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#1 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:29 PM

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Several people on The Internet told me I should buy a G-reg Proton. So I did.

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The car has been in the same family from new, has been written off a couple of times, has mis-matched front panels (due to the most recent write-off), a taped-up sunroof, smells of dog, has two days of MOT left, has a 'braking issue' and has an oil leak. Naturally, I had to have it. Well, it was scrap value. I could hardly refuse. Even Mrs DW thought it was a good idea. I must check if she's been drinking again...

 

The engine bay is not concours. No-one seemed to know why the brake master cylinder and servo are covered in white gunk.

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Having actually taken it for a test drive, and confirmed that it could at least stop, I handed over some loose change and we had a merry Malaysian convoy back home. 

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The Proton won the race, on account of actually having enough torque to get up hills. However, on the downside, the nearside front brake started binding quite badly halfway home. I wondered what a World Champion would do in this situation, but thankfully did not consider smashing my car into my 'opponents' because I'm not a twat. #topical

 

It's a very jolly thing to drive, though there's a big flat spot under two-thirds throttle. I suspect it wouldn't mind a service, though it did seem better for a bit of an Italian tune-up. I can see why folk lapped them up though. It's just not even slightly unpleasant to drive. 

 

Moar pics.

The inside is mostly grey and filth.

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The original Blaupunkt stereo cassette player works, though not tested with tapes yet.

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Aeroback styling is ACE!

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A tailgate leak has also been fixed*.

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So, a very boring caper really, and now nothing is going to happen to it for some time, as the Bluebird is the priority. I can't really afford to insure it, so it may have to wait for a space to free up. It'll be interesting to see whether I prefer the Bluebird or the Proton, but I suspect the latter will edge it...

 


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:33 PM

We loved the saloon we had years ago, and you may already have seen the one I commented on, on the ebay thread.  I'm seriously thinking about that.  These are just excellent little cars.

Good move grabbing that, Ian :)


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:37 PM

Amazing shite combo with the proton and bluebird. Looking forward to the video!

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:44 PM

This actually looks worse than the Sierra bASe.

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:45 PM

Proton better than a bluebird? There will be letters of complaint!
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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:50 PM

maybe rachel thinks its a good idea because she can already see "her" new car taking shape :mrgreen:


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:52 PM

maybe rachel thinks its a good idea because she can already see "her" new car taking shape :mrgreen:

 

Unlikely. It's far too big, and has posh stuff like a boot you can actually fit stuff in.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:53 PM

A Proton Saga Magma. Hot.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:00 PM

Red Hot and Blue (front bumber)!

 

I would take that out for a prawn cocktail and Asti Spumante lunch and then nibble its ear on the upper decks of a stark, bleak concrete multi story car park in inner city Bradford.

 

7/10.

 

Needs more mismatched panels and MOT.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:19 PM

Outstanding work!


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:20 PM

Nice job bagging that, it's awful! In the best possible way!
I've always liked these, I used to work on a giffer owned 1.5 Saloon in a gold/bronze colour. It never had any problems and just kept going and going with basic servicing.
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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:26 PM

Red Hot and Blue (front bumber)!

I would take that out for a prawn cocktail and Asti Spumante lunch and then nibble its ear on the upper decks of a stark, bleak concrete multi story car park in inner city Bradford.

7/10.

Needs more mismatched panels and MOT.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:31 PM

Everyday is a school day!

 

Thought the centre console looked different

 

Looks like they went with the old 1984-1986 dash from the Lancer and then swapped to the newer style for 1991 onwards

 

Pics of old style dash and then newer one

 

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:35 PM

I reckon the Bluebird will have a slightly more solid feel to it. Would make for an interesting comparison with my '88 Sunny though. When new I think it would have felt like quite a slick bit of kit.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:46 PM

I have an oil filter you could have for freee, but online it says from 01/1991, not sure why it wouldn't fit yours though?

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:52 PM

I have an oil filter you could have for freee, but online it says from 01/1991, not sure why it wouldn't fit yours though?

 

Champion F110.

 

Thanks. I have no idea. 1991 would be the 12v engine I think. Mine is one of the last of the MAGMAs.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 09:03 PM

Nope, 12v still MAGMAPOWAAA because sticker says so  :-D

 

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 09:10 PM

Superb buy, hat doffed.
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Posted 26 June 2017 - 09:13 PM

Wow, you're a glutton for punishment DW, props to you, as the kewl kids say.

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 09:18 PM

Thanks. I have no idea. 1991 would be the 12v engine I think. Mine is one of the last of the MAGMAs.

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 09:18 PM

That looks absolutely dreadful.  Well done, 10/10.

 

It's done well to survive this long given that it's hardly been loved, going by its current condition.  Presumably it's been inherited from an elderly relative at some point in recent years given its mileage doubling in the last few years vs the previous 20, it must have had some care lavished on it at some point, hopefully it can keep going,



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Posted 26 June 2017 - 09:26 PM

DO NOT PAINT.

 

This is so good a buy even the car's own steering wheel looks like it's about to clap you for buying it:

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 10:07 PM

All I can say is same as the others in we'll done a most excellent purchase! How much was it though?

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 10:11 PM

<generic appreciation message>. No experience of Protons but they're intriguing, maybe one day. Front end mismatch just makes it.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 10:22 PM

Nice buy DW I bet that 80s Blaupunkt is worth a few bob on its own so selling that would give you basically free motoring Proton style and you've now won autoshite with a G plate one.

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 10:28 PM

Nice to see a proper shite car on here for a change. I'm looking forwards to hearing your adventures with it.

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 10:32 PM

That is a brilliantly awful car, well done.

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 10:34 PM

You are a winner, i love it
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 12:52 AM

I'm glad and sad these were not sold in Oz as I would love to give one a go but also think it would be absolutely awful.

 

You need to be down at the breakers mentioned in the other proton thread nabbing the white bonnet and bumper.

 

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 04:39 AM

Huzzzzzah!

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