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Six-cylinder's Motoring Notes - Black Beauty is home!


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#3091 ONLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 09:46 PM

Cars I didn’t need

 

There was also a 1976 Affetta 1.6 in red during this period that I can not find a picture of. Single round headlight and giffer owned with countless off shade touch ups.

 

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I took in a beautiful 1984 Vauxhall Carlton at work and wanted to take it home with me so did. My boss even helped me get it home.

 

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A friend asked me how much an MGB was worth! I asked questions about year, type and condition and over a few weeks we established it was a rubber bumper GT for restoration and needed moving immediately so I suggested he offer scrap value. My friend said would you buy it for that, I said yes and he repeated would YOU buy it for that, he had lost interest and I had a MGB GT that needed a quick uplift. The company recover truck was useful.

 

While it was a project all was not lost because it had a solid shell but was too much work for me so I advertised it. I had a call from Mrs6C at work asking what she should take for it as somebody was coming round. I called her back later and was told my price was too low and the man would not offer more. When I got home I asked for the buyers tel number, Mrs6C asked what do you want that for because I sold it for full asking price this afternoon to somebody else!

 

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As noted Mrs6C and myself both like Heralds and when a worn out but MOTed 948cc came up for sale in the TSSC magazine it was irresistible, we bought it and went straight onto the M25 with our untested 34 bhp Herald to go to a south of England show.

 

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Following turning up at my friends with the 1974 280CE a year later I got a call to say his bother-in-law's white 280CE was for sale did I want it? It was a non runner and had rusty front wings and other odd spots. As my plan was to leave the motor trade buying and preparing this car for when I handed back my company car made sense. The non runner was the fuel pump and I booked it in with the guy who sold me my E Type for a no hurry respray.

 

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This drive shot was summer 1995 and the Herald love was still strongest, the one hidden is Mrs6C’s 13/60 convertible.

 

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I took a red 2CV Special in part exchange at work and as it was a good one wanted it, no problem as it fell outside the Citroen used car scheme I bought it. A friend from Scotland visited and found we had it and before long asked to buy it for his sister-in-law, she was a community projects leader all over UK including Northern Ireland and the car had years of adventures.

 

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The same friend who alerted me to the white 280CE alerted me to his work landlord having a Rover 3500 P6 for sale and it was too good to miss. I knew it was juicy but I ran out of petrol 17 miles from home having been working on conservative 15mpg, then I found the leak!


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#3092 ONLINE   Heidel_Kakao

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:12 PM

Bit of a Chris Evans theme going on in that Summer 1995 picture with them all being white.
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#3093 OFFLINE   hairnet

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:23 PM

p6mmmmmm

 

leak lol yeah right heeavy foot more like :D



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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:37 PM

....The CX would not start, then had a under bonnet fire from unburnt fuel squirted in by the starter jet. My local Auto sparks started it this year by replacing the injectors that he believed had gummed up in storage.

 

The current state is that it needs a throttle cable because of the fire and the rear suspension fixed as it collapsed with a pool of LHM fluid when we moved the car. 

 

The mistress is throwing a strop, then.


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#3095 OFFLINE   Mrs6C

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Posted 04 November 2018 - 10:43 AM

Bit of a Chris Evans theme going on in that Summer 1995 picture with them all being white.

The photo is a bit misleading! :-)

 

The Herald saloon and Vitesse convertible to the left were both yellow and the Herald coupe in the back row is white over pale blue...


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#3096 ONLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:59 PM

A Celebrity Joins the Household

 

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A Herald 1200 saloon in grey spares or repair we still have it as a collection of parts.

 

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The engine in our Herald 948cc was tired and while it was still running we decided to acquire a spare just in case and found one for sale in Blackpool. It was some years later when my former boss found out what had been in the boot of my company car.

 

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The seller also had the 4th production Bond Equipe GT4S for sale as he had lost storage, Mrs6C felt sorry for it and bought it home. Mrs6C persuaded some friends from Wales to hire a trailer and collect it for her from Blackpool using their Lada 1200 saloon as the tow car. This Bond was the car used to open the M6 Preston bypass.  Still with us and still needing a full restoration.


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#3097 OFFLINE   hairnet

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:05 PM

Bit of a Chris Evans theme going on in that Summer 1995 picture with them all being white.

KGF cars right there :lol:



#3098 OFFLINE   hairnet

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:21 PM

 


The seller also had the 4th production Bond Equipe GT4S for sale as he had lost storage, Mrs6C felt sorry for it and bought it home. Mrs6C persuaded some friends from Wales to hire a trailer and collect it for her from Blackpool using their Lada 1200 saloon as the tow car. This Bond was the car used to open the M6 Preston bypass.  Still with us and still needing a full restoration.

interesting phakt



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:25 PM

I’ve driven a 1200 for years, but I’d love a ‘back to basics’ 948 Herald.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:31 PM

interesting phakt

Also the last Bond Equipe ever to leave the factory... on account of being present in there for maintenance when the factory closed...

 

Here he is in more dynamic times... Italian Car press test day at Goodwood in October 1964...

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 07:42 PM

Well now we have his and hers 156 V6s

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 07:44 PM

Which is the his and which is the hers?
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 07:50 PM

Mrs6C has laid claim to the silver Sports wagon as her station car, which is why I had to find myself another one.  I don't mind if I have a saloon or estate so I guess hers silver his black.


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1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (core plug leaking), Cadillac Gear selector cable required.


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 07:56 PM

The silver one looks like a car that you can park for a day in a spot with each bay next to each other free, then come back and find those spaces never used.
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 08:04 PM

Run away car from neighbours drive and then a carer reversed into the front wing!

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 08:05 PM

As the happy owner of a 24valve straight six I’m interested in how the v6s behave. Mine is quick enough if needed but very docile and happy to cruise along under the speed limit, but if stabbed will hit 100 in third- over 5000rpm it’s hang on to the steering wheel time.
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 08:31 PM

Interesting* facts: A friend of mine owns a Bond Equipe (the 4 cylinder), I believe a 1965 model. His wife bought it new. Still has less than 4k miles on it. Garage stored and scruffy, but she will not part with it. I also know of a Courier van in fairly poor condition hiding in a barn....


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 08:31 PM

I had a E320 Cab for 6 years and the engine moves it along very nicely with authority, but you have to tell it to. 

 

The Alfa is just something else only a 2.5 24v so gorgeous to rev out, it just wants to zing. Yet it is docile and pulls adequately at low revs.

 

Try it for yourself next time you visit.

 

Just this evening I used the black one with Mrs6C as passenger and she remarks if you drive it like that you had better get the cam belt changed!


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 11:02 PM

Nice Alfas.

We had a 156 that came through the garage when I was there. It was one of the twin spark four pots, and was one of the nicest sounding four pot engines I ever came across, was a lovely car to drive too. Never been in a V6 156. The older V6 from the 75 was a truly musical thing, don't doubt the later one is similarly nice one the ears...

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 11:06 PM

The 2 alfas need a timed drag race...
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 11:06 PM

Just this evening I used the black one with Mrs6C as passenger and she remarks if you drive it like that you had better get the cam belt changed!

 

is that a polite way of saying you drive like DW in Elly in The Wales


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Posted 12 November 2018 - 04:26 PM

is that a polite way of saying you drive like DW in Elly in The Wales

 

Why did I need four new tyres for my E30 today!

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1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (core plug leaking), Cadillac Gear selector cable required.


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Posted 12 November 2018 - 04:36 PM

Today we had a naming ceremony for the Alfas so we now have Black Beauty and Hi-yo Silver!

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 12:20 AM

Why did I need four new tyres for my E30 today!

 

may have been justified perhaps!


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Posted 13 November 2018 - 08:26 AM

Why did I need four new tyres for my E30 today!

 

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:46 AM

The was an 'invacar blue' Equipe lived at the end of our street, Winlaton... '75 ish.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 11:07 AM

Black Beauty lost his wheel wobble to a tyre man today!

 

I also spotted the brake pads have plenty of meat on them.

 

I topped the fuel tank today and after 224 enjoyable miles it has returned 26.7 mpg.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 01:14 PM

Waiting for RAC!

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 01:19 PM

Bucketeer if you read this give me a call please.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 01:23 PM

Well that was a short honeymoon period! I have his number if you need it.


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