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  1. Slightly tenuous Eddy but the current version of the Piaggio Porter: Is currently obtainable in the UK: https://piaggiocommercialuk.com/range/porter-range/porter-van/ My employer has one in pickup flavour, though it's left hand drive and I can't actually confirm whether RHD is offered.
  2. Seems like there is at least a small following for these, All done well to survive given the image and parts support situation.
  3. We have a whole load of these at work. I think most of them are 4x4. Low-geared, aren’t they?
  4. You haven't experienced a shite convertible until you've lived with a Vibrant Orange MG TF. This actual one in fact, though the Guernsey plates indicate that this photo was taken some time after my wife sold it, and before it went onto a UK registration. Number 21 of the LE500 run when MG restarted production in 2008, but apparently only 75 in the colour. The paint was comically bad at staying on the panels (I fitted the mudflaps to try and preserve the sills from stone rash) and the cheap shit rear light seals let water into the boot, just like her previous and ten years older MGF had done. Screenwash pump worked when it felt like it, hardtop fit was terrible and every unpainted bolt on the car was totally brown at three years of age. Verdict: total pile of crap. I loved it! Would quite like to know where it is now, either been exported yet again or encountered a further plate change.
  5. Said I'd never sell the XR2. But I woke up one day and decided I was fed up of it cluttering up the garage, plus I had a willing buyer in the form of a colleague who has subsequently sorted out the bodywork. My wife cried when I sold it, which is daft because I know she never liked it but maybe it was just the thought of getting rid of the toys to fund other stuff (the twenty seven hundred quid I earned from selling the Fiesta was sunk straight into home improvement work) and now there's no chance of owning another, unless I get my hands on a basket case which no doubt would never get properly fixed up - that was part of the problem in the first place. Sometimes you just have to do these things.
  6. Not strictly automotive related, but it does involve some nice grot in a strange parallel with the @Datsuncog Subaru experience. The now Mrs_Craig bought this table from Q&Q many years ago. It has spent well over a decade outside in all weathers. Looks OK still, doesn't it? However it's going to need some attention to the underside for its next MoT. That's supposed to be a continuous square frame supporting the opaque toughened glass panel. Aye, that's humped. No chance of welding that up!
  7. At the risk of jinxing it, at least it hasnt suffered a matt black rattle can respray. Plus it still exists, so potentially able to be returned to 1984 junior photocopier sales rep condition.
  8. Sad times. Given that there’s a couple of middlemen involved, I wonder what you’d have got direct from the metals yard if you’d driven it there and bridged it yourself?
  9. If you can get over the border to Italy why not give this bloke a shout, https://www.dgclassiccars.com No language barriers and he might be able to point you in the direction of some interesting worthless old toss that still functions OK. I make no observations about whether the admin side of things is worse or much worse than obtaining/importing a French vehicle however.
  10. Probably not in the spirit of the question, as U.K. imports ceased mid nineties, but the original shape Panda continued up until about twenty years ago in euro markets, was that still available with the 4 speed at the end of the production run?
  11. Lucky outcome! Looks like the donor vehicle had been sitting there for some* time - was there anything else worth having off it?
  12. That’s a weird one, it was first successfully MOTd years before being U.K. registered in 2015, with mileage going from 34k to 86k between 2009 and 2018. Could have left the country for a bit before eventual registration I suppose, or maybe a change of instruments/odometer. Perhaps there’s a slim chance that it was genuinely first put on the road in 2002, if it had sat unregistered somewhere for three decades?
  13. Fair play to the lad for wanting to have a crack at that, it looks absolutely CATTLED. If he takes his time then the market will probably have risen enough to result in a tasty profit margin. Is the plan to go back to original condition, or modify/upgrade?
  14. Great terrible car!! It needs one of those Scrappage Scheme Survivor stickers. The wheels look like they've come off a later model 19 16v, or maybe a Clio? They're possibly worth a bit, though a set of centre caps will no doubt be a tricky thing to source.
  15. GR8 4 SPEAR PARTS. Spotted this morning while engaging in a bit of harmless trespassing
  16. Check this out from a couple of years ago when I was trying to buy a bike for my wife off this tw@t. FFS MARK MAN!!!
  17. Well bought! Don’t normally get too excited about grey but that’s quite a looker side-on.
  18. mk2_craig

    Ford timelord

    That would seem plausible, corroborated here I was a bit surprised to see that it had black number plates previously, I know it’s a 1968 car and such things were still current at the time but I had imagined that most cars of the era would have been “upgraded” to reflective ones before the end of the seventies, assuming they weren’t so equipped when new. Perhaps I’m just used to seeing the car in KLF-epoch condition.
  19. Was the design brief for that thing to take an FX4 black cab and straighten out all the curves?
  20. mk2_craig

    Ford timelord

    The car looks to be in pretty original condition in the Chris Bland photos (bodywork damage aside) so I had assumed he was an earlier owner ie. 2nd or 3rd after the US Embassy. Passing on later to Pinewood and thereafter these musical artist types. I did wonder whether it would be possible to aim some sort of an FOI request at the US Embassy in order to see what their records might reveal, it would probably have to be worded along the lines of “for every vehicle owned during the period 1965 to 1985, please list reg number, date acquired and date of disposal”. Dunno whether they would be an exempt organisation though.
  21. Go on then, how did the New Zealand car end up here? Seems like a lot of bother to have a non runner shipped over only to break for spares, or was it one of those “ran fine when driven into the container” jobs?
  22. There was definitely something about water flowing the opposite way round and the thermostat being not “progressive” on the F, so you got this thermal shock phenomenon when the stat suddenly opens wide and chucks a radiatorload of cold H2O into the engine (as opposed to gradually opens and releases hot water more gently). I’m not entirely sure I understand it completely and it’s been ten years since we owned an MG, but the memories are still painful.
  23. No need to “just bloody scrap it” but “just bloody get a replacement soft top roof” would probably suffice.
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