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#1 ONLINE   nigel bickle

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 01:21 PM

I've just gone and bought this Mk1 Transit beavertail -down in the Alps!
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Plan is to low-load it to my mates in Alencon (bit too much for a Saab and A frame!) for inspection and appraisal.
Assuming all is well (if it isnt -its back on the' bay) I'll whizz over for a few days spannering in the early Spring -and drive it back.
Just what I wanted /needed -marvellous.
Seems to be 6 cylinder too -despite being a flat front. Cant get any better... can it?
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 01:23 PM

Blimey, you really are the king of ubertat.Best of luck with it!!

#3 OFFLINE   michiel

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 04:47 PM

Are Ee Ess Pee Ee Cee Tee!

#4 ONLINE   nigel bickle

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 05:05 PM

Could be fun getting this home!
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 05:09 PM

Whereabouts is it again? I can't find the thread where you posted the link to the eBay listing.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 05:24 PM

A town/village called Glandage. Looks to be a remote hamlet in the middle of the French Alps. About 150 kms -on a very torturous road -s/east of Lyons. Gonna be costly extracting that- thankfully, once paid (being sorted tonight) he's not in a rush....(Cos - as we all know -that all changes once he's got the funds!!!)
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:01 PM

'Tis also about 80km south of where my parents live. Unfortunately I'm only going to be there for three days over Christmas this year as they're buggering off to Malta for three weeks on the 27th - otherwise I could have nipped down there and helped out with the extrication process. How are you going to get it to Alençon? It's a bloody long way to trailer a Tranny...

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:06 PM

Wow now thats a mission. Mega restecp!

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:09 PM

Gotta find a lorry.......Dominique -in France should be up to the challenge. Its a hard 500 miles. Push comes to shove -I'll\ sort it from here -and find an empty loory coming home....Wont be easy -but thats part of the fun.80km north? Annecy? Geneva? Nice part of the world -envy them! You too -if its a holiday 'home'
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:31 PM

Wont be easy -but thats part of the fun.

So true! Although I was chundering up before I set off to collect my 929 on the a-frame the satisfaction of completing these missions is immense. My GF could not believe the level of planning I 'was capable of' in terms of transferring money, booking ferries/planes/trains/coaches, making appointments, sorting out public transport connections and contingency plans, when she learned of my car collection missions (this is because normally I cannot organise a piss up in a brewery).

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:34 PM

Sounds\ all too familiar
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 09:20 PM

nice buy bit far to go was there none closer to home ?
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 08:23 AM

You find me a Mk1 Trannie beavertail -in half reasonable nick for less than 2k? The high price of steel have driven these through the roof....I specifically wanted a 'period' tow vehicle to move personal shite- not for bizz.This cost £400 -add around £500 to get it to Alencon -where it'll be checked over. Assuming its reasonably OK -it'll then undoubtedly tow/carry 2 home -so the ferry is effectively free.We'll put it on a CG Controle -so is arguably legal -and can therefore stay that way whilst I recommission it and UK reg.No rush for the UK reg- cos it costs money -and the rozzers then take a potential interest -whereas they shy away from 'foreign 'registrations.Hope that helps explain this undoubted bout of madness
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 08:38 AM

Whats a CG controle? A controle technique do you mean?

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:30 AM

Les mots Carte Grise spring to mind, je ne sais pas ce que ces mots signifient donc...

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:31 AM

Three and a half ton petrol truck is the way to go to beat Ken's London Low Emmission Zone.My MK3 tranny petrol beaver tail is ready to pick up all the old cars that the scrap boys won't be able to get at.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:44 AM

Hi Simmo -too far away for that -its just for personal use-truly!CG =Carte Grise -the French 'log book'(V5c equiv) Controle is their CT/ MOT 'opt out' clause -once invoked, can't be reinstated.Devalues the hell out of the vehicle -but no roadworthiness tests as long as you stay local -or obtain a permit to travel from the Town hall.You must have come across that surely Mr B?My mate has bought a large workshop (and I do mean large -50 cars easy) and is building spray booths etc. He proposes to buy really nice French cars on a Controle at VERY low prices - because they cant revert to a 'normal' logbook. Bring them here- MOT and register then send them back -new proper CG,and a 'sensible price'!One of the (many) reasons for the Beavertail - to and fro -often.LD Lines have even agreed to ship unattended so we don't have to waste time on a boat and in each others country. Just meet it each end -reload and return.If that doesnt work - and the whole venture failed -I think I'd get the Transits value back fairly easily -hopefully!!
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:55 AM

Three and a half ton petrol truck is the way to go to beat Ken's London Low Emmission Zone.My MK3 tranny petrol beaver tail is ready to pick up all the old cars that the scrap boys won't be able to get at.

Aye, that's one of the reasons I bought my petrol Transit van. Reckon it's going to shoot up in value come February when all the DIs get chucked out of London - I should make enough when I sell it to buy what I really want, which is a turbo diesel LT35.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 12:03 PM

Must say you just don't see MK 1 trannys now apart from the odd camper, The Transporter looks great, V6 though you won't know what to do with allthe Nectar points. Used to work on a few V4s, much under-rated engine

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 05:25 PM

Says its a 6 -but its flat front -didnt think that was possible?
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 05:37 PM

Yeah I know what you mean NB, The 'opt out' thing is a 'carte grise collection', and the 'controle' is the MOT test. Terminology issue!This business of registering cars in France, on the basis that they have been previously registered elsewhere in the EU, is of great interest to me, i'd love to know how you do it without getting the certificate of conformity and all that bollocks.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 07:01 PM

If its a six with a flat from ,could it be a Koln lump not sure if they are shorter or more compact? but they do a 2 litre one on the continent

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 07:10 PM

I may have mentioned the frequently-heard wisecrack here in Jersey that "if you want to legitimise a car, import it to Guernsey - they'll register anything with wheels". :lol: There may be more than a grain of truth in that statement! Unfortunately if you subsequently want to register it elsewhere you'll likely encounter a considerable degree of ballache. Interestingly while doing the groundwork before attempting to register my Fiesta in Jersey - which I suspect started life here in any case - Ford will supply a Certificate of Conformity for ex Channel Islands vehicles free of charge (as opposed to the fifty or so quid they'd charge for UK-plated cars), although I suspect this facility is aimed at the quillions of three month old ex rental cars that get shipped to mainland Britain in what is often rumoured to be some massive cooking-the-books exercise.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 07:21 PM

Hadn't heard that before about Guernsey registered cars, I did have a Channal Island plated Austin 3 litre and it was well rough

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:55 PM

Aye, that's one of the reasons I bought my petrol Transit van. Reckon it's going to shoot up in value come February when all the DIs get chucked out of London - I should make enough when I sell it to buy what I really want, which is a turbo diesel LT35.[/quote]I think from Feb its over 12 Tonne GVW and later on it drops to over 3.5T its gonna cause a few problem for sure.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:59 PM

I would also suggest that NOW would be a good time to stock-pile Volvo 700&200 series wagons. Those are going to be quite "streetable" once Ken bans tradesmen from using transits & the like.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 03:09 PM

Just realised there is a K reg (71-72) Transit recovery truck a street away from me! Can't remember whether it has a flat front on not.It has had a smashed up Pug 306 convertible on its back since about August.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 05:00 PM

Sounds like a photo opportunity

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 05:05 PM

Whilst meeting a Saab specialist recently -he showed me his communal storage.T'was stuffed full of Mk2 Golfs -60 + I reckon. Been sitting there a while -nose to tail, 3inch's between. All seem to have been there a goodly while (judging by the dust)-seems the owner lives in London -40miles away.Anyone know a good reason for stockpiling cooking VW's?
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 05:11 PM

Anyone know a good reason for stockpiling cooking VW's?

Can only assume that if they are GTi's he is hoping they will go up in value in the same way as quick Escorts....?




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