

If my last ride is a Diesel I'll come back and haunt someone! (Unless the diesel is a Gardner straight eight!)


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