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#31 OFFLINE   Dick Longbridge

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 06:54 PM

I'd imagine it would cost more to sell off the parts than it would to bin the lot administratively speaking. How many Rover 45 body shells do we need? I heard Rimmer brothers had sold next to none of them, whose going to reshell a 45? In 20 years possibly but it's a big item to store all those years

I guess that's the reality. Still think there must be someone, somewhere who could agree a basic receipt in return for a shell, where it's stated as scrap?

On a different note, there were definitely some tunnels still open* 11 months ago...



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Posted 25 November 2016 - 07:34 PM

One of my favourite photos is of the old signal box still standing in a sea of crushed brick, after the track had been lifted.


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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:21 PM

I'd love to build a car up from just a shell with all new, brand spanking bits.


So would I, but I'm not sure I'd fancy the toil if the end result was a 45....
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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:44 PM

All of the accumulated drawings and artefacts from the Kremlin have been binned.

 

This vexes me more than somewhat.


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Posted 25 November 2016 - 09:22 PM

...while there is still a chance I will go back...


Let me know if you do. I wouldn't mind having a look around myself.

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 12:03 AM

So would I, but I'm not sure I'd fancy the toil if the end result was a 45....

 

I would!

 

I wonder if Honda realise there are still HH-R/45 shells still in Longbridge?

 

I'm sure that will make them really happy*


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 01:22 PM

^ I think Honda has 'moved on'...  ;)


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 05:03 PM

Looks like there were still some parts frozen in time in September 2016.

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 05:18 PM

Why an MGF, rather than a TF? That's odd. 


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:01 AM

It's a TF, the bonnets are the same. They just did a very clever restyle with the new lights, the bumper/front end clip contained the 'grille'.
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:12 AM

I'm testing an MG GS at the moment. Feels very capable, though I'm not sure about pricing. This is the £22k range topper. It's a hugely crowded market sector so I fear it might struggle. As with the MG3, you can feel the UK engineering, but that's still a big ask price wise.
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:00 PM

Faced with the prospect of an £8000 MG3, having been in one, I'd spend my money on something second hand. Everything felt cheap and nasty, it felt like it'd be no time before the trim was creaking. It looks cack as well.

Therefore when they are £300 I'd have one, but spending real money on one? Not a chance!

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:37 PM

Can't see why you'd buy one over something like a dacia tbh

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:48 PM

St Modwen have apparently had the site lease handed back to them from MGM UK/SAIC. 
Doesn't sound good. 


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:57 PM

Faced with the prospect of an £8000 MG3, having been in one, I'd spend my money on something second hand. Everything felt cheap and nasty, it felt like it'd be no time before the trim was creaking. It looks cack as well.

Therefore when they are £300 I'd have one, but spending real money on one? Not a chance!

 

They look a bit classier than most £8k new cars.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:11 PM

St Modwen have apparently had the site lease handed back to them from MGM UK/SAIC. 
Doesn't sound good. 

 

 

There was 90 years left to run on the lease.  I wouldn't like to have negotiated the 'out' on that deal.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:11 PM

St Modwen have apparently had the site lease handed back to them from MGM UK/SAIC.
Doesn't sound good.


There'll be fuckall left soon.

Someone blogged about the state of it on MacD just last week: http://www.macdroitw...-point-anymore/

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:12 PM

There was 90 years left to run on the lease. I wouldn't like to have negotiated the 'out' on that deal.


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:11 PM

It was a 100 year lease deal they signed........gov.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:27 PM

There'll be fuckall left soon.
Someone blogged about the state of it on MacD just last week: http://www.macdroitw...-point-anymore/


Sad times. I still want that TF though.
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:39 PM

Sad times. I still want that TF though.

 

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Unfortunately, I bought the last British TF. And thats the way it'll stay unfortunately.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:52 PM

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Unfortunately, I bought the last British TF. And thats the way it'll stay unfortunately.

 

Have I broken down in front of you at Gaydon? My MGF did a coolant wee in front of someone with a Monogram TF who said it was one of the last. 
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:56 PM

That won't have been Sward then, he wouldn't let you have the steam off his piss.


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:58 PM

I had the steam off my MGF to keep me sated.
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:05 PM

Mine wasn't Monogram.  It was Sonic Blue.  And I sold it following another one of my masterful* career changes. But its in the hands of a collector who is very keen on the car.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:15 PM

Aye, her majesty's customs and fucking excise.


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:15 PM

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Unfortunately, I bought the last British TF. And thats the way it'll stay unfortunately.


Good work. How did you manage to bag that one, then?

The very last British TF has my name on it though. I just need to work out how to get the shell out of the place before the blatantly imminent demolition.
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:25 PM

Good work. How did you manage to bag that one, then?

 

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:54 PM

So they've handed the lease back then? Doesn't surprise me, the operation must have lost billions by now, and the lease for that place must have been astronomical


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:06 AM

So they've handed the lease back then? Doesn't surprise me, the operation must have lost billions by now, and the lease for that place must have been astronomical


Allegedly. I need a bit more than FB group chatter to be absolutely certain.

I'll ask my source tomorrow and hopefully the St Modwen office will come back with a yes/no on the situation.

St Modwen also own the land Goodyear Bushbury Lane sits/sat on; most of that's been built on now, too.

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