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#1 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:55 AM

I must apologise to the many people on Autoshite from whom I have very nearly bought a car recently. There have been two near-identical XJ40s vying for my attention, then a Lexus was lobbed into the mix. I definitely got far too excited as I battled with which of these highly desirable fuel-slurpers I wanted to take home.

 

I wasn't quick enough on the Lexus anyway, which left battle to commence between Conrad's Jaguar XJ40, and 320Touring's Daimler XJ40. Between them, there's very nearly a good car. Both have issues, both of which complicate collection caper plans. 

 

In the end, another price drop from 320Touring was enough to tempt me. It appears that I'll be eating dinner in Glasgow tonight. Tomorrow, we need to cure the fuel leak, cross fingers and then it's just the small matter of driving 320 miles back home, in a car that hasn't moved for three weeks, which leaks fuel and yet which has over an entire month of MOT!

 

I've always wanted an XJ40, and it obviously works well for Classic Jaguar, which is one of my day jobs. My love for the XJ40 started rather a long time ago, with this model car.

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It was the first model car that I owned and decided to keep. I did try to keep it nice, but inevitably, some paint has flaked away anyway - just like the one I'm buying! I think I was about 12 when I got it. Sadly, I didn't keep the box, but this model started me down the collector road, so all subsequent models did retain the box - including a Police XJ40 I also still own.

 

I won't be live reporting on here, but should be posting throughout the trip on Twitter (@dollywobbler). I'll do a traditional post-caper report once I'm home, though can't promise that'll be soon. I'll be late back on Saturday, and out in the 2CV for Drive It Day on Sunday. I'll do my best! There will be no poo count, but I'll try to remember to take photos of food.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:50 AM

Looking forward to the food pics, always my favourite part of a collection thread.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:33 AM

Im sure youll be home within the month, unless fuel prices rocket.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:57 AM

I wasn't quick enough on the Lexus anyway, which left battle to commence between Conrad's Jaguar XJ40, and 320Touring's Daimler XJ40. Between them, there's very nearly a good car. Both have issues, both of which complicate collection caper plans. 

 

I have broken the news to the Jag. Poor Jag, you lost out this time. 

 

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You could never compete with an MOT certificate. 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:10 PM

I have broken the news to the Jag. Poor Jag, you lost out this time.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:17 PM

Oof, slap in the face for Conrad.

 

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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:35 PM

Later on today.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:42 PM

However, if I break down near Manchester, it's nice to have a back up plan. Swap plates, smash some crinkles into the grille, sorted!
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:55 PM

Anyway, the caper is under way. Less than six hours to go! Until I reach Glasgow. Not seeing the car until the morning.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:05 PM

Catering is a cinch because Plah; have sandwich, can picnic. I am grateful you've spared me the temptation of a £350 Daiml-o-shite.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:23 PM

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:37 PM

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:39 PM

You doing a few drags at crail before you leave? That would make an excellent feature in the jag mag!
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:44 PM

You've gone into that huge Wetherspoons for a fly square sausage roll haven't you ?

I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:10 PM

Properly gutted that The SVM were unable to do a standard Meet and Greet but at 4.30am we're taking this home to Belfast. For the day.

Boats are shitting expensive.

Also I need to head into SVM HQ at 3.30am to wash the sodding thing.cb9cae459d196fe9e0017c2d927b1ceb.jpg

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:08 PM

I R DISAPPoiNT. However, Glasgow has impressed me muchly, so I will be back.

I have actually seen the Daimler, briefly, tonight, but am now some distance from it for kipping purposes.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:32 PM

go on

 

apart from the anniversary - why??

 

train station in belfast had lots of ads for 50 years etc etc



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:31 PM

Mr Wobbler is assured a good rest after having the delight* of Fabia pilotage to his crib..

Apparently I shall see him at 9am on the morrow..
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:17 PM

I had a night oot in Glasgea in 1996, went to a curry house called Bombay Blues. Was an entertaining evening all round.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:44 PM

... That would make an excellent feature in the jag mag!

 

 

I read that as the Jazz mag.  Is there much of a difference? 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:48 PM

I had a night oot in Glasgea in 1996, went to a curry house called Bombay Blues. Was an entertaining evening all round.

 

 

Is that on Sauchiehall Street?  IIRC, the curries are almost as orange as the women, but not as orange as the Bru. I hope that you didn't accidentally look at anyone else's pint.    That, I gather, is the most rapid way to be acquainted with the noble and auncient art of chewin' a brick.


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 02:22 AM

go on

apart from the anniversary - why??

train station in belfast had lots of ads for 50 years etc etc

Irish Transport Trust rally. Normally we go foot passenger on the boat but we've two 25-year old ex-Ulsterbus Goldliner Leyland Tigers, 50th anniversary of the founding of Ulsterbus... why not?

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 07:00 AM

The people of Glasgow are lovely. I've not been beaten up even once. Or maybe that was because I had a bodyguard...
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Posted 22 April 2017 - 07:39 AM

I read that as the Jazz mag. Is there much of a difference?


If I wasn't on my phone I was going to write jag with a line through it then jazz, so no, no difference there

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 07:48 AM

Oh noes, I can haz stealed your gag!  


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 07:49 AM

Glasgow is the only place I've ever seen a woman spit on the street.

 

Charming place. It's a bigger version of Gloucester.


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 07:52 AM

Is that on Sauchiehall Street?  IIRC, the curries are almost as orange as the women, but not as orange as the Bru. I hope that you didn't accidentally look at anyone else's pint.    That, I gather, is the most rapid way to be acquainted with the noble and auncient art of chewin' a brick.

 

 

Hope* St apparently.

 

I was there with Auto Express in '96 and stayed in a hotel in an area that looked as though it had a nocturnal visit from the Luftwaffe.

 

 

 

*Abandon all ye who enter etc etc


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RED SKY AT NIGHT..............TOMORROW'S GOING TO BE BE SHITE.

 

 

 

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:40 AM

At the car. Mostly fixing fuel leaks. Yes, it has become plural. We've run out of hose clips.
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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:50 AM

Those aren't leaks, those are the injectors! it's designed to use that much


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:57 AM

Sneaky preview of what's occurring.
Take a look at @dollywobbler's Tweet: https://twitter.com/...9026689025?s=09
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