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  1. 75 points
    As some may of seen in my other thread, I became the owner of a 1988 Fiat Croma I.E Super today, my first venture into old cars after passing my test in October! 32,000 miles from new, even have the original bill of sale for £8995! Needs some attention before I can start using it, most noticeably a lumpy idle, cut out on me a couple of times on the way home. Everything seems to work alright apart from the speedo which just jumps up and down at will and I’m pretty sure the steering is a lot heavier than it’s supposed to be so that’ll need looking at. I’m not to knowledgeable mechanically so I’m sure this’ll be a great learning curve*. As a side note anyone in the North East know any garages/mechanics that are knowledgeable on old shite. I’ve spoken to the Italian specialist in Ouseburn about the speedo and he was quite helpful but more than likely quite expensive going off his usual clientele of classic Alfa owners. I’m sure some of you here will appreciate the pix!
  2. 54 points
    dozeydustman

    Found on the bins

    Driving around all day everyday I get to see a fair amount of old chod on the roads and rusting rammel on driveways. Been meaning to do this thread for some time now, so here’s what I’ve seen over the past few months.
  3. 37 points
    Couldn’t resist skipping my morning brew and bringing a battery up. Under the bonnet.. clean air filter and new Halfords battery Main fuse blown, could it be this simple? Answer is.. yes! Bridged the main fuse with some welding rod and it fired right up. So, book it right in for a test! All in all, 100 percent successful trip! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 35 points
    I've made some more progress over the past two weeks. Few more bits have made their way onto the car and I've started polishing the paintwork. I've not polished the paint until now for two reasons... I didn't have the balls to take 1200 grit sand paper to my paint job I needed to perform one or two additional bits of paint correction and they are now complete. (I missed a nasty ripple in one of the rear wings and needed to fix it). Tried living with it for 2 months and couldn't stop looking at it all the time. First up the washer bottle bracket which was very rusty/damaged has been repaired and painted. I've already polished what I can of the engine bay. When new the finish in here was very poor and it's one of the reasons for all those scabby Ford engine bays years later. I've got a good coat of paint in here and it's shiny so I'm already beating the original factory. I will continue to hand polish various areas under here as and when I get the motivation. Next I've fitted the rear windows. This is probably the worst bit of design on the whole car. The window is held in by the pop out catch at the rear and two very small bits of metal on the B post. With the window popped open it eventually falls out while driving so they will remain shut from now on! This is a well-known fault with the face lift coupe. I've also fitted the remaining trim pieces inside the rear of the car. Starting to look quite nice in here now. Polishing the paint is a slow and scary process. I've never done it to this level before but it won’t polish itself so I've made a start. All the bits I've put on the outside of the car so far have been chosen because they don't really get in the way of the process. There is nothing fitted to the sides of the car so I have access for polishing. Here you can see the finish as it is off the gun. Deep shine but plenty of orange peel and when you start looking there is a fair bit of dirt in places. I expected this as I'm a novice painter. First thing to do is use a de-nibbing tool to remove any spots of dirt & dust. I'm using 2000 grit on the tool as it's what’s in stock. You end up with loads of little dull spots after completing this. Next I use 1200 grit paper on a DA with a soft interface pad. This takes down the orange peel and also removes any small bits of dirt and dust. Be careful of the edges! Next I move to 1500 grit on the same tool and sand until I have a flat matt finish. All the time I'm terrified of seeing primer but if you study the picture I'm really removing only the very top surface of the paint. There is no danger of rubbing through provided I stay off the edges and stick to the method. Next I move onto 3000 grit 3m Trizact disk. This removes all the 1500 grit scratches and starts to move us back towards a shine. After this I should have gone to a 6000 grit Trizact but I didn't have any. I've ordered some so will have a go next weekend. In the absence of those I moved to polishing using 3m green & blue pads/compounds and a decent polisher. Not bad for a first go. I didn't make any major mistakes but due to lack of confidence I've not fully removed the orange peel near the edges and a few small areas. I also needed to spend more time on the polishing stage. I'll revisit the again with 1500 and follow up with both Trizact disks. Here's a comparison. Before on the left and after on the right... Will take me a few days to complete this, nice boost to confidence as I didn't mess it up! Was more worried about this bit than the actual painting.
  5. 26 points
    cms206

    The new news 24 thread

    Start a new job tomorrow. Unusually nervous. Also going to spend this week commuting in the blue Stellar. I want to make the right impression in the staff car park.
  6. 24 points
    daverapid

    Wedding Car

  7. 24 points
    Just posted on a 2cv FB page.
  8. 22 points
    Then I took it to my folks place and gave it a good wash, slurmed some polish on it and gave the bumpers a coat of linseed oil. It looks OK for a 28 year old car. While I was there I had a quick look at the exhaust which has started blowing, it's the down pipe/first box, so that'll be the next job to do.
  9. 21 points
    I had a bit of a Facebook download yesterday, and grabbed some pictures of cars I've previously owned. (over the last decade) I've had some awful crap, but also some epic shite too. See below for your perusal ( not in any date order mind)
  10. 19 points
    omegod

    The grumpy thread

    Hows it doing now, is it stable ?
  11. 18 points
    Schaefft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    So whos going to collect this tomorrow? Theres a catch though, its located in Hartlepool. 68k miles, 1495 quid. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1020660388300812/
  12. 18 points
  13. 17 points
    Started emptying my garage of stuff I can't take to Spain and useless crap today. My brother helped and has taken a load of stuff that he has a use for. Crap was loaded into the van ready to take to the tip. As I was about to leave, a scrap truck ringing the bell came along. Big geezer in a vest took a look, then unloaded 80% of what was in the van into his pick up. Lovely bloke (really) and he had a very pretty blonde girl driving the truck. 10 minutes later I get a call from the Estate Agent saying he has received a (good) offer on the house. Good enough for me to accept. Things are moving along. Look out for my post in the for sale section for bits of car, motorbike and auto related stuff.
  14. 16 points
    Have you got friends around? Shouldn't the keys be in a bowl on the table?
  15. 16 points
    Shep Shepherd

    The new news 24 thread

    The Aero has a new MOT, but to get it, it needed a new parking brake cable, as the old one had seized up, causing roadworthiness issues. Surprisingly, the rest of the car was okay: The total cost of the repair, including the MOT was £205, which I believe was a small price to pay to keep an interesting car on the road for another year
  16. 16 points
    MorrisItalSLX

    The new news 24 thread

    Happy New Year! With Love, MorrisItalSLX, Reporting from 2020.
  17. 15 points
    barrett

    The grumpy thread

    I don't know how often people read this thread, but if you read this and it applies to you PLEASE STOP QUOTING PICTURES IN YOUR REPLIES. It's absolutely infuriating having to scroll down a page and seeing the same images over and over and over again. The general etiquette on this website is to never quote an image unless it's absolutely necessary. Please take note anyone who has signed up in the last year or so... THANKS
  18. 15 points
    Even better, I've been immortalised on Google StreetView
  19. 15 points
    bunglebus

    Shite in Miniature II

    Matchbox Corvette is done. Video and pics don't do justice to the vibrant red/gold/green flip 20200120_113909.mp4
  20. 15 points
    Craig the Princess

    Wedding Car

    If it is class you require, a van den plah is what you need 
  21. 15 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Delighted to report that 'Mitsubishi Canter' is actually an anagram of 'British mans cunt' https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mitsubishi-canter-3-5-ton-1990-g-reg-twin-wheel-rare/153790561023?hash=item23cea1baff:g:ueUAAOSwh4BeF0j2
  22. 15 points
    So, as posted in the news thread, I now own a Rover 45 with 113hp of L series chug. Not that it feels like 113hp, the power seems to come in at around 2k revs, otherwise it's quite ancient feeling and sounding. That isn't a complaint though, the lack of 'modern' diesel gubbins jeopardy is a definite advantage, and it's done nearly 300 miles on half a tank. I don't think it holds much more than 50 litres either. Unfortunately it's a Project Drive era car. Now, I've not owned any post 1998 Rover, my last one was an 800 which is like staying in an old family run hotel, yes its dated and usually inhabited by the grey parade, but you get some remarkable solace in the comfort. Unfortunately this 45 isn't that, it's more like a deluxe room in a premier inn. There is hints of what you could have got, but it's all just a tease. Exhibit A: Grim. Pretty dismal wood effort right? The heated seats do work, but they seem to turn off after a few minutes. The cheap stereo has a visual equaliser, and the speakers are oddly good. The seats are a bit meh. I don't find them uncomfortable but they aren't much more than just a seat. Lumbar support is like inflating a hard plastic balloon into your spine. It's a really nice car to drive though. As mentioned, Project Drive deleted the Rover suspension spec and implemented the MG suspension across the 45 range, and it's made it feel really planted and assured round bends. There is a harshness to the ride which sometimes ripples through the car, but it's only over very bumpy surfaces. Overall, quite surprised I like it so. Wouldn't mind switching in better seats but not sure how that would work with regards to the heated elements and the airbags....
  23. 15 points
    Rear end Boxing Day bonanza. Big enough for shopping. I don't think anyone has ever been in here. Power plant! Oil is good. PO said he changed it every 3000 miles, but I'm gonna do the oil and filters just for peace of mind. I've decided that I like it. Seats are uncomfortable for me but fucking hell, the SLK was uncomfortable for me and I managed nearly a year in that. I've even installed my giffer screen jet aligning tool. "Coz if you like then you should pop a pin in it, well if you like it you pop a ruddy pin in it." I think I'm gonna go for a 100hp remap too. Be interesting to see how the clutch copes with the extra beans. Verdict: It will car. I will car it.
  24. 14 points
    pleased to announce that today I went took my theory test and and happy to say that I have passed heres the certificate, and exact scores I got so you can select the appropriate length barge pole for when you encounter me on the road thats half the battle done with! , just got to do my practical now!, will book my practical in tomorrow after my next lesson as I have a couple questions I want to ask my instructor before i book it in
  25. 14 points
    Split_Pin

    The new news 24 thread

    I remember when I was on work experience I was given temporary paper overalls for the week I was there. I warmed myself in front of the red diesel space heater before starting and when I looked down the overalls had been transformed into shorts with the cinders floating around the shop behind me.
  26. 14 points
    catsinthewelder

    Cats clapped out Cars

    Oh well all the chaos of Xmas is finished and 2 of the appliances in the house went pop so I was expecting the blue appliance to give some sort of trouble and right on cue it has. Horrible noises from underneath while dropping the small one at school. Couldn't see anything too terrible so limped it the couple of miles to my first job then looked underneath when I'd finished and found 2 loose heatshields. My local garage did a cracking job of reattaching the last one so thinking I only had a few weeks MOT on I headed over to book it in for a test with tinkering. I really should learn to check things first as its got over 2 months test, but I was there then so booked it in for tomorrow and headed home to stick my toolbag into the Safrane. Obviously that wouldn't start even after sitting on jump leads for 15 mins so I swapped on a battery that had been on the charger in the shed and it fired up with more enthusiasm than ever. With a working car at home I dropped the Ford at the garage and walked home. Filled with enthusiasm I thought I should move the broken 405 around to the back to give more space at the front. Lifted the bonnet to find it was lacking a battery, bugger thats where the one in the shed came from. Did make some progress though as looking at it in daylight I could work out how to change the master cylinder and what sort I needed so I ordered one up. Digging this thread up reminded me to order the rotor arm too so maybe I can get the 220 running soon?
  27. 14 points
    Austin-Rover

    eBay tat volume 3.

    I had a Montego 1.3 back when I started driving in the early noughties. The engine had hit a nice sweet spot just before 'fucked' whereby it was eager and willing but got through oil at a rate of knots. I remember in slip road drag races with my friend's Montego 1.6 it was as quick to 50mph. Cruising was all about maintaining momentum. Incidentally, while I reminisce; the Montego 1.3 got a different washer bottle on the earliest examples. It was the Ital/miniMetro style where a small plastic bottle slotted over a metal bracket on the bulkhead. If you took a speedbump too fast, the bottle would lift off the bracket, landing on the gearbox and jamming the linkages. A few times I had to coast to the side of the road, pop the bonnet and put it back. Soon on my way again!
  28. 14 points
    I found the screen shots from my attempt to sell a Corsa B... Like I say, he did come and give me 200 quid in the end.
  29. 13 points
    morrisoxide

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Oh yes. Those tyres need binning straight away and the price is way way out of my comfort level. But look it comes with a vanity mirror in the glove box. I have no idea why that pleases me but it does. You'd have to be careful around the cup holders when you open the vanity mirror, you wouldn't want to spill your cocktail now would you. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Studebaker-Avanti-R3-5-0-Supercharged-V8-Rebuilt-Motor-1964-Muscle-car/223868702244?hash=item341f9d4e24:g:dnsAAOSwrcReKC20&autorefresh=true
  30. 13 points
    TheIsleofShite

    The legendary IOW Audi 100 taxi

    Well I can’t believe it! I live literally a few houses up from the original taxi owner on the Isle of Wight, privately run in a small village. Obsessive is an understatement when it came to maintenance, which he did himself. It was always garaged and I would often see it up on axle stands with him cleaning the inner arches and underneath. He would buy all genuine parts either from the main dealer on the Island and later on direct from Germany. Its a huge regret of mine that I didn’t buy it when it came up for sale. It got bought locally by a VAG fan pineapples included and then got passed around. Quite a shock to see it now in Ireland.
  31. 13 points
    Austat

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1174522
  32. 13 points
    egg

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Sorry if we have had this already. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2381580155260387/
  33. 13 points
    Cavcraft

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/leyland-fg-diesel-recovery-truck-not-morris-austin-bmc-bedford/333478727035?hash=item4da4e18d7b:g:mJsAAOSw9-ZeHFnd
  34. 13 points
    MarvinsMom

    Shite in Miniature II

    these are my latest editions to the diecast tat collection. i've added another Toronado, this one is the fixed wheels edition, and has flawless paintwork. it is not without issues mind, as the steering wheel is loos inside the cabin, and it lost 3 of ots headlamps. but its still a fine looking machine, especially as it was only a few quid! and these 3 were unplanned purchases from a local toy fair, they were all in the "everything for a couple of quid" shite boxes, and they didn't deserve that fate! so i became the unplanned owners of a matchbox AEC Merryweather fire engine, a Husky Jaguar mark X and a Lone Star 000 push along EMD F7. the F7 complements this Union Pacific one, and interestingly its a different casting, the UP locomotive has a full compliment of roof fans and a different nose to the silver one. the little Jag mark X, Corgi been a clever bunch have somehow managed to add full suspension to it, not something i really remember seeing before on anything quite as small as that. i also added a Plymouth Sports Suburban station wagon too, to complement the Dodge Royal Sedan. its got various marks in the paintwork especially to the fenders and fins, which may have been retouched at some point. its not anywhere as clean as the Dodge, bit then it was again only a couple of quid, the Dodge wasn't! and then, a visit to our local old diecast toy emporium added another pair of matchbox toys, both proper early ones too, a london bus and a foden cement mixer. here is the original london bus next to one of the later AEC Routemaster, showing just how much even matchbox cars increased in size over the years. and all these new additions mean that more trains have been evicted from another cabinet.
  35. 13 points
    Well goodness me, had a notion that I had looked at these photos fairly recently, opened the first pack of photos to hand (I have thousands going way back) and the first four photos were of my Galaxie, think it was HKT84D, imported new by Lincoln Cars, Ford's import centre for US/Canadian, German and Aussie Fords. Still had their nice metal plaque on the dash. Incidentally the RHD Galaxies had a different dash, think it was from a circa 61/62 Lincoln Continental. I was wrong about the hubcaps, had the two correct ones on the right and different ones on the left. Dual exhaust pipes for four barrel woofling. It didn't have a lot of rust, the bottom of the rear quarters had some grot, think there was some in the front arches but overall it was a solid old thing.
  36. 13 points
    The Leeds Connection Was great meeting @captain_70s and talking chod. Great to see the dynamic Triumph duo in the flesh after reading 50 pages of rusty terror. A+++ would meet again. We talked about potentially hitting the main 2020 Shitefest in May + January's Scotshite and if circumstances allow, I'll take the Galaxie to join the party.
  37. 13 points
    cort16

    The new news 24 thread

    Just watching George Clarks Christmas amazing spaces. He's on a husky sled and says "these dogs can run at 15mph, thats twice the speed of rush hour traffic in some places in the UK" Nice analogy George. Driving your Mondeo through Birmingham at 8am on Tuesday morning really relates to riding a fucking husky sled through the snow in a Finish wilderness. I hope he stands in husky shite.
  38. 13 points
    Skizzer

    eBay tat volume 3.

    Boom. Diesel 505 in French peasant beige. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F202861878140 Overpriced, but it might come down to a sensible level by springtime.
  39. 13 points
    Collection time. It’s most discombobulating. Last time I travelled to London from SNO the destination of the train was, quite appropriately, “London”. It’s now Horsham - you can go straight through! This opens up myriad options on the south coast for shitin’ (no g) with minimal friction. It’s a very dull car I’m collecting. Possibly the dullest on AS. But it’s a collection and an addition to the fleet.
  40. 13 points
    Lankytim

    New shitter. 1982 Citroen VISA.

    Finally had a clear out of the garage and the Visa is now in the dry for the first time in nearly 10 years. Unfortunately it will get evicted next month when we move house!
  41. 13 points
    Petrol station shot!
  42. 12 points
  43. 12 points
    wuvvum

    The new news 24 thread

    Off on a collection mission - this time it's a car I've actually bought myself. This is my first go on one of Greater Anglia's fancy new diesel trains - it actually still smells new inside. It's pretty quiet too. Seats aren't as comfy as the old Class 170s though.
  44. 12 points
    Cavcraft

    The new news 24 thread

    After weeks and weeks of arsing about waiting for the log book for the Vespa, I got it last night. Had already insured it, so taxed it and couldn't wait to get out for a blast. It ran out of juice, so I lobbed some in from a can, then went to the petrol station. Bit of a bastard to start again, so twiddled with the fuel tap and off it went. Mile and a half up the road, giving it some beans and it conked to a stop. Steadfastly refused to start, went to open the tool box door to see if there was any spares in there (,i.e plug and spanner), forgot it was a different lock and promptly broke the only ignition key in the tool box door lock! Luckily it wasn't far from home and another scooter rider with a van kindly offered me a lift, but I pushed it anyhow A bit earlier on I collected this, a quite horrible ET2 that doesn't run and is Cat N, but it was stupidly cheap (in relative terms) so can't complain On the way back from buying that, popped into a motorbike accessory place to get a new helmet and this was in the car park. A thing of absolute beauty and still probably top of my dream bike list
  45. 12 points
    garycox

    Fleet Update - New Purchase(s)!

    I’ve not been on here much lately; I’ve moved house, gained a dog, have a longer commute to work and life’s sort of got in the way. Good to be back though! At the start of the year I had my trusty Mondeo, the Mk3 Astra convertible that came to SF18, my Mini that’s still asleep in my parents’ garage and the Simca, which is stored at a friend’s and I haven’t seen for ages. I moved house in April (after already moving in January 🙄) and needed a sensible commuting car, as we need two working cars between us and a garage quoted silly money to weld the Astra. So I bought Sigmund Fraud’s Dolomite 1300. That was great for 3 months and 2,000 miles but has developed annoying issues as detailed elsewhere. [I was going to insert an image here, but I have absolutely no idea how to do it on this new mobile site - so seemingly they’ll have to come at the end!] The arrival of two more cars means I now have five at home and I feel bad about taking up all of the parking outside the house. I also need money to repay the price of my latest arrival so it’s for sale, along with the Astra and, once they’ve gone, the Simca. With the Dolomite out of action, despite my best efforts, another daily was needed. My friend has always wanted a Saab, and last week I spotted a 900 convertible on Gumtree. It was very cheap, because the roof doesn’t work. Still useable as a coupe though, it had a new MOT and had been quite well looked after. It’s only a 2.0 NA “S”, so is quite a low spec, but still has leather (but not heated) and a trip computery thing etc. We bought it from the quite elderly second owner, who’d done only about 2,000 miles in the 8 years he’d had it. We had to change the starter motor immediately, due to user error (not by me!) - the spring in the ignition barrel has gone so you need to turn it back from ‘Start’ to ‘On’ once started or the motor runs continually. After being driven home with the starter on most of the way, it was dead. Replacement wasn’t as difficult as expected though. Other than that, we’ve given it a clean (the roof was horrible!), replaced the broken stereo, and repainted the screen surround and wheel trims. Just needs new badges and it’ll look quite smart! May attempt to fix the roof (or at least try to get rid of the CHECK LATCHES warning from the dashboard) at some point. Now, I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that my ultimate “first thing I’d buy if I had some money” car is an FD Ventora that used to be my dad’s. A history lesson: In March 1972, my uncle (Dad’s brother-in-law) bought WPA 506G, a 4-year old Vauxhall Ventora. He had a company car so only used it for family holidays and was keeping it nice for his retirement, which would be about 20 years later. He stopped using it at all in 1976, but kept under dust sheets in his garage. He died in 1989, before retirement and in 1992 my Dad bought the car from his sister. It had 18,000 miles at the time. I was 6 then, and we had it until I was 13. I loved being driven about in it, it was super cool and nobody else had one. I was devastated when it was sold, because we were moving house and would no longer have the garage. Since then I’ve attempted to keep an eye out for it and vowed to get it back one day. I last saw it in about 2008 though and, other than periodically checking it was still “taxed” etc, I’ve had no idea if its whereabouts. About six weeks ago, a picture of it cropped up on a Facebook group, still looking great. From there I got in touch with the current owner and arranged to meet him at a show so I could take some pictures and have a sit in it, but that, disappointingly, got cancelled. A couple of weeks later, he messaged me to say he fancied something else and was thinking of selling. My heart sank. I didn’t want anyone else to have it, but I have no money at all and the asking price was way out of reach. All I could do was politely decline and ask him to pass my details to the new owner. It was advertised within FD circles but, quite unsurprisingly, most either didn’t have the money or already had one. But he did receive one offer of the full asking price. He’d sold this guy a very nice original Victor 3.3 estate previously and was saddened when he put a V8 in and messed about with it. He’d been circling for a while and said he “already had an engine to go in the white one”. He didn’t want to sell it to him. I didn’t want him to either. But it would be a quick easy sale and I couldn’t do anything to stop it. He even offered me it for £1,000 less, but that’s not much help when you have very little. But I couldn’t get it out of my head. I had to save it. After explaining the situation to family, I was offered a loan for the reduced asking price. Should I? Of course I should. So, after modifying the shelving in my rented garage that I’m not allowed to modify, I collected it today. I still can’t believe it’s mine. It’s had about 4 owners since my Dad, and the mileage has doubled, to 45,000. It’s still 95% original but now has an upgraded water pump and radiator and a better carburettor (that cost nearly £500). A stainless exhaust and new tyres too, and it’s been meticulously maintained. The guy I bought it from absolutely loved it and his enthusiasm was very reassuring. The receipts prove he’s not making money on the car. Faults are limited to a stuck fuel sender making the gauge always read full, and I’d put the ugly cheapo seatbelts in that category too as they’ve inexplicably replaced the nice light grey Britax originals, that weren’t passed on a couple of owners ago. Replacements need to be sourced. Considering its age and originality, and that it’s been through a few owners since I lost touch with it, the condition is still fantastic. A small amount of barely noticeable lacquer peel in one area is about the only deterioration I can find, apart from what was already there 20 years ago. Yes, it uses a ridiculous amount of fuel. Yes, it handles like a cruise ship. Yes, I’ll be scared to use it or leave it anywhere out of sight. But I don’t care. It’s mine. And I’m keeping it.
  46. 12 points
    A couple more snaps Shit video:
  47. 12 points
    I really liked that 850. I bought it in July-ish for about £700 with the intention of tinting the windows and using it as a (much needed) mobile home. Of course a few weeks later I agreed to swap it for an equally practical MX5 with Snagglepuss. It then did a tour of Scotland on the way up to Accrington, in utter comfort. Here's a few pics from my time with it (August). As Snagglepuss says, the alloys (knackered) are no longer with it but I reckon it looks grand on the steelies and winter tyres he put on it.
  48. 12 points
    Jon

    Shite in Miniature II

    Lastly, straight after winning the above Hanomag on Trademe, I pressed the Buy Now button on this: As you can see, it's not in the best of nick (missing door mirrors, canopy and broken wind deflector) but I'd never seen this model of Siku F7 before (and now I've seen two on this thread, thanks to @Spottedlaurel!) and I had fond memories of playing with my Siku trucks and trailers back in the day. So, forgive my slight indulgence on the photo count but let's all take a closer look at why Siku trucks are so excellent. For a backdrop, I've chosen the colours of the 1980's Siku catalogues I loved as a kid: First up, the trailer. All the drop sides drop, barring the front, so plenty of bits to tinker with. The struts also drop down, so the trailer is self supportive; when stowed, they click in place nice and firmly, to prevent accidental deployment, which we can all agree is very frustrating and a very real hazard on carpets and rugs. The tractor unit can also hitch and unhitch quite satisfyingly, which is a big bonus in my eyes. I can't begin to describe my displeasure towards my Superkings DAF transporter tractor and trailer, which were eternally coupled! I've left the coupling mechanism on the tractor slightly ajar to demonstrate how the trailer is safely coupled; as the big lever turns clockwise, the white nylon cup turns round to fill the gap in the coupling. Special bonus point of having a car-type towing hook added, should a child wish to pull the Siku twin axle caravan behind and enact the life of a carny. The as yet unmentioned part trick of the trailer is its floating axles! Check out the terrrain this can tackle without grounding out. Finally, I went full catalogue mode here, especially as it allowed me to show off a couple of my other prized Sikus. Anyway, happy 2020 to all and let's see what exciting small things are in store!
  49. 12 points
    97mph was my record before running out of road,or rather straight road,it was still pulling but I was ever mindful that a conrod through the block would hurt my legs after firing through 1/8 " of fibreglass in the cab! I do often miss them,but feel now that I had my long period with them and any attempts to rekindle the joys would result in disappointment,but I'm happy to see new people experiencing the ways of the Tupperware tripod for the first time heres me 9 years ago with my cobalt blue LX
  50. 11 points
    DVee8

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2636104619817878/
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