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#31 OFFLINE   Parky

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:32 PM

Top Woollarding there. Little bit of Mike Brewer “oldin aht yer ‘and” as well, the old Brewer Woollard two-step.

Or a Brewoollard if you will
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:37 PM

How is the carb? if it nice and peppy to pick-up?

We'll need to have a comparison with my inj one day.

 

As you mentioned lights, I fitted some super bright led sidelight bulbs to mine for day time and low light use, so I didn't need to spoil the sleekness with the lights up during the day.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:39 PM

This car is gorgeous.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:40 PM

If the electric aerial still works I'll be jealous.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:42 PM

Congratulations on your big Civic.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:42 PM

How is the carb? if it nice and peppy to pick-up?
We'll need to have a comparison with my inj one day.
 
As you mentioned lights, I fitted some super bright led sidelight bulbs to mine for day time and low light use, so I didn't need to spoil the sleekness with the lights up during the day.


Carbs are good - very smooth, lively if not actually fast. Picks up fine on kickdown.
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:43 PM

If the electric aerial still works I'll be jealous.



Be jealous :-D
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:38 PM

Sahf of the River at this time of night?

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:41 PM

This is amazing!
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:46 PM

I'm retaining dibs. I think I'm the same colour as several ex-Hong Kong tri-axle buses.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:43 PM

Pure posh!
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Teh Tower bridges (apologies for pic quality!)

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Temporary home Avec happy owner..
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:51 PM

Top night out. It’s very much bedtime so quick thoughts:

- Perfect town car - steering is super light, smooth autobox, enough oomph
- It’s not sporty, it’s a cruiser, and a good one
- Very relaxed and relaxing on the motorway although I might need to work on the seat position for a long journey
- Everything works - popup lights, electric aerial, all of it (maybe not passenger electric mirror)
- It’s very clean indeed and feels like it’s 5 years old, not 30
- FSH, all the original keys. I’m owner number 4
- Vantman is the best person in the world to buy cars from and lives by a quality chippy

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Night night lovely Honda.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:57 PM

113/10, wuld kullect agin
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:57 PM

I am now home in Wales, courtesy of my stylish new executive car.

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It was entirely unruffled by heavy traffic on the Euston Road this morning and cruised happily down the M4. Having the popup lights popped up doesn’t make a noticeable difference to the performance, but there is less wind noise with them down.

I found a more comfortable driving position; the steering wheel is quite low, so a bit more reclining was needed. In fact the whole car is very low - sleek, even.

Hearing and ventilation are first rate - toasty warm heater when you want it plus fresh air on your face to keep you awake (I only had 5 hours’ sleep so this was a major plus).

When it was new, Car Magazine’s only gripe about the Accord in the GBU (in the ‘Interesting’ section of course) was its suspension. It’s composed enough but you do feel the bumps compared with something like an SD1, but it’s no worse than say a modern Astra.

The steering is very light. The turning circle is almost FX4-like. It’s got enough weight to be easy to track true on the motorway and one hand is all you need (fnarr). One foot, too, being an automatic, which highlights the absence of anywhere to rest your left one: the only ergonomic mis-step I’ve noticed so far.

Overall, the whole car has a feeling of very classy engineering about it. Apart from one or two slightly flimsy bits of interior plastic, it’s all very solid and robust. (There, that’ll jinx it for sure.)

The autobox isn’t a big fan of revs, so mid range acceleration can be a bit leisurely unless you floor it or put it into 2 or 3. Saying that, I’m comparing it with new cars that have had thirty years of further development.

That’s almost the Accord’s downfall: you forget it’s an old car. It feels about five years old.

Looking forward to some back-road testing over the weekend.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:50 PM

Glad you made it home safely Skizzer,that was the exact same problem I found, nowhere to rest my left foot,i thought you may be a bit more flexible than me!


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:06 AM

That's delightful, great to see it's moved-on to another good home within the AS circle.

 

If I didn't have the Sunny as my 1980s car fix one of these would definitely be on my list. I really liked the two previous-gen Accords I had, they had a smooth, well-engineered feel to them that I'd say was a cut above the rest of the Japanese makes for the time.

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 06:46 AM

An NJ car is Brighton way. Might be a John Cooper Honda that. Does it have any old dealer stickers on it?

Theres one round here driven by some giffers I've seen before.



One foot, too, being an automatic, which highlights the absence of anywhere to rest your left one:


How do the designers expect you to comfortably fart whilst driving, if you have nothing to push against to lift your left buttock and let rip.

Badly thought out that.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:35 PM

Sorry to keep banging on about this Honda. I’m slightly overexcited.

We’ve now done the Welsh countryside test. It passes comfortably on steering and handling; a manual would add slightly more to the entertainment value, but that’s not really what an Accord is for.

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The interior is a very, very nice place to be.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:53 PM

Just caught up with this thread. I have to say I'm very jealous.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:55 PM

Oh, and for once I worked out the fuel economy: with a mix of central London traffic, motorway cruising and a brief hoon, it did a smidgin below 35mpg. I think that’s pretty damn good for a 2 litre twin carb auto from the 1980s.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:07 PM

That’s really nice. Back in the day we had a 1991 concerto as family transport. My dad loved it. I still have a bit of a concerto fetish..
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:22 PM

Oh, and for once I worked out the fuel economy: with a mix of central London traffic, motorway cruising and a brief hoon, it did a smidgin below 35mpg. I think that’s pretty damn good for a 2 litre twin carb auto from the 1980s.

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:23 PM

It's looking good Skizzer, I found for spirited driving on occasion I'd just drop the selector in to 3, but mostly I find the auto is fine doing it's own thing.

35mpg is very good for a crab. I averaged 33mpg over 10k in my auto injections.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:03 PM

Oh, and for once I worked out the fuel economy: with a mix of central London traffic, motorway cruising and a brief hoon, it did a smidgin below 35mpg. I think that’s pretty damn good for a 2 litre twin carb auto from the 1980s.

 

I'd say that's bloody brilliant. Our 06 Corolla 1.6 Auto does about 29!

 

I've always liked these Aerodecks and they appeal more and more as time passes / my age increases. Couple it with a Volvo 480 for the ultimate in 80s WEDGE


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:06 PM

The only thing better than seeing this lovely thing on here is seeing how happy you are with it. Great stuff
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:37 PM

An NJ car is Brighton way. Might be a John Cooper Honda that. Does it have any old dealer stickers on it?

 

 

The car was supplied new and formerly servicedby Collins Honda,Herstmonceux who are still trading.

 

Skizzer has a wad of service invoices from them as well as a dealer keyring and the car wears a worn dealer sticker.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 09:00 PM

Top purchase that, looks pretty much immaculate.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 09:29 PM

Gorgeous! I've loved these since I was a child. Easily Honda's strongest era. Unlike anything else, yet great in many ways.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 10:38 PM

Easily Honda's strongest era.

 

Agreed, I instantly think: NSX, 4WS, VTEC, Mclaren-Honda, Senna, Setright approval, CRX etc...


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:34 PM

Very nice indeed. I'm fairly certain I saw this exact car on Car and Classic several years ago and wanted it big time.







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