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#1 OFFLINE   outlaw118

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 08:15 PM

I don't understand how some of you chaps on here are allowed to have so many toys, and I'm not!!!Its just not fair (bottom lip quivering).... :x

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#2 OFFLINE   pogweasel

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 08:26 PM

What do you mean 'allowed'. We're not allowed! Hence why grot gets hidden away in barns, fields, long-stay public car-parks, works yard, yadda yadda. :lol: Though you always get rumbled in the end. Usually by yet another brown envelope from DVLA plopping onto the doormat.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 08:43 PM

I'm allowed to have as many as I want so nah! :lol:

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:10 PM

I think we are ALL lucky beggars, even if we don't currently own any shite. The vast majority of people who lust after silly supercars will never be able to afford one, even when they are earning a decent salary.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:17 PM

Well said Peter. I've wanted a Lada since I was 18, and now I have one. I'm much happier than the bloke who wants a Ferrari and will never be able to afford one, closest he'll get is a MR2 kitcar!

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:34 PM

I'm not particularly lucky in that I still live with my folks and they are getting more and more annoyed by my driveway (and now road) clogging, presumably because they are a bit snooty and think it looks "common" to have a load of old cars on the property.I'm willing to put up with their increasing contempt for me, as on my earnings, I couldn't afford to live in an upturned bath, let alone my dream of a bungalow in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees, so I can build a load of shanty-town style sheds to keep my collection of grot in and quietly go insane.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:02 PM

I'm willing to put up with their increasing contempt for me, as on my earnings, I couldn't afford to live in an upturned bath, let alone my dream of a bungalow in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees, so I can build a load of shanty-town style sheds to keep my collection of grot in and quietly go insane.

Agreed. I'm in the - hopefully temporary - position where after ten years of independence I'm back in the family home, where there's a decent size garage with two dozen fugging pedal cycles clogging up the tat-restoring facilities so I have one usable but under-used modern sitting on the drive, blocking in/blocked in by (depending on my mood at the time) one shagged sack of shite that I'd be learning to weld on right now but for the old man's bike addiction and the 1 in 3 angle of the drive.

I'm almost tempted to lash out the 135 grand that some eternal optimist is asking for a glorified bedroom passed off as a suburban St Helier "studio flat", simply cos it comes with one parking space PLUS one garage currently let out at £28 a week. Then again do I love my £120 Fiesta enough to forego that sort of income?

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:42 PM

I reckon I'd need £150K at least, I wouldn't mind if the house itself was all grotty and falling to bits, as I've never been that bothered about interior furnishings. £150K, though! Just think of all the Mazda 323s you could get with that.Can just imagine it now, my house! Sat there on my sofa (back seat from a Datsun Stanza) watching an old video of Challenge Anneka whilst eating a potted beef sandwich, meanwhile water drips from the ceiling into my collection of buckets as one of the rat traps goes off. But still, the asbestos is nicely hidden under that faded Street Hawk poster.....

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:49 PM

My gf thinks she can tell me what to do and not to do (i.e. buy a second car). I'll show her one of these days when all my knitting is done!And Dan, who cares if your house hasn't been painted in decades and looks all weathered and grotty - waxoyl, slam and some banded steels FTW.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:52 PM

It's a shame really - I'm in a semi detached with a 150' rear garden, and a self built triple garage at the bottom.However, the place was only bought on the understanding that the garden would not, under any circumstances be filled with "classics" (or shite).My stepson has assissted me on that level - currently got a Honda CBR600F in the garage and a K reg Clio auto outside it.I can't afford a place on my own, so madam's finances were required to assist, and she doesn't appreciate vehicles of "a certain age". Catch 22? I think so!!Doesn't stop me being jealous of some of you!!

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:56 PM

The secret is to :1. Be selective on telling people the exact number of cars you own. 2. Have them stored in different parts of the country.3. Never talk to partners or parents about your cars.4. erm...be ratdat, nigel bickle or mr bo11ox or indeed 70% of the users on this website.5. Buy the car, worry about storage later and if that is an issue sell it to someone who will look after it.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 08:29 AM

Back when I was a nipper, (long. long time ago) my Dad admitted that he wished he hadnt sold on all the gorgeous cars he had owned -and I do mean gorgeous. So I decided to find a way of keeping anything I liked -that didnt depreciate.In the 80's I was lucky enough to earn a LOT in the finance boom -and that paid for a bankrupt farm (and land) when the bubble burst in the early 90's.I leased the land -still do -currently for turf, rebuilt the shack (whilst living in it) into a nice house -constantly rented out as I cant afford the mortgage -but I got to keep the barns.... RESULT! Ok -so its 25 miles away from the current hovel I'm rebuilding (then rent -do it again) but it does mean I can keep anything I want -getting it out from time to time.And -there are some valuable cars in there now -although they weren't when I bought em....Happy days.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:21 AM

Excellent financial skills there NB!

I try to have 2-3 cars of my own on the road, plus Mrs SL’s sensible family car. It’s only recently that my everyday car has ended up duplicating that role. On top of that there are usually one or two projects/spares cars, at the moment it’s only the Laurel SGL but until recently there was also a dead 240K on the back driveway. So that makes six, for which I have plenty of room.

The most I had here was eight – seven of mine (every one of them a six-pot) plus the Mazda 323F which was then Mrs SL’s. This was some of them:

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I also had another two 240Ks, both of which got broken. I fear I may never repeat anything quite as varied as that lot – it includes JDM and SA-built models and three completely different six-cylinder engines (V6 and two different straight-sixes).

Funny thing is, although Mrs SL likes to be seen to give me grief about them she tolerates and even accepts them – in the current house search she ends up reminding me about the need for lots of drive and garage space.

You can park 10-12 cars on my current driveway if the garage was used as well, which makes the search for a replacement quite hard even out here in the sticks.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:24 AM

Theres no big secret to my tat-stashing techniques. The only acer I have is the old farm in france (used to live there), this has a decent sized barn with dry storage space for maybe 8 cars, there are 6 over there at the moment. Then I have one in a lock-up in manchester (used to live there too), two on 'Pogs' farm storage site, one in the back of my dads garage, two on the works car park, and two on the road! I don't even own any property in the UK but in terms of tat stashing, this is probably a good thing because if i did, I would not have 5p available to spend on old cars and theyd all have to go.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:44 AM

I don't even own any property in the UK but in terms of tat stashing, this is probably a good thing because if i did, I would not have 5p available to spend on old cars and theyd all have to go.

This is the ‘amusing’ thing about our current property quest – may end up with more room, but will have no cash to buy anything. Still, no harm to have a bit of space for the unexpected freebie/cheapie and I have more than enough in the way of magazines, brochures, kits etc etc to distract me for the next 127 years.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 12:24 PM

I'm lucky that I bought my semi before the house prices went stupid 5 years ago. I have 2 cars at my house and 2 at my parents. Luckily dad is as passionate about old cars as I am and is quite content tinkering away with an old motor in his cosy garage. He's even closed in the car port to keep my Triumph even more nice and dry :P I can get another car on my drive too so that kind of heightens the temptation to acquire another! My mum's adamant she's not having another at their house though....
I dont no wot there worth tbh mate only wont it for pre 68 obvserly lol hav u got any pics plz mate

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 01:15 PM

Earlier in the year I had an offer accepted on a 2 bed semi in Leicester which somebody had kindly extended with a large garage . Sod-all rear garden but a drive for 2 cars and at least three in the garage. Seller started being a prick and in the end it was me who pulled out when I moved away from the city but I wonder whether that was a blessing in disguise seeing as East Mids property looks to be going down the tubes. Still, 129k against the half-mil it would take to buy that house over here still sounds like value to me.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 04:53 PM

When I were a lad, all I ever wanted was a garage. My Dad's house had (still has, in fact) an access road for the rear gardens that I clogged solid with any old Ford I could find, as well as parking the ones that ran out front in the road. It got to the point that as soon as a car (even non-Fords) looked like they had stayed in one place for too long, the neighbours would start knocking on the door to ask if said "old car" was mine. They were especially unhappy at me changing engines in the road, and even more so when I decided to paint a Mk3 Cortina by hand with Dulux & dropped the paint pot on the pavement! You could still see the footprints until the council replaced the flagstones a while back!

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 06:48 PM

I am lucky in that I managed to find the 'perfect' house for me - driveway for four cars, road parking dotted around, and a one-and-a-half length garage (could probably get two small hatchbacks in there if I really tried) - and my wife was won over by the interior and garden :lol: I also rent one of my mother-in-law's garages (now cleared of old kitchen so I can hide something in it), and have use of a driveway elsewhere. But I have promised my wife only two cars for now... :roll:

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 10:57 PM

I am hoping to have my offer accepted on a little village centre cottage with space for two cars - one in garage. Fantastic for 144k, but I have grand plans on the Mr. Bickle scale so will have to go barn hunting as well. The frustrating thing is that under my house in Nanning are 2044 empty spaces in a 24hr guarded and cctv'ed underground car park that you can buy for £5k each, or just park in them for free until someone buys them. Nanning is no place to buy tat - anything with 4 wheels and a remote chance of moving will cost more than 50% of its new sticker price. Stupid but true.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 06:03 PM

All my collection was bagged long before I met my other half, though she does like some older Shitters, she had a dog rough XJ40 for about a year, amazing how an old Jag with a stoved in rear bumper and only two working door handles can make you feel above those driving brand new tosh like Ashtrays etc.
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:24 PM

http://maps.google.c...ps?hl=en&tab=wlnot sure if this link will work :? but if so, it's a google aerial shot of my last place, and if you look carefully, you can see the gold 127 in the street and the red 500 on the front garden. Five days after moving in, I took a sledge hammer to the front wall to allow the parking of two cars on the "lawn". The draught from the twitching of neighbours' curtains nearly blew me down




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