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#751 ONLINE   HMC

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:29 PM

Great! -OD so a westcountry reg for those none the wiser! What plates are you going to select? Are the recesses an odd size?
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:30 PM

Heyy.. J J ;)

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:38 PM

So I thought I would try and fix something that was already broken when I got Cedric, the boot lock which wasn't doing what it is supposed to do namely locking.
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Got it off the car without too much bother but have not managed to fix it, the key inserts freely but it just won't turn. I don't know for certain that I have the correct key although the one I have operates the other door locks no problem. Couldn't figure out how to remove the lock barrel and didn't want to risk breaking it any further so will just lube and reattach to the car for now.

Very late to this. Only to add it may be a different key. The car was intended for the US market and there was a lot of valet parking - doors and ignition were often on one key - glove box and boot/tailgate were on another for security you did not give to the car hop.


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:40 PM

Pretty depressing to be honest, it's been sitting on my Mother's drive since December last year after the clutch failed and is also pretty rusty :(

In more happy news I can finally reveal Cedric's reg number :) In a sign of how low my motivation has been I only sent the application off a few weeks ago but had done the NOVA declaration within two weeks of importation at least.

So drum roll......
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Cedric is now VOD 686J

Just need to order some number plates and new tyres and I should be set to drive him on the road again for the first time in months, can't wait.

 

Very old Datsun?


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:42 PM

Very old Datsun?

 

Very old Datsun?

Actually a nice number - looks 'period'. I had a 6 cylinder Cedric years ago. I miss it...a lot!


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:51 PM

686 is good too.  I like palindromic numbers!  I've had, just off the top of my head, 353, 404, 535, 737 and 969, and probably others too.

 

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 02:03 PM

Great! -OD so a westcountry reg for those none the wiser! What plates are you going to select? Are the recesses an odd size?

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I am going for white riveted plastic digits on a black plate, I thought about silver on black but I generally don't like shiny things so I am kind of a reverse magpie LOL.

The recesses are of an odd size but the Finnish plates were a similar size to ours so mounting should be straightforward.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 02:08 PM

I’ve just moaned on the GGG thread that I haven’t seen one for ages, and here’s another !

 

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 02:12 PM

Excellent choice in number plates, the white letters are more in keeping than the silver ones.

Do my eyes deceive me, or is there already UK number plates behind the Finnish ones?
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 04:38 PM

I reckon it'd look sweeter on white/yellow raised digit plates to be honest, but it's not my car. They would have been the norm by J-plate really. My J-plate Rover P6B had gorgeous while/yellows. Naturally, a later owner replaced them with black and silvers...


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 04:40 PM

Being very old, I remember that 'engraved' plates were a thing around the turn of the 70s:

 

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Just a thought...


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 05:08 PM

A mate has an original UK registered Spitfire that's in the series UOD***J. Not far off so could conceivably be an original UK number.
Reflective tin plates would definitely look better and more period.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 06:19 PM

Do my eyes deceive me, or is there already UK number plates behind the Finnish ones?

No your eyes don't decieve you, there was some shenanigans involving "import" plates and stuff.

I reckon it'd look sweeter on white/yellow raised digit plates to be honest, but it's not my car. They would have been the norm by J-plate really. My J-plate Rover P6B had gorgeous while/yellows. Naturally, a later owner replaced them with black and silvers...

A mate has an original UK registered Spitfire that's in the series UOD***J. Not far off so could conceivably be an original UK number.
Reflective tin plates would definitely look better and more period.

I have already ordered the ones I wanted, I know number plates style can be a deeply personal and emotive thing. As it's not an original UK car it's always going to look odd being LHD and to be honest it's the only car I have ever owned that is old enough to have black plates so I would feel cheated if I didn't have them and I also like the symmetry of the same colour plates on both ends.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:49 PM



Very late to this. Only to add it may be a different key. The car was intended for the US market and there was a lot of valet parking - doors and ignition were often on one key - glove box and boot/tailgate were on another for security you did not give to the car hop.

 

No US sales of this generation of Cedric nor any of the following versions.

 

All the Datsuns I've had have one key for ignition and a second that does all the locks. On older models the former has a pattern on one side only, the locks key is double-sided.

 

I think some later Japanese cars did have the garage/valet key thing, but I'm not sure about this era.

 

The limited number of UK versions of estate that I've ever seen all have squarer-type rear plates:

 

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1970 Datsun Cedric 2000 Estate (130) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 11:09 PM

The limited number of UK versions of estate that I've ever seen all have squarer-type rear plates


I forgot about that picture.... Maybe I should have ordered one oblong and one square plate but I only really like square plates on Land Rovers and that is what I associate them with.
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Posted 04 November 2018 - 10:32 AM

A square plate wouldn't fit on my 1200, I do have the correct dimensions for an import plate of that era somewhere.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:18 PM

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Today I drove Cedric for the first time since March! Somewhat fittingly this time last year to the day he arrived in the UK :) I had almost forgotten how awesome this thing is to drive, got some approving glances from a few other drivers too which is always nice.
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These are the tyres I chose, Vredestein Sprint Classic's in 185/80 R14. They weren't cheap at £120 each but they look the part and seem fine from initial impressions.
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You know when you have classic car tyres if the label says not to fit to anything made after 1990, not sure what would happen if you did mind.
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I had plenty of fabric leftover from the headrests so the sun visors got the furry treatment.
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All tucked up safe and sound :) I didn't want to drill holes in my brand new plates so both front and rear are attached via the power of magnets and because the plates are aluminium self adhesive metal discs of the type used to hang paintings in gallery's. The number plate illumination is provided by LED bolts that just happen to be M6 and so fit perfectly in the threaded holes that the factory provided.

Still lots of little things to fix, improve and upgrade but it will be a gradual process, one thing that's good about intending on keeping a car for ever is that I don't feel in any rush to make it "perfect".
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:28 PM

They put that notice on as that exempts the tyre manufacturers from EU efficiency and noise requirements. Otherwise they'd have to be tested and have the efficiency label slapped on them and probably not pass either.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:29 PM

Also I've never understood the snobbery against black & white plates on cars that are eligible for them. I put them on my older stuff for the exact reason you did on this - because I've never had a car previous to be old enough to be able to.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:34 PM

Also I've never understood the snobbery against black & white plates on cars that are eligible for them. I put them on my older stuff for the exact reason you did on this - because I've never had a car previous to be old enough to be able to.



As far as I go, it’s what looks right. Some cars look fine with black plates others don’t. The last car I went to view was 1955, but on horrible, horrible modern reflective plates.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:36 PM

As far as I go, it’s what looks right. Some cars look fine with black plates others don’t. The last car I went to view was 1955, but on horrible, horrible modern reflective plates.

I guess that makes sense. In my eyes 70s stuff looks right on b&w plates. However when 80s stuff will be eligible in just over a year I don't think it will - in my eyes. But then I was born in the 80s.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:43 PM

Looks nice. Plates need engine-grubby fingers rubbed over them to get rid of the "Daz white", bring the letters down to more of a cream.

Looks real nice though. I'm fond of metallic snot green.

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 09:56 PM

Looks nice. Plates need engine-grubby fingers rubbed over them to get rid of the "Daz white", bring the letters down to more of a cream.
Looks real nice though. I'm fond of metallic snot green.
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Yeah I will have to fast forward the patina on the plates so it's in keeping with the rest of the car.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:09 PM

I guess that makes sense. In my eyes 70s stuff looks right on b&w plates. However when 80s stuff will be eligible in just over a year I don't think it will - in my eyes. But then I was born in the 80s.

 

Agreed.  

 

Anyway, hardly anything new got B/W plates much after 1968 or '69.  Trust me; I was there, collecting car numbers from my bedroom window.

 

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:47 PM

I asked my old man and he said that people with earlier registered cars would fit white/yellow plates to make the cars look more modern.

His Sprite has the original rear plate (the front was remade after a kerb interface some time in the eighties) which is a 69 G, yellow and white set.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 06:38 AM

Agreed.

Anyway, hardly anything new got B/W plates much after 1968 or '69. Trust me; I was there, collecting car numbers from my bedroom window.

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My dad bought a Mk1 Escort 1300L in 1972 (KJJ470K) He didn’t pay extra for reflective plates. “Too expensive and they look rubbish” lol.


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