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#31 OFFLINE   mk2_craig

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 05:21 AM

Utterly miserable! Nice work. Are these prone to any catastrophic structural rot? They seem to be surprisingly capable of long lives.
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 05:49 AM

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

Always liked the booted version more and had a couple. Love how the gear change felt like you were just pulling wires and had no feedback*


I paid fifty quid.
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 05:50 AM

Utterly miserable! Nice work. Are these prone to any catastrophic structural rot? They seem to be surprisingly capable of long lives.


Yes, but this one seems to have been well rust-proofed. The paint is ripply on the lower section, even on the plastic rear bumper!

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 07:22 AM

Now with video!


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 07:56 AM

My only Proton experience is driving one to Kettering around 1995.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 08:09 AM

Top buy!

 

One feature I think Ian has missed out is that the Aeroback has reclining rear seats (like the Bluebird hatchback). Or maybe that's broken too.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 08:24 AM

My only Proton experience is driving one to Kettering around 1995.

My only Proton experience is driving one around Barford Raceway. And it cost me more than £50



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 08:41 AM

Proper branded mats, winning for me.



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 09:19 AM

Do not paint. Why say paint? Nobody wants paint.

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 09:34 AM

That is so bad that it's good. Top buyage.

 

I remember seeing loads of those kicking about in the mid nineties. The road my brother lived down at the time was peppered with them.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 09:47 AM

Do valve clearances - 6 inlet and 10 exhaust  (thou) when hot. Inlets close up on them.

 

Oil filter might be microfine - doesn't matter, just make sure it has anti-drain valve in it (iirc).

 

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:03 AM

Brilliant purchase, love these things. Not even sure if they sold them here in Ireland. Seen one or two in scrapyards but never one on the road, last time I saw one was in Liverpool back in '15, some old giffer's pride and joy



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:11 AM

You should graft a pair of socks onto the steering wheel "spokes"...


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:17 AM

Brilliant purchase, love these things. Not even sure if they sold them here in Ireland. Seen one or two in scrapyards but never one on the road, last time I saw one was in Liverpool back in '15, some old giffer's pride and joy

 

They did. In fact, they started selling them in Ireland before they reached the UK apparently.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:46 AM

I love the sounds of quality* when opening and closing the doors in that video. :D

What was the metallic clang while closing the boot?

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:52 AM

Looks utter wank.

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:01 AM

Utterly miserable! Nice work. Are these prone to any catastrophic structural rot? They seem to be surprisingly capable of long lives.

 

IIRC did not someone on here have one and welded up the rear 'U shape' axle pressing - it being a hollow box and = like sieve  :?

 

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:09 AM

I love the sounds of quality* when opening and closing the doors in that video. :D

What was the metallic clang while closing the boot?

 

I have no idea. I didn't notice it at the time!


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:15 AM

My only Proton experience is having the Mitsubishi Colt Dollywobbler didn't like for a reason I can't remember.

Now my potential other Proton experience is nixed, because he snatched the shaggedest one this side of the Bosporus away from me.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:27 AM

Brilliant purchase, love these things. Not even sure if they sold them here in Ireland. Seen one or two in scrapyards but never one on the road, last time I saw one was in Liverpool back in '15, some old giffer's pride and joy


There's a picture on one of Junkmans threads of an old railway station that was used for years as a car showroom; Lada and Proton through the 80s and early 90s, then Skoda from mid 90s on; Aughrim Motors. They still have a mk2 escort van in full AA livery parked up.

Up until the first scrappage scheme in 1996, this part of Ireland was littered with Ladas and Protons, really big sellers

The big local garages are now Hyundai and Kia; so that's what litters the roads :)

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:50 AM

That's ace. My only Proton experience is watching Chris Goffey review them on Top gear in 1991.

 

From memory he thought that they were one of the best fermions that are made of valence quarks. Proton themselves were a subsidiary of Bayron inc at the time which in turn were part of the Hadron Conglomerate.

 

He said the build quality was good with the two up quarks being held to the down quark with some gulons and possibly some sea quarks. IIRC, at the local dealership, which had lots of Protons in stock, they could be bound together by the nuclear force to form atomic nuclei but you'd haver to look on How Many left to see if there were enough cars left to make this possible I suppose.  

 

I last saw it a long time ago though, when I was just 15. I can't remember the exact details of everything he said as I was busy revising for my science GCSE at the time.

 

Sadly I failed the GCSE as I must've made a mistake about the ride quality and fuel consumption of the hydrogen atom. I'm not sure if they marked me on the quality of the atoms interior or not.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 12:03 PM

Having spent many happy holidays in Malaysia I have had the honour of being a passenger in many a red taxi Proton of this type. The owner drivers generally love them for reliability and durability. Most had massive mileage. One had over 600K and still going well. The guy was genuinely proud of his car and loved it. Bought it new in 1989 I believe.
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 01:01 PM

My only Proton experience is having the Mitsubishi Colt Dollywobbler didn't like for a reason I can't remember.

Now my potential other Proton experience is nixed, because he snatched the shaggedest one this side of the Bosporus away from me.

 

I mostly didn't like the steering and gearbox in the Colt. And the filler neck. The Colt feels much more formidable. Surely too many pedals for you though?


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 01:15 PM

I've always liked these, as they appeal to my aesthetic sensibilities. Not only that, they came with a Blaupunkt stereo as standard, which I recall was a major selling point when they were new cars.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 01:19 PM

My only Proton experience is driving one to Kettering around 1995.

 

That sounds so utterly forgettable, that I'm impressed you remembered.

 

Either.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 01:46 PM

I think that I have told this before but I had a friend at aged 18 who told us all about his new executive motor, with electric windows and everything. 

 

We were all quite impressed until it turned out it was a Proton, then he was laughed at a lot. 

 

Nowadays I would be badgering him to borrow it ..... 


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 02:27 PM

I love how each DW purchase is getting braver and braver. You manage to exceed expectations with every new vehicle. Well done! Soon members of the forum will be scolded for having cars that are in full working order!

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 02:36 PM

What do you mean? The Proton is loads better than the Bluebird! It doesn't chuck water down the exhaust, doesn't feel like the front suspension is about to collapse and the dashboard isn't falling apart. It even has five actual proper seatbelts!


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There's a picture on one of Junkmans threads of an old railway station that was used for years as a car showroom; Lada and Proton through the 80s and early 90s, then Skoda from mid 90s on; Aughrim Motors.

 

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 03:41 PM

Anyone bidding on this beauty?

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