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#1 OFFLINE   panhard65

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 06:53 PM

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Well as you may of seen on the ebay or news 24 thread I went to look at a Cavalier today. Well it was a bit of a road trip off up to Tamworth first to collect a set of alloys for my Saxo, then back down to Cardiff to look at the beige beauty. No chance of a live thread as my phone is one of those old ones that actually is a phone rather than a mutimedia device and I forgot to take my camera. I did see a nice Nissan Cedric in brown on the M42 other than that nothing too exciting to report. Anyway when we finally made it to Cardiff due to all the holiday idiots we found the address no problem. A quick look round and it did look as good as the description with just a few little signs of surface rust. I has had a respray and possibly sills but if it has they have been done very well. I was struggling to find anything to knock him down on until he told me it wouldn't start. Great I thought driven all the way to Wales and the bloody thing won't start. I was just about to walk away when I thought I will just check the work he had done on it. He had been fitting a new coil, leads, rotor arm etc try to cure it. I pulled the king lead out to check for a spark and it was the wrong type and there was no chance it would of made contact. I borrowed a pair of pliers off him and crimped the end back on so it would cfit properly and it was away. The brake servo isn't working as it should as the brakes need a good shove to get the thing to stop, but other than that it's fine and drove back ok. So here we go  have some pics.

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 06:59 PM

That does look rather nice, well bought sir.

 

I'm not a fan of Vauxhalls but these Cav hatchbacks are growing on me.


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 07:03 PM

Oh, you absolute LEDGE


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 07:04 PM

Cor, that is well fit.

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 07:25 PM

These are growing on me, like ear hair, with age.    Never a fan of the fronties but that looks so 1982.   Is there some Vauxhall fleet history with this - the registration number seems familiar?


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 07:28 PM

Hnnnnggg that looks good enough to eat
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 07:30 PM

YES! So, so happy this has made it into the family. Was hugely tempted myself.


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 07:54 PM

I've got a lot of time for the mk2 Cav. Fantastic cars to drive and they still feel modern. Lag it in anti-rust juice.
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 08:56 PM

Bloody Hell, thats cleaner than a Nuns Wimple


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:01 PM

It's the full on Heather Mills edition as well. Top bombing there


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:01 PM

Now there's a car from my youth. Well bought that man.
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:06 PM

Nice one, I always liked these, despite the colour it looks surprisingly modern for a 1982 car.  



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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:19 PM

My ex FiL had a manual one in China Blue...my main memory of it is that the gear lever seemed to be a long way back between the seats
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:30 PM

Be still my beating heart...

If you would like to stick a manual box on this before you move it on, that would be grand!

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:36 PM

All kinds of awesome, well done Chap.


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:37 PM

Wow, that is SUPER HOT. Another car I wish my father had bought instead of the Maestro he did buy.

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:37 PM

I am really pleased with it. I wouldn't say it was mint but not far off and certainly one to save. I will get it on the ramp next week and have a real proper look round it. I used to pdi these when they were new but haven't driven one for nearly 20 years now. The box is ok but doesn't kick down like a modern. The whole car just gets on with the job and kept up with the traffic no problem. I will probably give it a proper go over and drown it in waxoyl then put it back up for sale. Even though I used to work on them back in the day I don't think I ever owned one. My mate had loads and my dad used to run them but I think I was still into Renault 18's at the time and never owned one.


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:41 PM

I just widdled in my knickerbockers.


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:41 PM

My ex FiL had a manual one in China Blue...my main memory of it is that the gear lever seemed to be a long way back between the seats

 

Hey Cheggers, what happened to the old avatar?


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:42 PM

Hey Cheggers, what happened to the old avatar?


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:20 PM

Super buy! 80s Vauxhalls AREN'T shit!!

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:25 PM

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:29 PM

Lovely. Good to see they kept it giffer beige when doing the respray.

Add me to the list of interested bods. If you keep it until the summer my shite fund should be in better shape by then!
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:36 PM

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:46 PM

Looks super ace, haven't seen one with an early grille like that since god knows when


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 11:11 PM

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 11:22 PM

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 03:15 AM

Add me to the list of interested bods. If you keep it until 2023 my shite fund should be in better shape by then!



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Posted 26 March 2016 - 05:53 AM

Nice buy. Back in 1989/90 when I was changing cars these would be on my list, at least GL spec (or even the sheer decadence of a GLS) as they did seem a lot more pleasant than the rather spartan base and L. Never worked out though, even with how plentiful they were back then - most of them in my budget were knackered high mileage company cars and the tidy, low miles examples (like this one) were still in the hands of people who'd keep them for many years yet.

 

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 07:58 AM

Lovely lovely lovely.

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